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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
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Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 09-23-2011
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General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.247FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, T-STORM HIGH 91F LOW 80F By PACO NUNEZ and CELESTE NIXON NATIONAL Security Minister Tommy Turnquesthas attacked the judiciary f or its willingness to grant bail to repeat violent offend ers, which he said has con tributed "greatly" to the c ountry's escalating crime problem. Mr Turnquest said that while he has no wish to encroach on the independence of the judicial system, in his opinion some judges have been far too "liberal" when it comes to granting bail to career criminals and those accused of serious offences and he believes the police and the public agree with him. Asked about the bail issue at a Rotary Club of West Nassau meeting yesterday, Mr Turnquest said: Liber ally they have administered that it concerns me greatly if we had a system as they do in New York, where judges are elected, many of them would have been chased out of town. Asked why the judiciary seems to be at odds with society in general on this matter, Mr Turnquest, gesTRY OUR PINA COLADA McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Minister attacks judges over crime Turnquest hits out over bail for repeat offenders A UTODEALERSUFFERS W W O O R R S S T T E E V V E E R R M M O O N N T T H H SEEBUSINESSSECTIONB B y N E I L H A R T N E L L T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s E d i t o r P A S S I N G t h e l o n g a w a i t e d C o n t r a c t o r s B i l l i n t o l a w i s p a r a m o u n t t o c l e a n u p t h e c o n s t r u c t i o n i n d u s t r y t h e B a h a m i a n C o n t r a c t o r s A s s o c i a t i o n s ( B C A ) p r e s i d e n t b e l i e v e s a d d i n g t h a t t h e s e c t o r h a d a c h a n g e o f h e a r t o v e r t h e G o v e r n m e n t s C o n s u m e r C o d e p l a n s W h i l e t h e B i l l n o w a p p e a r e d t o b e o n t h e b a c k b u r n e r G o d f r e y F o r b e s s a i d t h e B C A a n d w i d e r c o n s t r u c t i o n i n d u s t r y h a d i n i t i a l l y o p p o s e d t h e I n g r a h a m a d m i n i s t r a t i o n s d e c i s i o n t o i n c l u d e a c o n s u m e r p r o t e c t i o n c o d e i n t h e d r a f t l e g i s l a t i o n b u t c h a n g e d p o s i t i o n w h e n t h e y r e a l i s e d t h a t t h e G o v e r n m e n t w a s t h e l e a d i n g c o n s u m e r o f t h e i r s e r v i c e s P o i n t i n g o u t t h a t t h e p r i v a t e s e c t o r h a d t h o u g h t e v e r y t h i n g w a s f i n i s h e d w i t h t h e B i l l b y e n d 2 0 1 0 t h e t i m e t h e C o n s u m e r C o d e w a s f i r s t i n t r o d u c e d M r F o r b e s t o l d T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s : A t f i r s t w e t h o u g h t i t s h o u l d n o t r e a l l y b e p a r t o f t h e C o n t r a c t o r s B i l l B u t i n h i n d s i g h t w h e n w e l o o k e d a t i t w e s a w t h e G o v e r n m e n t i t s e l f w a s t h e g r e a t e s t c o n s u m e r w i t h r e s p e c t t o t h e s i n g l e f a m i l y h o m e m a r k e t I t b u i l d s m o r e h o m e s a t a n y o n e t i m e t h a n a n y o f t h e d e v e l o p m e n t c o m p a n i e s a r o u n d t h e p l a c e T h e I n g r a h a m a d m i n i s t r a t i o n a t t h e u l t i m a t e e x p e n s e o f t h e B a h a m i a n t a x p a y e r h a d b e e n f o r c e d t o s p e n d m i l l i o n s o f d o l l a r s o n c o r r e c t i n g s h o d d y w o r k m a n s h i p i n n u m e r o u s h o m e s b u i l t u n d e r t h e 2 0 0 2 2 0 0 7 C h r i s t i e a d m i n i s t r a t i o n T h a t r e a l l y s p u r r e d t h e m o n t o s a y : W e v e g o t t o d o s o m e t h i n g f o r t h e c o n s u m e r M r F o r b e s a c k n o w l e d g e d T h e G o v e r n m e n t s p e n t c o n s i d e r a b l e s u m s g o i n g o v e r w o r k o n h o u s e s p r e v i o u s l y b u i l t b y o t h e r g o v e r n m e n t s T h e r e w e r e a l o t o f d e f e c t s I t [ t h e C o n s u m e r C o d e ] h a s i t s p l a c e W e f e e l t h a t a f t e r t h e p r o p o s a l s w e p u t f o r w a r d i t s s o m e t h i n g t h a t c a n w o r k a s l o n g a s t h e G o v e r n m e n t i s p r e p a r e d t o w o r k w i t h u s T h e C o n t r a c t o r s B i l l w a s b e t w e e n t h e M i n i s t r y o f W o r k s a n d A t t o r n e y G e n e r a l s O f f i c e a s f a r a s t h e B C A w a s a w a r e M r F o r b e s s a i d t h e o r g a n i s a t i o n h a d l a s t m e t w i t h t h e m i n J u n e / J u l y t o f i n a l i s e p o i n t s i n t h e C o n s u m e r C o d e a n d t h e G o v e r n m e n t s i d e w a s s u p p o s e d t o p u t f o r w a r d a r e v i s e d d r a f t c o n t a i n i n g t h e i r r e c o m m e n d a t i o n s t w o w e e k s l a t e r I t w a s n o w S e p t e m b e r a n d n o d r a f t h a d b e e n r e c e i v e d b y t h e B C A y e t T h e C o n t r a c $ 5 3 2 $ 5 3 8 $ 5 5 0 T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N B b u s i n e s s @ t r i b u n e m e d i a n e t F R I D A Y S E P T E M B E R 2 3 2 0 1 1 B y N E I L H A R T N E L L T r i b u n e B u s i n e s s E d i t o r A B A H A M A S B A S E D b u s i n e s s b r o k e r y e s t e r d a y s a i d h e w o u l d f i g h t a n y a t t e m p t t o f o r c e h i m t o o b t a i n a r e a l e s t a t e b r o k e r s l i c e n c e q u e s t i o n i n g : W h y s h o u l d I g i v e 5 0 p e r c e n t o f m y i n c o m e a w a y t o s o m e o n e e l s e ? 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T I O N S E C T O R C L E A N U P I n d u s t r y h a s c h a n g e o f h e a r t o n C o n s u m e r C o d e W o r k s h o p t o t a c k l e c o n s u m e r c o n t r a c t o r d i s c o n n e c tS E E p a g e 4 B B U S I N E S S B R O K E R T O F I G H T R E A L T O R S C h a l l e n g e s B R E A p o s i t i o n i t s h o u l d l i c e n c e h i m b e c a u s e b u s i n e s s s a l e s i n v o l v e p r o p e r t y a s s e t s C l a i m s r e a l e s t a t e b o d y b e i n g p r o t e c t i o n i s t a n d s t i f l i n g c o m p e t i t i o n B R E A c h i e f s a y s p r o b e u n d e r t a k e n a f t e r E l G r e c o c o m p l a i n t B T C L A N D L I N E F A U L T S S P I K E T W O T H R E E F O L D N e t w o r k 8 0 9 0 % r e s t o r e d a f t e r I r e n e a n d w e t S e p t e m b e r h i t S t o r m n o t e x p e c t e d t o i m p a c t c a r r i e r s p e r f o r m a n c e S E E p a g e 3 B S E E p a g e t w o J A P A U T O I N V E N T O R Y H I T S 5 0 7 5 % O F N O R M A L N a s s a u M o t o r s a y s H o n d a s t o c k d r o p p e d t o o n e t h i r d o f r e g u l a r l e v e l s i n e a r t h q u a k e a f t e r m a t h B u t m a n u f a c t u r e r b a c k t o f u l l c a p a c i t y a n d B a h a m a s d e a l e r s e t t o h i t 1 0 0 % m a r k i n D e c e m b e r S E E p a g e 3 B S I M O N C O O P E R BODYBUILDINGANDPOWERLIFTING T T U U C C K K E E R R L L E E A A D D S S T T E E A A M M B B A A H H A A M M A A S S SEESPORTSSECTIONE SEE page seven By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@ tribunemedia.net FAMILY members of Desmond Key are desperately seeking closure after numerous trial delays have pushed his manslaughter case past the fourth anniversary of his death. Desmond Key, a father of six, was allegedly beaten while detained at the Grove police station in June 2007. Mr Key, 28, died at Princess Margaret Hospital in January 2008, having never recovered from a coma. The stalled search for the truth has enraged bereaved loved ones, said Verona Bastian, Mr Keys 71-year-old grandmother F AMIL Y SEEKING CLOSURE IN FOUR YEAR MANSLAUGHTER CASE SEE page two By SANCHESKA BROWN THE parents of the baby girl who died in a house fire last Saturday will not be charged in connection with her death, said fire officials. Superintendent of Fire Services Jef frey Deleveaux said police will not charge the child's parents with neglect because the fire was not intentional. We do not think it was intentional. As far as we know the parents did not intentionally leave the children at home all alone. From the information we are getting it seems like a case of miscommunication, he said. The mother thought the children were home with their father and vice versa. They both assumed a responsible adult was taking care of the three kids. So, at By SANCHESKA BROWN THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company has requested the Utilities and Regulation and Competition Authoritys permission to charge customers for the use of its 916 directory. URCA recently denied a previous request for BTC to charge customers for automated ancillary services or calls to weather, time of day and temperature services. The regulator is now asking the public to weigh in on whether or not BTC should charge a fee to call the directory. According to a statement from URCA, BTC has applied to levy a charge of 35 cents per call for local directory assistance. Kathleen Smith, URCA's director of pol icy and regulation, said the company needs feedback from the public before it can make a decision. SEE page nine SEE page seven FIRE DEATH BABYS PARENTS WILL NOT BE CHARGED BTC SEEKS PERMISSION TO CHAR GE F OR 916 DIRECTORY B y CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL c brennen@tribunemdia.net ONE day after murder s uspect Israel Lubin died i n hospital from gunshot w ounds, a man wanted for questioning in connection with his shooting turnedh imself in to police. Police confirmed Lubin died in hospital yesterday, and said his death pushed the country's homicide count to 103. SEE page seven MAN TURNS HIMSELF IN ONE DAY AFTER DEATH OF SUSPECT FIRECHIEF:WEDONOTTHINKITWASINTENTIONAL P OLICENEWS VERONA BASTIAN Desmond Keys 71-year-old grandmother, holds photographs of her grandson. NATIONAL SECURITY Minister Tommy Turnquest


By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net THE government plans to u pgrade and add new features t o the 911 emergency response system. Announcing the initiative yesterday, National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said the improvements will enhance the capability of our emergency call system. Speaking at the Rotary Club of West Nassau, yesterday, Mr Turnquest said this is but one of several efforts underway as part of the governments efforts to tackle crime. The government is taking the lead, implementing many initiatives that we expect to yield positive results, he said. When the House of Assembly reconvenes on October 5, said Mr Turnquest a package o f bills will be presented dealing with the criminal justice system. Mr Turnquest said the government has come to the aid of the police, investing $8.5 million in new equipment, technology and crime fighting tools. The Electronic Monitoring System launched last year has been an effective tool, said Mr Turnquest, with 174 offenders currently being monitored by way of ankle bracelets under the programme. He added that the system has also proven to be an effective crime fighting tool as it allows police to follow various offenders and confirm their w hereabouts when crimes occur. Mr Turnquest said the Ministry of National Security plans to launch a major drugs and crime public awareness campaign in collaboration with former gang members, civic figures and church leaders who want to see a transformation in our country. Resources have also been provided to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force so it can intensify its patrols of Bahamian waters. Mr Turnquest said the new remand court being constructed near Her Majestys Prison, Fox Hill is almost complete. T he facility will be dedicated to remand hearings, ending prison buses that race through traffic every day taking prisoners on remand to and from the downtown courts. The madness you see going o n in our streets is mostly with remanded inmates being transported at great speeds the remand court will bring an end to that, only those who have actual cases will come down. That number, instead of being in the 80 to 100s, will be more like 10 to 15. Video conferencing also will be available at this facility, Mr T urnquest said. He added that a $3 million CCTV contract for Nassau is expected to be awarded shortly. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011, PAGE 3 A SUPREMECourt trial in which two men and one woman are accused of stealing by reason of employment was adjourned pending the outc ome of an appeal filed by a defence attorney to a superior court. Murrio Ducille, who repr esents Byron Roberts, one o f three defendants charged in connection with theft by employment,a ppealed to the Court of Appeal to have the trial stayed. Mr Ducille's appeal was m ade on the grounds that his client was not properly taken before the courts because he was not givena n election of which court he would wish to have the matter tried in during hisa rraignment in connection w ith the offence. Burrows and Tremell Taylor are charged in con nection with theft of$ 13,500 as employees of Scotia Bank Bahamas Limited between April and J uly of 2008. Taylor and Natasha Evans, also an employee of SBBL, are alleged to have stolen nearly $1.3 million by reason of employment between April and June, 2008. Natasha Evans and Tremell Taylor are repre sented by Roger Gomez II and Romauld Ferreira. In Wednesday's appel late court hearing, Court of Appeal president Justice Anita Allen granted an adjournment in the trial pending the appeal which will be heard on Thursday, September 29. Garvin Gaskin, deputy director of public prosecu tions, represented the Crown at that hearing. In yesterday's Supreme Court trial, public prosecutor Ambrose Armbrister relayed this information to Senior Justice Isaacs and the court, and indicated that it would be appropri ate to discharge the jury. Senior Justice Isaacs accepted the ruling and adjourned the matter to Monday, October 10, for mention, when a new trial date will be made if the Court of Appeal rules in favour of the prosecution. GOVT PLANS UPGRADES TO 911 EMERGENCY RESPONSE SYSTEM THEFT BY REASON OF EMPLOYMENT TRIAL ADJOURNED COURT NEWS By TANEKA THOMPSON D eputy Chief Reporter t thompson@tribunemedia.net SUGGESTIONS that Bamboo T own is an FNM constituency is a "slap in the face" to residents of the area who deserve full representation regardless of political affiliation, MP Branville McCartney said. His comments came after a source in the Free National Movement said Mr M cCartney will lose his seat in the next election to Cassius Stuart, who is the party's unofficial candidate for the area. "I think that it's almost a slap in the face to Bahamian people. It is a constituency for the Bahamian people," said Mr McCartney, as he prepared to host a town meeting in Grand Bahama y esterday. The former FNM member said he had hoped that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham would be the party's candi-d ate to challenge him in a "leader-toleader" battle. I was a bit disappointed to hear that Cassius may be running especially after the prime minister and (members of his) Cabinet went down there a few m onths ago and indicated that they w ere sure it was an FNM seat and the prime minister and the Cabinet apologised for sending me there. "I thought it was going to be leader against leader," he said. Earlier this week, a well-placed s ource in the FNM said Mr Stuart will b eat Mr McCartney because constituents in Bamboo Town are "hardcore" FNM supporters. "Bamboo Town is like what Bain T own is to the PLP, hard-core, and the p eople are very upset that Branville abandoned them the same way they w ere upset when (former area MP T ennyson Wells did it to them. Bamboo Town is FNM and will go back to the FNM," said the source. Yesterday Mr McCartney said he d oes not know if voters in the area he r epresents will back Mr Stuart, or the Progressive Liberal Party's candidate Renward Wells. But he said his work in Bamboo Town over the last four years speaks for itself. I've done my part as a representat ive. We have a number of programmes that started from 2007 and we do (area walkabouts once a week." "I can't say whether or not they w ould vote for him or others. Obvio usly there is going to be a three-way race or more, the Bahamian people a nd the people of Bamboo Town will h ave to decide, he said. MCCARTNEY SAYS FNM COMMENTS A SLAP IN THE FACE TO BAMBOO TOWN RESIDENTS A BAINTown man was arraigned in Magistrate's C ourt yesterday morning w hen he was charged in c onnection with an attempt on another mans life last week Thursday, according to court dockets. Montry Thompson, 36, of No. 29 Rupert DeanLane was charged before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One,Bank Lane, in connection with an attempt to kill Pedson Lafleur on Thursday, September 15. Chief Magistrate Gomez told the accused that he was not required to enter a p lea to the charge because o f the nature of the offence. A Voluntary Bill of I ndictment will be served a gainst him on Novermber 8 when the matter will be forwarded to the SupremeC ourt for trial. The accused was remanded to Her Majestys Fox Hill Prison until the completion of his trial. MAN ARRAIGNED ON ATTEMPTED MURDER CHARGE INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays DNA leader disappointed in partys choice to run for seat Branville McCartney


E DITOR, The Tribune. IT ISnow commonly accepted and broadly acknowledged that the educational plant in TheB ahamas is badly broken a nd is in urgent need of an o verhaul. In recent times the H onourable Minister of Education has publicly said that many of our school buildings should have been condemned long ago. Our national grade average continues to hover around the D level and our schools c ontinue to graduate semi-illiterate students who a re barely able to read; comprehend and speak proper E nglish. The sad part about this scenario is that stakeholde rs have yet to come together to study the problem m uch less to offer realistic solutions and improvements. We all are aware that the educational plant is in a state of disrepair but few ofu s are even checking. It is regrettable that we h ave been able to secure f inancing to do some cosmetic and debilitating road i mprovement works here in New Providence but not a s ingle new school has been built by this administrationi n almost five years. The s chool at Horseshoe Drive, thank God, may be openings oon but there has been no d efinitive statement from the Ministry of Education. In our Family Islands, especially Cat Island, mosto f the school buildings are a national disgrace and not fit for human occupation.Y es, I fully understand that there are so called budgetary constraints but there can be nothing of higheri mportance than the educat ion of our children, apart from health care. I understand that we are negotiating to borrow yet another 12 or so millions of dollars from an international lending institution tom ake up the short falls in t he ballooning costs for the road improvement works but we are unable or unwill ing to spend some monies to improve our educational plant? Which is more impor tant? The FNM means well, I am sure but the proverbial road to Hell has always been p aved with good intentions. The record of the PLP is, sadly, no better and the e mbryonic DNA has yet to o ffer a realistic and compreh ensive plan of its own. H ere in the capital we n eed at least four brand new s tate of the art primary and high schools. The College of The Bahamas needs to be urgently expanded and better trained faculty members need to be recruited. The amenities at that institution a re of third world quality a nd are in dire need of upgrading if it is to evolve into the University of The Bahamas. T he apparent dumbing d own of our students and t he failure to address the o vert decay of our educat ional plant is wrecking our o verall society. Graduates who are not equipped with appropriate skills and qual ifications for the job marketare relegated to menial employment and the catchall construction jobs. Mind y ou, there is dignity in any kind of work but with a min imal income a persons f uture horizons are restrict e d. The middle class as we used to know it will so become a thing of the past. The average dropout and t hose who would not have even bothered to graduate are then obliged to eke out am iserable living from: petty crime; drug dealing and/or prostitution. Jail, in far too many cases, becomes ar evolving door and a tertiary l evel institution of higher and dubious learning where the graduates become ac lear and present menace to society at large, inclusive of themselves. I call for more state of the art school buildings; a more relevant regime of learning and instructions. We are in urgent need, I submit, of additional trade schools witht he necessary resources and w ell trained instructors. Stud ents who are academically i nclined should be steered in that direction. Others who are good at the trades should be encouraged to pursue the same. We need to stop lumping all of our students in one basket. W ith the approach of yet a nother cycle of bombastic elections, I doubt that the c urrent administration will come up with any bold and i nnovative solutions. Not only does it not have the money but it lacks, in my v iew, the visionary zeal and/or prophet to bring a bout the same. The PLP, as usual, talks a good talk but in opposition it is easy to say one thing. The true test comes when one holds ther eins of governance. With some 90 odd alleged h omicides for the year, so f ar, it should be clear to all that the socialisation of our n ation is in grave danger. While our collective Neros f iddle, the country is fast imploding. Crime and thef ear of the same have litera lly paralysed and stunted the economic and culturalg rowth of the nation. I n a few months time our current crop of leaders, in one or both cases, will be a part of our political past.Y ou and I, however, if the Lord continues to tarry, will be left holding the prover b ial and possibly empty bag. Despite this dismal prospect, however, to God be the glo ry in all things. ORTLAND H BODIE Jr Nassau, September 19, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 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 WASHINGTON Global financial leaders struggled Thursday to calm financial markets, which plunged over renewed fears that the United States and the global economy were headed for recession. Investors are worried that Europe's debt crisis could destabilize the global economy. The United States is limping along with slow growth, 14 million unemployed and millions stuck with homes worth less than what is owed on the mortgage. The Dow Jones industrial average sank 391 points for the day. The second-straight day of massive losses on Wall Street coincided with the start of the annual meeting for the 187nation International Monetary Fund and its sister lending institution, the World Bank. "The current economic situation is entering a dangerous phase, said Christine Lagarde, the head of the IMF. "This heavy debt of sovereigns, households and banks (represents that could actually suffocate the recovery." Some leaders at the conference seem to be losing faith in the economy, just as investors are. "I still think a double-dip recession for the world's major economies is unlikely, but my confidence in that belief is being eroded daily," said World Bank President Robert Zoellick. On Wednesday, stocks had tumbled after the Federal Reserve expressed new concerns about the U.S. economy and the growing risks in Europe. The Fed also announced a plan to try to lower long-term interest rates further by shuffling the makeup of its portfolio. Still, many investors and economists fear the Federal Reserve can't do much to help. Some Republican lawmakers think Fed is making matters worse. Congress and the White House can't agree on policies to help the unemployed or on plans to whittle down trillion-dollar deficits. "We are faced with a weakening economic outlook and policymakers are becoming impotent," said Paul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics. The gathering of world finance leaders comes at a perilous time in Europe. Greece could default on its debt next month unless it receives a $10.9 billion instalment from a bailout fund managed by the European Central Bank, the European Commission and the IMF. A default could destabilize other financially troubled European countries, such as Por tugal, Ireland, Spain and Italy. It would also deal a blow to many European banks, which are large holders of Greek government bonds. Lagarde offered some direction to stem the crisis. Banks in Europe must provide more capital so they can withstand potential losses. Governments need credible plans to get their debt under control. But some governments lacked the political will to shrink rising deficits, Lagarde said, an apparent shot at lawmakers in the United States. "What is needed and what certainly we hope to generate ... is the political leadership, and the degree of synchronization that needs to happen for that path to recovery to be made possible," Lagarde said. Brazil, India and China and other emerging economies favour efforts by President Barack Obama to tackle the U.S. budget deficit. And they want the 17 countries that use the euro currency to address the debt crisis in their region. The group said in its statement that it would "consider, if necessary, providing support through the IMF or other international financial institutions" to address the European debt crisis. Finance officials from the group played down reports that they might purchase government debt of troubled European countries. At a news conference, they said it would be politically difficult to sell such a move to voters in their home countries, many of whom have far lower standards of living than European countries. Still, Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega said the emerging nations under stand the crisis must be contained. "We are living through a worsening of the crisis in recent months and we have to prevent the crisis from making a qualitative jump, reaching a more serious level," Mantega said. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Thursday that the United States has a huge stake in seeing Europe succeed. He said European governments would "act with more force" to resolve its debt crisis in the coming weeks. He also said that the IMF had adequate resources to help in the European debt crisis. The IMF is already providing support to a bailout package for Greece. Olli Rehn, the European Union's top economic official, said the 16 other euro zone countries won't abandon Greece and allow it to default on its massive debts. "An uncontrolled default or exit of Greece from the euro zone would cause enormous economic and social damage, not only to Greece but to the European Union" and the rest of the world, Rehn said. The U.S. economy appears to be slightly more stable than Europe. Still, more than two years after the recession officially ended, it is barely growing. Consumer and business confidence is low. In August, employers added no new jobs, and consumers didn't increase their spending on retail goods. On Wednesday, the Fed said it will try to push long-term interest rates lower and make consumer and business loans cheaper by shift ing $400 billion out of short-term Treasury securities and into longer-term bonds. Econo mists, however, doubt the plan will do much. President Barack Obama has proposed a $447 billion job-creation package. But the pres ident lacks support in Congress. Republicans strongly oppose his proposal to pay for it with higher taxes on wealthier households, hedge fund managers and oil companies. (By Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer). Educational plant badly broken LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Global leaders struggle to calm recession fears EDITOR, The Tribune. YOUR editorial of September 19, 2011 regarding Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonettes admission over a govern ment contract awarded to a company in which his family has interests clearly expresses the true reason why men and women enter politics: self-aggrandizement and the ability to become wealthy by questionable means. Even if there exists any personal altruism to serve ones country and improve the livelihood of the citizens, ones integrity becomes compromised and tarnished in the territory of politics because politics is, as your editorial so aptly described it, a dirty game, best to be shunned. Why then would a successful, mature businessman or lawyer want to be part of a dirty game? Why leave your lucrative, successful domain or career to sit around for hours and days in Parliament banging your fists on desks? No other successful business in this world is conducted in such a way. The clear reason that persons are drawn to politics is a desire to be part of the ruling class (self-aggrandizement and influential power) and to become wealthy by association with other dirty players of the game because to the victor goes the spoils. Mr Symonette readily admitted that what he is being accused of is nothing new as other persons who preceded him in anoth er party did the same thing. Richard Nixon, during the Watergate scandal in the USA, also admitted that others had also done what he was being impeached for (spying and wiretapping the oppositions offices pened to get caught. Mr Symonette is also not a self-made successful millionaire. Like many others, he inherited his wealth, family prestige and privilege, and we all know how far back that line goes. It can be assumed that he chose to enter the dirty place called politics because it is a family tradition (self-aggrandizement and prestige and favourable for financially advancing himself, his relatives and his kind, just as others have done throughout the long colonial and independent history of The Bahamas. Unless you want to slip into acting nave or pretending that everyone is equal through hard work and that we live in a class less society, you will agree that money and light-skin colour easily open the doors to prosperity in this town. And the nonwhite political aspirants who cannot change their skin tone can only access the wealth to be gained, by becoming part of the ruling class through being elected to govern. It is a game and it has winners and losers and has very little to do with ones performance. Sometimes its time for a change and sometimes its just a bad year for all incumbents worldwide, as this year is and next year will be. CHAD A ROBERTS Nassau, September 21, 2011. The true reason men and w omen enter politics


E MBRACING the spirit and ideals of a carbon neut rality agreement endorsed by a network of more than6 00 American colleges and u niversities, College of The B ahamas president Dr Betsy V Boze yesterday signed the Presidents Climate Commitm ent. The agreement commits institutions of higher learn-i ng to minimising the emission of greenhouse gases that cause global warming which has special significance for small island developing states ( SIDS) like The Bahamas that are vulnerable to the e ffects of climate change. Dr Boze signed the agreement at the Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach, where experts are attending a S IDS/UNESCO Meeting on Climate Change for Sustain a ble Development and Adaptation in Small Island Devel oping States. The accord r ecognises the unprecedented s cale and speed of global warming and its potential for large-scale, adverse health,s ocial, economic and ecologi cal effects and commits col l eges and universities to exerting leadership in a ddressing climate change. It is particularly signific ant signing this agreement t oday with a globalised view o f extending such an initiative to our colleague colleges and universities in our comm unity of small island development states, said Dr Boze. SIDS are especially susc eptible to the effects of climate change due to geographic and socio-economic factors including their vulnerability to sea level rise and s torm surges, dependence on freshwater, ground resources a nd weak institutional structures. An addendum to the agreement includes commitments for colleges and universities in SIDS and conside rs their specific challenges and opportunities. The signatories to this document believe that by integrating sustainability intot he curriculum, an institution p uts itself in a position to better serve our students and meet our social mandate toh elp create a thriving, ethical a nd civil society. These are b eliefs and goals that we at The College of The Bahamas s trongly endorse and commit to, building on ways that willh ave enduring impact for the c ollege and, indeed, the wider B ahamas, said Dr Boze. In signing this today, we underscore our commitment t o this initiative and share our enthusiasm with other institutions of higher learning ini sland states like ours. Dr Davidson Hepburn, president of the General Conference of UNESCO, was also present for the signi ng and endorsed the commitments related to SIDS. I am very happy to see that The College of The Bahamas has adopted the idea of using Small Island Developing States as an a ddendum to the whole programme. I know sustainabili t y was started in The College of The Bahamas almost two years ago and I hope that thisi s helping to spur on more a ction, he said. I am looking forward to coming back to The Bahamas and work i ng with this programme and h elping to promote it. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By JASMINE LOPEZ A GUNMAN threatened employees and customers of a local food store during an early morning robbery on W ednesday. T he robber, who was wearing a black hooded jacket and a pair of black jeans, burst into Buy-4-Less on Balliou Hill Road South at around 8.30am and demanded cash. An employee said the gunman fired two s hots into the air and took money from t wo cashiers who were working at the time of the incident. Shortly after eight a lone gunman entered the store, he fired two shots into the air and shouted, 'nobody move'. A security guard was there but there is r eally nothing you could do when someone bursts in with a gun," said the staff member. The masked man then ran off in an unknown direction. The store, which was hit by armed robb ers just last year, closed immediately after W ednesday's incident. Una Kemp, a company spokesperson, said no one was hurt during the robbery. "There were two cashiers on at the time, (but given the day off. S he said that despite security measures t he store and other businesses are vulnerable to attack. It's all over the Bahamas, no matter what kind of security system is installed; if robbers want to do it they would." P olice investigations into the matter cont inue. GUNMAN THREATENS FOOD STORE STAFF AND CUSTOMERS CRIMENEWS DR DAVIDSON HEPBURN, president of the General Conference of UNESCO, and COB president Dr Betsy Boze speak to the media before Dr Boze signed the Presidents Climate Commitment. Standing is Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour. COB PRESIDENT SIGNS CLIMATE COMMITMENT S IDS/UNESCO MEETING AT WYNDHAM NASSAU RESORT


A police source said L ubin's heart stopped on W ednesday but he was resuscitated by doctors and put on life support. L ubin, a woman and their one-year-old child were all shot just after 4am on Sunday. T he next day, police issued a wanted bulletin for 29-year-old Earnest Forest, of Sea Breeze and Mollie Street, who was wanted for questioning. On Wednesday Forest, accompanied by his attorney, turned himself into police. Lubin was charged with the murder of Tekoyo McK inney, who was killed on A pril 14. F ather-of-two McKinney, 26, was shot and killed by two armed gunmen on Cordeaux Avenue and Min nie Street. A month before McKinney's murder, his youngers ister Jeffryona Rolle, 14, was killed near their moth er's Garden Hills Estates home. L ubin was accused of intentionally causing McK inney's death while being concerned with another. He was granted $30,000 bail last month and alsor equired to wear an ankle b racelet to monitor his whereabouts. When asked if police thought the shooting was an act of retaliation, head of the Central Detective Unit Superintendent Paul Rollew ould not speculate on a motive. "I do not wish to specu late as the possible cause of t he shooting maybe. We are still investigating. We know that someone fired shots into the home from the out side. "We do know that the man was involved in some conflict, but at this point we cannot say if it was retaliatory, said Mr Rolle. turing at his police body guard, said: If he opens h is jacket he has a gun w hich provides me with security that many of you dont have judges have similar security. His comments follow C ommissioner of Police E llison Greenslade's call f or sterner treatment for hardened criminals and appeals by members of the public for those accused of murder to be denied bail. Mr Greenslade said police officers are arresti ng the suspects, but after a person is charged it was out of their hands and up t o the courts. He said he d id not want to speak on t he issue in too much detail. This week, The Tribune revealed that in the space of five days in July, 39 people were released from prison. O f the 22 granted bail, s ix were charged with murd er and at least three went before the magistrate's court with a well established criminal record. "We need to find ways to convince the courts tok eep criminals behind b ars," Mr Turnquest said, adding that the government intends to present a p ackage of laws soon that h e hopes will address the i ssue. While he did not elaborate, changes to the Bail Act are expected. Admitting that crime is a complex problem, the seeds of which were sown decades ago, Mr Turnquest r eiterated the commissione r's claim that at the centre o f the problem are a core group of repeat violent offenders. He said: A few bad a pples in our communities a re regrettably heightening t he fear of crime among the people in the Bahamas. We are in a terrible cycle of crime and violence, this cycle had a beginning and can have an end, however we can only succeed if we w ork together and take p ersonal responsibility. S peaking with T he Tribune after the meeting, Mr Turnquest said he had not really meant his chased o ut of town comment b ut stood by what he said a bout the effect of bail trends on crime. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011, PAGE 7 The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure tobehold offering a new interpretation of driving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an air of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character f rom the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own particular needs. 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Firefighters worked to control the blaze and then went in to search all five rooms of the home. The nine-month-old baby girl was found burned beyond recognition, police said. Supt Deleveaux said fire officials have ruled out arson and an electrical shortage as causes for the fire because they found no a ccelerant, and the apartment had no elect ricity. He said although they are still investigati ng, it is possible the fire started from an u nattended candle in the babys room. S upt Deleveaux said: We do not know the exact spot where the fire started yet but we do know it started in the south easternb edroom where the baby was. We are still trying to analyse the exact point where it started, we have to do another walk through to find residue from the candle. There is still a lot of rubbish to sift through. But we do know that candles were used throughout the house. 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UNITED NATIONS Associated Press AMERICANdiplomats led a walkout at the U.N. General Assembly Thursday as Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fiercely attacked the United States and major West European nations as "arrogant powers" ruled by greed and eager for military adventurism. The two U.S. diplomats, who specialize in the Middle East, were followed out of the chamber by diplomats from more than 30 countries. They included the 27 European Union members, Australia, New Zealand, Somalia, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino and Macedonia, a U.N. diplomat said. Israel boycotted the speech. Ahmadenijad's fiery antiU.S. and anti-Israeli rhetoric has been a staple of the General Assembly's ministerial meetings. Last year, Ahmadinejad provoked a walkout by the U.S., EU, and others when he said a majority of people in the United States and around the world believe the American government staged the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks in an attempt to assure Israel's survival. Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad provoked yet another controversy Thursday saying a majority of people in the United States and around the world believe the American government staged the Sept. 11 terror attacks in an attempt to assure Israel's survival. The provocative comments prompted the U.S. delegation to walk out of Ahmadinejad's U.N. speech, where he also blamed the U.S. as the power behind U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran for its refusal to halt uranium enrichment, a technology that can be used as fuel for electricity generation or to build nuclear weapons. Ahmadinejad's speech pitted the poverty and unhappiness of most countries against the riches and power of the U.S. and unnamed European nations that he accused of perpetuating wars, causing the current global economic crisis and infringing on "the rights and sovereignty of nations." He attacked the United States and European colonial powers for abducting tens of millions of Africans and making them slaves, for their readiness "to drop thousands of bombs on other countries," and for dominating the U.N. Security Council He singled out the U.S. for using a nuclear bomb against Japan in World War II and imposing and supporting military dictatorships and totalitarian regimes in Asia, Africa and Latin America. "It is as lucid as daylight that the same slave masters and colonial powers that once instigated the two world wars have caused widespread misery and disorder with far-reaching effects across the globe since then," Ahmadinejad said. "Do these arrogant powers really have the competence and ability to run or govern the world?" The Iranian president answered by calling for "the shared and collective management of the world in order to put an end to the present disor ders, tyranny and discrimina tions worldwide." Last year, he said "the future belongs to Iran" and challenged the U.S. to accept that his country has a major role in the world. INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE AMERICANS WALK OUT AS IRAN LEADER DELIVERS ANTI-US SPEECH INSIGHT For the stories behind t he news, read Insight on Mondays


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C INCINNATI Associated Press EMPLOYINGin-your-face politics, President Barack Obama sold his jobs plan Thursday from the turf of the top Republicans o n Capitol Hill, combatively calling them out by name to demand action. Obama stood in front of an aging bridge that links HouseS peaker John Boehner's home state of Ohio with Kentucky,h ome to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, to call for passage of his $447 billion package in tax cuts, jobless aid and publicw orks projects. "Mr. Boehner, Mr. McConnell, help us rebuild this bridge," Oba-m a said. "Help us rebuild America. Help us put this country back to work. Pass this jobs bill right a way." I t amounted to one of Obama's most direct and defiant challenges to leaders of the opposi-t ion party. And the incursion into the Republicans' territory illustrated a new White Housea ggression and a desire by the president's advisers to distinguish him from Republicans and to get them to share some of the blame for the struggling economy. It also was a shift from the p resident's outreach to Boehner t his summer, when the two men tried to work out a deal that would extend the nation's bor-r owing authority and cut long-term deficits as well. T hen, the president took Boehner golfing. Now, he's taking him to task. "Part of the reason I came here i s because Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell are the two most powerful Republicans in government," Obama said. "They can either kill this jobs bill, or they can help us pass it." C onstruction Workers Obama said his legislation would put construction workersb ack to work around the count ry on projects like the Brent S pence Bridge, but the White H ouse gladly conceded that the c hoice of the aging span south of C incinnati was symbolic. The b ridge is scheduled to be repaired anyway starting in 2 015, although White House p ress secretary Jay Carney said t he president's job bill could s peed up that timeline. The trip also raises Obama's profile in politically important Ohio, a state that he won in 2008 but that George W. Bush a lso won twice. It was his second trip to the state in two weeks. M cConnell and Boehner, b oth of whom have supported the bridge project, dismissed the visit as a political ploy. "I would suggest, Mr. Presid ent, that you think a bout ways to actually help the people o f Kentucky and Ohio, instead of how you can use their roads and bridges as a backdrop for mak-i ng a political point," McConnell said on the Senate floor Thursday morning. "If you really want to help our state, then come back to Washington and work with Republicans on legislation that will actually do somethingt o revive our economy and crea te jobs. And forget the political theater." Said Boehner: "I am pleased the president is bringing attention to this much-needed project. But you know now is nott he time for the president to go into campaign mode." B oth McConnell and Boehner oppose Obama's plans to pay for his jobs measures with new taxes, and his jobs package faces a tough fight on Capitol Hill, d espite the aggressive campaign he's embarked on to sell it. I n the very short term, Obama's visit was making traffic on the overloaded 1963 bridge worse, not better. Ohio and Kentucky transportation officials warned motorists toe xpect long delays around t he time of the president's appearance Thursday aftern oon because of lane closures and a ramp shutdown. Boehner joked that stopping bridge trafficw on't win any votes. The trip illustrated the various ways a president can use the power of his office and the megaphone it provides to push for his initiatives and score political points. Presidents often use their travel to get beyond the Washington debate and try to build support with the public.T hough it's not common for presidents to brazenly challenge opposition leaders in their backyards, Obama has shown no qualms about venturing into Republican territory. His first speech after announcing his jobsb ill this month was in Richm ond, in the congressional district of House Republican Leader Eric Cantor. Last year, Obama traveled to Ohio just days after Boehner delivered a speech on the e conomy in Cleveland for his policy proposals. PRESIDENT Barack Obama delivers a speech promoting hisj obs bill near the Brent Spence B ridge, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2 011, in Cincinnati. (AP INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 10, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE


B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor PASSINGthe long-awaited C ontractors Bill into law is paramount to clean-up the construction industry, theB ahamian Contractors Asso c iations (BCA believes, adding that the sector had a change of heart overthe Governments Consumer Code plans. While the Bill now appeared to be on the backburner, Godfrey Forbes said the BCA and wider construction industry had initially opposed the Ingraham administrations decision to include a consumer protection code in the draft legislation, but changed position when they realised that the Government was the leading consumer of their services. Pointing out that the private sector had thought everything was finished with the Bill by end-2010, the time the Consumer Code was first introduced, Mr Forbes told Tribune Business: At first we thought it should not really be part of the Contrac tors Bill. But in hindsight, when we looked at it, we saw the Government itself was the greatest consumer with respect to the single-family home market. It builds more homes at any one time than any of the development companies around the place. The Ingraham administra tion, at the ultimate expense of the Bahamian taxpayer, had been forced to spend mil lions of dollars on correcting shoddy workmanship in numerous homes built under the 2002-2007 Christie administration. That really spurred them on to say: Weve got to do something for the consumer, Mr Forbes acknowledged. The Government spent considerable sums going over work on houses previously built by other governments. There were a lot of defects. It [the Consumer Code] has its place. We feel that after the proposals we put forward its something that can work as long as the Govern ment is prepared to work with us. The Contractors Bill was between the Ministry of Works and Attorney Gener als Office, as far as the BCA was aware. 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Arguing that he was not a realtor, and had no intention of entering a saturated market, Mr Cooper said he was instead involved in bridg ing the gap between business sellers and potential buyers, finding the latter and mak By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A BAHAMIANauto dealer yesterday said August 2011 w as the worst month it had ever experienced for new car s ales since opening its doors in 1996, the industry overall seeing an almost 11 per centy ear-over-year decline against 2 010 comparatives. Andrew Barr, sales manager at Friendly Motors, told T ribune Business that in the aftermath of the dramatic tax increases contained in the2 010-2011 Budget, Bahamian new car dealers were facing a double whammy banks r eluctant to lend, and cons umers not willing to borrow, significant sums of $50,000 or more for vehicles. D ata released yesterday by the Bahamas Motor Dealers Association (BMDA a mixed picture for new car dealers. W hile total sales for the e ight months to end-August 2011 were 13.76 per cent ahead of last year, the indust ry was still down 51.66 per cent against the banner year of 2007 indicating that recovery continues to be protracted. A ndrew Johnson, a BMDA s pokesperson, added: While sales remain steady at depressed levels and there are a couple of bright spots for select vehicles, the outlook for the near future is not expected to show any dramatic increase in new car sales. Total BMDA member sales for August 2011 were down 1 0.95 per cent year-over-year. While it is traditionally the s lowest month of the year for t he industry, due to many Bahamians being off-island a nd Back to School preparations, this year appears to have marked a low. When you have a just barely sustainable month, a B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A LEADINGBahamian auto dealer yesterday said inventory levels for t he Japanese brand it distributes had r ecovered to 50-75 per cent, having d ropped two-thirds below normal during the June-August period. Rick Lowe, operations manager for N assau Motor Company (NMC Honda distributor, told Tribune Business that by December 2011 its stock would be 100 per cent recovered, the Japanese auto manufacturer having r eported last week it was back to full production in the aftermath of this years devastating earthquake. We just had a meeting in Florida, a nd Honda was saying theyre back to 100 per cent capacity and they hope to make up lost production where poss ible before the end of the year, Mr Lowe told this newspaper. Weve started receiving inventor y. Weve at least got more, so were h eaded in the right direction from an inventory perspective. New stock had started to come in during August, but Mr Lowe said H onda inventory levels at Nassau M otor Company dropped very, very low during the June-August 2011 p eriod, due to the production shortfall caused by loss of manufacturing capacity in Japan. They simply had to drop produc t ion, Mr Lowe said. We were probB y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Bahamas Telecommunications Com p any (BTC line faults increase two-threefold in the weeks post-Hurricane Irene, but the newlyp rivatised carrier was 80-90 per cent of the way to getting back to normal. Marlon Johnson, BTCs spokesman, said the carrier, now 51 per cent majority-owned b y Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC weeks in a bid to reduce report faults on its f ixed-line network to manageable levels. With Irene-related restoration work estimated to be 95 per cent complete, Mr John-s on declined to provide Tribune Business w ith the total repair cost, but said it was ful ly covered by insurance and would not have AUTO DEALER SUFFERS ORST EVER MONTH Friendly Motors says August 2011 hardest period s ince opening, as industry sales off 11% New car sector sales up 14% for first eight months against 2010, but down 52% versus 2007 S EE page 4B BILL P ARAMOUNT T O C ONS TRUCTION SECTOR CLEAN-UP Industry has change of heart on Consumer Code Workshop to tackle consumer-contractor disconnect SEE page 4B BUSINESS BROKER TO FIGHT REALTORS Challenges BREA position it should licence him because business sales involve property assets Claims real estate body being protectionist and stifling competition BREA chief says probe undertaken after El Greco complaint BTC LANDLINE FAULTS SPIKE TWO-THREEFOLD Network 80-90% restored after Irene and wet September hit Stor m not e xpected to impact carriers performance SEE page 3B SEE page two JAP AUTO INVENTORY HITS 50-75% OF NORMAL Nassau Motor says Honda stock dropped to one-third of regular levels in earthquake aftermath But manufacturer back to full capacity, and Bahamas d ealer set to hit 100% mark in December SEE page 3B SIMONCOOPER


By SIMON COOPER Res Socius I read the opinion expressed in Tribune Business on September 19, 2011, concerning retail competition from Miami with interest. I have no reason to doubt the writers calculations, and I understand exactly where local businesspeople are coming from. But, and this is a very large but, if we are to regulate this, then where does the process end? Should we prevent people travelling from Great Inagua or Rum Cay from shopping at Robin Hood? Or prevent our citizens from going on holiday to Miami for that matter. The broader truth is that the world is a connected economy, and the principles of foreign exchange require us to collectively return some of the income from tourism to whence it came. Imagine the outcry if the US government decided that all Americans should vacation at home in future to support the local hospitality industry, and Bahamian foreign income dried up almost completely as a result. And, if I turn the table over and purchase my refrigerator in Miami at half the price it would cost me in the Bahamas, is that more than simply exercising my freedom of patronage, too? Business exists because it provides a competitive edge to its customers. The Russian experiment of state-owned shops failed because the incentive of survival was not there. If we take away the competition that our businesses face, then mark my words, their prices will go further up, not down. I grant that employment is another matter. But exactly how many of our people are actually employed in the consumer goods industry locally? Surely there are other niche BUSINESS PAGE 2B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE WHERE DOES IT ALL END IF WE OVER-REGULATE? S IMONCOOPER ing sure the two parties met in the middle. Suggesting that BREA was being protectionist and attempting to eliminate the competition he provided, Mr Cooper, a Tribune Business columnist, questioned the logic of its demands and where they might end. If theres liquor in the Boardroom, do we need a liquor licence? he asked, tongue-in-cheek. Where does it stop? If the PMs Office says go ahead and practice as a business brokerage, thats good enough. However, Patty Birch, BREAs president, told Tribune Business yesterday that she, on behalf of the self-regulatory body, was merely carrying out an investigation into the nature of Mr Coopers business and whether it met the criteria requiring him to obtain a real estate brokers licence. Emphasising that no conclusions had yet been drawn, Ms Birch pointed out that any transaction involved the sale of all estate and interest in a piece of land, be it freehold or leasehold, fell under the Real Estate (Brokers and Salesman Referring to the same Act, she added that someone was regarded as engaging in real estate brokerage activities if they received fees, commissions or some other payment in return for providing appraisal and transactional services. BREAs concern, as outlined by Ms Birch, is that the assets involved in business sales being brokered by Mr Cooper and Res Socius include real estate, be it owned or leased property. As a result, under the strict letter of the law, BREA is concerned that they meet the Acts definition of engaging in real estate sales, thus requiring Mr Cooper to either obtain a real estate bro kers licence himself or partner with an existing Bahamas-based broker to handle the property aspects of any transaction. I had some complaints about Mr Cooper; that Mr Cooper was signing people up for the selling of real estate. He says hes not, Ms Birch said. She indicated that concerns first arose when realtors realised Mr Cooper and his business were attempt ing to broker a deal for the sale of West Bay Streets El Greco Hotel, a transaction that Mr Cooper said yesterday had subsequently fallen through. The BREA president indicated that among the real estate communitys concerns were that Res Sociuss activities could lead to the likes of apart ments, duplexes and the like being sold under the guise of a business being sold. She added, though, that BREA was not accusing Mr Cooper of engaging in any questionable activities. Emphasising that neither she not BREA were deliberately attacking Mr Cooper or trying to put Res Socius out of business, Ms Birch said she had made inquires with the Governments Bahamas Investment Authority (BIA that the company had been approved to operate asa business brokerage and consultant. The acting director of investment, though, had added that this did not mean Res Socius was exempt from obtaining other necessary licences and approvals. As a result, BREA was now making inquiries with the Business Licence authorities to discover the purpose and scope of Mr Coopers Business Licence, and further determine the facts. Meanwhile, Mr Cooper said that when he embarked on establishing Res Socius in 2008, there was no such thing as a Business Licence for a busi ness brokerage no such company then existed in the Bahamas. Arguing that the company had nothing to do with real estate, he said the key approval to obtain was from the BIA. After submitting the relevant documents, meeting with the BIA to explain the business and passing all the due diligence checks, Mr Cooper and Res Socius were duly licensed. The required Business Licence was duly forthcoming, and everything appeared fine until Mr Cooper was contacted out of the blue last week by Ms Birch and BREA saying theyd got all sorts of complaints and that Id got properties for sale. I dont sell real estate. If someone comes to me, I dont do it, Mr Cooper told Tribune Business. Theres more realtors in this market than the market can support. Why does it need another one? Its a market already saturated, and I dont want to be competing with them or in the same classification with them. I dont need a BREA licence because were not selling real estate. He added that none of his existing business for sale clients owned their own real estate, and added: This protectionist mentality is typical. Its ring fencing, and some classes of people are trying to ring fence and protect that aspect of their business. Mr Cooper said that Bahamian businessmen wanting to sell their companies had relatively few options until Res Socius came along. One was to place a newspaper advertisement, but that failed to screen out the inappropriate buyers, and often acted as a deterrent to a successful sale as persons automatically assumed there was something wrong with the firm. The only other option, Mr Cooper added, was to use the services of realtors. He argued that, while they may know property, they do not understand how to get a sensible value for the business and covertly market. Married to a Bahamian, Mr Cooper told Tribune Business he was currently unable to obtain a BREA brokers licence this is reserved for Bahamians or permanent residents with the right to work only as he is transitioning from a spousal permit to the latter status. While this issue will be resolved shortly, Mr Cooper said the other solution suggested by BREA partnering with an existing licensed broker to deal with the real estate aspects of any business salewould force me to transfer 50 per cent of my business to someone else. This would apply to all sales involving rental or property ownership situations, according to BREA, he said. As a result, Mr Cooper said he was facing three options. One is to capitulate, get a real estate brokers licence and give 50 per cent of my business away. Number two is just to accept it and pack up, but there are ramifications for closing down. Option three is fight it, challenge them at every level, say I will not capitulate, not shut down, andI will contest it because Ive done everything by the book. Pointing to option three as his favoured one, Mr Cooper said Res Socius had done much ground work to educate the Bahamian market, and earna living for his family. He added that the episode was discouraging for the entrepreneurial spirit that the Government was trying to foster, and would also impact natural business evolution. Pointing out that companies often gained a new lease of life when they were sold on, Mr Cooper said Res Socius offered options to family-owned companies (of which there are many in the Bahamas) who have no succession plan. Theres an alternative solution to selling the chattels and closing shop, he added. Ms Birch, though, said that if Res Socius was just selling the naming rights to a business there would be no issue for BREA. But if lease rights or property ownership were involved, these were matters that came under its self-regulatory ambit. Emphasising that she understood Mr Coopers position, and that he may not have realised the need to gain approvals beyond the BIAs, Ms Birch said BREAs interests lay in preserving an orderly market. Questioning whether the Bahamas would allow the likes of unlicensed doctors or architects to practice, Ms Birch added: Im not trying to get anyone in trouble. Weve had a complaint, and I am trying to investigate. F ROM page one BUSINESS BROKER TO FIGHT REALTORS industries that could create replacement jobs by supplying goods and services the US could never provide. Is that not a better way than authoritarian regulation? In the end, I guess that vested interests will be with us for a long time, and special interest groups will do their worst to keep the competition out. Lawyers and doctors have been doing this for centuries with apparently convincing reasons, but this has effectively stifled alternatives that might be even just as good. Now it seems the Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA the business broking action, too. While the Real Estate (Brokers and Salesmen 1995 relates clearly to the sale of land and its improvements, that august body of professionals has now stated it expects a business broker to register with it as well. This is despite the fact that the Bahamas Investment Authority has the matter well in hand. It seems they are concerned that on occasions I might sell a business that owns fixed property, too. I have a feeling this might get a whole lot worse before it gets better. If I sell a business that owns furniture, am I to get a second-hand dealer license? And if the boardroom has a well-stocked bar, shall I register with the liquor board as well? Yet real estate agents sell tenanted business properties every month. Could somebody please explain the logic of this to me?



NEW YORK Associated Press INVESTORS on Wall Street and around the world sold stocks with abandon Thursday, more convinced than ever that a global recession is under way. The Dow Jones industrial average lost almost 400 points. The sell-off began in Asia, intensified in Europe and rattled markets in the United States all day. Stocks in New York staged a small rally before the end of trading but still fin ished near their lows for the year. One financial indicator after another showed that investors are quickly losing hope that the economy can keep growing. The price of oil and metals, both of which depend on economic demand, fell sharply. Traders bought bonds for safe ty. FedEx, a company that ships so many goods it is considered a barometer of the U.S. econo my, had to lower its earnings forecast for the year because its customers are putting off purchases of electronics and other gadgets from China. The Dow fell 391.01 points, or 3.5 percent, and closed at 10,733.83. The selling was not just steep but broad: Nineteen stocks on the New York Stock Exchange fell for every one that rose. At one point, the Dow was down more than 500 points. "Markets rely on confidence and certainty. Right now there is neither," said John Canally, an economic strategist at LPL Financial, an investment firm in Boston. It was the second consecu tive rout in the stock market since the Federal Reserve announced a change in strategy for fighting the economic slowdown a bid to lower longterm interest rates and get people and companies to spend more money. Economic news was bad around the world. A closely watched survey in Europe indi cated a recession could be on the way there, and a manufac turing survey suggested a slowdown in China, which has been one of the hottest economies. "The probability of going back into recession is higher now than at any point in the recovery," said Tim Quinlan, a n economist at Wells Fargo. He put his odds of a recession at 35 percent, the highest yet. Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, said the world economy was "entering a dangerous phase." She told an annual meeting of the IMF and World Bank that nations need credible plans to get their debt under control. In the United States, investors poured money into American government debt, which they see as less risky than stocks even as the nation wrestles with how to tame its longterm budget problems. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note hit 1.71 percent the lowest since the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis started keeping daily records half a century ago. It was 3.66 percent as recently as February, when the economic forecast was brighter. Yields fall as investors buy bonds and send their prices higher. Small yields are a sign that investors are just looking for a safe place to park their cash. "They want to get their mon ey back," said Guy LeBas, chief fixed income strategist at Janney Capital Markets. "How much they earn is secondary." The Dow almost matched its lowest close of the year, 10,719 on Aug. 10. The stock market was seized by volatility last month, and at one point strung together four consecutive days of 400-point moves up or down. In a sign of what a rocky year it has been for the stock market, Thursday's decline isn't even close to the biggest in 2011. The Dow fell 634 points on Aug. 8, 519 points on Aug. 10 and 512 points on Aug. 4. It would have to fall 485 more points to reach the traditional definition of a bear mar ket a 20 percent decline from the market's peak since the financial meltdown in 2008. That peak was in April. T he Standard & Poor's 500 index, a broader measure of the stock market, and the Nasdaq composite, which is more heavily weighted with technology stocks, both fell more than 3 percent for the day. To get the economy going, President Barack Obama has proposed a $447 billion package of tax cuts, public works pro jects and benefits for the unemployed, but it is far from clear that it can pass the Republicancontrolled House. While the market was falling Thursday, the president stood in front of an aging bridge that connects Ohio and Kentucky. He exhorted Republicans: "Help us put this country back to work. Pass this jobs bill right away." Top Republicans in Congress accused Obama of trying to score political points. If Congress fails to pass the jobs bill, it would leave the Fed action this week as the only major new initiative to jolt the economy back to life. N EW YORK Associated Press Discover Card users used their plastic more often during the summer, with higherg as prices adding to increased p ursuit of the card's cash-back rewards. The increased use, combined with better payment habits, helped Discover Financial Services fiscal third-q uarter profit more than doub le. The Riverwoods, Ill.-based credit card company's results solidly beat Wall Street expectations, which buoyed its stock while the broader markets plunged as fears mounted over the health oft he global economy. Discover shares fell 9 cents, to close at $25.25. T he company reported net income attributable to com-m on shareholders soared to $ 642 million, or $1.18 per s hare, for the three months ended Aug. 31. That was up from $258 million, or 47 cents p er share, in the year-ago quarter. R evenue rose 5 percent to $ 1.79 billion from $1.71 bill ion last year. Analysts, on average, were expecting profit of 96 cents p er share, on revenue of $1.77 billion, according to a survey by FactSet. H igher gas prices helped p ush sales volume on Discover cards up 9 percent to $26.3 billion for the quarter. The average price per gallon during the June to August period was $3.648 per gallon, upf rom $2.729 the prior year, according to auto club AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service. CEO David Nelms said gas purchases make up about 10 percent of sales, and the higher prices contributed about 2p ercent of year-over-year growth. While he suspects that some customers have substituted spending on gas for other purchases, Nelms said the company has had dif-f iculty measuring any shift. The trick is, you don't know what people otherwise would have spent," he said in an interview. There was a slowdown in spending in late August, whenH urricane Irene hit the East Coast, but Nelms said early r esults from September s howed spending recovering. N elms also said customers a re keeping their accounts o pen longer. "We are seeing attrition r ates that are the lowest we h ave seen in over 10 years in our card member base," he s aid during a conference call to discuss the results. "We are doing a pretty good job of hanging onto our customers." O ne reason for the reduced c ustomer loss is less competit ion. That can be attributed i n part to a law that took effect at the beginning of 2010 that restricts how quickly and how frequently card companies can raise rates. The rulesm ake it "harder for competitors to come in and steal customers," the CEO said during the interview. Discover does not reveal the number of cards its customers have outstanding, but s aid new customers also con tributed to the quarter's growth. Heavier marketing,s ponsorship and the appeal of its cash back rewards program are also attracting new customers, Nelms said. An increased number of merchants that accept Discover cards up 7 percent froml ast year also helped boost spending. Nelms said that as more stores accept Discover, sales improve even at stores that were already part of the net-w ork, because customers are m ore used to pulling that card out of their wallet. The number of customers using their Discover cards at least 15 times per month has increased as the number ofl ocations it is accepted has grown, he said. "Small merc hants, some of whom didn't t ake the cards in the past, are i ncreasingly taking the card, a nd our customers can use us f or everything. That helps our sales." T he higher usage was s pelled out in figures that showed the volume of purc hases its networks processed, including Discover, Diners Club International and its Pulse debit card network, rose 1 3 percent to $71.89 billion. R evenue from transaction p rocessing rose 10 percent to $ 44 billion. The balances customers carried on cards rose 2 percent, the first such increase since the spring of 2009. Yett he company says it also sees more customers paying their balances off each month. Discover also sharply cut its provision for loan losses, or the money it sets aside to cover unpaid balances, to $ 100 million, from $713 mil lion last year. It was able to do so because l ate payments fell to an alltime low, dropping to 2.43 percent of balances on an annualized basis. That's down from 4.39 percent in the third q uarter of 2010, and less than half the all-time high delinquency rate of 5.6 percent int he fourth quarter of 2009. The rate of defaults, or c harge-offs, also dropped by half, to $440 million, or 3.85 percent of balances, from $875 million, or 7.73 percent of balances, a year ago. N elms attributed the improvements to the fact that those customers who didn't default during the height of the recession are increasingly reducing their debt. As a result of the improved p ayment behavior, Discover released $365 million from its reserves set aside to cover badl oans. The reserve release helped d rive earnings higher, but Sterne, Agee analyst Henry Coffey said investors should focus on the increased spending and higher balances cus-t omers are carrying. "That's what drives the business forward," he said, adding that Discover turned in "an amazing quarter." Discover also got a boost from increased interest paym ents related to its growing student loan business. It added $3.1 billion in studentl oans through acquisition during the period. T hat was partially offset by the sale of $1.5 billion in federal student loans, a part of the business that Discover is exiting. D iscover last year bought The Student Loan Corp. from Citigroup Inc., and has targeted the private student loan market as a growth area. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011, PAGE 5B HIGHER GAS PRICES ADDING TO INCREASED PURSUIT OF CARD'S REWARDS STEVE WHEELOCK holds up his Discover Card in San Francisco. Discover Financial Services said Thursday, its third-quarter profit more than doubled as its customers used their cards more and late payments reached a new low. (AP A PAIR o f specialists work at their posts on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange recently. (AP DOW F ALL S 39 1 ON WORLDWIDE FEARS AB OUT EC ON OMY DISCOVER 3Q PROFIT MORE THAN DOUBLES




BUSINESS PAGE 8B, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE L OS ANGELES A ssociated Press America's economic woes don't appear to be hurting philanthropist Bill Gates, whot ops Forbes' list of the 400 r ichest Americans for the 18th year in a row. The magazine said Wednesday that the Microsoft co-founder's wealth amounts to $59 billion, ranking hima head of all the other billiona ires who make up this year's list. Gates' fortune swelled by $5 billion from a year ago, outpacing the No. 2 on the list, Warren Buffett, whose n et worth is $39 billion, F orbes said. Buffett, who wrote in a recent piece for The New York Times that the tax rate he paid last year was lower than that paid by any of the o ther 20 people working for him in his office, was the only p erson among the top 20 on Forbes' list to see his fortune shrink from a year ago. T he Berkshire Hathaway Inc. chairman and CEO's fortune decreased by $6 billion the largest dollar-amount loss by anyone on the Forbes 400 this year, the magazine said. O racle CEO Larry Ellison rounds out the top three riche st Americans with a net w orth of $33 billion, $6 bill ion more than last year. Financier George Soros took seventh place, his first time among the top 10. Forbes estimates his wealtha t $22 billion. T hree members of the Walton family, descendants of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. founder Sam Walton, also are among the top 10 wealthiest Americans this year. Rounding outt he top 10 are Sheldon Adels on, CEO of casino developer and operator Las Vegas Sands Corp., and the oil billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. Forbes said the combined w ealth of the 400 people on t his year's list is $1.5 trillion, with an average net worth of $3.8 billion. That amounts to a 12 percent increase from last year. S ome 262 people on the list saw their fortunes grow, while 72 saw a decline, the maga-z ine said. This year, entrepreneurs dominate the list at an all-t ime high of 70 percent, Forbes said. All told, 18 people made it t o the Forbes 400 for the first t ime this year, including Napster co-founder Sean Parker, who ranked 200th, and John H enry, majority owner of the B oston Red Sox and Liverp ool FC, at No. 375. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was the biggest dollar gainer on the list, with a net worth of $17.5 billion thate arned him the No. 14 spot. T here were 42 women on the list, including media mogul Oprah Winfrey at No. 139, with a net worth of $2.7 billion. T he top 10 people on this year's Forbes 400 list are: Bill Gates, $59 billion Warren Buffett, $39 billion L arry Ellison, $33 billion Charles Koch, $25 billion and David Koch, $25 billion. (TIE Christy Walton & family, $24.5 billion George Soros, $22 billionS heldon Adelson, $21.5 billion J im Walton, $21.1 billion Alice Walton, $20.9 billion BILL GATES TOPS FORBES LIST OF RICHEST AMERICANS TORONTO A ssociated Press British Prime Minister David Cameron joined Canada's prime minister in issuing dark warnings about the global economy, saying Eurozone countries must act swiftly to resolve the crisis and make Europe's banks stronger. Cameron said in an address to the Canadian Parliament Thursd ay that the world is not quite staring down the barrel, but the patt ern is clear. He says growth in Europe and the U.S. has stalled. He says the problems in Europe are so big they threaten the stability of the world economy. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper,s peaking before Cameron, warned of the "devastating consequences" of a return to a global recession if no action is taken. Canadian Finance Minister Jim Flaherty also warned Thursday of a repeat of the October 2008 recession if action is not taken. CAMERON WARNS ABOUT GLOBAL ECONOMY BRITISH PRIME MINISTER David Cameron. (AP


By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter bstubbs@tribunemedia.net F or half his life, Raymond Tucker has been repre-s enting the Bahamas as a member of the national team at the Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding and Powerlifting Championships. And out of those 25 years, the 50y ear-old Tucker has either won a medal as an individual or as a mixed p air team in every championship e xcept for his maiden voyage to Curacao in 1984. T ucker, who has amassed a total o f 15 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze m edals in that span, is part of an 11m ember Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Federation team that is in E l Salvador for this weekends CAC Championships. The other members of the team a re Grand Bahamians Dominique W ilkinson and Naomi Fattal (Body F itness), Miranda Stuart, CJ Hilton and Charnice Bain (all in fitness Grand Bahamian Tamika Stubbs (lightweight Fowler (heavyweightB ahamian Robert Harris (heavyweight), Mark Dean (light heavy) and Lynden Fowler (bantamweight At the last championships in Aruba, Tucker was one of the few competitors to win a medal. He said t heres always a lot of pressure on h im to succeed. The country is expecting so much from me, but Im just going to give itm y best shot, Tucker stated on the eve of the teams departure on Tues day. I know I look better than I did last year. I picked up a bronze last year and this time, Im going to see if I can do a little better, maybe a silver o r gold. I know the Bahamian pub lic is behind me, so Im going to give it my best shot. Its been a hard f ought battle to get where Im at, b ut to God be the glory, Im satis fied. Tucker, the senior member of the team, said he knows that his team-m ates will also be looking for him to guide them along and he hopes to do that. The federation has been good to me, Tucker said. They have put their trust in me, allowing me to compete all these years. So I owe h omage to God for giving me the strength and to the federation for believing in me. Competing in the welterweight d ivision, the masters and teaming up with Stubbs in the mixed pairs a combination that struck bronze last y ear Tucker said he knows that he will have his hands full this weekend. With God, all things are possi ble, he said. Im going to take advantage of whatever comes myw ay. Whatever loophole that needs t o be filled, I will try to fill it. I know i n addition to my individual categories, Im looking forward to competing with Tammy Stubbs. She has improved since last year in her bodya nd Ive shown some improvement in mine. So hopefully we can dance our way to victory. O nce again, the overall male and female winners will be awarded theirp rofessional card. But for the first t ime this year, the organisers also i ntend to also present a pro card to a deserving competitor at the end of the competition. If it was 10 years ago, Tucker said he would have been concerned a bout achieving his pro status. But at t his stage and age, he will just settle f or winning another medal or two. The pro status has eluded me because of my commitment to fam-i ly, my commitment to my job and just not being able to be the big mani n the middle, he said. Most of the time, its usually the h eavyweight or light heavyweight that wins the pro card. Very rarely do they allow a man of my category t o win it. But at this stage of the game and at my age, its a little impossible. A s a personal physical fitness i nstructor, in addition to working at the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC t ented with what he has achieved in t he sport. But whenever he has the opport unity to represent the country, he said he is willing to step out on stage and do what he has enjoyed for the past 25 years. THETRIBUNE SECTIONEFRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 7 7 E E . . . FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS TURN UP IN SUPPORT OF A RICHARDSON ARSENAL NEEDS VICTORY AGAINST BOLTON TO EASE WENGER PRESSURE NFL PREVIEW: DOLPHINS ON ROAD VS. BROWNS TENNIS: TSONGA MAKES IT TO THE QUARTER FINALS RUGBY WORLD CUP ACTION: SPRINGBOKS EASILY ROUT NAMIBIA 87-0 T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . By JONATHAN BETHEL S pecial to The Tribune IT HAS been two years since Niag ara College dipped into coach Geno Bullards No Bull Basketball Clubs pool of talented athletes. But this summer, Niagara College m ens basketball coach Steve Atkin returned to New Providence and found gold in 18-year-old Marako K.O. Lundy. Lundy a six foot, four inch guard from Westminster College in Nassau has been granted an athletic scholarship to attend Niagara College and help the Knights improve their Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA last season. Lundy is a product of Bullards No Bull Basketball Club which produced current Niagara College play er Rashad Gonzo Morley and former Knights players Calvin White and Larry Smith. Bullard is a well-known coach in the Bahamas and is known not only for his coaching abilities, but also for his mentorship of young boys, helping them become men. Atkin has had his eye on Lundy for a while and is overjoyed to have him on board on the Niagara College basketball team. I have known Marako for three years, since he was 15 years old. He was also six or eight inches shorter. Now hes about 6-3 or 6-4 and is a natural scorer, who sees the floor very well, along with his passing and ball-handling skills. We would like him to come in and fill in the two or three positions for our team and hope he will fit into our Canadian system as smooth as possible. While Atkin thinks highly of Marako, few offer better words about Lundy than the man who helped him achieve his success in basketball, Bullard. I have known Marako for about five years. Coaches have been asking about him since he was in Grade 10, and he has developed tremendously since that time. He is a hard worker who takes responsibility and chal lenges personally, says Bullard. Guys in the No Bull programme are very knowledgeable and are prepared for challenges abroad. Our programme takes trips to various parts of the world, such as Cuba, Canada and the United States, play ing against high levels of competition, so there is no doubt that Marako is ready for this level of play. Im very excited about being in Niagara, says Lundy. Coming from the Bahamas, its a different ball game so it will be interesting to learn a new system, and a new play of basketball and earn a higher lev el of education. Lundy is excited about the transition. Im very coachable, and the fans can expect a man and not a boy this season, a team player, role model and future leader, he added. Lundy has set his goals high. My goals, before I graduate, are to make good grades, because academics are important to me, to make the team better and help them win a championship, and lastly, to make myself better as a man so I could be successful in the future. Lundy is in the Culinary Studies programme at Niagara College after graduating with a 3.5 grade point average in high school. He is also a skilled basketball player, having averaged about 30 points a game for Westminster College. MARAKO GETS SCHOLARSHIP TO PLAY WITH NIAGARA COLLEGE KNIGHTS Tucker leads Team Bahamas F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f CAC Bodybuilding and Powerlifting contest in El Salvador this weekend TEAM LEADER: Veteran bodybuilder Raymond Tucker talks to the media at the gym. SCHOLARSHIP: Marako Lundy has been granted an athletic scholarship to attend Niagara College.


By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b stubbs@tribunemedia.net IT HAS been quite a while since Bob Brown or ChrisM cQueen have displayed their skills in powerlifting. With so many of the veteran competitors not competing,t he duo decided to make a comeback. The Bahamas Powerlifting F ederation is slated to host its 38th National Powerlifting Championships at L W Young Junior High School s tarting 10am Saturday (Octo ber 1). Competing for the first time s ince 1999 when he participated in the World Champi onships, Brown said he wants t o prove that he still has the stamina and strength to push the weights. This is my last one, said B rown, who admitted that he will officially retire this year. Im just coming back to b reak my own record. He has the mark of 440 pounds in the bench, whichh e intends to increase by at least 10 pounds. I already have the record in three divisions, so Im not going to try and kill myself out, said Brown, who admitted that it will be a challenge to get back on stage. With a meet on the horizon in Florida in a couple of m onths, Brown said he intends to use the champi-o nships as a measuring stick t o see how well he can compete on the international scene. For McQueen, the last powerlifting competition hep articipated in was about seven years ago. He has even t aken a break from entering t he stage as a bodybuilder. Im still feeling good, he said as he prepares for hisr eturn. Powerlifting is where I started, so I just want to give it another shot and to see where Im at. W ith just three months in training, McQueen said hes eager to get back out and c ompete again. Im just going to go out there and have some fun likea lways, he said. I want to s ee where the competition is in my age category. McQueen is currently benching 350 pounds, 520 in deadlift and squatting about 560 in the middleweight. I would love to have some competition to push me, he stated. But if theres no com petition, Im just going to sit a round and try to motivate myself. And, expect to see some new faces in the competition like 14-year-old David Dean. The five foot, seven inch 10th grader at R M Bailey said hes looking forward to making his debut. I want to win, said Dean, who anticipates that he will need to bench at least 245 or better to succeed. Ive been working hard and just waiting to compete. John Mills, one of the veteran competitors who will be on the sideline working with the organisation of the event, said he has quite a number of competitors training in the gym. Most of the competitors are young, he said. We dont have no big lifters. Its just a matter of getting them familiar with the lifts and getting a feel for the competi tion. Mills said the majority of the competitors hes working with are high school students between the ages of 14 and 17 but he is confident that they will put on a show for the public at the championships. Trying Were trying to see if we can get some of the kids who come in and are training for track and field to compete, he said. But they dont see the value of getting into powerlifting. Powerlifting is a stepping stone for any and every sport. So we are trying to encourage them to come into the gym and get their workout in. Most of our athletes are the smallest out there competing, so we are trying to get them to do more weightlifting to bulk up a bit. Even if they dont stick with it, Mills said it would be nice to see some of these athletes take the time out to go on stage and compete in at least one powerlifting competition. SPORTS PAGE 2E, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS POWERLIFTING FEDERATION TO HOST NATIONAL CHAMPS. BOB BROWN (topabove at L W Young Junior High School on Saturday. DAVID DEAN trains for the Bahamas Powerlifting Federations 38th National Powerlifting Championships. P h o t o s b y F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f


B y RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter r dorsett@tribunemedia.net B AHAMIAN baseball fans took their celebration for Antoan Richardson on the r oad with the help of the national flag carrier. A contingent of family, f riends, fans and wellwishers gathered at Sun Life Stadium this week as Richardson and the Braves took on the Florida Marlins in a three-game s eries. The Braves took just one g ame in the series, but the three-day event turned out to be a significant one for the Bahamas latest Major L eague Baseball entrant. In game one of the series (September 19 l ost 6-5 due to a walk-off home run by Marlins second baseman Omar Infante. How e ver, it included a milestone m oment for Richardson. In the seventh inning, Richardson was called in top inch run for reserve third baseman Brooks Conrad. Chipper Jones hit a line dri ve toward Infante which he mishandled for an error, allowing Richardson to score and the veteran slugger to r each safely at first base. It was the second run for Richardson in his nine gameM LB career thus far. His first score came Sep tember 9 on the road against the St Louis Cardinals. In the second game of the series, fellow rookie RandallD elgado earned the only win for the Braves in the series in a 4-0 shutout win for Atlanta. Richardson again appeared late in the game in a pinch running role, this time for first baseman Eric Hinske. In game three, the Braves line-up was dominated by Marlins pitcher Javier Vazquez who allowed just two hits in the Marlins 4-0 win Wednesday night. Richardson did not make an appearance. The Braves held a 10.5 game lead over the Cardinals f or the National League Wild Card as recently as August 25. However, with the most recent pair of losses, their lead has collapsed to just 1.5 games. Bahamasair, in conjunction with the Bahamas Baseball Federation, created the package which included airfare, car and hotel arrangements and an opportunity for free tickets to watch the Braves three-game series. BBF president Craig Kemp c alled Richardson the first of a new generation of baseball players who will make their presence felt on the international scene at the Major League level. "Ed Armbrister was one of our last Major League Baseball players. He actually made it into the Major Leagues at a time when baseball in the Bahamas was on the decline," he said. We have a lot of good players who are in the p ipelines. This is just the beginning for many young Bahamian players to be seen in the very near future. Albert Cartwright and Sean Albury are currently in the M inor League system with the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers organisations respectively. JOHNS Buccaneers and Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks pulled off big victories in New Providence SoftballA ssociation regular season action at B ankers Field, Baillou Hills Sporti ng Complex, on Tuesday night. In the mens feature contest, the Buccaneers stunned the Island Luck Truckers 12-8 while in the womens opener, the Lady Sharks out-sluggedt he Sigma Brackettes 19-12. Heres a summary of the games played: B B u u c c c c a a n n e e e e r r s s 1 1 2 2 , T T r r u u c c k k e e r r s s 8 8 : : Johns came up with two big innings in the fifth and sixth, scoring five and four runs respectively to hold off IslandL uck. Michael Thompson led the potent offensive attack with a 3-for-4 night with two runs batted in (RBI runs scored and Angelo Dillet was 2for-4 with two runs. A lso, Lamar Watkins was 1-for-5, E ric Johnson was 1-for-4 with a RBI a nd two runs, Tereco Bain was 1-for1 with two RBI and a run scored and Timothy Clarke was 1-for-4 with a RBI and run scored. Cardinal Gilbert scored three runs. D eon Whyte got the win on a fourhitter with three walks and two strike outs in the first five innings. Culbert Buster Evans came in relief to give up six hits with two walks and as many strike outs in the final two innings. Leroy Thompson got the loss on s even hits with three walks and a s trike out in the last two innings in relief of starter Anton Gibson, who gave up five hits with two strike outs and a walk in the first four innings. Marvin Tougie Wood was a perfect 3-for-3 with two runs, Van LilJ oe Johnson 2-for-4 with a RBI and t hree runs, Jamal Sarge Johnson 2f or-4 with a RBI and run scored and Ramon Shaky Johnson 2-for-4 with a RBI and run scored for the Truckers. L L a a d d y y S S h h a a r r k k s s 1 1 9 9 , B B r r a a c c k k e e t t t t e e s s 1 1 2 2 : : Sharnelle Symonette enjoyed a perf ect 4-for-4 night with four runs scored and Kareem Miller was 4-for-5 with three RBI and three runs in leading Proper Care to another impressive win. Trekia Munroe also had a big game, going 3-for-4 with four RBI and twor uns scored. Kelly Smith and Kenyoka Ingraham were both 2-for-5 with a run scored, Thela Johnson 1-for-2 with three runs and Vonetta Nairn 1-for-2 with a run scored. Alexandria Taylor came in relief in the third and gave up four hits with as many walks and a strike out for thew in. Thela Johnson gave up five hits w ith seven walks and two strike outs in t he first two and a quarter innings. Zella Symonette was 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs, Latonia Bowleg was 1-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, Theota Williams 3-for-5w ith a RBI, Raquel Smith 1-for-3 with three runs and Krystal Delancy 1-for3 with a RBI in the loss. Ernestine Stubbs went the distance, giving up 21 hits with seven walks and four strike outs in a losing effort on the mound. T T o o n n i i g g h h t t s s s s c c h h e e d d u u l l e e 7pm Bommer George vs Black Scorpions (L 8:30pm Island Luck Truckers vs New Breed (M SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2011, PAGE 3E V V O O L L L L E E Y Y B B A A L L L L N N P P V V A A A A C C T T I I O O N N THE New Providence Vol leyball Association continued games at D W Davis Gymna sium Wednesday night. In the womens affair, the Lady Techs took four sets to defeat the College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs 25-14, 25-13, 18-25 and 25-17. Nicolette Campbell secured nine points in the win. However, Keneisha Thompson led the Lady Caribs and all scorers with 19 points in a losing effort. In the mens match, the Intruders jumped on the youthful Saints 25-18, 25-22 before one-man band Prince Wilson would change into his regular clothes. The Saints, taking full advantage, came back and won the next two sets 26-24 and 27-25. With their backs against the wall, Wilson once again suited up for the Intruders and helped pull off a much needed 15-13 victory to secure the fifth set and game over the Saints. Kurtwood Greene Jr and Rajahl Moxey were leaders for the Saints. NPVA action is slated to continue today with the following games on tap: 7:30pm Cougars vs Lady Titans 9pm Technicians vs Intruders B B O O X X I I N N G G A A M M A A T T E E U U R R T T E E A A M M I I N N B B A A K K U U THE Amateur Boxing Association of the Bahamas two-member team of Carl Hield and Valentino Knowles left their training site and are heading to the 2011 AIBA World Boxing Champi onships. The team, coached by Andre and Floyd Seymour, should arrive today for the championships, which is scheduled to get underway Monday and run through October 8 at Heydar Aliyev Sports and Exhibition Complex in Baku, Azerbaijan. The championships, featur ing 685 boxers from 127 coun tries, serve as a qualifier for the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. N N P P C C A A A A C C T T I I O O N N THE New Providence Cycling Association is scheduled to hold its Family Fun Ride and Cycling Show Sun day. The event will be held for two hours. Last year, the Thompson family brought a six-member team out that rode a total of 10 miles. They received a gift certificate from KFC. S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L B B S S C C M M E E E E T T I I N N G G THE Baptist Sports Council is scheduled to hold a meeting Saturday at the Bahamas Baptist College, Jean Street, for all churches interested in participating in the 2011 Bishop Neil C Ellis Softball Classic. The classic is tentatively set to start at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Octo ber 1. It will feature competition in the 19-and-under, coed and mens divisions. There is a registration fee per team in each division. Also during the meeting, plans will be disclosed for the 2011 Rev Enoch Backford Track and Field Classic. The classic is set for October 22 at Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium. S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L / / T T R R A A C C K K B B S S C C A A C C T T I I V V I I T T I I E E S S THE Baptist Sports Council has announced the dates for the final two events on its sporting calendar. The 2011 Bishop Neil C. Ellis Softball Classic is scheduled to start on Saturday, October 1 at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. It will feature competition in the men, co-ed and 19and-under divisions. And the Rev Enoch Backford Track and Field Classic will follow on Saturday, October 22, at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium. Persons interested in more details are asked to contact league president Brent Stubbs at stubbobs@gmail.com or secretary Jonique Webb at joniquewebb@hotmail.com C C O O N N C C H H M M A A N N THE 25th annual Conchman Triathlon is scheduled for Saturday, November 5 in Freeport, Grand Bahama. It will comprise of a one-kilo metre swim, a 25k bike ride and a 5k run. Interested persons can reg ister by logging onto the Facebook Event Page, e-mail organiser Bert Bell at bertbell@coralwave.com or calling him at 727-5886 or 7275381. T T R R I I A A T T H H L L O O N N A A L L L L S S E E T T THE UWC Triathlon is scheduled for 7:30am Sunday, September 25, starting at the Clifton Heritage Park. The sprint triathlon will comprise of a 750m swim, 20 kilometre bike ride and a 5km run. The registration deadline has passed. SPORTS IN BRIEF THE New Providence Oldtimers Softball Associa-t ion continued its regular s eason action over the w eekend with three games p layed at the Archdeacon W illiam Thompson Softball P ark, Southern Recreation G rounds. H eres a summary of the games played: C C a a b b i i n n e e t t W W o o r r l l d d 2 2 7 7 , W W i i l l l l i i a a m m C C o o n n s s t t r r u u c c t t i i o o n n J J e e t t s s 7 7 : : Raymond Rolle had a perfect 6-for-6 day with four RBI and five runs scored to lead the offensive attack. Stephen Robinson was 4for-5 with two RBI and three runs, Gary Hanna was 3-for-4 with four RBI and six runs and both Troy Bodie and Keith Richards were 3-for-5 with a RBI and three runs. V al Munroe got the win a nd Danny Stubbs was t agged with the loss. S tubbs helped his own c ause by going 2-for-4 with t wo RBI and two runs, Jeff F rancis was 2-for-3 with t hree RBI and two runs, S ewlyn McKenzie 2-for-3 w ith a run scored and W arfield Bain 1-for-3 with f our RBI and two runs. Both Francis and Bain had a home run. C C o o m m p p u u t t e e r r T T e e c c h h n n i i c c i i a a n n s s 1 1 8 8 , D D a a B B o o y y z z 8 8 : : Herbert Arnette went 3-for-4 witht wo RBI and three runs, V ictor Bain was perfect at 4 -for-4 with four RBI and a run, Charlie Gatiro 2-for3 with three runs and Rory N ewbold 2-for-4 with three RBI and a run scored in thew in. Keith McIntosh got the w in over Mike Dillette on the mound. Chavez Thompson was 2for-4 with two RBI and two runs, Gershylwn Wilkinson 2-for-3 with a RBI and two r uns, Lynden Gaitor 2-for-3 w ith four RBI and a run s cored and Ashley M unnings 1-for-3 with a run s cored. Thompson, Wilkinson and Gaitor all homered in the loss. D D o o z z e e r r P P r r o o s s 1 1 5 5 , L L e e v v i i t t a a 5 5 : : Marcus Pratt had a perfect 4 -for-4 day with a RBI and two runs, Godfrey Willie was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs, Kent Forbes was perfect at 3-for-3 with three RBI and as many runs a nd Brian Gibson was 2-for3 with three RBI and two r uns. Willie had the lone h omer in the game. R oberto Goodman p icked up the win on the mound and Dorin Dean was charged with the loss. M itchel Bullard was perfect at 2-for-2 with two runs, D wight Butler 1-for-2 with two runs, Alphie Bethel a perfect 3-for-3 with four RBI and Greg Burrows 1for-3 in a losing effort. N N P P O O T T S S A A a a c c t t i i o o n n i i s s s s c c h h e e d d u u l l e e d d t t o o r r e e s s u u m m e e S S a a t t u u r r d d a a y y a a n n d d c c o o n n t t i i n n u u e e o o n n S S u u n n d d a a y y w w i i t t h h a a n n o o t t h h e e r r f f u u l l l l s s l l a a t t e e o o f f g g a a m m e e s s . Oldtimers Softball Association BUCCANEERS, LADY SHARKS PULL OFF BIG VICTORIES S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L FAMILY, FRIENDS AND FANS TURN UP IN SUPPORT OF OUR VERY OWN MLB STAR ATLANTA BRAVES Chipper Jones (10 t o score Antoan Richardson ( not seen) i n the seventh inning of Mondays game in Miami. The Marlins defeated the Braves 6-5. ( AP)

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