N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER V olume: 107 No.110MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER WARMBREEZE, SUNSHINE HIGH 85F LOW 75F I N S I G H T SEEPAGE12B S P O R T S Our failing education system SEESECTIONE Thomas on top of the world By ALISON LOWE T ribune Staff Reporter alowe@ t ribunemedia.net ON the eve of Cable and Wireless C ommunications taking over management control of theB ahamas Telecom munications Company, PLP leader Perry Christie issued h is strongest threat yet that if the party he leads comes to power in the next election the bad deal will be dismantled. Having paid $210 million for a 51 per cent stake in BTC, Cable and Wireless Communications (C&WCdue to take control of the companys management today. On the same day they will be meeting with the two key unions representing BTC workers, ahead of a series of meetings with the w orkers themselves, starting April 11th, as they move to implement their busi n ess plan. However, in a statement entitled Final warning on BTC, Mr Christie said that despite the legal formalities now having taken place from the governments point of view to enable the sale to C&WC, he wished to reiterated that the deal is contrary to the national interest and will not stand if the PLP comes to power. He said he was making the statement in light of reports that C&WC and the government plan to effect the transfer of the assets from the Bahamian people to this forOn e v e of Ca b le and Wireless control, PLP leader makes strongest threat yet TRY OUR D OUBLE M cFISH The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM I N S I D E SECTIONINSIDE Real Estate Christie:BTC deal will not stand SEE page 14 A 20-YEAR-OLD College of the Bahamas student said he was lucky to be alive yesterday after a car accident on West Bay Street ended with a taxi narrowly missing him as he walked on the street and a BMW simultaneously crashing into the front of Craig Flowerss FML Group of Companies property. The scene unfolded at around 5.40pm Sunday when the woman driver of a black BMW pulled out of a narrow road which runs between the FML property and the former Chez Willie restaurant on West Bay Street. The young driver told The Tribune she was trying to turn east onto West Bay Street to go into town. She said she saw nothing coming when she pulled out of the side road. Her vehicle was then hit by a white taxi van, also driven by a BMW CRASHES INT O FLOWERS PR OPERTY AFTER ACCIDENT SEE page 15 By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter n firstname.lastname@example.org T WO men are being held by police for quest ioning over a stabbing at an Abaco club that left one man dead. A ccording reports, sometime around 3.35 am o n Saturday Abaco police were notified of a disturbance at Surf Side Parkl ocated at Dundas Town, Abaco. At the Surfside C lub police say that they discovered a man who was unresponsive, with multiSEE page 15 MAN DIES AFTER CLUB STABBING CABLE and Wireless executives are expected to meet with BTC employees next week to discuss the companys plans as it moves forward. In a statement to BTC staff, BTCs Acting President Kirk Griffin noted that with debate on the issue now complete, it is anticipated that C&W will assume management control of the company this week. Beginning next week, a team from C&W will host a series of meetings with BTC employees across the country and are expected to present an overview of the companys plans for BTC. I am certain that you will remain open to understanding that this new BTC will do things very differently and will expect SEE page 15 CABLE AND WIRELESS CHIEFS SET TO DISCUSS PLANS WITH BTC EMPLO YEES NEXT WEEK PRIME Minister and FNM leader Hubert Ingraham is expected to consult with the Bamboo Town Constituency Association tomorrow, according to a senior FNM. It was also said that Clifton MP Kendal Wright is being considered as a possible candidate for the area as part of a strategic boundary revision that may eliminate his seat. Last night, FNM Chairman Carl Bethel was tightlipped over whether or not Mr Ingraham would be present at the first constituency meeting since the resignation of the current MP Branville McCartney. SEE page 14 PM EXPECTED TO CONSULT WITH BAMBOO TOWN CONSTITUENCY ASSOCIATION STRONGEST THREAT: PLPleader P erry Christie CRASH SCENE: The BMW ended up crashing into Craig Flowerss FML Group of Companies property.
D ISRUPTIONS to power supply, which affected several areas of New Providencey esterday, was not the result of load shedding expected during summer months. In a press statement, the B ahamas Electricity Corpo r ation (BEC that scheduled repairs to sev e ral generators at the Clifton Pier Power Station will be completed ahead of the summer in an effort to meetd emand. The corporation said that the short term interruptions between 10am and 1pm were an unforeseen generation s hortfall after a larger gen erator was taken offline for maintenance. T he statement read: There was sufficient capacity to sustain operations until the generator returned to serv ice. Unfortunately, two units one at Blue Hills and the other at Clifton Pier devel o ped faults early Sunday morning resulting in a brief generation shortfall. The statement added: BEC has initiated plans for repairs to several generators at the Clifton Pier Power Station. These repairs are sched uled to be completed ahead o f the summer and will ensure that there is more than sufficient generating capacity tom eet the expected summer demand. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE PLP candidate Alex Storr has vowed to bring change to Long Island which he said has been neglected by the Free NationalM ovement Government. Storr, who was recently ratified as a candidate for Long Island and Ragged Island, told Long Island residents at a meeting in Deadmans Cay on Friday that the FNM has turned a deaf ear on LongI sland an island long considered a stronghold for the FNM. S torr who descends from Long Island told residents, I am here t o tell you that change is on the way. I have a vision for Long I sland. Not an overcrowded like Nassau, but a place where you have t he access to all the amenities, utili ties and standard of living of Nassau. S torr contended that the current MP Larry Cartwright was able to do more for the i sland as an independent representative under the PLP administration than under the FNM. Mr Storr said that he heard the concerns of residents regardingt he lack of proper medical care. I have also heard your disappointment with the current level of representation and the feeling that Long Island has been neglected, he said. The FNM government has turned a deaf eara nd a blind eye to Long Island. I k now your relationship with the P LP for some of you has been a bitter-sweet one but I am here to m ake amends for any perceived wrongs, to set Long Island on the r ight track and to help make Long Island all that it can be. P LP Deputy Leader Philip Brave Davis echoed those sentiments stating that the PLP would stimul ate the island economy, address serious infrastructural deficiencies and bring an e nd to years of government neglect. Power disruptions not due to load shedding PLP candidate has a vision for Long Island PLP LONG ISLAND c andidate Alex Storr TWO guns and ammunition were seized by police in separate incid ents over the weekend f ollowing stop and search e xercises. In the first incident reported by Police Press Liaison Officer, Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings, officers pursued a whiteM ercedes Benz in the Potters Cay area after seeing the driver acting suspiciously at around 12.35am. The pursuit ended in the area of Shirley Street and Village Road, when o fficers forced the vehic le, license plate number 2 551, to stop. The 26-year-old driver, a resident of Malcolm Road, was taken into custody after a shotgun with a quantity of shotgun s hells was discovered in the car. In the second incident, a tip off to officers led to a search being conducted on a blue Daihatsu Terrios car in the Mackey and Madeira Street area a t around 4.10am. A handgun with ammun ition was discovered inside. Four people, including two men, both 36 years old, and two women, ages 27 and 31, were takeni nto policy custody in connection with the matter. Police investigations continue. POLICE SEIZE GUNS AND AMMUNITION
By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE son of a former leader of the Free National Movement has launched a 56-page document outlining his own -year national development and governance plan for The Bahamas, but is remaining coy about his own political aspirations. While admitting to The Tribune that it is possible the public may see his face in the political line-up come election 2012, John Bostwick II emphasised in a press conference yesterday to launch his Bahamas 2020 Vision that the effort was primarily aimed at promoting national development and not his own political career. I am not part of a third party, said Mr Bostwick, who has been linked in recent weeks to renegade independent MP for Bamboo Town, Branville McCartney. Even that discussion taints the national discussion. More important than forming a third party is to form a national plan. Coming from a strong background in politics and theFNM, attorney Mr Bostwick Jr is the 39-year-old son of former FNM leader and President of the Senate, Henry Bostwick, QC, and his wife, Janet Bost wick, the countrys first female MP and a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Housing and Attorney General under the FNM government. However, after being welcomed onto the stage to the sound of Mariah Careys Hero and speaking to a backdrop of classical violin music, Mr Bostwick informed his audience of about 35 people, which included his father, Henry, that if national development is to be spurred it is necessary that The Bahamas move beyond petty party politics. Every system of civil society is in vital need of drastic repair. This neglect threatens to destroy our nation, Mr Bostwick Jr stated. The attorney said he hopes his vision, which offers evaluations and lists recommendations for change relating to 24 different areas of national life, including tourism, financial services, crime, the judicial system, immigration, land reform, education, energy policy, fisheries, health and transporta tion, will inspire debate and discussion and a genuine effort by those in power to pursue a coherent national development plan. Among Mr Bostwicks myriad recommendations are economic diversification, education reform and a swift shift to a greener and less fossil fuel reliant energy policy. Specific suggestions range in scale and include the legalisation of gaming and creation of a taxable national lottery; eliminating the use of all fossil fuels by 2031; efforts to bring the Turks and Caicos into a federation with The Bahamas; a compulsory acquisition of the Grand Bahama Port Authority; creating a national identity card and revising sentencing rules to creating a mock pirate battle and junkanoo laser light show over Nassau Harbour for visitors to Nassau to enjoy free of charge. Mr Bostwick noted that the document can be accessed online at www.bahamas2020.com and it is his hope that Bahami ans will offer suggestions for additions and revisions to the plan with the ultimate intention of creating a document that reflects the input of a broad range of the public. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011, PAGE 3 A 56-YEAR-OLDwoman was taken into police custody Saturday after police found a quantity of marijuana at her home. According to police reports, sometime around 8.24 am on Saturday officers of the Southern Police Station, act-ing on information, went to a home at Milton Street. There they discovered beneath the house a quantity of marijuana. The woman was taken into custody and investigations continue. A 30-year-old man of St Vincent Road was taken into police custody after he was found in possession of a hand gun and ammunition. According to reports, sometime around 8.12 pm on Fri day officers of Rapid Strike were on routine patrol on Turtle Drive and Carmichael Road when they saw a male acting suspiciously. The offi cers searched the man and recovered a handgun with ammunition. Son of a former FNM leader outlines -year national development plan POLICE FIND MARIJU ANA AT HOME OF W OMAN, 56 POLICE captured one of t wo men who allegedly broke into the home of former PLP Senator Paulette Zonicle Fri-d ay afternoon. There was an exchange of gunfire with the second suspect before his escape. No one was injured. R eports state that some time around 2.11 pm on Fri day police were notified of a b reak-in at Mrs Zonicles Yamacraw Beach Hill Road home. According to reports,w hen Mrs Zonicle arrived home she was approached by t wo men coming out of her house. On seeing her one of the suspects snatched herh andbag and both fled the scene. Police, acting on a tip, went to Mangrove and ExumaA venues, Yamacraw Beach Estates where they saw two men fitting the description of t he robbers. Police arrested a 28-year-old man and recov ered a quantity of jewellery. O fficers chased the second suspect, who pulled out a h andgun and fired at them. The officers returned fire, however, the second suspecte scaped. Police investigations continue. MAN HELD IN CONNECTION WITH BREAK-IN AT FORMER SENATORS HOME J OHN BOSTWICK II s peaks at a press conference yesterday to launch his Bahamas 2020 Vision.
EDITOR, The Tribune. LEGALscholars, historians and people who readw idely would be familiar with the term coup dtat, it happens every day in large and small countries and sometimes it is called a revolution. The dictionary defines a coup dtat as a sudden viol ent overthrow of a government by a small group. T he Bluewater deal put to Prime Minister Perry Christie i n the last days of his administration can be termed a coup d tat. I t was bloodless and non violent, but it was effective. I magine Sir Lynden Pindlings cabinet ministers putting the Bluewater deal before him as a cabinet conclusion to sign. Imagine Hubert Ingrahams c abinet ministers putting the B luewater deal before him as a cabinet conclusion to sign. The effect of your cabinet m inisters making a decision without you means that you have no control over them, w hich would entail you going t o the people in a general election with presumably a new team. T he problem for Christie was that a general election was days away, and he was thel eader; to get them back to a s econd term. In Parliament Christie tried t o suggest he stopped the deal b ecause he determined his mandate had come to an end. Mr Christie did not have tom ake a decision that his mandate had come to an end, you have five years or less and the ultimate final day is deter mined from the day you start your administration. The reality is that Mr C hristie stopped nothing as evidenced by the $1.9 million payment to the legal entityB luewater, whose owners ( Bahamian or otherwise) will forever be shrouded in mys tery. The really sad part of this whole affair is there is the possibility that the man who waso verthrown by a c oup d tat could be Prime Minister again and the Bahamian people w ould be faced with coup after coup, bloodless maybe, but devastating nonetheless. E DROY DEVEAUX Nassau, March, 2011. (The argument put forward on the floor of the House was that the meeting and decision o f that particular cabinet was legitimate, with or without Mr Christies presence, because Mr Christie had sanctioned it and had agreed that his deputys hould preside in his absence. Therefore, their decision to sell BTC to Bluewater was as legitimate as if Mr Christie had been present. (It was further argued that t he cabinet decision could not then be arbitrarily rescinded b y Mr Christie without him c alling another meeting and having another discussion. (Mr Christie argued that he d id not change the deal, but d ecided that his government was at an end and suspended the decision to sell. I recommend that the matter not proceed any further at this time, he wrote. This stopped thei mplementation of the cabinet decision and the transfer of BTC to Bluewater. (And then on the floor of the House he made a comment into which much can be read. This was a process, he said, that I was going to guarantee the integrity of if only b ecause Brave Davis was the lawyer I was not going to a llow this matter to compromise the integrity of my gove rnment under no circumstances. (That statement begs the q uestion: What could have possibly gone on behind the scenes that might have compromised the integrity of his government if the deal had gone through? Ed). E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama BAHAMAS Communications and Public Officers Union leader Bernard Evans mightnot have got his little Egypt, or a last minute miracle to block the sale of BTC to Cable & Wireless, but he has a champion in Opposition Leader Perry Christie. Mr Christie has put Cable and Wireless on notice that should his government be returned to power, he will deliver BTC back to the Bahamian people. He has promised that the bad deal entered into with the Ingraham government for the sale of the Bahamas telecommunications system will be dismantled. Bad deal these words are echoes from the past about another deal that the PLP also threatened to dismantle should its party become the government. But, when the PLP was returned to power in 2007 andhad its opportunity for the dismantling operation, the bad deal had proven such a sweet deal for the Bahamas that grinning up and currying favour by the new leaders was the order of the day the promised dismantling and renegotiation of the deal was forgotten. The threats made 11 years before were quickly abandoned it was as though they were never spoken. On the floor of the House in 1996 then St Michaels MP Paul Adderley had threatened Sol Kerzner that if the agreement that his Sun International had with the Bahamas government were not renegotiated, when the PLP became the government it would do it for him. The terms of this deal, so far as the Bahamas is concerned, is a bad deal, shouted Mr Adderley. History has proven that Kerzners Par adise Island the countrys largest private employer is what has saved the Bahamas economic bacon for the past 15 years. The K erzners arrived when the Bahamas was flat on its back failing tourist industry, empty Treasury, tarnished international rep utation. Bahamians will remember that in those days we were an island for sale laid waste by a careless government and a greedy drug cartel. A disgusted electorate voted the PLP government of 25 years outof office and put the Ingraham government in. The PLP government had secretly tried to sell the failed hotels on the international market. The Ingraham government came to power in 1992 and the following year entered into an agreement with the Kerzners for the development of Paradise Island. Atlantis became the catalyst that revitalised the countrys tourist industry, and emboldened investors to take a second look at a country that was trying under a new government to clean up its act. It was only then that the Bahamas started to move forward. But the empty threats coming from the PLP benches in 1996 are being repeated today against the sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless. So far it is the only bone that the PLP has found on which to chew for the 2012 election. Fred Mitchell, a PLP senator in 1996, seemed on a mission at that time to cast doubt on the Atlantis operation attacking everything from the Kerzners South African roots, their hiring policies suggesting that Bahamians were being shut out of the project, to the belief that the Bahamianisation policy was being undermined. And, of course, Mr Mitchell even raised the alarm that the newly constructed bridge to Paradise was sinking. All wishful thoughts that had no base. Dr Bernard Nottage complained at the time that the Ingraham government was giving Atlantis improved infrastructure, roads, transportation and telecommunications facilities. But what are the Bahamian people getting? he asked. The Bahamian people knew what they were getting, even though they were paying for it good jobs, improved infrastructure, good roads on which they travelled daily and much more. By now Dr Nottage should have the answersto his foolish questions of that era. Any improvement in infrastructure always benefits the whole country and everyone in it regardless of for whom it was intended. The PLP poured scorn on the fact that Atlantis and its shareholders would earn good money. They forgot that when busi ness flourishes so do the people. It is, therefore, good news for a country when it can report that its commercial establishments are strong. It is when they are weak that a country suffers high unemployment. To scoff at profits shows a lack of business s ense, which is a serious failure in a coun trys leaders. In our opinion Mr Christies buyer beware! cease and desist! do not proceed! warning to Cable and Wireless is just so much political balderdash. What the future held for the Kerzner operation it also holds for the Cable & Wireless transaction. The main beneficiaries will be the Bahamas and its people. It would be more than Mr Christie dare do with the Bahamas facing a $3.8 billion national debt to add to that debt by trying to dismantle the BTC/C&WC deal. If these are his plans it is up to the Bahamian people to make certain that his party is not returned to power. Mr Christie, a procrastinator, who finds it difficult to make decisions at the best of times, would have nightmares over such an impossible exercise. To Bahamians we say: Beware! This is silly season when the politicians seem to lose their mental balance so dont believe everything you hear in the marketplace. PLP Cabinet coup dtat LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org Christies threat part of silly season EDITOR, The Tribune. There is some talk about who won or lost the BTC debate, and this conjecture is good for public discussion, but a valid debate supposes that the debaters did justice to the topic being debated. The abrupt conclusion of events, also gave an indication that this was just another one of those episodes where the issue of self serving played a major role. The staff of BTC could have been misled in their zeal, because of a privileged position they found themselves in for many years. The injunction that the union filed against the sale, sought to materialise a perception that most Bahamians hold that Bahamian institutions such as BTC belong to the Bahamian people by divine right. While this may be true at a particular nationalistic level it is only physically true to the extent that we are prepared to embrace the responsibility that comes with ownership. Up to now a lot of persons have been benefiting from what BTC has been producing and too much of the leadership of BTC over the years can best be described as cosmetic. While the argument or debate was going on, IP based services have made significant inroads at a local level. The dark side of the realisation of privatisation also means that there will be no job protection through legislation, and this brings up another inane proposition that was seen as a sticking point in this debate. could a government own 49 per cent of anything and say that it is involved in privatisation? One of the Opposition MPs made mention of a situation in Trinidad, where the government owned 51 per cent with certain provisions, so that it was more of a management contract where the government still controlled key aspects. This may be an acceptable situation for countries where govern ments still want to control who can be hired before an election and fired after an election, but true privatisation has a requirement that will be like coming off drugs. But, the bright side of privatisation means that some politicians and their pandering bootlickers will have to find more viable ways of justifying their livelihood; private money has a way of controlled management that those who cannot give an explanation for their job description find unbearable. Who won the debate? The Bahamian people won this one. I am s till not getting clear reception on my cell phone, but the BTC ser vice persons seem to be much nicer than they use to be. As BTC and CWC get their act together, I have decided to give them sufficient time to roll out the stuff they need to compete with the IP based competitors that they are going to have to deal with in the short term, but it is the long term prospects that will test this new relationship. Cell phones are on the road to obsolescence, because Blackberries and IPhones are not just cell phones, they are mobile IP devices that are evolving into game changers that will change the nature of competition and jobs in the communications marketplace, and like that famous sign says everybody wins. EDWARD HUTCHESON Nassau, March 30, 2011. Who won the BTC debate?
By GENA GIBBS Bahamas Information Services REDUCING the intensity of land use and environmental conservation is driving the partnership between The Bahamas National Trust and Baha Mar. The two aim to promote corporate social responsibility and ecotourism throughout their revitalisation of the Cable Beach area, as well as designating the areas wetland systems. We take the environmental impact assessment study very seriously, and we have paid particular attention to this area because as we build a resort metropolis on Cable Beach we are very sensitive to the fact that it should be environmentally sensitive to our surroundings, number one, for the impact it would have on the communities that surround us on the island nation of New Providence, said Robert Sands, Baha Mar senior vice president. Also in this day and time, persons are also concerned about these fundamental issues, as a direct result of that, we have in place a very reputable individual as senior advisor for environmental affairs, who is Gary Larson, a former president of the Bahamas National Trust. Baha Mar has recently hired a team of environmentalists and other conservation professionals to find globally recognised solutions to environmental issues, as well as tackle environmental concerns before they impact the community. Amongst some of our new employees coming on board, we have identified Ms. Laura Miller as an environmental monitor, who will be monitoring everything that we do from an environmental point of view, both from the environmental impact assessment study and also as a good corporate citizen, said Mr. Sands. Construction workers have been supplied with laminated pamphlets with pictures and information about protected species and indigenous flora, fauna, and wildlife in the area so they would be able to recognise what can be disturbed from what needs to be protected. The Bahamas National Trust will be the local monitor of the 70-acre reserve. It is designated as a wetland biosphere on the resorts property and would allow people and wildlife to interact with each other without any negative impact on the animals or the environment. As indicated on the artists rendition of the property, Baha Mar will have a network of manmade aqueducts and fountains, both as an aesthetic function to move water throughout the property and as a reminder of the primary element of life and nature. A lot of what we would do is about water, but the water that you see on the inside of the property will be man made. It will not be created by any waters, com ing from the ocean or the com munity water table, but will be basically fountains, swimmingp ools, and that sort of thing, said Mr. Sands. We have always said our theme is going to be water based and allow for people to experience the number one asset in The Bahamas, which are our beautiful waters and the beach. At the same time, we are going to haves ome exotic Bahamian animals, the flora and fauna that will be around certain areas of this beach and pool experience. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011, PAGE 5 Baha Mar and Bahamas National Trust keep an eye on Cable Beach environment P OLICE have called for the publics assistance in locating 25-year-old Z eon Whylly, who is wanted in connection with a murder. Whylly is said to be considered a rmed and extremely dangerous and the public is advised to contact the Central Detective Unit if they havei nformation in relation to his whereabouts. H is last known place of residence is Malcolm Road. W hylly is of light brown complexion, is five feet seven inche s tall and weights around 130 lbs. He is said to be of medium build. Police can be contacted at 502-9991 or 502-9910, or on police e mergency 911, the National Crime Prevention Office at 3028430 or Crime Stoppers at 328-8477 or 300-8476 in the FamilyI slands. P OLICE SEEK MAN, 25, IN CONNECTION WITH MURDER
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THE last two years have not been the easiest for The Bahamas. Although a number of major developments have been the subject of much partisan batt ling they are proceeding. I respectfully suggest t hat most well thinking B ahamians agree that it is g ood that the port is leavi ng East Bay Street. There may be an argument about where it shouldg o but there can be no argument that it should be moved. The same can be said a bout divesting BTC. One can argue about how but not that it should be diveste d to eventually improve t elecommunications service a nd cost. Baha Mar falls into the s ame group. Most people w ill agree it is a good thing but with some disagreement on details. Now that the nations attention can move on from these highly charged controversial projects, it w ould be good for some f undamental concerns to return to the top of the a genda. I am thinking about the well recognized need for the improvements required by the educational estab-l ishment and the nurturing of our youth. I am also thinking about t he need for an enlightened F reedom of Information Act. Jamaica has benefited from such an act and even the conservative Cayman Islands has finally adopted such legislation. T he third need is for legislation to ensure competit ion and protect consumers from abuses by monopol ies and cartels. It is essential for legislat ion to provide this protect ion because it is natural for business to gravitate to m onopolistic practices if not prevented by law. T he final suggestion is one about which I have previously written. I t is the need for the removal of discretion from t he issuing of Business Licenses. This will energize young e ntrepreneurs who are now intimidated by the obstac le course they have to navigate if they want too pen a business. T he business license regime is a repugnant rem nant of colonial days. F uture generations will appreciate it if these con cerns are addressed. Now lets think in the long term V IEWFROM A FAR J OHN I SSA Shar e your news T he Tribune wants to hear f rom people who are m aking news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in thea rea or have won an a war d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story. A 45-YEAR-OLD man from Florida was arrested in the pre-clearance section of the Lynden Pindling International Airport yesterday morning after being found in possession of ammunition. Police from the Western Division made the arrest at around 10.05am. In a report issued yesterday, Police Press Liaison officer, Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings said the man was from Orlando, Florida. It was not clear how much ammunition was discovered. Police investigations continue. MAN ARRESTED AT AIRPORT AFTER AMMUNITION FOUND CAMPERDOWN STABLES ANNUAL HORSE SHOW YOUNG EQUESTRIANS in action at the weekend as Camperdown Stables held its 8th Annual Horse Show. T im Clarke / Tribune staff
By PATRICE FRANCIS IF YOUVEbeen around for the past five years, youve probably heard of the biking phenomenon that takes overt he island of freedom every Spring but what you may not know is that The Ride for Hope, presented by Odyssey Aviation, cycles beyond the usual reasons people mount a bike. T alk to the coordinators or the cyclists and youll learn that their core motivations have very little to do with physical competition, racy bikes and fashionable jerseys. W hen co-founding siblings, S tephen Holowesko and S usan Larson, thought up this t wo-wheel cancer support system they were putting in m otion a community effort to r aise awareness and funds so that people in the Bahamas diagnosed with cancer could survive and thrive. Five y ears, 1,566 riders and 1.28 million dollars later, even they a re amazed by the countless e xpressions of hope the ride inspires. Inspired I was inspired by Lance A rmstrong, went over to meet h im and then started raising money for his foundation. But I kept thinking that I should be raising money for cancer support at home, Stephen Holowesko said. I didntk now what was happening with cancer treatment in the Bahamas so I did my research and found out that we had a l ot of talent but very little resources. A fter repeatedly remarki ng to his sister that he wanted to ride and raise funds to make cancer care more acces s ible to Bahamians, Larson g ave Holowesko an unusual C hristmas present in 2005. She told me that if I do my fundraising, shell organize the bike ride. And shes amazing at it. She puts me in charge of the stuff thats nots o subtle like huge containers for the bikes and she s weats all the small stuff, H olowesko said. Back in 2 006 when we got started, we thought that if we had 30 ride rs and raised 50 grand, wed have a great weekend. We had 101 riders and raised$ 180,000 and each year its g otten bigger and bigger. Hes not kidding. Last year, they cut registration off at 400 and ended up with 460 riders and in this, their sixth year, registration closed at 500p eople. There may be some things in the country that are on the decline, but enthusiasm for cancer support isnt one of them and in fact, the international support for this r ide and cause continues to g row as well. If cancer were just a uniquely Bahamian issue, wew ouldnt see that much financial support from overseas, Holowesko said. Thats the s ad and frightening element o f this disease. You have this commonality and everyones united in their fear of it and t heir effort to fight against it. Fighting against it is exact ly why cancer survivor, Meliss a Deidre Major, has decide d to re-mount her bike for t he first time since childhood. Major, founder of Freedom Survivors, a support group for young people affected by cancer, wants to ensure that no young person has to got hrough the ordeal of diagnosis and caretaking alone. So w ith the help of The Cancer S ociety, Cycles Unlimited and J eff Major, founder of The Tour of the Bahamas, ten F reedom Survivor Members will take off from picturesque Governors Harbour on them orning of April 9. Emotional That first Sunday that we met with Jeff was such an emotional experience for us because we realized that if weh adnt been affected by cancer, we wouldnt have been r iding, Major explained. What the Freedom Survivors expected to be a onetime gig with Jeff Major turned into weekly riding sess ions where they were coached beyond their per ceived ability and encouraged t o keep going because though the pain of exercising ends, the pain of cancer is, for m any, a constant thing. The result? Weve created a team. T he ten of us are now so conn ected and we wont stop riding, Major said. Next year, Ride for Hope is going toh ave to get a container just f or my team because Im going to have the biggest team of young people ridingw ith the Freedom Survivors. I need every young person to be aware of this disease and to know that they dont have to fear it. Like so many cancer survivors, Major definitelyb elieves that the best hope you have in that situation is the condition of your mind. And isnt that ultimately where the enthusiasm to join hundreds of other riders b egins? It begins in a mind t hat thinks: I can peddle and do my part to fight cancer in the Bahamas. It begins witha heart that says: I care and Eleuthera will have the bike wheel marks to prove it! T he Ride for Hope is an a nnual event that unites cancer survivors, caretakers, health professionals, corpo r ate citizens, local volunteers and international supporters in the cause to fight cancer int he Bahamas. To ride or raise t he hope in any other way, please visit www.ride f orhopebahamas.com LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011, PAGE 7 RIDE FOR HOPE SATURDAY APRIL 9, 2011: 500 bikes; one cause W W h h e e n n c c o o f f o o u u n n d d i i n n g g s s i i b b l l i i n n g g s s , S S t t e e p p h h e e n n H H o o l l o o w w e e s s k k o o a a n n d d S S u u s s a a n n L L a a r r s s o o n n , t t h h o o u u g g h h t t u u p p t t h h i i s s t t w w o o w w h h e e e e l l c c a a n n c c e e r r s s u u p p p p o o r r t t s s y y s s t t e e m m t t h h e e y y w w e e r r e e p p u u t t t t i i n n g g i i n n m m o o t t i i o o n n a a c c o o m m m m u u n n i i t t y y e e f f f f o o r r t t t t o o r r a a i i s s e e a a w w a a r r e e n n e e s s s s a a n n d d f f u u n n d d s s s s o o t t h h a a t t p p e e o o p p l l e e i i n n t t h h e e B B a a h h a a m m a a s s d d i i a a g g n n o o s s e e d d w w i i t t h h c c a a n n c c e e r r c c o o u u l l d d s s u u r r v v i i v v e e a a n n d d t t h h r r i i v v e e . T HESCENE a t last years Ride for Hope.
P AGE 8, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By SIR RONALD SANDERS (The writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean d iplomat). THERE has been a great debate over the military action in Libya by several Western governments, supported by some Arab g overnments. The central question has been: by what r ight are these governm ents intervening in the i nternal affairs of a state? Some context is necess ary for the intervention t hat has been authorised by the UN Security Council. An uprising in Libya against its tyrannical leader Muammar Gaddafi camein the wake of similar r ebellions against the autoc ratic leaders of Tunisia a nd Egypt. It coincided w ith what appeared to be a s weeping movement in Y emen, Bahrain and Syria which have now experienced unrest by large numbers of people who want regime change and greater freedom in their societies. When the rebellion in L ibya started, Gaddafi was merciless in using the military to try to stifle it. He e ven recruited mercenari es from African states in t he event that, as had occurred in Egypt, the mil-i tary showed reluctance to u se violence against their own people. Many hun dreds were killed from the very outset. While theb lood of Libyan people was being spilt, the world was treated to the farce on television of Gaddafi declaring: My people love me. My people, they love me. Gaddafi then went on t o claim that the unrest was c reated by al Qaida. He did n ot claim that it was fomented by Western nations, nor did he assert that the uprising was the work of Western oil companies intent on seizing Libyan oil. Repression A pologists for Gaddafi, a nd those who benefit from his financial help, closet heir eyes to decades of d espotic rule, brutal human rights abuses, repression of dissent and murderous adventures in other countries. In trying to stamp out this rebellion he set upon the populations of Brega a nd Zawiya and terrorized t he people of Misrata including by using military p lanes to bomb them. M embers of both the A rab League and the African Union expressed great alarm at the extentof force used by Gaddafi and they joined Western states at the UnitedN ations to call for action to try to stop him. On 27 February the UN Security Council agreed Resolution1 970 which condemned the a ctions of the Libyan authorities, demanded an end to violence, access for international human rights monitors and the lifting of restrictions on the media. A s the situation continu ed to deteriorate with m ore civilians being killed and Gaddafis failure to comply with Resolution 1970, the Security Council met again and on 18 March adopted Resolution 1973 which called for an immed iate ceasefire and author ised all necessary meas ures to protect civilians i ncluding the imposition of a no-fly zone. It did e xclude a foreign occupation force in Libya. Resolution 1973 was supported by 10 members of the Security Council with 5 others abstaining. The 5 countries that a bstained were China, Russia, India, Brazil and Germany. Under Article 27 of t he UN Charter, decisions o f the Security Council h ave to be made by an affirmative vote of ninem embers including the c oncurring votes of the permanent members. In this case, 3 permanent members concurred and 2 did not. But, none of the permanent members cast a veto which could have blocked the resolution, ands ince an abstention is nei ther an affirmative nor a negative vote, it is not suf-f icient to prevent action. A ll the permanent mem bers would be aware of thisp rocedure, therefore it has t o be assumed that Russia a nd China the two permanent members thata bstained, but did not cast a veto, had decided it was in their interest not to oppose the Resolution. Inter vention W hat was behind the Resolution and what fur ther validates the interven-t ion in Libya is a decision t aken by representatives of a ll governments at the 2005 World Summit. Governments agreed that wherea n individual state subjects its people to genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansinga nd crimes against humani ty, the international com munity has the responsibility to act, and in this context, to take collectivea ction, in a timely and decisive manner, through the S ecurity Council should p eaceful means be inadeq uate and national authorities manifestly fail to protect their populations. By his own actions of choosing to respond to the u nrest by violence and killing, Gaddafi set the stage for the intervention that followed based both on the UN Charter and the decision of the 2005 WorldS ummit on the international communitys responsibility to protect people whose own state t urns on them. At the time of writing, it is by no means clear how e vents in Libya will end. G addafi and his ruling c lique have shown no willi ngness to engage the diss enters in a dialogue; if a nything they have intensified their military offens ive. Meantime, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO e n leadership of the UN Security Council resolution t o enforce a no-fly zone and to protect the lives of civilians. Without commit-t ing ground troops themselves in aid of the poorlya rmed and militarilyuntrained rebels, the most t hat NATO can hope for i s the isolation of the Gaddafi regime and its e ventual collapse. What was the alternative? US President Obama summed it up on March 28 in an address to the American people when he told them: There will bet imes when our safety is not directly threatened, but our interests and our val u es are. Sometimes, the course of history poses c hallenges that threaten o ur common humanity and o ur common security responding to natural disasters, for example; or preventing genocide and keeping the peace; ensuring r egional security, and maintaining the flow of commerce. These may not be Americas problems alone, but they are important to us. Theyre prob-l ems worth solving. Freedom Obamas words to the American people hold v alidity for people all over t he world who cherish freedom and uphold the values o f human and civil rights. T he world has shrunk in m any ways through air travel, instant communication, interaction betweenc ivil society organisations, and a growing sense that mankind inhabits one plan et. Only autocratic regimes still cling to the notion that ruling regimes must act brutally against their own p eople to keep themselves i n power. T he responsibility to protect proclaimed by theW orlds leaders in 2005 w hether all of them meant it or not is now a principle whose time shows every sign of having arrived and which a conscientious Security Council should uphold wheneveri t is clearly necessary. Responses and previous c ommentaries at: w ww.sirronaldsanders.com Libya: By what right? WORLDVIEW S IRRONALDSANDERS
PAGE 12, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B y CONSTABLE 3011 MAKELLE PINDER UNFORTUNATELY, there are no second chances with life threatening dangers that face us every day. And knowi ng exactly what to do in e ach individual circumstance can dramatically increase your chances of surviving the threat. Most of us believe we're prepared for the dangers we e ncounter in life. But from s tatistics and loss of life f rom accidents and attacks, w e've come to find that the m ajority of Bahamians, w hile they believe they're prepared, actually cause themselves more harm because of a severe lack of information. T his reality is not alarm anyone. Instead being i nformed is powerful and can save lives, So it's important to understand the safe-t y tips provided and listed below... Dont walk or jog early in the morning or late at night when the streets are d eserted. When out at night, try t o have a friend walk or drive with you. Carry only the money y oull need on a particular day. Dont display your cash o r any other inviting targets such as pagers, cell phones, hand-held electronic games, or expensive jewelry andc lothing. Never disclose an expecting asue draw or how much cash and credit cardsy ou may have in your wallet or purse If you think someone is following you, switch direc t ions. If the person contin ues to follow you, move quickly toward an open store or restaurant or al ighted house. Dont be afraid to yell for help. Try to park in well-light e d areas with good visibility a nd close to walkways, stores, and people. Make sure you have your keys out as you approach your door. Always lock your car, even if its in your own driv eway; and never leave your motor running. Do everything you can to keep a stranger from getting into your car or to keepa stranger from forcing you into his or her car. If a dating partner has abused you, do not meet him or her alone. Do not let h im or her in your home or car when you are alone. If you are a battered spouse, call the police immediately. Assault is a c rime, whether committed by a stranger or your spouseo r any other family memb er. If you believe that you and your children are in danger, call a crisis hotlineo r a health center (the police can also make a referral) and leave immedi ately. If someone tries to rob you, give up your proper tydont give up your life. C hoose your battles, walk a way from conflict and embrace peace. If you are robbed or assaulted, report the crime to the police. Try to describe the attacker accurately. Your actions c an help prevent someone e lse from becoming a vic tim. Remember that life does not have a restart button. Education and common sense is POWER! Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention Office: Protecting yourself from violent crimes NEW YORK Associated Press SOUTHWEST AIRLINEScancelled about 600 flights this weekend as the airline continues its inspection of 79 of its Boeing 737 aircraft, in the aftermath of an emergency landing of one of its planes on Friday. The airline cancelled 300 flights Sunday after cancelling the same number on Saturday. Southwest Airlines spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger says it still hasn't made a decision about Monday's flights. "We are working as diligently as possible to minimize any impact on (customers' Eichinger told The Associated Press Sunday. Southwest normally has about 3,400 flights each day though it's slightly reduced on Saturday. That means that almost 9 percent of the total number of flights were cancelled each of the two days. No flights were cancelled on Friday. The aircraft is being inspected over the next several days, the company said. No one was seriously injured Friday as the aircraft carrying 118 people rapidly lost cabin pressure and made a harrowing but controlled descent from 34,500 feet, landing safely near Yuma, Ariz., 150 miles southwest of Phoenix. But passengers recalled tense minutes after a hole ruptured overhead with a blast, and they fumbled frantically for oxygen masks as the plane descended. In a release issued Saturday, Southwest said the passengers on board Flight 812 have received a full refund along with an apology and two complimentary round-trip passes on Southwest for future flights. On Sunday, federal investigators examining the damaged plane in Yuma said the entire length of a 5-foot-long tear in the skin of the aircraft shows evi dence of pre-existing fatigue cracking. SOUTHWES T AIRLINES C ANCELS 600 FLIGHTS OVER WEEKEND INTERNATIONALNEWS
T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011, PAGE 13 By MIKE LIGHTBOURN NEW Providence home prices have climbed steadi-l y over the years and, while they may have levelled in recent times, they may still seem high. Theres a reason for that. T he simple law of supply and demand determines t he final sale price. If there are fewer homes for sale in your area, then buyers must compete for those listings, making it a sellers m arket. L ets take a closer look. S eventy per cent of the Bahamas total population resides in New Providence.Y et this tiny island only comprises approximately1 .5 per cent of the count rys total land mass. Between 1990 and 2010, the New Providence population grew from 172,196 to 2 48,948 with residential communities spreading throughout the length andb readth of New Provid ence. Land is becoming scarcer; hence prices haven ot plunged as we've seen i n some of the US States where there are a surplus o f homes and fewer buyers. It also costs a lot more to build a home or develop property because of hefty i ncreases in building materials, labour and land costs. Having said that, whether its a buyers or sellers market, the simple fact is that your home is worth only what a buyer will pay for it. At the end of the day, regardless of market condi-t ions, if your home is to get a ttention especially in challenging times youve got to price aggressively against your competition. Do not overprice your home because you may end up making even less money than if you had priced properly from the start. Why? Because sellers who overprice have to keep chasing the market down by reducing their price. The best time to sell a property is when it is first offered for sale. Priced right it will sell quickly. Generally speaking, the first offer you get is usually the best one (unless it is a silly one). Too many people feel if they wait they will get a better offer down the road. A property that sits on the market gets stale and will languish. While setting a price is ultimately your decisionand your decision alone, do some research and educate yourself first. Your BREA agent is responsible for advising you on what other properties sold for and what your competition is. Ifa property similar to yours sold for, say $400,000, then what makes yours worth $450,000? Order an appraisal and consult your BREA profes sional to get a realistic figure of your homes value. If you choose not to com ply with the current market value, then you wont be a seller, youll just be an owner with a stale For Sale sign in the yard. Tip of the week: As I have repeated before it is all about PRICE-PRICEPRICE. It is as simple as that. (Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Real ty). REALESTATE EXPLAINING N EW PROVIDENCE HOME PRICES
eign company by as early as ( today). No one can say in the cir cumstances of this transaction a nd our publicly stated and clear position, that they do not know what to expect from a future PLP administration. B uyer beware! Cease and desist! Do not proceed! I cannot be more clear on this. This i s an affront to the Bahamian people. We will use all lawful m eans available to us to e nsure that it will not stand, said the PLP leader, reiterating and reaffirming a threatf irst issued in the midst of the sale process in a manner which indicates that the PLPsp osition on the matter is not set to change in light of the formalisation of the sale. It also suggested the PLP would not be deterred by the provisions of the deal struck between the government and C&WC which would make it difficult and very financially onerous for this or any suc cessive government to alter t he terms agreed to between the present government and C&WC. M r Christie stated that if elected to power the PLP intends to have a full publici nquiry into the sale of BTCs a ssets to C&WC, suggesting that there are too many unanswered questions aboutt his deal. The deal stinks and the PLP remains committed to r egaining this asset for the Bahamian people and to allow the Bahamian public to have a full and public view of t he entirety of this transac tion, he said. Meanwhile, the Free N ational Movement in a statement released prior to Mr Christies yesterday, hit out at the PLP for their performance during the parlia mentary debate over the sale of BTC to C&WC. The party suggested that the debate exposed the PLPs hypocrisy and dysfunction and became one of the most stunning displays of hypocrisy in Bahamian polit ical life given that the PLP had been in favour of handing over control of BTC to the dubious Bluewater prior to the 2007 general election. The PLP still refuses to tell the Bahamian people who h ad their hands in the Bluewater cookie jar. The PLPs Bluewater deal would haveb een a disaster for The Bahamas, filling the coffers of selfish interests who like tot alk Bahamian, but who often t reat Bahamians with con tempt. Bluewaters lawyer was n one other than PLP Deputy Leader Philip Brave Davis, said the FNM who were of t he opinion that he helped negotiate a sweetheart deal for his clients. The FNM said that under t hat deal $70 million of BTC money would have been placed under the control ofB luewaters principals. Under the new BTC-Cable & Wire less partnership agreed to by the FNM that money goes to the Bahamian people, said the FNM statement. And the ruling party made its own threat that in the run up to the upcoming general election Bahamians will learn more about how the PLP were prepared to just about auction off Bahamian national interest in the Bluewater deal. In that deal, a few select individuals and their cronies would have filled their bank accounts and pockets at the expense of the Bahamian people, the FNM claimed. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE H owever, he admitted that the party l eader does plan to make an appearance in a bid to reaffirm commitment to the seat. Mr Bethel also opted to withhold possible candidates as he felt the constituency should be the first to discuss their options. They (the association ward with anticipation to being consulted o n who the party will nominate to cont est the next elections in the area, Mr B ethel said. They are anxious to get a new candidate so that they can get refo-c used and back to work. Its very important that the party offers its authority and presence to reassure FNMs of the commitment of the party to the retention of an FNM seat. Also expected to attend tomorrows meeting is FNM Senator Dion Foulkes and Mount Moriah MP Tommy Turnq uest. B amboo Town was formerly repres ented by independent candidate Tenn yson Wells, who won the seat in the 2002 election. He ran against Mr McCartney i n 2007 and lost. Last month, FNMs in Bamboo Town were said to be very disappointed by the impromptu resignation of their MP from the party. The association explained thate xecutives learnt of Mr McCartneys decision only when it was made public. Since then the PLP has resolved that it will not yield the seat to Mr McCartney, despite not having fielded a candidate in B amboo Town for the past two elections. According to FNM sources, Kenyatta Gibson, FNM MP for Kennedy, was alson amed as a possible candidate. Mr Bethel added: The constituency r emains FNM, no matter what the incumbent decides to do to advance his own career he was elected on an FNM ticket. T he party is going to meet with the association, to show them our support, to e ncourage and to let them know that the fire of the torch still burns bright in Bamboo Town. FROM page one Christie:BTC deal will not stand PM expected to consult with Bamboo Town Constituency Association F ROM page one PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011, PAGE 15 us to engage our customers, our colleagues and the company in ways that may be new to us, said Mr Griffin. Yet, in this transition, one will find interesting and exciting oppor-t unities for those prepared to accept and e mbrace what will no doubt be a vibrant and progressive BTC. Mr Griffin also urged BTC employees to make sound decisions on their professional future. As you make up your mind as to y our place in BTC, I implore you not to pay a ny attention whatsoever to rumour and specu lation no matter the source. The management of BTC will ensure that you remain informed of what is to happen within the company and will provide the channels for you to obtain whatever information you require. The decision that you ultimately make about your professional future are indeed profound and v ery personal. Be sure that you base these decisions on substantiated facts. w oman, which was heading west. A ccording to eye witness and COB stud ent, PJ Smith, the white taxi, having struck the black BMW, then pushed the vehicle in a westerly direction along the street. The driver of the black BMW then accelerated and ended up crashing into the statueo f three hibiscus flowers that stand on the l awn directly in front of the FML office building, dislodging one of the metal flowers and undergoing extensive damage. The taxi van came to a halt on the sidewalk on the northern side of West Bay Street, just in front of Mr Smith. When The Tribune arrived on the scene at 6 .15pm police had arrived, however people in the area expressed surprise that officers had taken about 20 minutes to reach the crash despite the Fort Charlotte police station beingl ocated a mere 60 feet or so from the site. T he BMW was towed off the statue and a way from the scene. No one was injured. ple stab wounds in his body. The Tribune understands that the victim is 29-year-old Lamont Butler. It is reported that he got into an argument with two men whom he knew and was subsequently stabbed multiple times. Butler was taken to a local clinic where he was pronounced dead, according to police. According to police press liaison officer Chrislyn Skippings, two men a ges 21 and 26 are being questioned in c onnection with the incident. The men w ere taken into custody after they were taken to the Marsh Harbour Police Sta-t ion by family members. This latest homicide pushes the count rys murder count to 35 for the year. It i s also the second homicide at Dundas T own, Abaco this year. In February Yvonne Adderley was found dead in her apartment in Dundas Town withi njuries to the back of her head. Her son Ronado Adderley, 33, has been charged in her murder. BMW crashes into Flowers propertyafter accident Cable and Wireless c hiefs set to discuss plans with BTC staff next week FROM page one FROM page one Man dies after club stabbing in Abaco FROM page one ACAPULCO, Mexico Associated Press A DRUGtrafficker who planted a "whisky bomb" intended for a police commander has been arrested, Mexico's federal police said Sunday. Police said suspect Manuel Mendez allegedly left a box containing a bottle of whisky and 11 pounds (5 kilograms in the western Mexico state of Jalisco in September. Mendez's "Resistencia" cartel than sent out word that the whisky was a gift for a local police commander who had purportedly interfered with the cartel's operations. The box contained a remote-controlled electronic device to trigger the explosives. It was found by police and deactivated before it exploded. Police said Mendez, whose nickname is "Kerosene," was arrested in a suburb of Mexico City. They said the "Resistencia" cartel largely operates in Jalisco. Mexican cartels have increasingly turned to car bombs and explosives in making attacks on police. Also Sunday, two men were found shot to death in a town west of the resort of Acapulco in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero. Both victims had their right index fingers cut off, a practice frequently used by cartels to punish alleged informers. MEXICAN POLICE CATCH MAN WHO PLANTED 'WHISKY BOMB'
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But a minister in the government o f internationally recognized president Alassane Ouattara late Saturday accused U.N. peacekeepers of failing to protect civilians in Duek-o ue from vengeful fighters supporting the entrenched incumbent leader. T he U.N. accused traditional hunters fighting in a force support-i ng Ouattara of "extra-judicial exec utions" of more than 330 people l ast week in Duekoue. Guillaume Ngeta, joint chief for human rights of the U.N. mission, also on Saturday night blamed the killings of about 100 more civilians there on fighters loyal to LaurentG bagbo, Ivory Coast's leader since 2000 who refuses to accept his defeat in November elections. Such allegations are a strong blow to the stature of the democratically elected Ouattara and could not c ome at a worse time, as fighters c laiming loyalty to him prepared Sunday for a final push on Gbagbo's strongholds in Abidjan. A id organizations say atrocities that could qualify as war crimes and crimes against humanity are being committed by both sides as fight e rs for the two rivals prepare for a battle in Abidjan, the commercial capital and seat of power. R oman Catholic charity Caritas said Saturday more than 1,000 peop le were killed over three days last week in one Duekoue neighborhood controlled by forces fighting to install Ouattara. Caritas spokesman Patrick Nicholson said they did not know who did the k illing. The International Federation of t he Red Cross put the death toll at m ore than 800, and said it appeared to be "inter-communal violence." O uattara's government blamed r etreating Gbagbo forces, and accused them of killing about 100 people there before they retreated. J ustice Minister Jeannot Ahous s ou-Kouadio rebuffed the U.N.'s allegations in a statement late Satu rday, accusing the nearly 1,000 peacekeepers based in Duekoue of abandoning the town and leaving civilians at the mercy of vengeful Gbagbo fighters. Militia "The government notes that the (U.N. missiont own of Duekoue before its liberation by the Republican Forces at the same time that the town was p rey to looting and exactions of e very type being committed by the m ilitia and mercenaries of Mr. Laurent Gbagbo," the statement said. T he U.N. mission said most of its soldiers were deployed around a Catholic mission, protecting some1 5,000 people who had sought refuge there. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Kim oon called Ouattara to discuss the issue late Saturday. Ouattara repeated his camp's denials, said he had launched an investigation and would welcome an international inquiry into the killings, according t o a U.N. statement. Aid workers who visited Duek oue last week said survivors blamed p ro-Ouattara forces. The survivors said that when the so-called Republican Forces entered Duekoue, they h eaded straight for the Carrefour n eighborhood that was controlled b y a pro-Gbagbo militia that previously had attacked Ouattara supp orters and migrants from Burki na Faso, according to Ivorian workers from an international aid orga-n ization who spoke on condition of a nonymity for fear of reprisals. There were massive killings, t hey set the place ablaze and burned down the (neighborhood completely," one said. Nicholson, the Caritas s pokesman, said victims were killed by small-arms fire or hacked to death with machetes. H e said the victims included many refugees from fighting elsewhere in the country. In retaliation, the aid workers said, the retreating militia joined u p with Liberian mercenaries and descended on Guiglo town, about 25 miles (40 kilometersa ttacked scores of people there, mainly migrant workers. It is not known how many people were k illed at Guiglo, they said. Efforts t o call the Catholic Church at G uiglo were unsuccessful, apparently because power cuts did not a llow people to charge their phones. Fighters Ouattara had long tried to distance himself from the northernbased fighters taking up his causew ho fought in a brief civil war almost a decade ago that left the country split in two. Those fighters w ere accused of many atrocities at the time. The elections were supposed to reunite the country. But Ouattara's repeated calls for an international military intervention to force out Gbagbo and end the violence have gone unheeded. L ast week, he appeared to change tack as the rebel fighters, which he renamed the "Republican Forces,"b egan their lightning assault on Abidjan. The Duekoue killings are the w orst atrocities reported in the viol ent electoral dispute. Previously, t he United Nations put the death toll at 492 from four months of f ighting. The International Federa tion of the Red Cross said the toll is much higher, with thousands killeda nd injured. T he International Organization o f Migration said Sunday about 4 ,000 refugees who had fled the killings in Duekoue and been stranded on the road to Guiglo have been taken to safety at anotherC atholic mission. They are among more than 1 million people displaced by the violence since Janu a ry. Charges fly in killings of 1,000 in Ivorian town THIS HANDOUT photo provided by the French Defense Ministry on Sunday April 3, 2011, shows French soldiers patrolling a s part of the French Force Licorne, in Port Bouet district of Abidjan, Saturday, April, 2, 2011. The United Nations mission in Ivory Coast began moving some 200 employees out of the main city Sunday after repeated attacks on its headquarters, as fighters loyal to the internationally recognized president prepared for a battle to oust the incumbent leader. (AP
INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011, PAGE 17 WASHINGTON Associated Press THEU.S. and its allies need to know much morea bout the rebels in Libya before providing them with advanced weapons to fight Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's forces, key U.S. lawmakers said Sunday. Republican Rep. Mike R ogers, the chairman of the H ouse Intelligence Committee, said there may be strains of al-Qaida within the rebel ranks and that the NATOled coalition in the campaign a gainst Gadhafi should proceed with caution before arming them. S enate Majority Leader Harry Reid advocated a "wait and see" approach to givingt he opposition forces more firepower. "I think at this stage we r eally don't know who the l eaders of this rebel group are," said Reid. But Rogers also warned t hat if there were a stalemate in Libya, Gadhafi might resort to extreme measuresa gainst the opposition forces, s uch as the use of chemical weapons. Gadhafi remaining in power is not an option, Rogers said. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said the coalitionn eeds to take the air war to Libya's capital where Gad hafi and his inner circle are located. Striking targets in Tripoli will further fracture Gadhafi's inner circle and p ush the Libyan leader from power, he said. "The way to end this war is to have Gadhafi's inner circlet o crack," Graham said. "The way to get his inner circle tocrack is to go after them d irectly." Like Rogers, Graham said he's concerned over thep rospect of a stalemate in L ibya. A member of the Sen ate Armed Services Commit tee, he faulted President B arack Obama for putting t he U.S. into a supporting role and shifting the main combat burden to Britain, France and other NATO allies. "To take the best air force i n the world and park it dur ing this fight is outrageous," Graham said. "When we called for a no-fly zone, we didn't mean our planes." NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said the U.S. approved a request from thea lliance to extend until Mon day its role in flying strike m issions over Libya. In an e mailed statement, Lungesc u said Sunday that "poor weather conditions over the last few days" were the rea-s on for the request." She did not elaborate, saying shec ouldn't discuss operational d etails. These aircraft will continue to conduct and support alliance air-to-ground miss ions throughout this weekend," she said. U.S. participation in strike m issions against Libya was to end Sunday unless NATO officials specifically asked for assistance and authorities inW ashington gave their approval. NATO assumed full control last week fromt he U.S.-led international force for all aspects of the operation in Libya as autho rized by U.N. resolutions that i nclude an arms embargo, enforcing the no-fly zone, and protecting civilians from Gad h afi's forces. Allied military operations against Gadhafi's forcesb egan March 19 with missiles a nd bombs targeting Libya's air defenses, communications networks, and ground forces.O bama has ruled out the use of U.S. ground troops in Libya. But the opposition lacks the proper organization and equipment to push back Gadhafi's army on its own. The rebels scored early suc cess against Gadhafi's forces, but lost most of their gains inr ecent days. Sen. John McCain, the top R epublican on the Senate A rmed Services Committee, s aid failing to arm the rebels could allow Gadhafi to main tain control over large swaths o f Libya. "We are concerned that r egional support will waver i f Western forces are perc eived as presiding over a military deadlock," McCain and Sen. Joe Lieberman, an i ndependent, wrote Friday in The Wall Street Journal. "We cannot allow Gadhafi to con-s olidate his grip over part of the country and settle in for the long haul." Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, t he chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in con gressional testimony on T hursday that as few as 1,000 among the rebels are former members of Gadhafi's mili tary. T he rest are simply "guys with guns," said James Dubik, a retired Army threes tar general who says they need American or NATO advisers and trainers to bee ffective. "They need help," D ubik wrote in an assessment for the Institute for the Study of War, a think tank in Wash-i ngton. Rogers appeared Sunday on NBC television's "Meet the Press." Reid and Graham appeared on CBS's "Face The Nation. Lawmakers urge caution on arming Libyan rebels Republican Rep. Mike Rogers says there may be strains of al-Qaida among rebels I N THIS PHOTO r eleased by NBC House Intelligence Chairman Rep. M ike Rogers, R-Mich., speaks about the situation in Libya on NBC's "Meet the Press" in Washington Sunday, April 3, 2011. (AP
TOKYO Associated Press ENGINEERSpinned their hopes on chemicals, sawdust and shredded newspaper to stop highly radioactive water pouring into the ocean from Japan's tsunamiravaged nuclear plant Sunday as officials said it will take several months to bring the crisis under control, the first time they have provided a timetable. Concrete already failed to stop the tainted water spewing from a crack in a maintenance pit, and the new mixture did not appear to be working either, but engineers said they were not abandoning it. The Fukushima Da-ichi plant has been leaking radioactivity since the March 11 tsunami carved a path of destruction along Japan's northeastern coast, killing as many as 25,000 people and knocking out key cooling systems that kept it from overheating. People living within 12 miles (20 kilometers) of the plant have been forced to abandon their homes. The government said Sunday it will be several months before the radiation stops and permanent cooling systems are restored. Even after that happens, there will be years of work ahead to clean up the area around the complex and figure out what to do with it. "It would take a few months until we finally get things under control and have a better idea about the future," said Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency spokesman Hidehiko Nishiyama. We'll face a crucial turning point within the next few months, but that is not the end." His agency said the timetable is based on the first step, pumping radioactive water into tanks, being completed quickly and the second, restoring cooling systems, being done within a matter of w eeks or months. Every day brings some new problem at the plant, where workers have often been forced to retreat from repair efforts because of high radiation levels. On Sunday, plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. announced it had found the bodies of two w orkers missing since the tsunami. Radiation, debris and explosions kept workers from finding them until Wednesday, and then the announcement was delayed several days out of respect for their families. T EPCO officials said they believed the workers ran down t o a basement to check equipment after the magnitude-9.0 earthquake that preceded the tsunami. They were there when the massive wave swept over the plant. "It pains us to have lost these t wo young workers who were trying to protect the power plant a mid the earthquake and tsunami," TEPCO Chairman Tsune hisa Katsumata said in a statement. On Saturday, workers discovered an 8-inch (20-centimeter crack in a maintenance pit at the plant and said they believe water from it may be the source of some of the high levels of radioactive iodine that have been found in the ocean for more than a week. This is the first time they have found radioactive water leaking directly into the sea. A picture released by TEPCO shows water shooting some distance away from a wall and splashing into the ocean, though the amount is not clear. No other cracks have been found. The radioactive water dissipates quickly in the ocean but could be dangerous to workers at the plant. Engineers tried to seal the crack with concrete Saturday, but that effort failed. So on Sunday they went farther up the system and injected sawdust, three garbage bags of shredded newspaper and a polymer similar to one used to absorb liquid in diapers that can expand to 50 times its nor mal size when combined with water. The polymer mix in the passageway leading to the pit had not stopped the leak by Sunday night, but it also had not leaked out of the crack along with the water, so engineers were stirring it in an attempt to get it to expand. They expected to know by Monday morning if it would work. I NTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 18, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE R ESIDENTS OF OKUMA TOWN w here the Fukushima Dai-ichi n uclear complex is located, arrive at a spring inn-converted shelter during a mass evacuation of the town, in Aizuwakamatsu city, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, Sunday. Yomiuri Shimbun, Takumi Harada /AP Engineers pin hopes on polymer to stop nuke leak
IT WAS yet another b usy week of trading in the Bahamian stock market. I nvestors traded in eight out of the 24 listed s ecurities, with three advancers and two decliners. EQUITY MARKET A total of 178,287 s hares changed hands, representing an increase of 130,551 shares com-p ared to the previous week's trading volume of 4 7,736. C olina Holdings (CHL w as the volume leader a nd big advancer, trading a volume of 100,000 s hares, its stock price i ncreasing by $0.15 to close at $2.55. B ank of the Bahamas ( BOB) traded a volume o f 30,169 shares, its share p rice climbing $0.08 to c lose at $5.28. C ommonwealth Bank (CBL of 26,500 shares, its stock price increasing $0.07 to close at $6.89. Cable Bahamas (CAB was the big decliner, tradi ng a volume of 11,300 shares to see its stock price fall by $0.35 to c lose at $8.90. Finance Corporation of t he Bahamas (FIN ed a volume of 2,652 shares, its listed price d ecreasing by $0.25 to close at $7.25. AML Foods (AML t raded a volume of 5,866 shares to close unchanged at $1.19. F OCOL Holdings Limited (FCL u me of 1,780 shares to c lose unchanged at $5.48. B OND MARKET F idelity Bank Bahamas S eries D Notes (FBBSD traded a volume of$ 41,000 notes at par valu e. C OMPANY NEWS E arnings Releases: Bank of the Bahamas (BOB ed financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2010. BOB reported net income a vailable to common shareholders of $2.2 million, an increase of $ 875,000 compared to the $1.3 million reported in t he same quarter in the prior year. Net interest income of $ 9.3 million reflected an increase of $2.4 million, compared to $6.9 million i n 2009, while total operating income increased from $1.3 million to $1.6m illion, an increase of 23 per cent over the comp arative period. B OB's credit loss e xpense of $1.7 million i ncreased significantly y ear-over-year by $1.2 m illion, compared to the $ 0.5 million recognised in the comparative quarter.M anagement has indicate d this was due to a large n umber of non-accrual l oans. E arnings per share for t he quarter stood at $0.14 on December 31, 2010, compared to a $0.01 per share loss reported on December 31, 2009. At December 31, 2010, total assets and liabilities o f the bank stood at $817 million and $697 million, respectively, compared to $778 million and $662 million at June 30, 2010. AGM NOTICE: Commonwealth Bank (CBL AGM is to be held at SuperClubs Breezes onM ay 18, 2011, at 5pm. B USINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ROYALFIDELITY MARKET WRAP B y ROYALFIDELITY CAPITAL MARKETS INTERNATIONAL STOCK MARKET INDEXES Index Weekly% Change DJIA 12,376.761.28 S&P 500 1,332.41 1.42 NASDAQ 2,789.60 1.70 Nikkei 9,708.39 1.81 E QUITY MARKET TRADING STATISTICS W eek ending 01.04.11 BISX SYMBOLCLOSING PRICEWKLY PRICE CHANGEVOLUMEYTD PRICE CHANGE AML$1.19$-5,88622.68% B BL$0.18$-00.00% BOB$5.28$0.0830,1697.76% BPF$10.63$-00.00% BSLN/A$-00.00% B WL$ 2.70$-00.00% CAB$ 8.90$-0.3511,300-14.91% C BL$6.89$0.0726,500-1.57% CHL$2.55$0.15100,0006.25% CIB$9.30$-0-0.96% CWCB$2.16$-0.11018.03%D HS$1.40$-0-12.50% F AM$5.22$-0-14.00% FBB$1.96$-0-9.68% F CL$5.48$0.001,7800.37% F CLB$1.00$-00.00% F IN$7.25$-0.252,6520.28% I CD$7.30$-0-1.35% J SJ $9.82$-00.00% P RE$10.00$-00.00% B OND MARKET TRADING STATISTICS BISX SYMBOLDESCRIPTIONVOLUMEPAR VALUE FBB13FBB Series C Notes Due 20130$1,000 FBB15FBB Series D Notes Due 201541$1,000 FBB17FBB Series A Notes Due 20170$1,000 FBB22 FBB Series B Notes Due 2022 0 $1,000 INTERNA TIONAL MARKETS FOREX Rates C urrency Weekly % Change C AD 1 .0378 1.85 GBP1.61160.44 EUR 1.42371.06 Commodities Commodity Weekly% Change Crude Oil 119.002.61 G old1,418.00-1.25 Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story.
B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com THEBahamian Contractors Associations (BCA president said he expects thef irst tranche of an Inter-Ameri can Development Bank (IDB it in short order, enabling the organisation to forge ahead with several initiatives aimed a t strengthening the industry. Stephen Wrinkle said three major initiatives are plannedu nder the auspices of the program the organisation will fund using the $150,000 grant. T hese include a training and certification program for contractors, the development of standardised documentation f or small and medium-sized construction projects such as a contract, stage payment application and change order and the expansion of the BCA into the Family Islands t hrough the establishment of c hapters outside New Providence. Speaking of the BCAs d esire to extend its network further beyond New Providence, Mr Wrinkle said this i nitiative has been well r eceived so far by contractors in places such as Abaco and Grand Bahama. Weve had a pretty good response. Theyve also had problems with outside con tractors coming and takingt heir work. We will be better able to feed and disseminate information and help eacho ther as we move forward, particularly with our training and education, Mr Wrinkle said. They are really isolated by not being affiliated, so we hope to create a venue for disc ussion and support among o ur members. For example, if a contractor in Abaco needs to get something from a government office in Nassau we can assist them with that. Ift hey need help with a foreign d eveloper and its an immig ration issue we can assist them with that; if its a perm itting issue we can help them; if they have a problem r ecruiting enough manpower or equipment, we have a section in our website where wee xchange information on services, goods and products Focus A lot of (the Family Island c ontractors) know how to b uild stuff real well, but they dont know much about administration and budgeting, s o those are the areas we will f ocus on. T he BCA will add $75,000 to the $150,000 grant from the I DB, bringing the total pot of funds to develop the initiatives to $225,000. M r Wrinkle confirmed he h as been asked to stay on for a nother two years as president of the BCA, following a four-year stint, to help implement the IDB-funded program, which has been severaly ears in the making. The BCA has now appointed a project administrator to d eal with the implementation of the initiatives full-time. The IDB grant does not come with any technical expertise in tow, but Mr Wrinkle said the BCA expects to hire a number of consultants where necessary. T raining and certification w ill be provided for level one, two and three contractors, and those specialising in various sub-trades within the industry. T his aspect of the program i s intended to tie in to what M r Wrinkle has deemed the BCAs number one priority the Contractors Bill which is intended to provide the legi slation and regulations to regulate the construction industry. M r Wrinkle has deemed this step critical, not only top rotecting consumers from s hoddy workmanship, but to s ecuring the Bahamian cons truction industrys future foothold in lucrative foreign d irect investment (FDI opments, since foreign investors have been tradition a lly wary of working with Bahamian contractors who cannot show evidence of their qualifications and suitability to conduct certain work. The BCA hopes the IDBfunded training initiative willr un parallel to the training program it hopes to imple ment to prepare Bahamian construction workers/contractors to participate to the greatest extent possible in the Baha Mar development, which got underway in February. Some $400 million worth of w ork from the total $2.6 bill ion value of the project has been mandated by the Government to go to Bahamian contractors, both large, medium and small. A total $2 mil-l ion out of $8 million allocated f or training overall by Baha M ar will go towards construction-related education, aimed a t preparing Bahamian workers for the type of work r equired. Initiative As to where this initiative s tands, Mr Wrinkle said he expects the program to movef orward once Baha Mar is a ble to secure the administrat or for the Baha Mar Training a nd Services Academy, through which the training will be facilitated. B aha Mar is presently a dvertising for a candidate to f ill the vacancy of leader of the academy, who Mr Wrinkle s aid will become the point person at Baha Mar for the BCA and BTVI throughoutt he training initiative. We've pretty much establ ished our steering committees for the Baha Mar training, so as they hire their administrator and we are able to meet with them, things s hould get going. Our draft p roposal to them is ready now and BTVI is already geared up, said Mr Wrinkle. 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the individual electricity bill amounting to more than $5 billion for all BEC customers. The $5 billion financial savings estimate is based on several projections, namely electricity tariffs of $0.31 per kilowatt hour (kWh a ssumptions relating to average equipment lifetime are 15 and 20 years of energ y efficiency for solar water h eaters and renewable energy plants, respectively; oil p rices of $100 per barrel; a nd investment average p ower saving costs of $0.05 per kWh at 9 per cent weighted average cost ofc apital (WACC The Committees report estimated that in dollar terms, energy efficiency would save $392 million, with renewable energies generating $4.588 billion in c ost savings for individuals a nd businesses the entire B ahamian economy. T o get there, the report u rged that renewable ener g ies take a 15 per cent and 30 per cent share of the total BEC power supply by 2020 and 2030, respectively. Analysing the available renewable energy technologies, the National Energy Policy Committee report said they have yet to be exploited in the Bahamas in any significant way. It added: The technical potential of domestic renewable energy sources is defined as the maximum generation yield on suitable lands, sites and roofs, considering natural and technic al restrictions like exclus ion of nature protection areas, suitability of lands for c ertain plants, or possible d ensity of wind power plants. The technical potential i s 50 times the present powe r demand of the Bahamas, which is more than suffi-c ient to cover the future p ower demand increase. And the Committee said: The most competitive renewable energy source is presently biomass. Other renewable energy technologies are not economically v iable under current B ahamian conditions. When c onsidering the presently c ompetitive technologies o nly, the economic poten t ial amounts to 70 per cent of present power demand. With fossil fuel prices potentially increasing in the future, and costs of some renewable energy technolo gies like solar and PVe xpected to decrease further, the economic potential of domestic renewable energy will grow to a level more than five times the projected demand by 2030. The Committee advocated that net metering and net billing schemes be established for small wind power plants and photovoltaic plants (PV w atts (KW b illing only granted to plants operated on or near b uildings occupied by the o perator of the plant and generation equipment i nstalled primarily to cover, p artially or fully, the cust omers electricity needs. To further encourage r enewable energy entrepren eurs and investment, the Committee recommended that a tendering scheme be developed for utility-scale power plants with a minimum 5 mega watt (MW generation capacity. Feedi n tariffs would also be r equired to provide bio m ass, wind and waste-toe nergy plants with an econ omic return. I ncreasing renewable energy to a 15 per cent share of BECs power sup ply sources was described as a medium-term goal for the next five to 10 years, with alternative energy s ources also targeting the production of 50 per cent or more of the electricity needs o f small communities. O ther medium-term goals outlined by the National Energy Policy Committee report, released at the end of last week, was increasing the use of solar hot water heaters to 20-30 per cent of all Bahamian households by 2021, a goal aimed at reducing oil imports. To finance renewable energys development in the Bahamas, the Committee suggested that financing be collected via a Renewable E nergy Fund. It advocated t hat this could be financed from the Governments B udget, taxes, an electricity t ariff surcharge, grants and climate trade income. M aintaining a twin track p olicy, the Committee a dded: Energy efficiency measures and energy-savingm eans should be established s o that any future growth of demand for energy services would be entirely balanced. This means by 2030 the current level of energy services from electricity lighting, air conditioning, comm unications etc would be p rovided with 30 per cent l ess power than presently r equired. T o achieve this goal, the C ommittee suggested measures including only admitting energy-rated electrical appliances (those bearing the Star rating) to the Bahamas, along with mandatory minimum energ y efficiency standards for new buildings. Customs duty exemptions f or energy efficient equipm ent, plus making it a legal obligation to use solar water heaters, was also pushed. 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thirds of electricity produced by BEC lost before it reaches the consumer. Detailing the potential balance of payments (foreign currency usage) and national security implications from the Bahamas almost-100 per cent reliance on fossil fuels for its energy, the Committees second report, released late last week, noted that between 2001 and 2008, total spending on oil imports grew from $273.3 million to $1.147 billion. A comparison of the Central Bank oil imports for local consumption and the estimated tourism expenditures between 2001 and 2008 reveals that the percentage of funds repatriated to purchase oil for local consumption grew from 16.6 per cent to 26.7 per cent over the period, the Committees report said. This implies that an ever greater percentage of this nations foreign currency earnings is leaking out every year to pay for energy needs. BECs 2009 generation data, the report said, showed that heavy fuel oil was used to generate 44 per cent of its electricity output, with the remaining 56 per cent produced by its 29 generating plats coming from automotive diesel oil. The supply of electricity is inherently inefficient, since as much as two-thirds of the energy can be lost before it reaches the final customer, the Committees report said. The bulk of the losses occur in the fossilfired power plants as heat losses. While the efficiency of the fossil-fired power plants can be further increased, renewable energy facilities using direct conversion technologies, such as photovoltaic systems, feature little or no losses, usually. Currently, BECs large commercial customers account for 43 per cent of the electricity consumed once it hits the grid, while residential and small commercial customers account for 35 per cent and 8 per cent, respectively. About 10 per cent of electricity that reaches the distribution grid is lost before it reaches the end user. The impact of increasing fossil-fuel related energy costs has also been seen in the Bahamian transportation sector. The total value of oil imports for local consumption has, over the eightyear period from 2001-2008, increased significantly, the Committee said. Motor gasoline used for local consumption, for example, increased in value from $63.291 million in 2002 to $201.147 million in 2008, a three-fold increase. Similar changes are noted in jet fuel and aviation gasoline. All this was produced by rising oil prices, plus a likely increase in the number of vehi cles on Bahamian roads. When it came to transportation policy, the National Energy Policy Committee urged that in the short-term, over the next five years, average commute t imes in New Providence be reduced by 20 per cent. Public transport usage should also grow by 10-20 per cent, it added. For medium-term goals, the Committee urged the Bahamas to increase motor vehicle fuel efficiency to 30-35 miles per gallon (mpg l icensed vehicles. S etting public sector goals, the Committees report called on the Ministry of Finance to ensure energy usage across the Government was lowered by 15 per cent. All government agencies were encouraged to lowere nergy usage by 15 per cent at the end of the next fiscal period, w ith the Department of Social Services asked to lower subsidised housing energy use by 15 per cent over the same period. And the Public Hospitals Authority (PHAr educe energy usage by 25 per cent by retrofitting lighting and c ooling systems in all hospitals and clinics. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011, PAGE 5B 21$7+$1(51(86RI 2/'(1*$7(61$66$8%$+$0$6 B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org WHILEthe Bahamas benefited from an overall marginali ncrease in Spring Break related vacations this year, Atlantis reports that its season outpaced the market coming in much stronger than last year and even comparable to business levels before the 2008 downturn. E d Fields, senior vice-presid ent of public affairs for Kerzner International (Bahamas t he Spring Break season cont ributed to a strong first quart er for visitor arrivals to Atlantis, Paradise Island. Having canvassed the hotel industry as a whole, the Bahamas Hotel Association found that by and large there was a smalli ncrease in the number of Spring B reak-related vacations this year o ver last. While most hotels in Grand Bahama, Nassau and Paradise Island report that the level of Spring Break activity is similar to last year, several hotels have reported increases. They attribute this to their t argeted promotional efforts, an i mproving US economy, and t ravel incentives like the Companion Fly Free program. This nets out to be a marginal increase in Spring Break business, Frank Comito, the BHAs executive vice-president, toldT ribune Business yesterday. H e noted that the response of F amily Island hotel properties t o the survey confirmed the view that has traditionally held that such properties have not benefited significantly from the Spring Break market, which prefers larger resort type envi-r onments. Marginal rise in Spring Break visits Atlantis says business levels much stronger than last year and comparable to 2008 pre-recession OVER 25% OF TOURIST SPEND USED FOR OIL FROM page one
at the British Colonial Hilton yesterday morning, and again last night as this n ewspaper went to press, in a bid to conclude the $217 million sale of a majority 51 per cent BTC stake to Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC b y the Monday, April 4, t arget deadline. Were in the final hours p rior to completion, Julian Francis, BTCs executive chairman and a key figureon the Governmentappointed privatisation committee, confirmedw hen contacted by Tribune Business late yesterdaya fternoon. C onfirming that todays transaction closing deadline was what both sides were working towards, Mr F rancis added: Weve got a team here, and are working with Cable & Wireless. T here are numerous bits a nd pieces which have to b e tied up, lined up and coo rdinated. Everything has t o fall into place, so we can c onfirm to them, and give them instructions to transfer the purchase price. CWC currently has the $217 million financing ($7 million of which is Stamp Duty) in an escrow account, waiting to transfer it to the Bahamian government, as soon as all conditions for the BTC privatisations closing have been met. Among these conditions from CWCs perspective, Mr Francis explained, were e nsuring that all legislation n ecessary to facilitate the sale new laws and amendm ents to existing ones w ere in place and implem ented prior to closing. Essentially, both the Government and CWCt eams are working to e nsure all the conditions precedent to properly put it to bed are in place. The Governments UK attorneys, Charles Russell, have representatives in Nassau now to work on the closing, along with financial and other advisers, and Mr Francis confirmed they had all been meeting yesterday morning and in the afternoon to complete the closing. Work on transaction closing and the transition to C WCs Board and mana gement takeover has been taking place throughout the H ouse of Assembly and S enate debates, and Mr F rancis told Tribune Business: We expect that by the end of today, the endo f this evening, we will be a ble to confirm to them [CWC] that were ready for them to pull the trigger........ If its not done this evening, we have agreed one or two additional days in no way impacts things. Everyone wants now to be able to move on. Meanwhile, Tribune Business sources confirmed to this newspaper that BTCs first chief executive post-privatisation will be CWC executive Geoff Houston. Mr Houston, who i s heading CWCs BTC t ransition team, and currently operating from the B ritish Colonial Hilton, was p reviously executive vicep resident and Jamaica country manager for LIME, the carriers region-a l business. Mr Francis, though, d eclined to comment on t his, as well as reports that, not surprisingly, among the four-strong CWC directors on BTCs Board will be David Shaw, head of the regional LIME business. However, one source w ith intimate knowledge of t he transition process, told T ribune Business: Its been an eventful couple of weeks for sure. We anticipate early next week [April 4] that the transaction will be fully concluded and the management transition will begin. Theres quite a bit of paperwork to be done, but we dont expect there to be any show stoppers. Mon-d ay is likely, but if not, definitely on Tuesday. The source added that CWC would likely attempt t o marry its plans for BTC with the strategy its existing management team h ad adopted, and said: Fortunately, the telecomm unications market is moving in the same direction,s o theres no divergence b etween their plans and what our plans may have b een. On balance, theres no major divergence in how w e think about the telecommunications w orld. Staff buy-in, though, will be key. T he source added: There will be new ways of d oing business, new standards set and new expectat ions, and buy-in is going to be the critical factor for determining success. This thing has been 14 years in the making, so ift he staff are not prepared n ow, theyll never be pre pared. The staff will have a clear sense of whats going to happen. This thingh as been hanging over their heads for many years. Facilitating a smooth t ransition and staff buy-in are likely to have been behind the letter sent to all B TC staff last week by the c ompanys acting president and chief executive, Kirk Griffin. Noting that the Central Bank of the Bahamas was likely to have provided foreign exchange control a pproval last week, Mr G riffin wrote: We anticip ate that Cable & Wireless will assume management control of BTC as majority owner beginning next week the week of April 4. It is imperative that we as a team ensure that we are forward-looking that we continue our professional commitment to pursue with unwavering diligence the objectives andi nterests of BTC as it transitions into this next phase of the companys illustrious journey. A nd he added: If the current schedule is maintained, we anticipate that t he Cable & Wireless trans ition team will be in the o ffices of BTC next week. They will meet initially witht he executive management o f the company. Beginning the week of April 11, the C able & Wireless team, along with BTCs executive management, will begin a s eries of staff meetings with all staff members across the c ountry. These meetings, Mr Griffin said, would be led byM r Shaw, head of LIME, and would give an overview o f the majority owners plans for BTC. He warned, t hough, that under CWC, the carrier will do things very differently, and will e xpect all of us to engage our customers, our col-l eagues and the company i n ways that may be new to us. Yet, in this transition, one will find interesting ande xciting opportunities for those prepared to accept and embrace what will nod oubt be a vibrant and pro gressive BTC. B USINESS PAGE 6B, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.191.190.005,8860.1230.0409.73.36% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 5.724.40Bank of Bahamas5.285.280.000.1530.10034.51.89% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 2 .842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.201.96Fidelity Bank1.961.960.000.0160.040122.52.04% 12.408.90Cable Bahamas8.908.900.001.0500.3108.53.48% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.001.0310.0402.51.57% 7.005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.896.890.000.4880.26014.13.77% 2.861.90Consolidated Water BDRs2.182.15-0.030.1110.04519.42.09% 2.541.40Doctor's Hospital1.401.400.000.1070.11013.17.86% 6.305.22Famguard5.225.220.000.3570.24014.64.60% 9.105.65Finco7.257.250.000.6820.00010.60.00% 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.359.350.000.4940.35018.93.74% 6.004.57Focol (S 5.485.480.000.4520.16012.12.92% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.000.0120.240608.33.29% 10.509.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8590.64011.46.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029F RIDAY, 1 APRIL 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,473.38 | CHG -0.03 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -26.13 | YTD % -1.74BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.54101.4525CFAL Bond Fund1.54100.97%6.09%1.517907 2.95272.8300CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.94860.04%1.45%2.918256 1.58371.5141CFAL Money Market Fund1.58370.61%4.59%1.564030 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.7049-0.56%-15.54% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.43920.61%-0.22% 114.3684101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund114.36849.98%12.49%109.392860 106.552899.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund106.55284.75%7.18%100.779540 1.14651.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.14655.20%5.20% 1.11851.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.11854.73%4.73% 1.14911.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.14915.35%5.35% 9.74859.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.79504.85%5.45% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.6417-1.20%0.50% 10.12669.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.12661.27%1.27% 8.45104.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.45100.72%9.95% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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R oyalFidelity was the financial adviser to Mr Finlaysons $12 million host ile takeover bid for BISXl isted AML Foods, which h e subsequently withdrew. Bemoaning the relatively s mall size of the Bahamian i nvestment banking market, Mr Finlayson added: The problem is that we have only two experts [CFAL and RoyalFidelity] in that regard, so getting the second opinion is a litt le difficult. Weve talked to Deloitte, but Deloitte does o ur [City Markets] audit. I ll talk to KPMG and see if theyre interested in doing it. Weve used so many accounting firms in variousb usinesses, and KPMG may feel conflicted becauseof Commonwealth Brewery. Its one of those situations where were strug-g ling to find a second person to give us an opinion. We should get it back f rom CFAL, and talking to the directors theyre waiting for CFAL to come back and its done. ABDAB held a 50 per cent stake in Commonwealth Brewery until last s ummer, when it sold its i nterest to Heineken for $ 125 million, paving the w ay for the current initial p ublic offering (IPO T rans-Island Traders acquired its 78 per cent majority stake from the illfated BSL Holdings group, who were desperate to exit a nd find someone to save City Markets from bankr uptcy, for just $1. This, though, was no way to determine a true value ofB ahamas Supermarkets shares. Its stock was last t rading on the over-thecounter market at $5.01, making it difficult do determ ine its true value, especially given this market's i lliquid nature. We have to make sure. W e have minority shareh olders in ABDAB, and have to make sure there's no question as to what thev alue is," Mr Finlayson told Tribune Business in a previous interview. Speaking to this newspaper at the end of last week,t he City Markets principal said it was more himself,r ather than the ABDAB d irectors, who was insisting on a second report, just to ensure any deal was fair to the latters minority investors in terms of price paid. Once the evaluation r eports were completed, M r Finlayson said the A BDAB acquisition should happen pretty q uickly, with the deal p aving the way for other events such as a Bahamas Supermarkets annual general meeting (AGM Everything else is ready t o go once we get that done, he told this newspap er. We will have the AGM with Bahamas Supermarkets, and ther eport is ready for all the stakeholders in relation to t he pension fund. Things should start to happen pretty quickly and pretty fast. You have requirements on the AGM, where a cert ain amount of notice has to be given to sharehold-e rs, so that may be later t han everything else, but disclosure of the pension fund will come out shortlya fter the ABDAB purchase is completed. hydro, biomass and solar photovoltaic technologies, feeding mini-grids and standalone household systems, were proving commercially competitive with conventional alternatives. When it came to the Bahamas immed iate renewable energy options, the Committee described biomass and waste-to-energy as the more immediate actionable initiative, given that it met t he twin objectives of reducing pollut ion and fires at the Tonique WilliamsDarling Highway landfill, plus improvi ng air quality. B iomass plants that could produce a nywhere from 5-20 megawatts (MW power were all shown to produce at lesst han $0.15 kilowatts per hour (kWh c ost less than BECs variable costs when oil is $70 per barrel. Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC exploitable renewable resource, theC ommittees report said. As the Bahama Banks are characterised by steep drop-offs, most of the major islands have a location where OTEC t echnology would be feasible. However, this technology is at the experimental stage. D eep-well reverse thermal conversion w as mentioned as a possibility while, g iven the Bahamas large supply of suns hine year-round, solar photovoltaic ( PV) would likely become the bulk energy carrier in the medium to long term. Therefore, a favourable regulatory framework should be created immedia tely for PV so that this technology can be deployed as quickly as possible as PV continues to become more cost comp etitive, the Committees report said. O n the energy efficiency side, the C ommittees report said that between existing residential buildings and theh otel sector, it was estimated that the p otential savings from conservation measures was 605 gigawatts (GWh sum equal to 27 per cent of current total power demand. No national assessment of this nations energy usage had ever been conducted, and the report added: No e nergy efficiency standards exist, and n o public policy encouraging energy conservation or the efficient use of energy has been promulgated nationally. Regulations to provide for better i nventory control practices, monitor l osses due to spillage or wastage of fos s il fuel products, are in need of updating i n light of the modern practices of the p etroleum industry............ Inventory c ontrol practices in commercial and public institutions are reported to be lax, and the overall control by the appropriate government regulatory environment deficit. ABDABs City Markets purchase should be complete in two weeks F ROM page one Connect islands to give renewables 20% energy share FROM page one
f ace of climbing costs, said the Palmdale Service Station was not the only gas retailer to have been forced to shut down charge accounts, andw ill not be the last if matters do not improve for the industry. Rosemarie KnowlesRogers, of the Palmdale Service Station, in a letter sent to clients, announced that it was with deep regret that the company finds itself in the unfortunately, yet inescapable position, of having to change the terms under which it maintains its receivables. P almdale Service Station s aid that current conditions mean it receives just $0.08 of profit per gallon of gas sold, and $0.01 cent per gallon of diesel. We have literally been p ushed to the point of having our backs fully and comp letely against the wall with no end in sight. Palmdale Service Station clearly cannot continue to operate under todays harsh economic conditions in the manner that earlier, better days affordede veryone, said Mrs Knowles-Rogers. She said the company had delayed taking the step of ending charge accounts for as long as possible, but the reality is that we have noa lternative whatsoever. Such accounts allow customers primarily commercial businesses that rely on transportation to provide their goods and services to fill upt heir tanks at the station on t he basis that they will pay an accumulated bill at the end of the month. Speaking with The Tribune about the decision taken by the service station, Mr Moores aid: The problem is that with the way things are, we retailers are in the position o f having to subsidise the industry and thats not good. Asked whether he sees more service stations going the route that Palmdale Service Station and several others have already gone as itr elates to charge accounts, the industry stakeholder added: Of course. If the margins are not adjusted, the entire industry as it is can collapse because theres no profit. Its costing us money everyd ay we stay open. Mr Moore led a group who met with Minister of State for the Environment, Phenton Neymour, to propose an increase in the margins gasa nd diesel retailers can add p er gallon of fuel sold. Retailers, who have seen their profits shrink dramatically over the years as the cost of oil has increased, and particularly with recent price spikes,w ould like to see request for a 68 per cent increase in their gas margin (44 to 74 cents a nd a 145 per cent increase in their margin on diesel (19 t o 47 cents). T he Government, which has also asked for the input of t he major oil companies, is s till considering the proposal a t this time. M r Moore noted that conditions have caused him to stop taking any new (charge accounts) on for quite some time. We are trying to hold out, but it just depends on how m uch pressure we get from our bankers. That will decide whether we have to go that route as well. As for the Palmdale Serv ice Station, they have asked t heir clients to put cash up front to pay for fuel supplies l ike a phonecard, said Lance Knowles, Mrs KnowlesR ogers son so that they can in turn have access to the cash they need to pay upfront for their fuel supplies eachw eek. At present, the company is required to put up around $37,000 per load of gas andd iesel purchased, two to three times per week. Mr Knowles said that p er cent of the companys clients, who are mainly commercial, have cooperated with the request. I n her letter, Mrs KnowlesRogers said: Petroleum prices have now become so volatile that there is absolutely no leeway and/or flexibili ty remaining that we might e xtend to our clients. We purchase at one price, but before all funds are received to cov er that particular shipment, w e have to restock our supply more often than not at a higher price. Palmdale Service Station must pay for every single delivery at the time of delivery. No exceptions. Simplyp ut, terms are cash on delivery. No pay no fuel. B USINESS PAGE 8B, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE GN-1202 FROM page one OUR BACKS ARE TOTALLY PRESSED AGAINST THE WALL
I NSIGHT PAGE 10B, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE (AP Photos/Ramon Espinosa CAMPLIFE: (Left B oyer, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Right again with more of the same. D elays in the presidential election to pick a successor for outgoing President Rene P reval have also held up efforts to begin reconstruction of housing. The camp sprawling over the arena-size P lace St. Pierre popped up hours after the quake. Some people came from downtownP ort-au-Prince, terrified by rumors a tsunam i was coming. Others came from the hillside shanties that ring Petionville. Now the square shows signs of clearing out. Flimsy In January, Place St. Pierre housed 665 families, mostly sheltering under flimsy tentsa nd tarps held together with seat belts and twine. Officials say only 116 families remain. "We see it as our duty to move them out o f the park," Deputy Mayor Francoise M ichel said in her office, across the street from the plaza, which abuts a gingerbread hotel popular with tourists. Michel says City Hall plans to distribute a nother round of $500 checks to encourage people to leave Place Boyer, a public square a few blocks away, and then a sports fieldd own the street. The program could serve as a model for other cities in the Port-au-Prince area, she says. Some humanitarian groups say that the grants are sufficient to pay rent, but not enough to help the homeless on a long-term basis. Relief workers worry that people will e nd up back in dangerous, damaged homes or camping out in ravines prone to flooding. "Right now, it's '$500, here you go,'" said G iovanni Cassani, a camp coordinator with t he IOM. "But if this project were a bit m ore fine-tuned and researched it could have a positive impact." Some people still living at the Place St. P ierre admit they took checks only to move in with someone else at the camp because they needed the money for things other than housing, such as medical emergencies. I used the money to save my baby," said Joahanne Cenat, 22, a single mother who works as a vendor. Others did leave, but not always to better c onditions. Joceline Alcide, a 39-year-old coffee mer chant, returned to her Petionville neighborhood, and is using half of the $500 toi nvest in her business and saving the rest. Housing? She pitched a tent on the roof of her rickety two-room home in Morne Her cule, a cinderblock slum the color of ash. E ngineers tagged the cracked house as too unsafe to occupy. "It was easier to do this than try to go f ind another room," Alcide said on the steep s tairs leading to her home. "This spot isn't good but I have no choice. This is why I'm here." FROM page 11B Many are leaving Haiti's quake settlement camps (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa CHILDS PLAY: In this photo taken March 26, 2011, children play at a refugee camp. OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ, Associated Press MEXICO CITY Two headless bodies are dumped on a street in suburban Mexico City along with a message sent by a mysterious group called "The Hand with Eyes." Days later, a severed head shows up in a car aban doned outside an elementary school in the same suburb. For drug lords, this sprawl ing metropolis of 20 million has been a favorite hide-out and place to launder money, making Mexico City somewhat of an oasis from the brutal cartel violence along the border and in outlying states. Now a spate of killings and decapitations never before seen have authorities batting down fears that a once-distant drug war is making its way into the capital. Instead, they say, the violence since late last year comes from street gangs fighting for an increasingly lucrative local drug market. While drug use in Mexico City doesn't come close to that in the U.S., it has grown dra matically in the past decade. About 8 percent of middle and high school students here now experiment with drugs, said city drug addiction adviser Patricia Reyes, a number that has climbed from 2.5 percent in 1998 according to national surveys. Some of the high-profile violence comes from groups that are remnants of the Beltran Leyva cartel, which has splin tered and moved closer to the city since the Mexican navy killed leader Arturo Beltran Leyva in December 2009. Others imitate cartel tactics to gain turf. "I think of these groups as cells, as franchises," said Alfredo Castillo, attorney general for Mexico state, the sub urban area surrounding Mexico City. "As franchises what do they want? They want the know-how, the business model, and in the end, they want their backing in case of an extraordinary problem." The mass killings started late last year, when a drive-by shooting in the rough neighborhood of Tepito killed six youths and a family of five was slain in a drug-related attack in the south of the city. The violence intensified earlier this year as Juan Vascon celos, a reputed local gang assassin, allegedly went on a cocaineand alcohol-fueled killing spree that ended with his arrest in February. The first attack left five peo ple dead on Jan. 8. Another killed eight people Jan. 16 and the third left seven dead Feb. 13. Police say Vasconcelos has ties in Mexico state to La Familia cartel, based in the neighboring state of Michoacan. While that alliance wasn't fueling the violence Vasconcelos went after rival drug dealers and members of his own gang to consolidate his power it made it easier for him to get high-powered weapons. When police asked in a taped interrogation what he did for a living, Vasconcelos replied, "I kill." Then mutilated bodies start ed showing up, unheard of in the metro area, leading the news media to blame big car tels, including the vicious Zetas gang, and saying the military now patrols parts of the metro area like it does in border cities and other drug hot spots. The Mexican army denied to The Associated Press that it has patrols in or around Mexico City. "What we have here is drug dealing, and I'll say it again: Drug dealing is not considered organized crime," Mexico City Attorney General Alejandro Mancera was quoted by the newspaper Milenio as say ing earlier this month. Mancera did not respond to several requests to be interviewed by the AP. Mexico City, which still struggles with robberies and high kidnapping rates, has long been considered infested with crime. But murders are dramatical ly lower in the capital than in northern Mexican cities, where drug violence has been raging for at least four years, and peo ple who long feared the city are now moving there to escape drug violence elsewhere. Mexico City's homicide rate was about nine per 100,000 in 2010, lower even than many U.S. cities, including Washington, D.C., which had 22 per 100,000 last year, according to government statistics. The northern border city of Ciudad Juarez had a staggering 230 per 100,000. Because many of the coun try's wealthy live in the capital, it has long been a neutral place for traffickers to do business undetected and live with their families behind tall gates. According to a recent federal police report, six of the major drug gangs operate in all 16 del egations of Mexico City proper. While they leave each other alone, the police go after them. Capos have been picked up while jogging in exclusive neighborhoods and caches of weapons have been found in mansions. Mexico City street gangs mimic cartel violence
TRENTON DANIEL, Associated Press PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti L arge numbers of Haitians are l eaving the dirty, overcrowded camps that sprang u p after last year's earthq uake, some lured away by financial incentives from o fficials and others forced o ut by landowners. M any more may be pushed out, with no safep lace to go, just ahead of the r ainy season that starts in May, the International Organization for Migration said in a report distributed Friday. The overall camp popula tion already has dropped bym ore than half in recent m onths, to an estimated 6 80,000, the IOM said, even t hough almost no new housi ng has been built and few r epairs have been made to dwellings dwellings damaged by the magnitude-7.0 quake on Jan. 12, 2010. Nearly two-thirds of those who left the camps have gone back to their old neighb orhoods, and fewer than half of those are returning to undamaged homes. Many a re back in houses that need r epair or in makeshift shelt ers or tents on their prop erty. Others have found new new areas, in houses ora partments, staying with friends or relatives or pitch ing new camps on their own. "We came back to the h ouse because we had no choice," said Francois Joseph-Ifanord, 62, who said security guards kicked himo ff the grounds of a private tennis club court where 30 families were living in shel-t ers. "Now we're living day b y day." Aid groups say the biggest factor has been forced evictions by property owners. Ind ozens of places, from school yards to shopping plazas, owners already have m ade people move out. The IOM said nearly a quarter of the remaining c amp dwellers have received pressure from landowners t o leave, with an eviction rate that outpaces the ability of Haitian officials andh umanitarian workers to provide housing. S till, government officials are trying to clear away the camps, the most visible symb ols of misery in the bat t ered capital. The exodus is perhaps most evident in Place St. Pierre, a town square inP etionville, in the hills above downtown Port-au-Prince. Hundreds of people have packed up their tents andt arps, freeing children to once again play soccer in the plaza, restoring a rare opens pace in a dense urban envir onment. Local officials paid families $500 a year's wage for an average Hait ian to abandon thes quare. While the checks had the desired effect, aid workerss ay such tactics may only l ead people to move to other camps, precarious ravines, or back to houses damaged b y an earthquake that the Haitian government says k illed more than 300,000 people and left much of the capital in ruins. We can't say we support this kind of action," said L uca Dall'oglio, chief of mission for the International Organization for Migrat ion. "The return requires s trategy. You have to work on the areas of return, not just in the camps." Relief workers fear that t he area's heavy tropical rains, hurricanes or new quakes could collapse some of the quake-damaged struc-t ures. The ability to relocate quake survivors has beenh eld up by a shortage of l and and housing, questions over land titles and a spike in the cost of living. And some have opted to stay int he camps even if they have a home somewhere or relatives outside the capital,b ecause they are living rentf ree and they get clean water, health care and free schooling all services the g overnment rarely provided before the earthquake. R elief groups have tried to scale back on free goods for the camps, only to findt hemselves called on again. When a deadly cholera epid emic broke out in October, humanitarian workers rushed to distribute chlorine t ablets, clean water and h ygiene kids. When Hurricane Tomas brushed Haiti weeks later, they rushed in INSIGHT T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011, PAGE 11B Re-examining our failing education system Part 4 Many are leaving Haiti's quake settlement camps A A l l t t e e r r n n a a t t i i v v e e B B Dr Alvis Glaze (as described by Paco Nunez in the Insight of March 14) claimed that her approach to education reform is m ore likely to work in the Bahamas than those of Geoffrey Canada, the mastermind of HCZ. S he first lists all the ways that her approach is similar to his; and then she identifies her major difference. According to the article, Geoffrey Canada identifies bad t eachers as those who could care less about their students and a re virtually impossible to get rid of. She contends that good teachers have both good will and the tools; while bad teachers lack the tools. They need supp ort, positive reinforcement and retooling. Simplistic This is a grossly simplistic statement and suggests that she o verlooks significant landmark works such as: The documentary on the New Jersey Department of Education, the Cartel, that describes and illustrates how the Department and politicians collude systematically for their gain at t he expense of student academic achievement and the states finances. The monumental 1996 Progress Report Cumulative and R esidual Effects of Teachers on Future Student Academic A chievement published by the University of Tennessee Value-Added Research and Assessment Centre. The testimony of Eric A Hanushek in the Waiting for Superman documentary that is derived from his 2010 Research Paper The Economic Value of Higher Teacher Quality. In fact, the message of Dr Glaze sounds strangely like the p olicies touted by the US National Education Association: teacher merit pay based on what students actually learn is messy and undesirable; smaller classes are better; strive for teacher excellence with equity...raise the bar for all; and c hange from within. One part of her message is clear the Bahamas does not need to separate teachers for poor performance. This sugg ests that Dr Glaze may have been telling the Department of Education exactly what it wanted to hear. FROM page 12B (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa C RUMBLING: I n this photo taken March 26, 2011, Joceline Alcide, 39, a coffee merchant, poses for pict ures at her old damaged home by last years January 12 earthquake in Place Boyer, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. .(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa DISPLACED: In this photo taken March 26, 2011, people sit at a refugee camp set up for people displaced by last years January 12 earthquake in Place Boyer, Port-au-Prince, Haiti SEE page 10B
By RALPH MASSEY I F THE Bahamas is going to end the scourge of academic underachievement in its public schools, a number of factors must be taken intoa ccount. First, the Department of Education must change how it reports its overall performance. U p until recently the d epartment confined its r eporting to the BGCSE exam results and then with a single-letter-grade for alls chools public and private and for all 26 subjects. The score for almost two decades ranged between D+ and D-; and the sin gle-letter-grade was never treated as Good News in t he media or by the nations employers. The problem is that academic under-achievement is far g reater in the public schools; and that reality, although readily apparent to employ e rs, parents and taxpayers alike, was being concealed behind the single-letter-g rade. If the Department had reported the BGCSE scores for the public schools only, t hen the grade in all subjects would have ranged between a D- and an F and not between D+ and D-. Furthermore, reporting the English and Math grades would have worsened this disturbing picture. Now, the Department has ceased making the single-let ter-grade report on the grounds that it was misleading. Indeed it was, but with this action the Department lost a valid and necessary measure its overall performance. The Department must face the reality of its past acknowledge it, dramatize it,and earn creditability. Otherwise, todays administration, in my view at least, will appear as part of the problem rather than solution. For this reason, the Depart ment should start using a creditable benchmark for judging its future perfor mance. This could be the BGCSE public school datafor all subjects and for English and Math. It should start with a new 10-year plan that would show this data for the last 10 to 15 years. Second, any effective programme to end the scourge of academic underachievement and illiteracy is likely to elicit an immediate and pow erful opposition. This is what is happening across America. Madison, Wisconsin right now is on the tipping point of change; New York City and New Jersey are rapidly approaching that point; and Washington, DC, crossed it but unfortunately now may be in retreat because of an effective unionmanaged political counter attack. T emplates But, many, many school districts are turning toward the Harlem Childrens Zone (HCZ Power Programme (KIPP school templates presented in the Waiting For Superman documentary; and they are applying them to their dis tricts. For instance, there appear to be three such districts in the state of Florida alone. The Bahamas needs a commanding educational and political vision that will carry the country through a brutal political storm that accompanies reform in order to reach the promised land. That promised land is the cure of the scourge. Third, a new vision must entail either: The transfer of the Harlem Childrens Zone and KIPP school templates to the Bahamas with their US inner-city learning software, teaching techniques, training and some experienced personnel. Or A more modest effort, based perhaps on the ideas of Dr Alvis Glaze, a pioneer in education reform from Ontario, Canada, who con tends that the Canadian approach, a system that produced huge gains in Ontario, would be more effective in the Bahamas. Both alternatives have the same objective, a new critical investment in the nations human capital that would help the country avoid the social, political and economic disaster that surely will come with the status quo. In any event, the Department should examine the alternatives first-hand and the final results of this effort should be a new 10-year plan. S S e e c c t t i i o o n n I I I I T T h h e e H H C C Z Z With Majority Rule, the government made a huge initial and continuing effort to educate Bahamian youth. It long ago achieved the 2015 United Nations millennium objective: All children will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling. Although this objective is still touted by the UN, it is now recognised that it failed to consider either the quali ty of teaching instruction or t he impact of culture on a societys values as related to learning. U nfortunately, as in a large p art of the United States, the p ath followed in the Bahamas has produced the Scourge u nacceptable academic underachievement, illiteracy, near permanent learning impair-m ent and reduced life-time e arnings. The remedy that school districts in the US are choosing is to change the culture of the classroom and the community. Fundamentally, thisi s what the HCZ does within its 100 square blocks of Harlem and KIPP with its 122 s chools. It is what the Bahamas has to do; and using the HCZ andK IPP templates is a huge task o f planning and execution whose out-of-pocket costs will be significant... but certainly af raction of the planned hotel i nvestment on West Bay or the new COB library and sports stadium. R R e e a a l l i i t t y y i i n n a a p p o o p p u u l l a a r r d d e e m m o o c c r r a a c c y y V irtually all economists agree with Gary S Becker, the 1992 Nobel Laureate, who said: Large increases in education and training have accompanied major advancesi n technological knowledge in all countries that have achieved significant growth. O r with Julian L Simon (The Ultimate Resource 2 Minds matter economically as much as, or more than, hands or mouths. Progress is limited largely by the availability of trained workers. However, in popular democracies, politicians live for the next election. In this world, fresh investments in physical capital produce the greatest immediate return at the ballot box; in stark con trast, education reform produces no comparable immediate electoral benefit. In the case of the Bahamas, a political storm will confront any threat to the employment-for-life benefit that teachers presently enjoy. However, at this time a New Vision may gain the political support it so richly deserves if Nassau could join hands with a strategic US city to exchange ideas and find ways to import and adapt the New Vision to end the scourge. INSIGHT The Tribune INSIGHT MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 The stories behind the news THE first section of this ar t icle records a short report given to the Minister of Education and his Per manent Secretary, exactly as delivered by the author but without the dialogue that ensued. Section II is the authors logical extension of this short report. SEE page 11B CHANGENEEDED: The Department of Education must change how it reports its overall performance. PIONEERINEDUCATIONREFORM: Dr. Alvis Glaze. Re-examining our failing education system Part 4
By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com THE sign of a good team is to rise above adversity. The Real Deal Shockers did just that with only six players in uniform as they stunned the Mailboat Cybots with an i mpressive come-from-behind 105-98 win to advance to the New Providence Softball Association championship series. Having almost lost the game by default, the Shockers bounced back when it counted the most down the stretch in the fourth quarter and nowt hey are back into the final for a rematch against the defending champions Commonwealth Bank Giants. If you know the Shockers, ever since we came into this league, every night we bring the intensity, said Real Deal coach James Price. One or twog ames, we might get out of it. But tonight, we only had six players and just about everyone of them stepped up. We were missing both starters and players off the bench, but we went out and did what we had to do. While the Real Deal had to go four games, breaking a 1-1 tie with a 119-109 decision on Friday night to take a 2-1 advantage into Saturdays game, Commonwealth Bank completed a three-game sweep over the Y-Care Wreckers 120111 on Friday to remain unde feated. The Shockers and the Giants will play game one on Tuesday night at the DW Davis Gym nasium with the second game on Thursday. Game three will be played on Saturday. All games start at 8 p.m. The Giants is a good team, but we have to dethrone them this year, Price said Price. They beat us last year in the championship, but we cant go two finals and dont win any. Giants coach Perry Thomp son said they welcome the opposition. Thats their rights. Having to get back to the championship round, Thompson stressed. I know they want to dethrone the defending champions, but Im looking forward to a very keenly contested series. Once my guys could protect the ball better than weve been doing and be more patient and make them work, I love our chances. The goal is to try and finish the season undefeated. Going into the finals, the Giants are 17-0. Shockers 105, Cybots 98: After trailing 28-15 at the end of the first quarter, 49-40 at the half and 80-73 at the comple tion of the third, the Shockers turned things around in the final six minutes and the Cybots didnt have any answer to slow them down. Kevin Coakley canned 10, Barrington Carter had eight and Lasario Bones Burrows five in the fourth quarter as the Real Deal out-scored the Mail boat 32-18 to seal the deal and advanced back to the final. Burrows finished with a game high 38 points with 23 rebounds, while Carter, who had to briefly rush off the court to exert himself, had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Both Coakley and Lorenzo Carter had 17 apiece. Sidney Hillary added nine and Carvin Cummings chipped in with six. Great performance. Great performance, were the first words that came out of the mouth of Burrows. Although we didnt have all of our big men, we came out and played great. Its unexplainable. We were not supposed to win this game with just six players. The Cybots had five players in double figures, led by Jef frey Henfield with 27. Tyrone Sands had 19 points and 10 rebounds; Brian Bain 13 points and seven rebounds; Nelson Mandella Joseph with 12 points and 14 rebounds and Jacob Action Jackson with 11 points. It all came down to who wanted it the most and defi nitely, Price and his guys want INSIDE Junior soccer championships DONALD THOMAS sports NOTES SOFTBALL NPSA OPENING THE New Providence Softball Association, under new leadership, will call play ball on Saturday night when their 2011 fastp itch season get started at the Baillou Hills Sporting C omplex. N ewly elected president R ommel Fish Knowles is p redicting a very competitive season as all of the t eams have made some adjustments to their rosters. The ladies opening game w ill be played between the d efending champions P ineapple Air Wildcats and r unners-up Proper Pool Care Lady Sharks. The mens feature contest w ill be played between the C ommando Security Truckers, last years runners-up and the New Young Breed. T he Dorin United Hitmen are the defending champions. W hile the opener will be p layed on Saturday, regular s eason games will be contested on Tuesday, Thursday a nd Saturday nights. TRACK C ARIFTA TRIALS THE Bahamas Associa t ion of Athletic Associations will have a busy weekend at the Thomas A. Robinson Track and Field Stadium. O n Friday at 6 p.m., the BAAA will begin its final trials for the Carifta Games. T he trials will be concluded on Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. F ollowing the trials, the BAAA will hold its selection and ratification meeting on Sunday before theyr elease the names of the ath letes who will make the team going to the Carifta G ames. The Carifta Games is scheduled for the Easter holiday weekend in Montag o Bay, Jamaica. The BAAA have the luxury of carrying the maximum 70-m ember team on two Bahamasair charter flights. Interested persons wishing to travel with the team are urged to contact the BAAAs office at 325-4433. The BAAA is offering a package that include airfare, hotel accommodations, two daily meals, ground transportation and tickets into the stadium. MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 THETRIBUNE PAGE 1E By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org WITH the IAAF World Championships on the horizon, D onald Thomas soared to the worlds leading mark in the mens high jump to begin his outdoor season over the weekend as a number of other athletes competed in various meets. Heading the list of competitors at the Tiger Track Classic on Saturday at the HutsellRosen Track, Thomas cleared 2.30m or 7-feet, 6 1/2-inches to finish well ahead of his nearest rival, DJ Smith of Auburn, who did 2.18m or 7-1 3/4 for second. The previous worlds best mark was 2.28m or 7-6 3/4 by Dmitry Kroyter from Isreal at a meet in Tel Aviv on February 12. Thomas, the reigning Commonwealth Games champion, is hoping to regain his world title he won back in Osaka, Japan in 2007 when he burst on the athletic scene in a switch over from basketball. This years World Championships is set for Daegu, South Korea from August 27 to September 4. Also preparing for Daegu, elite sprinter Jamial Rolle raced t o a second place finish in his specialty in the mens 200 metres in 21.00 seconds. The Thomas on top of world The Grand Bahamian legend gets his outdoor season off to soaring start TIGER TRACK CLASSIC SEE page 4E Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune staff AIMING HIGH: Lasario Burrows, from the Real Deal Shockers, goes up for an attempted dunk over Mail boat Cybots Nelson Joseph. The Shockers Lorenzo Carter looks on. n MORE PHOTOSONPAGE 8E Photo: Jeff Major SIGN OFSUCCESS: Tracy Sweeting shown displaying the victory sign after he won the JAR 24-mile road cycling race on Saturday. SEE PAGE 2E FOR RESULTS. MORE PHOTOS ON PAGES 2E AND 3E. B y RENALDO DORSETT T ribune Sports Reporter email@example.com A dd another title to bring an end to a dominant season for the top team in the Bahamas Rugby Football U nion. Baillou RC saved arguably their best game of the year for the season finale when they clinched the Bahamas Cup with a 45-26 win overF reeport RC Saturday afternoon at the Winton Rugby Pitch. Baillou opened with three u nanswered scores to grab control of the game early on and was never seriously t hreatened over the remainder of the match. Freeport made their first t ry of the game just before t he end of the first half, to trim the defecit to 10, 17-7. The second half to was all Baillou as they opened with three unasnwered tries to take their biggest lead of thec ontest, 38-7. Both teams exchanged scores late in the contestw ith the game out of reach for the final score National team's prepara tion for the Caribbean Championships which will commence on April 30th in Bermuda. Baillou also captured the Nassau Cup and their winning streak on the season also included the title in the Buck Johnson Tens back in November. In the final standings of the Bahamas Cup, Baillou finished at 5-0, a total of 24 points. Their previous high score of the year also came against Freeport RC in a win in the opening game of the Bahamas Cup, 40-22. Cuckoos finished second at 2-2, Buccaneers were 1-4 while Freeport went 1-3 to set the playoff matchups. Baillou advanced to the final with a 26-19 comefrom-behind win over Cuck oos while Freeport RC protected the home field advan tage and won 25-19 over Buccaneers. Both Baillou and Cuck oos finished out with a 5-0-1 record in the Nassau Cup, but Baillou gained the edge with an extra bonus point to give them 24 points over Cuckoos' 23. Baillou also captured the Nassau Cup with a 5-1 record and 24 points and just slightly edged out Cuckoos who also finished with a 5-1 record but just 23 team points. Buccaneers finished at just 1-5 while the league's newest side, the Potcakes, also finished at 1-5. Cuckoos was the lone team to preSHORTHANDED REAL DEAL SHOCK CYBOTS SEE page 8E BAILLOU SAVES BES T GAME FOR SEASON FINALE SEE page 7E THESWEETING T AS TE OF VICTORY Hail to the c hampions! P age 4E
S PORTS PAGE 2E, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS JEFF AUTO CYCLING CLUB 2 4-MILE ROAD RACE R R R R E E E E S S S S U U U U L L L L T T T T S S S S THE Jeff Auto Cycling Club hosted 24-mile road race around a four-mile course in South Ocean on Saturday morning. The results of the race is as follows: Level One 1.Antoniece Simmons1:09:41:68 2.Petron Lightbourne1:22:45:62 3. Michael Seymour 1:22:48:84 4.Antonio Roberts 1:25:42:525 .Anthony Roberts 1:25:43:87 6 .Dagny Prosa1:26:11:43 Level Two 1.Anthony Colebrooke58:24:49 2.Daryl Munnings1:00:46:46 3.Roy Colebrooke Jr.1:00:54:55 4.Vance Demeritte 1:00:54:55 5.Sean Farrington 1:00:54:55 6.Eddie Bethel 1:00:54:557 .Brad Heney1:00:54:55 8.Robert Wittingham 1:00:54:55 9.Jeremy Parr 1:00:54:551 0. Carmel Stucki 1:00:57:02 1 1. Scott Godet D/N/F 12. Sean FoxD/N/F Level Three 1. Tracy Sweeting58:22:68 2. Lee Farmer58:30:65 3. Mark Holowesko1:00:54:554 Jaimi Nottage1:00:55:99 5. Barrton Musgrove1:11:20:81 Lap 1 Tracy Sweeting15:03:43L ap 2 Tracy Sweeting14:07:12 Lap 3 Tracy Sweeting14:34:41 Lap 4 Tracy Sweeting14:37:72 PHOTOS: Jeff Major
SPORTS T RIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011, PAGE 3E JEFF AUTO CYCLING CLUB 2 4-MILE ROAD RACE PHOTOS: Jeff Major
S PORTS PAGE 4E, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS THE Government Secondary Schools Sports Association crowned its junior boys and girls soccer champions on Friday at the Roscow Davies Football Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. In the junior girls division, the SC McPherson Sharks devoured the AF Adderley Fighting Tigers 1-0 as Shavonna Adderley kicked in the game winning goal. In the semifinal, SC McPherson doubled up TA Thompson 20 as Valarie Nesbitt and Shavonna Adderley scored a game each. AF Adderley also shut out their opponents DW Davis Pitbulls 10 as Andricka Curry scored the lone goal. On the junior boys side, the LW Young Golden Eagles outscored TA Thompson 5-2 as John Peter, Ricalo St. Fleur, Tavar-rie Brown and Shandon Walker all scored for the winners. Wisenedy Francois and Jeffrey Alcira were the goal scorers for the losers. In their semifinal playoff games, TA Thompson got a walkover win, while LW Young blanked SC McPherson 4-0. With the juniors completed, the GSSSA will wrap up the senior girls and boys postseason this week at the Roscow Davies Football Field. Heres a look at the standings going into the action: GSSSA Senior Girls Soccer Standings TeamsPWL DGF GAPts CR Walker 64207312 CV Bethel631 25211 RM Bailey 6 3215410 Anatol Rodgers 6 2133 509 CC Sweeting 62314407 CI Gibson602414 04 Doris Johnson 6 0331603 GSSSA Senior Boys Soccer Standings TeamsPWLDGFGAPts CI Gibson7 7 0 0240121 CC Sweeting7313090712 CR Walker7322100411 Anatol Rodgers7331 150710 Doris Johnson7 223 091009 Government High 7 2 3 2091708 RM Bailey 7 241071207 CV Bethel 7070012700 Note: Play-off games will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday and the championship games on Friday at the Roscow Davies Football Field, starting at 4 pm. G SSSA JUNIOR BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP F LYINGHIGH: L W Young Golden Eagles, winners of the GSSSA Junior Boys Soccer Championship. G IRLPOWER: S C McPherson Sharks winners of the GSSSA Junior Girls Soccer Championship. CROWNING GLORY FIELDOFPLAY: Action from the GSSSA Junior Girls Championship game. JUNIORBOYS JUNIORGIRLS TA Thompson, runners-up of the GSSSA Junior Boys Soccer Championship. ROARING: AF Adderley Fighting Tigers, the runners-up of the GSSSA Junior Girls Soccer Championship. PHOTOS: Wilson Bain winning time was 20.82 by David Dickens, competing unattached. National triple jump record holder Leevan Superman Sands was also entered in the event, using it for some speed work for his specialty. Compet ing for Muzino, Sands was 11th place overall in 22.10. Rolle, representing the Bahamas at the meet, also doubled up in the 100 where he was fourth overall in 10.47. The Auburn combo of Keenan Brock and Harry Adams took the first two spots in identical times of 10.21. Also at the meet, the Auburn female connection was in action. Quarter-miler Cache Armbrister took third place in the womens 400 in 54.41. The race won by Ashley Kidd in 53.69, followed by Landria Buckley in 53.79. Both competed unattached. VAlonee Robinson, the freshman sprinter, had to settle for ninth in the womens 100 in 12.02. Tawanna Meadows, competing unattached, won the race in 11.72. Robinson also contested the 200 where she improved a notch higher to eighth in 24.64. Chastity Riggien of Southern Mississippi stopped the clock in 23.77. Sheniqua Q Ferguson and Nivea Smith, competing of a hectic indoor season, opted just to run in the relays. On the second and anchor legs respec tively, they helped the Tigers to victo ry in the 4 x 100 in 43.80. Running on the second leg, Armbrister saw their Auburns B team take third in 45.27 behind the Auburn Elite tam, which finished second in 44.66. And in the 4 x 4, Smith did the second leg and Ferguson was on third as Auburn posted a double-double victory in 3:38.82. At the Florida Relays at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, elite quarter-miler Ramon Miller opened up with a 47.31 for third in the mens 400. High school sensation OJay Fergu son, preparing for the Carifta trials this weekend, was 13th overall in 47.31. Christian Taylor, a junior at the Uni versity of Florida, won the race in 45.46 and Calvin Smith, representing Adidas, was second in 45.89. Elite sprinter Rodney Green, competing for Star Athletics, was 23rd overall in the mens 200 in 21.65. Maurice Mitchell, a junior at Florida State, won the race in 20.36. Also at the meet, Courtney Williams was 57th overall in the 100 in 11.31. The winning time was 10.07 by Jeff Demps, a junior from the University of Florida. At the Arkansas Spring Invite at the John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Michelle Cumber batch, a sophomore at Lincoln, won the womens 400 hurdles in 59.60 Another Bahamian, Shelleyeka Rolle, a junior at Oklahoma, was eighth in 1:02.83. Raymond Higgs, a junior at the University of Arkansas, took second place in the mens high jump with his leap of 2.06m or 6-9 behind his team-mate, Noah Kittel son, did 2.11m or 6-11. Two Bahamians clashed in the womens 100 hurdles with Ivanique Kemp, a freshman at Arkansas, posting second in 13.54, just ahead of grad uate Tia Thompson, who was third in 13.57. Brittany Hyter, a junior at Arkansas, won in 13.43. Kemp also competed in the 200 where she was fourth in 24.13. Nyoka Cole, a senior at Lincoln, won in 23.41 with junior team-mate Judith Riley in 23.71 and Arkansas sophomore Gwendolyn Flowers third in 24.04. And in the 4 x 400 relay, Rolle helped Oklahoma to third, Donald Thomas on top of the world FROM page 1E
P AGE 6, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Yesterdays Kakuro Answer Across 1 Fanciful unattainable hope (4,5 8 Loathe (5 9 Petulant (7 10 Former name of Sri Lanka (6 11 Highly addictive drug (6 12 Patronage (8 15 Ominous (8 18 Assert strongly (6 20 Go back to former state (6 21 Suffer (7 22 Coolness in danger (5 23 Light social conversation (5,4 Down 2 Mental picture (5 3 Use to good effect (6 4 Ringing (8 5 Fabricate (4,2 6 Shakespearean moneylender (7 7 Clean sweep of major titles (5,4 11 Rendered powerless (9 13 Fragments of bursting shell (8 14 Dishonest conduct (7 16 Asuccession (6 17 To influence (6 19 Kingly (5 J UDGE PARKER A PT3-G B LONDIE MARVIN TIGER HAGAR THE HORRIBLE CALVIN &HOBBES D ENNIS THE MENACE CRYPTIC PUZZLE E A S Y P U Z Z L E Across 1 The nearest route to the sea (5,4 8 Perfume from far Oman (5 9 Something that is said to encourage activity (3,4 10 Place fee of corruption (6 11 Layer backs a horse for example (6 12 Made rare concoction of sugar (8 15 He remains detached in the main (8 18 What a baby may play with will make one nervous (6 20 Things said about fifty planets (6 21 Money making gifts (7 22 One-man woman (5 23 He may investigate an insect and its changing form (9 Down 2 Entertainment means theres a great time after work (5 3 Demonstrates its in error (4,2 4 Put in charge again (8 5 Second largest European currency (6 6 Downtrodden shoe cleaner (7 7 Furniture dealers are familiar with it (4,5 11 Be prone to ambush (3,2,4 13 Result of the match (8 14 Rejoiced in godlier fashion (7 16 Gives someone a sharp reminder? (6 17 Witness at a trial (6 19 Plant that means a great deal to us (5 Across:1 Tellers, 4 Darts, 7 Ions, 8 Foregone 10 Demolition, 12 Strain, 13 Result, 15 Conclusion, 18 Side drum, 19 Abut, 20 Rotor, 21 Egghead. Down:1 Tried, 2 Landmark, 3 Shorts, 4 Drew one out, 5 Riot, 6 Sherbet, 9 All in order, 11 Dutiable, 12 Scissor, 14 Accuse, 16 Noted, 17 Edit. Yesterdays Cryptic Solution Across:1 Succour, 4 Sweep, 7 Ajax, 8 Straight, 10 Free-for-all, 12 Nicety, 13 Spinet, 15 Pernicious, 18 Stopover, 19 Akin, 20 Sleek, 21 Thistle. Down:1 Scarf, 2 Coalesce, 3 Return, 4 Snails pace, 5 Edge, 6 Patient, 9 Off the hook, 11 In pocket, 12 Nemesis, 14 Invent, 16 Sense, 17 Bore. Yesterdays Easy Solution 1234567 8 9 10 11 1213 14 151617 1 819 20 21 22 23 1 234567 8 9 10 1 1 1213 1 4 151617 1819 20 21 22 23 Y esterday s Sudoku Answer Sudoku is a number-placing puzzle based on a 9x9 grid with several given numbers. The object is to place the numbers1 to 9 in the empty squares so the each row, each column a nd each 3x3 box contains the same number only once. T he difficulty level of the Conceptis Sudoku increases from Monday to Sunday B est described as a number crossword, the task in Kakuro is to fill all of the empty squares, using numbers 1 to 9, so the sum of each horizontal block equals the number to its left, and the sum of each vertical block equals the number on its top. No number may be used in the same block more than once. The difficulty level of the Conceptis Kakuro increases from Monday to Sunday.
INTERNATIONALANDLOCAL SPORTS T RIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011, PAGE 7E ANDROS CAT ISLAND ELEUTHERA MAYAGUANA SAN SALVADOR GREAT INAGUA GREAT EXUMA CROOKED ISLAND / ACKLINS LONG ISLAND ABACO Shown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's highs and tonights's lows. KEY WEST WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE TAMPA ORLANDOLow: 66F/19C L ow: 68F/20C L ow: 74F/23C L ow: 76F/24C Low: 74F/23C Low: 76F/24C Low: 75F/24C Low: 69F/21C High: 86F/30C High: 86F/30C High: 83F/28C H igh: 84F/29C H igh: 85F/29C High: 82F/28C High: 85F/29C Low: 70F/21C High: 84F/29C Low: 72F/22C High: 86F/30CRAGGED ISLANDLow: 71F/22C H igh: 88F/31C L ow: 74F/23C H igh: 84F/29C Low: 70F/21C High: 84F/29C Low: 71F/22C High: 86F/30C Low: 74F/23C High: 90F/32C Low: 72F/22C High: 86F/30C Low: 71F/22C High: 87F/31C Low: 73F/23C High: 89F/32C L ow: 71F/22C High: 87F/31C High: 84F/29CFREEPORT NASSAU MIAMI THE WEATHER REPORT 5 -DAYFORECASTA warm breeze with sunshine P artly cloudy and breezy M ostly sunny and warm P artly sunny and breezy Mostly sunny, a t -storm possible High:8 Low:7 High:8 High:8 High:8 AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeelPartly sunny High:8 Low:74Low:74Low:74 AccuWeather RealFeel 88F The exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatureis an index that combines the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure, and elevation on the human bodyeverything that effects how warm or cold a person feels. Temperatures reflect the high and the low for the day. 76F 94-79F 90-75F 90-77F 93-77F Low:74TODAYTONIGHTTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAYFRIDAY ALMANACHigh ..................................................88F/31C Low ....................................................73F/23C Normal high ......................................80F/27C Normal low ........................................68F/20C Last year's high ..................................79F/26C Last year's low ..................................66F/19C A s of 2 p.m. yesterday ..................................0.00" Y ear to date ..................................................1.72" N ormal year to date ......................................5.46" Statistics are for Nassau through 2 p.m. yesterday T emperature P recipitation SUNANDMOON TIDESFORNASSAU F irst FullLast New Apr. 11Apr. 17Apr. 24May 3S unrise . . . 6:59 a.m. S unset . . . 7:27 p.m. M oonrise . . 7:17 a.m. M oonset . . 8:35 p.m. Today Tuesday Wednesday Thursday HighHt.(ft.LowHt.(ft. 8:04 a.m.2.52:10 a.m.-0.1 8:25 p.m.2.72:12 p.m.-0.1 8:39 a.m.2.42:47 a.m.0.0 9:01 p.m.2.72:45 p.m.-0.1 9:15 a.m.2.33:24 a.m.0.0 9:38 p.m.2.73:19 p.m.0.0 9:52 a.m.2.24:03 a.m.0.1 10:18 p.m.2.73:56 p.m.0.0 Friday Saturday Sunday 10:32 a.m.2.14:45 a.m.0.3 11:02 p.m.2.64:36 p.m.0.1 1 1:19 a.m.2.15:32 a.m.0.4 1 1:52 p.m.2.65:24 p.m.0.3 1 2:14 p.m.2.16:24 a.m.0.4 -----6:20 p.m.0.3 MARINEFORECAST WINDSWAVESVISIBILITYWATER TEMPS. ABACO ANDROS CAT ISLAND CROOKED ISLAND ELEUTHERA FREEPORT GREAT EXUMA GREAT INAGUA LONG ISLAND MAYAGUANA NASSAU SAN SALVADOR RAGGED ISLAND T oday:SE at 10-20 Knots4-7 Feet10 Miles75F Tuesday:SSW at 12-25 Knots4-7 Feet10 Miles75F Today:SE at 12-25 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles80F Tuesday:S at 7-14 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles79F Today:ESE at 12-25 Knots4-7 Feet10 Miles76F Tuesday:SSE at 8-16 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles76F Today:E at 15-25 Knots5-9 Feet10 Miles80F Tuesday:SE at 10-20 Knots4-8 Feet6 Miles79F Today:ESE at 12-25 Knots4-7 Feet10 Miles77F Tuesday:S at 8-16 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles76F Today:SE at 10-20 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles80F Tuesday:SSW at 12-25 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles79F Today:SE at 12-25 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles78F Tuesday:SSE at 8-16 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles77F Today:E at 15-25 Knots4-8 Feet6 Miles80F Tuesday:ESE at 8-16 Knots3-6 Feet6 Miles79F Today:E at 15-25 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles78F Tuesday:SE at 8-16 Knots3-5 Feet6 Miles77F Today:E at 15-25 Knots6-10 Feet10 Miles78F Tuesday:SE at 12-25 Knots6-10 Feet10 Miles77F Today:ESE at 12-25 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles75F Tuesday:S at 8-16 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles75F Today:E at 15-25 Knots4-8 Feet10 Miles79F Tuesday:SE at 6-12 Knots3-6 Feet10 Miles79F Today:SE at 12-25 Knots3-5 Feet10 Miles77F Tuesday:SSE at 8-16 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles77F UV INDEXTODAYThe higher the AccuWeather UV IndexTMnumber, the greater the need for eye and skin protection.Forecasts and graphics provided by A ccuWeather, Inc. AccuWeather.com H Atlanta A t l a n t a H ighs: 80F/27C H i g h s : 8 0 F / 2 7 C Kingston K i n g s t o n Highs: 87F/31C H i g h s : 8 7 F / 3 1 C Caracas C a r a c a s Highs: 87F/31C H i g h s : 8 7 F / 3 1 C Panama City P a n a m a C i t y Highs: 88F/31C H i g h s : 8 8 F / 3 1 C Limon L i m o n Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Managua Ma n a g u a Highs: 95F/35C H i g h s : 9 5 F / 3 5 C Cozumel C o z u m e l Highs: 87F/31C H i g h s : 8 7 F / 3 1 C Belize B e l i z e Highs: 87F/31C H i g h s : 8 7 F / 3 1 C C harlotte C h a r l o t t e Highs: 80F/27C H i g h s : 8 0 F / 2 7 C C harleston C h a r l e s t o n Highs: 82F/28C H i g h s : 8 2 F / 2 8 C S avannah S a v a n n a h Highs: 82F/28C H i g h s : 8 2 F / 2 8 C Pensacola P e n s a c o l a Highs: 82F/28C H i g h s : 8 2 F / 2 8 C Daytona Beach D a y t o n a B e a c h Highs: 84F/29C H i g h s : 8 4 F / 2 9 C Tampa T a m p a Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Freeport F r e e p o r t Highs: 84F/29C H i g h s : 8 4 F / 2 9 C Miami Mi a m i Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C Nassau N a s s a u Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C Havana H a v a n a Highs: 88F/31C H i g h s : 8 8 F / 3 1 C Santiago de Cuba S a n t i a g o d e C u b a Highs: 84F/29C H i g h s : 8 4 F / 2 9 C San Juan S a n J u a n Highs: 84F/29C H i g h s : 8 4 F / 2 9 C Santa S a n t a Domingo D o m i n g o Highs: 87F/31C H i g h s : 8 7 F / 3 1 C Trinidad T r i n i d a d Tobago T o b a g o Highs: 91F/33C H i g h s : 9 1 F / 3 3 C Port-au-Prince P o r t a u P r i n c e Highs: 94F/34C H i g h s : 9 4 F / 3 4 C Cape Hatteras C a p e H a t t e r a s H ighs: 70F/21C H i g h s : 7 0 F / 2 1 C Aruba Curacao A r u b a C u r a c a o Highs: 88F/31C H i g h s : 8 8 F / 3 1 C Antigua A n t i g u a Highs: 86F/30C H i g h s : 8 6 F / 3 0 C Barbados B a r b a d o s Highs: 85F/29C H i g h s : 8 5 F / 2 9 C B ermuda B e r m u d a H ighs: 67F/19C H i g h s : 6 7 F / 1 9 C Atlanta H ighs: 80F/27C Kingston Highs: 87F/31C Caracas Highs: 87F/31C Panama City Highs: 88F/31C Limon Highs: 86F/30C Managua Highs: 95F/35C Cozumel Highs: 87F/31C Belize Highs: 87F/31C C harlotte Highs: 80F/27C C harleston Highs: 82F/28C S avannah Highs: 82F/28C Pensacola Highs: 82F/28C Daytona Beach Highs: 84F/29C Tampa Highs: 86F/30C Freeport Highs: 84F/29C Miami Highs: 85F/29C Nassau Highs: 85F/29C Havana Highs: 88F/31C Santiago de Cuba Highs: 84F/29C San Juan Highs: 84F/29C Santa Domingo Highs: 87F/31C Trinidad Tobago Highs: 91F/33C Port-au-Prince Highs: 94F/34C C ape Hatteras H ighs: 70F/21C Aruba Curacao Highs: 88F/31C Antigua Highs: 86F/30C Barbados Highs: 85F/29C Bermuda Highs: 67F/19C INSURANCEMANAGEMENTTRACKINGMAP Showers Warm Cold Stationary Rain T-storms Flurries Snow IceShown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's highs and tonight's lows. N S EW S E 12-25 knots N S EW S E 10-20 knots N S EW S E 1 0-20 knots N S EW S E 12-25 knots N S EW S E 1 2-25 knots N S EW E E E E W 15-25 knots N S EW E E E E W 15-25 knots N S EW S E 12-25 knots vent Baillou from going undefeated in both leagues when they scored an 18-15w in. H owever, the Potcakes provided arguably the highlight of the season when they ended the year with their first win in club history, a 32-10 win over the Buccan eers. International The local rugby commun ity now shifts its attention to international play as the Bahamas prepares for com-p etition in the Caribbean Championships later this month. T he executives have selected Garry Markham as head coach with PeterB eirne as assistant coach ( Freeport) and Stevie Thompson assistant coach (Nassau T he team will be managed by John Gates and Steve Johnson. T he opening game of the i nternational season will be away to Bermuda on April 30th, followed by a home game against Mexico in early May. The Bahamas is currently r anked second to Bermuda in the North Caribbean group, fourth overall in the Caribbean behind Trinidad, Guyana and Bermuda. BAILLOU SAVES BEST GAME FOR SEASON FINALE FROM page 1E JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer BOSTON The Boston Celtics got a rare, brief and encouraging glimpse of Shaquille O'Neal before he limped off to the locker room Sunday night. They can only hope it wasn't their last. The 39-year-old former NBA MVP returned Sunday night after missing more than two months and scored six points in 5? minutes to help Celtics beat the Detroit Pistons 10190. But O'Neal left in the second quarter with a new injury that raised new questions about whether he will be able to contribute in the playoffs. "I don't know what to do, honestly," Celtics coach Doc Rivers said when asked if O'Neal should be shut down for the rest of the regular season. "My inclination is not,b ecause he needs to play. We have to play at full-tilt in six or seven (games O'Neal was not available for comment because he left before the end of the game, Rivers said; TV showed him walking out of the TD Garden with a slight limp. But Riverse xpressed optimism because the injury explained by the team as a strained right calf was not the same as the Achilles' tendon strain that had kept him out since Feb. 1. "The doctor thought it was very minor. Scary more than anything," Rivers said. "But we'll see." O'Neal's Achilles' injury was originally described as a minor one that would sideline him for just a few games. Asked how long he thought O'Neal would be out this time, Rivers let out a mirthless laugh. "I don't know, is the answer," he said. "I don't think very long." Paul Pierce scored 22 points and Rajon Rondo added 14 assists for the Celtics, who remained one-half game behind Miami in the race for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and seemed poised to make a move before O'Neal's new injury. "He's been out so long, and he tried to do it today without any chance to have any practices," Pierce said. "I just hope he's all right. ... It felt like just having his presence out there was big." Will Bynum scored 20 points, Tayshaun Prince had 16 and Charlie Villanueva 15 for the Pistons. O'Neal entered with 4:43 left in the first quarter to a big cheer from the crowd. He scored on Boston's first two possessions and again later before grabbing a seat for the final play of the quarter. He returned for the start of the second but he lasted just 49 seconds more before limping off to the locker room accompanied by the medical staff. The team said he would be re-evaluated at halftime; at the break, a Celtics spokesman said he would not return. "He'll be OK. Shaq's always going to be all right," backup Glen "Big Baby" Davis said. "He doesn't get hurt. Shaq is invincible, man. That's what I believe in. He'll be back. Man of steel. That's what I've been believing since I was a little kid." Celtics coast past the Pistons, but lose Shaq LONDON Wayne Rooney's hat trick kept Manchester United on track to win the English Premier League with a 4-2 comeback victory over West Ham on Saturday, while the title hopes of Arsenal and defending champion Chelsea were hurt by draws. Second-place Arsenal drew 0-0 with visiting Blackburn and Chelsea, in third, needed a 33rd-minute header by Didier Drogba to escape with a 1-1 draw against a Stoke team in the middle of the standings. Yesterday, Manchester City thrashed Sunderland 5-0 to strengthen its chances of a topfour finish in the Premier League, and Fulham eased its relegation fears with a convincing 3-0 win over Blackpool on Sunday. Rooney's first hat trick in 14 months wiped out a 2-0 halftime deficit, boosting Man United's chances for a record 19th English championship. L iverpool, which shares the record of 18 titles with United, l ost 2-1 against a West Bromwich Albion team led by its former manager, Roy Hodg son. Tottenham's prospects of a second straight top-four finish dimmed with a 0-0 draw at Wigan. C helsea has eight games left and is 11 points behind Unite d, which has played one more game. Second-place Arsenal is seven points off the lead and has a game in hand. premiership SOCCER Rooney scores hat trick for United (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer GOING D OWN: Boston Celtics Shaquille ONeal (36 Detroit Pistons Tracy McGrady after taking a shot in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, April 3, 2011, in Boston.
S PORTS PAGE 8E, MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS B ATTLING: R eal Deal Shockers Kevin Coakley and Mailboat Cybots Sean S mith battle for position for a loose ball. ed it the most, Bain stated. All series, we didnt play like we wanted to win. We depend on talent and a lot of times that dont get it done. Hats of to them. Theyre a very good team. We got far. We just have to go back and regroup for next year. This is the second year they have eliminated us. I have to try and get one from one. No one was more devastated by the loss than coach Wayde Watson. Its all about commitment and attitude. I couldnt say something to certain players, which was unfortunate, Watson stressed. The Shockers wanted it more. We had them down to the number of key players and we still couldnt pull it off. Everybody wanted to take it personal. It was a personal thing. Watson said his Cybots will be going back to the drawing board and rebuilding to get back to the championship level where they won the title two years ago. Shockers 119, Cybots 109: Lasario Burrows had another big night with a game high 36 points and 13 rebounds as the Real Deal had six players in double figures to go in the drivers seat on Friday. Sidney Hillary had 24 points; Barrington Carter had 14 points and Kevin Coakley, Lorenzo Carter and Ian Wire Pinder all added 12 as they came from a 32-24 first quarter deficit to take a 54-52 half-time lead. The Mailboat, who went up 84-82 at the end of the third, got 29 points from Jeffrey Henfield, 27 from Brian Bain, 19 from Jacob Jackson and 12 from Nelson Joseph. Giants 120, Wreckers 111: Putting up another good showing after the 45-point rout in game one, Y-Care gave Commonwealth Bank a run for their money. But once again, it was the experience of the Giants that prevailed when it counted the most as they maintained their perfect record. Mark Hanna exploded for a game high 41 points with nine rebounds; Jeremy Hutchinson contributed 25 and 11 rebounds; Gamalial Rose had 23 points and Michael Ferley Bain chipped in with 21 points. For the Wreckers, who trailed 29-27 after the first quarter, 59-47 at the half and 89-70 at the end of the third, Mario Pickstock was on fire with 39 points, Breston Horsey Rolle had 22 and William Delancy 18. FROM page 1E SHORTHANDED REAL DEAL SHOCK CYBOTS BASKETBALL: S S h h o o c c k k e e r r s s 1 1 0 0 5 5 , C C y y b b o o t t s s 9 9 8 8 P ASS MASTER: R eal Deal Shockers L asario Burrows passes the ball over the defence of Mail boat Cybots Brian Bain. EYEONTHEPRIZE: Real Deal Shockers Barrington Carter beats Mailboat Cybots Jeffery Henfield as he eyes his target. UPWARD MOBILITY: Mailboat Cybots Tyrone Sands goes up for a lay-up. ON THE BALL: Mailboat Cybots Jeffery Henfield dribbles the ball against the defence of Real Deal Shockers Kevin Coakley. FIGHTING SPIRIT: Real Deal Shockers Barrington Carter splits the defence of the Mailboat Cybots to get a pass off. T im Clarke /T ribune staff