N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.247THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNYAND BREEZY HIGH 90F LOW 74F By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter m email@example.com E NVIRONMENT Minis ter Earl Deveaux tendered his resignation to the Prime Minister when The Tribune revealed he had accepted a free ride in the Aga Khans helicopter while he had an application before his Ministry. However Dr Deveaux told Patty Roker on Island FMs listeners of The Morning Boil how Prime Minis ter Hubert Ingraham did not accept his offer to step down. Dr Deveaux admitted he accepted a free ride in the Aga Khans 12-seater luxury helicopter to attend a film screening in Abaco with his wife and two friends before going on to the Aga Khans private island in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park with Bahamas National Trust (BNT do a land assessment. The Aga Khan, billionaire leader of an Islamic sect, has applied to dredge at least two channels and excavate a yacht basin and barge land ing site on Bell Island with-i n the boundaries of the w orlds oldest marine park a proposal currently being considered by Dr Deveauxs Ministry. Calls for Dr Deveaux to resign have rung out since the revelation, but Dr Deveaux said his offer to resign was rejected by the Prime Minister. He said he told Mr Ingra ham: I am sure you have already read the paper. If you wish for me to step aside... When Ms Rokers co-host interjected: So you ten dered your resignation? Move after Tribune r eveals free ride in Aga Khans helicopter The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com )25 867 /('n6 Minister in offer to resign YOURSOURCEFOROBITUARIES N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B U U T T N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B E E A A T T S S T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E I I N N S S I I D D E E T T O O D D A A Y Y C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! L L O O A A D D S S O O F F J J O O B B S S A A N N D D H H E E L L P P W W A A N N T T E E D D ! T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S C C L L A A S S S S I I F F I I E E D D S S T T R R A A D D E E R R SEE page 14 By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a turnquest@ tribunemedia.net S TUDENTS and other thugs throwing rocks, wielding cutlasses and one even armed with a g un clashed yesterday, just as high school administrators, the Min i ster of Education and senior police officers began a high-priority walkabout. S purred by the shock ing reports of student violence just 14 days intot he new term, Education Minister Desmond Bannister took a hands-ona pproach to tackle the growing social ill at its root when he camped out at a South Beach plaza near C V Bethel High School. His intent, to see firsthand the behaviour of students who are said to EDUCATION VISIT ENDS IN STUDENT BRAWL MAYHEM ABOVE: Senior police officers keep watch in the area of CV Bethel after the fight broke out. RIGHT: A policewoman holds her gun after yesterdays brawl. Felip Major /Tribune staff SEE page 13 THE board of the Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation wants to let 93 employees go to bring staff levels in line with its tighter budget this year. The process will reduce staff levels at the news agency, known as ZNS, from 238 to 145 workers as the media house transitions to a public broadcasting agency. The proposed cuts span 12 BR OADCASTING C ORPORATION BOARD WANTS TO LET 93 STAFF GO SEE page 12 A SECOND teenager attempted to commit suicide the same day a student tried to kill himself on his high school's campus, police said. Around 10.20pm on Tuesday, a 15-year-old girl slit her wrists and swallowed an excessive number of pills in a bid to end her life, said Press Liaison Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skip pings. Police were called to her home in Colony Village and the By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org ARCHDEACON Ivan Ranfurly Brown used his Sunday sermon as an opportunity to try to put to rest rumours that he has allegedly been involved in an inappropriate relationSCHOOLS SEC OND SUICIDE ATTEMPT IN THE SAME DAY SEE page 12 SEE page 12 ARCHDEACON USES SERMON TO DENY R UMOURS OF REL ATIONSHIP POLICE last night con firmed that a female stu dent was taken to hospital in an ambulance Tuesday after being beaten by a group of fellow students. The student was beaten by a group of girls outside AF Adderley Junior High School around 3.20 pm, said Press Liaison Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skip pings. The girl was treated at the hospital and discharged. Police investigations continue. Desmond Bannister, Minister of Education, said he had heard reports of the incident, but had no infor mation to confirm. GIRL BEA TEN B Y FELLOW STUDENTS
By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A CAMPAIGN to protect sharks from being fished in Bahamian waters has sparked the suggestion for a blanket ban on the fishing of most marine species. Freeport attorney Fred Smith, QC, an environmentalist with a passion for diving and sharks, encourages Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright to adopt a new approach to the protection of natural resources by only permitting certain marine life to be fished during specific seasons according to size regulations and zoning laws. All other marine resources should be protected from fishing or harvesting by legislation, Mr Smith said. His suggestion comes after The Tribune revealed the vulnerability of marine resources to poaching to satisfy emerging export markets, as the CEO of the first sea cucumber export company in the country said he would also consider exporting shark fins and sea urchins to Hong Kong. Sunco Wholesale Seafood Ltd opened in Mastic Point, Andros, late last year and harvests an average of 5,000 sea cucumbers a day to be processed and exported to Hong Kong. As with sea cucumbers, sharks and sea urchins have never been targetted by local fishermen, there are no laws to protect them. This revelation accelerated a campaign to protect sharks launched by the Bahamas National Trust (BNT in partnership with the Pew Environment Group which is gaining international support. Shark populations are declining by 70 to 80 per cent globally as they are increasingly being fished to serve emerging markets for their meat and fins, which are used in shark fin soup and fetch up to $200 per kilogram. But the Bahamas boasts the healthiest and most biologically diverse shark population in the entire Atlantic, and the BNT wants to keep it that way by making the Bahamas a sanctuary for shark s. Campaigners have cited the benefits of sharks not only to the ecosystem but also to ecotourism, which Mr Smith can vouch for as a resident of Grand Bahama, where at least five dive companies operate daily excursions from Our Lucaya to Shark Junction off the South Coast where tourists can swim with up to 30 sharks. Its a tremendous attraction to eco-tourism, Mr Smith said. And there have been times when people have tried to fish or catch those sharks and groups have got together to prevent that. I would encourage Minister Cartwright to take to Cabinet a piece of legislation that is all encompassing, and prohibit the taking of any fish or marine species unless it is a permitted one. I think its time the govern ment passed an all-embracing piece of legislation that simply makes it illegal to take anything from Bahamian waters unless its specifically permitted, as opposed to having to go to Parliament every time someone gets a bright idea about depleting our sharks or our grouper or our sea cucumber, or our sponges or anything else. This way it makes the control of our resources being taken much more effective; it brings the control of our fisheries back into our hands with out unnecessary bureaucratic delay. The accomplished attorney even offered his professional assistance, saying he was willing to write a law to help protect vital marine resources. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Call for ban on fishing of most marine species FRED SMITH LARRYCARTWRIGHT INDECLINE: Shark populations are declining by 70 to 80 per cent globally as they are increasingly being fished.
By ALISON LOWE T ribune Staff Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org THE ex-paramedic who was accused of attempting to extort $25 million from John Travolt a has hit the international headlines less than 10 days after the charges were dropped, claiming he and not the US celebrity was the realv ictim in the drama that b egan with the death of Travoltas son Jett. T arino Lightbourne also claims that rigor mortis had set i n by the time paramedics were called to the scene, indicating Jett had been dead for at least three hours when he was found, contrary to official statements. His comments were made in what the Daily Mail of Lon d on, which ran the story as an exclusive in its online and p rint editions yesterday, said w as a three hour interview at Lightbournes Freeport, Grand Bahama, home. T he headline on the piece is: I saw what REALLY hap pened on the night John Tra voltas teenage son died. It comes days after Light bourne and his co-accused for mer PLP senator Pleasant Bridgwater were informed on September 6 in the Supreme C ourt that the extortion case against them had been d ropped because Mr Travolta no longer wished to pursue the matter. The reason given for this w as that the long-pending status of this matter continued to take a heavy emotional toll on my family, causing us to conclude that it was finally timet o put this matter behind us, a ccording a statement from the Travolta family. H owever, his latest bout of publicity for Lightbourne sug-g ests this is not going to happen any time soon. In the article, Lightbourne states: Im very sorry that John Travolta lost his son, of course, and Ive always been a huge fan of his. I have no axe to grind. But I am the real vic t im, not John Travolta. I have been paraded as a c ommon criminal and thrown i n jail (he spent 25 days in prison before being bailed), and I have lost my job. The truth is I wish now that the trial had gone ahead so that I could clear my name and get my dignity back. Jett, 16, had autism and was known to suffer serious seizures every few days. In the article, Lightbourne alleges the charges against him were intended to divert atten-t ion from the circumstances s urrounding Jetts death. In a statement released on t he day of his death, Mr Tra voltas attorney at the time Michael Ossi, said that what was known at the time was that Jett, Travolta and his wife Kel ly Prestons only son, suffered a seizure at 10am and all a ttempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Jett was said to have hit his head after he collapsed from the seizure. In the Daily Mail article, L ightbourne maintains that w hile a doctor said Jett had been dead only a few minu tes when help arrived, it appeared there was somethingv ery wrong with this assessment. The boys eyes were fixed and dilated, I noticed dry blood stains around both his ears and nostrils and the sides of his mouth . and the body was already in a state of rigorm ortis, said Lightbourne. That usually starts aboutt hree hours after death. L ightbourne and his attorney, Pleasant Bridgwater were charged with an extortion con s piracy after it was claimed they attempted to get millions By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THREE tourists were among those attacked in six armed robberies in the space of two days this week. Six pedestrians and the staff o f one shop were held up by a rmed thugs on Tuesday, and on Monday, two church e mployees at St Francis Cathed ral on West Street were robbed. O ne church employee had only just arrived in the parking lot of St Francis when she was approached by a man armed with a handgun who robbed her of her purse. The gunman then entered the building and robbed another employee of cash and a set of keys to the Cathedral. The culprit was described as six feet tall, of dark complexion,w earing a long sleeved white s hirt, long blue jeans and a blue cap. T uesdays string of incidents s tarted at around 1.30pm when police responded to reports ofa n armed robbery at Robinson Road, east of Baillou Hill Road. A female pedestrian reported being approached by a man armed with a handgun and another man. They reportedly robbed her of jewellery, then fled on foot heading north onto Second Street, Coconut Grove. Three hours later, there was another robbery on Robinson Road, this time further east of Baillou Hill Road at Market Street. It was alleged that two men, one armed with a handgun,r obbed New Kids Sporting S tore of an undetermined amount of cash. T he culprits reportedly e ntered the store and collected several items of clothingb efore approaching the cashier. Once at the register, one of the men left the store and returned with the handgun. Then, around 8.30 pm, it was reported that a dark man armed with a handgun approached three Spanish tourists and stole their rental car in the parking lot of the Sheraton Hotel on West Bay Street. The visitors, all from Madrid, Spain, were also robbed of their wallets, credit cards, laptops, and cell phones. The gunman fled the area in t he stolen Toyota Yaris SD r ental, registration number 126, the property of Avis car rental. P olice received two more r eports on Tuesday, both at around 10pm, of armed rob-b eries in Garden Hills and Nassau Village. In Garden Hills, it was alleged that two masked thugs, one armed with a handgun and the second with a knife, robbed a 32-year-old man of his jewellery at a park on Tulip Avenue. The masked men were reported to have fled the area travelling east in a gold coloured SUV. Meanwhile, in Nassau Village, it was reported that a gang of men two armed with handguns robbed a 26-year-oldm an of his jewellery. The man h ad been walking along Sumner Street when the culprits r obbed him and then fled the a rea on foot. Police confirmed there are f our men in custody assisting with the investigation into the Nassau Village robbery, but admitted they have no leads in the other incidents. Members of the public who h ave information which might a ssist police are urged to contact call 919, CDU at 502-9991, o r Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. F amily islanders wishing to provide information to CrimeS toppers can call 1-242-3008476. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Six armed robberies in two days Tarino Lightbourne: I was the real victim in the Travolta drama By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A WITNESS in the attempted murder trial of a veteran New Jersey police officer yesterday recounted being held up while walking with friends on the Cable Beach strip in May 2008. During the hold up, John Casper, a 25-year veteran of the Bergenfield New Jersey Police Department was shot in the chest. Joan Algios, a resident of Bethpage New York recalled that around 9.30pm on Wednesday May 14, she and four others were walking east on the Cable Beach strip. She told the court that it was when they passed the home of former Prime Minister Perry Christie that she noticed two men standing at Ruby Avenue looking at them. Mrs Algios told the court that she did not have a good feeling and felt that something was going to happen. She said that the men were talking and looking in the direction of Susan and her friend Betty who were walking ahead of them. Mrs Algios told the court that when they crossed Ruby Avenue the two men approached them. She said that one of the men stood in front of her and the other in front of John. She recalled that the man in front of her asked her to give her the money. She Attempted murder trial: W itness tells of being held up SEE page 19 SEE page 19 Tarino Lightbourne
E DITOR, The Tribune. OK, let me see if I got this right. If you cross the North Korean border illegally you get 12 years hard labour, or shot. If you cross the Iranian border illegally you are d etained indefinitely. If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot. If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally you will be j ailed. If you cross the Chin ese border illegally you m ay never be heard from a gain. If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally y ou will be branded a spy a nd your fate will be sealed. I f you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be t hrown into political prison t o rot. If you enter the Bahamas i llegally you get a job, driv ers licence, NIB card, welf are (from Government, R ed Cross, Salvation Army and the churches), food stamps, the right to owny our own business without a l icence, the right to build homes on Bahamian land ( no plumbing) without permits while working here without a permit and send ing all their money back h ome and building their m ansion for their family there, free water from the government pump, free education, free health care all with government support, hundreds of dollars wortho f public documents print ed in their language, the right to place your flag on your business establishmenta nd vehicles without the p resence of a Bahamian flag and despite the protest of the Bahamians you will be g iven the opportunity to h elp form our government, and get top white collar p ositions on your jobs. U nheard of anywhere else in the world for the simple reason of country security and, oh lets not forget, prot ocol and common sense p ractice. W e just wanted to make sure we had a firm grasp on the situation at hand ... Well we have had enough, w hat about you! Its time we say enough is enough to any of our governments playing mind games while using us as chess pieces. Its time for us to say enough to any opposition party that sits by and allows the governing party to seemingly run over and rape us in various mann ers while they show up in t he House of Assembly to discuss Bahama deals, oil l eaks in the gulf, and the building of new housing communities. F ellow Bahamians, we a sk you to consider how f oolish the politicians perc eive us to be. W hile we are being disp osed of daily by employers, already being forced to sell our vehicles and remove our children from one school to the next. Along comes the government and the opposition offering to b uild more houses either w hile they are in office or after they get in office and a ll for the low cost of, get t his $140,000 $180,000 and t his is in the ghetto areas. Have you tried to get a piece of Crown land at a reason-a ble cost on a Family Island lately, well now governments are seemingly setting regulations to make this cost challenging for the people wishing to return home. Oh the foreigner can build house s, farm and even are given m oney if they willingly return home. Wont it be nice if we had a Bahamiang overnment that would offer us as little as an acre of Crown land for any Bahami an wishing to return home a nd farm, or a piece of land 1 00x100 for the Bahamian who wishes to return to their homeland, after all its justb ush. Oh to be treated with respect by any government of our choosing, is it just a d ream? Can we find some people with a caring heart to step up and be a government who despite seeking personal goals will not beo ffended to allow us to live from more than just thec rumbs that fall from the politicians table. Fellow Bahamians, we h ave doctors, nurses, teachers, tile layers, constructionw orkers who are ready to return home to continuet heir profession and live, But cant afford it. While a p olitician only has to serve two terms and their spouse receives thousands of dollars monthly for the rest of their lives. We ask you why are there no plans for us? Its time we say enough, and stand together as Bahami ans. P lease consider the opposition partys action, wherea re they when we need a voice, why are there no rallies being called or marches on Bay Street to protest some of these bills that are being shoved down our t hroat. We will tell you why. I ts because in the next few months they will prey on your ignorance and call youo ut of your house nightly to put on shows and tell you what you already know. We ask you, is that a reason to v ote for them? Make them talk now by telling theme nough is enough and ask ing them to be a more vocal and hands on opposition. Stay tuned, more to c ome. M INISTER S DAVIS N assau, September, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 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.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising A dvertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 Nassau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm M ADRID French workers and Spanish royalty became the latest to feel the bite of Europe's debt crisis as officials said the king and queen would have to tighten their belts and France's National Assembly voted to delay retirement untilt he ripe old age of 62. Spaniards largely welcomed word that their monarchs are feeling their pain Wednesday, but anger flared across the border as French lawmakers overcame vocal protests to send to the Senate a s weeping overhaul of the retirement plan, i ncluding a highly contested measure to extend working life beyond 60. The vote in the lower house of parliam ent was 329-233. The opposition was b oisterous, with Socialists shouting "Resign!" as the Assembly president cut short debate and thousands of protestersm arched outside. Riot police guarded a crowd that police estimated at 6,500 and protesters at 20,000.L ast week, opposition to the bill drew at least 1.1 million protesters into the streets of 220 cities and a strike disrupted trains, planes, hospitals and mail delivery across F rance. The vote puts France on track to become the latest country to require workers to stay on the job longer. Ger many is set to raise its retirement age over the coming years from 65 to 67 to offset a shrinking, aging population, and the Unit e d States is gradually doing the same. Spain is doing the same, enraging unions that are planning Spain's first gene ral strike in nearly a decade for September 29 to denounce competition-minded reforms that make it easier and cheaper for companies to lay people off. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is to present a slimmed-down budget for 2011 this month, and an officialw ith the Spanish Royal Palace said Wednesday it expects King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia to get a slimmer piece oft hat national pie. Spain is trying to chip away at a 20 per cent unemployment rate and generate growth and to avoid letting its deficit push Spain off the cliff Greece almost went over in May, when it was saved by a billion ($143.5 bil lion) EU and IMF rescue package. That package demanded reforms d esigned to foster competition that are still drawing protests. Outside Athens, truckers who triggered a run on gas stations over the weekend parked their vehicles along highways for a third day Wednesday. Spain's monarchs are nott he first to be hit by the European crisis. In July, Britain said Queen Elizabeth II was cutting spending, reducing the cost of the British monarchy by 8 per cent from the previous year at million ($58 million Spain's royals are a comparative bargain: T he 2010 Royal Palace budget was .9 m illion ($11.4 million Europe's other royals appear less inclined to emergency frugality. In theN etherlands, Crown Prince WillemA lexander and Princess Maxima want to tear down postwar farmhouses to build three villas at a reported cost of 6 million e ach. And the Swedish royal court got 7 per cent more money in 2010 125 mil lion kronor ($17.5 million c over Crown Princess Victoria's wedding to her personal trainer and their new accommodation at Haga castle. This summer, in the Spanish national s pirit of adjusting to leaner times, the king and queen shaved two weeks off their vacation on the island of Mallorca, sailed less frequently on the royal yacht Fortuna and received fewer guests. They did, however, host U.S. first lady Michelle Oba m a and daughter Sasha for a brief courtesy call as the Americans wound up a visit to Spain. The 140 staffers who work for the r oyal family saw their wages cut by as much as 15 per cent along with other civil servants as part of an austerity plan enacted in May. The king and queen will see cuts for 2011 as well, a palace official said Wednesday on condition of anonymity in line with palace rules, though hew ouldn't say how much. On the streets of Madrid, there were few tears for the shrinking royal coffers. We are all suffering from the crisis," said 66-year-old retiree Pedro Barco. "I think it only normal that the king and queen have less money." (This article was written by Daniel Woolls and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press Writers). How foolish do politicians believe us to be? LETTERS l email@example.com Europe pushes austerity, even for royalty WANTED WANTEDMEDICAL SALES REPRESENTATIVEThe medical sales representative will be responsible for promoting international pharmaceutical brands to the healthcare community in the Bahamas.Skills & Educational RequirementsBachelors degree in medical sciences or allied healthEffective communication and presentation abilitiesEffective time management, planning, and organizing skillsProficiency in a variety of computer applicationsSelf-motivated team playerPrevious experience in pharmaceutical detailing, sales and marketing would be an assetCandidates should possess a reliable motor vehicle, be willing to travel to the family islands, the U.S., and other foreign countries.Please send application letter and rsu by September 20th, 2010 to: Medical Rep P.O. Box N-7504 Nassau, Bahamas Or Fax 393.0440We thank all applicants for their interest, however; only short-listed candidates will be contacted. EDITOR, The Tribune. I read in The Tribune this morning a headline which read: "Favourable assessment for Exuma dredging, excavation plans." It goes on to say that the plans call for dredging 8.8 acres of sea bed and excavate sand and rock at Bell Island in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park. I will make no comment. I will, however, ask some questions: Is this the Exuma Land and Sea Park that is the first of its kind in the world? Is this dredging operation associated with the same man who just recently donated one million dollars to the Bahamas National Trust? Is Earl Deveaux Minister of the Environment? Is this dredging operation associated with the same man whose luxury helicopter was just recently flying the same Earl Deveaux around Exuma? Was an environmental Impact study done of the area which they propose to dredge? Who paid for the environmental impact study? Just asking. PIERRE DUPUCH Nassau, September 14, 2010 Some questions about Exuma dr edging
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Financial a ccountability and transparency is the main focus of four educators on Grand Bahama who are offering themselves as candidates in the upcoming Bahamas Union of Teachers (BUT 21. Current trustee Juliamae J ohnson-Roberts, Valencia Carroll, Joneth Edden, and M eoshe Basden-Curtis are v ying for the positions of trustee, assistant treasurer, e xecutive member, and area vice-president, respectively. They are vowing to restore the unions integrity. Last year, in an historic and n ear unanimous vote of no confidence, more than 200 dele gates decided they were fed up with the bickering and infighting and ousted the executive team. I n the Grand Bahama dist rict, there are some 600 plus members who are expected to cast their ballots next Tuesday. Candidates here have been c ampaigning hard, distributing f lyers outlining their goals and organising press conferences to reach perspective voters. Ms Roberts, who has served as trustee for the past six years, is seeking re-election. Sheb elieves that the leadership has f ailed in its duties. Integrity We need to restore the i ntegrity which has been lacking in the BUT. The inept behaviour of the leadership is unacceptable and we are aski ng the membership to vote for us and allow us to bring back t he union to its glory days, s he said. Some of her goals are to c ause an audit to be conducted a t the 63rd annual general m eeting and ensure that union f unds are invested wisely through collaborative efforts. Ms Roberts is a veteran educator who has served in the p ublic school system for the p ast 37 years. She has been a member of the union for 32 years and has served as shop s teward and trustee. V alencia Carroll, candidate for assistant treasurer, has pledged to bring good governance and financial accountability to the union. Good governance is vital i n restoring integrity in the c onduct of union business, she said. Mrs Carroll promises to ensure that audits are conducted and that quarterly and annual financial statements are provided to members during the annual general meet-i ng. We have been falling short in that area and for years weh ave not been able to conduct a proper audit and give a proper account of funds to the membership, she said. S he said teachers are experiencing economic hardship and the union should assistw herever possible. Mrs Carroll has held various positions within the u nion, including trustee, execu tive member, vice-chairman and shop steward. Joneth Edden, a teacher at E ight Mile Rock High School, is confident that she will makea difference as an executive m ember in the union. This is my first time running as a candidate in the BUT elections, but if elected I w ill ensure that fairness and accountability is top priority in the union, she said. M eoshe Basden Curtis, the c andidate for area vice-presi dent, said one of her goals is to provide transparency anda ccountability in leadership and hold regular meetings with the membership. S he said she will also seek to provide training for teachers, and scholarships or awards for the Grand B ahama District Teacher of the Year. Mrs Curtis also wants to e stablish an emergency fund plan that will benefit teach ers in the district. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t ftf ttff ttf Four GB educators offer themselves as BUT candidates
B y NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE performance and i ndependence of police prose cutors has been called into q uestion by some members of the legal profession. One senior defence attorney said: The time has long passed when they should dis-p ense with police prosecutors. T here is more than an adequate supply of lawyers who could prosecute in the Magistrates Courts. Police prosecutors currentl y handle prosecutions at the Magistrates level, where a number of summary mattersa re heard, such as drug o ffences, assault cases or disorderly behaviour. All indictable matters start at the Magistrates Court before proceeding to the Supreme Court by way of ap reliminary inquiry, and some matters that are classified as electable offences are also handled at the Magistrates level, according to an experienced attorney. M ost of the current police p rosecutors are not trained attorneys. They participate in an internal apprentice processt o be trained as prosecutors, said Inspector Clifford Daxon, second in command at the p olice prosecutions office. He s aid the officers were at no disadvantage despite the fact that they are not trained a ttorneys. Seven police prosecutors, and four other police officers, participated in a high level a dvocacy training workshop that was staged by the Bahamas Middle TempleS ociety this week. There were over 40 partici pants in total, who specialise i n civil and criminal matters, from private firms and the Attorney Generals Office. Organisers of the workshop stressed that legal advocacy i s a critical skill needed for the administration of justice in the country. Competent A lawyer from the Attorney Generals Office said police prosecutors have s hown themselves to be very competent. Visiting Queens Counsel, M aster Bernard Richmond, w ho led a workshop session with the police officers, said he was not able to tell the difference between the police officers who are attorneys and those who are not. H e said that based on his first impression, if there is a difference, it is not readily apparent, and if there is a gap, there is a strong commitment to close the gap. D uring the session with the p olice officers, Master Rich mond offered a critique of some officers, who he said muttered when lacking in confidence. He said this is a weakness defence attorneys would look for and use. O rganisers said one of the aims of the workshop was to have participants benefit from having their weaknesses identified and having the advocates demonstrate better techniques. They will also b enefit from tips on picking through cases, learning about mistakes, hesitation and badh abits frequently practised in court. One participant in the workshop, who works for a private law firm, said some police prosecutors have a reputation for seeming inexpe r ienced and unprepared in court. Some officers have received p ublic funding to become trained lawyers in the past, the attorney said, but most of t hem left the public service f or private firms. Asked if this was an unfair portrayal, one senior defencea ttorney said: The question of competency is always there,b ut I am more concerned a bout the appearance of fairn ess and the objectivity that one would expect of prosecutors who are supposed to bea dministers of justice, not just to seek convictions, but to ensure there is fairness as fara s an accused person is conc erned. Police officers investigate complaints and formally pressc harges. Having them also prosecute, compromises the level of objectivity, said the attorney. This is compounded by the fact that police are sometimes assigned to provide securityf or magistrates, he said. There is no sort of isolation or insulation from the magistrate, so the appearance of fairness does not exist. So it would be extremely refreshing if persons other thanp olice personnel would be i nvolved in prosecutions. Unfair criticism is often levelled at prosecutors working the Magistrates Court, according to one attorney. He said 40 to 50 cases may be heard on a daily basis, maybe in one court alone,a nd that these have to be processed by the police prosecutors. The bulk of the load is in the Magistrates Court. It is a whole lot of work for prosec utors, especially for someo ne not comprehensively trained in the law, said the attorney, noting that many of t he cases are summary matters. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Questions raised about police prosecutors Some legal profession members cast doubt over independence and performance The question of competency is always there, but I am more conc erned about the appearance of fairness and the objectivity that one would expect of prosecutors who are supposed to be administers of justice, not just to seek convictions, but to ensure there is fairn ess as far as an accused person is concerned. Senior defence attorney
THIRTY-FOUR officers and marines from the Royal Bahamas Defence Force were given tools to better face the challenges of the 21st century and the ongoing struggle against terrorism in a two-week training course at the Coral Harbour Base. Conducted by the members of United States Coast Guard International Training Division Team, both the Maritime Crisis Management Course and the Seaport/Anti-Terrorism Cours es were tailored to the specific needs of the region. The Maritime Crisis Management Course was designed to enhance the skills of the class participants by making them better decision-making managers. The course provided the necessary skills that marines can apply when responding in times of crisis or emergencies within a maritime port. Divided into four components, the first dealt with crisis control, which gave an overview on Weapons of Mass Destruct ion (WMD mation on the latest known WMD smuggling trends. Component two dealt with lectures regarding internation ally recognised principles for protecting a maritime port complex, vulnerability assessment, risk management and risk based d ecision making. The third component com prised an overview of the Inci dent Command System (ICS and the principles of crisis man agement. The final component dealt with a tabletop maritime crisis practical exercise, which a llowed class participants to solve crisis scenarios. The Seaport/Anti-Terrorism Course was designed to teach the basic principles of protecting a maritime port complex. The participants explored basic explanations of threats and WMDs. They also learnt how to develop a port defence plan using operational risk management in which the marines were able to design and develop a training and exercise plan suited to the needs of the port. Cases studies were carried out using the method of the waterside security of the Atlanta and Greek Olympics. The course ended with a visit to a local port where the marines were required to provide their recommendations through the development of a port defence plan. On successful completion of the courses all of the participants were presented with certificates. C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 Defence Force officers in crisis management and anti-terrorism courses COURSECOMPLETE: The Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers and marines with their certificates after completing the Maritime Crisis Management Course at the Coral Harbour Base. Seated at centre is Commander Philip Clarke, base executive officer, RBDF, and at far left is Senior Lieutenant Raymond Kind, training officer, RBDF, and members of the United States Coast Guard International Training Division Team. Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM girl was taken to hospital by ambulance. H er condition is unknown. The suicide attempt came just hours after a 15-year-old boy at Anatol Rodgers High School tried to kill himself with a pair of scissors in a administrator's office. The distraught boy sought help from the administrator a round 4pm on Tuesday. At some point during their conversation the administrator left to get another school employee. When the pair returned to the office, they found the boy cutting himself. Although he managed to inflict some wounds, school o fficials were able to intervene and save his life. The boy was taken to hospital for treatment. Education Minister Desmond Bannister described the suicide attempt as a "cry for help" and said in many cases, school officials are called to offer emotional support not give n by student's families. Mr Bannister said many children are without a structured, dependable family life and rely on school administrators for e motional support and guidance. "It is important that we continue to emphasise how much these children need help. The schools right now, in many cases, are all that many kids have. So many of their family lives are unbearable, many children are living in very difficult circumstances," said Mr Bannister. He said Social Services and other relevant government and school agencies will be contacted. s hip with the wife of a prominent businessman. Speculation has been swirling for weeks in the Anglican community and beyond over allegations that married Father Brown, of St Agnes church in Grants Town, was having an affair with the w oman. I t was alleged that the woman in quest ion is the wife of a member of his congregation who he was counselling. It is also reported that her husband hired a private detective to ascertain the nature of their relationship. However, these claims were not confirmed. Y esterday, Bishop Laish Boyd, head of the Anglican Church in the Bahamas andt he Turks and Caicos, denied any knowle dge of the accusations brought against Father Brown. I dont have any comment because I dont know what youre talking about, said Bishop Boyd when contacted yesterday on the matter. However, Archbishop Drexel Gomez now Assistant Bishop of the Bahamas a nd the Turks and Caicos islands admit ted the allegations against Father Brown came to his attention about two weeks ago, when the talk first started. A nd he confirmed that he was in Father Browns congregation on Sunday during First Mass when the rector raised the issue in an apparent attempt to clear the air. He denied that thered been any inappropriate relationship, said Archbishop G omez. A rchdeacon Brown was most recently i n the press after he was charged in April 2009 with an alleged assault in an attempt to discipline a 15-year-old girl at a church picnic in October 2008. After a fourmonth trial, he was acquitted of the charge in October 2009 on a technicalityb y Magistrate Ancella Evans-Williams. Magistrate Williams made her decision based on the fact that the complainta gainst Brown filed by then-Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson was invalid because it was not signed by the Commissioner or a peace officer. She also n oted that witnesses testimony had been inconsistent. This case for acquittal had been argued b y Archdeacon Browns attorney Wayne M unroe. A BAHAMIAN woman was shot and killed by an American man who claimsh e mistook a small gun for a cigarette lighter. According to international reports, 27-year-old Shakarra Ward was shot at 11.50 pm last Friday at a house party in Corpus C hristi, Texas. A ccording to witnesses at the event, Shakarra was shot in the chest by her husband's cousin who accidentally discharged t he weapon, believing it w as a lighter shaped like a g un. American police arrested Joseph Douglas, 23, on suspicion of manslaughter. Shakarra, affectionately c alled Karra, had lived in t he United States for a few months and was born i n Nassau according to a website set up in her honour. H er remains will be flown to the Bahama for burial. Bahamian woman shot dead by gun m istaken for lighter Archdeacon uses sermon to deny relationship rumours FROM page one Schools second suicide attempt in the same day FROM page one areas of BCB's operations. The majority of the proposed reductions will come from ZNS' Grand Bahama office, the northern service, cutting staff l evels from 48 to 26. Other major cuts include reducing the accounting department from 17 staff to seven; reducing the community department from four employees to two; reducing the executive office from eight to five employees; reducing the human resources sect ion from eight to six employ ees; slashing the marketing and sales department from 16 staff to three; down-sizing the news department from 36 employees to 22. Under the plan staff will be down-sized in the operations department from 23 to 14; from 2 3 to 11 in the radio department; from four to two workers in the traffic department; and from 38 to 36 in the programming department. It is also reported that the BCB board plans to eliminate the parliamentary channel from ZNS control and let go the fivee mployees in that area. It is reported that the board wants the channel put under the management of the Cabinet Office. The one area that will see an increase in staff is the research department, which currently has no employees but will see three new persons hired undert he proposal. In June, BCB Chairman Michael Moss revealed that about 70 employees would be let go from the agency in a move to deflate its bloated wage bill and bring expenditure in line after a budget cut of about 50 per cent, from $8.5 million in the last fiscal year, to $4.25 million this fiscal year. A MALE student of CC Sweeting Senior High School was taken to hospital yesterday after reportedly being stabbed by another student. Up to press time, Press Liaison Officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings could only confirm that "an altercation" occurred at the campus yesterday. However, unconfirmed reports indicate that a fight broke out at the campus yes terday morning during break time leaving one student nursing three stab wounds to the hip, thigh and hand. The boy was taken to hospital but his condition is unknown. Another student is said to be helping police with their inves tigation. BROADCASTING CORPORATION BOARD WANTS TO LET 93 STAFF GO Student taken to hospital after stabbing FROM page one
C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM C6D:56?EAC@>@E:@? ?`cVdVcgReZ`_dcVbfZcVUSRdVU`_RgRZ]RSZ]Zej 7`cXV_VcR]Z_bfZcZVdTR]]$'$'*&!2bfRgV_efcVaRddVdR_U]f_TYg`fTYVcdRcVRgRZ]RS]V ReeYVZdT`gVce]R_eZdVd\Z_eYV`cR]E`hVcd Ac``W`WcVdZUV_TjcVbfZcVUW`cUZdT`f_eVUcReV:_T]fUVd+4`^a]Z^V_eRcjARc\Z_XZ_T]fUVUhZeYART\RXVAfcTYRdV=`TReVUReeYVe]R_eZdDV]WARc\RTZ]Zej ReeYVcVRc`WeYVcRWeV_eVc4`^a]Z^V_eRcj=f_TYG`fTYVc CVUVV^RS]VReViacVdd`fe]Ved`_]j2TTVdde`R]]e]R_eZdA``]dD]ZUVdR_UCZUVd 2fXfde"&eY@Te`SVc$"de loiter in large numbers once they have left the controlleds chool environment. This trend was said by police and school administrators to l ure predators or external forces that negatively affect the vulnerable youth. H owever, just minutes after the first wave of C V Bethel Senior High Schools tudents descended upon t he plaza, a dispute between those students, young men not in school uniform, and s tudents from a private school erupted leading to the arrest of three persons. C V Bethel Senior High w as said to have more than 1,400 students, with at least 500 of them travelling to and from school on public transport. Mr Bannister said: This s chool (C V Bethel very disciplined school, and you can see this by their appearance everyone is properly dressed however once out of school their c onduct quickly changes, a nd this can be due to any incident. Like you saw with this incident, once there wasa n outbreak of violence, see how quickly the children all rushed to the area. An inci dent that was originally b etween a specific group of persons is now escalated to endanger a much wider n umber of children. Outside of school is where they vent t heir frustrations we have t o hold kids to standards, teach them to have standards even out of school when they are out in the street. This year, administration a t C V Bethel opted to step outside the boundaries of the school and install sent ries at the plaza, hoping t hat their presence would deter the warring students a nd external predators. Senior masters, using the schools bus as a station, patrol the plaza every dayu ntil 4 pm correcting stu dents on their physical appearance and encourag ing them to go home. Eulease Beneby, C V B ethel principal, said: I still feel like there is a lot of room for improvement. In a school of over 1,400 students, all coming out at one time in the afternoon, we should have officers stationed here. And this is our cry for continuous and consistent presence. Community members in t he Baillou Hill Road and John Road area support Ms Benebys sentiments, fol-l owing the shooting of Rashad Rolle, an eighth grade T A Thompson stud ent, on Monday. S hop owners, parents and residents in that area voiced concern that thes hooting has signaled an escalation of violence between and against stu-d ents. I t was reported Monday's shooting also stemmed from a widespread fight between s tudents, a mix of uni formed and plain-clothed youngsters. M r Bannister added: "We have to create an awareness of this type of behaviour, once we do that w e can move forward toward understanding the dynamics of why this is hap p ening." In the following weeks, Mr Bannister said he plans to continue his direct sur v eillance of the volatile after-school environments. Education visit ends in student brawl mayhem FROM page one E DUCATIONVISIT: Desmond Bannister
C M Y K C M Y K L OCAL NEWS T HURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 19 of dollars from John Travolta f or a document which the actor w as said to have signed which would have allowed the paramedics to leave without taki ng Jett to the nearby Rand Memorial Hospital, allowing him to be transported instead to an awaiting small aircraft. In the article, Journalist David Jones makes the point that Lightbourne himself couldbe considered somewhat odd. It must be said, Lightbourne is not the easiest man to deal with and at times his behaviour may cause you to question his story, wrote the reporter. Meanwhile, the article goes on to note that the only way of determining what really happened that day, and how long Jett had been dead for, would have been by an autopsy and Coroners Inquest. Bahamian authorities never officially released the results of the autopsy performed on Jett Travolta. Then-Police Commissioner Reginald Ferguson said the results would not be released because there was "nothing criminal" about the boy's death. He was cremated and his ashes flown toF lorida within days of his sudd en death. The article states: Nobody o utside the Travolta camp and t he Bahamian authorities has ever seen (the autopsyb ecause, like so much of the crucial evidence, it has not come to light. It further points out that there has been no Coroners Inquest scheduled to investigate the death, despite the fact that as a former British colony, the Bahamas legal system is based on Britain's, where a full inquest would have been required. said that she replied No and clutched her bag. Mrs Algios said that the man stepped behind her and pulled on the strap of her bag causing her tof all to the ground. The witness told the court that while being dragged the strap on her bag broke. She said that she saw one of the young men r each into his pocket and pull something out. The witness told the court that she initial-ly thought it was a knife. I thought he was going to s tab me, she told the court. She described the assailant as being of a darker complexion and taller than the other assailant. Mrs Algios said thats he heard a gunshot and initially thought it was a BB gun. I thought it was a joke, s he told the court. She said however that she heard John s ay that he had been shot and saw him clutching his chest. She said that the two assailants then ran off. It was at that point that they began screaming for help. Accord ing to Mrs Algios a woman eventually stopped to assist them and a man drove Johnt o the hospital. M r Casper was also back o n the witness stand yesterday for cross-examination. Mr Casper said that he gave two statements to police; one on May 19 while in the Bahamas and the other on June 5, 2008 while at the Bergenfield Police Station in New York. Defence attorneys however sought to point out inconsist encies in his statements and w hat he had testified in court. Attorney Godfrey Pro Pinder who represents Ebenezer Sherman one of the men on trial suggested to Mr Casper that he had been forced to identify the two men on trial as the men involved in his shooting. Mr Casper however denied this suggestion.M r Pinder also suggested to Mr Casper that he and Bahamian police were trying to frame his client, a suggestion that Mr Casper again d enied. Attorney Donna Major, who represents Bradley Sanders, pointed out that the description Mr Casper had given the court of his assailants was not consistent with the description he had given to police in a statementon May 19, 2008. She also p ointed out that it was his evidence that the person whoh eld onto Joan Algios bag was not the person who had shot him. She pointed out that he had told police that it was the stalky assailant who had held onto Mrs Algios bag. Mrs Major suggested that he never saw a stalky lighters kinned man. Mr Casper said t hat that suggestion was incorrect. FROM page three Tarino FROM page three Attempted murder trial
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 20, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t fn t THE Bahamas National Trust (BNT attend Da Market at the Retreat on Village Road this Saturday. O ver 25 vendors selling fresh produce, freshly squeezed j uices, bread, cakes and candies, infused oils and pepper sauces will be on hand to talk to market buyers about their homemade and homegrown goods, the BNT said. The market will open at 8am and close at 1pm. Admission is free. The Trust first held the Da Market in June of this year a nd said it has received such a positive response from vend ors and shoppers that it has decided to make it a monthly event. We have received great support from our members and we are very excited to add Da Market as a new BNT event, said Urmie Braynen, coordinator for the event. We hope people will come out and enjoy market shopping i n our beautiful garden with a warm and friendly atmosphere. The BNTs Retreat hosts Da Market T HE ORISHA B ath and Body Essentials stand. SHAKARA LIGHTBOURNE sells fresh produce SAMANTHA MOREE sells goodies to people at Da Market PAM BURNSIDE sells Dear Heart's Iced Tea A ZALETA NEWRY a t a stall at Da Market, which is held at the Retreat.
C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.org THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $4.38 $4.37 $4.42 S leep well while y our money grows. Sleep w ell while y ou r mone y gro ws. up to 6% interest* *Certain restrictions applywww.BankBahamas.com By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Government yesterday confirmed it was not proceeding with the $20 million proposal to upgrade and outsource management of the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway land fill to the private sector, even though it acknowledge the site an urgent priority was presently being badly supervised. R onald Thompson, permanent secretary in the Ministry of the Environment, told Tribune Business that the Ingraham administration had decided not to go in the direction of accepting either the initial $20 million proposal by Miami-based Cambridge Project Development Inc, or a watered down $8 million version that it had subsequently asked the company for. When asked by this newspaper about Cambridges concerns that six months worth of negotiations had stalled, and that the Government might be considering other options for New Prov i dences landfill, Mr Thompson initially responded: That might be their concern, and it might be correct, I suppose. Were looking at the management of the landfill site in conjunction with waste-to-energy, and I suppose thats about all I can say on it right now. Were in the preliminary stages of going in that direction, and I dont know if we have anything finalised in that regard. But, when pressed by Tribune Business, Mr Thompson then conceded: Its correct to say were not proceeding with the project as outlined by Cambridge at this time. Declining to explain the Governments reasoning for its Government dumps $20m investment Confirms not proceeding with initial proposal or lesser $8m version, although agrees city dump not being properly managed under DEHS* Bidder remains willing to negotiate and resolve any differences with government* Decision could negatively impact deepening Bahamian economic ownership, creation of 30 new jobs and $12m spend contractors looking forward to SEE page 7B F EELINGTHEHEAT: I n this Tribune file photo firefighters deal w ith the city dump fire earlier this year. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas has the most advanced electronic banking s ystem in the Caribbean, a l eading banker told Tribune Business yesterday, with this nations commercial banksl ikely to soon discuss launching a SWITCH component tothe Automated Clearing H ouse (ACH Bahamians to use cash cards at all Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs S peaking after the Bahamas Automated Clearing House (BACH l y went live last Tuesday with its direct credits and debits functions, Paul McWeeney,B ank of the Bahamas Intern ationals managing director, Clearing House most advanced in Caribbean C ommercial banks likely to soon discuss SWITCH system introduction SEE page 5B PAUL MCWEENEY By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A major international investor has written to Canadian trade officials suggesting that the difficulties it has encountered in foreclosing on the $102 million loan secured on the South Ocean resort may have a bearing on the Bahamas application for full World Trade Organisation (WTO membership, arguing that is being unfairly prejudiced as a foreign entity. Attorneys for the Canadian Commercial Workers Industry Pension Plan (CCWIPPa part from its South Ocean interests also holds a $60 million investment in downtown Nassaus British Colonial Hilton, wrote to Canadas Jamaica-based senior trade commissioner on August 27, 2010, alleging that its foreclosure efforts were being hampered by the Central Bank of the Bahamas and Bahamian judicial system. The letter, signed by Alain Lenezner QC, a copy of which has been obtained by Tribune Business, said CCWIPP and its Propco 39 investment company were concerned with the application of the Government of the Bahamas to join the WTO as a result of its experiences in dealing with the Bahamian judi cial system over the past few years. In the best interest of Canadians who may consider investing in the Bahamas, we are of the view that you should be aware of these experiences, as they may assist you when responding to inquiries from Canadian investors. The letter, which was sent to trade commissioner Rick McElrea via the Canadian High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica, seems timed to coincide with the Bahamas first meeting with the WTO working party that will negotiate the terms of its accession to full membership. That meeting is taking place in Geneva this week. It also coincides with talks Unfairly prejudiced over $102m foreclose n M ajor British Colonial Hilton investor writes to Canadian trade o fficials arguing that treatment by Central Bank and Bahamian j udicial system over South Ocean loan may have bearing on n ations WTO bid n C laims being discriminated against as foreign investor, with i ssue ha ving far ranging implications for all lenders doing b usiness in Bahamas n Argues judicial system operates well below any reasonable standard, and Bar Association impeding use of foreign counsel SEE page 8B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Bahamas Supermarkets, parent company of the 11-store City Markets grocery chain, owed the staff pension fund almost $519,000 at its 2009 year-end in unpaid rent for the companys head office, with its financial troubles preventing any contributions by the firm to the plan during the 2007-2009 period. The audited financial statements for Bahamas Supermarkets 2 009 fiscal year are more than a year late, given that the period closed some 14 and-a-half months ago, but they provide a further insight into the problems afflicting the supermarket chain and managements plans to remedy them, the accounts being heavily qualified by Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas In qualifying its opinion, the Bahamian accounting firm said it was unable to satisfy ourselves that the value of Bahamas SuperCity Markets owed staff pension fund $500k at end-2009 SEE page 8B By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter c email@example.com CARMICHAEL is vying to be the second city prop er in New Providence, and the business owners under the Carmichael Business League umbrella are organising and empowering others in the area to get it done. President of the League, Ethric Bowe, is pushing for businesses in the area to consolidate their resources and make Carmichael become an organised, selfsustaining municipality. We hope to one day call it Carmichael City, said Mr Bowe. According to him, the League is focused on bringing success models to its membership, impacting the way they see and oper-ate their own businesses in a bid to make them more successful. Yesterday, the League held a forum aimed at educating not only Carmichael business owners, but any person interested in business development and sus tainablility. Well-known principal of Arawak Homes, Franklyn Wilson, encouraged attendees to never give up, cooperate and pool resources. Mr Wilson recounted the start of his journey to suc cess with the story of a cooperative he and several others formed called the Sunshine Boys. According to him, this involved the pooling of not only liquid capital, but also ideas and knowledge. He added that entrepreneurship was the countrys biggest problem, as many would-be business owners come up short on viable, concise business Car michael s second city objectives SEE page 8B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas has embarked upon a multipronged reform strategy that will considerably improve access to this nation for foreign goods suppliers on a Most Favoured Nation (MFN state for finance has confirmed. Addressing the first meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO ing party that will negotiate the terms of the Bahamas accession to full membership in the global trade overseer, Zhivargo Laing nevertheless said the Government wanted to balance this commitment with the need to safeguard our growth and promote development. Confirming that the Bahamas had done consid erable work and has begun reforming laws governing both foreign and internal trade to come into WTO compliance, Mr Laing said the Government had engaged numerous overseas consultants to begin the process of legislative reform. This, he added, would involve reforms to Customs and intellectual property Bahamas commits to reform at WTO SEE page 3B
I t's almost impossib le to discuss graphics software without first establishing an understanding of the differ-e nces between the two m ajor graphic type images. U nderstanding these valuable fundamentals is often t ough to grasp, but if you work with graphics at all, there is no way around them. Basically, there are two different techniques for c reating, storing and proc essing computer images: b itmap and vector. Let's begin by defining both, as they have a great deal of virtue that we will explore. What is a Bitmap image? B itmap images (also known as raster images) are made up of pixels in a grid. P ixels are picture elements; t iny dots of individual colour t hat make up what is seen o n your screen. E very one of these tiny d ots forms an image. Most computer monitors display a bout 70 to 100 pixels per inch, while the actual numb er depends on your monitor and screen settings. H owever, when printing b itmaps your printer r equires much more image d ata than a monitor. F or example: In order to render a bitmap image accur ately, the typical desktop printer needs 150-300 ppi. A s photos usually contain millions of colours, it is comm on practice to keep them a s bitmap based images at all times. A 72 dpi photograph uses. you got it, 72 dots per inch and is better for use o n a website. The higher the DPI or (Dots Per Inch h igher quality the image. Makes sense? G enerally, common bitmap formats include: b mp, gif, jpeg, png, pict (Macintosh (Adobe Photoshop popular bitmap editing pro g rams are: Microsoft Paint, A dobe Photoshop, Corel P hoto-Paint, Corel Paint S hop Pro and The GIMP. Please note that all scannedi mages and digital cameras i mages are bitmaps. While TV and film, regardless of the artwork origin, will always beb itmap, Web and print work is usually vector-based. It is, of course, possible to create a logo in a raster-based pro gram, as Photoshop users do it all the time, but the down side is that you cannot enlarge the image without exaggerating the effect of these dots. This makes the picture look jagged. T he key points about Bitmap images are: pixels in a grid, resolution dependent, resizing reduces quality, eas ily converted, restricted to rectangle, and minimal support for transparency. WHAT IS A VECT OR IMAGE? Unlike jpegs, gifs and bmp images, vector graphics are not made up of a grid of pixels. Instead, they are comprised of paths, which are defined by a start and end point. A path can be a line, a square, a triangle or a curvy shape, and can be used to create simple drawings or complex diagrams. Because vector-based images are not made up of dots, they can be scaled to a larger size and not lose any image quality. You might have observed, in an attempt to stretch or increase an image size, that it appeared blocky or pixilated (this is an example of a vector image). For example, when a vector graphic is blown up, the graphic will remain smooth, clean and crisp. This makes vector graphics ideal for logos, which can be small enough to appear on a business card and can also be scaled to fill a bill board for that matter. Vector images have many advantages. However, a primary disadvantage is that they are unsuitable for producing photo-realistic imagery. That's why most of the vector images tend to have a cartoon-like appearance and primarily originate from software. You can't scan an image a nd save it as a vector file w ithout using special conversion software. On the other hand, vector images can quite easily be c onverted to bitmaps, which i s a process referred to as r asterizing. C onverting between b itmap formats is generally a s simple as opening the image to be converted and using your software's Save As... Command to save it in any other bitmap or vector format. H ow To: Save to a Vector File (CGM, DXF, SHP, etc. P erform the following s teps to save a file in a vect or file format. 1. Select the Vector Form ats item from the File t ype list. 2. Select one of the vector formats listed in the Save as list (for example, Computer Graphics Metafile (*.cgm)). 3 Click the Save button to save the printed docum ent. C aution: I t's always smart to save a copy of your origi nal vector artwork in its n ative format before conv erting it to a bitmap, as once it has been converted, the image loses all the won-d erful qualities. Some common types of vector graphics include Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand and EPS files, while many Flash ani mations also use vector graphics, since they scale better and typically take upl ess space than bitmap images. In essence, when saved, v ector images takes up less disk space, given that in the case of a rectangle the pro-g ram is only storing four numbers despite its size the x and y starting point, plus the width and height. In comparison, a bitmap application stores color information for the 10,000 pixels that make up a 100x100 pixel rectangle. WHAT AB OUT METAFILES? Perhaps you have heard about Metafiles, which are merely graphics that contain both raster and vector data, but we will discuss this in another article. Always know that quality pictures and graphics are like candy toppings to a sun dae. I am sure you have heard of the clich a picture paints a thousand words, but if the picture is distorted and faint, I reckon there wont be any words painted. There is nothing more lethal than a website, brochure or flyer engulfed with stretched, pixilated images, sending only one feeble message. Well I didnt really know how to but I tried. Everyone loves high defi nition images, as they catch the readers attention imme diately before reading the actual text. As a final point, saving an image in the best format is important. Saved in two different for mats it will produce two different results. Learning the differences between both can help you create better images. So until we meet again, play a little, enjoy life and stay on top of your game! NB: The author welcomes feedback at: firstname.lastname@example.org C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Steering through different vectors A private banking administrator at Butterfield Bank ( Bahamas), Osborne T. Lockhart, passed the Series 7 examin ation in the US after studying with the Nassau-based Securities Training Institute (STI Michael Miller, STIs president, said: Our investment training programmes provide students with the conceptual foundations and practical skills necessary to succeed in the rapidly evolving fields of securities and financial services. M r Lockhart is pictured. Butterfield Bank administrator passes SERIES 7 EXAM THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN EXAMSUCCESS: Osborne T. Lockhart
C M Y K C M Y K B USINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM rights legislation, a foreign investment law, a competition regime, and laws governing technical standards and phytosanitary stan d ards. The minister also pledged that all f uture legislation would be WTO compli ant, and published ahead of time to allow for feedback and comment, something the Gov-e rnment has not always been good at doing. These reforms, once implemented, will to a large degree result in considerably improved conditions of access for foreigns uppliers of goods and services on a Most F avoured Nation (MFN respondingly enhance the market access commitments that the Bahamas will under take as part of its accession to the WTO, Mr Laing said. He added that the Governments public procurement legislation would also be reformed, and that the Bahamas woulds ign the Gove rnment Procurement Agreement,w ith the Bahamas also tabling its legislative actionp lan and draft legislation with the WTO. Warning that the Bahamas had been heavily impacted by the recession, with unemployment at at least 15 per cent and the Governments finances h aving suffered accordingly, Mr Laing said t he Bahamas had to balance WTO accession w ith protecting its own growth and devel opment. Bahamas commits to r efor m at WTO FROM page 1B ZHIVARGOLAING By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter email@example.com ABACO could have bundled Cable TV, Internet and phone so-called triple play services by the end of 2010, the president of IP Solutions International revealed yesterday, with expansion to other islands sett o follow. Edison Sumner, speaking at the Abaco Business Outlooks annual sneak preview, hosted by The Counsellors (TCL Abaco will be the first island to receive the triple play package because it presents tremendous opportunities. Mr Sumner said the infrastructure is already in place in Abaco for the distribu-t ion of the service, which will be wireless. Mr Sumner is expected to say more about the services at the Abaco Business Outlook next Wednesday at the New Vision Ministries Centre. Also expected to present to the Abaco community is executive chairman of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC Micheal Moss, who said yesterday that Abacos recent power woes have been resolved for the moment. He insisted that the new Wilson City power plant will be able to service theg rowing Abaco community for 10 to 12 years, even if power demands increase by 57 per cent per annum. The construction of the plant was highly contested by the Abaco community, and underwent several plan changes as a result of pressures from environmental and social non-governmental organisations (NGOs The vice-president of health insurance a nd international expansion at BAF Financial and Insurance, Jason Borrino, is expected to focus his presentation on the future of health insurance in the Bahamas. He said health insurance costs can often be high for entrepreneurs and stifle their businesses with high premiums. Also expected to speak at the Outlook are Minister of Tourism and Aviation, Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace; director of the National Insurance Board, Algernon Cargill; deputy chairman of the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, Ronald Darville; local government representative for South Abaco, Benjamin Pin-d er; and intern architect for Unnel-Spangler-Walsh and Associates in Atlanta, Lionel Johnson Jr, among others. Central to TCLs philosophy and practice in organizing the Outlooks is to respect and examine the whole picture of a community internal and external impacts, a true picture of key sectors and not a polite fiction, said Joan Albury, president of theT CL Group. The electricity supply of Abaco and the new power station at Wilson City have been the source of much concern and even controversy. We thought it vital to make a contribution to brining greater clarity to this situation, and who better to do so than the new BEC chairman Michael Moss. Abacos year-end riple Play goal DOCTORS Hospital suff ered a revenue decline of $3.6 million in the six months ending July 31, 2010, com-p ared to the same period last year, as half-year income fell by almost 75 per cent to 1.14 m illion as opposed to $4.045 million last year. The top-line fall represente d a 14 per cent slump yearon-year, the companys interim report for 2010 revealed. I t also saw its earnings per c ommon share reduced by 73 per cent over the same period, w ith profits reaching $1.1 million. The economic downturn c ontinues to affect the hospital and we remain vigilant in managing resources, chair-m an of the Board, Joseph Krukowski, said in the report. Doctors Hospitals total e xpenses decreased by $600,000 or 2.8 per cent, while depreciation and amortisa-t ion, and repairs and mainten ance, increased to a total of $300,000, due to additions to f ixed assets and intangible assets of $3 million, plus various repairs around the facility. A ccording to the report, the establishments bad debt is down by $400,000 due to collection of accounts previously written off. The report touted the Hosp itals recent receipt of accreditation from Joint Commission International (JCIw hich places it in an elite g roup of hospitals worldwide to earn the honour. Our Commitment to quality and safety for our patients hasn ow earned the distinction and certification that Doctors Hospital meets international s tandards and follows the latest US clinical guidelines and best practices, the chairman s aid. JCI accreditation position t he hospital well for additiona l medical tourism. Doctors suffers profit and revenue declines
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 0DQDJHPHQW(PSOR\PHQW 2SSRUWXQLW\ 3RVLWLRQ$YDLODEOH+RWHO&KLHI(QJLQHHU &RPIRUWXLWHVDUDGLVH,VODQGKRWHOLQYLWHVTXDOLHGSHUVRQV LQWKHDERYHPHQWLRQHGHOGWRDSSO\IRUWKHSRVLWLRQRI &KLHI(QJLQHHU 7KHVXFFHVVIXOFDQGLGDWHPXVWSRVVHVVWKHIROORZLQJ $ PLQLPXPRI\HDUVH[SHULHQFHDVDXSHUYLVRULQWKH (QJLQHHULQJ'HSDUWPHQW 0XVW%HSURFLHQWLQUHYHQWDWLYHDLQWHQDQFHURJUDPV 0XVWSRVVHVVDSURYHQUHFRUGRI7HDP/HDGHUVKLSVNLOOVDQG DEOHWRZRUNZLWKOLWWOHRUQRVXSHUYLVLRQ 0XVWSRVVHVVVWURQJLQWHUSHUVRQDOFRPPXQLFDWLRQSUREOHP VROYLQJDQGFXVWRPHUVHUYLFHVNLOOV 0XVWSRVVHVVNQRZOHGJHRI(OHFWULFDOtHFKDQLFDO\VWHPV $&OXPELQJt+HDWLQJ 0XVWSRVVHVVEDVLF$GPLQLVWUDWLYHVNLOOVZLWKVRPH NQRZOHGJHRILFURVRIW([FHO 0XVWEHDEOHWRZRUNORQJDQGH[LEOHKRXUV $SSOLFDQWVZLWKVXSSRUWLQJGRFXPHQWVDOVRLQFOXGLQJDFOHDQ 3ROLFH&HUWLFDWHVKRXOGEHVHQWWRWKHDGGUHVVEHORZ &RPSHWLWLYHVDODU\DQGEHQHWVSDFNDJHDUHFRPPHQVXUDWH ZLWKH[SHULHQFH $SSOLFDQWVIRU+RWHO&KLHI(QJLQHHULQJ 3 1DVVDX%DKDPDV With the implementation of the Bahamas Automated Clearing House (BACH of the Bahamas International executives are taking steps to ensure business customers understand the new adjustments to their payroll systems. Representatives from a variety of companies attended intensive ACH workshops at the banks training facility to learn more about the new struc tures impact on their bottom line (right photo By linking all clearing banks, the BACH will facilitate electronic payroll, with direct immediate credit, from employer to employees wherever they bank within the system. Bank of the Bahamas Inter nationals managing director, Paul McWeeney, standing (above photo background to the ACH at the start of the training session. Firms educated over Clearing House benefits PHOTOS: DEREK SMITH JR. FOR DP&A Share your news T he Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
C M Y K C M Y K B USINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM /(*$/,&(',662/87,21 QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHV$FW Q 9ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQ 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWK6HFWLRQ R I WKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV&RPSDQLHVRI WKH'LVVROXWLRQRI %,3)81'*3/,0,7(' KDV E HHQ FRPSOHWHG&HUWLFDWHRI'LVVROXWLRQKDVEHHQLVVXHG DQGWKH&RPSDQ\KDVWKHUHIRUHEHHQVWUXFNRIWKH5HJLVWHU 7KHGDWHRIFRPSOHWLRQRIWKHGLVVROXWLRQZDVWKH WK GD\RI 6HSWHPEHU 6LJQHG .\ UHQH.HOW\ /LTXLGDWRU described as tremendous the cost s avings Bahamian companies would enjoy from being able to credit employee bank accounts with their regular salaries regardless of where they banked. Explaining that this would eliminate the need for companies to issue c heques to employees, and slash productivity losses caused by workers having to stand in bank lines, Mr McWeeney told Tribune Business: The ACH is fully operational. The cost savings are tremendous, anda lso from an efficiency standpoint. The savings are all around. B ahamian companies could now initiate payroll payments via online banking, said Mr McWeeney, who headed the Clearing Banks Association (CBAs aw the BACHs development. The time involved is cut down, and t he cost of writing cheques is reduced, he added. In addition, employees would k now with absolute certainty that t he correct sums had been deposited to their accounts for their own use, and that such transactions were i rrevocable. The next step for the Clearing Banks Association will hopefully be the launch of the SWITCH mecha-n ism, so the ATMs can talk to one another. Im sure it will become a topical point right around this timen ow, Mr McWeeney told Tribune B usiness. A SWITCH mechanism would allow Bahamians to use their c ash/ATM cards at any banks machines, regardless of where they b anked, further enhancing customer convenience. Pointing to global banking trends, Mr McWeeney told Tribune Business that the UK was set to totallye liminate the use of manual cheques by 2015. While the Bahamas wasu nlikely to go to that extent, the Bank of the Bahamas International managing director said it shows where the market is trending, and we may follow suit. Asked about the extent to which Bahamian companies were using theB ACHs new electronic credits function, Mr McWeeney said: Its still hard to tell, but hopefully it will be fully utilised right away. Hopefully w e will get the Government and National Insurance Board on board, and theres tremendous opportuni-t ies and benefits for large private sector employers like Atlantis to do so. The Bahamas can now boast of h aving a first world ACH, and the extent to which we have developed it p robably makes it unique in the Caribbean. I dont think any other are advanced as ours, doing electronic chequing and electronic banking. I dont think any in the regiona re as advanced as ours. The Central Banks initiative to a utomate the payments system, starting in 2004, is substantially complete. Its a tremendous achievement for the country. Mr McWeeney said that once the Bahamian market was satisfied, there were opportunities to exportt he BACH and its technology to other countries in the Caribbean. Before that, though, the BACH would look to expand domestically, a llowing institutions that participated in financing and credit services such as NIB, the furniture and carc ompanies to also participate in and enjoy its benefits, once they had met certain standards. Bank of the Bahamas Internat ional had staged three workshops to advise its clients on the banking i ndustry/payments systems future, Mr McWeeney said, one that was increasingly likely to be dominated by credit and debit cards at the expense of cheques. Bank customers would get personal access to their statements o nline, rather than through the mail, he suggested, while companiesw ould be able to scan cheques on their own premises and watch asm oney was deposited to their a ccount. Rather than take large cash sums to the bank for deposit, businesses and individuals would instead be able to deposit this at ATMs. All of these things we expect to see happen in the near future, and businesses need to prepare for it, Mr McWeeney said. It has tremendous impact on security and the way b usinesses operate. Its going to change the way they do business in the future. Clearing House most advanced in Caribbean FROM page 1B The Bahamas can now boast of having a first world ACH, and the extent to which we have developed it probably makes it unique in the Caribbean.
C M Y K C M Y K B USINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 7B LECTURE DA TE: Thursday, Sept. 16th, 2010 @6PMOctober 21st, 2010Breast Cancer Awareness Speaker: TBANovember 18th, 2010Diabetes Awareness Month Speaker: TBA SPEAKER:Dr.Rashida Brown-Clarke PsychiatristThis Months Topic: Mental Health First Episode Psychosis The First Time You Start To Hear Voices... decision, Mr Thompson would only add: It was decided not to go in that direction at this time. When asked about Cambridges watered down proposal, which the Government has asked them to submit on doing only the most critical upgrades, Mr Thompson added: We had asked them to look at stuff of one years implementation out there, and doing things necessary to be done over a period of six to 12 months, then give us an estimate of what it would cost to do that. That was in the region of $8 million. We have decided not to go in that direction for the time being. Questioned as to whether the Department of Environmental Health Services (DEHS r etain responsibility for managing the Tonique Williams-Darling Highway landfill, the permanent secretary replied: However long that time will be I cant say, but for the time being it will be. Explaining the Governments attitude to the landfill, Mr Thompson told Tribune Business: Its a very big priority because at the present the site is not being properly managed, so it is an urgent matter for us to deal with. It will be dealt with and given that sort of attention, just not under the present proposal. When the contradiction between his asser tion that the landfill was not being properly managed, and the Governments refusal to bring in capable private sector management, was point-e d out to him, Mr Thompson said: Not necessarily. They have given us a proposal which, for whatever reason, we are not going with at this time. He added that the Government was likely to address the landfill/solid waste management situation in short order. The Governments U-turn, in such a short timespan, on outsourcing the landfills management to Cambridge and the private sector, isl ikely to raise some eyebrows, especially since Earl Deveaux, minister of the environment, had been touting such a move from February-March this year following the extensive, long-lasting fire at the site. Questions will be raised by many Bahamians, especially those living in government subdivisions off Gladstone Road near the landfill, who were unable to open their windows or hang clothes on the line to dry when that February-March fire was burning. And an opportunity to broaden Bahamian ownership of their own economy may also be lost, given that the Cambridge project proposal involved selling a 40 per cent stake worth $8 million to Bahamian institutional and retail investors. Tribune Business understands that the draft contract with the Government called for that to happen some 18 months after the man agement takeover. Also counting the cost may be the Bahamian construction industry, which stood to receive $12 million of the initial $20 million invested by Cambridge, and hundreds of thou sands of dollars every year thereafter for site upgrades. When contacted by Tribune Business yester day, Len Enriquez, Cambridges principal, said the company was still willing to negotiate with the G overnment to move the project forward, and urged it to detail its objections/concerns. We have no idea why this has been stopped, he told Tribune Business. No one has written to us, sent us an e-mail. Were ready, willing and able to sit back down with them, and understand what their objections are, because we have no f eedback right now. All we hear is that they might try a different path, but we dont know the how and the why. We have nothing to go on, and therefore the negotiations remain stalled and the fire danger at the landfill remains. After four-five months of fairly detailed, serious and good faith negotiations, the whole process shuts down without warning. If theres a contractual reason, issue, tell us what it is. We may be able to work it out rather than incur delays to the project. It is unclear whether the Government now intends to follow the path trodden in 2000, when i t hired a consultant and spent millions on constructing a new cell at the landfill, only to find the site back in the same situation 10 years later. How many times do you have to try something before you realise it is not giving you the desired results? asked Mr Enriquez. We spent six months putting together the cost, the package, making the project as Bahamia n as possible with 40 per cent public investor participation and taking over the employees, without diluting our obligations. We have six months more of damage to catch up on, and if the plans are switched now, you will end up with six more months of damage. Mr Enriquez highlighted the urgency of the situation by telling Tribune Business that 500 tonnes of waste, equivalent to 500 minivans, were being dumped at the landfill per day on bare ground. A dding that Cambridge had spent significant sums of money in preparing its proposal, he added: We had an office of several employees in Nassau ready to go and take care of the problems identified. We had to de-staff that office because it was taking so long. We had people on stand-by and had done some of the design work, so we could hit the ground running when we got the green light. This was done with the intention of helping the Government take care of its problems quickly. We were trying to move quickly, but no one else was. No one else seemed to be interested in the urgency. When we started this process we were told the country did not want another massive fire, smoke blowing over tourists on the beach, and pollutants leaching into the ground, and that they wanted to get it done quickly. Now, were finding the Governments urgency wasnt there. The fate of Cambridges proposal is also likel y to send a negative message to foreign investors eyeing the Bahamas, especially those compet ing for government procurement contracts. There are countries in the Caribbean, said Mr Enriquez, that have initiated tenders for solid waste management contracts, and invited 15 companies to take part. In some cases, just one proposal comes through because eventually peo ple get burned out and end up in a situation where they do not take the project seriously and dont want to spend $200,000 on a proposal because it has been tried before. You have a hard time procuring services in the future, and its happened in other places in the Caribbean. Its unfortunate. 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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.261.00AML Foods Limited1.011.010.000.2500.0404.03.96% 10.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6.184.50Bank of Bahamas4.904.900.005000.5980.2608.25.31% 0.580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.493.15Bahamas Waste3.153.150.000.1680.09018.82.86% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.172.170.000.0160.040135.61.84% 12.509.62Cable Bahamas10.7710.770.003001.2120.3008.92.79% 2 .842.50Colina Holdings2.502.500.000.7810.0403.21.60% 7.005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.696.690.000.4220.23015.93.44% 3.651.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.761.72-0.040.1110.05215.53.02% 2.551.60Doctor's Hospital1.901.900.000.6270.1103.05.79%6 .995.94Famguard6.076.070.00-0.0030.240N/M3.95% 10.208.50Finco8.808.800.000.2870.52030.75.91% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.749.740.000.7200.35013.53.59% 5.513.75Focol (S)5.465.460.000.3660.17014.93.11% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.0120.240465.84.29% 10.509.92J. 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(Over-The-Counter Securities)29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-23201 9 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% P rime + 1.75% 6 .95%20 November 2029TUESDAY, 14 SEPTEMBER 2010B ISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,525.29 | CHG -0.04 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -40.09 | YTD % -2.56BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%30 May 2013 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas Supermarkets5.016.0114.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.49041.4005CFAL Bond Fund1.49043.59%6.42%1.475244 2.92652.8266CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.91150.85%0.23%2.926483 1.55021.4920CFAL Money Market Fund1.55022.86%3.91%1.533976 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.8624-8.16%-7.49% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.42860.46%2.40% 109.3929101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund109.39295.20%7.60%107.570620 105.779593.1998CFAL Global Equity Fund100.1833-1.52%3.56%105.779543 1.12231.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.12723.43%5.28% 1.09171.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.09482.51%6.10% 1.11981.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.12753.37%5.64% 9.59559.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.59552.71%5.96% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.3734-3.69%3.38% 10.00009.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 39.1708-8.29%-8.29% 7.96644.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund7.5827-1.74%11.58% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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Box AB-20980, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 16th day of SEPTEMBER 2010 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE between the Bahamas and CARICOM on one side, and Canada on the other, over a new trade agreement. CCWIPP is also currently in the Court of Appeal, attempting to overturn Justice Stephen Isaacs ruling that it could not foreclose on the $85 million first mortgage/debenture it holds on the 375acre South Ocean Resort in southwestern New Providence because the borrower the resorts holding company, to whom it advanced money did not have Central Bank permission, as a foreign-owned entity, to repay a foreign currency loan. In its letter to the Canadian trade supremo, CCWIPPs attorneys said: Propco 39 and its affiliates have investments in the Bahamas and have, over the past few years, not observed an substantial existence of a robust judicial system in that can rectify wrongs or contractual breaches in a timely manner. The judges and the Bar are more concerned with process than addressing the substance of disputes. As a result, the adversarial process is overly long, and substantive judgments are expensive to obtain and are only achieved well beyond any universally accepted delay. Accusing the Bahamas Bar Association of impeding the ability of foreign attorneys to appear before Bahamian courts, the CCWIPP letter said: The impact of all of the foregoing is that the judicial system, although in existence, operates well below any reasonable standard, creating a situation that makes it difficult, if not impossible, for debts to be repaid. As for the South Ocean loan situation, CCWIPPs attorneys said that despite the mortgage debenture falling into default in 2008, and principal and interest due standing at $102 million, it now had no recourse available to realise its security. This was because of the Supreme Courts ruling that it was required to obtain written authorisation from the Central Bank of the Bahamas exchange control department that the foreign currency loan was to be repaid. The borrower, New South Ocean Development Company, was also required to obtain similar authorisation. This was despite the Central Bank having approved the original loan, and CCWIPPs attorneys argued: Given that the borrower was in default of their obligations under the loan, it was to their benefit no to request such authorisation from the Central Bank of the Bahamas. And they added: We are of the view that, as an international lender, CCWIPP is being unfairly prejudiced by the Central Bank of the Bahamas and the Bahamian judicial system. This incident has severe and far-ranging financial implications for all international lenders conducting business in the Bahamas. As such, we thought it prudent to notify the Senior Trade Commissioner in the event that this matter may have a bearing on whether the WTO members vote to accept the Bahamas accession to the WTO. Unfairly prejudiced over $102m foreclose FROM page 1B markets retail stores inventory was valued at $7.765 million, accounting for the lions share of its $9.103 million inventory. Bahamas Supermarkets employed the retail markdown method to determine its retail stores inventory, adjusting it from selling price to cost based on a 27 per cent gross profit margin. However, Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas Management has been unable to substantiate gross profit margin used due to deficiencies in the underlying accounting records for i nventory and cost of sales..... We were also unable to satisfy ourselves as to the accuracy of cost of sales and whether a portion of this balance should be classified as operating and administrative expenses. Because it was not hired prior to year-end, Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas million inventory figure needed to be adjusted, as it did not watcht he physical inventory counting at the City Markets warehouse or the stores. The final question arose over whether Bahamas Superm arkets sale and leaseback of $3 million worth of store equipment and improvements, at its Cable Beach store, to the staff pension plan should be treated as an operating or finance lease, the company not having assessed the value of lease assets. While Bahamas Supermarkets financial performance, incur ring net losses of $13.429 million in 2008 and $6.069 million in 2009, along with a $4.603 million solvency deficiency, had raised significant doubt about the companys ability to continue as a going concern, Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas advanced to the company by its 78 per cent majority shareholder, BSL Holdings. That took the total amount advanced by the parent to over $10 million, the loans bearing an 8 per cent interest rate and repayable on demand. A nd, after all, the company has survived through another financial year and into fiscal 2011, despite suffering a $7.4 million loss for the year to end-June 2010. In the Subsequent Events section of the 2009 accounts, the blunt assessment was: The company has continued to experience losses as a result of declining sales and sustained inventory losses through shrinkage. Management believes these results reflect the fierce competition among retailers, the poor economy and the need for improved controls surrounding inventory. In addition, management has re-focused its efforts in market ing and re-branding the company, product procurement and operational efficiencies, and in implementing proper inventory controls. City Markets owed staff pension fund $500k at end-2009 F ROM page 1B plans and models. Entre p reneurship is the ability to c onceive an idea and for the idea to turn into a real ity, said Mr Wilson. D espite this, Mr Wilson is convinced that the Bahamas is a country with some of the most qualified persons per capita in thew orld. You just have to work hard and smart, he said. You cant be based out and spaced out be more pro ductive. Gems Radio Network p artner, Cypriana McWeen y, spoke to attendees yes terday about partnering their businesses with mediai n order to create successful advertising campaigns. Though she focused on h er own radio network, she urged business owners to move away from the idea that one size (advertisingf its all, but to tailor their m edia-spin so as to make the best use of allotted advertising dollars. S he echoed Mr Bowe and Mr Wilson by adding that consolidating advertisingd ollars in a cooperative campaign can go a long way for Carmichael businesses. Pooling resources is the w ay ahead, said Mrs M cWeeney. Carmichaels second city objectives FROM page 1B
LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON Congressional Democrats are confronting deep divisions within their nervous ranks over whether to support President Barack Obama's plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans or just punt the entire matter until after voters go to the polls Nov. 2. Democratic leaders committed to Obama's proposal were hearing Wednesday from endangered lawmakers who fear that raising taxes on anyone in a weak economy could be politically lethal. "Don't raise taxes in a recession," said Rep. Earl Pomeroy, D-N.D. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Wednesday he was open to discussing alternatives to break the logjam, but he made it clear he supports the president's plan. "I'm always, as you know, prepared to discuss alternatives so that we can move forward," said Hoyer, a Maryland Democrat. The most sweeping tax cuts i n a generation are due to expire at the end of the year, a ffecting taxpayers at every income level if Congress does not extend them. Obama wants to make the tax cuts permanent for individuals making less than $200,000 and married couples making less than $250,000. Republicans and a growing number of Democrats want to e xtend all the tax cuts, at least temporarily. House Democrats gathered together Tuesday night to discuss a poll showing that extending tax cuts for middle-income earners was a winning strategy for the party. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi m ade the case that Obama's plan was "good policy and good politics," her spokesman said. Not everyone was convinced. A group of moderate and conservative House Democrats was collecting signatures on a let ter calling for Democratic lead ers to offer a bill extending taxc uts for all Americans. "We are in listening mode," said Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, who heads the House Democrats' campaign committee. A fuller discussion was expected at the House Democ rats' weekly meeting Wednes-d ay, but it was canceled. This was not the debate Democrats wanted as the midterm election season opened. The plan was to make an extension of the middle-class tax cuts the party's closing argument against Republicans, n ot each other as voters began to focus on whether they trust Democrats to improve the ailing economy enough to reward them with control of Congress for another two years. Instead, Democrats who already have cast tough votes on bills overhauling the nation's h ealth care and financial regu latory systems are questioning the wisdom of debating a pock etbook issue just when voters are starting to pay attention to the election. All 435 seats in the House, 37 in the Senate and the Democratic majorities in both are on the line. The rift among Democrats contrasts with strong unity among Republicans in supporting a full renewal of all tax cuts, regardless of income, despite a 10year cost to the government of about $700 billion above Obama's plan. Still, House Republican leader John Boehner said over the weekend he would vote to extend the relief only for middle-income Americans if that were the only option available. C M Y K C M Y K I NTERNATIONAL BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A look at economic developments and activity in major stock markets around the world Wednesday: ___ BEIJING A stronger Chinese currency would be appropriate and help Beijing to increase domestic spending and reduce reliance on exports as its driver of growth, World Bank president Robert Zoellick said. China faces rising pressure from Washington and other governments to ease exchange-rate controls that they say distort trade. Beijing promised more flexibility in June but its currency, the yuan, has risen by only about 1 percent since then against the dollar, and some American lawmakers are pushing for sanctions on Beijing. ___ MADRID French workers and Spanish royalty became the latest to feel the bite of Europe's debt crisis as officials said the king and queen would have to tighten their belts and France's National Assembly voted to delay retirement until the ripe old age of 62. Spaniards largely welcomed word that their monarchs are feeling their pain, but anger flared across the border as French lawmakers overcame vocal protests to send to the Senate a sweeping overhaul of the retirement plan, including a highly contested measure to extend working life beyond 60. Spain is trying to chip away at a 20 percent unemployment rate and generate growth. The country wants to avoid the debt crisis that struck Greece earlier this year, which led to the EU and IMF rescuing Greece with a ?110 billion ($143.5 billion In European trading, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares closed down 0.2 percent, Germany's DAX fell 0.2 percentand the CAC-40 in France was 0.4 percent lower. ___ BRUSSELS The European Union's executive proposed tougher curbs on financial market practices seen to have contributed to the global market crisis that drove the world's largest economies into recession. EU Services Commissioner Michel Barnier said he wants to rein in the market for derivatives financial instruments based on the value of other assets and insisted regulators should have powers to restrict, and even ban, short selling. Barnier said the measures on the derivatives market would kick in in 2012 and bring Europe in line with restrictions the U.S. Congress passed over the summer to get a better grip on banks. ___ BERLIN More needs to be done to secure tougher financial regulation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said as she pledged that Berlin will keep pushing for taxation of markets. The comments came after EU officials proposed new rules to toughen oversight of some financial markets. Merkel's centerright government has faced pressure at home to tighten financial regulation over recent months, as it pushed through unpopular rescue packages for Greece and the eurozone and drew up a plan to tackle the budget deficit by saving ?80 billion ($103 billion 2 014. ___ LONDON Crucial decisions on the future of British defense policy and its nuclear weapons capability are being rushed, kept behind closed doors and could be riddled with mistakes, lawmakers said. Ministers and military officials are finalizing a major overhaul of the country's armed forces, aimed at making deep cuts to thed efense budget as the government seeks to slash the national debt. ___ BEIJING Foreign investment in China weakened again in August after rebounding from a slowdown earlier this year. ___ S EOUL, South Korea California Gov. Arnold Schwarzeneg ger urged the U.S. Congress to quickly ratify pending free trade agreements with South Korea, Panama and Colombia, saying the deals are vital to Washington's goal of doubling American exports in five years. ___ LONDON Britain's unemployment rate fell by 0.1 percentage point to 7.8 percent in the three months to July as more than a quarter of a million people joined the work force. ___ MOSCOW Russia is in talks with investors to sell 10 percent in its second-largest bank VTB in what could be the country's biggest asset sale in years, Russia's finance minister said. The sale is part of Russia's plan to cut the budget deficit and raise nearly $30 billion in the next three years by selling shares in some of the largest state-owned companies. GLOBAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS THEASSOCIATED PRESS House Dems divided over tax plan 'BMM#BIBNJBO3BUF'PSTFBTPOBMTBWJOHTr DBMMBCPVUPVS5SFBUUIFGBNJMZUPVOEBZ#SVODI BUIFSBUPO/BTTBV#FBDIFTPSU & WFSZVOEBZr/PPOUPQN # JNJOJ.BSLFU'SFFBEVMUTDIJMESFODIJMESFO VOEFS%PXO)PNFFE#FBOTBOEJDF # BIBNJBOUZMF$IFFTZ BDBSPOJBOE$IFFTF 4QBOJTIFMMT'SJFE'JTI'JMMFU X JUIQJDZBSUBSBVDF $ PODI$IPXEFS 1FBSMTPGUIF#BIBNJBO 4 FB(SJMMFE.BIJ.BIJ # BIBNJBO'SJFE$IJDLFO $PODI'SJFEJDF 1 JOFBQQMFQTJEF%PXO$BLF ( VBWB%VGG # SVODIJODMVEFTPOFHMBTTPGXJOFPSDJEFS PSIPUFMSFTFSWBUPODPNOBTTBV XPPE)PUFMTFTPSUTPSMEXJEFr*OD"MMJHIUTFTFS4IFSBUPOBOEJUTMPHPBSFUIFUSBEFNBSLTPG4UBSXPP )PUFMT3FTPSUT8PSMEXJEFr*ODrPSJUTBGGJMJBUFT (3"56*5:/05*/$-6%&% TAXTALK: Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., left, and Rep. Glen Nye, D-Va.
TOMOKO A. HOSAKA, Associated Press Writer TOKYO J apan waded into the currency market Wednesday for the first time in six years, buying dollars to weaken the surging yen, which is battering famed Japanese manufacturers like Toyota and Sony after spiking to 15-year highs. Prime Minister Naoto Kan s urviving a leadership challenge the day before had driven the yen to its latest high as currency traders bet that intervention was unlikely on his watch. The surprise move, a coordinated effort by the finance ministry and central bank, shows a newly empowered Kan s tamping his authority on government policy and means the yen is now less of a one-way bet even if the effects of intervention prove to be shortlived. Japanese officials would not provide a figure for how much yen the central bank sold in the market. T he currency has risen about 10 percent against the dollar this year, and business leaders were pressing the government for help. The yen's rise had gained momentum as worries about banks' exposure to the debt of European countries with stagnating economies triggered a search for safety. The yen and Swiss franc have been the prime havens for investors hoping to safely park their money this summer. A strong yen hurts Japan's exporters the mainstay drivers of the country's still-fragile economic recovery. It erodes their foreign income when repatriated and makes their products less competitive in overseas markets. Toyota Motor Corp. estimates that every 1-yen climb versus the dollar saps 30 billion yen ($351 million) from earnings. In Washington, House Ways and Means Committee Chair man Sander Levin called Japan's currency intervention a "deeply disturbing develop ment" and promised that Congress would be following the issue closely. Levin is a Democrat from Michigan, home to U.S. automakers. He made his comments during a hearing on China's currency practices, which American manufacturers contend have cost millions of lost U.S. manufacturing jobs. "China is not the only country with a predatory exchange rate policy," Levin said. The U.S. Treasury Department declined to comment on Japan's currency move. The Japanese government now has a "sense of crisis" about the yen, said Tomoko Fujii, a senior currency strate gist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Officials fear "further yen appreciation would under mine the Japanese economy,"s he said. Earlier in the week, Hitachi Ltd. president Hiroaki Nakanishi urged the government to tackle the strong yen, calling it a "big pressure" while trying to transform one of Japan's biggest companies intoa nimbler operation. The yen's rise has also under scored tensions with China. Some officials including the finance minister say China's purchases of Japanese government bonds might be helping to drive the yen higher even as Beijing keeps its currency tightly controlled to protect the country's exporters. The yuan has risen less than 1 percent against the dollar since midJune when Beijing said it would allow it to trade more freely after keeping it virtually unchanged for 18 months. After the Bank of Japan sold yen on Wednesday morning, the dollar jumped above 85 yen from its earlier low of 82.87 yen. It was the first currency intervention since March 2004. Stock investors cheered the move, sending the Nikkei 225 stock average up by 217.25 points, or 2.3 percent, to close at 9,516.56. "We have conduct ed an intervention in order to suppress excessive fluctuations in the currency market," said Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda. "We will closely monitor currency developments, and take firm action including intervention," Noda said. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Ministry Of Finance GN-1093 ALAN ZIBEL, A P Real Estate Writer WASHINGTON The nation's largest banks have an obligation to pay some of the cost for bailing out mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac because they sold them bad mortgages, a government regulator said Wednesday. Edward DeMarco, the acting director for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, said the banks this summer have refused to take b ack $11 billion in bad loans sold to the two government-controlled companies, in written testimony submitted for a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday. A third of those requests have been outstanding for at least three months. DeMarco said the banks have a legal obligation to buy back the loans and called the delays "a significant concern." He said the government may take new steps to force those buybacks if "discussions d o not yield reasonable outcomes soon." In an interview with reporters after the hearing, DeMarco d eclined to give further details on what the government might do next. He said only that "we're looking for contractual obligations to be fulfilled." The two mortgage giants nearly collapsed two years ago when the housing market went bust. The government stepped in to rescue them and it has cost taxpayers about $148 billion so far. The rescue is on track to be the most expensive piece of stabilizing the financial system. Investors who buy loans from banks have the right to force lenders to repurchase them if they later discover fraudulent state ments on loan applications. The leading Democrat on the House Financial Services Com mittee subcommittee indicated the banks bear some responsibility. "We must begin to think about approaches for recouping taxpayers' money in the long run," said Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa. "We found a way to pay for the savings and loan crisis, and we can survey find a way to recover the costs associated with this crisis." Wall Street has worried that the costs of bailing out Fannie and Freddie could get pushed back on big banks. Fitch Ratings said in a report last month that the four largest U.S. banks could book loss es of up to $42 billion if Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac force them to take back troubled mortgages they made. It also estimated that JPMorgan Chase & Co., Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. could record $17 billion in losses if they repurchase a quarter of the mortgage giants' seriously delinquent loans. Fannie and Freddie buy mortgages and package them into secu rities with a guarantee against default. The Obama administration is working on a plan to restructure the mortgage market and make sure home loans are affordable. Officials don't plan to release details until next year. But Michael Barr, an assistant Treasury secretary, told the panel Wednesday that Fannie and Freddie "will not exist in the same form as they did in the past." Figuring out what to do about Fannie and Freddie is a divisive issue on Capitol Hill, and it could grow even more contentious if Republicans take control of one or both houses of Congress. Republicans have seized on the administration's management of Fannie and Freddie to illustrate Democrats' push for broadening the reach of the federal government. They say loans acquired by Fannie and Freddie since the September 2008 takeover have put taxpayers at risk. "It's time for the government to get out of that business," said Rep. Spencer Bachus, the top Republican on the House Financial Services Committee. But Democrats and regulators say the loans acquired by Fannie and Freddie before their takeover represent the overwhelming majority of the companies' losses. New loans acquired since then have been performing well, they note. "There is no urgency," to reform the two companies, said Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., chairman of the House Financial Ser vices Committee. "The pattern of abuse they had engaged in has been changed...Fannie and Freddie are behaving differently and are causing far less problems." Gov't say banks should share Fannie, Freddie costs GUARDEDVIEW: A security officer mans at the entrance way to the Finance Ministry in Tokyo, yesterday. Japan intervened in the currency market Wednesday for the first time in six years tow eaken the yen, which had spiked to 15-year highs against the dollar, battering the countrys vital exporters. The U.S. dollar bouncedu p to 84.52 yen from a low of 82.87 yen earlier after Japans central bank stepped into the market to sell yen and buy dollars. Japan intervenes in currency market to weaken yen A P P h o t o / J u n j i K u r o k a w a INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
C M Y K C M Y K I NTERNATIONAL BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM DoctorsHospitalHealthSystemLimitedI nterim reportQuarterendedJuly 31,2010 ChairmasReport DoctorsHospitalHealthSystemLimitedDearShareholder, ForthesixmonthsendedJuly31,2010,theHospitalreportsconsolidatednetincomeof$1.1millionor$0.11 centspersharecomparedto$0.41centspershareforthesameperiodlastyear. Netrevenueoverthesixmonthperioddecreasedby$3.6millionor14.6% comparedtothesameperiodlast year.Thesecondquartercomparedwiththesamethreemonthslastyearsawadecreaseof$1.6millionor1 3.6%.Theeconomicdownturncontinuestoaffectthehospitalandweremainvigilantinmanagingour r esources. Totalexpensesdecreasedby$0.6million,or2.8%,overthesamesixmonth period.Depreciationand amortizationandrepairsandmaintenancebothincreasedforatotalof$0.3millionduetoadditionstofixed assetsandintangibleassetsof$3.0millionandvariousrepairsaroundthefacility.Baddebtexpenseisdown $0.4millionandisprimarilyduetocollectionofaccountspreviouslywrittenoff. TheBoardofDirectorsandExecutiveManagementofDoctorsHospitalareproudtoannouncethatDoctors HospitalisthefirsthospitalintheCaribbeanRegiontoachieveinternationalaccreditationfromJoint CommissionInternational(JCI),USA,theworldwideleaderinimprovingthequalityofhealthcareandcertifying hospitalorganizations.Withthisaccreditation,DoctorsHospitaljoinsanelitegroupoffewhospitalsworldwide whichhavepassedJCIsstringentclinicalqualitystandards.Ourcommitmenttoqualityandsafetyforour patientshasnowearnedthedistinctionandcertificationthatDoctorsHospitalmeetsinternationalstandardsand followsthelatestUSclinicalguidelinesandbestpractices.JCIaccreditationpositionsthehospitalwellfor additionalmedicaltourism. Asapioneerinminimallyandnon-invasivesurgeriesintheBahamas,highintensityfocusedultrasound(HIFU) hasbeenpartofourportfoliofortreatmentofprostatecancer.DoctorsHospitalthusjoinsaselectgroupof hospitalsthatisofferingthisinnovativetreatmentforprostatecancer. I nthepursuitofquality,oneofthemostrecentupgrades/advancesinourDiagnosticImagingDepartmentisthe p urchaseofanewdigitalmammogrammachine.Digitalmammographyallowsforfasterandmoreaccurate biopsywhichresultsinshorterexaminationtimesandsignificantlyimprovedpatientcomfortandconvenience sincethetimethepatientmustremainstillismuchshorter.WiththecombinationofourBreastUltrasound, DigitalMammography,andBreastMRI,weareproudtoannounceDoctorsHospitalhastheonly ComprehensiveBreastDiagnosticCenterintheRegion. Despiteourfinanciallevelingduringtheyear,weremaincommittedtothecommunitywithongoinghealthfairs, blooddrives,publiclectures,andsupportofourhealthrelatednon-forprofitorganizationswhoarealso strugglingtomakeendsmeetthroughpublicservice.Mostsignificantly,ourcommitmenttoadvancing educationwasdemonstratedwithover$100,000awardedinscholarshipsandfinancialassistancebytheDoctors HospitalDr.MeyerRassinFoundationtoassistfifty-twoBahamianstudentspursuingacareerinhealthcare. Iwouldliketothankourshareholders,Associates,physiciansandvolunteersfortheirloyaltyanddedicationto DoctorsHospital. J osephKrukowski Chairman August31,2010 DOCTORSHOSPITALHEALTHSYSTEMLIMITEDConsolidatedBalanceSheet July31,2010withcomparativefiguresatJanuary31,2010 ( ExpressedinthousandsofBahamiandollars)July 31,2010January31,2010 AssetsCurrentassets: C ashandcashequivalents $5,253 6,352 Accountsreceivablepatients,net(note2) 656 515 A ccountsreceivablethirdpartypayors,net(note2) 3,720 4,010 Inventories 1,371 1,287 Otherassets 1,070 863 1 2,070 13,027 Non-currentassets: I n vestments 30 30 G o odwill,net 431 431 O therintangibleassets 1,943 1,671 Investmentproperty 4,456 4,538 P roperty,plantandequipment 11,657 10,293 18,517 16,963 T otalassets $30,587 29,990 Liabilities and Shareholders EquityCurrentliabilities: Accountspayableandotherliabilities$ 2,837 2,981 T otalliabilities$ 2,837 2,981 Shareholdersequity: Sharecapital: Authorized12,500,000commonsharesatparvalue ofB$0.04each(July31,201012,500,000shares) Issuedandfullypaid9,971,634shares (July31,20109,971,634shares) 399 399 Contributedsurplus 12,358 12,358 Retainedearnings 14,993 14,252 27,750 27,009 Totalliabilitiesandshareholdersequity $30,587 29,990 (Unaudited) DOCTORSHOSPITALHEALTHSYSTEMLIMITEDConsolidatedStatementofRevenueandExpenses ThreemonthsendedJuly31,2010withcomparativefiguresforthethreemonthsendedJuly31,2009 (ExpressedinthousandsofBahamiandollars)July31,2010 July31,2009 Revenues Patientservicerevenue,net $9,920 11,579 Other 357 322 Totalrevenues 10,277 11,901 Expenses Salariesandbenefits 4,319 4,383 Medicalsuppliesandservices 2,814 2,957 Depreciationandamortization 744 631 Otheroperating 495 548 Utilities 325 333 Baddebtexpense,netofrecoveries 256 300 Governmenttaxesandfees 287 287 Insurance 180 183 Outsideservices 206 139 Repairsandmaintenance 266 126 Rent 101 97 Dietaryexpenses 94 94 Legalexpenses 26 37 Totalexpenses 10,113 10,115 Incomebeforeinterest 164 1,786 Interestexpense (49) Netincomefortheperiod$164 1,737 Earningspercommonshare(expressedinBahamiandollars): Basicandfullydiluted $0.02 0.17 DOCTORSHOSPITALHEALTHSYSTEMLIMITEDConsolidatedStatementofRevenueandExpenses SixmonthsendedJuly31,2010withcomparativefiguresforthesixmonthsendedJuly 31,2009 ( ExpressedinthousandsofBahamiandollars)J uly31,2010 July31,2009 R evenues Patientservicerevenue,net$ 20,300 23,985 Other 747 673 Totalrevenues 21,047 24,658 Expenses Salariesandbenefits 8,509 8,634 Medicalsuppliesandservices 5,738 6,026 Depreciationandamortization 1,420 1,307 Otheroperating 1,037 1,163 Baddebtexpense,netofrecoveries 370 779 U tilities 643 621 Governmenttaxesandfees 586 563 Insurance 361 365 Outsideservices 394 294 R epairsandmaintenance 406 219 Dietaryexpenses 177 195 Rent 199 191 Legalexpenses 67 122 Totalexpenses 19,907 20,479 Incomebeforeinterest 1,140 4,179 Interestexpense (134) Netincomefortheperiod$1,140 4,045 Earningspercommonshare(expressedinBahamiandollars): Basicandfullydiluted$ 0.11 0.41 SixmonthsendedJuly 31,2010withcomparativefiguresforthesixmonthsendedJuly31,2009 (ExpressedinthousandsofBahamiandollars)July 31,2010 July 31,2009 Cashflowsfromoperatingactivities N e tincome $1,140 4,045 A djustmentstoreconcilenetincometonetcash providedbyoperatingactivities: D epreciationandamortization 1,420 1,307 P rovisionfordoubtfulaccounts 370 779 L ossondisposalofproperty,plantandequipment (17) 3 2 913 6,134 C hangesinoperatingassetsandliabilities: (Increase)decreaseinaccountsreceivable (220) (286) I n creaseininventories (85) (107) I n creaseinprepaidexpensesandotherassets (206) (444) ( Decrease)increaseinaccountspayableandotherliabilities (144) (365) C ashprovidedbyoperatingactivities 2,258 4,932 Cashflowsfrominvestingactivities Purchaseofproperty,plantandequipment (2,445) (598) Purchaseofintangibleassets (513) (71) Proceedsfromdisposalofproperty,plantandequipment 3 C ashusedininvestingactivities (2,958) (666) C ashflowsfromfinancingactivities Repaymentoflong-termdebt (2,346) Dividendspaidtoshareholders (399) (598) Cashusedinfinancingactivities (399) (2,944) Increase(decrease) incashandcashequivalents (1,099) 1,322 Cashandcashequivalentsatbeginningofperiod 6,352 5,328 Cashandcashequivalentsatendofperiod$ 5,253 6,650 Cashandcashequivalentscomprisecashatbankandinhand,short-termdepositswithanoriginalmaturityofsix m onthsorless. (Unaudited) DOCTORSHOSPITALHEALTHSYSTEMLIMITEDConsolidatedStatementofChangesinEquity S ixmonthsendedJuly 31,2010 (ExpressedinthousandsofBahamiandollars)NumberofsharesSharecapitalContributedsurplusRetainedearnings BalanceatJanuary31,20109,971,634$399$12,358$14,252 Netincomefortheperiod---1,140 Dividendspaid (399) BalanceatJuly 31, 20109,971,634$399$12,358$14,993 DOCTORS HOSPITAL HEALTH SYSTEM LIMITEDNotestoInterimConsolidatedFinancialStatements SixmonthsendedJuly 31,2010 1.Significantaccountingpolicies TheseinterimfinancialstatementshavebeenpreparedinaccordancewithInternationalAccountingStandardNo. 34,InterimFinancialReporting,usingthesameaccountingpoliciesappliedintheJanuary31,2010audited consolidatedfinancialstatements.2.Accountsreceivable Accountsreceivablearestatednetofprovisionsfordoubtfulaccountsof$4.0 million. To advertise ALL yourLEGAL NOTICES, call The Tribunes Sales Department 502-2394 (Unaudited)D OCTORSHOSPITALHEALTHSYSTEMLIMITEDConsolidatedStatementofCashFlows BRUSSELS The European Union's executive on Wednesday proposed tougher curbs on financial market practices seen to have contributed to the global market crisis that drove the world's largest economies into recession. EU Services Commissioner Michel Barnier said Wednesday he wants to rein in the market for derivatives financial instruments based on the value of other assets and insisted regulators should have powers to restrict, and even ban, short selling, according to Associated Press Barnier said the measures on the derivatives market would kick in 2012 and bring Europe in line with restrictions the U.S. Congress passed over the summer to get a better grip on banks and Wall Street. "We have to limit the risks of this hyper speculation by shedding light, by forcing people to be transparent. We have to know on all of these markets, with the Americans and the other regions, who is doing what," Barnier said. "No player, no market, no territory, must remain outside this supervision," he said. "No financial market can afford to remain a Wild West territory," Barnier said, arguing that lack of controls on specialized financial products compounded the global financial crisis. He said such specialized markets had been working too long as an entity unto themselves, without control or scrutiny. He said his proposals would increase transparency and make the markets safer. The proposals still need to be adopted by the EU member states and parliament before they become law. French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde welcomed the move. "This proposal is a decisive and historic breakthrough for those who ... want finances under control," Lagarde said in a statement. European Union proposes tougher rules for financial markets
C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONALBUSINESS PAGE 12B, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NEW YORK Stocks overcame an early slide Wednesday and turned higher as investors tried to extend a September rally, according to Associated Press Major indexes fluctuated throughout the morning before rising in midday trading. Traders were heartened by a national reading on industrial production that showed the sector grew last month for the 12th time 14 months. The national reading overshadowed a disappointing regional report on September manufacturing activity in New York. The regional New York report came out first and initially sent stock prices lower. The Dow Jones industrial average rose about 38 points in afternoon trading. Broader indexes posted smaller gains. In corporate news, MasterCard Inc. rose sharply after saying it expects its income to rise at least 20 percent this year. Shares rose $11.55, or 5.8 percent, to $211.30. Kraft Foods Inc., known for brands like Nabisco and Maxwell House, rose after saying its earnings would jump between 9 percent and 11 percent over the next three years thanks to growth in developing markets. Shares rose 44 cents to $31.49 and earlier hit a new high for the year. Stocks rose sharply during the first half of the month, even though September is historical-ly a weak period for stocks. The Dow has risen eight of the past 10 days and is up more than 5 percent so far in September. A strong manufacturing report from the Institute for Supply Management set off the rally two weeks ago. JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON T he Obama administration wants Congress to tighten oversight U.S pipelines and more than double penalties for some safety violations in response toa deadly gas explosion in California and a major oil spill in Michigan. Legislation sent to Congress W ednesday would increase from $1 million to $2.5 million the maximum fine for the most serious pipeline violations involving deaths, injuries or major environmental harm, the Department of Transportation said. It also would pay for an additional 40 inspectors and safety regulators over the next four years. The proposal follows several accidents, including last week's huge gas explosion in suburban San Francisco, that have calleda ttention to the nation's aging pipelines and how they are m onitored. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said his department "needs stronger authority to ensure the continued safety and reliability of our nation's pipeline network." Congress is expected to r ecess for November elections in the next 2-3 weeks, making it unlikely a bill can be enacted within the next two months. Rep. James Oberstar, a Demo crat and chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which was holding a hearing Wednesday on the Michigan oil spill, said he wants to "scrub" the proposal with the help of administration officials and lawmakers from both parties before the recess so that a bill can at least clear the pipeline subcommittee by then. "I do think there is urgency," Oberstar said. The department's proposal would eliminate exemptions from safety regulations for pipelines that gather hazardous liquids upstream of transmission pipelines, the department said. It also would authorize the Pipeline and Hazardous Mate rials Safety Administration, which regulates interstate pipeline safety, to collect additional data on pipelines, includ ing information on previously unregulated lines, the department said. And, it would provide for improved coordination with states and other agencies on inspector training and oversight of pipeline construction and expansion projects involving both gas and hazardous liquids pipelines. The safety administration is part of the Transportation Department. Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari told comm ittee the department is also crafting new regulations to enhance pipeline safety, including requiring the installation of emergency flow restricting devices on some pipelines and changing the distance between valves. The regulations would be separate from the legislative p roposal. The department is also considering extending "high consequence area" designations to additional stretches of pipeline, Porcari told the committee in prepared testimony. Regulations put in place after several gas pipeline accidents a decade ago require oil and gas compan ies to inspect the integrity of pipelines in densely populated areas. Those inspections, which are conducted by the companies themselves, began in 2002 and are supposed to be completed by 2012. T he Pacific Gas & Electric Co. gas pipeline explosion k illed at least four people in San Bruno, California, and destroyed nearly 40 homes. That pipeline is regulated by the state utility commission. An oil spill from a pipeline owned by a Canadian companyi n Michigan sent an estimated 820,000 to 1 million gallons (3.1 t o 3.8 million liters) spewing into the Kalamazoo River in late July. Obama wants tougher US pipelines oversight S tocks edge up on industrial production growth In brief (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File BOOMTIME: I n this July 29, 2010 file photo, crews work on a boom i n the Kalamazoo River in Battle Creek, Mich., trying to capture oil from a ruptured pipeline, owned by Enbridge Inc. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
By JEFF ARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer W E are living in a perpetually evolving world. With time, technology changes, people change, relationships change, even the family structure changes. However the latter (the family structure and the r ole of women in mar riages) is a change that most Christian leaders ar gue should remain the same. Lately some woman have argued that humble submission to their husbands is no longer necessar y as women have made societal strides, compared to a few centuries ago, and no longer need consultation from a better half for progression or decision making. T ribune Religion spoke to Overseer Helen Mcphee, pastor of Agape Full Gospel, who said that time has nothing to do with what the Bible outlines about fam ily life. omen should still be submissive to their husbands regardless of the time. Time has nothing to do with what the Bible says about the family and how husbands and wives should conduct themselves. Because it is the plan of the enemy to destroy, what should be a blessing turns into a curse. For instance, women who become independent, which is good, the enemy uses this in a derogatory way and they turn against their husbands. They begin to feel they dont need to consult him for anything and this is wr ong, she said. The word of God is the truth and we must get back to the basics and adhere to what the bible says. A woman in this 21st centur y should submit to their own hus bands, Pastor Mcphee explained. Tribune Religion also spoke to a few ladies who shared similar views on this issue. T anya Johnson said: While I am not married at this time, I have observed lots of marriages and I can safely say that it has to be a two-way str eet. People love to quote 1 Peter 3:1 which star ts of f saying that wives should be submissive to their husbands, but they neglect verse 7 of that same chapter which tells husbands to be considerate with their wives and to tr eat her with r espect so that nothing can hinder his prayers. So to me, if a husband is respecting his wife and loving her then the wife should have no pr oblem submitting to him. And if the wife is submissive, then the husband should be more than happy to show her respect. The onus is on each partner to do his/her part to make the marriage what God intended. She concluded: Then if you look at the definition of submissive, it doesn't mean submit because you have to. It means a willingness to submit. Many women ar e willing to commit but just wont if their husband has no respect for her. It all goes back to, everyone doing their part. Its like the scripture in Matthew 7:5 which says to take the log out of your own eye befor e you attempt to take the speck out of someone else's eye, that is, befor e cor recting the behaviour of someone else. Eljanae Car ey has a two -sided view of the issue. She said submission yes, losing one s voice no. I think its a yes and a no, because the Bible does say that a woman must submit themselves to their husbands for a woman was made from a man. I think a woman should be submissive to her husband but at the same time I dont believe in a woman being controlled by a man. A woman shouldnt be so submissive that she ends up loses her voice or opinion. Nadine Thomas Br own said that as soci ety changes certain things must follow suit. Society has changed a lot since the early days, women ar e more independent than they ever were. I feel that people misquote the Bible for their own ends. I feel like we both submit to each other. It's an agr eement for both par tners to do certain roles to enhance family life. If they both work, they shar e duties. That is how my house works. When people communicate respect and are friends with each other ina relationship submission never comes up as a topic. Marie W illiams* said: I think as women we get too liberated in our thinking. I think women should keep their traditional roles as a wife. Take care of the house, take car e of your husband. Show him the respect he deserves, consult him. You could have your own opinion, but his opinions should matter just as much as yours, she said *Names have been changed. The Tribunes RELIGION SECTION THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 PG 23 SHOULD WIVES STILL BE SUBMISSIVE TO THEIR HUSBANDS IN A MODERN SOCIETY? CHANGING TIMES: L ately some woman have argued that hum-b le submission to t heir husbands is no longer necessary, as womenh ave made societal strides, and no longer need cons ultation from a better half for progression or decision making.
PG2 4 Thursday, September 16, 2010 ByALESHA CADET Tribune Features Writer T HE church underscores the "sanctity of life", all life is sacred and we must get that message out there, said Bishop Simeon Hall the senior pastor of New Covenant Baptist Church In recent news, investigators from the Central Detective Unit were in Abaco earlier this week probing the death of a man who was found hanged in his Marsh Harbour home. Initial reports suggest that the man, identified as Gil Stratton, a bachelor may have committed suicide. He was found in his home in Pelican Shor es at ar ound 7am on Sunday Stratton spent most of his life as a mute, said a r elative who did not want to be identified, but after under going sur ger y he was able to communicate with friends and family. Going fur ther, the body of Acassia Porter was discovered on Monday evening at the home she shared with her young son on Quick Silver Drive, off Carmichael Road. Sources close to Ms Por ter said she had appeared str essed last week and it was also revealed she had recently broke off an engagement. This comes just over a week after mother -of-four Deborah Smith, 51, was found hanging from a ceiling in her home on West Street. Her father 81-year -old Har old Pinto, said he did not know what may have led his daughter to take her own life but noted that she had been out of work for some time. Bishop Hall told T ribune Religion that his first response is not to buy into the negativity. He says, "Each life is precious in the sight of God and in no way must we diminish when one life is taken. He added: I believe that people do have problems, I also have problems of my own but my center and my spiritual anchor is so str ong that ever y problem I face is conquerable, it can be conquered. "I prefer to stand on the side of those who celebrate life, and I cannot imag ine what pr oblems anyone might have that would cause them to turn inward on themselves," said Bishop Hall in an interview with Tribune Religion yesterday "Another thing is, suicide is an affront to everything that the church stands for and proclaims." Bishop Hall says he continues to plead with the pastors and the chur ches to go beyond one or two days a week in ministr y. "We need to be more full time, people need to r each us. If ther e is a chur ch you attend that cannot min ister to you, you need to run away from it," he said. The Tribune RELIGION Bishop Simeon Hall speaks out against suicide I prefer to stand on the side of those who celebrate life, and I cannot imagine what problems anyone might have that would cause them to turn inward on themselves. Bishop Simeon Hall
THERobinson-Morris Chapel AME Church, Ridgeland Park West, under the leadership of Pr esiding Elder and Pastor Howard F Williamson, and its members r ecently recognised and presented financial stipends, fr om The Rev James Maceo Sands Educational Funds to students with the highest Grade Point A verage in the primar y junior and senior High School. From the Primary Division was Brian Lockhart from Carlton Francis, Junior High, Chevelle Bowleg, fr om Saint Augustine College, and Senior High, Cryslyn Williamson, Kingsway Academy. Also, all students attending colleges and universities locally and aboar d received stipends, fr om The Rev James Maceo Sands Educational Fund. They ar e: TAMARIA SAUNDERS College of the Bahamas MARISSA WRIGHT College of the Bahamas KEV ANNA EWING College of the Bahamas JAVON NIXON College of the Bahamas KUSHNA ROLLE Success Training College KENDRA CAREY St. Mar y's University Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada CODERO FERNANDER Clarkson University New York The scholarship was formed in memory of Rev James Maceo Sands, a native of Savannah Sound. He was the for mer pr e siding elder of the Bahamas Islands Confer ence of the AME Church and former pastor of Robinson-Morris Chapel, Cousin McPhee Cathedral, and Mother Bethel A.M.E. Chur ch. Rev Sands was ordained in 1959 by Bishop Samuel L. Green. He began his Ministry in the Mother Club Hall on East Str eet Hill before moving to the Ministers W ives Centr e which is situated on the grounds of Robinson-Morris Chapel. He held services in the Minister Wives Centre in the early 1960's with six members and a few childr en. On November 30, 1975, under his lead ership, Robinson-Morris Chapel was erected and on November 26, 1978 it was dedicated to the glor y of God. Rev Sands was a champion for his God and his Chur ch. He use to watch this pr oper ty day and night. He was a builder and one who recognised that in serving God he would inherit eter nal life. As a result of this, he dedicated his life to the work of the Church. He was truly committed to the cause of serving the Church, and he gave of himself, his finances and anything else that was humanly possible to serve God and assist his people. He was a humble, humorous and pleasant individual who would flash a smile that would express the beauty that was within. Rev Sands completed his ear thly jour ney on July 29, 1997. May his soul r est in peace. Our pastor Rev Howard F Williamson who succeed him, work very closely with him. He played a major role in the growth and development of his spiritual and educational life. For this r eason the pastor along with the members decided to establish an account in his memor y called the JAMES MACEO SANDS EDUCA TIONAL FUND, to assist those stu dents with the highest GP A in the pri mar y, junior, and high school grades, and our college students with a financial stipend. The Tribune Thursday, September 16, 2010 PG25 RELIGION Robinson-Morris Chapel A.M.E. Church financial stipend for students FROM left to right: Kushna Rolle, T amaria Saunders Marissa Wright Kevanna Ewing Rev Thelma Williamson, Rev Howard Williamson, Kendra Carey and Codero Fernander FROM left to right: Rev Thelma Willamson,Crysln Williamson, Chevelle Bowleg, Brian Lockhart, Rev Howard Williamson and William Saunders.
A s long as calamity is not knocking at our door; we have a unique way of showing how concerned we are for those who are facing some form of tragedy. In reading this article allI would ask of you is that for a few moments to please take off your political / religious caps, and lets soberly think as Bahamians. The two most influential forces in this country (Politics & Religion nation a vicious dividing blow to the point that the Bahamas is literally falling apart due to crime and corruption which has rendered these two leading forces powerless and has given a negative view of law and order in the eyes of the people. How is it that this small, once beautiful Bahamas could have such a high murder rate; wher eby 2-3 mur ders are occurring in a week, in little Nassau. And Bahamians are going to sleep and waking up the nextmor ning with the casual mind-set of W ell, its just another one gone? Heres the twofold interesting dynamics thats at work in this Bahama Drama: 1) 80 90 per cent of the Bahamian legislators ar e attorneys (criminal, corporate, etc;) and if ther e is a set of people who knows the pr os and cons of the law; it s these legislators. The crime detection rate and apprehension of alleged criminals by the Royal Bahamas Police Force has always been ver y high. But the criminals always seems to have the upper hand on the Police no matter the evidence; by hiring the very best defense attor neys / law fir ms (The Bahamian LEGISLATORS) to manipulate the judicial system to their advantage. Case and point: How can over one hundred persons charged with murder beout on bail and others that are charged with lesser of fenses be remanded? Answer: The remanded offenders (if they had legal r epresentation) their attorneys / law firms were not connected to the LEGISLA TORS. The politicians have got the grassroots Bahamians right wher e they want them (Between a Rock and a Hard Placedespite the havoc thats being wreaked upon the grassroots; they refused to see beyond their politics. This level of politics is so well or chestrated that the people will passionately defend and ar gue as to under which gover nment (PLP or FNM ders occur red. Its something like this Can you see the PLPs or the FNMs giving high fives to each other saying W eve only had 50 mur ders this year What I would say to these die-hard PLPs and FNMs is this: Would you still be celebrating and giving high fives if your sons and daughters, mothers and fathers were among the 50 murdered victims ? Bahamians, PLEASE WAKE THE HELL UP, and stop playing politics with the future of our country. Watch this! 2) Im at liber ty to speak as the Holy Spirit leads; therefore Im not subjected to any religious leader / denominations nor to any political party. So with that being said. If this Cap Fits you; then you wear it. The Bahamas is filled with powerless religious leaders (bishop, apostle, doctor, etc;) who know the word of God, but not the God of the word. This is nothing new or strange as thr oughout the Bible, both Old and New T estaments, there were religious leaders who was deceiving and fleec ing their nave followers and distor ting the tr uth of God s word as is being done today. There is not a community in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas that does t have at least two or three churches; yet the kingdom of darkness and the criminal forces reign in these communities. Through ignorance and the displeasure of being exposed and called out; many religious leaders and those of a religious mind-set would quickly adopt the view that Im attacking the church; whereas absolutely nothing could be fur ther fr om the tr uth. But rather its the Holy Spirit that is exposing the organised religion of man that has worked its way into the chur ch. The r eligion that Father Yahweh accepts and takes note of is this: James.1:27. Pure religion and undefiled befor e God and the Father is: to visit the fatherless and widows in their af fliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. Heres some defiling religious tactics of todays church: 1 ) The constructing of shrines / big buildings places of worship and calling them The House of God 2 ) Religious leaders competing against each other in the writing of their motivational books that includes a few scripture verses and the television broadcast competition of Ministries 3) Annual money making religious conferences, seminars, workshops, etc; where attendees are almost compelled to purchase speakers products (books, tapes, cds videos,) 4) The promoting / lifting up and idolatrous worship of the religious leaders as their photos and images are on display thr oughout their churches. During Yeshuwa Messiah (aka Jesus the Christ) ministry the religious leaders were the ones who hated and despised him most. If He was to walk the earth today His greatest adversaries would not be the drug dealers, the prostitutes, the gang members, etc; but instead He would face even greater opposition from the religious leaders, seeing that he s not a Baptist, Anglican, Catholic or any of the other denominations and His message would be that of truth and not todays twisted prosperity gospel. The high mur der rate, the blatant disregard for law and order, the deterioration of the family str ucture and morals are the byproducts of the anti-Christ spirit of which mans or ganised r eligions ar e powerless. Father Yahweh is raising up a generation in the Bahamas that will not bow or confor m to the r eligions or r eligious lead ers of today This generation will not seek to have their name and titles highlighted but rather they will be true servants of God to His people. These are the one that He will use to r ebuke / cast-out demonic spirits, heal the sick and raise the dead. For questions and comments contact us via E-mails:firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or Ph.1-242-441-2021 Pastors Matthew & Brendalee Allen Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Intl. PG26 Thursday, September 16, 2010 The Tribune RELIGION The Bahamian Politics & Religion PASTOR MATTHEW ALLEN BY PASTOR TONYA COLEBROOK Isaiah 54v17 The weapons may form but not against you. When you see the enemy always coming up against you, there is something right that you are doing for the Kingdom of God. In your Christian walk with Jesus Christ, you who stand for righteousness dont waver just to fit in with in the crowd but stand and don t bow to Baal. Isaiah 54:15 says they shall sur ely gather together, but not by me, whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake... Jesus Christ will destroy the plans of the enemies and destr oy their devices Ephesians 6:12 says: for we wr estle not against flesh and blood, but against principles, against powers, against the r ulers of darkness of the world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Don t fret because of the evil doers for their days are numbered. Be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might, put on the whole armour of God that you will be able to stand in the last and evil days. No weapon formed against you shall prosper Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
IN July of 1989, W illamae C Miller inaugurated the first Children's Hour br oadcast on the then 1240 AM radio in Nassau, Bahamas at The Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas. The station is now I 107.9FM. Interests mounted and God supplied the need for br oadcast funds. Today by the guiding hand of God, The Childr en's Hour Media Ministries is hear d wher ever I 07.9FM can be hear d. The ministr y is duly registered with the Ministry of Youth, a government department that caters to youth and is a nonpr ofit or ganisation dedicated to the glor y of God and to the winning of boys/girls to Christ. The organization is administered by a committee. The or ganisation s aim is to : I, T o tell boys and girls about Jesus and the plan of salvation. 2. To teach young Christians God's W or d 3.To train children for Christian service The organisation is entirely supported by the public and is not underwritten or sponsor ed by any par ticular chur ch or denomination. They r ely entirely upon Philippines 4: 19 and the books are audited by a r eputable accountant. Accor ding to the or ganisation s statement of faith : The Bible is the inspired Word of God and it is the Christian's final authority fr om God. The bir th of Jesus Christ is evi dence of the deity in that He was vir gin born and was God in the flesh without sin when he lived on earth. The Blood of Christ shed on Calvar y is the only atone ment for man's sin. The death, bodily r esur rection of. Jesus from the tomb and His ascension into heaven ar e biblical facts. The believers are called "The Church" which is composed of all those who by faith have accepted Christ as Savior and Lord. The Blessed hope of the Christian is the personal r eturn of the Lord Jesus to take all believers to Heaven. Those who reject God's plan of salvation will be con demned to everlasting punishment. I. The weekly 30-minute and 15 minute radio programs are the foundation for all activities. The ministry goes on air with a well r ehearsed Christ center ed br oadcast by and for the childr en. Many hours of planning and rehearsal are necessary each week to produce a 30 minute program of "network" quality This is done at the stu dio of Abundant Life Bible Chur ch on Abundant Life Road, Nassau, Bahamas. In addition, the organisation presents a straight for war d gospel message by lecture or skit. Simple enough for the children, and sweetly appealing for the not so young. 2. The Mailbox Club Bible Cor respondence Course, comprised of ten lessons for various age groups is being used by many hundr eds of boys and girls. This Bible course helps childr en lear n the basic tr uths of the Word of God and help the saved ones grow in grace. 3. Devotion for Children, a quarterly calendar designed to be r ead to or by chil dr en. It is excellent for family devotions. A free copy is sent to each family who requests one. Extra copies are $1.00 each. The radio staf f is available for meetings in chur ches or for ar ea wide rallies. The Tribune Thursday, September 16, 2010 PG 27 RELIGION All about the Childrens Hour Ministry COURTESY CALL: Members of the organisation pay a courtesy call to the governor general.
T he excitement of the recent celebration of the Feast of Title of Holy Saviour, Millerton Long Island will linger in the hearts and minds of many of its members as it signified the first time that Fr Burton would be in attendance for any External Solemnities as Rector of St Peters Parish, North Long Island. Anglican Parishioners from the length and br eadth of Long Island r ecently turned out en-masse to celebrate the Feast of Title on Sunday September 12. It was the first time newly or dained Deacon Alvar do Adderley would pr each in the chur ch following his ordination on August 28. He hails from All Saints Parish Joan Heights where Fr Sebastian Campbell serves as rector. After Deacon Adderley s or dination he has been assigned to Holy Cross, Regency Park. As an ordinand studying at Codrington College in Barbados he was assigned to St Peter s Parish, Nor th Long Island under the then Rector Fr Mark Fox. Adderley reminisced that at that time he visited and assisted with Vacation Bible School, Holy Saviour was closed and in a state of disrepair. He commented that the for mer Member of Parliament Sylvia Scriven adopted him as a step son on his initial visit to Long Island. Also in atten dance was the new Rector of St Pauls in South Long Island, Fr Jonathan G.A. Archer. Deacon Adderleys took his text from the gospel passage applicable for the Transfiguration of Jesus found in Lukes gospel chapter 9 verses 28 to 36. The evan gelist retells the narration of Jesus trek up a mountain to pray with his inner cir cle of disciples Peter, James and John. And as he prayed his appearance was transformed or changed into dazzling white. Deacon Adderley admonished the con gregation that the same way Jesus was transformed in the Transfiguration it could happen to them if they believe in him and do His will. He encouraged and challenged members to look deep within themselves to see the inadequacies of their lives and rise to the occasion so that the change can be visible in their lives and families ar ound them. Deacon Adderley added that during the summer befor e his ordination he had an opportunity to visit Cat Island where Fr Bur ton ser ved before relocating to North Long Island. He was enthused with the transfor mation that had taken place on so many churches whilst Fr Burton was priest in charge. He also mentioned the work that needs to be done to this palatial edifice will definitely take place in short order with Fr Bur ton as their new rector. The transforming and renewing of the members bodies, minds and souls can only take place through prayer, reading their Bibles and chur ch attendance on a r egular and consistent basis. And further the transformation would be complete when we meet our Blessed Savior in His Heavenly Kingdom, he added. In his welcome address, Fr Burton allowed long time contemporary Fr Jonathan Ar cher to share with the congregation a few wor ds. Fr Ar cher commented in jest that both he and Bur ton have an endearing relationship that spans some two decades whilst he was an altar ser ver at St Matthew and Fr Bur ton an altar ser ver at St Bar nabas. He said that Bur ton followed him to Codrington College where he was a two years ahead of him. Secondly, at St.Annes in Fox Hill where both ser ved their curacy under Fr Cr osley Walkine and lastly in Eleuthera where he was Rector of St. Patrick, Gover nors Harbor and Fr Burton was the assistant curate at St. Lukes where Fr Andrew Toppin was Rector. And last by no means least they are back together serving one in Nor th Long Island and one in South Long Island. Fr Bur ton concurred with his sentiments and looks forward to sharing in the multiplicity of Patr onal Festivals that will be cel ebrated frequently with the large number of diverse Anglican Churches and Anglican Communities. Fr Burton believes that Patr onal Festivals and Feast of T itles are seen as monumental and memorable occasions in the life of the parish and should never be celebrated in any lack lus ter fashion and the pr esence of all its mem bers to appr eciate and gravitate towards. After the Eucharist mass parishioners and well wishers enjoyed r efreshments befor e depar ting to their various destina tion. The Tribune PG 28 Thursday, September 16, 2010 RELIGION Holy Saviour, Millerton Long Island celebrates Feast of Title CELEBRATION: Celebrating the Feast of title at Holy Saviour in Long Island
THE Bahamas Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation (BBFF has officially named its 10-member team to represent the Bahamas at the Central American and Caribbean Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships, scheduled for September 22-26. Team Bahamas members are Lorraine LaFleur, Charmaine McNabb, Charnice Bain, Lynden Fowler, Raymond Tucker, Desmond Bain, Charles Johnson, Sidney Outten, Paul Wilson and Rob Harris. By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org NATIONAL Collegiate Athletic Association programmes will once again look to the Bahamas as a venue on the hardwood during peak vacation months for the second time this year. On the heels of the Bahamas Basketball Federa tions Summer of Thunder, preparations are underway for NCAA teams to return for two separate events in December. The Battle at Atlantis and the Bahamas Sunsplash Shootout will bring together seven NCAA programmes to the shores of the Bahamas ina three-day span to compete in a series of intercollegiate games. It marks the first time in the history of basketball in t he Bahamas that both men and womens NCAA Div-I basketball games will be played locally in such a brief time period and during the NCAA season. The Battle at Atlantis, scheduled for December 18, will see the resort unveil the new 4,500-seat arena, a segment of the 60,000 squarefoot conference center at the Paradise Island resort. The reported $500,000 temporary stadium features stateBy RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com FOR the first time in over a year, several versions of a senior mens national basketball team took the court for the Bahamas during a series of exhibitions hosted by the Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF building blocks for the future of the programme. BBF president Lawrence Hepburn said the teams fielded during the federations Summer of Thunder could serve as an evaluation for the selection process for future national teams. "In addition to providing competition for the visiting teams we also wanted to use this event as somewhat of an evaluation for many of our prospective national team players for the future. It gave us a good look at some of the guys, how they respond to international competition, how they handle the pressure of playing for the country with national recognition," said Hepburn. The Bahamas last fielded a senior mens national team for the 2009 CBC Championships in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, from June 30 to July 4. Alonzo Hinds led the team in scoring at 21.4 points per game as the team finished 1-2 and finished in fifth place in the tournament. Several players from that national team also competed for one of several select squads in the Summer of Thunder, including Jeremy Hutchinson, who led the Bahamas to their only win of the series with 21 points Monday night against Portland State in the 93-90 win. The Bahamas held a double-digit lead for much of the contest, but withered down the stretch and nearly lost the advantage. Hepburn said the ability to execute down the stretch is one of the factors the BBF will look to improve upon for international competition. I would have liked to have seen the team hold onto a lead down the stretch and put the game away when they had the opportunity, he said. They say international games are often won in the last two minutes of the game and in our last two minutes we fell apart, so that is something we will have to monitor closely moving forward. With regional championships on the horizon, the BBF will place players under heavier scrutiny as more international events approach. "The CAC Basketball Championships are next year, so this can be a very important upcoming period for the BBF. More than just they way they play on the floor, we had an opportunity to see a lot of the players work ethic, he said. It gives us good insight to know whether we have the players ready and willing to put in the effort it takes to compete in the region and worldwide, and if we find that we do have these players and other things fall into place then we could see the Bahamas field national teams in the near future." Millers fresh start for 2010-11 season By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A fter playing sparingly for two seasons in one of the most high profile programmes in the National Collegiate Athletic Associations, one Bahami an hoops star will get a fresh start for the 2010-11 season. Dwight Miller will make the tran sition from NCAA Div I to the NJCAA this fall after a transfer from the University of Pittsburgh to Midland Junior College. Miller was said to be the odd man out on the Panthers roster after the perennial Big 10 contenders signed a trio of highly tout ed freshman. J.J. Moore, the highest rated of the Panthers three incoming freshman basketball players out of South Kent Prep in Connecticut and the 8th ranked small forward in the country by scouts.com, strengthened the logjam in the frontcourt which left Miller out of favour. The 6 forward out of St Pius X High School in Houston, Texas, opted to transfer to a junior college to avoid the NCAA rule of sitting out an entire year for transferring from one D-I school to another. He intends to play a single season with the Midland Chapparals and transfer to another D-I school following upcoming season. After a critically acclaimed high school career, when he rose to international prominence for his personal workouts with NBA Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon, Miller chose the Panthers out of several scholarship offers. In his biography on the teams website, he is described as a tena cious rebounder and defender who displays outstanding desire and passion for playing basketball, a quick learner who has the ability to make shots away from the basket and get up and down the floor. Miller redshirted (sat out 2008-09 season. In his final high school season, Miller led the St Pius X Panthers to a 22-8 record and were ranked number four in the state of Texas. They won the TAPPS 6A Dis trict three championship with a 9-0 record as he averaged 15.8 points per game. Miller was nominated for the McDonalds High School AllAmerica Game and had a productive summer heading into the collegiate recruiting process when he averaged 10.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game at the ReebokU Camp. He also earned the Dante Anderson Memorial Award for the player below the radar who made the biggest impact over the course of the camp. Miller is a product of the Frank Rutherford Elite Athlete Development Foundation. Some of the foundations other athletes and alumni include Devard and Devaughn Darling, Ian Symonette, Jeremy Barr, Wannah Bail, Michael Carey, Mikhail McClean, Alex Cooper, Waltia Rolle, Mavin Saunders, Probese Leo, Enrico Forbes and several others. C M Y K C M Y K THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 15 P AGES 16-18 International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Phelps coach says Lochte is better, for now... S ee page 18 Summer of Thunder sets hardwood for national team players HEPBURN 6 forward to make transition fr om NCAA Div I to the NJCAA FRESH START: Dwight Miller is all set to make the transition from NCAA Div I to the NJCAA this fall. CAC bodybuilding team named NCAA events put Bahamas on map Battle at Atlantis, Bahamas Sunsplash Shootout all set for December S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 8 8
Federer will s kip Davis Cup playoffs to stay fresh BASEL, Switzerland (AP Roger Federer will skip Switzerland's Davis Cup match in Kazakhstan this weekend to stay fresh for the rest of the season. "I need some extra time to relax after the intense weeks in North America so I can finish the year strong," Federer said Wednesday on his official website. Federer reached the US Open semifinals losing in five sets to Novak Djokovic last Saturday won the Cincinnati Masters, and lost in the Toronto Masters final. Federer is next scheduled to play at the Shanghai Masters starting October 10, then return to Europe for the indoor hardcourt season in Stockholm, his hometown event in Basel, and the Paris Masters. His competitive season ends at the ATP World Tour Finals in London beginning November 21. Federer cited schedule problems when he missed Switzerland's 4-1 loss in Spainin a Davis Cup world group match in March. The Swiss had retained their place in the elite 16nation group last September when Federer won both his singles matches in a 3-2 victory in Italy. "Obviously we would have liked to have Roger with us for this match but we knew also that his participation was uncertain," Switzerland captain Severin Luethi said. Switzerland travels to Kazakhstan for the playoffs start ing Friday to decide which country will remain in the world group next year. The Swiss team will be led by US Open quarterfinalist Stanislas Wawrinka. "I'm happy that Stan is in excellent form and that he'll be in good shape in Astana," Luethi said. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL SPORTS PAGE 16, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By CHRIS LEHOURITES AP Sports Writer LONDON (AP Open runner-up Novak Djokovic will get a chance to reach another important final this weekend when Serbia faces the Czech Republic in Davis Cup competition. Djokovic, who lost to Rafael Nadal in four sets on Monday in New York, will lead the Serbs on indoor hardcourt in Belgrade in the best-of-five semifinal starting Friday. The second-ranked Djokovic is undefeated in four matches in the competition this year. "This is one of the key matches and the interest of the Serbian public is huge," Djokovic said. "I'm ready to play in Belgrade, and I don't think this loss to Nadal will affect my form." In the other semifinal, France will host Argentina on indoor hardcourt in Lyon. In the World Group playoffs, it's: Colombia vs. United States; Israel vs. Austria; Germ any vs. South Africa; Swed en vs. Italy; India vs. Brazil; A ustralia vs. Belgium; and Kazakhstan vs. Switzerland. The United States has dropped out of the World Group only once since it began in 1981. Without Andy Roddick in Colombia, the Americans will be represented by John Isner, Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey and Ryan Harrison. US captain Patrick McEnroe will step down after this weekend. He announced his resignation after 10 years on the job during the US Open. McEnroe guided the United States to a Davis Cup title in 2007. Djokovic will play alongside Viktor Troicki, Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic against the Czech team of Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek, Jan Hajek and Ivo Minar. Djokovic beat Roger Federer in the US Open semifinals, twice coming back froma set down to win in five. That put him in the final against Nadal, who had won the previous two major titles at the French Open and Wimbledon and completed a career Grand Slam by winning in Flushing Meadows. "I've played the best tennis now in certainly last seven, eight months, maybe the whole year," Djokovic said. "So from Wimbledon up to this point, I feel much more comfortable on the court, more confident and getting this aggressive game back and the game that I need to have in order to stay at the top, and a game that has been a part of me always." Serbia has never before reached the final as an independent country. As Yugoslavia, the country reached the World Group semifinals in 1988, '89 and '91. The final is scheduled for December 3-5. Argentina is trying to make the final for the third time in the past five years. The team will be led by David Nalbandian, who has won three singles matches and one doubles match in the competition this year despite missing most of last year following hip surgery. "It's going to be tough," Nalbandian said. "I think it's going to be tougher than Russia (in the quarterfinals we have to try to believe in the team and try to do the best all of the days over there.We have to keep our focus on the semis." Nalbandian will be joined by Juan Monaco, Eduardo Schwank and Horacio Zebal los against Gael Monfils, Michael Llodra, Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon. The French, who last reached the semifinals in 2004, won the Davis Cup in Lyon in 1991, beating the United States 3-1. "You're not playing for yourself, you're playing for your flag," said Monfils, who reached the US Open quarterfinals but lost to Djokovic. "You have your whole country behind you, an unbelievable crowd, your friends on the side, your captain on the chair. There's a different spir it." In the playoffs, Switzerland will take on Kazakhstan without Federer, who has decided to skip the series to stay fresh for the rest of the season. "I need some extra time to relax after the intense weeks in North America so I can finish the year strong," Federer said on his official website. Djokovic leads Serbia in Davis Cup semis By PAUL LOGOTHETIS AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP Open champion Rafael Nadal returned home on Wednes day, insisting his latest tennis triumph did not qualify him as Spain's greatest athlete. Nadal, who became the seventh player to complete a career grand slam with Mon day's victory in New York, said any comparisons to the greats was "madness." "As a tennis player, I took an important step forward with this and these have been s ix unforgettable months," Nadal said shortly after touching down at Madrid's Bara jas airport. "I can't say that I'm the best Spanish sports person of all time because I have no idea. But it's an honor to be considered." Nadal's 2010 triumphs, including French Open and Wimbledon titles, have brought his total of major championships to nine at age 24. His successful season has been a big part of a tremen d ous year of international sporting success for Spain, which won soccer's World Cup for the fist time and saw Alberto Contador win his third Tour de France. "I don't know where (my successes) fit into this year. They are all important," the top-ranked Nadal said. "Luckily, we're living during an era of Spanish sport that will be difficult to repeat. Of course, we could repeat it, but we should enjoy it (now he said. Nadal insists he s not Spain s gr eatest athlete RUNNER-UP: Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, holds the runner-up trophy as Rafael Nadal, of Spain, looks on during the ceremony following the men's championship match at the US Open in New York Monday. Nadal won the match in four sets. (AP Photo
AP source: Dolphins Odrick to miss one or two games C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010, PAGE 17 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By HOWARD ULMAN AP Sports Writer FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP Don't write off the Patriots so fast. A fashionable pick to lose their grip on the AFC East, the three-time Super Bowl champions showed they're still strong by dominating the Cincinnati Bengals in their season opener. Sure, New England ended last season badly Tom Brady with a mediocre stretch, Wes Welker with a knee injury and the Baltimore Ravens with a lopsided first-round playoff win over Bill Belichick's team. And the New York Jets reached the AFC title game, then grabbed the offseason spotlight by adding big-name veterans, making "Hard Knocks" must-see TV and signing, after a long holdout, the only player who coach Rex Ryan says can cover Randy Moss, Darrelle Revis. But then the games began. Patriots 38, Bengals 24. Ravens 10, Jets 9.So the national sports magazine that had Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez on the cover when it picked his teamto win the division put Brady there this week for the 12th time, with Moss by his side. The Patriots are off to a good start in pursuit of their seventh AFC East title in eight years, but one game doesn't make a season. How these teams compare will be clearer Sunday when they meet at the New Meadowlands Stadium, where Revis will try to shut down Moss. "I look forward to the matchup," Moss said. "I have a lot of respect for Darrelle Revis. He's a young player who definitely matured faster than most young players do. I'll get the best from him. He'll get the best from me. The only thing I can say is, collective-ly as a team, hopefully we get the best of the Jets." If the Patriots are slipping, it didn't show in the opener. They dominated the Bengals, anoth er team that got offseason hype when it acquired Terrell Owens to join Chad Ochocinco as a dangerous wide receiving duo and reality-show TV stars. "Hype doesn't come from us," Patriots running back Sammy Morris said. "We're just focused on going and playing the game." Brady was sharp in the opener, completing 25 of 35 passes for 258 yards, three touchdowns and no inter ceptions just three days after he was "scared out of my mind" but unhurt in a two-car crash. He wasn't sacked as the Patriots overcame the absence of two-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins, an unrestricted free agent who hasn't reported. Welker had eight catches for 64 yards and two TDs less than eight months after surgery for a torn knee ligament. Moss, despite feeling unappreciated by his lack of a contract for 2011, had five receptions for 59 yards before voicing his concerns at a postgame news conference. Add in touchdowns on interception and kickoff returns and the dominance was thorough. "We put it all together," nose tack le Vince Wilfork said. "We were flying around. There were times when it was like we were on another planet." Now they're back down to earth, where Belichick likes it. "I don't think there's anything that carries over into the next game, per se," he said. "It doesn't really matter how you did last week or who you did it against. It's different people. It's a different scheme. It's different the next time you do it. You have to prove it every week in this league. Last week doesn't mean anything." The Jets hope he's right. Against the Ravens last Monday night, they gained just 176 yards with six first downs and no touchdowns. Sanchez threw for 74 yards. Brady has said he "hates" the Jets and wouldn't watch "Hard Knocks." On Sunday, he'll get a closeup view of the defense that was ranked first in the NFL last year. New England's defense is rebuilding. Only four defenders who started the 33-14 playoff loss to Baltimore started against Cincinnati. The firststring cornerbacks are rookie Devin McCourty and second-year pro Darius B utler. And two reliable veteran s tarters, defensive end Ty Warren and c ornerback Leigh Bodden, are out for the season. "We wanted to contain them and limit the big plays," Butler said. "You can be more aggressive and take your shot because even if you miss your tackle, there's three or four more guys coming to back you up, so it gives you more confidence when you have speed out there." The defense lost four mainstays before last season Tedy Bruschi and Rodney Harrison to retirement and Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel in trades. And the current Patriots have just eight players from their last championship team that won the Super Bowl after the 2004 season. While television viewers' eyes were on the Jets training camp and their ears on Ryan's salty language, the tightlipped Belichick kept the Patriots out of the spotlight. "Who knows what's right or wrong?" Brady said. "Our style has worked for us and that's what's most important. We're not trying to be the Jets and they're not trying to be the Patriots." Those two styles will clash on Sunday a loudmouthed team whose coach talks about winning the Super Bowl and a quiet club that focuses on the next game, not the next title. As a team, I can honestly tell you w e're not riding high," Moss said. The Jets were the Super Bowl favorites to whoever's eyes and we respected that. And I think that the only motivation that you can have as a player or coach is to go out here and just work harder every day." Patriots are still strong despite preseason outlook By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer MIAMI (AP rookie defensive end Jared Odrick is expected to miss one or two games with a slight hairline fracture in his right leg, a person familiar with the injury said Tuesday. The person, who said s urgery won't be necessary, s poke to The Associated P ress on condition of anonymity because the Dolphins had not disclosed the severity of the injury. Odrick, the Dolphins' firstround draft pick, was hurt Sunday in their season-opening victory at Buffalo. He had a tackle for a loss before leaving the game in the third quarter, and won praise for his play from coach Tony Sparano. The 2009 Big Ten defensive player of the year at Penn State, Odrick began lining up with the first team at right end at the start of training camp. His most likely replacement for Sunday's game at Minnesota is veteran Tony McDaniel. PASSING DRILL: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady works a passing drill at the team's facility in Foxborough yesterday. The Patriots are scheduled to play New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey Sunday. TOP LEFT: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. (AP Photos Dolphins secondary braces for Favre By STEVEN WINE AP Sports Writer DAVIE, Florida (AP At one time, Brett Favre throwing against Vontae Davis would have been a laughable mismatch. Davis was 3 when Favre made his NFL debut in 1991. Now, Davis is a second-year cornerback for the Miami Dolphins and part of a revamped secondary bracing to face Favre and the Min nesota Vikings on Sunday. The Dolphins' pass defense was solid in a season-opening 15-10 win at Buffalo. Miami allowed only 116 yards through the air and had three sacks. But that was againstT rent Edwards, who has 25 career touchdown passes. Favre has an NFL record 498. From an experience standpoint, Sunday's game still shapes up as a mismatch. Favre has started 286 g ames, compared with 70 for M iami's four starting defen sive backs. BRETT FAVRE (AP
By ROB HARRIS AP Sports Writer AC Milan and Real Madrid began the Champions League with 2-0 victories on Wednesday night as English rivals Chelsea and Arsenal opened with high-scoring wins. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his first two goals for AC Milan since joining on loan from Barcelona, leading the Rossoneri over visiting Auxerre. "He was better in the sec ond half than the first, especially the way he took his two chances," Milan coach Mas simo Allegri said. "He is a very important player for us for his technique and the way he leads the attack." Ibrahimovic scored in the 66th minute after Ronaldin ho passed to Kevin-Prince Boateng, who sent the ball over with a pass off the backof his neck. The Swedish forward scored again three minutes later on a slick counterattacking move that began with Robinho carrying the ball from the defense and cul minated in Ibrahimovic sweeping home Ronaldinho's deft pass. Valter Birsa and Steeven Langil had early shots for Auxerre, and Adama Coulibaly headed against the crossbar. "We knew before the match that Milan had the better players," Auxerre coach Jean Fernandez said. "We have far less experience of the Champions League than Milan. You could see that after an hour. When their players had chances to score, they had the experience to take them." At Madrid, new Real coach Jose Mourinho presided as the nine-time champions beat Ajax in the stadium he won the competition with Inter Milan in May. Xabi Alonso's corner kick was deflected in by Ajax defender Vurnon Anita, and Gonzalo Higuain added a sec ond-half goal off a cross from Mesut Oezil. "We pressed a lot and we didn't let Ajax play how they like to play," Mourinho said. "My forwards just weren't sharp in front of goal." Real went ahead in the 31st minute, and Higuain doubled the lead in the 73rd. "It looked like boys against men tonight," Ajax coach Martin Jol said. "They clearly dominated the game." In London, Cesc Fabregas and Carlos Vela each scored twice in Arsenal's 6-0 rout of Portugal's Braga Fabregas' first Arsenal goals since breaking his right leg Match 31 during a Champions League match against Barcelona. "We played the game we wanted to play, at a high pace, with top technical quality and with a lot of creative attitude," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. "It's our philosophy and, for long patches of the game, we managed to express that." It was a closer match in the other Group H encounter, with Shakhtar Donetsk captain Dario Srna's 71st-minute free kick giving the Ukrain ian champions a 1-0 victory over Partizan Belgrade. Chelsea, off to a 4-0 start in the Premier League, beat newcomer Zilina 4-1 despite the absence of suspended striker Didier Drogba. The Blues raced into a 3-0 lead inside 30 minutes as Nicolas Anelka's cross was turned in by Michael Essien before the French forward scored two goals himself. Soon after, Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech almost gift ed the home side an equalizer, fumbling Robert Jez's free kick before recovering to stop the ball going into the net. Daniel Sturridge scored Chelsea's fourth in the 48th after latching onto Yossi Benayoun's through ball. Zilina's goal came in the 55th when an unmarked Tomas Oravec pounced on the loose ball from Branislav Ivanovic's deflection after Cech had failed to hold a cross. Match In the other Group F match, defender Cesar Azpilicueta scored a late owngoal to give Spartak Moscowa 1-0 win at Marseille, which wasted several scoring chances. Bayern Munich, beaten by Mourinho's Inter in last May's final, defeated visiting AS Roma 2-0 on late goals by Thomas Mueller in the 79th minute and Miroslav Klose in the 83rd. "When you domi nate and you can't score, you're never safe," Marseille coach Didier Deschamps said. The goals came quicker in the group's other match. Ionut Rada scored in the ninth minute and Lacina Traore in the 12th for Cluj, clinching a 2-1 victory over Basel, which got a goal on Valentin Stoker's header in first-half injury time. By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer HUNT VALLEY, Maryland (AP coach of Michael Phelps acknowledged Monday that the 14-time Olympic gold medallist currently isn't the finest swimmer in the world. Bob Bowman said Ryan Lochte deserves that distinction. Lochte beat Phelps in the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke finals at the US n ational championships last month, then won six gold medals to Phelps' five at the Pan Pacific championships. "Obviously, Ryan Lochte is the best swimmer in the world this year. No question," Bowman said. "That will be a huge challenge for Michael going forward, hopefully a motivator." On those rare occasions when Phelps loses, he does n ot take it well. "I think one of the biggest things that motivates me now is having that summer that I had not being able to compete at the level that I want and having other people competing better than me," Phelps said. "It's frustrating, but I really think that's going to play a big role over the next two years to keep me being in the best shape. "That's one thing I absolutely hate coming away from a meet really disappointed." Regardless of his expectations, which weren't all that high at the Pan Pacific champ ionships. "Some of the things that happened at Pan Pacs were frustrating, but at the same time I knew it was going to happen," the 25-year-old Phelps said. "I expected that to happen. I wasn't expecting to go out and do my best time. I was hoping, but I gave everything I could, and I think that's all that matters." T he goal for Phelps is to be t he best in the world at the 2012 London Olympics. That's when he will try to come up with a suitable encore for his record-shattering performance at the 2008 G ames in Beijing, where he w on eight gold medals. "The only meet that matters to Michael is in London," Bowman said. Phelps' next important foray into the pool will come in 2 011 at the world champio nships. But even that prestigious meet will be nothing more than another step in his quest to excel at the next Olympics. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL SPORTS PAGE 18, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Phelps coach says Lochte is better, for now MICHAEL PHELPS (right in Irvine, California. Phelps won the event and Lochte took second. ( AP Photo) NCAA events put Bahamas on map of-the-art regulation facilities. The men's college basketball doubleheader is expected to feature the Mississippi State Bulldogs against the Virginia Tech Hokies in an SEC-ACC conference matchup, while the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will take on the Richmond Spiders. Plans for the single night double header in the very near future include expanding the event to an eight-team tournament. The BBFs Sunsplash Shootout, a womens event, will feature a trio of teams over the course of the twoday event, slated for December 21-22 at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. The Syracuse Orange, Clemson Bulldogs and Baylor Bears are all expected to be featured. The Bears, one of the most high profile NCAA teams in the country, was a participant in the 2010 Final Four and are led by Associated Press All-America second-team selection Brittney Griner. The 6-8 post led the nation in blocks and set new NCAA, Big 12 and Baylor records for single-season blocks with 223. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 5 5 AC Milan, Real Madrid win Champions League openers NO GOAL: Real Madrids Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after failing to score during a Group G Champions League first leg match against Ajax at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on Wednesday. (AP Photo