N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.183TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUN, T-STORM HIGH 89F LOW 79F By PAUL G TURNQUEST C hief Reporter email@example.com A MULTINATIONAL investigation is currently underway into a car smug-g ling ring that has seen the importation and resale of dozens of stolen high-end vehicles currently being dri v en on the streets of Nassau. This investigation, which began nearly two months ago b y this newspaper, has revealed that at least 85 per sons so far have purchased h igh value vehicles ranging from Mercedes, BMWs, Lexus, Jaguars, and Hummers that have all been stolen out of New York and Miami. These vehicles, which are labelled as having been dam a ged or wrecked cars to account for their drastic decrease in value are smugg led to the Bahamas in con tainers by a local dock at the Miami river and off-loaded atn ight at Arawak Cay. A Customs Officer, whose name was revealed by police is reportedly being paid top rovide fake documentation alleging that Customs fees are being paid so that the vehi-c les would have some proof of having being cleared at the docks. TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Debt$AVER 30 Day No PaySend your loan on vacation!Qualify for a Debt$AVER CONSOLIDATION LOAN and get a 30 Day payment holiday and a built-in Savings Plan Luxury car scam exposed SEEWOMAN12B BOXING V V A A L L E E N N T T I I N N O O A A D D V V A A N N C C E E S S I I N N P P A A N N A A M M Q Q U U A A L L I I F F I I E E R R SEESPORTSSECTIONE MYGREATESTMOTIVATOR A A L L L L T T H H E E R R I I G G H H T T C C U U R R V V E E S S SEE page six By SANCHESKA BROWN DISRUPTIVE roadworks have caused 200 jobs to be lost and hundreds more put in jeop ardy in the Prince Charles Drive area, according to business owners who say they are on the verge of permanent closure. Owners and employees from various stores in the area staged a protest at the Fox Hill Road intersection yesterday, demand ing the government reopen at least one lane of Prince Charles Drive. Fred Rahming, owner of Business Mart, said representatives from the Ministry of Works originally told them one lane would always remain open and the work would last between eight to 10 weeks. However, Mr Rahming said its now been five months ... and the roadworks are nowhere near completed. Mr Rahming said: We were misled by the Ministry of Works, and now we are all paying the penalty. ROADWORKS CAUSE 200 JOBS TO BE LOST ANGRY SCENE: A woman argues with workmen on Prince Charles Drive yesterday about blocking the road off. Felip Major /Tribune staff SEE page six V ehic les stolen fr om US, driven in Nassau A SMALL plane c rashed shortly after takeoff in Andros, according to late reports reaching T he Tribune. U p to press time, offi c ials could not confirm the status of the Cessna 402s sole passenger after thep lane went down sometime after 4pm. Inspector Delvin Major, accident investigator with the Civil Aviation Authority, confirmed that the aircraft developed problems along its SMALL PLANE CRASHES JUST AFTER TAKEOFF S EE page six By LAMECH JOHNSON THE publisher of the countrys leading newspaper received a special honour among several persons honoured yesterday morning at the Royal Bahamas Police Forces 18th annual summer youth camp opening ceremony. By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org STATE Minister of Finance Zhirvargo Laing moved the new Customs Management Bill in the House of Assembly yesterday which is meant to bring major reforms to the revenue collections agency. The Bill will create an appeals board, the Customs Appeal Commission com prised of independent members, to resolve dis crepancies between the Department of Customs SEE page six CUSTOMS MAN A GEMENT BILL MOVED IN THE HOUSE TRIBUNE PUBLISHER AMONG THOSE HONOURED AS POLICE FORCE OPENS SUMMER YOUTH CAMP SEE page two SPECIALHONOUR: Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of National Security Carl Smith; Tribune publisher Eileen Dupuch Carron and Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade. Photo/ Lorenzo McKenzie By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com LEGISLATION to protect sharks in the Bahamas is due to be revealed at a press conference today after being finalised by the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources. Campaigners from the Pew Environment Group, Bahamas SHARK PROTECTION LEGISLATION SET TO BE REVEALED TODAY SEE page six
The ceremony at the Grants Town Seventh-dayA dventist Church saw Eileen Dupuch Carron, The Tribunes publisher for more t han three decades, receive t he Distinguished Communit y Service Award, presented by Asst Supt. Stephen Dean o n behalf of the Commission er and the Force, for The Tribunes consistent support of t he Royal Bahamas Police Force over the years. Supt Dean, while praising M rs Carron for years of dedicating space in the paper to h elp promote such police init iatives said much of the camp s success could be attributed to her insistence on promot ion. He said: She told me You w ant it to be a success, put it i n The Tribune. And, according to Supt Dean in a press conference before the ceremony, it has been a success. It has been working and continues to expand each y ear," he said. A fter receiving the award and having her photograph taken with Police Commis s ioner Ellison Greenslade and Permanent Secretary for t he Ministry of National Secur ity Carl Smith, Mrs Carron s aid the honour came as a sur prise because she did not k now why Supt Dean was so insistent that she attend thatp articular ceremony. I didnt know what was happening, she said. When I saw the note in The Tribunes assignment book, I saw the Must cover! notationn ext to it, but I thought nothing of it because anything to d o with Supt. Dean is always a must cover assignment including his insistence that yesterdays ceremony was form e a must attend. The staff didnt know what was happ ening, but accepted it as an a ssignment not to be missed. Others honoured for community service awards by the f orce for donating their time and talents to various camp divisions throughout the yearsw ere Floyd McClain (Southe astern), Lorena Barr (South western), Helen Adderley (Northeastern (Band Camp (Eastern (Western( Central), Vasco Bastian (Grove), Susan Hall (Southern). Commissioner Greenslade i n his remarks thanked those honoured for continuing to assist the police force through t heir efforts to making the camp successful. T o others that have assist ed, he said: This was a challenge because theres so many distinguished persons in the a udience who have stood with us for so many years and w hom I would wish to recog nise. He apologised for being unable to reward them all at t his time. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A SINKING freighter spilled gallons of oil into Nassau Harbour this weekend as it went unnoticed by authorities until yesterday afternoon. Teenager Brent Burrows II, 17, photographed the freighter tied to the Pioneer Shipping dock at the end of Elizabeth Avenue off Bay Street in downtown Nassau on Sunday afternoon and alerted The Tribune This is a perfect example of the lack of care given to many seagoing vessels by their owners and captains, and to the lack of responsibility from those who should deal with such an event, he said. Port Controller Patrick McNeil and Earlston McPhee, chairman of the National Coastal Awareness Committee (NCAC vate partnership working to clean up Nassau Harbour, had not been told the vessel was sinking until called by The Tribune yesterday. Mr McPhee went directly to the site and said the motorised landing craft had no name or registration, and he sent his team out to find the owner. He estimates oil and diesel would have been stored on board the two engine craft, but could not guess how much may have dispersed into the harbour. Mr Burrows, a junior sailor with the Bahamas Sailing Association, said he thought the boat had sunk on Saturday evening. This area should have been boomed off immediately, and special teams should have been in place to do anything possible to stop this sink ing boat from harming the environment, he said. You can clearly see the fuel in the water in my picture, and the smell of the fumes was incredible. Im no environmentalist, but I know for sure that this is an environmental fiasco that could have easily been avoided and I think it is ridicu lous that no one had responded. We need to work hard to keep our Bahamas clean, green, and pristine. Mr McPhee blamed negligence for the spill and said he will pressure the boat owner to float and move the vessel. Although he was able to smell the oil from Prince George Wharf around 300 yards away, he had not been made aware of the sinking ship and thanked the teenager for inadvertently bring ing it to his attention. I dont have a clue how much oil he had on board, he said. But any oil on board, once a boat sinks, is too much in the water. If we had caught it early we would have been able to see if we could put a break up to contain it. The more time the oil is in the water the more it spreads out, thinner and thinner, over a vaster area, making it that much more difficult to clean up. Commander McNeil has voiced his support for the NCACs harbour clean-up initiative and warned the owners of boats anchored or abandoned in the restricted area of the harbour around Potters Cay to remove them by July 1 or have them removed and be charged for the cost. FROM page one YOUNGSTERS go on the march as the Police Annual Summer Youth Camp gets underway. PICTURED above and below are youngsters and members of the Police Force at yesterdays opening ceremony. Photo/ Lorenzo McKenzie P h o t o / L a m e c h J o h n s o n P h o t o / L a m e c h J o h n s o n SINKING FREIGHTER SPILLS OIL INTO NASSAU HARBOUR THESINKINGFREIGHTER pictured on Sunday afternoonPhoto/ Brent Burrows P h o t o / L o r e n z o M c K e n z i e
By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter email@example.com DOMESTIC airline oper ators are sceptical of the via bility of two additional air ports on Grand Bahama. DNA candidates for Grand Bahama proposed the devel opment of two new facilities during an interview with The Tribune at the partys Grand Bahama launch. However, their plan was shot down by industry pro fessionals who questioned the sustainability of multiple air ports on the 96-mile long island. R ex Rolle of Western Air, said: When you look at where the Grand Bahama airport is located right now, its really in the centre of the island. So to commute there from any part of GB is approximately 30 minutes. dont think it would be a v iable option, given the amount of security and personnel and cost to operate an airport. D uring an interview with T he Tribune, candidates rep resenting eastern and western Grand Bahama, Philip Thomas Sr and Roger Rolle, both suggested the development of airport facilities in their constituency. The eastern airport could be used to service the film industry and would bring much needed competition, according to Mr Thomas Sr, a 46-year-old boat captain who is seeking the High Rock seat. But Paul Harding of Safari Seaplanes said: Three for what? Freeport is pretty cen t ral to everything thats in Grand Bahama, I wouldnt think there would be enough in East End to warrant it. M r Harding, a pilot, added: If (the stalled Ginn develop m ent) takes off, its gonna be p retty huge so I can under stand them wanting to facili t ate that, but more than that, no, I dont think Grand B ahama can absorb another one. Economic development a nd training were said to be top priorities for all three Grand Bahama candidates r atified on Saturday, but Osman Johnson, of the law f irm Ayse Rengin Dengizer Johnson and Co, promised t hat attending to the basic n eeds of Pineridge con stituents will be his first task if e lected. Suf fering Acknowledging that gove rnment handouts do not create real solutions, Mr Johnson, 27, added: Our people are suffering right now in Pineridge and my first and primary concern will be to take direct action. I've grown up on this island and I've watched as this beautiful place of ours has deteriorated, year on year steadily it makes me feel terribly disappointed. Mr Rolle, president and CEO of Rags To Riches Con sulting Company, told The Tribune that discussions with Ginn developers would be his first priority if elected. He said the party has already started discussions a bout developing the fishing industry through the estab-l ishment of factories. M r Rolle, 44, said: We t alking about development where Bahamians play a major role, because it seems l ike if you're not a part of a financially independent group, then the goal is tom ake sure you stay out of it. O ne of the things we have to do is change that. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011, PAGE 3 A TTORNEY Wilbert H Moss Jr has died after a long illness. Yesterday, his law firm, Bethel, Moss and Co, announced his death on behalf of his wife and family. The firm noted that Mr Moss practiced at the Bahamas Bar for more than 25 years and was an accomplished defence attorney as well as a practit ioner of civil law. Memorial services will be announced in the near f uture, the notice said. B y AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org A DMINISTRATORS denied claims of a water shortage on Grand Cay, Abaco yesterday. M inister of State for the E nvironment Phenton Neymour advised that water pressure on the cay had been reduced yester-d ay due to a malfunction i ng pump. Residents and business o wners confirmed that t here was potable water a vailable on the island; h owever, it was also noted t hat pressure and supply were inconsistent. A restaurant owner said: It's on, but it's only on r ight now. We don't get full pressure throughout t he island." In a press statement yes terday, PLP chairman Bradley Roberts said it wasa Grand Cay resident who sounded the alarm. The resident reportedly told Mr Roberts that the island had been without water for t hree days. Mr Roberts said: The PLP is aware that GrandCay has a large holding tank which suggests that the Reverse Osmosis Plant o n Grand Cay was inoperable for more than a week. It therefore begs the question as to why it has t aken Ministers Earl D eveaux and Phenton N eymour more than a week to ensure that the required repairs were exe cuted to guarantee the availability of mandatory commodity of potable water for the residents of the isolated cay. In an earlier statement on his website, Mr Roberts said that Big Grand Cay had been without potable water since March 31. Last night, Mr Neymour urged the opposition not to create unnecessary alarm and claimed the PLPs actions have had a negative affect on visitor traffic on the cay in the past. He explained that one of the pumps at the reverse osmosis plant malfunc tioned earlier this morning, and is scheduled for repair today. Mr Neymour said: As a result the island was being supplied by gravity, meaning pressure was reduced and it was supplied via storage tank. There was and still is water in the storage tank as we speak, but they did have a reduced pressure when the pump malfunc tioned at 3am. According to Mr Neymour, the false reports of water shortage spread internationally and he called on Mr Roberts to act responsibly for the sake of the tourism industry. The Northern Abaco District office administrates policing, social ser vices and central government for the island. Administrator Theophilus Cox said: I have no knowledge of (water shortage They would inform my office, and no one has said anything to me. Scepticism over viability of two extra GB airports LESS than two months after the launch of the Democratic National Alliance, its youth arm the Young Democrats held elections at the partys headquarters and chartered eight executive members. DNA leader Branville McCartney was present for the elections and said the youth arm will be instrumental in the partys decision making and will move its platform forward. It is no doubt that we recognise that the youth is our present and our future, Mr McCartney said. We wanted to ensure that the youth arm grows with the party. The executive team includes: G Jamarl Chea, president Mario Almanzar, first vicepresident Letiesha Dean, second vice-president Kyle Thompson, third vicepresident Corey Small, treasurer Pariska Rolle, secretary Khashan Poitier, sergeantat-arms Mervin Davis, chaplain T he DNA also plans to establish a youth arm in Grand Bahama and Richard Johnson is to oversee this project. Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson, the first woman president of the National Congress of Trade Unions, conducted the elections and Judy Blair, Union of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas chaplain and DNA volunteer,s wore in the young leaders. Newly elected Young Democrats president Mr Chea thanked the young audience for their attendance and encouraged them to put themselves forward for appointed positions and standing committees. The party sees the need for young people to be incorporated in the decision making of the party. They dont see us as just a vote, but a voice, he said. Mr Chea outlined several upcoming events targeting young Bahamians, including a disc jockey competition on July 16, entry to which will be free for anyone registered to vote two weeks prior to the old registrar closing on July 14. He said: The main focus is getting young people to register, because statistics show that young people will determine these elections and we encourage young people to go out and register. DNAs youth arm hold elections WATER SHORTAGE CLAIMS DENIED PHENTON NEYMOUR n Eight executive members of Young Democrats chartered n Branville McCartney says youth is key to future of his party DNA LEADER Branville M cCartney. news BRIEF ATTORNEY DIES A FTER LONG ILLNESS Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
EDITOR, The Tribune. I cannot say how relieved I am that Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette will not be retiring from front-line politics.I had read a report in a PLP Internet daily stating that the Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for St Annes was angry with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham over some alleged uncharitable comments that he had made to an American official in 2003 about him. This infamous report was based on a Wikileaks cable that was published by The Nassau Guardian. Ingraham is alleged to have said that he wanted Symonette to enter the leadership race for the Free National Movement. He further stated that Symonette would lose because of his lack of appeal to Bahamians. So far the prime minister has yet to deny that he had made these unkind comments about his Parliamentary colleague. The FNM can ill afford to lose Mr Symonette. He is a very valuable asset to the party. The FNM has already lost too many of its supporters to Bamboo Town MP Branville McCartneys Democratic National Alliance party. The DNA is an offshoot of the FNM. The for m ation of this new party could very well hurt the FNM in NewP rovidence. We must bear in mind that the FNM only won one seat in New Providence in 2002. That was in St Annes with Mr Symonette. He was the only FNM candidate to win a seat in New Providence. The FNM was virtually wiped out of New Providence by the PLP. In addition, the FNM did not win by an overwhelming mar gin in 2007. That election could have gone either way. Supporters of the FNM need to be realistic. Right now it appears as if the political pendulum is swinging in the direction of the PLP. I am an avid reader of a PLP Internet daily; and I can tell you that many PLP supporters have a very deep dislike for PM Ingraham. These people are furious that Ingraham came out of semiretirement to run for the lead ership post at the FNMs 2005 convention. They are accusing PM Ingraham of undermining the former leader of the FNM, Tommy Turnquest. Turnquest led the FNM from 2002 to 2005. He was a senator. Turnquest lost his Mount Moriah seat to Keod Smith in 2002. If Turn quest was unable to convince his own constituents to support him in 2002, how would he con vince the constituents of the other 40 constituencies to support him? The PLP knows that the Hon Tommy Turnquest would have never defeated the Hon Perry Christie and his PLP party. This can explain why the party is so angry with PM Ingraham for returning to the leadership post. Mr Turnquest is obviously a very nice man. He is also a fam ily man. However, I dont think that he could ever lead the FNM to victory at the polls. There are too many persons in this country who are opposed to Mr Turnquest becoming prime minister, because of his privileged upbringing. They resent the fact that he was raised with a platinum spoon in his mouth. In addition, Mr Turnquest does not possess the charisma and political appeal of either PLP Leader Perry Christie or PM Ingraham. When Mr Turnquest was the leader of the FNM, the party was deeply divided. Yet he managed to keep it together. Many disgruntled FNM supporters are now joining the DNA. I dont think that many PLP supporters will leave their party for Branville McCartney. In fact, the Leader of the Opposition, Perry G Christie, has vowed to contest the Bamboo Town seat in the upcoming election. I think that the PLP could very well win that seat. The FNM is deeply divided in that constituency. Both the FNM and the DNA could end up splitting the votes that Mr McCartney received in 2007, I think. Progressive Liberal Part y supporters will stay put. The supporters of the PLP are determined to win the election. Mr McCartney appears to be a very confident man. He really believes that his party can win at the polls in 2012. However, Mr McCartney must be very careful not to place the cart before the horse. I think t hat Mr McCartney and his supporters are guilty of counting the chickens before the eggs have hatched. The DNA must realise that the two main political parties are both deeply entrenched in this country. Furthermore, I dont believe that Mr McCartney will even hold o n to his seat in the next gen eral election. I could be wrong though. But, then again history is on my side. Mr Tennyson Wells ran as an independent in 2007 and lost to Branville McCartney. Mr Wells is a very seasoned politician. Y et he was soundly defeated by a political newcomer. The reason why Mr Wells lost his seat was that the Bamboo Town constituency is a FNM stronghold. Therefore, it will be an uphill battle for the Bam boo Town incumbent to hold on to that seat. I n addition to the departure of Mr McCartney, the FNM has also lost several party stalwarts like Pierre Dupuch, Algernon Allen, Floyd Watkins and Ten nyson Wells. The FNM of today bears little resemblance to the FNM of the early to midnineties. While it cannot bed enied that PM Ingraham has been very good to the FNM and to this country, it cannot be denied, however, that he has gutted out the party. Moreover, many within and without the party have complained about PM Ingrahams style of leadership. They have accused him of being a dictator. I dont believe, however, that he is a dictator. Prime Minister Ingraham is simply a very stern leader. Nevertheless, the FNM cannot afford to repeat the errors it made in 2002. They must rally behind their leader, notwithstanding his domineering personality. However, I must say, though, that even without the support of Algernon Allen, Tennyson Wells and the other disgruntled FNM supporters, the party was still able to defeat the PLP in 2007. This just goes to show how popular PM Ingraham is. A s it stands right now, this country is split right down the middle. The Bahamas is deeply polarized. It is true, though, that the so-called swing voters will once again determine who will govern the country in the upcoming election. Both the P LP and the FNM still have their loyal supporters though. However, it appears as if the support base of the PLP is a bit stronger than the support base of the FNM. Therefore, the last thing that PM Ingraham and the FNM needs is another major party figure like Brent S ymonette resigning from the party. That could very well be the FNMs Waterloo. Prime Minister Ingraham needs to reach out to disgruntled FNMs. He needs to galvanize his par tys supporters. And if he has offended any one, the PM should extend an olive brancht o them. There is nothing wrong in admitting that you have made mistakes. But as it stands right now, I cannot see how the FNM will win the upcoming election with a fractured party. The party is just too divided. Prime Minister Ingraham has got to unite his party. If PM Ingraham fails to get his party united again, the FNM will lose the election. KEVIN EVANS Nassau, June 27, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 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 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm MANY THINK of policemen as those men and women in uniform who hunt down criminals and sometimes those who dont consider themselves criminals rough them up, secure them in handcuffs and lock-step them off to court. But there is more to our police officers than that. They believe in the youth of this country and in making time to help them become good citizens, thus avoiding the prison lockup. Over the years many of these summer camp children have become policeand defence force officers. On our staff today is a fine young reporter who has gone through the police forces summer camp and knows the value of its discipline. Yesterday the Royal Bahamas Police Force opened its eighteenth annual summer youth programme in a ceremony at the Grants Town Seventh-day Adventist Church on Wellington Street. It is estimated that each year 3,000 children go through the camps. We leave our readers to do the math to arrive at an estimate of the number of children the police have mentored over the last 18 years. These summer camps are so popular that this year, at the request of parents, the four week camp has been extended to six weeks. It is understood that there is talk within the force that next year the camps might operate for the entire summer. As soon as the police announced the opening of the camp this year, children flocked to the various police divisions seven divisions in all, but broken up into 10 because of the extra large size of some of them. Each division brought 300 children to the camp 3,000 altogether. The theme of the camp is preserving our heritage through our youth. Up until last year the summer camps came under the Community Relations Section of the Force. Last year it was upgraded to the National Crime Prevention Office with Asst. Commissioner Stephen Dean at its head. We met Supt Dean from Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama who joined the Force 30 years ago sometime in 1996. One day our telephone rang on what was a very busy news day. We really did not have time to take the call, but the voice at the other end was so insistent, so full of enthusiasm, and talking about a subject that has always been dear to our heart the youth of this coun try that we entertained his call. He had recently been stationed in Cat Island (19961999), wanted to pull the community togeth er, saw that the youth had nothing to inspire them and so wanted to start a marching band. Would we help with the publicity. From that day on we have collaborated on many programmes he had the idea, we organised the publicity. Over the years we have met and worked with many enthusiastic, dedicated police officers, the latest among them Stephen Dean. Of course, we have the highest regard for Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade, a sensible, compassionate leader, able with his stern, but gentle power of persuasion to divert a young person from the path of destruction. When given a challenging assignment, we always wait for Supt Deans next words: I have got to make it happen! And by, jove, through sheer force of will, he makes the impossible happen including getting us to yesterdays ceremony where he had a surprise awaiting us. He is particularly interested in the music section of the summer programme. The band, under conductor, Corp Theodore Campbell, with only one years training put on an impressive show at yesterdays opening. Accompanying them for the first time was the Scotia Bank Symphony under the direction of JoAnne Connaughton, whose music conservatory takes children from the age of two. Playing in her section yesterday were a grandmother and her grandson, and a mother, her two daughters and a son. Its very much a family affair, said Ms Connaughton. Among them was a talented young boy whose French horn was almost bigger than he was. Her group plans to cooperate with the police in their programme this summer. Supt Dean wants the children to spend at least one day at the various childrens homes and home for the elderly to clean, paint and feed the elderly. This will not only teach them about service, he says, but will teach them to respect old people and their infir mities. Several landscaping companies have agreed to help the children landscape the entrance to the Police Headquarters on East Street. There will be speech competitions; soccer sponsored by the Bahamas Football Association; basketball with Caribbean Bottling as sponsors, and the Lyford Cay Foun dation, which sponsors the music, supply ing the books and small instruments. The Foundation also assists with the supply of food. Cable Bahamas has pledged a financial donation to each of the 10 camp divisions. Supt Dean is now concentrating on organ ising the camps at Cat Island, San Salvador, Exuma, Bimini, Eleuthera and Harbour Island and reviving the camp at Grand Bahama. He is now busy working with the mailboats to get camp supplies to the islands. This is an abbreviated sketch of some of the programmes planned for 3,000 Bahami an children this summer. If you, our readers, want to help to keep our children off the streets, out of mischief and set on the path to become worthwhile citizens, please make a donation to the Royal Bahamas Police Force Summer Programme, P.O. Box N 3020, East Street. Your donation is much needed, will be much appreciated and will go to a very worthwhile cause. PM has got to unite FNM before the next election LETTERS l email@example.com The police summer camp opens for children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he Tribune. I n the theology of life it must be understood that God is in con trol of all outcomes, based on what He allows, what He hinders or what He causes. Many Bahamian politicians and political parties have always been convinced that God is on their side, especially if you check their church attendance leading up to an election. I would caution the young leader of the DNA to be very careful as he attempts to tap into the spiritual realm in moving forward. If you make a claim that God is guiding, the assumption will be that someone is following. Reactions in the spiritual realm are normal, but it is the responses that that are important; and those of us within a particular historical framework have always been at the front of the line when it comes to God and politics and because of this cultural idiosyncrasy we have often seen ourselves as being special, but this is changing. More than a half-century ago the language we are hearing would have been suitable, a political entity coming on the scene for the good of a people who have been oppressed and let down, but in July 2011 there is a slight difference; the oppressors and the oppressed have a lot more in common. When the PLP came on the scene more than a half-century ago, the reality of who God was and what he meant to the Bahamian people was clearly defined and it was a powerful force. The then leader of the PLP took on the persona of a modern day Moses. The slogan All the Way, was chosen from the book of Deuteronomy, Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, 8:2. It was later re-phrased to All the way the Lord shall lead us. The history of the modern Bahamas reminds us that even a political party with such a strong religious component had serious challenges in allowing the Lord to lead them through the years. And the challenges came early, as the church leaders who had supported the party to its victory in 1967, were unable to dissuade the party or its leadership from going back on the promises they had made (in church Even one of our greatest Bahamian sons, who was a member of the party and a Baptist minister, paid the ultimate price for standing on the issue of principle. Perhaps it is just one of those coincidences but exactly 40 years from its grand entry in 1967, the party finds itself in a political wilderness. I would advise Mr McCartney to be very careful of his utterances as his political career develops, especially when he attempts to pre sume that God is on the side of him and his party. God is on the side of those who are prepared to do His will. Politicians have a penchant for beginning with God and then using Him and His peo ple when it is convenient. He should take a page from one of his mentors, who is wise enough not to presume upon Gods goodness; he has even had to bear the brunt of some Bahamians not seeing him as Christian, when compared to some of the other political leaders who like to go to church on a regular basis. No matter what people say about his ex-leader, they will never be able to accuse him of playing games with God. EDWARD HUTCHESON Nassau, July 1, 2011. DNA LEADER SHOULD BE VERY CAREFUL OVER GOD CLAIMS
B y LAMECH JOHNSON WITH the countrys homicide count now at 65 for theyear, the commissioner of police believes the country is under attack by a new breed ofc riminals who have no regard for human life. In a meeting with the press following the opening ceremo-ny of the police summer youth camp, Commissioner Ellison G reenslade said criminals are n ow committing armed robbery and killing the victims even if they cooperate. There are persons who will take your money, they wont just rob you, they will kill youi n the process and they just d ont care, he said. C ommissioner Greenslade s aid when he recently held talks with reformed former criminals, they too expressedc oncerns about the new breed who he said have n ever attended church, will not a ttend church and just do not c are. They have committed crimes yesterday, they will c ommit crimes today, we arrest t hem, theyre taken to court, g ranted bail, theyre back in the system after they commit an offence. A sked to respond to criticism of the police forces performance on crime, Mr G reenslade said: Criminals c ommit murder. People that are bad people in our society commit murder. Thats not a bout the police force. Thats not about ZNS or any other news media. Thats not about e ducators. Thats about human beings that live here, human beings with brains in their heads, h uman beings that make choices and the choices they make are to commit crime and to ac ertain extent murder. This is about waking up as a people and recognising that w e are facing major problems that we are going to have to come to terms with. We will continue to ask the p ublic to support us by turning these murderers in. They live in our communities.T heyre from our homes and they know who they are and they need to turn them in. T he commissioner said the p olice have been arresting prolific offenders on a consistent basis. Thousands of persons have been arrested over the course of the year, hundreds ofw eapons taken off the streets, t housands of rounds of ammu nition, the stats are there to s how. But that alone will not solve the problem, he said. T WO men charged in the s tabbing death of a 16-yearold boy were arraigned in the Magistrates Court yest erday. Police have charged A lfredoe Destamar, 19, of P each Street and Stevanis B rown,19, of Green Castle, Eleuthera, with the June 27 murder of Evense Arryse. T he 16-year-old was at a party on Allen Drive off Carmichael Road when af ight broke out at around 1am. Police said that during the fight, Arryse was stabbed in the neck. D estamar and Brown were arraigned in Court O ne, Bank Lane yesterday before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez. Both men were not r equired to enter a plea to the charge. Twenty witnesses are list ed on the court dockets. P rosecutors are expected t o present a Voluntary Bill of Indictment in the case on September 14. A ttorney Ian Cargill, who represents both men, toldt he magistrate they were s everely beaten while in p olice custody. He also claimed that although police said they w ere granted permission to detain the suspects for an extended period of time,t hey never presented any proof of this. Both men have been remanded to Her Majestys Prison. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011, PAGE 5 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Five persons w ere arrested after a firearm a nd ammunition were discov ered at a residence in the Freeport area on Saturday. A ccording to police reports, at about 6.20pm officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit exe-c uted a search warrant at a house on Pioneers Way, near Coral Road. A black .45 Austria Glock pistol with a magazine, containing12 live .9mm rounds of ammunition, was recoveredby officers. The five occupants of the home were arrested and taken into custody for questioning. ASP Loretta Mackey said police are continuing their investigation into the matter. Police have also arrested 23 persons, including 17 adult males, one male juvenile, and five adult females, over the weekend for various offences such as house-breaking, shopbreaking, stealing, causing harm, disorderly behaviour, possession of unlicensed firearm, ammunition and possession of dangerous drugs. A 23-YEAR-OLD T urtle Drive man was arraigned in Magistrates Court on a murderc harge yesterday. Domineko Teron Babbs has been charged with the June 26 murder of Ashton Scott Rolle. P olice said Rolle, 20, was behind Gibsons L iquor store on Carmichael Road about 11.20pm when the incident occurred. When officers arrived on the scene they f ound Rolles body with a number of gunshot wounds. Babbs, who was represented by attorney R ichard Boodle, was not required to enter a p lea. Fourteen witnesses are listed on court dock e ts. Prosecutors will proceed with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment in the case. Babbs was remanded to Her Majestys P rison as the question of bail did not arise. The indictment is expected to be presented on September 14. MOBILE Division Officers found a high-powered weapon hidden inside a ceiling of an abandoned home at West Street and Cambridge Lane. Police reports said that officers discovered the gun at 5 pm. No suspects were arrest ed in connection with the find. Officers from the Mobile Division also arrested a man who was allegedly found dri ving a car believed to have been stolen. Police were on routine patrol of Step Street in Fox Hill at 8 am Sunday when they noticed a 35-year-old man, a resident of the area, with the red Honda Accord. The suspect was arrested and taken into police custody. Active investigations continue into both incidents. HIGH-POWERED WEAPON IN AB ANDONED HOME FIVE ARRES TED AFTER DISC OVER Y OF FIREARM AND AMMUNITION CRIME NEWS Country under attack from a new breed of criminals 23-YEAR-OLD CHARGED WITH MURDER CHARGED: Domineko Teron Babbs outside of court Felip Major /Tribune staff TWO CHARGED WITH TEENS STABBING DEATH CHARGED: Alfredoe Destamar (left Felip Major /Tribune staff C OMMISSIONER OF POLICE E llison Greenslade speaks yesterday. Felip Major /Tribune staff COURTNEWS
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE These cars are then in turn r egistered in the names of persons or companies that do not exist and illegally licenseda t the Road Traffic Depart ment. Nine times out of ten, a source close to the investigat ion revealed, these vehicles have no form of actual insurance as they run the risk of being exposed when the vehi cles identification number or (VINt hrough CARFAX. However, for the more luxury end cars that areb eing sold for anywhere from $45,000 to $90,000 the VIN numbers on these vehicles have been altered or replaced with a wrecked models VIN number. This manoeuvre, police explained, is done so that when a search is madeon the car it would appear on CARFAX as if the vehicle had simply been in an accident where the title had to b e rebuilt, thus avoiding any suspicion of theft. Reported victims of this s cam have ranged from wellknown businessmen, current political candidates, LyfordC ay residents, attorneys, doc tors, numbers house opera tors, retail food store owners and the like. These cars in most instances are presented by an individual whom the policeb elieve to be an officer connected with the Customs Department. This person, they said, presents himself to would-be pur chasers as being a car salesman who obtains all of his vehicles through auctions, thus offering them at such great prices. A $89,000 Mercedes for example, could be sold by this individual for a s low as $45,000. As a part of their investigation, the police will report e dly begin to cross-check the VIN numbers and registra tion details of all the luxury c ars on the island with the records currently being held at the Customs Department. Any vehicle, which cannot be proven to have been landed and cleared by Customs, they said, could be a part of thiso verall scheme. Persons who believe they may have been victims of this latest scam are asked to contact the Security and Intelli gence Branch of the Royal Bahamas Police Force or their nearest police station for assistance. National Trust (BNT er environmental non-government organisations have petitioned for a total ban on the commercial fishing of sharks and sale of shark meat and products in the Bahamas and for export. Changes to the Fisheries Resources (Jurisdiction and Conversation) Act were drawnup by the Attorney Generals office and approved by the Cabinet. Papers were then returned to the AG and drawn up for the Minister to sign yesterday, however he remained tight-lipped when questioned about what the legislation might entail. Campaigners hope the legislative changes will prevent the capture and killing of shark for commercial gain, thereby making Bahamian waters a sanctu-ary for sharks. The 243,244 sq miles of Bahamian waters is home to one of the worlds healthiest shark populations, owing to the ban on long-line fishing more than 20 years ago, and lack of demand for shark meat in the region. However sharks came under threat when the operator of a seafood export company in North Andros told The Tribune he intended to explore the possibility of exporting shark fins in September last year, and accel erated the launch of the shark conservation campaign. Matt Rand, Pews director of Global Shark Conservation, estimates 73 million sharks are killed every year primarily to support the global shark fin industry, valued for the Asian delicacy shark fin soup. Right now, 38 per cent of shark species that are in the world's oceans are threatened, or are near threatened with extinction; and those are just the ones that we know. We also know that that statistic is actually short, Mr Rand said. The first International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN sharks names 64 species as endangered. Sharks are vulnerable because they take decades to mature and produce few young. According to research on the value of Palaus shark population released in March, 100 sharks would be worth around $10,800 for their meat and fins. However, reef sharks in the Bahamas are estimated to be worth around $250,000 each as visitors spend an estimated $78 million per year to see sharks or take part in shark-related activities. Shark tourism is thought to have contributed more than $800 million to the Bahamian economy over the last 20 years. Pew has successfully campaigned for shark protection legislation around the world, with Honduras declared a shark sanctuary on June 24, and Asian Pacific island Guam banning the sale, possession and distribution of shark fins in March. The global momentum for shark conservation is building and all eyes are on the Bahamas for the next major step in shark conservation, Mr Rand said. BNT director Eric Carey said: We remain optimistic. We did all of our homework, we had a lot of documented support, and support from the Cabinet, so there is no reason to expect anything other than what we have been asking for. We want some answers as to when the road is going to be completed and why havent they put more manpower on this road. We need the government to stop drag ging their feet on this job. We already had two businesses close and more will close soon if something isnt done. Some of us cant pay our light bill, some of us cant buy inventory. It is costing us much more money to stay open. We just want the government to keep their word to us, they promised to keep one lane open and we need that so people can have access to our stores. Mr Rahming also claimed that despite the Ministry promising that roadworkers will be working from 7am to 7pm every day, most days no one is working, and when they are there, he says, some are either, sleeping, gambling, drunk or slacking off. Nioshie Bourne, who represented East Coast Pub, Tais One Stop and P C Engineers said things have got so bad, they can only afford to have family work in their shops because they were forced to send her entire staff home. We understand pipes have to be laid but they have been in front of East Coast Pub meaning no one can access the business. The government needs to compen sate us. We are sick and tired of suffering and its like the government doesnt care. They wont even speak to us. The Ministry told us they would have the proper signs inp lace, that hasnt happened. We cant trust them and if you cant trust the government, who can you trust? The business owners say they will protest every day until they are heard. They have retained the services of lawyers and say if they have to take the matter to court, they will. Roadwork on Fox Hill Road and Prince Charles Drive are a part of the Government's $120 million contract for the New Providence Road Improvement Project. The work includes installation of a 24-inch water main from Fox Hill Road and Prince Charles Drive in the east to the junction at Baillou Hill and Robinson Road that is expected to improve water quality. Drainage utilities are also being installed. The Ministry has scheduled a press c onference for tomorrow, at which time they are expected to address this issue. and aggrieved persons. Currently, a person who disagrees with a decision by the department has no other recourse aside from taking the matter to court. The Bill also has a code of conduct detailing the standards and rules of behaviour with which all Customs officers must comply. A disciplinary board also will be created to mete out punishment to employees suspected of violating the code of conduct. For the first time, the Bill will give customs officers the authority to verify suspicions that imported goods are impostor brands that infringe on a manufacturer's intellectual property rights. "The introduction of provisions will give the Customs Department the power to take action on its own initiative to detect goods of infringing intellectual property rights," said Mr Laing yesterday. "Those of us who are familiar with intellectual property laws, they'll note that this is a meaningful new intervention in the enforcement mechanism of the Bahamas in respect to intellectual property rights. "Customs, in having that legitimate suspicion within the context of this law, will be able to take as much action as is necessary to ensure that is not the case, or if it is that case, what is to be done," the Marco City MP added. Two main changes introduced in the new legislation redefine the authority of the comptroller and the powers of customs officers. "One would see in the law greater specificity as to what the powers and authority of those persons are to act in respect of Customs laws in the Bahamas. There'll be very little room for discretion in that regard," said Mr Laing during his contribution. Customs will also undertake post-release verification and audits of released goods, such as those deemed duty-free, to inspect whether or not the goods were used for their conditional purposes. This will enhance honesty and transparency around the release of goods, said Mr Laing. The Bill also calls for an internal inspection unit to conduct periodic inspections to verify that tasks are being dutifully carried out. The amended law reflects international standards concerning the simplification of Cus toms procedures, the obligations of the Eco nomic Partnership Agreement (EPA those required of the World Trade Organization. The new Bill aims to provide increased transparency of legislation, policies and pro cedures, with clear published rules and procedures consistently applied to a common stan dard and an appeals system; minimal inter ference with legitimate trade and passenger traffic; the protection and securing of legiti mate trade, the environment and national heritage; partnership with other stakeholders to eliminate duplication and minimise bureaucracy and greater professionalism in the way staff deal with trade and passenger traffic. route from Mangrove Cay to Congo Town yesterday. M r Major said: The plane was reported to have developed p roblems shortly after takeoff. It tried to return and crashed into bushes short of the runway. It could not be confirmed whether or not the plane was a private charter. The department is expected to send a team toA ndros today to gather more information about the crash. FROM page one CUS TOMS MANAGEMENT BILL MOVED IN THE HOUSE FROM page one SMALL PLANE CRASHES JUST AFTER TAKEOFF SHARK PROTECTION LEGISLATION SET TO BE REVEALED TODAY FROM page one FROM page one L UXUR Y C AR SCAM EXPOSED FROM page one Roadworks cause 200 jobs to be lost BUSINESSOWNERS protest yesterday on Prince Charles Drive. Felip Major /Tribune staff
SANDALS Royal Bahamian welcomed the first vacationers from the newly established Copa Airlines direct flight from Panama this past week a couple from Brazilwho will leave the Bahamas on Thursday with a glowing review of not only the resort,but of the Bahamas as well. R obson and Michelle Lima, a newly married couple from the Brazilian City of So Paulo chose to spend a week in New Providence for their honeymoon. Through Sandals Royal Bahamians resident Por tuguese speaker, Food andB everage Manager Manuel Santos, Mr. Lima explained that the decision was made after a random search on the internet. For our honeymoon we wanted to spend time at a beautiful beach so we googled the words paradise and beach. The first pictures to come up were ones from the Bahamas. So then it was just a matter of what resort to go to and we chose Sandals, Mr Lima said. The availability of a direct flight from a South American country assisted further in mak ing the decision an easy one. The couple said that the flight was very good, comfortable and safe. Mr Lima raved about the warm Bahamian weather saying they stepped off their Copa Airlines flight dressed in winter coats and boots. Because it is below the Equator, winters in So Paulo from June 22 to September 21. The Limas even made a day trip to the Exumas on the Pow er Boat Adventures. The weather is beautiful, the country is beautiful, the people are beautiful we would recommend it to anyone back home, Mr Lima said. Good word of mouth in So Paulo could go a long way. Not only is it the largest city inBrazil, So Paulo is the largest city in the southern hemisphere, and the world's seventh largest cityby population. As a matter of fact, recommendations from persons travelling from any of the markets in South America are signifi cant. Not only is it a fairly untapped region as far as the Bahamas tourism industry is concerned, it is the home of a number of emerging economies. In the past five years, South America has experienced great economic development, withVenezuela, Colombia,Argentina,Uruguay and Perugrowing their economies by over 8 per centper annum. Brazil, the nation from where the Limas hail, is the seventh largest economy in the world and the second largest in the Americas. It leads South America in total amount of exports at $137.8 billion. Sandals General Manager Patrick Drake once again high lighted the great opportunity the opening of these markets provides for the Bahamas. While continuing to pro vide excellent service to our North American guests we must not forget the special needs of visitors to the Bahamas from South America and Europe who are travelling great distances to be here, Mr Drake said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011, PAGE 7 www.rbcroyalbank.com/caribbean Trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. Used under licence. NOTICERBC Royal Bank (Bahamas INVITES TENDERSRBC Royal Bank (Bahamas tenders for the purchase of the following: All THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot No. 112 situated in Westridge Estates Subdivision situated in the Western district of the Island of New Providence one of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Property Size: 22,000 sq. ft. Building Size: N/A This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained in a Mortgage to RBC Royal Bank (Bahamas All offers should be forwarded in writing in sealed envelope, addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank Commercial Financial Services, P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, Bahamas and marked Tender 7939. All offers must be received by the close of business 4:00 p.m., 8th July, 2011. By LAMECH JOHNSON MEMBERS of the Prince George Dock Taxi Drivers Association came together to clean up a dilapidatedp roperty that had become a conspicuous eye-sore in the heart of downtown Nassau. Torrence Henfield, coordinator of the clean up, said the property on the corner of East Bay and ErnestS treets was riddled with a garbage in the front and the back and had started to attract comments from tourists. He said: When we sometimes take shortcuts through here when doing tours with t ourists, they see the garbage a nd they complain about it, the sight and the smell. So w e the taxi drivers saw fit to c ome out here today and clean it up ourselves. Mr Henfield said the association plans to clean up any a rea on their tour routes that is littered with garbage, and c alled on the Ministry of Environment to help with this effort. A ssociation member Ivan C ampbell said the idea came days ago and it did not take t hem long to act. On Saturday, Mr Henfield said to us as drivers that we have to deal with this problem and we decided t o come out here today and do just that. It didnt take l ong to get things sorted out. The clean-up, undertaken by about 20 taxi drivers, s tarted at 6.30am yesterday. According to the association, the owner of the prop erty lives in Miami, Florida, b ut a local politician is sup posed to be responsible for m aintaining it. ROBSON AND MICHELLE LIMA the first ever vacationers from the newly established Copa Airlines direct flight from Panama Photo/ Marvin Humes SANDALS WELCOMES FIRST VACATIONERS FROM NEW DIRECT FLIGHT TAXI DRIVERS GET INTO GEAR FOR CLEAN-UP OF PROPERTY W ORK TAKES PLACE ON DILAPIDATED DOWNTOWN EYE-SORE
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By INIGONAUGHTY ZENICAZELAYA F ORas far back as I can remember, every summer, without exception, has brought with it an internal clock which, as soon as the first power outage occurs, begins the countdown as towhen the next loadshed will occur. Truthfully, I know I am not alone as there are many Bahamians who share thissame internal clock and (possibly) irrational fear. We ask ourselves, Will it happen just as I sit down for a meal, or will it strike when I am fully lathered up enjoying my nightly shower? What if it happens right when I get back from the food store, get in myhouse, unload all those groceries, made sure my meats were situated comfortably in the freezer and put my favourite six-pack on ice? Yes, every time the current goes off its good-bye sanity, hello lunacy! I imagine that next to water-boarding (which is now illegal) there is no crueler form of torture than sitting in your home in the middle of a boiling Bahamian summer with no air conditioning, ceiling fans or any other form of electronically powered cooling apparatus. And no time frame for relief. In my house, events are planned and decisions madebased upon when I and my wife feel that internal clock will strike zero: Me: Honey, would you like to go to dinner and see a movie tonight? Wife: Sure! Oh, wait. What if they load-shed tonight? The baby-sitter wont be able to handle it! She might lose the kids in the dark. Or what if a candle lights the drapes and catches the house on fire? Or what ifone of the kids slips on a toy in the dark and breaks their neck? Or what if they all sweat to death while were out watching Transformers 3 for goodness sakes?!! Me: Right, never mind. (Better for us to sweat to death together as a family, I always say.) Seriously, the government of the day should know that load-shedding is taking a two pronged toll on the population; this practice of rolling black-outs breaks one down both mentally and physically, leading to everything from arguments, severe spankings (if you think your kids annoy you with the lights on) and nervous breakdowns to the more life-threatening ailments like dehydration and heat strokes. And lets face it, we are spoiled. Sure our ancestors once survived without electricity, fans, air-conditioners and ice, but ask Bahamians to go a full 24 hours without electricity in the hot summer and you are inviting trouble. We need our smart-phones and our dumb phones, our computers and our tablets, our iPods and our iPads, mp3 players, Playstations, X-boxes, flat screens and Wiis. And do you know what all of these things need? Power. For our generation it is as much about being physically cool as it is about being mentally cool; forget about cold water and hot food, when load-shedding occurs it threat ens our ability to enjoy our various creature comforts almost as much our physical well being. And is it really fair to comp are us to our ancestors? They killed animals with their bare hands and ate them raw (I think). But I digress. There must be something of our ancestors left in us still, though, because when the lights go out we modern humans return to a primitive state. We seek out water, even if that drinking water (which quickly gets hot) is now comparable to swimming pool water, more suited for boiling pasta than quenching ones thirst. As your throat crackles and your tongue dries your mind craves exactly what you cant have; the biggest ice-cold slushie in the world That ice-cold slushie awaits you at your favourite service station (where the power never goes off thanks to their generators). In your heat induced delirium you hear the slushie calling your name. Now you are up in a full zombified state with one thing on your mindthe slushie crossing your lips, extinguishing your thirst, and giving you brain freeze all in one sip. Oh what a feeling! The thought is so vivid in your mind you can taste it. You quicken your pace to get to your car in order to get to the service station which, though just mere blocks away from your residence, now seems hundreds of miles away. As you scuttle about in the darkgaining a new respect for Ray Charles and Stevie Wondertrying not to take out the coffee table with your shin, you stop only to feel the sweat roll down your body into cracks and crevices you never knew existed. Blood is flowing now, and you can hear e ach bead of sweat as it cas cades off your brow in perfect timing with the thump of your heart (producing a beat that Dr Dre would envy). In the car finally, you race to the service station like a NASCAR driver chasing the checkered flag at Daytona. All in one cool move, you pull up, hop out of your car, enter the establishment, grab the biggest cup available and head for the slushie machine which summons you like a beacon in the night. Its like an oasis in the desert welcoming you from across the store. The Holy Grail is within reach. You have no regard what people say about your flip flops, cut off jean shorts and greasy t-shirt as the frozen liquid oozes out then explodes into your large cup. The straw is inserted with light speed as you move toward the counter to pay for your prize. Just as you are about to take a big gulp of paradise you guessed it that load-shedding clock hits zero again and you find yourself standing in what must be the only gas station in Nassau without a working generator. As much as I would like to go on explaining how it feels to be in any business waiting to pay for something without a working cash register (abacus anyone?) I cannot. I must leave you in the dark. Its 7.15pm as I am writing this and my internal clock is on 4, 3, 2 T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011, PAGE 9 Dreading the load shedding! COMICS VIEW I NIGO NAUGHTY ZENICAZELAYA T HEHEATISON: G roceries in the fridge await their fate.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 10, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE CARACAS, Venezuela A ssociated Press PRESIDENT HUGO CHAVEZ made a stunning middle-of-the-night return home to Venezuela after three weeks of cancer treat-m ent in Cuba, appearing determined to dispel doubts about his political future. He projected a strong, v ibrant image when he s tepped off the plane smiling e arly Monday. He hugged his vice president, broke into s ong and later raised a fist in t riumph. "It's the beginning of my r eturn!" he declared on the runway. But he also suggested he still isn't ready for a full comeb ack, saying he doesn't expect t o attend celebrations Tuesd ay marking the 200th a nniversary of Venezuela's declaration of independence from Spain. For a president who excels at showmanship, his triu mphant return was classic Chavez and sent a powerful m essage that he remains very much in control. During nearly a month in Cuba, uncertainty has swirled in Venezuela, both about how s ick he is and about what could happen if cancer were to force him from power. T he long-term political impact of fighting cancer for a leader who thrives on thes potlight remains unclear. But Chavez will likely play up his return to the fullest to rally supporters and strengthen his m ovement as he looks ahead to 2012 elections in which his allies say they are convinced h e will still be their candidate. Sur gery U nanswered questions about Chavez's health abound. He has said he underwent surgery to removea cancerous tumor, and his foreign minister said it was extracted from the same part o f the "pelvic region" where Chavez had an abscess removed in an initial operation in Cuba. But Chavez has n't said what type of cancer is involved or whether he is receiving chemotherapy, radiation or some other treatment. M edical experts have said that based on Chavez's account, it's most likely he has colorectal cancer, but Chavez has not confirmed that. Many Chavez supporters were thrilled just to have him back. Hundreds celebrated in Plaza Bolivar in downtown Caracas, holding pictures of him and chanting "Viva Chavez!" and "He's back!" Elsa Gonzalez, a 61-yearold building maintenance worker, said she had stopped cooking breakfast when she saw Chavez on TV at the Caracas airport. "I shouted with excitement," she said, teary-eyed as she joined the revelers in the plaza. "God is going to lay his hands on his body and is going to heal him completely." Chavez returned to a city dressed up with freshly painted murals bearing his face and those of independence heroes. Y ellow, blue and red V enezuelan flags were everywhere downtown, fluttering from lamp posts and over doorways under sunny skies. The mood among Chavez's supporters was festive. Some a cknowledged he faces an uncertain future but said they f elt hopeful and relieved, especially after seeing him looking much healthier thanh e did on television several days ago. "If that illness is attacked in time, people get through it," said Xioraima Garcia, a 56-year-old lawyer who came to the plaza to celebrate witht he crowd. Asked how she thinks the situation will affect Chavezp olitically, she said: "What he's going through has strengthened him more." A dam Isacson, an analyst a t the Washington Office on Latin America, agreed that Chavez will get a boost, at l east for now. "Hugo Chavez's illness will generate a lot of sympathy forh im," Isacson said, adding t hat it's similar to the jump in the polls that Argentine Presi dent Cristina Fernandez enjoyed after her husband's death. "It is already moving V enezuela's political debate away from themes that don't work to the president's advantage, like crime, power short ages, the economy, and con centration of power in the p residency," Isacson said. "On the other hand, it also moves the debate in direc tions that Chavez would not w ant to see it go. For the first time in years, Venezuelans are thinking about what a post-Chavez era might look like. This raises concerns about the lack of an heirapparent." C havez appeared eager to counter such doubts. "Here I am, at home and v ery happy!" Chavez said in a m essage on Twitter. "Good morning, my beloved Venezuela!" V ice President Elias Jaua said Chavez was back in the presidential palace andp lanned to address support ers from the balcony later Monday. "He doesn't need to go to the hospital at this time," Jaua said. Jaua denied that Chavez's socialist-inspired Bolivarian Revolution movement is threatened. Chavez's opponents have criticised a lack of details about his illness. Leading opposition lawmaker Alfonso Marquina said Chavez's return puts an end to the "irregular situation" of hav ing a president governing from Cuba, but he said much has yet to be explained. "We don't know exactly what the president's illness is, what treatment he needs and what consequences this treatment will bring," Marquina told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. "What we demand is greater responsibility, no onlyo n the president's part but by all of those high in the gov ernment to inform the Venezuelan people properly about the president's real sit uation," Marquina said. Chavez, 56, arrived in Cuba on June 8 for what ostensibly was a previously scheduled visit. Chavez has said he underwent an initial surgery June 11 to have a pelvic abscess removed. Video After an 18-day silence, a video was shown Thursday in which Chavez announced he had undergone a second surgery to remove a cancerous abscessed tumor. Chavez looked thinner but stood straight and appeared energetic as he strode across the Havana airport tarmac before boarding a plane. In video on Venezuelan state television, he embracedC uban President Raul Castro. Then, from the door of the airplane he saluted, raised a fist, waved, and blew a kiss. "I'm fine. I'm happy," Chavez said as he landed in Venezuela about 2 a.m. local time (2:30 a.m. EDT; 0630 GMT). Inside the Caracas airport, he raised a fist as he held up a newspa per showing the Venezuelan soccer team's better-thanexpected performance Sun day against Brazil. In a later telephone interview with state television, Chavez said he was eating a hearty breakfast. "I'm devouring everything," he said. And yet, Chavez went on to say he didn't plan to attend celebrations Tuesday for Venezuela's bicentennial, which include a military parade. "I don't think I can accompany you in the official actst omorrow, but I am here and will be with all of you from my command post in the heart of Caracas, although I never left," Chavez said. He also said he planned to consult with doctors before meeting with his government. "I just finished checking the medical schedule, before anything," he said, adding his medical care would come "before anything." At his early morning arrival, Chavez's military chiefs stood behind him as he spoke on the runway in the darkness. He wore a blueand-white warmup suit as he hugged his elder brother, Adan, and others. The video, aired more than five hours after his arrival, didn't show Chavez either ascending the airplane's stairs in Cuba or descending them in Venezuela. Former Cuban President Fidel Castro ended a more than monthlong silence to sayh e was confident the Venezuelan leader will win his battle against cancer. "The results are impressive, and I do not hesitate to affirm that the patient has undertaken a decisive battle that will lead him, and with him Venezuela, to a great victory," Castro wrote in the essay, posted late Sunday on staterun website Cubadebate. Castro also backed up Chavez's account that he did not initially come to Cuba for treatment, saying the Venezuelan leader "did not have any intention of receiving medical services in our country." Fidel Castro wasn't visible on the tarmac in the video of Chavez boarding his flight in Havana. But Chavez joked that "Fidel practically got on the plane." PEOPLE CHANTING SLOGANS celebrate the return of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday. Chavez returned to V enezuela from Cuba on Monday morning, stepping off a plane hours before dawn and saying he is feeling better as he recovers from surgery that removed a cancerous tumor. (AP CHAVEZ BACK HOME IN VENEZUELA AFTER CANCER SURGERY HUNDREDS CELEBRATE IN DOWNTOWN CARACAS V ENEZUELA'S PRESIDENT H ugo Chavez salutes before his departure to Venezuela f rom the Jose Marti Interna tional Airport in Havana, Cuba, Monday. (AP THE HAGUE, Netherlands Associated Press HE PUT on a cap, defying the rules of the courtroom. He gestured to the packed public gallery despite a judge ordering him not to. He threatened a boycott because his chosen lawyers weren't there. A belligerent Ratko Mladic repeatedly disobeyed and shouted at judges Monday during an arraignment at the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal. Finally, the former Serb general was thrown out of the hearing and the court entered not guilty pleas on his behalf to 11 charges of masterminding the worst atrocities of the Bosnian war. The 69-year-old's courtroom theatrics came at the start of a solemn week for survivors of the massacre he is accused of orchestrating the killing of 8,000 Muslim men and boys in 1995 in the Bosnian town of Srebrenica. Officials are preparing to rebury 600 people whose remains were dug out of mass graves in the past year and identified using DNA tests. The bodies unearthed in the hills surrounding Srebrenica will be laid to rest July 11 at a cemetery for victims of the mass killings. Mladic's actions in court drew anger from survivors of the 1992-95 Bosnian war and raised the prospect of another turbulent trial at the U.N. court that may offer victims more heartache than justice. In Srebrenica, the site of Europe's worst massacre since World War II, survivor Fadila Efendic said Mladic's behavior was like salt in her wounds. "We are made to suffer, to mourn our children, we are forced to watch him make a circus in the court," she said. "This should be a short trial. He should be treated the way he treated our children, how he treated thousands of innocent people ... killed at his orders." Mladic had threatened to boycott Monday's hearing, only his second public appearance since Serbia extra dited him to The Hague in May, because the court had not appointed Belgrade attorney Milos Saljic and a Russian lawyer to represent him. Shortly before guards escorted Mladic from court, he shouted at Pre siding Judge Alphons Orie, "You want to impose my defense. What kind of a court are you?" He continued yelling in Serbian, "You are not allowing me to defend myself. ... You are not allowing me to breathe." The judge told him that the court's registry is studying Mladic's request to be represented by the lawyers. When Orie began reading out the charges, Mladic said, "No, no, no! Don't read it to me, not another word," and pulled off his earphones, slumping back in his seat with a frown. After Orie warned him to be quiet or be removed, Mladic shot back: "Remove me." Such defiant outbursts are not new at the tribunal. Former Serbian Presi dent Slobodan Milosevic and other high ranking suspects tried to use their trials to discredit the court and promote nationalist ideologies. Milosevic died of a heart attack in 2006 before a verdict could be reached in his case. Legal expert Mark Ellis, executive director of the International Bar Association, said Orie will try to give victims a sense of justice by reining in Mladic's antics, while at the same time ensuring his rights are protected. "Orie will not permit Mladic to take over these court proceedings, and hopefully in preventing Mladic from doing so, the court will be able to provide witnesses a sense of justice, but it's difficult," Ellis said. Saljic said the courtroom fireworks demonstrated that Mladic is not men tally fit to stand trial. "Let them now see for themselves his behavior and let them decide accordingly," Saljic told The Associ ated Press in Belgrade. Saljic has said Mladic is not physi cally fit for the rigors of a long trial after suffering two strokes during nearly 16 years on the run as one of Europe's most-wanted fugitives. RA TK O MLADIC DISRUPTS WAR CRIMES COURT, GETS EJECTED NOT GUILTY PLEAS ON HIS BEHALF TO 11 CHARGES OF MASTERMINDING THE WORST ATROCITIES OF BOSNIAN WAR
NEW YORK Associated Press AMERICANSmarked the 2 35th anniversary of the signi ng of the Declaration of Independence with parades, fireworks, barbecues plus presidential campaigning, a White House birthday and an eating contest. Thousands were showing up near the Washington Monu ment to eagerly await the a nnual fireworks show on the National Mall, while others were throwing on Hawaiian s hirts and shorts to ski the still-snowy slopes at resorts from California to Colorado. I n Boston, the annual Boston Pops concert was a must. In Akron, Ohio, the Rib, White & Blue Food Festival was enticing. And then, there were Nevada's casinos, which promised a pyrotech-n ics extravaganza that could be a gambler's best bet. On New York's Coney I sland, the annual Nathan's Famous July Fourth hot dogeating contest brought out the b iggest names in competitive e ating for a clash that was short in timespan but high in calories. J oey "Jaws" Chestnut, of San Jose, California, wolfed down 62 hot dogs and buns during the 10-minute contest, w inning his fifth straight title. Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas chowed her way to v ictory in the first-ever women-only contest, eating 40 hot dogs, one shy of her2 009 total. At the mountaintop home to Thomas Jefferson in Char lottesville, Virginia, officials c ontinued a nearly fivedecade-old tradition of swear ing in new U.S. citizens. Sev e nty-seven people took their oaths during a naturalization ceremony at Monticello. The holiday marking U.S. i ndependence from England is celebrated as the country's birthday, but it also was MaliaO bama's 13th birthday. The president's eldest daughter had to share her parents withh undreds of others as Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama invited troops andt heir families to attend a special barbecue and USO con cert on the South Lawn. Some of the Republicans h oping to replace Obama in the White House spent partof the day campaigning in states where presidential politics are as much a part of the holiday as fireworks and barbecues U.S. Rep. Michelle Bach mann marched in a parade in Clear Lake, Iowa. In New Hampshire, former Massa chusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman a former ambassador to China both marched in the Amherst parade. In New York, where fireworks are banned on city streets, residents were waiting for a massive display over the Hudson River set to music. Resident Karina Suriano, 23, wore patriotic colors and bright red feather earrings as she sold beach supplies in Brooklyn. The holiday "means money to me," she said with a grin. INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011, PAGE 11 Way To Go!Knowing where and how to invest can be a challenge. You want your hard-earned money to work for you. And you want the comfort of knowing youve received sound advice from professionals who understand your nancial objectives. More and more Bahamians are choosing FG Financial and FG Capital Markets to help them create and manage their investment portfolios. For expert advice, professional service, reputation and strength its the way to go! INVESTMENTS / are you prepared? Members of the FamGuard Group of Companies CONTACT A PROFESSIONAL ADVISOR TODAY AT (242 I email@example.com I firstname.lastname@example.org Y MONIE HUMPHRIES eight, of Westhaven, Conn., shows off a photograph she took on a cell phone as her mother Hilda looks on while waiting for the start of the Boston Pops 4th of July concert rehearsal at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston. (AP US CELEBRATES JULY 4TH WITH FIREWORKS AND PARADES 235TH ANNIVERSARY OF DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE
$4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $5.35 $5.16 $5.27 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB email@example.comTUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 rntfb #nn) '#%"#('$ %"&$"&""# &&tft$ InternationalInvestmentFund [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Bahamian landscapers are waiting to see how Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham deals with Baha Mars deci sion to award a major contract for its $2.6 billion Cable Beach redevelopment to a F lorida-headquartered com pany, having outlined all our c oncerns to him at a meeting last week. Roy Colebrooke, spokesman for the Bahamas Landscape Association( BLA), yesterday told Tri bune Business that the Prime Minister had given its mem bers an assurance that he would look into the develope rs decision to award the LANDSCAPERS AWAITING PM ON BAHA MAR DEAL Outline all our concerns on decision to give major contract to Florida firm Say PM pledged to deal with matter, but developer says no contract awarded SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Minister of Tourism and Aviation yesterday expressed confidence that the Bahamas would see total air arrivals for the 2011 full year increase by 3-4 per cent, d espite the 4.4 per cent fall experienced during the first four months, adding that t he numbers had been coming back up e very single month since January. V incent Vanderpool-Wallace said 2011 h ad got off to a rough start due to the bitterly cold US winter, which impacted air travel to the Bahamas, but arrivals figures for the key, high-spending stopover segment had been improving every month since. W hile air arrivals were down 11.4 per Minister: 2011 air arrivals to still rise 3-4% Despite 4.4% decline for year-to-date, numbers coming back up every single month since tough January* Cruise business spectacular as lowcost vacation* Grand Bahama at losing proposition in competing with Nassau S EE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Governments clarification on Stamp Duty payable on real estate transactions should calm any ruffles in the market, Tribune Business was told yesterday, one realtor saying it was unbelievable that the problem had even emerged. As revealed by Tribune Business yesterday, Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance, used the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and UFFLES CALMED OVER STAMP DUTY Realtors relieved, but say just unbelievable issue arose in first place* Could have led to substantial differences between actual and anticipated tax* Minister pledges T reasury review of recent rejected conveyances SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Government was yes terday urged to find creative ways to finance Civil Avia t ion and generate funds for regulating the industry, including leasing Family Island airports to the privates ector and gaining a per centage of the fees taken by the US for managing GOVT TOLD: BE CREATIVE OVER A VIA TION FUNDING Airline chief urges it to lease Family Island airports to private sector managers, and seek% of fees taken by US for managing Bahamian airspace CAPT. RANDYBUTLER SEE page 5B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org D espite an increased 63 per cent recovery rate fors tolen boats leaving the m arine tourism industry confident that a once-booming problem is now on the back foot, lenient penalties for thieves must be addressed to attract more high value yachters. A mendments have now b een drafted following lobbying by the Marina Operat ors of the Bahamas (MOB t o make it possible for boat t hieves to receive sentences that more closely reflect the severity of their crime, in t erms of the value of prope rty stolen and the damage s uch incidents do to this n ations reputation as a dest ination for cruising vessels a nd sportsfishermen. John Bethell, who demitted office as MOB president last week, said he wanted to see the amendments implemented yesterday. Jeffrey Beckles, a consult ant working on the MOBs nine month European Union-funded project aimed a t developing a masterplan f or the sectors further d evelopment, said the issue o f boat theft is one the B ahamas must get our h ands around, especially if it is to achieve its goal of attracting more yachters with higher value vessels to this nation. When you look at the value of the vessels versus t he fines, we need more. When you weigh the reputational damage against the p unitive action, its a huge d isparity. Tourism is impacte d, the insurance sector is i mpacted, every sector is i mpacted, said Mr Beckles. A t an MOB workshop and AGM held last week, both it and Ministry of Tourism director-general, David Johnson, suggested that growing boater arrivals should be a key economic s trategy, given the value these loyal and often wealthy clients offer in comp arison to other types of visitors, particularly to the F amily Islands. In 2009, visitors coming to t he Bahamas on board pri v ate boats to cruise and fish spent $46.3 million, second only to those who stayed in hotels, who have the added expense of room rates factored into their daily expenditure. H owever, giving an examp le of how thefts of boats belonging to such visitors c an be dealt with, Clarence 63% stolen boat recovery boost Marina operators move to address lenient penalties, as maximum is 30 days jail or a small fine Combating issue is key to attracting high value yachters SEE page 6B VINCENT VANDERPOOL-WALLACE
BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE CAPTAINS industry AWARDS of PHOTOS: Tim Aylen THE 40THAWARDSPRESENTATIONBYTHEBAHAMASCHAMBEROFCOMMERCEANDEMPLOYERSFEDERATION FINALISTS in the Busin ess Person of the Year c ategory pose for a group photograph. From L eft are Jason Kinsale, L iz Covington, Chairman and CEO of the BCCEC Winston Rolle andS tephen Greenslade. The a wards ceremony took place at the British Colonial Hilton. MARK ROBERTS receives the Business of the Year Award for over 50 employees on behalf of Builder's M all by Chester Cooper, first vp, BCCEC, during the ceremony at the British Colonial Hilton. E THAN QUANT right, receives the award for Developing Entrepreneur of the Year by Michelle Paterson, director BCCEC. Valentino Munroe, chairman of the Organization of Young Professionals is pictured at right. SIR DURWARD KNOWLES s peaks after receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award. PICTURED from Left are Chairman and CEO of the BCCEC Winston Rolle, Sir Durward Knowles, The Minister of Finance the Hon. Zhivargo Laing and Pauline Petty, director of BCCEC. DIANE PHILLIPS with Sir Durward Knowles. DIANE PHILLIPS is presented with the Chairman's Award for Long Meritori ous Service by past Chamber Chairman Khalis Rolle n MOREPHOTOS ON PAGE8B
By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com The Government expects t o move ahead with an information technology (ITc onsultancy aimed at upgrading the computer syst ems at the Department of Customs a critical step towards more efficient ande ffective operations. Zhivargo Laing, minister o f state for finance, noted t his intended development during his contribution on the Customs Management Bill 2011, a massive piece of legislation that will reform the Departments administ ration from a legal perspective. The Bill, said Mr Laing, r eflects international standards concerning the simplification and harmonisation of Customs procedures, a s well as bringing the Bahamas legal frameworki n this area in line with the c ountrys obligations under the Economic Partnership A greement (EPA World Trade Organisation (WTO I t will also provide for the creation of a Customs A ppeal Tribunal, made up of people independent of the Department, to whom those who disagree with an assessment made by Cus toms can appeal the decision. The Bill will also allow for the introduction of a Code of Conduct for offi cers, aimed at enhancing the ethics and improvingt he quality of work of the D epartments employees. A n Internal Inspection U nit will be set up to cond uct periodic reviews of w hether various tasks to be conducted by the Depart m ent are being effectively carried out, said Mr Laing. The Customs Management Bill was developed in the wake of a consultancyb etween the Government and AEON Customs Con sultancy, and represents the work of international experts and local experts within the Ministry of Finance and the Customs Department. It is based on Customs legislation from New Zealand, Australia, C ARICOM and the European Union O verall, the Customs Management Bill seeks to achieve the strategic objec tives of: Increased transp arency of legislation, policies and procedures, with clearly published rules andp rocedures consistently a pplied to a common stan dard and an appeals system; minimal interference with legitimate trade and passen g er traffic; the protection and securing of legitimate trade, the environment andn ational heritage; partnership with other stakeholders to eliminate duplication and minimise bureaucracy;a nd greater professionalism i n the way staff deal with trade and passenger traffic. The hefty piece of legislation consists of 358 sections regrouped into 26 parts, inclusive of five sched u les. Mr Laing said the Gove rnment is seeking to extensively reform and modernise the revenue coll ection agency, noting that it brings in at least $748 m illion, or 40 per cent, of our revenue. Ref or m M r Laing said the end g oal of the reform process, which will require not only new legislation but alsou pgrades to IT and attitude changes within the Depart ment, is to: Better facilitate commerce and business,p rovide for more effective collection of government revenue, integrate the Bahamas more effectivelyi nto the international trad ing community, provide enhanced service to the pub l ic and create a more prof essional and fulfilling work environment for Customs personnel. Among the major changes it introduces are the re-definition of the authority and powers of the Comptroller; clearly detailed definitions o f Customs officers powers; p ost release (or post entry verification and audit ofg oods; revision of provisions related to the arrival and d eparture of goods, persons and craft; and provisions r elated to the entry and a ccounting of goods. Also set for updating are provisions related to bonded warehouses and warehous i ng procedures. New rules for the determination of the value of goods, on the basis of princ iples set out in the WTO, w ill be applied once the Bill i s passed into law. M r Laing said the Bill is j ust one part of a process of r eforming Customs. Other developments will involve establishing a customer serv ice section, rules of origin and intellectual property r ights sections, as well as further embracing electronic commerce and simplification o f documentation requirem ents. There will be the crea tion of a trusted trader program that offers simplified procedures and better dissemination of informa tion. The Minister placed the new legislation and other changes in the context of a broader effort by the Gov ernment to reform the publ ic sector, enhancing effic iency, transparency, effect iveness and soundness of f inancial management. C ontacted for comment y esterday on the Customs Management Act, newlyelected president of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation, Winston Rolle, s aid he had not seen the legi slation and did not wish to c omment at this time. Former President, Khaalis R olle, confirmed that he had been appointed to a cons ultative committee that n ever met in relation to the l egislation, and was also not aware of its provisions. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011, PAGE 3B Bill aiming to modernise $748m revenue collector Customs overhaul to boost efficiency and effectiveness at agency t hat collects 40% of government revenues Ex-Chamber chief says consultative committee set up to assess legislation never met Photo: Tim Aylen MINISTEROFSTATEFORFINANCE: Zhivargo Laing.
Employers Confederations (BCCEC t ry Award to tackle the disq uiet being expressed by realtors and attorneys over the Treasurys increasing tendenc y to rely on real property tax valuations to determine Stamp Duty payable on property purchases. Acknowledging that the Treasury had not been accepti ng Stamp Duty payments offered on certain real estate transactions, in the belief that the purchase price on the conveyancing did not reflect the p ropertys true value, Mr Laing said: While the Trea surer has the authority to refuse to Stamp a document if s he is not satisfied that a true value is shown in the deed, the exercise of this power is limited to circumstances which would justify the same.......... Following upon meetings with the Treasury Staff, it was concluded that some adjust ment needed to be made in t heir approach. Indeed, it has been established that unless the Treasurer has reasonable c ause to believe that something is amiss, documents ought to be stamped at thev alue indicated on the conv eyance document. The situation had disturbed the continuity and pred ictability of the Bahamian real estate market, replacing these key conditions for sta-b ility with uncertainty some thing that damages all markets, especially when the rules of the game are u nknown or change suddenly. The relief was obvious yes terday. Larry Roberts, B ahamas Realtys chief exec utive, told Tribune Business it was just unbelievable that the issue arose in the first place, and the Governments clarification would bring greater certainty to buyers a nd sellers. That is what it should be, Mr Roberts said of the Governments position. I was greatly relieved. It was just unbelievable that they would do otherwise. E xplaining that the issue only arose in the last month to month-and-a-half, theB ahamas Realty chief executive added: We had a buyer who was buying a unit over at Ocean Club Estates, one of the apartment ones. They were paying $1.5 million, and the Government wanted to charge him [Stamp Duty] on the basis of $2 million. While the impact on the Bahamian real estate market from the subsequent uncer tainty had been difficult to evaluate, Mr Roberts added: I can tell you that it has been of great concern, especially to those who have already committed. In some cases, youre talking about a substantial differ ence, and if you have funds of a certain amount for purchasing, its a hell of a thing to be told youve got to pay another $30,000, $40,000, $50,000. Were all greatly relieved, and its just unbelievable it became an issue. Were going to need a hell of a lot more to get the market going, but at least we do not have this hanging over our heads as a negative. Were very pleased, and dont understand why this became an issue. Acknowledging that the Treasury had every right to withhold Stamping a con veyancing if the transaction price appeared totally out of whack with prevailing market forces, Mr Roberts said: If someone is trying to get away with something, deal with it, but dont assume that every one is trying to get away with it. Mr Laing attempted on Fri day night to clarify when this would happen, saying: For example, if someone purports to sell a property to a stranger for say $50,000, having just a dvertised the same proper ty for $400,000 in the papers, there being nothing to justifys uch a valuation of the prop erty in the transaction, the Treasurer on the face of it would not be satisfied and would have a basis upon which to query the valuation. He added, though, that in l ight of recent concerns all documents that had been refused for Stamping were to be returned to the Treasury for further review. I expect, therefore, that except in a minority of cases, d ocuments will be Stamped routinely unless it is believed that someone is seeking tod efraud the public by falsely placing a value in a document, so as to avoid and/or evade the payment of the tax due, the minister said. Patty Birch, the Bahamas Real Estate Associations (BREA the Government for clarifying its Stamp Duty position, adding that this would return calm to the Bahamian real estate market. When the Government can listen to the private industry when there are concerns, and then rethink things for the good of everyone buyers, sellers, the industry, the economy I think its a good thing, Ms Birch told Tribune Business. She added that where people have been sitting on the fence in terms of real estate transactions, seeking clarification on the Stamp Duty from their realtors and attor neys, they could now receive accurate advice. In turn, this could stimulate more transactions, and Ms Birch said: This will calm the ruffles that have been building up in the water. This will calm any surge that may have been building up in the mar ket. This is a small country, and it doesnt take much for a few rumours, small things, to dim the market. She agreed with Mr Roberts that the Government needed to examine real estate transactions where things seem irregular to ensure it was receiving the full tax due, adding: They have every right to do that. Ms Birch said she planned to write to the Government praising their swift action, and thanking them for listening to industrys concerns. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Minister: 2011 air arrivals to still rise 3-4 per cent cent for January, according to Ministry of Tourism data, the year-over-y ear rate of decline fell to 3.9 per c ent and 6.5 per cent for February a nd March respectively. A nd, while total air arrivals for the year-to-date were down 7 per cent at end-March, the 2.8 per cent increase in April dropped this to a 4.4 per cent fall 449,757 visitors compared to 470,468 in 2010 for the first four months. M r Vanderpool-Wallace said air a rrivals trends since April had continued to show year-over-year improvement, and told Tribune B usiness: The biggest fall-off was in the month of January, and January w as affected dramatically by the weather. What we have been doing is r ecovering from the steep fall-off in January, and are now climbing back uphill. From what we see in the future numbers, we are headed in the right direction Its really climbing out of a prob lematic January, and weve been coming back up every single month after that. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace added that with the return of group business, the segment in which Bahamian hotels have experienced the biggest fall-off in the past two years, particularly in the fall and winter, he was sticking to forecasts that the Bahamas would see an overall 3-4 p er cent increase in air arrivals for 2 011. Were so reliant on the corpor ate incentive business, and to see t hat return is critically important to u s, he said. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace pledged that the Bahamas, through the Ministry of Tourism, was set to become more visible in the global marketplace through marketing/prom otions initiatives than it had been in the previous year, having gained a b etter understanding of what drove v isitors to this nation. You will see us become much m ore of a promotion in the marketplace, now weve got an unders tanding of what stimulates the marketplace to come to the Bahamas, the minister told Tribune Business. You will see us much more visible in the marketplace than in the last 12 months, as we have a much better feel for what turns the customer on, and what turns them off. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said the c ruise industry continued to be spectacular for the Bahamas, with year-to-date sea arrivals up 16.9 per c ent at 1.617 million compared to 1 .383 million the previous year. For A pril, sea arrivals were up 19.2 per c ent at 410,214, compared to 3 44,215. The cruise ship is the low cost, high quality vacation provider for the Bahamas, the minister said, adding that 70 per cent of cruises p assing through this nation only stopped off in this country. That explains why the numbers on the cruise sector are off the c harts. The cruise business continues t o be spectacular, because thats our low cost way of getting a Bahamas v acation. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace, though, a cknowledged that Grand Bahama had suffered a major fall-off in tourist arrivals. Year-to-date to April, air arrivals to that island were down 20.6 per cent at 37,087, compared to 46,710 the year before. Admitting that there had been a spectacular fall-off in air arrivals in Grand Bahama, the minister said: Grand Bahama has unfortunately found itself in a situation where it was competing with Nassau at a m uch higher price, and thats a losi ng proposition. M r Vanderpool-Wallace said new p roducts and price points were being p ut in place to improve Grand B ahamas attractiveness, including new airlift from low-cost Vision Airlines, and the island was likely to see more growth than in past y ears. Consumer confidence, or the lack o f it, remained a key factor influencing the number of high-level visi tors to the Bahamas, and Mr Vand erpool-Wallace it was a struggle to capture the peak market given t he competition from low-cost destinations elsewhere in the C aribbean. landscaping contract for Corridor 7, the re-routed West Bay Street, to Austin Outdoor. Were supposed to get word from him today [Monday] or tomorrow [Tuesday], Mr Colebrooke said. He [the Prime Minister], got all of our concerns and everything like that, and he gave the assurance that he will be dealing with this matter because hes also concerned by the same kind of stuff, foreign companies coming into bid on this type of contract. The BLA and its members are arguing that landscaping and irrigation work on the Baha Mar development were to be bid specifically to Bahamian contractors. However, the new West Bay Street bid winner, Austin Outdoor, is a specialist resort landscaping company with four separate offices in Florida. Austin Outdoor's website lists it as having an office in Grand Bahama, but no phone, address or other contact details for that location are provided. It is not listed in this year's telephone directory, and Mr Colebrooke previously said the BLA's attempts to track down a Bahamas office for the firm had also proven fruitless, raising questions as to whether it had an affiliate in this nation with Bahamian ownership. Mr Colebrooke yesterday said the section of the agreement between Baha Mar and the Government, which dealt w ith landscaping and irrigation contracts going to Bahamian firms, was brought out in the meeting with the Prime Minister. Verifiable The question now is: Is Austin Outdoor a verifiableB ahamian contractor in land scaping? Mr Colebrooke said, having previously told Tribune Business the company had no contact with the BLA or any of its members. The BLA spokesman added that the Association had also met with Opposition PLPl eader Perry Christie on the issue. We also met with Mr Christie, wanting to find out their views on the whole ordeal and what they think of it, Mr Colebrooke said. We had discussions on it, and were all of the view that we will wait to hear from the PM. Robert Sands, Baha Mar senior vice-president of gov ernment and external affairs, told Tribune Business yester day that the new West Bay Street landscaping contract had yet to be awarded, and the bid was under review. The Government had mentioned to us they had a meeting on the matter, Mr Sands said of the BLAs discussions with the Prime Minister. The posi tion is that we have not made a decision on the award of the contract. We will continue to review and make a decision on the contract. The bid is under review. No final contract has been award ed. The matter remains under review from Baha Mars point of view. No contract has been awarded. BLA members had submit ted a joint bid for the re-routed West Bay Street landscaping contract, and felt the decision to award it to Austin Outdoor was a slap in the face to their efforts to have all employees trained and properly certified. We think it's ludicrous. That's nonsense and it's a slap in the face, Mr Colebrooke said last week of the contract award. "We [the BLA] got almost 200 people certified as horticulturists in almost every aspect of landscaping. We spent a lot of money getting people certified with the FNGLA certifi cation, and it's still ongoing. This foreign company has nothing on us. "We prepared and got people certified over a two-year period, and spent a lot of money to get slapped in the face by a company that appears not to even exist in the Bahamas. It's complete nonsense, and that's how everyone in the BLA feels. LANDSCAPERS AWAITING PM ON BAHA MAR DEAL F ROM page 1B FROM page 1B FROM page 1B UFFLES CALMED OVER STAMP DUTY W hen the Government can listen to the private industry when ther e ar e con c erns, and then rethink things for the good of e veryone buyers, sellers, the industry, the economy I think its a good thing, Patty Bir ch
Bahamian airspace. C aptain Randy Butler, p resident and chief execut ive of Sky Bahamas, told Tribune Business there were so many ways for them [theG overnment] to save money and generate revenue by thinking outside the box. If we do not want to go a head and take control of our air space, getting $40 million in revenue a year, hiring people and paying forC ivil Aviation, maybe they can work out an agreement with the US where we get ap ercentage of the fees coll ected for use of our air space, Captain Butler told Tribune Business. It belongs to us, and were notg etting any money for it. The former Christie-led PLP administration had p ledged to establish a Bahamas Flight Information Region (FIR control of Bahamian air space and all overflight r ights for aircraft passing through it, from the Federal A viation Administration (FAA tenure. Nothing ever happ ened, though. If the Bahamas decided n ot to pursue this route, w hich in 2004 was project ed to generate $30 million in annual revenues for the country, Captain Butleru rged it to seek an agree ment with the US where it received a percentage of thef ees collected by the FAA. You may find the Americans are open to that. I believe they are really opent o that, Captain Butler, w ho is the Democratic National Alliances candidate for North Andros, said. And, given the costs and administrative requirements associated with maintaining F amily Island airports and the Bahamas numerous p orts of entry, Captain Butler suggested leasing responsibility for their managem ent/operations to the private sector, much like it hadd one with Lynden Pindling I nternational Airport (LPIA port Services (YVRAS Lease Lease them to the private sector, and you will not have to pay for theiru pkeep, Captain Butler s aid. Its been done here in Nassau. Hasnt it been done here in Nassau? When I wasa t Civil Aviation, this was something I suggested. Taking Bimini as an example, he suggested the a irports management could be leased to the Bimini Bay R esort for a 50-year period. The private manager would generate income from user f acility, landing, aircraft parking and other fees, plusr etail and other concessions, w hile the Government would gain a rental income and reduced costs. Such an arrangement, the S ky Bahamas chief said, would be consistent with the International Civil Aviation O rganisations (ICAO guidance on build/own/opera te (BOO build/own/transfer (BOT agreements for airports. F urther costs could be cut by reducing the number ofF amily Island airports desi gnated as international ports of entry. Eleuthera does not need to have three international airports andA baco two, Captain But ler said. Have one, and the others can be domestic feede rs. And he also urged that t he Government require the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD t he Grand Bahama Airport Company (GBACf or the use of navigation e quipment and control tow ers, pointing out that at the moment both were making money from this and thea dministration receiving nothing. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011, PAGE 5B Sandals Resorts International has moved to counter rising fuel and airline costs byi ntroducing a limited-time Companion Flies Free pro-m otion, covering the base fare of a companion air ticket for visitors to the chains two Bahamian resorts. T o qualify, guests must b ook an air-inclusive, sixnight minimum stay at Sandals Resorts or Beaches R esorts between June 30, 2 011, to July 31, 2011. There are multiple fees a nd rising costs associated with nearly every aspect off lying today, said Kevin Froemming, president of Unique Vacations, the worldw ide representatives for Sandals Resorts and Beaches R esorts. Save Couples and families save h ard-earned money for their y early vacation, and we dont believe they should have to give that up because of fluctuating gas prices. Through Sandals Resorts exclusive offer, there is no need to put v acation plans on hold. The Sandals Companion Flies Free program is avail able at 12 Sandals Resorts, including Sandals Royal B ahamian and Sandals Emera ld Bay, plus resorts in J amaica, Antigua, St Lucia and all four Beaches Resorts locations in the Turks & C aicos and Jamaica. The Companion Flies Free prog ram is designed to cover the base fare (excluding government taxes and fees, including t he September 11 Security F ee of up to $145) of the comp anion air ticket. It applies to bookings for travel from September 1, 2011, through D ecember 28, 2011, at Sand als Resorts, and September 1 2011, through December 21, 2011, at Beaches Resorts (blackout dates may apply Sandals introduces Companion Fly Free TAKINGITEASY: Sandals is making an exclusive offer for vacationers. FROM page 1B Government told: Be creative over aviation funding
PAUL WISEMAN, A P Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP sary few feel like celebrating. Two years after economists say the Great Recession ended, the recovery has been the weakest and most lopsided of any since the 1930s. After previous recessions, people in all income groups tended to benefit. This time, ordinary Americans are struggling with job insecurity, too much debt and pay raises that haven't kept up with prices at the grocery store and gas stat ion. The economy's meager gains are going mostly to the wealthiest. Workers' wages and benefits make up 57.5 percent of the economy, an all-time low. Until the mid-2000s, that figure had been remarkably stable about 64 percent through boom and bust alike. Executive pay is included in this figure, but rank-and-file workers are far more depen dent on regular wages and ben efits. A big chunk of the econ omy's gains has gone to investors in the form of higher corporate profits. "The spoils have really gone to capital, to the shareholders," s ays David Rosenberg, chief economist at Gluskin Sheff + Associates in Toronto. Corporate profits are up by almost half since the recession ended in June 2009. In the first two years after the recessions of 1991 and 2001, profits rose 11 percent and 28 percent, respectively. And an Associated Press analysis found that the typicalCEO of a major company earned $9 million last year, up a fourth from 2009. Driven by higher profits, the Dow Jones industrial average has staged a breathtaking 90 percent rally since bottoming at 6,547 on March 9, 2009. Those stock market gains go disproportionately to the wealthiest 10 percent of Americans, who own more than 80 percent of outstanding stock, according to an analysis by Edward Wolff, an economist at Bard College. But if the Great Recession is long gone from Wall Street and corporate boardrooms, it lingers on Main Street: Unemployment has never been so high 9.1 percent this long after any recession since World War II. At the same point after the previous three recessions, unemploy ment averaged just 6.8 percent. The average worker's hourly wages, after accounting for inflation, were 1.6 percent lower in May than a year earli er. Rising gasoline and food prices have devoured any pay raises for most Americans. The jobs that are being created pay less than the ones that vanished in the recession. Higher-paying jobs in the pri vate sector, the ones that pay roughly $19 to $31 an hour, made up 40 percent of the jobs lost from January 2008 to February 2010 but only 27 percent of the jobs created since then. Kathleen Terry is one of those who had to settle for less. Before the recession, she spent 16 years working as a mortgage processor in Southern California, earning as much as $6,500 in a good month, a pace of about $78,000 a year. But her employer was buried in the housing crash. She found herself out of work for two anda half years. As her savings dwindled, the single mother had to move into a motel with her three daughters. They got by on welfare and help from their church and friends. Terry started taking a 90-minute bus ride to job training courses. Eventually, she found work as a secretary in the Riverside County, Calif., employment office. She likes the job, but earns just $27,000 a year. "It's a humbling experience," she says. Hard times have made Americans more dependent than ever on social programs, which accounted for a record 18 percent of personal income in the last three months of 2010 before coming down a bit this year. Almost 45 million Americans are on food stamps, another record. Ordinary Americans are suf fering because of the way the economy ran into trouble and how companies responded when the Great Recession hit. Soaring housing prices in the mid-2000s made millions of Americans feel wealthier than they were. They borrowed against the inflated equity in their homes or traded up to bigger, more expensive houses. Their debts as a percentage of their annual after-tax income rose to a record 135 percent in 2007. Then housing prices started tumbling, helping cause a financial crisis in the fall of 2008. A recession that had begun in December 2007 turned into the deepest downturn since the Great Depression. Economists Kenneth Rogoff of Harvard University and Carmen Reinhart of the Peterson Institute for International Economics analyzed eight centuries of financial disasters around the world for their 2009 book "This Time Is Different." They found that severe financial crises create deep recessions and stunt the recoveries that follow. This recovery "is absolutely f ollowing the script," Rogoff says. Federal Reserve numbers crunched by Haver Analytics suggest that Americans have a l ong way to go before their finances will be strong enough to support robust spending: Despite cutting what they owe the past three years, the average household's debts equal 119 percent of annual after-tax income. At the same point after the 1981-82 recession, debts were at 66 percent; after the 1990-91 recession, 85 percent; and after the 2001 recession, 114 percent. Because the labor market remains so weak, most workers can't demand bigger raisesor look for better jobs. "In an economic cycle that is turning up, a labor market that is healthy and vibrant,y ou'd see a large number of people quitting their jobs," says Gluskin Sheff economist Rosenberg. "They quit because the grass is greener somewhere else." Instead, workers are tough ing it out, thankful they have jobs at all. Just 1.7 million workers have quit their job each month this year, down from 2.8 million a month in 2007. The toll of all this shows in consumer confidence, a mea sure of how good people feel about the economy. According to the Conference Board's index, it's at 58.5. Healthy is more like 90. By this point after the past three recessions, it was an average of 87. How gloomy are Americans? A USA Today/Gallup poll eight weeks ago found that 55 percent think the recession continues, even if the experts say it's been over for two years. That includes the 29 percent who go even further they say it feels more like a depression. BUSINESS PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 1 2 7 & ( 7KH/DZ)LUPRI +DUU\%DQGV/RERVN\ t &RPSDQ\ ZLOOEHFORVHGRQ IRUWKH)LUPV $QQXDO)XQ'D\ 63% stolen boat recovery boost Finlayson, assistant superintendent of police in charge of the Marine Support Services Unit, provided t he example of how men found guilty of stealing a $350,000 boat last month in Bimini were finedj ust $1,000 each for their crime. T he boat, a 30-foot Grady boat w ith twin 250 horsepower engines, was stolen from the Bimini Big Game Resort and recovered the same day by police 20 miles offG rand Bahama. Just under 50 vessels have been reported stolen to the Marine Supp ort Services Branch of the Royal B ahamas Police Force in the first s ix months of 2011, and 63 per cent 30 of them have been recov-e red. This is a significantly higher r ecovery rate than in 2010, an improvement that has been attributed by the police and the MOB to a n enhanced focus on the issue by the police, and closer collaboration between these two entities. M r Bethell told Tribune Business that after being very negative about the police several years a go, when boat thefts in Abaco and Grand Bahama, in particular, escalated to record levels, the A ssociation is now much happie r with the police response. Asst Supt Finlayson, who has been on the MOBs Board since January 2011, after members met with Commissioner of Police, Ellis on Greenslade, about their concern over boat thefts and the impact on tourism and their businesses, said that in addition to increased manpower and assets a llocated to tackling boat thefts, the increased success in recovering stolen vessels is primarily attribu table to greater information sharing. As soon as we receive a report, w e check to make sure all the information is correct, and then we sent it out to the marina opera tors, to the strikeforce (OPBAT the Fefence Force, police commanders in New Providence and t he Family Islands, our liaison offic ers in Florida and the Coast Guard, said Asst Supt Finlayson. Having identified Blue Water Cay off Fox Hill, Seabreeze Canal and Marshall Cut, off Marshall R oad in southern New Providence, as hot spots for stolen boats to be taken and dismantled once seized, officers are also immediately dispatched to patrol these areas, he a dded. Most often, boats are stripped of engines and dumped, or used f or drug or human smuggling to destinations such as Florida or Jamaica. M r Bethell said of the boat thefts and recoveries: Three to four years ago was when I was very n egative on the police. [The rise in thefts] definitely had an effect on tourism. I would hear of seco nd homeowners in Abaco putting t heir houses on the market and leaving. Police are being very efficient now and doing a far better job. The former president said the M OB only really became aware of the lenient sentences after forming in 2009, then starting to look into what more could be done to lessen the incidence of boat thefts. If youre caught stealing someone elses boat, the maximum penalty is 30 days jail or a smallf ine. So you steal a boat, spend 30 d ays in the cooler or pay the fine, and youre out to steal again, said Mr Bethell, of Bethell Estates and Abaco Yacht Services. R ecommendations crafted to a mend the law relating to boat theft to introduce stiffer penalties have been molded around legislation from New South Wales, Aus-t ralia. Proposed changes have now been circulated among the MOB m embership. R ecommendations and feedback are to be gathered before the prop osed changes are presented to the Government for implementation. F ROM page 1B The economic recovery turns 2: FEEL BETTER YET? FAMILIARSIGHT: In this June 9, 2011 phot o, a "bank-owned view price reduced," lot is c hained and locked but a dvertised for sale, in Seattle. Two years after economists say the G reat Recession end ed, the recovery has been the weakest and most lopsided of anys ince the 1930s. ( A P Photo / Elaine T hompson)
BUSINESS PAGE 8B, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious 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 Waste2.702.700.000.0300.09090.03.33% 1 .961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 1 1.938.44Cable Bahamas8.488.480.001.0580.3108.03.66% 2 .852.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8.008.33Commonwealth Brewery8.408.400.000.7400.00011.40.00% 7 .006.00Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.191.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.851.900.050.1110.04517.12.37% 2 .541.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.380.000.0740.11018.67.97% 5.994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.0830.24065.14.44% 8.805.40Finco5.405.400.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.858.25FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.57Focol (S)5.505.500.000.4350.16012.62.91% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 1 0.0010.00Premier 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 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 7 % RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 2 9 May 2015 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-23201 9 October 2022 P rime + 1.75% P rime + 1.75% 6.95%20 November 2029F RIDAY, 1 JULY 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,410.62 | CHG 0.04 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -88.89 | YTD % -5.93BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017F INDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%3 0 May 2013 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1 0.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%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. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200731-May-11BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 31-May-11 30-Apr-11 31-Mar-11 RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd (Over-The-Counter Securities) CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Apr-11 31-Mar-11 30-Apr-11 29-Apr-11 31-May-11MARKET TERMS30-Apr-11 NAV 6MTH 1.512246 2.907492 1.561030 114.368369 106.552835 31-Mar-11 30-Apr-11 31-May-11 30-Apr-11 LIZ COVINGTON receives the award for Business Person of the Year from Chairman and CEO of the BCCEC Winston Rolle. CAPTAINSOFINDUSTRYAWARDS 2011: BRITISH COLONIAL HILTON CHAIRMAN and CEO of the BCCEC Winston Rolle. PHOTOS: T im Aylen M ARK ROBERTS s peaks after receiving the Business of the Year Award for over 50 employees on behalf of Builder's Mall. MARSHA STEWART and Karen Alliata receive the award for Business of the Year (under 50 employees t reasurer of the BCCEC. E THAN QUANT s peaks after receiving the award for Developing Entrepreneur of the Year. SIR DURWARD KNOWLES with Mr. & Mrs. Algernon Allen.
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F ac ilit ies of t en h a v e w a t e r f o u n t a i n s w h e r e y o u c a n e a s i l y r e f i l l y o u r b o t t l e Ca ffe i n e a n d s o d a may g o h a n d i n h an d b u t s i p p i n g w a t e r t h r o u g h o u t t h e d a y i s t h e e a s i e s t w a y t o s t a y h y d r a t e d a n d k e e p y o u r e n e r g y u p i n t h e h e a t I f y o u g e t b o r e d w i t h p l a i n w a t e r a d d f l a vo r W i th m o r e th a n 3 0 f l a vo r s o f Cr y s ta l L i g h t f r o m L e m o n a d e t o C h e r r y P o m e g r a n a t e a n d m o s t w i t h j u s t f i v e c a l o r i e s p e r s e r v i n g y o u c a n d r i n k a l l t h e w a t e r y o u w a n t w i t h o u t h a v i n g t o c o m p r o m i s e T a k e t h e C r y s t a l L i g h t F l a v o r O v e r F i z z C h a l l e n g e o n F a c e b o o k a t w w w F a c e b o o k c o m / C r y s t a l L i g h t t o h e l p a d d f l a v o r a n d w i n p r i z e s Grab a friend An ac cou ntabil ity partner c a n ke ep y ou o n t ra c k a nd m ot iv a t e d. W ha t s e v e n b e t t e r n o w y o u ca n s h a r e t h e e x p e r i e n ce w i t h a f r i e n d s o y o u l l b o t h f e e l b e t te r No w that you 're p repared to k ic k the s oda r o u t i n e fi l l u p y o u r w a t e r b o t t l e g r a b y o u r f r i e n d a n d t o a s t to d r i n k i n g mo r e w a t e r a l l s u m m e r l o n g T h i s s m a l l c h a n g e c a n h e l p y o u h a v e a v i b r a n t fl a v o u r f u l s u m m e r C o n t e n t p r o v i d e d b y C r y s t a l L i g h t S u m m e r i s h e r e : t i p s t o k i c k y o u r s o d a r o u t i n e By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer I T may be female intuition or just a biological desire for a potential mate, but whatever it is a recent study suggest that women can tell a man's sexuality by just looking at him. S c i e n t i s t s s a y w o m e n r e a l l y d o h a v e g a y d a r w h i c h h e l p s t h e m s p o t w h e t h e r a m a n i s s t r a i g h t o r g a y j u s t b y l o o k i n g a t h i s f a c e A n d t h e i n s t i n c t i s a t i t s s t r o n g e s t w h e n s h e i s a t h e r m o s t f e r t i l e a n d i n t h e m o o d f o r r o m a n c e T h e i r f i n d i n g s s u g g e s t t h a t a w o m a n s a b i l i t y t o d e t e r m i n e w h e t h e r a p o t e n t i a l m a l e p a r t n e r i s s t r a i g h t o r g a y i s l i n k e d t o t h e i m p u l s e t o h a v e c h i l d r e n D u r i ng t h e t hr e e e x pe r i m e nt s s om e 4 0 h e t e r o s e x u a l w o m e n w e r e s h o w n a s e t o f p h o t og rap hs of 8 0 m e n' s f ace s, al l wi t h th e sa m e e x p r e s s i o n Re se a r ch e r s f o un d wo m e n w e re r e m a r k a bl y a d e pt i n b e i n g a b l e t o s po t t h e g a y a n d s t r a i g h t m e n B u t i n a s i m i l a r e x p e r i m e n t u s i n g p h o t o g r a p h s o f g a y a n d s t r a i g h t w o m e n t h e y w e r e l e s s a b l e t o d i f f e r e n t i a t e T h e s t u d y b y p s y c h o l o g i s t s f r o m t h e U n i v e r s i t y of Toro nto, t hen comp are d the re sul ts t o th e w o m e n s c y c l e s a nd f o u n d t h o s e a t t h e i r m o s t f e r t i l e h a d t h e m o s t a c cu r a t e m a l e g a y d a r L e a d r e s e a r c h e r P r o f e s s o r N i c h o l a s R u l e s a i d : T hi s ef f e ct i s no t a pp a re n t w he n a wo m a n i s j u d g i n g a n ot h e r f e m a l e s o ri e nt a t i o n T hi s su gg e st s th at fe rt i l i ty i nf lu en ce s a he t e r o s e x u a l w o m a n s a t t e n t i o n t o p ot e n t i a l m a t e s r a t he r t ha n m e r e l y i n cr e a si ng s e ns i t i v i t y to s e x u a l or i e n t a t i o n or no n v e rb a l c ue s m o re g e n e r a l l y I n a f o l l o w up e x pe r i m e n t h a l f o f a g ro u p o f w o m e n w e re a sk e d t o re a d a st o r y a b ou t a l o v e a f f a i r b e f o r e l o o k i n g a t t h e m e n s f a c e s t h e i d e a b e i n g t h e y w o ul d be i n a ro m a n t i c m i n d se t Those wome n were e ven more acc urate a t i denti fy ing g ay m en from t hei r pi ctures. Thi s s ug g e s t s t h e i n t ui t i o n i s a t i t s s t ro n g e st n o t j u s t w h e n t h e b i o l o g i c a l cl o ck i s t i c k i ng b ut a l s o w h e n t he y a re q ui t e l i t e r a l l y i n t he m o od f o r l o v e Prof essor Rul e a dded : Th ese f in din gs sug g e s t w o m e n s a c cu ra c y m a y v a ry a cr o ss t he f e r t i l i t y c y c l e b e c a u s e m e n s s e x u a l o r i e n t a t i o n i s r e l evan t to c onc ep tion. I t imp l ies th at ind uc ing r om a nt i c o r m a t i ng -r e l a t e d t ho u g ht s i m p ro v e d acc ur acy i n identifying men's sexu al orientat i o n s T r i b u n e H e a l t h s p o ke t o a f e w w o m e n t o f i n d o u t i f t he i r g a y d a r' i s a l w a y s o n p oi nt S h e rr y B u rr o ws s a i d : I f h e d o e s no t d i s pl a y a n y so r t of f e m i ni ni t y t h e n i t wo u l d be v e r y di f f i c ul t t o d o t e l l w h e t h e r he i s g a y o r no t Mo s t t i m e s y o u c a n t e l l w h e t he r a m a n i s g a y by j u s t w a t ch i n g hi s a ct i on s a n d w a t c hi ng t h e w a y h e i n t e r a c t s w i t h o t h e r s T h e r e a r e g a y m e n w h o a r e n o t f e m i ni n e a nd i t w i l l t a k e m u ch m o r e t h a n l o o ki ng a t a p h ot o t o de t e r m i ne w h e t he r o r n o t h e r i s a c t u a l l y g a y W h e n e v e r I a m f a c e d w i t h t h e o p po r t un i t y I w i l l t ry t o p l a y t h e g ue s s i n g g a m e a n d s e e i f m y g a y d a r i s o n p o i n t s h e e x p l a i n e d A n o t h e r w o m a n w h o w i s h e s t o r e m a i n a n o n y m o u s s a i d : T h e s e cr e t i s i n t he e y e s T h e h e t e r os e x u a l m a l e r e f l e x on m e e t i n g s om e on e i s a q u i c k i n v e n t o r y c h e c k T h e y c h e c k t h e f a c e t h e n the c hes t ar ea, then th ey c he ck th e hip s a nd f i n a l l y ba ck t o t he f a ce T hi s pr o ce s s t a k e s m i l l i se c on d s a nd w h a t w om e n pi ck u p wi t ho u t k n o w i n g h o w o r w h y t h e y d i d i t i s w h e t h e r t h a t c h e c k t o o k p l a c e M e n d o n t d o i t c o n s c i o u s l y : i t s a r e f l e x t h a t t h e y d o e v e r y t i m e t h e y m e e t s o m e b o d y, wh e th e r it i s a mo t he r o r s i s te r I t 's a p ro c e ss of c a t e g or i s i n g e st a b l i sh i n g w he t h e r s om e on e h a s a n y po t e n t i a l a s a m a t e G a y m e n s t op a s s o on a s t h e y h a v e d e t e r m i n e d t h a t t h e y a r e l o o k i n g a t a m a l e u s u a l l y a f t e r l o o k i n g a t t h e face only. W omen con clud e -agai n i ns ti n cti vel y and u sua lly a c curatel y, t hat the reason t h e y h a v e n o t b e e n s c a n n e d i s b e c a u s e t h e p e r s o n c o nc e r n e d h a s n o t b e e n p ro g r a m m e d by n a t u r e t o s ca n f e m a l e s i n t h a t w a y Can women spot a gay man by just looking at them? GAY DAR The 'secret' is in the eyes. The heterosexual male reflex on meeting someone is a quick inventor y check. They check the face, then the chest area, then they check the hips and finally back to the face... It's a pr ocess of categorising -establishing whether someone has any potential as a mate. Anonymous
W H A T I S m o b i l e d e n ti s t r y ? I t i s n ot t w o w o r d s y o u exp e c t t o see t oget her. Thi s t y p e o f d e n t i s t r y i s s i m p l y d e n t i s t r y t h a t i s p e r f o r m e d a w a y f r o m t h e t r a d i t i o n a l o f f i c e s e t t i n g a n d i s p e r f o r m e d i n a n o n t r a d i t i o n a l s e t t i n g s u c h a s p r i v a t e h o m e s p r i v a t e y a c h t s c o m m e r c i a l c e n t e r s s c h o o l s p h y s i c i a n s o f f i c e s and emergency rooms. It can be realistically performed in a n y s a fe a nd c on v e n i e nt l oc a ti o n. T h e a v a il a b i li ty o f w a te r a n d e l e c t r i c i t y a l t h o u g h p r e f e r a b l e i s n o t a l w a y s m a n d a t o r y a s g e n e r a t o r s a nd p o r ta b l e w a t e r c o n ta i n e r s c a n be utilised. It has been the misconcep t i o n f o r m a n y y e a r s t h a t a dental healthcare provider is co n f in e d t o h i s h i g h ly te ch n o log ic al so phis tica te d o f fi ce I t w a s g e n e r a l l y a c c e p t e d b y ev e ry one tha t a de ntal office is filled with instruments and e q u i p m e n t t h a t a r e l a r g e b u l k y a n d i m p o s s i b l e t o t r a n s p o r t e a s i l y A lt h o u g h t h i s w a s t r u e in t h e pa st t ec h no l o gy h as mad e it po ss ib le t o c rea t e i n s t r u m e n t s a n d e q u i p me n t th a t a r e bo th f un cti on al and ready for easy transport. I t i s te c h n o lo g y th a t h a s s ta r t e d th e e r a of m o bi l e d e n ti s tr y and has kept it going. I t i s c o m mo n pr ac t i c e f o r t h e D e p a r t m e n t o f P u b l i c H e a l t h o f t h e M i n i s t r y o f H e a l t h o f t h e C o m m o n w e a l t h o f T h e B a h a m a s t o utilise mobile dentistry. The d e p ar t m en t p r o vi d e s d e n t al care for persons on many of the family islands that are a part of t he Bahamia n archip e l a g o T h e p u b l i c h e a l t h department provides for the t r a n s p o r t o f e q u i p m e n t in s tr u me n ts a n d m a te r i a l s v ia b o a t o r p l a n e f r o m N e w P r o v idence to other islands. W h e n e v e r a n i s l a n d s schedule d island dental v isit is completed, the equipment, i n s t r u m e n t s a n d r e m a i n i n g dental material are returned t o N e w P r o v i d e n c e T h i s e n s u r e s m a i n t e n a n c e a n d re pai r to the instr umen t s an d equipment and allows mate rials to be replenished. W i t h i n N e w P r o v i d e n c e d e n ti s ts a ls o v i s i t ol d p e r s o n s ca r i ng fa ci l iti e s ( e g T he Y e l l o w E l d e r S e n i o r C i t i z e n C e n te r a n d P e r s i s R o dg e r s H om e f o r t h e A g e d ) a n d m a n a g e t h e i nd i vid u al s t he re, e xac t ly a s i f t h o s e i n d i v i d u a l s w a l k e d in t o th e d ent ist 's t radi ti onal office The v is its to thes e ca rin g faci liti e s a ll ow b e dbou nd, i n c ap a c i t a t e d an d / o r i m m o bile patients the opportunity t o r e c e i v e d e n t a l c a r e A l l p e r sons regardless of their phys i ca l p s y c hi a tr i c d e v e lo p m e n t a l o r m e d i c a l s t a t e h a v e a right to basic oral care. D e n t i s t r y i s p r i m a r i l y a p r o cedure based profession, but scheduled consultations with p a t i e n t s s h o u l d n e v e r b e o v e r looked. The knowledge base and c ommunica t ion s kills of t h e o r a l h e a l t h c a r e p r a c t i t i o n e r s h o u l d n e v e r b e brushed aside. It is mandato ry that a patient is consulted, e x a m i n e d a n d t r e a t m e n t p l a n n e d b e f o r e a n y p r o c e d u r e is attempted. Thi s c an ea s ily occ ur out side of the traditional dental setting. If a procedure needs to be performed, the dentist has the option of performing it in a tra dition al or a n ontra ditional setting. The comfort o f t h e p at ien t t he di f f ic ul t y o f t h e p r o c e d u r e a n d t h e management of any possible c o m p l i c a t i o n s a r e a f e w o f m a n y d e t e r m i n i n g f a c t o r s u se d to a sc e r ta in th e be s t s e tti ng f or tr e a tm e n t. Th e s a fe ty and well being of patients is always at the forefront of the minds of all good healthcare professionals. Al l h e alt hcare prof ess i onals go through the baccalau r e a t e o f h e a l th c a r e to ca r e f o r a n d h e l p p a t i e n t s I f t h e patient s are un a bl e to go to t h e m t h e y w i l l g o t o t h e p a ti e n ts I n de n t is t r y i t i s n o w p o ss i b le t o d o s u c h a t hi n g. The department of health in The Bahamas does not stand alone, when it comes to ser v i c i n g t h e p o p u l a c e u s i n g mobile dentistry. It is joined b y J a m a i c a T r i n i d a d a n d T o b a g o a n d t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s o f A m e r i c a ( U S A ) I n t h e USA, the state of Texas and t h e s t a t e o f M i c h i g a n a r e known for their provision of mobile dental services. A l w a y s r e m e m b e r y o u r health is your most precious p os s e s s i o n. D o n ot l e t i t g o to ruin. Oral health is no differ e n t S t r i v e t o b e t h e h e a l t h i e s t y o u ca n b e a n d v i s it y o ur o r a l h e a l t h c a r e p r o f e s s i o n a l f o r a n a sse ss ment i n a t r aditio nal or a nontraditional setting. This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended and may not be treated as, a substitute for profes sional medical/dental advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or dental professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical/dental con dition. Never disregard profes sional medical/dental advice or delay in seeking it because of a purely informational publica tion." Copyright 2011 by Dr. Andre R. Clarke. All rights reserved. Reproduction of this article, in whole or in part, is prohibited without written permission. If you have questions, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr Andr R Clarke, DDS, MBBS Special Care Dentistry T H I S I S a s k i n c a n c e r t h a t a r i s e s f r o m t h e p i g m e n t c e l l s ( m e l a n o c y t e s ) i n m ol es. It us ual ly o c cu rs a s a r esu l t o f o v e r e x p os u r e to s u n l ig ht T h i s c a n ce r i s life threatening since it can metastasize ( s p r e a d ) v i a t h e l y m p h a t i c s a n d t h e blood stream to internal organs. Sun ex posure is the most important c a u s e a n d t h e i n c i d e n c e i n c r e a s e s i n t h o s e p at i e nt s w i t h a su s c ep t i b l e sk i n type and who live in close proximity to the equator. The red-haired blue eyed freckled patient with poor tanning and high burning capa bility has t he g rea t e st risk for getting melanoma. T h e d e a t h r a t e f r o m m e l a n o m a i n c r ea s es by 10 p e r c e n t w i t h a 2 p er cent decrease in latitude. This suggests t h a t t h e m o r t a l i t y a s s o c i a t e d w i t h m e l a n o m a i s p r o p o r t i o n a l t o t h e a m o u n t of ultraviolet light reaching the earth's surface. The type of exposure is also impor t a n t W h e r e a s t h e s o l a r k e r a t o s e s b a s a l cell and squamous cell cancer occur in those who spend a lot of time outdoors and are chronically exposed, the super ficial spreading and the nodular malig nant me la noma a re much m ore ev ident in i ndoo r ( white col la r) tha n in outdoo r ( b l u e c o l l a r ) w o r k e r s I t i s s u g g e s t e d t h at i n t en se b u t i n f re qu e nt s un exp o s u r e o n c e o r t w i c e a y e a r o n v a c a t i o n m a y b e m o r e i m p o r t a n t t h a n c h r o n i c c u m u l at i v e s u n e x p o s u r e S u n e x p o s u r e d u r i n g c h i l dh o o d a nd ad o l es ce n ce a l s o p l a y s a m a j o r r o l e Fi v e o r m o r e b l i s t e r i ng s un bu r ns b e fo re 1 5 y e a r s o f a g e h av e a ls o b e e n t h o u g h t t o i n c r e a s e a n i n d i v i d u a l s r i s k o f getting melanomas. Melanoma is rare in childhood. It is s e e n f r e q u e n t l y i n t h o s e a g e d 2 0 3 0 y e a r s a n d i s m o s t c o m m o n i n t h o s e a g e d 30-50 yea r s. The leg i s th e mo st c omm o n s i t e i n w o m e n a n d th e b a c k i n m e n T h e l e g i s t h e m o s t c o m m o n s i t e b e c a u s e many women do not wear stockings or l o n g p a n ts d u r i n g t h e s u m m e r T h e b a c k in men is a common site because in the summer months most males have their s hi rts off w hil e on the bo at, mo win g the law n or in t he gard e n It m ay b e t hat t h e c o v e r e d a r e a s o f t h e l e g a n d b a c k a r e m o r e s u s c e p t i b l e b e i n g p r e v i o u s l y untanned to intermittent intense expo su re. S om e h ave p ro po sed t h e th eo ry that the melanocytes are less stable on c o v e r e d a r e a s a n d t h a t m u t a g e n e s i s ( a b n o r m a l c h a n g e ) m a y o c c u r m o r e e a s ily. Melanomas metastasize (spread) via the lymphatics to lymph nodes and via the blood stream to the brain, lung, liv er, bones and skin. Provided the diag nosis is made early enough the progno sis may be good. If yo u have an y m ol es t h at yo u are worried about please see your derma tologist to have a dermatoscopic analy s i s d o n e o n y o u r m o l e s I n th i s w a y y ou r do ct or can l et yo u kno w wh ic h mol es a r e no r m a l or a b n or m a l a n d s ug g e st th e appropriate treatment options. HOW DOES MELANOMA SPREAD Melanomas can arise on any part of t h e b o d y I n w o m e n i t o c c u r s m o s t o f t e n on t he arms an d legs, wh ile in men it t e n d s t o a p p e a r o n t h e t r u n k I n b l a c k o r d a r k s k i n n e d p a t i e n t s m e l a n o m a s a p p e a r on the palms of the hands, soles of the feet as well as under the fingernails or toenails. Melanomas usually arise from an e x i s t i n g m o l e ( n e v u s ) h o w e v e r t h e y c a n a p p e a r o n a r e a s o f s kin wher e the re was pr ev iously no mole. S o m e t y p e s o f m e l a n o m a s a r e f l a t o r slightly raised when they f i r s t a p p e a r T h e y m a y g row sid e w a ys ( h orizont a l l y ) o n t h e s k i n f o r a period of months to years. This early stage is called melanoma in situ (in place ). This m ea ns that the cancer has not spread beyond the cells on th e s u r fa c e o f y o u r s k i n W h e n i t i s d i a g n o s e d a n d t r e a t e d a t t h i s e a r l y s t a g e melanoma can often be cured. Melanomas that are not treated may ev entua lly de ve lop a ra ise d sur f a ce a nd t h en gro w do w n wa rd (ve rt i c al ly) in t o t he second l ay er of skin (t he dermis). O n c e i n s i d e t h e d e r m i s c a n c e r c e l l s c o m e in con ta ct wi th l ym ph v e ss e ls an d b lo od v e ss e l s L y m p h v es s e l s a r e t i n y t u b es that collect lymph, a fluid that supplies y o u r b o d y w i t h a n t i b o d i e s a n d w h i t e b l o o d c e l l s t o f i g h t i n f e c t i o n C a n c e r c e l l s m a y t h e n e n t e r l y m p h o r b l o o d v e s se ls, a nd o nce t h ey a re ins ide thos e ve sse l s the y c a n b e ca r r ie d to ly m ph no de s othe r ski n s ite s o r o rg an s fa r aw ay fr om t h e o r i g i n a l t u m o u r O n c e th e c a n c e r o u s cells are deposited in these new areas, t h e y c a n m u l t i p l y a n d f o r m n e w tumours. M e l a n o m a t h a t h a s s p r e a d t o n e w s i t e s is mu ch mo re d iffic ul t to tr e a t tha n ca nc er t ha t is co n f i ne d ( l oc al i z ed ) t o t he site where it first appeared. Melanoma t h at h as s pr ead t o o rg an s su c h a s t he l i v e r l u n g s o r b r a i n m a y b e i m p o s s i b l e t o cure. P e o p l e w h o t a k e a n a c t i v e r o l e i n t h e i r h e a l t h g ai n a b e t t e r s en se o f c o n t r o l o v e r t h e i r d i s e a s e l i k e c a n c e r I t i s i m p o r t ant t hat if you not ice any new moles or changes to your existing moles, that yo u s ee yo u r de rm at o lo gi st t o h av e a d e r m a t o s c o p i c a n a l y s i s d o n e A l s o i f y o u h a d a s k i n c a n c e r i n t h e p a s t y o u s h o u l d e n s u r e t h a t y o u k e e p y o u r f o l l o w u p a p p o i n t m en t s t o h a v e r o u t i n e c h e c k s d one. If yo ur canc er recur s, f in din g i t e a rl y of fe rs th e be s t c ha n ce o f cu re I t i s a ls o v e ry im po r ta nt tha t on a d a il y ba s i s your lifestyle habits involve protecting your skin from the sun's rays using sun p r o t e c t i v e c l o t h i n g a n d s u n s c r e e n a s w e l l a s a v o i d i n g t h e s u n w h e n i t i s a t i t s hottest. U p c o m i n g a r t i c l e s w i l l d i s c u s s t h e di ag n osi s of a m e la nom a a nd the di ffe re n t t r e a t m e n t o p ti o n s a v a i la bl e de pe nd ing on the stage of the melanoma. Dr Cleland Gooding is a Physician with a Speciality in Skin Diseases. He works for the Bahamas Government. MELANOMA Mobile dentistry B y A N D R E C L A R K E KEEPING YOUR MOUTH ALIVE CHICAGO Associated Press MOS T of t he risk o f aut ism has b e e n b l a m e d b y e x p e r t s o n i n h e r i t e d g e n e s N o w o n e o f t h e l a r g e s t s t u d i e s o f t w i n s a n d a u t i s m s h i f t s t h e f o c u s t o th e wo m b s ug g e s ti n g t h a t t he m o th e r s a g e a n d h e a l th m a y p l a y a l a r g e r r o le th a n th o u g h t. T h e n e w r e s e a r c h d o e s n t s o l v e t h e m y s te r y o f wh a t c a u s e s a u t i s m M o s t s ci e n t is t s th i n k f a u l ty g e ne s a n d o u tsi d e fa cto r s a r e b oth a t w or k. An d s i n c e a u t i s m s p e c t r u m d i s o r d e r s i nc l u de a wi d e r a n g e o f c o nd i ti o n s f r o m m i l d t o s e v e r e i t s u n l i k e l y th e r e s a s i n g l e ca us e fo r a l l o f t h e m Co n d i ti o ns d u r in g p r e g n a n c y m a y tr i g g e r a u t i s m wh e r e t h e r e s a g e n e ti c v ul n e r a b i l i ty s a id D r Ga r y G o ld s t e i n o f t h e K e n n e d y K r i e g e r I n s t i t u t e i n B a l t i m o r e w h o w a s n o t i n v o l v e d i n t he ne w r e s e a r c h. W e v e i d e n t if i e d lo t s of v u l ne r a b i l it y g e n e s b ut n o t e v e r y b od y w ho h a s t h e m g e t s a u t i s m G o l d s t e i n s a i d T h e n e w t w i n s s t u d y, p u b l i s h e d M o n d a y b y A r c h i v e s o f G e n e r a l P s y c h i a t r y u s ed r i g o r o u s m e t h o d s t o d i a g n o s e a u ti s m s p e c tr u m d i s o r d e r s includ ing dir ect obse rv ation of the c h i l d r e n Usi ng Cal if or nia h ealt h rec ord s, i t s t h e l a r g e s t s t u d y t o d o t h a t a n d t h e f ir st t o c on s id er a la rg e sam p le of t wi n s d r a w n fr o m a g e n e r a l po p u l a tion, sa id le ad author D r. Joachim H a l l m a y e r of S ta n f or d U n i v e r s i ty in P a l o A l to C a l if C h i l d r e n w i t h a u t i s m c a n h a v e t r o u b l e c o m m u n i c a t i n g a n d i n t e r a c t i n g s o c i a l l y T h e y m a y h a v e p o o r e y e c o n t a c t a n d e n g a g e i n r e p e t i t i v e behavio r such as rock ing or h andfl a ppi ng On e in 1 0 0 ch il dr en ha v e a u ti s m di s o r de r s, a cc o r di n g to U S g o v e r n m e n t e s t i m a te s Th e ne w s tudy i ncl ud ed 1 92 s e ts o f t w in s w h ere a t lea st o ne o f t he tw i ns w a s a f fe ct e d wi t h a ut i s m. S om e o f th e tw in s we r e i d e n ti c a l a n d s o m e w e r e n on id e n t i ca l o r fr a te r n a l t wi n s Th e r e se ar che r s us e d DN A te sting to de te rmi ne wh ich twins we r e id en tic a l a nd wh ich we r e fr ate r na l T h a t w a s i m p o r t a n t b e c a u s e i d e n t i c a l tw in s co m e fr om o n e fe r ti li z e d e g g a n d h a v e i d e n ti c a l g e ne ti c m a k e u p s Fr a t e r n a l t wi n s fr o m t wo fe r t il i z e d e g g s s h a r e n o m o r e g e n e ti c m a t e r i a l th a n a n y o th e r s i b l i ng s Th e ne w stu dy fo un d, a s e xp e cte d h i g h r a t e s o f s h a r e d a u t i s m d i s o r de rs fo r i de nti ca l twi ns : 7 7 pe r ce nt o f m a l e t w i n p a i r s a n d 5 0 p e r c e n t f o r f e m a l e p a i r s h a d a u t i s m i n b o t h t w i n s S u rp r is i ng ly i t al so f o u nd f ai r ly h i g h r a t e s o f f r a t e r n a l t w i n s b o t h h a v i n g a u t i s m s p e c t r u m d i s o r d e r s : 3 1 p e r c e n t r a t e f o r m a l e f r a t e r n a l t w i n s a n d 3 6 p e r c e n t f o r f e m a l e f r a t e r n a l t w i n s O t he r s t u d ie s h a v e fo u n d 1 0 to 2 0 p e r ce n t o f y o un g e r s ib li n g s of ch il d r e n w i t h a u t i s m a r e l i k e l y t o b e d i a g n o s e d th e m s e l v e s wi th t he di s o r d e r F r a t e r n a l t w i n s s h a r e t h e s a m e w o m b e v e n t h o u g h t h e y d o n t s h a r e i d e n t i c a l g e n e s T h a t c o u l d b e i m p o r tant, s aid Dr. John Constantino of W a s h i n g t o n U n i v e r s i t y S c h o o l o f Medi c ine i n S t Lou is wh o w asn 't i n v o l v e d i n t h e n e w r e s e a r c h "Fin ding so man y f raternal t wi n p a i r s i n w h o m b o t h t w i n s h a v e a u t i s m s p e c tr u m d i s or d e r s i s a k e y fi n di n g t h a t p u t s a s p o t l i g h t o n p r e g n a n cy a s a t im e wh e n e n v ir o nm e nt al fa c tor s m i g h t e x e r t th e i r e f f e c t s C o n s t a n t i n o s a i d T h o s e fa c t o r s c o ul d i n c l u d e s t r e s s d ie t, i nf e c ti o ns a m o th e r s a g e a n d m e di c a ti on s e x p e r ts s a i d Th e n e w study didn 't try t o dete rmi ne what fa c t or s i n c r e a s e r i s k Th e stu dy was f un ded by gran ts f r o m t h e N a t i o n a l I n s t i t u t e o f M e n t a l H e a l t h a n d A u t i s m S p e a k s a n a d v o ca cy g r ou p I n a n o th e r s t ud y pu b l i s he d M on d a y i n th e s a m e j o ur n a l r e s e a r c h e r s fo u n d a h ig he r r is k o f a u ti s m a m o n g ch i l d r e n bo r n t o m o t he r s wh o to o k a n t i d e p r e s s a n t s d u r i n g t h e y e a r b e fo r e b i r th p a r t ic u l a r l y i n th e fi r s t th r e e m o n th s o f p r e g n a n c y It 's too early t o advise pregnant w o m e n a g a i n s t a n t i d e p r e s s a n t s h o w e v e r U nt r e a t e d d e p r e s s i o n a l s o c a n b e h a r m fu l t o m o t he r a n d ba b y s a i d l e a d a u t h o r L i s a C r o e n o f t h e A u t i s m R e s e a r ch Pr o g r a m a t K a i s e r Pe r m a n en t e, a l ar ge h eal t h m ain t en an ce o r g a n i za t i on i n Ca li f or n i a Fraternal twins with autism: Is risk in the womb? 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( A R A ) Y ou v e h e ar d i t m a n y t i m e s b e f o r e : D o n t f o r g e t t o w e a r s u n s c r e e n B ut, is there a n e asier way to k eep sk in can cer prevent i on t op of mind as summer starts t o siz zl e? D r M i c h a e l K a m i n e r m e m b e r o f t h e A m e r i c a n S o c i e t y f o r D e r m a t o l o g i c S urger y (A SD S), says "G et y o u r s k i n c h e c k e d a n n u a l l y a r o u n d t h e t i m e o f y o u r b i r t h d a y o r a f a v o r i t e h o l i d a y W i t h s u m m e r u p o n u s o p t f o r J u l y 4 o r L a b o r D a y t o m ake sur e you g et an ann ual s kin c ancer sc reenin g." Ma ny pe ople mi gh t b e s urp rised t o l ea r n t hat sun d a m a g e i s c u m u l a t i v e a n d s u n exp osu re in you r yout h may l e ad t o a ging and skin c a nc e r l a t e r o n T o p r e v e n t s u n d a m a g e y o u s h o u l d d e v e l o p a r out i ne of w e ar ing an d reap p lyi ng su nsc reen. "O verexpo sure to t he su n, s e e n a s s u n b u r n s w i l l s e t s k i n i n a d ow nwar d s pir al," not es D r. Kami ner. "In fac t many of m y p at ien t s c an pi n po in t t h e s p e c i f i c s u n b u r n t h a t damaged th eir sk in. Pro t ect i n g th e s k i n f r o m h a r m f u l U V ra ys is cri tic al no t j ust durin g th e su mmer, bu t al l year ." S o w h a t a r e s o m e s t e p s you c an tak e o n a dail y b asis t o l o w e r y o u r r i s k o f s k i n c a n c e r th is s um m e r a nd be y o n d? Dr Kam i ne r an d t h e A S DS suggest t he fo ll owi ng: Be sur e t o wea r sunscree n: N o m a t t e r w h a t y o u r s k i n ty pe or how y ou r bo dy r e ac ts to the su n, yo u s hou ld a l wa y s w e a r s u n s c r e e n w i t h a s u n pro tec t ive f act or ( SP F) of 30 or h igh er A p p ly ab ou t o n e o u n c e ( t h e s i z e o f a s h o t glass) o f s uns creen to cover y our en tire body a nd re a pply e v e r y t w o t o t h r e e h o u r s s p e n t o u t d o o r s R e s e a r c h sho ws t hat many peo ple pu t on ab ou t h alf of t he am oun t o f su ns cr ee n th e y n e ed s o be s u r e t o l a t h e r i t o n A l s o d o n' t f or g e t y ou r l ip s u se l i p b a l m w i t h a n S P F o f 3 0 o r high er. T a k e m o r e t h a n a b r e a k : A v o i d s u n e x p o s u r e d u r i n g peak ho urs of in ten sit y f rom 10 a.m. t o 4 p .m. If yo u mu st b e o u t si d e, ap p l y s u n sc r een 2 0 t o 3 0 m i n u te s b e f o r e h e a d in g out and reapp ly t hrou ghou t th e day. Wear sun prot ecti v e c lot hi n g : W e a r i n g a ha t wi th a fu l l, w i d e b r i m c a n h e l p p r o t e c t a r e a s o f t e n e x p o s e d t o t h e s u n s u c h a s t h e n e c k e a r s e y e s f o r e h e a d n o s e a n d s ca lp A pp l y su n s cr e e n u n de r a Tsh irt or wear mo re pr ot ect ive c lo th in g. Prot ect your family: Te ach c h i l d r e n l i f e l o n g s k i n p r o te ction ha bits a t a y oung ag e, even i f you t h ink t hey aren 't li ste ni ng Se t a g oo d e xa m ple b y p u t t i n g o n s u n s c r e e n t oget her. I n a d d i t i o n D r K a m i n e r and t h e A SD S of f er th e fo ll o wi n g ti p s f or l o ng -te r m s k i n ca ncer dete ction an d pre ve nt ion : M O N I T O R Y O U R S K I N : I f a n y u n u s u a l s p o t s a p p e a r o n y o u r s k i n g e t t h e m ch eck ed o ut i mmed iat ely. If s o m e th i n g l oo k s fu n ny o r d if f e r e n t s e e a d e r m a t o l o g i c sur geon. S E E T H E R I G H T D O C T O R : When some t hing do es n' t lo o k r igh t s ch ed ul e an a pp o i n t m en t w i t h a d er mat ol ogic su rgeon, wh o can use a n um ber o f n on invasi ve tool s to determine if the spot i s c a n c e r o u s Y o u c a n t h e n w o r k t o g e t h e r t o f i n d t h e righ t tr eatm ent ; man y new er t r ea t m en t s a re p ai n l e ss a nd d o n ot c a u s e s c a r r i n g T o fi n d a derm a t ol ogic surgeon visit w ww .A SDS .net G E T H E L P F R O M A F R I E N D : T h e b e s t w a y t o detect skin c a nc e r, especially on ha r d -to -s e e pl a ce s li ke th e bac k, is t o h ave you r sp ou se, p a r t n e r o r a f r i e n d c h e c k y o u r s k i n o n a r e g u l a r b a s i s B e sur e to check y our sk in your sel f to o. S o p a c k t h a t s u n s c r e e n w h e r e v e r y o u g o a n d r e a p pl y. A nd b e su re t o sch edu le a n a p p o i n t m e n t w i t h y o u r d e r m a t o l o g i c s u r g e o n t h i s s u m m e r V i s i t w w w A S D S n e t f o r m o r e i n f o rm a t i on o n h o w t o b es t d etec t and pr event sk in can c e r a n d t o f i n d a f r e e s k i n c a n c e r s c r e e n i n g i n y o u r a r e a About the ASDS ASDS is the largest specialty organization exclusively representing dermatologic surgeons who have unique training and experience to treat the health, function and beauty of skin. Dermatologic surgeons are experts in skin cancer preven tion, detection and treatment. As the incidence of skin cancer rises, dermatologic surgeons are committed to taking steps to minimize the life-threatening effects of this disease. ASDS members are pioneers in the field, having created and enhanced many of the advance ments in dermatologic surgery to repair and improve the skin. THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y JUL Y 5, 201 1, P AGE 1 1B By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL Tribune Features Editor S he is definitely not the image of the typical "Jeeves" English style butler commonly portrayed in the media, but for guests staying in the luxurious suites at the Sandals Royal Bahami an resort, 27 year old Vanessa Gideon certainly knows how to ensure that every detail of her clients' stay is postcard perfect. V a n e s s a i s o n e o f a l m o s t 2 5 b u t l e r s o n st aff w hose prim a r y fo cus is t o en sure t hat every n e ed w him and d e s i r e o f th e i r g u e s ts i s f u l f i l l e d fr o m gree t ing t hem at check in, makin g r e s er v at i o n s f o r d i n n e r a n d s o c i a l a ct i v it i e s t o e ns u r i n g t ha t th e i r b e d s a r e t u r n e d d o w n j u s t s o e a c h n i g h t un til ch ec k out. That she has mastered a profes s i o n t h a t i s c o m m o n l y a s s o c i a t e d w i t h b e i n g m a l e i s o n e t h i n g h e r b a c k g r o u n d m a k e s t h e j o u r n e y e v e n more interesting. You see be f ore s he put on a but l er's un if or m t o go t o wo rk, Van essa d o n n ed w et s ui t ma sk an d ox yg e n t a n k a n d w o r k e d a s a d i v i n g i n s t r u c t o r I us ed to b e a d iv e ma s te r s o i t has been a very in t erest ing tran siti on i n m y ap pe a ra n ce a t wor k a nd a n e v e n b i g g e r d i f f e r e n c e i n m y d utie s It' s a 3 6 0 de g re e s hift ," s he t o l d T r i b u n e W o m a n i n a r e c e n t i n t e r v i e w V a ne s s a wa s w or k i ng i n t he w a te r s po rts de pa r tme n t a n d di v e s ho p a t th e re s or t, wh e n s he de ci de d t o pa r t i c i p a t e i n c r o s s t r a i n i n g t o l e a r n h o w e v e r y d e p a r t m e n t a t S a n d a l s w a s r u n "Cross training was a very differ e n t e x p e r i e n c e f o r m e L e a r n i n g h o w e v e r y th i n g fu n c ti o n e d w a s a r e a l e y e o p e n e r f o r m e b e c a u s e I r e a l i s e d t h a t s o m u c h m o r e w a s g o i n g o n i n s i d e t h e h o t e l a n d i t w a s a r e a l challenge for me." S h e w a s s o i n t r i g u e d w i t h t h e c r o s s tra ining tha t s he would go in o n her da ys o f f an d af t e r h er sh i f t en de d for several months, before she and mana gement re alised that she had a de f in i te n i ch e i n th e b u tl e r d e pa r t m e n t a n d a t t h e r i s k o f s o u n d i n g clich she dove right in. "W e w o rk i n p ai rs i n t w o s h i f t s b e t w e e n 7 a m a n d 1 0 p m w i t h s e v e r a l roo ms assign ed to u s, Thro ugh out your shift any number of things can be going on. You may be preparing a s ui te fo r ch e ck in ch a ng i ng a di nn e r r es er va t i o n s, ar ra n gi n g d r i nk s on the beach all at once. It is con s t an t l y j u g g l i n g re s p o n s i b i l i t i e s t o ensure that you meet the needs of your guests." V a n e s s a n o te d t h a t w h il e th e g e ne ral p er c ep t io n is t h at t h e pr o f es s i o n i s m a l e d o m i n a t e d m o r e p e o p l e a re g et t i ng u s ed t o se ei n g w o m en ta ke o n th e ro le An d wh il e sh e de fi n i t e l y r e c o m m e n d s h e r c h o i c e o f c a r e e r s h e s a y s i t d o e s t a k e a c e r t a i n personality type. "Th is jo b can be qu it e d emand i n g a n d y o u w i l l h a v e a d i f f i c u l t guests and they may aggravate you, b u t y ou ca n n eve r sh o w i t t h at is p a r t o f t h e b u s i n e s s b u t y o u s t i l l h a v e t o d o y o u r b e s t t o a c c o m m o d a t e th e m T hi s i s th e ty p e j ob f or pe o p l e who want to provide customer ser v i ce I f y o u w a n t t o fu l fi l l so m e o n e s wishes and make them happy, then th is i s th e j o b f or y o u An d t he n y o u wi ll ha v e th e da y s w he n a g ue s t s a y s thank you, you made our vacation wonderful, those ar e the t hing s that make you feel good. Not every day will be sunshine, but not every day will be rain." Postcard perfect This job can be quite demanding and you will have a difficult guests and they may aggravate you, but you can never show it, that is par t of the business but you still have to do your best to accommodate them. How to lower your risk of skin cancer this summer The regulations will go into effect next summer and will help consumers stay protected from the sun!s harmful rays. The new labels will address five key areas: 1. BROAD SPECTRUM DESIGNATION: Sunscreens that pass the FDA!s broad spectrum test procedure, which measures UVA protection relative to UVB protection, will be labeled with a "Broad Spectrum SPF" value on the front label, indicating the magnitude of overall protection. 2. USE CLAIMS: Only Broad Spectrum sunscreens with an SPF value of 15 or higher will be able to claim to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging if used as directed with other sun protection measures. 3. "WATERPROOF," "SWEATPROOF" OR "SUNBLOCK" CLAIMS: According to the FDA, manufacturers cannot label sunscreens as "waterproof" or "sweatproof" because these claims overstate their effectiveness. Sunscreens also cannot claim to provide sun protection for more than two hours without reapplication. 4. WATER RESISTANCE CLAIMS: Water resistance claims on the front label will indicate whether the sunscreen remains effective for 40 minutes or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating. 5. DRUG FACTS: All sunscreens will include standard "Drug Facts" information on the back and/or side of the container. Share your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story D I D Y O U K N O W T H E F D A R E C E N T L Y U P D A T E D G U I D E L I N E S F O R O V E R T H E C O U N T E R ( O T C ) S U N S C R E E N L A B E L S ?
THE TRIBUNE SECTION B TUESD A Y JUL Y 5, 2011 I N T H I S M a r c h 1 3 2 0 1 0 f i l e p h o t o p ro v i d e d b y K u l s o o m A b d u l l a h v i a her website on Thu r sday, Jun e 9, 2 011 Kul s o om Abdul lah c o mp e t e s i n a w e i g h t l i f t i n g e v e n t i n F l o w e ry B r a n c h G a A b d u l l a h h a s f i l e d t o c o m p e t e i n t h e n a t i o n a l w e i g h t l i f t i n g c h a m p i o n s h i p s a d a y a f t er t h e sp o rt s w o rl d g o ve rn i n g b o d y m o d i fi e d i t s r u l es to a cc o m m o d at e h e r M u sl i m b el i e fs T h e In t er n at i o n al We i g h t l i ft i n g F ed e ra ti o n an n o u n c ed Wed nesd ay, Jun e 2 9 th at i t w ou l d a ll ow ath l etes to w ear a fu ll -bo d y "u n ita rd" u nd er th e cu sto m ary w eig h tl if ti ng u n ifo rm A bd u ll ah h adn t competed in high-level U.S. competitions because her Muslim faith required her to cover her arms, legs and head. (AP) PENANG, Malaysia Associated Press W E I G H T L I F T I N G S wo r ld g o v e rn i ng bo dy a g re e d W e d n e s d a y t o m o d i f y i t s c l o t h i n g r u l e s t o a c c o m m o d at e a M us l i m w om e n c om p et i n g f o r t h e Un i t ed St a t es K u l s o o m A b d u l l a h o f A t l a n t a w a s b a r r e d f r o m e n t e r i n g h i g h e r l e v e l U S c o m p e t i t i o n s H e r M u s l i m f a i t h r e q u i r e s t h a t s h e c o v e rs h er arm s l eg s a n d h e ad w h i c h vi o l at e s i nt e rn a t i on a l ru les go verni ng wei ght li ft i ng a t t i r e U S A W e i g h t l i f t i n g t o o k h er c as e t o t h e I nt e rn a t i on a l W e i g h t l i f t i n g F e d e r a t i o n w h i c h ag ree d t o c h an ge t h e r u le s a f t er it s t ec h n i c al c om m i t t e e r e v i e w e d t h e p r o p o s a l T h e m o d i f i e d r u l e c h a n g e s p e r m i t a t h l e t e s t o w e ar a o ne p i ec e, f u l l b o dy t i g h t f i t t e d u n i t a r d u n d e r t he c omp ul sor y w eigh t lif t in g c o s t u m e I W F v i c e p r e s i d e n t S am C of f a sa id Th e un i t a rd w i l l en ab l e t e c h n i c a l o f f i c i a l s t o e f f e c t ively a d jud icat e areas of t he b o d y w h i c h ar e es s en t i a l t o t h e c o r re ct e xec u t i o n o f t h e l i f t A b d u ll a h c al l ed t he r u li n g a g re at vi c t o ry I a m h o p e f u l f o r m o r e p a r t i c i p a t i o n i n s p o r t s f o r w o m en ," sh e s ai d i n a st a t em en t "I h av e a p o si t i ve ou t l o o k o n g e t t i n g c o s t u m e d et ai l s f in a li s ed f o r O l ym p ic L i f t i n g c o m p e t i t i o n s A d d i t i o n al l y, I h o pe ot he r s p or t i n g o rg an i z at i o n s w i ll f o l l ow e x a m p l e t o a l l o w g r e a t e r inc lus io n a nd pa r tici pa tion i n t h e i r r e s p e c t i v e s p o r t O n e ex ample is F I F A's disqualific a t i o n o f t h e I r a n i a n w o m e n' s t e am ." I r a n w a s p r e v e n t e d b y F I F A f r o m p l a y i n g a 2 0 1 2 O l y m p i c s q u a l i f i e r a g a i n s t J o r d a n e a r l i e r t h i s m o n t h b e c a u s e i t s w o m e n s t e a m c a m e o u t w e a r i n g I s l a m i c h ea d s carves. Th e h ijab sc arf i s b an n ed f o r sa f et y r eas o n s by foo tbal l's g ov e rni ng bod y. I n w e i g h t l i f t i n g t h e o l d r u l e s d i d n t a l l o w s u i t s t h a t c o ve re d e i t h er t he k ne es o r e l b o w s b e c a u s e j u d g e s h a d t o b e a b l e t o s e e t h a t b o t h h a v e b e e n l oc k e d o u t t o c o m p l et e a l i f t A b d u l l a h s a i d a t i g h t f i t t in g shi rt w ou ld a llo w j ud ges t o h a v e a g o o d vi e w o f h e r e l b o w s S h e a l s o s a i d s h e d b e w i l l in g t o w ear a l e g c o ve r i n g t h a t c o n f o r m s t o h e r r el i gi o n b u t a ll o w s ju d ge s t o d e t e r m i n e w h e t h e r s h e s c o m pl e t ed a l i f t Th e Counci l o n Am er ica nI s l a m i c R e l a t i o n s ( C A I R ) which wor ke d with Abdul la h t o ge t t he ru l e c h an ge d, al so applauded t he IWF decisio n. T h e n e w c l o t h i n g m o d i f i c at io n s go i nt o ef f ec t i m m ed i a t e l y T h e U S c h a m p i o n s h i p s a r e b e i n g h e l d i n I o w a n e xt mo n t h T h i s r u le m o di f ic a t io n h a s b ee n c o n si d er ed i n t he sp i ri t o f f a i r n e s s e q u a l i t y a n d i n c l u s i o n I W F P r e s i d e n t T am as A ja n s ai d T h e I W F s ai d t h e m o di f i c a t i o n p r o m o t e s a n d e n a b l e s a m o r e i n c l u s i v e s p o r t e n v i r o n m e n t a n d b re ak s do w n b arr i ers t o pa rt i c i p a t i o n I W F c h a n g e s r u l e s o n a t t i r e f o r U S M u s l i m a t h l e t e By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer I T was difficult believing Amy Sands was ever as angry as a wasp, especially given her peaceful and bubbly expressions throughout our entire conversation. S h e w a s j u b i l a n t a n d e x p r e s s e d h e r c o nten tment with th e c ar d life had de a l t h e r. H o we v e r t h i s a t t i t u d e di d n o t c o m e u n t il l o n g a f t e r a r e a l i t y c h e c k a n d a f t e r a b s o r b i n g a d v i c e f r o m some one who sa id "m ake y o ur circu m st a nc e s wo rk fo r y o u" Th e ci rc u ms t a n c e t h i s p e r s o n w a s t a l k i n g a bo u t w a s a d i s or de r c a l l e d s co l i o s i s A m y f o u n d o u t s h e d e v e l o p e d w h i c h h i n d e r e d h e r f r o m p a r t ic ip a t i n g in h ig h sc ho o l a th le te s he e nj o yed s o m u c h Scol i o si s i s a d is ord er th at cau se s an abno rmal cu rve o f the s pine, or b a c k b o n e T h e s p i n e h a s n o r m a l curves wh en look ing f rom t he sid e, b u t it s h o u ld ap p ea r s tr ai gh t w h en l o ok i n g f ro m t h e f ro n t Ky p h os i s i s a cu r v e s e e n f ro m t he s i d e i n w h i c h t he sp i n e i s be n t f or w a r d. T he r e i s a n o rm a l k y p h o s i s i n t h e m i d d l e ( t h o r a c i c ) sp i n e L or d os i s i s a c ur v e s e e n f r om t h e s id e in w h i c h t h e s p i n e is b e n t ba c k wa r d T h e re i s a no r m a l l o r do s i s i n t h e u pp e r ( ce r v i ca l ) s p i n e a n d t he l o w e r ( l u m b a r ) s p i n e P e o p l e l i k e A m y w i t h s co l i os i s ca n d e v e l o p a dd i t i on a l cur v e s t o e i t h e r si de a n d t he b o n e s o f t h e s p i n e t w i s t o n e a c h o t h e r f o r m i n g a C o r a n S sh a p e i n t h e sp i n e A m y ha d t he C sh a p e S o m e s y p m t o m s o f s c o l i o s i s i n c l u d e ba cka che or l ow -b ack p ai n f a ti g ue s h o u l d e r s o r h i p s a p p e a r u n e v e n a n d th e sp i n e may cu rve ab nor m ally to t he si de (l a t e ra l l y ) O n e t i m e I w a s o u t w i t h m y g r a n d m o t he r a nd s he t o l d m e m y s hi r t w a s t w i st e d S h e t ri e d t o f i x m y sh i r t se v e r a l t i m e s b u t s h e c o u l d n t g e t i t strai ght no ma tte r how m any ti me s she tri ed. Then she sa id y ou know som e th i ng y ou sh i rt i sn 't tw i st y our bod y i s twist and i t was be c a us e of he r o b se r v a t i o n we f ou n d o u t s om e thi ng wa s o dd abo ut t he wa y I wa s sh a p e d, s he sa i d. A my wa s 1 3 y e ar s o ld wh e n th e d o c to r d iag no s ed h er w ith s c o lo si s a n d b e ca u s e t h e r e w e r e n o d o c t o r s i n t h e B a h a m a s s k i ll e d e n o u g h f o r a sp i n al c or re ct i o n o pe r a t i on sh e h a d t o g o t o M i a m i C hi l dr e n' s H os pi ta l i n F l or i d a T h e y h a d t o p u t i n a r o d a n d sc re w s t o s t ra i g ht e n m y s pi ne U p t o t h i s d a y t h e y a r e s t i l l t h e r e b u t w h a t i s l e f t i s a s ca r f r o m t h e o p e r a t i o n s h e t ol d T r i bu n e Wo m an T h e s u r g e r y l e f t A m y i n s o m e w a y s h a n d i c a p p e d A f t e r t h e s u r g e r y I c o u l d n o t wa l k I ha d t o l e a rn ho w t o g et up s t a n d a n d w a l k a l l o v e r a g a i n b e c a u s e of t h e d i s or d e r. I be c a m e v e r y a n g ry I f e l t l i k e a l o g j u s t s i t t i n g i n t h e wa ter. M y a ttitud e b egan c han ging a n d I w a s m ad at t h e e n ti r e w o r ld b e ca u se of t h i s. "T her e wa s so mu ch I w ant e d t o d o b u t I f e l t h a n d i ca p p e d I r e a l l y f e l t d i sa b l e d be ca u s e h e r e i t i s I w a s a n a thl e te a nd t he do ctor i s te l l in g m e t h a t I c a n n o t p l a y s p o r t s s o I m t h i n k i n g i f I c a n t d o a l l o f t h e s e t h i n g s w h a t ca n I d o ." Re a l i s i n g t ha t he r p o te nt i a l ca r e e r a s a p ro f e s si on a l a t h l e t e w ou l d p ro b a b l y n e v e r c o m e t o m a n i f e s t a t i o n Amy was for ced to d eveloped new i n t e r e s t s i n p a r t i c u l a r m o d e l i n g B e f o r e h e r i n t e r e s t i n m o d e l i n g r e a ch e d i t s p e a k s h e w a s a p p ro a ch e d b y p e o p l e w h o c o m p l i m e n t e d h e r p e r f e c t p o s t u r e h o w e v e r A m y n e v e r t h ou g h t a n y t hi ng a b ou t i t I n e v e r h a d a n i n t e r e s t i n m o d e l i n g b e c a u s e I w a s m o r e o f t o m b o y T h e n pe o pl e st a rt ed m e, t e l l i ng we l l y ou kn ow yo u ha ve gre a t pos tu re a nd I am like ar e t hes e peo p le s er io us I h a v e a ro d i n m y b a ck ," s he s a i d. Bei ng asso cia ted wit h a fri end i n pageants go t her mor e open to the i d e a o f pu r s u i n g i t My f r i e n d w a s i n p a g e a nt s a nd I sa w h e r g e t t i n g p r e t t y w ith mak eu p a n d th e c u te d r es s es a n d I t ho u g ht t hi s ca n b e a l i t t l e b i t f u n a n d t h a t h o w I g o t i n t o A m y e x p l a i n e d A t t h e b e g i n n i n g o f t h i s l o v e a f f a i r i t w a s di f f i c ul t f or he r t o get her f o ot in t h e d o o r s o p r i n t m o de l i n g w a s t h e p a t h s h e t o o k A n d a l t h o u g h s h e s t a n d s l i t t l e o v e r 5 f e e t t a l l s h e i s d e t e r m i ne d t o b e c om e a r u nw a y m od e l I l o v e co m p e t i n g a n d I l o v e ch a l l e n g i n g m y s e l f a n d b e co m i n g a ru n w a y m o d e l i s m y n e x t ch a l l e n g e ," s h e s a i d Am y w ho is now 28 is presen t ly t h e m a n a g e r a t J o h n B u l l o n P a r a d i s e I s l a n d w h e r e s h e h a s w o r k e d f o r q u i t e a n u m b e r o f y e a r s H e r m o d e l i n g c a r e e r h a s i m p r o v e d s o m u c h a n d s h e r e f u s e s t o g i v e u p o n h e r d r e a m w h i c h h a s b e e n pa y i ng of f so f a r. I s a i d t o m y s e l f I a m no t g oi ng t o l e t t hi s be a t m e I don t wa nt to b e t h e p e rs on w h o h a s a d i s o rd e r a nd i s n o t do i n g a ny t h i n g a b o u t i t I w a nt t o b e t he p e r so n t ha t h a s a d i s o rd e r a n d i s d o i n g s om e t hi ng a bo u t i t P h o t og r a p he r s a r e re a c hi ng o ut t o he r for m ore and m ore shoot s, a nd s h e a l s o h a s d o n e p r o m o t i o n w o r k f o r B u r n s H o u s e H e r l a t e s t a c c o m p l i s h m e n t w a s w i n n i n g a f i t n e s s co m p e t i t i o n h e r e i n N a s s a u a n d s h e i s p r e s e n t l y pr e p a ri ng f or t h e n e x t s t e p o f t h i s c o m p e t i t i o n My di so rd e r i s m y g r e a t e s t m o t i v a t o r CLE AR P ATH: Th ou gh she has scol io sis, the d iso r d er has not stop Amy Sands from pursuing a career as a model.
By RENALDO DORSETT S ports Reporter r email@example.com WITH his high school basketball career coming to a close, one Bahamian standout hopes to increase his exposure for an antici-p ated college recruitment process. Mikhail Rolle recently attended the High Potential Basketball Campa t Stanford University in Stanford, California, and received rave reviews from camp instructors. R olle was coached by former Georgia State Bulldog standout Corey Butler and received a 4.5g rade on the 5-point scale. B utler noted Rolle's standout skills on both sides of the ball, citing his excellent vision and ability, g reat form on the jumpsuit, excellent finishing ability inside, good perimeter shooting, great stance and effort o n defense. The High Potential camp, featuring hundreds of players from throughout the US, is a high intensity, advanced camp geared toward student athletes who aim to improve their skill in a competitive environ-m ent. R olle, the 6'3" combo guard who h elped the 2009 Kingsway Academ y Saints to the BAISS junior boys title, transferred to Champagnat Catholic High School in Hialeah, F lorida. "It was a good experience. There was a high level of competition from all around the world ande xperiences like that can only cause m e to get better as a player and as a person. Its good for networking, you get to meet new coaches, new players, new friends and find ways to get more exposure. My game has been coming along pretty good...gett ing better in all aspects of my game and trying to sharpen my skills for the next level. Everyday you learn new stuff about playing in the system over there so the past few years have been going good. This summer, Rolle is expected t o compete on the AAU Basketball c ircuit as a member of Team Miami. T he team will travel to various tourn aments throughout the US, including the Carolinas, Virginia and Florida during the summer break. AAU helps me to sharpen my skills even more," he said. "You get to play against the best and it canh elp me with the skills I need to i mprove on like learning to lead a team, improving my skills as a floor general, and helping others along in games, especially in crunch-time moments." THETRIBUNE SECTIONETUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . VALENTINO ADVANCES IN PAN AM QUALIFIER BOXING: KLITSCHKO BEATS HAYE BY UNANIMOUS DECISION MIXED MARTIAL AR TS: CRUZ OUTPOINTS F ABER NOV AK DJOKOVIC IS THE NEW NO.1 UNITED STATES LOOKING FOR WIN VS. SWEDEN F ARRAR GIVES US A WIN IN TOUR DE FRANCE BASEBALL: PADRES DEFEAT GIANTS T T U U R R N N T T O O 7 7 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . . . THE dedicated team of organisers involved with the World Baseball Challenge is excited to confirm that the Bahamas Baseball Federation has committed to sending its nation al team for the tournament, slated for July 8-19 in Prince George. The Bahamas Baseball Federa tion (BBF and participated in the first Prince George tournament two years ago, putting up its best showing in a game against the powerhouse USA Baseball entry. Bahamas lost that game 8-1, but gritty right-handed pitcher Desmond Russell gave up just four hits and had his team within one run, trailing 2-1, in the seventh inning, putting a scare into the mighty Americans. Russell gave up just two earned runs in one of the best pitching performances in the tournament. We are so pleased to welcome back the Bahamas they were tremendous ambassadors for their association and their country, and so many people in Prince George became friends with those who rep resented the Bahamas Baseball Federation with class and determination, said Virginia Sprangers, the director of International Protocols for the World Baseball Challenge. They were so impressed with the level of this tournament, the organ isation, and the hospitality they felt from the people of Prince George. From the time they left to return home, they stated they would do everything they could to come back and put their best foot forward, and were excited to know well be seeing them again. The BBF fielded a young team in 2009 and late cancellations by play ers due to injuries and pro baseball status played a major part in the teams 0-7 record. But the Bahamas, dressed in distinctive white, blue and yellow jerseys, was a clear fan favourite in Prince George as spectators recognised the heart and hustle displayed on the field by a country that is tru ly beginning to emerge on the inter national scene thanks to the leader ship of quality people such as Craig Kemp and Theodore Sweeting. The administration was a bit disappointed in the teams showing in 2009, but understood it was due to youth and inexperience, said Kemp, the president of the BBF. The BBF is excited about returning to British Columbia, and is in full preparation mode. The BBF has already selected some of the players for the roster, which will be announced at a later date, and that roster will include five former professional players and another seven who have experience at the Division 1 NCAA level. More importantly, a coaching staff is already in place, led by Lionel Ferguson Sr, who was at the helm of the Bahamian team in 2006 when BBF commits to sending its national team to World Baseball Challenge S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E Mikhail gets rave reviews at the High Potential basketball camp By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org I t wasnt the type of performance that he antici pated, but sprinter Jamial Rolle is hoping to turn his season around when he heads to the Central American and Caribbean Senior Championships next weekend. Rolle was runner-up in the century in 10.49 seconds behind defending champion Adrian Griffith (10.41 ciation of Athletic Associations BTC National Open Track and Field Championships two weeks ago. H e also competed in the prel iminaries of the 200 where he p osted the fourth fastest qualifying t ime of 21.48, but he didnt contest the final on the final day of competition at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex. Nationals didnt go as I foreseen it in my mind, said Rolle as he spoke to a group of enthusias tic youngsters at the Summer Youth Camp at Macedonia Baptist Church yesterday. Before the final of the 100, I had some serious cramping going on. I actually didnt know how I ran the race. I was running and praying at the same time. Fortu nately, I got second, so I will have a chance to run the event at the CAC Championships, but I probably wont be able to run my pet event (200 Just to be able to represent the country at the CAC Champi onships is something that Rolle relishes and hes predicting that he will just have to go to Mayaguez, Puerto Rico July 1517 and make the best of his appearance in the 1200 and as a member of the mens 4 x 100 metre relay team. Everything has been looking good in practice prior to nationals and now, so Im excited. Im still on track, he said. Im disap pointed in the 200 because the slowest Ive ran all year is about 20.9 when I opened up (my sea son). But when I got out of the blocks (in the 200 was happening for me. My legs were just dead from the night before and I was cramping. That was why I pulled out of the (200 final. I felt it didnt make sense just going out there and giving it a lackluster performance, so I decided that I just wasnt going to run. As he now focuses his attention on the CAC Championships, Rolle said he would definitely like to get the opportunity to go to Puerto Rico and at least run 10.1 or better. Realistically, thats the kind of shape Im in, he said. I ran 10.26 in mid-season in May and Im in much better shape now, so thats why I was so disappointed in myp erformance at nationals. But 10.1 i s a realistic goal for me. And for the relay, the goal is to get a team to qualify for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, in August. The mens team will have to run at least 39.20 and, with the possibili ty of the team being made up of Griffith, Rolle and Grand Bahamian quarter-milers Demetrius Pinder and Michael Mathieu, Rolle said that should be a piece of cake. My expectations for the relay, Im not talking about qualifying. That should be a given. We almost did it at Commonwealth with a team that is not as good as the team we anticipate putting together for CAC, Rolle said. The goal for this relay team is to definitely break the national record. With the speed we have with two guys already running 10.2, realistically, we should be able to run at least 38.5, which should put us in the final at the Worlds. The mens national record is 38.98 that was set back in August, 2000, in Montauban, France, by the team of Renward Wells, Andrew Tynes, Iram Lewis and Dominic Demeritte, all of whom are officially retired. Should they qualify for the Worlds, it would mark the first time that the Bahamas has fielded a team to compete in the most prestigious meet outside of the Olympic Games. Sprinter hopes to bounce back at CAC RACE READY: Sprinter Jamial Rolle is hoping to turn his season around when he heads to the Central American and Caribbean Senior Championships. R ISING STAR: M ikhail Rolle
RUNNER-UP: Light heavyweight runner-up Vincent Paul BRUCE SILVERA the mens welterweight runner-up SPORTS PAGE 2E, TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS P h o t o s b y F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f T HIS years BTC National Bodybuilding Championships w as held at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort over the w eekend. Here are some photo highlights. National Bodybuilding Championships OVERALL CHAMPION: Mens heavyweight and overall champion Robert Rob Harris of Grand B ahama RUNNER-UP: Grand Bahamian mens middleweight runner-up Andrew Sweeting
the Bahamas defeated Cuba 2-1 at the World University Games in Havana, Cuba. That resulti s one of the greatest u psets of all-time in international baseball, and spurred the re-growth of Bahamian baseball. Also on the coaching staff in July will be assist ant coaches Bertram M urray Jr and Jeff Francis (the manager for the 2009 BBF team at WBC), pitching coach Arthur Seymour and scout and statisticianP atrick Knowles Sr. We have kept in close c ontact with Craig, Theodore and others in Bahamas, and we know how excited they are to return and to prove howm uch their programme is continuing to grow, said J im Swanson, co-chair of the World Baseball Challenge. Quality leadership is e ssential, and the people of Bahamas are so fortunate to have outstandingp eople at the helm. They are fostering outstanding athletes who are even bett er citizens. F urther announcements on national teams that are committing for the 2011 W orld Baseball Challenge will be announced in the coming weeks. SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, JULY 5, 2011, PAGE 3E GN-1258 T T R R A A C C K K C C A A C C A A G G E E G G R R O O U U P P TO compliment the teams s econd place finish overall, the Bahamas athletes at the XIV Central American andC aribbean Age Group Champ ionships turned in some credible individual performances. A t the end of the two-day m ultiple event meet Saturday in Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, the Bahamas saw all but one of their eight athletes make it through the top 20 standings. I n the girls 11-12 division, Blayre Catalyn was 11th with 2,526 points while Deajha Moss was 15th with 2,371. Tiana Bowen of the Barbados championship team won the divisional title with 2,919. I n the girls 13-14 division, the Bahamas got its best showing as Iasha Taylor camei n sixth with 3,738 and Andira Ferguson was eighth with 3,700. Barbados DanielleS cantlebury was the divisiona l winner with 3,894. In the boys 11-12 division, Branson Rolle ended up seventh with 2,922 and Christopher Johnson was 24th with 2,512. Puerto Ricos Xavier Vazquez won the title with 3,109, denying Barbados sweep of all of the titles as Christopher Taitt had to settle for second with 3,012. And in the boys 13-14 division, Kinard Rolle was eighth w ith 4,687 and Nitchev C asseus came through in 13th with 4,571. Barbados Ramar co Thompson won the title w ith 5,264. The team, managed by Marvin Darville and assisted by Nekeno Keno Demeritte and Dawn Johnson, is scheduled to return home tonight. Ann Thompson served as the chaperone. T T E E N N N N I I S S J J U U I I C C E E B B O O W W L L N N A A T T I I O O N N A A L L S S FOLLOWING the completion of the International Tennis Federations Junkanoo Bowl for junior players, the B ahamas Lawn Tennis Asso c iation is now hosting the Juice Bowl Nationals 2011. The junior national tournam ent got started Monday at the National Tennis Center and will run through Saturday. Competition is being held in the 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s boys and girls singles and doubles competition. All of the top junior players from throughout the country are expected to participate in the tournament which is being sponsored by Juice Bowl. _____________________ B B S S C C S S J J E E F F F F E E R R Y Y B B U U R R N N S S I I D D E E C C Y Y C C L L I I N N G G C C L L A A S S S S I I C C T HE Baptist Sports Council has announced that the 2011 Jeffery Burnside Cycling Classic is slated to take place Saturday (July 9 National Cycling Track at the B aillou Hills Sporting Com plex. Burnside, a former director of the league, is being recog-n ised for his long and dedi cated service to the sport. He was a former national cycling c hampion. Categories for the event, starting at 10am, are male andf emale masters, open, 19-andu nder, 15-and-under, 10-andunder and five-and-under. Interested persons can con t act league president Brent Stubbs at 502-2363 or bstub email@example.com for more d etails. D D A A R R L L I I N N G G F F A A M M I I L L Y Y D D A A Y Y BAHAMIAN professional football player Devard Darling was in town recently to finalize plans for the "Darling Family Day" a one-day fundraiser with activities fort he entire family. The family fun day event is scheduled to take place at D W Davis Jr High on Saturday (July 16 Activities include a flagfootball tournament, a steakout and party boat cruise. The day begins from 10am and runs until 4pm for the steakout and flag-football tourna ment. The party boat leaves Potters Cay Dock at 9pm. SPORTS IN BRIEF BAHAMIAN professional football player Devard Darling By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter r firstname.lastname@example.org A TREK towards qualification in the regions top boxing tournament has just one remaining opportunity for the Bahamas top amateur boxers. In the last of three Pan Am qualifiers, Valentino K nowles advanced in the preliminary rounds at the event in Panama City, Panama. In one of the highest scoring matches of the preliminary round, Knowles outboxed Daniel Munoz of Chile to a 17:12 win in the 64kg category. In the 75kg weight class, Godfrey Strachan was unable to advance when he fell to Enrique Collazo ofP uerto Rico 12:6. C olombia initially was scheduled to host the third qualification tournament but withdrew due to a lack of funds. P anama was then confirmed to host the tournament although the Bahamas and the Dominican R epublic had put in bids. Over 20 countries are participating at the third Pan Am Qualifier, competing for six slots in the wom-e ns division and 37 in the mens. Taureano 'Reno' Johnson was the last Bahamian to qualify for the Pan Am Games, the second biggest event outside of the Olympic Games. He did it in 2007 when he secured a gold medal in the third round. T he 2011 Pan Am Games will be contested October 14-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and will showcase w omens boxing for the first time in the event's history. The three Olympic women's weight classes flyweight (112lbs132lbs (165lbs Valentino advances in last Pan Am qualifier BBF commits LAST CHANCE: Valentino Knowles (shown P anama City. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E