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TWO MEN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING MURDER N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Murder accused in escape attempt V olume: 107 No.145WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER PARTLY SUNNY HIGH 87F LOW 76F Tribute to Jackson Burnside Fed Cup hopes still alive Dr ama unfolds as police g iv e c hase COOKIES & CREAM McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 242.394.4111 Located on Ernest & Mackey Streets Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-2pm THE NEW BAG COLLECTION IS HERE!STOP BY THE BOUTIQUE & CHOOSE FROM SEVERALNEW STYLES, NEW PRINTS & NEW COLOUR COMBINATIONS CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTEDAND REALESTATE BAHAMASBIGGEST SEEARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT SEE SECTIONE I N S I D E F E A T U R E S S P O R T S By PAUL G TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter DEFENDING the letter he co-penned calling for the withdrawal of certain PLP candi dates from the upcoming gen eral election, former PLP MP George Smith said that in the passage of time he hopes his partys supporters will see the wisdom in his words. Speaking with The Tribune yesterday, Mr Smith said he, with former PLP chairman Raynard Rigby and former campaign coordinator Philip Galanis, were not being criti cal of these particular candidates because they believed what was being said about them but rather there is a perception that surrounds some of them. If the public perceives you Ex-PLP MP defends controversial letter A MAN accused of murder made a mad dash for freedom yesterday. The drama occurred shortly before 1pm yesterday while Reginald Chase, 24, of Nassau Village, was awaiting a preliminary hearing in Court 5, Bank Lane, on a murder charge. It is claimed he was recognised by police officers as being w anted for questioning in relation to other matters, but By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter TWO men charged with the murder of a man who was shot and killed off Gibbs Corner last week were arraigned in a Magistrates Court yesterday. Devron Patterson, 21, DEVRON PATTERSON, 21 KENTHLEY MILFORT, 19 SANDALS Resorts International has been sued forn egligence by the family of a guest who reportedly died after being trapped underwater by a hot tub's powerful suction at the hotel chain's Cable Beach property. In a claim filed in a Miami c ourt, it is alleged that John Van Hoy Jr died on Decem ber 28, 2010 after being "sucked" into a suction device inside a spa at the luxury r esort. His fiancee, Nicole Cleavel and, has claimed that a hotel employee "ignored her pleas for help" as she screamed fora ssistance for her struggling partner, according to the MiaSANDALS SUED FOR NEGLIGENCE OVERTRAGEDY SEE page nine CRIMINAL libel investigations led to the arrest of environmental activist Terry Bain over remarks he made about Environment Minister Earl Deveaux during a press conference last year, The Tri bune has learned. Mr Deveaux filed a criminal complaint when the Save The Exuma Park (STEP committee spokesman of Farmers Cay, Exuma, and Andros activist Prescott Smith made potentially damaging remarks about him on television on November 16. The comments, which Mr Deveaux said were slanderous, malicious and wrongful, led to Mr Bains arrest on A CTIVISTS COMMENTS ABOUT MINISTER LED TO HIS ARREST SEE page nine By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter POLICE plan to release c omposite sketches of two g unmen who shot and killed a 10-year government employ e e who was on his way to make a cash bank deposit. Last night, police had no suspects in custody, nor hadt hey any leads into the murder and armed robbery, but hope the release of the sketches will lead to a break in the case. SEE page nine POLICE PL AN TO RELEASESKETCHES IN MURDER C ASE SEE page nine SEE page nine F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f SEE page nine Felip Major /Tribune staff ENDOFDRAMA: Police lead the suspect away after the chase which occurred yesterday afternoon.


L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE FamGuards Annual Calendar Photo Contest is opentoallphotographers.Thetitleforthe companys 2012 calendar will be A Celebration of Nature. Photographsmaybeofany subject(animateorinanimate),sceneorhistrocialstructurethatfeaturesastrikingexample of nature as found in The Bahamas. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS JUNE 30, 2011. All entries are submitted at the owners risk and will not be returned. All entries are to be delivered to Family Guardians Corporate Centre, Village Road and East Bay Street, Nassau, between 9:00a.m and 5:00p.m weekdays only. Envelopes should be marked Calendar Contest. All entries must be accompanied by a signed and completed ofcial entry form, available at any Family Guardian ofce, as published in the newspapers or on the website (www. Only colour images will be considered. Images must be provided as digital les on CD.Digital images must be of high quality (2700 x 2100 pixels or larger of photo manipulation, resolution enhancement or compression will be rejected. To ensure thebestcolourreproduction,digitalimagesshouldbesuppliedinRAW,TIFForhighquality JPEG and in the original colour format the camera uses (LAB or RGB Allentriesmustbe suppliedwithcolourprints(8x10)whichwillbeusedinthejudgingprocess.(Note:prints submitted without CDs will not be eligible and vice versa). The photographers name, photo subject and photo location must be written on the reverse of the print. Judging of entries will be based on beauty, interest, composition, colour, originality and quality of photograph. Particular areas and subjects of interest are detailed on the website ( The photographs selected will appear in FamGuards 2012 wall and desk calendars. The decision of the judges will be nal. A gift certicate valued at $400.00 will be presented for each of the photographs selected. Photographic credits will be given in the wall and desk calendars. The number of entries per photographer is limited to a maximum of 5 photos. The winning photographs, along with all publication and reproduction rights attached thereto, become the property of FamGuard Corporation Limited and the Company reserves the right to use such in the future. Photos will not be returned. Employees of the FamGuard Group of Companies or their family members are not eligible. Previously published photos are not eligible.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 89 10calendar contestspecial contest details listed on our websiteVisit for special hints and contest details! entry formdeadline June 30, 2011Return this form with photos and CD to: Calendar Contest Family Guardian Corporate Centre Village Road & East Bay Street, P.O. Box SS-6232 Nassau, Bahamas Name: Telephone: BHC Email: P.O. Box: Street: Address: Island: Number of Photos Entered (a maximum of 5I agree that in the event one or more of my entered photographs is selected as a winner in the 2012 FamGuard Calendar Photo Contest it will become the property of FamGuard Corporation Limited, and I assign to FamGuard all rights pertaining to its use in any way whatsoever. I also conrm that the photos entered in this contest were taken in The Bahamas by the undersigned and have not been previously published.SignatureDate NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I CORPORATE CENTRE I FINANCIAL CENTRE I B y KATHRYN CAMPBELL N ESTLED in the urban community of Big Pond is a shallow, clear body of water where ducks wade and red mangroves provide a habitat for birds and other species of animals. Its a hidden trea sure thats little known to many Bahamians. Its naturally beautiful without having to do much work to it and its a national focal point, said Shanique Albury, environmental specialist assigned to the Ministry of Public Works and Trans port. A lot of people know of Big Pond sub-division but they dont know that its actually named after a pond that still exists, Ms Albury said. The Governments Big Pond Park Redevelopment Project is set to restore and transform a nearly forgotten pond and 100 acres of surrounding parkland into an urban open space for public use. Big Pond Park is a component of the environmental mitigation plan for the New Providence Infrastructure and Improvement Project. The pond is located between Tucker Road and Celery Drive. When completed visitors will be able to enjoy miles of scenic trails, boardwalks, and childrens play and picnic areas. It will be visually interesting, Ms Albury said. We hope to install a boardwalk with a viewing point for persons who want to bird watch or look at the fish in the water similar to what Bahamas National Trust has done at Bone Fish Pond. It will be to enhance the experience so people can have a viewpoint thats over the water and get closer views of wildlife. Sediments We dont intend to do much to the water. We dont want to disturb the sediments, said Ms Albury. There has been some dumping and we intend to take up the things that are on the surface. Once established, Big Pond Park will be one of the most acces sible natural areas in New Providence, said Ms Albury. There will be lots of opportunities for people who reside and work in the area to take advantage of an additional feature that they did not have before. In 2010, the Bahamas Government signed a contract with C H Developers and Construction Ltd to conduct a land contamination investigation/study. The study will satisfy requirements by the BEST Commission in light of the previous use of the site as a landfill. If this isnt taken in hand, managed and turned into something productive such as Big Pond, the site will continue to be used for things that are negative from an environmental perspective. By turning this into an urban green space, people will be able to utilise it in a useful way and it will also help to discourage the neg ative things that are happening in the area. The headquarters and office for the project will be at the old Department of Environmental Health Services compound on Baillou Hill Road and a play area will be located in the property adjacent to Yellow Elder Primary School. The trail system will lead with a short walk from headquarters to the main water body and on to the boardwalk. In phase one we will enhance the landscaping and remove a lot of debris. We want to take advantage of the fact that we already have an existing building and there is already some pavement. Were going to build on that rather than doing a completely new operation. The building will be remodelled at a later time because were changing the use of it to suit the purposes of Big Pond Park. The existing parking lot will also be upgraded and improved. BIG POND a hidden treasure set for redevelopment P ICTURESQUE: A view of Big Pond showing m angroves in shallow, clear water. AMAZED: Abaco resident Davinci Simms expresses his amazem ent on his discovery of Big Pond. A frequent visitor to Nassau, Mr Simms said he was in search of a nearby restaurant when he stumbled upon the pond. He describes the pond as a hid-d en jewel that reminds him of the Family Islands. SPORTY SIGHT: B ig Pond with a view of the national sports complex that is presently under construction. The western b oundary of Big Pond borders the Queen Elizabeth Sports C entre. Letisha Henderson /BIS Photos OLDDEHSCOMPOUND : A view of the former DEHS on Baillou Hill Road which will be headquarters for the Big Pond Project. At right Shanique Albury, environmental specialist with the Ministry of Pub lic Works and Transport, points to an area designated for parking.


By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t P OLICE expect to wrap up investigations into the fire death of three children killed inside their Sandilands VillageR oad home last week and will then turn the matter over to the Office of the Attorney General. The Attorney Generals Office will determine what, if any, charges may be filed in connection to the children's tragic deaths. "The investigation is still ongoing, we are going to try to complete it in a few days and then submit the matter to the office of the DPP (Director of Public Prosecutions) for review," said Superintendent Leon Bethel, officer-in-charge of the Central Detective Unit. "We will present all the facts of the case to the DPP one of the things we are concerned about is the custody and care of the remaining (four Burial Investigators at the CDU are also in talks with the Department of Social Services to ensure the burial of the dead children and the support of their surviving four siblings. "We have been communicating with Social Services who have already given some support and we are also communicating with the Haitian Consulate to see if we can get adequate support for these children," said Mr Bethel. The seven children were born to two different moth ers, one of whom was deported to Haiti a few years ago and another who left the Bahamas for the United States in January. Police have made contact with the mother in the US but said she has not returned to the Bahamas or been able to offer any assistance to the children. Police said the children's father, an electronics repairman who operated his busi ness out of the familys home, l eft the children alone in the house the day fire started. Investigators suspect the fire was caused by a malfunctioning computer. As the blaze started to con sume the structure, neigh bours banded together and tried to save the children who could be heard screaming from the lower level of the two-story apartment complex where they lived. However, hot flames and smoke pre vented the neighbours' rescue e fforts. Huddled Firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze and found the seven children in an "unresponsive state", huddled together in an eastern bed room of the apartment on Sandilands Village Road. While their three siblings died, the four children aged one, four, five and 10 are cur rently being treated for severe s moke inhalation and burns to the body at the Princess Margaret Hospital. They are expected to make a full recovery. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011, PAGE 3 B y LAMECH JOHNSON AN EARLY morning search operation on a cay in the Ragged Island chain resulted in the discovery of over $340,000 worth of suspected marijuana on Monday. Acting on a tip they received, offic ers of the Operation Bahamas and Turks & Caicos (OPBAT Exuma carried out a search of the B uena Vista Cay shoreline. It was a round 7am that they discovered 38 packages of suspected marijuana. ASP Prince Charlton of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU w ith T he Tribune t he polices theory regarding how the drugs came to b e on the cay. Its obvious that someone put the drugs there, he said. A SP Charlton said that even t hough the cay is isolated and is a g ood distance from the mainland, it is not unusual for drugs to be hidden i n such locations. At this time police do not know when or by whom the drugs were dumped on the cay. Were still doing investigations to find out that information, he said. T he drugs weigh 342 lbs and have a street value of $342,000. Secured T hey have since been brought to t he capital and have been secured, ASP Charlton said. M ondays discovery is just the late st in a series of big drug busts in the past weeks. In early March, a team of police a nd Defence Force officers, the US D rug Enforcement Agency and the US Coast Guard seized $852,000 worth of suspected marijuana from two vessels in waters off Inagua. Nine Bahamian men were arrested i n connection with that incident. Then, in mid-April, officers from the special task force Rapid Strike made a bust in the Sixth Street and Coconut Grove area. After conducting a search they found $32,000 worth of suspected marijuana. Two men were taken into custody regard-i ng that incident. Just days later, DEU officers confiscated more than 1,200 lbs of susp ected marijuana and more than 400 l bs of hashish oil a solvent extract of cannabis from a private residence on Blake Road. These substances together were v alued at over $2 million. Two men were arrested on preliminary c harges of possession of dangerous drugs and possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply in that c ase. N o one has been taken into cust ody in connection with the Buena Vista Cay discovery as yet, but p olice are actively investigating the matter. In other news, DEU officers recovered two illegal firearms after chasing three men in the area of Montell Heights on Monday night. Shortly after 10pm, officers were at Palm Beach Court and saw threem en acting suspiciously. The men fled as the officers approached. The officers gave chase but were u nable to catch the men. A subseq uent search of the area turned up two handguns and ammunition. On Saturday morning, shortly before 9am, Internal Security Divis ion officers acted on a tip that led them to a boat at Potter's Cay Dock. T he officers recovered a handgun and ammunition after searching the motor vessel Fiesta. No one has b een arrested or taken into custody i n connection with the incident. P olice are continuing investigations into both matters. $340,000 worth of drugs found on Family Island cay POLICE SET T O WRAP UP FIRE DEATHS PROBE T AKEN AWAY: T he body of one of the victims is removed from the house. The blaze had engulfed the low er level of the apartment complex. TRAGIC SCENE: A firefighter at the scene of the fatal fire. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f OFFICIALS at the Depart ment of Social Services have denied allegations of unfair treatment by a woman who claimed to be a victim of domestic abuse. Last week, a 39-year-old woman who claimed that she had been unemployed for 13 months told The Tribune that she had been given the runaround by the Social Services Department. Social Services officials yesterday denied that claim. Director of Social Services Melanie Zonicle told The Tri bune yesterday: The Depart ment of Social Services assisted this woman in every way possible. We want to say that she was not treated in an unfair manner. We tried to assist her, she did not want the assistance that we were offering. According to Mrs Zonicle, the 39-year-old woman (who did not wish to have her name published) wanted particular living accommodations which the department usually reserves for families in distress. She noted that a place is usually offered for three weeks but the woman wanted to stay indefinitely. SOCIAL SERVICES OFFICIALS REJECT ALLEGA TIONS By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter A TEAM from the Progressive Liberal Party is expected to travel to South Andros today to hear the concerns of residents there as the battle over the constituencys nomination heats up. The areas current Member of Parliament, Picewell Forbes, will reportedly have to contend with two other prospective PLP candidates, former Mount Moriah MP Keod Smith and political newcomer CharmaineAustin. Having spent months in the area campaigning already, wellplaced sources close to Mr Smith claim that the former MP plans to spend up to $17,000 repairing an important dock in Fresh Creek, just in time for the islands regatta in June. The source also revealed that the former MP plans to put up cash to help sponsor the islands annual Crab Fest celebrations. These gestures along with others by Mr Smith and the ground work being done by Ms Austin have not gone unno ticed by persons within thePLP. According to a senior party official, the partys leadershipis well aware of the aggressive campaigning being done in South Andros, as highlightedby The Tribune yesterday. Of note, the source said, was the lack of defence by the areas current MP Mr Forbes in holding on to his seat in the face of these outward attacks. Everyone is aware of Picewells financial woes, but that is no excuse not to do ground work, door-to-door campaigning, and just going out meeting your constituents. In fact, at this rate, I would be sur prised if he even got the nomination, the source said. Mr Forbes was mentioned in a scathing letter sent by former PLP MP George Smith, Raynard Rigby, and Philip Galanis to PLP leader Perry Christie as one of the would-be and cur rent candidates for the partywho should be blocked from receiving a nomination. In the letter, the trio said the candidacy of Mr Forbes should be reviewed based on the need to have competent and capable candidates who are worthy to serve in the Cabinet of the Bahamas. Repeated attempts to reach Mr Forbes or Mr Smith for comment on this matter were unsuccessful up until press time last night. PLPTEAM IS EXPECTEDTO VISIT SOUTH ANDROS TODAY PICEWELL FORBES


EDITOR, The Tribune. I am a concerned parent of a 16-year-old boy. Like many other kids here in the Bahamas I have been having a lot of problems from him, but unlike many of the other parents that have given up on their kids by just allowing them to do as they wish I have sought help through the police and social services asa dvised. But to no avail, the system has failed me. I went to Social Services and told them of my p roblems, after many visits and calls, I was finally told that there was nothing they could do to help me because of his age and that some new laws being passed. The social worker then went on to tell me that I should just let him do what he wants because he is almost off age. You see this is my only son, and even if I had ten sons I would not give up on him. I dont want my child to become a menace to society like so many others have. I still believe in my heart that there is hope for my child anda lot of others out there. We as caring parents need someone out there who can make a difference, to step in. I am not saying that it is the Governments job to raise our kids, no, it is mine/ours, but I need to know that there is help out there if we need it,we cant do it alone! I under stand that the single parent rate is 68 per cent, you might be surprised to know that I dont fall in that category, and it is still difficult. My son lost his biological father when hew as five years old, maybe it is my fault since I didnt get him counselling at that time, I just thought that he was too y oung to process it all, and now I think I was wrong. I have since tried the counselling, but he has gotten so used to holding it all in, he gives nothing to the counsel lors, they just say that he is very angry! All in all my child needs help and I dont know where else to turn. America has boot camp or special schools where children, like my child, can get counselling. What do we have here that can assist in things like this? I went on the Internet and answered a question naire about my son and found the perfect school for him but, of course, he needs a guardian or a green card and I need a lot of money to send him to this school in the US. Can someone please tell me where I can get the help I am seeking for my child before he is lost. CONCERNED PARENT Nassau, May 17, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. T he DNA have Christie and Ingraham in a panic state. Sources say they were on the p hone Friday night into the e arly hours on Saturday. I am reliably informed, Ingraham doesnt believe McCartney is a threat and Christie shares t he same sentiments, but the D NA would make the difference of who wins the govern ment, also they both had m eetings with their top guns over the weekend. The FNM feels that they w ould suffer the worst casualty because they would lose t he entire Grand Bahama, Montagu, South Abaco and a ny marginal seat and the PLP would win those due to the DNA. T he PLPs big shock is MICAL where Adrian LaRo da, who is the DNA candid ate, is from a fourth genera tion of Inagua and the Acklins chain and is the brother of M yles LaRoda who was b etrayed by Christie who gave the nomination to unpopular Hamilton. Another source says Obie Ferguson and Myles LaRoda do most of the legal work for the Acklins chain of islands a nd that Myles may support h is brother like Sir Lyndens s on-in-law, Stalwart Councill or Sandy Sands, supported his brother Dr Duane Sands i n the Elizabeth bye election a nd if Myles does that it w ould cause problems within the PLP. Another concern isK ennedy if Craig Butler runs I ndependent and South Beach with their weak candidate Hamilton. Poitier, who l ives in South Beach, with the constituency made up of Andros, Cat Island, Acklins Exuma, the nephew of a very well known former PLP Cabinet Minister who helped everybody, and this former Cabinet Minister also is the uncle of another DNA cand idate for North Andros, a sister of Poitier and the granddaughter of Rev Elger Rolle a nd mother of Prudence Rolle, who have ties to Cat Island as a Poitier and Lowe Sound, Andros, is the strongest PLP supporters along with mother Prudence who is a Russell with a large family in Andros. This is Christies and Ingrahams problem, not that the D NA will win the election, b ut they would pull votes. South Andros is another onei f Whitney Bastian as an Inde p endent or DNA would cause a problem for the PLP. O n Tuesday of last week Christie who is known as the Master of Confusion, isb elieved to have set up a sitting Member of Parliament, P icewell Forbes. With former members of the NDP, Picewell supporters, includi ng Obie Wilchcombe, Hann a-Martin, Barbara Pierre, V anlock Fowler, Laura Williams, Pat Mortimer along with others organised a meeting for Picewell Forbes, but n otified Koed Smith supporte rs well in advance, embar r assing the MP. Again other sources claim A nthony Moss, MP for Exuma along with Picewell F orbes is about to drop a bomb shell on Christie this c oming week because they believe they were set up. They already have a scheduled meeting with Ingraham this week so; Christies casualties will be South and North Andros, MICAL, Exuma and South Eleuthera and Ingra h ams casualties are Montagu, Abaco, Garden Hills, Sea Breeze, Pinewood, Blue Hills and all of Grand Bahama. Christie and the PLP will win t he election and Christie will again become the Prime Min-i ster. BAHAMIAN FIRST NOT P LP OR FNM Nassau, M ay, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 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 T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242 Circulation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 W EBSITE updated daily at 2pm M ID-MORNING Monday a 44-year-old father of three was shot dead as he drove an Environmental Health truck from the public landfill off Tonique Williams Darling Highway with a deposit for the bank. A security guard for the past 10 years, part of Dwayne Cartwrights duties was to take the departments accountant to collect the money from the landfill and then drive him to the bank to m ake the usual deposit. The money had been paid at the landfills weigh bridge by persons depositing truck loads of garbage there. It was claimed that the deposit was made up of the proceeds collected between Friday and early Monday morning. Others speculated that the money had been accumulated over a longer period of time. However, neither the departm ent, nor the police released the amount of money stolen. It was reported that as Mr Cartwright manoeuvred his white truck out of the landfills main gate, he was boxed in by two masked men, dressed in black and wearing flourescent vests. At least one of them had a gun. Mr Cartwright accelerated in an attempt to avoid the holdup. T he gunmen fired at the speeding truck, hitting Mr Cartwright several times, but the determined man continued driving until he crashed into a guard rail on the Tonique Williams Darling Highway. He was dead. The police are constantly trying to find ways to outwit these desperadoes. Closed circuit television cameras have been installed at strategic locations; ankle bracelets haveb een introduced to limit the activities of persons well known to the police; patrols have been stepped up, and the Rapid Strike Force is daily producing results. But crime continues. On learning of Mr Cartwrights tragic death, retired assistant commissioner Paul Thompson, recommended that the authori ties revisit a suggestion made just over ay ear ago to discourage this type of robbery. Mr Thompson, although retired from the force for many years, has really never left the service. He is constantly exploring new ideas to help make his force and his men more effective. Whenever anything goes wrong in the line of police work, we can expect a call from Mr Thompson making a suggestion in the hope that whatever has f ailed will not fail again. And so it was not unusual to receive his c all yesterday with what sounds like a suggestion worth consideration. Mr Thompson recalls that towards the end of 2009, early 2010, Armoured Express brought a group of experts from the US and the UK to demonstrate the latest technology to thwart bank robbers. The Dye-Pack system was designed to deter the type of robbery that took Mr Cartwrights life Mond ay morning. The demonstration was held at the Central Bank and businesses, such as restaurants, foodstores, and establishments making daily bank deposits were invited to attend. The Dye-Pack is a special bag into which the deposit is placed and sealed. If it is snatched on the way to the bank, it is of no use to the thief because the moment he tries t o force it open, theres an internal explosion and a dye covers all the contents, making the money useless. Mr Thompson says he recalls that the Central Bank assured businessmen that if their dyed money were taken in, Central Bank would replace it with legal tender. For whatever reason, no more was heard of Dye-Pack. Mr Thompson can only assumet hat it went no further because the business persons who attended the demonstration did not show enough enthusiasm for the promoters to take it further. The business men possibly thought that if government would let them arm themselves they could handle their own security. However, since then crime has increased dramatically. M r Thompson says the Dye-Pack technology is being used extensively in the US, the UK and parts of Europe with great success. In the UK today, he says, security officers walk the streets to the bank with their Dye-Pack deposit bags and no one bothers them. Mr Thompson believes that it would be w orthwhile to take a second look at the DyePack technology. Robbers would no longer be anxious to snatch deposit bags if when they opened them they would only find bank notes and coins destroyed by dye. It is the bank that holds the key to their safe arrival for deposit in its vaults. This technology is certainly worth serious c onsideration particularly if lives could be saved from the trigger-happy bandit. DNA has Christie and Ingraham in panic mode LETTERS l A scheme to thwart the bandit The system failed me when I sought help to raise my son EDITOR, The Tribune. Now that The Baha Mar development has commenced the authorities should diligently inspect and monitor the dump trucks on the road ensuring their cargo is not falling in the road and the trucks are not releasing the thick, black toxic discharge into the air. Every morning, and evening, the wonderful walk between Arawak Cay and Goodmans Bay is interrupted by these big trucks and their cargo that is spilling into the road while toxins emanating from them are spewing into the air. These are offences under the Road Traffic Act 551. Perhaps the Police can enforce the Road Traffic Act thereby making the owners of the trucks more responsible and conscious of their surroundings while being courteous to their fellow road users. Parliament can also assist by increasing the penalty for offences falling within this section of the Road Traffic Act. JULIAN A BOSTWICK Nassau, May 12, 2011. Dump trucks need monitoring


LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011, PAGE 5 THEBAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER THE Bahamas National Council for Disability will host a voters registration drive today from 10am to 4.30 pm at their headquarters on Collins Avenue. All interested and eligible persons are invited to come out an register to vote in the upcoming general election. ANOTHER five years of Free National Movement (FNM e rship will bring promise and o pportunity to Grand Bahama, for mer Bahamas Democratic Move ment (BDM told supporters during his first offi cial presentation as a FNM mem ber. S peaking to the islands residents at a meeting of the FNM Associa tion on Saturday, Mr Stuart said the Bahamas is at a critical cross r oads in its political life. Today I bring a message to you. It is not a new message, but a message that has kept us these past 11 years determined and focused. A message that says that we must lift up every head, we must brighten every life and we must change the Bahamas for the better. This message that has been embraced by the leadership of this organisation is a clear sign that the FNM is ready and willing to accept, embrace and implement the change that will not only make our organisation stronger, but will also trans form our country from Bimini to Inagua, said Mr Stuart. The meeting marked the occasion of the merger of the former BDM northern council with the FNM council. Mr Stuart said Grand Bahama residents have felt the economich urricane first-hand over the past e ight years. He said many people are filled with despair and hope lessness, and some have lost faith in government. With another five-year mandate, Mr Stuart said the FNM willi mprove the lives of single parents, young people and small business people. I assure you that this island will r ise from the ashes. Grand Bahama will be a great destination once again. Grand Bahama, we will restore dignity and pride back to this island. Grand Bahama, I will assure you that the ideas which we have articulated to expand and invest entrepreneurship, creatinga larger class of small business owners and creating more opportunities for you here in Grand Bahama, will be a reality, said Mr Stu art. Over the next five years our focus will be on rebuilding the middle class through new business incentives. We will explore e-commerce and software development as new indus tries to bring back life to this beautiful island. We will strengthen edu-tourism which has already taken root here, he said. Continuing FNM leadership means opportunity for GB Cassius Stuart BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT Grand Bahama police are investigating a shooting incident thathas left one man detained in hospital in critical condition. Press liaison officer ASP Loretta Mackey reported yes terday that police received information around 7pm on Monday that a man was shot in the Garden Villas area. When officers arrived at Weddell Avenue, they were told that the victim had been taken to the Rand Memorial Hospital in a private car. The identity of the victim has not been released. Police are continuing their investigations into the incident. The police are appealing to anyone with information thatcan assist them to call 3529774/5, 350-3107/8 or 911. THE Progressive Liberal Party is calling on Phenton Neymour, Minister of State f or the Environment, to e xplain why New Providence is still plagued by frequent power outages despite assurances that BEC's probl ems were being addressed. I n a statement released y esterday, the PLP said a few months ago Mr Neym our, whose portfolio i ncludes BEC, told the publ ic that all necessary badly n eeded major overhauls of generators at Clifton Pow er Station would be executed during the past winter months to avoid load shedding and blackouts this summer. The winter season came and went. Summer weather is bearing down on us and t he blackouts are intensifying turning residents lives u pside down, the PLP said. "The explanation of a lack of funding as being the reas on for the delay in mainte n ance of generators defies l ogic as (Mr claimed that the increase in BEC rates would haver esolved BEC's cash flow problems. Will Minister Neymour explain where the fundingi s coming from to rent portable generators and at what cost? Will the cost of electricity generated by the portable generators be c heaper or will it cost more t han BECs own generators? asked the PLP. On Monday, BEC offic ials said an extensive overh aul to several generators at the corporations Clifton P ier Power Station has begun and should be comp leted in July. In addition to the overh auls, we will be renting selfcontained portable generat ors with a total 20 mega w atts in capacity. These r ental units are being brought in as contingency in the event that we need additional generation capacity during the summer. The p ortable generators are expected to be installed within the next three to four weeks and will be ready for u se should a need arise, BEC said. Regarding the recent power cuts in the capital,B EC said equipment failure i s to blame. Minister asked to explain ongoing outages despite BEC assurances PHENTON NEYMOUR CASSIUS STUART POLICE are requesting the publics assistance in solving two armed robberies. The first incident occurred sometime around 6.50pm on Monday at Bethels Grocery Store on Augusta and Meadow Streets. Preliminary reports indicate that a man wearing a black jacket and black cap entered the store allegedly armed with a handgun and demanded cash. The culprit robbed the establishment of an undetermined amount of money and fled the area in a four-door Honda vehicle driven by a woman. The second armed robbery occurred sometime around midday at Sunisles Watch and Clock Centre on Montrose Avenue yesterday. According to police reports, two men wearing dark clothing, one of whom was allegedly armed with a handgun, entered the establishment and demanded cash. The culprits robbed the establishment of an undisclosed amount of money and fled the area in a white Honda Accord in an unknown direction. Police are investigating and are appealing to members of the public who may have any information regarding any of these incidents to call police at 911, 919, 322-3333, or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. Police seek public help in solving armed robberies CRIME NEWS SHOOTING LEAVES MAN IN HOSPITAL V oters r egistration drive today


T HE Society for t he Conservation and Study of Caribbean B irds (SCSCB organisation devoted to wildlife conservation in the Caribbean, will hold its 18th r egional meeting in Freeport between July 21-25. The meeting, which will b e held at the Pelican Bay Hotel and hosted locally by the Bahamas National Trust, w ill bring natural resource managers, educators and sci-e ntists from all the C aribbean islands and other regions together to share k nowledge and experiences a nd develop partnerships a nd projects. O ver 150 delegates from 30 countries are expected to attend; all share a common interest in Caribbean birds or migratory birds who win ter in the Caribbean and t heir conservation. The theme of the confere nce is Connecting with Nature through Birds. Dr Lisa Sorenson, president oft he SCSCB, described the c onference as an exciting opportunity to expand our efforts in facilitating firsthand experiences between a diverse cross-section of the public and the regions unique and increasingly threatened wild bird species. D r Sorenson said that m ore than 560 species of b irds call the Caribbean r egion home an astoundi ng 72 per cent of the a pproximately 208 resident island birds are endemic to the Caribbean islands. These birds are found nowhere else on the globe. The islands also provide a critical refuge for hundreds of migratory bird species that spend the winter in our forests and wetlands, or use them as a refuelling stope n route to their final desti nations in Latin America. To be successful in conserving these beautiful birds and the habitats they need to survive, we need to do a better job educating the public about their value, both economic and intrinsic, Dr Sorenson said. Not enough people know about or appreciate them, and as ar esult, many species are threatened with extinction victims of habitat loss, predation by introduced species l ike raccoons, rats, feral cats and dogs or unregulated hunting, she said. Workshops This years conference in Freeport will feature pre-s entations and workshops by internationally renowned e xperts in bird education and sustainable bird and nature tourism. These e xperts will share diverse strategies for engaging a l arger and more diverse constituency more effectively by inspiring interest in n ature and encouraging people to recognise and utilise t he economic values of birds and habitats. One of the keynote speakers is John Robinson, a n ornitholo gist, envi ronmental consultanta nd advo cate for minorities in birdw atching and nature. He will share hisw ork over the last 12 years onh ow to conn ect youth and young adults to nature through the magic of bird watching. We are especially excited t o be having this meeting in the Bahamas, said Dr S orenson, they have set the gold standard in the Caribbean for a successful working relationshipb etween government, busin esses, and NGOs to pro tect important sites through their outstanding nationalp ark system and their efforts to develop sustainable ecotourism opportunities, both of which are key to preserv i ng the Bahamas unique b irds and natural beauty. Br eak Conference attendees will have the opportunity to seeG rand Bahamas spectacu lar birds, local ecosystems, national parks and gardens when the entire conference takes a one-day break during the intensive five-day meeting to go on field trips to these sites. Eric Carey, executive director of the BNT, said he is thrilled that the Bahamas is hosting this years meet ing, and he expects that, the conference would provide a powerful interchange a bout habitat conservation, e nvironmental education, and sustainable bird and nature tourism. Mr Carey said that the B ahamas conference has confirmed sessions, among others, that will focus on: Building greater cultur al value in birds, birding, nature and conservation: including citizen science,o utreach, education and a wareness initiatives. A new programme to engage youth, Digital Photography Bridge to Nature, is one of several featured workshops. Birding and nature tourism: including successful case studies and best practices for entrepreneurs seeking to break into the industry. There will be a spe cial workshop on ecotourism given by the International Ecotourism Society and a workshop to develop the Caribbean Birding Trail, an unprecedented effort l ead by the Society to con nect many countries, islands and languages in a seamless interpretive trail. Working with politic ians, academics and other decision-makers to conserve birds and habitats. Leaders i n this field in the Bahamas and internationally, including Mr Carey, Dr Earl Deveaux, Minister of the Environment, and lawyerconservationist Pericles M aillis, will be among those giving presentations and participating in a panel disc ussion on this important topic. Priority regional conservation challenges: including climate change, species extinction, and habitat restoration. The societys many working groups will meet to network and share information to advance con servation efforts throughout the region. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Bahamas to host big international conference on Connecting with Nature through Birds Snowy Egret C uban Emerald Bahama Yellow Throat To be successful in conserving these beau tiful birds and the habitats they need to survive, we need to do a better job edu cating the public about their value, both economic and intrinsic.


B y GENA GIBBS E NVIRONMENT Minis ter Dr Earl Deveaux was presented with an autographed Guy Harvey shark conservation campaign poster, as a token of appreciation for his continued support of the Bahamas National Trusts programme. Minister Deveaux was also presented with a car toon illustrated especially for the Bahamas by Jim Toomey. On May 13, Eric Carey, executive director of the BNT, paid a courtesy call on Minister Deveaux in the conference room of the Ministry of the Environment at Dockendale House. Join i ng Mr Carey were BNT m embers Lynn Gape and Shelley Cant. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011, PAGE 7 )25 6$/( (BIS photo: Gena Gibbs SHARK POSTER: Environment Minister Dr Earl Deveaux is presented a Guy Harvey autographed shark poster. Pictured from left to r ight: Eric Carey, Bahamas National Trust executive director; Dr Deveaux, and Shelley Cant, Bahamas National Trust member. ( BIS photo: Gena Gibbs) SHARK C ARTOON: Environment Minister Dr Earl Deveaux is pre sented with a shark cartoon about the Bahamas, illustrated by Jim T oomey. Pictured from left to right: Eric Carey, BNT executive direc t or; Dr Deveaux, and Shelley Cant, BNT member. THE executive team of the Bahamas Human Resources Development Association (BHRDA r ecently met with Minister o f Education Desmond B annister to discuss the a ssociations recently l aunched workforce readin ess initiative. B HRDA president A nnette Cash said she disc ussed with Minister Bannister and his team the importance of workforce readiness. S he said it is critical b ecause it provides the B ahamas future employees w ith the requisite knowle dge, skills, abilities, and attributes that will be useful in their careers and occupations. Qualified M s Cash also noted that BHRDA and its membership of human resources p rofessionals are adequatel y qualified and equipped to champion programmes like workforce readiness because they are the strategic agents who understand the many c hallenges that organisations face today, which include under-performance in many j obs, inadequate skill sets and competencies, and indifference to customer service. BHRDA held a workf orce readiness workshop in A pril designed to prepare high school graduating seniors for the competitivej ob world. T he programme focused on topics such as: the transition the journey from school to work; interviewi ng skills; resume and cover letter writing; why a positive attitude and strong work ethic makes a difference,a nd becoming a leader. M r Bannister pledged the support of his ministry and suggested a future partner s hip including integrating t he workforce readiness pro g ramme into the ministrys upcoming summer school programme. The discussion also include d considering a focused w orkforce readiness pro gramme for students with disabilities and viewing thei nitiative as a mandatory c ertification and pre-requi s ite for employers throughout the Bahamas. The BHRDA said it believes that through collaborationw ith the Ministry of Educat ion, the workforce readi ness programme will expand its reach and benefit thou s ands of future school gradu ates. Minister of Education pledges support for Bahamas Human Resources Development Associations workforce readiness initiative W ORKFORCEREADINESSINITIATIVE: ( Seated) Cheryl Bain; Minister of Education Desmond Bannist er; BHRDA president Annette Cash; Director of Education Lionel Sands; (Standing tary Elma Garraway; Marisa Mason-Smith; Chrislyn Benjamin; Carol Johnson, and Rachel Rolle. Meeting employment challenges of the future B AHAMAS DISTRICT OF PILOT INTERNATIONAL IN C OURTESYCALLONGOVERNOR-GENERAL Environment Minister receives thanks for supporting BNTs shark conservation programme A TELEVISION produc tion company from the Unit ed Kingdom is searching for Bahamians who want to explore their British heritage as part of a new game show series. Dragonfly TV, which over the past years has produced several successful reality and documentary shows for UK television, is looking for peo ple from all over the world who think they may have British ancestry and who would like to take part. Whether your great-great grandfather was born in Eng-land or your great-aunt lived in Scotland; if you think you, or anyone you know, may have any British ancestry, we want to hear from you, Dragonfly TV said in a press statement. The shows working title is Guess the Relative. Partic ipants must be aged 18 years or over. Interested persons can visit the shows official webpage at or the Facebook page at Dragonfly TV currently produces the BAFTA winner One Born Every Minute, The Hotel and The Fami ly for Channel 4 and the award-winning Human Pow er Station for the BBC. TV company seeks Bahamians wanting to explore British heritage (BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel COURTESYCALL: Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes welcomes members of the Bahamas District of Pilot International during a courtesy call at Government House on May 13. Pictured from left: Melvin Seymour, secretary to the Governor General; Katrina Cartwright, charter governor of the Bahamas District; Emily Glass, district secretary; Sharmaine Goodman-Davis, member of the Central Pilot Club; DaShann Clare-Paul, governor of the Bahamas District; Sir Arthur; Mary Sue Stages, executive committee representative of Pilot Club International; Beverley Nairn, governor-elect of the Bahamas District; Judy McFall, district chaplin, and Dellareese Edgecombe, president of the Sunshine Pilot Club.


" It is evident that the end of t he world is fast approaching." Assyrian tablet BC Have you discovered the beginning, that you searchf or the end?" Jesus, in the Gospel of Thomas B y LARRY SMITH W E II, you best forget about betting on the results of the next general election. Judgment day w ill soon be upon us next S aturday, in fact, at about 6 pm. S o get up early if you want some boiled fish with your rapture. This was confirmed by a full-page ad in The Tribune a week or so ago, placed on behalf of a California-based r adio evangelist named Harold Camping, who says he has developed a mathematical system to interpret Bible prophecies. Unfortunately for other s oothsayers, that means the a pocalypse won't happen in December 2012, as some say w as predicted by the ancient M ayans. A ccording to Camping's numbers, after Judgment Day this weekend the uni-v erse will be destroyed by October. This prediction follows a recalculation by Camping after the world failed to end in line with his earlier forecast in 1994. Presumably h e has got the math right t his time because his followe rs are busily engaged in a c ostly media campaign prom oting the new date. C ampings religious radio network ( is worth $120 million, according to press accounts, and was built entirely on donations from believers. Those contributions are now b eing used to transmit his Judgment Day warning via thousands of billboards and newspaper ads across Amer i ca and in the Caribbean. The recent Tribune ad featured the slogan "blow the trumpet, warn the peo-p le", and set May 21 as the w orld's "guaranteed" Day o f Judgment. Clearly, Camping's supporters are unusual in these recessionary times because they seem to have more money than they know what to do with. But they are hardly u nique. Camping is one of t housands of "prophets" from many different cultures a nd religions over the past t hree thousand years who h ave predicted the end of the world as we know it. Most of these fanciful accounts envisage the apocalypse as a final battle between good and evil, marked by the arrival of an i ncarnation or agent of the deity. In fact, experts say the end of the present world,a nd the ushering in of a new w orld, is an archetypal myth that dates back to the Per sian philosopher Zoroaster, w ho lived in the 10th century BC. From there (modernday Iran), the story spread to Judaism and other reli-g ions. In his recently published book, the End of Days Richard Hooper tells us thatJ udaeo-Christian apocalyptic literature had a 400-year history from the secondc entury BC to the second c entury AD. In the Hebrew bible, the Book of Daniel is the earliest example, and many of those images ands ymbols were copied in the Christian Book of Revela tion. Apocalyptic literature was a response to foreign occupation and persecution. Hooper explains that the ancient Israelites were con quered repeatedly, and by the second century BC they were convinced that divine intervention was required to achieve their independence. This belief developed into a messianic expectation that reached its peak in the time of Jesus. Hooper is a former Lutheran pastor who now styles himself an Interfaith minister. With graduate degrees in theology and the philosophy of world reli gions, he founded the California-based Sedona Institute for Comparative Religion and has written several books on religious history, including one on the parallel teachings of Jesus, Buddha, Krishna and Lao Tzu. Hooper points out that the "Beast" in the Book of Revelation was actually a code word for Rome, and when the empire finally grew tired of persecuting the early Christians, apocalyptic literature no longer served a useful purpose, and by 200 AD it had ceased to exist as a literary genre. So apocalypses must be understood in their historical con text. But the fact that Jewish and Christian apocalypses were never meant to be predictions of the distant future, doesn't stop self-appointed prophets like Camping from making a multitude of fantastical predictions based on this ancient coded political rhetoric. Unfortunately, these pre dictions are all based on a grisly form of vengeance. Christians believe only they w ill survive in fact, only c ertain Christians will be saved. For Jews, other nations will be wiped out. For Muslims, only those who convert to Islam will be spared from extermination. What about the Mayan p rophecy that the world as w e know it will end on December 21, 2012? Mayan c ivilization was at its peak i n Central America during t he 9th century AD and this prediction arises from calculations based on its legendary calendar. This theory became popular after being featured in a number of books and several docum entaries on the History Channel. On December 21 next year the theory goes thew inter solstice sun will be c losely aligned with the galactic equator. This means that "whatever energy typi-c ally streams to Earth from the centre of the Milky Way will indeed be disrupted on 12/21/12 at 11:11 pm Uni-v ersal Time," according to researcher Lawrence Joseph. On the other hand, Susan M ilbrath, a Maya archaeoastronomer at the Florida Museum of Natural Histo-r y, says: "We have no record o r knowledge that (the Maya) would think the world would come to an end at that point." T he evidence is that Mayan civilization collapsed because it exceeded the carrying capacity of the environment. Scientists have learned that the region was deforested about 1200 years ago shortly before the col lapse. Without trees the topsoil would have eroded and rainfall patterns would have been disrupted, making the land unsuitable for crops. Human bones from the last decades before the Mayan collapse show signs of severe malnutrition. And according to archeologist Tom Sever, "The root cause (of the decline ic food and water shortage, due to some combination of natural drought and defor estation by humans." An environmental collapse is one form of doomsday prediction that many scientists today are willing to contemplate as a realis tic threat to humanity's survival. As the Spanish-American philosopher George Santayana put it, "The Bible is a wonderful source of inspi ration for those who dont understand it." McCar tney's keynote speech at the launch of the DNA The Democratic Nation al Alliance made a good showing at last Thursday's launch at the Wyndham Cable Beach Hotel ballroom, where it was standing room only. The event natu rally sparked a lot of curios ity, but it is too early to tell whether that initial interest can be turned into a mas sive electoral shift. It could be that folks are tired of Hubert and Perry and so will turn in large n umbers to something new a nd fresh. DNA supporters like to refer to a tsunami or tidal wave of support, but until the next election (and assuming the world does not end this year) we have onlyt he historical record to rely on, and that does not hold out much hope. Branville M cCartney's s peech last Thursday offered few specifics, but a lot of promises. He promised u niversal p ublic health c are, the revitalisation of d owntown Nassau, massive s upport for the arts, a B ahamian university, transformed public schools, more powerful local government, the elimination of crime, energy security, expandeds ocial welfare, promotion of Bahamian entrepeneurship a nd a bountiful agricultural sector. "Our mission will ensure t hat the needs and aspirations of Bahamian people t o be owners with the government in the political, cultural, and economic develo pment of the nation are met," he said, pointing to t he recent elections of underdogs in the US, Trinidad and Haiti as evi dence for his view that change is coming to theB ahamas. We do not see these results as offering any parallel or guide to Bahamian political circumstances.B arack Obama was not a favourite in the 2008 American presidential campaign, but he was able to securet he nomination of one of the two major parties. Kamla Persad-Bissessar won last year's poll in Trinidad as thel eader of the main opposition party the United National Congress. T he UNC was formed in 1 989 and entered govern ment for the first time in 1995 as part of a coalition. In 2000 it won the governmento utright, but was forced into opposition after a split, and then was elected last May as part of a new coalition. Since independence in 1962 Trinidadian politics have been ethnically based, divided largely between Indoand Afro-Trinidadians. The situation in Haiti, where compas singer and former crack addict Michel Martelly won a run-off elec tion for president in March, is more complex. Martelly was indeed a candidate of change. In one analysis, "his message resonated with bored, unemployed, disaf fected youth who flocked to hear Martelly's straight talk. Young people, especially, said they were fed up with the status quo, the political elite and (his opponent's coterie of longtime political insiders." Martelly talked about reforming education and agriculture, streamlining the delivery of humanitarian aid and restoring law and order by bringing back the military His election landslide rivalled that of former Hait ian president Bertrande Aristide, but the history of democratic politics in Haiti has been fleeting and shallow so any comparison with the Bahamas must be viewed with caution. Meanwhile, there has been no information on the structure or constitution of the DNA, which came with its own ready-baked leader. As a result, another commentator has dismissed the DNA as "a vehicle for Mr. McCartneys vanity and pursuit of celebrity and power." What do you think? Send comments to: Or visit: L OCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Doom merchants in the spotlight ..experts say the end of the present world, and the ushering in of a new w orld, is an archetypal myth that dates b ack to the Persian philosopher Zoroaster, who lived in the 10th century BC. From there ( modern-day Iran), the story spread to J udaism and other religions. BRANVILLE M CCARTNEY


LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011, PAGE 9 Murder accused in escape attempt w hen the officers went to arrest him he made his bid for free d om. However, his escape attempt ended moments later near a p arking lot several yards away, between Court 6 and the O ptique Shoppe on Parliament Street where he was apprehended and taken into custody. Superintendent Anthony Ferguson, head of the Central Police Station, said Chase was taken to the Central Detective Unit for questioning. Attempts to find out what he was wanted for by police proved unsuccessful. In July 2009, Chase and Emmanuel Rolle were charged with the murder of 17-year-old William Farrington in a drive-by shooting. Farrington, of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates, was fatally shot while sitting near an abandoned car on Ida Street. Chase and Rolle were also charged with causing grievous harm to Jamal Edgecombe and Kelcio Clarke who were also shot in the incident. The case was transferred to Court 5, Bank Lane, before Magistrate Derrence Rolle-Davis for a preliminary hearing. FROM page one F elip Major / Tribune staff LED AWAY: The suspect is detained yesterday. Ex-PLPMP defends controversial letter to be something, that is what you are. I dont believe that anybody, principally the leader, can put affection for any individual above the good of the Bahamas, the good of the party, and I believe since I believe the PLP is the best party in the Bahamas we should remove as many stumbling blocks as possible. And it is not always easy to do that. Sometimes you have to ask your best friend to move aside, he said. Mr Smith was referring to a letter that he, Mr Rigby and Mr Galanis wrote to PLP leader Perry Christie urging him to block the nominations of Shane Gibson, Vincent Peet, Obie Wilchcombe, V Alfred Gray, Leslie Miller, Anthony Moss and Picewell Forbes for fear that their nominations could hurt the party on a national scale if the varied pasts of some of them were once again highlighted during a general election campaign. The PLPs leader went on record to express his disappointment that this internal letter had been leaked to the press. However, Mr Christie said, he was not going to be distracted by this latest incident and that his party remains focused on supporting the excellent candidates and hardworking a ctivists who comprise his party. Vetting Each and every candidate is required to undergo a vigorous vetting process a process that is open, fair and transparent. All voices are welcome, and the process is both balanced and inclusive, Mr Christie said. While accepting this, Mr Smith said that a requirement not to run tainted candidates does not come from a fear that the FNM will gain some political mileage, but rather a belief that the people of the country ought to have faith that the people who represent them in Parliament will always put the w elfare of the country above their own personal interests. That has to be obvious. If the public believes you are in there to enrich yourself, even if you dont, if the public believes it, they will question your activities. And, its like if a fella has a weakness in a particular area, if h e is for instance a gambler, you have to be very careful how you expose him to the great temptation of money. That got one politician in trouble. Or if a fella is a heavy womanizer, you have to be careful that you protect him f rom his own weakness. And some of us became victims and paid prices because of perception and that is how it is. Mr Smith said that this advice is, of course, applicable to the FNM as well. They have people there who the people have had cause to question, Tommy Turnquest, and Dion Foulkes, and you have to recognise that my actions in this instance will do damage to my party, he said. Mr Smith also highlighted, however, that he does believe in rehabilitation. If any wrong that I may have committed, if I was sentenced to a prison term, I would have been out long time. But I also believe that our society should be a forgiving society. So if some of these fellas would just step aside and acknowledge that my action in this particular thing was wrong, and not because it was legally wrong, it was perceived to be wrong. Step aside, and come back, he said. Mr Smith gave the famous example of Jamaicas former Prime Minister, PJ Patterson, who was forced to resign as the Minister of Finance to later return as chairman of his party and then eventually become Prime Minister. I also believe that the problem we are facing in this country is, I am not sure if (Prime Minister) Ingraham and other people who call themselves leaders look at themselves and look and say am I a liability? he laughed. Having been roundly criticised on the talkshows for the now infamous letter, Mr Smith said people have a right to cuss him. But, at the end of the day he asked, is my message right? FROM page one TWO MEN ACCUSED OF SHOOTING MURDER alias Lil Ron, of Spence Street, Masons Addition, and Kenthley Milfort, 19, of Milton Street, have been accused of murdering Andrich Charles. Mr Charles, 26, was shot as he and a male relative were sitting in a red Honda Accord at Bulldog Alley around 9am last Friday. They were reportedly approached by two men, one of whom was armed with a hand gun. Police reported that the gunman opened fire on the men hitting Mr Charles a number of times in the upper body. The suspects then fled the scene. Crashed After being shot, the driver was able to speed away but collapsed and crashed his car at Gibbs Corner. He was pronounced dead at the scene by EMS personnel. Patterson and Milfort were not represented by an attor ney during their arraignment before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane yesterday. The accused were not required to enter a plea to the charge and were informed that the prosecution will proceed with a voluntary bill of indictment fast-tracking the case to the Supreme Court. The indictment is expected to be pre sented on July 21. Patterson told the court he needed his crutches because he was suffering from a gunshot wound. Chief Magistrate Gomez said his crutches would be given to him. Both were remanded to Her Majestys Prison. FROM page one mi New Times. Ms Cleaveland also alleged that hotel staff were either untrained in CPR or refused to provide the lifesaving technique on her fiancee. The family alleges that Hoy suffered "unimaginable conscious terror" during the last few moments of his life. According to the Miami New Times, Hoy w as soaking in a hot tub when he submerged himself underwater and was then "sucked onto the spa's suction outlet drain cover/grate and/or sump frame." T he lawsuit also claims that Hoy a 33year-old "in excellent shape (who press over 300 pounds" was unable to freeh imself because "the suction force was so excessive." H is fiancee, who was nearby, noticed Hoy did not resurface and called for help before jumping in the spa fully clothed but could notp ull him up. Ms Cleaveland then sought the help of a hotel employee, who according to the complaint, "ignored her pleas for help and walked away." She maintained that she could do noth-i ng to help her fiancee as there was no emergency off switch nearby. "Upon hearing her calls, several heroic guests jumped in the hot tub, but collectively could not pull John Van Hoy Jr from the bottom suction outlet drain cover/grate and/or sump. "While the rescuers pulled on John Van Hoy Jr's limbs and body, one of the guests was able to brace his legs against a wall of the hot tub and back against John Van Hoy Jr, and from this leg-press position was able to roll John Van Hoy Jr off the drain," Van Hoy's family alleges, according to the Miami New Times. I t is further claimed that no resort employe e assisted the rescue effort or attempted to t urn off the spa's pump, according to the lawsuit. It is also alleged that Sandals kept the pump house locked preventing anyone from shutting the spa's pumps off. Complicating matters, no Sandals employees were either trained or willing to provide C PR for the 45 minutes or more that transpired before an ambulance arrived," the fam i ly claims. H oy was pronounced dead when he arrived at the hospital. The lawsuit also alleges that resort staff attempted to remove the telephone from Ms Cleaveland's room after the incident "to pre vent contact with friends, family and local assistance." T he family also claim that Sandals and its D elaware-based marketing representative, U nique Vacations, later interrogated Ms Cleaveland and "attempted to suggest that John Van Hoy Jr or she were somehow atf ault for the death." Hoy's parents, his son, Ms Cleaveland and h er son have sued Sandals Resorts International and Unique, as well as the companies that manufactured the hot tub or its parts, including Hayward Industries. They are asking the court for damages for negligence, inten tional and negligent infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment and product lia bility. Yesterday Sandals confirmed that it had been sued by the Hoy family, but due to continuing proceedings could not comment further. SANDALS SUED FOR NEGLIGENCEOVERTRAGEDY FROM page one Thursday, police have confirmed. Mr Bain and Mr Smith spoke out about development in environmentally sensitive areas in a press conference held at the Stafford Creek Lodge in Stafford Creek, Andros last year. The press conference was held during weeks of controversy over the Ministry of the Environments approval of plans to dredge two channels, excavate a marina, and clear land on Bell Island in the Exuma Land and Sea Park. Mr Bain, who maintains there should be no dredging or development in any national park, had publicly voiced his opposition to the plans submitted by Islands of Discovery Ltd, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, for the 349-acre private island. But Mr Deveaux said he went too far. Terry Bain and Prescott Smith read and broadcast some very slanderous, malicious and wrongful things about me, the minister said. I provided the police with a voice and written record, and made a formal complaint. I indicated publicly at the time, that I would so act. Mr Deveaux said he has not taken any further action against the pair. Police arrested Mr Bain in Farmers Cay on Thursday afternoon in connection with charges of criminal libel, and he was taken by boat to Great Exuma, then questioned at the police station in George Town. Mr Bain maintains he gave no comment to all questions pertaining to the charge and did not have a lawyer present. Police Superintendent Leon Bethel con firmed the investigation is being led by the Central Detective Unit (CDU said three CDU officers had flown in from Nassau to question him. He criticised the use of public money to orchestrate his arrest over a matter he believes should be treated as civil, rather than criminal, and said he suspects the investigation was politically motivated. Mr Bain said: I and every single Bahamian has an inalienable right under the constitu tion to ask or question any decision or action made by any public official. He felt his detention was a mistake and interpreted it as political intimidation. We seek the help of every Bahamian that will stand with us, he said against what he saw as an abuse of power against two citi zens who have questioned the actions of this government on issues of the environment in the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, Kamalame Cay, Central Andros and Lyford Cay, New Providence. Clearly when Bahamians are non-native about any issue in the country; there and then we give our governments consent to do as they please obviously in many cases the politi cians actions are not favourable to the citi zenry and so we all suffer, and the Bahamas is worse off in the process. Mr Bethel said police have no plans to press charges at this time. A CTIVIS TS COMMENTSABOUT MINISTER LED TO HIS ARREST FROM page one S uperintendent Leon Bethel, head of the Central Detective Unit, also denied r eports that the two bandits made off with about a mon th's worth of fees collected a t the dump site. "I cannot say how much it is but I doubt that," Mr Bethel told The Tribune yes t erday. He said police should release the sketches of the t wo suspects today as artists were doing "final touchups" on the drawings. T he killing happened shortly after 11am on Monday at the public landfill off Tonique Williams Darling H ighway. Mr Cartwright and a Department of Environmental Health accountant were accosted as they left the city dump for a bank to deposit money collected at the land fill. Officials have said the money was collected between Friday and early Monday. As they left the property's main gate, two masked men dressed in black and wear ing fluorescent vests emerged from the south of the dump and approached the white truck which Mr Cartwright drove, cornering them, police said. Masked One of the two masked bandits pulled out a hand gun prompting Mr Cartwright, 44, to speed off in an attempt to escape the holdup, police reported. As he sped away, the thugs fired shots at the truck striking Mr Cartwright multiple times in his upper body. Despite being shot, the married father-of-three drove on until he crashed into a guardrail on Tonique Williams Darling Highway. Mr Cartwright, a 10-year DEH employee stationed at the Farrington Road office, died at the scene. The other employee was not hurt during the attack. Police are appealing for anyone with information on this incident to contact them at 919, 322-3333, the Central Detective Unit 502-9991, 502-9910 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. POLICE PLAN TO RELEASE SKETCHES IN MURDER CASE FROM page one P erry Christie


L OCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B y GENA GIBBS U RBAN Renewal officials said they have m ade it their mission to offer hope to Bahamia n youth as a first step to assist inner-city families nurture their children into productive members of society. Urban Renewal has now partnered with the Lignum Vitae Centre of Hope on East Bay S treet to train their centre managers who will i ntroduce Bahamian youth to the leadership development process designed by the 4-H Club o f North America. Weve been invited to come down and help Sheila start some of the 4-H programmes here.W e offer training in leadership and programme m anagement to try to get this structured and r unning. What weve been teaching is basic 4H principles, and how we do it and attracting the need for caring adults, said Andy Toley, 4-H Club extension agent at the University of Florida. He coordinates training for 4-H pro g rammes in schools and non-profit organisations. The 4-H Club is a youth organisation with t he mission of engaging youth to reach their fullest potential while advancing the field of y outh development. The name represents four personal development areas of focus for the organisation: head, heart, hands, andh ealth. Caring The people that work in the Urban Renewa l Centres are caring adults that can make a positive impact on the lives of kids, so wee mphasise that. Now what were doing, we have gone through a 4-H Club meeting because thats our basic structure. We have meetings where we do educational activities and actively engaging the Urban Renewal C entre personnel and staff in the whole p rocess of the elections, business meetings, the educational meetings, and everything that goes on in the process. We try to keep it very hands on because thats what 4-H is, we learn b y doing, Mr Toley said. F rom May 12-13, Urban Renewal managers took part in a training seminar, hosted by the Lignum Vitae Centre of Hope, which invited youth leadership motivators from the 4-H Club a t the University of Florida in Gainesville. L ignum Vitae projects focus on building lifetime skills and realising capabilities to ensure that communities are sustainable. Its just having the structured activities that kids can do after they are through with their homework. They (Urban Renewal Centres a re really meeting the need of homework assis tance but a lot of times when kids are finished, they want more things to expand their educa tional horizons thats fun, thats learning, ande xpands what they are doing. Were just here to help give ideas and generate ideas, said Mr Toley. T he 4-H Club extension agents visited four Urban Renewal Centres to interact with the children and show Urban Renewal managers the hands-on application of how the educat ional and social games are designed to work to build confidence in Bahamian youth. Offering hope to Bahamas youth WHOOPING ITUP: 4-H Club youth leaders play the same hoola hoop game that Urban Renewal managers played earlier at the Lignum Vitae Centre for Hope on East Bay Street. C LOSING PRAYER: {Childrensay a c losing prayer at Fox Hill Urban R enewal to give thanks for the 4-HC lub visiting their c entre to take time t o teach them fun e ducational and social games. Gena Gibbs /BIS Photos URBANRENEWAL E XTENSIONMANAGER: A ndy Toley, 4-H Club extension manager, explains how the 4-H Club youth leadership programme is an educational,s ocial and business development exercise. SHAPINGUP: Childrenat the Bain and Grants Town Urban Renewal Centre learn how to build 3-D geometrical structures using sugar coated jellybeans and raw spaghetti.


By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A leading financial analyst yesterday said he expected the Government to exercise fiscalp rudence in the upcoming 2011-2012 Budget despite a variety of internal and external pressures, as he warned there was no silver bullet for the Bahamas economic woes. Kenwood Kerr, chief executive of Providence Advisors, told Tribune Business that fixi ng the economy is a long, hard slog, with the Bahamas poten tially facing some structural imbalances that could not be attributed to the current global contraction cycle. One such imbalance, he suggested, was between the skill sets required for jobs becoming available and those of the current Bahamian labour force. Theres a structural imbalance between what is required in terms of skill sets and what is available, Mr Kerr said. Edu cation is still the core of the Budget in terms of its empha sis. The Providence Advisors chief executive indicated that the Budget was likely to provea delicate balancing act for the Government, given the multi tude of competing interests it faced. Faced with a shaky, incon sistent global recovery, and continuing consumer uncer tainty in the Bahamas major trading partner, the US, Mr Kerr said the Government was also confronted with the fact that this will be its last Budget pre-election. And, if all that was not enough, the eyes of the International Monetary Fund (IMF and international credit rating agencies will also be on the Bahamas, assessing whether the measures announced will be enough to get its national debt and fiscal deficit back on the correct downward trend. Against all of that, you have to exercise fiscal prudence, and I think the Government will do that, Mr Kerr told Tribune Business. Fixing the economy is a long, slow slog. Its not a quick fix. Theres no silver bul let. $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 THETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.netWEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011 InternationalInvestmentFund [Learn more at] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor P roducing higher quality d ishes infused with a Bahamian flavour will enable this nations hotel a nd restaurant industry to offset the impact of rising global food prices, organisers of a major food and beverage seminar said yes terday, enabling chefs to maintain their margins. Frank Comito, executive vice-president of the Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA organisations sponsoring next months 2011 Food, Flavour and Beverage Trends: Growing revenue and increasing customer traffic seminar described as very critical the need to offset rising food prices by staying in touch with global consumer trends. Speaking on behalf of BHA president Stuart Bowe, Mr Comito said: With the rising price of food against a backdrop of B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T ourism industry stakeholders yesterday said they were aiming to take Bahamian cuisine to another level andm ake it a greater part of the sectors identity, generating i ncreased profits from a category accounting for an average 1 5-20 per cent of hotel revenues. Unveiling a three-day workshop targeted at chefs, bartenders and food and beverage managers, Frank Comito, Tourism aims to take cuisine to a new level Industry partners seek to build on strength a ccounting for on average 15-20% of resort sector revenues Food and beverage in top f ive items that beat visitor expectations, and needs to be more a part of Bahamas identity FRANK COMITO QU ALIT Y CRITICAL T O OFFSET F OOD PRICE IN CREASES No silver bullet for economy fix H OWITBEGAN: B aha Mar chairman Sarkis Izmirlian (front row, third left), government ministers and Baha Mars Chinese partners break ground on the much-hearlded $2.6 billion Cable Beach redev elopment in this file photo. Pictured left is Robert Sands. Leading analyst expects government to exercise fiscal prudence in 2011-2012 Budget, despite various pressures facing it* Warns nation facing some structural imbalances, and set for long, slow slog SEE page 2B SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor B aha Mar yesterday said it had invested close to $100 million to date into the construction of its $2.6 billion Cable Beach resort expansion, w ith the developer and its general cont ractor set to meet the Government today to discuss progress for the core works. Robert Sands, Baha Mars senior v ice-president of governmental and external affairs, told Tribune Business that some 730 Bahamians had been employed on the Commercial Village c onstruction and West Bay Street rer outing as at end-April 2011. He added that the core project, involving the con struction of the four hotels and casino, was scheduled to begin on June 1, 2011, Baha Mars close to $100m spend Resort developer says over $95m invested in Cable Beach redevelopment to date, with 730 Bahamians employed on construction Set to meet government to day with general contractor, as core project to start June 1 Roof going on new bank buildings SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Government was yes terday urged to capture the Mom and Pop stores and businesses operating from homes that have proliferated d uring the recession, a leading accountant arguing that they make no contribution to public revenues unlike their f ormally-established counterparts. Raymond Winder, Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas aging partner, told Tribune Business that the prolifera tion of such businesses, oftene mploying between one to Govt must capture informal economy Leading accountant says m aking no contribution to public finances Rise of home-based b usinesses squeezing formal s mall and medium-sized firms, t ogether with lack of scale and US shopping Sector urged to consolidatef or survival RAYMOND WINDER SEE page 4B FROM page 4B


B USINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B y GAMAL NEWRY I am of the opinion that the death of Osama bin Laden, at this point in history, w ill have very little impact on global terrorism. In fact, his killing has the potential to do m ore harm than good. Cert ainly, from a political standpoint, his elimination gives the current US president a b oost, but terrorism never theless is here to stay. Terrorism will always be a c riminal act. And, as all criminals do, the terrorist employs fear to accomplish their goals and draw attention to their particular cause. Events concerning the killing of the Most Wanted Man in US h istory can provide many lessons for us here in the Bahamas when it comes to combating crime and creating a safe community. But before we dive in, for t hose of you who cannot be b othered, I will give you a heads up as to what lessons I believe can be learnt from this historical event. The lessons learnt are: 1 Know who your friends are. Your enemies will reveal themselves. 2 Crime in the long run does not pay, but the ride can be pretty sweet. 3 There is nothing wrong with a little aggressive, persuasive discussion. I can, like many of you, recall what I was doing on t hat dreadful September morning back in 2001. It is amazing how time flies, as it is now almost 10 years since the world watched those airliners crash into New Yorks World Trade Centre. This is how p ublic knowledge of the name Osama bin Laden and Al Q aida began, but this was not h is first appearance. He and his group were well known to the US long before Septem-b er 11. Osama bin Laden was on the world intelligence radar f or more than 15 years, dating f rom the Bush and Clinton administrations. In fact, an opportunity existed for MrC linton to give the go ahead to eliminate him back in 1998. However, he declined to do s o. At the time, the US had i nvested much financial and human capital into the midAsian region, and it appears t his decision was based on timing, logistics, and priority. Hindsight is 20/20. B y this time Al Qaida had a lready orchestrated two attacks on US Embassies in A frica, yet no action was being taken to aggressively subdue and capture Bin Laden. This allowed Al Qai d a to gain courage and inten sity, developing into what we saw happen on September 11, 2001. We face similar conditions here in the Bahamas, as we have our own type of terrori sm. Citizens are afraid, and being intimidated by crimi nals and the current violent c rime trend. Listen to the police and government offi cials, who indicate they know the offenders and, worse yet, know where they are, and it appears the Government and i ts agencies are powerless to deal with the matter. What does this say to the domestict errorist, the young men and women walking, driving and living in our communities, who we call friend and family. I believe just like the other bin Ladens of the world, r ecognition is being sought. T hey will become bolder, o penly aggressive and violently challenge civilised socie ty. What can be done about these individuals, who seek toc orrupt our way of living by j eopardising our safety. Put t hem in jail and throw away the key, you say. I say: First you must catch them, and second, lets really consider this whole concept of jail. I t took the most powerful country in the world nearly 20 year to kill one man. Do w e have 20 years? I think not, and that length of time is unacceptable, but it appearst hat unless friends and neighb ours are prepared to give up friends and neighbours, we are in for a long ride. Thed ilemma, of course, is in determining who really are your friends as opposed tot hose who are just giving you lip service. That is to say, how many of us are really dedicated to the Bahamas benefit, a s opposed to those of us who are only concerned about selfish gain no matter what. What can we learn from the Pakistani governments apparent friendship with theU S, given that prior to Sep tember 11 they were known t o be promoting and encouraging Islamic radicals. Through seeming cooperation in giving the US access to airspace and land operations, they somehow became an ally in the war against ter-r orism. Never mind the US writing off several million dollars in debt owed by Pakistan. B ut bear in mind that Osama b in Laden had close relationships with Pakistans ISI (their equivalent to the CIA) andt he Taliban. The November 2001 Wall Street Journal said: Despite their clean chins and p ressed uniforms, the ISI men are as deeply fundamentalist as any bearded fanatic. The ISI created the Taliban as their own instrument and still support it. I may be strongly criticised f or this statement, but have we seen any major decrease in crime in the Bahamas through a policy of public participation? Frankly, who you think is your friend is not your f riend, and my neighbour is o nly concerned about my well-being if he/she feels it will benefit them. This isu nfortunate in a country the size of the Bahamas, as it appears that criminals are get t ing away with murder. This is not true for all of our relationships, but there is enougho f a deficiency to really make o ne wonder. NB: Gamal Newry is the p resident of Preventative M easures, a loss prevention and asset protection training and consulting company, spe cialising in policy and procedure development, business security reviews and audits, a nd emergency and crisis management. Comments can be sent to PO Box N-3154 Nassau, Bahamas, or e-mail info@preventativemea or visit us at www.preventativemeas Are we prepared to give up criminals? OPINION GAMALNEWRY c onsumers who expect top quality and high value food and b everage experiences, hotels and restaurants must stay on t he cutting edge of trends to meet customer needs, capture r evenue and realise profits. J osue Merced-Reyes, owner of food and beverage cons ultancy, Inter-E-marketing, which is organising the seminar, added: The importance of understanding food trends is probably the best way to offset the price of food. N oting that Bahamas-based chefs, bartenders and food and beverage managers often did not have the ability to travel abroad and remain upto-date with the trends t ourists and residents were being exposed to, Mr Merced-Reyes said: What w e want to bring to the t able for bartenders, chefs a nd cooks in the Bahamas is what is happening in thew orld with consumer t rends. This would better enable them to meet client needs, he added, noting the consumers tired of frugality and recession talk were increasingly turning to comfort feel-good foods and treats. H igher quality, smaller portions were becoming the dish of t he day. Its going to be a very complete workshop ways to offs et increases in prices with revenues, and how to bring in cust omers, Mr Merced-Reyes said. H e added that he and others would also visit Arawak Cay businesses to demonstrate how to take a typical Bahamian dish and make them fine dining through different presentation, allowing chefs in the restaurants to have ab etter margin on their dishes. Master Chef Augusto Shreiner, who has worked in numerous Caribbean hotels and accompanied Mr Merced-Reyeso n a Monday visit to Arawak Cay, said only modest tweaks were needed to the dishes he saw. Theyre very large portion sizes, he said. Many of those dishes, if they could adapt a little bit the presentationa nd the way they put it on the plate, they would make it very a ttractive and serve it in a fine dining restaurant without los ing the identity. You do not want to do that. You want to harness the a uthenticity of the plate and bring it a step higher, making it more attractive for customers to eat and not so much cover the plate. Mr Merced-Reyes said consumers were increasingly look i ng for healthier foods, and effectively wanted their meals to be vetted, knowing where the produce came from. Pro viding this information, in a certified fashion, could attract more customers and increase meal prices and margins. The absence of vegetables in many Bahamian dishes, though, needed to be corrected. QUALITY CRITICAL TO OFFSET FOOD PRICE INCREASES FROM page 1B Its going to be a very complete workshop ways to offset increasesi n prices with revenues, and how tob ring in customers. SANDY SHORE, AP Business Writer Oil fell again Tuesday after disappointing reports on factory production and new home construction raised more concerns about the economic recovery and future demand. The dollar fell against other currencies as well, which helped crude regain some losses. Benchmark crude for June delivery lost 47 cents to settle at $96.91 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It dropped as low as $95.02 at one point in the session. The price of oil has fallen over 14 percent from a high of $113.52 on May 2. The Federal Reserve said factory production fell 0.4 percent in April, the first decline in 10 months. A key reason was a drop in auto manufacturing after the Japan earthquake and tsunami led to a parts shortage. Industrial production has risen nearly 11.5 percent since hitting a recession-low in June 2009 but is still below its pre-recession peak in September 2007. "If your industrial production is down, it means you're not creating as much. It means the overall economic situation isn't that good, meaning that demand for goods probably isn't going to be as strong, includ ing crude oil," Telvent DTN analyst Darin Newsom said. "It's just another bearish economic indicator that we aren't fully on the road to recovery yet." Meanwhile the Commerce Department reported that new home construction fell 10.6 percent last month from March. Much of the decline occurred because apartment and condominium construction plummeted. The seasonally adjusted rate fell to 523,000 homes per year, which is less than half the 1.2 million homes per year that economists consider a sign of a healthy market. The dollar initially got a boost from Europe's debt woes, particularly worries that more will have to be done to rescue the Greek economy. Since commodities like oil are priced in dollars, a weaker dollar makes them more of a bargain for buyers who use foreign currencies, so the price falls. Oil got back some of its losses as the dollar weakened later in the day. Lower oil prices are leading to lower prices at the gas pump. The national average for regular gasoline was $3.944 a gallon on Tuesday. That's about 4 cents less than on Friday but still 11.7 cents more than a month ago, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Information Service. Cameron Hanover analyst Peter Beutel expects pump prices to decline 60 cents a gallon by Memorial Day. He said that would be the equivalent of putting $80 bil lion to $85 billion back into the pockets of consumers on an annualized basis. OVERSEASNEWS Oil settles lower on weak economic data


BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011, PAGE 3B BAF Financial & Insurance ( Bahamas) president will be one of t he key speakers at the annual Life Insurers Council meeting that starts in Orlando today. Chester Cooper will present a case study on his companys transition from a home service insurance provider to a full financial services and insurancep rovider, offering life, annuity, mutual fund, pension, credit card, mortgage and investment products. BAF Global Group, its parent company, is said to have $150 million in a ssets, some 100,000 in clients, and m ore than $1.5 billion in insurance coverage in force. Its subsidiaries also include Bramer General Insurance Brokers, and BAF branches in the Cayman Islands and Turks & Caicos, plus Cash N Go mon ey transmission offices. T he Life Insurers Council brings together senior life insurance and financial services executives to discuss issues facing the industry. INSURANCE CHIEF TO ADDRESS COUNCIL C HESTER COOPER Woodside Insurance Brokerage, in conjunction withH orizon Development Group, is hosting the first annual Employee Benefits Training Seminar under the theme, Controlling Cost and Managing a Quality Group Healthcare Plan The event is T he seminar, scheduled for Thursday, May 26, at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, from 8.30am to 3.30pm, is designed to help plan admini strators and human resources ( HR) managers gain practical information on group e mployee benefits. D r Hubert Minnis, minister of health, will speak on H ealthcare in the Bahamas: T oday & Beyond while Jason B orrino will addres s Unders tanding the Cost Dilemma & Mitigating the Risk T anya Woodside, confer ence organiser and head of W oodside Brokerage, said: Salary and health insurance are the two highest employerp aid benefits, but health insurance is by far the most critical in managing costs for a companys financial stability. The recession has brought added stress to this equation that has led many companies to streamline business operational expenses and, unfortunately for some, health insurance has been sacrificedt o save cost. In this day and age, no one can afford to be without health insurance, which is why this seminar is so important t o ensure companies know t hat there are alternative ways to save costs. O rganisers hope the semin ar will create a shift, where companies will view health i nsurance management as a c ompany-wide initiative that c an be integrated into its cult ure. We want to get employe es to buy into this notion that having a healthy workp lace begins with meWe a lso hope to get plan administrators to expect more from t heir plan providers (insurers). Our insurance market is rather one dimensional, and as a result the major insurersa re merely competing on price. Where are the creative and innovative solutions to deal with the high cost of medical care and the high cost of insurance? Who is addressing these issues? I believe thatp lan administrators can impact change in the market, by knowing their options and pushing insurers to think outside the norm, Ms Woodside a dded. T he Employee Benefits Training Seminar is the first in a series of four. Registration c loses on Monday, May 23. Registration forms can be d ownloaded from t Completed f orms should be faxed to 3 28.8744 or emailed to The cost of the seminar is $150 per pers on. For more information, c ontact Woodside Insurance Brokerage, VBM Building S uite 14, Oakes Field at 3223066 or 376-2001. Insurance broker hosts employee benefits seminar


I expect the focus to be on traditional areas, education, which the Prime Minister hit the alarm button on two weeks ago. There will be a focus on security and crime, and job creation. I dont think youll see any new taxes that impede busi ness activity or add costs. Higher food and gasoline (oil weigh heavily on the Governments Budget calculations, plus bringing its infrastructure expansion and social agenda to a conclusion. Dr Warren Jestin, Scotia banks chief global economist, in a presentation given in the Bahamas on Monday, warned that higher oil prices by extension, higher electricity and car gasoline costs for the Bahamas were likely here to stay for at least three-five years. These prices were being driven by the increasing demand for oil in emerging markets such as Brazil, India and China, a trend that was creating demand pull inflation. Higher gasoline prices are a long-term issue and will not correct in the immediate term, Mr Kerr said. That means higher electricity bills, higher household expenses, higher business operating costs. While there was probably lit tle the Government could do in regard to the 7 per cent Stamp Duty, plus $1.06 per gal lon flat tax rate it levies on imported gasoline, in the shortterm given the significant percentage of revenues it derives from this, Mr Kerr urged it to expedite the development of an alternative energy policy to mitigate these costs. And, with higher food prices on the horizon, Mr Kerr sug gested the 2011-2012 Budget may also contain several import duty reductions and elimina tions on key food items. That would give us an immediate relief at the consumer level, especially for the lower income households, and particularly on the breadbasket items, he told Tribune Busi ness. B USINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Lower premiums,low deductibles,generous benefits and a fast claims service for home and motor cover.Pick up the phone and ask NIBA for a great insurance deal.Tel.Nassau 677-6422/Freeport 352-6422 or visit Open Saturdays10.00am2.00pm NASSAU INSURANCE BROKERS AND AGENTS LIMITED Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue P.O.Box N-7764 Nassau Suite 6,Jasmine Corporate Center,East Sunrise Highway P.O.Box F-42655,Freeport Tel.Nassau 677-6422 Freeport 352-6422 Baha Mars close to $100m spend w ith the initial works largely awarded to Bahamian contractors and sub-cont ractors on schedule. I can tell you that Baha M ar and the general contractor, China State Con-s truction America ( Bahamas), will meet with our counterparts in the Government tomorrow [today] to go through the progress for the core works, Mr Sands told this newspaper. He added that China S tate Construction had a lready begun to prepare the site for the core project, fencing it in and securing it in preparation for the pili ngs of the core project, w hich should begin some time around June 1. The core project is beginn ing to start as well, Mr Sands told Tribune Busin ess. I would say that its fair to say that Baha Mar has spent, to date, on just the project works, the roads a nd the Commercial Village a nd so forth, in excess of $95 m illion close to $100 million. I can tell you that weve p ut to work on construction to date some 730 Bahamia ns, certainly as at the end of April. Many contracts have been awarded toB ahamian contractors and sub-contractors as envisaged a t this stage of the project. I ts having the impact we thought. M r Sands said the roof h ad already been placed on t he new Scotiabank (Bahamas Commercial Village, with the same now happening on the Fidelity Bank (Bahamas wealth Bank branches. A nd contractors were also up to belt course on the new Cable Beach police and f ire stations. Theyre progressing very, v ery well, Mr Sands told T ribune Business. Were o n schedule, certainly for the roadworks and the Commercial Village. Everything is going according to plan. The roadworks are on schedule and very advanced. On May 25 were starting t he two roadworks on West B ay Street, which will be the connecting roundabouts to t he new West Bay Street. W hen construction is c ompleted, Baha Mar will feature the largest Las Vegas style casino in theC aribbean, a Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, the largest destination spa in the region, a 20 acre eco-waterpark, a 50,000 square feet retail village, 24 restaurants, lounges, nightclubs, and 2 00,000 square feet of mode rn convention facilities. T here will be three new hotels operated by Rose-w ood, Hyatt and Morgans H otel Group, as well as access from the existing Sheraton and Wyndham hotels to the new mega-r esort. FROM page 1B the Bahamas Hotel Associations (BHA ident, described traditional Bahamian dishes and cuisine as a strength that had not been fully exploited by the resort andr estaurant sectors. Its usually in the 15-20 per cent range, but it varies Mr Comito said, when asked by Tribune Business what percentage of hotel revenues was accounted for by food and beverage earnings. Increasingly, were discovering we have incredible strength in the value of our culinary offerings. Its what visitors haveb een telling us, and what weve been seeking to do by chance o r design to infuse aspects of Bahamian cuisine into menu o fferings in various ways. M r Comito attributed the increasing prevalence of Bahamian dishes and foods among hotel food offerings to the Apprentice Chef Programme established by the School of Hospitality a nd Tourism Studies, in conjunction with the BHA and hotel union. More than 500 certified Bahamian chefs had graduated from t his initiative post-independence, and Mr Comito added: That stimulated, to a large extent, many Bahamians being involved at all levels of the culinary industry, and in the past 15 years thats begun to shift the menu offerings. Buffets Buffets at resorts such as the Wyndham, SuperClubs Breezes and Sandals now included healthy dose of traditional Bahami-a n foods, and the BHA executive said: We didnt see this 15 y ears ago. You will see Bahamian items on that menu, and others infused by Bahamian elements. We want to continue that trend. How do you take traditional Bahamian meals that we take f or granted cracked conch, grilled conch, Johnny cake and boil fish infuse that and give it an international flavour through pre s entation and marketing it a little differently? Its a deliberate thing by the Ministry of Tourism and the BHA to capitalise on that strength and build it to another level. Its a strength, and weve not taken it to that level yet. The Bahamas food and beverage offerings were regularly in the top five of items that beat visitor expectations, and Mr Comito said of this segment: It has to be a part of the identit y. We want it to be more of a part. The BHA executive said seminar organisers were shooting for between 80-100 persons to participate in the June 7-9,2 011, seminar, which will address issues such as adapting to changing consumer tastes and sustaining the Bahamas seafood resources. Apart from front-line workers, the seminar is also being targ eted at restaurant owners and managers. It is being spon sored by the College of the Bahamas, the Bahamas Culinary Association and the Ministry of Tourism. J osue Merced-Reyes, owner of food and beverage consultancy, Inter-E-marketing, which is organising the seminar, said bartenders who attended would be tasked with taking two cocktail presentations they learned back to their workplaces. T hey would then work with their bar manager or food and bev erage manager to cost it out, educating them on that side of the business. A s for chefs, Mr Merced-Reyes said they would be asked to take five concepts be it recipes, service, presentations, different size meat cuts and cost them out and pilot it. Mr Comito said the eight seminar sessions at the upcoming workshop were based upon feedback received from an industry survey, where participants identified the sectors they want ed training in. Tourism aims to take cuisine to a new level F ROM page 1B five persons, in the informal economy had contributed to the squeeze imposed on small to medium-sized Bahamian companies by the recession. Firms with between five to 50 employees, he suggested, had born the brunt of the economic malaise because they both lacked the size to generate economies of scale and were not nimble enough to respond quickly to a rapidly changing economic environment. Urging Bahamian-owned small and medium-sized busi nesses to look at mergers and consolidations as a means of survival, Mr Winder said local companies had also been hurt by the fact Bahamian visitor numbers to the US had not dropped compared to prerecession levels. Most were not travelling for vacation, but for shopping purposes in order to exploit the better prices they could obtain on high-ticket items in the US, the Deloitte & Touche (Bahamas tant said, draining Bahamian businesses of sales revenues and the country of foreign exchange. The strain on the Bahamian private sector was brought into sharp focus by the Central Bank of the Bahamas monthly report for March 2011, which showed that more than 25 per cent, or $1 out of every $4 lent to the Bahamian private sector, was in default at the end of that month. When one looks at the non-performance of commercial debt, one of the messages coming from that is the cost of doing business continues to be a challenge for most small to medium-sized businesses employing from five to 50 people, Mr Winder told Tribune Business. Most of the businesses that fall into that category cannot benefit from the scale that is necessary, like a Kellys or a Supervalue. That size of company will struggle, and continue to struggle, until they begin to look at the pos sibility of merging. And he added: What is also hurting that category of [small to medium-sized] business is that small Mom and Pop stores, and businesses in peoples homes, are popping up with one to five employees. There has been a prolifer ation of that kind of business, and they make very little contribution to Business Licences and some of the other taxes that medium-sized businesses have to pay. This, Mr Winder said, had implications for the public finances. Government has a challenge themselves, he explained, because the land scape has changed in terms of business. The Government has also lost revenues, and needs to find a better way to manage and include these businesses, as they tend to keep the econ omy going but make no con tribution. The Government needs to capture the data and information from these small enterprises so they can at least make some contribution to the economy. Many Mom and Pop stores and home-based busi nesses got started with personal loans, as opposed to the commercial variety, Mr Winder said, noting that consumer credit borrowers appeared to be doing a better job than their mortgage and private sector counterparts in meeting their obligations. These smaller firms, the accountant said, were also far more responsive to customer needs. They can reduce their prices down and have the ability to manoevere much better, he added. Mr Winder said data published by the likes of Miami and Fort Lauderdale Interna tional Airports showed that Bahamian passenger traffic had not changed from prerecession levels. Because the Bahamas is so close to the US, a lot more Bahamians are doing a lot more shopping, Mr Winder told Tribune Business. People are still travelling, not nec essarily for vacation, but to purchase items at better prices than theyre getting in Nassau. Apart from mergers, Mr Winder also urged troubled small and medium-sized busi nesses to implement addi tional cost cutting measures which, while not good for short-term employment, might aid their survival. These [small and mediumsized] companies are so chal lenged that even if the Central Bank reduced the Prime rate, this group will not be able to expand the economy because they are highly leveraged or their cost structure is too high, Mr Winder said. They will not be opening up new stores or expanding, so little is happening by way of expansion and employment. Govt must capture informal economy FROM page 1B FROM page 1B No silver bullet for economy fix Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigningf or impr ovements in the area or have won an a ward. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story. The roadworks are on schedule and very advanced. On May 25 were starting the two roadworks on West Bay Street, which will be the connecting roundabouts to the new West Bay Street.


C AL LI N G AL L WOM EN T O EM PO WER ME NT TO ST A N D TH REE BA HA MI A NS AD DE D TO BE EN I E M AN CO NC ER T I N Y A E AR: WH A T 'S G OI NG ON W I TH V YB Z K AR T E L ? WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011 T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C By Tribune Features T he Bahamas has lost a cultural icon with the death of noted Bahamian artist, architect, Junkanoo and culture activist Jackson Burnside who died last week at the age of 62 following a brain aneurysm. M r B u r n s i d e w a s t h e p r e s i d e n t o f t h e a r c h i t e c t f i r m J a c k s o n B u r n s i d e L t d ( t h e c o m p a n y w h i c h d e s i g n e d t h e c o l o u r f u l a n d u n i q u e l y B a h a m i a n t h e m e d M a r i n a V i l l a g e a t A t l a n t i s ) a n d f o u n d e r o f D o o n g a l i k A r t a s w e l l a s b e i n g C h a i r m a n E m e r i t u s a n d d e s i g n e r o f t h e O n e F a m i l y J u n k a n o o a n d C o m m u n i t y O r g a n i s a t i o n G r o u p T h r o u g h o u t h i s l i f e M r B u r n s i d e w o r k e d t i r e l e s s y t o p r o m o t e t h e a r t a n d c u l t u r e o f t h e B a h a m a s o p t i m i s t i c t h a t t h e s e e l e m e n t s o f B a h a m i a n l i f e w o u l d a t t r a c t t o u r i s t s t o t h e c o u n t r y a s m u c h a s t h e s u n s a n d a n d s e a H is enthusiasm for life itself and for the cultural diversity and richness of The Bahamas was infectious," Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said. "His spirit and great enthusiasm will live on in our hearts. Moreover, his legacy in many fields of endeavour from his professional success in archi tecture to his artistic craft to Junkanoo will endure." O p p o s i t i o n l e a d e r P e r r y C h r i s t i e w h o a p p o i n t e d M r B u r n s i d e t o t h e C u l t u r a l C o m m i s s i o n d u r i n g h i s t e n u r e a s P r i m e M i n i s t e r s a i d : J a c k s o n w a s a m a n o f k e e n a n d i n c i s i v e i n t e l l e c t i n t e l l e c t i n h e r i t e d f r o m b o t h h i s f a t h e r t h e l a t e D r J a c k s o n B u r n s i d e t h e f i r s t b l a c k d e n t i s t i n T h e B a h a m a s a n d a f r o n t l i n e f i g u r e i n t h e e a r l y y e a r s o f t h e s t r u g g l e f o r m a j o r i t y r u l e a n d h i s m o t h e r G e r t r u d e B u r n s i d e t h e s i s t e r o f t h e l a t e S i r R a n d o l F a w k e s a p r o f o u n d s e n s e o f p a t r i o t i s m a n d l o v e f o r t h e B a h a m a s a n d i t s i n d i g e n o u s c u l t u r a l h e r i t a g e M r B u r n s i d e s p r o f e s s i o n a l c a r e e r w a s s e l f d e f i n e d a s a r a m b l i n g t h r o u g h t h e c u l t u r e o f t h e B a h a m a s c o n n e c t i n g d i v e r s e d i s c i p l i n e s a n d i n t e g r a t i n g i n t u i t i o n w i t h c o m m o n k n o w l e d g e H e w a s t h e r e c i p i e n t o f n u m e r o u s h o n o u r s a n d a w a r d s i n c l u d i n g t h e B a h a m a s C h a m b e r o f C o m m e r c e D i s t i n g u i s h e d C i t i z e n s A w a r d f o r t h e C r e a t i v e a n d P e r f o r m i n g A r t s a n d t h e 2 0 0 8 B a h a m a s H o m e a n d B u i l d e r s L i f e t i m e A c h i e v e m e n t A w a r d F o l l o w i n g h i s d e a t h T r i b u n e A r t s a n d E n t e r t a i n m e n t s p o k e w i t h s e v e r a l o f h i s p e e r s t o d i s c u s s h i s c o n t r i b u t i o n t o a r t a n d c u l t u r e i n t h e B a h a m a s a n d t h e l e g a c y h e l e a v e s b e h i n d "My memory of the Burnsides, and Mrs Burnside goes back to when they had a store in East Street and my aunt used to send me to the store for cer tain items, when I was a young boy, it still lingers in my mind. They were a part of the wonderful families that we SEE page 2C


T H E T R I B U 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 18, 2011 h a d i n N a s s a u b u t r e f l e ct i ng on J a c k s on h e n e v e r fo r g o t w h e r e h e c a m e f r om h e w a s a l w a y s a v e r y h u mb l e p e r s o n wh o m a n y o n e c o ul d a p p r oa ch f or a dv ic e a nd w h e n he s ta r t e d to p a i nt h e w o u ld a s k f or d i r e c ti o n wh a t to d o w it h th i s a n d t h a t t o i m p r o v e h i s w or k Pa m J a c ks o n a n d I ha d m a n y c o n v e r s a t io n s to g e th e r o n t h e h is t o r y o f th e B a h a m a s H i s c o m mi t m e n t to t h e hi s t o r y wa s w e l l k no w n Hi s c o nt r i bu t io n s t o th e a r t s a n d a r ch i te ct ur e wi l l n e v e r b e e q u a l e d, a nd I a s a f r i e n d w i l l m i s s h i m b e c a u s e h e a lw a y s e nc o u r a g e d m e n o t o n ly t h a t, b u t h e w a s d o wn to e a r th a nd l o v e d h is c o u nt r y a n d r e s pe ct e d it s a i d M a x w e l l T a y l o r Ar tis t Edd ie Mi nni s tol d T r i b une A r ts th a t M r Bu rn si de 's d e ath l e av e s a hug e vo id i n the c oun try s cul tur a l la nd sc ap e U nfor tun a te ly w e in th e B ah a ma s to o ofte n ta ke o ur a r tis ts fo r g ra nte d a nd o nl y m om en ta ri ly re fle ct o n the ir c ontr ib uti on to ou r s oci e ty w he n the y d ie Ja c ks on le ft hi s d is tin ctiv e ma rk i n a rch ite ctu re p a inti ng an d Jun ka no o. H is l ife w as de v ote d to pu rs ui ng h is p a ss io n in the s e a r ea s H e e n cou ra g e d an d su pp or ted m a ny o the r s in th e a r ts. H e a l wa ys str e ss e d the imp or ta nce o f e x ce ll e nce Ja c k s o n w a s a d e a r fr i e n d a f a m i ly m a n a nd a w o n de r fu l r o l e m o d e l in m a n y a r e a s o f l i fe H e p o s s e s s e d a t r e m e n d ou s k n o wl e d g e of Ba ha mi a n h i s to r y a nd c u lt u r e H e p la y e d a m a j o r r o l e i n th e d e v e lo p m e n t a n d th e a pp r e c i a ti o n o f th e a r ts i n ou r c o u nt r y fr o m t he e a r l y 7 0 s t o t h e p r e s e n t. J a c ks on B ur n s i d e s d e a th l e a v e s a hu g e v o id i n o ur c u l tu r a l l a n ds c a p e T h e b e s t th a t w e c a n n ow d o is t r y to e n s u r e t h a t h i s l e g a c y i s p r e s e r v e d f o r f u tu r e g e n e r a ti o ns h e s a id I n a n e ar li e r in ter v ie w wi th T he Tr ib une ar tis t Joh n Cox M r Bu rn si de 's pa rt ne r in a n um be r of a rt pr oj e ct sa id m or e h a s to be don e to e x pa nd a r t i n th e co un try Ul t im a te l y I t hi n k we ju s t g a tt a d o m o r e M o r e i n th e s p i r i t o f wh a t he wa s a li g n e d w i th m a k i n g th e c o u nt r y b e t te r l i b e r a ti n g a r ti s t s he a r i ng e v e r y o n e s s t o r y Ju s t v a l i da ti n g e v e r y o ne M r Bu rn si de is s ur v iv e d by h is w ife Pa m e la a n d his da ug hte r s Eb ony a nd Or ch id H is fu ne r al w il l be h e ld to mo rr ow m or nin g a t 11 a m St Ag n es Ang li ca n Chu rc h on B ai ll ou Hi ll R oa d FROM page 1C A TRI BUT E T O A CUL TURAL I C ON -J A CK S ON BUR N SI DE J.C.N.P Salutes Jackson Burnside III


T H E T R I B U 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 03 WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011 HELD ANNUALLY, the organiers of The Bahamian/Jamaican Connection held their annunal Jamboree last month in an effort to celebrate the cultures of the two island nations. The fun-filled food extravaganza was held at the Queen Elizabeth Sports Center MAY 20 FRIDAY R OT A RY CL UB N AS S AU'S AR T ON THE HILL" The Rotary Club of Nassau invites you to enjoy the best of Bahamian art at their fundraiser "Art on the Hill", 7pm-9.30pm at Government House. Tick ets: $60/includes 1 drink. Telephone: 394-3192. MAY 20 FRIDAY BT VI PR OFES SION AL DEVE L OPMENT COURS E S Star something new by enrolling and learning about a profession. The Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute starts Professional Development courses on Friday May 20. Telephone: 5026300. MAY 20 FRIDAY N OS TR UM F ABUL A "O UR S TORY The Jacaranda House plays host to Nostrum Fab ula, "Our Story", a night of art celebrating the Heritage and stories of both the Bahamian and the Haitian cultures. 7pm. MAY 21 SATURDAY BURN S HO USE'S WINE, A R T & JAZZ FES TIV AL The Burns House Group of Companies presents a Wine, Art and Jazz Festival where you can get a taste of wines from all over the world, experience smooth jazz music, and get a chance to view and pur chase beautiful art work from artists such as Antonius Roberts, John Beadle, Clive Stuart, Nick Byer and many more. 3pm-7pm at The Poop Deck, Sandy port. Cost: $40/includes a complimentary bottle of wine. MAY 21 SATURDAY S T CE CI L I A 'S PT A A NN UAL ST EAK-O UT & F AM I L Y FUN D A Y The Parent-Teachers Association of St. Cecilia's Catholic Primary School hosts the Annual Steak-out & Family Fun Day, 11am6pm on the schools' grounds. Enjoy a day of food and fun activities including a bouncing castle, face painting, hoop-la, and bingo. Steak dinners: $10. MAY 21 SATURDAY H AN D S FOR H UNGE R 3RD A NN UAL P ARA D ISE PL A T ES Hands for Hunger gears up for the 3rd annual Paradise Plates, an event held in the Atlantis Crown Ballroom that showcases a lavish array of gourmet food, fine wine and spirits, and live entertainment with all proceeds benefit ing the Hands for Hunger non-profit humanitarian organisation commitment to eliminate hunger and reduce food waste in the Bahamas. Telephone: 3271660 ext 241. E: See MAY 22 SUNDAY Y ODEP H Y MODELLING S HOW Yopephy Dance & Modelling Studio presents the first of its two shows: The Modelling Extrava ganza (the Dancing Extravaganza is held June 12) at Wyndham Nassau Resort's Rain Forest Theatre, Cable Beach. Starts at 3 pm. Tickets $30. Telephone: 394-6209. yode By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer T H E C. H A. M. P. S ( C ho s e n, Ho no re d Ap po int ed M oti v a te Pos i tiv e S i s t e r s ) o r g a n i s a t i o n i s c a l l i n g a l l w o m e n t o p a r t i c i p a t e i n t h e E m p o w e r e d To S ta nd" ma r ch a nd r a ll y thi s S a t u r d a y T h e m a r ch wi l l s t a r t fr o m W i nd s o r Pa r k on to Wul ff R d pr e ce din g o nto Poincia na Dr ive and en ding at the C oll e ge of the Ba ha ma s B a nd Sh el l. T here will a lso be a r ally held at t h e B a n d s h e l l u n d e r t h e t h e m e E m p o w e r e d to S ta nd T h i s s e g m e nt o f t h e e v e n t w il l fe a t u r e m ot i v a ti o n a l s p e a k e r s a n d p r e s e n t a t i o n o f a r t s a n d d ra m a P r i n c i p a l o f C V B e t h e l E u l e a s e B e n e b y w i l l b e o n e o f t h e s p e a k e r s t o b r i n g a f e w en c o u r ag i n g w o r d s o n t h e s u b t h e m e E m p o w e r e d t o S t a n d . B e E d u c a t e d D r S a n d r a D e a n P a t t e r s o n w i l l s p e a k o n E m p o w e r e d t o S t a n d a g a i n s t dom e s ti c viol ence. Represen tat ives f r o m G e m i W e l l n e s s C e n t e r w i l l s p e a k o n E m p o w e r e d t o S t a n d . Fitness. R a q u e l P i n d e r w i l l s p e a k o n e m p o w e r e d t o s t a n d a m i d s t c r i s i s and representatives of the Miss Full Fi gu red o rgan isat i on w i ll sp eak o n "Empowered to Stand..Self Aware ness". S a m i t a F e r g u s o n o r g a n i s e r o f C H A M P S t o l d T r i b u n e E n t e r t a i nm e n t th i s e v e n t w i ll f o s te r a s e n s e of unity among women. I n a w o r l d w h e r e n e g a t i v i t y s e e m s t o c r i p p l e o u r n a t i o n t h e r e i s a hope for a paradigm shift to appear. W e b e l i e v e th a t th e s h i f t ca n c o m e to pass. In fact the shift is on. This is a t i m e o f u n i t y I t i s o u r d e s i r e t o h e r a l d the message of change by beginning with the end in mind. Together we can br in g c han ge i n o ur c o mm un ity." It is their belief that the unity this e v e n t f o s t e r s h a s t h e p o w e r t o c h a n g e the community. Rome was n' t built in a d a y and we a re m ak in g t he e ffor t to t ry a nd cha ng e ou r w or ld. We ho pe tha t th is ga th er in g fos te rs un ity a mo ng s is ter s a n d c a u s e a p o s i t i v e c h a n g e t o o c c u r sh e e x pla i ne d. O r g a n i s e r s o f t h e e v e n t a r e e n c o u r a g i n g a l l to co m e a n d e ng a g e i n a fu n t i m e J u s t c o m e o u t a n d h a v e a g r a n d t i m e T h e r e a r e s o m a n y n e g a t i v e thin g s o ut th er e bu t I thin k i t is tim e we h ig hl ig ht the pos it iv e ," sh e s ai d. T he r e w i ll a l s o b e g iv e a w a y s a t th e ev e nt wh ich sta r ts a t 3p m on S a tur d a y C .H .A .M.P .S is no np rof it grou p for me d for y ou ng w ome n a nd is c ur r e n t l y r e g i s t e r e d u n d e r t h e M i n i s t r y o f Y o u t h By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer D ING DING DING! The battle rounds began last week on The Voice, in the centre of the ring where two vocalist went tone for tone, and note to note for a spot in the live performances. Th i s w as b y f a r o n e of t h e m o s t e nterta ining epis odes of the s how. It w a s a l s o t h e m o s t u n f o r t u n a t e p a r t o f t h e s h o w f o r t h e v o c a l i s t w h o g o t eli min at ed fr om t he c omp et it io n. I a l w a y s h at e t h a t p a r t b u t y o u g e t ov er it as soon as the ne xt e p is ode comes on. T h e f i r s t a r t i s t t o b e e l i m i n a t e d f r o m t h e s h o w l a s t w e e k w a s T a r r a l y n R a ms e y wh o we n t u p a g a i n s t th e f ul l f igu red and lo vel y F ren ch i e D avi s. Ho w ever C h ri st i na A gu il er a wh o coached th e ladies, felt t he t e n sion b e t w e e n t w o t h e m o m e n t t h e y stepped on stage : "Is t here t e n sion b e t w e e n y o u g u y s ? S h e t h e n ad m o n i sh e d t he la d i es n ot t o s u c k t he f un o ut of th in g s H a v e fu n wi th the moment." I thought Single Ladies' by Bey o n c e w a s n o t a g o o d s o n g c h o i c e b e c a u s e i t d i d n o t m a x i m i s e t h e p ot e nti a l o f t he l a di e s' v o ic es B la k e was prett y i mpressed wit h t he p e r f o r m a n c e I fe e l li k e I wa s wa t ch in g R o c k y s a i d B l a k e F r e n c h i e s l i k e Ap ollo S he's ju st beat ing t he c rap out of her, and then right at the last, (Tarralyn) hit that note and it's like R ocky ca me i n an d cut it ri ght a t the last minute and knocked her out." T e a m B l a k e w a s u p n e x t w h o paired cowboy Patrick Thomas with t h e p o p u l a r T y l e r R o b i n s o n w h o s a n g B u r n i n g L o v e b y E l v i s P r e s l e y T h e i r d u e t s e e m e d t o g o a l o t smoother than Frenchie and Tarra l y n s m a y b e b e c a u s e P a t r i c k a n d Tyler's voices are naturally compli me n t a r y t h e f o r m e r i s d e e p a n d rich, while the latter is soaring and sm o o t h A n d t h ou g h T yl e r c an h i t just about any note, Patrick reigned victorious at the end of the duet. F in a l l y th e r e wa s th e b a ttl e r o y a l e t h at A d a m c a l l ed b y f a r t h e b es t duet of t he night : C e e Lo's ladies V i c c i M a r t i n e z a n d N i k i D a w s o n d u k i n g i t o u t f o r r o c k e r g r r r l o n P i n k s P e r f e c t B l a k e w a s v e r y ast o u nd ed by b ot h si d es. W i t h h er ro ck er gi rl vo ic e it w as Vi c ci Mar t i n e z w h o a d v a n c e d I a c t u a l l y t ho u g h t N i k i w a s s o m uc h be tte r a n d h a d a s tr on g e r d e l iv e r y I g ue s s V ic ci sang with more soul. B la ke s col ded Cee Lo for c h o o s i n g t w o o f h i s s t r o n g e s t s i n g e r s t o c o m p e t e a g a i n s t e a c h o t h e r C e e L o i s g o i n g t o r e f l e c t on his life and t h i n k o f t h e w o r s t m i s t a k e s h e s m a d e along the way, a n d o n e o f t h e m w i l l b e p a i r i n g y o u t w o a g a i n s t e a c h o t h e r t h e c o u n t r y singer said. A d a m s t e a m w a s t h e o n l y m a l e / f e m a l e d u e t o f t h e e v e n i n g H e asked Casey Weston one of the sec ond chance singers from the end of the last episode and Tim Mahoney, t h e h i g h v o i c e d P r i d e o f M i n n e a p o l i s t o p e r f o r m L e a t h e r a n d L a c e o r i g inally sung by Stevie Nicks and Don H e n l e y T h e i r f i n a l p e r f o r m a n c e w a s n't v er y e dg y, but i t was lov e ly t o lis ten to. Their voices blended beauti f u l l y a s C h r i s t i n a n o t e d a f t e r t h e f a c t Unfortun ate ly on ly one could ma ke i t t hr o ugh A d am d ec l are d t h at h e w a s g o i n g w i t h t h e g i r l b e c a u s e "there's just something about Casey Weston. T H I N G S 2 DO C H A M P S H O S T S E M P O W E R M E N T T O S T A N D M A R C H A N D R A L L Y LET S G E T RE A D Y T O R U MBLE! PATRICK Thomas and Tyler Robinson from Team Blake. B AH A M I A N/ J A M A I C A N C ONN ECTIO N 'S A NNUN A L J AMBO RE E GROUP poses with cans of the "Ultimate Thirst Quencher". ISLAND Boyz catch a pose before whipping up mouth-watering coconut water blends. ALL smiles and ready to dive in for a mouth-watering bite. CAPITAL City Marketing's Marketing Assis tants pose for a quick shot of the Jamboree's hit beverage Grace Coconut Water. ENJOYING one of the Grace Coconut Water blends mixed by the Island Boyz.


T H E T R I B U 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 18, 2011 J u s t a f e w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e B a h a m a s l o o k e d l i k e 4 0 . 5 0 . 6 0 . y e a r s i n t h e p a s t Nineteen nineties BY ROLAND ROSE Passion Fruit P assion fruit is one of the easiest of tropical fruits to grow if you have the space and support. Pas sion fruit is produced from very long vines that can grow 20 feet a year and need mature trees or chain link fences to support them. Th e fr u i t c o m es i n tw o f or m s p ur pl e (P a ssi f l or a e d ul i s) a n d y e l low Pass iflo ra ed ul is flavicarp a), w i t h t he pu rp l e t y p e b e i ng s ma ll e r a n d s o m e w h a t b e t t e r f l a v o u r e d t h a n t h e y e l l o w Y e l l o w f r u i t c a n b e t he si z e o f a b a se ba l l b ut t e n ds t o s hr in k w h e n f u l ly r i pe You may h ave w on d ered ho w t o pi ck pa ssion f ruit s if t he v in es ar e gr o w i n g th r o u g h t r ees s o m e 3 0 f e e t a b o v e t h e g r o u n d T h e a n s w e r i s t h a t y o u d o n o t T h e f r uits fall when r ipe and are not da ma g e d bec a use a le a the ry skin e n cl ose s t he p ulp a nd se e ds Ev e n a f t er t he f ruit ha s f al le n y ou ma y ha v e t o w ai t a da y or t wo for th e s k i n t o w r i n k l e t h e s i g n o f f u l l s w e e t n e s s The f lav ou r o f p as si o n f r ui t i s so m ewh at in ten se s o th e p ul p i s of t e n mix e d wit h w at e r or mild er f ru i t j ui c e s. A n e a r l y mo r ni n g p a s s i on f ru it r e a l l y w h e t s t h e a p pe t it e f or bre akf a st T h e yellow p a s si on fru it o rigin a l l y c a m e t o u s f r o m c e n t r a l B raz il, the purple f rom sout hern B r a z i l P a r a g u a y a n d n o r t h e r n A rg en ti na. I t s n a t i v e n a m e w a s s e x u a l l y s u g g e s t i v e a n d t hi s pe r t u rb e d t h e e a r l y R o m a n C a t h o l i c m i s s i o n a r i e s t o t h e a r e a T h e y c o n c e n t r a t e d o n t h e f lo w e r a n d d e r i v e d r a t h e r t e nu o us s y m b o l i s m f r o m i t s p a r t s T h i s a l l o w e d t h e i n d i g e n o u s p o p u l a t i o n t o ke e p t he ir na ti ve na me f or th e fr u i t b u t t h e w h o l e c o n n o t a t i o n w as ch ang e d. A c c o r d i n g t o t h e p r i e s t s t h e f lo we r p a r t s in di c a t e d t h e pa s si on o f C hr is t T h e t h re e st i g ma s re p res ented thr ee n ails th e th read s t he c ro wn of t h orn s, t h e v in e t e n d r i l s t h e w h i p s t h e f i v e a n t h e r s f i v e w o u n d s a n d t h e t e n p e t a l s a n d s e pa ls t e n a p os t le s. E v e r y S un da y s c h o o l c h i l d k n o w s t h e r e w e r e t w e l v e a p o s t l e s s o i t w a s e x p l a i n e d t h a t J ud a s a nd P e t e r we re ot h e rw i se e n g a g e d S ou nd s l ik e a c omm it t e e c on se n su s t o me T h e f lo w e rs of t h e p a ss io n f ru it a r e re a ll y l ov e l y w i t h w hi t e p urp l e a n d b l u e t h e p r e d o m i n a n t c o l o u r s E v e n m o r e s p e c t a c u l a r a r e t h e f l o w e rs of t he g i a nt g ra na d i l la w hi c h a r e hu g e I t r a r e ly f r ui t s b ut w he n i t d oe s, it pro duc e s a la rg e s h e l l w i t h w h i t i s h p u l p a n d i n t e r i o r e d ib le f l e sh. T he g i a nt g ra na di l la i s a v e r y he a v y pl a n t a nd ne e d s a s t ro ng f e n c e o r t re ll i s f o r s up po rt S o f a r so g oo d; n ow t he p ro bl e m I f y o u o b t a i n a y e l l o w p a s s i o n f ru i t s ow t h e s e e d s r a i s e t h e v i n e s t o m a t u r i t y a n d f l o w e r i n g y o u w i l l g e t no f ru it s We l l y o u m ig h t g e t so me fruits but they will be ho ll o w Y e l l o w p a s s i o n f r u i t i s n o t s e l f p o l l i n a t i n g a n d n e e d s t h e f l o w e r s o f p l a n t s g r o w n f r o m a d i f f e r e n t s o u r c e i n o r d e r t o b e v i a b l e P u r p l e p a s s i o n f r u i t i s m o r e a m e n a b l e a n d a s in g l e v i ne c a n pr od uc e f r ui t s. Se e ds f r om a t l e a st t w o so ur c e s sh ou l d b e s ow n ha l f a n i nc h de e p. T h e s e e d s s h o u l d b e f r e s h p l a n t e d i mme di a t e l y a f t e r e a t i n g t he f rui t ne a r t o ma t ur e t re e s t h a t w il l su pp o r t t h e m F r u i t s w i l l b e p r o d u c e i n t h e s e c on d y e a r a nd t he v i ne s wi l l g i v e h a r v e s t s f o r f i v e t o s e v e n y e a r s I t w o u l d b e a g o o d i d e a t o a d d n e w v i n e s e v e r y t w o y e a r s t o m a i n t a i n a st e a dy s up pl y o f f ru i t T h e s e e d s o f t h e p a s s i o n f r u i t a r e e d i b l e b u t i f y o u p r e f e r n o t t o d r i n k s o m e t h i n g t h a t l o o k s l i k e f r o g sp a w n y o u c a n pa s s t h e pu lp a n d se e ds t hr ou g h a f o od mi l l. A li t t l e s ug a r o r h o ne y c a n b e a d d e d i f t h e p u l p i s t o o t a r t f o r y o u r t a s t e b u d s P a ss io n f ru i t v i ne s p ro du c e f r ui t sp o ra di c a l ly a l l y e a r ro u nd b u t a r e m o s t p r o d u c t i v e i n t h e w a r m e r m o n t h s AN UNRIPE but full yellow passion fruit with flower. "O Dem Golden Slippers" You can't hold a good man down. Whether dancing on Bay Street or giving an in depth talk on art, Jackson Burnside will be an icon for creative junkanoo design, architecture and all form of Bahamian artistic endeavour. We will miss him. In 1948, St Augustine's Monastery, under the leadership of Father Ephraem, imported a herd of French Alphine goats and started a small farm producing goat milk for sale to Nassau residents. With other forms of agriculture, the Monks were self sustaining. The monastery later became the Catholic School SAC. The farming ceased in 1958. F o r e g r o u n d l e f t t o r i g h t D i o n i s i o D A g u i l a r M a r i n a D A g u i l a r a n d J a c k s o n B u r n s i d e J.B. with Bernard Petit and Antonius Robert.


T H E T R I B U 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 07 WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011 UPDA TE B E E N I E M A N C O N C E R T D A Y L I N E By LESH MORE EXCITEMENT has been added to the line up of what is expected to be the hottest con cert of the summer as Hennessy Artistry Bahamas present Dance hall veteran "Beenie Man" live in concert on Saturday June 4, at Club Luna.. With Grammy-nominations, high climbing record sales, and his greatest Dancehall hits, he has earned the title "King of the Dancehall." Added to join in on the stage with the man himself is the Bahamas' very own number one Reggae Band, Willis and the Illest, dynamic radio personality Natural Empress and well-known deejay and promoter DJ Supa Mario. Willis and the Illest Band known for their twisted amalgamation of aggressive roots, rock and dubstyle reggae will be the concert's opening act. Prompted by the love of reggae tunes, Willis Knowles, lead vocalist of the group, is ready to join in with the other talented musicians to take the Bahamas by storm. With hit songs such as "Natty Jam", "Hey", "Forbidden Love", and "Gonna Make You Fall", the band brings originality to the local scene. Their true talent blossomed and caught the eyes of the Bahamian community. Having formed in the summer of 2008, the group contin ues to develop their sound in the studio with the aim of Bridging the Gap of music, people and culture through their lively performances. Radio personality Natural Empress will set the vibe' of the night as the concert's host along with DJ Supa Mario as he turns the tables with great music hits for entertainment. Going further, promoters say that this concert is destined to be one of the most explosive shows of 2011, and by partnering with Burns House Group of Companies, fans will enjoy the environment rich in reggae music and the Hennessy drinks. Tickets to the concert are now on sale at designated outlets in Nassau that include Burns House Locations: JFK Independence Liquor StoreSaunders Beach Caves Village, Captain's Cabin and the Mall of Marathon. The concert's general admission cost is $25 in Advance/$35 at the Door, VIP$45 in Advance/$55 at the Door and Platinum cost is $125. By LESH R I H A N N A a l l o w s f a n s t o s e e he r sof t e r side in h e r n e w v ide o C a l i f o r n i a K i n g B e d w h i c h p re m i e r e d j u s t l a s t w e e k I n t h i s p a r ti cu l ar vi d eo R iR i i s o ver whe lme d by t he lov e f rom h er p ar tner bu t s o meh ow sh e sti ll f e e l s l o s t b y i t a l l a s i f h e i s c l o s e t o h e r b u t f ar a w a y a l l at th e same ti me. T h e C K B v i d e o s h o w s t h e Red Haired Bermuda Princess lying under some sheer sheets w i t h h e r h e a d r e s t i n g o n h e r ma n 's c he st w h o i s la y in g s hi rt less. She is wearing a white or b e i g e c o l o r e d b a n d e a u a n d ma t c h i n g s h o rt s h o r t s a s s h e s i t s a c r o s s t h e h u g e b e d d e m o n s t r a t i n g t h e d i s t a n c e b et w e e n t h e m e v e n t h o u g h t h e y a r e both in the bed together. This s i n gl e "C al if or n i a Ki n g B ed ," is f ro m he r ne w a lbu m L oud which is her fifth studio album r e l e a s e d i n N o v e m b e r o f l a s t year. R i h a n n a e m o t i o n a l l y s i n g s t h e l y r i c s I n t h i s C a l i f o r n i a k i n g b e d w e r e t en t h o u s an d m i l e s a p a r t I v e b e e n C a l i f o r n i a wis hing on the s e sta r s, for y o ur h e a r t f o r m e M y C a l i f o r n i a king." The s t ea m y v id e o is also said to be e ndorse d by the skin ca re b r a n d N i v e a w h i c h f e a t u r e s C K B i n N i v e a s 1 0 0 y e a r s o f S k in Car e co m mer ci al, R ir i i s a l s o o n t h e N i v e a C r e m e J a r Kit, Go Riri! Even with the fiery red hair a n d s e x y l i n g e r i e R i h a n n a i s s ti l l m o r e s et tl e d a n d c al m i n t h i s v i d e o t h a n w e h a v e s e e n h e r r e c e n t l y A n u n e x p e c t e d c han ge fr om h er us u al s ou n d, b u t y o u n e v e r k n o w w i t h R i h a n n a s h e a l w a y s h a s s u r prises up her sleeves. L ik e a l l ce l e b s, R i ha n na t o ok to Tw it te r w he n ch oosing CK B as her next single and her fans v o t e d i n o n i t N e x t u p o n Rihanna's list of new videos is a n o t h e r b i g h i t c a l l e d M a n Down." Everyone is all hyped up for that particular one. I n a n i n t e r v i e w w i t h a f e w R i h a n n a f a n s T a m e k a C r a i g said, "I didn't get a chance to w a t c h t h e w h o l e t h i n g I t h o u g h t i t w a s a b i t s t a l e though, it did not captivate me at al l. I am in deed a Rih a n na fan but this particular single is not one of m y f a v ou ri t e s o n t h e album," she said. An ot h e r F a n Cr y st a l J a me s s a i d s h e a b s o l u t e l y l o v e d t h e vid e o and R i hanna can do n o w r o n g F r o m t h e c o l o u r s t o t h e setting, everything was just so calm and collective. Don't get me wrong, I also like the dark side to her in her over the top v i d e o s b u t t h i s o n e w a s n i c e also," she said. G o i n g f u r t h e r R i R i a l s o d i d a p er fo r m a n c e o f th e n e w s o n g on A meri ca n Idol a fe w w ee ks a g o L i k e t h e v i d e o s h e d i s pla y e d a nic e c la s sy l ook o n t h e s t a ge we a ring a be a utif ul l ong gow n. Na me s ha v e be e n c ha ng ed* Ezra Hepburn's Stop The World And Let Me Off "Stop the world and let me off I'm tired of goin' 'round n' 'round I played the game of love and lost So, stop the world and let me off." TH REE B A HA MIAN S ADDED T O R OS TER By LESH AMERICA has again hit us w it h a n ot he r s ho ck e r la s t we e k Thursday when they sent a fan favourite James Durbin home packing and kept Haley in the c om pe t iti on Y ou r to p 3 is n ow L a u r e n A l a i n a S c o t t y M c C r e e r y a n d H a l e y R e in h a r t I h a v e t o s a y t h a t I w a s a m o n g t h o s e s h o c k e d f a n s w h e n J a m e s w a s e l i m i n a t e d o u t of the competition. I was one h u n d r e d p e r c e n t s u r e t h a t Ha l ey w o u l d be t h e o n e se n t h ome T he t o p thre e is l ookin g g o od but l ike e veryone else I would of preferred it be Lau re n, Sc o t t y a n d P i a t o be t he last three standing but oh well, the show must go on. J ame s ac t ua ll y gre w o n m e when he made it to the top 5, I didn't se e his e limination coming. I have a feeling that h e 's g o i n g t o m a k e i t f a r i n h i s ca r e er tho ug h, he h as the d ri ve and talent to push him further than American Idol. L e ts R e ca p! Th e el imi na tio n show started with a duet from the two re mai ning guy s, Scott y a n d J a me s the y p e rfo r me d the song "Start a Bond." The girls sang "Gun pow der and Lead b y M i r a n d a L a m b e r t t h e y d i d a lot better than the guys did. R y a n c o m e s i n w i t h t h e r es u l t s an d m y g i rl L au r e n i s the first one to be p l ac e d i n t h e T o p 3 m h o o r a y A t t h a t m o me nt I m sa y i ng H a l e y i s g o i n g h o m e f o r s u r e I w a s a l m o s t c e r t a i n B e f o r e w e g o t a c h a n c e f o r m o r e r e s u l t s we g o t t h e c h a n c e t o w at c h L ady G aga p erf o rm h e r s o n g Y o u a n d I S o o n af t e r c a m e a p e r f o r m an c e b y Enrique Iglesias, who sang his s o n gs "D i r t y Da n c e r an d I like it." We a lso got to see the se as o n s i x A I w i n n e r J o r d i n S p a r k s b a ck o n t he I d ol s ta g e a g a in A lot has changed since she won t h e c o m p e t i t i o n i n s e a s o n 6 i n c l u d i n g h e r m a j o r w e i g h t l o s s b u t h e r mus ic is st ill o n poi nt sh e pe rfor me d he r ne w song "I am woman," a f a v o u r i t e o f m i n e The re was also a s howi n g o f S t e v e n T y l e r s new vi deo "I t f eels s o g o o d o f f h i s s o l o a l b u m I d o n t r e a l l y have much to say about that. T h e t i m e f o r m o r e r e s u l t s cam e a nd R ya n tells Hale y she i s s a f e w h a t a b u m m e r S o there were two girls that took up the space in the top 3, leav ing room for one more person. J a m e s a n d S c o t t y s t o o d i n shock. Ryan reveals that Scotty is safe, taking up the last spot in the Top 3 and James was elim inated from the competition. DIDN' T SEE THA T C OMING RIRI SIMMERS IT D OWN IN CKB VIDEO By FARAH F IRST it was his outrageous pale skin tone (due to bleaching), now the Lady Gaga of Reggae & Dancehall music, Vybz Kartel, has done it again. I n an o t h e r d es p e ra t e a t t e mp t t o s t i r u p c o n v e r s a t i o n t h e a r t i s t a d d e d a n e x t e n s i o n t o t h e V y b z K a r t e l p e r s o n a l i t e r a l l y I n a d d i t i o n t o us ing cake soap Kart el is no w wearin g w eave! P ic t ures o f t h e d eejay w it h al mo st s h o u l d e r l e n g t h b r a i d s b e g a n c i r c u l a t i n g s o m e t i m e l a s t w e e k o n t h e w e b w h i c h unleashed a firestorm of comments. T h e r e h a s b e e n m u c h d e b a t e a s t o w h e t h e r his lon g ha i r' is fa k e si nce r e ce ntl y he ha d be e n sp or tin g a lo w ha ir cu t. Afte r t he ar tis t re ce iv e d so muc h cr it ici sm for hi s n e w lo ok h e re spo nded by saying people are always g o i n g t o f i n d f a u l t i n a n y t h i n g h e d o e s b e c a u s e he i s on to p. "Fi r st of f I 'd l ik e to k no w wha t a ll th e fu s s ab ou t my ha ir i s? As with e v e ry o the r th ing th a t I d o t h i s h a s n ot h i n g to d o w i t h a n y th i n g ex ce p t p la in ol d ba d mi nd Be ca us e wh e n I wa s i n v o l v e d i n th e N i n j a M a n i n c i d e n t a fe w ye a r s a g o, I ha d in ex te ns io ns the n w hy di dn't the hu lla b al oo co mm e nce the n? "W he n I wa s n't on t op the ha tin g wa s n' t ne ce ss a ry W he n I di d Ne v e r L ov e An oth er Gir l" v ide o i n 20 0 5 m y ha i r wa s pe r me d why did n' t th e in qu is itio n com me n ce ? Be ca us e I w as n' t o n top s o the ha tin g wa s n't ne ce s sa r y Wh at I 'm s ay i ng i s th at wh en yo u' re on top pe o ple fin d al l ki nds of fau lts an d fla ws to p oi nt out i n the ir q ue s t to te a r yo u dow n but g ue s s wh at, I co uld n't ca r e le ss wha t pe op le s a y o r thi nk a bo ut K ar te l. Ma v a do, Ele ph a nt Ma n Ma c he l Mo nta no (wh os e h ai r is don e b y the sa m e g ir l wh o did m in e) T. O. K a ll h a d ex te n si ons put in Ta lk a b out tha t, th e a r tis t s a id. 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By BRENT STUBBS S enior Sports Reporter b A fter getting shut out in their opening match against Venezuela, theB ahamas bounced b ack to avenge their loss by blanking Panama to keep their hopes alive for the Fed Cup playoffs. At the National Tennis Center in Santo Dominigo, Dominican Repub-l ic, yesterday, the Bahamas had an impressive showing to pull even at 11 in the Americas Group II BG roup. The top two teams will advance to the playoffs to play the top two out of the AS Group this weekend. I n their single matches, Kerrie C artwright prevailed with an identical 6-1, 6-1 decision over Dania Navarro, while Grand Bahamian Larikah Russell secured a 6-0, 6-1 win over Rosaline Zafir Chavey-Tello. T he doubles combination of N ikkita Fountain and Grand B ahamian Simone Pratt won 6-2, 62 over the team of Chavey-Tello and N avarro. T he Bahamas team, captained by G rand Bahamian Rodney 'Hot Rod' Carey, will have today off. They still have two more matches to play against Ecuador and Costa Rica on Thursday and Friday to determine whether or not they will be one of the two teams to advance to thep layoffs on Saturday. T he team rebounded very well a fter dropping the disappointing 3-0 d ecision to Venezuela on Monday. In those matches, Cartwright was beaten 6-1, 7-6 in her opening singlesm atch to Adriana Perez, while Russell fell 6-2, 6-1 to Andrea Gamiz. T he doubles saw the team of Russell and Fountain lose 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to Marina Giral Lores and Mariana Muci-Torres. R ussell and Fountain were making t heir return to the team after the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association didn't allow them to compete because they didn't participate in the December Invitational. Following the Fed Cup, the wome ns version of the Davis Cup for m en, Russell and Fountain went on t o win the gold in the women's doub les at the Central American and C aribbean Games. They also played a t the Commonwealth Games where t hey won their first round match before getting ousted by the host Indian team in the second round. Earlier this year, Russell and Fountain gained some more expe-r ience when they represented the B ahamas as a wild card entry in the doubles segment of the Bahamas Womens Open. Both Cartwright and Pratt have been traveling and competing extensively on the junior circuit. Theyw ere members of last year's team. T hree years ago, Russell and F ountain helped the Bahamas to a dvance to zone one. This year, the B LTA is hoping that by teaming up w ith Cartwright and Pratt, Russell a nd Fountain can help the Bahamas to return to zone one next year. Batters up T HETRIBUNE SECTIONEWEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011 BATTER UP: THE Bahamas Government Departmental Softball Association continued its softball regular season this week at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. Softball is the final discipline on the 2010/11 sporting calendar. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 2E T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f Bahamas keeps Fed Cup playoff hopes alive T T E E N N N N I I S S B y RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter CONDOLENCES contin u e to mount as peers and members of the local American football community con t inue to pay homage to the life of a former player. Dwayne Pig Iron C artwright, a Department of E nvironmental Health secu rity guard, was shot and killed during an armed robbery att he public landfill off Tonique Williams Darling Highway early Monday after n oon. The 44-year-old Cartwright was an iconic member of the Sunburners Football Club of t he Commonwealth Ameri can Football League. He was an active member on the field d uring the 1980s and 90s and recently played an instru mental role in the Sunburners making a recent return to t he league. Ian "Big Red" Lightbourne, one of the foundingm embers of the Sunburners, remembered Cartwright as a teammate who placed the needs of others around him far above his own. When I heard the news only tears came to my eyes. He was a brother who always had your back. Just recently, when I met him down at Environmental Health, he said to me that he had changed his life. He had committed to coming out and helping me with the young guys and bringing the Sunburners Football Club back, he said. He was changing his life and was just about to renew his vows with his wife at their home church Mount Tabor and he was an example to a lot of people. I said to myself if 'Pig Iron' can change, anyone can change. I was so impressed with him because of the job he was doing with his family and in his life seeing where he came from as a young brother off East Street where we started the Sunburners. Lightbourne, who named Cartwright as godfather to his daughter, remembered some of the more lighthearted moments shared between the two on the gridiron. He was always determined to do what he wanted to do. One time 'Pig Iron' picked up the ball and ran the opposite way. We had to run him down and catch him to tell him he was going the wrong way, but he was able to laugh it off and take it all in stride, he said. Another time we had a game where we were on the goal line late in the game and 'Pig Iron begged us to give him the ball and he was going to American footballers remember Dwayne Pig Iron Cartwright S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter ON the heels of hosting interna tional competition in the capital last weekend, the Bahamas Volleyball Federation is preparing to field a men's team on their quest toward qualification in the region's top event. The Bahamas men's national team will compete at the 2011 VI Mens Pan American Cup July 11-19, in Gatineau, Canada, hosted by the Canadian National Volleyball Feder ation, affiliated to North America, Central America & Caribbean Confederation (NORCECA American Volleyball Union (PVU and the Federation Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB A total of 12 teams will participate in the Pan American Cup, including the top eight teams from the NORCE CA Continental Ranking and the top four ranked teams from the South American Confederation Continental rankings. The Bahamas is one of 12 teams in the region scheduled to take part alongside Canada, Argentina, the Dominican Republic, the USA, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Panama. Don Cornish, president of the BVF, said last weekend's Scotiabank Defenders' "Defend Ya Spike" tour nament served as a timely test for local players to keep them sharp headed into international competition. "Volleyball in the Bahamas has taken its quality of play in the last few years much higher, starting with the pre-qualification tournament for the World Championships continuing last year and, again this year, our men's team in particular will be going through the Pan American Cup in Canada which will allow the players in particular to have an opportunity to play some of the competition they have played before as well as new comers and have a chance to sharpen their skills," he said. "One of the things we have suffered from in volleyball is quality competi tion on a long-term basis. Most of the times our teams are not able to prepare themselves well in advance of championships and that has hindered their ability to play at a high level once they go into competition." Cornish said the opportunity for the Bahamas to compete against some of the best teams not only in the region but in the world, should do wonders for the development of the national team programme. "We have been trying for a very long time to put ourselves into a position where we can qualify for a major international tournament. This event will include a lot of the more dominant teams in the region like the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and its an opportunity for us to make a start at trying to get to the Pan American Games in October," he said. "Going forward, next year is a competition year in the Caribbean region for our men and women senior teams so this is another chance for them to raise their level as well. We look for ward to having a chance to expose our teams to a high level of competition as many times as possible so that they can hone their skills and so that we can have a team that we can be justly proud of." DeVince Smith, BVF executive and Defenders head coach, said the recent tournament would help by giving the team new talent to compete against in between its practice sessions. "The national team has been prac ticing consistently and I think that every player that is a part of the national team participated in the tournament so they are getting their fair share of play. They did not play against anyone they will probably see at the Pan American Cup but they played against international players that they have seen before," he said. "With good competition it helped to enhance their skill level. The team still has a few weeks to practice as a national volleyball team before they get to Canada so there is still time for them to get together as a cohesive unit, said Smith. Teams will be ranked in each group according to their position in the FIVB World Ranking as of January 1, 2011. The Pan Am Cup traditionally has many of the world's superpowers in the sport, including Brazil the reigning world champions. Men s national volleyball team to compete at Pan Am Cup S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E


P LAY ACTION: T HE Bahamas Government Departmental Softball Association (BGDSA softball regular season this week at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. Softball is the final discipline on the 2010/11 sporting calendar. Games are being played 4pm daily. Some of yesterdays action can be seen here. L OCAL SPORTS P AGE 2E, WEDNESDAY, MAY 18, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS BGDSA HIGHLIGHTS P h o t o s b y T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f A A A A S S S S W W W W I I I I N N N N G G G G I I I I N N N N G G G G T T T T I I I I M M M M E E E E