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 Youth gangs up by C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.262MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNAND CLOUDS HIGH 89F LOW 75F I N S I G H T SEEPAGE1C S P O R T S The nature of the beast BRENTSTUBBSWITHTHELATESTFROMDELHI Spectacular opening to Commonwealth Games By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE number of youth gangs in the Bahamas rose by 58 per cent over the past eight years, according to data released by Youth Against Violence. The total number of gangs in the Bahamas is now 79, and schools have become a breeding ground. It is not just public schools being affected, said Minister Keith Gray, a presenter at the Conflict Resolution and Anger Management Seminar on Friday. No school is impervious to gang penetration, he said. We say this not to create pandemonium, but to create a net work of support to address the plight of our youth, he said. Earlier this week, Pastor Car los Reid, a director at Youth Against Violence (YAV over 20,000 Bahamian youth are involved in gang activity. Since then, some Bahamians h ave accused the group of having exaggerated figures. But Pastor Reid said he is not phased. Lets do the math, he said, referring to 1991 statistics that Schools have become a breeding ground The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com SEE page 14 By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A WOMAN was left nursing serious wounds over the weekend after being attacked by a shark while surfing in the Abacos. Jane Engle of Hope T own, Abaco, was attacked b y what is believed to have been a lemon shark while surfing with her husbanda nd some friends in the area of Elbow Cay, Abaco around 3pm on Saturday. A ccording to her husband, R onald Engle, his wife who was in shock after the i ncident received bite m arks between her left ankle and knee and required some 75 to 100s titches. This incident comes just weeks after the remains of am an who disappeared after a boat trip with three others off Jaws Beach were found in the stomach of a 12-foot t iger shark. W OMAN INJURED AFTER SHARK ATTACK IN THE ABACOS SEE page 13 BUSINESSMAN Rudy King yesterday responded to controversy surrounding an awards ceremony held by his organisation, defending the honouring of the prime minister of the Kingdom of Swaziland. On Saturday, The Tribune published a lead story citing international outrage over the announcement that the controversial Prime Minister of Swaziland, accused of condoning torture, was to be honoured for his contribution to peace and human dig nity. Speaking to The Tribune yesterday Mr King claimed, however, that the award was not actually for the Prime Minister of Swaziland Barnabas Dlamini but rather the Kingdom of Swaziland for its efforts in combat ing the scourge of the AIDS virus. Swaziland was chosen, not the prime minister. The Kingdom of Swaziland was chosen for their strides to combat AIDS in their country. The honour was placed on him because he is the present Prime Minis ter, Mr King said. Mr King contended that he was unaware of the furore surrounding the Swaziland prime minister until the night prior to the World Citizen Awards ceremony. Accord ing to Mr King, some 365 persons attended the ceremony which was held on Friday night at the British Colonial Hilton when awards were presented to several persons, RUDY KING DEFENDS AWARD TO SWAZILAND PM SEE page 13 F EARING that their homes may be under threat, residents ofP inewood Gardens have banded together and are expected to stage a protest against Arawak Homest oday. The planned demon stration follows the demolition of a family home in the Sir Lynden Pindling Estates amidst public outcry and the statement by Arawak Homes Limited that there is still wide spread trespass on prop erty owned by the real estate development company in that community. Arawak Homes in a statement on September 24 said that there are hun dreds of persons involved in similar trespass in Pinewood Gardens. Concerned about any further actions by Arawak Homes, residents have sought the help of the Justice League, a local group of social activists, to get organised. A spokesperson for the Justice League said the res idents are taking the stance that they will not take this situation lying down, but will fight for their homes. The groups spokesperson said todays protest will not be one for the general pub lic, but will include only those directly affected. Over 80 persons are AWARDCEREMONY: Prime Minister of Swaziland Barnabas Dlamini with businessman Rudy King during Saturdays award presentation.P h o t o / P e t e r R a m s a y RESIDENT S PLAN ARA W AK HOMES DEMONSTRATION SEE page 13 WHILE today had been given initially as a tentative date for the first hearing in the case of the nine Bahamian straw vendors who were arrested in New York, it appears the accused will have to wait a little longer for their day in court. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette told The Tribune yesterday that the vendors have been charged, but he did not have information regarding the date for their main hearing in court. Opposition spokesman for foreign affairs, Straw vendors face wait for court appearance SEE page 14 DEPUTY PM Brent Symonette
MORE details of plans for the JFK Drive airport gateway project and the use of Chinese labour in it were revealed by the Prime Minister during a contract signing ceremony for the infrastructure works. According to the prime minister, in addition to the expansion of John F Kennedy Drive into a four-lane carriageway, a total of nine new roundabouts will be constructed along the route of the expanded highway. The prime minister formally signed agreements for the $70.8 million highway project with two China State Companies; the China Export Import Bank and the China Construction Company on Thursday at the British Colonial Hilton. Mr Ingraham described the signing ceremony as an important event that allows the gov e rnment to take a further step towards the completion of its overall vision for the countrys infrastructure. The Chinese state loan will be for a total of $58 million, available at a low two per cent interest rate. Thanking the Chinese gove rnment, Mr Ingraham said: The Airport Gateway is an important component of my Governments master plan to modernize and upgrade thei nfrastructure of our capital city of Nassau to the benefit and enjoyment of residents and the several million visitors whose first entry to The Bahamas is via the Lynden Pindling International Airport and its connector roads to our residential neighbourhoods and hotel resorts. The expansion of the road into a four lane dual carriageway will see a new westbound carriageway constructed to the south of the existing road and rehabilitation of the existing carriageway for east bound travel will be undertaken. Underground electrical cables are to be installed, telecommunication and cable infrastructure will be relocated, dense landscaping will be carried out and ancillary works such as drainage, signage, road markings, street lighting, and road accesses will be done. Mr Ingraham said: Early programming suggests that the d esign start-up works scheduled for this year will engage approximately 30 Chinese road and utility design personnel. This number will increase to 50 early next year as project management teams arrive. Once the water main and High Voltage installation commences in mid-2011 some 80 individuals experienced in this type of installation will join the construction team from China.Subsequently 20 Chinese staff will join the team for the installation of telecommunications cable and a further 60 foreign workers will install the new water mains. It is expected that by September 2012 the foreign labour component will drop to about 80 foreign workers, including managers and workers.Following completion of the project a small contingent of (CSCEC will remain to conduct testing and to complete training of Bahamian maintenance crews. The tentative schedule of works suggests a project completion date of end-October, 2012. An Environmental Impact Assessment for the highway project has now been completed by Blue Engineering Ltd and recommended for approval by the Bahamas Environment Science and Technology commission, according to the prime minister. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Public Works will soon invite bids on a tender for a supervisory and monitoring contract for this project, with whichever company wins this bid being responsible for assuring the quality of the materials used, much of which will be coming from China. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Create your future with our experience.Michael A. Munnings pursues his passions.From the time he was a small child, Michael Munnings wanted to be like his dad. My father was a banker, said Munnings. I helped him design templates and forms on the computer. I was nine when I developed my first spreadsheet. My father couldnt believe it. Inspired by his father, Munnings decided to pursue a career in banking. He started as a teller and was quickly promoted to various roles in the banking system, including Loan Officer, Assistant Manager of Consumer Credit, Senior Manager of Sales and Marketing, Sr. Manager of Credit Solutions and Director of Retail Banking. This past June, Munnings decided to join RBC as Manager of Customer Service & Operations, with responsibility for overseeing service delivery throughout RBCs 11 banking centres in New Providence and Grand Bahama. According to Munnings, RBC is a growing company that demonstrates many strengths in the financial services industry. RBC is focused on delivering exceptional financial products and services to the community, while remaining keenly focused on its clients, he said. In addition, RBCs commitment to empowering employees and developing their talents supports Munnings personal mantra that he learned from his father: If youre doing something, be the best at it. Whatever you do, do it better than those before you. When hes not at work, Munnings has a passion for drawing, especially drawing and shading with pencils. This creative side balances his financial proficiency and has fostered his desire to challenge the status quo and constantly learn more. In 2006, Munnings obtained his MBA from the University of Miami. He has one son, Makio Alexander, who may one day follow in his footsteps.www.rbcroyalbank.com/caribbean Trademark of Royal Bank of Canada The Lion & Globe symbol and RBC are registered trademarks of Royal Bank of Canada. /$:1$176t 6+58%6($70(17 REGISTRATION centres will be open at locations throughout the country beginning today as preparation of the new Voter Register for the next general elections begins. The simultaneous opening of multiple centres in New Providence, Grand Bahama and the Family Islands will facilitate an early national voter registration drive, said Parliamentary Commissioner Errol Bethel. Officials hope that with the early opening of registration centres, the process will be expedited while maintaining its accuracy and sanctity. I cannot overstate the importance of an accurate register. An accurate register facilitates fairness in the electoral process; it enhances better redistribution of seats, thereby enhancing the principle of one person one vote, and it makes for a better election, said Mr Bethel last week. In short, a good register leads to a good election. Registration of voters in New Providence and the Family Islands will be held from Monday through Friday, commencing today. In New Providence, voter registration will commence at the following locations: Parliamentary Registration Department, Farrington Road 9.30am4.30pm Town Centre Mall and Marathon Mall 10am 4pm General Post Office, East Hill Street 10am 4pm Sub-Post Office, Carmichael Road 10am 4pm Sub-Post Office, South Beach 10am4pm Sub-Post Office, Elizabeth Estates 10am 4pm On Grand Bahama, a voter registration will be carried out during normal working hours at the Parliamentary Registration Department located in the National Insurance Build ing/Complex as well as the Administrator's office in Eight Mile Rock and High Rock Settlements. In the Family Islands, voter registration will take place at the Family Island Administrator's Office between the hours of 9.30 am and 4.30 p.m, Monday to Friday. All applicants for registration must be Bahamian citizens, 18 years or older, and must present proof of citizenship, preferably a passport or a birth certificate along with a job or student ID. REGIS TRATION CENTRES OPEN PM reveals more details of airport gateway project SIGNINGCEREMONY: Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham formally signed agreements for the $70.8m highway project with the China Export Import Bank and the China Construction Company. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT A Cuban teacher who taught at a Bahamian high school was killed in a traffic accident while riding his bicyclei n North Andros on the weekend. On Saturday, the body of Alexis Loynas, who taught chemistry and physics at the North Andros High School, was flown to New Providence. The body was received by Ministry of Education officials and representatives of the Cuban Embassy. According to reports, Mr Loynas, 41, was involved in an acci dent while riding his bicycle on Queens Highway around 9.30pm in Nicolls Town on Friday, October 1. A ndros police responded shortly after being notified of the accident. Loynas was taken to the government clinic where he was pronounced dead by medical personnel. A team of officers from New Providence arrived in Andros on Saturday to assist police with the investigation into the accident The Ministry of Education has expressed deep sadness by the death of Mr Loynas. Terrice Curry, principal of North Andros High, escorted Mr Loynas body to Nassau on Saturday. Director of Education, Mr. Lionel K. Sands, Mr Harcourt Davis, District Superintendent for the North Andros and Berry Islands District, who was in Nassau at the time of the accident, and representatives from the Cuban Embassy in Nassau received the body. The Ministry expresses deep regret at the tremendous loss of Mr. Loynas who during his short time at the school was an asset to the staff and students as well as the community, a statement said. The Ministry will take the customary steps to ensure the stu dents and staff received the necessary attention to cope with this tragedy. Cuban who taught at Bahamian school killed while riding bike Chinese labour to be used in scheme The Airport Gatew ay is an important c omponent of my Governments masterp lan...
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Although the Bamboo Town MP believes the FNM is still the best choice for the country's electorate, he said the party must go into overdrive to win over disgruntled voters worried about their finances and those who feel slighted by the Ingraham administration's policies. "I think we need to start gearing up for the next election, I think this will be a very tough election," said Mr McCartney, who resigned as Minister of State for Immigration in February. "I think it's a mix of things, of course the economy, when people are hurting in their pockets and that doesn't have anything to do with this administration per se, the economy people sometimes vote based on their pockets. And I think the FNM, it's a party of doing things but we've not promoted what we've done, public relations is not good with the FNM," Mr McCartney conceded. There have been things done and statements made that perhaps turned off a lot of people, I think showing a lack of compassion. The party will also have to win over young swing voters who were not old enough to cast a vote in 2007. "You have to bear in mind that a lot of the swing voters are young people, those who were 13 at last election, and will be 18 or thereabouts in 2012. And they wouldnt know why the PLP was voted out they only know whats going on now. It places us to a certain extent at a disadvantage but I have no doubt in my mind that the FNM is the best party (to lead the country).". Mr McCartney, partner in the law firm Halsbury Chambers, resigned from Cabinet earlier this year because my feelings of stagnation and the inability to fully utilize my political potential at this time. He has publicly said he would like to lead the FNM and the country if given the chance. The FNM was expected to hold its annual convention this year when it was anticipated that if nominated, Mr McCartney would have challenged Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham for the party's top spot. On Thursday, the FNM's national council voted to put off the convention until 2011. A day earlier, Mr Ingraham told the press that he advised the council not to hold the event, citing financial challenges as a main reason. McCartney predicts tough 2012 general election fight for FNM A MAN believed to have been involved in an attack on a police officer was left nursi ng a gunshot wound after the o fficers weapon reportedly d ischarged. According to reports, it was around 11pm Saturday while patrolling in the area of Pitt Road on Harbour Island that t he officer spotted a man w anted by police on that i sland. Reports state that the officer proceeded to arrest the man and was then attacked by a group of men who helped the suspect get away.T he men reportedly tried to d isarm the officer and in the scuffle, the officers weapon discharged, hitting one of the men in the left thigh. The man was taken to a local clinic for treatment and subsequently airlifted to New Providence. He is listed in stable condi-t ion. Man reportedly shot after attack on police officer FOLLOWING an intensive investigation into the shooting which left 13-year-old Rashad Rolle with a bullet wound in his head, police yesterday saida teenager is expected to be charged in court sometime today in connection with the crime. Supt Leon Bethel, officer in-charge of the Central Detective Unit, said police believe they have a sufficient number of material witnessesin this case. The teenage suspect, whose identity is being withheld, was in police custody last night. Meanwhile, Rashad, an eighth grade T A Thompson student, continues to make a miraculous recovery in hospital. However, it will reportedly still be several months before Rashad can resume his former life. Rashad was waiting at a bus stop at John Road with other students on September 14 when a fight broke out. A short time later gun shots were fired. His parents believe Rashad was at the wrong place at the wrong time, and another vic tim of the senseless violence sweeping the country. Teen expected to be charged with shooting TWO men had to be taken to hospital after being injured in two separate knife fights over the weekend. The first incident occurred around 1am on Saturday in the area of Nassau East. Police officers responding to the scene were told by witnesses that a man who was leaving a party got into an a ltercation with a group of men and was subsequently stabbed. The victim drove himself to hospital where he was treated and discharged. Only a short while later, at around 2.30am, police received information of a stabbing at Wulff and Clari dge Roads. According to reports, two men got into a brawl which resulted in one of them being stabbed in his left shoulder and lower back. The victim was taken to hospital by emergency medical personnel where he was treated and later discharged. Police investigations into both matters continue. Two men injured in separate knife fights A man is in serious condition in hospital after being shot in his abdomen and legs in the early morning hours of Saturday. According to police reports, the shooting took place shortly before 3am at Lily of the Valley Corner between East Street and Market Street. Police responded and discovered a man with gunshot injuries. The victim was taken to hospital where he is currently being treated. Last night, police said they were unable to provide any further details surrounding the circumstances of the shooting. Gunshot victim in serious condition BRANVILLE McCARTNEY PARENTS OF Rashad Rolle: Gregory Rolle and Janet Taylor.
E DITOR, The Tribune. T he last 24-hours has been i nteresting for those who follow the antics of our national politicians just contrast the governing FNM to the Opposition PLP on Baha Mar. In some ways both have t heir story but both stories d iffer in so much as absolutely nothing has occurred other than the renovation to thet une of $90 million of what is the Sheraton the Prime Minister confirmed as what w as speculated Baha Mar has s till not paid the Treasury the $10.1 million for the Stamp Tax due on the sale agreem ent of the Radisson in 2005 he very politically declined to state what was implied thatB aha Mar had further debts t o the government I really think the Prime Minister should disclose these as surely should we be going into a major commitment granting Baha Mar enormous valuablec oncessions when they are already in debt and have been unable to pay for years. Comments as to the state o f the negotiations between Scotia and Baha Mar are totally speculative but we r ead about someone with some special in with one or the other when in reality it isj ust PR spin. Even the most reliable so-called source is basically totally speculative and their opinion has no val u e. The project value jumps suddenly from $2.65 billion to $ 3.16 billion meaning Baha Mar is short $1 billion between the Import-ExportB ank Loan and the cost of t he built-out now Baha Mar has to explain this. If there is a settlement with S cotia who for the record has been the most pro-active bank to the Tourism sector of theB ahamas who put billions on the line with Atlantis British Colonial Cable Beacht o mention just a few clearly an exceptionally good business citizen to our largest dol l ar earning sector. Who and where is the working capital for Baha Mar coming from if currently they rely on Scotia to facilitate financing? If any bank was to commit to this where is their guarantee if the real estate ish eld as a guarantee to the Import-Export Bank of China? The public should be t old? T he Prime Minister raised an important point at this moment like last year them anagement of Baha Mar closed down the Wyndham and the Casino, not sure if t hat is a breach of the Casino L icense whilst their competition even with low occupancies stayed open, of particular m ention is Our Lucaya who continue to operate and today has a full page advertisementf or senior Management posit ions but it is known to lose over $20 million a year many Grand Bahamians have to be very content that HutchinsonWhampao continue to have faith. What if they took theB aha Mar Management position and close? Read the Heads of Agreement of 2005 and the Supple m ental 2008 and we have to worry can Baha Mar comply with what they promised we w ill train Bahamians in the construction trades we will train and finance agricultur-a l and fishing enterprises and persons in the skills of both areas. They will build a reverse osmosis plant. H asnt Baha Mar told Mr Steve Wrinkle sorry we do not have the funds to train t he construction workers hav ing spun in the media that there are no qualifiedB ahamian construction workers? Boy suckers are found! For the opposition to foreshadow they will participate i n this proposed resolution totally makes them idiots in a process which as fr as I can s ee is unconstitutional. Refer to The Constitution Article: 77 Allocation of Port-f olios clearly establishes a M inister is made constitut ionally responsible for cert ain sectors of government. A s proposed the exercise is futile not binding and cannot support any decision as the sole decider is the Minister responsible for Immigration on the advice of the B oard of Immigration who a lone has the right to issue such work permits. The impasse of Baha Mar a nd their inability to comply at stages of this projects development is self-evident t o cause all to ask the obvious do they have the means? Dont blame the Prime Minister as to the why Harr ahs left the joint venture with Baha Mar their letter has done its rounds and if thec ontents was not true you k now Baha Mar would have denied it. Baha Mar took Harrahs to court in New York trying to claim damages to the tune of $289 million, an interesting figure, and losta nd now have a bill from their group of attorneys of over $18 million. Harrahs, like us all, wanted assurances from Baha M ar so they invoked the Equity Subscription clause which required Baha Mar to p ut up or, yes Harrahs can leave Baha Mar did not put up their Equity Capital $281m illion so it appeared they were in violation of the Joint Venture Agreement. Mr Ingrahams comment that hef or sure knew one party could comply with the commitments did no injury in my estimate t o the retention of interest by Harrahs it reinforced what Harrahs came to know B aha Mar did not show they h ad the means to raise the $281 million they agreed to. I am concerned and I supp ort the Prime Minister that if you drop such a large inventory of new hotel rooms ato ne time the impact could be devastating. K BETHEL Nassau, September 30, 20l0. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 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 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm OF ALL the amendments to the American Constitution the First freedom of speech and assembly seems the most sacred. However, in the past few weeks it has been dragged through the mud and abused by the very persons who should be defending its sanctity. It appears that too many Americans today are confusing freedom with licence. However, if they dont soon learn the difference they will eventually lose the very freedoms for which so many of their forebears gave their lives. In this past week an Assistant Attorney General from Michigan has spent his spare time stalking and harassing an openly gay student who has been elected president of Michigan Universitys student assembly the first in the universitys history. Most right thinking people see it for what it is harassment, intimidation, and stalking however, the stalker Andrew Shirvell who seems unhinged by his obsession, calls it freedom of speech. A freedom guaran teed him under the constitutions first amendment. And then there is his boss Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox who calls his subordinates after-office-hours behaviour immature, showing, he says, a lack of judgment, but not rising to firing level. Why? Because the constitution protects his free dom of speech. In our opinion, they should both be fired. So many persons, including the governor of the state, were so incensed by his behav iour that Shirvell has taken a leave of absence from his job. He is to appear in court to defend a restraining order that the student has taken out against him for following him unnec essarily around campus and Ann Arbor since April. The student said Shirvell has been blogging about me extensively using bias and bigotry and poses a threat to my own personal safety. And then there is the case of the 18-yearold Rutgers University freshman, a promis ing violinist, who appears to have committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after his roommate posted on the Internet a sexual encounter he had with another man in his dorm room. Obviously the roommate and his female accomplice, both 18, completely lacking in decency, thought the whole episode amusing and decided to set up a camera in the dorm and invited their 150 Twitter followers to iChat, an Internet messaging service with a live video feed. This is not the first suicide that has resulted from persons ostensibly exercising their freedom of expression harassing others to death. Modern technology has created a mammoth problem that the law will have to study in depth to prevent the unscrupulous from destroying the reputa tion, careers and even lives of others. And, of course, in the United States it is election season and from some of the antics these politicians get up to it is difficult to see how the public can either respect or support them. Judged by the lying and smear campaigns of some of them against their opponents there is not much hope for the future if this is to be the standard of Americas leaders. We have never known a time when we expected better, only to be appalled by the depth of indecency to which many of them have fallen. It cant be excused by the callous comment: Oh, thats just poli tics! That is the very reason that politics and politicians are not respected. Oh, thats just politics! followed by a sneering laugh is the excuse heard so many times in the Bahamas for sins that should not be committed. US Rep. Alan Grayson (D ently does not approve of the religious sect to which his opponent Daniel Webster (R former House Speaker subscribes, took a sentence of a speech Webster made to a group of fathers and turned it into some thing that Webster never said. Based on the false words Grayson released a TV advertisement, saying that Webster thinks that wives should submit to their husbands, dismissing him as Taliban Dan Webster. Anderson Cooper in his CNN pro gramme Keeping them Honest showed Graysons advertisement and then played what Webster had actually told the fathers. The misrepresentation was shocking. We agree with a commentator who said that a man who stoops to that level should not be in any office. Yet Grayson has the nerve to run for the United States Congress. And what is even more appalling is that he will get votes. In his message what Webster told fathers was that they should not pray for the first half of the passage in Ephesians wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands but pray for the second husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it. Comparing the FNM and PLP on Baha Mar LETTERS l email@example.com Freedom of speech being abused %4+2674'*17)*6 EDITOR, The Tribune. Re: Straw Market profits at risk. The Tribune, September 21, 2010 FEAR not. Historically, the Bahamas has usually been highly adaptable when it came to nefarious activities. Even now, just as one door appears to be slightly closing on selling counterfeit foreign luxury goods (handbags, watches, etc er door is already miraculously opening for us to sell fake foreign medicine (medical licence not necessarily required, less accountability, questionable medication and so on). The crooks, however, will be genuine. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, September 23, 2010. The highly adaptable Bahamas
By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org NO decision has been made yet on whether the o pposition Progressive Libe ral Party (PLP national convention this year a lthough many within the party are in favour of holding the event, according to t he party's chairman. W hen the PLP's national g eneral council meets on O ctober 21, it is expected t hat the group will vote for or against organising a conv ention. "That decision will be made by our national general council when we meet this month," PLP Chairman B radley Roberts told T he T ribune F riday when cont acted for comment. T he governing Free N ational Movement's own council met on Thursday and decided unanimously not to hold a convention this year, o pting instead to wait until 2 011. A t a press conference on W ednesday ahead of the council vote FNM leader P rime Minister Hubert I ngraham said he would a dvise the council of his d esire not to hold the convention. He said a lack of money was a major reason he did not think the party s hould hold the event. S ome political observers s ee the decision as part of M r Ingraham's strategy to a void a potential leadership c hallenge this year. However, the prime minister has said publicly he would welcome a contender. Mr Roberts said while f inancial challenges are more of an issue for the PLP than t he FNM, many within the party want their voices hearda t a convention. I know that a number of our supporters desire doing so (holding a convention They have a lot on their minds and they want to get it off their chest but we'll see," said the former Cabinet mini ster. (But issue for the PLP, the PLP is a poor man's party the F NM is a rich man's party t hat's why I say I don't believe Mr Ingraham," said Mr Roberts, referring to Mr Ingraham's statements on financial difficulties. Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell said he hopes the party willv ote in favour of a conven tion this year. "My own view is that there ought to be a conven-t ion every year as mandate d by the Constitution, my feeling is that just as thec hurches have their annual c onventional that a political party should have one," said Mr Mitchell. He added that he did not e xpect any contenders to challenge party leader Perry Christie for the helm of the party if a convention is held this year. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE College of the Bahamas has signed an historic Memorandum of Understanding that establishes the Bahamas Health Sciences Library Consortium, sealing a formal collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Public Hospitals Authority and the Uni versity of the West Indies-School of Clinical Medicine and Research, the Bahamas. The agreement paves the way for expanded access to digital medical databases and collections, and reference and online health care training resources. The consortium has a formal agreement with EBSCOhost Publishing that allows access to online resources for The College of The Bahamas community and medical and health care service providers affiliated with the consortium partners. This is a landmark opportunity for the College and for library development in the country as it is the first time that parties in library service have come together to pool financial resources to provide access to electronic shared resources to support a specif ic clientele like the health care sector, said Willamae Johnson, Col lege Librarian. This partnership continues to expand 24-hour access to a wide array of electronic collections for The College and now for members of the consortium. The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding occurred on Wednesday, September 28, at the Hilda Bowen Library Branch at The Colleges Grosvenor Close Campus. This library is primarily used by students in the School of Nursing and Allied Health Pro fessions, which graduates many of the nursing and allied health per sonnel employed both in the public and private sectors. Weve been working with the College of the Bahamas for many years now and we are really proud to be a part of this group and support the group with the resources we provide. EBSCO provides evidence-based medical resources for physicians, nurses, therapists, occupational therapy, physical therapy and patient education materials, explained Mary Ellen Bilafer, account executive with EBSCO Publishing. PLP undecided on whether to hold convention College of Bahamas signs historic Memorandum of Understanding SEE page 10 MEETINGTHISMONTH: Bradley Roberts
By SIR RONALD SANDERS ( The writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean diplomat. This column was written from Brussels, the European Union Headquarters). N OT many people in the C aribbean would know the name, David Martin, but it is one that will become well known when Parliamentarians from the European Union (EU begin the serious business of monitoring the implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA between the EU and Cariforum countries. Article 231 of the EPA p rovides for the creation of a J oint Parliamentary Committee (JPC t he monitoring process. And, i ts in the interest of the Cari forum countries made up of the 14 independent member states of the Caribbean Com-m unity (CARICOM the Dominican Republic, to get their members of the JPC in place pretty quickly. It will be recalled that the EPA became a controversial issue in the Caribbean and m any commentators, includi ng me, expressed unhappin ess with many aspects of it a nd, particularly, about the manner in which many Cari forum governments wereb row-beaten by the EU n egotiators into signing a full a greement one that included goods and services. A t the insistence of the P resident of Guyana, Bharat Jagdeo, the EPA includes a requirement for a mandatory comprehensive review o f the agreement no later than five years after it was signed and at subsequent five y ear intervals. T his important clause g ives Cariforum governments an opportunity to ensure thatt he EPA serves the econom i c and social interests of their countries and actually contributes to development. In this connection, the particip ation by Carforum countries i n the JPC is extremely i mportant for they can raise c oncerns directly with their E U counterparts and pursue change. The weight and influence of the EU parliamentarians is considerable. They can and do hold both the European Commiss ion and the European Council of Ministers (governmentr epresentatives of all memb er states) to account for their actions. When disquiet was expressed in the Caribbean over the EPA, the EU Parliament held its own inquiry into final agreement which w ent beyond requirements t hat would have made it compatible with rules of the W orld Trade Organisation. A nd this brings us to D avid Martin. He is an able and well-liked British member of the European Parliament from Scotland. A member of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democratsi n the Parliament, Martin is concerned that the EU should contribute to the improvement of developingn ations. I n March 2009, the EU Parliament adopted a Reso lution submitted by a Comm ittee of which David Martin was Rapporteur. The Resolution took careful account of the situationo f Cariforum countries and the importance of monitoring the implementation of the EPA. A mong the matters to which the Resolution drew attention were: the necessityf or the EC to support the e stablishment of an independ ent monitoring mechanism within Carifourm states endowed with the necessary resources to undertake the analysis necessary to determine the extent to which the EPA is achieving its object ives. T he EU parliamentarians in their Resolution also showed regard for the integration efforts of CARICOM countries. The parliamentarians clearly stated that they recognised that Cariforum s tates had made commitm ents under the EPA in s ubject areas not yet settled under the Caribbean Single Market and Economy (CSME e d. And, they called for due regard to the CSME i n the implementation of prov isions of the EPA in these s ubject areas. T hey also called for early provision of aid-for-trade resources to Caribbean countries and they insisted that these should be additional r esources and not merely a repackaging of the European D evelopment Fund (EDF funding. They recommended that the release of suchf unds should be used to compensate for loss of customs r evenues from lower tariffs on imported EU goods and to address competitiveness a nd development enhancing needs. V ery importantly, the EU parliamentarians called for the monitoring of the EUs i mplementation of its commitments in particular disb ursement and effective delivery of pledged financial and technical assistance. I n all this, the EU parliamentarians have demons trated a higher level of commitment and concern to development in Cariforum countries than was the casei n the negotiations of the EPA by negotiators for the European Commission. Thusf ar, they have demonstrated t hat they would be beneficial allies in trying to make the EPA deliver benefits to Cariforum countries by monitor i ng its implementation and being ready to correct its problems once they are iden t ified. The EU Parliament has already put its members in place for the joint EU-Cari f orum parliamentary committee. At a meeting on September 8th, fifteen Members of the European Parliament ( MEPs) were elected with David Martin as Chair. Very shortly, the President of the European Parliament Jerzy Buzek will write to the Parliaments of the Carif orum states advising them o f the composition of the JPC on the EU side and proposing a timetable for meetings in 2011. Several uncertainties surround the participation of Cariforum states in the JPC. F irst, unlike, the EU, neit her CARICOM nor Carifor um has a joint elected parliament. Therefore, nominations for the 15 members of Cariforum side of the JPC w ill have to come from the p arliament of each country. O ne would hope that nationa l parliaments would each e lect, on a non-partisan basis, a representative who has a keen interest in these matters. Second, it is not at all certain that each of the Carifor um countries has established machinery for monitoring the i mplementation of the EPA. Yet, such machinery is imperative to advise both nationalg overnments and the representative on the JPC. T hird, funding for the participation of the Cariforum members in the JPC has not b een addressed in the EPA, or anywhere else so far. But, i t is an issue that needs attention so that Cariforum members can attend these meeti ngs without being beholden to the European Commiss ion. These matters should be settled soon and the Carifo-r um representatives put in place. O f course, the irony of this will be that Cariforum countries will have a common group of parliamentary rep r esentatives to deal with their relations with the EU under the EPA, but they will stilln ot have a similar body for d ealing with their own Single Market and Economy. The irony apart, it is in the interest of the people of theC ariforum countries that a good team of representatives be elected to serve on theJ PC to ensure that the promises of the EPA are fulfilled and its shortcomings corrected on the strength ofe xperience. Responses and previous c ommentaries at: www.sirronaldsanders.com C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 6, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Who is David Martin? WORLDVIEW SIRRONALDSANDERS B y MIKE LIGHTBOURN IF YOURElooking for a comp etitive edge in the sale of your home, your BREA agent may have an unexpected suggestion.A lthough many sellers assume that it is the responsibility of the buyers to pay for an inspection, having one performed before youe ven list your home can go a long w ay towards attracting a close to asking price offer from confident buyers (always assuming, ofc ourse, that it is priced right!) Think about it. If youre aware of flaws and needed repairs before you begin marketing your home,y ou can correct potential prob lems before the buyers even have a chance to think about negotiating a lower price for repairs. Sellers can often expect an offert hat is two dollars less for every dollar in needed improvements, so why would you give away that money when you can save it b y simply investing in a pre-listing inspect ion? A pre-listing inspection also reduces time a nd stress before closing, because theres no rushing around trying to get requested repairs done on the b uyers schedule. Youre also establishing good will right off the bat, creating an atmosphere oft rust and honesty up front and your home is shown in A1 condi tion. All of these aspects greatly i ncrease the chances that the buy e rs will offer close to the properly priced asking price and follow through to closing without anyd oubts, delays or picky negotiations. Like a quality used car, giv ing your home the Certified PreOwned label will encourage theb uyers seal of approval! Tip of the week: When your home is listed for sale and showings start to occur, common sense tells you that the better conditioni t is in will hasten a sale. Case closed. QED. (Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty) Q uestions or comments? Email me at ask@ColdwellBankerBahamas.com. REALESTATE:CERTIFY YOUR HOME! MIKE LIGHTBOURN H H e e i i s s a a n n a a b b l l e e a a n n d d w w e e l l l l l l i i k k e e d d B B r r i i t t i i s s h h m m e e m m b b e e r r o o f f t t h h e e E E u u r r o o p p e e a a n n P P a a r r l l i i a a m m e e n n t t f f r r o o m m S S c c o o t t l l a a n n d d . A A m m e e m m b b e e r r o o f f t t h h e e G G r r o o u u p p o o f f t t h h e e P P r r o o g g r r e e s s s s i i v v e e A A l l l l i i a a n n c c e e o o f f S S o o c c i i a a l l i i s s t t s s a a n n d d D D e e m m o o c c r r a a t t s s i i n n t t h h e e P P a a r r l l i i a a m m e e n n t t , M M a a r r t t i i n n i i s s c c o o n n c c e e r r n n e e d d t t h h a a t t t t h h e e E E U U s s h h o o u u l l d d c c o o n n t t r r i i b b u u t t e e t t o o t t h h e e i i m m p p r r o o v v e e m m e e n n t t o o f f d d e e v v e e l l o o p p i i n n g g n n a a t t i i o o n n s s . PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti GUNMEN killed an engineer supervising the building of shelters at a relocation camp for Haitian earthquake survivors, forcing construction to be suspended on part of the site, the International Organization for Migration said Saturday, according to Associated Press. The body of 42-year-old Pierre Richard Denis was found Friday on the outskirts of the quakeravaged capital near the Corail-Cesselesse relo cation camp, apparently several hours after he was shot, IOM country spokesman Leonard Doyle told The Associated Press. Denis was returning to work aboard a group taxi around 3:30 p.m. after cashing his first monthly paycheck when he was shot twice. Haitian police investigating the murder suspect the motive was robbery. A police report said the group taxi, known as a "tap-tap," was followed by unknown assailants aboard a motorcycle after Denis left a bank in Port-au-Prince. There have been no arrests made in the case. "It was a despicable act against a talented and hardworking IOM staff member totally dedicat ed to helping the earthquake victims and their families," IOM Director General William Lacy Swing said in an e-mailed statement. It is not clear if Denis, a Haitian national, was visibly identifiable as a staffer with the international organization. Some colleagues said he was wearing an IOM cap at the time, Doyle said. The camp at Corail was chosen by the Haitian government as its first official relocation space months after the Jan. 12 quake. Placed on a parcel of government-seized former sugarcane land larger than Manhattan it is home to about 7,000 people, most relocated from the Petionville Club golf-course camp in the devastated Delmas sec tion of the capital. The area was billed as a refuge from the golf course's flood-prone slopes, but was criticized by Oxfam and other aid groups for being too remote. The AP found the selected site belonged to a Haitian company whose president headed the government committee that chose it. Since then Corail's ShelterBox tents have been repeatedly battered by storms. Damage from a Sept. 24 blast of wind and rain prompted the immediate relocation of 110 families within the camp to more durable wood-and-metal transi tional shelters Denis was helping to build. IOM is suspending work at the site where Denis was supervising in the wake of the shooting. Denis leaves a wife and two children aged 8 and 11 years, IOM officials said. IOM: Engineer killed outside Haiti relocation camp
THE Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (BASRA m andate to save persons i n distress on the sea. S olely manned and operated by volunteers, BASRA, a non-profit organisation, said it has saved many lives and been involved in thousands of rescues. C oordinating the s earch and rescue of survivors of emergency w ater landings as well as p eople who have survived t he loss of their sea-going vessel, BASRA is committed to saving the liveso f distressed seamen or airmen in the Bahamas. On a given day BASRA receives numerous calls for assistance, many from unseaworthy vessels and persons whose vess els have run into trouble a nd attempted to swim to s hore. Always on-duty and ready to help, 24h ours a day, seven days a w eek, equipped with boats, planes and communications, BASRA is the only search and rescueo rganization in The Bahamas. Even more awe inspiring is the fact thata ll of the staff are volunteers who carry out their duties without compensa tion. D onations are an e xtremely important part of the contributions that BASRA depends on to function and maintain its service in Bahamian waters. BASRA does not ask for compensationf or their life saving missions that incur many expenses. Much of the financial support to theo rganization comes by donations from all sectors of the community. They need our assistance tok eep afloat. Annual contributions make a huge difference to the running of their operation. The BASRA Ball is slated this year for Saturday, November 6, at the Old Fort Club. Although the major fundraising effort for the Association, proceeds do not generate enough funds to cover expenses, leaving the organization to depend on the help of corporate partner. One such partner for many years has been Doctors Hospital, which recently presented the Association with a cheque to assist with rescue missions. We make a sizeable donation to BASRA each year in support of the tremendous job that they do at sea. We are aware that money for rescue efforts, fuel, radios, boats, lifesaving equipment and their maintenance; the upkeep of their headquarters, etc, can be quite expensive. By adding to their fundraising efforts, we can ensure that BASRA is equipped to continue to provide life-saving emergency assistance to those persons in distress and/or stranded at sea, stated Michele Rassin, Vice President of Operations, Doctors Hospital. Their next mission may save you. You can help by volunteering your services, becoming a BAS RA member or by for warding your donation to Bahamas Air-Sea Rescue Association, PO Box SS 6247, Nassau, Bahamas. Any funds you are willing to give will be gratefully accepted. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM File a Float Plan. Always let reliable people know where you are going and when you expect to return and stick to it. Stay in the general area you gave as a destination. Make sure he or she has the name and a full description of your boat (length, hull and deck colour, number and make of engines if out-board, Bimini top, outriggers, fly-bridge, towing dingy, etc.) and the number of persons on board. Pre Departure Check. Always check the weather forecast before departure. Listen to the weather forecasts on any local radio stations. Check bilge pump, radio, anchor, and paddles etc. Consider a spare anchor and line. Know your fuel capacity and consumption at various speeds and loads. Always take enough fuel for the trip. If possible take an extra can of fuel. You may have to slow down in rough weather and take twice as long to reach your destination. Know your boat. Most newer vessels have a safety plate giving the total weight to be carried and maximum number of passengers and maximum horsepower. If you smell fuel, do not start the engine. If you are painting the bottom or putting on a canvas, consider a red colour for easy rescue visibility. It is very difficult to see a blue and white boat in a blue and white ocean. Make sure all of your safety equipment is on board before departure life jackets or life cushions, flashlight and flares, tool kit, compass, manual bilge pump, first aid kit, fire extinguishers, etc. Carry bottles of drinking water and food sufficient for all persons on board. In case of Emergency. The primary reason for capsize is overloading or improper loading. It can happen also when broaching broadside to the waves in heavy weather. If your boat turns over, stay with the boat if it does not sink. Most small boats continue to float when turned over or fill with water. There is always the temptation to swim to shore, but, when you are in the water, you cannot correctly judge the distance to shore. It is usually two or three times further than it looks. It is also far easier to see you holding on to a boat than to see a small person in the water. Have your lifejacket accessible at all times. Use your VHF radio to broadcast your distress giving an accurate location. If your radio is dead, you can split open a soda can and flash SOS using the sunlight. Hospital makes annual donation to fundraising efforts at BASRA HOSPITALDONATION: (l-r at Doctors Hospital; Chris Lloyd, operations manager at BASRA; Michele Rassin, vice-president of Operations at Doctors Hospital, makes a cheque pre-s entation to Richard Parker, Commodore of BASRA. HERE ARE LIFE SAVING TIPS FROM BASRA TO KEEP YOU SAFE AT SEA:
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The nutrients found in Centrum help promote cell health. Vitamin C found in Centrum complements vitamin E to help protect cells from free radical damage. Vitamins and minerals can unlock energy, help maintain health, and strengthen immunity. The nutrients found in Centrum, beta-carotene, selenium and vitamins C and E, are antioxidants important for maintaining healthy immune function.Consult your doctor or pharmacist.These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (U.S.treat, cure, or prevent any disease. PUBLIC Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant raised the awareness of road safety among young people during the 5th Annual National Road Safety Youth Symposium last Thursday. It is timely as it is during this early stage in their lives they are learning many new concepts and developing habits, Minister Grant said. We are also aware that our countrys future economic growth is contingent upon our youth attaining healthy adulthood thereby allowing them to make a meaningful contribution. Mr Grant said it is imperative that the present time be used to save lives and prevent injuries by instructing young people on the safe use of the streets. The symposium was organised by the Road Traffic Department; the Ministry of Works; and Chevron Bahamas Limited and held under the theme Decade of Action for Road Safety. Participants included government, private and Family Island high school students. The following topics were addressed throughout the day: Causes of Crashes and Preventative Measures, Motorcycle Safety, and Injuries Related to Traffic Crashes. Presenters were Sgt Garlon Rolle of the Traffic Division; Daniel Williams, Cedric Cash, emergency medical technician and Jerome Rolle. In attendance was Philip Turner, road traffic controller, Albie Hope, transportation specialist, Michael Hudson, road safety coordinator, Ryan Bain, district sales manager of Chevron Bahamas and Valtio Cooper, Texaco youth spokesperson. Mr Grant said safer use of s treets by young people is a major concern for The Bahamas in light of statistics that reveal that young persons under the age of 26 accounted for 50 per cent of all road traffic deaths within the last two years. O ther statistics revealed by Mr Grant indicate that 45 fatalities were recorded during 2008 of which 22 were persons up to 25 years old. Furthermore, 56 traffic fatalities were recorded in 2009 of which 29 were persons up to 25 years old. This is a most undesirable t rend, and its reversal remains a priority of the Government, said Mr Grant. It is to be noted, however, that this trend is not unique to The Bahamas as focus on this issue continues to gain momentum internationally. Mr Grant explained that the World Health Organisations 2007 Report on Youth and Road Safety listed road traffic injuries as the leading cause of death globally among 15 to 19 years old and the second leading cause of death among persons 10 to 14 years old and 20 to 24 years old. In an effort to reduce the number of road traffic related injuries and deaths globally Mr Grant said the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 2011 to 2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety. The resolution calls for development of a Plan of Action for the decade and UN m ember states have been encouraged to set national road traffic casualty reduction targets to be achieved by the end of 2020. As a member of the UN, we therefore welcome the additional opportunities that will be presented through this Decade o f Action for Road Safety. During the 10-year period, we will further advance efforts to reduce the number of road traffic fatalities in The Bahamas, Mr Grant said. He reflected on initiatives implemented locally during the past year that play a significant role in the education of young persons on safer use of the streets. They include the relaunch of the Safe Driving Simulator Programme, the development of the new Highway Code and the introduction of the Drivers Manual. Mr Grant acknowledged and thanked Chevron Bahamas Limited, the Road Traffic Department, the National Road Safety Committee and other Government agencies that have partnered with his Ministry to host the symposium. Public Works and Transport Minister encourages road safety among youth ROADSAFETYADDRESS: Public Works and Transport Minister Neko C Grant gives the keynote address at the fifth annual national Road Safety Youth Symposium held at Workers House. L e t i s h a H e n d e r s o n / B I S ON-SONG: Students of C C Sweeting Senior High School choir, directed by Sonovia Pierre, sing the song Pay Attention during theo pening ceremonies of the fifth annual national Road Safety Youth Symposium on September 30.
IN an age when social media dominates how the under 25-set connect, the c ountrys leading youth d evelopment programme s aid it is reinventing how it a ppeals to participants w ith a new look, upgraded w ebsite with a sign-up inquiry e-mail option, Facebook presence and plans fora DVD. The Governor-Generals Youth Award (GGYA announced its rebranding l ast week, unveiling a new b lue-and-gold style in two brochures, one for prospect ive participants, another for d onors and volunteers, and n ews that the 2010 recruitment drive is officially underway with more islandst han ever joining the popular programme. National executive director Denise Mortimer said G GYA will also continue t o make a special effort to t arget at-risk youth. GGYA has proven an i nvaluable life experience f or more than 8,000 young men and women in the Bahamas since the programme was founded originally under the moniker of the Duke of Edinburghs Award in 1976, said Ms M ortimer. Through various elements community service, p ersonal skills development, e xpeditions and recreation p articipants have learned the value of teamwork, made a difference in theirc ommunities, developed new skills they will carry with them through life and, a long the way, discovered t heir own strengths. P articipants are able to s ign up at school, through their churches or individua lly and while there are already organised GGYA groups in Abaco, Grand Bahama, Acklins Island, Andros, Crooked Island and Long Island as well as in New Providence, Ms M ortimer hopes to expand t o additional islands this year. B ut much of that d epends on individuals who s erve as volunteers, accom p anying participants on c amping trips and expedit ions and without whom the p rogramme could not operate, said Ms Mortimer. Parents are invited to get involved in the recruitment process and we plan to make presentations to PTA groups and other pare nting organisations to e ncourage participation in a mentoring or training c apacity, said Ms Mort imer. New marketing materials and a sharpened focus prepare us to introduce ourp rogramme in every island in the Bahamas by the middle of next year. In 1996, the programme was rebranded as the Governor-General's Youth Award in the Bahamas to r eflect national identity, c ivic pride, and a focus on y outh. Despite rebranding and incorporation of a newl ogo, strict adherence to the p rinciples and structure set by the International Award Association has always been maintained, spokespersonss aid. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure tobehold offering a new interpretation of d riving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an air of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character from the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own particular needs. The key to this flexible response is the standard-fit Agility Control Package which includes selective damping. The interior offers noticeably more space and a more distinctive atmosphere tosuit your taste. As you will see, the C-Class is the perfect embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz philosophy.Tyreflex Star MotorsWulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. 7HDFKSHRSOHKRZWR WEHKDYHE\ DQG\RXZLOOEHVXUSULVHG RIWKHLPSDFW\RXZLOO KDYHRQVRFLHW\a 4WffkFSk^ad a XRWH RIWKH ZHHN Governor-Generals Youth Award launches new look and recruitment plans G ETTING GEARED UP: P ictured (lr ) are GGYA board of trustee secret ary Rosamund Roberts and national executive director Denise Mortimer with new marketing materials geared toward prospective participants and volunteers. Revamped r ecruitment plans include a new l ook, online outreach and a slated DVD. C r a i g E l d o n f o r D P & A PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti HAITI'Scivil protection chief says five are dead and another person missing after a storm struck the country's southern peninsula, according to Associated P ress. Civil protection head Marie Alta JeanBaptiste says the deaths were caused Fri d ay in the western areas of the moun tainous southern peninsula by rushing rivers and mudslides. More than a dozen houses were struck b y a landslide. More than 300 people were evacuated from flooding rivers. Radio Kiskeya also reported damage to farms and roads. T he area was not seriously affected by the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated Port-au-Prince and southeastern Haiti. H aitian officials issued a yellow alert for further flooding across the country on Saturday. More islands than ever joining programme Civil protection director: At least five dead after storm hits Haiti
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE MARISA Mason-Smith, Human Resources andT raining Manager at B ahamas Electricity Corpor ation has achieved many distinctions in the course of her career. None has made her prouder than being named Boss of the Year for 2010 byt he International Association o f Administrative Professionals, Bahamas Branch. On receiving her award, Ms Smith said, I was humbled because its a competitive and prestigious title. Ia m very honoured to have b een chosen to receive this international award. Ms Smith has good reason to be proud. The title is a much-sought after recognit ion from a highly respected body. IAAP is a non-profit association for office profes-s ionals with approximately 28,000 members and affiliates and nearly 600 chapters around the world. Its mission is to enhance the success of career-minded administrative p rofessionals by providing o pportunities for growth through education, community building and leadershipd evelopment. Ms Smith, a seasoned human resources professiona l, has a long history of cont ributions to human resources development in The Bahamas. She is a f ounding member and twoterm past president of the Bahamas Human ResourcesD evelopment Association ( BHRDA). She has held many other positions in that association, including vice p resident of programmes, public relations director and membership director. Dur i ng Smiths term in the latter position, the association grew and experienced its largest and most active pro f essional membership to date. In October 2009, she was re-elected to the execu t ive membership of the asso ciation as vice president of education. S harnette Ferguson, presid ent of the IAAP Bahamas Branch said, Mrs Marissa Mason-Smith in my estima t ion is the ultimate professional. From my first encounter with her, she hasb een consistent in her appearance, disposition and speech. Mrs Marissa Mason-S mith has always been an encourager to engage in those things which will enhance your skills as an office professional, pursue your dreams and use every opportunity as one to learns omething new. When the announcement was made at this years Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon (April 21 Resort & Crystal Palace Casino, even though we did not know who the nominees were, I was not surprised when her name was called, she is highly admired and respected within our Associ ation. In her leadership role in the BHRDA, Ms Smith pion eered the Association in qualifying, joining ando btaining international stat us with the Society of H uman Resources Management in 1988. Headquartered in Virginia, the Society has p rofessional membership of some 350,000 people. Ms Smith is the first Bahamiant o hold the position of execu tive director and area representative, an executive position on that international board. Ms Smith can boast of a highly specialised educationi n her professional field. She holds a Master of Science degree in Human Resources Development from the University of Manchester, Manchester, England. This degree w as focused on productivity m anagement in public sector organisations. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree i n Business Management (Human Resource Management concentration) from Florida Atlantic University.S he has also been the recipi ent of many certifications in the areas of business man a gement and human resources management and development. W hile studying in England, M s Smith was awarded a consultancy, whereby she worked with a team ofh uman resource professionals and consultants, to assist in the reorganisation andr estructuring of a public organisation. Currently, Ms Smith lectures part time ats everal tertiary institutions including the College of The Bahamas. Her core subjects are: Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development, Managerial Psychology, Business Com m unication and Organisation Development and Industrial Relations. Since 2003, Marisa MasonSmith has held the position of Human Resources Manager at BEC, where she is responsible for more than 1000 employees. Prior to this appointment, she was employed with the Govern ment of The Bahamas in the Department of Public Service. Human resources manager at BEC is boss of the year TheEBSCOhost Publishing Company, based in Birmingham, Alabama, is the provider of online research databases for schools worldwide, including the Bahamas. As a result of the collaboration, students, lecturers, physicians, nurses and other allied health professionals now have access to the vast library of on-line databases, which now include Health Business Elite, Medline, Nursing Reference Centre, Patient Education Reference Centre, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, Rehabilitation Reference Centre and Scientific and Medical Art Imagebase. We are delighted to have all these resources, especially the ones added due to the consortium because we would not be able to afford them otherwise, explained COB Hilda Bowen Librarian, Ms. Virginia Ballance.These products are state-of-the-art. They are the same as the ones you would find in any university nursing and medical programme anywhere in the world. These are won derful resources that students can also use when practising nurses. Ministry of Health and Public Hospitals Authority staff fully endorse the collaboration, which enables various departments in New Providence and on the Family Islands to electronically access valuable medical information on patient care from an evidencebased medical database called Dynamed. This is critically important given the archipelagic nature of The Bahamas and the challenges that can sometimes occur when health providers at polyclinics in the Family Islands need ready access to important med ical information. The Department of Public Health has offices spread across The Bahamas and for physicians, nurses and anyone in the allied health field, here and in the Family Islands, to have access to these col lections of databases is wonderful, said Cheryl Thompson, Deputy Chief Health Education Officer, Department of Public Health. These databases provide current evidence-based information that can be used for planning, for developing policies and making critical decisions. Embracing its mission to support national development through education, research and innovation and service, the College will continue to encourage collaborations, which enhance training and learning opportunities for students, faculty and staff. FROM page five College of Bahamas signs historic Memorandum of Understanding B OSSOFTHEYEAR: Marisa Mason-Smith
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010, PAGE 11 SENATOR Allyson Mayn ard Gibson, president of t he International Womens Forum, led the largest dele gation other than the Chinese delegation to the I nternational Conference on Women in Urban Development and Commemorationo f the 15th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration on Women. The conference was held f rom September 16-18 in S hanghai, China and was hosted by the All China Womens Federation (ACWF president Madam Chen Zhilli, who is also the vicechairman of the StandingC ommittee of the National Peoples Congress. Madam Chen Zhili is the third highest national office h older in government of the P eoples Republic of China. Senator Gibson also chaired the Plenary: Minis t erial and High-level Ses sion on September 17, which included, among oth e rs, the government minis ters responsible for womens affairs of Singapore, Thai land, Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, M alaysia, Indonesia, Fiji, C ambodia, Brunei Darus salam and Bangladesh. A meeting was also held with Madame Chen Zhili during which, among other things, an agreement was struck as to future coopera t ion between the Interna tional Womens Forum (IWF CONFERENCE: Shown in the front row of the photo from left to r ight are a member of the ACWF; Meng Xiaosi, vice-president and m ember of the Secretariat of the ACWF; Carol Cox-Wait, a past p resident of the IWF; Chen Zhili, ACWF president, Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson; Song Xiuyan, vice-president and first member oft he Secretariat of the ACWF, and Fran Streets, a past president of t he IWF. Senator leads delegation to womens conference THE Inter-American Development Bank and the United Kingdoms Department for International Development will help create a new Caribbean Competitiveness Centre at the University of the West Indies with a US$750,000 grant. The agreement was signed today by IDB Caribbean Department Manager Gerard Johnson and E. Nigel Harris, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI organized by the IDB in Nassau. The Caribbean Competitiveness Centre will provide intellectual leadership on issues related to private sector development and competitiveness, said Johnson, by increasing the institutional capacity to generate and share world-class and Caribbean-specific knowledge on private sector development and competitiveness. The University of the West Indies is fully committed with strengthening research capabilities and training to support private sector development and competitiveness in the region, said Nigel Harris. The establishment of this centre will put UWI at the forefront of the debate on policies to promote private sector development. The centre will be at UWIs St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago and the Pro Vice Chancellor of Planning and Development, Bhoendradatt Tewarie,willbe its Chairman. The centre will help upgrade the technical capacity of academics and public and private sector officials in cutting edge approaches to competitiveness, business climate reforms, clustering and small and medium-sized enterprises development. am sure that the centre will establish a network of academics, policymakers and business leaders to share their reflections and ideas on how to move the region for ward, added Harris, who hailed the partnership as a great vehicle to generate new ideas and policies to improve the regions competitiveness. The University of the West Indies, as the premier autonomous regional higher education institution serving fifteen countries in the English-speaking Caribbean, is the ideal partner for such an initiative. The centre creates a timely opportunity for the regions academics, private sector executives and policy makers to access the best practices across the world on private sec tor development. The establishment of the Caribbean Competitiveness Centre is closely related to a larger initiative, Compete Caribbean, a multimillion dollar grant facility established by the Inter-American Development Bank, the UKs Department for International Development (DFID the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA policies, business climate reforms, clustering initiativesand small and medium-sized enterprises within a compre hensive private sector development framework in the Caribbean. University of the West Indies to establish new Caribbean Competitiveness Centre
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS P AGE 12, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM for For Tickets & Table ReservationsCONTACT: Viola Heastie-Knowles E-mail: email@example.com Elma Storr E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 323-7370/3 Fax: 323-7404SATURDAY JANUARY 29th 2011Wyndham Nassau Resort Ballroom Cable Beach Nassau, Bahamas NR36 T HE orientation process f or the BORCO Foundation Technical Welding School took place on Thursday, September 16, at the Total Education Centre in Hawksbill in Freeport. Thirty students, four of whom are women were cho s en from among 120 applicants to participate in the six-month course. T he successful students w ill be provided with an opportunity: to be certified in plate and pipe welding to ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers)ninth level, which also allows them to work at industrial companies; ande ach student will be provided with a coverall, boots and all equipment necessary for t he course. C lasses began on September 20 and are being held daily at the Total Education Centre, Monday through Friday from 8am to 4pm. The course is a combination of theory and practical.T he school has a staff of three instructors and one administration person. STUDENTS WITH BORCO FOUNDATION MEMBER (l-r Jones, managing Director; Larry Russell, Geneva Rutherford, Fred Delancy. Standing (l-rD emeritte; Samuel Rigby, assistant coordinator. Thirty students are chosen for BORCOcourse
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Initial tests indicate missing boater Judson Newton, who together with his friend Franklin Roosevelt was reported missing, was eaten by the shark, confirmed Assistant Commissioner Hulan Hanna. I t is still unknown if Mr Newton was alive or d ead when he was eaten. Regarding the shark attack this weekend, Mr Engle told TheTribune he believed it was an isolated one. He said that the shark, which appeared to be yellowish brown in colour, b etween five to six feet long, was spotted only a fter the attack. Luckily we had a couple of my buddies there who helped transport her. We had to put her in a boat and then get her to a car, then on to the medical centre. Luckily everything came together. There is no threat of her losing her leg or anything. Luckily the shark bit down a couple of times and let go. The wound is bad but it could have been a lot worse, Mr Engle said,while crediting the medical personnel at Hope Town for their assistance. There has never, in recent memory, been a ny shark attack here. Sometimes these smaller sharks are a little more aggressive but we have surfed this whole area for the last 30 years and have never had a problem before. We think its an isolated event, Mr Engle said. Personally I would discourage any shark diving adventures in the Abacos or the B ahamas where they literally feed sharks to bring them in. I dont think thats a good thing for the Bahamas because these sharks can interact with other humans someplace else and expect to see food, Mr Engle said. including American actor Anthony Anderson and former presidents of Costa Rica and Ecuador. According to Mr King, the World Citizen Award is a humanitarian foundation that was launched five years ago and has become "famous for its work of recognising and honouring selected leaders from all over the world who have distinguished themselves in their respective fields while promoting the causes of peace." Mr King told TheTribune yesterday that he felt that the article had cast the King Foundation in a negative light and focused too heavily on his past. We help persons, we help organisations, we give school supplies and we give scholarships. We are not an organisation based on telling people what we do, he said. People know who Dr King is. I have made some mistakes, Im not perfect, Mr King said. s aid to be participating in the d emonstration. M eanwhile, the government is still attempting to mediate the land dispute b etween Arawak Homes and outraged homeowners,a ccording to Minister of S tate for Lands and Local G overnment Byran Woodside, who is also the MP for Pinewood. A t the same time, A rawak Homes was said to be investing all of its "time a nd focus" on completing a detailed report of alleged trespass in Pinewood Gardens. The government's decis ion follows public outcry over the legality and morali ty of actions taken by the firm against alleged trespassers. The destruction of the h ome that Frederick Wood and his wife Maria GibsonWood took over eight years to build, was said by the f irm to be the consequence of a complex process that s panned over a quarter of a c entury. In a press statement, Arawak Homes claimed thea ction was in full complia nce with the law. The company also said that the relevant parties in the demolition of the Wood home have had their day in court. Despite the strength of its legal position and in keeping with corporate policy, since 2003, Arawak has g iven the particular trespasser numerous opportunities to cooperate in curing the trespass by means other than what transpired. Residents plan Arawak Homes demonstration F ROM page one WOMAN INJUREDAFTERSHARKATTACKINTHEABACOS FROM page one FROM page one RUDY KING DEFENDS AWARD
placed the number at 9,000. He said the reference was a consultative report on youth development produced by a government steering committee. The problem is real and it is affecting Bahamians as young as eight and nine. At that age they serve as recruits. It could start out as washing a car for $5 for a known gang member, he said. Minor chores end up being major crimes, like transporting drugs, ammunition and weapons by order of gang leaders, he said. The problem sufficiently warr ants the creation of a multidepartmental gang unit, accord ing to Pastor Reid. The idea has caught steam with the Royal Bahamas Police Force. The top brass were in attendance at the YAV workshop. Commissioner Elliston Greenslade confirmed that ag ang unit has been a part of continuing discussions among his executive management team. He said they are open to the idea of establishing a gang unit as another strategy for youth intervention. The gang unit would fit into the polices over all youth strategy that includes involvement, interaction and intervention, said Mr Greenslade. It would not be based on the limited lock them up mentality held by some people. I spoke to the boys and they are just ordinary kids. These are little fellas who need mentorship. They asked me questions like if I have ever stolen something, said Mr Greenslade. They are just try ing to test you. He explained to a group of boys, suspended from H.O. Nash Junior School, that he once stole a bicycle when he was a boy in Bain Town. He said his grandmother made him take it back. We have been calling for this gang unit from thy king dom come. The authorities are either clueless, dont care or they dont live in the Bahamas. All of the different agencies should come together and form that unit, said Pastor Reid, speaking of the ministry of youth and education, the department of social services, the police, and other stake holders. Minister Grey said gang membership is broken down into several categories. Wannabes, he said, are indi viduals who imitate the behav iour of hardcore gangsters. This activity is primarily seen at the primary school and junior high school level. Periphery members are individuals who are part in and part out, or may be interested in seeking membership. Primarily seen at the junior high school level, these members are not fully entrenched in the gang, but they deal in some level of intimidation and harassment. Affiliates are the real gang bangers, said Minister Grey. This activity is seen primarily at the senior high school level. Participants at this level are believed to be committed to deviant behaviour and other criminal activity such as carrying weapons and selling drugs. Hardcore gangsters, or OGs (original gangstas life; ready to die. They are mainly out of school young men, said Minister Grey. Not all young people will admit to gang membership, said Minister Grey, but they are trained to look at the signs: graffiti in school books; body tattoos, particular ways of dressing; hair cuts; sounds; hand signals, for example. My mummy used to say stop hanging out with those bad company boys. Little did she know I was the bad company.A lot of parents they swear for their kids, but they are lost in the storm, said Minister Grey, who was one of the founding members of the Rebellion Raiders in the 1980s. The reality is a lot of our young people are good when they are home, but when they are out on the strips, they are terrorists. Personally, that is who I was. I had a split person ality almost. Respectful at home, then out on the strip doing all kinds of crazy things. A lot of parents dont see their kids as being that, he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM '($7+ $11281&(0(17& XUVH\:LOOLDP6WUDFKDQDJH IRUPHUO\RI5HHYHV6WUHHW)R[ +LOOGLHGDW2OG%LJKW&DW,VODQGR Q 7KXUVGD\6HSWHPEHU +HLVVXUYLYHGRQHVRQ&KDUOWRQ 6 WUDFKDQWZRVLVWHUV1HOFLWD 6WUDFKDQ6DPXHOVDQG*HQHYLHYH 6WUDFKDQVL[EURWKHUV0DUWLQ& OHPHQW-XOLDQ3KLOLS(WLHQQH DQG$OYLQ6WUDFKDQQXPHURXV QLHFHVDQGQHSKHZVLQFOXGLQJ3 HWHU$UPEULVWHURI)UHHSRUW*UDQG %DKDPD & UHPDWLRQZDVKHOG:HGQHVGD\ the PLP MP for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell, said that he and his par liamentary colleague Alfred Sears, the MP for Fort Charlotte, have been in contact with the vendors and their lawyers and were given to understand that the nine Bahamians have not yet been for mally indicted. Once the federal indictment happens, he said, it is expected that a date for a hearing will be set. Routinely, this hap pens within 30 days of an arrest. The vendors were arrested on September 15 as they waited to board a flight back to Nassau from New York. Mr Mitchell said lawyers for the nine vendors have been appointed by the court and will be paid by the State of New York. Mr Symonette also confirmed the appointment of the lawyers. These lawyers are not public defenders, but private attorneys hired by the court to represent the vendors in this case, Mr Mitchell said. According to the Fox Hill MP, the vendors are holding up well considering the circumstances, however, they are concerned about the safety and well-being of one of their group who was separated from the others and sent to a different prison. Mr Mitchell said two of the vendors, Marva and Marvette Fer guson are twins, and one of them was sent to a prison in Brooklyn, separated from her sister on the grounds that they are identical and that this poses a security risk. The others are now very concerned for her, he said. The other vendors, except who was able to meet her bond requirements, are being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Centre in south Manhattan. The Bahamians were charged in a Manhattan court on September 2 with conspiracy to defraud the US, specifically by the traf ficking of counterfeit goods. They could face a maximum sentence of three years in prison on the charge, which came after a sixmonth long federal surveillance operation by the US Department of Homeland Security and Immigration, Customs and Enforcement. It is alleged that they went on an illegal shopping spree for counterfeit designer bags and jewellery that they intended to sell at their Straw Market stalls back home. Hundreds of counterfeit goods were allegedly found in their lug gage that had been checked on a return flight to Nassau. The vendors Roshanda Rolle, Gayle Rolle, Marva Ferguson, Marvette Ferguson, Patricia Hanna, Shamone Thompson, Margaret Pierre, Judy Duncombe and Tracy Davis have all admitted to knowing that the goods they purchased were counterfeit and/or illegal. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Con sulate General's Office in New York, is monitoring the situation and providing various levels of assistance to the vendors. FROM page one Youth gangs FROM page one Straw vendors face wait MANYHAPPYRETURNS :A huge cake is cut on Saturday at Marathon Mall, as the shopping centre celebrated its 21st anniversary. T im Clarke / Tribune staff MARATHONMALLCELEBRATES21ST ANNIVERSARY
C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB email@example.com MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $4.19 $4.37 $4.22 By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Bahamas First Holdings is p rojecting an 80.5 per cent i ncrease in year-over-year n et comprehensive income to $7.598 million for its 2010 financial year, Tribune Busi ness can reveal, boosted by a forecast $2 million contribution from its new CaymanI slands acquisition. T he general insurance h olding company is also predicting that net comprehensive income will increasea gain in its 2011 and 2012 financial years, rising by 23.6 per cent year-over-year to $9.391 million in the former, and again by 5.5 per cent to $9.904 million in the latter. The projections, which Bahamas First Holdingse mphasised were not a guar anteed financial performance, were contained in t he private placement memorandum for its $15 million bond issue that was issuedt o institutional and high-net worth investors last week. Tribune Business has obtained a copy of the document for the offering, which opened on Septem ber 30, 2010, and is scheduled to close on October 15. T he memorandum Bahamas First eyes 80.5% profit growth n General insurer predicting rise to $7.598m in 2010 on back o f $2m contribution from Cayman acquisition, with 23.6% and 5.5% rises to over $9m in 2011 and 2012 n $15m bond offering memorandum reveals firm has increased GBA stake to majority 57% n General insurer planning to list bonds on BISX 12-18 months after issuance n Returns to positive internal growth in 2009, with dividend payout ratio falling from 103.9% to 77.5%, and cashflow from operating activities per share back in positive territory SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The major Nassau/Paradise Island hotels continued to see improvements in key financial indicators through August 2010, with revenues and room n ights sold some 8 per cent and 7 per cent ahead, respectively, of 2009 comparatives f or that month, with every m onth putting the industry c loser to achieving pre-September 2008 crash numbers. Robert Sands, the Bahamas H otel Associations (BHA president, said that while the resort industry was still not back to business levelss een prior to the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, it was enjoying consistent, steady growth when its performance was matched to 2009 numbers. I can tell you that we saw growth in both average d aily room rate and occupancy, Mr Sands told Tribune B usiness. The aggregate occupancy for August was approximately 70 per cent, compared to 66 per cent last year. Thats almost a 7 per cent increase in room nightss old, and in terms of revenue generated, an almost 8 per cent increase. When you look at the year-to-date position, August almost mirrors the aggregate for the year, 5 per centa head of last year in terms of room nights sold, and 7.7 per cent in revenue. Air arrivals to Nassau at the end of June were up almost 3 per cent. Analysing the performance of the 14 large Nassau/Par adise Island hotels included in the regular Ministry of Tourism survey, Mr Sands added: Certainly, for August we continue to see improvement, but the progress cont inues to point to stabilisation and, also, some small g rowth. Nassau/PI hotels see 8% revenue rise for August Every month putting resort industry closer to pre-recession numbers, with August occupancies 4 percent points above 2009 and room nights sold 7% ahead* Performance mirrors first eight months of 2010, with revenues up 7.7% and room nights sold ahead at 5% ROBERT SANDS SEE page 6B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A Bahamian-owned airl ine is putting plans to begin flights to and from the US on hold for three months to see how we survive Octobera nd November, its head telling Tribune Business that private operators were beings queezed on all sides be a c ombination of fee increases and Bahamasair selling cutprice tickets. S peaking after Cat Island A ir was last week barred by the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD f rom operating from its facil i ties, due to alleged non-pay ment of various fees, Captain Randy Butler, head of Sky Bahamas, told this Airline places US expansion plans on hold Private Bahamian carrier s ays being squeezed on all sides by fee increases and Bahamasair ticket prices Says industry paying some Civil Aviation fees fors ervices it is not getting, such as Family Island security and baggage screening Suggests postponing a irport redevelopment phase two, as financial projections have changes SEE page 6B RANDY BUTLER By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor There is a large measure of confidence within the Bahamian financial services industry that this country will receive a favourable Peer Review report from the OECDs Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Tax Informa tion, one leading attorney telling Tribune Business that the process is in a way, a good thing for this nation. Brian Moree QC, senior partner at McKinney, Ban croft & Hughes, said the fact all financial centres were being assessed to the same standards when it came to the exchange of tax infor mation would benefit the Bahamas, since it would help create the level playing field environment this country had long sought on the matter, and ensure rivals interested in lower levels of compliance did not achieve a competitive advantage. Arguing that the Peer Review process was intended to determine whether countries were actually fol lowing through on their taxrelated commitments, and that paying lip service and rhetoric were no longer good enough, Mr Moree said the Bahamas was opti mistic it would fare well. This nation is currently undergoing the first round of the Peer Review process, which assesses whether it has the correct systems and structures in place to facilitate the effective exchange of tax information upon request, and Mr Moree told Tribune Business: I think theres a large measure of OECD Review a good thing for Bahamas BRIANMOREE Leading QC says process minimises chance of rivals gaining advantage through lesser compliance by holding them to level playing field commitment* Says a large measure of confidence in Bahamas financial industry that nation will pass well SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A Bahamian private bank has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it in the US, arguing that it has no record of the alleged $14 million account at the centre of the dispute. In their motion to dismiss an action brought against them in the Columbia District Court by a US citizen, Tonya Day, Corner Bank (Overseas and its manager, Colyn Roberts, said a comprehensive search of their records detected no trace of the purported account that the plain tiff alleged her mother had established at the bank. In their response, Corner Bank (Overseas based at 308 East Bay Street, and Mr Roberts alleged: Plaintiff claims that she is trustee and administrator of the estate of her mother, Lav era Jean Foelgner. Foelgner allegedly told plaintiff that she had set aside approxi mately $14 million for the plaintiff in an account at Corner Bank. Plaintiffs only allegations in support of the existence of the account are a claimed con versation with Foelgner and a sticker on the back of a painting bearing a number and a passBahamas bank: No record of disputed $14m trust account SEE page 5B
I t was a moderate week of trading in the Bahamian stock market. Investors traded in five out of the 24 listed securities, with one advancer and all the other securities remaining unchanged. EQUITY MARKET A total of 67,136 shares changed hands, representing a decrease of 33,896 shares compared to the previous week's trading volume of 101,032 shares. Colina Holdings (CHL the volume leader in the week, trading a volume of 61,044 shares to see its stock price close unchanged at $2.50. Commonwealth Bank (CBL was the sole advancer in the week, trading a volume of 1,000 shares to see its share price close up by $0.32 at $6.60. BOND MARKET No notes traded in the Bahamian bond market last week. COMPANY NEWS Earnings Releases: Bahamas Waste (BWL released its unaudited financial results for the six month period ending June 30, 2010. BWL reported a net income of $218,000, a decline of $170,000 from the same period in the previous year, with its $1.2 million gross profit declining by $184,000. It was noted that while sales and services revenues of $3.7 million declined slightly by $47,000 or 1 per cent in relation to the 2009 comparative period, cost of sales increased by $137,000 or 6 per cent to hit $2.6 million. Total operating expenses of $951,000 were consistent with the same period in 2009, declining slightly by $14,000. Earnings per share for the six-month period were $0.05, compared to $0.09 in the comparative period, a decline of $0.04. Total assets and liabilities stood at $10.5 million and $1.3 million respectively at June 30, 2010, compared to $9.9 million and $952,000 at December 31, 2009. Bahamas Property Fund (BPF financials for the quarter ending June 30, 2010, reporting a net income of $442,000 a decline of $111,000 or 20 per cent compared to the same period last year. Total rental and other income of $1 million was consistent with the same quarter in 2009, increasing slightly by $49,000 quarter-over-quarter. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM $69 PARADISE ISLANDBAHAMAS 'U/LX=HOLQ/HRf+DV 029('IURPLOODJHRDGWR :LQFKHVWHUWUHHWDOPGDOH1 0LUDFXORXV&KLQHVHHGLFDO'RFWRU 6WRSDLQ,Q$LQXWHV The Bahamian producers of Islands of the World Fashion Week have establ ished two scholarships in conjunction with the intern ationally-recognised Par s ons, The New School for Design, based in New York. M odes Iles Ltd, an affiliate of Nassau-based financial services provider, the M ontaque Group, said the scholarships would allow ap romising young fashion d esigner to attend one of the m any summer programs o ffered at the institution, helping to enhance their s kills in various aspects of t he fashion industry. T he first scholarship will b e awarded to the recipient of the NextGen Designer Award competition, which is held annually during the I slands of the World Fash i on Week in November, and is selected by a panel of i nternational judges. Past recipients of the NextGen Designer Award have been Tamiko Browne of St Vincent & the Grenadines, and Darcel de Vlugt of Trinidad & Toba go. T he second scholarship, named in honour of the late Bahamian designer, Harl Tay l or, who attended the schools Fashion scholarship targeted at Bahamian RoyalFidelity Market Wrap INTERNATIONAL MARKETS FOREX Rates Weekly % Change Currency CAD 0.9809 0.42 GBP 1.5825-0.03 EUR1.37952.19 Commodities Commodity Weekly%Change Crude Oil83.709.33 Gold 1,316.25 1 .40 INTERNATIONAL STOCK MARKET INDEXES IndexWeekly% Change DJIA10,829.70-0.28 S & P 5001,146.24-0.21 NASDAQ 2,370.75-0.44 Nikkei9,404.23-0.71 BOND MARKET TRADING STATISTICS BISX DESCRIPTIONVOLUME PARVALUE SYMBOL FBB13 FBB Series 0$1,000 C Notes Due 2013 FBB15FBB Series0$1,000 D Notes Due 2015 FBB17FBB Series 0$1,000 A Notes Due 2017 FBB22FBB Series0$1,000 B Notes Due 2022 E QUITY MARKET TRADING STATISTICS BISX CLOSING WKLY PRICE VOLUME YTD PRICE SYMBOL PRICECHANGE CHANGE AML$ 1.01$-4,242-13.68% BBL$ 0.18$-` 0-71.43% BOB$ 4.90$-0-16.95% BPF$ 10.63$-0-1.02% BSL$ 5.01$-0-50.20% BWL$ 3.15$-00.00% CAB$ 10.77$-07.92% CBL$ 6.60$0.321,000-5.71% CHL$ 2.50$-61,044-8.09% CIB$ 9.74$-700-2.50% CWCB $ 1.94$0.060-31.93% DHS$ 1.90$-0-25.49% FAM$ 6.07$-0-6.47% FBB$ 2.17$-0-8.44% FCL$ 5.46$-15014.47% FCLB$ 1.00$-00.00% FIN$ 8.50$-0-8.41% ICD$ 5.59$-00.00% JSJ$ 9.92$-0-0.30% PRE$ 10.00$-00.00% S EE page 8B SEE page 8B OWEN BETHEL
E ighty per cent of the B ahamas would be submerged if predictions about increased sea levels associated with global warming c ome to fruition, the Prime M inister has warned, adding t hat this nation was the fifth m ost vulnerable in the w orld. A ddressing the InterAmerican Development Banks (IDB Regional Forum on Friday, M r Ingraham said it was critical for regional governm ents to seek resources from the organisation and Caribbean Development Bank (CDB impact of climate change. M r Ingraham said: All C aribbean Small Island D evelopment States (SIDS f ace challenges from Clim ate Change, not only b ecause so much of the economic infrastructure in our countries is located along vulnerable coastlines, but also because of wider potential damage: to fresh water l ens, with repercussions for agriculture; to marine temp eratures increases, with implications for commercial and recreational fishing; andf or stronger and more frequent storms, whose dama ge require perennial replacement of costly infras tructure. For our part, the B ahamas is the fifth-most v ulnerable country to sea level rise. Indeed, an increase in temperature of two degrees Celsius is proj ected to result in a sea level r ise of two metres. Such an e ventuality would submerge 8 0 per cent of our territor y............ As we gather here, we know that there is so much at stake for our people. I trust that our deliberations w ill be serious and focused, and that we can resolve to l eave here with a programme, fine tuned to better meet the needs of our societies and region at this diffi cult time. W arning that fiscal cons olidation would be required t hroughout the region, due t o the high levels of nationa l debt faced by many C aribbean countries, Mr Ingraham said: This year, however, is showing some improvement over last year, particularly as some member countries have begun to experience positive signs in t heir productive sectors. Commodity prices are slowly rising, and there is e xpectations that small gains i n the tourism sector will be realised as our main markets continue to exit from recession. Unemployment, however, remains stubbornly high in our region, in many cases,i n double digits hence our c hief focus on promoting e conomic growth and creati ng jobs, thereby improving the general economic welfare of our people. The employment p rospects of our citizens, the r eduction of poverty in our r egion, the rebalancing of t he fiscal circumstances of o ur governments, the mitig ation of the environmental challenges, and the overall improvement of our infrastructure, all require a r estoration of sustained growth in each of our count ries. And the Prime Minister added: While we know that growth in our region will depend on the economic f ortunes of the wider global e conomy, particularly the e conomies of the major i ndustrialised countries, we m ust ensure that our own e fforts support the fiscal, monetary and human capacities to sustain growth. I am fond of saying that in our case, tourism counts. This is increasingly true for most regional economies. T he availability of efficient and reliable energy; reliable, inexpensive communicat ions; safe and cost-effective t ransportation and other infrastructure are all critical to our tourism product. The standard of our i nfrastructure and the quality of our human resources determine our success in ani ncreasingly competitive g lobal tourism market. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM /RYH%HDFK&RWWDJH 80% of the Bahamas may be submerged HUBERTINGRAHAM
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS P AGE 4B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM revealed that the $15 million bond offering is being split into two classes, both worth $ 7.5 million, with one maturing after 10 y ears and the other after 15. The 10-year b ond will carry an interest rate coupon of Prime plus 1.75 per cent, which is currently 7.25 per cent, and the latter Prime plus 2 per cent, which is 7.5 per cent. Patrick Ward, Bahamas Firsts president a nd chief executive, did not return Tribune B usinesss phone calls seeking comment prio r to press deadline, while this newspaper w as also told that the general insurers chairm an, Ian Fair, had left the island and was likely to be gone for several weeks. B ond However, speaking to Tribune Business last month when this newspaper exclusively revealed Bahamas First Holdings plans to raise $15 million via a private placement bond issue, Mr Ward said the move was intended to bolster the companys capital p osition and enable it to exploit any opport unities that came its way. T he private placement is intended to raise c apital from targeted investors only, and is n ot a public offering, so the Bahamian publ ic should not apply. Items of interest disclosed by the offering memorandum included the predicted contribution to the companys 2010 bottom line from its acquisition of a 75.24 per cent stake in Sagicor General (Cayman Cayman First Insurance, plus Bahamas First H oldings purchase of a majority stake in Bahamian insurance agency, General Brokers & Agents (GBA Bahamas First Holdings acquired a 75.24 p er cent equity interest in Cayman First I nsurance on June 17, 2010, but the transfer of interest was effective from January 1, 2010, the insurance companys placementd ocument said. All 2010 benefits of trading inure to the Bahamas First Holdings Group, which is budgeted at $2 million net income for 2010. In August 2010, the Board of the Insura nce Commission approved Bahamas First Holdings application for the additional pur chase of 27 per cent of the shares of Gener a l Brokers & Agents (GBA As a result, Bahamas First Holdings now owns 57 per cent of the total outstanding shares of GBA. B ahamas First Holdings also served notice of an impending new listing for the Bahamas International Securities Exchange (BISX with plans to list the $15 million worth ofb onds on the exchange some 12-18 months after issuance. The bond issue is being placed and advised by CFAL, and the offering memorandum said: As the directors do not intend to immediately list these bonds on BISX, investors should be aware that they might n ot immediately be able to readily liquidate t heir holdings. Following the closing of this offering, CFAL Securities will, on an on-going basis, facilitate the buying and selling of the secu rities in the over-the-counter market. The directors have indicated that they intend to list these bonds and their existing securities on BISX within the next 12-18 months from issuance. Bahamas First Holdings financial projections are likely to be studied with interest by rival insurance carriers and the wider industry, and are relying to a certain extent on the boost its Cayman acquisition will bring to the bottom line. The companys 2010, 2011 and 2012 net income projections are significantly ahead of t he total comprehensive net income figures recorded for 2006-2009, when they largely stayed around the $3-$4 million level, apart from 2007 when they hit $14 million large-l y due to the investment gains from its Commonwealth Bank equity holdings. Given that Bahamas First Holdings gross p remium levels have been projected to remain flat at around $100 million, the Cayman acquisition can be estimated as gener-a ting a roughly $50 million impact for the groups top-line. G ross written premiums are projected to j ump to $149.106 million this year, increasing to $152.076 million in 2011 and $155.115 million in 2012. N et premiums are forecast to hit $59.649 million in 2010, rising to $60.83 million in 2011 and $61.588 million the following year. T he same trends and patterns are forecast for total underwriting income, which is projected to hit $82.266 million in 2010, followed by successive increases to $84.098 million in 2011 and $85.437 million in 2012. As for net underwriting income, this is p rojected to strike $24.442 million in 2010, followed by $25.147 million in 2011 and $25.522 million in 2012. Cover Bahamas First Holdings said it should be able to comfortably cover its annuald ebt servicing obligations associated with t he bonds, which were expected to attract interest payments of $1.5 million during e ach of 2010, 2011 and 2012. T his was based on the companys net tech n ical results (operating income c ast at $6.006 million in 2010, followed by $6.374 million in 2011 and $6.363 million in 2 012. For each year, operating income was f our times or higher than the interest pay ments. A nd Bahamas First said its combined r atio, which measures underwriting prof i tability, was projected to rise from 68.77 per cent in 2009 to 70.29 per cent this year.T his ratio, a function of total underwriting expenses divided by total underwriting income, was forecast to remain above 70 per cent in both 2011 and 2012. In light of the improvement in the companys net income position (and, conseq uently, return on equity, and the decrease in the dividend payout ratio from 103.9 per c ent to 77.5 per cent, Bahamas First Holdings recorded a positive internal growth ratei n fiscal 2009, the offering memorandum said. Bahamas First Holdings cash flow from operating activities per share returned to positive territory at $0.09 from -$0.15 in fiscal 2008. Bahamas First eyes 80.5% profit growth F ROM page 1B
word (though not, apparently, the name or location of a bank). Plaintiff does not allege any knowledge of a will, a ccount documents, bank statements, correspondence, or any other written confirmation of the existence of the account or plaintiffs claimed interest in the account. After Foelgners death in 2006, plaintiff began inquiring about the alleged account. A fter repeated and comprehensive record searches, Corner Bank confirmed that there was no such account at the bank. Nevertheless, plaintiff filed this lawsuit on August 2, 2010, claming that Corner Bank and Roberts had withheld her access to the alleged account. Corner Bank (Overseas erated that it had no depositors who were US citizens, corporations or trusts, or entities with US beneficiaries, adding that as a matter of policy, Corner Bank does not accept deposits from US citizens. The bank and Mr Roberts argued that the case against them should be dismissed because they were not properly served with the action, and because they had no connection or ties to the US District of Columbia. They also argued that the proper forum to hear any such action was the Bahamas, and that Days action stated a reasonable claim. In her complaint, Day alleged that her late mother accumulated the $14 million from her family's participation in the oil industry. Her mother, she claimed, told her in several conversations that she had "set certain savings aside in an account in Nassau, the Bahamas". Ultimately, Day said her mother showed her during a July 3, 2006, visit, the account number on a painting. "Although Day did not realise at the time that the word 'Corner' referred not to some street address, but was actually the bank's name, Foelgner orally repeatedly named that bank, Corner Bank, saying that at least $14 million had accumulated on account at that bank," she alleged. Dismiss And Bahamian law firm, Graham, Thompson & Company has also moved to dismiss a claim filed against it over the dispute, arguing that the plaintiff had been unable to prove her interests had been damaged by its 16-day representation. "This action arises from Graham Thompson's short 16-day (June 16-July 2, 2008 resentation in the Bahamas of plaintiff Tonya Day, a Nevada citizen, in which it wrote a letter to a Bahamian bank inquiring about an account number that allegedly belonged to Day's late mother," the Bahamian law firm and its attorneys said. "After the letter was prepared, the law firm withdrew and recommended another Bahamian law firm to represent Day. Graham Thompson transferred the complete client file and the full retainer to this other law firm. "Sixteen days of delay in 2008 did not operate to deprive Day of anything of value," the Bahamian law firm added. "The complaint does not allege any injuries from Graham Thompson's legal representation. Although the complaint asserts that Graham Thompson was privy to confidential information, it does not allege that any injury occurred as a result. Second, the complaint does not allege any injury as a result of the change in legal representation........ "The only tangible injury alleged in the complaint is that Day is being denied access to alleged funds in her mother's alleged account. Graham Thompson's actions did not cause this injury." C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ,QDQHIIRUWWRDUUHVWWKHFKURQLFGHOLQTXHQF\SUREOHP SUHVHQWO\IDFLQJWKH%DQNWKH%DKDPDV'HYHORSPHQW%DQN LVDSSHDOLQJWRDOOGHOLQTXHQWFOLHQWVDQGWKRVHFOLHQWVIRU ZKRPWKH%DQNLVSUHVHQWO\KROGLQJMXGJPHQW 'HOLQTXHQW&OLHQWVDUHDVNHGYLVLWWKHEDQNGXULQJQRUPDO EDQNLQJKRXUVRILQDQHIIRUWWRZRUNRXWD SD\PHQWRUFRQVROLGDWLRQSODQWRUHGXFHRUHOLPLQDWHWKHLU RXWVWDQGLQJDPRXQWV 7KH%DQNLVFXUUHQWO\SUHSDULQJDFWLRQDLPHGDWEULQJLQJ UHVROXWLRQWRWKHVHFDVHV&OLHQWVZLWKMXGJHPHQWVDJDLQVW WKHPDUHLQYLWHGWRYLVLWWKH%DQNWRZRUNRXWSHUPDQHQW UHVROXWLRQEHIRUHWKH%DQNPRYHVIRUIXUWKHUOHJDO DFWLRQ 3/($6(127(7+$77+,6(1'6 2&72%(5$)7(5:+,&+7+(%$1. :,//$**5(66,9(/<029(75(&29(57+( $0281767+$7$5('8( confidence within the financial services industry in the B ahamas that we will do very well as a jurisdiction under the P eer Review report. There is an expectation that our levels of compliance and steps we have taken will generally be accepted as a high lev-el of compliance, and we will end up with a favourable report. And the leading QC added: I think in a way this is a good thing for the Bahamas, because as one of the countries that i s very serious about facilitating our commitments and maki ng an extra effort to comply with the new regime the international community has imposed on all financial centres, it ensures that other jurisdictions not so committed to adherence and compliance will not have a competitive advantage over us...... It minimises the chances of other countries and jurisd ictions getting an advantage by lower levels of compliance. This Peer Review is going to be more of an advantage t han a disadvantage for us. It is going to result in a fairly cons istent means of monitoring everyones compliance, and b ecause the Peer Review committee includes other financial centres that have an interest in a level playing field, every-o ne will be judged by the same standards. Jurisdictions intended to accept lower levels of compliance adherence and compliance, and gaining some shortterm competitive advantage, its not going to happen. The rules are going to be the same, which eliminates jurisdictions gaining advantage through different levels of compliance. The first phase of the OECD 'Peer Review' programme is designed to assess whether a country has implemented the l egal, administrative and regulatory requirements to implem ent its Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA commitments. Nadia Taylor, a Higgs & Johnson attorney, a ddressing a seminar staged by the law firm earlier this y ear, said the OECDs first phase review of the Bahamas a nd the other 90 states that have agreed to implement the tax transparency and information exchange standards would "assess the quality of the legal and regulatory" architecture to implement this nation's commitments. "The Bahamas is set to undergo the phase one review in the fall of this year," she told attendees, pointing out that this nation was also one of the 30 countries appointed to the Peer R eview Group overseeing the initiative. Ms Taylor said the Peer Review Group was established "in order to ensure that commitments were not missed and e fforts were made to implement the standards" that all G2 0, OECD and international financial centres have now s igned up to. The Bahamas escaped the OECD's so-called 'grey list' in March this year by meeting the 'minimum standard' of hav-i ng 12 TIEAs in place. This nation has currently signed 22 such agreements, the last one with Canada, and the counterparties include 16 OECD and nine G-20 countries. The Peer Review takes place in two phases. The latter will a ssess whether this nation is effectively implementing its commitments, and exchanging tax information in an effec-tive manner. OECD Review a good thing for Bahamas F ROM page 1B Bahamas bank: No record of disputed $14m trust account FROM page 1B
newspaper that the company was placing its plans for d irect flights to Cat Island, Exuma and Abaco from Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach on hold temporarily, until it saw how the financial situation panned o ut. What is happening is that w ere seeing one local carrier feel the crunch, and all of us are feeling it, some more than others, Captain Butler told Tribune Business. You have NAD increasing feeso n one side, Civil Aviation on the other, and Bahamasair selling ticket pricesb elow cost. T he latters actions, Capt ain Butler explained, made it impossible for Bahamian privately-owned carriers to pass on the various fee i ncreases to consumers via r ises in airline ticket prices. If they did so, business would automatically desert them and head for Bahamasair. Problem The big problem is that t he market can only bear so m uch, and if you increase f ares to deal with what is g oing on, the difference between your fare and Bahamasairs fare is so huge that they will be forced to g o back to Bahamasair, he added. We are now looking at t he numbers and seeing how we continue. We need to bea ble to maintain high service standards. Already,S ky Bahamas had reduced the frequency of its flights t o Freeport and Providenciales in Turks & Caicos, and on some days had just one flight to Cat Island. Were going to do three m onths to see how we survive September and Octob er, the Sky Bahamas head said of its decision top lace planned services to the US on hold. And Captain Butler u rged: We ask the Minister of Tourism and Aviation t o take a serious look at the i ndustry and whats going on, because one of the t hings theyre doing is charging us for services were not g etting. H e explained that B ahamian private airlines were currently beingc harged fees by the Civil Aviation Department ( CAD) for the provision of s ecurity and baggage screening services at Family Island Airports, but these were not currently being provided at many locations. Places like Andros have s ecurity people but no screening equipment, Exuma has screening equipment t hat is not working, and we g o into other islands where t here is none, Captain Butler told Tribune Business. NAD has now approved plans to increase landing fees at Lynden Pindling International Airport( LPIA) by 10 per cent as of January 1, 2011, and raise other fees by 3 per cent. U nveiling its plans to raise a dditional revenues, and e nsure it complies with the financing covenants related t o LPIA's $409.5 million redevelopment and expans ion, NAD said that apart from the landing fees increase, it is also raising terminal fees, aircraft parking fees and aircraft loading b ridge fees by some 3 per cent as of the same date. And international passenger facility user fees will rise from $20 per head to $27.5, a more than one-third increase, although NAD said LPIA's user costs will still remain below the Caribbean average. F inancial Captain Butler, though, s aid that NADs financial p rojections and the funding m odel for the $409.5 million airport project should be revised, given that they were developed prior to the credi t crunch and did not account for the recessions impact on airport users and reduced passenger numbers. He also questioned w hether, given softer-thane xpected passenger demand and lower tourist numbers, N AD should immediately move on to the second p hase redevelopment once the new US departures terminal was finished, and instead postpone this. My thing is, that if you l ook at whats happened w ith the world economy, and if the model was pre2008, adjust it and look at it, Captain Butler said. See if theres demand for Phase II. Theres no more demand for people to come here, and a lot of hotel rooms are e mpty. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 3523(57<%$5*$,1,1+($6 $ OLPLWHGQXPEHURIVLQJOH IDPLO\DQGGXSOH[ORWVLQ 6RXWKHDV(VWDWHVDW JHQHURXVO\GLVFRXQWHGSULFHV 6RXWK6HDV ZKLFKLVORFDWHGLQWKH:HVWHUQ 'LVWULFWRI1HZ3URYLGHQFHLVDQXSVFDOHZDWHUIURQW JDWHGFRPPXQLW\GHVLJQHGIRUIDPLOLHVZKRSUHIHU VDIHDQGRSXOHQWHQYLURQPHQW 6SHFLDO)HDWXUHV,QFOXGH +RXUHFXULW\ -RJJLQJDQGDWXUH7UDLOV /LJKWHG7HQQLV&RXUWV %RDUG:DON %HDFK$FFHVVIRUDOOKRPHVLWHV /DQGORFNHGPDULQDDQGFDQDOZLWK FRQQHFWLQJGHHSZDWHUFKDQQHOWR$WODQWLFFHDQ $OOORWVRIIHUHGDUHZLWKLQPLQXWHVZDONLQJ GLVWDQFHWREHDFK $OOORWVUHDG\IRULPPHGLDWHKRPHFRQVWUXFWLRQ '21,667+,6%$5*$,1 &DOOHWHU*DODQRV ),1$1&,1*&$1%($55$1*(' We see improvements this year, August over August, and when you look at where its trending, its as we had forec asted. Its positive. Certainly, we would much prefer large r increases, but the good news is there is consistent, stable g rowth. Aggregate occupancies to August 2009 were 66.7 per cent, but theyre 69.3 per cent for this year. Thats only for the major hotels on New Providence. Asked whether the resort industry was getting closer to matching pre-September 2008 business levels, Mr Sands replied: Every month puts us closer, but were still not there yet. In its latest update, the Ministry of Tourism said the sect or "can be the driving force to pull the Bahamas out of r ecession's murky depths", after 2010 second quarter and half-year arrivals increased by 12.3 per cent and 10.7 per cent respectively year-over-year, with creative marketing and strong partnerships needed to maintain the momentum. The Ministry, in its market update for the period, said 2010 first half air arrivals were ahead of 2009 comparatives by 3 per cent, with sea arrivals up by 13.8 per cent. Drawing encouragement from the 3.2 per cent growth in 2 010 second quarter stopover arrivals from the US, most of t hat growth coming in June, the Ministry of Tourism said the air visitor increase took place at a greater pace in the three m onths to end-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 more in the second quarter 2010 than in the first quarter, despite the fact that the Canadian economy had slowed s omewhat in the second quarter," the Ministry of Tourism s aid. The only market where 2010 second quarter air arrivals w as down was Europe, which dropped by 5 per cent yearover-year. "The increase in air arrivals to the destination in the first a nd second 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 Ministry of Tourism, the Promotion Boards and the private sector," the Ministry of Tourism said. Breaking down the data by destination, the Ministry of Tourism said stopover arrivals to Nassau/Paradise Islandw ere up by 8 per cent in the 2010 first quarter, and 3 per cent for the three months to end-June 2010. Meanwhile, Grand Bahama enjoyed something of a turn a round, reversing a 19.6 per cent fall in 2010 first quarter s topover 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 resources, namely the re-routing of the BahamasC elebration from Nassau/Paradise Island to that island," the Ministry of Tourism said. Nassau/PI hotels see 8% revenue rise for August F ROM page 1B Airline places US expansion plans on hold FROM page 1B
Financial empowerment, plus ways in which businesspersons can better protect their assets and prevent crime in the workplace, will b e a key focus at the upcomi ng 2010 Visionary Business L eaders and Entrepreneurs Awards. The Conference scheduled for Monday, October 1 8, at the British Colonial H ilton, will be attended by b usinesspersons, managers, e ntrepreneurs and persons w ishing to start a business. T here will be a special Express Yourself Open Forum in which the busin ess community will have an opportunity to hear from the Minister of National Security, Tommy Turnquest, on t he topic of C rime in the Business Community Mr Turnquest will discuss what t he Government is doing to h elp prevent crime in the b usiness community, and also offer suggestions to businesspersons on what t hey can do to partner with law enforcement officials to p revent crime in their work environment. Persons in attendance will also have an o pportunity to ask questions of the Minister. The Minister of State for Finance, Zhivargo Laingm will also address the audience on plans the Government has to further stimul ate the economy. T he Visionary Conference h as received support from various businesses signing on as sponsors this year, including Majestic Tours, t he Bahamas Development B ank, BTC, Bahamasair, B ahamas Local.com, Echo W ater, Custom Computers, S anctuary Investments, L yford Hills, Phils Food Services, Audio Plus, Humphreys Autos, LilG iant, Spirit Gospel FM and More 94 FM. Leading T he conference will feature a number of leading businesspersons and entre preneurs, including including certified corporate image consultant, Stacia Williams, president of Total Image M anagement; veteran busin essman Gus Cartwright, p resident of Checkers Caf; Tennyson Wells, presidento f Sanctuary Investments a nd Echo Water; former Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president Dionisio DAguilar, who is the chairman of AML Foods (formerly known as Abaco Mark ets, the owners of S olomons, Cost Rite and D ominos Pizza) and president of Super Wash; marketing and advertising expert Burton Wallace, p resident of Movi Product ions; Dr Chinyere CareyB ullard, proprietor of A dvanced Family Medical C entre & Medispa; Sonia B rown, principal of Graphite Engineering; Andrew Wilson, presidento f John S. George and QBC; and Denelee E. Penn, president of Evergreen Mortuary. D eputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Brent Symonette, will officially open the conference. Also in attendance will be the Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, C harles Maynard. R epresentatives from l eading financial and lending institutions, including Justin Sturrup of The Bahamas Development B ank, and Jerome Gomez, a dministrator of The B ahamas Entrepreneurial V enture Fund, will be in a ttendance. V isionary Awards will be presented to Joan Albury, president of The Counsel-l ors, Pastor Silbert Mills, chief executive of The Bahamas Christian Network and Bahamas Ferries for t heir role in nation building over the years. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.261.00AML Foods Limited1.011.010.000.2500.0404.03.96% 1 0.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6 .184.50Bank of Bahamas4.904.900.000.5980.2608.25.31% 0.580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.493.15Bahamas Waste3.153.150.000.1680.09018.82.86% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.172.170.000.0160.040135.61.84% 12.509.62Cable Bahamas10.7710.770.001.2120.3108.92.88% 2.842.50Colina Holdings2.502.500.0060,9440.7810.0403.21.60% 7.005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.606.600.000.4220.23015.63.48% 3.651.63Consolidated Water BDRs1.891.940.050.1110.05217.52.68% 2 .551.60Doctor's Hospital1.901.900.000.1990.1109.55.79% 6 .995.94Famguard6.076.070.00-0.0030.240N/M3.95% 10.208.50Finco8.508.500.000.2870.52029.66.12% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.749.740.000.6450.35015.13.59% 5.513.75Focol (S)5.465.460.000.3660.17014.93.11% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.0120.240465.84.29% 10.509.92J. 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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 8B, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Presented by: Do you know that your favourite teachers can WIN $1000!Nominate them today for the Sir Gerald Cash National Distinguished Teachers Awards Fill out a nomination form today available at:www.fidelitygroup.com/ndta Winners will receive:$1000 & will be inducted into the NDTA Hall of Fame!Forfurtherinformationyoumayemailusat:NDTA@fidelitybahamas.com You can nominate for any one of the following categories!2Pre-school Teachers 2 Primary School Teachers 2 Junior High Teachers 2 High School Teachers 1 All Age School Teacher 1 Special Needs Educator Nominations close on October 15, 2010th The Association of International Banks & Trust Companies in the Bahamas (AIBT Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB profile of the annual Financial Services Industry Excell ence Award for the Achiever of the Year. I n addition to the recognition and awards presented in this c ategory by the BFSB, the Achiever of the Year will receive the AIBT Professional Education Prize. AIBT chairmanD avid Thain said: The AIBT has always had a strong focus o n education and the development of the local workforce. This new annual award acknowledges the importance of internationally-recognised qualifications, and will we hope encourage others to consider pursuing similar courses of study." Nominees in the Achiever of the Year category must demonstrate an outstanding work ethic and professionalismi n executing duties, and must have accomplished personal and corporate goals. The BFSB introduced its Financial Services Industry Excellence Awards in 2001 to recognise role models fort heir outstanding performance and contribution to the g rowth and development of financial services in the Bahamas. The Awards recognise the importance of quality human r esources for the success of the industry in the categories of Executive of the Year, Professional of the Year and Achiever of the Year. The programme also includes the category of Financial S ervices Development & Promotion, with an award given e ither to an individual or an institution in recognition of any entrepreneurial undertakings promoting the viability and strength of the sector. The AIBT Professional Education Prize is tuition for one of four certified programmes offered by the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services: Certified Financial Planner, C ertified Credit Professional, Certified Wealth Manager, and C ertified International Risk Manager. T he 2010 Awards will be presented at a Gala Dinner on Friday, October 22, in the Independence Ballroom of the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. Financial services awards achieve higher profile U NDERREVIEW: M embers of the Working Group/Nominations Committee for the 2010 Industry Excell ence Awards are pictured reviewing the nominations in hand. Pictured standing (L to R Bahamas Real Estate Association; and Anastacia Johnson, Association of International Banks & Trust Companies (AIBT P inder, former vhair, School of Business, College of The Bahamas. Not pictured are Andrea Saunders, B ahamas Association of Compliance Officers; Charlene Lewis-Small, CFA Society of The Bahamas; D onna Nguyen-Comito, Bahamas Financial Services Board; Herbert Cash, Bahamas Institute of Chartered A ccountants; Peggy Knowles, Bahamas Institute of Financial Services; and Roger Brown, Bahamas Insurance Association. The selection of the 2010 Industry Stars will be made by a Blue Ribbon Panel. The B FSB's annual Industry Excellence Awards Gala Dinner is scheduled for Friday, October 22, 2010. Working group assessing industry award nominees PRESENTATION: AIBT chairman David Thain presenting BFSB chief e xecutive and executive director, Wendy Warren, with the commitment letter for the Professional Education Prize. New York Summer Intensive program, then went on to graduate from the Paris program, will be established specifically for a young Bahamian designer. The recipient will be selected by an independent panel of judges at the preliminary fashion event, dubbed Runway to Fashion Week which was held yesterday at Marios Bowling & Entertainment Palace. In a joint communication, both the dean of the School of Fashion at Parsons, Simon Collins, and president of Mode les, Owen Bethel, expressed their personal support for the initiative as it displayed a confidence not only in the development of the youth and encouragement of their creative skills and dreams, but also hope for the ultimate contribution to economic development and diversification of the economies of many of the island nations around the world. Beverly Taylor, Harl Taylors mother, indicated that it is a fitting tribute to Harls legacy, as he was very concerned about the involvement and development of the youth of the country. He would be proud to see the continued affiliation of his alma mater with the development of the fashion industry in the Bahamas. Designers eligible to compete for the award will have to show to the panel of judges that they have paid close attention to creativity, expression of style, selection of fabric and colour, and quality of execution of the design. Factors such as cohesiveness, commerciality, marketability, creativity and originality, and practicality of the design, will all be taken into consideration by the panel, including the assessed potential of both the designer and the garments in the inter national fashion market. Fashion scholarship targeted at Bahamian FROM page 2B However, BPFs total expenses of $553,000 increased by $161,000 or 38 per cent quarter-over-quarter, due primarily to a combination of preference dividends and higher operating expenses in the quarter. Earnings per share for the quarter stood at $0.18 compared to $0.23 in the same quarter in the prior year. FamGuard Corporation (FAM financial results for the quarter ending June 30, 2010, reporting a net income of $398,000 compared to a $1.1 million net loss during the same quarter in 2009. Total income of $24.7 million grew by $1.1 million or 5 per cent, due primarily to an increase in net premium and annuity deposits income, which rose by $1.3 million or 6 per cent over the 2009 comparative period to total $22 million in the quarter. It was also noted that total benefits and expenses of $24.1 million declined by $369,00 or2 per cent quarter-over-quarter, due to a reduction in benefit payments made during the quarter. Earnings per share for the quarter were $0.04 compared to negative earnings per shareof $0.11 in same quarter in 2009. Total assets and liabilities at June 30, 2010, were $195 million and $137 million respectively, compared to $189 million and $130 million on December 31, 2009. Dividends Notes J. S. 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By PACO NUNEZ Tribune News Editor The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality. Arthur Schopenhauer, 1840 T H E LOGIC of this s tatement is obvious: how can a society that claims to be guided by a moral compass permit behaviour that contravenes its own standards of morality? If cruelty is wrong, how can it be permissible? Yet in many such societies not least our avowedly Christian nation the assumption that neglect, violence and torture are acceptable if directed at living things other than human beings has proven very diffi cult to overcome. Self-interest being what it is, evidence first had to emerge of the link between animal abuse and violence against humans, before a substantial reconsideration of what Schopenhauer called our unpar donable forgetfulness when it comes to animals could take place. The Bahamas seems to be fol lowing the international trend in this regard: the Animal Protection and Control Act has been welcomed as a huge step in the right direction by long-suffering animal rights advo cates, as it makes it an offence to overwork, beat or cruelly tease animals; or deprive them of water, food or shelter. It is now illegal to abandon animals, keep them confined without exercise or under unsanitary conditions; or train them to fight each oth-er. The Act creates a new board to oversee animal control matters, mandates pet ID tags and establishes an inspection regime for guard dog and animal holding facilities. It is without question a marked improvement on the woefully out dated Dog Licensing Act. But considering how widespread and severe animals cruelty is in the Bahamas, and the implications of its connection to a host of other forms of abuse, does this law go far enough? I nsight spoke with a number of a nimal rights advocates about the n ew Act, and while they would all like to see the scope of the Act broadened in some way or other, they share a fear that any complaints could drive the legislation back into the hands of the government's ponderous bureaucracy machine. There are some things we are not in agreement with," one said. "However, we feel that if we start trying to change it at this point, it will never get passed, and it has tak en 15 years to get this far with government. Many of us feel if we startt o question it now, it will be put once again on the back burner. Their fears seem well founded. Even with the full support of all interested parties, the government seems unable to get its act together: the Bill was passed by parliament on May 20, but the new committee has yet to be appointed. Once convened, the committee will be burdened with a great deal of work before the Act can be enforced, as it is disappointingly short in terms of nuts-and-bolts detail for example how the law is to be funded and applied. The Act is vague on a number of other issues as well, including the stipulations governing how animals are transported, the minimum standards of housing and care, and how animal handlers should be trained these questions being left up to the minister for clarification at some unstipulated later date. There is also concern that the new law may end up overwhelming ani mal care facilities like the Bahamas Humane Society and the Govern ment Pound, as it is felt that many people would rather surrender their pets than go through the trouble of conforming to the Act. Another unintended consequence could be that the new penalty for roaming pets could lead to more dogs ending up spending long peri o ds of time chained or tethered. Tip Burrows, general manager of the Grand Bahama Humane Soci ety, said: "As a 'humane' society, we are fundamentally against chaining animals as a means of continual confinement. Chained dogs are consis-t ently more neglected, abused and mistreated than those that are not. Chained dogs are also twice as likely to become aggressive, and become nuisance barkers." Ms Burrows said the thickness and weight of chains must be addressed, "but more important is the length of the chain, how it is attached to the dog, as too many people put the chain itself around the dog's neck." She also noted that the minimum required space of only 18 square feet for any dog is much too small unless provision is also made that the dog be exercised daily which would be virtually impossible to enforce. Ms Burrows pointed out that in addition to what is missing from the Act, there is also the question of the "exemptions" written into it. She said: "I am not sure why animals used in agriculture, or those under the care of a vet, or those used by certain government departments are exempt from animal cruelty statutes. Just because an animal is to be used for food, it should not be treated, housed or killed inhumanely. "While we would hope that veterinarians would not mistreat an ani mal in their care, I don't think anyone should get a blanket exemption. W orking dogs need protection too, and the statutes that apply to private sector working dogs should also apply to them. Overworking an animal and not taking care of it medically, physically, et cetera, should be an offence no matter who owns it. I have a huge problem with police and customs dogs being exempt as well, they should be held to the same standards, if not higher, as private dogs." Others feel the government has not done enough to ensure the content of the new law is communicated to the public carefully and emphatically. One former Bahamas Humane Society volunteer said that when details of the new law was first announced, people mistook the penalty for a pet not having proper identification $150 to $500 for a licensing fee, which led to many choosing to surrender their pets rather than part with their money. The Act stipulates that "at large" animals that are seized may be euthanised or sold. Ms Burrows said: "I assume that sold would mean adoption rather than an outright sale, but this should be clarified.Provision should be made that such animals also be sterilized prior to sale/adoption this is critical. Sending them right back out to poten tially breed does nothing to reduce our overall problem." It will be difficult to enforce the at large provision and other por tions of the Act in the Family Islands, where it is slightly unrealis t ic to expect every pet owner to be able to afford a fence. No one stopped to think about how to enforce this bill in the islands, one source said. The Act calls for an animal holding facility in each and every island some of these com-m unities cant even afford to build a school. For Bahamas Humane Society president Kim Aranha, the punishments for animal cruelty are still too soft. Cases of animal abuse, neglect, or torture, no matter how heinous, are punishable by a $5,000 fine and/or six months in prison for the first offence, and a $20,000 fine and/or a year in prison for subsequent infractions. However in the case of dog fighting, for some reason repeat offences do not attract more severe penalties. The fact that the Act does not impose mandatory prison sentences, even in the most severe instances, is also discouraging. Consider the implications of a recent case, in which a man who allowed his dog to become so malnourished that it had to be put down, was given a suspended sentence, in part to preserve his chances of landing a public service job. Mrs Aranha added that while the legislation is a big step forward, the most deeply rooted issues for example our tolerance of animal cruelty and failure to appreciate its conINSIGHT C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune INSIGHT MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 The stories behind the news THE NATURE OF THE BEAST P P A A R R T T T T W W O O S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 C C ABOVE AND BOTTOM RIGHT: Other animals are tied up and left without food or water for long periods of time. INJURED: Sick dogs are often left without medical attention.
C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT PAGE 2C, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE nection with intra-human violence cannot be addressed unless the new rules and penalties are accompanied bya long-term commitment to education and informationd issemination. O f course, this will only happen if the right people are chosen for the committee. As it stands now, the 12person board will be dominated by appointees from the Ministry of Agriculture and the Department of Environmental Health Services. There are only two spots for representatives of animal rights groups, one for a representa tive of the Humane Society and one for a private sector person who, in the minister's opinion, possesses knowledge and skills relevant to the work of the board." The balance clearly needs to be tipped in the other direction. Having said all that, the Animal Protection and Control Act is certainly better than the legislation it has replaced, so I must repeat the most emphatic point made by the animal rights advocates who spoke to Insight: The Act should be implemented as is, as soon as possible, and any necessary changes can be made by way of amendment later. The Act cannot be enforced until Minister of Agriculture Larry Cartwright announces a date for its implementation in the official gazette. So, Mr Cartwright, please hurry up and gazette the thing. W W h h a a t t d d o o y y o o u u t t h h i i n n k k ? ? p p n n u u n n e e z z @ @ t t r r i i b b u u n n e e m m e e d d i i a a . n n e e t t T T h h e e f f i i r r s s t t i i n n t t h h i i s s s s e e r r i i e e s s o o f f a a r r t t i i c c l l e e s s [ [ h h t t t t p p : : / / / / w w w w w w . t t r r i i b b u u n n e e 2 2 4 4 2 2 . c c o o m m / / e e d d i i t t o o r r i i a a l l / / I I n n s s i i g g h h t t / / 0 0 9 9 1 1 3 3 2 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 _ I I n n s s i i g g h h t t _ o o p p i i n n i i o o n n p p g g ] ] f f o o c c u u s s e e d d o o n n t t h h i i s s c c o o n n n n e e c c t t i i o o n n b b e e t t w w e e e e n n a a n n i i m m a a l l c c r r u u e e l l t t y y a a n n d d o o t t h h e e r r f f o o r r m m s s o o f f v v i i o o l l e e n n t t c c r r i i m m e e , a a n n d d w w h h a a t t i i t t m m e e a a n n s s f f o o r r t t h h e e B B a a h h a a m m a a s s F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 C C WOUNDS from chains, ropes or collars that were too tight, or were left on for too long. This is not specifically prohibited by the Act. THE NATURE OF THE BEAST
MOSUL, Iraq AN IRAQIgovernor and l eading Sunni politician said S unday that the nation's "last chance for democracy" could be derailed if the Shiite prime minister keeps his job despite losing to a Sunni-backed coalition in e lections seven months ago, according to Associated P ress. N inevah provincial Gov. A theel al-Nujaifi's warnings s how the serious challenges t o U.S.-led efforts at bring i ng Iraq's rival groups together in a unity government. Establishing a work able democracy in Iraq became one of the main U.S. goals of the 2003 invasion that ousted Saddam H ussein. I n an Associated Press interview, the governor claimed Iraq is "headed for a dictatorship" if Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki manages to hold on to powe r by making alliances with hardline Shiite factions and K urds. This is the last chance f or democracy in Iraq," alN ujaifi said in an hourlong i nterview in his office in d owntown Mosul, about 225 miles (360 kilometers northwest of Baghdad. It is Iraq's third-largest city and a former al-Qaida strong h old. His comments underscore the deep suspicions andf rustrations among Iraq's o nce-dominant Sunnis, who l ost their privileges with Saddam's fall but had hopes of regaining a significantp olitical voice after the narrow victory of a pro-Sunni coalition in March's parliamentary elections. Al-Maliki has stepped up appeals for top Sunni figures to join talks over the n ext government, but has so f ar been met with silence or d efiance. The Sunnis say t hey do not trust him. W ithout serious Sunni a llies, al-Maliki could find himself at the head of a sharply divided country struggling with issues such as reconstruction and security as U.S. force leave. "If Iraqis can't get togethe r to form a government that is in keeping with the election results, there will b e no longer any kind of s upport for democracy. And in the future there will be no desire to join the demo cratic process," al-Nujaifi s aid. The governor is part of the secular political Iraqiyac oalition that is strongly b acked by minority Sunnis. It narrowly defeated alMaliki's Shiite-led political alliance, but without enoughp arliament seats to hold a majority and form a new government. B ut al-Maliki now appears to have clinched a second term with support from hardline Shiites and p ossibly Kurdish parties. Iraqiya has said it will b oycott another al-Malikirun government, shutting o ut the Sunnis from top posts and policymaking. AlNujaifi said that Iraqiya law-m akers will oppose alMaliki's administration f rom within parliament. "This could lead to government institutions ceasing t o work they just won't function any more," he a dded. However, al-Nujaifi insiste d the political battle won't m ark a return to widespread sectarian violence, as U.S. and Iraqi officials fear. A ppearing relaxed and thoughtful during the frank talk, he maintained that "people are really tired oft hat kind of thing." In another sign of Iraq's ethnic and sectarian fault lines, officials again post-p oned a planned nationwide census from late October to Dec. 5. The count is an extremely s ensitive issue in some areas, such as Mosul and the o il-rich Kirkuk area, where Kurds and Arab are vying w ith each other for a greater voice in economic planning a nd political affairs. Mehdi al-Alak, chairman of the state statistics office,t old the AP that the Cabinet agreed to postpone the cens us to try to solve some "pending problems," but declined to elaborate. V iolence continues to take place in Iraq, although i t has sharply dipped from the mass killings betweenS hiites and Sunnis that b rought the country to the brink of civil war just a few years ago. A bomb attached to a car exploded in Baghdad killed an employee of Iraq's Agriculture Ministry on Friday,t he latest in a wave of blasts and shootings by suspected Sunni insurgents targeting security personnel or gov-e rnment workers. Iraqi police officials say the blast occurred in a most ly Sunni area of westernB aghdad. Officials at Yarmouk hospital confirmed the fatality. All officials spoke on con d ition of anonymity because they were not allowed to brief reporters. I n Baqouba, a former c enter for Sunni insurgents northeast of Baghdad, Iraqi security forces detained the mayor's security adviser, Amer al-Taie, in an investigation on possible links with militants, said the region's police spokesman Maj. Ghalib al-Karkhi. C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT PAGE 4C, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM GN-1099C.O.1883 Key Sunni: Iraq facing its last chance for democracy ATHEEL AL-NUJAIFI governor of Iraq's Ninevah province, talks to The Associated Press in Mosul, 225 miles (360 kilometers Baghdad, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010. The Iraqi governor and leading Sunni politician says democracy will be threatened if Iraq's Shiite prime min ister keeps his job. Ninevah Gov. Atheel al-Nujaifi said in an Associated Press interview Sunday that Iraq is "headed for a dictatorship" if Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki secures a second term. (AP I I f f I I r r a a q q i i s s c c a a n n ' t t g g e e t t t t o o g g e e t t h h e e r r t t o o f f o o r r m m a a g g o o v v e e r r n n m m e e n n t t t t h h a a t t i i s s i i n n k k e e e e p p i i n n g g w w i i t t h h t t h h e e e e l l e e c c t t i i o o n n r r e e s s u u l l t t s s , t t h h e e r r e e w w i i l l l l b b e e n n o o l l o o n n g g e e r r a a n n y y k k i i n n d d o o f f s s u u p p p p o o r r t t f f o o r r d d e e m m o o c c r r a a c c y y . A A n n d d i i n n t t h h e e f f u u t t u u r r e e t t h h e e r r e e w w i i l l l l b b e e n n o o d d e e s s i i r r e e t t o o j j o o i i n n t t h h e e d d e e m m o o c c r r a a t t i i c c p p r r o o c c e e s s s s . 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SAIR, West Bank ISRAELIpolice shot and killed a construction worker from this West Bank village Sunday after h e used a rope to scale a t owering wall meant to k eep Palestinians from sneaking into Israel, police and a witness said, according to Associated Press. T he victim, Izzedine K awazbeh, a 35-year-old f ather of five, was part of a g roup of Palestinian cons truction workers trying to e nter Israel without permits when he was killed in e ast Jerusalem near the West Bank separation barrier. M ost in the group were headed to construction jobs i n a Jewish neighborhood in the Israeli-annexed sector of Jerusalem the Pales-t inians want for their future state, the dead m an's cousin, Mohammed Kawazbeh, said. Despite a modest recove ry in the West Bank after years of conflict-driven d ownturn, there is still significant economic hardship. Jobs remain scarce and pay i s lower than in Israel. A workers' rights group said t housands sneak into Israel every day in search of jobs. The victim's cousin, M ohammed, 22, said his relative was shot from c lose range and without provocation. He said about 100 work ers from villages near the W est Bank city of Hebron climb over the separation barrier at a particular spoto nce a week, head for jobs o n Israeli construction sites and return to their villages for the weekend. "We climb on each oth e r's shoulders to the top of the wall, and we tie the rope, then descend to theo ther side," Kawazbeh said. "We usually choose (Saturdaybecause there are no sol diers and security. We move to a nearby place, a hill, where we stay until the morning," then travel by bus and on foot for several more hours to various con struction sites. Barrier Israel started building the separation barrier in 2002 at the height of the second Palestinian upris ing, saying it was necessary to keep Palestinian suicide bombers from entering the country. It is now about twothirds complete, running several hundred miles (kilometers in a series of concrete walls and barbed wire fences. The structure is expected to run about 480 miles, or 780 kilometers, when fin ished, but a series of legal and political considerations have held up construction in several sensitive locations. Israeli police said the Palestinians trying to enter Sunday ignored police orders to stop and fled. Butan officer caught up with Kawazbeh. Police spokesman Micky Rosen feld said he was shot after trying to grab the officer's gun, but it wasn't clear whether the officer fired or his gun discharged accidentally. The cousin denied that Kawazbeh tried to grab the gun. West Bank Palestinians must obtain special permits to enter Israel. The num ber of permits plummeted during the years of the uprising. Although the number has increased in recent years, many are still turned away. Those with out permits sometimes try to sneak in, though the sep aration barrier has made such crossings more difficult. About 20,000 Palestinian workers have entry permits to Israel and another2 0,000 have permits to work in West Bank settlements, said Salwa Alenat from Kav Laoved, anI sraeli advocacy group that assists the laborers. In addition, 10,000 to 15,000 work without permits, she said. She said workers without permits get paid less by Israeli contractors than those with permits. Mohammed Kawazbeh said he makes about 150 shekels, or $40, a day, about double the day rate for a laborer in the West Bank. He and his fellow workers often sleep outdoors or at the construction site during the week, he said. He said he did not try to obtain a permit after others in similar situations were turned down. Israel tends to give preference to mar ried, older men who are seen as less of a security risk. Kawazbeh said he and others have been unable to find jobs in their village, and have no choice but to sneak into Israel. While Israel has justified the sprawling separation barrier on security grounds, the Palestinians say the barrier steals their land because it separates them from east Jerusalem and parts of the West Bank, captured lands they seek for their future state. Also Sunday, an Israeli military court convicted two soldiers of using a 9year-old Palestinian boy asa human shield during last year's Gaza war, in the most serious conviction yet connected to soldiers' war conduct. The court said the sol diers asked the boy to open bags in a building they took over, fearing explosives were inside. The mil itary bars soldiers from using civilians as human shields. Israel has faced widespread criticism that it failed to properly investi gate alleged wrongdoing by troops during the threeweek military operation.S ome 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including hundreds of civilians. A U.N. probe accused b oth Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers of committing war crimes. Israel denies the allega tions, saying its justice sys tem is capable of conduct ing an investigation that meets international standards. The Ynet news website said the soldiers could face up to three years in prison. 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Q awasmeh, a construction worker from this West Bank village, was shot and killed by Israeli police early Sunday after using a rope to climb over a towering cement wall meant to keep Palestinians without entry permits o ut of Israel, police and a witness said. (AP Israelis kill Palestinian worker who sneaked in SALAH QAWASMEH father of 37-year-old Izzedine Qawasmeh, holds his son's portrait after he heard the news on his death at the familyh ouse in the village of Sair near the West Bank city of Hebron, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010. Qawasmeh, a construction worker from this West Bank village, was shot and killed by Israeli police early Sunday after using a rope to climb over a towering cement wall meant to keepP alestinians without entry permits out of Israel, police and a witness said. (AP
C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010, PAGE 7C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WASHINGTON T HEObama administration on Sunday warned Americans of potential ter-r orist threats in Europe and u rged them to be vigilant in public places, including tourist spots and transportation hubs, according to A ssociated Press. A State Department travel alert advises U.S. citizens living or traveling in Europe to take more precautions about their personal secur ity. The alert is one step below a formal travel warning advising Americans not to visit Europe. "Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affili ated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks," it said. "European governments have taken action tog uard against a terrorist a ttack and some have spok en publicly about the heightened threat condi tions." I t noted in particular "the potential for terrorists to a ttack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure." U.S. citizens should take e very precaution to be a ware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling,"t he department said. B ritain's Foreign Office upgraded its travel advice for France and Germany, warning Britons going to those countries that the threat of terrorism there is high. Before Sunday's change, the government'st ravel advice for France and Germany was that the threat from terror attacks there was "general." Risks Gemany's Interior Ministry said it saw no need to change its assessment ofr isks to the country and t here were "still no concrete i ndications of imminent attacks" there. France's interior minister said the threat of a terrorist attack isr eal but that the country is n ot raising its alert level. Britain's Home Secretary Theresa May said that the threat of terrorism in theU .K. remains unchanged at severe," meaning an attack is highly likely. U.S. and European security experts have been con-c erned for days that terrorists may be plotting attacks i n Europe with assault w eapons on public places, similar to the deadly 2008 shooting spree in Mumbai,I ndia. The terrorist threat exists, and could hit us at any moment," the French defense minister, HerveM orin, said in an interview published Sunday. "Networks organizing themselves to prepare attacks are constantly being dismantled around the w orld. It is good for the French to know this," he was quoted as saying in the daily Le Parisien. The U.S. notice said terrorists "may elect to use a v ariety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests" and noted past attacksa gainst subways, rail syst ems and aviation and mari time services. "U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be a ware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate s afety measures to protect themselves when traveling," according to the alert. T he alert fell short of a f ormal travel warning, w hich could have broader i mplications including a stronger likelihood of canceled airline and hotel bookings, and wasn'ti ntended to urge travelers to stay away from public places. Europeans and some members of the Obama administration had viewed t hat as an overreaction. Alert The alert could hurt European tourism anda ffect business travel. But there hadn't been strong opposition to the proposed a lert from European leade rs, who privately have been advised of the impendi ng action, a European official said. There are hundreds of thousands of Americans inE urope at any one time, including tourists, students and businesspeople. For insurance and liability reasons, many U.S. college and u niversity study-abroad prog rams will not send students t o countries for where a warning is in effect. U.S.. intelligence officials b elieve Osama bin Laden is behind the terror plots toa ttack several European c ities. If true, this would be t he most operational role that bin Laden has played in plotting attacks since S ept. 11, 2001. E ight Germans and two British brothers are at the heart of an al-Qaida-linked terror plot against Euro p ean cities, but the plan is still in its early stages, with the suspects calling acquaintances in Europe to plan logistics, a Pakistani intell igence official said Thursd ay. O ne of the Britons died in a recent CIA missile strike, he said. T he Pakistani official said the suspects are hiding inN orth Waziristan, a Paki stani tribal region where m ilitancy is rife and where the U.S. has focused many of its drone-fired missile s trikes. The US warns Americans to be vigilant in Europe FRENCH SOLDIERS patrol under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010. The State Department cautioned Americans traveling in Europe to be vigilant because of heightened concerns about a potential alQaida terrorist attack aimed at U.S. citizens and Europeans. Laurent Cipriani /AP
KABUL, Afghanistan T WOmore NATO serv ice members were killed i n weekend attacks in Afghanistan, the military coalition said Sunday as Australia's new prime mini ster vowed to A fghanistan's president t hat her country would cont inue to support the war, a ccording to Associated P ress. This has been the deadliest year for international troops in the nine-year conflict. The toll has shaken t he commitment of many NATO countries, where t here are rising calls to start drawing down troops quickly. Monthly deaths peaked in June, when 103 NATO forces were killed. A ustralian Prime Minist er Julia Gillard had a pri v ate dinner with Afghan P resident Hamid Karzai on Saturday and pledged continued backing, her office s aid in a statement Sunday. I t was her first overseas trip a s Australia's leader. Gillard underscored Australia's intention to c ontinue working with the Afghan government to help m eet its objectives to improve security, governance and development a cross the country and reiterated Australia's expectat ions of the Afghan government in the process," her office said. A ustralia has 1,550 t roops in Afghanistan, mostly in southern Uruzgan province. Twenty-one A ustralian soldiers have d ied since the war began a nd Australia's parliament i s expected to hold a debate soon on the country's role i n the war. Gillard visited Australian t roops before flying to Kabul to meet with Karzai and Gen. David Petraeus, the c ommander of NATO's troops in Afghanistan. G illard and Petraeus discussed plans for transferring the responsibility fors ecurity in Afghanistan to Afghan forces. O n Saturday, Karzai gave a rousing speech to Afghan t roops, calling on them to be ready to take charge of protecting and defendingt he nation when international troops eventually leave. "It is possible that one day this international community, which is with us today, will not see a benefit i n Afghanistan any more a nd leave us like they l eft us in the past," Karzai said Saturday. "What theni s the task of the Afghan p eople, the Afghan government and the Afghan armed forces? Maintaining and developing the nation-a l interests of our country." Asked whether the pres ident's comments indicate d a worry that NATO forces will desert Afghanistan, a Defense Ministry spokesman saidS unday that the statement simply reflected the facts that Western powers do not intend to fight herei ndefinitely. "It is not a concern; it is a reality. All countries areh ere because of their n ational interest. Once they don't see their national interest, they will leave," Gen. Mohammad ZahirA zimi told reporters in the capital. He said a push to increase the size of the Afghan army is on track, n oting that they reached a b enchmark of 134,000 sold iers about three months ahead of an October deadline, and now have 140,000a ctive soldiers with another 20,000 being trained. The ultimate goal is 240,000 troops. But the Afghan army and police are still widely seen as hobbled by a lack of e ducation, drug abuse and c orruption, raising doubts a bout whether they will really be able to take thel ead in securing the country b y 2014 as promised. While military operations are regularly described as "Afghan-led," the bulk ofr esources and strategic planning usually come from NATO forces. B oth the Afghan govern ment and its international backers therefore have been pushing for more realA fghan control of the security situation. One recent move by Karzai's administration a plan to dissolve private security firms that protect government officials, busi n esspeople and military c onvoys is already under way, officials said Sunday. A spokesman for the Interior Ministry, ZemeriB ashary, said the govern ment has disbanded a few security companies that were working without proper registration. N ATO did not provide t he nationalities of the late st troop deaths, in keeping with a policy to wait for national authorities tor elease information on their casualties. One of the service members died Sunday in a battle with insurgents in the north, while another was killed by a bomb attack S aturday in the south, the a lliance said. No other d etails were provided. The deaths bring to seven t he number of NATO ser v ice members killed in the first three days of October. At least 57 NATO service members were killed inS eptember, including 42 Americans, according to an Associated Press tally. N ATO also said it cap tured a key Taliban leader in southern Kandahar province and killed twos enior Taliban figures in northern Badghis province on Saturday. But the NATO successe s continue to be accompa nied by costly mistakes. Also Saturday, NATOf orces inadvertently killed a c hild and wounded an adult civilian when they fired ona suspected insurgent who they thought was about tof ire a weapon, the force said. The incident is under investigation. C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT PAGE 8C, MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Two NATO service members killed in Afghanistan IN THIS handout photo released by Australian Department of Defence, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, center, meets Corporal Craig Turnball and his Explosive Detection Dog during her visit at Multinational BaseT arin Kot in southern Afghanistan, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010. Australian Department of Defence, Corporal Raymond Vance, HO /AP IN THIS photo released by Australian Department of Defence, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, right, is welcomed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai during their first official meeting at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday. Australian Department of Defence, Raymond Vance /AP Deaths come as Australian PM visits in first overseas trip
A touch of royalty for T eam Bahamas C M Y K C M Y K MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 15 P AGES 16-18 International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Vick leaves game with rib injury, doesnt return S ee page 16 BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org N EW DELHI, India Let the Games begin. After going through all of the formalities, the XIX Commonwealth Games are now underway following a colourful opening ceremony. I thought what I saw in Beijing, China, last year at the Olympic Games was impressive. B ut somebody must have gotten the Indians mad because they didnt leave any stones unturned in taking your breath away with performance after performance at the national Olympic stadium. I have to give the Indian Olympic Committee and their organising committee an A+ for what Ive seen and witnessed so far. These will have t o go down as one of the most s uccessful Commonwealth Games. Last year when I went into the Birds Nest (Olympic Sta dium) in Beijing, I was left speechless because of its unique style of creation. But credit has to be given to India for the refurbishment of their Olympic stadium, which hosted the Asian Games back in the 1980s. Looking at the track itself, you can expect some very super performances from the athletes during the athletic competition that is scheduled to run from Wednesday to October 12. When we return to the stadium on October 14 for the closing ceremonies, everybody should just name India as the champions of the games. Thats just how impressive the organisers have been in hosting the four-yearly games for the first time. While a lot of people are still trying to find out what all the fuss in the media was about before their arrival, weve seen nothing but a proud nation that has warmly welcomed the rest of the Commonwealth, from the air port to the games village to its sporting facilities. Over the past two days, I was still in awe with what I saw at the games village where for the first time in either the Olympic or the Commonwealth Games that the organisers have structured the facilities in a way that the athletes can remain right where they are and train. The boxers, cyclists and tennis players have had to leave the compound to train because there are no facilities for them at the games village. But they have all expressed a delight in what they have seen. Its all up to our athletes now to go out and perform. They looked splendid yester day in their orange Androsian print shirt with white pants a nd white or black shoes w hen they went out on the M arch pass. I also have to admit that while they have been comfortable in their environment, a lot of credit has to be given to the management team led by chef de mission Roy Colebrooke and his deputy Tim Munnings. These two men, along with track and field manager Roosevelt Thompson and cycling manager Barron Turbo M usgrove, have done a heliu m job in ensuring that any problems the athletes have faced are corrected right away. I liked the fact that the four men brought the team together in a meeting, had each other introduce themselves and they provided them with updates on all of the four disciplines that the Bahamas is entered in. It was during that meeting that a letter was read from the organising committee that praised Colebrooke for the bold stance he took during the Bahamas flag raising ceremony to encourage all of the countries to put together and give India all the support they n eed to make the games a s uccess. A t the flag ceremonies for a number of countries that I witnessed since Ive been here, the Indians have put on some spectacular cultural performances, similar to those they had at the opening ceremonies. But it showed the pride in which the people of this country have come together to make sure that we all leave with a sweet taste in our m ouths to encourage others t o come here in the future. Ive had the chance to walk around the games village and there was never a dull moment. The presence of Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Edward has certainly brought more significance to the games. The three have demonstrated the common touch that the Indi ans have given to us all as we roam around. I will certainly be looking forward to the competition over the next 11 days as our athletes compete in athletics, tennis, boxing and cycling in what I could describe as the unbelievable games. Let the unbelievable games begin... GRAND OPENING: Performers dance during the opening ceremony. (AP Photo T HE XIX COMMONWEALTH GAMES NEW DELHI 2010 THE TRIBUNE BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com NEW DELHI, India It was a touch of royalty for some members of Team Bahamas at the XIX Comm onwealth Games as they met up close and personal with three members of the Royal British Empire. Charles, Prince of Wales, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, all stopped into the games village yesterday where they took the time out to interact with members of the teams before the official opening ceremonies. At the training track and field center, head coach Fritz Grant, along with athletes Jamial Rolle, Rodney Green, Adrian Griffith, Andretti Bain, LaSean Pickstock, Trevor Bar ry, Lavern Eve, Christine Amertil and assistant boxing coach Floyd Seymour were among the athletes who got the chance to shake hands and chat with the internationally acclaimed celebrities. It was a good experience for me. It was the first time for me to get so close and rub shoulders with such roy alty, Grant said. It was quite an experience and being able to just be in their presence, I thank God for the opportunity. You normally just see them on TV or in the newspapers, but being able to see the Prince and the Duchess was quite a thrill for me. Its one of those experiences that I will cherish for the rest of my life, having had the opportunity to meet them up close and talk to them. It was a very nice feeling. While the Duchess inquired from Grant about the team, Prince Charles tried to find out what the weather was like in the Bahamas compared to India. But he said although it was similar, the team did manage to get in a little early to get acclimatized. One by one, the three Royal High nesses were able to greet each athlete individually and they were able to ask one or two questions, leaving a broad smile on their faces. It was definitely a great experi ence, a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will cherish for the rest of my life, said sprinter Jamial Rolle. They basically wanted to know where we were from, what we do and how we like the facilities. I was quite thrilled to have met them. Ramon Miller, one of three quarter-milers who will be contesting the mens 400 metres, said it was a pleasure to meet them. I never thought in my lifetime that I would ever meet the Prince, Miller stated. Now I have. But hes human just like us. He walked on the same ground like us. He talked with us. Quarter-miler Christine Amertil, one of the two females on the track team, said it was quite interesting. You hear a lot about them, you see them on TV. Now you get a chance to meet them, she said They are so nice and friendly. I was quite impressed with Prince Charles knowledge of track and field. Amertil, making her third appearance at the games, said the Prince asked about the games, the facilities and their expectations for the games. But what struck her most was when Prince Charles alluded to the fact that it is better in the Bahamas, having spent some considerable time there in the past. As for Lavern Eve, the other female on the team, she said she couldnt ask for a better opportunity than to meet them all face to face. Their demeanor has been the same as Ive seen them on TV, said Eve, who will be making her fourth appearance at the games. They shook my hands. So that was awe some. They also asked me about the javelin, so we had a little conversation going on. High jumper Trevor Barry looked at it as watching a lot of history unfold before his eyes. They have had a rich tradition in the Commonwealth, he said. Its almost indescribable right now, but for my offspring, I now have something to tell them when were under the tree talking about the old days. I just cant describe it. It was a wonderful experience for me. A privilege just to be in their company. Assistant boxing coach Floyd Sey mour was a little more ecstatic. It was an awesome experience. That was Prince Charles. Come on, Eng land. Its awesome. All I can say is its awesome. I mean were from the Bahamas and to meet Prince Charles and Prince Edward and actually talk to them, every Bahamian ought to be proud to know that one day they could too. Now, after their royal greetings, the athletes say they are even more inspired to go out and compete BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org NEW DELHI, India On the biggest stage of his life in front of the largest crowd ever, Valentino Knowles proudly walked into the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium carrying the Bahamian flag at the opening ceremonies for the XIX 2010 Commonwealth Games. Back at the games village, high jumper Donald Thomas and tennis players Devin Munnings and Marvin Rolle all made their entrance, albeit just hours before Rolle will have to take to the courts to compete in his first mixed doubles match today with Grand Bahamian Larikah Russell as they open competition for the Bahamas. They will be joined by Nikkita Fountain, who will play in the first singles match. Munnings, on the other hand, will have a day off to recuperate from the jetlag. Grand Bahamian Rodney Carey Jr is the last member of the team not arrived as yet. It's not certain if he will make it in time to compete in the singles. Before a near-capacity 60,000 crowd that was graced by the appearance of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, a colourful ceremony took place as more than 4,000 competitors participated from 71 countries. Knowles, who made history as the first boxer and the youngest Bahamian to carry the flag, said it was a breath-taking experience for him. "This was a big opportunity for me and it has really motivat ed me to be the flag carrier," Knowles said. "At the beginning, looking behind me in the arena and seeing all of the people, I was really shocked. But once I got out there, it was all normal." As for the ceremony itself, Knowles said it will be an event that he will remember for the rest of his life. Today, Knowles and Carl Hield are expected to go through their weigh-in and then they will know exactly when and who they will be boxing once the draw is complete. They could start as early as Tuesday. Also today, tennis will be the first discipline in action for the Bahamas as the games officially get underway. Fountain will be matched against number eight seed Marina Erakovic of New Zealand in the first round of the womens singles. Russell is also listed to compete in the singles, but coach Leo Rolle said she will definitely see her first rounda ction in mixed doubles when she teams up with his son, Marvin. Marvin Rolle and Devin Mullings arrived just as the opening ceremonies were completed. But they won't have much time to acclimatize themselves. "I have high expectations for the girls mainly because Devin and Marvin are just coming in and Rodney Carey (Jr here until tomorrow," Rolle said. "They will be jetlagged and very tired, so it will be very high for them to perform at their best in that condition. But who knows. We will see what happens when they go out there to play." The three male tennis play ers, Rolle, Munnings and Carey, were all delayed coming to India because they didn't have their visas in time to travel with everybody else. As for Thomas, he chose to stay at home for a few days before coming to India. The good thing is that he will have at least two days to adjust before the track and field competition gets underway on Wednesday. He is not expected to compete in the preliminary round with Trevor Barry until Thursday. When the track and field competition starts on Wednesday, a trio of sprinters Adrian Grif fith, Rodney Green and Jamial Rolle are expected to compete in the preliminaries of the men's 100m. Christine Amertil, one of the two females on the team, will be entered in the opening round of the 400. Cycling, the other discipline that the Bahamas will be partic ipating in, won't see any action until October 10 when the two competitors, Laurence Jupp and Rowshon Jones of Grand Bahama, will be entered in the road race. The time trials will follow for them on October 12. V alentino Knowles proudly carries the Bahamian flag ROYAL GREETINGS: Prince Edward (far left CHARLES the Prince of Wales, with some members of the Bahamas team. CAMILLA the Duchess of Cornwall, chats with Jamial Rolle.