B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org T HE proprietor of a convenience store and father of seven children became the countrys latest murder victim after he was shot in the neck during an armed robbery. Police are seeking the publics assistance in solving the countrys 92nd homicide whicho ccurred shortly before 6pm on Saturday. Police N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.222MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER HURRICANE WATCH By SANCHESKA BROWN and NATARIO McKENZIE RESIDENTS on East Bay Street are furious with the owner of a property that they say has been allowed to become a dengue fever factory. A man who lives nearby told The Tribune a vacant house with a pool on the strip has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and the other disease-carrying insects. I have the dengue fever and so does most of my neighbours, complained the man. This house has been a problem for a long time. Even before the outbreak of dengue, people would come and defecate on the premises. There is a pool that is now being filled with rain water because its the rainy season. On any given day you can s ee the swarm of mosquitoes flying around there. It is a dengue factory. 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Tropical Storm Irene was said to be just off the island of St Croix late yesterday afternoon. An alert issued by the Bahamas Meteoro logical Department yesterday said a tropical storm remains in effect for the southeast Bahamas which included Inagua, Mayaguana, Crooked Island and HURRIC ANEWATCH FORTHEBAHAMAS SEE page 12 IRENE GATHERSSTRENGTH DENGUE FEVER FACTORY: Residents claim this East Bay Street property has become a breeding ground for mosquitoes and the other disease-carrying insects. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff CRITICISM of the deci sion-making process in Perry Christies Cabinet made by then Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell have been revealed in the latest US Embassy cables released by Wikileaks. During a lunchtime meeting hosted by US Charge Robert Witajewski for Mr Mitchell and then Permanent A SERIES of town meetings will be held by the Min istry of Health and Ministry of the Environment to help communities manage their environments during the outbreak of dengue fever. The will be held at St Cecilias Church hall on Third Street, The Grove, at 6.30pm toinght. WIKILEAK S REVEALS MITCHELL CRITICISM OF CHRISTIE CABINET SEE page 10 SEE page 10 MINIS TRY TO HOLD TOWN MEETINGS OVER DENGUE FEVER INSIGHT E E N N O O U U G G H H W W I I T T H H T T H H E E O O U U T T R R A A G G E E SEEINSIGHTONPAGE12B
By GLADSTONE THURSTON Bahamas Information Services THE Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture (IICA Bahamians to take advantage of the lucrative organic farming industry. And, Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC son M Key wants young Bahamians to consider fruit tree propagation as a career path. Mr Key said he is paving the way for that by establishing a nursery at the North Andros Agro-Industrial Park. He hopes to attract the College of The Bahamas to use the facility as part of its practical activities. IICAs Bahamas representative, Dr Marikis Alvarez, accompanied Mr Key and a high-level BAIC team on a tour of farm facilities. In recent years, certified organic farming has become one of the worlds most dynamic export activities, IICA noted in its new Hemispheric Organic Agriculture Programme. This alternative method of production is making significant contributions to rural economies, the environment, and the social well-being of the farmers who practice it. It told of, an established international market, with differentiated prices and a demand for most organic products cannot be met. IICA is a specialised agency of the Inter-American System whose objectives are to encourage and support the efforts of member states to achieve agricultural development and wellbeing for rural populations. As people are becoming increasingly conscious about the quality of the food they eat, the demand for organic products is growing, said Dr Alvarez. People are seeking out these kinds of fruits and vegetables because of the absence of the use of pesticides on them. They also fetch a higher price. People are willing to pay for them. The production of organic products as a business is a rapidly growing trend, which can be achieved here in The Bahamas. Dr Alvarez noted that agriculture in The Bahamas has a huge potential because of the size of the imports. The Bahamas is a net importing country, and thus, from a food security perspective, that is an area that definitely needs strengthening, he said. Experts, including those at the World Bank and the InterAmerican Development Fund, he said, are all advocating for reinvestment in the agriculture sector because it is a great stimulant in rural development. When you look at the value chain in agriculture production it creates a lot of labour and catalyzes more industries trucking, storage, grading, packaging, distribution et cetera. When you add all these factors in the value chain, agriculture indeed becomes a great stimulant in most economies. So, any effort or initiative, from the public and private sectors, to catalyze agro business in our rural or Family Island communities is of great significance. A part of IICAs objective is to help member states to bring agriculture to the forefront in policy discussions, because of its multiplier effect on the econo my. BAIC chairman Mr Key told of plans to propagate thousands of fruit trees for distribution throughout the islands. BAIC recently purchased 1,500 mango, avocado, sugar apple, sour sop, and guava trees from a Florida nursery. They are to be used as bud wood. By multiplying the numbers through grafting and budding, said Mr Key, we want to be able to propagate our own fruit trees so we would not have to continue importing them. The whole idea is to be able to develop and expand the agri culture industry throughout the country by supplying farmers with fruit trees and vegetable seedlings in vast numbers. This is the future for food security for the country. And it can generate thousands of jobs. We are making a lot of progress. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE IICAS BAHAMAS REPRESENTATIVE Dr Marikis Alvarez (left a nd farmer Kirk Deleveaux discuss guava production during a tour of North Andros farms last weekend. Also pictured are BAIC executive chairman, Edison M Key (centre eral manager for agriculture,A rnold Dorsett. WITH THE NORTH ANDROS AGRO-INDUSTRIAL PARK taking s hape, BAIC executive chairman, Edison M Key (centre IICA Bahamas representative, Dr Marikis Alvarez are updated by Park official Ayret Lightbourne. Also pictured are general man ager, Benjamin Rahming (right, back t ant, Roger Rolle. ORGANIC FARMING E NCOURAGED
AN 18-year-old man of Hospital Lane is in police custody after he was arrested for possession of an unli censed firearm. Reports indicate that shortly after 4pm on Saturday, officers from the Southwestern division were on patrol on Spikenard Road off Carmichael Road, when they saw a man acting in a suspicious manner. The man, upon seeing the officers, tried to flee the scene but he was captured. POLICE on Friday recovered a handgun in the Nassau Village area. According to reports, sometime around 2.30pm, officers from the Central Detective Unit acting on information recovered a handgun in the area of Alexandria Boulevard. Police investigations continue. A 27-year-old man has been taken into police cus tody for questioning over an armed robbery. Shortly after 4pm on Friday, two men armed with a handgun entered G&M Window and Building Sup plies, on Baillou Hill Road South, and demanded cash. They then fled the area in a Kia sport vehicle. Shortly after the incident, police on patrol spotted the vehicle travelling west on Cowpen Road. A chase followed which ended at Cedar Way, off Carmichael Road. Police were able to arrest one of the suspects, while the other fled on foot. Inves tigations continue. A DRUG enforcement officer recovered two handguns in the Joans Heights area, say police. Investiga tions continue. POLICE are seeking the publics assistance in locating a man believed to be responsible for a shooting on Saturday which left a 20year-old man in hospital. The incident occurred at Charles Vincent Street and Moore Avenue shortly after noon on Saturday when the victim was shot in his lower back. Police are investigating and are following significant leads. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT: A father of two who fatally stabbed a man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for manslaughter after successfully appealing his murder conviction. Arnold Kelly, an ex-Defence Force officer, was retried for murder and convicted early this year of the manslaughter of Franko Braynen and causing grievous harm to Gregory Bethel, who were both stabbedin October, 2004. The husband and father of two was initially convicted of murder and sentenced to death, but appealed the case. His conviction was converted from murder to manslaughter. Senior Justice Hartman Longley sentenced Arnold Kelly to 13 years in prison on Thursday. Taking into consideration that Kelly had already spent 34 months in jail, the majority of which was served on death row, Justice Longley imposed a sen tence of time served for causing grievous harm. A manslaughter conviction can carry a maximum penalty of life. Kellys 13-year sentence takes effect from August 18. Justice Longley noted that Kelly had no prior convictions and that evidence from a probation report had indicated he was a responsible family man. However, the judge pointed out the circumstances surrounding the events on that fateful night suggested that Kelly could have walked away. You could have left and not have to face this sentence today, if you had chosen wisely to walk away, Justice Longley said to Kelly. It is also perhaps fit to say that at the time you inflicted the fatal wound the deceased was perhaps unarmed. I have examined the author i ties which have been referred to me in the cases, and the various guidelines, and it seems to me that the standard point is 18 years. However, I must take into consideration the fact that you have spent a period of roughly 34 months in prison either awaiting trial or awaiting sentence, and it was a very significant peri od that you spent on death row; taking all that in consideration, for the offence of manslaughter, I impose a sentence of 13 years which will run from todays date, Justice Longley said. In his plea of mitigation, attor ney Jairam Mangra felt his client had been punished enough because of the significant time he had spent on death row. Mangra said the conditions on death row are cruel, inhumane and degrading, and considered worse than a sentence of death. Character He described Kelly as a man of good character. He stated there is no evidence the killing was planned or premeditated, and his client did not initiate thef ight, but was simply defending himself from a group of men who had attacked him. Franko Braynen, of Carissa Street, Freeport, and Kelly was involved in an altercation at Limewood Lane in October 2004. Kelly stabbed Braynen several times with a knife. Gre gory Bethel had intervened and was also stabbed in the stomach. Kelly had also sustained an injury to his head. Mangra implored the judge to consider the lower end when passing a custodial sentence on the offence of manslaughter. During the hearing, probation officer Lisa Bowleg indicated that based on information gathered, Kelly was not known to be a violent or troublesome person. M angra also noted his client was a skilled mechanic and a boat captain who provided for his family. It was noted Kelly had also been previously employed as an officer with the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. Prosecutor Erica Kemp said the conditions on death row have existed for a long time and were not peculiar to Kelly. She also did not think Kelly was of good character as he used marijuana in 2002, and had tak en a friend to a drug house to purchase drugs when the inci dent occurred in 2004. Kemp also noted Kelly had continued to use marijuana in prison, in 2005. Despite having no prior convictions and his expression of remorse for the killing of Franko Braynen, Prosecutor Kemp stressed the aggravating factors far outweighed the two mitigating factors. She noted Kelly was a mature man at age 41 with considerable more life experiences than the deceased who was only 25 at the time, yet he had no control over the situation. Mrs Kemp also stated Kelly had military training as an exDefence Force officer and should have exercised control. The convict had the oppor tunity to leave the deceaseds yard when the deceased had asked him to do so, she said. Kemp stated that medical evidence suggested that the deceased, Franko Braynen, was stabbed nine times, twice in the chest. There were also two wounds to the deceaseds back which indicated, according to a medical expert, that he was running away, she added. She also pointed out that Gregory Bethel was also severely injured in the stomach and had to endure live-saving surgery in hospital for which Kelly had expressed no remorse. M rs Kemp argued there was a low degree of provocation and said the prosecution was seeking the high end of 20 to 25 years on the manslaughter conviction, and five years for causing grievous harm. Fine Prosecutor Kemp had also asked the judge to consider imposing a $5,000 fine in addi tion to a custodial sentence. Kelly had taken the life of a father who is no longer aroundt o care for his child who is fatherless and so those funds could go toward school fees, she said. Cheyenne Bain, the mother of the deceased, said her grand son will never see his father again. She felt that Kelly received a light sentence. His (Kelly i t him in jail, but my son is gone and my grandson will not able to see his father. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011, PAGE 3 POLICENEWS MAN GETS 13 YEARS FOR MANSLAUGHTER AFTER SUCCESSFUL APPEAL COURTNEWS ARNOLD KELLY an e x-Defence Force offic er, at court. He was retried for murder and convicted early this year of the manslaughter of Franko Braynen and causing grievous h arm to Gregory B ethel P H O T O / D E R E K C A R R O L L
A NTI-CRIME activist g roup Citizens For Justice ( CFJ) is calling for Bahamians to attend a public meeting tonight to discuss strategies for fighting crime. Ideas put forward by CFJ c hairman Bishop Walter H anchell include the reintroduction of capital punishment and corporate punishment in schools and prisons to deter criminals. The group is also advocating a minimum 15 year p rison sentence for gun possession, a faster judicial system and no bail for murder accused. Eliminating the Privy Council and establishing the B ahamas Court of Appeal as the final Court of Appeal w ill also help streamline the judicial process, Bishop Hanchell said. P ositive community engagement programmes should be subsidised by the government, and churches should be open daily as c ommunity centres to support those in need. A national initiative dealing with conflict resolution, anger management and family values will go a long way in restoring law a nd order in the Bahamas, Bishop Hanchell said. The key factor is to reach each family member and render specialised assistance to all persons at-risk. Specialsed attention should b e granted to fatherless and s ingle parent households. A s the annual murder t oll rose to 92 on Saturday, and domestic violence and v igilante killings increase, B ishop Hanchell said action must be urgently taken to bring this unacceptable lev e l of brutality and crime to an end. Citizens live in fear and no longer feel safe, he said. Anti-social behaviour and unfavourable conditions have resulted in a lev e l of frustration not seen before. People are pleading for justice and are demandi ng that something be done t o end the nightmare. Victims and their fami lies continue to cry out to the nation's leaders for drastic measures to be taken with haste in order tor estore the level of safety and peace that has sta bilised the Bahamas formany years. Citizens For Justice is a ppealing to our leaders to k indly address these urgent matters before more lives are taken in our increasingly lawless communities. All decent and lawa biding citizens should demonstrate their outragea gainst crime and violence by firstly making their voices heard and secondly making emergency recommen-d ations that will speed up the judicial process. C FJ has established a p rogramme called Vision 5000, which has the potential to train, equip and empower young men, once it is properly funded, Bish-o p Hanchell said. A public meeting for past ors, community leaders and concerned citizens will be held at 7pm tonight in the Great Commission Min-i stries International building, 16 Wulff Road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
Y OUNG members of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP the creation of a new Exuma branch of Progressive Young Liberals at a rally this weekend. P LP MP for Elizabeth Ryan Pinder joined Exuma MP Tony Moss and Progressive Yong Liberals chairman Keenan Johnson for the rally on Saturday. The current and future B ahamas will be built on the y outh, and as the youngest PLP Member of Parliament, and the Parliamentary advi-s or to the Progressive Young L iberals, you have my commitment that I will fight for your interests, Mr Pinder said. In doing so, however, we also have to recognise and be prepared to govern for theF amily Islands, for your interests. Out island communities must be empowerd to develop local businesses and build their own economies, he said. Citing the examples of succ essful fisheries in his Family I sland home of Spanish Wells, and agri-business in Eleuthera, Mr Pinder chal-l enged the young liberals to w ork with their MP to develop sustainable full circle economies for Exuma. Something that can thrive here with your natural resources, that the youth can be a part of and develop,s omething where you can develop a career, and ultimately have an ownership industry in, Mr Pinder said. We will listen to you we want to listen to you. As I have always said, how could w e effectively govern our p eople if we dont listen to the desires and concerns, and even more important, thei deas of Bahamians, espec ially form you, the residents of Exuma, as we develop the economic model for Exuma. During his speech, Mr Pinder highlighted the loss of thousands of jobs under the FNM government, the rise ofc rime acros the islands and he said the PLP will be at the forefront of necessary change. We have already begun to witness a dirty campaign, full of mud slinging. I dont b elieve in that, I dont believe t hat accomplishes anything, Mr Pinder said. We are in serious times, a time of crisis, we who want t o govern this country need to b e serious, we need to be all a bout Bahamians, we need to campaign with the mindset that everything we do is all about you. The PLP is about plans, p rogrammes and people and committed to change and a new political order wherep eace, love and prosperity rule! LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE PDNHVRWKHUVIHHOWKHVDPH .HHSVPLOLQJ a a THERE may still be no such thing as a free lunch, but for 30 days BTC pre-paid customers can make as many free nationwide calls at night as they want so long as theym ake eight paid calls during regular hours. Called Crazy 8s, the promotion is aimed at rewarding frequent callers, and if response to advance word on BTC's Facebook page today i s any indication, the promotion is likely to create the busiest mobile phone buzz in history. Within minutes of posting it, we had incredibler esponse," said Marlon Johnson, vice president of sales &m arketing. "Facebook fans were posting responses saying they loved BTC and using words like 'Yayayay!!!' and 'kewl' and 'where you beena ll my life?' People are quick to recogn ise and appreciate value, especially in a challenging economy, and BTC is glad to be in a position to bring thatv alue." The promotion, which b egins today, entitles cust omers to unlimited free local calling between 9.30pm and 7am Monday to Friday, if t hey have placed eight paid c alls or more during that same day between 7am and 9pm. Regular pre-paid calls m ade during the day can be of any duration, according to Johnson, and may be made t o another mobile number, l and line, VIBE line or to another phone service provider. The promotion doesn ot cover long distance calls. "In July, we eliminated connection charges for inter-i sland calls, making all calls i n The Bahamas local calls. Last week we introduced Mad Mondays, a promotion adding b etween 10 per cent and 25 per cent more value for top ping up on Mondays between n ow and November 7, said Mr Johnson. Now today with Crazy 8s, w e hope BTC customers know how much we appreciate their business and that this is our way of saying thank y ou. Free evening air time lasts until September 19. BTC INTRODUCES FREE NIGHT CALLS YOUNG PLPS CELEBRATE NEW BRANCH AT EXUMA RALLY PLP MP for Elizabeth Ryan Pinder (leftT ony Moss (right gressive Yong Liberals chairman Keenan Johnson for the rally. CURRENT AND FUTURE BAHAMAS WILL BE BUILT ON YOUTH
PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham paid tribute to dedicated customs officer Sheila McDonald at her funeral service in St Michaels Methodist Church on Saturday. Ms McDonald worked in the Customs Department for 43 years, and progressed through the ranks from clerk to officer after having joined at a time when few women were working in the department. Mr Ingraham said he became familiar with Ms McDonald during her 12 year stint in Aba-co before she was put in charge of operations at the Lynden Pindling International Airport. For her dedicated service in the Public Service and her commitment to the political life of our country, Ms McDonald was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM Queens Birthday Honours in 2009. And her support for the Free National Movement, as council representative for Gold-en Isles, and treasurer of the Womens Association in South Abaco, Miss Mac was made a Meritorious Council Member (MCM At a Memorial Service held in her honour at FNM Headquarters on Thursday, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest noted that Sheila insisted she be buried in red. Mr Turnquest said she, gave her time, talent and treasure to the party. Speaking at her funeral, the Prime Minister said: Miss Mac had character in both senses of the word, a character of commitment and loyalty that helped to build Customs, a party, and more importantly, a nation. Hers is a terrible loss, but, following a life so rich, so full, so creative and so generous, we are left at this sad and at the same time celebrative moment, with a gain, a profit and an enduring example. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011, PAGE 7 POLICE have appealed to friends and family members of wanted persons to turn them in to the authorities or face prosecution. The Royal Bahamas Police Force is seek ing the whereabouts of a number of men for questioning in connection to various investigations. One is 26-year-old Lavardo Rahming, who was convicted of murder but has been on the loose since he missed a court appear ance. Rahming, whose last known address is Croton Avenue, was found guilty of killing Dion Strachan on Abaco. He was not in court when he was con victed and he is wanted on a warrant of arrest from the Supreme Court. He has a dark brown complexion, about 6'2" tall and has a slim build. Police are also seeking Deon Brice, 35, of Cyprus Court, Elizabeth Estates; John Augustine, 29, of Faith Gardens; Taniko Turner, 29, of Elbowcot Lane and Dwight Morrison alias 'Kitty', 27, of Fox Hill. Police also want to question 20-year-old Garrison Pyfrom, of Red Land Subdivision, Exuma, in connection with a murder. "We are appealing to those family mem bers that it is a serious criminal offence to be harbouring a criminal," said Superintendent Clayton Fernander of the Central Detective Unit. Persons with information on any of these men are asked to contact the crime tip line anonymously at 328-TIPS. LAVARDO RAHMING DEON BRICE JOHNAUGUSTINE TANIKOTURNER DWIGHTMORRISON WANTEDMEN PM PAYS TRIBUTE TO CUSTOMS OFFICER SHEILA MCDONALD FUNERAL SERVICE IN ST MICHAELS METHODIST CHURCH P H O T O / Y O N T A L A Y B O W E
By SIR RONALD S ANDERS ( The writer is a member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group appointed to recommend ways to reform the Commonwealth). FOLLOWING a year of w ork, including reviewing o ver 300 written submiss ions, the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group (EPG report and submitted it to the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh S harma, for transmission to the 54 Heads of Governm ent of Commonwealth c ountries on reforming the 6 2-year old Commonwealth o f Nations. The report will b e considered by leaders at t heir Summit meeting in Australia in October. The EPG was created at the 2009 Commonwealth Summit in Trinidad and Tobago as an initiative to define the Commonwealths r ole for the 21st century. The task of the EPG has been to explore and recommend ways in which the Commonwealth can sharpen i ts impact, strengthen its netw orks, and raise its profile to ensure that it remains relevant and serves its citizens now and into the future. The eleven members of the Group, chaired by former Malaysian Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Badawi, s pent the last year listening t o a broad range of stakeh olders from throughout the C ommonwealth about their v ision and ideas for the assoc iation. The Group also closely examined the work of the many inter-governmental bodies and non-governmental organizations that constitute the Commonwealth. At the end of its work, the Group is convinced that the Commonwealth is important to all of i ts member states, and that, a s it had done in the past, it can and must continue to make a significant contribution to peace and development in the world. Indeed, had the Commonwealth not already existed, many would have w anted to create it. The a ssociation encompasses the g overnments and peoples of 5 4 member countries: from I ndia, the worlds largest d emocracy to the small Caribbean and Pacific island nations. Commonwealth members also include developed countries such as Australia, Britain and Canada and r apidly developing nations l ike South Africa and Malaysia. Together, the c ountries of the Commonwealth are the most ethnic ally, linguistically and cult urally diverse grouping in t he world. It is quite except ionally an instrument for s traddling the world, for c omingling races, religions, cultures, and views that would otherwise not connect in any single place. The world is better for the opportunity for dialogue and for understanding that the C ommonwealth provides. And, while the associa tion originates in the defunctB ritish Empire, the member c ountries chose either to remain in or join the Com monwealth voluntarily. Unlike many other organi z ations, the member states of the Commonwealth enjoy equal status each exercis i ng as much rights as the o ther. T he Commonwealth suffers from hiding its light under a bushel in the areas where it is outstanding. In part, because while its work is beneficial, it is not sensational it is not front-page n ews but also because it h as not sufficiently employed modern media t echniques to tell its story. I n recent times, critics have a lso accused it of not speaking-out when the values for which it says it stands are violated. They claim that the organization is hypocritical. T he claims are not entirely f air. But, these are issues that the Commonwealth m ust clarify, if it is to be r espected as significant, and i f its work is to be known and valued by its people. No other organization delivers relevant technical assistance to developing nations as rapidly and without conditions as the Comm onwealths Fund for Technical Cooperation (CFTC Countries, such as Britain, Canada, Australia, con t ribute significant sums to C FTC for the benefit of developing Commonwealth countries including all thosei n the Caribbean. In every minute of every day of the year, there is a CFTC expert in one or more Caribbean c ountries, for instance, delive ring assistance in a range o f fields where expertise is urgently needed but does not exist among the local population. So, while the person in the street may be unaware of the role that the Commonwealth is playing i n the improvement of his o r her country, that role is b eing played out every day quietly and effectively. CFTC is a fine example of co-operation between rich and poor countries of the Commonwealth. T he Commonwealth has always been an unashamed c hampion of the interests of i ts small member states. For e xample, Caribbean small s tates were able to call on t he government of Canada t o stand-up for them in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD ful tax competition which threatened the off-shore financial sector. And, the p resent Prime Minister of C anada, Stephen Harper, took the initiative to invite t he Prime Minister of J amaica, Bruce Golding, to b rief him on the issues facing the Caribbean when Canada chaired the G20m eeting in Toronto in June 2010. No other organization has taken up the concerns of small states in the international community more consistently and effectively than the Commonwealth, a nd it has does so with the f ull backing of its developed m ember countries. The association also has t remendous value for the g overnments of its developed member countries. No other organization bringst ogether Heads of Governm ent, ministers and senior officials from every conti nent of the world, from e very race and religion, from every size of country as does the Commonwealth. The Commonwealth is a special o pportunity for governm ents to talk with each othe r, to listen and to act in an atmosphere of informality and genuine co-operation. The EPG has made it clear in its report that it believes the Commonwealth must strengthen its advocac y work in development and i t must expand its capacity f or promoting investment that will deliver more employment to its developing member states and, by so doing, alleviate poverty. It has also focused on youth a nd proposed measures that will create funds from which y oung entrepreneurs might b e able to access funds for w ell-founded ventures that u nleash their energies and c reativity. I n making recommendations on reforming the international financial architecture to give developing Commonwealth countries a strong voice in decisions that affect them and to alleviate t hem from the burden of d ebt, the Group was also mindful that political, civil a nd human rights are as i mportant as economic r ights and opportunities. It has argued that the Commonwealth, as an associa-t ion, must remain the guardian of these values in all its member states, help ing to correct infractions at an early stage and protecting the rights of people to live in freedom. This is the Comm onwealth that works for i ts people. To make it work b etter, governments have to ensure that the principali nstrument for delivering the g oods the Commonwealth Secretariat is given the support to carry out reformsn ecessary to make it fit for i ts purpose. Responses and previous c ommentaries at: www.sirronaldsanders.com PAGE 8, MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THE COMMONWEALTH: MAKING IT WORK FOR PEOPLE WORLDVIEW SIR RONALD SANDERS
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Youve done your homework by review-i ng a CMA (Comparative Market Analysis), local DOM (Days On Market on the MLS, and even the LP:SP (List Price to Sales Price) ratio to formulate your offer based on the n umbers, and you have c onfidence in the mathem atics. Please remember these symbols since I will be using them fairly frequently. However, there may be non-tangible factors that d ont fit neatly into the e quation. Y our BREA agent will e ndeavour to discover variables like the sellers motivation and your possible competition. If the home or property you want has been listed much longer than the avera ge DOM, the vendors m ay have become more r ealistic and more motiv ated to accept lower o ffers. S ometimes the vendors are motivated by the pressure of having purchased, or offered to purchase, another home. Then time becomes more important than money. No one wants t o pay two mortgages or r isk their ability to close on another purchase because they cant sell their first property. Also try to find out if other purchasers are making offers on your chosen property. If so, make your first o ffer your best offer and l et them know that is your f inal and only offer because vendors are unlikely to counter in this situation. But...never offer more than your agent believes the home will appraise for, o r your financing will fail and youll be back at Square One. Talk to your BREA agent about the facts and the variables, and then make your offer with confidence. As I have often said before get prea pproved and make the p rocess so much easier! ( Mike Lightbourn is p resident of Coldwell B anker Lightbourn Realty). By CONSTABLE 3011 MAKELLE PINDER T HEodds of you being v ictimised by crime while in a public places is low. However, your personal safety is at risk anytime you go out. For this reason, you must protect yourself. Remember, criminalsoften plan crimes and look f or the right opportunity with the easiest victim. Your best defence is to plan ahead. Being safer doesnt require changing your lifestyle, personality, wardrobe or to stop going out. Therefore the following crime prevention meas ures are provided to i ncrease your personal s afety and security. S AFETY TIPS: Personal Safety Always pay attention to your surroundings, and be aware of your environment. Consider shopping with o thers. There is safety in n umbers. A void walking alone in d ark, isolated areas such as back parking lots. Keep your wallet or purse close to your body; remember to dress casual and comfortable. Avoid carrying too many b ags or packages. Keep your hands as free as possible. A void carrying large a mounts of cash use an A TM/Debit card when possible. Consider using ATM m achines located in the malls. Avoid using ATM machines located in isolat ed areas. Y oung children should a lways be accompanied by parents while shopping and going to the restrooms. T each your child their full name, phone number, and address. Keep your childc lose to you at all times. Never leave your purse i n the shopping cart. Or l eave children in the car alone. A void wearing excessive v aluable jewellery, such as h eavy gold chains and bracelets. P rotect Your Vehicle: Lock your doors, and buckle up while driving Beware of jewellery snatchers who may lurk on street corners Park in well-lighted areas. Avoid parking in isolate d areas. Never leave your motor running unattended. T ake all personal proper ty out of your vehicle every time you leave. Hide prop erty that you have to leave b ehind. Do not approach your car if suspicious people are nearby. Secure Your Home: Ensure that your homes w indows and doors have s econdary locks. Keep landscaping trimmed back so that you can easily see around your property. Flatten boxes and conc eal product pictures when putting garbage on the outs ide. C onsider keeping gifts a nd expensive property out o f plain view from the outs ide. Keep ground level b linds and curtains closed while away and at night. Consider having a trusted neighbour or friend watch your home while you are away. Ask your neighbuor to occasionally park t heir car in your driveway. N ever open your door to strangers. Always find out w ho is on the other side of t he door before answering. N ever let people know you are home alone. People are watching and they know w hen you are at home alone. Should you need more information on personals afety or if you have information pertaining to a ny crime, please do not hesitate to contact the p olice at or Crime Stoppers at 328-tips (New Providence 8476 (Family Islands if you know of individualsw ho may be in need of c ounseling and emotional support please contact the Department of Social Services hotline number at3 22-2763. Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention Office PERSONAL SAFETY R EAL ESTATE DONT FORGET THE VARIABLES
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE This house is filled with containers with water and garbage. Something has to be done. Businessman Mark Finlayson, who owns the property, told The Tribune yesterday he would look into the issue. He said: Well take a look at it. Well probably have someone come in and do some spraying on it and then well take further action if necessary. Its not occupied. We bought it a few years ago. Itwas occupied for a short period of time by someone who was actually living rent free, who was guarding the property and taking care of it. I think that person has since moved out. The property has since run down pretty badly. Were thinking about doing something with the property in a few years but right now thats not number one on the agenda but I understand the issue. Ill let someone go and take a look at spraying in the back there, what used to be a pool area,and Ill make sure it stays sprayed. Melanie Mckenzie, director of the Environmental Health Services (DEHS ations where it is suspected mosquitoes are breeding on abandoned properties, residents can call the ministry for help. She said: You can call us and we will fog the area for you and also remove debris. Onceyou give us the location we will come with the insecticide or the larvicide. We will fog the area and kill the adult mosquitoes but we will have to treat it to kill the lava so it does not grow into an adult. If there is a reduction in the lava stage there will be a reduction of mosquitoes. Mrs Mckenzie said the ministry is still conducting fogging exercises twice a week to reduce the number of mosquitoes. We are still fogging. There is not one place on this islandwe have not fogged. The rain has caused some problems because we cant fog when it is raining because the insecti cide will fall to the ground. We need it to remain an airborne mist. But as it stands we fog twice a day, once in the morning and then again in the evening. Mrs Mckenzie urged residents of New Providence to cover rain barrels, change water in pet food dishes daily, remove derelict vehicles or other debris, get rid of jars and remove standing water from flower pots. These spots are all breeding grounds for the aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the disease. The rainy season and hot temperatures have created optimal breeding grounds fort he aedes mosquito, which can develop into a full adult in six days. The country has seen a record number of clinical cases more than 1,500 this year while public health officials are investigating three suspected fever-related deaths. T hree to 15 days after a mosquito bite, an infected person will feel chills, a headache, a high fever and pain behind the eyes. Lower back pain and achy joints are also early symptoms. The Ministry of Environment has distributed more than9 ,000 informative leaflets on s treet corners, run public service announcements and done door-to-door visits all in an effort to get the word out on dengue fever prevention. The Rotary Club of East Nassau is assisting the Ministry of Environmental Health in raising awareness about denguef ever and what can be done to prevent it. The Rotary Club of East Nassau is seeking volunteers to go into communities and hand out information packets. Insect repellents and insec t icides will be provided free o f charge. Communities will be advised about additionalm eetings in forthcoming publ ic announcements. Secretary for the US Foreign Ministry Patricia Rodgers on March 29, 2004, Mr Mitchell complained of prolonged Cabinet debate, according to the newly-released cable about the Bahamian perspective on Caricom and Haiti. In response, inquiries from the US envoy about the status of ratification of the comprehensive maritime agreement (CMA negotiated over 18 months, Mr Mitchell said it had been decided there would be a formal briefing to the Cabinet about the document because of its significance and complexity. Optimistically, Mitchell thought that this could be completed in two Cabinet sessions over a two-week period, Mr Witajewski reported in the cable. What is essentially a codification and rationalisation of existing agreements, Mitchell again wistfully mused about how the Bahamian decisionmaking process might be improved. He related that he had learned as a result of his Caricom attendance that in other Commonwealth countries, debate and intervention on issues in the Cabinet is restricted to their ministers whose portfolios are directly impacted by the issue, or ministers that assert fundamental issues of principle. In contrast, Mitchell intimated, in the Christie Cabinet of the Bahamas operates much less efficiently since any minister can intervene and express a view on any issue before the government. When contacted by The T ribune y esterday, Mr Mitchell said: I didnt say that, I dont think I said that at all. I just dont see myself engaging in that kind of dialogue with a US diplomat. But according to the cable, the then Foreign Minister also complained about Caricoms cumbersome decision-making style and said too much time was wasted by the ceremonial opening and closing of the sessions at the latest meeting of Caricom heads of government in St Kitts. He said if each government had not insisted on getting their own paragraph into the final declaration, they might have both accomplished more and not have been forced to hold their closing press conference at 2am, according to the cable. Caricom-US relations were also discussed during the meeting, as the status of exHaitian president Jean Bertrand Aristide, and Caricoms request for a UN inves tigation of the events related to Aristides resignation and departure from Haiti, also came under discussion. Mr Witajewski reported that Mr Mitchell described a north-south division withinC aricom on Haiti, as northern Caribbean countries are more careful to balance their interests with Caricom and the US, being cognisant of the importance of their relations with the US, while the southern Caribbean nations are, guided by political agendas. Mr Mitchell warned the US not to overreact to Jamaicas offer to take in exPresident Aristide as he insisted the US should not be concerned with or opposed to Aristides presence in the Caribbean. And he, argued that a perceived banishing policy has racial and historical overtones in the Caribbean that reminds inhabitants of the region of slavery and past abuse. The former Minister also insisted the US should not be concerned with Aristide meddling in Haitis internal affairs from Jamaica, and was, emphatic that Jamaica will not allow Aristide to play such an intrusive role and would deal with Aristide if such a situation were to arise. In his comments on the meeting, Mr Witajewski commented on Mr Mitchells character. H e said: Foreign Minister Mitchell was his usual busi ness-like self during lunch as he pursued his agenda of downplaying the consequences of a division between Caricom and the United States on Haiti. Underlying many of M itchells arguments was the premise that Caricom/The Bahamas as small countries take (and are entitled to take principled stands while the US necessarily engages in real politick. Despite a life-long career as a politician in a countryw here politics is personalised to the extreme, neither kissing babies nor making small talk comes naturally to Fred Mitchell. He prefers to deal with agendas expeditiously and then engage in philosophical discussions or reviews of inter national relations drawing on his seminars at Harvards Kennedy School. Holding two time-consuming portfolios, managing the civicl service and foreign policy, is also taking its toll on Mitchells private time. Mitchell told Charge a year ago that he hoped to write a 12 chapter book combining policy, history and personal ideology to be published on his 51st birthday. Ruefully, he admitted he hasnt progressed beyond chapter four. Although he published a third edition of his book Great moments in PLP history last year, including a previously unpublished essay entitle Pindling and Me, Mr Mitchell has not yet completed the project he spoke of seven years ago. As he approaches his 58th birthday on October 5, Mr Mitchell said he still plans to write his book, before he retires, but it has taken longer than he anticipated. Its a combination of allocating the time to do it and putting retrospective notes in order, with the difficulty being that I am an active politician,M r Mitchell said. But I am hoping to do it before I retire. Dengue fever factory fury FROM page one WIKILEAKS REVEALS MITCHELL CRITICISM OF CHRISTIE CABINET FROM page one AN AIRCRAFT circling N assau with what appeared to be little or no lights on caused a stir among eagleeyed residents last night. The plane was spotted b etween 10 and 11pm and flew over the capital several times. A ir Traffic Control, however, cleared the matter up. The plane was in fact a Cess n a Caravan, conducting a police military operation and was in touch with the tower at all times. CIRCLING AIRCRAFT EXPLAINED FREDMITCHELL FROM page one MINISTRY TO HOLD T OWN MEETINGS OVER DENGUE FEVER
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011, PAGE 11 FINISHING high school for some marks the end of an academic journey, a nd the time to start looking for a job. F or a handful of them however, it marks t he beginning of a new journey that prepares them to be leaders in theB ahamas and stewards of the environm ent. The Bahamian Environmental Stewards Scholarship (BESS designed for students who have finished high school and are interested in the marine sciences. Those selected to the programme part icipate in a 14-week course at The I sland School living on a sustainable campus, learning about the marine envir onment and taking part in on-going r esearch projects. Participants go on to c omplete a four-month internship with a conservation minded organisation, such as Bahamas National Trust, TheN ature Conservancy, or the Bahamas Reef Environmental Education Foundation (BREEF T he scholarship programme has, in the past, received a large portion of its funding from U.S. based individuals and corporations. That is changing. Reach ing out for support locally "representso ne of the many ways we are actively s trengthening ties and building bridges w ithin the Bahamas," said Kalin Griffin of The Cape Eleuthera Island School." The generous support of Bahamian p hilanthropists and companies, such as Solomon's Fresh Market will help prepare the next generation of Bahamian leaders to face national issues like renewable energy, waste management, and environmental stewardship." This initiative was apparent last week a s AML Foods Limited President and C EO Gavin Watchorn presented BESS with a cheque to support the prog ramme. B ESS scholars for the 2011-12 acad e mic year are Alexia Knowles of Eleuthera, Brandon Jennings and William Sturrup of Nassau, Ann-MarieC arroll of Grand Bahama, and Brian Higgs of Abaco. BESS alumna from Fall 2008 Alannah Vellacott, and BESSp rogramme coordinator Kalin Griffin and BREEF Executive Director Casuarina McKinney-Lambert were on hand to accept the cheque from Watchorn at the future site of the Solomon's Fresh M arket in Nassau. The $5,000 donation w ill support one scholar's journey t hrough the programme and marks the beginning of a relationship. Our clientele are very interested in s upporting programmes like this," said Watchorn of the BESS programme. The partnership will extend beyond the donation. Other plans include an informational video and collateral materials which will promote BESS inside Solomon's Fresh Market, which is s cheduled to open this fall. I n 2007, The Island School launched the BESS Programme targeting the next g eneration of Bahamian leadership who w ill be most important for the social, e nvironmental, and economic stability of this island nation. BESS students enroll in a year-long, high school post-g raduate programme that includes a semester at The Island School and a six-month internship at a conservation-r elated organisation such as BREEF, the Bahamas National Trust, and The Nature Conservancy. P ICTURED, LEFT TO RIGHT: K alin Griffin, William Sturrup, G avin Watchorn, Alexia Knowles, Alannah Vellacott, Brandon Jennings, Casuarina McKinney-Lambert BESS BRINGS IN BAHAMIAN SUPPORT WITH SOLOMON'S FRESH MARKET DONATION
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By BAHAMAS INFORMATION S ERVICES T HE government has announced plans for a multi-purpose gymnasium for Eleuthera. During a town meeting at Workers House, Neko Grant, Minister of Public W orks and Transport, said much effort has gone into preparing for the gym and asked the community to give recommendations to improve plans for the prop osed facility. I n August 2008, the Gove rnment launched its infrastructure crusade on the island and executed contracts amounting to $15 million in road and $30 million in infrastructurep rojects, said Mr Grant. It is the Governments view these projects willi mprove the quality of life for Bahamians and the nations product as a tourist destination. M P for North Eleuthera and Speaker of the House, the Hon Alvin Smith said t he construction of a gym i n Eleuthera is an indicat ion of the Governments recognition of the island asa sporting power. H e encouraged the community to participate and expressed hope this would be the beginning of a level of community conscious n ess to give more. better community builds a better island, and better islands build a better Bahamas, added Mr Smith. He thanked the Governm ent for the vision to see t he necessity for the gym a nd the commitment to provide a facility that couldh elp and make a difference i n the lives of the youth. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture CharlesM aynard said many benefits are expected from the facility, including cultural, community and sportinge vents. A regime will be set up to manage the gym so thatt here would be no conflicts. I t will be properly struc tured in terms of its use, s aid Mr Maynard. He urged residents to e mbrace the opportunity for Eleuthera and to give their corporate support. C hief architect Livingston Forbes told the resi dents the gym is still a work in progress and would take approximately 1 2 to 14 months to build. Among other features it i s proposed to have an audio-visual room, concession stands, ticketingb ooths, changing rooms, collapsible bleachers to s eat 1,800 and two first-aid spaces. Described as user-friend ly and multi-functional the 1 8,000 plus square feet building is designed to be used as a hurricane sheltera nd examination centre. T he gym will be located in Palmetto Point on 21 acres of land on the seaside near Oasis pond. C HARLES MAYNARD Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture speaking at the Town Meeting. P atrick Hanna / BIS OFFICIALS INCLUDING FROM LEFT Gregory Knowles, administrator; Neko Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport (2nd from l eft) and Chief Architect Livingston Forbes (4th from left) view the proposed site for the gymnasium in Palmetto Point. h ave not yet released the identity of the victim but according to family members who spoke with The Tribune yesterday identified him as 53-year-old Alinstant Oltime, who is said to be a p rominent member of the Haitian Bahamian business community. According to police, a man armed with a handgun entered Oltime Convenience Store, on Palm Tree Avenue, where heh eld Mr Oltime and a number of people at bay and demanded cash. As Mr Oltime attempted to remove the cash from a cash register he was fatally shot in the neck. The gunman then fled on foot in an unknown direction. EMS personnel arrived on the scene shortly after the incident, but Mr Oltime was already dead. Mr Oltimes oldest son Alexis, 27, yesterday described his father as a very nice person. He said: He encouraged you to do what was good. He always taught me to be nice to people. Alexis said he last saw his father alive on Friday night and got a call on Saturday afternoon from someone who was inquiring about what was happening at his fathers store. I called his cell phone and I got no answer. I then went to the shop and saw the police and I asked the police what was going on. They told me he was dead. I couldnt believe it, Mr Oltime said. The killer is described as 5ft 9ins to 5ft 11ins tall, slim build with a dark complexion. Police are appealing to anyone who may have information on this latest homicide to contact Police Emergency at 911/919 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. Acklins, Ragged Island and also for Turks and Caicos. Residents in those areas should ensure pre-season hurricane preparations have been completed and remain ready to take quick action to secure property. Small craft operators in the southeast Bahamas should remain in port. At 5pm, the centre of Trop ical Storm Irene was located near latitude 17.7 degrees north and longitude 64.4 degrees west or about 600 miles east-southeast of Providenciales in Turks and Caicos and about 660 miles eastsoutheast of Matthew Town, Inagua. Last night, Irene was mov ing toward the west-northwest at 17mph. This motion is expected to continue over the next few days with a further decrease in forward speed. On its present track, Irene is was expected to be moving near or over Puerto Rico last night and the Dominican Republic today. The storms maximum sustained winds are near 50mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecasted and Irene is expected to be near hurricane intensity on Monday, although some weakening is likely later Monday as the centre moves near or over the Dominican Republic. Tropical storm force winds are extended 150 miles outward from the centre. For further updates log on to www.tribune242.com/weather FROM page one HURRICANEWATCH F OR THE BAHAMAS DAD OF SEVEN SHOT DEAD IN ROBBERY FROM page one
JERUSALEM Associated Press SECURITYhas traditionally trumped all other concerns in Israel. Now some social activists fear a sudden spike of violence with the Palestinians could overwhelm a spontaneous and surprisingly strong summerlong revolt against the country's high cost of living. A deadly ambush that killed eight Israelis, and subsequent Israeli airstrikes and rocket barrages from Gaza over the weekend, have abruptly shifted the country's attention away from the economic protests that were coalescing into a serious threat to the government. Now the security situation is the center of attention again. The question is whether things will ever shift back to the brief period marked by heightened awareness of social ills, but also near-giddiness over the prospect that Israel might become a "normal" country where money matters, not military needs, can take center stage. For once the focus was high prices, not Palestinians, rockets and airstrikes. Thousands of Israeli erected protest tents in city centers and hundreds of thousands took to the streets in mass demonstrations that became a weekly Saturday night ritual this summer, sending Prime Minister Ben jamin Netanyahu scrambling to find solutions and keep his government together. This Saturday, however, with cities in southern Israel under fire, organizers called off plans for a mass protest and made do with a subdued vigil of several thousand people in Tel Aviv.A man in the southern city of Beersheba, where a large protest was held a week ago, was killed by a rocket earlier in the day. Stav Shaffir, one of the protest movement's leaders,s aid Sunday that protesters in several of the movement's tent encampments in southern cities were forced to seek cover in bomb shelters. Given this, she said, it was only natural to maintain a low profile while guns were roaring. But she insisted the attacks would not derail the protests. "The rockets are a short term danger," she said. "The disintegration of a society is a longterm threat ... we have to keep going. We can't let the security situation erode us from within." Adar Stern, a protest leader in Beersheba, said the local protesters have moved their tents close to bomb shelters but have no plans to go home. The protesters will not allow the government "to say that because of this we can't make changes and that we need a budget only for security," Stern told Israel's Channel 2 TV. "We want education and health and taxes, and a fair government, and I think this is no less important." The protests, which began after a relative lull in IsraeliPalestinian violence, initially targeted soaring housing prices, but quickly evolved into a sweeping expression of rage against a wide array of economic issues, including the cost of food, gasoline and education, the country's spending priorities and a seemingly inexorable shift to American-style capitalism. Israel emerged from the global financial crisis relatively unscathed. The economy has enjoyed rapid growth, and unemployment is at its lowest point in decades. The country's economic strength has come at a cost: the ranks of the working poor have grown dramatically as wealth has become concentrated among a sliver of society, symbolized for many by a tiny group of increasingly high-profile tycoons. In less than a month, the protests ballooned from a few tents in Tel Aviv into a nationwide phenomenon. Despite the violence, the demonstrators are still calling for a million-person march in 50 cities across the country on Sept. 3. That could be a test, and such tests of social campaigns have been failed in the past. Israeli history indicates that social welfare concerns often get swept aside when violence flares up, particularly if the protesters make demands that could come at the expense of funding for the military. One famous campaign by a group of Moroccan-born activists calling themselves the Black Panthers came to a standstill after Israel suffered devastating losses in the 1973 Mideast War. Another protest against Israel's high cost of housing ended when the first Gulf War broke out in 1991, as the country was hit by Iraqi missiles, according to John Gal, an expert on social policy at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. But this pocketbook protest could be different and could stay afloat even with the violence, economist Dan BenDavid said. "We have never seen a protest like this before," he said. "We are in virgin territory." Roni Barak, 52, who works at a food stand in Jerusalem's open-air market, said the impact of the attacks would be strong but fleeting. "Of course the security situation will take attention away from the protests," said Barak. "When something happens, the nation unites around it." INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011, PAGE 13 PALESTINIANS STAND IN FRONT OF ISRAELI SOLDIERS as they block a road during a military operation in the West Bank city of Hebron, Sunday. (AP ISRAEL-GAZA VIOLENCE THREATENS SUMMER-LONG PROTEST MOVEMENT
INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TRIPOLI, Libya Associated Press H UNDREDS of euphoric Libyan rebels danced and cheered after they overran a major military base thatd efends Tripoli on Sunday, driving out elite forces led by Moammar Gadhafi's son in a brief gunbattle. The fighters h auled off truckloads of weapons and advanced full speed toward the capital in pickup trucks and even on foot, as the trappings of the regime crumbled f ast. Inside Tripoli, there was a second day of widespread clashes betweenw hat the opposition called "sleeping cells" of rebels who are rising up and Gadhafi loyalists. There were also largea nti-government protests. Libyan state television aired an audio message from Gadhafi Sunday night, his second in less than 24-hours. Hes ounded angry and urged families in Tripoli to arm themselves and fight for the capital. "The time is now to fight for your politics, your oil, your land," he said. "I am with you in Tripoli together until the ends of the earth," Gadhafi shoute d. He sounded like he was speaking on a phone line. An Associated Press reporter with t he rebels rapidly advancing toward Tripoli saw them take over the base of the Khamis Brigade, 16 miles west of Tripoli. After a brief gunbattle, Gadhafi's forces fled what was once a major symbol of the regime's power. Gadhafi's 27-year-old son Khamis commands the 32nd Brigade, also known simply as the Khamis Brigade, one of the best trained and equipped units in the Libyan military. Inside the base, hundreds of rebels cheered wildly and danced, raising the rebel flag on the front gate of a large, gray wall enclosing the compound. They seized large stores of weapons, driving away with truckloads of whatever arms they could get their hands on. One of the rebels carried off a tube of grenades, while another carted off two mortars. Ahmed al-Ajdal, 27, a fighter from Tripoli, was loading up a truck with ammunition. "This is the wealth of the Libyan people that he was using against us," he said, pointing to his haul. "Now we will use it against him and any other dictator who goes against the Libyan people." Mahmoud al-Ghwei, 20 and unarmed, said he had just came along with a friend for the ride into Tripoli with the advancing force. "It's a great feeling. For all these years, we wanted freedom and Gadhafi kept it from us. Now we're going to get rid of Gadhafi and get our freedom," he said. Inside the large, open compound filled with eucalyptus trees were three gigantic wooden crates labeled "Libyan Armed Forces." They were loaded with large-caliber ammunition for anti-aircraft guns. The rebels were busy loading two huge trucks with boxes full of ammunition. One carried armfuls of RPGs. The rebels were chanting: "We are coming for you, frizz-head." The rebels said they freed 300-400 prisoners detained on the base. An AP reporter saw some cars coming back west from the front with dozens of the freed prisoners, dressed in tattered Tshirts, prison uniforms and barefoot. One of the freed prisoners, 23-yearold Majid al-Hodeiri from nearby Zawiya, said he was captured four months ago by Gadhafi's forces and taken to base. He said he was beaten and tortured while under detention "We were sitting in our cells when all of a sudden we heard lots of gunfire and people yelling 'Allahu Akbar.' We didn't know what was happening, and then we saw rebels running in and saying 'We're on your side.' And they let us out," he said. Rebels said Saturday that they had launched their first attack on Tripoli in coordination with NATO and gun battles and mortar rounds rocked the city. NATO aircraft also made heavier than usual bombing runs after nightfall, with loud explosions booming across the city. On Sunday, more heavy machine gun fire and explosions rang out across the capital with more clashes and protests. Government minders in a hotel where foreign journalists have been staying in Tripoli have begun to arm themselves with weapons in anticipa tion of a rebel take over. The hotel manager said he had received calls from angry rebels threatening to charge the hotel to capture the government's spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim. Heavy gun fire was heard in the neighborhood around the Rixos hotel, and smoke was seen rising from a close by building. "We are scared and staying in our houses, but the younger boys are going out to protect our homes," said a woman who spoke to The Associated Press by telephone from the pro-rebel Tripoli neighborhood of Bin Ashour. She spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal. She said a neighbor's son was shot dead on Saturday night by Gadhafi troops as he tried to protect his street with a group of rebel youth. Nuri al-Zawi, another resident of Bin Ashour, told the AP by phone that the rebels were using light arms to protect their streets, and in some cases were using only their bodies to fend off the Gadhafi troops riding in pickup trucks. "We are used to this situation now. We are a city that is cut off from the world now," he said. The residents reported clashes in neighborhoods all over Tripoli as well as the city's Mitiga military airport. They said they heard loud explosions and exchanges in of gunfire in the Fashloum, Tajoura and Bin Ashour neighborhoods. Residents and opposition fighters also reported large antiregime protests in those same neighborhoods. In some of them, thousands braved the bullets of snipers perched atop high buildings. Mukhtar Lahab, a rebel comman der closing in on Tripoli and a former captain in Gadhafi's army, said his rel atives inside the capital reported mass protests in four neighborhoods known as sympathetic to the opposition: Fashloum, Souk al-Jouma, Tajoura and Janzour. He said mosques there were rallying residents with chants of "Allahu Akbar" or "God is great," broadcast on loudspeakers. At the same time, hundreds of rebels in pickup trucks and even some on foot were moving full speed toward the capital from the west. It was those rebels who captured the Khamis Brigade base. As town after town fell and Gadhafi forces melted away, the mood turned euphoric. Some shouted: "We are get ting to Tripoli tonight." Others were shooting in the air, honking horns and yelling "Allahu Akbar." Rebel Murad Dabdoub told the AP that Gadhafi's forces were pounding rebel positions west of the city with rockets, mortars and anti-aircraft fire. "We are not going back. God willing, this evening we will enter Tripoli," said Issam Wallani, another rebel. Libyan government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim told a news conference in Tripoli: "There are thousands and thousands of soldiers who are willing to defend the city." He accused the rebels of committing atrocities in areas under their control and appealed for a ceasefire. He warned of "disasters" if Gad hafi's regime falls. NATO said the shifting battle lines and concentration of fighting in towns and villages are mak ing it more difficult to identify and engage targets for airstrikes. "It's much tougher to do in an urban area," he said. "This requires very pre cise and deep intelligence to achieve without endangering the civilian population." In Dubai, Libya's new rebel-allied ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, urged stepped up NATO air attacks over Tripoli, including the use of helicopter gunships. REBEL FIGHTERS speed towards the frontllne fighting in the village of Mayah, some 30 kilometers west from Tripoli, LIbya, Sunday. (AP LIBYAN REBELS CAPTURE MAJOR BASE DEFENDING THE CAPITAL GADHAFI'S ELITE FORCES DRIVEN OUT REBEL FIGHTERS look towards the enemy as they hear the sound of bombardments in the village of Mayah, some 30 kilometers west from Tripoli, LIbya, Sunday. TEHRAN, Iran A ssociated Press R ELATIVESof two American men arrested more than two years ago in Iran said Sunday that the news they had received eight-yearp rison sentences for spying h it them hard, but they remain hopeful the men will eventually be released. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were sentenced Saturday to three years for illegal entryi nto Iran and five years for s pying for the United States. The two were arrested in July 2009 near the Iraq-Iran border along with a third American, Sarah Shourd, who was r eleased in September on $ 500,000 bail and returned to t he U.S. All three deny the charges, saying they were only hiking near the illdefined border. S amantha Topping, spokeswoman for Bauer and Fattal's families, sent a statem ent Sunday, saying their rela tives had received confirmation of their sentences. "Of the 751 days of Shane a nd Josh's imprisonment, yesterday and today haveb een the most difficult for o ur families," it said. "Shane a nd Josh are innocent and have never posed any threat to the Islamic Republic ofI ran, its government or its people." B ut the statement also said t he families still hoped the t wo would be released, based on remarks from Iran's Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Saleh i. He said earlier this month that he hoped "the trial of the two American defendantsw ho were detained for the crime of illegally entering Iran will finally lead to their freedom." T he families had been hoping that meant the men would be set free during the I slamic holy month of Ramadan, when pardons are traditionally handed down. Their Sunday statementa ppealed "to the authorities in Iran to show compassion and allow them to return h ome to our families without delay. "We also ask everyone a round the world who trusts i n the benevolence of the Iranian people and their lead ers to join us in praying that S hane and Josh will now be released," it said. The gap between words by Salehi and the verdict indicates increasing rift between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's administra t ion and hardline judiciary, controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei who has final say on all state matters. The Americans' Iranian lawyer, Masoud Shafiei, told The Associated Press on Sunday that his clients were inno cent and he would appeal the verdict and sentences. "I will use entire legal capacity to defend them," he said. Under Iranian law, a conviction on espionage can carry up to a 10-year prison sentence, while a sentence for illegal entry can run from six months to three years in jail. The terms are often signifi cantly reduced upon appeal. Shafiei said Bauer and Fattal were notified about the court ruling in prison on Sat urday by Iranian authorities. Iranian state TV first reported the verdict Saturday. On Sunday, Tehran's chief prosecutor Jafari Dowlataba-di confirmed the sentences and said the Americans have20 days to appeal. He also said that Shourd's case "is still open and will be tried in absentia." Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. is "deeply disappoint ed" by the sentences and the men have the nation's and President Barack Obama's "unflagging support." "We continue to call and work for their immediate release it is time for them to return home and be reunit ed with their families," she said. Ahmad Bakhshayesh, a professor of politics in Tehran Azad University, believes the men's sentences are a message to the U.S. that "Iran is trying to relay a titfor-tat message to Washington that we sentence Ameri cans as you did it against Iranian nationals in the U.S." F AMILIES MAINTAIN HOPE IRAN WILL RELEASE HIKERS
INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011, PAGE 15 OSLO, Norway A ssociated Press NORWAY'Sprime minister urged his countrymen to look after each other and be vigilant for intolerance, as the nation concluded a monthlong m ourning period with a cand lelit memorial service Sunday to the 77 people killed by a right-wing extremist. Speaking at the ceremony in Oslo, Jens Stoltenberg said" we need you. No matter where you live, no matterw hich god you worship, each and every one of us can take responsibility and can guard freedom." Anders Behring Breivik, a 3 2-year-old Norwegian, has admitted to carrying out the July 22 killings first detonating a car bomb that killed eight people outside governm ent offices in Oslo, and then s hooting dead 69 others at a youth camp on the island of Utoya, about 25 miles (40k ilometers) away. The prime minister, who received standing ovationsf rom the 6,700 relatives, surv ivors and officials in the audience during his speech, said "together we are an unbreakable chain of care, democracy and safety that is our pro-t ection against violence. Today time stops in order to remember those who died," S toltenberg added. "We do it as one nation. Every candle has warmed, every thoughth as comforted, every rose has g iven hope. We are a small country, but we are a large people." Norwegian singer-songwriter Susanne Sundfoer opened the memorial servicew ith a heartfelt performance o f a popular Norwegian song "My Little Country," which has taken on special significance since the terror attacks and left many in the audience quietly wiping away tears. A ddressing the somber g athering, Norway's King Harald said he felt for each person in the country, but that he was certain Norway would surmount its pain. I firmly believe that we will uphold our ability to live f reely and securely in our country," he said. Later, Norwegian rap group Karpe Diem performed a song about tolerance. I am a Muslim, Chirag is a H indu and our friends they a re also different, but we have n ever felt as Norwegian and w e have not felt as much togetherness before as we do n ow, after July 22," rapper Magdi Omar Ytreeide Abdelmaguid said before perform-i ng the song. 77 KILLED IN NORWAY MASSACRE ARE REMEMBERED AT SERVICE NORWAY`S KING HARALD speaks during the national memorial ceremony in Oslo Sunday. (AP
$4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.55 $5.43 $5.55 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.orgMONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter email@example.com B AHAMASAIR believes increased passenger confid ence and increased accountability at the nationa l flag carrier has resulted in heavy bookings this summer, with load factors on its Florida routes in the high 90 per cent range. H enry Woods, the airlines general manager, told Tri b une Business: We are very pleased with the summer results so far; the loads are excellent. The load factors right now on Florida are in the high nineties. Bookings have been better t han good; bookings have b een heavy. July and August were extremely good. All of our flights are going out full and coming back full, and thatw ill continue to the end of this month. The heavy load factors, though, are generating concern in the private sector that Bahamians are increasingly travelling to Florida to shop,d epriving the economy and businesses here of muchneeded cash flow and revenues that would translate into profits and jobs. Retailers spoken to by Trib une Business are especially nervous as to what this might m ean for the Back to School shopping season, traditionally t heir second busiest time of the year after Christmas. Well-known Bahamian businessman Franklyn Wilson, chair of the SunshineG roup of Companies, told this newspaper that the week before last, a relative attempting to travel Florida was u nable to find a seat on a flight from Nassau to Florida b etween Thursday of that week and Sunday. Questioning whether the reduced cost of Back to School supplies in Florida,d ue to the removal of the states sales tax, might be attracting Bahamians, Mr Wilson said: A relative of m ine wanted to go to south Florida the previous week T hursday, and not one seat could they get. Every seat that went into Florida at a rate of $500 per round ticket was taken. Therew as not one seat left on airBy NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A Bahamian-owned financial services provider is exploring further expansion to the CaymanI slands following the succ ess of its Singapore office, with its principal u rging this nation to abandon its no tax status to get out of the doldrums. Contrasting how well k nown the Cayman I slands were, in comparison to the Bahamas, when i t came to financial serv ices, Paul Moss, president of Dominion Mana gement Services, said his company was examining By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business E ditor COPA AIRLINES has c onfirmed it is increasing the capacity of the aircraft servicing its Panama CityNassau route with effect f rom October 1, 2011, a move the minister of tourism and aviation said h as come three months ahead of schedule. While Copas decision t o upgrade from a 94-seat E mbraer to a Boeing 737300 had been widely expected, given the sub s tantial demand for its direct service to Nassau, Vincent Vanderpool-Wal l ace told Tribune Business the decision had come By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A LEADINGbusinessman has described the Bahamian economys lack of oomph as frightening, with the Bahamas Electricity Corporations (BEC fuel surcharge having increased 100 per cent year-over-year and other key indicators moving in the wrong direction. Franklyn Wilson, chairman of the Sunshine Group of Com panies, which includes home builder Arawak Homes, told Tribune Business that five chief executives of firms in which he has an ownership interest had all expressed concern to him that there was no robustness in the Bahamian economy and perhaps more worryingly no indication of where any improvement would come from. Its an amazing thing, Mr Wilson told this newspaper. Id said earlier in the year that we looked like getting out of it. In our case, we had a pretty good February and looked like getting out of this. But what is going on today is past the stage of concern. Its beginning to be frightening. Theres absolutely no energy in this economy. When asked why, Mr Wilson replied: I wish I knew for sure, but the fact of the matter is con sumers are so extended they do not have the means to provide that energy. This is Back to School. This is a time people should be making money. It should be a good week for retailers. Its Back to School time for us in a variety of companies. But, in speaking to five heads of companies in which Im involved, all said itsa concern that theres no robustness; theres no energy to build an economy. And this is happening at a time when the Government has done so much to provide some oomph to the economy through various infrastructure projects. Mr Wilson expressed particB y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A leading petroleum retailer yesterday agreed that the sector shouldb e deregulated and the Government-imposed margin/price controls removed, telling Tribune Busi ness that no further strike action w as currently being contemplated. Oswald Moore, chairman of the Bahamas Petroleum Dealers Associations (BPRAc ommittee, told this newspaper in the wake of Fridays meeting with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham that allowing gas stations and theo il companies to compete, and the market to set the per gallon price of gasoline and diesel, provided theb est way forward for the industry. Yes, I would agree with that, Mr Moore responded, when asked by Tribune Business whether the Government should get out ofi mposing price controls on the petroleum industry. Most of the countries around u s have already done that. Because they compete, they set the price in the marketplace. M r Moore said the current situat ion facing BPRA members was impossible, adding: We have been subsidising the industry now for a long time for the past three-p lus years. Asked whether many Bahamians might question why petroleumd ealers remained in the business, given the obvious difficulties in making a profit, Mr Moore replied: Yes, they can wonder that, butw hen you consider the number of p eople who have mortgaged their homes and so forth to survive, they cannot walk away from it like that. T he crux of the issue is that gas station dealer margins, fixed at By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor C ITY MARKETS h as pulled back from negotia t ions to sell its Eight Mile Rock store to Sawyers Fresh Market owner, Sandy Sawyer, telling Tribune Busi n ess that two rival buyers had made a very strong entrance into the fray. Mark Finlayson, principal o f City Markets 78 per cent majority shareholder, TransIsland Traders, confirmed to this newspaper that Mr Sawyer had also been attempting to acquire the shopping centre that ish ome to the supermarket chains Eight Mile Rock store, but was unaware whether this deal had been concluded. If this real estate transaction is completed, it would make Mr S awyer and Sawyers Fresh Market the landlord as well as potential tenants. Such a development would tie-in well to Mr Finlaysons desire to sell Eight Mile Rock to an ew owner who has a good chance of succeeding with the business, but one of the rival bidders has also set theirs ights on acquiring the shop ping centre, too. Weve had two new peo ple that have just come into the game, Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business, confirm i ng information reaching this news p aper that Mr Sawyer had been the lead bidder. I thought we were close to being f inalised. We were very close to clos CITY MARKETS PULLS BACK ON EIGHT MILE DEAL Had been close on deal with Sandy Sawyer and Sawyers F resh Market for GB-based store But tw o rivals make very strong entrance into fray Supermarket chain confirms 70 lay-offs avoided via hour cuts MARKFINLAYSON SEE page 6B ECONOMYS FRIGHTENING LACK OF OOMPH Top businessman notes absolute lack of energy in Bahamian economy BEC fuel sur charge up 100% year-over-year, as f or mer Chamber c hief e yes perfect stor SEE page 7B FRANKLYN WILSON DIONISIODAGUILAR GOVT URGED: END PETROLEUM SECTOR MARGIN CONTROLS Deregulation gains support N o further strike action contemplated, despite margin increase refusal SEE page 6B COPA UPGRADES NASSAU ROUTE Move from October 1 comes within 31/2 months of startingP anama City service, and three months ahead of schedule SEE page 4B BAHAMIAN FINANCIAL PROVIDER TARGETING CAYMAN EXPANSION U rges Bahamas to go for low tax, d ouble tax treaty model to escape doldrums SEE page 7B 90% BAIR LOADS BETTER THAN GOOD Flag carrier says heavy summer bookings show accountability and improved p assenger confidence Retailers worry on Back to School i mplications of Florida travel surge S EE page 4B
By SIMON COOPER Res Socius SEPARATIONpackages have become a famili ar feature of our modern w orld, ever since directly d ismissing unwanted people became so unfashionable. Older people are targeted more frequently for two unarguable reasons. These are the inflexibility that comes with age, and t he size of the sugar-coated pill thats available to help them make up their minds. The downside to this situation is that an unfair stigma often attaches to retrenched people (for this is what separated employees really are), and this stigma makes them less likely t o find jobs again. Moreover, older people are not always the most sought-out employees (except where the value of greybeard wis-d om is recognised). I got to thinking about this the other week whent he first wave of voluntarily separated BTC employees hit the street with an average of $100,000 in their pockets, or so Im told.W hat will they do with their windfalls, I wonder? Hopefully not try to live offt hem, because $100,000 diss olves at an alarmingly fast r ate. A Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union official was quoted as saying that their exmembers may start a new business, find another job or retire. From what Ive h eard more than a few of t hese are unlikely to be youngsters, and I personally doubt that there are 161 suitable jobs going begging right now on our islands either. S o that really leaves d oing nothing, or going into business for more than af ew of the 161 men and w omen who hit our streets the other day. But are theye ntrepreneurial types? Im a s sure that some are, as I am equally sure that some corporate types never can be (which could be a reason why some joined a structured company like BTC in the first place). Sending t hese out to do business in t he Bahamas (or anywhere else for that matter) could b e akin to throwing them t o the wolves. I wish every single one of them the very best of luck, and I sincerely and gen-u inely hope they will succeed. There is, however, more to doing business than developing a dream, j ust as there is more to career planning than a schoolboys dream to b ecome a fire engine driv er. S ometimes the right a dvice to business newbies i s to buy into an existing f irm, either as a partner or as the complete new owner. There are several advantages to this practice. These include getting into a going concern, and being able to predict immediate income, t oo. There is, however, still t he very real danger that a buyer may misunderstand the true health of a business, and be sadly disappointed as a result. In situations like this b usiness brokers may make i nvaluable contributions towards avoiding misun-d erstandings between busin ess buyers and business sellers. They can applyt heir minds independently t o the true potential of an enterprise, encourage a comprehensive handover and a representative training period, thereby easing the transition from employed to self-employed. NB: Res Socius was f ounded by Simon Cooper i n 2009, and is a business b rokerage authorised by the Bahamas Investment Authority. He has exten-s ive private and public SME experience, and was formerly chief executive ofa publicly traded investm ent company. He was awarded an MBA with distinction by Liverpool Univ ersity in 2005. Contact him o n 636-8831 or write to s firstname.lastname@example.org. BUSINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE KINGSWAYACADEMYTeacher Vacancy for September 2011 and experienced candidates for teaching position at the:High School The successful candidates should have the following: specialization pleted and signed Kingsway Academy application form available at the schools Administration building or on the website ing telephone contacts Note:All documents should be submitted at the same time. Please forward to: Kingsway Academy Employment Application Kingsway Academy Box N-4378, Bernard Road Nassau, The Bahamas SEPARATE DREAM FROM THE REALITY S S o o m m e e t t i i m m e e s s t t h h e e r r i i g g h h t t a a d d v v i i c c e e t t o o b b u u s s i i n n e e s s s s n n e e w w b b i i e e s s i i s s t t o o b b u u y y i i n n t t o o a a n n e e x x i i s s t t i i n n g g f f i i r r m m , e e i i t t h h e e r r a a s s a a p p a a r r t t n n e e r r o o r r a a s s t t h h e e c c o o m m p p l l e e t t e e n n e e w w o o w w n n e e r r . T T h h e e r r e e a a r r e e s s e e v v e e r r a a l l a a d d v v a a n n t t a a g g e e s s t t o o t t h h i i s s p p r r a a c c t t i i c c e e . Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are m aking news in their n eighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in thea rea or have won an a ward. I f so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter n email@example.com Family Island retailers are among some of the largest users of the Bahamas Telecommunications Companys (BTC new EZTop-Up technology, its vice-president of sales and marketing telling Tribune Business that two Grand Bahama gass tations are leading the way. The gas stations in Grand Bahama, in particular, are doing some of our biggest business, Mr Johnson said. Two of our largest retailers for EZTop-Up are gas stations in Grand Bahama. One of the interesting things is that ourF amily Island retailers are a little bit ahead of New Providence retailers, but its picking up in New Providence. We have over 300 retailers lined up throughout the country. We feel confident moving forward that those numbers will steadi ly increase. Mr Johnson said that while street vendors selling BTC prepaid phone cards above mar ket value was still posing a problem, he was confident nor mality would returnto the mar ket soon. We were advertising in the paper to let folks know where they can go and buy their cards at face value, Mr Johnson said. We put out a public notice that we dont condone selling the cards at face value, and to let us know where that is hap pening. Weve also done quitea bit working with our master distributors. We have done a couple of things in-house on distribu tions, and I think from what we can gather card prices seem to be entering back towards face value, which is what we are trying to do. We still get reports but we feel confident we can manage those through our channels and normalcy will be returned to the market. We want to maintain the integrity of the price of the cards. B TC, under the direction of new 51 per cent majority owner Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC ing to regularise and exert greater control over the busi ness, combining this with a focus on customer service to drive Bahamians to the storebased EZTop-Up technology and away from street vendors. BTC is moving toward completely eliminating phone cards by 2014, a move the company says will increase efficiency and place BTC in line with international practices. T he newluy-privatised carri er has said it will spend $1 million in marketing support over the next 12 months to support distribution of its pre-paid EZTop-Up cell phone minutes. It is projecting that within two years 80 per cent of pre-paid cellular minutes will come from electronic sales. 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T he demand surghe has affected b oth pharmacies and their wholes alers. Many contacted by Tribune Business noted that sales of drugs such as Panadol have increased tremendously, particularly in light of the fact that the preferred pres cription, Tylex 750, is presently u navailable. I would say sales have tripled. We have seen a major increase ins ales of Panadol and Tylenol but Tylenol isnt available, so mainly theP anadol. We ordered a lot of that. B ecause everyone asking for the T ylenol, we are getting the Tylenol o ut of the US. We use the local wholesalers, but since we cant find it in Nassau we are getting it out of the US. We are also stocking up on the rehydration salts, which we are out of stock on right now, Deyar Knowles, pharmacist at Centreville P harmacyn told Tribune Business. S harmaine Theberje, pharmacist a t Lowes Pharmacy, Harbour Bay, told Tribune Business: We expected that there would be an increase in t hose, since those are the ones reco mmended for the Dengue Fever, meaning the Panadol and the Tylenol. Stuff like the Motrin and Advil are not recommended. Panadol and Tylenol are the same product really; they are just made by two different c ompanies. One can be substituted f or the other without a problem. We d ont have the Tylenol in stock, but we do have the Panadol. We do have patients who come in and request rehydration salts for the dehydration component of the illness. Shavanda Nairn, a senior superv isor at Lowes Pharmacy, Harbour B ay, told Tribune Business: Sales h ave been booming. We have tripled the order for the Panadol. Customers are coming in and they are purchasing it if they have it, and in the event that they do get it. I have also been told to order stuff for allergies. Someo f the customers have mentioned the itching during recovery. We have had to double our order for the allergy medication as well. Barbara Sturrup, pharmacist at QVS Pharmacy, Village Road ,told Tribune Business: Sales have t ripled. The Panadol is even running very low and they have something called Tylex 750, which is not even a vailable right now and is the same as taking one-and-a-half tablets of the Panadol. Another pharmacist told Tribune Business she had seen sales of the drugs quadruple. T he demand placed on Bahamian p harmacies has also been felt by dist ributors. Barbara Henderson, pharmaceutical manager of wholesaler Nassau Agencies, told Tribune Business: We have seen an increased demand. We havent been inundated b ecause we are not the distributors for the brand, but we have other brands of Panadol that have sold out and we are out of the product that appears to be the preferred prescription strength, Tylex. If you dont get Panadol, you can get a substit ute. 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lines from New Providence b etween the previous week T hursday and last Sunday. Echoing such sentiments, Gavin Watchorn, president and chief executive of BISXlisted AML Foods, told Tribune Business: The general f eeling is that there is a greater travel to Florida this year than in prior years. From what were looking at, we feel there is a greater surge to Florida. Meanwhile, Mr Woods said Bahamasair had to upgrade one of its Florida flights due to heavy bookings. We have upgraded from a 50-seat to a 120 seat; from the prop to the jet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We had to upgrade. It was scheduled for a prop but we found the loads were bursting out of the seams, he added. I think the travelling public has regained confidence in Bahamasair, and the loyalty is there because they know that we try our best to provide goods ervice. Our on-time performance over the past four years has improved significantly. The commitment and the effort is being driven from the Board, straight through exec-u tive management, middle m anagement, supervisors and to all line staff. There is accountability at Bahamasairn ow. I feel most confident in saying that. We are very optimistic about the future of Bahamasair. And Mr Woods further tout ed: Our prices are by far the b est. Out ticket prices, our baggage policies are the most liberal and our dispatch reliable, meaning that all flights operate regardless if they are late or not. We dont cancel any flight. Any cancellation is due to can act of God. We are committed to providing the best service possible. We feel that the Bahamian community is responding with a very heavy demonstration of loyalty, and we are most grate ful. That is not to say that we a re a totally local airline because our percentage of tourist traffic is also increasing. Mr Woods said that parents travelling with children onv acation had helped to drive n umbers up. We find that a lot of families are travelling; parents travelling with theirc hildren, he said. A lot of people go to Florida just for a break. They shop while theyre there but we feel they go to Florida to catch a break. Our real heavy season isT hanksgiving to Christmas Eve thats the heavy shopping. We do have shoppers now but people are shopping while on vacation. After Labour Day there will be a lull. Things will fall off a bit, but when we break into November things will pick back up. November and December will be like July and August. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1 .190.95AML Foods Limited1.171.170.000.1550.0807.56.84% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.080-16.6 0.75% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.936.930.000.2300.10030.11.44% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0300.09090.03.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.108.29Cable Bahamas8.298.480.191,0000.2450.31034.63.66% 2.802.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8.508.33Commonwealth Brewery8.508.500.003000.7400.00011.50.00% 7.006.21Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.001.73Consolidated Water BDRs1.621.57-0.050.1110.04514.12.87% 1.901.31Doctor's Hospital1.371.370.000.0740.11018.58.03% 5 .504.75Famguard5.435.430.000.4980.24010.94.42% 8 .805.35Finco5.395.390.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9 .747.75FirstCaribbean Bank8.298.290.000.4940.35016.84.22% 6.005.00Focol (S 5.755.750.000.4350.22013.23.83% 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. 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Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-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) +FBB15100.000.00B ISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 19 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%FRIDAY, 19 AUGUST 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,398.09| CHG 1.76 | %CHG 0.13 | YTD -101.42 | YTD % -6.76BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015 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%L ast 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.57791.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.5779263.39%5.87%1.548717 3.01602.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.02482.63%3.94%2.981382 1.61281.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.61512.61%4.53%1.591803 2.86862.5730Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5730-5.41%-9.79% 13.734713.2291Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.73472.82%1.94% 114.128999.4177CFAL Global Bond Fund114.09222.35%13.88%114.128861 118.4255101.6693CFAL Global Equity Fund118.42552.30%8.26%116.580785 1.17491.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.17492.48%5.16% 1.13431.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.13431.41%5.17% 1.17641.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.17642.38%5.39% 9.9952 9.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.94330.98%4.58% 11.498510.0324Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.96520.78%5.70% 10.68139.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.60135.75%13.20% 8.85647.5827Royal 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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Duties and responsibilities include preparing all materials necessaryf or effective decision-making processes by Council; providing broad general guidance on legal and regulatory matters and recording all legal obligations entered into by The College; acting as the Colleges industrial relations liaison between employees and management and presenting managements position in contract negotiations, grievance arbitrations and unfair labour practice hearings. Applicants must have a MastersD egree in Business Administration, Industrial Psychology or Labour Relations and a m inimum of seven years practicing law coupled with experience involving collective bargaining, contract administration and management. B ahamians 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: email@example.com 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) Acurrent detailed curriculum vitae Copies of qualifications obtained Copies of all available transcripts (original transcripts required upon employment) Copy of the information page of passport The names and contact information for three professional references B y RICK LOWE w eblogbahamas.com JEROME GOMEZ,PLP candidate and former head of the Bahamas Governments Venture Capital Fund, wrote recently that the key to economic growth is m oving more of the poor into the m iddle class. But he implores t hat this cant be done until this segment of the population is provided with better access to capital, through creating uniquely tailored programs to assist SMEs ( Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises). Of course, his whole argument rests on government providing t hat capital from Bahamian taxp ayers, or by forcing banks to l end their depositors savings for entrepreneurial ventures that his own experience has proven are high risk. Where did the idea that taxpayer money should be used top rovide capital, or the coercive power of government employed to force others to provide those start-up funds for entrepreneurs, come from in the first place? In the late 1800's, George Eastman, of Eastman Kodak, had a shortage of capital but a surplus o f character, and most entrepren eurs are like Mr. Eastman. ( See h ttp://bit.ly/ndmmwU ) Mr Gomez is incorrect to suggest that the Government needs to dictate what banks should do with their depositors money, or why entrepreneurs today deservet axpayer start-up funds. We need less bureaucratic red tape, so new businesses are able to get up and running to serve their potential clients. And if the customers like the goods or services provided, wealth and economic growth will result. There are many local e xamples of succesful entrepren eurs who did not give up when h aving to deal with obstacles, such as the lack of capital, for example. Not unlike the obstacles businesspeople have faced around the globe. The only reason to suggest that e ntrepreneurs receive these socalled uniquely tailored programs is to speed up the growth process for these new businesses (SMEs losses to other people, but they are not the right incentives. They set more politically-constructed m oral hazards in play. W hile he is right that successf ul entrepreneurship allows people to move from poverty to wealth", Mr Gomez is wrong to expect taxpayer venture capital, or for the Government to dictate that banks and other insti-t utions provide it. This position is no more than a politically-motivated, albeit diplomatically worded, attempt to transfer wealth by force. SHOULD TAXPAYERS BE VENTURE CAPITALISTS? within three-and-a-half m onths of starting the route. Copa has agreed in less t han three-and-a-half months to upgrade the sizeof the aircraft, starting on October 1, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace confirmed. The volumes have been so strong, and the demand s o strong, that theyre movi ng from a 94-seat Embraer t o a 737-300, which from C opas viewpoint is a very w ise decision. Thats a part o f the world, Brazil in particular, and Argentina, that is growing in the face of what is happening in Europe and the US. Latin America has e xceeded every expectation i n terms of their numbers, and thats reflected in their [Copa] upgrade of aircraft in less than three-and-a-half months, something they were expected to do at the end of the year. T he increase in capacity o n Copas flights, apart from helping to match demand, p otentially increases the n umber of Latin American t ourists, high net worth individuals and their intermediaries travelling to the Bahamas, since accessibility has improved. It could result in increased tourism and financial services busin ess. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said South American comm odities, especially those f rom Brazil, had become a very strong market, and will be for some time to come. All this was helping to fuel wealth creation and disposable incomes, creating a market for the Bahamian tourism industry t o tap into. The shame of it is, when you look at where we sit on t he map, that we hadnt g one in that direction b efore, Mr VanderpoolWallace told Tribune Business. David Johnson, the Ministry of Tourisms directorgeneral, revealed to Tribune Business in late July that l oad factors on Copa Airlines Panama City-Nassau route had exceeded perform ance projections by hitting t he 90 per cent mark, an unusual but pleasant surprise. They have been operating at optimum levels approaching 90 per cent loads, Mr Johnson said then. "New flights generally t ake a while to build to that l evel of loads. They came out of the gate with very s trong loads, which is unusua l but a pleasant surprise." C opa for the first time has opened up the Bahamas to the South and Central American markets, and is projected to bring more than 14,500 visitors to the islands and generate more than $17 m illion for the Bahamian economy in its first year. Visas are not required of B ahamians visiting Central a nd South America, or for r esidents of those regions bound for the Bahamas. "They have given us the undertaking that if the demand continues strong it's just two months that they are inclined to add an a ccommodation of larger a ircraft and more frequency," Mr Johnson said in late J uly. Whenever a fight is runn ing at 90 per cent it means it is leaving passengers. So if we can sustain that level for an extended period of time, I have no doubt they will look favourably at increas ing capacity. It's premature for us to predict when they will do that; they are still on their h oneymoon, with just over a m onth of service that's about 30 to 40 flights rough-l y. 90% BAIR LOADS BETTER THAN GOOD FROM page one COPA UPGRADES NASSAU ROUTE FROM page one V INCENT V ANDERPOOL-WALLACE Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
$ 0.44 per gallon of gasoline and $0.19 per gallon of diesel, are expected to not only generate a profit but cover rising fixed costs, such as labour, electricity bills and the various fees payable to the oil companies rents, r oyalties and franchise fees a nd the like. T hese rising costs have outpaced the fixed margins,a problem compounded by increasing oil prices. When the latter rises, Bahamian petroleum dealers are forcedt o turn to credit cards, overdrafts, mortgages, bank loans and such like to pay for their next fuel consignment, as the revenue streams earned on the previous, lower-priced inventory, are insufficient to cover the cost. To compensate, BPRA m embers have been seeking a $0.30 increase in the per gallon of gasoline margin to $ 0.74, up from the existing $ 0.44 per gallon. On diesel, t hey were pushing for a $0.28 per gallon margin increase to $0.47, up from the existing $0.19. These were effectively 68 per cent and 147 per cent increases, respectively, in the gasoline and diesel margins. However, the Prime Minister told Mr Moore at a Frid ay meeting that the Gove rnment, fearing the effects of a margin increase on the p rivate sector and alreadyb urdened consumers at a time of economic weakness a nd already-high gasoline p rices, was not currently p repared to grant the BPRAs request. The BPRA had previously indicated that failure to grant the margin increases would result in its members taking strike action, but this option appears off the tablefor the moment. We are not looking at further strike action at the moment, Mr Moore told T ribune Business. We t hink the Prime Ministers announcement was positive, a nd we will continue negotia tions. Mr Ingraham extended s everal olive branches to t he BPRA, according to a r elease from the Cabinet Office, promising that the margin increase requestw ould be revisited once global gasoline and diesel prices reduced. And the Government will also establish a Commission to assess gas station dealer complaints about alleged h igh operating costs, and o ther practices, imposed u pon them by the three m ajor oil companies Esso, T exaco and FOCOL Holdi ngs (Shell I think its something that needs to be done, but I dont want to say anything more about it at this time, Mr Moore said of the Com mission. R ents, royalties and franchise fees paid by dealers to the oil companies have long b een a source of contention. G iven that these payments c ome out of dealers $0.44 and $0.19 per gallon mar gins, the argument has been t hat the wholesalers the oil companies actually earn more per gallon than their own $0.33 fixed margin. But, more interesting perhaps, was that the Cabinet Office statement left the door open to deregulating the Bahamian petroleum industry, saying a revision o f policies could ultimately l ead to this happening. Apart from Mr Moore, s uch a move was also b acked by former Bahamas Chamber of Commerce p resident, Dionisio D Aguilar, who urged that t he Government and politics be removed from price control regulation of the sec-t or. Its so silly and stupid the system they have in place because you have to go back to the Cabinet, and once you put the decision in the hands of politicians, its a no-win f or them, Mr DAguilar t old Tribune Business. For them to give a price o r margin increase, they will b e accused of taking money o ut of the hands of the poor man and putting it into the hands of the gas dealers. As a result, the politicians are scared to make a decision to put up gas mar gins. You know this is exact-l y what is going through their brains. This is a politically horrible decision for t hem to make, and petroleu m retailers thus become a v ictim of politics...... This is why the process should not be in the handso f the Cabinet of the Bahamas. Its a no-win situation for them. The only way petroleum retailers can get a decision is by screaming and carrying on. Urging the Government to get out of making decisions on gasoline margins, M r DAguilar said this powe r should either be transferred to a body similar to t he Utilities Regulation & C ompetition Authority (URCA s mall, annual increases e stablished. They should set up a mechanism where margins increase according to the rate of inflation, or they are put up by two cents a year. If you went up one or two cents a year, no one would notice it, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business. Then y ou could review it, and c ome up with a mathematical formula in a systematic w ay. Work it out, make a decision and move on, so we d ont have to come back to t his. ing a deal with him, but two o thers came into the fray and came on very strong, so well see. Retail industry sources had disclosed to Tribune Business that Sawyers Fresh Market, o ne of many rival food retail o perations to City Markets three Grand Bahama stores, was the buyer for the lattersE ight Mile Rock Store. They pointed out that acquiring the stores operat ions was a natural extension o f Mr Sawyers efforts to purchase the shopping centre. My understanding is thatS andy Sawyer is trying to buy the complex, one source said. Theyre [he and City Markets] just trying to do a d eal on the inventory and fix tures. Confirming these developm ents, Mr Finlayson told Tri bune Business: Sandy was in talks with them to buy it [thes hopping centre], but I dont think hes bought it yet. I dont know is hes concluded a deal or not. One oft he other groups that has jumped inside is also bidding for the shopping centre. Mr F inlayson declined to name either of the rival bidders involved. A nd he added: Im con c erned that the person who ends up with out store ends up with it for the long-term.T hats why weve pulled back. Thats the reason why we were concluding something with him [Sandy Sawyer], but when those other persons j umped into the fray, at the e nd of the day we want to m ake sure whoever it is, is s uccessful on a long-term basis. As a company we are not making any money out of it.W e just want to look after the m ore than 40 staff. Mr Finlayson confirmed that three years remained on the Eight Mile Rock stores lease. M r Sawyer has had his sights on that outlet for some time, having held talks toa cquire it with City Markets previous ownership, BSL Holdings. Retail industry observers b elieve the Eight Mile Rock s ite is more suited to a boots on the ground, or Mom and P op type operation, rather than the corporate-style ownership structure of City Mar kets and its operating parent, B ahamas Supermarkets. It has been City Markets most peripheral operation dating back to the Winn-Dix ie ownership days, and is based in a relatively low income area. Many Eight M ile Rick residents also work in Freeport and end up doing their shopping there. M eanwhile, Mr Finlayson c onfirmed that City Markets had decided against laying-off 70 staff in the aftermath of the Rosetta Street and Lyford Cay store closures, instead opting to keep all 590 employees through cutting everyo nes working hours. The move was taken after discussions between CityM arkets and the minister of labour, Dion Foulkes, and Mr Finlayson said: The whole idea is to see if we can keep as many people employed as we can. The truth of the matter is that weve got good people, and do not want to throw them out. We cut down on hours, rather than cutting back on people. Employees working eight-hour shifts had seen their hours cut to fivesix, while part-time workers had also seen their hours cut. To help keep all staff employed, Mr Finlayson said City Markets would look to speed up the development and opening of two new store sites, at JFK Drive and the former Bethell-Robertson property on East-West Highway. Its probably going to take about a year, because were doing these reduced hours, but we hope at the end of the year not to lose too many people, and to take them back to full-time at the new locations, Mr Finlayson added. He told Tribune Business that City Markets was still working on getting the Rosetta Street store site reopened under a new concept. The Lyford Cay and Roset ta Street closures are intended to save the struggling City Markets chain, which is still deep in turnaround mode, some $2.5 million in annual losses. The move has also cost it $15 million in sales, but is designed to focus the chain on larger-store selling spaces. Tribune Business previously revealed that City Markets had lost around $14 million from operations in its financial year that closed at endJune 2011. BUSINESS PAGE 6B, MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE N O T I C E DEVON ENERGY CROATIA HOLDINGS, LTD.NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows: ( a) DEVON ENERGYCROATIAHOLDINGS, LTD. is in dissolution under the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000. (bThe dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 9 th June, 2011 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General. ( c) The Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Delano Aranha of Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street, P.O. B ox N-3247, Nassau, Bahamas Dated the 9th day of June, A.D., 2011. H & J CORPORATE SERVICES LTD. Registered Agent for the above-named Company N O T I C EDEVON NIGERIATWO-FIFTY-SIX HOLDINGS, LTD. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows: (a DEVON NIGERIATWO-FIFTY-SIX HOLDINGS, LTD. is in dissolution under the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000. (bThe dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 9th June, 2011 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General. (cThe Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Delano Aranha of Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street, P.O. Box N-3247, Nassau, Bahamas Dated the 9th day of June, A.D., 2011. H & J CORPORATE SERVICES LTD. Registered Agent for the above-named Company N O T I C EDEVON ENERGY FRANCE, LTD.NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows: (a DEVON ENERGYFRANCE, LTD. is in dissolution under the provisions of the International Business Companies Act 2000. (bThe dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 9th June, 2011 when its Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and registered by the Registrar General. (cThe Liquidator of the said Company is Mr. Delano Aranha of Ocean Centre, Montagu Foreshore, East Bay Street, P.O. Box N-3247, Nassau, Bahamas Dated the 9th day of June, A.D., 2011. H & J CORPORATE SERVICES LTD. Registered Agent for the above-named Company FROM page one CITY MARKETS PULLS BACK ON EIGHT MILE DEAL GOVT URGED: END PETROLEUM SECTOR MARGIN CONTROLS FROM page one
u lar concern over the mediumterm jobs outlook, noting that key infrastructure projects such as the $409.5 million Lyn d en Pindling International Air port (LPIA and New Providence Road I mprovement Project would all be completed within 18 months to two years. A nd, with Baha Mar and its 7 ,000-plus permanent jobs not quite ready to come on stream b y then, the Arawak Homes and Sunshine Group chairman questioned where jobs to replace those lost on completed infrastructure projects would come from. The question comes up: Wheres the energy two yearsout from now? Mr Wilson told Tribune Business. Baha Mar is not yet completed. In terms of people getting jobs in the hotel sector, the real concern I have is: Where is the charge that increases employment in the near term? If its not happening now, and we can identify hundreds of jobs not there in two years time and have to be replaced? This is a time where the Gov ernment has done all these ini tiatives, and this is the impact? We are all saying theres no energy, and this is a time whenit should be a good two-three week period for retailers. Mr Wilsons sentiments were backed by former Bahamas Chamber of Commerce presi dent Dionisio DAguilar, who said the Bahamian economy was facing a perfect storm of slumped consumer demand and rising energy costs, coupled with further knocks to business confidence due to the US sover eign downgrade and debt ceiling crisis. Pointing out that the Bahami an economy could not be viewed in a bubble, Mr DAguilar said sovereign debt woes in Europe and the US had left the private sector here not feeling good. Its all about mood, he told Tribune Business. Whats my mood? Whats my feeling? Is this the time for me to expandmy business? Baha Mar is obvi ously a massive infusion, and might bode well for us, but most people are not getting that warm, fuzzy feeling. The former Chamber presi dent added: Most businesses are being hammered by increas es in energy costs, and an inability to pass these on to the consumer, especially if youre in an i ncredibly competitive environ ment like the food business. Its impossible to pass it on t o consumers. You may be doing more in sales, but are making less money. The fuel surcharge from BEC hasi ncreased 100 per cent if you compare this time this year with last year. It was 11 cents per k ilowatt hour a year ago, 22 cents now. The fuel surcharge has doubled, and the cost of energy has gone up substantiall y. This, Mr DAguilar acknowl edged, was largely outside B ECs control and in the hands of world oil markets. Yet, in terms of impact on the Bahamian economy, he said: This is like a perfect storm. Youve got decreasing demand, the mood is not good, and increasing energy costs. Everything is moving in the wrong direction. A College of the Bahamas (COB indicated that consumer demand accounted for almost t wo-thirds of the Bahamian economy, and Mr Wilson added that, in conversation, the ownero f a well-known hardware store had illustrated just how weak the consumer was. The Arawak Homes chair m an said his fellow business man had counted in the newspapers some 550 foreclosed h omes that were being adver tised for sale by Bahamian financial institutions, describing this as a basis for concern. A nd Mr Wilson said the same difficulties were being faced by tenants. Many unablet o meet their obligations, and whose landlords wanted to evict them, simply could not move on because they were unable to afford the first and last months rent downpayments, plus a deposit, on new accommoda tion. Therein lies some very serious problems, Mr Wilson added. w hether to open an office in the rival Caribbean jurisdiction by the 2011 second quarter. He explained that this was in response to the demand for Cayman-domiciled funds a nd other products that Dominion was receiving through its Singapore office, and called on the Bahamas to revamp its financial ser-v ices business model from o ne based on no taxes to a l ow-tax jurisdiction with a network of double taxation treaties. Describing Dominion M anagement (Pty gapore office, as very important in introducingt he company to a totally different client breed during they ear it has been open, Mr M oss told Tribune Business: One of the things I have discovered is that the Bahamas is not well knowna t all. I have been in talks with professionals in Cayman, andm uch of that is based on the s heer volume of inquiries we get. Cayman has done a very good job in marketing itself, unlike the Bahamas where we wait on the Bahamas government to decide things,a nd whether we go on promotional trips or not. Cayman is on the cutting edge, and just like others who have taken advantage o f that environment, we may d o that. If clients are in Sing apore and say they want a Cayman product, we will be a ble to do that. We anticip ate, maybe in the second quarter of next year, thats -a Cayman office a possibility for us. Describing Dominions Singapore operation as going well, Mr Moss said t he Asian island city state was attracting numerous financial services providers, especially Europeans, to switch their offices there on ap ermanent basis. A nd, by maintaining a fullt ime presence in Singapore, Dominion and others were breaking into markets, such as India, China, Indonesiaa nd the Philippines, that do not look West and were generating first and secondg eneration high net worth i ndividuals, some as young as their late 20s/early 30s. I think that Singapore has d one an incredible job in terms of marketing itself, Mr Moss added, and tryingt o attract business. Their l aws are permissible; they allow it to happen, and are not restrictive, like our laws. What Singapore has done for me is open up avenues in ways that I never thoughtp ossible. We in the west sit h ere and believe CNN is gospel, but when you look at Pakistan, for example, there i s a tremendous opportuni ty for financial services. Theres a new generation ofw ealth, where 25-30 somethings understand there is a need to protect their legacy and maximise their wealth while still alive. As for the Bahamas, Mr Moss said it needed to do a w holesale reworking of its b usiness model to remain a leading edge financial services jurisdiction, imposing a low corporate income tax rate on all companies domiciled in this nation. Not until we understand f ully that this so-called no tax jurisdiction of the Bahamas is out of style, will not be fashionable any more, will we get out of the dol-d rums, Mr Moss told Trib une Business. The Government cannot go around boasting about Tax Information Exchange Agreements. Its played out.I t doesnt really enhance things. To bolster and grow the f inancial services sector, Mr M oss said the Bahamas needed to stretch our tentacles to markets wherew ealth and high net worth individuals were being created, expanding its embassya nd diplomatic presence to k ey territories. The lack of embassies the Bahamas has in strategic l ocations around the world tells you they do not understand what financial servicesi s about, and how your relat ionships and embassies can assist this business, he added, describing Dominion a s a pioneer. We have to be in Germany; its a big player. Weh ave to be in France; its a big player. We have to be in Singapore, India, places where we need to stretch our tentacles. It is important to estab lish ourselves in these areas, s o we become known. This i s part and parcel of the Bahamas establishing embassies so people know what the Bahamas is about, displaying our products. We also have to ensure w e undergird the financial s ervices regime by changing the tax structure, Mr Moss told Tribune Business. We now have to look at that, introducing taxes on thesec ompanies, at no greater t han 5 per cent. H e explained that such a corporate income tax would be imposed on foreignowned, Bahamian domiciledc ompanies first, then over time extended to Bahamianowned entities. M r Moss said the Bahamas d id not have to jump straight to 5 per cent and, for example, could give threey ears notice of its intent to introduce such a tax. It could also start at 1 per cent,i ncreasing this rate by the s ame percentage amount over a five-year period. The Dominion president s aid it was almost criminal that Bahamas-domiciled entities, especially those thatw ere foreign-owned, cont ributed so little in taxes to this nations education and health infrastructure needs. B ut he argued that the switch from a no tax to a low tax model, with doublet ax treaties ensuring companies and clients were only taxed in the Bahamas, not in their home jurisdictions, would increase rather than reduce business for this nation. This will not run business f rom our country. Far from it, Mr Moss told Tribune Business. We will be able to say to the OECD, FATF that no longer can you accuse us of being a taxh aven, as we have entered i nto double taxation agreements with your members. Praising the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSBd one, Mr Moss still called for t his nation to set up a body t o fast track new products and ideas for the industry. Warning that the Bahamas would find it difficult toa ttract new business without reform, Mr Moss told this newspaper: Were just sit-t ing around waiting, and if w e do not do anything we will be dead in the water. I believe the generation of leaders we have now do not begin to understand what t hey can do. We have to be f irst. We cannot simply allow ourselves to catch up. We h ave an opportunity to be first, but unless were first out of the gate and take theb ull by the horns, someone else will do it. We have the opportunity to do it right. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011, PAGE 7B 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 FROM page one ECONOMYS FRIGHTENING LACK OF OOMPH BAHAMIAN FINANCIAL PROVIDER TARGETING CAYMAN EXPANSION PAULMOSS F ROM page one
NEW YORK Associated Press THEstock market is starting to feed economic fear, not just reflect it. Stocks have fallen four weeks in a row. Some on Wall Street worry that the resulting blow to confidence, not to mention Americans' retirement account statements, has set off a spiral of fear that could push prices even lower, cause people and businesses to pull back and tip the economy into a new recession. "I'm nervous that fear will lead companies to stop hiring and people to stop spending," says Jim Paulsen, chief investment strategist of Wells Capi tal Management, famous for his usually bullish take on the markets. A home sales report this past week showed that more sales than usual fell apart at the last minute, which suggests plunging stocks and dismal economic news gave buyers cold feet. At least 16 percent of deals were canceled ahead of closings last month, four times the rate in May. Beth Ann Bovino, senior economist at Standard & Poor's, says that another big plunge in stocks could "push us closer to the brink." The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index ended Friday at 1,123.53, down 5 percent for the week. The average is down 16 percent during the fourweek losing streak. One rea son for the drop is fear that another recession, if not certain, is more likely now. The run of bad economic news started last month when the government said the economy grew much more weakly in the first half of this year than thought. Growth, at an annual rate of 0.8 percent, was the slowest since the Great Recession ended in June 2009. The economic weakness has made investors more likely to sell stocks at the first hint that things are getting worse. And last week, they got signs aplenty. A regional survey by the Federal Reserve said manufacturing had slowed in the mid-Atlantic states by the most in more than two years. Existing home sales fell in July for the third time in four months. Another report showed that exports from Japan, the world's thirdbiggest economy, had slumped for the fifth straight month. Japan is still reeling from the effects of an earthquake and tsunami in March. The housing market, which usually helps lead an economic recovery, keeps getting worse. The plunging stock market and scary economic news won't make it any better. "What you're seeing with the economy, on the job front it's scaring a lot of people," says Brian Fine, a loan manager at Mortgage Master in Rockville, Maryland. He says the housing market will languish until buyers and sellers feel more secure about the economy. "People are really motivated by larger economic trends. It's all about if you feel confident enough to buy a home right now," he says. The news from Europe got worse, too. Its economy has slowed considerably even in Germany, which has been its greatest source of strength. Fear spread that European banks, already ailing because they hold bonds of countries that are struggling with debt, were having trouble getting short-term loans to pay for day-to-day activities. Some Wall Street analysts say reports of trouble were exaggerated, but that didn't seem to matter. For investors, the prospect of banks scrambling for cash dredged up bad memories of the global credit freeze that hit in the fall of 2008 and they sold stocks. "A negative feedback loop ... appears to be in the making," two economists at Morgan Stanley wrote Thursday in a widely cited report that itself seemed to beget more fear and selling. It warned that the U.S. was "dangerously close" to recession. Stock investors aren't the only ones worried. Martin Fridson, global chief credit strategist at BNP Paribas Investment Partners, notes that investors in bonds issued by the riskiest U.S. companies are dumping them, too. These investors fear that in a reces sion companies might not be able to pay interest on these so-called junk bonds. The selling has forced up the average interest rate on the bonds to 8.3 percent. If investors had faith in the econ omy, the rate would be 4.6 percent, Fridson says. I'm nervous," says Fridson, who has followed the junk bond market since 1984. "I think there's a very material risk of falling into recession." Investors are responding to the risk by putting their money where they feel safe. Demand for the 10-year U.S. Treasury note was so high last week that the yield dipped below 2 percent for the first time in half a century. And the price of gold has set one record after another. It topped $1,800 an ounce last week. Although unemployment remains stubbornly high, at 9.1 percent, there are signs that the economy, while not strong, is still growing. Retail sales grew in July at the fastest pace since March. Employers added 117,000 jobs last month a modest gain, but far better than the hundreds of thousands of jobs lost each month during the Great Recession. Factory production rose in July because automakers made more cars. And Wall Street analysts who analyze companies and advise investors when to buy and sell don't seem to be worried. As stocks were falling Friday, research firm FactSet released figures that showed just how much more optimistic these analysts are than the average investor. Stocks are priced at roughly 1 1 times their expected earn ings per share over the next year. That's a steep discount compared with the market's long-term average of 15 times. Translation: If you believe the U.S. will avoid recession and companies will generate prof its as high as the analysts thinkt hey will, the S&P should be trading at 1,560 just below the S&P's record high of 1,565 in October 2007. Of course, if the economy is weak and earnings don't come in as expected, it could turn out that stocks were trad ing today at 15 times the nexty ear's earnings. That's what many of today's sellers seem be expecting. And skeptics note that analysts are notoriously bullish, and tend to overestimate profits as the economy slows. Wells Capital's Paulsen thinks stocks should be trading higher, though he suggests investors will pay a steep price if he's wrong. "If we have a recession, we'll probably break 1,000" on the S&P index, he says. Investors will be on edge this week as they scrutinize new data on the economy. On Tuesday, new home sales for July are released, followed on Thursday by a weekly report on how many people are joining the unemployment line. On Friday, the government will give its second estimate of how fast the economy grew from April through June. The most anticipated event, though, is a speech the same day by Federal Reserve Chair man Ben Bernanke at a retreat in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The Fed pledged earlier this month to keep interest rates super-low through mid-2013. Investors hope Bernanke will announce,o r at least preview, further steps to help the economy. But economists say it is unlikely Bernanke will unveil anything ambitious. With all the high emotion surrounding stocks, economist Joel Naroff cautions investors not to read too much into ther ecent swings. He says that stocks have a habit of running from one extreme to the other, including this spring, when he thought they were far too high. He thinks stocks may be fairly valued now. They reflect an "economy that is growing but not grow-i ng at any great pace," he says. "It is not in recession." 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The stock market is starting to feed economic fear, not just reflect it. Stocks have fallen four weeks in a row. Some on Wall Street worry that the resulting blow to confidence, not to mention 401(ks et off a spiral of fear that could push prices even lower, cause people and businesses to pull back and tip the economy into a new recession. (AP STOCK MARKET BEGINS TO FEED ECONOMIC FEAR
By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com L ast week I was p assing through o ne of my usual r outes and I ran into a little boy, about 9 years old, who participates in a community programme with which I volunteer. His face was busted up; having obviously been in a recent fight. I asked my little friend what happened. At first he would not say, but then he revealed that a boy threw me down. In other words, he had been in a fight. I shared some encouraging words with him about staying away from fights and staying safe, but during the encounter I grappled with a certain feel ing of helplessness about what I could really do to protect and uplift him and ultimately guide him straight. He is not a bad boy, although I am sure he is constantly labelled as such. He is a sweet boy, full of promise and potential. Although he has been exposed to any num ber of realities well beyond his age that have robbed him of much of his innocence, he is still filled with that childlike goodness. His story is not unique, but it is one of those constant reminders that a tug-o-war exists in our society between the positive and negative forces vying to shape our chil d ren. In his innocence, my litt le friends form is still incom plete and he is open, whether by free will, obligation or imposition, to being shaped by positive forces. But the same can be said about his openness to negative influ e nces. In the latter case, there is a constant presence in the community, in contrast to those uplifting influences trying to bring about positive transformation. I believe this simple equation is often overlooked. Whatever we are doing or we think we are doing, it is not enough. Our energies are being channeled haphazardly; our intentions are not pure, as most individ uals and businesses are more interested in photo opportunities and resum boosting; and our effort lacks common purpose. More is needed and we cant let up. The forces we are trying to undermine and root up are not retreating. For the most part, they cannot be pruned or negotiated with. The negative forces in our society are extremely powerful. Some are subtle, some are overt, but all are powerful just the same. And everyone in society is an agent, in one form or another: whether it is drug addiction or materialism; violence on the street or boorishness in the House of Assembly; disrespect for our parents and the elderly or disrespect for our Haitian brothers and sisters, and others in the wider Caribbean. All things are connected: our ideologies, our politics, our economics; our religion; our education; our history; our institutions; our infra structure; our convictions; our families; our pastimes; our problems with crime and vio lence. They are all connected.But how many of us are willing to stand in front of a mirror and acknowledge our collective responsibility, and then more importantly, reset our values and get to work building up the community. Last week, a pregnant woman pleaded for her life before being shot to death in front of her 10-year-old son. BareshaleeGlinton-Lewis was a victim of a society that barely has any humanity; no mercy, no compassion, and no love for one another. The two men who pulled the trigger are criminally responsible for Ms Lewis death, but they are only reflections of a society that no one can escape own ership of. As a society, we have reduced ourselves to a bunch of cold-blooded mercenaries; in it to get rich or die trying; abandoning almost completely any sense of collective responsibility. And our attachment to this unhelpful concept of a nuclear family is helping to destroy our communities. As far as responsibility goes, we cant see past the front door of our own homes, or beyond the reach of our own children. That is not going to cut it. A lot of people are outraged about a lot of things, with crime and violence being on the top of the list. Well quite frankly, I am outraged over people being outraged. Every day you hear about this one or that one calling for a war to be waged against something they are outraged about. People want to bring the murderers to justice. Lock them up. Hang them. They want to fight for the right of the unborn child to be recognised as a victim of murder. Legislate. Bloviate. They feel the government is not doing enough. Broken promises. Vote them out. Exactly where has all of this outrage got us? Without a scientific study, I am willing to guess it has produced a lot of hot air, probably enough to revive a dying rainforest. That hot air seems to be creating a fertile environment for our problems to fester and grow. Here is a radical idea: How about we stop the outrage. Seriously: Stop it completely. Let us join hands to suck the energy out of outrage. Then, bathe it in love and channel it towards something that constructively engages the com munity; mix that back-breaking work with some good old life enjoyment for fun sake and a bit of spiritual cleansing. Lets have a good go at that, and if afterwards we only get more hot air, I promise to back off outrage. At the very least, could we produce some art out of our outrage? Jamaica created an entire music industry out of its outrage. At least they have that. Seriously, if Bishop Simeon Hall made a rap about his outrage and had all of the young people in his church perform his original composition; maybe then, I could appreciate his outrage. If the opposition created a public mural out of its outrage, maybe then I could appreciate it. If the business community channelled its out rage into sustainably funding after-school programmmes for children, maybe then I could appreciate its outrage. People simply are not serious about being outraged about crime. The sound of the outrage obviously makes them feel good, but that is about it. Otherwise there would be some correlation T T H H E E S S T T O O R R I I E E S S B B E E H H I I N N D D T T H H E E N N E E W W S S M M O O N N D D A A Y Y , A A U U G G U U S S T T 2 2 2 2 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 Enough with the outrage S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 B B FRONT PAGE: A portion of the front page of the Friday, August 19 edition of The Tribune.
between all of these things we are outraged about and where we channel our resources. The Crisis Centre is one of the many important organisations we have doing the healing work needed to restore and build our com munities, but they, like many others are woefully underfunded and under supported. Earlier this year when the government demolished the Crisis Centres building, no one came to the organisations aid. They begged and pleaded for months for some one to truly care about solving crime. No one came. To this day, they have no home, and are forced to use a deserted corner in the public hospital to do their work. One prominent business person kindly offered an abandoned looking office building that is barely in use. The Crisis Centre would have gladly taken the space, as it is no strangerto transformational work, but he was offering it at a prohibitive cost. Now what does thatsay about how we value heal ing work; community build ing; and how we value money? It is clear to me that the community service Crisis Centre volunteers provide is more valuable than any executive position in any for-profit business. But would a group of companies get together to bank roll the salaries of one or several full time counsel lors, so they can dedicate themselves completely to the community building work that will help people to peacefully resolve conflicts and cope with the maddening stresses of life? Contrary to the belief of some, the Crisis Centre is nota government agency. It receives a small government subvention, but with that all they can afford is to keep an administrator on the payroll. It depends wholly on a part-t ime, volunteer staff. What kind of success can we expect with the scale of resources we are pitting against the nega tive forces tearing our com munities apart? We need a completely new outlook on this kind of work and these kinds of workers. How about we start recruit ing the brightest and the best in our country for community building work? How about we all come together to create sustainable livelihoods out of solving the problems every one else is too busy making money to deal with. We have to look at our val ues as a society. Collectively we value only what earns money; what has the capacity to generate a profit; or to increase ones political capital or celebrity status. How can we say we want a transformed society if that is where we place our value? There is a lot of outrage about babies having babies. Well, let us examine how much of our personal and national resources we are channelling into supportingp arents who are children themselves? There are about 600 teenage pregnancies every year. There is only one programme around designed to support teenage mothers, and its story is not so different than the Crisis Centres. Less than 100 girls attend PACE Academy annually. The girls are only allowed to attend the all-age school during the year of their pregnan cy and then they are sent back to the regular school system. The programme barely has the capacity to support those 100 girls. There is one fulltime teacher, who has to jug gle the academic agenda and the parenting agenda all in one year. The programme does not have the capacity to continue tracking the girls and pro vide support once they are released back into the system and it does not have the capacity to track or support the other 500 girls who are not in the system. There is no capacity to attempt to do anything about the boys and men who impregnate those girls,s o they continue living their lives without any positive intervention. Furthermore, PACE only targets those girls who are of school age. There is a cohort of child mothers between the ages of 16 and 21, who have to fend for themselves. This is why I am sick of the outrage. Because there are hundreds of stories just like PACEs. Heres an idea: Before we express any more outrage about children having children, let us ask our selves the following questions: Have I ever mentored a teenage mother? Have I ever supported the work of PACE? Have I ever started an initiative to support young mothers? Do I have any prejudices that alienate pregnant teens? Am I directly partici pating in the rape of young girls? Am I being complicit in the raping of young girls? Do I participate in objectify ing and sexualising women? Am I in denial about the sexual experience of my children? And furthermore, lets start p utting faces, names, stories, histories, intelligences on these girls. We theorise about them; judge them; patronize them, when none of that is helping. Everyone needs to get off their high horse and go back to basics: build rela tionships with the girls and help them to restore a sense of dignity and worth. There are groups like the Zonta Clubs of the Bahamas that provides some support to the PACE Foundation, but any one person or organization can only do so much. And as with many of these service groups, there are onlya few people who do the work in any event. Their member ship is high, but the real workers are few and far between, having to stretch themselves over the wide cross section of activities on the service clubs agenda. And I have not mentioned yet the politics of service groups who can become very territorial about their programmes. Their support is often inconsistent, because it is dependent on what the focus of the current president or executive is, and it is often superficial, with members just wanting to accomplish something, or being motivated by photo opportunities or social gatherings. There are certain well-funded and well-equipped organisations that are doing a little talk here and a little seminar there; a Christmas party here and a house painting there. Our fragmented, feel good efforts are not going to have any lasting impact. As organisations and as individuals we need to form long term relationships with our old home steads; with community-based organisations; with schools and with the people in the community. We need to forget about this habit of throwing money here and there; trying a little something here and there just to feel good about ourselves. We need to direct our creative, constructive, compassionate, loving, purposeful energies in a continuous manner towards a focused objective until it becomes a way of life, and we are finally living in a transformed society. Too many people want somebody else to do the work, complaining that they lack resources of their own. Calculate the amount of money and time we spend in church; add that to the amount of money and time we spend in the bar; add that to the amount of money and time we spend in the hair salon. With that time and effort alone imagine what we could do collectively. Think about political parties, who have no problemf und raising for election campaigns. They may claim hard ship, but in reality any viable party spends well over $10 million in begged and bor rowed money on a general election campaign. Imagine if over the years they used that time and effort and those same contacts in a sustained effort to uplift the community. It will never happen. Why? The system is not designed that way. For one, political donors are interested in leveraging their money to obtain political power for their own personal benefit; they may pay out fora photo op, but that is only worth some chump change. Furthermore, politicians derive their purpose and meaning by their ability to secure and maintain power and control. This interest overrides everything they do, no matter how well meaning. This in essence is why they are poor choices for commu nity leaders. So how about us stop looking for a saviour in the government, the police, and the church. They can only do so much, and quite frankly, they are doing more than what a lot of us are doing as individuals. We have deferred all responsibility to these institutions and assumed the role of chief complainers. I read the complaint of one Bahamian, who asked what is the plan in light of all our criticism? What is the solution? Thats what Im waiting to hear, she said. Now isnt that ironic. What is she waiting for? The rapture? While we are busy looking for someone to come up with a magic solution to our prob lems, we are wasting our most valuable resources: our own time, effort and personal resources directed purposely to fulfil our collective responsibility. INSIGHT PAGE 10B, MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE O O U U T T R R A A G G E E , f f r r o o m m 1 1 2 2 B B By JULIE WATSON Associated Press NORTHRIDGE, California (AP Keith Nolan spent a decade applying repeatedly to the Army's Reserve Officers' Training Corps programme before the deaf man's tenacity paid off and a commander finally let him audit the classes. Nolan became a top performer in the ROTC programme's Bravo Company at California State University at Northridge, and his instructors were so impressed they let him wear a uniform. He was distraught when he turned it back in and said goodbye to the other cadets in May. He could advance no further under the military's current policy that requires cadets pass a hearing test to be commissioned by the Army. It was a stinging moment that burned in the soul of the bespectacled 29-year-old teacher, who is determined to break that barrier and achieve his lifetime dream of working in military intelligence. "All I really want to do is join the Army," said Nolan, a confident, clean-cut man with a boyish face who signed to an interpreter in an interview at the university's ROTC office. He was flanked by posters with inspirational messages urging people to join. "I want to do my duty, serve my country and experience that camaraderie, and I can't, owed to the fact that I'm deaf." Soldiers with disabilities have been returning to active duty in increasing numbers due largely to the fact that medical advances today are ensuring more people survive serious war injuries. All branches of the US armed forces over the past decade have started offering the opportunity for seriously wounded or disabled service members to remain ona ctive duty by finding them jobs they can perform. Today about 300 seriously wound ed service members some of whom have been blinded by blasts, lost their limbs or have severe head injuries work in a variety of Army positions, and their work has been vital, especially in aiding other recovering troops, said Erich Langer, a spokesman with the Army's Warrior Transition Command in Alexandria, Virginia. Some have even returned to war zones. "These cases help folks with disabilities across the board by opening more doors," he said. Nolan said their presence shows there is a place in the military for disabled people. He sees the military's changing attitude as a window of opportunity that he hopes to pry open further so any deaf person not just wounded combat troops could be eligible to serve. Nolan, who was born deaf to deaf parents, has wanted to join the Army ever since he learned of the experiences of his grandfather and great uncles who fought in World War II. His father, Kevin Nolan, successfully won a city council seat against a 20-year incumbent in Northhampton, Massachusetts, and taught his son to defy the odds. "My wife and I were very emotional about this," Kevin Nolan said of his son's ROTC participation, in a phone interview assisted by an interpreter. "We're proud." Capt. Sid Mendoza, a training supervisor of the programme at Northridge, said he had no idea Nolan was deaf when he saw his application online. Once he met Nolan, Mendoza said he wanted to see if there was a way to give him military experience because he was so interested in the armed forces. "At the beginning we weren't sure how it was going to work," Mendoza said. But with the help of a deaf interpreter, Nolan excelled, Mendoza said. He showed up at 5am exercises e ven though he was not required to a nd despite initially straining to see t he interpreter in the darkness, he immediately was able to follow the commands, and earned a perfect score in his military sciences class. Mendoza said he learned sign language for the word "motivation" because Nolan's interpreters used it so much when relaying to Nolan what people were saying about him. "He definitely was one of our top performers," Mendoza said. Nolan said he was crushed when the course ended and he had to step aside as the other cadets were commissioned by the Army. "When I gave my rucksack away to the cadet in the van that was when it really hit me that it was over for me," he wrote in his journal. Mendoza said it was also hard on h is fellow cadets, who are now seco nd lieutenants. For all of us, it was really tough because we saw his enthusiasm to want more, but it's outside of our control," he said. The office of US Representative Henry A Waxman said the California congressman plans to meet Nolan in the fall to continue to work on his behalf. Nolan wants Waxman to sponsor a bill allowing deaf people into the armed forces. Nolan has sent an inquiry to the Army and is waiting for a reply explaining why he could not be commissioned. Waxman's office said their inquiry to the Army got an "unfavourable" response but the congressman is still interested in see ing what he can do. "I am looking forward to meeting Keith Nolan during his upcoming visit to Washington," Waxman said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. "He is an exceptional young man, and he has raised a compelling issue that I believe is worth examining." In the meantime, Nolan has been spreading the word to drum up support for his cause, speaking at universities and other public events. More than 2,000 people have responded in support of his Facebook page, "Commission Cadet Nolan Now," which features a picture of Nolan holding a folded camouflage uniform and a pair of Army boots as if he were joining. Nolan traveled in 2010 to Israel where he met with 10 deaf military service members to document how they function in their jobs. The soldiers he met worked in everything from intelligence to dog training. Deaf people are not drafted like other Israelis but can volunteer to serve and are deployed in noncombat positions, the Israeli military spokesman's office said. Many people with disabilities volunteer as military service plays a central role in Israeli culture and is considered a rite of passage. "Many were shocked to hear America does not accept disabled people in its military," Nolan said. Deaf people once served in the US military too. During the American Civil War, more than a dozen deaf soldiers were in the armed forces. History gives Nolan hope. "I in no way want to degrade our military on the basis of disability or equality rights," he said. "But, with the support that I have received from both civilians and military personnel as well as what I have learned from my research, I am convinced that there is a noncombat position that I can do in the military without harming our armed forces' effec tiveness and readiness." Deaf man battling to join US Army KEITH NOLAN poses for photos at Cal State Northridge in Los Angeles. (AP
T HETRIBUNE SECTIONEMONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNES OFF TO THE IAAF WORLDS IN DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA! The 13th IAAF World Championships begin in Daegu, Korea, on August 27. And senior sports reporter Brent Stubbs will be there. Dont miss his daily exclusive stories and photos... B y BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org W hile the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF 13th World Championships wont get started until Saturday, all of the 18 athletes selected to the Bahamas team are already in Daegu, Korea. But as the athletes continue to train in the mini-camp at the Games Village, the focus of attention over the next few days will be on the 46th IAAF Congress. The congress will be held at the EXCO-Daegu Convention Center August 24-26. During the congress, where a number of decisions will be made regarding the future of the sport, the election of officers will take place with Bahamian Golden Girl Pauline Davis-Thompson being one of the 10 candidates for six seats for the Female Individual Members. Davis-Thompson, an incumbent council member, will be running against Sylvia Barlag of the Nether lands Antilles, Claire Chehab of Liberia, Nawal El Mountawakel from Marracco, Abby Hoffman from Canada, Sonia OSullivan of Ireland, Anna Riccardi from Italy, Ghada Shouaa of Syria, Irena Szewinske from Poland and Beserat Gashawtena Terefe from Ethiopia. Prior to being elected as a council member, Davis-Thompson was voted in as a Female Individual Member. She will also be seeking one of the nine seats as a returning council member. A total of 32 persons are vying for those seats, including Neville McCook from Jamaica, Victor Lopez from Puerto Rico and twotime Olympic champion AlbertoJ uantorena Danger of Cuba. The others are Ahmad Al Kamali, Zeidan Alawin, Dahlan Al-Hamad, Khaled Amara, Bernard Amsalem, Valentin Balakhnichev, Sylvia Barlag, Claire Chehab, Helmut Digel, Zhaocai Du, Nawal El Moutawakel,F rank Fredericks, Marton Istvan Gyulai, Abby Hoffman, Robert Hersh, Ijkka Kanerva, Isaiah Kiplagat, Cesar Moreno Bravo, Jose Maria Odriozola, Sonia OSullivan, Jung-Ki Park, Anna Riccardi, Brian Roe, Ghada Shouaa, Irena Szewins-k a, Katsuyuki Tanaka, Weng Fei Tang and Beserat Gashawtena Terefe. As a note of interest, Lamine Diack of Senegal will be re-elected unopposed as president. However, there are six persons vying for four spots as vice presidents. They are Dahlan Al-Hamad of Qatar, Sergey Bubka of the Ukraine, Sebastian Coe of Great Britain, Robert Hersh from the United States, Abby Hoffman from Canada and Isaiah Kiplagat from Kenya. Three persons are also vying for one seat as the honourary treasurer. They are Valentin Balakhnichev from Russia, Jose Maria Odriozola from Spain and Karel Pilny from the Czech REpublic. Elections will also take place for the Technical Committee with Jorge Salcedo from Portugal as the lone candidate. There are five persons, including Esther Maynard from Barbados, who are vying for three seats as Female Members on the committee. There are 32 persons running for 12 seats as members of the Technical Committee. Other positions up for grabs are the IAAF Womens Committee, the IAAF Race Walking Committee, the IAAF Cross Country Committee and the IAAF Masters Committee. N o other Bahamian is vying for any other position, other than DavisThompson. Alpheus Hawk Finlayson, who is in Daegu as the press liaison officer for the team, is one of the campaign members for DavisThompson. F inlayson was the first Bahamian elected to the IAAF Council as a member. He served from 1999 to 2003 before Davis-Thompson followed in his footsteps in 2007. Bahamas Association of Athletic Association president Mike Sands,t reasurer Laura Charlton and special projects committee member Linda Thompson are expected to repre sent the Bahamas at the congress. Also during the congress, coach Keith Parker is expected to receive his Veterans Pin. Doyle Burrows, the assistant team manager, is also being considered to receive the award. Pauline eyes seat at IAAF Congress PAULINE DAVIS-THOMPSON ON TIME: The Bahamas Cycling Federation hosted its National Time Trials at Clifton Heritage Park on Saturday. There was competition in a number of divisions open men and women, open elite and junior. However, the official results werent released but heres a look at a few of the cyclists in action. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PG 5E Bahamas Cyc ling F eder ation hosts its national time trials
SPORTS PAGE 4E, MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS Bahamas Cycling Federation ON TIME: The Bahamas Cycling Federation hosted its National Time Trials at Clifton Heritage Park on Saturday. There was competition in a number of divisions open men and women, open elite and junior. However, the official results werent released but heres a look at a few of the cyclists in action.
SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2011, PAGE 3E S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L S S H H O O W W D D O O W W N N R R A A I I N N E E D D O O U U T T THE much anticipated showdown between the Island Luck Truckers and the Dorin United Hitmen at the Bankers Field didnt come off on Saturday night. The rematch of the New Providence Softball Association mens championship series got rained out and was not played for the third time on the schedule this year. In the two previous schedules, one of the matches was postponed and the other didnt happen as one of the two teams couldnt field nine play ers. Both teams were present Saturday night but the game could not be played because of the rain. It would have been the first time the two clashed since last years championship was not completed because of a technicality. However, in the womens opener Saturday night, the Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks must have brought down the rain as they wreaked havoc on the Black Scorpions with a 14-0 shutdown behind the pitching of Thela Johnson. N N O O T T E E S S : : The NPSA is slated to be back in action with another double header Tuesday night. In the womens opener at 7pm, Phoenix is scheduled to play the Bommer George Swingers and in the mens nightcap, the Miller Rams are set to play the Buccaneers. Also on Thursday, the Miller Rams are set to play the New Breed in the 7pm mens opener and Dorin United Hitmen are to take on the Mighty Mitts in the feature contest. Then on Saturday, the Sig ma Brackettes and Bommer George are expected to clash in the womens opener at 7pm. That is to be followed by the mens feature game between the New Breed and the Island Luck Truckers. B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L S S U U M M M M E E R R O O F F T T H H U U N N D D E E R R THE Bahamas Basketball Federation continued its Sum mer of Thunder College Scrimmages at the Kendal Isaacs Gym Saturday night. The Mickey All-Stars from Florida knocked off the Real Deal Shockers 91-81 as Jim my Sutherland scored 21 points. Christopher Stuart matched that performance for the Shockers. S S C C H H E E D D U U L L E E Monday, August 22 Mickeys USA All Stars vs. Com monwealth Giants at 7:30pm Monday, September 12 Seattle Pacific University vs. Bahamas All Stars at 7pm Tuesday, September 13 Seattle Pacific University vs. Real Deal Shockers at 7pm Wednesday, September 14 Seattle Pacific University vs. Cybots Game at 7pm B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L Bridging the Gap THE second annual Street Legends and Guinness Bridging the Gap Community Basketball League is now into its postseason play. All rounds of the playoffs and championships will be a bestof-three series. Heres a look at the schedule of games: Monday (August 22 Christie Park 7pm Western District No.2 Arnold Forbes Mt Moriah East vs No.3 Tommy Turnquests Mt Moriah West 8pm Northern District No.2 Bernard Nottages Bain Town Destroyers vs Paul Moss St Cecilia Twin Tow ers. 9pm Southern District No.2 Shane Gibson Golden Gates Trailblazers vs No.3 Pinewood Gardens SPOR TS IN BRIEF By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com WITH less than a week before the start of the 13th IAAF World Championships, team manager Ralf McKinney said all 18 Team Bahamas members have settled into the Games Village in Daegu, Korea. He noted that each member took their mandatory blood test on Sunday and they are just waiting for the competition to start at the national stadium on Saturday. Everything is set generally. When the coaches have their final meeting, they will make the final decisions, McKinney said. We have until the day before an event to make any changes. McKinney noted that the accommodations are excellent with the team split up on the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth floors in state-ofthe-art college facilities. To get into the front door, you have to punch in a code and when you come out of a room for more than five minutes, the light goes out automatically, he said. The weather, according to McKinney, is very cool. But he said that none of the athletes have experienced any problems. He said they are all making the necessary adjustments to the conditions. To make things easier for the athletes, McKinney said theres a 200 metre track located 30-40 metres from their dorms and a 400-metre track about 60 metres away, all on the same compound. Fritz Grant is the teams head coach. Bahamas 18-member team settles into Games Village A TASTE OF KOREA: Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt poses for a photograph with women in traditional Korean dress at the Dalgubal Grand Bell in Daegu, South Korea, on Saturday (AP Usain Bolt gets down with traditional Korean dress in Daegu I I N N S S I I G G H H T T For the stories behind the news, r ead Insight on Mondays