By SANCHESKA BROWN S EVERAL new police initiatives, including Operation Rapid Strike and regular stop-and-search exercises are being creditedw ith the significant increase i n the number firearms r emoved from the streets. The latest statistics from the Royal Bahamas Police force show a 23 per cent increase in the number ofc onfiscated firearms comp ared to last year. Superintendent of Police Stephen Dean told reporters that police have confiscated 244 guns in New Providence and3 ,309 rounds of ammunition. We took 198 guns of the street by around this timel ast year, so we are definitely doing our part in ridding the streets of these weapons. So far the amount of guns we took away amount to 14 every seven days or t wo every day. It may not s ound like a lot but think of it this way: thats 244 lives that could have been lost. Our work did not just stop there, additionally since the new gun court has b een established we have already sent a total of 86 matters into that court and out of that we have already g otten 34 convictions. We are working 24/7 a round the clock trying to make the Bahamas a safer place for us to live and work. This is an excellent crime prev ention tool and a good direction we are going in. Supt Dean said he does not think that the number of confiscated guns i ndicates an i ncrease in t he number of g uns on the streets, b ut r ather demonstrates the diligence of police officers. The police are out there d iligently pulling these guns of the streets. Our intelligence capacity has increased tremendously on the ground and so thats why we are reaping the benefits. Our divisional o fficers also have their indiv idual operations going on in their areas that have showed excellent results. Despite success in removing guns of the streets, Supt Wayne Miller, Officer in Charge of the Southweste rn division, admitted police are still having major issues with break-ins in that area. Housebreaking is our Achilles heel, there are h undreds of subdivisions and thousands of houses in the area so it continues to be a challenge for us. Just recently we cracked a housebreaking ring and arrested several individuals and confiscated large screen televisions, lap tops and other stolen items. We have a number of persons we are p utting before the courts as w e speak. P olice say they need the publics help in trying to c urb the escalating crime problem because it is a battle they cannot fight alone. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE +LJKXDOLW\ $IIRUGDEOHULFHV '''HOLFLRXV/LNHXVRQIDFHERRN SIGNIFICANT RISE IN CONFISCATED FIREARMS NEWPOLICEINITIATIVESCREDITED S UPERINTENDENT OF POLICE S tephen Dean SUPERINTENDENT OF POLICE Stephen Dean speaks yesterday.
THE Democratic National Alliance said it is furious that the illegal immigration probl em has been allowed to grow to such an extent that B ahamians feel they are second, third and even fourth class citizens in their own country. The newly launched party issued statement yesterday saying it believes Bahamians d eserve better treatment and called on the governmentto put its people first in all things. The DNA said: The party, along with scores of Bahami-ans across the length and breadth of the Bahamas, is increasingly troubled by theg overnment of the Bahamas attempt to secretly regularise thousands of non-Bahamians during an elections season, while at the same time admit tedly following the fashion of the Christie administration and its old land give-away practices. T he party was referring to the announcement that the government is working to reg ularise 1,300 foreign nation als whose applications have been gathering dust for years. The government also said it would sell the track of landk nown as Mackey Yard formerly the site of a shanty town to Bahamians, but that former Bahamian squatters would get first preference. This has led to speculation that the government is regu larising former Haitian squat ters in order to sell them the land, in return for political support. The FNM had denied this, pointing out that both initia tives follow established procedure and that the former PLP government actually reg ularised more foreigners dur ing its last term than the present administration. It was also announced that none of the former squatters have actually applied for the Mackey Yard land. Nevertheless, according to the DNA, as a result of these initiatives, Bahamians are feeling more and more that persons who are here illegally seem to have more rights and privileges than they do. The party claimed the gov ernment allows illegals to: squat on land illegally use electricity illegally sell products without the proper business licenses set up businesses without permission build structures without permission The DNA also called on the government to identify those who they intend to sell the Mackey Yard land to, state whether these persons are citizens by birth or recently regularised, and if they were reg ularised, when. The party also asked the government to reveal how many Bahamians are waiting to buy land from the government, and say how long they have been on the waiting list. DNA leader, Branville McCartney, said that during his time as minister of state for immigration, he tried to create a unit to humanely remove shanty towns. My hands were practically tied and I met stern objection t o this initiative, Mr McCartney said. I was told that I was g randstanding. Mr McCartney told The Tribune yesterday this one of the reasons he quit the FNM. By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter email@example.com OFFICIALSfrom the Inter-American Development Bank say they have been working closely with the project execution unit at the Ministry of Edu-c ation to oversee the roll-out of the late st technology strategy. One Monday, the Ministry of Education is set to open a procurement bid that may exceed $2 million in value. The bid includes the purchase of more than 800 computers, 339 laptop computers,3 00 projectors and interactive white b oards, 200 student response systems, as well as some 60 printers and 30 servers. Astrid Wynter, representative of the IDB in the Bahamas, said the IDB has a procurement specialist advising the mini stry of education and reviewing the bid process. She said the IDB is definitely o n top of it. We have procurement norms and procedures that have to be followed ino rder to have the funds dispersed. We work closely with our clients on prepar-i ng the bids. We review the bidding process. We do a procurement due diligence. I have not heard of any concerns with respect to IDB financing. We have stringent fiduciary guidelines and we a ccompany the client throughout the p rocess, said Ms Winter. That is one of the things we offer which is valuable to clients, we bring that expertise in the procurement process so you can ensure the process is done with integrity, she said. T he process with the MOE is not a special case. In all cases, she said, the I DB is interested in having a positive development impact, so built into all projects of this nature are mandatoryp rotocols to ensure training, maintenance and accountability. The assurances given by the IDB came after observers in the MOE expressed concern to The Tribune about the current tender process. Sources claim the MOE has a poor track record when it comes to computer hardware and softw are, and some of the leaks occur t hrough IDB funded projects. Sources have asked whether or not anyone in the MOE is held accountable for wasting public funds, and whether the people working on the current technology strategy were involved in past p rojects. Ms Wynter said the education system s hould not be deprived because of past failures. If something doesn't work, my view is h ow can we make it work next time? Why should the people be deprived of white boards, for example, because a project didn't work last time? LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011, PAGE 3 NOTICET enders are invited for the purchase of the Equity of Redemption in all that t he City of Nassau being part of a lot of land originally granted to Nancy Green and distinguished in a plan of the City of Nassau by the number of the one part and the Lamont Holdings Limited of the other part and rePrime Commercial Property for Sale IDB WORKING WITH MINISTRY ON TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY MOE set to open procurement bid for computers, projectors and other equipment DNAFURIOUS ABOUT ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PROBLEM DNA LEADER Branville McCartney said that during his time as minister of state for immigration, he tried to create a unit to humanely remove shanty towns.
EDITOR, The Tribune. The criminals in this country dont fear the government at all. They dont regard the laws of the land. I understand that approximately 300 or so career c riminals are the ones responsible for all the mayhem Nassau is presently experiencing. These villains are holding over 200 thousand law-abiding citizens of New Providence hostage. I havealso noticed a very dangerous trend that is presently developing in Nassau. It appears t hat friendsof murdered victims are now hiring hit men to bump off murder suspects whoare released from prison. The government must now take its head out of the sand and face this reality. The fact that persons are now e ngaging in vigilante justice is an indication that they dont have any more faith in the judicial system. They are just fed up with the system. As far as these vigilantes are concerned the justice system has failed them miserably. Therefore, since the system is hell-bent on releasing t hese cold-blooded murderers, the vigilantes are now going after them. The judicial system is breeding a whole newkind of criminal in this country. Analysts have been warning for years now that thisvery dangeroussituationwouldoccur if the judicial system continues to tap murderers on the wrist. No one paid them any mind. Now the chickens have come home to roost. My brother told me that while he was in a bar bershop in Freeport City he overhearda young man, who appeared to be very upset, vowing that he would take revenge on a person whom he believed had murdered a family member of his. This person was livid that the justice system had let the suspect in the caseget off scot free.I believe that the government must now move to implement drastic measuresin order to put an end to this crime wave that is gripping The Bahamas. The murder rate has skyrocketed in 2011. So far for the year, we have had a staggering 72 murders committed in the first 6 months and several daysin this small country. We are becoming like lawless Jamaica. Armed robberies and house break-ins are rampant, especially in the inner city of Nassau, New Providence. Governments were instituted by God to punish criminals. When the government fails to carry out its God-given mandate to punish murderers, thieves and rapists, then these monsters will continue to break the law. I think that the government has been too soft in its approach to dealing with these criminals. It is high time that the government started executing murderers and rapists. The criminals who are terrorizing Nassau know that institutions like the Privy Council are fighting tooth and nail to keep them from marching to the gallows. The government should immediately abandon the Privy Council. We are an independent nation. We have been independent now for 38 years. Why is the government so afraid to execute convicted murderers? A relative of mine told me that a young man who was convicted of murder bragged to heraboutkilling a young woman who had rejected his sexual advances. According to my relative, the ex-convict appeared tobe very proud that he had killed another human being. There was absolutely no remorse in the young man. These are the kinds of persons that defence attorneys and the j udicial system are both fightinghard for. Yet we wonder why so many persons are now taking matters into their own hands by engaging in vigilante justice. The family members of murdered and raped victims know that the culprits are going to get a simple tap ont he wrist for their hideous crimes. The government had better start executing convicted murderers before this new trend gets way out of control. Otherwise Nassau will become another Gunsmoke's Dodge City. The government must a lso give serious thought to implementing corporal punishment for sex offenders; like paedophiles, sodomites and rapists. These sex offenders should be flogged in public. Those who are contemplating committing rape, or any other sexual offence would think twicebefore going through with their crime if they were to see a convictedsex offenderpublicly humiliated. These rapists must be taught a lesson. In regards to armed robbers and thieves; the state should make them pay restitution to those whom they have stolen from. For instance, if a thief steals a $800 laptop from me, he should be made to pay me fourfold for his theft. That would mean he would pay me $3,200 for my laptop. This wasthe law that God gave to Old Testament Israel in Exodus chapter 22. I understand that the prison sys tem already has a work programme. The thieves should work off their debt before being released from prison. If they are unwilling to do this, then let them rot in prison. I often hear persons talking a boutconvicts paying their debt to society. But how is aconvictpaying his debt to society when he hasn't been forced to make some kind of restitution to the person he has wronged? He may have repaid the state by serving time in Fox Hill Prison, but let usbear in mind that he h ad wronged a private citizen, not the state. Thisis unfair to the person who was wronged. This has to change in order to bring to a screeching haltthis menacing crime wave that is destroying this country. Additionally, persons found i n possession of an illegal firearm should get an automatic 10 years in prison. There are too many illegal guns on the streets of New Providence. In regards to drug traffickers, they should be put to death. Drug trafficking is a capital o ffence in Singapore. Drug dealers would think twice before engaging in their illegaltrade in this country. How many persons have died from a drug overdose? How many of us have had items stolen from us by drug addicts, who then sold them in order to buy more drugs? I believe that many of the murders that are committed in this country are somehow connect ed to the illicit drug trade. Granted, these are radical suggestions. Butthese are unusual times. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama, July 13, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON House Republicans are unmistakably clear on what they won't do t o raise the debt limit and avert a threatened default, and equally emphatic about what they would do if they only had the power. Soon, they'll have to decide what they'll settle for, a defining test of their willingness to compromise in a divided government where they share authority with President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats. The Republican speaker of the House said this week, "I do think it's responsible for us to l ook at what 'Plan B' would look like." But some in John Boehner's rank and file appear not yet willing to consider such a fallback alternative. Boehner didn't talk specifics, but he has been involved in compromise talks with Obama and White House officials for weeks, i ncluding Wednesday. Politically, the more House Republicans a re willing to give ground by trimming their demand for spending cuts or easing their opposition to higher government revenue, the more they may risk alienating the tea party activists and others who propelled them to power. "I'm actually being accused of selling out back home," said Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a first-t erm South Carolinian and one of 234 Republicans who voted Tuesday for a debt limit i ncrease tied to $6 trillion in spending cuts and progress toward a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. "Some folks don't want to raise it under any circumstances," Mulvaney said of the fed eral debt ceiling that could be breached on August 2. "I tried to explain to them that this is the one chance to actually change Wash ington, so most folks will come around after we have that discussion." Indeed, some Republicans argue privately that willingness to compromise would also pressure Democrats to agree to cuts in Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security as part of a bargain to reduce deficits by $4 trillion over a decade. Among the items Obama has entertained at White House negotiating sessions are gradually raising the age of eligibility for Medicare from 65 to 67 and slowing the annual increases in Social Security cheques. Democrats have assailed Republicans in past election campaigns for proposing far less. "Eight-five per cent is not a defeat," said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., who was involved in numerous legislative struggles as a member of the House Republican leadership before his election to the Senate last fall. "That would have been the Ronald Reagan view of this moment," he said. "You take everything you can get, call it a victory and wake up the next morning and start working for the rest." The hope among House Republican leaders is that the rank and file will be open to compromise talk in a few days, after the legislation they passed Tuesday night has been rejected by the Senate. But for now, the focus of many conservatives, particularly in the House where t hey hold power, remains an agenda designed for a one-party government. "Let me be clear. This is the compromise. This is the best plan out there," Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said late Tuesday night after the House had passed the bill that would trade an increase in the debt limit for $6 trillion in cuts and submission of a balanced budget amendment to the states for ratification. In fact, it's nothing of the sort, based on the s wift demise that awaits the bill in the Senate, a veto threat from Obama and the emergence of a bipartisan deficit-reduction plan from six senators who called for at least $1 trillion in "increased revenues." Instead, the measure that cleared the House is one of two bookends that Republicans haves lid into place in the unfolding debate. In late May, the leadership put legislation to a vote to raise the debt limit without any spending cuts. None of the rank and file supported it, and that was the point. "I consider defeating an unconditional increase to be a success, because it sends a clear and critical message that the Congress has finally recognized we must immediately begint o rein in America's affection for deficit spending," Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, chairman o f the House Ways and Means Committee, said at the time. Fast forward to the vote Tuesday night. This time, all but 10 of the House's 240 Republicans voted for the measure, showing they are not unalterably opposed to granting an increase in government borrowing. All but three of the rambunctious, 87-mem ber freshman class supported the bill. Almost simultaneously, across the Capitol a surprising number of Senate Republicans were speaking favourably about a bipartisan deficit reduction plan by the so-called Gang of Six. None of them said it contained any tax increases Republicans haven't openly sup ported any of those for more than 20 years, ever since President George H. W. Bush broke his "no new taxes" pledge to secure a deficit reduction deal with Democrats. But a summary of the plan says unambiguously that "tax reform must be estimated to provide $1 trillion in additional revenue" for the overall plan to meet its deficit reduction targets. "This plan will be sure that there is revenue allocated to retiring our debt, but I am one of those conservatives who does not believe that tax increases are healthy for our economy either," said Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, one of the six authors of the plan. Not everyone agreed. "The Gang of Six, in true Washington fashion, talks about tax increases but offers hollow promises to cut spending in the future," said Jordan. (This article was written by David Espo, AP's chief congressional correspondent). Bahamas judicial system breeding a new kind of criminal-vigilantes LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org House conservatives wont budge on debt EDITOR, The Tribune Re: Minister: power outages resolved. The Tribune, July 8, 2011. THERE are certain gratifying statements that we all love to hear, such as your cheque is in the mail. However, some proclamations have a greater Kumbayah effect on us than others, for example those which are routinely spouted by officialdom. There are at least three in par ticular that we look forward to hearing each summer: (1 should be expected. (2 prepared for the hurricane sea son. (3 when the children return. KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, July 13, 2011. THE KUMBAYAH EFFECT
By SANCHESKA BROWN POLICE seized nearly $100,000 worth of marijuana when they searched a home on St Vincent Drive on Tuesday. According to police reports, officers armed with a search warrant entered the home and found a large quantity of suspected marijuana which was lat-er weighed and found to be around 100 pounds. They also confiscated three 9mm guns with 100 live rounds of ammunition, one .40 Glock with 20 live rounds of ammunition and one .357 Glock revolver along with 50 live rounds of ammunition. Police also recovered number of large flat screen televisions and mini laptops. They have a 42-year-old man in custody for questioning in connec tion with the findings. Officers suspect the goods may be linked to a series of break-ins in Southwestern New Providence. Earlier this week, Superintendent Paul Rolle of the Carmichael Road Police Sta tion said there have been an unprecedented number of break-ins in the area, which were being conducted by what police believe to be five sepa rate burglary rings. The robbers have taken cell phones, watches and other jewellery; gaming systems like PlayStations and PSPs; laptops, money, cameras, televisions, DVD players, car tires and even drugs. Ten people, all between the ages of 20 and 21 have already been arrested in connection with some of these matters. But Officer-In-Charge of the National Crime Prevention Office Supt Stephen Dean said the public also has a role to play in combating these break-ins. If you want to buy, go to proper stores, he advised. You can not be buying from these persons on the street for a quick fix. If it sounds like a steal of a deal, it probably is. So once the Bahamian people can say, No to stolen property, we believe that will minimise the break-ins in the market because obviously there is a market for this. If we do that, then we will be in better shape. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011, PAGE 5 %HZDUHRI+\SRFULV\ ,WKHPHDQWLPHZKHQDQLQ QXPHUDEOHPXOWLWXGHRISHRSOH KDGJDWKHUHGWRJHWKHUVRWKDW WKH\WUDPSOHGRQHDQRWKHU+H EHJDQWRVDWR+LVGLVFLSOHV RIDOHZDURIWKHOHDYHQRI WKH3KDULVHHVZKLFKLVK\SRFULV\ )RUWKHULVQRWKLQJFRYHUHGWKDW ZLOQRWEHUHYHDOHGQRUKLGGHQ WKDWZLOQRWEHNQRZQ7KHUHIRU ZKDWHYHU\RXKDYVSRNHQLQWKH GDUNZLOEHKHDULQWKHOLJKWDQG ZKDW\RXKDYVSRNHQLQWKHHDU LQLQQHUURRPVZLOEHSURFODLPHG RQWKHKRXVHWRSV NEARLY $100,000 OF MARIJUANA SEIZED By SANCHESKA BROWN POLICEare awaiting DNA test results b efore confirming the identity of a murder v ictim whose burned body was found in an car on Monday. Circumstantial evidence suggests that the man is convicted drug dealer Teron Fowler. Assistant Commissioner of Police Anthony Ferguson said he could neither confirm or d eny that the corpse is indeed Fowler. At this time I cannot say, but we are continuing or investigations. It would be premature to release information to the public with-out it being confirmed. I am not able to say how long the DNA testing will take but b ecause of the condition of the body, thats w hat we will have to rely on for a positive i dentification, he said. ACP Ferguson said they have some people of interest in custody assisting with the investigations but police have nothing concrete at this time. Residents of Joe Farrington Road told police t hey heard gunshots just after 3pm Monday. W hen they went to inspect the scene they found a Dodge Charger engulfed in flames. Fire fighters were called and when the blaze was extinguished they discovered the body ofa man in the car. Police say they do not have a motive for t he crime. F owler spent time behind bars in the United State on charges of importing and attempting to distribute cocaine. He was arrested in November 2007 on a sealed indictment dating back to November2 006. P olice are appealing to anyone with inform ation regarding his death to contact police at 911 or 919, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 328-tips or your nearest police station. POLICE AWAIT DNA RESULTS BEFORE CONFIRMING VICTIMS IDENTITY BURNEDBODYWASFOUNDINCAR
A NORMAL summery Saturday afternoon was transformed into an unfor g ettable fun filled party at the park when a team of Scotiabankers partnered to host the children of Baina nd Grants Town to A Celebration of Love. For the second consecu tive year, Scotiabank joined f orces with Van Brown, a native of the Bahamas turned actor in Los Angles, to host a day of food, funa nd entertainment for the children of those communities. Scotiabank provided m any treats, including a live show by the puppet, Charlie the Yellow Bahamian. T hroughout the aftern oon, Scotiabankers could be seen serving, playing with and entertaining the kids. The highlight of the after n oon came when the Scotia Team presented the children with a specially packed Bright Future Kit loadedw ith school supplies. Leah Davis, senior man ager for marketing and public relations, said: Givingb ack to these children not only satisfies our commitment to giving back to the community that we live ina nd serve but is also per sonally rewarding and grat ifying to our employees who c onsistently volunteer in g reat numbers for events like this. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THE Eastern Community Association in conjunction with the Anglican Church of the Epiphany and the East-e rn Division of the Royal B ahamas Police Force will present an evening of jazz and classical music on Friday, July 22. The event will be held at 7 pm at the Anglican Church of the Epiphany, Prince C harles Drive and Elizabeth Estates. It will be held under the patronage of Minister of Youth, Sports and CultureC harles Maynard, Mrs Mayn ard, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade and Mrs Greenslade. The concert will feature the Eastern Community Association Pace Setters Marching and Concert Band along withn otable artists including Claudia Seymour, Verna Elcott, Francis Fawkes, Charles Zonicle, Kelly Mackey, David Saunders, Jeremy Russell, Nathaniel Bailey, James Perc entie, Omar Neilly, Lisa Fitzcharles and the Epiphany A nglican Church Choir. The event is being held to raise funds to purchase musical instruments for the band and to fund an overseas trip to Norfolk University in October 2011. The Eastern Community Association will recogniseo utstanding parents of band members and the gold, silver and bronze sponsors of the 2011 Eastern Community Association Festival. T he Eastern Community A ssociation, formed in 2003, is committed to the developm ent of communities in east N ew Providence. The aims of the association are: to uplift communities, create healthy and safe environments for residents, foster a community spirit, provide family and wholesome activities and to lead the youth in positive pursuits. The association creates p artnership initiatives with the residents, churches, the police, business establishments and government agencies in order to effectively carry out its o bjectives. T ickets for the concert are $25 and may be obtained by c ontacting the president of t he association, Karl Spencer, on 324-6132. Tickets can be purchased at the door. TEAM SC OTIA SHOWS LOVE IN BAIN TOWN AN EVENING OF JAZZ AND CLASSICAL MUSIC
By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com CORAL reef managers from across the Caribbean will inspect the worlds third largest barrier reef off the coast of Andros today to explore the impact of climate change on coral with the experts. World leaders in coral reef management from the Australian Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPAteam of 40 coral reef managers from 11 Caribbean countries to the reef tomorrow as part of a week long workshop at the British Colonial Hilton in Nassau. The Australian government developed the workshop with CARICOM after it increased spending for the Caribbean. Adapting to Climate Change: a workshop for coral reef managers is focused on the vulnerability of coral reefs to climate change, and aims to answer questions about why and how they must be protected. Dr Paul Marshall, director of the Climate Change Group at the GBRMPA, explained how an ocean temperature rise of just one degree above the summer maximum, sustained for four to eight weeks, will put stress on the reef, cause bleaching, and potentially kill off the living coral. Its really about understanding coral reefs are one of the most vulnerable ecosystems on the planet to climate change, he said. There have been two major bleaching events at theGreat Barrier Reef in Australia, and the whole of the 350,000 sq km reef, the largest in the world, was impacted. Although the damage was recoverable, it showed the importance of combatting climate change and maintaining the health of the reef. Dr Marshall said there have also been several episodes of bleaching in the Caribbean over the last 20 years, and in Andros the group will examine the areas impacted by bleaching that have recovered well, and those that have not, and explore how the life of the reef can be restored. Andros is the third largest barrier reef in the world, smaller only than those in Australia and Belize, and attracts tourists and divers from across the globe. It also serves as an important barrier from storm surge, and is a vital ecosystem service, as essential as any other infrastructre, Dr Marshall said. We are starting to understand just how much we depend on reefs for tourism, for fishing, and coastal protection, as a barrier reef is important to protect against storm surge, so taking measures as best we can to help reefs cope with climate change is so important, he said. Reefs are now at a point where they need a lot of care and its the role of coral reef managers, and people who live near coral reefs, to manage them in this delicate stage to build the resilience of the reefs for future stress. In addition to practices at a management level, people can help maintain the health of the reef by anchoring responsibly on the sea bed, not overfishing at a reef, and not polluting the marine environment. All of these things will make a big difference with how well coral reefs will be, Dr Marshall said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011, PAGE 7 BARRIER REEF OFF ANDROS SET FOR INSPECTION CORAL REEFMANAGERSFROMACROSSTHECARIBBEANIN WORKSHOP ANASA satellite image of Andros
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ABahamian owned group of companies is seeking a nancial contoller. Applicants should possess the following qualications. Knowledge and Education: 1) A professional accounting designation (CA or CPA) 2) A minimum of ve years industry experience as a nancial controller in managerial capacity. Skills: 1) Excellent interpersonal skills 2) Excellent managerial skills 3) Strong computer skills 4) Strong analytical skills 5) Strong oral and written skills 6) Able to work in a very dynamic environment Job responsibilities include the following: 1) Supervising the complete accounting cycle for ve companies 2) Preparing monthly nancial statements for ve companies 3) Human resources function including payroll for 120 plus employees 4) Co-ordinating all other areas of the business to ensure optimal efciency 5) Dealing with all governement reporting requirements 6) Dealing with all shareholder inquiriesInterested persons should apply no later than July 25, 2011. Apply to: DA 95561R c/o The Tribune P.O. Box N-3207 Nassau, Bahamas FINANCIAL CONTROLLER Graeme Carey Wenchantia Rigby Karen WertN atasha Longley Maria Phillip Abhiram Ramesh Anne Wildgoose Dionne Almira Carlyle Bethel Prince BlydenM arcia Charlow Jason Glinton Kenrick Hart Kunal Sharma M iguel Cartwright Aravind Chenrayan Govindaraju Leah Hayling K aren Wert Natalia Adderley Runako Aranha-MinnisG raeme Carey Congratulations are also extended to those students receiving a score of four (4 Queens College also congratulates the following students for achieving the highest score possible (5 at least one AP examination.Advanced Placement courses are rigourous, college-level courses in many disciplines, taught in high school. Many colleges award advanced placement credit for high scores on AP examinations. They also allow students to gain an edge in college admissions. Miguel Cartwright C arlyle B ethel Runako Aranha-Minnis A ravindChenrayan G ovindaraju D imitri D uncombeAP congratulates2 0 1 1 Q UEENSCOLLEGE B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT The trial of a Freeport clergyman, who is accused of having sex with a minor, has been set for August 30 in the Supreme Court. Albert Whylly, 59, was charged in the Magist rates Court with having sexual intercourse with a nine-year-old girl on February 7. He pleaded not guilty to the offence and was granted $10,000 bail. The Attorney General issued a voluntary bill of indictment to proceed with the matter in the Supreme Court, bypassing a preliminary inquiry. Whylly, who is represented by Carlson Shurland, appeared before Justice Hartman Longley on Tuesday for a fixture hearing. M URDER TRIAL In other court matters, the murder trial of Randal Evans Brown is underway in the Supreme Court. Brown, 25, is accused of the shooting death of 37-year-old Denny Rolle in October, 2010, at Coras Place on Sergeant Major Road. Jury selection was held on Tuesday and witnesses were called to give evidence on Wednesd ay. Carlson Shurland is representing Brown. Darnell Dorsett of the Attorney-Generals Office is appearing on behalf of the Crown. COURT DATE SET FOR CLERGYMAN ACCUSED OF SEX WITH MINOR has changed throughout the country since 2007 that the same old game of Marquis and The T ribune w ill not work the same way. T he party claimed many peop le speculated that the return o f Mr Marquis column was a plot hatched by the FNM, PrimeM inister Hubert Ingraham and p ublisher of T he Tribune t o stem if not reverse the sagging fortunes of the FNM among the electorate. There was no attempt in Mr Marquis piece to comment on the govern ing party, despite the many problems cont inuing to beset Bahamians, the s tatement said. I t said: Despite the long list of challenges facing the country from murders unemployment to misery Mr Marquis c hose to mark his re-entry to t he local scene with a story a bout the leadership of the P LP. R eiterating its confidence that t he public will not fall for Mr Marquis or The Tribunes same old game, the party said the country will now see thec urrent government as hope less and out of touch with the cry for the empowerment of the Bahamian people. To read John Marquis column, visit: http://www.tribune242.com/07202011_JOHN-MARQUIS-COLUMN_news_pg6 PLP implies Tribune and John Marquis caused party to lose 2007 election J OHNMARQUIS FROM page one
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011, PAGE 9 The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure tobehold offering a new interpretation of driving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an air of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character from the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own p articular needs. The key to this flexible response is the standard-fit Agility Control Package which includes selective damping. The interior offers noticeably more space and a more distinctive atmosphere tosuit your taste. As you will see, the C-Class is the perfect embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz philosophy.Tyreflex Star MotorsWulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. IN A continuing effort to c arry out its mandate to provide humanitarian assistance to local charities, and to join forces with other international efforts in the fight against the humanitarian c rises in Africa and other c ountries in which people of the Diaspora reside, the African Bahamian Association (ABA made a donation to the United Association of Haitians in the Bahamas (UAHB T he donation is to aid the UAHBs efforts to bring relief to those in Haiti affected by the earthquake of 2010. The donation was presented at the Kem En Het H eritage Centre Fox Hill. T his donation to the UAHB is only one in a s eries of donations that have b een made over the years by t he ABA to local charities. Some of the local charities and organisations that haveb enefitted from ABA donations over the years include Great Commissions Ministries, the Childrens Emergency Hospital, Unity House, The Nazareth Centre, The Sandilands Rehab ilitation Centre and All S aints Camp. U pon presenting the d onation, ABA president M ichael Wisseh commende d the UAHB for its humanitarian efforts in Haiti and explained that it is the intent of the ABA to reach out to those in need. He said his organisation is particularly cognisant of the m any difficulties that have impacted the Haitian people over the years. Mr Wisseh further said t hat one of the reasons Haiti h as suffered so deeply is because of the fact that it was at the vanguard of the f ight for the liberation of enslaved Africans. We all owe a debt of g ratitude to Haiti and this d onation is to let those affected by the earthquake know that others of theA frican Diaspora, in the spirit of the philosophy of Ujima collective work and responsibility to build and maintain our community together and to make our brothers and sisters probl em our problem and to s olve them together are on t heir side, he said. Dr Antoine St Louis a ccepted the donation on b ehalf of the UAHB and in expressing his appreciation and gratitude stated that the donation will go a long way in helping those most affected by the earthquake in Haiti. H e further explained that the donation presented by the ABA will be disbursed as cash or vouchers to then eedy in Haiti through the H aitis Direct Aid Programme (HDAP s tructured to ensure that f unds raised and given to the U AHB through the Haitian Community Emergency Fund (a fund formulated toa ssist victims that need urgent assistance) will reach the persons on the ground who are most affected by the earthquake. This donation to the UAHB represents the first t ime the ABA has made a d onation that will assist pers ons outside the Bahamas. The UAHB is a non-profi t organisation that has been r egistered since 1996 in the Bahamas. It was established to assist and educate primarily Bahamians of Haitian descendants morally, financially, spiritually and socially. The UAHB hasb een assisting the Haitian community in the Bahamas and in Haiti particularly in the aftermath of the 2010e arthquake. (FRONT ROW LEFT TO RIGHT SENATOR Jacinta Higgs, Chief Cyril and Edna Ijeoma, Dr Antoine St Louis and Michael Wisseh; (back row Arnold Ferguson and Joan Rolle. DONATION TO UNITED ASSOCIATION OF HAITIANS IN THE BAHAMAS AFRICAN BAHAMIAN ASSOCIATION HELPS EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS
like symptoms have presented like dengue fever, and if in a matter of a week we can see an additional 14-plus with similar symptoms, that concerns us. We must be proactive to ensure that the community is safe. While there have been no deaths from the illness and only two confirmed cases in New Providence, with an addition 11 being sent away for testing, it has been verbally communicated to the ministry that 50 per cent of them are positive. Dr Minnis said: Because we know there is a dengue issue within the region, we do not want to find ourselves faced with a problem. Therefore, we have been proactive, managing aggressively and investigating aggressively to ensure that we remain with zero mortalities. According to the Minister, dengue fever is a viral illness transmitted by mosquitos that can be found in bodies of water as small as in a bottle cap. The disease cannot be spread from person to person. The illness presents itself with flu-like symptoms, including fever, headache, chills, eye pain and general body and muscle aches, said Dr Minnis. Dengue fever is usually treated symptomatically, said Dr Minnis, with necessary fluids and pain killers, similar to the flu. Dr Minnis added that those experiencing any muscle aches should take Tylenol and not aspirin to deal with any pain. Director of Environmental Health Services Melany Mckenzie said as a result of the increase, fogging activities have been heightened to reduce the breeding of mosquitos. She said: This is the season where we expect a lot of mosquitos to be present. In light of what we are experiencing now, we have accelerated that treatment not just in New Providence, but in the Family Islands. To target the specific breed of mosquito, Ms Mckenzie said the fogging hours have changed to 4am to 7.30am. Ms McKenzie encouraged the public not to negate the process by closing their windows. She assured them that the insecticide is not harmful to humans and the vapour will k eep the number of mosquitos down. Other measures being taken include enhanced surveillance, early case identification, continued personal train ing, rapid response and containment measures and public education about the disease, s aid Dr Minnis. While the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Environmental Health are increasing their efforts, the public is also being encouraged to do their part and take the proper precautions. The current weather cond itions are favourable for vector transmission, said Dr Minnis. He said to diminish the likelihood of contracting the disease, the public is advised to empty all sources of stand ing water, wear mosquito repellent on exposed skin, usea pproved household pesti cides inside the house to eliminate indoor mosquitos and ensure all windows and door screens are intact. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 127,&( Concerns raised over dengue fever F ROM page one
slashed the allowances of senior public officials by 50 per cent; announced t hat increments for public o fficers would not, for the m ost part, be paid and froze public service promotions, except for extenuating circumstances. In the 2010/2011 budget, Mr Ingraham said the full payment of allowances w ill be reinstituted, while c ivil servants at the maxim um of their pay scales will receive a one-time lump-sum payment, equivalent to one increment. It was announced that t he changes would take place in the upcoming fisc al year; however, Mr Pinder said the omission of a set pay date had been largely overlooked. The tax increase has already come into full effect, he said. They (public service w ere disfranchised for m ore than a year. Wed been working with the government during these hard economic times, just to show good faith it would have been nice if (government) did (pay workers). If (government d o (pay workers should at least not build up peoples expectations. Normally when the budget is released, and funds are released, payments start, Mr Pinder said. T he expected payments w ill not affect the entire p ublic service, according to Mr Pinder, who lamented that negotiations for the new industrial agreement had not yet started. The union is still awaitinga counter proposal from the government. It was further stated in t he budget that two more increments will be added to every pay scale in the public service and every p ublic officer will be entitled to an increment in pay during the next fiscal year, and a further increm ent during the subsequent fiscal year. The freeze on promotions was also lifted. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011, PAGE 11 FROM page one Public servants to turn up heat over lump sum
U NITED NATIONS Associated Press THEU.N. Security Council failed to agree on Wednesday that climate c hange is an international p eace and security issue, l eading the United States to call the lack of consensus "pathetic" and "shortsighted." Russia, China and several other council members argued that climate change shouldn't be discussed in the U .N. body responsible for w orld peace, but rather by a gencies such as the U.N. Environment Program and the U.N. Economic and Social Council. Britain joined the U.S. in arguing that it is appropriate for the council to address t he climate change's securit y implications, noting that d ramatically changing weather patterns are leading to flooding, drought, dwindling food stocks and o ther crises that threaten g lobal security and peace. T he latest such crisis is the famine that the U.N. declared Wednesday in two regions of southern Somalia. The president of the small Pacific island state of Nauru, t hreatened by rising seas t hat scientists blame on clim ate change, expressed his disappointment with the council's failure to agree on the issue. The Security Council m ust reflect current geopolitical realities if it is to r emain relevant," acknowle dged Nauru's President M arcus Stephen. S tephen applauded the c ouncil's recent examination o f the security implications o f development, cultural and religious tolerance. "Yet, the c ouncil would render itself i rrelevant if it chose to i gnore the biggest security t hreat of our time," he said. G ermany, in its role as c ouncil president for the m onth of July, brought the i ssue before the body in an effort to shine a spotlight on t he potentially devastating c onsequences of climate c hange as sea levels and temperatures rise andw eather patterns are disr upted. Issue T he council also failed to a gree on whether climate c hange was an issue of world p eace in 2007, when Britain b rought up the issue. B ritish Ambassador Mark Lyall Grant argued Wednesday in favour of a council statement that climate change has put internationa l peace and security at risk, arguing that "conflict prev ention is key in the council's work." American Ambassador S usan E. Rice said that the council's failure to approve s uch a statement is "pathetic, it's shortsighted and quite frankly, it's a dereliction of d uty." U .N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that as the effects of climate changeg row, so do the threats to g lobal peace and security. "Extreme weather events a re becoming more freq uent, more intense and a ffecting ever more people," B an said. "The conseq uences include massive loss of life, human suffering and e conomic loss. Megacrises are becomi ng the new normal," said Ban. R ussian Ambassador A lexander Pankin, his country's deputy permanent representative to the U.N., said involving the Security Council in the debate could lead to "increased politicization" of the issue. P ankin said Russia r emained committed to c ombating climate change, b ut believed that the "nece ssary and sufficient mecha n isms" already exist elsewhere at the United Nations. Agencies Likewise, Brazilian A mbassador Maria Luiza Riberiro Viotti said she b elieves that the U.N. already had agencies to deal with the issue. The only effective way f orward is achieving an ambitious result under the United Nations FrameworkC onvention on Climate C hange and its Kyoto Pro tocol," she said. INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 397-1700Get a FREE PARTwith purchases $200.00 or more on select items. While supplies last. SUMMER SALEJuly 1 Aug 31, 2011Tercel Swi Corolla Accent Avalon Windom Elantra Sidekick S h o c k s S h o c k s Up to 50% OFFon select itemsEast Shirley Street (opposite Church St.)EXECUTIVE MOTORS & QUALITY AUTO SALES UN COUNCIL FAILS TO AGREE ON CLIMATE CHANGE U .N. SECRETARY-GENERAL B AN KI-MOON SAID: Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, more intense and affecting ever more people. The consequences include massive loss of life, human suffering a nd economic loss. UNITED STATES CALLS LACK OF CONSENSUS PATHETIC AND SHORTSIGHTED
LONDON Associated Press PRIME MINISTERDavid Cameron dragged his political foes into Britain's phone-hacking scandal Wednesday, as he sought to distance himself from his former aide at the heart of the allegations and denied that his staff had tried to thwart police investigations. Cameron, who flew back from Africa early to address the emergency session of Parliament, defended his decision to hire former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his communications chief, saying his work in government had been untarnished. Coulson was arrested this month in connection with the tabloid's alleged practice of intercepting the voicemails of celebrities and crime victims to get scoops. Cameron reminded lawmakers Wednesday that he has yet to be found guilty of anyt hing. But the prime minister also sought to put some distance between him and Coulson. "With 20/20 hindsight, and all that has followed, I would not have offered him the job, and I expect that he wouldn't have taken it," Cameron told law-m akers who packed the House of Commons for the special address. "You live and you learn, and believe you me, I have learnt." Cameron then dragged Labour Party officials into the spotlight, saying that most British politicians had tried toc ourt media baron Rupert Murdoch whose News Corp. owned the now-defunct News of the World and several other British newspapers. The prime minister added that Labour should be careful before casting stones about hiring choices. L abour's former spin doctor A lastair Campbell was accused of exaggerating government documents in the lead-up of the Iraq war, and the party's former special adviser Damien McBride quit amid allegations he circulated scurrilous rumors about political opponents. "You've still got Tom Baldw in working in your office!" Cameron exclaimed, referring to Labour's political strategist who has been accused of illegally obtaining private banking information in 1999 while working as a journalist for The Times, another Murdoch paper. Baldwin could not immedia tely be reached for comment. Police Labour was in power when the phone hacking scandal broke in 2005 over a News of the World story about Prince William's knee injury information that royal household staff believed could have only come from illegal voicemail intercepts. The scandal has since embroiled top politicians, police and journalists in Britain. And it seems more is yet to come. Only some 200 of the nearly 4,000 people whose information is believed to have been targeted have been notified by police, and detectives have started a separate inquiry into whether other news organisations over the years have breached data privacy laws. Scotland Yard also said Wednesday that it was increasing the number of staff assigned to the phone-hacking inquiry to meet a "significant increase in the workload" due to a surge of inquiries and requests for assis tance from the public and lawyers. Already 10 people have been arrested, including Coulson, who was editor at the News of the W orld when royal reporter Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire were arrested and jailed in 2007 in connection with the Prince William story. Police dropped their investigation into the hacking claims in 2007 once the men were prose cuted, and Coulson quit the paper shortly after. It was then that Cameron, who was Conservative opposition leader at the time, hired him as his communications chief. Police reopened the hacking investigation this January when allegations of arose that the n ewspaper had intercepted and deleted the voicemail messages of a 13-year-old who was kidnapped and later murdered. Since its revival, the scandal has exploded, forcing Murdoch to shut the 168-year-old News of the World and abandon a bid to take control of British Sky Broadcasting, raising questions of whether police accepted bribes to give reporters' tips, and highlighting the way politicians sought to curry favor with the News Corp. media empire. A judge, meanwhile, on Wednesday awarded actor Hugh Grant one of the most promin ent celebrity critics of the Mur doch empire the right to see whether he was one of the targeted celebrities. Others who allegedly had phones hacked included Sienna Miller and Gwyneth Paltrow. Cameron said a special panel would be set up to investigate p ractices at other news organi zations and the relationship among media organizations, politicians and police. "The problem has been taking place over many years the problem is for both our main parties and the problem is one the public expect us to stop playi ng with and to rise to the occa sion and deal with it for the good o f the country," Cameron said. He adamantly denied, however, that anyone on his staff ever tried to influence the police hacking investigation. "To risk any perception that No 10 (Downing Street seeking to influence a sensitive police investigation in any way w ould have been completely wrong," he said. But he did admit to meeting with News Corp. executives more than two dozen times from May 2010 to this month meetings that were criticized in Parliament by Labour leader Ed Miliband, w ho said Cameron had made a "catastrophic error of judgment" in hiring Coulson. INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011, PAGE 15 BRITISH PM DRAGS OPPONENTS INTO HACKING SCANDAL D AVIDCAMERONSEEKSTODISTANCEHIMSELFFROMFORMERAIDE B RITISHPRIMEMINISTER David Cameron. (AP
$4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $5.25 $5.39 $5.22 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB email@example.comTHURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011 B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor I mproving macroeconomic numbers will hide continuing pain and suffering that will last for several years, a leading businessman warning yes t erday that many Bahamians would not feel economic recovery because they were digging themselves out of a debt hole. Franklyn Wilson, the A rawak Homes and Sunshine G roup of Companies chair man, made an impassioned plea to Bahamians to lay-offc onsumer borrowing, warning that indiscipline in this area was leading to seriousc onsequences for over-leveraged households and individual Bahamians. And he argued that the b iggest growth area for con sumer lending debt consolidation loans was regressive, r ather than progressive, as this just created the climate for Bahamians to borrowe ven more and become fur t her indebted. Backing the recent comments of Anwer Sunderji, HEADLINE DATA MASKING PAINAND SUFFERING Arawak Homes chief s ays personal economic r ecoveries to take m uch longer as too m any digging thems elves out of debt hole Appeals to Bahamians t o end indiscipline FRANKLYN WILSON SEE page 10B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A well-known Bahamian marriage officer yesterday q uestioned why the Government would mess with a recession-proof sector of thet ourism market, warning that t he Maritime Marriage Act w ould impact the trickle d own effect for up to 30 Bahamian individuals/companies hired per wedding. M atthew Sweeting, the past or and licensed marriage officer operating as Island Preacha, told Tribune Busi-n ess that he and other businesses providing services to WHY MESS WITH RECESSION-PROOF TOURISM MARKET? Act to hit trickle down for up to 30 Bahamian companies/individuals p er cruise wedding Between 6-20 cruise marriages per month, as Govt urged to amend Maritime Marriage law SEE page 7B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he Port Department this week met with New Provi dence jet ski operators to outl ine policies to deal with the nuisance their craft cause,w ith Exuma-based bonefishi ng guides warning that efforts t o establish similar businesses on their island could jeoparGov t unveils jet ski crackdown Policies to deal with the nuisance shared with operators* Exuma bonefish guides warn $13m earnings, and1 5,000 visitors, attracted over 15 years in jeopardy if similar business established there SEE page 9B By NATARIO MCKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter S crap metal dealers have no way of detecting whether material brought to them is stolen, Tribune Business wast old yesterday, as a govern ment minister said the Ingraham administration was exploring ways to clampd own on the illegal trade impacting state-owned Cor porations. P henton Neymour, minist er of state for the environ ment, said: One of the first things we have begun to look at is who is exportingt hese goods. We are looking at how they acquire these goods, and to see if we can put in some standards and processes that would confirm that these goods are received through legitimate means. This is something that we are discussing. Its a matter that affects a number of government agencies, and so its a matter we are looking into right now. Jamaica has placed a temporary ban on its scrap metal trade after several public and businesses and properties were vandalised. Sheno Ferguson, proprietor of Trinity Development and Trading Solutions, yes terday said the most Bahamian scrap metal oper ators can do is request some form of identification from those seeking to sell them copper. As it stands there isnt any way to know where the Scrap dealers: No way to detect stolen items P HENTON NEYMOUR Only protection is to take ID from sellers Government exploring ways to clamp down on illegal trade SEE page 8B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Government is likely to this year complete project proposals for $3.5-$4 million worth of funds, out of $7.5 million in total being made available to the Bahamas, for projects aiming to tackle issuess uch as land degradation and climate change mitigation, Tribune Business was told yesterday. E arl Deveaux, minister of the environment, confirmed that theB ahamas was in line to get $7.5 million in funding for a variety of projects from the Global Environment Facility (GEF organisation that helped to finance the Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL Aim for the stars via $7.5m project funding Government likely to complete $4.5-$4m worth of project proposals, dealing with energy and transport reform, this year* Focus on net zero energy community in the Family Islands77* Low carbon technologies targeted for public transport SEE page 5B
Sandals Resorts International (SRI ed at least 13,000 travel agentsa bout its properties on New P rovidence and Exuma by y ear-end 2011, its director of industry relations told senior management at Sandals Royal Bahamian yesterday. Sandals Royal Bahamian a nd Sandals Emerald Bay will e nter the resort groups travel agent familiarisation (Mega-Fam tember 5. They will host agents from throughout the world at the resorts to edu-c ate them about the Sandals p roduct. I n fall 2010, Sandals Royal Bahamian and Emerald Bay hosted 3,000 agents, and this y ear both properties expect t o match or exceed these numbers. David Roper, Sandals d irector of industry relations, said that despite the advent of online travelb ookings, agents remain v ital to Sandals Emerald Bay and Sandals Royal Bahamian. In addition to these two, we have 19 other properties throughout the Caribbean, soa gents are absolutely critical; they are our lifeblood. We have forged relationships with travel agents worldwide, not just in North Ameri ca. They remain for us an i ntegral part of our distribution network, Mr Roper said. Sandals Royal Bahamian h ad enjoyed stellar occupancy levels during the summer, Mr Roper said, adding that this was not by chance. Amazing occupancy lev els do not happen by accident. Business in this industry doesn ot come easy, he said. Mr Roper credited the resort chains good relationship with travel agents to the marketing support that the company offers, and the loyalty the brand has to thea gents who sell its products. S andals last year turned away $14 million in sales because it refused to do business with online travel sitest hat undercut the business of t raditional travel agents. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Sandals: 13,000 agents educated on Bahamas Chain turned away $14m in 2010 sales from undercutting Internet travel sites AGENTS REMAINVITAL: David Roper, Sandals director of industry relations.
T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011, PAGE 7B cruise ship couples would lose that business right off t he top, and urged the Gove rnment to amend the wedding aspect of the new Act. Apart from the services provided by himself and other marriage officers, Mr Sweeting said numerous oth-e r Bahamian businesses and p rofessionals were hired to ensure weddings functioned s moothly. These companies ranged from tour operators a nd tax drivers, providing g round transportation for the wedding party and their g uests, to wedding planners, f lower and cake arrangers, a nd chair and table rental c ompanies. I see the trickle down e ffect. We hire a number of people each week to make s ure the wedding happens., M r Sweeting told Tribune B usiness. People get married e very week from the cruise ships. On a good day, we can hire up to 30 Bahamians. Thats pretty significant. In some cases, its not 30B ahamians, but 30 Bahamian companies. C onfirming that we deal with a lot of cruise ship weddings each month, Mr Sweeting said he could be dealing with between six-15, even up t o 20, weddings of cruise ship passengers per month after their Bahamas-registered ves s els docked in Bahamian ports. He added that wedding c osts ranged from between $1,000-$3,000 per ceremony, on average, depending on the size and lavishness of the wed d ing. If there were two-three weddings per day, significant sums would be divided b etween all the Bahamasbased firms and individuals providing such services, witha ll that money staying in this economy The Maritime Marriage Act, though, could threatent his business, as it will allow couples on Bahamas-regis tered cruise ships to now bem arried at sea. I do think it will have an impact, Mr Sweeting told Tribune Business. Weve met a number of people [couples] who, in past years, have said that if they were givent he option of marrying on the b oat, they would take it. Were going to lose those couples off the top. From an economic point of view, it will have some impact on the economy. We do a significanta mount of cruise weddings e ach year. It is a part of the destination wedding business for sure. This situation was not h elped, he added, by the fact that there was much misinformation on the Internet concerning the laws and pro-c edures for onshore Bahamas weddings. While couples are required to spend 24 hours (ad ay) in this nation prior to the wedding, Mr Sweeting saids ome websites still said 15 d ays was the requirements. Hassle I n addition, some visiting c ouples still believed it was a hassle to get married on s hore, fearing delays and costs i n obtaining $100 marriage l icences and getting the supp orting affidavits completed. Mr Sweeting said they did not realise marriage officers worked closely with the Registrar Generals Departmentt o overcome this issue, and expressed concern that the M aritime Marriage Act would b e seen as a way to sidestep the costs. Were taking part of the t ourism market thats putting m oney back into the economy every month, every day. Why mess with that? Mr Sweet-i ng asked. My biggest concern is that the destination wedding busi n ess is one of the few areas of tourism thats recessionproof. People need to get married, just like they get ah aircut, and they can save on average two-thirds of their weddings costs by coming to t he Bahamas, according to Conde Naste magazine. Couples seeking to get marr ied were not coming to the B ahamas just because of its beautiful beaches, he added, making them a more stableb usiness category that was not as susceptible to economic ups and downs Although he had yet to see the Maritime Marriage Act,M r Sweeting said he had been t old by MPs that it permitted the captain of a Bahamas-registered cruise ship to conduct weddings up to 12 miles offshore of a Bahamian island. He expressed concern that t his would see the Treasury o btain less revenue from marriage licence and documentation fees, although Ian Fair, the Bahamas MaritimeA uthoritys chairman, earlier this week told Tribune Business that a PowerPoint presentation by the cruise linesh ad suggested more revenues would accrue to the Govern ment. If they were consulting people, it did not happen att his part of the industry, Mr S weeting said of the Act. F inding out about it on the day it was debated in Parliament, he said he contacted t he destination weddings division in the Ministry ofT ourism, who were also not i n the know and had no idea t he legislation had been brought forward. What Im hoping is that t hey can make an amendment to the Act relating to the wedding aspect, Mr Sweetingt old Tribune Business. I t hink its time to see if theres any possibility of amending it in terms of the wedding a spect, rather than reverse the actual decision. Mr Fair, in an interview w ith Tribune Business on Monday, said it was commercially essential for the BMA to pass the MaritimeM arriage Act, given that the cruise lines had warned they might leave the Bahamian s hip registry for its Bermuda or Malta counterparts, which both permitted marriages at sea. P ressure to this effect had been coming for some time, and Mr Fair said any loss ofc ruise ships would affect both the Bahamian shipping registrys high quality reputationa nd its revenue base, given that this segment accounted for a higher share of the BMAs annual $15-$16 mil l ion turnover than its 18 per cent gross tonnage share. Why mess with recession-proof tourism market? F ROM page 1B
copper is coming from, so what you normally do is get identification from them, so if the authorities or anyone w as to come in and say: This was missing, we could a lways go back into our books and send them to thepersons who brought in the material. Thats pretty much the only way because all cooper looks the same. There is no real way of t elling its origin, Mr Ferguson said. He added that while he does purchase copper, he has not encountered any incidents of copper theft, steering away from dealing h eavily in the metal and f ocusing mainly on iron for two reasons primarily. Some persons just deal w ith scrap, basic copper, alum inum, brass and all other s mall nonferrous materials. Persons like myself prefer to deal with iron; cars and heavy equipment and so forth, Mr Ferguson said. Copper isnt as easy to c ome across. Copper wire is n ormally very small and not t hat heavy, so you would need an ample amount to actually make something. Thats one of the reasons I prefer to not bother with it. Secondly, you have to w orry about whether it was s tolen, because if a person c an identify that the material was stolen, its only fair for you to return the item and that will be loss of revenue for you. H e added that while selli ng a substantial amount of c opper would generate significant revenues, there was also the aforementioned risk. Photo A lot of scrap metal operators are asking for p hoto ID. The problem is that it is hard to identify w hat is stolen and what is n ot. If some one comes to you with 1,000 pounds of c opper you wont turn it d own. The person could h ave been saving it, but just a s well he may have just stolen it. You would want t o purchase it because you can see the turnaround for y ou, Mr Ferguson said. B EC chairman Michael M oss, although unable to g ive a dollar amount for h ow much copper theft costs the Corporation, noted that it has had an adverse impact on operations. We have out on our syst em lightning arrestors, so that in the event of lightningw e do not sustain significant o utages on our distribution s ystems. These lightning a rrestors depend on having a cooper conductor going to ground, so that the surge from the copper conductor will go to ground instead of g oing to the power line and m aybe causing damage to p eoples appliances. So now, in instances of a lightning strike, a lot of that s urge is going into the powe r lines and is adversely i mpacting consumers appliances, Mr Moss said. Copper is a commodity which has a demand, so people steal it and ship it off the i sland. The copper is melted down and made into some copper form that can be soldi nto the market place again. Copper is used very e xtensively because it is a very good conductor of elec t ricity. It is exported as scrap in the same way you have vehicles being scrapped, butt he market value of copper i s significantly higher than say the market value of scrap iron, so it is a much m ore attractive item for t hieves. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE '(11<-$*(66$5RI+,*+ 9,67$'5,9(($67(5152$'3%2; 1 $66$8%$+$0$6 Scrap dealers: No way to detect stolen items FROM page 1B
dise the $13 million earnings they have generated over the last 15 years. E ar Deveaux, minister of t he environment, confirmed to Tribune Business that Port Controller, Commander Patrick McNeil, had met with Nassau-based jet ski operators, and suggested that Fam-i ly Island Port Authority B oards and Local Government councils seek to implement similar policies to regu-late the industry there. Jet skis are a particular n uisance in our tourism indust ry, the minister conceded. To deal with the nuisance, the Port Controller had a meeting with the jet ski operators this week, and shared with them some policies wei ntend to implement, because w e have had similar complaints [to those on Exuma] in New Providence. Several fatalities and accidents involving jet skis have made headlines in recent months, and the Governments policy regulations includes tipulating hours of operation, w here jet skis can load and unload, how far from the shore they must be, and speci fying the sea lanes in which they can be operated. Asked whether the jet ski i ndustry was effectively a Wild, Wild West, Mr Deveaux replied: Your words, not mine. A significant section of Exuma society has also o bjected to an application b eing made to operate a jet ski business on that island and, in e-mails sent to Tri-b une Business, said they were especially upset that former permanent secretary in theM inistry of the Environment, R onald Thompson, informed the Nassau Port Department in March that the moratorium on commercial jet skib usinesses had been lifted. T he Nassau Port Department then wrote to the Exuma Port Board informing it of this, and that jet ski business licence applications could be accepted again. TribuneB usiness was told that no e xplanation for the moratoriums lifting had been forthcoming. Informing this newspaper that he was aware of the situa tion on Exuma, Mr Deveaux said that while the moratoriu m was a blunt instrument to deal with the problems posed by jet skis, he had been unable to find where this originated from. I n the absence of any records in the Governments files, Mr Deveaux said ita ppeared as if the moratorium had effectively been an assumed ban on new com-m ercial jet ski licence applications. He added, though, that it appeared to have beenu sed to provide breathing space to establish a framework for regulating the indus-t ry, and said this was the way b oth central and local governments needed to go. Objections Voicing their objections to a licence application for a b usiness allegedly featuring 10 jet skis, which is before Exumas local government council now, a letter from the Exuma [Bonefish] Guides Association, copied to Trib une Business, said that a pproving the venture could impact the sustainability of the islands fisheries resources. We realise, and appreciate, that this application represents potential revenue for the applicant as well as a tourism opportunity, theG uides told the Exuma local government members. However, having said that, i t will unquestionably have a seriously negative impact on the bonefishing industry. In contrast, and to provide s ome perspective, over the p ast 15 years the bonefish guides of the P&P Bonefish lodge have been instrumental in generating over 15,000 visiting fishermen and more than $13 million tourism dol-l ars. While similar document ation for the independent guides of Exuma is not available, it's likely they have generated similar numbers. They added: Once word r eaches the flyfishing community that jet skis are an organised activity in thesew aters, fishermen will look to o ther destinations for their bonefishing trips. One only has to read one of the fishing message boards or magazines for confirmation. Even easier, query any o ne of the sporting wholes alers to see how quickly Exuma would be dropped from their listings once jet skis were to become an issue. The above is not intende d to suggest that these areas should be restricted to only bonefishing. Traditionally,t ourists and residents alike h ave found it a paradise for kayaking, snorkeling, beaching, birdwatching and fishing. All of these activities are clearly in harmony with the resource. Jet skis simply aren ot. If the wisdom of local g overnment is to allow for jet ski operations, we respectfully suggest it be regulated for use in areas where their operation will be less intrusive and l ess dangerous. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011, PAGE 9B 522.0,1-$*(66$5RI+,*+ 9,67$'5,9(($67(5152$'3%2; 1$66$8%$+$0$6 -($10$&.(1=<'$/&(RI *2/'(1*$7(61$66$8%$+$0$6 FROM page 1B Govt unveils jet ski crackdown Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
Fidelity Bank (Bahamas chief executive, that it would take two-three years mini-m um for the Bahamian comm ercial banking industry to work out its $1.194 billion bad loan portfolio, Mr Wilson said this reflected the fact that many were still getting out of the hole theyre in. T his, he added, had been c aused by a combination over-borrowing and reduced incomes/unemployment resulting from the recession, meaning that many Bahamia ns lacked the funds to serv ice their obligations. People keep talking about the recovery, but the fact of the matter is that one cannot look at this economy in macroeconomic terms, Mr Wilson told Tribune Business. I have very little doubt that a year from now them acroeconomic numbers will be showing more favourably than they are today, but individuals will not feel it, and not be in a better position,b ecause primarily they are digging themselves out of ah ole. I appeal to people: Layoff this consumer debt, this level of indiscipline. The consequences are serious. Some may argue that Mr W ilson has a vested interest, given that his Arawak Homes b usiness relies on home buyers able to qualify for mort-g age financing something not helped by the Bahamian attraction (some might say, addiction) for consumer loans to fund the bling and finert hings in life. The data, though, indicates t he Arawak Homes chairman has a point. The latest Central Bank of the Bahamas monthly economic report, for May 2011, noted that whilec redit extended to Bahamian consumers, households and b usinesses firmed by $7.5 million in May, compared to a$ 16.9 million contraction in the same month in 2010, the majority of that growth some $5.2 million or 69.33 per cent of the former figure -c ame from consumer lending. And debt consolidation l oans accounted for the majority of the credit growth in April 2011, increasing by $13.9 million. Railing against the latter a spect, Mr Wilson said this m eant that Bahamian borrowers were able to consolidate five-six outstanding loans they had into one or two facilities, thereby reducing their monthly interest payments. I t is often a last resort option for those struggling to m eet their obligations, and the Arawak Homes chairman added that it often encour-a ged those involved to fall i nto the trap of borrowing more. When you look at consumer lending, the biggeste lement is debt consolidation, Mr Wilson told Tribune Business. All that means to do is put you into further d ebt, and give you a new lease of life to borrow more money.T hats not progressive. Mr Wilson suggested the country was back to encouraging the Central Bank to look at an appropriate policyr esponse to control the level of consumer lending/borrow-i ng in the Bahamas. While many would argue that it is impossible to legislate morality and controls fora persons borrowing tendenc ies, Mr Wilson said that w hile not wishing to make a partisan political point, prior to 1992 the Central Bank did have policies in place to control excessive consumer borrowing. He told Tribune Busi-n ess there were minimum downpayment requirements t hat borrowers of consumer loans had to meet then, but such strictures were removedf ollowing that years general e lection after the FNM made it a campaign issue. This newspaper, though, r ecalls that the Central Bank within the last decade did something similar, recomm ending to its commercial b ank licencees that they require a minimum 15 per cent downpayment equity contribution by all Bahamian consumer loan applicants.S ome banks have also perf ected their security by taki ng a lien over borrowers monthly salaries. Mr Wilson acknowledged that Bahamian commercial banks first responsibility wast o their shareholders in terms o f delivering profits, hence the focus of many on higherinterest, higher yielding consumer loans. Yet he argued that there were wider public policy issues at stake. The evidence continues to m ount that the pain, suffering and social consequences are increasing, Mr Wilson said of the consumer lending binge. I urge all who have concerns with public policy not to get too caught up withm acroeconomic figures showing recovery. The pain and suffering will continue for a lot longer than the figures show. M r Wilson also reiterated that the banking sectors focus on high-margin consumer l oans was having the effect of diverting funds from anything productive. He ques-t ioned whether this was a factor behind agricultures poor performance, plus the lack of investment in the manufacturing sector. BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011 THE TRIBUNE G N-1264 GN-1268 GN-1269 FROM page 1B Headline data masking pain and suffering
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In fact, a designers goal is to influence a website visitors p sychological state of mind and perception of the busi ness, knowing what will appeal to customers and why. A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense. Aesthet ics such as what emotional state should the site create? Is blue a better choice than red? Where do a navigators e yes travel, and what will make them stop? Is it to the right or the left? Should the design be simple, or colourful and bold, or soft and comforting? Good designers should know all this stuff and much more. Moreover, designers should be both analytical and methodical, understanding peoples behaviour so as to better implement persuasive strategies that capture interesta nd produce sales. I snt that what every business owner desires? If this is so, demanding the best service from your designer is paramount. When you've narrowed your choice to a favourite designer, how do you know if they are the right one? If they are, then whats next? Nothing leads to bad advert ising or wastes your marketing dollars faster than a g raphic design disaster. The most important advice I would recommend is to get e verything agreed upon in writing. U ntil we meet again, have fun enjoy life and stay on top of your game. n n About the Columnist: Ms B astian is an extensively trained and qualified graphic designer, attaining MSc., BSc., CSc qualifications. She has trained at many institutions such as: Miami LakesT echnical Centre, Success Training College, College oft he Bahamas, Nova Southe astern University, Learning Tree International, Langevine International and Synergy Bahamas. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011, PAGE 11B 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.181.180.002,0000.1550.0807.66.78% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.080-16.6 0.75% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.946.940.000.2300.10030.21.44% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0300.09090.03.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.938.44Cable Bahamas8.488.480.000.2450.31034.63.66% 2.802.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8.508.33Commonwealth Brewery8.408.400.000.7400.00011.40.00% 7.006.00Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.191.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.791.800.010.1110.04516.22.50% 2.541.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.380.000.0740.11018.67.97% 5.994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.4980.24010.84.44% 8.805.35Finco5.395.390.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.748.25FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.59Focol (S)5.755.750.000.4350.16013.22.78% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. 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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) +FBB15100.000.00BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%20 November 2029TUESDAY, 19 JULY 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,414.49 | CHG 0.01 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -85.02 | YTD % -5.67BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017F INDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.55731.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.55732.04%6.13%1.535365 3.01852.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.01852.41%4.01%2.952663 1.59761.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.59761.50%4.50%1.580804 3.20252.5730Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5730-5.41%-9.79%1 3.680613.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.68062.42%2.01% 116.5808103.9837CFAL Global Bond Fund116.58080.71%8.38%115.762221 114.1289101.7254CFAL Global Equity Fund114.12892.39%7.89%111.469744 1.16081.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.16551.66%5.19% 1 .12141.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.12640.71%6.11% 1.16201.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.16681.54%5.59% 9.99529.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.94330.98%4.58% 11.217310.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 211.19701.31%11.59% 10.42889.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.15251.27%8.82% 8.45104.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.65073.01%18.38% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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By RENALDO DORSETT S ports Reporter r firstname.lastname@example.org Y et another product of the Frank Rutherford Elite Development Programme w as able to achieve t he much sought after dream of securing an athletic scholarship to play basketball at a top tier NCAA Division I institution. Winslo Barry, a 6'10, 228-pound f rontcourt player originally from Harbour Island, Eleuthera, has signed with the Texas Christian Univ ersity Horned Frogs for the Fall 2 011 campaign. He is the son of Alicia M Young and Winslo Barry Sr of H arbour Island, Eleuthera. Barry comes to the Horned Frogs just as the school makes the transition from the Mountain West to the Big East, the top conference in A merica which featured the reigning N CAA champion Connecticut H uskies. He joins fellow Bahamian JR Cadot on the Horned Frogs rosterf or the upcoming season. Barry joined the Frank Rutherf ord Elite Development Programme i n 2006 when he was entering the n inth grade. Cadot experienced a solid first season at TCU when he saw action in 32 games with 22 starts. He led t he Frogs with six rebounds per game and ranked No.2 on the teami n steals and blocked shots, number t hree in assists and number four in s coring. Barry starred in the classroom as well, finishing with a 2.95 GPA en r oute to pursuing a bachelor of science degree in business. O n the court, in just a few short y ears he has developed from a raw i nexperienced talent to a leading f rontcourt player who graduated with averages of 11 points, 12 r ebounds and four blocked shots per game at Christian Life Center Academy in Humble, Texas. ESPNs College Basketball r ecruiting ranks him a 78 out of a possible 100 points in the 2011 recruiting class. Winslo is a definite project for any school who would be interested in taking him in the late signing perio d. He is far from the finished produ ct, but he has the size and tools to become a good player, the scouting report said. The most attractive part of his game is his enormous wing-span that reaches at least 7'3".H is long arms make him a good shot blocker when he doesn't even understand how to block shots yet. His o ffensive game is very raw right n ow, lacking any type of backtothe-basket move, but he is someone who could easily develop into a hid-d en gem. Rutherford said the student athletes in the programme deserve spec ial recognition for being chosen a mong the selected few to receive s cholarships each year. It is important for us, especially as Bahamians, to appreciate the work that has been done by the student athletes in the Frank Ruther f ord Elite Bahamian Education Programme, Rutherford said in a press release. It needs to be understood that there are only 400 Division I basketball programmes in America and every year there are three scholarships available in these pro-g rammes.Hence, there are only 1,200 Division I scholarships to be given each year. There are over two million high school students competing for these 1,200 scholarships, that means that less than 0.5 per cent o f those competing will get those s cholarships. The Frank Rutherford Elite Bahamian Education Programme has a 150 per cent success rate for all of the Bahamian students that enter the programmes. O ther noted alumni of the programme include Devard and Devaughn Darling, Ian Symonette, D wight Miller, Enrico Forbes, Walt ia Rolle, Mikhail McLean, Probese Leo, Alex Cooper and others. Current highly touted recruits W annah Bail and Michael Carey are expected to join the aforementioned list next year during the recruitment p eriod for the class of 2012. All of these students sign a Divis ion I scholarship every year. The Frank Rutherford Elite Bahamian Education Programme remains committed in their relentless efforts in helping Bahamian students achievea college education through sports, he said. I hope God will continue to bestow blessings on the foundationw here it can continue to support the youth of the Bahamas. THETRIBUNE SECTIONETHURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011 INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 2 2 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . UWC TRIATHLON BAHAMAS IN SEPTEMBER ASTROS DEFEAT NATIONALS 3-2 IN 11TH INNING TARVER BEATS GREEN, TAKES IBO CRUISERWEIGHT TITLE NOR WEGIAN WINS STAGE 17, VOECKLER HOLDS LEAD TENNIS: MONFILS INTO 3RD ROUND OF THE GERMAN OPEN T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 7 7 E E . . . Winslo Barry signs with TCU Horned Frogs SHOOTING HOOPS: The 16th Nelson Cooper 'Peace On Da Streets' Basketball Tournament opened at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium on Monday. Minister Carlos Reid (not shown SEE FULL STORY ON PAGE 8E Shoot basketballs instead of guns BIG DEAL: Winslo Barry
By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com A LEADING international n on-governmental organisation seeks to increase its profile in the Bahamas while fostering a major fundraising effort. United World Colleges Bahamas is scheduled to host the UWC Triathlon Bahamas at Clifton Heritage Park on September 25. Set to begin at 7am, the sprintt riathlon event will feature a 750m swim, 20-kilometer (12.4m ile) bike and five kilometer r un. Participants, grouped in sev eral categories ranging from a ge 15 to over 70, can race individually or join either male, female or co-ed relay teams. The swim will consist of a clockwise buoy race, the cycling portion of the race will take place on the Albany Loop and the run consists of a 5K out-and-back along the trails inside of Clifton HeritageP ark. The UWC is a global edu c ational NGO that seeks to u nite students from across the globe who have been award ed based on merit and irrespective of race, religion, politics or the ability to pay, with the aim of fostering peace and international understanding. It was founded by Kurt Kahn under the premise that: Students aged 16 to 18 are grounded in their own cultures, but still impressionable enough to learn from each other. In The Bahamas, UWC premiered in 1971 and sent its first ambassador. In nearly 40 years, over 90 Bahamian students have graduated fromU WC Colleges. His Excellency LB Johnson served as chairman of the U WC national committee until 2008 before the position was filled by Mrs BJ ClancyDeveaux. His Excellency Gov ernor General Arthur Hanna is the patron of the pro gramme. The Bahamas UWC Nation al Committee consists of UWC Alumni and volunteers dedi cated to providing Bahamian high-school students with the unique and transformationalo pportunity of a UWC education. UWC students are selected f rom within their own countries as ambassadors of their country. According to the organisation, the traditional UWC graduate seeks to apply their commitment to positive social change throughout their lives. We are proud that a UWC education can and often does benefit whole communities, not just the individual who received the scholarship. SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS THURSDAY, JULY 21, 2011, PAGE 3E LUXURY & PERFORMANCE REDEFINEDIntroducing the Lexus IS Series Available in Grand Bahama at Quality Auto Sales (Freeport Queens Hwy, 352-6122 Abaco Motor Mall, Don MacKay Blvd, 367-2916AUTHORIZED DAIHATSU AND TOYOTA DEALERA part of the Automall groupShirley Street at Church Street Open Mon to Fri 8am 5:30pm Sat 8am 12noon Tel: firstname.lastname@example.org www.automallbahamas.com EXECUTIVE MOTORS LTD IS 250 stock available now. GN-1270GOVERNMENT NOTICE UWC Triathlon Bahamas set for Clifton Heritage Park SWIM, CYCLE AND RUN: The triathlon race features a 750m swim, 12.4 mile bike and 5km run. CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP star Alonzo Mourning was sued Wednesday over a weekend traffic crash in Florida that raised questions about whether he improperly left the scene. The lawsuit seeking unspec ified damages was filed on behalf of 21-year-old William Candelario, who suffered head injuries in the rollover crash early Sunday near Miami Beach. Candelario said he has little memory of what happened and his attorney said the lawsuit is aimed at finding answers. "The question we have is how, why, would Mr Mourning leave this accident?" said attorney Spencer Aronfeld. "We're not on a witch hunt trying to destroy one of South Florida's most respected and beloved celebrities. We're simply trying to get answers." In a brief interview, Mourning said he came upon the crash scene but declined to say whether he struck one of the vehicles. Sgt. Thomas Pikul, a Florida Highway Patrol spokesman, said investigators determined that Mourning's blue Porsche Panamera struck Candelario's Audi A4 a short time after the Audi had collided with a third vehicle. "We've determined it was two separate crashes," Pikul said. Mourning, currently the Heat's vice president for player programmes and development, acknowledged leaving the scene. Investigators said he returned about 40 minutes lat er, in another car driven by his wife, Tracy. Ex-Heat star Mourning is sued over traffic crash