N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.174FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNYWITH ASHOWER HIGH 89F LOW 81F B U S I N E S S SEESECTIONB S P O R T S Budget trade spend: Much to be desired SEESECTIONE Training in Kenya By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org DESPITE the advancement of women in various aspects of society many are still not convinced that females deservee quality under the law, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said. H e cited a defeated 2002 referendum aimed to give Bahamian women married to foreign men equal rightst hrough a constitutional amendment as an example. The constitution classifies Bahamian women married to foreign men as "second class citizens" by not allowing them to automatically transfer their citizenship to children born abroad, he said. "The Bahamas constitution as you know affords to Bahamian men and to unmarried women a right which it continues to deny to married Bahamian women that of passing nationality to legitimate children born outside of t he Bahamas." The strong outcry against Government's proposed Mar ital Rape Bill, which would have made spousal rape a crime, is further evidence ofr esistance to women's equality. M r Ingraham lamented the fact that these initiatives were not overwhelmingly support e d by Bahamian women, the very group the efforts were meant to protect. It is unfortunate and a p ainful reality that when one seeks to equalise conditions that are glaringly offensive, the effort sometimes fails to attract support from those who would benefit most from it. This was most recently demonstrated by the public debate which arose around my government's ini tiative to extend protection in law to married women who may be abused by their hus bands. "Indeed it appears that many in society, both male and female, are not yet convinced TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PM spurs on battle for womens rights Ing raham says many Bahamians uncon vinced on gender equality BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page six ALLSMILES: Minister of State for Social Development Loretta Butler-Turner smiles with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday at the Bureau of Womens Affairs awards and luncheon held at the Hilton. Felip Major /Tribune staff 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BUREAU OF WOMEN'S AFFAIRS By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter email@example.com MORE than half of the 72 cases heard before the Supreme Court this year have ended in convictions, Attorney General John Delaney told the Senate yesterday. Fifty-one of these concluded cases were convictions, nine were acquittals and 12 were discontin uances, Mr Delaney explained. CONVICTIONS IN MORE THAN HALF OF THIS YEARS SUPREME COURT CASES SEE page 10 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org OPPOSITION leader Perry Christie said the glob al community needs to be made aware of the Bahamas unique and burdensome position when it comes to Haiti. Responding to the United Nations call for the government to extend measures that will allow Haitians to legally remain in the country, Mr Christie said that while he recognises the sen sitive plight of the Haitian people, the Bahamas predicament as a transit point between Haiti and the United States should be taken into consideration when discussing deportation policies. He said: The United Nations and the world need to understand the burden the Bahamian people have carried on this issue if only because of our proximity to Haiti and as we are seen as a window to the United States. As a result of the SEE page six By SANCHESKA BROWN FORMER Mount Moriah MP Keod Smith has withdrawn from the election race in South Andros to take on a special role as opposition leader Perry Christies fly fishing czar. At a press conference at the PLP headquarters yes terday, Mr Smith announced he will no longer be running in the South Andros constituency, or any other constituency, but instead has accepted the position as special advisor on environ mental matters to Mr Christie. Mr Smith said his first pri ority in his new capacity, is to assist in crafting a functional strategy and implementation plan toward flyfishing as a new tourist product for the Bahamas. He said flyfishing can ulti mately increase the national annual income by more than $500 million. Mr Smith said it was very difficult for him to remove himself from the pool of persons vying to become a representative for South Andros, but he could not say no to his commander-inchief, especially when he is called to fulfil such a nation al purpose. I am happy to report that I have accepted my leaders call to join the coordinating KEOD SMITH WITHDRAWS FROM ELECTION FOR FLYFISHING ROLE SEE page six CHRISTIE: THE UN NEEDS T O UNDERSTAND BAHAMAS BURDENSOME HAITI PROBLEM
By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A BEDRIDDEN teenager who was believed to be permanently paralysed is calling for more physiotherapy as he enters his third year at Princess Margaret Hospital. Renaldo Gibson's story was featured on the front page of The Tribune in March, as his family reached out to the community for help in getting treatment that might help him walk again. Pressing his hand to his throat yesterday, which enables him to speak clearly despite intubation from his ventilator, Renaldo expressed gratitude to the nursing staff, who have become like his fam ily over the course of his treat ment at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Its been okay, I cant really complain. The nurses are cool, they have become like a family, getting to know them, my stay here has been quite comfortable. I feel as if I can go further than what I have been doing. They told me it was amazing (his recovery was not going to be able to do any of this so its awesome. Then 16, Renaldo was thrown from his mothers car when a truck hit the passen ger side of the vehicle, where Renaldo was seated. Renaldo has made dramatic improvements since admis sion, according to a recent medical progress report issued by the hospital. The report stated: (Renaldo) was in ICU for several weeks and finally was trans ferred to the Male Surgical Ward II where he was presumed to be ventilator depen dent. However, over a period of many months, the young man has improved dramatical ly. The report added: I strongly believe that if he is able to control his sphincter, move his hands and legs, feed himself and have sensation throughout his whole body, it is likely that he can actually breathe on his own if efforts are made to gradually move him off the ventilator. The report, dated April 28, further states plans to transfer Renaldo to the Intensive Care Unit to begin the weaning process. However, there was no timeline given for when the move would be initiated. Mrs Ford said: We are grateful, so grateful to the Male Surgical Ward for all that they have done for my son. However, I feel that he could have been so much fur ther had they not written him off in the beginning, especially now that he has shown so much progress. Mrs Ford believes that with further medical treatment and rehabilitation in the United States, Renaldo may have a chance of regaining some use of his legs and even upper body. The concerned mother is currently in talks with Jackson Memorial Hospital, how ever, she does not have sig nificant documentation from the hospital to obtain a cost estimation from the US hospital. I know hes capable for so much more, said his moth er, but I dont feel as though they are working with him enough. Due to his remarkable improvements, Renaldo has been able to leave the ward and visit his home several times. However, each visit is incredibly expensive as he requires the care of specialized nurses. I feel like its safer to be here, said Renaldo, in case anything were to go wrong, I would be able to get help faster because we live a long distance from the hospital. Of course, though I would prefer to be home, who wouldnt want to be in their own home. Before the accident, Renaldo, the second youngest of four brothers, was actively involved in a number of youth organisations connected with his church and school. He was a member of the youth choir and an usher at his church. Now, bedridden for more than two years, Renaldos days have slowed down considerably. Most days follow intervals of sleeping, eating, using his laptop, and exercis ing his hands with a small ball. I havent had therapy in a while now, when I do have therapy its usually a 15 minute session. I feel like they could be longer, I dont think that its enough. Speaking with The Tribune from his small corner of the ward, Renaldo said: I do plan on going back to school, or straight to BTVI, which had always been my plan. I also want to go off to school (college) to study auto building, design and mechanics. Renaldo added: I feel con fident in myself, I believe I can go further, I still have that faith. Anyone who wants to lend the family support or offer donations is asked to contact Jacqueline Ford at 393-5379 or 468-2195; Rev Emily Demeritte at 364-4245 or 3769287; or Lisa Cambridge at 393-3667. Renaldo can be reached directly through his FaceBook account under the name Renaldo IBeReal Gibson. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Local elections went smoothly on Grand Bahama yesterday, however voters were very slow to turnout at some of the polling divisions. According to reports, by 3pm only about 30 persons had turned up to vote at polling 10 in High Rock for the City of Freeport. Candidates sat under tents at the various polling divi sions greeting voters as they arrived. Turnout Incumbent Fritz Thomp son, candidate for High Rock, said the turnout was very slow at polling division 10 when compared to polling division nine. Only 27 persons had vot ed at polling division 10 up until 3pm, however, 70 per sons had turned out to vote at polling division nine which is in the Freeport area, he said. Mr Thompson said he believes more voters turn up after work. Some 60 persons were nominated as candidates in this years elections in the three districts. There are a total 30 seats eight in the City of Freeport District; 12 in the East Grand Bahama Dis trict; and 10 in the West Grand Bahama District. Many candidates formed alliances, sharing campaign costs for billboards and flyers. Some persons had even hired campaign aides to dis tribute flyers and make calls reminding constituents of elections and where they should go to vote. Incumbent Majorie Darville, chief councillor in West Grand Bahama Dis trict, was not opposed. Earl Forbes and Yannick Rodgers were also not opposed in that area. The results of the local government elections are expected to be officially released on Friday. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE RESULTS from the Family Island local government elections were unavailable before press time last night. Parliamentary commis sioner Errol Bethel said officials would be working to complete the count late into the night. OFFICIALS WORK L ATE FOR FAMILY ISL AND RESULTS SLOW TURNOUT AT SOME GBPOLLING DIVISIONS LOCAL ELECTIONS BEDRIDDEN TEEN CALLS FOR MORE PHYSIOTHERAPY JACQUELINE FORD sits with her 18-year-old son Renaldo Gibson during an interview with The Tribune yesterday. Mrs Ford has visited her son every day for the past two years and three months since he was first admitted after a severe car accident. I I f f e e e e l l a a s s i i f f I I c c a a n n g g o o f f u u r r t t h h e e r r t t h h a a n n w w h h a a t t I I h h a a v v e e b b e e e e n n d d o o i i n n g g . T T h h e e y y t t o o l l d d m m e e i i t t w w a a s s a a m m a a z z i i n n g g ( ( h h i i s s r r e e c c o o v v e e r r y y ) ) , t t h h e e y y h h a a d d s s a a i i d d I I w w a a s s n n o o t t g g o o i i n n g g t t o o b b e e a a b b l l e e t t o o d d o o a a n n y y o o f f t t h h i i s s s s o o i i t t s s a a w w e e s s o o m m e e . R enaldo Gibson
OFFICERS of the Mobile division arrested five men in connection with the discoveryof a firearm and suspected drugs in two separate incidents. According to Chrislyn Skippings, press liaison officer for the RBPF, four men spent the night behind bars after they were found in possession of a handgun in Montel Heights. "According to police reports shortly before 4 pm Tuesday officers were on routine patrol in the Montel Heights area when they observed a Nissan vehicle occupied by the males acting suspiciously." "It is reported that one of the males on seeing the officers threw an object from the vehicle and sped off. A short while later police caught up with the vehicle, which was occupied by the men ages, 32, 24,23, and 18 years," she said. A search of the area revealed that the discarded object was a handgun with ammunition. "In the second incident, a 22year-old male of Fox Hill was arrested after he was found in possession of a quantity of sus pected marijuana," said Sgt Skippings. The suspect was tak en into custody around 7 pm Tuesday in the area of Fox Hill Road south. Police are actively investigating both matters. OPERATION ON INAGUA OFFICERS in Mathew Town, Inagua arrested two men overnight for shopbreaking and possession of dangerous drugs. The operation, started at 10.30 pm Tuesday, was mounted to send a strong message to persons involved in criminal activities that they would be caught and placed before the courts. "At the conclusion of the operation, officers arrested the men after recovering a quantity of stolen goods from one home, and discovering the other with a quantity of suspected marijua na," said Sgt Skippings. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011, PAGE 3 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporterc email@example.com PLP leader Perry Christie said the introduction of capital punishment legislation is merely a public relations ploy which will not disguise t he FNMs failure to combat c rime. Following the governments announcement that it will craft new laws to strengthen death penalty cases, Mr Christie said the FNM is merely trying to boost its popularity. The prime minister is trying to appeal to those in the country that feel very stronglya bout capital punishment t hats just another public relations ploy at this stage said Mr Christie. The PLP leader has yet review the proposed legislation, but said he understandsa n effort is being made to d efine provisions that would allow the court to apply the death penalty to cases in a systematic fashion. However, Mr Christie said, the government is not addressing the underlying issues that contribute to crime, and havea bandoned useful prog rammes like Urban Renewal, that were utilised by the PLP government to mobilise communities in the fight against crime. He said: We support the g overnment in everything it d oes with respect to arming and equipping the police force, however there is another dimension to crime and they have failed in addressing the issue Urban Renewal. While not a complete solution to the crime problem, MrC hristie said the concept of U rban Renewal is based on the understanding that a community has to be prepared to defend and educate itself so as to protect against crime. Mr Christie said if elected to o ffice in the next general elect ion, his party intends to move forward with a more aggressive and advanced form of Urban Renewal. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org DURING a courtesy visit from Chinese Ambassador Hu-Shan yesterday, PLP leader Perry Christie thanked the Peoples Republic of China for their extraordinary gift to the Bahamian people and especially the youth. Mr Christie said the national sports stadium was built for young people and is dedicated them. He said: When I started negotiations for this, mysole interest was to provide a gift and legacy to the young people of our country yesterdays event was the capstone of that promise. It is exactly as I envisaged it when I made my state visit to China in 2004, said Mr Christie. F acility The PLP leader said he hopes young Bahamians will follow the sterling example of Thomas A Robinson, after whom the facility is named, and embrace the new opportunities that the stadium can provide. We know that sports is the window to so many opportunities it is not justa window to physical wellbeing, it is also a door to the world, a world of intellectu-al fulfilment and professional development, said Mr Robinson. Thanking Mr Christie for his comments, Ambassador Hu-Shan said the project is the result of the efforts and support of both the FNMand the PLP. ARRES TS AFTER FIREARM AND SUSPECTED DRUGS DISCOVERED POLICE NEWS PLP LEADER: THOMAS A ROBINSON SPORTS STADIUM IS EXACTLY WHAT I ENVISAGED Christie: FNM capital punishment legislation is public relations ploy PLPLEADER Perry Christie COB is working to eradicate a mould infestation in its brand-new, state-of-the-art Harry C Moore Library and Information Centre. Infested furniture and equipment at the recently opened facility, seen in photographs sent to The Tribune, were the subject of health concerns among faculty and students yesterday. The mould was discovered last week Thursday, a ccording to COBs communication office, and restoration efforts have already been launched. A press statement from the college read: Challenges were discovered with one of the air conditioning units at the Harry C Moore Library and Information Centre and suspected mould was also identified. Upon this discovery, the services of an air conditioning contractor were secured to conduct repairs and restore the air conditioning unit to full capacity. Environmental contractors were brought in to assess the situation and one firm has since been contracted to execute remediation measures, which are underway. Construction of COBs $28 million, 60,000 square foot facility, which will serve as the National Library of the Bahamas, began in April 2008 and the official o pening took place in April this year. The multi-storey building has a law library, computers, an auditorium, classrooms, a media production studio, individual and group study spaces, and exhibition spaces. Officials advised yesterday that the library is still providing its full range of services, including the operation of a 24-hour information commons, special collections services and the law library. N EWCOBLIBRARYBATTLESMOULDINFESTATION I NFESTED FURNITURE s een in one of the photographs sent to The Tribune.
EDITOR, The Tribune The writer of the song Watermelon is Spurlin on D a Vine must have had some familiarity with a recurrent problem that is faced by our small and medium sized agribusinesse ntrepreneurs who produce w atermelons as a means of earning an honest livelihood by tilling our soil. Every year, as sure as the arrival of the summer rains, Bahamian farmers have been producing an over abundance of watermelons and, as a result of the com p etition with cheaper i mported aged fruit, they h ave not been able to benefit from a competitive access to our local market and m uch of their product spurls on da vine. The advent of the sum mer rains in our country always proclaim that our producers already have an abundance of onions and that watermelons are on the way. BAIC and the Depart ment of Agriculture have been proclaiming this fact v ia their ongoing marketing promotions. Having regard to this fact and also to our Prime Min i ster's recent statement in Parliament informing of the M inister of Agriculture's power to impose a protec tive tariff of 300 per cent on imported fruits and vegeta bles, one would think that annually at this time, almost like clockwork, a protective t ariff would have been imposed on watermelons a nd onions. Also that spe cific programmes and projects would have been in p lace to enhance the pro ductivity and efficiency of our agribusiness entrepre neurs in being able to address any marketing concerns and challenges that may occur. I am concerned that mainly lip service is afforded to those of us who seek to earn an honest livelihood by tilling our Bahamian soil. Dr Keith B Campbell President, Bahamas Agricultural Producers Association, June 22, 2011 EDITOR, The Tribune. With new cables being released each day by the newspapers each day about conversations being had by the leaders of the country and the US Embassy, Ill admit that I look forward to actually finding out what goes on behind the scenes. It gives me as a Bahamian an idea of what is said behind closed doors that the public probably would have never heard if not for Wikileaks.N ow, Ive heard a lot of persons and politicians give their opinions on the cables with Mr Christie being the latest persons to speak by saying that he along with other leaders of the country need to be careful what they say to the Americans because their conversations are being recorded. While I agree with what Mr Christie said, there is one fact that politicians wont say and what Ive been saying for a while now: the Americans c ould care less about The Bahamas. Anyone that thinks the Americans were our friends before these leaks should think twice about that now that the cables are being released. We are a nation of 350,000 people; there are cities in the US that have more people than that. Do you really think that President Obama, Ambassador Nicole Avant and the rest of the United States cherish its friendship with this small nation that is predominantlyb lack? I mean, look how long it took for them to vote for a black president. So what makes you think that they are such buddies with a nation that is 85 per cent black? The Americans are here because they are looking out for their best interests in the country, not ours; they are friendly with us because they are here and its more or less a necessary evil. They are not concerned about the development of this country, the rising crime rate, unemployment, the roads; nothing. Now, if we had oil, then theyd care. But, we have conch, they cant use it to fuel their cars, so no they dont. There is a saying that goes if you play with a puppy, it will lick your mouth. For many years, we have been under the notion that the US were our friends while all this while they have been licking us in the mouth and deceiving us all this time. They are sorry, not because their relationship with us, but becauset hey got caught and Im sure there are cables being made, but they are just being more careful how they do it. Now I know most Bahamians could care less about this as long as they can go to Miami or New York to shop, but the fact remains that we really cant expect them to do anything for a country that they honestly arent concerned with. Im not saying throw them out the country; just be wary of the Americans and be careful what y ou say. DELANO L WILLIAMSON Nassau, June 16, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON President Barack Obama's withdrawal plan for Afghanistan marks the beginning of the end of a troopintensive approach to countering a Taliban insurgency that until recent months had fought the U.S. and its NATO allies to a standstill. As the war grinds on, the Obama administration will shift the U.S. military's focus more toward targeting terrorist leaders, while giving Afghans more of the lead in fighting and eventually reconciling with the Taliban. What remains in doubt is the endgame: finding a political solution to the conflict. Are the Taliban under enough military pressure to compel them to enter serious peace talks with Kabul? Robert Gates, the soon-to-retire defence secretary, thinks not at least not before the end of this year. But recognizing that Afghans and Americans alike are weary of war, Gates concedes that the current troop-intensive U.S. approach is not sustainable. So the U.S. troop withdrawal will accelerate next year, with all 30,000 of the "surge" troops that Obama ordered to Afghanistan expected to be gone by September 2012, leav ing about 68,000 U.S. troops and a few tens of thousands from other coalition countries. As the force shrinks, so will the scope and ambi tion of the U.S.-led military campaign. In his speech to the nation, Obama made no mention of defeating the Taliban. Instead he focused on al-Qaida, which is not primar ily in Afghanistan. "What we can do, and will do, is build a partnership with the Afghan people that endures one that ensures that we will be able to continue targeting terrorists and supporting a sovereign Afghan government," he said, adding that the goal is not to make Afghanistan "a perfect place." "We will not police its streets or patrol its mountains indefinitely," he said. The shift is a setback for the war's current commander, Gen. David Petraeus, the author of the military's guidebook for counterinsur gency. A year ago, Petraeus and the likeminded commander he replaced, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, were talking about a "fully resourced, comprehensive counterinsurgency campaign" in Afghanistan as the key to turn ing around a stalemated war. Petraeus is now slated to retire from the Army and become CIA director, and the next Afghanistan commander, Gen. John Allen, will be trimming the U.S. sails. In his speech, Obama said the U.S. intends to remain committed to Afghanistan's future not least because it is in U.S. interests to prevent the country from reverting to a haven for al-Qaida. But by the end of 2014, all U.S. and foreign combat forces would be out under a plan announced in Lisbon, Portugal, last November and publicly endorsed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The speech heralds an historic turning point in the war, but not the first since Obama took office in January 2009. That spring he fired his top commander in Kabul, Army Gen. David McKiernan, in favour of McChrystal and the "a fundamentally new approach" he advocated. In an assessment for Gates, McChrystal wrote that the war could be lost unless Oba ma was willing to redefine the fight and send thousands more U.S. troops. The president accepted the core of that advice, which included McChrystal's view that the central objective must be to protect the Afghan population, not just from Taliban violence and intimidation but also from "corruption and coercion." Obama balked at McChrystal's request for some 40,000 additional forces, however, and settled on roughly 30,000. The phased drawdown of American troops beginning this summer will not signal an immediate abandonment of the "protect-thepeople-and-bolster-their-government" approach. But it does suggest that with the 2012 presidential election looming, Obama is ready to begin scaling back his war goals. "From the standpoint of the American psyche, I think this will be welcomed," said Kiron K. Skinner, director of Carnegie Mel lon University's Centre for International Relations and Politics and a former adviser to the Pentagon. She said the White House also calculates that it will help Obama as he heads into a re-election fight. One factor that Obama considered in coming to his decision on troop withdrawals is the risk that starting a U.S. departure now would trigger a rush to the exits by Britain, Ger many and other NATO allies with troops in Afghanistan. The allies were long sceptical of the wisdom of a troop-heavy approach to the conflict. Also weighing on Obama is an increasingly impatient Congress. Many lawmakers share the view of Rep. Adam Smith, the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Ser vices Committee, who says the time has come to scale back the war effort. "The cost of our efforts in Afghanistan in terms of money and lives is a significant strain on our nation and we must begin to responsibly reduce our commitments," Smith said before the president's address. (This article was written by Robert Burns, AP National Security Writer). Be wary of the Americans and careful what you say LETTERS l email@example.com Troop cuts herald shift in US approach THE RECURRENT WATERMELON PROBLEM E DITOR, The Tribune. WHAT is the adage: dont throw stones in glasshouse if you dont want the stone to come back and hit you....anyway something like that the long letter from Mr DAguilar on what he describes as thed iscrimination by the US Bor der Control on all non-US citizens is totally irrational. A quick look at our Border Control at LPIA you will see there are two desks for returning citizens and resi dents and the rest of the desks possibly 10-12 are for, ass igned, visitors. Mr DAguilar what is the difference, sir? SHAUN DORSETT Nassau, May 28, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. We don't want no Privy Council. We don't trust the Police. We don't trust the Judiciary. Yet, we want local rulings on whether one should be put to death or not. Go figure! RICK LOWE Nassau, June 21, 2001 CRITICISM OF USBORDER CONTROL IRRATIONAL HEAD SCRATCHING OVER DEATH PENALTY STANCE
FIRE officials said yesterday that investigations into a massive fire that destroyed A ID Ltd on Wulff Road two w eeks ago are still underw ay. P olice have not yet determined the cause of the mass ive blaze and Superintendent Jeffrey Deleveaux, h ead of the fire services department, told The Tribune yesterday that police a re taking their time to make sure the inquiry is thorough. We are still doing investigations. I dont have any idea when its going to bed one. There are a number of witnesses we must speak w ith and take statements from. We are taking our time, t here is no rush, Supt Deleveaux said. The Wulff Road branch of AID hardware store, estab-l ished 50 years ago, e mployed about 70 persons and were suppliers for thousands of small business owners and mechanics. S tore officials estimated t hat the loss of inventory and p roperty is well above $10 m illion. A new warehouse and s tore will reportedly be built on the Wulff Road site withi n 12 to 18 months to replace the steel building that was located near the junction w ith Marathon Road since the 1960s. It had been e xpanded and renovated several times over the years. SEEPAGE11 LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011, PAGE 5 By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter c firstname.lastname@example.org THEMinister of Tourism has said thats ports tourism is a major opportunity that will attract many tourists to the country On the eve of the new $30 million national sports stadium being handed over t o the government, T ourism Minister Vincent V anderpool-Wallace, during his budget address int he Senate yesterday, highl ighted a wide range of sporting events the Bahamas is set to host int he coming year saying that s ports tourism is growing rapidly in the country. He said: We are now in t he business of sports tourism and making sure we are delivering people to the Bahamas where they can enjoy their sport. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said that in an effort to increase sports tourism and t he type of events held in the Bahamas, The Battle of Atlantis Basketball tourn ament is now scheduled f or November. H e added that Atlantis will also host a gymnastics event in December whichi s expected to attract upwards of 2,000 people. Moving sports tourism along and bringing people to the country is what it is all about, said Mr Wal lace. M r Wallace also noted t hat the Bahamas Marathon, which attracts competitors and observersf rom all over the world, w ill be held in New Provi dence for the third consecutive year in January 2012. By SANCHESKA BROWN HOMEOWNERS are being warned not to take on unscrupulous developers alone. Instead, Killarney MP Dr Hubert Minnis advised them to join together in homeowners associations and bring their concerns to their MPs attention. This comes after Dr Minnis spoke with some of his constituents who claim they have been ripped off by a developer. They say they have already constructed their homes and paid for utilities, but are still without paved roads, water supply and cable connection. Dr Minnis said the homeowners did the right thing by coming to him, and he pledged to deal with the complaints. He said: If you feel like you are dealing with an unscrupulous developer, individuals should come together, form an association and let the area representative deal with it for you. That is what we are here for, do not try to do it yourselves. It would be much easier to let your member of parliament intervene on your behalf. After meeting with the association last week, Dr Minnis said, he got the ball rolling. He has already spoken with the Ministry of Works, the Water and Sewerage Corporation and Cable Bahamas, and said the homeowners should start seeing changes soon. Dr Minnis said he has not spoken with the developer, but has contacted the Ministry of Housing. He said that if the developer does not comply with all regulations, a lien will be placed on his bond, and those funds will be used to complete the development. Under Bahamian law, developers are required to meet minimum standards such as installing infrastructure and providing access to all essential utilities. Post-performance bonds are also required to cover the work. POLICE ENSURING THOROUGH INQUIRY INTO AIDBUILDING FIRE MINISTER:SPORTS TOURISM IS A MAJOR OPPORTUNITY Hubert Minnis:Do not take unscrupulous developers on alone MP ADVISES HOMEOWNERS TO JOIN TOGETHER IN ASSOCIATIONS A DVICEFORHOMEOWNERS: K illarney MP Dr Hubert Minnis
d eplorable conditions that persist 18 months after the deadly earthquake in Haiti t he UN's refugee agency (UNHCR appealed to the Bahamas and other countries to takem easures to allow Haitian immigrants to legally remain outside their country. M r Christie said that while t here should be an official response to any call of action by the United Nations, the governments hould also ensure the inter national community has a full understanding of thei mmigration situation in the Bahamas. He said it must be made clear that because of thec ountrys limited resources, t he Bahamas will always need help in this regard, part icularly through bilateral arrangements. Mr Christie said: We are always prepared to do ther ight thing with respect to our neighbours, but it must be understood that in thatp rocess, the Bahamas needs a ll the help it can get as we carry the brunt of the nationals of Haiti coming to and remaining in the coun t ry. PLP MP for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell added that the par t y will be contacting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to gain a better understand ing of exactly what the Unit e d Nations is requesting, in a n effort to help determine the best way forward. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE w omen are equal to men. "Instead they hold stubb ornly to the view of long discredited 19th century social morals and laws which regarded women as chattels incapable of making their own decisionsa nd unqualified to vote, gain p roperty or defend themselves against the decisions of male relatives," Mr Ingraham told a crowd celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Bureau of Women's Affairs. The success of Bahamian w omen in education and health and employment in business has not spurred and encouraged change of outmoded laws and practices. Instead it has produced a gene ral disinterest or worse resist ance to efforts to address areas where women have been, and continue to be, disadvantaged by custom and tradition and indeed by law and our own c onstitution." W hile more women gain success in business, health care, and education, factions opposed to gender equality have intensified their opposition. As more and more women e xcel academically and economically certain segments of our society have become more adamant in their opposition to legal equality between the sexes. Some of this no doubt feeds the terrible antagonismb etween the sexes which persists in our society to some extent with terrible increase in the incidents of domestic violence. "This makes your task all t he more difficult and more u rgent," he told the crowd, as he congratulated the bureau for its work against domestic violence and for the advancement of women. Countries less developed t han the Bahamas have more a dvanced laws that provide women with greater rights and protection, the nation's chief said. "For me it is an uncomfortable reality that many less sophisticated and less finan-c ially well off countries around the world are further ahead along the road to put equality of women with men than as is our Bahamas. team for the upcoming general elections as w ell as serving as his special advisor on environmental matters, said Mr Smith. Mr Christie said as leader of the party, the d ecision of who will run in South Andros is u ltimately his. He said: There was a process, he went throughout the process and in the end it was determined his talents would better be utilised elsewhere. Mr Christie said he has every faith that Mr S mith will assiduously apply himself to assisti ng the PLP and its candidates in becoming election ready. Mr Smith also refuted the notion that his South Andros campaign was being funded by international fashion designer Peter Nygard. He said: Unfortunately there have been r eports that Mr Nygard was personally involved in my political campaign in South Andros and it has been reported that he was f inancing my political pursuits. This is not true a nd never was. I would never jeopardise the reputation or interest of my client nor would I b e so naive as to draw him into the Bahamian political arena. M r Smith said he has always kept his professional obligations and entitlements as an attorney and barrister separate from his polit-i cal pursuits. He admitted that while Mr Nygard did cosponsor the South Andros Regatta, it was his love of sailing that caused him to do so and not anything political. He thanked Mr Nygard for his support and helping to promote sailing in the country ands aid he is hopeful he will continue to do so in the coming years. Mr Smith also thanked the people of South Andros for their overwhelming support over the last six months. He said he is sure South Andros will be in the win column for the PLP w hen the roll is called on general election n ight. FROM page one CHRISTIE: THE UN NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND BAHAMAS BURDENSOME HAITI PROBLEM FROM page one KEOD SMITH WITHDRAWS FROM ELECTION FROM page one PM SPURS ON BATTLE FOR WOMENS RIGHTS FUNERALservices for Peter Wilkinson will be held on Saturday, June 25, at St Christophers Anglican Church, Lyford Cay. Viewing for close family and friends will be held at 10am. The service begins at 11am. FUNERAL SERVICES FOR PETER WILKINSON
By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com SKY Bahamas' recruitment fair attracted more than 800 interested jobseekers at the New Providence Community Church in Blake Road. Kenneth Romer, chief operating officer and corporate consultant for Sky, said the over whelming turnout reflects peoples faith in the companywhich has grown by nearly 50 per cent during an economic recession. And he estimates SkyBahamas will fill 15 to 30 positions as a result of Wednesdays recruitment fair. Since it launched in August 2008 with just 60 employees, the airline has expanded to now employ 110 staff, with more than 40 per cent of them joining over the last year. SkyBahamas has also added two new planes to its fleet, and expanded services with three new routes between Fort Lauderdale and Nassau, Freeport,and Marsh Harbour, Abaco this Spring. Mr Romer expects the com pany will continue to grow, and said the hugely successful recruitment fair shows people have great faith in the company. CEO Randy Butler was named entrepreneur of the year by the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce last July in recognition of the quick success of his new business, and in Feb ruary SkyBahamas was given the Cacique award for being a leader in tourism transportation. The success of the airline company depends on staff who must demonstrate the right attitude and skill set to work for Sky. New employees are indoctri nated in the philosophy, vision and strategic goals of the airline, then are retrained every six months in their field. Mr Romer said the company has spent tens of thousands of dollars in this twice annual training for all pilots, technicians and customer service agents on staff. However he believes it has paid off. Its important for us to maintain the high level of service SkyBahamas has already become known for, Mr Romer said. Branding is very important. Customers should expect the same level of service from SkyBahamas staff wherever they encounter them. He added: We are one of the very few companies who aggressively hire individuals. We are looking for those who can be a part of our cul ture, who can contribute. Around 150 to 200 people attended five sessions for jobseekers interested in working for SkyBahamas at the New Providence Community Church (NPCC yesterday. A similar event held around a year ago attracted similar numbers, therefore SkyBahamas chose not to advertise it, but only publicised the recruitment fair by word-ofmouth and on social networking websites. Mr Romer said: The numbers reflect not only a need for work, but persons want to be part of a good growing company and I think SkyBahamas right now has gained a reputation as good company to work for and a good company to do business with. We think people have confidence in the SkyBahamas brand. Mr Romer believes SkyBahamas community outreach work has also helped the companys reputation, as the airline has supported the Old Bight Mission Home for Children in Cat Island and funded an academic award ceremony and scholarships for the Cat Island district. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011, PAGE 7 THE RECRUITMENT FAIR opened with a pep rally for around 40 current employees attending the event. Skys COO Kenneth R omer is at the podium. HOPEFUL RECRUITS listen to presentations from Sky Bahamas staff at the job fair. SKYBAHAMAS customer e xperience manager Wendy Huyler talks to one of the groups about her position at t he international travel company.
ByINIGO NAUGHTY ZENICAZELAYA EVERY neighborhood, food store and mall parking lot has them. Fish Fry and Potters Cay Dock may be the factories from whence they came. No, Im not talking about rodents, stray dogs or cats. Nor do I refer to garbage piles higher than the Water Tower. If you are thinking illegal phone card/water/peanut vendors you are close, but also wrong. Still no luck? Okay, the answer is BUMS. Yes, Brothers Under Modification. Now before you get all fired up, please let me state that I truly have compassion for those less fortunate and homeless, and I will be the first to join a good and charitable cause. The pejorative bum had a distinct and defined meaning less than a decade ago. Today, not so much. Ive heard the word used in everyday settings and in corporate boardrooms, each time describing persons as different in socio-economic backgrounds, education and lifestyle as east is from west. These days being a bum does not necessarily imply poverty, homelessness or substance addiction. In all cases, however, there is an implication of wanting something ford oing absolutely nothing except asking. Indeed, many food store parking lots and corners with traffic lights and stop signs are where certain individuals in our society enter our conscious space and inspire split-second decisions of whether to give orn ot to give. Characters Some of these characters have become immortal fixtures in Bahamian society as much as they are fixtures in our days. These are the ones I reminisce about, the BUMS of old. There was American Bob, who spoke in a perfect Southern American drawl even though he hailed from West Street. American Bobs well told stories (meant to cajole hands to wallets) were always impeccable and we all knew where it was going to end up, with him asking for some loose change. The roller-coaster ride that was his storyrife with exaggerations, one liners, truth and cow manurewere worth the spare change you would send his way on entertainment value alone. If one takes bravado into account then the great Raker was a major player in the game, and his place in the BUM hall of Fame is reserved. Rakers open consumption of Bacardi 151 (meant to mystify, and cajole hands to wal lets) was legendary; straight from the bottle with no chaser. This was only topped by Rakers closing act, which was to extinguish an El Cuno cigar on his forearm while recounting his days as one of the winningest jockeys in Florida Horse racing history (true fact) for coins. Maggie Jason was a slick basketball player that thought he could juggle sports, women, and vices. He was wrong, but even during the lowest point in his life that crossover dribble of his was killer, and for a couple of dollar bills Maggie Jason would snatch quarters off the top of the backboard with his out-of-this-world vertical leap, thank his sponsors and vanish into thin air. Only to reappear later with a shopping cart full of coconuts that he would shuck with his teeth. Like todays NBA, when compared to the Magic, Bird, and Jordan eras doesnt seem to quite measure up, todays BUMS cant measure up to their counterparts from the past either. They have let the trade of bumming go down immensely. They lack entertainment value, while their sales pitches lack imagination and strategy. A prime example of this is Boogie Down. Boogie has been knocking around the hood in what he describes as a lazy period for himself for the last ten years. Gone is the Boogie shuffle which he made popular in front of the old Zoo Night Club every Sunday night as patrons invaded the parking lot lining up to get in. Boogie was like the Bahamian Gregory Hines impressive. Today, he is a shell of his former self, going straight to the point, no more shuffle, no more jokes. A direct Can I borrow a slow three or five? (FYI Boogie in this recession there is nothing slow about three or five dollars.) On top of that he has been unemployed for the same said decade hes been hanging on the blocks. Its not just Boogie, its also the army of BUMS that invade Bay St. on a regular with their gimmie dollar routine. I think these BUMS are hanging their baskets a little too high asking for dollars. They need direction. (No they dont need to unionise.) They also need a business plan, and I have just the one for them. Stranger All practicing BUMS should ask for a quarter, every time they approach some random stranger for a lone. If you open with anywhere between one and five dollars you have priced yourself out immediately. Persons who are approached have those amounts (between $1 and $5) predetermined as to where they are going; ninety nine cent breakfast, the dailies, the numbers that danced through their head while they slept, or they have their ownv ices which they need to fund. Asking one person for $3.00 is excessive, ask that same person for a quarter its yours. Now do the math, if a BUM asks 20 people for the day for a quarter and collects thats $5.00. I guess what Im trying to say is, anything worth doing, is w orth doing well. Like your predecessors, if it means throwing in a dance or performing a feat of strength or agility to impress your potential Change Provider by all means do it. This may turn the quarter you asked for into a dollar. O ne thing is certain, in these economic times everyone should expect to have to make an effort to earn their keep. Indeed, this global economy has even separated the bums from the BUMS. By the way, if you are enjoy ing this article might Ia skum..do you have a slow five??? PAGE 8, FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE COMICS VIEW I NIGO NAUGHTY ZENICAZELAYA Immortal BUMS from the past
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Twelve of the convictions came after murder or attempted murder trials, four were for rape offences while seven were for armed robbery or attempted robbery cases. This time last year only 24 cases were concluded at the Supreme Court, Mr Delaney said during his budget contribution yesterday. Mr Delaney added that defendants accused of murder and armed robbery should no longer have grounds for bail applications as the Supreme Court has begun immediately fixing dates for trials at arraignments. This new practice began in April and it should fast-track trials through the court system. Many persons accused of violent crimes are often granted bail on the basis that the defendants are made to wait several years before their case is brought to trial. "There is real concern that persons being charged for homicide offences and armed robbery are bailed after arraignment. The basis fora bail application is created if there is an inability to have a case tried within a reasonable time. If, at the point of arraignment, the Supreme Court immediately fixes a trial date and that date is within a reasonable period of time, then that basis for bail does not arise," said the senator. Prior to April, when a defendant was arraigned in the Supreme Court he would not be immediately given a trial date. Instead the matter would be adjourned and a trial would be set at a later time. "The results of this was that cases were not speeding through the system and so it was put into the Supreme Court and it sat, time elapsed and then you end up with (a "Cases are now given trial dates within a matter of months (of arraignment). So speedy trials are now in fact happening ... and in some cases you have homicides cases where the offence itself was committed in 2011, being tried within six months of the alleged offence." His department is also working steadily to reduce the backlog of criminal cases, which at last count stood at 283 matters, some of which date back to 1999. The Office of the Attorney General is also faced with 201 current matters, which were filed in the Supreme Court between 2010 and June 17, 2011. "Operationally we consider those cases to be current cases. Of these cases, 32 have already been disposed of leaving a balance of 201 current cases as of now, pending for trial. "Added to the current cases in the system there are older cases, meaning cases filed in the Supreme Court during the year 2009 and prior. And a small number of those older cases go as far back as 1999. Older cases we have called backlog cases, the number of backlog cases is 283." With four criminal courts now in operation and a case management system in place, Mr Delaney said mechanisms are in place to shrink the backlog considerably. POWER outages broadcast to occur in New Providence last night were avoided, according to BEC's media relations officer Arnette Wilson-Ingraham. Engineers at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC were able to repair one of three failed generators which prevented a generation shortfall. Mrs Wilson-Ingraham said: Three generators failed in the last 24 hours, so we had a generation shortfall where we would have been unable to supply enough electricity to meet customer demand. Rolling sequences of outages in different areas were expected to affect residents between 5pm and 11pm at three hour intervals. The two remaining offline generators are expected to be fully operational within 24 hours, according to Mrs Wilson-Ingraham, with additional portable generators to be used. Repairs to another generator, which had been overhauled, are expected to be completed by next week. BECengineers prevent power outages C ONVICTIONS IN MORE THAN HALF OF CASES F ROM page one
By LAMECH JOHNSON A NUMBER of fires have plagued the country recently, damaging homes, businessesand claiming the lives of persons caught in the blaze. Based on Tribune files, there have been at least two dozen fires to date since January 1, which have left dozens home less, destroyed popular busi nesses and claimed the lives of nine individuals, six of whom were children. Though he did not have the exact number of fires so far, Insp Norman Bain of the Royal Bahamas Police Force fire division said the firefighters are obligated to respond to all fires that are called in and do their best to put them out. "We're mandated, he said, to respond to any fire call and whether the fire is small or not, we do what we have to to extinguish the blaze." The division often comes under fire from claims of not having water to battle blazes when the engines arrive on the scene. Such claims occurred during the massive fire that destroyed the historic Betty K building and an entire block of Bay Street. However, Insp Bain dismisses this, although he admits that New Providence water hydrants are less than helpful. "The fire engine does have water, but is obviously limited to the amount they can hold. The water supply in Nassau is fairly low and the hydrants aren't adequate in providing an additional source of water to battle blazes. This makes it much more difficult." He says despite the difficul ties, "we do the best we can to put out the fires." Insp Bain also says that requests for fire safety and prevention presentations come in on a weekly basis, sometimes daily. Our fire prevention message is an ongoing thing. We get requests weekly, mostly from the public schools. The division also assists schools, hotels, banks, and businesses with inspections, evacu ation measures, training and drills in preparation for a real fire. Police are advising citizens to be prepared for fires as preparation can save lives and homes in the event one does occur. Sgt. Chrislyn Skippings, press liaison officer for the Royal Bahamas Police Force, said that some persons will experience a fire but if they are taught about fire prevention, the do's and don'ts, then lives can be saved. She said: "At some point in time, someone will experience the tragedy of a fire. Being prepared can help save a life or even your home. Teach your children never to play with heat sources, such as lighters, match es, extension cords or faulty appliances." She also said family members should know the Stop, Drop, Roll and Cool technique if their clothes ever caught fire. "Drop immediately to the ground with hands crossed over your chest, roll over and over or back and forth to put the flames out. Cool the burned area with cool water and seek medical attention for serious burns." Last week, an elderly woman was found dead at her house in Green Castle, Eleuthera, on Saturday, following the deaths of a man and woman inside a Golden Isles home (June 12 and four children living in a home on Sandilands Village Road (May 11 All victims died as a result of fire. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011, PAGE 11 T WO DOZEN FIRES IN SIX MONTH PERIOD Nine lives lost, inc luding six c hildr en B LAZE: A firefighter tackles the blaze which destoryed the AIDbuilding on Wulff Road. Based on Tribune files, there have been at least two dozen fires to date since January 1, which have left dozens homeless and destroyed popular businesses. Felip Major /Tribune staff
WASHINGTON Associated Press THE TOPU.S. military officer and its top diplomat made clear Thursday that President Barack Obama rejected the advice of his generals in choosing a quicker path to winding down the war in Afghanistan. The Obama troop withdrawal plan, widely interpreted as marking the beginning of the end of the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan, drew criticism from both sides of the political aisle in Congress. Some Republicans decried it as undercutting the military mission at a critical stage of the war, while many Democrats called it too timid. Sen. John McCain, an influential Republican, took a swipe at Obama from the Senate floor, questioning the timing ofhis troop pullout plan. "Just when they are one year away from turning over a battered and broken enemy inboth southern and eastern Afghanistan to our Afghan partners the president hasnow decided to deny them the forces that our commanders believe they need to accomplish their objective," McCain said. Obama announced Wednesday night that he will pull 10,000 troops from Afghanistanby December and another 23,000 by the end of next summer. On Thursday, the president spoke at New York's Fort Drum to troops and commanders of the Army's 10th Mountain Division. Its headquarters staff is in southern Afghanistan and its soldiers have been among the most frequently deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past decade. Obama, perhaps responding to the flank of criticism from the right, said that he is not pulling home troops "precipitously" or risking the gain they have achieved. It was because of the work of the military, he said, that the Taliban is now open to potential reconciliation. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee that he supports the plan, although he had recommended a less aggressive drawdown schedule. Obama's approach adds risk to the military mission, Mullen said. But he added, "It's manageable risk." Obama's plan will leave 68,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan after the drawdown. Most of those troops would gradually come home over the next two years, and the U.S. plans to close out its combat role in Afghanistan by 2015. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tacitly acknowledged the military had wanted more troops to remain for a longer period of time. And she said the keys to finally ending the conflict will be political negotiations with the Taliban leadership and managing a highly contentious relationship with Pakistan. Clinton told the Senate For eign Relations Committee that prospects for successful peace talks with the Taliban are unclear. She said the U.S. was involved in "very preliminary" contacts with the Taliban, which she said has only recent ly shown signs that it may be ready to talk about a political settlement. Such contacts with enemies are distasteful but worthwhile, she said, given the historical fact that few insurgencies have been defeated without a combination of military pressure and negotiation. "This is not a pleasant business, but a necessary one," she said. Hopeful Clinton added that she was hopeful about a political settlement. Still, she said, "We're a long way from knowing what the realistic elements of such an agreement would be." At least as murky is the outlook for cooperation with Pakistan. Clinton said the administration is stepping up pressure on Islamabad to take more aggressive action to help elimi nate extremist elements like the Haqqani terrorist network. "When it comes to our military aid ... we are not prepared to continue providing that at the pace we were providing it unless and until we see certain steps taken," she said, noting that Pakistan and U.S. interests do not always mesh well. "It has in the past invested in a certain amount of instability in Afghanistan," she said. "It also does not want Afghanistan to become a satellite of India." Mullen, who is retiring this fall, also cited the importance of the political dimensions of the conflict. Much of the questioning from committee members, however, focused on his opening statement in which he declared his support for Obama's troop withdrawal plan while also making clear that he originally considered it a mistake. "The president's decisions are more aggressive and incur more risk than I was originally pre pared to accept," Mullen said. "More force for more time is, without doubt, the safer course. But that does not necessarily make it the best course. Only the president, in the end, can really determine the acceptable level of risk we must take. I believe he has done so." Some in Congress have suggested that Obama was playing politics with the war plan, ques tioning why he would insist that the last of the 33,000 "surge" troops he ordered to Afghanistan in December 2009 leave the country by Septem ber 2012, which happens to coincide with the home stretch of his re-election campaign. Military commanders favored a withdrawal plan that would allow them to keep as many of the 33,000 surge troops in Afghanistan for as long as possible, ideally through the end of 2012. Troops Even with their full removal by September 2012, there will be about 68,000 troops remaining. That is twice as many as were there when Obama took office in January 2009. Mullen said the two four-star generals most directly involved in managing the war the Central Command chief, Marine Gen. James Mattis, and the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. David Petraeus both support the president's plan. All three offered their views to Obama, "freely and without hesitation," Mullen said, as part of what he described as an inclusive and comprehensive White House decision-making process. INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 12, FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TOP US OFFICER SEES RISK IN AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL MILITARY CHIEF RECOMMENDED LESS AGGRESSIVE DRAWDOWN SCHEDULE BAGHDAD Associated Press TWIN EXPLOSIONS, including a suicide car bombing outside a govern m ent compound, killed at least 22 people Tuesday in a rare attack in the mainlyS hiite south that signaled insurgents could be trying to expand their reach. T he violence comes as Iraqi officials are weighing whether to ask some of the roughly 47,000 U.S. forcess till in the country to stay past this year. Many are concerned Iraqi forces a ren't ready to take over their own security, and alQaida-linked militants willt ry to take advantage of t he vacuum. Nobody immediately claimed responsibility forT uesday's strike in Diwaniyah, 80 miles (130 kilometers) south of Bagh d ad. But the fact that it was a suicide bomber targeting an Iraqi government build-i ng pointed to Sunni extremists such as al-Qaida in Iraq. Shiite officials were quick to blame the terror network and remnants of Saddam Hussein's ousted Baath Party. The last major attacks in Diwaniyah were in 2009, when a bomb attached to a bus killed six people, and in 2007, when a roadside bomb killed seven police officers. But most of the past bloodshed in the area has been between Shiite militias fighting each other or the U.S. military before violence ebbed a few years ago. "We did not expect that our province would be the next target. We thought we were safe here in the south, but it seems that al-Qaida and the Baathists want to destabilize the whole country," said Thamir Naji, a member of the Qadasiyah provincial council, which includes Diwaniyah. Provincial Gov. Salim Hussein Alwan said he was leaving his house in a heav ily fortified compound when a suicide bomber rammed into a police checkpoint outside the sur rounding high walls. "I was in the garage preparing to leave when the attacker hit the police barrier outside and crashed with their vehicle," Alwan told The Associated Press in a phone interview. The suicide bomber also crashed into a police vehi cle that had munitions inside, causing it to explode, said Alwan and Maj. Gen. Othman alGhanimy, who commands provincial military opera tions. RARE SUICIDE ATTACK IN SOUTHERN IRA Q KILLS 22 GUVECCI, Turkey Associated Press SYRIAN troops pushed to the Turk ish border Thursday in their sweep against a 3-month-old pro-democracy movement, sending panicked refugees, including children, rushing across the frontier to safe havens in Turkey. The European Union, meanwhile, announced it was slapping new sanctions on the Syrian regime because of the "gravity of the situation," in which the Syrian opposition says 1,400 people have been killed in a relentless gov ernment crackdown. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Syria to pull its troops back from the border. Syrian soldiers patrolled in military vehicles and on foot around the border village of Khirbet al-Jouz, according to Associated Press journalists who watched their movements from the Turkish side. The Local Coordinating Committees, which track the Syrian protest movement, said residents reported tanks had entered the village and snipers were spotted on rooftops. Syria has banned foreign journalists and restricted local media, making it nearly impossible to independently confirm the accounts. More than 11,000 Syrians are housed or seeking shelter in Turkish refugee camps, including 600 who crossed over on Thursday, the Turkish Red Crescent said. The refugees came in a convoy of about 20 minibuses and some rushed on foot across the border, to be met by Turkish soldiers and escorted to nearby camps. Some refugees glanced behind them as they crossed into Turkey, as though fearful of being chased. Later, another convoy of nine minibuses was seen fer rying refugees to the Turkish camps. The deployment was the closest Syr ian troops had come to Turkey since the military operation in the area began two weeks ago as Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces tried to extinguish any chance the opposition could gain a territorial base for a wider rebellion. The army's main thrust came against the town of Jisr al-Shughour, where armed anti-government resistance flared in early June. The army's drive to the border could raise tensions with the Ankara government, which has grown impatient as Damascus tries to crush the uprising, in its 100th day Thursday. Turkish troops moved their border positions several hundred feet (meters back, apparently to avoid the possibility of confrontation with Syrian units, and raised a large red-and-white Turkish flag to mark their location. Patrols were intensified, and a military com mander toured the area. The foreign ministers of Turkey and Syria discussed the refugee situation on their border in a telephone conversa tion on Thursday, Turkey's Anatolia news agency reported. And the Turkish Foreign Ministry said it summoned the Syrian ambassador in Ankara to discuss "developments at the border" as well as the general situation in Syria. Clinton said the situation was "very worrisome." She said it was clear that "unless the Syrian forces immediately end their attacks and their provocations, that are not only now affecting their own citizens but endangering the poten tial of border clashes, then we're going to see an escalation of conflict in the area." In Brussels, the EU said it had expanded its anti-Syrian sanctions list, targeting seven more individuals and four companies, bringing to 34 the num ber of people and entities faced with an asset freeze and travel ban, including Assad. SYRIAN WORKERS who live in Lebanon hold up portraits of Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, as they shout slogans during a proAssad demonstration in Saksakiyeh village, south Lebanon, on Thursday June 23, 2011. Syrian troops pushed to the Turkish border Thursday in their sweep against a three-monthold pro-democracy movement, sending panicked refugees, including children, rushing across the frontier to safe havens in Turkey. (AP SYRIAN TROOPS PUSH TO TURKEY BORDER, VILLAGERS RUN
PHOENIX Associated Press THElargest wildfire in Arizona history left a charred landscape of blackened forest, burned-out vehicle hulks and charred fireplaces as it destroyed more than 30 homes. It also inflicted a serious toll on an ecosystem that's home to numerous endangered species. The flames spared three packs of endangered Mexican gray wolves but likely killed at least some threatened Mexican spotted owls as it roared through more than a half-million acres of a pristine forest on the New Mexico border. Wildlife managers are scrambling to determine if they need to pull endangered trout from streams that will soon be clogged with ash. Some other native species imperiled by another fire already have been removed because of concern the streams would be silted over from the runoff. The effect of the human-caused Wallow fire will last for decades because it burned so hot in many areas that it completely denuded the landscape, forest specialists said. In large areas, it denuded the landscape. Other places saw only undergrowth burn, and spots were untouched. But the places where it burned the fiercest are largely life less. "This is unfortunate in that this is such a hot fire," said Tom Buckley, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife spokesman. "The natural fires are good for a healthy forest, but these fires where the debris has been allowed to build up and it just hasn't been addressed they come out very hot and just scorch everything. As soon as the monsoon shows up, there's a potential for a lot of soil to move." Forest managers are warning people who have homes in the White Mountains to get flood insurance immediately because summer storms are expected to c reate severe runoff from the denuded landscape. It's part of the steep human cost from the 832-square-mile blaze that continues to churn through thousands of additional acres per day in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. The fire destroyed 32 homes a nd four rental cabins. The charred skeletons of vacation homes are physical reminders of disrupted lives and bygone memories. For many Arizona desert dwellers, the mountains provided an escape from the heat for generations. The Wallow fire was 61 percent c ontained on Thursday but still slowly growing on the south and southeast flanks. Only one small inhabited area remains threatened, and more than 10,000 people who had fled their homes earlier are not home. Two other major fires are burning in the state. The 44-squaremile Monument fire near the southern Arizona city of Sierra Vista was 59 percent contained but has destroyed 57 homes. Authorities lifted an evacuation order for an estimated 200 to 300 homes Thursday. About 300 homes remain evacuated. The 348square-mile Horseshoe Two fire atop southeastern Arizona's Chiricahua mountains is 95 percent contained after destroying nine homes in the world-renowned bird watching area. The three wolf packs in the Apache-Sitgreaves all had pups and were in or near their dens when the huge fire that broke out on May 29 roared through, said Jim Paxon, a spokesman for the Arizona Game and Fish Depart ment. Firefighters on the ground have seen two of the packs moving around with their pups. Radio collars on the three adults in the third pack show they are alive, but the status of their pups remains unknown because they are in an area still too hot for ground crews to enter. But Paxon said he believed the third set of pups survived. "They're there, and functioning, and able to persist and take care of their pups," Paxon said. "We feel very confident that our wolves are out there and they've all got pups, and that's a good thing." The Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday it had not confirmed the pups survived. The wolves were reintroduced into Arizona and New Mexico beginning in 1998. Managers had hoped to have more than 100 in the wild by 2006, but the count stood at 42 at the beginning of 2010. The program has been hampered by illegal shootings, court battles, complaints from ranchers who have lost livestock and pets to wolves, and concerns by environmentalists over the way the program has been managed. Six wolves died last year, all but one involving suspicious circumstances. The spotted owls are another matter. Crown fires in overgrown forests have become the greatest cause of unusual losses for the birds, and 73 protected nesting areas were burned in the fire, said Beth Humphrey, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest biologist. There are only 145 protested nest sites in the entire 2.1 million acres forest. More likely burned in the Gila National Forests when fire crossed into New Mexico, she said. Any nestlings or eggs caught in the fire were surely lost, although mortality among adults was likely limited, Humphrey said. "We don't know the severity of the impacts of those owl sites," Buckley said. "Fires don't burn evenly, so we have a lot of hope that some survived." Fish and Wildlife also is looking to see if prey for the wolves and owls will return quickly enough to let the animals stay in their regular areas. The burned forest supports more than a dozen endangered or threatened species besides the wolves and owls, including snails, frogs and fish. Dozens of other species that aren't rare, including bear, deer, antelope and a herd of elk that at about 6,000 is among the biggest in the state, make their homes in the forest. Only two dead elk have been f ound, Paxon said. A yearling calf had to be euthanized because its hooves were badly burned. But rumors of pipes of dead elk simply aren't true, he said. "These ungulates, the elk and the deer and the antelope, they'rea whole lot smarter than people are when it comes to evacuations,"P axon said. "When they feel heat, they will move away from heat toward a cooler area, and gener ally that's perpendicular to the way the fire's going. If it's not a huge fire, they often circle around and come back in. If it is a pretty widespread fire front, they simply get out in front of that and go overt he hill into the next drainage." The next round of damage will come once summer rains hit. The National Weather Service is warning of major flash floods and debris flows even with a 15minute-long moderate downpour. A 23-square-mile fire outside Flagstaff, Ariz., last June led to severe flooding from summer rains that inundated more than 80 homes and led to the drowning death of a 12-year-old girl. The flooding from the Wallow will kill fish, since it will carry major flows of ash and sediment and clog streams. Decades-long efforts to restore endangered Apache and Gila trout to the streams that flow from the moun tain will be hurt. Already, plans are being made to pull pure Apache trout from streams where it is expected they will die, to preserve the lineage, said Julie Meka Carter, native trout conservation coordinator for the Arizona Game and Fish Department. They could be put in other streams or placed in hatcheries for as long as three years, until the ash and sediment flows subside. The Apache trout were among the first species listed when the Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973. Once limited to just 30 miles of streams, they are now in found in 29 streams over 120 miles in Arizona's Black River and Little Colorado River watersheds. INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011, PAGE 13 U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICEbiologists and volunteers use nets to remove two species of trout from a creek in the Chiricahua National Forest near Elfrida, Ariz., in this photo made on June 17, 2011. Unlike some major wildfires that inflict a serious human toll, perhaps the biggest impact from the largest wildfire in Arizona history will fall squarely on an ecosystem thats home to numerous endangered species. Humberto Rodriguez, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service /AP ENDANGERED SPECIES HIT HARD BY HISTORIC ARIZONA WILDFIRE SERIOUSTOLLONECOSYSTEM
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B RENT and Llewellyn Burrows, owners of Lickety Split, i ntroduced their newest venture to the public during a grand o pening event at the new Hagen-Dazs Shop in the renovated Elizabeth on Bay Plaza. F oreign Affairs and Immigration Minister Brent Symonette commended L ickety Split for obtaining distribution rights for one of the worlds super premium ice cream brands. He also applauded their choice of the Elizabeth on Bay Plaza for the new Hagen-Dazs shop and noted that it will play a pivotal role in the ongoing revi-t alisation project aimed at revamping the eastern end of Bay Street. The ice cream shop owners expressed their excitement about this new venture, which they said will give Lickety Split an unprecedented opportunityt o provide an indulgent experience and exceptional service to Bahamians and visitors alike for years to come. shop opens on BAY STREET W HATDOIWANT? D elighted guest deciding which HagenDazs flavour to try next. ALLSMILES: Lickety Split and Hagen-Dazs reps beam with pride as guests compliment the new location. H AVINGANICETIME: Y oung couple enjoying a delicious taste of Hagen-Dazs. C UTTINGTHERIBBON: A lice Burrows, mother of Brent and L lewellyn Burrows, officially o pens the shop. T EAM PLAYERS: T he lovely ladies of Hagen-Dazs surround Maria Spriegel, General Mills operations manager. WELCOME: The Burrows family welcomes one and all to the new HagenD azs shop. LETUSPRAY: Very Revd Dean Patrick Adderley says a prayer before blessing the shop.
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A member of the FamGuard Group of Companies S S u u b b D D e e c c k k : : By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A wholly-owned Cable Bahamas subsidiary will have repaid its entire $30 million preference share debt when the final $5 million tranche matures on July 1, a senior executive yesterday confirm ing that the BISX-listed company plans to exploit cheap er funding resulting from the recent Prime rate cut. Barry Williams, Cable Bahamas senior vice-president of finance, told Tribune Business the two preference share issues had done their job, as its Caribbean Cross ings subsidiary was now cash flow positive and self-sufficient without any need for further debt financing in the short-term. Pointing out that Cable Bahamas, through Caribbean Crossings submarine fibre optic cable, was the only company with three-legged redundancy going into the US, Mr Williams hinted that the BISX-listed communica tions provider might return to the capital markets for debt financing if it proved success ful in winning the second cellular licence that the Govern ment will put up for auction in 2014. Were actually just going to pay that out at maturity, Mr Williams said of Caribbean Crossings fiveyear, $5m million Series B preference share issue, which matures in one weeks time. Were not going to roll that out. Those shareholders will get their payment on July C ABLE SUBSIDIARY PAYS OUT $30 MILLION PREFERENCE DEBT Final $5m Caribbean Crossings tranche set to mature on July 1 Firm cash flow positive, and no other company has three-leg fibre optic ring Cable likely to exploit cheaper funding if cellular licence won SEE page 8B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor S olar water heaters could reduce household/business electricity bills by between 10-25 per cent, the Bahamasbased head of a leading renewables firm said yesterday, with a consequent 30 per cent reduction in the Bahamas Electricity Corporations (BEC istic goal. Guilden Gilbert, president of Altern ative Power Sources (Bahamas Tribune Business that with the Bahamas exposed to almost-constant sun 365 days per year, the potential for renewable energy especially solar water heaters and solar Photovoltaic (PV limitless. While estimates of 25-30 per cent savings from solar water heater use might be a little high, Mr Gilbert said the total electricity bill cost reduction enjoyed by households depended on the size of their existing electric water heater. I think the savings will be anywhere between 10-25 per cent depending on the size of the existing heater, he told Tribune Business. The water is actually hotter coming out of a solar water heater than an electric heater, so you use less water. Noting that savings would likely be higher for a household with a 60-70 gallon electric water heater, as opposed to a 30-gallon model, Mr Gilbert said a three-four person household could get by on a 53-gallon solar water heater. Solar water heaters come in 40, 53 a nd 80-gallon sizes, and the APS (Bahamas passive solar water heater could be acquired and installed at a cost of around $1,700. The more expensive thermosiphon model came in at around $3,000. I acknowledge the upfront cost is not inexpensive, but what we need to l ook at is the longer term benefits, he added. I think it would be very easy 10-25% energy bill cut via solar water heaters $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.$4.29 $4.29 $4.29The 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 $5.27 Leading installer describes 30% reduction in BEC fuel bill from renewable use as realistic goal Says Bahamas has limitless renewables potential S EE page 7B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The 2011-2012 Budget a llocations to the various international trade agreements the Bahamas is negotiating leave much to bed esired, a leading trade e conomist said yesterday, and are a clear indication that were not seriouslya pproaching these develop ments. Hank Ferguson, the former adviser to the BahamasC hamber of Commerce and the private sector over the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA t ions, told Tribune Business that the $70,000 allocation to the Bahamas Trade Com m ission in the 2011-2012 B udget the same amount allocated in the previous fis cal year would barely buy those people lunch. T he Trade Commissions true role, he said, was to ensure private sector partic ipation in the World Trade Organisation (WTO sion process and talks with Canada over a replacement f or the CaribCan agreement, provide advice to this nations negotiators, obtain different industry positionsa nd set out technical man d ates. This, though, was not happening, and Mr Fergusons aid of the 2011-2012 Budget allocations to international trade issues: Its a clear indication that were nots eriously approaching the trade agenda....... Im looking at that Bud get, and theres much to be d esired in what was set out. Hopefully, there will be a reallocation of resources toa llocate more to Ray [ Winder, the Bahamas chief WTO accession negotiator] and his team. When it came to the W TO and the Bahamas efforts to accede to full membership, a process that began with the submission of its Memorandum of Trade regime last year, the 2011-2012 Budgets WTO l ine item increased funding by just $10,000 year-overyear, from $30,000 to $40,000. F unding for international t rade developments increased year-over-year by $250,000, from $750,000 to$ 1 million, but Mr Ferguson said much of this sum would be paid to foreign consultants who would come intot he Bahamas to work on issues such as government procurement and competi tion (antitrust H owever, assistance funds to deal with trade and relat ed technical matters were m ostly available free of c harge to the Bahamas, Mr Ferguson said, via CARI COMs Office of Trade Negotiations (OTNg rant funds provided by the Budget trade spend: Much to be desired By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter email@example.com Atlantis executives will travel to B razil to lead a promotional push on behalf by the Paradise Island-based resort in the expanding Latin Amer i can market, Tribune Business has l earned. Minister of Tourism, Vincent Vanderpool Wallace, linked the effort to the addition of new direct airliftb etween Latin America and the Bahamas by Copa Airlines. He projected that efforts to raise t he profile of this nation as a destination in Latin America are set to reach levels up until now only seen in the North American market. I think you will see the kind of frequency of trips to Economist says 2011-2012 allocations for WTO, T rade Commission and like show Bahamas not serious on international trade SEE page 6B BRAZIL PROMOTION: The Atlantis resort on Paradise Island. B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Based on the reaction so far to the voluntary separa-t ion packages offer by the Bahamas Telecommunica-t ions Company (BTC u nion executives yesterday predicted the company will at least meet and may perhaps exceed the 30 per cent staff reduction it was hoping to achieve. Denise Wilson, secret ary-general of the B ahamas Communications a nd Public Officers Union ( BCPOU), told Tribune B usiness that employees h ad been going for the separation packages in goodly numbers. U p until Wednesday last week, 76 people had accepted the packages, but this figure has since drast ically changed, with yet more going for the separa tion offer, she added. A 30 per cent staff r eduction would amount to a round 400 persons. BTC said the voluntary separa-t ion program is intended to s treamline the companys cost structure in line with industry standards, in anticipation of the full lib e ralisation of the telecom munications market within the next 24 months. Mrs Wilson said: I b elieve they [BTC] will be in for a surprise. Its been quite well accepted. Therea re a lot of people who are t ired of the uncertainty and not knowing what will hap pen, and so people are weighing it. Especiallyt hose who are pensionable. Some are wondering: Lets just take this and seei f we can go to Digicel when it opens up. She was referring to the poten tial for current BTC e mployees to seek employm ent with a competitor SEE page 6B SEE page 8B UNIONS: BTC ON TARGET FOR 30% STAFF REDUCTION VINCENT VANDERPOOLWALLACE
By SIMON COOPER Res Socius I n my time in business broking, I h ave come across many different types of companies, and made it my business to understand them. Some I have gone on to sell successfully, others I have walked away from, because I refuse to associate myself with duds. Along the way, I have d eveloped theories about what separates the sheep f rom the goats. In other words, what makes for a successful business or, if you prefer, a successful business person. To me, the most important ingredients are liberals prinklings of passion, a craving for adrenalin, and oftentimes bloody-minded p erseverance, too. For sure, athletes need a decent running surface to break records, just as new b usinesses need markets c ontaining gaps. To capitalise on both of these, though, they also need a clear vision of the target, and a rock-solid belief in their ability to succeed. More successful businesse s have started out smaller, as opposed to being big. My personal all-time f avourite is automobile manufacturer and entrepreneurextraordinaire, Henry Ford. Would you believe the font h e chose for his logo was the o nly one with enough lettering left over in his childh ood printing set? No need for fancy footw ork, when customers believe your passion in your product or service. People have always been w hat make things happen, and that applies everywhere I go in the Bahamas. Unfort unately, some employees lack the enthusiasm that makes the difference in their marketplace. This is why most successful start-up businesses are manned by business owners, perhaps in tandem with partners or f amily members with stake h oldings. I chose the word t andem carefully. None of us would share a tandem b icycle where the other ride r does not do their half of the work. It totally eludes me as to why so many employers put up with employees who are little more than passengers on their goods trains. When I put value to a b usiness I focus more on the v alue of the output, and the growth potential, than I do o n input costs. M any people I know w ould turn up their noses at two college students fiddling with electronics in a garage. I BM certainly did. The sec o nd smart thing that Bill Gates and Paul Allen did was not to buy that monster out. We all need competition t hat lags behind, so that our e xcellence is obvious. H uman resources are freq uently the greatest expense i n any business, yet in many places I go to I see several under-challenged hands. These days we do more things on computers than before, and anything that can be done on a computer can be done remotely, even o ver the Internet. These t asks can often be done c heaper this way, too, because employers are buying defined blocks of hours, as opposed to dedicated e mployees. Think about this n ext time you worry over your operating costs. When I was at business school, I thought that people went into business to make money. T hat may be true for some. However, most suc-c essful ones are doing business for fun, too. They are involved in technology they are passionate about. This r amps their business quality u p and draws in extra customers. Some business owners, u nfortunately die in harness. Others burst through into a zone where they have time a nd money to challenge t hemselves in other ways as w ell. S ome, like Mr Gates, give a way huge sums of money. Others, like Richard Brans on, build submarines and s pacecraft they crew first. Passion in all things is what m akes businesses (and life tick, dont you think? N B: Res Socius was founded by Simon Cooper in 2009, and is a business b rokerage authorised by the Bahamas Investment Authority. He has extensive p rivate and public SME experience, and was for-m erly chief executive of a p ublicly traded investment c ompany. 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B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Opposition Progressive Liberal Party (PLP day expressed concern that the Governments approacht o international trade a ppeared to be counterprod uctive, given that such agreements were likely to be the main drivers for job creation and economic growth. Fred Mitchell, who has trade in his shadow portfolio,t old Tribune Business that if the PLP was returned to office in the upcoming general election it would revisit plans the Christie administration had to create a fullyfledged Department of Tradet o monitor these issues. Responding to concerns raised in Tribune Business yesterday by economist Hank Ferguson, Mr Mitchell said: Were really concerned about what appears to be al ock of engagement by the Government on this question of foreign trade agreements. Foreign trade is going to b e driving this economy in the f uture in terms of jobs. Its the only way we see thats going to provide the jobs in this economy, so to be indiff erent to the EPA, to be indifferent to the CaribCan with C anada, that seems to be c ounterproductive. Pledging to dust-off plans left behind in 2007, Mr M itchell added: We left in a d ecision to create the Departm ent of Trade, which they scrapped when they came to o ffice. We would have had a full-time staff following these issues, and plan to do it againw hen we are returned to o ffice. M r Ferguson, who was previously the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and private sectors leading adviser on the Economic Partnership Agree-m ent (EPA agreements, had told Tribune Business on Wednesday that this nation needed to take a more aggressive approach to such negotiations and make sure the private sector was at t he table. I still believe the Bahamas is not taking maximum advan-t age of the opportunities presented through engagement i n these free trade agreements, he said in an interview yesterday. Were not taking maximum advantage, not adequately participating in preparations for the continuing talks between CARICOM and Canada. Were in the third round of talks. Theyre advancing very quickly, and weve not done a good job ofe ngaging the private sector in terms of what we hope to get from foreign trade arrangements with Canada. I dont think theres been enough engagement to find out what we want, and oura ttendance and preparation f or negotiations has been p oor, Mr Ferguson told Tribune Business. We have to take a more a ggressive approach to these t rade negotiations, and ensure we have the private sector at t he table in all these meetings. This applies, he indicated, not just to the ongoing talks with Canada on a replacement for the existing Carib-C an trade agreement, but meetings with the European Union (EU RUM partners over the already-signed EPA. The Bahamas has also formally submitted its application tob ecome a formal member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO Mr Ferguson acknowledged the efforts made by the Government to comply with itsE PA requirements, namely Customs Management Act reforms, consultations on competition policy and government procurement, and adjustments to the Tariff Act and National Investment Pol-i cy. H owever, he said this was only half the story, and the B ahamas was suffering from disjointed, uncoordinated national trade policy that has had limited private sector engagement and no inputf rom civil society. W hen it came to the B ahamas EPA services offer, Mr Ferguson said that while it had been circulated to the EU and its member states, this was not the same as it being tabled at the Barbados meet-i ng. Writing that the Bahamas services offer still had not been approved and annexed to the EPA agreement, Mr Ferguson said this could have happened had the Govern-m ent attended the Barbados meeting and previous CARICOM group event. He writes that failing to acknowledge a missed opportunity is to mislead a private sector that shouldk now better and that continues to depend on the benefits made available under this agreement. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011, PAGE 3B CAREER OPPORTUNITYDIRECTOR CREDIT SOLUTIONSCORPORATE & COMMERCIAL BANKING.Position Summary:The Director, Credit Solutions Group is responsible for contributing to the protable growth and quality of the Banks Corporate & Commercial Credit portfolio through effective structuring and negotiating of the credit-related deals. The incumbent is responsible for ensuring the delivery of nancial solutions to the Client Relations Group is of a calibre consistent with service standards and procedures in support of the Commercial Banks sales m odel. He/she has responsibility for coaching the (Sr. unit on their professional development. The incumbent works closely to maintain a strong a nd viable working relationship with Credit / Global Risk Management.Key Accountabilities: p rotable development of Corporate & Commercial Credit business in the assigned territory. credit portfolio and ensures the Banks risk prole is mitigated. and Portfolio Analysts within assigned territory or region. strategic direction of the Commercial Bank, in general. Procedures Manual. Educational Qualications: required. working knowledge of the systems, routines and operating procedures Other Information: The Scotiabank Group is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all interested parties. We thank you for your interest, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Qualied candidates only should submit applications in writing marked Private and Tradewinds Building, Bay Street Nassau, Bahamas or email scotiabank.bs@scotiabank. com on or before June 30, 2011. PLP: Trade policy counterproductive Suggests approach undermining key jobs and growth driver Pledges to establish Department of Trade FRED MITCHELL
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011, PAGE 5B By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org T he Arawak Cay Port Development Company hasc ontracted Providence Advisors and CFAL to act as j oint placement agents for its $8 million initial public o ffering (IPO t he new port. P rovidence Advisors Ken Kerr and CFALs Tony Ferguson will take charge of the offering, Mike Maura, Arawak Cay Port Development Companys chief exec-u tive, told Tribune Business. Mr Maura reiterated that the target date for theI PO is October 2011, a lthough he added that this was largely in the purview o f the placement agents. Its still somewhat vague. It might take place on September 30 or October 30. They are more in charge of that, he said. W hen the IPO occurs, both the Government and the group of private sector i nvestors who jointly make up the Arawak Cay Port Development Company will each sell 20 per cent of their equity holdings $4 million each for a total of $8 million. This will ultimately leave the Government and 19 private sector stakeholders as equal shareholders of 80 per cent of APD, holding 40 per c ent each. The public feat uring Bahamian retail and institutional investors, will t ake ownership of the r emaining 20 per cent, in l ine with what Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has described as a commitmentb y the Government to broaden wealth creation, ownership and economic benefits. This contrasts with the concentration of ownership that currently exists in the Bahamian shipping industry. The Port, which will provide for shipping facilities to b e relocated from Downt own Bay Street to Arawak Cay, reducing associated t raffic congestion and allowi ng for orderly expansion of s hipping interests away from the tourist hub, is scheduled to be completed by the endo f 2011. Providence/CFAL gain Arawak port $8m IPO contract ATHENS, Greece Greece's beleaguered government said Thursday it will start taxing minimum-wage earners and encourage local banks to help the state delay debt payments for bonds maturing as late as 2015. The announcement came as the government reached a final deal on a euro28 billion ($40 billion) austerity package with debt inspectors from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Getting the new spending cuts, economic reforms and privatizations through parliament next week is a precondition for Greece to get more aid, without which it will default on its massive debts. The deal reached between the Greek government and the debt inspectors, which regularly check on Greece's implementation of its euro110 billion bailout program, contains an additional euro3.8 billion ($5.4 billion EU official said early Friday. The experts from the EU and the IMF found that the austerity package to be sent to parliament initially fell short off the promised euro28 billion in savings, but that the Greek government promised to offset the shortfall with additional cuts, the official said. GREECE PRESSES BANKS, LOW-EARNERS IN DEBT CRISIS Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their n eighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
BUSINESS PAGE 6B, FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.181.180.000.1550.0807.66.78% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.200-16.6 1.88% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.946.940.000.2130.10032.61.44% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0470.09057.43.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.938.48Cable Bahamas8.488.480.004001.0580.3108.03.66% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.802.55-0.252,5380.4380.0405.81.57% 8.338.33Commonwealth Brewery8.338.330.000.0000.0000.00.00% 7.006.00Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.191.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.741.870.130.1110.04516.82.41% 2.541.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.380.000.0740.11018.67.97% 5.994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.4460.24012.14.44% 9.005.65Finco6.006.000.000.7570.0007.90.00% 9.858.25FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.57Focol (S)5.505.500.005,1530.4350.16012.62.91% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%20 November 2029T UESDAY, 21 JUNE 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,417.19 | CHG -2.81 | %CHG -0.20 | YTD -82.32 | YTD % -5.49B ISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 20175.0011830 May 2013 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%L ast 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.55731.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.55732.04%6.13%1.535365 3.01852.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.01852.41%4.01%2.952663 1.59761.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.59761.50%4.50%1.580804 3.20252.6384Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5997-4.43%-16.29% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.50161.08%0.02% 116.5808103.9837CFAL Global Bond Fund116.58080.71%8.38%115.762221 114.1289101.7254CFAL Global Equity Fund114.12892.39%7.89%111.469744 1.16081.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.16551.66%5.19% 1.12141.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.12640.71%6.11% 1.16201.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.16681.54%5.59% 9.99529.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.94330.98%4.58% 11.217310.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 211.28102.07%9.80% 10.42889.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.40873.83%11.49% 8.45104.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.78964.66%16.69% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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[to get into renewable energy]. It just takes the willingness of t he home owner to cover the up front costs. APS (Bahamas install the two solar water heaters shown off in Ardastra Estates earlier this week by minister of state for the environment, Phenton Neymour, and train contractors who aided in the set-up. Mr Gilbert said Bahamian households and companies had to keep at the forefront the longer-term savings in reduced electricity bills they would enjoy from solar water heatersand solar PV systems, the rate of return on investment more than outweighing the upfront installation costs. We know where global oil prices are, and theres no doubt about where theyre trending. We really have no control over it, he told Tribune Business, pointing to the benefits a homeowner would enjoy if they purchased a 2-2.3 Kilowatt (KW solar PV system when constructing their $320,000$350,000 home. Such a system, Mr Gilbert said, would cost $24,000-$25,000 to purchase and install, and $15,000-$16,000 if a back-up battery was foregone. At the time of negotiating your mortgage, if you add that $24,000-$25,000 on top of the mortgage, over a 25-30 year period your payment may increase by $50-$75 per month, he explained. But if you look at what you save in electricity costs, you probably save $300 a month. Your net benefit is $225 per month that youre not paying. Further illustrating the economics, Mr Gilbert said APS (Bahamas Bahamian-based client $28,000 for a solar PV system for his home. It would have run everything in the house apart from the AC and the electric dryer, he explained. He wanted to have the AC in the house run when BEC was down. The economics didnt make sense to have the PV system run a four-five tonne AC, even a high efficiency system, as youre going to have to draw maybe 1,800 watts. With each solar panel able to generate 225 watts of power, some eight-nine panels would have been needed to run only the AC, whereas the same number of panels could run all the lighting in the house. Mr Gilbert said the client eventually went with a $38,000 fossil fuel generator for back-up power, and added: You will never see a return on investment, as BEC does not go down as much as you think. But if you use a PV system, you get relief from day one. Apart from the upfront outlay on a fossil fuel generator,M r Gilbert said there was also the cost of fuel, service and regular maintenance required. And he pointed out that solar PV systems were also able to operate in the aftermath of a severe hurricane, when BEC supply could be out for days, even weeks. Mr Gilbert said a 2KW solar PV system could produce anywhere between 10-12 KW per day. With BECs fuel surcharge at around $0.36 per kilowatt hour, Mr Gilbert estimated the savings at around $130 per month in the current environment, but this could be even more in ideal conditions. And, apart from the savings, there was also the opportunity for households and businesses to earn by selling excess power back to the BEC grid, once the legislative and regulatory environment was amended. I think the renewables potential is limitless. I think its tremendous, Mr Gilbert told Tribune Business. The first investment should be in a solar water heater. The Bahamas has 365 days of sun. I think the long-term benefit is the reduction in dependency on fossil fuels. Imagine if BEC could reduce its purchases of fuel by 30 per cent. Thats a significant saving to the country, and I think its a realistic goal. I think its achievable, and this pilot project will go a long way to evidencing that. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011, PAGE 7B CAREER OPPORTUNITYBRANCH MANAGERFREEPORT BRANCH.P osition Summary:As the leader of a branch sales and service team you are responsible for the overall success of your team. You will achieve your branchs goals by planning, monitoring, coaching and executing sales and service activities, which consistently create the desired, needs-based customer experience. As Branch Manager, you are also responsible for meeting the nancial services needs of your Small Business Customers, with the assistance of your Assistant Manager Small Business. In addition, with the support of your Sales Manager, you are responsible for managing the branchs Sales Team, including goal-setting, monitoring their performance and reinforcing appropriate behaviours and attitudes through coaching. With the support of your Service Manager, you oversee the quality of customer service; ensure a smooth and efcient operational routine is in place; ensure the branch presents a professional image; and, ensure that daily and periodic management controls are in place and effective. You have a primary responsibility for embedding and sustaining sales and service management activities in the branch as well as selling customized nancial solutions using a nancial planning approach to meet customers needs.Key Accountabilities: Services and Procedures Manual Educational Qualications: experience is required.Other Information: only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. FROM page 1B 10-25% energy bill cut via solar water heaters
BUSINESS PAGE 8B, FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 1 with their letter. Referring to the fixed 7 per cent interest c oupon attached to the Series B preference shares, Mr Williams a dded: You wouldnt have got that putting it on fixed-term deposit, thats for sure. And with the way the capital markets have gone, you would not have got that rate of return from equities over the past five years. I think it was a very decent investment for sure. T he Cable Bahamas finance chief explained that the $5 million Series B payout was in keeping with plans to pay-off m ore expensive funding, especially in light of the recent 75 basis point cuts in the Discount and Prime rates a move that will impact the pricing of most, if not all, debt securities. The funding has essentially done what it set out to do, w hich was to finance the company in its early stages, Mr Williams said, noting that Caribbean Crossings $25 million Series A preference share issue, offered in 2001 for a 10-yeart erm at 8 per cent, had been completely paid back as of last year. Instalments The company did this in annual instalments of $5 million from 2 006 onwards, and Mr Williams said of the subsequent Series B issue: It was just a continuation of working capital really, and some enhancements were done to Caribbean Crossings network and upgrades. Essentially, Caribbean Crossings is pretty much self-suffic ient now, cash flow positive and in a very good position because with its current operations its debt free. C aribbean Crossings submarine fibre optic cable had three legs going into the US, he added, two moving up the eastern side of Florida and the final leg going down south, then backu p north on the western side of the country to Florida. Weve got a three-legged redundancy. No other company c an boast of a three-leg submarine redundancy out of the B ahamas, Mr Williams said. Its a self-healing ring, and t hats the key. The chances of getting three submarine breaks are slim to none. Thats the result of that network. Mr Williams said there was nothing in the works for C aribbean Crossings in terms of further capital market debt financing in the short-term, meaning the next five years. However, that was not necessarily the case for its Cable Bahamas parent, given the interest rate reductions and itse xpansion plans, which include entering the fixed-line voice ser vices market and, potentially, the cellular market once that is liberalised in 2014. Funding should become cheaper, Mr Williams told Tribune Business. Weve actively in the future going to be taking advantage of that situation in terms of less expensive funding. C onfirming that Cable Bahamas would absolutely seek to e xploit this, Mr Williams indicated the company would need to finance the build-out of cellular infrastructure should it be successful in winning a licence to compete with the BahamasT elecommunications Company (BTC course, face competition in that from the likes of Digicel. He added: Were right at the cusp of introducing voice ser vices to the public, and down the road on cellular we will go for that opportunity in a couple of years. That will be an opportunity for funding. Wed need those funds in advance to build out our network. In another couple o f years, we might well be coming back to the market for addi tional funds. CABLE SUBSIDIARY PAYS OUT $30 MILLION PREFERENCE DEBT F ROM page 1B C entral and South America that mirrors what we have normallyd one to North America. Theres been a great deal of satisfaction with the load factors on Copa. Theres great potential with those flights, said Mr Vanderpool-Wallace. Kerzner International (Bahamas president, George Markantonis, will be leading the marketing thrust. Copa, via its hub in Panama a three-hour flight from Nassau is now providing more convenient a nd, in some cases, cheaper travel links between this nation and many Latin and Central American countries than those which would have been available when travellers had to go via the US. Having made its inaugural flight to Nassau from its Panama hub on June 15, it is showi ng per cent-plus load factors for its first month of service, and per cent-plus for its second month. Referring to the Atlantis trip to Brazil, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace noted that this country is by far and away the strongest large mark et in South America right now. They are making a point of going and making sure Atlantis is well represented in a lot of markets, he added. Meanwhile, the M inister noted that tourism officials are also set to travel to Brazil on a promotional tour in the third w eek of August. We are going to go down and do something very similar to what we did in Canada, he said, referr ing to the investment promotion trip that the Prime Minister led to that nation earlier this year, taking with him representatives from gov-e rnment, financial services, tourism and more. FROM page 1B Atlantis targets Brazil market