N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.188TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNAND T-STORM HIGH 91F LOW 80F By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter n firstname.lastname@example.org T HE countrys independ ence anniversary was marred by bloodshed after a young man was riddled with bullets in an inner city com m unity late Sunday night. The victim was released from prison three days before the attack. According to police, the incident occurred shortly before 11 pm on Sunday.P olice have not yet conf irmed the victims identity, h owever, T he Tribune understands that he is 25year-old Francisco Hanna. The victim was at Wilson T rack when he was shot multiple times by another man, police said. He was rushed to hospital in a pri v ate vehicle, however, he later died. According to police Superintendent Stephen Dean, Hanna was released from prison last Thursday. He was on remand at Her Majesty's Prison on a caus i ng harm charge, which was subsequently withdrawn. In the wake of his mur der, Englerston MP Glenys H anna Martin said in a statement: This has become the signature triumph of criminality in our Bahamas. V ictim had been on r emand before charge withdrawn TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Debt$AVER 30 Day No PaySend your loan on vacation!Qualify for a Debt$AVER CONSOLIDATION LOAN and get a 30 Day payment holiday and a built-in Savings Plan M ODELLINGANDDANCING T T H H E E S S P P I I C C E E O O F F L L I I F F E E W ORLDYOUTHCHAMPIONSHIPS G G O O L L D D E E N N A A G G E E F F O O R R B B A A H H A A M M A A S S SEEWOMANON12B SEESPORTSSECTIONE Man shot dead days after prison r elease C ELEBRATINGINDEPENDENCE B y TANEKA THOMPSON D eputy Chief Reporter t thompson@ tribunemedia.net GOVERNMENT has postponed the introduct ion of amended death penalty legislation that w as expected to be tabled in the House of Assembly before MPs took theirs ummer recess. In response to quest ions from The Tribune, Prime Minister Hubert SEE page 12 GOVT POSTPONES AMENDED DEATH PENALTY LEGISLATION A BOAT captain faces the death penalty in a Florida federal court after he was caught in an immigrant smuggling operation out of Grand Bahama that resulted in the death of a pregnant woman. According to the Associated Press, 25-year-old Tarran Maynard was indicted in the West Palm Beach Federal Court earlier this month on 28 separate counts, including encouraging and inducing aliens to enter the United States SEE page 12 BOAT CAPTAIN FACES DEATH PENALTY OVER IMMIGRANT SMUGGLING FROM BAHAMAS SEE page 12 BTC employees who agreed to voluntary severance packages from Cable and Wireless could be let go as early as this week. CEO Geoff Houston con firmed that the company is still sifting through the nearly 500 applicants as it works to finalise the companys restructuring programme. We are still processing the applications, the numbers are meeting our expectations and we expect to start informing some of the successful applicants within the next week, said Mr Houston. It is estimated that about SEE page 12 VOLUNTARY SEVERANCE BTC STAFF COULD BE LET GO THIS WEEK By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com BAHAMAS Athletic Associations' president Mike Sands called it a splendid "Independence" cele bration for Team Bahamas at the International Amateur Athletic Federation's World Youth Championships in Lilli, France over the weekend. The team captured a record four medals, including three gold and a bronze to finish fourth in the medal BAHAMAS YOUTHTEAM WINSFOURMEDALS FLYINGTHEFLAG: Stephen Newbold. SEE page 12 By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org RESIDENTS on New Providence complained of rolling blackouts over the holiday weekend despite earlier assurances from officials that load shedding issues at the Bahamas Electricity Corpo ration were resolved. Residents of Staniel Cay were also plagued with inter mittent blackouts with some claiming to be without power for around 12 hours at a time. Reports from that settlement SEE page 15 BECBLACKOUTS CONTINUE OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND YOUNGSTERS wave their flags at Saturdays Independence celebrations at Clifford Park. Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham along with government ministers, the Bahamas Christian Council and thousands of Bahamians participated. SEEPAGETWO P e t e r R a m s a y / B I S
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Subject to credit approval. *Trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence. Rates As Low As 7.25%*Ready to buy your rst home or pay off your current one faster? W eve got the expertise, exible options, and interactive tools to tailor a plan just for you. Find out how you can: Lets figure it out. Talk to us today.Whats the best home ownership plan? One built just for you.Check out our online mortgage calculators. bahamas.scotiabank.com/gogure P e t e r R a m s a y / B I S GOVERNOR GENERAL Sir Arthur Foulkes and Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham along with government ministers, the Bahamas Christian Council and thousands of Bahamians participated in an ecumenical service and cultural show on Clifford Park Saturday to commemorate the 38th anniversary of independence of the Bahamas.
TWO American fishing vessels were apprehended for fisheries, customs and immigration violations in Bahamian waters in separate incidents over the weekend, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force said. While on routine patrol at 5 pm Saturday, officers onboard HMBS Nassau arrested a 31-ft Intrepid vessel near The Great Isaacs with two Americans onboard and a small quantity of fishery products. The men and their vessel were taken to Freeport, Grand Bahama and handed over to the relevant authorities. On Sunday, officers from HMBS Nassau arrested a 33-ft Cabin cruiser also found in the vicinity of the Great Isaacs Banks. The vessel and crew failed to clear Bahamas Customs and Immigration before fishing in Bahamian waters. RBDF officers found a 150 gallon container with assorted fishery products onboard. A detailed searchof the vessel also uncovered a rifle and 120 rounds of 7.62 ammunition. The five men, all believed to be Americans, and their vessel were taken into Bimini where they were handed over to the proper authorities. Investigations continue. MOBILE phone customers can now make calls to anywhere in the Bahamas for one flat rate. Domestic long distance fees have been removed for all calls originating from a mobile phone to another cell phone or a fixed line. The Bahamas Telecommunications Company released its first phase of rate reductions on Independence Day, along with a simplified dial plan that will allow mobile users to call and text your way. Geoff Houston, BTC CEO said: "The removal of long distance charges for island-to-island cellular calls is one of the promises made as part of our commitment to improve customer service while reducing rates." Mr Houston added: "BTC is pleased to launch this first phase of rate reductions this week just in time for Independence. Being able to call anywhere in The Bahamas from a mobile phone without paying long distance charges helps to unite the entire country during this special time of celebrations." Customers will be able to place calls or texts with or with out the countrys area code throughout the Bahamas eliminating the need to store contacts in separate formats. Calls can now be made using either seven digits, 225-5282; ten digits, 242-225-5282; or eleven digits, 1 -242-225-5282. Mr Houston said: These new mobile upgrades are just the beginning of exciting changes we plan to implement with our new partner LIME in the months and years ahead. Simplifying our dial plan to allow customers to call or text from their mobile phone regard less of how the number may be stored is a huge convenience to every cell phone user especially persons who travel to the Family Islands frequently, said Mr Houston. Local airtime charges still a pply, and charges for landline to landline, landline to mobile and international long distance remain unchanged. Rate reductions must be approved by the Utilities Regulation & Competition Authority's (URCA According to Tribune Business, the company confirmed it would invest $43 million over the next two years in establishing a nationwide 4G (fourth generation) cellular network. The network which will allow B ahamians to access the Internet via their cell phones at landline speed, providing the platform for BTC to introduce a suite of new data-based products is expected to be imple mented in New Providence and Grand Bahama prior to Christmas 2011. The company is reportedly also seeking to offer lower roaming and long distance rates to 13 other Caribbean territories. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011, PAGE 3 BUSINESS WRITINGEFFECTIVE WRITING IN THE WORKPLACEA re your employees writing in a style which contain expressions such as be advised, refer to the above-mentioned, or as per your request? T his Effective Writing Course will give your employees the opportunity t o practice various forms of persuasive writing appropriate to all levels of management, including reports, recommendations, proposals, memoranda and a variety of business letters suited for complex business practices T HIS 5-WEEK COURSE STARTS TODAY T uesday, 12th July, 2011Institute of Business and Commerce TEL: 324-4625 DONALD EDMUND DALBENAS March 22, 1916 July 6, 2011 DONALD EDMUND D'ALBENAS, founder of The d'Albenas Agency Ltd. passed away peacefully at age 95 on July 6, 2011 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Born in Montreal Quebec, hecame to Nassau in 1929 at the age of 13 and made The Bahamas his home. After graduating from Queens College he worked in Thompson Pharmacy and lat er, during the 1940s, he co-owned and operated Nassau Dry Cleaners (which later became I-Need-A-Laundry). In 1947 he began his wholesale food business which he ran for 26 years. An entrepreneur in the true sense of the word, he was instrumen tal in the formation of several major food related companies, including Nassau Dairy Ltd. (Borden's (egg producer Restaurants Bahamas Ltd. (Kentucky Fried Chicken Mr. d'Albenas was elected to the House of Assembly in 1956 and represented the people of Long Island for 17 years. He was a member of the Executive Council, Parliamentary Leader of the United Bahamian Party, and, after the introduction of the New Constitution in 1964, he became Minister of Out Island Affairs in the first Cabinet of The Bahamas. He held numerous public posts, including Chairman of the Air Transport Licens ing Authority and Chairman of the Road Traffic Authority. He was a member of the Marine Products Board, the Bahamas Broadcasting and Television Commission, the Board of Edu cation and the Electricity Corporation. He was fully involved in the life of his community, serving as a Trustee of Queen's College, Chairman of St. Andrew's School and President of the Chamber of Commerce. A devout Christian all his life, Mr. d'Albenas was a member, Leader and Trustee of Trinity Methodist Church where he taught Sunday School for over 30 years. Upon his retirement in 1973 he moved to Montreal and later Toronto, Canada. Mr. d'Albenas was pre-deceased by his first wife of over 50 years, Dorothea (nee Malone Scott of Shawinigan, PQ. He is survived by his devoted and car ing wife, Violet Rose, daughter and son-in-law Saranne & Michael Whitney of North Carolina, son and daughter-in-law Larry & Nancy of Miami, son and daughter-in-law Robert & Heather of Nassau, son and daughter-in-law Timothy & Robin of Connecticut, stepdaughter Kim Smith and her husband Gord Zock, stepson Brad Barrow and his wife Barbara; grandchildren Doug, Jeff, & Gary Whitney, Dawn Conder, Stacie Rojo, Kevan, Christopher, Andrew, Jennifer, Kara and Christi d'Albenas, step-grandchildren Taylor and Jamie Barrow, greatgrandchildren Sasha and Joy Whitney, Amelia and Brady Condor, and Max Rojo, brother Paul and sister-in-law Ruth, and numerous nephews and nieces. This kind and generous soul touched the lives of countless people and his dignity and respect for all have made this world a better place. Funeral Services will be held at St. Peter's Erindale Anglican Church, in Mississauga Ontario on July 11, 2011 at 2:00pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Mr. Donald d'Albenas to The Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas Foundation or The Cancer Society of The Bahamas. A MERICANS VESSELS APPREHENDED OVER ALLEGED FISHING VIOLATIONS New flat rate for mobile calls in the Bahamas T T h h e e r r e e m m o o v v a a l l o o f f l l o o n n g g d d i i s s t t a a n n c c e e c c h h a a r r g g e e s s f f o o r r i i s s l l a a n n d d t t o o i i s s l l a a n n d d c c e e l l l l u u l l a a r r c c a a l l l l s s i i s s o o n n e e o o f f t t h h e e p p r r o o m m i i s s e e s s m m a a d d e e a a s s p p a a r r t t o o f f o o u u r r c c o o m m m m i i t t m m e e n n t t t t o o i i m m p p r r o o v v e e c c u u s s t t o o m m e e r r s s e e r r v v i i c c e e w w h h i i l l e e r r e e d d u u c c i i n n g g r r a a t t e e s s . Geoff Houston, BTC CEO
EDITOR, The Tribune. A part line in the preamb le to the constitution states that, No Man, woman or child shall ever be slave or bondsman to anyone or their labour exploited or their lives exploited byd eprivation. When the Union Jack was l owered on July 9th, 1973, a nd the Bahamian flag was raised several minutes later on July 10th, 1973, this ushe red in a new chapter in the m odern Bahamas. With colonial leaders still holding most of the top positions in the Bahamas, there w as no outcry because Bahamians at large were not ready to take over these positions. T he late Rt Hon Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling must be credited with laying the foundation for the educat ion of many Bahamians since 1973. And this has b een carried on with The Rt H on Hubert Ingraham and t he Rt Hon Perry Christie. In 2011, Bahamians have a ttained Doctorate degrees, M asters degrees, industry l eading certifications and we even have two Rhode Schola rs. Bahamians even sit on b oards of major corporations in the United States a nd the United Kingdom. Needless to say, Bahamians in 2011 are well qualified and we have come full circles ince 1973 in terms of producing graduates from high er learning institutions. So why is it that we con tinue to import labour for jobs that Bahamians areq ualified for? W hy did we import a CEO of a regulatory body? Why are we importing Man-a ging Directors for a major commercial bank? The revenues collected from the issuing of workp ermits must be something that the government tries to maximise, but this shouldn ot be at the expense of qualified Bahamian professionals. A tricky situation presents itself when an application is made for a work permit. In some instances, the senior officials must know that there are qualified Bahami ans sitting right next to them, yet they sign off and through their company pay thousands of dollars to the Ministry of Immigration for a work permit. I am calling on the senior command at the Department of Immig ration to probe into some o f the circumstances surr ounding these work permits and where complicity isf ound, to report these matt ers to the police. I submit that jobs given to non-Bahamians where Bahamians are qualified and want to perform the task should be illegal and any work permit issued in these c ases should be deemed illeg itimate. E ven in cases where B ahamians are said to be u nqualified for a position; t here should be a systematic programme where Bahamians are given the chance to understudy the so-called expert. No work permit should be extended year after year and the transfer o f skills not passed onto a Bahamian. We are always talking a bout illegal immigration, b ut legal immigration is d oing much harm to us as a country. Many qualified Bahamian professionals aren ow opting to work oversees rather than come back home to the Bahamas. I applaud Dr Betsy Vogel Boze on speaking to the media after she was interned as COBs President. She said that she sees no reason why the next president of COB shouldnt be a Bahamian. I am hopeful that she has already started thes uccession process. T here are many frustrated Bahamians sitting at home w ith no employment opportunity in sight; and there ares ome at work who are frust rated at being looked over i n lieu of foreign expertise. And yet, foreigners who have work permits are enjoying the best of the best.F ree living accommodations, free schooling for their child ren and free transportation a re some of the benefits that foreigners receive when they c ome to the Bahamas to w ork. If I were a nonBahamian, I would come to t he Bahamas to work as well. A s in the preamble to the c onstitution, our forefathers d id not want Bahamian labour exploited and theyd id not want Bahamians deprived of labour in theiro wn country. H appy 38th birthday Bahamas and I hope that we can get it right. DEHAVILLAND MOSS Nassau, July 8, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm EVERY MAN will have his day in the sun. Bahamians complain that if something is not done about the Haitian problem, Haitians will take over the Bahamas. That consequence really depends upon Bahamians. Already the continued and in many cases essential presence of Haitians inour country is because many Bahamians have decided that certain work is beneath them. Not me! they scornfully snarl. That Haitian work! Well, if thats Haitian work, Haitians will always be needed to do it. In other words Haitians if essential standards are to be maintained are necessary to the Bahamians social well being. As the late Dr Cleveland Eneas, a dentist, once asked long before there was a Haitian problem if every Bahamian became a doctor, dentist, teacher, etc, who would be left to clean his car so that he could practise his dentistry? These were the days when then prime minister the late Sir Lynden Pindling told young Bahamian Johnnies and Suzies that if the PLP became the government someone would be picking up after them no longer would they be hewers of wood and drawers of water. It was that disdainful attitude to honest work that opened the door to the Haitians. For three square meals a day and able to send money back to their families in Haiti, they had no objection to being hewers of wood and drawers of water, and any other honest labour that came in between. In schools Haitian children are noted for being bright they are at the top of their classes, they walk away with many of the prizes, academically they push Bahamian students to the sidelines. It is not because they are brighter. Its because they work harder, and they work harder because its the lot of the underdog. Chewing harder and longer at the bone is the only way an under dog knows how to become top dog. Labouring Haitian parents have ambi tion for their children. They watch over them. As one MP noted in parliament: If you see a small child being walked to school by a parent you know thats a Haitian child. When they come from school, they dont sit on walls with their chums, or idle their time before a television set, or get up to mischief in gangs; they go home and do their homework. And in the evening they are at home still at their books with their parents. The problem with many Bahamians is their idea of entitlement. They believe that they are entitled to the good life without effort. If this attitude is not discouraged at a very early age and the dignity of hard work raised to a higher level yes, the Haitians will eventually take over and Bahamians will only have themselves to blame. Just consider the history of women. Treated in ancient times by certain tribes almost as pack animals, and even today by certain sects as mans possession to do with as he will, women are holding important posts in todays world. Some men complain that women are taking over. It is true, women have taken over because they have had to work longer hours for their achievements. The time came when women broke through the glass ceiling that held them down. They could no longer be ignored. We recall as a child admiring the well built, slim frames of Fox Hill women, who walked daily downtown from Fox Hill, balancing a large basket of produce on their heads to sell in the market. And at night they walked back home with their earnings stuffed in a pocket of their long skirts. There was no problem of obesity in those days. They were strong, hardworking, handsome women. Today their highly educated grand daughters and great-granddaughters drive to work in cars and hold top positions in the country. These women worked and studied harder because they were competing in a mans world. Many men fell by the wayside, not because they were less bright, but because they took too much for granted. When we returned to the Bahamas with three degrees from three different universi ties, and were helping form public opinion from a desk in The Tribune, we still could not vote in a general election. Our Bahamian gardener, who could nei ther read nor write, had more say in the government of our country than we had when he marked his X at his polling division in a general election. Bahamian women got the vote for the first time in 1962. Their fight was long and hard, but eventually they not only arrived, but they are dominating. And so the future for the Haitians in this country depends upon Bahamians. As Will and Ariel Durant pointed out in one of their many books on Civilization: No great nation is ever conquered until it has destroyed itself from within. The authors then listed the many causes for internal destruction, among them distur bance of economic life by political disorder, the corruption of democracy the decay of morals and patriotism and we might add the break down of the family. Legal immigration in some cases should be illegal LETTERS l email@example.com Bahamians vs. Haitians in the Bahamas E DITOR, The Tribune. Knowledgeable observers and historians of the Westmin s ter system, under which the Bahamas functions, know that the l eader of the defeated party in a general election either resigns or offers his resignation to his party. In life, we all at some time have to make a decision that goes to the very foundation of our soul, our being, and which speaks to who we are, deep down inside of us. That was one such decision Christie had to make at the time of the defeat. I do not use the term soul in a religious context and I believe persons who try everyday to be men or women of God and who interact every day with persons on a similar journey knowe xactly what Bishop Ellis meant when he said Christie was not a man of god. Perry Christie revealed to the US Ambassador that he was considering resigning as PLP leader as a result of the electionl oss. He was searching for his soul, to find the courage to do the right thing. The reason he gave for the delay in making the decision was the possibility that the election court would restore him to power. Perry Christie ignored the significance of the Kenyatta Gibson exit from the PLP which was that whatever the outcome of the election court he still would not be able to form a government. Perry Christie lost his soul when he did not resign as leader of the PLP, and as historians would say he went on to consol idate his power in the PLP by stacking the deck in appointing aged stalwarts to ensure his re-election as party leader. There is a sign displayed in maximum security at Fox Hill Prison for all inmates to see, it reads it is never too late to do the right thing. With the next general election less than ten months away it is perhaps politically too late for Christie to do the right thing. There is no doubt in my mind that after the next general elec tion the Bahamian people will ensure that Christie has the same hard decision to make in 2012. The question is can one lose ones soul in 2012 when it was lost in 2007? EDROY DEVEAUX Nassau, June 20, 2011. PERRY CHRISTIE, THE LOS T SOUL
POLICE officers acting on a tip recovered a handgun f rom bushes off East Street Sunday afternoon. According to reports, officers of the Southeastern Division acting on information discovered the weapon sometimea round 9.45pm on Sunday in bushes off East Street. No one was taken into custody. Active police investigations contin u e. PUBLICS ASSISTANCE NEEDED POLICE need the publics assistance in locating the per-s ons responsible for two separ ate stabbing incidents. The first incident occurred shortly after midnight on Sun day. According to police reports a 19-year-old man was walking on West Bay Street, w est of Marlborough Street when he was approached by a group of men who robbed him of his watch then stabbed h im in his shoulder and back. The victim was taken to hos pital where he was detained in stable condition. The second stabbing o ccurred in the same area s ometime around 4.30 am on Monday. The victim in this incident was taken to hospital by ambulance where he is detained in stable condition. Police are investigating thesei ncidents and are appealing to members of the public who may have any information to contact them at 911 919 the C entral Detective Unit at 5 029910 502-9991 or Crime Stopper at 328-TIPS SHOO TIN GS IN FREEPORT INVES TIG ATED F REEPORT: Police on Grand Bahama are investi gating two separate shootings t hat occurred over the weekend. Police say that around 1 2.12 am on Friday, July 8, uniformed and plain clothes officers responded to the scene of a shooting incident a t Tasman Close in the Freeport area. When they arrived at the scene they spoke to the victim, a dark 31year-old Freeport man. He reported that he was w alking on Adventurers Way i n the area of Tasman Close when a vehicle drove up behind him and an occupant fired a gun at him, hitting him in his right arm and chest. The victim wast aken to the Rand Memorial Hospital by ambulance for medical treatment. The victim is listed in stable condition. T he second incident occurred on Saturday, July 9. It is reported that officers at t he Mobile Patrol Division responded to the call of gun shots being heard in the area o f Club Glo in the NBC P laza located on Coral Road, Freeport. When police arrived at the scene, they spoke to a2 1-year-old man who informed them that while at the club around 3.40 am, he g ot into a fight with two men. O ne of the men fired two shots at him. However, he was able to flee the area unharmed. Officers from the Central Detective Unit, subsequentlya rrested a 22-year-old Freeport man and charged him with possession of a firearm with intent to endan g er life. He is expected to be arraigned in a Magistrates Court this week. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org E FFECTIVE planning and the r esponsible management of the environment is the only way forward for the Bahamas, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said. Speaking at the launch of the Environmental Mana gement, Design and Planning conference for Exuma at the Nassau Sheraton Hotel, Mr I ngraham said s ustainable, long-term plann ing of natural r esources w ill b e essential to the development of not only the Exumas, but the entire country. With the aim of addressing ecological challenges such as scarcity of resources, population, risk it is hoped that the conference is the beginning of a mutli-year initiative that evaluates how to best focus o n the preservation and sustaining the n atural resources, beauty and culture o f the Exumas while planning carefully for the islands future wellbeing and that of its residents. The conference brought t ogether national and internat ional experts to address both c urrent strategies and future p ossibilities for the Exumas, w ith the ultimate goal of unders tanding alternative modes of developing and planning a more resilient future. I n reference to the Exuma Land and Sea Park Mr Ingraham said throughout the years a spectrum of persons from private island o wners to the Bahamas National Trust and the wider Bahamian community have expressed a r ange of concerns about the p ark, including damage t o sea beds as a result of dredging, proposed development w ithin or near b oundaries of the park, introduction of commercial activity, enforcement of bylaws of the park and the need to develop and enforce new rules. He said: To effectively plan for those impacts we need to produce planning principles for development to guide pres ent and future decisions as we seek to f oster sustainable communities. P lanning for the future development of the country involves the challenge of balancing the well being of the people while also preserving the environment, s aid Mr Ingraham. T he prime minister added that his g overnment has taken steps to accomp lish this with the adoption of policies a nd legislation necessary to promote s ustainable development, however, there is further to go. It is certainly not the Governments p olicy to impede development but it has become necessary to require that developments in our country be harmonious with the environment and for t hem to be governed by the highest standards and best practices, so as to accom modate desired and appropriate use.s aid Mr Ingraham. T his environmental initiative was o rganized by the Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the Bahamas National Trust and the Harvard Gradu ate School of Design. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011, PAGE 5 A MAN was left in hospital after he was shot on Augusta Street, according to police. P olice reports said the victim was at Augusta Street w hen he heard gunshots and realised that he had been s hot in the back and buttocks. The man was taken to hospital by ambulance where he is detained in stable condition. Police are appealing to members of the public who may have any information regarding this incident to contact them at the Central Detective Unit at 502-9910, 5029991 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. M AN AND WOMAN ARRESTED A MAN and a woman were arrested Sunday night after police found a handgun in their vehicle. The two were arrested sometime around 7.15 pm Sunday. According to police reports, officers of the Central Detective Unit (CDU Street off Wulff Road when they conducted a search of a H onda Accord. A handgun was found on the floor mat o n the drivers side of the car. The driver of the car, a 29-year-old woman of Union Village, and her passenger, a 36-year-old man of Carmichael Road, were taken into custody. THREE MEN ARRESTED THREE men were arrested in three separate incidents after they were found in possession of weapons and a mmunition. A ccording to police, the first arrest occurred at 2.39 pm F riday. Officers of the Central Detective Unit (CDU a cting on a tip went in the area of Thompson Boulevard a nd Tucker Road where they conducted a search of a 28y ear-old man and found a handgun and ammunition. The second arrest occurred at 2.30 am Saturday at Pyfrom Road off Mackey Street by officers of the North eastern Division. Officers acting on information proceeded to Pyfrom Road where they saw a man acting suspiciously. Officers searched the man and discovered a h andgun and ammunition. The man, a 20-year-old of W hites Lane, was taken into custody. At 6.10 am Saturday, officers of the Central Detective U nit (CDU m an of Pitt Road after he was found in possession of a handgun. Police investigations into these incidents cont inue. U NION VILLAGE TEENAGER ARRESTED P OLICE arrested an 18-year-old woman of Union Village after she was found in possession of a quantity of marijuana. Officers of the Mobile Division arrested the female at 10.15 Friday at Peardale Avenue. Police investigations into this incident continue. MAN QUESTIONED FOR DRUGS A 32-year-old man was arrested on Saturday after he was found in possession of a quantity of what was sus pected to be marijuana. T he man was taken into custody by officers from operation Rapid Strike at 1 am on Saturday while at Faith Avenue north off Carmichael Road. Police investigationsi nto the incident continue. MAN IN HOSPITAL AFTER SHOOTING P OLICENEWS CRIMENEWS PM calls for planning of natural resources PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham
P RIME Minister Hubert Ingraham remembered dedi cated Free National Movem ent veteran Patricia John s on as a friend and ardent party supporter. As he spoke at her funer al, the prime minister recalled Ms Johnson as a quiet supporter and a friend ly, personable woman whoses upport for the FNM never wavered. The former FNM Women's Association presid ent, known affectionately a s Pat', assisted the party w henever she was called to duty, said Mr Ingraham. H e added that despite her q uiet nature, Pat had strong beliefs and did not hesitate to defend them. "Nowhere was this shown m ore clearly than in her ser vice to the Free National Movement. Patricia believed in our party and she proudlyd emonstrated and promoted it," said Mr Ingraham. "There can be no doubt that red was one of Pats f avourite colours. This is so whether it was wearing a bright red lipstick; sporting a redhead look or wearing ther ed colours of the Free National Movement." Ms Johnson worked a rdently in many con stituencies and held various posts, including president and council representativeo f the FNM's Womens A ssociation. She was also instrumental i n the former election campaigns of Zhivargo Laing in Fort Charlotte, Greg W illiams in Bain Town, M ichael Barnett in Fort C harlotte and with Dr Duane Sands in Elizabeth,s aid Mr Ingraham. Indeed she was backbone to many of these novice can didates. I am told that as she w alked with them canvassi ng votes, it was Patricia who would never fail to ask the voter for the vote. "Even if that person was a k nown supporter, Pat would say 'I know I dont have to ask, but Im sure we can count on your support, cant w e? If the person was a known supporter of the other side she would say 'I hope w e can count on your supp ort this time' knowing full w ell that the answer was 'No'. As she would tell them,y ou must never take anyt hing for granted. You must always ask," said Mr Ingra ham. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011, PAGE 7 6&+('8/($(59,&(2'$ LQIR#PVLEDKDPDVFRP 7 $,5&21',7,21,1* $,5&21',7,21,1* (/(&75,&$/ (/(&75,&$/ %/'*$,17(1$1&( %/'*$,17(1$1&( FNM LEADER and Prime Mini ster Hubert Ingraham views t he body of Patricia Johnson, former FNM Women's Association president and Party veteran at her funeral service held Saturday. P hoto/ Y ontalay Bowe Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are m aking news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps y ou are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. PATRICIA JOHNSON IS LAID TO REST PMPAYS TRIBUTE AT THE FUNERAL OF FNM VETERAN P P a a t t r r i i c c i i a a b b e e l l i i e e v v e e d d i i n n o o u u r r p p a a r r t t y y a a n n d d s s h h e e p p r r o o u u d d l l y y d d e e m m o o n n s s t t r r a a t t e e d d a a n n d d p p r r o o m m o o t t e e d d i i t t . P rime Minister Hubert Ingraham
By INIGO NAUGHTY ZENICAZELAYA OKAY, Ill be the first to a dmit that I probably watch way too much so-called Reality television. I have no good excuse for this except to submit to the court that such programming is practically unavoidable. I counted, and if you subtract the cutthroat survival competit ions, cutthroat singing competitions, dance shows, food shows, weight loss shows, weight gain shows, housewives, ex-housewives, soon-to-be housewives, dating shows, break-up shows, hidden-camera, hidden-treasure, hidden boss, rehab, renovation, second c hance, having a baby, talk shows and game shows there are probably two shows left on TV; and both are airing reruns. So I blame the networks for my lack of viewing pleasure, and I am not alone. Millions of people tune in to watch these train wrecks every w eek, and just like everything else in life there is the Good (Deadliest Catch, The First 48 the Bad (Real Housewives of Anywhere) and the Ugly (Jersey Shore, andoh, yeah ANYTHING with Tyra Banks). N evertheless, my problem with Reality television is not about how badly some of these non-SAG actors play their parts but rather with how far from reality these shows have actually strayed. One of the most successful and longest running shows in t he genre happens to be one of my favourites; Cops. Remem ber when you heard the melodic sounds of Inner Circle as they began, Bad boysbad boyswhatcha gonna do? I knew exactly what I was going to doget my popcorn ready! (Sorry but there are few thingsmore entertaining than watching a 150lb junkie being chased by a 350lb police officer; now thats must-see TV!) Even though Cops is still on the air, it is lost in a host of ripoff reality shows such as Repo Men, Boot Camp, Brat Campand Dog the Bounty Hunter, which, at first glance, looked legitimate but is decidedly lit tered with fake con artists and convicts. (Honestly, what kind of world are we living in where even the criminals on TV cant be trusted?) Realizing that real life is decidedly different from the way it is portrayed on many of these shows, I decided to examine (and prove Reality television is: Exhibit 1: Bridezilla. This show (a favourite of women everywhere) is based on the premise that, for no good reason, brides-to-be turn into living breathing dragons that will spit fire on any and all who get in the way of their idea of a perfect wedding. I have seen bridesmaids cry, fights with in-laws, temper tantrums thrown and threats made but I have yet to see a groom-to-be abscond. Seriously, until that happens, I refuse to believe that these menafter a sliver of a glimpse into their futurewillingly fasten the old ball and chain without even attempting a jailbreak. Based on that, in my opinion, this show does not depict real life. Exhibit 2: American Idol. Okay, so just about everyone on the planet has seen this show and loves this show and blah, blah, blah. If American Idol still had even a foothold in the real world wouldnt we have seen a monumental breakdown by now? How come all the contestants are always so cherry and jubilant, singing and dancing their way to obscurity with big smiles on their faces as they are eliminated? Ill tell you why; because its not a real competition. In real competitions, people hate to lose. Besides, if you cant tell who the winner will be by week three you truly are special. In my humble opinion, American Idol is far from real life. Exhibit 3: Kate Plus 8. Hmmma single mother with8 (somewhat spoiled 10 years of age and younger and not once has she ever pulled out a switch. Do I really need to elaborate further? Definitely not real life parenting going on there. Based on these few but compelling examples I am firmly of the belief that even though they are popular and have desecrated the television landscape as we once knew it, Reality shows have almost no basis in reality. Sure, they have spawned spinoff after spin-off, a few memorable catch phrases and no doubt generated millions of dollars in revenue while costing next to nothing to produce (see Hoarders), but what of old fashioned scripted television? There is something to be said for classic shows like The Brady Bunch, The Cosby Show andum Baywatch. (What? Dont judge melike you didnt watch!) Still, if turning over tables in a fit of rage or getting wasted en masse and thereby exposing your whole race to negative stereotypes or pretending you speak some secret language only dogs can understand sells advertisers products then I guess it will be a while before this farce called Reality television is dead and gone. The jury (aka the viewers will have to decide their fate. Until then, if I am forced to watch Fluffy run through all nine of her lives because her owner refuses to throw away trash and somehow doesnt realize there are a thousand other Fluffies living in that same house dodging piles of garbage (and contributing to it like it. That, my friend, will be a true catastrophe. But if it comes down to watching insipid shows such as Americas Next Top Model Cycle 94 then please cue the crackhead and the fat cop. Otherwise, shoot me. COMICS VIEW INIGO NAUGHTY ZENICAZELAYA LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Real life vs reality television B y CONSTABLE 3011 M AKELLE PINDER DRUG AWARENESSprov ides a reality check and resource for parents to understand the issues their children are experi encing. Experimenting, using anda busing drugs are every parents nightmare. Recognising the signs and behavior of drug use a nd working with your child is b etter than going through drug r ehabilitative treatment later. A parents biggest asset is commu-n ication and setting high family v alues. Where Do I Start? Drug awareness education for your child/children begins and continues at home. It should be enhanced through classroom edu-c ation and promoted by law enforcement p ersonnel. Make sure you are open and honest with children let them know experimenting and using drugs are not acceptedp ractices at your home. What Is Out There? Hallucinogens: Block the brains pain r eceptors. Time and movement seem to s low. Speech is difficult to understand and users hallucinate. Physical effects includel oss of appetite, dilated pupils, increased h eart rate and sleeplessness. Common names: PCP, Angel Dust, Magic Mush rooms, White Lightening. Stimulants: Make the heart beat faster w hich result in elevated blood pressure, blurred vision, dizziness, and anxiety or sleep deprivation. Stimulants may cause stroke or heart failure. Taken orally, injected or inhaled. Common names: Speed, Crystal Meth Depressants: Same effects as alcohol slurred speech and altered perception of reality. Many are in colorful pill form. Large doses often result in convulsions or death. N arcotics: Addictive drugs that reduce pain, alters the mood and behavior, may induces leep. Excessive amounts supp ress the ability to breathe and c an cause coma or convulsions. What Do I Look For? S ight: Look at your child are their eyes and cheeks flushed red? Are the pupils overly con stricted or dilated? Are there strange burns on the mouth or fingers? Do long sleeves hide marks? S mell: Most drugs leave tellt ale smells. If you notice smells o n the breath or clothing be concerned! Be cognitive ofo verused breath fresheners or heavy perfumes to mask smells. Sound: Listen to what your child says (or doesnt say) and laughs at. Silence should bea clue! If grades start slipping, be aware of p ossible drug abuse. Other indicators include skipping school quitting extracurricular activities and los-i ng motivation. Often recollection of events isnt logical and social circles begin changing. Observe and interact with your child to note changesi n behavior, appearance, personal habits, health and school work over time. Should you need more information on Detecting Signs Of Drug Use or if you have information pertaining to any crime, please do not hesitate to contact the police at or Crime Stoppers at 328-tips (New Prov i dence), 1-300-8476 (Family Islands) or if you know of individuals who may be in need of counseling and emotional support please contact the Department of SocialS ervices hotline number at 322-2763. R OYAL BAHAMAS POLICE FORCE NATIONAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICE DRUG AWARENESS: A PARENTS REFERENCE GUIDE CONSTABLE 3011 MAKELLE PINDER GOVERNOR GENERAL Sir Arthur Foulkes hosted Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Opposition Leader Perry Christie to lunch at Government House on Friday. Pictured from right: Sir Arthur, Mr. Ingraham and Mr. Christie. Peter Ramsay /BIS PM, PLPLEADERATGOVERNMENTHOUSE
B ySIR RONALD SANDERS (The writer is a Consultant and formerC aribbean Diplomat) SOUTH Sudan becomes the worlds newest independent nation on 9th July. Within days it is expected to be the 193rd member of the UnitedN ations. V ery few countries have been born into the atrocious conditions of South Sudan,and in the coming months and years, the name of the country and the problems of its people w ill become known far and w ide. South Sudan has emerged into nationhood after more than 20 years of bloody civil war in Sudan in whichu pwards of two million people a re estimated to have been killed and another four mill ion turned into refugees. O ver the last six years Sudan limped through a trans ition mandated by a Comprehensive Peace Agreement signed in 2005 and brokeredb y South Africa under its then President Thabo Mbeki. Ak ey promise of the agreement w as that a referendum would b e held allowing people from the south to choose between remaining part of Sudan orf orming a new state. The referendum, held on the 9th ofJ anuary, resulted in a r esounding demand for a sepa rate state to be named the Republic of South Sudan. During the period, there w as no full scale war, but plenty of bloody skirmishes. And, the skirmishes do not l ook set to end with South Sudans independence. Indeed, the United Nations is already contemplating maintaining a 7,000 strong peacek eeping force in South Sudan after the new country is a dmitted to the UN member ship. Deep rivalries between the Muslim North and the Christian South continue toc ast a pall of gloom over South Sudans separate sta tus. While the rivalry can be explained in part by the religious differences between thei nhabitants of the two Sudans, i t is oil that now lies at the heart of the trouble. The oilrich region of Abyei is nomi n ally in the South, but has been seized by the North. This unresolved issue will pester the relations betweenthe two countries and will be the source of their continuous hostility, particularly as l and-locked South Sudans oil will have to be exported through the North. Until the division of the country and the Republic of Sudans independence, Sudan was Africa's biggest country. Sudan will now lose a third of its land mass and 80 per cent of its oil reserves. But, if that portends grave economic difficulties for Sudan, the signs are just as alarming for the Republic of Sudan which begins its indep endent status with an 85 per cent rate of illiteracy among its eight million people, and a huge shortage of capacity in its public services to deliverg oods and services. Further, after years of neglect by theg overnment of Sudan, the new Republic has less than 100km of paved road; 90 per cent of the people live on less than $1 a day; and Juba,w hich will become its capital, i s one of only a few places w ith electricity. Reports indicate that most areas have no medical services. T hese are hardly the most a ttractive conditions in which to enter a highly competitive international community.N onetheless, after 20 years of bloodshed, the people of the new Republic must be look-i ng to the future with some h ope if only on the basis that anything would be better than what they have suff ered so far. South Africa, which godfathered the 2005 peacea rrangements that led to the division of Sudan and the creation of the new Republic of Sudan alongside the old, and now weakened, Sudan, is keen to continue to play a role. On the eve of theR epublics independence, South Africas International Relations Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, "South Africa views the restoration of peace, security and stabilit y in the Sudan positively in the Horn of Africa region, and on the continent as a whole. Any instability in theS udan impacts negatively on the nine countries that it shares a border with." Nkoana-Mashabane said S outh Africa has already trained more than 1,500 South Sudan civil servants and d iplomats through its various programmes, including Diplomatic Training, to ensure thea ttainment of capacity buildi ng and skills transfer for the betterment of South Sudan. A growing number of South African companies like MTN which has acquired a majority shareholding in al ocal mobile phone operator called Areeba and SAB Miller (Southern Sudan Beve rages Pty Ltd), which established a brewery in South Sudan, are also showing interest in the new country. M any more investments of this kind will be needed to develop South Sudans econ omy notwithstanding its oil resources. Agriculture, in particular, will have to be developed to give the country food security, especially as it will b e entirely dependent on its neighbouring states for the transportation of almost all of its trade with the outside world. Few new states havef aced the developmental challenges of South Sudan. T he new Republic can also expect an influx of South Sudanese who will be displaced from the North. Already persons born inS outh Sudan who have been w orking in the Sudanese publ ic service have not only been dismissed from their jobs, they have also been deprived o f their citizenship. Recent U N reports estimate that between 400,000 to 800,000 people will likely migrateb ack to the South. In addition to applying for UN membership and mem-b ership of the African Union, b oth of which are expected to be automatic, South Sudan is also expected to apply for m embership of the Common wealth, an association of 54 nations comprising Britaina nd its former colonial possessions or protectorates. The official languages in South Sudan are presently Arabic and English, but the government of President Salva Kiir Mayardit has indicated thatE nglish will be the only official language. South Sudan would benefit enormously from membership of the Commonwealth because of its capacity for a dvancing development and for providing technical assistance to build capacity in its developing member states in ar ange of areas including governance, financial manage ment and managing trade. However, it would first havet o commit to upholding Commonwealth values which include democracy, human r ights and the rule of law. Undoubtedly, the government would need expert help toe stablish the machinery to u phold these values, but such help would be forthcoming from many Commonwealth civil society organisations, making membership of the Commonwealth possible. S uch membership would considerably enhance the worlds newest country tod eal with the enormous challenges that accompany its birth. R esponses and previous commentaries at: www.sirronaldsanders.com T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011, PAGE 11 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. 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Ingraham yesterday said by e-mail that the changes to the legislation are "incomplete." He added that the new law should be brought to Parliament "later in the year." In late June, Mr Ingraham announced plans to bring to Parliament updated capital punishment legislation that would strengthen death sentence cases from being overturned on appeal by the Privy Council. At that time he said he hoped to bring the legislation to the House of Assembly before it adjourned for the summer recess. However, the legis lation was not introduced and the House was adjourned last week to October 5 after MPs debated and passed a number of other bills. The proposed legislation will be crafted around recent recommendations made by the Privy Council after it quashed the death sentence of Maxo Tido, who was found guilty of the 2002 murder of 16-year-old Don nover Conover, Mr Ingraham said back in June. "They set out in their judgment a number of circumstances which, they say, can result in the death penalty being imposed. "For instance, somebody being killed during the course of an armed robbery or being killed during the course of a rape or drug trafficking. There are a number of other things that they said," said Mr Ingraham. "For instance a policeman being killed in the line of duty would be something that we would regard as fit ting for the death penalty being imposed. So we're going to seek to categorize all of those and put us in a better position to have it upheld by the Privy Coun cil," Mr Ingraham said earlier. Capital punishment has been a hot-button issue for several years with many calling for death row inmates and those accused of murder to be hanged, particularly as violent crime and homicides continue to rise. The country's last execu tion the hanging of David Mitchell took place in 2000. Six years later, a 2006 judgment by the Privy Council ruled that the mandatory death sentence for the crime of murder was unconstitutional. As a result, other inmates serving mandatory death sentences at Her Majesty's Prison were resentenced, delaying future executions. In its judgment on the Maxo Tido case, the Privy Council found while the crime was "appalling" it did not warrant the death penalty and quashed Tido's death sentence. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE I n the aftermath is left his grieving parents and his extended family, a wounded com munity and a country witnessing in almost h elpless fashion, the rapid escalation of viol ent bloodshed. This latest murder should force the country to question the proliferation of illegal guns on the streets and how easily they falli nto the hands of young people. We must resist any rationalization of this tragedy, or any other, as killings takingp lace in some narrow realm of 'bad people' with a criminal past or who have been in prison. In our effort to build a decent society we must face our truth and decline any com f ort zones. We must ask ourselves why so many young Bahamian men meet their demise in s uch similar circumstances by such vicious and violent means? We must ask why we are seeing this proliferation of illegal firearms which enter undetected into this countrya nd are transacted with apparent ease into t he hands of so many young people, she added. Hannas murder comes on the heels of t he murder of 30-year-old Richard McKin ney. McKinney, recently acquitted of a dou ble murder, was shot to death on Nassau Street last week. P olice are asking for the publics assis tance in locating the culprit responsible for this latest incident that has pushed the coun trys murder count to 69 for the year. A nyone with information is asked to contact police at 911, 919 the Central Detec tive Unit at 502-9910 502-9991 or Crime S toppers at 3 28-TIPS resulting in death. Maynards boat capsized in waters off Riviera Beach on June 14 as he was transp orting 11 Bahamian, J amaican and Haitian nationals from Freeport to South Florida. The body of a pregnant woman was found underneath Maynards capsized vessel by the US Coast Guard who pulled the immig rants among them a critically injured woman out of the water. According to reports, Maynard told investigators that he took on the $10,000 job to transport the foreign nationals amidst threats a gainst his family. Maynard claimed that Andrew Smith who was also on board at the time had threatened to cause harm to him and his loved ones if he turned down the j ob. S mith, 37, was also indicte d and with four other Jamaicans, faces charges of trying to re-enter the country illegally after being deported. The charges related to the smuggling operation has a m aximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Maynard's nationality could not be obtained up to press time. 400 employees, or 30 per cent, of BTCs staff will be cut. The Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union is r eportedly working with a group of people who had accidents on the job and require additional benefits; however, negotiations have officially stopped on the packages. A ccording to BCPOU vice president Mario Curry, the first group of people expected to go are those in the areas assumed to be "non functioning" departments. These include jobs that have been made redundant and are expected to be closed. It has also been speculated that the company intends to let go t he older workers and do a mass recruitment of hiring younger p eople. S peaking to The Tribune yesterday, Mr Houston added: We would prefer not to speculate or talk about numbers or specific risk areas we are managing since there are still manyd ecisions to be made and discussions with colleagues to be had before we finally understand the final shape of the restruc-t uring programme. FROM page one GOVT POSTPONES AMENDED DEATH PENALTY LEGISLATION MAN SHOT DEAD DAYS AFTER PRISON RELEASE FROM page one F ROM page one VOLUNTARY SEVERANCE BTC STAFF BOAT CAPTAIN FACES DEATH PENALTY OVER IMMIGRANT SMUGGLING FROM BAHAMAS F ROM page one CARACAS, Venezuela Associated Press VENEZUELANPresident Hugo Chavez turned to philosophy and Twitter to describe his efforts to beat cancer on Monday, summoning the words of G erman philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. "I find myself before my highest mountain and my longest walk," Chavez said in a message posted on his Twitter account. "That's how Zarathustra spoke!" That quoted a passage from Nietzsche's treatise "Thus Spoke Z arathustra: A Book for All and None." Nietzsche's book focuses on a prophet who reflects on his life as he descends from a mountain retreat and returns to mix with mankind. Chavez occasionally quotes the German philosopher in his speeches. During a visit to Venezuela's largest military fort later Monday, Chavez borrowed a expression from "Los Llanos," Venezuela's vast central plains region where he was born, saying he's prepared to confront the difficulties that lie ahead. "The man from the plains is the size of the task before him," Chavez said, recalling anecdotes from his days as a soldier and briefly breaking into song during a live television broadcast. The broadcast was the president's first public appearance since Saturday. A photograph released by the government showed Chavez, wearing a black and white jumpsuit, doing light aerobics and stretching along with several of his aides and military officers. Chavez told his aides the government must "project unity to our people amid adversity." The president did not elaborate on his thoughts regarding the need for unity, but his statements could have been a reaction to suggestions by government opponents that Chavez's illness and its potential consequences are leading to infighting among members of Venezuela's ruling party. Prominent party members have not engaged in public arguments, but some political analysts expect tensions to rise as they jockey for candidacies in next year's gubernatorial and municipal elections "We will live and we will win!" Chavez said. Chavez's government also said Monday that the president is recovering quickly after undergoing surgery last month that removed a cancerous tumor. Chavez remarked on his health during a telephone conversation with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday while exercising outdoors, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Chavez told the Russian leader "that he has experienced a rapid recovery from the complex operation," the Foreign Ministry said, adding that the president has been undergoing a first phase of rehabilitation. It said that "has generated an optimal scenario" as he starts a second phase of recuperation, adding that Chavez now has a "feeling of realistic optimism." CHAVEZ SAYS CANCER FIGHT 'MY LONGEST WALK' VENEZUELAN President Hugo Chavez standings and 15th on the placing table. It was the most medals won by the Bahamas at an international meet since 2001 IAAF World Championships in Edmonton, Canada. "We want to encourage every Bahamian, who are proud to be a Bahamian, to come out and cheer on these young athletes when they return home," said Sands. "They did us very proud in raising our flag at the championships during our Independence celebrations." The team, led by gold medalists Shaunae Miller, Stephen Dirty Newbold and Latario Collie-Minns, with his twin brother, bronze medalist Lathone Collie-Minns, will return home at the Lynden Pindling International Airport today at 6:30 p.m. A welcome reception is being planned for the VIP Lounge. "We need to show these young people that we really appreciate what they did and one of the ways that we can do that is to come out with our flags and our goat skin drums and let's cheer them on when they return home. They deserve the recognition for a job well done." Sands was referring to Miller, who got the medal parade going with her gold in the women's 400 metres in a personal best of 51.84 seconds that established a new junior national record. Latario and Lathone Collie-Minns followed with the gold (16.06 metres or 52-feet, 8 1.4-inches 15.51m or 50-10 3/4) respectively, before Newbold closed it out with his gold in the men's 200 in a PB of 20.89. Their performances highlighted a weekend in which a quartet of senior athletes performed exceptionally well in their respective events on the European circuit. See the Sports Page for more details. In 2001, Avard Moncur clinched a gold in the men's 400 metres; Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie picked up a silver in the women's 200m; the men's 4 x 400 relay team won another silver and Chandra Sturrup was fourth in the women's 100. But after doping violations by their competitors, Ferguson-McKenzie was elevated to the gold; the men climbed up to the gold as well and Sturrup was promoted to bronze. SEESPORTSSECTION BAHAMAS YOUTH TEAM WINSFOUR MEDALS FROM page one
BEIRUT Associated Press HUNDREDSof Syrian government supporters attacked the U.S. Embassy in Damascus Monday, smashing windows and spray-painting walls with obscenities and graffiti that called the American ambassador a "dog." Guards at the French Embassy fired in the airto ward off another group of protesters. The sharp escalation in tensions followed a visit last week by the American and French ambassadors to the city of Hama, a stronghold of opposition to authoritarian President Bashar Assad. Syrian authorities were angered by the visitand American Ambassador Robert Ford's harsh criticism afterward of the government crackdown on a four-month-old uprising. Ford's residence was a lso attacked on Monday. The U.S. and France both accused Syrian forces of being too slow to respond and demanded the government abide by its international obligations to protect diplomatic missions and allow envoys freedomof movement. The U.S. formal ly protested, calling the attacks "outrageous," and saying protesters were incited by a television station heavily influenced by Syrian authorities. "Ford get out now," protesters wrote on a paper hung on the U.S. Embassy's fence. "Thep eople want to kick out the dog," read graffiti scrawled in r ed on the wall of the embassy, along with another line cursing America. The protesters smashed the embassy sign hanging over one gate. The U.S. said it would seek compensation for damage. Syrian-U.S. relations have been mired in mutual distrust for years. But Monday's attacks were the worst such violence since 2000, when a stone-throwing mob attacked and van dalised the U.S. Embassy and ambassador's residence over A merican and British airstrikes against Iraq. The attacks pose a renewed challenge to the Obama administration. The White House has criticised the Syrian regime's violent crackdown on peaceful protests but has refrained from calling for an end to the Assad family's four decades of rule, seemingly wary of pressing too hard as it tries to wind down wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and faces criticism for being part of the coalition battling Moam mar Gadhafi in Libya. The U.S. said about 300 "thugs" breached the wall of the embassy compound before being dispersed by American Marine guards. No injuries were reported. State Department spokesw oman Victoria Nuland said the mob got onto the roof of the chancery building, spraypainted graffiti and broke win dows and security cameras. They lobbed fruits and vegetables at the compound. A witness told The Associat e d Press that protesters scaled a fence, smashed windows and raised a Syrian flag at the embassy. Nuland said that Syrian security forces, who are supposed to guard the mission, were slowto respond. After the crowd at the embassy was dispersed, the protesters moved to the ambassador's residence and attacked it, causing unspecified damage, Nuland said. The ambassador's residence is not inside the embassy compound but is near by. "We consider that the Syrian government has not lived up to its obligations ... to protect diplomatic facilities and it is absolutely outrageous," she told reporters. T here were similar scenes at the French embassy, where guards fired in the air to hold back Assad loyalists who attacked the compound. The French Foreign Ministry said three embassy workers were injured as "well organised groups" smashed windows and destroyed the ambassador's car. "Faced with the passivity of security forces, embassy security agents were forced to make three warning shots to stop intrusions from multiplying," a French government statement said. The French flag was removed and replaced with a Syrian one. "God, Syria and Bashar. The nation that gave birth to Bashar Assad will not kneel," read graffiti scrawled outside the embassy. One witness said three protesters were injured when guards beat them with clubs. The witness asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the situation. Hiam al-Hassan, a witness, said about 300 people were at the French Embassy while hundreds targeted the American diplomatic compound. 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A U.S. official says the Obama administration will formally protest an attack on the American Embassy in Syria and may seek compensation for damage caused when a mob breached the wall of the compound before being dispersed by Marine guards. S hukumaku Syrian News Website/AP SYRIAN PROTESTERS ATTACK US AND FRENCH EMBASSIES SHARPESCALATIONINTENSION
LONDON Associated Press RUPERT MURDOCH'S media empire was besieged Monday by accusations that two more of his British newspapers e ngaged in privacy violations that included accessing former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's bank account information and stealing the medical records of his seriously ill baby son. I f proven true, the charges by rival newspapers appear certain to dramatically increase the pressure on Murdoch's News Corp. from a scandal that seems to grow wider and deeper by the hour. The public outrage began a week ago over wrongdoing at t he Murdoch-owned best-selling tabloid News of the World. It has since disrupted the media titan's plans to take over highly profitable satellite broadcaster British Sky Broadcasting and slashed billions off the value of his global conglomerate, News Corp. I n Britain, the scandal has cast a harsh light on the unparalleled political influence of Murdoch's collection of newspaper titles, and is taking an increasing toll on Prime Minister David Cameron. The conservative leader's former comm unications chief, Andy Coulson, was arrested last week in c onnection with allegations of payments to police when he was editor of News of the World. With political pressure rising, a final decision on the multi-billion pound BSKyB takeover was delayed after Murdoch w ithdrew a promise to spin off news channel Sky News, inviti ng the British government to refer the bid to authorities charged with enforcing antimonopoly laws. That is expected to delay any decision on the deal for months. Analysts said Murdoch's m ove amounts to a favor for Cameron, sparing the prime m inister the possibility of an embarrassing defeat in the House of Commons on Wednesday on a motion from the opposition Labour Party opposing the takeover bid's approval. The takeover will also be spared scrutiny during a period of once-unimaginable public criticism of Murdoch's British operation, News International, fuled by a relentless stream of new allegations of wrongdoing at its properties. London's Evening Standard newspaper reported that cor rupt royal protection officers threatened national security by selling personal details about Queen Elizabeth II including phone numbers and tips about her movements and staff to journalists working for Mur doch tabloid News of the World, raising questions over a breach in national security. The scandal spread beyond the now-defunct tabloid as British media began reporting Monday afternoon that Brown was one of thousands whose privacy was breached by News International papers. Reports said that Brown's personal details including his bank account and his son's medical records had been stolen by people working for titles including the Sun and the Sunday Times. Both titles are owned by News International. None of the media cited sources. The Guardian, which set off the scandal last week with a report that the News of the World had hacked the phone of a kidnapped teenager, said on its website that the Sun had illegally obtained details from the medical records of Brown's 4-year-old son Fraser, who has cystic fibrosis. The Sun broke the story of Fraser's illness soon after he was born in 2006. The Guardian reported that News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, then editor of the Sun, had contacted the Browns before publication to say that the paper had details from Fraser's medical file. The Browns were extremely dis tressed by the story, friends told the Guardian. Brooks, who also edited the N ews of the World when jour nalists there allegedly hacked murder victim Milly Dowler's cell phone, has since been pro moted to head of News International. Murdoch has publicly stood by her even while closing down News of the World on Sunday in response to the alle-g ations. Brooks has denied knowledge of any wrongdoing. Media watchers accuse Mur doch of offering up the News of the World and its more than 200 journalists many of whom say they were not at the title when phone hacking andb ribes allegedly took place as a sacrifice to save Brooks and stanch further fallout. A spokeswoman for Brown said Monday that the former premier was shocked by the alleged "criminality and the unethical means by which personal details have been obtained" about his family. His wife, Sarah, tweeted that the information was very personal and it was "really hurtful if all true." News International spokeswoman Daisy Dunlop said the company had taken note of the allegations and that in order to investigate further the company asks "that all information concerning these allegations is provided to us." Other papers said that Brown had his bank account broken into by a con man acting for Murdoch's Sunday Times. The Evening Standard report on the queen claimed that boss es at News Corp.had discovered a series of e-mails indicating that employees had been making payments to members of Scotland Yard's royal and diplomatic protection squad. The Evening Standard cited "sources" without saying who the sources were or how they would be in a position to know. Buckingham Palace has alsod eclined to be drawn on any of the reports. "The events of last week shocked the nation," Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt told lawmakers Monday. He said Britain's proud press tradition had been "shaken by the reve lation of what we now know toh ave happened at the News of The World." Murdoch has been in the U.K. since Sunday to take charge of the widening crisis. Legal experts said Monday it is possible Murdoch's U.S. companies even may face legal actions because of the shady practices at the News of the World, his now defunct British tabloid. They said Murdoch's News Corp. might be liable to criminal prosecution under the 1977 Corrupt Foreign Practices Act, a broad act designed to prosecute executives who bribe foreign officials in exchange for large contracts. A group of News Corp. shareholders already have sued the company over the phonehacking scandal, accusing News Corp. of large-scale governance failures. The lawsuit was filed late Friday in Delaware Chancery Court by shareholders led by Amalgamated Bank, and several municipal and union pension funds joined in. The shareholders own less than 1 percent of News Corp.'s stock combined. The lawsuit is part of an amended complaint. The share holders are also challenging News Corp.'s acquisition of Shine Group Ltd., founded by Murdoch's daughter. NewsC orp. didn't immediately return messages for comment on the lawsuit. With a police investigation into corruption ongoing, Scotland Yard issued an unusual statement Monday accusing unidentified individuals of try ing to sabotage its sprawlingp robe into media misdeeds by planting distracting information in the press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nvites applications from qualified Christian teachers for the following positions for the 2011 2012 School Year. BAHAMIANS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. Mathematic I Commerce (Gr. 7-12) General I Health Science (Gr. 7-9) Computer I Information Technology (Gr. 7-12) Applicants must: A. Be a practicing born-again Christian who is willing to subscribe to the Statement of Faith of Temple Christian School. B. Have a Bachelors Degree in Education or higher from a recognized College or University in thCParea of specialization. C. Have a valid Teachers Certificate or Diploma. D. Have at least two years teaching experience in the relevant subject area with excellent communication skills. E. Applicants must have the ability to prepare students for all examinations to the BJC/BGCSE levels. F. Be willing to participate in the high schools extra curricular programmes. Application must be picked up at the High School Office on Shirley Street and be returned with a full curriculum vitae, recent coloured photograph and three references to: Mr. Neil Hamilton The Principal Temple Christian High School P.O. Box N-1566 Nassau, Bahamas Deadline for application is July 15th, 2011 Temple Christian High School Shirley Street C HIEF EXECUTIVE o f News Corporation Europe and Asia James Murdoch leaves News International's o ffice in London, Monday. The scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch's media empire exploded in several directions Monday, with fresh reports of phone hacking attacks against some of the nation's most powerful figures, including royals and former prime minister Gordon Brown. (AP NEW ALLEGATIONS BESIEGE MURDOCH MEDIA EMPIRE C LAIMSOFPRIVACYVIOLATIONSOFFORMERBRITISHPM
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011, PAGE 15 Calling all Amateur Photographers... Scotiabankinvites you to participate in its Calendar Photo Contest *EverythingBahamianTheme:What to Enter:We are looking for striking original digital images highlighting the diversity, strength and beauty of Bahamian landscape, life style and culture. Images may be taken anywhere in The Bahamas. The ofcial Contest Rules & Entry Forms are available at all Scotiabank locations or may be downloaded from www.bahamas.scotiabank.com Entry Deadline: August 2, 2011.*Trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence (where applicable **Photos by Kishan Munroe of the Love My Bahamas Downtown Art Experience.Rules and Conditions Apply. said a failed generator was to blame for last weekend's power outages. "I'm really tired of BEC n ot being able to get their act together," said a resident of Winton Estates, whose power was shut off between noon and 2 pm on Sunday. "Everys ummer they have the same e quipment problem why c an't they make sure all the checks and balances are in place before summer?" Although used to power cuts, the resident said soaring temperatures made the tem-p orary blackout unbearable. "It went off just as I was about to bathe and because we have (an electric couldn't shower. I was so sweaty and hot and couldn't even turn on the fan," the resident complained. I nhabitants of Staniel Cay i n Exuma said they were forced to go without power f or much of the Independence holiday weekend, a problem t hey have been grappling with for the past few weeks. It was off most of the n ight. I woke up in the middle of the night and there was no l ight," said one resident of Staniel Cay, whose power was restored shortly after 2 pm yesterday. "It's just been hard to anything." A n American second home owner who has lived in the B ahamas for the past 19 years s aid this summer is the "worst" she has experienced in the Bahamas. Willie Rosemond and her h usband have been forced to r ely on their generator for the past few weeks. The couple i s concerned that the frequent blackouts will damage their refrigerator or air-conditioni ng unit. "It's been a problem for a couple of weeks now. We'veh ad brownouts and we've had p ower outages that last any where from 30 minutes to sev eral hours. "We lost power around 1 am Sunday. Power was restored sometime this morning (Monday off again. We have heard that the generator on Black Pointi s having difficulties and that BEC was going to fly down some technicians today to repair it. A lot of folks on the south end are running on per-s onal generators and the n orth end is running on B EC's back up generator." With diesel fuel priced at around $6 a gallon and rising BEC bills, Mrs Rosemond said the frequent power cuts are taking its toll on residents. BEC was here to collect o n their bill for July, on the out islands they come once a month to collect, and the day before we had no power for 12 hours that's difficult to cope with. This summer is really the w orst experience we've had s ince the island went on B EC's (grid t hing we learn to deal with," s he said. L ast week, BEC Chairman Michael Moss said the three f ailed New Providence gene rators that caused the power o utages were up and running. A t peak demand, BEC needs to generate 210 megawatts (MGW tricity. Last week, the generators were hovering at around 1 75MGW and dropped as low as 168MGW. O n Friday, Mr Moss says t he company was able to pro vide 220MGW, giving them a 10MGW spare capacity. "There should not be any m ore outages unless we have a generator trip. If a 50MGW generator trips we will be o perating at a negative and electricity supply will be interr upted for about three to four hours. But we are optimistic that this will not happen," he said. B EC did warn that if other units developed problems residents could experience brief periods of outages. FROM page one BECBLACKOUTS CONTINUE OVER THE HOLIDAY WEEKEND
By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A BISX-listed conglomerate has blasted the Bahamas Elec tricity Corporation (BEC helping to create a perfect storm for retail, accusing it of not even having the courtesy to respond to its loss of $30,000 in equipment due to a power surge. It added: Third World countries have better power than we do. Gavin Watchorn, president and chief executive of AML Foods, owner of the Solomons SuperCentre and Cost Right formats, told Tribune Business that BECs unreliable, expen sive power supply was exacer bating the recessions impact for all Bahamian businesses, causing extreme frustration and impacting both sales and profits. My big beef is BEC, Mr Watchorn said. As a business, how are you meant to operate when you dont know what the power is going to do? There are enough chal lenges. Were in a recession, half of New Providence is dug up by roadworks. The Minister, the BEC chairman and the general manager are saying everything is getting better, but there are Third World countries with better energy effi ciency than us, and its not cheap. Were one of the highest cost countries in the region for electricity, and its a severe bur den. No one understands the impact on business. Mr Watchorn said BEC appeared not to understand the impact on the retail industry from power cuts, particularly the impact on point of sale (POS machines, and the length of time it took to get these systems back up even with generator power. As a result, customer frustration mounted. No one cares, he added, pointing to how a power surge six months ago fried some $30,000 worth of valuable equipment. We sent a bill to BEC, and they did not even have the courtesy to respond, the AML Foods chief executive said. What are you supposed to do? It [BEC] needs to be privatised. The group there certainly seems to be incapable of pro viding the service Bahamians desire and need. Its an embarrassment, quite honestly. BECs inability to provide consistent, reliable power at rates competitive with other countries has long been cited as a major factor holding back business and economic growth. These woes, though, have been exacerbated by the Corporations weak financial position resulting from multi-million dollar losses in 2007-2009, which has forced it to cut back on essential maintenance. At the same time, power demand has increased every year, the end result being increased load shedding, generator malfunc tions and regular, lengthy blackouts. Apart from residents, this has also played havoc with many businesses, especially those that do not have their own generators. Power surges, which knock out essential equipment, also $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $5.25 $5.16 $5.22 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB email@example.comTUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011 r$""t f#$! #!%!"!""""" #!'!#"!! !"%!'!! nr# r [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 BEC in perfect storm for retail GAVINWATCHORN W INSTONROLLE By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor City Markets is mulling the future of three stores, one of which has been the subject of multiple acquisition offers and two where existing leases are c oming to an end, as it assesses whether to focus on the six stronger stores. City Markets mulls three stores future MARK FINLAYSON Offers for Eight Mile Rock, leases coming to end at Lyford Cay and Rosetta Street* In talks with NAD over $8-$10m, 40-45,000 sq ft store at airport Eyeing JVs for future stores S EE page 7B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor AML Foods $320,000 profit for the fiscal 2012 first quarter beat expectations by 25 per cent, as it shrugged off a low double digit dip in clothing and general merchandise sales to grow its overall top-line year-over-year by 5.4 per cent to $22m illion. G avin Watchorn, the BISX-listed retail groups president a nd chief executive, told Tribune Business that while the groups customer count declined by 2-3 percentage points yearover-year for the three months to end-April 2011, this was more than compensated for by a 4-5 per cent increase in average transaction spend. H e added that growth in grocery sales of close to mid-single AML FOODS BEATS Q1 PROJECTIONS BY 25% Sees 4-5% transaction spend rise Opens 11th Dominos store, and eyeing two more Solomons Fresh Market spend to rise from $4.5m to $5.1m Expecting earnings growth to resume in Q4 BISX-listed group b lasts: Third World c ountries have better p ower than Bahamas Says Corporation fails to respond to $30k damages bill Urges its privatisation, and brands power woes an embarrassment SEE page 4B SEE page 6B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Associated Bahamian D istillers and Brewers ( ADBAB) is likely to acquire only a 20-30 per cent interest in either City Markets or itsm ajority owner, with the lat ter set to approach minority investors to gauge their appetite for participating in a rights offering. ABDAB LIKELY MAKE 20-30% CITY MARKETS INVESTMENT Less than expected, and unsure if in supermarket chain or majority owner Company set to gauge investor rights offer appetite Finlayson investment to date loans, not equity SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas Telecomm unications Companys ( BTC) chief executive yest erday said he expected around 75 per cent of the companys 50-plus planned retail stores to be owned b y Bahamian businessmen, w ith this franchising/outs ourcing plan set to create a new range of jobs and services throughout thisn ation. Geoff Houston, speaking to Tribune Business in the wake of BTCs decision to r emove the $0.18 per minute long distance charge on inter-island cell ular calls and simplify the c alling method, said the n ewly-privatised company w as making progress on a ll fronts and ticking all t he boxes in terms of its restructuring. Confirming that BTC, under Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC 51 per cent majority own ership, intended to createe ntrepreneurial opportunit ies for Bahamians, Mr Houston said that as part o f his listening tour with B TC staff members in F amily Islands he was also introducing these possibilities to the local businessc ommunities. T he BTC chief execu tive, who will in Long Island today on the latestl eg of this tour, told Tri bune Business: Theres plenty of opportunity for local businesses through o ut the Bahamas, not just i n the Family Islands. As we d0 that [listening t our], we are kind of introd ucing ourselves and opportunities for local businesses as well. We are carrying the same messaget o businesses in New Providence that there are opportunities of various BTC STORES: % LOCAL OWNERSHIP SEE page 5B
BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By ROYALFIDELITY CAPITAL MARKETS It was a moderate week o f trading in the Bahamian s tock market. Investors trade d in six out of the 24 listed securities, with one decliner. EQUITY MARKET A total of 20,662 shares changed hands, representing an increase of 2,687 s hares compared to the previous week's trading volume of 17,975. Colina Holdings (CHL was the only decliner for the week, trading a volume of 3 ,000 shares to see its share price close down $0.05 at $2.50. C ommonwealth Bank ( CBL) traded a volume of 1 2,062 shares, remaining u nchanged at $6.88. F reeport Oil Holdings ( FOCOL) traded a volume of 2,600 shares, remaining unchanged at $5.50. C able Bahamas (CAB traded a volume of 1,500 shares, remaining unchanged at $8.48. Abaco Markets (AML t raded a volume of 1,000 s hares, remaining unchanged at $1.18. C ommonwealth Brewery ( CBB) traded a volume of 500 shares, remaining u nchanged at $8.40. B OND MARKET No Bonds traded E arnings Releases: The Bahamas Property Fund (BPF unaudited financial results for the quarter ending March 31, 2011, reporting a net income of $468,000 comp ared to $428,000 in 2010, a n increase of $40,000 or 9.2 per cent. I ncome grew marginally b y $22,700, from $1.02 million to $1.04 million over the s ame period in 2010, while e xpenses declined slightly to $ 534,000 from $556,000 year-over-year. E arnings per share for the q uarter were $0.19, compared to $0.18 in same periRoyalFidelity Market Wrap E QUITY MARKET TRADING STATISTICS Week ending 08.07.11 B ISX SYMBOLCLOSING PRICEWKLY PRICE CHANGEVOLUMEYTD PRICE CHANGE AML $ 1.18$-1,00021.65% BBL$ 0.18$-00.00% BOB$ 6.94$-041.63% BPF$ 10.63$-00.00% BSLN/A$-00.00% BWL$ 2.70$-00.00% CAB$ 8.48$-1,500-18.93%C BB$ 8.40$-5000.00% CBL$ 6.88$-12,062-1.71% CHL $ 2.50$-0.053,0004.17% CIB$ 8.60$-0-8.41% CWCB$ 1.87$-0.0300.00% DHS$ 1.38$-0-13.75% FAM$ 5.40$-0-11.04% FBB$ 1.77$-0-18.43% FCL$ 5.50$-2,6000.73% FCLB$ 1.00$-00.00% FIN $ 5.40 $0 -25.31% ICD $ 7.30 $ 030.59% JSJ $ 9.82$-00.00% PRE$ 10.00$-00.00% B OND MARKET TRADING STATISTICS BISX SYMBOLDESCRIPTIONVOLUMEPAR VALUE FBB13FBB Series C0$1,000 Notes Due 2013 FBB15FBB Series D0$1,000 Notes Due 2015 FBB17FBB Series A0$1,000 Notes Due 2017 FBB22FBB Series B0$1,000 Notes Due 2022 S EE page 8B
By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org The Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU urged the Government to take as long as it needs to c onsider whether it will approve the sale of two hotels to a Canadian company whose principals have been embroiled in legal controversies in the US andC anada. Darren Woods, vice-presi dent of the BHCAWU, said r eports in this newspaper a bout legal actions involving Rick Benisasia and Jyoti J ohal, understood to be behind Benisasia Invest-m ents and Properties, the prospective purchaser of the P aradise Island Harbour Resort and Nassau Palm R esort, are of course a concern. Since the deal was revealed, it came to light that Mr Benisasia and Ms Johal saw a lawsuit fileda gainst them which alleged, among other things, that they asset stripped a New York hotel to finance their Bahamas purchases dis-m issed against them on techn ical grounds that did not address the substantive complaints against them. Ms Johal is also set to appeal a ruling by the License Appeal Tribunal oft he Board of Funeral Services in Ontario, whichr evoked her Funeral Direct ors license over a number o f contested embalming. The Tribunals findings sugg ested that Ms Johal engaged in alleged miscon-d uct, resulting in a verdict that sending her on a busin ess ethics course would be useless because she could n ot be taught these. The duos Canadian attorney told Tribune Business that findings against his clients were often over-t urned on appeal, and he defended Messrs Benisasia a nd Johal as having the utmost integrity. Considering The Government has b een considering whether to approve the sale. Acting director of investments, Viana Gardiner, told Tribune Business as recently as last week that the Govern-m ent was continuing to investigate whether Benisas ia Investments and Properties Ltd the financial wherewithal to complete the deal. M r Woods said of reports of the legal actions: Of c ourse its a concern because, in particular, if you a re talking about things that a re alleged to be unethical g oing on in one business p ractice, if its true, then the chance of you doing it in another one to achieve thatw hich you are trying to achieve still exists. The union vice-president said the BHCAWU wants w hats best for our people, b ecause for too long we have allowed investors to come into this country and do what they see fit with no r epercussion. Im glad the Government is taking a slow approach (to considering the application for approval to purchase the h otels). Id prefer it drag on for a year if we can get ther ight people in here, who look after the interests of the employees, the B HCAWU official said. Mr Woods added that neither the employees nor the union have heard anything about the status of the transa ction in recent months. He added that a letter sent to the prospective pur-c hasers in March by the u nion through their Bahamian attorney elicited no response. They have not responded to our calls or letters. We just wanted to have a d ialogue, to find out a bit more about the background of the company, what kind o f relationship we can expect, if we will continue i n our union relationship and how the new purchasera nd employment will affect employees, said Mr Woods. 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Mark Finlayson, principal of 78 per cent controlling investor, Trans-IslandT raders, told Tribune Busin ess that ABDAB, in which he and his family also have a majority interest, had not yet determined whether it would invest in his company ord irectly acquire a portion of t he Bahamas Supermarket s take it holds. Weve taken a look at that, and think at this point ABDAB is going to make an investment, but not as big ani nvestment as we thought it would be, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business. It will probably be smaller, but satisfy those [ABDAB] shareholders that we have not gone it alone. You can expect it to be between 20-30 per cent of the company. But which company is not entirely clear, MrF inlayson adding: We arent sure yet. Asked why City Markets new ownership had yet to hold an annual general meet-i ng (AGM company has completed its 2011 financial year and is into2 012 without holding one for 2010, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business the supermark et chain first wanted to comm unicate with the 22 per cent m inority investors to see w hether there was interest in a rights issue participation. He explained that he and his family, via Trans-Island, had been careful not to dilute the holdings of Bahamian minority investors to date,e nsuring that any capital i njections made into Bahamas Supermarkets/City Markets were done in the form of loans, rather than equity. Had it been the latter, m inority investors would have b een heavily diluted, espec ially since Trans-Island bought Bahamas Supermarkets in early November 2010 for just $1. That valuation, coupled with the $27 millionc ollective losses under the disa strous BSL Holdings ownership, had both left the share price at rock bottom and diminished any appetite for minority shareholders to invest further. Dilemma Hence Mr Finlaysons d ilemma: dilution of the m inority versus the need for a capital injection. He also wants to convert Trans-I slands existing loans to Bahamas Supermarkets into equity, given the balances heet improvement this will c reate. We expected that it would take between $30-$35 million t o do what we want to do with t his chain, he explained to Tribune Business. So far, all the money my family has put in has been in the form of loans. We thought it would be very unfair for us to comei n and put that in in the form o f equity. Even if we asked the shareholders to put money in, 99.9 per cent of them would have said: Absolutely not.A s a result, their collective h olding would have dropped t o less than 1 per cent of the company. Mr Finlayson added: Our aim has to be to give the company a chance to grow, andw e have to convert to equity b ecause the balance sheet looks terrible. Before we do, we have to go to them [minority Bahamas Supermarkets shareholders] and ask if it makes sense investingt hrough a rights offering. S uch an offering would cost $ 120,000 to execute, he said. We said: OK, maybe wait a little further down the road, and then maybe there will be e nough interest, Mr Finlayson added. We have reached a point in the roadw here we have others interested. This is a reference to approaches from outside, private investors wanting to get in on a piece of the City Markets action. Mr Finlayson isa ttempting to solve this through joint ventures in the location and construction of new stores. Existing shareholders may o r may not be interested, he a dded. We have to create a f ormula where we can go to the shareholders. Its a little bit ahead of our plans. Weh ad planned on waiting a bit longer, but very soon we havet o go to the shareholders and s ay: Is this worthwhile to y Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business that based on recent f eedback he had received, Bahamas Supermarkets shares had appreciated slightly in value to around $0.16 p er share. However, this was a far cry from the prevailing price in 2 005 when he looked at acquiring the supermarket chain as part of the BK Foodsg roup. These are the things we have to get some feedback from shareholders on beforew e take any steps, Mr Finlayson said. Its most likely we will have a communication with the shareholders, see what the reaction is and, if positive,m otion it at an AGM, and see w hether or not we do a rights offering. He added that a report into the City Markets employee pension fund would also be released in the coming week. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Position AvailableFull-Time Teaching AssistantApplicant will be responsible for providing assistance with educational development for 4 children of multiple ages.M INIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: -Born-again Christian Assist with & manage high school-level curriculum -Communicate effectively in written and oral forms -Resourceful; exceptional organizational skills Display creative, hard-working abilities -Second language a plus RESPONSIBILITIES : -Close oversight of students -Daily homework support & library research -Proctor tests, correct daily work, calculate grades -Skilled in MS Word and basic computer functions For application form, email resume to: email@example.com Deadline: July 22, 2011 present a major problem, Its a major frustration. Its very, very frustrating, quite honestly, Mr Watchorn told Tribune Business. Is there any hope in sight? There doesnt seem to be. Third World countries have better power than we do. Someone needs to stand up to be accountable for the pain businesses and residents are going through with this. Its very frustrating that in 2011 youve got to be dealing with real inefficiencies like this...... Id like to think someone there cares, but I get the feeling they dont. Apart from the direct impact on AML Foods business, Mr Watchorn said his company and others also had to contend with the add-on effect to their service providers and suppliers. If those companies increased the prices they charged AML Foods to combat rising electricity prices, the BISX-listed retail group was not necessarily able to raise its consumer prices in response. If the marketplace dictates that 10 limes are sold for $0.81,you cannot sell 10 for $1.10 because the market is not there, Mr Watchorn explained. Were in kind of a perfect storm for retail overcompetitiveness, high costs and were very pleased weve been able to maintain a profit and record some sales growth. Winston Rolle, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederations (BCCEC bune Business that it was very concerning that BECs power outages seemed to be more severe, and to have startede arlier, this summer. Obviously, its a challenge, he said. I can tell you that my business has been personally affected by the power outages, and it has a significant impact on businesses that do not have a generator, as it gives them little operability. Ive heard a number of businesses complain as to damaged equipment when the power returns. Thats a challenge. I think we all kind of expect some challenges during the summer months. But this year its started extremely early, and seems to be a lot more severe this time around, which is very concerning. Allowing major Bahamasbased businesses to run their generators as a means to alleviate the power burden on BEC should have been done a long time ago, Mr Rolle added, although he pointed out that this represented a cost to the companies involved in terms of generator fuel. A sked about the need for reliable, cost competitive electricity, Mr Rolle said: Thats what the business community expects, absolutely. Were not getting it. He urged the Government and private sector to examine alternative energy sources, and giving homes and businesses the ability to not only generate their own power, but also to sell any excess back to the BEC grid. While that will not happen overnight, the discussion needs to begin to take place, Mr Rolle said. BEC in perfect storm for retail FROM page 1B ABDAB LIKELY MAKE 20-30% CITY MARKETS INVESTMENT FROM page 1B
kinds to get involved. Asked about BTCs plans to outsource ownership and m anagement of its expanded n etwork of retail stores, w hich could reach 50-plus in number, Mr Houston confirmed: I would expect 75per cent of the new retail stores to be owned by local people. I think its actually going t o create a new range of jobs a nd services in New Provid ence and the Family Islands. The removal of long distance charges for inter-island cellular calls, and the sim-p lification of calling, with cellular users also able to use either seven, 10 or 11 digits when they call, fits in perfectly with CWCs business plan for BTC. W hile cellular rates had to come down as part of preparing BTC for competition and restructuring the business, this move also gives CWC a quick and easy win when it comes to customer service and sends t he message to Bahamian c onsumers that this is what it stands for and will increasi ngly introduce. A cknowledging that C WC, as majority owner, had made a commitment to add value, Mr Houston said it had taken a little time to bring this price reduction into effect, given the regulat ory process BTC had to go t hrough with the Utilities Regulation & Competition A uthority (URCA S uggesting that the price r eduction and calling change w ould increase call volumes, M r Houston hinted this w ould help mitigate any revenue lost from removing the inter-island calling charge. We feel theres some opportunity now to increase the calling rate in this market, he explained. I do f eel over the medium-term we can actually grow the market for communications b y reducing prices like this. I think we will start to s ee a lot more value coming back for customers int he communications mar k et. Mr Houston said BTC was looking to launch further promotions shortly, and make another move on pricing in the next six months, although he declined to go into detail. A sked about progress on B TCs voluntary separation packages, he added: I e xpect over the next week t o two weeks that we will start to let the successful applicants know, and well start to see some colleaguesl eave the business in the month of August. At the moment its going p retty well, but weve got a lot of hard work to restruct ure the business as we go f orward. We felt the hard bit would be dealing with the industrial relations environ-m ent, but the biggest challenge is how we restructure the business in the right way so that there is no negative i mpact on the customer as we go through this journey. And Mr Houston also told T ribune Business: Were m aking good progress on all f ronts. Weve got to grips with the big projects andk icked them off. Weve made pretty good progress on the voluntary separation and with col leagues, and with the promotions weve put in the marketplace weve been pleasantly surprised by thec ustomer reaction. We feel t hat if you look at all the boxes, weve ticked them all quite nicely in terms ofo pportunities and getting t he business done. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011, PAGE 5B BTC stores: % local ownership FROM page 1B G EOFFHOUSTON
digits, together with steady hard goods sales of stoves, appliances and refrigeratorsa lso helped counter the d ecline in post-Christmas discretionary consumer spending, which was reflected in the clothing and general merc handise sales. We actually beat expectations by quite a bit, Mr Watchorn told Tribune Business. We had projected a s mall profit, and beat expectations by 25 per cent. We have seen clothing, general merchandise sales down by the low double digits, and saw i t increase after Christmas. It just dropped. Were quite pleased our core grocery business i ncreased as it did, and while were not happy that clothing a nd general merchandise are down, customers are coming t o the stores for the basics. We feel that once the economy turns around, they will spend more money with us. Increased per head transaction spend drove AML Foods first quarter sales increase, with the $320,000 net profit essentially flat a gainst the previous years $330,000. Gross margins remained stable at 29.5 per cent, and while sales and general and administrative expenses increased against comparatives, they remained flat as a sales percentage. M r Watchorn said the drop i n customer count was not unexpected, given that rival City Markets had restocked under new ownership, but AML Foods was really f ocused on out-of-stocks, minimising them, plus meeting a ll consumer needs and prov iding quality, value-for-money products. The customer has reacted by doing more of their weekly spend with us, he added, telling this newspaper that forward buying done at the end of 2010 had enabled AML Foods to maintain marg ins at the expense of reducing balance sheet cash. Since t he January 31 year-end, the c ash position had returned to n ormal. M eanwhile, AML Foods Dominos Pizza franchise is s et to open its 11th store at S outh Beach if not this week, shortly thereafter, creating b etween 15-18 jobs. That may put us over 200 people, Mr Watchorn said of the new hires impact onD ominos Pizzas staffing leve ls. Weve over 600 employ ees now as a company. Weve got to be one of the largest private employers in the c ountry, certainly in the top 10. With Solomons Fresh Market coming on stream, that will push us closer to 700. T he AML Foods chief executive said the South Beach outlet was Dominos P izzas fourth store in four years, following behind Carmichael, Coral Harbour and Seagrapes. Its opening would enhance customer ser vice by reducing delivery areas and times through spreading out the chainsp resence. Dominos sales are com i ng back quite nicely as well, M r Watchorn said. They w ere up a couple of points, even when you took out the additional stores and looked at same-store sales. Sales at Dominos Pizzas B lue Hill Road outlet declined by 30 per cent due to roadworks in that area, but now theyre finished, weve s een sales rebound tremendously. However, Mr Watchorn s aid the Marathon outlet was now being affected by the roads project, and he pointed out that the initial works at the Blue Hills and Tonique Williams-Darling Highway r oundabout had hit Cost Rites Town Centre Mall sales to the tune of a 10 per cent drop. Options AML Foods continues to assess options for bringing as econd franchise to the B ahamas, Mr Watchorn said, while also eyeing two new p otential markets for Dominos Pizza outlets. We feel there are one or t wo areas that can facilitate a s tore, but they are probably n ot ready yet. Theres two a reas we see, but they are not built up enough yet, Mr Watchorn said. Well work with what we have, focus on s ame-store sales, and then in 1 2-18 months come back and s ee whether theyre ready for a store. AML Foods has to date i nvested $1.25 million in its Solomons Fresh Market s tore, the anchor tenant at t he Old Fort Bay Town Cent re. Mr Watchorn said the companys likely investment was set to increase from an initial $4.5 million to a projected $5.1 million, with the western New Providence store on tar-g et for a November 2011 opening. Weve signed contracts for everything were responsible for, and are in a key couple of weeks now, he added. If we get through them, things are looking good for t he opening. Once we actually got into the details, the plans, there were a few things we missed,a few things we added, so w ere probably looking at $5.1 million now and are fairly s ecure in that number. The addition of Solomons Fresh Market and the latest Dominos Pizza store are expected to generate enhanced efficiencies ande conomies of scale for AML Foods, as they will generate new revenue streams without major corporate overhead increases. Mr Watchorn said that while the company would adda broker and IT person, it did not need to add any senior management. We dont expect any increase in costs, and internal synergies will all come from that, he added, as we are spreading costs over greaters ales. Corporate overhead as a percentage of sales will drop by a couple of points. L ooking ahead, Mr W atchorn said the fiscal 2012 s econd quarter the three months to end-July 2011 were set to be challenging,a s AML Foods would then feel the brunt of rising utili ty costs and the ultra-com p etitive nature of the Bahamia n food retail market. T his would persist into the third quarter, but the group would be boosted in the final period by the arrival of fresh revenue streams fromS olomons Fresh Market. We see the fourth quarter a s a bit of a turnaround for us, Mr Watchorn told Tribune Business. Id like to think weve just about levelled out, bottomed o ut. We may need to stay there for a quarter, but in the fourthq uarter and 2012 first quarter we project to start increasing earnings again. BUSINESS PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE FROM page 1B AML FOODS BEATS Q1 PROJECTIONS BY 25%
M ark Finlayson, principal of the nine-store supermark et chains 78 per cent majority shareholder, Trans-Island Traders, told Tribune Business that apart from the Eight Mile Rock store in GrandB ahama, the Rosetta Street s ite in Palmdale, and the existing Lyford Cay location, were also under review. Those are the three stores were looking at, he told this newspaper. The other stores are just s o strong. The question is whether its worth taking our resources and focusing on the stronger stores and making them even stronger. I f the three stores are ultim ately closed down, and that is by no means certain at this stage, it would reduce City Markets to just six stores Cable Beach, Harbour Bay,S eagrapes Shopping Centre and South Beach on NewP rovidence, and Lucaya and d owntown Freeport in Grand Bahama. Losses Although that would raise t he spectre of job losses, many e mployees would likely be accommodated by City Markets move to 24-hour shopping. We have had offers in relation to Eight Mile Rock. I ts intensified lately, Mr Finlayson confirmed. There are a number of different players in Freeport that are after that. T he Eight Mile Rock location had attracted interest f rom potential suitors under t he previous ownership of the ill-fated BSL Holdings cons ortium, Tribune Business reporting last year that onei nterested party was rival F reeport grocery retailer, Sawyers Fresh Market. H owever, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business that t here were other players in Freeport other than Sawyers who had expressed interest. T he food retailing market in the Bahamas second city has become increasingly crowded in recent years, with the arrival of the likes of But-l ers Food World and SaveM ore on the scene, and the City Markets principal said the chain was likely to decide on Eight Mile Rocks fate within the next 30-90 days. Its something that we are e ntertaining, and are taking a look at, Mr Finlayson said of the offers. Sometimes you look at the offers on the table beyond whats coming down the line. We havent made up our m inds yet which way were g oing, but it might be in the next 30-90 days. The Eight Mile Rock store has long been considered the likeliest candidate for CityM arkets to exit, given its relatively minimal sales andp rofits contribution in comparison to the supermarket chains other locations. However, Mr Finlayson s aid City Markets and its operating parent, Bahamas Supermarkets, had no plans to withdraw completely from Grand Bahama, describing the other two stores Lucaya a nd downtown Freeport as holding their own, and doing as well as the stores in Nassau. They are our future, and we consider them core stores. We are looking at improvements with them, he added. Back on New Providence, M r Finlayson said City Markets was assessing the immediate future of its Lyford Cay store. The company had originally planed to close it at endJ uly, when its lease expired, b ut had just received a sixmonth extension until Janu ary 2012 from its landlord, N ew Providence Development Company. T he supermarket chain was now deciding whether to stay u ntil the new date, Mr Finlayson acknowledging that, without Lyford Cay, City M arkets would lack a pres ence in the affluent western New Providence market for two years. While City Markets was in active discussions with the Nassau AirportD evelopment Company ( NAD) over leasing space for a 40,000-45,000 square foot store at Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA a project likely to require an $8-$10 million investment, MrF inlayson said this would take probably two years t0 come to fruition. With the stores that are questionable, we think we will be out of Lyford Cay in January, he told Tribune Busin ess. Weve just recently b een given another six months on the lease. Lease That lease had been coming to an end, and its something were taking a look at to see if we stay until the end. We had planned to exit inJ uly..... Its one of those things were looking at to see whether its worth our whilet o continue when we had p lanned to exit at this point. We have to take a look at the human side of things t oday. If we exit Lyford Cay early, we will inconvenience a loto f people. M r Finlayson said he did not blame New Providence Development Company for s igning up rival AML Foods, with its Solomons Fresh Market concept, as the anchort enant for its new Old Fort B ay Town Centre development. Weve seen on three separate occasions where theyve offered City Markets the Shopping Centre location thatA ML has taken, and where they [the former ownership] turned it down, he added. Were looking at building a new store. Were well along in discussions with NAD about building a store at the a irport, but that will proba bly take us two years to complete. Its a huge investment, because we will likely get a ground lease and build it up from the ground. Its some-w here between $8-$10 mill ion. Mr Finlayson also confirmed he and his management team were assessing the Rosetta Street stores future, that location also having beene xamined by the former BSL H oldings owners. The lease has also just ended there, he explained. The numbers have increasedt here and are steadily movi ng up, but the question is whether thats a sustainable one. Going forward, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business that City Markets was lookingt o joint venture with B ahamian property owners in t he construction of future supermarkets. Apart from l ooking at an alternative location for Lyford Cay, and sites on JFK Drive and the EastWest Highway, it had also assessed a site on the CharlesW Saunders Highway for a n ew store. Each one has a different Bahamian partner we are talking to in relation to building another store at those locations, Mr Finlayson explained. Youve got a loto f people who have these properties, and want to enter the supermarket business. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011, PAGE 7B FROM page 1B City Markets mulls three stores future
o d in the prior year. Bahamas Waste (BWL released its unaudited financ ial results for the quarter ending March 31, 2011, reporting a net income of $126,000 compared to $ 193,000 in the same period i n 2010. This was a decline of $ 67,000 or 35 per cent. W hile sales and services rendered were up by $ 202,000 from the previous year at $1.9 million, gross profit declined as cost of sales. Direct expenses i ncreased from $1.2 million to $1.4 million, while other expenses also increased f rom $457,000 to $500,000 o r by 9 per cent. Earnings per share (EPS for the quarter were $0.03 compared to $0.05 in the s ame period in the prior year. Liabilities Total assets and liabilities a t March 31, 2011, were $ 10.1 million and $859,000, respectively, compared to $9.9 million and $868,000 asa t December 31, 2010. ICD Utilities (ICD released its unaudited financial results for the quarter e nding March 31, 2011. The company reported a n et loss of $14,000, comp ared to a $533,000 loss duri ng the same quarter in 2010. E xpenses increased to $18,000 from $15,000 yearo ver-year. Total assets and liabilities at March 31, 2011, were $54 million and $186,000 respectively, which remained flat compared to the December 31, 2010, position. COMPANY NEWS AGM Notices: Abaco Markets (AML has announced its AGM will b e held at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel on July 13, 2 011, at 10am. Benchmark (Bahamas ( BBL) has announced its A GM will be held in the Victoria Room at the British C olonial Hilton Hotel on July 21, 2011, at 6.30 pm. F idelity Bank (Bahamas ( FBB) has announced its A GM will be held in the V ictoria Room at the British C olonial Hilton Hotel on July 28, 2011, at 6pm. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.181.180.000.1550.0807.66.78% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.200-16.6 1.88% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.946.940.000.2130.10032.61.44% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0300.09090.03.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.938.44Cable Bahamas8.488.480.001.0580.3108.03.66% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8.008.33Commonwealth Brewery8.408.400.000.7400.00011.40.00% 7 .006.00Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.191.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.851.900.050.1110.04517.12.37% 2.541.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.380.000.0740.11018.67.97% 5.994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.0830.24065.14.44% 8 .805.40Finco5.405.400.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.858.25FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.57Focol (S)5.505.500.000.4350.16012.62.91% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29%1 0.809.80J. 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WOMAN T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011, PAGE 9B health B ODYANDMIND T h e T r i b u n e BOOTCAMP TRAINER Dr Dwight Marshall leads a round of push -ups on a wall at Fort Charlotte. By JESSICA ROBERTSON Tribune Online Editor I t's 6am on a Saturday morning and I am one of six women taking turns carrying a 30 pound sandbag as we jog and power walk from Goodman's Bay to Fort Charlotte. We are racing two other teams of women laden down with identical sandbags. This is hard. At the outset it seemed impossible, but we finished the three-mile course in just 30 minutes, shocking ourselves, and our trainers. When we started four weeks ago most of us struggled to jog twice around a very short course, but after a month of fourtime a week 5am workouts (6am on Saturdays) our fitness levels, endurance and bodies have improved tremendously. This is what the G-Fit Academy Boot Camp was designed to accomplish. Personal trainer Charles Johnson set out to create an environment where women could challenge themselves mentally and physi cally and have fun doing it in a cost effective way. "I found myself training a lot of women in the gym, but that becomes very expensive over a long period. I also noticed that if you drive around Nassau you see lots of women, either on their own or in small groups, doing some sort of exercise, but few ever reach their goals. The Boot Camp provides six week sessions offering top quality training and guidance to push women to meet short term goals and pro gressively get stronger and more in shape," he says. P ARTICIPANTS w alking with thirty pound sand bags from Goodmans Bay to Fort Charlotte. SAKINA SANDS does stepups on the obstaclec ourse as she climbs over the hurdles during the obstacle c ourse. M ARTINE CAREY l ifts her tire up over h er head before throwing it as far as p ossible and then doing five pushups on it. S USAN TODD c ompletes the obstacle course on Goodmans Bay as Car los Albury watches the clock LEAH TRECO AND MARTINE CAREY push a grass flattener at the cricket pitch while trainer Carlos Albury looks on. STANEICE MORTIMER AND JESSICA ROBERTSON pull a grass flattener at the cricket pitch. SEE page 10B TESSA L IGHTBOURNE grips a weighted medicine ball as she climbs over the hurd les during the obstacle course. G-FIT
WOMAN PAGE 10B, TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T he word consent is a v ery commonly used word in the English language, and it essentially means permission, approval, agreement, compliance and acquie scence. The act of consent is completed when the person giving the consent expresses to the person requesting t he consent that he agrees with a proposal given (by the person requesting the consent). The agreement is often time expressed in a verbal or written fashion, but can a lso be given in an implied fashion. One example of implied consent is when a person is lying in a dental chair with his mouth open.The person is implying consent for the den-t ist to examine the mouth, because o f the action. Instead, the person in the dental chair could have said Doctor, I will allow you to examine my mouth and that would constit ute verbal consent. Yet in another scenario, the person could have writt en on a piece of paper, Doctor, I w ill allow you to examine my m outh and it would be a case of w ritten consent. Consent is very important in the h ealthcare field. A patients desire and the right to make a decision must be respected at all times. It is necessary for a dentist to present a patient with sufficient information about 1) any diagnosis determined; 2)any suggested treatment (with an i nclusion of alternative treatment o ptions); 3) any possible associated r isks when performing a procedure t o manage the diagnosis; and 4) any n egative outcomes that may occur i f the problem is left unresolved. Sufficient is not a legally defined t erm, but implicitly, requires a dentist to tell the patient about any serious and/or frequently occurring risksa ssociated with the management of a dental concern. Of note, consent is not an isolated event, but involves c onstant discussion between the dentist and the patient. It is common for some patients to i nsist that they do not want any i nformation about the dental procedures they are advised to have. They want the dental healthcare profess ional to decide for them and want to be told what they should do. Dentists are not in a position to instructp atients, but to advise them. The patient has to exercise autonomy and either accept or decline the a dvice given. When a person is very insistent that they do not want to be given information about the options,t he healthcare professional usually has a hard decision to make. The dentist can either refuse to t reat the patient or can ensure that the patient is made aware of the basic information on the proposedp rocedure and a record made of the c onversation. The record is made in t he patients dental chart or on a consent form. If a challenge arises in the future concerning the treatmentc hoice, this will allow for a reconstruction of the discussion. P atients should never be coerced to do or not to do a procedure. In addition to the lack of coercion, ino rder for a patients consent to be valid, the person who is going to perform the procedure should be theo ne discussing the procedure and requesting the consent from the patient. If the dentist is unable to d iscuss the procedure with the patient, an equally trained practitioner should complete the process o f requesting the consent from the p atient. There are a few principles, which the laws governing consent in many c ountries insist upon.They include: It is necessary to obtain consent b efore examining, treating or caring for a competent adult patient. An adult will be assumed comp etent to consent for a dental procedure, unless it can be demonstrated otherwise. The act of giving consent is a process and not a onetime occurrence. Patients can change their minds about pursuing a course of treatment and withdraw consent for thatt reatment at any time. D entists will keep good, clear and contemporaneous records of all discussions that take place regardingy our acceptance or refusal of dental treatment. It is good dentistry.Goodc ommunication and documentation is what the dentist uses to ensure there will be clarity in the future, if am isunderstanding arises. Your dentist has your best interest at heart. It is important to him that your wishes are carried out. Always remember that the dent ist is there to ensure that you leave the dental office happy and fulfilled. T his is why he needs your consent to manage your mouth health. Precaut ions are taken to protect you and to protect your dentist. Please give consent for your dentist to keep your mouth alive. T his article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended a nd may not be treated as, a substitute for professional medical/dent al advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or dental professional with any q uestions you may have regarding a medical/dental condition. Never disregard professional medical/dental advice or delay in seeking it because o f a purely informational publication." Copyright 2011 by Dr. Andre R. Clarke. All rights reserved. Reproduction of this article, in whole or in part, is prohibited without written permission. If you have questions, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org Dr Andr R Clarke, DDS, MBBS Special Care Dentistry ... consent for oral treatment K EEPINGYOURMOUTHALIVE By DR ANDREC LARKE He brought seasoned trainer Carlos Albury and chiropractor Dwight Marshall, also a personal trainer, onboard to help lead workouts, offer nutrition guidance and provide motivation. The 25 women who signed up for the first session range in age from early 20's to mid 40's and represent all fitness levels. Most are professionals with demanding careers. Some are wives, others have young children requiring their time, but all had a reason for joining G-Fit Boot Camp. 3I -year-old human resources manager and new moth er Samantha Kemp wanted to lose the baby weight. "I saw G-Fit as a great opportunity to jumpstart a fitness plan after the birth of my baby three months ago," she explains. One of Samantha's three sisters doing boot camp with her, Tami Francis, 36, also wanted to lose inches and pounds, but was driven to make a complete lifestyle change. "I work in a building with steps and no elevator and before Boot Camp I would be so tired after climbing the stairs. Now I have noticed that I am no longer fazed by these steps," says the National Prescription Drug Plan manager. 24-year-old marketing and advertising representative Janay Pyfrom had previously joined the gym but stopped going after a week and a half and needed motivation. "I had not dedicated the time or energy to working out for about a year so I really needed a programme to get me started, get me into a routine where I would be forced to work out and eventually get in the habit of simply maintaining a new fitness level," she adds. For me, G-Fit Boot Camp is another leg in a yearlong journey that has taken me from a size 20 who pant ed at the top of a short flight of stairs to a size 6 who can run up the Queen's Staircase multiple times, jog over to another station to do a punishing series of step ups and squats and then over to another station for jumping jacks, push ups and mountain climbers, only to run back to the stairs to do it all again a few times. Charles points out that G-Fit BootCamp is not an 'in your face, military style" programme, but that's not to say it's not tough. It also doesn't mean that the trainers, and the other women, won't push you to do more and try harder even when you think there is nothing left to give. Every workout is a challenge, and as we get stronger, they step the workouts up another notch to keep pushing us. Most mornings we meet at Fort Charlotte where we run around the track, sprint up the hills and steps and do all sorts of other full-body exercises. Other mornings, the backdrop is the Queen's Staircase and other days we workout in the sand at Goodman's Bay. For the most part we use our bodies as resistance, but there have been workouts with tires and other basic equipment set up in stations. One day we raced each other and the clock through a grueling obstacle course that ended with a wall we needed to somehow climb over. Many of the women on Goodman's Bay that morning were thinking or even saying out loud 'I can't do that!' But every single woman finished the course, cheered on by the group. The biggest obstacle most women have had to over come, however, has been a mental one. Leah Treco, a 25-year-old former athlete looking to get back in the game says the hardest part of boot camp has been "pushing past the thoughts of I can't do this.''' "Over the past month or so I've learned that my mind is my biggest enemy when it comes to a challenge. However it's my greatest asset once I realise I can do it," she adds. Vice Principal and the third of the 'Culmer sisters' 39year-old Vanta Culmer echoes the sentiment. "The mind is powerful. I know now that if I work hard I can achieve a lot," she says. 39-year-old accountant Staneice Mortimer says although it's been a challenge keeping up with the intensity of the programme, "I defi nitely have more in me than I gave myself credit for." Mental It took lots of mental muscle to come to terms with get ting up so early. Even 'morning people' found that hard. "I'm not a morning person, so getting up at 4am to be in the frame of mind to workout for 5am has been a major challenge for me. It has totally proven to be mind over matter in this case because once I workout I feel great and like I'm ready to take on the world" says Nakera Symonette, the 30-something Director of Train ing at Kerzner International who joined boot camp primarily to support her friend Alicia Culmer. While some women joined with friends or sisters, for the most part, the group that started out was strangers. That changed quickly as we realised that we could accom plish more working together, utilising the different strengths and abilities we each brought to the table. For Sakina Sands, a 38-year old registered nurse, in addition to the compliments she's been getting on the changes to her physique, she has enjoyed the camaraderie. "The best part has been meeting a great set of women who share similar goals and attitudes, who I may never have become friends with otherwise." The first group offers all sorts of advice to women considering joining the second wave. "Don't think twice, just come. Show up to every session and push yourself in order to see the promised results. The only thing standing in your way is you," suggests Leah. "Don't join because your friend did, do this for yourself," says assistant manager Alicia Culmer, 34, "it is not easy and it will test your physical and mental strength. But if you have a fitness goal and you are serious about obtaining it, then G-Fit Boot Camp is for you. Samantha adds one final peice of advise: Dont be late ever. The next cycle of G-Fit Boot Camp begins July 25 with registration starting July 18. For more information contact 328-2225or 676-3403. DOINGSTEP-UPS was part of the fistness regimen. G-FIT BOOTCAMP FROM page 9B THE TRAINERS AND LADIES of G-Fit BootCamp take a break for some fun and a photo after conquering the obstacle course c hallenge. PULLING the grass flattener was all in a days work-out. LEAH TRECO climbs over the wall to finish the timed obstacle course.
WOMAN T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011, PAGE 11B B y FELICITY INGRAHAM B ALANCINGfamily life a nd career is a feat that many w omen face in their lives. But w hen the family is large and the career is fast-paced, the s takes are even higher and the p ressure greater. Its the kind o f pressure that Jannifer T hurston tries to take in stride each day as she must balance b oth a hectic career and the demands that naturally come from dealing with six children. J annifer is the face you see m any times when Kalik is s ponsoring regattas and other events in New Providence and the Family Islands. As the Brand Manager for Kalik, she must attend to businesst hroughout the archipelago while making sure that her children are being cared for. T he responsibilities are even more demanding this summer with the kids out ofs chool and the Kalik Pop the T op campaign underway. The campaign allows Kalik con sumers to pop their top with t he chance to winning instant cash, phone cards or more Kalik. Other caps must be col l ected, six in total, to enter for the grand prize drawing of $10,000. This week, the beer of the Bahamas is r ewarding nine lucky people from nine different islands with a thousand dollars each. J annifer thanks God for the help of her mother and imme diate family for assisting with h er children whenever shes o ut of town, and once shes back home, she ensures that she takes time to make it upt o them. Aside from my marketing forte, my thing is educationb ecause both my parents were e ducators, she said. Her father, the late Livingston N Coakley was a master educa-t or and a nation builder for w hom the LN Coakley School i n Exuma is named after. I stress for my kids things that are education-based f irst, she said. We do pro jects together, we go to the library, anything that willi mprove their education. Of c ourse there has to be bal ance, so there has to be the fun side; we do movies togeth-e r. Sometimes I cant attend but I will make sure an adult accompanies them to whatt hey want to do. The older ones dont want mom and dad around anyway, so sometimes its just making sure I gett hem where they want to be. Jannifers children have had successes in their own right. Her oldest son, Menelik just recently became the BTC junior star. He is now in thet echnical cadet corps having l eft both Sayde Curtis Prima ry and SC McPherson High as the Head Boy. M akonnen has been a national essay finalist in two instances and now he is a DJ. Known by his stage name TMac, Makonnen is currently playing the kids favourite songs at Marios Bowling and E ntertainment Palace. H er only daughter, Makeda is a talented graphic designer whose T-Shirt design for the n ational fight against HIV/AIDS has just been accepted by the Ministry ofH ealth. She is now ready to e mbark upon a new field culinary arts. Jannifers sons Tafari and J udah both won the Doctors Hospital essay on the heart, while she describes hery oungest, Dawitt, as a sweet person who is holding his own. Jannifer shared these words f or other mothers who must find the strength each day to balance dealing with the demands of children and career: In all things put God first. Once you are focused,i t helps. Determine what you r eally what to do. Dont waste time; once it is gone it is something you can neverr etrieve. Know another super mom ? Email us at email@example.com and she may be featured as the next Tribune Features You Go Girl! SUPERMOM JANNIFER THURSTON BALANCINGHECTICCAREERANDLARGEFAMILY I I s s t t r r e e s s s s f f o o r r m m y y k k i i d d s s t t h h i i n n g g s s t t h h a a t t a a r r e e e e d d u u c c a a t t i i o o n n b b a a s s e e d d f f i i r r s s t t . W W e e d d o o p p r r o o j j e e c c t t s s t t o o g g e e t t h h e e r r , w w e e g g o o t t o o t t h h e e l l i i b b r r a a r r y y , a a n n y y t t h h i i n n g g t t h h a a t t w w i i l l l l i i m m p p r r o o v v e e t t h h e e i i r r e e d d u u c c a a t t i i o o n n . O O f f c c o o u u r r s s e e t t h h e e r r e e h h a a s s t t o o b b e e b b a a l l a a n n c c e e , s s o o t t h h e e r r e e h h a a s s t t o o b b e e t t h h e e f f u u n n s s i i d d e e ; ; w w e e d d o o m m o o v v i i e e s s t t o o g g e e t t h h e e r r . J annifer Thurston
T HETRIBUNE SECTIONCTUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011 By A LESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter I F YOU have not b een Yodephied as yet, Yodephy stands for You,D ebbie and Phyllis. The academy promises to k eep participants young, active and beautiful, while u plifting their spirits and making them well rounded and confident individuals. A ccording to the two leading fashion and dance divas, w ho have been in business f or the past twenty-one years, Modeling and Dance is the "spice of life." In an interview with Trib une Woman Debbie GeearBethell noted that the school has been in business fort wenty one years. We have been teaching for over thirty years in these arts." Ms Bethell explains that s he met her wonderful f riend, sister and business partner Phyllis Albury-Garrawaythrough an interna-t ional Modeling Show, and the pair decided to formYo dephy Dance and Modeling Academy in 1990. The international modeling show was held in London, UK during a beauty pageant where models from all overt he world get to show their skills. Phyllis was representing the Bahamas and I the UK," Ms Bethel said. Going further, Tribune Woman understands that Yodephy's dance academy gives their students a good balance as they are encouraged through hard work and discipline to adopt positive habits and to refrain from destructive lifestyles. Deborah and Phyllis have had successful careers as both performers and instructors in fashion and dance. Subsequently they have gained national and interna tional awards for excellence. Explaining the way her students inspire her, Miss Bethell said: Our inspira tion comes from seeing our students blossom into succ essful well rounded and c onfident individuals, who h ave gone on to become exceptional, positive role models in our nation. This gives us great satisfaction to continue our programs because our students areh elping to build a better B ahamas." On a weekly basis, along with the rest of their team, Lorrinda Maura, DwayneL amm, Gio Wilkinson and Miquelle Swann, Yodephy trains and successfully accommodate over 450 stu d ents from the age of three to adult in the art of ballet, pointe, Latin jazz, salsa, tap,h ip hop and liturgical dance. T hey also teach lessons in modeling, speech, grooming, etiquette and manners, general deportment, acro (gym n astics), and table manners. As well as offering these classes, Yodephy providese ntertainers, models, dancers, talent for promotions, TV, radio, conventions, bridal shows, or parties and provides a variety of costumes for all types of events. We also specialise in complete productions choreo graphed to your specific needs and stage three ener getic dance and modeling extravaganzas a year," Miss Bethell said. Speaking on Yodephy's plans for the remainder of the year, she said: "We are working on a new an exciting show for November 13, 2011, a Fashion and Dance Extravaganza. We will be training new students and introducing new energetic classes for all ages so that they may perform in this fantastic event." YODEPHY DANCE AND MODELING ACADEMY PHOTOS (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP Adria Flowers performing at Atlantis June 2011; A Featured Jay Prosper in our Acro (Gymnastic cracker featuring Ariel Garraway; The Hip-Hop Class performing Gimme Dat at the Atlantis in YODEPHYs June Dance Extrava ganza; Advanced Tap Class performing Bad Romance at Atlantis June 2011; 3 4 Year olds performing Puppet on a string at the Atlantis June 2011.
By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org W hile Shaunae Miller, Stephen 'Dirty' Newbold and twin brothers Latario and Lathone Collie-Minns raised the Bahamian flag high at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Lille, France, another four elite athletes made the Independence weekend a memorable one for track and field on the European circuit. Heading the list of performances for the elite athletes was Eleuthera native Chris 'Fireman' Brown who regained his form after a third place finish at the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations BTC National Open Track and Field Championships. Brown posted his season's best performance in the men's 400 metres at the Paris Diamond League meet in France Friday. Brown clocked a time of 44.94 seconds to clinch his third consecutive victory on the international scene this year. But this one was perhaps the biggest tri umph to date, considering the field of competitors he was matched against. Jonathan Borlee of Belgium got second in 45.05 with Jamaican Jermaine Gonzales third in 45.43. However, American World and Olympic champion Jeremy Wariner had to settle for fourth place in 45.50. Not a bad field to compete against as he heads towards the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, next month. "I was really happy to see Chris regain his form after the Nationals," said BAAA president Mike Sands. "It certainly speaks well for him to be able to rebound after losing in Grand Bahama. He is a veteran and so he knows what it takes to get back on track. I'm happy that he did it against the field of competitors that he had to face." Also at the meet, Grand Bahamian national high jump champion Donald Thomas and other competitors all cleared 2.26 metres or 7-feet, 5-inches in the men's high jump. But on the count back, Thomas ended up in a two-way tie for second with Russian Ivan Ukhov. Czech Repub lic's Jaroslav Baba claimed the vic tory. A day later at the Birmingham Diamond League in Birmingham, England, sprinter Debbie FergusonMcKenzie and triple jumper Leevan 'Superman' Sands were right in the thick of the competition in their respective specialty events. Ferguson-McKenzie, the double sprint champion who carted off the BTC's Most Outstanding Female award at the Nationals, came through in fifth place in 22.93 in the women's 200 metres that was dominated by a quartet of Americans. Winning the race was Bianca Knight in 22.59, followed by Mar shevet Myers in 22.59, Carmelita Jeter in 22.62 and Alexandria Anderson in 22.87. Leevan Sands, the national triple jump champion, came through with a fourth place in the men's triple jump with his leap of 16.96 metres or 55-feet, 7 3/4-inches. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com REPUBLIC of South Africas Albert Janki and the rest of the field in the mens triple jump must have seen double when they competed against the jumping brothers combo o f identical twins Latario and Lathone Collie-Minns. In fact, it took Janki his sixth and final jump to stop the twins from completing a historic feat in the men's triple jump at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Lille, France, over the weekend. Latario and Lathone Collie-Minns added to the stellar performance at the five-day, 18 years and younger championships that saw the B ahamas produce its best showing ever with a total of four medals, inclusive of three gold and a bronze. Joining the dynamic jumping duo in raising the Bahamian flag during the Independence celebrations were quarter-milers Shaunae Miller, who got the medal haul started with her gold in the women's 400 metres, and Stephen 'Dirty' Newbold, who closed it out with another gold in the men's 200. The team had a chance to add to the medal haul, but the quartet of Tommy Outten (100m Davis (100m300m Andre Wells (400m f or fifth in the men's medley relay in a personal best time of 1:52.51. The four medals gave the Bahamas an impressive fourth place finish in the medal standings behind the US (16 medals, inclusive of six gold, four silver and six bronze), Kenya (five gold, five silver and four bronze for 14 medals) and Jamaica (four gold, one silver and four bronze for 9 total). The Bahamas also ended up 15th on the placing table with a total of 37 points after getting the three gold, one bronze, a fifth and a sixth place finish during the competition. T HETRIBUNE SECTIONETUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011 INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 2 2 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . BAHAMAS BLANKS TURKS & CAICOS, 6-0 ITS REGATTA TIME AGAIN IN ANDROS US WOMEN ALL THE RAGE AFTER EPIC WIN OVER BRAZIL BOLT WINS 200 IN AREVA MEET URUGUAY STRUGGLING TO MAKE COP A AMERICA QUARTERS JAMAICAN POWELL CLOCKS 9.91 FOR VICTOR Y RUSSIA KOLOBNEV FAILS TOUR DOPING TEST T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 7 7 E E . . . THE GOLDEN AGE Fireman brings the heat SEE page 3E HOME STRETCH: Christopher Brown (right at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, north of Paris, on Friday. Jeremy Wariner, of the US, can be seen on the right. (AP Photos MILLER NEWBOLD COLLIE-MINNS SEE page 3E
CLASS B CHAMPION Ants Nest CLASS A CHAMPION New Southern Cross and its crew in the 18th Annual Frank Hanna All Andros & Berry Islands Regatta in Morgans Bluff, Andros, July 8-11. SPORTS PAGE 2E, TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS P h o t o s b y P a t r i c k H a n n a / B I S CLASS A Ed Sky with a strong showing Regatta time again!
By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AN eager home crowd, a stout defensive effort and a record-breaking offensive outburst from Lesley St Fleur propelled the Bahamas to a dominant win in the second game of FIFA 2014 World Cup Preliminary Round Qualification. St Fleur, the teams leading striker, scored five goals and assisted on another in the Bahamas 6-0 win over the Turks & Caicos Islands at the Roscow Davies soccer field on Saturday. With the performance, he became the Bahamas national teams top scorer with six goals, adding to the goal he scored in 2010 World Cup Qualification against the British Virgin Islands. The Bahamas wasted very little time in appeasing the home crowd as they opened with a goal virtually at the games outset when St Fleur delivered an assist to Demont Mitchell whose score gave the team an early 1-0 lead. St Fleur reached the scoreboard for the first time in the 18th minute as the team tooka 2-0 lead at intermission. The late second half scoring flurry put the game well out of reach for the home team as St Fleur added scores in the 64th, 74th and 85th minute and again in stoppage time. My performance was good but I know I could have done better. Had some goals I should have put away in the first half but I didn't get them, so I had to work extra hard in the second half to make up for it." The Bahamas defeated Turks & Caicos in the series on a total aggregate score of 10-0 after the 4-0 win on July 2 in Providenciales. Nesly Jean scored two goals in the contest while Cameron Hepple and Jackner Louis added the others for the games final margin. Despite the lopsided win in the opening game, St Fleur said the team stressed the importance of finishing strong at home while preparing for the road ahead in continuing qualification. "We didn't come in over confident but we just came to play and we had to come out strong because we know they were going to go all in and try to win the game so we just needed to come out early, play our game and do what we had to do," St Fleur said. "We just have to work hard and keep working harder." National team head coach Kevin Davies credited his coaching staff and the work ethic of his players for the dominant two-game series. "It is a great feeling for a first time head coach at this level and to experience production like this, what more could you ask for," he said. "I think we had over 1,000 people here today. They were screaming and shouting for us. I even heard cowbells at one point so it was awesome and truly created a home-field advantage for the team." Davies noted the standout defensive effort of the team which held the Turks Islanders scoreless in consecutive games, a credit to his coaching staff and the work ethic of his players. "In both games the defense was solid. We had a few lapses but we were able to make up for it with our speed and intelligence, but overall as a group we did very well. Those guys worked extremely hard on claiming possessions, winning the ball and it paid off," he said. "It wasn't just me alone...I had an incredible team working with me and they helped the guys themselves to put ina lot of work. The guys came to training, they put in the work and now we see the results." The US claimed the first place in the standings with 159, followed in the same order as the medal standings with Kenya second with 107 and Jamaica rounding out the top three with 81. Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations presi dent Mike Sands it was indeed a splendid Indepen dence weekend for the Bahamas. "The future of track and field is secured. It's historicin many ways with the performances of the three gold medals and the bronze," Sands said. "For the first time, we had two brothers competing and they came away with a medal. We had a number of finalists, so the athletes and coaches must be commended. When you are talking about three world champions, what more could you ask for." While it was a repeat world title for Miller, who last year clinched her first at the IAAF World Junior Championshipsin Canada, it was the first title ever for Newbold and the first double dose of medals for the Collie-Minns brothers. J J U U M M P P I I N N G G B B R R O O T T H H E E R R S S This was the first time that t he Bahamas has ever had t wo brothers competing in the same event at the same international meet and the duo lived up to their advanced billing. Latario Collie-Minns, who went in as the top ranked junior competitor in the world, needed just one jump as his leap of 16.06 metres or 52-feet, 8 1/4-inches on his first attempt held up for the gold. His brother, Lathone Collie-Minns, was actually trailing his sibling with the silver after he cleared 15.51m or 50-10 3/4 on his second attempt after he opened with a leap of 15.12m or 49-7 1/4. But Albert Janki felt that he wasn't going to allow the script to be written about the twin brothers without including him. So on his sixth and final jump, Janki soared 15.95m or 52-4 to split the duo on the medal podium. While it was the first time for a brothers combo, they followed on the heels of Grand Bahamian Donald Thomas and Trevor Barry, who struck gold and silver respectively last year at both the Central American and Caribbean Games and the Commonwealth Games. D D I I R R T T Y Y T T R R I I U U M M P P H H I I N N N N E E W W E E V V E E N N T T He got started running the 400 metres and 400 hurdles, but a decision by coach David Charlton to drop Stephen 'Dirty' Newbold down to the 200 metres paid off big dividends this year. With his height and endurance, the 17-year-old St John's College graduate was able to surge from behind off the final curve to secure the Bahamas' third and final gold and the fourth medal at the championships. At the end of the race, the time posted was a personal best of 20.89 seconds for Newbold, who had won his semifinal heat in 21.08. Jamaican O'Dail Todd, who had the fastest qualifying time of 21.02, got the silver in his PR of 21.00. He was also the 100 champion. American Ronald Darby was the bronze medallist in 21.08. The other final showing by the Bahamas came from Grand Bahamian Andre Wells, who was sixth in the men's 400. The team is scheduled to return home 6:30pm today when a welcome reception is scheduled for the VIP Lounge at Lynden Pindling International Airport. ir eman br ings the heat By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com WITH the opening round of FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying completed, the Bahamas now shifts its attention to the second round and toward readying themselves for an opponent yet to be determined. The Bahamas joined the US Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic in the first group stage of CONCA CAF bracket, after each of t he countries won to complete a ggregate victories in the preliminary round. The Bahamas got a 10-0 aggregate win over Turks & Caicos Islands after the 6-0 victory at the Roscow Davies soccer field on Saturday ( ( S S e e e e f f u u l l l l s s t t o o r r y y a a t t t t o o p p o o f f p p a a g g e e ) ) . T he three teams will advance to the World Cup qualifying draw on July 30 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where they will be drawn into one of six, four-team groups. The six group winners will join the United States, Mexi co, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba in the semifi nal round of qualifying. There they will be divided into three, four-team groups from which two in each group will qualify for the final round. National team head coach Kevin Davies said the team will continue its training regimen and prepare accordingly. "If we didn't have a chance we wouldn't be on the field. As long as we are on the field, we have a chance, we just have to continue to work hard and see where it takes us," he said. "We do not know who we will face yet. All we can do is continue to work hard and try to improve on some of the things that may be lacking still." Heading into World Cup qualification, the Bahamas was ranked 31st in the region, while Turks and Caicos was ranked 30th. Teams ranked 26-35, which also includes Belize, Dominican Republic, British Virgin Islands, St Lucia, Aruba, US Virgin Islands and Montserrat, all competed in the first round. Teams ranked 7-25 received a bye to the second round while the top six teams in CONCACAF the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Cuba all received a bye to round three. CONCACAF will have three direct qualifiers for the finals tournament. The preliminary round will feature teams ranked 26-35 and would play-off to reduce the number of entrants to 30. The first round will featured six groups of four teams. This round would include the five qualifiers from the preliminary round plus teams ranked 7-25. The top team in each group would advance to the next stage. The semifinal round includes three groups of teams. Teams ranked 1-6 would face off against the six group winners from the previous round. The top two in each group w ould advance. T he final round will have the top two teams in each group from the semifinal round compete in one group of six. The top three teams would advance to the World Cup, while the 4th place team would advance to an intercontinental playoff. SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, JULY 12, 2011, PAGE 3E D D A A R R L L I I N N G G F F A A M M I I L L Y Y D D A A Y Y BAHAMIAN professional football player Devard Darling was in town recently to finalize plans for the "Darling Family Day" a one-day fundraiser with activities for the entire family. The family fun day event is scheduled to take place at D W Davis Jr High on Saturday (July 16 Activities include a flagfootball tournament, a steak-out and party boat cruise. The day begins from 10am and runs until 4pm for the steak-out and flag-football tournament. The party boat leaves Potters Cay Dock at 9pm. SPORTS IN BRIEF Bahamas blanks Turks & Caicos, 6-0 Bahamas moves into second round of FIFA World Cup qualifying The event was won by Great Britain's Phillips Idowu with 17.54m or 57-6 1/2, followed by a pair of Cubans Alexis Copello (17.12m or 56-2 (17.08m or 56-0 1/2 Looking at the performances of all four competitors, Sands said he was really impressed and it only bodes well for the Bahamas as the athletes gear up for the prestigious World Championships. "These are all seasoned athletes and so they all know what it will take for them to remain competitive," Sands stated. "We are excited to see them continuing to compete at such a high level. But we are even more eager about their potential at the World Championships." While the Worlds will be the pinnacle for the athletes this year, all of them are scheduled to travel on the BAAA team to the Central American and Caribbean Senior Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, July 1517. The CAC team is leaving on Wednesday morning and Sands urged the general public to continue to support the BAAA financially because he feels that the performances produced over the Independence weekend was just a tip of the iceberg for the remainder of the summer. FROM page 1E FROM page 1E LATHONE Collie-Minns competes in the triple jump The golden age P h o t o s b y T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f BAHAMAS defeated Turks & Caicos, 6-0