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Title: The Tribune.
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Publication Date: 08-31-2011
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N ASSA U AND B AHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSP APER Child dengue fever cases on the riseVolume: 107 No.227 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25) WEATHER SUNAND CLOUDS HIGH 90F LOW 79F CLINICAL cases of dengue fever in children were said to be on the rise, according to a local doctor. The physician also told The Tribune that the symptoms experienced by persons going to the clinics have increased and intensified across the board. Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said that he could not confirm or deny reports as data from public and private facilities had not been fully compiled. However, he noted that dehydration played a key role in the severity of the disease. The doctor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: It has not let up at all. We are swamped every day, and the symptoms that we are seeing now are a lot worse than what we were seeing at the start of the outbreak. Health officials continue to stress the need for greater community involvement against the outbreak. Preventative measures are a critical element in the fight to eradicate the disease, said Dr Minnis, as fogging exer cises by the Department of Environmental Health have no affect on mosquito breeding grounds. Even after fogging, he said, you will still have larvae, so in just a matter of days were back to square one. These mosquitos dont travel more than 100 metres. So if you are bitten in a particular yard, the breeding site is either in that yard or the adjoining yard. Three to 15 days after a mosquito bite, an infected person will feel chills, a headache, a high fever and pain behind the eyes. Lower back pain and achy joints are also early symptoms. Last year, regional officials expressed fears that the dengue fever epidemic in the Caribbean could be the worst outbreak in more than a decade. Dengue fever-like cases have skyrocketed on the capital since September, at which time there were only five con firmed cases of dengue fever in the Bahamas and another Symptoms increase and intensify across the board TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The TribuneTHEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBESTLATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ARTSANDENTERTAINMENTCCAARRTTOOOONNIISSTTSSPPLLAANN99//1111 TTRRIIBBUUTTEE13TH IAAF WORLDCHAMPIONSHIPSBBAARRRRYYAANNDDTTHHOOMMAASSIINNTTOOFFIINNAALLARTSANDENTERTAINMENTINSECTIONCSEESPORTSSECTIONE SEE page nine ANGER AS STRAW VENDORS MOVE TO PRINCE GEORGE WHARF By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net CHANGING the definition of life sentence to refer to the remainder of a convicts natural life would be a good alternative to capital punishment, according to a religious leader. Bishop Simeon Hall of the New Covenant Baptist Church said the governments suggestion of extending the current life sentence of 25 years to SEE page nine BISHOP HALL:ACTUAL LIFE WOULD BE GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AN ARTISAN who sells her wares at Prince George Wharf is angry at straw vendors who have moved to the site since Hurricane Irene destroyed their tent on Bay Street. The craftmaker complained the site is now congested with artisans and straw vendors, who are all competing to sell their goods to tourists and locals milling about the down town area. "We are paying rent and they out there for free," said the artisan, who told The Tribune she has to pay $50 each day she operates from the site. "Now it looks pathetic, I ain' trying to knock them and take bread out their mouths because they have to make a living too, but why don't they go work under the tent? "They have an allocat ed spot. The tent might have been destroyed but if they have a designated site why not go there? It's not fair," said the artisan who did not want to be named. Last Thursday, Hurricane Irene lashed New Providence, tore down trees and utility poles, and ripped through portions of the tent covering the temporary market site on Bay Street. After the storm passed, vendors moved their wares to the Prince George Wharf. When asked if government would hasten the opening of the new straw market currently under construction on Bay Street, Works Minister SEE page nine STRAW VENDORS line Prince George Wharf yesterday after Hurricane Irene damaged the tent on Bay Street. Felip Major /Tribune staff By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net SANDALS Royal Bahamian resort will close for four weeks to "address structural and other damage" sustained from Hurricane Irene, according to a statement from Chairman Gordon 'Butch' Stewart. Staff were informed of the impending closure yesterday afternoon. The resort's 600 employees were encouraged to take vacation time or leave during the temporary closure, The Tribune understands. Only essential personnel engineers and landscaping staff will be engaged during the closure. By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net WHEN TG Glover Primary School opens its doors next week, it will do so without the addition of the much-touted lab school initiative. The project was expected to revolutionize the education system; however, it has been placed on hold by the Ministry of Education until further notice. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Edu cation, was unavailable for comment yes terday. However, in his 2010/2011 budget communication, Mr Bannister dedicated a significant portion of his speech to highlighting the initiative. A laboratory school is a professional development school for teachers, and is FORMER Cabinet Minister Leslie Miller yesterday branded Blue Hills MP Sidney Collie an "easy" opponent who he can effortlessly beat in the next election. Appearing on a radio talk show, Mr Miller also criticised Mr Collie's term in office so far, claiming the MP has done little to nothing for his constituency since he was elected in 2007. "He hasn't been in there and made his presence felt in the last four and a half years, that's a fact," said the forSEE page nine SEE page nine SEE page two SANDALS TO CLOSE FOR FOUR WEEKS TO ADDRESS HURRICANE DAMAGE LABORATORY SCHOOL INITIATIVE PUT ON HOLD LESLIE MILLER: BLUE HILLS MP AN EASY OPPONENT LESLIEMILLER

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE mer Blue Hills MP, who lost to Mr Collie in 2007. "The fella who is there now couldn't show you one single thing, he or his wife, did in almost five years as the MP." When contacted for a response, Mr Collie said he wasnot surprised by comments. He called the attack vintage Leslie Miller and the remarks of a desperate man. I beat him when he was a Cabinet Minister and I was a rookie politician, and I will beat him again on the basis of my record, the MP said. Records obtained from the Ministry of Finance show Mr Collie has spent at least $99,306.25 in his constituency up to 2010 from the allowance provided by government. This money went to resurface a basketball court and fencing of a park in Bozine Town ($20,000), construction of walking tracks ($65,380) and donation of computers to various schools ($13,926.25). Mr Miller also took aim at Mr Collies wife, who commented on the former Cabinet ministers record in a previous radio appearance. "I would hope that in this election perhaps her and her husband may go on that ballot so the people of Blue Hills will have the privilege of running both of them out at the same time and then they don't have to come back there, said Mr Miller as a guest on the Real Talk Live radio show. "I hope he comes, that'll be the easiest win in this country. I want him and his wife on the same ticket. Mr Miller also took his political opponent to task for his work on Bozine Town. He said if the Progressive Liberal Party is returned to power after the next election, he will advocate that government take over the land in that area and redevelop it. "Once we take over the reigns of government again it is my intent (for) government to take over all the land stretching from Blue Hill Heights to the end of Bozine and redevelop that entire area because a lot needs to be done in Bozine." Residents in Bozine Town have been involved in dispute for years with a private development company over who had rightful claim to the land. Mr Collie hit back by claiming that despite owning a thriving business right next to the community, Mr Miller has not hired a single resident of Bozine Town. He hasnt done a thing for them, and now, after four years of building up his business, he has reappeared. I will meet him on the ground in Blue Hills and give him a dose of the same medicine he got in 2007, Mr Collie said. During his radio appearance, Mr Miller also recounted his brush with death after thugs robbed him of gold jewellery during an early morning jog. He said the incident has him concerned for women in eastern New Providence who jog in the early morning hours, leaving them susceptible to attack. "My greatest fear is for all the ladies that walk in Winton in the mornings. Some go as early as 4.30 or5 am. "Something is wrong with that picture when Bahamians got to be afraid to even run or walk in the streets of New Providence," he said. FORMERMINISTERRECALLSBRUSHWITHDEATH FORMER MINISTER OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY Leslie Miller is pictured on Monday describing how he was robbed during his early morning run in Winton. Mr Miller also referred to the incident during his radio appearance yesterday. FROM page one LESLIE MILLER: BLUE HILLS MP AN EASY OPPONENT

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THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation said it is now even closer to completely restoring power in New Providence and the Family Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irene. According to BEC, several areas in New Providence came online yesterday, including: Domingo Heights Joans Heights East, Wilson Tract Finlayson Street St James Road (near Kemp Road) Windsor Lane Butler Alley Cool Bush (off Market Street) Lewis Street Hay Street, Mackey Street (Royal Bank) Chippingham (near the Cricket Club). Restoration efforts continue in the following areas: Rock Crusher Road Gladstone Road Johnson Road Blake Road Blue Hill Road North (opposite Government House) Fritz Lane Scott Street Cumberland Street Dunmore Street Butlers Corner Tinshop Corners Bay Street and Victoria Soldier Road (Circle Palm Mall) East Avenue (Centerville Food Store A statement from the corporation said: Customers, both commercial and residential, are advised that BECs Command Centre remains operational 24 hours of the day and representatives are available to take customer calls. The centre can be reached by calling 302-1001. BEC also gave the following update on the Family Islands: Restoration complete Andros Bimini Black Point and Staniel Cay, Exuma Farmers Cay, Exuma Ragged Island Salina Point, Acklins San Salvador Rum Cay Crooked Island Inagua Great Harbour Cay 99 per cent restored Mayaguana Exuma Long Island In Eleuthera, BEC said, it continues to make progress, with supply almost completely restored in Deep Creek, Hatchet Bay, Tarpum Bay, and Rock Sound. Efforts continue in Waterford, Green Castle, Governors Harbour and Palmetto Point. The most significant progress was made in Harbour Island where 90 per cent of cus tomers have had their supply restored, the statement said. In Abaco, BEC teams are making good progress. 95 per cent of the island is back on supply. Teams are working in Treasure Cay. Less than one third of customers in that community have not been reconnected. Green Turtle Cay and Tilloo Cay remain without supply. BEC said the restoration effort has now commenced in Cat Island, where Hurricane Irene hit hardest. So far 10 per cent of the island, from the Cove to Arthurs Town now has electricity, it said, adding that the arrival of 100 poles and other heavy duty equipment was expected yesterday. BEC is also shipping supplies to Acklins and Eleuthera that will assist in completing the restoration effort. Three Carilec (Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation) teams will also be flown in to Cat Island and Eleuthera to assist with the restoration efforts on those islands. Those teams are expected to be in place this week. BEC appreciates the patience of its customers in New Providence and the Family Islands who may be without electricity supply at this time. The corporation has committed its resources both human and capital to restoring supply nationwide in the shortest time possible, the statement said. By JASMINE LOPEZ A WEATHER system brewing in the east Atlantic over the past few days became Tropical Storm Katia yesterday and could develop into a hurricane some time today. Chief Meteorologist Basil Dean said Katia is still too far away to know whether the Bahamas will be affected by the storm. "We do not know if Katia is a threat to the Bahamas yet, but we will by early next week because the storm is expected to turn northward just before reaching the Bahamas and if it does, the threat would lessen," Mr Dean said. He said the storm was located at latitude 12.7 degrees north and longitude 35.4 degrees west at 5pm yesterday. It has winds of 60 mph and it is moving forward travelling west-northwest at 20 mph. "Strengthening of this storm should be expected over the next day or so and Katia could become a hurricane by tomorrow or Thursday, he said. "The storm would not be anywhere near the Bahamas if it turns north west but for now we just have to monitor it, Mr Dean said. The Bahamas is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, which ripped through homes, buildings and infrastructure in Cat Island, Eleuthera, Abaco, Mayaguana, Inagua, Long Island, Acklins, and Exuma. With repair work ongoing, even the slim possibility of another hurricane approaching these islands is unwelcome news. NEMA commander Captain Stephen Russell said: "The only thing that we can do is stop repairing and take precautions to save lives. We would just warn persons to seek shelters, and just stand still and keep ourselves safe until the storm passes. Afterwards we would do our assessments and decide whether the storm took us a step back or a step forward because whether it is a category one ora category five storm, we will just have to ride it out, but the bottom line is to just stay safe." LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y, AUGUST 31, 2011, PAGE 3 0DULQHDYLJDWLRQ&RXUVHV J 7KHUHLVQRVXEVWLWXWHIRUWUDLQLQJDQGDW VHDWKHUHLVOLWWOHURRPIRUHUURUVRSODQWR DWWHQGWKH IUHHUVWFODVV RIWKH 7HUUHVWULDO 1DYLJDWLRQ&RXUVH RIIHUHGE\ 7KH%D KDPDV 6FKRRORI0DULQH1DYLJDWLRQ DW %$65$+HDGTXDUWHUVRQ(DVW%D\6WUHHWRQ 0RQGD\6HSWHPEHUDWSPWKHQ FRQVLGHUHQUROOLQJLQWKHPRQWKFRXUVH 2WKHUFRXUVHVLQFOXGH 6HDPDQVKLS DW XUGD\VfDQG &HOHVWLDO1DYLJDWLRQ %$f 7HORUYLVLW ZZZEVPQEL] NOTHING appears to have been done about the East Bay Street house one resident complained wasa dengue fever factory. A week has passed since The Tribune drew attention to the state of the property, which features an untreated pool filled with stagnant water and piles of garbage making it a perfect breeding ground for dengue fever-carrying mosquitos. This is despite the fact that the Department of Environmental Health was notified, and owner Mark Finlayson promised to look into the matter. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net MANY Family Islands are still reeling from Hurricane Irene, but the Ministry of Education says this will have little affect on the opening of the new academic year. With the exception of those on Cat Island, all government schools will be ready to open their doors to students next week Monday, education officials said. Director of Education Lionel Sands said that schools in Cat Island will remain closed next week for repairs. While Mr Sands could not provide an estimated cost of repairing the damage, he said the work in Cat Island is expect ed to be completed in time for a delayed opening on September 12. Mr Sands assured the public that although schools in both Acklins and Mayaguana incurred minor damage dur ing the hurricane, this will not prevent them opening on time. Powerful Hurricane Irene struck Cat Island between Wednesday and Thurs day of last week, leaving damaged homes, buildings and schools in its wake. The storm also snapped power lines and uprooted utility poles. Most Cat Islanders have been without power for nearly a week and this is expected to remain the case for some time. As it was one of the islands most impacted by Irene, earlier this week the government announced plans to import generators from the US to provide temporary power for Cat Island's reverse osmosis water plant, and said eligible residents would be allowed to import building materials, electrical material and agriculture supplies duty free. SYSTEM IN ATLANTIC COULD DEVELOP INTO HURRICANE BECEVEN CLOSER TO COMPLETELY RESTORING POWER IRENE WILL HAVE LITTLE EFFECT ON SCHOOL OPENINGS NO APPARENT ACTION ON DENGUE FEVER FACTORYFELIPEMAJOR/TRIBUNESTAFF

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EDITOR, The Tribune. THEother day I met a crooked, former airlineworker in the grocery store who said this to me, Gabby, somethin mussey wrong with Gomez head, ay? You hear bout how he sayin the papers now, how too much Customs Officers crooked? But isnt that true? I countered. Dat might be so, but Anyway, I said, Just forget it! and I went down another aisle. When I was in the Customs Department long enough to start hearing inhouse gap-seed, I used to hear about this Glenn Gomez who didnt skylark at all, but he was stationed ata port somewhere in Andros, so I still didnt know who he was. Then somewhere in the late seventies the transfer-list came out and that very same Glenn Gomez was scheduled to come to my station, Air Freight, as Supervisor. At the time Air Freight was like infamous Dodge City: there was regular gambling in the bond-rooms, drinking alcohol (my forte) was rampant and coming late and leaving early was really no big deal. Well as soon as it was public knowledge that Gomez was headed there, slackers, drunkards, gamblers, crooked officers and airline personnel knew business-as-usual would come to a screeching end once that transfer date surfacedand it did. Now I had my faults, but pulling-deals was out of the question for a man who grew up under a grand mother whose philosophy was, A liar is a thief and a thief is a murderer! On the other hand, there were countless friends and familymembers to whom I gave a break, when they came through the airport, without even a thought I was robbing the country; however, I have undisputed facts that proves Glenn Gomez knows, believes and acts like that is robbery. Here is what I know of him: he knows the law of the land and the Customs Regulations, and anyone, friend, family, enemy, beggar or king who transgresses those directives will get the hammer on their head if he finds out about it. I know too, when he was only a junior officer, no Officer-in-Charge or Supervisor, dared to order him to do anythingno matter how trivial, that was against the regulations; they knew too, if he knew any of them did, he wouldnt pimp on them, but boldly sit to his desk and forward a letter about the incident to head office. Furthermore, no Executive would even think of calling any station he headed, to order a shipment released that duties hadnt yet been secured on. Today he isdeservedly so, the comptroller of customs, and manyeven officers who know better, are trying to portray Glenn Gomez as one who has changed and gone power-hungry. Anyone who knows that man knows all he expects of him self and every man and woman in customs is an hon est days work for the pay receivedno moreno less. Recently a badly-tar nished, former customs executive wrote a cowardly and scathing attack on Glenn Gomez, and Im still scratching my head, trying to figure out why anyone would be so incensed with someone who is doing such a good job cleaning up his mess! You see, Glenn Gomez cant understand why anyone would stay away from work feigning illness; he cant understand why anyone would habitually show up for work late and/or dressed shabbily; he cant understand why anyone earning a salary would steal from his/her employer and he cant understand why, among other vices, officers dont understand the people they pull deals with have absolutely no respect for them and that they will only find this out after they get themselves fired. Glenn Gomez finds these things repulsive and incomprehensible because they go hard against what he believes in and what he is made of, and he wont stop fighting against them till he draws his last breathbecause he has to. It is time in this country for us who may not be quite at the standard and integrity level of our present comptroller, but have benefited from his guidance, to stand up in support of him against negative and ill-willed people. VERNON M JOHNSON II Nassau, August, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS 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.) LL.D., D.Litt 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 Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2352 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau Fax: (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242)-352-6608 Freeport fax: (242) 352-9348 REPORTS reaching The Tribune shortly after the passage of Hurricane Irene claimed that at least two of our settlements had been washed out to sea Lovely Bay, Acklins, and Green Turtle Cay, Abaco. While both these settlements suffered damage, happily they are still with us and, unlike HumptyDumpty, they can be put together again. As government officials toured the islands, they found serious damage in many areas, but little in others. Cat Island, for example, which took the brunt of the storm, was the worst hit. Repairs, which will be major, have already started at that island. However, other areas in the island chain seemed almost untouched by the savage storm. First reports out of Abaco when it was eventually confirmed that Green Turtle Cay had not disappeared into the ocean had boats being torn from their moorings, roofs being ripped off homes, trees uprooted and about three feet of flooding in such areas as Murphy Town. However, in Marsh Harbour residents were thankful that they were spared only one electric pole was down. The north of the island had taken the brunt of the storm. Up until Monday there were still fears for little Green Turtle Cay, which got the worst of the blow. It had still not been heard from. With the Meteorological office warning serious thunder and lighting storms for later Monday and advising boaters not to venture out, Prime Minister Ingraham took off by helicopter to visit his home island Abaco. Among the settlements called on were Sandy Point, Moores Island, Coopers Town, Blackwood, Treasure Cay, Green Turtle, and Marsh Harbour. There was minimal damage in Sandy Point, slight damage to a wooden dock in Moores Island, minimal damage in Coopers Town and no damage in Treasure Cay. While others had been worried for their welfare, the Prime Ministers party found the hardy, independent people of Green Turtle Cay busy cleaning and repairing their island. Although pleased to see their prime minister, they seemed to wonder what all the fuss was about. Of course, no one could get in touch with them. They had no electricity, no cable, no cell phones so what! They were too busy putting their island back together again to concern themselves with the worries of the outside world. When a Bahamas Information Services reporter asked Chief Councillor Greg Curry how much his settlement would expect government to provide in hurricane aid, Mr Curry seemed taken aback by the question. We dont need governments money, he retorted. We dont need money to clean up this is our island. This aint the governments island and we can clean it up. In fact, he said, if you look, we started on Saturday at 10am with four trucks and finished at 3pm as you can see its all done. Photographs show clean streets, neat homes, a quiet, peaceful, tranquilly colourful island everything back to normal. Nature only has to do its part by returning the foliage to the trees. However, Sundowners Bar to the southwest of the island, was badly damaged. It had suffered severe beach erosion. The government dock also lost its seawall, which affected the wooden dock behind it. However, the ferry dock was still intact. Asked what made Abaco so special, the Prime Minister listening to the Chief Councillor with obvious pride, said that other than being home to him, these were deeply endearing, accepting people; independentlyminded, self-starters and as you can see quite boastful! The Tribunes Robert Carron, who was among reporters who flew to the various islands after the storm and was also on the Abaco trip, was impressed by the spirit and attitude of the people of Green Turtle Cay. The interesting thing is that not once on our tour of the other islands did we find such an independent, determined attitude, Robert told us. In every settlement we heard complaints. We heard no complaints in Abaco, although they had been without electricity since Wednesday no telephones, no cable, no cell phones they were just busy getting on with the job. They told the Prime Minister that if BEC did not come to put up their electrical poles, they would do it themselves and charge BEC! The stubborn Loyalist blood still runs strong in the blood of those people. The way Abaconians come together in times of crisis is an example of what people can do when they do not depend on governments social services to do it all. The impression I got was that they will ask for help if they need it. But it seems they consider the offer of help an insult to their ability to take care of themselves. If the rest of the Bahamas was like this, this country would truly be a Garden of Eden. Now we can better understand our Prime Minister, who brings this same determined, lets-get-it-done attitude to his administration. LETTERSletters@tribunemedia.net Those independent-minded Abaconians In support of Comptroller of Customs EDITOR, The Tribune. THEbreakfast club at McDonalds at Oakes Field got a surprise visit from Cat Island Maestro Ezra Hepburn of Ezra and the polka dots and banana boat fame. Ezra, an old friend of Oswald Greenslade and the old Banana Boat Crew, was warmly received as he stood in his usual perch on the rail. The regular crew was so moved that they broke out in song of his standard hit songs over the years. The renditions led by Tom Butterfield and Al Sherman, Freddie Taylor and Big Jew joined in. And to everyones surprise a homily was rendered by Michael Humes of the Prime Ministers Office! Madam Editor, I would like to share this moving and inspirational experience with you because you see, Ezra has had health challenges lately and has just begun to come out again. He is being encouraged to get back in shape for the banana boat Christmas party. It is truly a blessing to be present on the rare occasions when man's inhumanity to man can be witnessed. You may also want to know that it is not only politics that is discussed at McDonalds from time to time, there are prayers and witness. JON FOWLE Nassau, August 9, 2011. Sharing a moving and inspirational experience

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A SUPREME COURT judge discharged the jury in an attempted murder trial yesterday, minutes after one of the alleged victims gave testimony. Lavardo Miller, also known as Siggy, is charged with two counts of attempted murder. He is accused of shooting Detective Corporal 518 Earl Johnson and shooting at Detective Constable 2290 Bruce Chisholm on February 17, 2009 in Nassau Village. The discharge order was given by Justice Roy Jones following a short break, after Cpl Johnson had given testimony about what took place that day. When court reconvened, Justice Jones revealed the discovery of potential conflict in the matter concerning a jury member and their connection to a witness in the case. Justice Jones discharged the jury on that basis and adjourned the matter to October 31, when the trial is expected to begin. If the trial is unable to begin at that time, the next possible date is May 28, 2012. Sandradee Gardiner is the prosecutor in the case. Joseph Darceuil represents the accused. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y, AUGUST 31, 2011, PAGE 5 A THIRD man was arraigned in Magistrates Court in connection with a high speed chase that resulted in police officers seizing more than 500 pounds of marijuana. Nelson Johnson, 35, of Cordeaux Avenue and Market Street, appeared before Magistrate Carolita Bethell and was charged with conspiracy to possess dangerous drugs and possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply. A hearing will take place on September 5 in Court Eight, Bank Lane to determine if Johnson will be granted bail. Also charged in connection with this matter are Trevor Cartwright, 32, of White Subdivision, Kemp Road; and Travolt Bartlett, 29, of St James Road. TWO women were taken into custody after officers discovered a quantity of suspected marijuana at a Ridgeland Park home. According to police reports, at around 11.25am on Monday, officers from the Nassau Street Police Station executed a search warrant on a home at Woods Street, Ridgeland Park West and discovered the suspected drugs along with a number of shotgun shells inside a washing machine. The women, ages 47 and 19, were taken into custody for questioning. CRIME TIP As a result of hurricane Irene, many four-way intersections are without functional traffic lights. Police are encouraging all drivers to proceed with extreme caution at these intersections treat them as four-way stops. This means: 1. Slow your vehicle when approaching the intersection 2. Stop your vehicle completely 3. Allow the first vehicle that came to a stop to be the first to go 4. Allow remaining vehicles to cross the intersection in the same order in which they arrived 5. Never block an intersection; this is an offence. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT The young girl who drowned after being pulled under the sea by strong rip currents has been identified as 14year-old Donnay Haven, a student of St Georges High School. Haven, who could not swim, was in the water with relatives at Xanadu Beach around 4pm on Friday when she disappeared under the water. Police and BASRA officials, joined by concerned citizens, searched the water until 8pm, but were unable to locate the missing teen. Havens body was found near the shore at around 7am on Saturday. According to reports, when her distraught mother spotted the body she ran into the water to retrieve it, but was stopped by police officers. It is believed that the strong rip tides thought to be responsible for her death were after-effects of Hurricane Irene. NEMA officials had issued an all clear for the island of Grand Bahama around noon on Friday. By JASMINE LOPEZ BTC has warned all cellular phone customers to ignore and delete text messages from overseas which claim they won large sums of cash. Several such messages have been circulating in recent weeks, and BTC officials say they are all fake and could be attempts to steal money from the recipients. One reads: "Your cell number has been awarded 5,100,000 pounds in the ongoing Apple mobile UK promo. For claims send email to followed by an email address. Marlon Johnson, vice president of marketing at BTC, said the message is part of a scam being run by someone in the UK and urged the public not to respond to the message, but rather delete it immediately. He said: "Its as simple as getting junk email stating you won the lottery instead of following up on it you just ignore it. Mr Johnson said police are investigating the matter but face considerable obstacles in pursuing the person or group responsible, as they are in a foreign country. "The police are involved but the challenge is tracking someone from the UK, he said. He also told The Tribune that the number from which the messages were being sent has been blocked by BTC. According to Mr Johnson, the company took action even though no customers have called to complain about the scam. Mr Johnson said this is not the first time sham text messages have circulated in the Bahamas. "There is no way that persons are receiving these messages for nothing because nobody gives out money for free, he pointed out. Mr Johnson also explained that such a text message is not a virus and will not harm cell phones or the GSM system. JURY DISCHARGED IN ATTEMPTED MURDER TRIAL THIRD MAN IS ARRAIGNED IN CONNECTION WITH DRUG BUST WOMEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER SUSPECTED MARIJUANA FOUND COURTNEWS GIRL WHO DROWNED IN RIP CURRENTS IDENTIFIED CELL PHONE CASH PRIZE MESSAGES ARE ALL FAKE BTCWARNSCUSTOMERS ONE MESSAGE READS: Your cell number has been awarded 5,100,000 pounds inthe ongoing Apple mobile UK promo. For claims send email to followed by an email address.

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THE Ministry of Works and Transport outlined alternate routes to six schools in an effort to reduce the impact of ongoing road works on back to school traffic. The New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project is expected to be completed early next year. EASTERN New Providence residents will suffer the worst of the back-to-school traffic jams next week as the government braces for the inevitable road congestion. Increased police presence, longer green lights, and improved signage were among the initiatives unveiled by traffic authorities and the Ministry of Works yesterday. The ministry also defined access routes to school zones still under construction as a part of the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project. The eastern district is expected to pose the greatest challenge, officials said yes terday, particularly Prince Charles Drive, Fox Hill Road and Eastern Road. Traffic officials urged motorists to adhere to diversion signs and avoid using local access routes designated for residents and businesses. Two-lane traffic at the junction of Soldier Road and Abundant Life Road will only be allowed during the first few weeks of school, according to Shenique Albury, environmental specialist for the project. Other changes include the closure of the eastern access to Texaco Gas Station at the junction of Old Trail Road and Robinson Road; and access from Grace Avenue to the Robinson Road and Old Trail Road junction. Passage onto Robinson Road through Cable Bahamas will not be allowed during peak morning traffic. Traffic officials have asked contractors to create a right turning lane at the junction of Marathon Road and Robinson Road, for those who want to drive south on Marathon Road. Motorists were also advised that Baillou Hill Road from Robinson Road to Wulff Road, is currently a one way thoroughfare. Officials said motorists could expect an identical sys tem on Market Street once work commences in that area. Some 100 officers from the Traffic Division and various police stations will patrol heavy traffic areas, school zones and their peripheries for the first few weeks. The Ministry of Works will also monitor traffic and col laborate with the police to identify challenges and implement new strategies. Motorists were asked to contact the ministrys hotline with any concerns or sugges tions regarding traffic flow on 302-9700, or by emailing publicworks@bahamas.gov.b s. Feedback can also be submitted on Facebook through the ministrys Road Improvement page.ALTERNATESCHOOLROUTES FIGURE 1: Access to CI Gibson High School on Marathon Road. FIGURE 2: Access to St Augustines College. FIGURE 3: Access to Doris Johnson Senior High School. FIGURE 4: Access to Faith Temple School. FIGURE 5: Access CR Walker Senior High School on Baillou Hill Road and Market Street. 1 3 4 5 2 EAST FACES WORST OF BACK-TO-SCHOOL TRAFFIC

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KEITH MAJOR, AUTO MECHANIC Well I wasnt too concerned about Hurricane Irene because I know where put my trust in. You have to put your trust in the Lord and thats what I did. I think was also important for people to follow the instructions given to us by the Met office and NEMA. If you take the precautions then things should work out. The storm was very seri ous and we all have a little bit of fear in us but I trust in God and Im grateful that despite the damages the country took as a result of the storm, we didnt lose any lives. If you look at whats happening now in the US, theres about 15 reported deaths I believe, and the damage appears to be worse and the storm is weaker hitting them than it didus.So Im very thankful about us not having to go through that. EUNICE ROSE, ELE MENTARY SCHOOL TEACHER Hurricane Irene wasnt a problem for me because I was prepared for the storm. I secured my property and ensured that my family and I had the basic necessities required to have during a storm. Before the storm hit Nassau, I had the tree limbs in my yard cut down so that they would not snap and fly about and damage my home or my neighbours. The blessing in that was none of my trees, and I havea lot, were uprooted. A neighbours tree did fall on our roof but it was undamaged, surprisingly, so I was grateful. But my issue with people during the hurricane seasonis that they dont take it as seriously as they should and do not prepare. Safety is a big thing and during a hurricane, it should not be taken for granted. ELDON JOHNSON, RETIRED POLICE OFFICER Well I wasnt in the country when the storm hit because I was in Houston. I was trying to get home to secure my property and had already spent $700 on a one-way ticket to Nassau but was told that due to the weather, no flights could get in or out. I was fortunate enough though to have friends who had secured my property forme and I am really grateful to them. New Providence fared well during the storm, however my hometown in Ack lins did not. As we speak I am making preparations to visit my hometown and see the damage that was sustained to the home that I grew up in. The truth of the matter is though, Bahamians were too relaxed and didnt heed the warnings and instructions given to them. Its not as bad as anticipated though and that is a blessing in itself but we have to take these storms seriously. DWAYNE FERGUSON, DOCTORS HOSPITAL HOUSEKEEPING My experience during the storm was a good one. Even though we were locked down in hospital throughout the storm, we had all of the utilities work ing the whole time. No dis connection! So it was pretty com fortable. We gave our patients in hospital prior to the storm quality care and treated the new ones com ing in the same, whether the cases were big or small. The workers here helped to clean up the area along Collins Avenue so we got doto that as well. There werent damages really so I guess we fared well. ANONYMOUS I didnt incur any damages as a result of Irene but Im not following it too much. Ive seen and read the damages to the Family Islands through the media reports so Im hoping that the government can step in and help them as best as they can. Every storm its basically the same type of response and really, there really is only so much the government can do but I really hope that they step it up this time. PETRIKA CHARLTON I think in Nassau we fared pretty good during Irene, at least where I live. There was some minor shingle damage, one or two leaks but thank God it was nothing serious. We had power through out the whole storm, it never turned off so that was good. Unfortunately the cable was off since the storm hit and just got turned on today (Monday). The Family Islands got hit harder than we did. Im not sure the response to the affected res idents in the out islands from government officials was as fast as it could be considering the nature of the disaster, though some of my family on Cat Island said damages werent THAT bad. They dont have power and telephone connection though, so thats whats hurting them right now. NICODEMUS ISRAEL, SECURITY GUARD Looking at Irenes impact on New Providence, there really wasnt any. I was concerned about the amount of rain that we would get because this island could not handle a lot of flooding right now or ever. Id take heavy winds over flooding any day. Im hoping that Nassau getting spared significant damage and flooding would not cause people to slack off during the rest of the hurricane season. People think because they bought out the food store and then most of it is not used because the storm was over before it began, people wouldnt take it seriously. I think the government did well in their response to victims in the Family Islands and even in New Providence. The equipment to remove trees and clear roads and what not were already made available to them through the Road Improvement Projects really. And as soon as the storm was completely out of our area, they left immediately for the islands, so that was really good. However, I do not agree with them shutting down government offices in Nas sau for a day. The reason being was road safety but the roads were basically clear enough for persons to go to work and so I think them shutting the office down put a lot of work on hold and it was not a good call. I was impressed by BECs response timing to restoring power and fixing downed lines. Sometimes when these storms hit in other countries, the situa tion is worse or just as bad and takes much longer. So they did pretty good. KATHERINE ARCHER, LIBRARIAN There was no real concern for me about the storm. The longest my home was out of power was for about 12 hours max. It had went off early Thurs day morning and came back that evening at about 8pm. Im surprised at some of the damage it did to the island. Id never seen as much down trees and power lines yet, and Ive been through a few storms some stronger than this. It definitely wasnt an Andrew. DAVID LONGLEY, DEFENCE FORCE OFFICER I think Nassau came out pretty well and being a member of the Defence Force, Ive seen first hand what the storm did to the Family Islands, namely Acklins, Cat Island and Long Island. Those islands suffered the most but overall as a country, we did pretty well. And I have to mention that NEMA did an excellent job in keeping the country up to date during the storm and with assess ment post-Irene. There will be challenges with getting supplies to the islands but we are going to get it done to help the fellow Bahamians in those islands as best we can. The Defence Force is up to the challenge and we will step up to the plate. The entire Bahamas is fortunate to have lived through this experience and considering what Irene is doing to the US now, Id say were blessed. So I really hope that people are not complaining and carrying on because at the end of the day you have your life. Material things can be replaced. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y, AUGUST 31, 2011, PAGE 7 HURRICANE IRENE: WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE AND AFTERMATH? STREETTALK PETRIKA CHARLTON DAVID LONGLEY EUNICE ROSE ELDON JOHNSON DWAYNE FERGUSON BRANCHES AND LEAVES litter this Nassau street after Hurricane Irene.

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al conferences on archaeology. Their most notable discovery was the juxtaposition of Lucayan artifacts with Spanish trade goods at the Long Bay beach where Columbus is believed to have stepped ashore in 1492 a story that Tough Call broke on the Reuters newswire in 1983. In his epilogue, Gerace writes: "(My wife) Kathy and I are proud of what we have built. As we like to say, the GRC is very much our child. We have raised it to where it is today, but we must now let it stand on its ownfeet and become all that it is capable of becoming in the future. We are pleased to see the College of the Bahamas take over." In Columbus' Footsteps by Dr Ronald Shaklee Shaklee is a Youngstown State University geograph er who has spent considerable time at the Gerace Research Centre over the years. In 1993 he published this slim volume as a scientific introduction to the island's environment. A revised edition was pro duced in 2008, with the aim of capturing San Salvador ata particular point in time. "San Salvador has undergone tremendous change since the (Columbus quin centennial)," Shaklee writes in his introduction. "The landscape that for centuries watched as progress passed it by has undergone significant alter ation. Let this manuscript be a record of what the island was like before progress remakes San Sal vador into yet another exclusive tropical playground for the rich and ridiculous." Chaos to Serenity by Martha Wohlford This is a personal memoir by an American woman who has spent most of the past 40 years on Staniel Cay in the Exumas. Wohlford is a writer, photographer, graphic artist and second home renter who arrived on the island in 1969 with her husband, Trey, a charter yacht cap tain. In 1967 she and her new husband took a honeymoon cruise from Alexandria, Virginia to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From there they sailed their yacht to the Bahamas. "Arriving in Bimini we dropped anchor and passed out from fatigue...The next morning I poked my head out of the companionway and fell in love...I have never forgotten that magical moment when the Bahamas claimed me forever." Within five years they found themselves based at Staniel Cay, eventually building a home called Serenity. The island was settled by the Gray family in the ear ly years of the 20th century, and the venerable Staniel Cay Yacht Club was built by a group of Nassuvians (including John Maura and Roy Arteaga) in 1959. Chaos to Serenity is a collection of stories that includes the author's per sonal experiences of island life and trivia, "with a little insanity thrown in for reality." It is the latest in a long line of "I lived on a Bahamian island" accounts, dating back to Rosita Forbes, a famed English travel writer who spent time on Eleuthera and published her story in 1940 (A Unicorn in the Bahamas ). Others of this popular genre include: Jack Ford's Reminis cences of an Island Teacher at Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, from 1948-53. My Castle in the Air published in 1994 by the daughter of out island doctor, Evans Cottman, who moved to Marsh Harbour in 1945 and died there in 1976. Eleuthera: The Island Called Freedom was published in 1966 by another celebrated travel writer named Everild Young, who lived at Governor's Harbour. British teacher Stephen Griffiths (who worked on Croooked Island in the 1970s) published Sand in My Shoes in 1996. Alison Albury published Life on a Rock in 2008 to commemorate the five years she and husband Peter spent on Highbourne Cay in the Exumas in the 1990s. Rose's to Mount Fitzwilliam by Dame Ivy Dumont This 383-page book is by the Long Island teacher who became our first woman governor-general in 2001. Born in the settlement of Rose's, Dame Ivy attend ed Government High School in Nassau before joining the public service as a teacher. She retired as a deputy permanent secretary in 1978, and joined NatWest Trust Corporation as a training officer, retiring again in 1991 and entering front line politics. She was appointed government leader in the Senate in 1992 and served in the cabinet until her third retirement in 2001. While impressed by the pageantry of her swearingin ceremony in Parliament Square on November 13, 2001, Dame Ivy was contemptuous of her living accommodation at Government House, which pos sessed rather "more char acter than comfort." And during her term she significantly progressed the restoration of that 200year-old historic building. "Having been appoint ed on the recommendation of one prime minister, it was my destiny to serve primarily during the administration of another. I did so, having both an understanding of our system of government and a keen sense of responsibili ty to the nation and to myself." This book tells in detail how a girl born at Rose's, Long Island in 1930 "served in the several capacities from which she has retired five times." All of these books and many others about the Bahamas or Bahamas-related subjects can be obtained from Media Enterprises Ltd on Shirley Park Avenue. What do you think? Send comments to larry@tribunemedia.net Or visit www.bahamapundit.co m By LARRY SMITH AS we approach the end of the holiday season, there's still time to get some serious reading done. Here's a vacation reading list to help you relax, escape, unwind and educate yourself. Freeport Notebook by Peter Barratt Barratt is the Englishborn architect who planned the city of Freeport back in the 1960s, and one of the few remaining people who knew legendary Freeport founder Wallace Groves personally. In fact, he designed the mausoleum near Mary Star of the Sea where Groves and his wife Georgette are buried. Barratt published the first and only substantive history of Grand Bahama in 1972. Although now a Bahamian citizen, his work permit was refused twice over the years and he now spends much of his time in Florida, but clearly Freeport is still very much on his mind. It is an untidy mind, he admits, despite his role as a town planner. In this 175-page volume hehas thrown together "personal subjective musings that I thought the reader might find interesting...(highlighting) some events in the early period of the Freeport story." The subtitle says it all: "Pines, Port, Politics, Poems and Prose." Those musings include letters to local newspapers, poetry and doggerel, news clippings, historical photos, observations and recollections. It provides interesting and easy-to-read background to the current condition of Freeport, Grand Bahama one of the greatest enigmas of the modern Bahamas. Life Quest by Dr Donald Gerace Donald Gerace is an Italian-American geologist who pioneered development of the Bahamian Field Station, a scientific research facility for college students and professors on the island of San Salvador. Described as "a happy warrior", throughout his long career Gerace saw obstacles as challenges to be met rather than reasons for despair. I knew him from the 1970s when I visited San Salvador as a writer for the Bahamas News Bureau. He was always cheerful in the face of budget constraints and bureaucratic inanities. It is remarkable that the field station has survived the past 40 years, housing 100 students in dorms and 80 professors in motel-like rooms. But there is no doubt where the credit lies which is why the facility is now known as the Gerace Research Centre. Gerace is from Buffalo, New York, and joined the staff of the College Centre of the Finger Lakes in 1969. He ran student field trips through the Florida Keys in 1970, where he saw an ad offering the US naval base on Salvador for sale for $1. His initial contacts were with Hugh Sands, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Education, and a Colonel Flagler at the US consulate in Nassau. The first group of 40 students flew in on Bahamas Airways in December 1971, and more than 36,000 have passed through the centre since then. Over the years, researchers on San Salvador have studied the island's flora and fauna, its geology and paleontology, as well as its modern and ancient archaeology. Every year there is an academic conference on natural history or geology, and there have been severPAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Relax, unwind, escape and educate yourself Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. PLEASENOTE: TOUGH CALL WILL BE ON VACATION FOR A COUPLE OF WEEKS

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y, AUGUST 31, 2011, PAGE 9 The last guest at the Cable Beach resort should leave the property by Saturday and those who are booked to stay at the hotel will be moved to its sister property Sandals EmeraldBay in Exuma, said a company spokesman. The property is expected to re-open on September 28. "We're not letting anybody go. Unlike other properties we've made a commitment to our team members after this month of clo sure that everyone will still be employed. We're inviting everybody to take vacation or goon leave during this period," said the spokesman. "We have a very dedicated group of people who work here and they understand the situation. Even before this happened they understood this was a soft period (approaching) so alotof them had booked vacation time or asked for leave." During the closure, hotel bosses will also upgrade older facilities on the property including the Manor Building, built in the 1940s. A statement issued by Sandals Resorts International Chairman Gordon Stewart blamed the passage of Irene for the closure. "Last week, our beautiful islands took a severe pounding from the rains and winds of Hurricane Irene. Roads and communities were inundated, electricity supplies cut off, roofs were damaged and life, as we know it, was disrupted. "We also owe a great debt of gratitude to our team members, many of whom volun teered to remain on property to ensure the protection and comfort of our valued guests, knowing that their own homes were under threat of flooding or structural damage. "Their selfless efforts made it possible for our guests to weather the storm with minimal discomfort and to stabilise and protect our operations at Sandals Royal Bahamian and Sandals Emerald Bay. We will work as speed ily as possible and spare no effort to ensure that all our facilities are restored to the worldclass standard which is the hallmark of Sandals Resorts and our beautiful country. "In the case of Sandals Royal Bahamian, this will mean a period of closure of about four weeks to address some structural and other damage. However, Sandals Emerald Bay, which was spared significant damage, will remain open." Earlier this week, another property on the Cable Beach strip the all-inclusive Super Clubs Breezes announced it will close September 1 to October 31 to repair damages from Irene. also known as a demonstra tion school, stated Mr Bannister, in his published speech. It was expected to be a collaborative project between the School of Education and the College of the Bahamas, helping to improve teaching proficiency, and fully pre pare students for the intellectual, artistic, physical, social, emotional challenges beyond primary school. Through the initiative, T.G. Glover was supposed to be equipped with state of the art facilities, including: Technology or multimedia labs, studios for art, drama, dance and music, as well as library and playground facilities. A procurement bid was even published for the lab school in May for computer hardware and software, including 32 interactive whiteboards with projectors, and 32 student response systems (SRS). Technology companies that were hoping to cash in on the bid had to bank on something else. The bid process was terminated before a contract could be awarded, because the Ministry of Finance pulled the plug on the project. Lionel Sands, Director of Education, said the ministry originally anticipated funding for the project, so it pushed forward with the tender process, even though the July 1 budget had not been published. We couldn't wait until after the budget to go to bid; then we would not have had time to get (the process) com pleted, given the time frame, said Mr Sands. However, no money was allocated in the 2011/2012 budget for the initiative. That is the reason why the bid was not approved and the project was placed on hold, said Mr Sands. The Ministry focused instead on opening the primary school, without the lab initiative. The introduction of a lab school in the Bahamas would have permitted the School of Education at COB to become a College of Education, furthering the institutions aspirations of attaining university status, according to Mr Bannister. It is also expected that this school will offer an Instruc tional Programme that promotes an inclusive creative community; fosters critical thinking; cultivates an intrinsic motivation to learn and activate participation in the learning process; develops self awareness, compassion for others and appreciation for diversity and personal leadership; uses an experiential approach; (and) values different ways of learning, he said. The May bid was closely watched by education observers, not only because of their excitement about the lab school, but also because of their concern about the management of technology initiatives in the Ministry of Education. In a series of articles around the time of the bid, The Tribune highlighted the concerns of industry experts, who questioned the capacity and management capability of the MOE in implementing its technology agenda. The ministry at one time contemplated funding the project through its InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB) funded INSPIRE project. However, Dr Karen St Cyr, INSPIRE project manager, said after review, it was determined that the targets and triggers for the INSPIRE Project did not fit with the T.G. Glover project. As of now, it is unclear why the government changed its mind on the revolutionary education initiative that had some in the education sector hyped up. Observers may just have to wait until the 2012/2013 budget to see if the project finds its way back onto the governments funding agenda. Despite it all, T.G. Glover Primary School will be open for business next week. actual life in prison is a good compromise to the death penalty as it sends a message that crime will not be tolerated. The bottom line is we need to send a strong message to the crime element, said Bishop Hall. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has said under the current laws, it is unlikely the death penalty will be carried out in the near future. While understanding the publics frustration with continuing high levels of crime, Mr Ingraham said the country will continue to abide by the rule of law and decisions made by our courts. He said: Even if we change the law, it will take some time for that law to be able to be applied to persons who are convicted, and so there are several other things the society ought to consider in the interim rather than to expect something that is not likely to happen." The government is considering changing the current life sentence from 25 years to include a sentence of a persons natural life. Mr Ingraham said murders would have to be categorised to determine which cases constitute the death penalty, while others may warrant imprisonment for life, their natural life and whether a lesser period of time is more appropriate. Calling the suggestion a noble step, Bishop Hall said if the government amends the law so those who shoot, stab and kill go to jail for the rest of their natural lives, it will bea deterrent and a strong message to criminals. Knowing the life-long consequence of their actions, Bishop Hall said it would force people to have regard for human life. He added that in the Old Testament of the Bible similar punishment was given to those who disobeyed the law, persons would be banished from civilisation for committing crimes. The government was scheduled to debate the death penalty bill before they adjourned for the summer. However, when the House adjourned the bill was still not ready for presentation. The proposed legislation will outline specific categories of murder. It is still unclear if the government will bring the bill when Parliament resumes on October 5. Neko Grant said workers are moving as fast as they can. "The situation there is being evaluated. We are working feverishly in an effort to complete the new straw market," the Lucaya MP said earlier this week. "We don't see us moving into the new market until it's finished. We have no plans to replace the tent," he said. The new market is set to open some time in September, although a firm date has not been provided by government. 20 suspected cases. The country has since seen more than 1,500 this year while public health officials are investigating four suspected fever related deaths. Persons experiencing dengue fever-like symptoms are asked to call the hotline at 359-2929 to speak with a healthcare professional before visiting the Princess Margaret Hospital. CHILD DENGUE FEVER CASES ANGER AS STRAW VENDORS MOVE TO PRINCE GEORGE WHARF FROM page one FROM page one LABORATORY SCHOOL INITIATIVE PUT ON HOLD FROM page one SANDALS TO CLOSE FOR FOUR WEEKS TO ADDRESS HURRICANE DAMAGE BISHOP HALL:ACTUAL LIFE WOULD BE GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FROM page one FROM page one

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INTERNA TIONAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE HEISHA, Libya Associated Press LIBYAN REBELSsay they're closing in on Moammar Gadhafi and issued an ultimatum Tuesday to regime loyalists in the fugitive dictator's hometown of Sirte, his main remaining bastion: surrender this weekend or face an attack. "We have a good idea where he is," a top rebel leader said. The rebels, tightening their grip on Libya after a military blitz, also demanded that Algeria return Gadhafi's wife and three of his children who fled there Monday. Granting asylum to his family, including daughter Aisha who gave birth in Algeria on Tuesday, was an "enemy act," said Ahmed al-Darrad, the rebels' interior minister. Rebel leaders insisted they are slowly restoring order in the war-scarred capital of Tripoli after a week of fighting, including deploying police and collecting garbage. Reporters touring Tripoli still saw chaotic scenes, including desperate motorists stealing fuel from a gas station. In the capital's Souk al Jumma neighborhood, about 200 people pounded on the doors of a bank, demanding that it open. Civil servants said they were told they would receive a 250-dinar (about $200) advance on their salaries for the three-day Muslim holiday ofEid al-Fitr, which starts Wednesday in Libya. Rebel fighters were converging on the heavily militarized town of Sirte, some 250 miles (400 kilometers) east of Tripoli. The rebels gave pro-Gadhafi forces there a deadline of Saturday the day after the end of the Muslim holiday to complete negotiations and surrender. After that, the rebels will "act decisively and militarily," said Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the head of the rebels' National Transitional Council. His deputy, Ali Tarhouni, said in Tripoli that "sometimes to avoid bloodshed you must shed blood, and the faster we do this, the less blood we will shed." There has been speculation that Gadhafi is seeking refuge in Sirte or one of the other remaining regime strongholds, among them the towns of Bani Walid or Sabha. "Gadhafi is now fleeing and we have a good idea where he is," Tarhouni said, without elaborating. "We don't have any doubt that we will catch him." Some 90 miles (150 kilometers) west of Sirte, about a dozen armored, gun-mounted trucks were parked at a staging ground in the desert. A highway overpass provided some shade for rebels, most dressed in T-shirts and camouflage pants. Commander Ismail Shallouf said patrols have gone 30 miles (50 kilometers) closer to Sirte, and occasionally have exchanged fire with Gadhafi fighters. Ahmed Abu Sweira, standing on the overpass, said rebels are waiting for reinforcements for the final push. On Monday, NATO hit about three dozen Gadhafi military targets in the Sirte area. NATO insists it remains within the bounds of its original mission of protecting Libyan civilians, but appears to be paving the way for advancing rebel forces with its targeted airstrikes. Diplomatic tensions rose between the rebels and Algeria after the Algerian government agreed to grant refuge to Gadhafi's wife, Safiya, daughter Aisha and sons Hannibal and Mohammed. Ina dramatic episode, Aisha, a lawyer in her mid-30s, gave birth to her fourth child a girl as the family escaped to Algeria. An Algerian newspaper reported that the exiles, who also included an unknown number of Gadhafi's grandchildren, had waited 12 hours to receive authorization from President Abdelaziz Bouteflika while Aisha was in labor. Algerian U.N. Ambassador Mourad Benmehidi said in a letter to the Security Council obtained by The Associated Press that the child was born Monday "at the border without medical assistance." The Algerian Health Ministry said the child was born Tuesday. Algerian news reports said Aisha's pregnancy was one reason for Algeria's controversial decision to take the fleeing family in. Benmehidi said Algeria allowed Gadhafi's family to enter for "humanitarian considerations." The whole party is now wanted by Libya's new rulers. The interim government criticized Algeria's decision and demanded that Gadhafi's relatives be handed over for trial in Libya. The fate of Gadhafi's son Khamis continues to be in doubt. On Monday, rebel fighters said they believed Khamis, commander of an elite military unit, was killed ina rebel ambush south of Tripoli last week. However, Tarhouni said Tuesday that he cannot confirm Khamis' death. In all, Gadhafi has eight biological children, a daughter and seven sons. Since the rebel takeover of Tripoli more than a week ago, evidence has been mounting that Gadhafi may have lied about the death of his adopted baby daughter Hana in a 1986 U.S. airstrike. The strike hit Gadhafi's home in his Tripoli compound, Bab al-Aziziya, in retaliation for the Libyan-sponsored bombing of a Berlin nightclub earlier that year that killed two U.S. servicemen. At the time, Gadhafi showed American journalists a picture of a dead baby and said it was his adopt ed daughter Hana the first public mention that she even existed. Diplomats almost immediately questioned the claim. But Gadhafi kept the story alive through the years. Adel Shaltut, a Libyan diplomat at the U.N. in Geneva, said it was common knowledge that Hana Gadhafi wasn't killed. "All Libyans knew from the very beginning that it's a lie," he told AP, saying Hana was married and had children. REBEL FIGHTERS head patrol the village of Heisha, some 100 kilometers east from Misrata, Libya, Tuesday. (AP)

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$4.68 $4.51 $4.69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.55 $5.43 $5.38 THETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.netWEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 PersonalPensionPlan Strong investment performance Flexible Structure Competitive fees Efcient administration By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THEBahamas Electricity Corporation is likely to take a $4-$5 million hit from Hurricane Irenerelated repairs and damage, Tribune Business was told yesterday, a sum set to take a significant chunk outof its projected $7 million profit for this financial year. Michael Moss, BECs chairman, said those figures represented the best estimate at this point, with the Corporation still crunching the numbers and likely to come up with a final figure by Friday. Its likely to be pretty close to a $4-$5 million hit, Mr Moss told Tribune Business. Were still crunching the numbers, but it appears to be of the order of that magnitude. We still dont have final numbers, but its in that kind of area. That is the reasonable estimate we have so far. Despite the unexpected financial blow resulting from Hurricane Irene, Mr Moss said BEC in common with other companies with operations and infrastructure spread throughout the Bahamas had fared much better than expected, as the Category Three storm had hit the more sparsely populated central and southeastern Bahamas hardest. It means we were not as heavily impacted as we might have been, the BEC chairman added. It could have been far worse if Irene had hit areas of the Bahamas where we have some dense populations. Given that BECs finan cial year-end is September 30, 2011, Mr Moss said the Corporations balance sheet and income state ment had relatively little time to rebound from the effects of Hurricane Irene. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A NASSAU-BASEDbusinessman has agreed a deal to lease the Freeport-based 86,000 square foot Associated Grocers warehouse for an auto parts import/export business, Tribune Business can reveal, the venture now just awaiting a licence and regulatory approval from the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA). Robert Myers, head of New Providence-based landscaper, Caribbean Landscape, confirmed developments when contacted by Tribune Business, but declined to go into detail about the company and its proposed business plan due to the pending regulatory approval. However, sources familiar with the deal told this newspaper Mr Myers was looking at establishing an auto parts logistics business at the Associated Grocers property. If the relevant approvals are forthcoming, and the business takes off, it could finally fulfill the original vision and business model Associated Grocers had for the facility namely a logistics/distribution hub exploiting Freeports favourable tax regime to service Latin American and Caribbean clients at a cheaper cost than from the US, employing an import/export strategy. And Mr Myers plans, if successful, could also provide the spark to ignite the vision that the Port and Hutchison Whampoa had for the Sea Air Business Centre as a light industrial/logistics centre. Hutchison has argued that the relatively high cost of electricity supplied by the Grand Bahama Power Company has, to date, stymied the Sea Air Business Centres take-off. Besides these factors, the venture could also provide jobs and a muchneeded boost for a Freeport economy that is badly in need of good news and some growth momentum. You are correct. At the moment were just waiting on a licence from the Port, Mr Myers told Tribune Business yesterday. We have a deal pencilled out with Associated Grocers, and assuming we get granted a licence to do the business were looking to do, we will be occupying that building. Declining to give details on the nature of the companys proposed operations, or the scale of the likely investment and resulting jobs, Mr By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE MEAGRE$1.1 million July expansion in credit to the Bahamian private sector has again highlighted the econ omys continued weakness, as commercial banking loan arrears resumed their upward trend, expanding by 2.2 per cent to $1.162 billion. The Central Bank of the Bahamas report on monthly economic and financial developments for July, released yesterday, again highlighted the banking industrys difficulty in finding creditworthy clients to lend to, and the fact many con sumers and businesses are maxed out, as private sector credit expansion fell year-overyear by more than $25 million from $26.5 million in 2010 to just $1.1 million this year. Of particular note was the $2.6 million contraction in commercial and other loans, compared to a $22.1 million credit expansion to this sector in July 2010. This emphasises the continued struggles of many Bahamas-based businesses, especially small and mediumsized enterprises. They are either unable to access credit, due to risk aversion among commercial banks and other formal lenders, or simply do not qualify due to the condition of their balance sheets and income statements. Mortgage growth weakened to a mere $1.4 million from $15.5 million [in 2010], the Central Bank report said. However, consumer credit, at 34.3 per cent of total Bahamian dollar claims on the private sector, firmed by $2.3 million in contrast to the yearearlier $11 million net repay ment. The latter development again highlights concerns first raised by Arawak Homes chairman Franklyn Wilson, who previously expressed concerns to Tribune Business that, by concentrating on higheryielding consumer loans, banks and other lenders were diverting much-needed debt capital away from the more productive sectors of the Bahamian economy mort gages and businesses. As for the commercial banking industrys loan arrears, the Central Bank said that following Junes decrease they firmed modestly last By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net HURRICANE IRENE has caused per cent dev astation to the Bahamnian agriculture industry, with farmers on the hardest-hit Family Islands losing entire crops. Several packing house managers and agriculture officials, when contacted by Tribune Business yesterday, were on the ground assess ing the damages or preparing to inspect farms on several Family Islands. Maurice Minnis, manager of the packing house on Long Island, which was severely impacted by the storm, told this newspaper: We have been 100 per cent devastated by the storm. The farmers here on Long Island depended mainly on bananas, papaya, plantain or cash crops for their livelihood. We lost the entire banana and plantain crops. We were in the peak season of banana production. In fact, my packing house right now has quite a bit of plantain, bananas and papayas that farmers salvaged. Farmers are already back in the field cleaning up. We have a team in place now and will hit the roads tomorrow to start a full assessment. The news was similar in Eleuthera. Godfrey Deveaux, packing house manager for South Eleuthera, told Tribune Business: Im out on the land right now doing inspections. Some of my farmers so far By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE GOVERNMENT is moving to bring financial services regulatory consolidation to a head, the minister of state for finance confirmed yesterday, with a draft Bill to amalgamate three regulators into one consolidating Authority currently being circulated among the private sector. Zhivargo Laing confirmed to Tribune Business that the REGULATORY REFORM COMING TO A HEAD Draft Bill to amalgamate three financial supervisors into one in circulation Minister says proposed body more of an Authority Reforms could be extremely helpful to pr ivate sector SEE page 4B ZHIVARGOLAING FARMING INDUSTRYS 00% DEVASTATION SEE page 2B HURRICANEIRENE WEAK PRIVATE SECTOR IN $1.1 MILLION CREDIT RISE SEE page 2B Meagre July expansion highlights Bahamian economys continued woes Loan arrears rise again to $1.162bn, with non-performers totalling $672m BEC EYEING $4-$5M HIT FROM IRENE Couldslash projected profits to $2-$3m Nassau cash flow hit by storm preparations Clifton Pier overhauls to resume next week SEE page 4B MICHAEL MOSS NASSAU BUSINESSMAN INKSGRAND BAHAMA LOGISTICS DEAL Robert Myers pencils agreement to lease Associated Grocers warehouse for auto parts export/import venture Awaiting licence and approvals from Port Potential boost for jobs and Freeports logistics vision SEE page 2B

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Myers added: Were keen to do an investment in Freeport, and think the business model will be OK. Asked whether other investors were involved in the venture, Mr Myers replied: Predominantly its me. This feeds into a lot of other businesses. The dynamics of the busi ness work more on the Caribbean than the Bahamas. The Bahamas will be a small percentage of the business, but it feeds into other busi nesses. It does not work solely in the Bahamas. The numbers are not there; they are there in the Caribbean. The Bahamas is one small aspect of the larger picture. Describing the number of jobs created, and level of investment involved, as decent, Mr Myers told Tribune Business: Youre not getting a building and property of that size unless youre making a substantial invest ment. Just think about the capital investment and people needed to run it. Its not small. It will be good for Freeport if it gets approved. I hope it works out for Freeport and the Bahamas, because Im here. Sources close to develop ments had told Tribune Busi ness the licence application had been submitted to the Grand Bahama Port Authority some two months ago, but a reply had yet to be forth coming, with Mr Myers and his group hoping to have heard something by now. He declined to comment when questioned on this aspect by Tribune Business yesterday. The Associated Grocers warehouse has yet to fulfill its potential, the Florida-based grocery wholesaler and distributor having found it had no need for the facility, being able to accomplish the same goals from Fort Lauderdale. PLP politicians, Obie Wilchcombe and Pleasant Bridgewater, attempted to duplicate the Associated Grocers business model with their own venture, leasing the facil ity from its developer. However, their business hit trouble, and they had to stave-off attempts by Associated Grocers to lock them out after they allegedly fell behind on their rent. Ex-John S George and Freeport Concrete chief, Ken Hutton, was brought in to take over the day-to-day operations of the politicians Universal Distributors business. He was negotiating with Baha Mars general contractor, China State Construction, for the warehouse to act as the logistics/distribution hub for its equipment and construction materials. However, it appears that plan has failed to come to fruition. BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE CENTRAL BANK of the Bahamas yesterday said considerable slack remains in the Bahamian labour market notwithstanding the apparent reduction in the unemployment rate, noting that most job gains over the last two years have been in the informal economy. Essentially delivering the message that the employment picture is not as rosy as some might interpret the Department of Statistics data to be, given that the official jobless rate dropped from 14.2 per cent in May 2009 to 13.7 per cent this May, the Central Banks report on monthly economic and financial developments for July indicated that the increase in discouraged workers was more telling. These are workers who have simply stopped looking for gainful employment. As a result, the Central Bank said: Considerable slack remained in the labour market........ The majority of the job gains over the last two years have been in the informal sector, and the number of discouraged workers was elevated by 34.8 per cent to 11,900. The informal sector refers to the likes of roadside vendors and BTC phone card sellers. Yet the number of discouraged workers indicates there are hundreds of Bahamians who have simply stopped looking for a job, and are in danger of losing the habit of work. Elsewhere, the Central Bank said energy costs fell during July, with average gasoline and diesel prices dropping, respectively, by 4 per cent to $5.27 per gallon and 1.2 per cent to $4.98 per gallon. When compared to the same month of the previous year, the mean prices of gasoline and diesel were higher by 25.5 per cent and 41.1 per cent, respectively, it added. In terms of electricity costs, the Bahamas Electricity Corporations (BEC) fuel charge was stable, at 22.75 cents per kilowatt hour for July, but it grew by 11.62 cents per kilowatt hour over last year. The Central Bank said the Bahamian economys recovery momentum continued in July, although thousands of Bahamians may not yet be feeling it. It added that, prior to Hurricane Irene, there were indications that tourism performance had improved, with the US market showing revival signs and Copa Airlines new airlift boosting Latin American arrivals. The construction industry, meanwhile, was benefiting from the Governments public infrastructure investments, coupled with the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project. Still, global headwinds are there, including signs of a US economic slowdown amid the downgrading of its sovereign debt rating by Standard & Poors (S&P). MAJOR SLACK IN LABOUR MARKET month, although there was not a broadly-based movement among most institutions. Total private sector loan arrears rose by $24.7 million, the report said, taking their ratio as a percentage of the total $6.179 billion in outstanding Bahamian dollar private sector credit to 18.9 per cent. This still means that close to $1 out of every $5 lent is past due. The Central Bank said loan delinquencies between 310-90 days past due rose by $14.1 million or 3 per cent to $490.4 million during July, growing to 8 per cent of total banking sector loans outstanding. More importantly, non-performing loans those 90 days or more past due, and upon which the banks have stopped accruing interestincreased by $10.5 million or 1.6 per cent to $672 million during July. They now account for 10.9 per cent of total credit outstanding, meaning that more than $1 out of every $10 lent by the banking sector is in the non-performing category. The growth in total arrears reflected a $19.6 million (7.9) per cent increase in the commercial segment to $266.8 million, and a more modest $10 million (3.8 per cent) rise in consumer delinquencies to $271.7 million, which offset the $4.9 million (0.8 per cent) reduction in the mortgage component to $624 million, the Central Bank said. The expansion in commer cial delinquencies was led by a $17.1 million (31.2 per cent) boost in the 31-90 day segment, and a $2.5 million (1.3 per cent) uptick in non-accrual loans. Similarly, the advance in consumer arrears was due mainly to a $10.6 million (9.4 per cent) rise in the short-term segment, which negated a $0.6 million (0.4 per cent) reduction in the non-performing category. In contrast, the decrease in mortgage arrears reflected a $13.6 million (4.4 per cent) decline in short-term delinquencies, which eclipsed the $8.7 million (2.7 per cent) gain in non-performing loans. The Central Bank said Bahamian commercial banks increased loan loss provisioning by $6 million or 2.1 per cent to $287.8 million by end-July, raising their ratio to arrears to 24.8 per cent. The ratio of provisions to non-performing loans stood at 42.8 per cent, with loan writeoffs and recoveries for July standing at $21.8 million and $4.2 million, respectively. Meanwhile, foreign currency credit to Bahamians and Bahamas-based businesses expanded by $7.2 million in July, a slowdown from last years $30.5 million expansion. Again, highlighting the economys weakness, private sector foreign currency credit contracted by $1.5 million. Commercial and other loans fell by this sum, as opposed to a $27.7 million expansion in July 2010, while mortgages were unchanged. The Bahamas external reserves expanded by $10.2 million in July, compared to a $38.7 million contraction in 2010. Excess liquid assets in the commercial banking sector rose by $65.5 million to $967.4 million, compared to a $16.4 million expansion in July 2010. have had severe damage to fruit trees. A lot of them were blown down, and they were loaded with fruits, avocados, oranges and stuff like that. Once I send my assessment to the ministry they can see what really went down. We have a lot of wind dam age to our farms, but not much water damage that I have seen thus far. I hope to be finished my assessment by the weekend or Monday. The fruit trees, water melons, cassavas and what not are rooted up, gone. Some of the taller ones are still standing, but shorter ones were just blown right out of ground. There are thousands of avocado pears on the ground. Juanita Monestine, agricultural officer in Exuma, told Tribune Business that Exuma farmers had suffered losses in the thousands of dollars. Ms Monestin,e who completed her assessment of the damages to farms last Friday, said: We had a lot of bananas, pigeon peas, water melon and pumpkins lost. We had a lot of fruit trees uprooted. There was a significant impact. The farmers lost thousands of dollars worth of crops. Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources,, Larry Cartwright, told Tribune Business: A lot of the pear trees whic are in season right now would have been affected. It would affect the citrus trees that may be in blossom right now, and have young fruit on them. The entire agricultural industry would be impacted. I cannot put a dollar value on it, but the entire farming communi ty would have suffered great losses. All banana farmers would have been impacted greatly because any time the wind exceeds 40 miles per hour its hard for bananas, as they cannot be shielded from the wind that well. If they are in low lying areas they are affected by water. By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net FAMILY ISLANDrealtors yesterday said it was too early to determine the impact Hurricane Irene has had on their respective real estate markets, especially second homes, with several noting that business has been slow all around. Business has been a lot slower due to the economy, and it has been typically slower during this time of the year. Its hard to say what impact the storm would have on the real estate market; its really hard to say, Ed Newell, of Abaco Estate Services, told Tribune Business yesterday. In terms of the storms impact on his day-to-day operations, Mr Newell told Tribune Business, We had a lapse because of the storm due to insurance claims and cleaning up, but well be back at 100 per cent full swing on Monday. Lee Pinder, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Lightbourne Realty in Cherokee Sound, Abaco, told Tribune Business: Real estate is sort of down all around, but I dont think it will affect sales. Its because of whats happening in the United States. The economy is so low that everybody is afraid to invest or spend right now. Theyre just holding on to what they have until they find out when the economy is going to straighten out. I feel it will be coming back soon and, when it does, there are some fantastic opportunities for sales in the Bahamas. Dale Kemp, a sales agent for Coldwell Banker Lightbourne Realty on Exuma, told Tribune Business: I would say we really werent affected because the market was so quiet. In terms of our operations, the Internet went down and came up recently, but I would say it really hasnt affected us that much. Its been really quiet the past month, and nothing has really changed too much. REALTORS: TOO EARLY TO ASSESS STORMS IMPACT NASSAU BUSINESSMAN INKSGRAND BAHAMA LOGISTICS DEAL FROM page one FARMING INDUSTRYS 00 PER CENT DEVASTATION FROM page one WEAK PRIVATE SECTOR IN $1.1 MILLION CREDIT RISE FROM page one Central Bank says 35% rise in discouraged workers and informal sector job creation more telling than jobless rate fall

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BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y, AUGUST 31, 2011, PAGE 3B By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net and NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE BAHAMAS should be no different from other countries when it comes to imposing regulations on the buregeoning cash for gold business, Tribune Business was told yesterday, a move legitimate operators backed in a bid to weed out those accepting the proceeds of crime. Speaking to Tribune Business after former PLP Cabinet minister, Leslie Miller, became the latest Bahamas resident to be robbed of his gold jewellery in broad daylight, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation chairman, Winston Rolle, said: What we see happening with this is exactly what happened with scrap metal. Unless we put some regulations in place to ensure business is conducted above board, this kind of thing will happen. Mr Rolle urged the Government to take a comprehensive look at the industry, and see where the flaws are. This same industry operates above board in other jurisdictions. Why should we be any different? Once regulations are properly put in place, it should eliminate the problems. We need to go the same route [as scrap metal], do some close examination, and close the loopholes to ensure its not an attractive business for people who have bad intentions. Mr Rolle indicated he was against an immediate, arbitrary ban on the cash for gold trade because this would not only impact legitimate operators and their revenue flows, but also the employment they created. Legitimate operators argue that they alreadty go beyond the all of duty in ensuring they are not exploited by criminals, taking governmentissued ID from all customers selling items to them. These IDs are retained and fingerprinted, so these companies can not only identify the vendors but track them to their home addresses. Mr Rolle, though, said it would be a major challenge for persons to provide proof of ownership, showing that they and not someone else owned a particular piece of jewellery. But he added: What happened to Leslie Miller was scary. It shows how desperate things have become when persons want to get what they want from you. Darin Doti, manager of Nassau Pawn, told Tribune Business yesterday that marginal operators, without ID and tracking systems, were stimulating the demand for gold and related street crimes and robberies. He told Tribune Business that Nassau Pawn had been a pioneer in bringing regulation to the business, investing thousands of dollars in implementing a system to protect the business as well as its customers. Were a pawn shop, he said. We take other goods as well, and we deal with legitimate people that need money to pay their bills. There are the bad ones out there. We have been really instrumental with trying to come up with regulations to stop this stuff. Were more in the spotlight because we are a legitimate business. The problem is there are guys that arent doing it the right way, not doing the procedures we do. When you do business with us you have to have a government ID, and its not just looking at the ID and thats it. We scan the ID, take a picture of the person, electronically fingerprint them and we have cameras in our store, Mr Doti added. We will know where you live and your home number if something ends up stolen in the shop. What needs to happen is everybody needs to follow suit with what we are doing. We spent thousands and thousands of dollars for our sys tems. No one told us we had to do these types of systems; we regulated ourselves. We spent the money and time to make sure were safe and our customers are safe. I have database I can look at and see every customer that has done business with me, every single item they brought in and when they brought it in. We put these regulations in place so we can be here for a long time. There needs to be regulations; there has to be. If these places are going to be open they need to do what we do. The bad guys are going to steal. Its not that these types of places are encouraging it, its just shifted because of whats happening with gold right now. Thats the thing thats worth the money, not because there are cash for gold places. THE BAHAMAS MUST BE NO DIFFERENT ON GOLD TRADE By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net MEMBERSof the Coconut Grove Business League told Tribune Business yesterday that the Government being forced into a further $12.5 million in borrowing for the New Providence Road Improvement Project simply proves what they had been saying all along in terms of its management. mismanaged from the beginning. Arnold Heastie, owner of Heasties Service Station, and other business owners raised their voices in protest more than a year ago against the new traffic system, which made Baillou Hill Road one-way north-bound and Market Street one-way southbound and negatively impacted their businesses. The group of some 50 businesses took their fight to court, andlastDecember secured a victory in the Supreme Court against the Government over the road changes, only to see that decision overturned by the Court of Appeal. After much protest and assessing the current state of affairs, Mr Heastie says they no longer need to convince anyone of their case. While Mr Heastie and other businesses in the Baillou Hill Road and Market Street area claimed revenues had dropped about 50 per cent due to the roadworks over a year ago, many companies in areas such as Robinson Road and Prince Charles Drive have now been forced to either close down or reduce staffing levels as they suffere substantial revenue drops with consumers unable to access their premises. This is mismanagement, Mr Heastie said. I dont even need to see the numbers to see that this was mismanagement from the beginning. They thought they had one thing and then they went over budget. I have a feeling theyre going to be doing some more of that. We were the first group to say it was being mismanaged, and now we really dont have much to say. We were trying to convince everyone that it was being mismanaged; now we dont have to convince anyone. I remember when we started this protest with the Coconut Grove Business League; everyone thought we were just being a little too impatient. Mr Heastie added: Theyre working with too small a crew and they just cant get the work done on time. This has become more trouble than its worth at a certain point. They have half completed every road that they have touched. It would be funny if it wasnt so serious. All this tells me there was no planning done or not enough planning done, $12.5 million more on the backs of the taxpayers. Ethric Bowe, owner of Advanced Technical Enterprises and spokesperson for the CGBL, told Tribune Business: It is mismanagement. Its unfortunate really because this is not necessary. This place could be a wonderful place but were destroying it. Were going to be so burdened with debt soon. With the Government seeking a further $12.5 million in debt financing for the New Providence Road Improvement Project, it takes total borrowing up to possibly as much as $155 million. A posting on the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) website, under the headline Supplementary Financing for New Providence Transport Program, detailed that the IDB was preparing a further $12.5 million in debt financing for the long-running project, which will be released in 2012. "The supplementary financing is required to complete the New Providence Transport Program, and will principally fund cost overruns arising on the road development component of the program, which seeks to improve the critical main roads in New Providence," the IDB said on its website. The discovery of utility cables that were not mapped, forcing the contractor to dig around them and take more time than projected, has in the past been claimed as the reason for delays. ROAD OPPONENTS: WE TOLD YOU SO Chamber chief calls for regulation and similar approach to scrap metal, not outright ban LESLIEMILLER

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Government was aiming to move forward as quickly as possible on reform of the financial services industrys regulatory structure, after well-placed sources told this newspaper that draft legislation was now in circulation. Itis understood that the Government is looking to integrate the Securities Commission, Insurance Commission and Compliance Commission into a single regulatory body, either a solitary Commission or an Authority. One well-placed source said the draft legislation was a Financial Services Commission Bill, and added: Thats under active consideration. Mr Laing, though, said the amalgamated regulatory entity was more of an Authority, but described it as a consolidating entity. He added that comparing the proposed supervisory body to, say, the UKs Financial Services Authority (FSA) would be a big stretch. The regulatory consolidation does not, at this point, involve the Central Bank of the Bahamas Bank Supervision Department, which regulates the banking and trust company sectors. Industry sources suggested to Tribune Business that the Central Bank was keen to ensure the Bank Supervision Department remained separate under its own umbrella. When asked about this, Mr Laing replied: Im not going to comment on that, because were having discussions [with the private sector] and theyre not finished yet. Youll have to wait and see.RegulatorsStill, any moves by the Government to complete the operational integration of the three targeted regulators into one supervisory body is likely to be warmly welcomed by the Bahamian financial services industry, which has long pressed for such a move. It believes such consolidation will increase regulatory efficiency by eliminating overlaps and duplica tion between the existing supervisory bodies, and enhance responsiveness to the private sectors needs, while maintaining an appropriate level of over sight of the sector. Ultimately, the idea is to increase the Bahamas competitiveness and attraction as a destination for financial services business, creating a marketing tool that can be employed in pitches to prospective clients. Financial services industry executives were tightlipped on the proposed Bill and regulatory consolidation when contacted by Tribune Business, telling this newspaper they had promised the Government they would keep the matter confidential. However, several wellplaced sources said they had been informed the regulatory consolidation effort was a top priority for the Government, and that the Ingraham administration was seeking to place the Bill on the legislative agenda for this autumn. This would ensure it arrives on the statute book prior to the upcoming general election, but Mr Laing told Tribune Business this impending event was really irrelevant to what the Government and private sector were hoping to achieve. Acknowledging that the regulatory consolidation process had not moved as quickly as he himself had hoped, Mr Laing said the key goal was to get the reforms and legislation right, as this would be extremely helpful to the Bahamian financial services industrys competitiveness. Weve been working on that steadily now for months and months, Mr Laing said of financial regulatory consolidation, and were at the point where were trying to bring the matter to a head. Its a culmination of many, many days and months of work. Its about trying to achieve a result that could be helpful to advancing the cause of financial services in the country. If this required delays to ensure the consolidated supervisory institution and accompanying regulations work well, the minister said, then so be it as the final outcome was what counted. Were trying to move this effort forward as quickly as possible, having been able to engage in some additional sets of discussion with the private sector and industry, Mr Laing told Tribune Business. We expect to hear back from them on some additional things discussed, and then we will be able to chart the way forward. If it [the reforms] achieve the results that industry would like, and that I would like, both in terms of balancing the ability to regulate with international best practices, and creating regulatory efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness to the needs of clients, it will be extremely helpful.JurisdictionAnd Mr Laing added: The last thing we want to do is be a jurisdiction regarded as not very competitive and not well regulated. Our situation today is that were regarded as a well regulated jurisdiction in many ways, but there can still be improvements. There is the matter of duplication by various regulators, and we want to eliminate that. It appears that financial services regulatory consolidation, at least for the moment, is taking the form of a twin peaks model, with the Central Banks Bank Supervision continuing as a standalone, rather than having a single supervisory body or super regulator. The Government was urged as recently as last month to publicly commit to, and give a timetable, for concluding financial services regulatory reform. Having got the Securities Commission, Compliance Commission and Insurance Commission into the same building, it was urged to complete the process by integrating their operations. Brian Moree, senior partner at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, told Tribune Business then: "The reason why this is so important is because it affects the basic efficiency of doing business in this jurisdiction. "It obviously affects the level of bureaucracy, which is involved in obtaining regulatory licences, and complying with regulatory guidelines that apply to each sector." Regulatory consolidation, he added, would "modify, simplify, the regulatory red tape and bureaucracy that exists in the financial services industry." Unfortunately, were taking this coming close to the end of the financial year, as it ends in September, he explained. Taking this hit in the August-September time period does not give much of a recovery period at all. If you continue to operate from the initial premise of a $7 million profit [for 2011], and we have a $4-$5 million hit as a result of Irene, I guess that begins to give you the picture. It is thus possible that Hur ricane Irene could slash BECs net income for the year to September 30 from $7 million to $2-$3 million, not the outcome the Corporation wanted as it seeks to get back on a sustainable financial footing following the $37 mil lion in collective losses it sus tained in 2007-2008. Cash flow, a critical indicator for BEC, is likely to be impacted in the near-term by the damage inflicted on Abaco and Eleuthera, two of the Family Islands that make important revenue contributions. In terms of cash flow, in the last few days weve seen a reduction in cash payments from consumers on New Providence, but we believe that will be shortlived, Mr Moss added. People had to put funds aside to prepare for the hurricane, and for some people there will be some restoration costs, but from a New Providence perspective collections and payments should return fairly quickly. Admitting that some Fam ily Island revenues will be lost for a while, Mr Moss said that funds generated from the hardest hit islands Cat Island, Long Island, Acklins and Crooked Island did not account for a significant percentage of BECs cash flow. Abaco and Eleuthera, though, did, so there is going to be some impact from there, the BEC chairman acknowledged, though adding: Its not as bad as it could have been. While BEC had been delayed in continuing maintenance overhauls of generation units at its Clifton Pier power plant, Mr Moss said Hurricane Irene was a very small contributor to that. The main factor behind the delays, he added, had been getting in the $3 million rental units to provide an additional 20 Mega Watts (MW) of pow er. We should resume the overhauls of the Clifton Pier units early next week, Mr Moss told Tribune Business. In terms of funding of the overhauls, the majority of our suppliers have us on payment in advance relationships, so these overhauls are largely paid for. We are incurring some stand-by costs because were having to keep crews on to continue the overhauls, but thats not a significant cost compared to the overall costs. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 9,1&(17$/&,.$ RI 0&.,11(< I '5,9(1$66$8%$+$0$6 (/=$/28,6 RI :,/721675((7 I 1$66$8%$+$0$6 -867,1-($13,(55(RI0,$0, 675((71$66$8%$+$0$6 '$9,''250$,9,/RI 526(&251(53%2;&51$66$8%$+$0$6 1,7+$7$1(/86 RI 1$66$8($67 I 3%2;6%1$66$8%$+$0$6 FROM page one BEC EYEING $4-$5M HITFROM IRENE REGULATORY REFORM COMING TO A HEAD FROM page one

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BUSINESS PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-Low Securit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.19 0.95AML Foods Limited 1.17 1.19 0.025,0000.1550.0807.76.72% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund 10.63 10.63 0.00 -0.6420.080-16.6 0.75% 7.50 4.40Bank of Bahamas 6.93 6.93 0.00 0.2300.10030.11.44% 0 .53 0.17Benchmark 0.18 0.18 0.00 -0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.84 2.55Bahamas Waste 2.70 2.70 0.00 0.0300.09090.03.33% 1 .96 1.77Fidelity Bank 1.77 1.77 0.00 0.0970.04018.22.26% 11.108.29Cable Bahamas 8.48 8.48 0.00 0.2450.31034.63.66% 2.80 2.35Colina Holdings 2.55 2.55 0.00 0.4380.0405.81.57% 8 .50 8.33Commonwealth Brewery 8.50 8.50 0.00 3000.7400.00011.50.00% 7.00 6.21Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.88 6.88 0.00 0.4960.26013.93.78% 2.00 1.63Consolidated Water BDRs 1.60 1.67 0.07 0.1110.04515.02.69% 1.90 1.31Doctor's Hospital 1.37 1.37 0.00 0.0740.11018.58.03% 5.50 4.75Famguard 5.43 5.43 0.00 0.4980.24010.94.42% 8.50 5.35Finco 5.39 5.39 0.001,0000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.74 7.75FirstCaribbean Bank 8.29 8.29 0.00 0.4940.35016.84.22% 6.00 5.00Focol (S) 5.75 5.75 0.00 0.4350.22013.23.83% 1.00 1.00Focol Class B Preference 1.00 1.00 0.00 0.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.30 5.50ICD Utilities 7.30 7.30 0.001,600-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. S. Johnson 9.82 9.82 0.00 0.8800.64011.26.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-Low Security SymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029) BAH29 99.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) + FBB17 100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) + FBB22 100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) + FBB13 100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) + FBB15 100.000.00FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 19 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%M ONDAY, 29 AUGUST 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,398.28| CHG 0.16 | %CHG 0.01 | YTD -101.23 | YTD % -6.75BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320 52wk-Hi52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 10.06 5.01Bahamas Supermarkets N/A N/A 14.00 -2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.55 0.40RND Holdings 0.35 0.40 0.55 0.0010.000256.60.00% 41.00 29.00ABDAB 30.13 31.59 29.00 4.5400.0009.030.00% 0.55 0.40RND Holdings 0.65 0.75 0.40 0.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-Low Fund Name NAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.57791.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.5779263.39%5.87%1.548717 3.01602.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund 3.02482.63%3.94%2.981382 1.61281.5289CFAL Money Market Fund 1.61512.61%4.53%1.591803 2.86862.5730Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.5730-5.41%-9.79% 13.734713.2291Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund 13.73472.82%1.94% 114.128999.4177CFAL Global Bond Fund 114.09222.35%13.88%114.128861 118.4255101.6693CFAL Global Equity Fund 118.42552.30%8.26%116.580785 1.17491.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.17492.48%5.16% 1.13431.0000FG Financial Growth Fund 1.13431.41%5.17% 1.17641.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund 1.17642.38%5.39% 9.9952 9.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.94330.98%4.58% 11.498510.0324Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.96520.78%5.70% 10.68139.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.60135.75%13.20% 8.85647.5827Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.65073.01%18.38% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX -19Dec02= 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask$ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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(Over-The-Counter Securities) BISX Listed Mutual Funds30-Jun-11 30-Jun-11 NAV 6MTH 1.535365 2.952663 1.580804 111.469744 115.762221 NAV Date 31-May-11 30-Jun-11 127,&( (662,*(5,$$220(:2f/,0,7(' BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB 127,&(,6+(5(%<*,9(1DVIROORZV Df (6621,*(5,$$2720(:2f/,0,7(' LV LQGLVVROXWLRQXQGHUWKHSURYLVLRQVRIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO %XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV$FW Ef 7KHGLVVROXWLRQRIWKHVDLG&RPSDQ\FRPPHQFHG RQWKHWKGD\RI$XJXVWZKHQLWV$UWLFOHVRI 'LVVROXWLRQZHUHVXEPLWWHGWRDQGUHJLVWHUHGE\WKH 5HJLVWUDU*HQHUDO Ff 7KH/LTXLGDWRURIWKHVDLG&RPSDQ\LV&DURO**UD\ RI1RUWKFKDVH'ULYH+RXVWRQ7H[DV8$ 'DWHGWKHWKGD\RI$XJXVW +$55<%$1'6/2%26.<$1$*(0(17&2/7' $WWRUQH\VIRUWKHDERYHQDPHG&RPSDQ\ 127,&( (662,*(5,$$220(:2f/,0,7(' BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB &UHGLWRUVKDYLQJGHEWVRUFODLPVDJDLQVWWKH DERYHQDPHG&RPSDQ\DUHUHTXLUHGWRVHQG SDUWLFXODUVWKHUHRIWRWKHXQGHUVLJQHGFR3%R[ 11DVVDX%DKDPDVRQRUEHIRUHUG GD\RI 6HSWHPEHU$',QGHIDXOWWKHUHRIWKH\ZLOOEH H[FOXGHGIURPWKHEHQHWRIDQ\GLVWULEXWLRQPDGHE\ WKH/LTXLGDWRU 'DWHGWKH WK GD\RI$XJXVW$' &DURO**UD\ /LTXLGDWRU RUWKFKDVH'ULYH +RXVWRQH[DV 8$ NEW YORK Associated Press THElawsuits against Bank of America are piling up. The latest comes from U.S. Bancorp, which wants Bank of America Corp. to repurchase poorly written mortgages sold by Countrywide Financial in 2005. Bank of America bought Countrywide Financial Corp. in 2008. The lawsuit, which was filed in New York on Monday, claims Countrywide sold U.S. Bancorp a pool of over 4,000 loans originally valued at $1.75 billion. U.S. Bancorp claims Countrywide ignored its own mortgage underwriting guidelines when issuing those loans. According to the complaint, Countrywide agreed to repurchase loans within 90 days if any of the statements made in the loan contract wound up being untrue. Those statements included an assertion that the loans complied with the bank's underwriting guide lines. U.S. Bancorp says Countrywide's loans began to "become delinquent and default at a startling rate," soon after it sold the loans. U.S. Bancorp has asked the court to ask Countrywide to repurchase either just the defective loans or all of the loans in the pool. A U.S. Bancorp spokesman, Thomas Joyce, said the bank filed the lawsuit as a trustee on behalf of several investors who bought the loans. He wouldn't identify the number of investors the bank represents. "Because the matter is in litigation, I can't comment on the specifics in the lawsuit," he said. Bank of America didn't comment. The nation's largest bank is facing several other lawsuits. On Aug. 8, American International Group Inc. sued the bank for more than $10 billion, claiming Bank of America deceived the insurer by selling it faulty mortgage investments. Bank of America has already paid a total of $12.7 billion this year to settle similar claims. Worries that similar lawsuits would further drain the bank's cash reserves led toa sell-off in the bank's shares by 36 percent this month to a low of $6.01. The stock price rose back after the Charlotte, North Carolina, bank got a $5 billion investment from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. last week. Bank of America's stock fell 26 cents, or 3 percent, to $8.13 in afternoon trad ing. BANK OF AMERICA BEING SUED BY US BANCORP OVER MORTGAGES MOSCOW Associated Press RUSSIA'Sstate-owned Rosneft teamed up with U.S. company Exxon Mobil on Tuesday in a multibillion deal to devel op offshore oil fields in the Russian Arctic one of the last regions with immense and untapped hydrocarbon deposits in return for access to resources in the Gulf of Mexico. Because Rosneft does not have its own technology for deep sea drilling, it was looking for partners to develop the offshore projects in the Arctic and other regions of Russia. A deal it was pursuing with Britain's BP earlier this year fell through, leaving the path open for Exxon Mobil. The oil giant already has experience drilling in the Arctic regions of Canada. Rosneft spokesman Rustam Kazharov told The Associated Press that the "strategic part nership" with Exxon was signed in the presence of Prime Minis ter Vladimir Putin. He was unable to name the plots that Rosneft will work on in the Gulf of Mexico and Texas. Exxon Mobil said in a statement that Tuesday's agreement includes $3.2 billion to be spent on exploring three giant unde veloped oil and gas fields in the Kara Sea between the northeastern corner of continental Russia and the Arctic archipelago of Novaya Zemlya in the Arctic as well as a sector in the Black Sea. The Kara Sea sectors cover some 126,000 square kilometers (50,000 square miles) between 50 to 200 meters (yards) deep and contain some 35.8 billion barrels of oil, Rosneft said. The Black Sea sector covers 11,200 square kilometers (4,300 square miles) between 1,000 and 2,000 meters (yards) deep, it said. Russia's top energy official said Rosneft, which is 75 percent owned by the Kremlin, will get shares in at least six Exxon Mobil projects in the United States. The shares "will be in proportion to the ones Exxon will get by working in the Russian projects," Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin told the Interfax news agency. "I'd like to emphasize the exclusiveness of these decisions for Russian companies ... that until today were not able to develop existing deposits in the U.S." Sechin also said that Exxon Mobil could get a share in other projects in the Black Sea. "If the Tuapse (field) yields results, Exxon will become a natural partner for our additional capabilities in the Black Sea," he was quoted by Interfax as saying. Rex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil's chief executive, attended the ceremony and said in the statement that the deal "takes our relationship to a new level and will create substantial value for both companies." Exxon Mobil and Rosneft first struck a deal in January to devel op a sector in the Russian part of the Black Sea. Putin lauded Exxon for its extensive experience in drilling in the Arctic region in Canada. Tuesday's signing ceremony was preceded by talks between Rosneft executives and ExxonMobil top brass, including Pres ident Neil Duffin. Putin hailed the deal as "a tru ly strategic partnership," the RIA Novosti news agency reported. The prime minister estimated the total investment in the project at a massive $500 billion, a figure he described as "scary," over an unspecified number of years. The deal is a blow for Britain's BP, with which Rosneft struck an accord in January to jointly develop the Arctic fields. That agreement fell through, however, after BP's Russian shareholders managed to block it. "The Exxon deal is offering us much more" than BP, Kazharov told the AP. BP spokeswoman Sheila Williams would not comment on the deal but said BP is still "com mitted both to Russia and to the continuing success of TNK-BP," its Russian venture. Tuesday's agreement is the largest Russian oil deal in recent years. Royal Dutch Shell had invest ed some $20 billion in the Sakhalin 2 offshore project in Russia's Far East before it was forced out of the project in 2006. The agreement surpasses the 2004 deal between Cono coPhillips and Lukoil when the American oil company paid $2 billion for a 7.6 percent stake in Russia's second-largest oil producer. ROSNEFT TEAMS UP WITH EXXON MOBIL IN ARCTIC DEAL NEW YORK Associated Press OIL ROSEto near $89 per barrel Tuesday on expectations that supplies will be tighter in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The storm forced several refineries and petroleum terminals to reduce production or shut down altogether. The East Coast may deal with lower fuel supplies in coming weeks, and traders are betting oil and gasoline prices will rise. Meanwhile, another tropical storm Katia is strengthening to a hurricane out in the Atlantic and may eventually head toward the U.S. Nobody wants to sell "when a month from now people will be talking about another monster hurricane," said Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude rose $1.63 to finish at $88.90 per barrel in New York. Brent crude jumped $2.14 to end at $114.02 per barrel in London. "There is clearly a worry about the contribution of some key northeastern refineries," said Tom Kloza, publisher and chief oil analyst at Oil Price Information Service. OPIS said that Sunoco's refineries in Marcus Hook and Philadelphia have slowed fuel production. ConocoPhillips refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, cut back on production as well, while its Linden, New Jersey, facility was shut down. Hess Corp.'s Port Reading, New Jersey, refinery also cut production. Analysts note that U.S. energy demand likely will decline after Hurricane Irene as massive flooding keeps many people off roads along the East Coast and in the Northeast, and millions of oth ers remain without power. Also on Tuesday a private firm said consumer confidence in August was at its lowest lev el since April 2009. That could point to lower fuel demand as well. Analysts say, however, that it may not affect prices until refineries are back to full production. OIL RISES AS EAST COAST REFINING RESUMES

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E V E R Y BO DY W I NS ON T HE F I NA L E OF TH E GL E E PR OJ E CT I N Y A EAR A R TI ST I N TH E S P O T L I G H T : E DEN M E RR Y P L A TI A ND NAK I D-I SE T T O REL E ASE N E W AL BU M WEDNESD A Y A UGUST 31, 2011 TH E T RI B U N E S E C TI O N CBy MATT MOORE Associated Press SEPTEMBER 11 is etched in the me mo ries o f mill ion s, and a s th e 10th a n n i v e rs a r y n ea r s, c a r t o o n i s t s ar e e t c h i n g th e ir th o u g h ts an d emo t i o n s ab o u t 9/11 into comic strips. With the a nnive r sa ry f al ling on a S u n d ay m o re t h an 90 c art o o n i s ts wi t h five dif fe ren t s yn dicates have ban ded to ge t he r to de dic a t e the i r st r ips on Se p te m be r 1 1 t o th os e w h os e l iv e s we re lo s t in the a tta c k s Se pte mbe r 11-th emed str ip s wil l ap pear fro m th e wr it ers an d ar ti st s of "Fami l y C ir cu s, '' Ma lla r d Fi llm or e ," C a ndorv i lle ," "D o o n es b u r y" an d P l u g ger s a mo n g others. Je ff Ke a ne, who c o-a u t h or s "The F amil y C ircu s, was i mmedi atel y s ol d o n th e i d ea wh en ap p r o ach ed b y Ki n g Features, his syndicate. "I k n ew t h at i t w as s o met h in g t h at I thought would work for 'Family Circ u s i f I c o u l d f i n d t h e ap p r o a ch f o r i t, h e t o l d T h e A s s o c i a t e d P r e s s "Becau se Fami ly Ci rcu s' is mo re o f a r ea li sti c look at f a mil y, a nd I don't ne ce ss a rily ha v e a c a rtoon that is a j o k e a d a y, b u t mo r e s en t i men ta l a n d more emotional, it was easier for me to look at it that way."ZitsJ i m B o r g m a n t h e c o c r e a t o r o f "Zits" with Jerry Scott, about a perm a n e n t t e e n a g e r a n d h i s p a r e n t s c a l l e d t h e u p c o m i n g a n n i v e r s a r y something that cannot be ignored. "As a cartoonist we would have all b een w on d eri n g Is i t OK t o d eal w it h th i s t op i c i n o u r w or k ?' Of co ur se yo u ca n b u t t h er e i s s o me t h i n g c o mf o r t i n g about the thought that a bunch of us ar e go i n g t o b e s t ru ggl i n g t o sa y so mething on that day," he said. "My coll eagu es car t o o n i st s ar e an ast o n ishingly varied and talented group of p eo p l e I fu l l y ex p ect we ll s ee a b r o ad range of approaches that day." I t s n o t t h e f i r st t i m e t h a t c ar t o o n i st s h a ve b an d e d t o ge t h e r P re vi o u s ef f o rt s h a ve i n cl u d ed t o p i cs l i k e E ar t h D ay o r b r e a s t c a n c e r a w a r e n e s s B u t t h e s c o pe o f t hi s e n de a v o r i s u np r e c e dented, with five syndicates and the newspapers they serve participating: K ing Fe a t ur e s C r e a to rs Sy ndi ca t e T r ibu ne Me d ia Se r v i c e s U ni v e r s a l Pr e s s Syn di cate a n d W ash in g t on Po st Writers Group and the strips they provide to newspapers participating. The ar tis ts produc e the str ips inde pendently. The com ic s, e a ch pr oduce d inde pendently by the artists, will be featured in a separate, full-color pullout s e ct ion a nd on line the sa m e d ay a t w w w c a r t o o n i s t s r e m e m b e r 9 1 1 c o m Afterward, exhibits on the strips are plann e d for th e N ewse um in W a shington, San Francisco's Cartoon Art M u seu m, t h e To o n seu m in P it ts b u rgh and the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art in New York. The tone of the s trips ar e v ar ied, said Brendan Burford, comics editor at Ki n g F e at u re s S y n d i cat e w i t h so m e t ak i n g a se n t im en t al t ac k wh il e o th er s may try to make a reader laugh. "After 9/11, the cartoonists organi se d and di d a series o f me s sag e stri p s aro u n d T han k sgi vin g Week en d .. b ut it was a l s o re fl e ctive an d sy mp a th e ti c to everyone who suffered," he said. S o 10 y e ar s l at e r a g o o d n u mb er o f those cartoonists already understood w h at t h e mess age n eed ed t o b e, B u rford said. "Some are taking the 'it's OK to laugh,' and others are taking the "it's OK to heal" path. A n d it b e i ng Su nd ay t hat give s th e 93 cartoonists ample space to write, draw and be read. Borgman and Scott said their strip will look at the anniversary through teenager Jeremy's eyes. J e r r y S c o tt a n d I t r i e d t o t h in k a b o u t w h a t S e p t 1 1 2 0 0 1 w o u l d mean to a p ers on wh o is n o w 16 year s old put aside the fact that Jeremy has been 15 or 16 for 13 years now," he said.Daddys HomeT o n y Ru b i no wh o wri tes "Dad d y' s Home," was living in Washington on Sept. 11 and has been involved with Je re my 's He roes a cha rity found e d o n b e h a l f of Jerem y Glick o ne of th e passengers killed aboard Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. H i s s t r i p f o r S e p t 1 1, w h i ch i s d r aw n by Gary Markstein, drew inspiration f r o m t h e p a s s e n g e r s o f F l i g h t 9 3 whose actions helped bring the United Airlines flight down in a Pennsylvania field instead of its likely target, th e Wh ite Ho use o r the U S. Capito l. I we n t b y t h ei r ex amp l e an d ra th e r th a n r e f le c t on s om e th ing th a t wa s n e ga t i ve i n th e p a st I t h o u gh t W h a t i s the future? What I've done, my part i cu l ar s tr ip f o r 9/ 11 t h is year i s a l o o k forward rather than a look back," he said. Ru bino s a id th a t the c a rt ooni s ts efforts are bound to be noticed, even a mo n g t h e d i n o f an n i v er s a ry c o ve r ag e and programming. "The comics are different. I think it's a chance for people to see a persp e ctive o n th is a n niversa ry that they w o u l d n t s e e o t h e r w i s e h e s a i d "Th ey're go in g t o get a mill io n televis ion pr og r a m s, but thi s is a uni que way of looking at it."C AR T O ON I S T S PL AN SEPT 1 1 ANNI V ER S AR Y TR IBUTE After 9/11, the cartoonists organised and did a series of message strips around Thanksgiving Weekend ... but it was also reflective and sympa thetic to everyone who suffered. BRENDAN BURFORD

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T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N CA R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T02 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer BAD boy rapper Lil Wayne has brought forth an emotionally charged video for his latest track, How To Love, which has struck a very personal chord with many fans, especially the female ones.LIL W A Y NE RELEASES EM O TI ON ALL Y CHAR GED VI DEO F O R H OW T O L O VE A B AH AMIAN ba nd w i th a d ist i n c t l y u n i q u e m u s i c a l f l a i r w i l l r e l e a s e the ir l at est a lb um o n S atu rda y, Se pte m be r 3. P la t i a n d th e Na y k i dI h a s t aken an ent ir ely n ew appr oach t o album releasing a nd w ill d o somet h i n g n e ve r d o n e i n t h e B a h a m as be fore T h e a l b u m e n t i t l e d D r e d r o c k R i si n g w i l l b e r e l e a s e d v i a a l i v e c o n c e rt t hat w il l be st reamed live over the I n ter n et. D REDR OCK is a br an d new styl e o f music crea ted by Plati an d the N a yk idI. It i s a n e xp ressi on o f the ba nd ta king C a ribbe a n m usic a nd roc king it (a ddi ng ro c k mu sic ) m ak ing it a c rossroa d fo r a ll fo rms o f musi c T h e b a nd w hi c h w e l c o m e s i t s m o st b e a u t i f u l a d d i t i o n f o r m e r M i s s Bahamas Raquel Hort on, will per form li ve at S en ior F rog s o n Pri nc e Ge org e W h arf thi s co mi ng Sa turd ay Gue sts w i ll be tre ate d to the ba nd s v i d e o s w h i c h f e a t u r e s c e n e s a l l ar oun d t he Bahamas At th e s ame t im e, t he b r an d ne w vi d eo f or th e s o n g : S t e a m y R i d e r w i l l b e r e l e a s e d A f te r t h e v i d e o s P l a t i a n d t h e N a y k i d I w i ll pe rfo rm al l e ig ht so ng s o n t he a l b u m S o m e i n c l u d e d u b a n d Ju nk ano o re mix es cre at ing f or a n e x c it in g pa rt y al b um th a t ro c k e rs w i ll l o v e T he purpos e is t o participa t e in th e e le va ti on o f g lob a l c on sci ou sne ss by p arti c ipa ti ng in th e on ly me di um t h a t i s a c c e p t e d b y t h e m a s s e s m u s i c ; be c au se i t ha s n ot b ee n po li tic ise d o r turn ed int o a re li gi ous fo rm. It i s t he o n ly m e d i u m l e ft o n th e p l a n e t w h e re ho nest th oug ht c an be ac c ep ted fo r w ha t it is a nd it d oe sn t h av e t o ap olo g i s e o r b e e x p l a i n e d sa i d Pl a t i w h o ha s ch ose n to g o be y ond his sc op e a s Dr Tyro ne B utc h B a rtle tt g e ne ral p r a c t i t i o n e r t o h e a l t h e w o r l d i n an oth er w ay th rou gh m usic I w a nt to see the B a ha ma s re co gnise d a s be ing one o f the l ast fron tiers of innoce nce left in the w or ld w h e re th e st a i n o f c o m m e r c i a l i s m a n d the poison of pol itica l a genda s and re lig io n ha snt sti gm ati sed u s i nto a ste reo ty pe ," h e sai d. O th er t ha n ou r Ol y mp ic p row e ss, w e ha v e n t ha d a g l o ba l im p ac t in t he in tell ec tua l an d p hil osoph ic al are na w hic h ma ke s u s th e pe rfec t la unc h i ng p a d f o r n ew th ou g h t i n t h is gl o ba l ma rke tp la c e o f id ea s a nd dig i tal c on v e r s a t i o n W e w a n t t o u s e t h i s h y b ri d f o r m o f mu sic as a me di um to v e rba lise the c on c e rns of ev e ry c it iz e n of t hi s g lo b a l pa ra dig m re g ard le ss of n ati on al ity or ge og ra phy V is i t w w w pl a t i a n d t h e n a y k i di c o m to w a tc h th e c on c e rt l iv e o n S a tu rda y ni g ht. Fa c e bo ok use rs w i ll b e ab le to pl ug i n th e ba nd 's na me to w at ch the c on ce rt the re a s w e ll. The Associated Press HERE are the winners of S u n d a y n i g h t s 2 0 1 1 M T V V i d e o M u s i c A ward s i n L os Angeles: POP MUSIC VIDEO: Britney Spears, "Till the World Ends." ROCK VIDEO: Foo Fighters, "Walk." HIP-HOP VIDEO: Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass." COLLABORATION: Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T." MALE VIDEO: Justin Bieber, "U Smile." FEMALE VIDEO: Lady Gaga, "Born This Way." VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE: Lady Gaga, "Born This Way." CHOREOGRAPHY: Beyonce, "Run the World (Girls)." EDITING: Adele, "Rolling in the Deep." SPECIAL EFFECTS: Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T." CINEMATOGRAPHY: Adele, "Rolling in the Deep." ART DIRECTION: Adele, "Rolling in the Deep." DIRECTION: Beastie Boys, "Make Some Noise." BEST NEW ARTIST: Tyler, The Creator, "Yonkers." VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Katy Perry, "Firework." LI S T O F W I N N E R S O F2 0 1 1 MT VV IDEO M U S IC A W ARDS P L A TI AND N A YK ID I RELE AS E N EW ALBUM S t eer i n g c le ar o f t h e us u al r u m p sh a k i n g v i d e o v i x e n s L i l W ayne has chosen to tell the s t o r y o f a t r o u b l e d y o u n g wom an wh os e li f e e nf ol ds in t wo v ery dif fere nt w a ys. The r a ppe r take s us on th e l i f e jo u r n e y o f a y o u n g g i r l b o r n i n t o a h o st i l e e nv i r on m e n t. T h e g ir l w h o w a s a l m o s t a b o r t e d b y he r m ot h e r g r o ws u p in an e m ot i o n a l l y a n d p h y si c a l l y a b u si ve h ou seh old Her f ather goes to jai l and s h e i s m o l e s t e d b y a f a m i l y m em be r. A s sh e g ro w s o ld e r s h e h a s a b a b y t u r n s t o s t r i p p i n g t o m a k e en ds m ee t b ef o r e s h e fi n al ly g ets the ba d ne ws tha t she has H I V V i e w e r s a r e t h e n t a k e n ba ck t o he r c hi ld h oo d wh er e t h i s t i m e h e r m o t h e r m o v e s in wit h f a mi ly m em be r s af te r sh e gives bir t h and event ually get s ma r r ie d. T h i s o n e m o v e c h a n g e s everyt hin g f or t he youn g gi rl a n d s he e x p e ri e n c e s a se q u e n c e o f e v e n ts th a t a re v e r y d i f fe re n t f r o m t h o s e i n h e r f i r s t l i f e w he r e s h e grew up in a hom e w itho ut lov e. Lil W ay ne take s a bac k se at i n his ow n video c hoosing to s h o w t h e st o r y o f a w om a n w h o n eve r lea rned to lo ve. Ac c ordi ng to t he son g s p rod uce r, Det ail, the story fo r th e v i d e o w a s w r i tt e n b y t h e ra p p e r h imself. "W ayn e w rote eve ry sc ene : H e told me s c en e by sc ene b y sc ene ," he t old MTV New s. It's g onna hav e a b ig, big b i g e f f e c t a n d i t s g o i n g t o s h o c k y o u b e c a u s e t h e p e r sp ective yo u migh t loo k at it a s. He kinda tapp ed i nto a d iffe rent pe rs p ec tive of the son g a nd g av e a d iffere nt e nlig hte nm ent on how y ou ca n con s i der a girl and h ow t hey 're in a fore v e r p u r s u i t t r y i n g t o f i n d l ove . Lil Wa yne s d edic ati on t o the me ssag e o f hi s l at est si ng le seem s to hav e p aid off, as W e e z y f a n s e v e r y w h e r e i n c l u d i n g i n t h e B a h a m a s h a v e e xpre s se d the ir lov e for it. F i n a l l y L i l W a y n e d i d s o m e t h i ng a b i t m o re re a l i st i c so m e thi ng fo r gir ls and wom en to r e l at e t o I do t h i n k t h e g i r l s h ou l d h a v e g o t m a rri e d b e fo r e s he f ou n d o u t s he w as p r e gn ant, it w oul d ha ve sent a b ett e r m e s sa g e t h a t y o u d on t h a v e t o se tt l e fo r b e i ng a b a by m o th e r a l on e, y ou c an a lso be a w if e a nd a mot her. On a re al note youn g gi rl s and wom en need th eir f ath er s a r ou nd t hem to a l s o h a v e t h a t m a l e l o v e i n th ere lif e, on e Ba ham ian fa n s a i d A no t he r l o cal f a n s ai d t he video to uched him on a very p ersonal lev el: I re spe c t th is m e ssa g e T ha t l i f e i s v e ry v e r y s c a r y b u t s o m e t ime s y ou d o w ha t y ou h av e to d o. Tha nk God I c ha ng e d m y l ife aro und no dri nk sm oki ng d a nc in g n oth in g. Iv e le a rne d if I do nt lo ve m ysel f no one w il l cept my mama. My o utc o me w a sn t a s tra gi c a s i n th e f irst en din g bu t I w e nt thro ug h h el l. I c an de fin it el y a pp rec i at e t his v ide o. T hi s v id e o w a s so de e p. I m proud of Way ne for this one Ma de m e sa d tho ug h, a thi rd B a ha mi an fa n sai d. How to Lov e is from Lil Wayn e s ni nt h s t ud io al bu m, T h a Car t er I V whi ch wa s released ri g h t aft er the M TV Mu sic V id eo Aw a rds l ast Su nd a y L I L Wa y ne p e rfo rm s a t th e M TV V id eo Mu s ic A war ds on Sunday, August 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP) PLATI and the NaykidI has taken an entirely new approach to album releasing, and will do something never done in the Bahamas before.

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T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N CA R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T06 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 Jus t a f e w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e Bah amas l ooked l ike 40 .. 50 .. .6 0. .. years in the past Strolling along the Western Esplanade are the Nuns of the Sisters of Charity. From Mount Vernon St Vincent Convent Hudson River New York. They worked here in the Catholic school system. BY ROLAND ROSE Repairing Irenes damage Irene did tremendous damage to gardens throughout The Bahamas and putting matters straight takes a great deal of time and effort. There are two factors on our side, however: roots are the strongest part of any plant; and all plants fight for life.S m al l pl a n ts t ha t a r e st i l l i n th e g r o u n d b u t b a d l y w i n d b u r n e d s h o u l d b e l e f t f o r a t l e a s t t w o w e e k s b e f o r e a n y p r u n i n g i s d o n e B y t h a t ti m e t he pa rt s t ha t ca n not re g en er a te t h em s el ve s wi l l b e ob vi o us l y d e a d S m a l l s h r u b s t h a t h a v e b e e n bl o wn on t o t he i r si d es w i th so m e r o o t s e x p o s e d s h o u l d b e s e t u p r i g h t an d st ake d, i f ve ry s ma l l or su ppo rt e d wi t h a p rop a l e ng t h o f b r a n ch w i t h a f o r k e d e n d o r c r o t ch Ex po se d r oot s s hou l d be cov e re d wi t h s oi l a s roo t gr ow th do e s no t t a k e p a c e i n l i g h t S t a k e s a n d pr o p s sh ou l d re m a i n i n p os i t i on a t l e as t un ti l Ch ri s tm a s, pr ob ab l y l o ng e r. S m a l l t re e s t ho s e u p t o a b o ut 1 6 f e e t i n h e i g h t c a n a l s o b e s e t upr i gh t b ut pro ps w i l l not do th e j ob of k e ep i ng t h e tr e e upr i g ht I f t h e r e i s a h e a l t h y w e l l r o o t e d t r e e i n l i n e w i t h t h e p a t i e n t t r e e t h e n i t c a n pro vi d e a n a nch or. O t he rw is e, a s wi l l be t he ca s e i n m o st i n st a nce s, th e t re e w i l l h a ve to b e ro pe d a nd s t a k e d T w o s t r o n g r o p e s a t 9 0 d e g r e e s t o ea ch o t he r on th e u pro ot e d si d e o f the tree must be at tach e d to the tr e e a bo v e a b ra nc h to p re v e nt th e ro pe sl ipping down, yet sti ll i n a p o s i t i o n w h e r e t h e t r u n k o f t h e t r e e i s t h i c k W h e r e t h e r o p e l o o p s ar ou nd t h e t re e m u st be pro t ec te d b y a le n gt h of r u bb e r or p la s ti c ho se Th i s i s v er y i m p or ta n t a s th e sl i g ht e st m o v em e n t wi l l ca use th e ro pe to ea t i nt o t he ba rk an d t he n in to t he c amb ium laye r, c aus ing ev en gre at e r prob le m s. Th e ho se allows the rope some m ovem ent b u t d oe s n o t i t s e l f m o v e p r o t e c t i n g th e t re e f ro m de a dl y ch a fi n g T he st a ke s to w hi ch t he rop e i s t i e d s ho uld be me tal o r w oo d. I ha v e n e v er y et co m e a cr os s pl a s ti c st a ke s th a t do th e j ob ri gh t L a rg e t re e s a re t he p ro v i nce o f e x pe r t s bu t i f a l a rg e t r e e h a s b e e n b l o w n o v e r o n t o i t s s i d e i t ca n o f t e n b e r e s e a t e d b y d r a s t i c a l l y h a t r a c k i n g t h e l i m b s O n c e t h e l a r g e s t l i m b s a n d a l l t h e i r f o li a g e h a v e b e e n re m ov e d w i t h a c ha i n s a w t h e ro o t a l re a dy t he h e av i e s t pa r t of t h e tr e e w i l l ov e rco m e t h e l e v e ra g e p r o b le m a n d s o me ti me s s lo w ly som e t i me s q ui ck l y, w i l l m ag i ca l l y r e t u r n t o a n u p r i g h t p o s i t i o n Ma k e su re no bod y i s a ny w he re n ea r t h e ro ot cra t e r d ur i ng th i s o pe r at i o n. A coconut t ree in deed, m ost pa l m s ca nn ot su rv i v e o nce t he i r t o p s a r e b l o w n o f f o r t h e t r u n k b r o k e n M a n i l a p a l m s ( C h r i s t m a s pa l m s) w i l l l oo k un si g h tl y bu t i t i s wi se to l e av e t he fo li a ge i n pl a ce fo r a m on t h or so un ti l th e fr on ds are compl etel y de ad and ea s y to pu l l of f W h i l e t h ey ar e d yi n g t h e fr on ds t r an sf e r m i n er a l s ba ck i nt o th e p ar e nt pl a n t. If a p apa ya t ree i s sna ppe d of f al l y ou ha v e t o do i s cut t he da m a ge d pa r t a w a y. N e w b ra n che s wi l l gr ow an d e a ch o ne wi l l b e a s p ro duct iv e fru i twi se as t he ori g i nal s i n g l e s t e m C o v e r t h e e x p o s e d a r e a to ke e p ra i n o ut A t i n ca n w or ks f i n e B a n a n a t re e s t h a t st i l l h a v e r oo t s i n t h e g r o u n d c a n b e p r o p p e d up r i g h t If t h e p l a n t s a r e l e s s t h a n 6 m o n t h s o l d t h e f o l i a g e c a n b e r e m o v e d b y c u t t i n g l a t e r a l l y t h r o u g h t h e s t e m n e a r t h e t o p Ne w l e av e s w i l l a pp ea r a n d t he g ro wi n g pr oce ss wi l l co nt i n ue O l de r p l a nt s ma y be i n t he pro ce ss o f d el i v er i n g b a n a n a b u n c h e s w i t h i n t h e st e m so a l w a ys cu t a s ne a r t o t h e fo l i a g e e n d of t he st e m a s po ss i bl e I t w i l l be a l on g t i m e be f ore o ur g a r d e n s a r e p re t t y a g a i n If w e c o n ce n t r a t e on t h e h e a l t h o f o u r pl a n t s th e pr e t ti ne s s a nd pr od u ct i v i t y w i l l r e t u r n ga rd en er jac k@co r alw ave. com By GARDENER JACKGREEN SCENE THIS pine branch was sufficient to support an 8-foot mango tree that was blown down by Hurricane Irene.

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T H E T R I B UN E S E CT I O N CA R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T07 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 D A Y C H A R T L I N EM I C H A EL J A C KSON'S TO P 1 0 H IT S !1 M A N I N TH E MIRR OR 2. H UM A N N A T URE 3. SMO O TH CRIM IN A L 4. D IRT Y D I A N A 5. BAD 6. BL ACK OR WHIT E 7 ROCK WITH YOU 8. BEAT IT 9. T HE W A Y YOU MAKE M E FEEL 1 0. HEAL T HE W ORLDMICHA EL J A CKSON SMAN IN THE MIRR OR"I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror I'm Asking Him To Change His Ways And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place (If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place) Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change (Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change) (Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na, Na Nah)"By LESH MA RRI E D to J a y Z for thr e e y e a r s, Be y o n c e K no w le s c o n fir m e d th a t s h e i s ind e ed e x pe c ting a b a by a fte r pe r for m ing her hit s ong "L ove on Top a t the 20 11 MTV VMA A wa rd Sho w. K ic k in g o ff h e r p e r f o r m a n c e s h e s a i d I w a n t y o u t o fe e l th e lo v e th a t's g r o w ing i n sid e me ." F ollowing h er he ar tf e lt p e r f o r m a n c e t h e s t a r s m i l e d a n d d r o p p e d h e r mi c r o p h o n e s lo w ly u n b u t ton ed he r s hin y co lou r ed jac k et, s tr uc k a p ose an d r ubb ed h er be autiful ba by bump o f ficia l ly a nn oun cing her pr eg na ncy t o t h e wor ld. T h e c a m e r a im m e d ia te ly c u t to J a y Z s u p p o r t e d b y K a n y e W e s t s i t t i n g am ong st the al r eady hyped audience wit h a ov e r jo y e d r ea c tio n to th e r e v e al ing. J ay Z s mil e d a nd stoo d u p a s he ap plaud ed h i s wif e and the goo d ne ws t h ey both s har e. I n pr ev ious i n t e r views Bey onc e s aid tha t s h e wo u ld sta r t a fa mily b e for e th e a g e o f 3 0 th e s in g e r i s n o w 2 9 T h r o u g h ou t her c a re er a nd mar r i a ge the re ha d bee n false r umor s that s he wa s pr eg n a n t Be yon ce sh ar ed with MTV: "I fee l lik e a w o ma n I fe e l lik e I 'm v e r y a w a r e of who I am. I fee l g re at and I feel like 3 0 i s t h e i d ea l a ge t o st art a f am i l y b e c a us e y o u' r e ma t ur e e n ou g h t o kn o w who y ou a re an d to ha ve y our bo und aries and yo ur s t anda rds, a nd not be a f r ai d, t o o p o l i t e, b u t y ou r e y o un g en oug h to be a y oun g w oman I'm s o look i n g for war d to it J ay a nd I ha v e kind o f ma de a de c ision tha t w e wa nt to b e k now n for ou r mus ic a n d n ot ou r r ela tion s hip o r s ca n da ls Bu t h e is a ma z in g. I d e fini tely h a d a v e r y n a tu r a l fr ie n d s h i p a n d c o n n e c t i o n wi t h hi m. We' v e been toget he r f or a v er y l o n g t i m e a nd I' m v e ry h a pp y Lov e i s t h e f o und ation of eve ry thing, e v e r y t h in g I d o My mu s i c i s i n s p ir e d b y love from my family, my h us ban d, my s i s t e r Ac cor din g to t h e Huff ing ton Pos t, a ne w Tw i tter r ec or d was se t than ks to B ey on ce s b i g an n ou nc em en t at t he MTV VMA's. Tw i tter 's official glob a l P R f e e d @ T w i tt e r C o m ms c o n f ir m e d on Mond ay t h at Be yon ce 's a nn oun ce men t s et o f f a t we eting f r en zy that s aw 8,8 68 twe ets p er s ec on d at 1 0.3 5 pm on S un d a y T h at 's th e m os t tw ee ts pe r s e c ond ( TPS ) ev er r ec or de d f o r a a s i n gle e v e n t G o in g fu r th e r Be y o n c e 's fr ie n d s a n d i n d u s t r y p e e r s t o o k t o T w i t t e r a n d sh ar ed t h eir v iews an d ex citeme nt f o r h e r F o rm er D e s t i n y s C h i l d m e m b e r L eT oya Lu cke t t sai d : W O W ! In te a r s ! C o n g r a t s B E Y & J A Y Wh a t a be autiful p er forma nc e Be y! Mich elle Wil liams s im p ly s aid s he is o v e r j o y e d S o n g -w r i te r p r o d u c e r a n d s in g e r T h e Dr e am a lso e x pr e s s e d h is th ou g hts an d twe ete d: I Fin ally g et t o s a y co ng r atu l at i ons to B eyonc and Sean C art er. Bles s You Both! N e w l y w e d K im K a r d a s h i a n e x te n d e d h e r c o n g r a tu la ti o ns to B e y o n c e a n d J a y Z by twee t ing : I m so ha ppy for Bey o n c e & J a y Z B e s p r e g g o ! C o n g r a t s Beyonce's sist er Solange Kn owles a l s o t o o k t o t w i t t e r a n d t w e e t e d : One .And .Only I co uld no t po s sib ly b e mor e pr oud Te ar s in my ey es No o ne de se rv es it mor e. Th at d oes n't ha pp en by acci dent. That doesn't happen by ch anc e. Tha t doesn't hap pen by gimm i c k s "B E YO NCE REVEA L S PREGN ANCY AFTER VMA 20 1 1 PERFORMANCE !CE LEBRIT Y T W EE T S ON MJS BIR THD A Y By FARAH SHE ser ena ded o ur ne wsr oom with f ou r l in e s f r o m he r so ng P o l it i ca l Games. And out of this young girl c a m e a n o l d s o u l w i t h a p r o f o u n d m e s s a g e with regards to politics in our country.O n e w o u l d t h i n k t h a t o n l y t h o s e p e r s o n s o l d e n ou g h t o v o t e w o u l d st a y a b re a s t o f po l i t i c a l rh e t o ri c dur in g the e lec t i on sea s on. Ho wev er fiftee n y ear old Eden Merry Gaitor, a student of Sir Jack Hayward Hig h S ch ool in Fre eport sai d sh e, li ke othe r B a ham ian citizens, is annoyed with political games in this country. S he c h a n ne l e d t hi s f ru st ra ti o n i n to t h e s on g w ri tt e n b y he r m ot her Edi th Clar k e, pl ead ing to p ol it ical ca ndida tes to be true to c itiz ens and fin d sol utions to the problems facing the our nation. What inspired me to record this song is the polit ic a l g a me s th a t go on i n th i s c o u nt ry I re al l y ha t e th a t the government is selling us out. Some people that enter politic s only do so for their o wn gai n a nd d ont rea ll y c a re a bo ut th e B ah am a s, th e pe op le liv i ng h ere and the problems that we are faced with. If that is your inten tion as a ca ndida te then yo u sho uld r e co nside r e nt erin g po lit ic s b ec a use w e ha v e prob le ms an d we need solutions, she told In Ya Ear. The B a ha ma s w ou ld be a mu ch m ore su c ce ssful i f t he go vernment lo oked a t the peoples point of view when it comes to different issues as oppose to only looking at the partys point of view. E d e n Me rr y s a g g re ss iv e na t ur e f ue l s h er p a ss io n t o become a positive role model for others to emulate. She is exhausting every avenue to provoke a change of some sort. I started singing from the age of four but I didnt really like singing. I could do it and do it really good but it didnt really started out as a love. After I saw t h a t I w as m a ki n g s e n s e wi t h s o me t h in g a t la s t I beg an usi ng musi c in a po sitiv e wa y. I first starte d o ff s in ging g ospel but now I sing in s pi r a tiona l music an d an y op po rt u ni ty I ge t t o d o so m e th in g p o si ti v e I tr y t o do. S o fa r sh e h a s re le a se d a n i n sp ira t io n al al b um ti tl e d W al k o n W a te r, a bo ok o n st ud y h a bi ts a nd a sp i res t o do much more when her financial resources allow. W hi l e mo n ey i s n t ev er y t hi ng i t is ev er y t hi n g bec ause ev ery proje ct yo u de ci de to take on req uires m oney. I am t ryin g t o seek f undi ng for the th ings that I want to. I would like to record another album but right now I dont have the money to do, she said. She also said that music is not the only field she has an interest but she desires to delve into every form of media t he r e is I w a n t to o w n m y o w n m e d i a be c a u se I b e li e v e t he media is so powerful and it can be used for good. E den M err y lives f or a great chall enge an d she has a success story she wants everyone to hear. She came to be such a popular motivational role model in her community at such a young age at the same time battling asthma that threatened her life from birth. H e r t e s ti m o n y i s o n e th a t a n y o n e c a n b e c om e i n sp i re d b y Pe o p le m a ke e x c us e s as t o w h y th e y c a n t do c e rt a in th in g s but all it takes is investing a little time and making sacrifices, she said. F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n c o n t a c t h o l y w o r d e n t e r t a i n ment@hotmail.com or 1-242-533-1227. EDEN Merry is passionate about becom ing a role model for other to emulate. Eden Merry and her mother Edith Clarke. YESTERDAY would have marked the 53rd birthday of Michael Jackson. And even though MJ has been dead for over two years now, celebrities chose to remember the legendary King of Pop with birthday wishes on Twitter:

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T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N CA R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T08 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 ITS HAS been an unbelievable two years since the untimely death of one of the worlds greatest entertainers Micheal Jackson. This week Made You Look pays tribute to the talented artist. If he were alive, Monday, August 29 would have made him 53 years old. Fans from all around the world paid tribute to artist who set the bar numerous times in the music industry. Michael Jackson suffered a car diac arrest at his Holmby Hills on June 25, 2009. Take a look at the milestones in Micheal Jacksons life.

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By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net DAEGU, South Korea While history was not to be written for the three competitors in the men's 400 metres at the IAAF World Championships on Monday, Donald Thomas and Trevor Barry inked their names in the Bahamian almanac by becoming the first male high jumpers to reach this plateau together. The duo renewed a rivalry that saw them finish as the champion and runner-up at both the Central American and Caribbean Games and the Commonwealth Games last year and this year's Nationals as they prepare to square off in the first two final appearances for the Bahamas on day six of the championships Thursday night. In what was a keenly contested showdown for the 12 qualifying spots, Thomas nailed his second attempt at the automatic height of 2.31 metres or 7-feet, 7-inches for the third of six competitors to advance out of Group A. Thomas, better known as "Juice or Sky Walker," got in with the sev enth spot. For Barry, he had a clean slate up and was actually leading Group B, but he missed all three attempts at the qualifying height and had to wait right until the end to join Raul Spank of Germany and Aleksey Dmitrik of Russia, tied for 11th, pushing the total in the final to 13 instead of 12. They all cleared the last height just before the automatic mark of 2.28m (7-53/4). The competition started at 2.16m (7-1), which Barry cleared on his first try and Thomas had to go to his second attempt. They slowly progressed to 2.21m (7-3) and this time they both were successful in their first attempt. By the time they reached the next height at 2.25m (7-41/2), Barry was ina groove with another first attempt clearance. But there was some concern as Thomas didn't stick it until his third and final shot. At the fourth height at 2.28m (753/4), Barry continued to register a clean sheet and that seemed to have inspired Thomas as he too went over on the first go. But at the final mark at 2.31m (7-7), which separated the field of 18 competitors, Thomas was at his best, soaring over the bar on his second attempt with nine other competitors. When the dust had all cleared, Barry got in as one of the final three qualifiers. Neither Thomas nor Barry forgot how painful it was when they didn't advance out of the qualifying round in Berlin, Germany, in 2009. "I just want to give God the thanks and praise for allowing me to get through," said Thomas, who is back in the final after missing out in Berlin, Germany, two years ago just after he was on top of the world as the champion in Osaka, Japan, in 2007. "It's pretty good to be in the final. THETRIBUNE SECTION E WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 $JHQWVt%URNHUVf/WG0 $56+&RUUHVSRQGHQW INSIDE TRAK TTUURRNN TTOO 22EE......TTUURRNN TTOO 33EE......TTUURRNN TTOO 44EE...... ATHLETES ON TRACK IN SOUTH KOREATHREE FEMALE SPRINTERS ARE ALL SET FOR 200M PRELIMSATHLETES TAKE TIME OUT IN THE GAMES VILLAGE RAYMOND HIGGS LONE COMPETITOR FOR THE BAHAMAS IN LONG JUMPNADAL HAS SHAKY START TO US OPEN TITLE DEFENSE TTUURRNN TTOO 55EE..TTUURRNN TTOO 77EE...... 13th IAAF World Championships By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net DAEGU, South Korea Ask just about every top athlete and they will tell you that they have some type of omen, gimmick or ritual that they feel helps them when they are competing. Everybody tries to do or be different from the crowd. When he burst onto the high jump scene after a tremendous transformation from the basketball court in 2006, it was a mo-hawk hairstyle for Donald 'Juice or Sky Walker' Thomas, which ever one you prefer to call him. As he makes his appearance at the 13th IAAF World Champi onships where he's trying to regain his men's high jump title that he won in 2007 in Osaka, Japan, Thomas is spotting a new pair of jumping shoes that have been specially designed for him by Nike. Thomas, 26, is one of the few Bahamian athletes under contract with the shoe company, although Adidas is the supplier for the Bahamas' athletic sporting uniforms for all national teams. "They are custom-made," said Thomas, whose shoes were featured prominently on the big screen monitor in the Daegu Stadium when he competed in the qualifying round on Tuesday. "They dropped them off at the Games Village for me when I arrived. It's a special shoe. It makes me feel like I'm jumping with the Bahamas flag on my feet," he said. The shoes are basically aqua in colour with a patch of black going up on the side. The Nike emblem is yellow and the side of the heels are white. They represent all of the colours of the Bahamian flag. Printed on the back of both shoes are the initials DT, which is an abbreviation of Donald Thomas. "This is the first time that I had a shoe this colour," said Thomas, who FOR THOMAS, ITS ALL ABOUT HIS SIGNATURE SHOES S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 5 5 E E SIGNATURE STYLE: Donald Thomas shoes with his initials and the Bahamian colours were specially designed for him by Nike. Thomas and Barry soar into the final RAISING THE BAR: Trevor Barry competes in the high jump at the 13th IAAF World Championships.Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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SPORTSMANSHIP: Quarter-miler Chris Brown (above, below and bottom right) congratulates Kirani James of Grenada following Mondays 400m semifinal. Browns time of 45.43 didnt qualify. SPORTS PAGE 2E, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS 13th IAAF World Championships BAHAMIAN ATHLETES ON TRACK IN SOUTH KOREA Photoscourtesyof GettyImages QUARTER-MILER Ramon Miller (far left) competes in the 400m semifinal on Monday. He ended up 16th overall with a time of 45.88 seconds. SPRINTER Sheniqua Ferguson (left) in action in a 100m heat.

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SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011, PAGE 3E 13th IAAF World Championships By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net DAEGU, South Korea They have been resting comfortably at the Games Village. Now it's time for Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and Anthonique Strachan to unleash the tale of two tapes as they get set to compete with Nivea Smith in the preliminaries of the women's 200 metres when the action resumes at the 13th IAAF Championships on Thursday. Today is an off day for competition. At one end of the spectrum is Ferguson-McKenzie, the double national sprint champion who, at age 31, is starting to wind down her long and illustrious career. On the other end is Anthonique Strachan, the fastest junior competitor in the world who celebrated her 18th birthday here during the team's mini-training camp on August 22. In between is Smith, the 21-year-old Grand Bahamian who made history as the first Bahamian to ever medal at the IAAF World Junior Championships when she earned a bronze in the 200m in 2007 with a time of 23.69. The trio are lined up to provide another historic feat for the Bahamas the first time that three competitors will compete in the half-lap race at either the Worlds or the Olympic Games. In 2009 in Berlin, Germany, Ferguson-McKenzie and Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson, who fell short of advancing out of the semifinal of the 100, were a double treat with Ferguson picking up the bronze and Ferguson placing seventh in her heat in the semifinals. This time around, there are a lot of expectations for the three, but both Ferguson and Strachan are taking it in strides. "I'm thankful and I'm blessed to be here and in good health and in good spir its," said Ferguson-McKenzie, who was seen spending some time with Strachan and Ferguson in the living room of their apartment complex at the Games Village. "I'm in good spirits. That's a start. Once I get that, everything is great. So I'm looking forward to getting started. Normally by now, I would have been started, but I decided not to run the 100. I want to focus on the 200 and the 4 x 100 relay," she said. Instead of pursuing the goal of securing a double medal or at least a multiple appearance in the final at these championships, Ferguson-McKenzie said she took a reality check and admitted that "there's more to life than making finals. "I've been doing that for the past couple of years. In 2009 I did it. But looking back, you say maybe if I did n't run the 100, the 200 would have been better. So I think I need a chance to rest. I really didn't rest for the most part this summer with the travelling and training. So coming here and skipping the 100 gave me a chance to rest." As the glamour event on the track, Ferguson-McKenzie said she really thought that she would have missed it. But in hindsight, she's not that concerned. It's the only event at either the Worlds, the Olympic Games or the Pan American Games in which she hasnt won a medal. On Monday night, American Carmelita Jeter won the gold here over FergusonMcKenzie's training partner Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown. Trinidad & Tobago's Shelly-Ann Baptiste clinched the bronze. For years, people have been agitating for FergusonMcKenzie to drop the century (100m) and concentrate on the 200m with the view of eventually running the quarter-mile (400m). American Allyson Felix, the defending champion in the 200 in Berlin, is doing it here. She got the silver in a close encounter with gold medallist Amantle Montsho of Botswana. Even though she has to prepare herself mentally to compete, Ferguson-McKenzie said it was also a pleasure for her to spend some time with the younger girls like Strachan, Smith and Ferguson in the Games Village. "It's fun. I think we've actually had four women in the sprints, three in the 200," Ferguson-McKenzie said. "So I think it's fun. It's good. It's definitely positive. I'm really excited about it." For Strachan, still a high school student at St Augustine's College, the thought of competing in her first World Championships is now a reality. "I'm still a junior athlete competing among the elite and some of the best in the world," said Strachan, who earned her spot here when she won the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships in a meet and world leading junior time of 22.70 in Miramar, Florida, in July. Whether or not she advances to the final, Strachan said her ultimate goal is to erase the world junior record of 22.18 held by Felix. Anything else that she achieves will be gravy. "I only have this meet here and all of next year to get the record," she said. Like her mentor FergusonMcKenzie, Strachan also had a chance to double in both sprints, having ran a season's best of 11.34 at the Carifta Games in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in April. But she opted not to contest the two because of her reaction com ing out of the blocks in the straight-away race. "I'm not ready mentally or physically in the 100 because mentally I dont have a strong block and physically, because I'm not running the times that they are running," she said. "I think I would have been discouraged before I reach the 200. So I decided to just stick to my strongest event the 200." If she can advance to the semi-final and even the final, Strachan said she would be quite satisfied with her initial effort here. She noted that Ferguson-McKenzie and the other senior athletes have been inspiring her and she has certainly been trying to soak up as much information as she can about being an elite athlete. Although they have to compete in their individual events first, FergusonMcKenzie took a glance ahead to the 4 x 100 relay that will be held on the final day of competition Sunday for the first time this year. "Anything is possible," said Ferguson-McKenzie, reflecting on the disqualification of Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt after a false start denied him the opportunity to defend his title that went to compatriot Yohan Blake in 9.98. "I'm not saying that we are going to drop the baton, but we just need to get it around. We have a good team. Once we get the stick around, everything else will take care of itself. We have the leg speed. We just need to concentrate on getting the stick around. Whatever happens, happens." As for the Olympic Games next year in London, Eng land, Ferguson-McKenzie said don't write her off just yet. "Pauline Davis-Thompson is my role model and she walked away with the gold medal, actually silver and eventually gold," FergusonMcKenzie said as she reflect ed on the disqualification of American champion Marion Jones that changed DavisThompson's colour from sil ver to gold at the 2000 Olympics in Athens, Greece. "I told these girls that I'm going to be around until 2013. So at the end of the day, when I'm ready to retire, I will retire. Nobody is going to retire me and I believe I can do it until 2013." Strachan said she's just happy to have FergusonMcKenzie in the camp as well as a team-mate in the 200 and on the 4 x 1 relay because she feels there is still a lot that she can learn from the Bahamas most decorated female sprinter. For her birthday, Strachan said she trained in the morning and slept when she returned to the dorm. The celebration is on hold until after the championships when she returns home. Sprinters all set for 200m prelims NIVEA SMITH ANTHONIQUE STRACHAN (above) Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (above right) and Nivea Smith (top right) are all set to compete in the preliminaries of the 200m on Thursday. noted that he had the opportunity to work with Nike to design the shoes with his spec ifications. "If I dont like it, they will go back and change it, send me a pair and let me try it out again until it's the right fit," he added. Although Thomas used the shoes for the first time when he competed in the prelimi nary rounds on Tuesday, he admitted that they "fitted quite well." However, he said he will wait until after he competes in the final on Thursday before he makes a final determination on whether or not there will have to be any more modifications. "It's hard to get your own personalized spikes," Thomas said. The Grand Bahama native joined athletes such as former world champion Maurice Greene, who displayed a pair of Adidas spikes draped in the American flag that he wore when he competed at a press conference here. Veronica Campbell-Brown, the 100m silver medallist, has a pair made with the Jamaican flag. For Thomas, he's just delighted to be the first Bahamian to have been afforded the opportunity to compete in his own specially designed jumping shoes. FOR DONALD THOMAS, ITS ALL ABOUT THE SHOES F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E EFOCUS: Donald Thomas competes in the high jump at the 13th IAAF World Championships.Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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CHRIS BROWN plays a video game to relax. TREVOR BARRY plays a video game to relax. SPORTS PAGE 4E, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS ATHLETES TAKE TIME OUT IN DAEGU GAMES VILLAGE 13th IAAF World Championships QUARTERMILER Chris Fireman Brown can be seen in front of the Games Village at the 13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea. TEAM MANAGER Ralf McKinney (wearing hat) with Demetrius Pinder (far left), Ramon Miller (far right) and Raymond Higgs (standing). HEAD COACH Fritz Grant with sprinter Cache Armbrister on the training track. ATHLETES and officials can be seen in the dining room.

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SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011, PAGE 5E 13th IAAF World Championships Raymond Higgs lone competitor for Bahamas in the long jump By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net DAEGU, South Korea A year ago, Raymond Higgs was battling it out with Donald Thomas and Trevor Barry for a spot on the Bahamas national team. This year, he's on the team at the 13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, but it's not for the high jump. He made a decision to contest the men's long jump and it has paid off big dividends for him as the lone competitor to represent the Bahamas. The action resumes here at the Daegu Stadium following a break on Wednesday. The Grand Bahama native was the country's junior high jump champion in 2008 before he represented the Bahamas at the World Junior Championships in 2008 where he was eighth overall with a leap of 2.12m (6-feet, 113/4-inches). He currently has a personal best of 2.20m (7-3). Thomas has done a season's best of 2.31 (7-7) and Barry has done 2.28m (7-53/4). They have both qualified for Thursdays final with Thomas leading the way, clearing the automatic mark of 2.31m (7-7). Barry was one of the last qualifiers at 2.28m (7-53/4). Like Thomas, who began his collegiate career playing basketball, Higgs also made a switch to athletics. But he noted that he's more than thrilled to be making his debut at the worlds in an event other than the high jump. "This is my first, so I'm not expecting anything big," Higgs noted during a visit to the Games Village. "But I want to do something big, so I'm just going to go out there and try my best." Before you get the wrong notion that Higgs may have abandoned his signature event in athletics, he made it crystal clear that "high jump just wasn't clicking for me this year so I went with the one that I qualified in the long jump." He produced a season and personal best of 7.80m (25-07.25), to win the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations' BTC Nationals title at home in July to ensure that he was able to make the trek here with the team on August 20. "I had some good jumps in practice so it wasn't really a shock to me," he said. "I jumped 7.91 (25113/4) in practice. So it wasn't a big shock for me." After watching Bianca 'BB' Stuart struggle as the first competitor for the Bahamas in the women's long jump on Saturday's opening day of competition, Higgs noted that he is starting to feel the jitterbug. But he has been working daily on trying to get over his nerves. "I'm a little nervous, but I'm just going to put back my run-up and just try to get on the board," he said. The qualifying mark is 8.15m (2683/4). In preparation for the competition, Higgs said he has been keeping a low profile, resting and making sure that his "muscles don't get tightened up." Having already booked his ticket to the Olympic Games next year in London, England, Higgs said he just wants to "try and use this as a learning experience to see what I need to be doing before and during the competition. This will be a good experience to do that," he added. But with some of the biggest names in the event expected to be competing, Higgs said he will definitely have to "PR" (personal best) every round just to be able to "stay in the competition. That's what I'm trying to do, he said. Once he can get his feet wet in the opening round, he intends to make the necessary adjustments to compete on the big stage at the biggest meet in the world this year. RAYMOND HIGGS poses in the Games Village. He is the lone competitor for the Bahamas in the long jump. I just have to refocus and get ready." Thomas, who still amazes the crowd from the time he switched over from playing basketball on a dare at Lindenwood College in 2006, said he wasn't surprised that he had to labour the way he did to get into the final. "I am just thankful that I'm through," he said. "I never doubted myself. I showed up here in good form. I had a few minor errors with my approach in some of the lower heights, but as the bar goes up, I'm a better jumper, so hopefully I can keep that up and do something special in the final." Twenty six-year-old Thomas is thrilled about his performance. And he was the first to congratulate his teammate Barry for an excellent series of jumps to join him in the final. "We're just trying to represent our country and make the Bahamian people proud," he said. "The ultimate goal is to come out victorious. So I just have to go back to the (Games) Village and get some rest and refocus for the final." Although he got in on a "wing and a prayer," Barry paid a price that not many people realized as he had to jump with a twisted left ankle from his first attempt at the opening height of 2.16m. "I'm just glad that I got through," said Barry, who also jumped with a heavy heart, knowing that his coach Keith Parker was not in the stands to support him. The 27-year-old worked instead with veteran Ronald Cartwright, one of the members of the Bahamas' coaching staff. "I really wanted to clear 2.31. But I know once I get in (the final), I'm going to soar from there. I just wished I had done it in the qualifiers. I guess I just have to go back and prepare for the final. Hopefully, I can do it then and get a chance to get a medal." The height has actually been a thorn in the side for Barry, who would have sur passed both his personal and seasons best of 2.29m, hav ing finished just short of both marks at 2.28m in the qualifying round. With today being an off day for competition in the championships, Barry said all he intends to do is rest. "I just have to watch a few tapes and try to bring some more speed to the bar," he said. "I also need to take my approach back a bit so I can reach my height fairly quickly so I can get more speed going into the bed. But my problem is minimum. I have the height over the bar. I just have to make that crucial adjustment." With the final stacked with some pretty good young jumpers, no doubt both Barry and Thomas will have to improve on their performances if they want to ascend on the podium again like they did together last year. Dimtrios Chondrokokis, a 23-year-old former national junior champion of Greece, advanced with the top qualifying jump as he was the only competitor to clear all five heights without a miss. He was in Group B. A surprise came in Group A as 25-yearold Darvin Edwards improved on St Lucia's national record twice at 2.28 and then 2.31m to clinch the top spot. They both are making their Worlds debut. B ARRY AND THOMAS SOAR INTO HIGH JUMP FINAL F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E OVER THE BAR: Donald Thomas clears the bar in the high jump at the 13th IAAF World Championships. DYNAMIC DUO: Donald Thomas (left) and Trevor Barry are preparing to represent the Bahamas in the final of the high jump on Thursday day six of the 13th IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.



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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Child dengue fever cases on the rise Volume: 107 No.227WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNAND CLOUDS HIGH 90F LOW 79F CLINICAL cases of dengue fever in children weres aid to be on the rise, according to a local doctor. The physician also told The Tribune that the symptoms e xperienced by persons going to the clinics have increased and intensified across the b oard. Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said that he could notc onfirm or deny reports as data from public and private facilities had not been fully compiled. However, he noted that dehydration played a key role in the severity of the disease. The doctor, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said: It has not let up at all. We are swamped every day, and the symptoms that we are seeing now are a lot worse than what we were seeing at the start of the outbreak. Health officials continue to stress the need for greater community involvement against the outbreak. Preventative measures are a critical element in the fight to eradicate the disease, said Dr Minnis, as fogging exer cises by the Department of Environmental Health haven o affect on mosquito breeding grounds. Even after fogging, he said, you will still have lar v ae, so in just a matter of days were back to square one. These mosquitos dont t ravel more than 100 metres. So if you are bitten in a par ticular yard, the breeding site i s either in that yard or the adjoining yard. Three to 15 days after a mosquito bite, an infected person will feel chills, a headache, a high fever and pain behind the eyes. Lower back pain and achy joints are also early symptoms. Last year, regional officials expressed fears that the dengue fever epidemic in the Caribbean could be the worst outbreak in more than a decade. Dengue fever-like cases have skyrocketed on the capital since September, at which time there were only five con firmed cases of dengue fever in the Bahamas and another Symptoms increase and intensify across the board TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ARTSANDENTERTAINMENT C C A A R R T T O O O O N N I I S S T T S S P P L L A A N N 9 9 / / 1 1 1 1 T T R R I I B B U U T T E E 13TH IAAF WORLDCHAMPIONSHIPS B B A A R R R R Y Y A A N N D D T T H H O O M M A A S S I I N N T T O O F F I I N N A A L L ARTSANDENTERTAINMENTINSECTIONC SEESPORTSSECTIONE SEE page nine ANGER AS STRAW VENDORS MOVE TO PRINCE GEORGE WHARF By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net CHANGING the definition of life sentence to r efer to the remainder of a convicts natural life w ould be a good alternative to capital punishment,a ccording to a religious l eader. Bishop Simeon Hall of the New Covenant Baptist Church said the governments suggestion of extending the current life sentence of 25 years to S EE page nine BISHOP HALL:ACTUAL LIFE WOULD BE GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT AN ARTISAN who sells her wares at Prince George Wharf is angry at straw vendors who have moved to the site since Hurricane Irene destroyed their tent on Bay Street. The craftmaker com plained the site is now congested with artisans and straw vendors, who are all competing to sell their goods to tourists and locals milling about the down town area. "We are paying rent and they out there for free," said the artisan, who told The Tribune she has to pay $50 each day she operates from the site. "Now it looks pathetic, I ain' trying to knock them and take bread out their mouths because they have to make a living too, but why don't they go work under the tent? "They have an allocat ed spot. The tent might have been destroyed but if they have a designated site why not go there? It's not fair," said the artisan who did not want to be named. Last Thursday, Hurricane Irene lashed New Providence, tore down trees and utility poles, and ripped through portions of the tent covering the tem porary market site on Bay Street. After the storm passed, vendors moved their wares to the Prince George Wharf. When asked if government would hasten the opening of the new straw market currently under construction on Bay Street, Works Minister SEE page nine STRAW VENDORS line Prince George Wharf yesterday after Hurricane Irened amaged the tent on Bay Street. Felip Major /Tribune staff By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net SANDALS Royal Bahamian resort will close for four weeks to "address structural and other damage" sustained from Hurricane Irene, according to a statement from Chairman Gordon 'Butch' Stewart. Staff were informed of the impending closure yesterday afternoon. The resort's 600 employees were encouraged to take vacation time or leave during the temporary closure, The Tribune understands. Only essential personnel engineers and landscaping staff will be engaged during the closure. By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net WHEN TG Glover Primary School opens its doors next week, it will do so without the addition of the much-touted lab school initiative. The project was expected to revolutionize the education system; however, it has been placed on hold by the Ministry of Education until further notice. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Edu cation, was unavailable for comment yes terday. However, in his 2010/2011 budget communication, Mr Bannister dedicated a significant portion of his speech to highlighting the initiative. A laboratory school is a professional development school for teachers, and is FORMER Cabinet Minister Leslie Miller yesterday branded Blue Hills MP Sidney Collie an "easy" opponent who he can effortlessly beat in the next election. Appearing on a radio talk show, Mr Miller also criticised Mr Collie's term in office so far, claiming the MP has done lit tle to nothing for his constituency since he was elected in 2007. "He hasn't been in there and made his presence felt in the last four and a half years, that's a fact," said the for SEE page nine SEE page nine SEE page two S AND AL S T O CLOSE FOR FOUR WEEKS TO ADDRESS HURRICANE DAMAGE L AB ORA T ORY SCHOOL INITIATIVE PUT ON HOLD LESLIE MILLER: BL UE HILL S MP AN EASY OPPONENT LESLIEMILLER

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE m er Blue Hills MP, who lost to Mr Collie in 2007. "The fella who is there now couldn't show you one single thing, he or his wife, did in almost five years as the MP." W hen contacted for a r esponse, Mr Collie said he w as not surprised by comments. He called the attack vintage Leslie Miller and the remarks of a desperate man. I beat him when he was a Cabinet Minister and I was a r ookie politician, and I will beat him again on the basis of my record, the MP said. Records obtained from the Ministry of Finance show Mr Collie has spent at least $99,306.25 in his constituency up to 2010 from the allowance provided by g overnment. This money went to resurface a basketball court and fencing of a park in Bozine Town ($20,000 tion of walking tracks ($65,380 computers to various schools ($13,926.25 M r Miller also took aim at Mr Collies wife, who commented on the former Cabinet ministers record in a previous radio appearance. "I would hope that in this election perhaps her and her husband may go on that ballot so the people of Blue H ills will have the privilege of running both of them out at the same time and then they don't have to come back there, said Mr Miller as a guest on the Real Talk L ive radio show. I hope he comes, that'll b e the easiest win in this country. I want him and his wife on the same ticket. Mr Miller also took his political opponent to task for his work on Bozine Town. He said if the Progressive Liberal Party is returned top ower after the next election, he will advocate that government take over the land in that area and redev elop it. "Once we take over the reigns of government again i t is my intent (for m ent to take over all the l and stretching from Blue Hill Heights to the end ofB ozine and redevelop that e ntire area because a lot needs to be done in Bozine." Residents in Bozine Town have been involved in dispute for years with a private development company over who had rightful claim to the land. Mr Collie hit back by claiming that despite owning a thriving business right n ext to the community, Mr Miller has not hired a single resident of Bozine Town. He hasnt done a thing for them, and now, after four years of building up his b usiness, he has reappeared. I will meet him on the g round in Blue Hills and give him a dose of the same medicine he got in 2007, Mr Collie said. During his radio appearance, Mr Miller also recounted his brush with death after thugs robbed him of gold jewellery dur-i ng an early morning jog. He said the incident has him concerned for women in eastern New Providence w ho jog in the early morning hours, leaving them susceptible to attack. My greatest fear is for all t he ladies that walk in Wint on in the mornings. Some go as early as 4.30 o r 5 am. Something is wrong with that picture when Bahamians got to be afraid to even run or walk in the streets of New Providence," he said. F ORMERMINISTERRECALLSBRUSHWITHDEATH FORMER MINISTER OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY Leslie Miller is pictured on Monday describing how he was robbed during his early morning run in Winton. Mr Miller also referred to the incident during his radio appearance yesterday. FROM page one LESLIE MILLER: BLUE HILLS MP AN EASY OPPONENT

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THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation said it is now even closer to completely restoring power in New Providence and the Family Islands in the wake of HurricaneI rene. According to BEC, several areas in New Providence came online yesterday, including: Domingo Heights Joans Heights East, Wilson Tract Finlayson Street St James Road (near Kemp Road) Windsor Lane Butler Alley Cool Bush (off Market Street) Lewis Street Hay Street, Mackey Street (Royal Bank) Chippingham (near the Cricket Club). Restoration efforts continue in the following areas: Rock Crusher Road Gladstone Road Johnson Road Blake Road Blue Hill Road North (opposite Government House) Fritz Lane Scott Street Cumberland Street Dunmore Street Butlers Corner Tinshop Corners Bay Street and Victoria Soldier Road (Circle Palm Mall) East Avenue (Centerville Food Store A statement from the corporation said: Customers,both commercial and resi dential, are advised that BECs Command Centre remains operational 24 hours of the day and representatives are available to take customer calls. The centre can be reached by calling 302-1001. BEC also gave the following update on the Family Islands: Restoration complete Andros Bimini Black Point and Staniel Cay, Exuma Farmers Cay, Exuma Ragged Island Salina Point, Acklins San Salvador Rum Cay Crooked Island Inagua Great Harbour Cay 99 per cent restored Mayaguana Exuma Long Island In Eleuthera, BEC said, it continues to make progress, with supply almost completely restored in Deep Creek, Hatchet Bay, Tarpum Bay, and Rock Sound. Efforts continue in Waterford, Green Castle, Governors Harbour and Palmetto Point. The most significant progress was made in Harbour Island where 90 per cent of cus tomers have had their supply restored, the statement said. In Abaco, BEC teams are making good progress. 95 per cent of the island is back on supply. Teams are working in Treasure Cay. Less than one third of customers in that community have not been reconnected. Green Turtle Cay and Tilloo Cay remain without supply. BEC said the restoration effort has now commenced in Cat Island, where Hurricane Irene hit hardest. So far 10 per cent of the island, from the Cove to Arthurs Town now has electricity, it said, adding that the arrival of 100 poles and other heavy duty equipment was expected yesterday. BEC is also shipping sup plies to Acklins and Eleuthera that will assist in completing the restoration effort. Three Carilec (Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation) teams will also be flown in to Cat Island and Eleuthera to assist with the restoratione fforts on those islands. Those teams are expected to be in place this week. BEC appreciates the patience of its customers in New Providence and the Family Islands who may be without electricity supply at this time. The corporation has committed its resources b oth human and capital to restoring supply nationwide in the shortest time possible, the statement said. By JASMINE LOPEZ A WEATHER system brewing in the east Atlantic over the past few daysb ecame Tropical Storm K atia yesterday and could develop into a hurricane some time today. Chief Meteorologist Basil Dean said Katia is still too far away to knoww hether the Bahamas will b e affected by the storm. "We do not know if Katia is a threat to the Bahamas yet, but we will by early next week because the storm is expected to turn northward just beforer eaching the Bahamas and i f it does, the threat would lessen," Mr Dean said. He said the storm was l ocated at latitude 12.7 degrees north and longi-t ude 35.4 degrees west at 5pm yesterday. It has winds of 60 mph and it is moving forward travelling west-northwesta t 20 mph. "Strengthening of this storm should be expectedo ver the next day or so and K atia could become a hurricane by tomorrow or Thursday, he said. "The storm would not be anywhere near the Bahamas if it turns north w est but for now we just have to monitor it, Mr Dean said. The Bahamas is still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, which ripped through homes, buildings and infrastructurei n Cat Island, Eleuthera, A baco, Mayaguana, Inagua, Long Island, Acklins, and Exuma. With repair work ongoing, even the slim possibility of another hurricanea pproaching these islands i s unwelcome news. NEMA commander Captain Stephen Russell said: "The only thing that we can do is stop repairing and take precautions to save lives. We would just warn p ersons to seek shelters, and just stand still and keep ourselves safe until thes torm passes. Afterwards we would d o our assessments and decide whether the storm t ook us a step back or a step forward because whether it is a category oneo r a category five storm, we will just have to ride it out, but the bottom line is toj ust stay safe." LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011, PAGE 3 0DULQHDYLJDWLRQ&RXUVHV J 7KHUHLVQRVXEVWLWXWHIRUWUDLQLQJDQGDW VHDWKHUHLVOLWWOHURRPIRUHUURUVRSODQWR DWWHQGWKH IUHHUVWFODVV RIWKH 7HUUHVWULDO 1DYLJDWLRQ&RXUVH RIIHUHG 7KH%D KDPDV 6FKRRORI0DULQH1DYLJDWLRQ DW %$65$+HDGTXDUWHUVRQ(DVW%D\6WUHHWRQ 0RQGD\6HSWHPEHUDWWKHQ FRQVLGHUHQUROOLQJLQWKHFRXUVH 2WKHUFRXUVHVLQFOXGH 6HDPDQVKLS XUGD\VfDQG &HOHVWLDO1DYLJDWLRQ 7RUYLVLW ZZZEVPQEL] NOTHING appears to have been done about the East Bay Street house one resident complained w as a dengue fever fact ory. A week has passed s ince The Tribune drew a ttention to the state of t he property, which features an untreated pool filled with stagnant water and piles of garbage making it a perfect breeding ground for dengue fever-carrying mosquitos. T his is despite the fact that the Department of Environmental Health w as notified, and owner M ark Finlayson promised t o look into the matter. B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net MANY Family Islands are still reeling from Hurricane Irene, but the Ministry of Education says this will have little affect o n the opening of the new academic year. With the exception of those on Cat Island, all government schools will ber eady to open their doors to students next week Monday, education officials said. D irector of Education Lionel Sands said that schools in Cat Island will remain closed next week for repairs. While Mr Sands could not provide an estimated cost of repairing the damage, h e said the work in Cat Island is expect ed to be completed in time for a delayed opening on September 12. M r Sands assured the public that although schools in both Acklins and Mayaguana incurred minor damage dur i ng the hurricane, this will not prevent them opening on time. Powerful Hurricane Irene struck Cat Island between Wednesday and Thurs d ay of last week, leaving damaged homes, buildings and schools in its wake. The storm also snapped power lines and uprooted utility poles. Most Cat Islanders have been without p ower for nearly a week and this is expected to remain the case for some time. A s it was one of the islands most impacted by Irene, earlier this week the government announced plans to importg enerators from the US to provide temporary power for Cat Island's reverse osmosis water plant, and said eligible residents would be allowed to importb uilding materials, electrical material and agriculture supplies duty free. SYSTEM IN ATLANTIC COULD DEVELOP INTO HURRICANE BEC EVEN CLOSER TO COMPLETELY RESTORING POWER IRENE WILL HAVE LITTLE EFFECT ON SCHOOL OPENINGS NO APPARENT ACTION ON DENGUE FEVER FACTORY FELIPEMAJOR/TRIBUNESTAFF

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EDITOR, The Tribune. THEother day I met a crooked, former airlinew orker in the grocery store w ho said this to me, Gabb y, somethin mussey wrong w ith Gomez head, ay? You h ear bout how he sayin the papers now, how too much Customs Officers crooked? But isnt that true? I countered. Dat might be so, but Anyway, I said, Just f orget it! and I went down another aisle. W hen I was in the Cust oms Department long e nough to start hearing inhouse gap-seed, I used to hear about this Glenn Gomez who didnt skylark at all, but he was stationed a t a port somewhere in A ndros, so I still didnt know who he was. Then s omewhere in the late seve nties the transfer-list came o ut and that very same Glenn Gomez was scheduled to come to my station, Air Freight, as Supervisor. At the time Air Freight was like infamous Dodge City: there was regular gamblingi n the bond-rooms, drinking alcohol (my forte pant and coming late and leaving early was really nob ig deal. Well as soon as it w as public knowledge that Gomez was headed there,s lackers, drunkards, gamb lers, crooked officers and airline personnel knew business-as-usual would come toa screeching end once that t ransfer date surfacedand it did. Now I had my faults, but pulling-deals was out of the question for a man who grew up under a grand mother whose philosophy w as, A liar is a thief and a t hief is a murderer! On the other hand, there were countless friends and familymembers to whom I gave a break, when they came through the airport, without even a thought I was robbing the country; however, I have undisputed facts that proves Glenn Gomez knows, believes and acts like that is robbery. Here is what I know of him: he knows the law of the land and the Customs Regulations, and anyone, friend, family, enemy, beggar or king who transgresses those directives will get the hammer on their h ead if he finds out about i t. I know too, when he was o nly a junior officer, no Offic er-in-Charge or Supervisor, d ared to order him to do a nythingno matter how trivial, that was against the regulations; they knew too, if he knew any of them did, he wouldnt pimp on them, but boldly sit to his d esk and forward a letter a bout the incident to head office. Furthermore, noE xecutive would even think o f calling any station he headed, to order a shipment released that duties hadnt yet been secured on. Today he isdeservedly so, the c omptroller of customs, and manyeven officers who k now better, are trying to portray Glenn Gomez as one who has changed andg one power-hungry. Anyone who knows that man k nows all he expects of him self and every man and woman in customs is an hon est days work for the pay r eceivedno moreno less. Recently a badly-tar n ished, former customs e xecutive wrote a cowardly and scathing attack on Glenn Gomez, and Im still scratching my head, trying to figure out why anyone would be so incensed with s omeone who is doing such a good job cleaning up his m ess! You see, Glenn G omez cant understand w hy anyone would stay away from work feigning illness; he cant understand why anyone would habitually show up for work late and/or dressed shabbily; he cant understand why anyo ne earning a salary would s teal from his/her employer and he cant understand w hy, among other vices, offic ers dont understand the p eople they pull deals with have absolutely no respect for them and that they will only find this out after they get themselves f ired. Glenn Gomez finds t hese things repulsive and incomprehensible because t hey go hard against what h e believes in and what he is m ade of, and he wont stop fighting against them till he draws his last breathbecause he has to. It is time in this country for us who may not be quite at the standard and integrityl evel of our present comp troller, but have benefited from his guidance, to stand up in support of him againstn egative and ill-willed peop le. V ERNON M J OHNSON II Nassau, August, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 REPORTS reaching The Tribune shortly after the passage of Hurricane Irene claimed that at least two of our settlements had been washed out to sea Lovely Bay, Acklins, and Green Turtle Cay, Abaco. While both these settlements suffered damage, happily they are still with us and, unlike HumptyDumpty, they can be put together again. As government officials toured the islands, they found serious damage in many areas, but little in others. Cat Island, for example, which took the brunt of the storm, was the worst hit. Repairs, which will be major, have already started at that island. However, other areas in the island chain seemed almost untouched by the savage storm. First reports out of Abaco when it was eventually confirmed that Green Turtle Cay had not disappeared into the ocean had boats being torn from their moorings, roofs being ripped off homes, trees uprooted and about three feet of flooding in such areasas Murphy Town. However, in Marsh Harbour residents were thankful that they were spared only one electric pole was down. The north of the island had taken the brunt of the storm. Up until Monday there were still fears for little Green Turtle Cay, which got the worst of the blow. It had still not been heard from. With the Meteorological office warning serious thunder and lighting storms for later Monday and advising boaters not to venture out, Prime Minister Ingraham took off by helicopter to visit his home island Abaco. Among the settlements called on were Sandy Point, Moores Island, Coopers Town, Blackwood, Treasure Cay, Green Turtle, and Marsh Harbour. There was minimal damage in Sandy Point, slight damage to a wooden dock in Moores Island, minimal damage in Coopers Town and no damage in Treasure Cay. While others had been worried for their welfare, the Prime Ministers party found the hardy, independent people of Green Turtle Cay busy cleaning and repairing their island. Although pleased to see their prime minister, they seemed to wonder what all the fuss was about. Of course, no one could get in touch with them. They had no electricity, no cable, no cell phones so what! They were too busy putting their island back together again to concern themselves with the worries of the outside world. When a Bahamas Information Services reporter asked Chief Councillor Greg Curry how much his settlement would expect government to provide in hurricane aid, Mr Curry seemed taken aback by the question. We dont need governments money, he retorted. We dont need money to clean up this is our island. This aint the govern ments island and we can clean it up. In fact, he said, if you look, we started on Saturday at 10am with four trucks and finished at 3pm as you can see its all done. Photographs show clean streets, neat homes, a quiet, peaceful, tranquilly colourful island everything back to normal. Nature only has to do its part by returning the foliage to the trees. However, Sundowners Bar to the southwest of the island, was badly damaged. It had suffered severe beach erosion. The government dock also lost its seawall, which affected the wooden dock behind it. However, the ferry dock was still intact. Asked what made Abaco so special, the Prime Minister listening to the Chief Councillor with obvious pride, said that other than being home to him, these were deeply endearing, accepting people; independentlyminded, self-starters and as you can see quite boastful! The Tribunes Robert Carron, who was among reporters who flew to the various islands after the storm and was also on the Abaco trip, was impressed by the spirit and attitude of the people of Green Turtle Cay. The interesting thing is that not once on our tour of the other islands did we find such an independent, determined attitude, Robert told us. In every settlement we heard complaints. We heard no complaints in Abaco, although they had been without electricity since Wednesday no telephones, no cable, no cell phones they were just busy getting on with the job. They told the Prime Minister that if BEC did not come to put up their electrical poles, they would do it themselves and charge BEC! The stubborn Loyalist blood still runs strong in the blood of those people. The way Abaconians come together in times of crisis is an example of what people can do when they do not depend on governments social services to do it all. The impression I got was that they will ask for help if they need it. But it seems they consider the offer of help an insult to their ability to take care of themselves. If the rest of the Bahamas was like this, this country would truly be a Garden of Eden. Now we can better understand our Prime Minister, who brings this same determined, lets-get-it-done attitude to his administration. LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Those independent-minded Abaconians In support of Comptroller of Customs EDITOR, The Tribune. THE breakfast club at McDonalds at Oakes Field got a s urprise visit from Cat Island Maestro Ezra Hepburn of Ezra and the polka dots and banana boat fame. Ezra, an old friend of Oswald Greenslade and the old Banana Boat Crew, was warmly received as he stood inh is usual perch on the rail. The regular crew was so moved that they broke out in song of his standard hit songs over the years. The renditions led by Tom Butterfield and Al Sherman, Freddie Taylor and Big Jew joined in. And to everyones surprise a homily was rendered by Michael Humes of the Prime Ministers Office! Madam Editor, I would like to share this moving and inspirational experience with you because you see, Ezra has had health challenges lately and has just begun to come out again. He is being encouraged to get back in shape for the banana boat Christmas party. It is truly a blessing to be present on the rare occasions when man's inhumanity to man can be witnessed. You may also want to know that it is not only politics that is discussed at McDonalds from time to time, there are prayers and witness. JON FOWLE Nassau, August 9, 2011. Sharing a moving and inspirational experience

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A SUPREME COURT j udge discharged the jury i n an attempted murder tria l yesterday, minutes after one of the alleged victimsg ave testimony. L avardo Miller, also known as Siggy, is charged with two counts of attempted murder. H e is accused of shooting Detective Corporal 518 Earl Johnson and shooting at Detective Constable2 290 Bruce Chisholm on February 17, 2009 in Nas sau Village. The discharge order was g iven by Justice Roy Jones f ollowing a short break, a fter Cpl Johnson had given testimony about whatt ook place that day. W hen court reconvened, Justice Jones revealed the discovery of potential conflict in the matter concern i ng a jury member and their connection to a witness in the case. Justice Jones discharged t he jury on that basis and adjourned the matter to October 31, when the trial is expected to begin. I f the trial is unable to b egin at that time, the next p ossible date is May 28, 2012. S andradee Gardiner is t he prosecutor in the case. Joseph Darceuil represents the accused. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011, PAGE 5 A THIRD man was arraigned in Magistrates Court in connection with a high speed chase that resulted in police officers seizing more than 500 poundso f marijuana. Nelson Johnson, 35, of Cordeaux A venue and Market Street, appeared before Magistrate Carolita Bethell and was charged with conspiracy to possessd angerous drugs and possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply. A hearing will take place on September 5 in Court Eight, Bank Lane to determine if Johnson will be grantedb ail. Also charged in connection with this m atter are Trevor Cartwright, 32, of White Subdivision, Kemp Road; and Travolt Bartlett, 29, of St JamesR oad. TWO women were taken into custody after officers discovered a quantity of suspected marijuan a at a Ridgeland Park h ome. According to police reports, at around 11.25am on Monday, officers from the Nassau Street Police Station executed a search warrant on a home at Woods Street, R idgeland Park West and d iscovered the suspected drugs along with a number of shotgun shells inside a washing machine. The women, ages 47 and 19, were taken into c ustody for questioning. CRIME TIP As a result of hurricane Irene, many four-way intersections are without functional traffic lights. Police are encouraging a ll drivers to proceed w ith extreme caution at t hese intersections treat them as four-way stops. This means: 1. Slow your vehicle when approaching the intersection 2 Stop your vehicle c ompletely 3. Allow the first vehicle that came to a stop to be the first to go 4. Allow remaining vehicles to cross the intersection in the same o rder in which they a rrived 5 Never block an intersection; this is an offence. By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT The young girl who drowned after being pulled under the sea by strong rip currents has been identified as 14year-old Donnay Haven, a student of StG eorges High School. H aven, who could not swim, was in the water with relatives at Xanadu Beach around 4pm on Friday when she disappeared undert he water. Police and BASRA officials, joined by conc erned citizens, searched the water until 8pm, but were unable to locate the missing teen. Havens body was found near the shore at around 7am on Saturday. A ccording to reports, when her distraught mother spotted the body she ran into the water to retrieve it, but was stopped by police officers. I t is believed that the strong rip tides thought to be responsible for her death were after-effects of Hurricane Irene. N EMA officials had issued an all clear for t he island of Grand Bahama around noon on Friday. B y JASMINE LOPEZ B TC has warned all cell ular phone customers to i gnore and delete text messages from overseas which claim they won large sums of cash. Several such messages have been circulating in recent weeks, and BTC offic ials say they are all fake a nd could be attempts to steal money from the recipi ents. O ne reads: "Your cell n umber has been awarded 5,100,000 pounds in the ongoing Apple mobile UKp romo. For claims send email to followed by an email address. Marlon Johnson, vice president of marketing at B TC, said the message is p art of a scam being run by s omeone in the UK and u rged the public not to r espond to the message, but rather delete it immediately. He said: "Its as simple as getting junk email stating you won the lottery instead of following up on it y ou just ignore it. M r Johnson said police are investigating the matter b ut face considerable obstac les in pursuing the person o r group responsible, as they are in a foreign country. The police are involved but the challenge is tracking someone from the UK, he said. He also told The Tribune t hat the number from which t he messages were being s ent has been blocked by B TC. A ccording to Mr Johnson, the company took action even though no cus tomers have called to complain about the scam. Mr Johnson said this is not the first time sham text m essages have circulated in t he Bahamas. "There is no way that p ersons are receiving these m essages for nothing b ecause nobody gives out money for free, he pointed out. M r Johnson also explained that such a text message is not a virus and will not harm cell phones or the GSM system. JURY DISCHARGED IN ATTEMPTED MURDER TRIAL THIRD MAN IS ARRAIGNED IN CONNECTION WITH DRUG BUST WOMEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AFTER SUSPECTED MARIJUANA FOUND COURTNEWS GIRL WHO DROWNED IN RIP CURRENTS IDENTIFIED CELL PHONE CASH PRIZE MESSAGES ARE ALL FAKE B TCWARNSCUSTOMERS ONE MESSAGE READS: Your cell number has been awarded 5 ,100,000 pounds i n the ongoing A pple mobile UK promo. For claims send email to followed by an email address.

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THE Ministry of Works a nd Transport outlined alternate routes to six schools in a n effort to reduce the impact of ongoing road works on back to school traffic. T he New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project is expected to be completed early next year. EASTERN New Providence residents will suffer the worst of the back-to-school traffic jams next week as the government braces for the inevitable road congestion. Increased police presence, longer green lights, and improved signage were among the initiatives unveiled by traffic authorities and the Ministry of Works yesterday. The ministry also defined access routes to school zones still under construction as a part of the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project. The eastern district is expected to pose the greatest challenge, officials said yes terday, particularly Prince Charles Drive, Fox Hill Road and Eastern Road. Traffic officials urged motorists to adhere to diversion signs and avoid using local access routes designated for residents and businesses. Two-lane traffic at the junction of Soldier Road and Abundant Life Road will only be allowed during the first few weeks of school, according to Shenique Albury, environmental specialist for the project. Other changes include the closure of the eastern access to Texaco Gas Station at the junction of Old Trail Road and Robinson Road; and access from Grace Avenue to the Robinson Road and Old Trail Road junction. Passage onto Robinson Road through Cable Bahamas will not be allowed during peak morning traffic. Traffic officials have asked contractors to create a right turning lane at the junction of Marathon Road and Robinson Road, for those who want to drive south on Marathon Road. Motorists were also advised that Baillou Hill Road from Robinson Road to Wulff Road, is currently a one way thoroughfare. Officials said motorists could expect an identical sys tem on Market Street once work commences in that area. Some 100 officers from the Traffic Division and various police stations will patrol heavy traffic areas, school zones and their peripheries for the first few weeks. The Ministry of Works will also monitor traffic and col laborate with the police to identify challenges and implement new strategies. Motorists were asked to contact the ministrys hotline with any concerns or sugges tions regarding traffic flow on 302-9700, or by emailing publicworks@bahamas.gov.b s. Feedback can also be submitted on Facebook through the ministrys Road Improvement page. ALTERNATESCHOOLROUTES FIGURE 1: Access to CI Gibson High School on Marathon Road. FIGURE 2: Access to St Augustines College. F IGURE 3: A ccess to Doris Johnson Senior High School. FIGURE 4: Access to Faith Temple School. F IGURE 5: A ccess CR Walker Senior High School on Baillou Hill R oad and Market Street. 1 3 4 5 2 EAST FACES WORST OF BACK-TO-SCHOOL TRAFFIC

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KEITH MAJOR, AUTO MECHANIC Well I wasnt too concerned about Hurricane Irene because I know where put my trust in. You have to put your trust in the Lord and thats what I did. think was also import ant for people to follow the i nstructions given to us by the Met office and NEMA. If you take the precautionst hen things should work out. The storm was very seri ous and we all have a littleb it of fear in us but I trust in God and Im grateful that despite the damages the country took as a result oft he storm, we didnt lose any lives. If you look at whats h appening now in the US, t heres about 15 reported deaths I believe, and the damage appears to be worse and the storm isw eaker hitting them than it did us. So Im very thankful about us not having to got hrough that. EUNICE ROSE, ELE M ENTARY SCHOOL T EACHER Hurricane Irene wasnt a problem for me because I was prepared for the storm.I secured my property and ensured that my family and I had the basic necessities required to have during a storm. Before the storm hit Nassau, I had the tree limbs in my yard cut down so that they would not snap and fly about and damage my home or my neighbours. The blessing in that was none of my trees, and I have a lot, were uprooted. A neighbours tree did fall on our roof but it was undamaged, surprisingly, so I was grateful. But my issue with people during the hurricane season is that they dont take it as seriously as they should and do not prepare. Safety is a big thing and during a hurricane, it should not be taken for granted. ELDON JOHNSON, RETIRED POLICE OFFICER Well I wasnt in the country when the storm hit because I was in Houston. I was trying to get home to secure my property and had already spent $700 on a one-way ticket to Nassau but was told that due to the weather, no flights could get in or out. I was fortunate enough though to have friends who had secured my property for me and I am really grateful to them. New Providence fared well during the storm, however my hometown in Ack lins did not. As we speak I am making preparations to visit my hometown and see the damage that was sustained to the home that I g rew up in. The truth of the matter is though, Bahamians were too relaxed and didnt heed the warnings and instructions given to them. Its not as bad as anticip ated though and that is a b lessing in itself but we have to take these storms seriously. DWAYNE FERGUSON, DOCTORS HOSPITAL HOUSEKEEPING My experience during the storm was a good one. Even though we were locked down in hospitalt hroughout the storm, we had all of the utilities work ing the whole time. No dis c onnection! So it was pretty com fortable. We gave our patients in hospital prior to the storm quality care andt reated the new ones com ing in the same, whether the cases were big or small. Thew orkers here helped to clean up the area along Collins Avenue so we got d o to that as well. There w erent damages really so I guess we fared well. ANONYMOUS I didnt incur any damages as a result of Irene but Im not following it too much. Ive seen and read the damages to the Family Islands through the media reports so Im hoping that the government can step in and help them as best as they can. Every storm its basically the same type of response and really, there really is only so much the government can do but I really hope that they step it up this time. PETRIKA CHARLTON I think in Nassau we fared pretty good during Irene, at least where I live. There was some minor shingle damage, one or two leaks but thank God it was nothing serious. We had power through out the whole storm, it never turned off so that was good. Unfortunately the cable was off since the storm hit and just got turned on today (Monday ily Islands got hit harder than we did. Im not sure the response to the affected res idents in the out islands from government officials was as fast as it could be considering the nature of the disaster, though some of my family on Cat Island said damages werent THAT bad. They dont have power and telephone connection though, so thats whats hurting them right now. NICODEMUS ISRAEL, SECURITY GUARD Looking at Irenes impact on New Providence, there really wasnt any. I was concerned about the amount of rain that we would get because this island could not handle a l ot of flooding right now or e ver. Id take heavy winds over flooding any day. Im hoping that Nassau getting spared significant damage and flooding would not cause people to slacko ff during the rest of the hurricane season. People think because they bought out the foods tore and then most of it is not used because the storm was over before it began,p eople wouldnt take it serio usly. I think the government did well in their response to victims in the FamilyI slands and even in New Providence. The equipment to r emove trees and clear roads and what not were already made available to t hem through the Road I mprovement Projects reall y. And as soon as the storm was completely out of our area, they left immediately for the islands, so that was really good. However, I do not agree with them shutting down government offices in Nas sau for a day. The reason being was road safety but the roads were basically clear enough for persons to go to work and so I think them shutting the office down put a lot of work on hold and it was not a good call. I was impressed by BECs response timing to restoring power and fixing downed lines. Sometimes when these storms hit in other countries, the situa tion is worse or just as bad and takes much longer. So they did pretty good. KATHERINE ARCHER, LIBRARIAN There was no real concern for me about the storm. The longest my home was out of power was for about 12 hours max. It had went off early Thurs day morning and came back that evening at about 8pm. Im surprised at some of the damage it did to the island. Id never seen as much down trees and pow er lines yet, and Ive been through a few storms some stronger than this. It definitely wasnt an Andrew. DAVID LONGLEY, DEFENCE FORCE OFFICER I think Nassau came out pretty well and being a member of the Defence Force, Ive seen first hand what the storm did to the F amily Islands, namely Acklins, Cat Island and Long Island. Those islands suffered the most but overall as a country, we did pretty well. And I have to mention t hat NEMA did an excell ent job in keeping the country up to date during the storm and with assess m ent post-Irene. There will be challenges with getting supplies to the islands but we are going tog et it done to help the fell ow Bahamians in those islands as best we can. The Defence Force is up t o the challenge and we will step up to the plate. The entire Bahamas is fortunate to have livedt hrough this experience and considering what Irene is d oing to the US now, Id say were blessed. So I really hope that p eople are not complaining and carrying on because at the end of the day you have your life. Material things can be replaced. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011, PAGE 7 HURRICANE IRENE: WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE AND AFTERMATH? STREETTALK P ETRIKA CHARLTON D AVID LONGLEY E UNICE ROSE E LDON JOHNSON D WAYNE FERGUSON B RANCHES AND LEAVES l itter this Nassau street after Hurricane Irene.

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al conferences on archaeology. Their most notable discovery was the juxtapos ition of Lucayan artifacts with Spanish trade goods at the Long Bay beach where Columbus is believed to have s tepped ashore in 1492 a story that Tough Call broke o n the Reuters n ewswire in 1983. I n his epilogue, G erace writes: (My wife a nd I are proud of what we have built. As we liket o say, the GRC is very much our child. We have raised it to w here it is today, but we must now let it s tand on its o wn feet and b ecome all that it is capable ofb ecoming in t he future. We are pleased to see the College of the Bahamas take over." I n C olumbus' Footsteps b y Dr Ronald Shaklee S haklee is a Youngstown State University geograph er who has spent considerable time at the GeraceR esearch Centre over the years. In 1993 he published this slim volume as a scien-t ific introduction to the island's environment. A revised edition was pro duced in 2008, with the aim o f capturing San Salvador a t a particular point in time. "San Salvador has undergone tremendous change since the (Columbus quin centennial)," Shaklee writes in his introduction. "The landscape that forc enturies watched as p rogress passed it by has undergone significant alter ation. Let this manuscript be a record of what the island was like before progress remakes San Sal vador into yet another e xclusive tropical playground for the rich and ridiculous." Chaos to Serenity by Martha Wohlford This is a personal memoir by an American woman who has spent most of the past 40 years on Staniel Cay in the Exumas. Wohlford is a writer, photographer, graphic artist and second home renter who arrived on the island in 1969 with her husband, Trey, a charter yacht cap tain. In 1967 she and her new husband took a honeymoon cruise from Alexandria, Virginia to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. From there they sailed their yacht to theB ahamas. "Arriving in Bimini we dropped anchor and passed out fromf atigue...The next morning I poked my head out of the companionway and fell in love...I have never forgot-t en that magical moment w hen the Bahamas claimed me forever." Within five years they found themselves based at Staniel Cay, eventually building a home called Serenity. T he island was settled by t he Gray family in the ear ly years of the 20th centu ry, and the venerable Staniel Cay Yacht Club was built by a group of Nassuvians (including John Maura and Roy Arteaga) in 1959. Chaos to Serenity is a collection of stories that includes the author's per sonal experiences of island life and trivia, "with a little insanity thrown in for reality." It is the latest in a long line of "I lived on a Bahamian island" accounts, dating back to Rosita Forbes, a famed English travel writer who spent time on Eleuthera and published her story in 1940 ( A Unicorn in the Bahamas ). Others of this popular genre include: Jack Ford's Reminis cences of an Island Teacher at Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, from 1948-53. My Castle in the Air published in 1994 by the daughter of out island doctor, Evans Cottman, who moved to Marsh Harbour in 1945 and died there in 1976. Eleuthera: The Island Called Freedom was published in 1966 by another celebrated travel writer named Everild Young, who lived at Governor's Harbour. British teacher Stephen Griffiths (who worked on Croooked Island in the 1970s) published Sand in My Shoes in 1996. Alison A lbury published Life on a Rock in 2008 to commemorate the five years she and hus-b and Peter spent on Highbourne Cay in the Exumas in the 1990s. R ose's to Mount Fitzwilliam by Dame Ivy Dumont This 383-page book is by t he Long Island teacher who became our first woman governor-generali n 2001. Born in the settlement of Rose's, Dame Ivy attend ed Government High S chool in Nassau before j oining the public service as a teacher. She retired as a deputy permanent secretary in 1978, and joined NatWest Trust Corporation as a training officer, retiring again in 1991 and entering front line politics. She was appointed government leader in the Senate in 1992 and served in the cabinet until her third retirement in 2001. While impressed by the pageantry of her swearingin ceremony in Parliament Square on November 13, 2001, Dame Ivy was contemptuous of her living accommodation at Government House, which pos sessed rather "more char acter than comfort." And during her term she significantly progressed the restoration of that 200year-old historic building. "Having been appoint ed on the recommendation of one prime minister, it was my destiny to serve primarily during the administration of another.I did so, having both an understanding of our system of government and a keen sense of responsibili ty to the nation and to myself." This book tells in detail how a girl born at Rose's, Long Island in 1930 "served in the several capacities from which she has retired five times." All of these books and many others about the Bahamas or Bahamas-related subjects can be obtained from Media Enterprises Ltd on Shirley Park Avenue. What do you think? Send comments to larry@tribunemedia.net Or visit www.bahamapundit.co m B y LARRYSMITH AS we approach the end of the holiday season, there's still time to get some serious reading done. H ere's a vacation reading l ist to help you relax, e scape, unwind and educate yourself. Freeport Notebook b y Peter Barratt B arratt is the Englishb orn architect who planned t he city of Freeport back in t he 1960s, and one of the f ew remaining people who knew legendary Freeport founder Wallace Groves personally. In fact, he designed the mausoleum near Mary Star of the Sea where Groves and his wife Georgette are b uried. B arratt published the first and only substantive h istory of Grand Bahama i n 1972. A lthough now a Bahamian citizen, his work permit w as refused twice over the y ears and he now spends much of his time in Florida, but clearly Freeport is still very much on his mind. It is an untidy mind, he admits, despite his role as a town planner. I n this 175-page volume h e has thrown together "personal subjective musi ngs that I thought the r eader might find interesting...(highlighting events in the early period of the Freeport story." Thes ubtitle says it all: "Pines, P ort, Politics, Poems and Prose." T hose musings include l etters to local newspapers, poetry and doggerel, news c lippings, historical photos, o bservations and recollect ions. It provides interesting a nd easy-to-read backg round to the current condition of Freeport, Grand Bahama one of the greatest enigmas of the modern Bahamas. Life Quest b y Dr Donald Gerace D onald Gerace is an I talian-American geologist w ho pioneered developm ent of the Bahamian F ield Station, a scientific research facility for college students and professors on the island of San Salvador. Described as "a happy warrior", throughout his long career Gerace saw obstac les as challenges to be met rather than reasons for despair. I knew him from the 1 970s when I visited San S alvador as a writer for the Bahamas News Bureau. He was always cheerful in the f ace of budget constraints and bureaucratic inanities. It is remarkable that the field station has survivedt he past 40 years, housing 1 00 students in dorms and 8 0 professors in motel-like rooms. But there is no d oubt where the credit lies which is why the facility is n ow known as the Gerace Research Centre. G erace is from Buffalo, N ew York, and joined the staff of the College Centre of the Finger Lakes in 1969. He ran student field trips through the Florida Keys in 1970, where he saw an ad offering the US naval b ase on Salvador for sale f or $1. H is initial contacts were w ith Hugh Sands, perman ent secretary at the Mini stry of Education, and a Colonel Flagler at the US consulate in Nassau. The first group of 40 students flew in on Bahamas Airways in December 1971, and more than 36,000 have p assed through the centre since then. Over the years, r esearchers on San Salv ador have studied the i sland's flora and fauna, its geology and paleontology, as well as its modern and a ncient archaeology. Every year there is an academic conference on natural history or geology,a nd there have been severPAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Relax, unwind, escape and educate yourself Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. 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LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011, PAGE 9 The last guest at the Cable Beach resort should leave the property by Saturday and t hose who are booked to stay at the hotel will b e moved to its sister property Sandals Emerald Bay in Exuma, said a company spokesman. The property is expected to re-open on Sept ember 28. "We're not letting anybody go. Unlike other properties we've made a commitment to o ur team members after this month of clo sure that everyone will still be employed. We're inviting everybody to take vacation org o on leave during this period," said the s pokesman. "We have a very dedicated group of people who work here and they understand the situ-a tion. Even before this happened they understood this was a soft period (approaching a lot of them had booked vacation time or a sked for leave." During the closure, hotel bosses will also upgrade older facilities on the property including the Manor Building, built in the 1940s. A statement issued by Sandals Resorts International Chairman Gordon Stewart blamed the passage of Irene for the closure. Last week, our beautiful islands took a severe pounding from the rains and winds of Hurricane Irene. Roads and communities were inundated, electricity supplies cut off, roofs w ere damaged and life, as we know it, was d isrupted. We also owe a great debt of gratitude to our team members, many of whom volun teered to remain on property to ensure the p rotection and comfort of our valued guests, knowing that their own homes were undert hreat of flooding or structural damage. "Their selfless efforts made it possible for o ur guests to weather the storm with minimal discomfort and to stabilise and protect our operations at Sandals Royal Bahamian and S andals Emerald Bay. We will work as speed ily as possible and spare no effort to ensure that all our facilities are restored to the world-c lass standard which is the hallmark of Sandals R esorts and our beautiful country. "In the case of Sandals Royal Bahamian, this will mean a period of closure of aboutf our weeks to address some structural and other damage. However, Sandals Emerald Bay, which was spared significant damage, will r emain open." Earlier this week, another property on the Cable Beach strip the all-inclusive Super Clubs Breezes announced it will close Sep t ember 1 to October 31 to repair damages from Irene. also known as a demonstra tion school, stated Mr Ban nister, in his published speech. It was expected to be a collaborative project between the School of Education and the College of the Bahamas, helping to improve teaching proficiency, and fully pre pare students for the intel lectual, artistic, physical, social, emotional challenges beyond primary school. Through the initiative, T.G. Glover was supposed to be equipped with state of the art facilities, including: Technology or multimedia labs, studios for art, drama, dance and music, as well as library and playground facilities. A procurement bid was even published for the lab school in May for computer hardware and software, including 32 interactive whiteboards with projectors, and 32 student response systems (SRS Technology companies that were hoping to cash in on thebid had to bank on something else. The bid process was terminated before a contract could be awarded, because the Ministry of Finance pulled the plug on the project. Lionel Sands, Director of Education, said the ministry originally anticipated funding for the project, so it pushed forward with the tender process, even though the July 1 budget had not been pub lished. We couldn't wait until after the budget to go to bid; then we would not have had time to get (the process pleted, given the time frame, said Mr Sands. However, no money was allocated in the 2011/2012 budget for the initiative. That is the reason why the bid was not approved and the project was placed on hold, said Mr Sands. The Ministry focused instead on opening the primary school, without the lab initiative. The introduction of a lab school in the Bahamas would have permitted the School of Education at COB to become a College of Education, furthering the institutions aspirations of attaining university status, according to Mr Bannister. It is also expected that this school will offer an Instruc tional Programme that promotes an inclusive creative community; fosters critical thinking; cultivates an intrinsic motivation to learn and activate participation in the learning process; develops self awareness, compassion for others and appreciation for diversity and personal leadership; uses an experiential approach; (and ferent ways of learning, he said. The May bid was closely watched by education observers, not only becauseof their excitement about the lab school, but also because of their concern about the management of technology initiatives in the Ministry of Education. In a series of articles around the time of the bid, The Tribune highlighted the concerns of industry experts, who questioned the capacity and management capability of the MOE in implementing its technology agenda. The ministry at one time contemplated funding the project through its InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB INSPIRE project. However, Dr Karen St Cyr, INSPIRE project manager, said after review, it was determined that the targets and triggers for the INSPIRE Project did not fit with the T.G. Glover project. As of now, it is unclear why the government changed its mind on the revolutionary education initiative that had some in the education sector hyped up. Observers may just have to wait until the 2012/2013 bud get to see if the project finds its way back onto the governments funding agenda. Despite it all, T.G. Glover Primary School will be open for business next week. actual life in prison is a good compromise to the death penalty as it sends a mess age that crime will not be tolerated. The bottom line is we need to send a s trong message to the crime element, said Bishop Hall. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has said under the current laws, it is unlikely the death penalty will be carried out in the near future. While understanding the publics frustration with continuing high levels of crime, Mr I ngraham said the country will continue to a bide by the rule of law and decisions made b y our courts. He said: Even if we change the law, it will take some time for that law to be able to be applied to persons who are convicted, and so there are several other things the society ought to consider in the interim rather than to expect something that is not likely to happ en." T he government is considering changing the current life sentence from 25 years to i nclude a sentence of a persons natural life. M r Ingraham said murders would have to b e categorised to determine which cases cons titute the death penalty, while others may w arrant imprisonment for life, their natural life and whether a lesser period of time is more appropriate. Calling the suggestion a noble step, Bishop Hall said if the government amends the law so those who shoot, stab and kill go to jail for the rest of their natural lives, it will b e a deterrent and a strong message to crimi nals. Knowing the life-long consequence of their actions, Bishop Hall said it would force people to have regard for human life. He added that in the Old Testament of t he Bible similar punishment was given to those who disobeyed the law, persons would be banished from civilisation for committing c rimes. T he government was scheduled to debate t he death penalty bill before they adjourned f or the summer. However, when the House a djourned the bill was still not ready for pres entation. The proposed legislation will outline specific categories of murder. It is still unclear if the government will bring the bill when Parliament resumes on October 5. Neko Grant said workers are moving as fast as they can. The situation there is being evaluated. We are working feverishly in an effort to c omplete the new straw market," the Lucaya MP said earlier this week. "We don't see us moving into the new market u ntil it's finished. We have no plans to r eplace the tent," he said. The new market is set to open some t ime in September, although a firm date h as not been provided by government. 20 suspected cases. The country has since seen more than 1,500 this year while public health officials are investigating four suspected fever related deaths. Persons experiencing dengue fever-like symptoms are asked to call the hotline at 359-2929 to speak with a healthcare professional before visiting the Princess Margaret Hospital. CHILD DENGUE FEVER CASES ANGER AS STRAW VENDORS MOVE TO PRINCE GEORGE WHARF FROM page one FROM page one LABORATORY SCHOOL INITIA TIVE PUT ON HOLD FROM page one SANDALS TO CLOSE FOR FOUR WEEKS TO ADDRESS HURRICANE DAMAGE BISHOP HALL:ACTUAL LIFE WOULD BE GOOD ALTERNATIVE TO CAPITAL PUNISHMENT F ROM page one FROM page one

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE HEISHA, Libya A ssociated Press L IBYAN REBELSsay they're closing in on Moammar Gadhafi and issued an ultimatum Tuesday to regime loyalists in the fugitive dicta-t or's hometown of Sirte, his m ain remaining bastion: surrender this weekend or face an attack. "We have a good idea where he is," a top rebel leader said. T he rebels, tightening their g rip on Libya after a military blitz, also demanded that Algeria return Gadhafi's wife and three of his children who fled there Monday. Granting asylum to his family, includ-i ng daughter Aisha who gave b irth in Algeria on Tuesday, was an "enemy act," said Ahmed al-Darrad, the rebels' interior minister. Rebel leaders insisted they are slowly restoring order in the war-scarred capital of T ripoli after a week of fighting, including deploying police and collecting garbage. Reporters touring Tripoli still saw chaot-i c scenes, including desperate motorists stealing fuel from a gas station. In the capital's Souk al Jumm a neighborhood, about 200 p eople pounded on the doors of a bank, demanding that it o pen. Civil servants said they were told they would receive a 250-dinar (about $200 advance on their salaries for the three-day Muslim holiday o f Eid al-Fitr, which starts W ednesday in Libya. R ebel fighters were converging on the heavily militarized town of Sirte, some 250 m iles (400 kilometers Tripoli. The rebels gave pro-Gadh afi forces there a deadline of S aturday the day after the end of the Muslim holiday to complete negotiations and surrender. After that, the rebels will "act decisively and militarily," said MustafaA bdul-Jalil, the head of the rebels' National Transitional Council. His deputy, Ali Tarhouni, s aid in Tripoli that "sometimes to avoid bloodshed you must shed blood, and the faster we d o this, the less blood we will shed." T here has been speculation that Gadhafi is seeking refuge in Sirte or one of the other r emaining regime strongholds, a mong them the towns of Bani W alid or Sabha. "Gadhafi is now fleeing a nd we have a good idea where he is," Tarhouni said, without elaborating. "Wed on't have any doubt that we w ill catch him." S ome 90 miles (150 kilometers) west of Sirte, about a dozen armored, gun-mounted trucks were parked at a staging ground in the desert. A high-w ay overpass provided some shade for rebels, most dressed in T-shirts and camouflage p ants. Commander Ismail Shallouf said patrols have gone 30 miles( 50 kilometers) closer to Sirte, a nd occasionally have exchanged fire with Gadhafi f ighters. Ahmed Abu Sweira, standing on the overpass, said rebels are waiting for reinf orcements for the final push. O n Monday, NATO hit a bout three dozen Gadhafi military targets in the Sirte a rea. NATO insists it remains within the bounds of its original mission of protectingL ibyan civilians, but appears t o be paving the way for a dvancing rebel forces with its targeted airstrikes. Diplomatic tensions rose between the rebels and Algeria after the Algerian govern-m ent agreed to grant refuge to Gadhafi's wife, Safiya, daughter Aisha and sons Hann ibal and Mohammed. In a dramatic episode, Aisha, a lawyer in her mid-30s,g ave birth to her fourth child a girl as the family escaped to Algeria. A n Algerian newspaper reported that the exiles, who also included an unknown n umber of Gadhafi's grandc hildren, had waited 12 hours t o receive authorization from President Abdelaziz Bouteflik a while Aisha was in labor. Algerian U.N. Ambassador Mourad Benmehidi said in al etter to the Security Council o btained by The Associated P ress that the child was born Monday "at the border without medical assistance." The Algerian Health Ministry said the child was born Tuesday. A lgerian news reports said Aisha's pregnancy was one reason for Algeria's controv ersial decision to take the fleeing family in. Benmehidi said Algeria allowed Gadhafi'sf amily to enter for "humanit arian considerations." The whole party is now w anted by Libya's new rulers. The interim government criticized Algeria's decision and d emanded that Gadhafi's rela tives be handed over for trial i n Libya. The fate of Gadhafi's son K hamis continues to be in doubt. On Monday, rebel fighters said they believedK hamis, commander of an e lite military unit, was killed i n a rebel ambush south of Tripoli last week. However, Tarhouni said Tuesday that he cannot confirm Khamis' death. In all, Gadhafi has eight biol ogical children, a daughter and seven sons. Since the rebel takeover of T ripoli more than a week ago, evidence has been mounting that Gadhafi may have lieda bout the death of his adopted b aby daughter Hana in a 1986 U.S. airstrike. T he strike hit Gadhafi's home in his Tripoli compound, Bab al-Aziziya, in retaliation f or the Libyan-sponsored b ombing of a Berlin nightclub e arlier that year that killed two U.S. servicemen. At the time, G adhafi showed American journalists a picture of a dead baby and said it was his adopt e d daughter Hana the first p ublic mention that she even e xisted. Diplomats almost immediately questioned the claim. But Gadhafi kept the story alive through the years. A del Shaltut, a Libyan diplomat at the U.N. in Geneva, said it was common knowle dge that Hana Gadhafi wasn't killed. "All Libyans knew from the very beginning thati t's a lie," he told AP, saying H ana was married and had children. R EBEL FIGHTERS h ead patrol the village of Heisha, some 100 kilometers east from Misrata, Libya, Tuesday. (AP

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$4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.55 $5.43 $5.38 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.netWEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 PersonalPensionPlanStrong investment performanceFlexible StructureCompetitive feesEfcient administration B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor THEBahamas Electricity Corporation is likely to take a $4-$5 million hitf rom Hurricane Irenerelated repairs and damage, Tribune Business was told yesterday, a sum set t o take a significant chunk out of its projected $7 million profit for this financial y ear. Michael Moss, BECs chairman, said those fig-u res represented the best estimate at this point, with the Corporation still crunching the numbersa nd likely to come up with a final figure by Friday. Its likely to be pretty c lose to a $4-$5 million hit, Mr Moss told Tribune Business. Were still crunching the numbers, but i t appears to be of the order of that magnitude. We still dont have final n umbers, but its in that kind of area. That is the reasonable estimate weh ave so far. Despite the unexpected financial blow resultingf rom Hurricane Irene, Mr Moss said BEC in common with other companies with operations and infra structure spread throughout the Bahamas had fared much better than expected, as the Category Three storm had hit the more sparsely populated central and southeastern Bahamas hardest. It means we were not as heavily impacted as we might have been, the BEC chairman added. It could have been far worse if Irene had hit areas of the Bahamas where we have some dense populations. Given that BECs finan cial year-end is September 30, 2011, Mr Moss said the Corporations balance sheet and income state ment had relatively little time to rebound from the effects of Hurricane Irene. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A NASSAU-BASEDbusinessman h as agreed a deal to lease the Freeport-based 86,000 square foot Associated Grocers warehouse for an auto parts import/export business, Tri-b une Business can reveal, the venture n ow just awaiting a licence and regulatory approval from the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA Robert Myers, head of New Provid ence-based landscaper, Caribbean Landscape, confirmed developments w hen contacted by Tribune Business, b ut declined to go into detail about the company and its proposed business plan due to the pending regulatory approval. H owever, sources familiar with the deal told this newspaper Mr Myers was looking at establishing an auto p arts logistics business at the Associated Grocers property. I f the relevant approvals are forthc oming, and the business takes off, it c ould finally fulfill the original vision and business model Associated Grocers had for the facility namely a logistics/distribution hub exploiting Freeports favourable tax regime to s ervice Latin American and Caribbean c lients at a cheaper cost than from the US, employing an import/export strat-e gy. A nd Mr Myers plans, if successful, c ould also provide the spark to ignite the vision that the Port and Hutchison Whampoa had for the Sea Air Business Centre as a light industrial/logistics centre. Hutchison has argued that t he relatively high cost of electricity s upplied by the Grand Bahama Power Company has, to date, stymied theS ea Air Business Centres take-off. Besides these factors, the venture could also provide jobs and a muchneeded boost for a Freeport economy that is badly in need of good news and some growth momentum. You are correct. At the moment w ere just waiting on a licence from the Port, Mr Myers told Tribune Business yesterday. We have a deal p encilled out with Associated Groc ers, and assuming we get granted a licence to do the business were looking to do, we will be occupying thatb uilding. Declining to give details on the nature of the companys proposed o perations, or the scale of the likely investment and resulting jobs, Mr By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE MEAGRE$1.1 million July expansion in credit t o the Bahamian private sector has again highlighted the econ omys continued weakness, as commercial banking loan arrears resumed their upward trend, expanding by 2.2 per cent to $1.162 billion. The Central Bank of the Bahamas report on monthly economic and financial developments for July, released yesterday, again highlighted the banking industrys difficulty in finding creditworthy clients to lend to, and the fact many con sumers and businesses are maxed out, as private sector credit expansion fell year-overyear by more than $25 millionfrom $26.5 million in 2010 to just $1.1 million this year. Of particular note was the $2.6 million contraction in commercial and other loans, compared to a $22.1 million credit expansion to this sector in July 2010. This emphasises the continued struggles of many Bahamas-based businesses, especially small and mediumsized enterprises. They are either unable to access credit, due to risk aversion among commercial banks and other formal lenders, or simply do not qualify due to the condition of their balance sheets and income statements. Mortgage growth weakened to a mere $1.4 million from $15.5 million [in 2010], the Central Bank report said. However, consumer credit, at 34.3 per cent of total Bahamian dollar claims on the private sector, firmed by $2.3 million in contrast to the yearearlier $11 million net repay ment. The latter development again highlights concerns first raised by Arawak Homes chairman Franklyn Wilson, who previously expressed concerns to Tribune Business that, by concentrating on higheryielding consumer loans, banks and other lenders were diverting much-needed debt capital away from the more productive sectors of the Bahamian economy mort gages and businesses. As for the commercial banking industrys loan arrears, the Central Bank said that following Junes decrease they firmed modestly last By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net HURRICANE IRENE has caused per cent dev astation to the Bahamnian a griculture industry, with farmers on the hardest-hit Family Islands losing entire c rops. Several packing house managers and agricultureo fficials, when contacted by T ribune Business yesterday, were on the ground assess ing the damages or prepari ng to inspect farms on sev eral Family Islands. Maurice Minnis, manager of the packing house on Long Island, which was severely impacted by the storm, told this newspaper: We have been 100 per cent devastated by the storm. The farmers here on Long Island depended mainly on bananas, papaya, plantain or c ash crops for their livelihood. We lost the entire banana and plantain crops. We were in the peak seas on of banana production. In fact, my packing house right now has quite a bit of plan t ain, bananas and papayas that farmers salvaged. Farmers are already back in the f ield cleaning up. We have a team in place now and will hit the roads tomorrow to start a full assessment. T he news was similar in Eleuthera. Godfrey Deveaux, packing house manager for South Eleuthera, told Tribune Business: Im out on the landr ight now doing inspections. Some of my farmers so far By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor THE GOVERNMENT i s moving to bring financial services regulatory consoli d ation to a head, the minister of state for finance confirmed yesterday, with ad raft Bill to amalgamate three regulators into one consolidating Authority currently being circulateda mong the private sector. Z hivargo Laing confirmed to Tribune Business that the REGULATORY REFORM COMING TO A HEAD Draft Bill to amalgamate three financial supervisors into one in circulation Minister says proposed body more of an Authority Reforms could be extremely helpful topr iv ate sector SEE page 4B Z HIVARGO LAING FARMING INDUSTRY 00% DEVASTATION SEE page 2B H URRICANEIRENE WEAK PRIVATE SECTOR IN $1.1 MILLION CREDIT RISE SEE page 2B Meagre July expansion highlights Bahamian economys continued woes Loan arrears rise again to $1.162bn, with non-performers totalling $672m BEC EYEING $4-$5M HIT FROM IRENE Could slash projected profits to $2-$3m N assau cash flow hit by storm preparations Clifton Pier overhauls tor esume next week SEE page 4B M ICHAEL MOSS NASSAU BUSINESSMAN INK GRAND BAHAMA LOGISTICS DEAL Robert Myers pencils agreement to lease Associated Grocers warehouse for auto parts export/import venture Awaiting licence and approvals from Port Potential boost for jobs and Freeports logistics vision SEE page 2B

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Myers added: Were keen to do an investment in Freeport, a nd think the business model will be OK. Asked whether other investors were involved in the v enture, Mr Myers replied: Predominantly its me. This feeds into a lot of other businesses. The dynamics of the busi ness work more on the C aribbean than the Bahamas. The Bahamas will be a small percentage of the business, but it feeds into other busi n esses. It does not work solely in the Bahamas. The numbers are not there; they are t here in the Caribbean. The Bahamas is one small aspect of the larger picture. D escribing the number of j obs created, and level of investment involved, as decent, Mr Myers told Trib une Business: Youre not getting a building and property of that size unless youre m aking a substantial invest ment. Just think about the capital investment and peo-p le needed to run it. Its not s mall. It will be good for Freeport if it gets approved. Ih ope it works out for Freeport and the Bahamas, because Im here. S ources close to develop ments had told Tribune Busi ness the licence application had been submitted to the Grand Bahama Port Authority some two months ago, but a reply had yet to be forth coming, with Mr Myers and his group hoping to have heard something by now. He declined to comment when questioned on this aspect by Tribune Business yesterday. The Associated Grocers warehouse has yet to fulfill its potential, the Florida-based grocery wholesaler and distributor having found it had n o need for the facility, being able to accomplish the same goals from Fort Lauderdale. P LP politicians, Obie Wilchcombe and Pleasant Bridgewater, attempted tod uplicate the Associated Groc ers business model with their own venture, leasing the facil ity from its developer. Howe ver, their business hit trou ble, and they had to stave-off attempts by Associated Gro-c ers to lock them out after they allegedly fell behind on their rent. Ex-John S George and Freeport Concrete chief, Ken Hutton, was brought in to take over the day-to-day operations of the politicians Universal Distributors business. He was negotiating with Baha Mars general contrac tor, China State Construction, for the warehouse to act as the logistics/distribution hub for its equipment and construction materials. However, it appears that plan has failed to come to fruition. BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T HE CENTRAL BANK of the Bahamas yesterday said considerable slack remains in the Bahamian labour market notwithstanding thea pparent reduction in the u nemployment rate, noting t hat most job gains over the last two years have been in the informal economy. Essentially delivering the message that the employmentp icture is not as rosy as some m ight interpret the Departm ent of Statistics data to be, given that the official jobless rate dropped from 14.2 per cent in May 2009 to 13.7 per cent this May, the Central Banks report on monthlye conomic and financial developments for July indicated that the increase in discouraged workers was more telling. These are workers who have simply stopped looking for gainful employment. As a result, the Central Bank said: Considerable slack remained in the labour market........ The majority of the job gains over the last two years have been in the informal sector, and the number of discouraged workers was elevated by 34.8 perc ent to 11,900. The informal sector refers to the likes of roadside vendors and BTC phone card sellers. Yet the number of discouraged workers indicates t here are hundreds of B ahamians who have simply stopped looking for a job, and are in danger of losing the habit of work. Elsewhere, the Central Bank said energy costs fell during July, with average gasoline and diesel prices dropping, respectively, by 4p er cent to $5.27 per gallon and 1.2 per cent to $4.98 per gallon. When compared to the same month of the previous year, the mean prices of gasoline and diesel were higher by2 5.5 per cent and 41.1 per cent, respectively, it added. In terms of electricity costs, the Bahamas Electricity Corporations (BEC charge was stable, at 22.75 c ents per kilowatt hour for J uly, but it grew by 11.62 cents per kilowatt hour over last year. The Central Bank said the Bahamian economys recovery momentum continued in July, although thousands of Bahamians may not yet be feeling it. It added that, priort o Hurricane Irene, there were indications that tourism performance had improved, with the US market showing revival signs and Copa Airlines new airlift boosting Latin American arrivals. T he construction industry, meanwhile, was benefiting from the Governments public infrastructure investments, coupled with the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project. S till, global headwinds a re there, including signs of a US economic slowdown amid the downgrading of its sovereign debt rating by Standard& Poors (S&P MAJOR SLACK IN LABOUR MARKET month, although there was not a broadly-based movement among most institutions. Total private sector loan arrears rose by $24.7 million, the report said, taking their ratio as a percentage of the total $6.179 billion in outstanding Bahamian dollar private sector credit to 18.9 per cent. This still means that close to $1 out of every $5 lent is past due. The Central Bank said loan delinquencies between 310-90 days past due rose by $14.1 million or 3 per cent to $490.4 million during July, growing to 8 per cent of total banking sector loans outstanding. More importantly, non-performing loans those 90 days or more past due, and upon which the banks have stopped accruing interestincreased by $10.5 million or 1.6 per cent to $672 million during July. They now account for 10.9 per cent of total credit outstanding, meaning that more than $1 out of every $10 lent by the banking sector is in the non-performing category. The growth in total arrears reflected a $19.6 million (7.9per cent increase in the commercial segment to $266.8 million, and a more modest $10 million (3.8 per cent consumer delinquencies to $271.7 million, which offset the $4.9 million (0.8 per cent reduction in the mortgage component to $624 million, the Central Bank said. The expansion in commer cial delinquencies was led by a $17.1 million (31.2 per cent boost in the 31-90 day segment, and a $2.5 million (1.3 per cent uptick in non-accrual loans. Similarly, the advance in consumer arrears was due mainly to a $10.6 million (9.4 per cent) rise in the short-term segment, which negated a $0.6 million (0.4 per cent in the non-performing category. In contrast, the decrease in mortgage arrears reflected a $13.6 million (4.4 per cent decline in short-term delinquencies, which eclipsed the $8.7 million (2.7 per cent in non-performing loans. The Central Bank said Bahamian commercial banks increased loan loss provisioning by $6 million or 2.1 per cent to $287.8 million by end-July, raising their ratio to arrears to 24.8 per cent. The ratio of provisions to non-performing loans stood at 42.8 per cent, with loan writeoffs and recoveries for July standing at $21.8 million and $4.2 million, respectively. Meanwhile, foreign currency credit to Bahamians and Bahamas-based businesses expanded by $7.2 million in July, a slowdown from last years $30.5 million expansion. Again, highlighting the economys weakness, private sector foreign currency credit contracted by $1.5 million. Commercial and other loans fell by this sum, as opposed to a $27.7 million expansion in July 2010, while mortgages were unchanged. The Bahamas external reserves expanded by $10.2 million in July, compared to a $38.7 million contraction in 2010. Excess liquid assets in the commercial banking sector rose by $65.5 million to $967.4 million, compared to a $16.4 million expansion in July 2010. h ave had severe damage to f ruit trees. A lot of them were blown down, and they were loaded with fruits, avocados, oranges and stuff like that. Once I send my a ssessment to the ministry they can see what really went down. We have a lot of wind dam age to our farms, but not much water damage thatI have seen thus far. I h ope to be finished my assessment by the weekend or Monday. The fruitt rees, water melons, cassavas and what not are rooted up, gone. Some oft he taller ones are still s tanding, but shorter ones were just blown right out of ground. There are thousands of avocado pears on the ground. Juanita Monestine, agricultural officer in Exuma, told Tribune Business that Exuma farmers had suffered losses in the thousands of dollars. Ms Monestin,e who completed her assessment of the damages to farms last Friday, said: We had a lot of bananas, pigeon peas, water melon and pumpkins lost. We had a lot of fruit trees uprooted. There was a significant impact. The farmers lost thousands of dollars worth of crops. Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources,, Larry Cartwright, told Tribune Business: A lot of the pear trees whic are in season right now would have been affected. It would affect the citrus trees that may be in blossom right now, and have young fruit on them. The entire agricultural industry would be impacted. I cannot put a dollar value on it, but the entire farming communi ty would have suffered great losses. All banana farmers would have been impacted greatly because any time the wind exceeds 40 miles per hour its hard for bananas, as they cannot be shielded from the wind that well. If they are in low lying areas they are affected by water. By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net F AMILY ISLANDrealtors yesterday said it was too early to determine t he impact Hurricane Irene has had o n their respective real estate markets, especially second homes, with several n oting that business has been slow all a round. Business has been a lot slower due to the economy, and it has been typically slower during this time of they ear. Its hard to say what impact the storm would have on the real estate market; its really hard to say, Ed Newell, of Abaco Estate Services, told T ribune Business yesterday. I n terms of the storms impact on his day-to-day operations, Mr Newell t old Tribune Business, We had a lapse b ecause of the storm due to insurance claims and cleaning up, but well be b ack at 100 per cent full swing on Monday. Lee Pinder, a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Lightbourne Realty in Cherokee Sound, Abaco, told Tribune Business: Real estate is sort of down all around, but I dont think it w ill affect sales. Its because of whats happening in the United States. The economy is so l ow that everybody is afraid to invest or s pend right now. Theyre just holding o n to what they have until they find o ut when the economy is going to straighten out. I feel it will be coming b ack soon and, when it does, there are s ome fantastic opportunities for sales in the Bahamas. D ale Kemp, a sales agent for Coldwell Banker Lightbourne Realty on Exuma, told Tribune Business: I would say we really werent affected because the market was so quiet. In terms of our operations, the Internet went down and came up recently, but I w ould say it really hasnt affected us that much. Its been really quiet the past m onth, and nothing has really changed t oo much. REALTORS: TOO EARLY TO ASSESS STORMS IMPACT NASSAU BUSINESSMAN INK GRAND BAHAMA LOGIS TICS DEAL FROM page one FARMING INDUSTRY 00 PER CENT DEVASTATION FROM page one WEAK PRIVATE SECTOR IN $1.1 MILLION CREDIT RISE FROM page one Central Bank says 35% rise in discouraged workers and informal sector job creation more telling than jobless rate fall

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BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011, PAGE 3B By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Business Reporter n mckenzie@tribunemedia.net and NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE BAHAMAS should be no different from other countries wheni t comes to imposing regulations on t he buregeoning cash for gold business, Tribune Business was told yesterday, a move legitimate operators backed in a bid to weed out those accepting the proceeds of crime. S peaking to Tribune Business after former PLP Cabinet minister, Leslie Miller, became the latest Bahamasr esident to be robbed of his gold jewellery in broad daylight, Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation chairman, Winston Rolle, said: What we see happening with this is exactly what happened with scrap metal. Unless we put some regulations in place to ensure business is conducted above board, this kind of thing will happen. Mr Rolle urged the Government to take a comprehensive look at the i ndustry, and see where the flaws are. T his same industry operates above board in other jurisdictions. Why should we be any different? Once regulations are properly put in place, it should eliminate the problems. We need to go the same route [ as scrap metal], do some close exami nation, and close the loopholes to ensure its not an attractive business for people who have bad intentions. M r Rolle indicated he was against an immediate, arbitrary ban on the cash for gold trade because thisw ould not only impact legitimate o perators and their revenue flows, but also the employment they created. Legitimate operators argue that t hey alreadty go beyond the all of duty in ensuring they are not exploited by criminals, taking governmentissued ID from all customers selling items to them. These IDs are retained and fingerprinted, so these compan ies can not only identify the vendors but track them to their home addresses. Mr Rolle, though, said it would be a major challenge for persons to prov ide proof of ownership, showing that they and not someone else owneda particular piece of jewellery. But he added: What happened to Leslie Miller was scary. It shows how desperate things have become whenp ersons want to get what they want from you. Darin Doti, manager of Nassau P awn, told Tribune Business yesterday that marginal operators, without ID and tracking systems, were stimul ating the demand for gold and relate d street crimes and robberies. He told Tribune Business that Nassau Pawn had been a pioneer inb ringing regulation to the business, investing thousands of dollars in implementing a system to protect the b usiness as well as its customers. Were a pawn shop, he said. We take other goods as well, and we deal with legitimate people that need mone y to pay their bills. There are the bad ones out there. We have been really instrumental with trying toc ome up with regulations to stop this s tuff. Were more in the spotlight because we are a legitimate business. The problem is there are guys that arent doing it the right way, not doing the procedures we do. When you do business with us you have toh ave a government ID, and its not just looking at the ID and thats it. We scan the ID, take a picture of the person, electronically fingerprint t hem and we have cameras in our store, Mr Doti added. We will know where you live and your home numb er if something ends up stolen in the s hop. What needs to happen is everyb ody needs to follow suit with what we are doing. We spent thousands a nd thousands of dollars for our sys tems. No one told us we had to do these types of systems; we regulatedo urselves. We spent the money and t ime to make sure were safe and our customers are safe. I have database I can look at and see every customer that has done business with me, every single item they brought in and when theyb rought it in. We put these regulations in place so we can be here for a long time. There needs to be regulations; there has to be. If these places are going to be open they need to do w hat we do. The bad guys are going t o steal. Its not that these types of places are encouraging it, its just shifted because of whats happeningw ith gold right now. Thats the thing thats worth the money, not because there are cash for gold places. THE BAHAMAS MUST BE NO DIFFERENT ON GOLD TRADE By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net MEMBERSof the Coconut Grove Business League told Tribune Business yesterday that the Government being forced into a further $12.5 million in borrowing for the New Providence Road Improvement Project simply proves what they had been saying all along in terms of its management. mismanaged from the beginning. Arnold Heastie, owner of Heasties Service Station, and other business owners raised their voices in protest more than a yearago against the new traffic system, which made Baillou Hill Road one-way north-bound and Market Street one-way southbound and negatively impacted their businesses. The group of some 50 businesses took their fight to court, and last December secured a victory in the Supreme Court against the Government over the road changes, only to see that decision overturned by the Court of Appeal. After much protest and assessing the current state of affairs, Mr Heastie says they no longer need to convince anyone of their case. While Mr Heastie and other businesses in the Baillou Hill Road and Market Street area claimed revenues had dropped about 50 per cent due to the roadworks over a year ago, many companies in areas such as Robinson Road and Prince Charles Drive have now been forced to either close down or reduce staffing levels as they suffere substantial revenue drops with consumers unable to access their premises. This is mismanagement, Mr Heastie said. I dont even need to see the numbers to see that this was mismanagement from the beginning. They thought they had one thing and then they went over budget. I have a feeling theyre going to be doing some more of that. We were the first group to say it was being mismanaged, and nowwe really dont have much to say. We were trying to convince everyone that it was being mismanaged; now we dont have to convince anyone. I remember when we started this protest witht he Coconut Grove Business League; everyone thought we were just being a little too impatient. Mr Heastie added: Theyre working with too small a crew and they just cant get the work done on time. This has become more trouble than its worth at ac ertain point. They have half completed every road that they have touched. It would be funny if it wasnt so serious. All this tells me there was no planning done or not enough planning done, $12.5 million more on the backs of the taxpayers. E thric Bowe, owner of Advanced Technical Enterprises and spokesperson for the CGBL, told Tribune Business: It is mismanagement. Its unfortunate really because this is not necessary. This place could be a wonderful place but were destroying it. Were going to be so burdened w ith debt soon. With the Government seeking a further $12.5 million in debt financing for the New Providence Road Improvement Project, it takes total borrowing up to possibly as much as $155 million. A posting on the Inter-Americ an Development Bank's (IDB website, under the headline Supp lementary Financing for New Providence Transport Program, detailed that the IDB was preparing a further $12.5 million in debt financing for the long-running project, which will be released in 2012. The supplementary financing is required to complete the New P rovidence Transport Program, and will principally fund cost overruns arising on the road development component of the program, which seeks to improve the critical main roads in New Providence," the IDB said on its website. The discovery of utility cables that were not mapped, forcing the contractor to dig around them and take more time than projected, has in the past been claimed as the reason for delays. ROAD OPPONENTS: WE TOLD YOU SO Chamber chief calls for regulation and similar approach to scrap metal, not outright ban LESLIEMILLER

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G overnment was aiming to move forward as quickly as possible on reform of the financial services industrys regulatory structure, after well-placed sources told this newspaper that d raft legislation was now in c irculation. I t is understood that the G overnment is looking to integrate the Securities Commission, Insurance Commission and Compliance Commission into a single regulatory body,e ither a solitary Commiss ion or an Authority. O ne well-placed source s aid the draft legislation was a Financial ServicesC ommission Bill, and a dded: Thats under active consideration. Mr Laing, though, said the amalgamated regulatory entity was more of an Authority, but described it as a consolidating entit y. H e added that compari ng the proposed supervis ory body to, say, the UKs F inancial Services Authori ty (FSA stretch. The regulatory consolidation does not, at this point, involve the CentralB ank of the Bahamas B ank Supervision Department, which regulates the banking and trust company sectors. Industry sources suggested to Tribune Business that the Central Bank was keen to ensure the B ank Supervision Departm ent remained separate u nder its own umbrella. When asked about this, Mr Laing replied: Im not going to comment on that, because were having discussions [with the private sector] and theyre not finished yet. Youll have to wait and see. Regulators Still, any moves by the Government to complete the operational integration o f the three targeted regulators into one supervisory body is likely to be warmly w elcomed by the Bahamian f inancial services industry, w hich has long pressed for s uch a move. I t believes such consolid ation will increase regulatory efficiency by eliminating overlaps and duplica tion between the existing supervisory bodies, and enhance responsiveness to the private sectors needs, w hile maintaining an a ppropriate level of over sight of the sector. Ultim ately, the idea is to increase the Bahamas competitiveness and attraction as a destination for financial services business, creating a marketing tool that can be employed in p itches to prospective c lients. F inancial services industry executives were tightlipped on the proposed Bill and regulatory consolidation when contacted by Tribune Business, telling this newspaper they had promised the Government they would keep the matter confidential. However, several wellplaced sources said they had been informed the regulatory consolidation effort was a top priority for the Government, and that the I ngraham administration w as seeking to place the Bill on the legislative agend a for this autumn. T his would ensure it a rrives on the statute book prior to the upcoming general election, but Mr Laingt old Tribune Business this impending event was really irrelevant to what the Government and private s ector were hoping to achieve. Acknowledging that the r egulatory consolidation p rocess had not moved as quickly as he himself had hoped, Mr Laing said the key goal was to get the reforms and legislation right, as this would be extremely helpful to the B ahamian financial services i ndustrys competitiveness. Weve been working on that steadily now for months and months, Mr Laing said of financial regulatory consolidation, and were at the point where were trying to bring the matter to a head. Its a culmination of many, many days and months of work. Its about trying to achieve a result that could be helpful to advancing the cause of financial services in the country. If this required delays to e nsure the consolidated s upervisory institution and accompanying regulations work well, the minister s aid, then so be it as the f inal outcome was what counted. Were trying to move t his effort forward as quickly as possible, having been able to engage in some additional sets of discussion w ith the private sector and industry, Mr Laing told Tribune Business. We e xpect to hear back from t hem on some additional things discussed, and then we will be able to chart the way forward. If it [the reforms] achieve the results that industry would like, and t hat I would like, both in t erms of balancing the abili ty to regulate with international best practices, and creating regulatory efficiency, effectiveness and responsiveness to the needs of clients, it will be extremely helpful. Jurisdiction A nd Mr Laing added: The last thing we want to do is be a jurisdiction regarded as not very competitive and not well regul ated. Our situation today is that were regarded as a w ell regulated jurisdiction i n many ways, but there can s till be improvements. T here is the matter of d uplication by various regu lators, and we want to eliminate that. It appears that financial services regulatory consolidation, at least for the moment, is taking the form of a twin peaks model, w ith the Central Banks B ank Supervision continuing as a standalone, rather than having a single supervisory body or super regulator. The Government was urged as recently as last m onth to publicly commit t o, and give a timetable, for c oncluding financial services regulatory reform. Having got the Securities Commission, Compliance Commission and Insurance Commission into the same building, it was urged to complete the process by integrating their operations. Brian Moree, senior partner at McKinney, Bancroft& Hughes, told Tribune Business then: "The reason why this is so important is because it affects the basic e fficiency of doing business i n this jurisdiction. "It obviously affects the l evel of bureaucracy, which i s involved in obtaining regu latory licences, and complying with regulatory guidelines that apply toe ach sector." Regulatory consolidation, he added, would "modify, simplify, the regu latory red tape and bureaucracy that exists in the financial services indust ry." Unfortunately, were taking this coming close to the end of the financial year, as it ends in September, he explained. Taking this hit int he August-September time p eriod does not give much of a recovery period at all. If you continue to operate f rom the initial premise of a $7 million profit [for 2011], and we have a $4-$5 millionh it as a result of Irene, I guess that begins to give you the picture. It is thus possible that Hur r icane Irene could slash BECs net income for the y ear to September 30 from $7 m illion to $2-$3 million, not t he outcome the Corporation wanted as it seeks to get back on a sustainable financial f ooting following the $37 mil lion in collective losses it sus tained in 2007-2008. C ash flow, a critical indicat or for BEC, is likely to be impacted in the near-term by the damage inflicted on Aba-c o and Eleuthera, two of the Family Islands that make important revenue contribu t ions. In terms of cash flow, in the last few days weve seen a reduction in cash payments f rom consumers on New Providence, but we believe t hat will be shortlived, Mr M oss added. People had to p ut funds aside to prepare for the hurricane, and for some people there will be some r estoration costs, but from a New Providence perspective collections and paymentss hould return fairly quickly. A dmitting that some Fam ily Island revenues will be lost for a while, Mr Moss saidt hat funds generated from the hardest hit islands Cat Island, Long Island, Acklinsa nd Crooked Island did not account for a significant percentage of BECs cash flow. Abaco and Eleuthera, t hough, did, so there is going to be some impact from there, the BEC chairman a cknowledged, though adding: Its not as bad as it could have been. W hile BEC had been d elayed in continuing maint enance overhauls of generat ion units at its Clifton Pier p ower plant, Mr Moss said Hurricane Irene was a very small contributor to that. T he main factor behind the delays, he added, had been getting in the $3 million rentalu nits to provide an additional 2 0 Mega Watts (MW er. We should resume the o verhauls of the Clifton Pier units early next week, Mr Moss told Tribune Business. In terms of funding of the overhauls, the majority of our suppliers have us on payment in advance relationships, so t hese overhauls are largely paid for. We are incurring some stand-by costs because w ere having to keep crews on to continue the overhauls, but thats not a significant costc ompared to the overall c osts. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 9,1&(17$/&,.$ RI 0&.,11(< I '5,9(1$66$8%$+$0$6 (/=$/28,6 RI :,/721675((7 I 1$66$8%$+$0$6 -867,1-($13,(55(RI0,$0, 675((71$66$8%$+$0$6 '$9,''250$,9,/RI 526(&251(53%2;1$66$8%$+$0$6 1 ,7+$7$1(/86 R I 1 $66$8($67 I 3%2;1$66$8%$+$0$6 FROM page one BEC EYEING $4-$5M HIT FROM IRENE REGULATORY REFORM COMING TO A HEAD FROM page one

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BUSINESS PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1 .190.95AML Foods Limited1.171.190.025,0000.1550.0807.76.72% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6420.080-16.6 0.75% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.936.930.000.2300.10030.11.44% 0 .530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.842.55Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0300.09090.03.33% 1 .961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.108.29Cable Bahamas8.488.480.000.2450.31034.63.66% 2.802.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8 .508.33Commonwealth Brewery8.508.500.003000.7400.00011.50.00% 7.006.21Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.001.63Consolidated Water BDRs1.601.670.070.1110.04515.02.69% 1 .901.31Doctor's Hospital1.371.370.000.0740.11018.58.03% 5.504.75Famguard5.435.430.000.4980.24010.94.42% 8.505.35Finco5.395.390.001,0000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.747.75FirstCaribbean Bank8.298.290.000.4940.35016.84.22% 6.005.00Focol (S 5.755.750.000.4350.22013.23.83% 1 .001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.001,600-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 1 0.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 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 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 1 9 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% P rime + 1.75% 6.95%M ONDAY, 29 AUGUST 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,398.28| CHG 0.16 | %CHG 0.01 | YTD -101.23 | YTD % -6.75BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A s k $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1 0.065.01Bahamas 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 1.57791.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.5779263.39%5.87%1.548717 3.01602.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.02482.63%3.94%2.981382 1.61281.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.61512.61%4.53%1.591803 2.86862.5730Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5730-5.41%-9.79% 13.734713.2291Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.73472.82%1.94% 114.128999.4177CFAL Global Bond Fund114.09222.35%13.88%114.128861 118.4255101.6693CFAL Global Equity Fund118.42552.30%8.26%116.580785 1.17491.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.17492.48%5.16% 1.13431.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.13431.41%5.17% 1.17641.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.17642.38%5.39% 9.9952 9.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.94330.98%4.58% 11.498510.0324Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.96520.78%5.70% 10.68139.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.60135.75%13.20% 8.85647.5827Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.65073.01%18.38% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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(Over-The-Counter Securities) BISX Listed Mutual Funds30-Jun-11 30-Jun-11 NAV 6MTH 1.535365 2.952663 1.580804 111.469744 115.762221 NAV Date 31-May-11 30-Jun-11 1 2 7 & ( (662,*(5,$$220(:2f/,0,7(' BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB 1 2 7 & ( ,6 +(5(%<*,9(1DVIROORZV (6621,*(5,$$2720(/,0,7(' LV LQGLVVROXWLRQXQGHUWKHSURYLVLRQVRIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO %XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV 7KHGLVVROXWLRQRIWKHVDLG&RPSDQ\FRPPHQFHG RQWKHGD\RI$XJXVWZKHQLWV$UWLFOHVRI 'LVVROXWLRQZHUHVXEPLWWHGWRDQGUHJLVWHUHGWKH 5HJLVWUDU*HQHUDO 7KH/LTXLGDWRURIWKHVDLG&RPSDQ\LV&DURO*UD\ RI1RUWKFKDVH'ULYH+RXVWRQ7H[DV 'DWHGWKHWKGD\RI +$55<%$1'6/2%26.<$1$*(0(17&2/7' $WWRUQH\VIRUWKHDERYHQDPHG&RPSDQ\ 1 2 7 & ( (662,*(5,$$220(:2f/,0,7(' BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB &UHGLWRUVKDYLQJGHEWVRUFODLPVDJDLQVWWKH DERYHQDPHG&RPSDQ\DUHUHTXLUHGWRVHQG S DUWLFXODUVWKHUHRIWRWKHXQGHUVLJQHG3%R[ 1 1DVVDX%DKDPDVRQRUEHIRUH G RI 6HSWHPEHUGHIDXOWWKHUHRIWKH\ZLOOEH H[FOXGHGIURPWKHEHQHRIDQ\GLVWULEXWLRQPDGH W KH/LTXLGDWRU 'DWHGWKH WK GD\RI$XJXVW &DURO**UD\ /LTXLGDWRU RUWKFKDVH'ULYH +RXVWRQ NEW YORK Associated Press T HElawsuits against B ank of America are piling up. The latest comes from U.S. Bancorp, which wants Bank of America Corp. to repurchase poorly written mortgages sold by Count rywide Financial in 2005. B ank of America bought C ountrywide Financial C orp. in 2008. T he lawsuit, which was f iled in New York on Monday, claims Countrywide sold U.S. Bancorp a pool of over 4,000 loans originally valued at $1.75 billion. U.S. Bancorp claims Countrywide ignored its o wn mortgage underwriting guidelines when issuing those loans. A ccording to the complaint, Countrywide agreed t o repurchase loans within 90 days if any of the statements made in the loan c ontract wound up being untrue. T hose statements included an assertion that the loans complied with the b ank's underwriting guide lines. U.S. Bancorp says Count rywide's loans began to "become delinquent and default at a startling rate," soon after it sold the loans.U .S. Bancorp has asked the court to ask Countrywide to repurchase either just t he defective loans or all of t he loans in the pool. A U.S. Bancorp s pokesman, Thomas Joyce, said the bank filed the lawsuit as a trustee on behalf o f several investors who b ought the loans. He w ouldn't identify the number of investors the bankr epresents. "Because the m atter is in litigation, I c an't comment on the specifics in the lawsuit," he said. Bank of America didn't comment. T he nation's largest bank is facing several other laws uits. On Aug. 8, American International Group Inc. sued the bank for moret han $10 billion, claiming Bank of America deceived t he insurer by selling it faulty mortgage investm ents. Bank of America has already paid a total of $12.7 b illion this year to settle similar claims. W orries that similar lawsuits would further drain the bank's cash reserves ledt o a sell-off in the bank's shares by 36 percent this m onth to a low of $6.01. The stock price rose back after the Charlotte, NorthC arolina, bank got a $5 billion investment from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. last week. B ank of America's stock f ell 26 cents, or 3 percent, to $8.13 in afternoon trad ing. BANK OF AMERICA BEING SUED BY US BANCORP OVER MORTGAGES MOSCOW Associated Press RUSSIA'Sstate-owned Rosneft teamed up with U.S. com-p any Exxon Mobil on Tuesday in a multibillion deal to devel op offshore oil fields in the Russian Arctic one of the last regions with immense and untapped hydrocarbon deposits in return for access to resources in the Gulf of Mexico. B ecause Rosneft does not have its own technology for deep sea drilling, it was looking for partners to develop the offshore projects in the Arctic and other regions of Russia. A deal it was pursuing with Britain's BP earlier this year fell through, leaving the path open for Exxon Mobil. The oil giant already has experience drilling in the Arctic regions of Canada. Rosneft spokesman Rustam Kazharov told The Associated Press that the "strategic part nership" with Exxon was signed in the presence of Prime Minis ter Vladimir Putin. He was unable to name the plots that Rosneft will work on in the Gulf of Mexico and Texas. Exxon Mobil said in a statement that Tuesday's agreement includes $3.2 billion to be spent on exploring three giant unde veloped oil and gas fields in the Kara Sea between the northeastern corner of continental Russia and the Arctic archipelago of Novaya Zemlya in the Arctic as well as a sector in the Black Sea. The Kara Sea sectors cover some 126,000 square kilometers (50,000 square miles 50 to 200 meters (yards and contain some 35.8 billion barrels of oil, Rosneft said. The Black Sea sector covers 11,200 square kilometers (4,300 square miles) between 1,000 and 2,000 meters (yards Russia's top energy official said Rosneft, which is 75 per cent owned by the Kremlin, will get shares in at least six Exxon Mobil projects in the United States. The shares "will be in proportion to the ones Exxon will get by working in the Russian projects," Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin told the Interfax news agency. "I'd like to emphasize the exclusiveness of these decisions for Russian companies ... that until today were not able to develop existing deposits in the U.S." Sechin also said that Exxon Mobil could get a share in other projects in the Black Sea. "If the Tuapse (field Exxon will become a natural partner for our additional capa-b ilities in the Black Sea," he was quoted by Interfax as saying. R ex Tillerson, Exxon Mobil's chief executive, attended the ceremony and said in the statement that the deal "takes our relationship to a new level and will create substantial value for both companies." Exxon Mobil and Rosneft first struck a deal in January to devel op a sector in the Russian part of the Black Sea. Putin lauded Exxon for its extensive experience in drilling in the Arctic region in Canada. Tuesday's signing ceremony was preceded by talks between Rosneft executives and ExxonMobil top brass, including Pres ident Neil Duffin. Putin hailed the deal as "a tru ly strategic partnership," the RIA Novosti news agency reported. The prime minister estimated the total investment in the project at a massive $500 billion, a figure he described as "scary," over an unspecified number of years. The deal is a blow for Britain's BP, with which Rosneft struck an accord in January to jointly develop the Arctic fields. That agreement fell through, however, after BP's Russian shareholders managed to block it. "The Exxon deal is offering us much more" than BP, Kazharov told the AP. BP spokeswoman Sheila Williams would not comment on the deal but said BP is still "com mitted both to Russia and to the continuing success of TNK-BP," its Russian venture. Tuesday's agreement is the largest Russian oil deal in recent years. Royal Dutch Shell had invest ed some $20 billion in the Sakhalin 2 offshore project in Russia's Far East before it was forced out of the project in 2006. The agreement surpasses the 2004 deal between Cono coPhillips and Lukoil when the American oil company paid $2 billion for a 7.6 percent stake in Russia's second-largest oil producer. ROSNEFT TEAMS UP WITH EXXON MOBIL IN ARCTIC DEAL NEW YORK Associated Press OIL ROSEto near $89 per barrel Tuesday on expectations that supplies will be tighter in the wake of Hurricane Irene. The storm forced several refineries and petroleum terminals to reduce production or shut down altogether. The East Coast may deal with lower fuel supplies in coming weeks, and traders are betting oil and gasoline prices will rise. Meanwhile, another tropical storm Katia is strengthening to a hurricane out in the Atlantic and may eventually head toward the U.S. Nobody wants to sell "when a month from now people will be talking about another monster hurricane," said Michael Lynch, president of Strategic Energy & Economic Research. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude rose $1.63 to finish at $88.90 per barrel in New York. Brent crude jumped $2.14 to end at $114.02per barrel in London. "There is clearly a worry about the contribution of some key northeastern refineries," said Tom Kloza, publisher and chief oil analyst at Oil Price Information Service. OPIS said that Sunoco's refineries in Marcus Hook and Philadelphia have slowed fuel production. ConocoPhillips refinery in Trainer, Pennsylvania, cut back on productionas well, while its Linden, New Jersey, facility was shut down. Hess Corp.'s Port Reading, New Jersey, refinery also cut production. Analysts note that U.S. energy demand likely will decline after Hurricane Irene as massive flooding keeps many people off roads along the East Coast and in the Northeast, and millions of oth e rs remain without power. Also on Tuesday a private firm said consumer confidence in August was at its lowest lev el since April 2009. That could point to lower fuel demand as well. Analysts say, however, that it may not affect prices until refineries are back to full production. OIL RISES AS EAST COAST REFINING RESUMES

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E V E R Y BO DY W I NS ON T HE F I NA L E OF TH E GL E E PR OJ E CT I N Y A EAR A R TI ST I N TH E S P O T L I G H T : E DEN M E RR Y P L A TI A ND NAK I D-I SE T T O REL E ASE N E W AL BU M WEDNESD A Y A UGUST 31, 2011 TH E T RI B U N E S E C TI O N C By MATT MOORE Associated Press SEPTEMBER 11 is etched in the me mo ries o f mill ion s, and a s th e 10th a n n i v e rs a r y n ea r s, c a r t o o n i s t s ar e e t c h i n g th e ir th o u g h ts an d emo t i o n s ab o u t 9/11 into comic strips. With the a nnive r sa ry f al ling on a S u n d ay m o re t h an 90 c art o o n i s ts wi t h five dif fe ren t s yn dicates have ban ded to ge t he r to de dic a t e the i r st r ips on Se p te m be r 1 1 t o th os e w h os e l iv e s we re lo s t in the a tta c k s Se pte mbe r 11-th emed str ip s wil l ap pear fro m th e wr it ers an d ar ti st s of "Fami l y C ir cu s, '' Ma lla r d Fi llm or e ," C a ndorv i lle ," "D o o n es b u r y" an d P l u g ger s a mo n g others. Je ff Ke a ne, who c o-a u t h or s "The F amil y C ircu s, was i mmedi atel y s ol d o n th e i d ea wh en ap p r o ach ed b y Ki n g Features, his syndicate. "I k n ew t h at i t w as s o met h in g t h at I thought would work for 'Family Cir c u s i f I c o u l d f i n d t h e ap p r o a ch f o r i t, h e t o l d T h e A s s o c i a t e d P r e s s "Becau se Fami ly Ci rcu s' is mo re o f a r ea li sti c look at f a mil y, a nd I don't ne ce ss a rily ha v e a c a rtoon that is a j o k e a d a y, b u t mo r e s en t i men ta l a n d more emotional, it was easier for me to look at it that way." Zits J i m B o r g m a n t h e c o c r e a t o r o f "Zits" with Jerry Scott, about a per m a n e n t t e e n a g e r a n d h i s p a r e n t s c a l l e d t h e u p c o m i n g a n n i v e r s a r y something that cannot be ignored. "As a cartoonist we would have all b een w on d eri n g Is i t OK t o d eal w it h th i s t op i c i n o u r w or k ?' Of co ur se yo u ca n b u t t h er e i s s o me t h i n g c o mf o r t i n g about the thought that a bunch of us ar e go i n g t o b e s t ru ggl i n g t o sa y so mething on that day," he said. "My col l eagu es car t o o n i st s ar e an ast o n ishingly varied and talented group of p eo p l e I fu l l y ex p ect we ll s ee a b r o ad range of approaches that day." I t s n o t t h e f i r st t i m e t h a t c ar t o o n i st s h a ve b an d e d t o ge t h e r P re vi o u s ef f o rt s h a ve i n cl u d ed t o p i cs l i k e E ar t h D ay o r b r e a s t c a n c e r a w a r e n e s s B u t t h e s c o pe o f t hi s e n de a v o r i s u np r e c e dented, with five syndicates and the newspapers they serve participating: K ing Fe a t ur e s C r e a to rs Sy ndi ca t e T r ibu ne Me d ia Se r v i c e s U ni v e r s a l Pr e s s Syn di cate a n d W ash in g t on Po st Writers Group and the strips they provide to newspapers participating. The ar tis ts produc e the str ips inde pendently. The com ic s, e a ch pr oduce d inde pendently by the artists, will be fea tured in a separate, full-color pullout s e ct ion a nd on line the sa m e d ay a t w w w c a r t o o n i s t s r e m e m b e r 9 1 1 c o m Afterward, exhibits on the strips are plann e d for th e N ewse um in W a shington, San Francisco's Cartoon Art M u seu m, t h e To o n seu m in P it ts b u rgh and the Museum of Comic and Car toon Art in New York. The tone of the s trips ar e v ar ied, said Brendan Burford, comics editor at Ki n g F e at u re s S y n d i cat e w i t h so m e t ak i n g a se n t im en t al t ac k wh il e o th er s may try to make a reader laugh. "After 9/11, the cartoonists organ i se d and di d a series o f me s sag e stri p s aro u n d T han k sgi vin g Week en d .. b ut it was a l s o re fl e ctive an d sy mp a th e ti c to everyone who suffered," he said. S o 10 y e ar s l at e r a g o o d n u mb er o f those cartoonists already understood w h at t h e mess age n eed ed t o b e, B u rford said. "Some are taking the 'it's OK to laugh,' and others are taking the "it's OK to heal" path. A n d it b e i ng Su nd ay t hat give s th e 93 cartoonists ample space to write, draw and be read. Borgman and Scott said their strip will look at the anniversary through teenager Jeremy's eyes. J e r r y S c o tt a n d I t r i e d t o t h in k a b o u t w h a t S e p t 1 1 2 0 0 1 w o u l d mean to a p ers on wh o is n o w 16 year s old put aside the fact that Jeremy has been 15 or 16 for 13 years now," he said. Daddy's Home T o n y Ru b i no wh o wri tes "Dad d y' s Home," was living in Washington on Sept. 11 and has been involved with Je re my 's He roes a cha rity found e d o n b e h a l f of Jerem y Glick o ne of th e passengers killed aboard Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. H i s s t r i p f o r S e p t 1 1, w h i ch i s d r aw n by Gary Markstein, drew inspiration f r o m t h e p a s s e n g e r s o f F l i g h t 9 3 whose actions helped bring the Unit ed Airlines flight down in a Pennsyl vania field instead of its likely target, th e Wh ite Ho use o r the U S. Capito l. I we n t b y t h ei r ex amp l e an d ra th e r th a n r e f le c t on s om e th ing th a t wa s n e ga t i ve i n th e p a st I t h o u gh t W h a t i s the future? What I've done, my par t i cu l ar s tr ip f o r 9/ 11 t h is year i s a l o o k forward rather than a look back," he said. Ru bino s a id th a t the c a rt ooni s ts efforts are bound to be noticed, even a mo n g t h e d i n o f an n i v er s a ry c o ve r ag e and programming. "The comics are different. I think it's a chance for people to see a per sp e ctive o n th is a n niversa ry that they w o u l d n t s e e o t h e r w i s e h e s a i d "Th ey're go in g t o get a mill io n televis ion pr og r a m s, but thi s is a uni que way of looking at it." C AR T O ON I S T S PL AN SEPT 1 1 ANN I V ER S AR Y TR IBUTE "After 9/11, the cartoonists organised and did a series of message strips around Thanksgiving Weekend ... but it was also reflective and sympa thetic to everyone who suffered." BRENDAN BURFORD

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T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 02 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer B AD boy rapper Lil Wayne has brought forth an emotionally charged video for his latest track, "How To Love", which has struck a very personal chord with many fans, especially the female ones. LIL W A Y NE RELEASES EM O TI ON ALL Y CHAR GED VI DEO F O R H OW T O L O VE' A B AH AMIAN ba nd w i th a d ist i n c t l y u n i q u e m u s i c a l f l a i r w i l l r e l e a s e the ir l at est a lb um o n S atu rda y, Se pte m be r 3. P la t i a n d th e Na y k i dI h a s t aken an ent ir ely n ew appr oach t o album releasing a nd w ill d o somet h i n g n e ve r d o n e i n t h e B a h a m as be fore T h e a l b u m e n t i t l e d D r e d r o c k R i si n g w i l l b e r e l e a s e d v i a a l i v e c o n c e rt t hat w il l be st reamed live over the I n ter n et. D REDR OCK is a br an d new styl e o f music crea ted by Plati an d the N a yk idI. It i s a n e xp ressi on o f the ba nd ta king C a ribbe a n m usic a nd roc king it (a ddi ng ro c k mu sic ) m ak ing it a c rossroa d fo r a ll fo rms o f musi c T h e b a nd w hi c h w e l c o m e s i t s m o st b e a u t i f u l a d d i t i o n f o r m e r M i s s Bahamas Raquel Hort on, will per form li ve at S en ior F rog s o n Pri nc e Ge org e W h arf thi s co mi ng Sa turd ay Gue sts w i ll be tre ate d to the ba nd s v i d e o s w h i c h f e a t u r e s c e n e s a l l ar oun d t he Bahamas At th e s ame t im e, t he b r an d ne w vi d eo f or th e s o n g : S t e a m y R i d e r w i l l b e r e l e a s e d A f te r t h e v i d e o s P l a t i a n d t h e N a y k i d I w i ll pe rfo rm al l e ig ht so ng s o n t he a l b u m S o m e i n c l u d e d u b a n d Ju nk ano o re mix es cre at ing f or a n e x c it in g pa rt y al b um th a t ro c k e rs w i ll l o v e T he purpos e is t o participa t e in th e e le va ti on o f g lob a l c on sci ou sne ss by p arti c ipa ti ng in th e on ly me di um t h a t i s a c c e p t e d b y t h e m a s s e s m u s i c ; be c au se i t ha s n ot b ee n po li tic ise d o r turn ed int o a re li gi ous fo rm. It i s t he o n ly m e d i u m l e ft o n th e p l a n e t w h e re ho nest th oug ht c an be ac c ep ted fo r w ha t it is a nd it d oe sn' t h av e t o ap olo g i s e o r b e e x p l a i n e d sa i d Pl a t i w h o ha s ch ose n to g o be y ond his sc op e a s Dr Tyro ne B utc h" B a rtle tt g e ne ral p r a c t i t i o n e r t o h e a l t h e w o r l d i n an oth er w ay th rou gh m usic I w a nt to see the B a ha ma s re co gnise d a s be ing one o f the l ast fron tiers of innoce nce left in the w or ld w h e re th e st a i n o f c o m m e r c i a l i s m a n d the poison of pol itica l a genda s and re lig io n ha sn't sti gm ati sed u s i nto a ste reo ty pe ," h e sai d. O th er t ha n ou r Ol y mp ic p row e ss, w e ha v e n 't ha d a g l o ba l im p ac t in t he in tell ec tua l an d p hil osoph ic al are na w hic h ma ke s u s th e pe rfec t la unc h i ng p a d f o r n ew th ou g h t i n t h is gl o ba l ma rke tp la c e o f id ea s a nd dig i tal c on v e r s a t i o n W e w a n t t o u s e t h i s h y b ri d f o r m o f mu sic as a me di um to v e rba lise the c on c e rns of ev e ry c it iz e n of t hi s g lo b a l pa ra dig m re g ard le ss of n ati on al ity or ge og ra phy V is i t w w w pl a t i a n d t h e n a y k i di c o m to w a tc h th e c on c e rt l iv e o n S a tu rda y ni g ht. Fa c e bo ok use rs w i ll b e ab le to pl ug i n th e ba nd 's na me to w at ch the c on ce rt the re a s w e ll. The Associated Press HERE are the winners of S u n d a y n i g h t s 2 0 1 1 M T V V i d e o M u s i c A ward s i n L os Angeles: POP MUSIC VIDEO: Britney Spears, "Till the World Ends." ROCK VIDEO: Foo Fighters, "Walk." HIP-HOP VIDEO: Nicki Minaj, "Super Bass." COLLABORATION: Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T." MALE VIDEO: Justin Bieber, "U Smile." FEMALE VIDEO: Lady Gaga, "Born This Way." VIDEO WITH A MESSAGE: Lady Gaga, "Born This Way." CHOREOGRAPHY: Beyonce, "Run the World (Girls)." EDITING: Adele, "Rolling in the Deep." SPECIAL EFFECTS: Katy Perry featuring Kanye West, "E.T." CINEMATOGRAPHY: Adele, "Rolling in the Deep." ART DIRECTION: Adele, "Rolling in the Deep." DIRECTION: Beastie Boys, "Make Some Noise." BEST NEW ARTIST: Tyler, The Creator, "Yonkers." VIDEO OF THE YEAR: Katy Perry, "Firework." LI S T O F W I N N E R S O F 2 0 1 1 MT V V IDEO M U S IC A W ARDS P L A TI AND N A YK ID I RELE AS E N EW ALBUM S t eer i n g c le ar o f t h e us u al r u m p sh a k i n g v i d e o v i x e n s L i l W ayne has chosen to tell the s t o r y o f a t r o u b l e d y o u n g wom an wh os e li f e e nf ol ds in t wo v ery dif fere nt w a ys. The r a ppe r take s us on th e l i f e jo u r n e y o f a y o u n g g i r l b o r n i n t o a h o st i l e e nv i r on m e n t. T h e g ir l w h o w a s a l m o s t a b o r t e d b y he r m ot h e r g r o ws u p in an e m ot i o n a l l y a n d p h y si c a l l y a b u si ve h ou seh old Her f ather goes to jai l and s h e i s m o l e s t e d b y a f a m i l y m em be r. A s sh e g ro w s o ld e r s h e h a s a b a b y t u r n s t o s t r i p p i n g t o m a k e en ds m ee t b ef o r e s h e fi n al ly g ets the ba d ne ws tha t she has H I V V i e w e r s a r e t h e n t a k e n ba ck t o he r c hi ld h oo d wh er e t h i s t i m e h e r m o t h e r m o v e s in wit h f a mi ly m em be r s af te r sh e gives bir t h and event ually get s ma r r ie d. T h i s o n e m o v e c h a n g e s everyt hin g f or t he youn g gi rl a n d s he e x p e ri e n c e s a se q u e n c e o f e v e n ts th a t a re v e r y d i f fe re n t f r o m t h o s e i n h e r f i r s t l i f e w he r e s h e grew up in a hom e w itho ut lov e. Lil W ay ne take s a bac k se at i n his ow n video c hoosing to s h o w t h e st o r y o f a w om a n w h o n eve r lea rned to lo ve. Ac c ordi ng to t he son g' s p rod uce r, Det ail, the story fo r th e v i d e o w a s w r i tt e n b y t h e ra p p e r h imself. "W ayn e w rote eve ry sc ene : H e told me s c en e by sc ene b y sc ene ," he t old MTV New s. "It's g onna hav e a b ig, big b i g e f f e c t a n d i t s g o i n g t o s h o c k y o u b e c a u s e t h e p e r sp ective yo u migh t loo k at it a s. He kinda tapp ed i nto a d iffe rent pe rs p ec tive of the son g a nd g av e a d iffere nt e nlig hte nm ent on how y ou ca n con s i der a girl and h ow t hey 're in a fore v e r p u r s u i t t r y i n g t o f i n d l ove ." Lil Wa yne 's d edic ati on t o the me ssag e o f hi s l at est si ng le seem s to hav e p aid off, as W e e z y f a n s e v e r y w h e r e i n c l u d i n g i n t h e B a h a m a s h a v e e xpre s se d the ir lov e for it. F i n a l l y L i l W a y n e d i d s o m e t h i ng a b i t m o re re a l i st i c so m e thi ng fo r gir ls and wom en to r e l at e t o I do t h i n k t h e g i r l s h ou l d h a v e g o t m a rri e d b e fo r e s he f ou n d o u t s he w as p r e gn ant, it w oul d ha ve sent a b ett e r m e s sa g e t h a t y o u d on t h a v e t o se tt l e fo r b e i ng a b a by m o th e r a l on e, y ou c an a lso be a w if e a nd a mot her. On a re al note youn g gi rl s and wom en need th eir f ath er s a r ou nd t hem to a l s o h a v e t h a t m a l e l o v e i n th ere lif e," on e Ba ham ian fa n s a i d A no t he r l o cal f a n s ai d t he video to uched him on a very p ersonal lev el: "I re spe c t th is m e ssa g e T ha t l i f e i s v e ry v e r y s c a r y b u t s o m e t ime s y ou d o w ha t y ou h av e to d o. Tha nk God I c ha ng e d m y l ife aro und no dri nk sm oki ng d a nc in g n oth in g. I'v e le a rne d if I do n't lo ve m ysel f no one w il l cept my mama. My o utc o me w a sn' t a s tra gi c a s i n th e f irst en din g bu t I w e nt thro ug h h el l. I c an de fin it el y a pp rec i at e t his v ide o. "T hi s v id e o w a s so de e p. I' m proud of Way ne for this one Ma de m e sa d tho ug h," a thi rd B a ha mi an fa n sai d. "How to Lov e" is from Lil Wayn e' s ni nt h s t ud io al bu m, "T h a Car t er I V" whi ch wa s released ri g h t aft er the M TV Mu sic V id eo Aw a rds l ast Su nd a y L I L Wa y ne p e rfo rm s a t th e M TV V id eo Mu s ic A war ds on Sunday, August 28, 2011, in Los Angeles. (AP) PLATI and the NaykidI has taken an entirely new approach to album releasing, and will do something never done in the Bahamas before.

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T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 06 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 J us t a f e w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e Bah amas l ooked l ike 40 .. 50 .. .6 0. .. years in the past Strolling along the Western Esplanade are the Nuns of the Sisters of Charity. From Mount Vernon St Vincent Convent Hudson River New York. They worked here in the Catholic school system. BY ROLAND ROSE Repairing Irene's damage I rene did tremendous damage to gardens throughout The Bahamas and putting matters straight takes a great deal of time and effort. There are two factors on our side, however: roots are the strongest part of any plant; and all plants fight for life. S m al l pl a n ts t ha t a r e st i l l i n th e g r o u n d b u t b a d l y w i n d b u r n e d s h o u l d b e l e f t f o r a t l e a s t t w o w e e k s b e f o r e a n y p r u n i n g i s d o n e B y t h a t ti m e t he pa rt s t ha t ca n not re g en er a te t h em s el ve s wi l l b e ob vi o us l y d e a d S m a l l s h r u b s t h a t h a v e b e e n bl o wn on t o t he i r si d es w i th so m e r o o t s e x p o s e d s h o u l d b e s e t u p r i g h t an d st ake d, i f ve ry s ma l l or su ppo rt e d wi t h a p rop a l e ng t h o f b r a n ch w i t h a f o r k e d e n d o r c r o t ch Ex po se d r oot s s hou l d be cov e re d wi t h s oi l a s roo t gr ow th do e s no t t a k e p a c e i n l i g h t S t a k e s a n d pr o p s sh ou l d re m a i n i n p os i t i on a t l e as t un ti l Ch ri s tm a s, pr ob ab l y l o ng e r. S m a l l t re e s t ho s e u p t o a b o ut 1 6 f e e t i n h e i g h t c a n a l s o b e s e t upr i gh t b ut pro ps w i l l not do th e j ob of k e ep i ng t h e tr e e upr i g ht I f t h e r e i s a h e a l t h y w e l l r o o t e d t r e e i n l i n e w i t h t h e p a t i e n t t r e e t h e n i t c a n pro vi d e a n a nch or. O t he rw is e, a s wi l l be t he ca s e i n m o st i n st a nce s, th e t re e w i l l h a ve to b e ro pe d a nd s t a k e d T w o s t r o n g r o p e s a t 9 0 d e g r e e s t o ea ch o t he r on th e u pro ot e d si d e o f the tree must be at tach e d to the tr e e a bo v e a b ra nc h to p re v e nt th e ro pe sl ipping down, yet sti ll i n a p o s i t i o n w h e r e t h e t r u n k o f t h e t r e e i s t h i c k W h e r e t h e r o p e l o o p s ar ou nd t h e t re e m u st be pro t ec te d b y a le n gt h of r u bb e r or p la s ti c ho se Th i s i s v er y i m p or ta n t a s th e sl i g ht e st m o v em e n t wi l l ca use th e ro pe to ea t i nt o t he ba rk an d t he n in to t he c amb ium laye r, c aus ing ev en gre at e r prob le m s. Th e ho se all ows the rope some m ovem ent b u t d oe s n o t i t s e l f m o v e p r o t e c t i n g th e t re e f ro m de a dl y ch a fi n g T he st a ke s to w hi ch t he rop e i s t i e d s ho uld be me tal o r w oo d. I ha v e n e v er y et co m e a cr os s pl a s ti c st a ke s th a t do th e j ob ri gh t L a rg e t re e s a re t he p ro v i nce o f e x pe r t s bu t i f a l a rg e t r e e h a s b e e n b l o w n o v e r o n t o i t s s i d e i t ca n o f t e n b e r e s e a t e d b y d r a s t i c a l l y h a t r a c k i n g t h e l i m b s O n c e t h e l a r g e s t l i m b s a n d a l l t h e i r f o li a g e h a v e b e e n re m ov e d w i t h a c ha i n s a w t h e ro o t a l re a dy t he h e av i e s t pa r t of t h e tr e e w i l l ov e rco m e t h e l e v e ra g e p r o b le m a n d s o me ti me s s lo w ly som e t i me s q ui ck l y, w i l l m ag i ca l l y r e t u r n t o a n u p r i g h t p o s i t i o n Ma k e su re no bod y i s a ny w he re n ea r t h e ro ot cra t e r d ur i ng th i s o pe r at i o n. A coconut t ree in deed, m ost pa l m s ca nn ot su rv i v e o nce t he i r t o p s a r e b l o w n o f f o r t h e t r u n k b r o k e n M a n i l a p a l m s ( C h r i s t m a s pa l m s) w i l l l oo k un si g h tl y bu t i t i s wi se to l e av e t he fo li a ge i n pl a ce fo r a m on t h or so un ti l th e fr on ds are compl etel y de ad and ea s y to pu l l of f W h i l e t h ey ar e d yi n g t h e fr on ds t r an sf e r m i n er a l s ba ck i nt o th e p ar e nt pl a n t. If a p apa ya t ree i s sna ppe d of f al l y ou ha v e t o do i s cut t he da m a ge d pa r t a w a y. N e w b ra n che s wi l l gr ow an d e a ch o ne wi l l b e a s p ro duct iv e fru i twi se as t he ori g i nal s i n g l e s t e m C o v e r t h e e x p o s e d a r e a to ke e p ra i n o ut A t i n ca n w or ks f i n e B a n a n a t re e s t h a t st i l l h a v e r oo t s i n t h e g r o u n d c a n b e p r o p p e d up r i g h t If t h e p l a n t s a r e l e s s t h a n 6 m o n t h s o l d t h e f o l i a g e c a n b e r e m o v e d b y c u t t i n g l a t e r a l l y t h r o u g h t h e s t e m n e a r t h e t o p Ne w l e av e s w i l l a pp ea r a n d t he g ro wi n g pr oce ss wi l l co nt i n ue O l de r p l a nt s ma y be i n t he pro ce ss o f d el i v er i n g b a n a n a b u n c h e s w i t h i n t h e st e m so a l w a ys cu t a s ne a r t o t h e fo l i a g e e n d of t he st e m a s po ss i bl e I t w i l l be a l on g t i m e be f ore o ur g a r d e n s a r e p re t t y a g a i n If w e c o n ce n t r a t e on t h e h e a l t h o f o u r pl a n t s th e pr e t ti ne s s a nd pr od u ct i v i t y w i l l r e t u r n ga rd en er jac k@co r alw ave. com By GARDENER JACK GREEN SCENE THIS pine branch was sufficient to support an 8-foot mango tree that was blown down by Hurricane Irene.

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T H E T R I B UN E S E CT I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 07 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 D A Y C H A R T L I N E M I C H A EL J A C KSON'S TO P 1 0 H IT S 1 M A N I N TH E MIRR OR 2. H UM A N N A T URE 3. SMO O TH CRIM IN A L 4. D IRT Y D I A N A 5. BAD 6. BL ACK OR WHIT E 7 ROCK WITH YOU 8. BEAT IT 9. T HE W A Y YOU MAKE M E FEEL 1 0. HEAL T HE W ORLD MICHA EL J A CKSON S MAN IN THE MIRR OR' "I'm Starting With The Man In The Mirror I'm Asking Him To Change His Ways And No Message Could Have Been Any Clearer If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place (If You Wanna Make The World A Better Place) Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change (Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change) (Na Na Na, Na Na Na, Na Na, Na Nah)" By LESH MA RRI E D to J a y Z for thr e e y e a r s, Be y o n c e K no w le s c o n fir m e d th a t s h e i s ind e ed e x pe c ting a b a by a fte r pe r for m ing her hit s ong "L ove on Top a t the 20 11 MTV VMA A wa rd Sho w. K ic k in g o ff h e r p e r f o r m a n c e s h e s a i d I w a n t y o u t o fe e l th e lo v e th a t's g r o w ing i n sid e me ." F ollowing h er he ar tf e lt p e r f o r m a n c e t h e s t a r s m i l e d a n d d r o p p e d h e r mi c r o p h o n e s lo w ly u n b u t ton ed he r s hin y co lou r ed jac k et, s tr uc k a p ose an d r ubb ed h er be autiful ba by bump o f ficia l ly a nn oun cing her pr eg na ncy t o t h e wor ld. T h e c a m e r a im m e d ia te ly c u t to J a y Z s u p p o r t e d b y K a n y e W e s t s i t t i n g am ong st the al r eady hyped audience wit h a ov e r jo y e d r ea c tio n to th e r e v e al ing. J ay Z s mil e d a nd stoo d u p a s he ap plaud ed h i s wif e and the goo d ne ws t h ey both s har e. I n pr ev ious i n t e r views Bey onc e s aid tha t s h e wo u ld sta r t a fa mily b e for e th e a g e o f 3 0 th e s in g e r i s n o w 2 9 T h r o u g h ou t her c a re er a nd mar r i a ge the re ha d bee n false r umor s that s he wa s pr eg n a n t Be yon ce sh ar ed with MTV: "I fee l lik e a w o ma n I fe e l lik e I 'm v e r y a w a r e of who I am. I fee l g re at and I feel like 3 0 i s t h e i d ea l a ge t o st art a f am i l y b e c a us e y o u' r e ma t ur e e n ou g h t o kn o w who y ou a re an d to ha ve y our bo und aries and yo ur s t anda rds a nd not be a f r ai d, t o o p o l i t e, b u t y ou r e y o un g en oug h to be a y oun g w oman I'm s o look i n g for war d to it J ay a nd I ha v e kind o f ma de a de c ision tha t w e wa nt to b e k now n for ou r mus ic a n d n ot ou r r ela tion s hip o r s ca n da ls Bu t h e is a ma z in g. I d e fini tely h a d a v e r y n a tu r a l fr ie n d s h i p a n d c o n n e c t i o n wi t h hi m. We' v e been toget he r f or a v er y l o n g t i m e a nd I' m v e ry h a pp y Lov e i s t h e f o und ation of eve ry thing, e v e r y t h in g I d o My mu s i c i s i n s p ir e d b y love from my family, my h us ban d, my s i s t e r Ac cor din g to t h e Huff ing ton Pos t, a ne w Tw i tter r ec or d was se t than ks to B ey on ce s b i g an n ou nc em en t at t he MTV VMA's. Tw i tter 's official glob a l P R f e e d @ T w i tt e r C o m ms c o n f ir m e d on Mond ay t h at Be yon ce 's a nn oun ce men t s et o f f a t we eting f r en zy that s aw 8,8 68 twe ets p er s ec on d at 1 0.3 5 pm on S un d a y T h at 's th e m os t tw ee ts pe r s e c ond ( TPS ) ev er r ec or de d f o r a a s i n gle e v e n t G o in g fu r th e r Be y o n c e 's fr ie n d s a n d i n d u s t r y p e e r s t o o k t o T w i t t e r a n d sh ar ed t h eir v iews an d ex citeme nt f o r h e r F o rm er D e s t i n y s C h i l d m e m b e r L eT oya Lu cke t t sai d : "W O W ! In te a r s ! C o n g r a t' s B E Y & J A Y Wh a t a be autiful p er forma nc e Be y!" Mich elle Wil liams s im p ly s aid s he is o v e r j o y e d S o n g -w r i te r p r o d u c e r a n d s in g e r T h e Dr e am a lso e x pr e s s e d h is th ou g hts an d twe ete d: I Fin ally g et t o s a y co ng r atu l at i ons to B eyoncŽ and Sean C art er. Bles s You Both!" N e w l y w e d K im K a r d a s h i a n e x te n d e d h e r c o n g r a tu la ti o ns to B e y o n c e a n d J a y Z by twee t ing : I 'm so ha ppy for Bey o n c e & J a y Z B e s p r e g g o ! C o n g r a t s Beyonce's sist er Solange Kn owles a l s o t o o k t o t w i t t e r a n d t w e e t e d : One .And .Only I co uld no t po s sib ly b e mor e pr oud Te ar s in my ey es No o ne de se rv es it mor e. Th at d oes n't ha pp en by acci dent. That doesn't happen by ch anc e. Tha t does n't hap pen by gimm i c k s B E YO NCE REVEA L S PREGN ANCY A FTER VMA 20 1 1 PERFORMANCE CE LEBRIT Y T W EE T S ON MJ'S BIR THD A Y By FARAH S HE ser ena ded o ur ne wsr oom with f ou r l in e s f r o m he r so ng P o l it i ca l Games." And out of this young girl c a m e a n o l d s o u l w i t h a p r o f o u n d m e s s a g e with regards to politics in our country. O n e w o u l d t h i n k t h a t o n l y t h o s e p e r s o n s o l d e n ou g h t o v o t e w o u l d st a y a b re a s t o f po l i t i c a l rh e t o ri c dur in g the e lec t i on sea s on. Ho wev er fiftee n y ear old Eden Merry Gaitor, a student of Sir Jack Hayward Hig h S ch ool in Fre eport sai d sh e, li ke othe r B a ham ian citizens, is annoyed with political games' in this country. S he c h a n ne l e d t hi s f ru st ra ti o n i n to t h e s on g w ri tt e n b y he r m ot her Edi th Clar k e, pl ead ing to p ol it ical ca ndida tes to be true to c itiz ens and fin d sol utions to the problems facing the our nation. "What inspired me to record this song is the polit ic a l g a me s th a t go on i n th i s c o u nt ry I re al l y ha t e th a t the government is selling us out. Some people that enter politic s only do so for their o wn gai n a nd d on't rea ll y c a re a bo ut th e B ah am a s, th e pe op le liv i ng h ere and the problems that we are faced with. If that is your inten tion as a ca ndida te then yo u sho uld r e co nside r e nt erin g po lit ic s b ec a use w e ha v e prob le ms an d we need solutions," she told In Ya Ear. The B a ha ma s w ou ld be a mu ch m ore su c ce ssful i f t he go vernment lo oked a t the people's point of view when it comes to different issues as oppose to only looking at the party's point of view." E d e n Me rr y 's a g g re ss iv e na t ur e f ue l s h er p a ss io n t o become a positive role model for others to emulate. She is exhausting every avenue to provoke a change of some sort. "I started singing from the age of four but I didn't really like singing. I could do it and do it really good but it didn't really started out as a love. After I saw t h a t I w as m a ki n g s e n s e wi t h s o me t h in g a t la s t I beg an usi ng musi c in a po sitiv e wa y. I first starte d o ff s in ging g ospel but now I sing in s pi r a tiona l music an d an y op po rt u ni ty I ge t t o d o so m e th in g p o si ti v e I tr y t o do." S o fa r sh e h a s re le a se d a n i n sp ira t io n al al b um ti tl e d W al k o n W a te r, a bo ok o n st ud y h a bi ts a nd a sp i res t o do much more when her financial resources allow. "W hi l e mo n ey i s n 't ev er y t hi ng i t is ev er y t hi n g bec ause ev ery proje ct yo u de ci de to take on req uires m oney. I am t ryin g t o seek f undi ng for the th ings that I want to. I would like to record another album but right now I don't have the money to do," she said. She also said that music is not the only field she has an interest but she desires to delve into every form of media t he r e is I w a n t to o w n m y o w n m e d i a be c a u se I b e li e v e t he media is so powerful and it can be used for good." E den M err y lives f or a great chall enge an d she has a success story she wants everyone to hear. She came to be such a popular motivational role model in her community at such a young age at the same time battling asthma that threatened her life from birth. H e r t e s ti m o n y i s o n e th a t a n y o n e c a n b e c om e i n sp i re d b y Pe o p le m a ke e x c us e s as t o w h y th e y c a n t do c e rt a in th in g s but all it takes is investing a little time and making sacri fices," she said. F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n c o n t a c t h o l y w o r d e n t e r t a i n ment@hotmail.com or 1-242-533-1227. EDEN Merry is passionate about becom ing a role model for other to emulate. Eden Merry and her mother Edith Clarke. YESTERDAY would have marked the 53rd birthday of Michael Jackson. And even though MJ has been dead for over two years now, celebrities chose to remember the legendary King of Pop with birthday wishes on Twitter:

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T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 08 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 ITS HAS been an unbelievable two years since the untimely death of one of the world's greatest entertainers Micheal Jackson. This week Made You Look pays tribute to the talented artist. If he were alive, Monday, August 29 would have made him 53 years old. Fans from all around the world paid tribute to artist who set the bar numerous times in the music industry. Michael Jackson suffered a car diac arrest at his Holmby Hills on June 25, 2009. Take a look at the milestones in Micheal Jackson's life.

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B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b stubbs@tribunemedia.net DAEGU, South Korea While h istory was not to be written for the t hree competitors in the men's 400 m etres at the IAAF World Championships on Monday, Donald Thomas and Trevor Barry inked their names in the Bahamian almanac by becoming the first maleh igh jumpers to reach this plateau together. The duo renewed a rivalry that saw them finish as the champion and runner-up at both the Central American and Caribbean Games a nd the Commonwealth Games last y ear and this year's Nationals as they prepare to square off in the first two final appearances for theB ahamas on day six of the championships Thursday night. In what was a keenly contested s howdown for the 12 qualifying spots, Thomas nailed his second attempt at the automatic height of 2.31 metres or 7-feet, 7-inches for t he third of six competitors to advance out of Group A. Thomas, better known as "Juice o r Sky Walker," got in with the sev enth spot. For Barry, he had a clean slate u p and was actually leading Group B, but he missed all three attempts at the qualifying height and had to wait right until the end to join RaulS pank of Germany and Aleksey Dmitrik of Russia, tied for 11th, pushing the total in the final to 13 instead of 12. They all cleared the last height just before the automatic mark of 2.28m (7-53/4 s tarted at 2.16m (7-1 c leared on his first try and Thomas had to go to his second attempt. They slowly progressed to 2.21m ( 7-3) and this time they both were successful in their first attempt. By the time they reached the nexth eight at 2.25m (7-41/2 i n a groove with another first attempt clearance. But there was some concern as Thomas didn't sticki t until his third and final shot. At the fourth height at 2.28m (753/4), Barry continued to register a c lean sheet and that seemed to have inspired Thomas as he too went over on the first go. But at the final mark a t 2.31m (7-7 field of 18 competitors, Thomas was at his best, soaring over the bar onh is second attempt with nine other c ompetitors. When the dust had all cleared, Barry got in as one of the final threeq ualifiers. Neither Thomas nor Barry forgot how painful it was when they didn't a dvance out of the qualifying round in Berlin, Germany, in 2009. "I just want to give God the t hanks and praise for allowing me to get through," said Thomas, who is back in the final after missing out inB erlin, Germany, two years ago just a fter he was on top of the world as the champion in Osaka, Japan, in 2007. It's pretty good to be in the final. THETRIBUNE SECTION E WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 $JHQWVt%URNHUVf/WG0 $56+&RUUHVSRQGHQW INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 2 2 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . ATHLETES ON TRACK IN SOUTH KOREA THREE FEMALE SPRINTERS ARE ALL SET FOR 200M PRELIMS ATHLETES TAKE TIME OUT IN THE GAMES VILLAGE RA YMOND HIGGS LONE COMPETITOR FOR THE BAHAMAS IN LONG JUMP NADAL HAS SHAKY START TO US OPEN TITLE DEFENSE 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 . . . 13th IAAF World Championships By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net DAEGU, South Korea Ask just about every top athlete and they will tell you that they have some type of omen, gimmick or ritual that they feel helps them when they are competing. Everybody tries to do or be different from the crowd. When he burst onto the high jump scene after a tremendous transformation from the basketball court in 2006, it was a mo-hawk hairstyle for Donald 'Juice or Sky Walker' Thomas, which ever one you prefer to call him. As he makes his appearance at the 13th IAAF World Champi onships where he's trying to regain his men's high jump title that he won in 2007 in Osaka, Japan, Thomas is spotting a new pair of jumping shoes that have been specially designed for him by Nike. Thomas, 26, is one of the few Bahamian athletes under contract with the shoe company, although Adidas is the supplier for the Bahamas' athletic sporting uniforms for all national teams. "They are custom-made," said Thomas, whose shoes were featured prominently on the big screen monitor in the Daegu Stadium when he competed in the qualifying round on Tuesday. "They dropped them off at the Games Village for me when I arrived. It's a special shoe. It makes me feel like I'm jumping with the Bahamas flag on my feet," he said. The shoes are basically aqua in colour with a patch of black going up on the side. The Nike emblem is yellow and the side of the heels are white. They represent all of the colours of the Bahamian flag. Printed on the back of both shoes are the initials DT, which is an abbreviation of Donald Thomas. "This is the first time that I had a shoe this colour," said Thomas, who FOR THOMAS, ITS ALL ABOUT HIS SIGNATURE SHOES S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 5 5 E E SIGNATURE STYLE: Donald Thomas shoes with his initials and the Bahamian colours were specially designed for him by Nike. Thomas and Barry soar into the final RAISING THE BAR: Trevor Barry competes in the high jump at the 13th IAAF World Championships. P h o t o c o u r t e s y o f G e t t y I m a g e s

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S PORTSMANSHIP: Q uarter-miler Chris Brown ( above, below and bottom right) congratulates Kirani James of Grenada following M ondays 400m semifinal. Browns time of 45.43 didnt qualify. SPORTS PAGE 2E, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS 13th IAAF World Championships BAHAMIAN ATHLETES ON TRACK IN SOUTH KOREA P h o t o s c o u r t e s y o f G e t t y I m a g e s QUARTER-MILER Ramon Miller (far left competes in the 400m semifinal on Monday. He ended up 16th overall with a time of 45.88 seconds. SPRINTER Sheniqua F erguson ( left) i n action in a 100m heat.

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SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011, PAGE 3E 13th IAAF World Championships By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net D AEGU, South Korea T hey have been resting comfortably at the Games Village. Now it's time for Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie and A nthonique Strachan to u nleash the tale of two tapes a s they get set to compete with Nivea Smith in the preliminaries of the women's 200 metres when the action resumes at the 13th IAAFC hampionships on Thursday. Today is an off day for competition. A t one end of the spectrum is Ferguson-McKenzie, the double national sprintc hampion who, at age 31, is starting to wind down her long and illustrious career.O n the other end is A nthonique Strachan, the fastest junior competitor in the world who celebrated her 1 8th birthday here during the team's mini-training camp on August 22. I n between is Smith, the 2 1-year-old Grand Bahamian who made history as the first Bahamian to ever medal at the IAAF World Junior Championships when she earned a bronze in the 200mi n 2007 with a time of 23.69. The trio are lined up to provide another historic feat for the Bahamas the first time that three competitors will compete in the half-lap r ace at either the Worlds or t he Olympic Games. In 2009 in Berlin, Germany, Ferguson-McKenziea nd Sheniqua 'Q' Ferguson, w ho fell short of advancing out of the semifinal of the 100, were a double treat withF erguson picking up the bronze and Ferguson placing seventh in her heat in the s emifinals. This time around, there are a lot of expectations for the three, but both Ferguson a nd Strachan are taking it in strides. "I'm thankful and I'm b lessed to be here and in good health and in good spir its," said Ferguson-McKenz ie, who was seen spending some time with Strachan and Ferguson in the living room of their apartment complexa t the Games Village. "I'm in good spirits. That's a start. Once I get that, everything is great. So I'm looking forward to getting started. Normally by now, Iw ould have been started, but I decided not to run the 100. I want to focus on the 200 a nd the 4 x 100 relay," she said. Instead of pursuing the goal of securing a double m edal or at least a multiple appearance in the final at these championships, Fergu-s on-McKenzie said she took a reality check and admitted that "there's more to life than making finals. I've been doing that for t he past couple of years. In 2009 I did it. But looking b ack, you say maybe if I did n't run the 100, the 200 would have been better. So It hink I need a chance to rest. I really didn't rest for the most part this summer witht he travelling and training. So coming here and skipping the 100 gave me a chance to rest." A s the glamour event on the track, Ferguson-McKenzie said she really thought t hat she would have missed it. But in hindsight, she's not that concerned. It's the onlye vent at either the Worlds, t he Olympic Games or the Pan American Games in which she hasnt won am edal. On Monday night, American Carmelita Jeter won the g old here over FergusonMcKenzie's training partner Jamaican Veronica Campbell-Brown. Trinidad & T obago's Shelly-Ann Baptiste clinched the bronze. For years, people have b een agitating for FergusonMcKenzie to drop the century (100m on the 200m with the view o f eventually running the quarter-mile (400m American Allyson Felix, t he defending champion in the 200 in Berlin, is doing it here. She got the silver in ac lose encounter with gold m edallist Amantle Montsho of Botswana. Even though she has to prepare herself mentally to compete, Ferguson-McKenzie said it was also a pleasure f or her to spend some time w ith the younger girls like Strachan, Smith and Ferguson in the Games Village. It's fun. I think we've actually had four women in the sprints, three in the 200," Ferguson-McKenzie said. "So I think it's fun. It's good. I t's definitely positive. I'm really excited about it." For Strachan, still a high s chool student at St Augustine's College, the thought of competing in herf irst World Championships i s now a reality. "I'm still a junior athlete competing among the elite and some of the best in the world," said Strachan, who earned her spot here when s he won the Pan American J unior Athletics Championships in a meet and world leading junior time of 22.70i n Miramar, Florida, in July. Whether or not she advances to the final, Strachan said her ultimate goal i s to erase the world junior record of 22.18 held by Felix. Anything else that she achieves will be gravy. I only have this meet here and all of next year to get the record," she said. L ike her mentor FergusonMcKenzie, Strachan also hada chance to double in both sprints, having ran a season's b est of 11.34 at the Carifta G ames in Montego Bay, Jamaica, in April. But she o pted not to contest the two because of her reaction com ing out of the blocks in the s traight-away race. "I'm not ready mentally or physically in the 100 becausem entally I dont have a strong block and physically, because I'm not running the times that they are running," s he said. "I think I would have been discouraged before I reach the 200. So I d ecided to just stick to my strongest event the 200." If she can advance to the s emi-final and even the final, S trachan said she would be quite satisfied with her initial effort here. She notedt hat Ferguson-McKenzie and the other senior athletes have been inspiring her and she h as certainly been trying to soak up as much information as she can about being an elite athlete. A lthough they have to compete in their individual events first, Ferguson-M cKenzie took a glance ahead to the 4 x 100 relay that will be held on the final day of competition Sunday for the first time this year. "Anything is possible," s aid Ferguson-McKenzie, reflecting on the disqualification of Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt after a false start denied himt he opportunity to defend his title that went to compatriot Y ohan Blake in 9.98. "I'm not saying that we are going to drop the baton, but we just need to get it around. W e have a good team. Once w e get the stick around, everything else will take care of itself. We have the leg speed. We just need to concentrate on getting the stick around. Whatever happens, h appens." A s for the Olympic Games next year in London, Eng land, Ferguson-McKenzie s aid don't write her off just yet. "Pauline Davis-Thompson i s my role model and she w alked away with the gold medal, actually silver and eventually gold," FergusonM cKenzie said as she reflect ed on the disqualification of American champion Marion J ones that changed DavisThompson's colour from sil ver to gold at the 2000 O lympics in Athens, Greece. "I told these girls that I'm going to be around until 2013. So at the end of thed ay, when I'm ready to retire, I will retire. Nobody is going to retire me and I believe I can do it until 2013." Strachan said she's just happy to have FergusonM cKenzie in the camp as well as a team-mate in the 200 and on the 4 x 1 relayb ecause she feels there is still a lot that she can learn from the Bahamas most decorat ed female sprinter. F or her birthday, Strachan said she trained in the morning and slept when sher eturned to the dorm. The celebration is on hold until after the championshipsw hen she returns home. Sprinters all set for 200m prelims NIVEA SMITH ANTHONIQUE STRACHAN (above Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (above right and Nivea Smith (top right are all set to compete in the preliminaries of the 200m on Thursday. noted that he had the opportunity to work with Nike to design the shoes with his spec ifications. "If I dont like it, they will go back and change it, send me a pair and let me try it out again until it's the right fit," he added. Although Thomas used the shoes for the first time whenhe competed in the prelimi nary rounds on Tuesday, he admitted that they "fitted quite well." However, he said he will wait until after he competes in the final on Thursday before he makes a final determination on whether or not there will have to be any more modifications. "It's hard to get your own personalized spikes," Thomas said. The Grand Bahama native joined athletes such as former world champion Maurice Greene, who displayed a pair of Adidas spikes draped in the American flag that he wore when he competed at a press conference here. Veronica Campbell-Brown, the 100m silver medallist, has a pair made with the Jamaican flag. For Thomas, he's just delighted to be the first Bahamian to have been afford-ed the opportunity to compete in his own specially designed jumping shoes. FOR DONALD THOMAS, ITS ALL ABOUT THE SHOES F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E FOCUS: Donald Thomas competes in the high jump at the 13th IAAF World Championships. P h o t o c o u r t e s y o f G e t t y I m a g e s

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CHRIS BROWN plays a video game to relax. TREVOR BARRY plays a video game to relax. SPORTS PAGE 4E, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS ATHLETES TAKE TIME OUT IN DAEGU GAMES VILLAGE 13th IAAF World Championships Q UARTERMILER C hris Fireman Brown can be seen in front of the Games Village at the 13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, South Korea. TEAM MANAGER Ralf McKinney (wearing hat with Demetrius Pinder (far left Ramon Miller (far right and Raymond Higgs (standing HEAD COACH Fritz Grant with sprinter Cache Armbrister on the training track. ATHLETES and officials can be seen in the dining room.

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SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 31, 2011, PAGE 5E 13th IAAF World Championships Raymond Higgs lone competitor for Bahamas in the long jump By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net DAEGU, South Korea A year ago, Raymond Higgs was battling it out with Donald Thomas and Trevor Barry for a spot on the Bahamas national team. T his year, he's on the team at the 13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, but it's not for the highj ump. He made a decision to contest the men's long jump and it has paid off big dividends for him as thel one competitor to represent the Bahamas. The action resumes here at the D aegu Stadium following a break o n Wednesday. T he Grand Bahama native was the country's junior high jump championi n 2008 before he represented the Bahamas at the World Junior Championships in 2008 where he was e ighth overall with a leap of 2.12m ( 6-feet, 113/4-inches). He currently has a personal best of 2.20m (7-3 Thomas has done a season's best o f 2.31 (7-7 2.28m (7-53/4 ified for Thursdays final withT homas leading the way, clearing t he automatic mark of 2.31m (7-7 Barry was one of the last qualifiers at 2.28m (7-53/4 Like Thomas, who began his coll egiate career playing basketball, Higgs also made a switch to athletics. B ut he noted that he's more than thrilled to be making his debut at the worlds in an event other than the high jump. "This is my first, so I'm not expecti ng anything big," Higgs noted during a visit to the Games Village. "But I want to do something big, so I'm just going to go out there and try my best." Before you get the wrong notion t hat Higgs may have abandoned his signature event in athletics, he made it crystal clear that "high jump justw asn't clicking for me this year so I went with the one that I qualified in the long jump." H e produced a season and pers onal best of 7.80m (25-07.25 win the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations' BTC Nationals title at home in July to ensure that he was able to make the trek here with the team on August 20. I had some good jumps in practice so it wasn't really a shock to me," he said. "I jumped 7.91 (25113/4) in practice. So it wasn't a big shock for me." After watching Bianca 'BB' Stuart s truggle as the first competitor for t he Bahamas in the women's long jump on Saturday's opening day of competition, Higgs noted that he is s tarting to feel the jitterbug. But he has been working daily on trying to g et over his nerves. "I'm a little nervous, but I'm just going to put back my run-up and just try to get on the board," he said. The qualifying mark is 8.15m (268 3/4). In preparation for the competit ion, Higgs said he has been keeping a low profile, resting and making sure that his "muscles don't get tightened up." H aving already booked his ticket to the Olympic Games next year in London, England, Higgs said he justw ants to "try and use this as a learning experience to see what I need to be doing before and during the comp etition. This will be a good experience to do that," he added. But with some of the biggest names in the event expected to be competing, Higgs said he will definitely have to "PR" (personal beste very round just to be able to "stay in the competition. That's what I'm trying to do, he said. Once he can get his feet wet in the opening round, he intends to make t he necessary adjustments to comp ete on the big stage at the biggest meet in the world this year. R AYMOND HIGGS p oses in the Games Village. He is the lone competitor for the Bahamas in the long jump. I just have to refocus and get ready." Thomas, who still amazes the crowd from the time hes witched over from playing basketball on a dare at Lindenwood College in 2006, said h e wasn't surprised that he had to labour the way he did to get into the final. I am just thankful that I'm t hrough," he said. "I never doubted myself. I showed up here in good form. I had a fewm inor errors with my approach in some of the low er heights, but as the bar goes u p, I'm a better jumper, so hopefully I can keep that up and do something special int he final." Twenty six-year-old Thomas is thrilled about his performance. And he was the first to congratulate his teammate Barry for an excellent series of jumps to join him in the final. "We're just trying to represent our country and make the Bahamian people proud," he said. "The ultimate goal is to come out victorious. So I just have to go back to the (Games some rest and refocus for the final." Although he got in on a "wing and a prayer," Barry paid a price that not many people realized as he had to jump with a twisted left ankle from his first attempt at the opening height of 2.16m. "I'm just glad that I got through," said Barry, who also jumped with a heavy heart, knowing that his coach Keith Parker was not in the stands to support him. The 27-year-old worked instead with veteran Ronald Cartwright, one of the mem bers of the Bahamas' coaching staff. "I really wanted to clear 2.31. But I know once I get in (the final soar from there. I just wished I had done it in the qualifiers. I guess I just have to go back and prepare for the final. Hopefully, I can do it then and get a chance to get a medal." The height has actually been a thorn in the side for Barry, who would have sur passed both his personal and seasons best of 2.29m, hav ing finished just short of both marks at 2.28m in the quali fying round. With today being an off day for competition in the championships, Barry said all he intends to do is rest. "I just have to watch a few tapes and try to bring some more speed to the bar," he said. "I also need to take my approach back a bit so I can reach my height fairly quickly so I can get more speed going into the bed. But my problem is minimum. I have the height over the bar. I just have to make that crucial adjustment." With the final stacked with some pretty good young jumpers, no doubt both Barry and Thomas will have to improve on their performances if they want to ascend on the podium again like they did together last year. Dimtrios Chondrokokis, a 23-year-old former national junior champion of Greece, advanced with the top quali fying jump as he was the only competitor to clear all five heights without a miss. He was in Group B. A surprise came in Group A as 25-yearold Darvin Edwards improved on St Lucia's national record twice at 2.28 and then 2.31m to clinch the top spot. They both are making their Worlds debut. B ARRY AND THOMAS SOAR INTO HIGH JUMP FINAL F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E OVER THE BAR: Donald T homas clears the bar in the high jump at the 13th IAAF World Championships. DYNAMIC DUO: Donald Thomas (left and Trevor Barry are preparing to represent the Bahamas in the final of the high jump on Thursday day six of the 13th IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.


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