By AVA TURNQUESTT ribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@ tribunemedia.net ONE MAN is in custody and police are searching for another in connec tion with the triple murder which o rphaned four young children and injured one of them -o ver the weekend. Among the slain victims was a pregnant woman in her third t rimester, whom sources confirm was carrying the child of a Jamaican man accused of a dou b le murder last m onth. Up to press time, a 39-year-oldm an was assisting police with their investigations into the suspected retaliatory shootings which pushed the countrys mur-d er count to 85. Police have issued an urgent appeal to the public for any READ JOHNMARQUISTODAY FACETOFACEWITHA CONARTISTANDKILLER SEEPAGESEVEN N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.205TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH 92F LOW 80F TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Debt$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 Police seek suspect over triple murder Pr egnant woman and par ents of f our children shot dead By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com NEARLY 60 suspected immigrants were apprehended following a tip that a Haitian boat had landed on the eastern end of the island yesterday morning. Superintendent Ismella Davis, officer in charge of Eastern Police Division, said police received a call around 10am that a boat landed on the eastern end of New Providence, near Hanna Road in the Yamacraw area. Along with police, defence force and immigration officers were also mobilised and deployed to the scene. While Supt Davis could not confirm the information received, she said it was initially reported that 100 migrants were in the area. Director of Immigration Jack Thompson said 30 people are at the Detention Centre with an additional 27 people en SEE page 13 60 SUSPECTED IMMIGRANT S APPREHENDED AFTER HAITIAN BOAT LANDS S USPECTED ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS at the beach in the Yamacraw area yesterday. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f NASSAU TROPICAL STORM EMILY TR OPIC ALSTORMCOULDTHREATENBAHAMAS TROPICAL STORM EMILY, which formed at 7.30 last night, could threaten the Bahamas if the sys tem continues on its cur rent projected path. According to Accuweather.com, the system is about 250 miles east of Mar tinique. Its strength will likely determine its path and survivability in the days ahead. It could weaken over the mountains of Hispaniola but possibly gain strength again on Thursday, near the southern Bahamas. If the circulation remains intact, Emily could possi bly reach hurricane strength later on Friday or Saturday, by then close to the northern Bahamas. BOTH the FNM and the PLP have failed the Bahamian people when it comes to protecting citizens from crime and the fear of crime, DNA chairman Mark Humes claimed yesterday. Lashing out at the government and the opposition, Mr Humes said it is a sad state to have two political parties fighting among themselves over who has the worst record on crime as the country continues on pace for another record breaking year. He said: Tommy Turnquest continues to give us statistics, and tells us what is wrong but hes not offering real concrete BEGINNING today, the Ministry of Works and Transport will issue daily morning traffic reports to motorists in New Providence on all local radio stations on road clo sures, detours, and traffic diversions. This effort, on behalf of the ministry, comes as the anger from the public on the massive ongoing roadwork project continues to grow. According to a press statement issued by the Ministry of Works yesterday, these announcements will provide motorists with information on road closures and detours, MINISTRY TO ISSUE RADIO REPORTS ON ROAD WORKS SEE page 13 By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org PASTORS are calling for a national day of prayer and fasting as they seek to diversify crime intervention strategies to combat increasing levels of retaliatory crime. Dysfunctional families are at the root of the scourge which has claimed more than 300 lives in recent years, claims Bishop Walter Hanchell, chairman of Citizens for Justice and presi dent of Great Commission Ministries. Mr Hanchell said: We need some healing in this land, the problem goes right back to the family, the need for family restoration. As we look at the society, all of the social problems have originated from the family. We have the programmes but if we PASTORS CALL FOR D A Y OF PRAYER AND F ASTING OVER CRIME SEE page 13 POLICE ARE SEEKING Timothy Saunders f or questioning. SEE page 13 FNM, PLP FAILED TO PROTECT CITIZENS FROM CRIME SEE page 13
LOCAL NEWS P AGE 2, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE POLICE from the Traffic Division are investigating the countrys 21st traffic fatality this year. S hortly before 4am yest erday, a 39-year-old man d riving a 2008 Honda Civic w as travelling east on John F Kennedy Drive when he l ost control and collided with a tree. The man died at the scene. FELIPE MAJOR / TRIBUNE STAFF MAN DIES IN TRAFFIC ACCIDENT
EXECUTIVES at Baha Mar announced yesterday t hey have signed a series of management agreements with three leading worldr enowned hotel brands to o perate and manage 1,200 o f the resorts 3,500 hotel r ooms. H yatt Hotels Corporation w hich will operate and manage Baha Mars planned 700-room Grand Hyatt convention hotel; Morgans Hotel Group, which will o perate and manage Baha Mars planned 300-room l uxury lifestyle hotel under the Mondrian brand, and Rosewood Hotels andR esorts, which will operate and manage Baha Mars p lanned 200-room luxury hotel. T hese agreements, the e xecutives explained, outline how Baha Mars selecte d resort brands will deliver a seamless guest experience and the world-class service that Baha Mar will be known for. S arkis Izmirlian, Baha Mars Chairman and CEO, s aid: Our hotel partners have embraced the vision of Baha Mar, which is to cap t ure the true spirit of the regions rich heritage of African, European and Caribbean influ-e nces while d elivering the very highest levels ofq uality and service. Shifting the sands ofg lobal tourism Baha Mar represents a bold vision, the largest in the history of the Caribbean, and marks the resurgence ofa n area known as the Bahamian Riviera. The successful completion of our management agreementsw ith Hyatt, Morgans and Rosewood is a significant milestone for Baha M ar as we continue t o turn this vision into a reality. Don Robinson, president of Baha M ar added: All three of these hotel groups have b een great partners with us throughout this process, and their a bility to work together to b ring Baha Mars vision to r eality has been amazing. Our strategy to work with multiple, best-in-class brands gives Baha Mar the opportunity to feature the very finest brand offerings for each of our different high-end hotel segments. H yatt Hotels Corporation is a global hospitality company with a portfolio of 445p roperties on five continents, operating under the H yatt, Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt Regency, Andaz, Hyatt Place, and H yatt Summerfield Suites brands names. Headquartered in Chicago and with operations in 45 countries,H yatt is a recognized indus t ry leader in providing guests with consistent and authentic hospitality expe riences. Morgans Hotel Group has a history of revolutionizing the hospitality industry withi nnovative lodging concepts characterized by design-centric ambiance and timeless elegance, and is well knownf or its Delano and Shore Club resorts in Miami, the Mondrian in Los Angeles,M iami and New York, the S t Martins Lane and Sanderson properties in London, and the Morgans, H udson and Royalton hotels i n New York City. R osewood Hotels & R esorts has a long and successful history of managing exclusive, luxury properties, including three award-winning resorts in the Caribbean: Rosewood Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda; C aneel Bay, a Rosewood Resort in St John; and Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resorti n Antigua. In addition, Rosewood has several of A mericas most exclusive city hotels, including the Rosewood Mansion on Turt le Creek in Dallas, and The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel in New York City. Valued at $3.4 billion, B aha Mar will include a lmost 3,500 rooms and res idences, the largest casino in the Caribbean, the largest convention center in the Bahamas, a Jack Nicklaus LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011, PAGE 3 $11281&(6 BAHA MAR SIGNS DEALS WITH MAJOR HOTEL BRANDS A GREEMENTSWITHHYATT, MORGANS AND ROSEWOOD HOTELS ANARTISTSRENDITION of the Baha Mar Resort at Cable Beach. T T h h e e s s u u c c c c e e s s s s f f u u l l c c o o m m p p l l e e t t i i o o n n o o f f o o u u r r m m a a n n a a g g e e m m e e n n t t a a g g r r e e e e m m e e n n t t s s w w i i t t h h H H y y a a t t t t , M M o o r r g g a a n n s s a a n n d d R R o o s s e e w w o o o o d d i i s s a a s s i i g g n n i i f f i i c c a a n n t t m m i i l l e e s s t t o o n n e e f f o o r r B B a a h h a a M M a a r r a a s s w w e e c c o o n n t t i i n n u u e e t t o o t t u u r r n n t t h h i i s s v v i i s s i i o o n n i i n n t t o o a a r r e e a a l l i i t t y y . Sarkis Izmirlian, B aha Mars Chairman and CEO SARKIS IZMIRLIAN Baha Mars Chairman and CEO
EDITOR, The Tribune. Crime is out of control; its the masters fault, also known as the government. Illegal immigration is out of control; it is the masters fault, aka the government. The economy is bad; its the masters fault, aka the government. The Master will fix the problem. He knows best. But what are You doing about it? We should know by now that the change starts with us. During the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, Africans were illegally sold as slaves. Many of these Africans ended up in the Caribbean and thus were forced into a new way of life. The indoctrination of Africans (Blacks slavery and the European culture continues even today. The celebration of Guy Fawkes Day, Halloween and that foreign is better are just a few examples of the former in the Bahamas. We as Black Bahamians are mentally enslaved and even though we are free physically, we face some of the most dan gerous times in our history. 177 years after the proclamation was read to free slaves in the British colonies, Bahamians still continue to have a slave mentality. Slaves in the Bahamas worked on small plantations when compared to other Caribbean islands and the treatment of Bahamian slaves was much better than their Caribbean counterparts. James Stephen, an abolitionists wrote, The provisions and stock raised on the plantations did not provide the remuneration received by planters in other colonies, but to slaves the effects were ease, plenty, health and the preservation and increase of their numbers, all ina degree, quite beyond exam ple in any other part of the West Indies. (Source from The Sto ry of The Bahamas by Paul Albury, chapter 14, p126). In my view, this explains the basis of the way that we act toward our Master today. Bahamian slaves accepted their master as a good person and viewed him favourably. Our Caribbean counterparts were treated more harshly than us and as a result they had a fun damental distrust of their Mas ter. Could this explain why they are more aggressive than us and the fact that our attitude is more laissez-faire? Since 1967, in the Bahamas, the black master (government replaced the white master (gov ernment). There was a changing of the guard, but most Bahamians have not seen the kind of progress that is to be expected. Black Bahamians in particular still do not possess the majority of the land; we still do not own a major hotel and we are still second-class citizens in our own country. We now have Black Masters as our gatekeepers but they are continuing the historical trend of our demise, albeit in the same subtle nature. Yet we elect the same people over and over. When will the cerebral revolution come? Look at the way that our country is run with little or no objection from Bahamians. Theg overnment sold BTC and there were only about 1,000 marchers o n Bay Street. In fact, Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes literally squawked when asked about the effectiveness of the march for BTC. Some lawyers illegally sold land owned by Arawak Homes to unsuspecting Bahamians. Due to the large scale of Bahamians who were d efrauded, there should have been major campaigns initiated by Bahamians in protest of this. The government refuses to do all it can to help curb our crime and immigration problems and its policies have failed miserably, specifically over the last two decades. Additionally, g overnment policies have caused the price of land in the Bahamas to soar so high that the average Bahamian can no longer afford to buy land (except for those in Mackey Yard); and yet Bahamians sit back and do nothing. Sadly, we still believe in the old slavea dage that Master (aka the government) knows best. Listening to the talk shows daily, concerns by Bahamians appear to be on the rise. They call in and seem to expect more accountability from the government elected representatives. This is a good thing and thist ype of activity on a wide scale can certainly help break this slave mentality that we continue to be suffering from. I feel proud as a Bahamian when callers suggest that the issues affecting us should be looked at for what they are worth. For get party lines. For too long, weh ave been using our party bias es and not looking at issues from a nationalistic point of view. We must realize that when our ancestors were enslaved, the underlying tone would have been to regain freedom for all in the British colonies and this bode well for all involved. B ahamians by heart are not a fighting people when it comes to challenging The Master. In fact, the only time I can say with certainty that Bahamians would come together and fight the Master is when he messes with their pay. From the Burma Road Riot on June 1, 1942 to the teachers general strike in the mid-80s, Bahamians came together in solidarity to protest wage disputes. In fact, before the Burma Road Riot, even the American workers who were earning high er wages were agitating for the Bahamian workers wages to be increased. Foreigners were given preferential treatment even back then. Does this sound familiar? In the case of the general teachers strike, the government of the day said that the treasury was broke. Yet, after the teachers salary was increased, Prime Minister Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling and his cabinet increased the salary of all Members of Parliament. If the government had told BTC workers that they would be receiving pay cuts you would have seen a different outcome from the employees. Contract after contract can be given to foreign contractors without a whimper of dissatisfaction from Bahamians. Let me go on record as saying that I was utter ly surprised that the present government was able to take overtime pay away from Customs and Immigration officers with virtually very little opposi tion from the Bahamas Public Service Union membership. The recent debacle of the government in the Mackey Yard subdivision speaks again to our slave mentality. Here we are as Bahamians just sitting back and allowing the government to do what it wants to. Let the Master handle it is the conclusions of many Bahamians. There are Bahamians though, whose minds have bypassed this slave mentality, but these numbers are infinitesimal. Just as the slave trade was supported by Africans themselves who helped capture their own countrymen for a few dollars more we have replication going on in the Bahamas in 2011. Many in the remaining middle class in the Bahamas are utterly quiet as to the state of affairs because they are still getting their hefty salaries. They are still able to live their lives, buy what they want and travel when they want. In their eyes because they are not directly affected by these adverse policies, they choose to turn a blind eye. They are not speaking out and are allowing their broth ers to be further humiliated and defrauded. In the same vain, thousands of people turned a blind eye to the Slave Master during the slave trade because they were thinking about self and not country. The slave mentality in the Bahamas is alive and well and the time has come for Bahamians to open their eyes. We cannot just leave it in the hands of The Master and hope and pray that the correct decisions will be made and take for granted that we will always have bread to eat. Bahamians, we need to change our sorry, lethargic and lackadaisical atti tude towards the myriad policy decisions that affect us. We will continue to suffer as a people in our own country if we dont. As Disraeli, the great Eng lish Statesman said, Nurture your mind with great thoughts for you will never go any higher than you think. DEHAVILLAND MOSS Nassau, July, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 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 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 WE HAVE been accused of wanting to open the floodgates to homeless Haitians. Nothing can be further from the truth. We recognise that the Bahamas is a small g roup of islands that cannot accommodate all the Haitians whose lives have been disrupted by political upheavals in Haiti or made homeless by the devastation of their recent earthquake. Nor can our social services carry the increasing burden forced on them by illegal immigrants. But in dealing with this problem, we have to recognise that these are suffering human beings who have t o be treated humanely. They have to be treated with dignity and cannot be made scapegoats for everything that goes wrong in this country. All of us recognise that we have a major immigrant problem that is growing daily only yesterday a boat attempted to land a group of immigrants off the eastern end of the island. Some reports estimated that there w ere about 200 persons on board. As we write this article police, defence force and immigration officers are trying to round them up to take them to the Detention Centre from where they will eventually be repatriated to Haiti. Yes, this country has a problem a major problem. But we agree with the Bahamian who said that this problem cannotb e made a political football to win an elec tion. To do so, he said, would be inhumane and immoral and destructive to both the immigrant and to this country. To fan the anger of a people already upset by shanty towns in their areas would be to unleash a destructive force that would build and even tually explode, taking this country down with it. A n immigration policy has to be formulated for all to understand. It has to be decid ed how many immigrants this country can accommodate and those that it cannot will have to be treated with consideration as attempts are made to relocate them to oth er lands. No one is certain of our illegal immigrant population. The Immigration Departmentw ill know how many persons hold work permits, are permanent residents or citizens. Farmers and landscape businesses depend upon Haitian labour to function. There should be a period of amnesty to give all employers of Haitians without status time to submit applications and regularise their busi nesses. In 2006 we wrote a series of articles about t he cries of Bahamian farmers who claimed they could not maintained their farms without their Haitian workers. Most farmers frustrations, complained one of them, come from work permits. He went on to say how generous the Pindling administration was to him when he l anded his Haitians at the Coral Harbour base. You werent frustrated with a renewal work permit or a new permit, he complained as the FNM struggled to get immigration problems under control and introduce a system of documentation. He said he had 200 acres of farmland. Although he declined to say how many Haitians he had during the Pindling regime, at the time of his c omplaint (2006 What he failed to say was that he was among the favoured few. This was the way the PLP rewarded their loyal supporters. Non-PLP farmers were not treated with the same consideration. Many Bahamian farmers complained of how their produce was rotting on the ground because they could not get their Haitians. B ahamians, they said, refused to do the work. It is obvious that in deciding a policy, government will not cripple such enterprises as farming, construction and landscaping that rely on Haitian labour. In other words, Haitians who have employment and whose work is essential to their employers should be documented with a work permit. This,o f course, will mean an increase in revenue for the country. Under our constitution every person born in the Bahamas before July 9, 1973 is a citizen. Therefore, all children born of Haitian parents whether here legally or illegally is a Bahamian and should be regularised. Any person born in the Bahamas after that date, neither of whose parents is Bahamian,s hall be entitled upon making an application on attaining the age of 18 and up to the age of 19 to be registered as a citizen of the Bahamas. This group, knowing no other country but the Bahamas, should also be registered. But now there is talk that Haitian women come to the Bahamas to give birth here so that their children can become citizens.B ecause of the size of our nation and its limited social services, if this is so, it cannot continue. Government should have a clear policy that is announced both here and in Haiti that no child born in the Bahamas to an ille gal immigrant after a certain date will be entitled to apply for citizenship. This is no time for political scapegoat i ng, but it is time for clear cut immigration policies that are fair to all and are known to all. Bahamians still continue to have a slave mentality LETTERS email@example.com Haitians cannot be made political scapegoats
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT: Five businesses were shut down and 13 people were arrested for various offences as a result of an extensive police operation launched on Grand Bahama. Asst Sup Loretta Mackey, press liaison o fficer, reported that Operation Summer S torm went into effect from 8.30pm on Frid ay, and ended at 2.45am, Saturday. Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Emrick Seymour led the operation, which included areas from the western side of C asuarina Bridge to West End. M s Mackey said five restaurants and b ar/nightclubs were closed down by officers for suspected breach of the LiquorL icense Act. S he also reported that 13 individuals were t aken into custody on various offences, including possession of dangerous drugs, causing harm, possession of unlicensed firearm, breach of the Liquor License Act, immigration purposes, and outstanding warrants of apprehension issued by the Magist rates Courts. M eanwhile, a 28-year-old Freeport man w as arrested after police searched a resid ence in the Fortune Hill Estates area on Sunday. According to police reports, officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant for illegal firearms at about 8am on Sunday. During the search, police discovered an u nlicensed firearm and ammunition. The m ale occupant was taken into police cust ody. In addition, police made 22 arrests for house-breaking, stealing, possession of dangerous drugs, causing harm, vagrancy, assault with a deadly weapon, disorderly behavior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y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport R eporter email@example.com FREEPORT A tip f rom a member of the public led police to the discovery of a firearm in bushes i n the Lucaya area, a senior police official reported on F riday. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer,s aid officers from the DEU received information conc erning the whereabouts of a firearm on Wednesday. The officers went to an a rea off Midshipman Road around 6.18pm where they discovered a plastic bag in the bushes on IronsidesC lose. M s Mackey said a .9mm Taurus pistol with one magazine, containing 15l ive rounds of .9mm ammunition was found in the bag. Investigations are con tinuing into the matter. M s Mackey said the p olice are encouraging members of the public to call 350-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911 with any informa tion concerning a crime. TIP LEADS POLICE TO FIREARM DISCOVERY P OLICE in New Provi dence continue to issue tickets to motorists who f ail to adhere to traffic rules. During the past week, 2 24 drivers were cited for various traffic infractions. P olice also placed 173 matters before the Traffic Court. S ome of the offences f or which persons were cited included having an u nlicensed and uninspected vehicle, failing to have transparent wind ows, having a cracked windshield and vehicles h aving one head lamp or no licence plate affixed. 224 DRIVERS CITED FOR TRAFFIC INFRACTIONS
FOX HILL MP Fred Mitchell yesterday decried attempts to de-Africanise Emancipation Day with tree planting celebrations. Noting that his constituency was the only one which still celebrates the event that gave the day its name, Mr Mitchell said it is good to plant trees on any day, but that effort, unwittingly or not, must not de-Africanise the importance of Emancipation. He said: Many of our foremothers and forefathers fought for this day. That freedom from slavery came on 1st August 1834. That was a day that started the long march to majority rule in 1967 and to Independence in 1973. Along the way, there was Burma Road, founding of the countrys first political party the PLP in 1953, the General Strike of 1958, Black Tuesday of 1965. But August 1st 1834 began it all. It was a day of freedom first of all for people of African descent, but we say again that as long as one man is not free, all are slaves. Today we continue to fight to maintain our freedom. I would also like at this time to pay tribute to all the women of this country who 50 years ago yesterday saw the fight for universal adult suffrage come to fruition, with the coming into force of the right of women to vote on 31st July 1961. That was 50 years ago. I want to say that today is a day of solemn remembrance for a shameful period in the history of our country. So many of the issues which we face today in our country can be traced to that shameful period: the preoccupation in the country with skin colour; the status of people of colour; the discrimination which wrought so many issues in the nations history. Today, I believe that our refusal to integrate the true history of our country into the fabric of the way we raise our children has led to so many of the problems of self esteem in our country today. I remain concerned about the attempt by some to sanitise this holiday and to turn it into something else. While it is good to plant trees on any day, that effort should not in any way be part unwittingly or not to be part of an effort to De-Africanize the importance of this day or to change history, to make this day something which it is not. There is already too much of that in The Bahamas and we are paying a bitter price for it in so many ways. Mr Mitchell added: The constitution of our country says in part the following: We Do Hereby Proclaim in Solemn Praise the Establishment of a Free and Democratic Sovereign Nation founded on Spiritual Values and in which no Man, Woman or Child shall ever be Slave or Bondsman to anyone or their Labour exploited or their Lives frustrated by deprivation. This is one of the few parts of the constitution actually drafted by the Bahamian founders of the country. They did that for a reason. They were painfully aware of the history of slavery in our country. They wanted to be sure that the new country that they were founding would be cog nizant of that history and pledgen ever to repeat it. History does not dictate what we do. But what we do know is that if we teach the children the history, when they see it coming they will know what it is. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE MITCHELL HITS OUT AT ATTEMPTS TO DE-AFRICANISE EMANCIPATION DAY F OXHILLMPCONCERNEDABOUTTTEMPTTOSANITISEHOLIDA CONCERNED: Fred Mitchell
T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011, PAGE 7 By JOHNMARQUIS F OR four years, Americas most notorious murderess, Sante Kimes, lived in a now derelict house on Cable Beach where she is alleged to have drowned a banker in her bath. She and her son Kenny a student at St Andrews School were later to become known as Mommie and Clyde as they embarked on a con-and-kill spree across America. In early spring this year, Mrs Kimes told her attorney that she wanted to speak to The Tribunes former Managing Editor, John Marquis. As a result, he and his barrister son Piers flew to New York for a fascinating three-hour encounter with the killer known in the annals of crime as The Drag-on Lady, a name given to her by Mexican maids when she was charged with enslaving them in the 1980s. Here, he tells what happened when the steel prisondoors clanked shut behind them, and they were face to face with the woman a judge described as the most depraved person I have ever met. In her Nassau days, Sante Kimes was known as the slight ly dotty Liz Taylor lookalike with the doting son. With her cascading black wigs, sugar white dresses and a dcolletage deeper than the Tongue of the Ocean, she bore more than a passing resem blance to the Hollywood movie queen. Done up to the nines with glossed lips and make-up thicker than a face mask, she was mistaken for her screen hero ine so many times that she turned her good looks into a profitable sideline. I used to sign photographs of myself with the name Liz Taylor and sell them for $100 a time, she told me in the prisoners reception room at Bedford Hills Womens Correctional Facility in New York State. Noting my look of surprise, she laughed loudly. I wasnt sure whether she viewed such behaviour as brazen deceit or a natural business opportunity too good to resist. In the weird world of Sante Kimes morality has proved to be a moveable feast. If it turns a buck, do it. That seems to have been her life mission. Mrs Kimes at 77 no longer resembles the young or even middle-aged Liz Taylor, though its easy to imagine that she was a strikingly attractive woman in her time. However, in arriving one hour late for our meeting, she retained at least one of the famous actresss most tiresome traits. With her grey hair primped up into a short ponytail and her generously proportioned lips glazed over like an English teacake, she had evidently spent the time preparing herself for her two male visitors. With her 80th birthday well under three years away, even her dark green Mao-style prison suit could not conceal the fact that, in her heyday, she must have been quite a woman. Throughout our three-hour encounter, she spoke forceful ly and articulately, laughed uproariously, and frequently touched my sons knee to make a point. It would be going too far to say Mrs Kimes was being flirtatious. But there is no question she has a sexual awareness unusual in women her age. She has evidently been much admired in her time, and she knows how to make the most of whatever she has. In male company, she still likes to look good. Her Bahamas friends always said she was a forceful personality, a person whose presence could fill a room. She still is. With her huge glasses and piercingly direct stare, she is clearly not a woman to trifle with. Ask me whatever you want, she said, I dont care what it is Ill give you an answer. True to her word, she did. But how much of what she said was fact, and how much fantasy, became the subject of much debate between me and my son who, as a London defence barrister, was eager to get an insight into the peculiar mind of this extraordinary woman. Our meeting with Mrs Kimes was not a formal media interview. In fact, we were not allowed to take pens, pencils, notebooks, tape-recorders, cameras, cellphones or any other such equipment beyond the security vetting office. This was strictly an infor mal conversation between two people whose interests overlapped. For me, it was a not-tobe-missed opportunity to hear Mrs Kimes side of what is, by any standard, an incredible story. For her, who gets few visitors, it was a chance to speak her mind. For my visit, I was officially categorised a friend and ush ered into a prison canteen where we were directed to a table set aside for high security inmates convicted of heinous crimes. Thickset prison officers sat on a plinth just a few feet away. Had they cared to listen, they would have heard much of what was said. Visiting arrangements were surprisingly relaxed. After we had been frisked, no restrictions were imposed and we were left to talk freely. When Mrs Kimes eventually arrived, she was being p ushed in a wheelchair by a prison guard. In one of her c ourt appearances, she was berated by a judge for alleged ly using a wheelchair to garner the jurys sympathy. This time, she insisted, it was essential for her mobility. In explaining her apparently disabled state, she spoke of a prison assault in which she received a head injury that affected her legs. Sometimes I find it hard to walk, she said. I was thrown against a wall. It upset my balance. Throughout the meeting, Mrs Kimes held forth from the wheelchair, criticising her confined cell, lambasting the prison authorities, taking issue with the food and even alleging the mysterious disappearance of several of her fellow inmates. People go missing in here, she said, showing no fear of being overheard. In response to my questions, she gave accounts of all the accusations made against her over the years, including the murders of New York socialite Irene Silverman, the Las Vegas businessman and family friend David Kazdin and the Cayman banker Bilal Syed Ahmed, who was according to Kennys court testimony drowned in the bath at their Nassau home before being disposed of at sea. She also responded to speculation that she had poisoned her motelier husband Ken Kimes Sr in 1994 and kept him financially alive for two or three years after his death so that she could milk his bank accounts and keep his fortune away from his family. At one point, she even claimed ownership of the Cable Beach house where she lived in the early 1990s, expressing surprise when she heard it had been the subject of a legal dispute between two Nassau busi nessmen, Raymond Wong and Warren Aranha. For the most part, Nassau held fond memories for her. She spoke nostalgically of Ken nys days at St Andrews School, the Bahamian friends he went with to Waterloo nightclub, the red sports car he drove around town, and the neighbours they befriended at Sulgrave Manor, which stands next door to her former home. Among friends she mentioned were well-known Nassau resident Roger Kelty and his wife, the late Sir John Templeton and an elderly woman, now dead, who was once her near neighbour on Cable Beach. Ah, yes, she said wistfully, I loved the Bahamas. With more than a century of jailtime ahead of her a sentence that will, of course, be cut short by death Mrs Kimes devotes most of her days petitioning for a retrial. Every afternoon, she sits in her cell writing screeds of information in the hope that some day someone will take notice and think again. With nothing to lose, and many empty hours to fill, she sees her missives as cries for help. But America, outraged by her misdeeds, is disinclined to listen. For her part, she still insists she and her son were framed and that the authorities want nothing more than for her to die. She also claims that more than $800,000 of her money still sits in a Nassau bank account under the administra tion of an international accountancy firm, and that $400 million (yes, $400 million family fortune was spirited away to the Middle East following a bank collapse during the 1990s. One of her continuing obses sions is that this money if, indeed, it exists should be safeguarded should Kenny one day gain his release. I want that money for my sons sake, she said. They accuse me of being a thief, but why should I steal money when my husband was a multi-millionaire? We were loaded. A website has been set up by a sympathizer who now works tirelessly on her behalf. In a short video clip, she is seen vowing that one day the truth will prevail. Her continuing preoccupa tion is, of course, Kenny, whose 125-year sentence in a Los Angeles prison seems to cause her some anxiety. The thought that a son still four years short of his 40th birthday is behind bars for life is obviously the source of much torment. According to their accusers, it was Kenny who did his mothers bidding, strangling Mrs Silverman as part of a scheme to steal her million Manhat tan mansion, shooting Kazdin through the back of the head to halt his investigation into a loan fraud, and drowning the banker when he arrived in Nassau to ask questions about certain financial irregularities. To save his own skin, Kenny turned states evidence against his mother, finally accepting that the game was up and that their life as partners in crime was over. In so doing, he also petitioned for her to be spared. My beautiful boy, my hero, who gave up his life to save his mother from the death penalty, she said. I must get justice to save my boy before I die. I never hear from him, but I think of my wonderful Kenny all the time. As we rose to leave, Mrs Kimes clutched my hands and wouldnt let go. Please help me to get out of here, John, she said, Please, please, please. Sitting there helplessly, her eyes full of desperation, Mrs Kimes looked anything but the multi-murderess of popular renown, subject of two movies and at least four books, and described by experts as the most ruthless, calculating woman criminal of modern times. In her present predicament, as a prisoner serving life without parole, she looked feisty but vulnerable, a woman intent on portraying herself as the hapless victim of an unjust system. Families of her victims, however, have a different view of Sante Kimes. They insist she should be kept out of harms way forever, claiming she has the devil in her soul. As I drew away from her, she reached out. She continued to reach out as we turned to leave the room. Walking down the long cor ridor to the succession of gates leading to the outside world, we could still hear that strident, throaty, insistent voice: Please, John, please. Details of John Marquiss meeting with Mrs Kimes will be included in his book about her and Kenny, due to be published later this year. M ARQUIS AT L ARGE FACE TO FACE WITH THE DRAGONLADY Ex-editor meets con artist and killer Sante Kimes ABOVE: Sante Kimes pictured in court in 2001. (AP B ELOW: T he now derelict house on Cable Beach where she lived.
FOXHILL EMANCIPATIONDAY JUNKANOORUSH OUT LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE F ELIPE MAJOR/TRIBUNE STAFF Scenes from yesterday mornings annual Emancipation Day Junkanoo Rushout in Fox Hill
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011, PAGE 9 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SHARK diving continues to provide a unique experience for visitors and generates millions for tourism. Commercial shark fishing was banned this July in the Bahamas following a 10-month campaign Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright signed off on the legislation prohibiting commercial shark fishing in approximately 630,00 sq km (243,244 sq miles country's waters as well as the sale, importation and export of shark prod ucts. The government also increased shark-fishing fines from $3,000 to $5,000. The Bahamas is only the fourth country to ban the commercial fishingof sharks after Palau, the Maldives and Honduras. Shark tourism generates $78 million a year, and has contributed $800 million for the Bahamian economy over the last 20 years. This fact is not lost on a resort like Sandals Royal Bahamian which offers, in addition to daily scuba diving, ona verage two shark dives a week. Divers begin their adventure with a 45-minute scenic cruise from the Sandals dock down the western end of New Providence. The dive site is just off the south western part of the Island pleasantly named Bahama Mama. Led by the Sandals dive team, divers descend into the beautiful crystal clearw aters where visitors get the unique opportunity to see these graceful under water creatures in their own environment. Divers also get the added bonus of exploring the coral reefs with its diverse marine and plant life, as well as two ship wrecks. It was simply amazing to be swimming underwater with these beautiful animals. I was a little nervous at first but once I got into the water I realised the sharks were not interested in us, I was able to just relax and enjoy them. The diving industry has grown by 20 per cent in the last 10 years, and a large portion of that is due to sharks andp eople wanting to venture into shark research or the thrill of diving with sharks, senior dive instructor at San dals Royal Bahamian Donathan Johnson said. The Bahamas healthy shark population is attributed to the ban on longline fishing gear in 1993, and a lack of commercial shark fishing to date. B ut when a seafood export company in Andros told The Tribune it planned to export shark meat and fins to Hong Kong last September, the Pew Envi ronment Group and Bahamas Nation al Trust (BNT paign to outlaw commercial shark fishing in the Bahamas. A total of 5,000 Bahamians signed a petition in support of the legislative change. Talks by visiting shark enthusiasts Pierre Yves-Cousteau, scientist and marine biologist Guy Harvey and Sherman's Lagoon cartoonist Jim Toomey attracted large crowds. Local dive operators such as Sandals R oyal Bahamian have been beneficiaries of this advocacy and the importance of a healthy shark population has never been lost on the resort. We never used to do shark dives, and maybe about four years ago we decided, based on the great demand, to provide this service for our guest. Since then our guests have beene xtremely happy overwhelmingly so with the experience. For the six months of this year we more than doubled the amount of shark dives we did for all of 2010, Mr Johnson said. The Bahamas has been voted the number one place in the world to dive with sharks outside of a cage. Mr Johnson said the Bahamas deserves that distinction, and the commitment that Sandals Resorts International has made to the environments in which their resorts exist will ensure that this distinction stands for a long time. "We offer scuba diving in all 21 of o ur resorts in the five countries across the Caribbean we call home we also offer the only childrens scuba program in the Caribbean at Beaches Resorts, so it is vital that our delicate ecosystem is protected, said Mr Johnson. Being an avid diver you come to appreciate the beauty of nature and respect the balance that is necessary tos ustain our ecosystem, said Mr John son. Any person who works or plays in the environment starts to appreciate whats around them. We have such a wonderful resource here in the Bahamas, and its not only vital that we protect it, but understand what it means to our economy and our way of life. THE BAHAMAS HEALTHY SHARK POPULATION IS ATTRIBUTED TO THE BAN ON LONGLINE FISHING GEAR IN 1993, AND A LACK OF COMMERCIAL SHARK FISHING TO DATE.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T HE Ethiopia Africa Black International Congress Bahamas Branch held an Emancipation Day march and rally over the E mancipation Day holid ay. T he EABIC is the largest organised group ofR astafarians in the world, with branches in Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, France, Chile, and numer o us branches throughout Africa and the United States. All of the churches planned a march of soli d arity for Emancipation Day. Members marched for r epatriation and true e mancipation, wherever in the world they may be. Here in Nassau, the mem bers presented a petitiont o the Aide to the Governor General, seeking to be able to have a meetingw ith the government. They are seeking for the Bahamas government to assist them in relationsw ith other African govern m ents, that will allow for them to move into Africa without all of the red tape that presently exist, among other things. Members of the EABIC do not want Bahamians to forget that they were brought into the western hemisphere through slavery, and that reparations set aside by the then Queen of England Victoria, shortly after the Emancipation Proclama tion in 1834, never reached the freed slaves, but rather, was used by the slave masters to establish their own wealth. Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story. Members present petition for meeting with govt to Governor Generals Aide P h o t o s / F e l i c i t y I n g r a h a m
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B y MIKE LIGHTBOURN W HEN youre ready to m ake an offer on a home, w ill you gaze into a crystal ball to find the magical price that the sellers will accept?I f only it were that easy! There are a number of factors to consider when coming up with your offer, but one of the most important tools is the Comparative Market Analysis (CMA p repared by your BREA a gent. The CMA takes the feat ures of your house (numb er of rooms, square footage, age, location, etc) and compares it to similar listings in your area. Youlls ee the prices of properties t hat are currently for sale, have recently sold, or have expired without selling. Current listing prices are sometimes irrelevant if not priced properly, but pay attentiont o the prices at which properties SOLD because thats what purchasers were willing to pay. I f there are a number of sales, throw out the highest and lowest prices in the range and figure an average s ales price for the remaining homes. Your BREA agent will help you determ ine how those average h omes compare to the one y ou want, so that you can adjust your offer according-l y. B e sure to note how recently those sales took place. Your BREA agent will help interpret the information so that you can make a fair offer likely to be accepted. (Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker L ightbourn Realty). REALESTATE:WHAT SHOULD YOU OFFER? SANDALS ROYAL BAHAMIANheld a t ree planting ceremony this Emancipation H oliday weekend where guests, management a nd the resorts team members installed five trees on the property. Three couples staying at the resort were chosen to participate: Lisa Monaco and Michael Vinci long time returning guests atSandals Royal Bahamian who have spent a t otal of 105 nights at the resort; James and Lucia Marino, who are celebrating their a nniversary this week, and newlyweds Chad J ansma and Katelyn Caluza. S andals Royal Bahamian is celebrating its 15-year anniversary and Photo Shop Manager Shawn Thompson, who has been with the property since its inception, was on hand to represent the resorts team members. Hotel Manager Rick Burrowes planted one on behalfo f management. FROMLEFT: James and Lucia Marino, Hotel Manager Rick Burrowes, Lisa Monaco and Michael Vinci, Chad Jansma and Katelyn Caluza kneeling: Photo Shop manager Shawn Thompson. SANDALSHOLDSTREE PLANTINGCEREMONY
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011, PAGE 13 ,00(',$7(,7,21(1,1* +$1'+(5$3<$,'( a ssistance in locating Timothy Saunders, 32, of Golden Isles and Carmichael Road. The body of 20-year-old Erica Braynen, who was seven months pregnant, was found with gunshot wounds to herh ead on the floor of a small apartment at Montgomery Avenue, off Carmichael Road, early Saturday morning. Officers then discovered the bodies of Cory and Cara Braynen believed to be the pare nts of the four children on a b ed in another room of the apartment. Cory was shot multiple times in his back and right arm, and Cara was shot in her head. I t is believed pellets from the gunfire injured a four-yearold girl in her right hand. The remaining children two fouryear-olds, and a two-year-old -w ere unharmed. The children were taken to h ospital by ambulance and, according to police, are now in the care of the Department of Social Services. Police are investigating the possibility that Erica was targeted due to her connection w ith Serrano Adderley, 30, who was recently charged with the July 12 murders of Alwayne Nathaniel Leslie, 28, of Kingston, Jamaica, andK evin Antonio Forbes, 40, of Miller's Heights, off C armichael Road. However, Supt Stephen Dean, Director of the National Crime Prevention Office, advised that investigators will perform due diligence before a n official determination is made on the motive of the i ncident which occurred sometime around 7am. Supt Dean said: We still have to talk to suspects. Once we get them in, then we canb e conclusive. Right now were l ooking at all angles in this, we c annot be conclusive. Saunders is considered to be armed and dangerous by police. He is described as being of brown complexion, 5ft 8ins talla nd of medium build. Anyone with information that might assist investigations is asked to contact police at 911, CDU at 502-9991, Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. traffic diversions, and other areas of special interest that may impact motorists during ongoing stages of the roadwork project. The morning traffic reports a re part of a broader informational campaign spearheaded by the Ministry that will also include updates and features in evening television newscasts, and the erection of relevant signage in key areas throughout New Providence, the statement read. W orks and Transport Minister Neko Grant added: The Government remains keenly aware of the challenges and inconveniences motorists face as we work to build what will be a better New Providence for residents and visitors alike. We want the motoring public to know that we hear and understand their concerns, and we recognize the need for timely, daily information that will assist the public in navigating our streets, and planning their routes to places like work, school and other areas. We are thankful to the motoring public for their patience and their cooperation as we work to provide a network of roadways we can all be proud of, and that will make transportation throughout our nations capital more efficient and conductive to the enhancement of commerce and ourc ommunities. get the programmes and dont address the root cause, were still gonna be spinning the wheels. After the weekends triple murder pushed the countrys homicide to 85 and the number of murders committed last week to seven, Mr Hanchell explained t hat police were limited in their fight against crime. He said: There are some murders the police cant stop. There are murders nobody can stop. The police are doing a very good job in trying to prevent murders, trying to get guns off the street. Its impossible for them to get all, they cant be everywhere at the same time. He added: I commend the police, I c ommend the commissioner, for fighting the crime, for their intervention, for their crime solving. While condemning revenge killings, Citizens for Justice, a victims rights advocacy group, called on the government to enforce the countrys legislation as it relates to the punishment of murder. Mr Hanchell said: We need swift justice, we need to make sure bail is denied for murderers and we need to start hanging. People are impatient, the law is too slow, they feel as though their case will not come up, they feel as though the alleged murderer will be released and that there will never be justice for their loved ones. Highlighting the crime trend which indicates that persons charged with crimes soon find themselves to be victims of crimes, Mr Hanchell called on the government to amend current legislation. Mr Hanchell said: If the alleged murderer dont get bail, they will be in court until the case is tried. It will keep them alive also. Keep them there, keep them safe. Even the alleged criminals, they have families, they deserve justice also. practical solutions, thats the sad part about it. Were not casting blame but neither side has put forward a practical solution. The PLP is saying when it comes to power it will offer s olutions. When, and if, they were to get to power who knows what will have happened by then? Mr Humes added: The PLP should be offering solutions right now, but if not, they should be holding the governments feet to the fire right now over this matter. W ithout real solutions to crime and the fear of crime, t he DNA chairman pointed out that the numerous ongoi ng infrastructural development projects would have little impact on the quality of life of citizens. If elected to government, the party has pledged to remove the Privy Council's role in criminal matters. In addition to massive government and public sector reforms, leader Branville McCartney confirmed the par-t y's stance in support of capital punishment in June after a Privy Council ruling that overturned the death sentence of murderer Maxo Tito. Tito was convicted in 2002 for the murder of 16-year-old Donnell Conover. Mr Humes said: All were saying is the government needs to enact the laws. There are laws in place. The government need to do what it can to remove impediments to capital punishment. Fix the bail act. H e added: We just want them to make sure that the l aws are being adhered to, that the criminal system is functioning properly. To ensure that there is public confid ence in the judicial system people are taking law into their own hands. route to the facility. Mr Thompson said Immigration, Defence Force and Police Officers are still on site searching the area for possible additional persons. The migrants apprehended have been turned over to the Immigration authorities who are in the early stages of process ing and determining their status, said Supt Davis. Commending the community on their cooperation with authorities, Supt Davis said residents of the area assisted not only with information but provided the migrants with food, water and clothing. This is a very good community this is what we talk about when speaking about Bahamainisation, said Supt Davis. With exception of one person who had to be taken to the hospital for suspected dehydration, Supt Davis said the migrantsa ppear to be in good health. One infant is reported to be among the group and was also taken to hospital as a precaution. FNM, PLP FAILED TO PROTECT CITIZENS FROM CRIME FROM page one FROM page one ROAD WORKS 60 SUSPECTED IMMIGRANTS APPREHENDED AFTER HAITIAN BOAT LANDS FROM page one FROM page one PASTORS CALL FOR A DAY OF PRAYER AND FASTING OVER CRIME FROM page one POLICE SEEK SUSPECT OVER TRIPLE MURDER
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When he didn't return, friends began searching and his body was found floating in the water. Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies say a beachgoera ttempted CPR but he was pronounced dead at All Children's Hospital. Cenatus came to St. Petersburg in 2009 for surgery after breaking his hip in a soccer game. Officials say he stayed a fter the earthquake devastated Haiti. Friends say Cenatus sent his earnings from a supermarket job to help his family in Haiti. H AITIAN TEEN DROWNS DURING OUTING AT FORT DE SOTO O SLO, Norway Associated Press N ORWAY'Sprime minist er on Monday called on political leaders to show restraint in their public speech as thec ountry emerges from mourn ing the 77 victims of a bombing and youth camp massacre b y an anti-Muslim extremist. Jens Stoltenberg didn't sin gle out anyone but seemed to b e referring to sometimes h arsh discussions on immigra tion when he told Parliament that the July 22 attacks gaver eason to reflect on "what we have thought, said and written." We all have something to learn from the tragedy," he told lawmakers at a ceremony honoring the victims. "We can a ll have a need to say 'I was wrong,' and be respected for it." T hat goes for politicians and newsroom editors, in every day conversations and on the Internet, the prime minister said. "Our promise is that we take with us the spirit of July2 2 when political work resumes. We will behave with the same wisdom and respect a s the Norwegian people," Stoltenberg said. Norway's political parties have agreed to postpone cam paigning for local elections in September until mid-August, as the nation mourns the eighth people killed in the Oslo bombing and the 69 victims of the shooting spree at an annual summer retreat held by the youth wing of the prime minister's Labor Party. Confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik says his attacks were an attempt at cultural revolution, aimed at purging Europe of Muslims and punishing politicians that have embraced multicultural ism. Though investigators believe the 32-year-old Nor wegian acted alone, they are searching his computer and cell phone records for any signs of contact with other right-wing extremists who may have helped or influenced him, police attorney PaalFredrik Hjort Kraby said. Law enforcement in other countries are assisting Nor w ay, including in the United States, where authorities havei nterviewed Breivik's sister in L os Angeles, Kraby told The A ssociated Press. Norwegian investigators have also spoken to Breivik's m other, who is in shock and has not requested to see him, Kraby said. If tried and convicted of t errorism, Breivik will face up to 21 years in prison or an alternative custody arrange m ent that could keep him behind bars indefinitely. Most Norwegians believe c riminals get off too easy, according to a poll published Monday in Norwegian news paper VG. More than 65 perc ent said sentences for the most serious crimes are too soft, while 24 percent said t hey are sufficient and only 2 percent said they were too harsh. T he rest were undecided in t he July 28 telephone survey of 1,283 people by InFact. The margin of error was 2.8p ercentage points. The scope of the tragedy continues to haunt Norway, more than a week later, as victims from the youth camp massacre are being burieda cross the country. Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu attended a funeral Monday for Gizem Dogan, a 17-year-old girl of Turkish origin, who was among the shooting victims on Utoya island. Hundreds of people gathered for the cere mony in Trondheim, on Nor way's west coast, which was held on a soccer field because the local mosque was too small. Dogan, who came to Norway from Turkey at the age of 7, was an example of how Norway has succeeded in fos tering a multicultural society, Davutoglu told reporters lat er Monday in Oslo. "We need cultural tolerance. We need a multicultural society everywhere in the world," Davutoglu said. The attacks were unprece dented in peaceful Norway. But Breivik's anti-Muslim rants on political blogs didn't attract much attention before the attacks, showing how common such views have become. NORWAY PM TO POLITICIANS: THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK CALLFORRESTRAINT INPUBLICSPEECH NORWAY'S PRIME M INISTER H ens Stoltenberg addresses t he Norwegian Parliament during a commemoration ceremony for the 77 victims of the July 22 attacks in Oslo and Utoeya, i n Oslo, Monday. (AP
INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 16, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE *Subject to certain terms and conditions.*Trademark of The Bank of Nova Scotia, used under licence (where applicable Rates As Low As 2.99%*Scotiabank invites you to visit our Auto FairWHERE: ThompsonBoulevard Branch WHEN: Saturday, August 6, 2011 TIME: 12:00 4:00 VENDORS: BRING THIS AD IN AND RECEIVE EXTRA SAVINGS BEIRUT Associated Press ANTI-GOVERNMENTprotesters in the Syrian city of Hama set up barricades and took up sticks and stones to defend themselves Monday a fter one of the bloodiest days so far in the regime's campaign to quell an uprising now in its fifth month. The protesters vowed not to allow a repeat of 1982, when thousands of people were killed in Hama after President Bashar Assad's father ordered a massacre. As evening fell, residents said Syri an tanks resumed intense shelling of the restive city and troops fired machine guns at worshippers about to head to mosques for special nighttime prayers on the first day of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Residents had just broken their daily dawn-to-dusk fast, and the shelling appeared aimed at preventing the m osque gatherings, fearing they would trigger large anti-government protests. It was the second day of shelling of Hama and other cities. In attacks earlier in the day, four people were killed in Hama and three more were killed in other parts of the country, residents and rights groups said. "It's a crime! Where is the world? Why doesn't anyone see?" cried one distraught resident through the phone, the sound of gunfire heard clearly in the background. The residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said they were certain there were casualties, but there was no immediate word on numbers. The current crackdown appears aimed at preventing protests from swelling during Ramadan. Muslims throng mosques during Ramadan for the special nightly prayers after breaking their daytime fast. The gatherings could then turn into large protests throughout the country. Sunday's violence left 74 people dead throughout the country, 55 of them from Hama and neighboring villages, according to a statement issued by six Syrian rights groups. The attacks drew harsh rebukes from the U.S. and Europe, which expanded its sanctions against Syria, imposing asset freezes and travel bans against five more military and government officials Monday. "We find these violent attempts by the Syrian regime to target civilians on the eve of Ramadan to be despicable and abhorrent," said U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner. In Hama, many people were too frightened to venture out after the evening barrage of shellfire, but a few groups of people staged scattered protests in the city's main Assi square. Elsewhere, tens of thousands of Syrians in the central city of Homs, Damascus suburbs and areas of the south marched out of mosques after evening prayers chanting slogans of support for the people of Hama and calling for the downfall of the regime. The Observatory for Human Rights said security forces opened fire on protesters in the Damascus suburb of Moadamiya, killing one and wounding five others. Troops also opened fire on a protest in Homs, but there was no word on casualties. The international community has grown increasingly outraged by the Assad regime's attacks against civilians, but has so far refrained from calling on him to step down. On Monday, Britain's foreign secretary William Hague said there would be no international military intervention in Syria. IN THIS IMAGE made from amateur video released by the so-called Shams News Network, a loosely organized anti-Assad group and accessed via The Associated Press Television News on Monday, military armored vehicles are seen in the central city of Hama, Syria. Syrian troops kept up attacks on the restive city of Hama Monday. (AP SYRIAN TROOPS ATTACK HAMA FOR SECOND DAY ONEOFBLOODIESTDAYSSOFARINUPRISING
By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T HESmall and MediumSized Business Development Bill will have a sizeable impact on the private sector once enacted, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederations( BCCEC) chairman adding that job creation required more Bahamians to becomee ntrepreneurs rather than employees. Arguing that the proposed Act was more than legislation in that it also provided a support framework for Bahamian small businesses and entrepreneurs, Winston Rolle told Tribune Business the almost-13,000 applicants for the Governments National Job Training and Readiness initiative showed the economy was not creating jobs fast enough. $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69T he information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.25 $5.39 $5.22 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB email@example.comTUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 SIRbahamas.com t 242.362.4211 ROSE ISLAND #542916 acres sea-to-sea in the protected Lower Harbour.Access by boat is from the south side where there is an all seasons dock with a pathway that leads to a 3 bed 2 bath main house and a 1 bed 1 bath cottage.Water is supplied by a fresh water well,and power is solar. On the north side there is a stretch of beautiful sandy beach and a private honeymoon beach at the eastern end.This property is suited for touristic development, family compound or it can be subdivided into residential lots. Offered at US$5 million. Exclusively offered by George.Damianos@SothebysRealty.com t 242.362.4211 ROSE ISLAND GETAWAY By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Business Reporter AUTOMOTIVEand Industrial D istributors (AID i t had laid-off 13 employees, as projected revenue from its new locations would not be sufficient to maintain itsc urrent staff complement. Jason Watson, AIDs operations manager, told Tribune Business: Wer eleased about 13 staff members, and t hats basically due to the fact that the sales we project to generate from the new locations we are going to be moving to are not going to be sufficient to keep all of the staff. M r Watson said AID previously employed some 70 persons, a number that was reduced to 57 on Thursday. We dont expect to release any more s taff members, he added. M r Watson said the company will be expanding its operations, presently l imited to its Blue Hill Road location, to sites at the Mall at Marathon and Wulff Road. We will be moving to the Mall with t he housewares and some automotive accessories by September, and we are By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor F IDELITY BANK(Bahamas record year for profitability, believing its second half results will be asg ood or better than the 2011 f irst halfs $2.208 million net income. It is also targeting an increased return on equity of 15-20 per cent in 2012. A nwer Sunderji, the BISXlisted financial institutions chief executive, told Tribune Businesst hat the 7.2 per cent or $15.352 million increase in its loan book during the 2011 first half, to $228.018 million, was more thant he expansion it enjoyed d uring its entire 2010 financial year. S peaking after Fidelity Bank (Bahamas e njoyed a $2.535 million swing into the black during the six months to end-June 2011, compared to a $327,247 loss the year before, Mr Sunderji said the bank w as also seeking to increase its interest margins through an increasing proportion of con s umer loans. Consumer loans now accounted for about 40 per cent of Fidelity Bank (Bahamas t otal loan book, Mr Sunderji s aid, with mortgages making up the balance. That represented an increasing shift from the 70/30 weighting in favour of mortgages at the AID RELEASES 13 BEFORE MALL MOVE Redundancies come due to inadequate revenues; no further cuts to 57 remaining staff planned Construction on new $4.5m-$5m store to s tart October, with opening in June 2012 Mall at Marathon eyed for housewares/auto accessories by September SEE page 6B THENEW BUILDING will be moved to the western end of AIDs main Wulff Road property, and the parking lot will be situated where the old store which was ravaged by fire on June 9 once stood. Bank enjoys $2.208m first half profit, after $2.5m swing Targeting 15-20% return on equity and further profit growth in 2012 2011 second half expected to be as good or better, with consumer loan ar rears 8% pts below sector FIDELITY EYES RECORD YEAR SEE page 8B ANWER SUNDERJI By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE GOVERNMENThas been urged to hold total recurrent Budget spending at this years $1.68 billion level for three-five years, a leading fiscal hawk warningt hat further tax increases would depress the investment necessary to drive the economy out of recession. [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 HOLD BUDGET SPEND OR THREE-FIVE YEARS Fiscal hawk warns that rising taxes and prices will deter very investment needed for e conomic growth Ur g es Got to go through Budget line by l ine f or savings SEE page 6B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THEBahamian financial services industry is hoping Parliament will pass the Executive Entities Bill into law at the earliest possible time, given that it will dis tinguish this nation from the competition and insert world class corporate governance principles into wealth management structures. Wendy Warren, the Bahamas Financial Services Boards (BFSB utive and executive director, in a series of e-mailed repliesto Tribune Businesss questions, said Executive Entities were a timely addition to the sectors toolbox, and would solidify the Bahamas position as a leading private wealth management centre. Already, there has been considerable interest in the Executive Entity, with industry participators and clients planning on using [it] a s soon as it is available. They are contacting BFSB and advisors (in the Bahamas and globally) to ask when it will be ready, Ms Warren added. She explained that Executive Entities were designedto carry out executive funct ions in wealth management structures, working in con junction with private trust companies and purpose trusts. They will perform roles such as the protector or enforcer of a trust, or private trust company shareh older, carrying out func tions that are executive, SME A CT T O HA VE SIZEABLE IMP ACT Job creation needs mor e Bahamians to become entr epreneurs rather than employees SEE page 4B EXECUTIVE ENTITIES TO DISTINGUISH BAHAMAS FROM THE COMPETITION Sector wants Bill passed at earliest possible times SEE page 7B
BUSINESS P AGE 4B, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bsSenior Administrative V acancies Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the following positions: Vice President, Operations, responsible for ensuring that cost effective operations and infrastructure are in place to support all internal constituents; creating opportunities for investment and strategic partnerships that will support the continued growth of The College of The Bahamas and establishing and managing the appropriate operational, administrative and financial priorities and objectives for all units under his/her portfolio. Applicants should possess a Master of Business Administration degree or the equivalent with a minimum of ten (10 experience in management. Chief Internal Auditor (CIA ing a risk based audit plan to assess and recommend improvements in key operational and financial activities and internal controls. Applicants should possess a Bachelors degree in accounting or related finance field and must be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA). Preference will be given to candidates with a masters degree in Business Administration or Accountancy, a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFEmation Systems Auditor (CISA Dean, School of Business, responsible for the recruitment and retention of talented faculty and students; the development and monitoring of academic programmes at the undergraduate level; the development of new graduate programmes and ensuring high quality research and outreach performance in the School. Applicants should possess a doctoral degree in Business from an AACSB accredited university; significant hands on experience with AACSB International accreditation, quality assurance and academic programme review. Dean, Faculty of Social and Educational Studies, responsible for establishing and maintaining high standards among faculty and students; ensuring faculty fulfill their professional responsibilities to The College, students and the wider community; facilitating the timely completion of programmes of study by students; establishingan atmospherein which teaching and learning, research, creative activity and service can flourish. Successful candidates must have an earned doctoral degree from an accredited university, hold the rank of associate professor or higher, have a minimum of six years tertiary-level teaching experience as well as administrative and programme development experience. Executive Director, Culinary & Hospitality Management Institute, responsible for providing vision, leadership, management and advocacy for tourism, hospitality and culinaryarts, its programmes, faculty and staff within The College of The Bahamas. Successful candidates must have a masters degree in one of the disciplines of tourism, hospitality, management or a related field, although a doctorate degree is strongly preferred, a minimum of five (5 the level of department chair or above or ten (10 tive level within the hospitality industryor an appropriate combination of academic qualification and training, industry and academic employment. Bahamians only need apply.For detailed job descriptions, visit www .cob.edu.bs/hrapply .Interested candidates should submit the following to Associate Vice President, H.R., Human Resources Department, The College of The Bahamas or email: firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 : Acover letter of interest College of The Bahamas Application Form (available online at www.cob.edu.bs/hrprofile ) Acurr ent detailed curriculum vitae Statement of Teaching Philosophy (for Faculty positions only Proof of teaching excellence (for Faculty positions only Copies of all transcripts (original transcripts r equired upon employment) The names and contact information for three professional references Weve been advocating for it, and hopefully it will get tabled soon, Mr Rolle said, adding that the Small and Medium-Sized BusinessD evelopment Bill was potent ially a big part of the solut ion to the Bahamas high unemployment levels. We need more people to get established as entrepreneurs, rather the employees,t he BCCEC chairman told t his newspaper. Were not creating enough jobs through traditional means. We need people to come forth, bring their dreams and ideas, and t ry and turn it into a business. With an estimated 5,000 h igh school leavers each year, even assuming around onethird of these go on to collegea nd higher education, the B ahamas still has around 3,500 teenagers joining a workforce where unemploym ent remains stubbornly high. The last Department of Sta t istics survey placed the national unemployment rate at 14.2 per cent in 2009,a lthough this did not measure the likes of discouraged workers those who have simply s topped seeking work. An u pdated figure was promised for end-July, but had not been released as Tribune Businessw ent to press. Some 12,800 applications have been received for the 3 ,000 positions available in t he Governments $25 million National Jobs Training and R eadiness Programme, effect ively meaning there were more four applicants for every post. A cknowledging that a sig n ificant portion of the 12,800 were likely to be both recent school leavers and unemployed Bahamians, Mr Rolle said: Its a sizeable number,a nd its an indication of the c urrent situation of the econo my, so Im not surprised by the number of applicants at all. Its a good indication of where were at, and the needt o create more jobs out t here. The BCCEC has collaborated with the Government and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB ating the Small and MediumS ized Business Development B ill, and Mr Rolle said he understood the draft was now being vetted by Zhivargo Laing, minister of state forf inance, and his Ministry of F inance team before it was taken to Cabinet. Were anxious to get it m oving, and really feel it will have an impact on business in this country, Mr Rolle toldT ribune Business. Based on the design of it, we think it will have a sizeable impact. Acknowledging that it would take some time to put all the business support mechanisms and processes inp lace, the BCCEC chairman nevertheless added: In a very short period of time, you wills ee a sizeable return on it. Its more than just legislat ion. Its also putting in place m echanisms to provide fundi ng and needed resources to small business development. Mr Rolle added that the B CCEC had also been work ing with the Ministry of Finance on the Governmentss ubsidised work placement s cheme and Jump Start ini tiative. It had been encouraging m embers in both New Provi dence and the Family Islands to take advantage of theo pportunity to engage these people, given that a portion of their wages would be subsidised by the Government. This is an opportunity for b usinesses to do things t heyve been sceptical about doing in the past, Mr Rolle explained. For instance, if they want to grow their business in a particular area, uset his as a test period for six-12 m onths to see whether it works or not. People need to be creative to engage these persons to work to their advantage. Weve had some feedback f rom some members that w ant to expand their business, and if they get the right people they could become longterm employees rather thanj ust short-term hires from the p rogramme. Mr Rolle said the Budgets job training and creation init iatives were all good, but he added: The key thing is how the execution of it takesp lace. Thats the key thing. The programmes need to be taken advantage of to maximise the true potential of it. The BCCEC was also looking at how the Governments Jump Start initiative, whichw ill provide a maximum $7,500 grant to budding entre preneurs, can be enhanced. M r Rolle said funding was just one aspect, and theB CCEC was assessing how it c ould provide mentorship and t echnical support to Jump Start recipients. We really need to develop a framework to bring all these things forward, so small businesses get established andg row, Mr Rolle said. The i mpact of all these initiatives, once theyre executed properly, can be significant. We will be looking to engage persons in Jump Start as soon as possible to try andi mprove their opportunity for success, so to speak. SME ACT TO HAVE SIZEABLE IMPACT FROM page one
B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor JS JOHNSON SUFFEREDan 8.9 per cent neti ncome decline to $2.619 million for the 2011 first q uarter, its managing director describing the period as a bit sluggish and blaming the drop largely ona n 11 per cent profitability fall at its underwriting affiliate. M arvin Bethell, in his message to shareholders, said that the net income fall f or the three months to endM arch 2011 was due primarily to the fall in net income at Insurance Comp any of the Bahamas (ICB This prevented the BISXlisted insurance agent andb roker from matching 2 010s $2.875 million net income. The first quarter was a b it sluggish, as total income dropped form $7.931 million to $7.025 million, due to declines in both net commission and fees, and net premiums earned, MrB ethell wrote. With regard to the segment results, both entitiess aw declines in net income d uring the quarter. ICBs 11 per cent decline was caused primarily by the 38 per cent i ncrease in insurance expenses. The reduction was less s ignificant on the agency a nd brokerage side, and was due to the increase in operating expenses. W hile net claims incurred i ncreased by over $500,000, JS Johnsons total expense s dropped year-over-year from $5.056 million to $4.406 million, due to the timing of profit commission e xpenses. Mr Bethell added that JS Johnsons Turks & Caicos subsidiary was progressing with the integration of the policy portfolios acquiredf rom Fidelity Insurance Brokers and Accordia Insurance Brokers. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011, PAGE 5B JS JOHNSON SEES 8.9% PROFIT FALL Fall largely due to 11% decline at ICB, as 2011 first quarter a bit sluggish Share your news T he Tribune wants to hear from people who arem aking news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigningf or improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986a nd share your story.
Rick Lowe, a leading executive with the Nassau Institute think-tank, said the Government needed to freeze s pending to show it was serio us about tackling the $4.3 billion national debt and ongoing fiscal deficits, then go through the Budget lineby line to see where savings c ould be found. Keep the Budget the same for the next three-five years, a nd keep spending within that number. Show the market youre fiscally responsible, and dont want to end up like the US or Greece, Mr Lowe told Tribune Business. Budget not to go above t he spending levels were at now. Lets maintain it at that level, not go higher, and then theyll be forced to look for s pending cuts. They have to go line by line, every single department, and reduce everything by, say, 10 per cent. Just as we do in the private sector. Theyll start to see where the over-s pending is, where the problems are. Theyll say: Gee, do I have to spend that, or Do I really need a department for this? Theyve got to start somewhere. M r Lowe added that any i ncreases in spending for certain Budget line items, or within certain departments or agencies, could only be paid for by generating savings in other areas of government. At hree-five year recurrent spending cap would prevent the Government from increasing total Budget spending by either raising taxes or borrowing. The Nassau Institute and M r Lowe are among those w ho believe the Bahamas has a spending, not a revenue, problem when it comes to the p ublic finances. That view is not shared by everyone, though, among them the International Monetary Fund (IMF T he Bahamas government revenues as a percentage of g ross domestic product (GDP in the Caribbean and, indeed, the western world. They have fallen short of the Governments per cent of GDP target every Budgety ear since 2005-2006, ranging from 15.5 per cent to 18.6 per cent in 2010-2011. And, according to projections, they are expected to remain below 20 per cent for both the cur-r ent and next two Budget y ears, hitting 19.3 per cent and 19.5 per cent, respectively, in 2012-2013 and 20132014. James Smith, former minister of state for finance in thef ormer 2002-2007 Christie administration, is among those eyeing the revenue side on the basis that any attempts to reduce the size of the public service by cutting expenditure would only add tou nemployment lines. The stubborness of that r evenue is really the major problem were facing, Mr S mith told Tribune Business. Weve done about the maximum in taxes, because if we raise them higher we will get diminishing returns. A gain pointing to the need to reform and restructure the Bahamas tax system, moving away from import duties to either a sales or Value Added( VAT) tax, Mr Smith said the economy was not broadb ased enough to absorb civil servants let go in any public sector downsizing. They would instead drain the Government in other ways,t hrough unemployment benefit rather than wages. A cknowledging that it was politically difficult for governments to cut spending and the size of the public sector, Mr Lowe said his three-five year public spending capw ould at least be a start, and might force the Government to manage it better. Agreeing that there was no silver bullet, theres no easy solution, he told Tribune Business: If you lookb ack at the periods where we had more growth as a percentage of GDP, government was a lot smaller than it is now...... The simple solution is raising taxes; the difficult solution is to stop printing moneyy ear after year..... Weve got a t some point to make a stand so people realise the seriousn ess of the situation. There a int no magic formula, but t heres that magical delusion that the money comes from somewhere else. Mr Lowe argued that it was impossible for the Government to keep on raising taxeso n industries such as the auto sector (his own e state. His main concern was that consistent tax rises would undermine the Bahamas attractiveness as a low tax, ort ax neutral, jurisdiction for investment, deterring the very g rowth the economy needed. Pointing out that Barbados had income taxes, VAT and import duties, Mr Lowe said: Our low tax jurisdiction is an advantage for us. Youveg ot to keep it as a low tax jurisdiction to make people want to invest here. Because the cost of living is so high here, if you keep increasing taxes its going to force that even higher. If youk eep pricing yourself out of the market, why would foreign investors come here? Pricing is everybodys key measurement. It was this investment, and the projects it stimulated, that created Bahamian jobs ande conomic growth. But i nvestors, when faced with increasing costs and price rise s, would tend to hold on to t heir money, fearing their p lans were no longer practical. BUSINESS PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Annual General Meeting of the Shareholders of FamGuard Corporation Limited will be held in the Victoria Room British Colonial Hilton No. 1 Bay Street at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday,August 4, 2011 AGM NOTICET he parent holding company of: Family Guardian Insurance Company Limited; Agents & Brokers Limited;FG Capital Markets Limited;FG Financial Limited NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I www.famguardbahamas.com T HE COLLEGE OFTHE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bs IMPOR T ANT DA TES Fall Semester2011 New Student OrientationP arents EveningM onday, 15th August, 2011 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.OrientationW ednesday, 17th August, 2011 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Advisement & RegistrationWednesday, 17th August, 2011 2:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.A dvisement, Registration & Bill PaymentThursday, 18th August, 2011 F riday, 19th August, 2011 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.Venue:Performing Arts Centre, T he College Of The Bahamas Thompson Boulevard R esponsibilities Report to and assist the Accountant Ensure that all relevant Excel Workbooks/Spreadsheets are current Maintain and update vendor files with appropriate information Prepare detailed journal entries for all transaction postings (QuickBooks Assist with the preparation of monthly payroll (ISL payroll) PostmonthlyprepaidanddepreciationexpensestotherelevantGL a ccounts Qualification & Experience The successful applicant must: Must Possess an Associates Degree in Accounting MusthaveaminimumoftwoyearsexperienceinanAccountsrelated p osition Must be a Bahamian citizen with a clean police record Mustpossessstronginter-personalskillsalongwithexcellentoral communication and written skills ProficientwithMicrosoftOfficeandMicrosoftExcel.Knowledgeof QuickBooks and ISL would be a plus Be a reliable, conscientious and confidential person S alary will be determined based on qualification and experience Ifyouareinterestedinapplyingwithareputable,wellestablishedagency andyoumeettheminimumrequirements,pleasesubmityourcurriculum vitae (resume) via fax #322-5551 or email: Director@fiubahamas.bs. Wewillnotbeacceptinganyphonecallsrelatedtotheabove.Only a pplicants selected for an interview will be contacted.F INANCIAL INTELLIGENCE UNIT Position of Accountant Assistant going to open our service section in a couple of weeks at our current locationo n Wulff Road, Mr Watson said. H e added that the company intended to use a building at the western end of its current property to sell parts, an operation he said will last until about midOctober, when that building will have to be demolished to facilitate constructiono f the companys new store. Mr Watson said the new building will be moved to the western end of AIDs m ain Wulff Road property, and the parking lot will be situated where the old store which was ravaged by fire on June 9 once stood. He added that when construction begins on the new store in October, the c ompany will move its operations to M ackey Street and a building between Alburys and the Royal Bank of Canada. The companys warehouse is located onI ndependence Drive. A ID had been looking to rent the old City Markets store on Village Road, but as Mr Watson told the Tribune: The problem was there was so much work to be done. It would have taken many months and a lot of investment. T he companys new building is estim ated to cost between $4.5-$5 million to construct. That is a little more than I had anticipated. We expect to be in thereb y June 2012, Mr Watson said. F ROM page one AID RELEASES 13 BEFORE MALL MOVE FROM page one HOLD BUDGET SPEND FOR THREE-FIVE YEARS
administrative, fiduciary or office holding in nature. While private trust companies were in high demand as vehicles for holding operating companies, Ms Warren said there were issues when it came to ownership of their shares. Purpose trusts require a trustee and enforcer of that trust, while Bahamian foundations required a beneficiary. The Executive Entity seeks to simplify private trust company structures by removing these unnecessary limbs and the accompanying layers of administration, expense and complication. This is because the Executive Entity does not have a shareholder, enforcer or beneficiary, Ms Warren said. Essentially, the Executive Entity (through its articles facilitates the incorporation of best practice corporate governance principles into wealth structures that are crucial for structures holding operating businesses. Their passage into law is designed to strengthen the Bahamas position as a private wealth management centre, increasing its attraction to ultra high net worth and high net worth clients for estate planning and other structures. Describing them as the bedrock of the Bahamas financial services industry, Ms Warren said these clients created considerable spin-offs for this nation when it came to real estate, resort development and stays in high-end hotels. They also helped to attract other high net worth individuals. The addition of the Executive Entity to the sector's toolb ox is timely, Ms Warren said. Many ultra high net worth individuals are looking to restructure and diversify their assets for better protection as a result of the current economic difficulties. Family-owned businesses w ill need to show proper corporate governance at operating and holding levels, or face reduced ratings. International financial centres will benefit hugely from this new business, and the Executive Entity will distinguish the Bahamas from the competition. It provides a well-timed opportunity to increase interaction between the Bahamas and existing and new ultra high net worth and high net worth clients. Ms Warren acknowledged that there was no way to project the financial impact from Executive Entities, but added: The Executive Entities Bill recognises that the estate management requirements of very wealthy clients have changed, and seeks to meet the needs of clients in a tailored manner. This Bill is important, as it continues to confirm the Bahamas as a jurisdiction that remains committed to the owners of capital and meeting their private wealth management requirements. The Bahamas has established a positive reputation as being responsive to this client base; a client base that has shown its loyalty to the Bahamas over the past 10 years of transition. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011, PAGE 7B THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASV isit our website at www.cob.edu.bsFaculty V acancy The College of the Bahamas invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the following vacancy: Part-time Lecturer, French ,responsible for teaching French at the beginners and intermediate levels. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduate students; evidence of excellence in teaching and creative/innovative pedagogies; knowledge of current trends in pedagogy; skills in course development and implementation. Applicants should possess at least a masters degree from an accredited institution with five years of teaching experience. However candidates with a bachelors degree and near native speaker fluency may also be considered. Interested candidates should submit an application letter, completed application formwhich may be downloaded from: www .cob.edu.bs/hrpr ofile adetailed curriculum vitae, copies of College transcripts and names and contact information forat least three (3ofessional references. Applications will not be considered without the complete package which should be submitted to: The College of the Bahamas, Human Resources Department, P.O. Box N-4912, Poinciana Drive & Thompson Boulevard, Nassau, Bahamas. Attention: Renee Mayers, Associate Vice President, Human Resources or email: email@example.com by Monday, August 8th FROM page one EXECUTIVE ENTITIES TO DISTINGUISH BAHAMAS FROM THE COMPETITION WENDYWARREN
2 010 full-year, and 2011 first quarter, period ends. Our long-term plan is a series of short-term plans, and were looking no further than a couple of years forward, Mr Sunderji told T ribune Business. Notwithstanding any surp rises, we expect our second half results to be the same, or better than, the first half. Fidelity Bank (Bahamas generated 12 per centr eturn on equity (ROE d uring the 2011 first half, and improving this remainsa core focus. We expect that to be between 15-20 per cent next year, Mr Sunderji told this newspaper. Theres a direct correlation between return on equity and profitability, of course, and we expect to see further improvements i n the bottom line next y ear. This year is going to be a record year for the bank if we replicate the first half results. Confirming that the loan book growth was more than we grew the entire year last year, the Fidelit y Bank (Bahamas executive added: The loan mix continues to change. Were trying to increase our margins. Its working, and were happy with the results. Fidelity Bank (Bahamas was also aided by an almost two-thirds, or 65.4 p er cent, decline in its loan l oss provisions to $231,391 d uring the 2011 first half. Mr Sunderji said this showed the banks asset quality had not deteriorated further, and had stabilised. He said Fidelity Bank (Bahamas a rrears stood at 5 per cent, compared to a Bahamian commercial banking industry average of 13 per cent, while its mortgage arrears stood at 17 per cent of the total portfolio value, compared to 18-19 per cent for the sector. Were doing better. Its n ot something we can cele brate, but loan arrears w ill take a whole to recove r, Mr Sunderji said. Its a macroeconomic issue and a jobs issue, and they will take time. Three-f ive years seems to be a reasonable timeframe, as this is going to be a slow, protracted recovery. The Fidelity Bank (Bahamas c onceded, though, that c ommercial bank profi tability industry wide was likely to take a hit in the 2011 third quarter due to the 75 basis point cut in the Bahamian Prime interest rate. Given that interest paid on deposits (liabilities w ould take longer to adjust to the change than the interest rate on loans (assets Prime, all Bahamian commercial banks are facing an at least temporary margin squeeze. Acknowledging that t here will be a margin s hrinkage, and that the c ommercial banks may not b e able to claw it all b ack, Mr Sunderji said t he extent of the impact would depend on individual bank loan portfoliosa nd how much credit was tied to Bahamian Prime. He added, though, that Fidelity Bank (Bahamas had benefited from avoiding the commercial loan m arket, which had been h eavily hit during the r ecession, causing exposed banks to increase provisions and reserves. Mr Sunderjis bank specialises in mortgages and consumer loans. Fidelity Bank (Bahamas had been able to fund its g rowth through deposits, which grew by 12.5 per cent in the six months since year-end to $248.412 million compared to $220.728 million. The bank also contained its total expenses at $6.754 million, compared to $ 6.862 million the year b efore, although Mr Sund erji said there was now upward pressure as F idelity Bank (Bahamas h ad to take on more staff to match business growth. Fidelity Bank (Bahamas t otal assets grew by 11 per cent in the first half to $313 million, while total capital was up 6.3 per cent at $36.9 million. Operating income/average assets r eached 2.06 per cent. O n the top-line, Fidelit y Bank (Bahamas est income rose by 23.8 per cent to $12.198 million, compared to $9.852 million in the 2010 first half. Interest expense remained flat. As a result, total income w as up 37.1 per cent at $8.962 million, compared to $6.535 million the year before. We are on track and on plan, and the strategy that weve deployed is working out well, Mr Sunderji said. You have to remain p ersistent, remain focused, a nd weve done a reasona bly good job paying attent ion to the fundamentals. Were just going to be a growing institution that does the same old stuff ande xecutes reasonably well. Theres no rocket science to it. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.181.17-0.0112,5000.1550.0807.56.84% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.080-16.6 0.75% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.946.940.000.2300.10030.21.44% 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% 1 1.108.44Cable Bahamas8.488.480.000.2450.31034.63.66% 2.802.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8 .508.33Commonwealth Brewery8.408.400.000.7400.00011.40.00% 7 .006.04Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2 .001.73Consolidated Water BDRs1.661.800.148420.1110.04516.22.50% 2 .541.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.380.000.0740.11018.67.97% 5.994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.4980.24010.84.44% 8.805.35Finco5.395.390.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.747.75FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.59Focol (S 5.755.750.000.4350.16013.22.78% 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% 10.809.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 1 0.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% I nterest 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%20 November 2029FRIDAY, 29 JULY 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,414.44 | CHG 0.09 | %CHG 0.01 | YTD -85.07 | YTD % -5.67BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)M aturity 19 October 2017F INDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.57161.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.57162.98%6.01%1.467397 3.01602.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.01602.33%3.29%2.902023 1.61281.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.61282.46%4.56%1.528885 3.20252.5730Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5730-5.41%-9.79% 13.680613.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.68062.42%2.01% 114.128999.4177CFAL Global Bond Fund114.09222.35%13.88%114.128861 118.4255101.6693CFAL Global Equity Fund118.42552.30%8.26%116.580785 1.16081.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.16551.66%5.19% 1.12141.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.12640.71%6.11% 1.16201.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.16681.54%5.59% 9.99529.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.94330.98%4.58% 11.217310.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 211.19701.31%11.59% 10.42889.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.15251.27%8.82% 8.45104.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.65073.01%18.38% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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Responsibleforthepreparationofresponsestobesenttodisclosing institutions, in respect to all reports assigned. AssistwiththeFinancialIntelligenceUnitstrainingoftheFinancial S ervicesSector,withregardstoSuspiciousTransactionReports, c ountering money laundering, typologies, etc. Qualification & Experience The successful applicant must: Mustpossess,atminimum,anAssociatesofArtsDegreeinBusiness A dministration,Economics,PoliticalScience,CriminalJusticeor s imilar. Experienceininvestigations,intelligenceandbankingwouldbean asset. Must be a Bahamian citizen with a clean police record. Be a reliable, conscientious and confidential person. Be a team player. Be computer literate and proficient in the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, a nd the Internet Excellent oral communication and written skills Salary will be determined based on qualification and experience. Ifyouareinterestedinapplyingwithareputable,wellestablishedagency andyoumeettheminimumrequirements,pleasesubmityourcurriculum vitae (resume) via fax #322-5551 or email: Director@fiubahamas.bs. W ewillnotbeacceptinganyphonecallsrelatedtotheabove.Only a pplicants selected for an interview will be contacted. FIDELITY EYES RECORD YEAR FROM page one P ORTLAND, Ore. Associated Press O NE OF THElargest companies in Oregon is getting a Canadian owner. T he Oregonian reported Monday (http://bit.ly/qO43VE that Toronto investment firm Onex Corp. will pay $675 million to take a majority stake in Jeld-Wen, based in Klam ath Falls. Onex agreed in May to pay $475 million for a 39 percent s take. It will also issue a $189 million note convertible to additional stock. The collapse of the U.S. housing market hammered JeldWen, which is privately held and makes doors and windows. It has sold holdings in resorts and real estate to con c entrate on its core business. Existing shareholders, including the trust of co-founder Richard Wendt and family members, will retain a stake in the company. Wendt helped launch the business in 1960, andd ied a year ago at age 79. ONEX TO BUY MAJORITY STAKE IN ORE.-BASED JELD-WEN
WOMAN T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011, PAGE 9B B ODYANDMIND T h e T r i b u n e By JEFFARAH GIBSON T ribune Features Writer T OO often, the medicinal value of fruit growing in our very own backyard is overlooked. Instead of collecting sage bush to help treat the skin irritation chickenpox causes, most purchase calamine lotion; instead of brewing the leaves of the Jumbie Bean T ree for tea, most prefer storebought herbal teas when they want a beverage with a soothing effect. B ut it only takes a little research to find out which of the plants that g row right on your doorstep have health benefits. And if the time is taken to study these plants, you may end up improving your health and saving time and money. T ake for instance the Jackfruit a plant which is native to southe rn and southeastern Asia and w hich, according to some research, can help prevent cancer. T he fruit is rich in phytonutrients which are plant-basedm icronutrients that contain prot ective, disease-preventing comp ounds. These phytonutrients help e liminate cancer-causing free radi cals from the body and slow the d egeneration of cells that can lead to degenerative diseases. Dr Portia Brown of Nassau said s he discovered the Jackfruit on a trip to Asia, and brought it back to grow in her own garden. The Jack plant was formerly introduced in 2002. I brought oneo r two seeds when I went to Asia. The tree bore its first fruit three y ears ago and it has come to bloom this time around, she told Tribune Health Though the tree bares no more t han 20-30 fruits annually, they can grow very big with the smallest weighing more than a newborn baby and the largest weighing more than the average toddler. The smallest Jackfruit weighed about 20 pounds and the largest c an grow about 80 pounds. When they are huge they look frightening. The jack fruit is said to be thel argest fruit grown commercially o n a tree, she said. The jackfruit has minerals including vitamin A, C, D, calcium, phos phorous, and zinc. According to Dr Brown, jack fruit is a blend between a soursop a nd breadfruit. I dont know if this is substan tiated, but it is as if the breadfruit m arried the sour sop. The seeds of the jackfruit plant can be roasted, fried or boiled. The fruit also makes a very good vegetarian patty as well. When the seeds are boiled, they are very tasty and nutritious snacks. When they are roasted, they taste like chestnuts or any nuts for that matter. Jackfruit c an be used as an alternative to potatoes. Dr Brown is a strong advocate of plant based medicine. So far she has written two books on nat-u ral at home remedies. My motto is let us go back to the garden of Eden to restore life. Along with a doctor degree in educational psychology, Dr Brown also has several credentials in herbal medicine. For more information e-mail p firstname.lastname@example.org. Health Benefits of Jack Fruit LOWERS HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE: The fruit is a good s ource of potassium, which is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling h eart rate and blood pressure. ENERGY BOOSTER: Abundant with simple sugars like fruct ose and sucrose, the soft and easily digestible fruits are energy powerhouse to revitalise the bodyi nstantly. And the real bonus p oint is that although jackfruits are energy rich fruit, they contain no saturated fats or cholesterol making it one of healthiest fruit to savour. G OOD FOR CONSTIPATION: Jackfruits have dietary fiber, which makes it a good bulk laxative. It aids the bowel move m ent and prevents constipation. A NTI-ULCER PROPERTIES: Jackfruit is also known to contain anti-ulcer properties which help cure ulcers and digestive disor d ers. EYE AND SKIN CARE: Vita min A helps in maintaining a h ealthy eye and aids in good vision. Small amounts of VitaminA in jackfruit helps provide the r equired amount of vitamin A. Jackfruit has anti-aging properties, which makes the skin appeary ounger by slowing the cells d egeneration. FOR ASTHMA PATIENTS: Ayurveda prescribes the extracts from the root of Jackfruit tree for treating asthma. Boiling the jack f ruit root and its extract has been found to control asthma. S TRENGTHENS THE BONE: Being rich in magnesium, jackfruit helps to absorb calcium, thereby strengthening the bones. PREVENT ANEMIA: The high iron content helps to prevent anemia and helps maintain proper blood circulation in our body. INCREASES THE SPERM COUNT: According to Ayurveda, ripened jackfruit helps increase sperm count. Health benefits taken from www.gingerchai.com GET WELL BAHAMAS Special for The Tribune AFTER a successful Phase 1 with its 40 challengers losing in excess of 1,000 pounds and many of them coming off of medication for various noncommunicable diseases (NCDs ance Board has launched Phase 2 of its Get Well Bahamas (GWB The 12-week challenge seeks to improve the health and wellness of Bahamians through personal fitness training and wellness coaching. On Tuesday, July 26, the 40 new chal lengers, their relatives, friends, and government officials assembled at the Harry C Moore Library Auditorium to officially launch the programme. Dr Hubert Minnis, Minister of Health, spoke to the signifi cance of the programme in securing the nation's health: "We are plagued here in the Bahamas with chronic noncommunicable diseases whichare compounded by obesity and persons being overweight. About 70 per cent of our population is overweight or obese. So, once we can conquer our weight problem, we will be able to manage the chronic NCDs that we are faced with. However, if we don't manage this problem today, it is estimated that in first-world countries like the Bahamas, within the next 10 years, 77 per cent of us will die from NCDs. But your presence here, challengers, is tes tament that you care for your lives and for your nation." "Eat Right For Life" is the theme for GWB Phase 2. Jan Martin-Isaacs, president of Jemi Health & Wellness, one of GWBs facilitators, is encouraging the challengers to make healthier food choices. Challengers will receive instructions about meal planning, food preparation, and most importantly, food portions. "A big problem in the Bahamas is the size of our meals. If we change the size of our meals and look at what we put into our bodies, then we will promote a lifetime of excel lent health for ourselves and for our families, said Mrs Isaacs. The fitness portion of the programme will be handled by Albert Rahming, president of Body Zone Fitness, and his team. Each participant will receive three personal training sessions per week, along with a three-month gym membership. Mr Rahming encouraged the challengers to view Body Zone as a "home away from home". "You have to be disciplined. In your mind, have a visual of how you want to look at the end of this programme and push for that. Think about the end result and how you will feel when its all done. I want to welcome all of the partici pants to the first day of their new bodies and healthier lives," he added. Five participants from Phase 1 have been brought back as mentors and accountability partners for the new challengers. Dinah Knowles, who shed 50 pounds and won the first phase, is one such men tor. She told the new chal lengers: "The standard that this programme has set for itself, by giving back to the Bahamas, is commendable. I congratu late you for taking such a bold step towards your health. I encourage you to make up your mind, like I did, that youre on a life changing path and that you will do all that's in your power to get well and stay fit." Algernon Cargill, NIB director, noted that the 40 GWB Phase 2 challengers have been accepted into an elite fraternity of wellness seekers: You've been given an opportunity to fulfill your dream, a chance to show the world who you really are. We feel that you have a desire and a commitment to overcome the chronic conditions that currently impair your life. We at NIB and your facil itators have high hopes for you and great expectations that you will seize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and make the most of it. GET WELL BAHAMAS MOVES INTO PHASE 2 GWB2 LAUNCH: The 41 Get Well Bahamas Phase 2 challengers pose with Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis, National Insurance Board personnel, facilitators, and sponsors at the launch ceremony on Tues day, July 26 at the Harry C Moore Library Auditorium. j a i r k c f u t J A C K F R U I T w h i c h o r i g i n a l l y c o m e s f r o m I n d i a i s s a i d t o b e t h e l a r g e s t f r u i t g r o w n c o m m e r c i a l l y o n a t r e e
WOMAN PAGE 10B, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By DR ANDRE CLARKE W E EAT,we drink and we have a good time. These things are important for our physical and psychological health. What we eat affects the bodys physical health, and by extension, the mouths health. I t is sometimes forgotten, that all of the foods we eat affect the mouth. I t is not only the sugars, starches and c arbohydrates that have effects, but the v itamins and minerals. Good nutrition can aid in the prevention of disease and it can promote goodh ealth. It is commonly accepted that there are six categories of nutrients that the body need to acquire from food: proteins, carbohydrates, fats, fibers, water, vitamins a nd minerals. Let us take a closer look at vitamins and minerals. They are essential to our wellb eing, but often time, they are glossed o ver. V itamin and mineral deficiencies commonly cause serious mouth problems. B elow is a tabular listing of vitamins and m inerals and how they affect the mouth. The table also suggests a number of foods that contain the vitamins and minerals mentioned. V itamins and minerals The effects on the mouth caused vitam ins and minerals and the foods in which they can be found: VITAMIN A ( Carotene) Prevents dry mouth and oral cancer. Prevents gingivitis, periodontitis (inflam mation of the teeths supporting tissue) a nd gum overgrowth. C an be found in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, green leafy vegetables (spinach, collard greens, kale). VITAMIN C (Ascorbic acid Prevents soft, bleeding gums and loose t eeth. Prevents oral cancer. Can be found in citrus fruits, cantaloupe, strawberries, green leafy vegetables and bell peppers. VIT AMIN D Promotes strong teeth and bones of the jaw. Can be found in oily fish, milk, eggs, cereals and sunshine. VITAMIN E Prevents growth of thick white patches in the mouth. Prevents oral cancer. Can be found in vegetable oil, nuts, peanut butter and wheat germ B2, NIACIN, B6, B12 (Folic acid Prevents soreness; redness and bleeding of the gums; cracking and sores in the corners of the mouth and on the tongue. Prevents bad breath, bone loss around the teeth and loosen ing of ligaments hold ing teeth. Can be found in salmon, beef, liver, chicken, fish, yogurt, nuts and beans; also in breakfast cereals, spinach, navy beans, orange juice, pasta and rice. CALCIUM, PHOSPHOROUS, MAGNESIUM Aids in tooth development; prevents loss o f jaw bone and teeth and rebuilds the h ard surface of the teeth (enamel C an be found in milk, cheese, yogurt, seafood and dark green leafy vegetables. FLUORIDE Prevents tooth decay and helps repair enamel. C an be found in fluoridated water, black tea and sardines. ZINC Aids in digestion and in the healing of cold and canker sores. Can be found in liver, various meats, eggs, seafood and whole-grain cereals. IODINE N eeded for tooth development. C an be found in iodised salt, seafood, kelp and saltwater fish. COPPER It helps in absorbing iron and helps to produce blood and nerve fibers. C an be found in liver, kidney, seafood, nuts, seeds and tap water. IRON P rotects against oral cancer; helps the immune system and helps with swallowing. Can be found in liver, eggs, f ish, seafood, various other meats, enriched breads, cereals and green leafy vegetables. POTASSIUM, VITAMIN K Needed for nerve funct ion; muscle contractions. Prevents gum bleeding. Promotes blood clotting factors. C an be found in legumes, fruits, milk and cheese and in green vegetables (kale, spinach and cabbage), collards, turnip greens, beet greens and Brussels sprouts. It is time to accept that our body acts as a unit and everything we put in it, affects all of it. The effect will be direct or indirect, but inescapable. A healthy diet with all the food groups will give us a measure of prevention and there fore we will need less of a cure. The old adage prevention is better than cure will forever resonate. If the many food options for vitamins and minerals above do not entice you, do not fear. The list is not exhaustive and if all else fails; you can always pop a pill (a multivitamin). Even though we are in an age of quick fixes, our health seems to be one of those things we have to be constantly working at. Keep at it. Do not give up. H ealthy eating will pay off and your m outh will thank you for it, along with your heart, your liver and your kidneys. T his article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended and may not be treated as, a substitute for professional med ical/dental advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or d ental professional with any questions you m ay have regarding a medical/dental condition. Never disregard professional medi cal/dental advice or delay in seeking it b ecause of a purely informational public ation. If you have questions, please send email to email@example.com. Dr Andr R Clarke, DDS, MBBS Special Care Dentistry ByBASIL SANDS IN THE Bahamas, heart disease is a major cause of death in people as it is i n animals. In humans it is because of l ifestyle challenges (smoking diet etc In animals the cause is usually hereditary, heartworm, age related or degenerative. Middle-aged and older s mall dogs are most often affected. A number of conditions can adversely affect the function of the h eart. H eart failure results when damaged h eart muscle is no longer able to move b lood throughout the body. Without t reatment the dog will die. Disease p revalence and severely increase with age. Signs of heart disease vary from type to type, but many times the affected dog suffers exercise intolerance (becomes exhausted quickly may act weak or have a bluish tinge to t he skin and tongue from the lack of o xygen. In most cases of chronic heart failu re, the dogs body retains fluid (edem a). This is due to the body trying to c ompensate for reduced heart efficiency, the result is a retention of sodium and fluids, increased blood volumea nd constriction of blood vessels and increased blood pressure. Heart disease has a cascading effect on the whole body and can lead to damage of other internal organs, like the kidney, liver and lungs. When the left side of the heart fails, fluid collect in the lungs (pulmonary edemar esults in a cough, laboured breathing and panting. Obesity complicates heart disease and makes it more diffi c ult to treat, but some dogs suffer weight loss and seem to waste away. Dogs sit with elbows spread and neck extended while straining tob reath and may even try to sleep in t his position to ease respiration. When the right side of the heart fails, fluid collect and swells thea bdomen (ASCITES beneath the skin (edemathe legs may swell), and or fills the chest cavity (plural effusion Mur mur This fluid accumulation results in congestive heart failure. Usually dogs suffering from heart failure. Usually dogs suffering from heart failure will have a heart murmur. Many times, right heart failure develops as a result of the strain from an existing left heart failure. Congenital heart disease may or may not be inherited and are quite rare. Patent ductus arterous is the most common and is seen in poodles and shepherds. Congenital Pulomonic Stenosis and Aoritic Stenosis are also conditions that are seen. Acquired heart disease, unlike congenital forms, develops over time and commonly are due to other conditions like CAN CER, parasites (heartworm tious disease (Periodontal disease Acquired valvular heart disease is the most common cause of heart disease in the dog. Valvular disease is considered a disease of old age, with about one third of all dogs over the age of 12 affected. It is most common in smaller breeds. The heart valves simply begin to wear out and leak blood backwards instead of pumping it all forward. This puts extra strain on the heart. Dilated cardionyopully may also cause heart valve problems. This is a disease of the heart much rather than the valves. The heart loses the ability to adequately contract and pump blood out of the heart. The heart itself enlarges but becomes flaccid and the muscle walls become thin. This is usually a hereditary problem and is seen in Boxers, Cocker spaniels and Dobermans. Diagnosis of heart disease is made using x-rays, ultrasound and EKG that pick up irregular heart rhythm. Dogs with heart disease due to heartworm can be cured if diagnosed and treated early. Dogs with valvular heart disease can often be helped with drugs that improve the heart performance and reduce flow accumulation. A diuretic drug like LASIX forces the kidney to eliminate excess salt and water. Vasodilatation drugs like enalapil help open the lungs and con trol congestion digoxin may help improve heart muscle performance in certain types of heart disease. HEART DISEASE IN DOGS B Y D R BASIL S ANDS KEEPING YOUR MOUTH ALIVE B YDRANDRE C LARKE ORAL HEALTH: VITAMINS AND MINERALS
THETRIBUNE SECTIONBTUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 F O LLOWING weeks of intense training and educational workshops, 17 teen beauties vying for the title of Theodore Elyetts Miss Teen Bahamas 2011/2012 were recently unveiled before family, friends and pageant enthusiasts at the s ixth annual contestant launch party. 2011/12 contestants unveiled, 17 beauties vie for crown The launch party was the publics first opportunity to see the contestants and get to know a little about the historical landmarks they represent, their pageant platform and why they should be chosen as the next teen queen. Under the theme, Pretty Girl Rock: Beauty, Intelligence, Grace, the launch party marked the beginning of the organisations long list of preliminary competitions, community service initiatives, additional training and e ducational workshops. The highlight of the evenings party was the launch of the contestants official photographs captured by the organisations official pageant photogr apher Kovah Duncombe. T he images, which were shot with the theme Pretty Girls Rock The City in mind, were taken throughout various tourist hot spots in New Providence like Junkanoo Beach at Long Wharf, Victoria Gardens, Parlia ment Street, Rawson Square, the downtown Straw Market, Prince George D ock and the Woodcarvers Market on the western end of the Straw Market. Each contestant, with exception of Miss Teen Grand Bahama, chose a s pecific landmark to represent for the duration of the 2011 pageant season. H ead contestant manager for the organisation Gerard Williams said: We always endeavor to make our annual pageant programme an experi ence which is both fun and educational, so as the only pageant organisation in the country which utilises historical landmarks and tourist attractions ast itles, we feel that we offer our participants the opportunity to learn so much about Bahamian attractions that are often overlooked. A winner will be crowned on August 14 at the grand finale in the Rainforest Theatre of the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino. The winner will walk away as Theodore Elyetts Miss Teen Bahamas 2011 with a myriad of prizes, including a cash award of $2,000. She will also participate in the 2011 edition of Miss Teenager Universe to be held in Guatemala later this year. Miss Teen Arawak Cay ASHLEY CHAN TACK, 16 Miss Teen Adelaide KYRA CULMER, 17 Miss Teen Dunmore House TIA FERGUSON, 18 Miss Teen Pompey Museum NIAYA MOSS, 17 Miss Tee Queens Staircase SHAQUILLE SANDS, 18 Miss Teen Fort Charlotte ALEXIS SMITH, 15 Miss Teen Graycliff SHONTE CARGILL, 17 Miss Teen Fort Winton LAURIEL COLEBROOKE, 17 Miss Teen Rawson Square BARRANAE THOMPSON, 16 Miss Teen Government House ANAIA SAUNDERS, 17 Miss Teen Balcony House ZARRIA MOXEY, 17 Miss Teen Ardastra Gardens VANSHANAE BOW, 16 Miss Teen Fort Montagu KELISA MILLER, 17 Miss Teen Fort Fincastle KRISTEN BUTLER, 18 Miss Teen Potters Cay DANIELLE KNOWLES, 17 Miss Teen Grand Bahama YAMEASE SWAIN, 18 Miss Teen Botanical Gardens ROBBYN THOMPSON, 17 THIS YEARS PAGEANT CONTESTANTS ARE: CLOCKWISEFROMTOPLEFT: Ashley Chan Tack, Kyra Culmer, Niaya Moss, Alexis Smith, Lauriel Colebrooke, Anaia Saunders, Vanshanae Bow, Kristen Butler, Yamease Swain, Robbyn Thompson, Danielle Knowles, Kelisa Miller, Zarria Moxey, Barranae Thompson, Shonte Cargill, Shaquille Sands, Tia Ferguson.
By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org GOING back to school turned out to be the lucky charm for Mark Knowles as he won his first mens doubles tournament for the year, teaming up with his replacement partner Xavier Malisse. The Bahamian-Belgian duo, seeded at No.3, took advantage of their first-time partnership to clinch the mens doubles title in the Farmers Classic at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA Angeles, California, on Sunday. They had to go through two tough tie-breakers to pull off a hard fought 7-6 (310 and 56 minutes over the team of Somdev Devvarman and Trent Huey. It was sweet, obviously nice to win a tournament on my home campus where I went to school, Knowles told The Tribune yesterday. I hadnt played that tournament much over the years because of the scheduling. It was only my second time playing it, so it was nice to be back on campus and to win the tournament was kind of doubly special being in that environment. The 39-year-old Knowles captured his 54th tour title in his 98th final, but it was his first on the UCLA campus where he was awarded All American honors in singles and doubles for the Bruins from 1990-92. Its not easy to win tournaments, so its very special and nice that its the first time that we played together and to have the success right away, said Knowles about teaming up with Malisse in the absence of Michal Mertinak, who is still recuperating from a back injury. We combined well and we played a lot of great tennis during the week and we pulled out a tough win in the final. Malisse, 31, won his second doubles title for the year, adding to the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 victory in Indian Wells in March with Alexandr Dolgopolov. T HETRIBUNE SECTIONETUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 INSIDE TRAK 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 2 2 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . UNITED STATES DOMINATES WORLDS WITH 16 GOLDS FIVE TO COMPETE IN FINA WORLD JUNIORS WOMENS SEGMENT OF CBC CHAMPS TO START THIS WEEK BAHAMAS F ALLS TO US VIRGIN ISLANDS, SETTLES FOR SIL VER PHOTO FINISH: CHRIS BROWN SETTLES FOR THIRD IN 400m 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 7 7 E E . . . By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com A r ianna VanderpoolWallace just loves the position she finds herself in. I am very happy with my performances. Every time I dive into thep ool, I swam a new personal best, s he stated. Her latest PB came Sunday at the 14th FINA World Championships where she became the first Bahami an woman to crack the 25-second barrier in the 50 metres freestyle. The time: 24.79 seconds for a sev enth place in the final, lowering her Bahamian national record and in the process becoming the first Bahamian woman to compete in a final, while cracking the A standard for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. The meet was an incredible learning experience for me, Van derpool-Wallace said. I have learnt a lot about myself as well as my competitors. The meet has made me realize that I have a lot to work on between now and London 2012. Vanderpool-Wallace, one of three Bahamians competing in the meet, not only made the A cut for her spe cialty in the 50 free, but she also achieved the mark with her 10th place finish in the semifinal of the 100 free on Friday when she clocked 54.46 to lower her Bahamian national record in the process as well. Going into this meet, the only goal that I really had was to get my Olympic A cut and I knew that whatever else came with it was going to be great as well, VanderpoolWallace told The Tribune. I try not to really anticipate anything because sometimes you find that you feel let down if you dont achieve exactly what you wanted even if it is still a really great swim. The 21-year-old Vanderpool-Wallace, who was coming off an historic bronze medal performance at last years FINA World Short Course Championships, inked her name in the Bahamian history books again when she placed fifth in heat eight of the 100 free preliminaries in 54.51 to become the first Bahamian woman to advance to the semifinal of an event at the championships. Both of my 100s were really good, but nothing close to a perfect race, said Vanderpool-Wallace as she reflected on her performances. When I swam again in the semifinals, I tried a different race strategy and swam a faster time, but it wasn't necessarily a good race. So that's something that I have to go back and work on. As for the historic feat of advanc ing to the semis, Vanderpool-Wal l ace noted: Really, coming into this m eet, I hadnt realised that no Bahamian had ever made the semifinals at this meet before. After I made the semifinals and finals at the short course world championships in December, so at this meet, I knew that it was something that was pos sible. One performance led to the next as Vanderpool-Wallace made the necessary adjustments and was able to surpass all of her expectations in the 50 free. Just like the 100 freestyle, I did nt anticipate much beside the desire to make my Olympic A cut," she stated. My prelim race was not a very good race and I am very fortunate to have made it into the semi final with a swim like that. In the semifinal, the race was much better, but my start and my finish were not as good as I wanted them to be, so going into the finals, I knew that if I fixed those things I could swim a lot faster than my pre vious two times. Also, like the 100, it wasn't a perfect race and there is so much that I need to go back to training to work on. The result a 7th place in the final, a national record and another Olympic A cut. The time was great. To go under 25 seconds in a 50 freestyle is an incredible feeling, she said. However, looking at the times that it took to get a medal, it shows that I have a long way to go if I want to be competing with these girls. Arianna cracks 25-sec barrier in 50m free Knowles, Malisse clinch doubles title S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 E E L L o o w w e e r r s s h h e e r r B B a a h h a a m m i i a a n n n n a a t t i i o o n n a a l l r r e e c c o o r r d d M M a a k k e e s s A A s s t t a a n n d d a a r r d d f f o o r r L L o o n n d d o o n n O O l l y y m m p p i i c c s s PERSONAL BEST: Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace became the first Bahamian woman to crack the 25-second barrier in the 50 metres freestyle.
SPORTS PAGE 2E, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS T HE Bahamas Swimming Federa tion (BSF of five swimmers to participate in the 3rd FINA World Junior Championships. The event is set for August 16-21 in Lima, Peru, and the team of Evante Gibson, Matthew Lowe, TAuren Moss, Bria Deveax and T aryn Smith is scheduled to depart o n August 12. The head coach will be Michael Stewart and the team manager is Sheena Deveaux. The FINA World Youth Swimming Championships is a swimming championships for youth under the age of 18 years old. It is held biennially in even years since 2006. T he Bahamas entries are listed b elow by swimmer: Evante Gibson freshman at Queens University, Charlotte, N Carolina 100 breaststroke 1:09.01; 50 breast 30:57; 100 butterfly 58:72 and 50 butterfly 26:28 Matthew Lowe freshman at Towson University, Towson Maryl and 400 freestyle 4:25.34; 800 f reestyle 9:35.94; 200 butterfly 2:14.38; 200 IM 2:24.70 and 400 IM5:04.81 TAuren Moss 11th Grade at St Augustines College 50 Free25:50; 100 free 54:64; 50 fly 25:64 and 100 fly 54:64 Bria Deveaux 12th Grade S enior at Baylor School in Chatt anooga Tennessee 50 free 27:48; 100 Free 59:41; 50 fly 29:40 and 100 fly 1:06.15 Taryn Smith 11th Grade at Sunland Baptist Academy in Grand Bahama 50 free 27:88; 100 Free 1:00.23; 200 free 2:12.59; 50 fly 29:65 and 100 fly 1:06.74 Five to compete in FINA World Juniors SHANGHAI (AP Michael Phelps kept telling everyone he wasn't in shape at the world championships. Winning seven medals, including four golds, didn't change his mind. What Phelps didn't do and Ryan Lochte did was most telling. Lochte beat Phelps in both of their matchups, and he set the first world record since high-tech bodysuits were banned 19 months ago while winning five golds and a bronze over eight days at the Oriental Sports Center. China's Sun Yang broke the second world record of the meet Sunday, taking down Aussie Grant Hackett's 10year-old mark in the 1,500 freestyle. The Americans' ongoing rivalry promises to make things interesting on the road to next year's London Olympics. "I don't really think I'm the top dog," Lochte said. "No matter what the out come of the end-of-the-year championship meet, right afterwards I knock myself down to the bottom of the totem pole. I have a whole year to work hard, train hard to get back up there to the top." No doubt Phelps will be there waiting for him. "This is 2011. It's not 2012, and it's not the Olympic Games," Phelps said. "I've been able to gather more motivation here than I already had." Both Phelps and Lochte e arned gold medals Sunday, when the United States won two other golds and six medals total on the final night. The American team claimed 29 swimming medals 16 gold, five silver ande ight bronze to greatly improve upon its performance from two years ago in Rome. The US dominates worlds with 16 golds All eight competitors dipped under the 25-second mark in the race that was won by Swedens Therese Alshammar in 24.14. For Vanderpool-Wallace, even though she wasnt a medal contender as the bronze was won by Marleen Veldhuis of the Netherlands in 24.49, she was just delighted to be included in the field. The 50 freestyle is really just a blur. Before I stepped up on the blocks, I think about everything that I want to focus on during my race, such as fast and powerful start, when and where I take my breaths, making sure I keep a long and powerful stroke and having a strong finish, she stated. Then once I step up on the blocks, I really stop thinking and I let my body take over essentially. I trained all year to swim the 100 and 50 so at that point, I kind of let the training take over, my body will handle everything that I thought about before the race. It is actually pretty incredible hindsight that I can do all those things without really thinking about them while I am racing. Having accomplished her goals, Vanderpool-Wallace is now turning to her preparation for London. I am going to take a short but important break from swimming before I go back to Auburn to begin training again, she said. This coming year is going to be an interesting one because I will be training as part of the Auburn Uni versity team, working towards a successful SEC and NCAA as well as working as an individual for the London Olympics. Both are very, very important to me so its going to be interesting to find a balance between the two. When its all said and done, Vanderpool-Wallace said shes hoping to end up with another historic feat at the Olympics. Right now, I dont have any expectations besides the fact that I want to swim faster, she said. I have a whole year to decide what I want from the Olympics. I am not going to start thinking about it just yet. For now, Vanderpool-Wallace just wants to bask in her recent accomplishments. Arianna cracks 25-sec bar rier in 50m free F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E BAHAMIANS Vereance Burrows, Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace and Alana Dillette hold the Bahamian flag with their Chinese attache. Photo by Kathryn Dillette
NBA talks resume, a month after start of lockout SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011, PAGE 3E By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org COACH Larry Smith said he knew once his players got their legs back under them, the Bahamas was going to make a run for the US Virgin Islands in the championship game of the 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships. Unfortunately, having faced a huge 20-point deficit, it took the team a lot longer to get their act together and the Bahamas had to settle for the silver medal after losing a close 91-89 decision to the US Virgin Islands. really believe it was a hangover from the night before where we played our butts off against Jamaica in the semifinal to get into the championship game, said Smith after the Bahamas loss a t Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium Friday night. The Virgin Islands punched us right in the nose from the first quarter and we took it pretty hard because we really had to fight our way back down the stretch to make it an interesting game at the end. Smith, the head coach of Ranger Junior College in Ranger, Texas, where he coaches a number of Bahami ans, said the one thing he likes about the Bahamian players is their intestinal fortitude in never giving up. But as the team looks ahead to the CentroBasket next year, Smith said the goal for the coaching staff and the federation is to find more of the bigger players back in the professional ranks tomake the team better. We just needed another big guy and some shooters because if we did, I think we would have been able to contend with the Virgin Islands even better, he said. But I was proud of their performances with what we had. Virgin Islands head coach Milton Barnes said it was a great feeling to be the champions, something that was long overdue for their coun try. We knew we had to come out early and establish our selves, he said. That was important for us because theyare a good team and we knew that sooner or later they were going to make a run at us. Grand Bahamian point guard Quentin Three Ounce Hall said the Bahamas should be proud of the teams effort despite the loss. Oh man, this young guy, w hat can we say. They fought t heir hearts out, he said. We just didnt get the start we anticipated, but we never gave up. We showed a lot of pride and heart, but the deficit was just too much. Hall said he concurs with the coaches that in order to play at CentroBasket, the coaches and the federation will have to keep the nucleus together, but they have to insert some pieces that were m issing. Whether or not he is one of the players selected to play at CentroBasket, Michael Fernly Bain said he was just delighted to have been afforded the opportunity to play in the tournament. We did a very good job. We were a little disappointed that we didnt win the gold, he said. But we will get it together next year if we can improve on our defense and do a better job of rebounding. And Torrington Cox, who was back for another sting on t he team, said if it wasnt for t he first quarter when they w ere beaten badly, they would have had an excellent chance to win. Cox, like the rest of the players, say they will be waiting to see if they get the call to play at CentroBasket where they hope to redeem themselves and perform even better. If you missed it, the Bahamas lost the gold medal to the US Virgin Islands 9189. The Bahamas fell behind 25-19 at the end of the first quarter and 43-27 at the half. At the end of the third, they trailed just 58-53. In that game, Alonzo Hinds had a side high 14 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Rony Cadeau had 13 points and 12 rebounds, Jaraun Keno Burrows had 12 points and 14 boards, Jamaal Douglas had 11 points, Mitchell Johnson had 10 points and nine rebounds and Quentin Hall added nine points. The Virgin Islands, with four players in double figures, was led by Akeem Scott witha game high 23 points. Bahamas settles for silver By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com AT the end of the mens segment of the 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships, the Bahamas national team finished with the silver medal and a qualification for the CentroBasket tournament next year. Now its time to see if the women can duplicate the feat in their division, starting Wednesday at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. The Bahamas team, coached by American Larry Tidwell and Felix Fly Musgrove, will have their hands full as they are matched against teams from Cuba, the Dominican Republic, St Vin cent and the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago and the Virgin Islands the round robin format will be played through Sunday. Although the final selection of the team was not made until last week, Musgrove said hes convinced that the coach ing staff has been able to assemble the best talent avail able to represent the country. We basically had a difficult decision trying to pick the final two spots, but we selected the players that we felt would be beneficial to helping this team win, Musgrove said. Selected to represent the Bahamas are Anastacia Sands-Moultrie, Latoya Lil Thing Thompson, Taniel Poitier, Linda Pierre, Diasti Delancy, Vernisha Moss, Ashley Moss, Roberta Quant, Malesha Peterson, Latoya Rolle, Sasha Ferguson and Felicia Kelly. For the women, we dont have much height, said Mus grove. We have Linda Pierre and Roberta Quant, who are about 6-3 and 6-1. Those are the two tallest players that we have who are actively playing basketball. Anastacia Sands-Moultrie isnt that tall, but shes very physical and she fills a lot of depth. We also have Vernisha Moss and Ashley Moss, who also help us out in size. While a few players who are around the same height have been cut, Musgrove said there will be some argument that they should have been included as the tournament goes on. But he admitted that based on what the coaching staff wanted, they didnt fit the bill. If he had to pinpoint it, Musgrove said the strength on the team is in the point guard. We are solid in our point guards, our ones, he said. Our twos, we've been working on our shooting guards for the past two and-a-half months. Were coming along. The tournament is right here, but weve made some strides. Pr oblem Our main problem is that we dont shoot the ball very well in the country period, which was indicative of what we saw with the men here. So, hopefully, we might find one or two players who can get their rhythm going and be effective on the outside. If we dont see the ball on the outside, then we will have to clog it up on the inside. Musgrove said the teams weakness is definitely at the No.2 spot with the shooting guards. I think at the small forward spot, we are solid with Felicia Kelly, who just came in about a week and-a-half ago and we also have Malesha Peterson, who has been playing really well in practice, he said. Most of the females have been working very hard, so we just want them to come out and give it their best shot. Wednesdays opening matches are as follows: 4pm Dominican Repub lic vs Virgin Islands 6pm Cuba vs Trinidad & Tobago 8pm Opening Cere monies 9pm Bahamas vs St Vincent & the Grenadines For the rest of the tournament, the Bahamas will play the other countries as follows: Thursday Trinidad & Tobago at 8pm Friday Virgin Islands at 8pm Saturday Dominican Republic at 8pm Sunday Cuba at 7pm Womens segment of CBC Championships this week LONDON (AP ena Williams has returned to the top 100 in the women's rankings after winning her first title in more than a year at Stanford on Sunday. The former No. 1 jumped nearly 90 places to 79th in the rankings released Monday after beating Marion Bartoli 75, 6-1 in the Bank of the West Classic final to win her first title outside of the Grand Slams since 2009. Williams was sidelined for almost a year until June with foot injuries and blood clots on her lungs, and slid to 175th in the rankings when she failed to defend her Wimbledon title her lowest spot in 14 years. The 29-year-old American will take a week off before playing in Toronto to prepare for the US Open, beginning August 29. The top 10 in the rankings remained unchanged with Caroline Wozniacki at No. 1. S erena returns t o top 100 after title victory NEW YORK (AP NBA owners and players have resumed talks toward a new collective bargaining agreement, exactly one month after the lockout began. Though representatives from the sides have met since July 1, the session Monday was the first since then to include Commissioner David Stern, and players' associa tion executive director Billy Hunter and president Derek Fisher of the Lakers. They were joined by vice president Theo Ratliff, also of the Lakers. Far apart on numerous issues, the sides were unable to negotiate a new CBA before the old one expired at the end of the day June 30. Hunter indicated that day they might start on something besides economics when they returned, since they couldn't get past that hurdle previous ly. The season is scheduled to start on November 1. H e noted: It was a tough match. They started off really well but we hung in there and played some good points. Im really happy as it feels good to win another tournament. Its also a good confidence b oost, having played with Mark for the first time and winning the title. Knowles and Malisse will have no time to really celebrate their victory. They are now headed to Washington DC where they are playing in the Legg Mason Tennis Clas sic this week. We have a lot of momentum. Its a good lead up to a few events we will play together over the summer as we head towards the US Open, said Knowles, who intend to have Mertinak back by then. We look forward to trying to continue to build on our partnership. We are playing well together, so I think it will be wise for us to see where it takes us. Unseeded in this tournament, Knowles and Malisse have drawn to play against the No.4 seeded team of Rohan Bopanna of India and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi from Pakistan in their first round match on Wednesday. The American identical twin brothers, Bob and Mike Bryan, are the top seeds. The No.2 team seeds are Max Mirnyi from Belarus and Canadian Daniel Nestor. Knowles, Malisse clinch doub les title TEAM BAHAMAS (top had to settle for the silver after losing a close 91-89 decision to the US Virgin Islands in the final of the 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium on Friday night. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGES 4 &5E GOLD MEDAL WINNERS: Members of the US Virgin Islands pose above after they won the CBC mens championship title. 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SPORTS PAGE 4E, TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium... Bahamas falls to US P h o t o s b y F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f
SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011, PAGE 5E 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium... Virgin Islands, 91-89 TEAM BAHAMAS had to settle for the silver medal after losing 91-89 to the US Virgin Islands in the final of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium on Friday night. Some highlights of the game can be seen here.
SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011, PAGE 7E WINNING BRONZE: Jermaine Gonzales (far left of Jamaica, Jonathan Borlee of Belgium and Christopher Brown (far right of the Bahamas, compete in the Samsung Diamond League 400m race in Stockholm on Friday. Gonzales won, Brown placed third and Borlee was sixth. (AP Photo Chris Fireman Brown settles for third in 400m