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 EIGHTDIEINPLANECRASH C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.264WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SHOWERS, T-STORM HIGH 88F LOW 80F Flight falls into Lake Killarney moments after leaving airport The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter m firstname.lastname@example.org HORROR unfolded as a f light to San Salvador crashed moments after take-off from the Lynden P indling International Airp ort claiming the lives of all e ight people on board yesterday. S moke was seen steam ing from the left engine of the Cessna 402 as it left the E xecutive Flight Support runway just after 12.30pm. Air Traffic Control officialsi n the control tower informed pilot Nelson Hanna of the smoke just before his plane crashed into then earby lake. Taxi driver Chuck Far rington said he saw the air p lane takeoff and turn on its side as if to return to the runway when the nineseater passenger plane d ropped directly into Lake Killarney on the eastern side of Coral HarbourR oad. Mr Farrington and the woman driver in front of him pulled over as soon as t hey saw the plane crash into the water and attempted to stop passing traffic ash e called 911. A car with about four men inside then cames peeding towards the scene of the crash and another man ran towards the wreck age on foot, Mr Farrington said. He stood by the lakeside as Nassau Airport Development (NAD William Bethel waded out in around 3ft deep water to the wrecked plane around a quarter of a mile from the shore. It was a nasty scene, a terrible scene, Mr Bethel said. Everybodys legs, arms and necks were broken, s pines were broken, heads g ashed open. There was no chance of survival; they died on impact. Just one of the eight men on board was found breath i ng as the remaining seven bodies were hauled from the wreckage and received b y emergency crews. T he living man was lifted into an ambulance to be t aken to Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH attempts to save him proved fruitless as he was pro-n ounced dead on arrival. The remaining seven men were pronounced dead at the scene. It was just fellas floating in the water, said a pilot who had rushed out to help. They probably died on impact, but some of the guys were missing bodyp arts and covered in gashes a nd wounds from where they probably got bounced around in the cabin. D ozens of Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDFt o the mangled plane on small watercraft within min utes of the crash, as dozens m ore police officers arrived as well as emergency crews from the Nassau Airport Development company( NAD), Civil Aviation Department, and crime scene investigators. Assistant Superintendent Hulan Hanna said all crews moved quickly to secure the area and pick through the wreckage. He praised their thorough and immediate response. He also confirmed the pilot and six remaining passengers were pronounced dead at the scene. All eight men were in SEE page 12 A TERRIBLESCENE (TOP The remains of the Cessna 402 can be seen on the surface of Lake Killarney. ( ABOVE ) Emergency services at the scene of the crash, in which eight people died. (LEFT) A body is removed after yesterdays crash. Nassau Airport Development (NAD Bethel said: It was a nasty scene, a terrible scene. Felip Major /Tribune staff WARNING OVER SAFETY RISKS OF UN AUTHORISED CHAR TER OPERATORS PAGETWO VIS A GE SOUND ENGINEER DIES IN PLANE CRASH P AGETWO HIGHTENSIONDURINGWAITFOR NEW SOFLOVEDONES PAGETHREE MAN A CCUSED OF THREATENING LIFE OF SENIOR POLICE OFFICER P AGEFIVE INSIDE
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com CIVIL aviation authorities are urging Bahamians to take heed of the safety risks when flying with unauthorised charter operators. Inspector Delvin Major, accident investigator with the Civil Aviation Authority, said the Acklins Blue aircraft that crashed yesterday killing eight passengers wasn ot an authorised charter operator. This is what can happen when y ou fly with hackers, said Inspector Major. It can happen again. The holiday weekend is coming up, so Bahamians should take heed, he said. Inspector Major said the pilot N elson Hanna had a valid commercial pilots licence; however, his company was not authorisedto operate charter. Hacking has become a part of aviation culture, according to some members of the industry. They claim aviation professionals and government regulators are per petuating the lax culture, because it is more convenient and cheaper. Authorities have accused passengers of colluding with pilots to evade the authorities. Flights by hackers are cheaper because they do not pay commercial liability insurance, do not spend money on approved maintenance programmes for their aircraft, do not spend money on pilot training programmes, and are not h eld to the same standards, said Inspector Major. Tribune sources say government employees, including island administrators, government ministers and police officers frequently utilise unauthorised charters. One senior pilot said passengers are not the only ones enabling the practice. He said once passengers see the companies operating they believe civil aviation is regulating the industry and assume the c ompanies are legitimate. Staff from the Department of Culture said they knew the pilot and company owner Nelson Hanna well, because the department used his company frequently for culture events in the family islands. A Tribune source also alleges that the National Insurance Board had a contract with Acklins Blue and the aircraft flew government people all of the time. The Acklins Blue website lists air charter as one service offered by Acklins Blue Companies (ABC claim it is not an authorised charter company. T he other services listed under the group of companies are real estate services and purified water products. The website claims the companys charter service operates from the Executive Flight Support terminal at the Nassau Lynden Pindling Airport. Alfonso Bowe, manager at EFS, said Mr Hannas aircraft was often parked at the terminal, but it was a transient aircraft that utilised other facilities. We offer personalize air trans portation services throughout the Bahamas and to destinations in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Cayman Isles and the Turks and Caicos Islands. We also offer regular service to Eleuthera and Harbour Island. Our twin Engine Cessna 402Cs are properly maintained and insured and can seat up to nine passengers, states the company website. Mr Hanna was said to be well known and well liked by fellow pilots. Byron Woodside, president of the Bahamas Pilots Alliance, said something extreme must have happened for the plane to come down, because Mr Hanna was a seasoned pilot. The Acklins Blue website states Captain Hanna was the chief pilot for the company with more than 10,000 flying hours and over 19 years of experience. It states he was regarded as one of the best charter pilots in the country. The mood was somber in the pilots lounge at the airport yesterday, as fellow pilots tried to get information about the crash. The risks of flying with unauthorised charters include: a lack of safety checks and oversight by the regulators; uncertainty about the maintenance status of the aircraft; possibility of no insurance coverage for commercial operations; questionable medical status for pilots, according to Inspector Major. LOCAL soca and rake n' s crape band Visage lost its sound engineer in yesterday's tragic plane crash inL ake Killarney. Some of the other passengers while not members of the band have workedc losely with Visage over the y ears, said band leader Obie Pindling. Mr Pindling did not name the sound engineer, but he is said to be Lavard Curtis, 26, of South Beach. A nother passenger, Nat W illiams, reportedly worked c losely with the band on its first album Energy released in 1996. Visage was set to perform at San Salvador's homecoming event today, according to island administrator Terrece Bootle-Bethel. Condolences Although declining to speak to The Tribune about the tragedy, Mr Pindling expressed his condolences through a short statement posted on his Facebook page hours after the plane crashed. "The Visage family has suffered a tremendous loss today. Rumours are circu lating that the band members were on the plane," wrote Mr Pindling, son of former Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling. "One of the occupants is a present member of the Visage family and the rest are all considered family b ecause of our very close association over the years. On behalf of everyone inV isage family, past and present, we extend our deepest sympathies to the families of everyone involved in thea ccident." B efore releasing the state ment, Mr Pindling con firmed to The Tribune that the band's sound engineer was on board the plane. Stage The nine-seater Cessna 402 aircraft crashed intoL ake Killarney moments after take off. The group was flying to San Salvador from Nassau to set up a performance stage for the island's homecoming this week. Visage, the Bahamas selfproclaimed number one par ty band, was formed in 1981 by Mr Pindling. They are behind a number of local hits such as Put Ya Flags Up and Hold Ya Head. According to Inspector Delvin Major, an accident investigator with Civil Aviation, Nelson Hanna piloted the plane, which was oper ated by the company Ack lins Blue. The plane crashed in the shallow waters of Lake Killarney just moments after taking off from Lynden Pin dling International Airport at 12.30 yesterday afternoon. Warning over safety risks of unauthorised charter operators LAKEKILLARNEYPLANECRASHTRAGEDY VIS AGE SOUND ENGINEER DIES IN PL ANE CRASH TRAGIC: sound engineer Lavard Curtis. CRASHSCENE: Defence Force officers remove a body after y esterdays plane crash.
By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FAMILY members and friends gathered at the Princess Margaret Hospital chapel to await confirmation of the condition of their loved ones after receiving word that they may have been onboard a a twinengine plane that nose-dived into Lake Killarney yesterday. Dozens of people were crowded around the chapel at around 3.30pm when The Tri bune arrived on the scene, some still hoping for information and some already grieving. As the news became available, some family members emerged from the hospitals chapel and burst into tears while others wandered off in an apparent daze. Among the more vocal was a young girl in school uniform, who called in grief for her dead father, screaming, My daddy gone! I want to see my daddy! before collapsing into the arms of a female relative. A grandmother, Ivis Curtis, clutched two relatives after learning that her grandson, 26year-old Lavard Curtis, to whom she had been a legal guardian since he was a child, had died. He went to be with his Saviour! she cried. Speaking with this newspaper, Mrs Curtis described her grandson, who lived in South Beach, as a good Christian. He went home, I might as well tell you. The home that he worked for from when he was five years old. He was on the Lords side and he is still on the Lords side, she said, regaining her composure after the initial shock. Church of God of Prophecy Bishop Clarence Williams was also seen emerging from the chapel, having learnt of the death of his son, Clarence Nat Williams in the crash. He appeared sombre, but composed. The Tribune understands that another of the victims, BEC employee Kevin Far quharson, had only recently celebrated his birthday in the last few days and was supposed to be returning from Long Island to San Salvador after visiting his family when he caught the charter flight yesterday, having missed his Bahamasair connec tion. Minister of Health, Dr Hubert Minnis, announced at a press conference inside the hospitals boardroom that it was with great sadness that he had to report that there were no survivors of the plane crash, which involved a twin-engine Cessna aircraft with a total of eight men including the pilot, Nelson Hanna on board. Although one passenger, whose identity is unknown at this time, was removed from the scene still alive, he was pronounced dead at the hospital. Authorities have yet to con firm the names of the deceased, but unofficial reports are that the dead include the pilot Nel son Hanna, a Defence Force officer Delton Roderick Tay lor, Clarence Nat Williams, Chet Johnson, Lavard Curtis, Kevin Farquharson, Chester Benjamin and Devon Storr. The Tribune will update this information as more details are confirmed. The majority, if not all of the men, were said to have been heading to San Salvador to set up a stage that was to be used in the homecoming regatta event there. Every effort is being made to assist family members at this time of great sadness ... no effort will be spared to provide grief counselling for family and friends of those affected by this tragedy, said Dr Minnis. He added that the Ministry of Health and Public Hospital Authority would advise the public on any new develop ments that arise. National Emergency Man agement Agency Commander Captain Stephen Russell, Chief Medical Officer Merceline Dahl-Regis, hospital administrator Coralee Adderley and Assistant Commissioner of Police John Ferguson were also present at the conference. 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G RIEF-STRICKEN: A grandmother, Ivis Curtis, clutched two relat ives after learning that her grandson, 26-year-old Lavard Curtis, t o whom she had been a legal guardian since he was a child, had died. He went to be with his Saviour! she cried. By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com SAN Salvadors Homecoming Committee was scheduled to meet last night to determine whether their five-day festival will con tinue as planned or be scrapped due to yesterdays tragic plane crash. Local administrator Terrece Bootle-Bethel said they will inform the public of their decision sometime today. Based on what I am getting back, most persons are in shock. We are grieving and trying to ascertain who was on that flight by trying to confirm the names of persons on the plane, she said. As for the homecoming celebrations, which were scheduled to begin today, Mrs Bootle-Bethel said that they need to make a decision as quickly as possible as a number of flights have already been booked and funds already spent. A number of families are grieving their loved ones today. Many persons here knew the pilot and there was at least one res ident of San Salvador on that flight. The death of colleagues and persons known to them is heavy, so we are going to get feedback and see if persons can move for ward in light of the grief and burden to bear. So we will get our feedback from all persons involved and see what everyone is saying and advise the nation accordingly, she said. Mrs Bethel said she is personally of the view that the local com mittee may want to proceed, but much of what is planned involves persons travelling by air to the island. Because of todays tragedy, she said, travel to the island may be somewhat affected. Mrs Bethel said those who already have tickets to fly to San Sal vador should wait to hear from the committee before changing their plans. FESTIVAL DECISION EXPECTED TODAY My daddy gone! I want to see daddy! IN AN effort to crack down on illegal chartero perators, the Flight Standards Inspectorate issued a September listing ofa uthorised charter companies, otherwise known as aircraft operators certificate (AOC Please ensure that before you board an aircraft for the purpose of t ravelling away for the holi day or for business that y ou consider using the service of an authorised air charter operator, states an otice issued by the Flight Standard Inspectorate. The list was circulated to charter operators, fixed b ase operators and Family Island airports. A uthorised AOC H olders (September List A baco Air A ir Ambulance A tlantic Blue Charters Bahama Hoppers Aircraft BahamasairC at Island Air Cherokee Air Corporate Travel Destination Airlink Diving Safaris Ltd Dove Wings Charter Co Fergs Air Limited Flamingo Air Charter Golden Wings CharterI nter Island Charted Ltd Island ConnectionsI sland Wings L and and Sea Charter LeAir Charter Mitchell Enterprises Air Package Delivery Xpress Performance Air Limited Pineapple Air Limited Prestige Air Limited Randolph Air Charter Shoreline Air Services Sky Bahamas Airlines S kyline Aviation Limited Southern AirS tella Maris Resorts Air Take Flight Air Charter Uhuru Aviation Limited Western Air The Flight Standards Inspectorate notice states: Should you be approached by an individual offering to take you or your family away, please ensure that that individual is in possession of the following: An Air Operator Certificate issued and signed by the Civil Aviation Department Flight Stan dards Inspectorate. A Commercial Pilot Licence issued by the Federal Aviation Administration or the Civil Aviation Department. A Second Class Med ical Certificate issued by the Federal Aviation Administration or the Civil Aviation Department. A Logo Sticker issued by the Department of Civ il Aviation. Listing of authorised charter companies Scenes of emotion during wait for news of loved ones Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y
EDITOR, The Tribune. On November 29, 2006 P olice and Customs Officers r aided an East Street warehouse where they seized a m assive quantity of handbags and other items lateri dentified to be counterfeits o f goods manufactured by d esigners such as Gucci and other world famous companies. Police and Customs Officers arrested personsa llegedly responsible for the o peration at the warehouse a nd seized the items as e xhibits. O n January 11, 2007 two persons namely, Xishes and Yvette Ma were reportedly c harged before the Magist rates Court with offences related to the goods seized. Both persons are due to a ppear in Court on October 7 2010 when the matter is likely to be completed. I learned from my i nquiries that the items f ound in the warehouse w ere being sold to local vend ors for retail in the Straw M arket and elsewhere. This prompted me to inquire as to why the Police/Customs did not include the shelves and cupb oards of the vendors in the Straw Market and anywhere e lse. The response I received from a Senior Police Official was that a Senior Gov ernment Official told themt o allow the vendors to sell t he items that they already had for sale. I t would have been better t o have seized the items and have the vendors compens ated by the wholesalers. T his alleged interference would have made the vendors feel secure in seeking a new market to purchase the items. New York was the event ual choice. The trade continued apparently undisturbed by t he Police and Customs. Our Legal Department must consider if what some o f the vendors are perpetrating constitutes a contravention of the criminal law in The Bahamas false pret ences and fraud. PAUL THOMPSON SR., F ormer Assistant Commissioner of Police, Nassau, O ctober 1, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 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. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 C ontributing 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 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm SHOWBOATING on the sidelines is what government is calling the position taken by the PLP in the case of the nine jailed straw vendors in New York. We see it as the PLP playing its usual game taking advan tage of the ignorance of less fortunate people. The position is that nine straw vendors went to New York in September on a shopping spree. According to their own admissions they knowingly purchased fake designer goods brand named bags and jewellery for resale at their market stalls on Bay Street. As they waited at the airport in New York to board their return flight to Nassau, loaded down with shopping bags of illegal goods, they were arrested and charged in a Manhattan court with conspiracy to defraud the US by trafficking in counterfeit merchandise. Because Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs, made a public statement to the effect that vendors at home should take note of what had happened to their colleagues and govern themselves accordingly, the PLP are trying to infer that the government had abandoned the straw vendors. They had no inten tion of helping them, said the PLP, until the PLP got on their case and embarrassed them into action. This, of course, is not true. The government was not embarrassed by the PLPs senseless haranguing. On learning of the ven dors arrest all agents of government moved in to provide whatever help they could. Mr Symonette received a daily report from the Bahamas Consulate in New York, which provided assistance to the vendors and kept their families informed. Almost immediately the Ministries of Education and Labour and Social Develop ment assisted the families and children left behind in Nassau. The government also engaged legal counsel to represent the vendors. But apparently that is not enough. The PLP want the government to help them with their bail, find suitable accommodation for them until they go to trial, resolve the bond issue and see whether since this is a government-to-government issue to see if we cant through the attorneys seek to get the charges dropped. Fox Hill MP Fred Smith and Fort Char lotte MP Alfred Sears, both lawyers, shouldknow that once a matter gets before the courts it ceases to be a government-to-government issue. Nobody can interfere with the judicial process. No one can do it in the Bahamas, nor can anyone do it in New York. It is, therefore, wrong to take advantage of less educated people, and make them believe that somehow governments can negotiate with the courts. Should offenders facing our courts in Nassau and jail time in HM Prison expect the same consideration from their government? These PLP lawyers should know that the symbol of a blindfolded justice sends out the message that all persons are equal before the Law and each gets equal justice regardless of who they happen to be. The most the Bahamas government can do is to ensure that the vendors have good legal representation and are judged fairly. The vendors cannot expect more than that and it is wrong of the PLP to fool them into believing otherwise. The law cannot be bent to accommodate them. As for those still in Nassau, who want to find wiggle room to continue the illicit trade, they should take Mr Symonettes wise advise and get their stalls in order before the police have to come and do it for them. The PLP should be the last to be crowing when we discover that when the matter of the counterfeit goods should have been settled in 2006, a senior government official in the PLP administration instructed a senior police official not to raid the vendors stalls, but let them continue to sell their goods. These instructions came after police raided the warehouse on East Street, allegedly the supplier of the counterfeit goods, and were prepared to move onto the straw market to put a stop to the illegal trade there. The polices lack of action in stamping out the trade in 2006 led the US government to unfairly conclude that Bahamian police officers were complicit in the straw markets counterfeit commerce. From the information we now have the police turned a blind eye to what was going on in the market on instructions in 2006 from a senior govern ment official. This is why we find the holier-than-thou position now being taken by the PLP not only farcical, but insincere. If they are so concerned, why dont some of them take upa collection and help pay the bail for the ladies who are now in distress? They should also go to the straw market and despite the famous remarks of one reverend gentlemen that principles dont put food on the table instruct the ladies that the continued illegal sale of counterfeit goods that once put food on their tables, will now land them in jail. We recommend to the straw vendors that instead of being lulled into a stupor by PLP words excusing their actions, they should heed the sound advice of Mr Symonette, who said: As a result of these charges, I highly recommend that Bahamians be guided accordingly. In other words quickly clean up your act and abide by the law. The straw market and the issue of counterfeit goods LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Time for vendors to get their house in order NOTICE is hereby given that MADONNA MERANVIL of Mayeld Park 76th, Esher Court, Freeport, Grand Bahama, Bahamas is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 28t hday of September,2010 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Freeport, Bahamas.NOTICE E DITOR, The Tribune. IS THERE any ambiance i n New Providence or are our MPs all wearing purples unshades? The proposed Chinese highway between Lynden Pindling Airport and the six-l egged roundabout is purely a nd simply for Atlantis but regrettably we had a golden opportunity of improvi ng the run from the airport to Atlantis and solve the worst traffic hold-up that at East Street and Independence. An overpass or underpass here would have allowed the priority of the East-West Highway to be a real highway with no obstruction butw e will now build and artificially landscape a road simply to put more traffic on West Bay between Saunders Beach roundabout which should have been a T junction with traffic lights to downtown snarling up more than ever downtown. Drive along West Bay after leaving Goodmans you cant see the ocean till a s nap at Sandyport and then pass BTC till Orange Hill but from Orange Hill till O ld Fort and beyond you h ardly see the ocean as the bush is too high and blocks the view. One thing is for sure other favoured lower cost loans do not impose what the Chi-n ese do 2 per cent is attract ive, but how is the loan stat ed? What will happen if the e xchange rate changes and n egatively impacts the conversion of US$s to the Quan? T he new so-called artistic feature of downtown development is their murals on l arge walls and buildings t hat should really be demoli shed as a visitor said to me recently Nassau has lost i ts looks like Kingston, Jamaica; we are not coming here again. Sorry, fools rush in and there is no doubt this air port to six legged round a bout is solely the figment of a confused group who think they are doing good things. The trouble is when they are kicked out of office how do you change these things? JESSICA SMITH Nassau, S eptember 23, 2010. The proposed Chinese highway between the Airport and the six-legged roundabout is purely for Atlantis EDITOR, The Tribune. In his letter published September 24, 2010, Ivoine Ingraham blasted the authorities in The Bahamas for not doing something earlier about the illegal merchandise fiasco. If it is, as he puts it, an embarrassment to this coun try, I would like him to say what it must mean to the United States of America, where the said items were purchased. Mr Ingraham may wish to warn a prominent local video store chain that has operated with impunity over the last two decades selling illegally copied, copy righted discs and videos...before the Americans raid them. DENNIS FOUNTAIN Nassau, September 24, 2010. What must illegal mer chandise fiasco mean to the United States? EDITOR, The Tribune Re: Hurricane Igor is heading for Bermuda not the Bahamas The Tribune, September 29, 2010. IN paragraph three, the editorial rightly decries geographic ignorance on the part of international reporters but Hey Mon, has the Bahamas now relocated geographi cally to the Caribbean? KEN W KNOWLES, M.D. Nassau, September 20, 2010. Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. Has the Bahamas r elocated?
A WAR of words has broken out between the FNM and the PLP over the issue of the nine straw vendors arrested in New York, with the governing party accusing the Opposition of showboating and attempting to steal the credit away from the public officers and diplomatic officials who have come to the assistance of the women and their families. The PLP in turn again claimed the government never intended to render assistance to the detained straw vendors and was shamed into doing so by the persistence of the Opposition. In a statement responding to a press a conference held by PLP MPs Fred Mitchell and Alfred Sears on Monday, the FNM accused the PLP of doing nothing more than talking. While the PLP has talked and kept talking, the government has acted on many fronts. Immediately after being informed of the arrest of the vendors, the Consulate in New York began providing assis tance to the vendors and information to family members. Almost immediately after the arrest of the vendors, the Ministries of Education and Labour and Social Develop ment reached out to the family members of the vendors with offers of counselling for the children and other assistance to the families. Actions, speak louder than words. The governing party said that while the PLP sits in Nassau, holding press conferences and taking advantage of the hurt and pain of the vendors and their family members, the government has engaged legal counsel to assist in the various, the FNM said yesterday. However, the PLP said that the FNMs statement on the straw vendors status was stupid. The FNM seems never to miss an opportunity to feign ignorance, miss the salient points of critical national issues, and engage in futile diversionary tactics, all to the detriment of the Bahamian people, the PLP said. The initial response by the government was to have the Minister of Foreign Affairs lecture the straw vendors. Sec ondly, the prime minister stated in the House of Assembly that Bahamians are arrested in the United States all the time and that the government was not minded to comment on the issue. So the policy position of the FNM government was to wash their hands off this matter like Pontius Pilate and leave the straw vendors to fend for themselves. The vendors were arrested on September 15 as they waited to board a flight back to Nassau from New York. The Bahamians were charged in a Manhattan court on September 2 with conspiraBy NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter n email@example.com MURDER accused Angelo Poitier claimed yesterday in court that he had unwillingly signed a c onfession statement over f ears that police would brutalise him. I told them what they wanted to hear. It was not freely from my own will, P oitier told jurors yesterd ay. Poitier, 24, is on trial for the murder of former girlfriend Shanice Adderley, 19. The young womans body was discovered i nside a grave in the B ahamas Veterans C emetery on Infant View R oad on May 27. A ccording to an autops y report, Ms Adderley had died as a result of blunt force trauma to theb ody. The prosecution closed its case against Poitier yesterday. P oitier opted to make an unsworn statement from the prisoners dock, m eaning that he was not s ubject to cross-examinat ion by prosecutors. Poitier recalled that on then ight of May 26 he had g one to a bar to chill for a while. He told the court t hat he met Brian Sands, a man he knew, at the bar and subsequently asked h im to give him a ride home. He said that Sands then approached anotherm an who agreed to give him a ride to his home on Providence Avenue. I went inside and never c ame out. Later that night or early morning, police came to my house asking for me. They put handcuffs on me and told me that I was under arrest fort he disappearance of Shanice Adderley. I told them I didnt know where she was, Poitier said. The accused said that he was placed in a police cruiser. He alleged that w hile en route to the Nass au Street Police Station, a police officer jabbed h im in his side. He further alleged that while at the Nassau Street Police Stat ion the officer threatened h im and shoved him to t he ground while he was s till handcuffed. P oitier stated that he w as subsequently taken to the Central Detective U nit where he was again threatened and told by an officer that he had to tell t hem what they wanted to hear. Poitier claimed that i n an interview suite he was presented with a written statement which hes igned over fear that police would brutalise him f urther. As the victims mother l ooked on from the public g allery, Poitier said that he was sorry that Shanice h ad died and claimed that he and Shanice had never had an altercation. The defence and prosecution attorneys are expected tom ake their closing remarks today when the c ase resumes before Justice Vera Watkins. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org STEPHEN Stubbs alias Die was b ack before the courts yesterday, accused of threatening the life of a senior police officer. Stubbs, 34, of Ridgeland Park is accused of threatening the life of Detec-t ive Superintendent Leon Bethel, head of the Central Detective Unit while at CDU on October 2. Stubbs is also accused of behaving disorderly and using obscene language to the annoyance Superintendent Bethel. Stubbs, who appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolit a Bethel in Court 8, Bank Lane, yesterd ay pleaded not guilty to the charges and opted for a summary trial in the Magistrates Court. Inspector Ercell Dorsette told the magistrate that Stubbs is on bail in relation to a matter presently before h er court and another matter in the S upreme Court. L ast October Stubbs was arraigned before Magistrate Bethel with three other men on drug charges stemming from the seizure of $4 million worth of marijuana in Exuma. Stubbs is also chargedw ith two others in the murder of Corp oral Jimmy Ambrose at the former C lub Rock on West Bay Street 11 years ago. H is lawyer, Murrio Ducille, described t he charges of disorderly behaviour and obscene language as trivial and stated that the death threat charge was misconceived. Mr Ducille said that there had been no death threat directed by Mr S tubbs to Mr Bethel, but rather this was w hat Mr Bethel had been told by someo ne. Mr Ducille told the court that his client had gone to the police station over an investigation into a stolen vehicle. Magistrate Bethel noted that the threats of death charge was a serious one andq uestioned whether Stubbs had been c omplying with the conditions of his bail. S tubbs is expected back in court on Thursday for a bail hearing. THEBAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER Man accused of threatening life of senior police officer Government accuses the PLP of showboating over straw vendors T HE FNM w as responding to a press conference held by MPs Alfred Sears (above Mitchell. Murder accused claims confession was signed over fears of police brutality By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter a email@example.com T HE punishment the US i s seeking to impose on the n ine straw vendors in New York City is an indication of what could possibly happ en to the Bahamas as a whole if enforcement of anti-counterfeit or piracyl aws remains lax, accordi ng to the President of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce. Khaalis Rolle said it is long past time that the Bahamas government doesi ts part to ensure its citizens understand that they must conform to laws against knock-off goods t hat mimic designer brands, as there is the potential for the country to be hit with s anctions if it continues not to abide by global trade rules that demand the pro-t ection of intellectual prop erty. This is just an indication of what could possibly happ en and its at a very small scale lower level, but its an indication of what could h appen, said Mr Rolle. SEE page eight G overnment must ensure Bahamians conform with knock-of f goods laws SEE page eight
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE countrys students will be exposed to a myriad of careerp aths during National Career A wareness Month (NCAM Minister of Education Desmond Bannister said. Its the third annual NCAM, spanning the duration of the month of October and featuring a variety of events and activities. T he announcement was made o n Monday during a press con ference held at the Teachers Union Building on East Street. T his years theme is Empow erment, Education, Entrepreneurship, Excellence: The keys t o career satisfaction. Initiative Mr Bannister said that since embarking upon this initiative, the Department of Education has received excellent reviews from teachers, students and parents. Our graduates face numerous challenges upon leaving school, and it is our hope that this initia tive will provide them with an opportunity to make suitable career choices before entering the workforce. Minister Bannister also thanked the NCAM team for their hard work and the many partners for their support of the event. As always we wish to express our gratitude to the many stakeholders whose names you see on the banner behind me, said Mr Bannister. We greatly appreciate your commitment in providing our youth with this valuable head start. Some of the activities sched uled for the month include school-based activities to be held until October 29; a teleconference with Grand Bahama, Abaco, Exuma, Eleuthera, Andros and Inagua today and speakers circuits for students on the Family Islands beginning this week. The month of activities culminate with the National Careers Fair, which takes place during week five from October 26 28 at the Kendal Isaacs Gym. The opening ceremony for the fair will take place on Wednesday, October 27. THE Bahamas International Film Festival announced yesterday that it has retained Rogers & Cowan, the worlds leading entertainment public relations and marketing agency, to handle all publicity for the 7th editionof the festival, taking place December 1 to 5. Rogers & Cowan has overseen all publicity efforts as the agency of record for the last three festivals. The announcement was made by BIFF founder and executive director, Leslie Vanderpool and Rogers & Cowan CEO, Tom Tardio. A statement from the company said the successful campaigns carried out over the past fouryears have brought significant international awareness to the festival and have helped solidify its place amongst the worlds most admired young festivals. Building from this foundation, Rogers & Cowan will provide strategic planning and consultation and continue to expand the festivals profile throughout the worldwide film community, it said. Working closely with Leslie Vanderpool and her team, Rogers & Cowan will focus on festival branding, media out reach and procurement, talent oversight and event management leading up to and through the 2010 festival. Rogers & Cowan vice president Dennis Dembia will again handle day-to-day management of the BIFF campaign, including oversight of the press office in Nassau during the festival. Rogers & Cowan executive vice president, Nikki Parker, will continue to provide strategic direction and oversee all global efforts. Leslie Vanderpool said: BIFF prides itself on being a quality international film festi val within the Bahamas, while also being a reference festival for the entire region. It is therefore important that we align ourselves with a leading PR firm such as Rogers & Cowan. BIFF has gained such tremendous media worldwide coverage over the years from this relationship,which is key to the growth and sustainability of the festival. Tom Tardio said: Rogers & Cowan is honored to continue its relationship with the Bahamas International Film Festival. Year after year we are seeing the festival gain prominence and strategically manage the stature that comes with increased media attention and global awareness. This is another exciting year for BIFF and were embarking on a campaign that projects the energy and enthusiasm that has come to define the annual event and the wonderful country that hosts it. BIFF is a non-profit organi sation committed to providing the local community and international festival-goers with a diverse presentation of films from the Bahamas and around the world. In addition to showcasing films that might not otherwise be released theatrically, BIFF provides unique cultural experiences, educational programmes, and forums for exploring the past, present and future of cinema. BIFF aims to raise the level of filmmaking, participation and education throughout the Bahamas and the world. With offices in Los Angeles, New York and London, Rogers & Cowan designs and imple ments campaigns for entertainment clients, such as film pro duction and distribution companies, cable and network TV programming, records labels, recording artists, celebrities and athletes, videogame publishers and distributors and digital media companies. By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org POLICE are vehemently denying the existence of an extortion racketa t the George Street bus stop. Assistant Superintendent Bradley Sands of the Police Tourism Units aid he is aware of the accusations made by bus driver Virginia Scorpio Williams, but is not satisfiedt here is any evidence to support her claims. Ms Williams, a bus driver for seve n years, said police are accepting money from bus drivers in return for p referential treatment at the George S treet bus stop, used by Route 10 buses. She claims her refusal to free up h as made her a victim of harassment b y an officer. How can I earn a living driving up and down Cable Beach with two o r three people when the other buses are full? The officer asked me, What you going to do? Either move o n or free up. Ever since then he harasses me on the route, so I cant make any money because he alwaysm akes me move, said Ms Williams. It is quite clear that Im getting in the way of the ring that they haveg oing on in George Street that they k now I will never be a part of because mama dont take no mess,s tated Ms Williams in a report she claims to have emailed to AssistantC ommissioner of Police Glenn M iller. A ccording to Ms Williams, bus drivers who pay the police are allowed to stay parked at the bus bay for prolonged periods of time sometimesu ntil they are filled to capacity. B us drivers, who claim to have the police in their pockets call officers in advance to signal their arrival, according to Ms Williams. T he officers are said to instruct w aiting buses to move, irrespective of their load capacity, in order to make way for the buses who partici pate in the scheme. Rules A SP Sands said the claims were nonsense. He said the bus drivers continue to treat the bus stop as ab us terminal when it is not. He said some bus drivers are like children, w ho need constant supervision, and unless reminded or issued tickets do not obey the rules of the bus stop. She feels she has a right to stay on George Street to have her busf illed, but she does not have a right to that, said ASP Sands, speaking of M s Williams. The only terminal that was given to them they refused, behind the posto ffice. That is the only terminal and t hey declined that. They dont have any sole right to the road, to block the road. They have no right to park on the government road, he said. According to sources, the officers a re said to accept cash as well as lunch in return for preferential treatment, but ASP Sands called it an insult to his officers to believe they could corrupted by a cent breakfast. H arrison Moxey, operator of Waynes Bus Services, the company employing Ms Williams, said he hasr eceived complaints from Ms Williams and a few other bus drivers. He said he personally experie nced a similar situation when he w as a bus driver. What ASP Sands said is true. It is a bus stop. The concern is, if it is a b us stop for all, then make everyone move. They are not consistent in their implementation and enforce-m ent of the law, said Mr Moxey. I dont expect too much of the police, to tell you the truth. When they are friends they dont take things as serious, he said, when asked why he has not pursued the matter. He added: I dont think shew ould make it up. ASP Sands said he interacts with bus drivers every day, but Ms Williams is the only one who ever complained about an extortion rack-e t. He challenged her to produce evidence. If she witnessed it tell her to produce proper documents to support her claim. This is the only lady accusing police of accepting bribes. It is garbage, he said. M s Williams herself is in contravention of the traffic laws, according to ASP Sands. He was referring to at least three $80 tickets issued to Ms Williams by an officer in the Tourism Unit. Ms Williams claims she received three tickets in less than one month, for: parking on a bus stop, failing to m ove when requested by police and leaving a vehicle with the engine runn ing. Ticket F or each of the three instances, s he has a story about how the ticket was unfairly issued. She said the ticke ts are symptomatic of the harass ment she is experiencing. Since filing her complaints with A SP Sands, Ms Williams said she a lso spoke to Superintendent Wayne Miller at the Central Police Station and Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr Miller. The police have not contacted her as yet, she claims. Ms Williams was given the option b y her boss of driving a different route, but, she said: I should not allow them to run me off the route. I should leave on my own accord. Assistant Supt not satisfied there is any evidence for drivers claims Global PR company returns for seventhB ahamas International Film Festival Police deny existence of bus stop extortion racket Minister of Education announces National Car eer A w areness Month CAREER AWARENESS: Minister of Education Desmond Bannister announces the third annual National Careers Aware ness Month (NCAM Elma Garroway, permanent secretary, looks on. D e r e k S m i t h / B I S A YOUNG woman will serve eight months in prison for sending death threats over the social net work Facebook. The prosecution closed its case against Vanlyn Bethel, 21, on Mon day. Bethel, who was accused of send ing death threats to Crystal Kemp between September 18, 2009, and October 20, 2009, did not call any witnesses or make a statement in her defence. Magistrate Derrence Davis ordered that the College of the Bahamas student serve eight months in prison and receive four months of counselling. W oman g ets eight months for Facebook death threats
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM S HORTLYbefore 4am on S aturday, October 2, police received a report of an a ttempted suicide at a home on Gladstone Road. The victim, a 16-year-old girl, was discovered by family members. They called emergency services and she was rushed to hospital by ambu lance. She was treated and later discharged. Police did not release further details of the incident, saying that their investigation is ongoing. cy to defraud the US, specifi cally by the trafficking of counterfeit goods. They could face a maxi mum 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. The vendors Roshanda Rolle, Gayle Rolle, Marva Ferguson, Marvette Fergu son, Patricia Hanna, Sha mone Thompson, Margaret Pierre, Judy Duncombe and Tracy Davis have all admitted to knowing that the goods they purchased were counterfeit and/or ille gal. A s for the significance of the fact that the government through its law enforcement agencies has failed to clamp down on the trade in counterfeit such as that which takes place at the Straw Market in plain view Mr Rolle said: I dont have to s ay how much of a problem it is the rules are the rules and its up to the (law enforcement) agencies to enforce the rules. Mr Rolle noted that the issue is one of ensuring the Bahamas is in a position to be economically viable on a g lobalised trading stage. Ive said many years ago we need to start developing the mindset and platform to be globally competitive. I said it many years ago and Ill continue to say it, because you will see the downside of not being in compliance with global rules. We are at that transition point where in the past it was a problem (the trade in counterfeit goods in The Bahamas), but it wasnt a huge problem. However, we now have new global trading platforms and global and far reaching rules with governments and other entities that are requiring that you play fair, said Mr Rolle. Admitting that abuse of intellectual property rights is not only a problem for The Bahamas, but also for countries like the US itself, the difference here, I think, right now, is that the Bahamas is in the world spotlight and we are going through a clear modernisation process and what we are doing is more magnified. His comments come after nine Bahamian women, all v endors in the downtown Straw Market, were arrested and charged in New York City with attempting to traffic counterfeit goods. It is alleged that the illegal products were found loaded in 31 pieces of luggage the women had checked in to their Jet B lue flight from the city to Nassau on September 15. Each admitted to knowing the goods were counterfeit, and said they had intended to sell them at their market stall. They were picked up following what court docum ents revealed to be a sixm onth long sting operation in the city and The Tribune understands that the investigation has not yet ended. While their arrests rattled vendors in the market, who said it would heavily dampen profits at the site where c ounterfeit bags move more quickly off the shelves than traditional straw goods, the significance of the enforcement exercise reverberates at a higher level given the Bahamas recent signing of the Economic Partnership Agreement with Europe and our desire to soon join the W orld Trade Organisation. Both the signing of the EPA and membership of the WTO bring with them further obligations on the part of the government to ensure that intellectual property rights are protected. Member states can demand action a gainst other member states through the WTO if they deem the other to not be vested in the protection of the intellectual property rights of companies in their country, such as the US did against China in 2007. The Opposition PLP has s uggested that the vendors may effectively be pawns ina government to government issue between the US and The Bahamas, with the US taking action on its soil in response to the Bahamian governments unwillingness to do so on its own. T he BCOC President said i t is against the interests of the public at large for the government to continue lax enforcement of intellectual property right-related law, as it allows for the continuation of a mindset that does not fit with the trading environment The Bahamas is b ecoming a part of. Ive been saying for a long time that we need to start changing to accommodate whats going to happen in the future. Well the future is now...right now, said Mr Rolle. T eenage girl in suicide attempt Gover nment accuses the PLP of showboating over vendors FROM page five Government must ensure Bahamians conform with knock-off goods laws F ROM page five A LOCAL pastor has emerged victorious in a court battle over his churchs finances. The Zion United Baptist Convention had ini tiated legal action last August against Rev T G Morrison, pastor of Zion Baptist Church on East and Shirley Street. The Zion United Baptist Convention had sought an audit of the churchs finances datingback nine years. The convention had claimed that Rev Morri son failed to have the finances of the church audited and the results reported to the general membership of the church, and that this constitutes a breach of Zion Baptist Church's consti tution. From the outset, however, Rev Morrisons attorney Henry Bostwick, QC, submitted that the matter should be struck out and that the convention was not seeking to enforce any legal right in the churchs constitution.s On Monday, Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett ruled in Rev Morrisons favour, finding that the Convention did not have the standing to bring the action and that the action should be dismissed. Pastor victorious in court battle over church finances THE Bahamas thanked Republic of Haiti Ambassador Louis Harold Joseph for the contributions he made in fostering closer ties between both countries. A farewell reception was held Monday at the British Colonial Hilton, where Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Brent Symonette acknowledged the accomplishments made over the past eight years by Ambassador Joseph, Dean of the Diplomatic Corps. Also present were Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes, members of the Diplomatic Corps and senior government officials. We in The Bahamas have greatly benefited from your experience as a career diplomat, as time and time again you have been called upon to pour oil on the troubled waters, stirred up by the challenges of economic and political difficulties in your home country, which have led to an everincreasing influx of your nationals to our shores, Mr. Symonette said. Yours has not been an easy task, as you have sought to uphold the laws of The Bahamas while endeavouring to find mutually acceptable solutions to this problem. The Bahamas and Haiti established diplomatic relations in 1977. The geographic proximity of both countries in conjunction with Haiti being one of the largest and most populous countries in the Caribbean, with persistent development pangs, has played a significant role in determining the nature of relations between both countries. Mr Symonette noted that the first few years of Ambassador Josephs tenure were particularly fraught with difficulties, as Haiti was beset by polit ical crisis. You helped us navigate our way through those turbulent times by providing sound advice about the ever-changing political landscape. You have encouraged us in our commit ment to the economic and social development of Haiti by helping to facilitate the fledgling partnership between leading Haitian businessmen and our private sector, evidence in the holding of a trade fair in Nassau in 2005, Mr. Symon ette said. He added that Bahamians also appreciate Ambassador Josephs efforts to educate the Haitian diaspora about the Bahamas, the public service pertaining to social and health issues. And, on the other hand, his role in promoting Haitian culture through art, music and language. Excellency, the vulnerability of small island developing states to natural disasters was all too apparent throughout your tenure here. We witnessed the devastation caused in your homeland as one hurricane after another wreaked havoc and flood waters the result of torrential rains caused untold destruction to your land and your people alike, Mr. Symonette said. He also mentioned the dev astating earthquake, which struck Haiti on January 12, 2010, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and homeless. Through it all, you remained a stoic picture of dignity and calm, even as you yourself experienced personal loss, Mr. Symonette said. Ambassador Joseph said he was honoured to have served for eight consecutive years, which has led to the strengthening of friendship and fraternity between both countries. He said, however, that there are two unfinished items on the table, which he considered very important for the continuous strengthening of relations between the Bahamas and Haiti. One being the Framework Agreement for Bilateral Cooperation, and the other, the Memorandum of Understanding for Agricultural Goods Exchanges. I am certain that the government of the Republic of Haiti will ensure that my successor continues to work very closely with the government of The Bahamas toward the conclusion of these two agreements, he said. Ambassador Joseph said although his tenure was sometimes difficult and bumpy, he encountered responsible staff at the Ministry of For eign Affairs, the Immigration Department and other government agencies determined to promote Haitian-Bahamian relations. He thanked the government and civil society for assistance following the earth quake, and the Haitian community for their cooperation during his tenure. Ambassador Joseph left the Bahamas yesterday for Washington, DC, where he served before his appointment to the Bahamas. A new Haitian Ambassador to the Bahamas will be announced shortly. Bahamas says farewell to Haitian Ambassador HAITIAN AMBASSADOR Louis Harold Joseph makes his farewell speech at a farewell reception on Monday at the British Colonial Hilton.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM their 20s and 30s, seven were B ahamians and one is unders tood to have been a Jamaican, ASP Hanna said. The dead were not officially identified before The T ribune w ent to press, but ASP Hanna said they were technicians travelling to San Salvador to set upe ntertainment facilities for homecoming regatta cele brations this weekend. R BDF spokesman Lt C arlton Bethel confirmed one of the passengers was an RBDF officer and pilot, however he did not release the officers identity last night, nor did he confirm unofficial reports the officer was a co-pilot on the fatal flight. Flight Standards Inspectorate accident invest igator Delvin Major said it was too early to tell what caused the crash, but the mangled wreck will be pulled from the water for further investigation today or tomorrow. He said the impact of the crash is one of the worst he has ever seen as the wreck age barely resembled a plane. The aircraft has a lot of substantial damage, he said. The roof is broken open, the wings are broken off. We cant tell if there was any fire because the engines are submerged in the water. Taking it out to examine it will be the only way we can tell. He said initial investigations show the aircraft operated by Captain Hanna was operating as an unau thorised charter flight. Flight Standards Inspectorate manager Hubert Adderley showed a safety document from the plane advertising it as Acklins Blue air charter company, which, he said, is not a certified commercial charter company and therefore appears to have been in violation of important pas senger safety regulations. Civil Aviation officials confirmed the original flight plan filed by Captain Hanna stated there was only one person on board and changes were not made before takeoff. ASP Hanna asked for any witnesses to contact police with information that may assist investigations into the cause of the crash, which he said is one of the deadliest on the island in living memory. R elatives sobbed in shock, grief and disbelief outside barricades set upo n either side of the fatal crash scene on Coral Harbour Road yesterday as the severely injured bodiesw ere covered and lined up f or transportation to the morgue. A distressed woman was c omforted by a relative as she cried: The pilot was my cousin; going to San Salvador was his life. O ther family members of the deceased were received by hospital officials and National Emergency Man a gement Agency (NEMA officials at PMH where they waited to identify the bodies of their relatives. RBDF officers loaded the bodies covered in bags splattered with mud and blood, and numbered from one to seven, on stretchers lifted into seven hearses and funeral home vans. They were driven from the scene in a somber pro cession of police escorts and around a dozen more police and RBDF vehicles attracting stares from pedestrians and stopping motorists in JFK, Thomp son Boulevard, Wulff Road and East Street on their way to PMH where they arrived just before 5pm. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Opposition leader Perry Christie both released statements in the aftermath of the crash. Mr Ingraham said : On behalf of the government and people of our nation I extend deepest condolences to the families and friends of each of the individuals who met their untimely deaths early this afternoon. All relevant government agencies are lending their assistance in this trag ic matter. Further, a thorough investigation of the crash will be conducted by the relevant authorities. The PLP party leader expressed his condolences to the families and loved ones of the crash victims for their untimely loss. He said: I hope that the relevant authorities can do all they can to determine the cause of this crash in the public interest and to bring resolution to this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families during this very difficult period. EIGHTDIEIN PLANECRASH F ROM page one LAKEKILLARNEYPLANECRASHTRAGEDY BODIES of the plane crash victims arrive at Princess Margaret Hospital yesterday. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f ABOVE: Defence Force officers stand to attention as the body of one of the crash victims, an RBDF officer, is removed from scene. BELOW: An anxious wait for news at the scene of yesterdays plane crash. Felip Major /Tribune staff
By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA mitted far-reaching reform proposals to the Government for the revamp of this nationsg aming laws, its president telling Tribune Business that the country had been unablet o translate its proximity to the US into success in this industry. Speaking as Jamaica b ecomes the latest Caribbean nation to enter the global casino gaming market, outlining plans to issue three such licences, Robert Sands told this newspaper that cost and product competitiveness factors had prevented the Bahamas from more fully exploiting the industrys economic benefits. Describing reforms of the Bahamas antiquated gaming laws as very important, Mr Sands said: We took these reforms very seriously. We had a detailed listing that we submitted to the Government of the Bahamas, and have been assured they have taken them all into consideration. We have been in commu nication with the Government. We have resubmitted all our proposals, and have been advised that the Government is taking them under proper advisement. C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB email@example.com WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6,2010 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 $4.20 $4.22 BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 [Learn more at royaldelity.com] Far r eaching casino reforms to government Hotel Association president says Bahamas has failed to parlay proximity into gaming advantage due to cost and competitiveness factors SEE page 5B ROBERT SANDS By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamian organiser of a fashion show to be held in Nassau next month yesterday told Tribune Business he was confident the event would meet its 1,000-plus attendance target, but said Bahamian d esigner participation can be better, with this nation just scratching the surface of the industrys economic potential. Owen Bethel, Bahamian banker and president of Modes Iles, organiser of the Islands of the World Fashion Week, told this newspaper t hat early attendance indica tors for the November 11-13, 2010, showcase in Nassau were positive, with a lead-up tour featuring exhibitions in California, Chicago and Mia mi helping to generate overseas buyer and fashion indus try interest. I think we will meet our attendance target, Mr Bethel told Tribune Business. Were basically looking at 1,000-plus persons, and there has been a lot of interest out of New York, besides local groups. We think Florida will make a significant impact through the Miami event, which will be held on October 23. But apart from Harl Taylor Bags, two young Bahamian designers in the Next Genera tion Designer category, and Theo Seely, the winner of Sundays Runway to Fashion competition and the Harl Taylor scholarship to study at New Yorks Parsons, The New School for Design, Mr Bethel said Bahamian designer participation can be bet ter. Acknowledging that some budding designers may be finding it difficult to attract the capital funding needed to develop their fashion lines, due partly to the recession, Mr Bethel told Tribune Busi ness: Those who are of the Fashion Show on target for over 1,000 attendance SEE page 2B Organiser says participation by Bahamian designers can be better OWEN BETHEL THE ORIGINAL impression of the Baha Mar project. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor B aha Mar yesterday said it h ad enjoyed significant multi-million dollar savings dur-i ng the six-week closure of its W yndham resort and Crystal Palace casino that helped to minimise losses incurred during the traditional tourist slows eason, with October occupancy levels for the property expected to match 2009 by hit Significant savings for Baha Mar via closure October occupancy levels at Wyndham expected to reach low 40 per cent range, matching 2009 November and December business levels for resort expected to slightly exceed prior year comparatives Sheraton beat forecast for September slow season SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A n import/freight company serving Abaco yesterday t old Tribune Business it was at its wits end and virtually unable to continue in business do to the frequent procedure and duty rate changes i mposed by Bahamas Cust oms, despite paying some $818,347 in revenues to the G overnment on behalf of its Bahamian clients. Tamese Knowles, proprie tor/owner of IE Imports, which has an office in Marsh Harbour and ships to Abaco f rom West Palm Beach, expressed her frustration to Tribune Business yesterday, e xplaining that she was still a waiting a $4,300 refund from Customs of overpaid duties, despite having submitted all t he relevant paperwork to it some two months ago. She added that the Departmenth ad recently dropped its d emand for her company to post an unnecessary $5,000 b ond with it. Im really, really frustrated with Bahamas Customs, Ms Knowles told Tribune Busi n ess, explaining that one of her issues was the fact that d ifferent Customs officers quoted her different duty rates for the same item. S he had just experienced a nother episode of this over a dietary supplement she had imported into Abaco on b ehalf of a client. One Cus toms officer had quoted a 45 per cent duty rate for thep roduct, but another had told h er it attracted a 0 per cent tariff rate. How are we supposed to run a business? she asked Tribune Business. Im at my At wits end with Customs n Import/freight company says virtually unable to continue in business due to duty rate variances and frequent changes in Departments policy n Problems occurring despite $818,347 duties paid to governments coffers via its import shipments SEE page 4B By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org ORLANDO, Florida Bahamian resort developers could benefit greatly from the timeshare resort model, the Ministry of Tourisms senior director of research told Tribune Business yesterday. And another tourism expert, who spoke on condition of anonymity, suggested Bahamian investment in timeshares on t he Family Islands could be a catalyst to sustainable domestic tourism. Gary Young, the Ministry official, said a timeshare or Timeshares Bahamian ownership opportunity SEE page 3B
inclination to be serious about it need to be so, because they need to show they are capable of designing different lines each year. You have designers showing some things at fashion shows that they were first exhibiting two to three years ago, and are not giving buyers confidence that they are able to produce different lines for different seasons. If they are going to have any confidence to buy lines from you, theyve got to know youre able to make different lines, in full and on time, in different seasons. Bahamian designers are not yet taking that type of issue seriously, and are still very much generating clothing for cousins, friends and family. Thats the scope of their mar ket. Asked by Tribune Business whether the Bahamas and its budding fashion designers were just scratching the surface of their potential, and if the sector could become a greater eco nomic contributor for this nation, Mr Bethel replied: Definitely so. It can. He added: One needs to dif ferentiate between those who are seamstresses who want to be designers, and need to gear themselves and equip themselves to take on the role of designer. Certainly, like the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Insti tute (BTVI lor Fashion Scholarship, are something they can take advan tage of, and Islands of the World Fashion Week can be a learning store for them to become aware of what designers from other countries are doing. But I find that designers have come for their own fash ion event, and do not look at what others are doing, so it becomes a very insular event, or they feel theyve accomplished everything they need to do. But the industry changes from season to season. Yet all hope is not lost, Mr Bethel telling Tribune Business that last Sundays event, which attracted six designers and a crowd of 100, showed there remained much promise among young Bahamian designers. There are a number of young designers that truly have passion for it, and want to develop their skills even more, so there is hope for the next generation of designers, he said. I see persistence and determination in terms of developing an industry and their craft. Mr Bethel told Tribune Business that the harsh economic climate was also encouraging Bahamian designers to head into the business, adding that they had to do their best to develop themselves, and invest in themselves, and create their own business, because jobs elsewhere will not necessarily be forthcoming. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Do you know that your favourite teacher can WIN $1000! 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Jeanice Lam of 2202 Bonham Trade Centre, 50 Bonham Strand, Hong Kong Liquidator NOTICE The British Colonial Hilton has been recognised with the AAA Four Diamond Rating for 2011 the by American Automobile Association (AAA accolade for exceptional accommodations, upscale facilities, attentive services and high hospitality standards. Since 1976, AAA's professionally-trained inspectors evaluate lodging properties in the US, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, and rank them with their Diamond Rating System. Less than 4 per cent of the more than 31,000 properties approved by AAA receive this prestigious distinction. "Exceeding our guests' expectations and providing the highest levels of service is our number one priority," said Pablo Torres, the British Colo nial Hiltons general manager. My staff and I are honoured with this designation and will continue raising the bar of quality by offering our guests noth ing but the best." The recently refurbished British Colonial Hilton is located in the heart of downtown Nassau, only 25 minutes from the airport. Boasting the only private beach in the downtown area, the resort is ideal for business guests as well as those preferring a quieter vacation. The private beach overlooking the harbour is comple mented by a freshwater swimming pool, fitness centre, complimentary non-motorised water sports, and landscaped gardens. All 288 guest rooms, including 47 Executive Floor rooms and 23 suites with executive lounge access, offer harbour views or city views. Hilton wins top award R ECOGNITION: T he British Colonial Hilton. T he Securities Commission has unveiled the l atest stage of its Investor Education Pro gramme, a Public Announcement Campaign, which will attempt to inform Bahamians on g ood financial and savings habits over a fourw eek period. The investment funds and capital markets r egulator, which worked with CFAL and Junior Achievement Bahamas on the pro-g ramme during the 2010 first half, said the latest aspect of the campaign will introduce Bahamians to four key topics. The roll-out will be as follows: 1 Week1BudgetingMadeEasy 2 Week2Saving 3 Week 3UnderstandingInvestments 4. Week 4 The role of the Securities Commission W hile not highlighted in its mandate, investor education and protection are i nevitable functions of the Securities Commission. T he draft securities legislation, which is expected to repeal and replace the existing Securities Industry Act 1999 before year-end, includes investor education and protection as the Commissions primary functions and r esponsibilities. Commission expands its investor education PRESENTATION: Pictured (from left to right Bank; Samantha Fox, associate and Tara Archer, partner at Higgs & Johnson; Michael Lightbourne, deputy governor of Central Bank; Oscar Johnson, partner at Higgs & Johnson; Stacey Benjamin, deputy legal counsel at Central Bank. The fifth Exuma Business Outlook Conference is set to take place on October 27 under the theme Restore Exuma: Sustainability there, greater sus tainability everywhere. The organizers, TCL Group, are promising an intense review of the islands needs and potential, and a look its former glory of which few Bahamians, even younger Exumians, may know l ittle. TCLs president, Joan Albury, said: TCL was moti vated by several things in taking the Business Outlook franchise to the Family Islands. We realised that Bahamians have really had little opportunity to learn about the whole of their country. Many do not see that islands like Exuma are of vital importance to the growth and development of the Bahamas. We determined that Business Outlook, whether in New Providence, Grand Bahamas, Aba co, Exuma or Andros, would engage as presenters the movers and shakers of the target island to reveal the struc ture of the local economy, how i t fits in the global Bahamas economy and what it needs to reach and sustain its potential. An essential element of the slate of participants is men and women who can share with the local populace whats going on in the wider Bahamian context. Mrs Albury added: To date, we have confirmation from nine of the speakers we invited to participate in Exuma Business Outlook. They will all present on a specific aspect of Exumas developmental challenges and opportunities, what they mean in the local and national context and to what extent these factors are being addressed. We will be releasing the slate of p articipants shortly. This much I can say now, however. Exuma is beautiful, with a range of great accommodations for visitors and the topics of the forum are so valuable that it would be well worth it to travel to Exuma to be a part of the event. Exuma Business Outlook unveiled Higgs & Johnsons litigation team, headed by Oscar N. Johnson, gave a presentation t o the Central Bank on the Employment A ct. T he address looked at the legislation from the perspective of the both the employer and the employee, detailing a number of relevant points of interest. The Central Banks deputy legal counsel, Stacey Benjamin, said: The Question & Answer session was particularly exciting, a nd managers were enthusiastic about participating. It gave the attendees and the presenters an opportunity to focus on the most important issues which concern us in the workplace environment. The information w as both relevant and timely, and the pres enters did an excellent job of answering o ur questions and giving practical and sound legal advice. Tara Archer, a Higgs & Johnson partner, said: We gladly share our knowledge of the applicable laws and the practical application of the same with our clients as requested, and to meet their needs. This e ducational session is just one of the ways Higgs & Johnson incorporates value-added benefits in our services to our clients. LAWFIRMPRESENTSTOCENTRALBANK Fashion Show on target for over 1,000 attendance FROM page 1B
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM f ractional development is an opportunity for Bahamians to develop a property that c an produce possible yearr ound occupancies and high p er-unit expenditure in the community (based on thet raditional weekly occupied m odel). According to him, while the Bahamas would benefit from the high-end, branded timeshare and fractional developments, interest in those properties by foreign i nvestors seems to be stunte d or non-existent. While the shared owners hip model exists in several p roperties in the Bahamas, i ncluding several in New Providence and Grand Bahama, only one Atlantis' Harbourside is affilited with a high-end international resort brand, and fitted with amenities that woulda ttract immense buyer interest. The model in the Family Islands, suggested by thea nonymous tourism expert, s ervices a different clientele, one not focused on the entertainment value that p roperties like Atlantis epito mise. Instead, it was asserted that ownership in a Fami ly Island property even if a t imeshare is exactly the value" Bahamians have been looking for in a vacation at home. W hile the Bahamas has timeshare legislation, it has been suggested by some that the Government agencies that enforce and enact the law do not fully undestand the industry and its subt leties. And there has been n o proactive or aggressive p ush to attract high-end t imeshare development. T ourism marketing strateg ist and trend spotter, Peter Yesawich, speaking at Interval International's Vacation Ownership Investment Conference yesterday, suggested that the Caribbean is the number one destination ont he minds of potential US timeshare buyers, with 35 per cent of the group sur veyed saying they would like t o visit the region within two y ears. This figure bodes well for the Bahamas, which has ap roximity advantage to the US over the rest of the C aribbean, but which suff ers from high airlift rates to many of its islands outside o f New Priovidence. E ven Grand Bahama, w hich has a successful timeshare market and is closer to the US than New Provi-d ence, suffers airlift rates that have dissuaded some airlines from operating in the Bahamas, and in some cases, chased existing airlines from that market. Bahamian tourism offic ials suggest that Grand B ahama could be developed i nto a flourishing timeshare d estination if the capital to d evelop those products was a vailable to Bahamians or coaxed out of high-end foriegn investors. Timeshares Bahamian ownership opportunity F ROM page 1B Restaurants (Bahamas f ranchisee in Nassau, has teamed up with the B ahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC 10 outlets an opportunity to win over 25,000 prizes over a six-week period. The programme, launched on September 6, guarantees that with each purchase each K FC customer could be eligible for a BTC $3 phone card. That eligibility has been printed on the cashier's receipt, and the customer may collect the phone card on the spot. Gratitude Our KFC loyal customers come from every conceivable area of the community, and this is one of the ways in which KFC isb oth expressing gratitude for their patronage and support over the years, and offering some small measure of relief for those who c an most benefit from such assistance, a K FC official said. At the end of the first week of the promotion, KFC customers in all 10 stores became winners of attractive prizes. Winners of More Talk vouchers were Jacqueline Johnson, Santino Seymour, Tamara Henf ield, Sherwin Delancy, Vernice Brown, Kristen Davis, Lenrika Poitier, Phyllis Moss, Roberto Kerr, and Tourina Wright. KFC customers winning Blackberry phones were Brooke Greene, Lamar W atkins, and Jason Ferguson. Three winning Vibe Unite were Brooke Greene,L amar Watkins, and Jason Ferguson, while the KFC customer collecting a Nokia phone w as Alexandera Smith. The promotion, which will be spread over all 10 KFC stores in New Providence, will remain in effect until October 17. KFC teams up with BTC on promotion I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s
w its end. Im someone trying to bring economic benefits to the island, and you can see what Ive paid into Abaco. Ive been doing business for four years, paying all duty due to Customs, bringing goodsi n on time for customers. Im offering a service and living up to my end of the bargain, but Customs are not living up to their end of the bargain...... Every week something c hanges. I comply, but I cann ot continue in business like this, because every week somethings different a different duty rate, or a new law is put in place. Its one Bahamas, one Customs Department; everything should be the same. Ms Knowles said IE I mports, which currently flew i mport shipments into Abaco once per week, used to bring in 7,000-10,000 pound worth of goods pre-recession. She added that the problems with Customs were exacerbating the fall-off in business, as the inability to get definitive answers on dutyr ates was discouraging cust omers, who understandably wanted to know how much they would have to pay in tax before ordering a shipment. In a September 23, 2010, l etter sent to Customs Compt roller Glenn Gomez, Prime M inister Hubert Ingraham and minister of state for finance, Zhivargo Laing, Ms Knowles laid out her numerous concerns and issues withC ustoms. The officers do not know their rates of duty, she wrote. My customers and company will call to verify a rate of duty to make sure what thea mount is. Even before expediting a shipment, you can call every location of BahamasC ustoms, including Nassau, a nd you will get a different duty rate from each of the locations called. W hile Customs officers said that duty rates were posted on Customs website and theT ariff Book, Ms Knowles alleged that many of these rates were outdated. She added, for example, that the 80 per cent duty rate on water was shown online as being 10p er cent, while radiators were l isted as free despite attracting a 60 per cent duty rate. Recalling a September 7, 2010, shipment to Abaco that included an Inkjet Laserp rinter, ink cartridges, paper o n a roll and foam board, Ms K nowles said IE Imports and its client waited for more than two weeks to get the correct rate of duty. After being so frustrated o ver this she attempted to call Comptroller Gomez, who was out of office, and despite six attempts could not be transferred to deputy comptroller, Mr Turner. S he was then passed on to another senior Customs officer, who she heard down thet elephone shouting: What is t he rate of duty on computer parts?. How can these people be i n these key positions and do not know duty rates, Ms Knowles asked. A dding that she had been forced to spend $19,400 between two different brokers when Customs decided to change the procedures that were used by couriers to clearg oods, Ms Knowles said that d uring that time, she and her customers were overcharged $4,300 in Customs duties. Yet after supplying Customs with the relevant paperw ork two months ago, the D epartment had yet to agree t he amount to be refunded or send her any funds, despite numerous promises it would do so. I have complied with e verything Customs has asked me, and had to do it with the snap of their fingers, Ms Knowles wrote. Even after two months going into three months now, I cannot getw hat is owed to me, I cannot even get the final figure that is agreed upon by both parties. My frustration grows more a nd more every day that this is not addressed, and after I have paid into the revenue of t he economy of Abaco some $818,347 in duties; $23,700 in rent, landing/departure taxa nd facility fees, $35,927; and s everal other thousands of dollars in payments to BEC, BTC, Cable Bahamas, insurance and gas. I am a small company, and these delays in sorting outw hat should be a straightforward matter/inquiry is hurt ing my business. I expect and hope for better efficiency and service with Customs matters, as the rate should be publicly a vailable and not varied when d ealing with Customs officers. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM At wits end with Customs FROM page 1B Share your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
ting the low 40 per cent range. Confirming that the resort and associated casino had begun to re-open yesterday, Robert Sands, Baha Mars s enior vice-president of gove rnmental and external a ffairs, told Tribune Busin ess that occupancy levels a t the Wyndham were proj ected to growth through November and December, and were likely to be slight-l y ahead of 2009 comparatives. Our forward booking levels are trending towards l evels achieved last year, which was the low 40 per cents for October, Mr S ands confirmed. The avera ge occupancy for hotels in N assau was around 50 per cent in October. With a onew eek occupancy loss of busi n ess and so forth, the trend on an annualised basis in the 40 per cents was in line with what was accomplished on an aggregate trend, for the Wyndham certainly. With November and T hanksgiving, we will grow o n that and see a much bet ter November than October.T heyre beginning to come i n. We never closed our sales and marketing office for the Wyndham, and aret rending along the same lines as the rest of the year, showing small levels ofg rowth over last year. Our growth levels parallel the industrys levels, its fair to say, across theb oard. T he Sheraton Nassau Resort, Baha Mars other Cable Beach property, remained open throughout the September slow period, and Mr Sands said its occupancy levels had slight ly exceeded expectations. Business levels have trended slightly better than last year, he told Tribune B usiness, but September is a traditionally slow month. Occupancies did not fall b elow expectations, and exceeded expectations slightly. With all the Wyndhams 550 rooms back on line, Mr Sands emphasised that no staff members were terminated during the six-week closure. He added, though, that as is common during the slowest part of the Bahamian tourism season, staff would be rostered according to business demand. Staffing will be commensurate with levels of business. Everything should be b ack to normal in terms of b usiness levels, Mr Sands s aid. We will be building back up to full work weeks, and while not there yet, we will g et back to those levels. Certainly, I would say in the first week it will be reas onably slow, as we get back i nto momentum. Tournament T he Baha Mar executive a dded that the Crystal P alace Casino was set to h ost a slots tournament this w eek, and there was pentu p demand for the facility as a result of the casino being closed. Asked whether Baha Mar had realised the anticipated savings from the six-week closure of the Wyndham and Crystal Palace, Mr Sands told Tribune Business: The savings were sign ificant last year, and they a re significant this year. I can tell you that the savings have helped us to minimise the losses during this particular period, and t he savings are expected to be even better than last year. Weve done some things a l ittle bit differently this y ear. M r Sands said Baha Mar h ad become more effic ient in its management of t he whole process, both the labour side, utilities expenses and the ramping down and up process. We have no plans to do it again next year, Mr Sands said of the six-week W yndham closure. That is our position. That it is not our intent to do it a gain. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM There are some far-reaching reforms that the Casino Committee of the BHA has s ubmitted to the Minister for h is review. A sked about the content of the BHAs reform recommendations, Mr Sands told Tribune Business: It has a lot to do with regulatoryi ssues, it has a lot to do with c ompetitiveness, it has a lot t o do with marketing issues, and a lot to do with opening the parameters in terms of eligibility [to gamble] going forward. A rguing that the casino gaming industry was extremely important to both the tourism industry and the wider economy, Mr Sands said: The more diverse them enu mix of amenities offered in the destination, the greater your propensity toa ttract incremental business a nd also satisfy certain hotel resorts in the country. It lends itself to the overall make-up o f the tourist destination we call the islands of the Bahamas. Y et the BHA president i ndicated that the Bahamas had merely scratched the service of the casino industrys economic potential to date, and hinted that this nation was losing its competitivenessa s both US states and other nations, with more flexible laws and improved product offerings, entered the market. The Bahamas could have a very significant advantage, and thats called proximity,M r Sands told Tribune Business. We have not been able to parlay that into success, e ither because of cost or a l ack of competitiveness. Once we address the cost in terms of getting here, anda ddress the competitiveness of the product offering, more so compared to that ofC aribbean competitors, and follow closely what is offered in North America, we will be well on our way to consoli d ating our position. We have to be market driven and go on the demand of what cust omers want. Casino operators, chiefly Kerzner International andB aha Mar, have been pressing for gaming law reform for some time. George Markan tonis, Kerzner International (Bahamas managing director, underscored the need for suchc hange earlier this year, when he revealed that Atlantiss casino business was falling p er cent year-over-year every year due to increased competition from many US states. He explained that this was why Kerzner International had decided to invest $20-$25 million in upgrading Atlantis's casino to "make it state-ofthe art and able to compete with any other casino offer ing". The rapid expansion of casino and gaming facilities in many US states, especially in Florida and the north-east states, key markets for Atlantis and the Bahamas, meant it was vital the resort and the country "make it easier, more attractive to bring people here". Thinking of the high-roller, high-end clientele the Atlantis casino is aimed at, Mr Markantonis pointed to the rapid expansion of casino gaming in Florida, in particu lar, via the Seminole and Hard Rock casino, plus the installation of slot machines at facilities such as race tracks. "This has a serious impact on us," the Atlantis chief saidthis summer, questioning why a Florida resident wanting to gamble in a casino would choose the added time and inconvenience of driving to the airport, going through various security and immigration checkpoints and then flyingto the Bahamas, when they could virtually pursue their favourite past-time on their doorstep. "We have to stay competitive," Mr Markantonis said. "Our gaming business is down15 per cent year-over-year every year, because there's so much competition around us.Every US state is opening up casinos." Among the reforms pro posed were allowing Bahami an casino staff to multi-task and deal several games at once, rather than being restricted to the one game as they are currently. Far reaching casino reforms to government F ROM page 1B Significant savings for Baha Mar via closure F ROM page 1B
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Jeanice Lam o f 2202 Bonham Trade Centre, 50 Bonham Strand, H ong Kong Liquidator NOTICE ELENA BECATOROS, Associated Press Writer ATHENS, Greece The European statistics agency may revise Greece's 2009 budget deficit figures upward, but that would not have a major impact on this year's budget gap and the government will still meet its deficit reduction targets, Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou said Tuesday. In April, Eurostat revised Greece's deficit for 2009 to 13.6 percent of gross domestic product from 12.9 percent, and had said that could be further revised by up to 0.5 percentage points. Greek officials expect any final revision to come by November. "The increase in the 2009 deficit, whatever that may be, will have a very minor effect on the deficit for 2010," Papaconstantinou said. He said the revision could come after the inclusion of some loss-making state companies that were not p art of the original figures.The government still considers its targets are realistic and that they will be met, Papaconstantinou added. On Monday, the government unveiled its draft 2011 budget, predicting it would trim the deficit to 7 percent of GDP bettering the 7.6 perc ent target set by the terms of an international rescue package that saved Greece from defaulting on its debts. The final budget will be presented to Parliament on Nov. 18. Papaconstantinou said it would not include new austerity measures. There will be no additional measures" in the final version, he told private Mega TV.Athens found itself one step away from being unable to service its debts in May, saved just in time by a threeyear ?110 billion ($151 billion package of rescue loans from the International Monetary Fund and other European Union countries using the euro as their currency. NEW YORK The expectation that the Fed will move to help the weak U.S. economy continued to drag on the dollar Tuesday. The euro hit an 8-month high, the Swiss franc jumped to a record high and the dollar fell to its lowest point versus the yen since the Bank of Japan intervened in currency markets recently. The Bank of Japan on Tuesday cut its main interest rate and said it was looking to set up other stimulus measures. Investors also expect the Federal Reserve to take more action to drive down U.S. rates. Of the major currencies, that makes the euro more attractive to investors because the European bloc of nations has a higher interest rate, said CMC Markets currency strategist Ashraf Laidi. Investors don't expect the European Central Bank to act further to drive down rates there. The euro peaked at $1.3859, its highest point since early February, on Tuesday. Later in the afternoon, the euro traded at $1.3850 from $1.3686 late Monday. The common currency rose 7p ercent last month, a significant swing in currency markets. It has already gained another 1.5 percent so far in October. T he dollar fell to 83.18 Japanese yen from 83.38 yen, earlier slipping below 83 yen for the first time since Sept. 15, when Japan intervened in foreign exchange markets to weaken the yen. The Bank of Japan cut its interest rate to a range near zero from its previous target of 0.1 percent, and may set up a 5 trillion yen ($60 billion the economy by driving interest rates lower. L ower rates typically weigh on a currency, but the yen rose versus the dollar. Many investors expect the Fed to make a similar m ove to bring down U.S. rates. "The impacts on the (yen increases its asset purchases," said Browns Brothers Harriman analysts in a research note. They said there was speculation that the Fed could buy from $500 billion to $1 trillion in Treasurys or other government holdings. ( A P Photo / Shuji Kajiyama) I TSABIGDEAL: A money trader reacts at a dealing room at a fore ign exchange firm where the U.S. dollar hit the new 15-year low against yen in Tokyo, Japan, Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010. The dollar fell below 83.30 yen at midmorning in Tokyo, breaking the previous low of 83.35 yen it fetched on Sept. 8. EU could revise Greek 2009 deficit, minister says EUROHITS 8-MONTH HIGH VS DOLLAR
SETH SUTEL, AP Business Writer NEW YORK Stocks surged to their highest level in five months Tuesday after a report that activity in U.S. services companies powered ahead in September, a hopeful sign for the economy's largest sector and the country's main source of employment. A surprise move by the Bank of Japan to cut its key interest rate to virtually zero also lifted stocks worldwide.T he dollar fell as investors s hed defensive assets, and a gauge of U.S. stock market v olatility fell. The Institute for Supply Management reported that the U.S. services industry grew slightly faster in Sept ember as demand from customers improved. It was the ninth-straight m onth of expansion in services, which have been growi ng at a slower pace in the U.S. relative to the much smaller manufacturing sector. Traders are also hoping to g et more positive news from the beginning of corporate earnings reports this week and from another key economic indicator, the Labor D epartment's monthly jobs s urvey on Friday. PepsiCo I nc. and Alcoa Inc. report results on Thursday. I n corporate news, Mexican broadcaster Grupo Televisa said it would invest $1.2 billion in Univision Communications, expanding a license deal between the Spanish-lan guage media heavyweights. Televisa's U.S. shares rose 9.8 percent. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 193.45 points, or 1.8 percent, to close at 10,944.72. A ll but one of the 30 com panies that make up the aver a ge rose, led by Boeing Co. a nd Bank of America Corp. American Express Co. fell again, a day after the compa ny said it would fight an antitrust lawsuit, even after Visa and MasterCard settled similar suits. The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 23.72, or 2.1 per cent, to 1,160.75. The index broke through 1,150, a level it hadn't traded above since m id-May, and kept on going. R obert Pavlik, chief market strategist at Banyan Partn ers LLC in New York, cited another factor in today's upward swing: Even when stocks have fallen lately, the S&P 500 has managed to stay a bove 1,130, a key technical barrier that it had broken t hrough on Sept. 20. H e said that has given jittery investors confidence to buy. Cash A lot folks who have cash on the sidelines are being d rawn into the market because they don't want to be left behind," Pavlik says. "I think there's potential to get to 1,200 by the end of the year." The Nasdaq composite index rose 55.31, or 2.4 per c ent, to 2,399.83. Other market indicators also suggested growing con f idence among investors. An index measuring the dollar against six major currenciesf ell 0.7 percent, the CBOE M arket Volatility Index fell 7.2 percent to its lowest level since Sept. 24, and crude oilr ose $1.35 to settle at $82.82 a barrel. In a surprise move, Japan's central bank cut itsk ey interest rate target to a range of zero to 0.1 percent, and is looking to buy government bonds in an effort to boost the faltering Japanese economy. Japan has been s truggling with a strong curr ency and falling prices, and a uthorities there intervened in currency markets last month to weaken the yen, butt he impact was short-lived. Investors are also hoping f or more action from the Fede ral Reserve to boost the U.S. e conomy, and got more encouragement from remarks by Fed Chairman BenB ernanke late Monday. Bernanke said the economy could be helped by anotherr ound of asset purchases by t he central bank, and hopes are building that the Fed could announce new meas ures at its next meeting Nov. 2 and 3. Stocks were also trading h igher in Europe. Britain's FTSE 100 rose 1.4 percent, Germany's DAX index rose 1.3 percent, and France's C AC-40 rose 2.3 percent. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index rose 0.1 percent. A bout five stocks rose for every one that fell on the New York Stock Exchange, where volume came to 1.2 billion s hares. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press Writer ORANGE BEACH, Ala. BP's $20 billion fund to compensate victims of the Gulf oil spill has been inundated with inflated or unsupported claims and in some cases, outright fraud all slowing down the process of getting money to people who need and deserve it, the administrator of the program says. Kenneth Feinberg said more than a third of the roughly 104,000 applicants need to do more to back up their claims, and thousands of claims have no documentation at all. He added that the amount sought in some cases bears no resemblance to actu-al losses, such as a fisherman's claim for $10 million "on whatwas obviously a legitimate claim of a few thousand dollars." "People can put down on a claims form all sorts of numbers," he said. At the same time, hundreds of claims that were initially denied have been accepted as Feinberg adjusts rules for compensation, such as whether people need to be physically close to the spill to get paid. "At the beginning, it's always rough," said Feinberg, a n attorney who previously oversaw claims for 9/11 victims. "Hopefully, by the endof this program, people will feel that the fund treated them fairly." Many claimants are still waiting for checks from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, w hich is doling out BP's mon ey to oil spill victims. The Associated Press interviewed dozens who say theyhave received small fractions of the compensation they requested. Claims have been bogged down by the sheer volume of r equests for money as liveli hoods have crumbled since the April 20 rig explosion that killed 11 workers and spewed more than 200 million gallons of oil over about three months. "We don't have any business left," said Sheryl Lind s ay, a beach wedding planner who filed a claim for about $240,000 for lost revenue from July through December because of cancellations. The check she received from the BP claims center was for just $7,700. Lindsay said she recently l earned that her claim will be reviewed for possible additional payments, but she needs money now. She closed her coastal Alabama office and said she will soon file for bankruptcy. Such complaints have "not fallen on deaf ears," Feinberg said. S AN FRANCISCO Yahoo is trying to spruce up its online advertising service by buying a startup called Dapper. Dapper, started four years ago, offers tools that help advertisers create Internet campaigns that connect with the p eople most likely to be interested in their products or services. Like many other Internet companies, Yahoo Inc. has been trying to target Internet ads by keeping tabs on what types of material individuals tend to click on. Yahoo needs every competit ive edge it can get these days. The company's financial performance has disappointed investors for years. The challenges are mounting as advertisers shift more of their budgets into Google and more fashionable online hangouts such as Facebook. F inancial terms of the deal weren't disclosed Tuesday. The Dapper acquisition is expected to close before the year ends. Yahoo spruces up online ads with Dapper deal INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SIGNOFRECOVERY: In this file photograph taken July 6, 2010, a street sign is shown near the New York Stock Exchange on W all Street, New York. Stocks rose Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010, following news that activity expanded in the U.S. services sector last month. World markets also rose after the central bank of Japan surprised investors by slashing interest rates to near zero. F r a n k F r a n k l i n I I f i l e / A P P h o t o Leader on BP claims points to fraud for slow payouts Gain in services powers stocks; Dow up nearly 200
C M Y K C M Y K TASTE THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Tribune Just a few images of what, we the Bahamas, looked like 40...50...60 years in the past.Flash Back June 1953 local sailors put on the Coronation Regatta. Work boats Snipe class and Star class all competed, overlooked by the SS Florida and the old British Colonial Hilton.BY ROLAND ROSE (ARA) Your memory of real, flavourful, fresh food is a key tool for losing weight. At least that's one of the intriguing claims in Bruce Weinstein and Mark Scarbrough's new book, "Real Food Has Curves: How to Get off Processed Food, Lose Weight, and Love What You Eat." We find pleasure in what we eat because we stock up those good memories of past real food. "You don't get a lot of flavour depth in the processed stuff," Scarbrough says. "And so you don't develop many pleasure memories from it." In fact, real food is the key to eating less, the authors say. For one thing, you're satisfied more quickly with its big flavours. And more flavour means more good memories. And good memories lead us back to real food a loop of health and nutrition. Scarbrough's mom's macand-cheese is still in his recipe repertoire, all these years later. "She never made the processed stuff; she only made the real thing," he says. "And so I crave it, want it and feel wonderfully satisfied when I eat it." It doesn't get much more real than dairy from California, a state with a rich heritage of producing and providing high-quality agricultural products for the whole country. What's more, 99 per cent of California dairy farms are family-owned, many for generations. "That's so important to me, a child of family farmers," Scarbrough says. If you're looking to make some real memories in your house, try this souped-up version of mac-and-cheese from Weinstein and Scarbrough's new book.Plus, this recipe is a simple, healthful way to start your journey to better eating with good memories in every bite. Creating great food memories SKILLET MACARONI AND CHEESEThis isn't a baked casserole, but a skillet supper, quick and easy. It's got lots of flavours and textures, all enhanced by real California dairy products. Makes 4 servings 6 ounces grated California Cheddar 2 ounces finely grated California dry jack 1 tablespoon unsalted California butter 1 small yellow onion, chopped 6 ounces cremini or white button mushrooms, sliced 3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour 3 cups low-fat or fat-free California milk 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon minced tarragon leaves or 2 teaspoons dried tarragon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 8 ounces dried, whole wheat pasta shells (not the large ones for stuffing), cooked and drained according to the package instructions 4 cups broccoli florets and stems DIRECTIONS 1. Mix the Cheddar and dry jack in a medium bowl. Set aside. 2. Melt the butter in a large, high-sided, oven-safe skillet. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about three minutes. 3. Add the mushrooms and cook until they release their liquid, it comes to a simmer, and then reduces by about 2/3, about five minutes. 4. Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables in the skillet. Stir well to coat. 5. Whisk in the milk in a steady, thin stream until creamy. Then whisk in the mustard, tarragon, salt and pepper. Continue whisking until the mixture starts to bubble and the liquid thickens, about three minutes. 6. Remove the skillet from the heat. Stir in 3/4 of the mixed cheeses until smooth. Then stir in the cooked pasta and broccoli. 7. Preheat the broiler after setting the rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source. Meanwhile, sprinkle the remaining cheese over the ingredients in the skillet. Set the skillet on the rack and broil until light browned and bubbling, about five minutes. (If your skillet has a plastic or wooden handle, make sure it sticks outside the oven, out from under the broiler, so the handle doesn't melt.) Cool five to 10 minutes before dishing up. For more California dairy recipes, visit www.realcaliforniamilk.com.
C M Y K C M Y K ENTERTAINMENT PAGE 10B, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Tribune things 2 DO OCT 1 OCT 112nd Annual Shakespeare In Paradise Theatre Festival Shakespeare in Paradise hosts its 2nd annual Theatre Festival with eight major stage productions, including a Bahamianised version of the Shakespeare play "A Midsummer Night's Dream", Telcine Turner's "Woman Take Two", "God's Trombones", "One Flesh", "Dat Bahamian Ting" and "The World is My Home The Life of Paul Robeson". The full schedule of all productions is posted on the festival's website at http://shakespeareinparadise.org. Reserve tickets via email at: email@example.com call 393-3728, 394-7179 or 4317197. OCT 4-6Shakespeare in Paradise: A One Man Show & Discounted TicketsThe criticallyacclaimed Broadway-style show, "The World is My Home The Life of Paul Robeson" is written and performed by Actor/Writer/Comedian, Stogie Kenyatta who was classically-trained at the Afro American Studio in Harlem, the Henry St Settlement and Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble. Paul Robeson was the son of a preacher who transcended race and dreamed for a colorblind society. He spoke out against the Holocaust, visited Warsaw ghettos in Poland and cofounded the OAU (Organisation for African Unity) with WEB Dubois. Three shows are held at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. On the first night, tickets are only $5, specially discounted from the normal $25 price through a sponsorship by the US Embassy Nassau. Tickets are available at The Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts from 10 am 4 pm Mon-Sat. OCT 8 OCT 10Fam Fest 2010 Don't miss this year's Fam Fest at Fort Charlotte under the theme "Believe." Concert features special guests Papa San, Marvin Winans Jr And Sherwin Gardner, as well as artists such as Christian Massive, Ricardo Clarke, Mr Lynx and so much more! OCT 9 SATURDAYHarmony For The Home Concert Sheraton Nassau Resort hosts "Harmony for The Home", a concert with a mix of stars including Novi, Nita, Terez, KB, Geno D, Funky D, Visage, Sosa Man, Sammie Star, Ta Da and more. Telephone: 356-5312, 302-3950 or 7024127. OCT 16 SATURDAY3rd Annual Camperdown Plant Sale Don't miss one of the biggest and best plant sales of the year with bargains galore and a wide variety of plants at reasonable prices, including ferns, palms, shrubs, tree, bromeliads, orchids and so much more! Gates open 9am on Soursop Street, Camperdown. By JASON DONALD STARRING: Jesse Eisenberg Andrew Garfield Justin Timberlake THEdigital age has been a quandary of sorts for filmmakers. In real life, almost everyone these days has their head shoved into a laptop or handheld every five minutes a trend that doesn't really translate to the screen. With this in mind, director David Fincher's The Social Network focusses on the online phenomena of Facebook with an approach that's closer to the dialogue-heavy dramas of the seventies than anything from the 21st century. Jesse Eisenberg is Mark Zuckerberg, a brilliant, socially aloof Harvard student, whose hacking of the institution's database leads to the idea of a social networking site with a difference. Zuckerberg and his buddy Eduardo Saverin (Garfield), both on the fringes of Harvard's party scene, spend their free time rattling out lines of code in a bid for their creation to take off. And take off it does, albeit with a price. Choosing to skim over the technicalities of an Internet business, The Social Network concentrates more on recrimination, finger-pointing and the legal minefield that rapid success can bring. "The Facebook" (its original moniker) gathers momentum at a frightening pace and no one, least of all its seemingly unfazed founder, seems to be able to keep tabs on the wreckage it leaves behind. Eisenberg's star is rising fast and this performance is sure to elevate him to the A-list. He manages to make a cold, difficult and arguably calculating protagonist someone that you can't help but root for. And there is strong support for Spiderman-tobe Garfield, as well as an impressively sinister turn by Justin Timberlake as Napster founder Sean Parker. All are aided by a dynamite script by Aaron Sorkin of The West Wing fame, based on the book The Accidental Billionaires which keeps even routine exposition tension filled. The Social Network could easily have fallen into a trap of fast cuts and split screens in a bid to please a young audience. Instead, Fincher has crafted a smart, mature, effortlessly entertaining drama and one of the top movies of 2010 so far. The Social Network movie REVIEWBy ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter IN a highly competitive Runway To Fashion week ultimate designer competition, Theodore Sealy won over the judges with his skillful design label called "Theodore Elyett".The competition was held onSunday, October 3 at Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace. With less than two months until the biggest runway show to hit the Bahamian shores, Mode Iles LTD, producers of the award winning Islands of the World Fashion Week (IWFW) created this designer competition for novice designers based in the Bahamas. The competition, Runway to Fashion Week is loosely based on America's "Project Runway" and was created to involve local designers and gradually expose their talent to a larger market. This two part event featured five talented designers, showcasing three to five of their designs before a panel of local fashion icons, who scored and had a chance to critique their work. Each of the designers presented a newly created "cultural fashion" design, encompassing indigenous elements. At the end of the intense competition, the winner, Theodore Sealy received fabric courtesy of Bahama Handprints to showcase a line of five to ten garments at the Islands of the World Fashion Show and the chance of a lifetime to attend one of the world's most prestigious schools of fashion design, by way of the" Harl Taylor Fashion Scholarship." Mr Sealy is a recent recipient of the Junior Achievement Bahamas Recognition of Excellence for Outstanding Achievement in Fashion Design and Entrepreneurial Skills Award. The twenty six year old is also a multi-talented young man with varied skills in the fashion industry which includes; Fashion Illustration, Fashion Apparel Production, Fashion Show Production, Fashion Styling and Beauty Management. Mr Sealy said his fashion portfolio dates back to 1998 when he emerged as a 13 year old award winning designer. Since then, he has built a portfolio in Nassau, New York and Toronto Canada. His design label is named Theodore Elyett and he entered the Runway to Fashion Week Challenge to not only showcase his creative design abilities, but to also climb one step closer to compelling his goal of obtaining a Bachelor of Arts inDesign via the Harl Taylor Bag Scholarship. The remaining designers included first runner up Rudolph Brown Jr, he is a Nassau based fashion designer and make-up artist. In 2002, he attended Savannah College of Art and Design where he received an Associate degree in Fashion Design and B.A. in Fashion Marketing and Design from American Intercontinental University in December 2009. Mr Brown has been sewing designs for about thirteen years throughout Theodore Sealy triumphs the Runway To Fashion Week! SEE page 11 ONE of the models for Theodore Sealy makes her way down the runway. PICTURED are the founder of Island's of the world fashion week, Owen Bethel (centre back), Judges Mr Percy Wallace (back left) and Ms Tyrina Neely (front right), winner Theodore Sealy (back right) and his models.
C M Y K C M Y K ARTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM the United States and the Bahamas where his foundation was established. Mr Brown said he wants to prove to the world that he can make a name for himself, through his designs, and his way of revealing his visions to the world. "What better way to do it than to do so from the runway. He said: "Fashion is not just my passion, it is my life, and my design techniques are always of the runway, ready to wear garments with a hint of P' Lage' touch." He said he gave his fashion line the name P'Lage' and the name has been an eye catcher along with his designs throughout the United States as well as through The Bahamas where he has been sewing cocktail dresses, owns and wedding dresses. Gloria Whymns also participated in the contest. She is currently in her last semester at the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) and recently graduated from the school's Fashion one garment making course. Ms Whymns states that she is now on to stage two being evening wear and fashion. Winning the school's 2009-2010 fashion show, Gloria has always had a passion for sewing and looks forward to seeing her clothing locally and internationally. Participant Katherine Booth, 31year-old who is does her best to be unforgettable is currently studying with one of the Bahamas' best instructors, Percy Wallace and BTVI's faculty in the fashion trade department. Treneil Hanna also was a participating designer in the competition. The judges were Pamela Burnside,Percy Wallace, and Tyrina Neely. The "Runway to Fashion Week" is also one of the events under the Carifringe Festival Calendar that is schedule for October 1-11. Carifringe is an annual ten day regional arts and culture festival that has been designed to feature a cross-section of Bahamian and Caribbean arts.FROM page 10Theodore Sealy DESIGNER Gloria Whymns is introduced by her model during the show. DESIGNER Rudolph Brown Jr shows off his model wearing one of his gowns inspired by Bahamian culture. DANIELLE Anusiem host of the show entertains the crowd.
WBy PATRICIA GLINTONMEICHOLAS Who would have known such artistry could be created from a plain wax Crayola crayon! This was Kelley Knowles' Aha! moment regarding the medium that has recently become the focus of her attention and not only yields colour, but also provides the form and substance and, in fact, the very raison d'etre of her first solo exhibition.It is a maiden exposition which demonstrates much promise and the birthing of an individualism, which, if taken at the flood and encouraged, can one day create a space for Ms Knowles in the pantheon of Bahamian art. There are two pieces, especially, that could well be auguries of a passion and commitment that could lead to greatness, if these buds of a unique voice are nurtured to full bloom. The title of Ms Knowles' show (October 1-11, 2010), "No Acrylics! No Oil!, demonstrates the honest forthrightness and desire for self-determination that has been characteristic of the works of several emerging Bahamian artists of late. Fresh from the prestigious art schools, which have had the good sense to admitnay, even solicit-young Bahamians into their august precincts, they are willing, like our nursery hero Humpty Dumpty, to defy the conventions and reshape the world to suit their special communication needs. For this brave first effort, Kelley has all but retired the acrylics and cast out the oils that have long defined Bahamian art. An alumna of the distinguished Pratt Institute, New York City, from which she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Ms Knowles explains the reasons for the divorce from the twin tyros of Bahamian visual arts and her engagement with a medium of which most of us have asked little more than to stay decently within the lines of our shaky prepubescent artistic sallies. "Fascination with both self exploration and self limit ministered in the creation of this body of work. I began the collection with no expectations at all but those of myself. The medium crayon was secondary to the work's conceptual content and value. It did not take me long to realise the true beauty of works with crayon," Knowles said. "In order to build and reconstruct, I first deconstructed and manipulated the crayon from its original form. I love the idea of stripping an object of its importance and principle to create originality. Process became imperative to the creation of each piece. I cut, grated, crushed, melted, carved and glued the crayons to achieve the results I desired." "No Acrylics! No Oil"! fills the ground and first floors of Knowles' two-storey studio space. Those entering the gallery will be immediately arrested by "Papa", the huge portrait of her paternal grandfather, whom the family recently lost. Those who knew Conrad Knowles well will find C M Y K C M Y K INSIDE Creating great food memoriesSee page nineWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010Theodore Sealy wins Runway to Fashion WeekSee page 10 it highly appropriate that he still functions as host of the event. Defined by an old world gentility and gracious speech, Conrad nevertheless dominated any gathering in which he found himself because of his always evident pride in being Bahamian, irrepressible good humour, wide knowledge and gift for telling a good story. Also on this floor, many will be impressed by the evidence of the intense effort that would have gone into the creation of "Extravaganza" and "Nassau Grouper", but a close examination will lead to a greater appreciation for "Celebrate!" on the opposite wall. Here one begins to discern more painterly energy and deeper meaning. On the floor above, Knowles mostly abandons the substance of crayons for sculpting and draws mostly on their colour in the manner of paint. In contrast to the ground-floor displays, these works depend more on standard figuration and, here, the artist's declared goal is to capture motion, rhythm and expression. The pieces that stand out from this lot are "Get Low" and "Pretty Brown Eyes", which best realise her intent. As with the pieces downstairs, here and there one can see areas that are still at the beginning of the artistic journey. As the old Bahamian aphorism says, "last man, best bone." We come now to the two small canvases that are, in this writer's opinion, the stars of the show. Like old money, the two "Hope for Haiti" paintings hang so quietly at the turn of the stairs onto the landing, they might, at first, be missed by those to whom the tour of an art exhibition is a contest of speed consumption rather than a sensual exploration to capture and savour nuances of line, texture, shading and feeling. Ms Knowles said that the works are her reactions to images of earthquake-devastated Haiti and the plight of Haiti's children. With remarkable perceptiveness for one so young and full of life, Knowles saw not just loss in their faces, but incipient joy and hope. Kelley Knowles, with an almost hushed awe, has learned and acknowledges the mystical in the production of art, a marriage between the demands of good training, personal inspiration and skill and the inexpressible-the spiritual that steps in and lifts a work beyond the humdrum and sometimes speaks instantly to one's inner being. Maybe the "Hope for Haiti" works should be a little hidden away; their worth must be teased out and courted. Here are two shy but lovely maidens-not brazen, hotly-coloured hussies, whose easily attained wares as quickly pall and sometimes appall in the brave new world of contemporary art. Knowles notes: "The most intriguing part of working with the crayon was that each crayon determined the work's final result. It was impossible to control each crayon exactly the way I wanted. I realised I wasn't in control of the material; the only thing I was completely in control of was the content. I grew a love for the acceptance of imperfection in each piece. Distinctively individual, "No Acrylic! No Oil!" has opened a new chapter in my life." We believe that it has. We look forward to seeing this young Bahamian artist grow. Y o u n g B a h a m i a n e x p l o r e s C r a y o l a c r a y o n s a s m e d i u m f o r s e r i o u s a r t The Tribune SECTIONB
Fountain, Russell into quarters C M Y K C M Y K WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010 T HETRIBUNE PAGE 11 PAGE 10 International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Judo: Elaina brings home two bronze... See page 9 BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b firstname.lastname@example.org N EW DELHI, India He was the last member of the track team to arrive in the Games Village. But having made the necessary adjustments to his environment, high jumper Donald Thomas said hes ready to pop another big performance at the XIX Commonwealth Games. Since I got here, Ive been trying to get ready, Thomas stressed. I like the facilities. Everything is going good. Everything is up to par. Im just g etting ready to compete. Like everybody else, Thomas said when he arrived here on Sunday (missing the colourful opening ceremonies) he was shocked with what he saw. After hearing on the news t he false allegations, as I stay here, I havent had a problem. The facilities are nice, the place w here we are staying is nice. Everything is nice to me and according to everybody else on t he Bahamas team. Having finished shy of a medal in Melbourne, Australia,w here he made his debut on the international scene with a fourth place finish in 2006, T homas said his goal this time around is to get the gold. Im just going to go out t here and have some fun and represent my country to the best of my ability, he said. I also hope to come home with the gold medal. Im not feeling any pressure. I just have to go out there and do what I know I s hould do and I know I can be successful. Dating back to the days of the double connection with Troy Kemp and the late Ian Thompson, Thomas will be competing with fellow Bahamian Trevor Barry when the high jump preliminaries begin on T hursday. Im hoping the best for him, just as Im hoping for the best f or me, Thomas said. Hopefully the two of us will be on the podium. I dont know what h es been doing, but I can speak on behalf. Im sure that if I go out there and do what Im sup-p osed to do, I should be victorious. The final for the high jump is s et for Sunday. Head track coach Fritz Grant said that with the arrival of T homas, the team is now complete and the focus is on them all going out there and performing at their best. We have the full troops in now that Donald is in town. I spoke with him and he seemed to be confident of his chances in the high jump competition, said Grant, who along with m anager Roosevelt Thompson had their final team meeting on Monday. This team is really focused and real loose and their training sessions have been very prod uctive. Now that competition will begin tomorrow, youre looking for them to go throught he rounds and advance as easily as possible and just compete and try to improve each round. That is going to be the key to make the finals. You have to get better with each round, n ot just come out and run fast in the heats and the second round, your times drop. Were trying to get them to manage their times effectively and they stay focused and relaxed. Grant said theres no doubt that this team will produce some outstanding performances. Once they would have done their best, I would give God the praise and thanks, he stated. But the synergy on this team is outstanding and I think the BOCs decision to bring us here e arly has enabled us to get acclimatized to the heat. Everybody has made the a djustment, they are accustomed to the food and so tomorrow (today l ooking to start off with a bang in the competition. Today, three male sprinters n ational champion Adrian Griffith, Rodney Green and Jamial Rolle are expected to line up in the preliminaries of the 100m. Christine Amertil is also slated to open up in the women's 400m prelims. Thomas ready to pop another big performance READY: Donald Thomas. BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b email@example.com NEW DELHI, India Nikkita F ountain and Larikah Russell made their womens doubles match look so easy that it took some of the bur d en off their three weary male coun terparts, who had a rough time in their opening singles matches yes terday at the XIX Commonwealth Games. Although Marvin Rolle was the only one successful in staying alive with his come-from-behind 2-6, 61, 6-0 win over Thangarajah Dineshkanthan of Sri Lanka, the concern was how well he, Devin Mullings and Rodney Carey Jr would play coming off the jet lag. As it turned out, Mullings suffered some cramps during his match and he went down in two sets to thetop seed Somdev Devvarman of India 6-4, 6-2 and Carey Jr fell victim to Scotlands Jamie Murray 6-2, 7-5. I had a rough day, just coming off two long flights, one from Nas sau to London and then from Lon don here, said Carey Jr, who gotoff the flight, headed to the hotel and had to rush right back out to the tennis stadium to compete yesterday. I kind of expected it, but I just wanted to go out there and give it my best. Considering what I had to do, I think I did a pretty good job. I didnt play my best, but I was real happy, he said. Carey Jr, Rolle and Mullings all encountered visa problems which prevented them from coming into India earlier so that they could get acclimatized. But despite getting knocked out before he could really enjoy the atmosphere of the games, Carey said hes just delighted to be here to represent my country and get the experience out of it. Mullings, playing in his first match since he arrived on Sunday, admitted that the jet lag finally caught up with him. The south-paw with the power-packed forehand surprisingly jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first set and extended it to 4-1, but as the fatigue started to settle in, Devvarman started to bear down and he kept Mullings on the run. Eventually, after Devvarman took the first set, Mullings had to seek some medical attention for his hip and legs. But he managed to shake it off and came out strong to hold serve in the first game of the sec ond set. However, Devvarman stepped it up a notch and while favouring his legs, Mullings was unable to continue to play at the high level that he did in the first set. It just came down to the physi cality of it, said Mullings, who was hoping to keep his winning streak going against Devvarman. I was hitting the ball, I was dictating and I won the first three games of the first set. But at 4-1, we had a couple long points and my body just gave way. I guess I was so tired from the long trip. Plus it was hot out there. Hes a survivor and he battled for every point. I hit the ball cleanly, but I couldnt maintain it. He wore me down, he said. Mullings said he needed a little more rest because he didnt have any legs left. It was disappointing because I was on top. I was leading him, he said. After falling behind in the first set, Marvin Rolle was able to regain his composure and he easily took the next two sets to secure the win over Dineshkanthan. It was good. I had a rough start at the match, but I was confident that I could come back, he said. I was just beating myself. So I settled down a little and I came out with the victory. After losing the first set, I started to put the ball on the court. I used my slice more than my forehand. I allowed him to make more of the mistakes. But Im feeling better now that I won, said Rolle. Rolle will now prepare to play No.7 seed Josh Goodall of England, who knocked off Gavin Manders of Bermuda 6-2, 6-2. Their match will be played today. Before the day was done, Rolle and Mullings also teamed up to play in the mens doubles. However, they didn't have anything left in the tank and went down 6-4, 6-2 to the Wales' team of Chris Lewis and Milton Josh. In the womens doubles, Fountain and Russell needed just 35 min utes to dispose of Tiriata Keeba and Maetiu Keebwa of Kiribati, 6-1, 6-0. No match for their opponents, Fountain said they missed pulling off the double bagel when she missed two returns and Russell said she missed one at 4-0 in the first set. Nevertheless, Fountain said: It was a good match for us to start off with. Im not sure who we will have in the next round, but it was a good warm up match for us. We didnt have that much pressure on us, so I was happy it was just the first round. Russell, on the other hand, said it was really funny because one of the women was running from the ball. We just wanted to try to get over it as quickly as we could. They will now go on to play the top ranked Australian team of Anastasia Rodionova and Sally Eliz abeth Peers in the quarterfinals. Russell is also still alive in the women's singles, having easily disposed of Keeba in the first round. She is scheduled to play her second round match today. On hand to watch the matches yesterday were BOCs secretary general Rommel Knowles, chef de mission Roy Colebrooke and deputy chef de mission Tim Munnings. BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org N EW DELHI, India As the only two females on the track and field team, Lavern Eve and Christine Amer-t il know that a lot will be riding on their shoulders at the XIX Commonwealth Games. B ut the two veteran competitors who are rooming together at the Games Village have indicated that they arel ooking forward to the challenge. While Eve, competing in her fourth and final Commonwealth Games, wont compete until Friday in the javelin, Amertil will be participating in her third games starting today in the 400m. Since arriving here with the maleloaded team since Monday, both com petitors have indicated that they have been taking advantage of the accom modations and getting themselves ready to compete. So far, my experience here has been very good. It has exceeded all expec tations, she said. So I dont know. You cant be listening to the media. You have to see for yourself. But it has been put together really well. This is the best Commonwealth Games Ive been so far. For Amertil, its nothing out of the ordinary, but said the proximity of the training facilities has made this one very special. Being right here in the village and not having to go through the hectic traffic out there has been really nice, she said. We get to see everybody, which makes it a lot easier to prepare yourself. As she gets set to compete, Eve said she is confident of winning a medal. If I put everything together on that one day, I know I can do it, insisted Eve, who will be among a record 17 competitors in the preliminaries. My hopes are high and I guess one thing I say is that I can rely on my experience. So on that day, Im just hoping and praying and go out there and do my best. And to be able to achieve that feat, Eve said she feels it will take at least a throw of 58 or 59 metres to step up on the medal podium. From practice the other day, Im right there. I havent had that many meets. I had two this year and they were well below par because of injuries, she pointed out. Now Im in a better condition and the injury is not 100 per cent, but its under control. Not competing, sometimes it takes a while for you to see where you are, especially in javelin. Any event that has rhythm or is very technical, sometimes you have to do a few meets for things to come together, she said. Hopefully when I compete, I can put it together and let one fly. In preparation for her performance, Amertil said she has gone through her normal workout routine, got a lot of stretches, rested quite a bit and made sure that she wasnt going to get overw helmed in any way. Im just hoping to go out there and run well, Amertil projected. Ive hada long season, starting with indoors. But Im feeling pretty good now, so Im hoping that will carry through for the next three rounds. Amertil, however, noted that the Australians are at an advantage as they have just started their season and the British started late as well just so they can be ready for the games. Although they are the only two females on the team, Eve said she understands why some of the others are not here because its extremely late in the season to have the games. I would like to have seen them here for company sake, but those things hap pen, she said. Me and Christine get along very well. Weve roomed together before when Im not with Jackie (Edwards ous, so Im definitely going to be hanging on her coat. Since they hooked up in 2000 at the Sydney Olympic Games, Amertil said whenever the opportunity presents itself, she always tries to stay connected with Eve. Were pretty much sisters and weve roomed together for a while, she said. Being the only two females on the team, weve been doing our training together and encouraging each other. So we will be rooting for each other, as well as the guys. But its good to have another female here along with me. It would have been nice to have some of the others, but I understand their choices and I know they have done what is best for them. Eve said while Amertil will be the first out of the gate, she will be in the stands rooting for her because shes confident that she will be able to get into the final. More than that, Eve said shes looking for both of them to be on the medal dais. Ive seen the rest of the team, especially the men, training and I wish them the very best, Eve said. I know that the Bahamas will get a number of medals. So Im hoping that one of them is mine and the other is Christines. The only female athletes, Eve and Amertil have a lot on their shoulders THE XIX COMMONWEALTH GAMES NEW DELHI 2010 THE TRIB UNE Marvin Rolle comes from behind for victory Devin Mullings and Rodney Carey Jr lose Rolle, Mullings fall in doubles DYNAMIC DUO: Nikkita Fountain (left s coreboard after winning their doubles match at the Commonwealth Games. UP FOR CHALLENGE: Lavern Eve.
Detroit Pistons to be sold By CHRIS LEHOURITES AP Sports Writer NEW DELHI (AP empty stadiums that have marred the first two days of competition at the crisis-hit Commonwealth Games may be filled by children and the underprivileged given free tickets if attendance doesn't improve. After weeks of problems a nd delays in a wide range of areas in the buildup to the games, the sporting events are starting to grab some focus in New Delhi with host India winning five gold medals on Tuesday and England win-n ing its first two in the pool. But the problems persisted outside of competition. Workers were rushing to relay turf on the infield and try to clean up Sunday's opening ceremo ny at Jawaharlal Nehru Stad ium so it's ready in time for the athletics programme to start Wednesday. Police scoured the athletes village after an anonymous bomb threat, but it was later confirmed as a hoax. Authorities said a 16-year-old local boy had been cautioned after calling the police from a mobile telephone and claiming that a bomb had been placed in the village. Against the background of bungling, many of the venues across the city remained nearly empty, prompting local organisers to admit that they are considering giving away f ree tickets. "We are working on the children from schools. Already steps are being taken in that direction," local organ ising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi said Tuesday a t a news conference that was sometimes farcical. "And also from the low level of society." While Indian shooters were busy winning the country's first gold medal of the games, the leaders of the local organising committee were sitting alongside the heads of the Commonwealth Games Fed eration and faced the media for the first time since the event opened. Kalmadi was confident that the glitches from the first day of competition on Monday had been solved overnight, saying that the transportation issues were dealt with and the addition of ticket booths at all venues would lead to bigger crowds. "As of today, things are all right," said Kalmadi, who also mistakenly noted that "Prince Diana" had attended the opening ceremony before correcting himself and identifying Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall as the attendees. Lady Diana was the ex-wife of Prince Charles, who is the heir to the British throne and the person who officially d eclared the games open. Diana died in a car crash in 1997. Despite the optimism shown by Kalmadi, Commonwealth Games Federa tion President Michael Fennell said his organisation still had a number of concerns. "There are some issues that we had to deal with and we have assigned those issues to various people to correct," Fennell said. "And we're expecting that those will be corrected during the course of the day." New scales were used for the belated weigh-in before boxing competition started Tuesday. Athletes and coaches were upset when the scales used Monday were found to be giving incorrect readings, forcing some boxers to take desperate, unnecessary attempts to shed weight. Organising committee secretary-general Lalit Bhanot said it had been "rectified" and "There's no problem at all." The 19th edition of the Commonwealth Games have been plagued by construction delays, allegations of corruption and security worries, but with 18 gold medals awarded Tuesday and now 26 overall, much of the focus has now turned to sports. India picked up two in shooting and three in GrecoRoman wrestling on Tuesday, with Abhinav Bindra and Gagan Narang starting the rush with victory in the men's 10-meter air rifle pairs event. "It was always important for us to do well on home ground," Bindra said. "It gives us a good start and hopefully, we will have many more medals in the coming days." Ravindere Singh won the 6 4-kilogram class in GrecoRoman wrestling, Sanjay claimed the 74-kg gold and Anil Kumar won the 96-kg event. Australian wrestler Has sene Fkiri was disqualified form aking a rude gesture after losing to Kumar, giving Kakoma Hugues Bella-Lufu of South Africa the silver and Eric Fuenekes of Canada the bronze. Bella-Lufu beat Fuenekes in what was supp osed to be the bronze-medal match. Singapore claimed two shooting gold medals when Swee Hon Lim and Bin Gai won the men's 50-meter pistol pairs event and Xiang Wei Jasmine and Aqilah Sudhir won the 50-meter rifle pairs. In track cycling, Australia won the men's and women's time trial races and the men's pursuit. Olympic champion Anna Meares won the women's 500-meter time trial in 33.758 seconds, Scott Sunderland took the men's 1-kilometer time trial in 1:01.411. Jack Bobridge won the 4,000 meters individual pursuit. England won its first two gold medals of the games in the swimming pool. Francesca Halsall beat world champion Marieke Guehrer of Australia in the women's 50-meter butterfly, and world champion Liam Tancock won the men's 50 backstroke. Also, Leiston Pickett gave Australia its fourth gold of the six-day swimming meet by winning the women's 50meter breaststroke and Robert Renwick won Scotland's first gold with a victory in the 200 freestyle. Australia won the women's team gymnastics gold for the fourth time in a row and led the medal standings after two days with nine gold medals and 23 overall. India was in second place with 11 overall. ELAINA Cuffy led the Bahamian team to win two bronze medals one at the Pan-American Infantile Championships and the other a t the Panama Open last weekend. Elaina is 11 years old and fights in the +52 Kg category. She defeated the Panamanian champion with ippon (instant win w ay to both victories. Her other matches were close and she narrowly missed a silver in both tournaments. "I am very excited to begin training again," she said after her first international tournament. "We train a lot and it is fun, and I know that I won because of it." Team captain Tajaro Hudson also turned in an impressive performance, throwing the Puerto Rican champion for ippon in seconds in the5 6kg under-13 category. He lost in the medal round to the US, ending up in fifth place. "I am disappointed," said Tajaro. "I made a gripping error and my opponent, who was very good, got me." This was Tajaro's second t ime at the Pan-American Juveniles and first as team captain. "Being team captain is great, I got to warm up the team and give them advice on their strategies against their opponents." Artio McPhee (-31 Kg Andrew Munnings (-34 Kg performed well in all of their matches but lost to more experienced opponents. Coach DArcy Rahming, a lso president of the Bahamas Judo Federation, said the programme has definitely improved. We concentrated on movement and footsweeps for preparation. The summer was grips and groundwork. Now I can see that we really need to concentrate on improving core strength," he added. For more information on B ahamas Judo, contact the headquarters at (242 6773. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL/INTERNATIONAL SPORTS T RIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE XIX COMMONWEALTH GAMES NEW DELHI 2010 THE TRIBUNE Judo: Elaina brings home two bronze Bahamas well represented at PanAmerican Infantile Championships and Panama Open TEAM BAHAMAS: Elaina Cuffy (wearing medal and the Panama Open. DETROIT (AP D etroit Pistons have found a new owner and he knows Motor City sports. The Pistons have decided to sell the team to Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch, a person involved with the process said Tuesday. The person, who spoke to TheA ssociated Press on the con dition of anonymity because of a confidentiality agree ment, said both sides were negotiating financial terms. Forbes last year valued the team at $479 million, but a w eak economy, the threat of an NBA lockout next year and a motivated seller Karen Davidson likely mean the price is lower. Ilitch Holdings spokeswoman Jennifer Haselhuhn s aid the organisation signed a nondisclosure agreement ear lier this year and cannot com ment. Mayor Dave Bing, former Pistons star, said Tuesday "the deal is not done, but we remain optimistic." Ilitch, the Little Caesars pizza mogul, has said he was motivated to buy the Pistons in part to make sure another buyer didn't move the NBA club out of town. If the sale goes through, the 81-year-old Ilitch would be the only person to own and control teams in three of North America's four major professional leagues. Ted Turner once owned the Atlanta Braves, Hawks and Thrashers. Problems mount as organisers consider free ticket release GOLD GLORY: Scotlands Robert Renwick celebrates after winning gold in the Men's 200m Freestyle final during the Commonwealth Games at the Dr S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Center on Tuesday. (AP Photo India dominates 2nd day of tennis NEW DELHI (AP Former No. 1-ranked doubles pair Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi combined to beat Sri Lanka's Dineshkanthan Thangarajah and Amresh Jayawickreme 6-3, 6-3 as India's tennis players continued their dominance on day two of the Commonwealth Games competition. In other matches, Somdev Devvarman defeat-ed Devin Mullings of Bahamas 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of men's singles, while the women's pair of Nirupama Sanjeev and Poojashree Venkatesha beat Irufa Mahir and Maleela Solih of Maldives 6-0, 6-1. With Tuesday's victories, India has won seven of its eight matches so far. Match The most anticipated match of the day was the men's doubles with the Indians outright favorites. Paes and Bhupathi, estranged friends who come together only while repre senting India, were greeted with thunderous cheers by some 1,000 spectators in the 5,600 seat R.K. Khanna stadium. Although the scoreline suggested an easy victory, the Sri Lankans made the Indians struggle, especially in the second set when their serve was broken only in the seventh game. Bhupathi and Paes had last teamed up for the Davis Cup match on September 19 when they beat Brazil's Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares in India's 3-2 win. Still Bhupathi appeared stiff on Tuesday, and appeared to struggle with his serve. Paes was brilliant with his interceptions and his trademark backhand defensive flick.