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 V olume: 106 No.252WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUN, T-STORM POSSIBLE HIGH 84F LOW 78F I N S I D E The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com WOMEN INUSCOURTAFTERSIXMONTHLONGINVESTIGATION By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org STRAW market vendors charged in a New York court after allegedly being caught with knockoff luxury goods were swooped on by law enforcement officials following a six-months long inves tigation that saw them subject to secret surveillance in the city, court documents have revealed. Federal agents working for the US Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs and Enforcement allegedly watched the nine straw vendors as they shopped for counterfeit items around the city on two separate occasions in May and just prior to their arrest at JFK airport over the weekend. In a criminal complaint filed in US District Court, a Special Agent of the US Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs and Enforcement describes how four of the nine straw vendors Roshanda Rolle, Gayle Rolle, Marva Ferguson and Marvette Ferguson came to New York City in May, met with wholesale retailers in the city in various locations and handed over wads of cash in return for bulky black garbage bags full of items which they took back to their By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com NINE straw vendors charged in the US could each face more than three years in prison, The Tribune has learned. Roshanda Rolle, Gayle Rolle, Marva Ferguson, Marvette Ferguson, Patricia Hanna, Shamone Thompson, Margaret Pierre, Judy Duncombe and Tracy Davis have all admit ted to knowing that the goods they pur chased were counterfeit and/or illegal, and that buying the bags and other fake luxury items was the reason they came to New York City in September, according to court docu ments. Each of the women bar one who was able to meet her bond requirements on Monday is now being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Centre, a remand centre in downtown Manhattan. FIRSTCLASS RIDGELANDPRIMARYSCHOOLFEATURES SEEPAGE12 SEE page eight SEE page eight Straw vendors charged in US could f ace thr ee years in prison By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE rate of suspensions in schools has almost quadrupled in the past three years up to a rate of five per day, in some cases, according to youth workers, who say the school system has more problems than administrators are willing to admit. The Hope Centre Ministries operates a suspension programme in Oakes Field. In its first year of operation it received 67 sus pended students; last year the number jumped to 257. With the new school year just two weeks underway, the centre has already seen 10 suspended students. In the past, they have seen 15 students in one day, according to Pastor Carlos Reid. The kids we get here on suspension, they know if they fight they are going to get a suspension, but why do they still fight? We have taught them that it is a sign of weakness when you say you have a prob lem that you cant solve yourself. In most cases we push people further in their dilem ma, said Pastor Reid. There is no regard for authority. In most cases the schools are ill equipped to deal with a lot of the situations occurring in our schools right now. All of this could be attributed to why the grade point average is so low. What is discipline to these young people? In most cases you are doing the young people a favour by giving them a suspension, said Pastor Reid. Troy Clarke, president of the National Leadership, Esteem, Ability, Discipline (LEAD to 10 students are sent home from some schools on a daily basis, sometimes for minor infractions, like uniform offences. The LEAD Cadet Corps is currently in D.W. Davis Jr., Doris Johnson High, and Government High Schools. Seventy-five male students, who were identified by school counsellors, participate in their Life School suspensions quadruple in three years SEE page eight TOURISTS look at goods in the Straw Market on Bay Street yesterday. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f A GOVERNMENTHigh School student was stabbed i n the back following an argument with students from his school. The incident occurred shortly before 4 pm on Robin-s on Road, in the area of Kentucky Fried Chicken, howev er police could not confirm any further details. Yesterdays stabbing is the first report of student violence f or this week following last w eek which saw three separate incidents, the most seri ous of which was the shooting o f 13-year-old eighth grader Rashad Rolle. Rashad, who is still recovering in hospital t his week, was shot in the head by what police believe to be a stray bullet while ata bus stop at John Road off B aillou Hill Road. The young students shoot ing, and the stabbing of two STUDENT STABBED IN B ACK AFTER SCHOOL ARGUMENT SEE page nine By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a email@example.com CONCERNS over the num ber of irregularities at Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT polling stations across the country were raised last night, according to sources close to the election process. T he irregularities were said to be one of the reasons why officials toiled late into the night over the count that would determine new leadership of the BUT. With an overwhelming desire to restore professionalism, teamwork and integrity to their 4,000 member strong union, teachers across the country voted for new leadership of the Bahamas Union of Teachers last night. Attributes that many members claimed was lost in the controversy surrounding the union at all levels the outbreak of sexual misconduct SEE page eight IRREGUL ARITIES A T TEA CHERS UNION POLLING STATIONS
THE Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD conducted a full-scale simulated aircraft crash at the Lynden Pindling Interna tional Airport. NAD officials partnered with the relevant stakehold ers, including the Royal Bahamas Police Force, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, Civil Aviation Department, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA Emergency Medical Services (EMS Authority, MED Evac, Bahamasair, Bahamas Red Cross Society and Doctors Hospital for the drill. The exercise included volunteers serving as passengers at the crash scene. Fire trucks, ambulances, police cars and other vehicles were a part of the actu al drill. NADs director of operations Deborah Coleby said the drill is a part of the airports preparedness strategy. This is a focused activity that allows us to test the airports emergency response plan in real time. We are partnering with all of the rel evant agencies at LPIA to determine the effectiveness of our emergency response procedures, similarly, they will have the opportunity to test their plans as well. Our goal is to put our resources to the test, learn and improve upon any shortcomings that we might have, ensuring that in the event of a real emergency we are fully prepared to respond, she said. NAD conducted a similar full-scale emergency exercise in September 2008.This years event, dubbed Operation Sunset, was scheduled during the evening to test response times after dark. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 THE TRIBUNE INDEX MAIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News......................P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,14 Editorial/Letters........................................P4 Sports.......................................P10,11,12,13 BUSINESS/ARTS SECTION Business................................P1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Comics......................................................P8 Taste.......................................................P9,10 Arts.....................................................P11,12 CLASSIFIED SECTION 28 PAGES USA TODA Y MAIN/SPOR TS 12 P AGES By REUBEN SHEARER Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org OFFICERS from the Fire Services Department distributed and helped installs moke detectors in homes t hroughout several commun ities in New Providence yesterday, beginning with t he home of 88-year-old Dudley Cooper on Burial G round Corner in Bain Town. The exercise, led by direc t or of Fire Services Supt Jef fery Deleveaux, also cov e red the areas of Englerston, Nassau Village and the Kemp Road community. In total, 80 devices were dis t ributed to disenfranchised families and elderly persons. The initiative is something the Fire Services Depart m ent conducts each year as p art of Fire Safety Awareness Week, said press officer S ergeant Chrislyn Skippings. The operation targets those who are unable to afford the smoke detectors a nd those who may be at r isk, especially the elderly and young families, police said. Bahamas Welding and Fire donated 80 First Alert BRK smoke alarms to the Fire Services Department. John Ferguson, manager of that companys fire services section, said: It is extremely important for every household to utilise its protection. To determine which persons would receive the smoke detectors, police used the results of a recent survey conducted in local communities. T he Fire Services Departm ent will be conducting a s imilar exercise in Long Island next week, said Mr Ferguson. Smoke alarms are rare fixtures in the homes of most Bahamians, said Chief Fire Officer Inspector Norman Bain. We recommend that you purchase a simple smoke detector with a volt battery. All smoke detector brands are effective once installed properly, he said. Inspector Bain said when installing a smoke detector, ensure that it is fastened on t he ceiling, at least 18 inches f rom the wall. We generally want to encourage the population to be safety conscious in eliminating hazards that may contribute to fires starting, he said. We want persons to be extra cautious in avoiding starting fires. During the summer period we have a lot of rubbish fires that are started by persons clearing trash, and we want to warn persons against this. Smoke detectors fitted in homes of elderly and young families Airport tests response plan in full-scale aircraft emergency drill YOUREWELCOME: Police Sergeant 2091 Rolle and Corporal 2552 Pratt take time to greet Dudley C ooper, a tailor who has been living in Burial Ground Corner since 1934. Officers from the Fire Services Department yesterday installed a smoke detector at Mr Coopers home. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f F elip Major / Tribune staff SAFE AS H OUSES: Mr. Dudley Cooper looks on as Tyson Issacs from Bahamas Welding and Fire installs a new smoke detector as parto f the Fire Safety Awareness Week, n FIRESAFETYAWARENESSWEEK Exercise starts with Dudley Cooper, 88
THERE WAS no news up to press time on Drexel C larke, a diver reported missi ng Saturday night after a boat he was on capsized south of New Providence. S earch craft from the Royal Bahamas Defence Forcea nd the Bahamas Air and Sea Rescue Association reported n o sightings. According to family members, Mr Clarke and two othe r men were said to have "run into problems" with the 32foot boat around 2pm southo f New Providence on Satur d ay. With New Providence in sight, the three men report-e dly started swimming to shore when Mr Clarke, said to be a certified diver, turned a round for reasons unknown. Before the boat capsized, he was said to be wearing a life vest and diver's fins. T he two men were able to swim to shore unharmed, according to reports from the E lizabeth Estates Police Station on Saturday night. The first RBDF patrol c raft was immediately dis patched to the area. Since then two additional craft were d eployed to assist with the search. An RBDF aircraft deployed on Sunday led to the discovery of the capsized boat seven to nine miles south of New Providence. In addition to the RBDF search patrol, an aircraft from the Bahamas Air and Sea Rescue Association flew 200 square miles with no sightings on Sunday. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y y T T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y yWongs Plaza Madeira St. Wongs Plaza Madeira St. Tel: (242 Tel: (242 2335 2335 Soft and durable Diversatex Soft and durable DiversatexTM TMcushion is fade and mildew cushion is fade and mildew resistant and is available in resistant and is available in blue, green or terracotta blue, green or terracotta x xChairs Chairsx xTables Tablesx xBenches Benchesx xUmbrellas Umbrellasx xLoungers Loungersx xDrinks Trolleys Drinks Trolleysx xCoffee Tables Coffee Tablesx xEnd Tables End Tablesx xCushions CushionsOutdoor Elegance Outdoor Elegance By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A MURDER trial opened in the Supreme Court yesterday to ascertain whether Kevin Hart fatally shotK endall Braynen in January 2003. Prosecutor Basil Cumberbatch told J ustice Jon Isaacs court how Mr Braynan, 38, was shot while standing in R upert Dean Lane at around 6.30pm on January 11. He alleged that Hart approached Mr B raynen from behind and shot him in t he neck, killing him. The events are a blatant disregard f or public safety and human life, Mr C umberbatch said. Police Constable Julian Butler told t he court he was first on the scene as he had been alerted by the Police Control Room while on patrol with the mobile division at around 6.40pm on the day of the shooting. H e found Mr Braynen lying face down in the road on the east side of Rupert Dean Lane, off Poinciana Dri-v e. H e said a crowd had gathered a round the lifeless body dressed in a r ed T-shirt and black short pants. There was a small wound on the right side of his neck, PC Butler said. An ambulance soon arrived at the scene and was followed by two inspec-t ors, and then two detectives from the C entral Detective Unit (CDU Butler said. Crime scene investigator Detective Corporal Marvin Cargill was the first witness to take the stand yesterday ash e took photographs of the apparent m urder scene which were distributed to the jury, attorneys and Justice Jon Isaacs as evidence. D C Cargill said he also took blood s amples from the road and went to the P rincess Margaret Hospital laboratory o n January 13 to speak to the forensic pathologist. He also viewed the autopsy and collected post-mortem samples to take to the police forensic lab for analysis onJ anuary 15. Hart is represented by d efence lawyer Murrio Ducille in the murder trial. Although proceedings had been scheduled to open on Monday, the matter was adjourned to yesterday att he prosecutors request. T HE arrest of a man seen acting suspiciously near the A dministrative Office in Governors Harbour, Eleuthera l ed to a swift conviction and the return of cash stolen from the communitys post office. Local police say when they came upon the man at around 4am on Sunday, he fled causing the officers to chase him. After catching up with the suspect, they confiscated c ash and electrical equipment. The next morning, at around 9am, the police received a report that the Governors Harbour Post Office had been broken into and that cash was stolen. Just after noon that day, 30-year-old Donald Sands of Governors Harbour, Eleuthera appeared before the local magistrate and pleaded guilty of shop-breaking, stealing a nd receiving. He was sentenced to three years in prison on each count. The terms are to run concurrently. JUST after midnight on Tuesday, police rushed to Lily of the Valley Corner off Market Street after witnesses reported a shooting. T he responding officers were told a gunman entered a h ome on the street and fired shots at another man, hitting h im in the left arm. The victim was rushed by ambulance to hospital, where he is reported to be in stable condition. P olice are investigating this matter. AT AROUND3am on Tuesday, officers of the Northeastern Division got a tip that led them to a home on Mackey Street. The officers came upon two men asleep inside a blue Buick Century. A fter searching the men, the officers confiscated a h andgun and ammunition. The men, ages 21 and 22, both of Mackey Street, were t aken into custody for questioning. A n hour and a half later, officers from the same division e xecuted a search warrant on a home in Winders Terrace off Kemp Road, where they discovered a quantity of marijuana. T wo men, ages 38 and 29, were taken in for questioning in connection with the find. Police investigations into both incidents continue. Court hears of blatant disregard for human life STEPPING TO IT: Bahamian Rick Fox, right, and his partner Cheryl Burke perform on the celebrity dance competition show, Dancing with the Stars on Monday in Los Angeles. Actor and former Lakers star Fox the current favourite to win is competing against other celebrities on ABCs hit show, including actress Jennifer Grey, singer Brandy and Disney Channel star Kyle Massey. Adam Larkey /AP Photo/ABC RICKFOXHITSTHEDANCEFLOOR Post office cash returned after arrest, conviction Murder trial over death in 2003 gets underway Search reports no sightings of missing diver ROSEAU, Dominica UPGRADESat an airport on the tiny Caribbeanisland of Dominica mean planes can take off and land by night for the first time, according to Associated Press. Aviation Minister Ray burn Blackmore says he expects a boost to tourism. For now, only small air craft will be allowed to land at the Melville Hall airport until 10 p.m. The head of the Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority says he expects the airport will receive clearance for larg er aircraft within the next six months. Benoit Bardouille says the European Union, Venezuela and the local government paid for more than $100 million in air port upgrades. Officials say a Windward Islands Airways plane landed there late Monday. Dominica airport welcomes night operations for first time
EDITOR, The Tribune. I t has been nine years since the Twin Towers fell in New York, yet many A mericans have still not digested the lessons of that s tony-hearted atrocity, T hat much has been made very clear by the ignorant c ampaign against the ground zero mosque, which is neither a mosque n or at ground zero. And then there was the s tunningly stupid threat by a Florida pastor to mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11 by burning 200 copies of the satanic Quran on the front lawn of his church. The conventional wisdom is that Al-Qaeda hatched the 9/11 plot with the imme diate aim of making Americans feel threatened in their own backyard and as a high profile, symbolic challenge to American power, particularly the way the power is perceived by them to be exercised in the MiddleE ast. But its longer term goal was almost certainly toi ncrease global conflict between Muslims and nonM uslims and radicalise the Islamic world by drawing t he United States into a d escending spiral of human rights abuses and costly and u nwinnable wars. In this it has succeeded b rilliantly, with US assistance at every step. In threatening to dese c rate the central text of Islam, for example, Pente costal preacher Terry Jones m ust have been reading straight from an al-Quaeda script, as provocation of this magnitude would only increase the power of Islam. The growing religious polarisation of the US, mirroring similar intolerance in parts of the Islamic world, has been starkly highlighted by reports that two-thirds of Americans oppose the construction of an Islamic cultural centre, dedicated to promoting religious harmony, more than two city blocks away from the former site of the Twin Towers, and that more than 30 million American citizens think their president is Mus lim. In past years, the com memoration of 9/11 in the US was a somber affair, mercifully free of religious c hauvinism. The fear must be that such f ervour will sweep away the voices of reason, tolerance and reconciliation personi fied by President Obama, a nd that the frenzied American rightwill ensure that he serves a single term. T hat would be a tragedy, a s the only hope of a terrorfree future lies in such mea sures as the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and a lasting solution to the Middle Eastern crisis. It is only by recognising the necessity of coexistence, by removing cultural and religious provocation and by building mutual respect, that future 9/11s can be averted. JERRY ROKER Nassau, September 16, 2010.s EDITOR, The Tribune. The Bahamas and her people are at the proverbial cross roads. Indeed, I submit that we are between a rock and a hard place while o ur political masters are g yrating; dancing the watusi a nd dispensing out heavy and potentially toxic doses o f vodoo economics. What is badly needed in our beloved country today, i n my humble view, is some goodwill politics and surp rises. For instance the soc alled Baha Mar deal has b een languishing for several years. At one time it a ppeared to be on life support. Now that the consummation appears to be just across the bar, our politicians and their erstwhilea llies are, seemingly, playing the thing with the big ears and short tail. The collective nation is e xperiencing economic hell; societal melt down, of course, the stark abandon ment of morality and civility. The major political parties, PLP and FNM, must and s hould come together on a national consensus on the way forward, despite their perceived political and leade rship style, for the good of the nation. M r. Ingraham and Mr. Christie owe it to ordinary B ahamians to present us w ith surprises when the House of Assembly conv enes after the long summer recess relative to the a pproval of all aspects of the Baha Mar deal. There is no Chinese b aby as whatever the baby may look like, at b irth, it is a Siamese twin, joined at the hips. The true paternity may never bek nown but it is clear that the mother is Bahamian. It may b e domestically a challenge but our leaders must step up to the plate and do the right t hing. W hile voting on the approval for the Baha Mar components, parliamentar ians must and should also start a national dialogue on: crime and punishment; illegal immigration; the overcrowding of our educational system; the broken judicial and legal systems and the evolution of a lost and hopel ess generation of young B ahamians. There is prec ious little time to waste if we are not to become a failed state and a ticking time bomb. Will they, however, cont inue the meaningless and deadly political tribalism, ad n aseum? The leaders of the F NM and the PLP have yet t o etch their legacies in the annals of The Bahamas. W hen compared with the late great and irreplaceable Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling, one is obliged to ask the question: What manner ofp ygmies dominate our political arena? The resounding and echoing answer may well surprise us all. To God t hen, in all things, be the glory. ORTLAND H. BODIE, JR., Nassau, S eptember 14, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 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 MANY Tribune readers were shocked at the attitude of straw vendors Tuesday on learning that nine of their own were arrested in New York and charged with allegedly purchasing counterfeit designer goods for resale in the Bay Street market. The cry of the locals seemed a plea to the Bahamas government to question the authority of US law enforcement to snatch their lifes bread from their tables. Although many vendors are aware that they are trading in counterfeit goods, they seem to think they have a right to do so. There is no apparent awareness despite many warnings that such a trade is against the law and that there are serious penalties for law breakers. The president of the Straw Business Persons Society, a reverend no less, went so far as to tell our reporter that unless someone can provide a means for Bahamian vendors to get the counterfeit designer bags without risking getting caught by US authorities things are going to get rough for vendors and their families. Let us suppose that someone did find a means to get these illegal goods onto their shelves, dont they know that they could be arrested by local police for doing so? It is only because our police have not been as aggressive as they should have been about enforcing the law that the incident in New York took place this week. The US government has accused Bahamian police officers of being complicit in the straw markets counterfeit trade. The Bahamas enforcement laws, it said, are lax when it comes to protecting intellectual property rights. Tired of dealing with a coun-try of lax laws, US authorities decided to enforce the law themselves especially when it is broken on their own territory. "I would feel sorry for the Bahamas if we have to stop selling these bags, the Societys president told our reporter. It will affect the vendors and it will affect The Bahamas. These bags are generating a lot of funds. The whole economy will feel it. The tourists come and they have to go to the ATM to purchase these bags. I guarantee you they wouldn't go to the ATM to buy a straw bag. "If you look at the straw bags, you would be surprised to know how long they were hanging there. The knock off move quickly. So if you are looking to put food on the table that's what you do." Does this argument justify breaking the law? If so then why arrest the little thief in the night who breaks into your home because he too has to put food on his table? True it is stealing of a different kind of property, but it is still stealing. It is probably the same argument used by the pirates when Woodes Rodgers on pain of the noose tried to restore legitimate commerce to these islands. Our reporter walked through the world famous straw market on Tuesday to find that virtually every stall sells at least some fake designer goods, and many of them are heavily-draped in knock-off designer hand bags of all shapes, colours and sizes. The vendors made no attempt to hide them. Although many vendors have acknowl edged that their goods are counterfeit from such designer brands as Gucci, Prada, Dolce, Gabana and others their attitude is that theirs is the right to sell. The pushing of these hot items was so obvious that if the police were in fact intent on applying the law, the market could have been cleaned out in a matter of days. But, of course, the political fall-out also has to be reckoned with. Straw vendors have always expected rules to be bent in their favour, so the squeals would have been loud and furious had there been a hard local crack down. The world famous straw market disappeared from our shores many years ago ever since the days when it was removed from its Rawson Square location a colour ful scene of Bahamian basket women, plaiting their bags, hats, toys and mats, while their children learned the trade by their sides. It was a scene that inspired poets and artists. But no more. Today we have a cheap flea market, which as Mr Charles Klonaris, chairman of the Nassau Tourism and Development Board, pointed out last year is of no benefit to the Bahamas. We hope that taxpayers money, now being spent to create a new straw market, will be one that displays local arts and crafts of which Bahamians can be proud and visitors will want to purchase as souvenirs. But what they are producing now, said Mr Klonaris, is just not acceptable. Goodwill politics and surprises are badly needed LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Cant justify Straw Markets counterfeit trade Many Americans have still not digested lessons of 9/11
By MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter m email@example.com AN American holidaymaker lost nearly $30,000 and was ordered to pay a $2,500 court fine for failing to declare his casino winnings to US Immigration a uthorities at Lynden Pindling International Airport on Sunday. Michael McWilliams, 35, of Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia, maintains he was caught unaware when he failed to declare $28,878 in cash to U nited States Immigration a nd Border Control Officials at the airport. M cWilliams first pleade d not guilty to the two c harges against him: failing to declare more than $10,000 cash in his posses-s ion and making a false declaration to an officer of the United States of America when he a ppeared in a Nassau Magistrates Court on Monday. B ut he later returned to t he Parliament Street c ourt and changed his plea to guilty with representa-t ion from attorney M onique Gomez, who had represented Colton Harris-Moore, alias the Bare foot Bandit when he was apprehended in July. McWilliams was back in court again yesterday for s entencing. M agistrate Ancella Williams imposed a $2,500 fine and ordered him to hand over his winnings. McWilliams said he had won the cash at the Atlantis casino during his h oliday, and lamented outs ide court that he would now lose all of his takings as well as having to pay the fine and legal fees. Form The American tourist, who said he has visited theB ahamas before, maint ains he was not trying to h ide the cash from authori ties, but simply was not paying attention when hef illed out his US Customs p re-clearance form at Nassau airport. I really didnt know, the American said. I went through the list as I was talking on the cell phone and I just checked no, no, no. It wasnt like I meant to hide it the money was right on top of my bag. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A DATE has yet to be set for the unlawf ul sex trial of Bishop Randy Fraser as lawyers could not agree on three successived ays when to hold the trial in Magistrates C ourt. Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethel called defence attorney Wayne Munroe and Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Franklyn Williams to return to her court yesterday morning after two unsuccessful attempts in Mr Munroes absence on Mond ay. H owever, yesterdays meeting failed once a gain as Mr Munroe explained he had two t rials scheduled before the Supreme Court in N ovember and would not be free until D ecember 10. And although Mr Williams was not present, a lawyer from the Attorney Generals Office who appeared on his behalf indicated the prosecutor would not be available then. Magistrate Bethel said: I have made three attempts, wasted my time yesterday m orning, yesterday afternoon and today. Now we are going to get me three days this year before the middle of December. This is an old criminal trial, and I would l ike it dealt with as soon as possible. T he magistrate called an end to the session and asked the prosecution and defence attorneys to agree a date for trial and returnt o her court in Bank Lane to inform her of it this morning. It is the second trial of the accused bishop who has pleaded not guilty to having unlaw f ul sex with a 16-year-old girl between July 2 005 and February 2006. He was acquitted of the charge in 2007, but the Court of Appeal ordered a retrial. The alleged victim in the case, who is now 2 0, testified that she and Fraser had sex a round 12 times a month at his home and office at Pilgrim Baptist Temple in St James Road, Carmichael. Attorney Wayne Munroe made a no case submission on August 16, arguing the charge was duplicitous as he said each sexual encounter was a distinct offence and there-f ore each instance should be brought on a separate count. However, Magistrate Bethel ruled the charge was not duplicitous on September2 Fraser, who is on $10,000 bail, will enter a sworn testimony in the trial and call 25 wit nesses or more to the stand. Court orders US holidaymaker to hand over $28,000 winnings Lawyers cant agree when to hold Bishop Fraser trial THE BAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER ACCUSED: Bishop Randy Fraser
By LARRYSMITH DEBATE on the government's resolution to approve the Baha Mar development was scheduled to begin today in Parliament five years after the initial deal was concluded in 2005. But the debate was postponed until the project's principals can come to terms with the Bank of Nova Scotia on outstanding debt. It's been a long road although not quite as long as the 13-year BTC sell-off and conditions in 2005 were vastly different from what they are today. Back then, the credit boom underway in the US had a marked spillover effect on the Bahamas, with major developments planned around the country. But most of these projects collapsed in the wake of the Great Recession that swept the world in 2008. The Baha Mar project was kept ticking over, even when the original joint venture partners withdrew. It was the brainchild of a Lyford Cay resident named Sarkis Izmirlian, whose grandfather left Armenia in the final years of the Ottoman Empire. Sarkis' father, Dikran, made his fortune by cornering the world peanut trade. And the family became property developers in Britain, where one of their companies owns the 13acre site on which London's City Hall is located. While Dikran lives in Switzerland, Sarkis manages the family's assets from the Bahamas. He is said to be an astute developer who conceived the grandiose Baha Mar project partly to make a name for himself. But the project has been able to survive only because the Chinese are investing their huge currency reserves in support of their strategic interests. According to China's Commerce Ministry, some 800,000 Chinese are now working on energy, infrastructure and housing projects around the world. Without clear evidence, we should discount the allegations that have been made about the use of Chinese convicts as workers on these projects. But we do think it makes sense for our government to seek a broad political consensus for the project in view of the large foreign labour component. The 1,000-acre Baha Mar project is owned by the Izmirlian family, with the Chinese Export-Import Bank providing $2.5 billion in financing over 20 years and the China State Construction & Engineering Co as principal contractor. Challeng es It was unclear at this writing whether the Bank of Nova Scotia, which financed the Izmirlian's earlier acquisition of Cable Beach hotels, would become an equity investor. But it is fair to ask how Baha Mar expects to repay a $2.5 billion loan from China when it has already encountered challenges servicing the current $200 million loan to Scotiabank. Still, it is the view of most observers that Cable Beach needs to be redeveloped for the country's tourism industry to remain competitive, and whether the land used for collateral is conveyed on a longterm lease or as freehold is beside the point. The optimum use for that land is resort development and nobody else in the current environment can finance such a project. And even though a large portion of the $2.5 billion will return to China in the form of interest, wages and materials purchases, this is still a major foreign investment for the Bahamas that will help to stimulate the economy in the short term and drive tourism growth in the longer term. Conflict of Interest According to the Institute of Auditors, conflict of interest is when someone in a position of trust has a competing professional or personal interest that makes it difficult to fulfil his or her duties impartially, or that creates an appearance of impropriety. But exactly what does that mean in the Bahamas? Well, the short answer is...very little. The Bahamas is a small place, which makes it difficult for any of us to avoid apparent conflicts. And they happen all the time, at every level, in both the public and private sectors. There are very few explicit rules, and even where rules exist, there are no real sanctions. In the political realm, the old United Bahamian Party oligarchs have been described as "the poster boys for conflict of interest and corruption." Back before the days when cabinet ministers earned official s alaries, UBP politicos routinely represented companies d oing business with the government and awarded them selves contracts as a matter of right. Things were so bad that prior to the 1967 general election the UBP itself had issued a c ode of ethics requiring ministers to withdraw from any case i n which they had a private interest. But that didn't stop politicians like Sir Stafford Sands from acting as paid agents for Freeport gambling interests, as documented by the 1967 Com m ission of Inquiry. Sands (who was finance and tourism minister at the time) received over $1.8 million in consultancy fees from the Grand Bahama Port Authority between 1962 and 1966. The Port also gave hundreds of thousands of dollars in politi cal contributions to the UBP. When the Progressive Lib eral Party came to power in 1967 it promised to change all that. The Pindling administration issued a new code of ethics that prohibited ministers from accepting substantial gifts from persons doing business with the government. Fast forward 15 years and the Bahamas was in the throes of a criminal takeover by South American drug cartels. The Colombian flag was raised over Norman's Cay in George Smith's Exuma cons tituency by the notorious gang ster Carlos Lehder, who drove ordinary visitors away at gunpoint and orchestrated hourly cocaine flights to the US. The 1984 Commission of Inquiry found that Smith had accepted gifts and hospitality from Lehder, who is now serving a long sentence in an American jail. In fact, one parlia m entarian said at the time that "Pindling and his crew make the Bay Street Boys look like schoolchildren." The 1993 inquiries into Bahamasair and the Hotel Corporation were initiated by the first Free National Movement government. They documented decades of gross mismanagement, conflict of interest, and official corruption under the PLP. In response, the FNM promised a government in the sunshine that would be fully accountable to the people. In the years since there have been many accusations of conflict of interest featuring politicians of both major parties, but none of them have matched the scale and sheer brazenness of those earlier controversies. For example, during the second FNM administration Brent Symonette resigned as chairman of the Airport Authority after it became known that a company in which he had a minor interest had been contracted to do paving work at the airport. Charges were made against Tommy Turnquest for allowing an air conditioning contractor to pay for his leaderelect victory party. And Dion Foulkes was accused of awarding contracts for school repairs without a public tender. When the PLP was re-elected in 2002, Perry Christie made a lot of noise about integrity in public life, and issued another code of ethics for ministers that basically re-stated existing g uidelines. But his promised law codifying rules on conflict o f interest never came before parliament. Controversies And so the controversies continued. Leslie Miller and other PLP officials were accused of renting buildings to the government they served, a common practice. Minister of Local Government V. Alfred Gray was accused of remaining active in his law firm, which was representing one party in a local government dispute. Neville Wisdom faced charges of impropriety in awarding contracts for Junkanoo bleachers. PLP Minister Bradley Roberts and then chairman of the Water & Sewerage Corpo ration Don Demeritte were accused of leading a conspiracy that would have bilked Bahami ans of millions of dollars. According to testimony in an industrial tribunal, the chair man instructed the corporation's general manager to call off the bidding process for a reverse osmosis plant at Arawak Cay, and start negotiations with a firm whose prin cipal was Jerome Fitzgerald, a PLP senator. This matter is still before the court. The most sensational case of conflict of interest during the PLP's last term involved Shane Gibson's relationship with expired American sex symbol Anna Nicole Smith. Gibson resigned from the cabinet in February 2007 after The Tribune published embarrassing photos of him on a bed with Smith at her Eastern Road home, although both were fully clothed. Gibson insisted he did not have a sexual relationship with Smith and denied doing her any favours. At the time, the "attack" on Shane was characterised by a fellow PLP minister as "the successful manipulation of misinformation by people whose stock in trade is nastiness and sleaze." Well, now we have something that trumps all of that potted history. A minister who takes advantage of a private helicopter flight in order to attend two official meetings on two different islands over two consecutive days the evening premiere of a conservation film on Abaco, and a meeting with visiting American experts in the Exuma Cays the next morning. "I would not have been able to do either with regular flights, or even make the previously agreed times by boat," Environment Minister Earl Deveaux told me. "It is difficult, if not impossible, to discharge this job, with the required oversight, if we are not able to use the facilities of the principals." For George Smith's information, the Aga Khan is not a criminal unlike Carlos Lehder. He is as desirable an investor as Sarkis Izmirlian. His Swiss-registered Development Network runs a variety of multi-billion-dollar humanitarian programmes in 25 countries around the world. And the Aga Khan Health Services is one of the most comprehensive, priv ate, not-for-profit healthcare systems in the developing w orld. Before we jump to conclu sions, perhaps we should ask what are the actual regulations that apply to official conflict of interest in the Bahamas these days. T he answer to that question is contained in the manual of c abinet procedure, which states that a minister "must not, except as may be permitted under the rules applicable to his office, accept any gift, hospitality or concessional travel offered in connection with the d ischarge of his duties." On my reading, accepting a trip for a personal benefit rather than for a public duty would likely be considered a breach of this rule. Yet incumbents of both major parties have accepted personal hospitality from big investors or foreign govern ments fairly routinely over the years, and usually without any controversy. The real elephant in the room in this context is the financing of political parties by big investors and corporate interests. There are no rules at all in this regard, and everything is done behind closed doors. I have it on good authority that each of the 82 main party candidates in the 2007 general election received an average of $30,000 in campaign funds. Added to that are general part y expenses for advertising, printing, logistics, travel, and give-aways. Clearly, Bahamian elections cost millions of dollars. Where do you think that money comes from? So should we be concerned about a free helicopter ride to a business meeting? You be the judge. What do you think? Send comments to email@example.com Or visit www.bahamapundit.com C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 63(&,$/*(1(5$/ 0((7,1*7$OOPHPEHUVRIKH%DKDPD ,VODQGVHVRUWVt&DVLQRV &RRSHUDWLYH&UHGLWQLRQ %,5&&&8f/LPLWHG 7KH(XJHQH&RRSHU%XLOGLQJ 9LOODJHRDG1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWVSHFLDO*HQHUDO 0HHWLQJRIWKH%DKDPD,VODQGV5HVRUWV &DVLQRV&RRSHUDWLYH&UHGLW8QLRQ/LPLWHG ZLOOEHKHOGDWWKH&UHGLW8QLRQSUHPLVHV LOODJHRDGDVVDX%DKDPDVRQ7KXUVGD\UG )RUWKHIROORZLQJSXUSRVH 7RUHFHLYHOHWWHUGDWHG 0HPEHUV 7RGLVFXVVDQGWDNHDFWLRQRQVXFKPDWWHUVRXWOLQHGLQ OHWWHURI7KLVPHHWLQJLVLQDFFRUGDQFH ZLWK%,5&&&8 DFFRUGDQFHZLWKHJXODWLRQVt/LQGD\PRQHWWH 6HFUHWDU\ 326,7,21 $9$,/$%/(6HUYLFHWDWLRQLVORRNLQJIRUD3DUWVHUYLFHDQDJHU )DPLO\,VODQG DUVK+DUERXU$EDFRf([SHULHQFHZLWKSDUWVDQGVHUYLFH &RPSXWHUOLWHUDWH *RRGZULWLQJFDSDELOLWLHV 6DODU\GHSHQGVRQH[SHULHQFH 0DOHRUIHPDOHFDQDSSO\ $JHDQGROGHU (PDLOUHVXPHDQGFRYHUOHWWHUWR TVD#FRUDOZDYHFRP SCIENCE fiction author Lewis Walmsley, who is set to publicly launch his novel Glassidor on October 2 at the Ruby Swiss Restaurant in Freeport, said he will be donating the proceeds of the first 100 book sales to the island's PACE Centre. The PACE (Providing Access to Continued Education) Centre offers a volun tary programme for student mothers and is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Social Development, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of Education. The main focus of the facility is maternal and child welfare, counselling and school placement. Additional services provided at PACE include daycare facilities, financial assistance with food, clothing, uniforms, and footwear, and assistance with baby items, food, pampers and clothing for student mothers. Explaining why he chose the PACE Centre as the beneficiary of his donation, Mr Walmsley said: Since being here the islanders have been so kind to my fiance Katherine and I so we wanted to give something back. Any monies invested in education are never wasted, and what better a cause than unmarried moms want ing to continue their education. I hope to help create future readers. Who knows, in ten years time one of those little babies may just pick up a copy of Glassidor, blow the dust off it, and read it. Mr Walmsley recently met with the acting principle of the PACE Centre Shirlee Butler to discuss the upcoming donation and the author gave her a copy of Glassidor to go in the facility's library. We at the PACE Centre are deeply grateful for Mr Walmsleys interest in and intended donation to our school. We are currently building our computer lab and any assistance in achieving this goal is greatly appreciat ed, said Mrs Butler. Set against the backdrop of some of the Bahamas most scenic sites, including the Lucayan National Park and Bens Cave, Glassidor is described as a fast-paced science fiction adventure. It is the story of a mothers love, duty, and devotion in her protection of Earths chil dren, the author said. The book tells the story of Dee, a space nomad who arrives on Earth in the year 1620 to recover a lost artifact sent there by her ancestors 74 million years earlier. Mr Walmsley was born, raised and educated in England. He immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1974 where he spent 34 years in the automotive machining industry. In 2008, he moved to Freeport where he lives with his fiance Kather ine. Glassidor is his first fiction book and he has almost completed work on a second one. Science fiction author to donate proceeds of 100 books to PACE Centre BOOK LAUNCH: Lewis Walmsley, author of Glassidor, a science fiction book set in the Bahamas. Debate on the Baha Mar development
C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT The Grand Bahama M edical and Dental Association has announced plans for a number of events here on the island, including an educational conference and awards banquet. Dr Freeman Lockhart, GBMDA president, said the events kick off on September 30 with the opening of the 10th annu a l Educational and Scientific Conference at Canal House at Pelican Bay Resort. This years theme for the conference is Transforming the Approaches to Health c are; Global Initiative. A number of local, national and international speakers will make presentations highlighting advancesa nd trends in healthcare. Mr Lockhart said they hope to foster stronger networks in both the domestic and international healthcare arenas. As a prelude to the conference, a worship service will be held at the Pro-Cathe-d ral Christ the King on Sunday at 10am. Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis will officially open the conference on Thursday, September 30. Mr Lockhart said conference sessions w ill start at noon on September 30 and e nd on Friday, October 1. A boat cruise will be held on Friday evening. The conference will culminate with a gala awards banquet on Saturday,O ctober 2. Cocktails start at 6pm and formal seating at 7pm. Two outstanding local physicians, obste tricians and gynaecologists Dr Paul Ward a nd Dr Havard Cooper will be honoured. Mr Lockhart is encouraging the public to attend both events as funds raised will be donated to charity. As is customary, part proceeds from the awards banquet will be donated on behalf of the honorees to charitableg roups or organisations in their medical specialty. This years beneficiaries are the obstetric ward of the Rand Memorial Hospital and the Grand Bahama Crisis Centre, he said. F ollowing the banquet, an awards part y will begin at 9.30pm in the Captains G allery at Canal House. Dr Lockhart said tickets for the ban quet are limited given the limited capaci t y at Canal House. Tickets can be purchased from committee members. He explained that the objective of the G rand Bahama Medical and Dental Asso ciation is to educate the community and colleagues in the medical field. MINDFUL of the fact a college education can cost tens of thousands of dollars, Doctors Hospital said it recently made cheque presentations to their Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation recipients of over $100,000 in tuition assistance and scholarships. Beneficiaries were students enrolled in degree and certified programmes in various areas of healthcare locally and abroad. The Doctors Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation said it has provided scholarships and financial assistance to 70 students pursuing a career in health for this school year. Created in honour of the late Dr Meyer Rassin, the foundation was created as a philanthropic mechanism through which individuals, trusts, foun dations, estates, businesses and other organisations may invest in healthcare in the Bahamas. The Foundations aim is to encourage and assist qualified students engaged in study in the healthcare field as well as healthcare workers such as medical technicians, pharmacists, lab technicians, imaging technicians, nurses and others to realise their dreams. Students being considered for tuition assistance or scholarships must achieve a grade point average of 3.0 or higher, must be accepted to an accredited certificate programme or a degree programme, students must be Bahamian citizens and must be able to show proof of financial need. Application forms may be obtained from the hospitals website at www.doctorshosp.com or from its marketing department. The Doctors Hospital Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation invites the public to share its commitment by helping those in need for years to come. Busy schedule announced for GB Medical and Dental Association Doctors Hospitals Dr Meyer Rassin Foundation gives over $100,000 in scholarships, financial assistance MINISTER OF HEALTH Dr H ubert Minnis will officially o pen the conference. Share your news T he Tribune wants to hear f rom people who are m aking news in their neighbour h oods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a g ood cause, campaigning f or impr ovements in the ar e a or have won an a war d. If so, call us on 322-1986 a nd share your story.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM hotel. Agents secretly watched as more bulky, black duffel bags were delivered to the womens hotel the following day by two unidentified males and again later that same day when four of the women entered another wholesale retail establishment before leaving with six more bags full of at that point unidentified items. The women were followed by a surveillance team to the JFK airport, and agents inspected the contents of their luggage after it had been checked in. It was determined at that time that to protect the integrity of this ongoing investigation, neither the luggage nor the contents of that luggage would be seized by law enforcement as the investigators continued to build their case. However, found within the luggage were hundreds of counterfeit luxury items, alleges the criminal complaint. Roshanda Rolles luggage contained 66 knock-off products, including Louis Vuitton and Coach wallets, Gayle Rolles luggage contained 21 counterfeit items, Marva Fergusons bag contained 67 such products and Marvette Fergusons, 75, said the court document. A private investigator employed by a number of luxury brand companies including Louis Vuitton, Coach, Rolex, Dolce and Gabbana, Gucci and Burberry joined the federal agents and allegedly determined the counterfeit nature of each and every one of the items. The four women who were said to have participated in the May trip, along with Patricia Hanna, Shamone Thompson, Margaret Pierre, Judy Duncombe and Tracy Davis, were next seen arriving in New York Citys JFK airport last week, on Thursday, September 16th. Shortly after arriving (the group e lled to a certain street in New York, New York, on which a number of wholesale retailers are located. After arriving at this destination in Manhattan, Roshanda Rolle, Gayle Rolle, Marva Ferguson, Marvette Ferguson, Patricia Hanna, Shamone Thompson, Margaret Pierre, Judy Duncombe and Tracy Davis entered a number of these wholesale retailers and were subsequently observed exiting the retailers with large black garbage bags, which the defendants took back to the hotel, said the criminal complaint. The group were next surveilled as they checked 31 pieces of luggage into their scheduled Jet Blue flight back to Nassau on September 18th. The checked luggage was then, unbeknownst to the women, again segregated and inspected by Customs and Border Patrol Agents. Up to September 20, 2010, the contents of the luggage are still being catalogued and inventoried. However, during a preliminary review of the contents of the luggage, law enforcement discovered a large quantity of handbags (both with designed labels affixedu pon them and generic non-labelled bags) and designer brand labels (including, but not limited to those purporting to be Dolce and Gabbana Tiffany & Co. jewellery and Rolex watches), the complaint states. Again, a private investigator allegedly determined the goods to be counterfeit. It was at this point after the covert luggage inspection that the nine women were placed under arrest. In interviews with the authorities all were subsequently said to have admitted that the purpose of their visit to New York was to buy the goods to re-sell at their straw market stalls, knowing them to be counterfeit. At the time these defendants were questioned by law enforcement, almost all provided the interviewing agents with receipts from their purchases of counterfeit goods in New York City, the complaint details. Several of the women, like Judy Duncombe, allegedly admitted to buying counterfeit goods in the city for their stall on more occasions. Judy Duncombe stated that she has been coming to New York City for this purpose approximately three to four times per year for the past three to four years, the last time being in April 2010, said the complaint. It is not clear if the women had legal representation at the time of their interviews by law enforcement officials. Roshanda Rolle, Marva Ferguson, Marvette Ferguson, Gayle Rolle, Patricia Hanna, Shamone Thompson, Margaret Pierre, Judy Duncombe and Tracy Davis were all charged in a US court with conspiring to defraud the US government on Monday, specifically trafficking in counterfeit goods and services. All of the women has now obtained or been appointed legal counsel and bar one, who has posted bail, are being held in a Manhattan remand centre. The next hearing of their case is expected to take place in October. Dr Patricia Rodgers, p ermanent secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, confirmed that a number of family members of the women had been seeking a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs BrentS ymonette in connection with the situation, but as of yesterday afternoon this meeting had not taken place as far as the official was aware. In a District Court in southern New York on Monday, US AssistantU nited States attorney Christopher Frey, the prosecutor for the US government in the case, suggested that the value of the alleged counterfeit goods had they been real would have been between $400,000 and $1 million. This loss range factors into t he severity of the sentence that the women would receive if convicted of the crimes, this newspaper understands. He spoke as the women were charged with Conspiracy to defraud the United States con trary to section 2320 of Title 18 of the United States Criminal C ode, or more specifically, trafficking in counterfeit goods and services. Trafficking relates to the transport or possession of an item or items for the purposes of commercial advantage or private financial gain. The charges came following a six-month-long investigation into the import and export of counterfeit luxury goods conducted by the United States Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE during which certain individuals from The Bahamas who w ere involved in the trafficking of such counterfeit goods between New York City and Nassau, Bahamas, were identi fied, it is alleged. The expectation now is that the women will be formally indicted within the next 20 to 30 days. U S Federal sentencing guidelines suggest that a prison sentence of 30 to 37 months may be appropriate for indi viduals found guilty of the offences with which the women are charged. A legal source in the United States said this sentencingr ange is only advisory for the Judge and therefore the sentence could be more or less heavy. The women have been charged together in a conspiracy but if they were to be dealt with individually, the sentences received may not be so heavy, said the source, suggesting this may yet happen. The women were not required to enter a plea when they appeared in court on Monday. According to Patricia Rodgers, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and legal sources in the US, the women and their families in Nassau were yesterday having trouble putting together the necessary bail ahead of any pending trial. Each woman was being asked to come up with a bail package which included a bond of $100,000 usually met by two financially responsible people and cash ranging from between $5,000 and $20,000 to secure bail. Such responsible persons who would be held accountable as co-signers if the woman in question skipped bail have to be interviewed in person before being accepted in that role, and it is not yet clear if they must have US residency. The amount of the bail packages and these other logistical issues are holding up any swift granting of bail for many of the women, The Tribune understands. According to documents, only one woman Roshanda Rolle had up to press time come up with the necessary bond requirements yesterday. She was then required by the court to surrender her travel documents and placed under strict pre-trial supervision. Ms Rolle will be placed under house arrest and electronically monitored. An agreed resi dence at the home of a Ms Barence was recorded. A preliminary hearing for her matter has been set for October 20. It was initially reported there were nine women arrested, but that from this group, two were not charged. However, Dr Rodgers yesterday suggested that in fact 11 women may have been arrested, with the two who were not charged bringing this to a total of nine charged. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Nassau said it is monitoring the situation. Management Male Empowerm ent Programme (LMMEP Mr Clarke said the demand for programmes such as LMMEP is triple the current capacity. The Ministry of Educations Safe Schools Protocol Manualf or Public Schools lists a uniform offence as a level one i nfraction, for which the recommended disciplinary action ranges from parental contact, detention, verbal warnings to in-school suspension. An out of school suspension should only be done for a serious infraction. Students take advantage of the suspension to get involved in other anti-social behaviour when they are out; hanging around malls and all the places they go to. There are times when there should be legitimate suspensions. When that occurs it is not just a matter of you get off the compound. There are agencies that must be informed where they could be sent to in a supervised fash ion, said Olly Mae Knowles, assistant deputy director of education. Suspension statistics are not readily available at the Ministry of Education. The Tribune was directed by Mrs Knowles to c ontact each of the fourteen district superintendents indi vidually for statistics. The Safe Schools Protocol Manual for Public Schools directs administrators to record all suspensions and forward the records to the District Superintendents on a quarterly basis for onward transmission to the office of the Director of Education. Patricia Collins, deputy direct or of education, said she is confident the protocols are followed in practice. The solution is not finding a place to send children, according to Mrs Knowles. She said schools have to be more proactive and discretionary in managing suspensions. The Ministry of Education manual gives them the protocols to do so, she said. She said there is a school principal who noticed students were purposefully coming to school without belts in order to attract a suspension. The principal purchased belts and made students rent them when they were without. Based on the way teachers teach more children can be reached. It will take some extra time, but if you get the youngster planning and he becomes a critical thinker, it will help, said Mrs Knowles. Teachers teach not subjects: teachers don't teach math, science, physical education; teach ers teach children; they teach PE to children. If you see yourself as teaching children you take on delivering the subject ina different way. It helps the child to see this is a teacher that r eally cares and they try to appease you by doing well as (best That is my personal philosophy, she said. allegations against some teachers, the former presidents handling of union funds and the staunch division among executive members that led to the vote of n o confidence for the entire former executive team. However, well after 9 oclock last night, officials were still at work tallying the scores that would confirm whether incumbent Belinda Wilson or her challenger Frances Friend would leadt he union on its road to recovery. One teacher, and first time voter, added: What I liked best about the campaign was the fact that the candidates came in to the schools and we were able to ask them ques tions and really find out whatt hey were all about. I dont really follow the ongoings of the union as much as I prob ably should because I feel its always second hand information, so to be able to talk with the candidates first hand was good. At June's annual meeting, m ore than 200 delegates supported a vote of no confi dence for the entire executive team. Despite the frustration displayed then by union mem bers over their inability to work together as a team, 13 of the 15 ousted executive members sought re-election yest erday, each confident they were the key to the unions cohesion moving forward and insistent that they would be able to work with whomever the union elected. Major issues campaigned concerned the pending negotiations for a collective bargaining agreement and the possibility of a group insurance plan for members. Additional key issues involved membership benefits, govern ance, professional development, and communication. One teacher said: I was listening out for campaigns which spoke to the needs of teachers in the family islands.I taught in the family islands for a number of years and I feel as though the teachers there are severely neglected. So anyone with a strategic plan as to how to improve conditions for family island teachers I would give thema chance. There were five polls in the capital, with family island teachers allowed to vote at administrators offices and post offices in the various set tlements. At the polls in New Providence, teachers echoed simi lar sentiments when asked what factors most influenced their vote. Those interviewed explained the new executive team must not only be transparent, trustworthy and pro fessional, but they must also give the appearance that these attributes are adhered to. One teacher said: There are only two candidates for president so its not that hard a decision one or the other. Im looking for someone who is trustworthy, someone that I can trust. Another teacher added: Character plays a big part. This is a professional organization professionalism plays a major part. FROM page one Vendors charged BRENTSYMONETTE: family members of the women had been seeking a meeting with the Deputy PM. Irregularities at teachers union polling stations FROM page one School suspensions FROM page one FROM page one How vendors were bagged
C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By GLADSTONE T HURSTON A workshop to review C ARICOMs regional policy for food and nutrition security opened on Monday at the Public Health Authority headquarters. This policy seeks to coordinate regional interventions b ased on national priorities t hrough 2025. I t is not meant to reduce n ational resolve to address i ssues related to food and n utrition security, Agriculture and Marine Resources Minister Larry Cartwrights aid. There is room to improve national coordination and awareness on food and nutrit ion security and to formalise the existing policy framework, he told workshop p articipants. A ccording to the World F ood Summit Plan of Action of 1996, Food security existsw hen all people, at all times, h ave physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food pref-e rences for an active and healthy life. It sets out four dimensions of food security availabili-t y, access, utilisation/nutri tional adequacy, and stability which are the basis oft he regional policy. Although most countries have access to adequate sup plies of food, Minister C artwright noted, the r egional challenge has been to address the problem ofi ncreasing demand for food w hile the regional agricul tural sector is faced with low production and productivi ty rates. The consequence has b een an increased reliance on imported food regionally, he said. In theB ahamas, food imports have increased from $310 million in 2004 to $430 million in 2008, an increase of nearly 40 per cent. The ministry, he said, is in the process of implementing a medium-term strategic plan to address some of the constraints faced in an efforts to increase agricultural production. Many of the strategies identified in the national strategy improving research capacity, investing in human resource development, modernising agricul tural health and food safety standards, and supporting f arming organisations are also identified in the regional policy, said Mr Cartwright. E nsuring access to food, he said, is an important component of the policy. T he Living Conditions S urvey of the Bahamas for 2 001, he said, estimated the n ational poverty level at just u nder 10 per cent. T he highest levels of poverty of one in five persons were observed in south eastern islands, he said. We know that the impact of the economic and finan cial crisis and the resultantl oss of jobs and significant i ncreases in food prices has probably increased the vuln erability of many commun ities and households by r educing their access to food. We have all been aware, through appeals from civica nd non-governmental organisations of the need to expand food and other assistance programmes. The government has also increased funding for safety net programmes that prov ide food and clothing to v ulnerable groups, Minister Cartwright said. There is also a proposal in t he regional policy framework to identify and map vulnerable groups. Dietary changes, he said, h ave shifted consumption p atterns toward a higher energy density diet with a greater intake of fat anda dded sugars. Combined with a seden tary lifestyle, the result has been an increase in chronicn on-communicable diseases ( CNCDs), he said. The regional policy looks at specific initiatives to reduce CNCDs and iron deficiency. Some of the interventions proposed in the regional plan are already being imple mented at the national level. The stability of the food s upplies is impacted by econ omic, financial and natural events, including climate change, he noted. Addressing food and nutrition issues will require a multi-disciplinary and coordinated approach between the public and private sectors and non-governmental organisations, said Mr Cartwright. He acknowledged the financial support of the Food and Agriculture Organisation to the workshop and the assistance of the Public Hospital Authority. Bahamas reviews CARICOM food policy MINISTERS ADDRESS: Agriculture and Marine Resources Minis ter Larry Cartwright delivers the opening address at Mondays review of the CARICOM food and nutrition policy. AGRICULTURE AND MARINE RESOURCES Minister Larry Cartwright is pictured with some of the participants at Mondays review of CARICOMs food and nutrition policy. Pictured from left (seated): Ann Rolle (Ministry of Health), Dr Keith Campbell (Bahamas Agriculture and Producers Association), Mr Cartwright, Brickell Pinder (Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Resources maleta Burns (Department of Healthstanding Miller (Under Secretary), Michael Stubbs (Department of Meteorology), Ashley Lepine (Hands for Hunger), Cresswell Sturrup (Permanent Secretary (Hands for Hunger), Hamilton Newbold (Ministry of Education), and Simeon Pinder (Director of Agriculture). students at C I Gibson Junior High School which followed just three days later, spiked concerns by parents, teachers and members of the community on whether police should be reintroduced as a permanent presence on school campuses. The GHS student was taken to hospital by ambulance, his condition was still unknown up to press time. STUDENT STABBED IN BACK AFTER ARGUMENT FROM page one
C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB email@example.com WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $4.38 $4.37 $4.42 BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 [L earn more at royaldelity.com] By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor IT goes without saying that the Bahamas has beenl ax in protecting copyrighted works, private sector officials told Tribune Business yesterd ay, the charges levied against the nine Bahamian straw vendors arrested in New York the latest episode to suggestt his nation is not serious in enforcing its intellectual property rights (IPR B oth Khaalis Rolle, the Bahamas Chamber of Com merces president, and the o rganisations executive direct or, Winston Rolle, said this nation needed to become increasingly aware of copy P hoto: Tim Clarke/ T ribune staff T OURISMDRAW: T he Straw Market. Nine straw vendors have been arrested in New York. COPYRIGHT PROTECTIONS STRAW BASE Arrests and charges levied against straw vendors latest episode to suggest Bahamas not serious in enforcing its intellectual property rights obligations* WTO and trade agreements set to change that, private sector warns* Chamber executive fears Bahamas will wait until last minute to move on copyright, and ur ges local businesses and ar tists to protect themselves Education key he says, to understand why IPR necessar y to protect existing revenues and pr ofits SEE page 4B * J J o o i i n n t t B B T T V V I I / / B B C C A A p p r r o o p p o o s s a a l l a a i i m m i i n n g g t t o o t t r r a a i i n n 1 1 , 0 0 0 0 0 0 t t r r a a d d e e s s m m e e n n a a n n d d 5 5 0 0 0 0 c c o o n n t t r r a a c c t t o o r r s s t t o o p p a a r r t t i i c c i i p p a a t t e e i i n n B B a a h h a a M M a a r r o o v v e e r r 1 1 8 8 m m o o n n t t h h p p e e r r i i o o d d * C C o o n n t t r r a a c c t t o o r r p p r r e e s s i i d d e e n n t t s s a a y y s s f f o o r r e e i i g g n n d d e e v v e e l l o o p p e e r r a a g g r r e e e e m m e e n n t t s s l l a a c c k k e e d d c c l l a a u u s s e e s s m m a a n n d d a a t t i i n n g g f f i i n n a a n n c c i i n n g g o o f f t t r r a a i i n n i i n n g g p p r r o o g g r r a a m m m m e e s s By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The joint venture training programme designed to maximise Bahamian construction industry participa tion in the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project is intended to be a template for all future major foreign direct investment (FDI jects, with $1.8 million currently being sought over 18 months to help train 1,000 tradesmen and 500 contrac tors. Stephen Wrinkle, the Bahamian Contractors Associations (BCA told Tribune Business yesterday that the organisation was still awaiting a response from Prime Minister Hubert Ingra ham and the Government to the training proposal that it submitted jointly with the Bahamas Technical and $1.8m template for constructions FDI involvement SEE page 4B * H H a a r r r r a a h h s s s s a a y y s s e e n n o o r r m m o o u u s s s s c c o o p p e e o o f f C C a a b b l l e e B B e e a a c c h h d d e e v v e e l l o o p p e e r r s s $ $ 2 2 8 8 9 9 m m d d a a m m a a g g e e s s c c l l a a i i m m r r e e s s u u l l t t e e d d i i n n i i t t s s $ $ 1 1 2 2 m m l l e e g g a a l l b b i i l l l l , w w h h i i c c h h B B a a h h a a M M a a r r m m u u s s t t n n o o w w p p a a y y * G G a a m m i i n n g g g g i i a a n n t t s s a a y y s s i i t t o o n n l l y y e e m m p p l l o o y y e e d d m m o o r r e e a a t t t t o o r r n n e e y y s s t t h h a a n n B B a a h h a a M M a a r r d d u u r r i i n n g g t t h h r r e e e e o o f f 2 2 0 0 m m o o n n t t h h s s l l i i t t i i g g a a t t i i o o n n l l a a s s t t e e d d * S S c c o o t t i i a a b b a a n n k k a a n n d d B B a a h h a a M M a a r r s s t t i i l l l l f f i i g g h h t t i i n n g g t t o o c c o o m m e e t t o o l l o o a a n n r r e e s s o o l l u u t t i i o o n n By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Baha Mars decision to expand legal action against Harrahs Entertainment into high stakes litigation with enormous scope via a $289 million damages claim resulted in the collective $25 million legal costs incurred, its former partner in the $2.6 billion Cable Beach redevelopment alleging it employed fewer attorneys in 17 out of the 20 months they were before the courts. Responding to Baha Mars attempt to throw out an independent referees report rec Baha Mars high stakes caused $25m legal bill SEE page 4B Stephen Wrinkle By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T ourism can be the driv ing force to pull the Bahamas out of recessions m urky depths, the Ministry of Tourism has argued, after 2010 second quarter and halfyear arrivals increased by 12.3 per cent and 10.7 per cent r espectively year-over-year, with creative marketing and s trong partnerships needed to m aintain the momentum. The Ministry, in its market update for the period, said 2010 first half air arrivals were a head of 2009 comparatives b y 3 per cent, with sea arrivals u p by 13.8 per cent. Out of murky depths with 12.3% growth in arrivals SEE page 2B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The liquidator for a former Bahamas-based broker/dealer that collapsed due to a $25 million trading hole is aiming to finalise all outstanding matters before the end of 2010, with some $9.134 million still to be returned to some 80 fiduciary clients. Anthony Kikivarakis, the Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas a ccountant and partner, said he had continued to act as t he court-supervised liquidator for Caledonia Corporate Management despite being instructed by the Supreme C ourts deputy registrar, Ernie Wallace, to stop working until a new judge was appointed to oversee the case and approve p ayment of fees owing to him. Tribune Business understands that a hearing has been scheduled before Justice Stephen Isaacs for next week, during which Mr Kikivarakis will seek an order allowing him tor etain a further 2.5 per cent of client assets roughly $1.675 million to meet the liquidations costs. Alleging that, with Caledonia insolvent, there was just a b alance of $40,000-$50,000 remaining in the clients security account to finance his work, the initial 2 per cent of client assets paid in virtually exhausted, Mr Kikivarakis said he had already foreshadowed my application to the court for ani ncrease of the 2 per cent to 4.5 per cent. T he 2.5 per cent difference will come from a further 8 per Year-end target for $25 million wind-up close n Some 80 Caledonia clients awaiting return of $9.134m n Liquidator still seeking court order to approve increase in client assets retained from 2% to 4.5% SEE page 3B By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org The Governments decision to graduate companies from the Industries Encouragement Act and pay 10 per cent import duties has prompted one firm to increase prices by 3 per cent, with another in a fight to keep market share up against cheaper imported goods. A sign inside Blanco Bleach, observed by a Tribune staffer, said that in response to the Governments 2010-2011 Budget move, the company had increased the price of its bleach and other products by 3 per cent. No one at Blanco could be con tacted for comment. Bapak owner, Glen Rogers, Duty ends price rises SEE page 2B
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Drawing encouragement from the 3.2 per cent growth in 2010 second quarter stopover arrivals from the US, most of that growth coming in June, the Ministry of Tourism said the air visi tor increase took place at a greater pace in the three months to e nd-June, as opposed to the first quarter. This was despite US economic growth slowing in the 2010 second quarter. As for Canada, stopover arrivals to the Bahamas from that market increased by 22 per cent during the 2010 second quarter, most of that growth again coming later in the period during May and June. The percentage of stopover arrivals from Canada grew m ore in the second quarter 2010 than in the first quarter, despite the fact that the Canadian economy had slowed somewhat in the second quarter, the Ministry of Tourism said. The only market where 2010 second quarter air arrivals was down was Europe, which dropped by 5 per cent year-over-y ear. The increase in air arrivals to the destination in the first and s econd quarters of 2010 was due to a number of important factors such as the strengthening of the US economy, the strengthening of the Canadian economy, Spring-Break season, and the joint promotional efforts of the Bahamas Ministryo f Tourism, the Promotion Boards and the private sector, the Ministry of Tourism said. In 2010, the islands of the Bahamas, in conjunction with the private sector, launched a new campaign called Free Companion Air Fare. This campaign allowed visitors to the Bahamas to save big on flying into the destination and proved t o be very successful in generating interest in the islands. The F ree Companion Air Fare, which ran for most of the months in t he first half of 2010, greatly encouraged visitors to come to the destination. B reaking down the data by destination, the Ministry of Tourism said stopover arrivals to Nassau/Paradise Island were up by 8 per cent in the 2010 first quarter, and 3 per cent for thet hree months to end-June 2010. M eanwhile, Grand Bahama enjoyed something of a turnaround, reversing a 19.6 per cent fall in 2010 first quarter stopover arrivals with a 10 per cent increase in the second quarter. The dramatic upward shift in stopover arrivals to Grand Bahama came as a result of strategic repositioning of incoming resourcesm namely the re-routing of the BahamasC elebration from Nassau/Paradise Island to that island, the Ministry of Tourism said. The introduction of the Bahamas Celebration to the Grand Bahama itinerary on March 16, 2010, greatly influenced the increase in the stopover arrivals to the island in the second quarter 2010. Both the Discovery and the Bahamas Celebration b rought in a sizeable amount of stopover visitors to the island. A nd the Ministry of Tourism added: It is obvious that tourism can be the driving force to pull the Bahamas out of the current deep recession. The ingredients to success include cre-a tive marketing strategies, strong partnerships between the public sector (Ministry of Tourism (Promotion Boards, hoteliers, Development Boards recovering economies. The Bahamas has been through many recessions along with the rest of the world, and on each occasion, tourism has b een the driving force to pull the islands out of their murky d epths. Out of murky depths with 12.3% growth in arrivals FROM page 1B said yesterday that factors of product ion costs are mounting, and the now a bsent Industries Encouragement Act incentives have left it fighting to compete. The company manufactures packa ging and bottling supplies as well as water It has a negative effect on business, s aid Mr Rogers. Its very difficult with t he imports. It (Industries Encouragement Act) made it a little easier because we didnt have to pay duty on our raw materials, so it gave us more spread to lower prices and still make a profit. Now, he said, the changes have impact e d industriy negatively, as profits tank with increased costs. Mr Rogers told Tribune Business when the increases were announced that B apaks operating costs could increase by $200,000 per year under the new 10 per c ent duty rate, and that the companys p ricing structure could take a hit as the new tariff is implemented. He added that the cost of electricity in the Bahamas was also a major hindrance to industry, as those businesses pay the same rates as residential customers and t hree times that of competing manufact urers in the US. Mr Rogers lamented that the costs of manufacturing are so low, and the scale so big, in the US, thati s it almost impossible to compete with imports without special industrial concessions or industry incentives. Were competing with mainly imports f rom the US, he said. How many million people in Florida? When you tool up to make a certain product for a market, t he more you put out, the less each piece costs. Its expensive for us to buy equipment like they have in Florida, and all of t his hasnt been taken into consideration. They (Florida manufacturers m achines producing one million bottles of water per day. Here we can produce only 2,000 per hour. The Government needed to get mone y from somewhere and this (imports the area to get it from. Mr Rogers said water from the US can overrun the Bahamian market because the size of their production lowers the cost per bottle. Bapak produces only4 8,000 bottles per day a 95 per cent production disparity. Marketing officer for Aquapure, Ryan Knowles, told Tribune Business that the tariff changes have had a nominal effect on business this summer. However, he s aid the summer busy season might not s how the true loss that could be felt in the next few month when business slows. Mr Rogers said the Government has to f ocus on manufacturing in order to help the sector survive. Until they get serious about manufacturing, nothing is goingt o happen, he said. F ROM page 1B Duty ends price rises By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT The new trucking policy implemented on Monday by Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC misunderstood by some truckers whof eared the company was attempting to impose a monopoly. Last week, several independent truckers and members of the opposition expressed concern over a notice sent by MSC to merchants, shipping agents and brokers in Freeport. PLP MPs Fred Mitchell and Alfred Sears claimed that the notice issued by MSC sought to control them ovement of containers at the port, and increase delivery charges from $120 to $295. They believed it was an attempt by the company to monopolise container movements in and out of the Freeport Container Port by giving exclusive rights to one trucking service. The new policy was expected to take effect on Monday. Kevin Bethel, of Bethels Trucking Company, said the notice he received from MSC only stated that there would be an increase in the Freeport destination charge, and it was going to include trucking. It did not say it was going to have exclusive rights, it did not say you could not pull a trailer. I dont know if they got a different letter than I got, he said. Mr Bethel said a lot of the truckers went off rumours and speculations instead of going directly to MSC. I did the sensible thing, which I thought they should have done, too, but they decided to make noise without going to the horses month, he said. When I got the email I went in and talked with the general manager (at MSC m e. What he explained had nothing to do what these guys making noise about. As far as I know they did not go and sit down and talk with MSC. They went on what rumours were out there: that (MSC was giving one trucking company all the business and that is not the case, because I have not been stopped and they are using me. G eorge Williams, of Freeport Transfer Company, thinks that independent truckers misunderstood the policy. MSC has been experiencing a lot of damage to their containers and they are trying to limit the amount of people that can truck their containers, he told The Tribune. There are a number of independent driversand they are doing a lot of d amage to the containers. The port is open to everybody and MSC is trying to regulate and limit the amount of people that can truck their containers. Mr Williams said MSC is not allowing just one company to move their containers. As far as I know, there are about five or six companies and certain individual truckers that can truck for their customers, he s aid. The Tribune attempted to contact MSCs office in Freeport, but its phone number was constantly busy. When we tried again after 5pm, an automated voice recording came on. Forrester Carroll, owner of Expert Customs Brokers, said MSC cannot dictate who will deliver the containers from the docks to clients premises. MSC cannot legally make this decision without the written or verbal agreement of each and every one of their clients affected individually, said Mr Carroll. A ccording to Mr Carroll, the terms of MSCs carriage contract for the cargo is dock to dock, which means that that the limited contract entered into with their clients only allows MSC to bring clients cargo from the docks at the port of origins to the dock here in Freeport or Nassau. The movement from the docks here in the Bahamas is another contract which t heir clients chose to give to one or other of the truckers, not MSC, Mr Carroll said. MSC can stipulate terms and conditions on truckers when handling their containers from the docks to the clients premises. This is a decision that only the client can make. The legal aspect was not dealt with in the statement. MPs Fred Mitchell and Alfred Sears said t he huge increase in delivery costs will have to be passed on to the consumers, further driving up the cost of doing business in Freeport and in Grand Bahama. Even if this huge increase could be justified, what it means is that the customer will no longer be able to choose who will move their goods out of the Container Port. MSC will have the exclusive right to choose w ho will move those goods and set the price. We are advised that MSC already discriminates against various truckers on the basis of personal considerations. MSC proposes to give only one trucking service the exclusive right to move those containers at a price which they will set. This is wrong and should not be allowed to stand, they said. 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Vocational Institute (BTVI s ome three to four weeks ago. He added, though, that it a ttempted to address somet hing lacking in previous a greements made between the Government and major f oreign investors, namely the a bsence of any financial contribution by the developer to training Bahamian contractors and tradesmen to partic ipate in the projects cons truction. When were talking about concessions and negotiations,t his should be a natural course o f events, which up till now has not been the case, Mr Wrinkle told Tribune Business. Were pleased to have had an opportunity to present ap roposal that could hopefully b e a part of Baha Mar and any subsequent agreement w ith foreign direct investment o perators. One of the things weve found lacking was that there was no specified or mandatory funding require-m ent in any of the foreign direct investment agreements or Heads of Agreement. Wonderful Baha Mar represents a w onderful opportunity for the BCA and stakeholders to propose a project that could be used repetitively. We antici-p ate that it could be used as a template for future foreign direct investment projects. Mr Wrinkle again urged the G overnment to move forward w ith the passage of the Contractors Bill, as it would prov ide the foundation for licens ing and certifying all Bahami an contractors, and ensure they operated to globallyrecognised standards. H e described the Contrac tors Bill as a tremendous asset for the BCAs ini t iative, the project to ensure as many Bahamian workers and contractors participated in the potential Baha Mar construction as possible. Weve laid out a training programme for review, andw e have requested funding for it within the scope of the approvals process the Government approvals process for Baha Mar, Mr Wrinkle t old Tribune Business. We prepared a position p aper on it, submitted it to government and all the rele vant stakeholders, and put together a joint proposal from ourselves and BTVI to initiate s everal training programmes to prepare the maximum number of Bahamians to participate in the project. The BCA president added that while the training initiatives scope was initially confined to Nassau, if it was extended to the FamilyI slands the costs were set to i ncrease. We know we cant do the training without some fund ing, Mr Wrinkle added. Thep roposal we laid out was at a b are minimum $1.8 million over 18 months. That was pri marily based on everythingh appening in Nassau. If we e xtended it to include the F amily Islands, that number would grow. Its just a ques tion of how much funding would be available. The way the proposal is c urrently structured, we were targeting 1,000 tradesmen and 500 contractors. On the contractor front, Mr Wrinkle said the training e ffort was chiefly geared t owards the small building contractor with a labour crew of three to five individ uals. The goal was to get these contractors Trade or Divi sion certified, he explained, getting them specialised in a particular construction field. This, Mr Wrinkle said, would make them more attractive to foreign developers and contractors/project managers, as tenders issued for major FDI projects were broken down by trade. While waiting to see whether Baha Mar went ahead, Mr Wrinkle said the BCA and BTVI were still moving forward with plans for their education initiative, so that they would be in a go position and able to initi ate programmes immediately. Were trying to fine tune everything and get ducks in a row, so that when they pull the trigger, were ready to go, Mr Wrinkle told Tribune Business. 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We are about to sign on to these agreements, and the complaint has been levelled before that were not serious in enforcing intellectual property rights obligations. H e described the alleged incident involvi ng the nine Bahamian straw vendors as symptomatic and just the beginning of the adjustments this country would have to make in respecting and enforcing intellectual property rights, adding: Thats the way the world is moving. W hen asked by Tribune Business whether the Bahamas had a poor track record on intellectual property rights enforcement, Winston Rolle replied: Absolutely. Evidence to support this assertion comes from the street corners inhabited by sellers of knock-off DVDs and CDs; the Bahamas previous regular appearance on the US Trade Representatives Special 301 reports and other copyright-related reports; and, yes, the Straw Market, where for many vendors the sale of counterfeit designer labels, handbags, wallets and j ewellery to tourists has become their principal source of revenues and profit. Given the regular trips many vendors allegedly make to M iami and New York to stock up on these counterfeit items, it i s surprising that none have been caught like this before. The nine arrests, and subsequent charges, are likely to have something of a chilling effect on Bahamian straw vendors travelling to the US to source knock-off and counterfeit items. It has long been thought that the Bahamian authorities are reluctant to tackle sellers of counterfeit goods, fearing accusa-t ions that they are preventing people from making a living, especially during a recession. Counterfeit However, among the negative consequences of counterfeit goods sales are the loss of tax revenue by the Government and associated public sector entities; the impact on legitimate businesses, such as movie theatres and music stores; and the factt hat the revenues from such sales have been used to finance organised crime and, even, terrorism. Winston Rolle told Tribune Business that the private sector needed to recognise just how important intellectual property rights, and their enforcement, were to their future conduct of business both in the Bahamas and internationally. Thats one of the things we need to be very mindful of, b ecause all businesses in the Bahamas need to look at not just how they conduct business locally, but internationally with global businesses, he explained. T he perception of lax intellectual property rights enforcement i n the Bahamas might impact the export of goods and services by Bahamian companies, the Chambers acting executive direc tor added. If the Bahamas signs on to a number of these trade agreements, its going to level the playing field, Winston Rolle said. Persons are going to have parameters in which to conductb usiness, and if theyre conducting business outside those parameters, theyre going to have to give that consideration. I know for a fact that when we sign on to these agreements there are certain regimes you have to put in place for moni t oring and enforcing these things. For the private sector, the major [issues] are going to be related to software development and software usage. Some of these things we have to t ake care of. While intellectual property rights enforcement would not require a major cultural change, Winston Rolle expressed con-c ern that the Bahamas would, typically, leave reform to the last minute. I think that whats going to happen, in typical fashion, is that w ere going to wait for the last minute as opposed to being proactive and saying, as we go into the New Year: In light of things pending to take place, what do we need to do, given what will happen in the future, Winston Rolle said. T he Chamber executive said educating the private sector on copyright and how it affected them was critical, adding: Even before we get to enforcement, we need to get to edu-c ation. We need to understand whats at stake, and only when we do that will we have appreciation of the need to protect rev enue and profit streams that currently exist. An IT specialist, Winston Rolle told Tribune Business that an ongoing concern for software developers such as Microsoft was whether companies were obtaining the necessary licences permitting them to use these products. While the majority of companies obtained these licences, others did not, and Winston Rolle said: One of the things that we have to get to grips with is that companies have estab lished operations based on doing it in an incorrect way, so when the time comes to doing it the correct way, they will see additional costs they have not factored into the business planning process. It also means that local software developers, or even Bahamian musicians, must properly register their intellectual property before someone else gets the idea and steals from you. It deals with how we conduct business with the interna tional community from an acquisition perspective, but also means we have to be concerned with protecting what we have. Copyright protections straw base FROM page 1B KHAALIS ROLLE $1.8 million template for constructions FDI involvement FROM page 1B ommending that it pay Harrahs, and its Caesars Bahamas Investment Corporation vehicle, $12.174 million to cover the latters legal costs, the gaming giant alleged before the New York State Supreme Court that its fees were reasonable in comparison to those paid by its former partner. This case was initiated as a relatively simple contract action involving a fourpage declaratory judgment complaint by Caesars Bahamas, Harrahs alleged in its motion. In response, Baha Mar served a 211-page paragraph answer containing six counterclaims and third-party claims. Among Baha Mars claims were causes of action for fraud and tort, and a request for specific performance of a $2.6 billion casino and resort project in the Bahamas. Baha Mars expert eventually alleged economic damages of at least $289 million. Drawing on the referees finding that it was required to spend enormous amounts of time responsively in relation to Baha Mars documents and witness testimony requests, Harrahs alleged: The enormous scope and high stakes of this litigation are independently demonstrated by the $12.6 million in legal fees and litigation costs incurred by Baha Mar. These fees and costs, which the special referee noted were undisputed, are higher than the $12.2 million in fees and costs b eing claimed by Caesars Bahamas. In response to Baha Mars unsupported assertion that Caesars Bahamas legal staffing levels were unnecessary, Caesars Bahamas introduced into evidence a chart comparing staffing levels of Baha Mars counsel and Caesars Bahamas. In all but three of the 20 months covered by the fee application, Baha Mars counsel employed t he same or higher numbers of staff than Caesars Bahamas counsel. The chart, which was attached to the Harrahs motion, showed that at the litigation peak in summer 2008, Baha Mars attorneys, Davis, Polk & Wardell, employed a maximum of 66 attorneys on the case in June 2008. Harrahs legal representatives, Latham & Watkins, hit their p eak in July 2008, with 59 attorneys. Harrahs said the special referee had also rejected Baha Mars objections to specific entries in its legal billing. Among the work the Cable Beach developer had identified as unnecessary was a motion to de-designate documents that Caesars Bahamas had allegedly compromised. In response, Harrahs said that after two c ourt hearings it withdrew its opposition to this Baha Mar motion, something that reduced legal fees for both sides. Moreover, Caesars Bahamas change in position came not as a result of gamesm anship, but after this court granted Caesars Bahamas a preliminary injunction prohibiting Baha Mar from filing a separate fraud action against Caesars Bahamas corporate parents in the Bahamas, Harrahs alleged. Baha Mar had sought the de-designation of testimony expressly to use in this separate fraud action. Thus, when Baha Mar was foreclosed from filing suit, Caesars B ahamas concerns about the use of deposition testimony was made moot, and it withdrew its opposition. Caesars Bahamas also withdrew an amended complaint against Baha Mar on the grounds that it would further escalate the dispute and potentially delay the ultimate resolution of the issues, leading to greater costs. F or its part, Baha Mar is alleging that there is insufficient evidence to support Caesars Bahamas claim that it is owed $12 million in legal fees. The Cable Beach developer, which is still working furiously to consummate its partnership with two Chinese state-owned entities so that the $2.6 billion project can proceed, alleged that the special referee h ad placed undue weight on its legal costs to help determine those of Caesars Bahamas. Baha Mars high stakes caused $25m legal bill FROM page 1B
EDITH M. LEDERER, Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS Iran's president on Tuesday predicted the defeat of capitalism and blamed global big business for the suffering of millions, but Germany's chancellor said market economies were key to lifting the world's least developed countries out of poverty, according to AssociatedPress The clash of visions at the U.N. anti-poverty summit drew a line under the stark differences on easing the misery of the one billion people living on less than $1.25 a day. More than 140 presidents, prime ministers and kings are attending the three-day summit which started Monday to assess and spur on achievement of U.N. targets set by world leaders in 2000. The plan called for an intensive global campaign to ease poverty, diseaseand inequalities between rich and poor by 2015. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, however, never mentioned the Millennium Development Goals in his speech to the 192-member General Assembly. Instead, he took aim at capitalism and called for the overhaul of "undemocratic and unjust" global decision-making bodies, which are dominatedby the United States and other Western powers. While Ahmadinejad didn't single out any country, he said world leaders, thinkers and global reform-ers should "spare no effort" to make practical plans for a new world order reform of international economic and political institutions. "It is my firm belief that in the new millennium, we need to revert to the divine mindset...based on the justice-seek-i ng nature of mankind, and on the monotheistic world view...," the Iranian leader said in a brief speech intertwining philosophyand religion with the current state of the world. "Now that the discriminatory order of cap italism and the hegemonic approaches are facing defeat." A hmadinejad proposed that the United Nations name the coming 10 years "the decade for the joint global governance." Soon afterward, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the world's fourth-largest economic power, took an opposite tack, likely speaking for the rest of the capitalist world. Stressing that "the primary responsibility for development lies with the governments of the developing countries," she said the key to economic pros perity was good governance and a flourishing capitalist economy. "The countries themselves must promote the development of a market economy...for without self-sustaining economic growth developing countries will find the road out of poverty and hunger too steep to travel," Merkel said. The German leader said international assistance can't substitute for domestic resources, warned that "development aid cannot continue indefinitely" and declared that "support for good governance is as important as aid itself." U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said the world is "on track" to cut extreme poverty by half, the No. 1 goal, though some critics say it's mainly because of the big strides in China and India. Many recent reports show that the world's poorest countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, have made little progress in eradicating poverty. And in Africa, Asia and Latin America there also has been a lack of progress in meeting other key goals: reducing mother and child deaths, increasing the number of peo ple with access to basic sanita tion, and promoting women's e quality. Ban is expected to launch a new initiative Wednesday to spur action on improving the lot of women and children. In his speech, Ahmadinejad did not mention Iran's nuclear program or the four rounds of U.N. Security Council sanctions over Tehran's refusal to prove it is not trying to build a nuclear weapon. Iran claims it is only working on nuclear power to generate electricity. The subject may be raised again Thursday when the Gen eral Assembly's annual ministerial meeting begins. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov raised the sanc tions issue in his speech, saying U.N. sanctions were not intended to harm ordinary civilians. He voiced "serious concern" at additional sanctions imposed by individual countries. The criticism appeared aimed at the United States, the European Union, Australia, Canada, Japan and South Korea, all of whom have imposed their own much tougher sanctions on Tehran. "We are convinced that such practice contradicts the efforts to achieve the MDGs and must be brought to an end," Lavrov said, using the initials of the Millennium Development Goals. To counter these threats, Lavrov said Russia was ready to help with information and communication technology "to bridge the gap between the developed and developing countries and as a result to promote global development." President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, one of the world's poorest nations that has made progress because of the goals, said Africa "still has far to go" but if efforts are intensified "we will, ultimately, achieve them." "My message is this: As we renew our resolve in 2010, we must recognize the need for inclusive economic growth. We need rapid, stable, and sustained growth that creates jobs, especially for youth and in sectors that benefit the poor, and expands opportunities for women," she said. Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said until a few years ago his country was on track to achieve a number of the MDGs, but the fight against terrorism and the recent unprecedented flooding "have changed almost everything." C M Y K C M Y K I NTERNATIONAL BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ATLANTIC MEDICAL INSURANCE CO.LTD. 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Premiums have not been controlled by cutting benefits and coverage for catastrophic illnesses Premium increases have on average been lower than the market rate Ahmadinejad blames capitalism for poverty (AP Photo/Aaron Jackson SPEAKINGOUT: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at a summit on the Millennium Development Goals at United Nations headquarters on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010. P ROTEST: A yton Eller, right, of Brooklyn, holds an Israeli flag in front of the United Nations to protest Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejads visit. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A look at economic developments and activi ty in major stock markets around the world Tuesday: ___ DUBLIN Ireland sold euro1.5 billion ($2 billion) in government bonds in a closely watched test of whether international investors would keep buying Irish treasuries despite the country's deficit, the biggest in debt-burdened Europe. Analysts called the auction a success, noting it attracted bids 5.1 times the amount of bonds on offer. Together with solid bond auctions in Spain and Greece, the sale offered markets reassurance for the moment that Ireland and other indebted countries were getting some relief from short-term market pressures. But analysts cautioned that Ireland had to pay higher-than-expected interest rates compared to previous bond auctions, reflecting investors' fear of an eventual Irish default. And the higher rates could be an additional financial burden in coming years. Shares in Europe dipped. The FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed down 0.5 percent, Germany's DAX fell 0.3 percent andthe CAC-40 in France ended 0.1 percent lower. ___ TOKYO Asian trading was mixed. Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average surrendered early gains to close down 0.3 percent as the country returned from a Monday holiday. Hong Kong's Hang Seng rose 0.1 percent, the Shanghai Composite Index inched up 0.1 percent and Australia's S&P/ASX 200 dropped 0.3 percent. ___ MILAN Unicredit CEO Alessandro Profumo was battling for his job after losing support from a key shareholder, in what some say is turning into a political battle for control of Italy's largest bank. Profumo was seen leaving the bank's Milan headquarters ahead of an emergency board meeting in the evening, and analysts say he may announce his resignation. "The bank is officially denying reports of a resignation," spokeswoman Paola Di Raimondo said before the meeting was set to begin. A Unicredit Group foundation, which counts members of the right-wing Northern League party on the board, have expressed reservations about Libya's growing role as a shareholder, bringing what has been for weeks a media-fueled confrontation to a boardroom showdown. __ LONDON Britain's public sector borrowing soared to 15.9 billion pounds ($24.7 billion) in August, a record for the month and well above analysts' estimates. ___ ATHENS, Greece About 2,500 protesting truck drivers, carrying Greek flags and shouting "shame" and "thieves," marched to parliament on the ninth day of demonstrations against planned labor market reforms. The new rules will eventually affect a number of other professional groups, including pharmacists and civil engineers. Greece has promised to reform its labor mark et as part of austerity measures agreed in return for euro110 billion ($144 billion cue loans from European countries and the International Monetary Fund. ___ VATICAN CITY Italian authorities seized euro23 million ($30.18 million Vatican bank account and said they have begun investigating top officials of the Vatican bank in connection with a money laundering probe. The Vatican said it was "perplexed and surprised" by the investigation. Italian financial police seized the money as a precaution and prosecutors placed the Vatican bank's director general and its chairman under investigation for alleged mistakes linked to violations of Italy's anti-laundering laws, news reports said. ___ KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Malaysia has set an ambitious target of luring $444 billion of investments over the next decade to become a developed nation by 2020, but some analysts warned the plans are unrealistic and may be hampered by a long-standing affirmative action policy that favors the ethnic Malay majority. ___ AMSTERDAM The Netherlands' queen and the outgoing prime minister presented an austere annual budget that cuts spending on health care, immigrants, and government workers a foretaste of more far-reaching cuts likely to come under the conservative Cabinet now being formed. ___ SINGAPORE Global airlines have rebounded faster than expected from the recession after losing nearly $26 billion over 2008 and 2009, the industry association said, raising its profit forecast for this year. ___ KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Malaysia is studying the possibility of letting its currency trade freely overseas, officials said while play ing down the prospect of immediate changes. N EW YORK Oil prices fell on Tuesday as traders worried whether demand for energy products will strengthen as the U.S. economy continues to strug gle, a ccording to Associated Press B enchmark oil lost $1.34 to settle at $73.52 a barrel on the last trading day for the Octo ber contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Many traders moved to the November contract, where the price fell $1.22 to settle at $74.97 a barrel. Analysts said oil traders were more concerned with selling futures contracts before they expired than Tuesday's Federal Reserve meeting. While Fed policymakers said they were pre pared to provide additional support for the economy, they did not announce any specific stimulus programs. "I think the market was really just under pressure all day because today is the October crude contract expi ration," said Tom Bentz, ana lyst at BNP Paribas Commodity Futures in New York. "I don't really see the connection to the Fed's statement." Although the Federal Reserve's actions are important, the record oversupply of oil and gas is "really starting to weigh on people's minds," said Michael Lynch, president of energy consulting firm Strategic Energy & Economic Research in Winchester, Massachusetts. The Energy Department will release its latest inventory data on Wednesday. They are expected to show crude oil stocks down 1.5 million bar rels and gasoline stocks unchanged for the week end ing Sept. 17, according to ana lysts surveyed by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos. In other Nymex trading in October energy contracts, heating oil fell 1.95 cents to settle at $2.1199 a gallon, gasoline lost 3 cents to settle at $1.9196 a gallon and natur al gas gained 9.7 cents to settle at $3.919 per 1,000 cubic feet. In London, Brent crude fell 94 cents to settle at $78.42a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. STEPHEN BERNARD, AP Business Writer NEW YORK S tocks and bonds rose T uesday after the Federal Reserve said it was ready to provide more help to the economy if necessary. The Fed didn't announce new purchases of government d ebt or other specific measures to help the economy now, but it did leave the door open to such steps in the future, as investors were hoping. The central bank said that i nflation remains below lev els that indicate a healthy economy, and that it was ready to act to provide "addi tional accomodation" to sup p ort the recovery, if needed. T hat could mean more purchases of Treasury bonds or other debt, which would keep interest rates low. Stocks had been trading lower ahead of the Fed's announcement but turned higher in afternoon trading shortly after the centralb ank's statement was released. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 44.50 points, or0 .4 percent, to 10,798.12 in late afternoon trading. It was trading slightly lower for most o f the day before the Fed's announcement came out. Broader indexes had more modest advances. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 1.27, or 0.1 percent, to1 ,143.98, while the Nasdaq c omposite rose 1.97, or 0.1 p ercent, to 2,357.80. The gains extended a threew eek rally that has defied expectations that stocks would slump in September,w hich is historically a weak m onth for stocks. The Dow i s up 7.9 percent so far this month, and broader indexes a re up even more. The S&P is up 9.1 percent, the Nasdaq 11.6 percent. Treasurys rose after the Fed's announcement, sending interest rates lower. T he yield on the 10-year T reasury note fell sharply to 2 .60 percent from 2.70 percent the day before. Its price jumped 90.6 cents to $100.18. The yield is a common b enchmark for setting interest rates on corporate debt and mortgages. n SEE STORYONPAGE 7 GLOBAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS T HE ASSOCIATED PRESS Stocks climb as the Fed leaves door open for stimulus K EEPINGFOCUS: I n this photograph taken Sept. 20, 2010, trader Gregg Maloney looks at his s creens while working on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. D a v i d G o l d m a n / A P P h o t o INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Oil dr ops as traders worry about demand
JEANNINE AVERSA, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON The Federal Reserve signaled Tuesday that it is worried about the weakness of the recovery and is ready to take further steps to boost the U.S. economy if needed, according to Associated Press Fed officials said they are also concerned that sluggish economic growth could prevent prices from rising at a healthy rate. But at the end of its meeting, the Fed announced no new steps to try to rejuvenate the economy and drive down unemployment. Instead, it hinted that it's prepared to see if the economy can heal on its own. Stock prices, which had been relatively flat before the Fed's statement, fluctuated before returning to about the same lev-e l in late-afternoon trading. The meeting is the last for the Fed's chief policymaking group before the Nov. 2 midterm elections. It comes as voters are focused on the economy and the jobs crisis. Polls show they are likely to punish Democrats in Washington for the sluggish economy. In its statement, the Fed used the same language it did in August to sketch a downbeat view of the economy. It concluded that economic activity has slowed in recent months. And it warned that the pace of growth is likely to be "modest in the near term" almost identical to the assessment it made a month ago. But the Fed delivered a stronger signal that it would take new steps to lift the economy. The Fed said it is "pre pared to provide additional accommodation." In its previous policy statements, the Fed didn't go that far. Instead, it had said it would "employ its policy tools as necessary." The Fed made clear that giv en the economy's weakness, it's more concerned about pricesf alling than rising. It didn't use the word deflation. But some economists have raised fears about the country sliding into a deflationary spiral. That's a widespread drop in wages, prices of goods and services and the value of stocks and homes. "They are more worried a bout the economy and deflation than I thought they would be," said Sung Won Sohn, an economist at the Martin Smith School of Business at California State University. For the sixth straight meet ing, Thomas Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, was the sole dissenter. At Tuesday's meeting, the Fed once again left a key shortterm rate near zero, where it has been since December 2008. It also repeated a pledge to hold rates at those ultra-low levels for an "extended period." If the economy keeps losing momentum, the Fed will be likelier to provide relief at its next meeting on Nov. 2-3 or at its last regularly scheduled session of the year on Dec. 14. Debt Chairman Ben Bernanke last month indicated a preference to launch a new program to buy large amounts of government debt. Such a move would be intended to lower already low rates on mortgages, corporate loans and other debt. The goal is to entice people and businesses to spend more, and thereby strengthen the economy and lower unemployment. In economic circles, it's known as "quantitative easing." That's when the Fed takes unconventional steps, as it did during the financial crisis, toi nject money into the econo my. The Fed does this to lower long-term interest rates and help banks lend more. As a result, the Fed's balance sheet has ballooned to $2.3 trillion, nearly triple its level before the crisis. Even if the Fed were to do t hat, economists don't think it would be enough to increase economic growth much. Already low long-term rates haven't managed to get Amer icans to spend much more. Both companies and individuals have been cautious as they rebuild their finances and pare debt. Still, even with no guarantee that reducing long-term rates would stimulate the economy, the Fed can't risk its credibility by standing idly if things worse n. Businesses and investors could lose faith in the Fed and the economy and be less inclined to spend. That would further weaken the economy. At its last meeting in August, the Fed took a small step to aid the recovery: It decided to use proceeds from its huge mortg age portfolio and buy government debt. The small amount involved helped nudge down mortgage rates. But it would take a bigger buying binge to push rates down further. Sohn predicted the Fed would start expanding its bal-a nce sheet before the end of the year. "Even though they are not taking any action now, they have left the door open for additional action through buying Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities," he said. E conomic growth slowed in the second quarter, advancing at a pace of just 1.6 percent, compared with 3.7 percent growth in the first three months o f the year. Growth in the JulySeptember period is expected to be similarly weak. That raises the likelihood that the unemployment rate, already high at 9.6 percent, could climb even higher in the months ahead. That would be an alarming development for the Obama a dministration, which is already at risk of losing control of the House or Senate or both. Republicans and Democrats agree there's little the president and the Democratic Party can do to change voters' attitudes with so little time left beforeN ov. 2. Obama acknowledged the economic hardships many Americans are enduring, saying Monday: "If you're out of work right now, the only thing that you're going to be hearing is, when do I get a job? If you're about to l ose your home, all you're thinking about is, when can I get my home?" 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(Over-The-Counter Securities)31-Aug-10BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 31-Jul-10 31-Aug-10 -UXTWaUMV\ 7XXWZ\]VQ\a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comparison of the Federal Reserve's statements from its last meeting on Aug. 10 and the meeting Tuesday. TREASURY SECURITIES August: The Fed said it would purchase Treasury bonds with the proceeds from its maturing holdings of mortgage-backed securities issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The Fed said the action would keep steady the level of support it was providing to the economy. September: The Fed says it will continue its policy of reinvesting the proceeds from its securities holdings and says it is prepared "to provide additional accommodation if needed" to support the recovery and keep prices stable. RECOVERY SPEED August: "The pace of recovery in output and employment has slowed in recent months." September: "The pace of recovery in output and employment has slowed in recent months." INFLATION August: "Measures of underlying inflation have trended lower in recent quarters and ... inflation is likely to be subdued for some time." September: "Inflation is likely to remain subdued for some time before rising to levels the committee considers consistent with its mandate." INTEREST RATES August: Leaves federal funds rate target unchanged at a record low of zero to 0.25 percent, where it has been since December 2008, and repeats pledge to keep rates "exceptionally low" for "an extended period." September: Leaves federal funds rate target unchanged and once again repeats pledge to keep rates "exceptionally low" for "an extend ed period." ECONOMIC CONDITIONS August: "Household spending is increasing gradually, but remains constrained by high unemployment, modest income growth, lower housing wealth and tight credit." September: "Household spending is increasing gradually, but remains constrained by high unemployment, modest income growth, lower housing wealth and tight credit." HOUSING August: "Housing starts remain at a depressed level." September: "Housing starts are at a depressed level." DISSENT: August: Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Thomas Hoenig dissents for a fifth consecutive meeting, arguing that the pledge to keep rates low for an extended period is no longer warranted because it could lead to a build-up of future imbalances. He also reg isters his dissent at the decision to prevent the size of the Fed's holdings of longer-term securities from shrinking. September: Hoenig dissents for a sixth consecutive meeting, object ing both to the pledge to keep interest rates low and the reinvestment of the proceeds from the Fed's holdings of mortgage-backed securities. BREAKINGNEWS: Two television networks, seen in the Goldman Sachs cubicle on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, broadcast the news that the Federal Reserve had left ratesu nchanged in their final meeting before the mid-term elections, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2010, in New York. Fed signals it will take further steps if needed TESTIMONY: In a Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies o n Capitol Hill in Washington before the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. AUGUS T SEPTEMBER STATEMENTS FEDERAL R ESERVE A P P h o t o / M a n u e l B a l c e C e n e t a F i l e H e n n y R a y A b r a m s / A P P h o t o
C M Y K C M Y K TASTE THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T h e T r i b u n e Flash Back BY ROLAND ROSE Local Sporting Activities D avid Albury Airbourne on Lake Cunningham Left to right; Simion Humes, Fred (ChickenPapa Dick Lockhart, Eddy Ford, Rusevelt (DogSpoon Some of the Bahamas Professional Baseball Players, Major and Minor Leagues in the USA. Rugby Match at Malcolms Park Go Kart Club racing around Ft Charlotte By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Writer T HE Bahamas Culinary team walked away with a gold medal, being e dged out in points by only B arbados and Trinidad and T obago, at the recent 3 day Taste of the Caribbean Culi nary Classics at the Rio Mar Wyndham Grand Resort in P uerto Rico. The event was hosted and judged by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. Proving that our chefs are the elite of the regions culinary teams, the Bahamas was recognised as one of the top finalists in the region. We are extremely proud of our team, the way in which they competed, the high quality of their food and beverage, and how well they represented their country and their hotels said Frank Comito, Executive Vice President of the Bahamas Hotel Association and DeAnne Gib son, Manager for Culinary Tourism for the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. Both organisations sponsored the team in cooperation with the College of The Bahamas and the Bahamas Culinary Association. Executive Sous Chef Emmanuelle Gibson from the One and Only Ocean Club captured an individual silver medal in the overall chefsc ompetition, and finished third overa ll out of 33 chefs vying in that cate gory. The other members from the team finishing in the top twelve and capturing bronze medals included: Richmond Fowler from the Lyford Cay Club and Clement Williams from Kerzner International. Eldred Saunders, Chef Instructor from the College of The Bahamas, received a bronze medal in the Pastry Chef category, coming fourth in the region. Wilfred Sands from the Lyford Cay Club received a bronze medal in the bartender category and Wendy Miller an apprentice chef with Kerzner International was awarded a bronze medal for her achievement. This years competition also included a category for Junior Chef. Competing in international com petition for the first time as an alter n ate and member of the team was G ia Wilson, from the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort, who played a pivotal role during team preparation throughout the event. Team Manager Chef Devin Johnson from the Sheraton, who worked closely with the team over the past several months commented on the teams performance: The judges were impressed with our teamwork, our sense of organisation, our professionalism, and the way in which we blended a variety of foods and spices to create dishes which were international but clearly identified with The Bahamas and the region. Chef Devin Johnson told Tribune Taste : I think the team learned from their mistakes, this is the first time the Bahamas came out on top gold. It was minor things in the indi vidual competition which really cost o ur points to drop. And for a rookie t eam we did exceptionally well," he said. Mr Johnson added that it was easy for the team to adapt when they got there because of the intense training they did in the Bahamas. The training process they did in the Bahamas helped them excel in the competition," he said. He added: "Definitely next year in Miami, the Bahamas looks to take the whole show, which will be a first for the country." The Taste of the Caribbean competition is sponsored by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association. The Bahamas teams participation was made possible thanks to the support of BHA, the Ministry of Tourism, the Bahamas Culinary Association and the College of The Bahamas and team members hotels. T heir participation was also made p ossible thanks to the generous sup port of Bahamas Food Services and the tremendous support from the Lyford Cay Club which hosted a gala fundraising dinner. Bahamas Culinary Team excels at regional competition J ust a few images of what, we the Bahamas, looked like 40...50...60 years in the past. GOLD STANDARD : Team Bahamas ready to go for gold pictured from Left to right: Clement Williams an executive sous chef at the Atlantis Resort and Casino. Richmond Fowler the Lyford Cay Club, Wilfred Sands Bartender, Lyford Cay Club, Devin Johnson team manager, professional chef and lecturer, and executive chef Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort, Eldred Saunders Pastry Chef, lecturer at the Culinary Arts Department of the College of the Bahamas. Emmanuel Gibson executive sous chef 3 at the One and Only Ocean Club, Wendy MillerJunior chef completing her final year as an apprentice chef with Kerzner Atlantis Resort and Casino. Gia Wilson Junior Chef, Head Chef Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort.
B y BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org H e wasnt as fortunate to get the call toT riple-A, but Albert C artwright advanced a step below in Double-A with the Houston Astros affiliated Corpus Christi Hooks in the T exas League. Back home for a weeks break, Cartwright said he was happy withg etting as far as he did this year. I had my ups and downs, but it was a good year, Cartwright said. Fortunately, I clicked at the right time so I could get the call up to Double-A. So it was a good year for me. Cartwright, who turns 23 on Octo b er 31, was drafted by the Astros in the 36th round of the 2007 Major League Draft. He started out with Greenville of the Appalachian League where he played through 2008. Last year, he got called up to the L exington Legends. A fter playing the beginning of the s eason with the Lancaster Jethawks, he was then promoted to Double-A with the Hooks. I n his 35 games with CC, Cartwright a veraged .229 as he went 32-for-140 with 15 runs scored. He also drove in seven runs, walked 11 times, struck o ut 39 times and stole seven bases. T he 5-foot-10, 180-pound second b aseman said based on his perform ance this year, he has to focus a lot more on getting on base. Hopefully if I can do that, it will get me into the big league (Majors he projected. But you also always n eed to work on your defense, if you w ant to get better. But as long as I can put the bunts d own, get on base, I should be able to look forward to a good year. W ith his season completed since S eptember 6 after the Hooks failed to advance to the playoffs in the Texas S outh Division where they finished in last place at 27-43, Cartwright said hes looking forward to the off season. Im just glad that I didnt have any i njuries, he said. Eventually when I get back to Florida, I will be working o ut in the gym and taking some g round balls so that I can be ready for spring training. Spring training wont come until either March or April, but Cartwright s aid he doesnt intend to play Winter B aseball. However, if the opportunity presents itself, Cartwright said he will g ladly play. Cartwright, a product of Freedom F arm, who came out of Polk Com munity College when he got scouted, i s one of two Bahamians in the Major L eague pipeline. H e is joined by Antoan Richards on, an outfielder who was called up to play in the Atlanta Braves Triple-A G winnett Braves team in the Southern L eague. When asked how he felt about R ichardsons achievement, Cartwright noted: He did what he had to do to open up some eyes so he could climb up the ladder. But hes pretty much the same type o f player as me. He pretty much has to bunt, get on base and do all that kind o f good stuff so he could set the table f or others. Cartwright, however, said the inevitable is coming. Either Richardson or him or both of them will one d ay crack the Major League ranks. You pretty much just have to go out there and play baseball, C artwright said. Once you do that, you allow the team and the manageC M Y K C M Y K WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 13 PAGES 10 & 11 International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM US Ambassador to The Bahamas Nicole A Avant, in co-ordination with Special Olympics Bahamas, are all set to host a celebration in honour of Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day (ESK in recognition of her commitment to improving the lives of millions of people with intellectual disabilities. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is expected to issue an official procla mation marking September 25 as 2010 Eunice Kennedy Shriver (EKS across the nation. In addition, Eunice Shrivers grand daughters Eunice and Francesca will represent the Kennedy-Shriver family at the event. The goals of Avants event are to raise awareness about Special Olympics Bahamas work and encourage all those who call the beautiful Bahamas their home to commit Eunice Kennedy Shriver in her hon our. Representatives from Best Buddies International a global volunteer organisation that creates opportuni ties for one-to-one friendships, inte grated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabili ties are also expected to attend the event. The Bahamas EKS Day event is slated to be held at Ambassador Avants Liberty Overlook residence 10am to 1pm September 25. Guests will include more than 150 Special Olympic athletes, coaches, Special Olympic Bahamas volunteers and supporters, Special Olympics family members, US Embassy volunteers and representatives from a number of ministries, including Educa tion, Health and Youth, Sports & Culture. The three-hour event is set to begin with a formal opening to include remarks by Avant, Minister of Youth, Sports & Culture Charles Maynard and Basil Christie, national chairman of Special Olympics. US ambassador Special Olympics to mark Eunice Kennedy Shriver Day T T R R A A C C K K T T H H O O M M A A S S S S E E C C O O N N D D DONALD Thomas and Hiromi Takahari both cleared 2.24 metres in them ens high jump Sunday at the Super Track and F ield Meet in Kawasaki, J apan. But the Japanese was declared the winner on fewer knockdowns. T homas, the only Bahamian to compete in t he meet, had to settle for s econd as he prepares for the Commonwealth G ames in New Delhi, India, next month. Third place went to Victor Ninov of Bulgaria with a jump of 2.21m. T T E E N N N N I I S S R R O O L L L L E E E E L L I I M M I I N N A A T T E E D D IN preparation for the C ommonwealth Games n ext month in New Delhi, India, Marvin Rolle com peted at the Costa Mesa i n California where he lost in the second round of the qualifying tournament to A merican Connor Farren 3-6, 6-4, 6-0. V V O O L L L L E E Y Y B B A A L L L L G G S S S S S S A A S S C C H H E E D D U U L L E E THE Government Sec o ndary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA scheduled to kick off its2 010 calendar year with volleyball on Monday. The GSSSA is expected to feature eight teams -G overnment High, C I Gibson, Doris Johnson, C C Sweeting, C R Walker, R M Bailey, C V Bethel and Anatol Rodgers in the senior boys and seniorg irls divisions. T he junior boys and girls will also comprise of eight teams C H Reeves,D W Davis, L W Young, A F Adderley, S C McPherson, H O Nash,A natol Rodgers and T A T hompson. When the season opens on Monday, the seniorsa re expected to play every day at the D W Davis and C I Gibson Gymnasiums, starting at 4pm. The juniors are also expected to begin on Monday and play everyday with games at the R M Bailey and Thelma Gibson Primary outdoor courts. T T R R A A C C K K H H E E A A L L T T H H W W A A L L K K A A T T H H O O N N THE Four Js Enterprise is slated to hold the Imagine to Reality Health Walk-A-Thon 6am Saturday, September 25, starting from Fort Charlotte. The walk will take run ners along West Bay Street to Goodmans Bay and east along Bay Street back to the finish line at Fort Charlotte. The public is invited. For more information, persons can call 394-8626. SPORTS IN BRIEF B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com SPORTING the new samples of the Funky Franks fashion line, members of theo rganising committee are gearing up for the first Frank Hanna October (Harvest F estival. The festival, scheduled for the weekend of October 28-31 in Morgans Bluff, North A ndros, is being named in honour of businessman Frank Hanna, the proclaimed Major of North Andros. Dwain Wallace, assistant general manager of sales and marketing at the Broadcasti ng Corporation of the Bahamas, said they are delighted to be partnering with a number of local businesses to put on the event, which will include a number of activities: Good Morning Bahamas show and Immediate Response (Family Island Fridays) Gospel entertainment by Minister Dwight Armbrister and Ecclesia Gospel Cultural entertainment by Elon Moxey, Geno D, Therez Hepburn and others Wild hog tying and hunt ing Sunfish sailing Three-on-three basketball tournament with the winner receiving a $1,000 cash prize Round Robin Hood Beach Volleyball Tournament Sunday morning Breakfast Bowl where everybody is encouraged to bring their own bowl and eat all they can. The sponsors for the festival are Bahamas Ferries, Western Air, BAIC, Scotiabank Bahamas, Burns House, Ministry of Tourisms North Andros Office, North Andros Local Government/Administration and Robin Hood. Or ganiser s g et in gear for first Frank Hanna festival IN LIVING COLOUR: THE first Frank Hanna Festival was launched yesterday with colourful clothes worn by some members of the organising committee. Shown above is Mr Hanna (center Photo by Tim Clarke /Tribune staff S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 Albert has good year with Double-A call up B B A A S S E E B B A A L L L L A CARTWRIGHT Heat moves m ight leave d eep impact on fantasy game... See page 10
T HE third annual Tom The Bird Grant Pre-Invitat ional High School Volleyball Tournament is expected to get underway today at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. The tournament has nine b oys and eight girls teams e ntered. They will play out o f two pools each with the top performers in the recent tournaments taking the top seeded positions. In the boys division, the C C Sweeting Cobras, the w inners of the Government Secondary Schools Sports Association, will be the top seed in pool one. P ool two will have Mt C armel, the champions of the Small Schools Sports Association, as the top seed.T he defending boys champions is Teleos ChristianS chool. C C Sweeting, Mt Carmel and Teleos will make up this years boys field along with the C V Bethel Stingrays, St Johns Giants, Kingsway Academy Saints, C I Gibson Rattlers, Doris JohnsonM ystic Marlins and Jordan Prince Williams Falcons. On the girls side, C C Sweeting, who won the GSSSA title last year, will be the top seed in one pool. T he top seed in the other p ool is Teleos, champions of the Small Schools Associa tion. C C Sweeting is also the defending champions of the tournament. CC Sweeting a nd Teleos will play in the g irls segment of the tournament along with C V Bethel, C C Sweeting, St Johns, T eleos, Kingsway Academy, Mt Carmel, C I Gibson and Doris Johnson. L egendary Tom The B ird Grant, a sporting icon particularly in volleyball and track and field, said they arev ery excited about the teams that have entered to participate this year. Im exciting that the competition will be of a very high level, Grant pointed out. All of the teams have i ndicated that they are excit ed about the tournament and they are eager to start p laying. In addition to presenting awards to the winningt eams, Grant said they have added an incentive that they hope will encourage thep layers to take their game to a higher level. We want to give our awards to the setters,G rant said. We want to encourage the players to learn to set the ball a little more. So we will be looking for the best setters in the tournament. All games during the tournament will be played over two sets. The games will be decided at point 19. But if there is a tie, they will cap off at 21. The teams with the best win-loss records as the tournament is contested each day will advance to the championship that is slated to be played on Saturday. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL SPORTS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM During a press conference yesterday at Bahamas Ferries, representatives from the various sponsors were on hand to endorse the festival. B B a a h h a a m m a a s s F F e e r r r r i i e e s s Darnell Fraser, sales and marketing manager, said they are pleased to be a part of the sponsorship team. Bahamas Ferries will offer some very favourable packages that would include hotel and tour packages that would appeal to a wide cross-section of persons, so we are encour aging families to turn out in large numbers, Fraser said. On the Saturday of the fes tival weekend, Fraser said Bahamas Ferries will be offering a One-Day Sail Away for those persons who just want to stop over and come right back home. W W e e s s t t e e r r n n A A i i r r Ricardo Wilson, customer service manager at Western Air, said they are pleased to be the official airline for the festival. As a good corporate citizen, we are pleased to support this event, which is designed to uplift the econo my of the island, Wilson stressed. We also want to show our support to Frank Hanna for all that he has done for North Andros. All Androsians and Bahamians at large are invited to attend the event. S S c c o o t t i i a a b b a a n n k k Leah Davis, senior manager of products, marketing and public relations, said as the first commercial bank to be located in the North Andros Community more than 10 years ago, they are excited to continue to work hand-inhand with the people on the island. This is a very exciting time for the community and we will be celebrating with the Androsians during these tough economic times, Davis stated. Davis said while she has never visited Andros, she is hoping to take advantage of the opportunity to finally get to the island known as The Big Yard. R R o o b b i i n n H H o o o o d d Sandy Schaefer, president of Robin Hood, said while they will be sponsoring the festival, they will be offering a number of other specials for North Andros. We will be bringing with us 100 care packages of food, which will consist of meat, poultry, products, grocery for 100 needy families that maybe suffering during these difficult economic times, he said. Persons in North Andros will also be invited to purchase some of the specials that Robin Hood will be putting on at that time and for the free shipping on the Bahamas Fast Ferries. Interested persons are invit ed to call 676-800 for more details. Additionally, Schaefer said they intend to provide some cash incentives for the Round Robin Hood Beach Volleyball Tournament. B B A A I I C C Alphonso Smith, repre senting BAIC, said they are more than pleased to be a part of the festival that could not have come at a better time than at Harvest Time. Instead of importing fruits and vegetables to the Bahamas, they can buy just about anything at the Frank Hanna Festival, Smith said. People in Andros are very excited because Frank Han na is a great Androsian. He is All-Bahamian and he has taken over my name as the Major of North Andros. He deserves it. N N o o r r t t h h A A n n d d r r o o s s D D i i s s t t r r i i c c t t Brian Cleare, chief coun selor for the North Andros district, said the Local Government had a town meeting and they are also looking at the possibility of naming one of their main streets after Hanna during the festival. Cleare said they have been working feverishly to get the sporting facilities, including the basketball court and the regatta site, in tip-top shape. I dont know if its because we are naming this event after Frank Hanna, or they are excited because of the finan cial spin-off that they are expecting from this, he said. Whatever the reason, North Andros is very ready and excited about this festival. M M i i n n i i s s t t r r y y o o f f T T o o u u r r i i s s m m Benjamin Pratt, senior manager for the Andros Tourism Office, said the Ministry of Tourism views it as a promotion for the domestic venue in the Bahamas because of its close proximity to New Providence with more flights, less expensive and the nations most natural resources and the hospitality of the people. We look forward to welcoming all of the people in New Providence and the oth er parts of the Bahamas, he said. ment to do the rest. We both know that all we have to do is play up to our full potential and once we do that, the success to the next level will eventually come. If they do, they will join five other Bahamians who have already played in the Majors. They were Ed Armbrister and the late Wilfred Culmer, Tony Curry, Wenty Ford and Andre Rodgers. Albert has a good year with Double-A call up F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 3 3 CHILDREN from the city of Freeport have been introduced to the sport of tennisv ia summer tennis camps, lessons and clinics courtesy of the Munroe Tennis Academy for the past three years. Now, 15 students from the Academy are all set to travel to West Palm Beach, Florida,t o participate in the 2nd A nnual LaVaughn Munroe Tennis Tournament during the weekend of October 8-12. In recognition of the Academys contributions, the Grand Bahama Port Author i ty made a recent cheque donation to assist with the g roups travelling expenses. GBPA is pleased by your efforts as you use tennis as a primary motivator to create programmes which teach posi tive, rewarding lessons, build c onfidence and provide a f ramework of personal discipline for the children of the Grand Bahama community,s aid vice-president of GBPA Ginger Moxey, as she commended the Academys rep-r esentatives. E xtending well-wishes to the Munroe Tennis Academy and its players as they prep are for international compe tition, she further reflected on the similar goals of both theiro rganisations. Your programme seeks to provide our children with greater exposure to new skills and experiences. This likewise underscores our mission, to better the lives of residentso f the Grand Bahama com munity, Ms Moxey added. Accepting on behalf of the Academy was coach BJ M unroe. We cant say thank you enough for the contribution t he Port is making towards our programme. This dona tion will assist with the fundi ng of transportation costs associated with the athletes. Munroe Tennis Academyo ffers more than just tennis it teaches life skills, leadership development and serves as a mentorship programme for our youth on Grand B ahama Island, Mr Munroe said. Member LaVaughn Munroe, a for m er Bahamas Davis Cup team member, made it his personal duty to create opportunities to expose the children of Grand Bahama to the g ame of tennis. LaVaughn Munroe died last year and since that timeh is family has been working together to fulfill his dream of exposing tennis to as manyy oung Grand Bahamians as possible. In the Academy, children are grouped according to their ability within their age group and many kids are h oning their skills and love for the game each time they hit the court. G BPA said it would like to encourage the citizens of Grand Bahama to do theirp art to keep much needed programmes like the Munroe Tennis Academy going. GBPA donates cheque to Munroe Tennis Academy Tom The Bird Grant volleyball tournament starts today INSIGHT For stories behind news, read Insight Mondays PLANS were announced yesterday for the first Frank Hanna Festival in North Andros next month. Sponsors and committee members are shown above. Photo by Tim Clarke /Tribune staff Organisers get in gear for first Frank Hanna festival F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 3 3 CHEQUE PRESENTATION: GBPA vice-president Ginger Moxey (centre, left B J Munroe, Munroe Tennis Academy coach (centre, right an athletes scheduled to compete in the 2nd Annual LaVaughn Munroe Tennis Tournament in West Palm Beach, Florida.