N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Three other fires at house of death Volume: 107 No.151WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, PARTLY CLOUDY, BREEZY HIGH 87F LOW 76F From hair to infinity Marvin Rolle loses opener Grieving mother speaks to T r ibune TRY OUR CHICKEN MAC The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTEDAND REALESTATE BAHAMASBIGGEST SECTIONC SECTIONE I N S I D E F E A T U R E S S P O R T S B y TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THERE had been three previous outbreaks of fire in the home that claimed the lives of three children, a griefstricken mother has claimed. The three victims were among seven children who were found unresponsive in their Sandilands Village Road home by firefighters. As the four survivors recov er in hospital, The Tribune has b een told by the mother of o ne of the dead children that fires had broken out in the home on three previous occasions. In the incident before the deadly blaze, neighbours were able to douse the flames ARD ASTRAWELCOMESCARIBBEANFLAMINGOCHICK P hoto: Maria Govan SEE page nine POIGNANTREMINDER: Cuddly toys have been placed outside the house where the fire tragedy occurred. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A top official at resort development Baha Mar remained coy over reports that Deputy Commissioner of Police Marvin Dames is set to take up a plum post as head of security. When asked if Mr Dames will soon join the resort's team, Vice-president of External Affairs Robert Sands would neither confirm nor deny the report, saying only that the property will roll out its expanded executive team shortly. "Our goal at Baha Mar is to hire as many talented Bahamians as we can. We have interviewed a number of very promising people, we will be announcing a number of new additions to our rapidly expanding team very A NEW CHICK IN TOWN Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre welcomed this fluffy little Caribbean flamingo chick on May 13. She is the first to be born in captivity there this year. Although it is rare for flamingos to be born and survive in captivity, Ardastras success story has garnered international attention. Our first live birth occurred in 2001 and for the past 10 years we have had success with one to two births every year, said Richard Roswell, director of animal care at Ardastra, We've had inquiries from other zoos trying to understand why we have been so fortunate. If there is a scientific answer, I am not sure what it is, he added, I like to think it's a natural and nurturing environment in which the parents are non-threatened and the mother is relaxed as the egg is gestating. The 44 flamingos in Ardastras breeding programme have limited contact with humans and Roswell explained that flamingos take their parenting responsibilities very seriously. Not only are they monogamous," he said, but they work so hard at feeding the chick for the first six to seven months that they actual ly get stressed. Feeding involves eating, digesting and regurgitating a blood-red stream of food known as crop-milk, ejected from mom or pop's beak to the tiny chick's open and eager mouth. The food's colour helps to give the flamingo, born a grayish brown, its more familiar pink colour. Once grown, flamingos love company, feel better in a crowd and are naturally sociable. They can live up to 70 years. THE three-year-old girl injured when the wooden structure she lived in caught fire after midnight Monday has died in hospital. The child, who has not been named by police, was inside the bedroom of the two-room structure in a Haitian village off Golden Isles Road when it caught on fire. She was pulled GIRL A GED THREE DIES FROM FIRE INJURIES SEE page nine REPORTS: DEPUTY POLICE COMMISSIONER SET T O TAKE UP TOP SECURITY JOB AT BAHA MAR B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com POLICE have identified the countrys latest murder victims as Cyril Strachan Jr a nd Ahmaad Babbs. S trachan Jr, 26, was shot in the head while standing w ith a group of men in his S unset Park neighbourhood a round 5:45pm Monday. The Alexander Road resBy AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org POLICE shot down rumours that two female employees of John Bull had been arrested in connection with Sundays armed robbery at the downtown luxury goods store, however they did confirm that they already have people in custody. Late last night, lead investigators refused to say how many people were being questioned or what their possible connection to the daring heist may have been, though they did express confidence that the matter will be prosecuted shortly. Weve had persons in and we will continue to pick up persons who we feel may be in the position to assist us, said Marvin Dames, Deputy Commissioner of Police. While were still early in our investigaPEOPLE IN CUSTODY OVER JOHN BULL ROBBERY SEE page nine SEE page nine POLICE NAME LATESTTWO MURDER VICTIMS SEE page nine MARVIN DAMES
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011 THE TRIBUNE f#)'#! 3 ($3 '$(*((*!(!!')$.#%'$+ f#($!+#.f#)'#!)$$*' /.$ -, -*)(-$$&$.$ -0$&&$(&/ n 0 0 0).#"),!!*)'$'(#(-% '%$')( 0,!!!($#()'*"#)! !,.'( 0)-%'#*#%'"#)(+$!+#! ( ), -%$&&-, +/$, !),.# ,)& n 0$*'$'$#(*! 0'$+#'*!)$'. 1%'+$*(!,,!!%!*( 0)$ $' 0f#($!+#.,$*! 0( !!('*###)$ 0%'$+# 0,!! 0,!! )!! ,n 0 0$"%#($""#(*' 0b$#)#*$*( 0,$' ##+'$#"#) #%%,*''*!*" r*$.& 3), (-$ ), 4 ($3), (-$ ,$ 0. ,#)/r))* ,f)1 HOW SHOULD YOUR MONEY BE SPENT? THEBUDGET 2011 M Hamilton, 83, Englerston AS parliamentarians begin their debate on the new budget today, The Tribune hit the streets to ask taxpayers in New Providence to weigh in on how they feel theirm oney should be spent and whether what is presented in Parliament will impact t heir vote in the next general election. T ALK STREET Valentino Edgecombe C armichael E lizabeth Knowles, 35, K illarney Anwar, Marathon A nwar, 22-year-old college student, Marathon Im just looking for r ealistic ideas and things to happen. Instead of h earing these extravagant ideas that are never gonna come through or sound good o n paper. I want to see somet hing thats going to be effective and real. E lizabeth Knowles, electrician, Killarney I want to know how they will create more jobs. They got these big projects but theyre not tricklingd own to the small man. The company Im with has sent o ut numerous bids but weve h eard nothing back. You see all the construction get underway but there is still no work.S o the big projects dont necessarily mean more jobs. A nonymous, 62-year-old construction engineer, Seabreeze Im most interested in what kind of tax struct ure it will have, I was completely unhappy with the last one. If they are taking a new direction, such as an easement of taxes or offering more jobs. I ts difficult to pay taxes without a job. I also want to know t he governments fiscal position and how they will recoup all the back taxes. Whether they will be able to finance government activity without b orrowing. M Hamilton, 83, Englerston I would like to see more opportunities for y oung people to have greater responsibility. Give the young people a chance to prove t hemselves. If they make a mistake or it doesnt work out then you can put in someoneo lder, but at least give them a c hance. Valentino Edgecombe, 21y ear-old college student, Carmichael This will be my first time voting so I havent completely formulat e d my opinion yet. What Id like to see is jobs available for Bahamians and future develo pment of the island. What t heir future plans are. S amuel Rodgers Jr, 26, Pinewood Samuel Rodgers Jr, 26-yearo ld unemployed, Pinewood I would like to see improvements in s ports and communities. I have a degree and Im unem p loyed. I feel that there s hould be more money spent on people instead of the r oads. The budget is going affect how I vote, absolute-l y. Taran Dean 32, B amboo Town Taran Dean, 32-year-old s elf-employed, Bamboo Town A lot of money t owards agriculture and education is what Id like to see. So our people can be smarter and achieve food security and self-sufficiency. It [agriculture] would also cutd own on the cost of food. A nonymous, 40-year-old public servant, Carmichael The only thing I want to see is something for t he public servants. Its been a long time since public servants got promotions or incre ments. Politicians get big s alaries, BEC and BTC get good contracts, no one is negotiating for the public ser v ant. I have a feeling we will be neglected. This is one of the reasons why morale con tinues to be low. If there werep erformance appraisals you would see that there are dedicated and hardworking peo p le in the public service. I doubt its going to happen but thats what Im hoping for.
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011, PAGE 3 A 40-year-old man is in police custody after officers attached to the Cent ral Detective Unit found him to be in possession of a handgun and ammunition Monday. P olice report that they were patrolling theD owdeswell Street area w hen they saw a man acting suspiciously and s earched him. Upon finding the w eapon, they arrested the E ssex Street resident. DRUG ARREST Four other males are in police custody following t wo separate drug arrests. A t 3pm Monday a 50-yearo ld man was searched while on Ernest Street. P olice discovered a quantity of suspected marijuana and arrested the York S treet resident. Two teenagers and a 55year-old man are also in police custody after officers on routine patrol at 3rd Street and Poinciana Avenue saw them acting suspiciously in a Honda A spire. O fficers searched the car a nd discovered a quantity o f suspected marijuana. All three were arrested and police continue to investigate. B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff ReporteR email@example.com ATTORNEYS representing two unions that opposed the sale of the Bahamas Telecommunications Company were given more time yes terday to flesh out their grounds of appeal as they seek to take their fight to the Privy Council. The Bahamas Communica tions and Public Officers Union (BCPOU Bahamas Communications Public Managers Union (BCPMU of the appellate court to appeal Supreme Court Justice Neville Adderleys deci sion to strike out their application. J oint The BCPOU and the BCP MU had filed a joint action in the Supreme Court ques tioning the government's right to sell 51 per cent of the phone company to Cable and Wireless. Justice Adderley ruled, however, that the action was a nullity and that the unions lacked the legal capacity to institute and maintain the action in their own names for the declarations sought. That decision was subsequently upheld by the Court of Appeal. Attorney Raynard Rigby appeared in the Court of Appeal yesterday on behalf of Maurice Glinton. According to Mr Rigby, a notice of motion seeking conditional leave to appeal to the Privy Council was filed on April 12. The appellants are seeking to have the writ, which was struck out by the judge, rein stated. Attorney Loren Klein who represents BTC and the Attorney General told the court that the appellants were seeking a stay of all proceedings, including costs. He also told the court that the appellants had not elaborated on their grounds of appeal. Court of Appeal President Anita Allen noted that the court was minded to adjourn the matter to allow the appel lants an opportunity to flesh out their grounds of appeal and adjourned the matter to June 30. The government's $210 mil lion sale of the majority shares of BTC to Cable and Wireless Communications was finalised last month and Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC control of the telecommunications company. Attorneys for unions fighting BTC sale given more time for appeal arguments By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporters firstname.lastname@example.org INDUSTRIES and key workers w ho suffered from budget cuts made last year may be hoping for some relief as the 2011/2012 budget is outlined today, but car dealer and emerging political hopeful Ben Albury is doubtful the situation will improve for retailers in his indust ry. N ew car imports declined sharply a fter the Excise Tax regime imposed i n last years budget raised import d uty on new cars and Mr Albury s aid government revenue will have declined as a result. Now we are finding out that the d ecision has only backfired, said M r Albury, operations manager at B ahamas Bus and Truck in Mont rose Avenue and Democractic National Alliance candidate for Montagu. It has hurt the people, hurt the b usinesses, and government is not m aking the revenue it could be mak ing. T he impact is evident on the roads a s drivers choose to buy older vehicles rather than pay the higher price of a new car, which may be safer and better for the environment, Mr Albury said. But despite the perceived mistake of raising import duty, Mr Albury said he does not have much hope for any changes to be announced. The only thing I can do is keep my fingers crossed, he said. His sentiments will be shared by many today, including members oft he mailboat industry, who suffered subsidy reductions of ten per cent l ast year, or $897,000 from $8,988,201 in 2009/2010 to $8,090,381 in 2010/2011. Also agitating for change are the p etroleum retailers, who have been l obbying government to increase their gasoline margin by 68 per cent, from 44 to 74 cents, and increase t heir margin on diesel by 145 per cent, from 19 to 47 cents. Head of Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association (BPRA Oswald Moore said last month that the gas and diesel service stationi ndustry will collapse entirely if a djustments are not made to pricecontrolled mark-ups to beef up retailers profits. U nion leaders are also hoping the government will increase pay and conditions for their employees, and particularly social workers who havee xpressed their dissatisfaction with pay, workload and working condi tions in recent weeks. Bahamas Pub lic Service Union leader John Pinder said the government promised to lift i ts freeze on increments and promotions within the civil service after he met with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham last week although it did n ot commit to an across-the-board s alary increase. However any financial increases t hey receive could be offset by reductions elsewhere, as former Minister of State for Finance James Smith expects Prime Minister H ubert Ingraham to announce a planned deficit of as much as four per cent of the countrys Gross D omestic Product (GDP annual budget. Cost-cutting B ut while cost-cutting may be expected, negotiations with thosea ffected may not, the DNA party h opeful warned. M r Albury said the FNM governm ent bypassed the opportunity to discuss their cost-cutting plans with e xperienced dealers at the BMDA and reference their data when establ ishing the tax brackets for import d uty on new vehicles, which would have allowed them to reach a more reasonable middle ground. I t was not until after the tax rise was announced that governmento fficials met with the BMDA and a greed to adjust plans to consolid ate the Excise Tax regime from two rates 85 per cent for vehiclesw ith an engine capacity above 2,500cc and 65 per cent for autos with a capacity of 2,000cc or less byi ntroducing a 75 per cent rate for mid-sized vehicles with an engine c apacity between 2,000 and 2,500cc. Based on the type of decision m aking that Im seeing I dont see a real touch between the government and the business community, MrA lbury said. I dont see a desire on their part to form a partnership rather than a dictatorship. Key workers hit by budget cuts last year hoping f o r relief PRE-BUDGET NEWS Officers of the Central Detective Unit make a firearm arrest Police briefs JAMES SMITH P RIME MINISTER HUBERT INGRAHAM JOHN PINDER DEMONSTRATION: Protestors against the sale of BTC carry signs in downtown Nassau in this file photo by Jessica Robert son.
E DITOR, The Tribune. M r Dwayne Cartwright, an e mployee of the Department o f Environmental Health has been murdered by senseless thugs that are running wild o n our streets. Just think a direct attack on the Government and one of its civil servants.The senseless murdero f an employee tending to the p eoples business!Three children left without a father, as the system collapses. So I ask the Minister of National Security and the C urrent Administration: Was this drug related? Was it gang related?Was it domestic viol ence?The Government has been quick to shrug off our e scalating crime rate by blaming one of the above factors, always promising to present a detailed plan to fight crime s ometime in the near future. Y es we are suffering from a breakdown in the family, a complete breakdown of our society! Yes we are sufferingf rom the drug and gun trade! Y es we lack fathers in the home! But the time in which we find ourselves, does not a llow for a long term solution i n and of itself. A long term plan will not address the current monsters on the streets t hat have no regard for h uman life. There is only one solution and that is for the state to enforce capital puni shment. No the government cannot prevent or stop crime. I agree! So please dont push this old l ine down our throat. Only Jesus himself can change the h eart of a man who will gun another human down over the almighty dollar! However, the g overnment of the Bahamas, our elected leaders and those that serve in cabinet, have the responsibility to carry out w hatever is necessary to deal with a minority of criminals who have placed the majority of citizens in fear. We change l aws around this town at the drop of a hat. The Privy Council certainly isnt hiding behind bars and living under the constant threat of crime. Yet they want to speak down to us about being inhumane. Give me a break! R ecently, we have had seve ral murder cases thrown out b y the courts. So the question must be a sked, do we need outside assistance? Too much pride is killing t he Bahamas. Countries all o ver the world accept outside a ssistance when they experie nce a crisis. And the current manner in which innocent people are b eing slaughtered on our s treets is a crisis indeed! What is so wrong with seeking outside help to assist theC DU or the Prosecutors Office? All throughout this count ry we allow foreign profess ionals to come in and prov ide their expertise. Why we even have outside help to build roads and cons truct our airport. We deemed it necessary to seek outsideh elp to run our telecommunications system, but dont feel that perhaps help is needed to manage some of these m urder cases. Can you imagine we import foreign help to construct a roadway, butr efuse to seek help to solve t he murder of innocent people! Dont forget, there are u nresolved cases where innoc ent people have been murdered. Will our pride cause us to fall? It is common knowledge t hat criminals have no fear of the Justice System or the consequences for their a ctions.Most are just moving through a revolving door. W e have clearly failed, when the only justice being a dministered is justice on the s treets!How far will the blood f low? JEROME R PINDER N assau, May 19, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 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 I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm JERUSALEM After a tense White House meeting and four speeches by the leaders of the U.S. and Israel, the Israeli-Palestinian picture isb ecoming clearer: a resumption of peace negotiations is improbable, and the Palestinians seem headed to the United Nations to get recognition instead. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech Tuesday before a supportive U.S. Congress was remarkable in its way: the right-winger who once opposed even timid peace moves promised to be the first to recognize Palestine one day. But it also made clear to the Palestinians that his vision of their future state falls f ar short of what they want. Their reaction, predictably, was scathing. The Palestinians also face a challenge from the United States. While much has been made of the tension between Netanyahu and President BarackObama at a meeting last week, the Palestinians also heard an identical message from both: Peace must be negotiated, so don't go to the U.N. They may ultimately drop the gambit if they conclude it promises to be a messy affair with a vague outcome. But almost no one on the ground believes negotiations between the Israeli and Palestinian leaderships can lead to an agreement. And both have set conditions for even restarting talks that are unlikely to be met. First, Netanyahu is demanding that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cancel the threeweek-old reconciliation agreement between his moderate Fatah party and the Hamas militant group. Hamas kicked Abbas' forces out of power in Gaza four years ago, and it still rules the coastal strip with an iron fist. Israel like the U.S. views Hamas as a ter rorist group bent on its destruction. Despite occasional hints of moderation, Hamas is unlikely anytime soon to bend to demands that it accept Israel, give up terrorism and adopt past peace accords. There is a way around the Hamas issue: Take Abbas at his word that he is the negotiator, rep resenting the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization, and not just the Palestinian Authority g overnment. But Netanyahu chose not to take it. The unity deal may yet fall apart for other reasons, but it is key to Abbas because it enables him to say he represents all Palestinians, including those in Gaza. If he goes ahead with an appeal for recognition at the U.N. in September, Palestinian unity will be a key building block of his case. Second, the Palestinians continue to demand Israel freeze new construction in Jewish settle ments. With East Jerusalem included in this along with the West Bank, that means freezing con struction in areas where about a half-million Israelis live. Netanyahu opposes that on principle. He allowed a 10-month slowdown on settlement construction to expire in September, resulting in a collapse in negotiations. And in Tuesday's speech to Congress, he referred to the West Bank as the Jews' historical heartland and vowed never to divide Jerusalem. The Palestinians are sticking to this demand. This equation might have changed if the Palestinians found enough to be tempted by in the visions of peace outlined in the four speeches: Obama's on Thursday and Sunday, and Netanyahu's on Monday and Tuesday. Obama may have hoped to achieve just that when he said in his first speech that a peace deal must be based on the pre-1967 lines, and thate licited plaudits from the Palestinians and shock in Israel. It accounted for the tension in his meeting Friday with Netanyahu, who afterward lectured the U.S. president on Mideast history in front of the cameras. But Obama also mentioned mutually agreed land swaps a point that throws much open to discussion and which he amplified, apparently to the Israelis' satisfaction, in his second speech. The net result is a sense that borders based on the pre-1967 lines have yet to be n egotiated, and the devil will be in the details. It's a nuanced U.S. nod to Abbas, but probably not a gamechanger for the Palestinians. Netanyahu embraced Palestinian statehood in his speech to Congress, speaking warmly of his neighbours' progress toward building institutions in the past two years, convincingly explaining why Israel must not rule the Palestinians, and promising to be the first to recognize an independent Palestine when the time is right. He also said he knows some settlements will be abandoned in any feasible deal hardly a revolutionary concept, but the clearest such state ment from him. To hear such words from any Israeli leader let alone one from the right would have been deeply startling just a few years ago. Now, it seems to be too little, too late. Netanyahu refused to agree explicitly to a deal based on 1967, although he seems to harbour few illusions that this is, more or less, what must be done. That would have been a gesture toward Obama, not just the Palestinians. He ruled out any division of Jerusalem, where Palestinians want the occupied eastern sector to be their capital. The complications there are huge: the Old City, which is in the occupied part, is holy not only to Jews and Muslims but to Christians as well. And about 200,000 Israelis live on occupied Jerusalem land surrounding the Arab core, ren dering the city an ethnically mixed jumble. He called on Abbas to tell Palestinians that Israel is the Jewish state. And he ruled out any r eturn to Israel of Palestinian refugees or their descendants, even though the right of return is a demand the Palestinians seem to be sticking to despite widespread expectations that they will ultimately drop it. However, the Palestinians are still trying to figure out how to navigate the world body's maze of procedures and politics. In the end, they may get little more than observer status as a "non-member state" far less than what they hoped for and lacking the ability to help them challenge the legality of Israel's continuing occupation. But it may give them enough of a tail wind to spark mass protests in the West Bank and along Israel's borders, to spur discussion of boycotts against Israel and to isolate the Jewish state in myriad ways. Another armed uprising is not being discussed by Palestinian leaders, but with today's Middle East in the throes of change and foment, it cannot be discounted. Unarmed mass protests could easily spin out of control. Israel does not take any of this lightly. (This article was written by Dan Perry of the Associated Press). Another devastating blow for Bahamians LETTERS l email@example.com Little change after lots of Mideast talk EDITOR, The Tribune. The John Bull robbery news was a sickening one today. Where were the police in the city on a big cruise ship and sun-lit day Sun day, May 22, 2011? How bandits could commit such a monumental and brazenly serious crime and are not caught in our beloved capital? Something is critically wrong with this picture. Do the police take Sunday as a legitimate working day? Why are we in such a reactive rather than proactive mode when it comes to addressing the shameless criminals and their danger ously outrageous crimes in The Bahamas? Things are really out of control in our society when we do not recognise the importance of protecting our bread and butter the tourists. The town should always be swarming with police; especially when we have lots of visitors in the place. It looks like we have a lot of trigger-happy traffic cops in Nassau who are solely concerned about writing-up and harassing natives and jitney drivers; so, the robbers would always have a field day. Why is it that we cannot get it right when it comes to law enforcement versus the big-time criminals in the Bahamas? Is there a political conspiracy to embarrass the Bahamas Gov ernment and the upper-management of the Royal Bahamas Police Force through nasty criminal activity such as the John Bull rob bery? I would not be surprised if the answer is found to be in the affirmative. DENNIS ARTHUR DAMES Nassau, May 23, 2011. WHERE WERE THE POLICE WHEN BANDITS STRUCK AT JOHN BULL?
By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org T HE number of cholera c ases and associated deaths i n both Haiti and now the Dominican Republic con-t inues to rise, and although B ahamian immigration and public health officials are closely monitoring the situation they are satisfied with the current measures and protocols that are in place to protect The Bahamas. A ccording to the Associa ted Press, the number of new cases of cholera in the D ominican Republic has i ncreased by 50 per cent since the middle of May. The local physicians union says cholera cases have beenc onfirmed in 28 of the island n ations 32 provinces. C holera was first detected in the Dominican Repub-lic following the outbreak in n eighbouring Haiti last October which has claimed nearly 5,000 deaths in Haiti. Director of Immigration Jack Thompson said following the outbreak of cholera in Haiti, Bahamian governm ent ministries immedia tely moved into high gear o n how to approach the matter, establishing precau-t ions, protocols and carryi ng out workshops and seminars for officers stationed at all ports of entry. He said we have been working with the Ministry of Health to ensure the safety and health security of offi-c ers and the general public. According to Mr Thomps on, his department is guide d by local health authorities in terms of how to execute safety protocols andg uard against the threat of cholera. I am satisfied and have full confidence in the Ministry of Health however we never let our guard down, said Mr Thompson. H e said they are aware of w hat is going on in Haiti and t he Dominican Republic and will continue to moni-t or the situation. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011, PAGE 5 BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com F REEPORT A S upreme Court jury has f ound Lavardo Rahming a nd Shavardo McPhee guilty of the 2008 murder and armed robbery of Abacog rocery store cashier Dion Strachan. McPhee was present in court to hear the verdict, but R ahming, who was on $35,000 bail, failed to show up and a bench warrant was i ssued for his arrest. O n Monday, a jury of e ight women and four men brought back a unanimousg uilty verdict on the murder c harge against the pair. They also came back with a guilty verdict by a vote of 9-3 on the armed robbery charge. The jury was unable to reach a verdict in the case of Jermaine Russell, who was charged with conspiracy to commit armed robbery. He will remain on bail until September 1 when the prosecution will decide whether t o drop the charges or proc eed with other charges a gainst him. D ion Strachan was shot a nd killed on November 27, 2 008 during an armed robbery at the M&R Foodstore in Marsh Harbour, Abaco where he was employed as a cashier. Five men were initially charged in the matter. Duri ng the course of the trial the prosecution withdrew the charges against CalvinE dgecombe, 24, and Dario Mills, 24. O n May 2, Edgecombe was discharged of murder, armed robbery, and two counts of firearm possession and two counts of ammunition possession. He was represented by Simeon Brown. Mills, who was represented by J Henry Bostwick, was d ischarged on May 19 of c harges of conspiracy to c ommit armed robbery. R ahming was represente d by Carlson Shurland and M cPhee and Russell were represented by Murrio Ducille. McPhee is expected to be sentenced on September 1 once probation and psychi atric reports have been com-p leted. Justice Hartman presided over the matter. ProsecutorsV ernal Collie, Erica Kemp, and Olivia Blatch appeared o n behalf of the Crown. Pair found guilty of murder, armed robbery of grocery store cashier COURT NEWS SUPREMECOURT: Lavardo Rahming and Shavardo McPhee By LAMECH JOHNSON The Progressive Liberal Party candidate for Killarney is h oping voters disenchantment with the current governments style of leadership will helpl ead him to victory in the upcoming general election. Jerome Gomez officially launched his campaign Friday,r eiterating a critique of the goverments performance that he had made in early March a t a rally in Golden Gates. My fellow Bahamians, these are dark times in our beloved Bahamaland. We are b eing attacked on every front. Crime is at an all time high! Unemployment is a runawayt rain! The economy is in shambles. More and more Bahamians are falling below the pover ty line. There seems to be no end to this mis e ry. The Bahamian spirit is at an all time low! Broken and battered by this uncaring government. And instead of lifting up the Bahamian s pirit, all this government does is to build roads, and more roads. Roads that really get us nowhere fast." During his address to party s upporters, members and constiuents, he also discussed his allegiance to the PLP. Tonight, surrounded by family, friends, and well wish ers, I pledge my loyalty to the P LP, the leadership and its memership. I pledge that I will uphold the principles and philosophies of this great party.I pledge to uphold the tenants of the constitution of our Bahamaland. H e added that he believes loyalty to be a two-way street. And as I am loyal to the p arty and its members and its leadership, I would hope they also would be loyal to me. T he Killarney constituency is currently represented in the House of Assembly by Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. The newly formedD emocratic National Alliance has pledged to run a full slate, but has not yet announced the name of its candidate for the Killarney seat. G omez said although he knows it will be a battle, he is sure that he will return the seat to the PLP in the 2012 general election. PLP candidate hoping to capitalise on voter dismay with government ( AP Photo/Manuel Diaz) CHOLERACRISIS: Two boys play cards outside their home that sits next to an open sewage canal in the La Cienega slum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Tuesday May 17, 2011. A wave of new cholera c ases, with two deaths in recent days, has prompted the Dominican health authorities to declare a state of alert in 17 neighborhoods in the capital. The disease had not been detected in the country until after the outbreak in neighboring Haiti in October 2010 when fourteen people died and 750 were infected. BAHAMIAN OFFICIALS REMAIN ON ALERT AS HAITI CHOLERA DEATHS RISE J EROME GOMEZ ROADPROJECT: A sign marks out this Black Olive Tree in Cable Beach. Trees in the area are being uprooted and will be replanted as work gets under way for the road project in the Cable Beach area. TREES MAKE WAYFORROADPROJECT
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011 THE TRIBUNE CELEBRATION: Some of the more than 200 Latin American travel professionals descended on the Sandals Royal Bahamian property in Nassau to celebrate Copa Airlines inaugural direct flight from Panama to the Bahamas. TARGETING SOUTH A MERICA: Pictured left to right Copa Airs Manager of Operations Karla Guilln Sandals Vice President of Marketing, Warren Cohen, Sandals Business Devel o pment Manager Silvio Paez, and Sandals Royal Bahamian GM Patrick Drake. TOURISM officials anticipate new direct flight service between Panama and Nassau will bring an additional 14,500s tayover visitors in its first year. The additional visitors brought in by Copa Airlines are expected to spend 37,000r oom nights in The Bahamas and boost hotel revenues by more than $7 million a year. More than 200 Latin American travel professionals came to Nassau to celebrate the inaugural flight and were treated to an evening at San-d als Island. Sandals Royal Bahamian has been targeting the South American market for several years and the all-inclusive resorts general manager Patrick Drake said the directf light will provide numerous opportunities for the Bahamian market. He explained that it is often difficult for travellers from that region to o btain US visas and the direct f lights eliminate the need to travel by way of the United S tates to get to The Bahamas. D uring the event at Sandals, Copa Airline Managerof Operations Karla Guilln predicted that the Bahamas w ill become a popular destin ation with South American t ravellers. She said that the airline expects high load factors from t he outset. The aircraft that w ill be making the journey between Panama and the B ahamas has a maximum capacity of 94 passengers. The airline will provide return flights every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and S aturday from Panama to Nassau. T he Latin American travel e xecutives came from all over Latin America, including such countries as Puerto Rico, B razil, Panama and Mexico. Ms Guilln said that her time at Sandals and in the country at large was wonder f ul and praised the friendli ness and high quality of ser v ice from the Bahamian people. Sandals optimistic about Copa Airlines direct flight FIVE students from Deep Creek Middle School (DCMS arships to attend boarding schools in the United States. The five will begin their studies abroad in the autumn, bringing the total number of students to receive this award to 24 in the schools 10-year history. The students are Benjamin Williams, of Palmetto Point, Kristen Rolle, of Deep Creek, Megan Sweeting, of Green Castle, A nna McCartney, of Tarpum Bay and Aliece Goodman, of Tarpum Bay. In four years, almost $1million has been awarded in scholarship and aid packages for students. At $230,000 per year, this is the highest amount of aid ever given in one year to DCMS graduates. Principal Dr Joanna Paul said: Each year, we have to raise $230,000 to run the school. So it is nice to see that the investment that others have made in the past is continuing to be invested in these students. Valuable It shows how valuable our DCMS graduates are worldwide. Since 2002, DCMS graduates have r eceived $2.25million in scholarships for secondary education. "I am extremely proud of Megan and the other students for their achievements. This represents a great opportunity for these students to further their education and will open doors for their continued success es down the road," remarked parent Bernadette Sweeting, of Green Castle. DCMS is currently accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year. S TUDENT S FR OM DEEP CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL AWARDED SCHOLARSHIPS TO ATTEND US SCHOOLS
B y LAMECH JOHNSON NEW graduates of the C ollege of the Bahamas w ere congratulated for hav i ng the determination to stay in school through the curr ent economic crisis. A t COB's 2011 graduate awards ceremony, guest speaker and college alumniR aymond Wells gave the award recipients well wishes and words of encourage ment during his speech in t he Performing Arts Centre. M r Wells, deputy director and vice-president of infor-m ation technology at the N ational Insurance Board, told the students they are true gems of the Bahamas. In a time where the country was at a low economic point and many per sons are without a gainful employment, you continued your educational journey because you knew thei mportance of a tertiary edu c ation. You knew the importance of a COB education, said Mr Wells, who is alsoC OB's 2006 graduating class valedictorian. You sacrificed not only your time and effort, but also in many cases your limited financial resources. Speaking from experiencea nd having sat where you n ow sit, your efforts are not in vain. The deputy director told t he graduates this year's theme Overcoming Chal lenges, Embracing Opportunities is fitting to currente conomic problems facing the country. He also praised the insti tution for its high standards o f excellence and quoted former professors who once said We are readying you for the job market and COB students are second to none. COB's President Dr Bet sy Boze said the college appreciates the effort it tookf or the awardees to reach t his point, and she also acknowledged their family and friends for their support. We all have support sys tems and we all have those who have supported us. We need and appreciate t hat support as a stimulus for their success. So thank you for sup porting our academic stars. Continue to be the wind beneath their wings as theys ail through the seas of life. T hirty-eight graduates were presented with plaques donated by 39 corporates ponsors. Winning awards from the school of business, were Mandelia Morris, NikeraD ean, Kristi Miramontes, Ileana Thompson, Craig Frazier Jr and Deborah Fer guson Davis. From the S chool of Chemistry, Environmental and Life Sciences; Jasmine Johnson and Isaiah Rolle. For the Schoolo f Communication and Crea tive Arts were Shavincia Thomas, Khia Poitier, Nicolette Turnquest, DevaughnA nderson, and Lamech Johnson. Culinary and Hospitality Management Institutea wardees were Tanya Mar shall, Tishana Saunders, Leshea Jones, Wendy Miller, Mikiayala andD ames. Education awardees were Terishka Cleare, Lynette Gibbs, AllysonL evarity, Daria Johnson, A nswa Armbrister, Cora Colebroke, Rico Munroe and Demetra Moss. English S tudies winner was Darion Spence. Patrick Russell and Pasquin Rahming won awards for school of Math,P hysics and Technology. L iatera Laing, Pearl Aki bon and Deshan Woodside won school of Nursing andA llied Health Profession awards. From the school of Social Sciences, Reva Sharma, Tamika Davis, JenniferW illiams and Daria Delancey were winners. The scholar athlete award was presented to Collette Pick s tock. Other students who did not receive programme ors chool awards received dist inction cords for having a cumulative GPA of 3.51 or greater. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011, PAGE 7 COB graduates praised for staying in school during economic crisis H ONOURED: H ONOURED: A wardees receive a plaque. The president is in the background. Fred Mitchell receives blessing as he launches his re-election campaign H ANDS-ON APPROACH: F ox Hill MP Fred Mitchell is p ictured receiving a blessing from Reverend Carl Rahm ing during a ceremony at the Faith Mission Church of God as he officially launched his re-election campaign. Progressive Liberal Party Leader Perry Christie, D eputy Leader Philip Davis and the PLPs Parliament ary Caucus attended the service. M r Mitchell said he wanted to get his campaign o ff to a good start as he committed himself to fight for y oung people, build the community, and to support the c ultural integrity of Fox Hill. (Photo by Andrew Burrows THE COLLEGEOFTHE BAHAMAS PRESENTATION: Khia Poitier is presented with a plaque.
I T IS glaringly obvious that anything Barrack Obama says as president of the United States will generate howls of protest and chants o f condemnation from the i ncreasingly immoderate r ightwing without any rhyme or reason especially reason. We have only to consider the hoo-hah over Obama's r ecent attempt to explain US p olicy towards the Arab S pring, with specific reference to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His effort to bring some c larity to the issues and address the difficult decisions t hat confront both sides was i nstantly pilloried by critics. The status quo is unsustainable," Obama said last week. The international commu nity is tired of an endless process that never produces a n outcome. The dream of a J ewish and democratic state cannot be fulfilled with perm anent occupation... And P alestinians will never realize their independence by denying the right of Israel to exist." T he core of his message w as that no peace can be imposed, nor can endless delay make the problem go away. "What America and the international community can do is state frankly whate veryone knows: a lasting peace will involve two states for two peoples...The borders of Israel and Palestine should be based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps, s o that secure and recognized b orders are established for both states." There was nothing radical i n this speech, other than its open and balanced exposition placing the conflict within the context of the revolutionaryu pheavals now taking place in the Arab world. Obama's position on the 1967 borders i s no more than a restatement of what George W Bush said in 2002, that a final peace dealw ould end the Israeli occup ation that began in 1967. President Obama was exercising leadership on thisi ssue, which is usually addressed in a non-partisan way. As he told the Ameri-c an-Israel Public Affairs Committee: "I will work to help Israel achieve the goal of two states living side bys ide in peace and security. And I won't wait until the waning days of my presidenc y. You and I know that we must do more than stand still." H istory shows that partition has always been the accepted answer to the Palestinian question, ever since the B ritish mandate in the 1930s in fact. In 1947 it was the solution recommended by the United Nations accepted by the Jews, but rejected by the Arabs. And Israel's 1967 borders have been the starting point for negotiations ever since the Six-Day War that changed them. This is a principle that has been recognised by successive Israeli governments, US administrations, the Arab L eague and the rest of the international community. Less than three years ago f ormer prime minister Ehud Olmert told the Israeli parliam ent: "We must give up Arab n eighbourhoods in Jerusalem a nd return to the core of the t erritory that is the State of Israel prior to 1967, with m inor corrections dictated by the reality created since then." A nd in a recent book, former president Jimmy Carter who helped negotiate the C amp David Accords 33 years ago argued that the only effective approach to the Palestinian problem is the t wo-state solution first proposed almost a century ago partition of the Holy Landb etween Arabs and Jews. In Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid Carter who was p resident from 1976 to 1980 and now runs the humanitarian Carter Centre traced the history of Arab-Israeli nego t iations since Camp David, which produced an historic peace treaty between Israel a nd Egypt that is still in force. The agreement was based on unanimous UN resolutions after the 1967 and 1973 ArabI sraeli wars. According to Carter, the basic premise of the UN res o lutions "is that Israel's acqui sition of territory by force is illegal and that Israel must withdraw from occupied ter ritories; that Israel has the right to live in peace within secure and recognised boundaries; that the refugee prob lem must be settled; and that the international community must assist with negotiations to achieve a just and durable peace in the Middle East." Before he was elected, Carter had been invited to visit Israel by Yitzhak Rabin, the military hero of the 1967 Sixday War who was later, as prime minister, to sign the 1993 Oslo peace agreement with Yasser Arafat. Rabin was assassinated for his efforts by a Jewish extremist two years later. The prevailing view among Israeli leaders back then, Carter said, was that the occupied territories should be kept only until they could be traded for a secure peace with the Arabs. There were about 1500 Jewish settlers in these areas at the time of his 1973 visit. But today, they number more than 300,000 out of a total West Bank population of some 2 million. "The Camp David Accords signed by (Egyptian President Anwar) Sadat and (Israeli Prime Minister Menachem) Begin... reconfirmed a specific commitment to honour UN resolutions which...call for Israel's with drawal from occupied territo ries...and the recognition of the Palestinian people as a separate political entity," Carter wrote. "Everyone knew that if Israel began building new settlements, the promise to grant the Pales tinians full autonomy would be violated." Fast forward to the present when, Carter says, the Israelis are unilaterally building a wall of imprisonment within Palestinian territory to impose "a system of partial withdrawal, encapsulation and apartheid on the Muslim and Christian citizens of the occupied territories." "It is obvious that the Palestinians will be left with no territory in which to estab lish a viable state, but completely enclosed within the barrier and the occupied Jordan River Valley." The Israeli-Palestinian issue is the principal fault line in world conflict today, but Carter pointed out that the Camp David Accords show that diplomacy can bring last ing peace between ancient enemies. And the main point is that all of the initiatives that followed Camp David contain key common elements the same elements that were enunciated by President Obama last week. According to Carter, the two big obstacles to peace are the belief of some Israelis that they have the right to confiscate Palestinian land, and the reaction of some Palestinians who honour suicide bombers as martyrs. The key requirements for peace are that the security of Israel must be guaranteed within a permanent legal boundary, and the sovereignty of all nations in the region must be honoured. Over the years, public opinion surveys have shown that a majority of Israelis favour withdrawing from Palestinian territory in exchange for peace, and recent polls have shown that most Palestinians also want a two-state agreement. "The bottom line is this," Carter said. "Peace will come to Israel and the Middle East only when the Israeli government is willing to comply with international law...All Arab nations must pledge to honour Israel's right to live in peace under these conditions." During the last Bush administration, Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice called for a comprehensive settlement similar to a proposal adopted at an Arab summit in 2002. At that time, the Arabs offered peace with Israel if it withdrew from the territories seized in 1967. In return, all Arab states would finally recognise Israel's right to exist within secure borders. Although late in coming, this Arab position is compat ible with US government policy, previous agreements approved by Israeli govern ments, and international diplomatic initiatives going back 44 years. So how is it that Obama's eloquent restatement of these principles is cause for such alarm amongst the American and Israeli right? What do you think? Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit www.bahamapundit.com LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Why the alarm over Obamas eloquent restatement of Mideast peace principles? EXERCISINGLEADERSHIP: US President Barack Obama The bottom line is this, Peace will come to Israel and the Middle East only when the Israeli government is willing to comply with inter national law...All Arab nations must pledge to hon our Israel's right to live in peace under these conditions." Jimmy Car ter YASSER ARAFAT EHUDOLMERT
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011, PAGE 9 Three other fires at house of death b efore anyone was hurt. The 34-year-old mother-offour lost her oldest child hers ix-year-old daughter and two other youngsters she cared for as if her own when af ire ripped through their twobedroom apartment on May, 11. Her three remaining chil d ren and one child born to another woman are still in hospital for treatment for severe smoke inhalation and minor burns stemming from the May 11 tragedy. The mother left Nassau for N ew York in January to spend time with family after a relative died. She does nothave legal status to live in the US. She left her children behind, but had tried to secure travel visas for them so the youngsters could join her in the US and live a better life, she said. Now, she says she is guiltridden because she could do nothing to save their innocent lives. Tragedy struck before she could move her children and now the young mother cannot legally travel to be at the children's beside in hospital and has to rely on updates on the children's health from friends. From May 11, I have been g oing crazy. I'm in bad shape, I did not eat, did not sleep, I just cry every day," said the woman, who did not want to be named for fear of being deported. "I blame myself, if I was there maybe when the fire started, I would be able to take them out. It's a terrible death they died, they're not c oming back. Those children are the ones who keep me going, this is for them, I came here for them, now they are gone. "One month before the children died, a fire started three times, this is the fourth fire in the shop. A month ago there was a fire, when he (the father) come he find two boys putting water on the fire," she said. The woman, of Haitian descent, began dating the children's father eight years ago. She bore him four children, and looked after the three youngsters he had from a previous relationship once the pair moved in together. For years the family lived in the cramped apartment, with the living room dedicat ed to their father's homebased electronic repair busi n ess. A lthough money was tight, t he youngsters did well in school and had bright dreams for the future. "Adderley was the nice one, he died, he's not my son but he's really smart he likes school, he knows everything he was the one who always helped me clean. "Mallory is my baby girl, s he's six, she died. She smart in math, and she tell me she going be like Tyra Banks, a model. She ask me for all kind of things I could not give to her because I'm not working," said the woman, her voice cracking as she spoke of two of the dead children. As she struggles to cope with the devastation that has hit her family, the mother said she wants people to know she did not run out on her family. "A good mother always try to find a way to make her children happy, I did not abandon my children, I want ed them to see more in life, more beauty, a better life thats why I stayed in the US." FROM page one NOT F ORGOTTEN: Toys mark the scene of the tragedy. soon," was all Mr Sands would say. Y esterday afternoon, however, Mr Sands revealed that Vaughn Roberts had left the Downtown Nassau Partnership and was returning to Baha Mar as Vice President of Corporate Finance andT reasury for Baha Mar. (See Tribune Business for more). Yesterday Mr Dames was t ightlipped about his impending departure from the Royal B ahamas Police Force telling The Tribune that he has been "so busy" fighting crime he has not had much time tot hink about anything else. "I've been so consumed trying to deal with crime," he s aid, when asked of his future plans. A shake-up within the top b rass of the Royal Bahamas P olice Force is looming following Mr Dames' resignat ion, which The Tribune understands to be effective June 1. Starting next Monday, current officer-in-charge of the Central Detective Unit Superintendent Leon Bethel will o versee a larger and more critical department, the Central Division. Superintendent P aul Rolle, who is currently stationed at the Carmichael Road division, is tapped to replace Mr Bethel. T op on Mr Bethel's agenda is motivating officers in the Central Division and maximising manpower to counter crime and robberies in the tourist hub like Sunday's heist at jewellery store JohnB ull. "I'm honoured I'm going t o take over. I've been in the police force 33 years and I h ave 31 years in CDU alone. I really appreciate the change, n ow I have to be more specific to the city area, (protecti ng) our tourism industry that i s most important. Like the robbery what happened on B ay Street, we have to do all in our power to make sure that doesn't happen again. "What I intend to do is to utilise the cadre of good offic ers that we have there. With a little more motivation you will see a big difference with the same number of officers. I have been able to motivate a number of officers at CDU, I can do that with uniformed officers together with all those commanders at central." Published reports indicate that Senior Assistant Com-m issioner Quinn McCartney w ill be promoted to Mr Dames' position. When asked to confirm this report, Minister of National S ecurity Tommy Turnquest s aid he could not comment. He said a statement will be f orthcoming, once a final decision has been made on Mr Dames' successor. Superintendent Anthony Ferguson, who currently overs ees the Central Division, reportedly will be promoted t o the rank of Assistant Commissioner. REPORTS: DEPUTY POLICE COMMISSIONER SET TO TAKE UP TOP SECURITY JOB AT BAHA MAR FROM page one ROBERT SANDS tion, were quite pleased with the progress we are making. We feel certain that we are on the right track and confident that we can bring this matter to closure very shortly. Two masked men, brandishing what wit nesses described as high-powered weapons, burst into the downtown John Bull store at around 10am on Sunday. Using a hammer to smash open two Rolex showcases, the robbers fled the store with an undetermined number of the high end timepieces and escaped in a silver coloured Honda driven by an unmasked man. Reports reaching The Tribune indicate that 15 watches, each valued at around $60,000, were stolen. However, neither police nor John Bull management has confirmed the number or value of stolen items. Rolex watches are serialised by the manufacturer, according to Inga Bowleg, public relations manager at John Bull. Each time piece is engraved with two sets of identification numbers, a serial number and a case refer ence number. Ms Bowleg advised that the company would not be making a statement on the matter until police had concluded their investigations. Were still working with the company (John Bull) to finalise that, said Mr Dames. There is still a significant amount of work to do. We are working closely with the Director of Public Prosecutions and what we seek to do moving forward is to ensure that we are able to secure the evidence necessary that will even tually lead to the conviction of persons respon sible. The robbery, which police estimate took only a few seconds, left downtown shop own ers, tourists and locals traumatised. With five ships in harbour, including the prestigious Genesis Class Oasis of the Seas, police faced criticism for what was deemed as insufficient visibility on such a high traffic day. According to vendors on the downtown strip, police presence is typically low on Sundays, something they feel encourages the crim inal element. Police have dismissed claims concerning patrol scheduling, as they feel the crime was opportunistic. Mr Dames added: There is no reason why we cannot bring this matter to closure and prosecute those persons responsible for this terrible act. Anyone with information that may assist investigations are asked to contact police at 919 or the anonymous Crime Stoppers line at 328TIPS. PEOPLE IN CUSTODY OVER JOHN BULL ROBBERY FROM page one from the blaze by a family member, but died in hospital around 6:30 Monday. Investigating officers h ave not said how they sus pect the fire was started and continue to investigate. Noo ne else was injured in this f ire and police are urging parents and caregivers not to leave children at homea lone. GIRL AGED THREE DIES FROM FIRE INJURIES FROM page one ident was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel. B abbs, a 22-year-old resident of Cox Way off East Street w as shot multiple times later that evening while in the parking lot at Da Porch liquor store on Montrose Avenue and H ampton Street. H e was also pronounced dead by EMS personal at the s cene. The Tribune understands that Babb was well known to police and was out on bail at the time of the shooting. Police officials have yet to release any further information r egarding Mondays murders but say that both matters are currently under active investigation. POLICE NAME MURDER VICTIMS F ROM page one QUINN MCCARTNEY
$4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.59 $5.54 $5.65 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB email@example.comWEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011 BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 [Learn more at royaldelity.com] By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A businessman has been slammed by his Bahamian attorney for failing to comply with a Supreme Court order to return, to former Leadenhall Bank & Trust credit card clients, 70 per cent of their col lective $14 million card deposits. I n a sensational letter seen by Tribune Business, Raynard Rigby, principal at Gibson, Rigby & Co, blasts Delroy Howell, chief executive of Turks & Caicos-based First Financial Trust Company, for potential breaches of fiduciary duty and alleged misappropriation of thec ardholders trust deposits, disassociating himself from this conduct. The letter, dated March 8, 2010, reveals how Mr Rigby and his firm unwittingly helped Mr Howell to buy a condominium at the upscale Bay Roc complex at Cable Beach withf unds derived from the trust assets, something he only dis Rigby blasts client over $14m card deposits fate Former PLP chairman slams Howell over failure to repay former Leadenhall clients $9.8m, or 70% or sums owed* Attorney will not be a party to a direct and flagrant breach of Supreme Court Order Accuses client of buying Bay Roc condo using trust funds without his knowledge Case also involving Obie Wilchcombes sister SEE page 4B RAYNARD RIGBY By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Fidelity Bank (Bahamas erate quarterly profits in the range of $1 million through the remaining three quarters of its 2011 financial year, after generating a more than $1.2 million year-overyear swing to $1.061 million in net income for the three months to end-March. Speaking after the BISX-listed financial institution unveiled a marked improvement upon the 2010 first quarters $141,956 net loss, Anwer Sunderji, its chief executive, told Tribune Business that it fully expects to generate Return on Equity (RoE the lower teens for 2011. This compared to single digit RoE achieved in previous year, and Mr Sunderji attributed the improvement in Fidelity Bank (Bahamas the repositioning strategy the bank had executed over the last two years. This had involved changing the loan port folio from primarily a mortgage book to one featuring a greater mix of higher interest rate, higher margin consumer loans. This segment now accounts for roughly one-third of Fidelity Bank (Bahamas book, and Mr Sunderji said: Our loan mix has changed. Were in the lower 30 per cents, when in the last quarter we were in the upper 20 per cents. The bank has also forged greater links with affiliates in the group owned by its parent and 75 per cent majority shareholder, Fidelity Bank& Trust International, draw ing heavily on its investment and wealth management products. Describing the 2011 first quarter results as very encouraging, Mr Sunderji told Tribune Business: The last two quarters of 2010 were already reflecting a substantial improvement in the companys bottom line, and that continued over into the 2011 first quarter. We really are very comfortable with the prospects for the bank going forward. Our top line, in terms of net interest income, is up something like 41 per cent, and expenses remained largely flat. The results fully meet our expectations. Were very pleased with the numbers we have posted. Theres a lot of work ahead, and were not taking anything for grant ed. We remain focused on doing the right thing. The bank has become a substantially better performer. Apart from the benefits derived from a greater proportion of higher yielding consumer loans, Fidelity Bank (Bahamas quarter results were aided by loan book growth, together with improved interest rate spreads/margins resulting from a lower cost of funds. Plentiful commercial banking system liq uidity has pushed deposit rates down, and Fidelity Bank (Bahamas income rose year-over-year by 53.5 per cent, from $1.988 million last year to $3.052 Fidelity: 2011 profits to stay $1m quarterly BISX-listed bank eyeing $4m annual profit, following more than $1.2m swing back into black year -over-year On track for lower teens Return on Equity in 2011, with consumer credit now over 30% of loan book CEO says profits continuing on monthly pro rata basis ANWER SUNDERJI SEE page 2B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust is targeting the global agribusiness and energy industries with its latest international investment fund, which is set for an end-June launch in a bid to capture the $10 million invested in its maturing first TIGRS product. J oseph Euteneuer, RoyalFidelitys mutual fund manager, confirmed to Tribune Business that the investment bank was structuring its TIGRS 5 fund to invest in an equity basket equally weighted (split 50/50 ness and energy indices. He added that in response to Bahamia n investor preferences for a minimal return from their investment over the f ive years that TIGRS 5 will operate, RoyalFidelity was looking at varying the 100 per cent principal protection policy it had used on previous international investment funds. This device has been used to guarantee the return of all initial investor capital, through investments in Bahamasbased fixed income securities and bank deposits, while allowing them to benefit from extra returns on the funds upside. Mr Euteneuer, though, explained that in response to investor feedback, RoyalFidelity was considering 105 per cent principal protection for TIGRS 5, with investors choosing this only able to benefit from 80 per cent of the upside. The investment bank was still considering whether to do this, or offer a combination of different principal protections. Weve done a survey of investors via e-mail, and determined that people were generally happy with the TIGRS prod uct the way it is. Its a unique product in this marketplace, Mr Euteneuer told Tribune Business. But responses came back that some t ype of minimum return over five years would make them comfortable, which is why we decided to add this feature to the new TIGRS. The new TIGRS fund, which will be a five-year closed-end fund, is targeting a minimum $2 million in Bahamian investor capital. Mr Euteneuer said he was hoping to capture as much of the $ 10 million currently bound up in the maturing TIGRS 1 as possible. Given that there arent any options like this in the local marketplace, we expect more investors to take advantage of this to tap into some of this global growth, he added. Wed like to capture it all. Wed like to get every singlei nvestor involved in TIGRS 1 involved $10m fund targeting agribusiness/energy RoyalFidelity structures new international product with aim of attracting capital tied-up in Junes maturing fund Seeking minimum $2m for five-year fund Assessing whether to offer investors 105% principal protection, thus guaranteeing minimum return SEE page 6B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org The Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP a managing director following the departure of Vaughn Roberts to return to a senior finance position with Baha Mar. Charles Klonaris, co-chair man of the DNP, yesterday confirmed Mr Roberts depar ture, as did Robert Sands, senior vice-president of government and external affairs at Baha Mar, who said the resort development company was pleased to announce Mr Roberts decision to rejoin its team. Mr Roberts, who has headed up the DNP since April 2009, will now take up the post of vice-president of corporate finance and treasury for Baha Mar. He previously served as vice-president of finance at the company from 2006 to 2009. Vaughns leadership skills and career experience make him ideally suited to oversee the financial reporting for Baha Mar, said Don Robinson, its president. Mr Roberts holds a Masters in Financial Accounting from the University of Illinois, and an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneur ship from the University of Chicagos Booth School of Business. Downtown leader returns to Baha Mar SEE page 6B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com The Bahamian Contractors Associations (BCA yesterday expressed concern that the proposed joint-effort with Baha Mar to train Bahamians in skills that will enable the industry to benefit from the Baha Mar develop ment may be about three months behind schedule. Stephen Wrinkle sug gested that the fact the traini ng of construc tion workers and contractors, which was announced last year as an intended means of expanding Bahamian involvement in the $2.6 billion development, became tied in with the hospi tality training Baha Mar pro poses to do has been somewhat of an impediment to its time ly progression. As far as the BCA is concerned this [training] shouldve been underway and implemented. If things are not resolved by the end of this month then we may have some problems. Theres too much happening too fast for us to be prepared at the moment, he said, adding that the ball is in [Baha Mars] court right now. They have an obligation to move on this. Mr Wrinkle noted that Baha Mar expects for work on the core part of the development, involving the hotels themselves, to get underway in June. The BCA, he previously stat ed, is waiting for Baha Mar to appoint a training academy director who will head up the CONTRACTORS FEAR TRAINING IS ABOUTTHREE MONTHS BEHIND SEE page 3B Baha Mar says not time constrained S TEPHEN WRINKLE
million. Top line interest income was up 20.8 per cent at $5.974 mil lion, compared to $4.945 million, while interest expense was essentially flat at $2.922 million compared to $2.957 million in the year before quarter. This was despite a 10 per cent growth in customer deposits to $242.809 million, compared to $220.728 million, further evidence of the impact from a system-wide reduction in deposit rates. Loan book growth of 4.9 per cent also boosted Fidelity Bank (Bahamas folio expanded from $212.665 million at 2010 year-end to $223.116 million. Its a combination of things, not only a change in the assetm ix but in some expansion of the loan book, Mr Sunderji said of the 2011 first quarter outcome. I think theres simply more liquidity in the sys tem, and it has to go somewhere, and we have attracted more deposits this year than historically. Thats helped fuel, and the growth and expansion of the loan book has helped the bottom line. Total expenses remained flat a t $3.329 million, compared to $3.25 million the year before, as increases in salaries and gen eral/administrative expenses were cancelled out by a sevenfold reduction in loan loss provisions, which fell to $31,006 compared to $243,487 the year before. All that came straight to the bottom line, Mr Sunderji told Tribune Business. Were on track, and on a monthly basisw ere continuing to show the same pro rate number for the bottom line. While interest margins had widened a bit, he added: Our delinquent loans have actually stabilised. They are not getting worse, and we are not having to provide for moree ach quarter, so hopefully that trend continues for the balance of the year. Mr Sunderji said Fidelity Bank (Bahamas ing loans, as a percentage of the total portfolio, had contin ued to drop since 2010 yearend, falling from 9 per cent to per cent and a fraction. Both non-performing credit a nd total arrears remained below Bahamian commercial banking industry averages, and the Fidelity Bank (Bahamas chief executive said the institu tion believed asset quality will improve over time, and weve already seen the bottom. We expect the banks bot t om line performance to remain in the range of $1 million per quarter, and overall the economy should improve, Mr Sun derji told Tribune Business. The construction of Baha Mar, and jobs percolating through the economy, delin quencies will improve, creditd emand will increase, and liquidity remains robust. I think all these factors should support expansion in the bottom line. Its tough to lend out money in a difficult economy, so the fact weve posted some growth is very encouraging when there is not a great deal of credit demand that is bankable. He added that the repositioning exercise Fidelity Bank (Bahamas over the past two-three years was aiding its performance, adding that this was being reflected in our bottom line. It t akes a while to reposition financial institutions and start to see the fruits of our labour. 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No, this is not some fantasy of mine, even though it is sometimes easier said than done. Yet t hese are the tactics we need to develop. While I am quite a ware of the need to fight if necessary, it would certainly b e easier to engage our young men and women before we s ee them doing the Bank Lane shuffle, and before we hear the cries of: Not myg ood child. With this in mind, I challenge everyone to reach out via a youth group or in your neighbourhood t o our young men and women. Let them know thereis hope. It is NBA play-off time, and like some of our not-so-f avourite teams, it appears the criminals are leading by several games. Whats the game plan? Where are our superstars? And, for that matter, our bench, since we need s ome help, As we muddle o ver the next best move, our society is being pounded into t he ground. I am no big fan of basketb all. I am, however, a martial a rtist. Let me begin by telling y ou the secret of combat and s elf-defence, without you e ven having to step into my s chool and take one of my c lasses. The key, the secret to winning any fight, is Speed, Surprise, Commitment. Not skill, resources or knowledge, but simply the unexpected, fast and determined assault o n a specific target. This is how the underdog wins; they eliminate the tactics they have become known for, and do the unorthodox. If you do not believe me then listen to what Sun Tzu, the famous Chinese strategist and tactician, has to say: Let your plans be dark a nd as impenetratable as night, and when you move, f all like a thunderbolt. And: Be extremely mysterious, even to the point of s oundlessness. Thereby you can be the director of the opponent's fate. Or better yet, as Nike says, Just Do It. T he continued announcement that we are at war with c riminals, in my opinion, sugg ests the opposing side has a c ause worthy of their efforts, j ustifying their means and bringing credibility to theirg oals and lifestyle. Frankly, this continued declaration of war is empowering the criminal and creating or, rather, h as created, a culture that is p rotected and idolised. T hen, we tell all and sundry o f our actions, strategy and p lans. We get on TV, call a press conference and let thew hole world know that with t his tactic and strategy we will get them this time, only to r eturn the following month in another press conference s peaking of the next assault o n crime. The criminals are n ot making announcements and calling press conferences about their success and failu re rate. They act without h esitation against whatever and whomever they choose. Perhaps they have studiedS un Tzu. The recent robbery of a major department storei n the heart of downtown N assau is an example of this. W hen I teach a class or cond uct a seminar on selfdefense, I as best as possible a void discussions on numbers or statistics. This informationi s of little help when youre p inned on the ground with a knife at your throat. It is all about fighting surviving and telling the story, because e veryone likes a winner. I w ould venture to say that the deviant is not concerned a bout the crime rate, or how many robberies were committed last year and the victim t ype. These individuals are in i t for the championship rings and all. I s our so-called War on Crime, as implied recently by the the May 9, 2011, NassauG uardian National Review a rticle, about W ho is winning the War on Crime ? The article speaks about the apparent f ailure to convict alleged w rongdoers. In my opinion, the public, church and the G overnment have a fundamental lack of understanding because, as Sun Tzu suggests: War is a very grave matter f or the state, and must not be c ommenced without due consideration. I f we do not appreciate the detrimental consequences of failing to subdue crime, we will be destroyed. I believe we are slowly evolving into a v ictim society, as it appears we have given up hope of maintaining civilisation. We a re making the criminals out to be warriors or soldiers in a n invading army. At this point in our history, we as a country must realise that we m ust be better prepared to deal with crime, and begin preemptive attacks long before the police go chasinga nd investigating. And defin itely before alleged crimin als are sent before the courts. All of these are react ive responses, leaving us as a s ociety playing catch up. This i s insanity, as we know what c rime is and that it will happen. Our failure to be betterp repared at this point is unacceptable. Sun Tzu says this about war: The art of war teaches u s to rely not on the likelih ood of the enemy's not com i ng, but on our own readiness t o receive him; not on the c hance of his not attacking, but rather on the fact that weh ave made our position unass ailable. The criminal is here, will c ome and is not going anywhere. So what are we going t o do? We must be prepared t o seize opportunities when t hey present themselve,s and become flexible and adaptable to changing trends and c ulture. As it stands now, the approach to reducing crime i s stagnant and producing minimal results. The return on investment in man hours, be they at the policing level or p rosecution level, cannot be compared to the cost increased crime is having on our way of living. It would appear that we are fighting a l osing battle. As mentioned in previous articles, it is better to empower social services, schools and t he non-governmental organi sations, such as swim clubs, martial art schools, the Boys Brigade, Scouts and Pathfinders with finances to supportt heir proven tactics. Create l egislation that gives these agencies and organisations more teeth to implement their programs. W hen teaching selfdefence, I do not teach wait for them to attack and then counter. I teach that if yous ee two guys walking towards y ou, get ready be ready. You are already losing if you are reacting to the attack.Y es, I do teach walking or r unning away if you feel overwhelmed, but where does a country run. Where can the p ublic hide? We must face this situation head on, but we have to change our approach. When we are responding toc rime by buying more police c ars and hiring more prosecutors, we are losing. NB: Gamal Newry is the president of Preventative Measures, a loss prevention a nd asset protection training and consulting company, spe cialising in policy and procedure development, business security reviews and audits, and emergency and crisis management. Comments can be sent to PO Box N-3154 Nassau, Bahamas, or e-maili nfo@preventativemeas ures.org or visit us atwww.preventativemeasures.org Change approach to subdue crime Safe and SECURE Gamal Newry Fidelity: 2011 profits to stay $1m quarterly FROM page 1B
By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A fter a long and arduous merger process, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Conf ederation (BCCEC terday officially launched as a united entity that will provide more value added services to its membership. A membership-driven, comprehensive strategic p lan has been formalised with the assistance of the International Labour O rganisation (ILO w ith a newly made-up Board of Directors, admini strative structure and package of offerings for members, said chairman Khaalis Rolle. At a press conference held y esterday at the British Colonial Hilton to formally announce the launch of them erged Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employ ers Confederation, Mr R olle said he believes that w hat the two entities have achieved in the merger will be used as a benchmark throughout the Caribbean. "What we have done is now being featured by the ILO as a successful initia tive in the Caribbean," he s aid. Mr Rolle thanked those who have played a role in the process, which b egan in 2001, and involved weekly meetings by a spe cially-appointed committee f or the past year. He said the merger will enable the new organisation to offer the kind of value to its membership that the two entities could not offer indi vidually. Prior to the merger we were two organisations, I think, which were suffering from a form of inertia. We w erent completely in touch with what our members needs were. With the merger, one of the things that we d id was develop a strategic plan which is designed to m eet the needs of the membership. We actually went out and surveyed the membership and asked them what they think the Chamb er should represent, what BECON should represent, and what we should repres ent as a merged entity, and h ow best we can serve their needs, Mr Rolle told Trib une Business. H e added that the new model is also intended to be more financially sustainable in the long-term. Stoppings hort of suggesting fees will increase, Mr Rolle said they will change during the nextb usiness cycle, being rationalised to reflect the merger and the true value of then ew organization. H e added that there is a new commitment on behalf of the organisation to no longer carry members on its register if they are not up to date with their dues, and to have better, cleaner, financials, including provis ion of audited financial statements. In the past we would o rganise trade missions, seminars and luncheons. Now we have a learning side o f the Chamber, the Cham ber Institute, we will have a mystery shopper program.people will be get ting a lot more services for less money. We realise that to be c redible we cant just be an organization saying: Gov ernment do this, governm ent do that. We have to be in a position to deliver t hose services ourselves. We will be offering technical courses on improving your b usiness services, and doing it at less than retail cost, said Mr Rolle. The vision s tatement of the BCCEC is: "To be the premier repre sentative body of the busi ness community in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas,t hrough advocacy and the p rovision of value added services, essential to their growth and development." Structurally, the make up of the entity will change f rom that which the Cham ber had, dropping the exec utive director and president roles and moving to a chair man (Khaalis Rolle, although he will step down i n June), vice-chairman (Gershan Major executive (Winston Rolle w ith a more active, work ing Board of Directors. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011, PAGE 3B 2)),&($&()25(17'RZQWRZQRIFHVSDFHV ,GHDOIRUSURIHVVLRQDOV By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter email@example.com Although suggesting that he does not feel the bold and aggressive daylight robbery, which saw up to $1 million worth of Rolex watches stolen from John Bulls Bay Street store, will be the first of a trend, a key downtown stakeholder suggested moreC losed Circuit Television (CCTV monitoring may play a key role in deterring and prosecuting such crimes in the future. I think it should be implemented as soon as possible, said Charles Klonaris, co-chairman of the Down-t own Nassau Partnership (DNP terday, when asked about CCTV. He added that economics definitely p lays a part in minimising the implementation of CCTV technology by business people in the Bahamas, and suggested that anything that could help the private and public sector to implement CCTV, such as duty reduction incentives, would be beneficial. His comments come after masked men brandishing what were describeda s high-powered weapons burst into the John Bull store at around 10am on Sunday. Using a hammer to smash open two R olex showcases, the robbers made off with an alleged 15 watches, each valued at around $60,000. However,p olice have not yet confirmed the number of stolen items. With five cruise ships docked at the h arbour, including the prestigious Genesis class Oasis of the Seas the downtown area was bustling with shoppers. Mr Klonaris said the incident is a serious thing which will warrant being looked at very carefully, but he does not feel that anyone or anything can be blamed. He added that the real issue is addressing the socialr oots of the crime problem in a holistic manner. We have to understand it's universal within this island, and people a re becoming bolder and therefore taking chances. In the last year there was so much more police presenced owntown, and that's because of the DNPs initiative and because of pushing for more police presence downtown. Take, for example, the police station east of East Street; thats beens ubsidised for a long time by the Hilton, the DNP co-chair said. The police are doing as good a job. They are trying as best they can. It's n ot an easy thing. Crime is such a social problem here on this island, so we have to address it on so many different levels. Mr Klonaris added that the city s till offers so much great opportunity as an economic vehicle going forward, and stressed that he does not f eel the incident will deter tourism. I dont think that one incident will h ave that effect, he said. Downtown chair backs CCTV move training effort on Baha Mars side. Mr Wrinkle conceded that the company is presently extremely busy trying to get the (Baha Mar ground. Asked yesterday whether he would agree that implementation of the training programme may be behind schedule, Robert Sands, Baha Mars senior vice-president of governmental and external affairs, said: I think it would be fair to say the time schedule we set does not create any impediment to type of results we want to achieve. We dont feel time constrained, he added. We believe we are following a timetable that will allow us to be positively impactful. Mr Sands said he expects the company will make an announcement shortly in relation to the Training Academy director appointment. He confirmed that piling work on the core phase of the Baha Mar project is set to begin in June, and added that the company has July 1 as a target launch date for the training program. In the meantime, Mr Sands said some preliminary work has been done to prepare for the implementation of the training program ahead of determining who will head the training academy. Weve had multiple meetings with BTVI in terms of structuring some courses that will directly impact the construction industry, and whichwill then create opportunities for individuals. We will cause people participating in the training programme to be selected from vast amount of applications we have received, Mr Sands said. We are looking at doing training possibly in more than one island and doing at least one advanced technical course to create more opportunities. Mr Wrinkle said he believes that once a director for the Training Academy is selected it could take a couple of months before the training can get underway, potentially push ing the launch of the training programme into August. Given that core work is to get under way in June, this means the training program could be three months behind where it should be. The intent of this initiative was to identify those areas where people will be needed initially, and to try to recruit trainees for those areas first, sowe could feed the job require ments as they come up. It will take some time to identify those areas, to sort out the syllabus, train the trainers. Before you hit the classroom or lab youve got two months worth of work to do, Mr Wrinkle said. CONTRACTORS FEAR TRAINING IS ABOUTTHREE MONTHS BEHIND F ROM page 1B Chamber/BECon merger a benchmark for region BOARDMEMBERS: Back row: Philip Simon, Pauline Petty, Peter Goudie, Azaleta Ishmael-Newry, Brian Nutt, Michele Rassin, Robert Myers, Front Row: Chester Cooper, Khaalis Rolle, Winston Rolle.
covered after the purchase. Mr Rigby, the former PLP chairman who last week resigned from his post as an election co-ordinator for the party after a letter detailing his and others objections to certain candidates surfaced, also e xpressed concern that cardholder assets had been placed in jeopardy by Mr Howells failure to maintain maintenance fee payments at Bay Roc. He accused Mr Howell of having no intention of complying with the Bahamian S upreme Courts August 25, 2008, order to return some 70 per cent of the trust assets on a pro rata basis to each of Leadenhalls former credit card clients. This meant some $9.8 million out of the total $14 million transferred from the Bahamian bank to First Financial was to be returned. Mr Rigbys letter, which was reproduced in full in a Jamaican Appeals Court judgment released within the last month, fully exposes what has happened to the trust assets of Leadenhalls former MasterCard credit card clients. Several of them have contacted Tribune Business in recent months to complain about the delay in recovering their funds (held to guarantee repayment of the credit card balances they owed), which h ave been bound up in various legal actions since 2002 a nineyear period. Connections The First Financial situation h as numerous Bahamian connections. Apart from originating here, and the involvement of Mr Rigby and Leadenhall, a key player in the latest legal manoeuvres is Judith Wilchcombe, the sister of PLP MP and former Cabinet minister, Obie Wilchcombe. It was Ms Wilchcombe, as a director of First Financial Caribbean, who last August initiated litigation in Jamaica against Mr Howell, his business partner and several companies he controls. She is seeking to recover $13 million in monies that allegedly came from the former Leadenhall cardholders deposits, claiming these were being misappropriated and she could not obtain information on how the funds were being used. As a result of all this, Tribune Business understands that financial regulators in the Turks & Caicos, via the courts down there, have appointed Bahamian accountant Maria Ferrere, of FT Consultants, as judicial manager for First Financial in a bid to protect its assets for the benefit of clients and creditors. The cardholder deposits were initially embroiled in litigation that began in 2002 between Bahamas-based Leadenhall and First Financial Caribbean Trust Company, the latter backed by some executives of Axxess International, the Bahamian company that operated and administered Leadenhalls card business. A Deed of Retirement, Indemnity and Appointment had, on March 15, 2002, made First Financial the successor trustee of the cardholder deposits. However, it subsequently sued Leadenhall on the grounds that the Bahamian bank had failed to transfer all the deposits that were due. This action was settled in August 2008, when it was agreed that $14 million in cardholder deposits would be transferred by Leadenhall liquidator, Craig A. Tony Gomez, the Baker Tilly Gomez accountant and partner, to First Financial. First Financial was to pay 70 p er cent, or $9.8 million of that sum, to the cardholders, while it would also receive from Leadenhall $1.3 million in receivables, representing balances owed by the cardholders. Some $1.898 million in funds held by MasterCard, of which the credit card company was willing to pay $284,551, were also to go to First Financial. All this was c onfirmed by Supreme Court order. Then came the litigation involving Ms Wilchcombe and First Financial on one side, and Mr Howell and his companies on the other. Outlining events since August 2008, Mr Rigbys letter said that accounting issues which initially prevented ther eturn of cardholder assets had been sorted out by November 30, 2009. He had been given access by Mr Gomez to the storage unit where records on Leadenhalls credit card customers were kept, enabling reconciliations to take place. The final pay-out schedule had been worked out by Febr uary 10, 2010, but Mr Rigby told Mr Howell: Based on our recent conversation, it is now clear to me that you have no immediate intention of commencing the pay-outs. Cardholders have been rightly agitated and annoyed at the process and the delays that have ensued in returning the funds ordered by the courts. Suggesting that this delay was not justified, Mr Rigby blasted: It has also come to my attention, based on our recent conversations, that the trust assets have been predominantly invested in real estate holdings in the Bahamas, the Turks & Caicos Islands and in Jamaica. Purchased In fact, the condominium at Bay Roc was purchased in the name of First Rock Ltd on the 28 April, 2008, and although my partner handled the purchase for you, we had no idea that the proceeds were met with trust assets. Certainly, if I knew that at the material time I would have advised you against that decision. Mr Rigby said an early 2010 request to transfer the Bay Roc apartment into First Financials name indicated it was bought with cardholder deposit funds. Stating that the transfer would only take place once the nec essary Stamp Duty was paid, Mr Rigby urged Mr Howell to liquidate other real estate assets to facilitate repayment to the cardholders. However, Bay Roc Condominium Management Company had, on February 10, 2010, warned that it would file a Charge Notice against the condominium over $20,829 in unpaid maintenance fees. Some $16,687 of this sum was paid, leaving a $4,141 balance, and Mr Rigby told Howell: What is so shocking by the contents of the aforesaid letter is that you had been formally advised in the past of the main tenance payments on the unit, and simply ignored the request for payment of the fees. This action placed the trust asset in jeopardy... This is not the action of a prudent trustee. I hope that the other trust assets are not in similar jeopardy. This can lead to actions against you for breach of fiduciary duty as the principal director of First Financial. It was this event that brought to my attention that y ou have no intention of liquidating the trust assets, and that you intend to continue to delay in effecting the pay-outs to cardholders. You had indicated that the unit at Bay Roc was actively on the market. I have discovered that it is not. Accusing Mr Howell of grand-standing and delay tactics, Mr Rigby said they were no closer to complying with a Supreme Court Order issued almost two years before, and he added: I will not be a party to a direct and flagrant breach of the Courts Order. He noted that he was cont acting Brian Moree, senior partner at McKinney, Bancroft& Hughes, who acted for Leadenhall and Mr Gomez, to inform them of his position. The Court Order is clear, Mr Rigby said. The sum of $9.8 million is to be paid out.T he sum of $14 million that you had was, and remains, trust assets, and you were not to treat them as your personal resources to spend as you see fit. As a fiduciary, you had a right to invest them so as to safeguard them from depletion.H owever, any such investment was to be structured in such a way that assets could be easily liquidated and payment rendered to cardholders, when ordered by the court. The Jamaican Appeals Court described Mr Rigbys letter as expressing serious dissatisfaction with the modus operandi being adopted by Mr Howell, and in the process disassoci ated themselves from that con duct. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.181.180.000.1550.0807.66.78% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.916.910.000.2130.10032.41.45% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0470.09057.43.33% 2.201.96Fidelity Bank1.961.960.000.0160.040122.52.04% 12.008.69Cable Bahamas8.748.740.001.0500.3108.33.55% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4590.0405.61.57% 7.005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.986.980.000.4960.26014.13.72% 2.531.86Consolidated Water BDRs2.001.92-0.080.1110.04517.32.34% 2.541.31Doctor's Hospital1.311.310.000.1070.11012.28.40% 5.994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.3570.24015.14.44% 9.005.65Finco6.006.000.000.6820.0008.80.00% 9.858.60FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.57Focol (S)6.006.000.000.4350.16013.82.67% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.000.0120.240608.33.29% 10.509.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8590.64011.46.52%1 0.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wkHi 52wkLow Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%20 November 2029FRIDAY, 13 MAY 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,435.26 | CHG -0.08 | %CHG -0.01 | YTD -64.25 | YTD % -4.28BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%L ast 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.55731.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.55732.04%6.13%1.535365 3.01852.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.01852.41%4.01%2.952663 1.59761.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.59761.50%4.50%1.580804 3.20252.6384Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.6384-3.01%-13.12% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.50161.08%0.02% 116.5808103.9837CFAL Global Bond Fund116.58080.71%8.38%115.762221 114.1289101.7254CFAL Global Equity Fund114.12892.39%7.89%111.469744 1.16081.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.16081.25%5.20% 1.12141.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.12140.26%4.18% 1.16201.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.16201.12%5.24% 9.99529.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.88910.43%4.27% 11.217310.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 211.49854.04%7.76% 10.42889.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.68136.55%7.65% 8.45104.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.85645.46%11.17% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200730-Apr-11BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 30-Apr-11 31-Mar-11 31-Mar-11CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Apr-11 31-Mar-11 30-Apr-11 29-Apr-11 30-Apr-11MARKET TERMS31-Mar-11 NAV 6MTH 1.512246 2.907492 1.561030 114.368369 106.552835 31-Mar-11 31-Mar-11 30-Apr-11 30-Apr-11 0$5&.(11(6 &(328', RI3,1(:22'*$5'(1631$66$8 %$+$0$6 0 ,&+$(/3,(55(RI-2( )$55,1*72152$' *(25*(:&$(6$5RI 5('52$'52&+6281'(/(87+(5$ %$+$0$6 9$8/'$3&$(6$5RI 5('52$'52&+6281'(/(87+(5$ %$+$0$6 5 (48,5(0(176 4 0F'RQDOGVRIIHUVH[FHOOHQWEHQHWV Rigby blasts client over $14m card deposits fate F ROM page 1B
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Were going to do our best. As with its TIGRS 4 international investment fund, Mr Euteneuer said RoyalFidelitys analysis and research into global markets and trends had indicated that emerging markets and developing economies were likely to produce higher growth rates than developed economies in the foreseeable future. Investments And, with global food and energy demand only likely to increase, as demographic trends grew populations, especially in the developing world, Mr Euteneuer said investments in agribusiness and the latter sector only made sense. Some 50 per cent of TIGRS 5 will be invested in the DAXglobal Agribusiness Index and the remaining 50 per cent in the Energy Select Sector Index. Its not linked directly to commodities like grain and sugar, but companies that provide services to agriculture, like livestock and chemicals, Mr Euteneuer said of the former. It will be a wide array of agribusinesses linked into the new TIGRS. The DAXglobal Agribusiness Index is composed of 46 agricultural chemical investments; 31 per cent agriproduct operations; 12 per cent agricultural equipment; 8 per cent livestock operations; and 2/5 per cent ethanol/biodiesel. As for the Energy Select Sector Index, this features oil and gas service providers and pipeline companies. Some 78 per cent of this is composed from oil and gas providers, the remaining 22 per cent from energy equipment and services. Among the companies included in these indices are Exxon Mobil, Halliburton, Monsanto, Deere & Co and Archer Daniels Midlan, and Mr Euteneuer said all the agribusinesses relied to some extent on fuel to produce food. These two areas, although theyve had quite a run-up already, so far from all the reports weve read and research done, I dont see these things being less than they are now, he added. We see them growing for the foreseeable future, and we hope to tap into some of that growth. $10m fund targeting agribusiness/energy FROM page 1B Mr Klonaris said the DNP congratulates Mr Roberts in his career move, and is now fielding a good number of applicants for them anaging director post he leaves behind. Hes got a terrific offer to go back to Baha Mar. where he originally came from. Its a great opportunity for him and anyone wouldve taken it. Hes not completely left the DNP, as he will still be on the Board. We will still have his input and guidance going forward, the co-chair said. M r Klonaris added that although much of the DNPs achievements under Mr Roberts leadership have not been of a visible nature, the public-private entity has accomplished quite a bit behind the scenes in terms of putting the framework together to create a body which can successfully spur the revitalisation of downtown Nassau. H e said that all of the projects towards which the DNP has been moving among them plans to transform the area where the makeshiftS traw Market now stands into a public space, w here tourists and Bahamians can be entertained once vendors have moved into the new building, and the pedestrianisation of Charlotte and Malborough Streets will still come to fruition. Mr Klonaris downplayed any suggestion that frustration with the lack of progress on thep art of the Government in advancing the Business Improvement District legislation, which would have given the DNP the teeth to take more significant strides towards downtown revitalisation such as imposing fees and taxes on downtown merchants may have played a part in Mr Roberts departure. T he businessman added that the DNP will n ow take (its ment for Mr Roberts. To our surprise, there were so many people who want to be a part of the DNP. It goes to show that people are starting to realise and understand the importance of the city. Its alsoa high profile job, and provides great exposure, but it needs someone with leadership ability to p ut all the programs in place, Mr Klonaris said. Downtown leader returns to Baha Mar F ROM page 1B
V E UV E C LI C QU OT/H EN NE SS Y H OST S E XC LUS I V E D I NN ER SH AK I LA ST UB B S B RI N GS HE R SK I L LS B ACK HOM E G R E E N S C E N E : T H E M A N Y W O N D E R S O F M I R A C L E F R U I T WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2011 T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C I n what was a celebration of the arts, the "From Hair to Infinity" Hair and Fashion extravaganza brought some of the best in the creative arts to the forefront. The event which was held under the distinguish patronage of Dr Virginia Pinder, cosmetologist and designer Patrice Lockhart was recently held at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. The hair and fashion extravaganza presented a variety of arts. It featured a fashion showcase from top fashion boutiques around town. There were also local stylists who displayed a number of fantasy hairstyles. Additionally, body artist showed off some of their most creative designs. Photos by Felipe Major
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 02 WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011 SHAKILA SHINES I n the traditional Bahamian household, a child who declares that they are inter ested in pursuing a career in art will probably be encouraged to "take art on the side" and find a practi cal field to delve into one that will pay the bills! B u t f or S h a k i l a S tu b bs t h e s to r y w a s t he o t he r wa y a r o un d S h a k il a e x pe ct e d to fo l l o w a ca r e e r p a th i n la w o r fi n a n c e w he n s h e g r a d u a t e d fr o m h ig h s c h o ol B u t a s f a te wo u l d h a v e i t, h e r fa th e r a w e l l -k n o wn B a h a m ia n w o o d c a r v e r e n co u r a g e d h e r t o n u r tu r e h e r n a t u r a l a r ti s ti c ta le nt a n d s e e w he r e i t w ou l d t a k e h e r T o t hi s d a y S h a k i la ha s n' t tu r n e d ba ck I t m a y be a co m p l e te ly di f fe r e n t wa y o f m a k i ng m o n e y ; a n d i n th e B a h a m a s th e p u b li c a t ti t u de to wa r ds a r t m a k e s i t e v e n m or e di f fi c ul t t o e a r n a d e c e n t l i v i ng Bu t wi th a f a th e r l i k e M a r io S tu b b s wh o h a s b e e n w oo d c a r v i n g a nd d e s i g n i ng s ou v e ni r s f or d e c a d e s S h a k i la w a s e n c o ur a g e d to ta ke he r a r t s e r io u s l y a s i t w o u ld e v e n tu a l l y p a y o ff T w e n ty -s i x y e a r -o l d S h a k i l a l a u nc h e d h e r c a r e e r in a r t w it h g r e a t ho p e s a n d a s p i r a ti o n s t h is p a s t M a y w i th a n e x h i b i ti o n t h a t w a s h e l d i n Ch a r l o tt e s v i l le S h e h a s c o mb i n e d h e r l ov e fo r h e r c ou n tr y a nd i ts b e a ut y w it h he r s ki l l s th a t s h e h a s b e e n h o n i ng fo r th e p a s t fi v e y e a r s Pa in t in g o n c a n v a s w i th a m i x t ur e of a c r y l i c a n d c ol l a g e s h e h a s c a p tu r e d t he Ba ha mi a n l a n d s ca pe b u t a ls o f e a t ur e s co l o ur f u l a bs t r a c t i m a g e s S h a k i l a s a y s s h e a l w a y s h a d a n a p p r e c ia ti o n f o r a r t; h e r f a th e r s a y s i t w a s fr o m th e a g e o f f i v e T o d a y a r m e d w i th a r a i n b ow o f c o lo u r s a nd a h e a r t fu l l o f l o v e S h a k il a s e e k s to b r e a k i n to t he fi e l d of a r t wh e r e s h e s a y s m a n y y ou n g a r t i s ts g e t l i ttl e e x p os u r e O n e d a y S h a k i l a h op e s t o op e n h e r o w n a r t g a l le r y a n d de s ir e s to fe a tu r e t he wo r k o f y ou n g B a h a m i a n a r ti s t s th a t m a y g o un r e c o g n i s e d H o we v e r h e r l ov e fo r a r t i s no t li m i te d t o pa in t in g S h e l o v e s b o d y a r t, n a i l a r t m a k e u p a r t a n d p o tt e r y a n d s h e h a s e v e r y i nt e n t i on o f s h o w in g B a h a m i a n s th a t a r t i s e v e r y t h in g th e w a y w e a c t dr e s s e a t a nd l i v e T h e u l ti m a t e a r t wo r k s h e s a y s i s h u ma ns a s we w e r e m a de by th e c r e a to r Shakila can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 467-5961 T w en t y s i x y ea r o l d S h a k i l a l a u n c he d h er c a r e e r in a rt wi t h gr e a t ho p e s a nd a s p i ra t io n s t h i s p a s t M a y wi t h a n e x hi b i t i o n t ha t wa s h el d in C h a r l o t t es v i l l e
MAY 26 THURSDAY N AGB FILM: THE W IT CHE S OF GA MBAGA" The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas presents the award-winning documentary "The Witches of Gambaga", an extraordi nary story of a community of women condemned to live as witches in Northern Ghana. Telephone: 3285800. MAY 27 MAY 28 YOU TH WORKE RS TRA INING E VEN T The Sound, a ministry of Evangelistic Temple, hosts a 2 day youth workers training event that focuses on the topics of building the Youth Ministry from the ground up, speaking so that the youth understand, digging deeper into Bible study, and understanding the post-modern youth. Begins 8.30am daily. Full workshop: $75/early bird (until May 19); $90/standard; $50/student. One day workshop: $45/standard; $25/student. RSVP, Telephone: 322-8304. Fax: 3224793. Email: godshiddenan email@example.com. MAY 27 FRIDAY A T L ANTIS L IVE: A VRIL L A V IGNE The Atlantis LIVE series returns for 2011 with a live performance from rock star Avril Lavigne, 9.30pm in the hotel's Grand Ballroom. Doors open 8.30pm. Cost: $100/reserved seating; $120/premium seating. Telephone: 363-6601. See http://www.Atlantis.com. MAY 27 FRIDAY TC ON NEC T IO N C ON CE R T St Augustine's College class of 1971 presents Bahamian group T-Con nection in concert, 8pm at the Wyndham Crystal Ballroom. Cost: $100/VIP; $85/gold; $50/cocktail style. Tickets available at any Burns House Beverage depots. Proceeds go towards the "SAC Capital Needs Projects" to aid and assist St Augustine's development efforts. Telephone: 323-5589. E: sales@ccmba hamas.com. MAY 28 SATURDAY SUMMER B AZA AR 20 1 1: T HE LIT T L E P INK P A R T Y Blackberry presents Summer Bazaar 2011's "The Little Pink Party", a day-long field trip into the world of all things fashion able. Shop your favourite brands, sip delicious cocktails, see ready-to-wear fashions, and score loads of prizes and giveaways. 11am-8pm in the Crystal Ballroom, Wyndham Nassau Resort. Proceeds in aid of the fight against breast cancer. Telephone: 4346406. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org See w w w t h e l i t t l e p i n k p a r t y c o m MAY 28 SATURDAY C AN CER S OCIE T Y OF THE B AH AMAS' 1 0TH ANN U A L B ALL The Cancer Society of the Bahamas presents its 10th annual ball under the theme "A Spirit of Hope: A Green Carpet Affair" at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. Donation: $200. Dress: black tie. Cocktails: 7.15pm. Dinner: 8.15pm. Telephone: 302-4923, 4574185, or 424-0501. MAY 28 SATURDAY A URA NIGH T CL UB PE RFORMAN C E S Aura Nightclub, Atlantis, hosts a night of live performances from talented singers, Jesse J at 8pm and Travie McCoy at 8.45pm. T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 03 WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2011 T H I N G S 2 DO HOLY TRINITY CHURCH will host t w o o r g a n r e c i t a l s f e a t u r i n g D o n Ve r Ku i l e n 1 7 y ea r o l d o r ga n i s t o f First Presbyterian Church in Green Bay, Wisconsin. O n F r i d a y M a y 2 7 a t 1 3 0 p m s e ni or a nd jun io r h ig h s ch oo l m us ic s t ud e n ts a re i nv it e d to a s p e ci a l m a ti n e e r e c i ta l a n d m a s t e r c la s s T h e g e n e ra l pub lic is in vite d to a re cita l on S u nd a y M a y 2 9 a t 8 pm Bo th e v e nt s a re in aid of the c hurch's ma rch ing b a n d a n d o r g a n f u n d T h e r e c i t a l s w i l l b e h e l d a t t h e c h u r c h o n T r i n i t y W a y S ta ple d on Ga r de ns Le r o y T h o m p s o n H ol y T r i n i t y' s m us ic di re ct or an d e ve n t o rg a ni se r s a id tha t M r V er K ui le n wil l pr es e nt p ie c es f ro m m as t e r c o mp o s er s l i k e B a c h a n d c o n t e m p o r a r y p i e c e s b y c o m p o s e r s l i k e D a n L o ck l a ir H e w i l l a l s o i m p r o v i s e o n p o p u l a r h y m n tu ne s M r T h o m p s o n s a i d t h a t M r V e r K ui le n 's pe r fo rm a nc e i s a ch a nce f o r p e o p l e t o e x p e r i e n c e t h e b e a u t i fu l s o u n d s o f o n e o f th e c ou n t r y s fi n e s t i ns tru me nt s" p la y e d a t th e h a nds of a n e x tra or di na r y m us ici an " T h i s i s r e a l l y a c u l t u r a l e v e n t b e c a u s e w e r a r e l y h a v e t h e s e c o n c e r t s i n t h e B a h a m a s I n c o u n t r i e s l i k e B r i t a i n y o u m a y f i n d a n o r g a n c o n c e r t e v e ry we e k, b ut thi s is H ol y T ri nity s o pp or tuni ty t o sh a re ou r in st ru me nt wi th the pub lic Su nda y is th e ma i n e v e nt, b ut Fri da y i s o ur o utr ea c h to st ud ent s w ho w il l get t o see a pip e o r g a n u p c l o s e T h i s i s a d i f f e r e n t s o u n d f r o m t h e p i a n o s a n d k e y b o a r d s th at th ey a re us ed t o. S o it's a ch a nce t o m o t i v a t e s t u d e n t s a n d e x p o s e t h e m t o a n e x t r a o r d i n a r y p e r s o n W h e n you' re pl a yi ng mu sic fro m t hree o r f ou r y e a r s o l d y o u m u s t be e x t r a o rd i n a r y a n d s o m e t h i n g s p e c i a l M r T hom ps on n ote d. Mr Ve rKuilen's musical tra i ning b e g a n l o n g b e f o r e h e c o u l d w a l k A s a b a b y i n c h u r c h h e w a s o n l y q u i e t when t he or gan was playing W he n h e c o u l d f i n a l l y s t a n d h e w o u l d s t a n d b ac kwa r ds i n the p e w a n d w at ch the o r g a n A t t h r e e y e a r s o l d h e w a s a b l e t o p l a y b y ea r w h a t h i s p r e s c h o o l t e a c h e r h a d p l a y e d o n t h e p i a n o R e a lis in g tha t the ir s on h a d a kn ac k f or mu sic ,his parent s soo n en roll e d h im in p ia no l e ss on s. M r V e r K u i l e n l a t e r j o i n e d t h e A p p l e t o n B o y s C h o i r w h e r e h e e x p r e s s e d i n t e r e s t i n p l a y i n g t h e org an. Le ssons were not financially p o s s i b l e, b u t M r V e r K u i l en w o u l d e x p e r i m e n t w i t h t h e o r g a n a t h i s c h u r c h O u r S a v i o r s i n A p p l e t o n W i s co ns in Th e F ir st E ngl ish Lu t heran C h u r c h i n A p p l e t o n a l s o a l l o w e d h i m to p ra c tice on its or ga n T ha t chu rc h l a t e r o f f er e d h i m a s c h o l a r s h i p f o r o r g a n l e s s o n s t h r o u g h i t s C a r e l S t a p l e Or g a n Fu nd, a ll owi ng h im to f ina l ly b e g i n l e s s o n s w i t h n o t e d o r g a n i s t Fr an k R ipp l. 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By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter J UST recently, the Veuve Clicquot held an exquisite wine dinner at Nassau's exclusive, The Bal moral this month, which introduced "movers and shakers" to the joys of flowing champagne and a plethora of fine foods. 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It ha s a f i n e pe rs i st e n t s p ar kl e an d g ol d en C ha m pa gn e c o lo r B r an d M an ag er o f LV MH A n s w el l J o h n so n s ai d : "W e w a nt ed p at ro n s t o e xp er i en c e M o et He n ne ss y o ut si d e o f t h e b as i c s o f j u s t p u rc h a si n g i t i n s t o re s, b u t t o e nj o y i t in a gr eat s et t i n g w i t h a n ep i c pa ri n g o f e xc ep t i o n al c u i si n e. Th e e ven i n g gav e f i rs t t i me rs a c h an c e t o exp er i en c e t h e q ua l it y a n d t h e c o ns i st e n c y o f t h e b r an d f o r t h e ms el ve s, w hi l e p at ro n s go t a c h an c e t o r ec o n n ec t w i t h t h e b r an d a s w el l W e l o o k f o rw a rd t o h o st in g m o re e ven t s as s uc h a s w e l o o k t o w ar d s H en n ess y b ei n g m o re t h a n j u st a b ra nd b u t a l i f e s t y l e W i t h t he V eu ve C l i c q uo t B r u t a nd Ve uv e C li c q u o t R os e N V f l ow i n g d ur i n g t he c o c k t ai l r ec e pt i o n gu e st s a l so en j oy ed t h e s o un d s o f t o p B ah am i an j az z b an d C a ri b ah A c c o m pa n yi n g t h e m eal w er e pe rf e c t l y m at c h e d w i n es T er ra za s R es er va Ma l be c a nd Te rr az a s R es er va C h ar do n n ay an d V eu ve C l i c qu o t De m i S ec m at c h e d o f f a de l ic i o u s d es se rt w i t h He nn e ss y XO t op p i ng i t a ll o f f a f t er di n n er T he e ven i n g' s c h ef s cr ea t ed a sp ec t a c u la r m en u vi gi l an t l y se l ec t i n g f l avo r s t h at w o u ld c om p l em en t t h e ex qu i si t e t ast e pr o f i l es of Ve u ve C l ic q u o t Th e m en u i n c l u de d a S p ic y S h ri m p a n d C o c on u t So u p w i t h sh i it ak e mu s h ro o m s as t h e a pp e t iz e r, a l on g w i t h R ed L ea f C e as ar w i t h g ri l l ed p ar m es an c r o u t on s T he n i gh t s s avo u r y ma in c o ur s e w a s Gr i l l S t u f f ed Vea l C h o p w i t h ro as t ed gar l i c a nd t h ym e b u t t e r, a nd sp r i ng v ege t ab l e b o u qu e t w i t h c rea m ed s p i na c h f i n ge rl i n g po t a t o es F o r d es s er t gu es t s w e re s er ved G r il l ed P i ne ap p l e Za b ayo n w i t h f re sh be rr i es a nd w i ne c u s t ar d s au c e. H o l y T r i n i t y C h u r c h h o s t s 1 7 y e a r o l d o r g a n i s t D o n V e r K u i l e n Pa tr o n s in d u lge i n Mo e t He nn e ssy' s bes t in c h a m p a gn e a n d w in e a t V eu ve Cl ic qu o t/ H en n ess y Ex c lu siv e Di n n er TO P S H E L F D O N V E R K UI L E N 1 7 y e a r o l d o r ga n i s t o f F i rs t P r e s b y t e r ia n C hu rc h i n G r e en B a y W is c o n s in p l a y s 1 1 i n s t r u m en t s a n d s i n gs H e w i l l b e f e a t u r e d in r e c it a l s a t H o l y T r in i t y C h u r c h S t a p l e d o n G a rd en s o n F r id a y M a y 2 7 @ 1 3 0 p m a nd S u n d a y M a y 2 9 @ 8 p m. Paul Auriol Caribbean Market Manager for the Moet Hennessy Portfolio and local LVMH portfolio Burns House Brand Manager, Answell Johnson enjoy a laugh during presentation. Wade Crouch Marketing Director of Burns House, Paul Auriol Caribbean Market Manager for the Moet Hennessy Portfolio, and Geoffrey Bouilly New Market Manager for the Moet Hennessy Portfolio for the Bahamas pose for a snapshot at the dinner. Guests enjoy the flowing of champagne and fine cuisine.
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I n i ts s e c o n d w e e k o f r e le a s e t he a c c l a i me d c o m e d y B r i de s m a i d s s t a r r i ng K r i s te n W ii g w a s s e c o nd a t th e b o x o ff i ce w i th $ 2 1 m i l l i on REB O O T E D 'PIRA TES' S E T S O VERSEAS B O X O F FICE REC ORD T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 05 WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011 RE VIEW By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer I W A I T E D a n d w a i t e d a n d w a i t e d f o r R o m a n P e a r c e ( T y r e s e G i b s o n ) t o s a y G a t a ny f o od u p i n t h e re c a u se we h un g ry It w a s t he m ost me m or a bl e l i ne in 2 F a st 2 F u r i o u s f o r m e a n d t o m y d i s m a y h e d i d n o t s a y i t on c e H e di d ho w e v e r l e a v e a n i m pr e ss io n i n t hi s f if t h i n st a l l me n t o f T he F a st a nd F u ri o us : F a s t F iv e It wa s a b ri l li a n t mo v e b y d i re c t o r Ju st i n L i n t o b ri ng t he c ha ra c t e r s f rom t h e pr e v i ou s m ov i e s t og e t he r It l i nk s t he m a l l a nd a l lo ws f o r u na n sw e r e d q ue st i o n s f r o m t h e v e r y f i r s t F a s t & F u r i o u s t o b e a nsw e r e d. F a s t F i v e br i ng s ba c k f or me r c op Br ia n O C o n n e r ( P a u l W a l k e r ) w h o p a r t n e r s w i t h e x c o n Do m T o re t t o ( V i n Di e s e l ) B ut t h i s t ime t he t wo a re on t he opposit e side of t h e l a w Jo in ing the r etur nin g favou ri te s Jo rd an a Br ew ster Tyres e Gi bs o n, C hr is "Lu d a c r i s B r i d ge s Ma tt S c h u l ze S u n g K a n g G a l Ga d o t T e g o C a l de r o n a n d D o n O ma r i s D wa y ne T h e R oc k J oh ns on f o r t hi s u lt i m a t e hi g h st a ke s ra c e S i n c e B r i a n a n d M i a T o r e t t o ( B r e w s t e r ) b ro ke Do m ou t o f c u st o dy t he y 'v e b lo w n a cr os s m a ny b or de r s t o e l ud e a ut ho ri t ie s. N o w b a c k e d i n t o a c o r n e r i n R i o d e J a n e i r o t he y mu st pu l l on e la st jo b i n or de r t o g a i n t he i r f r e e d om A s t h e y a s se m bl e t h e i r e l i t e t e a m o f t o p ra c e r s t h e un l i k e l y a l l i e s k n ow t h e i r o n l y s h o t o f g e t t i n g o u t f o r g o o d m e a n s c o nf r on t i ng t he c o rru pt b usi n e ss ma n w h o w a n t s t h e m d e a d B u t h e s n o t t h e o n l y o n e o n t h e i r t a i l H a r d n o s e d f e d e r a l a g e n t L u k e H o b b s ( D w a y n e J o hn s o n ) n e v e r mi s s e s h i s t a r g e t I w a s expecting t o h e ar the r e vvin g of m or e e n g i ne s a nd sp ot a f e w mo re e nt e rt a i n i n g ra c e s o n l y t o c o m p l i m e n t t h e t r a d e ma r k o f t he F a st a n d F u ri o us ca mp. How e v e r t h e m o v i e m a d e u p f o r a l l o f t h a t w i t h it s l o g ic T h e ir a bi li t y t o d e f y t he l a w a n d f r e e t h e m s e l v e s f o r e v e r d e p e n d e d s o l e l y o n h ow clev er, a n d p recis e t h is t eam of top r a c e r s c a n d e v i s e a p l a n a n d m a k e i t c o m e t o ma n if e st a t i o n wi t h a l l o f t h e od ds a g a in st t he m I ts im pr e s si v e ho w t h ey d id wh a t they d i d a n d t h e r e w i l l b e t i m e s i n t h i s f i l m whe re a udie nc es sa y muddo sic k". Apa rt from t he a we some c a rs in t his mov ie t he wa y t he ra ce rs use d sound j udg me nt w he n ag a inst unf orese e n ci rcumst a nce is ridi culous a nd I me a n t ha t i n t he b es t wa y pos sib l e A s fo r t h e c h a r a c t e r s H a n Lu e ( S u n g Ka ng ) did not ha v e much of a pre se nce I w a s ho pin g to s e e mo re fro m hi m. Both Te g o L e o, pla y ed by T e go Ca lde ron, a nd R i c o S a n t o s p l a y e d by D o n O ma r b e c a m e mu c h m o re m e m or a b l e w i t h t he i r c on s t a n t bicke rin g a nd humour. I loo k f orwa rd t o se e i n g t h e m h o pe f u l l y i n t h e F a st a n d F u r i ous 6 Ha t s of f t o L udar cis who g ot more m o v i e t i m e i n f i l m a n d h i s a c t i n g i s i m p r o v ing by the wa y W ha t I g ive t h is mo v ie credit f or is it s w a y o f l i n k i n g t h e s to r yl i n e o f F as t an d Fu ri o us 1 2 3 a n d 4 t o t h is o ne I t d oe sn' t m a t t e r i f y o u h a v e n t b e e n f o l l o w i n g i t f r o m th e very fi rs t fil m, F a s t Fi v e retells l ittle de t a il s, ma k ing t he co nne c t io n w it h out it b e i n g t o o c o m p l i c a t e d f o r f i r s t t i m e v i e w e r s F a s t F i v e h a s t h e r i g h t a m o u n t o f h u m o u r e n o u g h a c t i o n a l i t t l e r o m a n c e a n d e n o u g h s p e e d a n d r u b b e r b u r n i n g f o r t h e g e a r h e a d s It s a mo v ie bo t h s e x e s ca n e n jo y A nd I m us t sa y w ha t s t uc k w i t h m e t he mo st is t h e mo ra l of F a st F i v e lo g i c d e f i e s t he l a w By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL Tribune Features Editor I WILL admit to having no expec tations when I was invited to watch t h e m o v i e B r i d e s m a i d s a n d t h e n have dinner with my cousin and the r e s t o f h e r b r i d a l p a r t y T h e i d e a w a s t o v i e w a c h e e s y w e d d i n g th e me d m o v ie a nd t he n g e t do w n t o s om e ser io u s we dd i ng p lan n in g at S ea F ro nt Su sh i af t erw ard s. H ow e v er m o s t o f d i n n er w a s s p en t i n sporadic fits of laughter as we dis c u ss ed j us t h ow en jo yab le B ri des ma id s w as Th er e i s a r eas on wh y this movie is holding its own at the b ox off ice s e co nd onl y to Pir a tes o f the Carribean-At World's End. Annie's (played by SNL sidekick Kr i s t en W i i g ) l i f e i s f al l i n g ap a r t s h e h a s a s e x o n l y r e l a t i o n s h i p w i t h a r e a l j e r k a n d h a s b e e n f o r c e d t o c l o s e her beloved bakery just when her B F F L i l l i a n D o n o v a n ( M a y a R u d o l p h ) a n n o u n c e s t h a t s h e i s e ng ag e d to ma rry h er lon gti me lov e D o u g a n d a s k s A n n i e t o b e h e r m a i d of honour. What follows is a roller coaster of humour and emotion as A n n i e s t r u g g l e s t o c o p e w i t h t h e e x p e n s e a n d d r a m a o f b e i n g i n a br i d a l pa r t y fi l le d w it h cr a z y wo m e n i n c l u d i n g t h e b ea u t i f u l s u p e r r i c h a n d e x t r e m e l y a n n oy in g H e l e n H a r r i s t h e w i f e o f D o u g s b o s s w h o wants to replace Annie as BFF and ultimate wedding plannerjust pic t u r e a w e d d i n g s h o w e r w i t h a n E i f f e l t o w e r c a k e a n d p u p p i e s w e a r i n g p i n k b e r e t s a s p a r t y f a v o u r s t h e wr e s tl e r b u i l t c r u d e m o ut h M e g h a nw h o r e a l l y h a s a h e a r t o f g o l d p l a y e d b y M e l i s s a M c C a r t h y D i s n e y enchanted newly wed Becca played by El l e K e m p e r a n d th e d i s e n ch a n ted wife and mother, Rita played by W e ndi McLendonCove y who just w a n t s a b a c h e l o r e t t e p a r t y w i t h s t r i p pers. A s h e r o w n l i f e c o n t i n u e s t o u n r a v e l s h e s k i c k e d o u t o f h e r apartment and she somehow man ages to ruin every wedding related event, you can't help but feel sorry and root for Annie as she struggles to r eclai m her lif e and her f rien ds h i p w i t h L i l l i a n T h i s m o v i e h a s i t a l l w it h th e me s of s e lf wo r th a n d v a l ue true friendship and never judging a b o o k b y i t s c o v e r w i t h a s i d e o f romance as Annie meets a cute cop Rhodes Chris O'Dowd whom she convinces herself she is not worthy of. It even has a cameo from one of m y f a v o u r i t e 8 0 s g r o u p s W i l s o n P h i l i p s s i n g i n g H o l d O n a n a n t h e m o f g i r l p o w e r t h a t m y g i r l f r i e n d s a n d I sang lustily all the way to dinner. Y e s i t s a n o t h e r c h i c k f l i c k r o m a n t i c c o m e d y t y p e a n d y e s i t h a s a s l i gh t l y e xa g ge r a t e d p l o t b u t l i k e T h e H a n g o v e r s o m e t h i n g a b o u t t h i s mov ie jus t works, t he joke s a re f unny, the tender moments sweet and t h e c h a r a c t e r s a r e l i k a b l e a n d b e l i e v able. Even the movie's most outra g e o u s s c e n e s i n t h e b r i d a l s h o p w i t h Brazilian food gone bad and on the airplane mixing prescription pills and scotch are never a good idea are not so far out there to make the m o v i e c h e e s y T h i s i s a r e a l e n s e m b l e p e r f o r m a n c e w i t h e a c h m e m b e r b r i n g i n g s o m e t h i n g u n i q u e t o t h e p l o t I n p a r t i c u l a r M e l i s s a M c C a r t h y i s a s cr e e n s te a l e r wh o ha d t he a ud ie n c e c r a c k i n g u p e v e r y t i m e s h e opened her mouth. Bridesmaids is simply a job well d o n e t a k i n g a p l o t t h at h a s b e e n done before old friend meets best friend's new friend and doesn't like her to new and funny heights. Bridesmaids STARING: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Bryne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Chris O'Dowd STARING: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Elsa Pataky, Jordana Brewster, Chris Ludacris' Bridges DIRECTOR: Justin Lin
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 06 WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011 J u s t a f e w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e B a h a m a s l o o k e d l i k e 4 0 . 5 0 . 6 0 . y e a r s i n t h e p a s t BY ROLAND ROSE In the fifties and sixties, the Development Board was building a summer season and that included a campaign to bring Black tourists to our shores. P ity the poor missionaries to West Africa in the 19th century. They had to endure tropical heat and travel wearing thick woollen clothing. Worst of all, when they visited villages they were often treated as honoured guests. This meant plenty of food, particularly yam that was sour, and palm wine that was sour. A t l e a s t t h e m e a t w a s n o t s o u r a n d a s g u e s t s t h e m i s s i o n a r i e s rece iv ed the ch oice st pa rts, those of which the animal had only one. The miss iona rie s we re in no p osition to complain or refuse this hos p itali ty. What mu st have bemused the m wa s the g u sto wi th whi ch the i r h o s t s en j o ye d t h e r a t h e r d o u b t f u l f a r e L i t t l e d i d t h e y k n o w t h a t b e f o r e a feast the locals would chew on a small red drupe from a local shrub. T h i s l i t t l e f r u i t m i r a c u l o u s l y c h a n g e d t h e t a s t e o f s o u r f o o d m a k i n g i t sweet and delicious. M i r a c l e f r u i t c o n t a i n s a t a s t e r e v e r s i n g s u b s t a n c e c a l l e d m i r a c u l i n If you chew on a miracle fruit and t h e n d r i n k fr e s h l e m o n o r l i m e j u i c e th e ju ic e wil l ta ste sw ee t D ie t so da s a r e t r a n s f o r m e d i n t o w h a t t h e y sho uld t ast e l ike. Sh arp grapef ruit becomes pleasantly mellow. T he r e a r e t wo v a r ie ti e s o f m ir a cl e fruit: small leaf and large leaf. The small leaf variety (Synsepalum dul c i f i c u m ) h a s s h r u b l i k e g r o w t h w h i l e the broad leaf variety (S. subcorda tum) develops a tree-like form and h a s s l i g h t l y l a r g e r f r u i t s M i r a c l e f r u i t is a member of the Sapotaceae fam ily and is related to sapodilla. T h e o n e i n c h e l o n g a t e d f r u i t s develop from inconspicuous brown a n d w h i t e f l o w e r s a n d a r e b r i g h t r e d T h e f r u i t c o n s i s t s m o s t l y o f o n e l a r g e seed with only a little pulp of unex ce p ti o na l fl a v o u r. It i s e no u g h, h o wever, to perform the miracle. Miracle fruit is grown from seed b u t s o m e t i m e s t a k e s 1 0 w e e k s t o t h ree mo nt h s to germi nat e. I ni ti al g r o w t h i s v e r y s l o w b u t t h e p l a n t c a n f l o w e r a n d p r o d u c e f r u i t w h e n a mere 12-inches tall. M i r a cl e fr u it g r o w s b e s t i n a se m is h a d e d l o c a t i o n b u t i n T h e B a h a m a s should always be grown in contain ers of acid to neutralise soil as the plant does not like alkaline soil. To experience the taste-changing miracle you should chew away the skin and pulp from the seed, which c an t h en b e re mo v ed f o r p l an t i n g purposes. Distribute the pulp to all parts of the mouth before swallow i n g th e n tr y th e l e m o n o r l i m e ju i c e If you have evening guests I sug g e s t y o u e x p e r i m e n t a f t e r t h e m e a l i s e a te n M e a ts ta s te s tr a n g e u n d e r th e i n f l u en c e a n d b ee r b ec o m es p o s i t i v e l y v i l e T h e e f f e c t l a s t s f o r a t l e a s t an hour and sometimes up to three hours. During that time you can try a wide variety of whatever is in the refrigerator or pantry and see how miracle fruit changes the taste. M i r a c l e f r u i t i s u s e d b y m a n y p e o ple on a diet to help cut out sugar a nd sug ar substitutes It is als o use d by patients undergoing chemother apy treatment as it ameliorates the m e t a l l i c t a s t e t h a t s o m e f o o d s impart. T h e m i r a c u l i n i n m i r a c l e f r u i t wo uld no do ubt b e a ma ssi v e suc cess as a diet aid if only it could be sy nt h esi zed b ut t hat ha s no t h ap pened yet as the make-up of mirac ul i n i s e no r mo u sl y co m pl e x Di e te r s th e r e f o r e ha v e to r e l y o n a s u p p l y of fre s h fr uits Th e frui ts ca n be fr oze n f o r a s h o r t p e r i o d b u t l o s e t h e i r powers after a few weeks. M i r a c l e f r u it i s f a s c i na ti n g A d u lt s t r y i n g i t f o r t h e f i r s t t i m e a r e ret u rne d t o t he exc it emen t o f d is cove ry that y outh a f ford s a nd ja ded maturity rarely experiences. email@example.com T h e w o n d e r s o f m i r a c l e f r u i t By GARDENER JACK GREEN SCENE M I R A C L E f rui t i s s ma ll an d v ir t u a l l y t a s t e l e s s b u t i t s s e n s o r y r e v e r sal properties are... miraculous.
By LESH J U S T AS I ha d pr ed ic ted Ha l ey is g on e a nd L a ur e n Al a ina an d se x y Sc otty M cCr e e ry ar e l e ft i n th e to p 2 sp ots fo r the o nc e in a l ife tim e c ha nce to be co me an A me ri ca n Id ol wi nn er W hil e I a m s or ry to s e e a ll o f th os e ta le nt ed c onte s ta nts v ote d ou t o f the com pe titi on I a m c omp le te ly pr ou d of La u re n a nd S cot ty, the y w er e my fa v ou ri te two fr om the b e gi nni ng a nd th ey al way s d eli vered du rin g ever y per f orm a nce Of c our s e the y p e rfo rm ed s om e s ong s th at I di d n ot a g re e wit h, b ut e v e ry o ne ha s th e ir fa ults In my op ini on t he y ar e bo th w inn ers an d ei th er o f th em c an wa l k a wa y with the titl e be ca us e the y a r e bo th st ar s L et s R ec a p T h e b e gi n n i n g o f t h e e l i m i n a t i o n n i g h t b e g a n w i t h a f e w fil le r s o f the to p th re e i n th e the a te rs w a t c h i n g t h e n e w m o v i e S u p e r 8 a n d we a ls o sa w a l ittl e cl ip o f H a le y v i si ti n g h e r f a n s a n d h o m e t o wn w e g o t to se e Ha le y 's pe rs on a lity sh in e a litt le bit wh en s he v is ite d Wh ee l ing I ll N e x t u p wa s a c li p of S co tty s e m oti on a l v i si t b a c k hom e to Ga rn e r, N C Wit h h is humb le pe rs on a lit y Sco tty d ro v e the cr owd cr a zy the y al l h a d s ig ns u p w ith his n am e on it. S cotty w as s h o c k e d a s i f h e d i d n o t k n o w h e h a d t h a t m a n y f a n s Ne x t on th e li ne up of the ho me vi si t w a s my gi rl La u re n f or a n e moti on al v is it to t he tor na do r av a g e d so uth. She ha s the mo st ch ar mi ng a t t i t u d e, a pa r t f r o m h er c r yi n g s p el l s sh e i s a lw ays ju st so ha pp y an d ji t t ery mo st o f t h e t i m e The di mming of the lig hts came and R ya n ca ll s a ll th re e of th e r e ma in in g co nte s ta nts a n d r e ve a l s t o S c o t t y t h at h e i s d e f i n i t e l y i n t h e fina l e sh ow, th e n o f co ur se he to ld La u re n to joi n Sco tty As q uic k a s th at Am er ic a w as pr e se nte d it's top 2 T he lo ok on Ha le y 's fac e wa s pr ice le s s, s h e w a s i n t o t a l s h o c k b u t s h e d i d n o t g o o u t s i d e of he r c ha ra cte r s he re m ai ne d ca lm an d co ll e c t i v e Ha le y sa n g h e r fi na l fa r ew el l s ong Be nn ie an d th e Je ts. So the s e as on is a lm os t ov e r a n d be for e y o u k no w it, we wil l ha v e o ur w inn e r! T h i s w e e k o n t h e A m e r i c a n I d o l F i n a l e S c o t ty a nd L a ur e n wil l ea ch p e rfo rm th re e so ng s. T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 07 WEDNESDAY, MAY 24, 2011 Jennifer Lopez's I'm Into You' "When I look into your eyes it's over You got me hooked with your love controller I'm tripping and I can not get over I'm feeling lucky like a four leaf clover Cos I'm into you I'm into you (x2)" By LESH P ROMOTERS deem the "Bahamas All Star" party as the official Memorial weekend after party to hit South Florida this Saturday May 28, at the Stars Banquet Hall, Miami. T he e n tir e we e k e nd is sl a te d t o be fu ll of exci tem ent wi t h all th e Bes t o f T he B est co nc ert f est ivi ti es go in g o n. The A ll St ars part y wil l be swamped wit h e n tert ainm e n t f r o m t h e B ah a m a s' s v e r y o w n D J s f r o m B i m i n i G r a n d B a h a m a a n d N e w P r o v i d e n c e F r o m t h e N a s s a u a r e a th e r e w i l l b e m u s i c t o e n j o y b y D J T a n k a n d L i l D w i g h t S e l e c t or Ty and Xtr a L arge. Jo ini ng in on t h e f e s ti vit ies fr om th e F reepo rt area w il l b e B ash m ent K id Dj B li n g an d Bl ac k P an t h e r G a n g a l e e D a E n t e r t a i n e r a n d D a Magic ian More o n t hat l ine u p o f e n t ert a i nm ent wi ll b e sou nds fr om B imi ni Djs Kin g D'an o, DJ Vybez and Warb ear. In an i nterview wit h In Ya E a r DJ Kin g D a n o n o t e d t h a t h e i s q u i t e c e r t a i n t h a t t h e p a r ty i s g oi n g to be a w e s o me T h e p a r ty i s g o in g t o tu rn ou t g oo d b e ca us e in my o pi ni o n T h e B ah a m a s r u n B es t o f t h e B e s t m ost of t h e s uppor t a nd pa tron ag e for t h at co nc ert co mes f ro m t he B aham as." In Y a E ar un derst an ds t hat in h is man y y e a r s w o r k i n g i n F l o r i d a D a n o a l s o k n o w n a s K i ng D'a n o ha s be e n in vo lv e d in qui te a nu mber of bi g sho ws and h as mad e man y valu able con t act s. A s D J Ki ng D 'ano h e ha s g a ine d qui t e a b it of notor ie t y in So uth Fl orid a fo r hi s mixi ng ski lls a n d p a rt y pr omo ti on s. H e h as rec ent ly mo ved on t o t h e d i g i ta l e r a a n d m i x e s fo r C a n ce r H i g h P ow er in B imini Bahamas whic h broadc a st on Mix 96 Ra d io in Fl orida, h ome of th e Best of t he b est Sp eakin g o n t h e venu e f or th e A ll S tars part y, he explai ned : "W e h ad to d o it i n a B a n q u e t H a l l b e c a u s e t h e c l u b s c e n e w o u l d have been to o c row ded f or th e p eop le, w e had t o d o t hi s on e f or th e Bah amian peo pl e, mak e t hem c om fo rt abl e." Go ing f ur th er on t h e B est of The B est f e s ti v i t i e s th e c o n c e r t' s w e b s i t e s a y s : E a c h y e a r B e s t O f T h e B e s t w e l c o m e s t h o u s a nd s o f v i s i to r s f r om u r b a n c e n t e r s a r o u n d t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s i n c l u d i n g N e w Y o r k DC A t lant a, H ous to n, a s wel l as fr om t h e Car ibb ean, S ou th A meri ca an d E uro pe." The sit e goes on to no te t h at t h e Ci ty o f Miam i, Bic ent en nial P ark wi ll be a cen ter of m usi cal energy fo r b ack t o b ack bl oc kbu st er co nc e r ts o n Sat u rday, May 28 and S u n d a y M a y 2 9 i t s a y s : D a y o ne d u bb e d S p r i n g F e s t w i l l f e a t u r e t h e b e s t o f t h e best in co nt emp orary R&B and H ip -H op, i n c l u d i n g M i a m i n a t i v e R i c k R o s s T r e y So ngz Ch ris B row n, Ker i Hi lso n, Ll oyd, Jer emih, Mig uel Mar sha Ambrosius (form erl y of t h e du o F l oe t ry ), Tr avi s P o rt er and B ig Sean Nat i onal ly synd ic ated rad io pers onal it y and c omed ian Ri ck ey S mil ey wil l hos t w ith Ru ss Pa rr an d Jab ba o f M a ssive B." D a n c e h a l l i c o n S h a b b a R a n k s w i l l p e r f o r m o n d a y t w o a l o n g s i d e s o m e o f t h e b i g g e s t a c t s i n R e g g a e H i p H o p D a n c e h a l l and So ca, i nc lu din g St eph en an d D amian "Jr G ong" Marl ey, DJ Kh aled, Vyb z Kart el ( wh o w il l ap pear wi th h is band l ive vi a sat ell it e f ro m Jam aic a), Tarru s Riley, A l is o n H i n d s T r i n a A s s a s s i n E t a n a S a n c h e z IOc tan e, Ac e H oo d, St eph en McG regor, C h i n o R i c h i e L o o p D e m a r c o G a p p y R a n k s R o m a i n V i r g o T i f a B i g A C Qw ot e, D aniel le D .I., ZJ Liq ui d." O ne mo r e eli mina t ion on its w a y GLOB A L AR TIS T S FLO CKING T O THE IN T O XIC A TING BIRD 'S EYE R IDDIM D A Y L I N E Vivian Green Haley Reinhart By LESH W I TH O VE R t w el v e gl o ba l ar t i st s, B i r d s E y e R i d d i m i s i n h e a v y r o t a tion on major radio stations in the B a h a m a s C o s t a R i c a P o r t u g a l N a i r o b i K e n y a A m s t e r d a m France and Germany. T he man behi nd t he R i ddim is a G r a n d B a h a m a n a t i v e a n d B a h a m i an producer Preston Stuart III of C ycl one Ent ert a in me nt a l ong w it h G r a m m y W i n n i n g J a m a i c a n / A m e r i c a n p r o d u c e r J a s o n A F a r m e r o f J VIBE Produc t ions (Coral Spri ngs, Fl o ri da ), wh o ha v e be e n pre pa ri n g f o r m o n t hs f o r u p co m i n g t o ur s a n d live performances. I n a s ta te men t M r St u ar t te lls I n Y a E a r t h a t t h e f i r s t t i m e h e worked with Jason Farmer was in 2 0 0 2 w h e n t h e y b o t h p ro d u c e d t h e song "R oyal V Ibes" for Ky-ma n i Marley. I t t o o k a l i t t l e t i m e f o r t h e d u o t o m a s t e r t h e Ri d d i m b ut t h e i r v i s i o n was for something a bit different. He says: "We wanted this Riddim t o r e p r e s e n t R e g g a e m u s i c a s a whole, not the Reggae artist from the Bahamas or from Trinidad or the Virgin Islands. We wanted to b ri ng t he b es t fr om d i ff er en t coun t r i es t o g e th e r t o p r o v e t h at t h ey a r e a l l a r t i s t s o f t h e s a m e m e r i t looking from a bird's eye view." A cc or d i n g t o Mr S t a u rt t h e l e a d s in g l e on t he Ri ddi m i s fr om Ra st a o f l o v e T a u r u s Ri l e y a n d R n B s e n sation Vivan Green of the United S t a t e s T h e y c a m e t o g e t h e r t o p ro d u c e a v er y i nt er e s tin g s in gle a bou t rel a ti on shi ps e nti t le d Le t i t b u r n Th e s ec on d sin gle o n the a l b u m i s f r o m N a s s a u s o w n M d e e z e n t i t l e d L o v e i s t h e n t h e r e i s P r e s u r e B u s s P i p e w i t h A l l I want" and dancehall Diva Ce'cile with "I got a man." G o i n g f u r t h e r t h e a r t i s t s o n B i r d s E y e R i d d i m a l s o i n c l u d e P h o n e i x P h e n o m o f t h e U n i t e d States, P ress ur e Buss Pip e of the U S Vi rg i n Is l an ds, D a nce ha l l D i v a Ce'cile of Jamaica, Richie Camp b e l l o f P o r t u g a l N a t u r e o f J a m a i c a ; G l o b e t r o t t e r J a h B a m i o f T r i n i d a d and Tobago, Puerto Rican Ameri c a n S e l e n a S e r r a n o a w a r d w i n n i n g R i ca rd o C l ar ke of B ah a m a s; M us i c a l D o c t o r M D e e z o f B a h a m a s ; L a d y M e l o d y R a q u e l O l i v e r o f B a h a m a s ; C J P r i e s t ; M r C h i n g ; A v a r a n ; B o d i n e a l l b l a z i n g a i r waves in Bahamas. Th is c o mp ilat ion o f ar tis ts an d styles from across the globe brings an app eal to the Bird s Eye Ridd i m t h a t i s c e r t a i n t o b r e a k i n t o reggae charts worldwide. One lis tener describes the tracks as "pas s i o n a t e w h i l e a n o t h e r s a y s t h e r e s a r e t ur n o f l o v e t o re g g a e o n B i r d s Ey e" U ndoubte dly e ach t rack has a u n iq u e f la v o r w i th a c o n s c i o u s message." Producers say th e Ri ddi m' s of fi c i a l r e l e a s e w i l l n o t c o m e u n t i l J u n e T h e r e w i l l b e a n a l b u m r e l e a se pa r t y o n S a t ur da y J un e 1 8 a t t h e u p c o m i n g U lt r a E x c l u s iv e A l l o f t h e L i g h t s p a r t y w h e r e there will be live performances at C l u b L u n a b y T h e D i a m o n d P r i n c e s s T r i n a a n d J b o o g A n d t h e n off the Bird's Eye Riddim we will h a v e M d e e z R a q u e l O l i v e r a n d S e l e n a S e r r a n o M r S t u a r t explains. F o r a l l t h e l i s t e n i n g e a r s t h e B ir d s E y e R id d im w il l b e a v ai lable next month at various online s t o re s i n cl u di ng i T un e s a nd a l s o o n cds in a store near you.
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 08 WEDNESDAY, MAY 25, 2011 Katt W illiams Michael Jackson George Clinton Khole Kardashian Flava Flav Nick Nolte Rip T or n James Brown Kumari Fullbight