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N ASSA U AND B AHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSP APER Mom and daughter found dead in waterVolume: 107 No.233 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25) WEATHER SUNNY, T-STORM HIGH 90F LOW 79F POLICE are probing the mysterious deaths of a pajama-clad girl and a woman believed to be her mother who were found floating in the harbour at Prince George Wharf yesterday. Officers at the scene said the causes of death were not obvious nor were they certain of the relationship between the two, but a well-placed source within the Royal Bahamas Police Force told The Tribune they are mother and daughter. The source added that while police did not have an official cause of death, officers were investigating the possibility of a murder, sui cide. The child, who police suspect is between seven to 10 years old, was wearing pajamas. The adult female, who appeared to be in her late 20s or early 30s, was found in black tights and a white tank top. There were no visible injuries on either of them. "The bodies were retrieved from the water without any injuries," said Press Liaison Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings at the scene. She added that officers have very little leads into the incident. "We have very little information we're going on. We are in the preliminary stages in our investigation but hope fully by later on today we should be able to say a little bit more regarding this incident." Police and officers from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force were called to the scene at the harbour behind the Elizabeth on Bay plaza at 7.30am yesterday. A handful of tourists and onlookers gathered at scene watching quietly as morticians placed the bodies into two hearses. Last night, officers from the Central Detective Unit were combing through missing persons reports in an effort to match them with the bodies found yesterday, according Superintendent Clayton Fernander at the Central Detective Unit. Last night he said no families had contacted authorities Mystery over grizzly find at Prince George Wharf TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The TribuneTHEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBESTLATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 1%cashbackonannualpurchases Acceptance at 17,000,000 locations worldwide Instant Cash Access at more than 525,000 ATMs Online account access to view your statements Roadside Assistance with Master RoadAssist Emergency cards and cash with one phone call MasterRental Auto InsuranceMasterCard GoldLeaderinPersonalBankingServices Credit Card Centre Tel: (242) 502-6150 Fax: (242) 393-5766 www.combankltd.comGo for the GoldCONVENIENCE ACCEPTANCE ACCESS CASH ADVANCES GETREADYFORTHENEWSEASONNNFFLLPPRREEVVIIEEWWSSUUPPPPLLEEMMEENNTTIAAFWORLDCHAMPIONSHIPSMMIINNIISSTTEERRVVEERRYYPPRROOUUDDOOFF TTHHEE TTEEAAMMCOMINGTHISFRIDAYSEESPORTSSECTIONE SEE page eight ABOVE: Sergeant Skippings at Prince George Wharf yesterday after the two bodies were discovered in the harbour. RIGHT: Police Harbour Patrol on the waters around Prince George Wharf Felip Major/Tribune staff By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net BAHAMIANS wishing to go to the 2012 Olympic Games could see their tickets swiped by desperate fans trying to exploit the system. Officials from the Bahamas authorised ticket reseller, Cartan Tours, said it is impossible to catch IMPOSSIBLE TO CATCH EVERY NON-BAHAMIAN OLYMPIC GAMES TICKET POACHER SEE page eight By SANCHESKA BROWN THE MARSH Harbour clinic in Aba co suspended health services yesterday after the nursing and line staff walked off the job due to unsanitary conditions. The nurses say they are on strike and will continue to strike until the govern ment takes them seriously. They claim they are working in conditions not fit for animals, having to endure the scorching heat and lack of resources day after day. One nurse who wanted to remain anonymous said they are fed up with being left in the heat and treated like second-class citizens. She said: We are protesting the conditions at the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic. We will no longer work like By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net EDUCATION Minister Desmond Bannister threw cold water on two PLP MPs promise to double the education budget asking them to explain where the money would come from. In a joint press statement issued by the PLP yesterday the opposition party said they plan to broaden education, announc ing they would double the current $200 million education budget during their next term in office. We in the PLP have pledged to double the size of the education budget in HUMANITARIAN efforts to donate $25,000 worth of hurricane relief supplies to people in Cat Island thwarted by local red-tape eventually started to move ahead late yesterday when the supplies were taken from the ships flatbeds to a shed ready for distribution. They had been locked down at the Smiths Bay dock for four days. Donors waiting to receive the goods and locals willing to assist were told the supplies would be released for distribution today. Local government officials had refused to release the emergency supplies nearly two weeks after the storm. Roofing materials amounting to two trailers full have been exposed to dam NURSES WALK OFF JOB DUE TO UNSANITARY CONDITIONS MARSHHARBOURCLINIC DESMONDBANNISTERSPEAKSOUT MINISTER HITS BACK AT PLP MPS PROMISE TO DOUBLE EDUCATION BUDGET CAT ISLAND HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS GET MOVING SEE page eight SEE page eight SEE page eight

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By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net A TOUR of schools in North Andros ahead of the beginning ofthe new school term revealed deficiencies in infrastructure and a lack of instructors, member of parliament Vincent Peet claimed. Portions of Lowe Sound Primary School are unfit for stu dents and there is not enough teaching staff on the island, alleged Mr Peet, who also represents the Berry Islands. He also said staff at Stanyard Creek Primary School claimed there are a lack of supplies there. "I visited all of the schools in my constituency and can confirm that while most of them are functioning and are in good condition the Lowe Sound Primary School is not ready to accommodate the students. "In fact, the floors of the two trailers at Lowe Sound Primary School need to be retiled and the retiling did not commence until Sunday evening. "One trailer is completely untouched and work on the other is incomplete. The staff and parents of students attending the Lowe Sound Primary School are most unhappy with the conditions that exist at this school and the minister, and the government must take responsibility for this failure. "As of Monday, there was staff shortage at Lowe Sound Primary School and North Andros High School. "When I visited Stanyard Creek Primary School I was advised by the staff that there are no supplies available at the school. Hence, the teachers and staff members had nothing to work with," said the former Cabinet minister. When contacted for comment yesterday, Education Minister Desmond Bannister confirmed that trailers at Lowe Sound Primary need to be tiled. He said he immediately called for the tiling to be done, once the problem was brought to his attention. "I was very unhappy to see that the trailers have not been tiled. I have immediately put persons to work to ensure that the tiling is done within the first three days of school and I will require the officers who are responsible for supervising this work to provide appropriate explanations (for why it was not done earlier)." As for a teacher shortage on the island, he explained that two teachers declined a placement in North Andros but replacements will be headed there soon. "Mr Peet well knows that during the first few days of school a number of teachers have to travel to get to their assignments. In the case of North Andros there was an additional concern as many as two teachers who were assigned to North Andros failed or declined to take up the assign ment. "The ministry determined that we would not hire those persons and immediately decided to seek out new specialist teachers who will go (there) shortly." As for Mr Peet's claims that there are a lack of supplies at Staniel Creek Primary School, the education minister said: "That is a vicious fabrication by Mr Peet and he ought to know better." Mr Bannister added that during a recent tour of North Andros he inspected all nine public schools and saw outstanding work by education officials there. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011, PAGE 3 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net THE OPPOSITION has questioned whether road conditions are safe for students at the launch of the new school year. A joint statement issued by Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell, Elizabeth MP Ryan Pinder and PLP candidate for St Annes William Nottage said the governments failure to complete road works in time for the first week of school as promised, may be putting students at risk. Yesterday, the PLP trio said, they observed the first day of school at Doris Johnson Senior School on Prince Charles Drive, and got the impression that safety hazards as a result of the road infrastructure project should have been addressed before the new school term began. We express our concern about the state of readiness of the road in front of the school and the accessibility of the school during what appeared to us to be a heavy construction period. The government's road improvement programme administration did not fulfill its promise which was to ensure that by the time school opened the road would in fact be fixed, said the statement.The PLP said the children returning to school this week met with numerous road closures, a lack of street signs, unpaved roads, misinformation and blocked entrances. In particular, the statement said, children came into close proximity with tractors that were in full operation possibly creating a dangerous situation. According to the PLP, the road conditions are symptomatic of the mismanagement of this so called road improvement programme which has led to chaos on our roads, mass inconvenience to the public, threats to the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike, and economic disaster for merchants everywhere the programme has been taking place. Mr Mitchell said he wanted to draw special attention to the grounds at Sandilands Primary School, which he claims were not ready for the first day of school as there was still construction work going on, refuse needed to be collected, and debris from Hurricane Irene had yet to be removed. The Fox Hill MP said while the walls were built higher over the summer break, the campus is still too open to strangers wandering in the school yard without proper checks being possible by the security staff. He added that the lack of pre-schools in the eastern area of New Providence is setting students back. Although Thelma Gibson Primary has a pre-chool, it can only accommodate 40 students, he said. Teachers in Sandilands are slowed down because too many students are coming into grade one without the requisite basic skills for a grade one student, Mr Mitchell said, adding that these include the ability to write their names, count and identify letters. There were plans on the table for expansion of the Sandilands property, which have yet to be realised by the FNM government, Mr Mitchell added. By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THE high interest in the 2012 Olympic Games has not translated into ticket sales for accredited travel agents working with the Bahamas Olympic Committee. Travel agents accredited with the BOC say the high cost of travel packages is to blame. Pack ages range from $5,000 to $25,000, depending on the length of stay and type of tickets. After the BOCs June advertising blitz, travel agents say they received a lot of calls from inter ested Bahamians. However, few calls resulted in sales, because most people found it to be very expensive. Some of the agents suggested the accreditation process was not thorough, as they have not heard from the BOC since the June introductory meet ing. We were surprised when they placed our nameson the advertisements, because they had not sent us all of the information. We met with them, but we were still waiting on them to send us something official, said one accredited travel agent. Another travel agent said she did not have all of the information, but she was getting by on a case-by-case basis. Since word spread about the cost of the packages, she said calls have decreased, so it has not caused a problem. Travel agents are only allowed to sell travel packages, which include event tickets, hotel accom modation, transportation and tours in the host country. The packages are set by the Bahamas authorised ticket resellers, Cartan Tours. They are the official ticket agent of the BOC. In June, representatives from Cartan Tours met with local travel agents to partner with interested vendors and explain the packages to them. Shortly after, the BOC announced Professional Travel, World Executive Travel and Tours, and First Class Travel and Tours as the accredited travel agencies. What we have done is we have invited the top brass from Cartan Tours to come down here, who could really make decisions on behalf of that com pany. When they leave from here, everything will be clear. Everything will be set right, said Welling ton Miller, BOC president, after the initial meet ing. Executives at Cartan Tours said they did not realise there was some confusion with the travel agencies and the national association. Bahamians who want to purchase individual tickets should go directly to Cartan Tours. POLICE arrested eight men and three boys during a sweep of the Carmichael Road area yesterday. The suspects, who were said to be residents of the area, were detained for questioning in connection with a variety of cases, including armed robbery, housebreaking, damage and arson. The operation, conducted by officers of the Southwestern Division, began at 10pm Monday and ended at 4am yesterday. In other crime-related matters, Central Division officers cited 31 drivers for various traffic infractions, and arrested one person who had an outstanding warrant on Monday. Sgt Chrislyn Skippings said: Police officers throughout the Bahamas took to the streets ensuring that the back-to-school experience, for new and returning students went without incident. The officers of the Central Division are encouraging members of the public to abide by all laws and to work with the police in making the Bahamas a safer place for all. Police have asked drivers to adhere to the following safety tips: Slow down and be alert, especially in school zones and residential areas Watch for children at intersections and near the edge of the street especially in the morning and after school hours. Take extra care when entering or exiting driveways of homes businesses Beware children running out from between parked cars Be careful when driving behind a bus or approaching a bus stop, especially in school zones Limit use of cell phones while driving to avoid being distracted 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES PACKAGES SLOW SELLING 11 ARRESTED IN SWEEP OF CARMICHAEL ROAD MP:INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICIENCIES, LACK OF INSTRUCTORS IN NORTH ANDROS SCHOOLS VINCENTPEETSPEAKS OUT AFTER TOUR OF SCHOOLS VINCENTPEET PLPS: FAILURE TO COMPLETE ROAD WORKS IN TIME MAY PUT STUDENTS AT RISK FREDMITCHELL RYANPINDER

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EDITOR, The Tribune. Nassau Guardian Editorial of August 31, 2011. Captioned: Keep cutting parliamentary seats ONCE again I have been provided cause for disappointment with the print media a medium which provides some great material but, all too often, resonates with drivel. Your papers editorial (The Nassau Guardian) of August 31, 2011 captioned Keep cutting parliamentary seats was one of those. The writer missed the point and the great difficulty facing us in The Bahamas. It really does not matter if we have 38 seats (presently required as a minimum by the constitution) or 49 (the number contested at the 1992 election) or even more. What matters is what is expected of members of parliament and the capacity to produce as required by the electorate. The Bahamas could do quite well with less than two dozen members in a unicameral parliament with six or seven ministers provided they were able and dedicated. The present parliament has too many ministers and members who just do not measure up to a reasonable standard. There is a real job that members of parliament could do working for and with the people who elect ed them but it does require some talent; an appreciation of the world around us; an appreciation of national realities; a social justice commitment; love and respect for the citizen ry; among other capacities. Another cause for great concern is that the present cabinet numbers seventeen ministers (and, there is one junior minister), even though the constitution only requires nine minis ters including the prime minister. Mr Ingraham has eight more ministers than constitutionally required. Yes, I know other prime ministers have headed cabinets of more than nine. Eight supernumerary ministers cost the taxpayer substantially more than eight members of parliament would cost. What is particularly galling is that there remains four so called ministers of state working in four ministries which already have ministers with job titles. I know that they were supposed to be apprentices with real ministers until they were able to learn the job so far only one apprentice has been given a real job! This is a clear case of the proverbial jobs for the boys. And speaking of members of parliament, it is insulting to the supposed impartiality of the Honourable Speaker of the House of Assembly and the Justice of the Supreme Court who serve as Chairman and Deputy Chairman, respectively, of the constitutionally mandated Boundaries Commission, to have the prime minister publicly ruminating on the numbers before the Commission is able to consider and receive input from the public. The Commission would include two members of parliament appointedon the advice of the Prime Minister and one member appointed on the advice of the leader of the opposition. The prime minister is provided the opportunity, by the constitution, to make changes to the commissions report before bringing the report to the House of Assembly. Take him to task for this breach rather than compliment him. I support an independent electoral commission which will set constituency boundaries and be responsible for conducting elections. Then the prime minister and anyone else would be free to ruminate at any time because the decisions would not rest with them. Just because it is a prime minister who speaks it does not mean that it is not drivel. Thank you for your kind courtesies. PHILIP P SMITH Nassau, September 2, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 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 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm SACRAMENTO, Calif. California's Legislature sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill seeking to ban the sale, trade or possession of shark fins on Tuesday, over the objections of two senators who called the measure racist because the fins are used in a soup considered a delicacy in some Asian cultures. The bill has split the Asian delegation in the Legislature. It was introduced by Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, and was supported by Sen. Carol Liu, D-Pasadena, who said it is needed to protect endangered shark species. Others disagreed. Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, noted that the bill would ban only part of the shark while permitting the continued consumption of shark skin or steaks. "This bill goes out of its way to be discriminatory," Lieu said. "They single out one cultural practice." Critics of the practice, which already is restricted in U.S. waters, estimate that fishermen kill 73 million sharks each year for their fins. They said it is particularly cruel because the wounded sharks often are returned to the ocean to die after their fins are removed. The fins can sell for $600 a pound, and the soup can cost $80 a bowl. Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, who carried AB376 in the Senate, said California has the highest demand for the fins outside Asia. She cited estimates that 85 per cent of dried shark fin imports to the United States come through California, giving the bill an impact beyond efforts to restrict the practice in the U.S. and abroad. "It's our market here that drives the slaughter," Kehoe said. "We are an importer and a broker worldwide." The proposed ban has been supported by celebrities including actress Bo Derek and retired NBA centre Yao Ming. The state Senate approved the bill on a 25-9 vote. It drew rare support from both conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats during a lengthy debate. Senator Tony Strickland, R-Thousand Oaks, called the practice "a barbarous and torturous act. "The shark just sits there and drowns. That's equivalent to torture," Strickland said. Hawaii, Oregon, Washington state and several U.S. territories in the Pacific already have taken steps to eliminate the shark fin trade. However, Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, cited a recent National Marine Fisheries Service report to Congress estimating that imports and exports of shark fins from the entire United States last year were a fraction of 1 per cent of the worldwide market. "This bill doesn't do anything for finning, because the federal government has already taken care of the problem," he argued. Yee also objected to a second cleanup bill, also passed by the Senate on Tuesday, that makes it clear that sport fishermen who catch a shark can still eat the fin or have the shark stuffed and mounted as a trophy. "If you happen to be Chinese-American and you're not the fisherman, you can't have the shark fin," Yee said. "It sends a very bad message, not only to us here in California but throughout the rest of the world, that discrimination against Chinese-Americans is OK," Yee told senators moments later. "We shouldn't have to defend our culture any more than you others should defend your culture, because we ought to be respectful of each others' culture." The cleanup language in AB853 says that while the finning ban would take effect Jan. 1, 2012, those who have existing stocks of shark fin then could continue selling it for one year. It also clarifies that the ban would not affect stuffing and mounting of sharks, nor the donation of fins to research or medical institutions. The cleanup bill passed on a 28-8 roll call, but goes back to the Assembly for a final vote on the amendments. Passage of the bills drew praise from the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, along with the environmental group Oceana. Brown spokesman Evan Westrup said the governor has not taken a position on the bills. In July the Bahamas announced a ban on shark fishing, making this country one of the few locations in the world where there is a relatively healthy shark population. Shark diving is a major attraction for our tourist industry, bringing in about $80 million a year in revenue. Government hopes that more divers will be attracted as soon as the ban comes into force. (By Don Thompson of the Associated Press). What matters is the capacity of MPs to produce as required LETTERSletters@tribunemedia.net Calif. lawmakers pass bill banning shark-fin trade rfntbrrfr rf tbrrnrf nrtbrfrt trfrftrfrr rrnrrbfr rrfn EDITOR, The Tribune. I WANTto tell Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and his colleagues not to be discouraged by those who complain and whine while progress is being made. Some people will oppose progress and later, when they see the benefits of it, all they do is wipe their mouths and utter not a word of apology for resisting in the first place. It has always been so. When travel and shipment of goods by rail started early in the 19th century there were complainers. Some people who operated stagecoach and canal transportation resisted because they realized what the new thing would do to their business. Some people didn't want the iron horse anywhere near their towns. But those who had vision welcomed the new technolo gy and learned how to benefit from it. Today the stagecoach is long gone and the railroad has brought enormous development and wealth to many countries, cities and towns. Admittedly, nobody will come right out and say they are against the massive infrastructural work being under taken by the Government today, but what a torrent of complaints we are hearing. I want to comment on one complaint: Why is the Government doing all this at one time? There are several obvious reasons: 1. While the complainers may not have noticed, the world has been going through the worst economic crisis in many decades with the result that unemployment is very high in most developed countries, some are facing huge financial problems, businesses have folded, and some gov ernments have had to lay off thousands of civil servants. So it makes good sense, if you have access to financing, to do as much as you can internally at this time to create economic activity, provide employment, and help cushion the effects of the recession. Bahamians should be grateful that while we have difficulties, we have not suffered nearly as much as millions of people in developed countries. 2. It makes good sense to do what you can while you have access to financing on good terms and while prices are reasonably stable. The delay on the road works by the PLP Government cost us about $50 million in increased costs. That money could have been used for other purpos es. So it makes good sense to make hay while the sun is shining. It would have been almost criminal, for instance, if the Government had not taken advantage of the offer of two per cent money from the Chinese (two per cent!) to do the much-needed Airport Gateway project. Just imagine the tens (if not hundreds) of millions of dollars saved. Furthermore the new four lane highway to town is going to be just wonderful when it is completed. Just imagine, too, the money the public will save on new roads, burning less gasoline, less wear and tear on their cars, taxis and buses. 3. It is likely that the free-wheeling easy money in Western economies has come to an end and that we are facing a new era of what some economists call the new normal. If we are to survive in the new normal we must become more productive and more competitive. As the world economy improves there is going to be stiffer competition for the tourism dollar and so a new, transformed New Providence and City of Nassau will be in a far better position to compete with everybody, including newcomers to our market like Cuba. So permit me, Madam Editor, to say: Thanks to Prime Minister Ingraham and his hard-working colleagues, thanks for all the new roads, thanks for the new water and utility lines, thanks for the new airport, thanks for the new straw market, thanks for dredging the harbour, thanks for improving downtown Nassau, thanks for transforming the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, thanks for Saunders Beach, and thanks for getting Baha Mar off the ground. Some of the complainers will no doubt come to their senses, a few you have rubbed the wrong way may not vote for you, but future generations of Bahamians will thank you for the unequalled contribution you have made to the development of our Bahamas. GRATEFUL Nassau, September 3, 2011. Answering the complainers

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WHILE congratulating the Government on its implementation of the Job Readiness Programme, the PLP questioned why the $25-million project could not have a broader base with the capacity to train all Bahamians who desire to apply. Ina statement issued to the media yesterday, the PLP said that the current programme can only train 400 persons at a time. Thousands of Bahamians desiring to be trained and to work will have to sit idly by because of the limited capacity. In announcing the new programme, the prime minister once again blamed the global economy for economic woes in the Bahamas, clearly hoping that doing so will get him off the hook with Bahamian voters. But the truth is that the FNM Governments policies have made the recession much worse in the Bahamas. Among Caribbean nations, the Bahamas experienced the sharpest increase in unemployment during the 2009 recession, and the Bahamas is projected to have the lowest GDP growth (other than Grenada) in the Caribbean this year. The governments poor policy-making and mismanagement of the economy has been substantiated first by Standard and Poors and now by Moodys, the party said. The PLP said that there are far too many Bahami ans unemployed or underemployed in the country, and that the programme launched earlier this week is inadequate in its scope to fully address the harrowing and depressing employment situation. We reiterate the PLPs position after this programme was announced in Prime Minister Ingrahams 2011/2012 Budget Communication: this is simply too little, too late. We congratulate the 400 Bahamians whose prospects of employment may have improved today. We will soon be announcing our plans for jobs for the 10,000 plus other Bahamians who are unemployed and the scores more who are underemployed and discouraged workers. Of particular interest to the Progressive Liberal Party is the creation of long-term jobs that Bahamians and their families can count on, said the party statement. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011, PAGE 5 ,Q$FFRUGDQFHZLWK$UWLFOHfRIWKHQLRQV &RQVWLWXWLRQ7KH%DKDPDVXEOLFHUYLFHV 8QLRQZLOOKROGWKH7UL$QQXDO*HQHUDO 0HPEHUVKLSHHWLQJRQ %HJLQQLQJDWSPDWWKH $XGLWRUVHSRUWVZLOOEHSUHVHQWHG $OOPHPEHUVDUHXUJHGWRDWWHQG DQGEHRQWLPH 5HIUHVKPHQWVZLOOEHVHUYHGDIWHUWKHPHHWLQJ By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT The BORCO Foundation yesterday distributed 250 backpacks to children in the outlying settlements of Hunters, Lewis Yard, and, Pinders Point. The presentation was held at the Young Men Training Association (YMTA) Centre in Hunters. BORCO Foundation board members Matthew Missick and Simon Lewis handed out backpacks filled with school supplies. Mr Lewis said the foundation decided to implement a back-to-school programme to assist youngsters for the reopening of school this month. We are pleased to be able to assist in this way and we wanted to give the kids something that was durable and will last them a long time, he said. Mr Lewis, who is also a resident of Lewis Yard, said the foundation is involved in a number of initiatives that are benefitting young people in the community. He said some 30 young persons have completed training in welding at the BORCO Technical Institute, which is located at the former Hawksbill School campus. We are proud of this initiative and we are looking at doing some other things in the community as far as expanding the BORCO Institute to provide training in other areas, Mr Lewis said. The BORCO Foundation launched its technical school last year in a bid to satisfy the growing demand for skilled welders and pipe-fitters. Mr Lewis said that foundation board members are very enthused about implementing programmes that will benefit per sons in the area. He said other corporate entities are also stepping forward to assist, including Control Chemicals which has also pledged to supply an additional 200 backpacks. I hope that every child between Hunters and Lewis Yard will have something to take back to school, and we are hoping to also distribute some in Eight Mile Rock as well, he said. Grace Pinder, chairman of the Pinders Point Township, commended the BORCO Foundation for providing so many children with backpacks. I think it is much needed especially since so there are still so many children who are not sorted out for school yet. I want to thank the foundation on behalf of the residents in this area because there are companies that cannot assist at this time as a result of the state of the economy and so we are very grateful to BORCO, she said. Mr Lewis said that the centre is a unique facility that caters to all residents in the area. It is perhaps the only one of its kind in the entire country and it is owned by the people and operated by the people, he said. The eight-acre recreational centre has undergone major restoration through the assistance of various organisations. Rotary has restored the building, which was damaged by a hurricane, to the tune of some $38,000. Bahama Rock has put in a new playing field and Harvest Foundation in the US is in the process of putting in a baseball league and baseball field. The YMTA has been in existence for more than 30 years. It has been a long struggle but everything is back to normal. It is only now we come to a point where many of our plans have come to fruition, he said. WORLD Learning is offering grants to local non-governmental organisations for HIV prevention initiatives. Ruth Jankee, project director of the HIV/AIDS Grant Solicitation and Management Programme, said the concept papers should focus on men who have sex with men, sex workers and sexually active youth. "One of the challenges is that a lot of people work with youth, but very few work with men who have sex with men and sex workers, so what we're trying to do with this project is identify creative, innovative projects that encourage more people to work with the more at-risk populations," said Ms Jankee. Papers should be sent to www.worldlearning.org. An organisation may submit only one con cept paper, to be submitted by September 19. SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION CONDUCTS OPERATION POLICE apprehended 11 men during a special operation in southern New Providence. Officers of the Southeastern Division executed search warrants and took the men into custody, three of whom are juveniles, for questioning in reference to armed robbery, housebreaking, damage and arson investigations. The suspects, who are all residents of the Carmichael Road area, were apprehended between 10pm Monday and 4am yesterday Police investigations continue. CENTRAL DIVISION CONDUCTS OPERATION SCHOOL MASTERPOLICE cited 31 drivers for various traffic infractions and took one with an outstanding warrant of arrest into custody. Officers from the Central Division made the arrests during operation School Master on the first day of the new public school year. GRANTS OFFERED TOORGANISATIONS FOR HIV PREVENTION INITIATIVES RUTH JANKEE project director of the HIV/AIDS Grant Solicitation and Management Programme PLP QUESTIONS LIMITED CAPACITY OF JOB READINESS PROGRAMME BACKPACK GIVEAWAY BORCO Foundation Board members Simeon Lewis (far right), and Matthew Missick (centre) are seen distributing backpacks to children at the YMTA Centre in Hunters. BORCODISTRIBUTESBACKPACKSTOCHILDREN POLICENEWS DIRECT passenger service into North Eleuthera will be temporarily suspended as the primary sea carrier begins annual maintenance. The Bohengy II, which maintains direct service into Spanish Wells, Harbour Island and Governor's Harbour, will go on dry dock next week, according to operators at Bahamas Fast Ferries. "This is our annual dry dock that we have been going to every single year since inception, said Khaalis Rolle, BFF president. Safety is always our primary concern, so we're going to pull the boat out of the water to ensure that everything is as it was this same time last year." "We understand, he said, how critical our service is, particularly to North Eleuthera, as we are the only direct service into Spanish Wells, and the only direct passenger service into Harbour Island." Persons seeking an alternate route into Spanish Wells will have to fly into the North Eleuthera airport and take two water taxis, according to Mr Rolle. Mr Rolle explained that the company scheduled its maintenance cycle during the island's "slow period." He said most hotel and resort owners also conducted their annual maintenance at this time. Residences in North Eleuthera are still without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, however Mr Rolle said he did not expect the suspension of ferry services to greatly affect these residents. "I don't think it will, he said, there wasn't any massive devastation there was some damage but not mass devastation. I think the period from the hurricane to when we take dry dock, there was significant enough service to take them the goods needed." Direct ferry service into Spanish Wells and Harbour Island will resume at the end of this month. BOHENGY II TO BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED FOR MAINTENANCEPRIMARYSEACARRIERGOESINTODRYDOCKNEXTWEEK T T h h o o u u s s a a n n d d s s o o f f B B a a h h a a m m i i a a n n s s d d e e s s i i r r i i n n g g t t o o b b e e t t r r a a i i n n e e d d a a n n d d t t o o w w o o r r k k w w i i l l l l h h a a v v e e t t o o s s i i t t i i d d l l y y b b y y b b e e c c a a u u s s e e o o f f t t h h e e l l i i m m i i t t e e d d c c a a p p a a c c i i t t y y . 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PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 THE TRIBUNE LIKE the Bahamas, Britain is worried by the growing influence of gang culture. Now children as young as nine are to be given shock lessons on the life-changing damage that can be inflicted by gang warfare. JOHN MARQUIS reportsAS a boy, I belonged to a gang called The Ensigners. We used to stage mock battles against another gang called The Jackies, charging at each other across a big swathe of wasteland with broom-handles for lances and dustbin lids for shields. At our head we carried a Red Ensign, a tatty old Merchant Navy flagI found in my Cousin Alberts bottom drawer. The Jackies went into battle behind a threadbare Union Jack given to my mate Tez by his Uncle Arthur. During these blistering encounters, in which no-one got hurt, we tried to re-enact the Battle of Bosworth Field, which actually happened just a few miles southwestofwhere we lived in Leicestershire in that momentous year of 1485, when the course of English history was changed forever. This was the bloody clash in which the Tudors came to power and the Plantagenets were sent packing in the most ignominious way, with Richard the Third (if William Shakespeare is to be believed) running round the battlefield shouting A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse! Sometimes we would change tack and pretend to be Cavaliers and Roundheads at the Battle of Naseby of 1645, the decisive Civil War bust-up held a few miles directly south of our Leicestershire homes, where parliamentary troops led by Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell chased King Charles the First all the way to Market Harborough and helped toend royal despotism for all time. In those days, the early 1950s, the violence an unseemly melee of clashing shields and broken lances was all make-believe, a fantasy battle in which the worst a combatant could expect was a grazed knee or an accidental bump on the head. No-one went to hospital for emergency surgery and intensive care. No-one was carted off to the mortuary. And if anyone somehow con trived to get a black eye during the mayhem, it was odds-on that the culprit would offer his hand and say: Sorry, mate.CrimeIf only that were the case today, an age when street gangs well over 100 of them in London alone are bringing a whole new dimension to violent crime in the fetid ghettos of inner city Britain. The recent London riots, which have already resulted in more than 2,000 arrests, were worsened by the internet orchestrated activities of neighbourhood street gangs, unruly youngsters with no conscience who see the police as the enemy and public disorder as a criminal opportunity. They rampaged shamelessly through the city streets, torching shops and looting with brazen lack of concern for the consequences. Some even boasted of their haul on Facebook and Twitter. Worse still, gangs have introduced the dreaded spectre of gun and knife crime to deprived urban neighbourhoods, stabbing and shooting recklessly in deadly tussles for turf and respect. It is a bit like over-the-hill Nassau, except that the per capita body count has thankfully not yet reached the horrendous levels now being endured in the byways of Bain Town, Grants Town and Englerston. In Britain, where the word immigration is now virtually taboo thanks to the crazy influ ence of political correctness, noone is allowed to state the obvi ous that gang culture has been imported directly from Caribbean countries like Jamaica. Yet London lawyers will tell you privately that more than 80 per cent of the violent crime cases they handle involves gangs of immigrant origins, people for whom drive-by shootings and knif ings are as natural as looting and thieving. So bad is the situation now that a new post-riot initiative has been launched in London to warn young children of the horrific impact of gang crime on peoples lives. Surgeons are to go into schools to warn nine-year-olds what it means for parents to be told of a childs violent death, and how inconvenient life becomes when a knifing victim has to wear a colostomy bag. Nick Mason, founder of the pio neering scheme, told the London Evening Standard: We are trying to expose the myths of belonging to gangs as well as trying to give young people positive alternatives to gang membership. A pilot scheme is now running in 55 schools in five London boroughs. Experts in trauma treatment will show films of their experiences in dealing with stab vic tims. Funded by local authorities and the Metropolitan Police, the idea is to catch children before they enter secondary schools, where they are most likely to encounter gang cul ture, and shock them into an understanding of violence and its consequences. Police have discovered that the recent riots were most intense in areas like Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark, where gangs are most active. It pointed to a direct correlation between mob violence and gang involvement. Though London and Nassau are vastly different cities in many ways, not least in size, they have several worrying similarities. One of them is the growing number of socially dislocated youngsters who have no proper family background, no role models, no moral code and no sense of belonging. Anyone who knows anything about gang culture will tell you that these are the main ingredients of the typical potential gang member. Like Nassau, Britains big cities have too many families with no dad, no discipline, no sense of right and wrong, no ambition, no selfrespect and no hope.DeficienciesGangs, with their tribal loyal ties and territorial bragging rights, go a long way towards filling these deficiencies. They have a leader a father figure, if you like a form of discipline, a structure of sorts, and an achievable objective to become big cheeses in their own neighbourhoods. Collectively, gang members command respect they would never warrant as individuals. Most even have a military-style rank structure, with the prospects of promotion for the bravest, and the rewards of gangland ascen dancy for all. The downside, of course, is the likelihood of severe injury and possibly even death as gangs clash for territory and respect. Criminologist Dr John Pitts, who has written a book called Gangsters on the London crime scene, told the Evening Standard there could be more than 250 gangs in the capital, with some operating as splinter groups or mutations of bigger operations. Some get involved in drugs, others fight each other. Surprisingly, not all are interested in violence. With names like the 28s, the Peel Dem Crew, the Poverty Driven Children and the Muslim Boys, they roam the streets looking for opportunities to prove themselves by the perverse standards of gangland life. Inevitably, confrontations happen and teen victims end up dead. Earlier this year, a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death by ten youths in a gang feud. He had 20 knife wounds. Dr Pitts claims that boys are now joining gangs at a younger age and staying on longer. The result is an expanding gang scene, escalating violence and high er death rate. Alarmingly, he revealed that only between ten and 20 per cent of gang members reach the higher echelons of the organisation. The rest get killed, injured or arrested. Or, if theyre bright enough, leave the gang culture behind and find another way of life. Londons new anti-gang initiative in the schools was inspired by an American scheme. Police will stress the dangers of being disabled for life and show in graphic terms what happens when a knife penetrates flesh or, worse still, vital organs of the body. Youngsters will be told how diminished life is when youve lost a kidney or had your bowel torn open by a deadly weapon. They will hear how distressing it is for a mother when a policeman turns up at her door and says: Im sorry, but your son is dead. The most recent stabbing outrage in London occurred at the Notting Hill Carnival, the citys equivalent of Nassaus Junkanoo. A youth stabbed another for no reason, according to friends, right in front of police officers monitoring crowds at the annual celebration. Surgeons had to operate on wounds to his stomach and hands. In the old days, a fist-fight was the usual way for boys to settle differences once they got beyond the talking stage. Now the blade is the weapon of choice. Left to fester, gang violence escalates to the point where machetes, meat cleavers and even handguns are used to suppress the enemy. In Nassau and other parts of the Caribbean region, heavier weaponry like AK-47s are now in vogue. Police are having to restock their arsenal to compete. Its all a long, long way from our mock re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth Field, with its tattered banners and bent shields. Its epochs adrift from our reprise of the Battle of Naseby, with the Royalists in retreat behind their wilting Union flag, and Roundheads in full-blooded pursuit behind an old naval ensign, with my dog Jack out in front with his tail held high. Ah, those glorious, innocent days of boyhood. Will we ever see their like again? PILOTSCHEMEGIVESCHILDRENSHOCKLESSONS MARQUIS ATLARGE THE HORRIFIC IMPACT OF GANG CRIME AFIREFIGHTER tackles a blaze during Londons recent riots which were worsened by the Internet orchestrated activities of neighbourhood street gangs. (AP) A A p p i i l l o o t t s s c c h h e e m m e e i i s s n n o o w w r r u u n n n n i i n n g g i i n n 5 5 5 5 s s c c h h o o o o l l s s i i n n f f i i v v e e L L o o n n d d o o n n b b o o r r o o u u g g h h s s . 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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011, PAGE 7 MEMBERS of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority gifted three female students with the necessary tools and fabric to sew new uniforms. Through a sewing class organ ised by the Urban Renewal Centre of Pineridge in Grand Bahama, students were given the opportunity not only make their own skirts for the new school year but to learn a lifelong skill. I am glad that I received the donation and learned how to sew at the same time. I feel a sense of pride to wear a skirt that I sewed," said Lajoi Pratt, an eighth grade student at Jack Hayward Junior High School "This donation will allow me to use my money for other things I need for school, like my books and my supplies. Arnette Coakley-Archer, centre manager for the Pineridge Urban Renewal Centre, said the donation came at the right time. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Soror ity just stepped in the nick of time, as we had students who were biting their nails as it was coming down to crunch time and they had no uniforms for school, and like angels these donations came through. Anya Valdes, chapter president, said her organisation wanted to give back to the community as it deals with an ongoing economic crisis. Our organisation believes strongly that during this time of prolonged economic upheaval its imperative that we step up and do what we can to help children and parents in need. We hope that this donation makes a difference to the people who need it most, she said. The sewing programme will con tinue on Thursdays for the first 12 weeks of the Fall term. THE Sandals Foundation donated more than 1,000 gallons of Aquapure water to the Bahamas Red Cross this week. The water will be dispersed to the southern islands of the Bahamas which were severely impacted by Hurricane Irene. Bahamas Red Cross director general Caroline Turnquest expressed her appreciation on behalf of the recipients and added how important it was for civic and corporate partners to join in this important effort to assist those most vulnerable at this time. The Sandals Foundation is committed to bring relief assistance to those persons who have been displaced by this recent hurricane and chose the Bahamas Red Cross as a partner in this venture. We are very grateful for this, Ms Turnquest said. THE Cuban Embassy in Nassau has opened a book of condolence in commemoration of the death of Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, General Julio Casas Regueiro. General Casas Regueiro, who was also vice president of the Council of State a member of the Political Bureau of the Cuban Communist Party, died on September 3. The book of condolence will be opened at the Cuban Embassy at 61 Miller House, Collins Avenue, from Tuesday, September 6 through Thursday, September 9 from 9am to 6pm each day. The public is invited to sign. Julio Casas Regueiro was born in Bombi, Mayari Arriba, on February 16, 1936. He had occupied different posts in the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FAR) since 1961, being promoted to deputy minister in 1969. At the FAR, he was chief of the Eastern Army, the Antiaircraft Defence Troops and the Revolutionary Air Force. He also served as the appointee (by the minister) for economic activities and first deputy minister, before becoming Minister of the Armed Forces in February, 2008. He was a member of the National Assembly of the Peoples Power (Parliament) since 1981, a member of the Council of State since 1986, and vice president of the Council of State since 2008. In accordance to his last wish, his mortal remains were cremated. Theyre now placed at the Granma Hall of the Ministry of Armed Forces until their transfer to the Mausoleum of the Frank Pais Second Eastern Front, where they will receive the corresponding military honours. BAHAMAS RED CROSS VOLUNTEER Shanandor Andrews was on hand to accept the Sandals Foundations donation of more than 1,000 gallons of Aquapure water to the Bahamas Red Cross. SANDALS FOUNDATION DONATES 1,000 GALLONS OF WATER TO THE RED CROSS WATERTOBEDISPERSEDTOISLANDSIMPACTEDBYHURRICANE IRENE SORORITY RESPONDS TO STUDENTS UNIFORM NEEDS OFFICIAL SP AY COURTESY CALL ON GOVERNOR-GENERAL EXECUTIVE OFFICERS of the Eastern Community Association paid a courtesy call on Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes at Government House on August 23. Pictured sitting from left: Celestine Cox, Prince Rahming, Karl Spencer, Sir Arthur, Leslie Bowleg, Sophia Thompson-Williams and Fintan Mooney. Standing from left: Joseph Hamilton, Ernest Bowe, Ernest Romer, Tealeh Wright, Laverne Ferguson, Yaneke Wallace, Sharmara Higgs, Margaret Forbes, Alverna Musgrove, and Keva Hanna-Lawrence. Letisha Henderson /BIS NON-RESIDENT Ambassador of Indonesia to the Bahamas Banua Radja Manik (left) pays a farewell courtesy call on Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes on Monday, August 5, in the drawing room at Government House. Derek Smit h/BIS BACK ROW: (from left to right): Eleanor Munroe, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Julie Glover, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Tanisha Tynes, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Anya Valdes, President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Princess Flowers, community service officer at the Pineridge Urban Renewal Centre; Arnette Coakley-Archer, manager of the Pineridge Urban Renewal Centre; Wende Hanna, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Shelley Rolle, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Joyce Pinder, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. BOOK OF CONDOLENCE FOR CUBAN MINISTER GENERAL CASAS REGUEIRO died on September 3. SEWING CLASSORGANISED

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Monday, September 5, Tribune Trivia question: What financial services provider wants to make Freeport a fashion hub? Montaque Group this.We are begging and cryingout for help. There is no AC in this entire building. Even the cooling unit in the morgue has stopped working. The roof is leaking, the tiles are coming loose, the toilets are backed up and there is mould in the building. The conditions are hazardous. We are not taking any patients. We are turning everyone away. We cancelled the general clinic and the antenatal clinic today. Anyone who knows anything about health care knows you needa cold environment. The windows dont even open to allow circulation and ventilation. The fan is only blowing hot stink air. This is ridiculous. We will not work like this. According to the nurses, they had a meeting with Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and representatives from the National Insurance Board last year to discuss their issues. They say they were promised the clinic would be renovated, but eight months later nothing has happened. Despite the strike, doctors are still working but are only taking patients in emergency situations. There are two doctors at the clinic. All other patients are being referred to the clinic in Sandy Point, which is 45 miles away, or the one in Coopers Town 40 miles away. The only other option for residents in Marsh Harbour isto attend a private doctor. Island Administrator Cephas Cooper said as far as heknows the nurses are not striking but are simply sitting under the tree outside to cool offin the heat. He would not make any further statement. Dr Minnis was not avail able for comment. every non-Bahamian ticket poacher trying to go through the back door. However, officials say they have systems in place to protect the integrity of the process. Cartan Tours is the authorised ticket reseller for 40 countries across North, Central and South America, including the Bahamas. Their appointment by the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) is to sell tickets to Bahamians. It could happen, but we try to monitor it as best as we can so people outside of the territory cannot abuse the process and take tickets away from the individuals in the territory, said Cartan Tours spokesman Donald Williams. The Cartan Tours ticketing terms and conditions state you must be a resident of the country for which Cartan is the authorised ticket reseller. Greg Harney, vice president of international business at Cartan Tours, explained the rule to mean having an address in the Bahamas. This would make second home owners, for example, eligible to purchase tickets from the Bahamas allotment. Earlier this year, when the first batch of tickets went on sale internationally, they were snapped up immediately, on a day dubbed Frantic Friday. In London, the first sell-outs were the 40,000 seats for athletics, hockey, basketball and archery, according to the UK press. The mad rush had observers wondering if desperate fans would flock to countries like the Bahamas in hopes of cashing in on their allotments. Greg Harney, vice president of international busi ness at Cartan Tours, said the company did not see rampant abuse in its first round of ticketing that closed on April 20. We do an internal audit. There were some orders that had UK email addresses, or the telephone number was a UK or EU telephone, even though they were using a country home address (for one of our territories). We immediately bounced those orders, said Mr Harney. It is pretty easy to catch (people trying to abuse the system). They usually ask for a lot of tickets for events we do not have for. We have been around for several games, so we notice if people are putting in back door applications, he said. The company relies on an honour system in part, but it also verifies names with the NOC in some cases, and requires applicants to produce a passport or identification from the country of request when collecting their tickets. The Bahamas was allotted 916 tickets by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG), according to Mr Harney. The majority of those tickets are for track and field events, and boxing, with dribbles across the rest. The tickets available to Bahamians in the other sporting categories are in the single digits. Only two opening ceremony and four closing ceremony tickets were allotted for Bahamian resi dents, he said. So far, tickets are still available in all categories. And even when the Cartan allotment is officially sold out, Mr Harney said applicants can go on a waiting list and get lucky if more tickets enter the pool. Most of the available tickets are in the more expensive A, B and C categories, said Mr Harney, which has been a source of frustration across the region. Mr Harney said the LOCOG allots are most of its inexpensive D and E tickets for London fans. The LOCOG allots tickets to each country based on a combination of factors. A key element in the formula is projected team participation in a given sport. Mr Harney said a country that has never had a water polo team in the Olympics, for example, would probably not get water polo tickets allotted. Holland and Hungary, however, usually get large water polo allotments. We don't normally have a challenge getting athletics tickets because we have a strong Caribbean contingent, said Mr Harney. Applications are currently open to Bahamians for the second round of ticketing. Applications close September 31. Individual tickets are purchased directly through Cartan Tours. Packages can be purchased through accredited local travel agents, including First Class Travel, Leisure Travel and World Executive Travel. age from rain, and cases of drinking water were left untouched as hundreds of people in the local communities press on with out electricity or running water in homes damaged by hurricane Irene. General manager of the Greenwood Beach Resort Chris Illing, who has operated the family business near Port Howe for 20 years, and his wife Lisa, raised $25,000 within five days of sending out an appeal on social networking website Face book. But the goods he ordered in Florida that arrived in Smiths Bay on Saturday, remained on the dock when he left the island Monday evening as officials continuously told him to back-off. The first two weeks after the storm are the most crucial, when you have to act fast and just make it comfortable for everybody, Mr Illing said. If the help arrives quickly then don't stand in it's way. You have to be flexible and have common sense. But common sense was far removed from the situation at the port in Smith's Bay this weekend, Mr Illing said, as officials, stuck with three non-operational forklifts, refused the offer of a working forklift to off-load the goods. Mr Illing was told the goods would have to be secured, itemised and released by Customs officers before he could distribute the aid. When he left Cat Island at 5pm on Monday, to return to his business in Nas sau, the emergency supplies still lan guished on the dock. However, a call from Nassau late yesterday confirmed that they had been removed from the flatbeds into the shed for distribution today. Even calls from the Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Prime Minister's office to release the aid on Monday did not move island administrator Gloria Bain, the gov ernments head representative on the island, to give volunteers the nod. The Illings stressed that in Nassau the NEMA staff could not have been more concerned, helpful or cordial in trying to assist them in getting the supplies released. They felt the weak link in communication was to be found at the local government level at the island. Minister of Lands and local govern ment Byron Woodside travelled to Cat Island on Monday, and when asked by The Tribune about the hold-up he excused Ms Bain for following official procedure and asked: Who works on Sunday? Mr Illing is one of several Cat Islanders who has not stopped working since the hurricane hit, including staff of the Cat Island Golf and Beach Resort develop ment, who have been taking drinking water from their RO plant to people throughout the settlements. At the end of the day, the island administrator is changed every few years, but we have been there for almost 20 years, we know our little community, we know who can afford to rebuild their roof, and who cannot, so they should have some trust in the community, Mr Illing said. Sometimes it's just better to let the islanders deal with it. Assist them, but don't stand in the way and try to complicate it. Mr Illing said the problem was that he had shipped the goods from Florida in the name of government aid, as he understood G&G shipping would waive the freight charge for NEMA. However he has since learned the ship ping company will waive the charge regardless, and therefore he has ensured his next shipment, bought with another $10,000 of donations, will not be put in the governments name. Mr Illing said roofing materials brought in too late after hurricane Floyd sat rotted on the dock for two years after the storm, and he had hoped the procedure might have improved. However, in the aftermath of Irene, there has been complication after compli cation despite the generosity of people wanting to help those in need. The first shipment of government relief was delayed by two days, as it had to be transferred from one ship in Nassau to another, creating confusion at the dock, Mr Illing said, and now he is unsure when the materials he ordered will reach the people. I was so happy to send the stuff and we were proud of everybody coming together, and then you run into this brick wall and you think, Why am I doing this? And the people cannot believe this is happening, they want to put their roofs back up; they would work until 10pm if they could. Just because some people dont feel like working on a Saturday, doesnt mean everybody has to suffer. It wouldnt take any work on their behalf, it would just take nodding their heads and releasing the stuff. CAT ISLAND HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS GET MOVING FROM page one NURSES WALK OFF JOB DUE TO UNSANITARY CONDITIONS FROM page one real terms over the five year term when we next get the opportunity to govern part of that will be a dramatic expansion and investment in pre-school education, said the statement. Questioning the statement Mr Bannister said while anyone would welcome a budget increase you have to address where the extra $200 million annually is coming from. Mr Bannister said the amount of money coming into the Bahamas is not unlimited, in order to increase the education budget one of two things must be done; either taxes paid by the public are increased or money is taken from another ministry. You are talking about hundreds of millions of dollars you have to be able to tell the public where this money is coming from, said Mr Bannister. Furthermore Mr Bannister said the Christie administration does not have a strong record on education. Under the Christie administration Mr Bannister said there was no full time minister appointed to education nor were any schools built under his five year term. Where does this commitment to education come from? asked Mr Bannister. He added no other government has allocated the most funds to BTVI, College of the Bahamas, the Department of Education and other educational institutions as under the FNM government. Mr Bannister said the public must match what the PLP is promising against the reality of what was done while they were in office. You must look at what type of basis are they making these claims on while also looking at their record, said Mr Bannister. FROM page one MINISTER HITS BACK AT PLP MPS PROMISE TO DOUBLE EDUCATION BUDGET MOTHER, DAUGHTER FOUND DEAD IN WATER to identify the woman and young child. Police appealed for the public to come forward with any information on the pair. "Police are uncertain of the circumstances surrounding this particular incident and we want to encourage family members who may have not seen their loved one today or even a grandchild to give us a call at CDU at 502-9991 or call police emergency at 919," said Sgt Skippings. FROM page one FROM page one IMPOSSIBLE TO CATCH EVERY NON-BAHAMIAN OLYMPIC GAMES TICKET POACHER

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 THE TRIBUNE NINETEEN students between the ages of the 13 and 15 had a lifechanging experience this summer as they participated in the Bahamas National Trusts third annual Eco Camp.Held on Andros during the month of August, the students earned a place at the camp by either writing an essay on why they were deserving of the experience or were one of the winners of the Coastal Awareness Student competition. Students attending the camp were from Andros, Abaco, Acklins, Cat Island, Crooked Island, Eleuthera and New Providence. The island of Andros is hometo five National Parks and provides the ideal location for students to explore the marine and terrestrial environment of the Bahamas. Eco Camp provides an opportunity to reward deserv ing students who have through their actions indicateda true love of the environ ment and a desire to provide real conservation action on their islands, said Portia Sweeting, BNT director of education. Learning about marine resources and their conservation needs was an overriding theme of this years camp. The students visited Pigeon Cay in the Northern Marine Park and also snorkelled on Davids Patch Reef in the park. Part of their exploration was to conduct a conch survey at Pigeon Cay, recording the number of adult and juvenile conchs found as well as the different types of conch. The students then conduct ed a Lowe Sound community survey, visiting with residents and finding out how they felt about conch conservation and if they had noticed changes inthesize and amount of conch available in the com munity. The students then took all ofthe information and wrote and recorded their own public service announcements on conch conservation which will soon be aired on local TV and radio stations. Visits to the Rocky Shore provided the campers with an opportunity to collect inter esting marine organisms that live in this inter-tidal zone and bring them back for closer inspection at the Forfar Field Station Marine Lab. Once finished with their samples, the students returned them to their tidal homes. Wilderness Camp in the pine forests of the Blue Hole National Park was the students favourite experience, camp organisers said. Students learned about the Pine Forest ecosystem, swam ina blue hole and cooked their meals over an open fire. The students were divided into five teams: the Concherors, Hawkwings,BNT ORGANISES THIRD ANNUAL ECO CAMP Conservators and Five Stars. The groups had this to say about this years Eco Camp: It is a wonderful experience swimming in a blue hole! Wonderful, said Concherors Cherese Kemp, Octavia McIntosh, Kenaj Sweeting and Octavia Rolle Eco Camp 2011 is the best. Were learning, seeing and doing things weve never done before, said the Hawkwings group of Tresheika Strachan, Rimanda Hamilton, Brandon McKinzie and Shanley Bodie Camp is everything we expected and more. Were having the time of our lives, said the Conservators Delphine Carroll, Aaliyah Richardson, Shavez Woodside, Terralisa Collie and Javen Gibson. Life-changing experience, said the Five Stars group of Tyrell Johnson, Chinyeere Rolle, Richard Lewis, Joquille Deal, and Juliet Brown. Eco Camp, the BNT said, is made possible through a num ber of corporate and local supporters. The BNT thanked Atlantis, the Bahamas Hotel Association, Lindroth Development Company, Lyford Cay Club, Bahamas Ferries, Forfar Field Station, Brian Ball and Sean Riley for the support given to the camp. NINETEEN students between the ages of the 13 and 15 participated in the Bahamas National Trusts third annual Eco Camp.

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By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A MULTI-BILLION dollar debt default by Kerzner International would send enormous shockwaves through the Bahamian econ omy, but a former Chamber of Commerce president yesterday said this was unlikely to happen especially since it would be in creditors interests to leave Sol Kerzner and his management team in charge. Saying he was encouraged that there had been no rumblings that the end is nigh, Dionisio DAguilar agreed that, with this Fridays debt repayment deadline looming, any debt default by the Atlantis and One & Only Ocean Club owner would create tremendous economic uncertainty for the Bahamas. However, he argued that this was unlikely to happen, as the interests of Kerzner Internationals creditors and bondholders would be best served by not taking control of the company or appoint ing receivers in a bid to sell it. Mr DAguilar said their best prospects for recovering 100 per cent of their investment lay with Mr Kerzner and his existing management team, although he urged the Government to monitor the situation and do everything within its power to support Kerzner International should the worst potential scenarios become reality. It would be a shock to the system should Mr Kerzner default, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business. It would create an enormous amount of uncertainty at a time when we really dont need that uncertainty. Kerzner International right now is the second largest employer in the country, and has always had a very strong presence in this economy. If Kerzner has to default on its debt, and the bondholders take control, the focus of the company would change from one focused on growing their business and keeping the tourists coming to the Bahamas, which is good for our economy, to one where they had to shelve plans to $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 $5.18 $5.38 THETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.netWEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 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 NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net BAHA MARSCable Beach-based Wyndham resort saw occupancy rates of 95 per cent over the Labour Day Holiday weekend, Tribune Business was told, its decision to stage a casino event seemingly paying off. Robert Sands, Baha Mar's senior vice-president for external affairs and government relations, said: "We ran in excess of 95 per cent occupancy over the Labour Day weekend at the Wyndham. We planned and had a casino event this weekend that we marketed to bring in gaming customers. It was very successful for us, and it was an improvement over last year in terms of occupancy levels. Meanwhile, while its Royal Bahamian property on Cable Beach remains closed for the next few weeks for repairs, Sandals executives told Tribune Business that the chains Emerald Bay property is currently running at full occupancy. Sandals chairman, Gordon Butch Stewart, last week said the Royal Bahamian would close for four weeks to "address structural and other dam age" sustained from Hurricane Irene. The property is expected to re-open on September 28. Those who were booked to stay at the hotel were moved to its sister property, Sandals Emerald Bay,in Exuma. Yasmina Cherquaoui, Sandals group public rela tions manager for the north ern Caribbean, told Tribune Business yesterday: We have actually transferred all our guests from Royal Bahamian to Emerald Bay. Emerald Bay is running at full occupancy at the moment, and it has also brought some of our staff from Royal Bahamian to Emerald Bay. We're very busy at Emerald Bay at the moment." We also have some golf ing journalists over from the UK who are reviewing the hotel and the golf course. We also have Greg Norman arriving today, who is meet ing with them. The Wheel of Fortune is also arriving here to do some filming; they'll be recording for some new episodes coming up, promoting the Bahamas and promoting Exuma as a holiday destination. We will be giving away some holi days to Emerald Bay." Sandals executives said the Emerald Bay property, which employs some 300 staff, suffered no structural damage as a result of Hurricane Irene. Executives had hoped that clean-up efforts at the 249-room resort would not significantly impact its bookings. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor KERZNER INTERNATIONAL is vigorously fighting and denying a class action lawsuit alleging that it engaged in unfair and deceptive practices relating to the mandatory housekeeping gratuity and utility service fee it charges Atlantis guests, Tribune Business can reveal. An amended complaint, filed in the US District Court for the southern district of Florida on June 30, 2011, by a Jennifer Costa on behalf of the class action plaintiffs alleges that the mandatory fee is deceptive because Kerzner International does not pass all of it on to either housekeeping staff or to cover utility fees. By labelling the gratuity and utility charge something that it is not, Kerzner is deceiving consumers into paying more for their hotel room than they bargained, the class action lawsuit alleged. Plaintiff has suffered actual damages and economic losses as a direct result of defendants wrongful acts because the gratuity and utility charge that is not passed through to the housekeeping staff as a gratuity or paid for the utility service fee is money she would not otherwise have paid. The action focuses on all guests who stayed at the Atlantis resort, including The Cove and The Reef, from March 28, 2007, and lists as defendants four Kerzner International reservation and marketing entities based in the US Kerzner International Resorts, Kerzner International North America, Kerzner International Marketing and PIV Inc, which does business as Destination Atlantis. Not surprisingly, Kerzner International has been vigorously conBy NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A LEADING Bahamian health insurer yesterday saw its attempt to stay an agencys demands for due commission payments shot down by the Court of Appeal, which found that the carrier and its general insurance affiliate were not a single economic unit. The appellate courts judgment showed how Atlantic Medical Insurance attempted to tie the action launched against it by Fred S. Ramsey General Insurance Agency to another Supreme Court case, which had been initiated against the same agency by its property and casualty underwriter affiliate, Security & General. Atlantic Medical and Security & General By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE EMERALD BAY RESORTSimmediate past owners must bear the burden of proving they are enti tled to claim a $3 million deposit relating to a failed deal to sell the Exuma-based property, the Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. The appellate body backed a Supreme Court ruling by Justice Bernard Turner, who found that the London-based office of Japanese insurer, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, plus the PricewaterhouseCoop ers (PwC) receivers it appointed, should be the plaintiffs in the dispute with a potential purchaser that is ENORMOUS SHOCKWAVE IF KERZNER DEFAULTED But ex-Chamber chief says unlikely, even as debt deadline looms Says in creditor interests to keep Sol Kerzner and management team in charge But urges Gov t to use influence SEE page 3B ATLANTIC MEDICAL APPEAL DISMISSED Health insurers attempt to link battle with Fred S. Ramsey to Security & Generals case against same agency rejected SEE page 2B EMERALD BAY RESORTS PAST OWNERS BEARING $3 MILLION PROOF BURDEN Cour t says receivers and Jap insurer must prove they can retain deposit relating to failed $30m deal SEE page 4B WYNDHAM HITS 95% OCCUPANCY FOR LABOUR DAY KERZNER FIGHTS CLAIMS ON DECEPTIVE GRATUITY Emerald Bay at full occupancy, aided by Sandals Royal Bahamian closure Florida class action lawsuit alleges set gratuity and utility fee at Atlantis unfair, as not all passed on to housekeepers or bills Resort owner denies claims on raised room fees, and seeks to have case thrown out SEE page 5B

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BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Only 13 hotels out of 110 surveyed by the Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA) and Ministry of Tourism within five days of Hurricane Irenes passage reported a significant level of roof, water, equipment and/or building damage, Tribune Business was told last night. ABHA statement said another 17 properties reported a moderate level of damage from the storm, with most properties suffering minor damage that was mostly landscaping-related. All Family Island hotels that suffered damage and normally close at this time of the year anticipated reopening on schedule, although several said they will extend their periodof closure by several weeks to complete repairs. Stuart Bowe, the BHAs president, said in a statement: This review confirmed the information being received in the assessment reports, and also provided further indication of the challenges some properties face in becoming operational, restricted by access to electricity and telecommunications. This was particularly evident on Cat Island, North and South Eleuthera, Harbour Island, North Abaco and Green Turtle Cay. While considerable progress with utility restoration has been made in many of those areas since our visual inspection, we are hopeful that those remaining areas, particularly on parts of Eleuthera and Cat Island, will be restored as quickly as possible. He added: The BHA has encouraged those properties which have received moderate to extensive damage to move quickly to file any request for restoration support as a result of the Governments Exigency Order, which allows for duty-free importation of certain items important to restoration. This exemption extensds onan individual resident and business basis throughout the Bahamas and beyond the islands designated in the Exigency Order, based upon receipt of application, extent of damages, and Government approval. The BHA will continue to receive assessments and work with all stakeholders to help minimise the storms impact on those properties which continue need support. By NATARIO MCKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net THE Government is still moving for ward with plans for a contributory disaster relief insurance programme for farmers, the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources told Tribune Business yesterday. Larry Cartwright said: "We just haven't gotten it finalised as yet. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is assisting us with that. We have done all that we can do here, and we're just waiting on them now. That got caught up in a CARICOM conference on trying to do a Caribbean insurance for the farmers for the whole region. I think the FAO is now working with the two of them together. He added: Jamaica has a crop insur ance, and it's working for them, but that is only on one mainland. With an archipelago like ours it has some challenges. We are really waiting for them [the FAO] right now. If it was in our hands we could prob ably give a timeline on it but it's under their auspices." As it stands now, the Government policy is to assist impacted farmers with money depending on the size of their farms, as well as provide them with fertilizer, trees and seeds.Policy"We have a policy in place that, after a storm like that, the farms are assessed. It is normal for small farmers to get a cheque for $500, medium-sized farmers $,1000, larger farmers $1,500, and then we would give them some trees, fertilizers and seeds to get them started, Mr Cartwright said. The minister could not say how much the storm has cost the Bahamian farming industry, but noted that assessment offi cers are still conducting their inspections. "They've been held up by rain several times but they should have them in this week. Once we get the assessments from the assessment officers in the islands, we can put a figure together, Mr Cartwright said. Bahamian farmers impacted by hurricane Irene reported major losses to their crops. GOVT STILL TARGETING FARMER INSURANCE JUST 13 HOTELS SUSTAIN MAJOR IRENE DAMAGE In addition, of 110 resorts surveyed, only 17 saw moderate damage STUART BOWE with Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace on Cat Island. have as their parent company, and majority owner, Bermuda-based Colonial Group International. With Security & General alleging that Fred S. Ramsey had failed to pass on premium revenues due to the carrier under a Promissory Note, Atlantic Medical attempted to argue that the two carriers were common parties in both actions. It appears from the judgment that Atlantic Medical was effectively looking to offset, or net off, the two actions deducting what it owed to Fred S. Ramsey from what the agency owed, and ultimately paid, to Security & General. It had sought a stay of its case until Security & Generals action was determined, but this was rejected by Supreme Court Justice Bernard Turner, who also granted the order Fred S. Ramsey was seeking namely an accounting be done of the sums owed to the agency, payment of the due sum and production of relevant documents. Atlantic Medical sought to overturn this, and the Court of Appeal noted: Pivotal to the appeal and (Atlantic Medicals) summons in the court below was the argu ment that the court should pierce the corporate veil of the respondent and its sister affiliate, Security & General, and find that they are a single economic unit and, there fore, common parties in both actions. This line of argument raised eyebrows among insurance industry contracts who were contacted about the judgment by Tribune Business yesterday, given that under the new Insur ance Act joint life and health-general insurers are not permitted. Yet this appears to be what Atlantic Medical and its attorneys were advancing. The health insurer was represented by PLP Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson who, while a Cabinet Min ister in the former 2002-2007 Christie administration, was responsible for the insurance industrys regulation as min ister of financial services and investments. She was responsible for bringing the Insur ance Act to Cabinet and Parliament. The Court of Appeal backed Justice Turners ruling that there was no gen eral principle that different firms within a group of companies were to be regarded as one, given that each was a separate legal entity with their own rights and liabili ties. While Atlantic Medical and Security & General were affiliates, and filed consolidated or group accounts, Justice Turner had found this was not sufficient basis to identify them as one economic unit. Atlantic Medical had also argued that Fred S. Ramseys corporate veil should be pierced to determine whether it was the proper party to the action. The Court of Appeal said that in the absence of special circumstances, it was a general principle that companies were legal entities separate and distinct from their shareholders. And it agreed with Justice Turners finding that there were no special circumstances demanding that the court determine who controlled and directed the insurance agency. In his ruling, Justice Turn er had found that the fact that Fred Ramsey and Julianne Albury-Ramsey may, or may not, be held to be personally liable for premium payments owing to Security & General had no impact on whether Fred S. Ramsey was a proper plaintiff in the case against Atlantic Medical. Moreover, there were no common questions of law or fact to be determined in the two actions, nor does the relief claimed in the two actions arise out of the same transaction, the Court of Appeal ruled. We also agree with the learned judge that no prejudice would result to the appellant from the refusal of the stay in as much as Security & General, if successful (in its action), would not be prevented from recovering the fruits of its litigation by the prior disposition of (Atlantic Medicals action). And, given that there was no dispute that there was a contract for the payment of commissions between the parties, the Court of Appeal said the Supreme Court was right to order an accounting of what was due, the amount and payment to be certified, and the application costs. This, it added, largely disposed of the dispute between Atlantic Medical and Fred S. Ramsey. ATLANTIC MEDICAL APPEAL DISMISSED FROM page one P P i i v v o o t t a a l l t t o o t t h h e e a a p p p p e e a a l l a a n n d d ( ( A A t t l l a a n n t t i i c c M M e e d d i i c c a a l l s s ) ) s s u u m m m m o o n n s s i i n n t t h h e e c c o o u u r r t t b b e e l l o o w w w w a a s s t t h h e e a a r r g g u u m m e e n n t t t t h h a a t t t t h h e e c c o o u u r r t t s s h h o o u u l l d d p p i i e e r r c c e e t t h h e e c c o o r r p p o o r r a a t t e e v v e e i i l l o o f f t t h h e e r r e e s s p p o o n n d d e e n n t t a a n n d d i i t t s s s s i i s s t t e e r r a a f f f f i i l l i i a a t t e e , S S e e c c u u r r i i t t y y & & G G e e n n e e r r a a l l , a a n n d d f f i i n n d d t t h h a a t t t t h h e e y y a a r r e e a a s s i i n n g g l l e e e e c c o o n n o o m m i i c c u u n n i i t t a a n n d d , t t h h e e r r e e f f o o r r e e , c c o o m m m m o o n n p p a a r r t t i i e e s s i i n n b b o o t t h h a a c c t t i i o o n n s s . 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upgrade and maintain their physical plant, and focus on reducing debt. The worst-case scenario for the Bahamian economy would be a Kerzner International debt default, which prompts the companys bond holders and creditors to take control, possibly appointing receivers. Their priority would be to regain 100 per cent of their money, likely through flip ping or selling the Atlantis resort, One & Only Ocean Club and other Paradise Island assets to another buyer. To save money, the creditors might also focus on slashing costs, and if they did this the ripple effects would be felt throughout the Bahamian economy, starting with Kerzner Internationals 8,000 Bahamian employees and filtering down through all its local suppliers and people who depend on Paradise Island spin-offs. But, as Mr DAguilar points out, there is nothing to suggest this would happen, even though some $2.3 billion of Kerzner Internationals debt is secured via a mortgage over the companys Paradise Island assets. This debt was taken on when Mr Kerzner and his late son, Butch, together with their private equity partners bought the company back and took it private, delisting from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Even as the September 9 debt repayment deadline looms, the likeliest outcome is for Kerzner International and its creditors to work out a restructuring an extension or some kind of rollover agreement. One possible sce nario would be an increase in the interest rate bondholders received, while extending the deadline for debt principal repayment. Mr DAguilar yesterday said the main methods of debt repayment were raising equi ty or selling assets. Based on Wall Street Journal reports from last week, it appears Kerzner International has chosen the former route, aim ing to sell its 50 per cent stake in The Atlantis, The Palm resort for up to $350 million. This would give the resort owner/operator much-need ed cash that it could put on the table to appease creditors, at least temporarily, while securing its flagship Bahamian properties and removing any possibility of their foreclosure. Kerzner International exec utives, particularly their head of Bahamian operations, George Markantonis, have repeatedly reassured that there is no cause for alarm, and that negotiations with creditors are likely to be suc cessfully concluded. Its in the interests of the debt holders to keep Mr Kerzner in charge and run ning the show, because no one knows how to run hotels like he does, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business. Im not that worried about it. I think the bondholders will see the benefits of keeping Mr Kerzner and his management team in place. Theyve become the victims of a declining economy, and at some point in the future that will change. Mr Kerzner has not built such a large and significant operation on running away from his creditors, so I dont think they should be particu larly worried about getting paid. It just requires contin ued patience. The last thing a bank wants to do is take over something as complex as Kerzner International. Mr DAguilar said it might take two-three years for Kerzner International to get back on track, much of this depending on the global economy. He added that it would be in the Bahamas best interests for the Government to assist in any way they can to maintain the status quo on Paradise Island, and reiterated: The shockwaves created by allowing something as drastic as a default to occur would be enormous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y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net GRAND Lucayas general manager, Benjamin Davis, has told Tribune Business the resort will not lay-off further staff, instead placing employees on shorterwork schedules. Speaking briefly with this newspaper, Mr Davis, shot down rumors of impending lay-offs at the resort, stating: No, we are not laying off any staff. During these months people are on shorter hours. Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU) president. Nicole Martin, told Tribune Business the union had been informed that the resort was looking at having its employees work on a week-on, week-off basis. When asked whether the union was aware of any more lay-offs at the recently renamed Grand Lucaya, Ms Martin told Tribune Business: We havent heard anything officially. We havent gotten any communication from the resort concerning that. They havent said anything to us. I cant go on what people are saying. I understand they are experiencing some difficulties, and they have communicated to us that they would be looking at having the employees work on a week on, week off basis. As occupancy levels dip they have to adjust the way employees work. Grand Lucaya, which is the major hotel on Grand Bahamas, laid-off 200 employees in March, leaving the property with around 500 staff members. While rumors had been circulating on Grand Bahama earlier in the year that the resort was up for sale, with the asking price having dropped from $450 million to $200-$250 million, Hutchison Whampoa executives shot down those claims. Confirming that he had heard "rumours" circulating on Grand Bahama that Hutchison Whampoa may be seeking to offload the Freeport-based resort, Graham Torode, president of the Grand Bahama Development Company (Devco), speaking on behalf of Hutchison Whampoa, which is one of Devco's two shareholders, told Tribune Business that there was "no truth" to claims the property is on the market. The resort consists of two separate properties the Radisson Grand Lucaya and the Grand Lucaya Reef Village one offering a more upmarket experience, including a casino, and the other a more family-oriented product. SHORTER WEEKS FOR LUCAYA STAFF THE BAHAMAS FINANCIAL SERVICES BOARD (BFSB) last night announced that Wendy Warrens decadelong tenure as ist chief executive and executive director will conclude at the end of 2011. Ms Warren said in a statement that she was leaving to pursue other interests within the financial services industry, and added: It has been an honour and a unique privilege to serve as BFSBs chief executive and executive director, and to have had the opportunity to work with so many gifted and dedicated professionals in our industry. My commitment to the growth of the sector and BFSB remains strong and unchanged, reinforced in large measure by the tireless contributions made by all stakeholders of our industry and the dedicated team at BFSB. After serving in this capacity for 11 years, I have decided to pursue other interests relating to the financial services industry. It is my intention to make further contributions to BFSB and its pivotal mandate in the ensuing years. Paul Winder, BFSB's chairman, said: "The strength and stature of BFSB as a representative of the country's financial services industry, both domestically and internationally, is in very large part due to Wendy's relentless determination for the industry to succeed, particularly during a period characterised by incessant international and economic pressures. We are extremely grateful to Wendy for the dynamic leadership she provided during a period of significant change. Her tireless efforts, and those of the committed BFSB team, have facilitated important advances in the industry. "Our industry has a clearly focused vision and strategy due in no small part to Wendy's direction and stewardship. During her tenure, BFSB has cultivated strong partnerships with the many stakeholders in and outside of the Bahamas, and has achieved a growing respect from international service providers for the Bahamas as an international financial services centre. Ms Warren will remain in her position until the end of 2011. She became chief executive and executive director in February 2001, after serving two years on BFSB's initial Board of Directors when it was formed in 1998. BFSB CHIEF TO DEPART LEAVING: Wendy Warren RESORTWILLNOTLAY-OFFFURTHERSTAFF ENORMOUS SHOCKWAVE IF KERZNER DEFAULTED FROM page one

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS PEPSICO INC. and the NFL said Tuesday that they are renewing their market ing deal with a new 10-year deal that begins next year. The financial terms of the contract weren't disclosed. However, a person close to the matter who asked not to be named because the person wasn't permit ted to speak publicly told the Associated Press that PepsiCo would pay roughly $90 million a year in rights fees. That's nearly $1 billion over the length of the contract to make its Pepsi, Gatorade, Frito-Lay, Trop icana and Quaker Oats brands official marketing partners of the league. PepsiCo would then spend more on marketing and promoting its ties to the NFL. The company, based in Purchase, N.Y., said it does not disclose its marketing spending. But the Wall Street Journal, citing an unnamed source, said that spending could run roughly $1.3 billion more during the length of the contract. The deal also ensures that Gatorade would remain the featured drink on the sidelines at games. In addition, PepsiCo's Frito-Lay snack foods brand will promote big events like the Super Bowl. David Carter, a sports business professor at the University of Southern Cal ifornia, said while the con tract seems excessive at first glance, it might be worth it for Pepsi. The company gets 10 years of promotion for five brands, and it is unclear if that mar keting figure includes the millions it would already spend on Super Bowl or other expensive advertising during the period. "What it might suggest to other partners or potential partners ... is what the NFL is expecting in terms of contracts," Carter said. The deal extends a 28year relationship between Pepsi and the NFL. seeking to reclaim the deposit it paid into escrow. The $3 million deposit, plus accumulated interest, is currently being held in a Scotiabank (Bahamas) account, and is in the care of the then-law firm of Lockhart & Munroe (partners Elliot Lockhart and Wayne Munroe later went their separate ways), who were acting as escrow agents. According to the Court of Appeal judgment, the $3 million was paid by Aero General Aviation Ltd as partofa February 3, 2009, Asset Sale Agreement it signed in a deal to purchase the Emerald Bay Resort, which at the time was in receivership, and associated assets. An Escrow Agreement, signed the same day between Lockhart & Munroe, purchaser and vendor, governed the treatment of the $3 million deposit that was placed in the formers care. The Court of Appeal found that the Escrow Agreement required the three parties to promptly paythe funds to the vendor [Mitsui] following completion of the sale, or to disburse the funds in accordance with the Asset Sales Agreement if there was either a breach of the Asset Sales Agreement by the vendor or purchaser as the case may be. While the $3 million was deposited in accordance with the Escrow Agreement, a dispute arose at the end of March 2009 as to whether Aero General Aviation was entitled to their return. Its attorney had demanded their release on March 31 but, two days later, attorneys for Mitsui and PwC objected to this. Asa result, Lockhart & Munroe instituted Supreme Court proceedings in their capacity as escrow agents, seeking judicial determination of what should be done with the deposit. One of the preliminary issues for the court to determine was which side was to be plaintiff, and which side was to be the defendant. Justice Turner, at the Supreme Court level, found that Mitsui and the receivers were to be the plaintiffs with the burden of proof, and Aero General Aviation which ultimately assigned its interest in the Emerald Bay purchase to another entity, Mountain Lake Development Corporation the defendant. The judgment gives some insight into PwCs frantic, and long-running, efforts to find a buyer for the Emerald Bay resort, which saw the receivers appointed in June 2007 after defaulting on debts to its creditors. Mitsui, which appointed PwC, took control as insurer for the original loan that financed Emerald Bays construction. It endured a frustrating two-and-halfyear wait for a buyer, which was finally ended in late 2009 when Sandals purchased the upscale Exumabased property for around $25 million. Several prior deals had fallen through, the last one immediately before the Sandals purchase being the one with Aero General Aviation. The implication is that it had offered $30 million for Emerald Bay, based on the $3 million deposit and the fact that deposits on real estate transactions are normally around 10 per cent of the purchase price. The Aero General Aviation group, as Tribune Business revealed at the time, was headed by Californiabased developer Barry Silverton and real estate firm, Cushman Wakefield. Disputes over real estate deposits, in particular with the vendor can reclaim them, or whether they have gone hard and are now due to the buyer, occur frequently. In its judgment, the Court of Appeal noted that since Aero General Aviation was a foreign entity, Emerald Bays sale required the approval of the Government, via the Bahamas Investment Authority and National Economic Council (NEC). The Asset Sale Agreement placed the burden of obtaining this approval on Aero General Aviation, requiring it to submit its application to the Government within 10 business days of the February 3, 2009, deal signing. It also had to use all commercially reasonable endeavours to obtain approval before March 31, 2009, which was set as the Long Stop Date the date when the deposit would go hard. The Court of Appeal found: Failure to use such commercially reasonable endeavours, as specified under the Asset Sale Agreement, would...... result in the immediate cancellation of the Asset Sale Agreement without further or other liability to the other, save that the escrow agent would be entitled to release the deposit with any accrued interest to the vendor. However, if the purchaser used all commercially reasonable endeavours to obtain approval, but failed to satisfy the condition on or before the Long Stop Date, the purchaser would be entitled to the return of the deposit and any accrued interest, and the Asset Sale Agreement would be considered cancelled immediately without further or other liability by any party. Mitsui and its attorneys alleged that Aero General Aviation had breached the Asset Sale Agreement by either not giving them sufficient time or information, or deliberately misleading them. They argued that the purchaser should prove it used all reasonable efforts to obtain government approval and close the deal. Yet Aero General Aviation and its attorneys countered that, as legal title to the $3 million escrow deposit remained with them, and Mitsui objected to its return to them, the burden remained on the latter, to prove the buyer did not employ all commercially reasonable endeavours in discharging their obligations to meet the condition precedent. The Court of Appeal sided with this position, finding that since Aero General Aviation made the deposit and was in possession of it, Mitsui had to prove its claim to the $3 million. The case is now likely to head back to the Supreme Court, unless Mitsui appeals. Aero General Aviation was represented by Brian Moree QC, senior partner at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, and fellow firm attorneys Oliver Liddell and Sean Moree. Mitsui and the receivers were represented by Brian Simms QC, together with Simone Fitzcharles, from Lennox Paton. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 THE TRIBUNE /(*$/,&( 127,&( ,17(51$7,21$/%86,1(66&203$1,(6$&7 RRIf ,Q9ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQ 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWK6HFWLRQ fRIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV$FW RRIf 635,1*+,//&25325$7,21WKH &RPSDQ\f LVLQGLVVROXWLRQ7KHGDWHRIFRPPHQFHPHQW RIWKHGLVVROXWLRQLV6HSWHPEHU)HUQDQGR(OLDVLV WKH/LTXLGDWRUDQGFDQEHFRQWDFWHGDW:LQWHUERWKDP3ODFH 0DUOERURXJKt4XHHQ6WUHHWV1DVVDX7KH%DKDPDV$OO SHUVRQVKDYLQJFODLPVDJDLQVWWKHDERYHQDPHG&RPSDQ\ DUHUHTXLUHGWRVHQGWKHLUQDPHVDGGUHVVHVDQGSDUWLFXODUV RIWKHLUGHEWVRUFODLPVWRWKH/LTXLGDWRUEHIRUH6HSWHPEHU )HUQDQGR(OLDV /LTXLGDWRU GN-1289 EMERALD BAY RESORTS PAST OWNERS BEARING $3 MILLION PROOF BURDEN FROM page one GATORADE BOTTLES are kept cool on the sidelines of a preseason NFL football game, in Denver. PepsiCo and the NFL said Tuesday, they're renewing their long-term partnership with a new, multi-year deal that starts next year. (AP) PEPSICO AND NFL RENEW SPONSORSHIP DEAL

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BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011, PAGE 5B GN-1290Of fice Of The Prime Minister GN-1291 testing the allegations, and enjoyed some success against the initial class action complaint. This, though, led to the filing of an amended complaint and the action, if not resolved, is currently set for trial in the Florida courts in December 2011. Justice James Cohn, in ruling on Kerzner Internationals efforts to dismiss the initial claim, noted that the Atlantis resort owner had said Costa cannot allege she suffered an injury because she paid mandatory charges beyond the room rate that were disclosed in advance. Distribution of those charges within Atlantiss operating structure had no impact on what was disclosed and charged to Costa, the Kerzner International defendants argued, and causation cannot be shown because no itemised breakdown of the percentage that went to housekeeping staff, and the percentage that went to utility fees, was provided by the class action group. Justice Cohn backed Kerzner Internationals case, but left the door open for an amended class action lawsuit to be filed. The opportunity was gratefully accepted. The case is interesting because it again raises the issue of mandatory gratuities and tips, often set at 15 per cent, being charged and imposed on tourists to the Bahamas. Apart from inflat ing costs, critics have argued that it encourages poor service, work ethic and attitudes, and made the Bahamian tourism product uncompetitive from a cost perspective. Indeed, the amended class action lawsuit alleged: In the face of shrinking revenues and eroding profits in the current economic climate, hotels and resorts have turned to the unscrupulous practice of imposing additional fees and surcharges on consumers designed to appear as innocent expenses. One such charge is the Kerzner defendants imposition of a mandatory housekeeping gratuity and utility service fee. In response this time, Kerzner International has again urged the Florida courts to dismiss the action, arguing numerous grounds on which it should be barred or dismissed. Plaintiffs complaint rests on the theory that she has been injured if [Kerzner] failed to distribute certain unspecified portion of a mandatory housekeeping gratuity to hotel employees that was charged as part of her vacation package price, the Kerzner International defendants said. Plaintiff provides no authority for the proposition that a consumer patron has any interest in the amounts of money that are paid to a hotels employees. Kerzner International said the mandatory housekeeping gratuity and utility service fee was made clear to potential guests up-front in marketing materials, with many choosing to pre-pay it. Plaintiff acknowledges in her [filings] that the contract provides that she will be charged a combined mandatory housekeeping gratuity and utility service fee up to a specified combined amount, the Kerzner International defendants alleged. Because the contract did not state how much would be charged for the mandatory housekeeping gratuity alone as opposed to the utility service fee customers could not have had any expectations regarding the amount of the charge (e.g, that it would compensate in magnitude for any voluntary gratuity plaintiff may otherwise have wished to leave. KERZNERFIGHTS CLAIMS ON DECEPTIVE GRATUITY FROM page one

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NEW YORK Associated Press EUROPE'Sdebt problems rumbled through global financial markets again Tuesday. U.S. stocks fell sharply in early trading when it appeared that European markets were heading for a second straight day of deep losses. The Dow Jones industrial average lost as manyas 307 points by 10:45 a.m. Late-day recoveries in both the U.S. and Europe left indexes with relatively modest losses. The Dow ended down 101 points. "It's becoming a pattern that the U.S. market breathes a sign of relief once trading in Europe is finished," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist at Prudential Financial. Europe's debt problems, which have simmered for more than a year, are deepening. Bailouts for Ireland and Greece have not quelled fears that either country will default onits loans, an event that could lead to the collapse ofthe euro. The Stoxx 600 Europe index lost 4.1 percent Monday, while U.S. markets were closed for Labor Day, as traders worried that Europe's debt problems could slow economic growth around the world. Italy was hit by a general strike Tuesday ahead of votes this week on a budget-cutting package need ed to shore up that country's finances. Peter Boockvar, equity strategist at Miller Tabak & Co., said investors are becoming more fearful that the Greek government may not pay bond investors back. "Officials are coming to the realization that there's no way Greece can pay its money back and maybe we're better off just letting it default," he said. September is historically the worst month for the stock market. The Dow has dropped an average of 0.9 percent each September since 1950, according to the Stock Trader's Almanac. Traders expect the trend to hold true this year as uncertainty continues over Europe's debt crisis and the stagnating U.S. econ omy. The U.S. government reported Friday that there was no job growth last month. It was the worst reading on jobs since Sep tember 2010. The Dow fell 100.96 points, or 0.9 percent, to 11,139.30. It's down 4 per cent so far this month, its worst start to September since 2002. The Standard and Poor's 500 index dropped 8.73, or 0.7 percent, to 1,165.24. The Nasdaq composite fell 6.50, or 0.2 percent, to 2,473.83. Pfizer Inc., Caterpillar Inc. and Johnson & Johnson were the only stocks among the 30 that make up the Dow to rise. Signs of growth in the U.S. service sector helped tame concerns about another US recession. The Institute for Supply Man agement said the service sector grew more than ana lysts had expected in August. Growth in that part of the economy, which employs nearly 90 percent of America's work force, fell the three previous months. Bank stocks fell more than the overall market. Federal regulators filed lawsuits late Friday against 17 major banks, saying they sold Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgagebacked securities that lost value when the housing market collapsed. Bank of America Corp. and JPMorgan Chase & CO. each lost nearly 4. Assets that traders see as more likely to hold their value during a weak econ omy rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 1.97 percent. On Mon day the yield fell to 1.91 percent in Asian trading, the lowest since the Fed eral Reserve Bank of St. Louis began keeping dai ly records in 1962. Bond yields fall when their prices rise. Three stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was above average at 4.4 bil lion shares. BUSINESS PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 127,&( ,17(51$7,21$/%86,1(66&203$1,(6$&7 12) 67$5%2$5'+2/',1*6/7' 127,&()',662/87,21 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWK6HFWLRQ fRI7KH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV$FW WKDWWKHDERYH&RPSDQ\FRPPHQFHGGLVVROXWLRQ SURFHGXUHVRQWKH QG GD\RI6HSWHPEHUDQGWKDW G /LRQ,QWHUQDWLRQDO0DQDJHPHQW/LPLWHGRI5RDG7RZQ 7RUWROD%ULWLVK9LUJLQ,VODQGVKDVEHHQDSSRLQWHGWKH /LTXLGDWRUWKHUHRI /,48,'$725 IN THIS Aug. 29, 2011 photo, trader John Yaccarine, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The Swiss franc dropped sharply Tuesday, after the country's central bank pegged it against the euro, while European stocks recovered their poise following a drubbing the previous session, when investors fretted over the exposure of banks to the debt of countries like Greece and Italy. (AP) STOCKS FALL AGAIN AS EUROPE'S DEBT WORRIES DEEPEN DOWENDS101 POINTSDOWN NEW YORK Associated Press OIL SLIPPED TUESDAY on fears that the U.S. and Europe are headed for a prolonged economic slump. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude lost 43 cents to $86.02 per barrel in New York. That was well off the lows for the day. After tumbling as low as $83.20 per barrel, the U.S benchmark recovered as traders boosted the price of other oil varieties, including Brent crude, because international supplies remain tight. Brent crude added $2.81, or 2.6 percent, to $112.89 in London. Still, analysts said, investors continue to be spooked by a steady drumbeat of disappointing economic news. The economy is struggling to grow. And the brinksmanship in Congress over the federal debt limit and last month's first-ever downgrade of U.S. debt have raised concerns about the nation's ability to fix its financial problems. "It's going to be a nerve-wracking 12 months," analyst and trader Stephen Schork said. "A lot of people are just trying to get their bearings." Cameron Hanover analyst Peter Beutel said investors are waiting for President Obama and the Federal Reserve to explain how they'll stimulate the economy and create jobs. With the unemployment rate hovering at 9.1 percent, "it will take something major from the White House or from the Fed to turn this around," Beutel said. Earlier this year, economists predicted that a rebounding global economy would push world oil demand to record levels in 2011. Now, analysts aren't so certain. China and other developing nations are still going to drive oil demand. But they won't grow as fast if consumers in the U.S. and Europe cut back on purchases of clothing, toys, electronics and other goods that are made in foreign factories. "Oil demand both domestically and globally will fall short of most expectations during the current second half of 2011," independent analyst Jim Ritterbusch said. Meanwhile, retail gasoline was flat overnight at a national average of $3.66 per gallon. A gallon of regular unleaded is 97.7 cents higher than it was a year ago. In other trading, heating oil added 1.28 cents to $3.0102 per gallon and gasoline futures dropped 1.7 cents to $2.8226 per gallon. Natural gas added 6.6 cents to $3.938 per 1,000 cubic feet. OIL TUMBLES ON FEARS OF ECONOMIC SLUMP

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ATHENS, Greece Associated Press Greece's finance minister pledged Tuesday to speed upa series of delayed reforms meant to cut flab from the country's bloated public sector, open up tightly regulated professions to competition and kick-start an ambitious privatization plan. "Greece is not the pariah of the European Union, it is not a permanent sore and problem," Evangelos Venizelos told reporters after a cabinet meeting. "It isan equal, competitive country that has a very seri ous problem regarding its public debt and fiscal deficit. We can and shall overcome this, but not without carrying out the structural reforms in full." Venizelos' announcements came as the debt-crippled country's borrowing costs hit a new record high onfears over the Socialist government's faltering austerity program amid a deeper than expected recession. The interest rate on Greek 10-year government bonds at about 20 percent 18 percentage points above the rate for the benchmark German bonds of the same maturity on a day when the borrowing rates of troubled fellow eurozone countries Italy and Spain also came under pres sure. Extravagant borrowing costs forced Greece out of international bond markets last year, and the country now relies on international loans to keep solvent. However, Athens still holds short-term debt auctions and was able to raise euro1.3 billion ($1.8 billion) Tuesday in an auction of 26week treasury bills at an interest rate of 4.80 percent, slightly lower than at a similar sale last month. A new batch of measures adopted by Parliament in June as tens of thousands of Greeks protested outside and severe riots raged included further cuts in the public sector's size and cost, closures and mergers of state enterprises and an ambitious plan to sell euro50 billion ($70.5 billion) in state assets by 2015. But there has been little noticeable progress, while previously decided reforms such as the opening of tight ly regulated professions, are still lagging. Venizelos promised that plans to abolish, merge or shrink institutions and enterprises including state ERT broadcaster would be brought nine months forward and implemented "in coming weeks." Excess personnel will be moved to other jobs or suspended on reduced pay, while all civil servants will receive a flat rate of salary, irrespective of what ministry employs them. "Nobody will make more than their colleagues with the same abilities who do the same job but happen to work in another section of the civil service," Venizelos said. He added that the privati zation program remained on track, with sales set to reach euro5 billion ($7 billion) this year. "The first wave of privatizations ... will go ahead immediately," Venizelos said, adding that a group of state assets will be trans ferred Wednesday to a special fund set up to develop state property. "Our privatization targets are attainable and will be met on time," he said. After living beyond its means for years and piling up a mountain of debt in the process, Greece just avoided bankruptcy last year through a euro110 billion ($155 billion) rescue loan package from its European Union partners and the Interna tional Monetary Fund. The realization that even that would not be enough amid a shrinking economy and a malfunctioning state revenue collection system resulted in a second bailout in July, worth an extra euro109 billion ($153.7 billion). Continued release of the vital funds any substantial delay could force Greece to default on its debts depends on the government's progress with reforms and deficit-cutting measures. But talks with EU and IMF inspectors were unexpectedly suspended last week for 10 days, to let Greece complete what the EU said was "technical work, among other things, related to the 2012 budget and growth-enhancing structural reforms. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011, PAGE 7B 52wk-Hi52wk-Low Securit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.19 0.95AML Foods Limited 1.19 1.19 0.00 0.1550.0807.76.72% 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 0.7400.00011.50.00% 7.00 6.21Commonwealth Bank (S1) 6.88 6.88 0.00 0.4960.26013.93.78% 2 .00 1.63Consolidated Water BDRs 1.53 1.60 0.07 0.1110.04514.42.81% 1.77 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 0.00 0.7570.0007.10.00% 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 0.00 -0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. 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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 2015B ISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 19 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%TUESDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,398.21| CHG 0.06 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -101.30 | YTD % -6.76BISX 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% 11.498510.5308Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.96520.78%5.70% 10.68139.4372Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.60135.75%13.20% 8.85647.8830Royal 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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LLC back to Toshiba Corp. The sale will help Shaw shed some debt and strengthen its balance sheet. But it also means that there will no longer be any U.S. investors in Westinghouse, which is more than 100 years old and is based in Pennsylvania. While Toshiba is taking a larger stake in Westinghouse, the Japanese company said it "remains open to the idea" of inviting in new investors if they share its long-term vision and business strategy for Westinghouse. Toshiba said several companies have already expressed interest in possible investments. Shaw said that it is still under contract with Westinghouse for six U.S. nuclear power plants and four plants under construction in China. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana, company also expects to continue to work with Westinghouse and Toshiba on certain projects. Westinghouse said in a statement that Shaw's sale of its minority stake will not impact any of the U.S. plants or the ones under construction in China. The plants in China are expected to be operational starting in 2013.StakeShaw subsidiary Nuclear Energy Holdings LLC obtained a 20 percent stake in Westinghouse in October 2006 for $1.08 billion, while Toshiba purchased a 77 percent interest from the U.K.'s British Nuclear Fuels PLC for $4.2 billion and Japanese heavy machinery maker IHI Corp. bought the remaining 3 percent. Toshiba later sold 10 percent of its interest to Kazatamprom, a company based in Kazakhastan. Once Shaw sells its Westinghouse stake, Toshiba will have an 87 percent interest in Westinghouse. Shaw didn't cite a price for its Westinghouse stake. But it said by selling its stake, it would get rid of about $1.7 billion in debt. Recently, the drop in the U.S. dollar versus the yen has negatively affected the Westinghouse segment, because Shaw used bonds denominated in yen to finance its investment in the business. Nuclear Energy plans to exercise put options to sell its Westinghouse investment back to Toshiba. If it receives the necessary consents, Nuclear Energy will formally notify Toshiba and the shares will transfer 90 days thereafter. Funds received must be used to redeem bonds on the next interest payment date. If Nuclear Energy does not receive the necessary consent to grant the bonds early, the put options will be automatically exercised on Oct. 6, 2012 for cash settlement on Jan. 4, 2013. Proceeds from the sale will be used to repay bonds maturing March 15, 2013. Toshiba said the acquisition's closing date has yet to be determined. Shaw's shares added $1.19, or 5.5 percent, to $23.02 in midday trading Tuesday. The stock has traded between $20.24 and $41.62 over the last year. SHAW GROUP TO SELL ITS STAKE IN WESTINGHOUSE GREECE PROMISES SHAKE UP OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR PLEDGETOSPEEDUPSERIESOFDELAYEDREFORMS A PEDESTRIAN walks by Greece's Central bank in Athens, Tuesday. (AP)

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SINGAPORE Associated Press STARBUCKS CORP., the world's largest coffee retailer, plans to triple its coffee shops in China during the next four years and step up expansion elsewhere in Asia, an executive said Tuesday. Starbucks plans to operate 1,500 outlets in China by 2015 froma current 470, the company's Asia Pacific president Jinlong Wang said. The company also expects to open 700 coffee shops in South Korea by 2016, up from 370 now, Wang said. "The coffee industry in China has huge potential," Wang told reporters in Singapore. "China has 5,000 years as a tea-drinking country, but we've created a new coffee culture." Starbucks is eyeing fastgrowing emerging economies to help boost sales. The company said in July that revenue from its international business rose 20 percent in the AprilJune quarter from a year earlier and accounted for 23 percent of overall sales of $2.93 billion. Wang said Starbucks sales in Asia have remained robust in recent months despite a slowing global economy. "We've seen very strong same store sales across Asia, double digit growth in some markets," he said. Starbucks, which has 17,000 stores in 55 countries, plans to introduce its Via Ready Brew instant coffee this month to South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Australia. Since opening its first store in China in 1999, Starbucks has spread to 42 cities, including 10 new ones this year. Starbucks is preparing to open its first outlets in India next year and in Vietnam in 2013, Wang said. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 THE TRIBUNE STARBUCKS PLANS TO TRIPLE COFFEE SHOPS IN CHINA FIRMTOSTEPUPEXPANSIONINASIA MADRID Associated Press SPAIN'S FINANCE MINISTER on Tuesday denied suggestions that the economically troubled nation was close to needing a bailout last month, while the premier insisted the country will overcome rising investor concern about its ability to pay its mounting bills without outside help. The denial from Elena Salgado came a day after Spanish union leader Ignacio Fernandez Toxo reported that Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero had said he had seen "the edge of the abyss, in the form of a bailout for the Spanish economy" during an August 17 meeting with labor and business leaders Salgado said in a radio interview that Spain was not close to needing a bailout, then or now. "The first few days of August were a week of great nervousness, but I do not think we were on the verge of a bailout," Salgado said. Zapatero, speaking in Turkey, said that Spain will continue to finance its obligations on its own, even though it is paying high rates to investors buying the country's bonds. Spain is strong "and will know how to withstand the tensions," he told reporters after meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Yields on Spanish bonds a direct measure of investor jitters over a country's debt skyrocketed to euro-era highs in early August, prompting the European Central Bank to intervene in the markets to get the country's borrowing costs down. Yields shot up again Monday amid widespread worries over the possibility of another recession in Europe and around the world, and eased somewhat Tuesday, although not much. The yield on 10-year Spanish bonds stood at 5.20 percent, up from just over 5 percent last week. The higher rates make it much more expensive for Spain's government to finance its operations, and Salgado conceded that growth in Europe is slowing but sought to downplay fears that Spain was head ing back into recession. "Between weak growth and a recession there is a big distance, which I do not think will be covered," she said. The Spanish government's target for GDP growth this year is 1.3 percent and 2.3 percent for next year, but these figures are widely seen now as overly optimistic. The economy grew just 0.2 per cent in the second quarter, down from a revised 0.4 percent in the first three months of the year. Government spokesman Jose Blanco singled out Greece and Italy Tuesday as being among the causes of recent global and Spanish market turbulence, saying those countries were failing to meet austerity targets. "That affects the decisions of the markets that have to buy our debt," Blanco said. The officials spoke just hours before thousands of union members and activists held rallies in Madrid and in other large Spanish cities to vent their anger against a constitutional amendment that will force the government to keep its future deficits very low. They fear it heralds drastic spending cuts on social policy, and marks the end of the welfare state in Spain. Many said Spain's citizens should be allowed to vote on the constitution al amendment in a referendum, instead of allowing politicians to fasttrack it to appease investors. "I want to vote or decide on the change," said 51-year-old protester Nieve Noguerales, waving a banner criticizing the government for breaking a "social pact" with workers. The amendment was approved by the lower house of Parliament last week amid furious opposition from leftist and regional-based parties and goes before the Senate on Wednesday, where passage is expected. That is because the measure is backed by Spain's two main parties Zapatero's ruling Socialists and the opposition conservative Popular Party. With Spanish unemployment at nearly 21 percent and widespread anger over its sluggish economic growth prospects, the Popular Party is favored to win general elections scheduled for Nov. 20. Zapatero is not seeking a third term. PROTESTERS TAKE PART in a demonstration against a Constitutional amendment in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday. Demonstrators protested a proposed constitutional amendment that would force Spain's government to keep its deficit low. (AP) COUNTRYS FINANCE MINISTER DENIES SUGGESTION, PREMIER SAYS NATION WILL OVERCOME INVESTOR CONCERN A BROKER uses a phone in front of the main screen at the Stock Exchange in Madrid Tuesday. (AP)

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Y OU RE NO BODY U NTI L S OME BODY K I LL S Y OU BAH AM IA NS NO T IN TE RES TED I N VY BZ SK I NCA RE L I NE TH E ST AR I S GON E DA SH L E A VES SI NGL E LADI E S WEDNESD A Y SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 TH E T RI B U N E S E C TI O N CBy ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter THE SOULFUL and talented Bruno Mars took to the stage last Saturday as a part of the "Atlantis Live" entertainment series. The Hawaii-born artist drew a large crowd that filled the Grand Ballroom to capacity.The Grammy Award winner performed a number of his hit singles, such as Grenade, Just The Way You Are, Billionaire, The Lazy Song, Liquor Store Blues, Marry You and Lighters. Bruno's smooth words and suave dance moves entertained the crowd during the entire show, fans danced and sang along to every song Bruno and his lively band performed. After "The Lazy Song" performance, he mentioned to the screaming crowd that the song was his favourite song on his Doo-Wops and Hooligans album. He also noted that a line in the song that says "Oh My Gosh This Is Great," was actually done by one of his male band members. Throughout the show, the singer connected with the crowd by sharing a few jokes of his own. It was definitely the aim of The Atlantis Live team to make the event a safe and successful one. Before the big night, the sponsors gave Bruno Mars patrons a treat by allowing them the chance to win an ultimate fan giveaway. In one of the slowest months for visitors, Atlantis Resort reported to having 100 per cent occupancy which was largely in part due to the sold out concert. The Bruno Mars concert was promoted through the event's page "Atlantis ResortAtlantis Live" on Facebook. I must say all of those people who won, were in attendance enjoying themselves.UNFORGET ABLE PERFORMACEThe Atlantis LIVE concert series brings in top performers from every music genre constantly providing resort guests with unforgettable per formances. Coming to the end of the night's show, Bruno and his band members left the stage and the hyped fans screamed for the entertainer to come back out, and to everyone's surprise, Bruno ran back onto the Atlantis stage and performed an additional song. Upon leaving the stage, he thanked the Bahamas for having him, saying it was a joy. Bruno Fans expressed their views on the Atlantis Live website. One fan said: "I totally enjoyed the perfor mance last night! Bruno Mars and his band are so talented and down to earth!. Bruno Mars really did put on a great show but my favourite part was when he and his band came back on stage after the concert was over. That seriously caught me off guard and I LOVED IT! That was priceless, unforgettable and I respect him even more for that because he really didn't have to. Overall an excellent performance. I danced I sang, I lost my voice where I screamed so much but it's all good because it was totally worth it! The Bahamas LOVES YOU!" Another Bruno fan wrote: I am so excited, won a Bruno Mars Getaway through my radio station to go to Atlantis and see you perform. I get to bring a friend. This is going to be a great weekend."Bruno Mars takes Atlantis Live

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By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter GREEN eyed "Clueless" actress Stacey Dash has left her role as Val in VH1's very first scripted series "Single Ladies."E a r l i e r t h i s y e a r t h e a c t r e s s mad e her co meb ack t o T V as a fashion store owner on the show. The re w asn 't a Mond ay n igh t t hat p a s s e d b y w i t h o u t a F a c e b o o k "post" or a Twitter "tweet" from the show's fans stating their love f or th e c a st a n d c re w of t he spa n king new show. A ccor d in g t o t he Wa s hi ng to n P o s t t h e n ew V H 1 s o a p o p e r a that premiered a few weeks ago, e x ists i n a 'g o ld -fl ec k ed n ig ht ma re ve rsion o f A tla nta ,' w he re life ca n be winno w ed do w n t o the lyr ics of a ssert iv e po p so ng s a nd a seri es of ups ca le, ur ban c lichs. I t's all c h a m p a g n e f o u n t a i n s m i c r o m i n i sk i rt s a n d c u i si n e se r v e d by a s on e sh owof f s uit or tel ls a si ngle l a d y m y pe r so n a l f o u rst a r c h e f "It's about three women, their g ro up w il l e x p a nd to f o ur i n a c ou p le o f e pi s od es t r yi ng t o f i gur e out w hat the y wa nt fr o m re lati onships. Val (Stacey Dash) has just b e e n d u m p e d b y h e r l o n g t i m e beau after she demanded that he, "put a ring on it." (He declines.) V a l s b e s t f r i e n d K e i s h a ( L i s a R aye M cCo y) i s a p r o fe s s io n al p o k e r p l a y e r w h o d e s p i t e h e r a d v a n c e d a g e s t i l l s o m e t i m e s a p p e a r s a s a v i x e n i n h i p h o p videos. When she shows up for her late s t s h o o t i n a n e w C a m r o n video, she is handed a pink business suit and informed that she's p l a y i n g a n o l d e r w o m a n L a s t there is April (Charity Shea), the t o k e n wh i t e f r i e n d a p l a t i n u m b l o n d e w h o h a s m a r r i e d t h e dr e a m b l a c k m a n o n l y s h e s c h e a t i n g on hi m wi th At la nt a' s s e xysmooth mayor (played by rapper Common)." D a sh m a d e i t c l e a r th a t th e d e c i sion to leave the show was one of he r o w n r e l e a s i n g a s ta te me n t sa y ing: "I truly enjoyed playing Val o n S i n g l e L a d i e s b u t I h a v e decided to leave the show. I have to b e ba c k i n LA w i th m y c h il d re n right now and the Single Ladies s h o o t i n g l o c a t i o n m a k e s t h a t i mposs ible. I wis h VH1 the best of l uc k w it h th e s ho w a n d i n m ai n t a i n i n g t h e s t r o n g f a n b a s e w e d e v e l o p e d i n season one." I n r es p o n s e t o St a c ey d e c i s i o n t o l e a v e V H 1 a l s o r e le a s e d a st a te m e n t sa y i n g : V H 1 respe cts Stac ey s de c is i on and he r commitment to what she feels is best for her family. We thank her fo r al l of her ha rd w ork in m aki ng Single Ladies a success right out of the g ate and w e w ish h er nothi n g b u t t h e b e s t i n h e r f u t u r e plans." Stacey has two children, a son Austin and a daughter Lola. The new season of Single Ladies is set to kick off later this year, with no Val.THE STAR IS GONE POP superstar Beyonc reportedly told Kelly Rowland about her pregnancy as soon as she found out. The Best Thing I Never Had hitmaker recently revealed that she and her rapper husband Jay-Z were expecting their first child together but she had known about the news for a while and instantly confided in her former Destiny's Child bandmate. A source told British More! magazine: "Kelly and Beyonc are so close. They talk on the phone every day and are always dishing out advice and asking each other's opinions on all areas of life, from relationships to fashion. "I think Kelly was one of the very first people Beyon c called when she realised she was pregnant she obvi ously couldn't wait to tell her. And I bet it's made Kelly think about having kids" It is likely that Kelly, 30, will be godmother to the 30year-old's baby when he or she arrives, along with their fellow bandmate Michelle Williams, 31. B E Y O N C E TO L D K E L L Y R O W L AN D A B O U T P R E G NAN C Y M O N TH S A G ONEW YORK Associated Press BEN Flajnik, who pro posed to Ashley Hebert and was rejected on ABC's "The Bachelorette," is getting another chance at finding love on camera. The network confirms it has tapped the 28-year-old northern California winemaker to star in the next season of "The Bachelor." The show will return in January for its 16th season. On "The Bachelor," single women live in a house together and compete for the affection of a single man. So far, no bachelor has gone on to marry the woman he picked while on the show. Hebert is now engaged to J P Rosenbaum. She chose him in the season finale of "The Bachelorette."AB C NAM E S B E N FL A J N I K A S N E XT BA C H E L O R'The Associated Press SINGLES:1. "Someone Like You," Adele 2. "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People 3. "Moves Like Jagger (Studio recording from 'The Voice' Performance) (feat. Christina Aguilera)," Maroon 5 4. "You and I," Lady GaGa 5. "Lighters (feat. Bruno Mars)," Bad Meets Evil 6. "Mirror (feat. Bruno Mars)," Lil Wayne 7. "Cheers (Drink to That)," Rihanna 8. "Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine)," Gym Class Heroes 9. "Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock)," LMFAO 10. "Love On Top," BeyonceALBUMS:1. "Tha Carter IV," Lil Wayne 2. "I'm With You," Red Hot Chili Peppers 3. "21," ADELE 4. "Nothing But the Beat," David Guetta 5. "Watch the Throne," Kanye West, Jay-Z 6. "1," The Beatles 7. "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," Jake Owen 8. "Torches," Foster the People 9. "Hell On Heels," Pistol Annies 10. "Sigh No More," Mumford & Sons NEW YORK Associated Press Taylor Swift will be battling the boys at the 2011 Country Music Association Awards. The country starlet is up for entertainer of the year, where she'll compete with Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and last year's winner, Brad Paisley. Singer Jake Owen and country trio the Band Perry made the announcement Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America." Swift is also up for female vocalist of the year. Also nominated in that category are Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Sara Evans and Miranda Lambert, who won the honor last year on her 27th birthday. Lambert's husband, Shelton, will defend his male vocalist of the year award this year against Paisley, Urban, Aldean and Kenny Chesney.T A Y L OR S W IFT AND 4 BO Y S UP FOR T OP CMA A W AR D BEN FLAJNIKStacy Dash leaves Single Ladies TH E T OP 1 0 SINGL E S AND ALBUMS O N I TU NES 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, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 I truly enjoyed playing V al on Single Ladies, but I have decided to leave the show I have to be back in LA with my children right now and the Single Ladies shooting location makes that impossible. I wish VH1 the best of luck with the show and in maintaining the str ong fan base we developed in season one. stacy dash

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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 T03 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 September 8 ThursdayCRE A T ING A NEW V ISI ON Corporate Motivation presents Creating a New Vision, a one-day seminar with facilitator, Dr D Paul Reilly. From 9am-3pm at the Pastiche Room at the New Provi dence Community Centre. Telephone: 3270312. See http://seminar.corporatemotivation.org. September 10 SaturdayN AT ION AL TR UST'S D A MARKE T Da Market is being held at The Bahamas National Trust's Retreat Gardens, Village Rd. From 8am 1pm. Features many favourite backyard farmers and artisans. Telephone: 393-1317. September 11 SundayMT MORI A H HYMN FES TI V AL The Mt Moriah Baptist Church holds its 2nd Annual Elkin R Storr Memorial Hymn Festival at the church on Farrington Road, located just west of the PLP headquarters. Begins at 4pm. The public is invited to join in renewal services from September 14 16, with a special worship celebration service on September 18 at 11am. September 14 WednesdayC I SI TRAINING COURS E S The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment is holding its 1st training course for those wishing to attain a CISI qualifica tion at the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services. Location: British Colonial Hilton hotel, One Bay St. Registration begins at 5.30pm, starts at 6pm. See www.cisi.org/caribbean. September 14 17SUMMER MADNE S S REVUE 2 0 1 1 The play Summer Madness Revue 2011, written by James J. Catalyn, additional scripts by Dwain Wallace and Jevon Butler, will be performed at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts. Directed by Omar Williams. Show begins at 8pm. The performance on September 14 will benefit the AIDS Foundation. Tickets: $20. Reserved tickets not collected by 3:00 p.m. on day of performance will be sold. Telephone: 3933728 or 394-7179. Email: julcat61 @hotmail.com. See jamescatalynfriends.com September 17 SaturdayLO R DS OF THE DEE P D EEP DROP FISHI N G T OU R N AMENT Green Parrot and Salty Tackle present the 6th annual Lords of the Deep Deep Drop fishing tournament. 2 electric/ 2 manual reels (totally non-IGFA). Captain's meet ing on September 15, 6pm at Green Parrot, East Bay St. A vessel representative must attend. Entrance fee: $500 (per boat), $300 calcutta (optional, per boat). All entrance fees shall be returned as prizes/money. Entrance fees may be paid to Chris Lloyd at BASRA, or at the Captain's meeting. Telephone: 477-2941. Email: saltytackle@coralwave.com. By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer IMAGINE watching a horror film and one of your favourite legendary rappers is the serial killer!W el l we dont know just y et i f tha t i s the pl ot of S pike L ee s l ate st horror fi lm fea turi ng som e le ge ndary ra ppers in t he worl d of Hi p Hop. W hat w e do know is th at the hip hop horror fi lm You re Nobody t il l Somebody Ki ll s You exe cuti ve di recte d by Spi ke Le e is an a c t ionpacked fi l m fol l owing two New York Cit y homi cide de te c t iv es tha t end up in t he hi ghstake s world of t he H ipHop i n d u s t r y For Bah ami an horror m ovi e fa ns, i n the f il m m urder, sex m oney a nd musi c coll i de, as the hom ici de det ecti ve s tra c k a se ria l ki ll er m urderi ng som e of Hi p-H op' s bi gg est st ars. You' re Nobody Ti l Som ebody K i l ls You" i s sl at ed to pre mi ere a t the Wi l li am sburg Inte rnat iona l Fi lm Fe sti va l dubbe d Wi l li fe st" i n Brookly n thi s m o n t h Mi chael "Boog ie Pinckne y, Ma nag i ng D ire ctor at Bl ack Noise M e dia Inc t old A ll Hi pH p. com : Shooti ng Y ou 're Nobody 'T il Some body Kil l s You and ha vi ng m y me ntor Spi ke Le e c o me on bo ard as an e xecuti ve produc e r was a dr eam c om e true for me working wit h a n am azing ca st of actors a nd hi p hop l um ina rie s, such as D oug E Fresh and B ig D addy K a ne was a n a dded bonus. Be in g that Spike and I are bot h f rom Brookl yn, i t was onl y ri ght t hat w e prem ie re the f il m a t Brookl yn s v ery ow n W i ll if est whi ch w as rate d by Mov ie Maker Mag azi ne as one of t he T op 20 Coo le st F i l m Festi va ls i n the W orl d in 20 10. Do ug E F re sh, B ig D addy Ka ne and E d L ove r w il l m ake a ppea rances in Y ou're Nobody Ti l Som e bod y K i l ls Y o u w hich sta rs Jam es McDa nie l (NYP D Bl ue), Mi c ha el K W il l ia ms (T he Wi re, B oardwa lk Em pire) Mi chael Mosle y (La w & Order) and Na shawn Kea rse (The Sopranos, E n t o u r a g e ) You' re Nobody Ti l Som ebody Ki l ls You" i s be in g dist ribut ed by L ocomot ion D ist ribut ion, and wi l l de but on Sept em ber 23 a t the Kni tt ing Fa c t ory duri ng "W il l iFest T H E p o e t s o f t h e F a c e b o o k s W r i t t e n & S p o k e n W o r d g r o u p I m p r o m p t u Fl o e t r y sh o w e d t h e i r c o n c e r n ov e r t he a l arm in g ri se i n mu rders in a poetic way T he c r e ator of the group De'Angelo C W h y m s c h a l l e n g e d h i s m e m b e r s v i a a c o n t e s t t o e x p re ss t h e i r o p i n i o n s i n p r o se a bo ut t he r e cen t e xo rb i ta nt i n c r e a s e i n m u r d e r s i n o u r country. The winner of that contest wa s Tam ara De lane y an d h er piece is as follows:Theres a funeral in the wind somewhere. The air flooded in scarlet let ters, wetter the ruby rains came in today. 92 bloody drops all splattered across battered women with frozen babies, Little daises thats had their heads cut off before they could even bloom. Skeletal bones broom up all the tears and toss them out the car window. Widows tie bows across their front porch to scorch out the sunlight. And somewhere between all this colorless rainbow is me Sitting on a deflating hopewishin and waitin for a sun to shine some peace tomorrow morning. IMPR OMPT U FLOE T RY PO E T S ON CRIME T H I N G S 2DO TAMARA DELANEY Y O U' RE NOBOD Y 'TIL SOM EBOD Y KIL L S Y OU LEGENDARY rapper Doug E Fresh will make an appearance in the horror film made by Spike Lee (left)

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One fact home garden ers must take into consideration is that while weather conditions are fine for producing vegetables from September to Christmas, the days are growing shorter. Tomatoes can be sown in September and reaped in December but they are swimming against the tide all this time.Le ng th of day is a p ow erfu l fac t or in p lant life. Altho ugh we can gro w to ma toe s e ig ht mo nth s of th e ye a r, i t i s ea sie r a fte r th e wi nte r so lstice I f yo u g row c herry toma toes y o u w i l l h a v e e x p e r i e n c e d s e e d s f r o m la st y e ar s c rop sud de nl y prod uc in g s e e d l i n g s a l l o v e r t h e y a r d i n J a n u a ry T h o s e s a m e s e e d s l a y d o r m a n t thro ug h l ate su mme r ra in s an d th e l o v e l y w e a t h e r i n a u t u m n O n l y w h e n the da ys be ga n to l en gth en d id th e see ds resp on d t o the o the r st imu li On ions tha t are sow n in Septe mb e r m a y b r e a k y o u r h ea r t ; t h o s e s t a r t e d i n l a t e D e c e m b e r wi l l b e pr ize winner s all because lengthe n i n g d a y s p r o m o t e g r o w t h a n d shorteni ng da ys stunt it. Let us ta ke s w e et pe ppe r s as an ex amp le. In S epte mber last y ear I plan ted F 1 s w e e t p e p p e r s o f d i f f e r e n t c ol o ur s By No ve m be r t h ey w er e fo rmi ng bl o c ky fru it s bu t it w a s o nl y in J anua ry and Februa r y that the y ri p e n e d E v e ry th i n g se e m e d t o m o v e in s low motion unti l aft e r the s ols t i c e In May o f th is y ea r I pl ante d the s a m e F 1 p e p p e r s a l o n g w i t h C uba ne l le p e ppe rs. Th e g row t h w as ver y fas t, as was th e ch ange fr om g r e en t o r e d I h ad a s u p e r ab u n danc e a ll throug h Ju ly an d A ugust an d I sh ou ld st il l ha v e t he m p rod uc ing in S epte mbe r Pe ppe rs a re w arm w ea ther pl ants but t he f ruit s a re v e r y susc e pti ble to s un bur n. I gr ew my pepp ers in 3gallon pot s on t he no rth s ide of a b o w e r o f t h u n b e r g i a s o t h e y r e c e i v e d full sun all mornin g an d the n w ere sh a d e d d u ri ng t h e h o tt e st p ar t o f t h e d ay. Th er e was eno ugh f oli age to prot ec t the frui ts from su nsc al d e arly o n b u t w h e n t he s ec on d an d th i rd c r o p s w e r e p r o d u c e d t h e l e a v e s grew sc antie r an d muc h of the fruit b u r n e d H ad I pi c ke d the frui ts wh en the y we r e gree n (or y ell ow in th e ca se of Cub ane lle) the p r o blem w ould not hav e ex isted. B esid es the fast grow in g an d rip e n in g th e m o st si g n if ic an t d i f f e r en ce b et we e n s u m m er an d win ter p eppe rs wa s the w eig ht. T h e s ummer fru its were def initely les s fleshy le ss bloc ky I alrea dy ha ve som e wi nter swe et p epper s u nder w a y, s eed lings jus t an inc h ta ll at the mome nt, to tak e a d v a n t a g e o f t h e w a r m w e a t h e r Peppe r se eds are qui te finic ky a nd n eed t o be s o wn on go od p ot ti ng s o il the n co vere d with a qua rter on an in ch of soi l that i s p r e ss e d dow n firmly (I use m y knuc kle s ). Transpl a n t seedlings f our to five inches tall into ric h and friab le soil that is w e l l f e rt i l i s e d a n d p r e f e r a b l y a m e n d ed w ith c om po st or c o mm er c ia l c ow manur e. I like to us e t ime release f er t il is er bo t h mi xed i nt o t he s o il b e f or e t ra ns p l a n t th e n a d d e d a r o u n d t h e p l a n t o n ce i t h a s e s t a b l i s h e d i t s e l f As wi th mo st p la nts, in iti al v ig oro u s g r o w t h i s i m p o rt a n t I f a s e e d l i n g s ta nds still y ou may as w ell pull it u p S o m e t i m es a p e p p er p l a n t a m e r e f i v e o r s i x i n c h e s t a l l w i l l f l o w e r If th is h ap pe ns, n ip off the f low e rs. I v e s e e n t i n y p l a n t s b e a r a si n g l e r e l at ively en orm ous fr uit but t hat is usu a ll y t he de a th kn el l for the p la nt It i s w orth not ing th at red y el low a n d or a n g e p e p p e r s a r e t hr e e t o fo u r tim es more e x pe nsiv e in sto res tha n gre e n pe pp ers (tha t e ve nt ua ll y tu rn red ). Th ey a re no ha rde r to gro w so i t m a k e s se n s e t o in c l u de th e m i n t h e pe ppe r p at c h. K ee p hot pe pp ers a nd sw e et pe ppe rs a s f ar from e a ch o the r as po ssibl e if yo u u se h ei rl oo m v a ri e ti es an d sav e the see ds for futu re use Yo ur sub seq ue nt ho t pe p pe rs ma y en d u p luke wa rm a nd you r swe et pe ppers qui te sp ic y. g a rd en e rj a ck @ c or al wa v e. c om 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, SEPTEMBER 7, 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 Clockwise (starting top left): Royal yacht Britannia enters Nassau Harbour; The Duke of Windsor, Royal Governor during the war; Princess Margaret at Government House before opening Princess Margaret Hospital; Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Government House garden party chats with Idris Reid; Prince Philip reviews school children at Clifford Park; Princess Alexandria greeted by Sir Gerald and Lady Cash; Prince Charles at the Independence celebrations; Viscount Lindley, son of Princess Margaret, with Kit Chambers Prince Philip sailing on Montagu Bay. BY ROLAND ROSE Exemplary peppers By GARDENER JACKGREEN SCENE T H E R O Y A L F A M I LY V I S I T S T H E B A H A M A S

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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, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 By FARAH THOUGH it seems a contradictory move, the cake soap king Vybz Kartel is set to launch a new skincare line of products and fragrances this month.And based off Kartels popular catch phrase, the fragrance, for both men and women, is called OH. Among the new products to be release on the market are, Vybz Skin Brightener, Vybz Body Brightener, Vybz Anti-Aging Moisturiser, Vybz Astringent, Vybz Soap and OH! by Vybz Kartel in mens cologne and womens perfume. In a press statement the artist said: It is the fragrance from Vybz Kartel called "OH, and its for men and women. Also I have astringents, and skin lighten ers/toners for the ladies as well. It's a whole line of skin care products from the Worl' Boss." Kartel said the recent success from the cake soap propelled him to launch the line. He also said an exclusive store will be opened in time for the release of the products and he is looking to get them in Macys. The store opening will coincide with the release of the products in September. As far as plans for the products go, I wanna see them in Macys and all other fine retailers worldwide. Romping Shop will be the distributor of the product, so the product can be bought by retailers and sold anywhere they choose to sell them. In Ya Ear spoke to a few people who said they are not interested in purchasing any skin care products by the artist. One person said: If using these products will cause me to end up looking like Vbyz then I am not interested because he looks a hot mess. Nelly Colebrooke had this to say: Why would I want to buy skincare products by Vybz Kartel? Do you see how his face and his skin looks? I mean he is not so bad of an artist but I dont want to look no way like him. He already looks like a corpse, you think I want to look like one too, she said. Vybz Kartel actually has a fragrance out by the name of OH? I cant imagine what that smells like. Just imagine me going into a store asking people if they have OH. I would never purchase any skin care prod ucts by Vybz Kartel, said Jason Taylor. Jashad Simmons said: Hell no I wouldnt buy his skin care line God make me black I will be black. I am not that black whereas I need to bleach. I just cant support him because hes into darkness, bleaching, wearing weave, one more feminine action and I am really going to think hes gay. This will be the third different line of products mer chandised by Vybz Kartel since the beginning of this year. This past February, the self-proclaimed "Dance hall Hero" announced the launch of his new shoe brand, "Addis. He also announced his intention to release T-shirts, dog tags and belt buckles based off the Kartel brand "Di Teacha," and unveiled his own brand of blue power soap called "Vybz Cake Soap," in May across select stores in Kingston and Falmouth. Additionally, Kartel is reportedly still planning to debut his own rum line; months after his successful Street Vybz Rum brand was effectively discontinued following the severance of ties with former business partner and American businessman, Corey Todd. Kartel is currently shooting episodes for his upcom ing reality show, Teacha's Pet to debut on the Jamaican television station CVM TV and has also released new singles within the last two weeks such as Dedication and Love You Enuh on Sounique Records Lost Angel Riddim .BA H A M I A N S N OT I N T E R E S T E D I N V Y B Z K A RT E L S S K I N C A R E L I N E Y A H E A R G O S S I P C O R N E R D A Y C H A R T S L I N E YA HE AR a my s teriou s buye r w ants K im Kardashi ans sex tape for $ 3 0 m i l l i o n ? A c c o r d i n g t o V i v i d E n t e r t a i n m e n t t he c o m p a n y w h o c u r r e nt l y o w ns t he t a pe a m ys t e ry buy er h a s o f f e r e d t h e m $ 3 0 m i l l i o n t o a c q u i r e t h e r i g h t s t o t h e s e x t ap e T h e b uy er a l s o w o ul d l i k e t o pu rc h as e an y oth er foo tag e th at Vivid may h ave t hat i nvo l ves K im w it h ho pes o f takin g th e s e x ta p e o ff o f th e m ar k e t co mp lete ly. H owe v er Ray J t hin k s th e t ap e is wo rth m u ch mo r e th an t hat. He said he would absol utel y l ov e f o r t h e t ap e t o be t a k en o f f o f t h e mark et. Alth ou gh h e cla ims to no t know w h o the pot en t ial buyer is he t hinks the tape is wor th m uch mor e t han $30 mi ll ion. Y A H E A R M a r c A n t h o n y add ressin g i n fidelity rumo rs? Mar c Anthony denied accusati o ns that his i nfi d el it y broke up hi s marri age w it h Jennifer Lopez in a Nightline interv ie w t hat wa s t eas ed on Good M orni n g A m e r i c a A n t h o n y t o l d J o h n Quino ne s tha t h e was bre akin g h is s il ence because he s fed up wi th t he l i es a nd mi si nf orm ati on abou t w hat s l e d t o h i s br ea ku p. H e t hen s ai d t h at he and J-Lo are working on a post marriage partnership for the sake of t hei r chi ldr en and that h e w i ll al ways love her. YA HEAR Hawthrone was canc e l e d ? F i r s t t h e r e w e r e r u m o u r s abo ut Will a nd Ja da P i n k ett-Smith splitting, now Hawthorne, which is a pro du ct o f th e c ou ple's pro du ction co mpa n y, O ve rb roo k is be ing c an celed. According to E! news: TNT has decided not to order a fourth season o f H a w t h o r n e ," TNT c on firm ed to E! News in a statement. "TNT truly appreciates the tremendous dedicat i o n o f e v e r y o n e i n v o l v e d i n H a w t h o r n e T he s er ie s gav e T NT t he opportunity to work with many outstanding people, including Jada Pinkett S m ith and t he r e s t of the show's ta le nt e d ca s t, c re w, p ro d u c er s an d writers. We wish everyone involved w i t h H a w t h o r n e n o t h i n g b u t t h e best." Y A H E A R L i l W a y n e s T h a Carte IV breaks Watch The Throne I t u n e s R e c o r d ? A p p a r e n t l y T h a C a r t e r V I h a s s o l d o v e r 3 0 0 0 0 0 dow n l oad s via iT unes in only it s fi rst fo u r d a y s o f r e l e a s e a c c o r d i n g to C a s h M o n e y / U n i v e r s a l R e p u b l i c Records. That outpaces the 290,000 t h at T h r one mo ve d t h r ou gh i T un es in its entire first week. TOP TEN R &B / HI P HOP SON GSI'm On One DJ Khaled Featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne Motivation Kelly Rowland Featuring Lil Wayne How To Love Lil Wayne Sure Thing Miguel Quickie Miguel Otis Jay Z Kanye West Featuring Otis Redding Best Thing I Never Had Beyonce Marvins Room Drake Marvin & Chardonnay Big Sean Featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash Super Bass Nicki Minaj B r uno Mar s JUST THE W A Y YOU AREHer eyes, her eyes make the stars look like theyre not shining Her hair, her hair falls perfectly without her trying Shes so beautiful And I tell her everyday (yeahh)By LESH AFTE R a t hree ye ar brea k from th e mu s i c sc en e, Am erican rapper, singer-songwriter Lil Mama is trying to make he r c o m e b a c k i n 2 0 1 1 w i th a m ix t a p e s in g l e e n t it l e d S c ra w be r ry D u ri ng h er b re a k t h e si n g e r to o k o n o th e r v en t ur e s, such as evaluating dance contestants as a judge on Amer icas Best Dance Crew. The last time Lil Mama had a hit song, she was singing about her "lip gloss popping." Blog sites are stating that S c raw be rry is Lil M am a s w a y of p ay in g som e ho ma g e to a r o le m o de l o f h e rs M C L y t e Li l Ma m a a d de d h e r c re a t i v e style to the new video, which shows her wearing coloured wigs and outfits w ith a group of ladies or wha t seems to be Barbies. The song also samples a Special Ed's 1989 record called "I Got It Made". The 21-year old rapper from New York City sings: They ca ll my w hip scraw berr y short ca ke, But my cake never short ..all way, I got pounds I dont wanna roll way, So Im in England please not to tall make I get m o n e y m o n e y I go t S c r a wb e r r y, we l l cr o s s t h e wh o l e world." Lets scraw berry milk .. in some way to tangle in the .. (Scrawberry) keep full tang so I go long way in my dash ..Clean and my truck dont stand That scraw berry milk drink in someone in the .. (Scrawberry) keep full tang so I go long w ay in my das h ..C lean and my tr uc k dont st a nd." she sings. LIL MAMA NEW V I DE O SCRA WBE RR Y Hell no I wouldn t buy his skin care line God make me black I will be black. I am not that black whereas I need to bleach. I just can t suppor t him because he s into darkness, bleaching, wearing weave, one more feminine action and I am really going to think he s gay . Jashad Simmons

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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, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 IMMEDIATELY after Beyonce showed off her baby bump at the Video Music Awards, news of her pregnancy spread like wildfire throughout social media. The news became the hottest trending topic on Twitter, Facebook, news sites, celebrity gossip sites, and blog sites. There has been a lot of discussion about what the baby might look like. Some people even went as far as manipulating baby images to resemble the couple. Here are just a few predictions of what Beyonce and Jay-Zs baby might look like from birth straight to adulthood. Go on and look!MADE LOOKy o u

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THE TRIBUNE SECTION E WEDNESD A Y SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 $JHQWVt%URNHUVf/WG0 $56+&RUUHVSRQGHQW INSIDE TRAK TTUURRNN TTOO 22EE......TTUURRNN TTOO 33EE......TTUURRNN TTOO 77EE...... BARRY GOES SIGHT-SEEING IN DAEGUDWIGHT MILLER TO CONTINUE HIS NCAA JOURNEYNBA LOCKOUT: NEXT MEETING SET FOR TODAY US OPEN: WILLIAMS, WOZNIACKI ADVANCE IN DIFFERENT WA YS TTUURRNN TTOO 88EE.. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net DAEGU, South Korea While the Bahamas will be bidding for the hosting of the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2013, the country could also be the venue for another certified training centre in the Bahamas. The Bahamas could be following the same path as Jamaica, the only country in our region to host the global junior championship meet for athletes 18 years and younger in 2003. Jamaica has also been granted permission by the IAAF to host a certified training camp in Kingston. As a result of that decision, quite a number of athletes remain at home to train and there are other athletes from around the world who also take advantage of the facility provided. With the new Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium in place, the Bahamas could very well do the same thing as Jamaica, if granted the certification. Not only athletes, but it is hoped that the cadre of Bahamians coaching in the United States will also return home. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard said theyve gotten the wink, not the nod yet. It is anticipated that some time in November, either before or after the IAAF holds its Congress in Monaco, that a delegation from the IAAF will visit the Bahamas with a view of looking at the facility. We are hoping that when they come down to look at the facilities, they will give us the nod to yes we can get the certification, said Maynard as he explained the importance of supporting the IAAF in the hosting of its international meets. That will give us tremendous opportunities as Bahamian coaches will be paid to train athletes from all around the world as the IAAF will pay for the athletes to come down and they will also pay the coaches to train them. While the bidding for the world junior championships will help in the decision-making process, Maynard said the Bahamas consistent performance alone on the international scene gives the country enough merit for the IAAF to strongly consider the request that was submitted by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations. They believe that we have what BAHAMAS COULD BE VENUE FOR CERTIFIED TRAINING CENTRE By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net DAEGU, South Korea While the 13th IAAF World Champi onships were competitive, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard said Team Bahamas got some "bad breaks" that made a big difference in the outcome of a number of events. "Some things didn't go the way as planned, but I'm still very happy that we were able to put some points on the board that will enable us to be ranked somewhere around No.30 in the world, which is still a great achievement," he said. Actually, the Bahamas collected a total of 11 points after Trevor Barrys bronze medal performance in the men's high jump, the sixth place by Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie in the women's 200 metres and the seventh by Leevan 'Superman' Sands in the men's triple jump. They were the only three finalists for the Bahamas. The Bahamas had a chance to make the final in the men's 400, the men's 4 x 400 relay, the men's 200 and the women's 4 x 100 relay but fell short. "I'm sure that the athletes, the coaches and the federation is going to make sure that we do a postmortem of this event and I'm sure that we will have a better prepared and more polished team going into the Olympic Games. "I feel positive that this is going to be a teaching moment for us in many regards. But when we look at the final of the men's triple jump, Leevan gave it his best and his best under any other circumstances could have gotten him a medal, said the minister. Maynard, who attended the cham pionships with his wife and director of sports Timothy Munnings, a former participant of the championships, said that was just how competitive the competition was across the board in every event. "Like I told them in the meeting (at the Games Village), all I want is their personal best," he said. "If it means medal fine, if it doesn't I'm still happy that they would have come here and gave it their best. "I know some of the younger athletes like Raymond Higgs, Nivea Smith, Anthonique Strachan, Trevor Barry and Sheniqua Ferguson all gained some valuable lessons that will push them even further heading But, at the end of the day, I was very proud of the team MAYNARD S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 4 4 E E S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 E E JUMPING INTO HISTORY: Trevor Barry competes in the mens high jump at the 13th IAAF World Athletic Championships in Daegu, South Korea. He won the bronze medal.

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SPORTS PAGE 2E, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS SIGHT-SEEING: 13th IAAF Worlds high jump bronze medallist Trevor Barry takes in the sights in the city of Daegu over the weekend after he won the bronze medal in the men's high jump at the 13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 4E 13th IAAF World Championships TREVOR BARRY GOES SIGHT-SEEING IN DAEGU But, at the end of the day, I was very proud of the team into the Olympic Games. All of these athletes have a bright future ahead of them. So I expect them to learn a lot from this. With a personal best performance of 2.32 metres in the men's triple jump, Trevor Barry rose to the occasion by clinching the Bahamas' only medal. It was a feat that Maynard said was quite outstanding. Maynard said the sports policy calls for any medallists and all finalists at the World Championships or the Olympic Games to be compensated by the Bahamas Government. In the case of Barry, he will earn a pay cheque of $15,000 for the medal and both Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (sixth in the women's 200 metres) and Leevan 'Superman' Sands (seventh in the men's triple jump) will collect $5,000. "We're going to try to make that available to them as soon as possible," Maynard said. "I think Trevor has carried the hope and the pride of the nation on his back and he did very well. We had a chance to speak to him before he left as he goes on to compete in some of the European meets." Maynard, however, said the Bahamas could have had a couple more appearances in the finals, but there were some things "that could have been helped and some things that couldn't have been helped. But at the end of the day, I was very proud of the team. We continue to shine on the world stage. A lot of people believe that if we don't come home with a gold, silver or bronze, you haven't competed. But when we look at some of our athletes that are now ranked in the top 20 in the world, it gives you a lot of pride. When you look at our performances, we have a lot to be proud of." F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E

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By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net JUNIOR athletes are up next on the list of teams fielded by the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) as the Bahamas prepares to culminate a busy summer session. An eight-member team will represent the country at the 4th Commonwealth Youth Games September 7-13 in Isle of Man. The team will partake in two disciplines five mem bers for track and field and two members for cycling. BOC president Wellington Miller said the event gives its participants early exposure to the Olympic movement and can draw inspiration from its deputy chef de mission, Olympic gold medallist Tonique Williams-Darling. We believe, at this point, taking this young team away for a games of this caliber is very good for sports. These youngsters get to interact and participate with their peers from other countries. It is expected that 72 countries will be there from throughout the Commonwealth. It is a good thing to start your network ing early, so as you progress in your career you gain friends for life and that is what sports is and that is a part of the Olympic model, Miller said. We have a distinguished lady going with us, Ms Tonique Williams-Darling and that should be great moti vation for the athletes. With an Olympic and world champion on board she can really encourage them and let them know what they need to do to reach the top of their game. Miller said other disciplines would be added for upcoming editions of the event. They only asked for 10 athletes to participate. Swimmers, with school approaching, some people did not want their athletes to go. Boxing, who we wanted to send, was not in shape at the time and that is why those two events were not included among the disciplines. Chef de mission Roy Colebrook said expectations loom high for the team. This team that has been put together are some of the best athletes that we have in our country in the U-18 category today. We are looking for great things in these games and we are also looking to see a display of the spirit of the games which is camaraderie and to build communities of love and friendship through sports what we believe is very important in this day and time, he said. The first Commonwealth Youth Games was held in August 2000 in Scotland where 733 athletes from 14 countries competed in eight sports over three days. The second edition of the Commonwealth Youth Games took place in Australia in December 2004 and saw over 1,000 athletes and officials from 22 countries in a 10sport programme. Roy Colebrook Jr, a member of the cycling team and one of the top juniors in the sport, said his main focus is to rebound from a disappointing outing at his latest international appearance last month. I am looking to this because we didnt do too well in the Caribbean Games because of crashes and mechanical problems so we are looking to go to these games and bounce back, he said. You have to have a strong mindset to go out there and do your best. This competition will be tough to beat. Different countries are based on cycling so they are strong and will be tough to beat but we will be ready. T T E E A A M M B B A A H H A A M M A A S S R R O O S S T T E E R RTTrraacckk && FFiieellddAnthonique Butler Triple Jump Anthony Adderley 200m, 4x100m Delano Davis 100m, 200m, 4x100m Gregria Higgs 100m Shannon Balfour 400m, 4x100m Julian Munroe 400m, 4x100mCCyycclliinnggJay Major Individual Time Trial, Road Race, Team Time Trial Roy Colebrook Jr Individual Time Trial, Road Race, Team Time TrialCChheeff ddee MMiissssiioonn -RRooyyCCoolleebbrrooookkDDeeppuuttyy CChheeff ddee MMiissssiioonn --TToonniiqquuee WWiilllliiaammss--DDaarrlliinngg By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net THIS fall semester will offer a fresh start for one Bahamian collegiate basketball star, featuring his return to NCAA Division I play. Dwight Miller will continue his NCAA journey this upcoming season with the Tennessee Volunteers of the Southeastern Conference. Miller, a 6' 8" 245-pound forward, spent last season with Midland College of the National Junior College Athletic Association where he led the Chaparrals to the NJCAA title game. He began his collegiate career with the Pittsburgh Panthers of the Big East Conference. He had a redshirt freshman season and played sparingly during his tenure in 16 contests in his sophomore campaign. Miller opted to transfer to a junior college to avoid the NCAA rule of sitting out an entire year before transferring from one D-I school to another. He was ranked the nation's 10thbest junior-college prospect by top flight recruiting website JucoJunction.com. After the departure of nationally renowned head coach Bruce Pearl, the Volunteers made Miller a part of the first recruiting class under the new regime of Cuonzo Martin. Miller is the fifth member of Martin's current signing class, joining guards Chris Jones, Wes Washpun, Josh Richardson and Quinton Chievous. After a critically acclaimed high school career, when he rose to international prominence for his personal workouts with NBA Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, Miller chose the Panthers out of several scholarship offers. In his final high school season, Miller led the St Pius X Panthers to a 22-8 record and were ranked No.4 in the state of Texas. They won the TAPPS 6A District three championship with a 9-0 record as he averaged 15.8 points per game. Miller was nominated for the McDonald's High School All-America Game and had a productive summer heading into the collegiate recruiting process when he averaged 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game at the ReebokU Camp. He also earned the Dante Anderson Memorial Award for the player below the radar who made the biggest impact over the course of the camp. Miller is a product of the Frank Rutherford Elite Athlete Development Foundation. Some of the foundation's other athletes and alumni include Devard and Devaughn Darling, Ian Symonette, Jeremy Barr, Wannah Bail, Michael Carey, Mikhail McClean, Alex Cooper, Waltia Rolle, Mavin Saunders, Probese Leo, Enrico Forbes and several others. SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011, PAGE 3E By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net PREPARATIONS are underway as the local governing body for softball gears up for the climax of the Bahamas Softball Federation season. The BSF National Round Robin is scheduled to return to New Providence November 3-6 for the preliminary round with the championship set for Andros the following weekend. The round robin will be named in honour of Sonny Haven and Ernestine But ler while the championships will honour Brian Clear and Dora Evans. The 2011 edition is expected to have the largest fields ever in the history of the Bahamas Softball Federation National Round Robin. The BSF is set to hold its annual national championship in New Providence November 3-6 with all the affiliated associations playing men and womens softball this season. The islands that are expected to participate are Abaco, Andros, Eleuthera, Exuma, Long Island, Grand Bahama, New Providence and Inagua the latter island recently joined the BSF. Cat Island may also be a late addition to the lineup. The expected womens teams are Andros, Abaco, Eleuthera, Exuma, Long Island, Grand Bahama, New Providence and Inagua. Teams that are declared champions in their respective divisions of that association will be accepted as the round robin representative from that particular association. The round robin is slated to begin at 3pm on November 3 and concludes November 6 with all games played at the Blue Hill Fields. The following weekend (November 11-13) the championship best three out of five will be contested in North Andros. The two top teams from the round robin will advance to the championship. This year, the BSF continues to honour a stalwart who has contributed to the development and success of softball in the Bahamas. The round robin in New Providence will be the Sonny Haven/Ernestine Butler 2011 Round Robin and the Championship will be in honour of the softball pioneer in Andros, Brian Clear/Dora Evans Championships. Federation executives expect this year to be a very festive round robin. The Family Island associations with the most fans at the games on the mentioned night will receive a cash prize. And there will be gate prizes, including round trip airline tickets, televisions, cellular phones and phone cards. BSF National Round Robin set for next month in New Providence DWIGHT MILLER TO CONTINUE NCAA JOURNEY WITH VOLUNTEERS THE Bahamas Softball Federation has released the names of the players that will make up the mens national team that is expected to represent the Bahamas at the Pan Am Championships and World Qualifier in Hermosillo, Mexico, November 18 -27. The team is expected to leave Nassau November 11. The Bahamas will be among 10 countries trying to finish in the top five to qualify for the World Championships in Australia in 2013. Other countries taking part are Venezuela, the United States, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala and the British Virgin Islands. The team, which has been working out since April this year, will be managed by Godfrey Burnside. The coaches are Martin Burrows and Delano Cartwirght. Alfred Culmer is the chef de mission assisted by Brian Neely. T T E E A A M M Manager Godfrey Burnside Coach Martin Burrows Coach Delano Cartwright Trainer Brian Neely P P L L A A Y Y E E R R S S Edney Bethel (Eleuthera) Alcott Forbes (Grand Bahama) Eugene Pratt (NP) Thomas Davis (Long Island) Freddie Cornish (Abaco) Angelo Dillett (NP) Greg Gardiner (GB) Larry Russell (GB) Ken Wood Jr (NP) Marvin Wood (NP) Desmond Russell (Grand Bahama) Richard Bain (NP) Van Johnson (NP) Martin Burrows Jr (NP) Lamar Watkins (NP) Sherman Ferguson (NP) Godfrey Burnside Jr (NP) Michael Sweeting (Grand Bahama) William Weatherford (Abaco) BSF NAMES MENS NATIONAL TEAM FOR THE PAN AM CHAMPIONSHIPS 8-MEMBER TEAM BAHAMAS SET FOR THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L Event starts today in Isle of Man CYCLIST Jay Major is expected to represent the Bahamas at the 4th Commonwealth Youth Games.

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it takes to be certified as a training center, he said. So thats another positive development coming out of these games. Although the Bahamas was not successful in advancing to the final in neither the mens 4 x 400 and the womens 4 x 100 metre relays, Maynard said the countrys performances in those events in the past has given the IAAF the confidence that the Bahamas can play a major role as the host of another important event. For the first time, the IAAF wants to stage the All Relay Championships. While no official date has been released, Maynard said the IAAF is targeting July 2013 for the launch with the Bahamas being considered as the initial host. Although Maynard said he would have liked to have seen a lot more outstanding performances turned in from the Bahamian athletes, he was quite thrilled with the developments that will eventually have the world flocking to our shores. Maynard and the director of sports Timothy Munnings, along with the BAAA, headed by Mike Sands,werekeptrather busy during their stay in Daegu, not just waiting for the athletes perform, but negotiating a number of deals that could have a positive effect on the Bahamas as a whole. SPORTS PAGE 4E, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS TREVOR BARRY GOES SIGHT-SEEING IN DAEGU B AHAMAS COULD BE VENUE FOR CERTIFIED TRAINING CENTRE 13th IAAF World Championships SIGHT-SEEING: 13th IAAF Worlds high jump bronze medallist Trevor Barry takes in the sights in the city of Daegu over the weekend after he won the bronze medal in the men's high jump at the 13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E IAAF HIGH JUMP BRONZE MEDALLIST Trevor Barry (left) Dennis Mitchell and Adrian Griffith (right). TREVOR BARRY Stanley Mitchell (centre) and sprinter Adrian Griffith. TREVOR BARRY poses with Korean family in traditional clothing. TREVOR BARRY with executives of the Muzuno shoe company.



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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Mom and daughter found dead in water Volume: 107 No.233WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, T-STORM HIGH 90F LOW 79F P OLICE are probing the mysterious deaths of a pajama-clad girl and a woman believed to be her motherw ho were found floating in the harbour at Prince George Wharf yesterday. Officers at the scene said the causes of death were not obvious nor were they certaino f the relationship between t he two, but a well-placed source within the Royal Bahamas Police Force told The Tribune they are mother and daughter. The source added that while police did not have an official cause of death, officers were investigating the possibility of a murder, sui cide. The child, who police sus pect is between seven to 10 years old, was wearing pajamas. The adult female, who appeared to be in her late 20s or early 30s, was found in black tights and a white tank top. There were no visible injuries on either of them. "The bodies were retrieved from the water without any injuries," said Press Liaison Officer Sergeant Chrislyn S kippings at the scene. She added that officers have very little leads into the incident. We have very little information we're going on. We are in the preliminary stages in our investigation but hope fully by later on today we should be able to say a littleb it more regarding this incid ent." Police and officers from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force were called to the scene at the harbour behind the Elizabeth on Bay plaza at 7.30am yesterday. A handful of tourists and onlookers gathered at scene watching quietly as morticians placed the bodies into two hearses. Last night, officers from the Central Detective Unit were combing through missing per sons reports in an effort to match them with the bodies found yesterday, according Superintendent Clayton Fernander at the Central Detective Unit. Last night he said no fami lies had contacted authorities Mystery over grizzly find at Prince George Wharf TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 1%cashbackonannualpurchases Acceptance at 17,000,000 locations worldwide Instant Cash Access at more than 525,000 ATMs Online account access to view your statements Roadside Assistance with Master RoadAssist Emergency cards and cash with one phone call MasterRental Auto InsuranceMasterCard GoldLeaderinPersonalBankingServices Credit Card Centre Tel: (242 Fax: (242 www.combankltd.comGo for the GoldCONVENIENCE ACCEPTANCE ACCESS CASH ADVANCES GETREADYFORTHENEWSEASON N N F F L L P P R R E E V V I I E E W W S S U U P P P P L L E E M M E E N N T T IAAFWORLDCHAMPIONSHIPS M M I I N N I I S S T T E E R R V V E E R R Y Y P P R R O O U U D D O O F F T T H H E E T T E E A A M M COMINGTHISFRIDAY SEESPORTSSECTIONE SEE page eight ABOVE: Sergeant Skippings at Prince George Wharf yesterday after the two bodies were discovered in the harbour. RIGHT: Police Harbour Patrol on the waters around Prince George Wharf F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net BAHAMIANS wishing to go to the 2012 Olympic G ames could see their ticke ts swiped by desperate f ans trying to exploit the system. O fficials from the B ahamas authorised ticket reseller, Cartan Tours, said it is impossible to catch IMPOSSIBLE TO CATCH EVERY NON-BAHAMIAN OLYMPIC GAMES TICKET POACHER SEE page eight By SANCHESKA BROWN THE MARSH Harbour clinic in Aba co suspended health services yesterday after the nursing and line staff walked off the job due to unsanitary conditions. The nurses say they are on strike and will continue to strike until the govern ment takes them seriously. They claim they are working in conditions not fit for animals, having to endure the scorching heat and lack of resources day after day. One nurse who wanted to remain anonymous said they are fed up with being left in the heat and treated like second-class citizens. She said: We are protesting the conditions at the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic. We will no longer work like By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net EDUCATION Minister Desmond Bannister threw cold water on two PLP MPs promise to double the education budget asking them to explain where the money would come from. In a joint press statement issued by the PLP yesterday the opposition party said they plan to broaden education, announc ing they would double the current $200 million education budget during their next term in office. We in the PLP have pledged to dou ble the size of the education budget in HUMANITARIAN efforts to donate $25,000 worth of hurricane relief supplies to people in Cat Island thwarted by local red-tape eventu ally started to move ahead late yester day when the supplies were taken from the ships flatbeds to a shed ready for distribution. They had been locked down at the Smiths Bay dock for four days. Donors waiting to receive the goods and locals willing to assist were told the supplies would be released for distribution today. Local government officials had refused to release the emergency supplies nearly two weeks after the storm. Roofing materials amounting to two trailers full have been exposed to dam NURSES W ALK OFF JOB DUE TO UNSANITARY CONDITIONS MARSHHARBOURCLINIC DESMONDBANNISTERSPEAKSOUT MINIS TER HIT S B ACK AT PLP MPS PR OMISE T O DOUBLE EDUCATION BUDGET CAT ISLAND HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS GET MOVING SEE page eight SEE page eight SEE page eight

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By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter tthompson@tribunemedia.net A TOUR of schools in North Andros ahead of the beginningof the new school term revealed deficiencies in infrastructure anda lack of instructors, member of parliament Vincent Peet claimed. Portions of Lowe Sound Primary School are unfit for stu dents and there is not enough teaching staff on the island, alleged Mr Peet, who also represents the Berry Islands. He also said staff at Stanyard Creek Primary School claimed there are a lack of supplies there. "I visited all of the schools in my constituency and can confirm that while most of them are functioning and are in good condition the Lowe Sound Primary School is not ready to accommodate the students. "In fact, the floors of the two t railers at Lowe Sound Primary School need to be retiled and the retiling did not commence until Sunday evening. "One trailer is completely untouched and work on the other is incomplete. The staff and parents of students attending the Lowe Sound Primary School are most unhappy with the conditions that exist at this school and the minister, and the governmentm ust take responsibility for this failure. "As of Monday, there was staff shortage at Lowe Sound Primary School and North Andros High School. "When I visited Stanyard Creek Primary School I was advised by the staff that therea re no supplies available at the school. Hence, the teachers and staff members had nothing to work with," said the former Cabinet minister. When contacted for comment yesterday, Education Minister Desmond Bannister confirmed that trailers at Lowe Sound Pri-m ary need to be tiled. He said he immediately called for the tiling to be done, once the problem was brought to his attention. "I was very unhappy to see that the trailers have not been tiled. I have immediately put persons to work to ensure that the tiling is done within the firstt hree days of school and I will require the officers who are responsible for supervising this work to provide appropriate explanations (for why it was not done earlier)." As for a teacher shortage on the island, he explained that two teachers declined a placementi n North Andros but replacements will be headed there soon. "Mr Peet well knows that during the first few days of school a number of teachers have to travel to get to their assignments. In the case of North Andros there was an additional concern as many as two teachers who werea ssigned to North Andros failed or declined to take up the assign ment. "The ministry determined that we would not hire those persons and immediately decided to seek out new specialist teachers whow ill go (there As for Mr Peet's claims that there are a lack of supplies at Staniel Creek Primary School, the education minister said: "That is a vicious fabrication by Mr Peet and he ought to know better." Mr Bannister added that duri ng a recent tour of North Andros he inspected all nine public schools and saw outstanding work by education officials there. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011, PAGE 3 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net THE OPPOSITION has questioned whether road conditions are safe for students at the launch of the new school year. A joint statement issued by Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell, Elizabeth MP Ryan Pinder and PLP candidate for St Annes William Nottage said the governments failure to complete road works in time for the first week of school as promised, maybe putting students at risk. Yesterday, the PLP trio said, they observed the first day of school at Doris Johnson Senior School on Prince Charles Drive, and got the impression that safety hazards as a result of the road infrastructure project should have been addressed before the new school term began. We express our concern about the state of readiness of the road in front of the school and the accessibility of the school during what appeared to us to be a heavy construction period. The government's road improvement programme administration did not fulfill its promise which was to ensure that by the time school opened the road would in fact be fixed, said the statement.The PLP said the children returning to school this week met with numerous road closures, a lack of street signs, unpaved roads, misinformation and blocked entrances. In particular, the statement said, children came into close proximity with tractors that were in full operation possibly creating a dangerous situation. According to the PLP, the road conditions are symptomatic of the mismanagement of this so called road improvement programme which has led to chaos on our roads, mass inconvenience to the public, threats to the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike, and economic disaster for merchants everywhere the programme has been taking place. Mr Mitchell said he wanted to draw special attention to the grounds at Sandilands Primary School, which he claims were not ready for the first day of school as there was still construction work going on, refuse needed to be collected, and debris from Hurricane Irene had yet to be removed. The Fox Hill MP said while the walls were built higher over the summer break, the campus is still too open to strangers wandering in the school yard without proper checks being possible by the security staff. He added that the lack of pre-schools in the eastern area of New Providence is setting students back. Although Thelma Gibson Primary has a pre-chool, it can only accommodate 40 students, he said. Teachers in Sandilands are slowed down because too many students are coming into grade one without the requisite basic skills for a grade one student, Mr Mitchell said, adding that these include the ability to write their names, count and identify letters. There were plans on the table for expansion of the Sandilands property, which have yet to be realised by the FNM government, Mr Mitchell added. By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net THE high interest in the 2012 Olympic Games has not translated into ticket sales for accredited travel agents working with the Bahamas Olympic Committee. Travel agents accredited with the BOC say the high cost of travel packages is to blame. Pack ages range from $5,000 to $25,000, depending on the length of stay and type of tickets. After the BOCs June advertising blitz, travel agents say they received a lot of calls from inter ested Bahamians. However, few calls resulted in sales, because most people found it to be very expensive. Some of the agents suggested the accreditation process was not thorough, as they have not heard from the BOC since the June introductory meet ing. We were surprised when they placed our names on the advertisements, because they had not sent us all of the information. We met with them, but we were still waiting on them to send us something official, said one accredited travel agent. Another travel agent said she did not have all of the information, but she was getting by on a case-by-case basis. Since word spread about the cost of the packages, she said calls have decreased, so it has not caused a problem. Travel agents are only allowed to sell travel packages, which include event tickets, hotel accom modation, transportation and tours in the host country. The packages are set by the Bahamas authorised ticket resellers, Cartan Tours. They are the official ticket agent of the BOC. In June, representatives from Cartan Tours met with local travel agents to partner with interested vendors and explain the packages to them. Shortly after, the BOC announced Professional Travel, World Executive Travel and Tours, and First Class Travel and Tours as the accredited travel agencies. What we have done is we have invited the top brass from Cartan Tours to come down here, who could really make decisions on behalf of that com pany. When they leave from here, everything will be clear. Everything will be set right, said Welling ton Miller, BOC president, after the initial meet ing. Executives at Cartan Tours said they did not realise there was some confusion with the travel agencies and the national association. Bahamians who want to purchase individual tickets should go directly to Cartan Tours. POLICE arrested eight men and three boys during a sweep of the Carmichael Road area yesterday. The suspects, who were said to be residents of the area, were detained for questioning in connection with a variety of cases, including armed robbery, housebreaking, damage and arson. The operation, conducted by officers of the Southwestern Division, began at 10pm Monday and ended at 4am yesterday. In other crime-related matters, Central Division officers cited 31 drivers for various traffic infractions, and arrested one person who had an outstanding warrant on Monday. Sgt Chrislyn Skippings said: Police officers throughout the Bahamas took to the streets ensuring that the back-to-school experience, for new and returning students went without incident. The officers of the Central Division are encouraging members of the public to abide by all laws and to work with the police in making the Bahamas a safer place for all. Police have asked drivers to adhere to the following safety tips: Slow down and be alert, especially in school zones and residential areas Watch for children at intersections and near the edge of the street especially in the morning and after school hours. Take extra care when entering or exiting driveways of homes businesses Beware children running out from between parked cars Be careful when driving behind a bus or approaching a bus stop, especially in school zones Limit use of cell phones while driving to avoid being distracted 2012 OLYMPIC GAMES PACKAGES SLOW SELLING 11 ARRESTED IN SWEEP OF CARMICHAEL ROAD MP:INFRASTRUCTURE DEFICIENCIES, LACK OF INSTRUCTORS IN NORTH ANDROS SCHOOLS VINCENTPEETSPEAKS OUT AFTER TOUR OF SCHOOLS VINCENT P EET PLPS: FAILURE TO COMPLETE ROAD WORKS IN TIME MAY PUT STUDENTS AT RISK FREDMITCHELL RYANPINDER

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EDITOR, The Tribune. N assau Guardian Editoria l of August 31, 2011. C aptioned: Keep cutting parliamentary seats ONCE again I have been provided cause for disapp ointment with the print m edia a medium which provides some great material but, all too often, res-o nates with drivel. Your papers editorial (The Nassau Guardian) of August 31, 2011 captioned Keep c utting parliamentary s eats was one of those. The writer missed the point a nd the great difficulty faci ng us in The Bahamas. I t really does not matter if we have 38 seats( presently required as a m inimum by the constitution) or 49 (the number contested at the 1992 election) or even more. What matters is what is expected of members of parliament and the capacit y to produce as required b y the electorate. The Bahamas could do q uite well with less than t wo dozen members in a u nicameral parliament with six or seven ministers provided they were able and dedicated. The present parliament has too many ministers and members who just do notm easure up to a reasonable standard. There is a real job that members of parliamentc ould do working for and w ith the people who elect ed them but it does require some talent; an apprecia-t ion of the world around us; an appreciation of national realities; a social justice commitment; lovea nd respect for the citizen ry; among other capacities. Another cause for great concern is that the presentc abinet numbers seventeen ministers (and, there is one junior minister), event hough the constitution o nly requires nine minis ters including the prime minister. Mr Ingraham has eight more ministers than constitutionally required. Yes, I know other prime ministers have headed cabinets of more than nine. Eight supernumerary ministers cost the taxpayer substantially more than eight members of parliam ent would cost. What is p articularly galling is that there remains four so called ministers of state working in four ministries which already have minist ers with job titles. I know that they were supposed to be apprent ices with real ministers u ntil they were able to l earn the job so far only one apprentice has beeng iven a real job! This is a c lear case of the proverbial jobs for the boys. And speaking of members of parliament, it is insulting to the supposed impartiality of the Honourable Speaker of the H ouse of Assembly and t he Justice of the Supreme C ourt who serve as Chairm an and Deputy Chairm an, respectively, of the c onstitutionally mandated Boundaries Commission, to have the prime minister publicly ruminating on the numbers before the Commission is able to consider and receive input from the public. The Commission would include two memb ers of parliament appointe d on the advice of the P rime Minister and one member appointed on the advice of the leader of the opposition. The prime minister is provided the opport unity, by the constitution, t o make changes to the commissions report before bringing the report to theH ouse of Assembly. Take him to task for this breach rather than compliment him. I support an independent e lectoral commission which will set constituency b oundaries and be respons ible for conducting elect ions. Then the prime minister a nd anyone else would be f ree to ruminate at any time because the decisions would not rest with them. Just because it is a prime minister who speaks it does not mean that it is not driv el. T hank you for your kind courtesies. P HILIP P SMITH Nassau, September 2, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 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 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm SACRAMENTO, Calif. California's Legislature sent Gov. Jerry Brown a bill seeking to ban the sale, trade or possession of shark fins on Tuesday, over the objections of two senators who called the measure racist because the fins are used in a soup considered a delicacy in some Asian cultures. The bill has split the Asian delegation in t he Legislature. It was introduced by Assemblyman Paul Fong, D-Cupertino, and was supported by Sen. Carol Liu, D-Pasadena, who said it is needed to protect endangered shark species. Others disagreed. Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, noted that the bill would ban only p art of the shark while permitting the continued consumption of shark skin or steaks. This bill goes out of its way to be discriminatory," Lieu said. "They single out one cultural practice." Critics of the practice, which already is restricted in U.S. waters, estimate that fishermen kill 73 million sharks each year for their fins. They said it is particularly cruel because the wounded sharks often are returned to the ocean to die after their fins are removed. The fins can sell for $600 a pound, and the soup can cost $80 a bowl. Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, who carried AB376 in the Senate, said California has the highest demand for the fins outside Asia. She cited estimates that 85 per cent of dried shark fin imports to the United States come through California, giving the bill an impact beyond efforts to restrict the practice in the U.S. and abroad. "It's our market here that drives the slaughter," Kehoe said. "We are an importer and a broker worldwide." The proposed ban has been supported by celebrities including actress Bo Derek and retired NBA centre Yao Ming. The state Senate approved the bill on a 25-9 vote. It drew rare support from both conservative Republicans and liberal Democrats during a lengthy debate. Senator Tony Strickland, R-Thousand Oaks, called the practice "a barbarous and torturous act. "The shark just sits there and drowns. T hat's equivalent to torture," Strickland said. Hawaii, Oregon, Washington state and s everal U.S. territories in the Pacific already have taken steps to eliminate the shark fin trade. However, Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, cited a recent National Marine Fisheries Service report to Congress estimating that imports and exports of shark fins from the entire United States last year were a fraction of 1 per cent of the worldwide market. This bill doesn't do anything for finning, because the federal government has already t aken care of the problem," he argued. Yee also objected to a second cleanup bill, also passed by the Senate on Tuesday, that makes it clear that sport fishermen who catch a shark can still eat the fin or have the shark stuffed and mounted as a trophy. "If you happen to be Chinese-American a nd you're not the fisherman, you can't have the shark fin," Yee said. It sends a very bad message, not only to us here in California but throughout the rest of the world, that discrimination against Chinese-Americans is OK," Yee told senators moments later. "We shouldn't have to defend our culture any more than you others should defend your culture, because we ought to be respectful of each others' culture." The cleanup language in AB853 says that while the finning ban would take effect Jan. 1, 2012, those who have existing stocks of shark fin then could continue selling it for one year. It also clarifies that the ban would not affect stuffing and mounting of sharks, nor the donation of fins to research or medical institutions. The cleanup bill passed on a 28-8 roll call, but goes back to the Assembly for a final vote on the amendments. Passage of the bills drew praise from the Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International, along with the environmental group Oceana. Brown spokesman Evan Westrup said the governor has not taken a position on the bills. In July the Bahamas announced a ban on shark fishing, making this country one of the few locations in the world where there is a relatively healthy shark population. Shark diving is a major attraction for our tourist industry, bringing in about $80 million a year in revenue. Government hopes that more divers will b e attracted as soon as the ban comes into force. (By Don Thompson of the Associated Press). What matters is the capacity of MPs to produce as required LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Calif. lawmakers pass bill banning shark-fin trade EDITOR, The Tribune. I WANTto tell Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and his colleagues not to be discouraged by those who complain and whine while progress is being made. Some people will oppose progress and later, when they s ee the benefits of it, all they do is wipe their mouths and utter not a word of apology for resisting in the first place. It has always been so. W hen travel and shipment of goods by rail started early in the 19th century there were complainers. Some people who operated stagecoach and canal transportation resistedb ecause they realized what the new thing would do to t heir business. Some people didn't want the iron horse anywhere near their towns. But those who had vision welcomed the new technolo g y and learned how to benefit from it. Today the stagecoach is long gone and the railroad has brought enormous development and wealth to many countries, cities andt owns. Admittedly, nobody will come right out and say they are against the massive infrastructural work being under taken by the Government today, but what a torrent of c omplaints we are hearing. I want to comment on one complaint: Why is the Government doing all this at one time? T here are several obvious reasons: 1. While the complainers may not have noticed, the world has been going through the worst economic crisis in many decades with the result that unemployment is very high in most developed countries, some are facing huge financial problems, businesses have folded, and some gov ernments have had to lay off thousands of civil servants. So it makes good sense, if you have access to financing, to do as much as you can internally at this time to create economic activity, provide employment, and help cushion the effects of the recession. Bahamians should be grateful that while we have difficulties, we have not suffered nearly as much as millions of people in developed countries. 2. It makes good sense to do what you can while you have access to financing on good terms and while prices are reasonably stable. The delay on the road works by the PLP Government cost us about $50 million in increased costs. That money could have been used for other purpos es. So it makes good sense to make hay while the sun is shining. It would have been almost criminal, for instance, if the Government had not taken advantage of the offer of two per cent money from the Chinese (two per cent! much-needed Airport Gateway project. Just imagine the tens (if not hundreds dollars saved. Furthermore the new four lane highway to town is going to be just wonderful when it is completed. Just imagine, too, the money the public will save on new roads, burning less gasoline, less wear and tear on their cars, taxis and buses. 3. It is likely that the free-wheeling easy money in Western economies has come to an end and that we are facing a new era of what some economists call the new normal. If we are to survive in the new normal we must become more productive and more competitive. As the world economy improves there is going to be stiffer competition for the tourism dollar and so a new, transformed New Providence and City of Nassau will be ina far better position to compete with everybody, including newcomers to our market like Cuba. So permit me, Madam Editor, to say: Thanks to Prime Minister Ingraham and his hard-working colleagues, thanks for all the new roads, thanks for the new water and utility lines, thanks for the new airport, thanks for the new straw market, thanks for dredging the harbour, thanks for improving downtown Nassau, thanks for transforming the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre, thanks for Saunders Beach, and thanks for getting Baha Mar off the ground. Some of the complainers will no doubt come to their senses, a few you have rubbed the wrong way may not vote for you, but future generations of Bahamians will thank you for the unequalled contribution you have made to the development of our Bahamas. GRATEFUL Nassau, September 3, 2011. Answering the complainers

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WHILE congratulating t he Government on its implementation of the Job Readiness Programme, the PLP questioned why the $25-million project could not have a broader base with the capacity to train a ll Bahamians who desire t o apply. I n a statement issued to the media yesterday, the PLP said that the current programme can only train 4 00 persons at a time. Thousands of Bahamia ns desiring to be trained a nd to work will have to sit i dly by because of the limi ted capacity. In announcing the new programme, the prime minister once again blamed the global economy for economic woes in the Bahamas, clearly hoping that doing so will g et him off the hook with Bahamian voters. But the truth is that the F NM Governments policies have made the recession much worse in the Bahamas. Among Caribbean nations, the B ahamas experienced the s harpest increase in unemp loyment during the 2009 r ecession, and the Bahamas i s projected to have the l owest GDP growth (other than Grenada) in the Caribbean this year. The governments poor policy-making and mismanagement of the economy has been substantiated f irst by Standard and Poors a nd now by Moodys, the p arty said. T he PLP said that there a re far too many Bahami a ns unemployed or underemployed in the country, and that the programme launched earlier this week i s inadequate in its scope to fully address the harrowing and depressing employment situation. We reiterate the PLPs position after this programme was announced in P rime Minister Ingrahams 2 011/2012 Budget Commun ication: this is simply too little, too late. We congratulate the 400 Bahamians whose p rospects of employment m ay have improved today. W e will soon be announci ng our plans for jobs for t he 10,000 plus other B ahamians who are unemployed and the scores more who are underemployed and discouraged workers. Of particular interest to the Progressive Liberal Party is the creation of long-term j obs that Bahamians and their families can count on, said the party state-m ent. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011, PAGE 5 ,Q$FFRUGDQFHZLWK &RQVWLWXWLRQ7KH%DKDPDVXEOLFHUYLFHV 8QLRQZLOOKROGWKH7UL$QQXDO*HQHUDO 0HPEHUVKLSHHWLQJRQ $XGLWRUVHSRUWVZLOOEHSUHVHQWHG $OOPHPEHUVDUHXUJHGWRDWWHQG DQGEHRQWLPH 5HIUHVKPHQWVZLOOEHVHUYHGDIWHUWKHPHHWLQJ By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT The BORCO Foundation yesterday distributed 250 backpacks to children in the outlying settlements of Hunters, Lewis Yard, and, Pinders Point. The presentation was held at the Young Men Training Association (YMTAin Hunters. BORCO Foundation board members Matthew Missick and Simon Lewis handed out backpacks filled with school supplies. Mr Lewis said the foundation decided to implement a back-to-school programme to assist youngsters for the reopening of school this month. We are pleased to be able to assist in this way and we wanted to give the kids something that was durable and will last them a long time, he said. Mr Lewis, who is also a resident of Lewis Yard, said the foundation is involved in a number of initiatives that are benefitting young people in the community. He said some 30 young persons have completed training in welding at the BORCO Technical Institute, which is located at the former Hawksbill School campus. We are proud of this initiative and we are looking at doing some other things in the community as far as expanding the BORCO Institute to provide training in other areas, Mr Lewis said. The BORCO Foundation launched its technical school last year in a bid to satisfy the growing demand for skilled welders and pipe-fitters. Mr Lewis said that foundation board members are very enthused about implementing programmes that will benefit per sons in the area. He said other corporate entities are also stepping forward to assist, including Control Chemicals which has also pledged to supply an additional 200 backpacks. I hope that every child between Hunters and Lewis Yard will have something to take back to school, and we are hoping to also distribute some in Eight Mile Rock as well, he said. Grace Pinder, chairman of the Pinders Point Township, commended the BORCO Foundation for providing so many children with backpacks. I think it is much needed especially since so there are still so many children who are not sorted out for school yet. I want to thank the foundation on behalf of the residents in this area because there are companies that cannot assist at this time as a result of the state of the economy and so we are very grateful to BORCO, she said. Mr Lewis said that the centre is a unique facility that caters to all residents in the area. It is perhaps the only one of its kind in the entire country and it is owned by the people and operated by the people, he said. The eight-acre recreational centre has undergone major restoration through the assistance of various organisations. Rotary has restored the building, which was damaged by a hurricane, to the tune of some $38,000. Bahama Rock has put in a new playing field and Harvest Foundation in the US is in the process of putting in a baseball league and baseball field. The YMTA has been in existence for more than 30 years. It has been a long struggle but everything is back to normal. It is only now we come to a point where many of our plans have come to fruition, he said. W ORLD Learning is offering grants to local non-governmental organisations for HIV prevention initiatives. Ruth Jankee, project director of the H IV/AIDS Grant Solici tation and Management Programme, said t he concept papers s hould focus on men w ho have sex with men, sex workers and sexual-ly active youth. One of the challenges is that a lot of people work with youth, but very few work with men who have sex with men and sex workers, so what w e're trying to do with t his project is identify c reative, innovative projects that encouragem ore people to work w ith the more at-risk populations," said Ms Jankee. Papers should be sent t o www.worldlearning.org. An organisation may s ubmit only one con cept paper, to be submitted by September 19. SOUTHWESTERN DIVISION CONDUCTS OPERATION POLICE apprehended 11 men during a special operation in southern New Providence. O fficers of the Southe astern Division executed search warrants and took the men into custody, three of whom are juveniles, for questioning in reference to armed robbery, housebreaking,d amage and arson investigations. The suspects, who are all residents of theC armichael Road area, were apprehended between 10pm Monday and 4am yesterday P olice investigations continue. CENTRAL DIVISION C ONDUCTS OPERATION SCHOOL MASTER POLICE cited 31 drivers for various traffic infractions and took one w ith an outstanding warrant of arrest into custody. O fficers from the Central Division made the arrests during operation School Master on the first day of the new public s chool year. GRANTS OFFERED T O ORGANISATIONS FOR HIV PREVENTION INITIATIVES R UTH JANKEE project d irector of the HIV/AIDS Grant Solicitation and Management Programme PLP QUESTIONS LIMITED CAPACITY OF JOB READINESS PROGRAMME BACKPACK GIVEAWAY BORCO Foundation Board members Simeon Lewis (far right Missick (centre B OR C ODISTRIBUTESBACKPACKSTOCHILDREN POLICENEWS DIRECT passenger service into North Eleuthera will be temporarily suspended as the primary sea carrier begins annual maintenance. The Bohengy II, which maintains d irect service into Spanish Wells, Harbour Island and Governor's Harbour, will go on dry dock next week, accord-i ng to operators at Bahamas Fast Ferries. This is our annual dry dock that we have been going to every single year since inception, said Khaalis Rolle, BFF president. Safety is always our primary concern, so we're going to pull the boat out of the water to ensure that everything is as it was this same time last year." "We understand, he said, how critical our service is, particularly to North Eleuthera, as we are the only direct service into Spanish Wells, and t he only direct passenger service into Harbour Island." Persons seeking an alternate route i nto Spanish Wells will have to fly into the North Eleuthera airport and take t wo water taxis, according to Mr Rolle. Mr Rolle explained that the company scheduled its maintenance cycle during the island's "slow period." H e said most hotel and resort owners also conducted their annual main tenance at this time. Residences in North Eleuthera are still without power in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, however Mr Rolle said he did not expect the suspension of ferry services to greatly affect these r esidents. "I don't think it will, he said, there wasn't any massive devastation therew as some damage but not mass devastation. I think the period from the hurricane to when we take dry dock, there was significant enough service to take them the goods needed." D irect ferry service into Spanish Wells and Harbour Island will resume at the end of this month. BOHENGY II TO BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED FOR MAINTENANCE P RIMARYSEACARRIERGOESINTODRYDOCKNEXTWEEK T T h h o o u u s s a a n n d d s s o o f f B B a a h h a a m m i i a a n n s s d d e e s s i i r r i i n n g g t t o o b b e e t t r r a a i i n n e e d d a a n n d d t t o o w w o o r r k k w w i i l l l l h h a a v v e e t t o o s s i i t t i i d d l l y y b b y y b b e e c c a a u u s s e e o o f f t t h h e e l l i i m m i i t t e e d d c c a a p p a a c c i i t t y y . 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PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 THE TRIBUNE LIKE the Bahamas, Britain is worried by the growing influence of gangc ulture. Now children as young as nine are to be given shock lessons on the life-changing damaget hat can be inflicted by gang warfare. JOHN MARQUIS reports AS a boy, I belonged to a gang c alled The Ensigners. We used to stage mock battles against another gang called The Jackies, charging a t each other across a big swathe of w asteland with broom-handles for l ances and dustbin lids for shields. At our head we carried a Red Ensign, a tatty old Merchant Navy f lag I found in my Cousin Alberts bottom drawer. The Jackies went i nto battle behind a threadbare Union Jack given to my mate Tez by his Uncle Arthur. D uring these blistering encounters, in which no-one got hurt, we t ried to re-enact the Battle of Bosworth Field, which actually happened just a few miles south-w est of where we lived in Leicestershire in that momentous year o f 1485, when the course of English history was changed forever. This was the bloody clash in which the Tudors came to powera nd the Plantagenets were sent packing in the most ignominious way, with Richard the Third (ifW illiam Shakespeare is to be b elieved) running round the bat tlefield shouting A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse! Sometimes we would change t ack and pretend to be Cavaliers and Roundheads at the Battle of Naseby of 1645, the decisive CivilW ar bust-up held a few miles directly south of our Leicestershire homes, where parliamentary troops led by Thomas Fairfax andO liver Cromwell chased King C harles the First all the way to Market Harborough and helpedto end royal despotism for all time. In those days, the early 1950s, the violence an unseemly melee of clashing shields and broken lances was all make-believe, a fantasy battle in which the worst a combatant could expect was a grazed knee or an accidental bump on the head. No-one went to hospital for emergency surgery and intensive care. No-one was carted off to the mortuary. And if anyone somehow con trived to get a black eye during the mayhem, it was odds-on that the culprit would offer his hand and say: Sorry, mate. Crime If only that were the case today, an age when street gangs well over 100 of them in London alone are bringing a whole new dimension to violent crime in the fetid ghettos of inner city Britain. The recent London riots, which have already resulted in more than 2,000 arrests, were worsened by the internet orchestrated activities of neighbourhood street gangs, unruly youngsters with no conscience who see the police as the enemy and public disorder as a criminal opportunity. They rampaged shamelessly through the city streets, torching shops and looting with brazen lack of concern for the consequences. Some even boasted of their haul on Facebook and Twitter. Worse still, gangs have introduced the dreaded spectre of gun and knife crime to deprived urban neighbourhoods, stabbing and shooting recklessly in deadly tussles for turf and respect. It is a bit like over-the-hill Nassau, except that the per capita body count has thankfully not yet reached the horrendous levels now being endured in the byways of Bain Town, Grants Town and Englerston. In Britain, where the word immigration is now virtually taboo thanks to the crazy influ e nce of political correctness, noone is allowed to state the obvi ous that gang culture has been imported directly from Caribbean countries like Jamaica. Yet London lawyers will tell you privately that more than 80 per cent of the violent crime cases they handle involves gangs of immigrant origins, people for whom drive-by shootings and knif ings are as natural as looting and thieving. So bad is the situation now that a new post-riot initiative has been launched in London to warn young children of the horrific impact of gang crime on peoples lives. Surgeons are to go into schools to warn nine-year-olds what it means for parents to be told of a childs violent death, and how inconvenient life becomes when a knifing victim has to wear a colostomy bag. Nick Mason, founder of the pio neering scheme, told the London Evening Standard: We are trying to expose the myths of belonging to gangs as well as trying to give young people positive alternatives to gang membership. A pilot scheme is now running in 55 schools in five London boroughs. Experts in trauma treatment will show films of their experiences in dealing with stab vic tims. Funded by local authorities and the Metropolitan Police, the idea is to catch children before they enter secondary schools, where they are most likely to encounter gang cul ture, and shock them into an understanding of violence and its consequences. Police have discovered that the recent riots were most intense in areas like Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark, where gangs are most active. It pointed to a direct correlation between mob violence and gang involvement. Though London and Nassau are vastly different cities in many ways, not least in size, they have several worrying similarities. One of them is the growing number of socially dislocated youngsters who have no proper family background, no role mod els, no moral code and no sense of belonging. Anyone who knows anything about gang culture will tell you that these are the main ingredients of the typical potential gang member. Like Nassau, Britains big cities have too many families with no dad, no discipline, no sense of right and wrong, no ambition, no selfrespect and no hope. Def iciencies Gangs, with their tribal loyal ties and territorial bragging rights, go a long way towards filling these deficiencies. They have a leader a father figure, if you like a form of discipline, a structure of sorts, and an achievable objective to become big cheeses in their own neighbourhoods. Collectively, gang members command respect they would never warrant as individuals. Most even have a military-style rank structure, with the prospects of promotion for the bravest, and the rewards of gangland ascen dancy for all. The downside, of course, is the likelihood of severe injury and possibly even death as gangs clash for territory and respect. Criminologist Dr John Pitts, who has written a book called Gangsters on the London crime scene, told the Evening Standard there could be more than 250 gangs in the capital, with some operating as splinter groups or mutations of bigger operations. Some get involved in drugs, others fight each other. Surprisingly, not all are interested in violence. With names like the 28s, the Peel Dem Crew, the Poverty Driven Children and the Muslim Boys, they roam the streets looking for opportunities to prove themselves by the perverse standards of gangland life. Inevitably, confrontations happen and teen victims end up dead. Earlier this year, a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death by ten youths in a gang feud. He had 20 knife wounds. Dr Pitts claims that boys are now joining gangs at a younger age and staying on longer. The result is an expanding gang scene, escalating violence and high er death rate. Alarmingly, he revealed that only between ten and 20 per cent of gang members reach the higher echelons of the organisation. The rest get killed, injured or arrested. Or, if theyre bright enough, leave the gang culture behind and find another way of life. Londons new anti-gang initiative in the schools was inspired by an American scheme. Police will stress the dangers of being disabled for life and show in graphic terms what happens when a knife penetrates flesh or, worse still, vital organs of the body. Youngsters will be told how diminished life is when youve lost a kidney or had your bowel torn open by a deadly weapon. They will hear how distressing it is for a mother when a policeman turns up at her door and says: Im sorry, but your son is dead. The most recent stabbing outrage in London occurred at the Notting Hill Carnival, the citys equivalent of Nassaus Junkanoo. A youth stabbed another for no reason, according to friends, right in front of police officers monitoring crowds at the annual celebration. Surgeons had to operate on wounds to his stomach and hands. In the old days, a fist-fight was the usual way for boys to settle differences once they got beyond the talking stage. Now the blade is the weapon of choice. Left to fester, gang violence escalates to the point where machetes, meat cleavers and even handguns are used to suppress the enemy. In Nassau and other parts of the Caribbean region, heavier weaponry like AK-47s are now in vogue. Police are having to restock their arsenal to compete. Its all a long, long way from our mock re-enactment of the Battle of Bosworth Field, with its tat tered banners and bent shields. Its epochs adrift from our reprise of the Battle of Naseby, with the Royalists in retreat behind their wilting Union flag, and Roundheads in full-blooded pursuit behind an old naval ensign, with my dog Jack out in front with his tail held high. Ah, those glorious, innocent days of boyhood. Will we ever see their like again? PILOTSCHEMEGIVESCHILDRENSHOCKLESSONS M ARQUIS AT L ARGE THE HORRIFIC IMPACT OF GANG CRIME AFIREFIGHTER tackles a blaze during Londons recent riots which were worsened by the Internet orchestrated activities of neighbourhood street gangs. (AP A A p p i i l l o o t t s s c c h h e e m m e e i i s s n n o o w w r r u u n n n n i i n n g g i i n n 5 5 5 5 s s c c h h o o o o l l s s i i n n f f i i v v e e L L o o n n d d o o n n b b o o r r o o u u g g h h s s . 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LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011, PAGE 7 MEMBERS of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority gifted three female students with the necessary toolsand fabric to sew new uniforms. Through a sewing class organ ised by the Urban Renewal Centreof Pineridge in Grand Bahama, stud ents were given the opportunity not only make their own skirts for the new school year but to learn a lifelong skill. am glad that I received the donation and learned how to sew at the same time. I feel a sense of pride to wear a skirt that I sewed," said Lajoi Pratt, an eighth grades tudent at Jack Hayward Junior High School "This donation will allow me to use my money for other things I need for school, like my books and my supplies. Arnette Coakley-Archer, centre manager for the Pineridge Urban Renewal Centre, said the donation came at the right time. The Alpha Kappa Alpha Soror ity just stepped in the nick of time, as we had students who were biting their nails as it was coming down to crunch time and they had no uniforms for school, and like angelst hese donations came through. Anya Valdes, chapter president, said her organisation wanted to give back to the community as it deals with an ongoing economic crisis. Our organisation believes strongly that during this time of prolonged economic upheaval itsi mperative that we step up and do what we can to help children and parents in need. We hope that this donation makes a difference to the people who need it most, she said. The sewing programme will con tinue on Thursdays for the first 12 weeks of the Fall term. THE Sandals Foundation donated more t han 1,000 gallons of Aquapure water to t he Bahamas Red Cross this week. The water will be dispersed to the s outhern islands of the Bahamas which w ere severely impacted by Hurricane I rene. Bahamas Red Cross director general C aroline Turnquest expressed her apprec iation on behalf of the recipients and added how important it was for civic and c orporate partners to join in this import ant effort to assist those most vulnerable a t this time. The Sandals Foundation is committed t o bring relief assistance to those persons w ho have been displaced by this recent hurricane and chose the Bahamas Red C ross as a partner in this venture. We are very grateful for this, Ms T urnquest said. THE Cuban E mbassy in Nassau h as opened a book of c ondolence in commemoration of the death of Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, General Julio Casas Regueiro. G eneral Casas Regueiro, who was also vice president of the Council of State a member of the Political Bureau of the Cuban Communist Party, died on September 3. T he book of condolence will be opened a t the Cuban Embassy at 61 Miller House, C ollins Avenue, from Tuesday, September 6 through Thursday, September 9 from 9am to 6pm each day. The public is invited to sign. J ulio Casas Regueiro was born in B ombi, Mayari Arriba, on February 16, 1 936. He had occupied different posts in the R evolutionary Armed Forces (FAR 1 961, being promoted to deputy minister in 1969. At the FAR, he was chief of the Eastern Army, the Antiaircraft Defence Troops and the Revolutionary Air Force. He also served as the appointee (by the minister) for economic activities and first d eputy minister, before becoming Minister o f the Armed Forces in February, 2008. He was a member of the National A ssembly of the Peoples Power (Parliam ent) since 1981, a member of the Council o f State since 1986, and vice president of the Council of State since 2008. In accordance to his last wish, his mortal remains were cremated. Theyre now placed at the Granma Hall of the Ministry of Armed Forces until their transfer to the Mausoleum of the Frank P ais Second Eastern Front, where they will receive the corresponding military hon ours. B AHAMAS RED CROSS VOLUNTEER S hanandor Andrews was on hand to accept the Sandals Foundations donation of more than 1,000 gallons o f Aquapure water to the Bahamas Red Cross. SANDALS FOUNDATION DONATES 1,000 GALLONS OF WATER TO THE RED CROSS W ATERTOBEDISPERSEDTOISLANDSIMPACTEDBYHURRICANE IRENE SOR ORITY RESPONDS TO STUDENTS UNIFORM NEEDS OFFICIAL S P AY COURTESY CALL ON GOVERNOR-GENERAL EXECUTIVE OFFICERS of the Eastern Community Association paid a courtesy call on Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes at Government House on August 23. Pictured sitting from left: Celestine Cox, Prince Rahming, Karl Spencer, Sir Arthur, Leslie Bowleg, Sophia Thompson-Williams and Fintan Mooney. Standing from left: Joseph Hamilton, Ernest Bowe, Ernest Romer, Tealeh Wright, Laverne Ferguson, Yaneke Wallace, Sharmara Higgs, Margaret Forbes, Alverna Musgrove, and Keva Hanna-Lawrence. Letisha Henderson /BIS NON-RESIDENT Ambassador of Indonesia to the Bahamas Banua Radja Manik (left call on Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes on Monday, August 5, in the drawing room at Government House. Derek Smit h/BIS BACK ROW: (from left to right ity; Tanisha Tynes, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Anya Valdes, President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Princess Flowers, community service officer at the Pineridge Urban Renewal Centre; Arnette Coakley-Archer, manager of the Pineridge Urban Renewal Centre; Wende Hanna, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Shelley Rolle, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Joyce Pinder, member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. BOOK OF CONDOLENCE FOR CUBAN MINISTER GENERAL CASAS REGUEIRO died on September 3. SEWING C LASS ORGANISED

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Monday, September 5, Tribune Trivia question: What financial services provider wants to make Freeport a fashion hub? Montaque Group t his. We are begging and cryi ng out for help. There is no AC in this entire building. Even the cooling unit in the morgue has stopped working. The roof is leaking, the tiles are coming loose, the toiletsa re backed up and there is mould in the building. The conditions are hazardous. We are not taking any patients. We are turning everyone away. We cancelled the general clinic and thea ntenatal clinic today. Anyone who knows anything about health care knows youneed a cold environment. The windows dont even open to allow circulation and ventilation. The fan is only blowing hot stink air. This is r idiculous. We will not work l ike this. According to the nurses, t hey had a meeting with H ealth Minister Dr Hubert Minnis and representativesfrom the National Insurance Board last year to discuss t heir issues. They say they were promised the clinic w ould be renovated, but eight months later nothing has happened. Despite the strike, doctors a re still working but are only t aking patients in emergency situations. There are two doctors at the clinic. All oth-e r patients are being referred to the clinic in Sandy Point, which is 45 miles away, or the o ne in Coopers Town 40 m iles away. T he only other option for residents in Marsh Harbour i s to attend a private doctor. Island Administrator Cephas Cooper said as far ash e knows the nurses are not striking but are simply sitting under the tree outside to coolo ff in the heat. He would not make any further statement. Dr Minnis was not avail able for comment. e very non-Bahamian ticket poacher trying to go through the back door. However, officials say they have systems in place to protect the integrity of the process. Cartan Tours is the author ised ticket reseller for 40 c ountries across North, Cent ral and South America, including the Bahamas. Their appointment by the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC to Bahamians. It could happen, but we t ry to monitor it as best as we can so people outside of the territory cannot abuse the process and take tickets a way from the individuals in the territory, said Cartan Tours spokesman Donald Williams. The Cartan Tours ticketing terms and conditionss tate you must be a resident of the country for which Cartan is the author ised ticket reseller. Greg Harney, vice president of international business at Cartan Tours, explained the rule to mean having an address in theB ahamas. This would make second home owners, for example, eligible to purchase tickets from the Bahamas allotment. Earlier this year, when the f irst batch of tickets went on sale internationally, they were snapped up immediately, on a day dubbed Frantic Friday. In London, the first sell-outs were the 40,000 seats for athleti cs, hockey, basketball and a rchery, according to the U K press. The mad rush had o bservers wondering if desp erate fans would flock to countries like the Bahamas in hopes of cashing in on their allotments. Greg Harney, vice president of international busi ness at Cartan Tours, saidt he company did not see rampant abuse in its first round of ticketing that c losed on April 20. We do an internal audit. T here were some orders that had UK email addresses, or the telephone number was a UK or EU telephone, even though they were using a country home address (for one of our territories). We immediately bounced those orders, said Mr Harney. It is pretty easy to catch (people trying to abuse thes ystem). They usually ask for a lot of tickets for events we do not have for. We haveb een around for several games, so we notice if people are putting in back door a pplications, he said. The company relies on an honour system in part, but it also verifies names with the NOC in some cases, and requires applicants to pro-d uce a passport or identification from the country of request when collecting their tickets. The Bahamas was allotted 916 tickets by the Lon-d on Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG Harney. The majority of t hose tickets are for track and field events, and boxing, with dribbles across the r est. T he tickets available to B ahamians in the other sporting categories are in thes ingle digits. Only two openi ng ceremony and four closing ceremony tickets were allotted for Bahamian resi dents, he said. So far, tickets are still available in all categories. And even when the Cartan a llotment is officially sold o ut, Mr Harney said applicants can go on a waiting list and get lucky if more tickets enter the pool. Most of the available ticke ts are in the more expens ive A, B and C categories, s aid Mr Harney, which has been a source of frustration across the region. Mr Harney said the LOCOG allots are most of its inexp ensive D and E tickets for L ondon fans. The LOCOG allots tickets to each country based ona combination of factors. A key element in the formula is projected team part icipation in a given sport. M r Harney said a country t hat has never had a water polo team in the Olympics, for example, would probably not get water polo tickets allotted. Holland and H ungary, however, usually g et large water polo allotm ents. We don't normally have a challenge getting athletics tickets because we have a strong Caribbean contingent, said Mr Harney. A pplications are currently open to Bahamians for the second round of ticketing. Applications close Sept ember 31. Individual tickets are purchased directly t hrough Cartan Tours. Packages can be purchased t hrough accredited local travel agents, including First C lass Travel, Leisure Travel a nd World Executive Trave l. a ge from rain, and cases of drinking water were left untouched as hundreds of people in the local communities press on with o ut electricity or running water in homes d amaged by hurricane Irene. General manager of the Greenwood Beach Resort Chris Illing, who has operated the family business near Port Howe for 20 years, and his wife Lisa, raised $25,000 within five days of sending out an appeal on social networking website Face book. But the goods he ordered in Florida that arrived in Smiths Bay on Saturday, remained on the dock when he left the island Monday evening as officials continuously told him to back-off. The first two weeks after the storm are the most crucial, when you have to act fast and just make it comfortable for everybody, Mr Illing said. If the help arrives quickly then don't stand in it's way. You have to be flexible and have common sense. But common sense was far removed from the situation at the port in Smith's Bay this weekend, Mr Illing said, as officials, stuck with three non-operational forklifts, refused the offer of a working forklift to off-load the goods. Mr Illing was told the goods would have to be secured, itemised and released by Customs officers before he could distribute the aid. When he left Cat Island at 5pm on Monday, to return to his business in Nas sau, the emergency supplies still lan guished on the dock. However, a call from Nassau late yesterday confirmed that they had been removed from the flatbeds into the shed for distribution today. Even calls from the Director of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA to release the aid on Monday did not move island administrator Gloria Bain, the gov ernments head representative on the island, to give volunteers the nod. The Illings stressed that in Nassau the NEMA staff could not have been more concerned, helpful or cordial in trying to assist them in getting the supplies released. They felt the weak link in communication was to be found at the local government level at the island. Minister of Lands and local govern ment Byron Woodside travelled to Cat Island on Monday, and when asked by The Tribune about the hold-up he excused Ms Bain for following official procedurea nd asked: Who works on Sunday? Mr Illing is one of several Cat Islanders who has not stopped working since the hurricane hit, including staff of the CatI sland Golf and Beach Resort develop ment, who have been taking drinking water from their RO plant to people throughout the settlements. At the end of the day, the island administrator is changed every few years, but we have been there for almost 20 years, we know our little community, we know who can afford to rebuild their roof, and who cannot, so they should have some trust in the community, Mr Illing said. Sometimes it's just better to let the islanders deal with it. Assist them, but don't stand in the way and try to complicate it. Mr Illing said the problem was that he had shipped the goods from Florida in the name of government aid, as he understood G&G shipping would waive the freight charge for NEMA. However he has since learned the ship ping company will waive the charge regardless, and therefore he has ensured his next shipment, bought with another $10,000 of donations, will not be put in the governments name. Mr Illing said roofing materials brought in too late after hurricane Floyd sat rotted on the dock for two years after the storm, and he had hoped the procedure might have improved. However, in the aftermath of Irene, there has been complication after compli cation despite the generosity of people wanting to help those in need. The first shipment of government relief was delayed by two days, as it had to be transferred from one ship in Nassau to another, creating confusion at the dock, Mr Illing said, and now he is unsure when the materials he ordered will reach the people. I was so happy to send the stuff and we were proud of everybody coming together, and then you run into this brick wall and you think, Why am I doing this? And the people cannot believe this is happening, they want to put their roofs back up; they would work until 10pm if they could. Just because some people dont feel like working on a Saturday, doesnt mean everybody has to suffer. It wouldnt take any work on their behalf, it would just take nodding their heads and releasing the stuff. CAT ISLAND HURRICANE RELIEF EFF ORTS GET MOVING FROM page one NURSES WALK O FF JOB DUE TO UNSANITARY CONDITIONS FROM page one real terms over the five year term when we next get the opportunity to govern part of that will be a dramatic expans ion and investment in pre-school education, said the statem ent. Questioning the statement Mr Bannister said while anyone w ould welcome a budget increase you have to address where the extra $200 million annually is coming from. Mr Bannister said the amount of money coming into the Bahamas is not unlimited, in order to increase the education budget one of two things must be done; either taxes paid by t he public are increased or money is taken from another m inistry. You are talking about hundreds of millions of dollars you h ave to be able to tell the public where this money is coming from, said Mr Bannister. F urthermore Mr Bannister said the Christie administration does not have a strong record on education. U nder the Christie administration Mr Bannister said there w as no full time minister appointed to education nor were any schools built under his five year term. Where does this commitment to education come from? asked Mr Bannister. H e added no other government has allocated the most funds to BTVI, College of the Bahamas, the Department of Education and other educational institutions as under the FNM government. M r Bannister said the public must match what the PLP is promising against the reality of what was done while they were in office. You must look at what type of basis are they making t hese claims on while also looking at their record, said Mr Bannister. F ROM page one MINISTER HITS BACK AT PLP MPS PROMISE TO DOUBLE EDUCATION BUDGET MOTHER, DAUGHTER FOUND DEAD IN WATER to identify the woman and young child. Police appealed for the public to come forward with any i nformation on the pair. "Police are uncertain of the circumstances surrounding this particular incident and we want to encourage family m embers who may have not seen their loved one today or even a grandchild to give us a call at CDU at 502-9991 or call police emergency at 919," said Sgt Skippings. F ROM page one FROM page one IMPOSSIBLE TO CATCH EVERY NON-BAHAMIAN OLYMPIC GAMES TICKET POACHER

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LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 THE TRIBUNE N INETEEN students between the ages of the 13 and 15 had a lifechanging experiencet his summer as they participated in the Bahamas National Trusts third annual Eco Camp. Held on Andros during the month of August, the studentse arned a place at the camp by either writing an essay on why they were deserving of the experience or were one of thew inners of the Coastal Awareness Student competition. S tudents attending the camp were from Andros, Abaco, Acklins, Cat Island,C rooked Island, Eleuthera a nd New Providence. The island of Andros is home to five National Parks a nd provides the ideal location for students to explore the marine and terrestrial e nvironment of the Bahamas. Eco Camp provides an opportunity to reward deserv ing students who have t hrough their actions indicated a true love of the environ ment and a desire to provide r eal conservation action on their islands, said Portia Sweeting, BNT director ofe ducation. Learning about marine resources and their conservation needs was an overriding theme of this years camp. The students visited Pigeon Cay in the Northern Marine Park and also snorkelled on Davids Patch Reef in the park. Part of their exploration was to conduct a conch survey at Pigeon Cay, recording the number of adult and juvenile conchs found as well as the different types of conch. The students then conduct ed a Lowe Sound community survey, visiting with residents and finding out how they felt about conch conservation andif they had noticed changes in the size and amount of conch available in the com munity. The students then took all of the information and wrote and recorded their own public service announcements on conch conservation which will soon be aired on local TV and radio stations. Visits to the Rocky Shore provided the campers with an opportunity to collect inter esting marine organisms that live in this inter-tidal zone and bring them back for closer inspection at the Forfar Field Station Marine Lab. Once finished with their samples, the students returned them to their tidal homes. Wilderness Camp in the pine forests of the Blue Hole National Park was the students favourite experience, camp organisers said. Students learned about the Pine Forest ecosystem, swam in a blue hole and cooked their meals over an open fire. The students were divided into five teams: the Concherors, Hawkwings, BNT ORGANISES THIRD ANNUAL ECO CAMP Conservators and Five Stars. The groups had this to say about this years Eco Camp: It is a wonderful experience swimming in a blue hole! Wonderful, said Concherors Cherese Kemp, Octavia McIntosh, Kenaj Sweeting and Octavia Rolle Eco Camp 2011 is the best. Were learning, seeing and doing things weve never done before, said the Hawkwings group of Tresheika Strachan, Rimanda Hamilton, Brandon McKinzie and Shanley Bodie Camp is everything we expected and more. Were having the time of our lives, said the Conservators Delphine Carroll, Aaliyah Richardson, Shavez Woodside, Terralisa Collie and Javen Gibson. Life-changing experience, said the Five Stars group of Tyrell Johnson, Chinyeere Rolle, Richard Lewis, Joquille Deal, and Juliet Brown. Eco Camp, the BNT said, is made possible through a num ber of corporate and local supporters. The BNT thanked Atlantis, the Bahamas Hotel Association, Lindroth Development Company, Lyford Cay Club, Bahamas Ferries, Forfar Field Station, Brian Ball and Sean Riley for the support given to the camp. NINETEEN students between the ages of the 13 and 15 participated in the Bahamas National Trusts third annual Eco Camp.

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By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A MULTI-BILLION d ollar debt default by Kerzner International would send enormous shockwaves through the Bahamian econ omy, but a former Chamber of Commerce president yesterday said this was unlikely to happen especially since it would be in creditors interests to leave Sol Kerzner and his management team in charge. Saying he was encouraged that there had been no rumblings that the end is nigh, Dionisio DAguilar agreed that, with this Fridays debt repayment deadline looming, any debt default by the Atlantis and One & Only Ocean Club owner would create tremendous economic uncertainty for the Bahamas. However, he argued that this was unlikely to happen, as the interests of Kerzner Internationals creditors and bondholders would be best served by not taking control of the company or appoint ing receivers in a bid to sell it. Mr DAguilar said their best prospects for recovering 100 per cent of their investment lay with Mr Kerzner and his existing management team, although he urged the Government to monitor the situation and do everything within its power to support Kerzner International should the worst potential scenarios become reality. It would be a shock to the system should Mr Kerzner default, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business. It would create an enormous amount of uncertainty at a time when we really dont need that uncertainty. Kerzner International right now is the second largest employer in the country, and has always had a very strong presence in this economy. If Kerzner has to default on its debt, and the bondholders take control, the focus of the company would change f rom one focused on growing their business and keeping the tourists coming to the Bahamas, which is good for our economy, to one where they had to shelve plans to $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 $5.18 $5.38 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.netWEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 PersonalPensionPlanStrong investment performanceFlexible StructureCompetitive feesEfcient administration By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net BAHA MARSCable Beach-based Wyndham resort saw occupancy rates o f 95 per cent over the L abour Day Holiday weeke nd, Tribune Business was told, its decision to stage a c asino event seemingly paying off. Robert Sands, Baha M ar's senior vice-president f or external affairs and government relations, said: "We ran in excess of 95 per cent occupancy over the Labour D ay weekend at the Wyndh am. We planned and had a casino event this weekend that we marketed to bringi n gaming customers. It was very successful for us, andi t was an improvement over l ast year in terms of occup ancy levels. Meanwhile, while its Royal Bahamian property on C able Beach remains closed for the next few weeks for repairs, Sandals executivest old Tribune Business that the chains Emerald Bay property is currently running at full occupancy. S andals chairman, Gordon Butch Stewart, last week said the RoyalB ahamian would close for four weeks to "address structural and other dam age" sustained from Hurri c ane Irene. The property is expected to re-open on September 28. Those who were b ooked to stay at the hotel were moved to its sister property, Sandals EmeraldB ay, in Exuma. Y asmina Cherquaoui, Sandals group public rela tions manager for the north e rn Caribbean, told Tribune Business yesterday: We have actually transferred all our guests from Royal Bahamian to Emerald Bay. Emerald Bay is running at full occupancy at the moment, and it has also b rought some of our staff from Royal Bahamian to Emerald Bay. We're very busy at Emerald Bay at the moment." We also have some golf ing journalists over from the UK who are reviewing the hotel and the golf course. We also have Greg Norman arriving today, who is meet ing with them. The Wheel of Fortune is also arriving here to do some filming; they'll be recording for some new episodes comingup, promoting the Bahamas and promoting Exuma as a holiday destination. We will be giving away some holi days to Emerald Bay." Sandals executives said the Emerald Bay property, which employs some 300 staff, suffered no structural damage as a result of Hurricane Irene. Executives had hoped that clean-up efforts at the 249-room resort would not significantly impact its bookings. B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor KERZNER INTERNATIONAL is vigorously fighting and denying -a class action lawsuit alleging that it engaged in unfair and deceptive practices relating to the mandatory housekeeping gratuity and utility s ervice fee it charges Atlantis g uests, Tribune Business can reveal. An amended complaint, filed in t he US District Court for the southern district of Florida on June 30, 2 011, by a Jennifer Costa on behalf of the class action plaintiffs alleges that the mandatory fee is decept ive because Kerzner International d oes not pass all of it on to either housekeeping staff or to cover utility fees. By labelling the gratuity and utili ty charge something that it is not, K erzner is deceiving consumers into paying more for their hotel roomt han they bargained, the class a ction lawsuit alleged. Plaintiff has suffered actual damages and economic losses as a direct r esult of defendants wrongful acts b ecause the gratuity and utility c harge that is not passed through to the housekeeping staff as a gratuityo r paid for the utility service fee is money she would not otherwise have paid. The action focuses on all guests who stayed at the Atlantis resort, including The Cove and The Reef, f rom March 28, 2007, and lists as d efendants four Kerzner International reservation and marketing e ntities based in the US Kerzner I nternational Resorts, Kerzner I nternational North America, Kerzner International Marketinga nd PIV Inc, which does business as Destination Atlantis. N ot surprisingly, Kerzner International has been vigorously conB y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A LEADING Bahamian health insurer y esterday saw its attempt to stay an agencys d emands for due commission payments shot down by the Court of Appeal, which found that the carrier and its general insurance affiliate were not a single economic unit. T he appellate courts judgment showed h ow Atlantic Medical Insurance attempted to tie the action launched against it by Fred S Ramsey General Insurance Agency to another Supreme Court case, which had been initiated against the same agency by its property and casualty underwriter affiliate, Security & General. Atlantic Medical and Security & General B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE EMERALD BAY RESORTSimmediate past owners must bear the bur den of proving they are enti t led to claim a $3 million deposit relating to a failed deal to sell the Exuma-based property, the Court ofA ppeal ruled yesterday. T he appellate body backed a Supreme Court ruling by Justice Bernard Turner, who found that the London-based office of Japanese insurer, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance, plus t he PricewaterhouseCoop ers (PwC appointed, should be the plaintiffs in the dispute witha potential purchaser that is ENORMOUS SHOCKWAVE IF KERZNER DEFAULTED But e x-Chamber c hief says unlikely, even as debt deadline looms Says in creditor interests to keep Sol K erzner and management team in charge But ur g es Go t to use inf luence SEE page 3B ATLANTIC MEDICAL APPEAL DISMISSED Health insurers attempt to link battle with Fred S. Ramsey t o Security & Generals case against same agency rejected SEE page 2B EMERALD B AY RESORTS PAST OWNERS BEARING $3 MILLION PR OOF BURDEN Cour t sa ys r eceivers and Jap insurer m ust pr ove they can retain deposit r elating to f ailed $30m deal SEE page 4B WYNDHAM HITS 95% OCCUPANCY FOR LABOUR DAY KERZNER FIGHTS CLAIMS ON DECEPTIVE GRATUITY Emerald Bay at full occupancy, aided by Sandals RoyalB ahamian closure Florida class action lawsuit alleges set gratuity and utility fee at Atlantis unfair, as not allp assed on to housekeepers or bills Resort owner denies claims on raised room fees, a nd seeks to have case thrown out SEE page 5B

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BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Only 13 hotels out of 110 surveyed by the BahamasH otel Association (BHA M inistry of Tourism within five days of Hurricane Irenes passage reported a significant level of roof, water, equipment and/or building damage, Tribune Businessw as told last night. A BHA statement said another 17 properties reported a moderate level of damage from the storm, with mostp roperties suffering minor damage that was mostly landscaping-related. All Family Island hotels t hat suffered damage and normally close at this time of the year anticipated reopening on s chedule, although several said they will extend theirperiod of closure by several w eeks to complete repairs. S tuart Bowe, the BHAs president, said in a statement: This review confirmed the information being received in the assessment reports, and also provided further indication of the challenges somep roperties face in becoming o perational, restricted by access to electricity and telecommunications. This was particularly evident on Cat Island, North and South Eleuthera, HarbourI sland, North Abaco and G reen Turtle Cay. While considerable progress with utility restoration has been made in many of those areas since ourv isual inspection, we are hopeful that those remaining areas, particularly on parts of Eleuthera and Cat Island, willb e restored as quickly as possible. He added: The BHA has e ncouraged those properties which have received moderate to extensive damage to m ove quickly to file any r equest for restoration support as a result of the Governments Exigency Order, which allows for duty-free importation of certain items i mportant to restoration. This exemption extensds o n an individual resident and business basis throughout the B ahamas and beyond the i slands designated in the Exig ency Order, based upon receipt of application, extent o f damages, and Government a pproval. The BHA will continue to receive assessments and work w ith all stakeholders to help m inimise the storms impact o n those properties which continue need support. By NATARIO MCKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter n mckenzie@tribunemedia.net THE Government is still moving for w ard with plans for a contributory disaster relief insurance programme for farmers, the Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources told Tribune Business yester-d ay. L arry Cartwright said: "We just haven't gotten it finalised as yet. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO i ng us with that. We have done all that we can do here, and we're just waiting on them now. That got caught up in a CARICOM c onference on trying to do a Caribbean insurance for the farmers for the whole region. I think the FAO is now working with the two of them together. He added: Jamaica has a crop insur ance, and it's working for them, but that is o nly on one mainland. With an archipelago l ike ours it has some challenges. We are really waiting for them [the FAO] right now. If it was in our hands we could prob ably give a timeline on it but it's under t heir auspices." A s it stands now, the Government policy is to assist impacted farmers with mon ey depending on the size of their farms, as well as provide them with fertilizer, treesa nd seeds. Policy "We have a policy in place that, after a s torm like that, the farms are assessed. It is n ormal for small farmers to get a cheque for $500, medium-sized farmers $,1000, larger farmers $1,500, and then we would give them some trees, fertilizers and seeds to get them started, Mr Cartwright said. The minister could not say how much the storm has cost the Bahamian farmingi ndustry, but noted that assessment offi cers are still conducting their inspections. "They've been held up by rain several times but they should have them in this week. Once we get the assessments from the assessment officers in the islands, we can put a figure together, Mr Cartwright said. Bahamian farmers impacted by hurricane Irene reported major losses to their crops. GOVT STILL TARGETING FARMER INSURANCE JUST 13 HOTELS SUSTAIN MAJOR IRENE DAMAGE In addition, of 110 resorts surveyed, only 17 saw moderate damage S TUART BOWE w ith Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace on Cat Island. h ave as their parent company, and majority owner, Bermuda-based ColonialG roup International. With Security & General alleging that Fred S. Ramsey had failed to pass on premiumr evenues due to the carrier u nder a Promissory Note, Atlantic Medical attempted to argue that the two carriersw ere common parties in both actions. It appears from the judgment that Atlantic Medicalw as effectively looking to offset, or net off, the two actions deducting what it owed to Fred S. Ramsey from what the agency owed, and ultimately paid, to Security & General. It had sought a stay of its case until Security & Generals action was determined, but this was rejected by Supreme Court Justice Bernard Turner, who also granted the order Fred S. Ramsey was seeking namely an accounting be done of the sums owed to the agency, payment of the due sum and production of relevant documents. Atlantic Medical sought to overturn this, and the Court of Appeal noted: Pivotal to the appeal and (Atlantic Medicals) summons in the court below was the argu ment that the court should pierce the corporate veil of the respondent and its sister affiliate, Security & General, and find that they are a single economic unit and, there fore, common parties in both actions. This line of argument raised eyebrows among insurance industry contracts who were contacted about the judgment by Tribune Business yesterday, given that under the new Insur ance Act joint life and health-general insurers are not permitted. Yet this a ppears to be what Atlantic M edical and its attorneys were advancing. The health insurer was represented by PLP Senator Allyson Maynard-Gibson who, while a Cabinet Min ister in the former 2002-2007 Christie administration, was responsible for the insurance industrys regulation as min ister of financial services and investments. She was respon sible for bringing the Insur ance Act to Cabinet and Parliament. The Court of Appeal backed Justice Turners ruling that there was no gen eral principle that different firms within a group of companies were to be regarded as one, given that each was a separate legal entity with their own rights and liabili ties. While Atlantic Medical and Security & General were affiliates, and filed consolidated or group accounts, Justice Turner had found this was not sufficient basis to identify them as one economic unit. Atlantic Medical had also argued that Fred S. Ramseys corporate veil should be pierced to determine whether it was the proper party to the action. The Court of Appeal said that in the absence of spec ial circumstances, it was a g eneral principle that companies were legal entities separate and distinct from their shareholders. And it agreed with Justice Turners finding that there were no special circumstances demanding that the court determine who controlled and directed the insurance agency. In his ruling, Justice Turn er had found that the fact that Fred Ramsey and Julianne Albury-Ramsey may, or may not, be held to be personally liable for premium payments owing to Security & General had no impact on whether Fred S. Ramsey was a proper plaintiff in the case against Atlantic Medical. Moreover, there were no common questions of law or fact to be determined in the two actions, nor does the relief claimed in the two actions arise out of the same transaction, the Court of Appeal ruled. We also agree with the learned judge that no prejudice would result to the appellant from the refusal of the stay in as much as Security & General, if successful (in its action prevented from recovering the fruits of its litigation by the prior disposition of (Atlantic Medicals action And, given that there was no dispute that there was a contract for the payment of commissions between the parties, the Court of Appeal said the Supreme Court was right to order an accounting of what was due, the amount and payment to be certified, and the appli cation costs. This, it added, largely disposed of the dispute between Atlantic Medical and Fred S. Ramsey. ATLANTIC MEDICAL APPEAL DISMISSED FROM page one P P i i v v o o t t a a l l t t o o t t h h e e a a p p p p e e a a l l a a n n d d ( ( A A t t l l a a n n t t i i c c M M e e d d i i c c a a l l s s ) ) s s u u m m m m o o n n s s i i n n t t h h e e c c o o u u r r t t b b e e l l o o w w w w a a s s t t h h e e a a r r g g u u m m e e n n t t t t h h a a t t t t h h e e c c o o u u r r t t s s h h o o u u l l d d p p i i e e r r c c e e t t h h e e c c o o r r p p o o r r a a t t e e v v e e i i l l o o f f t t h h e e r r e e s s p p o o n n d d e e n n t t a a n n d d i i t t s s s s i i s s t t e e r r a a f f f f i i l l i i a a t t e e , S S e e c c u u r r i i t t y y & & G G e e n n e e r r a a l l , a a n n d d f f i i n n d d t t h h a a t t t t h h e e y y a a r r e e a a s s i i n n g g l l e e e e c c o o n n o o m m i i c c u u n n i i t t a a n n d d , t t h h e e r r e e f f o o r r e e , c c o o m m m m o o n n p p a a r r t t i i e e s s i i n n b b o o t t h h a a c c t t i i o o n n s s . 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u pgrade and maintain their p hysical plant, and focus on reducing debt. The worst-case scenario for the Bahamian economyw ould be a Kerzner Interna tional debt default, which prompts the companys bond h olders and creditors to take control, possibly appointing receivers. Their priority would be to r egain 100 per cent of their m oney, likely through flip ping or selling the Atlantis resort, One & Only OceanC lub and other Paradise Island assets to another buyer.To save money, the creditors might also focus on slashingc osts, and if they did this the ripple effects would be felt throughout the Bahamian economy, starting with Kerzner Internationals 8,000 Bahamian employees and filtering down through all its local suppliers and people who depend on Paradise Island spin-offs. But, as Mr DAguilar points out, there is nothing to suggest this would happen, even though some $2.3 billion of Kerzner Internationals debt is secured via a mortgage over the companys Paradise Island assets. This debt was taken on when Mr Kerzner and his late son, Butch, together with their private equity partners bought the company back and took it private, delisting from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE Even as the September 9 debt repayment deadline looms, the likeliest outcomeis for Kerzner International and its creditors to work out a restructuring an extension or some kind of rollover agreement. One possible sce nario would be an increase in the interest rate bondholders received, while extending the deadline for debt principal repayment. Mr DAguilar yesterday said the main methods of debt repayment were raising equi ty or selling assets. Based on Wall Street Journal reports from last week, it appears Kerzner International has chosen the former route, aim ing to sell its 50 per cent stake in The Atlantis, The Palm resort for up to $350 million. This would give the resort owner/operator much-need ed cash that it could put on the table to appease creditors, at least temporarily, while securing its flagship Bahamian properties and removing any possibility of their foreclosure. Kerzner International exec u tives, particularly their head of Bahamian operations, George Markantonis, haver epeatedly reassured that t here is no cause for alarm, and that negotiations with creditors are likely to be suc cessfully concluded. Its in the interests of the debt holders to keep Mr Kerzner in charge and run n ing the show, because no one knows how to run hotels like he does, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business. Im not that worried about i t. I think the bondholders will see the benefits of keeping Mr Kerzner and his managementt eam in place. Theyve become the victims of a declining economy, and at some point in the future that will change. Mr Kerzner has not built such a large and significant operation on running awayf rom his creditors, so I dont t hink they should be particu larly worried about getting paid. It just requires contin ued patience. The last thinga bank wants to do is take over something as complex as Kerzner International. M r DAguilar said it might take two-three years for Kerzner International to get back on track, much of thisd epending on the global econo my. He added that it would be in the Bahamas best interestsf or the Government to assist in any way they can to maintain the status quo on Paradise Island, and reiterated: The shockwaves created bya llowing something as drastic as a default to occur would be enormous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y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter n mckenzie@tribunemedia.net G RAND Lucayas general manager, Benjamin Davis, has told Tribune Business the resort will not lay-off further staff, instead placing employees on short-er work schedules. S peaking briefly with this newspaper, Mr Davis, shot down rumors of impending lay-offs at the resort, stating: No, we are not laying off any staff. During these months people are on shorte r hours. Bahamas Hotel, Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWU Nicole Martin, told Tribune B usiness the union had been informed that the resort was looking at having its employees work on a week-on, week-off basis. When asked whether the union was aware of any m ore lay-offs at the recently renamed Grand Lucaya, Ms Martin told Tribune Business: We havent heard anything officially. We h avent gotten any communication from the resort concerning that. They havent said anything to us. I cant go on what people are saying. I understand they are experiencing some diff iculties, and they have communicated to us that they would be looking at having the employees work on a week on, week off basis. As o ccupancy levels dip they have to adjust the way employees work. Grand Lucaya, which is the major hotel on Grand Bahamas, laid-off 200 employees in March, leavi ng the property with around 500 staff members. While rumors had been circulating on Grand Bahama earlier in the year that the resort was up for sale, with the asking price h aving dropped from $450 m illion to $200-$250 million, Hutchison Whampoa execu tives shot down those c laims. Confirming that he had heard "rumours" circulating o n Grand Bahama that H utchison Whampoa may be seeking to offload the Freeport-based resort, Graham Torode, president of the Grand Bahama Development Company (Devco speaking on behalf of H utchison Whampoa, which is one of Devco's two shareholders, told Tribune Business that there was "no truth" to claims the property is on the market. The resort consists of two s eparate properties the R adisson Grand Lucaya and the Grand Lucaya Reef Vill age one offering a more u pmarket experience, including a casino, and the other a more family-oriente d product. SHORTER WEEKS FOR LUCAYA STAFF THE BAHAMAS FINANCIAL SERVICES BOARD (BFSBa nnounced that Wendy Warrens decadelong tenure as ist chief executive and e xecutive director will conclude at the e nd of 2011. M s Warren said in a statement that she was leaving to pursue other intere sts within the financial services industry, and added: It has been an honour and a u nique privilege to serve as BFSBs chief e xecutive and executive director, and to have had the opportunity to work with so m any gifted and dedicated professionals in our industry. My commitment to the growth of the sector and BFSB remains strong and unchanged, reinforced in large measureb y the tireless contributions made by all s takeholders of our industry and the dedicated team at BFSB. After serving in this capacity for 11 years, I have decided to pursue other interests relating to the financial services industry. It is my intention to make further contributions to BFSB and its pivotal mandate in the ensuing years. Paul Winder, BFSB's chairman, said: The strength and stature of BFSB as a representative of the country's financial s ervices industry, both domestically and i nternationally, is in very large part due t o Wendy's relentless determination for the industry to succeed, particularly duri ng a period characterised by incessant international and economic pressures. We are extremely grateful to Wendy f or the dynamic leadership she provided during a period of significant change. H er tireless efforts, and those of the committed BFSB team, have facilitated important advances in the industry. "Our industry has a clearly focused vision and strategy due in no small part toW endy's direction and stewardship. Duri ng her tenure, BFSB has cultivated strong partnerships with the many stakeholders in and outside of the Bahamas, and has achieved a growing respect from international service providers for the Bahamas as an international financials ervices centre. Ms Warren will remain in her position until the end of 2011. She became chief e xecutive and executive director in Febr uary 2001, after serving two years on BFSB's initial Board of Directors when it was formed in 1998. BFSB CHIEF TO DEPART LEAVING: Wendy Warren RESORTWILLNOTLAY-OFFFURTHERSTAFF ENORMOUS SHOCKWAVE IF KERZNER DEFAULTED FROM page one

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B y ASSOCIATED PRESS PEPSICO INC. and the NFL said Tuesday that they a re renewing their market ing deal with a new 10-year deal that begins next year. The financial terms of the c ontract weren't disclosed. However, a person close to the matter who asked not to be named becauset he person wasn't permit ted to speak publicly told the Associated Press that PepsiCo would pay roughly $90 million a year in rights fees. That's nearly $1 billion over the length of the contract to make its Pepsi, Gatorade, Frito-Lay, Trop icana and Quaker Oats brands official marketing partners of the league. PepsiCo would then spend more on marketing and promoting its ties to the NFL. The company, based in Purchase, N.Y., said it does not disclose its marketing spending. But the Wall Street Journal, citing an unnamed source, said that spending could run roughly $1.3 billion more during the length of the contract. The deal also ensures that Gatorade would remain the featured drink on the sidelines at games. In addition, PepsiCo's Frito-Lay snack foods brand will promote big events like the Super Bowl. David Carter, a sports business professor at the University of Southern Cal ifornia, said while the con tract seems excessive at first glance, it might be worth it for Pepsi. The company gets 10 years of promotion for five brands, and it is unclear if that mar keting figure includes the millions it would already spend on Super Bowl or other expensive advertising during the period. "What it might suggest to other partners or potential partners ... is what the NFL is expecting in terms of contracts," Carter said. The deal extends a 28year relationship between Pepsi and the NFL. s eeking to reclaim the deposit it paid into escrow. The $3 million deposit, plus accumulated interest, is currently being held in a Scotiabank (Bahamas account, and is in the care o f the then-law firm of L ockhart & Munroe (partn ers Elliot Lockhart and Wayne Munroe later went their separate ways), who were acting as escrow agents. According to the Court of Appeal judgment, the $3 million was paid by Aero General Aviation Ltd as part of a February 3, 2009, Asset Sale Agreement it signed in a deal to purchase the Emerald Bay Resort,w hich at the time was in receivership, and associated assets. An Escrow Agreement, s igned the same day b etween Lockhart & Munroe, purchaser and vend or, governed the treatment o f the $3 million deposit that w as placed in the formers care. T he Court of Appeal f ound that the Escrow Agreement required the three parties to promptly p ay the funds to the vendor [Mitsui] following completion of the sale, or to disburse the funds in accord ance with the Asset Sales A greement if there was e ither a breach of the Asset Sales Agreement by the vendor or purchaser as the case may be. While the $3 million was deposited in accordance with the Escrow Agreement, a dispute arose at the end of March 2009 as to whether Aero General Aviation was entitled to their return. Its attorney had demanded their release on March 31 b ut, two days later, attorn eys for Mitsui and PwC objected to this. A s a result, Lockhart & M unroe instituted Supreme C ourt proceedings in their capacity as escrow agents, seeking judicial determina-t ion of what should be done with the deposit. One of the preliminary issues for the court to determine was which side was to be plaintiff, and which side was to b e the defendant. J ustice Turner, at the S upreme Court level, found that Mitsui and the receivers were to be the plaintiffs with the burden of proof, and Aero General Aviation which ultimately assigned its interest in the Emerald B ay purchase to another entity, Mountain Lake Development Corporation the defendant. The judgment gives some insight into PwCs frantic, a nd long-running, efforts to f ind a buyer for the Emerald Bay resort, which saw t he receivers appointed in J une 2007 after defaulting o n debts to its creditors. Mitsui, which appointed PwC, took control as insur-e r for the original loan that financed Emerald Bays construction. It endured a frustrating two-and-halfyear wait for a buyer, which was finally ended in late 2009 when Sandals purc hased the upscale Exumab ased property for around $ 25 million. S everal prior deals had f allen through, the last one i mmediately before the Sandals purchase being the one with Aero General Aviation. The implication is that it had offered $30 million for Emerald Bay, based on the $3 million deposit a nd the fact that deposits o n real estate transactions a re normally around 10 per cent of the purchase price. The Aero General Aviation group, as Tribune Business revealed at the time, was headed by Californiabased developer Barry Silv erton and real estate firm, Cushman Wakefield. Disputes over real estate deposits, in particular with the vendor can reclaim them, or whether they have g one hard and are now d ue to the buyer, occur frequently. I n its judgment, the Court o f Appeal noted that since A ero General Aviation was a foreign entity, Emerald Bays sale required thea pproval of the Government, via the Bahamas Investment Authority and National Economic Council (NEC The Asset Sale Agreement placed the burden of o btaining this approval on A ero General Aviation, r equiring it to submit its a pplication to the Governm ent within 10 business d ays of the February 3, 2009, deal signing. It also had to use all commercially reasonable endeavours to obtain approval before March 31, 2009, which was set as the Long Stop Date the date w hen the deposit would go hard. The Court of Appeal found: Failure to use such commercially reasonable endeavours, as specified under the Asset Sale Agreement, would...... result in the i mmediate cancellation of the Asset Sale Agreement without further or other liability to the other, save that the escrow agent would be entitled to release the d eposit with any accrued i nterest to the vendor. However, if the purc haser used all commerciall y reasonable endeavours to o btain approval, but failed to satisfy the condition on or before the Long StopD ate, the purchaser would be entitled to the return of the deposit and any accrued interest, and the Asset Sale Agreement would be considered cancelled immediately without further or othe r liability by any party. M itsui and its attorneys a lleged that Aero General A viation had breached the A sset Sale Agreement by e ither not giving them sufficient time or information, or deliberately misleading them. They argued that the purchaser should prove it used all reasonable efforts to o btain government approval a nd close the deal. Y et Aero General Aviation and its attorneys countered that, as legal title to the $3 million escrow deposit remained with them, and Mitsui objected to its return to them, the b urden remained on the latter, to prove the buyer did not employ all commercially reasonable endeavours in discharging their obligations to meet the condition preced ent. T he Court of Appeal sided with this position, f inding that since Aero G eneral Aviation made the d eposit and was in possession of it, Mitsui had to prove its claim to the $3 mil-l ion. The case is now likely to head back to the Supreme Court, unless Mitsui appeals. Aero General Aviation was represented by Brian Moree QC, senior p artner at McKinney, Banc roft & Hughes, and fellow f irm attorneys Oliver Lidd ell and Sean Moree. Mitsui a nd the receivers were repr esented by Brian Simms QC, together with Simone Fitzcharles, from Lennox Paton. 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BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011, PAGE 5B GN-1290Of fice Of The Prime Minister GN-1291 testing the allegations, and e njoyed some success a gainst the initial class action c omplaint. This, though, led to the filing of an amended complaint and the action, if not resolved, is currently set for trial in the Florida courts in December 2011. J ustice James Cohn, in ruling on Kerzner Internationals efforts to dismiss the initial claim, noted that the Atlantis resort owner had s aid Costa cannot allege s he suffered an injury because she paid mandatory charges beyond the room rate that were disclosed in advance. Distribution of those charges within Atlantiss o perating structure had no i mpact on what was disc losed and charged to Costa, t he Kerzner International d efendants argued, and causation cannot be shown because no itemised breakdown of the percentage that went to housekeeping staff, and the percentage that went to utility fees, was provided by the class action g roup. Justice Cohn backed Kerzner Internationals case, b ut left the door open for an amended class action l awsuit to be filed. The opportunity was gratefully accepted. T he case is interesting because it again raises the i ssue of mandatory gratuities and tips, often set at 15 per cent, being charged and i mposed on tourists to the Bahamas. Apart from inflat ing costs, critics have argued t hat it encourages poor ser vice, work ethic and attitudes, and made the Bahamian tourism product uncompetitive from a cost p erspective. I ndeed, the amended class action lawsuit alleged: In t he face of shrinking reve nues and eroding profits in t he current economic climate, hotels and resorts have turned to theu nscrupulous practice of imposing additional fees and surcharges on consumers designed to appear as innocent expenses. One such charge is the Kerzner defendants impos ition of a mandatory h ousekeeping gratuity and u tility service fee. I n response this time, K erzner International has a gain urged the Florida courts to dismiss the action, arguing numerous grounds on which it should be barred or dismissed. Plaintiffs complaint rests on the theory that she has b een injured if [Kerzner] failed to distribute certain unspecified portion of a mandatory housekeeping g ratuity to hotel employees that was charged as part of her vacation package price, the Kerzner Internationald efendants said. Plaintiff provides no a uthority for the proposition t hat a consumer patron has any interest in the amounts o f money that are paid to a h otels employees. K erzner International said the mandatory housekeeping gratuity and utility ser-v ice fee was made clear to potential guests up-front in marketing materials, with many choosing to pre-pay it. Plaintiff acknowledges in her [filings] that the contract provides that she will be c harged a combined mandatory housekeeping g ratuity and utility service f ee up to a specified comb ined amount, the Kerzner I nternational defendants alleged. Because the contract did not state how much would be charged for the mandatory housekeeping gratuity alone as opposed to the u tility service fee customers could not have had any expectations regardingt he amount of the charge ( e.g, that it would compen sate in magnitude for any voluntary gratuity plaintiff may otherwise have wishedt o leave. KERZNER FIGHTS CLAIMS ON DECEPTIVE GRATUITY FROM page one

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NEW YORK Associated Press EUROPE'Sdebt probl ems rumbled through g lobal financial markets a gain Tuesday. U.S. stocks fell sharply in early trading when it appeared that European m arkets were heading for a s econd straight day of deep l osses. The Dow Jones i ndustrial average lost as m any as 307 points by 1 0:45 a.m. Late-day recoveries in both the U.S. and Europe left indexes with relatively modest losses. The Dow ended down 101 points. "It's becoming a pattern t hat the U.S. market breathes a sign of relief once trading in Europe is finished," said Quincy Krosby, market strategist a t Prudential Financial. E urope's debt problems, which have simmered for m ore than a year, are d eepening. Bailouts for I reland and Greece have not quelled fears that either country will defaulto n its loans, an event that could lead to the collapseof the euro. The Stoxx 600 Europe index lost 4.1 percent Monday, while U.S. mar-kets were closed for Labor D ay, as traders worried t hat Europe's debt problems could slow economic growth around the world.I taly was hit by a general strike Tuesday ahead of votes this week on a bud get-cutting package need e d to shore up that count ry's finances. Peter Boockvar, equity strategist at Miller Tabak& Co., said investors are becoming more fearfulthat the Greek government may not pay bondi nvestors back. "Officials are coming to the realization that there's no way Greece can pay its moneyb ack and maybe we're better off just letting it default," he said. September is historically t he worst month for the stock market. The Dow has dropped an average of 0.9 percent each Septem-b er since 1950, according t o the Stock Trader's Almanac. Traders expect the trend t o hold true this year as uncertainty continues over Europe's debt crisis and the stagnating U.S. econ o my. The U.S. government r eported Friday that there was no job growth last month. It was the worst reading on jobs since Sep tember 2010. The Dow fell 100.96 points, or 0.9 percent, to1 1,139.30. It's down 4 per cent so far this month, its worst start to September since 2002. T he Standard and Poor's 500 index dropped 8.73, or 0.7 percent, to 1,165.24. The Nasdaq composite fell 6 .50, or 0.2 percent, to 2,473.83. Pfizer Inc., Caterpillar Inc. and Johnson & John-s on were the only stocks a mong the 30 that make up the Dow to rise. Signs of growth in the U .S. service sector helped tame concerns about another US recession. The Institute for Supply Man a gement said the service s ector grew more than ana lysts had expected in August. Growth in that part of the economy, which employs nearly 90 percent of America's work force, fell the three previousm onths. Bank stocks fell more than the overall market. Federal regulators filedl awsuits late Friday against 17 major banks, saying they sold Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgageb acked securities that lost value when the housing market collapsed. Bank of America Corp. andJ PMorgan Chase & CO. e ach lost nearly 4. Assets that traders see as more likely to hold theirv alue during a weak econ omy rose. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 1.97 percent. On Mon d ay the yield fell to 1.91 p ercent in Asian trading, the lowest since the Fed eral Reserve Bank of St. Louis began keeping dai ly records in 1962. Bond yields fall when their prices rise. T hree stocks fell for every one that rose on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume wasa bove average at 4.4 bil lion shares. BUSINESS PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 127,&( ,17(51$7,21$/%86,1(66&203$1,(6$&7 67$5%2$5'+2/',1*6/7' 127,&( 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWK6HFWLRQ RI7KH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV$FW WKDWWKHDERYH&RPSDQ\FRPPHQFHGGLVVROXWLRQ SURFHGXUHVRQWKH QG GD\RI6HSWHPEHUDQGWKDW G /LRQ,QWHUQDWLRQDO0DQDJHPHQW/LPLWHGRI5RDG7RZQ 7RUWROD%ULWLVK9LUJLQ,VODQGVKDVEHHQDSSRLQWHGWKH /LTXLGDWRUWKHUHRI /,48,'$725 IN THIS Aug. 29, 2011 photo, trader John Yaccarine, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The Swiss franc dropped sharply Tuesday, after the country's central bank pegged it against the euro, while European stocks recovered their poise following a drubbing the previous session, when investors fretted over the exposure of banks to the debt of countries like Greece and Italy. (AP STOCKS FALL AGAIN AS EUROPE'S DEBT WORRIES DEEPEN DOWENDS101 POINTSDOWN NEW YORK Associated Press O IL SLIPPED TUESDAY on fears that the U.S. and Europe are headed for a prolonged economic slump. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude lost 43 cents to $86.02 per barrel in New York. T hat was well off the lows for the day. After tumbling as low as $83.20 per barrel, the U.S benchmark recovered as traders boosted the price of other oil varieties, includ ing Brent crude, because international supplies remaint ight. Brent crude added $2.81, or 2.6 percent, to $112.89 in London. Still, analysts said, investors continue to be spooked by a steady drumbeat of disappointing economic news. The economy is struggling to grow. And the brinksmanship in Congress over the federal debt limit and last month'sf irst-ever downgrade of U.S. debt have raised concerns a bout the nation's ability to fix its financial problems. "It's going to be a nerve-wracking 12 months," analyst and trader Stephen Schork said. "A lot of people are just trying to get their bearings." Cameron Hanover analyst Peter Beutel said investors are waiting for President Obama and the Federal Reserve to explain how they'll stimulate the economy and create jobs. With the unemployment rate hovering at 9.1 percent, "it will take something major from the White House or from the Fed to turn this around," Beutel said. Earlier this year, economists predicted that a rebounding global economy would push world oil demand to record levels in 2011. Now, analysts aren't so certain. China and other developing nations are still going to drive oil demand. But they won't grow as fast if con sumers in the U.S. and Europe cut back on purchases of clothing, toys, electronics and other goods that are made in foreign factories. "Oil demand both domestically and globally will fall short of most expectations during the current second half of 2011," independent analyst Jim Ritterbusch said. Meanwhile, retail gasoline was flat overnight at a national average of $3.66 per gallon. A gallon of regular unleaded is 97.7 cents higher than it was a year ago. In other trading, heating oil added 1.28 cents to $3.0102 per gallon and gasoline futures dropped 1.7 cents to $2.8226 per gallon. Natural gas added 6.6 cents to $3.938 per 1,000 cubic feet. OIL TUMBLES ON FEARS OF EC ONOMIC SLUMP

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A THENS, Greece Associated Press G reece's finance minister p ledged Tuesday to speed up a series of delayed r eforms meant to cut flab f rom the country's bloated public sector, open up tightly regulated professions to competition and kick-starta n ambitious privatization plan. "Greece is not the pariah o f the European Union, it is not a permanent sore and problem," Evangelos Venizelos told reportersa fter a cabinet meeting. "It i s an equal, competitive country that has a very seri ous problem regarding its public debt and fiscal deficit. We can and shall overcome this, but not without carrying out the structuralr eforms in full." V enizelos' announcements came as the debt-crip-pled country's borrowing costs hit a new record high on fears over the Socialist government's faltering aus terity program amid a deeper than expected recession. The interest rate on Greek 10-year government bonds at about 20 percent 18 percentage points above the rate for the benchmark German bonds of the same maturity on a day when the borrowing rates of troubled fellow eurozone countries Italy and Spain also came under pres sure. Extravagant borrowing costs forced Greece out of international bond markets last year, and the country now relies on international loans to keep solvent. However, Athens still h olds short-term debt auctions and was able to raise euro1.3 billion ($1.8 billion Tuesday in an auction of 26-w eek treasury bills at an i nterest rate of 4.80 percent, slightly lower than at a similar sale last month. A new batch of measures adopted by Parliament in June as tens of thousands of Greeks protested outsidea nd severe riots raged included further cuts in the public sector's size and cost, closures and mergers ofs tate enterprises and an ambitious plan to sell euro50 billion ($70.5 billiona ssets by 2015. B ut there has been little noticeable progress, while previously decided reforms such as the opening of tight ly regulated professions, are still lagging. Venizelos promised that plans to abolish, merge or shrink institutions and enterprises including state ERT broadcaster would be brought nine months forward and implemented "in coming weeks." Excess personnel will be moved to other jobs or suspended on reduced pay, while all civil servants will receive a flat rate of salary, irrespective of what ministry employs them. "Nobody will make more than their colleagues with the same abilities who do the same job but happen to work in another section of the civil service," Venizelos said. He added that the privati zation program remained on track, with sales set to reach euro5 billion ($7 billiony ear. "The first wave of privati zations ... will go ahead immediately," Venizeloss aid, adding that a group of s tate assets will be trans ferred Wednesday to a special fund set up to develops tate property. "Our priva tization targets are attainable and will be met on time," he said. A fter living beyond its means for years and piling up a mountain of debt in the process, Greece just avoidedb ankruptcy last year through a euro110 billion ($155 billion) rescue loan packagef rom its European Union p artners and the Interna tional Monetary Fund. The realization that even that would not be enough amid a shrinking economya nd a malfunctioning state revenue collection system resulted in a second bailout in July, worth an extrae uro109 billion ($153.7 bil l ion). Continued release of the vital funds any substantiald elay could force Greece to default on its debts depends on the government's progress with reformsa nd deficit-cutting measures. But talks with EU and IMF inspectors were unex pectedly suspended last w eek for 10 days, to let Greece complete what the EU said was "technicalw ork, among other things, r elated to the 2012 budget and growth-enhancing structural reforms. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011, PAGE 7B 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.191.190.000.1550.0807.76.72% 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 Brewery8.508.500.000.7400.00011.50.00% 7.006.21Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2 .001.63Consolidated Water BDRs1.531.600.070.1110.04514.42.81% 1 .771.31Doctor's Hospital1.371.370.000.0740.11018.58.03% 5 .504.75Famguard5.435.430.000.4980.24010.94.42% 8.505.35Finco5.395.390.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.747.75FirstCaribbean Bank8.298.290.000.4940.35016.84.22% 6.005.00Focol (S 5.755.750.000.4350.22013.23.83% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.001 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%3 0 May 2013 20 November 2029 7 % RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015B ISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 1 9 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% P rime + 1.75% 6.95%TUESDAY, 6 SEPTEMBER 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,398.21| CHG 0.06 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -101.30 | YTD % -6.76BISX 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-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.57791.4674CFAL 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% 11.498510.5308Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.96520.78%5.70% 10.68139.4372Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.60135.75%13.20% 8.85647.8830Royal 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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LLC back to Toshiba Corp. The sale will help Shaw shed some debt and strengthe n its balance sheet. But it also means that there will no l onger be any U.S. investors in Westinghouse, which is more than 100 years old and is based in Pennsylvania. While Toshiba is taking a larger stake in Westinghouse, the Japanese company said it "remains open to the idea" of inviting in new investors if they share its long-term vision and business strategy for Westing-h ouse. T oshiba said several companies have already expressed interest in possible investments. Shaw said that it is still under contract with Westinghouse for six U.S. nuclear power plants and four plants under construction in China. The Baton Rouge, L ouisiana, company also expects to continue to work w ith Westinghouse and Toshiba on certain projects. W estinghouse said in a statement that Shaw's sale of its minority stake will not impact any of the U.S. plants or the ones under construction in China. The plants in China are expected to be operational starting in 2013. Stake Shaw subsidiary Nuclear Energy Holdings LLC o btained a 20 percent stake in Westinghouse in Octob er 2006 for $1.08 billion, while Toshiba purchased a 77 percent interest from the U.K.'s British Nuclear Fuels PLC for $4.2 billion and Japanese heavy machinerym aker IHI Corp. bought the remaining 3 percent. Toshiba later sold 10 percent of its interest to Kazatamp rom, a company based in Kazakhastan. O nce Shaw sells its Westinghouse stake, Toshiba will h ave an 87 percent interest in Westinghouse. Shaw didn't cite a price for its Westinghouse stake. But it said by selling its stake, it would get rid of about$ 1.7 billion in debt. Recently, the drop in the U.S. dollar versus the yen has negatively affected the Westinghouse segment, because Shaw used bonds denominated i n yen to finance its investment in the business. N uclear Energy plans to exercise put options to sell its Westinghouse investment back to Toshiba. If it receives the necessary consents, Nuclear Energy will f ormally notify Toshiba and the shares will transfer 90 days thereafter. Funds received must be used to redeem bonds on the next interest payment date. I f Nuclear Energy does not receive the necessary c onsent to grant the bonds early, the put options will be automatically exercised on Oct. 6, 2012 for cash settlem ent on Jan. 4, 2013. Proceeds from the sale will be used to repay bonds maturing March 15, 2013. Toshiba said the acquisition's closing date has yet to be determined. S haw's shares added $1.19, or 5.5 percent, to $23.02 in midday trading Tuesday. The stock has traded between $20.24 and $41.62 over the last year. SHAW GROUP TO SELL ITS STAKE IN WESTINGHOUSE GREECE PROMISES SHAKE UP OF THE PUBLIC SECTOR PLEDGETOSPEEDUPSERIESOFDELAYEDREFORMS A PEDESTRIAN w alks by Greece's Central bank in Athens, Tuesday. (AP

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SINGAPORE Associated Press S TARBUCKS CORP., the w orld's largest coffee retailer, plans to triple its coffee shops in China during the next four years and step up expansion elsewhere in Asia, an executive said Tuesday. Starbucks plans to operate 1,500 outlets in China by 2015f rom a current 470, the company's Asia Pacific president Jinlong Wang said. The com-p any also expects to open 700 c offee shops in South Korea b y 2016, up from 370 now, Wang said. The coffee industry in China has huge potential," Wang told reporters in Singapore. "China has 5,000 years as a t ea-drinking country, but we've created a new coffee culture." Starbucks is eyeing fastgrowing emerging economies to help boost sales. The company said in July that revenue f rom its international business rose 20 percent in the AprilJune quarter from a year earlier and accounted for 23 per-c ent of overall sales of $2.93 b illion. Wang said Starbucks sales i n Asia have remained robust in recent months despite a s lowing global economy. "We've seen very strong same store sales across Asia,d ouble digit growth in some markets," he said. S tarbucks, which has 17,000 stores in 55 countries, plans to introduce its Via ReadyB rew instant coffee this m onth to South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Australia. S ince opening its first store i n China in 1999, Starbucks has spread to 42 cities, including 10 new ones this year.S tarbucks is preparing to o pen its first outlets in India next year and in Vietnam in 2013, Wang said. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 THE TRIBUNE STARBUCKS PLANS TO TRIPLE COFFEE SHOPS IN CHINA FIRMTOSTEPUPEXPANSIONINASIA MADRID Associated Press SPAIN'S FINANCE MINISTER on Tuesday denied suggestions that t he economically troubled nation w as close to needing a bailout last month, while the premier insisted the country will overcome risingi nvestor concern about its ability to p ay its mounting bills without out side help. The denial from Elena Salgado c ame a day after Spanish union leader Ignacio Fernandez Toxo reported that Prime Minister JoseL uis Rodriguez Zapatero had said he had seen "the edge of the abyss, in the form of a bailout for the Spanish economy" during an August 17 m eeting with labor and business leaders Salgado said in a radio interview t hat Spain was not close to needing a bailout, then or now. "The first few days of August were a week of great nervousness, but I do not think we were on the verge of a bailout," Salgado said. Zapatero, speaking in Turkey, said t hat Spain will continue to finance its obligations on its own, even though it is paying high rates to investors buying the country's bonds. Spain is strong "and will know how to withstand the tensions," het old reporters after meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Yields on Spanish bonds a direct measure of investor jitters over a country's debt skyrocketed to euro-era highs in early August, prompting the European Central Bank to intervene in the markets to get the country's borrowing costs down. Yields shot up again Monday amid widespread worries over the possibility of another recession in Europe and around the world, and eased somewhat Tuesday, although not much. The yield on 10-year Spanish bonds stood at 5.20 percent, up from just over 5 percent last week. The higher rates make it much more expensive for Spain's government to finance its operations, and Salgado conceded that growth in Europe is slowing but sought to downplay fears that Spain was head ing back into recession. Between weak growth and a recession there is a big distance, which I do not think will be covered," she said. T he Spanish government's target f or GDP growth this year is 1.3 percent and 2.3 percent for next year, b ut these figures are widely seen now as overly optimistic. The economy grew just 0.2 per c ent in the second quarter, down from a revised 0.4 percent in the first three months of the year. G overnment spokesman Jose Blanco singled out Greece and Italy Tuesday as being among the causes of recent global and Spanish m arket turbulence, saying those countries were failing to meet austerity targets. That affects the decisions of the markets that have to buy our debt," Blanco said. The officials spoke just hours b efore thousands of union members and activists held rallies in Madrid and in other large Spanish cities tov ent their anger against a constitutional amendment that will force the government to keep its futured eficits very low. T hey fear it heralds drastic spending cuts on social policy, and marks the end of the welfare state in Spain.M any said Spain's citizens should be allowed to vote on the constitution al amendment in a referendum, i nstead of allowing politicians to fasttrack it to appease investors. "I want to vote or decide on the change," said 51-year-old protester Nieve Noguerales, waving a banner criticizing the government for breaking a "social pact" with workers. The amendment was approved by the lower house of Parliament last week amid furious opposition from leftist and regional-based parties and goes before the Senate on Wednes day, where passage is expected. That is because the measure is backed by Spain's two main parties Zapatero's ruling Socialists and the opposition conservative Popular Party. With Spanish unemployment at nearly 21 percent and widespread anger over its sluggish economic growth prospects, the Popular Party is favored to win general elections scheduled for Nov. 20. Zapatero is not seeking a third term. PROTESTERS TAKE PART in a demonstration against a Constitutional amendment in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday. Demon strators protested a proposed constitutional amendment that would force Spain's government to keep its deficit low. (AP COUNTRYS FINANCE MINISTER DENIES SUGGESTION, PREMIER SAYS NATION WILL OVERCOME INVESTOR CONCERN A BROKER uses a phone in front of the main screen at the Stock Exchange in Madrid Tuesday. (AP

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Y OU 'RE NO BODY U NTI L S OME BODY K I LL S Y OU BAH AM IA NS NO T IN TE RES TED I N VY BZ SK I NCA RE L I NE TH E ST AR I S GON E DA SH L E A VES SI NGL E LADI E S' WEDNESD A Y SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 TH E T RI B U N E S E C TI O N C By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter T HE SOULFUL and talented Bruno Mars took to the stage last Saturday as a part of the "Atlantis Live" entertainment series. The Hawaii-born artist drew a large crowd that filled the Grand Ballroom to capacity. The Grammy Award winner performed a number of his hit singles, such as Grenade Just The Way You Are ", Billionaire The Lazy Song Liquor Store Blues, Marry You and Lighters Bruno's smooth words and suave dance moves entertained the crowd during the entire show, fans danced and sang along to every song Bruno and his lively band performed. After "The Lazy Song" performance, he mentioned to the screaming crowd that the song was his favourite song on his "Doo-Wops and Hooligans" album. He also noted that a line in the song that says "Oh My Gosh This Is Great," was actually done by one of his male band members. Throughout the show, the singer connected with the crowd by sharing a few jokes of his own. It was definitely the aim of The Atlantis Live team to make the event a safe and successful one. Before the big night, the sponsors gave Bruno Mars patrons a treat by allowing them the chance to win an ultimate fan giveaway. In one of the slowest months for visitors, Atlantis Resort reported to having 100 per cent occupancy which was largely in part due to the sold out concert. The Bruno Mars concert was promoted through the event's page "Atlantis ResortAtlantis Live" on Facebook. I must say all of those people who won, were in attendance enjoying themselves. UNFORGET ABLE PERFORMACE The Atlantis LIVE concert series brings in top performers from every music genre constantly providing resort guests with unforgettable per formances. Coming to the end of the night's show, Bruno and his band members left the stage and the hyped fans screamed for the entertainer to come back out, and to everyone's surprise, Bruno ran back onto the Atlantis stage and performed an additional song. Upon leaving the stage, he thanked the Bahamas for having him, saying it was a joy. Bruno Fans expressed their views on the Atlantis Live website. One fan said: "I totally enjoyed the perfor mance last night! Bruno Mars and his band are so talented and down to earth!. Bruno Mars really did put on a great show but my favourite part was when he and his band came back on stage after the concert was over. "That seriously caught me off guard and I LOVED IT! That was priceless, unforgettable and I respect him even more for that because he really didn't have to. Overall an excellent performance. I danced I sang, I lost my voice where I screamed so much but it's all good because it was totally worth it! The Bahamas LOVES YOU!" Another Bruno fan wrote: I am so excited, won a Bruno Mars Getaway through my radio station to go to Atlantis and see you perform. I get to bring a friend. This is going to be a great weekend." Bruno Mars takes Atlantis Live'

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By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter G REEN eyed "Clueless" actress Stacey Dash has left her role as Val in VH1's very first scripted series "Single Ladies." E a r l i e r t h i s y e a r t h e a c t r e s s mad e her co meb ack t o T V as a fashion store owner on the show. The re w asn 't a Mond ay n igh t t hat p a s s e d b y w i t h o u t a F a c e b o o k "post" or a Twitter "tweet" from the show's fans stating their love f or th e c a st a n d c re w of t he spa n king new show. A ccor d in g t o t he Wa s hi ng to n P o s t t h e n ew V H 1 s o a p o p e r a that premiered a few weeks ago, e x ists i n a 'g o ld -fl ec k ed n ig ht ma re ve rsion o f A tla nta ,' w he re life ca n be winno w ed do w n t o the lyr ics of a ssert iv e po p so ng s a nd a seri es of ups ca le, ur ban c lichŽs. I t's all c h a m p a g n e f o u n t a i n s m i c r o m i n i sk i rt s a n d c u i si n e se r v e d by a s on e sh owof f s uit or tel ls a si ngle l a d y m y pe r so n a l f o u rst a r c h e f "It's about three women, their g ro up w il l e x p a nd to f o ur i n a c ou p le o f e pi s od es t r yi ng t o f i gur e out w hat the y wa nt fr o m re lati onships. Val (Stacey Dash) has just b e e n d u m p e d b y h e r l o n g t i m e beau after she demanded that he, "put a ring on it." (He declines.) V a l s b e s t f r i e n d K e i s h a ( L i s a R aye M cCo y) i s a p r o fe s s io n al p o k e r p l a y e r w h o d e s p i t e h e r a d v a n c e d a g e s t i l l s o m e t i m e s a p p e a r s a s a v i x e n i n h i p h o p videos. When she shows up for her lat e s t s h o o t i n a n e w C a m r o n video, she is handed a pink busi ness suit and informed that she's p l a y i n g a n o l d e r w o m a n L a s t there is April (Charity Shea), the t o k e n wh i t e f r i e n d a p l a t i n u m b l o n d e w h o h a s m a r r i e d t h e dr e a m b l a c k m a n o n l y s h e s c h e a t i n g on hi m wi th At la nt a' s s e xysmooth mayor (played by rapper Common)." D a sh m a d e i t c l e a r th a t th e d e c i sion to leave the show was one of he r o w n r e l e a s i n g a s ta te me n t sa y ing: "I truly enjoyed playing Val o n S i n g l e L a d i e s b u t I h a v e decided to leave the show. I have to b e ba c k i n LA w i th m y c h il d re n right now and the Single Ladies' s h o o t i n g l o c a t i o n m a k e s t h a t i mposs ible. I wis h VH1 the best of l uc k w it h th e s ho w a n d i n m ai n t a i n i n g t h e s t r o n g f a n b a s e w e d e v e l o p e d i n season one." I n r es p o n s e t o St a c ey d e c i s i o n t o l e a v e V H 1 a l s o r e le a s e d a st a te m e n t sa y i n g : V H 1 respe cts Stac ey 's de c is i on and he r commitment to what she feels is best for her family. We thank her fo r al l of her ha rd w ork in m aki ng Single Ladies' a success right out of the g ate and w e w ish h er nothi n g b u t t h e b e s t i n h e r f u t u r e plans." Stacey has two children, a son Austin and a daughter Lola. The new season of Single Ladies is set to kick off later this year, with no Val. THE STAR IS GONE' POP superstar BeyoncŽ reportedly told Kelly Rowland about her pregnancy as soon as she found out. The Best Thing I Never Had' hitmaker recently revealed that she and her rapper husband Jay-Z were expecting their first child together but she had known about the news for a while and instantly confided in her former Destiny's Child bandmate. A source told British More! magazine: "Kelly and BeyoncŽ are so close. They talk on the phone every day and are always dishing out advice and asking each other's opinions on all areas of life, from relationships to fashion. "I think Kelly was one of the very first people Beyon cŽ called when she realised she was pregnant she obvi ously couldn't wait to tell her. And I bet it's made Kelly think about having kids" It is likely that Kelly, 30, will be godmother to the 30year-old's baby when he or she arrives, along with their fellow bandmate Michelle Williams, 31. B E Y O N C E TO L D K E L L Y R O W L AN D A B O U T P R E G NAN C Y M O N TH S A G O NEW YORK Associated Press BEN Flajnik, who pro posed to Ashley Hebert and was rejected on ABC's "The Bachelorette," is getting another chance at finding love on camera. The network confirms it has tapped the 28-year-old northern California winemaker to star in the next season of "The Bachelor." The show will return in January for its 16th season. On "The Bachelor," single women live in a house together and compete for the affection of a single man. So far, no bachelor has gone on to marry the woman he picked while on the show. Hebert is now engaged to J P Rosenbaum. She chose him in the season finale of "The Bachelorette." AB C NAM E S B E N FL A J N I K A S N E XT BA C H E L O R' The Associated Press SINGLES: 1. "Someone Like You," Adele 2. "Pumped Up Kicks," Foster the People 3. "Moves Like Jagger (Studio recording from 'The Voice' Performance) (feat. Christina Aguilera)," Maroon 5 4. "You and I," Lady GaGa 5. "Lighters (feat. Bruno Mars)," Bad Meets Evil 6. "Mirror (feat. Bruno Mars)," Lil Wayne 7. "Cheers (Drink to That)," Rihanna 8. "Stereo Hearts (feat. Adam Levine)," Gym Class Heroes 9. "Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock)," LMFAO 10. "Love On Top," Beyonce ALBUMS: 1. "Tha Carter IV," Lil Wayne 2. "I'm With You," Red Hot Chili Peppers 3. "21," ADELE 4. "Nothing But the Beat," David Guetta 5. "Watch the Throne," Kanye West, Jay-Z 6. "1," The Beatles 7. "Barefoot Blue Jean Night," Jake Owen 8. "Torches," Foster the People 9. "Hell On Heels," Pistol Annies 10. "Sigh No More," Mumford & Sons NEW YORK Associated Press Taylor Swift will be battling the boys at the 2011 Country Music Association Awards. The country starlet is up for entertainer of the year, where she'll compete with Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean and last year's winner, Brad Paisley. Singer Jake Owen and country trio the Band Perry made the announcement Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America." Swift is also up for female vocalist of the year. Also nominated in that category are Carrie Underwood, Martina McBride, Sara Evans and Miranda Lambert, who won the honor last year on her 27th birthday. Lambert's husband, Shelton, will defend his male vocalist of the year award this year against Paisley, Urban, Aldean and Kenny Chesney. T A Y L OR S W IFT AND 4 BO Y S UP FOR T OP CMA A W AR D BEN FLAJNIK Stacy Dash leaves Single Ladies' TH E T OP 1 0 SINGL E S AND ALBUMS O N I TU NES 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, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 I truly enjoyed playing V al on Single Ladies', but I have decided to leave the show I have to be back in LA with my children right now and the Single Ladies' shooting location makes that impossible. I wish VH1 the best of luck with the show and in maintaining the str ong fan base we developed in season one. stacy dash

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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 03 WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 September 8 Thursday "CRE A T ING A NEW V ISI ON" Corporate Motivation presents "Creating a New Vision", a one-day seminar with facilitator, Dr D Paul Reilly. From 9am-3pm at the Pastiche Room at the New Provi dence Community Centre. Telephone: 3270312. See http://seminar.corporatemotivation.org. September 10 Saturday N AT ION AL TR UST'S D A MARKE T Da Market is being held at The Bahamas National Trust's Retreat Gardens, Village Rd. From 8am 1pm. Features many favourite backyard farmers and artisans. Telephone: 393-1317. September 11 Sunday MT MORI A H HYMN FES TI V AL The Mt Moriah Baptist Church holds its 2nd Annual Elkin R Storr Memorial Hymn Festival at the church on Farrington Road, located just west of the PLP headquarters. Begins at 4pm. The public is invited to join in renewal services from September 14 16, with a special worship celebration service on September 18 at 11am. September 14 Wednesday C I SI TRAINING COURS E S The Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment is holding its 1st training course for those wishing to attain a CISI qualifica tion at the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services. Location: British Colonial Hilton hotel, One Bay St. Registration begins at 5.30pm, starts at 6pm. See www.cisi.org/caribbean. September 14 17 SUMMER MADNE S S REVUE 2 0 1 1 The play "Summer Madness Revue 2011", written by James J. Catalyn, additional scripts by Dwain Wallace and Jevon Butler, will be performed at the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts. Directed by Omar Williams. Show begins at 8pm. The performance on September 14 will benefit the AIDS Foundation. Tickets: $20. Reserved tickets not collected by 3:00 p.m. on day of performance will be sold. Telephone: 3933728 or 394-7179. Email: julcat61 @hotmail.com. See jamescatalynfriends.com September 17 Saturday "LO R DS OF THE DEE P" D EEP DROP FISHI N G T OU R N AMENT Green Parrot and Salty Tackle present the 6th annual "Lords of the Deep" Deep Drop fishing tournament. 2 electric/ 2 manual reels (totally non-IGFA). Captain's meet ing on September 15, 6pm at Green Parrot, East Bay St. A vessel representative must attend. Entrance fee: $500 (per boat), $300 calcutta (optional, per boat). All entrance fees shall be returned as prizes/money. Entrance fees may be paid to Chris Lloyd at BASRA, or at the Captain's meeting. Telephone: 477-2941. Email: saltytackle@coralwave.com. By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer I MAGINE watching a horror film and one of your favourite legendary rappers is the serial killer! W el l we don't know just y et i f tha t i s the pl ot of S pike L ee 's l ate st horror fi lm fea turi ng som e le ge ndary ra ppers in t he worl d of Hi p Hop. W hat w e do know is th at the hip hop horror fi lm You' re Nobody t il l Somebody Ki ll s You exe cuti ve di recte d by Spi ke Le e is an a c t ionpacked fi l m fol l owing two New York Cit y homi cide de te c t iv es tha t end up in t he "hi ghstake s world of t he H ipHop i n d u s t r y For Bah ami an horror m ovi e fa ns, i n the f il m m urder, sex m oney a nd musi c coll i de, as the hom ici de det ecti ve s tra c k a se ria l ki ll er m urderi ng som e of Hi p-H op' s bi gg est st ars. You' re Nobody Ti l Som ebody K i l ls You" i s sl at ed to pre mi ere a t the Wi l li am sburg Inte rnat iona l Fi lm Fe sti va l dubbe d Wi l li fe st" i n Brookly n thi s m o n t h Mi chael "Boog ie Pinckne y, M a nag i ng D ire ctor at Bl ack Noise M e dia Inc t old A ll Hi pH p. com : Shooti ng Y ou 're Nobody 'T il Some body Kil l s You' and ha vi ng m y me ntor Spi ke Le e c o me on bo ard as an e xecuti ve produc e r was a dr eam c om e true for me working wit h a n am azing ca st of actors a nd hi p hop l um ina rie s, such as D oug E Fresh and B ig D addy K a ne was a n a dded bonus. "Be in g that Spike and I are bot h f rom Brookl yn, i t was onl y ri ght t hat w e prem ie re the f il m a t Brookl yn' s v ery ow n W i ll if est whi ch w as rate d by Mov ie Maker Mag azi ne as one of t he T op 20 Coo le st F i l m Festi va ls i n the W orl d in 20 10." Do ug E F re sh, B ig D addy Ka ne and E d L ove r w il l m ake a ppea rances in Y ou're Nobody Ti l Som e bod y K i l ls Y o u w hich sta rs Jam es McDa nie l ( NYP D Bl ue ), Mi c ha el K W il l ia ms ( T he Wi re B oardwa lk Em pire ) Mi chael Mosle y ( La w & Order ) and Na shawn Kea rse ( The Sopranos E n t o u r a g e ) "You' re Nobody Ti l Som ebody Ki l ls You" i s be in g dist ribut ed by L ocomot ion D ist ribut ion, and wi l l de but on Sept em ber 23 a t the Kni tt ing Fa c t ory duri ng "W il l iFest T H E p o e t s o f t h e F a c e b o o k s W r i t t e n & S p o k e n W o r d g r o u p I m p r o m p t u Fl o e t r y sh o w e d t h e i r c o n c e r n ov e r t he a l arm in g ri se i n mu rders in a poetic way T he c r e ator of the group De'Angelo C W h y m s c h a l l e n g e d h i s m e m b e r s v i a a c o n t e s t t o e x p re ss t h e i r o p i n i o n s i n p r o se a bo ut t he r e cen t e xo rb i ta nt i n c r e a s e i n m u r d e r s i n o u r country. The winner of that contest wa s Tam ara De lane y an d h er piece is as follows:There's a funeral in the wind somewhere. The air flooded in scarlet let ters, wetter the ruby rains came in today. 92 bloody drops all splattered across battered women with frozen babies, Little daises that's had their heads cut off before they could even bloom. Skeletal bones broom up all the tears and toss them out the car window. Widows tie bows across their front porch to scorch out the sunlight. And somewhere between all this colorless rainbow is me Sitting on a deflating hopewishin' and waitin' for a sun to shine some peace tomorrow morning. IMPR OMPT U FLOE T RY PO E T S ON CRIME T H I N G S 2 DO TAMARA DELANEY Y O U' RE NOBOD Y 'TIL SOM EBOD Y KIL L S Y OU LEGENDARY rapper Doug E Fresh will make an appearance in the horror film made by Spike Lee (left)

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O ne fact home garden ers must take into consideration is that while weather conditions are fine for producing vegetables from September to Christmas, the days are growing shorter. Tomatoes can be sown in September and reaped in December but they are swimming against the tide all this time. Le ng th of day is a p ow erfu l fac t or in p lant life. Altho ugh we can gro w to ma toe s e ig ht mo nth s of th e ye a r, i t i s ea sie r a fte r th e wi nte r so lstice I f yo u g row c herry toma toes y o u w i l l h a v e e x p e r i e n c e d s e e d s f r o m la st y e ar' s c rop sud de nl y prod uc in g s e e d l i n g s a l l o v e r t h e y a r d i n J a n u a ry T h o s e s a m e s e e d s l a y d o r m a n t thro ug h l ate su mme r ra in s an d th e l o v e l y w e a t h e r i n a u t u m n O n l y w h e n the da ys be ga n to l en gth en d id th e see ds resp on d t o the o the r st imu li On ions tha t are sow n in Septe mb e r m a y b r e a k y o u r h ea r t ; t h o s e s t a r t e d i n l a t e D e c e m b e r wi l l b e pr ize winner s all because lengthe n i n g d a y s p r o m o t e g r o w t h a n d shorteni ng da ys stunt it. Let us ta ke s w e et pe ppe r s as an ex amp le. In S epte mber last y ear I plan ted F 1 s w e e t p e p p e r s o f d i f f e r e n t c ol o ur s By No ve m be r t h ey w er e fo rmi ng bl o c ky fru it s bu t it w a s o nl y in J anua ry and Februa r y that the y ri p e n e d E v e ry th i n g se e m e d t o m o v e in s low motion unti l aft e r the s ols t i c e In May o f th is y ea r I pl ante d the s a m e F 1 p e p p e r s a l o n g w i t h C uba ne l le p e ppe rs. Th e g row t h w as ver y fas t, as was th e ch ange fr om g r e en t o r e d I h ad a s u p e r ab u n danc e a ll throug h Ju ly an d A ugust an d I sh ou ld st il l ha v e t he m p rod uc ing in S epte mbe r Pe ppe rs a re w arm w ea ther pl ants but t he f ruit s a re v e r y susc e pti ble to s un bur n. I gr ew my pepp ers in 3gallon pot s on t he no rth s ide of a b o w e r o f t h u n b e r g i a s o t h e y r e c e i v e d full sun all mornin g an d the n w ere sh a d e d d u ri ng t h e h o tt e st p ar t o f t h e d ay. Th er e was eno ugh f oli age to prot ec t the frui ts from su nsc al d e arly o n b u t w h e n t he s ec on d an d th i rd c r o p s w e r e p r o d u c e d t h e l e a v e s grew sc antie r an d muc h of the fruit b u r n e d H ad I pi c ke d the frui ts wh en the y we r e gree n (or y ell ow in th e ca se of Cub ane lle) the p r o blem w ould not hav e ex isted. B esid es the fast grow in g an d rip e n in g th e m o st si g n if ic an t d i f f e r en ce b et we e n s u m m er an d win ter p eppe rs wa s the w eig ht. T h e s ummer fru its were def initely les s fleshy le ss bloc ky I alrea dy ha ve som e wi nter swe et p epper s u nder w a y, s eed lings jus t an inc h ta ll at the mome nt, to tak e a d v a n t a g e o f t h e w a r m w e a t h e r Peppe r se eds are qui te finic ky a nd n eed t o be s o wn on go od p ot ti ng s o il the n co vere d with a qua rter on an in ch of soi l that i s p r e ss e d dow n firmly (I use m y knuc kle s ). Transpl a n t seedlings f our to five inches tall into ric h and friab le soil that is w e l l f e rt i l i s e d a n d p r e f e r a b l y a m e n d ed w ith c om po st or c o mm er c ia l c ow manur e. I like to us e t ime release f er t il is er bo t h mi xed i nt o t he s o il b e f or e t ra ns p l a n t th e n a d d e d a r o u n d t h e p l a n t o n ce i t h a s e s t a b l i s h e d i t s e l f As wi th mo st p la nts, in iti al v ig oro u s g r o w t h i s i m p o rt a n t I f a s e e d l i n g s ta nds still y ou may as w ell pull it u p S o m e t i m es a p e p p er p l a n t a m e r e f i v e o r s i x i n c h e s t a l l w i l l f l o w e r If th is h ap pe ns, n ip off the f low e rs. I' v e s e e n t i n y p l a n t s b e a r a si n g l e r e l at ively en orm ous fr uit but t hat is usu a ll y t he de a th kn el l for the p la nt It i s w orth not ing th at red y el low a n d or a n g e p e p p e r s a r e t hr e e t o fo u r tim es more e x pe nsiv e in sto res tha n gre e n pe pp ers (tha t e ve nt ua ll y tu rn red ). Th ey a re no ha rde r to gro w so i t m a k e s se n s e t o in c l u de th e m i n t h e pe ppe r p at c h. K ee p hot pe pp ers a nd sw e et pe ppe rs a s f ar from e a ch o the r as po ssibl e if yo u u se h ei rl oo m v a ri e ti es an d sav e the see ds for futu re use Yo ur sub seq ue nt ho t pe p pe rs ma y en d u p luke wa rm a nd you r swe et pe ppers qui te sp ic y. g a rd en e rj a ck @ c or al wa v e. c om 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, SEPTEMBER 7, 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 Clockwise (starting top left): Royal yacht Britannia enters Nassau Harbour; The Duke of Windsor, Royal Governor during the war; Princess Margaret at Government House before opening Princess Margaret Hospital; Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Government House garden party chats with Idris Reid; Prince Philip reviews school children at Clifford Park; Princess Alexandria greeted by Sir Gerald and Lady Cash; Prince Charles at the Independence celebrations; Viscount Lindley, son of Princess Margaret, with Kit Chambers' Prince Philip sailing on Montagu Bay. BY ROLAND ROSE Exemplary peppers By GARDENER JACK GREEN SCENE T H E R O Y A L F A M I LY V I S I T S T H E B A H A M A S

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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, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 By FARAH T HOUGH it seems a contradictory move, "the cake soap king" Vybz Kartel is set to launch a new skincare line of products and fragrances this month. And based off Kartel's popular catch phrase, the fragrance, for both men and women, is called OH'. Among the new products to be release on the market are, Vybz Skin Brightener, Vybz Body Brightener, Vybz Anti-Aging Moisturiser, Vybz Astringent, Vybz Soap and OH! by Vybz Kartel in men's cologne and women's perfume. In a press statement the artist said: "It is the fragrance from Vybz Kartel called "OH," and it's for men and women. Also I have astringents, and skin lighten ers/toners for the ladies as well. It's a whole line of skin care products from the Worl' Boss." Kartel said the recent success from the cake soap propelled him to launch the line. He also said an exclusive store will be opened in time for the release of the products and he is looking to get them in Macy's. "The store opening will coincide with the release of the products in September. As far as plans for the products go, I wanna see them in Macy's and all other fine retailers worldwide. Romping Shop will be the distributor of the product, so the product can be bought by retailers and sold anywhere they choose to sell them." In Ya Ear spoke to a few people who said they are not interested in purchasing any skin care products by the artist. One person said: "If using these products will cause me to end up looking like Vbyz then I am not interested because he looks a hot mess." Nelly Colebrooke had this to say: "Why would I want to buy skincare products by Vybz Kartel? Do you see how his face and his skin looks? I mean he is not so bad of an artist but I don't want to look no way like him. He already looks like a corpse, you think I want to look like one too," she said. "Vybz Kartel actually has a fragrance out by the name of OH? I can't imagine what that smells like. Just imagine me going into a store asking people if they have OH'. I would never purchase any skin care prod ucts by Vybz Kartel," said Jason Taylor. Jashad Simmons said: "Hell no I wouldn't buy his skin care line God make me black I will be black. I am not that black whereas I need to bleach. I just can't support him because he's into darkness, bleaching, wearing weave, one more feminine action and I am really going to think he's gay." This will be the third different line of products mer chandised by Vybz Kartel since the beginning of this year. This past February, the self-proclaimed "Dance hall Hero" announced the launch of his new shoe brand, "Addis." He also announced his intention to release T-shirts, dog tags and belt buckles based off the Kartel brand "Di Teacha," and unveiled his own brand of blue power soap called "Vybz Cake Soap," in May across select stores in Kingston and Falmouth. Additionally, Kartel is reportedly still planning to debut his own rum line; months after his successful Street Vybz Rum brand was effectively discontinued following the severance of ties with former business partner and American businessman, Corey Todd. Kartel is currently shooting episodes for his upcom ing reality show, Teacha's Pet to debut on the Jamaican television station CVM TV and has also released new singles within the last two weeks such as Dedication and Love You Enuh on Sounique Records' L ost Angel Riddim BA H A M I A N S N OT I N T E R E S T E D I N V Y B Z K A RT E L S S K I N C A R E L I N E Y A H E A R G O S S I P C O R N E R D A Y C H A R T S L I N E YA HE AR a my s teriou s buye r w ants K im Kardashi an's sex tape for $ 3 0 m i l l i o n ? A c c o r d i n g t o V i v i d E n t e r t a i n m e n t t he c o m p a n y w h o c u r r e nt l y o w ns t he t a pe a m ys t e ry buy er h a s o f f e r e d t h e m $ 3 0 m i l l i o n t o a c q u i r e t h e r i g h t s t o t h e s e x t ap e T h e b uy er a l s o w o ul d l i k e t o pu rc h as e an y oth er foo tag e th at Vivid may h ave t hat i nvo l ves K im w it h ho pes o f takin g th e s e x ta p e o ff o f th e m ar k e t co mp lete ly. H owe v er Ray J t hin k s th e t ap e is wo rth m u ch mo r e th an t hat. He said he would "absol utel y" l ov e f o r t h e t ap e t o be t a k en o f f o f t h e mark et. Alth ou gh h e cla ims to no t know w h o the pot en t ial buyer is he t hinks the tape is wor th m uch mor e t han $30 mi ll ion. Y A H E A R M a r c A n t h o n y add ressin g i n fidelity rumo rs? Mar c Anthony denied accusati o ns that his i nfi d el it y broke up hi s marri age w it h Jennifer Lopez in a Nightline inter v ie w t hat wa s t eas ed on Good M orni n g A m e r i c a A n t h o n y t o l d J o h n Quino ne s tha t h e was bre akin g h is s il ence because "he' s fed up wi th t he l i es a nd mi si nf orm ati on abou t w hat 's l e d t o h i s br ea ku p. H e t hen s ai d t h at he and J-Lo are working on a post marriage partnership for the sake of t hei r chi ldr en and that h e w i ll al ways love her. YA HEAR Hawthrone was can c e l e d ? F i r s t t h e r e w e r e r u m o u r s abo ut Will a nd Ja da P i n k ett-Smith splitting, now Hawthorne which is a pro du ct o f th e c ou ple's pro du ction co mpa n y, O ve rb roo k is be ing c an celed. According to E! news: TNT has decided not to order a fourth season o f H a w t h o r n e TNT c on firm ed to E! News in a statement. "TNT truly appreciates the tremendous dedica t i o n o f e v e r y o n e i n v o l v e d i n H a w t h o r n e T he s er ie s gav e T NT t he opportunity to work with many out standing people, including Jada Pin kett S m ith and t he r e s t of the show's ta le nt e d ca s t, c re w, p ro d u c er s an d writers. We wish everyone involved w i t h H a w t h o r n e n o t h i n g b u t t h e best." Y A H E A R L i l W a y n e s T h a Carte IV breaks Watch The Throne I t u n e s R e c o r d ? A p p a r e n t l y T h a C a r t e r V I h a s s o l d o v e r 3 0 0 0 0 0 dow n l oad s via iT unes in only it s fi rst fo u r d a y s o f r e l e a s e a c c o r d i n g to C a s h M o n e y / U n i v e r s a l R e p u b l i c Records. That outpaces the 290,000 t h at T h r one mo ve d t h r ou gh i T un es in its entire first week. TOP TEN R &B / HI P HOP SON GS I'm On One DJ Khaled Featuring Drake, Rick Ross & Lil Wayne Motivation Kelly Rowland Featuring Lil Wayne How To Love Lil Wayne Sure Thing Miguel Quickie Miguel Otis Jay Z Kanye West Featuring Otis Redding Best Thing I Never Had Beyonce Marvin's Room Drake Marvin & Chardonnay Big Sean Featuring Kanye West & Roscoe Dash Super Bass Nicki Minaj B r uno Mar s JUST THE W A Y YOU ARE "Her eyes, her eyes make the stars look like they're not shining Her hair, her hair falls perfectly without her trying She's so beautiful And I tell her everyday (yeahh)" By LESH AFTE R a t hree ye ar brea k from th e mu s i c sc en e, Am erican rapper, singer-songwriter Lil Mama is trying to make he r c o m e b a c k i n 2 0 1 1 w i th a m ix t a p e s in g l e e n t it l e d S c ra w be r ry D u ri ng h er b re a k t h e si n g e r to o k o n o th e r v en t ur e s, such as evaluating dance contestants as a judge on Amer ica's Best Dance Crew.' The last time Lil Mama had a hit song, she was singing about her "lip gloss popping." Blog sites are stating that "S c raw be rry is Lil M am a' s w a y of p ay in g som e ho ma g e to a r o le m o de l o f h e rs M C L y t e Li l Ma m a a d de d h e r c re a t i v e style to the new video, which shows her wearing coloured wigs and outfits w ith a group of ladies or wha t seems to be "Barbies". The song also samples a Special Ed's 1989 record called "I Got It Made". The 21-year old rapper from New York City sings: They ca ll my w hip scraw berr y short ca ke, But my cake never short ..all way, I got pounds I don't wanna roll way, So I'm in England please not to tall make I get m o n e y m o n e y I go t S c r a wb e r r y, we l l cr o s s t h e wh o l e world." Let's scraw berry milk .. in some way to tangle in the .. (Scrawberry) keep full tang so I go long way in my dash ..Clean and my truck don't stand That scraw berry milk drink in someone in the .. (Scrawberry) keep full tang so I go long w ay in my das h ..C lean and my tr uc k don't st a nd." she sings. LIL MAMA NEW V I DE O SCRA WBE RR Y Hell no I wouldn' t buy his skin care line God make me black I will be black. I am not that black whereas I need to bleach. I just can' t suppor t him because he' s into darkness, bleaching, wearing weave, one more feminine action and I am really going to think he' s gay Jashad Simmons

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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, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 IMMEDIATELY after Beyonce showed off her baby bump at the Video Music Awards, news of her pregnancy spread like wildfire throughout social media. The news became the hottest trending topic on Twitter, Facebook, news sites, celebrity gossip sites, and blog sites. There has been a lot of discussion about what the baby might look like. Some people even went as far as manipulating baby images to resemble the couple. Here are just a few predictions of what Beyonce and Jay-Z's baby might look like from birth straight to adulthood. Go on and look! MADE LOOK y o u

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T HETRIBUNE SECTIONE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 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 7 7 E E . . . BARRY GOES SIGHT-SEEING IN DAEGU DWIGHT MILLER TO CONTINUE HIS NCAA JOURNEY NBA LOCKOUT : NEXT MEETING SET FOR TODAY US OPEN: WILLIAMS, WOZNIACKI ADV ANCE IN DIFFERENT WAYS T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net DAEGU, South Korea While the Bahamas will be bidding for the hosting of the IAAF World Junior Championships in 2013, the country could also be the venue for another certified training centre in the Bahamas. The Bahamas could be following the same path as Jamaica, the only country in our region to host the global junior championship meet for athletes 18 years and younger in 2003. Jamaica has also been granted permission by the IAAF to host a certified training camp in Kingston. As a result of that decision, quite a number of athletes remain at home to train and there are other athletes from around the world who also take advantage of the facility provided. With the new Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium in p lace, the Bahamas could very well d o the same thing as Jamaica, if granted the certification. Not only athletes, but it is hoped that the cadre of Bahamians coaching in the United States will also return home. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard said theyve gotten t he wink, n ot the nod yet. It is anticipated that some time in November, either before or after the IAAF holds its Congress in Monaco, that a delegation from the IAAF will visit the Bahamas with a view of looking at the facility. We are hoping that when they come down to look at the facilities, they will give us the nod to yes we can get the certification, said Maynard as he explained the importance of supporting the IAAF in the hosting of its international meets. That will give us tremendous o pportunities as Bahamian coaches w ill be paid to train athletes from all around the world as the IAAF will pay for the athletes to come down and they will also pay the coaches to train them. While the bidding for the world junior championships will help in the decision-making process, Maynard said the Bahamas consistent performance alone on the international scene gives the country enough merit for the IAAF to strongly consider the request that was submitted by the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associat ions. They believe that we have what BAHAMAS COULD BE VENUE FOR CERTIFIED TRAINING CENTRE By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter b stubbs@tribunemedia.net DAEGU, South Korea While the 13th IAAF World Champi onships were competitive, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard said Team Bahamas got some "bad breaks" that made a big difference in the outcome of a number of events. "Some things didn't go the way as planned, but I'm still very happy that we were able to put some points on the board that will enable us to be ranked somewhere around No.30 in the world, which is still a great achievement," he said. Actually, the Bahamas collected a total of 11 points after Trevor Barrys bronze medal performance in the men's high jump, the sixth place by Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie in the women's 200 metres and the seventh by Leevan 'Superman' Sands in the men's triple jump. They were the only three finalists for the Bahamas. The Bahamas had a chance to make the final in the men's 400, the men's 4 x 400 relay, the men's 200 and the women's 4 x 100 relay but fell short. "I'm sure that the athletes, the coaches and the federation is going to make sure that we do a postmortem of this event and I'm sure that we will have a better prepared and more polished team going into the Olympic Games. "I feel positive that this is going to be a teaching moment for us in many regards. But when we look at the final of the men's triple jump, Leevan gave it his best and his best under any other circumstances could have gotten him a medal, said the minister. Maynard, who attended the cham pionships with his wife and director of sports Timothy Munnings, a former participant of the championships, said that was just how competitive the competition was across the board in every event. "Like I told them in the meeting (at the Games Village is their personal best," he said. "If it means medal fine, if it doesn't I'm still happy that they would have come here and gave it their best. "I know some of the younger athletes like Raymond Higgs, Nivea Smith, Anthonique Strachan, Trevor Barry and Sheniqua Ferguson all gained some valuable lessons that will push them even further heading But, at the end of the day, I was very proud of the team MAYNARD S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 4 4 E E S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 E E JUMPING INTO HISTORY: Trevor Barry competes in the mens high jump at the 13th IAAF World Athletic Championships in Daegu, South Korea. He won the bronze medal.

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SPORTS PAGE 2E, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS SIGHT-SEEING: 13th IAAF Worlds high jump bronze medallist Trevor Barry takes in the sights in the city of Daegu over the weekend after he won the bronze medal in the men's high jump at the 13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 4E 13th IAAF World Championships TREVOR BARRY GOES SIGHT-SEEING IN DAEGU But, at the end of the day I was ver y pr oud of the team into the Olympic Games. All of these athletes have a bright future ahead of them. So I expect them to learn a lot from this. With a personal best performance of 2.32 metres in the men's triple jump, Trevor Barry rose to the occasion by clinching the Bahamas' only medal. It was a feat that Maynard said was quite outstanding. Maynard said the sports policy calls for any medallists and all finalists at the World Championships or the Olympic Games to be compensated by the Bahamas Government. In the case of Barry, he will earn a pay cheque of $15,000 for the medal and both Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (sixth in the women's 200 metres) and Leevan 'Superman' Sands (seventh in the men's triple jump) will collect $5,000. "We're going to try to make that available to them as soon as possible," Maynard said. "I think Trevor has carried the hope and the pride of the nation on his back and he did very well. We had a chance to speak to him before he left as he goes on to compete in some of the European meets." Maynard, however, said the Bahamas could have had a couple more appearances in the finals, but there were some things "that could have been helped and some things that couldn't have been helped. But at the end of the day, I was very proud of the team. We continue to shine on the world stage. A lot of people believe that if we don't come home with a gold, silver or bronze, you haven't competed. But when we look at some of our athletes that are now ranked in the top 20 in the world, it gives you a lot of pride. When you look at our performances, we have a lot to be proud of." F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E

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By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net JUNIOR athletes are up next on the list of teams fielded by the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC Bahamas prepares to culminate a busy summer session. An eight-member team will represent the country at the 4th Commonwealth Youth Games September 7-13 in Isle of Man. The team will partake in two disciplines five mem bers for track and field and two members for cycling. BOC president Wellington Miller said the event gives its participants early exposure to the Olympic movement and can draw inspiration from its deputy chef de mission, Olympic gold medallist Tonique Williams-Darling. We believe, at this point, taking this young team away for a games of this caliber is very good for sports. These youngsters get to interact and participate with their peers from other countries. It is expected that 72 countries willb e there from throughout the C ommonwealth. It is a good thing to start your network ing early, so as you progress in your career you gain friends for life and that is what sports is and that is a part of the Olympic model, Miller said. We have a distinguished lady going with us, Ms Tonique Williams-Darling and that should be great moti vation for the athletes. With an Olympic and world champion on board she can really encourage them and let them know what they need to do to reach the top of their game. Miller said other disciplines would be added for upcoming editions of the event. They only asked for 10 athletes to participate. Swim-m ers, with school approaching, some people did not want their athletes to go. Boxing, who we wanted to send, was not in shape at the time and that is why those two events were not included among thed isciplines. Chef de mission Roy Colebrook said expectations loom high for the team. This team that has been put together are some of theb est athletes that we have in our country in the U-18 category today. We are looking for great things in these games and we are also looking to seea display of the spirit of the games which is camaraderiea nd to build communities of love and friendship through sports what we believe is very important in this day and time, he said. The first Commonwealth Y outh Games was held in August 2000 in Scotland where 733 athletes from 14 countries competed in eight sports over three days. The second edition of the Commonwealth Youth Gamest ook place in Australia in December 2004 and saw over 1,000 athletes and officials from 22 countries in a 10sport programme. Roy Colebrook Jr, a member of the cycling team and one of the top juniors in the sport, said his main focus is to rebound from a disappointing outing at his latest international appearance last month. I am looking to this because we didnt do too well in the Caribbean Games because of crashes and mechanical problems so we are looking to go to these games and bounce back, he said. You have to have a strong mindset to go out there and do your best. This competition will be tough to beat. Different countries are based on cycling so they are strong and will be tough to beat but we will be ready. T T E E A A M M B B A A H H A A M M A A S S R R O O S S T T E E R R T T r r a a c c k k & & F F i i e e l l d d Anthonique Butler Triple Jump Anthony Adderley 200m, 4x100m D elano Davis 100m, 200m, 4x100m Gregria Higgs 100m Shannon Balfour 400m, 4x100m Julian Munroe 400m, 4x100m C C y y c c l l i i n n g g Jay Major Individual Time Trial, Road Race, Team Time Trial Roy Colebrook Jr Individual Time Trial, Road Race, Team Time Trial C C h h e e f f d d e e M M i i s s s s i i o o n n R R o o y y C C o o l l e e b b r r o o o o k k D D e e p p u u t t y y C C h h e e f f d d e e M M i i s s s s i i o o n n T T o o n n i i q q u u e e W W i i l l l l i i a a m m s s D D a a r r l l i i n n g g B y RENALDO DORSETT S ports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net THIS fall semester will offer a fresh start for one Bahamian collegiate basketball star, featuring his return to NCAA Division I play. Dwight Miller will continue his NCAA journey this upcoming season with the Tennessee Volunteers of the Southeastern Conference. Miller, a 6' 8" 245-pound forward, spent last season with Midland College of the National Junior College A thletic Association where he led t he Chaparrals to the NJCAA title game. He began his collegiate career with the Pittsburgh Panthers of the Big East Conference. He had a redshirt freshman season and played sparingly during his tenure in 16 contests in his sophomore campaign. Miller opted to transfer to a junior college to avoid the NCAA rule of sitting out an entire year before transferring from one D-I school to another. He was ranked the nation's 10thbest junior-college prospect by top flight recruiting website JucoJunction.com. After the departure of nationally renowned head coach Bruce Pearl, the Volunteers made Miller a part of the first recruiting class under the new regime of Cuonzo Martin. Miller is the fifth member of Martin's current signing class, joining guards Chris Jones, Wes Washpun, Josh Richardson and Quinton Chievous. After a critically acclaimed high school career, when he rose to international prominence for his personal workouts with NBA Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, Miller chose the Panthers out of several scholarship offers. In his final high school season, Miller led the St Pius X Panthers to a 22-8 record and were ranked No.4 in the state of Texas. They won the TAPPS 6A District three championship with a 9-0 record as he averaged 15.8 points per game. Miller was nominated for the McDonald's High School All-America Game and had a productive summer heading into the collegiate recruiting process when he averaged 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game at the ReebokU Camp. He also earned the Dante Anderson Memorial Award for the player below the radar who made the biggest impact over the course of the camp. Miller is a product of the Frank Rutherford Elite Athlete Development Foundation. Some of the foundation's other athletes and alumni include Devard and Devaughn Darling, Ian Symonette, Jeremy Barr, Wannah Bail, Michael Carey, Mikhail McClean, Alex Cooper, Waltia Rolle, Mavin Saunders, Probese Leo, Enrico Forbes and several others. SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011, PAGE 3E By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter rdorsett@tribunemedia.net PREPARATIONS are underway as the local governing body for softball gears up for the climax of the Bahamas Softball Federation season. The BSF National R ound Robin is scheduled to return to New Providence November 3-6 for the preliminary round with the championship set for Andros the followingw eekend. The round robin will be named in honour of Sonny Haven and Ernestine But ler while the championships will honour Brian Clear and Dora Evans. T he 2011 edition is e xpected to have the largest fields ever in the history of the Bahamas Softball Federation National Round Robin. The BSF is set to hold its annual national cham pionship in New Providence November 3-6 with all the affiliated associations playing men and womens softball this season. The islands that are expected to participate are Abaco, Andros, Eleuthera, Exuma, Long Island, Grand Bahama, New Providence and Inagua the latter island recently joined the BSF. Cat Island may also be a late addition to the line-up. The expected womens teams are Andros, Abaco, Eleuthera, Exuma, Long Island, Grand Bahama, New Providence and Inagua. Teams that are declared champions in their respective divisions of that association will be accepted as the round robin represen tative from that particular association. The round robin is slated to begin at 3pm on November 3 and concludes November 6 with all games played at the Blue Hill Fields. The following weekend (November 11-13 championship best three out of five will be contested in North Andros. The two top teams from the round robin will advance to the championship. This year, the BSF con tinues to honour a stalwart who has contributed to the development and success of softball in the Bahamas. The round robin in New Providence will be the Sonny Haven/Ernestine Butler 2011 Round Robin and the Championship will be in honour of the softball pioneer in Andros, Brian Clear/Dora Evans Championships. Federation executives expect this year to be a very festive round robin. The Family Island associations with the most fans at the games on the mentioned night will receive a cash prize. And there will be gate prizes, including round trip airline tickets, televisions, cellular phones and phone cards. BSF National Round Robin set for next month in New Providence DWIGHT MILLER TO CONTINUE NCAA JOURNEY WITH VOLUNTEERS THE Bahamas Softball Federation has released the names of the players that will make up the mens national team that is expected to represent the Bahamas at the Pan Am Championships and World Qualifier in Hermosillo, Mexico, November 18 -27. The team is expected to leave Nassau November 11. The Bahamas will be among 10 countries trying to finish in the top five to qualify for the World Championships in Australia in 2013. Other countries taking part are Venezuela, the United States, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala and the British Virgin Islands. The team, which has been working out since April this year, will be managed by Godfrey Burnside. The coaches are Martin Burrows and Delano Cartwirght. Alfred Culmer is the chef de mission assisted by Brian Neely. T T E E A A M M Manager Godfrey Burnside Coach Martin Burrows Coach Delano Cartwright Trainer Brian Neely P P L L A A Y Y E E R R S S Edney Bethel (Eleuthera Alcott Forbes (Grand Bahama) Eugene Pratt (NP Thomas Davis (Long Island) Freddie Cornish (Abaco Angelo Dillett (NP Greg Gardiner (GB Larry Russell (GB Ken Wood Jr (NP Marvin Wood (NP Desmond Russell (Grand Bahama) Richard Bain (NP Van Johnson (NP Martin Burrows Jr (NP Lamar Watkins (NP Sherman Ferguson (NP Godfrey Burnside Jr (NP Michael Sweeting (Grand Bahama) William Weatherford (Abaco BSF NAMES MENS NATIONAL TEAM FOR THE PAN AM CHAMPIONSHIPS 8-MEMBER TEAM BAHAMAS SET FOR THE COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L Event starts today in Isle of Man CYCLIST Jay Major is expected to represent the Bahamas at the 4th Commonwealth Youth Games.

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it takes to be certified as a training center, he said. So thats another positive development coming outof these games. Although the Bahamas was not successful in advancing to the final in neither the mens 4 x 400 and the womens 4 x 100 metre relays, Maynard said the countrys performances in those events in the past has given the IAAF the confidence that the Bahamas can play a major role as the host of another important event. For the first time, the IAAF wants to stage the All Relay Championships. While no official date hasbeen released, Maynard said the IAAF is targeting July 2013 for the launch with the Bahamas being considered as the initial host. Although Maynard said he would have liked to have seen a lot more out standing performances turned in from the Bahamian athletes, he was quite thrilled with the developments that will eventually have the world flocking to our shores. Maynard and the director of sports Timothy Munnings, along with the BAAA, headed by Mike Sands, were kept rather busy during their stay in Daegu, not just waiting for the athletes perform, but negotiating a number of deals that could have a positive effect on the Bahamas as a whole. SPORTS PAGE 4E, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS TREVOR BARRY GOES SIGHT-SEEING IN DAEGU B AHAMAS COULD BE VENUE F OR CER TIFIED TRAINING CENTRE 13th IAAF World Championships SIGHT-SEEING: 13th IAAF Worlds high jump bronze medallist Trevor Barry takes in the sights in the city of Daegu over the weekend after he won the bronze medal in the men's high jump at the 13th IAAF World Championships in A thletics. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E IAAF HIGH JUMP BRONZE MEDALLIST Trevor Barry (left Dennis Mitchell and Adrian Griffith (right TREVOR BARRY Stanley Mitchell (centre and sprinter Adrian Griffith. TREVOR BARRY poses with Korean family in traditional clothing. TREVOR BARRY with executives of the Muzuno shoe company.


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