N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Anger to blame for murder rate Volume: 107 No.162THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH 88F LOW 79F B y TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com MORE than half of the 57 murders committed this yeara re due to armed robberies gone wrong, domestic vio lence, spontaneous anger and targeted "hits", claims heado f Bahamas Against Crime Reverend C B Moss. Mr Moss believes this unbridled anger places innocent bystanders at risk if they run into the wrong person at the wrong time. H is comments came in response to statistics provided by National Security MinisterT ommy Turnquest who yesterday told Parliament that drugs and criminal enterprise were behind 44 per cent of the murders recorded for the year. "I think that while a significant per cent of the murders to date for this year could be attributed to drug trafficking, the drug culture. The other 56 per cent is a mixture. It is primarily robbery, it is also the result of anger gone out of control, domestic problems and also just things like hits," r easoned Mr Moss, a veteran anti-crime activist who works in inner city communities. "A lot of it is just spontaneous anger. The people are angry. There is a lot of hostility within the people and that triggers off violent behaviour for relatively minor things. There is a new breed of criminals being produced, they are younger, less socialised, have less heart, have no regard for their own lives. That is clearly seen in the number of mur ders being committed in the Anti-crime campaigner hits out as minister reveals homicide data TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM P ARLIAMENT ARIANSDEBATEBUDGET FELIPE MAJOR/TRIBUNE STAFF YOURSOURCEFOROBITUARIES N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B U U T T N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B E E A A T T S S T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E I I N N S S I I D D E E T T O O D D A A Y Y C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! L L O O A A D D S S O O F F J J O O B B S S A A N N D D H H E E L L P P W W A A N N T T E E D D ! T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S C C L L A A S S S S I I F F I I E E D D S S T T R R A A D D E E R R CRIME CONCERNS: National Security Minister Tommy T urnquest and head of Bahamas Against Crime Reverend C B Moss. SEE page 16 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t firstname.lastname@example.org PRISON officials confiscated 2 40 cell phones from inmates at H er Majesty's Prisons between January to May despite best efforts to block the use of the c ontraband material. The Ministry of National Security plans to soon install a systemt o stop mobile phone signals SEE page 16 240 CELL PHONES CONFISCATED FR OM PRISONERS IN FIVE MONTHS PLP leader Perry Christie will travel to South Andros this weekend in a bid that some party supporters hope will finally bring calm to a hotly-contested nomination process for the seat. Although it has yet to be determined what role Mr Christie will play on the ground, and whether or not he will formally announce his SEE page 16 CHRISTIE TO HEAD TO SOUTH ANDROS AS N OMIN A TION PROCESS HEATS UP By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com FISH vendors operating from the Montagu ramp have agreed to be relocated in accor dance with plans for the overall development of the beach and park area. Plans for their relocation are still a work in progress, how ever, government officials said they are likely to be placed FISH VENDORS FR OM MONT A GU RAMP HAVE AGREED TO BE RELOCATED SEE page 14 SCENESFROMYESTERDAYSBUDGETDEBATEINTHEHOUSEOFASSEMBLY: (Clockwise from top left of Finance Zhivargo Laing, PLP leader Perry Christie, West End and Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham.
OFFICIALS of the Ministry o f Public Works and Transp ort noted the concerns of members of the Straw Ven dors Association during a t our of the new downtown straw market. Undersecretary Elizabeth K eju said the objective of the tour was to hear the opinions of the vendors on the $11.3 market that is presently under c onstruction. Along with representatives of Pat Rahming and Associates, designers and Cavalier Construction Company, the contractor answered questions posed by the members of the Association representing some 400 vendors. Some of the concerns e xpressed included the sizes of the display areas, adding extensions to the stalls to allow items to hang, security of the stalls at night and which vendors would occupy spaces designated for craft-making demonstrations. Undersecretary Keju said that the demonstration booths would give vendors the oppor tunity to showcase the art of making conch shell jewellery and straw baskets among other thing. She said all vendors including those from the Fam ily Islands would be able to participate. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B y LAMECH JOHNSON FIREFIGHTERS managed to extinguish a fire at the city dump yesterday afternoon after it had been burning for more than two days. There have been numerous fires at the Department of Environmental Health's landfill site over the years. Those who live nearby have called for the closure of the facility for health and safety reasons as the fires have been more intense of late threatening to consume their homes and sending clouds of noxious black smoke into their communities. Firefighters say this latest blaze was not among the biggest, and did not pose any major threat to neigbourhoods. Insp Norman Bain said that even though the fire had been burning for "a number of days",t he officers were able to put it out and there was no serious threat. "We were able to extinguish the fire that had been there over a number of days. There wasn't any heavy black smoke in this fire. It was white smoke emanating from paper on the site." Several fires in the past have ignited subter ranean pockets of gas created by rotting garbage on the site. Officers say the fire, which was put out after 1pm yesterday, could have started any number of ways. They said investigations into the source of the blaze continue. The last fire at the site happened about a month ago. Firefighters put out dump blaze MINISTRY OF WORKS OFFICIAL S AND VENDORS TOUR NEW BAY STREET STRAW MARKET INFORMING: Elizabeth Keju, Undersecretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, is shown at centre informing strawv endors of plans for the new Straw Market. William Rahming, M inistry of Works representative for the Straw Market, is pictured first from right. ( BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson) PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff CITY DUMPFIRE: Firefighters say this latest blaze did not pose any major threat to neigbourhoods. TOURING: Elizabeth Keju, U ndersecretary in the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, is pictured fourthf rom left speaking to repres entatives of the Straw Ven dors Association during a tour of the multi-purpose room of the new Straw Market. Also shown is William Munnings, Ministry of Works representative for the Straw Market. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)
B y NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A LARGE number of house break-ins and crimes against persons have been linked to cash for goldo perations, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest acknowledged yes-t erday. The government is currently giving consideration to promulgating regulations to t he Business License Act to a ddress the challenges we h ave faced with the cash for g old and scrap metal operat ions, Minister Turnquest said yesterday during his cont ribution to the budget communication 2011/2012. These businesses will be more closely regulated and licensed owners will be required to adhere to those regulations so that the authorities can ascertain whether the controllers have acquired the g oods by legitimate means, h e added. Robbed M r Turnquest noted incidents in which persons have h ad chains snatched from t heir necks or have been robbed of gold jewellery by t hose seeking to make quick cash by selling the items. Thats been a major cause of concern and we have a lot of work to do in terms of d ealing with it, Mr Turnq uest said. Additionally copper theft a nd the theft of scrap metal has also posed problems. He noted that the more e stablished cash for gold busi nesses have been working with police, implementing stringent security measures and photographing persons who bring in certain items. We are trying to get all of t hese cash for gold operations to operate on this premise, he said. There is nothing against legitimate businesses but w hen a person decides he is going to steal gold either through ripping it off a persons body or going and steal ing the property so that they can sell it, thats a serious problem. Its been a large part of the large numbers of house break-ins and crimes against persons that we are seeing in terms of human property. Every effort is being made to deal with this cash for gold problem. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011, PAGE 3 Minister tells of link between crime and cash for gold operations B AHAMIAN authorities have found the body of a man fitting the descriptionof a Carnival cruise passenger who went missing during a jet ski excursion last week. The body, which is partiall y decomposed, was found floating close to shore in waters off West Bay Street o n Tuesday. Police said they have not yet identified the remains. H owever, in a statement released yesterday, the US E mbassy in Nassau said that t he body generally matches the description of the missi ng US citizen. N athan Wells of Westchester, Ohio, was vacationingo n the Carnival cruise ship Fascination to celebrate his birthday with two friends when he disappeared. A fter the ship docked in Nassau last Saturday, Mr Wells rented a jet ski duringa n excursion to Cabbage B each, Paradise Island, but did not return to shore, a ccording to his friends. Y esterday, the US E mbassy in Nassau released t he following statement regarding the body found by the Bahamian Defence Force: Missing We can confirm that a U S citizen was reported missing on Saturday, June 4, while on a shore excursion from the Carnival Fascination after renting a jet ski.T he Royal Bahamas D efence Force, Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA Coast Guard conducted a search for the missing US citizen along the northern shoreline and keys. A body was located on T uesday, June 7, by Bahami an authorities that matches generally the description of the missing US citizen. As of this time, however, we are not able to confirm whether the body found is that of the missing US citizen. US con sular officials are in commun ication with the family of the US citizen. Due to privacy considerations we are u nable to provide additional details." Meanwhile, Bahamian police have confirmed that a body of a man was discov-e red and retrieved from waters off West Bay Street. H owever, according to Supt Stephen Dean, the identity of the man is not known at this time, though he says the police are active ly investigating the situation. He said: "We haven't identified him as yet. Discovering the identity is not an overnight thing but we are trying to piece it togeth er now." Police on Tuesday afternoon received a call about a body floating in the sea behind a home on West Bay Street. When police retrieved the body, it was partially decom posed. Officers are uncertain of the circumstances surrounding this incident but assured the public that they are investigating. BODY FITS DESCRIPTION OF CRUISE PASSENGER UP TO press time last night, BTC employees were still in the dark as to when they would receive their voluntary separation packages. The packages were expected to be distributed yesterday, however union chiefs said there was no word from the company. "We dont have anything yet, said William Carroll, president of the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union. I spoke with someone that is on the team working to finalise everything and they said that they are still giving them out, but people are getting off soon, so I dont know. The offers were set to be given out on Wednesday but were delayed because officials at Cable & Wireless Communications had not finalised all the details. Its taking a toll on them, Mr Carroll said of the workers, they are anxious to get it in their hands. According to sources close to the matter, the packages are expected to be offered to all employees with the expectation that BTC's current staff levels can be reduced by at least 400. Documents Company documents obtained by The Tribune earlier this month indicated that employees at BTC under the age of 45 are expected 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 under 50 will be offered the same five weeks per year, up to a cap of 110 weeks, and people aged 50 but under 55 will be offered five weeks salary for every year of employment up to a cap of 75 weeks. Those in the range from 55 to 58.5 will receive the same offer up to a cap of 68 weeks, while persons ranging from 58.5 but under 60 will be pro-rated after 68 weeks based on the number of months remaining until they turn 60. According to a presentation prepared for the company, no person in the age group 45 to 50 will receive less than six months worth of payment. In addition, the company appears to be willing to continue the cost of medical insurance for all age groups for one y ear, with placement/training services to be provided. budget DEBATE Every effort is being made to deal with this cash for gold pr oblem. Tommy Turnquest Share your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. BTC STAFF UNSURE WHEN THEY WILL GET VOLUNTARY SEPARATION PACKAGES
EDITOR, The Tribune. S hould the Bahamian public be concerned that politicians and their supporters are able to put this nation at risk because of decisions made by them? If there is even an iota of truth in the latest Decoding Diplomacy series about what was allowed by the previousP olice Commissioner and the Minister of National Security, however small that kernel is, you do not have to be a rocket scientist to make a connection between the present crime situation and those decisions. Additionally, both Prime Ministers should be held answerable for what was allowed under their watches as partisan politics negatively impacted an agency that needs impartial decisiveness as much as a fish needs water. I f that last sentence is to be believed and decisiveness was needed, then it was Mr Ingra ham who should have stepped up to the plate. Personally, I had refused to address this situation because one of my younger brothers was among the group that was retired. The government attempted to make a compromise in mak ing some appointments, but they fell short of making deci sions that were in the best interest of the country. The Wikileaks report, implies that persons who should not have been retired were retired for political reasons; but I guess that this is not really news to politicians and those who support them. My older brother went through a similar experience at the Airport, but the persons who had him retired found out very painfully that getting someone out of a job is easy, compared to finding a person to do that job. They are certain portfolios where the scrutiny has to be more intentional and deliberate in the making of decisions. It seems that even this Prime Minister and some members of his cabinet have fallen prey to bad decisions; decisions that seem to have an aura of political expediency to them. We will have to remember that the best of men are men at best, and even though we would not expect a politician to be a statesman, it is something altogether different when persons involved in public ser vice are also Ministers of the Gospel and their actions and decisions reveal a motive that causes the public at large to have a contemptuous view toward those who claim to represent the one who gives wisdom and understanding. We are entering into a sea son of meddling, where the use of Wikileaks info can result in the changing of the political terrain, bringing in an atmos phere where one choice begins to look as good as the other, and the exercise of reasonable choice becomes propagandised and influenced by outside interests. The opinions are wide and varied about what is going on in this country, but until the Bahamian public embrace their responsibility in an extreme sense, we will not have any right to complain when politicians and their minions or world powers and their surrogates, carry out agendas that are not supportive of theN ational Intent of the Bahamas as a sovereign nation. The sovereignty we seek will not come about, if we fail to address the issue. Just today the Gapseed programme questioned the local population on the cost ofl iving issue, only a few of the responders spoke about what we should be doing for our selves, the majority spoke about what the government should be doing or the need for more investors. I applaud those responders who reminded us of where the buck really should stop if Bahamians expect to be the inheritors of these Islands, Rocks and Cays. EDWARD HUTCHESON Nassau, May, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. The resignation of Craig Butler from the PLP was far more than it looked on the surface. But let us state thef acts. The PLP leader and deputy leader told Mr. Butler in no uncertain terms that he was either not good e nough or not willing to genuflect. Well the end result was M r. Butler, after suffering t he indignation took his tale nts to Kennedy. But I cannot imagine how a nyone in the PLP could not h ave expected this. Unless they are, they must have known that they pushed their juice one time too many. They allowed Mr. Butler to go into Elizabeth to wet the ground, which c reated some level of enthusiasm for the PLP. They showed their appreciationb y "drop kicking" him out of Elizabeth and replaced h im, now they are behind the scene saying that they a re sorry they did. Then after countless hours of canvassing and m onetary loss in Kennedy, they grabbed Mr. Butler a gain and this time threw him under a bus that was moving at warp speed, leaving tyre marks on his head. Now tell me, how could any o ne stay with a party after experiencing that. B ut did Mr. Butler know s omething we never knew? H is parting shot, that he m entioned on Real Talk L ive was, he wanted all of t hem to get a drug test. Now wait! Before I go too far, I am one who has walked the same roads as Mr. Butler and was ridiculed by the people closest to me, but my s tory is well documented and known the world over, having spoken in eight count ries on the use and abuse. T herefore I am not ashamed o f the self-inflicted wound. Others have done far worse to their friends, family and i ndeed country. The most peculiar thing w as the people who had the most to say were, closet alcoholics, mental cases, or people with serious moral defects in their character.D uring my use I was always in the company of the most influential and highly quali-f ied of all top professions. Many of them pleaded with m e not to call their names. The people who did the talking were the people in key positions in the day andi n the same place and doing the same things as me in the late hours of the night. I went through my rehabilitation, transition and purging of all of the suckers that were part of myl ife. For this part of the experiences I thank God for helping me to flush the garbage. I must hasten to s ay that my life has been an overwhelming experience since. I must also say, if I h ad to do it all over again, I w ould not change one earthl y thing, because all of those experiences is what broughtm e to this wonderful part of m y life. I painstakingly rehashed these events to make one point: Is Mr. Butler on to something? Why is he requesting for all of them to have a drug test? Is it poss ible that there are some closet users there? Is there a subliminal message sent byM r. Butler. Those of us who been there, done that k now who did what. So I end like this: "If you l ive in glass houses, dont throw stones." We know who you are and we saw w hat you did. Behave yourself. A word to the wise is sufficient. IVOINE W. INGRAHAM N assau, June 5, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 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 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm T HE OPPOSITION is constantly criticising the government for not doing enough to prevent crime. It is an unfair criticism. Short of stationing a police officer on every doorstep, this government is doing everything possible to suppress crime. It has increased the size of the force, purchased more patrol cars and motorcycles, installed closed circuit television as a deterrent, implemented electronic monitoring to control serious crime offenders now wandering the streets on bail, among other crime fighting initiatives. Various youth programmes have been introduced to steer young people from a life of crime, and in the prison inmates are being educated many of them can neither read nor write. This is only a few of the crime prevention measures that this Government has intro duced in an attempt to protect the community against the criminal. However, as we have said in this column many times before, it doesnt matter how many police officers are recruited, patrol cars purchased or prisons built, nothing will rid a community of crime until the commu nity itself shows its intolerance by doing something about it. Bahamians can start in the home with the training of their own children. We need a return to honesty, a return to integrity and a return to fairplay, said the late Milo Butler Jr, in 1981. Mr Butler was a former Speaker of the House. In that same year Loftus Roker, former minister in the Pindling cabinet, now retired from politics, was grappling with the same problem that faces the Bahamas today. Speaking on the subject in the House of Assembly in 1981, he blamed the nations leaders. He believed the political, church and civic leaders were to blame for the crime sweep ing our country today. He did not think unemployment had anything to do with it, but pointed an accusing finger at drugs, its peddlers and users. Today our problems are drugs, guns and human smuggling. Just as Prime Minister Ingraham had cause last week to warn politicians about associating with criminals, Mr Roker recounted an incident he had in Andros while campaigning there several years ago. He said people do not want to see their MP wallowing in the same dirt with them. During his campaign, he said, an Andros resident advised him not to remain in a bar where a gambling game was going on. As we all know gambling is illegal. In the House of Assembly yesterday National Security Minister Tommy Turn quest acknowledged that crime is at an u nacceptably high level in the Bahamas. This is particularly so, he said, with the large number of homicides and crimes against the person. He pointed out that our problems are not unique to the Bahamas. The expansive scope and enormity of the crime and criminality challenges faces virtually all CARICOM countries. This did not mean, he said, that Bahamians should take comfort in relaxing their resolve to address this very vexing problem. What it means is that we must work that much more cooperatively and collaboratively. And this, said Mr Turnquest, is exactly what we have been doing as evidenced by our active and effective participation in the United States-CARICOM Caribbean Security Initiative. Mr Turnquest told House members of the various anti-crime initiatives and the cost of many of them. For example, from January to May this year $198,000 was spent on the electronic monitoring programme with the new budget providing for the spend ing of $500,000 through to the end of the budget year in 2012. Of the 91 offenders now being monitored more than 93 per cent are considered high risk offenders who are charged and are on bail for crimes of murder, attempted murder, rape, assault with a deadly weapon, armed robbery, pos session of illegal firearms and ammunition and housebreaking. Government and the business community are now collaborating on the installation of the CCTV cameras as a preventative ini tiative. Under this budget these cameras can be imported duty free. Their true worth was demonstrated recently in the John Bull rob bery on Bay Street. Government hoped, said Mr Turnquest, that as many homeowners and businesses as possible will embrace this initiative as part of their commitment to fight crime and provide for safer communities. He said that tenders for the CCTV pro ject have already been sent out and a short list of possible vendors has been identified. A public briefing is scheduled for today when the vendors will be invited to field questions relating to the implementation of the project. Mr Turnquest said it was expect ed that the national CCTV project will be ready for integration into the existing CCTV system by years end. This initiative will greatly assist with crime fighting, he said. There is a need for each of us, indeed all of us, to assume responsibility for addressing the causes of crime and to take action in preventing and controlling crime, Mr Turn quest told the House yesterday. Craig Butler sent a subliminal message to PLP LETTERS email@example.com Governments crime fighting initiatives 5HYLYDO 5HYLYDO Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. Should we be concerned that politicians and supporters can put this nation at risk? EDITOR, The Tribune. With various individuals responsible for the mainte nance of the traffic lights, from the Minister down to the technicians who service them, having had considerable ridicule and criticism heaped upon them by the motoring public, perhaps we have discovered the root of the problem as to why signals working this morning are mysteriously inoperable an hour later. At 6.40 this morning I observed a uniformed motorcycle officer, motorcycle No. 904, deliberately disable the traffic signal at the junction of Village Road and Shirley Street before speeding off and turning through Kemp road. The question begs, is this an isolated incident or common practice island wide as the logic behind this, particularly occurring at the beginning of the morning commute, eludes me. IAN MABON Nassau, June 8, 2011. I SAW MOTORCYCLE OFFICER DELIBERATELY DIS ABLE TRAFFIC SIGN AL
By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org EXECUTIVES of the B ahamas Hotel Maintenance and Allied Workers Union have resumed their bid for resolution of the more than 100 long-standing trade disputes with the Sandals resort company. Meanwhile, the union ratified by the Privy Council earl ier this year will resume negotiations with the resort towards a new industrial agreement for its 500 employees today. Negotiations In addition to the various t rade disputes, another important component of the negotiations is said to be wage packages. Its a matter of adjustment, said Obie Ferguson, head of the umbrella Trade Union Congress (TUC legal advisor of the BHMAWU. The important issue is the 12 officers that were (among the 150 workers) dismissed because of union activities in 2008 that is the primary issue were trying to resolve, he said. BHMAWU officials are demanding that union executives unlawfully terminated during 2008 lay-offs at Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort and Spa be reinstated, and that the others be compen-s ated. Sandals dismissed 150 workers in December of that year, among whom were the president, vice president, secretary general, assistant secretary general, treasurer and trustees of the BHMAWU. The resort citing low o ccupancy levels dismissed an additional 80 persons the following year in September. Yesterday, the lay-offs were again criticized by the BHMAWU, which alleged that the union was not formally notified of the move. A dozen disgruntled union ists were turned away by L abour Department staff after they attempted to initia te discussions with the director yesterday. Mr Ferguson explained that the impromptu meeting was inspired after talks with Labour Minister Dion Foulkes last week. He said the union was told by Mr Foulkes that the Director of Labour would be instructed to look into theirc oncerns. Were disappointed, said Mr Ferguson, because we thought once the Privy Council made the ruling, that the Ministry of Labour would engage the parties to do what they were required to do by law, which is to negotiate ing ood faith. After that didnt happen, we decided to set up a meeting with the minister, which he gave us on June 2. Since its formation in 2001, the BHMAWU had been locked in a dispute with the Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Workers Union ( BHCAWU) over who should represent the Sandals Royal B ahamian staff. Court The issue was taken to the highest court in the Bahamian judicial system, the UK-based Privy Council, in February. The council overturned a verdict by the Court of Appeal which declared the BHMAWUs registration "void and of no effect", because the Registrar of Trade Unions had failed to publish it in the government's gazette in accordance with the Industrial Relations Act. The Department of Labour failed to meet with the union (on the issue of trade disputes) on the basis that they said it wasnt registered, Mr Ferguson added. Once it was ruled that it was indeed registered, we thought it would start talks towards negotiating the disputes. It did not, so now we are taking matters into our own hands. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011, PAGE 5 7KH(QGXULQJ:RUG 3( U NION CHIEFS SEEK RESOLUTION OF LONG-STANDING TRADE DISPUTES W ITH SANDALS UNIONMEMBERS at the Department of Labour.
By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com AN opposition MP is calling for more emphasis to be placed on agricultural sustainability. D uring his contribution to the budget debate in Parliament yesterday, West Enda nd Bimini MP Obie Wilchcombe said agriculture in the Bahamas needs to be self-s ustainable in response to t he global food crisis. C alling the Ministry of Agriculture the most important government ministry, Mr Wilchcombe said: It has the responsibility to ensure that our people do not die because we cant eat we should want to be able to feed ourselves, self-sustainability should be the focus. I n the House of Assembly earlier this week, Minister of Agriculture Larry Cartwright said the price of food will continue to increase as a resulto f global shortages. I n response, Mr Wilchcombe asked what is being d one with the $7.5 million allocated in the budget toa griculture to battle this trend, w hich the government has h ad two years to plan for. He said: If the price of food is increasing, what are w e doing about it? What preparation are we making? If we are serious today, or yes-t erday or the day before yesterday, our focus should have been on preparing so t hat we do not have to deal w ith the crisis we were told about two years ago. That minist er could burst this economy w ide open s aid Mr Wilch combe. We have to use the r esources we have right now t o build up the economy such as the export of spiny lobster, conch and scale fish where wec an raise the export value f rom $100,000 to $500,000. Mr Wilchcombe raisedt he example of the 25,000 acres of land in Aba-c o and Andros that is ready for use by wouldb e farmers. This is an opportunity for a programme to define partnerships and to begin a farm i ng project for exports in demand, said Mr Wilchcombe. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE MP: agriculture in Bahamas needs to be self-sustainable budget DEBATE ...self-sustainability should be the focus. Obie Wilchcombe
OFFICIALS of the Ministry of National Security have joined forces with a number o f government and non-governmental agencies to launch a national anti-drug and crime awareness campaign. The programme has been designed to help reverse the rising crime, criminality and violence impacting the country. The campaign aims to establish an effective public/private sector partnership for the implementation of a nation-wide comprehensiveand sustained campaign that will be focused on reducing the use and abuse of drugs while simultaneously reducing the levels of crime, crimin ality and violence through the creation of positive opportunities for at-risk individuals and groups within those inner-city communities where illegal activity is more pervasive. This new initiative is designed to inspire and s trengthen every strata of the Bahamian community to think and act positively, said Captain Godfrey Rolle, director of the National Anti-Drugs Secretariat (NADS Ministry of National Security. Its focus is on uplifting all gender and age-groups, par ticularly within the inner-city communities, he added. Mr Rolle said the success and sustainability of the campaign will require the full commitment and participation of schools, churches, community groups, sporting and other social clubs, law enforcement agencies, private citizens and corporate Bahamas. A committee, comprised of senior officials from govern ment agencies such as the Ministry of National Securi ty, Royal Bahamas Police and Defence Force, Her Majestys Prisons, National Drug Coun cil, ministries of Health, Envi ronment, Labour and Social Services, Education, Youth, Sports and Culture and others, in addition to private sector companies and civic and church organisations, has been working diligently towards this end. Objectives There are seven specific objectives pertaining to the campaign and they include reducing the demand for drugs and drug-related crime and criminality throughout the Bahamas; supporting and widely promoting properly planned anti-drug and crime prevention activities being undertaken within all sectors of Bahamian society; and providing platforms where youth and women, in particular, can voice their opinions and offer solutions to the problems associated with drugs and crime. Officials will also imple ment a support network for those directly impacted. This campaign will allow us to get into the inner-cities, identify community leaders whether it is religious, civic or community, to get involved and (develop can address the problem of drugs and crime, Mr Rolle said. The committee is made of persons who are serious about finding solutions to violence and drugs. The only way we are going to be successful in impacting drugs and in our communities is if every single citizen accepts ownership. Government cannot, and should not be expected, to tackle this situation alone, he added. Debbie Bartlett, head of the CEO network, a partner of the committee, said crime creates a wonderful opportunity for the people of the Bahamas to unite. We are going to lick this problem, she said. Ms Bartlett said taking ownership of what occurs within the Bahamas is every c itizens responsibility. Ownership means effective management. That we effectively manage our responsibilities (beginning she said. It does not start with the Government. It starts at home. The campaign, she said, will provide hope and direction for those who need it because you have to give somebody a destination that gives them hope; that creates opportunity. The men in the inner-cities and the ladies in the innercities that are said to be turning to prostitution which is h aving an impact not only on the criminal activity, but the numbers of persons being infected with HIV/AIDS. T he former journalist said the campaign will promote action over talk. Action The key to this campaign is execution in what we say, she said. They are tired of hearing talk, talk, talk. They want to see action and what I see with this committee and from the minister, is a united effort to help each other succeed at all levels. We must work together with everybody who is looking to progress our country, Ms Bartlett added. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011, PAGE 7 www.rbcroyalbank.com/caribbean T rademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under licence. NOTICERBC Royal Bank (Bahamas) Ltd. 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Rates, terms and conditions subject to change without notice.C DW +taxes +fees +unlimited milesG REAT FLORIDA SPECIALS!alamo.com For reservations, please contact Going Places Travel at (242 393.6900 or (786 or at 1.800.468.3334 Be sure to request rate code RC1 .53Midsize Car as low as 210WEEKLY US$U S$D AILY 69Suv or Minivan as low as 276W EEKLY US$US$DAILY TEAMWORK: Officials of the Ministry of National Security have joined forces with a number of government and non-governmental agencies for the national anti-drug and crime awareness campaign. JOINING FORCES NATIONAL ANTI-DRUG AND CRIME AWARENESS CAMPAIGN
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE A GROUP of visiting British diplomats described Grand Bahama as a forward m oving island which could p resent significant business opportunities for both the Bahamas and the UnitedK ingdom. Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA h osted several British diplom ats for a familiarisation visit. L ed by former British High Commissioner to the Bahamas P eter Young, the delegation participated in a land and sea tour of various facilities and as pecial luncheon was held in their honour. Accompanying Mr Young were, Simon Tuck e r, Vice-Consul in the British High Commission, Jamaica; Gary Nicholls, first secretary, consular regional director for t he Caribbean; and Richard Morris, regional director, North America Consular. A ccording to Mr Young, the visit was prompted by the fact that the Bahamas receivesa bout 60,000 British tourists per year. These visitors, coupled with those from the UK who residei n the Bahamas, present a siz able number, and fall under the jurisdiction of the High C ommission in Jamaica, whose primary role is to pro tect British citizens. Mr Nicholls further elabor ated on the purpose of their visit. The more we delve into w hat makes a country tick and what there is, the better were able to deliver the service that we do because of our better understanding. By coming here, it also helps us to be able to talk more from a position of knowledge when were dealing with British nationals, he stated. Whilst on-island, the group was given a brief overview of GBPA and infrastructural developments on Grand Bahama over the years. Of particular interest were discussions pertaining to the sec ond home market, airlift, cruise arrivals, ship repair and the Container Port. The potential for this island to capitalise on the wave of baby-boomers in terms of pro viding second and retirement homes and timeshare devel opments is absolutely enormous, said Graham Torode, CEO of the Grand Bahama Development Company (DEVCO Citing Shoreline as a suc c essful housing development in Grand Bahama with strong UK ties, Mr Torode called for e ven greater investment from a broad. Before departing on an extensive tour of harbour facil-i ties, the group discussed Grand Bahamas enviable trans-shipment positioning in t he Western Hemisphere. The expansion of the Panam a Canal and the fact that ships are getting much bigger p lay completely into our hands as the overwhelming majority of ports on the easterns eaboard of the United States are located in or nearby city centres where expansion isv ery difficult, said Mr Torode. So, we have a huge competitive advantage in terms of the trans-shipment industry. D iplomat Morris said he was excited and impressed by what he saw, stating that the v isit gave him a firsthand glimpse at Grand Bahamas huge potential. Were realigning our footprint overseas, said Mr Nicholls. The one common message b eing driven from the home front is were very much in the business now of promoting B ritain and getting business es more engaged overseas. I think there will be more of a mind shift because there are l ots and lots of opportunities within many countries. Vice-Consul Tucker, who n ow has direct responsibility for the Bahamas, concurred. My impression after my first visit is that Grand Bahama is a forward moving island. Ive seen such fantastic development throughout the island...the roads, port and infrastructure, he said. After hosting the group to a private luncheon at the Grand Bahama Yacht Club, parting gifts of paintings by local artist Sheldon Saint were presented to the diplomats. DEVCO executive Mr Torode described the visit as highly successful and mutually beneficial for all parties. An important part of a visit like this is for the foreign delegation to be fully briefed as to who we are, what we do and what potential we have here. Also, we now want to follow-up and use facilities and contacts theyve provided to pin-point potential investors and companies who might be able to come and participate here as well, he said. GBPA hosts British diplomats for familiarisation visit W ARM WELCOME: P ORT Authority officials welcomed a visiting British delegation. Pictured (l-r N icholls, first secretary, consular regional director for the Caribbean; Ginger Moxey, GBPA vice-president; Peter Young, former British High Commissioner to the Bahamas; Graham Torode, CEO of DEVCO; Simon Tucker, Vice-Consul in the British High Commission, Jamaica; and Derek Newbold, GBPA business development manager. HARBOUR TOUR: Visiting British diplomats enjoyed a firsthand glimpse of Freeports harbour facilities. Pictured (l-r ris, regional director, North America Consular; Gary Nicholls, first sec retary, consular regional director for the Caribbean; Orlando Forbes, director of the Freeport Harbour Company; Gary Gilbert, chief exec utive of HPH Bahamas; Peter Young, former British High Commis sioner to the Bahamas; and Simon Tucker, Vice-Consul in the British High Commission, Jamaica.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: GETWELLBAHAMAS 40 FREE OF CHARGE: APPLICATION FORMS APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 5 p.m., Friday, July 1, 2011 SELECTION PROCESS GETWELLBAHAMASisfundedbythe Healthy People component of The National Prescription Drug Plan. IMAGING IS WHAT WE DO FOURTH TERRACE CENTREVILLET 328.8157 SERVING THE BAHAMAS SINCE 1985no stress no fussX-RAYS CT SCANS BIOPSY SUITE MAMMOGRAMS 3D ULTRASOUNDS COLOUR DOPPPLER VIRTUAL COLONOSCOPY FAMILY ISLAND CLINICS U.S. SPECIALIST REFERRALS BOARD CERTIFIED RADIOLOGISTS AND TECHNICIANS ANDCAPABLE GOVERNMENT this week introduced new legislation that will assist in protecting natural resources. Giving his contribution to the 2011/12 Budget communication in Parliament, Minister of Environment Dr Earl Deveaux said the Government can only execute its environmental policies by strengthening the administration of the Department of Physical Planning. The new Planning and Subdivisions Act is designed to protect the publics interest as all potential developments will be required to undergo public scrutiny to ensure that developments to minimise negative impacts, maintain the potential capacity of the land by mandating guidelines to mitigate against destruction of the biodiversity of our island communities, said Dr Deveaux, A new Forestry Act was also passed to legally protect the Bahamian Heritage and its future sustainable growth and development by reducing the intensity of land use in Agro-Forestry, conservation Forestry, Forest Reserve, Protected Forest, Wet lands, and management of terrestrial invasive plant species. The two Acts are designed to work in tandem with the amendments to the Bahamas National Trust Act, which also marks the first revision of the organisations governing law in 51 years. The Forestry Unit will facilitate and implement its research headquarters at Adelaide Road for Bahamian and visiting scientists, students, and stakeholders. The Government of the Bahamas will cooperate with the BNT to implement the new Forestry Act. The amended Act empowers the BNT to advise both the government and the pri vate sector generally on development issues and policies; and conservation, environmental, bio diversity, natural and cultural her itage and resource management issues, said Dr Deveaux. The Government enacted legislation to create the Forestry Unit to manage, conserve, con trol and develop forests, while promoting and regulating forest industries. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Government (through the Forestry Unit) and the Bahamas National Trust has been approved for the BNT to administer $100,000 for BNT wardens to serve as Forest Officers. The Forestry Unit has partnered with Lindor Industries to expand the value of Bahamian products, which would strengthen the economy by stimulating a revenue stream of royalty fees, permits, leases and licence fees for using forest produce and nontimber forest produce. They plan to create sustainable opportuni ties for forest restoration by incorporating several services of smaller complementary industries. The Forestry Unit is present ly reviewing applications to harvest timber from several Bahamian forests. In keeping with its strategy, the Forestry Unit signed an agreement with Lindor Industries to create valuable floorboards and ceiling boards from Bahamian pine, said Dr Deveaux. Our pine trees are among the fastest growing in the world. They are also uniquely hard and beautiful. However, only the larger trees are required. So, rather than high-grading the forests to get only the valuable trees, and continue with the problem of poor management and inferior speci mens; we have formulated a partnership to extract all the undesirable specimens, using them to make charcoal, mulch, and posts, while leaving selected specimens for regrowth and accommodating Lindors demand for the larger trees. The BEST Commission has audited and monitored the various environmental activities and EMP (Environmental Management Plan) adherence to national and international standards of ongoing projects such as Ginn Sur Mer, Lynden Pindling International Airport, The Nassau Harbour Port Improvement Project, Bahamas Waste Biodiesel Facility, Baha Mar, and Bell Island. During 2011/12, the Commission will have oversight of projects such as the new port, bypass road, and causeway bridge between Great Abaco and Lit tle Abaco, the Glass Window Causeway in Eleuthera, the new port and bypass road in Exuma, as well as the Baha Mar project and the New Providence Infrastructural Rehabilitation Project. The BEST Commission is also responsible for the National Energy Policy and its Committee. They are working closely with the Inter-American Development Bank (IBD pact fluorescent light bulb (CFL distribution campaign to encour age Bahamians to save energy by changing their behaviour. The Environment Ministry is collaborating on legislation to provide incentives to stimulate the use of renewable energy. THE BNT is the key organisation managing the natural resources of the Bahamas and ensuring that they are protected from human exploitation. The BNT will hold responsibility for enacting the Planning and Subdivisions Act and the Forestry Act through the strengthening of the Department of Physical Planning in the Ministry of Works. Gena Gibbs /BIS New legislation will assist natural resources protection Planning and Subdivisions Act introduced
AIRPORT officials hope to hit a high note with passengers and Bahamian entertainers with the introduction of a summer performance series in the new U S Departures terminal at L ynden Pindling Internat ional Airport. This week, Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD appeal to local artists from m agicians to musicians to s ubmit profiles and demos f or consideration. S uccessful entertainers w ill be scheduled to perform during weekends in the peak traffic seasonb etween July 2 September 4. Vernice Walkine, vicepresident of communicat ions and marketing at NAD, believes the programme will serve a dual p urpose. Not only will it provide a unique opportunity for local entertainers to gain significant exposure, it will a lso add to the overall customer experience by incorp orating an authentic Bahamian element. As we continue to t ransform our facilities here at LPIA, we also seek t o incorporate a local sense of place in every aspect from the actual terminal d esign to the artwork. The i ntroduction of live perf ormances is an added bonus. In order to be considered, musical performers m ust be either instrument al artists or singers, and m ust be able to perform o ne or more of the followi ng genresBahamian, J azz, R&B, Caribbean, Calypso or Rake n Scrape. Entertainers will be required to perform on Saturdays or Sundays for a flat performance fee. Soloists, duos or trios are e ncouraged to participate. B ands will not be conside red for this project. Once finalists have been s elected, NAD will contact each performer or g roup to set up a date and time for an in person audition. Entertainers interested in participating in the airp ort project should submit a sample of work along with a bio to NADs corp orate offices at LPIA by Friday June 17, 2011 at 4pm. Demos can also be s ent electronically to mark firstname.lastname@example.org. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011, PAGE 11 DESTINY Christian College and University will conduct commencement exercises on Wednesday, June 15 at 7pm. T he ceremony will be held at New Destiny Baptist Cathedral on Baillou Hill Road according to the Universitys Chancellor Dr Paul Curtis Crites and Bishop Delton Fer-n ander, senior pastor of New Destiny. T he Christian College has operated in Nassau since 2008, when Dr Crites began training students at what became an extension campus of the Jacksonville, Florida college. Last year, 30 Bahamian students graduated from the uni v ersity, which offers programmes ranging from associate degrees to doctorate programmes. This year's commencement will celebrate the achievem ent of 25 more graduates, many completing their masters and doctorate programmes, according to Dr Crites. The accelerated programme operates from September through May with weekend classes, small group learningl abs, mentoring and tutoring and practical applications. T he college is not affiliated with any denomination with the student body representing more than 20 different church es and denominations in the Bahamas. D r Crites and Bahamian faculty and staff will be available to meet with interested students following the graduation ceremony on June 15. DESTINY CHRISTIAN COLLEGE AND UNIVERSIT Y COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES PRE-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT Summer performance series in new USDepartures terminal
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Newlyappointed CEO and president of the Grand Bahama Power Company Sarah McDonald said a new diesel plant to be built on the island will result in lower fuel costs for the company and more reliable energy for consumers. Ms McDonald is the first woman to head the Power Company, but she noted that many women are in senior positions within parent company EMERA. I think I bring experience and whether it is a male or female I dont think it would be any different, she said. Ms McDonald said she is aware of the concerns that consumers have regarding reliability and the high cost of electricity on the island. Weve already started to make sure we can supply the energy needed to all customers in a reliable way, she said. McDonald said the compan y has installed several rental diesel units to meet the increased demand during the peak summer months. We have a contract to build a new much more efficient diesel plant. Not only will the system be more reliable, but it will result in reducing t he amount of fuel we need and the less fuel we need the more we can control cost, she said. Ms McDonald stated that the company is also seeking to address the challenge of gathering more accurate meter readings. The company has a shortage of meter readers, and residents have expressed c oncerns about the estimation of their monthly power bill. Ms McDonald said there are a number of businesses that provide automated meter reading. We have not assessed whether that is even feasible in G rand Bahama, but we have the expertise in-house to let us know if that is possible, she said. New Grand Bahama diesel plant will result in more reliable energy New GBPower Company president gives details of plans SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Associated Press FEDERALofficials in Puerto Rico have seized 16 high-end cars and 15 luxury watches from purported drug traffickers with links to an alleged drug boss known as the "Pablo Escobar of the Caribbean." A Tuesday statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says the property has a total estimated value of $3.2 million. Among the items seized is a special edition Camaro that runs on jet fuel and costs more than $75,000. The agency says the items belonged to an organisation run by Jose Figueroa Agosto. He was arrested last July aftera nearly 10-year manhunt and is accused of shipping Colombian cocaine to the U.S. mainland through Puerto Rico. Twelve alleged members of his organisation were arrested in November. PUERTO RICO: $3.2M DRUG-RELATED SEIZURE INCLUDES CAMARO THAT RUNS ON JET FUEL UNITED NATIONS Associated Press SECRETARY-GENERAL Ban Ki-moon called for global action Wednesday to put an end to AIDS by 2020 and relegate the killer disease to the history books. O pening a three-day General Assembly meeting to assess progress in combatting HIV/AIDS, the U.N. chief told presidents, ministers and diplomats from across the globe that if all partners involved in the fight unite "as never before" the goal can be met. "Today, we gather to end AIDS," the secretary-general said. "That is our goal zero new infections, zero stigma and zero AIDS-related d eaths." Ban recalled that world leaders first took responsibility for controlling the epidemic at a U.N. meeting in 2001, and since then new infections have declined by 20 percent. Five years ago, leaders pledged that every individual would get services, care and support to cope with HIV and AIDS and since then AIDS-related deaths have fallen by 20 percent, he said. M ichel Sidibe, executive director of the United Nations AIDS agency, told the leaders that the vision of an AIDS-free world can be realised. H owever, he said it will require revolutionising HIV prevention and the mobilisation of young people "as agents of change" in reducing treatment costs. It will also require ending dis crimination and providing lifesaving services to the groups most affected migrants, prisoners, people who inject drugs, sex workers, and men who have sex with men, he said. Sidibe said 1.8 million people die of AIDS e very year in the developing world and in developed countries AIDS is becoming a chronic disease. He said nine million people in the world await treatment. Sidibe urged donors, who have reduced funding for AIDS for the first time in 10 years, to increase their contributions to meet the new goal. "We cannot stop our investment now," he s aid. "With an effective up-front investment we can make the down payment to alter the costs trajectory and end this epidemic." The UNAIDS chief said getting to zero will require new innovations to provide inexpen sive diagnostic methods and medication available for everyone, everywhere in five years UN CHIEF CALLS FOR GLOBAL ACTION TO END AIDS INTERNATIONALNEWS
U RBAN Renewal brought 300 parents of the community together to celebrate the shared values in Bahamian culture. This is a busy week for us this week, but thats okay,s aid Loretta Butler Turner, M inister of State for Labour and Social Development. I had to come here because you all are the people whose shoulders we stand on. And so we have come to say, thank you, thank you, thank you. And you tellt hem, who say there is no Urban Renewal, ask them about what we are doing here today. You tell them, this is U rban Renewal. Now the reality is Mothers Day is gone but we areg rateful to our mothers every single day of our lives. Now fathers, you know what they say, we love you all to death. I know next month in June, p lenty, plenty crabs are going t o be on Poinciana Drive, on W ulff Road, all over the place. We say all we have to do is make crab and rice for f athers, but today, we didnt have crab and rice, we hadw onderful vegetable rice, so l ets give our fathers a round o f applause. Mrs Butler-Turner said Urban Renewal provides a c ommon ground for young and old in the community to have something to do and ap lace to go. She also said p eople should thanks for the elderly who paved the way for the offspring to build on t heir accomplishments. You all have done so much for us. You have continuously been that rock of s tability that has kept our s ociety together. Youre the grandmothers and greatgrandmothers, the grandfa-t hers and great-grandfathers, you have even been the mothers and the fathers, but t he reality is without you, we a re nothing, said Mrs Butler-Turner. That is why the Urban R enewal has decided that every year they want to do something special for you all. A nd I can only commend them on behalf of Minister Dion Foulkes, I bring greeti ngs on his behalf too because Urban Renewal is the way of us bringing our communities together, keeping them together, and ensuring that individuals within those communities are notf orgotten. O n May 26, the Ministry of Labour and Social Development and the Urban Renewal Liveable Neighbourhoods Programme of New Providence held a postMothers Day and preFathers Day luncheon for 30s eniors from each of the nine community centres under the theme Celebrating the Wisdom and Contributions of M others and Fathers to the Community. We are honouring our m others and fathers to let them know how important they are and how important their contribution has been to the development of the B ahamas. When they continue to w ork, it makes our country better. We want them to know we appreciate thema nd we are not only working with the seniors, but we arew orking with the young m others and fathers as well, s aid Ella Lewis, coordinator of New Providence Urban Renewal. We have a responsibility to take care of our community. The police cannot do it,t he church cannot do it, but if w e all work together, we can do it by encouraging families to take responsibility fort heir children, then it can be done, but it cannot be done by one set of people. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011, PAGE 13 Urban Renewal luncheon MOTHERS AND FATHERS were served fresh fruit punch to drink and a meal of consisting of Bahamian staples like baked chicken, corn and rice, coleslaw and fresh salad. Celebrating shared values of 300 parents R EV SHARON NAIRN senior p astor from Unity Fellowship International Ministries, reminds parents about how l ong it took for them to find out about the sacrifices their parents had to make for them.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE along the neighbouring seawall in a developed space which will provide sanitary facilities and additional parking. Earl Deveaux, Minister of Environment, said the proposed design includes a sidewalk along the water for access to vendors; improved parking at the northern end of beach; and additional facilities for boaters. There are also plans to redirect the road so there is no longer a conflict between eastbound motorists and boaters seeking to access the ramp. Overall the plan attempts to alleviate traffic congestion; solve the problem of fish entrails getting into the water; satisfy people wanting to buy fish; accommodate vendors in a clean and wholesome facility; provide adequate parking for boaters and jetski operators; and improve the beach experience for recreational users. Funding Neko Grant, Minister of Works, said funding for the road work and park development will come from the capital budget in the Ministry of Works. There has been no allocation as yet, because the final drawings are not complete, and the quantity surveyors have not been contracted to do their assessment. Mr Grant said the government is not able to establish a timeline for the work until more variablesare nailed down. Kerzner International is f unding the beach restoration. This work is expected to begin in the next few months, lasting for 90-120 days. The phased implementation of the beach restoration will allow for continuous public access on a portion of the beach. Montagu is a very popular beach. It is accessible to a wide cross-section of Bahamians, but this beach is inadequate for the demand placed on it. We have a strong historical imperative, social need, and a policy mandate to remedy the beach, said Mr Deveaux. T he existing beach at Montagu occupies less than 0.27 a cres. According to international usage rates for urban beaches, it can accommodate 150-230 people. The agreed plan will increase the capacity more than five times over. Dr Kevin Bodge, lead coastal engineer on the project, detailed the restoration p lans in a town hall meeting this week. He said the plan w ill increase the width of the beach by 70 feet across the board. The current width ranges from barely 12 feet at high tide on the southern side to no beach, which is a far cry from the state of the beach during the 1960s when it was the talk o f the town. Government and Kerzner o fficials would not disclose the cost of the beach development. Colin Higgs, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Works said the government is not concerned about the cost. He said: That is for Kerzners pocketbook. The 2003 Heads of Agreem ent with Kerzner International included an option to c onstruct a golf course on Athol Island. One of the conditions for authorisation was an agreement that Kerzner would undertake the restoration of Montagu Beach. Kerzner has agreed to finance the proposed restoration despite not proceeding with t he golf course. ABOVE: Plans of the proposed beach improvements for Montagu. B ELOW: T he Montagu coastline in 2006. BOTTOM: The Montagu coastline in 1963 Images from Olsen Associates, Inc. FROM page one MONTAGU RAMP FISH VENDORS HAVE AGREED TO BE RELOCATED
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011, PAGE 15 TWOARRESTEDAFTER SUSPECTED DRUGSFOUND TWO people are in police custody for questioning following the discovery of packages filled with suspected marijuana in a Mackey Street home. Officers from the Northeastern Division discovered the drugs behind the dresser in one of the homes bedrooms when they executed a search warrant on Tuesday morning. Police arrested Tamika Adderley, 29, and Jamal McCoy, 20, of Pratt's Lane. According to officers from the Wulff Road Police Station, while the two offered no resistance to the arrest, some of their relatives became hostile. Police say they are not yet in a position to estimate the street value of the alleged drugs. INVESTIGATION INTO SHOOTING Police are looking into a shooting in a Nassau Village home that left a 47-year-old man in hospital. Around 4pm yesterday, an argument broke out between the victim and another man, which resulted in the victim being shot in the leg. He was taken from the Luke Street home to the hospital by ambulance, and is listed in stable condition. Police are questioning a 35-year-old man in relation to the incident. POLICE TIP When you reach a major four-way intersection, for example the junction at Robinson and Marathon Roads, and the traffic lights are not working, all vehicles must come to a complete stop before proceeding. Drivers must ensure the way is clear, give priority to vehicles that got there first, and proceed in order and with caution. CRIMENEWS INBRIEF T HE Parliamentary Registration Department estimates that between 160,000 to 170,000 Bahamians will register for the next general election, National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest told Parliament W ednesday. Minister Turnquest has oversight of the Parliamentary Registration Department, which is headed by Parliamentary Commiss ioner Errol Bethel. C ontributing to the 2011 B udget Debate, Mr Turnquest said the Departmenth as done much work in u pgrading the map that is b eing used for registration. H e said it is hoped that this e xercise will lead to greater accuracy in the placing of voters. The Parliamentary Registration Department is attentive to the need to cre ate a clean Voter Registera nd to ensure that all registrants meet the eligibility requirements, he said. The Department will do a ll in its power to carry out t his responsibility with efficiency and integrity. It ish oped that all eligible B ahamian citizens will seize the opportunity to register early. This is important to facilitate the work of the Boundaries Commission and to enhance the accura cy of the Register by mak-i ng corrections where nece ssary, Mr Turnquest added. Process The National Security Minister said the registra tion process has been gen e rally going smoothly as r egistration officials ensure that only bona-fide Bahamians are registered. He said while there have b een some complaints regarding the documents being requested of prospec-t ive registrants with regards to preserving their registration, other persons have expressed appreciation thatw e are being more careful i n the compilation of the Register. All we want to make s ure is that only bona-fide Bahamians are registered, he added. Mr Turnquest said there w ere 74,179 persons entered on the New Register as of June 7, 2011. Of that number, 53,663 were registered for New Providence; 11,623 on Grand Bahama and 8,893 for the Family Islands. To facilitate early registration, voter registration centres and sub-stations have been established throughout the country. Permanent centres have been established at the Departments headquarters in New Providence and Freeport and the Administrators Offices in various Family Islands. A dditional stations have been established at the Mall-at-Marathon and Town Centre Malls, National Insurance Board, General Post Office and Elizabeth Estates and Carmichael Road Post Offices. There are also a number of roving teams going to various business houses, Mr Turnquest said. The Department continues to offer its mobile services to c ompanies with a minimum o f 20 registrants. In Grand Bahama, in addition to the Parliamen-t ary Registration headq uarters, registration is taki ng place at the Local Gove rnment Office in Eight M ile Rock. Stations are also being mounted from time to time in different parts oft he island, Mr Turnquest added. The countrys Voter Reg istration Drive commencedo n October, 2010. Mr Turnquest said the Register used in the 2007 General Elect ions will come to an end J uly 14, 2011, at which time t he New Register will come into effect. Vote Anyone who seeks to vote in upcoming general e lections must ensure that he or she is registered on the New Register, MrT urnquest added. The National Security M inister said the Parliamentary Registration D epartment has recruited and trained competent persons to ensure that the registration process is a smooth one. He said mosto f the persons were redep loyed from the public sec tor. He said extensive training seminars were organ-i sed for voter registration personnel in New Providence, Grand Bahama andt he Family islands. The quality of the Register is dependent upon the personnel involved in ther egistration process, he s aid. Mr Turnquest said if the forecast of 160-170,000 reg-i stered persons holds true, it would mark an improvement over the 150,684 which appeared on the 2007R egister. Documents being requested as proof of eligibility for registration are: a valid Bahamian passport, or a birth certificate with an official identification and other documents as requested, or a current Voters Card, along with other reasonable documents as requested, Mr Turnquest said. Persons presenting to register must understand that Revising Officers have the right to request docu mentary evidence that applicants are qualified to be registered, he added. Between 160,000-170,000 Bahamians estimated to be registered for election
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE daylight," said Mr Moss. During his contribution to the 2011/2012 budget debate, Mr Turnquest said analysis on t he year's murders revealed that 44 per cent of t he 57 murders committed so far were traced t o the drug trade and criminal groups. There's no question that there is a strong link between the drug trade and serious crime i n our country. What we are seeing today there is the result of the drug trade that sadly grippedo ur country a generation ago, 25 to 30 years a go," said the MP for Mount Moriah. With this in mind, research at the National Anti-Drug Secretariat is putting government in a better position to make more connections b etween drugs and crime in order to be more p roactive. The minister also gave a breakdown of recent massive drug seizures. For the first threem onths of 2011 1,051lbs of marijuana and 38 marijuana plants were seized. During the same period authorities confiscated 56.98lbs ofc ocaine. I n 2010, police seized 45,784.28lbs of marijuana and 495.25lbs of cocaine; in 2009, police confiscated 29,153lbs of marijuana and 9,273lbs of cocaine; in 2008 18,121lbs of marijuana and 12,087lbs of cocaine were seized. In the last four years between 2006 to 2010 340,993lbs of marijuana and 31,279lbs of cocaine were seized. Police have taken 184 illegal firearms off the streets for the year. without disrupting cellular s ervice to surrounding neighb ourhoods. The unauthorised use of cell phones within prisons continues to pose a serious challenge, and my ministry is determined to find a moree ffective means of curtailing their use. In this regard, we are seeking the installation of a cellular telephone jammer to selectively block the use of cell phones within the prison compound by persons whoa re unauthorized to make use of them," said National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest, during his contribution to the budget debate yesterday. The Mount Moriah MP also tabled the 2010 annual HMP report which noted that t here were 2,374 admissions a t HMP last year, a three per cent decrease from 2009 which saw 2,454 inmates admitted that year. There were 1,625 remanded inmates those not sent enced while 749 had been s entenced, according to data provided in 2010 annual report. The 2010 figures reveal that of the inmates admitted to thep rison last year on murder c harges only two had been sentenced for the crime while 104 were on remand. Male inmates far outweighed the female prison population with 2,235 men i ncarcerated last year compared to only 139 women. Of the 752 inmates who were randomly drug tested l ast year 342 were positive for n arcotics, according to the report. The high positive factor was due to the fact that many inmates had drugs in their systems when they entered prison, said the r eport. L ast year there were 51 inmates serving life sentences while seven were on death row. The prison had 58 deportations, one extradition and1 1 transfers from the United S tates. According to the report the daily cost of incarceration for an inmate is $44.25 or $1,345.95 a month. The cost of feeding an inmate is $3.28 per d ay or $99.79 a month. support for either the constituencys current Memberof Parliament Picewell F orbes, or area newcomer Keod Smith, it is believed his p resence could go a long way to calming this brewing storm. However, other party supp orters have taken a less than civil approach to Mr Smiths actions in the SouthA ndros seat. According to Ricardo Smith, a well-known party supporter, Mr Smithsa pproach so far in attempting to get the partys nomination for South Andros cannot bec onsidered decent or hon ourable. There are protocols in p lace and there is a sitting M ember of Parliament who would have the support of his Parliamentary colleagues. I want to say that I am energ ised and motivated by this d ynamic group of persons t hat our leader Mr Christie is able to put forward. Mr Forbes is a part of t hat team, and he factors in well there. What Keod Smith is doing is in poor taste. Obviously what he is doing is to the detriment of himselfa nd the party. Keod is a form er Member of Parliament and he should know what those protocols are. Hopefully he would not do anyt hing that would cause him t o be dealt with at the Council level, Mr Smith said. Believing their party is p oised to become the next government of the Bahamas, Mr Smith added there is non eed for the PLP to be dist racted with such issues as this nomination battle in South Andros. When I heard that Keod was running in the South, I thought he was referring tos omewhere outside of the borders of the Bahamas. He cant be serious about whath e is proposing to do in South Andros, he added. Christie to head to South Andros as nomination process heats up FROM page one PLPLEADER Perry Christie 240 cell phones confiscated from prisoners in five months F ROM page one FROM page one ANGER TO BLAME FOR MURDER RATE ACAPULCO, Mexico Associated Press HURRICANE A drian has formed in the eastern Pacific, making it the first of the 2011 season, forecasters said Wednesday. As a precaution, the Mexican government issued a storm watch for part of the country's coast, including the Pacific resort city of Acapulco. F orecasters at the U.S. National Hurricane Center said the center was expected t o remain offshore, but a shift could bring tropical storm conditions to the coast. The Guerrero state government said thunderstorms and hail might hit about 20 coastal towns, where about 2 million people live. It urged people not to go out in the streets, if not necessary. A drian's maximum sus tained winds were about 75 mph (120 kph e xpected to get stronger. The center of the storm was about 265 miles (426 kilometers) south-southwest of Acapulco and moving northwest near 9 mph (15 kph). The storm watch was in effect for Mexico's Pacific coast from Acapulco northwest to Punta San Telmo. THIS IMAGE provided by NOAA-NASA GOES Project shows tropical storm Adrian taken at 5:15 a.m. EDT. (AP FIRST HURRICANE OF SEASON FORMS IN EASTERN PACIFIC
INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011, PAGE 17 PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Associated Press HAITIANS cleaned up homes and streets Wednesday as rains let up and rivers recede d following an early summer storm that caused flooding, wrecked homes and killed more than two dozen people. Haiti's Civil Protection Department said the death toll from seven days of rain climbed to 25 and was likely to increase as Haitians searched for relatives feared dead. Two deaths were added to t he list Wednesday after resid ents found the bodies of a man and woman at the bottom of a ravine, said Edgar Joseph, a spokesman for the Civil Protection Department.He said six people were still missing. Days of steady rain turned into a violent storm Monday that triggered widespread mudslides and floods in Haiti. The storm system also caused flooding in the neighboring Dominican Republic and in Jamaica, the U.S. Virg in Islands, and Puerto Rico. A total of four people died in those places. On Wednesday, crews cleared roads and repaired damaged homes throughout Haiti's capital while some families found a sorrowful ending to their search for loved ones missing since the storm. Cherline Henry had been looking for Edgar Toussaint, her boyfriend of 18 months, when a stranger told her that two bodies were found at the bottom of a ravine in Nerette, a hillside slum southeast of downtown Port-au-Prince. The bodies were found after an elderly woman walked through the trash-strewn val ley to feed her pig. She noticeda swarm of flies hovering above a pile of debris and saw a leg, residents told The Associated Press. People later pulled on plas tic gloves and grabbed pick axes to pry free Toussaint's body and the corpse of a w oman wedged under a fallen tree. Relatives identified her as Venette Morin, 46. The two bodies were covered with one of the blue tarps that aid groups passed out after the devastating earthquake in January 2010. The sheets of plastic are used to cover flimsy shelters that house tens of thousands people left homeless by the quake. Henry, 21, took a peek at the corpse of her boyfriend. "I just lost half my life," she said. Temporary shelters in Thomazeau, a town northwest of the capital, continued to receive people as the United Nations' World Food Program handed out food rations. Michelet Lesly Dorce, a local representative for the Civil Protection Department, said a total of 800 people had arrived since Sunday. Haitians clean up after deadly storm; deaths at 25 A NEIGHBOR helping to search for bodies, right, stands by a body after pulling it from the rubble left by Tuesd ay's landslide in Petionville in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday June 8, 2011. An early summer storm floode d rivers, triggered landslides, destroyed homes and killed at least 23 people, according to Haiti's Civil Protection Department. (AP
INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 18, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T RIPOLI, Libya Associated Press LIBYAN leader Moammar Gadhafi, increasinglyc ornered under a stunning u pturn in NATO airstrikes, l ashed back with renewed shelling of the western city of Misrata Wednesday, killing 10 rebel fighters. The international alliance said it remained determinedt o keep pounding Gadhafi forces from the air, but would play no military role in the transition to democratic rule in oil-rich North African country once the erratic leader's 42-year rule was ended. In Brussels, NATO Secret ary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Gadhafi's days in power were clearlyn umbered, making it impera tive for the international community, the United Nations in particular, to gear u p to help Libyans establish a n ew form of government. "For Gadhafi, it is no l onger a question of if he goes but when he goes," Fogh Rasmussen said at am eeting of the defense ministers from the 28 memberso f the North Atlantic milit ary alliance. We do not see a lead role for NATO in Libya once this crisis is over," he said. "We s ee the United Nations playing a lead role in the postGadhafi, post-conflict sce-n ario." The alliance said it was acting in the skies over Libya purely in accordance with the U .N. mandate to protect the Libyan people from Gadhafi. The resolution did noti nclude any involvement in post-conflict peacekeeping. French Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said: NATO has a military vocation and rebuilding Libya is a civilian issue. So really simply, in order to rebuild Libya, if the Libyan people ask for i t, because it is first of all an i ssue for the Libyan people, it i s the job for civilian intern ational institutions and not military to bring a r esponse" T he Libyan rebels, too, have made it clear they have no appetite to see allianceg round forces in the country once the conflict is finished. But they remain grateful f or NATO intervention and applaud the stepped-up alliance bombing campaign, a record 66 strike sorties over Tripoli and environs on T uesday. We've always felt that r elentless, continuous strikes w ould hasten the departure of (Gadhafi c ircle around him, said rebel s pokesman Jalal el-Gallal in Benghazi, the de facto rebel capital. "We're very glad that( NATO) is carrying out the actions, and it is a matter of time." T he cracks in the alliance also showed again Wednesday. U.S. officials said Defense Secretary Robert Gates p ointedly prodded five allied n ations to share more of the b urden of the NATO-led air c ampaign against Libya. None committed to do more. T he officials said Gates u sed his final NATO meet ing before retirement to press Germany and Polandt o join the military intervention, and Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands to cont ribute to strike missions against ground targets. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting o f the alliance's defense mini sters. W ednesday's shelling on t he outskirts of Misrata rep resented escalation in the m ore than 4-month-old u prising, which has spiraled into a civil war that has divided Libyan into zonesc ontrolled by Moammar Gadhafi and others by rebels. Gadhafi strikes Libya rebels, NATO pounds Tripoli A WOUNDED r ebel fighter is brought into the hospital in Misrata, Libya Wednesday, June 8, 2011. Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, increasingly cornered under a stunning upturn in NATO airstrikes, lashed back with renewed shelling of the western city of Misrata Wednesday, killing 10 rebel fighters. (AP B EIRUT A ssociated Press THOUSANDS of elite troops led by Syrian President Bashar Assad's brother con verged Wednesday on a restive northern area, and neighboring villages warned that the convoys of tanks were approaching, a resident and a Syrian activist said. Syrian forces have lost con trol of large areas of the northern province, a pro-government newspaper reported, in a rare acknowledgment of cracks in the regime's tight grip after weeks of protest calling for an end to its 40year rule. The separate reports raised the prospect of more bloodshed in Syria's nationwide crackdown on the 11-week revolt. The region borders Turkey, which said Wednes day it would open the border to Syrians fleeing violence. In Jisr al-Shughour, where the government said "armed groups" had killed 120 securi ty forces and taken over, a resident said nearby villages had opened their mosques, churches and schools to take in people who fled in terror. Many also crossed into Turkey from Idlib province, said the man, who would give only a nickname, Abu Nader, because he feared government reprisals. Witnesses in nearby villages called to tell people in Jisr alShughour that tanks were approaching, Abu Nader said. He said he feared an attack was imminent. The pro-government news p aper Al-Watan said gunmen had set up booby traps and ambushes in small villages to thwart incoming troops, and were sheltering in forests and caves. Mustafa Osso, a human rights worker, said witnesses told him that thousands of troops were moving toward Idlib. He said many of the forces were from the army's 4th Division, which is commanded by Assad's younger brother, Maher. The younger Assad also commands the Republican Guard, which protects the regime and is believed to have played a key role in suppressing the protests. "The number of soldiers is in the thousands," Osso said. He speculated that the government planned a "decisive battle." Al-Watan, the pro-government newspaper, said the Syrian army was launching a "very delicate" operation designed to avoid casualties in Jisr al-Shughour. Al-Watan said some people were being held captive by armed groups that control some areas in Jisr al-Shughour and a large area of Idlib. There was no way to independently confirm the reports from Syria, which severely restricts local media and has expelled foreign jour nalists from the country. The government routinely blames armed gangs and religious extremists for the recent vio l ence. Activists had reported fight ing in Jisr al-Shughour between loyalist troops and defectors who no longer want ed to continue the crackdown on protesters seeking Assad's ouster. Activists say more than 1,300 Syrians, most of them civilians, have died since the start of the nationwide uprising. British Prime Min ister David Cameron said Britain and France would offer a resolution at the Unit ed Nations condemning the crackdown. "If anyone votes against that resolution or tries to veto it, that should be on their conscience," Cameron said. France considers it vital that the U.N.'s Security Council, so far silent on the deadly repression in Syria, take a stand. In Washington, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the U.S. supports the resolution and was trying to secure the backing of other members. "Such a resolution will bring added pressure on Assad's regime and advance the international community's efforts to end the brutal repression on the Syrian people," Toner said. Syrian forces converge on rebellious northern town A PRO-SYRIAN President Bashar Assad man carries a huge Syrian flag with Assad's portrait, as he marches with others to show their support to their president, in Damascus, Syria, on Wednesday June 8, 2011. Thousands of elite troops led by President Bashar Assad's broth er converged Wednesday on a restive northern area, and neighboring villages warned that the convoys of tanks were approaching, a resi dent and a Syrian activist said. (AP SANAA, Yemen Associated Press ARMED opposition tribesm en have seized control of part of Yemen's secondlargest city, security officials said Wednesday, illustratingthe breakdown of authority in the country amid a potentially explosive deadlock int he capital. With the wounded President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of the country for treatment, the United States, Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni opposition are pressing for a formale nd to his rule and the form ation of a new government. B ut so far there's been little response from Saleh's ruling party, and his allies appear to be digging in, insisting the p resident will return soon. That has left Sanaa locked i n an uneasy cease-fire b etween government forces and opposition tribesmen barr icaded in their positions after t wo weeks of heavy battles b etween them killed dozens. O n Wednesday, tribesmen collected 10 more bodies of their fallen fighters from the streets of their main stronghold, Sanaa's Hassaba district, w here most of the battles took place, a tribal spokesman s aid. T he United States fears that this power vacuum will give freer rein to al-Qaida's branch in Yemen one of t he terror network's most a ctive franchises, behind two attempted terror attacks on U .S. targets. In a videotape released W ednesday, the deputy of s lain al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden sought to adopt the anti-Saleh movement. "Wea re with you in your uprisi ng," Ayman al-Zawahri said in the video posted on Islam ic militant websites. He w arned Yemenis not to be tricked by the Americans and their Gulf allies "who want to r eplace one American agent with another," urging the opposition to continue until Saleh's regime falls and "they p ut in its place a just regime that rules by Islamic law." On a visit to Egypt on Wednesday, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen saidW ashington was particularly concerned about al-Qaida's branch gaining a greater range of operations. It is incredibly dangerous and made that much more dangerous in the ongoing chaos," Mullen said. "I would certainly urge leaders from every side of this challenge to be calm and try to resolve the issues peacefully." Hundreds of thousands of Yemenis, inspired by uprisings elsewhere in the Mideast, have been protesting daily since late January demanding the ouster of Saleh, who has ruled Yemen for nearly 33 years. Their campaign has been largely peaceful, but fighting erupted in Sanaa between Saleh loyalists and fighters from Yemen's most powerful tribal confederation, the Hashid, after troops moved to attack the residence of the Hashid leader, Sheik Sadeq al-Ahmar. The fighting continued until Friday, when a rocket hit Saleh's presidential palace, killing 11 of his guards and wounding the president. Saleh, in his late 60s, was tak-en to Saudi Arabia with severe burns U.S. officials say they cover 40 percent ofhis body and chunks of wood in his chest. While the cease-fire has largely held in Sanaa, fight ing has raged the past two days in Taiz, Yemen's second largest city. Taiz has been the site of major protests, and last week government troops cracked down hard, breaking up the protesters' camp in a main square and killing more than 20. In recent days, tribesmen from the Taiz region sympathetic to the protesters roseup and attacked government forces, with two days of clashes around the local presidential palace this week. Amid fighting Tuesday, a tank near the palace fired a shell into a residential neighborhood, killing four people, including three children. Tribesmen seize part of Yemen's 2nd biggest city In brief TIJUANA, Mexico Associated Press WILD-ANIMAL collector, gambling tycoon and eccentric former mayor Jorge Hank Rhon has faced unproven allegations of criminal activity throughout his career in the bor der city famed as a base for drug traffickers. Now a raid on his home has turned up an arsenal of illegal weapons, prosecutors said Wednesday, and they are setting out to finally make charges stick to a man with deep roots in Mexico's elite who has long been considered untouchable. Hauled first to Mexico City for questioning, Hank Rhon was flown back to the border early Wednesday. The man who once described himself as a billionaire sat in a Tecate prison awaiting arraignment. The case comes as Mexico heads into a presidential cam paign and the party that ruled for 71 years, the party of Hank Rhon and his legendary father, looks likely to return to power. The unusual circumstances of the raid have had federal offi cials scrambling to deny it had political motivations. U.S. officials have long been suspicious of the Hank clan, and the flamboyant Hank Rhon in particular. Gambling can be a prime way to launder money, and Hank Rhon runs a gaming empire based in one of the world's busiest drug-trafficking corridors. Never, though, have they even indicted him on any corruption-related charge. The word "eccentric" often clings to Hank Rhon. And the 55-year-old father of 19 children with various women has been happy to feed the impression. He has boasted of getting ener gy from drinking a tequila laced with bear bile, scorpions, and rattlesnakes and steeped with the penises of tigers, lions and dogs. The Tijuana estate where he was arrested includes a casino, a dog racing track, a private zoo of 20,000 animals and a soccer complex. He once caused a stir by say ing women were his favorite animal, a comment for which he later apologized. After running Tijuana from 2004 to 2007, Hank Rhon lost a bid to become Baja California governor, but he has been expected to run again in 2013, trying to unseat the National Action Party of President Felipe Calderon. After years of rumour, Tijuana mayor faces charges THIS June 13, 2006 file photo shows then Tijuana Mayor Jorge Hank Rhon in his City Hall office during an interview with The Asso ciated Press, in Tijuana, Mexico. A Mexican official says that Hank Rhon has been arrested on suspicion of illegal weapons possession. Rhon was mayor of Tijuana from 2004 to 2007. He is a self-proclaimed billionaire who owns a dog-track and chain of gambling parlors. (AP
LONDON Associated Press PRIME Minister David Cameron said Britain and France will present a revised resolution to the United Nations on Wednesday condemning Syria for its deadly crackdown on peaceful protesters. U.N. diplomats in New York said the new text isaimed at winning more support for the resolution in the U.N. Security Council and avoiding a Russian veto. Cameron told the House of Commons that the two nations object to the actions of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government and would be offering the new resolution "condemning the repression and demanding accountability and humanitarian action." "If anyone votes against that resolution or tries to vetoit, that should be on their conscience," he said. Cameron made the statement as Syrian troops and tanks made their way to the restive northern area where soldiers reportedly joined an anti-government uprising, according to a Syrian human rights worker Mustafa Osso. That raised the prospect of another bout of bloodshed in Syria's nationwide crackdown on the revolt against Assad which activists say has killed more than 1,300 Syrians. Security Council diplomats said the new text will be dis cussed at a closed council meeting Wednesday afternoon and negotiations are likely to continue for several days before a vote is called. "If all goes hunky dory, we might have a resolution by the end of the week," said one council diplomat who sup ports the resolution, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. For the resolution to be adopted by the 15-member council, it needs nine "yes" votes and no veto by a per manent member the U.S., Russia, China, Britain and France. Britain, France, Germany and Portugal circulated the original draft resolution on May 26, and diplomats say they have nine "yes" votes to adopt it, but they are hoping to get additional support, hopefully from South Africa and Brazil. The sponsors believe Rus sia, China, India and Lebanon are very unlikely to support it, but the question is whether Russia, or possibly China, would cast a veto. U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Washington supports a U.N. Security Council resolution on Syria and was trying to secure the backing of other members. "Such a resolution will bring added pressure on Assad's regime and advance the international communi ty's efforts to end the brutal repression on the Syrian peo ple," Toner said. INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011, PAGE 19 BRUSSELS Associated Press THE OBAMA administ ration challenged five key military allies Wednesday to take on a greater share of the NATO-led air campaign against Moammar Gadhafi's forces, illustrating the strainsof a three-month intervent ion in Libya that has no time frame for an exit. Defense Secretary Robert Gates delivered the pointed message in a goodbye to his counterparts from NATO ahead of his retirement nextm onth, senior American and B ritish officials said. But n one of the nations that were challenged pledged to do more. The pressure on Germany, P oland, Spain, Turkey and Netherlands comes as the a lliance continues with intens ified airstrikes on Libya's capital and only a day after P resident Barack Obama p layed down any suggestions o f a rift with German Chanc ellor Angela Merkel over her nation's lack of contribution to the war effort. "Secretary Gates was very blunt," said Liam Fox, the d efense secretary of Britain, which along with France has l ed the mission to protect L ibyan civilians from Gadhafi's troops. Gates said Spain, Turkey and the Netherlands should e nhance their limited partici pation in noncombat operations by joining in strike missions against ground tar-g ets, U.S. officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal NATO deliberations. They said Gates pressed Germany and Poland, the two countries not participating ata ll militarily, to help in some form. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton likely will restate Gates' argument Thursday when NATO nations and Arab govern-m ents participating in the air c ampaign meet in the United Arab Emirates. "At each meeting, the international pressure is growing and momentum is building for change in Libya," State Department spokeswoman VictoriaN uland said. Nuland and other officials accompanying Clinton to Abu Dhabi said the time had come to look at the next phase of the Libya situation what replaces the despoti c Gadhafi regime. T hat means the U.S. and its partners will start looking a t what fate exile, prose cution or some third option should befall the leader a nd his family. They also must consider the parameters for a future cease-fire between rebels and remaining Gadhafi loyalists, and then how to ensure a viable democratic process, accord i ng to U.S. officials who said these issues would be the focus of discussions in AbuD habi. Gates, according to officials, said the additional military support wasn't needed to continue air operations for another 90 days, which has been welcomed by all 28N ATO countries. But he said it was a necessary element of fairness in an alliance built on the principle of shared burdens. Eight NATO members are participating in air strikes inL ibya: the U.S., Britain, F rance, Belgium, Canada, Norway, Denmark and Italy. Denmark and Norway in particular are contributing disproportionately, given the size of their militaries, U.S. officials said, and both are feeling the stress on their air c raft and crews as well as a financial strain. These stresses, combined with the refusal of some alliance members to participate at all in offensive opera tions, are one reason U.S. o fficials believe NATO is e xcessively dependent on the United States for its a dvanced military power. Britain echoed the U.S. concerns. There are other countries that have assets which we could be using, not necessarily ground attack, but in support and reconnaissance, in air-to-air refueling and so on," Fox said. "Too many ared oing too little." Gates presses US allies to do more against Libya U .S. D efense Secretary Robert Gates, front right, speaks with NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, front left, during a group photo of NATO defense ministers at NATO headquarters in Brussels on Wednesday, June 8, 2011. NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen will use the two-day meeting of defense ministers to demand more allies step up in the fight against Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. (AP UK PM says UN resolution will condemn Syria IN THIS video image British Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in t he House of Commons, London Wednesday June 8, 2011 flanked by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, left, and Treasury chief George Osborne. Cameron says Britain and France will put forward a resolution at the United Nations condemning the crackdown in Syria. Cameron told the House of Commons that the two nations wish to condemn the repression by Bashar Assad's government. (AP
By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org Some major crawfish buy ers, including Wal-Mart, are t hreatening to drop the Bahamas as a source market for the high-value seafood if it is unable too btain an international cer tification showing the product is fished in a sustainable way. The giant US department store chain has said that, beginning this year, it will no longer buy Bahamian crawfish if the Bahamas does not achieve 2011 recog nition from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC for its efforts to create a sustainable lobster fishing industry. A number of European buyers have expressed the same intent. An industry-driven effort on behalf of Bahamian companies which export craw fish, also known as spiny lobster, to markets primarily in the US and Europe, to have the Bahamas recognised in this regard, is just over half way to reaching its goal, according to vicepresident of the Bahamas Marine Exporters Association (BMEA of Tropic Seafood, Glenn Pritchard. President of the BMEA, Mia Isaacs, whose company, J&J Seafood, also exports spiny lobster, said the group has made remarkable progress in the past 18 months towards meeting international standards that would allow the Bahamas to be awarded MSC-approved status. Weve invested a lot of resources into it, she said, noting that steps are underway on behalf of the BMEA and the Department of Marine Resources in this regard to fully implement a Fisheries Improvement Plan. Based on evidence that the Bahamas is making progress in implementing measures that will ensure crawfish are harvested in a sustainable way, some buy e rs have suggested they will c ontinue to do business with this nations exporters for the time being, said MrP ritchard. B ut exactly how long this leeway will be provided, and whether this nation willa chieve the key certification b eing demanded by interna tional buyers in the requi site timeframe, is unclear. W hat is at stake is an industry that, in 2010, saw 4.75 million pounds worth $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 email@example.comTHURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T h e $4.9 billion Ginn sur mer resort project is $78 million in arrears after missing 16 loan payments over three years, lenders led by Credit Suisse have alleged, urging the Supreme Court to allow them to foreclose on 1,476 acres of primeB ahamian real estate. Documents filed with the Bahamian S upreme Court last month, which have been obtained by Tribune Business, reveal how Credit Suisse and its lending syndicate members are demanding that, if Ginn fails to make good all sums owing under their $276.75 million loan facility, they should be permitted to foreclose on the bulk of its resort development site in Grand Bahamas West End. Ted Dameris, a director of G-LA Resorts Holdings (Bahamas formed by the Credit Suisse syndicate to hold their interest in the Ginn sur mer project, alleged in a May 31, 2011, affidavit, that unpaid interest on the $276.75 million loan was accruing at the rate of $14,539 per day. As of that date, the Ginn sur mer developers owed the Credit Suisse syndicate some $61.351 million in unpaid principal and $16.546 million in interest for a grand total of $77.896 million. The loan was supposed to be repaid in 24 quarterly instalments, beginning on Sep tember 30, 2006, and continuing until maturity on June 8, 2012. As of March 31, 2011, 16 periodic payments in arrears, Mr Dameris alleged of Ginn sur mers financial state of affairs. On the 5th day of May, 2011, Credit Suisse made demands on the defendant [Ginn-LA West End Ltd] for repayment of the principal balance of $61.351 million, $78m arrears sparks banks Ginn foreclose Credit Suisse syndicate seeking Bahamian Supreme Court Order to take possession of 1,476 prime acres of real estate in West End Allege $4.9bn project has missed 16 payments on $276.75m loan over three years Project also missed real property tax payments Fortis Group eyed as replacement developer SEE page 9B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Cable Bahamas is evaluating other growth opportunities outside its imminent Triple Play offering, its chairman warning investors that its exclusion from the cellular phone market for the next four years would restrict it to low double digit annual growth until 2016. W riting in the companys 2010 annual report, Philip Keeping said that based on regulatory estim ates, Cable Bahamas together with a merged Systems Resource Group (SRG per cent market share of the $460 million in total revenues that the Bahamian telecommunications market generates annually. Noting that this would rise to 34 per cent if the $170 million in per annum cellular revenues were excluded, Mr Keeping then took what is likely to be seen by some as a thinly-veiled swipe at the Gove rnments decision to extend the Bahamas Telecommunications Companys (BTC a rea for an extra year from two to three years. With any rival operator likely to take at least a year to successfully bid on a second cellular licence and set-up their network, competition in the most lucrative telecommunications category will only arrive in the Bahamas in 2015-2016. This, as a result, has also set back BISX-listed Cable Bahamas ambitions. Cable faces low double digit growth from cellular exclusion Company assessing other growth opportunities Says telecoms market share would rise from 21% to 34% if BTCs $170m cellular monopoly stripped out SEE page 8B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he Government has b een urged to publish an honest assessment of whether the increased dutyr ates applied to automobile imports achieved the $12 million revenuei ncrease objective for the 2010-2011 Budget year, given the hell it caused new car dealerships. N oting the grief the d uty rate increases, and the structural adjustment from a CIF (Cost, insurance, freight) basis to engine size, had caused Bahamas Motor Dealers Association (BMDAA ndrew Barr, Friendly M otors sales manager, said that if revenue targets were missed, the Government should include the industry in consultations to deter HONEST APPRAISAL OF AUTO DUTY URGED Car dealer calls for assessment of whether B udget increases achieved revenue objectives, given hell and lot of grief they caused Landscape little bleakerf or those selling larger vehicles SEE page 8B W AL -MAR T IN BAHAMIAN CRAWFISH BUY THREAT Seafood industry just over half way to getting certification to satisfy store chain and Europe buyerss Some $70-$80m in annual exports in danger SEE page 10B B y ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Bahamian restaurant, bar a nd hospitality stakeholders s hould capitalise on global trends in food and beverages to increase visitor and local customer traffic/revenue, an i nternational gastronomy and beverage consultant said yesterday. J osu Merced-Reyes, presi dent of InterEmarketing, a food, wine and beverage con sulting firm, specialising in the C aribbean and Latin Americ an hospitality industry, pro vided this advice as he gave i nsights into the current biggest driving forces behind consumers choice of dinners, desserts and cock t ails. He urged Bahamian stakeholders including chefs, restauranteurs, hotel food and beverage buyers and others to consider what the spirit of their target customer is, or i n other words: What they want and what they are will ing to pay for. M r Merced-Reyes was the f irst among a series of international guest speakers to yesterday address the group during a two-and-a-half day seminar held at the College of the Bahamas Culinary and Hospitality Management Institute. The workshop, entitled 2011 Food, Flavour and Beverage Trends: Growing Revenue and Increasing Customer Traffic has been organised by the Bahamas Hotel Association, in cooperation with the College of the Bahamas, the Bahamas Culinary Association and the Ministry of Tourism. Running through a top-12 list of the most popular trends in food and beverage consumption in 2011 and 2012, Mr Merced-Reyes charged that for Bahamian hotels, restaurants and bars to tap into these desired tastes and experiences is to boost their chance of increasing customer traffic both from visitors and J OSUE MERCED-REYES CHEFS URGED: TARGET GLOBAL DRIVING FORCES SEE page 7B
By DEIDRE M. BASTIAN W hats all the loud noise about P hotoshop? Why is it still listed as Most-Wanted? Is it true that graphic designers would be looking for a paddle without the help of Adobe Photoshop? Survey says..Yes! Undeniably, Photoshop still rocks. Countering the notion h eld by many, Photoshop is what keeps the virtual creative world alive and, if you are a professional Web/Graphic designer, chances are you have used it at least once in your life. This impressive application, nearly 21 years old, is very much the industrys s tandard for image editing a nd photo retouching. Phot oshop is undoubtedly the l ife and blood of designers, a nd has given unlimited possibilities to creativity. Chiefly, Photoshop is a boon f or designers, and provides a racy and robust designing/editing experience that is difficult to beat. Now that the bar has been set and due diligence perf ormed, when did it arrive? P hotoshop originated back in 1987, when Thomas Knoll developed a program thatd isplayed grayscale images o n a monochrome (colourl ess) screen. His brother got i nvolved with the project, and said: "Hey, I've got a good idea. Let's change it entirely and make a new p rogram that can edit i mages in a cool way. The i dea seemed practical, so t hey developed a basic prototype and sold it to Adobe in 1988. By 1990, the first Photoshop 1.0 was released, b ut only for Macintosh u sers. Thereafter, Photoshop has consistently been o ne of the best-selling g raphics editing programs. What is Adobe Photoshop Software? I ts primary use and function is that it acts as a photograph and image editor, and supports a wide range o f files in order to achieve its function. Photoshop is integrated into Adobe's suite of m edia software to increase t he power, which allows i tems to be transferred between programs quickly.I t is now an application for W indows, and Mac OS X allows users to manipulate images in any way imagin able. Photoshop is a pixelbased, image-editing pro gram, which means it uses t iny dots (pixels an image. For example, if you want to know what a Photoshop file looks like to a computer, picture a piece of graph paper. Each square o n the graph paper is a pixe l. You can make a square any colour you want, but each square can be only onec olour at a time. Whenever a n image is edited in Phot oshop, you are really just c hanging the colours of the pixels in the graph paper. Training benefits: While some people wish to learn that which is only relevant to them, it is also a dvantageous to perhaps r each a little higher by enrolling in an introductory c lass at a local community c ollege, at least becoming f amiliar with the basic and technical terminologies offered. You can learn ony our own, as there are many high-quality, free tutorials on the Internet, but choose the learning method for you. There are many rewards for putting the effort and practice into achieving Phot oshop proficiency, espec ially if you are serious a bout your career. Theory is good but practical is bet-t er. Here is an excellent tutorial if you are a novice, as it covers the most essent ial basics: ( http://theroxor.com/2010/02 / 10/15-essential-tutorials-forphotoshop-beginners/ Awesome wonders of Photoshop Photoshop is breathtaki ng. This powerful tool allows users to enhance image look by removing blemishes, redeye and image items. It imports, crops, rotates, adjusts and resizes images. It also properly s aves images to passably be u sed in other programs, such a s MS Word, MS., PowerPoint and the World Wide Web. Removing Red eye: Shifting gears, lets explore oneo f the powerful tricks of P hotoshop, namely correcti ng the redeye in photos. R edeye, even though it can be distracting in a photo, is easily rectified by following these steps. Enlarge the eye by Zooming In (Ctrl++ or View/Zoom In) on the eye. Use the elliptical tool to m ake a circle or oval around the red eye. To find the elliptical tool, hold the m ouse button down on the marquee tool and select the e lliptical tool. On the main menu, choose Select/Feath-e r, and set it to one or two p ixels. This helps to make a smooth transition from iris to pupil. On the main menu, choose Image/Adjust, then Hue/Saturation. Make sure the preview box is checked, a nd then choose Colorise. E ither leave the saturation at the Colorised level, or r educe it to 0 if necessary ( this will make the eye a ppear grayscale). Click OK. On the main menu, choose Image/Adjust, then Bright n ess/Contrast. Reduce B rightness to to help blend the changes. Click Ok. Do the other eye, if neces-s ary. After youve attained your desired satisfaction, press save. L ets raise the bar a little and showcase additional interesting paths that Pho toshop travels along, one of w hich is its seamless approach to whiten teeth, lighten dark under eye cir-c les and propose soft and t extured skin tones, placing you in another time and place. A real beauty parlour, Id say? Oh Yes with thew orld watching, Photoshop is a registered butcher shop; aggressively powerful butn ecessarily evil. Who uses Photoshop? Even though Photoshop is used mainly by artists, it will not miraculously let you pull a bunny rabbit from the hat. Frankly, I've been using Adobe Photoshop for a very long time, and my experiences have led me along great paths with countless happy endings. In the beginBUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 5(67$85$17)256$/( Best Shop for creative talent THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN SEE page 11B
By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com The Clearing Banks Association (CBAconfirmed it would lower its benchmark Bahamian Prime lending rate by 0.75 percentage points, with interest r ates on variable rate loans s uch as mortgages, overd rafts and commercial loans set to be re-priced as a result. They said this would take effect from June 8. T he CBA made this move i n response to the Central B ank of the Bahamas decis ion to lower the Discount R ate the interest rate a pplied to money lent by the Central Bank to domestic banks it licenses on Monday, in a move Governor Wendy Craigg said should support the economicr ecovery. Lowering The lowering of the Discount Rate by the Central Bank from 5.25 per cent to 4.5 per cent has been predicted to save debt holders$ 60 to $70 million in interest p ayments collectively over t he next year, as it lowers t he cost of credit to the B ahamian public whether it be individual borrowers or businesses. At that time, the Central Bank of the Bahamas said it anticipated financial institutions would" follow suit" with a corresponding reduction in the Prime Rate from 5.5 per cent to 4.75 per cent, coupled with "similar adjustments in their lending rate s chedules" and therefore the c ost of credit to borrowers. I n its statement issued yest erday afternoon, the CBA noted that fixed rate loans, such as consumer loans, are u nlikely to see adjustments i n their lending rates, as they typically keep the same rate from origination until maturity. The CBA suggested that customer queries with regard to how the change int he Prime Lending Rate m ay impact their credit facili ties and investments should b e addressed to their respective banks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
BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Cable BahamasLtd. NassauBahamas RobinsonRd.at Marathon JOBVACANCYThe position of Headend Digital Engineer requires an engineer experienced in both the CATV and IP network industries. The successful candidate would be responsible for the support of various aspects of the companys video product. The candidate must have extensive experience with the installation, operation, and troubleshooting of the Motorola DAC6000 Digital video platform including peripherals such as RADDs, SEMs, OM1000s and RPDs. Other core responsibilities include but are not limited to the following: troubleshooting of statistical multiplexers such as Big Band BMR1200. troubleshooting of NVOD and Ad Insertion servers such as Seachange. troubleshooting of various models of Cisco and Extreme routers and switches. signal level measuring equipment including but not limited to spectrum analyzers, volt-ohm meters, wave form monitors, optical power meters, laser sources, VITs generators, ASI analyzers, and Mpeg Analyzers. but not limited to coax and optical cable transmission line theory, receivers, modulators, demodulators, encoders, multiplexers, edge QAM devices, ampliers, video/audio servers, switches, and passive equipment. measurement techniques, network transport methods (SONET, T1, DS3), network management concepts and digital advertisement insertion. Headend experience at a cable company would be a big plus. Cable Bahamas Ltd.s strategy is to hire experienced sta to work in-house, side by side with local work force to ensure the transfer of knowledge during the design, construction and implementation of a world-class telecom facility. Resumes should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 13, 2011.Headend Digital Engineer ROYAL BANK MANAGER PASSES SERIES 7 EXAMS INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays E XAMSUCCESS: A s enior account manager at Royal Bank ( Bahamas), Marcus M Moxey, passed the S eries 7 exam in the US after studying witht he Nassau-based S ecurities Training I nstitute (STI Bettina Albury, c ourse administrator at STI, said: We are committed to the advancement of the Bahamian capital m arkets through fostering the education and training of indiv iduals in the financial s ervices industry, and i n establishing programmes to encourage continuing profes-s ional development. Mr Moxey is pictured.
PAGE 6B, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 PAGE7B Chefs urged: Target global driving forces middle-class local customers, who may be exposed to the latest global trends through travel abroad and revenue. The consultant reinforced his advice by explaining that the culinary driving forces he identified were determined based on information gathered from the worlds leading glob-a l research and hospitality product and service tracking companies. If five out of the six think it is a trend, then its a global trend. If only four of the six think its a trend, then its a regional thing, said Mr Merced-Reyes. Underlying many of 2011 and 2012s most-wanted food and beverage products and experiences is the gloomy global reality the depressed economic conditions of the last three years. The message was that the psychology of the customer is key and, while it can seemc ontradictory at times, it cannot be ignored. M r Merced-Reyes explained that since people are now going out less often, part of what t hey want is extra indulgence. Fat is in in food, he said, calling flavour the number one driving force in terms of top trends. In Japan they identified something called Umami. Its all about food that is rich and savoury. That is what people are looking for today, said the food and beverage specialist. T ough times have also seen preferred dessert sizes shrink, with small treats in the form of smaller portioned desserts now also considered in. Their small size appeals to people w ho might feel guilty for indulging in what are difficult financial times for many, but who a re so tired of frugality, suggested the consultant. T he trend towards less hefty meal portions also applies to main courses, and this can create a revenue opportunity that Bahamian restaurants can benefit from. People will choose something that is smaller and may even pay a little more for, it but t he important thing is that they will have none left over. They think: Im being responsible. Theyll get less but may even pay 20 per cent more, he said, adding that selling such products is all about upsell. E qually, because many people are harking back to better days before the financial cris is and downturn, dishes that suggest a back to basics, traditional or retro approach are t oday more popular than in years prior, said Mr Merced-Reyes. In a way that may seem to be at odds with the desire for fat, flavour and treat-driven indulgence that has been recognised as a global trend among recession-weary restaurantgoers, another represents a desire for more fresh fruits and vegetables and, along with that, locally-gr own ingredients. Aging Baby-Boomers are increasingly looking for healthier options to eat, and parents want vegetables in their childrens meals, said Mr Merced-Reyes. ou see a lot of burgers and fries here, but parents want fruits and vegetables. The reality is that they are concerned about the health of their children. Environmentalism is also being reflected more and more in eating habits. isitors are more likely to be looking for food and beverages that are good for you and g ood for the planet, suggested Mr Merced-Reyes. As such, concern about how food is s ourced, its quality and putting where the ingredients on a menu are coming from will make cer t ain dishes and restaurants stand out from the crowd. Mr Merced-Reyes suggested that Bahamian food and beverage stakeholders can benefit f rom finding ways to reinvent traditional Bahamian fish menus with these considerations in mind, with the result being more choice for visitors and local customers, and more revenue oppor tunities. I n an interview with Tribune Business after his presentation, Mr Reyes said: You can have your visitor, and he or she can come in and you can give them This is what The Bahamas is. (However t unity to make sur e that Bahamian culinar y is at par with the global standar ds and the global tr ends. So you can still of fer the traditional dishes, but you can offer them in a way that might be more appealing, in a way that improves the restaurants revenue, which is very important in todays recession world. And also in a way that present different alternatives to your l ocal customers. Mr Mer c ed-Reyes said that while he acknowledges ther e is not a huge local supply of fruits and vegetables, the important thing is for Bahamian restaurants, chefs and their ilk t o capitalise on the presumptions of visitors. The benefit is that when people think Bahamas they think Caribbean. And the impr e ssion is that the Caribbean is about fr e sh fr uits and vegetables. People will assume that the mango was plucked fr om the tree outside because its the Caribbean, he said. T he seminar concludes this afternoon. FROM page 1B Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e 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 shar e your stor y
m ine how to achieve its fiscal objectives. I would be interested to know if, by changing the duty, changing the whole band rates, and causing a lot of grief to BMDA dealers, w as the change successful, M r Barr queried to Tribune B usiness. Did it achieve the goal of increasing revenues by $12 million? Duty it reduce duty by leading to fewer new car imports andi ncreased imports of righth and vehicles coming in? It would be interesting reading if they put that out; an honest assessment of the results of decisions made. If the decision did not achieve the intended objective, they should look at it again. Include the dealers, and find a better way. Just give an honest assessment of that full year. Other than playing hell with dealers inventories, changing the focus on what we bring in in future, and what we bring in might not be as a ppealing to consumers as y ou might think. M r Barr explained that the Excise Tax rate increases, coupled with the new determinant of the applicab le rate, would force Bahamian car dealers to bring in cheaper vehicles with lower engine sizes. T his, though, would not necessarily suit large fami-l ies, who needed bigger v ehicles. As a result, these families would likely be pushed to the used or second-hand vehicle market. Bleaker W hile the 32.13 per cent collective sales increase unveiled by Bahamas MotorD ealers Association (BMDA t his week sounds pretty good on the surface, andi ndicates the sector maybe b ottomed out, Mr Barr told T ribune Business: From our [Friendly Motors] perspective, things are a little bleaker for us, because we were probably the most impacted by the increase in duty. Our vehicles are all at t he larger, top end of the m arket, and subject only to the higher duty. That has caused us to look for different vehicles, different mode ls, different engine sizes to conform to the new duties. Mr Barr explained that F riendly Motors was set to o rder this August a fleet of Ford Explorers and Edges with the new 2.0 Eco Booste ngine, with these cars becoming available to consumers in 2012. We will be available to provide vehicles to cons umers at a little better p rice, he added. For us, w ere focusing more on 2012 a nd whats available out t here. The Explorer and Edge area available with the 2.0 Eco Boost technology, and hopefully we will have ac ompetitive advantage when w e get them in. Thats the way forward for us. Youlls ee the whole trend of buying focused on vehicles withs maller engines and lower rates of duty. Mr Barr said the previous auto import duty structures truck a good balance between high and low-end vehicles, but the switch to engine size had shifted the market in favour of the lat-t er. He suggested that much o f the sales increase produced by BMDA members had come from cheaper,s maller new vehicles, as opposed to the larger and m ore expensive segment. The numbers might look a little more favourable, but t heyre not helping the highe nd cars, Mr Barr said. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1 .190.95AML Foods Limited1.181.180.000.1550.0807.66.78% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.200-16.6 1.88% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.856.850.000.2130.10032.21.46% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2 .842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0470.09057.43.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 12.008.49Cable Bahamas8.748.740.001.0580.3108.33.55% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.802.800.000.4380.0406.41.43% 8 .338.33Commonwealth Brewery8.338.330.000.0000.0000.00.00% 7.005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.986.50-0.481,8660.4960.26013.14.00% 2.351.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.811.76-0.050.1110.04515.92.56% 2.541.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.380.000.1070.11012.97.97% 5 .994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.4460.24012.14.44% 9 .005.65Finco6.006.000.000.7570.0007.90.00% 9.858.25FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.57Focol (S)5.505.500.000.4350.16012.62.91% 1 .001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7 .305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 1 0.809.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 9 9.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 2 0 November 2029MONDAY, 6 JUNE 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,404.19 | CHG -22.32 | %CHG -1.56 | YTD -95.32 | YTD % -6.36BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)M aturity 1 9 October 2017 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6 .95%B ISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7 % I nterest 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.55731.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.55732.04%6.13%1.535365 3.01852.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.01852.41%4.01%2.952663 1.59761.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.59761.50%4.50%1.580804 3.20252.6384Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.6384-3.01%-13.12% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.50161.08%0.02% 116.5808103.9837CFAL Global Bond Fund116.58080.71%8.38%115.762221 114.1289101.7254CFAL Global Equity Fund114.12892.39%7.89%111.469744 1.16081.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.16551.66%5.19% 1.12141.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.12640.71%6.11% 1.16201.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.16681.54%5.59% 9.99529.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.94330.98%4.58% 11.217310.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 211.28102.07%9.80% 10.42889.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.40873.83%11.49% 8.45104.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.85645.46%11.17% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200731-May-11 30-Apr-11 114.368369 106.552835 31-Mar-11 30-Apr-11 NAV 6MTH 1.512246 2.907492 1.561030TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Apr-11 31-Mar-11 30-Apr-11 29-Apr-11 30-Apr-11MARKET TERMS30-Apr-11 31-Mar-11 RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd (Over-The-Counter Securities) CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)31-May-11BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 31-May-11 30-Apr-11 3$8/$259,/RI:LOVRQ 7 UDFN1$66$8%$+$0$6 *,1(77(3,(55(RI0$5.(7 675((71$66$8%$+$0$6 We certainly see opportunities for expanded market share in the fixed-line business, Mr Keeping told the companys shareholders, referring to its imminent Triple Play launch via a move into this market. But unless we are successful in participating in the mobile business, which will not be achievable for four years, our annual growth will likely be in the low double digits. Your Board of D irectors is evaluating other growth opportunities. To prepare for its entry into the fixed-line voice market, Mr Keeping said Cable Bahamas had begun the installation of our next generation Nokia Siemens telephone switch, the marketleading hiQ 8000 soft switch platform, which forms a foundation for high-quality voice services and will enable the BISX-listed firm to scale its deployment of next-generation applications. The SRG acquisition, for which Cable Bahamas paid $7.935 million a price subject to adjustment once a post-purchase audit is completed will factor heavily in Cable Bahamas launch into the fixed-line voice market. We..... feel the acquisition of the operating business, as well as the 200 megahertz of spectrum, will provide an excellent opportunity to enhance our service offerings, Mr Keeping said. Focusing on past achievements, the Cable Bahamas chairman said the company last year built up its network of off-air digital services sites in the Family Islands from seven to 10 via Mangrove Cay, Kemps Bay and Guana Cay in Abaco. By mid-2011, it is our intention to complete a further six sites and, on completion, approximately 3,000 homes from the Abaco Cays to Ragged Island will have the ability to enjoy broadcasted digital signals, Mr Keeping said. As we move into the next financial year, we are excited about the scale of the opportunities, more specifically that half of the Bahamas households have yet to choose a premium pay TV service, and almost 40 per cent of our existing TV customers do not yet subscribe to broadband from Cable Bahamas. In addition, with almost 45,000 homes instantly eligible to subs cribe to fixed-line services, Cable Bahamas is very well posi tioned to take advantage of these opportunities. The Cable Bahamas chairman said that by 2010 year-end the company was nearing its target of 47,000 [Internet] customers; a goal that many observers long believed was not achievable. Growth in high definition and digital customers hit 20 per cent in 2010, he added, with Cable Bahamas also embarking on a $4 million digitisation programme as part of the regulator-mandated requirement that it split its Internet offering from cable TV. By the end of the year, almost 20 per cent and 10 per cent of our customers on New Providence and Grand Bahama, respectively, were converted and received all-digital services in their homes, Mr Keeping said, adding that this project was scheduled to be completed in 2013. Partly as a result of the digitisation initiative, Cable Bahamas saw its premium video subscribers grow by 7.5 per cent during 2010 to 1,950. This reversed declines in this discretionary service over previous years. Cable faces low double digit growth from cellular exclusion FROM page 1B FROM page 1B Honest appraisal of auto duty urged
together with interest in the amount of $16.429 million, as secured by the Promissory Note, the Supplemental Debenture and the Supplemental First Legal Mortgage...... It is not possible for the defendant to now remedy the events of default. Despite this, the defendant has failed to make payment of all sums outstanding. Outlining the grounds for Credit Suisses claim that Ginn, headed by Edward Robert Bobby Ginn III, had defaulted on its agreement, Mr Dameris alleged that the West End developer had failed to make any principal or interest payments since June 2008. And he further claimed that Ginn had breached its commitment to pay all taxes, assessments and government charges relating to the project, adding: In breach of this provision of the Intercompany Credit A greement, [Ginn-LA West End] has not paid its real property taxes on the Ginn project at all for the current year............ As a result of the events of default which remain unresolved and uncured, and the money secured by the Bahamian securities which remain outstanding and unpaid, the plaintiff [the Credit Suisse syndicate] is empowered to proceed and enforce its rights under the Promissory Note and Supple mental Debenture, and the Supplemental First Legal Mortgage, Mr Dameris alleged. Affidavit I make this affidavit in support of the originating summons as filed herein, asking that the Court issue an Order that there be payment by [Ginn-LA West End] of all sums outstanding and owing, together with interest thereon, or that [Ginn-LA West End] be absolutely debarred and foreclosed of and from all right, title, interest and equity of redemption of and in the properties comprised in the Supplemental Debenture and the Supplemental First Legal Mortgage respectively. Demanding that Ginn delive r up possession of the said properties, namely the 1,476 acres, to the Credit Suisse syndicate, Mr Dameris described his company, G-LA Resorts Holdings (Bahamas ultimately owned by a syndi cate of lenders who have advanced substantial monies to the Ginn Group of Compa nies. Each lenders stake in GLA Resorts Holdings ( Bahamas) is of the same pro portion as the size of their con tribution to the syndicated loan. The Ginn project was to include restaurants, shopping, nightclubs, houses, casinos, hotels, golf courses and other amenities. It was to be part of the group of Ginn Resorts that have been developed by Bobby Ginn elsewhere in the US and Caribbean, Mr Dameris alleged. To fund the development of the Ginn project, the lenders made available to the borrowers a credit facility..... Of the proceeds of the loan, $276.75 million was then made immediately available to [Ginn-LA West End] as the Bahamian entity within the Ginn Group of Companies which actually owned the land, and through which much of the development and construction of Ginn sur mer would be facilitated and funded. Mr Dameris alleged that all appropriate permits and permissions required under Bahamian law were obtained by Credit Suisse to allow it to take security over West Ends prime real estate. The foreclosure action has been three years in the making, Ginn having first defaulted in June 2008 on the terms of the mortgage loan and supplemental debenture taken by the Credit Suisse lending group as security for the credit advance. The implications, though, may not be as worrisome as at first glance. An earlier foreclosure action, initiated in the New York Supreme Court by the same Credit Suisse lending group, was said at the time to be part of a strategy intended to create a joint venture partnership between Lubert Adler (the LA in Ginn-LA) and the syndicate that would take over development of the West End project. Tribune Business has also been told, through informed sources, that one or both joint venture partners are talking to hotel/resort developer, the Fortis Group, with a view to having them take over West Ends development. Lubert Adler was Ginns seed capital and financing partner, and retains control of some 350 acres at West End, most of it in the centre of the project where the largest assets, namely the hotels and casinos, are supposed to be located. It also retains the Old Bahama Bay resort and most of the land around it, plus the airport and golf course, with the land Credit Suisse is targeting involving mostly the real estate component. Mr Dameris, though, noted that the Credit Suisse lending syndicate had, as of February 16, 2011, taken extra mortgage security over an additional 182.67-acre parcel at West End known as the East Golf Course Property. The $4.9 billion project was announced in 2005 under the former PLP administration. It was described as "the largest single, mixed-used resort development" project in the Bahamas, but ran into financial troubles when real estate sales failed to materialise as a result of the global recession. The absence of this cash flow left Ginn-LA West End unable to service its debt. Ginn acquired about 2,000 acres of land in West End, and proposed to develop 4,400 condo units, a tower resort, 800 single family residential lots, mega yacht and marinas, and two signature championship golf courses among other amenities. It also acquired the Old Bahama Bay Resort in West End. The Credit Suisse syndicate is being represented by Robert Adams and Judith Whitehead at Graham, Thompson & Co. 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o f crawfish exported for a return of $67.9 million. In previous years, when the price of lobster in the international market has been higher, the national catch has fetched closer to $80 m illion. B oth Ms Isaacs and Mr P ritchard spoke about the drive towards ensuring sustainability of the Bahamian lobster fishery at a seminar for food and beverage industry stakeholders at the Col-l ege of the Bahamas yesterd ay. The seminar, 2011 Food, Flavour and Beverage Trends: Growing Revenue and Increasing Customer Traffic primarily revolved around raising awareness a mong chefs, restaurant and hotel managers, and buyers of how they can boost their business through adapting to the latest trends in food and beverage consumption, finding more cost effective f ood sources and using the l atest preparation and marketing techniques. However, the BMEA also had a message for chefs at the seminar in particular: That their support is critical in ensuring the Bahamas is a ble to clamp down on u nsustainable fishing practices such as the killing of undersized or spawny lobster that will be an impediment to the continued existence of the lobster population and to this nation a chieving the MSC recognit ion. Seafood exporters within the BMEA have adopted a zero tolerance approach to purchasing illegally harvested lobster to cut down on unsustainable fishing p ractices, said Ms Isaacs, but i f chefs and other hotel and r estaurant personnel responsible for buying seafood for their dishes do not do the same, its efforts will be inv ain. Lobster caught out of season between April 1 and July 31 or whose tails are u nder five-and-a-half inches long, or contain eggs, should not be purchased, a nd those who seek to sell t hem should be reported to the Department of Marine R esources for further action, M r Pritchard admonished c hefs at the seminar. H e was joined in this call by the director of the Department of Marine Resources, Michael Braynen, who also addressed the seminar on the subject of creating a sustainable lobster fishery and the benefits of MSC certification. It is something that will h elp everyone, said the d irector, explaining that sustainable food ecolabelling on fish products, as the MSC certification represents, is something that is increasingly sought-after by c onsumers internationally, w hether in supermarkets or restaurants. On this note, Mr Braynen gave the example that just yesterday, the fast-food restaurant McDonalds a nnounced that it is to begin s erving only MSC-certified f ish in their Filet-o-Fish sandwiches, which are served to around 100 million customers in 39 European countries each year. M r Braynen noted that t he key principles underlyi ng the MSC are: Sustaina ble fish stocks so fishing c an continue indefinitely, minimising the environmental impact of the industry and effective management,w hich involves ensuring the sector is subject to all local, national and international laws, with an adequate syst em in place to adapt to changing circumstances. H e added that the benefits include access to markets, s ustained and improved incomes, better managem ent of our fisheries and an e nhanced marine environm ent. The Bahamas benefits, and I think we all need to take it very, very, seriously, said Mr Braynen. BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 THE TRIBUNE O O O O O 5(48,5(0(176 4 0F'RQDOGVRIIHUVH[FHOOHQWEHQHWV NOTICELOXTON LIMITEDIn Voluntary Liquidation Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138(4Business Companies Act. 2000, LOXTON LIMITED is in dissolution as of May 31, 2011. International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 3rd LIQUIDATOR ____________________ N OTICEEAST REGIS INVESTMENTS LTD.In Voluntary Liquidation N otice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138(4Business Companies Act. 2000, EASTREGIS INVESTMENTS LTD. is in d issolution as of May 27, 2011. I nternational Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 3rd LIQUIDATOR ____________________ N OTICEArabphilips Ltd.In Voluntary Liquidation Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 1 38(4Business Companies Act. 2000, Arabphilips Ltd. is in dissolution as of May 27, 2011. International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 3rd LIQUIDATOR ____________________ NOTICEArabsony Ltd.In Voluntary Liquidation Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138(4Business Companies Act. 2000, Arabsony Ltd. is in dissolution as of May 27, 2011. International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 3rd LIQUIDATOR ____________________ WAL-MART IN BAHAMIAN CRAWFISH BUY THREAT FROM page 1B 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 h ave won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
ning it was not a walk t hrough the park but, to d ate, I am forced to swear b y its performance as there i s no other program in the world of graphics as proficient as Photoshop. Be mindful, as like everything else a good program is only as effective as the knowledge of the persons u sing it. However, photographers, videographers, prepress and web/graphic designers who have sharpened their pencils should wear their badges p roudly with honour. P hotographers exploit this program to scan, colour-corr ect and retouch photos. T hey also arrange a collage o f photos to create a totally n ew composition. P hotoshop is also used f or restoring and repairing damaged/scratched photos to make them appear almostn ew. Photographers can use this program to remove redeye, the annoying date and t ime stamp, or the flashbulb that shows up in mirrors as well. P repress: P rofessional printers use Photoshop to prepare images for fourcolour printing. Videographers use Photoshop to help folks create and edit images for video production, and allow them to view images in the most common formats required by video. Web/Graphic designers also use Photoshop, along with Flash, Dreamweaver, CorelDraw, Fireworks and o ther applications to manipulate photos. Since we are operating on the above principles, we can confidently declare that Photoshop is a must have tool, with sophistication one advantage that makes it superior to other graphic design software. If you haven't spent any quality time with this program, I highly recommend that you do, as you will be a ble to not only increase your marketability but possibly earn a liveable income and realise your creative potential in the visual graphics realm. There is great power in dominating Photoshop. Imagine being so good at Photoshop...you sit down at the captains chair, rub your hands together, thinking: What am I going to produce in Photoshop today? INSTEAD OF...Is my Phot oshop inefficiency going to hold me back again? As a final point, Photoshop is no longer just a trade name. It offers a growing ability to effectively express yourself creatively as an image editor, and is an investment that will pay off through time in financial and personal fulfillment. Believe me, Photoshop is a big chapter, and I encourage you to continue sharpening your tools and take y our career seriously. Recognise the great feeling of knowing that you can produce almost anything you desire, and can impress any of your potential clients, one of whom may actually be yourself. So until we meet again, have fun, enjoy your life and stay on top of your game. NB: Author encourages feedback at: email@example.com BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011, PAGE 11B THE ART OF GRAPHIX FROM page 2B Best shop for creative talent Hi Dee Dee: H ope all is well with you. Just so you know, I a m an avid reader of y our columns, which I find very informative and helpful. A fter reading your article about Websites in Thursdays Tribune, I decided to write to your equesting your expert assistance on the same topic that I have been g rappling with for the p ast couple of weeks, which is finding a good web designer and sitef or my business. I have a landscape m aintenance company and am adding two new s ervices to my portfolio. I think its time to go the way of the Internet.I f you can assist me I would be most grateful. T hanks I await your reply. Anthony Watkins firstname.lastname@example.org READERSFEEDBACK
RELIGIOUS NEWS, STORIES AND CHURCH EVENTS R E L I G I O N S E C T I O N C THURSDA Y JUNE 9, 2011 T H E T R I B U N E S By JEFF ARAH GIBSON T ribune Features W riter T HERE is a saying that goes "they only know you when they need you". Many of us are familiar with this phrase and apply it to the people who appear and reappear in our lives only when it benefits them. Then, when they have been completely satis fied by our means, they disappear only to return when they have fall en into a rut. No one appreciates this kind of treat ment. As a matter of fact, we as humans t r y t o rid ou rselves and ou r l ives of opportunistic individuals because it sug gests that this individual does not have our best interest at heart. However we tend to overlook our own opportunistic actions when it comes to God and our spiritual lives. When things are not going the way we desir e or the way we plan, looking to God for deliver ance and attaching ourselves to the holy one is the only thing that seems to make s e n s e W e s i n g p r a i s e s w e p r a y w e update our status' on facebook and twit ter with endless commentary of our new found love with the master And when we have ridden the storm and the black clouds have disappeared so does our faith i n G o d T h e f a c e b o o k a n d t w i t t e r updates are no longer necessar y T ribune Religion spoke to Rev Angela Palacious who said that a relationship with God cannot flourish without com mitment. "It can' t be a successful experience to r eattach yourself to God only when you need him. I think in our journey we do ourselves a disservice when we only try to r eattach ourselves to God when we need his help or when we need something from him. Y ou really want to be a part of the tree of life and receive all that God has to offer "John15: 5-9 describes what the con nection between Christ and the believer is l i ke "I am t h e vi ne; y ou are t h e branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fr uit; apart fr om me you can do nothing. If you do not r emain in me, you ar e like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branch es are picked up, thrown into the fir e and burned. If you remain in me and my words r emain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father s glor y that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disci ples. "This is the attachment that we should have. Jesus is like the r oot and we ar e like the branches without him we cannot sur vive. When we have attached ourselves to God in this way we have an ongoing influence from the one who is so magnif icent, from the one who is the creator This brings us to new levels of our being," she explained. Rev Palacious said sometimes we only want to fit God into our plans and not truly submit ourselves to him tr usting his plan for our own life. "This is so shor tsighted and selfish. It is like we ar e rolling dice or gambling with God. W e are only dealing with short term things but not understanding who we can be when we commit our lives to him." "W e must allow God to dictate the terms of our life. He wants to love us and give us all that he can. It hurts God when he sees that we only desire him when we want something. No one wants to be loved for what they can do so imagine the way God feels," she said. There are things that the believer can do to remain connected to God. And this r equires much mor e than going to chur ch ever y Sunday or singing a praise and wor ship song. This requir es being actively engaged, communicating with God in spoken prayer written prayer through meditation, praise and thanksgiving. "W e must also r emember what it is we stand for W e can stay attached thr ough sacraments, witnessing and talking about God to others, studying his word and becoming exposed. Doing anything and ever ything along with having a sensitive spirit can keep us attached to the Lord," Rev Palacious said. Only know Him when we need Him! REMAINING connected to God requires staying actively engaged in his presence through med itation, studying, and praise and worship.
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The T ribune PG 26 Thursday June 9, 201 1 RELIGION TH E B A H A M A S Me n C u rs i ll o #2 2 w as h e ld at T he B a h am as Y o u t h C a mp f r om J un e 2 J u n e 5. 1 5 c a n di d at e s m ad e t h e w ee k en d T h e T he me f o r t h e w eek en d w as Mi n is t e ri n g i n t h e V a l l e y T h e r e c t o r f o r B M C # 2 2 w e e k e n d w a s C h ar le s H ep b u rn as si s t ed by G o d f r e y A r t h u r Men w ho w an t t o ma k e a d i f f e r en c e i n t h e ir c o mm u n i t y ch u r c h an d in t h e i r l i v e s s h o u l d p l a n t o a t t e n d B MC # 23 in 201 2 d u ri n g t h e l ab o u r da y w ee ke n d. 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P e r h ap s w e f al l i n t o t h e c at e go ry o f a go o d p er s on w ho sl i p s u p : 2 0 A g a i n w h en a r i g h t eo u s p e r s o n t u r n s f r o m t h e i r r i gh t e o u s n e s s a n d d o e s e vi l a n d I p u t a s t u m b l i n g b l o c k b ef o r e t h em t h ey w i l l d i e S i n c e y o u d i d n o t w a r n t h e m t h e y w i l l d i e f o r t h e i r s i n T h e r i g h t e o u s t h i n gs t h a t p e r s o n d i d w i l l n o t b e r e m e m b e r e d a n d I w i l l h o l d y o u a c c o u n t a b l e f o r t h e i r b l o o d 21 B u t i f y o u d o w a r n t h e r i g h t e o u s p e r s o n n o t t o s i n a n d t h ey d o n o t si n t h e y w i l l s u r e l y l i v e b e c a u s e t h e y t o o k w a r n i n g a n d yo u w i l l h a ve s a v ed yo u r s e l f ( E z ek i e l 2 02 1 ) 1. Ho w d o w e w an t t o be r e m e m b e r ed ? 2. W h at d oe s i t m ea n t o b e f o rg iv en b y Go d an d t o f o rg iv e ou r se l ves ? 3. O u r Lo r d an d S a vi o ur d i ed f o r us t o b e f or gi ve n an d asc e n de d i n t o h ea ven t o i n t e r c e d e f o r u s A r e w e t ak in g ad va nt ag e of t h i s am az i n g o pp o r t u ni t y ? 4 B u t be c au se of h i s g re at l o ve f o r u s Go d wh o i s r i ch i n me r c y 5 m ad e u s al i ve w i t h C h ri s t ev en w h en w e w er e d ead i n t r an sg re ss i o ns i t i s b y gr ac e yo u h a ve b een sa ve d. 6 A n d G o d r ai se d u s u p w i t h C h ri s t an d s eat e d u s w i t h h i m i n t h e h eav en l y re al m s i n C h ri s t J esu s 7 i n or d er t h at i n t h e c o m i ng a ges h e mi g ht s h o w t h e i n c o m p a r a b l e r i c h e s o f h i s gr ac e, e xp r es se d i n h is ki n d n ess t o u s i n C h ri st J es u s. (E p h es ia n s 2: 4 7) W e are warn ed w hat not to d o ( be wi ck ed) and w e are cal led t o great ness of h e a r t and s pir it : 10 "F or w e are God s han diw ork creat ed i n Chr ist Jesu s t o d o g o o d w o r k s w h i c h G o d p r e p a r e d i n advan ce f or u s t o do ." (E phes ians 2: 10). E v e r y seco nd o f every day w e are f aced wi th c ho ic es. If w e d o not heed t he war nin g, we wi ll d est roy ou rsel ves. Eac h on e has t o be a go dly exam pl e and inf lu enc e som eone else t o go an d d o li kew ise. REV ANGELA C BOSFIELD P ALA CIOUS
RELIGION The T ribune Thursday June 9, 201 1 PG 27 T H E R E V E R E N D B e r n a r d B B e e n w a s i n s t i t u t e d a s t h e R e c t o r o f t h e C h u r c h o f S t M o n i c a P r o v i d e n c i a l e s T u r k s & C a i c o s I s l a n d s a n d P r i e s t i n C h a r g e o f S t G e o r g e S out h Ca ico s, on T he Fe a s t o f T he A s c e n s i o n T h u r s d a y J u n e 2 a t 7 3 0 p m a t t h e C h u r c h o f S t M o n i c a 1 3 0 7 L e e w a r d H i g h w a y P r o v i d e n c i a l e s T h e S e r v i c e o f t h e I n s t i t u t i o n w a s l e d b y R e v e r e n d L a i s h Z a n e B o y d S r D i o c e s a n B i s h o p o f t h e D i o c e s e o f T h e B a h a m a s a n d t h e T u r k s & C a i c o s I s l a n d s w h o d e l i v e r e d t h e s e r m o n S c o r e s of An g lic an s fro m N e w P r o v i d e n c e t r a v e l l e d w i t h t h e B i s h o p t o P r ov i de nci a le s for the s pe ci a l s e r v i c e i n c l u d i n g T h e V e n e r a b l e A r c h d e a c o n K e i t h C a r t w r i g h t A r c h d e a c o n o f t h e S o u t h e r n B a h a m a s a n d t h e T u r k s & C a i c o s I s l a n d s T h e V e n e r a b l e A r c h d e a c o n I R a n f u r l y B r o w n A r c h d e a c o n o f t h e W e s t / C e n t r a l A r c h d e a c o n r y a n d R e c t o r o f S t A g n e s A n g l i c a n C h u r c h N e w P r o v i d e n c e a n d m e m b e r s o f S t A g n e s C h u r c h Fa th er Be r n a r d Be e n wa s b or n o n J a n u a r y 2 3 1 9 7 4 o n t h e b e a u t i f u l i s l a n d o f G r a n d T u r k T u r k s a n d C a i c o s I s l a n d s t o t h e l a t e C y n t h i a B e e n a n d C a n o n L a m u e l B e e n Y o u n g B e r n a r d a l w a y s p o s s e s s e d a g r e a t l o v e f o r h i s C h u r c h a n d i n d e e d h i s G o d a n d t h i s w a s d e m o n s t r a t e d i n t h e m a n y a c t i v i t i e s i n w h i c h h e w a s i n v o l v e d p r i o r t o a n s w e r i n g t h e c a l l t o M i n i s t r y A t a g e t e n h e j o i n e d t h e A l t a r S e r v e r s a t t h e P a r i s h o f S t T h o m a s G r a n d T u r k w h i c h w a s t h e g e n e s i s o f a l i f e c o m m i t t e d t o G o d H e a l w a y s h a d a n i n c l i n a t i o n t h a t h e w o u l d b e c o m e a p r i e s t h o w e v e r i t w a s t h e c o m b i n e d i n f l u e n c e s o f h i s f a t h e r a n d t h e Rev'd. Father Charles Davidson, the R e v d F a t h e r D a v i d W e b b e r a n d t h e l a t e R e v e r e nd Mi ch a e l H a r tle y E ld on wh o i n f l u e n c e d h i s d e c i s i o n E q u i p p e d w i t h t h e p r a c t i c a l e x p e r i e n c e t h a t h e g a i n e d i n G r a n d T u r k a n d i n E l e u t h e r a T h e B a h a m a s y o u n g B e r n a r d Been entered The College of The B a h a m a s N a s s a u c a m p u s i n S e p t e m b e r 1 9 9 9 t o b e g i n t h e f i r s t p h a s e o f h i s f o r m a l t r a i n i n g In 2001, he enrolled in Codrington C o l l e g e B a r b a d o s t o c o n t i n u e h i s s t u d i e s a n d t o t e s t h i s v o c a t i o n T h r e e y e a r s l a t e r h e c o m p l e t e d a B a c h e l o r o f A r t s d e g r e e i n T h e o l o g y w i t h h o n o u r s w i t h a D i p l o m a i n P a s t o r a l S t u d i e s O n J u n e 2 9 2 0 0 4 F a t h e r B e e n w a s o r d a i n e d D e a c o n a t S t T h o m a s G r a n d T u r k a n d t h e s a m e c h u r c h i n w h i c h h e f i r s t s e r v e d a s a n a c o l y t e F a t h e r B e e n w a s t h e n a s s i g n e d t o t h e P r o C a t h e d r a l o f C h r i s t t h e K i n g G r a n d B a h a m a t o s e r v e h i s D i a c o n a t e u n d e r t h e t u t e l a g e o f t h e n C a n o n H a r r y B a i n ( n o w T h e V e n e r a b l e A r c h d e a c o n H a r r y B a i n ) O n J u ne 2 9 2 0 0 5 Fa t he r B e e n wa s o r d a i n e d p r i e s t a n d c o n t i n u e d t o s e r v e a t C h r i s t t h e K i n g F r e e p o r t H e e x c e l l e d t h e r e a s a n o u t s t a n d i n g y o u t h l e a d e r m a i n t a i n i n g t h e e x i s t i n g y o u t h m i n i s t r i e s a n d i n t r o d u c i n g n e w m i n i s t r i e s i n c l u d i n g t h e C T K K i n g s B a s k e t b a l l T e a m f o r y o u n g boys, and the Y outh Choir He also e x c e l l e d a t t h e A r c h d e a c o n r y l e v e l i n t r o d u c i n g t h e S h a l o m a y o u t h e v e n t f o r t h e N o r t h e r n A r c h d e a c o n r y I n 2 0 0 7 F a t h e r B e e n w a s a s s i g n e d t o S t Agnes Church, Grants T own, in New P r o v i d e n c e H e r e h e c o n t i n u e d t o g r o w f i r s t u n d e r t h e P r o T e m R e c t o r T h e R i g h t Reverend, Bishop Gilber t Ar thur Thompson, and then the V enerable A r c h d e a c o n I R a n f u r l y B r o w n T h e p a r i s h o f S t A g n e s c o n t r i b u t e d t o h i s f u r t h e r g r o u n d i n g i n t h e t r a d i t i o n s o f t h e A n g l i c a n C h u r c h t o t h e e x t e n t t h a t h e d e v e l o p e d t h e f i r s t S t A g n e s C o n f i r m a t i o n B o o k l e t A d d i t i o n a l l y w h i l e a t S t A g n e s h e a l s o c o m p l e t e d a D i p l o m a i n S e c o n d a r y Education from the College of The B a h a m a s T h i s q u a l i f i e d h i m a s a t r a i n e d t e a c h e r I n N o v e m b e r 2 0 1 0 F a t h e r B e e n w a s a s s i g ne d t o th e Ch u r ch o f S t M o n i ca P r o v i d e n c i a l e s w i t h r e s p o n s i b i l i t y f o r S t G e o r g e S o u t h C a i c o s F a t h e r B e e n i s h a p p i l y m a r r i e d t o J o A n n ( n e ) C l a r k e o f B a r b a d o s R E V B e r n a r d B e n j a m i n i n s t i t u t e d r e c t o r o f t h e C h u r c h o f S t M o n i c a i n P r o v i d e n c i a l e s Fr Bernard Benjamin MAN Y Bah am ian s tr avelled m an y mi les o ver m any gallo ns o f water to atten d t h e f o r t y fou r th Lo ng Is lan d Rega t ta bu t little d id th e aver age m an k no w t h at th is p ast week en d w ou ld be th e h o me go in g s er v i c e o f celeb r ation fo r An glican Lay R ead er W illiam Cur t h b u r t K ais er" W ilso n who d ied at h is h om e a week ago at th e age of 9 0 T his giant o f a man e xt r em ely s h or t in s t a t u r e was laid to r es t in th e clo s e kn it c om m un ity of Gl into n s, L on g Is lan d in t h e c h u r ch yar d o f S t Mar y Ma gdale ne wh ere he s e r v e d f or o v e r f i f t y de c a de s o n S a t u r d ay Ju ne 4. T he fun er al was r emin is cen t o f a h o mec om in g ser vice o f celeb r at i on for a mem b er o f th e s tate o r d ign itary as co mm u n it y p ers o ns and visi t in g family mem b ers tu r n e d o u t in d r oves L a y r e a d e r W i l l i e K a i s e r W i l s o n ac hiev emen ts wer e r e c o r d ed in h is o bi t u a r y H e never lo st th e lo ve of h is belo ved is lan d alth o u gh h e wor k ed o n mail b o at s fo r a co n sid er able n u mb er o f yea rs H e c aptain ed man y mail b oats d u r ing h is lifetim e in clu d in g "Th e K itty", "T he Baham a C a r r o l l " T he A n g e l i n e a n d T h e Am an da G". After K ais er' s stin t as c aptain o f var io us m oto r vess els on th e tra nq u il water s o f o ur Car ib bea n S ea, he r e t u r n ed to th e islan d o f h is bi rth an d mar rie d Ev a Ad der ley th e uni on pr oduc e d ei g h t c hi l dre n, one of wh o m pr ed eceas ed b o th o f the m b u t th ey r emain ed h app ily m arr ied to geth er fo r a p er iod o f s ixty two year s P ries ts fr om a cr os s s ectio n o f th e ar c h i p elagic isles cam e to c eleb rate th e legacy o f K a i s e r s li fe In a tt e n da nce w as Ar c h D e a c o n K e i t h C a r t w r i g h t A r c h d e a c o n r esponsible for the southern islands in the archipelagic chain, Fr Stephen Grant who s e r v e s a s r e c t o r o f S t J u d e s G r a n d Bahama, Fr Jonathan Ar cher Rector of St Paul' s, South Long Island and Fr Chester Burton new rector of St Peter s Anglican Parish and St Christopher s in the settle ment of Port Nelson, Rum Cay Agriculture Minister and MP for Long I s l a n d a n d R a g g e d I s l a n d L a r r y Cartwright also br ought condolences on behalf of the constituents of Long Island and Ragged Island telling the congr ega tion that the country has lost another para mount figure in the ar ea of farming and agricultural sustainability Many persons brought glowing tributes and condolences including Lar r y Albur y ( t he p r e s e nt l a y r e a d e r ) K y l e W i l s o n ( g r a n d s o n ) a n d P e t e r G r a h a m w h o employed Kaiser W ilson for many years after his retirement and Catchiest Godfr ey Styles who brought condolences fr om his r ector Fr Mario Conliffe in Exuma. They all spoke of Kaiser s dependability and love of the Anglican chur ch saying that he could be refer r ed to as the King of Glinton' s and Nor th Long Island'. Long Islanders and descendants of Nor th End can all attest to the life Kaiser lived inside the four walls of the chur ch and in the community at large. T h i s F a t h e r s D a y t h e o f f s p r i n g o f Kaiser will be ber eft of the Patriarch of the W ilson family clan. He possessed a humble spirit that spoke volumes to his of fspring and the way they should their lives. Archdeacon Cartwright in his ser mon extended condolences fr om Bishop Laish Boyd and the Anglican community Kaiser would have car ried many priests over to Rum Cay through that tr eacherous body of water that lies between Long Island and Rum Cay The Church in the Diocese will be al way s b e i n debte d t o person s li k e W illie "Kaiser" W ilson who gave stellar service to the church he loved so dearly Kaiser became synonymous with riding his bicycle to visit sick members in the Nor th End Community F r B u r t o n q u o t e d t h e w o r d s m a d e f a m o u s b y t h e R a h m i n g B r o t h e r s W ho s e g e r n t o f i l l t ho se s h oe s a nd encouraged his family to follow in his foot steps. Senior Anglican Lay Reader laid to r est in Glinton' s, Long Island
The T ribune PG 28 Thursday June 9, 201 1 RELIGION T H E A N G L I C A N C h u r c h M e n s C h o i r T h e S o n s o f T h u n d e r w i l l h o s t i t s M E N P R A I S I N G G O D I I I P r e F a t h e r s D a y c o n c e r t a t T h e Activity Centre of The Parish C h u r c h o f T h e M o s t H o l y T rinity Stapleton Gardens begin ning at 7pm on Friday June 10. The concert this year will high l i g h t B i l l y B r o w n a n d A r c h d e a c o n J a m e s P a l a c i o u s The night promises to filled will great signing and entertainment. Adult tickets can be pur chased from any member of the choir or at the various Anglican Church P a r i s h e s i n N e w P r o v i d e n c e Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children accompanied by a ticket holder (payable at the door) T h e S o n s o f T h u n d e r i s a dynamic all male choir the brain child of Fr Shazz T urnquest and Mr Herbert Scott. It was at the ordination to the priesthood of the Revd Fr Fequel Laplante in T r e a s u r e C ay A b aco t h at t h e g r o u p p e r f o r m e d t h e i r f i r s t selection. How did this all come a b o u t ? T h e A C M ( A n g l i c a n Church Men) were staging their c o n f e r e n c e i n T r e a s u r e C a y N o r t h A b ac o i n M a rc h 2 00 6. The singing of a church full of men was incr edible. T h i s w a s t h e P e n t e c o s t moment for the group. 'Scottie' who was the Council Pr esident at the time and Fr T urnquest sat down at lunch and put the nuts and bolts together and fr om that f i rs t S u n da y i n T r e a s u r e C ay four years ago to now the Sons of Thunder remain the premier All Male singing group within the Anglican Church. S ONS OF TH UND E R IN C ON CE R T T HIS F R I D A Y Proceeds to aid the SOT Outreach, Building/Repair Ministry SONS of Thunder members hard at work in the Cat Island community
A TOP Bahamian junior sailor is ready for his second consecutive appearance at the worlds leading youth sailing event. Chris Sands is set to com pete at the ISAF Youth Sailing World Championship in Zadar, Croatia, July 7-16. Approximately 358 sailors representing 59 nations are expected to compete across eight different classes. For the second time in a row, the Bahamas and Nassau Yacht Club will be rep resented in this championship by 17-year-old Sands. Sands will participate in the boys one-person dinghy event in Laser Radial among 50 other competi tors. He finished in 28th position last year in Turkey and, since then, he has been exposed to several top level regattas. He is sailing and training on a very regular and dedicated basis with coach Robert Dunkley and fellow local Laser sailors. The Youth Worlds are in less than a month. Every time I go training, I try to get the best out of each and every practice, Sands said. Im on the water 4-5 days per week, usually. Also, I am working out at least three days per week. When asked about his goals for this coming cham pionship, Sands replied: Im just going over there, will try my hardest and have fun. Again, the Bahamas was pleased and thankful to be one of the nations approved for the Athlete Participation Programme (APP funding support from the ISAF. Sands started sailing when he was just 10 years old. In the last seven years, he participated in the junior sailing programmes of the Bahamas Sailing Association and Nassau Yacht Club. He is a multiple time national champion in Optimist, Sunfish, Laser and Snipe. Last year, he placed 7th at both the 2011 Laser Midwinters East and the 2010 Orange Bowl Regatta. The Bahamas Sailing Association (BSA the governing authority of the sport of sailing in the Bahamas under the super vision of the International Sailing Federation (ISAF BSAs mission is to promote and encourage sailing in all its aspects in the Bahamas. THETRIBUNE SECTIONETHURSDAY, JUNE 9, 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 . . . BOLT TO RUN 200M FOR 1ST TIME IN 13 MONTHS BASKETBALL CLINIC FOR GIRLS ALL SET LOOKS LIKE TIGER WOODS MA Y SETTLE FOR SECOND BEST FOR the second consecutive year, one of the countrys rising stars on the sidelines as a coach plans to give back to the local basketball community with a programme specifically geared towards under-developed young female players. Howard and the United States opened their Gold Cup schedule with a 2-0 win over Canada on Tuesday night. NO.1 NADAL WINS GRASSCOUR T OPENER GOLD CUP: US STARTS WITH 2-0 WIN OVER CANADA HEAT CONFIDENCE HIGH ENTERING GAME 5 NOWITZKIS MEDS: CHICKEN SOUP AND NIGHT-TIME JUMPERS 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 . . . B y RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com C ontinued support from its perennials ponsor and the l argest number of par ticipants in the history of the event is set to make the 2011e dition of the Bahamas Swimming Federations National Championships the biggest and best ever, a ccording to federation executives. With the Royal Bank of Canada on board as its title sponsor for the 28th consecutive year, the BSF is s cheduled to host the RBC National Swimming Championships June 18-21 at the Betty Kelly Kenning N ational Swim Complex. RBC made a formal presentation of $32,000 to the federation to sup port the successful hosting of the event in its 40th year and to also sponsor the Academic All-Bahamas Swimming Team Awards Pro g ramme. Algernon Cargill, president of the BSF, applauded RBC and their role as a supportive corporate citizen of t he Bahamas. Without question, this is one of the longest private sector/sports relationships that exists in the Bahamas today and what is great about this relationship is that the Royal Bank of Canada continuest o step forward and support our federation without being asked. We appreciate this for many reasons, but most important, working with a g reat sponsor such as the Royal Bank of Canada, we can showcase the talent of our young people in a p ositive way, he said. There are so many other social ly destructive ways they could oth e rwise be engaged and swimming h as contributed in many ways to the development of young Bahamians and by extension, through Royal Banks perennial sponsorship, they have played a significant role in the development of young Bahamians. The 2011 Nationals will feature a record 356 swimmers, 15 teams,a nd 2,189 entries. I would also like to use this opportunity to acknowledge the generosity of Cable 12, for again a greeing to broadcast these RBC National Swimming Championships throughout their network so that all B ahamians can see the hard work and success of our swimmers. Cable 12 and RBC have really helped ourf ederation to grow and as an examp le of our growth, we have a record 356 swimmers entered in the 2011 Biggest ever Nationals 2012 Olympic qualifier C ORPORATE SPONSOR: S hown (l-r RBCs vice president of retail banking, and Ken Bain, BSF treasurer. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f S S W W I I M M M M I I N N G G S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E P h o t o b y R o b e r t D u n k l e y Chris Sands to represent Bahamas at the ISAF Y outh Sailing W orlds CHRIS SANDS (shown
TRACK AND FIELD PAGE 2E, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS By BJOERN H AMLAND A ssociated Press O SLO, Norway (AP Usain Bolt is focusing on the world championships even as h e prepares to run his first 2 00-meter race in 13 months at a Diamond League meet t oday. The Jamaican world record-holder said Wednesday it will feel strange to run the 200 but, having recovered f rom last seasons injuries he is confident of running a fast r ace at the Bislett Games. Its going to be weird, but it should be good, Bolt said. Im definitely going out there to run hard and see w hat I need to improve more. Bolt won the 100 at his first r ace of the year in a Dia mond League event in Rome t wo weeks ago and is now a iming to take his recovery up another notch after miss ing part of last season with A chilles and back problems. Im just trying to get my form back together and get b ack to the old Usain Bolt, he said. Im just focused on o ne thing, and thats the w orld championships. Bolt was more diplomat than showman as he fielded questions at a reception at O slo City Hall a day before t he main event. Ive heard its a great track and Im looking for ward to going out there and g etting a fast time, he said. But I need to get in shape asq uickly as possible because e veryones really putting t heir foot down. South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya a lso is competing as she con tinues her comeback from a long layoff for gender test fol-l owing her victory in the 800 a t the 2009 worlds. Forced to sit out a year, Semenya said it was tough tob ounce back, but is starting to rediscover her best form. The 20-year-old said the e pisode placed her under huge mental strain. It wasnt easy to come back after the IAAF ban, but t his was the goal, Semenya said S emenya finished second i n 1 minute, 58.88 seconds at the Diamond League event in Eugene, Oregon, last weekend. But, as the season p rogresses, she hopes to b egin closing in on her pers onal best of 1:55.45. In Oslo, I want to remain below 1:58, maybe 1:57 bute verything happens in view of the world championshipsi n South Korea, she said. At the Bislett Games, the t ime is very important, probably more important than first place. S emenya faces a strong field that also includes Mariya Savinova of Russia,o ne of the athletes who called t he South Africans gender into question at the last worlds. Former world cham-p ion Janeth Jepkosgei of Kenya, with a personal best of 1:56.04, is another leading c ontender. The worlds run from August 27 to September 4 in South Korea. Bolt to run 200 for 1st time in 13 months U SAIN BOLT g estures during a press conference in Rome Wednesday. (AP Photo
By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FOR the second consecutive year, one of the countrysr ising stars on the sidelines as a coach plans to give back to the local basketball community with a programme specifically geared towards underdeveloped young female players. Jurelle Nairn, in conjunction with the Bahamas Basketball Federation and theNew Providence Women's B asketball Association, is all set to host the second annual Ballin by the Beach girls basketball clinic June 29 to July 1 at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. Nairn will host the camp, which is free of charge for all participants, alongside fellow members of her Salisbury Seagulls coaching staff and p layers. Nairn and her group conducted a three-day clinic in June of 2010 which hosted scores of young female playersof varying age groups. A former member of the Bahamas Basketball Federation's junior national team, Nairn is now serving as an a ssistant coach at Salisbury University, which is located in Wicomico County in Maryland and listed some of this year's visiting instructors. "This year, we will have coach Charisse Mapp and some of the Salisbury University Womens Basketball team members return, especially since they were so dynamic l ast year. We will also have some of our best local players and coaches assist. So far, Ive received confirmation from Jeffery Henfield, Mitch Johnson, Torrington Cox, Gijo Bain, Marvin Henfield, Henry Gidden, Audrey Martin, Anthony Swaby, and Terrance Red Eye McSweeney. I dont know if I should put this out there, but we may have a surprise guest this year. Lets just say hes a name that will be remembered. Thats all I can say for now. My greatest expectation is to be better. I always seek ways to improve in every aspect of my life. I want this movement to grow and the only way to grow is to always strive to be better." Nairn, who was also a onetime coach at Queen's College, said the inspiration for the event came from a need for her to give back to the community and the sport of basketball. This movement was b irthed from my passion to s erve and inspire change in the Bahamas through basketball. Since I started playing basketball, God has just graced me with His favour over and over again. I can truly say that I wouldnt be where I am today i f it wasnt for basketball. It has opened doors that would have never been opened had I not played for the right people, in the right place, at the right time. If I am unable to help these kids get the opportunity to play basketball on the collegiate level, I want to at least assist in preparing them for whatever opportunities come their way. Ultimately, these opportunities dont even have to be basketball related, because there are so many important life skills that a kid can master through participation in team sports skills that will help them in any situation.I know that it is my purpose to serve and help the young people of our nation by offeringt hem this experience," she said. "This event is critically important. Not only is it important, but also it is necessary. For a lot of the young ladies that attend, this will be the only constructive event that they participate in all summer. Not only is that a sad fact for the basketball players in regard to their development, thats a sad fact for any young person. A wise man told me, Satan always finds mischief for idle hands to do. With that said, its a start for the development of womens basketball in the Bahamas and we all know how important starting is." With regard to her longt erm goals for the clinic and f or the development of wome n's basketball in the country, Nairn said she hopes to implement a series of groundbreaking initiatives. "I would like to expand the length of Ballin by da Beach. Right now, its a free event a nd we all know that there is no such thing as a free lunch. So as I grow and more people and corporations begin to believe in me, it will lead to bigger sponsorships that will allow the clinic to run longer. Also, to include males in the movement. Last year and this year, I have had a lot of young men ask me to include them. I plan to join forces with another programme, Gifted Elites Basketball Academy, founded by Quentin Demeritte to facilitate this expansion. He is doing some great things and, together, we would be a force to reckon with," she said. "To offer life-building classes on topics that seem to go unaddressed in your typical learning environment. For exam-p le, for the ladies, Girls basketball you can still act like a girl and be a star baller. For the gentlemen, How to maintain your integrity and be a star baller. To that end, we will host a coaches clinics to equip coaches with the knowledge and skills to empower these young people." Two of the more immediately pressing issues threatening the development of the game, according to Nairn, are the lack of adequate facilities and exposure to basketball year round. "We want to implement summer, fall, and spring leagues for young people. The basketball season in the Bahamas is entirely too short. I n order for the kids to get bett er, they definitely need to p lay more. To implement summer leagues and camps for our collegiate and professional athletes. Everyone knows that basketball players are made in the summer. A lot of our basketball athletes dread coming h ome in the summer because there is no basketball programme for them to get involved in. Summer tournaments can only take a high level athlete so far. My plan is to put a programme in place where our athletes look forward to coming home, because they know that when they return to wherever they are playing, they will be better," she said. "One of the most important things to me is to own a basketball facility. Throughout the years, Ive found that basketball (in the Bahamas) is homeless. This isa sad thing for such a great sport. We all know the importance of having a home, a place to call your own. When people are homeless, they are usually unstable and are challenged in every way to fulfill their ultimate potential. I believe its the same for basketball. Many of the people that made it in basketball hadto go somewhere other than the Bahamas to accomplish that achievement and it should not be so. Championships as compared to 325 last year. Equally as a mazing, we have 15 teams e ntered, eight from New Providence, three from Grand Bahama, one from Abaco,t wo from the United States and one from Venezuela. Altogether, we have 2,189e ntries meaning that these 2011 Championships are our biggest ever. This years swimming n ationals will be used as an Olympic-qualifying event, with many of the countrys b udding stars and visiting swimmers using the meet as an opportunity to earn an O lympic berth. What is really amazing is that these National Champi onships continue to grow. T his year, we have been receiving approval from FINA, the governing body fors wimming, that these champ ionships can be used as a qualifying meet for next years Olympic Games, andof course, they will serve as a qualifying meet for the Pan AM Games in July, next years CARIFTA and CISC Championships, and of course, next years Nationals, Cargill said. Joyce Coleby-Revere, RBCs vice president of retail banking, said the support of the event is key to the organisations role in community development. Supporting Bahamian youth remains a core area of focus for RBCs community involvement programmes andwe are pleased to sponsor the National Swimming Champi onships for the 28th consecutive year, she said. We believe sports programmes are critical to helping young people realize their full potential. It has been a pleasure to w atch many bright young swimmers rise to new heights. Dominance At the 2010 Nationals, the B arracudas swim club reaff irmed its dominance to claim its fifth consecutive national championship. The Barracudas claimed the title with 1,801.50 points, less than 100 points ahead of t heir nearest competitors, Swift Swimming, who finished with 1,719 points. T he Dolphins swimming club was third with 1,186 points, the final team to breakt he 1,000 point plateau. T he Sea Bees swim club was fourth with 680 points, Freeport Aquatic Club fifthw ith 263.50 points, WaveRunn ers sixth with 219 points, Blue Marlin Aquatics seventh with 165 points, Orca Swim Club eighth with 40 points and the Abaco Swim Club rounded out the field of com p etition with 27 points. In 2009, the Barracudas won by a landslide over the r emainder of the field with 2,152.50 points, nearly 800 points over the second placef inishers, Sea Bees Swim C lub, who tallied 1,369 points. BASKETBALL CAMP TRIBUNE SPORTS THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011, PAGE 3E Biggest ever Nationals 2012 Olympic qualifier F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E Ballin by the Beach girls basketball clinic all set