N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Young mum 60th murder victim Volume: 107 No.170MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLYSUNNY, T-STORM HIGH 90F LOW 80F I N S I G H T SEEPAGE12B S P O R T S Moving away from chalk and talk SEESPORTSINSECTIONE National Swimming Championships B y MEGAN REYNOLDS a nd DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Staff Reporters email@example.com A YOUNG mother was shot dead this weekend in a brutal murder recorded as the 60th in the country this year. The 24-year-old mother of two, unofficially named as K enisha McBride, was shot in the head while sitting in a car outside her ex-boyfriends house at around 10pm on Sat u rday. When police arrived at the scene she was rushed to hos p ital by Emergency Medical Services and died at around 11pm leaving two young chil dren without a mother. Her own mother was too d istraught to speak to T he T ribune y esterday. Tribune sources confirmed Ms McBrides ex-boyfriend,s aid to have been the father of one of her children, was questioned by police immediate ly after the shooting. He was reportedly sitting in the car with her when she was shot outside his home in R oyal Bahamian Estates, Freeport. W oman shot in head while sitting in car TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM www.rbcroyalbank.com/caribbean The Lion & Globe symbol and RBC are registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. RBC FINCO puts the MORE in Mortgage BLOCKBUSTER MORTGAGE SPECIALStill renting? With our special low rates*, you can get the mortgage you need and make your move today,PLUS enter to WIN $7,500!Contact your nearest RBC FINCO branch for more information. Offer ends July 31, 2011. *Special conditions apply. THE Bahamas support of a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution passed last week affirming equal rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender ( GLBT) is a move that has b een a long time coming, a ccording to local human a nd gay rights activist Erin G reene. T he resolution, which was narrowly passed in the council in Geneva, Switzerland, expressed grave concern about discrimination against gays throughout the world and affirmed that freedom t o choose sexuality is a human right. Its been a long time c oming for a country that BAHAMAS SUPPORT FOR UN GAY RIGHTS RESOL UTION A LONG TIME COMING SEE page 11 A N ELDERLY woman was found dead following a fire at her house in Green Castle, Eleuthera, on Satur-d ay. Flames destroyed the single-storey wooden house in t he Queens Highway and the body of the 88-year-old woman was found after fire f ighters from Green Castle a nd volunteers from Tarpum Bay extinguished the blaze. The grandmother is said to h ave lived in the home with her grandson, a police officer on the island. Police are investigating the c ause of the fire which began at around 6pm on Saturday. It is not know yet whether a rson or murder is suspected. Anyone with any information which may assist investigations should call police on 911/919 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328TIPS (8477 SEE page 11 ELDERLY WOMAN DIES IN HOUSE FIRE By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SPORADIC power cuts have intensified fears among Abaco residents of inconsistent electricity supply during the scorching summer months. Up to press time, officials were unavailable for comment on the widespread power outages in Hope Town, Green Turtle Cay and Marsh Harbour over the weekend. The failures were said to have lasted up to two hours at a time and have opened up old wounds among residents and potential visitors, according to Abaco Chamber of Commerce president Michael Albury. Mr Albury said. Both secSEE page 12 POWER CUTS SPARK RESIDENTS FEARS FOR THE SUMMER P RIME Minister Hubert Ingraham is expected to table a number of amendments to the Parliamentary Act today. Proposed changes will reflect recommendations made by the recent election court cases, and will follow the closure of the current register on July 14. Eligible voters in the Bahamas are urged to register before the deadline, as the data will be used by the Boundaries Commission to determine the size and number of constituencies to be named for the 2012 general election. The Parliamentary Registration Depart SEE page 12 AMENDMENTS TO PARLIAMENTARY ACT EXPECTED TO BE TABLED TODAY AMENDMENTS: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham INVESTIGATIONS continue into the theft a safe containing a large sum of money from the Acklins administrators office. Last week, police reported that two men ages 32 and 37 were in custody in connection with the matter. Superintendent Paul Rolle, officer in charge of the Central Detective Unit (CDU The Tribune yesterday that three persons had in fact been taken into custody for questioning and had been released. We are still conducting investigations in relation to the matter in Acklins. We are not ready to lay any charges as yet but we are following some leads, Superintendent Rolle said. A safe containing a large sum of money was stolen from the office of Gregory Knowles, Government administrator to Acklins, over the Whit SEE page 12 LEADS FOLLOWED IN ADMINISTRATORS OFFICE CASH THEFT PROBE H AVINGASWINGINGTIMEONFATHERSDAY ADAYOUTWITHDAD: Phichol Clarke pushes his daughter, three-year-old Ashley Clarke, on a swing yesterday as they spent some quality time on Fathers Day at Saunders Beach. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE L AVAR MAJOR a nd his daught er Lanae check out the vehicles o n Saturday at the Sunshine A uto Fathers Day Car Show h eld at the Town Centre mall. F elip Major / Tribune staff GEARING UP FOR FATHERS DAY WEEKEND AT CAR SHOW
By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com T HE mysterious disapp earance of nearly a dozen wild horses who once wandered through hundreds of acres in south Eleuthera has sparked a local police investigation. Concerned animal rights activists fear farmers who complain the wild horsesa re eating their crops and harming their industry have captured and killed the ani-m als, or sent them off to be ridden at tourist resorts. The burnt body of a young foal, under eight m onths old, was found two weeks ago, and the grey stallion who had led the s maller of two herds on the i sland is said to have been s hot, because he was too bigitty. An animal rights activist, w ho does not want to be named for fear of reprisals, a lso suspects poisoned bananas have been left out for the animals. I dont know if any of it is true but the horses are d isappearing and its very m ysterious, she said. We dont know what has h appened to them, its a m ystery and its really sad. They are the most beautiful things and they have just been brutalised. Police are working on it to find out what the real truth is, but they have nop roof so far. F armers have complained the horses were eating their banana crops and when they spoke up about howt he animals were harming their livelihood the government department of agriculture sent the farmers wire fencing to protect their c rops. B ut the farmers are said t o have chosen not to erect t he fences and may be targ etting the horses instead, t he animal rights advocate said. Evidence of animal cru elty was made clear when a colt, a male foal, was tied to a tree by his left leg which snapped when he was s tartled and tried to run, the animal advocate said. Peo ple nursed the colt back toh ealth over six months b efore they released him in the wild, but now he also seems to have vanished, sources said. T he horses are believed to have been brought to Rock Sound Farm inE leuthera in the 1950s and released to roam the area when the farm closed later that decade. Thick wood l ands stretching between R ock Sound and Tarpum Bay sustained the herds with wild fruits such asg uavas and mangoes, and the horses grew fat and healthy and successfully bred, locals said. There were two distinct herds of nine and four horse s around two years ago, a nd now just three are thought to remain. Legislation protects wild horses from being harassed u nder the Wild Animal P rotection Act and police i n Governors Harbour are a ctively working to enforce it. Supt Elburt Ferguson said: Its too early to say anything conclusive, but its been brought to our attent ion and it is something we are concerned about. There clearly might have b een some breaches of the Wild Animal Protection Act and we want to get to t he bottom of it so our i nvestigations continue. A nyone with any inform ation relating to the disa ppearance of the horses s hould call police in Governors Harbour on 242332-2117 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS (8477 LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011, PAGE 3 RESIDENT S DEMAND INDEPENDENT ADMINIS TRATIVE SER VICES MANGROVE Cay residents are staging a protest as they demand independent adminis trative services for their settlement. Residents bemoaned the inconvenience of not having their own satellite local govern ment office, which forced a cost ly commute to South Andros. One resident said: Road traffic comes from South Andros only once a week, if you want to get a drivers licence you have to go to South Andros. The resident added: Take an 8.30am boat, pay at least $50 round trip for a taxi to get to the Administrators office to apply, then you have to wait until 4.30pm to take a taxi back to Mangrove Cay, so it would have cost you almost $75 to geta $20 licence. Redundancies were also cited in the Fisheries department, which was said to be underutilized in South Andros. The resident added: The autonomy would also mean that all of the government departments or ministries in MangroveCay would have their budgets invested there, as opposed to having it in South Andros. The protest is scheduled for Wednesday. Probe into wild horses mysterious disappearance POLICE Constable 995 Bernard Collie died in hospital yesterday. PC Collie, who worked in the maintenance department at Police Headquarters in East Street, was in the Intensive Care Unit at Doctors Hospital when he died just after 9.30am. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date. Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade and the Royal Bahamas Police Force extend condolences to officer Collies family and his colleagues. POLICE CONSTABLE BERNARD COLLIE D IES IN HOSPITAL MYSTERY: The grey stallion and black mare pictured in southE leuthera two years ago have d isappeared. R EMAINS o f the burnt foal found in south Eleuthera two weeks ago add to the mystery.
EDITOR, The Tribune. The so-called shocking headline story in the June 14th edition of The Nassau Guardian about Prime Minister Hubert A Ingrahamp lacing Grand Bahamas e conomy in jeopardy is an over exaggeration. Prime M inister Ingraham refused to renew Grand Bahama Port Authority Chairman Hannes Babaks work permit in December of 2009. This information was obtained from a Wikileaks cable. Critics ares aying that this move by the I ngraham administration is the main reason why the e conomy in Grand Bahama i s experiencing a recession. The Prime Minister has yet to tell Grand Bahamians why he has refused to renew Mr Babaks work permit. People, however, talk as if the Prime Ministers refusal to renew the work permit of the form er Chairman of the Port Authority is the major reason for Grand Bahamas ailing economy. However, Grand Bahamas e conomy has been bad now for over ten years. This didnt j ust happened in 2009, or thereabouts. Grand Bahamians had been catching hell before the Babak work per mit issue. I believe that the real cul p rits for Grand Bahama's econ omic malaise are the principals at the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Hutchinson-Whampoa. They can eas ily fix Grand Bahamas ailing economy, yet both of these e ntities are refusing to even l ift their finger to address the situation. The American offic ials dont understand what i s really going on in Grand Bahama. Granted, the ongoing feud between the St Georges family and Sir Jack Hayward has adversely affect e d Grand Bahama. I believe, t hough, that the Grand Bahama Port Authority and Hutchinson-Whampoa can still implement certain measures to help this island's struggling economy. U ntil these two important entities reduce their landing and docking fees at the airport and the harbour, Grand Bahama will continue to suf fer. Any person who visits Grand Bahama would see for h imself what this islands m ajor issue is: The lack of airl ifts to the island. This transl ates into very few stopover v isitors to the island. That is why the Our Lucaya Resorta nd many of the other hotels o n the island are virtually empty. Their occupancy levels are very low. In fact, this is ap erennial issue with many of the hotels on Grand Bahama. Several airliners have stopped coming to this island because of the outrageous fees that they were being charged. It is j ust too expensive to travel to Grand Bahama. The Grand Bahama Port Authority and Hutchinson-Whampoa have virtually priced Grand Bahama out of the tourism market. That is why Grand Bahamians continue to suffer. I dont think that the prin c ipals of these two entities c are about what Grand B ahamians are going through. Unlike the average resident o f this island, the principals at the Port Authority and Hutchinson-Whampoa haven ever had their light, cable television, telephone and water turned off; or received a n eviction letter from the bank. They have never sent their children to school without lunch money, or went to bed hungry. They dont know what its like to be thrown out of an apartment because of an inability to pay their rent. They have never had to d epend on Social Services for a food coupon. The principals at the Port Authority and Hutchinson-Whampoa live ina bubble. While they continue to prosper, many Grand Bahamians have been reduced to poverty, especial ly during the last ten years. Just recently an engineer at t he Our Lucaya Resort told m e that their occupancy level was at ten per cent. What make matters worse, however, is the fact that the resort only has one of its three hotels in operation, Breakers Cay. The Lighthouse Point and Reef Village are both closed. This can explain why the resort is always laying off workers. The resort simply has no business. The remaining workers at Our Lucaya are working reduced hours. I was told that some of the workers are working only two and three days a week. You cannot pay your bills and provide for your family if you are unable to work a full forty hour work-week. Again, the major issue Grand Bahama is facing is the lack of airlifts. There are hardly any stopover visitors on this island. True, we do have a lot of cruise ship visit ors. But let us also bear in m ind that these visitors hardl y spend any money while on G rand Bahama. They dont need to. The cruise ships have p lenty to offer their guests. When I visited the Port Lucaya Marketplace, the only tourists I saw were cruise ship passengers. Grand Bahamast ourism sector is rapidly deter iorating. I f this continues to happen, many Grand Bahamians will continue to either work r educed hours, or will be sent home. The FNM government has got to get the Port Authority and HutchinsonWhampoa to go down on t heir fees at the airport and the harbour. In addition, the government has to do a better job at promoting this islands tourism product. While it mayb e true that Mr Babak could h ave attracted one or two major investors to GB, I b elieve that this islands major concern is the lack of stopover visitors. Until Grand Bahamas tourism sector is a ddressed, the people of this i sland will continue to catch hell. We already have a thriving industrial sector. Yet any honest person would tell you that this just isnt enough to put a d ent in the high unemployment rate on GB. We despera tely need to get more women, especially single mothers, back on the job. The sorry state of Grand Bahamas tourism sector is a lso adversely affecting taxi drivers, jitney operators and h air braiders. Many of these persons who work in the tourism industry are the sole breadwinners fort heir households. When they are unable to make a decent s alary, this will in turn a dversely affect their families who are depending on themt o provide. We must bear in mind that t he tourism sector has the potential to employ thousands o f Bahamians, either directly or indirectly. T herefore, I utterly reject the simplistic assessment given by the American officials regarding Grand Bahamas economic woes. We here in Grand Bahama know exactly what is going on. Talk to the average Grand Bahamian, and he or she would tell you that we need our tourism sector to be repaired. It is simply an over exaggeration to blame Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham for Grand Bahamas recession. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama, June 15, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, JUNE 20, 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 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm I N THE days when we covered court cases as a reporter, justice was swift certainl y in murder cases. If found guilty the condemned man was hanged within days of his conviction. In all cases the trial and hanging were completed within the same year of the murder. Appeals were unheard of. From the days when the Bahamas Gazette of April, 1791 recorded the hanging of a runaway slave for stealing a boat, the Bahamas has come a long way. Today we are n ow discussing the abolition of hanging for all but a very few heinous murders. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries not only did the authorities believe in hanging as a deterrent, but the dead body was put up for public viewing to drive home a point to those who might contemplate breaking the social code. The body of the runaway slave was hanged from chains on Hog Island at the entrance to the harbour. Hanging with him was the body of a Negro man found guilty of murder. In those days stealing and murder were considered equally offensive. On July 19, 1834 one Castletown Roberts was found guilty and sentenced to death for stealing from a well known dry goods store owned by Messrs Greenslade and Forster in Nassau. Sixteen days later he was hanged on top of the prison, where there is a ter race round the cupola and is a most conve nient site for purposes of this lamentable kind. Obviously the public could view the scene from below. A few years later the Eastern Parade was chosen as the spot for public hangings. That was the execution site of the first woman to be convicted of murder. This much talked of event was handed down from grandfather, Leon, founder of The Tribune, to The Tri bunes second publisher, his son, Sir Etienne, who passed it on to us. Daphne Neilly stabbed Ada Roxbury near their homes on October 10, 1855. The trial opened on January 17, 1856. Neilly was convicted and sentenced to death on January 23. Following an elaborate processional, an immense crowd kept under control by 70 soldiers saw Neilly hanged from a gallows constructed on the Eastern Parade on February 2, 1856. At dawn on May 16, 1868 what appears to have been the last public hanging took place on the Eastern Parade. Jose Roberts, a Spaniard, stabbed a co-worker to death over the firing of his girlfriend. The murder took p lace on April 1, 1868. Robert was hanged May 16, 1868. T he next hanging was carried out on February 4 within the confines of the prison. On that occasion a black flag was raised outside to announce the execution. A large crowd gathered at the prison gates to catch a glimpse of the condemned man, and await the announcement of his death. Today the Bahamas is faced with a pro liferation of guns and rising crime. The crime w ave is not surprising when one considers the number of persons accused of serious crimes who have been released on bail by the courts. These persons have to live. To do this they have to have jobs to earn an honest living. But who is going to hire anyone witha criminal record? Its a vicious circle that tracks a path back to court decisions and lawyers who plead for leniency. Many dead men would be alive today if, instead of being out on bail, they were safely behind prison walls. Not only do we advocate the withdrawal of bail for certain offences, but a life sentence should be for life until a natural death carries the offender across Jordan. And it need not be an expensive propo sition for the taxpayer if the time of those awaiting trial for serious offences and those incarcerated for life were productive. These prisoners could go into greenhouse farming that would not only feed the prison compound, but produce enough to sell to the public to pay for their keep. This would also assist in the drive to assist the nation in becoming self sufficient in the production of fruits and vegetables. They could also do woodwork that could be sold. With expert training many useful items could be turned out by prisoners. We have recounted in this column before how prisoners made beautiful toys for children, which were distributed by the Santa Claus committee at Christmas time. In those days Sir Etienne Dupuch, founder of this com mittee, worked closely with his friend, Byron (Bing dent. Between them they kept many idle hands busy behind the prison walls. It also gave the prisoners great satisfaction to know that at last they could contribute to their community. With a little imagination and the will to move ahead, the lives of these men and woman could be changed for the better. This could also help to remove much of the present crime from our streets. An exaggeration to blame PM for recession in Grand Bahama LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org Instead of the noose, let them produce O O O O O O O O O O O O O EYR_\J`f 6c_ZVcZ_Uc`U>RcZVVRc
A SPATE of shootings across New Providence left four men in hospital recovering from serious injuries. The violence started on Friday morning when a 24-year-old man was shot in the back and arm while in East Street and Robinson Road at around 7.30am. He was taken to hospital in a private vehicle, treated and discharged. A drive-by shooting in East Street South at around 12.30pmon Friday left a 32-year-old man in hospital as he was shot multiple times in his upper body when the occupants of a white Honda drove past him and opened fire. The man was rushed to hospital by Emergency Medical Services (EMS detained in stable condition. A 29-year-old man was shot in the head while in West and Peter Streets at around 11.20pm on Friday. Police are unsure of the circumstances surrounding the violence, and are questioning a 24year-old man in connection with the incident. The injured man was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH has been detained in stable condition. A 27-year-old man was shot twice in the leg while in Sarah Robinson Road, off Farrington Road, at 11pm on Saturday, and has been detained in hospital in stable condition. Police press liaison officer Sgt Chrislyn Skippings said: "Police are investigating, all matters, and are appealing to members of the public who may have any information regarding these incidents to contact police," POLICECHASE A high-speed police chase caused a three car crash in which two innocent women were seriously injured on Saturday morning. Officers had attempted to stop a man armed with a high-powered weapon as he was driving on Ida Street off Balfour Avenue at around 11am. But as they approached he sped off, and police chased the Nissan Maxima he was driving into Podoleo Street where he crashed into another car occupied by two women. The gunman got away on foot and police arrested the passenger in his car, a 28-year-old man of Ida Street. As the passenger was taken into custody, Emergency Medical Services (EMS and the women were taken to hospital to be treated for head, chest and leg injuries. Sgt Skippings said: "Their injuries were not life threatening, but I am uncertain of their condition at present. Police are investigating and encouraging members of the public to partner with them in the fight against crime." ROBBERY Armed robbers raided the Muck-a-Muck store in East Street and Island Luck in Marathon Road this weekend. A gunman stormed the clothing store on the corner of East Street and Coleman Lane at around 8pm on Friday, threatened staff with a handgun and demanded cash. The robber, described as around 5ft 6ins tall and wearing an orange shirt with jeans, fled the store on foot heading south on East Street. Police said robbers held up employees of Island Luck at around 9pm on Saturday. One is said to have been armed with a handgun as they demanded cash from staff. They took an undetermined amount and ran off in an unknown direction. RAPIDSTRIKE Proactive police operations took a handgun, ammunition and marijuana off the streets this weekend. Rapid Strike officers armed with a search warrant found a handgun and ammunition at a home in Brown's Alley shortly before 7pm on Friday and arrested a 33-year-old resident. Investigations continue. Officers in the mobile division seized marijuana when they stopped and searched a car in Robinson Road and Old Trail Road at around 5.30pm on Saturday. A 22-year-old man of Sandi lands Village Road was arrested. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011, PAGE 5 6 HHN*RGLQ(DUO\/LIH W EEKENDCRIMENEWS FOUR IN HOSPITAL AFTER SHOOTINGS
By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A TOUR guide and descend ant of slaves who worked on the Whylly plantation at Clifton Heritage Park believeshe is being cheated by the Clifton Heritage Authority as he attempts to lead tours of t he site. V ivian Whylly, 49, of Cable Beach, Nassau, was told he can only lead tours of the site if he will first submit a copy of his script to the Clifton HeritageN ational Park (CHNP e nsure it is identical to theirs, a nd seeks approval in writing before adding new material. B ut the amateur historian who says he was knighted by the Sovereign Order of Saint J ohn of Jerusalem for his historical knowledge of his ancestry and dedication to protect the former plantation refuses to agree to the clauses. H e said: They dont really k now what the park is and are t rying to force the information o ut of me without compensat ion. They are fighting me down s o the story can be told their way, and not the way it is. M r Whylly believes he has b een victimised by authorities m anaging the park, despite being a trained and certified tour guide with education in e co-tourism planning, and havi ng special knowledge in the h istory of the site. He has been f ighting for an opportunity to work there since the park was established more than two years ago. The amateur historian who i s working on a book entitled The Battles of Clifton, says he w as knighted by the Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem for his historical knowledge of his ancestry and dedication to protect the form er plantation. He also played an active part in the fight to protect the2 00-acre site of the former plantation when the FNM gov ernment proposed to sell it as a resort development. The PLP administration later designated it as a public park. Just before the park offic ially opened in April 2009, Mr Whylly applied for a job as a tour guide but was instead o ffered slaves work as a jan itor and groundskeeper. He then established an inde p endent tour company to lead v isitors and students on edu cational visits of the former plantation, but has been heldu p in negotiations with the Clifton Heritage Authority (CHA y ears. Now he claims the CHA has d emanded in writing, and in a meeting with Mr Whylly and attorney Pericles Maillis, that the prospective tour guide first takes CHA managing director A L Carey on his proposedt our route, provides him with a c opy of his script, ensures it is identical to the Clifton Heritage National Parks, and obtains permission in writing before expanding his tour i nformation. Public liability insurance was also required by t he CHA. When asked by The Tribune why he had asked Mr Whylly to provide a copy of the script, Mr Carey said: This is mosti nappropriate because Mr Whylly and I are still supposed to be negotiating. I am flummoxed to tell you the truth, he was supposed to be getting back to me. The clause is going to remain. I wont tell you why. I will speak to Mr Whylly, hek nows why we want the s cript. Mr Whylly, who says he has traced his ancestry back to his g reat-great-great-grandmother Esther Whylly on an 1820 registry of Mr William Whyl-l ys slaves, said the CHA has d ownplayed the history of the plantation and its links to its slaves living descendants as t he CHNP has not acknowl e dged the fact 2011 marks 200 years since the plantation owne r bought the land from slave trader James Moss in 1811. But handing over his research to the CHA would compromise the copyright of h is yet to be published book, Mr Whylly said. From the days of William Whylly straight down to today, the slaves of the Whylly plantation and their descendants a re having to fight for equal rights and justice, he said. The only way I would submit my documents would be f or compensation. I wont submit my docum ents for free. Its cheating. I ts asking me to do for them what they are not prepared to do for me. I know I did the work and I should get the credit. Mr Whylly claims he was further encouraged by the Minister of Tourism Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace to pro vide the CHA with his script,b ut he has refused to do so. The Clifton Heritage Park schedules educational tours for visitors and schoolchildren d uring the week but is closed on weekends. Former pastor at the New Providence Community Church Clint Kemp was instrumental in a group effort to develop Sacred Space on C lifton Pier in 2005 and said he has been disappointed by the degeneration of the areas ince. He said scores of visitors have complained about the current state of the CliftonH eritage Park. The Sacred Space charac terised by Slaves Landing, A ntonius Roberts evocative sculptures of slaves looking out to sea, is now surrounded b y a chain link fence and does not provide the public with the accessible space he hadi ntended to create, Mr Kemp said. He added: Its now in total d isrepair and its unfortunate, because it provided a tremendous place for people to c ome. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TOUR GUIDE BELIEVES HES BEING CHEATED BY THE CLIFTON HERITAGE AUTHORITY T T h h e e y y d d o o n n t t r r e e a a l l l l y y k k n n o o w w w w h h a a t t t t h h e e p p a a r r k k i i s s a a n n d d a a r r e e t t r r y y i i n n g g t t o o f f o o r r c c e e t t h h e e i i n n f f o o r r m m a a t t i i o o n n o o u u t t o o f f m m e e w w i i t t h h o o u u t t c c o o m m p p e e n n s s a a t t i i o o n n . T T h h e e y y a a r r e e f f i i g g h h t t i i n n g g m m e e d d o o w w n n s s o o t t h h e e s s t t o o r r y y c c a a n n b b e e t t o o l l d d t t h h e e i i r r w w a a y y , a a n n d d n n o o t t t t h h e e w w a a y y i i t t i i s s . Vivian Whylly V IVIAN WHYLLY h olds a register of slaves at the Whylly Plantation in 1820 which includes his great-great-great grandmother Esther Whylly. HANDS For Hunger officially welcomes Yolanda Darville as its new executive director. Most recently the director of development with the Queens College Foundation and development associate at The College of The Bahamas, Ms Darville has more than a decade of non-profit management and community relations experience, as well as strategic leadership skills and a strong commitment to the volunteer sector. A n alumnus of James Madison University, graduating magna cum laude with a degree in public relations, Ms Darville is prepared to share the mission of Hands For Hunger and the organi sations commitment to eliminating hunger and achieving food security in The Bahamas. During this exciting time of growth and change for Hands for Hunger, we could not have asked for a more qualified, devoted and ambitious chief ambassador to welcome to our organisation this spring as our new executive director. I have every confidence in Yolandas ability to be an excellent leader for both Hands For Hungers and the community, said Andrew Howard, vice president of H4H. Ms Darville said: I have had an opportunity to observe from a distance the excellent services that Hands For Hunger has provided to the community through its food rescue programme and its education efforts around hunger and food security in The Bahamas. I am pleased to be a part of the team and continue to expand the groundwork laid by former executive director Ashley Lepine, the board of directors and Hands For Hungers dedicated volunteers. HANDS FOR HUNGER WELCOMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR H ANDS FOR HUNGER WELCOMES YOLANDA DARVILLE AS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Yolanda Darville (left with Ashley Lepine (out going Executive Director) as this years Paradise Plates, Hands For Hungers annual fundraiser.
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT: The new nonstop jet service by Vision Airlines will favourably reflect Grand Bahamas proximity as the nearest offshore destination to the US East Coast, says Director-General of Tourism David L Johnson. The airline will provide direct air service to at least five US cities in November, it was announced at the Our Lucaya Resort. Vision Airlines will start nonstop jet service on a 136 seat Boeing 737 aircraft to Grand Bahama on November 11 from several US cities, including Richmond, Virginia; Louisville, Kentucky; Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, Baltimore, Maryland and Ft Lauderdale, Florida. This new service will bring 100,000 additional seats annually to Grand Bahama in its first phase of operations. Mr Johnson said Visions low fares would be very competi tive, and lower than other carriers. He noted that round trip ticket to Grand Bahama from Fort Lauderdale on Vision would be more than $100 less than another airline. If we shopped for tickets to Grand Bahama Island today, the best price round-trip from Ft Lauderdale would be $259 including tax, but an average price of $340. When Vision Airlines starts, tickets will be available for as little as $89 round-trip, plus tax, or $199 including tax. And for travel to GB combined with minimum three nights hotel stay our customers will be ableto fly free for taxes only, he said. Mr Johnson said the lowest airfare from Louisville, KY to GBI today is $663, including taxes, compared to Vision Air lines fares which would be $392 including taxes, or a savings of $542 per booking. He noted that Richmond, VA to GBI will be $382, including taxes versus todays cost of $665. What this shows is that with the advent of this new Vision Airlines service, a three night stay on Grand Bahama with airfare, hotel and transfers will be typically less than todays cost for airfare alone, h e stated. Mr Johnson said the nonstop jet flights also significantly reduce travel time from cities like Louisville, KY, Baltimore, MD and Richmond, VA by two hours or less. By realising its proximity advantage through lower air fares and shortest travel times, it will go a long way to making GB the destination of choice for vacationers in these markets seeking a beach holiday, the Director-General said. Vision Airlines began operations in Las Vegas, NV in 1994. It expanded its operation from one plane to a fleet of more than 20 aircrafts, flying to more than 15 US cities. David P Meers Jr, Senior Vice President of Vision Airlines, said he is looking forward to the partnership with the Min istry of Tourism and the other stakeholders on Grand Bahama. Vision Airlines is privately held and its long-term plans are to become a premier leisure destination airline. The company serves popular tourist destinations such as Ft Lauderdale, Destin/Ft Walton Beach, Tampa/St Petersburg, Orlando/Sanford and Ft Myers/Punta Gorda. The company will add Punta Cana, Can cun and Montego Bay through its agreement with Funjet. These routes will originate in St Louis and start December, 2011. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011, PAGE 7 :$17('([SHULHQFHG %DFNKRH 2SHUDWRU&DOO NEW AIRLINE SERVICE TO OFFER VERY COMPETITIVE FARES By GLADSTONE THURSTON Bahamas Information Services C ENTRAL Andros High Schools agriculture programme has won the support of Bahamas Agricultural and I ndustrial Corporation (BAIC the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA I was very impressed, said BAIC executive chairman Edison M Key. We can do a lot to support that programme and we have indicated that to them. If we can see more of these programmes throughout The Bahamas we would be well on the way to producing young men and women who m ight be the future food producers for The Bahamas. Mr Key and a BAIC team along with IICAs Bahamas representative Dr Marikis Alvarez visited the school during a tour of North Andros farms They were welcomed at Central A ndros High by headmaster Andrae Nairn and agriculture science teacher S hivananda Ackloo. The students there raise goats and chickens, operate a small greenhouse, and till the land utilising implements a nd material gathered from the community. We were very impressed with the schools output, where they have a trained agriculture teacher. said IICAs Dr Alvarez. I ICA is the specialised agency of the Inter-American System for the promotion of agriculture and rural wellbeing. I ts efforts are focused on making agriculture competitive and sustainable in the Americas. Through the Ministry of Education, IICA has been assisting schools thath ave agriculture programmes. We have provided seed material and we have helped them with capaci ty building, to do rapid multiplication in order to produce good quality mate-r ial, said Dr Alvarez. He commended agriculture teacher Mr Ackloo, of Guyana, and his team. We see that he is stimulating inno vativeness among the students, said Dr Alvarez. He is making use of some resources that he can put a hand on and is indeed getting some output. M r Ackloo noted that some students are extending their school activities to home they want to take animals home to raise them, and they want seedlingt o start their own gardens. That is the kind of impact we are looking out for because that is an indi cation that the students are absorbing t he training, said Dr Alvarez. Being in a school system though, w e would like to see continuity from primary through tertiary levels. How do we sustain the interest of these young people in agriculture? Agriculture has 240 professions. T here are avenues for the different interests they are expressing. We would really like to see them accommodat-e d, said Dr Alvarez. HIGH AMBITION: Agriculture teacher Shiva nanda Ackloo (right off Central Andros High Schools minigreenhouse. From left are BAIC assistant general mana ger (agriculture) Arnold Dorsett and executive chairman Edison M Key. HEALTHY: ABOVE: Cucumbers grow healthy in BAICs model greenhouse at the North Andros Agri-industrial Park. Pictured inspecting them is executive chairman Edison M Key. LEFT: Native goats join the tour of the Central Andros agriculture project during a visit last weekend by a team from BAIC and IICA. BISPHOTOS: Gladstone Thurston KNOWINGYOURONIONS: Agriculture teacher Shivananda Ackloo (right Andros High Schools mini greenhouse to BAIC executive chairman Edison M. Key and his team.
By SIR RONALD S ANDERS (The writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean diplomat). In October 2008, when the 15 member countries of C ARIFORUM (CF v idually signed a full Econ omic Partnership Agreement (EPA tive European Union (EU of 27 countries, much was made of the promise of increased benefits to Caribbean countries. Two and half years later, the promise remains unfulfilled. A t the time of signing, observers stressed the importance of setting-up two bod-i es throughout the CF countries which are the 14 independent states of the Caribbean Community ( CARICOM) plus the D ominican Republic. These t wo bodies were: a unit in each country to ensure implementation of the many demanding clauses of the EPA; and the other was a unit to monitor the delivery of the promises that the EPA p roffered. It was also anticipated that the CARICOM S ecretariat would have established similar oversight bodies for the CF countries as a whole. As it turned out, the CARICOM Secretariat e stablished an implementat ion unit, but not a monitori ng one. Similarly, some countries established implementation units, but none has set up machinery to monitor the delivery of the EPA pledges. Yet, if any CF country is t o seek a review of the EPA, it will have to do so based on e vidence of non-delivery based on effective monitoring and recording of the EUs failure to deliver. Hopefully, governments will establish monitoring units soon, or at the very l east, authorise the settingu p of such a unit by the C ARICOM Secretariat on b ehalf of all CF countries. B ut, it is becoming i ncreasingly clear that, even though two and half years have passed, CF governments were not ready to implement the EPA that they were the first to sign in the expectation that great b enefits would flow not only from an early signing, but also from signing a fullE PA, rather than one that simply complied with r equirements of the World Trade Organisation (WTO The WTO-plus EPA, which w as signed, was justified on the basis that CF countries w ould be able to access the EU market for services. Among the services touted were: architects, accountants, chefs, and musicians. Access to the EU market has provent o be extremely difficult for many reasons, among which is: these Caribbean service providers can only access theE U market under M utual R ecognition Agreements (MRA recognition do not exist inm any CF countries. Thus far, only five CF countries Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Dominican R epublic, Grenada and Jamaica have established implementation units, but e ven these are said to be constrained by insufficient f inancial and personnel resources, according to a report produced by the E uropean Centre for Development Policy Management. T his problem is not likely to ease anytime soon, given the financial constraints faced by a lmost all the CF states. At the time the EPA was s igned, the CARICOM Secretariat had identified hundreds of measures that CFs tates would have to implement. If the EU is genuinely i nterested in a partnership, it should consider making f unds available, swiftly and w ithout its usual bureaucratic delays, to fund the full o perationalization of these units in each CF state on ad edicated and accountable b asis. So far, under its Caribbean Aid-for Trade programme, Britain has helped to fund the few imple m entation units that now exist. The EU should also strengthen the implementa tion unit in the CARICOM Secretariat. After all, it has to be recalled that this is a partnership between 27 giants collectively and 15 d warfs individually. It is only f air that the giants should g ive their partners the assistance they need. When the EPA was being signed, a few commentators experienced in negotiations in the WTO and elsewhere h ad warned against the early signing of the EPA and had spoken out strongly against the signing of a WTO plus agreement. We were described as nay-sayers. But, it seems that the concerns we expressed are coming to pass. Among them were that governments of s mall economies would find it extremely difficult to replace the revenues they w ould lose from removing t ariffs on EU imported g oods. As the commitments of these governments undert he EPA kick-in, this will b ecome a huge problem for small states whose economies are in the doldrums and are already burdened with high taxation and debt. I n the event, the nay-saye rs cannot be blamed for t he failure to put implement ation and monitoring units i n place. Nor can they be b lamed for the governance issues that now bedevil the CF countries, and that are now adversely affecting the process of managing the EPA process. The so-called nay-sayers can also not be b lamed for the failure to mobilise the private sector in many if not all CF count ries to take advantage of the o pportunities the EPA prov ides. It is obvious that in many of these countries onlya very small number of comp anies understand the pro visions of the EPA or are able to utilise them to access the EU market. Here again, the EU should dedicate funds, in the spirit of partnership, to launch information, education and facilitation campaigns for the r egions private sector. I t is now generally known t hat the EU Aid-for-Trade facility is a big disappointment. The resources that have been made available since the EPA was signed have fallen far short of whatt he Caribbean was given to expect. In this connection, the EU should do better, particularly as some CF countries signed the EPA only on the basis of threats to their banana, rum and sugar industries by the negotiations for the European Commission (EC o ut, the EC reneged on commitments in all three areas, particularly rum and meas ures to support the banana i ndustry. C learly, CF governments need urgently to settle theird ifficulties of governance and t hey have to put implementation and monitoring machinery in place. But they should face up to the European Commission which pushed many Caribbeanc ountries into signing the E PA. It is time Caribbean g overnments demand a p ause in the EPA arrangem ents especially in light of t he adverse effects of the global financial crisis that broke just as the EPA was signed. If CARICOM governments could pause the Sin gle Market and halt workt oward a Single Economy amongst themselves, they should be able to tell the EU t hat it is appropriate to take time-out from the EPA for r eflection, revision and renegotiation of many difficult aspects of it. Responses and previous commentaries at: www.sirronaldsanders.com PAGE 8, MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ime out on the promises of European Union Partnership WORLDVIEW SIR RONALD SANDERS
B y LAMECH JOHNSON DURING a weekly lunch meeting of the Rotary Club of West Nassau, the guest speaker revealed a formula that has produced stellar results in controlling prostate cancer. Dr Joseph Evans, owner and operator o f the Bahamas Urology Center said Navophos, in the process of being renamed to Lophostin, has been helping his patients to beat the disease which is one of the m ain causes of death for Bahamian men. H e said: A gentleman came into my office with an elevated Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA PSA is 0 up to 4.0. That gentleman came into my office after being treated elsewhere and being told nothing else could be done for him, his PSA was 513. T he PSA is a test used to help detect prostate cancer in men over 40. According to Dr Evans, the man used Navophos and six weeks later his PSA w hich was 513 is now 3.1. A nother patient using the same treatment and duration had his PSA reduced from 3,334 to 300. Though the product is not approved by the US Food and Drug Association, due to unavailable resources and the length of t ime it would take for the product to be a pproved, Mr. Evans claims foreigners have flown to the Bahamas to use the treatment. The only known side effects of the treatment are tenderness and enlargement of the chest. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011, PAGE 9 The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassY our most enjoyable drive ever.The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure tobehold offering a new interpretation of driving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an air of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character from the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own particular needs. The key to this flexible response is the standard-fit Agility Control Package which includes s elective damping. T he interior offers noticeably more space and a more distinctive atmosphere tosuit your taste. As you will see, the C-Class is the perfect embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz philosophy.Tyreflex Star MotorsWulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. NEW FORMULA PRODUCES RESULTS IN CONTROLLING PROSTATE CANCER By CONSTABLE 3011 M AKELLE PINDER CONFLICTis a normal and necessary part of healthy relationships. After all, peoplea rent expected to agree on e verything at all times. Theref ore, learning how to deal with conflictrather than a voiding it is crucial. When conflict is mismanaged, it can harm any relat ionship. But when handled in a respectful and positive w ay, conflict provides an opportunity for growth, ultimately strengthening the bond between individuals. How we handle our anger a nd how we deal with other people who are angry can make the difference betweenm anaging conflict effectively and having conflict end in violence. T herefore listed below are a few Conflict Resolution Safety Tips. UNHEALTHY RESPONSES T O CONFLICT: An inability to recognise a nd respond to the things that matter to the other person Explosive, angry, hurtful, and resentful reactions. The withdrawal of love, r esulting in rejection, isolation, shaming, and fear of abandonment. A n inability to compromise or see the other persons side. The fear and avoidance of conflict; the expectation of bad outcomes. H EALTHY RESPONSES T O CONFLICT: The capacity to recognise and respond to the things that matter to the other person. Calm, non-defensive, and respectful reactions A readiness to forgive and f orget, and to move past the conflict without holding resentments or anger T he ability to seek compromise and avoid punishing. A belief that facing conflict head on is the best thing forb oth sides. Remember that conflict is a normal reaction, thereforec hoose your battles, and learn how to walk away. C ompromise, and think b efore you act and speak. L ife does not have a restart button. Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention Office conflict resolution safety tips CONSTABLE 3011 M akelle Pinder By MIKE LIGHTBOURN P RETEND you want to be an author. You have an idea for a riv eting book based on startling new evidence on the murder of Sir Har r y Oakes. You are sure readers will be receptive and you write the book. N ow how will you get the book i nto readers hands? Your first thought may be to self-publish y our book. You could make some phone calls to Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com to stir up some sales. You could also run an ad in The T ribune as well as USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. Think your book would hit the Best Sell er list with that approach? Probably not. Would your book be more likely to sell mil lions if you had a literary agent or publicist? Absolutely without question! S o why would you ever consider trying to sell your home without the professional assis tance of a seasoned BREA real estate spec ialist? Do you want your home to be a Best Seller at the top of every buyers must see list or merely an under exposed wanna be languishing ont he market? Your Bahamas Real Estate Association rep is a combination of pub l icist, promoter, publisher, and bril liant ringmaster appealing to people of all ages to call their attentiont o your home in the centre ring. Y our BREA agent will use a vari ety of methods to give your home maximum exposure, including theirp rivate list of prospects and con tacts, not to mention the real estate professionals they network with on a daily basis to find the right purchaser for your home. With these tremendous resources a sale is virtually assured, provided it is priced cor r ectly. Ready to sell? Now that the local banks are set to reduce lending rates, this is a great time to think about selling. Get represented! (Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty). REALESTATE:THE MARKETING DILEMMA
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TWENTY boys aged b etween 10 to 15 have successfully completed the firstMinister's Life Management Male Empowerment Programme (LMMEP designed to increase the school graduation rate. The programme was held Friday at the Ministry of Educ ation. Superintendent Stephen Dean, director of the RBPF National Crime Prevention Office, delivered the Charge to the youngsters encouraging them to stay focussed and complete high school. Minister Desmond Bannist er congratulated and presented each of the boys with their certificates and welcomed them on his team as, Summer Youth Peer Counselors. Mr Bannister encouraged them to assist him in reducing conflict resolution in the schools. He also recommended t he programme to be continued in September, and he wants it to be expanded in other Ministry of Education Junior schools. The Ministry of Education partnered with The Royal Bahamas Police Force, The Royal Bahamas Defence Force, B TC, and Phil's Food Service. The primary goal of the LMMEP is to motivate young men to complete junior schools without any infractions; and to ultimately graduate from high school. Facilitators present were Rev Wilton Pinder, Sub Lt D eleveaux, RBDF; Troy Clarke, L.E.A.D. President, Sergeant Rolle (RBPF Stephen Dean, RBDF; Dr Patrick Rolle, Director, Civil Aviation; Eric Fox, director, Teen Challenge; Ian Bethel, Ministry of Youth. 20 COMPLETE MINISTER'S LIFE MANAGEMENT MALE EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMME S OMEOF THE BOYS i n the Minist er's Life Management Male Empowerm ent Programme sing for Minister of Education Desmond Bannister. Felip Major /Tribune staff
And the man Ms McBride regarded as her current boyfriend was also questioned by police and r eleased from custody at a round 3am on Sunday after detectives established he had been in Eight Mile Rock at the time of the shooting. Police spokesman Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, said t he motive for the shooting i s not known and police are continuing their investigation. The death of Ms McBride, an employee at Stop N Wash Laundromat who l ived in Jones Town, Eight M ile Rock, is the fifth homic ide victim in Grand Bahama this year, and 60th in the country. The national murder toll was 41 on June 19 last year, and anti-crime advocate Rodney Moncur has called f or all those who have lost l oved ones to murder to take to the streets on Saturday to call for killers to be hanged. The former Workers Part y leader and member of the D emocratic National Alliance (DNA b ring together hundreds of B ahamians whose loved o nes have been murdered to collectively cry out forj ustice. M r Moncur started the marches three years ago to pressure the government into hanging murderers for their crimes and ensuring judges do not grant bail for those accused of murder. We will continue to march and proclaim our message because the situat ion is getting worse day by d ay, said Mr Moncur. The Bahamas is now in suicide mode. With the murder rate as high as it is at present, with no signs of abating, it is clear that the country is on a sure and unobstructed path to selfd estruction. The dramatic rise in crime over the past six months only reflects the unrelenting growth in the total and utter disrespect for t he law that has been nurt ured in our society for years now. This breakdown in law a nd order has had and will c ontinue to have long-lasting n egative effects on the country. And once we have d escended into the depths of social degradation, where crime rules, it will take gen erations for this country to be restored. Demonstrators will meet at 9am at the former City Market shopping centre in Tonique Darling Williams Boulevard on corner of Baill ou Hill Road. A nyone with information t hat can assist police investigations into the countrys latest murder should call police on 911, 919 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS (8477 LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011, PAGE 11 identifies itself as a Christian nation. Its only the beginning and hopefully, soon enough, our Christian beliefs and our humane polic ies will come together and h elp us create a country we all want to live in, Ms G reene told the T ribune. Its only a resolution, its n ot the be-all-and-end-all. Its just the start of a processo f guaranteeing protection a nd safety of all citizens in a country. Many Bahamians may be upset and appalled but that move is more Christian than any other policy decision. Twenty-three countries on t he human rights council s upported the resolution, 19 voted against it and three c ountries abstained. T he resolution was the first of its kind passed by the council. The United States, France and Thailand werea mong the countries that s upported the bill while Russia, Pakistan and Ghana were among the countriest hat opposed it. Young mum 60th murder victim FROM page one BAHAMAS SUPPORT FOR UN GAY RIGHTS RESOLUTION A LONG TIME COMING FROM page one BAILLOU Hill Road South will operate with one lane only as roadworks begin today and are expected to go on for six weeks. Drivers are advised to take care when passing through the area, and to use alternate routes such as East Street or the Sir Milo Butler Highway when possible. The left lane of Baillou Hill Road south will be closed and two lanes of traffic will be implemented in the north lane, while the area directly behind the Family Guardian building will be closed. Works being carried out by the New Providence Road Improvement and Infratstructure Project include the installation of a water main and service ducts for drainage beneath the surface of the road. BAILLOU HILL ROAD SOUTH ROADWORKS
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ment estimates that between 160,000 to 170,000 Bahamians will register for the next general elec tion. There were 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 registra tion centres and sub-stations have been estab lished throughout the country. P ermanent centres have been established at the department's headquarters in New Providence and Freeport and the administrator's offices in various Family Islands. Additional stations have been established at the Mall at Marathon and Town Centre Mall, National Insurance Board, General Post Office and Elizabeth Estates and Carmichael Road post offices. ond-home owners and visitors are nervous. If BEC cant come up with good reasons as to why power outages happened, and it continues on, then were gonna have some problems for sure. Mr Albury added: Its gonna be hard to quell the nervousness, and override the fear that is just skin deep, that were facing another summer of cuts. Power outages were said to reflect the massive mismanagement of the new power plant installation, according to PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts, who attributed the failure to FNM Ministers Earl Deveaux and Phenton Neymour. Mr Roberts called for a commission of inquiry into the power failures on Abaco despite its multi-million dollar contracted upgrades. The PLP, he said, believes that a Commission of I nquiry is needed to investigate and provide a report on why a contract to build four new generators issued in 2006 and a new power plant in Abaco is after almost five years and with expenditure of over $100 million is not providing uninterrupted electricity to the people o f Abaco and its cays. BEC assumed responsibility for the generation of electricity at the $70.8 million Wilson City power plant in March from contractor MAN Diesel. Built to address the unreliability of power generation in t he Abaco islands, the plants operation on a full time basis awaits the completion of an upgraded transmission line linking it to Marsh Harbour. Mr Roberts added: Despite very strong assurances given to the people of Abaco by Minister Earl Deveaux and Jr. Minister Phenton Neymour that the required action was taken to insure that the major blackouts of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 would not occur in 2011. Mr Albury, chamber president, estimated that Abaco companies lost $3 to $4 million due to shortened or cancelled visitor stays during daily power summer outages experienced last summer. Realtors were also hit, according to the Public Treasury, with $2 to $3 million in losses as a result of buyers reneging on property closings due to electricity concerns. Mr Albury said: It has been pretty good, just in the last week or so its starting to act up again. What we have is a case of people with a wound that is still sore so when you start having little hiccups, it brings back bad memories. People are asking, is this the beginning of a summer trend again, or is it just some issues that theyll solve in a few days? Only time will tell on that. FROM page one AMENDMENTS TO PARLIAMENTARY ACT EXPECTED TO BE TABLED Monday holiday weekend. Reports say the thieves entered the building by forcing their way through a window. It is reported that once inside they forced the lock to the administrator's office off where they removed a safe containing an undetermined amount of cash. The incident came less than a year after Mr Knowles and his son were held up by gunmen outside of their home and forced to drive to the administrator's office in Masons Bay where their captors stole a large sum of money from the safe and personal items, including a cell phone and cash. According to reports, the robbers then drove the father and son down a track road in a bushy area, tied them up and left. F ROM page one Power cuts FROM page one Leads followed By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com F REEPORT A marina resort in Bimini will be increasing its security following a recent boat theft at that property. Sandra Fieger, a human resource manager at the BigG ame Resort, said a boat t heft was captured last Thursday on their security cameras. We are always concerned about boat thefts and we h ave security measures in p lace and we were able to catch the thieves on camera, she said. According to police reports, a 30ft Grady, withw hite centre console and twin 2 50hp Yamaha outboard engineers, was reported stolen from the resort between 10am on June 15 and 6am on June 16. Grand Bahama Police disc overed the stolen vessel adrift some 19 miles south of G rand Bahama around 2pm o n Thursday. Onboard were two male Bimini residents, both 22 years old. They were arrested by police. M s Fieger said the vessel b elonged to an American. She said the Big Game Resort has some 77 slips and will heighten security measures by increasing security. We will remain diligent a nd vigilant, she said. MARINA TO INCREASE SECURITY AFTER BOAT THEFT CLOSING statements are expected to be presented today as the unlawful sex trial of Baptist Bishop Earl Randy Fraser continues in a Magistrates Court. Prosecutors have accused Fraser, 53, of abusing his position of trust by having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl he had agreed to counsel. It is alleged that Fraser, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Temple on St James Road, had a sexual relationship with the girl between July 2005 and February 2006. Fraser denies the allegations and remains on $10,000 bail. Fraser is represented by attorney Jiaram Mangra. Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Franklyn Williams is prosecuting the case which is being heard before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell. BISHOP FRASER TRIAL CLOSING STATEMENTS EXPECTED Bishop Earl Randy Fraser
INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TRIPOLI, Libya Associated Press L IBYA'Sgovernment s aid NATO warplanes struck a residential neighbourhood in the capital Sunday and killed nine civilians, including two children, adding to its accusations thatt he alliance is striking nonmilitary targets. N ATO acknowledged its p lanes hit targets in Tripoli in the early hours of Sunday and said it was investigating whether it was responsible for the alleged strike on a heavily damaged building. Whether the airstrikes are e ventually confirmed or not, t he allegations provided supp orters of Moammar Gadh afi's regime a new rallying p oint against the internat ional intervention in Libya's civil war. The foreign minister called for a" global jihad" on the West in response. E arly in the morning, journalists based in the L ibyan capital were rushed by government officials to the damaged building, whicha ppeared to have been partially under construction. R eporters were escorted back to the site during the day, where children's toys, t eacups and dust-covered mattresses could be seen a mid the rubble. It was not possible to i ndependently verify the g overnment's account of what happened. NATO has repeatedly insisted it tries toa void killing civilians. Foreign Minister AbdulAti al-Obeidi told reporters nine civilians, including twoc hildren, were killed in the explosion and said 18 people were wounded. He said the strike was a "deliberatea ttack on a civilian neighborhood," and follows other alleged targeting of nonmil-i tary targets such as a hotel, o xygen factory and civilian vehicles. "The deliberate bombing ... is a direct call for all freep eoples of the world and for all Muslims to initiate a global jihad against theo ppressive, criminal West a nd never to allow such criminal organisations as NATO to decide the future of other independent and sovereign nations," al-Obeidi said. He did not take questions. Journalists were shown the bodies of at least four people said to have been k illed in the strike, including the two young children. Foreign reporters in Tripoli a re not allowed to travel and r eport freely and are almost a lways shadowed by government minders. Salem Ali Garadi, 51, who s aid his brother and sister were among the victims, said five people were killed. There was no explanationf or the discrepancy in death counts. Attac ks B efore Sunday's alleged s trike, Libya's Health Min istry said 856 civilians had been killed in NATO air attacks since they began inM arch. The figure could not be independently confirmed. Previous government tollsf rom individual strikes have p roven to be exaggerated. NATO acknowledged its planes hit targets in Tripoli and was looking into ther eports. "NATO confirms that it was operating in Tripoli last n ight, conducting airstrikes against a legitimate military target," Wing commander Mike Bracken said in a statement Sunday after noon. "NATO deeply regrets any civilian loss of life duri ng this operation and would be very sorry if the review of this incident concluded it to b e a NATO weapon," B racken said. A later NATO statement said the incident "is said to have occurred ... followinga deliberate strike which tar geted a missile site operated by pro-Gadhafi forces." The alliance struck Tripoli a gain Sunday afternoon. A number of explosions could be heard in the city, and smoke could be seen risingo ver the southern part of the capital. While NATO warplanes h ave stepped up their camp aign against Gadhafi's regime over the past week, fighting has intensified between rebels and govern m ent troops outside the port city of Misrata, the main rebel stronghold in westernL ibya. For weeks, the rebels had been bottled up in the city, some 125 miles (200 kilo-m eters) east of Tripoli. The e astern third of the country is under rebel control from their de facto capital, Benghazi. On Sunday, Gadhafi's forces unleashed a heavy barrage of Grad rockets and mortars on the rebel front lines in Dafniya, about 15 miles (25 kilometers o f Misrata. A medical official in Misrata hospital said that 10 rebels were killed a nd 54 wounded in clashes S unday in Dafniya. Casualties As the barrage continued into the afternoon, a steadys tream of pickup trucks rushed casualties to a field hospital in Dafniya, where medics and volunteersq uickly unloaded the dead from the back of the pick ups and placed the wounded o n stretchers. O ne truck pulled up with three bodies covered in blood. "They are shelling us reall y badly today with every thing mortars, Grads, heat-seeking weapons, any t hing you can imagine," said M ustafa, 30, who was help ing drive the wounded from the front. Gadhafi's forces also a mbushed a group of rebels near Dafniya early Sunday with AK-47s and heavy m achine guns, according to rebel fighter Mohammed Khalil. He said the fighting was intense, with the two sides as close as 50 yards (meters from each other. Five rebels were killed in the ambush, h e said. The two sides have also been fighting in a mountain r ange southwest of the capi tal that runs to the border w ith Tunisia and controls a critical supply route for the rebels. T hree days of fighting there in the border town of Nalut has killed 15 people and injured many others,s aid Brigadier Gomaa Ibrahim, a spokesman of for the rebel military council in the Nafusa Mountains. The Gadhafi forces outnumber the rebels and they are better armed ande quipped," he said. G adhafi forces are also taking shelter inside the res idential suburbs of Nalut, making it hard for rebels toc hase and hunt them down, he said. Despite daily clashes in p laces, the rebels say they control about half of the mountain range. In new defections from G adhafi's military, 35 army o fficers led by Brig. Gen. Fouad al-Adrisi announced in a video message that they had joined the rebel ranks. The video was posted on a Facebook page for the upris ing. Libya says nine civilians killed in NATO airstrike IN THIS PHOTO taken on a government-organised tour, members of the media and others examine the remains of a damaged residential building in Tripoli, Libya Sunday. The Libyan government accused NATO of bombing a residential neighborhood in the capital and killingc ivilians early Sunday, adding to its charges that the alliance is striking nonmilitary targets. (AP BEIJING Associated Press MORE than five million people have been displaced or otherwise affected by flooding in eastern China that is also pushing up food prices, state media reported Sun day. Torrential rains have left huge areas of Hubei and Zhejiang provinces under water, with more than one million acres (432,200 hectares) of farmland inundated, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Almost 1,000 businesses have been forced to suspend operations and 5.7 million people have had their lives disrupted, Xinhua said in a brief report. More than 7,000 homes collapsed or were otherwise damaged and direct financial dam age was estimated at almost 6 billion yuan ($930 million The downpour triggered a mud slide that buried houses and killed two people in Zhejiang's Changshan county, while two more were killed and two left missing by flooding in Hubei, Xinhua said. Flooding in eastern and southern China this month has left more than 170 people dead or missing. Roads and railways have been blocked, but aid supplies are arriving and the country's weather bureau says skies are expected to clear up Monday. Farmers quoted by Xinhua said the flooding was the worst in 20 years, reducing vegetable output by 20 percent and also causing short ages of fruits and grains. Prices for green vegetables were up 40 per cent, Xinhua said, adding to an inflation rate of 5.5 percent, a three-year high. The increase in the consumer price index reported last week was in line with expectations but higher than April's 5.3 percent and March's 5.4 percent. The National Statistics Bureau said the main factor was an 11.7 percent jump in food prices. Higher food prices blamed on flooding were also reported in the eastern provinces of Anhui and Jiangxi, Xinhua said. MORE THAN FIVE MILLION AFFECTED BY CHINA FLOODING TWO MEN on a motorcycle are stuck in floodwaters in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province Saturday. Flooding from this month's seasonal rains has already forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes and left more than 170 dead or missing. (AP TORRENTIAL RAINLEAVESHUGEAREASUNDERWATER CLAIMTHATWARPLANESSTRUCKRESIDENTIALNEIGHBOURHOOD PHOENIX Associated Press E XTREMELYhigh winds are expected to challenge firefighters trying to protect homes threatened by a pair of fires in southern and eastern Arizona on Sunday. T he small New Mexico t own of Luna is in the path of the massive Wallow Fire burning in eastern Arizona's Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Fire breached a cont ainment line along Highway 180 on Saturday and about 200 residents were o rdered to evacuate and remained out of their homes Sunday. T he evacuation order came on the same day that some other residents disp laced by the fire that began M ay 29 were allowed to return home. The threat to Luna lessened late Saturday but was expected to return Sunday afternoon as wind gusts of 4 0 to 50 mph were expected t o drive the flames. Only about half the town's residents actually left,a nd the rest have been told to stay off the roads so they don't get in the way of fire c rews, Catron County U ndersheriff Ian Fletcher said Sunday. Few people went to a Red Cross shelter s et up in Reserve, N.M. "If the fire comes back around or things change where they have to get out, w e still have an egress point, so we will still escort them out of town," Fletcher said. We're expected high winds this afternoon we're preparing for the worst andh oping for the best." The blaze has consumed nearly 800 square miles, a little more than 511,000a cres, and more than 3,500 firefighters were trying to stop its advance. The blaze is l arger than a 2002 fire that burned 732 square miles and destroyed 491 buildings thath ad been the largest in state h istory. Despite its size, the latest fire has destroyed just 32 homes and four rentalc abins. Containment rose to 44 percent Sunday. In southern Arizona, a w ildfire south of Sierra Vista remained 27 percent contained at about 21,000 acres,o r nearly 33 square miles. About 44 home already have been destroyed by the Monument fire and about2,600 homes were evacuated. Fire information officer Bill Paxton said high windsSunday morning grounded tankers that have been dropping slurry on the fire. Winds were blowing steadi ly at about 30 mph with gusts on the ridges of about 50 mph. About 1,000 firefighters were on the lines, and hundreds of state and local police and firefighters were helping in the area. With summer rains still weeks away, forecasters said fire crews across the region would likely have little relief from the hot, windy weather that has dogged them for days. Residents of Alpine, Ariz., were allowed to return to their homes Saturday morning after being forced out by the Wallow Fire for more than two weeks, but residents of the resort town of Greer still remained evacuated. U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl, who owns a home in Greer, toured the fire area Saturday along with Sen. John McCain and Arizona con gressmen Jeff Flake and Paul Gosar. "Seeing a terrible fire like this is always a wakeup call," Flake, a Republican who represents Arizona's 6th district, said in a statement. "Our forest health policies need an overhaul. ... In the short term, we need to address regulations that hamper timber salvage inthe burnt areas. In the long term, we need to enter into public-private partnerships in order to improve the health of these forests by thinning them." WINDS TO CHALLENGE CREWS BATTLING WILDFIRES
BOYNUYOGUN REFUGEE CAMP, Turkey A ssociated Press SYRIAN TROOPScombing through restive villages near the Turkish border set fire to homes a nd a bakery Sunday, cutting off a lifeline to thousands of uprooted people stranded in miserable open-air encampments. A ctivists said the military carr ied out mass arrests and threw up checkpoints in the village of Bdama and surrounding areas to block residents from fleeinga cross the frontier, as thousands o f others have done. Turkey, whose leaders have denounced the Damascus regime's deadly crackdown on d issent, began distributing food to those encamped on the Syrian side of the border, in the first such aid mission since the camp aign against anti-government protesters turned into a refugee crisis two weeks ago. People from the Syrian side w ere collecting food at the border to take to the stranded families, the local Turkish governor's office said. With the 3-month-old prodemocracy uprising raging on, the Syrian government appearedd esperate to put an end to the embarrassing stream of refugees fleeing their homeland. Activists said Syrian authorities at the bord er were making it more difficult for people to reach Turkey. As he escaped to this area of Turkey on Sunday, one refugee from Bdama, identifying himselfo nly as Hassan, said he could hear gunfire as he fled. "Soldiers have blocked roads and many people are walking t hrough fields and mountains," he said. Clashes erupted almost two weeks ago in Jisr al-Shughour, in the northern province of Idlib,w here activists reported loyalist troops fought with army mutineers who refused to take part in the continuing crackdown on p rotesters seeking President Bashar Assad's ouster. Government forces retook that town a week ago, and meanwhile more than 10,500 Syriansf led and are being sheltered in four Turkish refugee camps. An estimated 5,000 others are camped out on the Syrian side of t he border, with dwindling resources, trying to remain close to their homes and relatives,a voiding official refugee status that might delay their return. The Syrian government has called on the displaced people t o return, promising safety. But most are staying put as long as the army is occupying their towns, fearing arrest upon return. A ssad was expected to give a speech Monday in what would be only his third public appearance since the uprising began in m id-March, inspired by the revolutions sweeping the Arab world. Turkey, U.N. and Western leaders and others who have urged change in Syria will watcht o see whether he shows any sign of bending toward demands for an easing of the Assad family's 40-year authoritarian rule. R esidents of Bdama, a village 12 miles (20 kilometers the Turkish border, said tankborne troops firing machine guns were tightening their grip onB dama, the nearby village of Rihan and surrounding areas, which had been a gateway for refugees and for their food and m edical supplies, dissident sources reported. In Bdama, several homes were set ablaze in what appeared t o be revenge attacks, human rights activist Ammar Qurabi said. A man at the Bdama bakery was shot in the stomach and leg as the place was torched byt roops, and he was evacuated to Turkey for treatment Sunday morning, said an activist near the border, Jamil Saeb. T he bakery was said to have been the sole source of bread for thousands stuck on the Syrian side of the frontier. "Security forces have arrested a round 100 people from those villages in the past few days. They are trying to close off border areas with checkpoints to k eep people from leaving," said Syria-based activist Mustafa Osso, who expressed concern that the thousands encamped on the Syrian side might comeu nder attack. INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011, PAGE 15 SYRIAN ARMY CUTS OFF LIFELINE TO THOUSANDS H OMESANDBAKERYSETONFIRE GENERAL VIEW of a newly set up refugee camp for Syrians who fled the violence in their country, the second in the Turkish town of Yayladagi in Hatay province, Turkey, Sunday. (AP
$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 $5.29 $5.67 THETRIBUNE SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.orgMONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011 By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A leading Bahamian general insurer believes its 2011 net income will be a bit lesst han the $3.899 million it generated in 2010, itself a 22 p er cent decline, with the increase in claims year todate bearing out forecastst hat it is in for more of a challenging year. Timothy Ingraham, Summit Insurance Companys general manager, told Tri-b une Business that while the property and casualty underwriters 2010 performanceh ad matched internal budget forecasts, the surge in fire-related claims during the f ive months to end-May meant it and the Bahamian g eneral insurance industry as a whole were already outpacing last years claims experience. I think, will be m uch more of a challenge than the last few years, Mr I ngraham told this newspaper. Weve seen a few big fires already. Like everyone else, we had a piece of the Valentines Day Bay Streetf ire. Weve also had a few house fires, which cost us a b it of money as well. Certainly, for the first quarter, the first five months, com-p ared to last year its a different picture, not just for S ummit but the whole market. Reiterating that Summit faced a challenging year ahead, Mr Ingrahama dded: Weve already seen claims so far this year outpace the first half of last y ear......., but the focus is on underwriting to ensure were doing all we can to writeg ood risk at good rates of premium. S ummit, which generates 97 per cent of its premium income through agent/broker Insurance Management, has seen top-line premium Summit to miss peak in challenging year 2011, I think, will be much more of a challenge than the last few years. T imothy Ingraham Bahamian general insurer believes 2011 profit will be bit less than last years $3.899m, itself 22% drop Claims experience in first five months outpaces same time in 2010 Makes $130k downpayment on new HQ property Results aided by premium reserve release S EE page 6B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A leading Bahamian law firm and Bahamas-based bank have seen their attempts to impose sanctions against a US citizen, and dismiss the case she brought against them over an alleged $14 million bank account, thrown out by an American judge, who in effect has told the parties to begin the case again. In a 20-page ruling, Chief Judge Royce Lamberth, sitting in the US District Court for Columbia, found that while the amended complaint made against Graham, Thompson & Compa ny and Corner Bank (Over seas) by Tonya Kay Day should be dismissed, because it was improperly changed, both Bahamasbased parties had been properly served with court papers. The judge also found that Days amended complaint was a good faith attempt to correct inconsistencies raised by Graham, Thompson & Companys sanctions motion TOP LAW FIRM, BANK FAIL TO DISMISS $14M ACCOUNT CASE Judge orders case involving Graham, Thompson & Co and Corner Bank to start all over again Says claims read like sordid affair straight out of a Hollywood script or at least a second-rate mystery novel Bahamian firms deny all allegations SEE page 8B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Sandals Royal Bahamian cannot start negotiations over an industrial agreement because the trade union involved has yet to present it with its gratuity proposal, its attorneys warning that it was illogical and counterproductive to think the resort and its parent would negotiate in a vacuum. Ferron Bethell, attorney and partner at Harry B. Sands, Lobosky & Company, in a June 16, 2011, letter sent to Obie Ferguson, legal adviser to the Bahamas Hotel, Maintenance and Allied Workers Union (BHMAWU absence of gratuity proposal would negate the ability of his client, Sandals, to meet with the union and negotiate a potential industrial agreement. He was responding to a June 14, 2011, letter written by Mr Ferguson to Patrick Drake, Sandals Royal Bahamians general manager, in which a public apology was demanded for comments the latter had made in a Tribune article published on Monday, June 13. In that letter, Mr Ferguson denied Mr Drakes allegation that the BHMAWU was attempting to pressure the Ministry of Labour to reinstate employees and union executives who were among the 150 staff members let go by Sandals Royal Bahamian in a late 2008 downsizing exercise. A further 80 were released the following year. He added that the union was merely requesting that the Ministry of Labour con ciliate the trade disputes filed in 2009 by those let go by SANDALS: NO UNION TALKS IN A VACUUM Attorneys for Bahamian resort says yet to receive gratuity proposal, and illogical and counterproductive to negotiate without it Ability to meet negated, as resort rejects baseless request for apology SEE page 9B STYLISH: The Sandals Royal Bahamian resort. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor With between 75-90 per cent of Bahamian companies not paying their electricity and National Insurance Board (NIB timely basis, a leading accoun tant believes the 75 basis point reduction in the Discount and Prime rates will have minimal impact in terms of stimulating economic activity. Raymond Winder, managing partner at Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas bune Business that individuals and companies were more likely to use the estimated $60-$70 million set to be returned to borrowers to payoff existing debt shore up household and company balance sheets, rather than engage in new spending. -90% OF FIRMS NOT PAYING NIB, BEC ON TIME RAYMOND WINDER Rate reduction to have minimal impact on Bahamian economy Top accountant says c ut a short-term view penalising prudent Bahamians saving for retirement W arns shortfall will have to be put back by government SEE page 7B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com The Bahamas $218 million leading exporter has called for more transparency from the Grand Bahama Power Company and extra synergy between the industrial community and the education system, noting that high power costs and suitably-skilled employees remain the two main obstacles facing industrial investors. Greg Ebelhar, chief operations officer at Grand Bahama-based Polymers International, also suggested the murky future of the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA be settled if international investors are to be enticed to the Bahamas second city. Looking ahead, however, Mr Ebelhar contended that given the countrys small size there is the potential for the Bahamas to become another Singapore if enough emphasis $218M EXPORTER: MORE TRANSPARENCY ON ELECTRICIT Y RATES SEE page 4B
BUSINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By ROYALFIDELITY C APITAL MARKETS It was a moderate week of trading in the Bahamian stock market. Investors trad-e d in six out of the 24 listed securities, with two advancers. EQUITY MARKET A total of 23,493 shares changed hands, representing a decrease of 41,637 shares compared to the previous week's trading volumeo f 65,130 shares. Commonwealth Bank (CBL week, trading a volume of 20,325 shares to see its stock price climb by $0.01 to close at $6.88. B ank of the Bahamas (BOB a dvancer for the week, trading a volume of 1,000 shares to see its share price climbb y $0.09 to close at $6.94. Cable Bahamas (CAB t raded a volume of 300 shares, remaining unchanged at $8.48. C ommonwealth Brewery (CBB 800 shares, remaining unchanged at $8.33. C olina Holdings (CHL traded a volume of 818 s hares, remaining unchanged at $2.80. Freeport Oil Holdings ( FOCOL) traded a volume of 250 shares, remaining unchanged at $5.50. BOND MARKET No bonds traded last w eek. C OMPANY NEWS Earnings Releases: Doctors Hospital HealthROYALFIDELITY MARKET WRAP E QUITY MARKET TRADING STATISTICS Week ending 17.06.11 BISX SYMBOLCLOSING PRICEWKLY PRICE CHANGEVOLUMEYTD PRICE CHANGE AML$ 1.18$-021.65% B BL$ 0.18$-00.00% BOB$ 6.94$+0.091,00041.63% B PF$ 10.63$-00.00% BSLN/A$-00.00% BWL$ 2.70$-00.00% CAB$ 8.48$-300-18.93% CBB$ 8.33$-8000.00% CBL $ 6.88 $+0.0120,325-1.71% CHL $ 2.80$-81816.67% C IB $ 8.60$-0-8.41% CWCB$ 1.72$-0.030-8.02%D HS$ 1.38$-0-13.75% FAM$ 5.40$-0-11.04% F BB$ 1.77$-0-18.43% FCL $ 5.50 $250 0 .73% FCLB$ 1.00$-00.00% FIN $ 6.00$-0-17.01% ICD$ 7.30$-030.59%J SJ $ 9.82$-00.00% PRE$ 10.00$-00.00% INTERNATIONAL STOCK MARKET INDEXES INDEXWEEKLY% CHANGE DJIA12,004.360.44 S&P 5001,271.500.04 NASDAQ2,192.96 -1.03 N ikkei9,351.40 -1.71 BOND MARKET TRADING STATISTICS BISX SYMBOLDESCRIPTIONVOLUMEPAR VALUE FBB13FBB Series C0$1,000 Notes Due 2013 F BB15FBB Series D0$1,000 Notes Due 2015 FBB17FBB Series A0$1,000 Notes Due 2017 FBB22FBB Series B0$1,000 Notes Due 2022 S EE page 9B
By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org The Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU ing to have the Bimini Bay Resort prosecuted for allegedly violating the Industrial Relations Act, after former management allegedly failed to recognise and meet with the union. Darren Woods, vice-president of the BHCAWU, said the union wrote to the Attorney Generals Office several months ago urging them to act on the matter, given that numerous attempts to get resort management to meet with the union since 2008 had allegedly failed. The Bimini Bay Resort was developed, owned and managed by the Capo Group until March 2011, when RockResorts, a subsidiary of Vail Resorts, best known for its ownership and management of mountain/ski resorts in locations such as Aspen and Vail, Colorado, came onboard as managers. Having struggled with low occupancy levels and an admitted lack of experience in hospitality management, the Capo Group decided it would contract a professional hospitality management brand to take over responsibility for the property and beef up arrivals. The Capo Group remain the owners. Mr Woods said the unions l ast attempt to reach out to the management/owners at the resort was around November 2010. Contacted for comment on the unions statement, new manager, RockResorts, did not respond to Mr Woods claims about alleged Indus trial Relations Act violations directly. Bimini Bay Resort and Marina has been under new management by Vail Resorts Hospitality Division since March 1, 2011, the company said. Over the course of the past several months, and in conjunction with Bimini Bay's ownership, our focus has been on delivering experiences of a lifetime to both our employees and guests as we look to add value to the resort and community. Mr Woods said the BHCAWUs legitimacy as the bargaining unit for the workers dates back to 2008, when the union was able to obtain per cent plus one signatures from the Bimini Bay staff in support of aligning with the BHCAWU. Despite obtaining these conditions as required under the Industrial Relations Act to become the legitimate bargaining agent for the employees, the management refused to recognise the BHCAWU, said Mr Woods. The union was under the control of a different administration at that time, led by then-president Roy Colebrooke. Mr Woods said: The Bimini Bay employees have absolutely no representation at the moment. They indicate d who they wanted as a bargaining unit and their rights have been totally ignored. We have been chasing after Bimini Bay for some time. The Attorney Generals office said they are working on it but they havent got back to us. A message left for the Attorney Generals Office was not returned up to press time. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011, PAGE 3B Union blasts Bimini Bay S cotiabank Bahamas has appointed Kevin Teslyk to replace Barry Malcolm as its managing director. Kevins appointment is recognition of his strengths, and h e brings with him continuity and knowledge of our business in the Caribbean, said Claude Norfolk, senior vice-presid ent, international banking for the Caribbean region. I am pleased to continue working directly with him, and am confident that his years of experience will serve theB ahamas team well. Since 2009, Mr Teslyk has been Scotiabanks managing d irector for the Caribbean East, and has led the sub-region of nine countries Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados (as country manager St Lucia, St Maarten and St Vincent & The Grenadines t hrough significant change and profitable growth. Under his leadership, Scotiabank Barbados earned Best B ank honours for three consecutive years, and was recent ly recognised as Best Employer in Barbados. Mr Teslyk joined Scotiabank in 1992, and has held senior r oles in Canadian banking. In more recent years, he held the role of assistant general manager and head, corporate, comm ercial and offshore banking in Barbados, where he led his team through a significant period of expansion and growth, and helped to establish the Scotia Private Client Group. M r Teslyk holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance degree from the Haskayne School of Business, the Univer s ity of Calgary, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, the Uni versity of Western Ontario. SCOTIABANK NAMES MANAGING DIRECTOR APPOINTMENT: Kevin Teslyk.
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Singapore and its booming pace of export-led eco-n omic growth, for a country of less than five million peop le, has been long held up worldwide as a model for economic success. M r Ebelhar was addressing the Economic Developm ent Summit in Grand Bahama on June 10. The summit met under thet heme: C reating a sustainable economy I n 2010, polymer-related products manufactured by Polymers International inG rand Bahama accounted for $218 million worth of exports from the Bahamas,s ignificantly greater than the $57.7 million of lobster e xports, which form the second largest export category. Mr Ebelhar said: The c hallenges affecting industrial investors on Grand B ahama are varied, and affect each industry with v arying impact. The deterioration of economic conditions worldwide would haveh ad far more far-reaching effect on GB were it not for t he stability and diversity of the industrial community. This does not mean we aren ot facing our own issues. For some, the high cost of power has a more direct effect. For others it might be the availability of skilledw orkers. Mr Ebelhar urged that the Government and the Grand Bahama Port Authority must take action to address certain issues facing thei ndustrial sector in Grand Bahama. He admonished the GBPA to increase their demands for financial transparency at the GrandB ahama Power Company, which he suggested cus tomers in Grand Bahama are now effectively bailing out after past mismanage-m ent. The high cost of power is one of the things we have to deal with. Most recently there's been an announce ment in the paper that the Port Authority and the power company have reached a new rate structure, Mr Ebelhar said. So what happens is everybody here realises that E mera/GBPC has to raise $80m to replace antiquated e quipment (with a new power plant). Everyone realises that Emera's not puttingt hat up without getting some return on investment, and where this comes from is outof our pockets. Regardless of what's b een in the paper; yes the p ower rates won't change, but we all know that mone y's going out and that (will lead to) a transfer of the base fuel surcharge that willg o into our fuel surcharge that was originally in the tari ffs. I think everyone knows in this room that we have tod ig out of this hole that GBPC and its past has gotten us into, (but want is transparency going forward. GBPC is a public utility, even though they are a private investor. If they want our money, we should know how it is being spent, justl ike any other public utility. S o going forward, if they want our cooperation, I b elieve that as regulator the GBPA should make sure this transparency is there.S o that each one of us knows that we are really stakeholders in the power company because they are asking us to bail them outw ith this new rate. They want a return on their investment and we want a return on our invest ment. That's number one, said Mr Ebelhar. Meanwhile, he said that education in the Bahamas continues to be a major concern for industrial investors such as himself. Its two-fold. You dont have as much of a problem getting college-educated p ersonnel. It's the ones you need to work at the factory level, he said. Mr Ebelhar revealed that r epresentatives from the industrial community in F reeport recently met with BTVI officials to discuss training needs. We think there should be a synergistic process here b etween BTVI and the industrial community to identify the needs of trainingo n the industrial level, and also to be able to supply these on a regular basis, nott o have it where as soon as you do a push (at the indust rial level) you have to go back and do the training, he added. Mr Ebelhar noted that B ORCO has set up a training program for welders to address a shortage of available labour in this area, as Polymers also did when itf irst came to the Bahamas around 15 years ago. We did that when we first came here 15 years ago because we could not find welders that would pass certification, he said, suggest i ng that the same difficulties remain in finding individuals with welding skills, or whoa re capable of being certified in this area. M r Ebelhar said the type of technical jobs available in the industrial sector in theB ahamas is only expanding, while the number of suitably qualified individuals to fill them is not. As the industry becomes m ore and more technical you need electronic techni cians, PLC programmers, IT specialists, computer tech nicians, and everything a long that line are needed more and more, he added. Mr Ebelhar, an American, said that in his view the deficiencies in the Bahamiane ducation system are the same problems affecting the education system in the US. In the US, throwing money at the problem hasn't fixed it. The problem is performance and accountability. Every person in here is held to a performance and accountability standard. We need to have the same performance and accountability in education. This is one of the things we need to look at. We need to fix the education division, said Mr Ebelhar. $218M EXPORTER: MORE TRANSPARENCY ON ELECTRICITY RATES FROM page 1B I think e veryone k nows in this room that weh ave to dig out of t his hole that GBPC and its pasth as gotten us i nto, (but want is trans-p arency going forward.
By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com T he Bahamas should not b e at a greater risk of losing funding from the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB u pwards revisions to its G ross Domestic Product ( GDP), a former minister of state for finance said. Access to funding for the B ahamas from international i nstitutions has already been diminished due to this nations relatively high GDP per capita, compared to other developing countries, which has forced the country to graduate from eligibility for loans at the World Bank, which aims its r esources at more impoverished nations. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham d escribed the question on when the IDB, the only multilateral financing institution that still provides loans to the Bahamas, will stop maki ng such funds available to this nation, as a sword hanging over the countrys head. H owever, despite recent announcements during Mr Ingrahams Budget Com munication for 2011-2012 that the implementation of a new system for calculatingG DP by the Department of Statistics means GDP esti m ates for previous years have been revised upwards to a significant degree upt o $1 billion in some cases former minister of state for f inance, James Smith, said he did not see this as likely to hasten The Bahamas graduation from IDB financing eligibility. I think the quick answer is no, because we are real ly already beyond what w ould be the cut off point. We were cut off from the World Bank because of our higher levels of GDP. It is the developing countries that are saying the Caribbean should be capab le of going to the financial m arkets for funding, and that we dont need to be funded by the IDB, said Mr Smith, suggesting that t he question of when the B ahamas will no longer be a ble to obtain this financing that has been utilised for projects, such as the New P rovidence Road Improvem ent program, along with a host of other infrastructural and technical upgrades, will remain more a factor of when the organisation capitulates to pressure from more developed countries. We are way beyond and above in terms of GDP per c apita for graduation. [Whether we continue to get funding from the IDB] is really a question of if develo ping countries get way. However, I think that with the global crisis thats on a bit of a back burner now, said Mr Smith. T he former minister of state for finance and Cen tral Bank governor noted that the particular advant ages attached to loans made available by the IDB to the Bahamas, as opposed to those this country could access on the international capital markets, are the often longer terms and morec oncessionary interest rates attached. You also get technical assistance with it, so its a bit different. You get a lot m ore things with the loan, he said. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011, PAGE 5B Lower premiums,low deductibles,generous benefits and a fast claims s ervice for home and motor cover.Pick up the phone and ask NIBA for a great insurance deal.Tel.Nassau 677-6422/Freeport 352-6422 or visit www.nibaquote.com Open Saturdays10.00am2 .00pm NASSAU INSURANCE BROKERS AND AGENTS LIMITED Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue P.O.Box N-7764 Nassau S uite 6,Jasmine Corporate Center,East Sunrise Highway P.O.Box F-42655,Freeport Tel.Nassau 677-6422 Freeport 352-6422 www.nibaquote.com ; \)TJIV[,ZQ^M %DQNLQJQDQFLQJDYDLODEOH GDP revision unlikely to impact IDB access JAMES SMITH Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps 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.
i ncome fall from a pre-recession annual high of just over $42 million to $39.079 mil-l ion last year, a drop of around $3 million. Its gross written premiums fell by 2.2 per cent in 2010, dropping from $39.947 million the year before. Mr Ingraham, though, told Tribune Business that with projects such as Baha M ars $2.6 billion Cable Beach redevelopment coming on stream the economy looks as if it is starting to pick up a little bit, all of which is set to benefit the general insurance industry. We are cautiously optimistic the economy will cont inue to rebound and benefit u s, and that we will begin to g row again and get premium income back up tow here we had it, the Summit principal said. Having said that, our f ocus is on the bottom line r ather than the top line. Our philosophy is its not thea mount you make, its what you keep. We want to grow the capital base and makes ure we remain a successful, s trong company. A sked about the net income outlook for 2011, MrI ngraham told Tribune Busin ess: It will probably be a bit less than it was last year. Bearing in mind what weve seen in the first quarter, it w ill be a challenge to meet l ast years results unless we have a really, really good second half of the year. Fires dont do it as much i n one go, but if you get e nough of them it can have a significant impact on the b ottom line. M r Ingraham also conceded that Summits investment portfolio, largely consisting of bank deposits and f ixed income securities such as Bahamas Government Registered Stock, corporate b onds and preference shares, would be negatively impacted by the cuts in the Central Banks Discount Rate and Bahamian Prime. Income Summit earned $1.075 million in interest income in 2010, down slightly from $ 1.089 million in 2009, and this figure is likely to fall again given that the returns o n most of its investments a re all variable rates linked t o Bahamian Prime. That will definitely result i n us having to take a very c lose look at our investment portfolio, the Summit chief conceded. Obviously a lot o f investments, basically b ank deposits and govern ment bonds, are tied to the Prime rate, so that will definitely have a significant impact. Unfortunately, in this country the range of investments is not that wide, so you cannot change your investment portfolio and the investment mix very q uickly. As an insurance compan y we want to be conserva t ive, not go heavily into e quities, and stick with government bonds and CDs, but we do see that as a chall enge for this year coming. We definitely expect lower income on investment income on the interest side. Summit, as at end-Decem ber 31, 2010, had $20.27 mil l ion tied up in bank term deposits, and another $5.75 million invested in a variety of securities. Elsewhere, the general i nsurers 2010 financial statem ents also revealed that it has made a $130,000 downpayment as part of a deal to a cquire land and a building for its new headquarters. D eclining to identify the new location for Summit, which is presently renting office space in the Island Traders Building on EastB ay Street, Mr Ingraham s aid the real estate transact ion was still in process and not complete. Adding that the deal was expected to close before t he end of this year, Mr Ingraham said it would m ake Summit a property owner, and the funds cur rently allocated to pay rent would show up in the cost o f the building. Hopefully, i n the long run it will benefit us. Acknowledging that Summits and, indeed, the whole industrys annual financial performance boils down at the end of the day to whether the Bahamas is s truck by a major hurricane, Mr Ingraham said the comp anys 2010 figures were up against tough comparatives from the previous year. For many general insur ers, 2009 proved to be a banner year, aided by an exceptionally low claims experience. Mr Ingraham also pointed out that the reduc tion in top-line premium, together with increased reinsurance, boosted Summits results this year and last by enabling it to release funds from its unearned premiumr eserve. It was able to do this because it was taking less risk on its books, and Mr Ingraham explained: Wew ere very satisfied with the overall performance of the company last year. Considering the economy, we feel we did very well. In times of falling premium income, one of the things insurance companies are allowed to do is release premium reserves, and thata ssisted us. We had a higher i ncidence of claims last year, but we were able to manage that and produce a decent result. Premiums Summit released $1.994 m illion from its premium reserve in 2009, and $572,603 last year. Net pre-m iums written declined by 4.4 per cent, from $15.771 m illion to $15.083 million, w ith the difference in premium reserve release dropp ing net premiums earned by 10.6 per cent from $17.489 million to $15.641m illion. Net claims incurred i ncreased by 30 per cent, from $3.687 million to $4.795 million. It was pret-t y much what we anticipated i t would be, Mr Ingraham said of the 2010 figures. The expectations were that profits would be lower in 2010 because of the econ o my. We saw top line premium go down. We had a number of positives kick ind uring 2009 that we felt would not all line up in 2010. In 2008-2009, there was a robust drop-off in premium from $42 million to under$ 40 million. Our premium reserve reduced, and we p laced a bigger reinsurance program, and that allowed us to release premiumr eserve. Those things assist ed us in pulling the bottom line. As our income goes back up, that will reverse, and wew ill have to start rebuilding the premium fund again. Summits personnel costs rose year-over-year in 2010 from $779,059 to $874,296,d ue to the hiring of an extra staff member and increases in medical insurance costs.D ue to the unrealised depre ciation of the value of its i nvestment holdings, to the tune of $987,263, the com panys total comprehensive i ncome fell by 34.6 per cent from $4.451 million in 2009 to $2.912 million. Summits net equity grew from $18.934 million to$ 20.132 million, based on assets worth $37.397 million and liabilities of $17.265 million. An $0.30 per share div idend was declared on April 4, 2011. 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Agreeing that the 0.75 percentage point cut by the Central Bank, which is likely to be passed on in some form by Bahamian commercial banks, represented a transfer of wealth from savers to borrowers, Mr Winder argued that the move took a shortterm view that rewarded consumers and firms who may have leveraged themselves to irresponsible levels. And, he added, it would negatively impact those prudent Bahamians who had saved and invested for their retirement. NIBs liabilities and asset-matching woulda lso be impacted by the interest rate drop, Mr Winder said, with the Government likely to be called upon to eventually put that money back. Noting that the main justification for the interest rate cut was that it would put Bahamian consumers and businesses in a position touse that benefit to further enhance and improve the economy, Mr Winder said: However, this recession has been one of the worst weve had for quite some time. When one looks at the level of non-performing loans, commercial loans being at 25 per cent-plus, and mortgage l oans, my advice to individuals would not be to do any additional spending in the economy, but to use the additional savings to reduce or bring their mortgage up tod ate. If the individual does that, the potential impact on the economy will be minimal. Mr Winder added that individuals currently in arrears on their mortgage would likelybe given little choice by their lender other than to use the interest savings to bring theirdebt into line. And, with the International Monetary Fund (IMF ing just cut US growth fore casts for 2011 and 2012, the uncertainty over the strength of international economic recovery, coupled with persistent high unemployment and tepid activity here, was unlikely to encourage Bahamian consumers to spend their interest windfall. Bahamians, Mr Winder said, were not seeing the level of improvement that gives them the confidence to spend like they did five years ago. I think the majority of them, because things have not turned around in the US and not come together in the Bahamas, they will do the best thing, which is to pay off their mortgage. It will have minimal impact on the economy. Many, he added, were so deep in debt that the interest rate reduction would have no effect. Windfall And, if Bahamian consumers did decide to spend the interest windfall, they were more likely to do it in Florida, the Deloitte & Touche chief said, given that visitor numbers to that state from this nation had not decreased despite the reces sion. The situation, Mr Winder s aid, was the same for many Bahamian companies. When you look at the level of Bahamian companies not paying their bills on a timely basis, 80-90 per cent of commercial clients are not paying their BEC bills on a timely basis, he told Tribune Business. When you look at NIB, here you have the same issue. You have between 80-90 per cent of companies not making their payments on a timely basis. Mr Winder said he had o btained this data from speaking to the relevant figu res at NIB and BEC within recent months, and added: My advice to them is to protect their existing business. Most of them are operating below the capacity they have to offer, so there is no need to increase capacity. They have the capacity to take on additional work because of the recession. Rather than add equipment, staff or invest in a new building, Mr Winder urged Bahamian firms to shore upt heir existing structure. Theres going to be minimal impact on the economy in terms of those funds being used to generate additional activity in our economy, he added of the rate cuts effect on business. Assessing the other side, Mr Winder said many Bahamians do not have sufficient levels of sav-i ngs to ensure they have a sufficient level of income after they retire, and the rate cut would impact savers with bank deposits and fixed income securities. Sacrifices Effectively, the rate cut would penalise Bahamians who had made sacrifices to succeed, and chosen not to build big houses. Those who have built big houses beyond their means, they are getting the benefit from not being financially prudent. Those businesses not operating prudently, they are receiving benefits from being poor businesses. The reduction in interest income on bank deposits and other instruments linked to Bahamian Prime would also impact NIBs liabilities, forcing it to recover lost income from elsewhere. Once again, its a short-term view, where youre giving the benefits to those who have been spending in the hope of generatinga rebound in the economy, Mr Winder told Tribune Business of the rate cut, at the expense of Bahamians who are going to retire in the next 10-20 years. The burden is going to be on the Government to meet that shortfall. Weve taken it out now, but the Government is going to have to give it back latero n. The Government is going to need to come up with that money in the future to meet the shortfall of savers over the next 10-20 years. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011, PAGE 7B F ROM page one -90% of firms not paying NIB, BEC on time
against her, and that motion was dismissed. Similar treatment also befell the sanctions sought against Day by Corner Bank and its principal, Colyn Roberts, on the grounds that her allegations were insufficient to warrant such treatment. In effect, Judge Lamberth ordered all parties back to the drawing board, setting out detailed case management instructions for a matter he acknowledged had become heated, and giving both Bahamian companies the opportunity to file new motions to dismiss the case if Day complied with his orderto file a new complaint. This case centres on the existence, or non-existence,of an offshore bank account in the Caribbean, the judges ruling recalled. Plaintiff, a US citizen living in Las Vegas, alleges that her mother set up an account in excess of $14 million at Corner Bank (Overseas Bahamian-based, whollyo wned subsidiary of the Swiss bank Corner Banca S. A., and that since her mothers death Corner Bank (Overseas Corner Banca S. A. have conspired wrongfully to cover up the existence of any such account, Plaintiff also accuses Colyn Roberts a Corner Bank (Overseas and Graham, Thompson & Company, a Bahamian law firm, of being in collusion with Corner Bank (Overseas and interfering with plaintiffs a ttempts to recover the account funds. For their part, the defendants deny the existence of any account in plaintiffs or her mothers name, and dispute any allegations of wrongdoing. The US judge described Days complaint as alleging a sordid affair straight out of a Hollywood script or at least a second-rate mystery n ovel. It spoke of how her mother, Lavera Jean Foelgner, alleged that she had deposited $14 million in funds earned from the oil business at a Corner Bank in the Bahamas, and how a sticker on the back of a painting contained numbers representing the account number and password. Foelgner was allegedly killed in a car crash before she should pass on the account details to Day, who eventually determined that it must be held at Corner Bank (Overseas son & Company was hired to represent her, but allegedly failed to divulge that it had done previous legal work for Corner Bank (Overseas or to withdrawing from the case. Both Graham, Thompson & Co and Corner Bank (Overseas the case on the grounds that service was ineffective, since it did not include a summons, with the law firm also arguing that the US court lacked jurisdiction and no grounds for relief were stated. This prompted Day to amend her complaint and reserve the Bahamas-based companies, who again cont ested the process. Corner Bank (Overseas Roberts also moved for sanctions against Day, arguing that her assertion the bank was acting as a trustee/administrator for her mothers estate was directly at odds with records from the estate proceedings in Kansas. At this point, unsurprisingly, civility in these proceedings began to wane, the judge found, referring to the heated exchanges that now pervade these proceedings. He noted how Graham, Thompson & Company had accused Day and her attorneys of using the court as a soapbox to make scurrilous personal attacks against the law firm and its principals. The judge warned that the findings to date did not address many of the issues central to the dispute, and did not indicate which way he was likely to rule. The court anticipates that the conclusions reached today are unlikely to fully satisfy either side in what has become a heated dispute, the judge ruled. However, the complicated procedural posture of this case, combined with the numerous outstanding motions, require clarification and proper briefing before the court may proceed. Realising that all parties wanted a prompt resolution, Judge Lamberth expedited the case management schedule, adding: Though an amended complaint will be filed, the court expects that the central issues in this matter are unlikely to drastically change, and is aware that the parties will have already researched and in large part written on these matters. 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Sandals Royal Bahamian, and said the BHMAWUs financial proposal had been served on Mr Bethell and Harry B. Sands, Lobosky & Co on June 9. This prompted Mr Bethells response, which was copied to Tribune Business, indicating that yet another Bahamasbased industrial agreement negotiation is becoming increasingly agitated and con-t roversial. Describing himself as nonplussed by Mr Fergusons June 14 letter, Mr Bethell said the unions financial proposalwas not delivered to his law firms offices on June 9. Instead, he received a truncated wage schedule fromMr Ferguson, which was handed to him outside the Court of Appeal the same day. On opening the letter on my return to office, I noted that the gratuity proposal that we had also requested was not included, Mr Bethell told Mr Ferguson, referring him to a June 7, 2011, letter in which that demand was made. Gratuity Needless to say, until the gratuity proposal is received, we will not be in a position to finalise out counterproposal and have the same approvedb y Sandals head office, which will negate our ability to meet, Mr Bethell warned. I n that June 7 letter, which has also been seen by Tribune Business, Mr Bethell told Mr Ferguson that in order for Sandals Bahamian officials to get instructions from the resort chains Jamaican head office prior to a scheduled meeting with the union, both a wage and gratuity schedule were needed. We find it pointless at the most, and counterproductive at the least, to commence negotiations without knowing the potential global financial figure in advance, Mr Bethell wrote. As you can appreciate, almost every item, benefit and term in the draft agreement has a financial impact on our clients business. This financial impact has to be disclosed in advance of finalising our counterproposal, if we are to have meaningful negotiations. For example, how can we negotiate vacation days without knowing the total net cost? It is illogical and counterproductive for you to think that we are prepared to negotiate in a vacuum. Mr Bethell pledged that Sandals Royal Bahamian would make every effort to be ready to have constructive negotiations once it received the BHMAWUs proposals, the resorts officials then being able to make themselves available at a mutually agreed venue for the allocated days in July. In that same June 7 letter, Mr Bethell expressed surprise at six union representatives turning up at his law offices the same day with the expectation of starting industrial agreement talks. Adamant Our note of the last meeting reflects that you were adamant that you did not want to meet at our Chambers, and stated that you would notify us of the proposed venue for the negotiations, Mr Bethell wrote. In point of fact, you had indicated, tentatively, the use of the Conference Room at the Department of Labour. Needless to say, we have heard absolutely nothing from you. And, in his June 16 letter, in which Mr Fergusons demand for a public apology from Sandals was deemed baseless, Mr Bethell saidt he two sides had not agreed to meet on June 21-23, as the unions attorney had alleged. This was because he was tied up in a court matter in Freeport. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011, PAGE 9B c are Systems (DHS released its unaudited finan-c ial results for the quarter ended April 30, 2011. DHS reported a net i ncome of $846,000 for the quarter compared to$ 976,000 in the same quarter t he previous year, a decline of $130,000 or 13 per cent. Total revenues of $11.4 million were up by $667,000o r 6.2 per cent in the quart er, due to an increase in reported net patient servicer evenue of $11.2 million. This advanced by $772,000q uarter-over-quarter. T otal expenses of $10.6 million increased slightly by $797,000 or 8 per cent in comparison to the $9.7 million reported in the sameq uarter the prior year. Earnings per share for the q uarter declined slightly, dropping to $0.08 compared to EPS of $0.10 for the same quarter in 2010, a decline of $0.02. Total assets and liabilities stood at $31.4 million and$ 3.5 million at April 30, 2011, compared to $30.2 mil-l ion and $2.9 million respectively as at January 31, 2011. Dividend Notes: C ommonwealth Bank (CBL dend of $0.06 per share, payable on June 30, 2011, to all ordinary shareholders of record date June 15, 2011. Cable Bahamas (BOB has declared a dividend of$ 0.08 per share, payable on June 30, 2011, to all ordi-n ary shareholders of record date June 17, 2011. Caribbean Crossing will r edeem its Series B 7 per cent Preferred Shares, which mature on July 1, 2011, to shareholders of record date June 15, 2011. A GM Notices: J. S. Johnson & Company (JSJA GM will be held in the G overnors C Room at the B ritish Colonial Hilton H otel on June 20, 2011, at 6pm. D octors Hospital Health Systems (DHS announced its AGM will be held at Doctors Hospital's Conference Room,D owdeswell Street, on June 2 3, 2011, at 5.30 pm. Cable Bahamas (CAB h as announced its AGM will be held in the Governors Room One at the BritishC olonial Hilton Hotel on J une 30, 2011, at 6pm. Abaco Markets (AML has announced its AGM will be held at the British Colo n ial Hilton Hotel, on July 13, 2011, at 10am. I NTERNATIONAL MARKETS FOREX Rates Weekly %Change Currency CAD1.0209-0.07 GBP1.6192-0.24 EUR1.4308-0.24 Commodities Weekly %Change Commodity Crude Oil113.30-4.43 Gold1,537.500.54 ROYALFIDELITY MARKET WRAP F ROM page 2B F ROM page 1B SANDALS: NO UNION TALKS IN A VACUUM
KABUL, Afghanistan A ssociated Press PRESIDENTHamid Karzai acknowledged that the U.S. and Afghan governments have held talks with Taliban emissaries in a bid to end the nation's nearl y 10-year war, even as suic ide attackers launched a bold assault in the heart of the county's capital, killingn ine people. T he attack Saturday, which occurred just blocks from Karzai's office, shows the parties have a long wayt o go to reach a political settlement as the Obama administration weighs am ajor withdrawal of its forces. The White House neither directly confirmed or denied Karzai's statement. T hree men wearing camo uflage fatigues that are frequently worn by Afghan sol diers stormed a police sta t ion near the presidential palace, with one of them detonating an explosives vest just outside the gates as twoo thers rushed inside and began firing, an Interior Ministry statement said. The crackle of gunfire echoed through the usually bustling streets for about two hours before security forces killed the two remaining attackers. Insurgents killed three police officers, one intelligence agent and five civilians in the attack, according to the ministry statement. Taliban spokesman Zabi ullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for the attack in a text message to The Associated Press. Attacks in the Afghan capital have been relatively rare, although violence has increased since the May 2 k illing of Osama bin Laden i n a U.S. raid in Pakistan and t he start of the Taliban's annual spring offensive. The last major attack in K abul took place late last month when a suicide bomber wearing an Afghan police uniform infiltrated them ain Afghan military hospi tal, killing six medical students. A month before that,a suicide attacker in an army u niform sneaked past security at the Afghan Defense Ministry, killing three peo-p le. K abul is one of seven areas scheduled to begin to be handed over to Afghan security control in July p art of NATO's efforts to begin transferring security responsibilities ahead of itsp lanned 2014 withdrawal from the country. The assault occurred shortly after Karzai announced during a speech to youth at the presidential palace that members of his peace council and the U.S. have begun preliminary peace negotiations with the Taliban, which ruled Afghanistan for five years and sheltered al-Qaida before being driven out of power in the U.S.-led invasion in late 2001. Reports about such talks have surfaced in recent months, but Karzai's state ment was the first public confirmation of U.S. participation. Publicly, the Taliban say there will be no negotiat ions until foreign troops l eave Afghanistan. In the course of this year, there have been peace talks with the Taliban and ouro wn countrymen," Karzai said Saturday. "Peace talks have started with them already and it is going well.F oreign militaries, especially the United States of America, are going ahead with these negotiations." P resident Barack Obama is weighing a range of options for starting the with-d rawal of some American f orces. The U.S. has roughly 100,000 troops in Afghanistan. When the pres i dent sent an additional 30,000 U.S. forces to Afghanistan at the end of2 009, he did so with the caveat that some of those troops would start coming home in July. U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said only that the U.S. has "consistently supported an Afghan-led" peace process. "Over the past two years, we have laid out our red lines for the Taliban: They must renounce violence; they must abandon their alliance with al-Qaida; and they must abide by the constitution of Afghanistan," Toner said. "This is the price for reach ing a political resolution and bringing an end to the military actions that are targeting their leadership and decimating their ranks." K arzai said some Taliban e missaries who have met w ith members of the peace council he set up last year were only representingt hemselves, while others were speaking for the broad er movement. The exact nature of the contacts wasn ot immediately clear, and Karzai said no government official outside of the council had contact with them. K arzai's rambling speech was the latest tweak to the U.S.-led coalition trying toc ontrol a message about a w ar grinding toward the decade mark. It likely over states the progress of the delicate negotiations both hisg overnment and others face in identifying and wooing potential Taliban leaders. M any of the movement's leaders remain either unknown or underground since fleeing Kabul at the start of the U.S.-led invasion. Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Taliban's one-eyed leader, has not been seen publicly since 2001. Officials also have been duped before. Late last year, a Quetta, Pakistan, shop keeper posed as the Tal iban's former aviation minister, Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour, and met twice with Western officials before they realized they had been tricked. However, such talks may be gaining momentum after the U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Friday to treat al-Qaida and the Tal iban separately when it comes to U.N. sanctions, a move aimed at supporting the Afghan government's reconciliation efforts. Meanwhile, violence persists. Insurgents attacks tar geted three convoys ferrying fuel and supplies to NATO troops in western and east ern Afghanistan over the weekend, killing nine Afghan security guards and torching at least 15 fuel tankers, officials said. In the eastern city of Jalal abad, insurgents kidnapped a provincial council member for Logar province and three of his family members. Seven NATO service members were killed Satur day. Three died in fighting two in southern Afghanistan and one in the east, according to the alliance. Four others were killed in a vehicle accident in the south. At least 37 international soldiers have died in Afghanistan so far this month, raising the death toll for 2011 to 243. INSIGHT PAGE 10B, MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE GENEVA A ssociated Press FOUR-FIFTHSof the w orld's 15.4 million refugees are hosted in poor countries,w here their prospects for citi zenship are slim and economic opportunities are limited, according to a U.N. report released Monday. M ore than a quarter are in j ust three nations: Pakistan, Iran and Syria. T hose figures don't include the latest wave of people displaced by this year's unrest in North Africa, most of whom h ave found refuge in neigh boring countries as European nations try to stop them r eaching their shores. "Fears about supposed floods of refugees in industrialized countries are being v astly overblown or mistakenly conflated with issues of migration," U.N. High Com missioner for Refugees Anto n io Guterres said. "Mean while, it's poorer countries that are left having to pick up the burden." Guterres visited the Italian island of Lampedusa on Sun-d ay, where together with UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie, he met with migrants and refugees who have fled Tunisia and Libya in recent months. The Geneva-based agency s aid the situation had changed drastically from its foundation in 1950, when its focus was on the 2.1 million Europeansu prooted by World War II. Aside from the 15.4 million refugees a small increase of 153,000 since 2009 UNHCR also counted 27.5 million internally displaced people and 850,000 asylum seekers last year. In total, there are 43.7 million forcibly displaced people worldwide, it said. Palestinians make up onethird of the world's refugee population a total of almost 5 million people many of whom have lived in neighboring countries all their lives. Afghans, meanwhile, cons titute a fifth of the refugee total, having fled successive w ars since the 1979 Soviet invasion. Many live in dire conditions in Pakistan andI ran. Other major sources of refugees are Iraq, with almost 1.7 million, Somalia, with 770,000, and Congo, with 477,000. UNHCR says many r efugees risk lifelong hardship unless they are integrated by their host countries or offered resettlement elsewhere. "It's quite often the case that neighboring countries d on't want to grant citizenship for political reasons," UNHCR spokesman Adrian Edwards said. T he agency nevertheless stressed the generosity of host countries, many of which s truggle to provide even for their own population. Pakistan has 710 refugees f or every dollar of its per capit a gross domestic product. By contrast, Germany counts just 17 refugees for each dollar ofp er capita GDP, UNHCR said. However, rich countries like Germany, which has the biggest refugee population in the industrialized world, are more likely to eventuallyg rant them citizenship, offer ing newcomers and later generations the prospect of much-improved lives. The U.S. is by far the most generous country when it comes to outright resettle-m ent, explaining its relatively low refugee figure of just 3,025. Last year alone, theU .S. took in 71,362 refugees from elsewhere for resettlement. This was followed by Canada and Australia, with about 12,000 and 8,500 resettlements, respectively. Japan became the first Asian country to offer resettlement last year. In September, the first of about 90 ethnic Karen from Myanmar arrived in Tokyo. Some had lived their entire lives in a Thai refugee camp before Japan agreed to take them in. UN: POOR COUNTRIES BEAR THE BRUNT OF REFUGEE STORM In this photo provided by the UNHCR, actress and goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Angeli-n a Jolie, right, and and the U.N. Refugee chief Antonio Guterres, second from right, meet with migrants at the immigration center in Lampedusa, Italy, Sunday. Jolie traveled to Lampedusa on Sunday to mark World Refugee Day. She visited a migrant holding centre and then participated in a ceremony at Lampedusa's memorial for migrants lost at sea. UNHCR, Jason Tanner /AP Afghan leader confirms peace talks; Kabul attacked GERMAN SOLDIERS with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF a ttack on a German military convoy, in Kunduz, north of Kabul, Afghanistan on Sunday. A suicide car bomber struck a German military c onvoy in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, detonating explosives that killed three Afghan civilians and overturned at least one armored vehicle, according to officials and witnesses. (AP White House tight-lipped over Karzai statement
of its impact if half the kids come with no pen or pencil, no books and we have no text books! It is not w orth all of the expense involved when we are lacking in the basics, said a teacher, who submitted her commentat Tribune242.com. S everal years ago, there w as a split in the Ministry o f Education between former Minister Carl Bethel and former deputy direc-tor of education, Leona A rcher. Sources claim Mr B ethel favoured the Eno b rand, while Ms Archer favoured the Promethan brand. I n his 2008/2009 budget presentation as minister of education, Mr Bethel encouraged all parliament arians to invest in Eno boards. recently had the p leasant task, in my capaci ty as a member of parlia m ent for the Sea Breeze constituency, of donatingt o the Sadie Curtis Primary S chool two state-of-the art Eno interactive whiteboards. These boards are designed to make learning fun for the students and activate their imagination. Installing these boards in s chools can only benefit o ur teachers and students, and I appeal to each and e very one of my parliam entary colleagues to m ake a commitment of at least one board to one school in your constituency, said Mr Bethel. O ne teacher at a school that uses both brands claimed the Eno board wasa better buy because the projector it uses is located on an extended arm, right above the board itself.W ith Promethean boards, t eachers have to place the projector on a desk in front of the classroom, where iti ncreases the risk of acci dents, and causes a general inconvenience. Another teacher said her schoolu ses Eno boards because they do not need electric ity to run and you can use them like a regular whiteb oard. Promethean boards, on the other hand have a t ouch screen interface. T eachers can move stuff around and interact with the white board as if it were a computer screen. Mr Bethel purchased several Eno boards with his constituency allowance and c onvinced several other M Ps to purchase Eno boards shortly before he r esigned from his post as m inister to assume the c hairmanship of the Free National Movement. One of the major probl ems the MOE needs to work out to solve all of its problems with the implementation of hardware and software initiatives is the overall structure for managing technology in thes chool system. The task of t raining teachers and pro viding the needed technical support is critical. Chalk and talk is not working anymore. A lot of the things that children are learning now, you have tot each them with video. Every class is a multimedia presentation. It takes some time for the teacherst o get there. Before we had white boards we started putting multimedia projectors so they could use Pow e rPoint presentations. It is going to take some time but you have to start, saida school teacher. They have to be trained to get into the mult imedia field. There are t ons of things online. Our s cience teachers go to YouTube and pull down videos. Teachers have to be trained on where to find resources. Teachers have to be trained to look at their curriculum differently; how to incorporate multimedia into the curriculum. All of those things are what teachers need to be trained on, she said. The Management Inform ation Systems (MIS Division at the Ministry of Education is responsible f or the installation, u pkeep, maintenance and repair of hardware such as r outers, wireless equipm ents, satellites and softw are in all departments of the Ministry of Education,i ncluding libraries, archives a nd all government schools i n New Providence and the Family Islands, as stated by the MOE website. Tribune sources claim MIS has been ineffectivei n accomplishing its broad mandate. There have been m ajor failures and mass w astage with the implementation of any number o f technology projects at t he ministry. Only a port ion of the blame rests at the feet of MIS and the ministrys other technologye xperts, but the reality is, the MOE does not have it all together when it comes to technology. The MIS division is overseen by the Ministry of Education and not the Department Educ ation. Sources claim jurisdiction issues create conflicts over MIS that negatively impact the deliv e ry of service. The training needs of the ministry are so great, as are the technical supportn eeds. I t is not good enough for the ministry to simply havea vision of what technology c an do to help the school system. The requisite systems have to be put in place to ensure the tech n ology is actually being utilised to the maximum, and to ensure there are not loopholes that can bem anipulated for the profit of a few. INSIGHT T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011, PAGE 11B Moving away from chalk and talk FROM page one I N HIS 2008/2009 b udget pres entation as minister of educ ation, Carl Bethel encouraged a ll parliamentarians to invest i n Eno boards.
T T H H E E S S T T O O R R I I E E S S B B E E H H I I N N D D T T H H E E N N E E W W S S M M O O N N D D A A Y Y , J J U U N N E E 2 2 0 0 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 B y NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org TOMORROW morning the government is scheduled to open the tender docu m ents for a government bid worth hundreds of thousands. This bid is special, not because the value is sos ignificant when compared to other government ten ders, but because it involves t he Ministry of Education a nd its controversial foray into the world of interactive whiteboards. Over the past five years o r more, the central govern ment and its agencies have invested large sums on inter-a ctive whiteboards and oth er modern educational tech nology. There has been little oversight of the project. Because of this, sources claim the investment has done little to enrich the edu cation experience of students and much to enrich a few interested parties. Interactive whiteboards place a modern spin on tra ditional blackboards. Using a computer, projector and an interactive display, teachers can bring a multimedia instructional experience to the classroom, and move away from traditional chalk and talk instruction. Promethean is one of several interactive whiteboard brands. Competing brands include SMART boards and Eno Boards. Promethean has the largest market share locally, according to Tribune sources. Teachers can project material from a web browser to the classroom like a big screen television, and depending on the brand, teachers can treat the boards like a touch-screen comput er. Interactive whiteboards h ave the added capacity to capture and save class notes written on the display for storage on a connected com p uter. The interactive whiteboard industry is a billion dollar business in the UnitedS tates. Local companies with international license agreements are cashing in.T he Armoury Company, a l ocal technology company, secured the license for Promethean boards, sever al years ago. U sed effectively the tech nology can greatly enhance the educational experience,b ut without the requisite p olicy guidelines and sup port systems in place, what you end up with is the mess t hat exists today. Review More and more, educa tors feel there needs to be a system-wide review on the purchase of interactive whiteboards by school administrators. Not because they question the value of the technology, but because they question the way the Ministry of Education (MOE chase, promotion and implementation of the technology in the school system over the years. Tribune sources claim the MOE has staff employed for the sole purpose of actively promoting the sale of a particular brand of interactive whiteboard. Mr Sands said he is not tied to one brand, and the ministry should not promote any spe cific brand. Tribune sources claim, schools have even been pressured into pur c hasing interactive whiteboards in exchange for favours or school requests being processed. O ne school official said schools are on a Promethean board spend ing spree. They are shelling o ut tens of thousands of dollars to keep up with the technology trend withoute nsuring they get the conc urrent benefit. In many instances, the interactive whiteboards are catching dust inside schoolc lassrooms. Reasons for this are plenty: in some instances teachers are not adequatelyt rained; the required comp uters are not connected to the internet, or are not working altogether. In other c ases, teachers fight over the use of the room where the boards are located. There is a lot of waste going on boy! exclaimed one educator, who believes the lack of direction has created several inefficiencies. A lot of times they have not been using them. They give them a projector and a board, but it also needs a computer or laptop. They put the boards in the classroom but there is no com puter or no internet, so it cannot really be used. Say there is one board for the year one group, but the teacher who has it in their classroom does not want to share. Basically they have been buying them, but they are not being utilized fully, said a teacher, familiar with the situation. Lionel Sands, director of education (DOE aware of the complaints. He said the DOE is assessing the matter because there h ave been many questions raised with respect to it. One of the ideas under consideration is a recommen d ation for schools to set up a central classroom, like a lab, where students would move to the classroom to accesst he board. He agreed that in order to make the system mores tandardised, the DOE c ould determine the subject areas suited best for the use of the boards and ensure every school and every childi n that subject area has access to a board. Several schools have four o r five boards, where only o ne may be in use. One teacher from a high school said the science department a t her school uses their Promethean board, but the school has four to five boards in total and the rest of them are simply taking up space. Lesson Another teacher from a primary school said the boards are being utilised, but maybe not to the potential that they should be. He said only a few of the total boards were being used for about one lesson per week. The pending bid for the TG Glover Lab School issued in May includes the procurement of 32 interactive whiteboards with projectors, and 32 student response systems (SRS which are wireless handheld devices used by students. The SYS technology allows students and teachers to interact in a dynamic way, because the teacher, using a mini tablet computer, can design assessment andl essons for students to respond to on their handheld device. Companies that distribute the product claim the system will encourage stu dent participation, facilitate class discussion, take attendance, grade quizzes, track performance and minimize administrative tasks. Some of the options on the device allow students to answer multiple choice, open-ended and true or false questions posed by the teacher in a digital assignment. The bid is a clear demonstration that the ministry is not letting up, despite the call for more structure to be brought to the purchase and use of the boards. The bid also shows the ministrys intention to deepen its ties with education technology, although past experience has proven they do not have adequate systems and structures in place to support the school system in its use of technology. School boards purchase the interactive whiteboards directly from their govern ment allocated budgets and private sponsorship.B ecause of this Mr Sands said there have been no dictates on the use of the boards. Regulations Collectively, over the past five years, the DOE has spent hundreds of thousands on interactive white boards. The DOE has not purchased any boards in two years, according to Mr Sands, because of restrictive regulations on the DOE budget with respect to the purchase of computer hardware. However, the $11.8 million Inter-American Development Bank (IDB project is funding the pur chase of boards, according to Tribune sources. If you put a whiteboard in many of the classrooms here in the Bahamas with conditions as they are cur rently, it would be like putting a wig on a pig. The pig may look better but it would still be a pig. I would not refuse a whiteboard, but it loses a bit MINISTRY OF EDUCATIONS C ONTROVERSIAL FORAY INTO INTERACTIVE WHITEBOARDS THETRADITIONAL blackboard (pictured could be a thing of the past thanks to interactive whiteboards which place a modern spin on traditional chalk and talk. AN EDUCATIONSPECIALREPORT SEE page 11B I I w w o o u u l l d d n n o o t t r r e e f f u u s s e e a a w w h h i i t t e e b b o o a a r r d d , b b u u t t i i t t l l o o s s e e s s a a b b i i t t o o f f i i t t s s i i m m p p a a c c t t i i f f h h a a l l f f t t h h e e k k i i d d s s c c o o m m e e w w i i t t h h n n o o p p e e n n o o r r p p e e n n c c i i l l , n n o o b b o o o o k k s s a a n n d d w w e e h h a a v v e e n n o o t t e e x x t t b b o o o o k k s s ! I I t t i i s s n n o o t t w w o o r r t t h h a a l l l l o o f f t t h h e e e e x x p p e e n n s s e e i i n n v v o o l l v v e e d d w w h h e e n n w w e e a a r r e e l l a a c c k k i i n n g g i i n n t t h h e e b b a a s s i i c c s s . Teachers comment on tribune242.com