N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Mailboat strike catastrophic V olume: 107 No.139WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND WARM HIGH 86F LOW 75F F E A T U R E S S EEARTSANDENTERTAINMENT S P O R T S Peep show SEESECTIONE A first class job By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter n email@example.com THE mailboat strike con tinued today with more and m ore family islanders facing the possibility of food short ages. F red Bonaby, owner of the Church Grove Supermarket, in Crooked Island, said news of the strike has spread t hroughout the island, leav ing residents filled with concern. We depend on the mailboat to bring our supplies. Right now my shop is almost out. It is a sad thing because only once a week we get ser vice. There could be food shortages, especially with fruits and vegetables. It has already begun, said Mr Bonaby. The Mailboat Association met with the Ministry of Transport yesterday, according to a Tribune source. There will be no sailing until there is positive intervention on the government'sb ehalf. The ball is in their court and unless mailboats sail by tomorrow the effect will be of a catastrophic pro-p ortion, the source said. All boats with government mailbag contracts, except the Eleuthera Express, Bahamas Day Break and Fiesta Mail are on strike, according to officials at the Port Department. The Fiesta Mail, a boat owned by The MailBoat Company is the only vessel with fixed weekly service to an international destination. They service the South Flori da commercial freight market, and are not participating in the strike. Although the mailboat industry has transformed and Concer ns grow o v er effects on Family Islands COOKIES & C REAM M cFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM SEE page nine T HE Democratic National Alliance says its election campaign will be financed byB ahamian people who want change. Dismissing initial reports that had been circulated that the party had collected p ledges of up to $25 million for its 2012 campaign, sources w ithin the DNA said they will not run a campaign that will be held hostage to the money of special interests. This campaign will be DNAELECTION CAMPAIGN WILL BE FINANCED BY AHAMIANS WHO WANT CHANGE By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SOCIAL Services staff criticised statements made by Minister of State for Social Services Loretta Butler-Turner concerning the employ ment status of persons enrolled through the Unem ployment Assistance Work Programme yesterday. The unionised group claim Ms Butler-Turner devalued contributions made by work programmers by categorising them as welfare recipients. John Pinder, president of the Bahamas Public Services SOCIAL SERVICES STAFF HIT OUT A T MINIS TER THE Democratic National Alliance will reveal to the B ahamian people its platform for the next general election, along with a handful of can d idates, when they are l aunched tomorrow evening. Scheduled to take place at the Wyndham Crystal PalaceR esort at 7.30pm, the leader of the party, Independent Member of Parliament for Bamboo Town and former F NM Minister Branville McCartney will give the keynote address. A ccording to well-placed sources within the party, the DNA will reveal a portion of its 41 candidates it intends to run in the 2012 general elecSEE page nine S EE page nine BRANS PARTY WILL REVEAL SOME OF IT S C ANDIDATES AT OFFICIAL L AUN CH SEE page nine MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL BAHAMAS DEFENCE FORCE yesterday evening commemorated the 31st anniversary of the sinking of HMBS Flamingo with a wreath laying ceremony at the Betty K Wharf and a memorial service in Rawson Square. The incident took place in 1980 when Cuban MiG jet fighters opened rocket and machine gun fire on the Royal Bahamas Defence Force vessel HMBS Flamingo after it had arrested two Cuban vessels poaching at Cay Santo Domingo, in the Ragged Island chain. The vessel sunk and four marines were killed. This was the first time that a memorial service was held in Rawson Square in a national effort to "never forget", the Defence Force said. MOREPHOTOSONPAGETHREE Felip Major /Tribune staff REMEMBERING HMBS FLAMINGO B AHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E
UNITED States Ambass ador to the Bahamas Nicole A vant visited Freeport on Monday to give the keynote address at the Grand B ahama American Womens C lub (GBAWC Awards Dinner held at the R uby Swiss Restaurant. Scholarship awards totalling $20,000 were presented to 15 students from grades nine to 12 on behalf o f the GBAWC. During the a wards dinner, the GBAWC a lso gave donations to various community groups providing summer camps oppor-t unities to local children. The GBAWC, which cele brates its 44th year of serv ice to the community this year, has given over $200,000 in donations to community organisations and as schol a rships to deserving high school students. The GBAWC raises funding through their annual Golf C lassic Tournament held on Grand Bahama each year. In her remarks, Ambass ador Avant commended the GBAWC for mentoring youth throughout Grand Bahama, noting that as leaders it is their responsibility to help young peoples eize every opportunity available. You are planting a seed t hat may not take root for years but the benefits are undeniable, AmbassadorA vant said. A mbassador Avant fur ther challenged the scholar ship recipients to continue s triving to reach their full potential. The next chapter of Grand Bahama is waiting t o be written. And it will be written by each and every one of you, because our future, Grand Bahamas f uture, this countrys future will look exactly the way you want it to look like, she toldt he students. GBAWC scholarship recipients were selectedb ased on the students academic grades and an essay. The scholarship covers $1,200 in academic tuition affording students the oppor t unity to attend or remain in private high schools in Freeport. This years schol a rship recipients are Gabrielle Robinson, Shonita Hall, Cleanche Lightbourne,R oyell Bowleg, Shquan K emp, Keanu Saunders, Nicolas Fowler, Mikeria Lar oda, Jessica Cartwright, Dest iny Gardiner, Kennedi Mallory, Alicia Storr, Marlon Hepburn, Kayla Lee and C eleane Lightbourne. This years community recipients include the Bahamas National Trust S ummer Camp, the Humane Society of Grand Bahama, the YMCA Summer Camp,t he Sir Charles Hayward Childrens Library and the Salvation Armys SummerC amps. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THEBAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER US Ambassador presents $20,000 in scholarships on behalf of Grand Bahama American Womens Club UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR Nicole Avant with the 15 scholarship recipients representing various schools on Grand Bahama. A SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT greets US Ambassador Nicole Avant a s Joan Darville, a GBAWC committee member, looks on.
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune FreeportR eporter dmaycock@ tribunemedia.net FREEPORT The man who was shot and killed on Grand Bahama on Sunday h as been officially identif ied by police as 31-yearo ld Kiano Javier Martinb orough of Freeport. Mr Martinborough was discovered at Garden Vill as with a gunshot injury in h is head. He was taken to h ospital, but later died. P olice received reports o f a shooting in the Gard en Villas area around 11.28pm on Sunday. When officers arrived at the scene, they saw a man lying on the ground with an injury to the head. Press liaison officer ASP L oretta Mackey said Mr Martinboroughs death is the third homicide for the y ear on Grand Bahama. N o one has been arreste d in this case and police a re appealing to anyone w ith information that can a ssist them with their invest igation to call 911, 3503 107/8 or the Central Detective Unit at 3529774/5. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com FOLLOWING the depart ure of key members earlier t his month, the National Development Party claim they are now moving forward with a stronger group. In a press release yesterday, interim leader of the N DP Lindon Nairn assured t he public that despite recent r esignations and negative publicity, the party remains resolved and committed to an ew vision for the country w hich includes deepening the democratic process and empowering the Bahamian p eople. We seek your continued confidence and support. Wea re a stronger group even though we have lost some very fine men and women,h e said in the statement. On May 4, ten members of the executive council of the N DP, including then leader Renward Wells, left the party to join the Progressive Liberal Party. The members who left the N DP said it is PLP leader Perry Mr Christie's political p hilosophy and the change i n the political landscape over the last month presumably the emergence of newly formed Democratic National Alliance that spurred them to cross party lines. A ccording to the NDP statement, those members who remain loyal and on board with the party believe it is the duty of politicians to s erve the people and to be committed to ideals and principles, not merely to the p rospect of winning elections. It had been rumoured that t he NDP was planning on joining forces with anotherp arty, however, Mr Narin s aid that while the NDP is w illing to collaborate and e xplore possible relationships with other parties they will n ot do so at the expense of what the party stands for. We cannot and will not trade those ideals and princip les for the alleged comfort s ome think might result from such an alignment; we do not subscribe to the notion that the end justifies the means, he said. Serious concerns in the areas of education, crime,i mmigration, employment, public health care and national debt were raised by the NDP as examples of the previous governments failu res and the need for social e conomic and political change in the Bahamas. T he NDP statement said: The apparent stubbornness of our social and economici lls is being made worse by the lack of vision and thea bsence of a call to action. W e simply settle for too little f rom our leaders. T he NDP is calling Bahamians to hold those who g overn accountable and to open the door to the newB ahamas. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011, PAGE 3 By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A POLICE officer who discovered the bodies of four people who died in a h ouse fire two years ago testified in the Supreme Court yesterday. E ltorio Ferguson, 29, is charged with abetment to arson and abetment to manslaughter in the deaths of Theresa Brown, 51, her 18-year-old daughter K ayshala Bodie, and one-year-old grand daughter Telair Johnson, as well as their neighbour Savanna Stuart, 18. They all died in a suspected arson a ttack on September 17, 2009 in the fam ily's home on Wilson Tract. P olice Corporal Kendrick Brown told the court that he was on duty at the Grove Police Station on the morning of September 17 when he received infor m ation from the police control room. Corporal Brown told the court that he proceeded to Wilson Tract where he saw dark smoke emanating from the front window of a green and white house. The officer told the court that he pro c eeded to the rear of the residence where a large crowd of people had gathered. C orporal Brown testified that he d irected the crowd to get back, and with the assistance of several persons was able to pry open the rear door which l ed to the kitchen. The witness stated that a woman who he concluded was leaning near the doorf ell into the open door way. He told the court that he proceeded inside the house where he found an infant in the kitchen s ink. Bathtub He said that he also noticed a woman under the kitchen table, two to three f eet away from the sink. Corporal Brown recalled that he found another woman lying in a bathtub. He identified thatw oman as Theresa Brown, who at the t ime was a civilian employed with the police force. During cross-examination by Fergusons attorney Geoffrey Farquharson, Corporal Brown said while he was not related to Theresa Brown, he grew up inW ilson Tract. He also admitted during cross-examination that he knew the accused man and that he grew up withh im. M r Farquharson pressed him on inconsistencies in his report on the incident and the testimony he gave in court. T he attorney suggested that Corporal Brown never opened the door to the house as he claimed, but had found thed oor open and a woman lying in the doorway. Corporal Brown maintained that several persons who were at the s cene assisted him in opening the door. Also taking the witness stand yesterday was Barbara Stuart, a resident of Wilson Tract. M rs Stuart, the mother of victim Savanna Stuart, said that she last saw her daughter at home on September 16,2 009, the day before the incident. She recalled that her daughter had left to go to the home of her friend Kayshala Bod-i e. Mrs Stuart said that she next saw her daughters lifeless body in the morgue. The trial is expected to continue this m orning before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs and a jury of five women and four men. Attorney Neil Brathwaite is lead prose cutor on the case. POLICE IDENTIFY MAN SHOT DEAD ON SUNDAY Kiano Javier Martinborough NDP moving forward with a stronger group FORMERLEADER Renward Wells left the party last week. POLICE OFFICER DESCRIBES FINDING BODIES OF HOUSE FIRE VICTIMS COMMEMORATING ANNIVERSARY OF HMBS FLAMINGO SINKING M EMBERS o f the Royal Bahamas Defence Force commemorate the 31st anniversary of the sinking of HMBS Flamingo with a wreath laying ceremony at the Betty K Wharf and a memorial service in Rawson Square yesterday. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f
E DITOR, The Tribune. The Opposition claims t hat it is the real thing. Of course this is just another g immick to hide its incompetence and shameful r ecord in office. The PLP is like one of those knockoff designer handbags that someone sells under false pretences. From far off it looks real. B ut on closer inspection it q uickly falls apart despite all the pretty packaging and m oney spent to pay for the f ake bag. Buyer's remorse s ettles in and the purchaser w ishes they had bought the real deal. The Opposition forgets that the Bahamian people quickly experienced buyer's remorse after voting for them in 2002. That's why t hey were voted out after o ne term and Bahamians r eturned to the real deal with Hubert Ingraham and the FNM. The Opposition is desperately trying out various s logans and false advertisi ng to see what resonates with voters. T hey have launched a marketing and public relat ions scheme to convince Bahamians of their care and c ompassion. Bahamians saw this same advertising campaign in the lead-up to the 2002 election. One way to test for false advertising and fake goods is to check the claims of those t rying to sell a product. H ere's a fact-check on the Opposition's 2002 promises of the care and compassion they would deliver to the Bahamian people. In 2002 the Leader of the Opposition said: I see thousands of young children in overcrowded classrooms. His government did not complete a single school in five years despite a better economy and after borrowing $800 million. Not only did the FNM build the Sister Mary Patricia Russell High School in Grand Bahama within one year after returning to office in 2007, the Ingraham administration also had to finish, furnish and open schools the Opposition could not complete. From 1992 to 2002 the FNM reduced classroom overcrowding by building 8 primary schools and four Senior High Schools and expanded a number of exist ing schools at both the pri mary and high school level. In 2002 the Leader of the Opposition said: I see oldage pensioners still waiting in long lines to collect pen sions that are too little to live on. The Opposition failed to increase old-age pensions from 2002 to 2007. Not only has the FNM increased old-age pensions, legislation passed this term by the FNM now means that these pensions automatically go up to keep pace with the rate of inflation. This is compassion in action, the real deal, not fake talk about being the real thing. In 2002 the Leader of the Opposition said: I see too many families who still have to fry fish and conch-fritters out on Montagu Bay to raise money for major surgery because there is no National Health Insurance (NHI Mr. Christie promised he would deliver NHI as a matter of the most urgent priority. M r. Christie and the O pposition don't do urgent; they do late-again a nd never-never. They failed to deliver NHI to the Bahamian people. T oday, thousands of B ahamians now have g reater access to lifesaving m edicines after the FNM i ntroduced the prescription drug benefit, a key compo-n ent of NHI. The Opposition is replayi ng the same campaign it ran in 2002 and with the same slogans such as hope and h elp. It won't work for a simp le reason: Bahamians know t hat the PLP is a designer knockoff repackaging itselfa s the real thing. They are the same fake goods thatw as tried, found wanting and rejected. Responding to the chall enges facing The Bahamas requires decisive and com petent leadership. Issues don't solve thems elves, which was the approach Mr. Christie and t he Opposition tried last time around. I f someone solemnly promises and then miserably fails to reduce school overc rowding, seriously help olda ge pensioners and deliver N ational Health Insurance, it makes little sense to b elieve them when they make these same promises yet again. T his is Perry Christie's failed record. The FNM has a record of g reat accomplishments and o f real care and compassion, measured in action and not words alone. H ubert Ingraham also saw the students who needed more classrooms. H e saw the needs of olda ge pensioners. He saw and felt the u rgency of helping to lower h ealth care costs for all B ahamians. The essential and defini ng difference is that Hubert Ingraham did something even as Perry Christie con tinued to talk and talk and t alk some more. Free National Movement Nassau, May 10, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 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 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm LONDON Britain will open five new embassies and send more diplomats to China, India and Brazil under a multi-million dollar plan to secure new trading ties with emerging economic powers, an official said Tuesday. Foreign Secretary William Hague will announce to Parliament on Wednesday his plans to send ambassadors to new posts in El Salvador, Kyrgyzstan, South Sudan and when it is judged safe Somalia and Madagascar. A person familiar with the plan, who demanded anonymity to discuss the decisions ahead of an announcement to the House of Commons, said the move was intended to strengthen the trade-based diplomacy ushered in by Britain's coalition government. About 80 staff will be sent to bolster Britain's work in Brazil, China and India some reassigned from downgraded European missions, the official said. Britain plans to scale back almost all of its posts outside European capitals, meaning many staff based in cities including Munich, Milan and Barcelona will be deployed elsewhere. However, no diplomats will be removed from Turkey singled out by Hague as a likely key partner in the decades ahead. Britain's foreign ministry will sell off real estate and also trim the costs of postings overseas to fund the US$165 million programme, which will mean fewer luxury homes for diplo mats based abroad, and cheaper office spaces. Already, the posts of 450 junior staff based overseas have been cut and the ministry is likely to ask some diplomats to share facilities in non-priority countries with colleagues from Britain's business ministry. Hague planned to tell lawmakers his aim was to reshape Britain's diplomatic team to be lean and efficient but configured to match the realities of the 21st century, according to the official familiar with his proposals. Britain's coalition government has urged its diplomats to focus on wooing new trade partners, with Prime Minister David Cameron taking large delegations of business leaders on tours to India and the Persian Gulf. In a speech in November, Cameron said Britain would strengthen ties to key emerging economies to secure its status as a leading voice on global affairs. "Whenever I meet foreign leaders, they do not see a Britain shuffling apologetically off the world stage," Cameron said. "There is no reason why the rise of new economic powers should lead to a loss of British influence in the world." Hague has insisted that Britain's new business focus wouldn't mean the U.K. would shy away from raising human rights issues in coun tries such as China or India. "We will raise our concerns about human rights wherever and whenever they arise, includ ing with countries with whom we are seeking closer ties," he said in September. David Stringer, the Associated Press US House seeks accounting of aid money to Haiti WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives asked the Obama administration Tuesday to come up with an accounting of how humanitarian and reconstruction aid is being spent in Haiti, which has been slow to recover from the devastating earthquake of more than a year ago despite an outpouring of U.S. and international assistance. "The unprecedented relief effort has given way to a sluggish, at best, reconstruction effort," said Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee, sponsor of the legislation requesting that President Barack Obama prepare a report within six months of the bill's enactment on the status of the aid campaign in Haiti, including the fight to combat an outbreak of cholera. Some of the blame for the slow progress in Haiti has been put on the lack of coordination among foreign and Haitian relief groups, a destroyed infrastructure, absence of a viable Haitian government and corruption. But anoth er factor, Lee said, is "the lack of urgency on the international community's part." She said that, at an international donors' conference in March, 2010, 58 donors pledged $5.5 billion to support Haiti's recovery efforts, but as of March this year only 37 per cent of the money had been disbursed. "This is unacceptable," she said. The Haitian government says 316,000 people were killed in the January 12 earthquake of magnitude 7.0. More than 1 million in a popu lation of fewer than 10 million were displaced from their homes in the hemisphere's poorest nation. Rep. Maxine Waters, another Democ rat, said 680,000 remain in refugee camps. "We owe it to the Haitian people to find out how much of this money has been delivered to Haiti and where that money went," she said. "We have not always had our act together in Haiti." House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican, said much progress has been achieved in the past year, such as increased access to clean water. She said the Interim Haiti Reconstruc tion Commission has approved 86 reconstruc tion projects accounting for about one-third of the total pledges made by international donors last year. But she also stressed the need to determine that the aid effort "is not being derailed by waste, duplication or corruption." The bill, passed by voice, now goes to the Senate. Jim Abrams, the Associated Press. PLP is like a knock-off designer handbag LETTERS l email@example.com UKs diplomatic blitz in emerging countries EDITOR, The Tribune. Every Sunday night, like clockwork, between 10pm and 11pm it begins. You cant go to sleep until the noise ceases. Depending on your proximity to this event, you cant hear yourself speak or even think. I am referring to the stream of motorcycles which speed recklessly down West Bay Street, from west to east, with no mufflers to dampen the noise and no regard for safety, let alone neighbourhood tranquility. The police response are you ready for this is that they are hampered in catching these perpetrators because the motorcycles drive too fast to catch. The police say that there have been too many pursuit accidents. So the noise polluters have free reign, every Sunday night, for years now. Heres a suggestion. Its called a radio. Most police vehicles in advanced countries have one installed. One patrol car detects the violation and then radios another patrol car further down the road to set up a blockade or barricade, if not to catch the perpetrator, then at least to slow the motorcycle traffic down, stop the bikes and issue citations for missing or illegally modified mufflers. Short on law enforcement funding? Then how about a cop on a bike with a radio at one location and another cop with a few barricades at the oth er location. No vehicular expenditure involved. Much of the murder, mayhem and general law break ing on this island takes place between sunset and sunrise. So heres another suggestion. Staff the police departments to properly deal with the level of crime as well as the time of day in which it is com mitted at night instead of during bankers hours. K VOLODZKO Nassau, May 9, 2011. (We know exactly what this person is talking about as we also suffered the noise when we lived on the Eastern Road. These bikers seemed to take pleasure in revving their engines just under our window as they passed. This happened every Sunday night without fail. What made matters worse at the time was that our mother, who was nearing a hundred years old, was terrified out of her wits every Sunday night by these thoughtless disturbers of the peace. There was nothing that we could do to protect her from this menace until we eventually moved from the main Eastern Road to another home. We pre sume that the menace continues. (However, when we made inquiries at the time we were informed that far from being hoodlums on these noisy contraptions, it was a club to which some very respectable professional men belonged. Ed). Motor cyclists allowed to shatter the peace ever y Sunday night
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Cruise ship passengers visiting Grand Bahama are being offered a new uniquely Bahamian culinary experience at Junkanoo Beach Club at Taino Beach. The new tour is one that is expected to improve visitor experience here on the island, which has been ranked last among the various other destinations visited by Carnival Cruise Lines. Bahamian chef Bernard Dawkins said visitors taking the tour learn to prepare three popular Bahamian dishes cracked conch, conch fritters and peas and rice. He said there has been a lot of positive feedback over the past six weeks. We are getting lots of high praise so maybe this will give Grand Bahama the impetus it needs and the turnaround because we have been hearing so much about what tourists say, that there is nothing going on in Grand Bahama, he said. Chef Dawkins said the tour offers visitors a unique cultural experience. In addition to preparing Bahamian dishes, visitors learn about Junkanoo, a cultural festi val that is often celebrated in December and January. Chef Dawkins said Junkanoo Club is situated at Taino Beach and visitors also have access to the beach. He said they want to give tourists a product that will allow them to enjoy their visit to the island and improve their overall experience. The recently released poor ratings by passengers of Carnival Cruise have put plans for a cre ation of a new multi-million cruise ship port on hold indefinitely. In March, Minister of Transport Neko Grant revealed that Carnival was reluctant to part ner with the government because of unpleasant visitor experience in Grand Bahama. He said that of the 37 ports visited in the region, Grand Bahama ranked last based on passenger surveys. Mr Grant said the poor rating should serve as a wake up call for Grand Bahama. ACCOMPANIED by Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing, over 20 aspir i ng youth leaders paid an official visit to the Grand Bahama Port Authority ( GBPA) last Friday. Those e nrolled in the Marco City Youth Leadership Institute were greeted by GBPA vice-p resident Ginger Moxey, who hosted the group to a special presentation and refresh ments. A brainchild of Minister Laing, the leadership initiative was launched in Septem ber of last year and serves as an adult transition pro gramme for grades 11 and 12 students on Grand Bahama. Through weekly seminars and presentations, those attending are taught effective leadership, communication, decision making, interpersonaland fitness skills. After a suc cessful corporate familiarisation trip to the capital in Feb ruary, students embarked on a similar tour in Grand Bahama. You cant take a corporate tour of Grand Bahama without including the munici pal authority of Freeport, said Minister Laing. wanted them to hear from the leadership of the Port Authority firsthand, tobe able to understand their role and how it relates to the development of Freeport. Its important for them to know what the Port Authority is about. A thorough overview of the structure and responsibil ities of GBPA was presented by Ms Moxey. Visual presentation, along with printed handouts, provided details on the companys regulatory role, daily operations and available career opportuni ties. I want to stress the significance of education to all of you today, she said. Its also important that you remain focused. You have to remain committed, procrastination doesnt do the job. Focus and make some good choices, then your path may be smoother. Participant Teneko Rolle, a 12th grader at St. Georges High School, shared hist houghts on their visit. This mornings presentation was very informative and i nspiring. I learnt a lot from t he explanation of the duties of the Port Authority and I appreciated Ms Moxeyse ncouragement for us to keep on pursuing excellence. Im very pleased to be a partici pant in this programme and I thank Minister Laing and all the others whove made this very exciting, he said. S unland Baptist Academy grade 12 student Leah Rolle concurred. Its very important for me t o participate because it gives me an opportunity to learn from examples of older onesw ho are more seasoned in the business field, more mature and have more experience as leaders, she said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011, PAGE 5 T HE Bahamas continues to e xceed visitor expectations in key performance areas, according to recently compiled information from visitor exit surveys. Visitorswho are very likely to recommend a Bahamasv acation to friends and relatives indicated on exit surveys conducted by the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation that their experiences in most categories turned out to be much better than they expected. T heir responses show i ncreases in satisfaction in most categories of guest experiences between 2005 and2 010. Guest satisfaction with h otel rooms saw a five per cent jump in 2010 over the 2 005 figure. L ast year, 29.8 per cent of the visitors who said they are v ery likely to recommend the Bahamas had their expecta-t ions exceeded by their hotel e xperience, compared to 24.9 p er cent in 2005. The service that guests had away from hotels also recorde d a significant increase of a lmost three per cent from the same group of visitors. In 2005, 27.1 per cent of the very likely to recommend group perceived service away from hotels as better than expected. L ast year, the figure jumped to 30 per cent. O ther categories that registered percentage gains from respondents were attitudesa way from hotels, cleanliness, h otel food, food away from hotels, hotel service, hotel staff attitudes and personals afety. There was a modest decline in satisfaction with taxis from 29.3 per cent in2 005 to 28.8 per cent in 2010. R eacting to this information, Minister of Tourism and Aviation Senator Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace said: This is clear evidence that training efforts in both the pri v ate and public sectors have had an effect, that the collaboration with the police has had an effect, and that the massive increase in expenditure in cleaning up and fixing the streets has had an effect. I n fact, the last point has had the second highest percenta ge improvement. We have invested a great deal of effort and resourcesi n perfecting methods and syst ems that enable us to learn what matters in visitor satisfaction and what affects thev isitors intent to recommend the Bahamas to friends and relatives, Mr Vanderpool-W allace said. Its Better in the Bahamas must spring from the visitor experience and this suggests that the claim is true at least relative to the past five years. GBPA HOSTS YOUTH LEADERSHIP ENROLLEES AS PART of an official corporate tour on Grand Bahama, participants in the Marco City Youth Leadership Institute visited the Grand Bahama Port Authority. The group is pictured with Zhivargo Laing, Minister ofS tate for Finance, and Ginger Moxey, GBPA vice-president (centre Information taken from exit surveys Visitor satisfaction grows over the last five years GRAND BAHAMA OFFERS NEW CULINARY TOUR CHEF BERNARD DAWKINS and his visiting culinary students at Junkanoo Beach Club.
OBSERVING May as Cancer Awareness Month, the Cancer Society of the Bahamas is hosting special a ctivities relating to the i mpact of disease on our s ociety as well as the work that the Society has beend oing over its 35 years of existence. This year, in addition to staging a number of education and out-reach prog rammes, the Cancer Socie ty also will be hosting its v ery first Rush-Out For Cancer in New Providence. W HY HOST A SPECIAL M ONTH OF ACTIVITIES? Cancer has become s o prevalent in the B ahamian community that almost every man, woman and child, no matter on which island or settlement they live, can put a name and a face t o cancer. Cancer has truly touched our c ountry in a v eryspec ial w ay, the Society said.. For example, in many other countries, t he incidence of cervical cancer in women is decreasing each year, and death from this form of c ancer is relatively rare. Sadly, this is not the case here in the Bahamas. Cervical cancer, which is now essentially preventable, continues to affect hundreds of B ahamian women each y ear, and despite the availa bility of appropriate treatment and adequate screen-i ng opportunities, in many cases without cost to the w oman, a significant numb er of women still die from t his disease each year. This is also the case with b oth prostate cancer in men, a nd breast cancer in women, the Society said. While both the morbidity (number of persons with a particular disease or sickness), and the mortality (number of persons dying f rom a particular disease) r ates of these diseases are d eclining in many countries o f the world, the morbidity r ate of prostate cancer in B ahamian men, and the resulting deaths, on an annual basis, is most troubling. This same picture holds true with respect to breast cancer. Whereas in most o ther countries breast cancer is more common in women over age 50 y ears, that is, m enopausal women, in t he Bahamas, women in their 20s have been diagnosed with this disease. Additionally, the cancer among this young popula tion group tends to be much more aggressive, the S ociety said. It does not matter what form cancer takes the ear lier it is diagnosed and treate d, the better the outcome for the individual and her/his family. In many instances, regular, routine health screenings can prevent the need for invasive treatments, a s a diagnosis could be made b efore the cancer cells grow a nd spread. W HAT ARE SOME OF THE SPECIAL ACTIVITIES P LANNED FOR THE MONTH? T wo Family Island Mammogram Screening (FIMSc ampaigns will be hosted d uring the month. The first was held on Saturday, targetting women from San Salvador. On that day, 17 women travelled to New Providence from San Salvador to have t heir very first mammogram. O n Saturday, May 21, 15 w omen will be travelling f rom North Eleuthera to N ew Providence for their f irst mammogram. This programme is fully funded by the Ride For Hope. Presently it targets Family Island-based women who have never had a mammogram, based on financial n eed. Through the Ride For Hope funding, all associated c osts for the women, includi ng air and ground transp ortation, meals and the mammograms, are fully covered. This programme wills oon be expanded to include residents of New Provi dence. The same qualifying conditions will continue toa pply. SPECIAL HEALTH SCREENING CLINICS IN NEW PROVIDENCE In New Providence, four special health screening clinics will be hosted at specifically identified community health clinics. T he first two will be hoste d this Saturday at the Eliza beth Estates Clinic on Prince Charles Drive, andt he South Beach Clinic on East Street south, between t he hours of 9am-4pm for r esidents of eastern and s outhern New Providence. The following Saturday, o n May 21, the screenings w ill be hosted at the same times at the Flaming Gardens Clinic on Carmichael Road and the Fleming Street Clinic for residents of central and south-western New Providence. A t each of these clinics, w omen of all ages will be a ble to have their pap smear t ests (screening for cervical c ancer) done free-of-charge. T his is the one cancer that can be prevented by means of regular screening. RUSH-OUT, SOUSE-OUT AND OTHER ACTIVITIES I n addition to the FIMS and pap smear tests mentioned above, a number of o ther special activities will b e hosted on May 21, most o f them at the Societys headquarters on East Terrace. T he first will be the Rush-Out For Cancer featuring the Colours Junkanoo Group at 7am. Its tarts in the parking lot of Commonwealth Bank, proceeds on to Dowdeswell Street, on to CollinsA venue, south to Harcourt (Rusty East Terrace and south tot he Cancer Society grounds. T he rush-out will be fol lowed by a souse-out from 8am until noon. The Cancer Society will a lso be hosting an open house on that day from 10am to 6pm. During this time, visitors will be able to have a guide d tour of the facilities; l earn about the work of the S ociety; elect to become a volunteer affiliated witho ne of the Societys many working committees; and/or t ake advantage of one or m ore of the health screeni ngs blood-pressure, blood-sugar, cholesterol t hat will be available on t hat day. Another key feature of the open house will be the live remotes that will be hosted by first by Star 106 FM, between the hours of 10am 2pm, and then by Z NS 1540 AM/104.5 FM b etween 2pm 6pm. Dur i ng these live remotes, i nformation on cancer and t he Society will be provided t o the listening audience. The months activities will culminate on Saturday, May 28, with the 10th annual Cancer Society of the Bahamas Ball. Music will be provided by t he Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band, the Prison Pop Band and Visa ge; the Susan Andrews A ward for exemplary and o utstanding service will be presented to Lovern Wildgoose. M rs Wildgoose coordi nates the National Cancer Screening Programme. She travels from island to i sland each year with a group of volunteer doctors and health professionals to screen residents for breast,c ervical and prostate can cers. She also serves as the o fficial hostess for the Soci e ty, coordinating meals/refreshments for the various functions, and serves on a number of itso perational committees. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Cancer Society hosting special activities for Awareness Month By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Calvin Edgecombe, the prosecutions key witness in the armed robbery and murder trial of four Abaco men, took the witness stand on Monday in the Supreme Court, testifying against those with whom he was initially charged. Last Tuesday, all charges were withdrawn against Edgecombe by the prosecution in exchange for him becoming a witness for the Crown. He was discharged by Justice Hartman Longley of the charges of murder, armed robbery, two counts of possession of unlicensed firearm and two counts of possession of ammunition. Lavardo Rahming, 26, Dario Mills, 24, Jermaine Russell, and Shavargo McPhee, 19, are on trial in connection with the murder and armed robbery of Dion Strachan at the M&R Foodstore in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, sometime between November 26 and 27, 2008. The men are on bail. Edgecombe, 24, told the court that he knew Mills and Russell, but that he did not know McPhee and Rahming. He described McPhee as short and Rahming as being tall. He said on November 25 he picked up McPhee and Rahming from the hotel in his mothers truck and they went looking for some place to rob. Edgecombe drove to the numbers place in Marsh Harbour, but it was closed. As he was passing the foodstore, he said McPhee decided that they would rob it instead. Edgecombe said he told them that he did not want to do it because it was his friends fathers store. After dropping them off on the side of the road, Edgecombe drove off riding around the block. He said after a few laps he noticed people standing outside the foodstore and heard that CJ had been shot. He then drove on the side of the hill where McPhee and Rahming told him they were waiting. He said they came out of the bushes and got into the truck. Edgecombe took them back to the hotel. He said McPhee put $107 cash that they had robbed from the foodstore on the bed. He testified that McPhee and Rahming gave him their masks and guns and told him to get rid of them. Edgecombe said he threw them in the bushes near his girlfriends house. Edgecombe said he went to the hotel on November 26 sometime around 3pm and brought them some KFC to eat. He returned later that evening with pizza. Edgecombe returned the following morning on November 27 after dropping his mother off at the airport. He stayed for some 10 minutes. Defence Attorney Murrio Ducille, who represents Russell and McPhee, accused Edgecombe of only being concerned about sav ing himself. Edgecombe said he came to tell the truth. J Henry Bostwick is representing Mills. Carlson Shurland is representing Rahming. Justice Hartman Longley presides over the trial. Prosecutors Vernal Collie, Erica Kemp and Olivia Blatch. The trial continues on Wednesday. MAN TESTIFIES AGAINST THOSE HE WAS INITIALLY CHARGED WITH
WITH a grant of $225,000, the Bahamian Construction Association (BCA i mprove the countrys cons truction industry by prom oting modern, internationally accepted standardsa nd best practices. On April 13, the signing o f a contract between the I nter-American Developm ent Bank (IDB Bahamian ContractorsA ssociation for the strengthening of the Bahamian Contractors Association project took place. The grant of $225,000 the IDB contribution of $150,000 and the BCA cont ribution of $75,000 was m ade available through the M ulti-Lateral Investment F und (MIF t echnical assistance grants f or micro, small and medium-sized enterprise development in Latin America and the Caribbean. Historic This is an historic occa sion not only for the con-s truction industry, said S tephen Wrinkle, president of the BCA, but also for a ll stakeholders within the s ector throughout the Bahamas. Mr Wrinkle said the BCA is the first contractors association tor eceive an IDB grant, and that this speaks to the dedication, integrity and purpose that the BCA council has demonstrated in successfully obtaining the grant. The idea in the Strengthening of the BCA Project is to promote and support initiatives in transitioning the BCA to a mod ern, internationally recognised association, so that its members can derive the sig n ificant benefits of being a p art of it. Also, the con struction industry in all the islands of the Bahamas can be supported in bringing their standards, qualificat ions and skill resources to levels which will allow Bahamian contractors to have greater access to for eign direct investment (FDIa nd other opportunities in t he Bahamas, elsewhere in the region and in the intern ational community, state d the IDB. M embership within the BCA is currently comprisedof 300 regular members and 1 00 associate members. Approximately 10 per cent are large or prime generalc ontractors while the bala nce of the membership is made up of individual, small and medium building, sub or specialty contractors. This grant is important because we are partnering with a private sector entityi n an area of present and potential opportunities for small medium and large enterprises throughout theB ahamas. In this case, that is c onstruction contractors and all the related industries, said Astrid Wynter, IDB representative. The grant will assist the BCA in promoting modern, internationally acceptedc onstruction standards, best practices and guidelines. During the 18-month project the IDB, the BCA and a Technical Consultative C ommittee (TCC of key stakeholders in the industry will help develop and drive the necessary ini tiatives. A pproximately 50 per c ent of the grant will go towards training and the bala nce is earmarked for docum entation improvement and t he expansion of BCA activities. Our initiatives are well t hought out and will benefit our industry and our country, said Mr Wrinkle. Committed We are committed to including representatives who will contribute theirv aluable insight and consult ation to the various com ponents of the grant. For instance, where we are trying to create a set ofs tandardised national con struction documents, we would seek the advice of thea rchitectural fraternity and the engineering society to have their input into that task. For other avenues likec ontractor and tradesman t raining, we will be partner ing with Bahamas Techni cal and Vocational Institute ( BTVI), the Ministry of W orks and the Department o f Housing to ensure that we incorporate the core val-u es and curriculum that will b e required to improve the skills and standards of their existing contractors. This is all geared toward preparing Bahamian contractors for the proposed Contractors Bill 2011 l icencing protocols. The Bill s eeks for the first time to l icence and regulate the c onstruction contracting i ndustry. The Bill will be reviewed a nd operated by a Board, e stablished under direct control of the Ministry of Works. It seeks to certify and licence contractors and establish some form of protection for the Bahamian consumer against defective w ork or fraud, as well as i mprove the quality of con s truction contracting in the B ahamas. It will also enable t he provision of a recognised certification and licencingf ormat to foreign developm ent investment prospects to support government mandated participation by Bahamian contractors at all levels in the mega projects. The Bill is currently with the Attorney Generals Office a nd anyone wishing to see a draft can find it on the B CA website. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011, PAGE 7 t t b By MATT MAURA Bahamas Information Services MINISTER of National Security Tommy Turnquest applauded national security offi-cials and administrative staff for their commitment and resolve in getting the job done. Mr Turnquest encouraged staff members at all levels to stay the course in the war on crime and criminality. The ministers comments came during an appreciation luncheon for staff of the Churchill Building and Church House locations which was hosted by senior managers and supervisors at the ministry. Mr Turnquest said the only way the min istry can move forward in maintaining and implementing the number of measures, poli cies and strategies that have been developed and put into motion, or are scheduled to come on stream, is if they work as one team. We can only be successful, or continue to be successful, if we remain one team, Mr Turnquest said. No one is greater than the other, all have the equal burden of doing their job at a professional level at all times. This ministry cannot exist unless all of us work together, whether we are stationed at the Churchill Building or Church House; whatever your functions are, we cannot be effective unless each of us performs our specific duties to the optimum level, he said. The luncheon was held as a spin-off from the annual administrative professionals lun cheon, and allowed officials to honour a greater percentage of the staff employed at both locations. Senior managers of the ministry were responsible for treating the staff they supervise to lunch. Mr Turnquest thanked all of the staff members for their support, adding that the ministry is a better place because of that unbending support. I want to use this occasion to thank all of you who, in your own way, make the Ministry of National Security run, and run so efficiently, Mr Turnquest said. Many times only a select number of people basically the senior staff or the minister responsible get the credit for the work done, but much of what we do cannot happen unless each of you do your respective jobs. I believe if we utilise these simple, yet basic tenets, over the course of the next year we will have even greater success than we have had in the past, the minister said. $225,000 grant towards strengthening modern construction industry STAFF AND COUNCIL MEMBERS of the BCA and IDB representatives who were present for signing o f the $225,000 IDB/BCA grant project included (l-r; front row:Tashia Darville-Miller and Dominique M artin, BCA staff; Stephen Wrinkle, BCA president; Godfrey Forbes, BCA vice-president; (back row, l eft) Astrid Wynter, IDB representative; Terrence Knowles, BCA past president; (back row, right) Michelle Evans, MIF consultant for the IDB and Larry Treco, BCA treasurer. P hoto/ A zaleta Ishmael-Newry STRENGTHENING OF THE BCA The $225,000 IDB-BCA grant w as signed by IDB representative Astrid Wynter (right p resident Stephen Wrinkle (left m ent Bank office in Nassau. NATIONAL SECURITY STAFF APPLAUDED FOR COMMITMENT TO GETTING JOB DONE STAFF OF THE MINISTRY OF NATIONAL SECURITY were recently treated to an appreciation luncheon during which time they were honoured for the professionalism and dedication they have displayed to their duties over the past year. Here are four of those who received special awards. Pictured (from left Harriett McPhee-Kelly; Minister of National Security the Tommy Turnquest; Joycelyn Colebrooke-Far rington, and Donard Brown. Patrick Hanna /BIS
By LARRYSMITH "Little Fort Montagu was f inished in 1742...It always calls u p pleasant memories, as we often passed near it during the forenoon sails and afternoon rides that did so much to fill our cup of pleasure at Nassau." Charles Ives, 1880. U nfortunately, it is more and more difficult for modern visitors and locals to spend a pleasant day at Montagu. The fort itself has remained relatively unchanged over the cen-t uries, but its environs are another story. The beach has all but disappeared due to man-made erosion, and the inappropriately placed seawall has to be r ebuilt at great expense every few years. The complex inters ection is a major safety haza rd, and there is a significant public health threat from g arbage, oil and fuel discharges, human and animal waste, sewerage and storm water runoff. Over the last 20 years this u rban waterfront one of our few recreational areas has been transformed into ano pen-air slaughterhouse, flea market and commercial boat r amp right smack in the m iddle of a major road junct ion next to a public park w ithout the slightest thought or remedial effort. And these a re issues that daily affect an estimated 50,000 people living on the eastern portion of thei sland. B ut that may be about to c hange although this is something I have said so often in recent years that I am afraid to hold my breath. Montagu MP Loretta Butl er-Turner appointed a repre sentative committee in 2009 to review issues at the fores hore, headed by local PR pro fessional Diane Philips. That committee submitted a 54-p age report last September c alling for redevelopment of the entire area as a recreational centre. A conceptual design prep ared by architect Monty Knowles featured realigned parking, new vendor stalls withr unning water, a rebuilt ramp, removal of the seawall and road, an Olympic sailing pier,p ublic restrooms, a restored beach, and a seafood restaurant at the fort. The committee recommended a public-private partnership to take this proposal forward, but the $2.5 millionp rice tag proved daunting. However, as we predicted a couple of weeks ago, concrete measures to address traffic flow and vendor issues are about to be implemented for t he first time in years of public c ontroversy. Experts say that a good part of the traffic problems at Mon t agu are caused by congestion at intersections further along the Eastern Road. So as soon as schools close for the sum-m er, the Ministry of Works will start work on turning lanes at the junctions at Blair, Johns on Road and Fox Hill Road. This is why the large almond tree at the corner of Fox HillR oad was recently removed. T he old Montagu hotel pier will be expanded and outfit ted with proper stalls and run n ing water for the fish vendors. The reclaimed land next to the ramp will be used for p ublic restrooms and parking (the old restrooms near the fort have been demolished). The fort will be rejuvenated a s a tourist attraction by an adjacent seafood restaurant with a buried kitchen and din i ng inside the fort itself. "This is a prototype private initiative that will be along thel ines of a similar restaurant at Fort Nassau on Curaao in the Dutch Antilles," Butler-Turner said. "Hopefully, it will open the doors for other investors to do the same." As an historical site, Fort Montagu is the responsibility of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporation, which has already approved the restaurant project, as has the Ministry of Youth, Sports& Culture. Meanwhile, Kerzner International which already main tains the green space at Mon tagu together with other area businesses has agreed to restore the eroding beach. Three groins will be built this summer along the shoreline to trap sand and the beach may also be re-sanded. But there will be no changes to the boat ramp until the effect of the traffic changes along the East ern Road have been evaluated. "All the roadworks have been agreed by Cabinet and work will begin next month, when school closes," ButlerTurner told me. "Kerzner, in conjunction with the Ministry of Works, are concluding infrastructural plans to relocate vendors west of the ramp. Verbally, the vendors have agreed. A new bathroom block will be constructed and Kerzner will also undertake the beach restoration." So, a combination of private and public initiatives can finally be expected to have a positive impact on this important but neglected public resource. Hallellulah! Alien Invasion Sue Mullen-Davis, a longtime resident of Rum Cay, recently spearheaded an effort by local homeowners to eradicate invasive Scaevola (Hawaiian beach naupaka from gardens and shorelines on the island. T his aggressive weed is one o f several recommended for eradication by the Bahamas Invasive Species Strategy (others include Maleleuca, Monkey Tamarind and Brazilian Pepper). That 2003 documentc alls for strict controls on a r ange of invasive animals and plants. Also outlined are voluntary codes of conduct for acquaria, pet stores, landscapers and nursery owners. However, invasive Scaevola ( which occurs naturally in the Pacific, but has now been banned from sale or propagation in Florida) continues to be supplied by some local nurseries most notably R ocky Farms in Nassau despite periodic public awaren ess campaigns by environm entalists. According to former BEST C ommission environmental officer Stacey Moultrie, "there is no legislation to enable a ban to be put on Scaevola. The government has tried toe ncourage nurseries not to sell it by educating them about the plant's detrimental impacts,b ut clearly that does not work for some people." I nvasive Scaevola grows on s andy coastlines where it outc ompetes and displaces the s lower growing native dune species. Its branches root w herever they touch the ground, forming dense thickets that make it popular as ah edge plant. And Scaevola r oots easily from cuttings, so l ong-term monitoring is required to weed out new seedlings and stem sprouts. The invasive Scaevola has longer and thinner leaves than t he native species and bears white berries, whilst the native plant has blue inkberries. The s eeds float and can survive exposure to sea water for long periods. E nvironmentalists define "invasive" as any alien organism that becomes established in a new environment, andt hen spreads in ways that are destructive to native ecosystems and ultimately human w elfare. In fact, invasive species are the second leading cause of global biodiversity loss and the first on islands. I nvasive Scaevola was introduced to Florida, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas int he 1970s and 80s as a landscaping plant. Second homers on Rum Cay began plantingi t about 10 years ago and it h as since engulfed many gar dens and beachscapes, including property owned by Mon-t ana Holdings, developers of the now-suspended Rum Cay Resort. "Most homeowners and the Sumner Point Marina have agreed to remove the Scaevola from their property, MullenDavis told me. "But it makes efforts like ours a little ridicu lous when it is still available from nurseries and landscaping companies. We are finding more on the beaches adjacent to the homes that originally planted it. I'm not sure we will be able to get a handle on this, but at least we will have tried." The global financial crisis has left Rum Cay with an unfortunate legacy. I last visited the island in 2006, just as the Montana project was getting off the ground. Plans called for an 80-slip marina, yacht club, dive centre, con dos, shops, restaurants, spa, estate homes, equestrian centre, organic farm, a fixed base operation, and eventually a low-rise luxury hotel all on 876 acres. This would have repre sented a $700 million investment at full build-out, creat ing up to 400 permanent jobs according to the press releases. But financing was by the Royal Bank of Scotland, which became one of the big casualties of the financial crisis and was taken over by the British government in 2008. Work on Rum Cay came to a shuddering halt, leavinga few cottages and a half-exca vated marina at the Cottonfield Point wetland a few miles from Port Nelson. And the 80 or so inhabitants of Port Nelson reverted to their pre vious somnolent lifestyle. "Some say the project has been abandoned, but we say it's in hibernation," Montana chief John Mittens told me. "We funded it out-of-pocket for awhile but we had to face the fact that property markets around the world crashed. Wea re maintaining the loan while w aiting for the economy to turn, and there are some early signs that will happen. Two years ago we couldn't even give stuff away." As for the Scaevola, Mitt ens says Montana invested h eavily in environmental studies over several years and had established a native plant nursery for the resort development. But unfortunately, Scaevola spreads rapidly ande asily. He is now co-operating with the volunteer effort on the island to eradicate the plant. The Bill to Kill Bin Laden W ell, the Americans finally got their man. Osama bin L aden was assassinated last w eek in Pakistan by US special forces but at what cost? T he Congressional Research Service, a a division of the Library of Congress, says the US government approved almost $1.3 trillion ind irect spending for military operations, aid and veterans' costs for the three operationsi nitiated since the 9/11 attacks: the Afghan war; enhanced s ecurity at military bases; and t he Iraq war. T his is on top of regular m ilitary spending and does not take account of inflation or d ebt interest. It also does not account for a surge in domestic anti-terror spending. Whent he Department of Homeland S ecurity was created in 2002 i t was the first new government department since 1989. Top economist Joseph Stiglitz has said that the Iraq adventure was the second m ost costly war in US history (after WW2 ly weakened the American e conomy. "Even after the United States went to war, Bush and Congress cut taxes,e specially on the rich. So the war had to be funded by more borrowing," he said. And a recent paper by two u niversity professors John Mueller and Mark Stewart argues that "given the quite l imited risk terrorism presents, enhanced expenditures designed to lower it for the most part have simply not b een worth it...To be considered cost-effective, American homeland security expendi t ures would have had each year to have foiled, prevented, or protected against 1,667a ttacks like the one apparent l y intended on Times Square in 2010or more than four per day." T o put this further in per spective, the US National Safety Council says the oneyear odds of dying in a car accident is about one in 6500, with a lifetime probability of about one in 83. So even if terrorists were able to pull off one attack per year on the scale of 9/11, that would put the one-year risk at one in 100,000 and the lifetime risk at about one in 1300. In other words, the risk of Americans dying in a plausible terrorist attack is much lower than their risk of dying in a car accident. And smokingrelated illnesses, which claim about 400,000 lives per year, are not a news story at all. In fact, this heavy expenditure by the US was a key part of bin Laden's strategy: "We, alongside the mujahedeen, bled Russia for 10 years, until it went bankrupt," he was quoted as saying. The Russians withdrew from Afghanistan after nine years of costly occupation and the Soviet empire itself collapsed soon thereafter, in late 1991. Others have pointed out that terrorist threats carrying a price tag of a few thousand dollars would cost the US and other Western countries "billions of dollars in new security measures." Al Quaeda has described this approach as "the strategy of a thousand cuts." According to Stiglitz, US debt soared from $6.4 trillion in 2003 to $10 trillion in 2008 (before the financial crisis and at least a quarter of that increase was directly attributable to war costs. What do you think? Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit www.bahamapundit.com PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Bid to make a positive impact at Montagu MP LORETTA BUTLER-TURNER appointed a representative comm ittee to review issues at the foreshore.
U nion, said: The biggest conc ern is the number of persons that they call work programmers. When the minister alluded to them as being recipients of welfare andw anted to indicate that t heyre trying to slip into the Public Service through the b ack door well that is a precedent that has been set. Mr Pinder explained it was a long-standing practice for persons to continue on the work programme for up to 15 y ears without any employm ent benefits or salary i ncrease. Ms Butler-Turner declined t o comment on reaction to her remarks; however, she maintained the Ministry hass ought to put an end to the programmes misuse during her four year tenure. "I realised that it is a very difficult situation," Ms Butler-Turner said. "I determ ined that we will go back t o the original intent of the programme. We have limited the number of people we t ake on because we dont want to continue this with people having false expectat ions." A ccording to Ms Butler Turner, there are more than 300 persons enrolled on the p rogramme. Protocol for the assistance programme dic tates that workers are reviewed every six months to e nsure they are still actively seeking permanent employm ent. M s Butler-Turner added: We're trying to create some positions, but the reality is that this an assistance programme offered to keep them going. We try to bring in as many a s we can, but we cant just overload one ministry when w hat we truly need are qualified social workers." Bernadette Forbes, an e mployee within the Department for 14 years, said there needed to be greater incen-t ives to combat low job intere st. Ms Forbes, a case aid worker, has recently comp leted her bachelors degree in Social Work at the College of the Bahamas and aspirest o be fully established as a s ocial worker. "It seems like theres a difficulty in getting persons to the service," said Ms Forbes. "Its not attractive enough, its a very good service, its av ery good Ministry, its a very good profession. But the need is very great, and its too much for one person to handle, to give proper service to persons who need it, and they d eserve to have proper serv ice." Meanwhile, Ms ButlerTurners statements have alsor eportedly incensed department staff, who feel their widespread concerns have not been met with adequateg overnment response. With signs that read, Action Now, Overworked, Exploitation and Too many cases, the mixed g roup of work programmers and department staff also lobbied for tangible government response to concerns of safet y, poor working conditions a nd insufficient staff. Julia Meadows-Pierre, s enior welfare officer, said: "We are persons who are l ooking at trying to make this d epartment, this ministry, a b etter place for our children t hats the bottom line. I will n ever at the rate were going now tell my child to become a social worker, right now there is little regard for t he social worker and the things that we do." Mrs Meadows-Pierre a dded: "Its a very high-risk job, this is one of the highest b urnout jobs in the world. We h ave respect for our seniors but they need to stop burying their heads in the sand, the social ills are increasing w e need to move with it." M inistry officials, including Ms Butler-Turner, are s cheduled to meet with social workers and union represent atives in Nassau tomorrow t o resume discussions on d epartment concerns. A fter two staged sick-outs a t the Department of Social Services in Grand Bahama, Labour and Social Development Minister Dion Foulkes a nd State Minister Loretta Butler-Turner met with social workers last week. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011, PAGE 9 1$7,9(/&+)25$/( *HWUHDG\IRU+XUULFDQHHDVRQ+DYH < RXUUHHVULPPHG%HIRUbII$OO/$176: LQFKHVWHUWUHHW%HWZHHQ 6 HDUVRDGt+DZNLQV+LOO diversified, Jeffrey Beckles, general manager of The Mail Boat Company, said the industry is still relevant. We have to keep in mind that this country was built on the back of a service called mailboat services. It is extremely relevant. The persons in the south eastern Bahamas, their only lifelineto the rest of the world is mail boat service. That speaks to the attention it should be giv en. We cannot discount it and say it is an old dinosaur, saidMr Beckles. While the industry may be ancient, Mr Beckles said it is inseparable to the way of lifeof many in the family islands. The reality is, neither the gov ernment nor the private sector have come up with any other means of supporting their livelihood, he said. Although The Mailboat Company is not participating in the strike, its directors said there are legitimate concerns by the Mail Boat Association and those concerns are being addressed in the appropriate forum and withthe necessary government agencies. Mailboat captains have received thousands of calls collectively since the strike began, and the number is expected to grow. The source said captains are eager and anxious to continue their regular schedule, but they are also resolute and will not sail until their concerns have been addressed. In this regard and to understand their plight it must be noted that the government recently reduced the subvention to the mailboat system and this reduction combined with the increasing cost of fuel is apparently creating circumstances within which it is not economically feasible for them to continue to ply between the islands, said Glenys Hanna Martin, shad ow minister of transport. She encouraged the government to immediately respond to the urgent cir cumstances of the industry. A San Salvador business owner said only one mailboat comes to the island. It services residents and store owners, as well as properties such as the Bahamas Field Station and Club Med. The businesswoman said news was starting to spread across the island. People are not panicked as yet, because there is still hope the matter will be resolved by today, she said. It may be an inconvenience, because people will have to shop around between the different stores as supplies start to run low. However, if the strike causes a delay of longer thana week, the red flags will start to go up. Some family island businesses said they were not concerned about the strike, because many business owners had outgrown the freight capacity of the old style mailboats. Sandy Minns, owner of Exuma Markets, said the SeaLink, a Bahamas Ferries boat, services many clients in Exuma. Bahamas Ferries is a private company and does not maintain membership in the Mailboat Association. For us it wont have much impact. We are a fairly big grocery store and bring con tainers in from Nassau. The Grand Master cannot take containers, so we use the SeaLink. When Exuma started to grow, it out-grew the Grand Master. Although a lot of the local people who get a box or two still rely on the mailboat, she said. f inanced by the Bahamian people who want change. We want to do what is right. We dont want anyone to look in our face and s ay, I gave you $50,000, so do this for me. No, sir. No way. That is no way to form a new government with the intent of bringing ac hange to our politics, the source explained. I n the Bahamas, a national election cam paign can cost a political party anywhere from $10 million to $15 million. Per con s tituency, candidates can expect to spend close to $100,000, with the party handling the bulk of the expense for rallies, T-shirts, a nd other paraphernalia. W ith this fact in mind, a senior FNM strategist said Branville McCartney and the DNAs grassroots campaign was doomed to fail. Hes trying to replicate what Obama did. But with a population of 350,000, even if every Bahamian gave $5 what is that, $1.7 million? What hes talking about is not realistic, the strategist said. tion, with yet another group to be revealed w ithin two weeks time. We are running a full slate of 41 candi dates, and we are confident we will win 20 o r more seats. We are working and prepar ing ourselves as the next government in waiting, the source said. While the DNA has been tightlipped on t he names of its candidates, numerous sources have revealed to The Tribune that the list includes a number of union lead-e rs, a radio personality, and a former Inde pendent Member of Parliament. This list reportedly includes, but is not limited to: Roscoe Thompson, Barry Mal-c olm, Bernard Evans, Jennifer Isaacs Dotson, Steve McKinney, Whitney Bastian, and John Pinder. The DNA believes they are capable of winning at least 20 seats in the next gener al election by harnessing the votes of disfranchised PLPs and FNMs, first time vot ers, and all those seeking a change. FROM page one Mailboat strike catastr ophic FROM page one FROM page one DNAELECTION CAMPAIGN BRANS P AR T Y CANDIDATES SOCIAL SERVICES STAFF HIT OUT AT MINISTER FROM page one P RESIDENT OF THE PUBLIC SERVICES UNION J ohn Pinder, social w orkers and members of the Workers Programme gathered outside t he Clarence A Bain building yesterday. Felip Major /Tribune staff
ROME Associated Press ITALIANofficials are going to extraordinary lengths to try to debunk an u rban legend predicting a d evastating earthquake in R ome on Wednesday. The country's Civil Prot ection department has posted a dense information p acket on its website s tressing that quakes can't b e predicted and that Rome isn't particularly atr isk. T oll-free numbers have been set aside at city hallto field questions. The national geophysics institute will open its doors to the public Wednesday t o inform the curious and t he concerned about seism ology. The effort is all designed to debunk a purported prediction of a major Roman quake on May 11, 2011, attributed to self-taught seismologist Raffaele Bendandi, who died in 1979. The only problem is Ben-d andi never made the prediction, says Paola Lagorio, president of the association in charge of Bend andi's documentation. Lagorio insists that there is no evidence in Bend andi's papers of any such p recise a prediction and b lames unidentified forces who want to "frighten peop le and create this situat ion of panic that is attribu ted to a prediction Bendandi never made." Despite her denials and the concerted effort by seismologists to calm nerves, some Romans are taking precautionary measures. Italian agriculture lobby Coldiretti reportedT uesday that a survey of farm-hotels around the capital indicate many Romans are leaving town f or the day. "One cannot speak of an exodus, but there are cases o f entire families that have d ecided to leave the city f or the country," Coldiretti said in a statement. Officials have blamed the media and viral rumorm ongering on the Internet for fueling fears. On Tuesday, the Rome daily La R epubblica headlined its Rome section "Holiday a nd exodus, earthquake psychosis," reporting both official denials of a quake a longside predictions that many offices would be e mpty Wednesday. Consumer group Codacons lodged a formal comp laint with Rome prosecutors on Tuesday denouncing media outlets that a dded to the alarm. That said, there likely w ill be an earthquake Wednesday: On average, there are 30 earthquakes r egistered every day in Italy, according to the N ational Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology. Rome, however, has only am oderate seismic risk compared to more volatile r egions in the Apennine mountains. The last major quake in t he region was the 6.3magnitude temblor that s truck the central Italian city of L'Aquila and its surroundings on April 6, 2 009. More than 300 people were killed in the q uake zone. The temblor was felt in Rome, 120 kilometers (75 milesb ut caused no damage in the capital. I NTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ITALY GOES TO ENORMOUS LENGTHS TO DEBUNK EARTHQUAKE MYTH T HECOLOSSEUM: R omes landmarks could see less visitors t oday after an urban legend about an earthquake prediction. EL PASO, Texas Associated Press P RESIDENT BARACK OBAMA stood near the border with Mexico on Tuesday and d eclared it more secure than ever, trying to b uild pressure on Republicans to take on a politically explosive comprehensive immigration overhaul and eagerly working to showv ital Hispanic voters that he is not the one standing in the way. Countering Republican calls to focus on border security before moving to a comprehensive overhaul, Obama said their demands have been more than met by his administration but "they'll never be satisfied." On his first trip to the U.S.-Mexico border since becoming president, Obama boasted of increasing border patrol agents, nearing completion of a border fence and screening more cargo. Obama is trying to build public support for legislation congressional Republicans don't want to pass. "We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement," Obama said. "But even though we've answered these concerns, I gotta say I suspect there are still going to be some who are trying to move the goal posts on us one more time." "Maybe they'll need a moat," Obama said mockingly to laughter from the crowd. "Maybe they'll want alligators in the moat." The push comes as many Latino voters, believing that the president never made good on his campaign promise to tackle immigration laws in the first year of his presidency, want to see him do more. They want Obama not just to push legislation but to act unilaterally to slow some deportations, something he has refused to do. At the same time, the strategy allows Oba ma to highlight that Republicans are the ones blocking an immigration bill shifting responsibility away from himself as his re-election campaign approaches. Obama tailored his argument to the times, making his case for immigration reform in tough economic terms. He argued that the middle class would benefit from bringing ille gal immigrants out of an underground economy and drawing on the abilities of immigrants educated in American universities. Republicans disputed Obama's contention that the border has been effectively secured and accused him of playing politics in pursuit of the ever-growing Hispanic electorate ahead of the 2012 presidential election. With Repub licans in control of the House of Representa tives there's no longer any appetite in Congress for the comprehensive legislation Obama wants that would offer a path to citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. "The president's off talking about compre hensive reform. We've been down that road b efore," Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told reporters. "I believe, in turn,w e should do things that actually produce some progress and results." B ut instead of trying to make deals in Congress where even some Republicans who once supported a comprehensive overhaul have turned against it Obama is taking his argument to the country, using the singular megaphone of the presidency to try to build a groundswell of support for legislation. "I am asking you to add your voices to this," Obama said in El Paso. "We need Washington to know that there is a movement for reform gathering strength from coast to coast. That's how we'll get this done." Obama's personal pitch was the latest step in a visible campaign to build support and pres sure on Republicans to act. He went so far as to encourage people to sign up to help him at the White House website. He said it was up to the American people to drive the debate and isolate areas where both parties can agree. Obama said he would lead a "constructive and civil debate" on the issue but publicly questioned the motives of Republicans and their ability to keep their word. The president, avoiding a confrontation with Congress, declined to offer a bill or set a deadline for Congress to produce one. Realistically, the president and his advisers know a bill wouldn't go far. They also know Hispanic voters are critical to the president's re-election. Latinos accounted for more than 7 percent of voters in the 2008 presidential elec tion, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, and their numbers are greater in certain swing states like Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado and Florida. The president picked hostile political territory to make his pitch, visiting a state he lost by more than 10 percentage points in 2008. But there's one overtly political upside: Obama plans a side visit to the relatively liberal bastion of Austin to raise money for the Democratic National Committee at two events Tuesday night. Obama's decision to abandon the legislative track for the public relations one is a bow to political realities. The president wasn't even able to get legislation through a Democratically-controlled Congress last year that would have provided a route to legal status for college students and others who were brought to the country as children. The so-called DREAM Act passed the House, then controlled by Democrats, but was blocked by Republicans in the Senate, where 60 out of 100 votes are normally needed to pass major legislation. OBAMA MOCKS REPUBLICAN POSITION ON IMMIGRATION SECURITY PERSONNEL scan the horizon as President Barack Obama greets well wishers after step ping off Air Force One at Biggs Army Airfield in El Paso, Texas, Tuesday. (AP
INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011, PAGE 11 WASHINGTON Associated Press THEUnited States calls Osama bin Laden's death a potential "game changer" in Afghanistan, but has also begun to modulate its message for fear that runawayo ptimism will create pressure to suddenly exit a war stillu p for grabs. The top U.S. commander in eastern Afghanistan sought to walk that fine lineT uesday. Army Maj. Gen. John Campbell told reporters a t the Pentagon that he sees g reat potential for bin Laden's death to draw dispirited Taliban fighters away f rom the insurgency. V ideos of bin Laden that were captured in the raid on his compound and releasedb y the U.S. government on Saturday depict a gray-bearded bin Laden wrapped in a b lanket, watching himself on T V. Campbell described him as "alone and desperate" and said the image could send ap owerful message to Taliban fighters who bear the brunt of combat while their leade rs hide in Pakistan. I think the insurgents are going to see this and say, 'Hey, why am I doing this?'" C ampbell said. As President Barack Obama nears a decision on thes ize and pace of U.S. troop w ithdrawals that he has promised will begin in July, t he administration is hopeful that the elimination of bin Laden will deal a wider psy chological blow to the Tal i ban and other insurgent groups associated with alQaida. But it believes that a sudden troop pullout would risk losing the war. In a Congress struggling to r educe the deficit, war-weary l awmakers are clamoring for the U.S. to shrink its presence in Afghanistan. The wart ab for American taxpayers n ow stands at $10 billion a month as the conflict approaches the 10-year mark. Bin Laden's death, widely cheered in the U.S. as a historic achievement, has givens tronger voice to those call ing for troop withdrawals. "Osama Bin Laden's death w as more than a critical triumph in our fight against terrorism. It provides a poten tially game-changing opport unity to build momentum for a political solution in Afghanistan that could bring greater stability to the region and bring our troops home," Sen. John Kerry, a Democ r at and chairman of the For eign Relations Committee, told a hearing Tuesday. K erry rejected a "precipit ous withdrawal" but argued for working toward "the smallest footprint necessary,a presence that puts Afghans in charge and presses them to step up to that task at the same time that it secures our interests and accomplishes our mission of destroying al-Qaida and pre v enting Afghanistan from ever again becoming a ter rorist sanctuary." S en. Carl Levin, a Democ rat, said he hopes Obama decides to pull out a signifi c ant number of troops this s ummer. But he said calls for all troops to leave by a fixed deadline are not supportedb y a majority of Democrats in Congress. "I've urged the president t o have a significant draw down in July because it's supposed to be a message ofu rgency to the Afghans as to taking responsibility for their own security and it's not going to be an urgent message if it's not significant," Levin said. I n a letter Monday to Oba ma, eight House Republicans and Democrats wrote thate liminating bin Laden "does n ot change the reality that America still faces a determined and violent adversary.I t does, however, require us to re-examine our policy of nation building inA fghanistan. We believe it is no longer the best way to defend America against terrora ttacks, and we urge you to withdraw all troops from Afghanistan that are not cruc ial to the immediate nation al security objective of combating al-Qaida." T he bin Laden death has a lso presented new opportu nities as well as problems for Pakistan. The U.S. seeksP akistan as an important ally in combating Islamic extremism, even as the Pakistanis a re suspected of tolerating or even supporting the Taliban and the Pakistan-basedH aqqani network, which is especially active in fighting U.S. and Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan. Having found and killed bin Laden deep inside Pak i stan with evidence that he had lived there for at least five years, almost next-doort o a Pakistani military acade my the U.S. is using that as leverage to force the Pakistanis to take stronger actiona gainst the Haqqani network and the Taliban, whose long time leader, Mullah Omar, is b elieved to operate from the Pakistani city of Quetta. "We're going to need some help from Pakistan," Camp b ell said. Kerry will travel to Pak istan and Afghanistan in the c oming days in what would be the first such trip by a senior lawmaker since the binL aden operation, U.S. offic ials said. Kerry has been a champion of U.S. aid to Pakistan and the Obama admin i stration has in the past asked him to smooth tensions with Islamabad. K erry's office would not confirm his travel to Pakistan, citing security reasons.T he senator said last week he would visit Afghanistan this weekend. Among the issues in play is a U.S. request to interview three women who werei nside the al-Qaida leader's compound at the time he was killed. They were left behindw hen the U.S. raiders took b in Laden's body; they have been in Pakistani custody since. S tate Department spokesman Mark Toner said the U.S. is seeking access to" a variety of sources of infor mation ... related to bin Laden's house and people there and we believe we areg oing to get there." Asked about possible U.S. troop withdrawals, Campbell d eclined to discuss specifics. Officials have said Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S.a nd NATO commander in A fghanistan, has yet to sub mit his recommendations on troop withdrawals to the Pen t agon. Campbell was emphatic, however, that the bin Laden d eath should not lead to a sudden U.S. pullout. "I don't think the war is o ver," he said. US seeks to balance message on Osama bin Laden death OSAMA BIN LADEN was killed by USforces in a raid on his compound in Pakistan. Rahimullah Yousafzai, File /AP WASHINGTON Associated Press THE Obama administration is edging closer to calling for an end to the long rule of the Assad family in Syria. Administration officials said Tuesday that the first step would be to say for the first time that President Bashar Assad has forfeited his legitimacy to rule, a major policy shift that would amount to a call for regime change that has questionable support in the world community. The tougher U.S. line almost certainly would echo demands for "democratic tran sition" that the administration used in Egypt and is now espousing in Libya, the officials said. But directly challenging Assad's leadership is a decision fraught with problems: Arab countries are divided, Europe is still trying to gauge its response, and there are major doubts over how far the United States could go to back up its words with action. If the Syrian government persists with its harsh crackdown on political opponents, the U.S. could be forced into choosing between an undesired military operation to protect civilians, as in Libya, or an embar rassing U-turn that makes it look weak before an Arab world that is on the tipping point between greater democracy or greater repression. The internal administration debate over a tougher approach to Assad's regime is occurring amid a backdrop of brutality in Syria. More than 750 civilians have been killed since the uprising began nearly two months ago and some 9,000 people are still in custody, according to a leading Syr ian human rights group. "We urge the Syrian government to stop shooting protesters, to allow for peaceful marches and to stop these campaigns of arbitrary arrests and to start a meaningful dialogue," State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Tuesday. He said Assad still had a chance to make amends, but acknowledged "the window is narrowing." Two administration officials said the U.S. is concerned about a prevailing perception that its response to Assad's repression has been too soft, especially after helping usher long-time ally Hosni Mubarak out of power in Egypt and joining the international military coalition to shield civilians from attacks by Moammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya. Speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal planning, they said Assad has dispelled nearly any lingering hope that he can or will deliver on grandiose pledges of reform he has made since coming to power 11 years ago. After ending decades of martial law last month, his regime renewed its crackdown on peaceful protesters even more aggressively, used live ammunition and arbitrarily arrested thousands of people. "We're getting close," one official said on the question of challenging Assad's legitimacy, adding that such a step would oblige the U.S. and, if other countries agree, the international community, to act. The U.S. has demanded that Gadhafi leave power after four decades of dictatorship in Libya, but has struggled to make that happen, the official noted. "So we need to make sure that what we say matches what we can and will do. It's not just a matter of putting out a statement and giving the magic words that people want to hear. It's a significant deci sion." President Barack Obama on Monday welcomed the European Union's decision to impose sanctions on 13 Syrian officials, prohibiting them from traveling anywhere in the 27-nation organization. U.S. sanctions target the assets of two Assad relatives and another top Syrian official. But neither the EU nor U.S. sanctions affect Assad himself, at least not yet. The officials said the administration may decide to target Assad, though American sanctions against him likely would mean little as the United States has long had unre lated restrictions on Syria because of its designation as a "state sponsor of terror ism." Obama has tried to engage Syria, seeing it is critical to comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace, but the U.S. remains disturbed by the government's ties to Iran, support for Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, and suspicions it has sought to develop weapons of mass destruction. Israeli concerns loom large as well. The officials said Israel, Washington's closest Mideast ally, is worried about a possible collapse of Assad's leadership and a frac turing of the country's stability. Although Syria and Israel remain technically at war, Israel's border with Syria has been relatively calm for years. The reality is that the United States has very little sway in Syria. Unlike Egypt, where the United States spent billions of dollars and decades cultivating strong military, government and civil society ties, the isolation of Syria has left the adminis tration with few ways of coaxing better behavior out of Assad's government. Toner, the State Department spokesman, said Tuesday the Syrian gov ernment was stirring up violence with its repression in towns such as Daraa and Banias. He called the government's claims of reforms "false," and demanded that the regime stop shooting protesters even as security forces entered new cities in southern Syria that have been peaceful up to now. Yet it does not appear the regime is listening to the U.S. case and that he may be trying to see how much force he can get away with. Assad's minority ruling Alawite sect wants to placate enough middle-class members of Syria's Sunni majority to limit the domestic anger, and keep the violence just under the threshold that would prompt serious calls for concerted international action against his government. And if he manages to crush the demon strations, he will likely usher in a few cos metic reforms and return to dictatorship as usual, the officials said. USCLOSE TO CALLING FOR END TO SYRIAS ASSAD FAMILY RULE A SYRIAN protester flashes the victory sign during a protest calling for President Bashar Assad to step down in front of Syrian embassy in Amman, Jordan, Sunday. (AP TRIPOLI, Libya Associated Press IN Aone-two punch against Moammar Gadhafi's forces, NATO warplanes struck a command center in the capital, Tripoli, on Tuesday after pounding regime targets around the besieged port of Misrata. Rebels hoped the stepped-up attacks could help extend some of their biggest advances to date, including a major outward push from Misrata. The opposition also said it made gains along a longdeadlocked front near the eastern town of Ajdabiya. Gadhafi, Libya's autocratic ruler since 1969, has not been seen in public since one of his sons was killed in a NATO airstrike April 30. A NATO official, Italian Brig. Gen. Claudio Gabellini, said the alliance had no evidence to indicate whether Gadhafi was alive or dead. The rebels' military spokesman, Col. Ahmed Bani, said opposition forces had pushed Gadhafi's troopsout of rocket range on the west side of Misrata and dislodged them from the airport after two days of battles, raising the prospect that the siege could be broken. Bani said rebels from Mis rata and Zlitan, 35 miles (55 kilometers) west, had joinedup to fight in close-range combat that rendered the regime forces' long-range rockets useless. Speaking toThe Associated Press in the rebel headquarters city of Benghazi, Bani said Gad h afi's brigades were pushed about 10 miles (15 kilome ters) back from Misrata's airport. "The picture is looking good for us," he said. In another boost to the opposition, the U.S. State Department said the firstl oad of non-lethal American military aid for the rebels landed Tuesday at the port in their headquarters city, Benghazi. Spokesman Mark Toner said the shipment consisted of more than 10,000 meals, with further shipments ofm edical supplies, boots and protective gear to arrive shortly. The delivery came ahead of planned meetingsin Washington this week between U.S. officials and the head of the opposition Transitional National Council. The Libyan conflict, dating to mid-February, had seemed stalemated for more than a week, with most of the fighting along the border with Tunisia in the far west. The latest airstrikes and overland advances may give the rebels new momentum in their struggle to topple Gadhafi and win greater freedoms. The rebels control most of eastern Libya, and Gadhafi most of the west, including Tripoli. Exceptions in the west include pockets of embattled rebel-held towns along the border with Tunisia, and Misrata on the coast. The NATO planes struck what the alliance called a command and control facility in downtown Tripoli early Tuesday, according to Gabellini. "All NATO targets are military targets," said Gabellini, who serves on NATO's planning staff at the headquarters in Naples. He denied that NATO was targeting Gadhafi, saying: "We have no evidence about what Mr. Gadhafi is doing right now, and to tell you the truth we're not real ly interested." Gabellini also said 30 regime military targets have been hit since May 2 around Misrata, which has been under siege by Gadhafi's forces for two months. The targets included 12 tanks, three self-propelled guns, three multiple-rocket-launchers, and various vehicles, Gabellini said. "Although it's a real chal lenge for us to strike military targets in and around popu lation centers like Misrata, while minimizing the risks to innocent civilians, we have been working hard to prevent attacks by pro-Gadhafi forces," Gabellini said. TRIPOLI SITES BOMBED, REBELS CLAIM MISRATA GAINS
fied according to BEC stipu lations. They said that although the bulbs are more expensive to buy, the consumer pays less in the long term because the bulbs last longer. CFLs are expensive and cost about $4 a piece or more to each consumer. We recognised that in order to get them in Bahamian homes, the best way to do it is through a government-spon sored programme, said Mr Neymour. The government-issued CFL bulbs are made for the Bahamas and are not for resale. We went to an interna tional bid and the lowest bidder was a Bahamian company, and we brought in 270,000 of them, said Mr Neymour. If you look at the bulbs themselves, they have the Bahamas shield on them. These are Bahamian bulbs, so you can be proud of that. It also has the Ministry of the Environment listed on it. These bulbs are not for resale. They are not for anyone to sell again. By GENA GIBBS E LEUTHERA Oppress ing fuel and electricity costs in the Family Islands are burdening Abaconians,A ndrosians, Eleutherans, and Exumians in particular with high-energy expenses. In response to this problem, the Government has introduced an initiative called /30 by 2030 to challenge Bahami ans to reduce energy con sumption to 30 per cent by the year 2030. We recognised that with Bahamians the most savings in your homes could be achieved through reducing t he lighting costs. We are call ing this programme /30 by 2030, said Phenton Ney m our, Minister of State for the Environment. In other words, our studies have determined that we could reduce the amount of energy we consume individually by 30 per cent if we take these energy efficient initiatives by the year 2030. We can also introduce up to 30 per cent renewable energy by the year 2030. We made the decision that in the best inter est of the Bahamas because many Bahamians use incandescent light bulbs, which g enerate more heat than light. We are trying our best to remove these incandescentl ights because we dont need heat in the Bahamas. We area warm country, so we want to replace them with more energy efficient lights, these compact fluorescent light bulbs, he said. On May 5, the Government launched its national energy policy in the Family Islands. BEC distributed portions of the government-issued compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs L OCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By GENA GIBBS ANDROS Mangrove Cay residents gathered last week to hear government representatives explain the benefits of lower energy consumption. Speaking at the launch of the initiative in Andros, Zendel Forbes, CFL project co-ordinator for the Ministry of the Environment, said: Now this bulk distribution comes out of the governments national energy policy and an integral part of it, the governm ent talks about this /30 by 2 030 vision. The compact florescent bulbs ( CFLs) distribution started in B imini, Mayaguana, Acklins, I nagua, Long Cay, Crooked Island, San Salvador, and Cat Island. T he Government said it wants Mangrove Cay residents to remove incandescent bulbs from their homes and replace their lighting with energy efficient bulbs. They also want Bahamians to pay close attention to the w attage of the bulbs. One thing you will notice is the p ower rating. These 15 watts, a C FL is going to give you the same a mount of light as this 60-watt regu lar bulb. Dont be misled by the wattage. The light is not measuredby wattage. There is another thing called the lumens. This would give the same amount of lumens as this (incandescent Forbes. What it means is that instead of burning 60 watts, youre burning 15 watts. Given the rates at BEC with the regular energy charge ofa bout 33 cents per kilowatt hours, o ver the lifetime of these two bulbs, you can save about $20, if you are burning your lights aboutf ive hours a day. On May 6, teams also visited Long Island and Exuma. Government representatives explained how the two bulbs use energy differently as the inexpensive incand escent bulbs turn electricity into e ntropy and the more costly CFLs h arness the electricity into a constant flow of light that saves mon-e y in the long term. Some people get dismayed because this one is going to cost a bit more. But at the same time, you might pay $3.50 or $4 for this (CFL). This is about $1 (incandescent). You say, man thats $3 I could save, but this is going tob urn far less energy and not only that, this (CFL about 10,000 hours. This (incan descent) is going to last 750 h ours, said Mr Forbes. This one (CFL you about 10 times as long. You would have paid say $1 for this (incandescent is blown (CFL bought at least 10 more of these (incandescent bulbs f erence? If you have 10 of these b ulbs in your home, you could s ave about $25 each one and $250 per year. Thats more than aboutt wo round-trip tickets to Nassau. T he non-partisan initiative is a Government effort to be sensitive to Bahamians throughout the archipelago. Mangrove Cay does the math of the National Energy Policy Z ENDEL FORBES project co-ordinator, gives Mangrove Cay residents a math l esson about the saving benefits of the National Energy Policy of using CFL e nergy efficient bulbs. G OVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES c ollect incandescent bulbs from Mang rove Cay residents and hand out an equal number of CFLs to replace the lights traded in. Gena Gibbs /BIS (L-R TRATOR Gilbert Kemp, MP for S outh Andros Picewell Forbes, national energy policy project coordinator Zendel Forbes, and D epartment of Environmental Health d irector Sandra Knowles. GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES INITIATIVE T O REDUCE THE N ATIONAL FUEL BILL CENTRAL ELEUTHERANS lined up to trade their incandescent bulbs for government-issued CFLs. Gena Gibbs /BIS AT LEAST 100 FAMILY ISLANDERS gathered at the Governors Harbour Government Complex to hear about the initiative of /30 by 2030 to reduce energy costs.
SECTIONB email@example.com WEDNESDAY,MAY 11, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.69 $5.62 $5.65 InternationalInvestmentFund [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor BISX-listed Consolidated Water last night unveiled plans to raise $10 million from the Bahamian capital markets to finance the 67 per cent expansion of its Blue Hills reverse osmosis plant, as the Government paid down $2.76 million of the $6.9 million balance Consolidated seeks $10m local finance n B ISX-listed water supplier eyeing Bahamian bonds or p ref shares for 67% Blue Hills expansion n G overnment pays down 40% of sum owed by Water & S ewerage Corporation, reducing this from $6.9m to $ 4.14m n Unable to get performance bonds under Corporation pays debts SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A former finance minister fears the $230 million gross proceeds from the Bahamas Telecommunications Compa nys (BTC off revenue inflows will not all go towards paying down the $4.25 billion national debt, suggesting instead that these funds B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he Bahamian private sector wants a 2011-2012 Bud-g et that is the exact oppo site of its pre decessor, the BahamasC hamber of Commerce and Employers Confederations (BCCEC day saying no new or increased taxes was paramount. Budget: No tax rises paramount Private sector seeking pre-election fiscal statement that is exact opposite of last year s tax heavy Budget Manufacturing firms graduated from Act finding it tough to survive SEE page 6B KHAALIS ROLLE B y ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org B ahamasair is unlikely to improve on the $24 million net l oss recorded in the year to June 30, 2010, in its current financial year, its chairman said yesterday, admitting that the restructuring plan he deems critical to reversing the national flag carriers fortunes has not gotten any closer to implementation. J. Barrie Farrington suggested that part of getting the approval needed to move ahead with that restructuring will Bahamasair $24m losses unlikely to improve SEE page 6B FEARS BTC FUNDS TO PAY $90-$100M OVERDRAFT FACILITY Former finance minister s uggests not all $230m sales proceeds to go to $4.25bn debt reduction Bahamas heading for troublesome debt cycle, a nd must heed S&P warning Urges Bahamas to step b ack from low rate Chinese l oans SEE page 5B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com In the face of a strike over fuel costs by some mailboat opera tors, which threatens to cripple inter-island freight transportation and leave Family Island supplies of food and other critical items running low, the Government yesterday said it cannot increase the more than $8 million annual subsidies it pays the industry at this time. However, Neko Grand, minister of works and transport, who has responsibility for the industry, said the Government will make alternative arrangements if mailboat operators persist in their strike action to ensure that resi dents in the Family Islands do not suffer from the supply-chain bottleneck. Mr Grant revealed the Governments position in an interview with Tribune Business yes terday afternoon, following a meeting with mailboat operators in the morning. Around 12 mailboats are understood to be engag ing in the strike, and sources yesterday told this newspaper that there will be no sailing until there is some positive intervention by the Government over fuel costs faced by the industry. As he confirmed the Govern ments position yesterday, Mr Grant provided this newspaper with details of the more than $8 million in subsidies paid at present on an annual basis to 22 inter-island mailboat companies. The subsidies see all mailboats receive a minimum of around $5,000 a week in subsidies and, for some, such as the Lady Matilda, which services Mayaguana and Inagua, $15,368 a week. We are paying a hefty sum to each of these mail boats on a weekly basis. We are unable to increase it at this time, Mr Grant said. As for how the Government is reacting to the situation, which saw the mailboats involved suspend operations as of Monday, Mr Grant said it was taking Government: No increase in $8m mailboat subsidy Administration says increase cannot be afforded at this time, and exploring alternatives for supplying Family Islands* Recommendation to increase sector subsidy in upcoming Budget by $2.7m to $10.77m N EKO GRANT SEE page 7B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A Price War sparked by increased competition from rival carriers cost Bahamasair $7 million in revenues during its 2010 financial year from ticket price reductions alone, with a 12 per cent reduction in volumes leading to a 25 per cent fall in passenger revenue. The loss-making national flag carrier, in its annual report for the year to June 30, 2010, said: The increased competition on the international and domestic routes created a Price War in both markets as airlines com peted for the diminished passenger numbers. As a result, Bahamasairs yields plummeted year-overyear. The airlines average oneway ticket was $89.70 in the current year compared to $99.30 in the prior year. This Price War costs Bair some $7m S EE page 2B
Doctors Hospitals former vice-president of operations, Michelle Rassin, has joined medical equipment supplierP orts Internationals execut ive teams following a 10-year s tint with the BISX-listed firm. In her new role, Ms Rassin will be responsible for marketing, strategic planning andb usiness development. She b rings more than 15 years of knowledge in healthcare management. Ms Rassin completed her Masters Degree in Interna-tional Business from the Univ ersity of Miami, and currently serves as a Board Director for the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and E mployers Confederation, the Dr Meyer Rassin Found ation, and is past president of the Rotary Club of East N assau. Ports International Limited is in the business of importing and wholesaling m edical/surgical, pharmaceutical, laboratory/safety supp lies and equipment, and institutional furnishings, in the Bahamas as well as theC aribbean. The company was incorpor ated in 1987 and is privately o wned by Carolyn Papai. We are fortunate to have a knowledgeable expert such as Michele to join our dynamicl eadership team. We have the foundation in place to ensure Ports Inter-n ational will remain at the c utting-edge, and continue to provide healthcare facilities and physicians with the best blend of quality and cost effectiveness in products, along with prompt, expedient d elivery and professional service said Ms Papai. P orts International represents Abbott Laboratories/Hospira (Hospital Divi-s ion), Hudson R.C.I., United Metal Fabricators, Rusch,C ovidien Healthcare, Trinity L aboratories, Burton Lights, M idmark/Ritter, Getinge Castle, Laerdal Medical, Florida Orthopaedics, Precept Med-i cal, 3M, Smith & Nephew Orthopaedics, Hill-Rom, Drager Medical, PulmoneticS ystems Inc., Dynarex Corp oration, Allied Healthcare, Welch Allyn and Krueger International in the Bahamas, as well as many other US and international companies. B USINESS P AGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Surprise yourself! 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Johnson, partner and chair of Higgs & Johnsons litigation practice group, said: The firm is proud to be recognised as a frontrunner in Dispute Resolution in the Bahamas by firms around the globe, and aims to continue to deliver exceptional legal services. Law firm wins global honour $9.60 price reduction equated to a revenue loss of $7 million due solely to price deterioration. One-way international fares dropped by $13.40 to an average of $90.60, which Bahamasair said was in response to the promotional fares offered by low-cost rivals on their Florida routes. The lower fares led to a $5.7 million revenue decline on the national flag carriers international routes. The revenue loss from ticket price reductions on domestic routes was $1.3 million, as the average fare dropped to $89.90 from $94.50. As for passenger count, Bahamasair admitted that the year to June 30, 2010, was the worst since the post-September 11, 2001, period. Passengers carried dropped by 12 per cent from 834,000 to 738,000, an almost 100,000 decrease. The total international passengers count at 427,000 dipped by 55,000 or 10.5 per cent year-over-year, Bahamasairs annual report stated. The 144,000 passenger count on the Miami route reflected the more significant comparative decline, down 34,000 or 19 per cent, followed by Orlando at 56,000 with a 22 per cent decline. The Fort Lauderdale route, with 149,000 passengers, experienced a moderate 3 per cent decline and outstripped the Miami passenger count for the first time in the airlines industry. This hubs performance was boosted by the US Airways code share and connecting passengers from low-cost carriers. Domestic passengers carried by Bahamasair fell by 55,000 or 13 per cent to 426,000, the airline noting that the major deterioration occurred on its Eleuthera route, where numbers were down 20 per cent or 13,300 to 52,800. Abaco was down to 65,000 passengers, a drop of 11,000 or 15 per cent. Freeport was only down 6 per cent or 7,000 to 112,000, but San Salvador and Exuma also suffered passenger count losses of 6,000 and 5,000 respectively. It attributed this to the increasing prevalence of privately-owned Bahamian carriers, Mayaguana being the only destination it serves exclusively. Bahamasair added that its overall load factor dropped from 58 per cent to 56 per cent year-over-year, dropping from 67 per cent to 63 per cent on international routes, and from 47 per cent to 45 per cent on domestic. Ticket sales fell 21 per cent year-over-year during the 12 months to June 30, 2010, dropping to $59.8 million from $75.5 million. Direct sales declined from $49.4 million to $37.2 million, a $12.2 million or 25 per cent decrease. Indirect sales were down $3.7 million or 14 per cent at $22.5 million. Sales from the airlines website contracted by more than 50 per cent and produced only $6 million in direct sales during the current year as a result of management tightening the credit facility to this channel to mitigate growing charge-backs, the annual report said. This channel was typically the fastest growing sales outlet, the least costly and the most convenient. The first three months of the ensuing year shows that Bahamasair.com sales trajectory is again on a growth pattern, producing 18 per cent of total direct sales and 10 per cent of total sales. Bahamasair ticket sales from Bahamas-based travel agencies dropped by 31 per cent year-over-year to $7.2 million, continuinga five-year trend that has seen these replaced by websites. Sales by foreign agents were flat at $9.8 million. Bahamasair gained a $3 million insurance payout for the Dash8 that sustained heavy structural damage when its tail collided with a hangar. The repair cost of $6.1 million resulted in it being beyond economic repair. Bahamasairs maintenance and engineering department came in 9.1 per cent or $1.581 million below budget in the year to June 30, 2010, spending $15.788 million compared to $17.37 million bud geted. It also spent 8.7 per cent or $1.499 million less than the previous years $17.287 million outlay. Price War costs Bair some $7m F ROM page 1B TEAMWORK: Pictured left to right back row: Juan Capron, Quincy Hooper, Jermaine Ellis, Lamar Lavarity. Front row: Hilary Hall, Shelia McSweeney, Carolyn Papai, Michele Rassin, Sheila Brown
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011, PAGE 3B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Sonme 47 per cent out of a total 600 complaints r eceived by Bahamasair duri ng its 2010 financial year w ere baggage-related, and t he company paid out $33,078 in baggage claimrelated compensation, its latest annual report reveals. Bahamasair saw a 1.7 per cent reduction in the overall number of customer comp laints it received in the year t o June 30, 2010, and the number of complaints r eceived fell below the i ndustry wide average. T he companys average complaint rate of eight per 10,000 passengers came inj ust below the nine per 10,000 seen in the aviation industry as a whole. Baggage complaints, at 0.25 per 1,000, were also less than the industry average of 3.25 per 1,000. C ompensation paid for b aggage-related claims fell b y just $650 when compared w ith the $33,728 awarded in 2 008/2009. B ahamasair improved its On Time Performance in 2009-2010 by 7.2 per cent,m eaning that on average its f lights were on schedule 76 per cent of the time. On time performance w as 70 per cent or better nine of the twelve months of the fiscal year, and 80 per c ent or better during five of t hose months, said the air l ines 2010 annual report, which added that the figuress uggest Bahamasair was a ble to consistently maintain a respectable on time performance. The national flag carrier saw its fuel costs come in at around $4.2 million less than budgeted in fiscal 2010, as a r esult of slightly reduced c onsumption and lower than expected prices, the report s aid. T he airline consumed a pproximately 5.66 million gallons of fuel at an average price of $2.47 per, gallon with a corresponding cost of $14.51million. Bahamasairs 2009-2010 a nnual report, which showed t he company recorded a $24 million loss that year almost double the previous year revealed that the com p any reduced its staff head count by 28 through attrit ion. All departments contin u ed to assist in reducing expenses by reviewing andc onsolidating job functions o f those individuals who retire, resign or are terminated with a view to reducing the headcount through attrition, said the report. The airlines strategy of targeting niche markets, i ncluding schools, churches, s porting organisations, prior passengers and groups w ith its frequent flyer memb ers continued, while the i ntroduction of packages that include a hotel and car rentals proved to be con venient and a plus in the deciding factor on airline choice, the airline said. Today, these packages g enerate in excess of $3 million in gross sales with a lib eral commission provided to Bahamasair, stated ther eport. Bahamasair sees complaints drop COMPLAINTSDOWN: Bahamasair.
B USINESS P AGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ,17(51$7,21$/%86,1(66&203$1,(6$&7 0 2/$1'&25325$7,21 Q 9ROXQWDU\OLTXLGDWLRQ 1RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWLQDFFRUGDQFHZLWK 6HFWLRQRIWKH,QWHUQDWLRQDO%XVLQHVV &RPSDQLHV$FWRI 02/$1' &25325$7,21 KDVEHHQGLVVROYHGDQGVWUXFN RIIWKH5HJLVWHUDFFRUGLQJWRWKH&HUWLILFDWHRI LVVROXWLRQLVVXHGWKH5HJLVWUDU*HQHUDORQWKH 0U&-/HDVXULHU RI .OHLQZRUWK%HQVRQ+RXVH :HVWV&HQWUH 6W+HOLHU-HUVH\ /LTXLGDWRU owed to it by the Water & Sewerage Corporation. Tribune Business understands that the financing is likely to take the form of a fixed income security, either bonds or a preference share issue, with the funds raised via a private placement targeted at select institutional or high-net worth investors. The issues timing is uncertain, although it is felt likely to take place close to year-end. Consolidated Waters traditional philosophy is to finance such projects initially from its existing cash facilities, which totalled $48.1 million at the 2011 first quarter end, then replace this with debt financing. Announcing the companys plans after seeing a 15 per cent increase in its bulk water revenues and gross profits during the three months to March 31, 2011, Rick McTaggart, Consolidated Waters president and chief executive, said: We are proceeding with a 67 per cent expansion in the production capacity of our Blue Hills plant in Nassau, Bahamas, under the terms of a contract that was awarded in January 2011. The expansion, which should be operational in the fourth quarter of 2011, will result in a 21 per cent increase in our company's total water production capacity and should enhance our bulk water business segment revenues and profitability in 2012 and future years. He added: Once the expansion of the Blue Hills plant is completed, the facility will operate under the terms of a w ater supply agreement that will be extended to a period of 20 years, or until the plant has delivered approximately 65.5 billion US gallons of water, whichever occurs later. We expect to raise $10 million in new financing from the local Bahamian capital markets for this expansion, and will fund the remainder of the estimated expansion costs from our existing cash balances, which totaled $48.1 million at March 31, 2011." Credit Consolidated Waters 10-Q form, filed with the US Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC quarter results, said the company believed it had sufficient credit standing and adequate funding sources to get the required $10 million financing in the Bahamas. Consolidated Water already has an outstanding bond issue in the Bahamas, which was placed in July 2005. The company last September redeemed $1.5 million of that $10 million placement, leaving $8.5 million outstanding, with the issue set to mature in 2015. Elsewhere, the 10-Q form revealed that the Government had repaid 40 per cent of the debt owed to Consolidated W ater by the first quarter end, reducing this by $2.76 million to $4.14 million, compared to the previous $6.9 million balance. The company said: As of March 31, 2011, Consolidated Water Bahamas was due approximately $6.9 million from the Water & Sewerage Corporation. We have been informed previously by representatives of the Bahamas gove rnment that the delay in paying our accounts receivables is due to operating issues within the Water & Sewerage Corporation, that the delay does not reflect any type of dispute with us with respect to the amounts owed, and that the amounts will ultimately be paid in full. Based on our January 2011 meeting with officials of the Bahamas government, we believe the Bahamas government will make sufficient payments in the near future to reduce Consolidated Water Bahamas receivable balances to approximately 90 days out-s tanding. Noting the Governments announced intention in its midyear Budget to allocate $8.8 million for Water & Sewerage Corporation to meet its obligations to the BISX-listed firm, Consolidated Water said: Consistent with the Bahamas governments representations, Consolidated Water Bahamas r eceived a payment of approximately $2.76 million in April 2011 on its overdue accounts receivable balances. Based upon the communications from the Bahamas government and the April 2011 p ayment, we believe that the accounts receivable from the Water & Sewerage Corporation are fully collectible and therefore have not provided any allowance for possible nonpayment of these receivables as of March 31, 2011. Consolidated Water said the delinquent accounts receivables with the Water & Sewerage Corporation were preventing it from obtaining performance bonds for its Blue Hills and Windsor plants, something it was required to do under its contracts. A $1.91 million performance bond with Royal Bank of Canada had expired in 2009, these facilities being needed to guarantee that Consolidated Water will pay the difference if it fails to supply minimum amounts to the Water & Sewerage Corporation of 16.8 million and 33.6 million gallons per week of water from Windsor and Blue Hills respectively. The Blue Hills expansion will expand capacity to 12 million gallons per day, and extend the weekly minimum delivery to 63 million gallons. FROM page 1B Consolidated seeks $10m local finance
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Box F-42530 Freeport, Grand Bahama Bahamas FACSIMILE NUMBER 1-242-353-4573 NO TELEPHONE SOLICITATION PLEASE! Rsums should be received by May 6th, 2011Our values are to be courageous, open, hands-on and caring. We believe in these qualities, which are essential for building an even stronger Statoil. If you can identify with them, you could be the one to strengthen our team.Statoil might be applied to the Governments huge $90-$100 million monthly overdraft. A rguing that the public finances required major reform, and that fiscal woes could not longer be blamed solely on the cyclical economic downturn, James Smith said expanded deficits and a rising national debt were problems the Bahamas would face for quite some time. Warning that the Bahamas was heading into a troublesome debt cycle, Mr Smith, a former Central Bank governor and minister of state for finance under the 2002-2007 PLP administration, also cautioned the Ingraham government to slow down on low interest rate loans from China. He argued that these used up debt carrying capacity despite the relatively low debt servicing costs, but also served to impede the Bahamas own internal development since strings attached to these loans required the use of Chinese companies and labour at the expense of Bahamian firms and workers. Asked by Tribune Business whether the roughly $350 million in BTC proceeds and oneoff revenue inflows would help to lower the national debt to around the $4 billion mark, Mr Smith said it was unlikely all t he funds received would be used for such a purpose. My fear is that once the numbers are in, we might be surprised because I suspect the proceeds of the sale of assets will not all go to debt reduction, the former finance minister explained. Were running a huge overdraft facility with the Royal Bank of Canada in the Consolidated Fund. Its anywhere between $90-$100 million a month, and its been that way for years. Mr Smith said that traditionally this overdraft facility spikeda t the time of government pay day, when it was drawn uponto help pay civil service and public sector salaries. It then declined slightly as revenue inflows were used to pay it down, only to repeat the cycle in the next pay day run-up. As a result, he expressed concern that the BTC sale proceeds would go to pay recurrent salaries and expenses through reducing the Governments overdraft. In our context we do not count the overdraft facility as part of the official debt, Mr Smith told Tribune Business. Our debt is always about $100 million more than stated. If that [the BTC proceeds] go into Royal Bank to reduce an overdraft, they will not go into debt. Standard & Poors (S&P the international credit rating agency, warned in last months assessment of the Bahamas sovereign rating that this nation was likely over the short to medium-term to run fiscal deficits, equivalent to 3.6 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP twice as much as those incurred in the 2003-2007 period. The agency warned that the Bahamas national debt was also set to increase as a percentage of GDP albeit at a slower rate than that at the recessions peak. Thats a matter of concern, Mr Smith said, simply because the means of fixing it are more involved and complex than weve faced so far. Its not a cyclical problem were facing now, and the gap between revenue receipts and expenditure is not the slowing of the economy by itself. We have a more structural problem in that the growth of revenue is not keeping pace with the growth of the economy and the expenditure side. Its really hinting at some major tax reform, and the chances of that happening in t he short-term are pretty slim, because were going into an election and no one is focusing on reform of the tax base. Its a problem were going to have for quite some time. The former minister said the S&P report was hinting that it would eventually revisit the B ahamas to see whether this nation had made the necessary reforms to get the fiscal picture back on track, but there was nothing on the drawing board to suggest radical or effective reform of the system. Mr Smith also added that nothing appeared to have been built into the Budget to take c are of the extra maintenance costs associated with upkeep of all the new infrastructure the Government was putting in place. And he expressed concern that the Bahamas debt servicing/borrowing costs might increase as a result of interest r ate rises as the world economy returned to normal. If real interest rates begin to kick-in to reflect demand and supply conditions in the worlds capital markets, we will end up with a much higher rate on a larger debt base, Mr Smith warned, with all the implicat ions for spending on health, education and social programmes that this entailed. Its a really strong warning that we ought to take quite seriously, he said of the S&P report. We are moving rapid ly into a more troublesome debt cycle. M r Smith cautioned the Ingraham government to go easy in accepting Chinese loans on favourable interest terms, warning that these still added to the debt burden while potentially impeding national development through denying opportunities that would otherwise be available to Bahamian firms to participate in infras tructure work. Besides the $2.6 billion Baha Mar project, Chinese financing is already bankrolling the National Stadium and Airport Gateway projects, while a Memorandum of Understanding has been signed with China Harbour Engineering Company f or infrastructure works in Exuma and Abaco. Noting that the Bahamas had traditionally shied away as other Caribbean nations accepted such loans, Mr Smith told Tribune Business: I really think we should step back from what, on the surface, appear to be favourable loans from the Chin ese........ Weve avoided them for years. We always sort of resisted that, because we knew that down the road wed have to pay the piper. Before we take any further loans, we should look at our capacity to carry the debt later on. G overnment procurement contracts and infrastructure projects have been used as a key national development tool throughout the world, since they allow local companies to build scale and gain experience/technology from doing such work. B ut, with Chinese companies and workers increasingly taking the lead as conditions for these loans, Mr Smith said: It also distorts our own internal development. We might need it to build capacity in agricul ture and fisheries. He added that the Bahamas s hould use debt financing to assist with achieving policy goals. F ROM page 1B FEARS BTC FUNDS TO PAY $90-$100M OVERDRAFT FACILITY JAMES SMITH
i nvolve convincing the Gove rnment that Bahamasair can p lay a more beneficial role in stimulating tourist travel to this nation. In this regard, he said the airline is presently focusing much of its efforts on researching and working with tourism industry stakeholders to determine how it couldc ontribute towards developing the sector through expanding services into new markets, where it can provide direct flights into the Bahamas w here none currently exist. M r Farrington said the plan i s not necessarily aimed at b ringing immediate benefits in terms of profitability to Bahamasair, but rather overall economic benefits for the Bahamas. We are devoting time and resources at this stage to working with industry stakeholders to see to what extent we can become more a participant in enhancing development of tourism, he said. We are in the midst of collecting data and doing analysis to determine if there are opportunities to develop seco ndary markets for tourism, and we are looking at it on the broader basis not just the lack of profitability ofB ahamasair, but in the context of the impact on overall GDP. If we can bring tourists to the Bahamas, they will bring activity to hotels. Thatw ill spur more employment a nd other economic activity that would flow from that. Ideally, we want in the final outcome for Bahamasair to be profitable, but I think the model we are creating is tot ry to get all the right ingredients with respect to how we operate and what we contribute to the tourism industry. Hopefully, at some stage, if all the elements are aligned properly well have Bahamas air showing a net positive return as well as contributing to the continued development of tourism. The most recent financial statements for Bahamasair, for the year to June 30, 2010, show that the airlines net loss nearly doubled compared with the previous fiscal year, c oming in at close to $24 million. The report quotes Mr Farrington as suggesting the loss-e s stemmed from a number of unpredictable factors coming into play. He proposed that the losses could begin to be addressed throught he introduction of more fuel e fficient and economical Saab planes over an 18-month peri-o d, and the sale of inefficient and expensive-to-maintain Dash-8-300 planes. Such steps formed part of a restructur-i ng plan which was put together in 2009 by the Bahamasair Board and presented to the Government. However, to date the Government has not given the goahead for the restructuring a nd the fleet upgrades it calls for. Asked yesterday if he believed Bahamasair could see a reversal of its financial fortunes without this restructuring, Mr Farrington said: Its very difficult for us in the current circumstances to be able to make substantial r eversals of fortune in the way Bahamasair is operated. He added that the airline was facing extremely fiercec ompetition from other airlines servicing the Bahamas. A growth in such competition in 2009, which saw an increase in the number of air-l ines picking up routes that B ahamasair operated both domestically and internation-a lly, and downward pressure on fares, were among the unpredictable factors that contributed to Bahamasairs$ 24 million losses in 20092010, Mr Farrington said yesterday. The chairman suggested that as Bahamasair is able to pitch to the Government a proposal on how it could cont ribute to the further growth of tourism and economic activity in the Bahamas, it may be better positioned to receive the greenlight for its restruct uring. Part of the (restructuring p lan has been substantially c ompleted, but the sense of it is that we need to have a plan in totality that could be addressed and (which will affect) the extent to which government wants to make funds available (for restruct uring), said Mr Farrington. I n 2010 Mr Farrington note d that without restructuring taking place, two of Bahama-s airs jets would come to the e nd of their useful life in the third quarter of that year, with maintenance costs then becoming exorbitant. At t hat time it was costing $1.2 million to get the two Boeing 737-20s through their annual s afety checks. M r Farrington said yesterd ay that Bahamasair is addressing that situation a nd would like to see the two j ets replaced as soon as practicable. The Government is due t o unveil its last Budget prior to the general election on the last Wednesday this m onth, and Khaalis Rolle told Tribune Business that companies wanted to see measures making it easiera nd less costly to do busin ess in the Bahamas some thing critical to spurring a p rivate sector-led recovery t o drive this nation out of recession. He added that many companies graduated by theG overnment last year from the Industries Encouragement Act incentives were struggling to survive, and wanted temporary relief to enable them to get back on their feet. T elling Tribune Business t hat the private sector want ed a Budget that was the exact opposite diametrically opposed to the one that greeted them last year, M r Rolle said: No new taxe s; that is paramount. N ew and increased taxes fell particularly heavily onk ey sectors of the Bahamian economy during the 20102011 Budget, particularly real estate the auto indus t ry, the banking sector, b rewing and tourism. Man ufacturing firms were also impacted, as many wereg raduated from the Customs duty and tariff exemptions they had been enjoying under the IndustriesE ncouragement Act came to an end. While many companies were probably seeking ar eduction in the tax and duty schedule they current ly faced, Mr Rolle added: I s till have a lot of the manuf acturers complaining. Even though theyve been graduated out of the incentive programme the Government had in place f or a number of years, a lot o f them are still finding it d ifficult to survive and are looking for a rethink,p utting something else in place. They are looking for something, maybe a tempo r ary measure. A 24-month m easure that puts them back in the position they were in before being gradu-a ted from it. Commenting on the Bahamian business communitys Budget wish list as aw hole, Mr Rolle told this newspaper: Overall, they want to see some measures designed to make it easiert o do business and less costly to do business. In terms of the spirit of t he Business Licence Act, t he exercise they did was a revenue neutral Act, but were beginning to see its not revenue neutral as someb usinesses are paying signif icantly more in Business Licence fees. Two sectors impacted in this way, he added, had been construction and wholesale. In terms of consolidation a nd making it easier, the G overnment got it right on that end, Mr Rolle said oft he Business Licence Act reforms, but from a fee standpoint there are some businesses paying signifi c antly more. A sked whether the tax increases/rises contained in the 2010-2011 Budget hadw orked, Mr Rolle replied: I dont see where theyve worked. Government revenues are still off, andt heyve only made it more difficult for businesses. Any time you introduce new taxes on business, busi n esspeople become hesitant to invest, and they spend time trying to find ways ofc ompensating for the i ncrease in costs. When you tell businesses they have to pay more, they dont invest more, because that cash isn ot available. They find ways to compensate for the increase in costs. AP Business Writers NEW YORK Corporate deals and strong earnings have been credited with driving stocks higher this year and Tuesday saw a bit of each. The biggest news, that Microsoft Inc. said it would buy Internet telephone service Skype for $8.5 billion in cash, is another sign that cash-rich companies are starting to spend. Corporations built up a record amount of cash over the last several years, and they have started using it to purchase rivals, pay dividends and also expand their businesses. That, in turn, has led to increased confidence among money managers and other investors that stocks are going to continue to rise. Large companies also want to put their cash stockpiles to work because they're getting minimal returns on them, said Oliver Pursche, president of Gary Goldberg Financial Services. Interest rates for short-term savings pay less than 1 percent. "The crisis is behind us," he said. Companies "don't need this much cash anymore." Microsoft had $50.15 billion in cash and short-term investments at the end of March. B USINESS PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 THE TRIBUNE '(-21)(51$1'(5 RI0DOFROP5RDG:1DVVDX%DKDPDV *5$&($1'5,$ $//(1RI:LQWRQ(VWDWHV1DVVDX%DKDPDV Microsoft's $8.5 billion Skype deal lifts stocks FROM page 1B Bahamasair $24m losses unlikely to improve FROM page 1B Budget: No tax rises paramount n OVERSEASNEWS
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011, PAGE 7B things one day at a time but can assure the public that the people of the southern islands of the Bahamas will be taken care of. Two mailboats sailed yesterday, and we will have a better idea between now and tomorrow where they will sail or if they will not sail, and we will then make alternative arrangements. We will not allow citizens to suffer, said Mr Grant. Meanwhile, Tribune Business was told that officials at the Ministry of Works and Transport had recommended that an additional $2.7 million be allocated for subsidies to the mailboat industry in the 2011-2012 budget, which would come into effect this July. It is not clear if the recommendation, which would see overall subsidies increase to $10.77 million, will be effected. Yesterday, some grocery store owners expressed concern about the impact of a strike on their sole means of accessing stock to replenish their shelves, particularly when it came to fresh and perishable items such as fruit and vegetables and dairy goods. It would have a huge impact, said Senora Gilbert, owner of New Bight Food Market in Cat Island. I hope theyw ork out something soon, and I still hope the boat will come in later this week. However, others in Abaco, Inagua and Exuma said they were simply unaware of any strike action. We havent been informed, said Antonia Wilson of Inaguas Budget Convenience Store. She added that if the boat did not come in for a week or more, the store would very quickly run low on a large variety of items. Grocery store operators in Abaco looked set to bes omewhat sheltered from the impact of the strike, as that island tends to receive as much as 80 per cent of its supplies directly from Florida via Tropical Shipping and other international operators. However, one less likely victim of the strike was The Mailboat Company, who yesterday threatened possible legal action against the Nassau Guardian after the newspaper published a picture of the companys vessel next to a story on the front page of the newspapers businesss ection discussing the mailboat strike action. FROM page 1B Mailboat
AS D AR J A H J EA NS C O LLEC TI ON H AS F A S H IO N O N T H E R IS E F RO M H A IR TO I NFI NIT Y F A S HI ON A N D H A IR S H OW A R J U N A W A T S O N P R E S E N T S A R T S H O W : P R I M A R Y C O L O U R S WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 T H E T RI B U N E S EC T I ON C Y ou are invited to "peep" this Fri day at the Popopstudios Center for the Visual Arts as dynamic Bahamian art duo Dede Brown and Dylan Rapillard will open their third annual art show with a promise of over sixty pieces of art that will "surprise, challenge and amuse." T h e p a i r w h o a r e al s o a c o u p l e, p r e s en t t h e ir a r t s h o w u n d e r t h e en t ic in g t it le P e ep S h o w ", a th e m e w h i c h B r o w n s a y s is "a ll a b o u t th e f e ma le f o r m. R a p il la r d 's w o r k t h is y e ar o il an d a c r yl ic p ai n ti n gs is p r im ar i ly a c o m me n t a r y o f s o r t s o n h o w p e o p le a r e r ep r e s e n ti n g th e m s el ve s o n l in e a n d in p ar t ic u la r o n s o c ia l n e tw o r k F ac eb o o k I n s p ir e d b y t h e s o mt i me s s u r p r i s in g i ma g es th a t p e o p le c r e a te o f t h em s e lv es to d is p l ay o n l in e t h e p ai n t in g s s e e w o m e n w it h d i gi ta l c a me r a o r c e ll p h o n e in h a n d p r e s e n ti n g th e ms el ve s t o th e v ie w e r in a v a r ie t y o f p o s e s a ll r e n d er e d b y R a p i ll ar d in h i s r e c o g n is a b ly b o l d an d c o lo u r fu l s t yl e. Th e w o r k c h al le n g es u s t o th i n k a b o u t o u r r e la ti o n s h ip w it h t e c h n o lo g y o u r s e lv e s a n d ot h e r s i n a c y b er w o r ld B r o w n s w o r k s e e s h er d r aw i n g o n th e me s w h i c h p r o v e d p o p u la r at l as t y e ar s e x hi b it io n w it h f in e ly p a in t e d v is u a ls o f t h e f em al e fo r m ac c e n te d w i th c h er r ie s w h ic h in t r i gu e a n d a r e s u gg e s ti v e. Gu e s t s w il l al s o b e t r ea t ed t o a c o u p l e o f o t h e r s u r p r i s es s ai d B r o w n i n c lu d i n g an ex h ib i t w h ic h o ff e r s t h em th e c h an c e to p l a y a p a r t in th e ir o w n p ee p s h o w a n d f in d t h e ms e lv e s t h e s u b je c t o f s o m e ar t i f t h ey s o c h o o s e. W h ile t h e a r ti s ts t w o p r e vi o u s s h o w s w e r e h el d a t th e C e n t r al B a n k o f th e B a h a ma s t h is y ea r 's ex h ib i t io n t a k es p l a c e w h er e t h e a r t it s el f d o es th e m o r e in t im at e s e tt i n g o f t h e P o p o p s t u d io s C en t r e f o r t h e V is u a l Ar t s Th e s h o w b eg in s at 6 p m w it h a c o c k ta il r e c e p ti o n W o r k c a n b e vi ew e d u n t il F r i d ay J u n e 10 P o p o p s t u d io s C e n t r e fo r th e V i s u a l A r t s is lo c a t ed o n C h ip p i n gh a m R o a d s o u t h o f t h e B ah a ma s Hu m an e S o c ie ty By ALISON LOWE The work challenges us to think about our relationship with technology ourselves and others in a cyber world.
T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 02 WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer I T'S more than just shades of blue, or highlights of orange and yellow. It's more than just paintings. It's more like "a beautiful car crash"! Th is i s A ustra li an v isu al a rtist Arju na W a tson 's wa y of re fle c tin g on hi s l ife 's jo urne y He do es th is thro ug h the h ue s o f b lue an d t he sc rap s of p ap er in Prim ary C o lors his la te st ex hi bit ion w hic h op en ed on Ma y 6 at th e C en tra l B a nk G a l l e r y Pri ma ry C olo rs i s d esc rib ed b y the a rti st a s a be au tifu l c ar cra sh. Thi s sho w i s m ore a bou t the mu sic th at I pa int ed to t ha n b lu e, red a nd y el low th e arti st sai d re fere nc i ng a n al bum by Au stra lia n ba nd E dd y Cu rren t Sup pre ssio n Ri ng H e c onsi de rs th is the u ni fye r of the c o lle c tio n be c au se it w as to the sult ry roc k ba ll ad s th at th e art ist ga in ed i nspi rat ion f or e a ch p ie c e. The e nt ire ti me th at I wa s pa int ing for the C e ntra l B an k Sho w I w as al so pa int ing c o mmi ssio ne d port rai ts. So I w oul d ha ve t o sw i tc h be tw ee n the tw o p roj ec ts al l the tim e. Th e al bu m, Prim ary Co lo rs he lpe d me stay f oc use d w he n I w as w orki ng o n t he p ie ce s for the sh ow It b ec a me a m a ntra fo r m e an d ev e ntu al ly be c am e th e na me o f t he show he sa id Th is i s t he a rtist 's f irst sho w he ld at C en tra l Ba nk G al le ry. Th e c olle c tio n o f 27 p ie ce s is a refl ec ti on o f Arju na 's lif e. I a m the prod uc t of ev e ryth in g I se e an d ev e ryth in g tha t is blu rte d t ow ard m e, t his sho w is me b lurt ing b ac k ," h e ex pl ai ne d. "It is a c on ve rsat ion o f c o lou r o n c an va s a nd o the r m ix ed m ed ia ." Arju na W a tson m ov es aw a y from th e tra di tio na l p ersp ec t iv e, to ex pe rim en t w i th vi vi d c olo urs an d ne w te c hni qu es. H is urba n stre et sty le of p ai nti ng shi ne s t hrou gh th e pie c e s of th is co ll ec ti on. In P r i m a r y C o l o r s en am el fu ses w ith o il a nd te xtu res an d bu ild s l ux urio usl y on bot h ca nv a s a nd pl yw o od. Primary Colors opened at the Central Bank Gallery. It runs everyday from 5 9pm until May 30. PRIMAR Y COLORS A Collection by Arjuna Watson In Primary Colors, enamel fuses with oil and textures and builds luxuriously on both canvas and plywood.
T H E T R I B UN E S E CT I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 03 WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 A S D A R J A H J E A N S C O L L E C T I O N Fashion on the rise By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter T HE BRAND that quickly became an instant cultural commodity novel because of its modernistic, artistic designs has taken fashion to a next level. Each piece is handmade exclusively for the customer. C r e at e d by R o dn e y B ru sl y J e a n in 200 7, The As d arjah J ean brand is no w ba s ed in N a ssa u an d t h e U n it ed St ates of A merica w i th a client ele ba se de v el ope d th rou gh so c ia l ga th e r i n g s e v e n t s a n d b y w o r d o f m o u t h T r i b u n e E n t e r t a i n m e n t u n d e r s t ands tha t the c omp any has a very re li a b le te a m K a re e m Ha n c h el l (c o fonde r a nd M a rketi ng Direc tor and Myla Lamy (CO -Fonde r and Re tail Mana ger) in the Uni ted Sta tes who co nvin ce d Mr J ea n that h is clo thing line has e xc ell ent c ha nc es of suc ce ss in th e U .S. M r H anchell t old T r ibun e F e a t u r e s tha t the w ord Asdarja h is p r o nounc e d As/Da r / Ja h: Asa d de r i ved from Arabi c me ans Lion ; Da r from H e b r e w m e a n s W i s d o m ; J a h v e d derive d from Pe r sian Ja wid mea ns E t e rn a l B r o u g h t t o g e t h e r th e w o r d sign ifies co urage to be uni que, w isd om fro m li v in g l e a rn in g a n d g ro w ing a nd crea ting an ete r n al brand. H e g o es o n t o s ay : "C r ea t i ng a b ra n d t h a t w i l l b e w or n a l l ac ro ss t he worl d, We intend t o cr eate a genuine and auth e n tic p rod uc t t hat is cu s tom m ade a nd personalised for e ve ry c usto me r a nd c a nno t be a v ai lab le any whe re e lse i n the w orld." "It is an exc el lent marke t op port u n i t y f o r t h i s t y p e o f c l o t h i n g a n d w e h a v e b e e n s e l e c t e d t o p r o v i d e w ardrobe for Mil es M a ke r fil m produc er a nd Se kou C arra dine for his o n c o m i n g N e w Y o r k T V s h o w Footp r i nts" c reate d for b oth broa dc ast tel evi s i on an d new me dia o utle ts h e sa id. M r Han chel l expl ain ed t hat th e c lo thin g c an be fo un d at th e c ul tura l galle r y st ore on Ba y str ee t Ea s t. They w ere o n sale the r e sinc e J an uar y of t hi s yea r. T he cl oth in g l in e w as i n t h e wo r k s f o r a l m o s t f o u r y e a r s n o w W e h a v e r e a l l y b e e n foc us sed on m arketing and getting it on a n in ternati onal lev el ." Spe a kin g o n the bu sine ss ve nt ure h e s a i d : W e f e l t a s i f w e h a v e ac co mp l is h ed wh at we h av e be en w o r k i n g s o h a r d f o r a n d i f y o u b e l i e v e i n t h e p o s s i b l e t h e n t h e i mpossible does not ex ist. It s h ows th at y ou ca n be a ll th at y ou ca n be W e ac co mplishe d th is cl othing li ne o n o u r ow n n o w w e a re c on fi d e nt i n l e t t i n g p e o p l e k n o w t h a t w e a r e a round and we offe r servic es. "Th ere i s an ov erw he lm in g d esi re b y mo st c ust ome rs f or m od ern a nd a r tistic de s ig ns. The othe r clo t h ing c om pa nie s a re we d to trad itio ns; it i s v e ry r a re f o r t h e m t o c h a n g e m e th o ds be c au se of re li an ce in ol d w ay s. Mr J ea n studie d hi s cl othing trend c lose ly an d b ec am e c on vin ce d th at h i s e x p er ie n c e k no w l e dg e a n d s ki l ls w i l l p r o v i d e h i m a c o m p e ti t i v e e d g e Mr Ha nc h el l sa id T h e P r od u c t o f S e r v i ce s o f t h e A s d a r j a h J e a n c l o t h i n g l i n e c u r rent ly c o nsi sts of male and female adult and youth appar el s uch as T s h i r t s t a n k s h o o d i e s / s w e a t s h i r t polo s hirts handbags, nec k ties and s c a r v e s F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n y o u c a n c he ck out: w w w. sense ofash ion. co m/ A sd ar ja h 1 97 6 / sho p s or c o n ta c t t he m v i a E m a i l @ a d j c l o t h i n g @ y a h o o c o m o r a sd a rj ah 24 2 d e ni m @ ho tm a i l. c o m Te leph one c ontac t: 1 24 2 45 6 51 92 (B aha mas) 1 70 2 35 4 39 74 Sky pe: h ov iba ha ma s. Th e C lo thi ng i s al so s o l d o n l i n e a t ww w. s e n s e o f as h i o n c o m / A s d a r j a h 1 9 7 6 / s h o p By LAMECH JOHNSON O VER T H E la s t f e w y ea r s t h e Ba ha m as and the world has been af fec t e d by the globa l eco no m ic cr is i s t h at ca us e d cr im e, h om el e s s n e s s s u i c i d e a n d u n e m p l o y m en t r at e s t o d r a s t i c al l y i n cr e a s e S l o w l y b u t s u r e l y t h e ec o no m y of t he B ah am a s i s r eco v er in g b u t p er s o n s ar e s t i l l f e el i n g t h e ef f e c t s of t h e r ece s s i o n A dr i an Wi ld eg oo s e a s t u de nt at t he Co ll ege of t he Bahamas and upcomi ng play an d f i lm mak er ha s pr o du ced an d wr i tt e n a p l ay t h a t lo o k s a t a B a h am i a n f a m i l y t h a t w as a ff e ct ed an d h ow t he y ar e mo vi n g f o r war d M r W il d e go o s e s ay s : "T h e Re co ve r y i s a p l ay th a t o u t l in e s t h e i n ve r s e r el a ti o n s h i p b e t w e e n m o n e t a r y g a i n a n d m o r a l i t y i n t i m es w he r e t h e B ah am a s s ee m s t o b e s t at i s t i ca l l y b o u nc i ng b a ck f r o m an e co n o mi c d o w n t u r n T h is p l ay i s t he s eq u el o f M r Wi l dg oo s e 's p l ay "T h e Re ce s s i o n a n d i nc l ud e s a n um b e r o f y o u n g t a l e n t e d B a h a m i a n a c t o r s s o me t h at s t a r r ed i n t he p r eq u el a nd o t he r s n ew t o t h e i nd u s t r y T h e s c en e t a k es p l ac e i n Na s s a u a s t h e p l ay ch r o n i cl es t h e s t r u gg l es o f a m o t h er Ed n a an d h er s o n A s o n wh o s u r v iv e d t h e d au n t in g af f ec t s o f t he e co no m ic me l t do wn b u t n o w h av e t o f ace t h e co n s eq u e nc e. T h e p l a yw r i g h t a s k s B ah a m i a ns t o s u p p o r t t hi s e ve n t be ca u s e i t i s s o me t h i ng t h at e ve r y on e ca n r e l at e t o ." T h i s i s a s t o r y t h at t r ans ce nd s col o ur ra ce, geo gr ap hi c b or d er s and eth nic b ac k gro und T his is o ne pl ay you d o n' t wa n t t o mi s s ." T h e Reco ver y p lay s 8pm on M ay 13, 201 1 a t t h e P e r f o r m i ng A r t s Ce n t er at t he C ol l eg e o f t h e B ah a ma s T ic k et s ( $ 15 ) c an b e p u r c h a s e d a t C h a p t e r O n e Bo o k s t o r e o n T h o m ps on B lv d Ot h e r s c an p ay $ 20 a t t h e d o or o f t he ev en t F o r m o r e i n f or ma t i o n ca l l 5 52 6 82 0. The Recovery: Sequel to The Recession TAKING IT UP A NOTCH: Asdarjah is taking fashion to another level. CLOSE TO HOME: A dr ia n W il deg oos e p ro du ced and w r it ten a pl ay tha t loo ks at a Bah ami an fam il y t hat w as aff ect ed an d h ow th ey a re mo vin g fo rw a rd
T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 04 WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer I N a collaboration of the arts, organisers of one of the biggest and best non traditional art showcases in the Bahamas gave shoppers at the Town Centre Mall a sneak peak of what is to come at the "From Hair to Infinity" hair and fashion extravaganza last week. The mini event featured a fashion showcase from top fashion boutiques around town. There were also local styl ist on hand who gave a demonstration of fantasy hairstyles expected to grace the runways at the big event to be held this Sunday at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel. "From Hair to Infinity" hair and fashion extravaganza presents a variation of the arts organiser of the event, Dr Renee Johnson told Tribune Entertainment "This show is not a show for just hairstylists. This is a show for all different artist. There will be hairstylist, there will also be body art by Eye Candy. Top fashion boutiques will be showcasing their designs as well. This is an event that will celebrate beauty in all its forms," she explained. Along with the hair and fashion showcase there will be local vendors displaying Bahamian made jewelry as well as art on canvas. "This will be a spectacular event. It will be out of the box and everything is Bahamian." Dr Johnson encourages the public to come to the event and engage in whole some fun. "Its a family fun filled, clean, and classy event. People should come prepared to have a great time because it is going to be crazy and that is crazy in a good way." The event will be held under the distinguish patronage of Dr Virginia Pin der, cosmetologist and designer Patrice Lockhart, inconjuction with the Town Center Mall, Nu Women Magazine, and Renee's Beauty and Ashtae Products. "I just want to say that it is a pleasure to work with all of the artist. I am also looking forward to building on this collaboration. This is the beginning of great things to come." The event will be held in the ballroom at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel this Sunday beginning at 6pm. Tickets for the event can be purchased at any participating salon or fashion house including Renee's Beauty Salon. MAY 13 FRIDAY JUN G SOCIET Y OF N ASSAU: R E L A TIONSHIPS" The Jung Society of Nassau hosts a talk on relationships under the topic, "I Love You...You're Perfect...Now Change" with speaker Catherine Jones who discusses the complex issues of relationships. The event starts from 8pm11pm at Old Fort Bay Club. MAY 14 SATURDAY A NIGHT UND ER T HE C AR IBBEAN M OO N Enjoy a night under the Caribbean moon on the sand, under the stars with fiery Caribbean flavours, cool island rhythms and a live performance from Willis and the Illest. The event will be held at the Beach Gazebo, Maillis Property, Adelaide Road. Dress: Summer sexy. The event starts from 7.30pm-10.30pm. For more information contact 3626631 or 442-4662. MAY 14 SATURDAY B A H A M A S H UMANE SOCIET Y F UN DOG S H OW ADOPT A -TH ON & FAI R The Bahamas Humane Society presents its Fun Dog Show, Adopt-a-Thon and Fair, at 12pm-6pm at Botanical Gardens. Bring your dogs and your kids and enjoy food, fun classes like waggiest tail, best costume, best kisser, and prettiest/handsomest, rides, games and a chance to meet some of our great adoption dogs and pups. It's a fun day for the whole family! For more information call 323-5138. MAY 20 FRIDAY BT VI PRO F ESSI ON AL D EV EL OPMEN T CO URSES Start something new by enrolling and learning about a profession. The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute starts Professional Development courses on Friday May 20. For more information call 502-6300 or log onto www.btvi.edu.bs. MAY 20 FRIDAY N OSTR UM FABUL A OUR S TOR Y" The Jacaranda House plays host to Nostrum Fabula, "Our Story", a night of art celebrating the Heritage and sto ries of both the Bahamian and the Haitian cultures starting at 7 pm. B y C A R A BR E NN E NB ET H E L T r i b u n e F e a t u r e s Ed i to r TH E B A HA M AS N at io n a l S y mph on y O rch es t ra w i l l ce l e br a te i t s 20 t h an niv ers ar y w ith a gala c on c ert an d recept ion thi s Sat urday ev eni ng a t t he C oll e ge o f th e B ahamas' Centr e f or the Performing Arts. D e n i s D o n a l d s o n w h o s e r v e s a s o ff ic e a dmi nis t ra to r t re as u re an d a doubl e bass ie st of t he BNSO tol d Tri b une F eatur es that th e perfo rman ce w i ll featur e a variety of c lassic al and c on tempo rary mus ic. He ad ded that a co nc ert highlight w i ll be a spe cial str ings perfo rman ce f e at u r in g s e ve r al yo u n g l o c al mu s ic ans w ho h a d the un i q ue opp ortun i ty to s tud y t he ir i n stru me nt s wi t h Mar ti n Go l d man o f the Suz u ki V i o li n Ass ocia t io n of S out h Fl ori da Mr Go l dma n t ravelled to t he Bah amas ever y two w e e k s t o c o n d u c t c l a s s e s T h e s i x yo un g music ans b etween the ages of 12 -16 years o ld will b e playing V i v al d i s Violin Con cer to i n A Mino r and Op us N o 6 at th e c on cer t. A w ine and h ors d o euvr es rec ept i o n will follow th e p erfo rmanc e. A c c o r d i n g t o t h e i r w e b s i te T h e Ba ha m as Na ti o na l Sy m pho ny O rch es t ra, th e on ly Symp ho ny Or ch estr a in t he Bahamas is a co mm u nity-b ased o r c h e s t r a e s t a b l i s h e d i n 1 9 9 1 T h e p la ye r s ar e d r aw n fr o m a ll p ar t s of t h e B ah am as an d fr o m al l wa lk s of l i f e Th e or c hes tr a pr o vide s an op po rt unity for mus ician s to enjoy week l y r ehear sals for the p l eas ur e of making go od mus ic togeth er, a nd per for m as p art of a l a rge symph ony o rc hest ra. Th e o rc he s tr a al so s u p p o rt s lo c a l y oun g sol o is ts, g iv i ng t he m t he o ppor tunity t o pe rfor m with a full symp hony orc hes tra, i n c o nc ert. 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T H I N G S 2 DO B A H AM A S N A T I O N A L SY M PH O NY O R C H ES T RA S ET TO C E LE BR A TE 2 0T H A NN I VE R S A R Y Courtesy of the Bahamas National Symphony Orchestra F r o m H a i r t o I n f i n i t y "This show is not a show for just hair stylists. This is a show for all differ ent artist. There will be hairstylist, there will also be body art by Eye Candy. Top fashion boutiques will be showcasing their designs as well. This is an event that will celebrate beauty in all its forms."
By LYNN ELBER AP Television Writer SIMON Cowell and Paula Abdul are back together again, hoping to recapture their TV chemistry for a new Fox talent show. The network announced Sunday that the two former "American Idol" judges have reunited to assess would-be singing stars on Cowell's "The X Factor," debuting this fall. The Associated Press reported Saturday that Abdul had signed to be part of the panel, which taped its first judging session Sunday. Fox and the show's producers sought maximum drama by keeping Abdul's status under wraps until she appeared for the taping. Glammed up in a shoulder-baring purple dress and purple stilettos, Abdul greeted Cowell with a hug outside the University of Southern California auditorium where contestants were set to audition. Besides the longtime TV sparring partners, the judges include British pop star Cheryl Cole and Grammy-winning producer Antonio "L.A." Reid. "This show would never have been the same without Paula and I can't believe I am saying this: I have missed her a lot, and I am thrilled she's on the show," Cowell said in a written statement. "I am excited beyond words to be a part of 'The X Factor,'" Abdul added. "I'm also delighted and grateful to be sitting next to Simon again ... but you might want to check back with me in a week or two!" The 48-year-old singer, dancer and choreographer reigned on "Idol" as the nice if sometimes dizzyseeming judge who often clashed colourfully with Cowell in his role as resident bully. She left "Idol" in 2009, after eight seasons, in a contract dispute. Abdul and Cowell, seated together at Sunday's taping as they typically were on "Idol," quickly slipped into their familiar, bickering ways. But Abdul also proved willing to stand up to Cowell, who's now her boss as well as fellow judge: He is an executive producer of the Fox ver sion of the hit British show he created. Announcement of Abdul's involvement in the new show was held up as negotiations continued until the eve of the first taping, according to a person familiar with the talks. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Saturday because Fox and the show's producers had not authorised public comment. One obstacle was removed by CBS, which featured Abdul on "Live to Dance" earlier this year. She was released earlier this week by the network from any further obligations, a person at CBS said Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the network had n't authorized public comment on the matter. "Live to Dance" was a talent competition series starring Abdul that premiered on CBS in January. It was a ratings flop. Late Saturday, Fox confirmed that co-hosts of "The X Factor" will be Steve Jones and Nicole Scherzinger. Jones is a popular TV host in Britain. Scherzinger is a former member of the girl group the Pussycat Dolls who has appeared on the British version of "The X Factor." The competition is open to solo singers and vocal groups age 12 and up. The winner will get a $5 million record contract. P A UL A A N D S I M O N R E U N I T E O N T H E X F A C T O R T H E T R I B UN E S E CT I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 05 WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer MERED ITH Vi ei ra sai d Monday t hat she wi l l l ea ve N B C's Today show nex t mont h t o spend more ti me wit h her fa mi ly a nd Ann Curry wi ll repl ace he r a s h o s t T he turnov er at t el evi sion' s toprate d morni ng show was ant ici pate d. Vi ei ra repl aced Kat ie Co uric fi ve yea rs ago, and ha s t al ked about wa nti ng m ore free ti me Vi ei ra, 5 7, has thre e c hi l dren and he r hu sband, autho r Ri c ha rd M. Cohe n, wrote a bestsel li ng book about copi ng wi th mul ti pl e sc l erosi s and col on can c e r. Even a s I sa y thi s and I know that it 's the rig ht thi ng, I'm real l y sad," she sa id, fi ghti ng ba c k e moti on as she ma de the a nnouncem ent on the a ir Monday H er co-host, Mat t Lau er, sai d that Vi ei ra "ha s brought c l ass a nd di gn it y and ta le nt and a j oy of l if e to thi s show for the l ast fi ve ye ars." T ransi ti ons a re unusua l for "T oday," a s V i ei ra wa s sti ll the ne wbie am ong the show' s core f our t hat i ncluded La uer, Curry and A l R o k e r It 's bee n a peri od of tum ult on t he net work morni ng shows ov er the pa st few m onths. On t he secondpla c e "Go od Morni ng A me rica" on A BC, new l i fest yl e anchor La ra S pencer sta rted a bout the sa me ti me Vi ei ra was m aki ng he r announcem ent T he sh ow's ne w n ewsrea der, Josh El li ott be ga n l ast w e e k "T he Earl y Show on CBS com ple te ly re vam ped i ts ona ir t al ent duri ng th e wint er. Curry ha s been wi th Toda y" si nce 19 97 a s t he n ews anchor. P a ssed ove r f or the t op j ob fi ve y ea rs a go w hen Vie ira w as c h osen, she st uck w it h t he show and ca rved out a new reput ati on a s a gl obetrott ing reporte r. S he was i n P a kist an l ast w eek f oll owi ng the ki l li ng of O sam a bi n Lade n. "I fe el li ke th e hig h sc hool com pute r ne rd who has ju st b een ask ed to the p rom by t he qua rterba c k of t he foot b al l te am Curry sai d. Nata l ie Mora le s, a n a nchor for the t hird of t he sh ow's fo ur hours wi ll b ecome t he reg ula r n ewsre ade r. Today al so a nnounced tha t Sav anna h G uthri e wi l l becom e a host o f the show' s thi rd hour wit h Mora le s and Roker. "T oday is care ful t o c ul ti v at e the i ma ge of fam il y, and m ade the a nnounc e me nt w it h t he fi ve re gul ars sea te d o n a c ouch, tossi ng off j oke s t o blunt emot io n. Vie ira says she 'l l l ea ve t he sh ow i n June. NBC's Meredith Vieira leaving Today' show T O D A Y sh ow c o-h os ts An n Cu rry, l e ft, a nd M ere d ith V ie ira att en d th e 9t h Ann ua l Wo me n Wh o C a r e L u n c h e o n b e n e f i t t i n g U n i t e d C e re b a l P a l s y o f NY C a t C i p r i a n i s 4 2 n d S t r e e t i n N e w Y o r k V i e i ra sa ys s he i s le av ing NBC' s "To day sh ow n ex t m onth and An n Curry will re pla c e he r a s hos t, The Associated Press reports Monday, May 9, 2011. (AP) IMMEDIATELY after the news of Osama Bin Laden, alquaeda leader's death spread through the social media, celebri ty's took to Twitter to express their feelings. Here's what they had to say: CELEBRIT Y T WEET R EA CTIO N S T O O S AMA B I N L ADEN' S DEA TH
T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 06 WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 J u s t a fe w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e Bahamas looked li ke 4 0. .. 50 .. 60 .. years in the past BY ROLAND ROSE C annas, gingers, bananas, travellers palm, bird of paradise and heliconias are all closely related and are often hard to tell apart at the juvenile stage. Nam ed af te r M o un t H el ico n i n G r e e c e h e l i c o n i a s b e a r l o n g banana-like leaves and the flowers a r e c o n t a i n e d w i t h i n v e r y s h o w y brac ts. It is t he bra cts tha t mak e the p lan t p op ul ar wi t h gar d ener s an d hummingbirds alike. Many varieties of heliconia have upr ight bract c lus ters that ove r lap a n d l o ok ve r y l i k e M a in e lo b s t er cl aw s. The bra cts a re usua ll y a c ombination of yellow and red, though the diminutive true flower is often blue. A sta nd o f l ob ster c la w h el ic on ia s gi v es a w o nd erf ul t rop ic a l a mb ie nc e t o t h e la nd s cap e an d i t i s in M ay and June that they are at their be s t. Even more fascinating is Helico nia rostrata that has bract clusters that hang down like an apron. The bracts also have a textured feel to them, almost l ike velve t. The scientific name comes from the Mexican c u s t o m o f p l a i t i n g h o t p e p p e r s together to dry in the shade. Very popular and more manage ab le is a v ar ie ty of he li con ia th at grows to only two or three feet and b lo om s i nt er m it t en tl y t hr o ug ho ut the y ear. H. psitta corum, the p arrot flo we r, be ars upri ght bra c ts th at are usually coloured orange and blue. Heliconias come to us from Cen tral and South Ame r ic a, a r e e asy to grow and except for the digging part are easy to transplant. Heli conia s c an grow in full sun or full s h a d e b u t d o b e s t i n h a l f s h a d e Once the flowering season is over, the foliage can be cut close to the groun d a nd the s tu mps w ith eme r g ing s u ck ers c an be t r a nspla nte d t o a ne w are a. Like b ana nas, the stum ps n e ve r g r o w b ac k b u t t h e s uc k e r s produce new plants. A s b e fi t t ro p ic al ra i n f o re st p l a n ts, hel iconi as a ppr e cia te a r e gular supp l y o f w a te r a n d a n o c c a s i on a l dr e ss ing of rotted manure. Once estab l i s he d a s ta n d o f he l i c o n i a s c a n g ro w a m a zi n g l y q u i c k l y an d t a k e o v e r whole sections of the garden. Very popular with florists is the bird of paradise Strelitzia reginae the bracts of w hich look ama zing l y l i ke he a d of a c ra n e T he l ea v e s o f bir d of par adise ar e m uc h s hor ter t han th os e o f h eli con ia a nd t h es e lea ves l ie i n one pla ne, r a ther like a fan. B i rd o f pa ra di se c o me s to u s fro m S o ut h Af ri c a a n d i s no t e n ti re l y su i ted to our climate. This causes flow e r ing to be s o mewh at w ayw ard and I have seen strelitzias live for years be fore rel uc tantl y produc in g flow er s ta l k s. Th e y d o v e ry w e l l i n s ou t he r n Cal if o r ni a an d ar e mo r e li ke ly t o b l o o m i n t h e n o r t h e r n B a h a m a s rather than the southern islands. The la rg e st o f th e b ird o f p ar ad is e plan ts is S. ni c o lai, wh ite o r gi ant b i r d o f p a r a d i s e T h e l e a v e s c a n grow to 20 or 25 feet and the bract clusters are white. I find the giant bir d of p arad is e t o be r ather ugly a nd c o arse Th e la c k of c ol ou r t ak es al l t h e ch ar m f r om t he bi r d he ad bracts and makes them rather sick ly and sinister. Very similar to the giant bird of paradise in design is the traveller's palm or Ravenala madag as c ar iensis. The leaves lie in one plane and f o r m a g i a n t 6 0 d e g r e e f a n t h a t s eem s v er y wel co mi ng, hen ce t he n a m e T h e s h a p e a l l o w s i t t o b e g ro w n a g a in st a l ar g e w a l l a nd m a n y t r o p i ca l h o t e l s f e at u r e t r a v el l e r s p al m in t he ir la nd sc ap e or fo rec o urt design. The bracts of the traveller's p a l m a re d i m i n u t iv e i n si z e a n d g r ow close to the apices of the leaves. email@example.com Heliconias & Co The Harbour development program, started in 1965. Prior to this, most large cruise ships anchored offshore and passengers were ferried ashore. The large Harbour entrance allowed huge Atlantic waves to disrupt the general working and docking procedures. A line of sea jacks were placed across the opening to prevent this wave action reaching the interior and eventually new docks were built, the Harbour was dredged and the fill used to build Arawak Cay. NOT AS PRETTY: The giant bird of paradise is much larger than and not as pretty as those used in the florist trade. SMOOTH TOUCH: The ristrata heliconia has bracts with a velvety texture.
T H E T R I B UN E S E CT I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 07 WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 Boyz II Men 4 Seasons of Loneliness Usher You Make Me Wanna Jagged Edge Where The Party At Next Too Close Donell Jones Where I Want to Be Tyrese Lately Des tiny's Child Bills Bills Bills 702 Where My Girls At SWV Weak Brandy & Monica The Boy is Mine By LESH J UST days before the big release of her brand new video, Nicki Minaj released a small teaser preview of the video on the well known 106 & Park show that had viewers eager to stay tuned for the excitement that was about to hit the music count down. The promo of the video showed Minaj wearing a pink curly weave, a white tank and blue short jeans dancing in a room filled with speakers along with a few female dancers, Super Bass is Nicki's fifth single from her debut album "Pink Friday." Like all c ele brities, the barbi e, as she often c alls h erself took t o tw itter to promo te he r vi deo and a nnou nce the W orld Pre miere of th e S uper B a s s v ide o tha t offi cia lly c ame out last w ee k W edn esday Fina lly the rappe r know n for he r off the w all person ality a nd c olou r fu l w igs droppe d he r new v ideo w hic h has g aine d a lot of ta lk i n the Un ited State s a nd T h e C aribb ean The en tire v ideo fea tures N ic ki a long w ith a fe w danc ers dre s se d e xac tly lik e he r w ea ring wi gs a nd da nc ing aroun d a few musc ula r m e n Hell of a guy' In the video and song she decries her love for a guy that has her "heart beat running away." She goes on to sing "I said, excuse me you're a hell of a guy I mean my, my, my, my you're like pelican fly, I mean, you're so shy and I'm loving your tie," as she dance around a man sitting in a chair with glowing lights surrounding them. Apart from her usual rapping lyrics, this video was is a nice single that shows her emotional side, almost as nice as her number one hit "Moment For Life," a song she did that features Drizzy Drake. In an interview with MTV, Minaj said: "'Super Bass' is about the boy that you are crushing over, and you kind of want to get your mack on, but you're taking the playful approach." Super Bass gained a lot of popularity even before the video was released when Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and the Kardashian little sisters posted videos on the Internet with them rapping the lyrics to the song. The American country pop singer-songwriter Taylor Swift showed her love for Nicki Minaj when she visited a radio station in Nashville, 107.5's The River. She was asked what song she wanted to hear and Taylor requested Super Bass, Nicki's Track. When asked to introduce the song, Taylor said: This is a song that is an album cut off of Nicki Minaj's album, and I've been listening to it on repeat, and I really freaked my friends out because I can recite every single lyric to the rap, so, this is Super Bass by Nicki Minaj!" She went on to rap the first verse in the song saying: I said, excuse me you're a hell of a guy, I mean my, my, my, my you're like pelican fly, I mean, you're so shy and I'm loving your tie." Later on that week, American actress, singer Selena Gomez tweeted a video of her in a room with her entourage singing her version of Super Bass, it was pretty good, she rapped a lot more than Taylor did. By LESH IT CAME as NO surprise last week when Jacob Lusk was sent packing and out of the competition. I have been waiting on that day, all Jacob did was sing as if he was in a choir during every performance. Now we have our Top 4, in the order of my favourites there is sexy Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina, James Durbin and Haley Reinhart. All of these contestants deserve to be this far in the competi tion but if I could change it around I would bring Pia back and send Haley home, but time will tell. The opening of the show started with a little performance of the song "Happy Together," it was something nice to watch but as always the group perfor mances are all over the place. There was also a show ing of a video where the contestants visited Hell's Kitchen with Gordan Ramsay and played a few food games. Soon after, there was a performance from Lady Antebellum, good music. As always, Ryan comes in with the results all hyped up that someone is going home. James is called up first and is sent to center stage. Lauren is up next, she always some how looks so nervous and has this sad look on her face whenever she is called up, I don't think she has anything to worry about though, at least not right now. Lauren was sent to the left side of the stage. Another performance came when AI judge, Jennifer Lopez came up and performed her new hit song, "On The Floor." I am a JLo fan so I enjoyed the performance and the song. The time had came for more results when Ryan called up Jacob and tells him to join Lauren on the right side of the stage, Lauren must have been nervous standing next to Jacob seeing that he had a very high chance of being sent home. Haley is called up next and is told to stand next to James on the left side of the stage. Sexy Scotty is the last to be called and Ryan reveals to him that he is completely safe, but Ryan also test Scotty and ask him to stand next to the group that he "thinks" is safe from elimination. He refused so Ryan goes ahead and pulls him next to James and Haley, which was the safe group. So it's down to Lauren and Jacob in the bottom 2, as always Lauren is crying, she really needs to stop doing that, no one likes "weak sauce" toughen up Lauren! Ryan reveals to them that Lauren is safe and Jacob is eliminated from the show. Acehood Hustle Hard "Same old stuff, just a different day out here tryna get it, each and every way momma need a house, baby need some shoes times are getting hard, guess what I'mma do Hustle, hustle, hustle, hard." YA HEAR Toni Braxton receiving death threats? Toni Braxton was supposed to perform on Mother's day at a concert in Trinidad but had to cancel due to death threats! The Braxton Family Values star tells FreddyO.com: "I have kids, I don't play that." Her sisters added to her comment saying "Toni doesn't want to be mixed up in the cross fire between the promoters." YA HEAR Nicki Minaj and Lil Kim at it again? And the feud continues between the raptresses. Last week, the Queen Bee fired off a series of angry tweets in response to an alleged comment made by her nemesis. After Osama Bin Laden's death was announced over the weekend, fans started retweeting a comment attributed to the Young Money raptress that read, "Lil' Kim U Next." The tweet, which does not currently appear in Nicki's timeline, has been disputed and its authenticity cannot be confirmed. Here's what the Queen bee had to say: "You cheap stocking cap glued $10 bag hair wearing b****! Get a lacefront!!! FYI Indian hair don't come in green! "I see you crawling!!! I got my can of RAID. Come get it!!! #TwitterRoach YA HEAR T.I and wife Tiny crashed a wedding party? Star of Jumping the Broom Laz Alonso, shared a story about a friend's wedding party he had attended in Jamaica. He said he along with some friends decided to throw a house party. Outside they heard feet crawling over the back wall. When they went to check things and found out that it was T.I and his wife Tiny, who was also vacationing at the same resort. T.I then said "Hey Laz we want to party with ya'll". Laz Alonso said: "Now you are T.I. Had you knocked on the door and said that there was no way in the world I was going to turn down." YA HEAR Ciara and Amare Stoudemire dating? Ciara finally revealed some info on her very private love life. She admitted that she and Amare Stoudemire, New York Knicks power forward are indeed a couple. She said this is a very happy time in her life and that she is really enjoying herself! Y A H E A R G O S S I P C O R N E R D A Y 1 0 R & B T H R O W B A C K S N o m o r e L u s k L I N E
T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 08 WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 WE know what they look like now, but we are not so sure what they looked like back then. And before all of the awards, the fame, and the fortune, the celebrities that we admire and look up to were nothing but cute snotty noses in diapers and bibs. It's kind of cool to see them in nothing but the sheer innocence of childhood. Now go on look at the famous names behind the baby/ kids photos! Lil Wayne T r e y S o n gz Kanye West Le B ron Jam es Dway n e Wade Drake Usher
WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONE INSIDE International sports news A first-class job by Chinese P h o t o s b y F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AFTER an opening round win, Mark Knowles and Michal Mertinak are scheduled to face a pair of familiar foes in the second round of the ATP Masters 1000 Tour in Rome, Italy. Knowles reunited with Mertinak after a brief hiatus in the last tour event to advance to round two by defeating the Spanish team of Marc Lopez and David Marrero 6-3, 6-4. Knowles and Mertinak will face the top-ranked Bryan brothers, Mike and Bob, in round two after the top seeds received a bye. In his last tour appearance, Knowles took a break from playing with his new regular partner, Mertinak, and teamed up with Ameri can Andy Roddick to play in the Mutua Madrid Open in Madrid, Spain. The unseeded duo were beaten 76 (20 Melo and Bruno Soares of Brazil. The twins have defeated Knowles and Mertinak twice this season, which includes a three-set victory earlier in the clay-court season in Barcelona 4-6, 6-3, 8-10 and in straight sets (3-6, 2-6 Australia, last January. Knowles has received some levels of success in the past at Italys International Championships. He won the events doubles titles on two separate occasions, in 2006 and in 1997, both with former teammate Daniel Nestor. The Bryan brothers have captured the title in two of the past three years, with a win by Nestor and Zimonjic in 2009 preventing three consecutive wins. Italian Open: Knowles and Mertinak win opener KNOWLES MERTINAK Face Bryan brothers in the 2nd round By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com W ith the synthetic track surface laid down, the new $30m National Stadium being built by Peoples Republic of China considered the gem of the region is getting closer and closer to its projected June completion date. The Baoding Chaoda Sport Facilities Limited of China has already laid down the eight-lane, 400m track, which has an additional two lanes on the 100m straight away. Now all that is left is the placing of the markings on the track and the insertion of the grass on the infield to complete the dual track and field and soccer arena that has a combination of red and blue seating capacity of 15,000. Once that is done, its just up to the International Amateur Athletic Association (IAAF of International Football Association (FIFA in and provide the international certification of the facility. The installation is being done by the China Sports International Corporation Limited. Theres no question that we have a first-class track and field stadium, said legendary sports ambassador Tommy Robinson, who has worked directly with the project over the past three years. You only have to walk in the stadium and you can see that. The Chinese have done a first-class job. As a matter of fact, we had Mr John Beynon here over the week end and he was looking over the stadium with us. Beynons Beynon Sports Surfaces was responsible for the latest surface that was placed on the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium for the hosting of the Central American and Caribbean Championships. And according to Robinson, Beynon indicated that based on what he saw in the work by the Chinese, its a first class facility. Robinson said Beynons only regret was that he didnt get the chance to put down the new track, instead of the Chinese. The track is considered to be a fast one and while architect and Olympic sprinter Iram Lewis had an opportunity to bounce around on it, Robinson said hes getting ready to test it himself. Before it really gets any publicity, we are going to do our own test run, Robinson said. Im getting ready right now. Although the Chinese workers are still waiting on the electricity and water supply to be connected through out the stadium, Robinson said the plans are for all of the work to be completed by the end of May. That is when a team of technical advisors from China are expected in town to go through their own trial run before they officially turn the stadium over to the Bahamas Government. Were slightly ahead of the completion date because only the infield needs to be completed, Robinson said. We just need to put the seed down for the grass because we have the natural surface. Then we have to get the IAAF Level One certifica tion and having the field certified by FIFA. As we speak, we are in touch with both of them regarding the certifica tion. Theres still some cosmetic work that needs to be completed in and around the sta dium. But on a tour of the facility yesterday, it was quite evident that everything is in order for a remarkable take $30m National Stadium awaits inter national cer tif ication There s no question that we have a first-class track and field stadium. You only have to walk in the stadium and you can see that. The Chinese have done a first-class job. Sports ambassador Tommy Robinson S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 E E STATE-OF-THE-ART: Views of the new $30m National Stadium being built by Peoples Republic of China. NBA stars coming to camp See page 3e
B AHAMAS Association of Athl etic Associations (BAAA d ent Mike Sands said this years gold-medal performance at LIME Carifta Games was the best it has been in 10 years. On behalf of the athletes, coaching staff and executives, he thanked BTC for their generous sponsorship and we look forward to a continued partnership. Weve had a long-standing affiliation with BTC and were quite pleased to see that the new management saw fit to maintain that r elationship, he said. S aid Sands: This years gold medal performance was the best it has been in 10 years. It helps our administration when we dont have to focus on fundraising and direct our attention to other aspects. On behalf of the athletes, coaching staff and executives, we take this opportunity to thank BTC for their generous sponsorship and we look forward to a continued partnership. Prior to the Games, Jamaican officials touted that they wouldnt allowa single gold medal to leave their country. But there was no question whether or not the Bahamas was up to the challenge to collect as many as possible, finishing second overall. T he meet was highlighted by u nder-20 competitor Anthonique Strachan winning the Austin Sealy Award for the Most Outstanding Performance. Overall, the BTC Bahamas team finished with nine gold, 10 silver and 11 bronze medals, topped off by an ew 4x400 relay record in the under 20 boys division led by OJay Ferguson and Stephen Newbold. And as the Bahamas commanded attention from the region, therewas an equally noticeable presence at the Games the LIME brand. W hile BTCs investment in Bahamian athletes has carried on through the support of local track and field events, its new carrier LIME has been the presenting sponsor for the CARIFTA Games for two consecutive years. Our new partnership with LIME adds a unique dimension to our sponsorship efforts, stated Marlon Johnson, vice president of marketing at BTC. In the past, we have created avenues to ensure the future of our Bahamian athletes and we have ac ontinued commitment to reach out into our communities just as our customers have come to expect, only now its with a much broader, regional scope and impact. As the new partnership is fully established, BTC plans to continue seeking opportunities to support youth and sports in the Bahamas while strengthening existing ties with the community. Its partner LIME also facilitated live streaming of the Games for fans and viewers around the world to watch real-time coverage. L IME has made a two-year, $400,000 commitment to CARIFTA the largest in the history of the Games. LOCAL SPORTS PAGE 2E, WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f $30m National Stadium awaits international certification over. The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture is hoping to have the stadium, once it is completed, operated by a National Sports Authority of the Bahamas. Minister Charles Maynard introduced the Bill for an Act for the Establishment of the National Sports Authority of the Bahamas in the House of Assembly. But it was eventually withdrawn because the incorrect version was brought to the house. The correct version of the bill will be brought back to the House at a later date. In addition to operating the stadium, the National Sports Authority is intend ed to spearhead the redevelopment of the Queen Eliza beth Sports Center. It will also be responsible for attracting spectators and sponsors to events organised by the local Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA Football Association (BFA F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E STATE-OF-THE-ART: Views of the new $30m National Stadium being built by the Peoples Republic of China. Carifta gold-medal performance the best it has been in 10 years GOING THE DISTANCE: James Audley Carey (far left the Under-20 boys 1,500 metres at the LIME CARIFTA Game in Jamaica. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard is shown at right along with competitors from Barbados. GOLDEN GIRL: The meet was highlighted by under-20 competitor Anthonique Strachan (above on left Performance. Coach Dianne Woodside looks on.
LOCAL SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011, PAGE 3E T HE nations biggest and l ongest running summer bask etball camp is all set to start at the Bahamas Academy of Seventh-Day Adventists, Wulff Road, on June 27. The 24th annual Jeff Rodgers Summer Basketball Club will run for a total of five weeks. Its geared towards boys and girls between the ages of five and 19 and will focus on good character building, maintaining a positive attitude and building productive citizens through basketball. This year, there will be a number of professional bas ketball players from the NBA, spearheaded by Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott and former NBA player Tyrone Muggsy Bouges, says organiser Jeff Rodgers. A number of high school and college coaches from the United States will be present along with local trained and skilled instructors, namely Charlene Smith and Harrison Moxey, arguably the finest in the country, he added. On Wednesday, July 27, there will be a fun night where the campers will be able to showcase their skills learnt from the camp. Parents, along with the general public, are invited to watch an exhibition game with the trained instructors and the guest NBA stars. Giving more young people a n opportunity to participate, t he camp will also be held in N orth Abaco, North Andros, North Eleuthera and Exuma this summer. A number of companies are supporting the camp through their sponsorship. They include the Bahamas Confer ence of Seventh-Day Adven tists, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Baha Mar, JS Johnson Insurance, Family Guardian, Royal Bank of Canada, Bahamas Fast Fer ries, Scotiabank, Vitamalt, Robin Hood, Echo and ZNS. Pastor Paul Scavalla, presi dent of the South Bahamas Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, said the ability to identify potential in young people and to convert their energies into positive activi ties is what led to this leading outstanding summer activity here in our country. For the past two years, he pointed out that he has suggested and encouraged Rodgers to carry the camp to another level in terms of d eveloping it into a yearr ound academy to assist the n ations boys in particular with improving their academics by integrating faith, sports and learning in a friendly atmosphere. Plans in this regard are expected to be announced at the camp. It is the churchs intention to continue to impact the nation through the camp, Scavalla said. Registration forms are now available at Bahamas Academy on Wulff Road and the Bahamas Conference of Sev enth-Day Adventists on Tonique Williams-Darling Highway. The camp hours will be 9am-1pm Mondays to Fridays. Each camper will receive a pair of shorts, a Tshirt and basketball. For more information, interested persons can con tact the Bahamas Academy School on Wulff Road at 3933381 or call the Seventh-Day Adventists office at 341-4021. NBA stars to shine at Jeff Rodgers basketball camp SUMMER CAMP: Organiser Jeff Rodgers (left Bahamas Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org ONE of the leading boxing clubs in the Bahamas is getting ready to stage one of the biggest events on its calendar and honour one of the sports legends of yesteryear. Champion Amateur Boxing Club is scheduled to host the 16th edition of its Wellington "Sonny Boy" Rahming Silver Gloves Championships. The event is expected to feature more than 50 bouts on consecutive Saturdays for four weeks, beginning 6pm Saturday at the Wulff Road Boxing Square. Geared towards placing a greater focus on the development of local boxing's rising stars, fighters will compete for several honours, including Most Improved Boxer, Most Outstanding Boxer, Best Fight of the Event, and the Wellington 'Sonny Boy' Rahming Trophy." Participating clubs will include the CABC, Carmichael, Bahamas Youth, Nassau Stadium, Pinewood, Inagua, Genesis, Lionheart and YMCA. There will also be an appearance by a guest boxing team out of the US on May 21. Said Ray Minus Jr: "In the last tournament, it was so exciting that we had about 60 matches in that tournament and that was a recordbreaking amount of matches for a local show," he said. "So many boxers were able to make their debuts and a lot of boxers were able to gain valuable experience and good position to represent the Bahamas in international tournaments." The club boasts several of the top amateur boxers in the country who will make appearances, including Javano Collins, 2010 Most Outstanding Boxer, Lester Brown, 2010 Most Improved Boxer along with r ising juniors Don Rolle and Jermaine Allen. "We are looking for some of these boxers to continue to do great things," Minus said. "We have been getting great support and the sponsors have been very helpful. This programme has been doing wonders for many young people. More and more of them are catching up and joining on and doing a wonderful job growing, not just as boxers but as productive people." "Sonny Boy" Rahming was a very well-known local fighter during the 'golden years' of professional boxing. In the ring, he squared off with the likes of Yama Bahama, Gomeo Brennan and Boston Blackie. Following a career in the ring, he turned to training and mentoring generations of young boxers on the local scene and helped to hone the skills of some of the country's best fighters. Minus Jr said Rahming was a special case because of the attention and focus he gave to underprivileged young men from around the local community. "Sonny was at the event last year, he was up and around and is still very lively. He is a great legend in the world of Bahamian boxing. He finished with a professional record of 42-3. As a boxer, he was very good but he went on to become a great coach. He was a national team coach for many years," he said. "One of the reasons why we try to honour Sonny Boy is for his great contributions. He is a true athlete in the sense of the word. He presents the toughness, the humility, the organisational skills which has touched so many lives." He said the event is one which Champion Amateur Boxing Club hosts to boost the youth development of boxing in the Bahamas. A former fighter and Commonwealth champion, Minus Jr started the boxing club in Nassau in 1993 as a way of giving back to the sport. Today, the club has more than 200 participants and its alumni list includes some of the best boxers in the Bahamas who have gone on to compete in the Olympic and Pan American Games and the Caribbean Championships. 16th Sonny Boy Rahming championships to feature over 50 bouts B B O O X X I I N N G G RAY MINUS JR T o advertise in The Tribune the #1 newspaper in cir culation, just call 502-2371 today! By LAMECH JOHNSON BAHAMIAN collegiate athletes are expected to compete in their respective con ference championships (Big 12, SEC, Pac 10) in the NCAA division I league this weekend. The top 25 athletes in each event will compete in a preliminary heat, jump or throw where the best qualifiers will advance to the finals. Last week, Tribune Sports highlighted their rankings in the NCAA top 100 lists based on results posted at the US track and field results reporting systems website (www.tfrrs.org however, we will show where the athletes rank going into their respective championship meets. In the Big 12 Conference, Texas A&M senior and Grand Bahama native Demetrius Pinder ranks sec ond in both the 200m and his specialty, the 400m. His 20.54s is only .27s off from first place which belongs to Oklahoma's Rakieem Salaam with 20.27s. Marcus Thompson of Baylor University ranks 24th in the 200m in a seasons best time of 21.65s. In the 400m, Pinder has a seasons best of 45.06s behind teammate and US Virgin Islands athlete Tabarie Henry, who ran 44.83s. Pinder has consistently ran under 45.3 in individual races and relay splits and is expected to be one of the favourites to win at the longer distance. Joining Pinder in contesting that event is Texas Tech senior Latoy Williams, also from Grand Bahama. His seasons best time of 46.78 ranks him 11th which he ran back in March at the TCU Invita tional in Fort Worth, Texas. In the field events, Univer sity of Texas senior Jamal Wilson ranks No.2 in the triple jump with a best leap of 16.23m or 53ft, 3 inches. Julian Reid of Texas A&M leads that field in a 16.68m or 54ft 8.75 inch jump. In the high jump, Wilson ties for third spot with two athletes (Cameron Alexander and Tyler Lee of Texas A&M) with an equal jump of 2.15m or 7ft 0.5 inches. Still in the NCAA west region, over at the PAC-10 conference, UCLA junior Karlton Rolle is No.4 in the half-lap race in a seasons best 20.97. Rolle has a personal best of 20.78s in that event. In the Southeastern Conference (SEC Ferguson and Nivea Smith of Auburn University, are top contenders to medal at their meet. Both senior and junior athlete respectively are tied for second spot in the 200m with LSU's Semoy Hackett in 22.92s. Kimberlyn Duncan of LSU holds first in 22.18s. Cache Armbrister, also of Auburn, is 14th in a seasons best 23.69. Armbristers best ranking is in the 400m where she is 10th in 53.84s, a personal best for her at that distance. In the century dash, Q is faster and has the fourth spot in 11.17s. Smith is ranked 13th in 11.57. The SEC leader is Hackett in 10.98s. University of Arkansas' Ivanique Kemp is No.3 in the 100m hurdles in 13.17s. The No.1 and No.2 spots are held by LSU Jasmin Stowers and Tenaya Jones. On the mens side, Raymond Higgs, Kemp's team mate, leads the charge for a medal on the field at the championships. In the long jump, he is tied for second with Florida's Claye Will with a leap of 7.91m or 25 ft 11.5 inches. In the high jump, he is 7th in 2.15m. On the track, a 10.49s seasons best from Geno Jones of LSU puts him at 19th in the 100m. Nemji Burnside is 14th in the 400m hurdles in 53.57s. He has a PB (personal best) of 52.23s. Bahamian athletes in conference championships this weekend IN THE BIG 12 Conference, Texas A&M senior and Grand Bahama native Demetrius Pinder (file photo and his specialty, the 400m.