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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.156TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS ANDSUN HIGH 86F LOW 77F P RIME Minister Hubert Ingraham has warned politi cians to distance themselves from criminals in the lead up to the next general election. He said while he knew both major political parties wantedto win the next election, keep ing company with law-breakerst o gain votes is a practice that should be stopped. "I say to both political par ties, both the FNM and the PLP, that we ought to con sciously not associate ourselves w ith persons that we know to be criminals. "I know in elections, every body wants to win, but we ought to consciously and delib erately disassociate ourselves from persons we know who are criminals. I speak in my capac ity as Prime Minister, with thek nowledge I have from intelligence gathered in the Bahamas," Mr Ingraham said as he gave his contribution on TRY OUR CHICKEN MAC The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM www.fidelitygroup.comCall 356.7764today! Fall in love again with a Fidelity Fast Track car loan. FidelityBank FastTrack Loan Politicians war ned over criminal links Prime Minister says ties with law-breakers for votes must be stopped By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net A NEW remand court at H er Majesty's Prison Fox H ill will be fully operational by September, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said. The new court, being b uilt next to the electronic monitoring tagging centre, will eliminate the need forp eople on remand to travel from HMP to the courts on B ank Lane or Nassau Street f or hearings. Once the court NEW REMAND COURT AT PRISON BY SEPTEMBER By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham hit back at criticism that the new budget does not pro vide for the fight against crime as he outlined his government's "comprehensive" approach to eradicate illegal activity. Mr Ingraham noted how the Government has allocated $2.3 million for urban renewal programmes in the capital and Grand Bahama for the upcoming fiscal year. The Government will also continue to assist in the extension of social initiatives such as SEE page nine Go vts comprehensiv approach to crime outlined SEE page nine SEE page nine By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net BAHAMIAN soccer officials who blew the whistle on alleged FIFA corruption advised that under no circumstances would the Bahamas FA accept such a cash gift, an affidavit claimed yesterday. ESPN Sportsnet yesterday reported that Fred Lunn, vice-president of the Bahamas Football Association, sent a text message to the associations president Anton Sealey immediately after he was allegedly urged to accept a large brown PAST PRESIDENTS of Rotary East Nassau paid tribute to a beloved former president who was heralded as an exemplary civil servant yesterday. After more than three decades of com munity service, Harold "Tony" HingCheong, a former Lands and Surveys chief, died early yesterday morning at the age of 87. "He had been sick for many weeks," said Barry Rassin, past president, district governor, and international director for Rotary East Nassau, "he was very special to Rotary as he has done a lot for Rotary and the country." "He was a very hands-on person, if By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THE Workers Party dissolved its organisation yesterday after 35 years in politics, to join the newly formed Demo cratic National Alliance (DNA Leader Rodney Moncur said the partys membership is collectively migrating to the DNA to respond to the call of the people of Elizabeth and, indeed, to the cry of voters elsewhere throughout the country for a single, united alternative to this FNM-PLP partnership.. He said members of the party are ready SEE page nine SOCCER OFFICIALS ADVISED THE BAHAMAS FAWOULD NOT ACCEPT CASH GIFT TRIBUTES T O FORMER R O T ARY CLUB PRESIDENT SEE page nine SEE page nine THE W ORKERS PARTY DISSOL VES T O JOIN DN A REMEMBERING THEFALLEN F ELIPE MAJOR/TRIBUNE STAFF ABOVE: The Royal Bahamas Defence Force honour guard protection unit at a Memorial Day ceremony at Clifton Memorial yesterday. At the event, the Bahamas and the United States remembered the ten men of Squadron VP-23 who gave their lives on May 7, 1954 while on a mission. SEE PAGETWO A MEMBER of the US Coast Guard is lowered from a helicopter to place a wreath on the ocean. FREEINSIDETODAY KID SCOOPMAGAZINE PACKEDWITHFUNANDGAMES H o w d i d t h i s f o u r t h g r a d e r f r o m K a n s a s m a k e a d i f f e r e n c e f o r c h i l d r e n a r o u n d t h e w o r l d ? F i n d o u t i n s i d e t h i s i s s u e J u n e A c t i v i t y C a l e n d a r F o l l o w s o m e s i m p l e r u l e s t o m a k e y o u r y o u h a v e t h e l a t e s t d i g i t a l c a m e r a o r a s i m p l e p o i n t a n d s h o o t t h e s e r u l e s w o r k f o r a l l p h o t o s I t s A l l i n t h e C a r d s C a n y o u f i n d t h e t h i n g s I t o o k p h o t o s o f o n t h i s p a g e ? p r o j e c t s t o k e e p k i d s e n t e r t a i n e d a n d h a v i n g f u n a l l t h r o u g h t h e s u m m e r a r e i n s i d e t h i s i s s u e J o i n y o u r l o c a l l i b r a r y a n d p a r t i c i p a t e s t o r y o f H e r c u l e s t e l l s t h e t a l e o f a n a n c i e n t s u p e r h e r o k s n 2 4 j u n 1 1 i n d d 1 4 / 2 1 / 1 1 4 : 1 3 : 2 8 P M PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham

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LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011, PAGE 5 By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter m reynolds@tribunemedia.net F EARS for marine life have been raised by environmental activists as Bahamas Petroleum Plc takes initial steps explore for oil across 3,000 sq ft of Bahamian waters. T he oil and gas exploration c ompany with offshore licence p ermits for the Bahamas has commenced a six week high resolution seabed survey under a contract with Fugro NV, which will i nform the more detailed, 90-day, 3 D seismic survey by CGGVerit as. B ut environmentalists are conc erned the seismic surveys may h arm marine mammals, fish and corals, and say they should not go ahead prior to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA Seismic surveys involve sending shockwaves to the ocean floor in a series of blasts through airguns. T he concern is that the sound of the shockwaves, which typically resound at up to 260 decibels, willd isturb marine mammals and other sealife. S cientists have proven that any sound over 180 decibels can cause marine mammals to suffer hearing l oss, brain haemorrhage and even death, according to environmental n on-profit Greenpeace. The sound also disturbs their echolocation, communication, and d iverts them away from their breeding grounds, and can also i njure fish bladders, essentially killing the fish, and may also impact coral reefs. S am Duncombe, of local nonprofit reEarth, said: These are t hings we cant afford to take lightly. Its extremely irresponsible of our government to allow them tod o seismic testing without an EIA. It should have been a requirement. We are not talking about a q uiet exploration of oil here, we are talking about a lot of noise over a long period of time, in a pristine marine environment. B ritish law requires EIAs for seismic and high resolution surveys in sensitive sea areas anda reas where it may affect a protected habitat or species. A nd as the seismic surveys by Bahamas Petroleum will be done in the pristine waters of the Cay Sal Bank in the southwest Bahamas, an important area for fisheries, Ms Duncombe said there is good reason for concern. CGGVeritas maintain the B roadSeis imaging technology b eing used in the Bahamas, for the first time in the western hemi s phere since it was launched last J une, has extremely low noise characteristics as it uses solid Sentinal streamers, rather than gel-filled streamers, to send shock-w aves to the ocean floor from the vessel SR/V Veritas Viking. CGGVeritas maintains Sentinel s treamers are quieter and can be towed deeper than other streamers, reaching depths of up to 60m, and have an instrument low-cut o f 2Hz, recording high-quality signal down to at least 2.5Hz. However the noise level is not articulated on the CGGVeritas website and email inquiries were not answered before press time. The noise frequency generate d is said to be around 20 decib els lower than average seismolo gy and the quietist in the industry, a ccording to the CGGVeritas w ebsite. An EIA is not required by gov ernment for seismic surveys of the 1,155 sq mile area, and BahamasE nvironment, Science and Tech nology (BEST neer Loraine Cox said she doesn ot expect to receive the EIA and Environmental Management Plan (EMP ities until later this year. Providing the surveys reveal large rock structures storing enough oil to justify the cost of drilling infrastructure and oil extraction, Bahamas Petroleum c hief executive Paul Crevello e xpects to start drilling in 2012. H e said the seismic tests will go on until the end of August, the data is likely to be fully processed in January, and then several more months of interpretation will follow before a well location, or locations, will be finalised. T he Bahamas Petroleum Comp any Plc has five petroleum l icences covering 15,676 km2 (3,873,546 acres waters and maritime ExclusiveE conomic Zone (EEZ Bahamas, with four in the southeast Bahamas near the maritime border with Cuba, and an isolated f ifth licence held by Island Offshore Petroleum Ltd, a Bahamian subsidiary of Bahamas Petroleum C ompany Plc. M inister of the Environment Earl Deveaux maintains there s hould be stringent protocols in p lace before drilling begins. Nearly 600 people concerned a bout the potentially damaging impact of oil exploration and d rilling have signed, and are encouraging others to sign a petition on:w ww.thepetitionsite.com/1/NOOIL---NO-SPOIL/ F or more information about CGGVeritas log on to www.cggveritas.com and find u pdates about oil exploration in the Bahamas on www.bpcplc.com. Acorn International of Dartmouth, MA, has partnered with SEV Consulting of Nassau, B ahamas and has initiated an environmental impact assessment of the four southernl icences. This study will evaluate the possible environmental risks of drilling an exploration well in thes outhern licence area. Full assessment of the impact of drilling on the natural environ ment such as fish and mammal p opulations, the physical environment such as water quality, air quality and waste managementa nd socioeconomic aspects will be a ssessed. B y LAMECH JOHNSON A LONG TIME resident of a quiet community in eastern New Providence claims the area has seen ac rime explosion over the last y ear. The woman, who wished not to be named, said Blair Estates is now riddled with crime. Within the last six m onths, she said, three p eople have been robbed at gunpoint, cars stolen out of driveways some of this is happening in the daytime. "Blair is not like when I w as a child, when everyone p articipated in the Crime W atch. S he also claimed that a m an was held up at gunpoint and terrorised at 11am t he week before Mother's Day. The worried resident a cknowledged that while it would not be fair for then eighbourhood to get a m ore substantial police prese nce than other areas, it would be nice to see officers patrolling the community ab it more often. ASP Rodney Smith, the c ommanding officer from t he Fox Hill police station, r esponded to the claims yesterday, noting that because of Blair's quiet reputation, a ny criminal activity there would stand out to police. ASP Smith acknowledged t hat several of the incidents mentioned by the resident did indeed take place, and gave an update on the investigation into those matters. He said: "One armed robbery occurred in the areat hat is still under investigation; two purse snatchings occurred while persons were arriving at home in the area,t he persons responsible for both matters was arrested and charged; two break-ins o ccurred in the area, one of the break-in persons was arrested and charged." A SP Smith credits the s uccess of many of these investigations to assistance from the community ands ays the polices activities in Blair rely heavily on information offered by residents. "We have been successful due to the vigilance of the community and the police working together and we c ontinue to do frequent patrols in the area based on our intelligence, he said. A SUSPECT died during a high speed boat chase near Bimini as police seized 650 pounds of marijuana. Drug Enforcement Unit officers with officers of the Bimini District conducted a joint operation in South Bimini, arresting three men and seizing 23 large sacks of drugs. The arrests were made at around 7.30am on Friday, May 27. It is believed that during the incident a boat accident occurred which killed a 36year-old Sandilands Village Road man, who police have identified as Anthony Gibson. The drugs that were seized are estimated to have a street value of $647,000. The murder count now stands at 51 after a man shot over the weekend off Wulff Road diedin hospital. It was reported yesterday that shortly before 1pm on Sunday, an argument broke out between two men at Union Village. The incident escalated, leading to a 34-year-old man identified as Brent Sands of Miami Street being shot in the head. Police have now revealed that he was rushed to the hospital in the ambulance but died several hours later. The shooting happened less than 48 hours after Bain Town resident Fidel Antonio Miller, 31, was shot to death while in a car outside his home. Police are unsure of the cir cumstances surrounding Sands shooting and are calling on members of the public with any information to come forward. In other crime news, police reported that just before 10 oclock Sunday night, a grocery store in Nassau Village was robbed by two men armed with handguns. The men, who were dressed completely in black, went into Cost U Less on Taylor Street and Alexandria Boulevard and demanded cash. Witnesses say that an employee was gun-butted by one of the culprits while the cash was being taken The two men are said to have fled the area on foot with an undetermined amount of money, heading west on Alexan dria Boulevard. Police are active ly investigating all these matters and are asking for assistance from the public. Persons with relevant information should contact the police on 911 or 919 ; the Central Detective Unit on 502-9991 or 5029910 ; or Crime stoppers on 328TIPS Police tip :According to section 212 of the Penal Code, every person who, without the consent of the owner or occupier, attaches a poster or other sign to a building wall, fence, pillar or post; or writes on, soils, defaces or marks any building, wall, fence, pillar or post, is liable to a fine of $150. RESIDENT CLAIMS BLAIR IS RIDDLED WITH CRIME Oil exploration sparks concerns from environmental activists Death during boat chase as police mak e dr ug seizure MAN DIES AFTER BEING SHOT AT WEEKEND

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T OURISM Minister Vinc ent Vanderpool-Wallace said that as the Bahamas is asking visitors to pay on average more per day than any of the larger destinations in the region, it is imperative thatt he tourism industry continuo usly make a strong commitment to providing value for money. The minister made the statement while praising Sandals Resorts now 15-year c ommitment to the continual t raining of its staff. In the month of June, Sandals Royal Bahamian is celebrating 15 years in existence. The Nassau propertysa nniversary comes in the context of the parent company S andals Resort Internationa ls own 30 year celebration. Sandals has built a global r eputation on delivering high value for money through high quality training so theiri nvolvement in the Bahamas added immensely to the reputation of the Bahamas and t hey continue to set an examp le for local organisations to follow, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said. T his training not only makes Sandals team members among the best servicep rofessionals in the business b ut has engendered loyalty among them as well. There are more than 50 team members who have b een with the property since it opened its doors in 1996 a nd scores more who have w orked with the resort for more than a decade. Team members like photo s hop manager Shawn T hompson have taken advantage of the many training opportunities Sandals RoyalB ahamian has offered over the years. Mr Thompson has worked i n seven departments at the r esort, from water sports to c oncierge, and has stayed with the company so long b ecause it afforded him the upward growth and experi ence he needed. Sandals is a company that i s loyal to its employees and e ncourages the upward movement of its team members. It has meant a whole lott o me knowing that I got the training and hands-on experience and didnt have to pay f or it. It all came free of c harge. Sandals does what no oth er company does put strong e mphasis on empowerment and training. You can start out as a junior member of thek itchen staff one day and with h ard work and determination you can one day be general m anager, Mr Thompson s aid. Mr Thompson is also a graduate of Sandals MasterC lass, an in-house training programme that takes place every six months and givesj unior team members an o pportunity to move up into management and managers a n opportunity to hone their s kills. Patrick Drake, general manager of Sandals Royal B ahamian, said that prog rammes like the Master Class are evidence that Sandals is committed to itsB ahamian employees. The large percentage of team members who have r emained loyal to the brand s peaks volumes of the commitment the company has made to the development anda dvancement of the whole person, he said. Sandals commitment to t he training of Bahamian tale nt extends beyond the borders of its property on Cable B each. T he Sandals Foundation the charitable arm of the resort chain has sponsored am entorship programme with employee volunteers at Gam bier Primary School and has a dopted Government High School. It is very important that we pay attention to the next g eneration. Even now San dals Royal Bahamian has been the beneficiary of (Gov ernment Highs) hospitality programme, Mr Drake said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By LAMECH JOHNSON A SMALL yet active church organisation is hosting its second annual speech competition this Friday evening at Smith Chapel AME Zion Church in Kennedy Subdivision. District director for the Bahama Island African Methodist Episcopal Zion Churchs youth department, Norma Hield, said the competition will help to motivate the young people and keep them in positive activities. The theme for this years competition is st century Christians rebuilding the community and we have seven persons participating so far. One of the participants, 18-year-old Christian Hield, is blind but does not allow this to deter him from participating fully in life. I want to prove that even those who have physical challenges can accomplish what they set out to, he told The Tribune. Christian plays several musical instruments, and his goal in life is to become a music teacher. He attends the Aaron Gilmore S chool for the blind. Mrs Hield spoke highly of the seven entrants as exemplary young people, and had strong words for those who use the media to speak negatively about the nations youth. It is really discouraging when they put the young people down. And what really hurts is that they dont even bother to help or get to know them, she said. Mrs Hield noted that several church organisations have held events in the past to give young people productive outlets, but lamented the fact that when they approach the corporate sector to help with sponsorship, some of the big companies, who can spare it, do not reply to the letters. She added: The money is not for me. The prizes are not for me. Its for the young people. Were trying to help the young peo ple who want to be something in life and keep them focused on the right path so they can then help their friends and peers on the right path. The other entrants in Fridays competition are: Waynika Adderley, 12, of LW Young junior high school; Ronald Simms, 15, of Queens College; Trei Bethel, 15, of Doris Johnson Senior High; Petra Francis, 17, of CR Walker Senior High; Tamara Sturrup, 18; Deandra Rolle, 18; Waynika wants to become a teacher. Trei wants to be an architect. Deandra wants to be a writer. Tamara and Petra want to be on the Defence Force. We have to uplift the young people and motivate them, Mrs Hield said. THE Bahamas Conference of the Methodist Church has elected a news late of executive officers. Reverend Christopher Neely, who served for six years as assistant secretary of the BCMC, is the new president-elect. Mr Neely is minister of New Hope Methodist Church in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Philip Clarke, a member of Ascension Methodist Church in New Providence, was chosen as vice-president elect. He is also a commander on the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. Deacon Elmena Bethell is the organisation's general secretary-elect and previously served as vice-president. She is the current Pastor of Coke Memorial Methodist Church in Fox Hill. The new treasurer-elect is Reverend Jacinta Marie Neilly. Ms Neilly is the ministerial moderator for the Eastern Abaco region of the conference and currently serves as director of the division of worship and fellowship. Andrea Gibson, principal of Queens College, and Reverend Philip Stubbs, minister of St Michaels Methodist Church, were reelected to serve as assistant secretaries of the BCMC. Audrey Culmer, a member of the Wesley Methodist Church in Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera was re-elected as assistant treasurer. The election took place at the church's 18th annual general conference in Rock Sound, Eleuthera. The new team will begin their duties on September 1. SL A TE OF EXECUTIVE OFFICERS ELECTED T O THE BAHAMAS C ONFEREN CE OF THE METHODIST CHURCH Bahamas must make value for money commitment for visitors S ANDALS P hoto Shop manager Shawn Thompson (right Speech competition will help motivate young people CHRISTIAN HIELD RONALD SIMMS TAMARA STURRUP TREI BETHEL WAYNIKA ADDERLEY PETRA FRANCIS

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WHAT is expected to be a highly active hurricane season is set to begin tomorrow with 16 storms predicted between June 1 and Novemb er 30. A n estimated nine of t hese are expected to reach hurricane intensity, with five are likely to be categoryt hree storms, classified by wind speeds in excess of 110mph. High winds of a category t hree storm and above are powerful enough to tear down trees, telephone poles, e lectricity cables and send objects flying through the air, p osing a major risk to property as damaged windows and roofs can leave buildings a nd people exposed to the elements in a major storm. C hief meteorologist Basil Dean warned property owners to prepare now for an a ctive hurricane season by fixing leaky roofs, broken w indows and doors, and ensuring hurricane shutters are in place. H e also advised trimming large trees that could tear d own power lines or fall on roofs in high winds. We are asking people understand that its essentialt hat we do these things in order to be safe during a hurricane, Mr Dean said. We should always do the n ecessary things to help min imise loss of life and damage to property. Its very prudent that we be prepared and dot he things we need to do. Its amazing how these simple things can bring greatr elief to us, because the more damage you have, the more difficult it is to recover, especially without power. Heavy rain and storm surge can also pose a risk of f looding, he added. W ith such a high level of a ctivity predicted, largely owing to the southern Pacific Ocean climate pattern ElN io/La Nia-Southern Oscillation (ENSO is currently in a La Nia phase, and moving into a n eutral phase, as well as warm seas, low sea level pressure and wind reversal p atterns, the risk to property is great. H owever an insurance broker at a leading local company has said property o wners have been dropping hurricane coverage from t heir insurance policies where possible. He has noticed a trend of p eople dropping hurricane coverage over the last two or t hree years, if their mortgage lenders will allow it, or increasing their hurricaned eductibles in order to reduce their insurance prem iums. By increasing deductibles f rom the standard two per cent of the total sum insuredt o 10 per cent, policyholders will receive a 25 per cent discount on their annual premi u m, but have to pay 10 per c ent of the total sum insured when making a claim for hur ricane damage. Tropical storm expert Pro f essor William Gray predicted 16 storms, while the Unit-ed States National Oceanic a nd Atmospheric Administration (NOAA there will be 12 to 18 named storms, including six to 10 which could become hurricanes, and three to six of t hose could be category three o r higher. M r Dean said: As long as they are category three and below, we know we can with-s tand those type of storms, provided we do the necessary things to prepare. When it gets to category f our or five, we certainly h ope that we do not have to d eal with them. But once a system develo ps we are able to detect t hese things and monitor t hem straight through, so we w ill be able to tell you what t he weather system is and the c hances it will hit long in a dvance. F REEPORT, Grand Bahama The sounds of Junkanoo will fill the streets of downtown Freeport on Friday, June 3. Rush for Peace is expected to bring out thousands of Bahamians and vis itors to see both Nassau and Grand Bahama Junkanoo groups strut their stuff for the $50,000 winning prize. Joining the Port Authority as a sponsor for the Rush for Peace Summer Junkanoo in Freeport, is the Grand Bahama Power Company. We are pleasedto support the Port Author ity and all their efforts to bring back summer Junkanoo to the island, said Ray Robinson, Executive Chairman of GBPC. Many of our staff are looking forward to the week of activities that have been organized and I am excited to see my first Junkanoo! Rush for Peace activi ties started on Sunday with a church service and youth rally and will continue witha Thursday Meet and Greet at the International Bazaar. Fridays rush will showcase the Valley Boys and Saxons from Nassau and the Swingers and Majestic Crusaders from Grand Bahama, said Karen BainFerguson, Rush for Peace Committee Member. We are looking forward to seeing what these groups will do and who will take homethe grand prize. Closing events for the week will culminate at Tanio Beach with an all Bahamian concert and awards ceremony. Its wonderful to see so much a ctivity around this event, said Robinson. We are encouraging all our staff at GBPC to attend and hope Grand Bahamians will come out to support these hard working Junkanoo groups. 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THIS year marks the 37th anniversary of the co-operative movement in the Bahamas, and a series of e vents have been organised t o commemorate the occasion. I n 1974, the government p romoted the establishment o f co-operative societies as a mechanism to facilitate the d iversification and strengthe ning of the nations economy. Since then, the movement has become a formidable sector: there are now 16 registered societies with total assets worth more than $250 m illion. E ach year co-operative practitioners, along with the D epartment of Co-operative D evelopment and the B ahamas Co-operative League Limited, traditionally observe June as Coo perative Month. This year, the movement is placing a lot of emphasis o n health and has launched a s ix weeks Health Fitness C hallenge to encourage m embers to remain and b ecome healthy. T here will be a health fitness challenge, blood drives, educational seminars, and open house events at various co-operative societies throughout the Bahamas. I n addition, the department will be launching its Economic Impact Study, an i n-depth review of the coo perative movement in the B ahamas over the last 37 y ears. T he study will examines t he social and economic contributions that co-operatives have made to the Bahamas. The public is invited to take in the celebrations, which will not be restricted to members of the various s ocieties. T he first event, church Service at Evangelistic Temp le on Collins Avenue, took place on Sunday. May 29. Some of the other events and activities planned include: Wednesday, June 1 C o-operative Month officially begins with a proclam ation by the prime minist er, to be published in all m ajor the newspapers. Thursday, June 9 The f irst in a series of educational seminars geared towards school co-operatives, in particular the Teacher Guides, t o be held at the Bahamas Co-operative League Head quarters, 10ampm. Friday June 10 T he Teachers and Salaried Workers Co-operative Credit Union will host an open house and blood drive, 10ampm. Saturday June 11 E mployees of various cooperatives will enjoy a Fun, R un/Walk at Goodmans B ay. Sunday June 12 Salem Union Co-operative Unionw ill host an open house Tuesday June 14 Bahamas Law Enforcement a gencies will host an open house,10ampm. Wednesday June 15 Bahama Island Resorts and C asino Co-operative Credit Union will host an openh ouse,10ampm. Thursday June 16 educational seminar at the University of West Indiesd inning room, noon 4pm for boards of directors of various credit unions. Friday June 17 The Co-operative Movement will participate in a mix and min g le evening with a 1970s t heme at the Bahamas Cooperative League and Insur ance Building, Oakes Field, Russell Road. Saturday June 18 The Grand Bahama Co-operat ive Credit Union will host a n open house, 10ampm. Monday June 20 T ransportation and Services I ndustry Co-operative Credit Union will host an open house,10ampm. Tuesday June 21 National Workers Co-operative Credit Union will host a n open house and blood drive. Wednesday June 22 E ducational seminar for the m embers of the co-operative movement at WorkersH ouse, Harold Road, 7pm. Tuesday June 28 Educational seminar scheduled for UWI dining room fromn oon to 3pm for employees of the co-operative movement. Saturday July 2 International Co-operative Day will be observed andt he Minister of Agriculture w ill address the nation on radio and television at 8pm. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T HE CO-OPERATIVE MOVEMENT c elebrated its 37th anniversary during a church service held at the Evangelistic Temple Church, Collins Avenue. Co-operative Month is recognised in June of every year. The Co-operative movement celebrates its 37th anniversary Events planned to commemorate the occasion Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are m aking news in their n eighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a g ood cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an a ward. If so, call us on 322-1986 a nd share your story.

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to go to work. We have been in the field for over 30 years. We are mature men and women. There are no egos or hang ups. We are prepared to submit to a leader who will lead based on principle, based on the best interests of the nation. We are now ready to work and lock down, said Mr Moncur. While campaigning in the Elizabeth byeelection, Mr Moncur said the party got the message from constituents that it would be good if all the small parties could form a united group. We started hearing this joint dismissal of the FNM and PLP clearly in the Elizabeth bye-election in February 2010, when, for the first time in Bahamian history, a frightening percentage of the voters failed to s how up at the polls leaving the hapless and embarrassed PLP and FNM to engage in a virtual dogfight, right down to the last vote, said Mr Moncur. Mr Moncur said the nation was at a critical point in its political history, where for the first time, the Bahamian electorate are in a position to make a fair comparison between the FNM and PLP. Up until 1992, the FNM, in an independent Bahamas, had never been tried and tested in Government by the Bahamian people; and the PLP enjoyed overwhelming public support. So it was naturally impossible for any third party that would have been formed during those years to attract the support and build the capacity to challenge both the PLP and the FNM. By 2002, the Bahamian people had tried the PLP in Government for 25 years and in opposition for 10 years; and similarly the people had experienced the FNM in some form or other in opposition for 25 years and in Government for 10 years, said Mr Moncur. It was at that point that the serious evaluation of the two parties began to develop; it was at this point that voters for the first time could easily compare the two parties and their styles of governance, he said. Mr Moncur said Hubert Ingraham and Perry Christie are equally balanced, because they represent the two sides of the Pindling coin. Christie is hopelessly indecisive, Ingraham is dangerously rash and impetuous. While Christie claims to be people-oriented and compassionate, Ingraham painfully demonstrates abrasiveness and an utter lack of compassion. Whereas Christie is prone to become bogged down in endless counsels and analyses, Ingraham crawls up high on the rock of stubborn pig-headedness, said Mr Moncur. Whereas Christies Ministers were a wild and uncontrolled bunch, having little respect for him, Ingrahams Ministers are said to be cowering in fear as he shouts them down and makes them submit to his one-man, iron-hand rule, he said. Mr Moncur lamented the decision of the Bahamas Democratic Movement and mem bers of the National Development Party (NDP wooed and swallowed up by the old guard, the hapless and hopeless FNM-PLP, instead o f joining forces with the DNA. The country has never seen such an upheaval and deep-seated rupture in the electorate since 1971, when the Free PLP was formed, according to Mr Moncur. This climate has allowed Branville McCartney to emerge as a credible and capable alternative, said Mr Moncur. He said Mr McCartney is the medicine that w ill cure the country of both Ingraham and Christie. Mr Moncur lamented the fact that both the Bahamas Democratic Movement (BDM Party (NDP wooed and swallowed up by the old guard, the hapless and hopeless FNM-PLP, instead of joining forces with the DNA. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011, PAGE 9 local marching bands, after school programmes, computer classes, sewing classes for the elderly, boys and girls clubs and backyard farming. He added that his government has also introduced electronic monitoring for persons out on bail and implemented close circuit television in key areas of the capital a scheme that was instrumental in the John Bull robbery investigation. Government has also appointed additional magistrates, Supreme Court justices and Court of Appeal judges to help facilitate speedier trials and reduce the backlog of cases. He also boasted that the newly created gun court has heard 180 cases in two months. With the prevalence of illegal firearms on the streets and an increase in gun crimes, Mr Ingraham also said it is soon time to impose stiffer penalties and prison terms on those found guilty of a firearm offence. "There has been some commentary in the press that this budget does not address the too high incidence of crime in our communities most especially here in New Providence. Of course nothing could be farther from the truth. It is simply wrong, highly disingenuous for others to suggest that they have a higher interest and commitment to fighting crime than does my government or indeed any government of the Bahamas. "My government has sought to avoid knee-jerk reactions to crime and criminality in our country. Instead we recognise the necessity of a comprehensive approach to this very complex and vexing problem and so we have set out deliberately to address the factors responsible for the development of criminal behaviours and the criminal mind while modernising and making more efficient the principle agencies responsible for the enforcement of the law, put extensive resources in place, developed new initiatives, fine-tuned existing anti-crime programmes and enacted legislation needed to more effectively prevent and combat crime." Over the past four years, government has promoted a new generation of leaders for the Royal Bahamas Police Force; improved conditions of service of the RBPF; invested in new equipment, technology and crime fighting tools for the RBPF; and engaged a new director of public prosecutions mandated to reduce the backlog of cases and streamline and improve the functions of that office, he said of other long-term strategies. Mr Ingraham added that his administration also engaged 60 new police recruits this year who will be joined by another 60 now in training; 30 of whom are being engaged specifically for posting in the Family Islands. The Prime Minister added that in order to bolster resources available to the Office of the Attorney General, government has allocated $549,000 to engage nine assistant counsels, three chief counsels and one senior counsel. Money has been set aside to accommodate the promotion of 135 police officers to complete the restructuring of the Force so that development is based ona structure. Financial provision has also been made to facilitate and accommodate promotions for legal officers in the Office of the Attorney General. Reforms are underway at the AGs Office that are meant to further reduce the backlog of cases before the courts. Mr Ingraham said that in a few months he will give a crime specific national address, which will further outline his administration's crime fighting plans. envelope filled with $40,000 cash from a Caribbean Football Union (CFU According to the affidavit, Mr Sealey texted: I'm disap pointed but not surprised. It is important that [we] maintainour integrity when the story is told. That money will not make or break our association. You can leave with your head high. The affidavit is part of the evidence dossier harvested by FIFAs ethics committee to investigate claims put forth by a group of Caribbean football officials led by Mr Sealey who exposed an alleged attempt by a presidential can didate to bribe regional offi cials to support his bid. According to Sportsnet, 25 member associations of the CFU were invited to a special meeting concerning then-FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammams manifesto at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Trinidad on May 10. It was reported that the flight and hotel costs for the associations two officials each were covered by Bin Ham mam. Following the meeting, representatives were reportedly asked to attend a conference room where they were then handed a gift by a CFU official. Mr Lunn was said to be one of the first to go up to the room and receive a large brown enve lope. In the affidavit presented to FIFAs ethics committee, Mr Lunn said he was stunned after he opened the envelope and "stacks of US $100 fell out and on to the table. After initially stating that he did not have authorisation to accept the funds four packs each of $10,000 Mr Lunn said he decided to hold on to the money and contact the associa tion president after he was urged to accept the money by the CFU official. As he waited to return the funds, Mr Lunn reportedly told Mr Sealey that a lot of the boys taking the cash, this is sad given the breaking news on the TV CNN... I'm truly surprise its happening at this conference [sic]. The corruption claims highlighted by Mr Sealey and his fellow Caribbean Football Union officials are the latest in a series of claims of ethical misdemeanours by FIFA executives, among them suggestions that officials accepted bribes for votes on which countries should host future world cup tournaments. Delegates were addressed by Mr Warner, the FIFA vice president and head of CFU, the next morning, May 11, the affidavit continued. In that meeting, Mr Warner reportedly explained that he had instructed Mr Bin Ham mam to bring the cash equiva lent of any gift he had intended to bring for representatives and that the money was free to use for any purpose. Meanwhile, Mr Sealey had alerted Chuck Blazer, the US FIFA member and confedera tion general secretary. Mr Blaz er briefed Mr Lunn and then informed FIFA's secretary gen eral Jerome Valcke, who asked that a report be prepared on the matter. Qatari President of the Asian Football Confederation, Mohamed Bin Hammam, along with FIFA vice president, T rinidadian Jack Warner and two CFU officials, Debbie M inguell and Jason Sylvester, have been banned from all football-related activities while the full inquiry takes place. Sepp Blatter, of Switzerland, FIFA's current president, will not be investigated because he knew nothing of the payments. He will stand unopposed for reelection tomorrow to continue in a job that he has held for 13 years. Mr Sealey was not available for comment yesterday, as he remains in Zurich, Switzerland, where FIFA's headquarters are located. Mr Lunn refused calls yesterday. Government officials yesterday applauded the decision taken by the association, which credited in the international media as exposing a scandal that is now threatening to "tear apart" FIFA. Charles Maynard, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, said: I'm happy to understand that our federation's integrity is intact and that they would have stood up for what is right. FIFA as an international federation is a very powerful o ne, and the leadership is some thing that is much sought after, Im happy that those who represent the Bahamas would have stood for what is right and not allow themselves to be involved in anything that would stain the country. SEESPORTSSECTION somebody's roof needed fixing he'd get out there and he'd get Rotarians out there to fix it." Mr Rassin said that Mr Hing-Cheong was actively involved with the Persis Rodgers' Home for the Aged during his tenure as president in the early eighties. "He was generally a very caring person," Mr Rassin added, "very quiet and unas suming." Described as honest and hardworking, Mr Hing-Cheong retired from the department of Lands and Surveys at the age of 60. However, according to former president Trevor Sunder land, Mr Hing-Cheong was called out of retirement for con sultation with the government for some 18 months at age 83. Mr Sunderland recalled Mr Hing-Cheong's dedication to stewardship which rendered him invaluable to the organization and the country. "He was an absolute shin ing example of what a civil ser vant should be," Mr Sunderland said, "he did his job, total ly ignored any political influences and was an incredibly honest person, those were undoubtedly his main attributes." "He was always very good at participating in hands-on pro jects," Mr Sunderland added, "particularly helpful with the preparatory work." is functioning, only inmates w ho are scheduled for trial will be transported from the prison to courts outside the prisons grounds. The Prime Minister noted that the transport of inmates t o and from the prison takes u p the time of many police and prison officers who could be deployed elsewhere. I have finally been convinced that efficiencies to be derived from the establishm ent of a remand court on the grounds of Her Majestys P rison in Fox Hill outweighs my long held view that individuals held on remand ought to have their day in court in a place away from the place oft heir detention," Mr Ingraham said in his contribution to the 2011/2012 budget debate. He also noted mounting public frustration with the noisy, speeding prison conv oys that pose a danger to motorists and pedestrians. "Honourable members are aware that the transportation,d aily, of large number of pris oners from the prison in Fox Hill to Courts located in the centre of the City of Nassau t o have their Remand Continuance hearings occupies t he time and attention of many police and prison officers who might be more usefully and effectively assigned. Further, police escortedp rison bus convoys are increasingly becoming not only an annoyance to neighbourhoods traversed by the convoys, but also a danger to pedestrians and to regular v ehicular traffic. "The construction of a remand court at Fox Hill will eliminate the need for per-s ons being held on remand to be transported. Instead only those persons whose trials are scheduled will be transporte d downtown. Once the new court is fini shed, remand inmates will continue to have their day in court before a magistrate and in the presence of family members should they soc hoose," said Mr Ingraham. The new court will have tele-conferencing capacity to facilitate remand continuance hearings when a magistrate cannot attend in person. L ast month a prison bus and police escort vehicles crashed into each other on Bernard Road. Two prison-e rs and one guard were taken to hospital with minor injuries. FROM page one TRIBUTES T O FORMER ROTARY CLUB PRESIDENT the 2011/2012 budget debate in the House of Assembly yesterday. He added that while crime and its root causes are complex, society cannot expect change if it remains accepting of this illegal behaviour. "The stark reality is that we did not reach the current level of crime overnight. And our attitude towards crime makes a differ ence. Complaining about crime yet aiding and abetting criminal behaviour hurts our shared fight against crime. "The less tolerant and accommodating we are of criminal enter prise and behaviour, the more effective will be our fight against crime. The entire society has an obligation to assist the police in doing their jobs." During the last two general elections, there were claims that some politicians took money and gifts from drug dealers and other disreputable characters. FROM page one POLITICIANS WARNED OVER CRIMINAL LINKS FROM page one SOCCER OFFICIAL S AD VISED THE BAHAMAS F A WOULD NOT ACCEPT CASH GIFT FROM page one NEW REMAND COURT AT PRISON BY SEPTEMBER GOVTOMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO CRIME OUTLINED FROM page one The Workers Party dissolves to join DNA F ROM page one WORKERSPARTY leader Rodney Moncur

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011, PAGE 11 BAUCHI, Nigeria Associated Press M ULTIPLEblasts rocked Nigeria's restive Muslim n orth and a city near the c apital following the inaug uration of the country's southern Christian presi-d ent, officials said Monday. T he most powerful of the blasts tore through a bar in a military barracks in the northern city of Bauchi on Sunday, killing 15 people just hours after the swearing-in ceremony, said an o fficial who participated in t he rescue efforts. B auchi state police chief M ohammed Indabawa said Sunday's blast in the city of B auchi hit an outdoor bar at about 8 p.m., just hours after the inauguration of President Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria's capitalo f Abuja. Indabawa said 10 people w ere killed, but the official who helped emergency workers take victims to the h ospital and to the mortuary said 15 people were k illed and 35 injured. He said he didn't want his nameu sed because the military h as said that this is a military affair. An Associated Press writer who was about 1,300 feet (400 meters Shadawanka Barracks whent he blasts went off said he heard three consecutive loud noises at twoto five-minute intervals. T he multiple blasts illustrate the challenges facing Jonathan. The southerner w as sworn in Sunday for a f ull four-year term and is n ow faced with the task of uniting a country that sawd eadly postelection violence d espite what observers called the fairest vote in more than a decade. A spokesman for the National Emergency Man-a gement Agency, Yushau Shuaib, said stringent secur ity measures had been taken to prevent such attacks on inauguration day. Telecommunications operators blocked service in A buja yesterday and government took so many other measures to prevent this, but it is unfortunate that this still happened," he said. "The Agency moved in quickly, otherwise this would have been even worse." One bomb went off Sun day at a beer garden in Zuba, near Nigeria's capital, killing two people and wounding at least 11, Shuaib said. Another explosion in the n orthern city of Zaria on S unday also targeted a bar h ours after the inauguration, p olice spokesman Aminu L awal said. He said police w ere still looking into how many may have been wounded in that blast. And on Monday, two teenagers were injured after stepping on explosives in Zaria, Lawal said. I n the northeast city of Maiduguri, a bomb targeted on Monday an army p atrol vehicle, Lt. Abubakar A bdullahi said, adding that t here were no casualties and five arrests were made after the incident. No one has claimed responsibility for any of the blasts. "For now we are trying to gather intelligence on the perpetrators, make sure the v ictims are attended to, and i nvestigate the matter," n ational police spokesman O lusola Amore said of the b lasts around the country. T he nation of 150 million people with more than 150 ethnic groups is broadly divided between the Christian-dominated south and the Muslim north. Postelection violence spread quickly a cross northern states after early results showed that Jonathan, a Christian from t he south, was winning. M any northerners b elieved someone from their region should be the next leader after the Muslim president died in office. Late President Yar'Adua had been expected to rule for another term, but his death left the presidency in the hands of a southerner. An u nwritten agreement in the r uling party calls for its pres i dential candidates to rotate b etween the country's Christ ian south and Muslim n orth. Bauchi city has a history of sectarian violence and was a scene of rioting and destruction after the April elections. Bauchi is also a strongh old of a radical Muslim sect locally known as Boko Haram. Its members are a ccused of a rash of killings i n the area in recent months w hich have targeted police officers, soldiers and politi cal and spiritual leaders. Boko Haram, which means "Western education is sacrilege" in the Hausa language, has asked pushed for the implementation of Sharia law in northern s tates. A uthorities blame the g roup for an explosion at a h otel in April that killed t hree people and wounded 1 4 others in Maiduguri, a city close to Bauchi, only days before the state's gubernatorial election. Tensions in Nigeria are fueled by poverty and unemployment in a country w here an unreliable power supply has led to the closure of factories and the loss of t ens of thousands of jobs in t he textile industry alone o ver the last few years, especially in the Muslim north. NIGERIAN PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan, left, takes the oath of office before Justice Sunday Olorundanusi, center, and Chief Justice of N igeria Katsina Alu during his inauguration ceremony at the main parade ground in Nigeria's capital of Abuja Sunday. (AP NIGERIA HIT BY MULTIPLE BLASTS AFTER INAUGURATION NIGERIANPRESIDENTSINAUGURATION BRUSSELS Associated Press EUROPEANS traded blame Mond ay over the source of a mysterious b acterial outbreak that has killed 14 people and sickened hundreds across the continent and forced Russia to bani mports of some fresh vegetables from Spain and Germany out of fear they could be contaminated. Austrian authorities sent inspectors to supermarkets to make sure Spanish vegetables suspected of contaminationh ave been taken off shelves, while in Italy the country's paramilitary Cara-b inieri has been on the lookout since Saturday for suspected contaminated imports from Spain, the Netherlands and other European countries. Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, a European Union spokeswoman, said German authorities had identified cucumbers from the Spanish cities of Almeria and Malaga as possible sources of contamination and that a third suspect batch, originating either in the Netherlands or in Denmark and traded in Germany, is also under investigation. In Germany, which has recorded the most infections and all known deaths, officials said they know that at least some Spanish cucumbers taint-ed with enterohaemorrhagic E.coli, also known as EHEC, have carried the bacteria, although they still have not been able to determine the exact source. An EU official who spoke on con dition of anonymity due to standing regulations, said the transport chain was long, and the cucumbers from Spain could have been contaminated at any point along the route. Spain, meanwhile, went on the defensive, saying there was no proof t hat the E. coli outbreak has been caused by Spanish vegetables. "You can't attribute the origin of t his sickness to Spain," Spain's Secretary of State for European Affairs, Diego Lopez Garrido told reporters in Brussels. "There is no proof and t hat's why we are going to demand accountability from those who have blamed Spain for this matter." The World Health Organization described the outbreak as "very large and very severe," and urged countries to work together to get to the root of the problem. "Almost all cases being reported in o ther countries have a link to travel or residence in Germany," WHO food safety expert Hilde Kruse said, noting that cases of bloody diarrhea caused by EHEC have also been reported in Denmark, Sweden, France, the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Andreas Hensel, president of Germany's Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, told ZDF television that "we have found the so-called EHEC pathogens on cucumbers, but that does not mean that they are responsible for the whole outbreak." Spanish Health Minister Leire Pajin stressed there were no Spanish cases reported and urged Germany to speed up its probe and establish proof of what has caused the outbreak. Germany's allegations "create alarm and affect the producers of a country without any evidence," she said. The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration said there was "great uncertainty" about the suspicion that Danish cucumbers may be involved but carried out a lab test to reassure consumers. Results are expected Tues day. In the Netherlands, which exports m ore than half of the 1.6 billion cucumbers it produces each year to Germany, panicked growers went intod amage control mode after all shipments were stopped. While the National Agricultural Association met with the deputy agric ulture secretary to discuss the situa tion, a group of cucumber growers invited an independent German institute to carry out tests in hopes it would prove their produce is safe. Marian Bestelink, spokeswoman for the Dutch Food and Wares Authority, said investigations of a Dutch cucumber grower and Dutch warehouse didn ot uncover any traces of the bacteria. "So we can definitely cross this Dutch wholesaler and this Dutch grower off the list of possible sources for the infection," she said. With the cause of the outbreak still unclear, some countries have taken precautionary measures. Russia's chief sanitary agency on Monday banned the imports of cucum bers, tomatoes and fresh salad from Spain and Germany pending further notice. It said in a statement that it may even ban the imports of fresh vegetables from all European Union member states due to the lack of information about the source of infection. Austrian authorities sent inspectors to 33 organic supermarkets Monday to make sure Spanish vegetables suspected of contamination have been removed. The move came after a recall and ban on sales of cucumbers, tomatoes and eggplants that originated in Spain and were delivered to stores in Austria by German companies. Italy's agriculture lobby, Coldiretti, used the outbreak to urge Italians to support their local growers and avoid imports. Europeans trade blame o v er E.coli outbreak A MAN TAKES cucumbers from a market stall in Vienna, Austria, on Monday, fol lowing a health scare involving contamination with a potentially fatal bacteria. Vegetables from Spain are suspected of carrying the dangerous E.coli bacteria, which is suspected of killing some people in Germany and has caused many hundreds of people to become ill across Europe. Austria has moved to ban the sale of cucumbers, tomatoes and eggplants that originated from Spain, although Spanish authorities said there is no proof that they are the source of the outbreak. (AP

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 12, TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ROME Associated Press PREMIERSilvio Berlusconi acknowledged Monday that his center-right party suffered defeats in his political stronghold of Milan and in the southern city of Naples outcomes that observers say could undermine his government's stability and his leadership. Berlusconi had campaigned hard ahead of the local elections and urged Italians to go to the polls to signal their support for his conservative coalition government in Rome. "This time we didn't win, but we continue. I am a fighter. Any time I have lost, I tripled the effort," Berlusconi told reporters in Romania, where he was on an official visit. Final results from the runoff elections held on Monday and Sunday appeared to support recent opinion polls that have shown his popularity slipping as he faces a trial in Milan in a prostitution scandal. Critics have said most of his energy has been involved defending himself from charges that he paid for sex with an underage Moroccan teenager then used the premier's office to try to cover it up. The votes mark a setback for the 74-year-old Berlusconi personally and for his local candidates, analysts say, and will likely raise questions about his leadership. In Milan, with all polling stations reporting, Berlusconi's candidate, Mayor Letizia Moratti, won about 45 percent of the vote in the runoff against Giuliano Pisapia of the centerleft. Milan, Italy's financial and fashion capital and Berlusconi's own power base, had been run by conservative mayors for almost two decades. The city also is a crucial power base of a key government ally, the Northern League, and the poor showing is likely to deepen rifts between Berlusconi and the League's leader, Umberto Bossi. The League had been critical of the elec toral campaign in Milan and lukewarm toward Moratti and it will no doubt be angry about having lost north Italy's most important city. However, Berlusconi said he had spoken by telephone to Bossi and said the government was solid. "We will continue together, in the direction of reform," Berlusconi said after the vote. The government has been criticised for not taking on tough reforms to help stimulate growth. That was one of the reasons that Standard & Poor's recently downgraded the outlook for Italy to nega tive. In the Naples run-off, the leftist candidate Luigi de Magistris, a former magistrate, won by a landslide with 65 percent of the vote, compared to 35 percent for Berlusconi's candi date, Gianni Lettieri, accord ing to the final returns. The center-left has long controlled Naples, but Berlusconi had been hoping to take control of it as the city grapples with a long-standing garbage collection crisis and high unemployment, especially among youths. The premier had repeatedly vowed to clean up the city's streets from piles of garbage and sent soldiers to help do that just before the vote. "This vote marks a clear defeat of the right, a strategic defeat," said Stefano Folli, a top political analyst. "It gives the sense that Berlusconi's political season is drawing to a close," he said. "Let's see if he will be capable of handling his own succession." An opposition candidate also won the race for mayor in the Milan suburb of Arcore where Berlusconi has a villa, dealing a defeat to a Northern League candidate an embarrassment for the Italian leader if not a politically significant race. Berlusconi's allies acknowledged the defeat but sought to downplay any national politi cal repercussions. "We are not on the eve of the end of Berlusconi, or of the Berlusconi season, or of the government," said Fabrizio Cicchitto, an ally of the pre mier. "There's a huge difference between local elections and political elections," he said, adding that the success of local candidates does not always translate into votes at general elections. But he conceded, "We are faced with a necessary politi cal reflection." Berlusconi went on trial in April on charges that he paid for sex with an underage Moroccan prostitute and tried to cover it up by using his influ ence. The trial continues on Tuesday. B ERLUSCONI SUFFERS SETBACK IN LOCAL VOTE BERLIN Associated Press EUROPE'Seconomic powerhouse, Germany, announced plans Mondayt o abandon nuclear energy over the next 11 years, outlining an ambitious strategy in the wake of Japan's Fukushima disaster to replace atomic power with renewable energy sources. Chancellor Angela Merkel said she hopes the transformation to more solar, wind and hydroelectric power serves as a roadmap for other countries. We believe that we can show those countries who decide to abandon nuclear power or not to start using it how it is possible to achieve growth, creating jobs and economic prosperity while shifting the energy supply toward renewable energies," Merkel said. Merkel's government said it will shut down all 17 nuclear power plants in G ermany the world's fourth-largest economy and Europe's biggest by 2022. The government had no immediate estimate of the transition's overall cost. The plan sets Germany apart from most of the other major industrialized nations. Among the other Group ofE ight countries, only Italy has abandoned nuclear power, which was voted d own in a referendum after the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The decision represents a remarkable about-face for Merkel's centerright government, which only late last year pushed through a plan to extend the life span of the country's reactors,w ith the last scheduled to go offline around 2036. But Merkel, who holds a P h.D. in physics, said industrialized, technologically advanced Japan's "helplessness" in the face of the Fukushima disaster made her rethink the technology's risks. Phasing out nuclear power within a decade will be a challenge, but it will bef easible and ultimately give Germany a competitive advantage in the renew able energy era, Merkel said. "As the first big industrialized nation, we can achieve such a transformation toward efficient and renewable energies, with all the opportunities that brings for exports, developing new technologies and jobs," Merkel told reporters. The government said the renewable energy sector already employs about 370,000 people. Germany's seven oldest reactors, already taken off the grid pending safety inspections following the March catastrophe at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, will remain offline permanently, Merkel said. The plants accounted for about 40 percent of the country's nuclear power capacity. Disaster At the time of the Japanese disaster, Germany got just under a quarter of its electricity from nuclear power, a bout the same share as in the U.S. While Germany already was set to abandon nuclear energy eventually, the decision which still requires parliamentary approval dramatically speeds up that process. Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen said there are no provisions that would allow a later policy reverse. We don't only want to renounce nuclear energy by 2022, we also want to reduce our CO2 emissions by 40 per cent and double our share of renewable energies, from about 17 percent today to then 35 percent," the chancellor said. Merkel said the cornerstones of Ger many's energy policy will also include a safe and steady power supply that doesn't rely on imports, and affordable prices for industry and consumers. The plan calls for more investment in natural gas plants as a backup to prevent blackouts, the chancellor said. Germany's initiative received a sceptical reception abroad. French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, whose country relies on nuclear power to produce 80 percent of its elec tricity supply, insisted "there's no way" for the European Union to meet its emission-cutting targets without at least some nuclear power. "We respect this decision, but it doesn't cause us to change our policy," Fillon said. France operates more than one-third of the nuclear reactors in the EU. Sweden's Environment Minister Andreas Carlgren also criticized the German decision, telling The Associated Press that the focus on an end date was unfortunate and could drive up electricity prices across Europe. Germany, usually a net energy exporter, has at times had to import energy since March, with the seven old reactors shut and others temporarily off the grid for regular main tenance. Still, the agency overseeing its electricity grid, DENA, said Friday that t he country remains self-sufficient and that its renewable energy production capacity this spring peaked at 28 gigawatts or about the equivalent of 28 nuclear reactors. Many Germans have vehemently opposed nuclear power since Chernobyl sent radioactivity over the country. Tens of thousands of people took t o the streets after Fukushima to urge the government to shut all reactors quickly. A decade ago, a center-left government drew up a plan to abandon the technology for good by 2021 because of its risks. But Merkel's government last year amended it to extend the plants' lifetime by an average 12 years a p olitical liability after Fukushima was hit by Japan's March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Environmental groups welcomed Berlin's decision. "The country is throwing its weight behind clean renewable energy to power its manufacturing base and other countries like Britain should take note," said Robin Oakley, Greenpeace U K's campaigns director. Prices German industry said the government must not allow the policy changes to lead to an unstable power supply or rising electricity prices. Hans-Peter Keitel, the president of the Federation of German Industries, urged the government not to set the exit date of 2022 in stone but to be flexible if problems arise. Switzerland, where nuclear power produces 40 percent of electricity, also announced last week that it plans to shut down its reactors gradually once they reach their average life span of 50 years which would mean taking the last plant off the grid in 2034. Germany's decision broadly follows the conclusions of a government-man dated commission on the ethics of nuclear power, which on Saturday delivered recommendations on how to abolish the technology. "Fukushima was a dramatic experi ence, seeing there that a high-technol ogy nation can't cope with such a cata strophe," Matthias Kleiner, the commission's co-chairman, said Monday. "Nuclear power is a technology with too many inherent risks to inflict it on us or our children." GERMANY DECIDES TO ABANDON NUCLEAR POWER WITHIN 11 YEARS THE NUCLEAR PLANT of Neckarwestheim, southern Germany. Germany's environment m inister said Monda that Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition government has agreed to shut down all of the country's nuclear power plants by 2022. (AP

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B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor All political parties have b een urged to commit to getting our fiscal house in order once the economys hows it is undergoing a sustainable recovery, a leading fiscal commentator noting that the Bahamas annuald ebt servicing costs now a ccount for almost 17 per cent of total recurrent spending. R ick Lowe, an executive with the Nassau Institute economic think-tank, told Tribune Business that thisn ation needed to make some fundamental changes to its public finances, given that some $285 million of the 20112012 Budgets $1.682 billion recurrent spending is ear m arked for debt interest and p rincipal redemption paym ents. Its something we should all be concerned about, Mr Lowe said of the Governments increasing debt servicing costs, which are now equivalent to 16.9 per cent of total recurrent spending. With this ratio inching ever-northwards, it is clos ing on the 20 per cent ratio, at which point $1 out of every $5 used by the Gov ernment for recurrent spending will go on debt ser vicing. Acknowledging that the debt servicing was currently near a dangerous level to be at, Mr Lowe acknowledged that the Government still had some fiscal breath-i ng room, given its ability to r aise revenues (through new or increased taxes) or cut spending. Obviously, the Government gets cut a little bit of slack, but it binds the Government and ties their hands, he told Tri-b une Business. What could h ave been cash flow and money to spend on legiti mate projects, its gone, and forces them [the Govern ment] to say they need more money, more revenue, and new and increased taxes. R ather than focus on extracting more money from Bahamian taxpayers and thep rivate sector, Mr Lowe a gain called upon the Gov ernment to restrict public spending especially the recurrent variety. Arguing that nothing drastic was required, he added: But theyre note ven attempting to do that, w hich is unfortunate. It puts everybody in a difficult spot.I wouldnt want to be in their shoes for all the tea in China. $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69T he information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.59 $5.54 $5.67 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.netTUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 f" $! $!#&#! !&$!&&"! !& "% &$!!'tffrf# Parties urged: Get our fiscal house in order Fiscal hawk urges commitment, with debt servicing now almost 17% of recurrent spending* Fundamental changes required, with borrowing at $314m for 2011-2012 fiscal year SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Bahamian Contractors Associations (BCA dent yesterday questioned whether the 2011-2012 Bud gets tariff rate cuts applied STEPHEN WRINKLE BCA chief raises question over SIPs panel, and urges government to consult to increase value of Budget incentives Praises cut in foam insulation rate as possible small business stimulus I wish theyd consulted us on it. DOES DUTY CUT APPLY TO PANEL THAT COULD SLASH BUILD TIME %? SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday moved to refute criticism of the gross $1.7 billion debt his government will have added during its five years in office, pointing out that two-thirds of the net amount has been used to finance capital works projects. Noting that $360 million, or 21.3 per cent, of the $1.69 billion in gross debt incurred by the Government since the 2007-2008 fiscal year was and is being used to repay previously existing debt, the Prime Minister told the House of Assembly that the net debt (borrowings incurred during his govern ments tenure would hit $1.33 billion. That is the estimate for the period ending on June 30, 2012, taking in the upcoming fiscal year. Mr Ingraham said some $900 million two-thirdsof the $1.33 billion would be applied to the capital account, with the remaining $400 million covering recurrent spending on wages, rents and other charges. While the figures still make grim reading, the redeeming PM REFUTES $1.7BN DEBT CRITICISM SEE page 4B H UBERT INGRAHAM By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net The $8 million Initial Public Offering (IPO cent stake in the Arawak CayP ort Development Company, w hich is developing and will operate New Providences n ew port, will take place in October, Tribune Business can confirm. At that time the Governm ent will sell 20 per cent of its e quity holding, worth $4 million, in the company to the p ublic, as will the private shareholder group, said Mike Maura Jr, chief executive of t he Arawak Cay Port Development Company (APDT he private sector will also s ell a stake valued at $4 mill ion. T his will ultimately leave the Government and 19 private sector stakeholders ase qual shareholders of 80 per c ent of APD, holding 40 per cent each. The public featuring Bahamian retail and i nstitutional investors, will t ake ownership of the remaining 20 per cent, in line with w hat Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has described as a commitment by the Government to broaden wealth cre a tion, ownership and econ omic benefits. This contrasts with the concentration of ownership that currently e xists in the Bahamian ship p ing industry. $8m Port IPO set for October $30m private placement for Arawak Cay project pushed back to 2012 Dredging now 60% complete, with $30m of $70m spent* Bulk head and apron construction 75% finished, with bids for Gladstone Road depot now in SEE page 5B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net K erzner International (Bahamas tightlipped over an announcement by the Prime Minister that the Atlantis resort owner/operator is set to push ahead with its long-awaited timeshare and Hurricane Hole redevelopment p roject on Paradise Island later this year. M r Ingraham told Parliament during his speech at the start of the debate on the 2011-2012 Budget that Kerzner Interna No IPTC Header found Kerzner tightlipped on Hurricane Hole revival A tlantis owner says many more details to work out, after PM says s et to proceed with PI timeshare and marina redevelopment TIMESHARE PROJECT: Alantis resort in Paradise Island. SEE page 5B

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B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor All political parties have b een urged to commit to getting our fiscal house in order once the economys hows it is undergoing a sustainable recovery, a leading fiscal commentator noting that the Bahamas annuald ebt servicing costs now a ccount for almost 17 per cent of total recurrent spending. R ick Lowe, an executive with the Nassau Institute economic think-tank, told Tribune Business that thisn ation needed to make some fundamental changes to its public finances, given that some $285 million of the 20112012 Budgets $1.682 billion recurrent spending is ear m arked for debt interest and p rincipal redemption paym ents. Its something we should all be concerned about, Mr Lowe said of the Governments increasing debt servicing costs, which are now equivalent to 16.9 per cent of total recurrent spending. With this ratio inching ever-northwards, it is clos ing on the 20 per cent ratio, at which point $1 out of every $5 used by the Gov ernment for recurrent spending will go on debt ser vicing. Acknowledging that the debt servicing was currently near a dangerous level to be at, Mr Lowe acknowledged that the Government still had some fiscal breath-i ng room, given its ability to r aise revenues (through new or increased taxes) or cut spending. Obviously, the Government gets cut a little bit of slack, but it binds the Government and ties their hands, he told Tri-b une Business. What could h ave been cash flow and money to spend on legiti mate projects, its gone, and forces them [the Govern ment] to say they need more money, more revenue, and new and increased taxes. R ather than focus on extracting more money from Bahamian taxpayers and thep rivate sector, Mr Lowe a gain called upon the Gov ernment to restrict public spending especially the recurrent variety. Arguing that nothing drastic was required, he added: But theyre note ven attempting to do that, w hich is unfortunate. It puts everybody in a difficult spot.I wouldnt want to be in their shoes for all the tea in China. $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69T he information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.59 $5.54 $5.67 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.netTUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 f" $! $!#&#! !&$!&&"! !& "% &$!!'tffrf# Parties urged: Get our fiscal house in order Fiscal hawk urges commitment, with debt servicing now almost 17% of recurrent spending* Fundamental changes required, with borrowing at $314m for 2011-2012 fiscal year SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Bahamian Contractors Associations (BCA dent yesterday questioned whether the 2011-2012 Bud gets tariff rate cuts applied STEPHEN WRINKLE BCA chief raises question over SIPs panel, and urges government to consult to increase value of Budget incentives Praises cut in foam insulation rate as possible small business stimulus I wish theyd consulted us on it. DOES DUTY CUT APPLY TO PANEL THAT COULD SLASH BUILD TIME %? SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday moved to refute criticism of the gross $1.7 billion debt his government will have added during its five years in office, pointing out that two-thirds of the net amount has been used to finance capital works projects. Noting that $360 million, or 21.3 per cent, of the $1.69 billion in gross debt incurred by the Government since the 2007-2008 fiscal year was and is being used to repay previously existing debt, the Prime Minister told the House of Assembly that the net debt (borrowings incurred during his govern ments tenure would hit $1.33 billion. That is the estimate for the period ending on June 30, 2012, taking in the upcoming fiscal year. Mr Ingraham said some $900 million two-thirdsof the $1.33 billion would be applied to the capital account, with the remaining $400 million covering recurrent spending on wages, rents and other charges. While the figures still make grim reading, the redeeming PM REFUTES $1.7BN DEBT CRITICISM SEE page 4B H UBERT INGRAHAM By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net The $8 million Initial Public Offering (IPO cent stake in the Arawak CayP ort Development Company, w hich is developing and will operate New Providences n ew port, will take place in October, Tribune Business can confirm. At that time the Governm ent will sell 20 per cent of its e quity holding, worth $4 million, in the company to the p ublic, as will the private shareholder group, said Mike Maura Jr, chief executive of t he Arawak Cay Port Development Company (APDT he private sector will also s ell a stake valued at $4 mill ion. T his will ultimately leave the Government and 19 private sector stakeholders ase qual shareholders of 80 per c ent of APD, holding 40 per cent each. The public featuring Bahamian retail and i nstitutional investors, will t ake ownership of the remaining 20 per cent, in line with w hat Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has described as a commitment by the Government to broaden wealth cre a tion, ownership and econ omic benefits. This contrasts with the concentration of ownership that currently e xists in the Bahamian ship p ing industry. $8m Port IPO set for October $30m private placement for Arawak Cay project pushed back to 2012 Dredging now 60% complete, with $30m of $70m spent* Bulk head and apron construction 75% finished, with bids for Gladstone Road depot now in SEE page 5B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a lowe@tribunemedia.net K erzner International (Bahamas tightlipped over an announcement by the Prime Minister that the Atlantis resort owner/operator is set to push ahead with its long-awaited timeshare and Hurricane Hole redevelopment p roject on Paradise Island later this year. M r Ingraham told Parliament during his speech at the start of the debate on the 2011-2012 Budget that Kerzner Interna No IPTC Header found Kerzner tightlipped on Hurricane Hole revival A tlantis owner says many more details to work out, after PM says s et to proceed with PI timeshare and marina redevelopment TIMESHARE PROJECT: Alantis resort in Paradise Island. SEE page 5B

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MARY ANN ZEHR, Education Week WASHINGTON With widespread cutbacks around the country in public funding for both summer school a nd summer-jobs programs, youths in some cities, such as Los Angeles and Washington, may have plenty of time on their hands in the coming months. Many jobs programs for young people are facing a funding cliff now that federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has run out. School d istricts face their own funding cliff with the phasing out of stimulus funds channeled to them through Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act. In addi tion, the slashing of state bud gets has affected both jobs programs and districts' summer school offerings. A spot check with public offi cials in large cities around the c ountry reveals the funding cuts appear to be hitting municipal ities unevenly. While Los A ngeles and Washington are expected to see reductions in both summer school and sum mer-employment programs, New York City faces a dramatic cut in its youth-jobs program but the size of its summer school program is expected to stay the same. I n Boston, private funding has helped to make up for the zeroing out of federal funding for the city's youth summer jobs program and has helped enable a projected expansion of the Boston school district's sum mer school offerings. "Summer is a time of a lot of risk for kids, especially low-income kids who aren't engaged in something meaningful and productive,"s aid Sarah Pitcock, the senior director of program quality for the National Summer Learning A ssociation, in Baltimore. Officials in cities that experience a significant loss of sum mer opportunities for youths are concerned they'll see an increase in crime rates, Pitcock said. Typically, it costs a sum mer-jobs program $1,500 to hire each youth part time for s ix or seven weeks at minimum wage. Some of the programs combine jobs with classes in financial literacy or "soft skills," such as how to behave in the workplace. Ideally, summer school programs share a goal with summer jobs programs of teaching students something new, says Pitcock. The National Summer Learning Associa tion, which doesn't precisely t rack summer school programs nationwide from year to year, projects that such offerings will b e down this year because so many districts are facing a financial crisis. Summer school is "the first thing to go," Pit cock said. Arguably, Los Angeles faces the most dire situation among big cities in what it can offer youths this coming summer. It is a perfect storm," said Lisa Salazar, the acting chief of the program-operations division for Los Angeles' community-development department. "Our economy is down. There is no structured activity for teens while they are on vaca tion for summer months." Salazar estimates that the city's summer-jobs program will hire just 725 youths ages 14 to 19 this summer, compared with 9,400 last summer. "What happens when a whole bunch of teenagers have nothing to do all day for two or three months?" she said. At the same time, the summer school budget for the Los Angeles Unified School District has been cut from $18 mil lion last summer to $3 million this summer. About 22,000 students are expected to enroll this summer. Four summers ago, the budget was $54 million, and the district enrolled 235,000 students. Classes this summer in Los Angeles will be open only to 10th graders who have failed courses or 11th graders who have either failed or gotten a D in them, said Javier Sandoval, an administrator for the 671,600-student Los Angeles school district. Sandoval blamed the cuts on "severe budget restrictions." He added that many neighboring districts aren't offering summer school at all. "We feel we are fortunate to have the money to spend at least on the 10th and 11th graders," he said, "so they can catch up and graduate." In the nation's capital, the summer-jobs program is projected to hire 12,000 youths this year, a little more than half the 22,000 hired last year, said Neville Waters, a spokesman for Washington Mayor Vincent C. Gray. Waters cited budget issues as the cause of the reduc tion. And summer school offerings are expected to be very restricted for teenagers in the 58,000-student District of Columbia public schools. Of the 4,775 seats available in the school system's upcoming summer school program, only 275 are reserved for middle school students and 900 for high schools tudents. The rest are for elementary school students. Summer school will be prov ided at 22 sites eight fewer than last year, wrote Safiya Jafari Simmons, the assistant press secretary for the school system, in an email. She did not provide numbers to compare enrollment with last year's sum mer school program but said that for students of all schooling l evels, the number of seats has been reduced. The high school classes are limited to students in their fourth year of high school within three credits of graduating or 9th graders in danger of fail ing, Simmons said. Nationwide, a typical response to budget crises has been for districts to provide high school students only with credit-recovery opportunities or preparation for state exit exams during the summer, said Pitcock of the summer-learning association. "They have a real vested interest in getting those kids graduated," she observed. Pitcock said her organization promotes a model of summer school that supports both a child's academic and developmental growth. It's important for summer schools to offer enrichment classes, not just remedial classes, she said. While some districts have stripped summer school down to remedial or test-prep cours es, that's not the case in Boston and Wilmington, Del. The 17,000-student Red Clay Consolidated School District, one of four districts that serve Wilmington, is putting federal Race to the Top money to work to expand its summer school offerings, said Pati Nash, a spokeswoman for the district. The school system is tripling the size of an elementary school program that introduces chil dren to some of the academic content they are expected to learn during the upcoming school year, from 400 students last year to 1,200 students this summer. The 57,000-student Boston school district is relying in part on leftover federal stimulus funds and donations from pri vate foundations to expand its summer school program from 5,500 students last year to 9,000 this year, said Jeff Riley, who is the academic superintendent in charge of middle schools and K-8 education, but starts a new post as the chief innovation and development officer for the dis trict on July 1. He said a good share of the classes will combine academics and extracurricular activities. BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Surprise yourself! Ask for home insurance from NIBA.It only takes a few minutes on the phone or on-line,to ask for a home insurance quote from NIBA.When you receive your quote,it only takes a few seconds to realise how much better off you will be too! SAVE $$$ when you insure your home with NIBA! Convenient,interest-free installment payments Competitive deductibles,fast claims service Generous liability cover,incuding $1 million limitIts time to pay less for insuring your home! Tel.Nassau 677-6422 Freeport 352-6422 or visit www.nibaquote.com NASSAU INSURANCE BROKERS AND AGENTS LIMITED Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue P.O.Box N-7764 Nassau Suite 6,Jasmine Corporate Center,East Sunrise Highway P.O.Box F-42655,Freeport Tel.Nassau 677-6422 Freeport 352-6422 www.nibaquote.com Open Saturdays10.00am-2.00pm By LARRY GIBSON I n recent years I have refrained from commenting on the annual Budget, l argely because I felt it is a futile exercise. It is patently clear t hat economic reform, of which tax r eform is a major componen`t, cann ot be delayed much longer. Also, w ithout access to the actual changes in the various heads of the Budget, it is difficult to offer intelligent and informed commentary. From the official communication, it does not seem that any special provisions have been made for crime-fighting or for the revitalisation of Grand Bahamabut again it is possible that something is in the actual allocations. T he Bahamas policy options are s o limited that our only hope, in the short-term, is to pray for the US e conomy to recover, thereby allowing the Bahamas to gain trickledown economic benefits in the form of foreign direct investments. There is no doubt that the reinstatement of allowances, increments and lump-sum payments, and the lifting of the freeze on hiring and promotions within the civil service, w ill draw accusations of this being a n election budget. I do not intend t o be drawn into that debate but, s uffice to say, a sitting government is elected to make choices and determine priorities in the best interest of the country. No wiggle room When you consider that salaries and emoluments are around 60 per cent of revenues, and debt service and redemptions this year are more than 15 per cent of revenues, that leaves us at best about 25 per cent of revenues to do everything else. T o put this in the context of a w orking Bahamian, lets assume a family of four with an annual i ncome of $40,000 for husband and wife. If 75 per cent of their income is consumed by, say, mortgage and other bank loans, they are left with $10,000 per year to live on. That $ 10,000 or $192 per week has to c over food, light, water, medical e xpenses, clothing, transportation, school fees and other basic expenses. There is absolutely no wiggle r oom for things like savings, vacations, maintenance, improvements e tc. You c an easily see that this hypot hetical f amily has a n almost impossible task to make ends meet. This is the exact situation the nation finds itself in. However, theyh ave two advantages that your typi cal family does not have. In the short-term, governments can increase their income by raising taxe s or they can reduce spending. Nei ther choice is easy, nor are there any quick fixes. Realistically, in thes hort-term you have to do a combination of revenue (tax and spending cuts. Long-term Action In the long-term, we must reform our economy and position it to compete in this new global environment. W e must find ways to increase com petitiveness and productivity; diversify and expand our economy; andr eform our tax system, especially g iven that our current system has taken us as far as it can. Our budgetary options are constantly being challenged by over reliance on Cus toms duties. What do I see in this Budget consistent with reform? T ax Agency and Reform This Budget communication refers to thec reation of a new Tax Administration Department, effective July 1, 2 011, which is described as phase o ne of revenue administration r eform. However, we should take s pecial note of the following: In the medium to longer term, it wouldb e desirable to establish a more a utonomous tax administration organisation, efficiently structured a long functional lines and based on i nternational best practice. Is this f oreshadowing the creation of our e quivalent of a US-styled Internal Revenue Service? It will be inter-e sting to hear more details on what is being proposed during the ensu ing Budget debates. I think we can safely conclude that this will prov ide fodder for opposition mischief makers. The truth is that wen eed to get serious in a meaningful way. H opefully, the political will to r eform our tax system will come to the fore. I have written extensively o n this issue previously. No admini stration seems to want to take it on, for whatever reason. I do notg et the sense that this will move h igher up the priority list any time soon, as the Budget communication contains only a lukewarm reference: Discussions of tax reform will need to figure more prominently in the public discourse in the period ahead. SME Development Agency This is foreshadowed to lend support to the small business sector. This is undoubtedly a big and muchneeded initiative. The small business sector needs much assistance, and hopefully this agency will makea difference. R estoration of School subsidies Our education system is in a crisis. T he best schools are without doubt the privately-run ones, and their c ontribution to the country is u nquestioned. The reinstatement of s ubsidies to previous levels should h opefully ensure there are no or o nly minimal increases in tuition f ees for the upcoming academic y ear. E -Government We have had m uch talk in the past, and there is very little that I can point to in this regard. I hope that with the help of S ingapore we finally get something d one. As a matter of interest, my e xperience with renewing a Business License this year has been n othing sort of disgraceful. The whole process leaves a lot to be desired. The delivery of governments ervices must improve. Just answering the telephone would be a groundbreaking experience. Job training and Jumpstart programmes A much-needed initia tive, but I wish there was more funding. Hopefully, in the Parliamentary presentations, we will get more details of these programmes.W e need to stop fooling ourselves. We are not producing what the labour force requires, and the result is that the number of young persons who are unemployable is growing day by day. C onclusion The 2011-2012 Budget, apart from restoring promotions and increasing public service salaries, ise ssentially much of the same. This is because we have a structural problem with our basic Customs dutyoriented model. In maintaining the status quo, there is very little anyg overnment can due in the short or medium-term. Until we embark upon real reform there is little newt o say for the most part. Our ratios look better simply because GDP was revalued upwards by $1 billion, r esulting in the same level of debt d ivided by a bigger number, which p roduces an improvement. Until next week NB: Larry R. Gibson, a Chartered Financial Analyst, is vice-president -p ensions, Colonial Pensions Services ( Bahamas), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Colonial Group International, which owns Atlantic Medical Insura nce and is a major shareholder of Security & General Insurance Company in the Bahamas. T he views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Colonial Group Inter n ational or any of its subsidiary and/or affiliated companies. Please direct any questions or comments to Larry.Gibson@atlantichouse.com.bs Government restricted without Budget reform FINANCIAL FOCUS By Larry Gibson PM HUBERT INGRAHAM 'Perfect storm' ahead for summer youth programmes INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

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MARY ANN ZEHR, Education Week WASHINGTON With widespread cutbacks around the country in public funding for both summer school a nd summer-jobs programs, youths in some cities, such as Los Angeles and Washington, may have plenty of time on their hands in the coming months. Many jobs programs for young people are facing a funding cliff now that federal stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has run out. School d istricts face their own funding cliff with the phasing out of stimulus funds channeled to them through Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act. In addi tion, the slashing of state bud gets has affected both jobs programs and districts' summer school offerings. A spot check with public offi cials in large cities around the c ountry reveals the funding cuts appear to be hitting municipal ities unevenly. While Los A ngeles and Washington are expected to see reductions in both summer school and sum mer-employment programs, New York City faces a dramatic cut in its youth-jobs program but the size of its summer school program is expected to stay the same. I n Boston, private funding has helped to make up for the zeroing out of federal funding for the city's youth summer jobs program and has helped enable a projected expansion of the Boston school district's sum mer school offerings. "Summer is a time of a lot of risk for kids, especially low-income kids who aren't engaged in something meaningful and productive,"s aid Sarah Pitcock, the senior director of program quality for the National Summer Learning A ssociation, in Baltimore. Officials in cities that experience a significant loss of sum mer opportunities for youths are concerned they'll see an increase in crime rates, Pitcock said. Typically, it costs a sum mer-jobs program $1,500 to hire each youth part time for s ix or seven weeks at minimum wage. Some of the programs combine jobs with classes in financial literacy or "soft skills," such as how to behave in the workplace. Ideally, summer school programs share a goal with summer jobs programs of teaching students something new, says Pitcock. The National Summer Learning Associa tion, which doesn't precisely t rack summer school programs nationwide from year to year, projects that such offerings will b e down this year because so many districts are facing a financial crisis. Summer school is "the first thing to go," Pit cock said. Arguably, Los Angeles faces the most dire situation among big cities in what it can offer youths this coming summer. It is a perfect storm," said Lisa Salazar, the acting chief of the program-operations division for Los Angeles' community-development department. "Our economy is down. There is no structured activity for teens while they are on vaca tion for summer months." Salazar estimates that the city's summer-jobs program will hire just 725 youths ages 14 to 19 this summer, compared with 9,400 last summer. "What happens when a whole bunch of teenagers have nothing to do all day for two or three months?" she said. At the same time, the summer school budget for the Los Angeles Unified School District has been cut from $18 mil lion last summer to $3 million this summer. About 22,000 students are expected to enroll this summer. Four summers ago, the budget was $54 million, and the district enrolled 235,000 students. Classes this summer in Los Angeles will be open only to 10th graders who have failed courses or 11th graders who have either failed or gotten a D in them, said Javier Sandoval, an administrator for the 671,600-student Los Angeles school district. Sandoval blamed the cuts on "severe budget restrictions." He added that many neighboring districts aren't offering summer school at all. "We feel we are fortunate to have the money to spend at least on the 10th and 11th graders," he said, "so they can catch up and graduate." In the nation's capital, the summer-jobs program is projected to hire 12,000 youths this year, a little more than half the 22,000 hired last year, said Neville Waters, a spokesman for Washington Mayor Vincent C. Gray. Waters cited budget issues as the cause of the reduc tion. And summer school offerings are expected to be very restricted for teenagers in the 58,000-student District of Columbia public schools. Of the 4,775 seats available in the school system's upcoming summer school program, only 275 are reserved for middle school students and 900 for high schools tudents. The rest are for elementary school students. Summer school will be prov ided at 22 sites eight fewer than last year, wrote Safiya Jafari Simmons, the assistant press secretary for the school system, in an email. She did not provide numbers to compare enrollment with last year's sum mer school program but said that for students of all schooling l evels, the number of seats has been reduced. The high school classes are limited to students in their fourth year of high school within three credits of graduating or 9th graders in danger of fail ing, Simmons said. Nationwide, a typical response to budget crises has been for districts to provide high school students only with credit-recovery opportunities or preparation for state exit exams during the summer, said Pitcock of the summer-learning association. "They have a real vested interest in getting those kids graduated," she observed. Pitcock said her organization promotes a model of summer school that supports both a child's academic and developmental growth. It's important for summer schools to offer enrichment classes, not just remedial classes, she said. While some districts have stripped summer school down to remedial or test-prep cours es, that's not the case in Boston and Wilmington, Del. The 17,000-student Red Clay Consolidated School District, one of four districts that serve Wilmington, is putting federal Race to the Top money to work to expand its summer school offerings, said Pati Nash, a spokeswoman for the district. The school system is tripling the size of an elementary school program that introduces chil dren to some of the academic content they are expected to learn during the upcoming school year, from 400 students last year to 1,200 students this summer. The 57,000-student Boston school district is relying in part on leftover federal stimulus funds and donations from pri vate foundations to expand its summer school program from 5,500 students last year to 9,000 this year, said Jeff Riley, who is the academic superintendent in charge of middle schools and K-8 education, but starts a new post as the chief innovation and development officer for the dis trict on July 1. He said a good share of the classes will combine academics and extracurricular activities. BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Surprise yourself! Ask for home insurance from NIBA.It only takes a few minutes on the phone or on-line,to ask for a home insurance quote from NIBA.When you receive your quote,it only takes a few seconds to realise how much better off you will be too! SAVE $$$ when you insure your home with NIBA! Convenient,interest-free installment payments Competitive deductibles,fast claims service Generous liability cover,incuding $1 million limitIts time to pay less for insuring your home! Tel.Nassau 677-6422 Freeport 352-6422 or visit www.nibaquote.com NASSAU INSURANCE BROKERS AND AGENTS LIMITED Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue P.O.Box N-7764 Nassau Suite 6,Jasmine Corporate Center,East Sunrise Highway P.O.Box F-42655,Freeport Tel.Nassau 677-6422 Freeport 352-6422 www.nibaquote.com Open Saturdays10.00am-2.00pm By LARRY GIBSON I n recent years I have refrained from commenting on the annual Budget, l argely because I felt it is a futile exercise. It is patently clear t hat economic reform, of which tax r eform is a major componen`t, cann ot be delayed much longer. Also, w ithout access to the actual changes in the various heads of the Budget, it is difficult to offer intelligent and informed commentary. From the official communication, it does not seem that any special provisions have been made for crime-fighting or for the revitalisation of Grand Bahamabut again it is possible that something is in the actual allocations. T he Bahamas policy options are s o limited that our only hope, in the short-term, is to pray for the US e conomy to recover, thereby allowing the Bahamas to gain trickledown economic benefits in the form of foreign direct investments. There is no doubt that the reinstatement of allowances, increments and lump-sum payments, and the lifting of the freeze on hiring and promotions within the civil service, w ill draw accusations of this being a n election budget. I do not intend t o be drawn into that debate but, s uffice to say, a sitting government is elected to make choices and determine priorities in the best interest of the country. No wiggle room When you consider that salaries and emoluments are around 60 per cent of revenues, and debt service and redemptions this year are more than 15 per cent of revenues, that leaves us at best about 25 per cent of revenues to do everything else. T o put this in the context of a w orking Bahamian, lets assume a family of four with an annual i ncome of $40,000 for husband and wife. If 75 per cent of their income is consumed by, say, mortgage and other bank loans, they are left with $10,000 per year to live on. That $ 10,000 or $192 per week has to c over food, light, water, medical e xpenses, clothing, transportation, school fees and other basic expenses. There is absolutely no wiggle r oom for things like savings, vacations, maintenance, improvements e tc. You c an easily see that this hypot hetical f amily has a n almost impossible task to make ends meet. This is the exact situation the nation finds itself in. However, theyh ave two advantages that your typi cal family does not have. In the short-term, governments can increase their income by raising taxe s or they can reduce spending. Nei ther choice is easy, nor are there any quick fixes. Realistically, in thes hort-term you have to do a combination of revenue (tax and spending cuts. Long-term Action In the long-term, we must reform our economy and position it to compete in this new global environment. W e must find ways to increase com petitiveness and productivity; diversify and expand our economy; andr eform our tax system, especially g iven that our current system has taken us as far as it can. Our budgetary options are constantly being challenged by over reliance on Cus toms duties. What do I see in this Budget consistent with reform? T ax Agency and Reform This Budget communication refers to thec reation of a new Tax Administration Department, effective July 1, 2 011, which is described as phase o ne of revenue administration r eform. However, we should take s pecial note of the following: In the medium to longer term, it wouldb e desirable to establish a more a utonomous tax administration organisation, efficiently structured a long functional lines and based on i nternational best practice. Is this f oreshadowing the creation of our e quivalent of a US-styled Internal Revenue Service? It will be inter-e sting to hear more details on what is being proposed during the ensu ing Budget debates. I think we can safely conclude that this will prov ide fodder for opposition mischief makers. The truth is that wen eed to get serious in a meaningful way. H opefully, the political will to r eform our tax system will come to the fore. I have written extensively o n this issue previously. No admini stration seems to want to take it on, for whatever reason. I do notg et the sense that this will move h igher up the priority list any time soon, as the Budget communication contains only a lukewarm reference: Discussions of tax reform will need to figure more prominently in the public discourse in the period ahead. SME Development Agency This is foreshadowed to lend support to the small business sector. This is undoubtedly a big and muchneeded initiative. The small business sector needs much assistance, and hopefully this agency will makea difference. R estoration of School subsidies Our education system is in a crisis. T he best schools are without doubt the privately-run ones, and their c ontribution to the country is u nquestioned. The reinstatement of s ubsidies to previous levels should h opefully ensure there are no or o nly minimal increases in tuition f ees for the upcoming academic y ear. E -Government We have had m uch talk in the past, and there is very little that I can point to in this regard. I hope that with the help of S ingapore we finally get something d one. As a matter of interest, my e xperience with renewing a Business License this year has been n othing sort of disgraceful. The whole process leaves a lot to be desired. The delivery of governments ervices must improve. Just answering the telephone would be a groundbreaking experience. Job training and Jumpstart programmes A much-needed initia tive, but I wish there was more funding. Hopefully, in the Parliamentary presentations, we will get more details of these programmes.W e need to stop fooling ourselves. We are not producing what the labour force requires, and the result is that the number of young persons who are unemployable is growing day by day. C onclusion The 2011-2012 Budget, apart from restoring promotions and increasing public service salaries, ise ssentially much of the same. This is because we have a structural problem with our basic Customs dutyoriented model. In maintaining the status quo, there is very little anyg overnment can due in the short or medium-term. Until we embark upon real reform there is little newt o say for the most part. Our ratios look better simply because GDP was revalued upwards by $1 billion, r esulting in the same level of debt d ivided by a bigger number, which p roduces an improvement. Until next week NB: Larry R. Gibson, a Chartered Financial Analyst, is vice-president -p ensions, Colonial Pensions Services ( Bahamas), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Colonial Group International, which owns Atlantic Medical Insura nce and is a major shareholder of Security & General Insurance Company in the Bahamas. T he views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Colonial Group Inter n ational or any of its subsidiary and/or affiliated companies. Please direct any questions or comments to Larry.Gibson@atlantichouse.com.bs Government restricted without Budget reform FINANCIAL FOCUS By Larry Gibson PM HUBERT INGRAHAM 'Perfect storm' ahead for summer youth programmes INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

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BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011, PAGE 3B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net H aving seen a significant increase in the uptake of B ahamian agricultural produce after a new promot ional exercise was launched earlier this year, the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation ( BAIC) is focusing much of its efforts now on interc epting hotel food supply chains to ensure even g reater linkages between the two industries. A manda Wells, agricult ural marketing officer at B AIC, said feedback from farmers and buyers over an a gricultural bulletin that h ighlights which fruits, veg e tables and meats are available in the Bahamas on a w eekly basis and how they c an be accessed has been v ery positive. G reater amounts of Bahamian produce are managing to make it to buyers s uch as food wholesalers, restaurants and hotels, who can now see pictures of what is available, find out where itis being grown, price and q uantity, and who to contact to buy it. Its been going really well. The system seems to work: There hasnt been any smoothing over Ive had to do in terms of changing the data Im sending out. Theres definitely more [produce] getting out there, said Ms Wells. However, she suggested t hat more work will need to be done, and is being done,to maximise the usage of Bahamian produce by hotels and the tourism industry. We are working on that particularly. Its a matter of learning the industry, and figuring out what the [supply] pathways are and intercepting into them. The hotels also demand differ ent types of produce than the wholesalers do more leafy greens, herbs, and things like that, said the BAIC officer. Meanwhile, Mrs Wells added that the Governments move to lower the import duty rate on fresh fruits in the 2011-2012 Budget will create an obstacle for Bahamian farmers compet itiveness. However, she suggested such moves are an inevitable consequence ofg lobalisation in the Bahamas case, accession to the World Trade Organisa tion (WTO s ignatory to trade agreem ents that demand tariff reductions on imports. As such, if the Bahamas is toc ompete it must focus on how it markets its produce and on educating those who buy produce. Local With the hotels its defi nitely a matter of them real i sing at the end of the day that the tourist will have much better experience if they eat local dishes, said Ms Wells. Responding to criticisms from the Bahamas Agricul tural Producers Association, among others, on the deci sion to lower tariff rates on fresh fruit in the 2011-2012 Budget a move which has been promoted as one which will reduce the cost of livi ng for the general public P rime Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday denied that the farmers will lose o ut. It is unfair to say that what we are doing is disadv antaging farmers. In fact, w e are helping consumers in t he Bahamas to buy goods a t an affordable price and also reserving the right to protect the farmer at any stage that protection is r equired, Mr Ingraham told Parliament. T his, he said, is because while tariffs will be reduced from 35 per cent to zero m inimising costs to consumers, any time that farmers show they are capable of producing the type of [quantity of produce] in order to warrant protection then we can [re-instate tar iffs on imports to do so]. So if Exuma and North A ndros produces enough onions at any given time and t he Minister [of agriculture] says to the Minister of Finance that I think you ought to impose the protec tive tariff then we can do it, said Mr Ingraham. R yan Pinder, opposition spokesman on finance and the PLP MP for Elizabeth, c riticised this assertion by t he Prime Minister during his Budget contribution yes terday, suggesting that to require farmers to demons trate they have (a certain level of) production capa bility before they can be afforded protection for their goods in the form of import tariffs being imposed is to put the cart before the horse. Bahamian farmers deserve more assurances, said Mr Pinder. BAIC focusing on interception of hotel food chain By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Downtown Nassau Partnerships (DNP Governments decision to remove import tariffs on all surveillance cameras and associated equipment, telling Tribune Busin ess it would improve security and encoura ge more consumers to visit Bay Street. Charles Klonaris, who together with his b rothers has just developed the multi-mill ion dollar Elizabeth on Bay plaza at the Bay Street-Elizabeth Street junction, told T ribune Business that the removal of all d uty on CCTV-type equipment would m ake its importation and installation more affordable for all Bahamian busin esses. T heir use would enhance not just detect ion, but the deterrence, of criminal acts against businesses, reducing potential losses from both external and internal theft. It really helps for security reasons, and gives more of a sense of security for customers and consumers to come downtown, Mr Klonaris told Tribune Business. Theres a feeling that any successful shopping area or plaza to succeed, the sense o f security is paramount. It plays an important role as a deterrent, as well as detecting crime. It plays a very i mportant role in stopping crime. Securing t he premises and making them safe is vital for the success of a business. T ribune Business understands that the B ahamas Hotel Association and DNP, as r epresentatives of downtown Nassau busin esses, had urged the Government to r educe import duties on CCTV-style equipm ent during a meeting with the Prime Mini ster prior to the 2011-2012 Budget. Downtown chairman backs CCTV duty end Its been going really well. The system seems to work: There hasnt been any smoothing over Ive had to do in terms of changing the data Im sending out. Theres definitely more [produce] getting out there. Amanda Wells R YAN PINDER By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter alowe@tribunemedia.net The Government will buy the SG Hambros building on West Bay Street for a net $13 million, using it as a new home for the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Prime Minister, Hubert Ingraham confirmed yester day. The Prime Minister said the relocation of the offices from their current location in the Cecil Wallace-Whit field building on Cable Beach would take place before the end of this calendar year, as is required by the development of the $2.6 billion Baha Mar resort. Baha Mar is purchasing the Cecil Wallace-Whitfield building and intends to demolish it to make way for progress on its sprawling resort development. Mr Ingrahams announcement follows reports in Tribune Business in March this year that the Government was looking into the possi bility of acquiring the build ing for the purposes of relocating the offices in the Cecil Wallace-Whitfield building. SG Hambros Bank and Trust (Bahamas rent occupier, is expected to relocate to rented office premises. SG Hambros has downsized its operations slowly over the years, and is said to no longer need an office of that size, which sources suggested would be perfect for an Office of the Prime Minister given its existing facilities, parking space and available land. Government confirms $13m Hambros deals Share your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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BUSINESS PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Obviously, the revenue is not where it needs to be. My position is that spending is too high. I think theyre just att heir limit on everything, and its becoming very difficult to move at all, while hoping for an economic rebound that is, hopefully, coming. T o balance the books, the Government is forecasting that it will need to borrow some $314.636 million during the 2011-2012 fiscal year, an increase of $24.668 million or 8.5 per cent upon the previous years $289.968 million in borrowing. S till, the 2011-2012 Budgets borrowing estimates are well below what the Government was forced to incur during the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 fiscal years, when it was lent $ 423.737 million and $540.631 million respectively. The latt er sum was more than $0.5 billion. A nd, in relation to the upcoming fiscal year, the borrowing increase appears entirely related to capital projects andw orks. Sums to be lent to the Government here, via the Mini stry of Finance, are set to more than double increasing by $49.025 million from $44.975 million to $94 million. Borrowing for capital works, which include long-term investment projects that benefit the Bahamas from improving infrastructure, is certainly preferable to borrowing to cover recurrent costs. Financing for projects scheduled to take place in the 2011-2012 fiscal year is set to come from China, p lus the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB C aribbean Development Bank. Borrowing I n contrast, borrowing by the Treasury is set to decline by $14.357 million this fiscal year, dropping from $234.993 million in 2010-2011 to $220.636 million in 2011-2012. These areb orrowings such as Bahamas Government Registered Stock and Treasury Bill issues. M r Lowe, meanwhile, said the Bahamas and its public finances had to simply hang on until economic recovery happened. Once it did, he said: I would like to see all the political p arties commit that once the turnaround happens, they will get our public finances in order........ to what they have to do to preserve this country for future generations. Its a fun-d amental problem were leaving future generations with...... I think some fundamental changes have to be made, but the political class is not coming clean on it. Warning that the national debt was approaching a level that was unsustainable, Mr Lowe told Tribune Business oft he 2011-2012 Budget: It certainly took a step back from the taxation they did last year. Maybe they realised they went too deep and too far, even though nothing changed. The Prime Minister sort of changed the tone of the process. The only real disappointment I had at my first cursory read is that there was no fiscal initiative to deal with government spending. It may be because that in an election year its some t hing they cannot commit to, but they have to get the pub lic on board with it, because we cant keep going down this merry road for much longer. All you need is another slightd ip in the economy, and thats blown. Parties urged: Get our fiscal house in order FROM page 1B to a product that could slash construction time by up to 50 per cent, adding thatm ore value may have been achieved if t he Government had consulted with the industry. Stephen Wrinkle said that while the Government was on the right track by cutting the tariff rate on insulated concrete foams and insulated steel wall pane ls from 45 per cent to 25 per cent, prom oting energy efficiency by making them more affordable for Bahamian households, it was unclear whether the cut applied to Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs That is something that has great potential, Mr Wrinkle told Tribune B usiness, explaining that SIPs were a composite material featuring polymer material sandwiched between two boards, made from either sheet metal, plywood, cement or strand board. A dding that SIPs came with water and electricity lines and conduits alreadyb uilt-in, the BCA president said: You dont need to pour concrete in it, and cut doors and windows out, because that is already done. It can come with all conduits in it..... That is something where you will see a reduced cost of construction and expediting the length of time to build a home. The building time is extremely important. A SIPs can cut time down to half.T hat alone results in savings, because if the contractor is on site for six months rather than a year, it cuts the job in half. Thats a substantial savings. Confirming that the BCA as a body w as not consulted by the Government prior to the Budget about potential tariff cuts in this area, Mr Wrinkle said: I wish theyd consulted us on it. We might have been able to add some more value, b ecause persons in the industry have the day-to-day expertise, whereas the Ministry of Finance gets requests from the industry. It goes back to the relationship b etween the Government and the private sector. Contractors are the specialists, they know what the latest developments in the field are, so consulting with the sector would result in bringing more t echnology to the table in a timely manner. Pointing out that the Budget was an extraordinary opportunity to implement initiatives that benefited the Bahamas, Mr Wrinkle said of the energy efficiencyr elated tariff cuts: Theyre [the Government] on the right track, but consult with the sector. We might have been able to add to the process with consultation, particu-l arly the SIPs panel. Theyre on the right track, but the Budget does not mention the SIPs panel, so where do we stand with that? Mr Wrinkle, though, praised the Gove rnments other energy efficient move, the decision to slash import tariff rates on spray-on thermal foam insulation from 45 per cent to 10 per cent. Suggesting that this could provide a b oost to entrepreneurship in the Bahamian construction industry, given that this niche was tailored to specialist small businesses, the BCA president said: I would think the spray-on foam is used more w idely here than in the past. Anything that assists with the growth of that sector, I think we will see tangible benefits in a short period of time. Theres a number of small entrepreneurs, B ahamian companies in that business. There may be half a dozen companies running around here with foam equipment that would welcome that. The trickle down effect will be immense. DOES DUTY CUT APPLY TO PANEL THAT COULD SLASH BUILD TIME %? FROM page 1B feature played up by Mr Ingraham was that $900 million went on the capital account. In other words, it went on capital works and i nfrastructure projects intended to stimulate the Bahamian economy and cushion it from the worst effects of the recession, rather than on the Governments fixed costs. Government debt (the direct charge i s expected to be about $3.78 billion, an increase of $1.34 billion over the level of Government debt at the beginning of the period of $2.44 billion, Mr Ingraham said. Of the net increase of $1.3 billion in Government debt, slightly more than two-thirds is in respect of the capital account, and less than one-third is in respect of current account charges. The Prime Minister also hit at criticism of the Budget by former finance minister James Smith, who had expressed concerns to Tribune Business that recurrent revenue was projected to grow faster than the economy during the 2011-2012 Budget year. Describing this as not correct, Mr Ingraham said the recurrent revenue projections were in current prices, whereas Mr Smith had used real GDP estimates in his calculations. The Prime Minister added that he should have used GDP estimates in current prices, as this projected the economy growing at a faster rate than revenues. The projections for recurrent revenue are for the growth of 3.7 per cent, from $1.46 billion to $1.514 billion in current prices. The projection for GDP growth in current prices is from $7.856 billion to $8.182 billion for an increase of 4.1 per cent, the Prime Minis ter told the House of Assembly. The projected GDP growth of 2.4 per cent for 2011-2012 is in constant prices. Recurrent revenue, shown in current prices, is estimated to grow more slowly than the economy 3.7 per cent to 4.1 per cent in current prices. Mr Ingraham also rejected Mr Smiths false sense of comfort concerns, suggesting that the Department of Statistics, by producing more reliable GDP data, should give everyone greater comfort. This self-condemning psychology, which seems to suggest that the lower the GDP is inherently more helpful in inducing the right frame of mind in policymakers is nonsense, he added. Elsewhere, Mr Ingraham said some 100 Bahamians were currently working on Phase II of the Lynden Pindling International Airports (LPIA US departures terminal into an international arrivals hall. Some 500-600 Bahamians will be employed at the construction peak. The terminal and control tower at the Marsh Harbour International Airport (the third, and possibly the second busiest airport in the Bahamas), will be constructed at a cost of in excess of $25 million and a contract will be awarded during the course of next month, the Prime Minister said. The luxury hotel and residential resort developments at Albany in New Providence and at Winding Bay and Baker's Bay in the Abacos continue to enjoy robust sales. Some 500 Bahamians are engaged on the two Abaco projects. Some 321 Bahamians are now employed in the operation of Albany. Additional numbers of Bahamians continue to be engaged on construction works. FROM page 1B PM REFUTES $1.7BN DEBT CRITICISM

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LOCALANDINTERNATIONALBUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011, PAGE 5B 7($&+,1*9$&$1&,(6 7HPSO&KULVWLD(OHPHQWDU6FKRRLQYLWH DSSOLFDWLRQIURTXDOLHWHDFKHUIRWKH VFKRRHDUIRU $UWHDFKH*UDGHf $SSOLFDQWVPXVW $RUDJDLQSUDFWLFLQJ &KULVWLDQ ZKRLV ZLOOLQJWRVXEVFULEHWRWKH 6WDWHPHQWRDLWKRI 7HPSOH&KULVWLDQFKRROV %DYHDQ$VVRFLDWHVDQGR %DFKHORUV'HJUHH LQ (GXFDWLRQ IURPDUHFRJQL]H &ROOHJH RU 8QLYHUVLW\ LQWKHDUHDRIVSHFLDOL]DWLRQ &DYDOL 7HDFKHUV&HUWLFDWH RU 'LSORPD 'HZLOOLQJWRFRQWULEXWHWRWKHVFKRROVH[WUD FXUULFXODUSURJUDP $SSOLFDWLRPXVEPDGLZULWLQZLWIXO &XUULFXOXP 9LWDH D UHFHQWFRORXUHGSKRWRJUDSKDQGWKUHHUHIHUHQFHV VKRXOGEHVHQWWR 7KHULQFLSD 7HPSOH&KULVWLDQFKRR &ROOLQV$YHQXH 32R[ 1DVVDXDKDPDV DON MELVIN, Associated Press VERONIKA OLEKSYN, Associated Press BRUSSELS Europeans traded blame Monday over the source of a mysterious bacterial outbreak that has killed 14 people and sickened hundreds across the continent and forced Russia to ban imports of some fresh vegetables from Spain and G ermany out of fear they could be contaminated. Austrian authorities sent inspectors to supermarkets to make sure Spanish vegetables suspected of contamination have been taken off shelves, while in Italy the country's paramilitary Carabinieri has b een on the lookout since Saturday for suspected contaminated imports from Spain, the Netherlands and other European countries. Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen, a European Union spokeswoman, said German authorities had identified c ucumbers from the Spanish cities of Almeria and Malaga as possible sources of contamination and that a third suspect batch, originating either in the Netherlands or in Denmark and traded in Germany, is also under investigation. In Germany, which has recorded the most infections and all known deaths, officials said they know that at least some Spanish cucumbers tainted with enterohaemorrhagic E.coli, also known as EHEC, have carried the bacteria, although they still have not been able to determine the exact source. An EU official who spoke on condition of anonymity due to standing regulations, said the transport chain was long, and the cucumbers from Spain could have been contaminated at any point along the route. Spain, meanwhile, went on the defensive, saying there was no proof that the E. coli outbreak has been caused by Spanish vegetables. "You can't attribute the origin of this sickness to Spain," Spain's Secretary of State for European Affairs, Diego Lopez Garrido told reporters in Brussels. "There is no proof and that's why we are going to demand accountability from those who have blamed Spain for this matter." Europeans trade blame over E.coli outbreak $8m Port IPO set for October Investment advisers, such as Kenwood Kerr, chief executive at Providence Advisors, have suggested the IPO would offer diversification away from the financial sector, which dominates the Bahamas International Securities Exchanges( BISX) All-Share Index. It can only broaden and deepen the market in terms of options. Its very attractive. Theres no other substitute for it in terms of a competing port, so its a very sustainable, viable investment i n terms of investment and cash flow. Unless things are bad in the economy a ll around, it should be good, Mr Kerr s aid in an interview with Tribune Business last year. M eanwhile, Mr Maura also confirmed, c ontrary to initial expectations put forw ard in 2010, when the Ports construct ion got underway, and earlier this year, that a $30 million private placement relating to its financing would occur in 2012 rather than 2011. T he $30 million private placement will allow APD Ltd to pay off the $30 million bridge loan facility that was required to finance construction of the $70 million project, after it obtained $20 million fromi ts 20 private stakeholders and $20 million from the Government. These developments come as construction of the port continues, with $30 million of the total $70 million financing now spent. Marine works associated with the port a re progressing, with 60 per cent of dredging now complete, said Mr Maur a. In March, 2011, 50 per cent of dredging was said to have been achieved. T he neighbouring bulk head and apron where containers will be offloaded are now 75 per cent complete. Bids The last bids for the 10,000 square foot i nland depot to be built on Gladstone R oad to accommodate less than cont ainer load goods those in a container with goods destined for a variety of importers, rather than just one were received on Friday, said the chief executive. Around 25 per cent of all containers brought into the Bahamas fall into the less than container load category, and the inland depot will allow for offloading and housing of such goods away from the port itself or downtown Bay Street, reducing congestion downtown and reflecting the fact that more commercial activity now takes place away from his-t oric centres of activity like Bay Street and Palmdale. We will be reviewing them over the next two weeks, said Mr Maura of the b ids. The terminal is not expected to be completed until around February 2012. Other civil works associated with the port are expected to be put out to tender in June. T he Prime Minister yesterday touted progress on the Port whilst speaking dur ing the Budget debate in Parliament, n oting that it is anticipated that all shipping activity will be relocated from Bay Street to the Arawak Cay site by the end of the year, minimising congestion in thet ourism hub. FROM page 1B t ional expects to commence to develop their new timeshare resort and expansion of the Hurricane Hole marina this year. H e was discussing capital projects underway or set to get underway in the Bahamas this year. However, when contacted for details on the project, Ed Fields, senior vice-president o f public affairs for Kerzner International (Bahamas the company has no furtherc omments to add to the Prime Ministers remarks at this time. P ressed as to whether he could confirm the accuracy of the Prime Ministers state ment, Mr Fields added that n o further comment could be made, but appeared to confirm that something may be in the pipeline, stating: There are many more details to work out. T his indicates that while the P rime Ministers announce ment may have been a little premature for Kerzner Inter-n ationals liking, things are moving behind the scenes to revitalise a project shelved in 2 008-2009, with the onset of t he global recession. It is likely that the resort owner/developer is workingb ehind the scenes with architects, engineers and contrac tors to pin down final details of its redevelopment plans. Tribune Business, too, had been hearing sip sip for several weeks that Kerzner International had been dusting off its Hurricane Hole plans. Still, contacted just over a week ago by Tribune Busi ness to respond to informa tion received by this newspa per that the company may be set to move ahead with rede velopment of the marina and surrounding area, transforming it into a second Marina Village like the development which surrounds the Atlantis Marina, Kerzner International (Bahamas m anaging director, George Markantonis, had flat out d enied such a project was set t o come on stream. We are definitely NOT contemplating building a sec o nd Marina Village. I dont k now where that (suggestion came from!, Mr Markantonis told Tribune Business. Businesses such as the News cafe and Zio Gigis Ital ian restaurant were evicted f rom the Hurricane Hole Shopping Plaza on Paradise Island in June 2008 to make way for the plaza to be demol i shed ahead of plans by Kerzner to redevelop the Hurricane Hole marina and surrounding areas. Fifty employees were let go because of the closures. The Green Parrot bar and grill at Hurricane Hole was also threatened with closure due to Kerzners plans, which spurred the company to set up its alternate Nassau loca tion, next door to Lucianos restaurant on East Bay Street. When Kerzner decided to delay its redevelopment plans, Green Parrot continued to operate both locations. It had originally been envisaged that the multi-million dollar Hurricane Hole rede velopment would start in the 2008 first quarter and be com pleted by the 2009 fourth quarter, creating 800-900 jobs a t peak construction. The project was set to i nvolve transforming the Hurr icane Hole Marina and shop ping plaza into a second Marina Village-style developmentp lus timeshare offering. I t was then announced that the retail and entertainment aspects of the Hurricane Hole project were being indefinite ly delayed due to the uncer tainty caused by US and glob a l economic woes, and the credit/liquidity crunch impact ing the financial system in 2008 into 2009. H owever, in 2008 it remained Kerzners intention to push ahead with the timeshare development that had been planned for the Hurri cane Hole location, moving it to a different location on Par adise Island and starting in 2009. Ultimately none of the projects got started, as Atlantis suffered reduced tourist and group visitor arrivals from which it is still on the path to recovery. As recently as a year ago, Kerzner officials said the Hurricane Hole redevelopment plans remained shelved. In the meantime, the resort has been grappling with $3 billion of debt it acquired in 2006 when it took the com pany private. Some $2.6 billion of the d ebt is to come due in September, and speculation that t he company may be set to d efault on its debt repayments has been rife, in light of the reduced revenue which hasp lagued Kerzner Internation a l in the time since it took on the high debt levels. The com pany has denied reports that it may be looking to sell assets, including Atlantis, Paradise Island or its One& Only hotel b rand, which also has a property on Paradise Island. However, such debt concerns would on the face of it s eem to make it unlikely that the company would be look ing to take on additional financing to move ahead with any large-scale infrastructure projects at this time. Yesterday, Lauren Cartwright, general manager at Green Parrot, said the company has heard nothing officially from Kerzner about plans to move ahead with the development, which would if being implemented according to initial plans finally force the closure of Green Parrots Hurricane Hole Paradise Island location. Weve heard different people talking about it but nothings confirmed. Weve heard nothing from Atlantis themselves, she said. Kerzner quiet on Hurricane Hole r evival F ROM page 1B HEALTHSCARE: A man takes cucumbers from a market stall in Vienna, Austria, on Monday May 30, 2011, following a health scare involv-i ng contamination with a potentially fatal bacteria. DAVID KOENIG, AP Business Writer DALLAS If you're a basketball fan, you'll hear the name American Airlines a lot over the next cou ple weeks. American slapped its name on the arenas of both teams playing in the NBA finals back when stadium naming rights were a hot commodity the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami and the American Air lines Center in Dallas. So whether the Miami Heat or the Dallas Mavericks win the title, American figures to get a lot of TV time. The same thing happened in 2006, when the Heat defeated the Mavericks in six games. American bought the nam ing rights to those arenas a decade ago. According to published reports at the time, which American wouldn't confirm or deny, it agreed to pay $195 mil lion over 30 years for the Dallas rights and $42 million over 20 years in Miami. Stadium-naming rights were trendy then, and they reached a fever pitch in 2006 when Citigroup agreed to pay $20 million a year to christen the New York Mets' new baseball home Citi Field when it opened a cou ple of years ago. But sports sponsorships became harder to sell during the recession, and the business hasn't fully recov ered. The Texas Rangers base ball team hasn't found a name sponsor since ending a deal with mortgage lender Ameriquest in 2007. Today, it's still simply Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. New football stadiums in Dallas and outside New York still don't have sponsorships. Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones might have missed his best chance when his new stadium hosted the Super Bowl in February. Now, with an NFL lockout dragging on, there's a chance of missing games this fall. Recent deals have been underwhelming. Miami did a 1-year deal to rename the home of the NFL Dolphins Land Shark Sta dium after a beer promoted by singer Jimmy Buffett, then it cut a 5-year agreement with a Canadian company. It's now Sun Life Stadium. In Jacksonville, Fla., the foot ball stadium had no corporate name for two years after a deal ended with Alltel, a phone company acquired by Verizon. Finally, a local bank ponied up for EverBank Field. Andrew Zimbalist, a sports economist at Smith College, said the financial crisis and recession hurt the market for naming rights. As consumers cut back, he said, companies questioned ever-higher prices for sponsor ships. "I don't think that the mar ket is collapsing, it's just not as rich as it used to be," Zimbalist said. He suspects that some teams, including the Cowboys, are turning down reasonable offers in hopes that sky-high prices come back. Marc Ganis, president of Chicago-based sports business consulting firm Sportscorp Ltd., said CEOs may be gun-shy about naming deals after Citi group was criticized for paying the Mets while getting $45 bil lion in federal bailout money. American Airlines considered giving up its Dallas and Miami arena rights in 2003, when it hovered near bank ruptcy. Company officials said such a move has not been considered since. American's parent company, AMR Corp., has lost nearly $12 billion in the last decade. American Airlines wins either way in NBA finals INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

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WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y MA Y 31, 201 1, P AGE 9B B O D Y A N D M I N D OUT RA G EOUS WEIGHT LOS S MET H OD S THE T APE WORM DIET Surprisingly, this method has been around for a very long time and is very extreme simple. At the cost of losing weight you pay the expense by infesting yourself with a possibly harmful parasite. The tapeworm secretes proteins in the intestinal tract and interferes with the digestion and absorption of foods. A less efficient digestive systems means that you can consume more calories through your food since your body guest is also depending on them for its own growth. Some scientists estimate that those infected with a single tapeworm can lose up to one or two pounds each week. Once the target weight loss is reached antibiotics are given to expel the parasite out of the body. Some possible side effects are nausea, headaches, infections, and diarrhea. THE VISION DIET As if the tapeworm diet wasn't as crazy enough, the thinking behind this diet is if your food looks disgusting enough it would make you not want to eat it. To help make food look less appealing, the vision dieters glasses were invented. According to individuals who have used the dieters eyeglasses it makes one very relaxed while going on day to day routine but has little impact on weight loss. "These are gimmicks and they don't work. What people also don't do is read the fine print of products on the market and the majority say weight loss is not guaranteed," Mr Khan explained. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY DIET At least the tapeworm diet which I deemed the most ridiculous out of the five has more logic than this one. And the only thing required in this diet is sleep. You can't eat while you sleep. So naturally, if you sedate yourself for days and neglect to eat as a result this starvation diet may actually work. "You should never starve yourself. Your body needs all of the nutrients it can get. When a person starves themselves this put pressures on the organs. This is why this diet won't work simply because the only way to lose weight you must burn more calories than you take in," Mr Khan said. THE HALLELUJAH DIET This diet involves traveling centuries back where the meals of those living during that time consisted only of greens. The Hallelujah diet requires eating foods specifically mentioned in Genesis Chapter 1, Verse 29. These foods are all-natural, vegan, raw foods. In the diet, only 15 per cent of a person's daily intake of food is allowed to be cooked. Aside from the basic diet, the plan recommends exercise, rest, sunshine and elimina tion of stress. EAR ST APLING Ear stapling is exactly what its name suggest, the piercing of the cartilage of the inner ear. This procedure is based loosely on principles of auricular acupuncture. The staples on the ear stimulate a pressure point that suppresses appetite. However, the staples can only be left in for six weeks to three months as the body gets used to the staples and it loses its effec tiveness. According to www.mayoclinic.com: "although some studies suggest that acupunc ture can reduce appetite, ear stapling hasn't been proved effective for weight loss. "Suppressing your appetite can work but that would mean that you would have to con tinue with this for the 365 days out of the year. What happens when the staples lose effective ness?," Mr Khan said. By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer I W A S a s t on i s h e d w h e n I f i r s t s a w a wo ma n o n t h e Ty ra B an k s s h o w w h o h ad gott e n mesh s e w n onto her tongue to help with weight loss. T h e id e a o f ge tt in g a p ie ce o f m e sh sewn onto your t on g ue to lo s e weig h t is by far the most ridiculous thing I h a v e e v e r h e a r d a n d t h e d o c t o r s e x p l a nat ion of thi s pr oc edu r e is even mor e preposterous! T h e C h u g a y T o n g u e P a tc h w a s fi r s t i n tr o d u c e d b y D r N i k o l a s C h u g a y a R u s s i a n d o c t o r w h o p r o m i s e s w e i g h t l o s s b y t h i s m e t h o d T h e l i t tl e p i e c e o f m e s h i s s u r g i c a l l y a t t a c h e d to the tong u e a nd ca u se s e x cr uci a tin g pa i n w h e n e a t i n g s o l i d f o o d s c a u s i n g i n d i v i d u a l s t o r e s o r t t o a l i q u i d d i e t T h i s e p i s o d e o f t h e T y r a S h o w l e d m e t o d o m y o w n l i t t l e r e s e a r c h a n d I f o u n d o u t a b o u t s o m e o f t h e m o s t f a r c i c a l a p p r o a c h e s t o w e i g h t lo ss And w hil e s ur pr is in g ly t he se me th ods w o r k t h e y a r e u l t i m a t e l y u n h e a l t h y a n d n o t h i n g b u t q u i c k f i x e s F i t n e s s M a n a g e r a t J e m i W e l l n e s s C e n tr e Andre w K han, we igh ed in o n the se outra g e o u s m e a s u r e s A d i e t i s j u s t t h a t a d i e t. T h e o n l y t r i e d a n d t r u e m e t h o d o f w e i g h t l o s s i s f o r o n e t o b u r n m o r e c a l o r i e s t h a n t h e y t a k e in An d th e s e e x tr e m e d i e ts a r e o n ly q ui c k fix e rs to we i gh t p rob le ms Wh ile the y ma y w o r k t h e y o n l y w o r k f o r t h e s h o r t t e r m a n d t h e m o m e n t y o u c o m e o f f t h e d i e t y o u b e g i n t o p u t o n t w o t i m e s t h e w e i g h t y o u h a d b e f o r e W e i g h t l o s s c o m e s w i t h a l i f e s t y l e c h a n g e s o t h e o n l y t h i n g y o u c a n d o t o l o s e w e i g h t p e r m a n e n tl y i s c h a n g e y o u r l i f e h e s a i d

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A S A v e t e r i n a r i a n t h e most common medical com p l a i n t w e s e e i n d o g s i s s k i n o r e ar r e l at e d U n l i k e h u m an s w h o r e ac t t o a l l e r g e n s w i t h n a s a l s y m p t o m s d o g s r ea c t w i t h s k i n p r o b l e m s T h e i r p r o b l e m s m a y r a n g e f r o m po or co at t extu re o r lengt h, t o it c hi n g a n d ch e w i n g t o ho t spots and self-mutilation. A l l e rg i es ma y a l so p l ay a m a j o r r o l e i n c h r o n i c e a r infection because the ear is a c o n t i n u a t i o n o f t h e s k i n Always remember, your best source of information is your v e t O n e m u s t a l w a y s r e m e m b e r t h o u g h t h at t h e s u c c es s o r f a i l u r e o f t r e a t m e n t w i l l rest mainly with you, the dog owner. There is no magic pill to deal with these problems. U n f o r t u n a t e l y t h e r e i s a l s o n o c u r e a n d o n l y s y s t e m a t i c treatment options. Inhalant Allergies S u b s t a n c e s w h i c h c a n cause an allerg ic reaction in do gs, are m uc h t he sam e as t ho se w h ic h c au se r eac t io ns i n p e o p l e i n c l u d i n g p o l l e n dust, mites and mold. A clue t o d i a g n o s i n g t h e s e a l l e r g i e s i s t o l oo k at t h e t im in g of t h e r e a c t io n D o e s i t h a p p e n y e a r round? This may be mold or d u s t I f t h e r e a c t i o n i s s e a sonal, pollen may be the cul prit. T h e c l i n i c a l s i g n s o f i n h a l a n t a l l e r g i e s i n c l u d e : Sc ra tc hin g b iti ng che w ing a t fe e t a nd c o ns t a n t l i ck i ng T he i t c h i n g m ay b e m o st s ev e r e o n f e e t f l a p s g r o i n a n d armpits. Dogs rub their face on t he carpet E a rf laps may be com e re d a nd h ot. C hron ic e a r i nf e cti on m a y fo ll o w. T he s k i n b e c o m e s t h i c k e n e d g rea sy a nd ha s a strong odor H ot s po t s m ay d e vel o p d u e t o i r r i t a t i o n f r o m c o n s t a n t chewing or scratching. Aller g i e s h a v e a l s o b e e n i m p l i c a t e d a s a p o s s i b l e c a u s e o f a c r a l l i c k g r a n u l o m a s a fr u s t r a t i n g trea tment re sistant condition w h e r e b y t h e d o g c r e a t e s a s o r e o n h i s s k i n f r o m c o n s t a n t licking. During the rainy season in t h e B a h a m a s a n d b e c a u s e w e a r e a n i s l a n d n a t i o n t h e hu midity is us ua lly hig h. Thi s c a u s e s a n i n c r e a s e i n m o l d pro duc t ion Out do ors, mo ld p l a y a p a r t i n n a t u r e b y b r e a k i n g d o w n d e a d o r g a n i c m a t t e r s u c h a s a f a l l e n l e a v e s a n d de a d tr e es but indo or s, mo ld g r o w t h s h o u l d b e a v o i d e d M o l d s r e p r o d u c e b y m e a n s o f tiny spores that are invisible t o t h e n a k e d e y e a n d f l o a t t h r o u g h t h e a i r A l l e r g i c r e a c t i o n s t o m o l d s ar e c o m m o n to humans and their pets. I t i s al m o st i m p o s s i b l e t o get rid of all mold spores in t h e a i r H o w e v e r t h e m o l d spores will not grow if mois ture is not present. If there is m ol d gr o w t h i n yo u r h o m e, you must clean up the mold, and fix the water problem, if y o u c l e a n u p t h e m o l d a n d do n' t f i x t h e w at er pr ob lem t h e n m o s t l i k e l y t h e m o l d p r ob le m w il l co m e b a ck Th i s m o l d p r o b l e m i s s e e n i n a r e a s t h a t a r e c l o s e t o t h e s e a l a k e s s w a m p y a r e a s a n d c a n a l s Also, people who live in old b u i l d i n g s a n d h i g h r a i s e b u i l d i n g s w i t h o l d p l u m b i n g a r e predisposed to this problem. I am of the opinion that a lot o f i n h a l a n t a l l e r g i e s a r e a s result of mold. Malassezia Infection W i t h M al a ss ez i a i n d o g s, t h e s k i n l e s i o n s a r e m o s t o f t e n s e e n a t a n a t o m i c s i t e s t h a t c r e a t e a r e l a t i v e l y w a r m m o i s t s k i n e n v i r o n m e n t T h u s the interdigital skin, ventral, n e c k l i p r e g i o n e a r c a n a l axilla, groin and folded areas a re m ost of te n affected. I t chi n g i s n o r m a l l y r e p o r t e d I n t e n s e r e d d e n i n g o f s k i n alopecia, skin thickening and h y p e r p i g m e n t a t i o n o f t h e s k in o cc ur s I t ha s b e e n d oc um e n t e d t h a t a s e a s o n a l increase in case numbers has been seen in veterinary hos p i t a l s i n g e o g r a p h i c r e g i o n whe re a noticea ble cha nge to wa rm, humid, clim atic condit io ns is p r e s e n t. U nf or tu n a te l y t h i s i s o u r c l i m a t e y e a r round in the Bahamas. WOMAN P AGE 10B, TUESDA Y MA Y 31, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE Stroke and oral healthcare A STROKE is characterised by sud den a nd ra pidly prog re ssive centra l ner vous system signs and symptoms, which do not go away within 24 hours. It com monly re su lt s in i mpa ire d motor (mov e m e n t ) a n d s p e e c h f u n c t i o n s M e n t a l d a m a g e a n d d e a t h c a n a l s o o c c u r S o m e p a t i e n t s w i l l e x p e r i e n c e m e m o r y l o s s c o nf u si o n, a nxi et y, f ear an d ev en p ers o n a l i t y c h a n g e s D e p r e s s i o n i s o f t e n reported in about 40 per cent of stroke survivors, within months of a stroke. S tr o ke s a r e s e r i o u s b u s i n e s s a n d a b o u t 30 per cent of individuals die who expe r i e n ce a s t r ok e ca us e d by a b l o ck a g e i n a v e s s e l ( v e i n o r a r t e r y ) i n t h e b r a i n a n d 8 0 per cent die when it is due to a intrac e r e b r a l h e m o r r h a g e ( a b l e e d i n t h e brain). Saliva Overflow In the head and neck region, a stroke can cause problems with the gag reflex; sw allow ing reflex; fac ial musc le m ove m e n t s a n d t h e v i s u a l fi e l d s T a s te d e f i ci t s and facial para lysis a re a l s o not ed f re q u e n t l y I t i s t h e r e f o r e p r u d e n t t o c o n t a c t a d e n t a l h e a l t h c a r e p r o v i d e r a f t e r a n i n d i v i d u a l e x p e r i e n c e s a s t r o k e T h e d e n t a l p ro f e ss io n al w il l w o r k c l os el y w i t h the medical professional to comprehen s i v e l y m a n a g e t h e i n d i v i d u a l s p o s t s t r o k e health. I t i s n o t o f t e n t h a t h e a l t h c a r e p r o v i d e r s emphasise the correlation between the w ea k en in g o f t he m u sc l es in t h e arm s a n d le g s i n a s tr o k e to t he we a kn e s s a n d nu m bn e s s in th e fa c e ch e e k, t on g ue a nd t h r o a t t h a t a l s o o c c u r T h i s h e a d a n d ne ck we a kne s s an d n umb ne s s i ne v ita bl y leads to a myriad of problems. I t i s c o m mo n t h a t a p e r so n e xp e ri encing a dif ficul ty in swallowin g sa li v a w i l l h av e s o m e o v e r f l o w o f t h e s a l i v a f r o m t h e c o r n e r s o f t h e m o u t h T h i s o v e r flow can then make the corners of the m o u t h an d t h e c h i n so r e. O n e w ay t o combat this is to encourage the stroke surv ivor, t o improve posture by s i tting u p p r o p e r l y T h e c h a n g e i n p o s t u r e w o u l d h e l p p r e v e n t t h e o v e r f l o w a n d s u b s e q u e n t l e a k i n g o f t h e s a l i v a I f t h i s i s unsuccessful, it may be necessary to use m e di c a ti on t o r e du c e th e a m o u nt o f s a l i va produced. Ins tea d o f ex ce ss sa liv a, s ome pe rs ons e xp e r i en c e d r y m o u t h s af t e r a s t ro k e T h i s i s u s u a l l y a r e s u l t o f s t r o k e s u r v i v o r s h a v i n g t h e i n c r e a s e d te n d e n c y t o b r e a th e through the mouth, rather than through the nose. It is this practice that dries the mouth I n or der to a v oid thi s, the stro ke s u r v i v o r s h o u l d t a k e f r e q u e n t s i p s o f water; keep the lips moist by applying a lip salve and a l way s take d e nt ures out at night, to give the mouth a rest. I n a d d i t i o n to d r o o l i n g a n d d r y m o u t h the loss of head and neck sensation and muscle tone, affects the wearing of den tu r e s T h e im p a c t is mo s t a p p a r e n t wh e n p u t t i n g d e n t u r e s i n t o t h e m o u t h a n d w h en t ry in g t o st o p t h em f ro m f a ll i ng o u t a f t e r t h e y a r e i n I t i s b e s t w h e n there are problems with denture wear, t hat the dent a l hea lt hca re profes sional is cons ul ted The r e ar e ma ny te ch niq ue s that the dentist can teach to reduce the d i f f i c u l t y i n w e a r i n g d e n t u r e s p o s t s t r o k e After a stroke, brushing the teeth can be com e ve r y diffi cul t. T hi s i s usu a lly th e ca se b e ca us e th e st ro ke s ur v i vo r is ch a ll en ge d t o ho l d a t o o t hb r us h u si n g t he w eaken ed grip o f a do min ant af f ect ed h a n d o r b y u s i n g a n o n d o m i n a n t h a n d I f thi s oc cu rs i t i s ne ce s s a r y to us e a t oo thb rush w ith a t hick t e xt ure d handle for ease of grip. It is advisable to also use a m o u n t e d t o o t h p a s t e d i s p e n s e r a n d t o consider using an electric toothbrush. Healthy Teeth Wh e n a ca r e g i v e r i s br u s h i ng t h e te e th of a s t r o k e s u r v i v o r i t i s of te n ti m e s v e r y d i f f i c u l t T h e c a r e g i v e r s h o u l d s t a n d t o t h e si de or behind t he pe rson and sup port t h ei r ja w wi t h the fre e h an d (h an d not ho l d in g th e t oo t hb r u s h ) I t i s th e n n e c e s s a r y t o h o l d t h e t o o t h b r u s h a s n o r m a l a n d b r u s h t h e t e e t h a n d g u m s g e n t l y w o r k i n g a r o un d th e m ou t h i n a m e t h od i c a l m a nne r Al l s u r fa ce s s ho u l d b e c l e a n e d a n d th e s t r o k e s u r v i v o r s h o u l d s p i t o u t e x c e s s t o ot h pa s te w i th o ut r i ns i n g I t i s p a r a m o u n t t o h a v e a h e a l t h y m o u t h a fte r a s tr o k e I t i m pr o v e s t he q ua li t y o f l ife f or the s u rv i vo r H e a lth y te e th a n d g um s h e l p t he s u r v i v o r to lo o k a nd fe e l b e t te r ; e a t b e tt e r ; a nd he lp in g i v i ng c on f i de nc e i f t h e s p e e c h w a s a ffe ct e d If you hav e had a st roke o r c a re for some one who has ha d a stroke, pl e ase e ns u r e a h e a lt h y w e l l b a l a n ce d co m p l e te die t is e ate n and t he tee th ar e cle ane d w e l l I t i s c r uc i a l t ha t a d e n ta l h e a l t hc a r e p r ofe s s io n a l i s co ns u lte d r e g ul a r ly T he d e n t is t ca n g iv e a d v i c e a n d tr e a tm e n t t o p r e v e n t d e n t a l p r o b l e m s I f i t i s d i f f i c u l t t o a cc e ss the d e ntis t, e nqu ir e a bou t ho me visit s. The dent ist may be com fo rtabl e w i t h v i s i t i n g t h e h o m e o r c ar e c e n t r e. Y o u r m o u t h h e a l t h i s v e r y i m p o r t a n t a n d i m p a c ts y o u r o v e r a l l h e a l th This article is for informational purposes o n l y I t i s n o t i n t e n d e d a n d m a y n o t b e t r ea t e d a s a s u b s t it u t e f o r p r o f e s s io n a l m e d i c al/d e n ta l advice di a g nosis, o r t rea tm e n t. A l w a y s s e e k t h e a d v i c e o f a p h y s i c i a n o r d e n tal professio nal wi th an y questi on s you may h av e r eg a rdi ng a m e d ical/d ental cond iti on Never d isreg ar d p r o fessi on al med ical /d ental adv i c e or de lay in se ek ing it be ca use of a purely informational publication." C op yri gh t 20 1 1 b y Dr A nd re R C larke A ll ri gh ts rese r ve d. Repro du cti on o f t hi s arti cle i n w h o l e o r i n p a r t i s p r o h i b i t e d w i t h o u t w ri t t e n p e r m i s s i o n I f y o u h a v e q u e s t i o n s p l e a s e se nd e mai l to d r_ an d r e cl arke@h o tm ai l. co m Dr AndrŽ R Clarke, DDS, MBBS Special Care Dentistry B y A N D R E C L A R K E K E E P I N G Y O U R M O U T H A L I V E Skin and allergy problems in dogs By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter E IGHT MEMBERS of the local Breast Cancer Support group, Sister Sister will be participating in the DC Komen Walk and Canadian Breast Cancer Con ference on Saturday, June 4. The ladies are all set to board the plane for Washington DC this Friday. In a sta te m en t, Andr e a Swe e ti ng S i s t e r S i s t e r P r e s i d e n t e x p l a i n e d w h y it i s so imp orta nt tha t S ister Siste r a tten d this e v e nt a nd othe r s li ke i t. She sa ys : The Ko me n Wal k/R ac e f o r t h e C u r e i n D C g i v e s u s a n o p p o r t u n i t y t o s h a r e w i t h o t h e r s I t i s a lwa y s a n ey e op e ne r; kn owi ng tha t c an c er d o es no t d is cr im in at e. It is a f f e c t i n g e v e r y w o m a n n o m a t t e r h e r sta tu s, h er c re e d, o r he r co lou r. W e a re in thi s tog e th er T h e e i g h t s i s t e r s i s t e r m e m b e r s ma ki ng th e fi rs t l e g of the jo urn e y t o W as hi n gt on in c l u d es C ha rl e ne M c P h e e H e l e n R o l l e J e n n e M a e K n o w l e s N a o m i K i n g W i l l a m a e Butl e r, V ina l is a Fe r gu so n, Sha n te ll C o x H u tc h i n s o n a n d An d r e a S w e e ti n g Acco rd ing to th e M e dne t G ro up o f C o m p a n i e s : T h e D C e v e n t s i m il ar ly t o th e K om en Wa lk /R a ce fo r t h e C u r e e v e n t t h a t w a s h e l d o n P a r a dis e I sl an d at the b eg i nni ng o f th e yea r, a nd th e more re c e n t A nnual Wa lk in Pa ra d is e at Atla nt is for th e K om e n Fl o ri d a Af fi li a te is e x pe c te d to be a n e mo tio na l a nd ad re n al in e c h a r g e d i n t e r n a ti o n a l e v e n t B u t S i s te r Si ste r w on' t h a ve tim e to l ing e r Th e da y a fte r the wa l k, the S is te r Sis ter g r oup wil l th en le a ve Wa shington, DC on S unda y Jun e 5 and con tin ue on to Ha m ilto n O nta r io to a tten d the Six th Wo rl d Con fer e nc e o n B r e a s t C a n c e r h e l d e v e r y 3 y e a r s in Ca n ad a T h r e e a d d i t i o n a l m e m b e r s w i l l l ea v e N a ss a u on Mo nd ay Ju ne 6 to t r a v e l di r e c tl y t o C a n a d a in h o p e s o f co nn ec tin g with the o ri g ina l g ro up An dr ea Ad de rl e y Ju lie T ho mps on a nd E the l Jo hns on I n t o t a l t h e r e w i l l b e e l e v e n Ba ha mi a ns a nd Si ste r Si ste r M em be rs att e nding t he Ca nc e r Conf e re nc e be i ng he ld th is y e a r in H a mil t o n O n t a r i o J u n e 7 t h r o u g h 1 1 T h r e e o f t h o s e a t t e n d i n g w i l l b e n u r s e s o n e t h e c o f o u n d e r o f S i s t e r S i s t e r a n d t h e o t h e r a s u p p o r t e r a n d a s w e l l a s n ine br e as t ca nce r s ur v iv or s ." M s S w ee t i n g w h o at t e n d ed t h e la st tw o conf er ence's held in Winni pe g Ca n ad a in 2 0 0 5 an d 2 0 0 8 ha s be e n a s ke d to sp ea k a t th e e ve n t. S h e w i l l b e o n e o f t h e s c h e d u l e d s p e a k e r s a d d r e s s i n g h u n d r e d s i f n o t tho us an ds o f ca nce r s ur v iv or s s upp o r t e r s an d m ed i c a l p e rs o n n e l o n W ed n e s d a y J u n e 8 a t t h e G l o b a l Cance r Confer ence ," the co mpan y s t a t e d Mr s S we e ting wi ll b e s pe a ki ng on t h e t o p i c B r e a s t C a n c e r i n T h e Ba ha ma s an d ho w it is affe c ting ou r B a h a m i a n W o m e n a n d S i s t e r s T r i bu ne Hea l th un de r sta nd s tha t s he i s e x c i t e d a b o u t t h i s o p p o r t u n i t y t o r e p re s e nt Sis te r Si st er an d Ba ha mi a ns M r s S w e e t i n g e x p l a i n s : I a m v e r y e x ci ted a nd at the s a me ti me som e wh a t sc a re d, b ut y e t co nfid e nt a nd e a g er to pr es e nt a t th e Six th Wor ld C o n f e r e n c e o n B r e a s t C a n c e r I t a k e th is opp or tu ni ty a s a ma j or s te p pi ng s t o n e t o i n f o r m t h e c o n f e r e n c e a t t e n d ees o f o u r f i nd i n gs o u r p ro gr es s a nd y e s ou r fa il ur es fo r we ar e l os i ng o ur y o ung e r wo me n ." S he con tin ue s : Add iti ona l ly th is c o n f e r e n c e a l l o w s u s t o e d u c a te o u r s e l v e s o n t h e n e w t e c h n i q u e s e q u i p m e n t a n d p r o c e d u r e s a v a i l a b l e t o u s I r o n i c a l l y b o t h e v e n t s a r e g l o b a l e v e n t s s o i t i s g r e a t t h a t w e B a h a m i a ns wi ll b e the r e ." Sco tia Ca na d a i s a m a jor s pon so r of T he Gl ob al Si xth Wor ld Con fe re n c e o n B r e a s t C a n c e r L i k e w i s e Sco tia Ba ha m as a ls o ma d e a g en e rou s do na tio n to a s si st th e S is ter Si ste r me m be rs ma ki ng th e tr ip We w a nt to s in ce re ly th an k th e M a n a g e m e n t a n d S t a f f o f S c o t i a B a h a m a s f o r t h ei r t h o u g h t f u l n e s s a nd g e ne r os ity M r s S we et ing a ls o i n d i c at e d t h at ad d i t i o na l s po n s o rs wou ld c er ta in ly be we lc ome fo r th e g ro u p t h at i s t ra vel i n g t o D C an d H a m i l t o n O n t a r i o t o r e p r e s e n t S i s t e r Si ste r a nd T he Ba ha m as By DR BASIL SANDS Sister Sister members set for Komen Walk Race For Cure IT IS crucial that a dental healthcare profes s i o n a l i s c o n s u l t e d r e g u l a r l y a f t e r a s t r o k e T h e d enti st c an g i ve advi ce an d treatm ent to prevent dental problems. LADIE S MAK ING THE T RIP: B ack ro w fro m lef t to ri gh t; An drea Add erl ey, Nu rse Ch arl ene McPh ee, Co -fou n der of Sis ter Si ster an d Man ag er o f th e Su rg ical Su i te, And rea Sweeting, President of Sister Sister, Shantell Cox-Hutchinson, Member of Sister Sister, Helen Rolle, Secretary and Member of Sister Sister. Front row, seated from left to right: Nurse Julie Thompson, Ethel Johnson, Vinalisa Ferguson, Nurse Willamae Butler.

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WHEN you plant a home garden, you reap more than j u s t a c r o p Y o u r e a p t h e c o n v e n i e n c e o f h a v i n g f o o d a t your finge rtips, litera lly. You r e a p t h e a s s u r a n c e o f k n o w i n g t h a t y o u r f o o d i s n o t l a d e n w i t h g e n e t i c a l l y m o d i f i e d o r g a n i s m s ( G M O s ) a n d o t h e r h arm f ul pr od uc t s l ik e pes t ici de s a n d f e rt ilizers t ha t are n o t m a d e f o r h u m a n c o n sumption. C h a d T h o m p s o n v i c e p r e s i d e n t a n d f a r m m a n a g e r a t H o m e g r o w n B a h a m i a n G r o w i n g a l o c a l c o m p a n y d e d i c a t e d t o t h e g r o w t h development and promotion of wellness, holistic and sus ta in a b le l i v i n g i s a p r o p o n e n t o f h e al t h y h o m e g ar d en i n g H e r e c e n t l y s h a r e d h i s k n o w l e d g e o f g a r d e n i n g w i t h t h e N a t i o n al I n s u r a n c e B o a rd s G e t W e l l B a h a m a s C h a l l e n g e M r T h o m p s o n s a i d t h a t y o u c ann ot mat c h t he q ual it y of f o o d g r o w n i n y o u r o w n b a c k y a r d I m p o r te d p r o d u c e o f t e n t r a v e l s f o r a w e e k o r m o r e b e f o r e r e a c h i n g l o c a l f o o d s to r e s T h e s e f oo d s a r e u s u a l l y p i c k e d b e f o r e t h e y a r e r i p e n e d a n d a l l o w e d t o ma t ur e w hi le in tr a n si t. H ow ever, produce has maximum nutrient value when allowed t o f u l l y m a t u r e o n i t s t r e e before it is harvested. Home Garden D u r i n g t h e C h a l l e n g e Homegrown provided the 40 participants with beet, bean, t h y m e c i l a n t r o s a g e a n d t o m a t o s e e d s a l o n g w i t h a seedling tray, and basic gar dening tools. After assessing e a c h C h a l l e n g e r s y a r d M r T h o m p s o n h e l p e d t h e m es ta bl ish the ir ho me g a rd en s. Most of the Challengers had l i m i te d g a r d e n i n g e x p e r i e n c e but they we re all enthus ias t i c ab out th e pos si bil ity of g ro wing their own food. Many of t h e C h a l l e n g e r s w e r e s u r prised to discover that these c r o p s c o u l d g r o w i n T h e Bahamas. M r T h o m p s o n n o t e d t h at t h e m o s t d i f f i c u l t a s p e c t o f g a r d e n i n g i s g e t t i n g s t a r t e d wi th p r e p a r i ng th e s o il b u il d in g a r ai s ed b ed a nd pl a nti ng t h e s e ed s I n o rd e r t o m a ximise the health of your soil, w hi ch wi ll i n t ur n maxi mi se t h e n u t r i t i o n s t o r e s o f y o u r h a r v e s t M r T h o m p s o n r e c o m m e n d s a s o i l t e s t T h e mai n nutrie nts i n he althy soil ar e p ho sph oro us pot ass iu m and nitrogen. F o r t h e n o v i c e g a r d e n e r M r T h o m ps o n re c o m me n d s p l a n t i n g s w e e t p o t a t o e s o k r a s a n d w a t e r m e l o n s i n t h e s u m m e r m o n t h s T h e s e p l a n t s can thrive in drought condi t i o n s I n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t whe n to p la nt c er ta in cro ps is available through BAIC and t h e Mi ni st ry of A gri cu lt ur e. Int erested persons may also f i n d u s e f u l a d v i c e t h r o u g h In t ernet search es of F l ori da agri cu lt ural c hart s sin ce ou r climate is similar. O n e o f t h e h i g h l i g h t s o f t h e C h a l l e n g e w a s a n i n t r o d u c t i o n t o h o w t o p r e p a r e a GET WELL BAHAMAS WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y MA Y 31, 201 1, P AGE 1 1B R e a p i n g h e a l t h y b e n e f i t s t h r o u g h h o m e g a r d e n i n g THE Get Well Bahamas Challengers tend to their new gardens. raised bed fo r p lant ing beet and bean seeds. Mr. Thomp s o n d e m o n s t r a t e d h o w t o p r e pare a garden wi th rec ycled organic matter than accumu la t e s r ight in their backy ards T h e y b u i l t a r e c t a n g u l a r a r r a n g e m e n t o f r o c k s a s a fra me for the ra ise d be d the n s p r e a d a h a l f i n c h l a y e r o f manure. The manure acts as n i t r o g e n t h a t h e l p s t o b a l a n c e the soil's pH levels. Soil Health Rhonda Wright, president o f H o m e g r o w n n o t e d t h a t t h e health of the soil is essential to your harvest. "The soil is very crucial. There is a direct l i n k t o o u r h e a l t h h e r e because we get the nutrients we need from the plants and th e pla n ts g e t wh a t the y ne e d f r o m t h e s o i l S o n u t r i t i o n m u s t s t a r t f r o m t h e s o i l I f p l a nt s a r e g r o w in g i n s oi l th a t is denatured, then plants are no t ge tt i ng what t h ey ne ed in o r d e r t o p r o d u c e t h e n u t r i ents that we need," she said. After placing the manure, Challengers spread sheets of n e w s p a p e r d o w n s p r a y i n g t h e heap wi t h wat er af t er every l a ye r Th e n e w s p a p e r h e l p s t o s m o t h e r w e e d s a n d t h e w a t e r h e l p s t o e xp e d i t e t h e newspaper's biodegradation. They placed another layer of m a n u r e a to p t he we t n e ws p a pers then added more water. F i n a l l y t h e C h a l l e n g e r s a d d e d a 4 i n c h l a y e r o f o r g a n i c m a t t e r l i k e d r i e d w e e d s c a r d b o a r d d r y l e a v e s a n d seaweed and wet the pile. In s i x m o n t h s t h e r a i s e d b e d t h a t t h e y c r e a t e d i n t h e de monst r ation will be rea dy f o r p l a n t i n g C h a d t o l d t h e Chall e n g ers th a t using recycled m a t erials is great hu mm u s f o r h o m e g a r d e n s g a r den, and it saves money. He n o t e d t h a t t h e C h a l l e n g e r s d id n t br ea k a s w eat w hi c h s h o u l d a l s o d e b u n k m y t h s that home gardening is hard labour.

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By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer S O you've been cheated on! And the only thing you can do is cry and press the replay button on Cee Lo Green's Forget You! You can't eat, you can't sleep, you can't function at work and you are con stantly seeking answers. Apa rt f rom t ha t y ou m ay f e e l t orn a bout t he e nt ir e si t ua t ion. You m ay w ant t o ta ke y our c hea t i ng pa rt ner ba ck but f e el l i ke i t i s a poi nt of pri de not t o. I f y o u d o d ec i d e t o t ak e y o u r p a r tn er b ac k d o y o u th in k h e wi l l fu l fi l l th e o l d t im e s ay in g onc e a che at e r a l wa y s a che a t er '? T r i b u n e W o ma n s po ke t o a f e w B a ha m i a n w o m e n a bout t hi s. K e n d e c e M a j o r s a i d t h a t e v e r y o n e d e s er ve s p ar d o n wh e n th e y m ak e m is tak e. "I d i s a gr e e, ev er y o n e d es e r v es a s ec o n d c h a n c e I t h i nk p e op l e do c ha ng e a n d h i m g e t t i ng ca ug ht c hea t i ng ma y ma ke hi m re a li se wha t he i s doing and t hat w hat he di d w a s wr ong. A f t e r r e a d i n g a b o u t w h y m e n c h e a t i t o p e n e d my ey e s t o be unde rst a nding I le a rne d t ha t w hat me n t hi nk of l ove and che a t ing is f a r dif f e re nt f rom w ome n. So I be l ie v e t ha t if a ma n c hea t e d onc e a nd g e t s c aug ht t here is a cha nce he ma y not do i t a g ai n. M e n c hea t be c a us e t he y t hi n k t h e y w o n t g e t c a ug h t So i f t he y do g e t ca t ch che at i ng a nd a l most l o s e t h e r e l a t i o n s h i p h e w o u l d a l w a y s r e m e m b e r w h a t i t f e e ls l i k e t o l o s e t h e o n e h e lov e s, she s ai d. Tiann a Mun nings remains un decided Sh e e x p l a i n e d: W e l l I w a n t t o s a y y e s a n d I wa nt t o s ay no be c aus e some g uys a re d if fer en t I s ay th at b ec au s e s o m e gu ys a r e i n f l u e n c e d b y t h e i r p e e r s t o c h e a t T h e y m a y s a y t h i n g s l i k e y o u r g i r l f r i e n d is c h e a ti n g o n y o u s h o u l d c h e a t o n h e r I b e l i e v e s o m e g u ys c o u l d c h an g e b e c a u s e t he y mi g ht of ha d a t ra gi c si t uati o n th a t h a p p en e d i n th e l ife F o r i n s t a n c e t h i s g u y c h e a t e d o n h i s g i r l f r i e n d b e cause his f r i ends t old h i m c o n s t a n t l y th a t h i s g i r l f r i e n d w a s b e i n g u n f a i th f u l t o h i m S o h e c h ea t e d o n h e r w i t h o u t t a k i n g c o n s i d e r a t i o n f o r h i s he a lt h a nd one da y hi s mot he r di ed. No one k n ew h o w s h e d i ed a n d h e la t er f o u n d o u t h i s m o t h e r w a s H I V p o si t i v e a n d h e c h a n g e d hi s li f e be ca use of t hi s," she sa i d. A j a C oo pe r ha s a d i f f e re nt v i e w I sa y on ce a cheate r alwa ys a cheat er. On ce a p e r son gets away with cheating once, they will al wa ys tr y it a ga in I t's l ik e a c h il d Th e y s te al a can dy o nc e, and avoid b eing p u nis hed they w il l a lw ay s ha ve the u rg e t o try it ag ai n she said. A m a n d a P y f o r m h a d t h i s t o s a y : A c h e a t e r will always be a cheater unless he or she one d ay e xam in e s h im s elf/ h er s elf a n d se es wh at a hurt f ul, d i sre spe ct f ul, s el f ish pe rson he / she really is. Unfortunately, a person might only h ave su ch a c h an ge o f h ear t wh e n th ey th e m s e l v e s h a v e b e e n b e t r a y e d i n t h e s a m e w a y A person learns behaviour throughout his/her life by trial and error. Basically, if it works, continue doing things the same way until it doesn't work anymore. Then try something else. So when you keep forgiving him or her time after time, you give him/her zero moti vation to change his/her ways. If he cheated an d lo s t h is girl, c h eated an d los t h is gir l, an d yet again cheated and lost his girl, he might even tu all y l ear n n o t to c h eat. S tar t th e lear n ing process. Dump him, before he hurts you again. And vice versa," she said. Auburnique Rolle said once a man makes u p wh at it is h e wa n ts h e c an c h an ge fr o m h is ways. N o I d o n t b e l i e v e t h a t o n c e y o u r e a cheater you're always a cheater. My opinion i s t h a t on ce y ou a r e r e a dy t o se t t l e d ow n w i t h t ha t on e pe r son y ou w ou l d t ry y our best to be committed to that person. I'm not saying that it would be easy for that person who cheated before, yes there is going to be temptations but once that person is truthful ly willing to change, they would most likely stop their cheating habits," she explained. Al le a Br o w n s ai d : S o me p eo p le l ea r n fr o m it and some people don't. Those that don't, h ave ma de i t a li festyl e if y ou d o it on c e it's a m i s t a k e I f y o u c o n t i n u e t o d o i t i t i s a l i fe s t y le I th i n k p eo p l e w h o c o n t i n u e to c h e a t are insecure," she said. O n c e a c h e a t e r a l w a y s a c h e a t e r ? THE TRIBUNE SECTION B TUESD A Y MA Y 31, 2011 By PRECISION MEDIA C O N T E S T A N T S o f t h e 1 6 t h A n n u a l M i s s G o s p e l B a h a m a s P a g e a n t p a i d a c o u r t e s y c a l l o n P r e s i d e n t o f t h e B a h a m a s C h r i s t i a n C ou nc il Re v D r Ran fo rd P at t ers o n a t C ou s i n Mc P h e e C at h ed r al on Wednesday, May 25. T h e vi si t w as t o o f f i c i al l y in t r o d u c e t h e r e l i g i o u s l e a d e r t o t h e y o u n g w o m e n c o m p e t i n g i n t h e p a geant organi se d b y G rea t Co mm i s s i o n M i n i s t r i e s I n t e r n a t i o n a l a n d b r i ef t h e n ew p re si d en t ab o u t t h e event and its related activities. Or ga ni se rs sa id this y e ar 's the me Em po we r e d Fo r Ac tio n ; Ch a ng i ng A Generation," is most suitable for today's society. A ccor ding t o t he pa ge ant's cha irper son, Anya McK enzi e, one of t he qu e e n 's mo s t i m po r ta n t t a s ks w o ul d b e t o h i gh l ig ht t h e w o rk o f G rea t C o m m i s si o n a n o n p r o f i t m i ss i o n o r gan i sa t io n w hi c h r ea ch es ou t t o high risk youths, the homeless and t h e p o o r t h r o u g h i t s W u l f f R o a d headquarters. N i n e y o u n g w o m e n h a v e s e t o u t t o p a r t i c i p a t e i n a f u l f i l l i n g j o u r n e y t h a t will change their lives forever. The c o n t e s t a n t s s a i d t h e y h o p e d to m a k e a positive change in the wider com munity. Pastor Patterson said he shared a similar passion and took the oppor t un i ty to d i s cu s s h i s 1 0 Po i nt Pl a n A m o n g o t h e r t h i n g s i t a i m s t o e m p o w e r y o u t h s b r i n g i n g t h e m c l o s e r t o C h r i s t i n a d d i t i o n t o h i g h l ig h tin g th e po s iti v e i mp a ct o f w om en's groups and the role of men in the family. So many young men are in jail because they have no positive male i n f l u e n c e s h e t o l d c o n t e s t a n t s W e d o n t t r ai n o u r c h i ld r e n a n y mo r e The generation after ours is worse. They don't know how to pray." O n e c o n t e s t a n t p r e s c h o o l te ach er Ce dri ca Willia ms on, a dmits that her appreciation of the church came after she got saved. "I never liked going. I just went b e c a u s e m y m o t h e r t o l d m e t o s a i d the 22-year-old. "After being saved I thanked God. I think that people must find God for themselves." T h a t v e r y l e s s o n D r P a t t e r s o n learnt early on in life. "I was a failure in school. I never pa s s e d a n y G CE s I le f t h i g h sc h oo l w it h a l eavi ng c ert if i c ate I was n' t a c c e p t e d i n t o t h e C o l l e g e o f t h e B a hamas, b ut I k new t his was n ot th e li fe for me s o I d e ci de d to m a k e a c h a n g e h e s h a r e d I w e n t a b r o a d g a i n e d t w o M a s t e r s i n C h r i s t i a n e d u c a t i o n a n d h u m a n re so urce ma na g em ent, a Ba che lor' s D e g r e e i n C hr is t i a n e d u c a t io n a nd a D o c t o r a t e i n C h r i s t i an e d u c a t i o n After that, COB accepted me as a t eac her I was n' t ab le t o b e a st u d e n t t h e r e b u t I w a s l u c k y e n o u g h t o be a lecturer." Wi n o r l o s e D r Pa tt e r s o n e n c ou r aged the women to make a differ ence "in their own way." D o n t s e t t l e h e a d m o n i s h e d D o n t w o r r y a b o u t w h a t p e o p l e a r e do i ng n ow j us t w o rry ab ou t wh at you will do later." T he nine co ntes tants a re Shir le ne J e a n B a p t i s t e A i m e e F e r g u s o n Dianthus Johnson, Nehemie Louis, G a r i s s a M a u r i c e C a n d a c e R o l l e Lavette Smith, Andreace Strachan and Cedrica Williamson. The pageant will be held Sunday, J u l y 3 1 a t 7 p m a t t h e W y n d h a m N a s s a u R e s o r t' s R a i n f o r e s t T h e a t r e MGB contestants pay cour tesy call on Christian Council Pr esident ON WEDNESDAY, May 25, Miss Gospel Bahamas contestants and committee m em b ers p ai d a c o ur te sy cal l o n Pre si d e n t o f t h e B ah am a s C h ri st i an Co u n ci l Dr Ranford A Patterson. Ama n da P y fo rm A c h e a t e r w i l l a l w a y s b e a c h e a t e r u n l e s s h e o r s h e o n e d a y e x a m i n e s h i m s e l f/ h e rs e l f a n d s e e s w h a t a h u r t f u l d i s r e s p e c t f u l s e l f i s h p e r s o n h e / s h e r e a l l y i s U n f o r t u n a t e l y a p e rs o n m i g h t o n l y h a v e s u c h a c h a n g e o f h e a r t w h e n t h e y t h e m s e l v e s h a v e b e e n b e t r a y e d i n t h e s a m e w a y A p e rs o n l e a r n s b e h a v i o u r t h r o u g h o u t h i s / h e r l i f e b y t r i a l a n d e r r o r

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By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net S he was disappointed a false start eliminated her from the final of the 400 metres of the Carifta Games in Kingston, Jamaica. But Shaunae Miller proved that shes on track to compete well at the IAAF World Youth Championships. At the Daisy McPhee Invitational Saturday, which was hosted in Grand Bahama by the Golden Eagles Track Club, Miller clocked 52.40 seconds to eclipse her junior national record of 52.46 that she set to win the gold at the 13th World Junior Championships in Athletics in Canada in 2010. Surpassing the winning time of 52.64 by Jamaican Olivia James in Montego Bay, she beat out her Speed Dynamics Track Club team mates Laniece Clarke (52.40 Dereka Kelly (54.89 Strachan (55.07 sonal best times. My performance was pretty good. I just went out there to have fun and follow the instruction from my coach, said Miller, who is now coached by her father, Shaun Miller. The race was pretty good. I had a lot of good competitors in the race like Laniece and Dereka and Crystal. I had a lot of good competitors in the race. They were able to push me. Miller, the St Augustines College standout, said the performance has certainly helped her to get over the dismal feeling she experienced at Carifta. I know I have to step up my game this year and so I had to go out there and do my job, she said. I know the world will be watching me, so I just want to go out and do my best (at the World Youth Championships in July in Lille, France). In other results of note from the meet, OJay Ferguson of the Road Runners stayed unbeaten in the mens 400 with his time of 47.30, followed by Moores Island Exterminators Elroy McBride (48.11 non Balfour of Government High (48.37 Golden Eagles (48.80 Juanae Lewis of the Golden Eagles won the under-17 girls 400 in 58.40, while her teammate Renaldo Tinker took the under-17 boys race in 49.30. Moores Island finished with a 1-2 punch in the mens 100 with Trevor Greene stopping the clock in 10.63 to beat out Cordero McBridge (10.69 and Julian Munroe of the Golden Eagles (10.74 Anthonique Strachan, winner of the Austin Sealy most outstanding award at this years Carifta Games, took the tape in the womens 100 in 11.36 with her Club Monica teammate Katrina Seymour of Queens College trailing in 11.89. Gregria Higgs of Speed Dynamics was third in 11.91. Delano Davis of Golden Eagles lowered his personal best time of 10.74 when he won the gold at the Carifta Games to 10.70 to win the under-27 boys 100. Rashad Gibson of the Bahamas Speed Dynamics got second in 11.00 with Narrando Jones of Golden Eagles taking third in 11.21 and Spartans win league pennant T HETRIBUNE SECTIONETUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 ON THE RUN: A Heineken Spartans player can be seen in action as the Bahamas Flag Football League concluded its regular season over the weekend. The Spartans won the leagues pennant, earning themselves a first round bye in the playoffs that are set to begin at the Winton rugby pitch on Sunday. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGES 4&5E F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net DESPITE the cloud of controversy hovering over FIFA and its administrative branch, and the attention drawn to the Bahamas, the island nation remains focused toward qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The first leg of the journey will begin in the region against familiar competition to the south, the Turks and Caicos Islands. In the first game of a home-andaway series in the opening round of the CONCACAF qualifying bracket, the Bahamas is scheduled to trav el to face the Turks and Caicos Islands on July 2. The second game is slated to take place in the Bahamas on July 9 with the winner (based on aggregate scores) advancing to the main draw in Brazil at the end of July. The Bahamas is ranked 31st in the region, while Turks and Caicos is ranked 30th. Teams ranked 26-35, which also includes Belize, Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, St Lucia, Aruba, US Virgin Islands and Montserrat will all compete in the first round. Teams ranked 7-25 receive a bye to the second round while the top six teams in CONCACAF the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba will receive a bye to round three. Anton Sealey, president of the Bahamas Football Association, said with a majority of the players based outside of the Bahamas, the team will once again face issues in terms of preparation. "We are now beginning prepara tions for that. It came as a bit of a surprise for us. We did not antici pate that we were going to be engaged this early. We were somewhat caught off guard and found it difficult for the team to assemble as early as possible. The match was originally scheduled for the 3rd of June but we appealed to CONCA CAF and they ceded to our request to have the match postponed to give us a little more time," he said. "We are always the victim of preparation and an inability to prepare properly and adequately because most of our players are abroad and it's very costly and almost impossible for us to assemble them for an extended period of time to train. So we end up just having them for brief periods of time together before an actual competi tion. We are in a very difficult position when it comes to that and most of our competitors are made of home-based players where we are the opposite, the majority of our players are based abroad." The team will benefit a great deal from the services of US-based collegiate and professional players, a cross-section of talent which Sealey believes is good enough for the Bahamas to advance. "Fortunately, we are coming to the end of the school year so most of the US-based players will become available to us. Some of them are here now and others are scheduled to arrive later on this month. One or two of them who are playing professionally, Cameron Hepple and Happy Hall for example, they are in season now with their teams so they will only be available to us the weekend of the matches so we do not have any opportunity for the other guys to prepare with them but we do expect them to be a part of the team and be available to us for Despite FIF A controversy Bahamas focused on qualification for 2014 World Cup S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E THE Bahamas Flag Football League has completed its regular season, with the final week filled with compelling matchups aimed to determine the seeding headed into the postseason. The BFFL postseason is sched uled to begin on Sunday (June 5 with the opening round matchups in the quarterfinals between four of the six playoff teams. The Heineken Spartans clinched the No.1 overall seed in the league when they closed out the season with a 20-7 win over the Go Green Predators. The Spartans earned a first-round bye along with the leagues second seeded team in the postseason, the Nautilus Warriors. The Warriors clinched the second seed with a 30-7 win over the New Providence Hurricanes. The Ravens finished the year in the third spot and closed out the year with a 12-6 win over the defending champions RBC Lions. The Predators finished in fourth, the idle Green Parrot Hitmen finished in fifth while the Lions claimed the sixth and final playoff spot. The Ravens and Lions will square off for the second consecu tive week in the 3 vs. 6 matchup. The Ravens (6-2 hottest team, are riding a six-game winning streak into the postseason after starting the year at 0-2. The Lions (3-4-1 on the defensive end and have allowed more points than any other playoff team with 122. In the other quarterfinal game, the Predators (5-3 Hitmen in the 4 vs. 5 matchup. The Predators, who finished the year at 5-3, backpedalled into the playoffs with three consecutive loss es after beginning the year at 5-0. The Hitmen recovered from a sub .500 record to end the season with a pair of wins and finish at 4-4. The Spartans topped the league at 7-1, their lone loss against the Warriors who finished at 6-1-1. Following the bye week (June 12), the Spartans are slated to face the winner of the Predators/Hitmen game while the Warriors await the winner of the Ravens/Lions game The BFFL Championship is all set for June 26. Earn first round bye in playoffs Shaunae tops her junior national 400m record On track to compete well at IAAF Worlds S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 E E DRIVEN: Shaunae Miller By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net DAWNITA Jones-Fry made another impression in the World Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation in Canada over the weekend. This time, she competed at the BC Championships in Vancouver, where she placed fifth overall in the Figure Tall category. Alicia Carchuk was the winner and secured her pro card title in the process. The competition was what I expected, said Jones-Fry. Every one of these ladies brought their A game as usual. They take it very seriously here. Its not only a sport, its a business. One thing I feel good about is that the judging is fair. It doesnt matter who you are or where you are from, if you have the goods, you get the reward. Jones-Fry, relatively a newcomer to the local scene, said she opted to take her talent overseas and compete in the WBFF because originally she just wanted to improve her skills. They have one shoe per year and even if you win, there is no guarantee that you would go to CAC (Central American and Caribbean Championships). But I just want to get as much more exposure as I can whenever I do shows over seas. Our federation never offered any assistance even when I was prepping for CAC last year. I am so sorry to say, but they have no love or passion for the sport. Im so spring chicken. I dont have years to wait for them to improve. I had to either quit or shift gears. I decided to switch gears. I just dont get the feeling that any of them are in my corner. Today, with a sponsorship Jones-Fry fifth overall in the Figure T all category S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E

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LOCAL/INTERNATIONAL SPORTS PAGE 2E, TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS STARTING PITCHER Roy Halladay delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals in the second inning of Mondays game. (AP Photo WASHINGTON (AP Roy Halladay beat the Washington Nationals for the 10th straight time, thanks to some help from Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez. Halladay (7-3 hits and four runs over 7 innings, striking out five without a walk. Howard and Ibanez hit back-to-back homers in the fourth and each drove in a run in Philadelphia's seventhinning rally for a 5-4 win Monday. Halladay gave up solo home runs to Michael Morse, Danny Espinosa and Laynce Nix, the first time this season he's given up multiple homers in a game. Halladay had allowed a total of two home runs in his first 11 starts. Ryan Madson pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 12 chances. Halladay is 11-1 against the Nationals and Expos franchise since losing June 28, 2002, in Montreal. Livan Hernandez allowed four runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out four. He left with a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning after allowinga one-out single to Placido Polanco. Sean Burnett (0-2 walked Chase Utley and Howard followed with a runscoring single to tie the game. Ibanez's sacrifice fly scored Utley with the go-ahead run. The Phillies went out in front with a three-run fourth inning. Howard started it off with a blast over the out-of-town scoreboard in right center, his 12th of the season. Ibanez followed with a homer into the Nationals' right-field bullpen for Philadelphia's first backto-back home runs this year. The Phillies kept the rally going with three straight hits, including an RBI single by Domonic Brown. Jimmy Rollins ended the inning with a fly to the rightfield warning track, stranding runners on the corners. Espinosa tied the game at 3 with a two-out home run into the right field seats in the fifth, and Washington took a 4-3 lead on Nix's shot in the sixth inning. Washington took a 2-0 lead in the second. Morse led off the inning with his seventh home run of the season. It also extended Morse's hitting streak to eight games, the longest by any National this season. Hernandez drove in the second run on a sacrifice squeeze bunt. Halladay gets help to beat Nationals again, 5-4 By STUART CONDIE AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP future in soccer appears as limitless as his imaginative playmaking. The Argentine orchestrated Barcelona's demolition of Manchester United in the Champions League final to cap a staggering 53goal season and likely secure a third straight FIFA world player of the year award. Incredibly, he is just 23 years old and could have another decade at the top. Messi's tally of one goal and an assist in Saturday's 3-1 win hardly reflected his impact at Wembley. The diminutive No. 10 outwitted opponents to find and create space throughout the game, making a defense that reached the final with out conceding an away goal look second rate. Even on a team full of World Cup winners and European champions, Messi stood out. United manager Alex Ferguson calls Barcelona the best team he has come up against in almost four decades of coaching, and Barcelon a's Pep Guardiola says Messi is the key. "We have good players in the team, but he makes the difference," Guardiola said. "We can compete, but without him we would not have that qualitative leap that we do have with him. "We have hard work, we have tal ent; we've used tactics and we've tried to put players at their ease. But Messi is unique, he is a one-off." The challenge facing Guardiola and Barcelona is to keep things that way. Diego Maradona liked partying, while George Best and Paul Gascoigne loved a drink. Johan Cruyff was prone to picking fights with authority, even missing out on a World Cup final because of it. Soccer history is littered with examples of players failing to live up the their potential because of offfield distractions. "I hope he doesn't get fed up and I hope he will continue being at his ease and being at the club with the players around him," Guardiola said. "When he doesn't play well, it's because something is wrong with hise nvironment, with his surroundings. "So let's hope that everything continues to go well in his personal life and that the club is intelligent to put together the kind of team he needs to have around him." Thankfully for Guardiola and B arcelona, the quiet, dedicated and m odest Messi does not look like a man about to go off the rails. "To be the man of the match is the least important thing, because it was incredible how we played," Mes si said. "We were very good in all areas." The last player to spark compar isons with all-time greats such as Pele, Maradona and Cruyff at such a young age was Brazil's Ronaldo, who at 21 became the first player to win FIFA's world award for two straight years. But his career is another example of how things don't always go according to plan. The striker was on course for a stellar future after his bulk, height, pace and power brought him a scarcely believable 76 goals in 83 games for PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona. Instead, knee injuries and weight problems wrecked what looked to be the boundless potential he showed in the mid-90s, with a third title and a World Cup winner's medal in 2002 a poor return for such a gifted player. Meanwhile, the way in which defenders in Italy's Serie A wrecked the ankles of Netherlands striker Marco van Basten shows how cyni cism can stymie natural talent. With his reliance on technique and the avoidance of contact, Messi would appear to be less vulnerable than Ronaldo to such damaging injuries. And referees are now tougher on reckless tackles, so can offer Messi more protection than that afforded AC Milan's Van Basten in the early '90s. That can only be for the good of all those who love soccer. "He is the No. 1, he makes the difference," Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez said. "He is just the best player in the world." At 23, Messi has soccer world at his feet LIONEL MESSI celebrates with the trophy after winning the Champions League final match against Manchester United at the Wembley Stadium Saturday. (AP Photo Shaunae tops her junior national 400m record Tommy Outten of the Hawks fourth in 11.22. The under-17 girls 100 champion was Makeya White in 12.12. Kadshiesha Hield of Golden Eagles was second in 12.22 and Loushanya Neymour of Golden Eagles third in 21.41. And Petra McDonald took the open womens 110 hur dles in 13.93, just off her seasons best of 13.32 that she ran two weeks ago in Orlando, Florida. Dwayne Jennings, the meet director and head coach of the Golden Eagles, said the meet will continue to grow every year as they seek to honour the many great con tributors to the sport of track and field in Grand Bahama. He said despite the fact that the weather continued with the on-and-off rain, he was still pleased with the athletes performances. One of those athletes was Miller who heard from the critics after leaving her high school and Club Monica coach Dianne Woodside to be trained by her father. But she noted: I trust my father 100 per cent, I just have to go with his experience and know he will bring me through. Miller, a former distance runner, said his daughters performance on Saturday was a kind of relief. After Carifta, I wasnt rushing her. I just knew that during Carifta, she was in really good shape, he said. But after Carifta, she took about nine days off and we slowly worked on getting her back. Hoping Im hoping that her time is now and by July, she will be ready for the World Youth. It was kind of rewarding, especially for her. I knew she wanted to prove something, but I told her to just take it easy. Miller said it was good to have the other members of their team in the race like Clarke, who was coming off a slight injury. He said he was just elated that she came through the way she did. As her coach, I just hope that she can execute her race plan. She has a total different race model right now, he said. I was just glad that all of the hype was off her. I heard a lot of talk out there about her. But she was injured at one part of the season and as a father watching her, I was prepared to just scratch the rest of the season. He noted that with some therapy she got from Dr Dwight Marshall, his daughter was able to slowly get back into race form and now shes coming around and producing the kind of times that he had envisioned for her. Shes in race form now, so we are looking forward to her doing well at World Youth in July, he said. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E A f ter placing third in the 200 metres at the Golden Gala Diamond League in Rome, Italy, l ast week, Debbie FergusonMcKenzie picked up a second place at the Fanny BlankersKoen Games in Hengelo, Netherlands, on Sunday. T he lone Bahamian competing in the meet, FergusonMcKenzie clocked 11.12 seconds to finish behind Jamaican S chollonie Calvert, who won in 11.05. Ferguson-McKenzie is expected to join quarter-miler Chris Fireman Brown today when they compete at the 50th Ostrava Golden Spike in Ostrava, Czech Republic. C C A A T T H H O O L L I I C C P P R R I I M M A A R R Y Y THE Annual Archdiocesan C atholic Primary Schools Track and Field meet is scheduled to be held at the Thomas A Robinson Track & Field Stadium, starting 9am today. The guest speaker will be Shaunae Miller, the 2010 IAAF 400m World Junior Champion and a student of St Augustines C ollege. Also, the combined marching band of St Francis Joseph and St Thomas School are expected to perform at the o pening ceremony. Six Catholic Primary Schools (St Cecilias, St Thomas More, Our Ladys, St Bedes, Xaviers and St Francis and Joseph) will participate. L ast years champions were St Francis Joseph in the primary division and St Thomas More, which won the junior d ivision. S S U U M M M M E E R R C C A A M M P P THE College of the Bahamas Athletic Department is slated to hold its annualS ports Summer Camp on the college campus June 27 to July 22. The camp is designed for b oys and girls between the ages of eight and 14. It will run 9am to 2pm daily with instructions given in basketball, track and field, swimming and soccer. T he entry fee per camper includes a T-shirt. Hot meals and field trips are provided at an additional cost. F or more information, persons are advised to contact COBs Athletic Department at 302-4349 or email: athletics@cob.edu.bs F F R R E E E E D D O O M M F F A A R R M M C C H H A A M M P P I I O O N N S S H H I I P P S S THE Freedom Farm Baseb all League began its best-offive championship series with the following results posted at the park in Yamacraw Estate: T T e e e e B B a a l l l l M angoes def. Dillies 17-16. Game two scheduled for 6pm Thursday C C o o a a c c h h P P i i t t c c h h M osquitoes def. Dragon Flies 8-4. Mosquitoes def. Dragon Flies 12-2 Game three set for 8pm T hursday 9 9 1 1 0 0 Turbots def. Wahoos 10-5 Turbots def. Wahoos 13-9 G ame three scheduled for 6pm Thursday 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 White Crowns def. Conchs 9-3 C onchs def. White Crowns 19-3 Game three set for 8pm Thursday 1 1 3 3 1 1 5 5 Silverjacks def. Potcakes 5-1 Game two and three set for 9am and 2pm Saturday 1 1 6 6 3 3 0 0 L ucayans def. Tainos 15-3 Game two scheduled for 10:30am Saturday Golden girl Debbie finishes 2nd in 200m D EBBIE FERGUSON-McKENZIE ( wearing shades) placed second at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games.

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By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net S he was disappointed a false start eliminated her from the final of the 400 metres of the Carifta Games in Kingston, Jamaica. But Shaunae Miller proved that shes on track to compete well at the IAAF World Youth Championships. At the Daisy McPhee Invitational Saturday, which was hosted in Grand Bahama by the Golden Eagles Track Club, Miller clocked 52.40 seconds to eclipse her junior national record of 52.46 that she set to win the gold at the 13th World Junior Championships in Athletics in Canada in 2010. Surpassing the winning time of 52.64 by Jamaican Olivia James in Montego Bay, she beat out her Speed Dynamics Track Club team mates Laniece Clarke (52.40 Dereka Kelly (54.89 Strachan (55.07 sonal best times. My performance was pretty good. I just went out there to have fun and follow the instruction from my coach, said Miller, who is now coached by her father, Shaun Miller. The race was pretty good. I had a lot of good competitors in the race like Laniece and Dereka and Crystal. I had a lot of good competitors in the race. They were able to push me. Miller, the St Augustines College standout, said the performance has certainly helped her to get over the dismal feeling she experienced at Carifta. I know I have to step up my game this year and so I had to go out there and do my job, she said. I know the world will be watching me, so I just want to go out and do my best (at the World Youth Championships in July in Lille, France). In other results of note from the meet, OJay Ferguson of the Road Runners stayed unbeaten in the mens 400 with his time of 47.30, followed by Moores Island Exterminators Elroy McBride (48.11 non Balfour of Government High (48.37 Golden Eagles (48.80 Juanae Lewis of the Golden Eagles won the under-17 girls 400 in 58.40, while her teammate Renaldo Tinker took the under-17 boys race in 49.30. Moores Island finished with a 1-2 punch in the mens 100 with Trevor Greene stopping the clock in 10.63 to beat out Cordero McBridge (10.69 and Julian Munroe of the Golden Eagles (10.74 Anthonique Strachan, winner of the Austin Sealy most outstanding award at this years Carifta Games, took the tape in the womens 100 in 11.36 with her Club Monica teammate Katrina Seymour of Queens College trailing in 11.89. Gregria Higgs of Speed Dynamics was third in 11.91. Delano Davis of Golden Eagles lowered his personal best time of 10.74 when he won the gold at the Carifta Games to 10.70 to win the under-27 boys 100. Rashad Gibson of the Bahamas Speed Dynamics got second in 11.00 with Narrando Jones of Golden Eagles taking third in 11.21 and Spartans win league pennant T HETRIBUNE SECTIONETUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 ON THE RUN: A Heineken Spartans player can be seen in action as the Bahamas Flag Football League concluded its regular season over the weekend. The Spartans won the leagues pennant, earning themselves a first round bye in the playoffs that are set to begin at the Winton rugby pitch on Sunday. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGES 4&5E F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net DESPITE the cloud of controversy hovering over FIFA and its administrative branch, and the attention drawn to the Bahamas, the island nation remains focused toward qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The first leg of the journey will begin in the region against familiar competition to the south, the Turks and Caicos Islands. In the first game of a home-andaway series in the opening round of the CONCACAF qualifying bracket, the Bahamas is scheduled to trav el to face the Turks and Caicos Islands on July 2. The second game is slated to take place in the Bahamas on July 9 with the winner (based on aggregate scores) advancing to the main draw in Brazil at the end of July. The Bahamas is ranked 31st in the region, while Turks and Caicos is ranked 30th. Teams ranked 26-35, which also includes Belize, Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, St Lucia, Aruba, US Virgin Islands and Montserrat will all compete in the first round. Teams ranked 7-25 receive a bye to the second round while the top six teams in CONCACAF the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba will receive a bye to round three. Anton Sealey, president of the Bahamas Football Association, said with a majority of the players based outside of the Bahamas, the team will once again face issues in terms of preparation. "We are now beginning prepara tions for that. It came as a bit of a surprise for us. We did not antici pate that we were going to be engaged this early. We were somewhat caught off guard and found it difficult for the team to assemble as early as possible. The match was originally scheduled for the 3rd of June but we appealed to CONCA CAF and they ceded to our request to have the match postponed to give us a little more time," he said. "We are always the victim of preparation and an inability to prepare properly and adequately because most of our players are abroad and it's very costly and almost impossible for us to assemble them for an extended period of time to train. So we end up just having them for brief periods of time together before an actual competi tion. We are in a very difficult position when it comes to that and most of our competitors are made of home-based players where we are the opposite, the majority of our players are based abroad." The team will benefit a great deal from the services of US-based collegiate and professional players, a cross-section of talent which Sealey believes is good enough for the Bahamas to advance. "Fortunately, we are coming to the end of the school year so most of the US-based players will become available to us. Some of them are here now and others are scheduled to arrive later on this month. One or two of them who are playing professionally, Cameron Hepple and Happy Hall for example, they are in season now with their teams so they will only be available to us the weekend of the matches so we do not have any opportunity for the other guys to prepare with them but we do expect them to be a part of the team and be available to us for Despite FIF A controversy Bahamas focused on qualification for 2014 World Cup S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E THE Bahamas Flag Football League has completed its regular season, with the final week filled with compelling matchups aimed to determine the seeding headed into the postseason. The BFFL postseason is sched uled to begin on Sunday (June 5 with the opening round matchups in the quarterfinals between four of the six playoff teams. The Heineken Spartans clinched the No.1 overall seed in the league when they closed out the season with a 20-7 win over the Go Green Predators. The Spartans earned a first-round bye along with the leagues second seeded team in the postseason, the Nautilus Warriors. The Warriors clinched the second seed with a 30-7 win over the New Providence Hurricanes. The Ravens finished the year in the third spot and closed out the year with a 12-6 win over the defending champions RBC Lions. The Predators finished in fourth, the idle Green Parrot Hitmen finished in fifth while the Lions claimed the sixth and final playoff spot. The Ravens and Lions will square off for the second consecu tive week in the 3 vs. 6 matchup. The Ravens (6-2 hottest team, are riding a six-game winning streak into the postseason after starting the year at 0-2. The Lions (3-4-1 on the defensive end and have allowed more points than any other playoff team with 122. In the other quarterfinal game, the Predators (5-3 Hitmen in the 4 vs. 5 matchup. The Predators, who finished the year at 5-3, backpedalled into the playoffs with three consecutive loss es after beginning the year at 5-0. The Hitmen recovered from a sub .500 record to end the season with a pair of wins and finish at 4-4. The Spartans topped the league at 7-1, their lone loss against the Warriors who finished at 6-1-1. Following the bye week (June 12), the Spartans are slated to face the winner of the Predators/Hitmen game while the Warriors await the winner of the Ravens/Lions game The BFFL Championship is all set for June 26. Earn first round bye in playoffs Shaunae tops her junior national 400m record On track to compete well at IAAF Worlds S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 E E DRIVEN: Shaunae Miller By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net DAWNITA Jones-Fry made another impression in the World Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation in Canada over the weekend. This time, she competed at the BC Championships in Vancouver, where she placed fifth overall in the Figure Tall category. Alicia Carchuk was the winner and secured her pro card title in the process. The competition was what I expected, said Jones-Fry. Every one of these ladies brought their A game as usual. They take it very seriously here. Its not only a sport, its a business. One thing I feel good about is that the judging is fair. It doesnt matter who you are or where you are from, if you have the goods, you get the reward. Jones-Fry, relatively a newcomer to the local scene, said she opted to take her talent overseas and compete in the WBFF because originally she just wanted to improve her skills. They have one shoe per year and even if you win, there is no guarantee that you would go to CAC (Central American and Caribbean Championships). But I just want to get as much more exposure as I can whenever I do shows over seas. Our federation never offered any assistance even when I was prepping for CAC last year. I am so sorry to say, but they have no love or passion for the sport. Im so spring chicken. I dont have years to wait for them to improve. I had to either quit or shift gears. I decided to switch gears. I just dont get the feeling that any of them are in my corner. Today, with a sponsorship Jones-Fry fifth overall in the Figure T all category S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E

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LOCAL/INTERNATIONAL SPORTS PAGE 2E, TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS STARTING PITCHER Roy Halladay delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals in the second inning of Mondays game. (AP Photo WASHINGTON (AP Roy Halladay beat the Washington Nationals for the 10th straight time, thanks to some help from Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez. Halladay (7-3 hits and four runs over 7 innings, striking out five without a walk. Howard and Ibanez hit back-to-back homers in the fourth and each drove in a run in Philadelphia's seventhinning rally for a 5-4 win Monday. Halladay gave up solo home runs to Michael Morse, Danny Espinosa and Laynce Nix, the first time this season he's given up multiple homers in a game. Halladay had allowed a total of two home runs in his first 11 starts. Ryan Madson pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 12 chances. Halladay is 11-1 against the Nationals and Expos franchise since losing June 28, 2002, in Montreal. Livan Hernandez allowed four runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out four. He left with a 4-3 lead in the seventh inning after allowing a one-out single to Placido Polanco. Sean Burnett (0-2 walked Chase Utley and Howard followed with a runscoring single to tie the game. Ibanez's sacrifice fly scored Utley with the go-ahead run. The Phillies went out in front with a three-run fourth inning. Howard started it off with a blast over the out-of-town scoreboard in right center, his 12th of the season. Ibanez followed with a homer into the Nationals' right-field bullpen for Philadelphia's first backto-back home runs this year. The Phillies kept the rally going with three straight hits, including an RBI single by Domonic Brown. Jimmy Rollins ended the inning with a fly to the rightfield warning track, stranding runners on the corners. Espinosa tied the game at 3 with a two-out home run into the right field seats in the fifth, and Washington took a 4-3 lead on Nix's shot in the sixth inning. Washington took a 2-0 lead in the second. Morse led off the inning with his seventh home run of the season. It also extended Morse's hitting streak to eight games, the longest by any National this season. Hernandez drove in the second run on a sacrifice squeeze bunt. Halladay gets help to beat Nationals again, 5-4 By STUART CONDIE AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP future in soccer appears as limitless as his imaginative playmaking. The Argentine orchestrated Barcelona's demolition of Manchester United in the Champions League final to cap a staggering 53goal season and likely secure a third straight FIFA world player of the year award. Incredibly, he is just 23 years old and could have another decade at the top. Messi's tally of one goal and an assist in Saturday's 3-1 win hardly reflected his impact at Wembley. The diminutive No. 10 outwitted opponents to find and create space throughout the game, making a defense that reached the final with out conceding an away goal look second rate. Even on a team full of World Cup winners and European champions, Messi stood out. United manager Alex Ferguson calls Barcelona the best team he has come up against in almost four decades of coaching, and Barcelon a's Pep Guardiola says Messi is the key. "We have good players in the team, but he makes the difference," Guardiola said. "We can compete, but without him we would not have that qualitative leap that we do have with him. "We have hard work, we have tal ent; we've used tactics and we've tried to put players at their ease. But Messi is unique, he is a one-off." The challenge facing Guardiola and Barcelona is to keep things that way. Diego Maradona liked partying, while George Best and Paul Gascoigne loved a drink. Johan Cruyff was prone to picking fights with authority, even missing out on a World Cup final because of it. Soccer history is littered with examples of players failing to live up the their potential because of offfield distractions. "I hope he doesn't get fed up and I hope he will continue being at his ease and being at the club with the players around him," Guardiola said. "When he doesn't play well, it's because something is wrong with hise nvironment, with his surroundings. "So let's hope that everything continues to go well in his personal life and that the club is intelligent to put together the kind of team he needs to have around him." Thankfully for Guardiola and B arcelona, the quiet, dedicated and m odest Messi does not look like a man about to go off the rails. "To be the man of the match is the least important thing, because it was incredible how we played," Mes si said. "We were very good in all areas." The last player to spark compar isons with all-time greats such as Pele, Maradona and Cruyff at such a young age was Brazil's Ronaldo, who at 21 became the first player to win FIFA's world award for two straight years. But his career is another example of how things don't always go according to plan. The striker was on course for a stellar future after his bulk, height, pace and power brought him a scarcely believable 76 goals in 83 games for PSV Eindhoven and Barcelona. Instead, knee injuries and weight problems wrecked what looked to be the boundless potential he showed in the mid-90s, with a third title and a World Cup winner's medal in 2002 a poor return for such a gifted player. Meanwhile, the way in which defenders in Italy's Serie A wrecked the ankles of Netherlands striker Marco van Basten shows how cyni cism can stymie natural talent. With his reliance on technique and the avoidance of contact, Messi would appear to be less vulnerable than Ronaldo to such damaging injuries. And referees are now tougher on reckless tackles, so can offer Messi more protection than that afforded AC Milan's Van Basten in the early '90s. That can only be for the good of all those who love soccer. "He is the No. 1, he makes the difference," Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez said. "He is just the best player in the world." At 23, Messi has soccer world at his feet LIONEL MESSI celebrates with the trophy after winning the Champions League final match against Manchester United at the Wembley Stadium Saturday. (AP Photo Shaunae tops her junior national 400m record Tommy Outten of the Hawks fourth in 11.22. The under-17 girls 100 champion was Makeya White in 12.12. Kadshiesha Hield of Golden Eagles was second in 12.22 and Loushanya Neymour of Golden Eagles third in 21.41. And Petra McDonald took the open womens 110 hur dles in 13.93, just off her seasons best of 13.32 that she ran two weeks ago in Orlando, Florida. Dwayne Jennings, the meet director and head coach of the Golden Eagles, said the meet will continue to grow every year as they seek to honour the many great con tributors to the sport of track and field in Grand Bahama. He said despite the fact that the weather continued with the on-and-off rain, he was still pleased with the athletes performances. One of those athletes was Miller who heard from the critics after leaving her high school and Club Monica coach Dianne Woodside to be trained by her father. But she noted: I trust my father 100 per cent, I just have to go with his experience and know he will bring me through. Miller, a former distance runner, said his daughters performance on Saturday was a kind of relief. After Carifta, I wasnt rushing her. I just knew that during Carifta, she was in really good shape, he said. But after Carifta, she took about nine days off and we slowly worked on getting her back. Hoping Im hoping that her time is now and by July, she will be ready for the World Youth. It was kind of rewarding, especially for her. I knew she wanted to prove something, but I told her to just take it easy. Miller said it was good to have the other members of their team in the race like Clarke, who was coming off a slight injury. He said he was just elated that she came through the way she did. As her coach, I just hope that she can execute her race plan. She has a total different race model right now, he said. I was just glad that all of the hype was off her. I heard a lot of talk out there about her. But she was injured at one part of the season and as a father watching her, I was prepared to just scratch the rest of the season. He noted that with some therapy she got from Dr Dwight Marshall, his daughter was able to slowly get back into race form and now shes coming around and producing the kind of times that he had envisioned for her. Shes in race form now, so we are looking forward to her doing well at World Youth in July, he said. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E A f ter placing third in the 200 metres at the Golden Gala Diamond League in Rome, Italy, l ast week, Debbie FergusonMcKenzie picked up a second place at the Fanny BlankersKoen Games in Hengelo, Netherlands, on Sunday. T he lone Bahamian competing in the meet, FergusonMcKenzie clocked 11.12 seconds to finish behind Jamaican S chollonie Calvert, who won in 11.05. Ferguson-McKenzie is expected to join quarter-miler Chris Fireman Brown today when they compete at the 50th Ostrava Golden Spike in Ostrava, Czech Republic. C C A A T T H H O O L L I I C C P P R R I I M M A A R R Y Y THE Annual Archdiocesan C atholic Primary Schools Track and Field meet is scheduled to be held at the Thomas A Robinson Track & Field Stadium, starting 9am today. The guest speaker will be Shaunae Miller, the 2010 IAAF 400m World Junior Champion and a student of St Augustines C ollege. Also, the combined marching band of St Francis Joseph and St Thomas School are expected to perform at the o pening ceremony. Six Catholic Primary Schools (St Cecilias, St Thomas More, Our Ladys, St Bedes, Xaviers and St Francis and Joseph) will participate. L ast years champions were St Francis Joseph in the primary division and St Thomas More, which won the junior d ivision. S S U U M M M M E E R R C C A A M M P P THE College of the Bahamas Athletic Department is slated to hold its annualS ports Summer Camp on the college campus June 27 to July 22. The camp is designed for b oys and girls between the ages of eight and 14. It will run 9am to 2pm daily with instructions given in basketball, track and field, swimming and soccer. T he entry fee per camper includes a T-shirt. Hot meals and field trips are provided at an additional cost. F or more information, persons are advised to contact COBs Athletic Department at 302-4349 or email: athletics@cob.edu.bs F F R R E E E E D D O O M M F F A A R R M M C C H H A A M M P P I I O O N N S S H H I I P P S S THE Freedom Farm Baseb all League began its best-offive championship series with the following results posted at the park in Yamacraw Estate: T T e e e e B B a a l l l l M angoes def. Dillies 17-16. Game two scheduled for 6pm Thursday C C o o a a c c h h P P i i t t c c h h M osquitoes def. Dragon Flies 8-4. Mosquitoes def. Dragon Flies 12-2 Game three set for 8pm T hursday 9 9 1 1 0 0 Turbots def. Wahoos 10-5 Turbots def. Wahoos 13-9 G ame three scheduled for 6pm Thursday 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 White Crowns def. Conchs 9-3 C onchs def. White Crowns 19-3 Game three set for 8pm Thursday 1 1 3 3 1 1 5 5 Silverjacks def. Potcakes 5-1 Game two and three set for 9am and 2pm Saturday 1 1 6 6 3 3 0 0 L ucayans def. Tainos 15-3 Game two scheduled for 10:30am Saturday Golden girl Debbie finishes 2nd in 200m D EBBIE FERGUSON-McKENZIE ( wearing shades) placed second at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games.

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By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net BRAGGING rights and a number of prizes are on the line as the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA which plans to bring together players from around the country. The NPSA, with Burns House as its title sponsor, is all set to host the "2-3-2 Co-Ed Softball Tournament" at the Banker's League Field, Baillou Hill Sporting Complex, July 7-11. Over the course of the seven innings, teams will be able to decide the style of pitch for each inning, ranging from slow to fast pitch. There is an entrance fee for the event with first place winners receiving 21 cases of Budweiser beers, 21 Budweiser jackets, and 21 Budweiser T-shirts. The 2nd place winner will receive 10 cases of beer while the third place winner will receive five cases. Other gifts and prizes will also be awarded to the winning team and outstanding players. Knowles said the unique nature of the tournament is something the association looks forward to hosting on an annual basis and issued a challenge to his Family Island counterparts. "The NPSA is pleased to host what we intend to make an annual event, the 2-3-2 Co-ed Softball tournament. We are extending an invite to all of the Family Island teams. In particular, I want to send a challenge out to Clifford Sands in Eleuthera. We have something in Nassau waiting for you." Martin Burrows, tournament director and first vice president in the NPSA, outlined the format of the tournament and encouraged the general public to support the event during the holiday weekend. "This is a fun tournament. We are going to allow two ladies on the team, one who will have to be on the field at all times. There will be 10 persons on the field. Whoever wins the toss, they will get to choose whether they play two slow pitch, three fast or two moderate innings. The 2-3-2 tournament will have seven innings or play will last for two hours," he said. "This tournament will even the field for everyone so you can expect to see some clauses in there. We are going to allow so many home-runs because if we don't, we will be batting all day. So after about two home-runs, the next home-run is an automatic out. We are going to have the mercy rule in effect. This is a nice weekend, you don't want to miss it." LOCAL SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011, PAGE 3E B B a a h h a a m m a a s s f f o o c c u u s s e e d d o o n n q q u u a a l l i i f f i i c c a a t t i i o o n n f f o o r r W W o o r r l l d d C C u u p p both games," he said. "I fully expect that we will get beyond the Turks and Caicos. Into the second round, it will depend on who we draw in that round. We have improved our standing in terms of our ability in the region so I think we are in that second tier in the region. So it depends on who we draw but I expect this team will do well." In regards to the coaching staff which should be named this week, Sealey said it will be made up of local coaches which are products of local certification and training courses offered by the BFA. "In previous campaigns, we b rought in a foreign coach but t his time we intend to bring in o ur local coaches who have been over the course for years taking advantage of courses the BFA has been offering and improving their skills as coaches," he said. "This gives them an opportunity to step up and lead the team into the World Cup. We are proud of the fact that we will be using coaches that have benefited from the training that the BFA has put on." T he CONCACAF qualification for the 2014 FIFA World Cup will see teams competing for places at the finals in Brazil. As in recent tournaments, CONCACAF will have three direct qualifiers for the finals tournament. In March 2011, following news that CONCACAF would not receive four spots in the 2014 World Cup, offi cials within CONCACAF announced the qualifying format they would present to FIFA. The proposed format consists of four stages. The preliminary round will feature teams ranked 26-35 and would play-off to reduce the number of entrants to 30. The first round will feature six groups of four teams. This round would include the five qualifiers from the preliminary round plus teams ranked 7-25. The top team in each group would advance to the next stage. The semifinal round includes three groups of teams. Teams ranked 1-6 would face off against the six group winners from the previous round. The top two in each group would advance. The final round will have the top two teams in each group from the semifinal round compete in one group of six. The top three teams would advance to the World Cup, while the 4th place team would advance to an intercontinental playoff. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E THE Bommer George Operators nipped the Sigma Brackettes and the Mighty Mitts out-slugged the Miller Rams 19-10 as the New Providence Softball Association played a double header at the Bankers Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, over the weekend. In the womens encounter, the Operators out-hit the Brackettes 158 as Tyriece Curry led the attack by going 3-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored. LaThera Brown went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, Neressa Seymour was 3-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored and Rebecca Moss was 2-for3 with a run scored. Combined Brittany Clarke and Desiree Coak ley combined for eight hits and eight walks in the win. Coakley also had two strike outs. Ernestine Stubbs suffered the loss on 15 hits with three walks and a strike out. Shauette Taylor was 3-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored, Zella Symonette was 2-for-5 with a run scored and Vandette Smith was 1for-4 with a run scored. In the mens feature contest, the Mighty Mitts out-hit the Rams 12-4. Ryan Major got the win on a four-hit ter, striking out five and walking five as well. Stephen Ferguson and Zachary Rahming combined for 12 hits in the loss. Jamal Ferguson and James Clarke both went 2-for-4 with four and three RBI respectively, scoring three runs each. Austin Hanna was 1-for-3 with a RBI and three runs scored, Stephen Duncombe was 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored and Chris McPhee was 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Vangn Griffith went 1-for-3 with three runs scored, DKyle Rolle was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Marco Lightbourne was 1-for-4 with a RBI and a run scored. NPSA action continues tonight with another double header on tap, starting at 7pm. Operators defeat Brackettes, Mighty Mitts out-slug Miller Rams THE New Providence Oldtimers Softball Association continued its regular season action with a triple header on Sunday. C C r r u u s s a a d d e e r r s s 2 2 0 0 , Q Q C C l l u u b b D D i i v v e e r r s s 5 5 Lee Rahming went 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs, Bernard Young was 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored, Kevin Taylor was 2-for-4 with five RBI and a run scored and Hermis Ferguson was 3-for-4 with a home run, a RBI and two runs scored in the win. Hiram Cox was 2-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored, Julius Seymour was 1-for-2 with a homer, a RBI and a run scored, Jason Clarke was 2-for-2 with two runs scored and Joe McPhee went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Wilfred Butler was the winning pitcher and Keith Richards got tagged with the loss. D D o o z z e e r r P P r r o o s s 2 2 3 3 , L L e e v v i i t t r r a a 1 1 1 1 Keith Moss went an impressive 4-for-5 with two homers, nine RBI and three runs to lead the Pros to a huge slug-fest victory. Kevin Neely was 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored, Sean Higgs was also 3-for-5 with a RBI and four runs scored and Rodney Forbes was a perfect 2-for-2 with a homer, two RBI and five runs scored. Ray Johnson was the winning pitcher and Don Dean was tagged with the loss. Michael Major went 2-for-3 with a RBI and run scored, Felix Knowles was also 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored and Alfie Bethel was 2-for-3 with a run scored in the loss. C C o o r r n n e e r r B B o o y y z z 2 2 3 3 , K K C C C C o o n n s s t t r r u u c c t t i i o o n n 1 1 3 3 Juan Pratt had a perfect 3-for-3 day with two RBI and a run scored, Jayson Sweeting was 3-for-4 with four RBI and four runs, Ray North was 4-for-5 with two RBI and three runs and Vince Williams was 2-for2 with a homer, three RBI and tworuns. Harold Banker Fritzgerald got the win over Paul Moss. Prince Huyler had a perfect 3for-3 day with two runs, Johnnie Armbrister was also 3-for-3 with a run scored, Lorenzo Carter was 3for-4 with a homer, two RBI and two runs scored and Diego Saun ders was 2-for-2 with a homer, a RBI and three runs scored. NPOTSA action is all set to continue 11am Saturday and 2pm Sunday at the park. Oldtimers softball NPSA co-ed softball tourney all set intact, Jones-Fry said she benefits from a new nutritionist in Olysea Novik of Los Angeles and her strength coach, Audley Storr of Body Zone. Were moving forward and were making hard decisions, she said. Although shes recuperating from a damaged rotator cuff, Jones-Fry said shes contemplating whether or not she will compete in the World Championships in Toronto in August or just wait until November to compete in New York. I am off next week to have a procedure on the damaged rotator cuff, so pending on that recovery, we will make a decision on when I will compete again, she said. I just missed the top three again, but thats what its all about. Olysea had me on a Marco nutrient diet coupled with plyometrics and metabolic training, which brought me in the leanest I have been for a show. With or without the support of the federation, JonesFry said her sponsors are committed to working with her and the WBFF has accepted her, so she will continue her trek to becoming a professional figure competitor. Jones-Fry fifth overall in the Figure T all category F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E DAWNITA Jones-Fry (second from left

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LOCAL SPORTS PAGE 4E, TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS Bahamas Flag Football Leagues regular P h o t o s b y F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f ON THE FIELD: Different team players can be seen in action as the Bahamas Flag Football League concluded its regular season over the weekend.

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GAMEDAY: Different team players can be seen in action as the Bahamas Flag Football League concluded its regular season over the weekend. The Spartans won the leagues pennant, earning themselves a first round bye in the playoffs that are set to begin at the Winton rugby pitch on Sunday, June 5. LOCAL SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011, PAGE 5E P h o t o s b y F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f season ends, playoffs set to begin Sunday

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Yesterdays K akuro Answer Across 1 Gulf (5 4 Fellow soldier (7 8 Small hole-piercing tool (3 9 Journey there and back (5,4 10 Ask as a favour (7 11 Spread on (5 13 Almost (6 15 Depart suddenly (6 18 Devoutness (5 19 Supercilious (4-3 21 Act rashly (5,4 23 Compete (3 24 Gathering of crops (7 25 Showing poor taste (5 Down 1 Acute vexation (7 2 Equal in score (3,6 3 To combine (5 4 Irritable (6 5 Act as go-between (7 6 Melody (3 7 Unoccupied (5 12 Cause great confusion (4,5 14 Outfit for newborn child (7 16 Earthenware vessels (7 17 Frustrate (6 18 To fling (5 20 To hail (5 22 Disfigure (3 rbr JUDGE PARKER APT3-G BLONDIE MARVIN TIGER HAGAR THE HORRIBLE CALVIN &HOBBES DENNIS THE MENACE CRYPTIC PUZZLE E A S Y P U Z Z L E Across 1 Remaining calm (5 4 Radio expert may be ordered to Minorca (7 8 AFrench article of consuming interest (3 9 Not a mans man apparently (5,4 10 Swarms over nests if disturbed (7 11 Wants to sound negligent (5 13 Some are bound to hold different views (6 15 Girl to finish in her underwear? (6 18 In a position to give a broad smile (5 19 Shaw is out and out failure (7 21 Cannon to right and left of one by decree (9 23 Turkish leader is a little extravagant (3 24 Asorry speech? (7 25 Go into liquidation when working hard (5 D own 1 One stays with it (7 2 Unusually fine tale that defies description (9 3 Calms and sends to sleep (5 4 Diffident in two ways (6 5 His depredations affect the stockholder (7 6 Eggs remaining sound (3 7 Great Asian long-distance runner (5 12 Hostile fire one can and does get involved in (9 14 It reminds me repeatedly not to change (7 16 Be good at drawing? (7 17 Score is two love (6 18 It helps to make Gorgonzola romantic (5 20 Dancers may enjoy quick ones (5 22 Stage two (3 Across:1 Hygrometer, 8 Pound, 9 Boredom, 10 Organza, 11 Error, 12 Strobe, 14 Asleep, 17 Cabal, 19 Tea shop, 21 Naughty, 22 Occur, 23 Separately. Down:2 Younger, 3 Rodin, 4 Mob law, 5 Targets, 6 Radar, 7 Emery paper, 8 Poor second, 13 Bellhop, 15 Ethical, 16 Stayer, 18 Blues, 20 About. Yesterdays Cryptic Solution Across:1 Witchcraft, 8 Drive, 9 Close-up, 10 Trickle, 11 Get on, 12 Enlist, 14 Stable, 17 Roost, 19 Romania, 21 Ceiling, 22 Rouse, 23 Magic Flute. Down:2 Initial, 3 Cheek, 4 Cachet, 5 Amongst, 6 Treat, 7 Open sesame, 8 Do the trick, 13 Setting, 15 Banquet, 16 Tragic, 18 Odium, 20 Moral. Yesterdays Easy Solution 1 234567 89 101112 13141516 17 181920 212223 2425 1234567 89 1 01112 1 3141516 1 7 181920 212223 2425 Y esterday s Sudoku Answer Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with s everal given numbers. The object is to place the numbers 1 to 9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column and each 3x3 box contains the same number only once.T he difficulty level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to Sunday Best described as a number crossword, the task in Kakuro is to fill all of the empty squares, using numbers 1 to 9, so the sum of each horizontal block equals the number to its left, and the sum of each vertical block equals the number on its top. No number may be used in the same block more than once. The difficulty level of the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Monday to Sunday. PAGE 6E, TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS

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INTERNATIONAL SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011, PAGE 7E By CHRIS LEHOURITES A P Sports Writer PARIS (AP improved his record at Roland Garros to 42-1, beating Ivan Ljubicic 75, 6-3, 6-3 on Monday to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open. The five-time champion was not troubled on Court Philippe Chatrier, and the win kept him on course to equal Bjorn Borg's record of six titles on the Parisian clay. "I have improved since the tournament started," said Nadal, who was pushed to five sets in the first r ound. "I'm able to play better and I 'm going to continue on this path." N ovak Djokovic also had a successful day, even though he wasn't scheduled to play. The second-seeded Serb reached the semifinals of the tournament where he could meet Roger Federer when quarterfinal opponent Fabio Fognini withdrew because of injury. "Walkover from Fognini. Bad luck for him, hope he recovers fast. Today, I get to enjoy Paris in a different way," Djokovic wrote on Twitter. Maria Sharapova also advanced Monday, as did Australian Open runner-up Li Na. Nadal won four straight titles at the French Open before losing toR obin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009. He will face Soderling in the quarterfinals this year after the fifth-seeded Swede defeated Gilles Simon of France 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (5 "For me it will be a tough match," Nadal said minutes before Soderling completed his victory. "He's played two finals here at Roland Garros, so he knows what this means. He's got to play his best tennis." Federer won the 2009 French O pen to complete a career Grand S lam, but Nadal returned to win his fifth title in 2010. Djokovic, who will not be credited with a victory because Fognini withdrew, is after his own records. If he wins his semifinal match, he would equal John McEnroe's Open era record of 42-0 for the best start to a tennis season and clinch the No. 1 ranking. With three more victories, the sec ond-seeded Serb will match the record of 46 straight wins set by Guillermo Vilas in 1977. The two-time Australian Open champion has never won the title at Roland Garros, but he beat Nadal in two clay-court finals leading up to the French Open. Fognini, who injured a muscle in his left leg while beating Albert Montanes on Sunday, announced Monday that he would not be able to play Djokovic, who is 41-0 in 2011 and has won 43 straight matches overall. "It's better for him," Nadal said of Djokovic's advancement. "He is going to really rest ahead of his semifinal." Federer will have to beat Gael Monfils to advance to the semifinals. The ninth-seeded Frenchman defeated David Ferrer 6-4, 2-6, 7-5, 1-6, 86 in a match that stretched over two days. "Now I need to recover and at some point I'll stop losing against this Swiss," said Monfils, who has lost five of his six matches against Federer. Juan Ignacio Chela also reached the quarterfinals. The unseeded Argentine, the only non-European left in the men's draw, beat Alejandro Falla of Colombia 4-6, 6-2, 1-6, 76 (5 Sharapova won the last four games to beat 12th-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 7-6 (4 5 and reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal in two years. The seventh-seeded Sharapova has won the other three major tournaments once each but is still looking for her first title at Roland Garros. Li became the first Chinese player to reach the quarterfinals at Roland Garros after her 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 victory over No. 9 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. She will next face No. 4 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. "I was really in trouble," Li said about trailing 3-0 in the third set. "I didn't believe I could come back, because she has a huge, big serve. But I was OK. She had just broken once." Nadal advances to French Open quarters R AFAEL NADAL r eturns the ball to Crotia's Ivan Ljubicic during their fourth round match at Roland Garros stadium Monday. (AP Photo

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By TIM REYNOLDS AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP walked through the tunnel leading from the Miami Heat locker room Monday, stepped onto the court and gave a yell. He looked down at the NBA finals logo newly affixed on the floor, smiled and nodded. With that, it became real. His championship chance the biggest reason he came to Miami has finally arrived. Swept out of his only other finals appearance four years ago, James will get his long-awaited second opportunity starting tonight when the Heat play host to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the NBA's title series. After a year like no other in his life, starting with the muchcriticized "Decision," his jerseys being torched in Cleveland and never-ending, intense scrutiny of his every move, the last challenge will likely prove to be the toughest of them all. "I'm honoured to be here once again," said James, who led the Cavaliers to the 2007 finals and lost in four games to San Antonio. "Now with this franchise, it's an honour. As players, we worked hard. I worked hard individually to get to this point. And I had a lot of visions of being in this moment and now it's hit me, being on that floor, seeing the championship logos and everything, the finals logos. I'm very excited." It showed Monday. He chatted with teammates, taking part in a long shooting contest with Dwyane Wade, Eddie House and others, looking perfectly com fortable as dozens of photographers clicked away for 30 straight minutes. By now, being in the microscope is an accepted part of the deal for James, who has been dealing with this since his high school days. Away from the court, though, those who are around the two-time NBA MVP say his focus is even sharper than usual. Winning a title likely won't change perceptions about James. His fans will surely remain fans, his critics will surely remain critics, no matter what hap-p ens. But to him, a championship would mean everything that took place since 9:27pm on July 8, 2010 the moment he publicly said he would join the Heat was all worthwhile. "He's focused," Wade said. "Obviously, we all want it. But in a different sense, he wants this, he wants to seize this moment. And you can tell by the way he's been playing, espe cially in late games. He hasn't left anything to chance, whether it's guarding the other team's best play er, whether it's taking big shots, doing anything it takes. That's a player that I see hungry for a championship." He's been that way since July. When the Heat threw that muchmaligned signing party for Wade, James and Chris Bosh an idea that was born from the team hop ing to simply welcome Wade back to Miami, those organising the event never knowing it would be James and Bosh sharing the stage with him until less than 24 hours before the bash began James talked about winning title after title after title. With that, the bar was set. "He's been zoned in and he has that killer instinct that is warranted for the playoffs," Heat center Jamaal Magloire said. "You can see that he's willing to do whatever it takes to win." Even his detractors likely couldn't argue that this season. Despite sharing the ball with Wade and Bosh, James finished the season averaging 26.7 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists, numbers very comparable to what he was accustomed to posting when he was starring for the Cavaliers. To pre pare for facing Miami in this series, the Mavericks have used Dominique Jones and Corey Brewer in practice, asking them to do the impossible: play like LeBron. Mavs coach Rick Carlisle lauded their efforts. "You are trying to simulate a guy," Carlisle said, "that many would argue is unsimulatable." The Heat have brought out their 2006 championship trophy at times this season for motivation James was among the players and coaches that posed with this year's trophy at ABC's request, part of the promotional photos and videos that will be used on finals broadcasts, joking that he held it and was asked to do everything with it "besides take it home." No extra motivation is required now, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Both teams know what we're playing for," Spoelstra said. "Right now, I think it's more important to stay in the moment, stay in the process." From the very beginning, this was Miami's plan. Everything before the finals would seem like a warmup act. Wade, James and Bosh made no secret of that, all the way back to that first night they donned Heat uniforms together and rode a forklift to the top of a stage to greet 13,000 screaming fans. Here's a reminder of what Wade said that night: "We're not here to sell jerseys," he said. Except they did that, with James having the No. 1-selling jersey this year, Wade at No. 6 on that list, and the Heat ranking third in overall s ales. "We're not here to pump up r atings," he said. Except they did that, too, with the Eastern Conference finals being the most-watched series ever shown on cable. "Our goal is to win championships," he said. Here comes that chance, and for as desperate as they all are, no one likely fits that bill more than James. He's spoken often in recent days of how getting swept by the Spurs was humbling, a driving force for h im to get better over the past four years. "I go back and look at some of those games, I look at myself and say, 'You are a much better player than you were then,'" James said. "That comes from playing games, playing postseason games, losing, winning. "There's a lot of guys that have been in the finals, and lost and never got back. ... I'm humbled. I'm blessed that I'm able to get back to this point and be able to redeem myself for that time when I was in the finals against the Spurs." So it's not just redemption he seeks for what's happened over the past year. It's for what happened in 2007, too, and much more than that as well. He's long been considered one of the game's greats, but without a title, he knows that label would ring hollow. "To be here is very humbling. It's very satisfying at this point," James said. "We want more." INTERNATIONAL SPORTS PAGE 8E, TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP the NBA finals typically means a shorter offseason for the teams involved. This year, the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks realize they might be looking at a lengthy layoff because a labour strife looms. The collective bargaining agreement expires June 30, and while the league and players are trying to reach a new deal, they remain far apart on major financial issues, raising the possibility of a work stoppage. "Until something is done, nothing is done," Heat player representative James Jones said Monday on the eve of the finals. "We're looking at a scenario where we're riding a high of excitement and the game is thriving, to coming back to reality and understanding we're in a labour battle where there may not be games and players may be locked out." In an attempt to block a potential lockout, the players' association filed an unfair labour charge against the league last week with the National Labour Relations Board. "From what I hear and read and see, we're going to get locked out," Mavericks co-player rep Brian Cardinal said. "But hopefully that doesn't happen." Thanks largely to interest in the Heat, the league has seen a big increase in TV ratings during this year's playoffs. Any work stoppage would come with the sport's popularity at a peak. "Not thinking about that now," the Heat's Dwyane Wade said. "When it's time to think about it, we will. Obviously, it's something that we've known is a possibility for a while. All of us have done our jobs and if there is, we'll be prepared for it. "But at this point, the game is at its highest. The game is doing great. We've been part of the most-watched games in NBA history. NBA basketball is as (good a long time." D D A A M M P P I I E E R R S S T T U U R R N N A A B B O O U U T T : : When Erick Dampier first saw the players' parking area at AmericanAirlines Arena, he was less than thrilled. Like many of the hallways around the Heat locker room, the sides of the garage are covered in pictures. Pictures, that is, of Miami's win over Dallas in the 2006 NBA finals when Dampier was a member of the Maver icks. He's with the Heat now, and even though he's endured the ignominious fate of going from a starter for much of the second half of the regular season to being out of the post season rotation entirely, Dampier is pleased just to have another chance to win the ring that slipped away from him in 2006 when the Mavs won the first two games of the series before dropping four straight. Dampier played in 51 games this season, starting 22, and hasn't appeared for the Heat since April 6. "Being on a team like this, you have to sacrifice some thing," said Dampier, who signed with the Heat in November after Udonis Haslem was injured. "I just looked at it as, I have to do whatever's necessary for the team to win. ... Being older, having played this game for a while, it's only about getting an opportunity to win a championship." Seeing old friends on the Dallas side during these finals will not make the series emotionally trying, Dampier said. He's with Miami now, and he made peace a long time ago with what happened in 2006. "It's all about us winning at this point," Dampier said. "We can reference back to 2006 all we want to. That doesn't mean a damn thing if we don't win it this year. Those guys won it in 2006 and they deserved to win it. That's how I look at it. Here's our opportunity for us to win. We've just got to go out there and take advantage of it." F F O O R R M M E E R R T T E E A A M M M M A A T T E E S S : : Mavericks guard Jason Terry knows Heat guard Mike Bibby well, and not just from scouting reports. They were team mates for two seasons at Arizona in 1996-98. "Grilled cheese and French fries that's all he would eat back then," Terry said Mon day. Terry said he keeps in touch with Bibby, which hasn 't always been easy this year. B ibby played for three teams during the regular season, and he gave up his entire salary for next season to join Miami. Now the 13th-year pro has a chance to win his first ring. "At this point in his career he has nothing left to do but win a championship," Terry said. "This was a great situation for him, and I'm happy for him. We're brothers. But when the lights come on Tuesday night, we'll be fight ing for every inch of this court." Terry also seeks his first title. He has spent the past seven years with the Mavericks and averaged 15.8 points per game during the regular season, mostly off the bench. "He's still playing at a high level," Bibby said. "He's being aggressive. The way he's playing now is the way I always saw him play when we were at school together." S S H H O O O O T T I I N N G G S S T T A A R R : : Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki is shooting 52 per cent from the floor, 52 per cent from 3-point range and 93 per cent from the foul line so far in the playoffs. What makes those numbers look even better is the fact that he had similar ones in the 2010 postseason. Nowitzki shot 55 per cent from the field, 57 per cent from beyond the arc and 95 per cent from the foul line in Dallas' six playoff games last year. He's on pace to become the first player in the last 20 years to shoot at least 50 per cent from the floor, 50 per cent from 3-point range and 90 per cent from the foul line in multiple postseasons. Over that span, 15 other players have done so once, including Heat reserve James Jones in 2009. And for comparison's sake, Nowitzki shot just 34 per cent from 3-point range during the 2006 playoffs, when Dallas lost to Miami in the title series. NB A f inalists w ar y of la bour str if e LeBron back in finals and hungry for an NBA ring LeBRON JAMES smiles as he answers a question after practice Monday in Miami. The Dallas Mavericks will play the Heat in Game 1 of the NBA Finals 9pm Tuesday. (AP Photo JASON KIDD (rightleft (AP Photo

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LOCAL SPORTS PAGE 4E, TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS Bahamas Flag Football Leagues regular P h o t o s b y F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f ON THE FIELD: Different team players can be seen in action as the Bahamas Flag Football League concluded its regular season over the weekend.

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GAMEDAY: Different team players can be seen in action as the Bahamas Flag Football League concluded its regular season over the weekend. The Spartans won the leagues pennant, earning themselves a first round bye in the playoffs that are set to begin at the Winton rugby pitch on Sunday, June 5. LOCAL SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011, PAGE 5E P h o t o s b y F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f season ends, playoffs set to begin Sunday


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