N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K Volume: 106 No.233TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, SHOWER HIGH 91F LOW 76F F E A T U R E S SEEWOMANSECTION Committed to a deception By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE Attorney General last night dismissed suggestions his Office was considering abandoning the pending retrial of former PLP senator Pleasant Bridgewater and exambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne on charges relating to the alleged extortion attempt on US actor John Travolta. Contrary to reports in the Bahama Journal that the Attorney Generals Office may be set to drop the case against Lightbourne and Bridgewater, by entering a nolle prosequi a declaration t hat the prosecution is to be discontinued Attorney General John Delaney said this is not a consideration as far as he is concerned. I dont know where they would have gotten that from, said Mr Delaney of the AGdismisses reports that extortion case may be dropped The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST B AHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com www.fidelitygroup.comwithaFidelity FastTrack DebtConsolidationloan.Call 356.7764 > ofdebt fast! Travolta retrial will go ahead By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE body riddled with bullets and dumped in Lady Slipper Avenue has been identified by police and classified as the countrys 65th murder this year. Police are appealing for help from the public to help solve the murder of Nassau Village resident Harrison Stubbs, 41, who was shot several times and found dead in the street on Sunday night. Assistant Commissioner of Police Glenn Miller said Police identify the years 65th murder victim SEE page nine SEE page nine FAMILYS GRIEF: The country recorded its 26th traffic fatality of the year yesterday as Olando Jason Daxon, 23, a resident of St Vincent Avenue in Elizabeth Estates, died when his car hit a tree, just east of the Prince Charles Shopping Centre. Police, pictured above, restrain the victims brother at the scene. SEEPAGE TWO By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com GOVERNMENT has suspended the consideration process for all oil exploration and drilling applications until the country has stringent envi ronmental protocols in place to mitigate against a catastrophic oil well leak. According to Environment Minister Earl Deveaux, the new stipulation comes in response to British Petroleum's (BP in the Gulf of Mexico which threatened fragile marine ecosystems and fishing indusGovt suspends consideration pr ocess f or oil exploration SEE page nine By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org POLICE last night refused to comment on suggestions that a Fox Hill man who was shot dead and his three-month-old daughter seriously wounded, was about to become a prosecution witness. This comes as The Tribune confirmed yesterday that Raymond Bastian, 35, who was killed during a drive-by shooting on Claim that man shot dead was to become prosecution witness SEE page nine By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com GUSTY winds and rain are projected to affect the south and north eastern islands of The Bahamas by tonight and into tomorrow after Hurricane Earl grew into a category four storm. Meanwhile, the north and north eastern islands and east-facing beaches in particular have been singled out as likely to be impacted by large waves and potentially dangerous rip currents. These developments came about as the Government issued a tropical storm watch for the southeastern Bahamas yesterday afternoon, meaning that tropical storm conditions could affect that area within 48 hours. Accuweather meteorologist Brian Edwards said the very large size of the storm, with trop ical storm force winds extending out almost 175 miles from the centre, would mean that SEE page nine Massive hurricane approaches, tropical stor m watch issued NASSAU THE IMAGE at the top shows the projected path of Hurricane Earl. The image above shows the scale and intensity of the storm with the eye in red as it approaches Puerto Rico. EMOTIONSRUNHIGHAFTERTRAFFICFATALITY FOR THE LATEST NEWS ON HURRICANE EARL SEE WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM/WEATHER T IM CLARKE/TRIBUNE STAFF
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM P ROGRESSIVE Young Liberals chairman Aarone Sargent confirmed last night that a statement purporting to be on behalf of the PYL regarding homosexual teachers in schools was not authorised. Mr Sargent said the statement, which attacked Bishop Simeon Halls call for gay and bisexual teachers to be banned from public schools, was sent by a subordinate and was n ot consistent with the position of the PYL, the y outh arm of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP Mr Sargent said his organisation understands Bishop Halls moral commitment to the country and the context in which his statement was issued. We stand by his statement in terms of ban ning predators from the nations schools, whether they be heterosexual or homosexuals. It is the countrys obligation to protect its youth, and the PYL stands behind this 100 per cent. We always lend our support to any area that supports or empowers the youth especially when it comes to education, Mr Sargent said. Bishop Hall issued a statement last week calling on the Ministry of Education to ban all homosexuals, lesbians, and heterosexual predators from the nations classrooms ahead of the opening of the new school year. In the statement, Bishop Hall said the mini stry should assure the public that these deviants will not be allowed into the nation's classrooms. It is incredulous that some incidences of s exual abuse could exist in some schools without someone making an outcry. It is my humble opinion that the Ministry of Education could be liable if it allows known sexual d eviants to remain in the nation's classrooms. You dont put the fox to tend the chickens, Bishop Hall said. Parents themselves must do more and recognise that theirs is the responsibility to protect their children. Some parents know ingly prostitute the innocence of their chil dren for a couple of dollars, he added. Human rights activist and local artist Erin Greene said the issue of someones sexuality has absolutely nothing to do with child safety. Ms Greene said she shares Bishop Halls concern about sexual predators in schools, but to blame homosexuals for the gross and hor rendous mismanagement of the problem by the Ministry of Education is ludicrous. What we need to do is re-evaluate the system by which we evaluate our teachers. It has nothing to do with gay or straight. I, too, am concerned about the safety of our children. The problem doesnt lie with gay or straight, it lies with the lack of accountability in the Ministry of Education, she said. PLP youth arm: Statement on gay teachers not authorised THE United States Embassy hosted a live con ference call with Michael Corbin, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq, yesterday. The Bahamas, Mexico and Brazil participated in the session. Mr Corbin spoke from the State Department in Washington, DC, about the end of combat operations for US sol diers in Iraq, which officially took place yesterday in com pliance with the mandate of President Barack Obama, who announced when he took office in January 2009 that the US would end its combat mission in Iraq on August 31 of this year. Less than 50,000 US troops will remain in Iraqi until the end of 2011 to perform limit ed counterterrorism operations as directed by the Iraqi government; conduct training of Iraqi security forces; and provide security to protect US interests, according to Mr Corbin. Asked whether the United States had learned anything from its military presence in Iraqi to help bridge cultural divides at home, Mr Corbin said: I think there is a greater understanding of the com plexity of the Middle East from our long presence in Iraq. Bridges What I would point to as a civilian diplomat at the State Department is how we built bridges with the Pentagon and worked on military civilian co-operation to better handle these types of worldwide crises as we go around the world and look at future trouble spots. I think we have estab lished good co-operation with the military; our provincial reconstruction teams are an example of that. But I also think there is a greater understanding of complex societies and how we need to all work together to address the dif ferent aspects of those societies as we go forward. As to the domestic repercussions, I think it will take many years to see how this Iraqi experience will reflect in the US. The US war in Iraq began in 2003 with the invasion aimed at toppling former dic tator Saddam Hussein. More than 4,400 US soldiers have lost their lives and almost 32,000 US personnel have been wounded, accord ing to some sources, which place the cost of the war at $750 billion. Studies place Iraqi casual ties at between 100,000 and 600,000. The Bahamas takes part in session involving US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Iraq By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A NASSAU family was stricken with grief yesterday morning when their young relative died of injuries sustained in a serious traffic accident. Olando Jason Daxon, 23, a resident of St Vincent Avenue in Elizabeth Estates, was travelling west on Prince Charles Drive when he lost control of his 1999 green Honda Accord. His car ran into a tree on the southern side of the street, just east of the Prince Charles Shopping Centre. Mr Daxon, a hotel worker, was the youngest of five boys. His death is the countrys 26th traffic fatality for the year. Family members and friends gathered at the scene of the accident, some becoming physically overwhelmed by his sudden death. Mr Daxon was said to have been on his way to pick up his young daughter for pre-school. This week marks the return of students to school from summer vacation, which is expected to dramatically increase traffic congestion in the capital. Traffic police are asking the public to make an effort to leave home earlier to allow themselves enough time to arrive at their destination punctually and safely. Superintendent Carolyn Bowe, officer-in-charge of the Traffic Division, confirmed that an additional 17 motorcy clists hit the streets yesterday morning, bringing the total of traffic officers on patrol to 34. She explained that the increase was due in part to public demand for more traf fic officers on the streets in the capital. Family grief-stricken after young man dies in car crash C RASHSCENE: T he green Honda Accord ran into a tree on the southern side of the street, just east of the Prince Charles Shopping Centre. TRAGIC: Olando Jason Daxon The 26th traffic fatality of year TRAGEDY: The body of the young man is removed from the scene. P HOTOS: Tim Clarke / Tribune staff
B y NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com AIRLINE passengers are i n cahoots with operators of illegal charter flight serv ices according to industry players, who say the practice occurs blatantly in the face of authorities. A viation authorities are u rging passengers to stop par ticipating in the dangerous flights, warning that their livesa re at risk. Some politicians are have even been guilty of complici-t y in the past, according to one pilot, who said candidates have taken advantage of the cheaper services during elec t ion time. It is a serious issue. You have some hackers down t here that dont have a pilots licence, but have been flying for how long. The level of cor r uption stirs it up and keeps it a float. The persons who get away with it have some kind of connections to be able tog et away with it for so long. It happens blatantly every day in the face of the authorities, said the pilot. Hacking is a problem as old as the aviation industry in the Bahamas, said anotherp ilot. It refers to the practice o f operating charter services without the proper licenses or permits. He said several established Bahamian pilots started out hacking. Not all aircraft or pilots are Aircraft Operator Certificate (AOC aircraft may be certified as air-worthy, but that doesnt mean the person is approved to do a charter flight. Everybody can fly their private plane, but not everybody can fly for commercial purposes. There is a process you have to go through for certification, said Hubert Adderley, director of Flight Standards There is nothing I can do to stop a person flying his cousin to Andros. If he wants to fly those people and charge them $100, once he collects money for that flight he is charging someone for a service, and if he is unauthorised that is a violation of the regu lations, said Mr Adderley. Byron Ferguson, president of the Bahamian Pilots Alliance, said the problem is real, but it is a government issue the authorities need to regulate. Aviation safety inspector Delvin Major said the prob lems with oversight and enforcement are not the result of corruption among officials. Our hands are tied because a lot of the times the passengers are in cahoots, he said. Inspector Major said pilots brief passengers well in advance about what to say if an inspector comes to ask questions, and they arrange for payment at the destination point. We at Flight Standards have been doing ramp checks, heightened surveillance. The problem we run into is that when we go to approach the p ilots and the passengers they w ill say, This is my boy, my family, we are catching a ride. The passengers are in collu s ion with the pilots, so it makes our job difficult, he said. F lights by hackers are cheaper because they do not pay commercial liability insurance, do not spend money on a pproved maintenance pro grammes for their aircraft, do not spend money on pilot t raining programmes, and are not held to the same standards, said Inspector Major. Commercial insurance for f ive-seater aircraft could cost $15,000 per year; maintenance could cost about $80,000 pery ear; and pilot training could cost $15,000 per year, accord ing to one established pilot. There are a lot of fees i nvolved, he said, including terminal fees, passenger facility charges and security fees. It is very unsafe and it is not worth it to put your fami ly or yourself at risk to save $20 or $30, said Inspector Major. He said passengers usually come clean only after an accid ent happens. T wo recent accidents involved aircraft that were not licensed to operate charters o ne of them the twin engine aircraft that crashed on Bimini in May, in which two peo p le died. That was not an authorised charter operation. I amn ot saying the pilot was opera ting a charter flight, but he was not one of the regulated authorisied charter opera-t ors, said Inspector Major. T he offence of hacking does not carry criminal penal ties, which is something the authorities would like to change. If we can prove that a pas s enger paid for the flight, there are a lot of civil penalties we can levy against thep ilots. We would suggest to the government to make it a crim inal offence. Haul these guys i n to court, seize their planes, said Inspector Major. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PLP DEPUTY Leader Philip Brave Davis cried s hame on the Ministry of Education for failing to open the Old Bight High School in Cat Island on time yesterday. According to Mr Davis, a shortage of teachers and incomplete school repairs were to blame for the delay. In spite of the governm ent and Minister of Educ ations ongoing public r elations exercise, the child ren of south Cat Island were forced to stay home and miss valuable school time today. am advised that the school is in disrepair with school repairs having started only one week ago. This is totally unaccept a ble and a slap in the face of the children of Cat Island. The government was aware for months of the need to get the school in o rder for this new academic year, he said. Repair s B y all accounts, the PLPs deputy leader said, the repairs will remain ongoing for some time. All children of the Bahamas deserve to go to s chool in a safe environm ent. In fact, Old Bight and south Cat Island is overdue for a new high school. Additionally, I am advised that there is a serious shortage of teachers at the Old Bight High School. Up to this past weekend, the school needed an additional eight teachers to meet basic education requirements and to effectively provide the standard and quality of education that Cat Islanders deserve. Such a critical shortage is deplorable. The children of Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador deserve better, he charged. Mr Davis said he has been informed by the residents of Rum Cay that there is also a lack of teachers at the Rum Cay All Age School. Pr incipal There was only a principal in place today. The principal expected teachers this morning butno one arrived. The school requires at least two assistant teachers to be fully staffed. On the first day of school there was none. This cannot be right. I implore the government as a matter of urgency to address these teacher shortages. This is no time for pub lic relations exercises but rather ensuring that our children return to school and that there are sufficient teachers in place. The children of Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador have been victimsof government neglect for far too long and cannot afford to be left behind. After all, they are Bahamians too, he said. Brave Davis raps Ministry as school fails to open on time A A i i r r l l i i n n e e p p a a s s s s e e n n g g e e r r s s w w a a r r n n e e d d a a b b o o u u t t i i l l l l e e g g a a l l c c h h a a r r t t e e r r f f l l i i g g h h t t s s d d a a n n g g e e r r By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org HARBOUR Island officers who guarded the cell of prisoner Avelino Avila Tomas will be investigated as police continue to search for answers about the Cuban Spanish Wells residents escape last weekend. Spanish Wells residents say it would have been impossible for Avila to break out of the jail cell alone as no man could fit through the single barred window. They say the only way out would be the front door. Assistant Commissioner of Police Glenn Miller confirmed yesterday that officers who were guarding the North Eleuthera jail cell will be ques tioned as part of the ongoing investigation. Chief Inspector Roston Moss took charge of operations in Harbour Island in February to combat crime in one of the worlds most sought-after tourist destinations. Mr Miller said: The matter is being investigated and of course an investigation of the police officers is a part of that investigation. A nationwide manhunt was launched after Avila disappeared from the Harbour Island station some time after 11pm on Sunday, September 22, and he was still on the run as The Tribune went to press last night. Officers arrested Avila in connection with a suspected a rson attack on a Complete Marine Services barge which had been chartered by Avilas former employer Island Block and Concrete to ship construction materials and equipment to a worksite in Exuma. Fire erupted on the boat, docked in Spanish Wells harbour, at around 3am on Saturday, September 21. It is estimated to have caused $200,000 to $300,000 worth of damage to the equipment loaded onboard. Police confronted Avila at his Spanish Wells home that afternoon and confiscated two licensed shotguns belonging to the Cuban as they took him into custody for questioning. Avila has lived on the twomile-long island with his wife Melisa, formerly Pinder, for almost a decade, and is well known in the community of a round 1,500 residents. Mrs Pinder was taken into custody by around 10 police officers who confronted her at The Islander Shop in Spanish Wells where she works on Tuesday last week. She was questioned at the Governors Harbour police station on mainland Eleuthera for around 24 hours before she was released without charge. Police officers from New Providence were sent out to Eleuthera to assist with the investigation last week. These investigations are still ongoing, Mr Miller said. Any information which may assist the police should be reported as a matter of urgency by calling the emergency line on 919, the Central Detective Unit (CDU Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS (8477 Officers who guarded cell of escaped prisoner face probe F IREDAMAGE: C uban Avelino Avila Tomas was taken into custody after this barge was torched causing thousands of dollars worth of damage. CRYINGSHAME: Philip Brave Davis Police continue search for answers about Cubans escape Lives are at risk, say aviation authorities Our hands are t ied because a lot of the times the pass engers are in c ahoots. A viation safety inspector Delvin Major
EDITOR, The Tribune. I found the letter by Catholic to be very informative. However, his signing of the letter with Catholic would be permissible if he had left out that an aspect of his ministry was his ability to forgive sins. I would have no problem with anything in his letter if he had signed his name Roman Catholic, because that denomination gives their priests the authority to forgive sins. His use of the term Catholic means Christian and if you call your self Christian, it means that only Jesus Christ has the authority and ability to forgive sins. Being of the Protes tant persuasion it is very dif ficult for me to read this misrepresentation in a local paper and not respond. The 1992 Vatican articles are very clear on what the Eucharist represents and I have no problem with what another religion thinks, stands for or practices, but history records that the Protestants, Reform ers and anyone who disagreed paid the ultimate price for their views. This letter will probably result in all of the rhetoric about why religion is so divi sive, but there are some things that will never connect in this life or the next, and the revealed word of God setting the guidelines for life and liberty versus an earthly organisation reinterpreting and setting the guidelines for Scripture is one of them. EDWARD HUTCHESON Nassau, August 24, 2010. (Catholic as defined by Cassells dictionary means: 1. universal, general, comprehensive. 2. liberal, large-hearted, tolerant. 3. (Catholic or relating to the Church of Rome, Roman Catholic. 4. (Catholic whole Christian Church. 5. (Catholic Ages, of or relating to the Western or Latin Church. 6. (Catholic Anglican Church as claiming continuity from the old, undivided Christian Church. 7. Catholic, not heretical, etc. Ed). EDITOR, The Tribune. Neil Hartnells article in Y our Business Section, Thursday, August 26, if Scotia and the Loan Syndicate were to pull the plug and foreclose I say investors will come if Baha Mar project has any e conomic and investment substance, you can bet suitors will come with their cheque books or why should we waste all this time on Baha Mar? Weve heard some crazy things on Baha Mar recently, b ut to suggest other investors would not be interested beats all. Why wouldnt investors be interested? Editor: Remember the old maxim in Real Estate? Location Location and Location. Actually for The Bahamas long term from the construct ion angle and the employee o perational side, that just m ight be the best choice of a ll the alternatives, so that we can get a really solid and sustainable project. Prime MInister Ingraham a lways questioned the reliability of some of the parties connected with this project has he changed is mind? Yes, we have the Chinese offering a loan which has p robably a page and a half of conditions whats to stop a future purchaser coming in with cash and do a deal? ABRAHAM MOSS, Nassau, A ugust 26, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 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.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/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 Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm ALTHOUGH Education Minister D esmond Bannister has announced on m any occasions the latest being on July 2 9 that no fees are charged for entry into a public school, another complaint came to The Tribune yesterday. The cir-c umstances surrounding that complaint leads us to believe that politics has nowe ntered the arena. P olitical activist Rodney Moncur called o ur office to tip us off that he had two students who had been denied registration because their parents could not pay t he registration fee. He was going to take them to the school to be registered. He suggested that The Tribune might wantt o send a photographer to record the probl ems they were going to face. The photographer was assigned. When the photographer arrived he saw Mr Mon-c ur with a mother, two children and their aunt. The aunt took the older child to be registered at the senior high school. She e ncountered no registration problems. The mother dealt with the younger child at the junior school. She told staff that her child had previously been refused regis t ration. She then had a private meeting with a school representative after which her child was registered without a prob lem. So what was the problem and wherewas the story? It turns out that earlier in the summer t he mother had gone to the school to reg ister her 11 year old. She was told about the registration fee a one time fee c overing six years that included insurance. The $130 fee would give a child round-theclock insurance coverage, whether in or out of school, for as long as they were students. It was a good deal that no parent could afford to miss. But there were par ents who could not afford such an offer. T he teachers were sending those parents to Social Services for assistance. However, fee or no fee insurance or no insurance no child would be denied entrance to any government school. What this mother understood of that conversation at that time is not known. However, she is supposed to have told the schools representative that she did not have all of the money at that time, but would return. She did not register her child. Nor did she return. Apparently, she was expecting a certain sum of money which did not come through. Instead of going back to the school to explain her financial position, she went to Mr Moncur. What Mr Moncur understood of her story is not known, but t here are those who believe he saw a politi cal opportunity and was meddling. A nyway, Mr Moncur mother, aunt, and two children went to the school yesterday, prepared for rejection and ana rgument. They got neither. On leaving the school Mr Moncur told a Tribune reporter that the mother had v owed that if anyone at the school were mean to her child as a result of the rumpus caused yesterday morning shed come and close the school down. S ometimes we believe the main prob lem with todays children are their parents. A nyway, when our photographer r eturned he told the desk that the story was not what The Tribune had been led to believe. He did not think there was ani ssue and, although he went around taking photographs, he did not know why he was there. He certainly was not impressed by t he mothers behaviour. On an earlier occasion when Mr Moncur had a previous issue with students not being registered and had gone to the gov e rnment school to complain, he was told there would not be a problem. We understand that he even met with Minister Ban nister when the fees policy was fully explained to him. However, it is understood that a week after that conversationn o attempt had yet been made by either Mr Moncur or the parents to register those children. We just assume that they were e ventually registered. Fully armed with the information about school fees from no less a person than Minister Bannister himself, we would have expected Mr Moncur to help parents who had doubts or were confused over the matter. C ertainly knowing the procedure we would not have expected him to go to the school to create a news scene over something that was no longer newsworthy. Teachers have enough problems trying to accommodate young people into over crowded schools. They certainly should not have to be burdened with non-issues with political overtones. We believe there would be fewer confrontational and angry young people in this country if parents and politicians did not keep the confrontational kettle on a constant boil. 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Recently the energetic Minister for Agric ulture announced a $42 million Five Year Plan to stimulate food production, roughly 8 million per year. C onsidering that the annual estimates for t he years 2002 2009 averaged about 3 million p er year the increase to $8 million is a huge leap. I n earlier years Mr. Pierre Dupuch as the Hon. Minister of Agriculture took interest in banana production. T he strategy then was to support banana growing with high tariffs on imported bananas as protectionist policy for the farmers toe ncourage more production. No one doubts that Mr. Dupuch made a concerted effort but in spite of the high tariffs on the imports the local growers were unablet o supply the market with edible fruit at prices equal to or below that of the imports. The above is an example of government f unding with good intentions but when judged on the results turned out to be a failure. Mr. Cartwrights good intentions fit Dr. M ilton Friedmans description of private and p ublic enterprise: If you start a programme that is a failure and you are in the private market, the only wayy ou can keep it going is by digging into your own pocket. That is your bottom line. However, if you are in the government, you have another recourse. With perfectly good intentions and good will nobody likes to say I was wrong when y ou can say, oh, the only reason it is a failure is because we haven't done enough It sure looks like government has decided m ore money for agriculture is the solution. The Ministrys objective is to stimulate food production with more money to bring t he country nearer to food security. I n spite of no evidence of a food shortage or t he likelihood of one in the future, money is taken today from taxpayers pockets where t here is a real shortage of that commodity. Trying to fulfil a utopian vision of self-sustaining food production has unseen conseq uences. For example, the money to expand the gov ernment programme is taken from Mr. Tax p ayer who had saved up for a new suit. The other loser is the little tailor not hired to make the suit. There is a long history of inept government i nvolvement in farming. The grand schemes hatched in parliament have a way of fizzling out and there is nothing i n the history of farming in the Bahamas to suggest that this one will be any different. President Reagan described wasteful spendi ng this way: Sometimes I think that government fits that old-fashioned definition of a baby: An alimentary canal with an appetite at one enda nd no sense of responsibility at the other. JOAN THOMPSON President, T he Nassau Institute. August 28 2010. There is a long history of inept government involvement in farming The term Catholic and what it means EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: Priestly celibacy has a biblical foundation The Tribune, August 20, 2010 THE huge numbers men tioned in the letter may be difficult to match. Nevertheless, there are quite a few Protestant clergy who also have a lot of young who could rightfully call them Father. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, August 21, 2010. Quite a few Protestant cler gy have young who could call them Father
T HE Ministry of Agriculture said it wants to substantially increase the productiono f Bahamian mutton. With this in mind, a series of workshops have been launched to identify and address the needs and concerns of mutton producers. This exercise will lead to a n appreciable and sustainable increase in mutton production over the next several years,s aid Agriculture Minister Larry Cartwright. A decline has been noted in B ahamian mutton production o ver the last few years, he said despite a constantly grow ing demand for it. The share of the market that has not been supplied by Bahamian producers has naturally been supplied by i mported meat, which, in 2009, amounted to some $5 million, he said. M r Cartwright was speak ing at a workshop on Small Ruminant Production at theF ood and Safety Technology L ab on August 26. The Inter-American Insti tute for Co-operation in Agri c ulture identified the consultants who visited the Bahamas for the occasion. M r Cartwright underscored the serious problem to livestock posed by stray dogs. P arliament recently passed the Animal Protection and Control Act, which, among other things, establishes ani-mal control units to be manned by wardens with powers to restrain and impound animals that might be preyingo n sheep and goats, Mr C artwright said. Much work has to be done in improving livestock pro-d uction in general and ensuring in particular that there is a substantial increase in the pro d uction of local goat and sheep over the next five years, he said. The new workshops will r eview issues facing livestock producers and propose pro grammes to reverse the negative trend in Bahamian mutton production. They also seek to have cre ated a viable industry capableo f providing a meaningful level of income and an acceptable standard of living for pro-d ucers, the minister said. At the same time, valuable foreign exchange would be saved and job opportunities created not only in productionb ut also in marketing, said M r Cartwright. At the end of the work shops participants will have o btained the kind of knowledge that should result in high er levels of income for farmers a nd improved quality of mut ton for consumers. This initiative dovetails with the ministrys embryo transp lant programme, started in 2008. The success of the embryo transplant project in introducing improved characteristics into the local genetic pool will depend to a large extent on t he general improved husbandry practices that farmers will have to adopt, he said. These are the practices these workshops are intended to impart. CRUISE ferry traffic to Grand Bahama is up 36 percent in the first seven months of 2010 compared to the same p eriod of 2009, and a dramati c upswing in stopover visit ors from the ferries has brought greater revenue to the island, according to the latest statistics. For the year so far, the s topover visitors from the cruise ferries have generated well over $5 million in revenue for Grand Bahama resorts. Much of the increase in cruise ferry traffic can bea ttributed to the decision by Bahamas Celebration to end its Fort Lauderdale to Nassau itinerary in March in favour of calls to Freeport from West Palm Beach, tourism officialss aid. In addition, Discovery C ruise Lines out of Fort Lauderdale changed their p roduct offering and ramped up their marketing activity, resulting in significant growth f or them. So far, Discovery Cruise Lines and Bahamas Celebration passengers have accounted for 69,123 room nights onG rand Bahama this year. David Johnson, deputy director general of the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, pointed out that the increase was realised throughout the cruise ferry industry in GrandB ahama. Growth The numbers show that Discovery Cruise Lines over the same period registered a substantial growth even when we take away the April windf all because they hardly operated in April of 2009 due to s evere mechanical difficulties, Mr Johnson said. For May/June of this year, they attracted 39 per cent m ore traffic. Substantial numbers of cruise passengers are staying overnight on Grand Bahama, contributing handsomely tot he spending on the island, according to Ministry of Tourism and Aviation tallies. In a single sailing on a particular day, the Bahamas Celebration registered over 700 stopover visitors out of 1,200p assengers, Mr Johnson said. In many ways, this is incremental revenue for the islands principal resorts, he said. Terrance Roberts, director for Business Development in t he Ministry of Tourism, said large and small business operators in Grand Bahama have been noticing increases int heir revenue due to the u pswing in cruise ferry traff ic. Taxi drivers, water sports o perators and various vendors are among the Bahamians w ho have been tapping into the increased business, he said. This direct spending is in addition to the $20 per pas-s enger departure tax paid to the government. Michael Weber, general manager of the Radisson and Reef Village at Our Lucaya, said the increased numbers of cruise ferry passengers havem ade all the difference in business this year. They have made an impact this year versus last year without question, he said. We have increased on both sides Discovery Cruise L ines and Bahamas Celebration. Its been a double bang for us. Mr Weber said Our Lucaya h as been working with both c ruise ferry operations. As a good partner, they h ave been involved with joint promotions that have helped t o boost revenue. The healthy rise in business is obvious with just a quick walk through the Our Lucaya property, Mr Webers aid. He said the bustling activity has put resort employees on a more steady economic footing than in the previous year. Many resort staff were working only one or two days per week last year whilet his year they are enjoying four and five-day work weeks. Vendors Mr Weber said vendors and other business operators on Grand Bahama should be thankful for the improved f inancial position. If they look back and compare, they should be very g rateful and appreciate what we have, he said. This place is hopping. Nako Brice, a taxi driver and tour operator, has alsot aken notice of the increased business from the cruise port. Now that more visitors are coming in, Mr Brice said the island must work to develop more activities and attractions to occupy them. I n addition to the increased traffic from Discovery Cruise Lines and the Celebration, Mr Brice has seen a jump in the number of passengers arriving aboard Carnival Cruise Lines as well. B etween January and July, Carnival moved from 163,299 passenger arrivals to 263,071 an increase of 61 percent. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org ATLANTIS is spending more than half a million dol lars converting a ballroom into a basketball court as it moves to build its reputation as a major sports tourism player in the global hotel industry. The first game to take place at the hotels court has already been scheduled for December 18 and will see Virginia Tech, Mississippi State and two other mens college basketball teams pit ted against each other in the so-called Battle at Atlantis. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA which is being set up in what previously housed one of the hotels ballrooms, will seat up to 4,500 people. The hotels executives and the Ministry of Tourism project huge potential in the sports tourism market to act as draw for tourists to the Bahamas and a boon for hotel occupancy rates, while creating another memorable experience for visitors who may come for the more tra ditional sun, sand and sea. The move comes as Atlantis continues to make a name for itself as a venue for other kinds of special events like the high-profile pop concerts that it has been putting on its calendar over the last two years as a way to draw guests in lean economic times. Meanwhile, the potential for the basketball games to be televised further provides the chance like that offered by Bahamas and Atlantis hosting of the Miss Universe pageant in 2009 for the resorts facilities to be displayed in millions of households, notes Atlantis CEO George Markantonis. The hotel chief told the USA Today newspaper that the hotel has also been approached by an NBA bas ketball team who would like to bring games to the resorts court. According to the newspaper, Atlantis is now lobbying the NCAA on behalf of The Bahamas for permission to host official NCAA games next year. Minister of Tourism Vincent Vanderpool Wallace said of that effort: This is so significant. We think its going to move us more broadly to get more sports teams to come here. Atlantis plans to sell weekend packages starting at $149 a night for the Bat tle at Atlantis. The hotel room will come with two tickets to both games and require a two-night minimum stay at the resort. Additional tickets will be sold for between $20 to $35 each, according to USA Today. Grand Bahama cruise ferry traffic up 36 per cent Atlantis to convert ballroom into a basketball court USmens college teams are set for competition Dramatic upswing in stopover visitors brings revenue increase MINISTRY ENCOURAGES INCREASE IN MUTTON PRODUCTION WORKSHOPSPEECH: Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright, speaking at the New Providence Workshop on Small Ruminant Production. Also pictured are IICA Bahamas representative Dr Marikis Alvarez (right permanent secretary Cresswell Sturrup.
F OLLOWING the elec tion of two Bahamians tot op posts within the USb ased Progressive National B aptist Convention (PNBC Bahamas will host majorB aptist conferences in the near future, bringing thousands of visitors to the coun try. Rev Timothy Stewart, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church, was elected secondv ice-president of the PNBC the highest post ever attained within the conven tion by a Bahamian. A t the same time, Bishop Simeon Hall was elected vice-president of the PNBCs international r egion. Members of the local Baptist community said they s ee the new posts as an inside track for the B ahamas to be awarded at least one of the major gatherings of the PNBC, a con v ention of African-American Baptists emphasising civil rights and social justice with millions of members worldwide. With respect to the pro motion of religious tourism, R ev Stewart, even before his e lection, had been instrumental in causing the PNBC to convene mid-winterb oard meetings in Nassau in 1991 and 2004, and in Freeport in 2006. On each of these occa s ions, 500 to 1,000 pastors and leaders of PNBC travelled to the Bahamas to plan the conventions agenda andt he annual convention which is held each year in August, according to church officials. Rev Stewart said he is a lready in discussions with t he leadership team to host t he mid-winter board meet ing in January 2012 in Nas-s au, and possibly the annual c onvention in August 2014 a s well, when 3,000 to 5,000 members are expected to attend. This achievement is not for me but for the entire international constituency, Rev Stewart said. Improve H e promised to work to p romote religious tourism to the Bahamas and to improve conditions forB ahamians and all of the P NBC members around the world. Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vander p ool-Wallace congratulated Rev Stewart and Bishop Hall on their achievements. This is the story of two Bahamians who decided that they have the power and capacity to compete ona n international level and to be received in the way that t hey have makes us all very proud to be Bahamians. I tell people many times y ou will see me in tears on o ne special occasion when I see Bahamians achieve. There is nothing that makesm e prouder, he said. The PNBC began in 1961 as a movement which reflected the religious, social and political climate of the time. Its membership was made s tronger by such leaders as R ev Dr Martin Luther King Jr, who for many years was the champion for the civilr ights of African-Americans, and Rev Dr Gardener C Taylor, who later became one of the early presidentso f the PNBC. Its mission was to transform the traditional African-American Baptist Convention as wella s society as a whole. The PNBC now comprises over 2.5 million members 1.5 million in the US ando ver on million around the g lobe. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Hopes high of Bahamas hosting major Baptist conferences BIS Photo: Derek Smith PROMOTINGRELIGOUSTOURISM: (left to right m ael Lightbourne, Bishop Simeon Hall, Minister Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace and Rev Timothy Stewart. Two Bahamians elected to top posts within US-based Progressive National Baptist Convention 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.
LOCAL stage performer D alia Feldman will be hosting a special concert for the r elease of her new album f eaturing Broadway tunes to b enefit the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society. M s Feldman founded the S ociety in 2008 to support local performing arts students. The concert will be held on September 25 at 8pm at the Regency Theatre in Freeport. M s Feldman will perform s ongs from the new CD, i ncluding classic tunes from Cats, The King and I, Phantom of The Opera, Thoroughly Modern Millie, My Fair Lady, and other popular long-running Broadway shows. Diverse S haring the stage will be local guest artists plus the international singer, comp oser and writer Robert Edwin, whose diverse career h as seen him performing in New York Citys Carnegie Hall, with jazz legend Duke Ellington, in NBC Christmas specials, and with opera star Jerome Hines. Mr Edwin also has extensive teaching credentials and w ill be conducting a master v oice workshop for local stud ents on September 26 together with Ms Feldman, who was his student for seven years while growing up in New Jersey. Ms Feldman said the concert will be like coming h ome for her in many ways by celebrating her longt ime love of Broadway, by helping the next generation explore their theatrical talents, and by making musical magic on her own birthday. The concert, Broadway Baby, is presented by t he Freeport Players Guild a nd the Grand Bahama Perf orming Arts Society. T H E Bahamas Electrici ty Corporation issued a s tatement to clarify the c omputed fuel charge applied to July consumption on customers bills. Contrary to the article in T he Nassau Guardian, said a spokesman for the Corporation, BEC overcharges Customers 17 per cent which said that the impact of the billing, attributable to the inclus ion of a 7 per cent stamp t ax charge in the fuel c harge computation, is of the order of 4 per cent. BEC was not billed stampt ax and ought not to have charged stamp tax on its July fuel imports. BECs bills comprise two components a base rate and a fuel charge. The base rate, following introduc tion of the new tariff, is somewhat less than the fuel charge. A 7 per cent stamp tax and 10 per cent customs duty was applied to the BEC fuel charge calculation. The application of a 10 per cent customs duty resulted in an impact of approximately 5 per cent on the overall bill, which resulted in an increased customer overall bill of approximately 9 per cent. BEC was granted a tax holiday and was not billed Customs Duty and Stamp tax on fuel import, for a two-year period. Exemption This exemption expired on June 30, 2010. As of July 1, 2010 Government introduced a 10 per cent levy on BEC fuel imports. This was applied to customers bills. As you, our valued cus tomers were not given advance notice of the introduction of the 10 per cent levy, BEC intends to make an adjustment to customers August bills that will have the impact of reducing July bills by about9 per cent, that is, the total overall impact of the Customs Duty and stamp tax that was charged. As the 10 per cent customs duty constitutes a portion of our fuel costs under the new Tariff, the Corporation is entitled to recover this costs. As this is a cost that BEC cannot afford to absorb, application has been made to Governmentt o postpone the implement ation of the 10 per cent duty until appropriate communication has taken place with you, our valued customers. We do apologise, said t he Corporation, and ask that you continue to lend us your support as we tran sition through this period. Customers are stronglyu rged to conserve energy c osts during these times by reducing unnecessary usage. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010, PAGE 7 Broadway Baby concert with Dalia Feldman and friends Bahamas Electricity Corporation explains billing adjustment Photo: Lyndah Wells A CELEBRATION: T o celebrate her albums release, a special concert will be held on September 25 at the Regency Theatre. Dalia Feldman will perform songs from the new CD featuring Broadway tunes. Proceeds will benefit the Grand Bahama Performing Arts Society. Performance of classic songs from her new CD
LAST week, National Prescription Drug Plan representatives and con sultants of the Advanced Integrated Systems (AIS of Jamaica held a number of training sessions for pharmacists and frontline workers from public and private pharmacies to further familiarise them with the Pro Health software programme that will be used for processing and adjudication of claims for the Drug Plan in the Bahamas. The sessions were led by Drug Plan project manager Dr Stanley Lalta and Larren Pieart, cus tomer service support manager for AIS. Comfortable While most attendees had already been exposed to the software, Dr Lalta explained that the purpose of the additional sessions was to ensure that the pharmacists would be completely comfortable with the programme when the National Prescription Drug Plan is launched. We wanted to provide some additional training to pharmacists and frontline workers so that they can easily manage the claims processing system and they can readily dis pense medication to members of drug plan, Mr Lalta said. Mr Pieart explained that once an ACE Rx Card is swiped at a phar macy the software allows for real time online adju dication and processing of claims in five to eight seconds. He said the software has been widely used in Jamaica for 10 years with Jamaicas National Health Fund and processes claims for more than 400 participating pharmacies of the Fund as well as other health insurance compa nies in Jamaica. He also said the online system will help to mitigate against the possibili ty of fraud that is more common with manual sys tems. The National Prescription Drug Plan is current ly in the final stages of testing before the imminent launch of Phase I. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Software training sessions for drug plan pharmacists TRAININGSESSION: Pharmacists learn about the software ahead of the National Prescription Drug Plan. T e r r a n c e S t r a c h a n / T C L MIAMI THEU.S. Coast Guard has returned to Cuba 25 migrants found floating off Florida shores, according to Associated Press. T he migrants were interdicted at sea in t hree separate incidents last week. The Coast Guard says two migrants were spotted Friday floating on a plastic foam raft about 8 miles east of Islamorada. A Coast Guard plane spotted 19 Cuban migrants about 30 miles north of Mariel, Cuba, on Wednesday and directed a cutter to them. Also on Wednesday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection plane spotted four migrants a board a raft about 17 miles east of Sands C ut. All the migrants received food, water, shelter and medical care aboard Coast Guard vessels. Cuban migrants floating off Florida sent home By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Police on Grand Bahama were out on the streets in full force early Monday morning as thousands of students headed back to the classrooms. Senior Assistant Commissioner Quinn McCartney and many senior officers were overseeing traffic flows in the various school zones, particularly at the primary schools here on the island. Police officers also distributed flyers to parents with helpful tips on road safety and important reminders for children, including the proper way to cross the street, and never to accept rides or talk with strangers. Sandra Edgecombe, Superintendent for primary schools, reported that the first day of school went well at the major schools in Freeport. There are 12 primary schools in the Grand Bahama District. Ms Edgecombe visited the four big schools in the Freeport area, including the Walker Parker Primary, Freeport Primary, Maurice Moore Primary, and Hugh Campbell Primary. There were no major problems reported and at the schools I visited they were all fully staffed and ready to go. I have never seen such excitement from parents and students. The kids were all in proper uniforms with their bags filled with books, she said. Most of the schools held a brief assembly/orientation for students and their parents. Although Ms Edgecombe was unable to visit all of the schools on the island, especially those in west and east Grand Bahama, she placed telephone calls to the principals and administrators. She reported that student attendance was not as expected at some of the schools. The schools in the east and west are smaller in number and in some cases they havent seen all of their children come in today, but we expect attendance to improve on Tuesday when they have a full day of school, she explained. Barbara Thompson, principal of Freeport Primary, said that many students did not show up for school. The first day went well, but we did not have very many students in today so I dont know if parents were aware that all stu dents are to report today, she said. Although she did not have an official count, it is estimated that around 300 students came out on Monday. An administrator at the Lewis Yard Primary also reported low attendance. A lot of people thought that only new students should have come today, so all of the students did not come in, but all of our teachers, staff, and administrators were here, she said. Student orientation and attendance at the two high schools Jack Hayward and St George High Schools are usually done in phases, with the ninth graders reporting on Monday, tenth graders on Tuesday, juniors and seniors on Wednesday. GBpolice out in force as students go back to school BACK TO SCHOOL :Corporal Christina King assists students at the Bartlett Hill Primary School cross the street during their first day back to school. Police on Grand Bahama were present throughout the island, especially in the school zones to ensure smooth traffic flow and that students had a safe day back to school. V a n d y k e H e p b u r n / B I S
C M Y K C M Y K LOCALNEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Bahama Journals report on the matter, which attributed t he claim to high level sources in the Attorney Generals Office. (To enter a prosequi is an act that can only be exercised by m yself and the Attorney G enerals Office and I am not presently seized with any basis for proceedingin that regard. As far as the Attorney GeneralsOffice is concerned, the ( retrial) action will proc eed. A retrial of Ms Bridgewater and Mr Lightbourne is set for Monday,S eptember 6. It was o rdered by Senior Justice Anita Allen following the c lose of the previous trial a fter an announcement by P LP MP Picewell Forbes a t a political convention that Ms Bridgewater was a free woman caused concern that there had been outside communica t ion from the jury room. Jurors were still delibera ting at the time Mr Forbes made the announcement. Some reports in the US tabloid media, which werea lso reiterated in the Bahama Journal report, have suggested that Mr Travolta no longer wishes to testify for the prosecution in the case, with this f orming a basis for the m atter to be dropped. Mr Travolta testified in the first trial, which tookp lace in the Supreme Court last September. His wife, Kelly Preston, is n ow expecting another child, and speculation is that this may have tem-p ered his interest in purs uing the extortion case, which relates to the death of his 16-year-old son, J ett, at the familys vacation home on Grand Bahama in January 2009. Y esterday Mr Tra voltas attorney, Michael Perkins, issued the following statement to The T ribune r egarding queries about Mr Travoltas position on the retrial and hisi nvolvement in it. The pending extortion prosecution in the Bahamas is under thea uthority of the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and is at thist ime set for trial on Sep tember 6, 2010.In as much as Mr Travolta andm embers of his staff remain listed by that office as witnesses, it would be inappropriate to make further comment regarding that matter at this time. This statement remains unchanged from an earli er one issued by Mr Perkins to the media on January 28, 2010, but for the exclusion in the latest communication of one sentence that appeared in the former. That sentence read: The Travolta family remains committed to full cooperation with all law enforcement and prosecution authorities in both the Bahamas and the United States. Nonetheless, attorney for Ms Bridgewater,Wayne Munroe, also told this newspaper yesterday that he has received no information to indicate that the trial is not going ahead. have to prepare for the trial, said Mr Munroe. He added that whether or not Mr Travolta wants to testify in the trial has nothing to do with me. Thats his concern. Whether he does or not, the Crown (represented by the Attorney Gener als Office) has the final decision as to what hap pens. Asked about what impact any decision on behalf of Mr Travolta to not appear for the prosecution might have on the case being made by the prosecution, Mr Munroe said: I dont think they have a case even if he comes. Abundant Life Road on Saturday night, was out on bail accused of a 2008 attempted armed robbery. Sources close to the family claim the motive for the shooting was to prevent Bastian from testifying against certain persons at a criminal trial. While the police are keeping silent on the matter, his attorney Romona Farquharson rejected this interpreta tion. At press time last night, Bastians daughter was still in a serious, but stable condition. Police said they were following some leads into the murder. We have a team of officers out now investigating the matter and there are some leads that they are following, said ASP Leon Bethell, head of the Central Detective Unit. Bastian was in the passenger seat of a Honda Accord dri ven by his girlfriend when a car pulled up beside them and opened fire. Bastian sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body, and his three-month-old daughter sus tained a gunshot wound to the head. His girlfriend, who was still on maternity leave, escaped unscathed and drove to the parking lot of Solomons Super Centre where she sought assistance. The attempted armed robbery charge against Bastian has now been dropped due to his death. Hehad also reportedly been questioned by police in relation to a murder earlier this year, but was released. these islands could feel strong winds as the hurricane tracks parallel to the north and n ortheastern islands over the next two days. T he centre of circulation for the storm should pass 150 miles to the north east of The Bahamas, said thew eather forecaster. I dont think well see a direct impact but its close enough that some portions of The Bahamas could see tropical storm force wind gusts and outer rain bands. M ost likely that would be felt in the north, north eastern islands once we head into Tuesday night and dur-i ng the day Wednesday. The other big thing is that as the centre of circu lation is forecasted to pass a good deal north of The Bahamas you are going to see some high surf, large waves and dangerous ripc urrents. That should start to increase dramatically on Tuesday and during the day Wednesday. In the north, north eastern islands, eastfacing beaches and shores could see wave heights of up to eight to 12 feet in some locations and dangerous rip currents, so theyll need to take precautions there. At 5pm yesterday afternoon, Hurricane Earl was located at latitude 19.3 north and longitude 64.7 west, about 110 miles north east of San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was characterised by maxi mum sustained winds of 135 miles pr hour and was trav elling west northwest at 15 miles per hour. The hurricane yesterday battered small islands in the northeastern Caribbean, including Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla and St Maarten with heavy winds and rain, despite not making landfall. Cruise ships were diverted in some of these areas, and flights cancelled. It is now projected to make landfall along the east ern coast of the United States later in the week. Meanwhile, a tropical depression hovering in the Atlantic behind Hurricane Earl formed into tropical storm Fiona yesterday after noon. It was positioned at around 900 miles east of the lesser Antilles at around 5pm eastern standard time. We see that continuing to track west, maybe on sim ilar track to Earl, affecting the north Leeward islands. That would take it through about Wednesday night into Thursday. Once we get to that stage the models are all over the place, some modeling says it is going to continue tracking westward affecting portions of The Bahamas, others have it curving to the north and out to sea. It will be interesting. We will have to see how the atmosphere recovers after Hurricane Earl, said Mr Edwards. The Royal Bahamas Defence Force issued a statement yesterday after noon announcing that leave for all members has been cancelled as a standard precaution to this years active hurricane season. It called on all personnel to return to their workstations so that officers can be briefed on the plans for the season. detectives believe Mr Stubbs was shot in a car passing through the area just after 9pm and thend umped in Lady Slipper Avenue in G arden Hill Estates off Soldier R oad. Residents told police they heard gunshots in the area shortly beforea car was seen speeding away from the place where Mr Stubbs bodyl ay, Mr Miller said. B ut police have not yet been given a detailed description of the car or any information about who may have been driving it and how many people were in it. D etectives are also asking witnesses to come forward with any information that may help themc atch the killer. Mr Miller said: We are still in the midst of inquiries, and we are a ppealling to persons in the area t o come forward with information. Any information which may a ssist police investigations should be reported on 919, the Central Detective Unit (CDU9 991, or call Crime Stoppers a nonymously on 328-TIPS (8477 tries and the large volume of oil exploration applications inundating the government. "The Ministry of the Environment has suspended consideration of all applications for oil exploration and drillings in the waters of the Bahamas. The ministry seeks, by this decision, to maintain and safeguard an unpolluted marine environment for the Bahamas notwith standing the potential financial benefits of oil explorations," said a statement released by Dr Deveaux yesterday. The release added that all existing licenses will be reviewed to ascertain any legal entitle ment for renewal. "We are not seeking to interfere with any existing licenses and the people who have licenses know of the policy. The recent events showed us that (a likely be in the marine environment and (b want to maintain an unpolluted environment. "And so before we explore for oil we want to have the most stringent environmental proto cols in place," said Mr Deveaux when asked to clarify this point yesterday. BPC Ltd recently partnered with Norwegian oil heavyweight Statoil to search for oil in some 2.5 million acres in Cay Sal Bank and hold five licenses for oil exploration. The government has not issued any licenses for oil drilling in Bahamian waters. Environment Permanent Secretary Ronald Thompson said that while the ministry has yet to draft the necessary safety protocols, government will frame its future policies around existing ones from other countries. "We haven't drafted any but there are ones that are in existence in other places where oil is current being harvested or explored. We will in short order review all of those and come up with what we think will be the best (policies the Bahamas," said Mr Thompson. Deepwater Horizon's oil rig exploded on April 20, killing 11 workers, and leaking an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil from BP's underwater well. Yesterday's statement said that calamity underscored the need for precautions. "Given recent events involving oil explo ration and the efforts to prevent pollution, this prudent safeguard is essential to preserving the most vital natural resource of the Bahamas its environment," said the statement. Speaking to The Tribune, Mr Deveaux said more stringent protocols could have prevented BP's disaster. "Everything we learned about BP suggests that there were a few mishaps that could have been avoided," he said. In May, Dr Deveaux said it would be "impractical and unreasonable" for the Bahamas to shy away from oil exploration or drilling as a consequence of the environmentally devastating oil leak off the coast of the US state of Louisiana. "The world is not going to shy away from oil because of this accident. This is not the first or the last," he said at the time. He also said earlier that proper management of resources would be vital to any oil discovery in Bahamian waters. Travolta retrial will go ahead FROM page one CRIMESCENE: The body is removed from the scene on Sunday night. F ROM page one Police identify years 65th murder victim Felip Major /Tribune staff Massive hurricane approaches, tropical storm watch issued S TORMAPPROACH: T he top of a palm tree lays on the road after being blown off by winds caused by the approaching Hurricane E arl in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday. (AP F ROM page one FROM page one Oil e xplor ation Claim that man shot dead w as to become pr osecution witness FROM page one
By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor CLICO (Bahamas tor yesterday endured a further minor set-back in his asset hunt when the US courts granted a protective order that drastically restricts the type of documents an American law firm must hand over to him. Craig A. 'Tony' Gomez, the Baker Tilly Gomez accountant and partner, had been attempt ing to obtain records on 77 companies and persons he believes are connected to the insolvent life and health insurers Trinidadian boss, Lawrence Duprey, as he continues his recovery bid on behalf of the firms Bahamian policyholders and creditors. However, the US law firm, Hunt & Gross, and a related entity, HCRM Corporation, were able to successfully petition the US Bankruptcy Court in south Florida to grant them an interim protective order restricting the type of documents they must hand over to Mr Gomez and his attorneys. The court found good cause to grant the protective order, which restricts the documents that must be produced to fund transfers involving CLICO (Bahamas And the only management, shareholder and operating agreement records that have to be produced relate solely to entities in which CLICO ( Bahamas) has a beneficial ownership interest. The protective order remains i n place until September 9, 2010, unless Mr Gomez and Hunt & Gross can settle theirr espective differences. Describing Mr Gomez's request on behalf of CLICO ( Bahamas) as "overly broad", Hunt & Gross alleged that the liquidator wanted "wholesaled isclosure of documents relating to transfers and ownership of the business activities of 77 persons and entities, without regard to whether the business activities, transfer or ownership or management structures have any relevance to [CLICO By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor SUNSHINE Holdings has for the first time introduced itself to the Bahamian capital markets with yesterdays unveiling of a private $10 million corporate bond issue, its chairman telling Tribune Business so many opportunities came before it, including act ing as an incubator for business. 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Sun shines for incubation via $10m offering Sunshine Holdings for first time taps capital market via corporate bond placement Wilson indicates p roceeds may be used t o assist groups role as incubator for start-ups/entrepreneurs, doing better in the private sector what BDB and venture capital fund have attempted to do S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 B B S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 B B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor CITY Markets was yesterday said by multiple grocery industry sources to be in negotiations with Grand Bahama food store, Sawyers Fresh Market, to allow the latter to take over its Eight Mile Rock-based food store. Neither company would con firm nor deny that the deal was in process when contacted by Tribune Business, although it appeared to be something of an open secret in the Bahamian food retail and wholesale industry, not to mention Grand Bahama, with multiple sources confirming their knowledge of the talks. One contact said: Sawyers are taking over Eight Mile Rock. It was told it was going to happen, and it was sort of like a done deal. And another confirmed: Sawyers is going to be taking it on. Its supposed to be before the end of the year. One source told Tribune Business that Sawyers executives had been spotted at City Markets Eight Mile Rock store, taking measurements and assessingw hat new equipment what needed. It appears unlikely that the deal has closed yet, but if it does, it will reduce City Mar kets store portfolio to a total of 10 two in Grand Bahama, and the remaining eight in Nassau. Once a 12-store chain, it closed its former Tonique WilliamsDarling Highway store last year, the road re-routing in that area having made it virtually inaccessible to potential cus tomers. When contacted by Tribune City Markets eyes GB food store exit Struggling supermarket chain said by multiple food industry sources to be in talks to exit Eight Mile Rock store via Sawyers Fresh Market take over S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 B B By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter email@example.com A CULTURAL consortium has come to downtown Nassau, with arts, food and fashion the main focus of the Cultural Gallery and Studio, a compa ny built with sweat equity and a little ingenuity. Partners Gina Smith and Chevette Williamson had long held the idea of a cultural store downtown, but had zero capital to turn it into reality. When they thought of build ing the company as a co-operative instead, with numerous small investors nestled under one roof, they struck gold. According to Ms Williamson, there are four co-operative members who manage a pletho ra of merchandise options produced by Bahamians from across the country. There was a cry from the tourists and the locals that there was not anywhere you could purchase Bahamian crafts, she said There was no place centrally located to purchase [authentic Bahamian] gift items, and there was no parking. You come to the Bahamas to learn about the people and the culture, and that was not available to them. And so Third Eye Artworks and Collectibles, Cultureware, Eyes Bahamian and Bijoux du Belle were opened on Bay Street directly across from the old Royal Bank of Canada on Bay Street and Victoria Avenue. Third Eye exhibits the works of new and developing artists of all ages, with fine art pho tographs, polymer clay turtle designs and pencil drawings. Cultureware offers locallyd esigned and produced ceram ics, while Bijoux houses hand made pieces by Bahamian jew e llery designer, Chevys Acces sories. And Eyes Bahamian has collections of clothing produced by several different Bahamian designers. We thought about buying from other artisans, said Ms Williamson. But we said: Let me partner with other persons to accomplish that vision. So we came togther as a coop and we collaborated togeth er four of us, but individually as companies. With the straw section, it seems as if its just one person with only one style of straw work, but the area is a consignment area, so a number of artists bring in their prod ucts. Ms Williamson said the store was about the indigenous feel of the Bahamas, and they have brought in cuisine in the form Business dream a reality through co-operation S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 B B CLICO asset hunt hits a roadblock ASSET HUNT: Craig A Gomez By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he Bahamian capital markets will venture into the unknown during the 2010 second half when an estimated $60 million worth of corporate debt offerings come to market within the space of two to three months, a leading investment banking executive yesterday saying he never seen this number of placements come to market in such a short period of time. With the potential $60-$65 million Burns House/Commonwealth Brewery initial public offering (IPO November 2010, a collective $120 millionplus could be sought from the Bahamian capital markets before year-end, and Michael Anderson, RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trusts president, told Tribune Business he was unsure whether there was enough investor appetite to consume all equity and debt offerings. I dont know, he told this newspaper, when asked whether there was enough investor appetite and surplus capital to ensure that the potential $60 million worth of debt offerings, let alone the Burns House IPO, were fully subscribed. I dont think weve ever seen this number of placements come to market in such a short period of time, Mr Anderson told Tribune Business, adding that the last significant offerings had been the $40 million Cable Bahamas preference share placement last year to finance the Columbus Commu nications buyout. FOCOL Holdings also placed $10 million in preference shares earlier this year, while Cable Bahamas recently refinanced an a lready-existing $10 million preference share issue in recent months. Yet Mr Anderson said the Bahamian capital markets had prob a bly experienced nothing like what was anticipated to happen between now and November, with numerous issuers all comingt o market seeking capital preference shares and bonds at the same time. Apart from Sunshine Holdings $10 mill ion corporate bond issue that was unveiled yesterday ( ( s s e e e e o o t t h h e e r r a a r r t t i i c c l l e e o o n n P P a a g g e e 1 1 B B ) ) Tribune Business also understands that among the likely issuers is the College of the Bahamas, which is seeking to place an bond issue to refinance a Royal Bank of Canada credit line that was primarily used to finance construction of its Grand Bahama campus. Theres no doubt theres liquidity in the market, but if theres $60 million thats a $60m capital demand never seen before Leading investment banker u nsure whether enough appetite for debt offerings coming to market, as Bahamas never seen so many in two to three months Warns that competition means issuers may have to pay more for capital due to competition, in terms of higher interest rate S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 B B
Due to production problems that cut off the turn part of this article in Mondays newspaper, Tribune Business reprints it in full today By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor TROUBLED supermarket chain City Markets is continuing to incur substantial costs as a result of inventory shrink levels that are running three times ahead of international industry norms, the companys chief executive has warned. Adding that some jobs among the companys 700strong workforce may be affected as the company bids to return to profitability by controlling and managing its operating costs, Derek Winford described inventory shrinkage the loss of product to theft, spoiling and other factors before it hits the shelves as a daunting problem facing City Markets. We know that shrink should be in the range of 2 per cent or lower, but our shrink size is about 6 per cent of sales. The cost to the company is substantial, Mr Winford told Tribune Business in an e-mail. We have instituted much stricter inventory and financial controls, and are hopeful that this financial drain will be substantially reduced. Additionally, we have put in place an incentive programme for our employees which has been well received. Dispelling the rumours and speculation swirling around the c ompany, Mr Winford said: The demise of City Markets is not imminent. The comp any, just like many others enterprises, locally and internationally, is having tof ight through hardships created by the meltdown of world economies and the impact upon all business sectors in the Bahamas. In addition to the difficulties caused by a poor economy, the company suffered a series of serious maintenance problems with refrigeration in a number of stores. I am now pleased to say that the problems have been corrected and we are back to normal. Further, to restore customer confidence in our business we are about to embark upon an impressive promotional campaign. On the question of the status of jobs for our employees, we have no immediate plans for reducing the workforce. H owever, as we continue to manage and control our operating costs, some employees may be affected. In a brief conversation with Tribune Business, Mr Winford added: Were doing OK. Were holding our own. The rumours dont help, because people talk. We need help from the Bahamian public. Speculation about City Markets future has been a constant theme following a dreadful series of financial years from the company from 2008 onwards, in which it has lost more than $28 million. City Markets' net losses for the year to March 31, 2010, increased by 35.4 per cent yearover-year to $6.578 million, as o pposed to a $4.844 million net loss for the same period last year. That translated into a $1.43 loss per share, compared to a $1.06 per share loss in fiscal 2009, with the $6.578 million loss for the first nine months exceeding Bahamas Supermarkets' $6.069 million loss for the previous full year. Much of City Markets' financial woes related to the sharp decline in its top-line net sales, which fell by 18.5 per cent in the nine months to March 31, 2010. The drop, from $93.059 million a year ago to $76.022 million this year, indicates it may still be losing market share in a food retailing industry that has become increasingly comp etitive via new entrants such as Robin Hood and Phil's Food Services. The only crumbs of comfort for City Markets were that the sales decline seemed to have slowed. For the quarter to March 31, they were only down 15.4 per cent at $22.627 million, as opposed to $26.756 million in the year before period. This was an improvement upon the 2010 first half, when sales were off 19.5 per cent standing at $53.395 million compared to $66.303 million the year before. While some of the sales decline was doubtless due to the recession, the figures also indicated that City Markets is struggling to win back customers who may have d eserted it during its 2008-2009 travails. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By RoyalFidelity Capital Markets I T WAS a slow week of trading in the Bahamian stock market. Investors traded in four out of the 24 listed securities, with one decliner and the other securities remaining unchanged. E E Q Q U U I I T T Y Y M M A A R R K K E E T T A total of 13,510 shares changed hands, representing an increase of 1,697 shares compared to the previous week's trading v olume of 11,813 shares. Commonwealth Bank (CBL volume leader last week, with 7,500 shares trading to see its stock price close unchanged at $6.72. Benchmark Bahamas (BBL lead decliner in the week, dropping by $0.02 on a volume of 3,000 shares to close at $0.18, a new 52-week low. B B O O N N D D M M A A R R K K E E T T N o notes traded in the Bahamian bond market last week. C C O O M M P P A A N N Y Y N N E E W W S S Earnings Releases: There were no earnings release from any of the listed companies last week. ROYAL FIDELITY MARKETWRAP International Markets F F O O R R E E X X R R a a t t e e s s W W e e e e k k l l y y % % C C h h a a n n g g e e C C A A D D $ $ 0 .9511-0.32 G G B B P P 1.5523-0.14 E E U U R R 1.27390.19 C C o o m m m m o o d d i i t t i i e e s s W W e e e e k k l l y y % % C C h h a a n n g g e e C C r r u u d d e e O O i i l l $76.873.89 G G o o l l d d $1,235.000.47 I I n n t t e e r r n n a a t t i i o o n n a a l l S S t t o o c c k k M M a a r r k k e e t t I I n n d d e e x x e e s s : : W W e e e e k k l l y y % % C C h h a a n n g g e e D D J J I I A A 10,150.65-0.62 S S & & P P 5 5 0 0 0 0 1,064.59-0.66 N N A A S S D D A A Q Q 2,153.63-1.20 N N i i k k k k e e i i 8,991. 06 -2.05 The Bahamian Stock Market B B I I S S X X C C L L O O S S I I N N G G C C H H A A N N G G E E V V O O L L U U M M E E Y Y T T D D P P R R I I C C E E S S Y Y M M B B O O L L P P R R I I C C E E C C H H A A N N G G E E AML$1.04 $-0-11.11% BBL$0.18 -$0.023,000-71.43%B OB$5.00 $-0-15.25% BPF$10.63 $-0-1.02% BSL $5.01 $-0-50.20% BWL $ 3.15 $ -00.00% CAB$10.77$-07.92% CBL$6.72 $7,500-4.00% CHL$2.50 $-0-8.09% CIB$9.74 $-0-2.50% CWCB$1.94 -$0.020-31.93% DHS$1.90 $-2,010-25.49% FAM$6.07 $-0-6.47% FBB$2.17 $-0-8.44% FCC $0.27 $-00.00% FCL $5.01 $1,000 5.03% FCLB $1.00 $00.00% FIN $8.80 $-0-5.17% ICD $5.59 $-00.00% JSJ$9.95 $-00.00% PRE$10.00 $-00.00% City Markets shrinkage three times sector norm
Business dream a reality through co-operation huge amount to invest in securities, Mr Anderson said. As far as I can remember, weve never had so many come to market in such a short period of time, two to three months. Its all coming to market at the same time. One effect, he added, may be that some issuers have to pay more for their cost of capital by offering a higher interest rate to attract potential investors away from rival offer-i ngs. As a result, current interest rates on preference share/bond offerings, varying b etween 7.25 per cent and 7.5 per cent, might have to rise. There has to be some recogn ition of pricing of securities, Mr Anderson told Tribune Business, because investorsa re going to be looking at other offerings out there. If people bring out offerings that are more risky, or are perceived to be more risky, you have to pay more for it. You may have to price the offering higher to get the thing sold. People coming to market are going to have to recognise that if theyre going to get it sold, they will have to pay more because of the competition from other issuers. Issues Mr Andersons comments, and the imminent new issues, come against a backdrop of modest recovery in the Bahamian equity and capital markets, as indicated by the Bahamas I nternational Securities Exchanges (BISX year report. T he BISX market, which has a total capitalisation of $2.915 billion, saw trading volumes a nd values increase for the six months to June 30, 2010, even stripping out the impact from the $80 million trade of 5,954,600 Cable Bahamas shares as part of the Columbus Communications buyout. Removing this transaction resulted in $13.438 million worth of shares, some 2.125 million in number, trading in the January-June 2010 period, compared to $8.72 million worth of shares, numbering 1,655,638, trading in the same period in 2009. For the three month period from April 1, 2010, to June 30, 2010, 1,406,070 shares traded for a value of $8.017 million, BISX said. This compares to the April 1, 2009, to June 30, 2009, period where 1 ,037,301 shares traded for a value of $5.365 million. This represents an increase of 49.4 p er cent in share value traded, and an increase in 35.6 per cent in share volume traded in 2010 c ompared to 2009. For the six month period ending June 30, 2010, excluding the Cable Bahamas transaction, the average daily trading volume was 17,078 shares, which equalled an average daily trading value of $108,619. During this six month period, April 2010 saw the highest average daily trading volume and value with 48,775 shares and $283,409 trading, respectively. By comparison, the sixmonth period ended June 30, 2010, saw an average daily trading volume of 13,201 shares, which equalled an average daily trading value of $69,459. B B I I S S X X s s t t o o p p f f i i v v e e v v o o l l u u m m e e l l e e a a d d e e r r s s w w e e r r e e : : Cable Bahamas 6,093,983 (75.4 per cent of total Commonwealth Bank 652,416 (8.1 per cent FOCOL 352,773 (4.4 per cent) Colina Holdings 180,129 (2.2 per cent Doctors Hospital 147,357 (1.8 per cent B B I I S S X X s s f f i i v v e e l l e e a a d d e e r r s s i i n n s s h h a a r r e e v v a a l l u u e e t t r r a a d d e e d d w w e e r r e e : : Cable Bahamas $ 83.184 million (89.1 per cent of total Fidelity Bank Bahamas bond 15 $ 1.752 million (1.9 per cent) FOCOL $1.719 million (1.8 per cent) Commonwealth Bank $ 1 .575 million (1.7 per cent Bahamas Waste $ 1.408 million (1.5 per cent Bahamas] insolvency proceedings in the Bahamas". T his is the second legal set-back from the US courts to hit Mr Gomez and the CLICO (Bahamas s pace of a week, the same court having rejected on a technicality his plea for a 90day extension to the deadline for him tor eorganise the affairs of the property representing 63 per cent of the insolvent insurer's assets. The US District Bankruptcy court for south Florida rejected the plea by finding that neither he nor his US attorneys pro vided adequate notice of the hearing on his plea to interested parties. Tribune Business previously reported that Mr Gomez wanted more time to com plete Wellington Preserve's sale to a new buyer, the potential deal with initial front runner, the Hines Group, having fallen through. In his August 10, 2010, filing with the US courts, Mr Gomez and his attorneys said they placed Wellington Preserve in Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after the Hines Group deal collapsed, as CLICO (Bahamas revealed by Tribune Business needed to be protected from a $1.5 million judgment entered against it and numerous other cred itors, who include the US Internal Rev enue Service (IRS Pleading for more time to reorganise Wellington Preserve's affairs via a 90-day extension, Mr Gomez argued that the US court would be justified in granting this because the upscale real estate develop ment's multi-million dollar worth was far greater than the judgment and other creditors' claims against it. Mr Gomez, who is both president and director of Wellington Preserve Corporat ion, said in his court filing: "The property is presently encumbered by outstanding and unpaid real estate taxes; a judgment fora pproximately $1.5 million, a certified copy of which was recorded during the prefer ence period; and minor mechanic's liensc laims totalling less than $50,000. "In this very unusual case, there is no mortgage. The entire parcel, before some l ots were subdivided and sold, was pur chased for $55 million in 2004. The esti mated 'as built' sellout for the lots was over $120 million. As is, even in the economy of today, the property is worth tens of millions of dollars enormously in excess of the encumberances." This underpinned the extension rationale, and Mr Gomez said: "While negotiations are proceeding well with a potential purchaser, which represents that it has raised substantial funding for a down payment, as well as its carrying, operational and improvement costs, the prospective purchaser still needs to obtain financing in place for the balance of the purchase price." Given this development, Mr Gomez said he "does not wish to see the property forced to auction at a relatively 'fire sale' price" by its creditors, as this would reduce considerably any sums he is ultimately able to recover for CLICO (Bahamas an creditors and policyholders. A 'fire sale' of Wellington Preserve would leave them e ven worse off, almost 18 months after the insurer was placed into liquidation. In his filing with the US courts, Mr G omez said some $73 million passed from CLICO (Bahamas serve via CLICO Enterprises, the Bahami-a n-domiciled entity that was 100 per cent owned by the former. These funds were loaned to the Florida-based real estate d evelopment, "over and above some $10 million of capitalisation". As a result, the CLICO (Bahamas uidator took another swipe at the insol vent insurer's mastermind, Lawrence Duprey, head of downfallen Trinidadian financial conglomerate, CL Financial, stating: "CLICO (Bahamas company which apparently was used as a 'cash cow' by those in control to, among other things, divert money into real estate investments in south Florida and elsewhere." by CFAL, marked the first occasion that the group had gone to the wider Bahamian capital markets for financing, instead of holding one-on-oned iscussions with interested institutional investors. He indicated that Sunshine H oldings, which has diverse holdings and businesses spread across the Bahamian economy,m ight use a portion of the capital raised to help finance the business plans/ventures of the numerous entrepreneurs that regularly approached the group for capital and other forms of assistance. Confirming that Sunshine Holdings was indeed seeking to raise $10 million via the private placement of corporate bonds, Mr Wilson told Tribune Business: We were approached by some people who asked if they could be a part of what were doing, and we said we will go out and see what the market thinks. We have, over the years, placed a lot of corporate bonds with institutions, and at this point in time a number of large banks and insurance companies hold our corporate bonds. Previously, we had direct discussions with institutional investors interested in our offerings. This is the first time weve gone about it this way. This is the first time weve allowed one of the corporate finance houses to introduce us to the local capital markets, and we will see what they say. Well see where it leads. Mr Wilson told Tribune B usiness that Sunshine Hold ings had so many gross oppor tunities coming to it that it wasl ooking at becoming an incu bator for start-up Bahamian companies and entrepreneurs. Funds He indicated that some of the funds raised would be used for this purpose, with Sunshine Holdings aiming to show the private sector could do better than the public sector, in the shape of the Bahamas Development Bank and governmentsponsored venture capital, in this area. As a private company, peo ple come to us all the time with proposals. They think we have some knowledge about business, Mr Wilson told Tribune Business. We have a bit of an opportunity to be an incubator for business. There are a lot of businesspeople out there who today can benefit from the credibility of the Sunshine Boys, who have been doing this for over 40 years. Pointing to the couple of million dollars that Sunshine Holdings had invested last year in a venture proposed by a group of Bahamian entrepre neurs, Mr Wilson said: Thatsa n example of being an incu bator for business. Depending on how this capi tal market thing goes, it has the potential to transform the incubation of businesses and to do in the private sector what has not worked in the public sector, through the Bahamas Development Bank and the Bahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Fund. We have the oppor tunity to do this through the private sector. And he added: People come to us. Theres never a month where some person somewhere, a would-be entrepreneur, does not come to us with some cred itable idea. Some do not make sense, but some are creditable. They are not just looking for capital, but also credibility. If we back it, they are able to attract other investors. Sunshine Holdings $10 million corporate bond offering is a private placement, not a public offering, targeting only select institutional and high-net worthi nvestors, plus their advisers. Therefore, the public should not seek to subscribe for the b onds. Although a private compa ny, Mr Wilson said Sunshine Holdings, as a group, had decided to behave more and more as if it was a public company, adhering to corporate governance, transparency, accountability standards and pruden tial norms as if it was a listed entity. Sunshine Holdings interests include Arawak Homes, Sunshine Insurance Brokers & Agents, RoyalStar Assurance and FOCOL Holdings. 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He directed this newspaper to speak withD erek Winford, City Markets chief executive. And, when contacted, Mr W inford responded: Its all rumours. Theres so many things flying about about whos b uying, whos selling. City Markets management team and the companys con-t rolling shareholder, Trinidadian conglomerate Neal & Massy, are thought to be assessing n umerous strategies in a bid to turnaround the ailing super market chain, which has sus tained consistent heavy losses under earlier management/operating part ners following its $54 million buyout from Winn-Dixie in summer 2006. Informed sources told Tribune Business that even in the good times under Winn-Dixie, the Eight Mile Rock stores profitability was frequently marginal, and as the poorest performer it was the weak link in the City Markets chain. It makes perfect sense to me, one source said of the Eight Mile Rock exit strategy. The stores not in the greatest location, its a small market out there and it will feel the pinch earlier than the other s tores. As City Markets, and its Bahamas Supermarkets parent, o wn no real estate, all the stores being leased, it seems likely that any deal with Sawyers would involve the latter taking over the existing lease, and retaining the inventory and staff. However, a complete exit f rom Grand Bahama is not on the cards. City Markets two other stores in downtownF reeport and at Lucaya, apart from being key sales drivers, also have as their landlord theB utler family, who are key investors in the chains 78 per cent majority shareholder, BSL H oldings. Mr Winford told Tribune Business earlier this year thatC ity Markets Grand Bahama stores especially downtown Freeport and Lucaya were continuing to act as a drag on the companys overall sales performance. While sales in Nassau were less than 9 per cent down on 2009 comparatives, Grand Bahama sales were down 20 per cent. Mr Winford told Tribune Business at the time that City Markets was focused on cost cutting and increased efficiencies at its Nassau head office and warehouse in the first instance, with attention likely to switch to its store portfolio at a later date. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B of bush tea and authentic Bahamian treats, such as potato bread, tarts and benny cake. They have also incorporated wi-fi into the building as an added bonus for dining patrons, and have plans to host a reading for local and visiting children on Saturdays. Saturdays will be a kids corner, at a set time, so they can come and listen to old stories and riddles, and obtain inform ation about the people and the culture of the Bahamas, said Ms Williamson. This is all about networking and helping others to succeed. Its about helping other a rtists and entrepreneurs to help their dream come true. 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LOVING RELATIONSHIPS By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer W HEN it comes to embarrassing health issues, doctors have seen and heard it all. But the fear of speaking up in the doctors office may lead many people to suffer in silence. Even though some embarrassing health problems are hard to talk about, Dr Myles Poitier, MD, CCFP at the Cable Beach Medical Clinic strongly advises patients to abstain from self treatments and see their family doctors. No matter how small a person might think their issue is, they should still see a general practitioner because there are certain things that must be ruled out. People should never be ashamed to talk to their doctors about anything. It is the role of their GP to make sure their patients are comfortable enough to talk about anything with them, Dr Poitier told Tribune Health Dr Poitier gave possible causes of some of the most common embar rassing health issues. However this, he said, does not and should not replace a visit to a family doctor. Sexual Dysfunction Men are more embarrassed than woman are when it comes to this issue. Men sometimes complain about not being able get an erection, Dr Poitier said. Erectile dysfunction can be a side effect of taking some drugs or psychological conditions can be a factor. For instance, stress, depression, or worrying. People should also make sure they are interested and attracted to their partner, he said. Dr Poitier added that sexual dys function is not something that people should try to diagnose themselves. He said things like hypertension, diabetes and other disorders must be ruled out, he said. Premature Ejaculation Premature ejaculation is not easy to treat. This is sometimes caused if a person has not had sexual relations in a while. Premature orgasm also can also be caused by too much excite ment. Because it is difficult to treat pre mature ejaculation some people are referred to sex therapist and sex counseling to correct the problem he said. Genital Rash Genital rashes are symptoms of a number of sexually transmitted diseases. Therefore persons should not take this issue lightly. Of course a person must be examined to rule out certain diseases. We will ask the patient about his or her sexual history. We will ask them how many people they have been involved with because diseases must be ruled out, Dr Poitier explained. He also said fungal infections from the heat can cause genital rashes. Women who use tampons or sanitary shields may experience rashes on their genitals. Lice, ticks, scabies, can also be causes of genitals rashes, he said. Dr Poitier said if a person is comfortable that the rash they have is consistent with a previous condition then and only then they can self treat. Unless they are sure this is something they had before they can treat themselves, he explained. Razor Bumps/ Ingrown Hair on genitals Razor bumps and ingrown hairs in the pubic region are two other embar rassing common health issues experienced by both men and women. They are painful and unsightly. Dr Poitier said they are not a major cause for concern but urge people to see their doctor so they can get the proper medication to treat it. In some cases ingrown hairs can get out of hand and turn into an abscess. Vaginal Secretions Vaginal secretions are part of the menstrual cycle of a woman. Usually during the ovulation period womenw ill notice that they have vaginal secretions. Vaginal secretions is normal. If there is no odour with it and it is a faint discharge then everything is normal. If however, the discharge has a strong odour then women should be concerned, he said. Bad Breath A person does not necessarily have to come into the doctor for this. Certain foods one eats and dental problems can cause bad breath. They should go to a dentist to make sure it is not a cavity that is causing the bad breath, said Dr Poitier. Uncontrollable Flatulence A change of diet can cause uncontrollable flatulence to occur. Some people know that if they change their diet to lactose they flatulate more. He said if uncontrollable flatulence is accompanied by abdominal bloating or pain and persist for a few days it can be a sign of something more serious. FOOT SOLUTIONS AS WE meander down the road towards our final destination, we continue in our quest to understand the many twists and turns of love. We start life with pure and unblemished images of our future love and life. A life filled with joy, happiness and the eternal promise of hope. We feel secure in our memories of being suckled on our mother's breast, and the milky smell of her skin. With closed eyes, we sense that feeling of being protected and cherished. Then, once in a while we experience picture perfect recall of being the centre of attention and everyone's favourite playmate. Our hearts feel full and life feels good. Is it possible for life to continue on in such rosy optimism? Or is it inevitable that our hopefulness will be dashed at different stages of life? For some people, no matter how hard they try; they cannot draw on any warm memories. For those who can actually recall, and have not blocked out the painful past, child hood only conjures up feelings of emptiness. Feelings of a deep hollowness that insist on sucking you back into that place of loneliness. A childhood where you feel you had little to no supervision. In fact, you learnt by trial and error, and survived by either taking the tough knocks or dodging the curve balls. Cohabiting with fam ily who showed a coldness and lack of caring were all you knew, and thought was normal. It was only when you stood beside a parent and child who interacted with each other in such a shockingly contrasting manner, that you were shaken into a new reality. Normalcy for some is completely foreign to another. Early exposure to sex can make a young mind mature beyond their years. Basic instincts of 'this feels good' and 'this must be love' take deep root and are hard to cut free. Advanced sexual techniques place them in the head of the class of experience and competency. Sexually self-confidant mannerisms take hold, or at least can be drawn on at short notice, and messages are relayed at lightening speed. They then become highly sought after by older predators and a cycle of repeat behaviour begins. Once we take the time to listen to and learn where people have come from, then we can live in their shoes for a while. We begin to understand why they seem to be instinctively drawn to certain types of people. Love maps are almost tattooed into our subconscious. Even as we become aware of our own weaknesses, it may seem impossible to 'teach an old dog new tricks'. But with a conscious decision, or professional help, it is possible to hold back and be more cautious before investing heavily in a new relationship. That may work well for those who plan and try to make conscious choices in life. For others, life just seems to 'happen' and they often find themselves heavily attached to someone who may not be good for them. Before they know it, marriage and children come along and suddenly they realise there is no 'quick way out'. For many the relationship revolves around 'put downs', 'quick come backs or put downs', jealousy, irritable and explosive behaviour. Describing their partners as classic 'Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' personalities seem to illustrate them perfectly. Public persona versus private becomes the norm. Why people stay in such unhealthy relationships is always a mystery for those who would never tolerate such behaviour. 'Tolerate' is the key word because what we are used to is what we believe is normal. Unfortunately, tolerance levels usually start to escalate and behaviour moves from verbal to physical. Let us not forget sexual abuse thrown in the mix. How many times does a wife have to succumb to sexual intercourse, just to prevent an anger outburst? As dysfunctional as this may seem, abusive love still feels like love to those involved. Love is such an abstract concept and is directly influenced by our early values. All the more reason that as parents we pay attention to our actions, and reactions of our children. How we act today, directly affects their tomorrow. Maggie Bain is an individual and cou ples relationship therapist. She is a registered nurse and a certified clinical sex therapist. Listen to 'Love on the Rock' with Maggie Bain every Thursday 5pm-6pm on Island FM 102.9. For appointments call 364-7230, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.relatebahamas.blogspot.com. C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM health B ODYANDMIND T h e T r i b u n e Abusive Love By MAGGIE BAIN TODAY,we continue w ith our 'Back-toSchool' theme by focusing on teachers. Teachers area mong the group of people who are on their feet more t han four hours per day, a nd many teachers constantly complain of aches in t heir feet, ankles, knees, lower back and shoulders. What you wear on your f eet often contributes to the majority of these problems. I n today's fashion cons cious world, while it is i mportant for female teach e rs to look their very best b y complementing that perf ect outfit with a cute pair of high heel shoes, or for male teachers trendy look-i ng shoes, it is absolutely necessary to note that these magnificent creations oftenl ead to foot pain at the end of the day. While this is quite understandable, I w ould recommend that you follow these simple tips to get away with looking yourb est while feeling great on y our feet: 1. WOMEN, try to choose shoes with a reasonable heel height of 1.5 to 2 inches. Lookf or shoes that provide ample toe room (beware of pointedt oe styles) and contain a back s trap or enclosed back. The same holds true for men with the exception of heel height. 2. IF YOU are having trouble achieving the appropriate fitw ith shoes you already own, take them to a local specialty footwear store or Pedorthic facility who may be able to modify your shoes to better fit y our feet. 3. PURCHASE a slim arch support/orthortic that your shoe can accommodate. Specialty footwear stores and Pedorthic facilities have options that will fit almost any shoe. Orthortics are especially designed to reduce discomfort associated by high heeled shoes and sandals. In summary, it is important to note that while high heels are not the best for your feet, you can take measures to minimise some of the symptoms associated from wearing high heels, such as pain in the back of the legs (and long term, shortening of the calf muscles!), ball of the foot pain, pain under the arch and heel. A lower heel height, properly fitted and a supportive shoe combined with an accommodative orthotic/arch supports will put your feet in balance, and in turn improve the alignment of the rest of your body. Teachers take steps to think on your feet pain free and feel great in the classroom! Bernadette D. Gibson, a Board Certified & licensed Pedorthist, is the proprietor of Foot Solutions, a health and wellness franchise that focus es on foot care and proper shoe fit, located in the Sandyport Plaza, Nassau. "The views expressed are those of the author and does not necessarily represent those of Foot Solutions Incor porated or any of its sub sidiary and/or affiliated companies. Please direct any questions or comments to email@example.com or 327-FEET (3338 Think feet first teachers! By BERNADETTE GIBSON uffering ilence S S IN What people w ant to know about commonh ealth complaints but are too embarrassed to ask their doctors E MBARRASSING: Many patients suffer in silence because they are afraid to discuss embarrasing health issues wiith their doctor.
O ur Bahamian soil is young in geological terms and there is not a lot of it. Any help we can give to improve or condition the soil will be rewarded by increased plant production. The Bahamas is a mountainous country but the mountains are below the sea and their tops are flat and composed of oolitic limestone, which is highly alkaline. The problem with alkaline soil is its reluctance to allow mineral salts to be in the right state to be absorbed by plant roots. This phenomenon is called tying up and means that fertilisers applied to highly alkaline soil are unable to be used effi ciently by plants. Native plants in The Bahamas are adapted to alkaline soil and many exotics have a wide tolerance that permits them to grow well here. Many others, however, prefer acid soil and barely survive. One good example is ixora. Planted straight into the ground ixora will soon show signs of stress and the leaves will suffer from chlorosis. Flowering will be reluctant and the whole vitality of the plant will be debilitated. Ixora needs help and that comes from conditioning the soil. Alkaline soil can be treated with sulphur in the form of powder, or flowers of sulphur. If sulphur is worked into the soil around shrubs it can reduce alkalinity substantially and allow better absorption of fertiliser. Another remedy is to apply Sequestrene 138-Fe, a specialised chelated iron that acts as a catalyst and promotes the absorption of mineral salts. This remedy is expensive but only a little Sequestrene is required for each treatment. The applications of sulphur and chelated iron are temporary and the treatment must be ongoing. The best and more permanent way to condition the soil is to add rotted material that we generally refer to as compost. I know as soon as many readers come across the word compost they will sigh and turn the page. Compost is a bugbear to many gardeners because the old fashioned ways of making it were time con suming and laborious, not to mention smelly. These days you can buy a tum bler-type composter that gives you workable compost in a month. Even simpler, you can add your composting materials directly to the soil. Have a small bucket by the back door and fill it with kitchen vegetable trimmings, coffee grounds and used paper towels as long as they have not been used to mop up oil. Dig a hole in your vegetable garden as deep as you can and put your waste inside and refill the hole. Water it and mark the position with a stick, then work on your next bucketful. Here in the subtropics organic material breaks down very quickly. Within a few weeks your fortified holes will contain a rudimentary form of compost that your vegetables will enjoy. Ideally a compost is composed of green or nitrogen matter mixed with brown or carbon matter in the ratio of 3-1, though experienced gardeners will argue at length over their own favourite ratio. Green nitrogen matter includes fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds, tea bags, eggshells, green plant material, peanut shells, hair, grass clippings, and the shells of all peas and beans. Brown carbon matter includes dry grass, sawdust, wood ashes, nutshells, shredded newsprint (use yesterdays Tribune!), kitchen towels, tissue paper, corncobs, and dry leaves. This form of composting is about as easy as it gets. If you compost your garden in this way on a regular basis you will eventually have a vegetable garden that only needs the occasional application of fertiliser in order to produce the best vegetables possible. firstname.lastname@example.org GREEN SCENE By Gardener Jack J OINING HANDS FOR HEALTH C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Women between the age of 18 and 35 are at the prime of their reproductive years. Whilst many women may face r eproductive challenges such as infertility, most will become pregnant at some p oint, once sexually active. The outcome of pregnancy is determined long before the point of conception. Therefore the health of women in this age range is a priority concern for health care providers i n the Maternal and Child Health Services of the Bahamas. In this article, Gina Dean SNO, and Coordinator of the Maternal and Child Health Programme share on the importance of Preconception Health i n the population.) What is Preconception Health ( PCH)? Preconception health refers to the health of women of reproductive (or childbearing) age when they are in a non-pregnant state. This includes ado-l escents and women, before they become pregnant for the first time, as well as women who are between pregn ancies. W hy is there a need to focus on PCH? W e need to focus on PCH because of the strong and important link b etween the health status of a woman b efore she becomes pregnant, and her h ealth status and that of her baby, during pregnancy, during childbirth and during the (postpartum after she had her baby. The better a w oman's health is before she becomes p regnant, the healthier she and her baby are likely to be after she gives birth. W hat is PCH care and what is the m ain goal of PCH care? P reconception health care is the edu cational, promotional and preventive health services provided to women b efore conception (that is, before becoming pregnant). The main goal is to improve a woman's health before conception (before a first or subsequent pregnancy). The objective of P CH care is to identify factors (diseases, infection, 'risky' health behavi ours) associated with negative pregnancy outcomes (deformity, miscarriages, low birth weight etc) so that they can be modified through clinical interventions (treatment i oural changes. Who are the target groups for the promotion of PCH? The target group for PCH is all w omen of reproductive age. That is, females from menarche to menopause, who are capable of having children, even if they do not intend to get pregnant (11 50 yearsa re our primary focus, PCH services also target males; recognising that men a re partners and key contributors in r eproduction. W hat are some of the risk factors for poor pregnancy outcomes among w omen and infants? Risk factors for poor pregnancy o utcomes include: Medical conditions such as diab etes, hypertension, obesity, sickle cell disease (partners who are both carriers of the sickle cell trait should seek counseling before conception), sexually transmitted infections, vita-m in and mineral deficiencies (folic acid deficiency is especially important), periodontal disease Poor pregnancy history such asr epeated premature labour and spont aneous abortions, previous miscar r iages, death of baby soon after birth or before the age of two and previous low birth weight infants. Lifestyle behaviours such as smoking/illicit drugs, over use of alcohol, and poor nutritional intake Psychosocial risks such as abusive relationships (physical, sexual or m ental), and poor housing conditions Environmental exposures such as e xposure to passive tobacco smoke, chemicals, lead, and radiation Social, economic and physical risks associated with adolescent pregnancy Age related factors such as the i ncreased risk of chromosomal problems for older women. Advancing age also increases risk of hypertension and diabetes in pregnancy. W hat can women do to improve their PCH? Take a proactive approach to your reproductive health. Have a plan; decide whether you want to havec hildren, when you want to have children, and whether you are physically, m entally and economically prepared f or children. Make the necessary changes in your life that is needed b ased on your answers to these questions so that your reproductive health w ill go in the direction you would like. Be aware of your health status and the risk factors that might be present o r contribute to poor pregnancy outcomes and make the necessary changes early. Begin or continue to have regular preventive health visits with yourd octor Have a pre-pregnancy check-up once deciding to get pregnant. W hat should women expect during a P CH visit? P reventive visits should be a part of your routine yearly check-up or primary care visit. This visit should include disease screening, and should seek to address the majority of your personal health care needs as well as address a ny existing health problems. It will also include risk assessment, reproductive history tracking, medication being taken, nutritional pattern, monitoring of folic acid intake, weight management, substance use, vaccinations, f amily planning methods, and all social and mental health concerns, including support networks, domestic violence and housing. These are all important toa healthy reproductive life. Where can women go to access PCH services? PCH services can be accessed wher ever individuals receive their primary health care services. This includes all community health clinics on New Prov idence and the Family Islands, as wella s private primary health centres. Most health care facilities do not generally include the term pre-pregnancy or preconception health in their list of services but all of the components of PCH are available at most of these facilities. A sk for the service at your next visit. For more information on preconception care and other topics on women and family health contact the Maternal and Child Health Secretariat of the Departm ent of Public Health at telephone num bers 502-4883 or 502-4778. Preconception Health Conditioning the soil BEING PREPARED: Preconception health includes adolescents and women, before they become pregnant for the first time, as well as women who are between pregnancies. GOOD SOIL: The use of compost to condition soil leads to healthy vegetables and flowering shrubs.
C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By ARA I t 's no secret that p regnancy does not always bring out one's inner glamour g irl. As your waistl ine and bust balloon, it's e asy to lose all sense of f ashion and hide in baggy sweats, oversized button d owns, or even your husband's jeans. A my Tara Koch, trend expert and author of "BUMP IT UP: Transforming Your Pregnancy Into the Ultimate Style Statement," demonstrates that a baby bump does not translate into losing one's fashion identity. In fact, Koch shows moms easy tips and tricks to transform a handful of basics into dozens of maternity looks. The trick? Accessorising, layering and rotating key silhouettes per trimester. "Maximum style, minimal maternity," advises Koch. "You don't need to invest your child's college tuition on a full-blown maternity wardrobe. Style is about mixing and matching compelling accent pieces. 'BUMP IT UP' shows moms how a handful of basics can yield dozens of jaw dropping preggo ensembles." After combing runways, trend reports and even consulting top designers, Koch has helped translate some of the top trends for new or soon-tobe moms from the runway to the "realway": EMBRACE YOUR WAIST: Silhouettes remain in the spotlight, so when the notion of zipping your pants becomes comical, use an elasticised band. The soft, seamless stretchy band miraculously sheaths unzippered, rolled to the hips pants, helping extend the lifespan of jeans, trousers and skirts. A lightweight, thigh length top romantically draped over the band "camouflages" your handiwork. GO WITH THE FLOW: Don't pack up the floaty, easy-to-wear shift dresses from your first trimester when your stomach balloons. Instead sport them as tunics. Just add leggings, kitten heels or a heeled wedge. SHOE IT UP: A heel visually lengthens your silhouette and balances out your tummyenhanced proportion. You don't need 5-inch Carrie Bradshaw stilettos, but, height will balance out the bulge, elongate your body and add that soupcon of glamour that transforms dumpy to diva. SUPER ACCESSORISE: When shimmering chain belts no longer circle your girth, pop them over your head for a flashy looking necklace. Tie belts can also be worn as lariat necklaces. KEEP YOUR SHAPE: A bra that provides shape and support is a lingerie must-have to a ccentuate and support your c urves as your body continues to change before, during and after pregnancy. Pick up seamless microfiber undies and bras which are comfortable and perfect under dresses. BID ADIEU TO BULK: As you sleekify your wardrobe, say goodbye to clunky, unattractive diaper bags. Pampers has recently introduced their new chic, high performance diaper, Pampers Cruisers with Dry Max. Not only are they Pampers driest diaper ever as they help lock in wetness, but they are 20 percent thinner than before which means mom can carry more within less space so grab a chic diaper clutch. GET THAT GLOW: Self tanner is the ultimate pick me up so use it strategically on face and body and it will nip the "you look tired" comment in the bud. Courtesy of ARAcontent Expecting? How to look your best TRENDY MOTHERS: Koch shows moms easy tips and tricks to transform a handful of basics into dozens of maternity looks.
Committed Deception TO A C M Y K C M Y K THETRIBUNE SECTIONB HEALTH: Body and mind T UESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 By JEFFARAH GIBSON T ribune Features Writer A F EW years ago I w atched a seemingly romantic love story on Lifetime. My memory of the movie is a bit blurred, however I dor ecall the movie being centered a round lies, deception, and b etrayal. In the movie a woman falls in love with a man who seemed to be the perfect gentleman. He was smoother than the sensual timbre of jazz. He was wealthy, he had charisma, he was sensitive, not to mention attractive and skilled at making the woman believe she was the only one that made his eyes twinkle. After a few years of dating, the woman found out the man who she fell head over heels for was married. Her heart shattered into a million pieces. Four women weighed in on this sit uation and told Tribune Woman how this ordeal would affect their lives. Two of the women said in the end a situation like this could only spawn the most undesirable results. I would be so devastated especially if we were in a long term relationship. I would confront his wife for one and let her know everything that has been going on and probably end all relations or connections with him, said Lakia Brown. Dirty Deed She said his dirty deed would be exposed to everyone she came into contact with. I would bad mouth him to the world. Everyone who knows him would know what he did to me, the pastor, the people in the church,t he people at the bar, the people around the corner, his family, my family and everyone. He will be exposed, she said. Ms Brown said although it would hurt her she will do her best to get over him. I would rather hurt myself and end the relationship with him as oppose to allowing him to hurt me. It is not like me to break up a home whether it be a happy home or if it is a home that is filled with problems. People are slick and sly and know just how to hide big details of their life, she said. Marika Rolle is more concerned about her reputation than her feelings. I can't be seen dating a married man and Ill try not to bring his wife into the situation to avoid hurting her. But if I see hes doing for more by saying he wants to be with the both of us, Ill be forced to inform his wife of his stupidity, she said. The simple thing to do would be to leave. But it isnt as easy as it sounds. When you actually fall in love with ap erson its extremely hard to autom atically stop thinking about them. I would try to slowly phase him out of my life. I would have to be determined to let him go. And as time passes I will call him less and start dating other men to help with this process. C ompromise If wealth is involved, it would in some way influence Allea Browns decision making. If he is very wealthy and has a lot of money and I am working at a job that is only paying minimum wage hellyes I am staying with him. But if I have a good job whereas I can support myself maybe not, Ms Brown explained. A situation like this can set some one off. I would feel so dirty and end up doing something I might regret because I have some serious anger issues. The entire relationship was a waste of time. Jacklyn Frazer said if a man ever does something like that to her he can pretend he never knew her. I would cut him off. The sin of fornication is already enough, not to mention with a married man. Also, Im far too valuable for him just to play around with, if he loves me I would expect a sincerea nd genuine commitment, that being m arriage, if not he could just leave. For the men and women who engage extramarital affairs, Ms Frazer gave a little advice. I dont feel its my place to judge, however personally I think its wrong. But then again you never know thes ituation surrounding the affair. Some men are so conniving and manipulative, she could be the victim. I would tell the person continuing the relationship not to get their hopes up for anything more than an affair and to try and figure out their self worth and go from there. I would tell the man to stop being greedy! Be man enough to make a sound and honest commitment to one woman, she said. What would you do if you found out your boyfriend was married? I would rather hurt myself and end the relationship with him as oppose to allowing him to hurt me. It is not like me to break up a home whether it be a happy home or if it is a home that is filled with problems. LAKIA BROWN
C M Y K C M Y K TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 12 PAGE 10 International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com S he is the first Bahamian female bodybuilder to achieve professional status. But for Jena Mackey, the road to the top has been a very difficult one. On July 17, Mackey competed at the 2010 IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships in Tampa, Florida, where she finished 16th out of a field of 28 competitors in the Open womens bodybuilding division. Mackey, who received her pro card in 2007 when she won the Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding Championships, said its defi nitely much different from the amateur ranks. Its really rough. You have to continue going back to the drawing board and try to fig ure out what the judges are looking for, Mackey said. Most of the girls have been there like five to seven years and so they have the experience. So its really tough. In toughness, Mackey said she wasnt just referring to her diet and preparation for an event. She was referring to actually going on stage and competing against the 28 com petitors as she did in July. You dont know what the judges are looking for and you do this show every year, said Mackey, who competed last year in the show for the first time and ended up 12th overall. Most of the times, the judges are familiar with the girls who keep coming back. But for me, having done it for just the second time, the judges were not quite familiar with me. The former national team soccer player said as she looks ahead to the future, she will definitely have to concentrate on developing more mass. I was dense, but my legs still had a problem, she pointed out. Its getting better every time I do my show. Im seeing the improvement. But there was always something lacking. Jena Mackeys road to the top really rough S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 TOUGH ROAD: Jena Mackey on stage during the IFBB Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships in Tampa on July 17, where she finished 16th out of a field of 28 competitors in the Open womens division. First Bahamian pro female bodybuilder reflects on her status Youth Olympics: Athletes return home from Singapore... See page 11
C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS T RIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L M M E E N N S S N N A A T T I I O O N N A A L L T T E E A A M M P P R R A A C C T T I I C C E E THE Bahamas Softball Federation is scheduled to hold open workout sessions for the mens national softball team, starting 7:30pm Wednesday at the Bankers Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. The workout sessions will be under the supervision of head coach Godfrey Gully Burnside and coaches Erin Adderley, Martin Pork Burrows and Leroy Thompson. B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L S S U U M M M M E E R R O O F F T T H H U U N N D D E E R R THE Bahamas Basketball Federation is slated to continue its Summer of Thunder College Scrimmages Wednesday night at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. Ohio University, who played their opening game on Monday night against the defending New Providence Basketball Association champions Commonwealth Bank Giants, are set to take on the Bahamas All-Star team at 7:30pm. SPORTS IN BRIEF THE Bahamas newest and youngest Olympians returned home with renewed interest of improving in their sports after spending the past two weeks at the inaugural Youth Olympics in Singapore. The athletes, accompanied by the majority of the team officials, were welcomed home on Saturday in the VIP Lounge of the Lynden Pindling International Airport by executives from the Bahamas Olympic Committee. They got two medals in track and field from Tynia Gaither and Rashad Brown, two of the eight athletes that competed, along with the two swimmers and one judo competitor. BOC president Wellington Miller thanked the athletes for representing the Bahamas with pride, grace, dignity and success at the history-making event. Welcome home! By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE New Providence Softball Association (NPSA a festival weekend at the Bankers Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. Its the All-Star Classic scheduled for Saturday night when the NPSA ise xpected to showcase the majority of its bright young talent assembled in the league. Additionally, the NPSA is also scheduled to stage a pre-All-Star game 6:30pm Friday in a match-up of the legends against the executives. That game, according to president Loretta Maycock, is the NPSAs wayo f giving the younger athletes an opportunity to see some of the future stars in action. The legends team will consist of players like Anthony Boozie Rolle, Anthony Boots Weech, Lionel Iron man Symonette and Fred Papa Smith, who are always at the park, Maycock said. M aycock is expected to lead the executive team that features Neressa Seymour, Cyril Smith, Jean Bubbles Minus, Renee Sunshine Davis and Tommy Stubbs. As for Saturdays All-Star game, Maycock said they decided to focus more attention on the surplus of young players in the league, coupled with some of the veteran players. It was very difficult picking the men because a lot of the younger players are not batting as well as the younger females, Maycock said. But I expect for all those selected to come out and play in the All-Star game. We expect that it will be a lot of fun. One of the womens All-Star teams will be named in honour or Jeannie Minus, the fourth vice president of the league. The other will be named after Linda Ford, an accomplished former pitcher in the league. As for the men, the NPSA will hon our the late Tyrone Ron, Figure Wood by naming the teams after him. The other will be named after Rev Dencil Clarke, a former long-time teammate of Wood. The teams are comprised of the following: J J e e a a n n n n i i e e M M i i n n u u s s L L a a d d i i e e s s A A l l l l S S t t a a r r s s S S t t a a r r t t e e r r s s Pitcher Marvel Miller (Wildcats catcher Christrine Jenoure (Operators); first base Vernie Curry (Wildcats); second base Vonetta Nairn (Sharks (Brackettes Symonette (Brackettes Left field Lathera Brown (Operators); right field Krystal Delancy (Brackettes dice Smith (Wildcats S S u u b b s s t t i i t t u u t t e e s s Trika Munroe (Sharks Crystal Taylor (Scorpions Symonette (Sharks (Scorpions); Dorothy Marshall (Oper ators); Garnette Curry (Brackettes); Sheria Woodside (Sharks Symonette (Sharks Manager Anthony Bullard (Wildcats). Coach Mario Ford (Operators). L L i i n n d d a a F F o o r r d d L L a a d d i i e e s s A A l l l l S S t t a a r r s s S S t t a a r r t t e e r r s s Pitcher Desiree Coakley (Operators); catrcher Dornette Edwards (Wildcats Thompson (Operators Vanrica Roise (Brackettes Jeanette Hilton (Wildcats stop Christine Edmunds (Wildcats S S u u b b s s t t i i t t u u t t e e s s Dawn Sears (Sharks (ScorpionsSharks Shirley Stubbs (Scorpions Clarke (Operators (Brackettes (Wildcats) and Kendra Humes (Operators). Manager Stephen Bishop Bene by. Coach Cyril Smith (Brackettes R R o o n n W W o o o o d d M M e e n n s s A A l l l l S S t t a a r r s s S S t t a a r r t t e e r r s s Greg Burrows Jr. (Freedom Farm Van Johnson (Truckers Sands (Freedom Farm (TruckersOutlaws Philip Farquharson (New Breed Romero Armbrister (Del Sol Burrows Jr. (New Breed Munrow (Dorin United S S u u b b s s t t i i t t u u t t e e s s Roscoe Thompson (Outlaws Collie (Truckers (OutlawsBuccaneers Darren Stevens (Dorin United Leonard Ferguson (Dorsey Park Peval Storr (Dorsey Park Butler (Del Sol Rolle (Commando Security Godfrey Burnside (Freedom Farm D D e e n n c c i i l l C C l l a a r r k k e e M M e e n n s s A A l l l l S S t t a a r r s s S S t t a a r r t t e e r r s s Devaughn Wong (Freedom Farm Garfield Bethel (New Breed Bowleg (Dorsey Park (New Breed); Lamar Watkins (Buc caneers); Stephen Brown (Truckers); Adrian Pinder (Outlaws Pratt (New Breed (Dorin United S S u u b b s s t t i i t t u u t t e e s s Tori Rolle (Dorsey Park Ferguson (New Breed (Del Sol); Javon Dorsett (Dorsey Park); DKyle Rolle (Mighty Mitts); Garret Strachan (Dorsey Park Demont Charlow (T&C Outlaws Rudy Fox (Dorsey Park Manager Erin Adderley (Dorin United). Coach Martin Burrows Sr New Breed. NPSA gearing up for All-Star weekend HISTORY MAKERS: Members of the first 2010 Youth Olympic team pose above with executives of the Bahamas Olympic Committee on their return home from Singapore at Lynden Pindling International Airport. Photos by Kermit Taylor JUDO competitor Cynthia Rahming (left with BOCs secretary general Dianne Miller. GRAND Bahamian sprinters Rashad Brown and Tynia Gaither (right BAAA president Mike Sands (far right Gaither, the double medallist at the first Youth Olympic Games, as she is interviewed by press members. As a pr o bodybuilder Jena Mackeys road to the top really rough After working with pro male bodybuilder Joel Stubbs for about 21 and-a-half years when she earned her pro card, Mackey is now back with Stephen Robinson, whom she worked with for seven years as an ama teur. This is her third year as a professional bodybuilder, com peting against some of the top women in the world, Robin son said. Based on the 23 women she competed against, she came in 16th, which I think was a great feat. For the most part, I think its all about her personal development where she wants to get into that top 10, then the top five and eventually the Ms Olympia. I think every year that she goes and competes, its all about her improving on her physique. Having spent the past six months training her, Robinson said he saw the improvement Mackey made, particularly with her legs, which complemented her back and arms that she always prides herself on. In preparation for next year, Mackey said she hopes to go away to train for at least three weeks prior to her first show. Her goal is to compete in at least two shows and eventually qualify for Ms Olympia. For now, Im still in the gym trying to stay in shape, she said. Im not trying to wait until next year to try and get in shape because it will be too hard. Thats double work to put in when I can just cruise through and I can properly diet and train. I really want to be ready next year. Im just wait ing on the schedule to come out so that I can know when I will be competing. Robinson said he plans on putting Mackey in an early show in February or March and then come back to compete again in Tampa in July. In the meantime, Mackey said the Bahamas Governmen ts subvention has enabled her to stay focused in training. But shes hoping that she can get a little more support because its costly to maintain her status as a pro. Bodybuilding is not a five or six month sport, Robinson stated. She will have to dedicate herself year round in order to prepare for Ms Olympia or to get into that top 10. It all boils down to money. When you reach the level she and Joel are competing now, you need sponsors behind you for supplements, your meals, travel and everything else that goes into preparing for a world class event. For the Tampa show alone, which featured the CAC winner from Trinidad & Tobago in 2008 and the winner from Aruba in 2009, Robinson said Mackey spent about $2,500 for the weekend. But on an average, over the last three months to prepare for a show of that calibre, Robinson said Mackey could incur expenses totalling at least $6,000. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 ON FORM: Jena Mackey (far right
B y HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer NEW YORK (AP y ou reach a certain age, birth days tend to make you reflect on your own mortality. They also, in the case of a professional athlete such as Andy Roddick, tend to prompt questions about the state of your c areer. Roddick turned 28 on Monday, Day 1 of this year's U.S. Open, and after beating Stephane Robert of France 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, the ninth-seeded American was asked what sig nificance he attributes to his age. In typical Roddick fashion, he injected his reply with some humor. "Obviously, I know I'm probably closer to the finish than I am to the start," he said. "But ... it's a number. I'm bare ly older than I was yesterday." Well, yes, that's true. He also, however, is seven years older than he was when he won his lone Grand Slam title at the 2003 U.S. Open. There's a reminder of that accomplishment every time Roddick r eturns to Flushing Meadows: His spot in the locker room bears a special plate with his name and the year he was the champion, a bit of recognition he referred to as "the little deal on your locker that says you're special." Kim Clijsters is "special," too. The Belgian won the U.S. O pen each of the last two times she entered, in 2005 and 2009, and she stretched her winning streak in New York to 15 matches Monday despite a brief blip. The No. 2-seeded Clijsters began her title defense with a 60, 7-5 victory over 104th-ranked Greta Arn of Hungary. It was an afternoon of mostly straightforward results, although twotime French Open runner-up Robin Soderling was stretched to five sets before edging 214thranked qualifier Andreas Haider-Maurer, who pounded 34 aces. Other winners included No. 6 Nikolay Davydenko, No. 11 Marin Cilic, No. 13 Jurgen Melzer, No. 17 Gael Monfils and No. 22 Juan Carlos Fer rero, while No. 27 Fernando G onzalez quit in the third set of his match against Ivan Dodig because of a knee injury. Women moving into the second round included surprise 2009 U.S. Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin, French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, French Open runner-up Sam Stosur, two-time major finalist E lena Dementieva, No. 10 Vic toria Azarenka, No. 13 Marion Bartoli, No. 16 Shahar Peer, and No. 24 Daniela Hantucho va, who beat former No. 1 Dinara Safina 6-3, 6-4. Venus Williams, a two-time champion in New York, and Roger Federer, who counts five U.S. Opens among his record 16 Grand Slam titles, were scheduled to play in the night session. After rolling through the first set against Arn, Clijsters trailed 4-0 in the second. Arn eventu ally served for that set at 5-4. But Clijsters broke serve there, and again in the match's final game. As for how she found herself in that hole to begin the second set, Clijsters explained: "Wasn't aggressive enough. Didn't step in enough when I had to. I think she started going for a little bit more, playing a little bit more with some risks, and she kind of put me under pressure a little bit, where it should have been the other way around." At last year's U.S. Open, Clijsters became the first wild-card entrant to win a women's sin gles title at any Grand Slam tournament. Coming off a 2 year break from the game, dur ing which she got married and had a baby, Clijsters was playing in only her third tourna ment of her comeback, and first major event. "Other players kind of didn't really know what to expect," Clijsters said. That isn't going to be the case these days for her, of course. Nor can Oudin catch anyone off guard anymore. A year ago, Oudin was only 17. She came to New York ranked 70th, and without a U.S. Open win on her resume. "I've grown up a lot," Oudin said after reeling off the last nine games in a 6-3, 6-0 victory over 143rd-ranked Olga Savchuk. "I mean, I think I'm actually more like a profes sional instead of just a junior. Even though now that I'm 18, I feel like I'm a legal adult now. So I guess that's a good thing." Roddick has a decade on her, but the years haven't slowed his serve much: He was topping 130 mph Monday. It's been an up-and-down year for Roddick, who recently discovered he had a mild case of mononucleosis. He was under doctor's orders to limit his physical activity, but he said he feels a lot better now than he did a month or so ago. "It's going the right way," he said. "To be honest, once you decide to play, I think you throw all the excuses and everything else out the window. If I decide to play, then it's up to me to give 100 percent of what I have. So it's not something I really want to discuss too much from this point for ward." As many memories of 2003 that flood Roddick's mind whenever he's on the U.S. Open grounds, he also recalls his run to the 2006 final at Flushing Meadows. "I was in a rough kind of career transition that summer," he recalled. "You guys were trying to kick me out at 23." Age is just a number, right? By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer ISTANBUL (AP shot bounced off the back rim, then the front, then finally fell out. With that, the United States walked off the court with a victory, and another warning: A world championship won't come easily for this young team if it comes at all. The Americans survived their first tough test in Turkey, edging Brazil 70-68 on Monday when Leandro Barbosa's shot rattled out at the buzzer. "This game right here was an eye opener," U.S. guard Derrick Rose said. Kevin Durant scored 27 points and Chauncey Billups added 15 for the Americans (30), who essentially clinched Group B with the victory. But they have bigger goals than a group championship, trying to end a 16-year U.S. drought in this event. This U.S. team has to do without Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and all the other play ers who led the Americans to the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, and those guys never needed breaks at the buzzer. "We know that teams are really coming in here to try tow in this tournament and we're h ere to do the same," said Rose, the only other U.S. player in double figures with 11 points. After the Americans trailed most of the first 2 quarters, Lamar Odom's dunk with 7:14 left put them ahead 64-62. But they couldn't build on the lead during a tense final few minutes, and Brazil had two chances to send the game to overtime. Following a miss by Billups, Brazil got the ball and Marcelo Huertas was fouled on a drive t o the basket with 3.5 seconds r emaining. He missed the first free throw and then the second intentionally, tracking it down in the corner and firing it underneath to Barbosa, who lofted a shot over Kevin Love, only to have it bounce off the back and front of the rim. I thought it was going to in, but it's OK," Barbosa said. "I think we did a great job, it wasa great game. I don't think the USA knew that we could cause problems for them and we did it." B arbosa finished with 14 points after a strong start for Brazil (2-1 scored 16, and Tiago Splitter had 13 points and 10 rebounds while battling foul trouble in the second half. With NBA big men Nene, Anderson Varejao and Splitter, Brazil was considered one of the teams with enough size to topple the undersized Americans. Nene had to pull out with a n injury and Varejao sat out again while continuing to rest a sprained right ankle, so the Brazilians turned to a speed game to lead for much of the game. They just couldn't finish the u pset, leaving the Americans needing only a victory over Iran or Tunisia, the bottom two teams in Group B, or another Brazil loss to earn the top seed from the group and three full days off before meeting the No. 4 seed from Group A on Sept. 6. The Americans have plenty to work on before worrying about that, after needing a huge night from Durant and 31 minu tes from Billups, the old man of the team at 33 who had their only basket in the final 6:50. "I knew that in the first half that this was going to be a fourth-quarter game, a last twoor three-minute game, and I w as preparing myself to just be ready," Billups said. Nowhere was the difference between this team and its predecessor more apparent than in the matchup with Barbosa. When the teams last met, in their 2007 Olympic qualifier, Barbosa entered as the tournament's leading scorer before Bryant led a defensive effort that held him to four points on 1-of-7 shooting in an easy U.S. w in. There's no defenders like Bryant here, and Barbosa took advantage in the first quarter by making two 3-pointers and scoring eight points. Brazil made 12 of its first 16 shots in t he period and its first four 3pointers, streaks that were snapped when Barbosa was just short on a half-court heave at the buzzer, leaving them with a 28-22 lead. Brazil extended its lead to eight early in the second quarter and was still up seven midway through the period, but with Splitter on the bench with two fouls, and Barbosa and Alex Garcia joining him, the Americans cut it to one a couple of times. Splitter's dunk sent the Brazilians to the half with a 4643 advantage. The Americans finally grabbed the lead midway through the third, extending it to 61-55 after consecutive baskets by Durant. Barbosa scored t he final four points of the period, though, and pulled Brazil within two heading to the fourth. The crowd grew solidly behind the underdogs, cheering loudly for Brazil baskets a nd booing loudly when a small "U-S-A!" chant broke out in the fourth. Brazil is coached by Ruben Magnano, who guided Argentina to victories over the U.S. in the 2002 worlds and 2004 O lympics, when the Argentines w on gold. He nearly authored another upset, as players on both teams thought Barbosa's shot was going in. "I had Durant right in front of me, I couldn't see," Huertass aid. "I was in the corner but I saw the ball tipped on both s ides of the rim and went out. It was a big disappointment." U.S. coach Mike Krzyzewski used his reserves liberally in the first two games, but gave much longer runs to the starters Monday after the backups were ineffective during their first s tints. Billups, who played in the 2007 victory over Brazil, thought it was good for his young teammates to have a close game so soon. "We came out victorious, but f or the young guys, just know how thin of a line it is. Possessions, turnovers, things like that that we talk about," he said. "Now they can see it." C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 10, TUESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Past Open champs Roddick, and Clijsters win on Day 1 US survives test, holds on to edge Brazil 70-68 CHALKS: USAS Rudy Gay puts up a shot as Brazil's Alex Garcia defends during the preliminary round of the World Championship Monday. (AP Photo ANDY RODDICK of the US signs autographs for fans after he beat Stephane Robert of France during the first round of the US Open tournament in New York on Monday. Roddick won the match 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 on his 28th birthday. (AP Photo