S P O R T S THE TRIBUNE ATTHECOMMONWEALTHGAMES TEAMBAHAMAS ININDIA BRENTSTUBBS REPORTSONPAGES15-18 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 Baha Mar on PMs China trip agenda C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.268TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUN, T-STORMS ARE POSSIBLE HIGH 88F LOW 76F Ingraham plans to meet business leaders andg overnment officials The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELP WANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E AP Photo /Anja Niedringhaus MEDAL GLORY: Shown (left to right high jump at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, October 10. Thomas and Barry won gold and silver respectively. n SEE SPORTS ONPAGE 15 STATEOFDISREPAIR: Former Minister Shane Gibson points to the above property as an example of sloppy workmanship. A THREE-year-old is one of four victims of three holiday weekend shootings. Police are continuing their investigations into these incidents. The first shooting occurred shortly before 6 pm on Friday, October 8. Police received informa tion of a shooting at Union Village off Wulff Road. Officers responded and were told that a three-yearTHREE-YEAR-OLD HUR T IN SHOOTING B AHAMAS S TRIKE GOLD AND SILVER By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham, in an interview with The Tribune, said he intends to personally discuss aspects of the proposed Baha Mar project, which continues to be of concern to his Government, when he meets with the leaders of the China State Construction Company and the China Export Import Bank during his trip to China next week. Mr Ingraham gave details of this consider ably important visit and the issues he hopes to SEE page 13 By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SHODDY work at a number of government built homes was criticised yester day by the former Minister of House Shane Gibson. Having been heavily criticised in the past for the same practice, Mr Gibson said that he was blown away by the hypocrisy of the current gov ernment that claimed that Sloppy work at govt-built homes under fire F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f SEE page 12 IN its report on the title issues relating to disputed land in Pinewood Gardens, Arawak Homes Ltd claimed that it is not its policy to demolish all structures that were illegally built on its prop erty. If such action were to be taken in the rare instance, Arawak Homes said that this would be done only if the structure was placed in such a position that its continued existence would render it impracticable to provide infrastructure to adjoining lot owners, or if the structure is placed in such a position that Ar awak Homes: We have no policy to demolish illegally built structures SEE page 12 SEE page 14 KEY TALKS: Hubert Ingraham B y AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com BIMINI residents are still trying to make sense of the weekend shooting that criti cally injured two men at a bar and led to the discovery of a bullet-riddled body in A lice Town. T he mans body, which was said to have been found in a bushy area near the Recession Bar, was clothed Bullet-riddled body found, tw o men are badly injured SEE page 14
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE P ROTESTING: T he Workers Party held a Pro-Hanging march yesterd ay, starting in Village Road and continuing to the College of the Bahamas before returning. C ALLING FOR JUSTICE: T he mother of a murder victim holds a photograph of her son. PLACARD-WAVING relatives of murder victims were among those who took to the streets to call for hanging. The march was organised by the Workers Party, which wants capital punishment for those convicted of murder. Felip Major /T ribune staff Hanging FOR March
Pictured above is the e ight-seater GA8 Air Van aircraft flown by FYP Builders Mall president Mark Roberts, which crashl anded at Little Whale Cay o n Wednesday afternoon last week. S uffering substantial facial i njuries a fractured verte brae and two broken ankles, Mr Roberts has undergone eye-surgery at JacksonM emorial Hospital and was said to be in good spirits. Flying from Fort Lauderdale to Nassau after as hort vacation, he and his family wife, Louise, and parents, Mr and Mrs Larry Roberts had planned to stop at Little Whale Cay on their way to Nassau. However, they changed their plans about stopping at the small private cay. Mark decided to fly low over the cay to signal that he would not be stopping. We were caught in a downdraft, said Mark. The wind was about 40 miles per hour. He said he was flying on the edge of a trough, got sucked into a tree and crashed on Little Whale Cay. The plane did not flip over as was earlier reported. His father, Mr Larry Roberts, of Bahamas Realty, suffered two fractured vertebrae in the accident. He is now in a brace, but was not detained in hospi tal. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %*&6( (1*/,6+t$7+ Photograph reveals plane crash horror MARKROBERTS
EDITOR, The Tribune. W hen you think compassion, who or what do you think about? T he question of compassion often gets bandied about by the political class. T his candidate or political p arty is more compassion a te than that standard bearer or organisation. Groups like the Rotary Clubs of The Bahamas, The Bahamas Association for the Physically Disabled, The Bahamas Crisis Centre, The Cancer Society of The Bahamas, and many of the people involved in them, to name but a few, are com passionate. Political candi dates do not fit an honest d escription of compassion. A s Mr. Lawrence Reed, President of the Foundation for Economic Education ( FEE) and president emeritus of the Mackinac Centre for Public Policy tells us: True compassion is a b ulwark of strong families a nd communities, of liberty and self-reliance, while the false compassion of the second usage (government com passion) is fraught with great danger and dubious results. True compassion is people helping people out of a genuine sense of caring. It is not asking your legislator or congressman to do it for you. True compassion comes from your heart, not from government treasuries. True compassion is a deeply personal thing, not a cheque from a distant bureaucracy." (Emphasis added In other words, are we really compassionate when we call on the government to help people or simply fobbing the problem off to every taxpayer in the coun try? Obviously there are many people in need and we s hould all do our part, but as P rofessor Walter Williams said: "The act of reaching into o ne's own pockets to help a fellow man in need (or personally volunteering) is p raiseworthy and laudable. R eaching into someone e lse's pocket is despicable and worthy of condemnation." (Emphasis added Before we ask Parliament to do something, should we consider doing something, anything, ourselves? How or why some people come to the conclusion that the government is the last bastion of all that is good is a mystery. Just look at the evidence! Anyone can be a hero with the power to take money from the general population under the threat of fines or jail time and hand it to whomever they choose. It's the morality of it that the taxpayer should consid er. RICK LOWE Nassau, October, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. I t is said that we create most of our problems yesterday that we seek to resolve today. Let me state clearly that I am not against Fun Days for Public School students as I do believe in recreation, social i nteraction and yes, of course, fun times for youths of all ages from Kindergarten tou niversity. H owever, what I am saying is that we must be careful what we promote and support that further destroys and breaksdown the very moral f oundation of our nations y outh and wider society that we are trying hard everydayt o build-up through the classr oom, positive programmes and other teachings. I am quite aware that this might not be a popular stando r position that I am taking, b ut I know that we have e nough social dilemmas and immoral situations in our public schools right now that we dont need to further promote any more vulgarity and violence through the music that is played at some of our sec-o ndary school dances that occurs during or on their individual school fun or dress-up days. I t is said that dry-sex, stu dents shaking, feeling and r ubbing up on one another c losely occurs during many of our public school dances. This kind of behaviour does not promote a safe school envi-r onment for our nations y outh and the Ministry of Education should ban all public school dances during s chool hours. Also, parents s hould not support these kinds of events in the school c ulture and environment. After these dances, the school is left with many sociali ssues that guidance counsellors, teachers and administra-t ors have to try to resolve in t he best way possible; from girl/boyfriend drama, to students being caught on cam pus in compromising positions a nd acts and other issues that I wish not to disclose in this article. A dditionally, the mental, e motional and psychological damage that occurs to some students during and after t hese dances are almost irreparable as the effects of the dance affects some stu-d ents negatively for a long t ime afterward, even after they finish high school. What messages are we s ending to our students? They are confused because we are sending them mixed m essages. (1 t o them it is okay to dance one with another and we allow them to rub up and t ouch each other inappropriately in the dance. (2 we say to them do not toucht he opposite sex in a sexual way. Which of the aforementioned do we want them to d o? How do we want our students to behave? Do we wantt hem to display good behaviour and have good morals sometimes or are we going to continue to allow, promotea nd feed them garbage t hrough music that creates sexual arousal and negative behaviour? W e must decide today. We must not sacrifice the morality of our students and o ur nations youth for a few t housand dollars to finance some programmes, projects or activities of the school. Int he long run the moral princi p les that we are trying to teach and instil in our student, we are slowly destroyingt hrough allowing these ungodly, indecent and immoral dances. I say lets stop all the d ances in public schools today and save our youth tomorrow. L EROY A BURROWS Nassau, October, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 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 WITH CHINA becoming a big player in the Bahamass economy, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham leaves for China next month with much on his mind and intent on many discussions. They are matters, he says, of mutual concern China is lending money on easy terms to the Bahamas government and with its own labour is building several important projects in New Providence. The Prime Minister will discuss the national stadium, the gateway road corridor, and the training and transfer of skills connected to the engagement of significant numbers of Chinese construction experts on projects in the Bahamas. In the main this will be the multi-billion dollar Baha Mar project, which although he concedes its importance if handled in stages, will not be a saviour of the Bahamas economy. In fact if mishandled it could leave the Bahamas with major problems in the future. Mr Ingraham will meet with the heads of Hong Kong-based Hutchinson Whampoa Ltd, operators of the Container Port in Freeport. He said that while all of Hutchinsons Bahamas operations will be uppermost on his agenda, the future of Hutchinsons hotel properties in Grand Bahama are obviously of great concern. Mr Ingraham pointed out that these hotels continue to operate at a loss and are supported by direct funding from Hong Kong. The obvious concern is that if a Chinese company cannot fill the hotels it now operates on Grand Bahama, how can another group in partnership with BahaMar build and fill another 3,500 rooms in New Provi dence? Bearing in mind that all New Providence hotels are not filled to capacity, and some are still closed. The concern is that if the market is overloaded, everything will be put in jeopardy and the end could be far worse than the beginning. This means cost cutting, staff layoffs and everything else that goes with a price war for business. Asked by a Tribune reporter how important it was for the Bahamas, now that China is emerging as a major world power, to maintain good ties with that country, Mr Ingraham replied: We maintain friendly ties with all peaceloving countries. We hope that the day of testing for the Bahamas will never come, but down the road we can foresee in international forums potential for many cliff-hanging, nail-biting sessions for this small country as it has to decide in which camp it belongs. In this column on Saturday we published an Associated Press commentary from Washington outlining the uneasy friendship between the worlds two great leaders the United States and China. Not only is China upset because President Obama wants China to release its Nobel Peace Prize laureate, but there is great concern in the US over Chinas exchange rates, with many US lawmakers maintaining that the underval ued Chinese yuan is putting American companies at significant disadvantage and affecting Americas economic comeback. There is also the tension between the two giants over Taiwan and Tibet. It has taken China years to elbow Taiwan out of the Caribbean and position itself in the USs traditional sphere of influence. But what do we see today America surrounded with China at its back door in the Panama Canal and at its front door in Grand Bahama. In 1904 the United States built the Panama Canal and by a 1903 treaty controlled both the waterway and a large area of surrounding land. It was virtually American territory. Over the years resentment grew, leading to unrest in Panama, resulting in President Jimmy Carter and the Panamanian leader signing treaties in 1977 that gave control in 1999 of the canal and its operations to Panama. Today Hutchinson Whampoa hasa long lease for the control of the canals Atlantic and Pacific Ocean ports of Balboa and Cristobal. It also operates from a large and successful port in Freeport. Bahamians have always considered themselves an extension of the US, certainly of Florida to which many believe they have entry as of right. For much of our history America has been a generous neighbour, especially since our independence always ready to come to our assistance. Our vote in the UN as a part of the American bloc has always been taken for granted. Now China is the new boy on the bloc. It is true that we maintain friendly ties with all peace-loving countries, but when the day comes for a vital UN vote and our two benefactors are in opposing camps, in whose camp will the Bahamas be found? This must also give Mr Ingraham cause for concern. History shows that gift-givers are often jealous taskmasters. Stop public school dances and save our youth tomorrow LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org In whose camp will the Bahamas be found? Political candidates do not fit an honest description of compassion
By Khyle Quincy Parker P ress Attach E mbassy of The Bahamas WASHINGTON, DC Prime Minister Hubert Ingra ham has been selected to chair the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF (WBG The announcement was made in Washington on Fridayat a plenary session of the 2010 annual meetings. As the chair of the 2011 meetings, Mr. Ingraham will bea primary channel of communication between the executives of the institutions and the shareholder countries. In addition to chairing the Boards of Governors, Mr. Ingraham will also chair a standing committee known as the Joint Committee on the Remuneration of Executive Directors and their Alternates (JCR es sensitive issues concerning the compensation and benefits of executive directors and their alternates. Mr. Ingraham will also chair the Joint Procedures Committee (JPR responsible for finalizing the preparations for annual meet ings, including such matters as setting agenda items and resolutions to be voted on. The chairmanship of the Boards of Governors (a group made up of the designated representatives of the shareholder countries) has as its primary function the job of chairing the annual meeting of the Fund and Bank Group. This is especially important because the format of these meetings is evolving. For example, this year for the first time, with the use of technology, members could access many of the speeches tradi tionally given at the plenary online if they wished. The plan, it is understood, is for the plenary to become a more interactive meeting going forward, and Mr. Ingrahams chairmanship comes at a critical time in the evolution of those meetings. About The Post The chairmanship of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund (IMF Group (WBG the five main regions Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Mid dle East and the Western Hemisphere. According to some of the criteria given weight during the selection process, the new chairmans country should be in good standing with the Fund and the Bank Group in terms of cooperation, participation and financial relations. The chairmans country should also be in good standing in the international community, and the person selected to be chairman is expected to be widely respected among finance and development officials. About The Annual Meetings The Annual Meetings opened in Washington on Friday with a plenary session featuring remarks by Annual Meetings Chairman Olusegun Olutoyin Aganga (Segun Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn and World Bank President Robert Zoellick. The annual meetings bring together central bankers, min isters of finance and develop ment, private sector executives, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, including the world economic outlook, pover ty eradication, economic devel opment, and aid effectiveness. This year, the annual meet ings occurred ahead of the meetings of the International Monetary and Financial Committee, the Development Committee, the Group of Ten, the Group of Twenty-Four, and various other groups of mem bers. At the conclusion of their meetings, the International Monetary and Financial Committee and the Development Committee, as well as several other groups, issue commu niqus. At these meetings, the Boards of Governors make decisions on how current international monetary issues should be addressed and approve corresponding resolutions. The annual meetings are chaired by a Governor of the Bank and the Fund, with the chairmanship rotating among the mem bership each year. Every two years it elects executive directors. Each year any new mem bers are welcomed into the Bank and Fund. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y y T T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y yWongs Plaza Madeira St. Wongs Plaza Madeira St. Tel: (242 Tel: (242 2335 2335 Soft and durable Diversatex Soft and durable DiversatexTM TMcushion is fade and mildew cushion is fade and mildew resistant and is available in resistant and is available in blue, green or terracotta blue, green or terracotta x xChairs Chairsx xTables Tablesx xBenches Benchesx xUmbrellas Umbrellasx xLoungers Loungersx xDrinks Trolleys Drinks Trolleysx xCoffee Tables Coffee Tablesx xEnd Tables End Tablesx xCushions CushionsOutdoor Elegance Outdoor Elegance Ingraham picked to chair Boards of Governors of IMF, World Bank Group O PENING: 2 010 Fund/World Bank Annual Meetings: Opening session of the Plenary at Constitution Hall. P h o t o : R y a n R a y b u r n / W o r l d B a n k POLICE are investigating two daring day time robberies that occurred over the holi d ay weekend. T he first occurred shortly after 3 pm on Friday when police were notified of an armed robbery at Battery and Tyre Specialist, Arundel Street and East Avenue. T wo masked men, one dressed in a khaki shirt and blue trousers, the other in dark clothing, armed with handguns, entered the business and demanded cash. The culprits robbed the establishment of an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the area, driving east on Arundel Street in a green four-door Honda Accord L/P 114250. O n Saturday at 9 am police received infor m ation of an armed robbery at Fire Trail Road. Police discovered that a woman walking on Fire Trail Road was approached by twom en, one of whom was armed with a hand gun. The culprits robbed her of her handbag containing an undetermined amount of cash, personal effects, and jewellery and fled the area in an unknown direction. Police probe two daytime robberies
KEY WEST, Fla. The Coast Guard saved 10 lives when a 206-foot cargo ship capsized and broke into pieces near Damas Cay in the Cay Sal Bank Thursday morning. Coast Guard search-and-rescue coordinators in Key West received a mayday call at 2.08 p.m. Wednesday from the motor vessel Mystic, a 206-foot cargo ship with 10 persons aboard. The Mystic passed a position, but no nature of distress was given and the vessel was unable to hear any response from Coast Guard rescue operators. The Coast Guard responded immediately by diverting the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket,a 110-foot coastal patrol boat homeported in St. Petersburg, Fla., and a Coast Guard HC130 Hercules patrolling in the area that proceeded immediately to the position passed by the Mystic. The HC-130 arrived on scene at 2.19 p.m. and established communications with the vessel, discerning that the Mystic, while transiting from Miami to Haiti, apparently struck a submerged object and was taking on water. Crew members had been attempting to dewater the vessel using a pump aboard, but were unable to control the rate of flow. The HC-130 successfully dropped another pump to the vessel and they commenced dewatering with the second pump. The dewatering efforts appeared to maintain the rate of flow, but was unable to make headway in overcoming the flooding. The Nantucket crew arrived with the Mystic at 4.06 p.m. but was unable to launch their small boat or approach nearer than one nautical mile to the vessel due to the proximity of rocks and weather conditions that included 8 to 10 foot seas and more than 30 mile-per-hour winds. At approximately 6.23 p.m. the Mystic was able to weigh anchor and shift around to the western side of the cay, where the seas were reported at four feet and Nantucket's crew could be in a better position to respond if needed. The Mystic reported that flow rate appeared to be controlled, and the crew would remain aboard the vessel until no longer safe to do so. The crew of the Nantucket established an hourly communications schedule with the vessel, and the situation appeared to be stabilized. Coast Guard Sector Key West watchstanders received notification at 3 a.m. that the Mystic was in danger of capsizing, and the 10-member crew of the vessel was making preparations to abandon ship. At 4 a.m. the 10 crew members of the Mystic abandoned ship into two liferafts. A Coast Guard helicopter aircrew that had pre-staged in Marathon through the night launched and arrived on scene with the Mystic at 4.10 a.m. and Nantucket launched its small boat to effect a coordinated response. At 4.30 a.m. the Nantucket small boat crew recov ered four of the individuals in liferafts and the rescue helicopter crew deployed their res cue swimmer who assisted in hoisting the remaining six people and one dog onto the heli copter. The rescue helicopter airlifted the six people and a dog to Key West International Airport, and the other four to Coast Guard Station Key West. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Employees of the Business Units of Hutchison Port Holdings received certification this week on completing an Aviation Weather Training Course offered by the Grand Bahama Airport Company. Twenty-four employees from Freeport Container Port and Grand Bahama Airport Company (GBAC the three-day training course that covered all areas of routine meteorological conditions and cases of special updates to current conditions when warranted. Gary Gilbert, CEO of HPH Business Units expressed the companys wish to ensure the smooth operations of its weather facilities through confidence in the staff during weather conditions. The course instructor was Godfrey Burnside, Chief Meteorological Officer for The Bahamas, who noted that the course covered both theory andp ractice and gave participants a hands on approach to understanding weather temperatures, visibility, past/current weather conditions, cloud structure amount, type, and height, altimetry and other remarks in plain language. It was carried out hourly for the safety of aircraft landings and takeoffs. GBAC Director, Phil Carey added that the course was a refresher for the controllers and staff of the tower as they are now better prepared to access weather situations visually in the event there is equipment outage. EMPLOYEES RECEIVE CERTIFICATION ON COMPLETING THREE-DAY AVIATION WEATHER TRAINING COURSE RECOGNITION: Gary Gilbert, CEO of Hutchison Port Holdings, presents B ronell Dagama, Air traffic controller with a certificate recognizing her successful completion of the Aviation Weather Training Courseo ffered by the Grand Bahama Airport Company. Pictured left to right are CEO, Gary Gilbert; Ms Dagama; Director Human Resources, Ms. Malvese Capron, and Director, Grand Bahama Airport Company, Phil Carey. Ten saved after 206ft cargo ship capsizes US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Steve Hirsch INPIECES: The motor vessel Mystic capsized by Cay Sal Bank, Bahamas, Thursday.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %4+2674'*17)*6 2 ) 2 ) A SPECIAL prayer service was held in honour of Mr. Alexis Degournay Loynaz, the Cuban teacher who died in a vehicle accident in Andros last week. T he service was held on Friday, October 8, at thes port that the accident o ccurred. In the course of the prayer service, a wooden cross was erected in his honour. The Rev Father Jude Edomwonyi, Priest-inC harge of Saint Margarets A nglican Parish in Nicolls T own, North Andros, offic iated at the service. D uring the service, F ather Jude Edomwonyi prayed for the repose of the soul of Mr. AlexisD egournay Loynaz. Family A special prayer was a lso said for the family of Mr. Loynaz in Cuba and for the members of staff and students of North A ndros High School. Attending the prayer service was Ms. Terrece Curr y, Principal of North A ndros High School, t eaching staff, non-teaching staff and some students o f North Andros High S chool. As an integral part of the service a special prayer was said at the home roomo f Mr. Alexis Loynaz at the North Andros High School. Prayer service honours Cuban teacher killed in road accident THE CROSS erected in honour of Alexis Degournay Loynaz. BLESSING: The Rev Father J ude Edomwonyi, Priestin-Charge of Saint Margarets Angli-c an Parish in Nicolls Town,N orth Andros blessing the wooden cross erected in honour of AlexisD egournay Loynaz. THE PRINCIPAL of North Andros High School, Ms. Terrece Curry, and the Rev Father Jude Edom wonyi, Priest-in-Charge of Saint Margarets Anglican Parish North Andros. Wooden cross e rected for Alexis Degournay Loynaz PRAYER: The Rev Father Jude Edomwonyi saying a special prayer in the homeroom of Mr. Alexis Loynaz at North Andros High School. P AYINGRESPECTS: T he Rev Father Jude Edomwonyi and members of staff of North Andros High School during the prayer service. I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Eco-tourism promotion and new conservation legislation will empower the Bahamas National Trust with the necessary resources to sustain the countrys natural resources. On October 6 Environment Minister Earl Deveaux tabled a proposed bill in Parliament to amend the current Bahamas National Trust Act. We want to create an awareness of what the Bahamas National Trust does. But also, we want to create an awareness of what these protected areas do and why they are important economically and recreationally, said Minister Deveaux. National parks make a huge economic contribution to our country.Every Bahamian who enjoys crabs or conch, associates them with the bush and sea grass.This protected bush yields an abundance of nature.Many, especially fly fishermen, commercial fishermen, and hunters, that appreciate the value of ecotourism, know that The Bahamas and the Bahamian way of life are inextricably linked to the environment. The new Bill will update the responsibilities of the National Trust and increase its accomplishments over the last 50 years. It will establish at least five new no-take Marine Reserves to the current network that takes up 20 per cent of The Bahamas.These new Reserves will create sustainable fishery resources and will be regulated through the Department of Marine Resources and the Bahamas National Trust. They will be managed in six different protected area categories such as a Strict Nature Reserve for science research in Union Creek, a Wilderness Area for wilderness protection in Abaco and Andros, a National Park for ecotourism protection and recreation in the Exuma Cays, a Natural Monument for conservation of specific natural features in Acklins, a Habitat/Species Management Area for conservation through management intervention in Land Crab Park, a Protected Landscape/Seascape area for conservation and recreation, and a Managed Resource Protected Area for the sustainable use of natural ecosystems in Blue Hole Park.Targets of greatest importance to the national economy, including groundwater resources, beaches, mangroves, spawning aggregations of economically important fish species, and coral reefs, have the greatest threat from exploitation unless they receive legal protection, said Dr. Deveaux. Fortunately, in the context of The Bahamas, the majority of these sensitive targets remain in areas that are relatively untouched by development and human impact. The Bahamas National Trust finalised a list of requested amendments, incorporated in the Bahamas National Trust (Amendment which was confirmed by Council Resolution on March 26, 2010. The requested amendments include a subsection in Section 4 that strengthens BNTs overall duties and the organisations responsibilities to protecting the natural resources.It will also clarify the ambiguous language to confirm BNT as a government and private advisor on development, conservation, and biodiversity issues, as well as their policies. BNT will add a Section to the Act to allow them to clarify, diversify, and add membership categories to its current register.Another Section will allow annual subscription fees to be applied in flexible yearly payments according to the month of joining the BNT membership register. Other areas affected by the amendments are the procedures of general meetings and BNT election processes, changes to the establishment of the Council, the appointing of special advisors, the code of conduct for council members, and the execution of contracts for goods and services. BNT also wants the government to clarify the legal power to appoint the Registered Office of the BNT Council, as well as constabulary, to give wardens and volunteers the power and protection of constables for justice administration. They seek to apply special privileges to protect BNT lands from encroachment and squatting, loss of heritage, as well as amend tax exemptions to BNT lands. The new Act calls for accounting procedure changes to free auditors from having to put a financial value on public lands that cannot be sold and held in perpetual trust for the Bahamian people. Govt presents Bill to amend the Bahamas National Trust Act 2010 ( B IS Photo / Gena Gibbs) A T PEACE: T his Buddha statue sits peacefully in the Pergola Lawn of the BNT headquarters on Vill age Road as a visual reminder to visitors of the t ranquil but spiritual reverence associated with r especting the environment and natural resources. (BIS Photo/ Gena Gibbs SIGNOF PROGRESS: The Bahamas National Trust Act was established in 1959 and has recently celebrated a half century as a non-governmental, nonprofit organisation. It is charged with the development and management of National Parks in The Bahamas.The BNT has played a tremendous role in helping to raise public awareness about the need to preserve local species of flora, fauna, and terrestrial life for future generations
AS the musicians and performers end their week of involving themselves in Rake n Scrape on Cat Island this month, Youth, Sports andC ulture Minister Charles Maynard applauded the partnership and exchanges of expertise that will culminate with a Paris performance of the Bahamian musical art form. This is definitely a wonderful opportunity for The Bahamas and we are very proud to be a part of it, Minister Maynard said recently about the project. T he initiative, entitled the Viva RakenScrape Paris Project, is a partnership with the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and corporate sponsors, and was spearheaded by Project Man-a ger Angelique McKay. I t entails Paris-based B ahamian singer and entert ainer Diane Hamilton bringing French stakeholders to C at Island to learn about the birthplace of rakenscrape and rehearsals in anticipation o f taking the collaborated g roups to Paris for a marquee performance. M s. Hamilton and the award-winning Cat Island rakenscrape group Ophie and the Webbsites are slated to perform at Vibrations C araibes (Vibration Caribbean) Festival in N ovember. Regional cultura l legend Calypso Rose is also scheduled to perform at the same event. The performance will be the first time Bahamia n culture is showcased at the f estival. Cat Island authenticated e verything I knew when I was growing up in Nassau and San S alvador, she said after the Cat Island rehearsals. The w ay people were, the generosity, the simplicity, the t ranquility, the children, e verything was so perfect to me. I was in paradise. I was very happy and w hen we go back to the Festival, I will have nothing but praise for what you have done d own here and the way we have been treated and welcomed, she added. When we were there, in the birth-p lace of the music, I sudden ly realised that that was the best idea that we could possib ly come up with. I know something about B ahamian music; but I would know more about the s inger/songwriters like Phil Stubbs, said French photographer and visual producerP atrick Rouchon. I was a mazed by the energy and the natural aspects of this music. Ms. Hamilton, whose recent album is entitled A Bahamian in Paris, also featured a collaboration withB ahamian recording artist Ancient Man, said she could not thank Ms. McKay, the Ministry and other stakeholders enough for the part they played in the project. I feel that it is important f or people out there to know who we are and that we have a culture and that we have p eople who have given us a l egacy that is worth sharing and protecting, Ms. Hamil t on said. Minister Maynard said that for a festival like the one in Paris, rakenscrape is one of t he best ways to introduce people to Bahamian musical expression. It is very unique it is one of the most natural forms of music that exists in the world, using instruments thata re not necessarily musical instruments and creating wonderful music, Minister Mayn ard said. I think that that is r eally going to capture the i magination of the people who attend the festival. And, of course, with tourism being our number one industry, what better wayt o promote The Bahamas t han to show how rich our culture is, he said. When we take what we are to the rest of the world, it says to them that Hey, here is a country that has a unique s omething to offer, Director of Culture Dr. Linda Moxey Brown said. We are that country that has more than that uniqueness. We are proud of who we a re as a Bahamian and it is a lways good to showcase that part of us, she added. Minister Maynard reiterate d his Ministrys support of s uch exchanges and related the various projects that it a ssisted over the past three years, carrying Bahamian cultural expressions, such as Junkanoo, rake-n-scrape and v isual arts to the United King dom. However, Minister Maynard said that this project is carrying the raken scrape style of music to Paris and, at the same time, is taking the exchanges into another dimension by bringing parto f if to Cat Island and then back to Europe. It makes it even more special, he said. We are going to highlight some of our cultural giants in Cat Island, as part of this whole exchange. This whole idea of cultural exchange, which has been a three-year journey, has, in my opinion, really exploded intoa real exchange of cultures in terms of rake-n-scrape being i ntegrally placed in a very p restigious festival in Paris and we know that this is going to bring many opportunities not only for our artists, but also in terms of the promotion of The Bahamas and Bahamian culture worldwide. P roject Manager for the initiative Ms. McKay said that working on such projects is living out a dream for her, being able to take another Bahamian art form to such a vibrant city as Paris and show-c ase what the Bahamas has to offer the world. She added that while Ms. Hamiltons team was in Cat Island, they had a chance to immerse themselves in the d ances, history and even the r hyming spirituals that are a part of the islands heritage. The people of Cat Island are very receptive to this particular project, Ms. McKay said. It allows us to really develop our Family Island festivals. Persons would be able to hear rakenscrape in another part of the world and their interest will be piqued. They will want to know where they could go to hear this; so that is an automatic that theR akenScrape Festival is that place to be, Ms. McKay added. You have an entire weekend of activities and you can now put that in as your vacation destination. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 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. 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Minister lauds the progress of Viva RakenScrape Paris project ( Photo: Patrick Rouchon) DUMFRIES, CAT ISLAND Paris-based Bahamian singer and entertainer Diane Hamilton poses with the award-winning Cat Island rakenscrape group Ophie and the Webbsites at the Turning Point, in Dumfries, Cat Island, this month, during rehearsals for the Viva RakenScrape Paris Project. The project is a partnership of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Ministry of Tourism and corporate sponsors, and entails Ms. Hamilton bringing French stakeholders to Cat Island to learn about the birthplace of rakenscrape and rehearse in anticipation of taking the collaborated groups to Paris for a marquee performance in November. SEE page 14
BySIR RONALD SANDERS (The writer is a consultant and former Caribbean diplomat) E NFORCED bed rest occasioned by surgery for an inguinal hernia provided me the rare opportunity to watch four continuous days of the BBCs coverage of the Commonwealth Games in India beginning with the enthralling opening ceremony that featured a colourful portrayal of Indian culture. Just a few days before the opening, Western media and especially the media in Australia cast serious doubt on whether the games would be held at all. Every incident, however minor, was headlined as an indication of catastrophe. The Australian media was quickly followed in this frenzy by sections of the British and Canadian media, often with the question rather than the answer becoming the headline. Thus, a negative question put to the Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Mike Fennell, by a BBC interviewer became the storys headline with no regard for the answer which completely dismissed the question. Further, after reports that the Athletic Village was uninhabitable and unhygienic, sections of the media again and again asked athletes if they were dissatisfied with conditions. Very positive answers that the conditions were fine and that the athletes were perfectly satisfied did not stop the question from being repeatedly asked. The Western media were also parsimonious in their acknowledgment of the scale of the spectacle and entertainment success of the opening ceremony. Damaged Rather, they seized upon the news that a section of the track and field circuit had been damaged during the ceremony. In their view, this meant the cancellation of the track and field events and a complete waste of the years of training that the athletes had invested. No one ate humble pie when, 15 hours later, the Indian organisers had the track ready for the events to be held, although a few reporters did express astonishment at the Indian accomplishment. Well what accounts for the attitude of the Western media toward these games in India? Janet Street-Porter, a columnist for the British Independent on Sunday newspaper, reckons that the stories of doom and gloom in our press and much of the whingeing is just racism under another name. Mike Hume, who writes for The Australian, attributed the media attitude (and, if truth be told, the attitude of many others in the West) to the rise of India, alongside China as two super-power economies well on their way to dwarfing many of the countries from which the unfavourable media coverage came. As he put it: It is against that background that so many appear to have seized upon the chance offered by the problems in Delhi to tut-tut about the natives once more, recycling old prejudices in the new language of health, safety, anti-terrorism and the environment. He continued: There are echoes here of the way many in the West sought to turn China-bashing into a new sport at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. They used those Games as a podium to try to take the world's new economic superpower down a peg or two by lecturing the Chinese over pollution, population, human rights and much else. Now the Western cynics have turned their attention to Delhi 2010. Hume also points out that: There seems little doubt that the preparations in Delhi have been marred by a familiar combination of political infighting, incompetence and corruption. This is the sort of thing that tends to accompany the construction of almost all the great white elephants of sporting stadiums. Even the London 2012 Olympic Games, the facilities for which are now being held up as an example of how to get things done the right way, have magically trebled in price to well over $15bn since before construction began. In a developing nation, these problems are always likely to be more exaggerated and exposed. The Western media has also used the opportunity to question whether the Commonwealth Games are worth anything. As many of them have written-off the Commonwealth as a relic of the British Empire, so too have they attempted to rubbish the Commonwealth Games. Thankfully, their view is not shared in the Commonwealth, not even by the authorities in their own countries. Hence, the 71 countries and territories of the Commonwealth sent teams of varying sizes to the games, and by all accounts and their own statements the athletes are enjoying the games. The only unpleasantness occurred in the womens 100 metre final when a protest by England led to the disqualification of the Australian winner. Lying in bed, coping with the pain of recent surgery and conscious of my immobility, I developed a deeper respect for the training, sacrifice and hard work of all the athletes who competed in the games and I knew the Commonwealth Games continue to be very C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 'U/LX=HOLQ/HRf+DV 029('IURPLOODJHRDGWR :LQFKHVWHUWUHHWDOPGDOH0 LUDFXORXV&KLQHVHHGLFDO'RFWRU 6WRSDLQ,Q$LQXWHV India proves itself despite prejudices WORLDVIEW S IRRONALDSANDERS SEE page 11
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM valuable. The games have given these young people an opportunity to showcase their skills and to expand their capacity through competition at world standard. They have all tested themselves and are better for it. Brilliant As I write this commentary immobile in bed with my lap top on m y chest, Caribbean countries have won 5 medals, one of them sil ver by 31-year old, Natasha Mayers, from St Vincent and another a brilliant gold by Lerone Clarke of Jamaica in the 100 metres. Trinidad and Tobago also has won two bronze medals. I am sure there will be more for these s mall Caribbean contingents who are in India because they place value on the experience and knowledge they gain from the Commonwealth Games. I am greatly looking forward to the closing ceremony of the games which I suspect will be even more spectacular and vibrant than the opening ceremony. Those who predicted the demise of the games in India even before the event started have been proven wrong. India may have to inquire into the preparations for the games at the end of it, but it has done a great job. Like China, it will continue to grow and to take a place in the world community that helps to balance at least economic power. That reality will not be affected by the kind or prejudice that has been displayed toward Indias hosting of the Commonwealth Games. Responses and previous commentaries at: www.sirronald sanders.com India proves itself despite prejudices FROM page ten ( A P Photo / Kevin Frayer) SPECTACULAR: A general view during the opening ceremony for the 19th Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium inN ew Delhi, India, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2010.
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Interested candidates should submit a detailed resume and cover letter of interest no later than Friday, October 29th, 2010. (BIS Photo /Peter Ramsay) BACKHOME: PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham and delegation returned to Nassau Saturday after a ttending the 2010 annual meeting of the IMF and World Bank in Washington, DC. Members of the delegation included State Minister for Finance Zhivargo Laing, Ehurd Cunningham, Simon Wilson, director of economic planning; and Nicole Archer, acting FAS. The Prime Minister is pictured being met at the Lynden Pindling International Airport by Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade. PRIMEMINISTERRETURNS such sloppy workmanship would never happen under its w atch. V isiting a few of the homes over the weekend, The Tribune photographed how workers were busy ripping up the foundation of a home after discovering that they had failed to put steel in the f loor, which has resulted in t he shifting of the walls. In another home, it was discovered that the contractor had failed to properly install the plumbing, resulting in the septic line having to be run above ground. In each instance, the former minister said that the difference between his administration and the current one is that they did not go around broadcasting the repairs that t hey had to do to homes that w ere incorrectly being built. Mr Gibson: If you check the Ministry of Housing now, there are a lot of homes that are being built that are defective. Now they arent talking about those; they are talking about the ones we built that they have to repair. They only t alk about the ones they repaired that happened on our watch. What makes this one (home picturedu nique is this one contractor has built 15 houses for them (the government that are defective. M r Gibson said that he feels that the contractor in this instance, despite his poor t rack record, continues to get work through the Ministry of Housing because he is a llegedly very closely linked to a number of cabinet minist ers. Despite this, Mr Gibson said that he will continue to highlight all of the nonsense that the government does. And they can continue to attack me personally, I dontc are. My name has been dragged through the mud so many times, this is just anoth-e r instance for them. I will continue to do what I have to do to highlight their sloppy r ecord. These dilapidated homes are being built all over t his country, he said. Repeated attempts to reach the Minister of Housing, Kenneth Russell for comment on t his matter were unsuccessful up until press time last night. Sloppy work at govt-built homes comes under fire FROM page one it affects Arawaks ability to deliver unenc umbered access to other persons to whom Arawak Homes has a contractual obligation. This is generally a direct consequence of t he structure being erected in breach of the T own Planning Approvals and Regulations. Arawak (Homes with flexibility always being guided by the h uman factor. No completed or occupied res idence has been demolished without an order from the Court, the companys reportr evealed. With the government having acquired various lots to construct the Cleveland Eneas Primary School, the Sadie Curtis Primary School and the Charles W Saunders Highway between 1995 and 1999, Arawak Homes said that it has yet to be compensated for this land. The government in several areas in the Pinewood Gardens Subdivision, utilized the 1926 Nassau Village Plan to pave roads ande ven in some instances install infrastructure. In each such instance the government took pos session of the land which is legally the property o f Arawak without formal acquisition. These roads are significantly incompatible with the approved Pinewood Gardens plan and have contributed mightily to the erection o f structures without any consistency with T own Planning Control. T he report continued: Arawak Homes has a lways, and continues to welcome discussions with all persons impacted by this situation. As stated above, Arawaks policy has been to sell its interest in the land to trespassers below market value to allow them to regularize theirt itle. We feel confident we can reach an amicab le resolution with anyone who wishes to have one in this matter. Arawak welcomes and p refers that individuals seek independent legal advice from reputable counsel and then work w ith Arawak to resolve the matter. This is most prudent, in particular as the courts have a lready determined all of the land belongs to Arawak Homes Ltd. Arawak Homes welcomes communications with the government, in an attempt to bring a universal resolution to the above challenges, t he report reads. Last week, The Tribune revealed how scores of Bahamians were left without good title to their homes on a 150-acre tract of land near Pinewood Gardens after an unscrupulous group behind the name Horizon Systems, aide d and abetted by unscrupulous attorneys, exploited poor, unsuspecting Bahamians fort heir own financial gain. Arawak Homes: We have no policy to demolish illegally built structures FROM page one
discuss with several companies and the government of the Peoples Republic of China. The Prime Minister will also meet with high level officials from Hutchison Whampoa and the Chinese Government to discuss, among other things, the future of Hutchisons hotel properties in Grand Bahama, the National Stadium and the Gateway Road Corridor. Mr Ingrahams hectic schedule begins when he leaves the country on October 22. His proposed itinerary reads like a list of some of the most economically vital and controversial issues facing the country today. It seems almost fitting that it is Mr Ingraham who is sitting at the helm of the nations business while the government has to deal with the eminent completion of the National Stadium, the construction of the Gateway Road Corridor and the proposed multi-billion dollar Baha Mar project, as it was under his leadership that the Bahamas established diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1997. The prime minister has publicly expressed concern over what he considers some of the more vexatious aspects of the Baha Mar deal. H e proposes to take advantage of his visit to China to meet with the leadership of the China State Construction Company and the China Export Import Bank to discuss aspects of the proposed Baha Mar pro-j ect construction terms which continue to be of concern to h is government. Mr Ingraham will also meet with the leaders of Hutchison Whampoa Deputy Chairman of Hutchison Whampoa Vincent Li and Raymond Chow, head of Hutchisons Hotel Division. While all of Hutchisons operations in The Bahamas will be discussed, uppermost on his agenda will be the future of Hutchisons hotel properties in Grand Bahama. Hotels As you are aware those hotels continue to operate at a loss and to be supported by direct funding from Hong Kong, the prime minister said. When Mr Ingraham visits Beijing, he is expected to call on a number of senior officials in the Government of the Peoples Republic of China to discuss matters of mutual interest and concern. These will include the National Stadium, the Gateway Road Corridor, the Bahamas interest in training and transfer of skills connected to the engagement of significant numbers of Chinese construction experts on projects in The Bahamas; cooperation on matters arising from climate change and disaster relief initiatives, agriculture, clean energy (solar and wind) and IT, increased tourism flow and other general bilateral relations, including China-CARICOM relations. The prime minister is travelling to China this year at the invitation of the Government of Chi na. It is an invitation that he has had to delay on at least twoo ccasions due to pressing national matters and other scheduling conflicts. Originally I had proposed to visit China during the last Olympiad. Subsequently, I signalled my intention to attend the opening ceremonies of the Shanghai Expo earlier this year. As it turns out, it will be the closing ceremony of the Expo that I will attend, Mr Ingraham said. He is also expected to meet with Chinese officials, including Chairman Wu Bangguo and Vice-Premier Hui Liangyu both of whom have visited The Bahamas recently. On his way to China, Mr Ingraham will spend a full day in Hong Kong where he will participate in the official open ing of a new Bahamas Maritime Authority office and attend a reception, hosted by the BMA for a cross section of potential investors in The Bahamas maritime, financial services and tourism in particular. I believe that we have excellent relations with the Peoples Republic of China. The importance that my Government places on this relationship is demonstrated by our appointment of a former non-portfolio Cabinet Minister to head our Diplomatic Mission in Beijing. Ambassador (Elma Campbell is the first resident Bahamian Ambassador appointed to Beijing. Diplomatic It was under my partys leadership that The Bahamas ended diplomatic relations with the Republic of China (Taiwan and in recognition of our support for the One China policy, established diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1997, Mr Ingraham said. Mr Ingraham acknowledged that China has been a gener ous friend to The Bahamas whether in response to hurricanes, in offering technical and language training scholarships to Bahamian nationals, in gifting the National Stadium, or in supporting the Bahamas recent efforts to overcome the challenges from the OECD regarding the countrys financial serv ices sector and the conclusion of TIEAs with OECD and G20 countries. China has set aside the sum of $1 billion for soft loans to Caricom countries. Of that sum, some 15 per cent, i.e. $150 million, has been earmarked for lending to The Bahamas. M r Ingraham said that the extent to which the Bahamas might identify other suitable projects that fall within the quota set for The Bahamas, will be determined at a later date. The House of Assembly recently approved a resolution for the government to borrow nearly $58 million from the China Export-Import Bank to construct a four-lane airport highway. The project will mean the grant of 200 work permits for Chinese labourers, but also a very low interest rate for the loan. The Bahamas very much appreciates that in an international environment where soft or concessional loans for infrastructure development is increasingly scarce for middle income countries like the Bahamas, the willingness of the Chinese Government to extend such low interest loans to us, the prime minister said. This will be Mr Ingrahams second visit to the Peoples Republic of China. Mr Ingraham first visited China in 2000. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Baha Mar on PMs China trip agenda FROM page one AMBITIOUS PLAN: The original rendering of the Baha Mar project. I I b b e e l l i i e e v v e e t t h h a a t t w w e e h h a a v v e e e e x x c c e e l l l l e e n n t t r r e e l l a a t t i i o o n n s s w w i i t t h h t t h h e e P P e e o o p p l l e e s s R R e e p p u u b b l l i i c c o o f f C C h h i i n n a a . 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in black jeans and a white tshirt. He was pronounced dead by a local doctor. P olice have one man in custody assisting with their i nvestigations. Many persons in the settlement say that not much is known about what happened early Saturday morning. G unshots were heard s hortly after 2.30 am at the b ar in Alice Town, where it was reported two men had been shot as a result of an argument between a group o f people. T he two men were airlifted to Nassau where they are i n stable condition and receiving treatment for gunshot injuries to the right u pper thigh and injuries to t he left shoulder and hand. P olice reportedly discovered the mans body after searching the bushes near the bar. U p to press time yesterd ay, most residents in the settlement did not have ac lear understanding of how m any people were injured. However, although not i nformed, persons interv iewed said they were not concerned about their own safety and some voiced dis-i nterest in the matter, which they believed to have been a n isolated incident. O ne senior Biminite, who claimed to have lived on the island for more than 50 years, suggested the lack of e motional response was due to the large number of con f licting stories surrounding the incident and the belief that the man killed was not native of Bimini. The Biminite said: You cant get the full story on that, when there are all these d ifferent stories its very dif ficult to figure out what isw hat. One time they say it was over some lobster, next time it was over some guy living in an abandoned hotel, I dont know, and then even if anybody knows anything, its gonna be tightlipped. A team of investigators from the Criminal Detective U nit were sent to the island on Saturday to assist with the investigations. However, the Biminite expressed his lack of confidence in law enforcement particularly in the Family I slands. He said: I think the w hole system is corrupt, Im not talking about just Bimini but the entire country. Nowadays, money makes wrong right and that covers a big scope of the problem t hats no good for the Bahamas. You got a complaint, it seems like you a lmost waste your time going through the right methods. The Biminite added: When some of these offi-c ers put on these uniforms, i n particular when some c ome out of Nassau to the Family Islands, some haveg irlfriends and they have to s upport their habits and wrong becomes right, theyn eed money to take care of t heir girlfriend. This is the second shooting for the year too much for this little community. We d ont really get any heavy crime, maybe a guy might want to sell you a joint or something like that, but with the way government is imposing all these taxes thisi s what we are going to have to expect. T his incident is the second shooting this year on the family island, which hasa population of just under 2,000 residents. The first took place in M ay, when 24-year-old Clive Tomlinson, a Jamaican national, received multiple g unshot wounds to his back in Bailey Town and later died of his injuries at the local clinic. Back in the day, I can r emember when there was o nly one police officer and a ll he had was a searchlight, but even the baddest manw ould call in and tell him ( officer) he would meet him to the police station not toh ave him come looking for h im, said the Bimini resid ent. One police officer with a searchlight, but today no, t hat aint gonna happen. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE It boosts cultural tourism for The Bahamas. It boosts domestic tourism for the people of Cat Island; so it is a win-win situation all around. All I am interested in is when people come to The Bahamas, they want to hear more rake- n-scrape or rhyming spirituals or want to learn more about icons like Joseph Spence, Ms. Hamilton said. If that happens, then I would like that is all I would like to do. Minister Maynard said that his ministry happily supported the initiative, having Ms. McKay, who is also an officer of the ministry, and who has worked all the projects for the past three years, and giving some financial contri bution to make it all tangible. We find that in these kind of situations that once the ministry or the government is behind it, the corporate community is more willing to support as well; so we are happy to lead the way in that respect, Minister Maynard said. CEO of Sky Bahamas Airlines Kenneth Romer said that his company was happy to be the major corporate sponsor for the event because it speaks to their corporate mandate. When Angelique spoke to us and spoke about assisting in preserving and promoting our own culture, it was a no-brainer for our organisation, Mr. Romer said. Many Bahamian companies are in it only for the profits; but we believe that in our company there are certain things that we must do to contribute to our national growth and development, to partner and to make as many cul tural events happen. Thus far, I think that more than any other airline, we have partnered with and sponsored with the many cultural festivals throughout the islands of The Bahamas, Mr. Romer added. This is just one of the many things that we are doing to support cultural things in The Bahamas. We have done so much in the past and, as a part of who we are, we will continue doing it in the times to come. Cleophas Ophie Webb of the Cat Island Rake-n-Scrape band Ophie and Webbsite said that they are very proud of their Cat Island heritage and are happy and honoured to take part in such an international project. I would like to take our culture rake-nscrape to the rest of the world, Mr. Webb said. The opportunity that is afforded me now I am so grateful to the Minister and Diane and Ms. McKay who are going to make all this possible. I can assure you that the Webbsites is going to go over there and make The Bahamas proud because we like what we do and we know that our culture is an important part of our heritage and is something that we must be proud of and we must take it to the rest of the world, Mr. Webb added. People at the Festival can be assured that they will be getting a taste of something authentically Bahamian, Ms. Hamilton said. These are skilled Bahamian musicians, musicians who grew up in this music, live this music, and many of the songs are ones that I sang when I was a child and we need Bahamians for this. Bahamians have a kind of aura around them and I know what it is. When you see us, you know that there is something about us that is real and that is something I cannot invent. As a real music fan, to be with Bahamian musicians on stage is the treat of my life, Mr Rouchon added. I am happy with the decision to take the rehearsals to the birthplace of rakenscrape so that they could be fully submerged in the culture of The Bahamas and really see what brings rakenscrape to life, Ms. McKay said. And the fact that their studio was the Turning Point, which is a various famous cultural landmark and venue in Cat Island where many performers were showcased. This is going to entice those concert-goers to want to come to The Bahamas and experience firsthand, in its natural environment, what The Bahamas is all about, Minister Maynard said. I can imagine that Ophie and his crew will not miss the Cat Island RakenScrape Festival next year so that they can see thousands of French persons in Cat Island to see rakenscrape in its full context. FROM page nine Minister lauds the progress of iva RakenScrape Paris project o ld toddler had been shot in his right leg. The toddler was taken in a private vehicle to hospital where he was treated and discharged. Up to press time the police were uncertain as to how or why the child wass hot. The second shooting occurred sometime around 4 pm on Sunday. P olice received information of a shooting at Boyd and Farrington Roads. Police responded and discovered that two men got into an argument, resulting in one of them a 27 year old being shot in his upper thigh. T he victim was taken to hospital in a private vehicle. H e was detained and is in stable condition. No one has been taken into custody. The final shooting occurreds ometime around 11 pm on Sunday. P olice received information of a shooting at Lady Slip per Avenue, Gardens Hill No. 2. Two men who were outside a home on Lady Slipper Avenue were approached by three other men who werea rmed with handguns. It is reported that the armed men robbed the other two of an undetermined amount of cash then fired shots at them. The two victims were taken to hospital by ambulance. F ROM page one THREE-YEAR-OLD HURT IN SHOOTING Bullet-riddled body found, two men are badly injured FROM page one PRAISE: Charles Maynard
B y MIKE LIGHTBOURN W H EN selling a home, two situations may occur which are red flag indicators o f a lengthy sale time. Each requires the property owners attention in cooperation with their Bahamas Real Estate Association (BREA price or condition of the home. T he first involves a home that has been on the market for 6 0-90 days, but has been shown only once or twice. With prospects continuing to enter the real estate market, homes for sale should be attracting a number of prospects. W hen buyers choose not to tour a home, the reason is often the price. Homes that are attractive, but not being shown, are often priced above the market. The key to increased showings, then, is to learn the market price of theh ome (with the help of your BREA agent, then reset the price. The second red flag occurs when a home is being shown often, but neither sells nor attracts offers. The homes condition is often the culprit in this situation. Buyers learn the price, then drive by, making a judgment that it is an attractive home. Once they see the home, however, their interest e vaporates. T he solution can be a critical walk-through by the selle rs agent to identify needed repairs and cosmetic improvements. Until corrected, traffic is likely to remain high, while the chances of selling remain low. Remove these red flags and prepare for a sale! Tip of the Week Listen to your BREA agent. They will be able to walk through your home with a critical eye and pinpoint any obvious drawbacks. n (Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty). By ERIC ROSE Bahamas Information Services THE Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, in conj unction with the Ministry of Finances Bahamas Government on Line Office announced recently the completion of a joint project for the introduction and implementation of an Events Scheduling andF acilities Management Programme. Charles Maynard, Minister of Youth, Sports andC ulture, said the new syst em is intended to assist the m any clients who use the various government facilities falling under thep urview of his Ministry for sporting events, cultural events meetings, and recreational activities. EMS or Event Management System is user-friend ly software which allows u sers to follow simple s traightforward instructions i n order to electronically reserve the use of theT homas A. Robinson Stadiu m, Betty Kelly-Kenning National Swim Complex, Kendal G L Isaacs Gymnasium or the field at the Blue Hills Sporting Complex, Minister Maynard said. Bookings W ith the use of Virtual EMS, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cultures customers, patrons, federations, associations or other authorised users, will now be able t o find and simply view facili ty bookings daily, weekly or monthly; or request and reserve available facilities online with a simple check of the mouse, Minister Maynard added. Upon completion of the request, patrons will receive a detailed confirmation via e mail, he said. M inister Maynard added that he is grateful to the Ministry of Finance for having trained a number of his Ministrys staff members in the functioning of the software. I am sure that it will go a long way in improving booki ngs of this ministrys facilit ies, he said. In fact, I am advised that the age-old problem of double bookings of facilities should fall away with the implementation of this new system. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010, PAGE 19 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM collegebefore you know itN ASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I FINANCIAL CENTRE I CORPORATE CENTRE I www.famguardbahamas.comcall us today at 396-1300 A SUBSIDIARY OF customized investment options guaranteed minimum interest rates exible accumulation period tuition available when hes readyall of the above invest in an annuity A MBESTA-ExcellentFinancialStrengthRating REAL ESTATE MIKELIGHTBOURN Government launches Events Management Systems software BEWARE OF RED FLAGS! C HARLESMAYNARD SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic Dominican police say a British national allegedly killed two men during a dispute over a 22-year-old Haitian woman and then tried to take his own life, according to Associated Press Monday's police statement says Robert Hill allegedly shot two Haitian men near the popular beach resort of Punta Cana. Police say Hill then turned the gun on himself but survived. Hill is being treated at a hospital in the capital. His medical status wasn't immediately available. Thirty-one-year-old Henry Enmanuel and twenty-seven-year-old Junior Lorrame died of their injuries shortly after the Sunday attack. British Embassy officials did not return calls, and it was not clear if the 29-year-old Briton has a lawyer. His hometown was not released. Briton allegedly shoots dead two Haitian men
FIVE journalists representing OK! Weekly, ForbesLife, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Alo Magazine and Paper Magazine recently made a trip to Nassau/Paradise Island to experience the destinations celebrity hot spots. Their intent was to describe for thousands of readers how they could have their very own VIP vacation in The Bahamas, similar to the jetsetting trips of celebrities who frequently visit The Bahamas tourism mecca. After settling into rooms at Royal Towers, Atlantis, the journalists received a tour of the property from a Kerzner representative. Highlights included the aquarium, beautiful Mandara Spa, the Presidential Suite and Cain at The Cove. Excitement mounted when the group dined at Graycliff, received a tour of its amazing wine cellar and cigar rolling operation, then had a celebrity spotting when actor Anthony Anderson (Law & Order, All About the Andersons, Transformers and The Departed) arrived for dinner. The remainder of the trip included a visit to the Exuma Cays with High Seas, a dolphin interaction at Dolphin Cay and dinner at Dune at The One & Only Ocean Club. The groups relaxing downtime at the pool at The Cove, Atlantis brought another celebrity sighting Chef Bobby Flay. The journalists visit was coordinated through the Ministry of Tourism & Aviations Visiting Journalists Programme, which allows writers and broadcast personalities to encounter The Bahamas and recount the experience for their audiences and readers. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 20, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: THE LOWEST RATES EVER!!!ACT NOW to get the best loan on the market! Come in to Scotiabank today for Flexible Payment Terms and the Lowest Loan Rate Ever and the c hance to WIN $5,000!**A s low asJust ask. How soon can I move into my own home?*Subject to certain terms and conditions. **Approved customers are automatically entered for a chance to WIN a $5,000 credit to their mortgage principal.7.5%* FEEDINGTIME: Guest journalists feed iguanas in Exuma and visit dolphins on Paradise Island as part of their celebrity-endorsed Bahamas experience. Bahamas visitors live celebrities like POPULAR INTERNATIONAL MAGAZINES ARE SET TO PUBLISH ARTICLES ON CELEBRITY-ENDORSED VACATIONS TO NASSAU/PARADISE ISLAND