N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.161WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 89F LOW 78F F E A T U R E S By PAUL G TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter p email@example.com OFFICERS from the C entral Detective Unit are investigating the link between corrupt officials at the Road Traffic Depart-m ent and second-hand car lots who they believe could have assisted in the resaleof stolen vehicles on the island of New Providence. According to sources within the CDU, there is the possibility any number of vehicles illegally licensed in the recently-exposed Road Traffic scam could have been stolen cars that have been repeatedly sold to unsuspecting persons. Admitting that the majority of the stolen vehicles on the island are not being stripped, and neither are they being exported out of the Bahamas, officers have revealed to The Tribune that they are of the opinion these cars have been fraudulently licensed and registered and are still being driven on the island. In most instances, a wellplaced source revealed,t hese vehicles may have only b een repackaged or tweaked to differentiate them from their original condition. If people feel that they have been duped, they should come forward ands peak to us. If they are not c ertain of the legitimacy of their vehicle, we can run it through our database and check to see if it is stolen. If they do this, they could save themselves from getting locked up when they go to relicense it because we are putting some things to place to pick these things up, the source said. The CDU has some 10 persons in custody for an alleged vehicle licensing scam that is estimated to have milked millions of dollars from the Bahami an public over the past two Corrupt officials and second-hand car lots in police investigation TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Stolen vehicle link to licensing scam BROKEN TO CHALLENGE AUDIENCES SEEARTSANDENTERTAINMENT BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page 10 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A PHONE card vendor lost his leg in a horrific accident in Nassau Village yesterday. According to witnesses at the scene, the vendors booth on Alexandra Boulevard was struck by an out of control truck, leaving the vendor pinned between the vehicle and a utility pole, one of his legs completely crushed. He was rushed to hospital by ambulance, but details of his con dition were not available before press time last night. Witnesses said the man driving PHONE C ARD VENDOR LOSES LEG IN TR UCK SMASH HORRIFICACCIDENT: The truck crashed into the vendors booth in Nassau Village. SEE page 10 By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter n email@example.com T WENTY years of negotiat ions over the Bahamas mari time border with Cuba may soon come to a close now that technical teams from bothc ountries have reached an agreement. Brent Symonette, Minister of Foreign Affairs, would not s ay when the matter will definitively be addressed, but he confirmed it is before cabinet w aiting approval. T he agreement was reached S EE page 10 THE BAHAMAS AND CUBA REACH AGREEMENT OVER MARITIME BORDER By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FORMER PLP MP for Mount Moriah Keod Smith confirmed last night his intention to challenge South Andros MP Picewell Forbes for the partys nomination to run in that constituency. Making no apologies for accepting the call of the people, Mr Smith said he intends to keep his name in the ring before the PLPs candidates committee, and God willing be named the partys candidate for the upcoming general election. I dont expect special favours, Mr Smith declared. Indeed, I am not one of the so-called blue-eyed boys who get to cherry pick where they wish to run. Nor KEOD SMITH TO CHALLENGE PICEWELL F ORBES FOR SOUTH ANDROS NOMINATION CHALLENGE: Keod Smith and Picewell Forbes SEE page 10 T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f
By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com EXCAVATION of a yacht basin at Big Bell Island in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is underway as owner the Aga Khan forges ahead with development plans. Around 4.32 acres of rock is being dug out around a shallow salt pond on the southeast corner of the island to create space for boats up to 164ft long at a depth of 14ft below the Mean Water Level (MWL Silt curtains have been installed to minimise damage from dredging, before the 80ft wide access channel is dredged to give boats access to the marina at the 14ft depth. And a jetty will be constructed alongside the entrance to the yacht basin to prevent water flow and reduce the need for further dredging, states the Environmental Management Plan (EMP Director of the BEST Commission Philip Weech said developers Islands of the World Development Ltd, for the islands owner Prince Karim, Aga Khan IV, scaled back their original plans following an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA completed in March last year. The plans to dredge and develop the 349-acre island within the protected land and sea park stirred debate when revealed by The Tribune last year, as environmental and political activists voiced their opposition to development within the protected zone. Environment Minister Earl Deveaux came under heavy criticism for taking a free ride in the Aga Khans luxury 12seater helicopter to a site visit on Bell Island and to Abaco for an unrelated event, as planning applications were being considered by his ministry. And the BNT, charged with stewardship of the park, was criticised for not rejecting the plans outright, and for accepting a $1 million donation from the Aga Khan, according to Tribune sources. But environmental activist Sam Duncombe of non-profit organisation reEarth said the real tragedy is the desecration of the worlds oldest marine park. Its extremely distressing because if you cant save the park what can you save? If even the things that are completely off-limits are not offlimits, then there is no hope, Ms Duncombe said. Whether or not the National Trust received a donation from the Aga Khan or not is immaterial they should have been at the forefront screaming that there should be no development there, and we have seen time and time again that they sit on the fence with issues, or they downright agree. The argument that there have been other sites in the park that have been dredged is no defence. Property If people are allowed to purchase property in the park there needs to be restrictive covenants on what you are able to do. You cant take a fish, but you can dredge out several acres its such hypocrisy, and its really devastating to watch these things that are allowed to happen without any public outcry, and if we sit back and say nothing then the government is going to go ahead with what they want. Excavation of the yacht basin is now well underway, as is construction of a staff housing area and upgrades to the service dock, while living conch and coral reefs are relocated within the park. Marine biologist Dr Craig Dalhgren is relocating the marine species with help from BNT staff as environmental compliance officer Rochelle Newbold, a former environmental manager for the BEST Commission and environmental project manager at Albany, oversees the execution of the EMP. Dredging around the service dock and barge landing area has been reduced by 72 per cent, or 31,041.8 cubic yards, according to the EMP, as the channel proposed for the northwest corner of the island has been eliminated and dredging around the dock reduced. Discussions BEST Commission director Philip Weech said: The existing impact area is much smaller than what was originally proposed and that came directly as a result of discussions. The EMP shows the initial proposals and the final agreement, and you can see the significant changes. The footprint has been reduced significantly and the owner has taken responsibility. Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the 49th and current Imam of the Shia Imami Nizari Ismaili Muslims, is regarded as a philanthropist for his charitable endeavours, and has included a native plant reserve in his plans as well as scaling back his development. Ms Duncombe said: The Aga Khan is touted as a person who has done so much in terms of the environment and humanitarian need, but it kind of negates what you are doing if you can come to our country and trash our national park, and it baffles me that people dont see that. Calls to attorneys at Gail Lockhart Charles and Co, representing the Aga Khan, were not returned yesterday. Officials from the BNT, BEST Commission, and the Department of Physical Plan ning will visit Bell Island later this week and The Tribune has requested permission to attend. Full details of development can be seen in the EIA and EMP available online at www.best.bs. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT A septic tank covered only by wood planks at the Eight Mile Rock High School is a source of concern among parents. Principal Keith Barr told The Tribune that some work was being done on the septic tank several months ago but was not completed. He said that a thick layer of planks have been placed over the tank and the area has been roped off until work can be completed. But parents are still worried that the tank poses a safety risk to the students. One said: Students play and run around the campus and it is just not safe. Mr Barr pointed out that none of the students have ever fallen in the septic tank. There is no open septic tank here, I think someone is trying to be mischievous, he added. The tank does not have a concrete slab on it, but there is a thick layer of planks covering it until repairs can be carried out when school closes on June 17. It has been roped around, and even if they can get in, they cannot fall in because it is covered. Mr Barr said that it would be better if parents came to the school and bring their concerns directly to him The Tribune attempted to contact District Superinten dent Julian Anderson about the matter, but was told the he was out of office on Monday and Tuesday. THE RUSH FOR PEACE COMMITTEE held its first Junkanoo F estival in Freeport, Grand B ahama on Labour Day. Participating were the Valley Boys and the Saxon Superstars, out of Nassau, and from Grand Bahama The Swingers and The Majestic Crusaders. Leader of the Vally Boys Gus Cooper is pictured puttingo n a show for Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes and his wife Lady Foulkes. Also pic-t ured is the Minister of Housing Kenneth Russell. Vandyke Hepburn /BIS THE RUSH FOR PEACE JUNKANOO FESTIVAL SEPTIC T ANK C ONCERNS AT SCHOOL Excavation work underway at Big Bell Island Aga Khan moves forward with development plans
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011, PAGE 3 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com POLICE are still s earching for an American cruise ship passenger last seen jetskiing off Cabbage Beach over the weekend before he was reported missing. A ccording to an artic le on NBCs w ww.wlwt.com, husband and father Nathan Wells from Westchester, Ohio was vacat ioning on a Carnival c ruise ship with two f riends to celebrate his 32nd birthday when the ship docked in NassauH arbour Saturday morning. Excursion Mr Wells rented a jet s ki during an excursion t o Cabbage Beach, Paradise Island later that a fternoon, but he never r eturned to shore, a ccording to his friends. The report said family members describe MrW ells as a hard working family man who pushed those around him to do better. They continue to stay strong, pray and hope that Mr Wells will be f ound alive. U p to press time, no f urther information concerning the status oft he search for Mr Wells w as available. Police are calling on anyone with informa tion that could assist thei nvestigation to call 328TIPS (8477 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org BTC employees are expect e d to get their voluntary separation package offers today, union leaders confirmed. The offers were set to be given out yesterday but were delayed because officials at Cable & Wireless Communi cations had not finalised all the details. "We haven't received it as yet, they tell us (the offers will come) tomorrow," William Carroll, president of the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union, said yesterday. Dissemination of the offers signals an end to a long process many employees have grown tired of, he told The Tribune "It's long and drawn out and I hope we'll see it to the end. The package will not suit everybody, I know some peo ple may be fed up, they're tired, they've been going through this a long time this p rocess of privatisation. "People are fed up and want to put it behind them, it's likec oming to the end of the jour ney and they can see the end either you accept or you don't," said Mr Carroll. However, Bernard Evans, head of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union, thinks the negotiation process for the voluntary severance offers was done too quickly, not taking into account older staff with spe cialised training at a disadvantage for a new job search. "I think it's a little bit rushed given the life-changing event such as this. There are so many things you need to analyse given the average age (of an employee) at BTC is 48 with a mortgage, kids in college, bills, and a (specialised "Theres also the fact that there wouldnt be any (other telecoms company to work for," said Mr Evans, who represents line staff at the company. According to company documents obtained by The Tribune all employees at BTC under the age of 45 are expect ed to be offered the chance to leave the company with a minimum of five weeks pay for every year on the job up to 104 weeks in total. Employees 45 and under 50 will be offered the same five weeks per year up to a cap of 110 weeks, and people aged 5 0 but under 55 will be offered five weeks salary for every year of employment up to ac ap of 75 weeks. Those in the range from 55 years to 58.5 will receive the same offer up to a cap of 68 weeks, with persons ranging from 58.5 and under 60 will be pro-rated from 68 weeks based on the number of months remaining to the age of 60. These packages, it was said by sources close to the matter, are expected to be offered to all employees with the expectation that BTC's current staff levels could be reduced by at least 400 people. According to a presentation prepared for the company, the report suggests no person in the age group 45 to 50 will receive less than six months incentive payment. In addi tion, the company appears to be willing to continue the cost of medical coverage payment for all age groups for one year, with outplacement/training services to be provided. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A COMMUNITY leader is arguing that programmes to help first-time offenders reintegrate with society must be created to deter them from committing crimes in the future. T Edward Clarke, president and CEO of the National LEAD Institute, told The Tribune yesterday that the lack of a system to prepare and reintroduce rehabilitated offenders into the community is major factor in the increase of crime throughout the country. It can be seen from incidents in the last 12 to 18 months in many cases the people committing murders are repeat offenders, persons who have already been involved in criminal activity, said Mr Clarke. He said one of the many factors driving crime in the Bahamas is the fact that exconvicts are not supervised and have no help finding work, which eventually push es them back into criminal activity. LEAD is a non-government, non-profit organisation established to provide programmes for at risk young men as well asa post-prison/correctional services for inmates who have paid their dues to soci ety. LEAD is one of the only organisations that provides a Life management male empowerment programme open to formerly incarcerated persons, however Mr Clarke said a more systematic approach is necessary to provide assistance to men looking to escape the revolving door prison cycle. According to Mr Clarke, what is needed is a two-fold process firstly, to help with employment options, and secondly, to change ex-convicts mentality and decision making process by introducing them to anger management and conflict resolution techniques. No one can be blamed for the current crime rate not the government or politicians only ourselves and the community, said Mr Clarke. He noted that the Office of the Prime Minister has declared July 11-15 Project Re-entry Week and revealed that LEAD in partnership with the Ministry for Nation al Security and the US Embassy will be holding a conference from July 12-15 at Police Headquarters, covering various topics including re-entry strategies and crime prevention methods. It is our hope that from the conference a systematic re-entry programme will be developed and put in place in the Bahamas, said Mr Clarke. He added that if the public wants to see a reduction in crime, the community needs to come together with the support of the government and NGOs to work out a solu tion and produce results. POLICE CONTINUE SEARCH FOR MISSING USCRUISE SHIP PASSENGER INDEPENDENT MP Branville M cCartney used his Budget Debate s peech to hit out at the FNMs trust slogan saying partys new p romises are not believable in light of its past record. Mr McCartney noted that over t he years, the FNM and its leader P rime Minister Hubert Ingraham h ave established an image and identity tied to the idea of trustworthi-n ess. N ow, he said, the nation is being asked to trust that the governments budget plans will meet the publicsneeds, both social and economic. However, Mr McCartney said that for those who remember the governments failure to keep past p romises, its budget communication may sound extraordinarily unbelievable. H e spoke of the run-up to the 2 007 election, when the FNM p romised a number of things, including that it would: deepen and strengthen democracy ensure domestic security and tranquility ensure sustainable economic d evelopment ensure access to land for Bahamians alleviate poverty improve the quality of educa tion begin restoring peoples faith in g overnment by being accountable a nd ensuring media access to infor mation. Four years later, Mr McCart n ey said, trust in government is at an all time low; the values of democracy is being threatened on a daily basis; domestic and public securitya nd tranquility is practically nonexistent; sustainable economic devel opment says where you put ma; t here is still a fire-sale of Bahamian l and to foreigners; the alleviation of p overty and improvements in the quality of education are still only a figment in somebodys imagination; and the media still does not have access to information because the Freedom of Information Act that, at the time, was also paramount andp romised is still not yet to be pub l icly produced. He added that the Budget Com munication cannot be trusted b ecause it is -plus pages of vague, e mpty promises designed right in time for this government just to get elected. Mr McCartney said the commu n ication contains no concrete policies or initiatives, has no substance, and falls far short of addressing orr edressing social objectives that are paramount to todays crime weary, economically burdened, socially dis enfranchised, and politically disillus ioned citizens. He noted that governments proposed plans to tackle unemployment will involve retraining 3,000 people not nearly enough to even put a dent in the unemployment problem affecting around 42,000 Bahami-a ns. Jobs He also questioned how retraining programmes are supposed to trans-l ate into jobs, claiming they appear to be new versions of the old jobsfor-votes scheme that has been part of every election since indepen-d ence. M r McCartney said: Despite no mention of initiatives to deal with crime and the growing fear of crime; no real policies and initia t ives that would address real problems in education; despite no pronounced plan to handle the growing national debt that many of us have been unwillingly dragged into; despite no mention of illegal immigration; or swift justice, we are nowb eing asked to trust that the so c alled policies, Acts, and initiatives presented in this document will bring about societal objectives andp ositive and progressive outcomes t hat are of paramount importance to us as citizens. He added: There has been a breach of the publics trust; the2 007 Manifesto proves it, and the governments record over the past few years backs it up; thisn ew budget communication, here my friends, cunningly and decep tively tries to convince us other wise. Branville McCartney:FNM promises are not believable Independent MP hits out at partys trust slogan INDEPENDENT MP Branville McCartney gives his contribution to the Budget Debate in the House of A ssembly yesterday. F elip Major / Tribune staff BTC staff set for v oluntary separation package offers today after delay C ALL FOR PROGRAMMES TO HELP FIRST-TIME OFFENDERS REINTEGRATE BERNARD EVANS head of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union THE BUDGETDEBATE 2011/12
EDITOR, The Tribune. It appears as if Opposition Leader the Hon Perry G Christie is unmoved by the sudden resignation of Craig Butler from the Progressive Liberal Party. Christie statedt hat people are always leaving t he PLP. He also stated, howe ver, that people are always joining his party. Mr Christie a lso added that he wished Mr Butler all the best in his future endeavours. Christie said this much about Craig Butler during a PLP rally that was held at their headquarters, Gambier House on June 1st. Mr Butler is the grandson of Sir Milo Butler, the first B ahamian Governor General. H e was also the treasurer of the PLP. It appears that Mr Butlers family connection was not enough to help him get the nomination for the PLP. Mr Butler has on numero us occasions expressed an i nterest in running as a candid ate for the PLP. In fact, just l ast year after the resignation o f Elizabeth MP Malcolm A dderley from the House of A ssembly, Mr Butler, along with Ryan Pinder, both vied to get the PLP nomination for that constituency. The nomination was given to Mr Pin d er. He was favoured by Mr C hristie to run in the 2010 b ye-election in Elizabeth. However, Mr Christie, beforeh e had made his final decision on who would run in Elizabeth, sounded as if MrB utler had a fighting chance to gain the nomination. Nevertheless, despite what could only be described as a major disappointment in being rejected by the PLP in E lizabeth, Mr Butler remained a loyal PLP sup porter. Mr Butler then turned his attention to the Kennedyc onstituency. That constituency is represented by FNM MP Kenyatta Gibson. Gibson had defected from the PLP in 2008. I understand that Mr Butler had been canvassing the Kennedy area, w ith the hope of galvanizing support from PLP supporters. M any of PLP supporters in Kennedy were interested in Mr Butler and his message. It appears as if Mr Butler really believed that he would be given the PLP nomination for Kennedy. According to some p olitical observers, it appears a s if Butler was given this impression by the leaders oft hat party. This would explain why he was so disillusioned w ith the PLP and resigned after he was once again rejecte d by the party. According to the press, one D ion Smith has been given the nomination to run for the PLP in Kennedy. It is obvious to myself that Mr Butler w as really disappointed at being overlooked again by the PLP. According to the press, Butler was denied a nomination because of his past druga ddiction. Butler has admitt ed that he once struggled w ith drug addition. Yet he is quick to add, however, that he has truly reformed. Christie, however, appears n ot to be impressed with Mr Butler. Perhaps the Opposition Leader feels that Butler'sp ast indiscretions would turn o ff too many voters from the PLP. Mr Christie obviously w ants to present to the Bahamian electorate a slate of candidates that are squeaky clean. Therefore, it is understand able why Mr Christie is u nwilling to accept Butlers n omination. But with that b eing said, why has Mr Christie refused to heed the warning of Raynard Rigby, P hilip Galanis and George Smith? These three promi n ent PLPs had warned Christie not to accept the nominations of Obie Wilch combe (West End and Bimi ni), V Alfred Gray (MICAL), Shane Gibson (Golden G ates), Leslie Miller, Picewell Forbes (South Andros Anthony Moss (Exuma V incent Peet (North Andros for the upcoming general election. Most of these gentlemen listed above have alsoh ad their share of issues. In fact, several of them, includ ing Keod Smith, Kenyatta Gibson and Sidney Stubbs, had caused the PLP to lose the 2007 general election. Mr Christie obviously intends to run these men in the general election. He had written a letter to a promi nent tabloid newspaper stating the reason why he had rejected the suggestions of Rigby and Co. Question: If the Leader of the Opposition i s hell-bent on running these c andidates, who have also made their share of mistakes, why is Mr Christie unwilling to do the same for Craig Butl er? I f Mr Christie is willing to overlook the alleged indiscretions of these men, why not do the same for Butler? After all, what is good for the goose is good for the gander. If he is determined to reject Mr Butlers nomination, because of his past, then he should to the same thing to h is MPs, who were mentioned in that famous letter that was l eaked to the press! Further, the incident with Craig Butler is similar to an incident that had occurred almost ten years ago in Marco City. The Rev Frederick M acAlpine was a PLP supp orter who himself was given the impression that he w ould be given the PLP nomi nation for Marco City to run in the 2002 general election. I l ive in Marco City. I rememb er the Rev MacAlpine sendi ng us letters and holding f unctions in Marco City. I t hought that he would be running in Marco City for the PLP. However, Miss Pleasant B ridgewater was given the n omination instead. The Rev MacAlpine felt slighted by Mr Christie and the PLP. Therefore, he, like B utler, eventually left the par t y. It appears as if Mr Christie a nd his party have a penchant for leading people on. These men had obviously spent a lot o f money and time in these constituencies, only to be told at the eleventh hour that they wont be receiving any nomi nation from the PLP. If this is what was done to Mr Butler, then Christie and the other leaders of the PLP should at least apologise to him for w asting his time. Why tell a m an that he has a good chance of securing a nomina tion, when you have already m ade up in your mind to run someone else? This is one r eason why I find it difficult to support Mr Christie. M r Christie needs to unders tand that you just cant treat people like impersonal objects. People are to be treated with dignity and respect. I believe that Christie had dealt Craig Butler a very bad hand in this case! KEVIN EVANS Nassau, June, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm IN 1981 then Attorney General Paul Adderley considered a court system not in tune with the society in which it f unctioned, lawyers with neither a g ood nor high reputation, and corr upters of the system as part of this c ountrys problems in getting criminals off the streets. O n the floor of the same House from which Mr Adderley had made that observation 30 years before, Prime Minister Ingraham advised politicians t o distance themselves from criminals. "The stark reality is that we did not r each the current level of crime o vernight. And our attitude towards crime makes a difference. Complaining about crime, yet aiding and abetting crimi-n al behaviour hurts our shared fight against crime, Mr Ingraham said. The less tolerant and accommod ating we are of criminal enterprise a nd behaviour, the more effective will b e our fight against crime. The entire society has an obligation t o assist the police in doing their jobs." Mr Adderley was of the opinion that the police were not getting the assistance they needed from the courts. He believed the judicial system was d emonstrating more sympathy for the law-breaker than for the long sufferi ng public. Mr Adderley criticised the category of people who perpetrate acts of corruption influence peddlers and peo ple seeking permission by paying off someone. Lawyers, he said, among other pro f essions, fall into this category. For the most part, said Mr Adderl ey, the vast majority of lawyers are entitled to a good and high reputation, but those who are entitled to a good and high reputation do not have either a good or a high reputation because there are some lawyers who have an atrociously bad reputation who are entitled to neither a good nor a high reputation. By the conduct of a relatively small number of lawyers in the Bahamas,l awyers generally today have a low reputation. This is to be attributed to those l awyers who belong in the category of t he corrupt. H e also had something to say about t he category of lawyers who charge c lients outrageously, almost criminally high fees. H e then moved to those especially drug dealers who bribed the courts. One of the most corrupting influences on the total system is the amount of money which is in the hands of thed rug traffickers, he said. As attorney general he found it necessary to have drug cases put in a distinct category. Two years before he felt he had jus tifiable reasons to give directives to m agistrates court prosecutors that any case involving drugs could not be with d rawn without the consent of the Office of the Attorney General. H e knew of prevalent incidents that justified his decision because some way along the way the system had been corrupted. Even juries in the Bahamas were bought, he said, but unfortunately, sufficient evidence could not be found to prosecute. We leave it to our readers to judge whether much has changed in the profession since Mr Adderleys 1981 observations. What he as Attorney General complained of in 1981 remains among the many problems that make the fight against crime difficult today. Did Perry Christie deal Craig Butlera bad hand? LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org The corrupters of the judicial system EDITOR, The Tribune. This past Saturday morning in Cost Right car park, I was violently attacked and thrown to the ground while having my gold necklace ripped off my neck. I was fortunate in having friends nearby who were able to give the police a detailed description of the attacker and also the licence number of the get-away car. It is unfortunate that we have reached a point where it is foolhardy when going out, to wear gold jewellery of any description. This only serves as an invitation to these thugs to help themselves. Cash for Gold outlets are not only an encouragement for these muggers they also provide the ideal fence for the robbers to dispose of all their stolen gold. Because of this, I strongly suggest these outlets be closed down immediately. I am not alone in making this suggestion. Many people are of the same opinion. Ive been reliably informed that around the Christmas season last year, tourists were targeted for their gold jewellery on the Cable Beach Strip. Just what the country needs! May this letter be a warning to others. Being forewarned is being forearmed. It would be remiss of me not to thank Mr Frank McGwier, Manager of Town Centre Mall and their security staff who were most solicitous and caring after the attack. The police also deserve my thanks for their prompt response and the courtesy they afforded me. JUDY ANSELL-GRINDROD Nassau, June 4, 2011. ANSWER:An invitation & gr een flag for robbers QUESTION: What is Cash for Gold?
no cost to patients, Dr Minnis said. The minister further said the Focus on Youth Programme a research-based prevention i nitiative that was launched to give young women the skills to postpone their first sexual encounter and to make wise decisions regarding their sexuality has enjoyed significant successes at both the pri mary and secondary school levels. The National HIV Reference Laboratory, Dr Minnis said, continues to expand with plans to begin in-country DNA, PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and resistance testing. PCR testing is a specific t est for HIV/AIDS. Dr Minnis said despite the many successes in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, man agement, education and awareness, there are still areas of concern. Of concern to us are those persons who are at great risk of acquiring HIV infection such as the youth, migrant populations, men who have sex with men, commercial sex workers and persons over fifty years of age. Our services are now f ocusing on how to reach individuals at highest risk to receive the appropriate HIV counselling, testing, follow-up and referral services. Mobile testing seems to be a feasible option for outreach workers to reach high-risk populations, Dr Minnis added. The Health Minister said decentralisation, which will allow any person living with HIV in the Bahamas access to HIV care at any government facility in a safe, private and confidential environment, will also assist. The Bahamas is making great strides in the area of o ffering/providing testing in non-conventional settings in other words, taking the service to where the people are, Dr Minnis said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011, PAGE 5 By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A MAN accused of killing his former girlfriend and dumping her body in a gravea t the Bahamas Veterans Cemetery is expected to be sentenced in two weeks. A ngelo Poitier, 24, was back in court y esterday for a sentencing hearing. Poitier was convicted last October of the murder of Shanice Adderley, 19. The young woman's body was discovered inside a grave at the Bahamas Veteran's Cemetery on Infant View Road on May 27. According to an autopsy report, M s Adderley died as a result of blunt force t rauma to the body. Crime At his sentencing hearing yesterday, probation officer Matrena Carey told the c ourt that Poitier stated that he was sorry that Shanice had died but she concluded that he was in a stateof denial and felt absolutely no remorse for the crime he committed. Poitiers attorney Terrel Butler noted there was no witnesses to the actual murder and that the case was based on circumstantial evidence. Mrs Butler noted that a statement attributed to Poitier as his confession had been a ccepted as evidence at his trial. She pointed out that Poitier denied the purported confession statement. He had c laimed he had unwillingly signed a confession because he feared police would brutalise him. M rs Butler asked the judge to take into c onsideration the mitigating circumstances o f the case. She said Adderleys body had been disp osed of in the way it had, not because P oitier was cold and callous, but because he panicked. She asked the judge to consider imposing a fixed term of imprisonment on Poitier. Prosecutor Franklyn Williams noted that Poitier either had to accept guilt and seek m ercy or not accept guilt for the crime. He cannot proclaim innocence and claim to be remorseful at the same time,M r Williams said. Poitier is expected back before Justice V era Watkins on June 21 at 1pm. Man convicted of former girlfriends murder in court for sentencing hearing C ONVICTED: A ngelo Poitier is escorted to court yesterday. T im Clarke / Tribune staff MAN STABBED ON VIRGINIA STREET A man is in hospital after he was stabbed on Virginia Street by another male, police said. The 32-year-old victim was walking on Virginia Street with a woman around 4 am yesterday when he was approached by a light skinned male armed with a knife, police reported. Police were told that the two men got into a fight during which the victim was stabbed multiple times. He was taken to hospital by EMS and is in stable condition. Police are appealing for anyone with information on this incident to contact them at 911, 919, 502-9991, 5029910 or at 328-TIPS. WANTED MAN IN CUSTODY A wanted man is in police custody after being turned in by a family member. Police said that Edwin Cunningham, alias CJ, was brought into the Central Detective Unit around 6.25pm Monday a day after the Royal Bahamas Police Force issued a wanted bulletin for the 20-year-old. He was wanted for ques tioning in connection to a murder investigation. Active police investigations contin ue. POLICE CONTINUE TO TICKET TRAFFIC OFFENDERS POLICE in New Providence continue to issue traffic tickets to motorists who fail to adhere to traffic rules. During the past week, police cited 136 drivers in the capital for various traffic infractions and placed 78 matters before the traffic court. Persons were cited for dri ving an unlicensed and uninspected vehicle, driving on a closed street, failing to keep left, failing to notify change of ownership, heavily tinted windows and failure to have rear license plate well illuminated. WHAT EVERY CITIZEN SHOULD KNOW ANY person who is found driving, riding or being in charge of any vehicle in any public place or street and refuses to give way, or they willfully, hinder or interrupt the free passage of any other vehicle shall be guilty of an offence and liable on convic tion to a fine of not less than $500 but not exceeding $1,000. CRIME NEWS IN BRIEF By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Police are appealing to drivers to take extra care near school zones after an eight-year-old student was hit by a car on Monday while walking from school. According to the police report, the accident occurred at around 3.40pm at the intersection of Coral Road and Ponce de Leon Drive and involved a red Ford F-150 truck driven by a male resident of Freeport. The student was not seriously injured, and was taken to hospital for treatment and discharged. ASP Loretta Mackey reminded drivers to adhere to the speed limit in school zones between the hours of 7.45am to 9.30am and in the after noon from 2.45pm to 4pm. EIGHT -YEAR-OLD STUDENT HIT BY CAR WHILE WALKING FROM SCHOOL THE Ministry of Public Works and Transport will hold a public meeting tomorrow at First Baptist Church, Coconut Grove Avenue and Market Street, from 6 pm to 8 pm to discuss coming road closures over the summer months. The public is invited to attend. SUMMER ROAD CLOSURES TO BE DISCUSSED AT PUBLIC MEETING By MATT MAURA THE Bahamas National A IDS Programme has moved one step closer to meeting the Joint United Nations Pro gramme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS AIDS-related deaths by 2015, Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis said. Dr Minnis said a decision b y successive governments of the Bahamas to direct significant resources towards the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS has resulted in a dramatic fall in the numberof AIDS-related deaths in the Bahamas to an all-time low of 59 at the close of 2010. T he minister presented opening remarks to the National AIDS Programme and UNAIDS on June 2 at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Hotel. He said there were no babies born with HIV infections in 2010 as a result of the very successful mother-tochild-transmission (MTCT programme. Successive governments have directed significant resources to controlling thee pidemic. Successes experienced by this forward-thinking include the decline in new ly reported HIV infections; a decrease in the number of new AIDS cases (year-on-year and a dramatic fall in AIDS related deaths, Dr Minnis said. It should be noted that the Bahamas was among one of the first countries to recognise that the possibility that zero MTCT could become a reality. Dr Minnis said the commit ment to prevention and con trol of HIV has also had sig n ificant impact on a number of critical areas and programmes within the Bahamas. These include a seven-fold impact on people living with HIV/AIDS. Persons receiving antiretrovirals drugs have increased from 300 persons in 2002 to 2,152 at the end of December 2009. The medications have been provided at SENTENCINGHEARING MINISTER OF HEALTH Dr Hubert Minnis presented opening remarks to the National AIDS Programme and UNAIDS.
PRIMARY school student of the year Anna Albury visited the House of Assembly and was greeted at the door by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. Anna is a 12-year-old blind student with a grade point average of 3.80 from Abaco's Hope Town Primary School. Candace Key, principal at Hope Town Primary School, described Anna as a "gifted young lady who gained the respect of her classmates early on by demonstrating her disciplined manner during school and her pleasant demeanour on campus in student activi ties and relationships." Anna was second runner-up in the Abaco District Spelling Bee competition in 2009; took second place in the Rotary Club of Abaco Speech Competition; and was the top academic achiever in grades four, five, and six. During the 2011 Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Awards Competition held on Saturday, May 21 at Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries, Anna beat out 115 of the best and brightest minds in local primary schools to capture the top award. She was awarded a $6,000 scholarship donated by Bahamas Office and School Supplies (BOSS and a new laptop computer donated by Jonathan and Michelle Ford. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE www.rbcroyalbank.com/caribbean Trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under licence. NOTICERBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) Ltd. INVITES TENDERSRBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) Ltd. invites tenders for the purchase of the following: AllTHAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No. 112 situate in Westridge Estates Subdivision situate in the Western district of the Island of New Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. PropertySize: 22,000 sq. ft. Building Size: N/A This property is being sold under Power ofSale contained in a Mortgage to RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) Ltd. All offers should be forwarded in writing in sealed envelope, addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Commercial FinancialServices, P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and markedTender 7939. All offers must be received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., 17th June, 2011. WATER pipes have been laid all over New Providence totalling almost 380,700 feet of infrastructure improvements, according to the 2011/2012 Budg et Communication now being debated in the House of Assembly. Government has invested almost $31 million to update the 83-year-old cast iron pipes with PVC water mains to correct the Water and Sewerage Corporations (WSC l em of reducing non-revenue water (NRW The opportunity for the corporation to become a financially viable entity is slim unless it resolves the challenges it faces relative to its high rate of nonrevenue water. This conclusion is consistent in all the professional reviews done on the Water and S ewerage Corporation, said Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for the Environment. While the focus has always been on New Providence, the Family Islands with its high cost of water has high NRW figures resulting in financial losses of nearly $7 million annually. A siza ble proportion of nonrevenue water is water that is leaked out of the system because of an aged piping and distribution network. Upgraded areas so far include Blue Hills Estates, Regency Park, Joans Heights, Bamboo Town, High Vista, DealsH eights, Buttonwood Drive, Peter Street, Deveaux Street, Imperial Park, Pine Barren Road, Catherine Street, Mar shall Road, Fire Trail Road, Cowpen Road, Eastern Road. Other areas also include Fox Hill Road, Domingo Heights, Step Street, Hanna Road, KoolA cres, Kent Avenue and York Street, Sherwood Drive, Tower Estates, Theodora Lane, parts of Eastern Estates, parts of South Beach, Johnson's Estates, the eastern end of Yamacraw Hill Road, Nassau East south, F oxdale Subdivision, Coral Harbour east and west, Winton Gravity System Transmission Main, Danottage Estates, Blair and Golf Course Boulevard in Sea Breeze. Although WSC has tried to implement several action plans since 2002, the only viable solut ion left to do was to advocate for funding to replace the aging pipes, Mr Neymour explained. In 2002, Mr Speaker, a corporate business plan was produced using funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB that business plan, a three-year action plan was developed by t he corporation. In 2005, a national water and wastewater plan were developed. Neither of these plans was ever fully approved nor implemented. Two years ago in 2009, a water and sanitation sector strategic plan was produced, utilising grant funding from the IDB, he said i n Parliament. The plan identified the domino effect of several of WSC challenges, from the high percentage of non-revenue water 50 to 54 per cent that costs WSC almost $16 million per year to how the non-revenue water impacts the high cost of barging,s hown to be more expensive than desalination. WSC has clearly shown that the cost of barged water is high er than that provided by a largescale reverse osmosis plant. More importantly, barged water from North Andros is a less reli able source of water and inferiori n terms of water quality. It has undoubtedly served its purpose over the last quarter century, especially for an operation that was supposed to be temporary, said Mr Neymour. The corporation recently issued a letter of acceptance to expand its desalination facility at Blue Hills by an additional four MIGD (million imperial gallons a per day) production, and are in final negotiations with a new supplier to provide two MIGD in the western district to meet existing shortfalls. This will prepare us for new demands, like Baha Mar and other developments in the western district of New Providence. The IDB said that the Governments past failure to establish tariffs reflecting the cost of service has resulted in substantial subsidies being paid out regardless of the need to improve staff p roductivity to bring the corporation in line with other well-run u tilities and international standards. The IDB pointed out that the lack of productivity impeded the Government from being able to rehabilitate and expand sewerage facilities, resulting in com m unity environmental failures, such as in Pinewood Gardens. The Water and Sewerage Corporation has not received a tariff adjustment since 1999, d espite significant improvements in water quality and in service l evels in both New Providence and the Family Islands, said Mr Neymour. Where services have improved, which always comes at great costs, tariff needs to reflect the cost of such services. The utilities sector has been absent of regulation enforcement and best practices reform, which h as hindered WSC from establishing and enforcing transp arency and independence of oversight service standards. Efficiency improvement can only happen with an expansion of private sector involvement to supervise the sector, the state minister said. 380,000 feet of water pipes laid in infrastructure improvements PM WELCOMES PRIMARY S TUDENT OF THE YEAR TO HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Candace Key, school principal; Edison Key, MP South Abaco; Prime Minister HubertI ngraham; primary school student of the year Anna Albury; Theresa Albury, mother; Minister of Education Desmond Bannister. Back row from left: Ricardo Deveaux, president Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation and Minister of Youth Sports & Culture Charles Maynard. Patrick Hanna /BIS Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. ABOUT 400,000 feet of PVC water main pipes have been laid so far to update the infrastructure that will withstand the population expansion and urbanisation of New Providence. G ena Gibbs / BIS
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011, PAGE 7 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Nine contestants will be vying for the title of 2011/12 Miss Grand Bahama in this years pageant on Sunday. Pageant spokesman Janet Albury of VIP Services said several events are planned leading up the pageant, including the judges interview tomorrow and a motorcade of contestants on Friday. The contestants are Misty Thomas, sponsored by Sage Fashion; Anita Roberts, sponsored by Emeralds Fashions; Keriann Stuart, sponsoredby Stuart Fashion; Amanda McIntosh, sponsored by Family and Friends; Raquel Oliver, sponsored by Sabor; Sheria Rolle, sponsored by Rolle's Fashion; Leshelle Forbes, sponsored by the Eight Mile Rock Pageantry C ommittee; Gabriel Moss, sponsored by Crystal Seas Enterprises, and Shamica Deveaux, sponsored by The Jewelry Box. Last Sunday, the contestants competed in the evening gown and swimsuit competitions at the Treasure Bay Casino. The top three finishers in the swimsuit competition were Amanda McIntosh, who was the second runner-up with 42.28 points out of a total of 50 points; Raquel Oliver was the first runner-up receiving 46.71 points, and Keriann Stuart was the winner with 47.07 points. Ms Albury said the win automatically qualifies Ms Stuart as the first finalist in the Miss Grand Bahama Pageant. The winner of the evening gown competition will be announced on Sunday at the pageant, she said. Ms Albury said she was pleased with the audience turn-out last week. She said contestants were provided with black and aqua bikinis and colourful wraps by 1.9.6., which sponsored the swimsuit competition. Emceeing the nights event was Kerel Pinder, Miss Grand Bahama 2008. The panel of judges were Craig Turner, general manager and guest judge representing the Treasure Bay Casino; Joan Rolle, Miss GrandB ahama 2009 Nikie Sever; Cheryl Rodgers; Melissa Forbes; Theresa S aunders, and Barrington Sinclair. Ms Albury said contestants are judged on facial beauty, expression, figure, posture, sense of style, physical fitness, self-confidence, poise and grace. The overall package has to be i mpressive, as the winner will represent the Bahamas in international compet itions, she said. The current queen, Tempestt Stubbs, said she has enjoyed her reign and looks forward to crowning a new queen. Saturdays motorcade and float parade will commence at 4pm at the YMCA. It will end at the International Bazaar where the judging of costumes will take place. The pageant will be held on Sun day at 8pm at Hilton Outten Conven tion Centre on Settlers Way. SANDALS commitment to the Bahamas over the past 15 years has come without h esitation and can be seen in both word and deed, Tourism Minister Vincent V anderpool-Wallace said. The ministers statement came as Sandals RoyalB ahamian marks what is the most important week in celebration of its time in the Bahamas. Sandals Royal Bahamian first opened its doors on June6, 1996. In fact, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace happened to have been involved in the arrival of Sandals to the Bahamas and said he has always been proud of that fact. There was no hesitation of their commitment to the Bahamas either in Nassau or in Exuma and to the expan sion of their properties in the Bahamas in both locations. In fact, they probably have the record for the speedwith which they move from initial investment to expan sion. So their commitment is seen both in word and deed,Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said. Sandals prides itself on having a commitment to its staff and dedication to training that is unrivalled in the industry. Decision From its in-house training called the Master Class which gives line workers a chance to move up into management, to its decision to have butlers trained at the highly respect ed Guild of Professional English Butlers, the resort has made both a philosophi-cal and financial pledge to the personal advancement of its team members. Sandals even extends train ing into the wider community with its Hospitality Training Programme. Dozens of young Bahamians have been welcomed onto the property, given training free of charge, and gained experience that is vital for employment in the industry. Participants of the programme also get first preference when a permanent job opens up at the resort. In addition, through the Sandals Foundation, the resort has supported initiatives that uplift and improve the lives of those less fortunate. It is never sufficient to say that tourism is our largest economic sector without cir cling back and showing that tourism is also a philanthrop ic sector. We do not say it often enough but no society can measure its value solely in terms of GDP and the con tribution of any entity on that society cannot be measured entirely by its contribution to GDP. The Sandals Founda tion is evidence of the com panys belief in these principles and for that we applaud them, Mr Vanderpool-Wal lace said. In the past few years, Sandals commitment to the Bahamas has extended beyond New Providence into the Family Islands. Commerce on the island of Exuma was severely affected when the former owners of the Four Seasons Emerald Bay closed its doors in 2009. Sandals stepped in and rescued that islands economy however, and now, a year after opening the re-branded 500-acre property, Sandals officials note that Emerald Bay is going strong with at least an 80 per cent occupancy rate. The resort further anchored itself in the island community by expanding the infrastructure at Sandals Emerald Bay. Overall, more than 400 people to work at Sandals Emerald Bay. Since taking ownership of the property, Sandals has done a lot to enhance the rep utation of Exuma as a desti nation. Resort Most recently Sandals Emerald Bay, was named the ultimate Caribbean resort for 2011 by Brides Magazine, the world's number-one bridal publication. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said that the numbers speak loudly for the impact of Sandals in Exuma. But beyond the numbers, he said Sandals has had sig nificant impact in terms of both tours and sourcing of goods. We have no doubt that the Sandals in Exuma is the finest Sandals to be found anywhere which is sufficient testimony to the faith that Sandals has not only in the Bahamas but also in the people of Exuma, the Minister of Tourism said. SANDALS team members gather in the ballroom for a prayer service to mark the start of their 15th anniversary celebrations. Minister praises Sandals commitment to Bahamas R IGHT: B eauty queens Kerel Pinder, M iss Grand Bahama 2008, and Tempestt Stubbs, reigning Miss Grand Bahama, share the spotlight at the pageants pre-event competitions. FARRIGHT: Keriann Stuart, sponsored b y Stuart Fashions, was named the winner of the swimsuit competition. She h as automatically become the first finali st in the upcoming Miss Grand Bahama B eauty Pageant. Amanda McIntosh, sponsored by Family and Friends wass econd runner-up and Raquel Oliver, s ponsored by Sabor Restaurant, was voted first runner-up. BELOW RIGHT: Given the task of critiquing each contestant are judges Craig Turner, Joan Rolle, Miss Grand Bahama 2009 Nikie Sever, Cheryl Rodgers, M elissa Forbes, Theresa Saunders and B arrington Sinclair. for Miss Grand Bahama hopefuls showdown sunday
By LARRYSMITH INDIAN-AMERICAN journalist Fareed Zakaria pres ented an interesting CNN special this past weekend. The t opic was innovation, which is something that the Bahamas desperately needs in both the private and public sectors if we are to move forward at more than a snail's pace. Zakaria is editor-at-large of Time Magazine and host of CNN's Global Public Square Sunday newsmagazine. He is an incisivec ommentator and author, who argues that older indust ries in the US are under tremendous pressure and future growth will have to come from new industries that create new products andp rocesses. This requires a high level of innovation, but surveys show the US ranks well down the top ten list in spending on t hings like research, patents a nd venture projects. In one measure of how much a country has improved its innovation capacity over the past decade, the US was last among 40 nations. That sur-v ey took account of factors like research funding, education and corporate-tax policies. Innovation requires novel b usiness ideas and new techn ology. For example, Google's Eric Schmidt e xplained that after developing a better online search programme, his company figured out how to make money from it by creating a new model for a dvertising sales. But Zakaria m akes the interesting point t hat innovation is not an e xclusive property of the private sector. I n 1957 Soviet Russia launched the world's firsts pace satellite Sputnik w hich stunned the Americans i nto making huge investments in science research and development. These investments w ere largely channelled through two new government agencies the National Aero-n autics & Space Administration and the Advanced Research Projects Agency. Within a dozen years the US had landed men on the moona nd created the early internet. A fter the microchip was invented in 1958 by Texas Instruments, the US govern ment bought virtually every c hip that could be produced. This achieved huge improvements in the production process so that the price oft he Apollo microchip fell from $1,000 per unit to b etween $20 and $30 per unit i n the span of a couple years. It was the purchasing power of the government that madet he microchip an affordable a nd ubiquitous technology. Since 1979, the Danish government, through intelli gent and sustained public investment, has mobilized the development of next-generat ion wind energy. Today, a third of all wind turbines produced in the world are made by Danish firms, and wind p ower provides 20 per cent of that nation's electricity. Powered human flight was invented in the US, but by the First World War America lagged behind in the emerging field of aviation. By the 1950s, government support had r estored American leadership i n aeronautics and laid the f oundations for the modern aviation industry. Looking around the world t oday, Zakaria concludes that the fastest-growing e conomies are all busy using g overnment policy to establish commanding leads in one industry after another." For example, South Korea d ecided to become a major s teel and shipbuilding centre 40 years ago, with enormous s uccess. The Chinese are taking commanding leads in development of solar panels, high-speed rail, and even nuclear power plants. And S ingapore is recognised as the world's most innovative economy, as well as the easiestc ountry in which to do business. The Singapore government h as worked hard to achieve a pro-innovation environment. It has focused on local train ing as well as attracting intern ational talent through vari ous business visa pro grammes. Government agenc ies respond promptly to inquiries and are available via Skype to exchange ideas. Pub l ic-private partnerships have b een built in the biomedical sciences, clean energy and water treatment industries H ere's how one expert described Singapore: "When I first visited back in the1960s, t he country seemed nothing more than a developing country fishing village one with no territory to speak of, and n o natural resources other than people. Today Singapore is rich, sleek and sophisticated a country of 4.5 million peo ple with a global airline, a world-class life sciences research centre, a whopping bank balance, and a national i nnovation strategy." T here are many who think t he Bahamas is in dire need of such a strategy one founded on education reform, publicp rivate partnerships, promot ion of new technologies, s trategic investments, and e conomic liberalisation. In fact, there seems to be a general yearning amongst the intelligentsia for ANY strateg y that goes beyond the next e lection cycle. E LECTRIC VEHICLES FOR THE BAHAMAS Following the unprecedented spike in oil prices in 2008, this column considered t he prospects for electric vehicles as a way to cut pollution as well as fuel costs, but theh igh duty rate for all vehicles made such a proposal imprac tical. Fast forward three years a nd the government has final ly reacted by cutting the import tariff on EVs to 25 per cent. T his minor policy change has led at least one auto deal er (Nassau Motor Company t o pursue the first commer cial electric vehicle enterprise in the Bahamas golf cartsa side. It is a small example of t he kind of innovation that the Bahamas needs to advance both socially ande conomically. The global automotive industry is in the midst of w hat many consider a major transition to electric-powered transportation. We are on track for broad availability of b attery electric vehicles by 2012 from several start-ups as well as many mainstreamm anufacturers. And analysts estimate that hybrids and allelectric vehicles together will account for some 30 per cent of auto sales in the US and Europe by 2020. The Chevy Volt and the Nissan Leaf are the industry leaders so far, although ini tial production levels are small and prices still high. Others are playing catch-up. Daimler expects to be producing 10,000 electric cars by 2012 and the all-electric version of the Ford Focus will debut later this year. Both Toyota and Honda will launch all-electric city cars in 2012, and Volkswagen is also working on an electric mini. In addition, most manufacturers will be producing many more hybrid models cars that combine electric drive with gasoline engines. Some people believe that a gas-powered car's cost per mile is comparable to an elec tric vehicle. And since the electricity for recharging is often generated by fossil fuel power plants, they question whether electrification really works out to be better for the environment. But when you compare battery to gasoline power, electricity wins hands down. At current BEC rates (average 33 cents per kilowatt), it will cost about $4 to charge a battery electric vehi cle with a total energy capac ity of 12 kilowatt hours. If you travel, say, 50 miles on that charge, the cost is about 8 cents per mile. A car getting 25 miles per gallon with gasoline at $4 per gallon uses 16 cents worth of fuel per mile at $5 per gallon the cost is 20 cents per mile. And electricity prices are much less volatile than gasoline prices. Electric vehicles can also be charged v ia solar or wind power gene rators. E xperts also agree that noise and air pollution can be significantly reduced by s witching to electric vehicles, a nd air pollution can be cut e ven further by using cleaner e lectrical sources like wind and solar. Even relying on fossil fuel power plants, overall levels of greenhouse gases w ould be reduced because the e ntire process of moving a car one mile is more efficient u sing electricity than producing gasoline and burning it in a car's engine. The US has already evaluated the impact of vehicle r echarging on the electrical grid and estimates that threequarters of the small vehicleso n US roads could be charged by the existing grid, without building new power plants. Ag overnment study determined that if all the cars and light trucks in the US switched from oil to electricity, idlec apacity in the existing power system could generate most of the electricity consumed. A nd preliminary indica tions are that a few hundred EV's in the Bahamas won'tc rash the grid here either. P eak load in Nassau occurs between 7 and 11pm, so battery charging after midnightu ntil around 7am (when there is only 60 per cent of peak load) would be ideal. In short, t he deployment of electric vehicles in the Bahamas will not create a need for more power plants. A nother big concern is the batteries themselves. The lead-acid batteries curr ently used in cars can be a source of ground pollution unless they are disposed of properly. Both acid and lead are toxic to humans and animals, and there is currently no organised safe battery disposal programme in the Bahamas. Newer lithium-ion batteries used in advanced electric cars have longer lives and are more desirable for recycling. Government landfills around the Bahamas are supposed to provide special facilities where hazardous waste can be stored for re-export, but it is unclear whether this actually happens. There is also a local grey market that reclaims lead from waste bat teries, with the acid simply being dumped. These practices should be stopped, but they are not specific to electric vehicles. We should also consider the capacity of local auto dealerships to market and ser vice electric vehicles. EVs do not require air cleaners, oil filters, spark plugs, engine oil, fan belts, radiators, fuel filters, and various other com ponents of gas-powered vehicles, but models that use sophisticated electronics can be a challenge. When EVs are more wide ly available they are likely to become fashionable as the next big thing. Local dealers need to antic ipate this and determine what investment in training and facilities is needed to leverage the trend. That's what innovation is all about. What do you think? Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit www.bahamapundit.com PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 5(48,5(0(176 4 0F'RQDOGVRIIHUVH[FHOOHQWEHQHWV Bahamas desperately in need of innovation SINGAPORE: rich, sleek and sophisticated. APRO-INNOVATIONENVIRONMENT
B y K QUINCY PARKER Press AttachE mbassy of The Bahamas WASHINGTON, DC While in the US capital with the Bahamas' delegation tot he Scripps National Spelling Bee, Minister of Education Desmond Bannister established initial contacts with important entities including the District of Columbia Publ ic Schools (DCPS of the Mayor of DC, the State Department, the Organisationo f American States and the National Science Foundation. The minister said his hope w as that through partnership a nd collaboration with these e ntities, the Bahamian education system might share b est practices in a number of critical areas: teacher training, the integration and effect ive servicing of special needs s tudents and development of partnerships for the advance ment of science and technolo gy. Dr Carey Wright, chief academic officer of the DCPSC entral Office, spoke with Mr B annister about DCs Effective Schools Framework. The goal of the programme is to e nsure that every child in every classroom has access to engaging instruction. Key ele-m ents reflect the focus areas f or district reform. One of the elements of this framework is p rincipal accountability, by which principals effectiveness is in part measured against student achievement data. T hey also discussed the use of instructional coaches which are professional development specialists embedded within t he schools to work with spe cific teachers. The DCPS plan, according to Dr Wright, will implement this system district-wide in 2012. They also discussed the implemen t ation of video recording of lessons as a professional development tool, mandatory offering of advanced place ment (AP DC public school and the use of instructional superintend ents, whose job is to work with the principals and DCPS. Prompted by Mr Bannister, t hey also discussed the charter school system at length. Dr Wright confirmed that about 38 per cent of DCs student population is in charter schools. She said DCPS losesm any students to the charter school system which in DC is fairly independent in the middle school years, which meant that DCPS must focus on middle school reform and i mprovement as well. T he minister visited three schools while in DC: Neval Thomas Elementary, WestE ducation Campus, and McKinley Technology High School. M cKinley Tech is one of DCPS premier magnet schools, with hundreds of students applying for places each y ear. Gideon Sanders, direc tor of partnerships/internships at the school, talked with Mr Bannister about some of the partnerships and programmes at the school, including part n erships with Lockheed Martin, Microsoft and SMART Technologies, makers of dig ital blackboards for educators. I n addition to the schools greenhouse part of the biotechnology programme the minister toured McKinleys library/media centre, where the school is in the process of building a podcasts tudio, a 3-D computer modeling classroom and a science lab. There, he met and spoke with Aqueelah James, the AirF orce Associations 2011 National Science Teacher of the Year. The minister also visited Neval Thomas Elementary, the school adopted by the E mbassy of the Bahamas for t he 2010-2011 academic year as part of the Washington Performing ArtsS ociety/DCPS Adopt-ASchool programme. He took with him three students from t he Bahamas: Samuenta Marc, second place winner in the Bahamas National Spelling Bee, Suraj Vinuraj N air and Brittany Demeritte, who tied for third place. Meanwhile, Abaco student Sujith Swarna represented the Bahamas in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in DC,o nly just missing the semifinal round. The Bahamas delegation to the bee included Eula Gaitor,s upervisor Student Services Section; Rochelle Cox-Hill, National Spelling Bee coach in the Student Services Section; Haldane Chase, profes sor with the College of the Bahamas, Mr Swarna and hisp arents, the runners-up and others. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011, PAGE 9 E DUCATION MINISTER D esmond Bannister at McKinley Technical High School. MINISTER OF EDUCATION Desmond Bannister presents a series of Bahamian schoolbooks to Pamela Hayes, whose class has been adopted by the Embassy of the Bahamas in Washington, DC, for the 2010/11 school year. THE EMBASSY hosted a reception for Education Minister Desmond Bannister, at which he met with Bahamian educators working in DC, Maryland and Virginia, Bahamian students in the area and oth-e r Bahamians interested in education. AMBASSADOR CA SMITH and Education Minister Desmond Bannister with Neval Thomas principal Ruth Barnes and three Bahamian students as they visit Neval Thomas Elementary during the trip to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, DC. SUJITH SWARNA a student from Abaco, won the Bahamas National Spelling Bee and represented the Bahamas in the Scripps Bee in DC. BAHAMAS SPELLING BEE C ONTESTANT MINISTER SEEKS TIES WITH ORGANISATIONS IN WASHINGTON, DC TRIP
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE l ate last year after several r ounds of talks between technical experts from various ministries and agencies and their Cuban counterparts. The Cuban government has since made the necess ary approvals, according to Tribune sources. The ball is now in the Bahamas court. P ersons involved in the n egotiations say they are anxious for the government to move forward with ther ecommendations and seal the deal. The delimitation of the maritime boundary betweent he two countries is required by the United Nations Convention on the Law of theSea (UNCLOS m ent also has practical importance, because of the various interests in drillingf or oil. C uban officials have expressed a direct interest in drilling for oil. The Bahamas has done thes ame, although there is a moratorium on exploration. The border issue is also a precursor to establishing a fisheries agreement with Cuba, which would address any concerns about poachi ng. In December 2008, the B ahamas successfully established its straight archipela gic baselines through the U N. The proclamation defines the boundaries that e nclose all of the islands inside the archipelago. E xperts say without archi pelagic baselines, each Bahamian island had its own territorial sea belt which created pockets of high seasi n between the 700 islands. The straight archipelagic baselines were depositedw ith the United Nations, as required by UNCLOS, and enacted into domestic lawby the Archipelagic Waters a nd Maritime Jurisdiction ( Archipelagic Baselines) Order. Where maritime zones o verlap with neighbouring states, UNCLOS requires the parties to agree to their boundaries by negotiationso r otherwise according to international law. Mr Symonette said negotiations were in full force w ith Turks and Caicos before the recent political u pheaval. Once negotiations with Cuba are complete, the B ahamas will have to r esume negotiations with the Turks and Caicos and initia te discussions with the United States of Americaa nd Haiti. T he Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems Centre (BNGIS played a major role in help i ng to establish the Bahamas straight archipelagic baselines, said MrS ymonette. He said the work being done by BNGIS was neces sary to move the Cuban n egotiations forward. That p layed a role in the pace of negotiations. Mr Symonette said new e quipment acquired by BNGIS assisted the organi sation in conducting the global positioning system( GPS) survey of the islands. This included establishing GPS points on every island. am I arrogant to the extent where some people have declared they will be running for the PLP as a threat rather than as an entreaty. I am just an ordinary fella, raised in the low-cost government housing subdivision of Big Pond by an ordinary hard-working moth er who was abandoned by her husband when I was a mere toddler. I am humbled by my desire to serve, he said. Mr Smith claimed he has in no way, shape or form impugned, maligned or negatively sought to displace or discredit the current MP for the area, Mr Forbes, who he described as his colleague and friend. Indeed, Mr Smith added, it was Mr Forbes who first encouraged him to visit the constituency as he was of the view that the Boundaries Commission might create a third seat on the island of Andros with portions of the South Andros constituency being allotted to this presumptive third seat. There are some in the PLP who quite wrongly feel that a sitting incumbent has an automatic right to the candidacy for a subse quent nomination. Not only is this view deeply harmful to any nomination process, it is also anti-democratic and peculiarly nonPLP. The late great Sir Lynden (Pindling his political wisdom, caused an amendment of the partys constitution in the 1970s which gave effect to a new policy position that made all incumbents subject to review before going forward again as candidates. It was Sir Lynden speaking from Kemps Bay, South Andros on that August 19 night in 1992 who reminds us again that the voice of the people is the voice of God. Today, the people of South Andros are speaking. If we truly put people first, let us listen to them and ensure that powerful forays into South Andros by special interest groups seeking to engineer democracy are rebuked and discontinued, Mr Smith said. Mr Smith, who helped fund the South Andros Regatta with fashion mogul Peter Nygard over the holiday weekend, said he preferred not to engage in political commentary at the time, but now feels he must set the record straight. Attempts to reach Mr Forbes for comment on Mr Smiths declaration were unsuccessful up to press time last night. Phone card vendor loses leg in truck smash the truck attempted to flee the scene but was detained by s everal young men who live in the area until the authorities a rrived. I t was said that the driver claimed he was being chased by someone and was fleeing when the accident took place. ABOVE: The remains of the vendors booth. RIGHT: The truck is towed from the scene. Felip Major /Tribune staff F ROM page one FROM page one THE BAHAMAS AND CUBA REACH AGREEMENT OVER MARITIME BORDER FROM page one KEOD SMITH TO CHALLENGE PICEWELL FORBES FOR SOUTH ANDROS NOMINATION STOLEN VEHICLE LINK TO LICENSING SCAM years. The investigation started six months ago, according to Superintendent PaulR olle, the head of the Central Detective Unit. Currently CDU has a list of more than 100 registrations. He urged driversw ho have licensed vehicles through this u nauthorised scheme to bring their vehi cles into CDU before officers are forced to come and get you. As the CDU continues its investigat ion, they expect to make additional arrests. FROM page one SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. Associated Press FLAMESfrom a mammoth forest fire licked the ridges surrounding the eastern Arizona town of Eagar on Tuesday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of about half the 4,000 resi dents as surrounding towns also pre pared to empty. People started streaming out of Eagar as sheriff's deputies and police officers directed traffic. Flames were spotted on a ridge on the southeastern side of nearby Springerville and columns of orange smoke rose from the hills. Ash rained from the sky, which was filled with thick smoke,and when the sun peeked through, it was blood-red. Angie Colwell, her husband Mike and their two children were loading up their belongings as authorities ordered their Eagar neighborhood to evacuate. "We love the mountains and we're just afraid of what's going to be left after the fire comes through," the longtime resident said. The blaze has burned 486 square miles of ponderosa pine forest, driven by wind gusts of more than 60 mph since it was sparked on May 29by what authorities believe was an unattended campfire. It officially became the second-largest in Arizona history on Tuesday. No serious injuries have been reported, but the fire has destroyed 10 structures so far. It has cast smoke as far east as Iowa and forced some planes to divert from Albuquerque, N.M., some 200 miles away. Joe Reinarz, commander of a firefighting team battling the so-called Wallow fire, told residents Tuesday night that the fire was within two miles of Springerville and Eager. He said the blaze had skirted around Greer because crews were able to keep it out of the canyons surrounding the small resort town. Reinarz said several structures had burned in the Alpine and Nutrioso areas but he couldn't provide specifics. Crews were doing back burns Tuesday night and trying to build dozer lines around Eager and Springerville to keep the flames away as law enforcement officers patrolled the evacuated areas. The Apache County Sheriff's Office issued the evacuation order for areas south of Highway 260 and east of Greer just before 4 p.m. The highway will be closed after the evac uation is complete. Eagar has about 4,000 residents, while Springerville has another 2,000. In all, about 7,000 people have been ordered to prepare for evacuation in recent days. Several tiny resort towns in the nearby Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest were evacuated earlier. Winds whipping the fire Monday drove the last holdouts from Greer. Earlier in the day, bulldozers scraped away brush and trees to create a barrier between the towns and the approaching flames in the sur rounding mountains. Other crews removed brush from around homes and firefighters were sent to protect buildings from the flames. Thousands of firefighters, including many from several western states and as far away as New York, hope to keep the flames from getting into Springerville and Eager, which sit in grassland at the edge of the forest. "The worst-case scenario is we're going to order an evacuation and the fire is going to burn up to the homes here," fire incident command spokesman Steve Miller said before the order was issued. "Or to wherever we stand and defend, hopefully not further than that." With a blaze as large as this being driven by unpredictable and gusty winds, putting the fire out is a gar gantuan task. All fire managers can do is try to steer it away from homes and cabins by using natural terrain, burning out combustible material first and trying to put out spot fires sparked by embers blowing in front of the main fire front. New mapping showed that some fire breaks have held but the wildfire was still considered zero percent contained Tuesday night. Dozens of firefighters worked Tuesday alongside a stretch of Highway 191 about two miles outside of Springerville, burning combustible material such as vegetation along one side of the road in an effort to keep the approaching fire from jumping across and heading into town. Puffs of smoke billowed from underneath juniper and pinyon trees as flames licked at the trees. Jeff Brink, a member of an Idahobased Bureau of Land Management fire crew, had spent the better part of Tuesday doing burnouts and mak ing sure the flames stayed on one side of the highway while warily watching the weather. "Obviously, with these winds, when we're burning out the wind can shift," Brink said. The American Red Cross has an evacuation center at the high school about 15 miles west in Lakeside, Ariz. that can handle several thousand people, spokesman Mark Weldon said. The center was opened at Blue Ridge high after last week's evacuation of about 2,700 people from nearly mountain communities, but only about 50 were there before the new evacua tions on Tuesday. Extra cots, blan kets and comfort kits were rushed to the school early Tuesday as the threat heightened. Smoke from the fires was worst in the towns just north of the blaze, including Eagar and Springerville. But haze was being carried by a ridge of high pressure as far as central Iowa, said Kyle Fredin, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Denver. The smoke was also visible in New Mexico, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. Colorado health officials canceled a smoke health advisory Tuesday as smoke cleared from the southern half of the state. Two airliners headed to Albuquerque were diverted Monday night because of smoke and high winds. SCOTT SHELLENBERGER 32, packs his belongings during a mandatory evacuation in Eagar, Ariz., Tuesday. Flames from a mammoth forest fire licked the ridges surrounding the eastern Arizona town of Eagar on Tuesday afternoon, forcing the evacuation of about half the 4,000 residents as surrounding towns also prepared to empty. (AP THOUS ANDS ORDERED OUT OF ARIZON A TOWN AS FIRE NEARS I NTERNATIONALNEWS
INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011, PAGE 11 BUENOS AIRES, Argentina Associated Press STIFF WINDS blew ash from a Chilean volcano Tuesday in a widening arc across A rgentina to the capital, grounding most air travel to and from the country for much of the day. S ince airborne ash can severely damage jet engines, Aerolineas Argentinas and Austral, the country's state-owned international and domestic airlines, canceled all flights within A rgentina as well as to and from other coun tries. At least six international carriers also suspended flights between Buenos Aires and cities in the United States, Europe and South America, and flights from Chile over Argentine territory also were suspended. Later Tuesday afternoon, Aerolineas announced it was slowly resuming flights from Buenos Aires to the north and east, areas beyond the reach of the thickest part of the plume. But airports closer to the volcano were ordered closed through at least Sunday. LAN Air Lines also was resuming flights over Argentine territory. The cancellations left the usually bustling international and domestic airports in Buenos Aires nearly deserted as aviation regulators met to study the weather patterns. Geologists have said the Cordon Caulle volcano could keep erupting for several weeks. The ash cloud was blowing well to the south and away from Chile's capital, Santiago, but at least four international carriers there also suspended flights across Argentina to Buenos Aires, Brazil, Uruguay and Europe as a pre caution. The closest major city to the volcano is San Carlos de Bariloche, just over the border in Argentina, where thick abrasive soot was coat i ng slopes in a string of resorts that depend on the winter ski season, opening in less than two weeks. The plume then stretched north e ast before curving east, dumping ash over Argentina's vast ranchlands before reaching the capital and even Paraguay, north of Argentina. Given that even this morning the volcano continues to be active, the reopening of the airports isn't expected until the conditions nec-e ssary for security can be guaranteed," Argentina's transportation department announced. Transportation officials were meeting with representatives of Argentina's meteorological service, civil aviation board and airport regu lator to figure out where the ash cloud will move next and what to do about it, the state ment said. The ash couldn't be seen in the streets of downtown Buenos Aires by midday Tuesday. But Jorge Echarran, who runs the emergency council of the surrounding Buenos Aires province, said in a local radio interview that "the cloud is already in the suburbs and is reaching the capital," hovering at an altitude of between 16,400 feet (5,000 meters 22,970 feet (7,000 meters Closer to the volcano, strong rains that began Monday night increased the danger of rivers getting clogged with ash and then overflowing in flash floods. Evacuations were expanding, with more than 4,000 people already fleeing their homes. Vulcanologist Jorge Munoz of Chile's National Geology and Mines Service said the eruption so far is considered to be moderate, but that could change. He said the volcano will likely begin to expel lava in the coming days, along with pyroclastic material that can turn waterways into avalanches of mud and rock. V OLCANIC ASH FROM CHILE GROUNDS ARGENTINA FLIGHTS WARSAW, Poland Associated Press NATO and Russia t eamed up Tuesday to test their ability to fight terrorism, using a military transport plane to simulate a hijacking over Poland and sending in fighter planes to save it, an official said. It was the first time NATO and Russia, which doesn't belong to the alliance, had conducted such an anti-terrorism exercise together. During it, the transport plane departed from the southern Polish city of Krakow and was "hijacked" as it flew toward St. Petersburg, Russia, said Polish Maj. Waldemar Krzyzanowski. Russian Su-27 and Polish F-16 fighter planes led the transport plane to a safe landing in Malbork, northern Poland, after being told to assume that terrorists had damaged its navigation system before being overpowered. In a similar scenario Wednesday, a Turkish plane is to be "hijacked" over the Black Sea, then brought safely home by Turkish and Russian fighters. Krzyzanowski, who described the "Vigilant Skies 2011" exercises, said the goal is to coordinate the abilities of NATO countries such as Poland and Turkey to join up with Russia to quickly track down and rescue hijacked aircraft. "This is the first such counterterrorism exercise held between NATO and the Russian Federation," a NATO statement said. It called the exercise "a major milestone" in the so-called Cooperative Airspace Initiative system, a NATO-Russian effort to enhance the collective capability of fight ing possible terrorist threats. NATO, RUSSIA TEAM UP IN ANTI-TERROR EXERCISE FROM LEFT: U.S. astronaut Michael Fossum, Russian cosmonaut Sergey Volkov and Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa, crew members of the mission to the International Space Station, ISS, walk to a bus from a hotel the launch of Soyuz-FG rocket at the Russian leased Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Tuesday, June. (AP BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan Associated Press A RUSSIAN SOYUZcraft has blasted off from southern Kazakhstan to take a three-man crew to International Space Station. Russian cosmonaut Sergei Volkov, NASA's Michael Fossum, and Satoshi Furukawa of Japan roared into the night sky from the desolate but balmy Kazakh Steppe early Wednesday. They will spend almost two days in the cramped Soyuz capsule before docking with the space station, where they will remain until mid-November. Family, friends and colleagues of the astronauts attended the launch at the Russianleased Baikonur cosmodrome in the former Soviet nation. The team will witness the final mission of the U.S. shuttle, with NASA retiring the 30-year programme after Atlantis flies to ISS on July 8. Russian spacecraft blasts off for space station P ORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Associated Press HEAVY RAINhammered southern Haiti for a seventh straight day Tuesday, triggering floods and m udslides and causing house s and shanties in the capital t o collapse. The official death toll from the storm was 13 but likely to rise. Runoff from the rain sent rivers surging and flooded many homes as people scrambled to their rooftops. The slow-moving storm system also toppled trees and debris blocked streets throughout the capital. Haiti's Civil Protection D epartment said at least 13 people were killed and more than a dozen injured. In Petionville, a hillside n eighborhood south of downtown Port-au-Prince, a concrete house slid down a ravine and crashed into s everal smaller houses. C rews dug through the w reckage with a tractor for s urvivors. We are sure there are m ore bodies," Petionville Mayor Claire Lydie Parent told The Associated Press. "We're waiting to see just how many bodies therea re." T he storm system has satu rated much of the C aribbean in recent days, w ith flooding reported in t he neighboring Dominican Republic as well as in Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Authorities have attributed one death in the Dominican Republic and one in J amaica to the weather. In Haiti, the week of pounding rain has deepened the misery for tens of thou-s ands of people living in the t ent-and-tarp settlements that sprung up after the Jan uary 2010 earthquake. Aid g roups have warned that the wet weather could worsen a cholera outbreak that has killed more than 5,300 peop le since October. Michel Davison, a coordinator for the Internationa l Desk of the U.S. National Oceanographic and A tmospheric Administration, said satellite data indicate that rain drenchedH aiti along the border with the Dominican Republic for a t least six hours Monday night, dumping between four to six inches. That's a fairly intense rainfall amount," Davison said in a phone interview. "That's been happeningn ow for five, seven days. T he ground is so saturated at this point that it doesn't t ake much to produce floods." Davison said Haiti will s ee more rain Wednesday, but should get a much-neede d reprieve later the week. Marie Alta Jean-Baptiste, director of Haiti's Civil Pro-t ection Department, said the 13 deaths recorded so f ar were people who either drowned or died in mudslides. Ten of the deathsh appened in the Port-auPrince area. Two children died and three others were injured int he Nazon neighborhood in P ort-au-Prince after the wall of a home fell on them, a ccording to the Civil Protection Department. Meanwhile, hospitals saw a n influx of patients. Doctors at a hospital run b y the Miami aid group Project Medishare treated at least 10 people for injuries,i ncluding a puncture wound, said Gabriele Denis, a hosp ital administrator. Aid group Doctors Without Borders treated at least 10p eople, many of them injured when walls fell on them, said Sylvain Groulx, chief of mission for DoctorsW ithout Borders. H aiti's newly elected President Michel Martelly t ook to national television just before midnight to calm the nation as the storm was s till passing over the city. "This message is to tell the p opulation that I'm with you," the president said. Martelly ordered governm ent construction workers to show up to work early T uesday to help remove debris. Rains earlier this week p rompted the government and international aid groups to evacuate dozens of fami lies who live around the o verflowing Lake Azuei. HAITI MUDSLIDES, RAINSTORMS KILL AT LEAST 13 PEOPLE WATCH rescue efforts next to the bodies of two people killed by a landslide caused by heavy rains in Port-auPrince, Haiti, Tuesday. Rains hammered southern Haiti for a seventh straight day Tuesday, triggering floods and mudslides and causing houses and shanties in the capital to collapse. The official death toll from the storm was 13 but likely to rise. (AP TRAVELCHAOS
D AMASCUS, Syria Associated Press A SYRIAN government n ewspaper said Tuesday t hat more Syrians and Palestinians plan to march to the Israeli border, warn-i ng Israel the day will come when hundreds of thousands of refugees return to their occupied villages. I sraeli forces opened fire o n Palestinian and Syrian protesters Sunday, killing as many as 23 people who tried to cross into the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights. The article referred to P alestinian refugees in camps in Syria, as well as Syrians who fled the Golan Heights when Israel cap-t ured the strategic plateau in the 1967 Mideast war. In Washington, State D epartment spokesman Mark Toner said the U.S. believes President Bashar Assad's government is actively supporting the Palestinian protests near the Israeli border. "We don't have any hard evidence," Toner said. "But we've seen this kind of behavior before. And certainly it seems in keeping with the Syrian regime's actions that they would try to deflect or distract international attention from what's going on internally in Syria by encouraging these kind of protests." The Tishreen newspaper said the Sunday march was only an "introduction," adding Syrians and Palestinians were now deter mined to recover their territory through resistance. It said Israel should expect 600,000 refugees to march "at any time" back to their villages and farms from where their families were forcefully uprooted. Israel's military respond ed with a stern warning. It said in a statement that breaching the frontier lines "is a violation of international agreements," and the military would "operate as necessary to prevent the recurrence of similar inci dents in the future." "Provocative rioters who breach the Israeli security fence place themselves in danger and must accept the responsibility for their actions," the statement said. The deaths from Sunday's march led to violent tensions among Palestinian factions in Syria and a gunfight within the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus. Clashes erupted late Monday at the camp between a group of Palestinians and the guards of a building belonging to the radical Popular Front for the Lib eration of Palestine Gen eral Command. The clashes erupted following funeral processions for Palestinians who were killed Sunday by Israeli gunfire on the Golan Heights. They were sparked when some youths began shouting slogans against the PFLP-GC's leaders and pelted them with stones. The PFLP-GC issued a statement Tuesday saying two of its members were killed and several of its offices were torched. It accused Palestinian "agents working for the Zionist enemy" of the killings and provocation. Some relatives of Pales tinians who died while marching Sunday were reportedly angered that the march was allowed to happen and some blamed the PFLP-GC. A two-year war that followed Israel's creation in 1948 displaced about 700,000 Palestinians. Together with their descen dants, they number several million today. According to U.N. figures, about 450,000 refugees and their descen dants are registered in Syria. Roughly 100,000 Syrians fled the Golan Heights when Israel captured the territory in 1967. INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE FamGuards Annual Calendar Photo Contest is opentoallphotographers.Thetitleforthe companys 2012 calendar will be A Celebration of Nature. Photographsmaybeofany subject(animateorinanimate),sceneorhistrocialstructurethatfeaturesastrikingexample of nature as found in The Bahamas. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS JUNE 30, 2011. All entries are submitted at the owners risk and will not be returned. All entries are to be delivered to Family Guardians Corporate Centre, Village Road and East Bay Street, Nassau, between 9:00a.m and 5:00p.m weekdays only. 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I also conrm that the photos entered in this contest were taken in The Bahamas by the undersigned and have not been previously published.SignatureDate NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I CORPORATE CENTRE I FINANCIAL CENTRE I www.famguardbahamas.com WASHINGTON Associated Press O BAMAadministration officials said Tuesday that Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh was more badly injured than thought in a blast at his compound last week, complicating the U.S. response to increased instability in a key battleground in the war a gainst al-Qaida. Saleh is receiving treatment in Saudi Arabia for burns covering some 40 percent of his body, three U.S. officials said. Yemen's leader also is suf-f ering from bleeding inside his skull, t he officials said on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. One current and one former U.S. official also said Saleh had additional,s ignificant injuries to his upper body. Those officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss intelli-g ence matters, said U.S. officials think the injuries were caused by a bomb planted inside his compound in the Y emeni capital, not a rocket attack f rom outside the compound walls. That conflicts with initial reports of the attack. A lso Tuesday, The Pentagon con firmed that the U.S. military has ceased its training of Yemeni forces. Col. Dave Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman, said the training is now "in abeyance" but the U.S hopes it will be able to resume the program. He declined to say exactly how manyU .S. military personnel are now in Yemen, including the number of special operations trainers, which has fluctuated over time. U.S. officials, however, have suggested the number o f trainers has been close to 80. The developments Tuesday fueled f ears about the deepening unrest in a nation that has been a launching pad for attacks against the U.S. by the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabi-a n Peninsula. Those include the foiled Christmas Day 2009 bombing of ana irliner over Detroit and explosives f ound in parcels intercepted last year i n Dubai and Britain. T he United States initially believed that Saleh escaped the Friday attack u nscathed, though officials later amended their assessment to say he had suffered slight wounds. S aleh underwent surgery on Mond ay to remove shards of wood from his chest and treat heavy burns on his face and chest from the attack, which k illed 11 bodyguards and seriously w ounded five other senior officials. It is not known when the leader of 33 years planned to return to Yemen, but a top official said he would return home within days. The United States opposes his return. A return by Saleh would likely s park new, intensified fighting between his forces and opposition tribesmen determined to topple him. Both sides' fighters are deployed in the streets of the capital, and a ceasef ire brokered by Saudi Arabia only a day earlier was already starting to f ray, with clashes killing at least six over the past 24 hours. The information on his condition was circulating in Washington as theU .S. continued to press him to step down, so that a transition process cane nd months of political unrest. The U .S. also fears the dangerous al-Qaid a in the Arabian Peninsula offshoot c ould take advantage of the chaos to expand its power. O n Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton called for an "immediate transition" in Yemen.S he said the country needs a process t hat "everyone knows is going to lead to the sort of economic and political reforms that they are seeking." G overnment forces have killed 30 I slamic militants in Yemen's troubled southern province of Abyan, the d efense ministry said Tuesday, in what a ppears to be an escalation of a milit ary campaign to retake areas captured by extremists. T he violence underscores fears of i ncreasing instability in the Arab world's most impoverished country. Warplanes bombed areas around the town of Zinjibar, which was seizedb y Islamic militants late last month, overnight, according to witnesses and m ilitary officials. F ighting also occurred on the ground when dozens of militants a ttacked an army position in Abyan, p rompting a gunfight that left nine s oldiers and six of the attackers dead, according to the military officials, who s poke on condition of anonymity b ecause they weren't authorized to r elease the information. The army had regained control of the post after h ours of fighting. A brief defense ministry statement said 30 Islamic militants were killed Monday night and Tuesday, but did not provide a breakdown or givem ore details about the fighting. An attack on the presidential palace i n Taiz on Sunday was blamed on a g roup recently set up to avenge the killing of anti-regime protesters at the h ands of security forces. It was not i mmediately clear whether the same g roup was behind Tuesday's attack. YEMEN LEADER HURT WORSE THAN THOUGHT YEMENI PRESIDENT Ali Abdullah Saleh. Saleh is receiving treatment in Saudi Arabia for burns covering some 40 percent of his body, three U.S. officials said. (AP AN ISRAELI ARMY TRACTOR carries concrete blocks to be placed along the border between Israel and Syria, Tuesday in the Druze village of Majdal Shams. A Syrian government newspaper says marches to t he border will continue and warns Israel the day will come when thousands of Syrians will return to their occupied villages. (AP SYRIA WARNING OF MORE MARCHES ON ISRAELI BORDER S YRIAN PROTESTERS c arry national flags as they shout slogans against President Bashar Assad in front of the Syrian embassy in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday. Syria's army has carried out days of deadly assaults to crush protesters calling for the end of Assad's rule. (AP President Ali Abdullah Saleh badly injured
By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com A broken-down air conditioning system in the building housing the Depart m ent of Statistics will delay the release of key unem ployment figures, the its d irector said yesterday. K alsie Dorsett expressed her frustration with the situ ation, which has forced the Department to permit stafft o leave their jobs after working just half days in order to avoid the insuffer a bly hot conditions that have existed for the past two to three months as a result of the equipment mal function. It is very difficult to meet deadlines if people are going home half day, said Mrs Dorsett, who added that in addition to some staff going home, others have had to share office space with coworkers she herself having had two other staff members working in her office of late. The director said she does not see how the Department, based in the Clarence Bain Building on Thompson Boulevard, will be able to meet its initial target of releasing unemployment statistics for public consumption by the end of June 2011. Some 40 of the Depart ments 80 Nassau-based staff are affected by the AC shutdown. Other departments in the building are also impacted. The unemployment sta tistics in question are a longawaited key indicator of the countrys economic health, and the financial and social well-being of the population. The figures are to come from the findings of the Department of Statistics first Labour Force Survey in two years. The survey was conducted by the Depart ment in May this year. The survey, normally conducted on an annual basis in the Bahamas, was post poned last year because the Department was tasked to conduct the Census, leaving it unable to muster the manpower for the Labour Force Survey. Based on the last Labour Force survey of May 2009, it was determined that New Providence had an unemployment rate of 14 per cent, while Grand Bahama's unemployment level hadr isen to 17.4 per cent. The opposition PLP and some business stakeholdersh ave suggested that the G overnment has allowed too much time to elapse without releasing updated unemployment data, witht he former suggesting that the postponement was political, based on a desire toh ide the true level. The Government has denied this charge, pointing to the fact that a LabourF orce survey has never taken place in a Census year. Mrs Dorsett said that b ased on delays so far she e xpects that rather than by the end of June, the new jobs data will likely be released around the mid d le of July. The Director added that she has been informed the AC system isi n need of a new 10-ton compressor. $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.59 $5.54 $5.67 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.orgWEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 InternationalInvestmentFund [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Despite a collective 32.12 per cent increase in new car sales year-over-year for the first four months of 2011,B ahamian Motor Dealers Association (BMDA b ers yesterday said the indust ry had only regained half of i ts pre-recession numbers, a lthough one said: Weve stopped the rot. A ndrew Barr, Friendly Motors sales manager, told Tribune Business that theB ahamian new car industry a key bellwether for the economy had probably lost 50-6 0 per cent of total industry sales over the past three yearsof economic contraction, with m any dealers reaching a bord erline position. Y et with sales starting to show some recovery, Mr Barr s aid the sector was likely to avoid adding to the unemployment numbers through lay-offs, and said this testified t o the industrys strength and owner attitudes. Right now, I think were s tarting to head in the right d irection. Weve stopped the rot, Mr Barr told Tribune Business, after BMDA mem-b ers posted a 32.12 per cent collective year-over-year sales increase almost a one-thirdr ise for the four months to e nd-April 2011. Were all achieving the figures to keep our staff employed, remain where we are, and anything beyond that a ccrues to the growth of the company. From 2009 until now, the motor industry hast aken a major, major hit. T heres not a lot of industries, businesses that will take a reduction of 60 per cent ins ales and keep all staff employed. Weve taken a severe, s evere beating in this recess ion, but are still strong, focusing on growing a little bit at a time, and bringing in vehicles that are attractive to the consumer but a little bit cheaper. T he Friendly Motors sales manager conceded that many dealers had come close tot he borderline position, w here the reduction in new car sales and top-line rev enues would force them to l ay-off staff. All the dealers got very close to that point, we got tot hat level, but we did not eve stopped the rot with 32% car sales rise But BMDA members cautious on outlook, as only regained 50% of pre-recession position Growth enables some dealers to pull away from lay-off borderline position One says: Few industries that would take 60% sales drop and keep all employed Jobs data hit by AC blow S EE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor B ahamian new car dealers yesterday told Tribune Business that the Central Bank of the Bahamas interest rate reduction would have mini mal impact on vehicle d emand, given the increased costs produced by Excise Tax and manufacturing cost rises. Andrew Barr, Friendly M otors sales manager, told Tribune Business that while the 0.75 percentage point reduction in the Discount Rate would help, it was unlikely to have a major impact on new car demand, especially for high-end vehicles such as the Ford Explorer that now cost $50,000-plus. Anything along those lines will have an impact, but when youre talking about a $50$60,000 vehicle, thats still a dramatic amount of money, Mr Barr said. He explained that the com bination of the 2010-2011 Budget, which both raised Excise Tax rates and changed the structure to one based on engine sizes, plus a rise in manufacturing costs had worked to effectively close the door to new vehicle pur chases for a significant segment of the Bahamian mar ket. The price of the more Unemployment report likely to be released in July, not this month, after air conditioning woes force Department staff to work half days B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Bio energy could generate 375,000 Megawatts (MW tricity per annum, equivalent to 12.5 per cent of the Bahamas current power demand, a report for the Government has estimated, with Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTECa ble to produce several tens of MWs. German consultants, Fichtner, in their Promoting Sustainable Energy in the Bahamas report, zeroed in on these two renewable energy technologies as having most potential for the Bahamas, together with wind power. DOOR CLOSED ON MANY TOP END CAR BUYERS Sales and traffic still very sluggish Dealers say rate cut likely to have minimal impact SEE page 2B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A veteran Bahamian musician yesterday said he has turned the tables on years of copyright violations by exploiting the I nternet to his own advantage, telling Tribune Business that he has effectively sold over four-five million CDs since launching his album on October 20. B rad Lundy, the almost 50-year veteran of the Bahamian and international music scene, said his 16-track I Need You albums performance since last autumns launch had surpassed alle xpectations, now being featured on 45 different websites, such as Napster, Amazon and iTunes. A long-running victim of copyright and intellectual property rights violations by websites who sold his music without Musician turns the tables on copyright violators BIO ENERGY CAN MEET 12.5% OF POWER NEED SEE page 4B Brad Lundy uses Internet to advantage, with new album selling -5m CDs since October launch on 45 websites Targeting July for 1,000-strong concert audience in Nassau SEE page 5B
expensive cars are being adversely affected by the duty rates, and in 2011 we had a lot of manufacturing cost increases. With the duty rises, that was a double whammy, and put us in a higher duty brack et anyway, Mr Barr said. If youre looking at a tope nd vehicle, youre looking at $50,000-plus for a higher-end US car. That closed the door on a lot of potential customers. They might have been able to get a loan for $38,000, but banks are not going to lend $50,000 to a lot of customers. Before they raised the duty, you could have got an Explorer for $38,000. It was tough to get a loan for that amount, but its a damn sight tougher getting a loan for $54,000 to buy a new Explorer now. Five out of 10, seven out of 10 might have qualified to buy it pre-recession, now one out of 10, two out of 10 might qualify. And the Friendly Motors sales manager added: I per sonally think sales are very sluggish, traffic is very slug gish. Banks have a lot of money to lend, but not a lot of people are qualifying for the high-end cars, which pushesa lot of traffic towards the lower-end cars. Analysing the interest rate cuts impact, Rick Lowe, Nassau Motor Companys (NMC operations manager, said that on a $25,000 auto loan, with a 10 per cent interest rate over five years, the monthly repay ment was $528.70. If the lending bank passed on the full impact of the inter est rate cut, dropping the loan rate to 9.25 per cent, Mr Lowe said the monthly repayment would fall to $519.89, a savings of $8.81. Really, its kind of insignif icant, Mr Lowe told Tribune Business of the monthly sav ings effect. It all sounds good and makes a good selling point, but its nothing. Its a joke. The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC yesterday confirmed David W Kelhams appointment as its chief financial officer. Mr Kelham, who was nom i nated in a recent survey conducted by the international accounting firm, GrantT hornton, as one of the most outstanding financial directors worldwide, is a Fellow of the Institute of CharteredA ccountants in England and Wales. He has spent nearly 20 years as a financial director or chief financial officer in various industries, including 12 years in telecommunications. "David Kelham brings d epth, expertise and experi ence to the position of chief financial officer, and we arep leased that he will help move BTC forward at this critical juncture, as we streamline andu pgrade operations, prepare for competition and make BTC attractive to sharehold ers in the very near future," s aid BTCs chief executive Geoff Houston. "The post of chief financial officer is vital in determining many significant matters financing new equipment, optimum timing for capital e xpenditure, managing costs of operations and sales, investment opportunities,r etiring of loans. Those major issues are part of the daily diet of a chief financial officer's workload,a nd we are fortunate to have someone of David Kelham's calibre in creating value and p rofitability for BTC." Between 2004 and 2006, Mr Kelham participated in thet urnaround and sale of Courts Caribbean, today the Caribbean's largest furniture, appliance and electric retailer with 93 stores in 11 regional countries. He replaces fellow expatriate Paul McLean. "We would also like to acknowledge the service of Paul McLean, who for the past three years of his career with BTC held the post of chief financial officer prior to returning to the UK to pur sue other interests," said Mr Houston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here will be instancesw here the c ompany has s omehow dropped the ball, or there has been a misunderstanding. Company representatives often feel hesitant to offer an apology for fear of implicating the firm, or beingf orced to take the blame for something they had nothing to do with. When is it appropriate to apologise to a customer who is obviously upset? Should you apologise when the customer is at fault? Remember, the issue is never the issue. Your customers experience will be determined by the way the incident is handled. F irst, an apology helps to calm down the customer who is e motionally charged. S econd, it gives you the opportunity to show empathy to someone who is having a bad experience with your compa n y. A nd third, it is an excellent prelude to ensuring your client understands you want to make things right. Sincerity is key. An off-handed apology can be even more agitating than no apology at all, so think before you speak.P ut yourself in the customers situation and understand what they are feeling. Apologise for the experience that is being associated with your organisation. Never use thew ord: Sorry. This word is weak and takes the focus off the customer and the solution. Please accept my earnest apology for the frustration this has caused you. T his is an example of a carefully crafted apology. It effect ively shows you understand what your customer is feeling without placing blame or accepting responsibility. Learn to apologise well to reduce profit loss and retain customers. NB: Kim Welcome is chief executive of Influential Voice, a communication trainer, coach and voice actor. She assists businesses and individuals to achieve their goals throughh elping them to develop deliberate, skillful, polished com munication skills. For more info e-mail email@example.com. Carefully craft your customer apologies S mall business owners obtained valuable insights on how to manage their cash flow at a recent seminar hosted by Scotiabank. T he workshop attracted more than 50 s mall business owners. Participants exam i ned various aspects of C ash Flow Management and its significance in running a busin ess. T hey were shown how to set up a cash flow spreadsheet, and taught the importance of understanding the influences of cash flow ing in and out of the business. The success of the small business segment is vital to the sustained economic growth of our economy, said Debra Wood, s ales leader of Scotiabanks Small Business B anking team. At Scotiabank, our goal is to educate our Small Business owners, and to providet hem with the necessary tools to gain easier a ccess to funding. Mrs Wood facilitated the seminar with the assistance of Clement Foster, senior manager of credit risk. K IM W ELCOME TALKING TIPS C ASHFLOWMANAGEM ENT: P ictured front row L to R: Dawn Cash, manager of Scotiabanks East Street & Soldier Road branch ; Debra Wood, s ales leader Small Busin ess Banking; Clem Foster, senior manager, credit risk.B ack row L to R: Jim Wilson, vice-president, corporate and commercialb anking; Samuel Haven, s enior manager, client relationships, corporate and commercial banking. 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By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Responding to calls suggesting that upward revisions to historical gross domestic product (GDPi mperative that the Department of Statistics take steps to restore confidence in their work, officials yesterday said the key economic indicator is now as accurate as we can possibly make it basedo n the information thats available to us. Assistant director of statistics, and supervisor of nation-a l accounts, Clarice Turnq uest, explained that the G DP data revision came from the fact that the Department is now able to include mored ata sources that have only recently become available, a nd calculate the GDP using a n updated methodology reco mmended by the United N ations (UN Department of Statistics officials met with Tribune Business yesterday to discuss the changes to the GDP leve ls, announced by the Prime Minister during his 2011-2012 Budget Communication inM ay, following statements by businessman Franklyn Wilson, in which he suggested it n eeded to explain the changes i f they are to restore the conf idence of people who turn to the Department of Statistics f or important and accurate information. Mr Wilson said he found it amazing that in some instances the GDP for recent years had been revisedu pwards by as much as $1 billion, adding that these changes had thrown off other economic indicators which areb ased on GDP such as debt to GDP ratios. Recapping her comments m ade to Tribune Business in April, when the Department of Statistics initiallya nnounced the introduction o f the new method of calcu lating the Bahamas' Gross Domestic Product (GDPu sing so-called Supply and Use Tables (SUTs Turnquest said the Depart m ent was able to consider the recommended approach once it obtained access to new and expanded sources of data in t he form of tourism expendi ture surveys, household surveys and an economic census. Now you have more accu rate data, more complete data, then you have to incor porate that, she said. I n doing so, added Director of Statistics, Kalsie Dorsett, the Bahamas is one of the forerunners in the region, as some countries have yet to move to the updated methodology when calculating their GDP. Elaborating on the methodology, Mrs Turnquest said: The introduction of the supply and use tables basically involves balancing the supply of a commodity with the use of a commodity, with the resulting figure being a GDP figure. Most countries do the production approach and the expenditure approach. The supply and use combines all three approaches, and along with the balancing between these approaches you come up with the GDP. With the production and expenditure approaches, normally you get a difference, measures of error, because you are looking at different sources. With the supply and use tables you dont have that. Its more accurate because you have more data, and its just like accounting you have to balance your data. It allows for this balancing. Mrs Turnquest said she did not think the public should be shocked by the revisions to Bahamian GDP based on the calculation using SUTs, as the Department had put the feelers out there in terms of the SUTs and the fact that it was coming. Mrs Dorsett added that statistics and how they are cal culated are an evolving thing. Methods change. Definitions change. If you look at something like the labour force, 30 years ago when the Department was doing it the d efinition of unemployed was slightly different to whati t is now. People also now want to know about underemployment, so you have to adapt new measures to try to capture those things. TheS UT is a new element to give you more refined data in relation to GDP, the Director said. Meanwhile, the officials added that the critical thing is that the trends were maintained in the GDP data,d espite the revisions. We were careful to maintain the trend. So when we moved from one year to then ext, what originally happ ened in that year is still r eflected at the industry level and the GDP level. The increase or decrease was stillo f the same magnitude. So it shouldnt affect them in terms of decision making. T hey can still look and say, well, this particular industryi s growing so I am going to put my money there.... Mrs Dorsett suggested. Mrs Turnquest said businesses can use the data toe ngage in forward planning. They could also see what items are imported, and they could also get in there and see if they could replace some of those imported items. They could also look at the usuale xpenses that generally fall within a particular industry, and decide how their company matches against those costs tructures. Maybe theres s omething they could adjust i n their cost structure, she said. The officials said the decis ion to release the upwardlyrevised GDP data based on the new methodology had n othing whatsoever to do with political considerations ori nfluence. We assure the public we act totally independently, and whatever government is in power we work to meet then eeds of the nation in terms of policy. We are not influenced by (whichever administration is in power) in terms of our data, Mrs Dorsett said. The UN has guidelines for the principals of how a sta-t istical office should be operating, and some of those are transparency and independence. So we operate quitei ndependently of influence f rom our ministry. Whatever t he results we come up with, we pass to them like everyone else. They might not likei t or they may do. P anels focusing on D oing Business in Latin America a nd C ompliance Issues in Emerging Markets will leadoff next weeks Nassau Conference, scheduled for June1 5 at the British Colonial Hilton. Five Bahamas-based e xperts will join one international speaker on the panels under the theme, Wealth M anagement: Navigating Our Future T he Doing Business in L atin America discussion will feature three panellists with in-depth knowledge oft he region. James Hoar, senior vicepresident, EFG Wealth Management (Canada senior global banking executive with 18 years in inter national private banking. He provides personalised inter national structuring and financial solutions to a small number of transnational families, most of whom own and operate family-owned businesses. Patrick Feuz is chief executive of Julius Baer Bank & Trust (Bahamas subsidiary of Switzerlandbased Julius Baer Group. He has lived and worked for many years in different countries such as Venezuela, the US and Mexico. Ronny Siev, Credit Agricole Suisse (Bahamas has a strong bias towards Latin American culture. He worked in Ecuador for a year after high school, con cluded a political analysis on the Andean political situation for the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and worked at the Swiss Peace Building Pro gram for Guatemala. With emerging markets attracting increased atten tion from Bahamian institutions and professionals, understanding compliance requirements is a factor that can determine success or failure. Compliance Issues in Emerging Markets will feature a panel of experts with broad experience on these matters. Cheryl E. Bazard, partner in Bazard & Company, established her firm in 2009 with a focus on anti-money laundering, compliance consulting and training. From 2002 to 2005, Ms Bazard was regional director of compliance for First Caribbean International Bank with responsibility for the creation of a compliance programme in 16 countries, including the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, Belize and t he Caribbean. Her experi e nce also includes acting as counsel in the Office of the Attorney-General, advising government offices and ministers as well as processing Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty Requests (MLATs and Letters Rogatory. Daniel Soto is the chief compliance officer for Ally Financial, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he is responsible for Allys enterprise-wide compliance activities. Before joining Ally, Mr Soto spent two years with Wachovia/Wells Fargo in anti-money laundering and retail banking compliance. Prior to joining the private sector, Mr Soto was in the public sector as a com missioned bank examiner, where he spent six years with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC with the Federal Reserve Board. Mildred L. Johnson is manager for compliance, human resources and cor porate aervices in the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank ing Corporations Nassau branch. Mrs Johnson has worked for various entities within the HSBC Group in the Bahamas, and was appointed area compliance officer and country money laundering reporting officer for the HSBC Group in the Bahamas in 1996, roles in which she continues to function. More than 150 financial services professionals, as well as students from the College of the Bahamas, will be in attendance for The Nassau Conference 2011 which was established by the Association of International Banks and Trust Companies in The Bahamas (AIBT 2005. 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By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter email@example.com A former bank examiner with the Central Bank of the Bahamas has set out to bridge the gap betweenf inancial services providers and the regulators that govern them by offering homeg rown technological solutions to enhance their risk management and control regime. Tyrone Neely yesterday s aid he set up Accord Bahamas in summer 2010, after years of experience w orking on behalf of the Central Bank to assess financial institution compliance with the regulatory regime, in a reas such as corporate governance, credit risk and liquidity. We perceived the need for value-added services. We t hink theres a gap between licensees and the regulatory r egime. Its common everywhere you go not just in the B ahamas so we wanted to form a bridge to bring those s ervices to anyone who comes under the regime. We are l ooking at banks principally, but it could be insurance comp anies or other financial services and corporate providers, said Mr Neely. By making available a locally-developed software called OnSite, the formerbank examiner said Accord B ahamas offers Central Bank licensees the opportunity to more easily document theirr isk and control regime and its ongoing performance. This will enable financial i nstitutions to better demons trate to examiners, auditors and their own senior management and Board that risks h ave been identified and are being controlled in an adequate manner. M r Neely said: There is increased supervision in the current environment, and financial institutions must be able to respond to increased supervision from the regulators or whoever else. Banks are generally aware of what they should be doing, in my experience. Where I s aw a need, and this is why we exist, is the tools to organise and demonstrate the cont rols that they have in place respond to the risks that they face. They are doing these things within their organisation, but if you were to ask to s how me in one place where you can show all your risks, defined, assessed, and all the c ontrols, I think they are hard-pressed to show that. We are providing one p lace where you can document all risks, how you assess t hem, all the controls you have, and provide backg round attachments of samples of documents where you can show you are doing the w ork. When auditors come t hey can click on those attachments and see that you are doing it. Its very simple and easy to use. Mr Neely said the usefulness of such software will only i ncrease with the inevitable growth in demands on the financial industry from regu-l atory supervision. Meanwhile, Accord B ahamas has also produced a video, Admit-One, which i s now available to banks and other financial institutions to e nsure their staff are up to date with issues in reputational risk which, if not properly managed, can destroy an i nstitutions value, erode its client base and potentially t hreaten the entire jurisdictions competitiveness. We produced the video on reputation risk in response toa n annual requirement by the Bahamas government, t hrough the Central Bank, that staff in banks get training each year on reputation risk procedures and concepts, Mr Neely said. It outlines the regulatory environment, and defines reputation risk. It proceeds toe xplain the entire client process from consideration of a prospective client to profile c reation and risk rating, client acceptance, transaction moni toring, client review and staff t raining. It also addresses operational processes affecting reputation risk. Its made locally from a Bahamian point of view to respond to that need, so itm akes the training requirem ents a no-brainer. Instead of having to look for seminars we bring the video, the compliance department shows it to staff and weg ive them the narrative in a w ritten form, along with three d ifferent assessment tests. A ccord Bahamas will also p erform general operational reviews of an institutions control processes in areas such as governance and human resources, credit and investments, funding and liquidity, r eputation and fiduciary, information technology and internal control processes.T he company assesses how t hey stack up against regulat ory requirements and best practice industry standards, s aid Mr Neely. Our reviews are relevant at any time, but especially as a p review before a scheduled examination or audit is to be performed, said Mr Neely. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE / HJDORWLFH1 27,&(67$5),6+(0,(5 ,19(670(176/,0,7('9ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf 3XUVXDQWWR6HFWLRQRIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV &RPSDQLHVQRWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHD ERYHQDPHG&RPSDQ\LVLQGLVVROXWLRQZKLFKFRP PHQFHGRQWKHGD\RI-XQH7KH/LTXLGDWRULV%G6 &RUSRUDWH6HUYLFHV/LPLWHG*HRUJH+RXVH*HRUJH6WUHHW3 %G6&RUSRUDWHHUYLFHV/WG /LTXLGDWRUf break that point, he added. Mr Barr expressed scepticism as to whether BMDA members and the industry as a whole would ever return to the sales numbers they achieved in the 2007 and early 2008 golden days, telling Tribune Business: I dont think the car industry will ever get back to pre-recession numbers. The industry lost a tremendous percentage in the recession we probably lost 50-60 per cent. When you see an increase its 5 per cent here, 5 per cent there, so it will take many years to get back to where we were. I just dont think the market in smaller cars is big enough. Mr Barr said BMDA members were under unbelievable pressure from the ever-increasing competition provided by u sed car imports and proliferation of such dealerships, telling this newspaper: Theyre all over the place. Theyre now selling right-hand drive Japanese vehicles on almost every corner of Nassau. Benefited These vehicles, he added, had also benefited from the Gove rnments decision in the 2010-2011 Budget to change the E xcise Tax rate structure for the auto industry, switching it from the CIF (Cost, insurance, freight Their smaller engines ensured import duties were relatively low. P ointing out that it was in everyones best interests that BMDA members and the industry as a whole remain solvent, Mr Barr said the Excise Tax rate increase and thes tructural change had caused major problems for an indust ry that makes a significant duty contribution to the Government. Andrew Johnson, the BMDAs president, told Tribune Busin ess yesterday that with April 2011s sales figures still down considerably on pre-recession numbers, the industry had notw anted too paint too good a picture despite the improved y ear-over-year showing. W hile the annual Motor Show had produced the traditional fillip to BMDA member sales, the increase in 2011 had not matched the spikes seen in past year. And, with the traditiona lly slower summer months to come, and the Bahamian and world economies plagued by uncertainties, dealers remain cautious in their outlook. We still havent recovered from the past recession, so were nowhere near back to 2008 numbers, Mr Johnson told Tribune Business. Were hopeful, but still taking all necessary precautions. Were increasing inventories, but at a gradual pace. Weve got to be hopeful but move ahead steadily. Rick Lowe, operations manager at Nassau Motor Company (NMCc ent after being down. Were about 50 per cent back to the levels we were. Sales did drop initially by 62-63 per cent. Weve got a long way to go to get back to that. Acknowledging that there was likely to be an overall dip in n ew car sales during the summer, as expected, Mr Lowe added: Hopefully, by the end of the year, we will be showing some positive growth. eve stopped the rot with 32% car sales rise F ROM page 1B O n the biomass front, the report recommended confining this to islands where it could cover the electric demand. Under these constraints there is a potential for 8 MW from biomass at Abaco and for 42 MW at Grand Bahama, Fichtner said. This would result in yearly power generation from biomass of 375,000 MW, which equals to approximately 12.5 per cent oft he total expected demand of the Bahamas in 2010. And the report added: The capital cost for one generic biomass power plant with 5 MW net output is estimated to bea bout $19 million. For a plant with 20 MW, the respective figure is about $59 million.... The power generation costs will be in the range of $100-$200 per MW hours, strongly depending on the cost of biomass. Locations As for OTEC, the report said there were two potential loca tions for such a plant off western New Providence, and off west Grand Bahama. At both of these sites there was a temperature difference of more than 20 degrees centigrade, and for about seven months the difference was above 24 degrees. This makes these sites suitable for the development of OTEC power plants, Fichtners report said. The electricity produced by an OTEC plant is base load, and so the installation must be sized to fit into the island grid receiving power. In the case of New Providence, a maximum size plant of around 50 MW could probably be considered. Capital investment estimates for OTEC plants were around $8,000 per MW, with the cost of electricity between $0.16$0.20 per Kilowatt Hour (kWh The most suitable technology for large scale power supply from the ocean in the Bahamas is OTEC with potential installed capacity of several tens of MW, the report concluded. FROM page 1B Bridging the gap on compliance Accord T YRONE NEELY BIO ENERGY CAN MEET 1 2.5% OF POWER NEED
G rand Bahama Power C ompanys majority shareholder, Canadian utility Emera, yesterday appointed Sarah MacDonald as president and chief executive of Grand Bahama Power Company. In her current role as executive vice-president of human resources at Emera, and chief executive of Emera Utility Services, Ms McDonald has been working with Emeras Caribbean companies to integrate them into the Canadian power giants operations. In her n ew tole, she will focus on s tabilising and strengthening operations at GrandB ahama Power Company. M s McDonald joined Emera in 2001 as the gene ral manager of human r esources for Nova Scotia P ower. She became vicep resident of human r esoiurces for Emera in 2004, and was appointede xecutive vice-president for h uman resources in 2010. M s MacDonald has also s erved as president and chief operating officer, and later c hief executive, of Emera Utility Services, Emeras utility construction affiliate, overseeing the operations a nd growth of that company. Since taking over majority interest in GrandB ahama Power Company, Emera has been making improvements to system r eliability and operations. said Chris Huskilson, Emeras president and chief executive. Sarah has the experience and leadership to ensure t hat improvements in reliability, customer service and safety standards continue to the benefit of GrandB ahama Power Companys e mployees and customers. M s MacDonald will concentrate her efforts on oversight of the construction of Grand Bahama PowerC ompanys new 52 MW diesel plant, set to come online in 2012, and the installation of two leading-e dge wind turbines. Training She will also focus on e mployee training and d evelopment to ensure Grand Bahama Power C ompanys workforce is skilled, knowledgeable and r eady to bring improved reliability and efficiency to a ll aspects of operations. I am excited to be taki ng on this new role at GBPC, said Ms MacDonald. I look forward to working with the managem ent team and all employe es as we continue to make improvements in reliability and customer service, and b ring rate stability to the resi dents of Grand Bahama. Its a beautiful island, and I am grateful for the oppor-t unity to work with the GBPC team. M s MacDonalds new position is effective immed iately with a transition period before she and her famil y will move full time to Grand Bahama Island later this summer. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011, PAGE 5B p aying for the rights to do so, Mr Lundy told Tribune Business he had decided to turn the Internet to his advantage through the widespread release of I Need You online. Weve effectively sold over four to five million CDs with the 40-plus websites, Mr Lundy explained. Everything is going much better than I would have really thought. I did not know what to expect. This is new for me. Ive never had the Internet websites before. This thing happened because of the copyright infringe ments around the world, and we had to offset that. A nd he added: This is going much better than anticipated. I couldnt honestly tell you I expected it to work like this, because on every country on this planet Im getting play and feedback. Looking at the amount of fan feedback Im getting f rom the Bahamas, that was shocking. I Need Yous performance has been boosted by the partnership Mr Lundy has forged with New York-based Jango, the social online music service that has become the fifth largest music site in the US. The companys Jango Airplay service enables Mr Lundy and other artists to promote their works to as wide a global audience as possible by guaranteeing their airplay on its stations. Explaining how the partnership worked, Mr Lundy said he and other artists bought credits from Jango. He added: They will allow you to pick 30 of the popular artists out there, and when those artists play anywhere in the world, my song plays. Effectively, the arrangement with Jango enables Mr Lundy and I Need You (and its individual tracks the popularity of major artists, with his songs played after theirs. Every two weeks I buy 1,000 credits and theyre goingto go fast, Mr Lundy told Tribune Business, because depending on the artists you choose to go behind, youre going to get a whole lot of play and have got to keep up with it. The Jango partnership, he added, also enabled him to know where exactly people were downloading and listening to his songs from, and the ones they were selecting. Describing the Internet as the future of the music industry, Mr Lundy added: The record companies, only a few of them are going to survive. When artists are released, they will releaseon the Internet. Radio stations will become almost obsolete. Acknowledging that the Internet afforded Bahamian artists the opportunity to introduce themselves, and their works, to an even wider global audience, Mr Lundy said: They should use it, but theyre going to have to have something thats mar ketable. People want to be able to have a selection of stuff, of choices, and thats what youre going to have to offer. Its simple enough to get on the Internet, but youve got to have something. Not too many people are going to have the coverage I have. Meanwhile, Mr Lundy told Tribune Business he is aiming to stage his first concert in Nassau for 10 years at the end of July, targeting about a 1,000-strong audience for the Sheraton Nassau resort at Cable Beach. Im looking at the end of July, he confirmed. Its going to be here, and were looking at the Sheraton Nassau. We have not confirmed the date, but its going to be on that property. Thisis the first concert for about 10 years. The last one I did was at the Hilton, and it was sold out. I want to do the concert because too many people were asking me for too long, especially since the album is out there and doing as well as it is doing. There will probably be about 1,000 people there, and were really thinking about doing somethingfor some charity organisation. Things are pretty bad in this country. Were going to have to help somebody, because you go to the grocery store and have people begging for food stamps. Some people are suffering in this country, and that causes you not to sleep at night. My role is to help, and thats what were going to do. FROM page 1B Musician tur ns tables on copyright violators Grand Bahama Power gets new chief executive NEW PRESIDENT & CEO, MACDONALD WITH GBPC EXECUTIVE TEAM: Pictured centre is new President &CEO of Grand Bahama Power Company along with members of her Executive Team in the foyer of the company's Headquarters. "I am excited to be taking on this new role atG BPC," said Ms. MacDonald. "I look forward to working with the management team and all employees as we continue to make improvements in reliability and customer service, and bring rate stability to the residents of Grand Bahamas. It's a beautiful island, and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the GBPC team."
R I H A N N A 'S N EW V I D EO B RI N GS C ON TRO V ERSY 1 17 G. B AH A MA YO UT HS RECE IV E G GY A A W A R D S F A N T AST IC T URN O UT F O R B E EN IE MA N CON CE R T WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer M IME Toinette Mackey is giving people a chance to throw away all of the excess baggage from the past and focus on moving forward in her latest mimod rama Broken. The drama highlights fear, anger, as well as brokeness in the family, in marriages, in friendships, on the job and in our personal lives. Broken will challenge audience members to look their past in the eye and say good-bye. "This mimodrama is trying to get people to put the past behind them and move on from that. Sometimes we tend to hold onto things whether it is a bad past or a bad personal experience and the majority of the times we don't recognise how holding onto some of these things does us no good," Ms Mackey explained. Broken will be in some ways a therapeutic experience. "The drama is just me portraying the way we react to certain situations. And audience members will get to see themselves through my actions in the performance and reflect on their lives, which can in turn foster a change." This is a solo performance and Ms Mackey has incorporated local references in the story line. "The theme of the event is the past hurts but we can either run from it or learn from it. The production is a something new. It takes you through an emotional experience. Individuals will see who they are as well as who they could be. It teaches people to think before reacting and will show them that they don't have to become a product of their environment, even though they may have given up on themselves," she explained. Ms Mackey is encouraging people to come to the event as it will be a very fulfilling experience. "The production is for anyone and everyone regardless of their beliefs. This is also a great family event and it has a very good message as well," she explained. In the near future Toinette is hoping to do a collaborative perfor mance title "The Painted Mask" which will also highlight some of the social ills in the community. Toinette Mackey was first inspired to pursue mime art by a perfor mance in 1996. And after watching the touching performance by the Reborn International Ministries, the first mime group in the Bahamas, she decided to enter the world of "silence." She has always used her talents to inspire true change among indi viduals. "After seeing how mime can have such an impact because of the way it is delivered, I decided to use it to send positive messages. We are going through so much in our community and through this performance I wanted to address social ills and show how it affects us," she said. The event will be held this Friday night at Bahamas Harvest Church on Prince Charles Drive at 7pm. Tickets are available at Faith Life Bookstore, and Logos bookstore.
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 03 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 By PRECISION MEDIA M I S S G osp el B ahamas P agean t i s n o t o b s e s s e d w i t h b e a u ty y e t t h a t do e sn 't m e a n co nte s ta nt s' ma k eup and skin wo n't look fabulou s when t hey tak e t o t h e st age of t h e Rain f or est Th eatr e o n Ju ly 31, t o bat t le i t out f or t he c row n. On T ue s d a y M a y 3 1 co n te s ta n ts 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 Ba h a ma s Pa g e a n t v is it e d Jo h n Bu ll s M a r a t h o n M a l l l o c a t i o n f o r a d emon st rati on on pro per sk in care and makeup app li cat io n. T h e e v e n t w a s o r g a n i se d b y st or e m a na ge r N a tas ha Pra tt an d ho ste d by ass i st an t s t o re m an ag er S h el l y To ot e al on g w i th b eau ty adv iso rs A n d r e a D o n a l d s o n a n d R o v e l l D e l a n c e y B u t l e r T h e p r e s e n ta ti on a i m e d to a dv is e t h e l a d i e s o n p r o p e r s k i n c a r e b e for e a nd a ft er a pp ly i ng ma k e -up i n a dd i ti on to p r o v id i ng c on te s t a nt s wi th t ip s o n sim ple dayt im e mak eu p a p p l i c a t i o n v e r s u s a n e l e g a n t evenin g lo ok. C l e a n s e r t o n e r t r e a t m e n t mo ist uri ser an d eye c ream ar e th e m a in fa cto r s i n m ai n ta in in g h e a lt hy ski n," ac co rdi ng t o Ms Do nald son t he b eaut y advi sor. Two contes t a nt s, Candice Rolle and Nikirah Braynen were treated to makeovers. I t s e x ot i c, s a i d M s R o ll e a s s h e peered into a mirror. On her face M s D o n a l d s o n f o c u s e d o n p r e m a k e u p s k i n c a r e w h i l e b e a u t y a d v i s o r M s R o v e l l d e m o n s t r a t e d a n appropriate evening look. I v e n e v e r h a d m y m a k e u p d o n e like this," said the contestant. "It's refreshing." M is s Go s pe l Ba ha m a s, th e br a in c h i l d o f G r e a t C o m m i s s i o n M i n i s tr i e s I nt e r na t io n a l, is n o t a l l a b ou t t h e g li t z a n d g l a m o u r t y p i c a l l y a s s o ciated with pageants. C o n t e s t a n t s m u s t e x e m p l i f y a "Christlike" atti tude a nd demons t r a t e a w i l l i n g n e s s t o b e a n a m b a s s a d o r f o r C h r i s t W h i l e t h e p a g e a n t i s a g r ea t l e a r n i n g e x p e r i en c e f o r c on te s ta n ts it' s th e y e a r o f co m mu n i t y s e r v i c e w h i c h f o l l o w s t h a t h e l p s the winner learn the importance of ma king a t r ue differ ence in s ocie ty. A lt ho ugh pl ea s ed w it h h er n ew lo ok, Ms B raynen said she rea l ised t h e p a g e a n t s f o c u s w a s n o t o n b e a u t y t r a n s f o r m a t i o n s r a t h e r ch an g ing li v es a nd co mm un itie s for t he b et ter. I w a s s o h a p p y w h e n I j o i n e d this pageant because all odds were agai nst me," sai d t he 18yearol d. "I had no support from those who a r e c l o s e s t t o m e I e n t e r e d t h i s competition, not necessarily focus i n g o n j u s t w i n n i n g t h e t i t l e b u t a l s o s h o wi n g my p e e r s th a t I c a n m a ke a p os i ti v e ch a n g e i n o ur c o mm u n it y Ms Bra yne n hope s t o be come an examp le no t o nl y f or h er you nger si bl ing s b ut for al l in ne ed of a r ol e m o d e l "I' m t ired o f th e stat e my n eighb our hoo d i s i n," said Ms B rayn en. "I ho pe t hat in b ein g i n a pageant l i k e M i s s G o s p e l m y f r i e n d s c a n f in ally rec ogn ise t hat if I can d o it t here is h op e th at t hey c an t oo ." June 9 Monday H O TE L AS SOCIA TION MEET I NG & B T C PL AN S UPDA T E The Bahamas Hotel Association holds a Board of Directors' & Members Meeting at 9.30 am at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Hotel, (The Arawak Room). There will be a special roundtable presentation by Geoff Houston, Chief Executive Officer, BTC Bahamas. He will pro vide the latest updates on BTC's plans. RSVP by contacting: 3228381-4 or email Charlotte Knowles Thompson at: BHA@BahamasHotels.org. June 9 Thursday B HS T ALK : D R PETE R MA YN ARD The Bahamas Historical Society hosts its June talk with Dr Peter Maynard as he discusses his book "Great Awakening: Meta Davis Cumberbatch, Mother of the Arts". Books available for purchase. Cost: $30. Telephone: 322-4231. Email: info@ bahamashistoricalsociety.com. June 9 Thursday L E ADING I N T UR BULENT TIMES: A LEA DER'S SU R VIV AL KIT The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce presents "Leading in Turbulent Times", a leader's survival kit facilitated by Valderine Hamilton and designed for those leaders facing a multitude of finance, customer and employee challenges, 9am-4pm. Registra tion ends Wed, June 7. Tele phone: 322-2145. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org See www.thebahamaschamber .com. June 10 Friday BEHIN D HER S HADE S" PR ODU CTION The College of the Bahamas presents the "Behind Her Shades" production, a riveting stage musical and play for all to see. 7.30pm at the college's Per forming Arts Centre. June 11-Saturday SEA R CH F O R MISS PH ILI PPINES BAHAM A S The search for the "Miss Philippines Bahamas" will be taking place this Saturday, start ing at 8pm at the church of St Paul the Apostle, Lyford Cay. June 11 Saturday 2 42 PEOPL E C L O THIN G'S 2 0 1 1 F AS H ION SHOW 242 People Clothing launches its 2011 summer line Goombay style, with a fashion show featuring a live band, photo shoots, and video interviews. 6pm-9pm in Rawson Square. June 11 Saturday O NE LO V E JUNK A N OO ASS O C I A TIO N SPRI NG FLI NG Don't miss the One Love Junkanoo Association's spring fling event, a night that promises to be both fun and exciting. 8pm12am at The Shack, Mt. Pleasant and Arawak Avenues. June 11 Saturday R O T AR Y CL UB OF N A SS AU SUNR ISE 'S 3R D ANNUAL M OCK C ASINO NI GHT The Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise presents their 3rd annual "Mock Casino Night" with exciting games such as blackjack, pok er, bingo, roulette, and craps. 8pm in Sheraton Ballroom. Cost: $100/regular; $2,000/VIP package that includes private room, sectional seating for 10 persons, pri vate gaming tables, themed tables and party favours, exclu sive cash bar and buffet, cham pagne and red and white wines, company logo at entrance sponsor wall and advertisement on all promo materials. Part proceeds in aid of Project Read & Literacy in the Bahamas. Register at www.sunriserotaryevents.com. June 11 Saturday A TL AN T I S LIVE: JERR Y SE I NFELD Atlantis LIVE presents comedian Jerry Seinfeld for a one-night laugh-out-loud comedic event, 9pm in the Imper ial Ballroom. Cost:$150/reserved seating; $175/premium seating. Telephone: 363-6601. See www.Atlantis.com. T H I N G S 2 DO M G B c o n t e s t a n t s g e t m a k e u p s k i n c a r e t i p s OVER 100 participants in the Governor Gener al's Youth Award received their Silver and Bronze Awards on Thursday, June 2, at the Foster B Pestaina Hall in Grand Bahama. THE 10 contestants in the Miss Gospel Bahamas Pageant pose with J o h n B u l l r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s f o l l o w i n g a d e m o n s t r a t i o n o n p r o p e r s k i n c a r e a n d m ak e -u p ap p l i c a ti o n o n T u e s d a y, M ay 3 1 a t th e M al l a t M a ra t h o n By PRECISION MEDIA Fr e e p or t, G r a n d Ba h a m a P r e s i d ent an d f o un de r of E art h Ca re, m a r i n e b i o l o g i s t a n d c o n s e r v a t i o n i s t Gail Woon, shared her story of tri u m p h p as s i on an d f o r t i t u d e w i t h 1 1 7 p a r t i c i p a n t s i n t h e G o v e r n o r G e n e r a l s Y o u t h A w a r d w h o r e c e i v e d t h e i r S i l v e r a n d B r o n z e Awards Thursday, June 2. T h e c e r e m o n y w a s h e l d a t t h e F o s t e r B P e s t a i n a H a l l i n G r a n d B ah ama w her e Ms W oo n o ff er ed up he r figh t a s e vi dence that in l if e one sh ould ne ve r doub t one 's ab ility to make a difference. Death Threats M s W o o n s a i d s h e r e c e i v e d d e a t h t h r e a t s i n t h e m i d 9 0 s i n h e r q u e s t t o ban long-line fishing in Bahamian wa te r s H e r g r o u p a l o n g w i th o t h e r w e l l k n o w n c o n s e r v a t i o n g r o u p s r e E a r t h a n d O c e a n W a t c h w e r e e v e n tually successful. M s Wo on 's p r e se n ta ti o n w a s me t w i t h t h u n d e r o u s a p p l a u s e a s s h e encouraged GGYA participants to g o o ut a nd ma k e a di ffe r e nc e in th e world. Ph il l ip p a M u nn i ng s, 1 6 a s tu d e nt at the Bishop Michael Eldon High S c h o o l r e c e i v e d t h e G G Y A s Bronze Award. She attributed her success to a strong willpower. I l e a r n e d t h a t I a m m u c h stronger than I thought I was, not j u s t p h y s i c a l l y b u t a l s o m e n t a l l y a n d s p iritually. GGYA is a ve ry Godcentered organisation and it teach e s y o u t h a t y o u c a n d o a n y t h i n g t h r o u g h G o d w h o s t r e n g t h e n s y o u said Ms Munnings. I f e l t v e r y a c c o m p l i s h e d a n d emp ow ered I f el t l ik e I c o ul d do an y t h i n g a s l o n g a s I l o o k t o t h e future as promising." La r o n B u r r o w s o f S t G e o rg e' s H i g h S c h o o l h a d n o i d e a t h a t h e was indeed a leader until he partic ipated in the GGYA programme. "I t i s a t al e nt y o u re b o rn w i t h bu t yo u j u s t d o n 't k n ow t h at yo u h a v e it, h e sa i d. M an y of the s i tua t ions we were i n w ere n 't normal b u t I c o ul d h a n dl e i t. I br o u g ht n or m a lc y to i t a n d p e a c e t o i t a n d g a th ered everyone together." T he 1 5-yea rold added: "This is a p r o g r a m m e t h a t h e l p s y o u t o l e a r n s o m u c h a b o u t y o u r s e l f I t h e l p s y o u fin d out so mu ch st uff about who you are that you didn't even know about. It is more than just sleeping outdoors and walking around." Den is e Mor t im er, t h e GG YA 's n a t i o n a l e x e c u t i v e d i r e c t o r s a i d p a r ti ci pan ts l earn si mp le t enet s f rom t h e G G Y A w h i c h g i v e t h e m t h e courage to re-shape the world. W e g i ve t hem t he opp ort un it y to develop self confidence. That is what a lot of our young people are l a c k i n g T h e y l e a r n a l o t o f l i f e s k i l l s and appreciation for their country a nd for th e e nv ir onme nt, she sa id "They become more aware of the world in which they live and where they work." Th e G GYA hel ped 15year old S u n s h i n e A r m b r i s t e r g a i n c o n f i de nce a nd a b ette r a ppr ec iati on for teamwork. F or any one who wants t o join, I w o u l d s a y g o a h e a d b e c a u s e t h i s p r o g r a mm e s tr e n g th e ns y o u m a k e s y ou a be tte r p er s on a n d g iv e s y o u a b e t t e r o u t l o o k o n l i f e s a i d t h e 1 1 t h g r a d e r a t J a c k H a y w a r d H i g h School. "I learned that even in my i n d e p e n d e n c e t h a t t h e r e a r e s t i l l s o m e t h i n g s y o u c a n t d o a l o n e Y o u need a team and you need to work together." Worldwide Success The GGYA is a member of The In t er n at i on al A w ard A ss o ci at io n T h e A w a r d i s a n e x c i t i n g s e l fd e v e l op men t prog ra mm e a v ail abl e to al l y o u n g p e o p l e w o r l d w i d e e q u i p p i n g them with life skills to make a dif f er e nc e i n t h em s el ve s t h ei r co m munities and the world. Onc e part ic ipant s have suc cessfull y c omple te d hik ing e xpe diti ons, c o m m u n i t y s e r v i c e e n g a g e m e n t s mastered new skills and participat e d i n p h y s i ca l a c t i v i t i e s t h e y a r e e l i gible for a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. S in c e it s est abl i sh m en t i n 1987 ove r 8,000 lo c al par t ic ip ant s h ave p a s s e d t h r o u g h t h e p r o g r a m m e w hi ch i s op e n t o p a r ti ci pa n ts a g e 1 4 to 25. 1 1 7 GB Y OU THS REC EIVE GG Y A A W ARD S PRESIDE NT a nd fo un de r of Earth Care, m a r i n e b i o l o g i s t a n d c o n s e r v a t i o ni s t Ga i l W o o n s h ar e d h e r s t o r y o f t ri u m p h p a s s i o n a n d f o r t i t u d e w i t h p a r t i c i p a n t s i n the Governor General's Youth Award.
A lthough hot peppers grow year round, it is in the summer they are at their most abundant. Now is a good time to start new plants from seed. Most hot peppers grow true from seed, especially the Bahamian favourites bird and goat pepper. B ir d pe pp e rs a r e m uch r a re r n ow th an the y us ed to b e. He r e o n Ab ac o a s u c c e s s i o n o f h u r r i c a n e s d e p l e t ed the native pepper population. It i s e a s y t o b u y p a c k e t s o f c o m m e r c i a l ho t p epp er seed s bu t b ird pep per s e e d s h a v e t o c o m e f r o m l o c a l s t o c k The same applies to goat pepper but the real problem is that native goat peppers have naturally crossp o l l i n a t e d w i t h o t h e r h a b a n e r o v a r i et i es a nd h ave l o st t h ei r e ss en t i al c h a r a c t e r A t r u e t r u e B a h a m i a n goat pepper is now hard to find. During the past year, I grew sev eral peppers I had not experienced before and three of them are now among my regular standards. F i r s t w a s f i s h p e p p e r a n h e i r l o o m f ro m W es t A f r ic a t h at w as es t ab l i s h e d i n t h e n o r t h e a s t U n i t e d States, especially around the Balti more area. The pepper is unique in two wa ys : I t is the onl y pe ppe r w ith v arie ga t e d le ave s, and the only one that has two distinct colours while ripening. The peppers start off yel l o w th e n g r e e n a n d a p u r p l e -b r o w n before ripening red. The fish pep p e r s h a v e a b u l l h o r n s h a p e a n d a v e r a g e t w o i n c h e s i n l e n g t h A s t h e name suggests, fish pepper is used for fish dishes and is the standard far e for sea soning Ches ape ake Bay cra b cake s. We Baha mians like o ur s e a f oo d w e ll s e a s on e d a n d fi s h pe p per does the job just fine. Th e s ec on d pep p er is a red ho t cherry that grows as large as a golf ball and has fiery heat. The plant is v e r y o r n a m e n ta l wh e n c a r r y in g r i pe p e p p e r s O n e c h e r r y p e p p e r i n a large pot of souse is guaranteed to get gustatory juices flowing. The third pepper was one that I had heard about for years but had nev er f ound the se eds. P e t er pepper produces truly ugly peppers up to th re e o r fou r in ch es i n le ng th b ut t h e y h a v e g o o d f l a v o u r w i t h o u t b e i n g t o o s t r o n g I t i e t h e m w i t h string and allow them to air dry for a m o n t h o r s o t h e n c u t t h e m u p a n d grin d th em in a cof f ee m ill I mi x t h e P e t e r p e p p e r w i t h R a g g e d I s l a n d se a sa lt a nd po ur the m ixtur e into a salt grinder. A few twists over my morning egg s ma ke them f it for a k in g. P et er pe pp er s ar e ve ry p ro ductive and ripen quickly. F i n g e r p e p p e r s s e e m t o h a v e bec ome th e main st a y ho t pepp ers in most gardens. Whether Tabasco or ladyfinger, the large plants pro d u c e ex u b e r a n t l y an d a r e p e r f e c t f or g en e ral -pu rpose use and pic kl i ng F i n g er p e p pe r s ar e e as ie r t o ha rv est tha n bir d pe pper s a nd ha ve a very similar taste and bite. N o g a r d e n s h o u l d b e w i th o u t S e r r an o h o t p ep p er s Th ey al s o p r o d u c e i n a b u n d a n c e a n d b e c a u s e t h e y are so fleshy they have a long stor ag e l i f e a f t e r b ei n g p i c k e d. Ma n y recipes call for green Serrano pep pers, but the red ripe ones are only moderately hot and are perfect for fresh salsas. If yo u in sist on h aving t he very hottes t of peppe rs then R e d Sav ina w i l l b e p e r f e c t A l t h o u g h i t i s n o longe r the w orld's hot tes t pepper, those that supplanted it are exotic hybr ids pro duc ed in Bri tai n of all p l a c e s A T e x a s l a d y w h o l o v e s p e p p e r h e a t b i t i n t o o n e o f m y R e d S a v i n a s a n d t h r o u g h t h e t e a r s c o n f e s s e d s h e h a d f i n a l l y m e t h e r m a t c h T h e b e s t w a y t o p r e s e r v e a n o v e r abundance of peppers is to quickly freeze them on a cookie sheet and s to r e t h e m i n t h e fr e e ze r in a pl a s t i c f r e ez e r b a g. Y o u c an p i c k l e y o u r peppers but then have to live with the v in e ga r ta ste If y o u pi ckl e y our peppers in vodka the taste is purer but the jar will have to be refriger ated. A n d d o n o t f o r g e t s h e r r y p e p p e r s P e p p er s ag ed in go o d qu a l it y d ry sherry must be stored in the refrig erator but are almost essential for conch chowder. email@example.com T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 06 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 J u s t a f e w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e Ba h am a s lo oke d like 4 0 ...5 0 ..60 ... years in the past Snow in the Bahamas??? While it did snow in Freeport, Grand Bahama during the Blizzard of 1977, these images are the clearing process of the salt operations in Inagua. They build mountains of salt for export. The Morton Salt Company has worked there for many years. BY ROLAND ROSE HO T PEPPERS PETER peppers are oddly shaped but are prolific. They have medium heat and a pleasant taste. R E D h o t ch e rr y p ep p e rs h av e an o x -h e ar t sh ap e a n d a d a n g e ro u s l e v el o f h e at
Y A H E A R G O S S I P C O R N E R D A Y T E N P O P L I N E T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 07 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 By LESH T HE BARBADOS princess Rihanna, premiered her newest music video "Man Down" from her LOUD Album. The long awaited video came out on BET's 106 & Park just last week. It was said to have been filmed on the island of Jamaica and directed by Anthony Man dler. T he v id e o fo r th e s o n g fe a t u r e s de pi c ti o ns o f a s e x u a l a s s a u l t / m ur d e r W h il e th e s e x u a l a s s a ul t w a s no t s h o wn i n th e v i d e o i n d e t a i l t h e s h o o t i n g w a s d i s p l a y e d i n b r oa d da yl i gh t A f e w of t h e l yr i c s inc lud e, 'Ca u se I did n' t me a n to hur t h i m C o u l d v e b e e n s o m e b o d y s s o n A n d I t oo k hi s h e a r t w h e n I p u ll e d o ut t h a t g u n A f t e r t h e v i d e o w as ai r e d i n e v er y ce l e b r i ty fa s hi o n s ty le R i h a n n a to o k t o h er t wi t ter an d t w eeted to her f an s: T ha nk y o u fo r th e a ma zi n g r e s p o n s e o n M a n Do w n V i de o I l ov e y o u g u y s a nd I l o ve t h at u GO T IT Y ou n g g ir l s a nd w o m e n a l l o v e r t h e w o r l d w e a r e a l o t o f th i ng s W e r e s t r on g i n n oc e n t f u n f li r t a t i o u s v u l n e r a b l e a n d s o m e t i m e s o u r i n n o c e n c e c a n c a u s e u s t o b e n a v e W e a l w a y s th i n k i t c o u l d N E V E R b e u s b u t i n r e a l i t y i t c a n h a p p e n t o A N Y o f u s S o l a d i e s b e c a r e f u l a n d l i s t e n t o y o u r m a m a I l o v e y o u a nd I c a r e W h i l e I a s w e l l a s t h e R i R i f a n s a b s ol u te ly lo v e d t h e v i d e o a n d t h e s to r y be h in d i t, n ot e v e r y o ne a g r e e d wi th it. A c c o r d i n g t o B l o g s i t e s t h e P a r e n t s T e l e vi s io n C ou nc il ca l le d Ma n D own v io le n t a n d i n a pp r op r i a te a n d a s k e d B ET a n d M T V to a i r i ng it Wh e n th e n e w s o f t h e co n tr o v e r s y g o t t o R i h a n n a s h e t o o k t o t w i t t e r o n c e a g a i n s ta t in g : I m a 2 3 y e a r ol d r o ck s t a r wi t h NO KIDS! What's up w ith ev erybody wantin g m e to b e a pa re nt? I 'm j ust a g i r l I c a n o n l y b e y o u r / o u r v o i c e B e c a u s e w e all kn ow ho w d if f ic ult an d emb arr a s s i ng it i s t o co m m u ni c a t e to u ch y s u b j e c t m a t t e r s t o a n y o n e e s p e c i a l l y o u r p a r e n ts An d th i s is wh y Be c a u s e w e t u r n t h e o t h e r c h e e k Y o u c a n t h i d e y o u r k i d s f r o m s o c i e t y o r t h e y l l n e v e r le a r n h o w to a d a p t T h i s i s t h e R E A L W O R L D T h e m u s i c i n d u s t r y i s n t e x a c t l y P a r e n ts R U s W e h a v e th e fr e e d om to m a ke a r t L E T U S I t' s y o u r j o b t o m a k e s u r e t h e y d on t t u r n o u t l i k e U S W hen BE T mad e t he dec is i o n t o n o t p u l l t h e v i d e o o f f t h e s t a t i o n c o f o u n d e r o f t h e m e d i a w a t c h d o g g r o u p I n d u s t r y E a r s Pa u l Po r te r s a i d i n a s t a t e m e n t : M a n D o w n i s a n i n e x c u s a b l e s h o c k o n l y s h o o t a n d k i l l th e m e s o n g I n m y 3 0 y e a r s o f v i e w i ng B E T I h a v e n e v e r w i t n e s s e d s u c h a c o l d c a l c u l a t e d e x e c u t i o n o f m u r d e r i n p r i m e ti m e ( B E T p a r e n t co m p a n y ) V i a c o m s s ta n d a r d s a n d p r a c ti c e s d e p a r t m e n t ha s r e a c h e d a n ot h e r n e w lo w Co n ti n u i ng t o d e f e n d h e r s e l f a n d he r n e w v i de o, M a n D ow n R i h a n n a to o k h e r a r g u m e n t to B ET s w h e n s h e c a l l e d l iv e o nt o 1 0 6 a n d Pa r k. T h e y o u n g s ta r s a i d: " I d o n 't l i k e t o m a k e v i de os I l ov e to m a ke a n e x p e r i e n ce a nd th i s is a r t w i th a me s s a g e T h i s t i m e a r o u n d I w a n t e d t o e x p l o r e a n d e xp er i m en t a l i t t l e bi t w i t h m y a c t i n g e v e n m o r e t ha n I h a v e e v e r b e f o r e M a n D o w n i s a s o n g a b o u t a g i r l w h o h a s c o m m i t t e d a m u r d e r t h a t s h e r e g r e t s a n d i s c o m p l e t e l y r e m o r s e f u l a b o u t Y o u h e a r h e r c r y i n g t o h e r m a m a s a y i n g w h y s h e d id i t, [ th a t it ] c o u ld v e b e e n s o m e b od y s s o n s h e d i dn t me a n to h u r t h i m M a k i ng t ha t in t o a mi n i -m o v i e or v i d e o w e n e e d e d t o g o b a c k t o w h y i t h a p p e n e d O b v i o u s l y s h e s n o t a c o l d b l o o d e d k i l l e r I t h a d t o be s o me th i n g s o o ffe ns i v e a n d we d e ci d e d t o ho n e i n o n a v e r y s e r i o u s m a tt e r th a t p e o p l e a r e a fr a i d to a d dr e s s Es pe cia ll y i f y ou' ve be e n v i ctimi se d i n th i s s c e n a r i o. I d i dn t g o i n to i t t o m a ke a co n tr o v e r s i a l v i d e o I w a n t e d to m a k e a m i ni mo v ie so me thi ng r a w a nd a rti sti c. If I ca n be a v o ice fo r so m an y th at a re n 't h e a r d th e n I w i n t w ic e L o o k a t ho w it s e ffecti ng pe op le G ir ls ar e e mpo we re d b y th i s I t' s e a s y t o tu r n i t to s o me th i ng n e gat ive bu t I 'm ju st r ea l ly im pressed t h a t m y f a n s g e t i t T h a t w a s r e a l l y i m p or t a n t t o m e s h e s a i d. A m e r i c a n a c t r e s s G a b r i e l l e U n i o n a l s o s u p po r t e d R ih a n n a a n d h e r M a n D ow n V i d e o a s s h e s ha r e d he r v i e w s o n it s a y ing: When I was 19 years old, I was r a p e d I w a s w or k i n g a t a s h o e s to r e i n C a l i f o r n i a a n d t h e s t o r e w a s r o b b e d T h e p e r s o n r o b b i n g t h e s t o r e e n d e d u p p u t t i n g a g u n to m y h e a d a n d r a pi n g m e As h e w as ra p i ng me I f e lt a s t ho u gh I w as f lo a ti n g o v e r m y s e l f, t h i nk i n g T h i s i s n 't happeni ng.' I blanked out and had an o u tof -b o d y e x p e r i e n ce l i k e I w a s ho v er i ng ab ov e se ei n g t h is h or r ib l e t h i ng h a p p e n to s om e on e e l s e n o t m e I w a s f or t u na te e n ou g h to g o th e U C L A r a p e c r i s is ce nt e r a ft e r t hi s ho r r i fi c o r d e a l I t g ave me my life ba ck. My dignity and s e l f -e s t e e m we r e g o ne a nd th e y h e l p e d m e f in d th e m a g a i n. T h e a c tr e s s a l s o t o ok t o T wi tt e r a n d t we e te d : S a w M a n D o w n" b y R i ha nn a. Ev e r y v icti m or su rv i v or of r a pe i s u n i q u e i n c l u d i n g h o w t h e y T H I N K t h e y d l i k e j u s t i c e t o b e h a n d e d o u t D u r i n g m y r a p e I t r i e d t o s h o o t m y r a p i s t b u t I m is s e d. O v e r th e y e a r s I r e a l is e d th a t k i l l i n g m y r a p i s t w o u l d v e a d d e d i n s u l t t o i n j u r y T h e D E S I R E t o k i l l s o m e o n e w h o a b u s e d or r a p e d y o u is u n de r s ta n d a b l e b u t u n l e s s i t s s e l f d e f e n s e i n t h e m o m e n t t o s a v e y o u r l i f e i t j u s t a d d s t o y o u r t r o u b l e s M a n D o w n I r e p e a t S E L F D E FE N S E t o s a v e y ou r s e l f a n d pr o t e ct y o u r s e l f, I 'm AL L f o r O th e r w i s e v i c ti m o r s u r v i v o r ta k i n g j u s ti c e i nt o y o u r ow n h a n d s w i t h v i o l e n c e e q u a l s m o r e t r o u b l e f or y ou YA HEAR Lauryn Hill is having a baby? On Saturday, June 4, Ms Hill took a few seconds at the end of her set in Chene Park, Detroit to announce her pregnancy. Lauryn Hill told the crowd that she'd be "taking time off to give birth."This will be Hill's sixth child. She is a mother of three boys and two girls. Her oldest son, Zion, who she wrote a song for "To Zion," will turn 14 in August. YA HEAR Ron Artest will be on a reality show? The Los Angeles Laker will be joining the ranks of the reality TV world but his show is not about the drama. Artest will be helping ex-cons change their lives through basketball. In a show entitled Last Second Shot, Artest will mentor a group of parolees. Ron Ron will work with a team of mental health experts and life coaches to help the parolees take control of their lives while teaching them life lessons through basketball. YA HEAR rapper Eminem is suing Audi car dealers? Rapper Eminem's music publishing group, Eight Mile Style LLC filed a lawsuit yesterday against foreign car retailer Audi for using the artist's song in their new commercial. The company used the rapper's number one song Lose Yourself to promote the release of its Audi A6 Avant which was revealed in a Berlin press conference last week. Upon the ad's release earlier this week, Eight Mile Style LLC filed a cease and desist order to Audi AG and will proceed to seek further damages of the unauthorised use of the song through the Hamburg Regional Court for copyright infringement. YA HEAR T-Pain will never use auto tune again? The rapper has vowed to never use the AutoTune effect again, quite possibly ending a long-running trend in R&B and Hip-Hop music. "I vow right here, right now, to never use Auto-Tune again," TPain told AllHipHop.com in an exclusive statement. "I'm onto something that I think is bigger and better called 'The T-Pain Effect.'" LLOYD'S PLAYERS PRAYER "Thou shall not run these streets, Thou shall not hit these clubs Every night of the week looking for some groupie love Thou shall respect your heart, Thou shall not play you hard But I did, I was wrong and I'm hating it" R O L L I N G I N T H E D E E P ADELE E.T. KATY PERRY f / KANYE WEST JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH THE BLACK EYED PEAS TILL THE WORLD ENDS BRITNEY SPEARS THE LAZY SONG BRUNO MARS ON THE FLOOR JENNIFER LOPEZ f/ PITBULL WRITTEN IN THE STARS TINIE TEMPAH f/ ERIC TURNER GIVE ME EVERYTHING PITBULL f/ NE-YO, AFROJACK & NAYER BLOW KE$HA S&M RIHANNA I d i d n t g o i n t o i t t o m a k e a c o n t r o v e r s i a l v i d e o I w a n t e d t o m a k e a m i n i m o v i e s o m e t h i n g r a w a n d a r t i s t i c I f I c a n b e a v o i c e f o r s o m a n y t h a t a r e n t h e a r d t h e n I w i n t w i c e L o o k a t h o w i t s e f f e c t i n g p e o p l e G i r l s a r e e m p o w e r e d b y t h i s I t s e a s y t o t u r n i t t o s o m e t h i n g n e g a t i v e b u t I m j u s t r e a l l y i m p r e s s e d t h a t m y f a n s g e t i t T h a t w a s r e a l l y i m p o r t a n t t o m e R i h a n n a
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 08 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 What's more outrageous than shaving your head bald and getting aliens in a space war tattooed on your head straight down to your back? Well...getting your entire tongue tattooed! It is a universal thought to get a tattoo on your arms, legs, chest, or back but getting one on the tongue screams crazy. That is why that picture made the cut in this week Made You Look. Here are some of the most craziest tattoos from some of the most extreme people around the world. Now go on and look!
THETRIBUNE SECTIONEWEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011 INSIDE T T U U R R N N T T O O 2 2 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . GOAL OF 30 MEDALS STILL ON US TRACK TEAMS RADAR GAME-FISHING: WE MISSED IT BY JUST ONE MARLIN BOXING: FLOYD MAYWEA THER JR TO RETURN VS. OR TIZ FOR the second consecutive y ear, a quartet from the B ahamas has solidified its position as one of the top gamefishing quartets around the w orld. JAMAICA recorded its biggest ever win in a CONCA CAF Gold Cup game, beating Grenada 4-0 on Monday. In the day's other Group B game, Guatemala hung on for a 0-0 draw against Honduras despite being reduced to nine men for the final 11 minutes. SERENA SET TO BEGIN HER COMEBACK SOCCER: JAMAICA BEA TS GRENADA HASLEM STARRING AS MIAMIS GLUE GUY IN FINALS WARRIORS HIRE ANAL YST MARK JACKSON AS HEAD COACH T T U U R R N N T T O O 7 7 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . . . By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER helping the Bahamian connection at Faith Baptist Christian High School to an impressive showing in the Florida Christian Confer ence, Chad Burrows is now preparing to display his talent at the 2011 Power Showcase in December. Burrows, a third-baseman/righthanded pitcher, was only one of the five players of the Eagles team selected to the 2011 Power Showcase All-World baseball team that will perform at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona home to Major League Baseballs Arizona Diamondbacks. Its a good chance, a good oppor tunity for me to get some exposure from it, said Burrows in an interview from Florida where he and some of the members of the team were going through a workout ses sion. I think its going to be good for me to go there and showcase my talent. But only one person gave me this opportunity and that is God. So I want to give all of my thanks to him. However, the 6-feet-3, 210-pound Burrows said he was surprised that he got the opportunity, although he prayed for it. This should open my eyes to know that with a little more push, anybody can accomplish their dream, he stated. Im just glad that I did it. As a junior, Burrows played on Faith Baptist Christians team with Bahamians Dino Sweeting, Crandon Wallace, Rodney Forbes and Addie Finley. Together, the team went through the season with a perfect 11-0 winloss record before the Eagles lost their only game 14-0 to the Arlington Country Day Apaches. Theres not an I in team. Everybody worked hard. That was why we were so successful this year, Burrows said. More importantly, everybody worked together. Burrows, who went 48-for-78 with 52 runs batted in and 45 scored in the 20 games he played for the Eagles, got nothing, but praise from his team-mates. When you put God first and work hard, you will be rewarded, said Dino Sweeting, a second base man. I know that when he goes there, he will perform very well. Graduating versatile first base man, pitcher and outfielder Crandon Wallace said the Showcase is such a huge one that all of the play ers have had to perform very well during the regular season to be selected. This is the real deal, Wallace said. I think Chad did an excellent job and he deserved to be there. And sophomore out-fielder/sec ond baseman Rodney Forbes said its great to see a Bahamian from such a small school selected to par ticipate in such a prestigious tournament. This is a big tournament with some great players there, he said. Im looking for him to do very well Chad Burrows on All-World baseball team By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com T h e countrys l eading tertiary institution prepares to fill the void for scores of young students this summer. The Athletics Departm ent of The College of The B ahamas is scheduled to host its third annual Summer Sports Camp June 27 to July 22 on college grounds. T he camp will feature f our sporting disciplines that students between the ages of 8-14 can participate in, including basketball, soccer, swimming and track andf ield. This years camp is expected to feature guesti nstructor, Olympic gold medallist Tonique WilliamsDarling. Sean Bastian, assistant athletics director and direct or of intramural sports, also s erves as camp co-ordinator and spoke highly of his expectations for the event. Since its inception two years ago, we had a lot ofr epeat campers who have enjoyed themselves and wes aw progression in them as athletes. What makes the camp so exceptional and so different is that every hour and 15 minutes we rotate to a nother sport so at the end o f the camp you will really see some improvement in their skill level. We touch on not just one discipline but a camperw ill have exposure to four. I Tonique to instruct COB camp S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 E E S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 E E WILLIAMS-DARLING Mavs cool Heat STUNNED: Chris Bosh reacts after missing a shot in the second half of the NBA Finals against the Dallas Mavericks last night in Dallas. The Mavericks won the game 86-83 to tie the series at 2-2. Nowitzki shook off three poor quarters to score 10 of his 21 points in the final period as the Mavericks outscored the Miami Heat 21-9 over the final 10:12 for the victory in a memorable Game 4. The Mavs avoided going down 3-1, a deficit no team has ever overcome in the finals, and guaranteed the series will return to Miami for a Game 6 Sunday night. (AP Photo Dallas ties the NBA finals series, 2-2
By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F OR the second consecutive year, a quartet from the Bahamas has solidified its position as one of thetop game-fishing quartets around the world. The team of Paul King, Keith Kelty, Kristian Kwiecinski and Jimm y Bernard were awarded the silver medal in the 2011 International Game Fishing Association Offshore World Championship. This prestigious tournament, also k nown as the Olympics of offshore fishing, was held May 8-13 in CaboS an Lucas, Mexico. Each of the 59 teams qualified by winning an IGFA qualifying event to receive an invite to the WorldC hampionship. A total of five teams from the Bahamas participated in the IGFAO ffshore World Championships, including the 27th Treasure Cay Annual Billfish Tournament B ahamas (Lisa Flack, Eddie Flack, S cott Hitch, Migdalia Hitch), Lyford Cay Offshore Tournament (Basil Goulandris, William Stratton, JacobD isston, Charles Biggie, Dean Adler), Harbourside Marine Bahamas Rotary Tuna Classic ( Alberto Suighi, August Schnabel, C olin Callender, Gregory Cottis) and Spice Island Billfish Tournament (Anthony Brash, Nigel Benn ett, Basil Aleong, Spencer Tardieu, Charles Brash, Albert Romain, James Craig). T his year's event featured 59 t eams and 282 anglers from more than 25 countries. The billfish were also in attendance with the anglers catching a grand total of 282 striped marlin, 6 sailfish, 2 blue marlin and 2 swordfish. C aptain Paul King and his team released 16 striped marlin over the course of the four-day tournament for a total of 3,200 points. O n the final day, it came down to the wire as the Bahamian team r eleased 4 striped marlin for 800 p oints vs. 2 striped marlin by the C hampions for 400 points. Unfortunately, it was not enough to secure the win. King and hist eam took the silver medal by a narr ow difference of only 200 points. After a slow start on day one, King and his team began to moveu p the rankings after they released six striped marlin on day two to move up to fourth. O n day three, they released an a dditional four striped marlin and closed out the competition with four on the final day. K elty said after a pair of second p lace finishes, his team looks to con tinue its streak of success en route to an international championship. Last year, there were a few less teams and we placed second. This year, the number grew to about 60t eams and we placed second once a gain. We didnt win but it was very close and we missed it by just one marlin, he said. I dont think we would change v ery much with what we are doing. Were very happy with the system that we have and it works. We haves hown that it works for us to finish this high in consecutive years with the best from around the world. TheM exican team that won, they p itched live bait only. They spot the Marlin and they pitch live bait to them, whereas we have a differents tyle of fishing but its effective and i ts been proven to work just as well." The team has won four local tour n aments on the year, most recently the Lyford Cay Tournament which took place a week before the IGFAC hampionships. T HE Bahamas Sport Fish ing Network is pleased to announce that The Generat ions Junior Angler Tourna ment is all set for 10am to 3pm June 25 in Nassau. The event is for anglers a ged 12 and under and 13 to 17. There is a cost per boat for up to 5 anglers with multiple prize categories, accord ing to a press release. Twenty children from Ranfurly Home will be par t icipating and a portion of the proceeds from the event will be provided to support Ran furly Home. Donations are welcome. Captains meeting is 6pm June 23 at the Green Parrot with the weigh-in and a wards ceremony immediate ly following the meeting. Hamburgers and ice cream w ill be served at the awards ceremony for all participants, said the release. Captains Any local captains that would like accommodate chil dren from the Ranfurly Home for the event or any business or person that would like to d onate prizes or make a financial contribution to the event, please contact Steven Cartwright at BSFN at 242552-7618 or Nick Rademaker at Harbourside Marine at 242-393-0262. This is a great opportunity to take a child fishing and support the community. Your s upport and participation is greatly appreciated, the release added. The Generations Junior A ngler Tournament is spon sored by Harbourside Marine, BASRA, the Green Parrot and G&G Shipping. The Bahamas Sport Fishing Network is producing the tournament in co-operation w ith tournament directors Nick Rademaker, Chris Lloyd, Peter Maury and Brooks Russell. For more information, please visit www.BahamasSportFishingNetwork.com FISHING TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 2011, PAGE 3E Part proceeds of junior fishing tourney for Ranfurly Home for Children Game-fishing quartet: We missed it by just one marlin Bahamian team wins silver medal in the international offshore world championship STRIKING SILVER: The team of Paul King, Keith Kelty, Kristian Kwiecinski and Jimmy Bernard were awarded silver medal in International Game Fishing Association Offshore World Championship.