N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Writ claims BTC judge was biased Volume: 107 No.169SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNSHINE AND POSSIBLE SHOWER HIGH 88F LOW 79F Justice Christopher Blac kman named in Supreme Court action TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FREETODAY: BODY & MORE YOUR HEALTHANDFITNESS MONTHLYMAGAZINE WE I G H TLO S SP L A N N E RT H E T R I B U N E J U N E 2 0 1 1 L O S E B I G W I N B I GB e t t e r f o o d b e t t e r b o d y b e t t e r h e a l t h T a k e c h a r g e t o d a y .C E L E B R I T Y H E A L T H :B R A N D Y& M A R I O L O P E Z D A N C I N G W I T H T H E S T A R S A L U M S M A R I O L O P E Z A N D B R A N D Y D I S H O N T H E H A B I T S T H A T K E E P T H E M F I T A N D F O O D S T H A T M A K E H E A L T H Y E A T I N G H A R D POSITIVEMESSAGE: Twenty boys aged between 10 to 15 have successfully completed a pilot study designed to increase the school graduation rate. The first Ministers Life Management Male Empowerment programme was held yesterday at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture conference room. Superintendent Stephen Dean, director of the RBPF National Crime Prevention Office, is pictured urging youngsters to complete high school. By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter n firstname.lastname@example.org AN appellate court judge is being accused of bias and con flict of interest in a writ filed in the Supreme Court on behalf of two unions that sought to block the sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC Justice Christopher Blackman, a Barbadian who was a ppointed to the Court of Appeal in March 2008, is named as the first respondent in the action filed in the name of the trustees of the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU The Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union (BCPMU The Court of Appeal is listed as the second respondent in the writ filed this week. In a copy of a notice of originating motion obtained by The Tribune the unions contend that Justice Blackman, 62, had failed to disclose the fact that Cable and Wireless Communi cations was a corporate client of Carrington and Sealey a firm of solicitors in Barbados of which he was a senior partner. In the writ they seek 10 decla rations, among them: a decla ration that the tribunal that heard their appeal was not an impartial one and that the tri bunals decision on their appeal be declared a nullity. In March, the Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal brought on behalf of the two unions. The unions had appealed a judge's decision to strike out their application that had sought to block the sale of BTC. The BCPOU and the BCPMU filed a joint action in the Supreme Court question ing the government's right to sell 51 per cent BTC to Cable and Wireless. Justice Neville Adderley had ruled that the action was a nullity and that the unions lacked the legal capaci ty to institute and maintain the action in their own names for the declarations sought. In their writ, the unions charge that the majority of the purported appointed Justices of Appeal constituting the court hearing their appeal were by virtue of the process of their selective recruitment abroad by government for appointment as such Justices of Appeal in the services of The Bahamas government undermines their inde pendence and impartiality as such Justices of Appeal. They also contend that the courts decision purporting to dismiss their appeal and penalising them in costs constituted the abuse of power on the part of the Justices of Appeal, sitting as the court hearing the appeal. Attorney Maurice Glinton represents the unions. A 20-YEAR-OLD man dubbed the "Barefoot Bandit" and accused of a two-year c rime spree while he was still a teenager pleaded guilty yes t erday to seven federal charges. Colton Harris-Moore, who was captured in the Bahamas AREFOOT BANDIT ADMITS SEVEN FEDERAL CHARGES COLTON HARRIS-MOORE EMPOWERING B AHAMIAN MALES SEE page 11 By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter email@example.com KENYATTA Gibson's departure from the Progres sive Liberal Party "meant nothing" to Opposition leader Perry Christie who told The Tribune he never considered resigning as PLP chief over the ordeal. In fact, Mr Christie said he was relieved to turn over a "problem" Member of Parliament whose notorious Cabinet "fight" hurt Mr Christie's image to the Free National Movement. The Farm Road MP's comments came after a newspaper claimed the veteran politician considered stepping down in the wake of Mr Gib son's exit and an earlier elec tion court case defeat based on a US Embassy cable obtained by whistleblower Wikileaks. Mr Christie dismissed the cable as mere speculation crafted around political fod der of 2008. "This is absolutely a figment of someone's imagina Christie: I never considered quitting over Gibson departure A MAN was shot a number of times in a drive-by shooting near the City Market food store on East Street south yesterday. The victim was sitting under a tree in the store's parking lot, a few blocks away from the Southern police station, when a white car with two people inside drove by at 1pm. Police said one of the occupants opened fire on the vic tim, shooting him in the leg and abdomen. The two then fled the area heading south, making good their escape. The victim, reportedly a phone card vendor, was taken to hospital by ambulance however his condition was not known last night. An officer at the scene said: "We received information of a shooting incident in the parking lot of City Market food store on East Street south. Upon our arrival we saw a man lying on his back in a pool of blood. We later discovered the victim was approached by two occupants of a white, right-hand drive Prelude. One of the occu pants of the vehicle opened fire on the victim hitting in his left upper arm and stomach area." Police investigations contin ue. MAN INJURED IN DRIVE-B Y SHOOTING WEATHER watchers are concerned about how the ongoing spate of violent storms is being handled after several warnings were issued hours late including one sent out only seven minutes before it was set to expire. Over the last several days, the north and central Bahamas has suffered severe thunderstorms; one turning into a tornado which damaged homes and businesses in southeastern New Providence on Wednesday. Snapping tree limbs and lifting shingles from rooftops, the twister made its way from Malcolm Road East all the way to Wind Terrace near East Street. Witnesses said it was lucky no one was injured. Storm systems lingered in the area until yesterday, with Meteorological officers warning that more tornadoes could follow. Yet on Thursday, no warning was issued until 3.23pm despite the fact it covered the period from 1.50pm to 3.30pm. Over the last two days, storm warnings have been issued by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA were all clearly marked as having been provided by the Meteorological Department. Yesterday, there were no communications issued by either NEMA or the Meteorological (Met despite the fact that before midday, videos of waterspouts THE fight between incumbent Picewell Forbes and former MP Keod Smith over the South Andros constituency is "not in the best interest" of the Progressive Liber al Party, leader Perry Christie has declared. The Opposition chief said he plans to put an end to the competition and has can vassed local residents to find out who they want to represent the party in the next election. However, he would not say which candidate he favours to represent South Andros. Mr Christie told The Tribune : "I'm now involved directly in South Andros as leader. It is my intention to have the mat ter resolved. "I am not going to have a competition in there. I've begun the process of consulting with people in the area with the view of giv ing my party the best advice." Mr Christie plans to speak to Mr Smith, SOUTH ANDROS FIGHT NOT IN BEST INTEREST OF PLP CONCERN OVER HANDLING OF VIOLENT STORMS SEE page 11 SEE page 11 PERRY CHRISTIE SEE page 11 PICEWELL FORBES
T HE left lane of Baillou Hill R oad South will be closed starting June 20. To accommodate the closure, two lanes of traffic will be implemented in the northl ane while the area directly behind the Family Guardianb uilding will be closed to vehicular traffic. A ccording to Charlene Coll ie, engineer and public relations representative for the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project, this area will bec losed to execute much needed underground worksi ncluding installation of a water main and service ducts f or future use and drainage. T he work including installation of the water main heading further south is expected to be completed within four to six weeks. Traffic will cross over to the northbound lane and therew ill be one lane of traffic in each direction, said Ms Collie. We are partnering with Traff ic Police Division to help us ensure that motorists obey the traffic schemes in place. We will also have flagmen at both ends, all the way north at thec rossover and also at the southern end to guidem otorists as they travel. We encourage motorists to exercise caution and care as they move through the area and to obey the signs inp lace.Employees and clients will be given access to Family Guardian. The general public will use one lane in each direction on the northbound lane heading towards the roundabout, she added. Schools are now closing so t his is a key time to get a lot of t he work done. We have entered the rainy and hurricane seasons so accommodations within the programme have been taken into accountf or these. Despite the closing of s chools, Ms Collie encourages motorists to plan their journeys and to leave earlier. If you do not have to be in the area, we ask that you usea lternate routes like Milo Butler Highway or East Street. Sergeant Garland Rolle of the Police Traffic Division said the police will assist with implementation and maintenance of traffic management t hroughout the duration of the r oad closure on Baillou Hill R oad. Our first priority is safety so we want motorists to drive with extreme caution and care, said Sgt Rolle. Thosew ho work in the area, particularly phone card vendors, area dvised that while the work is being carried out they should find an alternate location because we dont want anyone to get hurt during construc-t ion, he said. We would also like the public to be aware that this is the rainy season and there may be open trenches containing water like that on East Street near to Independence D rive. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Left lane of Baillou Hill Road South to close on June 20 CHARLENE COLLIE, engineer and public relations representative for the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project speaks during a news briefing about a road closure on Baillou Hill Road.A lso shown is Sgt Garland Rolle of the Police Traffic Division of the Royal Bahamas Police Force. THE PHOTOGRAPH shows motorists traveling south on Baillou Hill Road south while workmen install a water main, as part of the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project.
By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE Bahamas Hotel Managers Union hopes the signing of a new contract for Our Lucaya workers will set the bar for labour relations and nego tiations throughout the country. The association signed what they termed a landmark industrial agreement yesterday between their members and hotel parent company Hutchinson Whampoa Limited. President of the association Obie Ferguson said he hopes the agreement will set the tone for all future labour relations. He said: The bickering, the undermining, discrediting and calling of names is not neces s ary we have to move away f rom this nonsense, as we will always have differences and need to learn how to negotiate. As Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort is the only major touristy entity in Grand Bahama, Mr Ferguson said the association thought it was prop er to come to Nassau to mark the signing of the industrial agreement. According to the union leader, due to a spirit of collab oration, negotiations lasted onlytwo days and an agreement was forged that protected the interests of the workers and the company. Mr Ferguson said the agree ment recognises the current economic climate in the Bahamas and while it was not exactly what everyone wanted,i t caters to the needs of both workers and managers. Labour and capital is a partnership that must co-exist with mutual respect and this industrial agreement ensures we have mechanisms in place to resolve any issues or differ ences, said Mr Ferguson. Melves Capron, managing director of Hutchinson Whampoa Limited, said the agreement represents a relationship vital to the progress of the resort. Benjamin Davis, recently appointed general manager of Our Lucaya in Freeport, said the management has a clear direction and will work dili gently to ensure that the resorti s viable paying particular attention to customer service. It is to safeguard everyones employment that we take care of our customers. No matter who they are or where they come from, we will work veryh ard to protect that, Mr Ferguson added. B y SANCHESKA BROWN C HINESE Ambassador Hu Shan has promised to increase tourism from China during his tenure but according to Minister of Tourism Vincent Vanderpool Wallace, this may be easier said than done. S peaking with T he Tribune y esterday, Mr Vanderpool Wallace said that w hile the Bahamas welcomes the idea of increased visitors from China, there are some major obstacles that must be addressed before this becomes a reali-t y. He said he met with the Ambassador o n Friday morning to discuss the opportunities as well as the challenges a ssociated with Chinese tourists. While it is wonderful to think these people will fly half way around the w orld to visit the Bahamas, it is just n ot the case. In order to make us more attract ive we are working on combining trips to the Bahamas with North America and offering it as a package deal, them inister said. Mr Wallace said the distance and t he cost associated with flying from China makes the Bahamas less attrac tive to people who live there. The airfare alone is expensive and w hen you factor in hotel and trans portation it is just not feasible for them. Therefore we are working on ways to lessen the cost and adding on the Bahamas into their travels may be more cost effective, rather than making us their primary destination, he said. T he minister said another major issue is making sure Chinese visitorsa re well received and that some people i n the Bahamas can speak Mandarin. I encourage members of the public t o study the language because the o pportunities than can come from it w ill be limitless in the near future as t here will be a large need for translators, he said. Mr Vanderpool Wallace says the g overnment is also looking at other avenues to attract Chinese travellers, including real estate investment opportunities. Earlier this month, the government announced plans to relax entry visa r equirements for Chinese visitors, streamlining them with the US, European and Canadian visitors who can enter the country without having to their local Bahamian embassy. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2011, PAGE 3 5(48,5(0(176 4 0F'RQDOGVRIIHUVH[FHOOHQWEHQHWV :$17('([SHULHQFHG %DFNKRH 2SHUDWRU&DOO Minister sees obstacles in boosting tourism from China Union hopes Our Lucaya deal will set tone for labour relations P OLICE are hunting for two thugs who robbed a man of his jewellery before shooting him. The 45-year-old victim was sitting inside his truck on Butler Alley, off Wulff Road, at 3 pm Thursday when he was approached by two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun, who demanded cash. Police were told the thugs stole the victim's jewellery t hen shot him in his side. D espite being wounded the victim was able to drive hims elf to hospital where, at last report, he was in stable condition, police said. Police want anyone with information on this latest shooting to contact 911, 919, the Central Detective Unit at 5029 991, 502-9910 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. Police tip A LTHOUGH jogging or walking is a great form of exercise many joggers become so preoccupied in their activity that they fail to be on the alert and pay attention to their surroundings, police said. The Royal Bahamas Police Force warned runners to always be on the alert, and pay attention to suspicious people, vehicles and activities. police BRIEFS THUGS ROB MAN OF JEWELLERY, SHOOT HIM MAKINGA POINT: Obie Ferguson, president of the Bahamas Hotel Management Association speaks as Melves Capron, managing director of Hutchison Wampoa looks on SIGNING: Benjamin Davis, general manager of Our Lucaya signs, wached by Obie Ferguson, president of the Bahamas Hotel Management Association. .. but Vanderpool-Wallace welcomes promise of Chinese Ambassador VINCENT VANDERPOOL-WALLACE INSIGHT F or the stories behind the news, read Insight o n Mondays
EDITOR, The Tribune. If I could, I would like to contribute to the letters column with the following piece regarding the Tracy Morgan affair. Tracy Morgan has noth ing to apologise for. His recent anti-gay rant waso bviously not intended to v ilify people with homosex ual tendencies. The comedians monol ogue was presented within the context of comedy and employed the known scien t ific facts about homosexuality namely, that it is an abnormal behaviour and a choice. Every search for a gay gene has failed. Hence, we can say with certainty that there is such a thing as just discrimination against practising homosexuals just as there is a form of just discrimination against sexual deviants like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Anthony Weiner and Tiger Woods. People who oppose homosexuality do so not b ecause they are haters, big o ts or uneducated that kind of language is the real bigotry in this debate but because theyve carefully thought through the nega t ive implications of homo s exuality for society at large. C AMILLE PERKINS Nassau, June 12, 2011. E DITOR, The Tribune. Teachers and ministry o fficials desire to give our s tudents a robust, technology enhanced education e xperience should be celebrated. A strong education syst em is the backbone of a strong economy. Ensuring our students are learning in 21st century classrooms should be applauded and if teachers and ministry officials are g oing the extra mile to help students build real-world, global skills, then we should s upport them. The cover story on Thursd ay, June 2nd, about the Ministry of Education enti-t led Thousands wasted in s pending spree, is a misrepresentation and a very narrow view of the technology plan. The Ministrys technology team is grounded in a robust training programme. Over the past three years, teachers have attended the Summer Olympics a hands-on professional development session where they l earned how to effectively use interactive whiteboards with lessons. During these s essions, certified Promethean trainers help t eachers build engaging lessons. Promethean offered free training to the ministry t o help get the process started and training is ongoing. T he ministry has several teachers trained and certified by Promethean that cano ffer continual training opportunities. T he result passionate t eachers who want to use the technology for every less on and teachers who do not w ant to share the one i nstructional tool that keeps students engaged. Is this bad?E ngaged students learn. I ndependent, third party research has shown that the u se of Promethean interactive technology dramatically improves learning outcomes s o much that students can learn in nine months what typically takes 12 months in a non-technology rich classroom. Most of the larger private schools in the Bahamas have i nstalled Promethean technologies. The ministry has made a s ound choice. By improving our schools, g iving our students a 21st century education, we canb etter the lives of our stud ents and strengthen our local economies. AMOURY COMPANY LTD Nassau, June 10, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm NASHVILLE, Tenn. Summer weather brings increased chances of elec-t rical storms, and two recent incidents in T ennessee underscore the dangers of light n ing. On Friday, a lightning strike during a thunderstorm set an apartment building afire in Memphis. Everyone inside e scaped unharmed, but damage was cons iderable. Five days earlier, lightning struck a building in Gallatin, starting a f ire that killed a woman who lived there. W hile it isn't possible to be completely safe from lightning, there are ways to reduce the chances of being harmed. The National Weather Service safety s logan cautions, "When thunder roars, go indoors." Take heed, urges Dr. Corey Slovis, c hairman of the Emergency Medical D epartment at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, because the consequences of being struck by lightning range from mild burns with no long-term complicat ions to instant death. T here were 29 lightning strike deaths nationwide in 2010, according to weather service statistics. None of them was in Tennessee, but the state has had 11 light n ing deaths since 2000. Among those who did die last year, half were struck while on a broad, flat surface and another 28 per cent of them were standing under trees. Most of the lightning patients Vanderb ilt gets were either working or playing w hen they were struck. "They are people who were out of doors on a golf course, coming in from the lake or out hiking or they were work i ng outside during a storm," Slovis said. T he injuries to people who take a direct lightning strike are horrific. Dr. Jeff Guy, who directs the hospital's burn unit, says among them are mus c le contractions so violent they can snap bones. Many people who suffer lesser lightning injuries don't initially feel bad effects, Guy said, but complications often develop. "There's a progressive paralysis that sets in over 24 to 48 hours," Guy said "They eventually can't feel anything from the neck down and can't breathe. "It comes on like a wave over their body," he said. While the condition is frightening and doctors put patients on ventilators to help them breathe, the symptoms don't last long. Subtle changes in behaviour and personality can show up even months lat-e r in some cases, however. Sometimes it takes a while to connect new behaviour to old injury. People lose their jobs, flunk out of school and it's because of a physical injury," Guy said. "We're asking those questions now (of patients)." While being indoors reduces the chance of being struck by lightning, it doesn't eliminate it. Stay away from any conductors; like light fixtures and piping," said Kevin B ouchet, a forecaster with the NWS in Nashville. Bouchet said water is a conductor, too, s o don't bathe or wash dishes at the kitchen sink during a thunderstorm. When outdoors, avoid being the tallest t hing around on a large flat surface. Get off golf courses, out of farm fields and off the lake. So where do those electrical charges that can have such disastrous conseq uences begin? As ice crystals banging into each other repeatedly within a cumulonimbus cloud,B ouchet said. "When pieces of graupel (tiny ice crystals) fly into each other, that's where the c harge separation occurs. Some become positive, others negative," he said. M iners and cavers should be safest in a t hunderstorm because lighting is the result of nature trying to balance the electrical c harge between the cloud and the surface of the Earth. Perhaps the second-safest place to be in a thunderstorm sits in the driveway. You would be relatively safe in your car," Bouchet said. The frame of a car forms what's called a Faraday cage and the lightning will travel around you, not through the passenger compartment. Bouchet takes a nearly philosophical view of the scientific need for lightning. He calls it nature seeking equilibrium something that will never be achieved. "The ship will never be righted," Bouchet said. (This article was written by Randall Dickerson of the Associated Press). Technology enhanced education is a sound choice LETTERS l email@example.com Summer brings increased lightning danger (5,/(7'25 3$'2/(2675((7 1DVVDX%DKDPDV $/3+21$,6(60,7+ 0&,17RI31DVVDX%DKDPDV TRA CY MORGAN DOESNOTNEED TO APOLOGISE FOR HIS ANTI-GAY RANT Share your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
A teenage girl who was reported missing by her fam i ly has returned home, police said. Isloventha Thomas, 16, of A ugusta Street was last seen on June 14 at 8 am when she left for school. Police said the girl returned to her home two days later, on June 16, the same day her picture was circulated to the media. However, the family of another young girl are still appealing to the public for help in finding the teenager. Sixteen-year-old Tyisha Adderley, of Airdale Drive in Joan's Heights, was last seen on May 2. The C V Bethel High School student left her home dressed in her school uniform and never returned. A nyone with information on her whereabouts should contact police at 919, 911, theC entral Detective Unit at 502-9991, 502-9910 or the nearest police station. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2011, PAGE 5 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% 1 0.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.200-16.6 1.88% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.856.940.091,0000.2130.10032.61.44% 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% 11.968.48Cable Bahamas8.488.480.001.0580.3108.03.66% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.802.800.005920.4380.0406.41.43% 8.338.33Commonwealth Brewery8.338.330.008000.0000.0000.00.00% 7 .006.00Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.876.870.003240.4960.26013.93.78% 2.191.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.751.760.010.1110.04515.92.56% 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% 10.809.80J. 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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. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 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 2029T UESDAY, 14 JUNE 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,419.56 | CHG 0.68 | %CHG 0.05 | YTD -79.95 | YTD % -5.33BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015 W W W.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% Interest 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A s k $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1 0.065.01Bahamas 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 Fund2.5997-4.43%-16.29% 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 Fund8.78964.66%16.69% 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 31-May-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 I am vex at the number of grown men I have seen urinating on public streets with no shame or pride. In the past few weeks I came across three differentmen relieving themselves for all to see on the side of the road one was standing next to a Porta-Potty on Bank Lane, how's that for irony. "When I passed them, they all looked at me as if I ain' have no sense and that their lewd, disgusting behaviour is completely normal. How can we move forward as a nation when our grey haired men don't even have the sense tofind a restaurant bathroom to go in? This is why we are considered a third world nation,not because of our development but because of our stunted mentality. Also as a young, single woman it scaresme to know that a man can have his private parts out like that, how am I to know he ain' ga turn around and try rape me?" Vex at perverts "I vex when I sees two men in wheelchairs, one on each corner on the busy area around Nassau Street and Boyd Road. It is sad that they have to be soliciting money a nd worse that they do so on the busy road," Vex "I am deeply disturbed that in these last days of so many things being preached about in church by the pastors, that only one denomination appears to show their faith an' s preading the teachings of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by going into the 'poor' neighbourhoods and talking and listening to you," Respectful "I is vex because when I went to register, one person 'acking funny' when they is bea sking you if you is gon' be swearing, and I has to tells them that I is a Christian per son. I is sometimes be tempt ed though when people is yuck up my vexation," Regis tered Voter. "I am vex that we as a sovereign nation with highly qualified lawyers, some of whom have even been recognized by their peers in other countries and have been awarded many letters behind their names still have to go abroad to have judged some of the allegedly worst criminals only to find out other wise. "Question, what is the point of graduating when you still have to have the former teacher deal with your client?" Crime victim "I am vex that the police motorbikes can be speeding and tearing up the roads when they wants to escort the politi cians without stopping at any of the streets and yet they are unable to do anything about catching the highly dangerous motorcyclists who 'popping wheelies' all around the cars an' going through red lights," Puzzled. I vex dat some Haitian Bahamian leaders are saying/admitting that there are thousands of Haitians without 'papers' in little Nassau which is true, but have never yet heard them encourage those who may want to return to Haiti some 60 miles from our borders, or lifted a finger to help those who want to," Patriotic Bahamian. "I am vex because drivers on the road are so mean-spirited that they would not even let you out of some of these corners but I continue to do so because I hold my Christian beliefs," Motorist "I am happy because (a friend) helped me to get a sweet watermelon at the Pro duce Exchange on Potters Cay," Shopper. Are you vex? Send complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org. WHY YOU VEX? By SANCHESKA BROWN THE BAHAMAS Pharmacy Association is boasting two major accomplishments winning the bid to host a Commonwealth Pharmacy Conference and having a Bahamian elected to serve as vice president of the Commonwealth Pharmacists Association. President of the BPA Dr Marvin Smith said the association is pleased to announce that at the 2011 CPA in Durban, SouthA frica, the Bahamas was selected to host the upcoming 2013 conference, outbidding more than 40 other countries. The conference is a gathering of pharmacy leaders and professionals from more than 51 commonwealth and affiliate non-commonwealth countries. Dr Smith said: It is anticipated that the conference will provide thousands of guests the opportunity to embrace and celebrate the sweeping advances that have been recently accomplished in the practice of pharmacy in the Bahamas. It will also allow Bahamianst o showcase our stellar tourism product, diverse culture and warm friendly people. He said the conference will last four days but the BPA intends to offer participants packages of up to seven days, to give them ample time to view not just New Providence also some Family Islands. Aside from being chosen to be the host country for the event, the BPA is celebrating another bold achievement. The associations official representative to the CPA Philip G ray, was elected to the post of vice president the first Bahamian to hold such a post. Mr Gray will also chair the local organising committee for the 2013 conference. I am humbled and proud to be chosen. This is simply a reflection of the achievements the BPA is making not only in the country but also in the Caribbean. There is only one moment I can think of that would surpass this and it is the passage of the landmark 2009 Pharmacy Act, Mr Gray said. Dr Smith added that the local organising committee has partnered with government agencies such as the Ministry of Tourism as well as several corporate entities to ensure that every sector of the country has a stake in this opportunity. He also said they are working hard to ensure the thousands of people they anticipate will come, will enjoy a real Bahamian experience. Dr Smith thanked all corporate partners for helping the BPA host the conference. Recent host countries include: Ghana, Malaysia, Australia and Jamaica. Double boost for Bahamas Pharmacy Association n C ountry chosen to host conference n Bahamian elected to top position PRESENTATION: The A mbassador Designate of the Kingdom of Norway to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, John P etter Opdahl, pres ents his Letters of Credence to Governor-General SirA rthur Foulkes at Government House on June 16, 2011. B IS Photo / Kristaan Ingraham By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Six persons were arrested after police executed a search warrant at a residence in the Freeport area. Assistant Superintendent Loretta Mackey, public affairs and communication officer, said the arrests were made at 5am Thursday at a residence on Oleander Street. During a search of the res idence, Drug Enforcement Unit officers discovered a .38 revolver with four rounds of ammunition. A small quantity of sus pected marijuana was also found. The six occupants of the home were arrested and taken into custody charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm, ammunition and dan gerous drugs. Police said investigations are continuing. SIX ARRES TED AFTER PR OPERTY SEARCH GIRL REPORTED MISSING RETURNS HOME news BRIEFS
BY DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter d firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Six acres of l and is being cleared for the c onstruction of a new $80 million power plant on Grand B ahama. Grand Bahama Power C ompany signed an agreem ent with Burmeister & W ain Scandinavian Contract or and MAN Diesel & Turbo a few weeks ago to construct a new 52 mega-watt HFO diesel plant. The new plant will be built a djacent to GBPCs steam plant on Queens Highway. Once the site clearing is complete, construction of the physical plant will commence later this month. It will prov ide employment for some 70 p ersons. We are excited to have bulldozers on site and clearingg etting underway, noted Sarah MacDonald, GBPCs new president and CEO. The new plant is proceedi ng on schedule and providing much needed construction jobs to the local community. T he new facility is expected t o provide more reliable generation and stabilise power rates for customers. In the past, residents and businesses experienced frequent power outages due to e quipment failures. The high c ost of electricity along with inefficiencies in power were major issues for residents asw ell as some industrial businesses. Stake L ast December, the Power Company announced that Emera had acquired the 55.4p er cent stake in the company held by Japanese conglomer ate, Marubeni. E mera's $82 million purchase of Marubenis stake values 100 per cent of Grand Bahama Power Company atj ust over $148 million, and takes its total investment in the monopoly power provider t o $123 million, having spent $41 million on acquiring the 50 per cent ICD Utilitiesi nterest previously held by L ady Henrietta St George. It was also during that time Chris Huskilson, Emerasc hief executive, revealed plans of a new plant that would begin in early 2011. I n the meantime, the com pany installed 54 rental generator units in April as supplemental generation to meett he electricity demands in the summer. This coupled with the 1 0mw units added last year June amounts to 45 mw of supplemental generation for the island. The new plant is expected to be completed in 2012, providing a long term solution for reliable power and stabilising rates to customers. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Grants Town Wesley Methodist Church(Baillou Hill Rd & Chapel Street) P.O.Box CB-13046 The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427(www.gtwesley.org)SUNDAY JUNE 19TH, 2011Theme: "Like Good Stewards of The Manifold Grace of God, Serve One Another With Whatever Gift Each of You Have Received."7:00 a.m.Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Mathilda Woodside 11:00 a.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Womens Fellowship 7:00 p.m. Sis. Rosemary Williams/Bro. Jamicko Forde GB Power company starts work for new $80 million plant By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com W ITH only a week left to go, candidates in the local government elections are in full campaign mode here on Grand Bahama. Some candidates have gone all out and erected huge billboards at major intersec-t ions throughout the island urging residents t o vote for them. This years election is slated for June 23 and some 62 persons were nominated as candidates. Some 30 seats are being contested in three d istricts eight in the City of Freeport District; 12 in the East Grand Bahama district; a nd 10 in the West Grand Bahama district. Some candidates have even teamed up together to form alliances in an effort to share campaign costs. This week candidates are making phone calls to constituents and distributing flyers door to door in various constituencies. Councilor Fritz Thompson hopes to be re-elected in the High Rock constituency in the City of Freeport district. Calls I am making calls to many residents in t he High Rock asking for their continued support this year, said the businessman who has been elected for two consecutive terms. Candidates have also employed aides to distribute flyers to constituents in the e venings. C hervita Campbell, a candidate for High R ock in the City of Freeport district, and her campaign aides were out until late Tuesday e vening distributing flyers and knocking on doors to solicit support from residents. Ms Campbell, a lecturer, is running as a candidate for the first time. Her father who is also running has served as councilor in the City of Freeport district. Persons are allowed two hours to vote b etween 8am to 6pm and must bring a curr ent voters card. All of the polling divisions that are used in the general elections will be o pened for voting. Local Government was implemented under the Free National Movement Administration in 1996. Byron Woodside, minister o f state for lands and local government, has s aid that the abuse of public funds for nepot ism and political partisanship will not be tolerated. H e has warned local government officials to exercise prudent, discretionary spending of taxpayers money. Mr Woodside noted that the greatest weakness in the local government system has been the lack of consistent bank reconciliation in all districts. It is anticipated that to eliminate this i mpediment, a training programme of clerical staff is proposed for the ensuing fiscal p eriod to create uniformity and consistency in accounting and reporting of financial data, he said. Local government candidates in full campaign mode n GRANDBAHAMA LANDCLEARANCE: Local contractor Waugh Construction has been busy this week clearing land for the new Grand Bahama Power Generation Plant.
THETRIBUNE PAGE 9SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2011 DAVIS CUP BAHAMAS SPLIT FIRST TWO GAMES THE Bahamas Davis Cup t eam split their first two games in Group B of the American Zone II tie at the Club de Tenis Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, Bolivia. A fter blanking Aruba 3-0 i n their first match on Wednesday, the Bahamas lostb y identical score to Bolivia o n Thursday. The Bahamas was scheduled to play against G uatemala yesterday to determine the final position. Against Aruba, Devin M ullings knocked off Gian Hodgson 6-4, 6-0; Marvin Rolle def. Ibian Hodgson 6-3, 6-2 and Jamal Adderley and Marvin Rolle def. Mitchell De Jong and Gian Hodgson 6-1, 7-6 (3 A gainst Bolivia, Mullings lost 6-3, 6-4 to Mauricio Doria-Medina; Marvin Rolle lost 6-4, 6-1 to Federico Z eballos and the team of J amal Adderley and Marvin Rolle fell 6-3, 6-2 to Mauric io Doria-Medina and Federico Zeballos. The Bahamas, captained by John Farrington, was scheduled to play against Barbados i n their final match of the round play yesterday, but no r esults were available. The playoffs is set for today. T he top two teams at the e nd of the tournament will be promoted to Group II for 2012. SWIMMING CCC AN TEAM THE Bahamas Swimming F ederation announces the CCCAN Team 2011. The team will be departing for the CCCAN Swimming Champi onships to be held in Mayaquez, Puerto, Rico from June 25th July 1st. M embers of the team are as follows: 11-12 Age group A ndreas Weech, Simone S turrup, Gershwin Greene and Jared Fitzgerald. 13-14 Age group Taryn Smith, Laura Morley, Kohen Kerr, Dionisio Carey and Dustin Tynes. 1 5-17 Age group Bria Deveaux, Mancer Roberts, Evante Gibson, T'AurenM oss and Laron Morley. 18 & Over McKayla Lightbourn, Jenna Chaplin, Ariel Weech, Ashley Butler, Michael McIntosh, Chadeau Wilson, Inoa Charlton and Armando Moss. SOFTBALL NPSA ACTION THE New Providence Softball Association contin ued its regular season action on Thursday night with another double heaser on tap at the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. In the ladies opener, the Wildcats pounded the Sea Star Pheonis 18-3 as Vernie Curry tossed a six-hitter for the win over Charlene Cambridge, who gave up 10 hits. Khatrel Dorsett went 2for-4 with three RBI, scoring a run; Candice Smith and Donnette Edwards were both 2-for-2 with a RBI and two runs; Maryann Fowler was 1-for-2 with two RBI and two runs scored and Cedricka Clarke was 1-for-2 with three runs scored. In the mens feature contest, New Breed pounded the Dorsey Park Boys 15-8 as Deval Storr and David Nathan combined for the win. Eugene Pratt got the loss in relief in of Shawn Adderley. Martin Burrows was 2-for3 with two RBI and two runs scored; Ken Wood 2-for-4, two RBI and two runs scored; Eugene Pratt was 2-for-3 with two RBI andtwo runs scored and Javon Saunders was 2-for-2 with three RBI and two runs scored. Philip Johnson 1-for-3 with two RBI and Keanu Thompson was 1-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored. sports NOTES By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org GENO Bullard calls him a coachs dream. His teammates hail his tenaci-t y and his basketball IQ. But his rivals d read playing against him. M eet Marako Lundy. A t 6-feet, 4-inches, the 18-year gradu ate of Westminster College, who r ecently led the Diplomats to a historic Bahamas Association of Independent S econdary Schools senior boys title, h as been awarded with an athletic schola rship to attend Niagara College in C anada. Come August, he will be reuniting w ith his former Diplomat and No Bull B asketball Club teammate Rashad Gonzo Morley, who too was helped o ff to Canada by Bullard. B ullard, the coach at both Westmins ter and No Bull, said the key to any basketball coach is to find the best situation for their players to be able to excel at the next level to further their education and their athletic pursuits. He said hes thrilled to have been a ble to do the same for Lundy. Im very proud of him. A lot of peop le get to see these boys at this level r ight here, but from the junior days, t hese guys were able to keep their focus a nd their discipline, Bullard said. C oming from the Baintown area, Bullard said Lundy could have easily been distracted and got himself in some type of mischief as a result of his surrounding. But this young man come to school every day. He listens, he doesnt back talk. Hes a hard worker, said Bullard, who likens Lundy to a Michael Jordan when it comes to his work ethic. Even though he do a lot of things that get me angry sometimes, he goes o ut there and he play the game the best t hat he know how. You dont find that i n a lot of young men. A s a shooting guard, Lundy has avera ged about 30 points per game as he take advantage of his ability to mix his game by driving inside and shooting the ball very well from the outside. Hes a coachs dream right now for any athletic programme, Bullard said. So Im proud to say that he came from the trenches and he can now use his ability to go on and better his life through basketball. Accumulating a 3.5 grade point guard, Lundy was awarded the student-athlete award as well as for athletics and academ ics for English literature. I ts part of the credentials that has c oach Steve Atkin brimming with e xcitement as he waits for Lundy to play in the line-up with Morley. I think its going to be very exciting t o have both of these young men in our p rogramme, Atkin said. We had R ashad as a part of our programme and he was a tremendous success. We got a chance to see Marako when he came here with coach Bullard and we have been impressed with hisa thleticism, so Im very keen on having him join our team this year. Atkin noted that last year Morley fitted in quite well in their rotation and would be the man to watch in the mid-d le this year, along with the the outs ide shooting of Lundy. H aving gotten his roots in the sport o n the Southern Recreation Grounds, Lundy said it was during that time that he started attending the summer campsa nd playing at HO Nash under coaches T errance King and Van Hutchinson. T he latter, according to Lundy, encouraged him to take the game m ore serious and after he started play i ng with coach Bullards son, Geno Bullard Jr., he got involved in one of their practices and the rest was history. I told Geno to tell his daddy that I wanted to join his team, but I was a lit tle shy, Lundy said. Im all grown up now because of what he was able to install in me. Hes been like a second father to m e. He pushes me the most. He rows me a lot. He wants me to get better. If h e didnt care about me, I dont think he w ould row me so much. T hrough Bullards insistence, Lundy has stepped up his game every year and f or the second consecutive year, he was v oted as the most valuable player of t he Diplomats championship team. B ut of all four victories, Lundy said h e would definitely cherish the last one they achieved this year because it was my last at Westminster and I really wanted to leave with another championship. As he prepares to leave Bullard and t he many teammates and rivals, Bullard repeated what he said when he saw his son, Bullard Jr and even Morley depart, its going to be hard to see them go. But I will always be there. I will always be his coach. I was always be a part of the programme that he is going too, Bullard said. Im just glad to be able to say that I had a hand in helping him to became someone in life. Marako Lundy: A coachs dream THE Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations pro file of the elite and collegiate athletes preparing for partici pation in the BTC National Open Track and Field Championships at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex next weekend continues today. BAAAs public relations officer Alpheus Hawk Fin layson puts the spotlight on quarter-miler Shaunae Miller Miller was born in Nassau on the 15th of April, 1994. She attends St. Augustines College. Prior to this she attended Christian Heritage Schools and CW Saunders. In 2010 Miller, whose parents are Shaun and Mabeline Miller, won the Carifta Games, setting a new Under17 record of 53.37sec. She won the Jr. CAC 400m in Santo Domingo. In July of 2010 Miller cap tured the 400m at the World Junior Championships in Moncton, Canada in 52.52sec. She established a new Bahamian Junior record of 52.45sec in the semi-final. Her best time in the 200m is 23.70sec. Miller is the grand-niece of Olympian Leslie Miller, the first Bahamian to run the 400m under 47 sec. She was voted the Athlete of the Year at the BAAA Year End Awards Luncheon. SHAUN AE MILLER Athlete s Pr ofile: SHAUNAE Miller is shown winning the under-17 girls 400 metres at the Jr. CAC Championships. M ARAKO L undy poses with awards. MARAKO Lundy and coach Geno Bullard share a moment. Im very proud of him. A lot of people get to see these boys at this level right here, but from the junior days, these guys were able to keep their focus and their discipline. Geno Bullar d
SPORTS PAGE 10, SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS CAYMAN travelled to G rand Bahama this past weekend with over 40 kids and 20t ravelling coaches and g uardians to play in a weeke nd of rugby not seen in The Bahamas for many years. With the Freeport youth p rogramme only 10 weeks old it was going to be a true test ofc haracter for the kids playing. Peter Beirne, Freeport's Youth D evelopment Officer, had done a great job in getting ready two under 12's teams a nd one under 10's team. Throughout the past ten weeks Beirne has been visit i ng schools and enrolling kids i n the Saturday morning pro gramme. He has had assistance from former playersN igel Kirkby and Kirk Antoni, who ably sorted out 3 teams ready to play on Saturday m orning. The first day was a round robin tournament for both under 10's and under 12's and t he afternoon was full of fan tastic free flowing rugby with the Freeport boys getting stronger and stronger with each game. Cayman, who were fantastic tourists and a credit to the Cayman Rugby Union, were m uch more advanced technically but found it difficulta gainst the enthusiastic F reeport teams. Every Freeport junior played their heart out and every credit goes to thesej uniors who played so well and with so much spirit," notedF reeport Rugby Club President Rob Spellor. A t the end of the afternoon Cayman won both the Under 12 and Under 10 tournaments b ut not without working very hard for each victory. A good crowd had shown their supportf or Freeport's finest and everyo ne looked forward to the Sun day Internationals. "I loved every minute of it," s aid Gareth Kirkby, one of the under 12 Captains. "The Cayman teams were great to play w ith and we learned so much from them. They've been playing since some of them were four so we have alot of catch i ng up to do!" Sunday came along and at 11.30am the national anthems were played followed by the two international games. Both games proved to be full of flowing rugby and hard tackling. F irst the Under 10's started, and were soon 3 tries to zerod own after one quarter. Howe ver, after each period the B ahamas got better to the point where Cayman didn't score in the final two periodsb ut eventually won the game 5 tries to 2. N ext up, the Under 12's played their best game. Caym an started well with some great rugby but once again each minute that passed the B ahamas team grew in confi dence and the tackling by the juniors was awesome. S ome tired legs on both s ides started to show but with Cayman only leading 3 tries to 1 the game was closely m atched and seemingly The Bahamas was within a shout of winning. U nfortunately time ran out and Cayman had secured victory in both internationals ... but not without a fight. I t was a great weekend of rugby and great playing by both sides. Young friendships were made and hopefully the weekend can be repeated with the Bahamas winning the next time. Cayman visits GB for weekend rugby event ABOVE is action from the Cayman Islands visit to Grand Bahama where they played against a number of local teams.
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2011, PAGE 11 l ast July after crash-landing a plane he allegedly stole in Indiana, pleaded guilty under an agreement with prosecutors that prevents him from profiting from his crimes. According to the plea deal, the Washington-state native could be sentencedt o a maximum of 78 months in prison and will be ordered to pay more than $1.4million in restitution when he is sentenced in October. Harris-Moore, who was named a suspect in a two-year wave of some 80 crimes across nine Western and Mid-w estern States, British Columbia and the Bahamas, also faces trial in state court, where five Washington counties have filed a combined 40 criminal counts a gainst him. "Mr Harris-Moore's flight from justice has ended. He will spend a significant amount of time in prison and he will not make a dime from his crimes," US Attor-n ey Jenny Durkan said outside court after the sentencing hearing. Under the 28-page plea agreement, H arris-Moore, a high school dropout and self-taught pilot who gained an Internet following as he allegedly taunted author-i ties on the run, must forfeit any financial gain from telling his story. He pleaded guilty to two counts of b ank burglary, two counts of interstate transportation of a stolen aircraft and one count each of interstate and foreign transportation of a stolen firearm, beinga fugitive in possession of a firearm, piloting an aircraft without a valid license, a nd interstate transportation of a stolen vessel. Those charges were contained in a seven-count indictment unsealed at the start of the hearing. H arris-Moore, who grew up in the Puget Sound community of Camano Island, north of Seattle, is accused ofs tealing boats and planes to hop from one island to another in Puget Sound as he stayed one step ahead of authorities. H e is accused of flying one stolen aircraft about 1,000 miles from Indiana to the Bahamas last year. It was there hew as finally captured by Bahamian police who shot out the engine of a boat in which he was trying to make a getaway. Harris-Moore was extradited back to Seattle to face the federal charges. FROM page one AREFOOT BANDIT ADMITS SEVEN FEDERAL CHARGES f orming off South Ocean w ere posted on Facebook, and South Florida news organisations had reported evidence of a storm cell form-ing over Nassau. A t 12.41pm, a severe w eather warning marked .30pm was issued by NEMA. In addition, it was stated as ending at .30am although it was later marked 1.30pm. O fficials from the Met o ffice and NEMA seemed to have conflicting explanations for the delays. Basil Dean, deputy director of the Met Department said if The Tribune and the public received the information late, this was perhapsb ecause they are not on the Met offices official mailing list. H owever, NEMA commander Stephen Russell seemed to suggest the delays originated on Mr Deans end. He said: We will have to take this up with the Met Department. We didnt gett hat alert (for 1.50pm on Wednesday) until 2.05pm. The system was already upon us. We did our best to then get it out to BIS (Bahamas I nformation Services) and Z NS, but we had no time. Mr Russell said he plans to discuss the matter with Meto fficials with an eye to streamlining the informationd issemination process so the p ublic has enough time to p repare for any eventuality. CONCERN OVER HANDLING OF VIOLENT STORMS FROM page one tion. I never told that to my wife, my children, never toldi t to my best friend, never told i t to the people in the political o rganisation that I lead," Mr C hristie told T he Tribune y esterday. No one who is close to me could say that," Mr Christie said. He added that he did notf orge close relationships with A merican diplomats in 2008, t he year Mr Gibson left the PLP, and did not discuss his political future with them. Although he conceded Mr Gibson's exodus was a blowt o the PLP and to his image, Mr Christie said he redeemed himself after he won 84 per cent of his party's vote in his re-election bid at the party's 2009 convention. He added t hat the PLP's victory in the 2 010 Elizabeth by-election was another redeeming fac tor which strengthened the p arty. "The whole Kenyatta Gibson thing meant nothing to m e. In fact I thought I had transferred a problem I had to the FNM and I thought God bless them. I went on to the (PLP's tion and scored a very successful victory and went into the by-election and won." T he PLP leader conceded he paid a "political price" for n ot demanding that Mr Gibson and former Mount Moriah MP Keod Smith leave the party after having a scuffle in t he Cabinet room in 2006. D espite opposition in some quarters, both men were nomi nated to represent the party i n the 2007 general election. Mr Gibson won over FNM newcomer Michael Turnquest while Mr Smith was defeated b y National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest. "At the end of the day t here is no doubt that I suff ered as a result of what people perceived to be my r esponse to the fight in Cabin et. Clearly after the fight there was a body of opinion that felt Kenyatta nor Keod S mith ought to be nominated to contest the seats (in 2007). "I paid a price on Kenyatta so when he left I would have been disappointed that someo ne I made that commitment for (resigned p ens in politics and we moved on to demonstrate that the party has grown stronger asa result of it." T he men were not booted f rom the party because Mr Christie believed in second c hances. He claimed that the a ltercation was just a heated moment that was exaggerated by political opponents. "The fight I think was i ntensely blown out of proportion. I had always had a commitment to the redemp t ive power of a second c hance. (From all accounts it was one of those sparks that t ook place and everyone m oved on. "Politics being what it is, it was near election time and t he FNM blew it up. When we reviewed the matter our opinion was they should not be disqualified," Mr Christie said. Christie: I never considered quitting over Gibson departure an attorney and former Mount Moriah MP who lost his reelection bid in 2007, and another reported challenger, political newcomer Charmaine Austin about their aspirations. He added that the PLP's constitution allows other members to openly vie against an incumbent for a nomination, but said he has to intervene to end any perceived bad blood within the party. "On the basis of the PLP's constitution, people are free to go and apply, however unsettling it may be to the incumbent. They've taken advantage of the PLP's constitution, I recognise that, but my appeal will be based on the best interest of the party, a nd continuing this way is not in the best of the interest of the PLP." Earlier this month, Mr Smith confirmed reports he has started a public campaign against Mr Forbes, his PLP colleague. He said he will keep his name in the ring before the PLP's candidate selection committee, and God willing" will be named the party's hopeful for the upcoming general election. "There are some in the PLP who quite wrongly feel that a sitting incumbent has an automatic right to the candidacy for a subsequent nomination. Not only is this view deeply harmful to any nomination process, it is also anti-democratic and peculiarly nonPLP," Mr Smith said earlier this month. SOUTH ANDROS FIGHT NOT IN BEST INTEREST OF THE PLP F ROM page one FROM page one K enyatta Gibson
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, SATURDAY, JUNE 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE STUDENTS at Claridge Primary School have learned the importance of keeping their environment clean througha newly formed Pride Club. The youngsters have also learned to have pride in their work, environment and lives outside of the classroom due to the initiative. "Each day excited students competed to keep their assigned areas clean. Many students joined the club and daily collected bags of litter. The Pride Club was formed out of concern for students lack of self pride in deportment, classwork and their environment in and out of the classroom," said a teacher at the school. The Blue Marlin, Pink Flamingoes, Yellow Elders and Green Flag Barriers are all subgroups of the Pride Club at the school. Wendy's and McDonalds were main sponsors of the club and donated coupons used as an incentive for the group's activities. The school also thanked the teachers who supervise the club's members: Ethlyn Johnson, Donnella McCoy, Allyson Mycklewhyte, Tonia Ferguson, Nathalie Chuno, Edith McClain and Katherine Rose Principal. T HE government says it is k eeping its commitment to redev elop Montagu foreshore includi ng restoration and reclamation of Montagu Beach and enhancement of the green area around the foreshore. O ther upgrades to the Mont agu foreshore will address fish vending activities, use of the boat r amp, traffic flow and parking facilities, the government said in a statement. Public Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant said the r ecreational area will be a family seaside park and picnic spot that a ll Bahamians can be proud of. M r Grant was among presenters at a recent town meeting to discuss the Montagu Beach improvement project. Also in attendance was Loretta Butler-Turner MP for Mon-t agu; Earl Deveaux, Minister of t he Environment; and permanent secretaries Colin Higgs and Diana Lightbourne. Members ofthe Montagu Vendors Association were also present. TOWN MEETING HELD TO DISCUSS PROPOSED PLANS FOR MONTAGU BEACH AND FORESHORE Claridge Primary School forms the Pride Club ENVIRONMENT Minister Earl Deveaux speaks. Also pictured, from left, are: Neko Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport; Loret ta Butler-Turner, MP for Montagu; and Colin Higgs, Permanent Secretary. P ICTURED a re members of the audience in attendance at town meeting for Montagu beach improvements. P UBLIC W orks and Transport Mini ster Neko Grant gives remarks. D R KEVIN B ogue, coastal engi neer, is pictured making a point. L E T I S H A H E N D E R S O N / B I S P h o t o s