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N ASSA U AND B AHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Tourists in $1m robbery terror V olume: 107 No.149MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 87F LOW 77F Ar med thugs r aid John Bull store TRY OUR CHICKEN MAC The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM JACKSON BURNSIDE: THELEGACYOFABAHAMIANHERO I N S I G H T HAMMER BLOW: Thieves used a hammer to smash open two Rolex showcases at the John Bull store (above each valued at around $60,000. Right: The counter where the robbery occurred. T H E S T O R I E S B E H I N D T H E N E W S S E C T I O N C M O N D A Y M A Y 2 3 2 0 1 1 B y N O E L L E N I C O L L S T r i b u n e S t a f f R e p o r t e r n n i c o l l s @ t r i b u n e m e d i a n e t Iw r i t e t o d a y s I n s i g h t w i t h s o m e s a d n e s s k n o w i n g t h a t o n e o f m y n u m b e r o n e a d v o c a t e s t h e l a t e g r e a t J a c k s o n B u r n s i d e w i l l n o t b e a r o u n d t o o p e n t h e p a p e r t h i s m o r n i n g t o f e a s t o n m y i n s i g h t s .H e w a s a p e r s o n I t r u s t e d w i t h m y m o s t p r e c i o u s d r e a m s a n d m o s t p a s s i o n f i l l e d v i s i o n s H e h a d t h e a b i l i t y t o i m a g i n e i n t o b e i n g t h e n o n e x i s t e n t ; a n d h e r a t e d t h i s t a l e n t i n v i s u a l i z a t i o n o v e r t h e m o r e c o m m o n a b i l i t y t o a n a l y s e a n d c r i t i c i z e P e r h a p s i t w a s t h i s q u a l i t y t h a t e n a b l e d h i m t o c r a d l e t h e d r e a m s o f a n o t h e r a n d f i n d a w a y t o h e l p t h e m l e v i t a t e W h a t w a s p r e c i o u s t o m e w a s p r e c i o u s t o h i m n o t b e c a u s e o f w h a t i t w a s b e c a u s e h e c o u l d s e e b e y o n d a n y a r t i f i c e b u t b e c a u s e h e c o u l d p e r c e i v e t h e b i g i d e a A s a n a r c h i t e c t h e k n e w h o w t o w o r k i n t h e r e a l m o f f a a d e b u t h e d i f f e r e n t i a t e d h i m s e l f b e c a u s e h e g r a s p e d t h a t a n c i e n t A f r i c a n p r i n c i p l e t h a t s a y s A s a b o v e s o b e l o w I t m e a n s t h e o u t w a r d m a t e r i a l r e a l m i s a m e r e r e f l e c t i o n o f a n i n n e r u n i v e r s e M o s t p e o p l e a r e f a m i l i a r w i t h t h e p a r a l l e l C h r i s t i a n c o n c e p t : T h y w i l l b e d o n e o n e a r t h a s i t i s i n h e a v e n B u t t h e y h a v e n o k n o w l e d g e o f t h e A f r i c a n m e a n i n g : a n a n t e c e d e n t p r i n c i p l e t h o u s a n d s o f y e a r s m o r e s e n i o r I t i s a m a n i f e s t p r i n c i p l e i n t h e g r e a t e s t e d i f i c e s o f a n c i e n t K e m e t ( E g y p t t h e H e r e m a k h e t ( S p h i n x ) a n d t h e M i r ( P y r a m i d s ) T h e p r i e s t s o f a n c i e n t E g y p t p r e s e r v e d a g e o m e t r i c a l c a n o n a n u m e r i c a l c o d e o f h a r m o n i e s a n d p r o p o r t i o n s t h a t t h e y a p p l i e d t o m u s i c a r t s t a t e c r a f t a n d a l l t h e i n s t i t u t i o n s o f t h e i r c i v i l i z a t i o n s t a t e s J o h n M i t c h e l l i n h i s b o o k o n s a c r e d g e o m e t r y a n c i e n t s c i e n c e a n d t h e h e a v e n l y o r d e r o n e a r t h E a c h e a r t h b a s e d s t r u c t u r e o n t h e G i z a P l a t e a u r e f l e c t s a n i n n e r s y m b o l i s m t h a t i s g e o m e t r i c a l l y a n d p h i l o s o p h i c a l l y a l i g n e d w i t h t h e h e a v e n b a s e d s t a r s ; 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T h a t c o m e s f r o m h o w H e r e m a k e t i s l a i d o u t j u s t o n a l a r g e s c a l e s a i d M t u m w a a f r i e n d o f M r B u r n s i d e W h e n s o m e t h i n g c o n f o r m s t o t h e l o g i c w h e n y o u l o o k a t i t y o u r s p i r i t f a l l s i n t o h a r m o n y w i t h i t Y o u r s p i r i t d o e s n o t r e c o g n i z e t h e r a t i o ; i t j u s t r e c o g n i z e s t h e h a r m o n y o f i t I f i t i s n o t i n t h e r a t i o t h e n y o u r s p i r i t r e c o g n i z e s t h e d i s h a r m o n y I k n o w b e t w e e n m y s e l f a n d J a c k s o n I w a s g e a r i n g u p t o e x p l o r e t h i s i d e a e v e n m o r e l o o k i n g a t h o w t o c a n o n i s e c o m m o n s e n s e h e s a i d T o s i t u a t e t h e c o n v e r s a t i o n M r B u r n s i d e h a d a n d c o n t i n u e s t o h a v e w i t h u s i n a b r o a d e r c o n t e x t I r e a c h f o r t h e d i s c u s s i o n h a p p e n i n g o n t h e w o r l d s t a g e o n A f r i c a n f r a c t a l s I t h i n k i t g i v e s u s a n A f r i c a n r e f e r e n c e p o i n t c o u n t e r t o t h e V i t r u v i a n M a n F r a c t a l g e o m e t r y i s a m a t h e m a t i c a l t o o l f o r m o d e l i n g i n g e o l o g y b i o l o g y o t h e r n a t u r a l s c i e n c e s a n d i n f o r m a t i o n t e c h n o l o g y A f r i c a n f r a c t a l s s p e a k t o h o w o u r a n c e s t o r s u s e d t h i s p r e c i s e s c i e n c e t o s t r u c t u r e t h e i r d w e l l i n g s d e s i g n t h e i r b u i l d i n g s a n d s t r e e t s a n d e v e r y t h i n g e l s e f r o m h a i r s t y l i n g p a i n t i n g c a r v i n g m e t a l w o r k a n d g a m e s n o t j u s t i n K e m e t b u t a c r o s s t h e c o n t i n e n t A M o d e r n D a y I m h o t e pM r B u r n s i d e w a s a n a r c h i t e c t b y p r o f e s s i o n b u t h e a l s o s a w h i m s e l f a s a m a t h e m a t i c i a n E a r l i e r t h i s y e a r h e a t t e n d e d a p r e s e n t a t i o n o f D r D a v i d I m h o t e p a s c h o l a r i n a n c i e n t A f r i c a n h i s t o r y w h o a u t h o r e d t h e b o o k T h e F i r s t A m e r i c a n s w e r e A f r i c a n s R e v e r e n d C l e v e l a n d E n e a s I I A n k u S a R a o f t h e Q u b t i c C h u r c h o f t h e B l a c k M e s s i a h a t t e n d e d t h e s a m e p r e s e n t a t i o n H e s a i d M r B u r n s i d e r a i s e d h i s h a n d C O M M O N S E N S E 1 0 1 :J A C K S O NB U R N S I D E S L E G A C YJ A C K S O NB U R N S I D E SL E G A C Y S E E p a g e 3 C By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter ARMED thugs made off with almost one million dollars worth of luxury timepieces as tourists and local shoppers were caught up in a daylight robbery at a flagship Bay Street boutique yesterday. The two masked men, brandishing what witnesses SEE page 12 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT: Copper thieves have struck again, this time making off with 600ft of wire from BTC val ued at $12,000. BTC is just the latest in a string of companies and institutions including the Water and Sewerage Corporation and ZNS which over the past SEE page 12 COPPER THIEVES PLUNDER $1 2,000 HAUL FR OM BTC Felip Major /Tribune staff A TOURIST was recovering in hospital last night following a collision between a jet-ski and a banana boat. The incident happened at around 3.15pm on Friday at Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island. Preliminary reports claim the tourist, a 35-year-old woman from Florida, was a passenger on a banana boat ride when it collided with a jet ski ridden by two people. The woman was rushed to hospital where she is being treated for a fractured right leg. Medics describe her condition SEE page 13 TOURIST HURT IN JET-SKI ACCIDENT By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter A POWER struggle is under way at the Department of Lands and Surveys after the Permanent Secretary David Davis reportedly overturned a decision made by the Director Alexander Flowers to redeploy chain workers to the Ministry of Works. As a result, it is reported that Mr Flowers is considering tendering his resignation as he SEE page 13 CONCERN continues to grow in the South Andros constituency as reports begin to surface that the PLP may be considering not running the areas current Member of Parliament in the 2012 general election. According to reports reach ing The Tribune last night, South Andros MP Picewell Forbes may be in for a tougher fight than he thought to secure his renomination if the PLPs leadership continues to covertly sanction other SEE page 13 PICEWELL F ORBES FACING TOUGH RENOMINATION FIGHT REPORTS POWER S TRUGGLEBREAKSOUT AT DEPT OFLANDS AND SURVEYS


LOCAL NEWS P AGE 2, MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE n#-),3r#0#-#)(#-#(.") f),*),. nn#-),3/**),. ),."--) #-/-/&1#&&."*,)0#! #&0#-),3-,0 .)&#(.#(.") f),*),.#)(--#(--&/#)(n(&3-#-,$,t 5 #(/-.,#-',%. 5 ,)'#(/-.,3 5)'*& ),-.#(!/.##(!#,)-) 5#( ),'.#)(,*),.-*,-(..#)(-t 5*,)*)-&-.) 5f)(.,#/..)-.,)(!,&.#)(-"#*.",)/!"#(.,.#)(-1#."*,-)((&t *.#+&'-,t 5(#0,-#.3),f)3#(-*#4.#)(#(-#(--&/.#)(#n(&3-.),1#&& *&/-t 5) *)-.+/&# #.#)(1#."#! #,'t 5/.-.(#(!')&#(!-%#&&-t 5/.-.(#(!)''/(#.#)(#(.,*,-)(&-%#&&-t 5n#&#.3.)-)&0)'*&.-%-t 5*,-)(&#.3t 5*&, ( +t 5n"#!"&3"&&(!#(!#(-/-/& 5n)'*.#.#01#." 5f)(.#(/)/-.,#(#(! 51),%#(!(0#,)('(. -/'#.**&#.#)(1#.",,#/&/'0#.)(!1#.".)b n/#,(+24 MEETINGTHE PEOPLE: Branville McCartneys DNA held its first mix andm ingle fun day at Arawak Cay on Saturday with the aim of raising funds and meeting potential voters for the fledling party. DNAs Mix and Mingle Fun Day PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff WELL-KNOWN singer Sammy Star Poitier and DNA candidate with his wife and daughter.


T HE crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk repatriated 35H aitian migrants to Cap Haitien, Haiti on Friday. While on routine patrol, crew members from the US Coast Guard (USCG C utter Vigilant spotted a Bahamian-flagged 28-foot vessel without navigation lights northwest of Port deP aix, Haiti on Thursday. Once Vigilant crew members arrived on scene, they d iscovered 35 Haitian and two Indian migrants a board. The migrants were safely transferred from the 2 8-foot vessel to the USCG Vigilant. Transferred The 35 Haitian migrants were subsequently transf erred to the USCG Mohawk for repatriation. The vessel and two India n migrants were turned over to Royal Bahamas D efence Force officials in Great Inagua on Friday morning for further investigation. The US Coast Guard and its partners maintain a robust patrol presence throughout the Caribbean Sea to deter illicit maritime activity," said Captain Peter Brown, chief of r esponse operations for the Seventh Coast Guard District. "Our primary concern is for the safety of these migrants who are putting their lives at extreme risk in grossly overloaded ves-s els." Once aboard a US Coast Guard cutter, all migrants receive food, water, shelter and basic medical care. T he Mohawk is a 270foot medium endurance USCG cutter homeported in Key West, Florida. The Vigilant is a 210f oot medium endurance USCG cutter homeported i n Port Canaveral, Florida. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011, PAGE 3 US Coast Guard rescues and repatriates 35 Haitian migrants REPATRIATED: THE crew of the US Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk repatriated 35 Haitian migrants interdicted a t sea to Cap Haitien, Haiti on May 20. U S C o a s t G u a r d p h o t o s POLICE are requesting the publics help in locating as m any as nine suspects who are wanted in connection with several incidents of armed robbery and shootings over the weekend. The first shooting incident of the weekend, which occurred around 2am on Saturday in Fox Hill, has left a m an in critical condition in hospital. Police reports indicate the victim, a 20-year-old man, was at Grant Street, Fox Hill, when he got into an argument with a group of people and was subsequently shot multiple timesto the body. T he victim was taken to hospital by emergency medical personnel. Police are also requesting the publics assistance in locating two men responsible for a shooting that occurred just an hour later. A 20-year-old man was w alking through Brougham Street, off East Street, at around 3am when he was approached by two men, both of whom were armed with handguns. It is reported the men fired gunshots in the direction of the victim which resulted in the 20year-old receiving gunshot injuries to the knee. The victim was taken to hospital by private vehicle where he is detained in stable condition. Then on Sunday at 4.40am, police were called to a shooting at the Independence Shopping Centre. In this case, police are requesting the publics assistance in locating the occupants of a green Ford Expedition who may be responsible for a shooting incident in a parking lot. Police claim the occupants of a white Honda vehicle got into a fight with the occupants of a green Ford Expedition. This resulted in a 19-year-old passenger of the Honda receiving a gunshot injury to the back. The victim was taken to hospital by ambulance where he is detained in stable condition. Meanwhile, officers of the Southeastern Division are requesting assistance in locat ing two men responsible for an armed robbery at a residence on Solider Road. The incident occurred around 10pm on Fri day. According to police, the victim was in his home when he was approached by two masked men wearing black clothing. They were allegedly armed with handguns. It is reported they robbed the victim of his grey 1996 Toyota Windom, licence plate number 223545, and fled the area in an unknown direction. In another armed robbery incident, officers of the East ern Division are on the hunt for two men who reportedly broke into a home at Camperdown. The incident occurred shortly after midday on Friday while a woman and her son were at home. Two men, one of whom was tall and dark, wearing sun glasses and with a white T-shirt wrapped around his face, entered the home allegedly armed with a knife and demanded cash. The thugs robbed the two of laptop computers and an assortment of jewellery before fleeing the area in the womans 1994 grey Toyota Corolla. Anyone with information on any of these incidents should call 911, 919, the Central Detective Unit at 502-9991, 502-9910 or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS. POLICE SEEK HELP IN TRACING SUSPECTS WANTED OVER ARMED ROBBERIES, SHOOTINGS


EDITOR, The Tribune. P lease publish the following letter: My Dear Dr Sands; I read with interest your b rilliant article in The Nassau G uardian of March 2, 2011 u nder the caption, Democracy and Free Speech. You very s kilfully pinpointed the problem with democracy in this country; but failed to lay theb lame at the feet of the source. If the test of democracy is freedom of criticism, then pray tell me why was Steve McKinney so unceremoniously relieved of his duties for exercising that rightd uring the BTC demonstration? I hold no brief for Steve McKinney for he was also terminated from ZNS after the 2007 general elections for exercising his freedom to criti cise. I agree that we are being transported back to 1967; but you omitted to say by whom.Y ou see Dr Sands, it was in 1967 that Premier Lynden Oscar Pindling took racism, p ut it in reverse and took dis crimination, intimidation, vic timisation, nepotism and c ronyism to heights heretof ore unknown in this nation, again dear doctor you omitted to give reasons for us beingt ransported back to that part icular year. You did say that Bahamian democracy is alive a nd well, I can assure you, sir, that it is not, democracy as it is known in this country is terminally ill and confined to the i ntensive care unit of our political clinic. The airwaves (ZNS as submarine doors to anyone offering as independent political candidates in this nation by the political directorate. Y ou do not have to believe me just try to run as an independent. V ictimisation and intimida tion are daily occurrences in this nation, especially in thee lection season. I saw in The T ribune of todays date (02/03/2011 Branville McCartneys Town meeting was jettisoned by members of his own party, some democracy, eh doctor? I t will bode well with you, dear doctor, if you will have a word with some older memb ers of your party or even w ith a close relative about the night of the long knives, the powers behind the plot andt he executioner of the plot, I am sure that you would not only find the results reveali ng and educational, but astonishing. It is not only risky to criticise certain politicians on both sides of the political divide but very dangerous for ones political health. There are still a number of deadp oliticians walking around who can attest to that fact. On reading the details of the bust up of McCartneys meeting, I could not help but take a trip back down memor y lane to the byelection in C entral Andros in 1971. The tactics used by Pindling and the PLP against the Free PLPa nd the UBP were no differ ent from that now reportedly being used by Hubert Ingra ham and the FNM. For your i nformation doctor, it was those tactics that spawned the e mbryonic idea that eventua lly gave birth to the FNM. It was also those tactics that caused the fragmentation oft he FNM which later gave b irth to the BDP, SDP, FNDM and reversion back to the FNM, which kept the FNM in the political desert for two decades. Those sce narios, dear doctor, were not u nusual as all the players were from the bosom of the PLP and political protgs of the master, Lynden Oscar Pin d ling. It was also not a surprise that the co-founder and leader of the FNM when faced with the knowledge that h is stay on this planet was limited, passed on the leadership m antle of the party to an outsider. This was done in a m ove to get rid of the in-fighti ng that kept the entity fragm ented for so long. W hat is puzzling to me, doctor, is the fact that you h ave your fingers on what is the problem; but fail to connect where it lies. At theb eginning of your article you quoted David Ben-Gurion of Israel who coined the phrase: The test of democracy is freedom of criticism. I will quote from that great leader of the free world duringW WII, the late Sir Winston S Churchill: Democracy is the worst form of government I know, but it is the only one we have. If you are aware of all the hate speech, discrimin ation and libel that are ramp art around you, then why are you still in bed with that crew. I can assure you, sir, that if y ou are around long enough to run afoul or have any serious disagreement with the sta t us quo, you will find out first hand what good political cats do. The revelations of a liv-i ng legend, my Memoirs, will b e out by midsummer. The antics, shenanigans and escapades of former and somep resent politicians are laid b ald naked for the world to see. Nothing has been swept u nder the carpet, all is on the floor uncovered and visible. You will be able to see to what lengths and depths some w ould go and the crimes they would commit in order to achieve political power. ERRINGTON W I WATKINS Nassau, M arch 3, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, MAY 23, 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 S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 W EBSITE updated daily at 2pm Veni, vidi, vici I came, I saw, I conquered wrote Julius Caesar in 47 BC as he recorded the outcome of one of his short battles in Turkey. We borrow his words today to comment on the nine-month administration of Mrs Vinette Graham-Allen, newly appointed Director of Public Prosecutions, who, according to Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell, has done very little to prove the harsh words over her appointment were worth the fight. Mrs Graham-Allen of Jamaica was selected by government because of her legal and administrative experience and the need to bring order to the Bahamas malfunctioning judicial system. The consequences of this malfunction gave Bahamians heart burn almost daily as they read of the number of accused persons, many with long criminal records, being returned to society until a court date could be fixed for their appearance. The system has certainly contributed to the countrys rising crime figures, as these persons well known to the police, now free on bail, gun it out on the streets. The new DPP, in the short time that she has been here has seen the problems, a ssessed their consequences, and made major administrative changes. Whether in the end she will conquer remains to be seen. But at least she has come, she has seen, and she is doing something to bring order to chaos. However, results from the very nature of the problems will not be seen overnight. But over a period of time, as the changes work through the system, the Bahamas should have a more efficient judi cial system. Among the major problems were lack of proper evidence, lawyers playing the sys tem to drag out a case so long that it oftenf ell through the cracks, intimidated witnesses, and liberal justices too quick to grant bail. According to Mr Mitchell, the Attorney General in a recent public statement blamed the police for certain case failures. This cer tainly was not the intent of the Attorney General, and according to at least one police source, the police did not take his words as a criticism of them. As a matter of fact the police and the Attorney Generals staff now have a close working relationship. Police officers are being encouraged to think further than the investigation and a confession, and are urged to gather evidence of a standard that could produce a successful prose cution. A member of the Attorney Generals staff now works closely with the police to make certain that their evidence is cogent, reliable and admissible in court. When Mrs Graham-Allen arrived there were only two criminal courts in New Providence. Now there are four. The work load has been divided and judges rather than lawyers are in charge of setting court dates and managing case loads. One lawyer commented that the case load is so heavy, that anyone who thinks the backlog of cases will ever be eliminated is suffering serious delusions. No one will ever see that day, he said, as already this yearsc ases are almost too heavy to handle. However, the new DPP is making an attempt to reduce the backlog while keeping abreast o f current cases. The plan is to keep them moving through the courts at a steady pace so as not to give judges an excuse to grant bail for serious offences. It is obvious that the courts are moving away from the preliminary investigation and straight to the Supreme Court with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment. This will certain ly speed up trials. For example, Senior Justice Jon Isaacs will hear Voluntary Bills of Indictment every three months in addition to general trials. The other three courts will concentrate exclusively on trials, arraignments and fixture o f trials. According to the date of the offence a case must be completed within two years and the Bail Act will be amended for bail to be denied for a serious offence for at least that period. This will remove some of the revolving door justice that is frustrating the police and agitating the public. The focus of newly appointed Justice Roy Jones will be on older cases up to October 2009, in addition to all retrials ordered by the Court of Appeal. Bernard Turner, former DPP, will hear cases from 2010 onward. Witnesses are also interviewed before a case date is set to make certain that all witnesses will be available for the trial. And when the case is called a staff member from the Attorney Generals office will escort the witnesses to court and stay with them to make certain that no one attempts to inter fere with their evidence. T eleconferences are now taking place between justices, prosecutors and defence counsel with justices in England to keep abreast of the law. These are just highlights of what has been attempted during Mrs Graham-Allens short period here. It is certainly more than has been done in the past. In our opinion Mr Mitchells comments can be dismissed as so much political trouble making. As one lawyer commented, Some of these politicians are part of the problem. Only the Bahamian voter can deal with them. An open letter to Dr. Duane Sands LETTERS l She came, she saw and she hopes to fix it EDITOR, The Tribune. I write this letter in total frustration and disgust. I am a native Abaconian and a resident of Marsh Harbour. I have complained to the police about the residents of the Pigeon Peas and Mudd and have received nothing but disrespect and humiliation. The Haitians continue to play loud music day and night, steal my running water, throw garbage on my property and continue to abuse animals. When I call the police for assistance, they do not respond in a timely manner and at times there is no response at all. Recent ly I made a complaint about water being stolen and was advised by the officer on duty to remove the tap and place it out of reach. On another occasion I complained about the loud music and was told that the residents have a permit to operate a club. I have spoken to Mr Brent Symonette, officer in charge of Abaco Police District, Chairman of Local Government Marsh Harbour Township, and I have written to the Senior Island Administrator and have not received any results. I do not feel that I am being treated fairly and I think that is because I am a white person. I feel hopeless as there is no one to turn to for help in this lawless town. MARTHA RUSSELL Marsh Harbour, Abaco, April 27, 2011. Law enforcement are of no assistance EDITOR, The Tribune Re: Poll: 47% not convinced they should vote for two big parties. The Tribune, 14 April, 2011 DO not vote it just encourages the dingbats! KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, April 17, 2011. DON T EN C OURAGE THE DINGBATS!


By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT Although its been five months since the disappearance of Krishanna Higgs, her family remains positive and relentless in their efforts to find the mother of two who has vanished without a trace here on Grand Bahama. We are thinking positive of her being alive, said Rowena Poitier, an aunt. We are going to think in that respect; we hope for that. Family members have travelled from New Providence and the United States to Grand Bahama within the past several months in search of the 20-yearold. They have distributed flyers every week on the island and have launched a search on the internet via Facebook. They have also created an e-mail address: for anyone with information about the young womans disappearance. According to Ms Poitier, many persons have posted comments on the Find K rishanna and Ellie Facebook page offering a lot of emotional support and prayers to the family. We want to thank the public b ecause it does help, she said. We have also received a few tips that have been helpful but we are asking people to come forward with more information that will help us to move forward in our efforts to find Krishanna. Krishanna went missing on January 12 after travelling toF reeport from New Providence. She has two daughters aged two and three. Her ex-boyfriend, who lives in Freeport and is the fatherof her two-year-old, had reportedly purchased her ticket. A missing persons report was filed with police on March 29 by Krishannas mother, Krysta Fox,w ho is distraught over her daughters disappearance. Ms Poitier describes her niece as a loving person and great mother. She believes that persons out there have information that can assist them. We want people to know that Krishannas family and her children are really suffering every day; we just want her home. We feel that people involved in this need to be held accountable. We know that people have information and we appeal to them, if they have a heart, to c ome forward and give information. They can remain anonymous, all we want is to have her back. There may be people who are reading this who have specific information as to where she is. We are appealing to them as human beings, as mothers, aunts,u ncles to please have some compassion and come forward with information leading to whereabouts of Krishanna. Police press liaison officers ASP Loretta Mackey said investigations are continuing into Krishannas disappearance. Authorities are also searching f or her former boyfriend Charles Fritzgerald, 25, who is also wanted by police here on Grand Bahama in connection with allegations of causing harm. Ms Poitier said they plan to take the search for Krishanna nationwide to New Providence and the Family Islands. I n the meantime, the family w ill continue their island-wide search here. The family meets every Saturday at 10am at Our Saviour Lutheran Church and is inviting the community to come out and assist them in their efforts. We have been going out in Grand Bahama spreading the word and passing out flyers as far as McCleans Town, and we will continue our search every Saturday, Ms Poitier said. Ms Poitier, who lives in Los Angeles and is pursuing an acting career, has put everything on hold to return to the Bahamas to support her sister and to help find her niece. I feel I need to be here right now, this is my primary concern. I am very concerned for my sister because she needs as much support as she can get, and as long as I can, I will be by her side, she said. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011, PAGE 5 7KHLJQVRIWKHLPHVDQGWKH(QGRIWKH$JH Missing mothers family stays positive KRISHANNA HIGGS


B y RALPH J MASSEY On Wednesday, June 2, the Bahamas International Film Festival will show the award winning documentary Waiting for Superman at the Galleria. This documentary is an incredibly moving story of Mr. Geoffrey Canada and his Harlem Childrens Zone. Those attending will also receive a 12-page pamphlet that includes: 1. The student chants that are a very important feature of the college preparatory school of the H arlem Childrens Zone, and 2. A reprint of three articles that have appeared in The Tribune the three Inconvenient Truths about public education reform. The first is an interactive, h ighly kinetic system developed by Harriet Ball, and was passed on to two young college graduates, Mike Feinberg and David Levin. They had a passion to teach and discovered what worked with their students in their public school classroom in Houston, Texas. They went on to create a network of 122 such schools in the U .S. The latter are not only Inconvenient Truths but thes eemingly impossible barriers to public education reforme verywhere. The first addresses the problem of Government mandated unions in public education using the U.S. as an example. Inconvenient Truth No.1 is that similar institutional barriers exist in the Bahamas and are likely to exceed those faced by Geoffrey Canada. The second addresses the complex intersection of education and politics by looking at the state of New Jersey and The Cartel: education + politics = $ DVD. It contends that the unions, school boards, the New Jersey Department of Education and politicians collude systematically for their gain. This is at the expense of student academic achievement and the states financial solvency. Inconvenient Truth No. 2 is that the Bahamas also has road hazards at the junction of Education Avenue and Politics Street. The third looks at what we know about the acquisition of t he basic cognitive skills early in every humans life...potential n ear permanent learning impairment...and reduced lifetime learning and earnings. Inconvenient Truth No. 3 for the Bahamas is that the solution, Identify the most ineffective teachers and move them out of the classroom, is easy to state but difficult to implement. These Truths are facets of the scourge of illiteracy and academic failure that bedevils public school education in the inner-city neighbourhoods of the U.S., The Bahamas and other seemingly more developed countries of the world. Ultimately, the Bahamas simply must discover how to breach these roadblocks. The longterm consequences of a failure to do so should be viewed by all citizens as unacceptable. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Superman, reform and other inconvenient truths CC SWEETING SENIOR HIGH STUDENTS MAKE COURTESY CALL ON GOVERNOR-GENERAL (BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel PICTURETHIS: Honour Roll students and faculty from C C Sweeting Senior High School making a c ourtesy call on Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes on May 13, at Government House. Seated from left: Rochel Clare, clerk; Pamela Philadelphia of the science department; Joan Grey, vice-principal; Sir Arthur; Hilda Johnson of the history/geography department; Joy Williams of the science department;B irdimae Williams, supervisor, custodial staff; and Rosemary Miller of the modern language departm ent. (BIS Photo/Raymond A. Bethel CAPTIVE AUDIENCE: Head boy at C C Sweeting Senior High School, Chris Cooper, speaks on behalf of t he honour roll students as they made a courtesy call on Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes May 13, at Government House. Sir Arthur listens attentively. P RESENTATION : During the courtesy call at Gov e rnment House by honour roll students of C CS weeting Senior High School, Shaquille Horton presented Gover-n or-General Sir Arthur Foulkes with one of his p aintings. B IS Photo/ Raymond A. Bethel)


THE College of the Bahamas top business students will be presented with opportunities for career a dvancement and networki ng at the upcoming Nassau C onference 2011. Wealth Management: Navigating Our Future is the theme for the sixth edition of the Nassau Confere nce which takes place on J une 15 at the British Colonial Hilton. More than 150 financial service professionals as well as students from the COB will be in attendance for the Nassau Conference 2011 w hich was established by the A ssociation of International Banks and Trust Companies i n the Bahamas (AIBT 2 005 and which remains the l ead sponsor for the event. AIBT recognises that o ur future and growth are v ery much dependent on providing ongoing profess ional development opportunities for our member firms as well as attractingm ore and younger Bahamians to consider careers in the sector, said Bruno Roberts, AIBTs deputy c hairman. As a result, we structure our sponsorship packages to a llow our corporate spons ors to cover the cost of one o f or more students to attend the event. A s in years past, AIBT a nd Nassau Conference sponsors will host a dozen of the colleges top Schoolo f Business students to attend the 2011 event. College president Dr Betsy V Boze said she is pleasedw ith the continued partnership with AIBT and its corporate sponsors who have p rovided opportunities for career advancement beyond the conference through summ er internships and job o fferings. We are pleased with the continued efforts of AIBTa nd other sponsors to e mpower and equip the next generation of financial leaders and innovators of the Bahamas, said Dr. Boze. The Nassau Conference allows our top students to liaise with and learn from s ome of the leading profess ionals in the banking sector and we are truly grateful f or this opportunity. C OBs School of Business h as expanded its course offerings to include a Master of Business Administration degree programme with three specialisation tracks, entrepreneurship and innovation, leadership, andf inancial decision making. The 2011 panels will cover a broad range of topics including Doing Business i n Latin America; Compliance Issues in Emerging Markets; Financial Opportunities in the Maritime Industry; SMARTF unds within Trusts and C orporate structures; Settlor Directed Trusts, and A Look Ahead Where Will the Industry be in Five Years. The lineup has been designed to provide practicali nformation on areas of b usiness opportunity, said conference chairman Andrew Law. It also fea-t ures a large number of prof essionals who bring a great understanding of local r equirements and internat ional opportunities. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011, PAGE 7 /HJDORWLFH 127,&( 5(7,&,19(670(17+2/',1*6/7' $1,17(51$7,21$/%86,1(66&203$1< 1 RWLFHLVKHUHE\JLYHQWKDWWKHYROXQWDU\GLVVROX W LRQRIWKHDERYHFRPSDQ\FRPPHQFHGRQWKH WKGD\RI0D\$UWLFOHVRI'LVVROXWLRQKDYH E HHQGXO\UHJLVWHUHGWKH5HJLVWUDU*HQHUDO 3%R[6KLUOH\6WUHHW1DVVDX % DKDPDV7KH/LTXLGDWRULV&RUSRUDWH6HU YLFHV%DKDPDVf/LPLWHGZKRVHDGGUHVVLV6XLWH %D\SDUO%XLOGLQJ3DUOLDPHQW6WUHHW3 % R[ 7KH%DKDPDV U NITED States Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant hosted a town hall meeting for the American community last week to encourage Americans living in the country to begin preparing for the upcoming hurricane season. She was joined by Michael Stubbs from the Department of Meteorology and John Nixon, director of Safety and Security at the Ministry of Tourism, who provided important information about hurricanes as well as planning and preparation in the e vent the Bahamas is under a storm or hurricane watch or warning. The meeting served as a reminder of the need to plan ahead as much as possible because a natural disaster can strike at any moment. Chief of American Citizen Services, Joanna Weinz, provided an overview on the services provided by the US Embassy, noting that consular work touches peoples lives in a thousand different ways every day, everywhere around the world. The US State Departments first priority is to protect the safety and interests of US citizens everywhere. We issue the passports that allow them to travel the globe, and we help prepare them for possible crises through our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, standard precautionary advice, and specific information about potential threats. We want all Americans living abroad to be proactive and prepared for whatever might come their way, Ms Weinz explained. The Bahamas is one of the top overseas tourist destinations f or US residents, with over five million American citizens visiting each year. When a hurricane threatens the Bahamas, the Embassy puts out regular updates, both on the website, http://nassau.usembassy.govand by Warden Messages emailed to registered Americans. US citizens in the Bahamas are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Travel Enrollment Program at The programme allows the Embassy to better assist American citizens abroad in times of an emergency. US Ambassador Avant urges Americans living in Bahamas to prepare for hurricane season Top COB business students to receive career opportunities NASSAU CONFERENCE: Wealth management: navigating our future CAREEROPPORTUNITIES: COB Nassau conference. STORMREMINDER: John Nixon, director of Safety and Security in the Ministry of Tourism; Barbara Wallace, American Citizens Services Assistant; US Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant;J oanna Weinz, American Citizen Services Chief and Michael S tubbs, climatologist in the Department of Meteorology.


By SIR RONALD SANDERS (The writer is a consultant and former Caribbean diplomat) D ESPITE calls for the nextm anagingdire ctor of the International Monetary Fund (IMF oping country, it is most unlikely to happen. At least for the next term, the European countries look set to maintain the stranglehold they have had ont he post since the IMF was formed sixty-seven years ago. The need for a managingdirector to be appointed has come about because of the resi gnation of the incumbent, Dominque Strauss-Kahn of France, following charges in New York arising from allegat ions of sexual assault. Representatives of many developing countries have used the opportunity to call publicly for a new managing-director to come from either Asia (meaning China or India) or Africa (meaning South Africa have been encouraged to do this by the April 2009 communiqu of the G20 countries in which the world's major economies agreed that "the heads and senior leadership of the international financial institutions should be appointed through an open, transparent and merit-based" process. But, words are easier to write on paper than to turn into action, particularly when they reflect only an aspiration and dont set a time line for achieving the implied outcome. Since 1944, when 43 countries established the so-called Bretton Woods institutions the IMF and the World Bank there has been an under standing between the European countries and the United States that the head of the IMF would be appointed by the major E uropean nations, and the World Bank head would come from the US. This arrangement has been unshakeable sincet hen, despite more recent protestations by other countries particularly large developing nations. However, decision-making power in the IMF, like the World Bank, rests with the countries that make the largest contribution to the organisation and, therefore, have the largest bloc of voting rights. The country with the largest voting rights is the United States whose share of the total is 16.80 per cent. The next largest share would go to the European countries acting together. For example, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom collectively account for 22.03 per cent of the voting rights. It can be taken as given that the 27 member countries of the European Union (EU vote collectively on this matter pushing their total vote to well over a quarter of the total an almost unbeatable amount given the disunity that exists among other countries. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has made it clear that she wants Europe to retain the post and Christine Lagarde, France's finance minister, has so far emerged as the frontrunner. In the circumstances of the current EU-IMF bail-out programme for the weak peripheral members of the Euro, Greece, Eire, Portugal and prospectively Spain and Italy, European leaders will not accept any change at the IMF that will imperil the Euro rescue package. Once the EU is determined to hold on to the post, the US government will not oppose them. The US would have to calculate that if it abandons Europe on the headship of the IMF, Europe would see no necessity to support the US for t he top post at the World Bank. Given the fractious nature of the relationship between US President Barack Obama and the Republican Party in the US Congress, losing the World Bank post would be adding fuel to an already raging fire something President Obama w ould be reluctant to do over a non-domestic issue. The coalition of interests between the US and Europe would give them more than 40 per cent of the voting rights at the IMF. If Canada (2.57 per cent) and Japan (6.28 per cent) their traditional allies in the G7 and in the Organisation for E conomic Cooperation and Development (OECD them, the matter would be conclusively closed since it would be virtually impossible to secure a majority 51 per cent vote from the remaining countriesw ho have shown little unity on other international issues. E ven if the BRICS countries Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa were to act together, they would muster only 11.06 per cent of the voting rights between them. The bottom line is that the I MF's 24-member executive board votes to fill the top post, and the G7 retain a majority on the board. In any event, what is required is fundamental reform L OCAL NEWS P AGE 8, MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE A non-European Head of the IMF is unlikely NAIL-BITINGTIME: Former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique Strauss-Kahn listens to proceedings in his case in New York state Supreme Court, Thursday, May 19, 2011. A judge set bail at $1 million Thursday, and approved an elaborate arrangement under which the 62-year-old diplomat and banker would be confined to a private apartment in Manhattan and monitored by armed guards. WORLDVIEW S IR RONALD SANDERS SEE page nine FROM page eight R i c h a r d D r e w / A P P h o t o P o o l


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Shares Last November, the Executive Board of the IMF did agree to realignment of quota shares among members, shifting more than 6 per cent to emerging market and developing countries and more than 6 per cent from over-represented to under-represented countries. But, completion of this agreement is a lengthy process including, in m any countries, parliamentary approval. The procedure is not expected to be complete until November 2012. In reality, the 6 per cent shift is insufficient to bring about the depth of reform that would make the IMF not only a supervisor of international financial stability, but also more responsive to the social and economic needs of developing counties andl ess a guardian of the narrow interests of a few large developed member states and their financial institutions. Developing countries have to push for major reform of the IMF. Securing the headship of the IMF, while helpful, will not change the structures, the guiding ideology, or the decision-making machinery that now defines the organisation. And, it is those changes that are needed, or any Head, wherever he or she might come f rom, will become a captive of the existing system unable to do anything more than the big voting blocs allow. None of this is to argue that developing countries should not continue, as part of their campaign for reform, to agitate for an end to the present arrangement for appointing the IMF head. It is time that the worlds interests are superintended in am ore representative and fair manner, but unity of purpose is vital if the many countries are to achieve change. But there is no evident unity and no obvious large group willing to advance it. Responses and previous commentaries at: FROM page eight By CONSTABLE 3011 MAKELLE PINDER Rape is a serious criminal offence that v iolates the sanctity of a humans body. This crime has lasting effects on its victims, their families and the wider community. But there is help and perhaps that help can begin with you. Fear will cripple you and change your lifestyle. Knowledge on the other hand will empower you and enable you to control your space. The number of these alleged rapes and other sexual offences against our women have given rise for national concern. Here are some general tips that may assist you in preventing an attack on you or any other woman: Check to ensure that all doors and windows are locked before retiring for thee vening. Always keep your doors locked, especially on weekends when persons are moving about frequently. When moving about your home in your night clothes or under clothes, draw all curtains, blinds and drapes closed so as to avoid others from seeing you. Before going to bed, check your tele phone and if you have a cellular phone, keep it near you. Be aware of men who view you as a damsel in distress. Be wary of strangers bearing gifts. Always say and mean it. Persons wanting to use your phone should be told that either you will dial the number and pass on a message or that they cannot use your telephone. Be careful of who you accept a drink from. When having a cocktail, protect your drink at all costs. Since most sexual attackers are known to their victims, consider the following: Be careful when considering going out with an ex-boyfriend or husband. Be careful of peace offerings and try not to be alone with the person. N ever assume that its over because the other person says so. In other words, be careful. In the case where a child or children are a part of the relationship, arrange visitation to be done at a place and time that will ensure your safety. If you are cornered by an attacker, do not go willingly; scream, grab, kick, bite, hold, squeeze and do as much as possible to bring attention to yourself. Know when a date is no longer a date. If attacked, do not wash or take a bath, you may destroy vital evidence Tell law enforcement officers about your ordeal. Never assume that you can not become a victim of an attack. Do all in your powers that are lawful to protect yourself and those around you. Do not be ruled by fear; take charge and have a better quality of life for you and your family If you come across any suspicious person(s h ave any information pertaining to any crime, please do not hesitate to contact call the police emergency at 919 or Crime Stop pers at 328-TIPS (New Providence 8476 (Family Islands Safety tips for women CONSTABLE 3011 MAKELLE PINDER


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE n !"!b &$# !$" !!!##!"% !"!" % # %!%!# f%" % bt ;\)TJIV[,ZQ^M %DQNLQJQDQFLQJDYDLODEOH By MIKE LIGHTBOURN R eal estate transactions are increasingly complex these days. Setting a fair price is sometimes particularly challenging, as our market corrects itself amid fluctuating factors. Every island is, of course, different. Its no surprise that fewer sellers in the US are choosing the For Sale By Owner (FSBO the US two decades ago, even before the wave of defaults and falling values. In 1991, one in five sellers in the US was By Owner, but in 2010, only one in ten did not enlist a real estate agent to sell their home. Its revealing that in 2010, 50 per cent of FSBO transactions in the US involved sellers who knew their purchasers upfront. Unless a seller already has a purchaser lined up, its evidently much less likely they would attempt such a complex process on their own. My guess is that it is somewhat similar here. Take the question of sales prices. On average, a home market ed and sold through the representation of a real estate professional in the US fetched $199,300 versus just $140,000 for a FSBO sale. Also, those who try to sell By Owner more often than not wont pocket that commission they think theyll save, especially consid ering all the hard work, marketing costs and other factors. And when it comes to offers, purchasers of FSBO listings think theyll save the same commission the owner has his eyes on. In todays market, purchasers usually win with a price reduction far greater than the cost of representation. Tip of the week: Use your BREA professional. He/she has the knowledge and ability to market and sell your property better than someone not experienced in this arena. (Mike Lightbourn is president of Coldwell Banker Lightbourn Realty) NUMBERS DONT LIE Bahamas real estate today Mike Lightbourn F REEPORT Ross University announced the promotion and appointment of Dr George Lotocki as the new director of the Medical Education Review Programme (MERP director of the programme since2 010. MERP is a rigorous 15-week programme designed to prepare students for successful entry into Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM MERPs curriculum provides preparatory science courses that integrate content offered in RUSM. It is offered b y invitation to RUSM applicants who do not yet fully qualify for acceptance to RUSM. The announcement was made by Nancy Perri, MD, chief academic officer for Ross University, based in North Brunswick, NJ. We are pleased to recognise Dr Lotockis leadership by this promotion, said Dr Perri. He is an experienced and qualified academician and w e are confident in his ability to maintain the established focus on excellence in medical education in the program, ensuring Ross Universitys high academic standards. Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, Dr Lotocki moved to the United States in 1995 after receiving a scholarship to study biological sciences. I n 1998, he graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and chemistry. In 2003, he received a doctorate in philosophy and degrees in physiology and biophysics from the University Of Miami School Of Medicine where he remained to teach physiology and biophysics. He joined Ross U niversity School of Medicine in 2000 to prepare students for the medical licensing exam. Dr Lotocki went on to teach medical physiology for MERP since its inception in 2004.In my new position as MERP director I will cont inue to improve the academic quality of the programme. We have created a demanding curriculum that offers a baseline for students to matriculate into Ross University School of Medicine. We remain sensitive to the varying competencies of our students, ensuring that our faculty and staff work together to identify and respond t o individual student needs, said Dr Lotocki. In addition to his 10 years of teaching experience, Dr Lotocki has worked as a senior research associate in the Department of Neurosurgery at the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis where he conducted basic science and clinical research, trained and superv ised graduate and undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows and neurosurgery residents. He has also published numerous scientific manuscripts, participated in and given presentations at scientific meetings, exhibited h is work in a museum of science, and has been nationally and internationally recognised for his research. Specifically, his studies have been published in more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and over 30 abstracts in the areas of traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries and therapeutic interventions following brain and spinal c ord trauma. Ross University was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical and veterinary education offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programmes. The School of Medicine is located in Dominica, West Indies, and the Freeport, Grand Bahama clinical site recently opened in January 2009. T he School of Veterinary Medicine is located in St Kitts. Ross Universitys administrative offices are located in North Brunswick. Ross University promotes Dr George Lotocki to director of Medical Education Review Programme NEWDIRECTOR: Dr George Lotocki is the new director of the Medical Education Review Program (MERP F reeport site.


By GENA GIBBS EXUMA IN addition to getting Bahamians to lower their energy costs by adopting the compact fluorescent light (CFL bulbs, Government is encourag-i ng people to also separate their garbage. By 2014, the use of incandescent bulbs will be restricted in the US. The Bahamas Government has initiated a programme to engage Bahamians in the conversion to CFL bulbs now, so the c ountry can remain in tandem with global standards. Now, we cant give it to everyone and this is an exchange programme to begin that process. It is meant for those who have the most challenges in paying their bill, and so for those who do not qualify, it is clear that you have high consumption and you needt o address how to lower your light bill and we will assist you in that regard. So I encourage everyone to determine whether youre on this list, said Phenton Neymour, Minister of State for the Environment. We are also doing this to encourage a disposal of wastep rogramme. We want to begin encouraging Bahamians to separate their garbage. This new compact florescent light bulb containsa small amount of mercury. Its not harmful by itself. But when we are going through a mass distribution exercise like we are doing right now, it can influence our environment and its impor tant we protect our environment. So, we are encouraging Bahami ans not to dispose of these bulbs with the normal waste. On May 6, about 100 Exuma residents appeared in downtown George Town to trade their incandescent bulbs for CFLs. They also got information about the Governments recycling programme, initiated by the Department of Environmental Health (DEHS with Local Government Admin istration. We will have collection points from the Department of Envi ronmental Health, who will collect these bulbs, send them to New Providence, and then we will send them to the United States for proper disposal because it is key that we recognise the importance of protecting our environment, said Mr Neymour. Exumians also showed their s upport for the governments campaign to help Bahamians help themselves by starting with saving money. Minister Neymour encouraged BEC customers throughout the country to pay close attention to their kilowatt hours. We determined that we want to give five light bulbs to all middle income and lower income houses, and to determine that, we realised we had to have a threshold or a maximum amount of usage of 600 kilowatt/hours per month. Now this figure you will see on your light bill every month in the top right hand corner, that is what you consume, said Mr Neymour. Now, what does that work out to be. It works out on an average that if your light bill was under $200 per month, your con sumed light bill was under $200 per month, essentially you would qualify for receiving these light bulbs. On May 5, the government launched its National Energy Policy in the Family Islands. On May 7, the programme was launched throughout New Providence. The energy efficiency programme should lead Bahami ans to unconsciously protect their environment, Government officials said. The CFL bulbs may appear to be more expensive, however, they serve three impor tant functions because they last longer, use less energy, and pro mote waste recycling to protect the environment throughout The Bahamas. And Exuma, as it was said earlier, has one of the most beautiful environments. Going forward, we must protect it if we are to remain where we want to be, particularly in tourism, and particularly when it comes to pro tecting our environment for our children, said Mr Neymour. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011, PAGE 11 Switching on to energy efficiency LININGUP: Exumians line up to get CFL bulbs. EXUMA (BIS Photo / Gena Gibbs FAIREXCHANGE: Exumians in George Town line up to exchange their incandescent bulbs for government-issued CFLs. They got information about how to identify their monthly consumption rate on their bills mea-s ured in kilowatt hours and learned about the governments recycling programme, initiated by the Department of Environmental Health in conjunction with Local Government Administration. (BIS Photo / Gena Gibbs SAVINGMONEY: Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour speaks to Exumians about how to lower their consumption and save money on their energy bills.


y ear have fallen victim to thieves seeking to steal the valuable copper wire. The theft from BTC property in the Lady Lake subdivision was discovered on Friday morning. P ress liaison officer ASP L oretta Mackey said the investigation revealed so far t hat the theft occurred between 12pm, on May 19, a nd 10.18am, on May 20. Police are appealing to r esidents in the area who can assist police with investigations to call 911 or 352-9 774/5. Chain Grand Bahama police also recovered a $3,800 gold chain that was stolen on Frid ay and took a 33-year-oldm an into custody in connec tion with the incident. A SP Mackey reported t hat sometime around 1am on Friday a man from Freeport was attending a function in Jones Town,E ight Mile Rock, when his 30-inch gold chain was snatched from his neck. The police are questioni ng a man from Jones Town. During the weekend, G rand Bahama police also arrested 33 men and one boy for various offencesi ncluding armed robbery; causing harm; stealing from a person; house-breaking and stealing; threats of d eath; assault with a deadly weapon; assault of a police o fficer; disorderly behaviour; obscene language; possession of ammunition;r esisting arrest, and two warrants of apprehension issued b y the Magistrates Court. LOCAL NEWS P AGE 12, MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Tourists in $1m robbery terror described as high-powered weapons, burst into the John Bull store at around 10am. U sing a hammer to smash o pen two Rolex showcases, t he robbers made off with 15 watches, each valued at around $60,000. However, police have not yet confirmed the number of stolen items. W ith five cruise ships d ocked at the harbour, including the prestigious Genesis Class Oasis of the Seas, the downtown area was bustling with shoppers. A ccording to witnesses, p atrons of the store fled in all directions. T he incident left downt own shop owners, tourists a nd locals traumatised. A shop worker who witnessed the robbery said: The robbers pulled into one of the parking spacesr ight in front of the store. Then two tall guys came o ut. They had what looked like those Scream movie masks on, with black hoodies pulled over. One of the guys ran back to the car for a bag, and a fter they got out, the man in the car reversed so it was on the street directly in front of the store. Silver A ccording to witnesses, t he robbers escaped in a silv er car, believed to be a H onda, with a licence plate number 147566. No one was harmed in the h eist, which police estimate took only a few seconds. Superintendent Anthony Ferguson said: It seems to be a crime of opportunity. T here were police officers on foot patrol who pursued the suspects. The men fled the store a nd got into a vehicle where another man was waiting as the driver. The vehicle fled through Parliament Street and was abandoned at Shirley Street a nd Parliament Street. During the incident, it was reported that DiamondsI nternational, a neighbouring store, closed its security gate and instructed persons inside to lay on the floor. A t the scene, Ministry of Tourism employees ushered-on curious visitors who g athered at the closed store and police tape. A nearby vendor said: I thought it was a traffic jam and someone had gotten hit a t first. We didnt realise it was a robbery until a tourist who h ad been inside ran out to us. He just collapsed and kept saying the same thing over and over about a robb ery. Tourism officials opted not to comment on the matter yesterday, as police investigations continue. These are tragic incid ents, Supt Ferguson added. Anytime you have an i ncident where persons are armed with weapons and moving into stores naturally there will be those thata re traumatised. Those issues are being dealt with by the appropria te persons. Anyone with information w hich may assist investigations are asked to contact police at 919 or Crime Stopp ers anonymously at 328TIPS. FROM page one C OPPER THIEVES PLUNDER $12,000 HAUL FROM BTC FROM page one


candidates to openly campaign in his area. These candidates, it was alleged, must have gained the favour of the partys leadership as it has long been rumoured that Mr Forbes had backed the wrong horse inthe recent leadership challenge to party leader Perry Christie. Along with these reports, it has also been suggested that if Mr Forbes were not to gain a nomination from the PLP, then the governing FNM would be more than happy to offer him a nomination. If Picewell cannot afford it, I would tell him not to bother with that. These things cost money. And them people in Central Andros two weeks ago almost run! He doesnt go to see these people! Even he would tell you that, a close party supporter revealed. Mr Forbes has gone on the record venting his frustration at not being ratified as the partys standard bearer for South Andros as yet despite his many acts of loyalty over the years during some very trying financial times. In an exclusive interview with The Tribune Mr Forbes said a disservice h as been done to him by his political party. M r Forbes said the entire country knows he turned down two very lucrative job offers made to him by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham for fear that his acceptance of them would cause an embarr assment to the party; and despite this fact he continues to b e disrespected. However, close allies of Mr Forbes continue to stand by him, and maintain he is the best candidate for the people of South Andros. Among these supporters is F ox Hill MP Fred Mitchell. I believe the incumbent is a good man, and I support him, the Fox Hill MP said. L OCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011, PAGE 13 GN-1223 Treasury Department G N-1222 Ministry Of Finance POWERSTRUGGLEBREAKSOUT AT DEPT OFLANDS AND SURVEYS PICEWELL FORBES FACING TOUGH RENOMINATION FIGHT REPORTS FROM page one P ICEWELL FORBES TOURIST IN HOSPITALAFTER JET-SKI ACCIDENT as stable. Less than two weeks ago, a 27-year-old Carnival Cruise passenger died after the jet-ski she was riding with an American man crashed into a boat near the entrance to Nassau Harbour. The man sustained serious injuries. An official from the Port Department, the regulating agency for jet-skis, said incidents like these should never be taken lightly. "It is never an isolated incident. It heightens the awareness of all of those in the industry, whether at Atlantis or on the Cable Beach strip, the official said. FROM page one A 29-YEAR-OLD man was arrested after he was found in possession of a handgun and ammunition. Sometime around 4.50am on Saturday, officers of the Central Detective Unit saw a man acting suspiciously in the area of Madeira Street, off C ollins Avenue The officers conducted a s earch of the man and recovered a handgun and ammunition. The Fritz Lane resident was taken into custody. Police investigations continue. OFFICERS of the Paradise Island Police Station are ensuring that motorists who f requent the Potters Cay Dock area are adhering to all l aws. On Friday, between noon and 3pm, the officers were out in full force, press liaison officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings reported. At the completion of the operation, they issued eleven traffic citations for various offences and arrested two m en, one on an outstanding warrant and the other for susp ected marijuana. POLICE NEWS Man arrested for alleged handgun possession fears he can no longer manage his staff effectively if he is undermined by the PS who sits in the office of the Prime Minister. According to a well-placed source in the Department of Lands and Surveys, due to budg etary cuts last year these chainmen, who act as aids to land surveyors have little if any work to do. Predominately, the source said, these persons would be sitting around the office playing dominoes all day, doing no work, and getting paid. As a result, the department had taken the approach to redeploy them because the current state of affairs was unacceptable. Our source said: The decision was made to redeploy them at the earliest opportunity. That decision was taken from last year but its just being fulfilled this year in the month of May. They were to be redeployed some six of them to the Ministry of Works and obviously you see what the response from them was. They began to lobby and got the press involved to share their story. I learnt that last week the PS, David Davis, met with the surveyor general and a number of surveyors, the chainmen and their union representative and unilaterally determined based on what was said at that meeting that these chainmen could not be redeployed from the department. The PS reversed the Directors decision, although the PS would have been very much aware of what the Director had determined because the PS is the official head of the department, the source said. This decision, it was said, has created a lot of bad blood between the chainmen and Mr Flowers. This has placed the Director in a veryu ntenable position because theyre now in his face, boasting that they have been able to overturn his decision. He is very uncomfortable being placed in that position. These fellows are general service workers; if they get one up on you it really puts you in an uncomfortable position. The thing is he wasnt seeking to fire them, he was seeking to redeploy them. Its either redeployment for them or finding more money in the Budget so they can be out conducting survey campaigns for New Providence. They cannot be sitting down and gettinga full salary for nothing, the source stressed. It is understood the Prime Minister, along with the Minister of State for Lands Byron Woodside met yesterday to discuss the matter and a way forward. Attempts to reach Mr Woodside, Mr Davis, or Mr Flowers were unsuccessful last night. FROM page one


By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Family Guardian Insur ance Company has seen its financial strength and issuer credit ratings maintained by the major industry rating agency, although concerns over increased delinquen cies in its mortgage portfolio meant that like its Colina Insurance Company rival the outlook continues to be negative. A.M. Best affirmed Family Guardians financial strength rating of A(Excellent it rating of a-, but said it was maintaining the nega tive outlook due to the mortgage situation and the poor results produced over the past two years by its BahamaHealth group health division. Reporting its assessment of Family Guardian and its parent, BISX-listed FamGuard Corporation, A. M. Best said its findings reflect ed a more-than-adequate level of risk-adjusted capitalisation to support its investment and insurance risks, overall profitablity and recently improving operat ing results, and sustainable marketing presence as one of the two leading life insurance companies in the Bahamas. $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 $5.54 $5.65 THETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.netMONDAY, MAY 23, 2011 By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The BISX-listed Bahamas Property Fund is still targeting the creation of a $100 million r eal estate portfolio, featuri ng eight to nine diverse properties, in the next five to 10 y ears despite suffering a $ 1.658 million swing into the r ed during its 2010 financial y ear. Michael Anderson, presid ent of RoyalFidelity Mer chant Bank & Trust, which is t he Property Funds adminis t rator, told Tribune Business the slump to a $1.542 million n et loss for the year to D ecember 31 was caused by the inability to lease vacant rental space at its Bahamas Financial Centre and One M arina Drive properties. W ith its properties valued on a cash flow basis, Mr A nderson said the vacant space at both locations resulte d in reduced cash flows during 2010, leading to a $3.286 m illion hit/writedown to the v alue of the Property Funds p ortfolio. A dding that not much had changed to the Bahamas Property Funds situation during the 2011 first quarter, the R oyalFidelity president told Tribune Business that if it had not taken the revaluation hitt o its real estate portfolio, its net income for 2010 would h ave come in at around $1.74 m illion. The same would have o ccurred in 2009, he said, for w ithout that years $1.861 million real estate writedown, net i ncome would have been $1.976 million. He also confirmed to this n ewspaper that the Bahamas P roperty Fund was locked in n egotiations with the Gove rnment over the latters attempt to retroactively levy on its One Marina Drive p roperty and its tenants a h igher real property tax rate than they had been paying, hence the inclusion of a$ 799,856 liability in its financials. But, despite its current t ribulations, the Bahamas P roperty Funds balance sheet r emains strong with net shareholder equity of $32.145 mill ion, and it is already looking a round for opportunities to a dd to its three-strong portf olio. We do have an outside b id, an indicative offer out on a building at the moment. Its a combined office and shopp ing complex, Mr Anderson t old Tribune Business, declini ng to identify the potential a cquisition. Were looking at another couple of similar mixed space to diversify the p ortfolio outside of pure o ffice space. Outside of the Bahamas Financial Centre in downtownN assau, which largely attracts offshore banks, the Bahamas Property Fund also owns One M arina Drive on Paradise Fund targeting $100m portfolio despite loss BISX-listed Bahamas Property Fund eyeing eight-nine properties in next 5-10 years Bid made on office/shopping complex, with two other properties eyed But suffers $1.542m loss in 2010 due to $3.285m property revaluations PI office block facing $800k retroactive real property tax demand from government M ICHAEL ANDERSON SEE page 5B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor W hile the Bahamas certainly has the ability to grow the f inancial services industrys GDP contribution to a maximum 30 per cent, a leading Bahamian financial services executive has questioned to Tribune Business whether the political ands ector will exists to achieve this. Owen Bethel, president and chief executive of the Montaque Group, said the Bahamas was still waiting for others tog row our landscape for us when it came to growing the financial services industry, such as relying on foreign-based consultants to conduct numerous studies on where this nation should position itself. Arguing that the Bahamas did not need a Ministry of Financial Services, and that a government department to promote the industry and its interests would suffice, Mr Bethel suggested thec ountry develop a cornucopia of products and services to Political will lacking to grow financial sector OWEN BETHEL Leading Bahamian provider says industry certainly has ability to become 30% of GDP But held back because waiting for others to g row our landscape for us Ministry of Financial Services not necessary SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he Finlayson familyowned vehicle, Trans-Island Traders, last night confirmed i t had sealed a definitive agreement to acquire the food business of rival retailerR obin Hood, as exclusively revealed by Tribune Business last week. ROBINHOODBUYOUT: The Robin Hood store in Prince Charles Drive. FINLAYSON CONFIRMS ROBIN HOOD BUY OUT SEE page 3B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor B DO Mann Judd accountant, Clifford Culmer, has warned that allowing a defendant he is pursuing in the US courts to go on an alleged fishing expedition could seriously prejudice his efforts to recover funds for investors in a collapsed $471.3 million Bahamas-domiciled investment funds structure. Attorneys for Mr Culmer and Canadian accountant Ray m ond Massi, who are the joint liquidators for the Olympus Univest fund and its Bahamian-domiciled counterpart, Mosaic Composite, in a May 13, 2011, letter to a US judge warned that granting Lowell Holden his document discove ry requests could undermine all their asset recovery efforts. However, US District Court Judge Jeanne Graham still subsequently granted Holdens requests, ruling that Messrs Culmer and Massi identify all documents collected in their capacity as receivers, providing information on sources, dates and asset dispositions. Documents on all fund and Bahamian liquidator in serious pr ejudice fear on $471m fund Culmer says defendant making unfounded $40m claims on receivership estate for Bahamas entities SEE page 2B AGENCY MAINTAINS F AMGUARD ASSESSMENT SEE page 4B


asset transfers relating to O lympus Univest and Mosai c Composite were to be p roduced. In their letter to the judge, Mr Culmer and Mr Massi alleged that Holden was merely seeking the courts p ermission to go on a fishing expedition through all o f the files of the receiver ships and liquidators in the Bahamas and other jurisdic t ions, in a bid to support the unfounded $40 million a sset recovery claim he had p reviously submitted which was rejected. The liquidators alleged they had identified numer ous improper transactions that have victimisedi nvestors in Canada and in the Bahamas, and Howell -a director of Mosaic Com posites successor, Mosaic U SA was implicated in t hose transactions by being a principal of this company. A fishing expedition through the files of the receivers and liquidators could seriously prejudice their efforts to recoverm onies for the benefit of the v ictims and, in any event, would be of no utility to the matters at issue before this court, Messrs Massi and Culmer alleged. Alleging that Mosaic was incorporat e d as a Bahamian International Business Company (IBC the duo claimed it was sub-s equently re-domiciled to A nguilla on March 4, 2005, before merging with a Minnesota company to become Mosaic US. Messrs Culmer and Massi said the placing of Mosaic Composite into liquidationb y the Bahamian Supreme C ourt prevented Holden from having the power to make loans, advances or incur expenses on Mosaic's behalf. They are alleging that Holden broke theseO rders by making payments, on Mosaic's behalf, to third parties worth at least Cdn$560,015 andU S$795,722. Some $10,000 o f this, they allege, went to a Bahamian law firm to compensate it for work done on Olympus Univest's behalf. But, in denying their claims, Holden is alleging ina counterclaim that the liq u idators are holding assets a nd property worth more than $5 million that belong to Mosaic (US He is also alleging that the Bahamas Supreme Court, and the Canadian courts, had no authority to placeM osaic into receivership. In a separate April 27, 2011, affidavit, Messrs Cul mer and Massi alleged that Holden was trying to simply make it more troublet han it is worth to collect from Holden the amounts diverted from the estates. Outlining their case in full i n the letter to the judge, the l iquidator duo said the mat ter involving Howell was an offshoot from the collapse of hedge funds operating in the Bahamas, Barbados and Canada involving multiple entities that left a trail ofq uestionable dealings and i nvestors with hundreds of millions of dollars of losses before they were involuntarily put into receiverships and liquidations. Howell, they alleged Howell had made $40 mil l ion claims in both the Cana dian and Bahamian liquidation proceedings, which were subsequently rejected. Since January 2006, the B ahamian courts have had carriage of the receivership and liquidation proceedings involving Mosaic, Messrs Culmer and Massi alleged. [Howell] counterclaimed alleging that plaintiffs have fraudulently represented to this court that they were, in fact, duly appointed by the Bahamian court and therefore authorised to act. Defendant has asked this c ourt to determine that d efendant is, in fact, the r ightful owner of all assets r ealised upon during the course of the Bahamian pro ceeding. Through his counter claim, [Howell] collaterally attacks the authority and jurisdiction of the Bahamian court, an argument he has never made directly to the B ahamian court. 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Investors traded in 10 out of the 24 listed s ecurities, with one advancer a nd one decliner. EQUITY MARKET A total of 23,268 shares c hanged hands, representi ng an increase of 14,118 shares compared to the previous week's trading volume of 9,150. D octor's Hospital Health Systems (DHSa dvancer, trading a volume of 7,100 shares to see itss tock climb $0.07 to close at $1.38. Freeport Oil Holdings (FOCOL f or the week, trading a volume of 3,918 shares to see its s hare price fall by $0.50 to close at $5.50. A baco Markets (AML traded a volume of 4,000 shares to remain unchanged at a new 52-week high of $1.18. Bank of the Bahamas (BOB 600 shares, remainingu nchanged at $6.91. Cable Bahamas (CAB traded a volume of 600 s hares, remaining u nchanged to close at $8.74. Colina Holdings (CHL traded a volume of 1,350 s hares, remaining unchanged to close at $2.55. FirstCaribbean International Bank (CIB volume of 100 shares, remaining unchanged to close at $8.60. Finance Corporation of t he Bahamas (FIN volume of 100 shares, r emaining unchanged to close at $6. BOND MARKET Fidelity Bank (Bahamas Series D Notes traded a vol u me of 5,000 notes. COMPANY NEWS E arnings Releases: Colina Holdings Bahamas ( CHL) released unaudited financial statements for the quarter ended March 31, 2 011, reporting net income a vailable to common shareh olders of $2.3 million comp ared to $2 million in the s ame quarter the prior year. I t was noted that both net p remium revenue and net policyholders' benefits wereu p quarter-over-quarter, w ith net premium revenues o f $28.7 million increasing by $487,000, while net benef its of $21.1 million increased by $1.7 million. CHL's total benefits r emained flat at $35 million. CHL reported earnings per share of $0.07, compared to $0.06 in the comparative quarter. At March 31, 2011, CHL reported total assetsa nd liabilities of $537 million and $419 million respectively. These increased by $12 million and $9 million, respectively, from $525.5 million and $410 million as at December 31, 2010. RoyalFidelity Market Wrap EQUITY MARKET TRADING STATISTICS Week ending 20.05.11 BISX SYMBOLCLOSING PRICEWKLY PRICE CHANGEVOLUMEYTD PRICE CHANGE AML$ 1.18$-4,00021.65% B BL$ 0.18$-00.00% B OB$ 6.91$-60041.02% BPF$ 10.63$-00.00% BSLN/A$-00.00% BWL$ 2.70$-00.00% CAB$ 8.74$-600-16.44% CBL$ 6.98$-0-0.29% CHL$ 2.55$-1,3506.25% C IB$ 8.60$-100-8.41% CWCB$ 1.84$-0.080-1.60% DHS$ 1.38$ 0.077,100-13.75% FAM$ 5.40$-0-11.04% FBB$ 1.96$-0-9.68%F CL$ 5.50$-0.503,9180.73% F CLB$ 1.00$-5,4000.00% F IN$ 6.00$-100-17.01% ICD$ 7.30$-030.59% JSJ$ 9.82$-1000.00% PRE$ 10.00$-00.00% B OND MARKET TRADING STATISTICS B ISX DESCRIPTIONVOLUMEPARVALUE SYMBOL FBB13FBB Series C0$1,000 Notes Due 2013 FBB15FBB Series D5$1,000 N otes Due 2015 FBB17FBB Series A0$1,000 Notes Due 2017 FBB22FBB Series B0$1,000 N otes Due 2022 INTERNATIONAL MARKETS FOREX RatesWeekly % Change C urrency C AD1.0280-0.33 G BP1.62500.32 EUR1.41680.37 C ommodities Weekly% Change Commodity Crude Oil112.30-1.48 G old1,490.75-1.00 I NTERNATIONAL STOCK MARKET INDEXES I ndexWeekly% Change DJIA12,512.04-0.66 S &P 5001,333.27-0.34 N ASDAQ2,351.43-16.87 Nikkei 9 ,607.08-0.43 FROM page1B Bahamian liquidator in serious pr ejudice fear on $471m fund


T he Bahamas International Securities Exchange ( BISX) will see its total market capitalisation boosted back over the $3 billion level with the $250 million addition of CommonwealthB rewery, whose stock will begin trading tomorrow. T he company, which will trade under the symbol CBB on the BISX Auto m ated Trading System, will list 30 million shares at a $8.33 opening price follow ing completion of its $62.5 m illion initial public offer i ng (IPO LeRoy Archer, the Brewe rys president and managi ng director, said: We are proud that Commonwealth Brewerys IPO was the largest IPO in the history oft he Bahamas. We are excit ed to finally be listed on BISX and look forward to seeing our symbol CBB traded over the Exchange. Str ong Our company is strong, well managed and well poised to capitalise on the e xpected recovery in this economy. Keith Davies, BISXs chief executive said, Commonwealth Brewery brings with it a long history of suc cessful operations in the Bahamas. We are pleased to welcome a well-established company with strong international ties to the exchange, especially one that has just completed its IPO raising over $50 million. We look forward to Bahamian investors benefiting from Commonwealth B rewerys listing on BISX a nd being able to trade Commonwealth Brewerys shares for many years toc ome. Ian Fair, BISXs chairman, added: BISX was pleased to play a role in the first new IPO to have taken place in the last 10 years in the Commonwealth of theB ahamas. P rior to submitting its application for listing to BISX, CBBs offering mem-o randum was reviewed and registered by the Securities Commission of the Bahamas in compliance with the Secu r ities Industry Act, 1999. The offering memorandum was also reviewed by BISX to ensure that the offeringm emorandum met the disclosure requirements of the BISX Rules. N either Mark Finlayson, president of Trans-Island Traders, nor Sandy Schaefer, Robin Hoods president, returned calls from this newspaper seeking comment last night, but a statement issuedo n the formers behalf conf irmed that it would lease f ood retail space in the latt ers two existing stores. And, as revealed by Tribune Business on Tuesday l ast week, the deal also involves Mr Schaefer going back to his roots, since hew ill continue as Robin Hood, s elling the high-margin appliances, electronics and hard goods that originally made the retailers name in Nassau. And Mr Schaefer and his M iami-based partner, Suresh K hilnani, also get a longterm supply contract to pro vide goods, buying services a nd logistical support for both Trans-Islands food interests Robin Hood and the nine-s tore City Markets chain. M r Finlayson, in his statement, said the purchase would be made through a Special P urpose Company Robin Hood Foods, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trans Island. H e added: This transact ion includes the assumption of leases for both stores, and provides us with a destinations tore in the first Robin Hood, and a brand new state-of-theart location in the second R obin Hood store on Prince Charles. Robin Hood has estab lished itself as an innovativef ood retailer, and we hope, with this acquisition, to build on the strong foundatione stablished by the principles, and to complement our rapid ly growing food franchise. M r Schaefer added: We are happy with the transact ion. It allows a dynamic and c ommitted Bahamian group to continue building on the f ood retailing platform we h ave established, while allowi ng Robin Hood Enterprises t o retain the electronics, appliance and hard goods business. The new Robin Hood Foods will boost the sales volumes of Trans Island and itso ther food subsidiaries, and will provide additional e conomies of scale that will translate into better value for the Bahamian consumer. The Bahamas food retailing sector is ready for consolidation, a nd Mr Finlayson is ahead of the curve. No other details, such as a p urchase price, although Tribune Business sources have suggested the price being paidi s less than $4 million. It seems, though, as if the deal has been structured to give everyone something Mr Fin layson gets his food retail consolidation, Mr Schaefer continues in retail and becomes a landlord, and Mr Khilnani gets a supply contract. T alks between Mr Finl ayson and the Trans-Island Traders vehicle owned by his family, and Mr Schaefer and Mr Khilnani on the other, have progressed rapidly in the past two weeks, having seemi ngly stalled in April as the former decided whether he w anted to proceed. Tribune Business, though, in March 2011 reported howM r Schaefer dismissed claims that Robin Hood had run into financial difficulties, possibly having expanded too far, too fast, with the opening of its Prince Charles Drive store. He also refuted allegationst hat the company's 200-plus staff were being downsized. The late opening of the P rince Charles Drive store, which has since been further impacted by the closure of ap ortion of the road in front o f it due to roadworks, was said to have cost the company millions of dollars in revenues o ver the Christmas 2010 period. This newspaper has subseq uently been told by numero us sources that Mr Khilnani has been seeking an exit route f rom Robin Hood, being unwilling to invest more funds as either equity or loans. The retailer, through Mr S chaefer, had also been seek ing fresh investment from Bahamian sources as a result. It is understood that Rupert Roberts and Supervalue, and other food retailers, were also approached to see if they were keen on purchasing Robin Hood. T ribune Business unders tands that sales at Prince Charles Drive have dropped by around 80 per cent since the roadworks started, and Mr Schaefer had considered closing the store and releasing a ll staff. In a previous interview with T ribune Business, after he abandoned his $12 million hostile takeover attempt forA ML Foods, Mr Finlayson confirmed his interest in acquiring Robin Hood. "We are talking to them, and they've made it no secret that they're talking to other people," Mr Finlayson saidt hen. "We're at the state where we're talking. "It's one of those things w here we're examining and are going to do a due diligence on them. They've madei t clear they're interested in d ivesting the food part of their business. They're not interested in selling off the w hole thing. "They're just weighing up their options. I can't say thatw e've got a lock on them, or t hat we will have, although we might like to. They're b eing very open and honest with us, and are talking to a few people. I like what I see." And Mr Schaefer previous l y confirmed to this newspa per he would be open to such discussions provided they made "financial sense". BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011, PAGE 3B 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 FINLAYSON CONFIRMS ROBIN HOOD BUYOUT F ROM page 1B MARK FINLAYSON BISX market cap back over $3bn Commonwealth Brewery to list and start trading today with $250m market cap IAN FAIR KEITH DAVIES INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays


I t added that trends in profitability and stockholders' equity continue toremain positive, with growth in stockholders' equity over the past five years despite dividend payments. H owever, A. M. Best then s aid: [The] continuing nega tive outlook reflects the concerns over Family Guardian's large asset allocation to mortgage loans, and the elevated level of d elinquencies in this portfolio, which is attributed to the current weak economic environment in the Bahamas as well as the nonperforming status of some of these mortgage loans on a longer-term basis. A.M. Best notes, however, that the level of mortgage loans as a percentage o f total investment assets has declined over time. Patricia Hermanns, Family Guardians president and chief executive, last week said the companys conservative lending stance had also paid off, since unlike most B ahamian commercial banks it had seen a reduction in its non-performing m ortgage portfolio, which dropped to $4.444 million in 2010 compared to $5.04 million the previous year. The former figure is 7 per cent of the total portfolio. "We have been, out of necessity, a more conservat ive lender than the banks because defaults in the mortgage portfolio impact reserves," Ms Hermanns said. "We have been mindful to maintain the split b etween the equity the borr ower has in the properties w e finance. We have not seen the level of defaults seen in the broader financial sector." F amily Guardian requires a minimum 20 per cent equit y to be put down by mortgage borrowers, either through their own reserveso r mortgage indemnity insurance. While there had been "some challenges" in receivi ng mortgage payments on time, Ms Hermanns noted that the non-performing l oan portfolio had d ecreased. A M. Best had also expressed similar mortgage-r elated concerns in justifyi ng its negative outlook for Colina, stating the company had a high concentration in real-estate investments relative to the total equity of the company, and the continued delinquencies i n its mortgage loan portfolio that are attributable to the current weak economic environment in the Bahamas. Colina said mortgages and commercial loans represent only 16.3 per cent of its i nvested assets, compared to 44.7 per cent held in other high quality long-term fixed income securities, including 35.2 per cent or $145 million in Bahamas Government R egistered Stock. M eanwhile, back on the F amily Guardian beat, A. M. Best added: Of additional concern are Family Guardian's inherent risks a ssociated with its group h ealth division, led by B ahamaHealth. These risks have led to unfavourable operating results in theg roup health line for the past two years, and while there has been a visible trend of improving results i n this line of business, it remains a challenge for the company. Family Guardian also h as limited growth opportu n ities in the mature life insurance marketplace in theB ahamas. Concurrently, F amily Guardian's three core business segments home service, financial services and group division led by BahamaHealth provide business diversification and competitive advantages in a generally limited and mature marketplace in the Bahamas. Ms Hermanns last week s aid re-pricing of Family G uardian's health portfolio, a djusting premiums to the previous year's claims experience and perceived policyholder risk, had reduced this segment's loss by 60.1 per c ent year-over-year, dropp ing it from $1.942 million in 2009 to $760,000. Losses associated with Family Guardian's health portfolio have acted as a drag on the company's r esults for the past two y ears, eating into the life d ivision's $6 million-plus profits, but Ms Hermanns said yesterday: "We are very confident that our health product line will continue to s how improvement. It's always hard to indiv idually segment what is h appening, but that is a big p art of what we're doing right-pricing the portfolio based on experience as each of the renewals comes up.W e adjust the pricing to reflect the experience we had in the previous year." Ms Hermanns described t his as "an ongoing exercise", given that health polic ies came up for renewal each year. S he added that this business category was set to r eceive a further boost when a new software system deali ng with its health book and b enefits was "fully completed" and installed by the end of June 2011. 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Island and Providence House on East Hill Street, home to P ricewaterhouseCoopers ( PwC) Bahamas. All three properties are office space, and based in the downtown/Paradise Island a rea. Mr Anderson explained that the Bahamas Property Fund was looking to diversifyits portfolio by type and location, adding that mixed-use c omplexes featuring shops would ensure rental income is more diversified. Retail leases, which tended to be more short-term in n ature, would help offset the longer-term officer leases, Mr Anderson said. And, with its properties concentrated in ac ertain geographical area, the Bahamas Property Fund was trying to get space out oft ime. I ts properties were valued at a collective $46.608 million at year-end 2010, but Mr Anderson estimated that the f ull value of the Bahamas P roperty Funds portfolio was n ow $53 million. H e added: We were tryi ng to get it up to $100 million in total assets, and make i t much more diversified between eight to nine prope rties. I think that will be a good position for the Fund on t he next five to 10 years. We d ont have to get it all tomorr ow, and as the economy grows hopefully well have opportunities to do that. Mr Anderson told Tribune B usiness that current occupany rates at the Bahamas F inancial Centre and One M arina Drive were 81-82 per cent and 90 per cent, respectively. With some 100,000 s quare feet of leaseable space a vailable at the Financial Centre, this meant some 18,000 square feet was vacant, with a couple thousand square feet also empty at One Marina Drive. With rental rates at around $50 per square foot for the y ear, this means the Property F und is potentially missing out on $900,000 in per annum revenue from the 18,000 square feet at the Bahamas F inancial Centre that is curr ently vacant. T hese vacancies resulted in a $2.245 million writedown on t he Bahamas Financial Centres valuation, and a $1.092 n egative revaluation on One Marina Drive. The latter also f aces a potential $799,856 real property tax liability, a matter Mr Anderson said should be resolved favourably. Explaining that One Marina Drive and its tenants were current with their real prop e rty tax payments, Mr Anderson said the liability related to the Governments demand f or the retroactive application of a higher tax rate something likely to send a chill t hrough the private sector as a w hole, since it again exposes the administrations everincreasing desperation for revenue. Essentially, the Government is saying the Bahamas Property Fund and its tenants should have been paying a h igher tax rate ever since it a cquired One Marina Drive in the mid-1990s, and it wants to apply this retroactively to the acquisition date. Weve said you cant come a nd retroactively tell us that n ow, Mr Anderson told Tribune Business. I know the G overnment needs money, but we dont have the luxury o f going back to the tenants and charging significant sums o f money for real property tax. Thats an issue were dealing with government on at the moment. We believe well resolve this issue. The need to provide for this potential l iability also increased the Bahamas Property Funds share of common area maint enance (CAM it carried in 2010 in relation to One Marina Drive. W ith the Bahamas Propert y Fund itself having to pick up common area maintenance (CAM maintenance costs rose by 31.4 per cent year-over-year to $793,047 in 2010, compared to $603,391 the year before. Total expenses grew, largely a s a result of this, by 21 per c ent from $1.338 million to $1.619 million in 2010. If we can rent the space out at these properties, it will h ave a direct impact to the b ottom line, Mr Anderson s aid. Weve had a lot of interest its trying to tie peop le down. Its a lot more of a buyers market. Were not the o nly ones with vacant space. Everyones looking around, t rying to optimise space. Still, the RoyalFidelity president told Tribune Business that the Property Fund was locked in ongoing negotiations with three-four parties for potentially 8,000 square f eet of space at the Financial Centre, although the outcomes were still uncertain. T he recession and corporate failures have created a buyers market for commercial property leases in theB ahamas, as Mr Anderson said, with a supply glut outstripping demand and puttingp ressure on rental rates. Companies are thus looking around and trying to strike rental rate deals. We had expected to rent more space in our Bahamas F inancial Centre because of various commitments we had at the start of the year, Mr A nderson said of 2010. We h ad one tenant with a preliminary commitment to rent a nother 12,000 square feet. We had been working with t hem for three months, and all of a sudden they backed a way from it. That kind of set us back a bit at the Property Fund. We were kind of circumspect, in a difficult economy, as to what we would get. W hen the market was going w ell and there was demand for space, we had inherent increases built into many leases for 3 per cent, even up to 5 per cent, per year, but in difficult times when people are trying to save money you back off from those increm ental increases, so that i mpacts rental income. While little had changed during the 2011 first quarter compared to the Bahamas Property Funds year-end position, Mr Anderson told T ribune Business that if the o ngoing lease negotiations were successfully concluded this quarter, the positive impact would surface in the second half. Weve been through a very difficult period in the Bahamas generally, and the Property Fund has stood up well, Mr Anderson said. B USINESS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011, PAGE 5B .,1*6:$<$&$'(0<(/(0(17$5<&+22/ (175$1&((;$0,1$7,216)RUDOO(OHPHQWDU\FKRROJUDGHOHYHOV 3DUHQWVDUDVNHGWRFROOHFWDSSOLFDWLRQ IRUPVEHWZHHQDQG GDLO\IURPWKH(OHPHQWDU\'HVNLQ WKH+HUEHUW7UHFR$GPLQLVWUDWLRQ %XLOGLQJRQWKHVFKRROV%HUQDU5RDG FDPSXVEHIRUHWKHWHVWLQJGDWH$SSOLFDWLRQIRUPVPD\DOVREH DFFHVVHGIURPWKHVFKRROVZHEVLWHZZZNLQJVZD\DFDGHP\FRP HH'RFXPHQW'RZQORDGVf$33/<:)RUIXUWKHULQIRUPDWLRQNLQGO\ FRQWDFWWKHVFKRRODWWHOHSKRQH QXPEHUV Fund targeting $100m portfolio despite loss FROM page 1B a ttract high net-worth individuals and clients from all over the world. We need government and the private sector to push us to w here we want the industry to go and grow, and do what is nec essary to make that happen, Mr Bethel told Tribune Business. think were still at the stage of trying to research and understand what the market wants, what our strengths and needs are. His understanding is that the sector, through the Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB study done on where the Bahamas financial services industry should position itself. Mr Bethel, though, said this would merely repeat the estab lished pattern of doing study after study, and never getting anywhere. Most, if not all, these studies ended up on the shelf gathering dust and were never acted upon, while the use of for eign consultancies meant they never reflected Bahamian views of where the sector should grow. To succeed, the Bahamas needed to be proactive, and show t he international best practices and knowledge needed to be i nternationally accepted. Yet this meant the Bahamas had to create its own landscape. What is happening here is that were waiting for other to g row our landscape for us, and its only going to be what they w ant to happen, Mr Bethel told Tribune Business. We dont s eem to have a sense of where we want to go ourselves with the industry, and take the initiative to make that happen. As we have in the past grown by luck, and survived through r eaction and luck rather than by design, we will probably find a niche market as the global financial sector evolves. We will still be in the game, probably a niche carved out for ourselves, but again it appears to be haphazard rather than by design. Mr Bethel told this newspaper that there seemed to be a lack of will on both the part of the Government and private sector itself to do what was necessary to secure the financial services industrys future. There doesnt appear to be the will to do what is necessary, Mr Bethel said. We know at least some of what needs to be addressed, but there doesnt seem, to be the political will and the pressure from the industry to make it happen. We just seem to drift along, and Im not convinced that a Ministry of Financial Services is the answer. Ive always maintained that a Department on the scale of the Department of Tourism is what is necessary, certainly manned by well-qualified persons. I dont think a fully-fledged Ministry is necessary. Mr Bethel cited Immigration as one issue that was discussed between the Government and the financial services industry year in, year out. The answer and solutions were simple, but every year discussion between the private sector and the administration ensued. The nature of the Bahamas response to the financial services industrys blacklisting in 2000 had caused a depreciation in confidence when it came to this nations ability to stand up for itself, Mr Bethel said. He added that the Bahamas had not done anything to assuage users or investors confidence in the stability of the sector, or attract new clients in. Weve also lost business from the major player, stakehold ers, who have moved or shifted business, but that could be because of cost factors. Were competing not only on product availability but cost factors, and we may not be as competitive in those areas, Mr Bethel said. To grow the Bahamian financial services industry, Mr Bethel suggested this nation not focus on just one product area or client group, but instead provide as wide a product menu as possible, together with an enabling legislative and regulatory environment. My view is that we should not limit ourselves to one sector, whether it be private banking and trust producers, or institutional with the mutual funds, he told Tribune Business. I think we need to have a cornucopia, a basket of products and services. Persons servicing high net worth individuals or companies can look at us, say we have all these things, and structure products or customise products for their clients. You have an enabling environment with enabling legislation that is flexible for customers to come in for that product from anywhere in the world, and structure what they need for their clients. This, Mr Bethel said, needed to be combined with a flexible regulatory regime. If all this happened, he added: I think we certainly have the ability to grow this to a maximum of 30 per cent of GDP. This would again help to diversify the Bahamian economy away from its tourism reliance, especially with Cuba set to open up. These are areas of long concern that we have been talking about, but again nothing seems to be done, Mr Bethel said. Political will lacking to grow financial sector F ROM page 1B


THE ST ORIES BEHIND THE NEWS SECTION C MOND A Y MA Y 23, 2011 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter I write today's Insight with some sadness, knowing that one of my number one advocates the late, great Jackson Burnside will not be around to open the paper this morning to feast on my insights. H e w a s a p e r s o n I t r u s t e d wi t h m y m os t p r e c i ou s d r e a m s a n d m os t p a s sion-filled visions. He had the abili t y t o i m a gi n e i n t o b e i n g t h e n o n existent; and he rated this talent in v i s u a l i z a t i o n o v e r t h e m o r e c o m m o n ability to analyse and criticize. Per haps it was t his qual it y that e nable d him to cr ad le the d re a ms o f a noth e r a n d f i n d a w ay t o h e l p t h e m l e vi tate. W h a t w a s p r e c i o u s t o m e w a s p r e cious to him, not because of what it w as, becau se h e c oul d see b eyond a ny a rt if i c e b ut b ec a us e h e c o ul d perceive the big idea. As an archi t ec t h e k n ew h o w t o w o r k i n t h e re alm o f fa ade but he differe ntiated himself because he grasped that ancient African principle that says, "As above so below." It means the o u t w a r d m at er i a l r ea l m i s a m e r e reflection of an inner universe. M o s t p e o pl e a r e fa m i l ia r wi th t he pa r a ll e l C h r is t ia n c o nc e p t: T hy wi l l be d one on ea rth as it is in hea ve n." But they have no knowledge of the A f r i c a n m e a n i n g : a n a n t e c e d e n t principle, thousands of years more senior. It is a manifest principle in t h e g r e a t e s t e d i f i c e s o f a n c i e n t K e m e t ( Eg y p t th e H e r e m a k h e t ( S p h i n x ) and the Mir (Pyramids). T h e p r i e s t s o f a n c i e n t E g y p t p r e s e r v e d a g e o m e t r i c a l c a n o n a n u m e r i c a l c o d e o f h a r m o n i e s a n d p r o p o r t i o n s t h a t t h e y a p p l i e d t o m u s i c a r t s t a t e c r a f t a n d a l l t h e i n s t i tutions of their civilization," states J o h n M i t c h e l l i n h i s b o o k o n s a c r e d geometry, ancient science, and the heavenly order on earth." E a c h e a r t h b a s e d s t r u c t u r e o n t h e Giza Plateau reflects an inner sym b o l i s m t h a t i s g e o m e t r i c a l l y a n d p h i l o s o p h i c a l l y a l i g n e d w i t h t h e heaven -b ased st ars; each st ru ct ure holds a mirror to the cultural ethos o f i t s b u i l d e r s a n d d e s i g n e r s M r B u r n s i d e s t h i n k i n g w a s l a r g e eno ugh t o grasp t he pro fo und ness of that idea and he brought that to bear on how he perceived life. H i s i n t e r r o g a t i o n o f c o m m o n s en se a rc h i t e c t u re an d c o mm o n s ens e cul t u re is pro of of th is. Culture itself is simply common sense t hat mak es a peop le speci al," said Mr Burnside in a 2002 presentation on Junkanoo. On architecture, he often told his students and project teams to "examine their own archi t e c t u r a l h e r i t a g e f o r i t s c o m m o n sense." If we look critically at the notion of "com mon sense" it s conn e c tio n t o th e a n c e s t r a l n o t i o n o f d i v i n e p r o p o r t i o n a l i t y i s u n m i s t a k a b l e F o r m o s t p e o p l e t h e o n l y r e f e r e n c e point for this idea is the Vitruvian Man, a fifteenth century drawing of L e o n a r d o d a V i n c i I t i s a n i n k s k e t c h o f a m a l e f i g u r e i n s c r i b e d i n a circle and squar e that illustra t e s the divine proportions of man. An Evolving Being My latest reference point for the c o n c e p t i s a s u n f l o w e r I p i c k e d t h r e e l a st w e ek a n d c o u n t e d t h e p e t a l s The flowers varied in size and style, b u t e a c h h a d e x a c t l y 2 0 p e t a l s I t s ho ul d ha v e b ee n no su rp ri se r e a lly b e c a u s e n a tu r e fr o m t h e l e a v e s o n a t r e e t o o u r v er y b o d i e s f o l l o w s a m a t h e m a t i c a l s e q u en c e o r g o l d e n ratio. Our ancestors, the ones who w e r e s y s te m a t i c a l l y o b l i t e r a t e d f r o m o u r m e m o r y h a d t h e c a p a c i t y t o t r a n s l a t e t h a t d i v i n e d e s i g n i n t o t h e i r b u i l t e n v i r o n m e n t ; t h a t w a s t h e i r common sense. C o m m o n s e n s e d e s c r i b e s t h e i n n a t e a n d i n n e r l o g i c o r d e s i g n be hi nd cre a ti on. T he m or e we a rti cul a te co m mo n s e n se i s th e cl os e r we g e t t o e x p r e s s i n g t h e s a cr e d c a n n o ns o f o u r a n c e s t o r s T h e m o r e w e u n d e r s t a n d c o m m o n s e n s e i s t h e m o r e w e a l i g n o u r s e l v e s w i t h t h e natural order of things. M r B u r n s i d e w a s a n e v o l v i n g be i ng a s a rc hi te ct M tu mw a Cl e a re say s, and in hi s me mory and for our own sake, I believe we are called to c o n t i n u e t h e i n t e r r o g a t i o n o f t h e common sense questions. Our evo l u t i o n a s a n a t i o n a n d a p e o p l e counts on it. "You could say you feel the door s h o u l d b e s o h i g h a n d w i d e b u t w h a t a r e t h e c a n n o n s t h a t m a k e t h a t r i g h t That is where the concept of sacred a r c h i t e c t u r e c o m es f r o m b e c a u s e t h e r e l a t i o n s h i p o f w i d th t o h e i g h t o f the door is based on certain discov e re d u ni v e r s a l n um e r i ca l s e qu e nc e s. I s t h e r a t i o o f t h e w i d t h a n d h e i g h t o f the door conformed to these sacred ratios? That comes from how Herem-aket is laid out, just on a large s ca le ," s a id Mtu mwa a fri e nd of M r Burnside. "W h e n s o m e t h i n g c o n f o r m s t o the logic, when you look at it, your s p i r i t f a l l s i n t o h a r m o n y w i t h i t Y o u r s pi r it d o es n ot r e cog n iz e th e r a tio ; it just recognizes the harmony of it. If it is not in the ratio then your spirit recognizes the disharmony. I know between myself and Jackson I was ge ar ing up to ex plore this ide a ev en m o r e, l o o k i n g a t h o w t o c a n o n i se common sense," he said. To si tu at e t h e c on versat io n Mr Bu rns id e ha d a nd con tinu es to ha v e with us in a broader context I reach for the discussion happening on the world stage on "African fractals". I t h i nk it g iv es u s an A f r ic an re f er ence point counter to the Vitruvian Man. Fractal geometry is a mathe m a t i c a l t o o l f o r m o d e l i n g i n g e o l o g y biology, other natural sciences and i n f o r m a t i o n t e c h n o l o g y A f r i c a n fractals speak to how our ancestors u s e d t hi s pr e ci s e s ci e nc e to s t r u ct u r e t heir dwell ings, design th e i r b uild ings and streets and everything else f rom hairstyli ng, pain tin g carving, m e t a l w o r k a n d ga m e s n o t j u s t i n Kemet, but across the continent. A Modern Day Imhotep Mr Burnside was an architect by p r o f e s s i o n b u t h e a l s o s a w h i m s e l f a s a mat hem ati ci an. E arli er th is year h e a t t e n d e d a p r e s e n t a t i o n o f D r Da v id I mho t e p, a sch ola r i n a ncie nt A fri can hist ory, who au tho red the b o o k T h e F i r s t A m er i c a n s w e re A f r i c a n s R e v e r e n d C l e v e l a n d E n e a s I I A n k u S a R a o f t h e Q u b t i c C h u r c h o f t h e B l a c k M e s s i a h a t te nde d the s am e p re se ntation H e s a i d M r B u r n s i d e r a i s e d h i s h a n d C O M M O N S E N S E 1 0 1 : J A C K S O N B U R N S I D E S L E G A C Y J A C K S O N B U R N S I D E S L E G A C Y SEE page 3C


INSIGHT P AGE 2C, MONDA Y MA Y 23, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE Friend, counsellor, quiet or just joyfully noisy Wanting the best for you at all times even if he had to put his hand into his own pocket The biggest of the big brothers as long as I could remember Mason's Addition and Fort Fincastle's ultimate warrior A life soaked with mercy, exuding a grace that could only be measured by the Master he served Husband, father, brother, uncle, confidant and dearly beloved son unyielding spokesman for all that was, is and could be Bahamian. We will miss you in ways that causes us to remember the brightness of the days that seemed to accompany you wherever and whenever you showed up. A warrior among warriors has gone home. Unashamedly we pick up his shield and sword ..continuing the battle. EDWARD HUTCHESON Nassau, May 16, 2011. O D E T O JA C K SON L OGAN B URNSI D E By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter W HEN I read a section of this extract in the programme booklet at Mr Burnside's memorial ser vice last week, it resonated with me so powerfully. Not because it was a new concept to me, but because it has proven to be so timeless and true. I wonder if I will witness the day when our evolutionary process finally renders the sen timent relevant only in the context of studying history. Today is certainly not that day, because those words spoken by Mr Burnside over 20 years ago that echo great Caribbean cul tural scholars like Professor Rex Nettleford and Marcus Garvey and even more ancient ancestors is still very much rel evant. It is an o ld a nd e a s y co mm en ta ry when looking cr it ica lly at oppre sse d peop le. It has espec ially been made b y s c h o l a r s a n d t h i n k e r s w h e n l o o k i n g a t Afr ic an p eo pl es I t i s a co mm en t I bel ieve. Even th ough I say an easy co m m e n t a r y t h a t i s n o t t o d i s mi s s th e de e p im pli ca tio ns o f the po int. I f this w e r e a c o n v e r s a t i o n w i t h J a c k s o n t h i s is ea sily a couple hour s ex position," s a i d M t u m w a C l e a r e a p e r s o n a l f r i e n d a nd pr ofe s si on al a s so ci ate I t i s s i g n i f i c an t t h a t M r B u r n s i d e s p o k e s o d i r e c t l y t o t h e d e s c e n d a n t s o f t h e o p p r e s s o r c l a s s a s w e l l a s t h e op pr e s se d a nd c a ll ed b ot h of the m to i nte rr o g a t e t he i r h i s to r ic a l a n d c ul tu r al myt hs On e bi g mi sc onc ept i on of t h e hi st or ic a l op p re ss or i s t he s t or y t ol d ab o u t t h e ab i l i t y h u m an n e s s v al ue a nd i mp or ta nce of the h is tor ica lly o ppre ss ed The re fore the id ea of the m is ed uca ti on o f the N eg r o" is ju st a s r el e va n t fo r the op pr es s or F o r s i g n i f i c a n t h e a l i n g a n d p r o g r e s s in hum a n de v e lop me nt a n d pe r so na l devel op ment w e have to lo ok at all s i d e s o f o u r s t o r i e s a n d d o s o h o n e s tl y I t i s imp or ta nt for th e op pr e ss e d an d the op pr es s or to ha v e th is d ia lo g ue ," s ai d Mtu mw a. T h e s t o r y o f C h r i s t o p h e r C u m b u ck u s" i s a p ri m e e xam p le o f t h e m is e d uc a ti on I t fe a tur e s pr o m in e nt ly in M r Bu rn si de 's an a ly si s, r i gh tly so b e c a u s e t h e s t o r y o f 1 4 9 2 w h e n C o l u m bu s s a i le d th e oce a n bl ue is the cl a s si c or ig i na l li e Ju st l ike or ig i na l s in i s the fou nd ati on of Chr is tia n the o log y ; the or ig i na l l ie is the fo und a tion of W es te rn c iv il iza ti on. R e ve r e nd Cle v e la nd E ne a s II I s ai d he r e ca ll e d M r Bur ns id e be i ng a p ar t of a g ro up in the 1 9 8 0 s tr y in g to br ing hi sto ri a n, l in gu is t an d a nth ro pol og is t I va n Va n S e rti ma to th e Ba ha ma s to d i s c u s s h i s l an d m a r k p u b l i c at i o n o f 1 9 7 6 T h e y C a m e B e f o r e C o l u m b u s I n th is bo ok, M r V an Se r tim a de ta il s th e h i dd e n h is t or y o f p r e -C o l um b i a n co nta ct b etw e en Afri ca ns a nd Na ti ve Am er ic an s. " T h e g o v e r n m e n t o f t h e t i m e w o u l d not off i ciall y inv ite Mr V an Se rtima d o w n b e c a u s e h i s b o o k w o u l d i n t e r f e r e wit h t ourism; be c a use t he book w a s t e l l i n g t h e t r u t h t h a t C o l u m b u s d i d n o t d i s c o v e r a n y t h i n g s a i d R e v e r e n d En ea s A s a n a t i o n w e d o n o t t a k e t h e l o n g term social impact of tourism on our s e lf -i ma g e se r i ou s ly e no ug h W e ha v e g o t o u r s e l v e s i n t o a r e a l c u l t u r a l q u a n d a r y a n d w e a r e i n f o r m o r e r u d e awak eni ngs. It hit ho me fo r me t h e other da y whe n I did a cursor y a na lysi s o f t he n ew 16i sl an d d if f e ren t i ation strategy that represents the new idea for positioning brand Bahamas. U n l e s s w e d o s o m e s e r i o u s s o u l se arching as a na t ion and psy chologic a l r e c o n c i l i a t i o n w e a r e g o i n g t o h a v e to fe ig n su cce s s, be ca u se h ow we pu rpo rt o ursel ves lack s dept h an d sub stance. "The Bahamas a boring destina ti o n" by a r ch it e ct a n d cu lt ur a l s c ho l a r P a t R a h m i n g s h o u l d b e a r e c o m mended reading in school, as should h i s p i e c e e n t i t l e d T h e M y t h o f Jun kanoo as C ult ure." In his piece "The Myth of Junkanoo as Culture" Pa t R a h mi ng s a id "( Ju nk a no o's ) v a lu e t o o u r c om m u ni ty ha s be e n s o p e r verted by the insensitive attempts to m e a s u r e a n A f r i c a n e x p e r i e n c e b y w est e rn E u ro p ean yard s t ic k s t h at a d i s c o ve r y o f t h e o ri g i n s c o u l d e ve n prove embarrassing." M r B u r n s i d e s h a r e d t h e 2 0 2 0 v i s i o n t h a t m o r e p e o p l e w o u l d v i s i t t h e Ba ha m as fo r a r t, c ultu re a nd he r ita g e t h a n s u n s a n d a n d s e a I n th e a b s e n c e of us studying, teaching, researching and popularizing the ideas that per c o l a t e d i n M r B u r n s i d e s b r a i n w e a r e going to be hard pressed to achieve that goal. T o my g rea t e mbar ra ssm ent, I wa s among the many, who at the turn of the century, had such a serious mis co ncep ti on abo ut B ahamian c ult ure a n d t h e e x p e r i e n c e o f o u r a n c e s t o r s i n t h e i s l a n d s o f t h e B a h a m a s t h a t I s t o o d amo ng t hos e t h at Mr B urn sid e s aid were "prepared to defend our igno ra nce and den y ou r v ery e xis t e nce ." I used to accept so willingly the myth t h a t w e h a ve n o c u l t u r e a n d M r Bur nside sa id, par t of t h e r ea son wh y i s p r e c i s e l y b e c a u s e s o l i t t l e i s r e c o r d e d r e m e m b e r e d a n d s h a r e d a b o u t these experiences." In his own words: "In the absence of a philosophy which insists that our p e o p l e a r e a s i m p o r ta n t a s c o m m e r ce tourism development has resulted in a n er os io n o f s e lf-e s te em a nd cu ltur a l i d e n t i ty F o r e x a m p l e t h i r t y y e a r s a g o tourists could freely experience gen u in e e x pr e s si o ns o f Ba h a mi a n cu ltu r e in a proliferation of clubs Over-theHill in the heart of our communities. As the in d us t ry de v e lo p e d, s u ch c lu b s I n h is o wn wo rd s: "S o p o werf ul h as b een t he Eu ro pe a n medi a o n t h e mi nd s o f co lo n ized peo p le t hat o u r c hi ld ren of b o th Afri can an d Eu ro pean a n ces try h ave g r av e mi sco ncep t io n s o f t he ro le s t h eir res pect ive p eop l es have pl ayed i n t h e d evel op men t o f m o d ern c ivil i z at io n S trat egies t o ch ange t hes e mi sco ncep t io n s must in fu se o ur p eo pl e w it h d ign it y an d p ri de i n o ur selves We mu st b eco me fu lIy co ns cio u s o f o ur h u ma n i ty and th e resp on si bi l it ies asso ci ated wit h t h at con sci o us nes s. P art o f th e str a t egy mu st b e to rewri t e h is to ry, a hi st or y b eyon d C ol umb u s a n d s lavery th at t ell s o f an cien t ci vil izat io n s o f P re-Co l umb i a n Americ a an d Afr ica, an d n o t ju st E ur op e. S u ch a s trat egy mu st d o cumen t h ero es of a l l t he p eop l es. B ecaus e o f t he d ist o rti o n o f hi st ory and th e exag ger a t i on of t he ach ievemen t s o f Eu ro p ean h ero es, esp eci all y Ch ri st op h er Co lu mbu s, s cho o l ch il dr en are t au g h t t hat mo st i f no t al l of t h e w or ld 's ach ievemen t s w ere ma d e b y Eu ro pe a n s. T hi s rewr it in g o f Hi sto ry and New E du cat io n i s as f un d am e nt al to th e cur e o f o u r id en ti ty cri sis as b ed rest a n d go o d d iet ar e t o t he si ck p ati en t. T he t ask o f est abl ish i ng p op u lar app reci ati o n o f Bahami an h erit age i s an awes ome o ne. We mu st st ud y ou r cul t ure i n d ept h an d cre a t e in n ovat ive pr esen tat io n s to a l l l evels o f so ciet y t o en su re th at an ap p reciat io n o f o ur selves ceas es t o b e a mark of s oci al p rest ige. T hi s is t he t a s k o f ou r wri te rs, art is ts, scho l ars a n d e du cato rs wh o mu st d ed icat e t h emsel v es t o t he p reser v at io n o f o ur t ru e h i sto ri cal an d cu l tu ral h eri tage. Jack so n Bu rn si de, Cu l tu re an d t he Bah a mi an Id en ti ty". A p resen tat io n to t h e facu l ty a n d s tu den t b od y o f t he Co ll e ge of th e Bah amas, No ve mb er 22 1990. C H R I S T O P H E R C U M B U C K U S A Tribute to


w h e n D r I m h o t e p a s k e d i f t h e r e w e r e a n y m a t h e m a t i cians in the room. I s m i l e d I h a v e k n o w n s o me m at h em at i c i an s, b u t I only related to them by way of a classroom, never by way of a func tional pe rson using i t t o e x p r e s s t h e m s e l v e s J a c k son's ex press io n of l ife goes back to what they called the golden ratio. That is kind of a l w a y s h o w I s a w J a c k s o n r e l a t e t o e v e r y t h i n g ; e v e r y t h i n g h a d t o f i t w i t h i n t h i s sche ma tic tha t a ctual ly is. He wa s a ma t he m a ti ci a n H e wa s a mode r n da y Im hote p," s aid R ev e re n d En ea s re fe rr in g to the a nci en t Afri ca n a rc hite ct, e ng in e er, do c t o r, pr i es t a n d scribe. "He made the most com p l e x t h i n g s e e m s i m p l e because he knew the origins. He pe e l e d a wa y th e h us k a nd gave you the seed. He could t a k e a c o m p l e x t h e o r y a n d b r e a k i t d o w n i n t o i f y o u t r e a t y o u r c r a f t l i k e n a n n y th e n y o u c a n e x p e c t e v e r y o n e else to treat it like nanny'. In o t h e r w o r d s d o n t e x p e c t o t h er people to believe in some t h i n g f o r y o u ; y o u h a v e t o believe in it for yourself and then make it believable," he said. M r B u r n s i d e s s h o w s u s t h a t t h e c o m m o n s e n s e o f o u r p e o ple is actual natural science. T h i s p e r s p e c t i v e h a s i n f l u enced me and countless oth e r s M t u m w a s a i d i t "af fi rmed ideas" on ho w he l ook e d a t th e b uil t and n atu r a l e n v i r o n m e n t a n d h o w w e a s p e o p l e s h o u l d r e l a t e t o those two spheres. "These new ideas of ener gy conservation and sustain a b i l i t y a n d g r e e n l i v i n g a r e not new ideas; when looked cl os el y it w a s how ou r a nce s t o r s n a t u r a l l y l i v e d T h i s i s s o m e t h i n g t h a t J a c k s o n believed. For example, from the rubbish piles in the back yards of our grandparents to the slope and height of their r o o f s t h e s e t w o c o m m o n sense elements are now seen a s n e w d e s i g n i n i t i a t i v e s i n t h e b u i l t e n v i r o n m e n t T h e s c i e nc e o f t he r u bb i sh p il es o f o u r g r a n d p a r e n t s i s n o w c a l l e d a c o m p o s t h e a p a n d t h e h e i g h t a n d s l o p e o f t h e i r r o o f s are now thermal wells," said Mtumwa. P e r f o r m a n y I n t e r n e t sea rch on A frica n f r actals" a n d y o u w i l l l i k e l y l a n d o n Ron Eglash's TED presenta tion on "Africans fractals in buildings and braids." It is a re v e a li ng p re s e nta ti on on the gen i us o f t h e A fr ic an m in d T h e s e a r e t h e p e o pl e de e me d "un civili zed" by E urop ea n s. T h e s e a r e t h e p e o p l e w h o w e r e d i s c o v e r e d I t i s a myth and a lie and Mr Burn side calls us to talk the truth and write the story Our pe ople we re e nsla ved; their culture was raped, their i d e a s w e r e p l a g i a r i z e d a n d their memory has been oblit e r a t e d f r o m o u r c o n s c i o u s n e s s A n d y e t t h e d e s c e n dants of Europeans research us to this day with the same f e r v o r a n d w o n d e r a s t h e i r ancestors did in times past. I n a 2 0 0 2 p r e s e n t a t i o n o f c u l t u r e a n d t h e B a h a m i a n identity, Mr Burnside wrote: Th e c o l o ni a l s ys t em u nd e r w h i c h t h e m a j o r i t y p o p u l a tio n ha s li v e d th r ou gh ou t th is country' s re lativ ely shor t h ist o r y v e r y c l e v e r l y e m p t i e d t h e s l a v e b r a i n o f a l l s u b st ance by dest roying hist ory A f r i c a n c u l t u r e b e c a m e s a v a g e A f r i c a n r e l a t i o n beca me supe rs t i t io n', be lie f s b e c a m e h o c u s p o c u s h i s t o r y o f s o c i e t y w a s r e d u c e d t o t r i b a l w a r s I n s h o r t T a r z a n b e c a m e k i n g o f t h e a p e s a n d the only intelligent being on t h e A f r i c a n c o n t i n e n t A f r i c a n c h i l d r e n g r e w t o h a t e t h e i r h er i t ag e an d f o un d c o mf or t i n i d e nt ify in g wi th w hi te s o ci ety." Leap forward to 2011. The identity crisis persists, and it pains me t o thin k t hat most in our society see no connec tion between this reality and the realities of crime, educa t i o n f a m i l y i n o u r s o c i e t y U n t i l w e h e a l t h e A f r i c a n p s y c h e a n d re c o n t e x t u al i s e t h e European story there will be no salvation for any us. T h a t i s w h y M r B u r n s i d e o n c e sa i d : "W e n ee d t h e re f o r e i n s t i t u t i o n s c e n t r e s o f i n f o r m a t i o n r e s e a r c h a n d e x p r e s s i o n t h a t r e s p o n d t o t h e n e e d o f o u r p e o p l e t o s e e images of dignity in our own p a r t i c u l a r w a y o f d o i n g t h i n g s A n a t i o n a l l i b r a r y, n at i o n al m u s e u m a n d n a t i o n a l p e r f or mi ng arts c e nt re s ar e not l ux u r i e s bu t e s s e nt ia l t oo l s i n building the self-respect that we deserve." It is the artists, the histori ans, the healers, the philoso p he r s a n d s cr i b e s w h o a r e th e s o l d i e r s i n t h i s r e v o l u t i o n And it is they who must lead the leaders. INSIGHT THE TRIBUNE MONDA Y MA Y 23, 201 1, P AGE 3C FROM page 1C Common Sense were systematically removed from the people they served a nd re du ced to toke n e x pr e ssions of the visitor's image of B a h a m i a n c u l t u r e T o a d d further insult to injury in the a b s e n c e o f a n a p p r e c i a t i o n f o r w h a t e x i s t s o u r v i s i to r i s i n v i t ed to experience Las Vegas i n t he B ah amas .' S u ch di lu tion of culture results in the denial of positive self-images a n d p e r p e t u a t e s t h e m y t h s that (1) we have no culture, (2 ) cultur e is fo r the e lite a nd ( 3 ) t h a t f i r s t c l a s s c o m e s f r o m first world." S o w h a t d o e s a l l o f t h i s h a v e t o d o w i t h C o l u m b u s ? F o r s t a r t e r s w e s t i l l c e l e b r a t e D i s c o v e r y D a y a n d t h e r e a r e people w ho are prepare d to du e l to the de a th in d e fen se o f i t s p r i z e d p l a c e E v e r y t i m e we r epe a t the lie we f u rthe r o u r o w n o p p r e s s i o n T h e n o t i o n o f C h r i s t o p h e r C o l u m bu s' d is cov e ry is s o ru dim e nt a r y t o an u n d er s t an d i n g o f o u r i d e n t i t y c r i s i s t h a t i t s a y s a lo t whe n we a s a so cie ty ca nn o t e ve n l o o k c r i t i c al l y an d h o n e st l y at t h a t p ar t o f o u r h i s t o r y A s i n h a b i t a n t s o f t h e s e i sl a n ds we ha v e a r e s p on s ib il ity to ho no ur the me m or y of i t s o r i g i n a l p e o p l e a n d y e t t h e o n l y m e m o r y w e h a v e o f t h e m i s a n i s l a n d c a l l e d A r a w a k C a y a n d a s t o r y t h a t t h e y w e r e d i s co ve r e d. Ce r ta in pe o ple si mpl y ha v e to m a ke pe a ce wi th t h e r e a l it y o f w h o th e i r a n c e s tor s w er e a n d wha t the y d id We too o fte n s ee k a b so lu tio n b y w ay o f f o r ge t t i n g a n d /o r r e-e n gi ne e ri ng h is tor y w he n w e sh o ul d s ee k he al i ng an d pr og r e ss b y wa y of tru th. A s a n a t i o n c l a i m i n g t o h a v e r e c o n c i l e d w i t h t h e de s ce nd a nts of e n sl av e d pe ople we ce rta inly ha v e take n n o i n t e r e s t i n r e c o g n i s i n g t h e i r e x i s t e n c e p r i o r t o t h e g r e a t rap e. C ol um bu s i s a symb ol of ou r id e ntity cr is is ; he r e pr e se nts the m yth s til l p la y ing it self ou t to day, t hat we did no t gain any value un ti l t h e E u r o p e a ns s a i d w e h a d v a l u e I t i s t h e s e e d o f t h e r o t t e n f r u i t t h a t h a s p r o d u c e d a s o c i a l d i s e a se A s y mp tom o f this di se a s e a s M r B u r n s i d e o n c e s ai d i s t h e b el i ef t ha t f i rs t c l a s s i s f o r e i g n o t h e r w i s e kn own as whi te i s r ig ht. It ca u se s us to tota ll y di sr e ga r d ou r in na te inte l lig e nc e. "Wh at t h e C ol umb us st at ue repres ent s i s t h e cr eati on of a zero ti me r ef e rence, or a p o i n t o f a c t u a l o r i g i n o r begi nni ng, f or o ur c ou nt ry's sign if ic ant hi st ory. An yth in g t h a t h a p p e n e d b e f o r e C o l u m b us re al ly wa sn 't si gn if i c an t a c c o r d i n g t o t h e h i s t o r y bo ok s. If we con tin ue to hol d C o l u m b u s u p o n t h i s p e d e s ta l w e h a v e t o a d m i t t h a t i t i s saf ely plan ted o n o ur bu ried accomplishme nt s, said Re verend E neas. T h e y t o o k a w a y t h e s o u r c e a n d r o o t o f o u r o r i gin s. W hen yo u d o th at t o a pe ople y ou crea te a v oid that y ou ca n f il l with any lie. T hat i s w h a t t h e y a r e d o i n g a n d Ch risto pher C olum bus is th e po rt al f or a l l o f th ose l ies t o ju st f ly in to t he co un tr y h e said I am 100 p er ce n t be h in d th e re c om me n da t io n b y R e v erend En eas t o ro un d up all o f t h e c o l o n i a l s t a t u e s i n c l u d in g th e st atu e of C hris to pher C o l u m b u s o n t h e s t e p s o f G o v e r n m e n t H o u s e a n d Qu ee n Vic t ori a on her c on d e s c en d i n g p e r c h i n P a r l i a m e n t S q u a r e t o p l a c e t h e m i n a par k c alled Co lo nial P ark, so w e n ever f or get ou r his to ry. C oi nc id ent ally, alt ho ugh som e w ou ld su ggest I w ou ld no t repl ace t hem w it h a mil l i o n d o l l a r s ta tu e o f M r B u r n s i d e I d o n t p r e s u m e t o s p e a k f o r M r B u rn s i d e b u t a s f ar as I am c o n c e r ne d i t w o u l d sur ely b e a mi sgui ded use o f m o n e y e s p e c i a l l y w i t h t h e f a m i l y r a i s i n g m o n e y t o est abli sh t he J ack son L ogan Bu rns ide III Design Li brary and Researc h C ent re. In his tr ibu te to Mr B urn s i d e f a m i l y f r i e n d C h a r l e s C a r t e r s a i d h e h o p e d M r B u r n s i d e s d e a t h w o u l d s p a r k a n e c e s s a r y r e v o l u t i o n i n s p i r i t f o r B a h a m i a n s M r Car ter enc ou raged eve r yone t o remem ber w hat th ey s aid and h ow t hey fel t i n t h e p ast d a y s a n d w e e k s b e c a u s e w h a t t h e y e x p e r i e n c e d w a s t h e o p p o r t u n i t y t o s e e t h e B a h a m a s t h r o u g h t h e p rism o f Mr Bu rnsi de. H i s m e m o r y c e r t a i n l y c a l l s me t o dig d eep an d t o s peak t rut h and I am sur e i t al ways w i l l T h e se a r e t h e d i s c u s s i o n s w e s h o u l d b e h a vi n g i n o u r s c h o o l s a n d c l a s s r o o m s ; o n t h e s t r e e t a n d i n t h e pu l p i t ; i n o u r mu si c an d in o ur ar t ; i n t he s ha ck a n d on th e r us h. Unt il w e e n g a g e t h e s e i d e a s w i t h passion and honesty we w ill n ev e r he a l fr om ou r Chr is top h e r C u m b u c k u s i d e n t i t y c r i s i s


If Junkanoo were to exist in i t s m o s t n a t u r a l f o r m p e r h a p s i t w o u l d a p p e a r m o r e l i k e a m a s k e d a n c e s t r a l r i t u a l o n African soil or the dance of a honugan in a Haitian Voudon c e r e m o n y B u t a s w i t h m u c h e l s e w e a r e l i v i n g o u t s i d e o f the natural order of things. W i n o r l o s e, I d o n t car e; j u st gi v e me t h a t s w e et r u sh T h at i s t h e s p i r i t o f J u n k a n o o I s a w o v e r t h e p a s t w e e k a s t h o u s a n d s c e l e b r a t e d t h e l i f e o f J a c k s o n B u r n s i d e a n d I w a s t r u l y i n s p i r e d L e s t t h e m o m e n t si mp l y fad e l ik e a p as si n g fa d I wanted to share my insights in h o p e t h a t i t w o u l d k e e p t h e f i r e burning. T h e f i r s t r u s h t o o k p l a c e under a bright full moon night O v e r t h e H i l l E a c h t i m e I r e m e m b e r e d w e w e r e t h e r e b e c a u s e M r B u r n s i d e w as n o t I cri ed I was mo st over wh elmed when the band belted out the t u n e, It i s W el l w i t h my S o u l ", a t the do orstep o f Mr Bu rnside s 9 3 y e a r o l d m o t h e r Gertrude Burnside. She sat on t h e p o r c h w i t h h e r c h i l d r e n a n d f a m i l y I c a n i m a g i n e h e r swelling with anticipation and p r i d e a s t h e s o u n d o f t h e d r u m s a p p r o a c h e d Y o u n g a n d o l d alike lined the streets to watch th e p eo pl e' s ru sh W e t rav ell ed in t h e d ead of t he ni gh t aro un d Fort Hill. The experience was so pow er f u l f o r me b ec au s e i t t o o k me b a c k t o a n o t h e r e r a ; a t i m e l o n g b e f o r e J u n k a n o o b e c a m e a c o m p e t i t i o n a n d c o m m e r c i a l e nt e r p r i s e ; b e f or e 1 9 4 8 w he n J u n k a n o o m o v e d t o B a y S t r e e t ; a n d p e r h a p s e v e n b e f o r e m y g r a n d p a r e n t s c a m e o f a g e i n the 1920s. I am a dancer and I h a v e r u s h e d B a y S t r e e t b u t n e v e r b e f o r e h a s t h e e x p e r i e n c e t r a n s p o r t ed m e b ac k b y a n e a s y 80 years. This time was different and M r Bu r n s i d e h e lp s u s t o u n d er stand why. He saw a long time ago what we gave birth to on t h a t n i g h t T h a t n i g h t I s t o o d i n t h e c o m p a n y o f m y A f r i c a n b r o t h e r s a n d s i s t e r s w i t h t h e spirit of our ancestors ever so present marching through the streets for the sole purpose of c e l e b r a t i n g o n e o f o u r o w n The re wa s no Eur op e a n ho liday to observe; there were no rul e s of c o mpeti tio n to co nfi ne u s ; an d mo s t i mp o rt a n t l y, t h e re were no tourists to give us def i n i t i o n F e w t i m e s b ef o r e h a v e I felt so close to African soil in the B a ha ma s It wa s a hom ec o m i n g f o r m e a s m u c h a s i t was a celebration of Mr Burn side's home going. The rush wa s a performa nce of culture, but we were not in p e rf o rm an ce o f o u r cu l t u r e. M r B urn sid e a ppre c ia t e d the diff e r e n c e b e c a u s e w e w o u l d debate the concept from time to tim e. I w o uld com mise ra te w i t h h i m ; e x p r e s s i n g m y thoughts that Bahamians per form their cultu re wh ile others live it. I had no complaint that night when we rushed through Jail Alley. That night we were f e e l i n g b r ea t h i n g a n d l i v i n g t h e e x p r e s s i o n o f o u r c o l l e c t i v e spirit of remembrance for Mr Bu rn s id e, an d it was th e s weet est rush. I f el t t h e s am e w ay ab o u t t h e B a y S t r e e t r us h o n T h u r s da y after Mr Burnside's thanksgiv i ng s e r v i c e a l t h ou g h t he e l e ment of daylight and an emo t i o n al l y d e ta ch ed au d i en c e c re ated a different energy. There wa s a mys ti ca l an ces t ral en er gy o n W e d n e s d a y n i g h t t h a t evoked the spirit of the dead, while Thursday afternoon the e n e r g y w a s m o r e f e s t i v e a n d r o o t ed i n t h e l i v i n g c o m m u n i t y. T h u r s d a y a f t e r n o o n s r u s h br ought a spont a ne ity to B a y S t r e e t t h a t i t h a s n o t s e e n i n m o o n s T h e re w as a n e xp l o s i o n of s p ir it on Ba y Stre e t unlike none other in recent years. J a c k s o n a l w a y s s a i d w e h a v e t o d o th e s e th i ng s fo r u s a n d t h e n i n v i t e t h e t ou r i s t t o ou r h o u s e t o s h a r e i t w i t h t h e m W e d id th is o u r way fo r hi m. If any v isitor s we r e on B ay Str ee t it w a s t o t a ll y c oi nc id e n ta l. T hi s w a s d o n e f o r J a c k s o n a n d t h o s e visitors who were fortunate to c at c h u s w o u l d h a ve go n e b a ck w i t h a B a h a m i a n e x p e r i e n c e they could not have ever man a g e d t o h a v e o n a n y o t h e r o c c a sion; a much richer experience than anything that could have be e n pl a nne d for t he m ," sa i d f a m i l y f r i e n d a n d f e l l o w Junkanooer Arlene Nash Fer guson. A Powerful Message T h e e x p e r i e nc e o f t he p a s t w e e k r e m i n d e d m e o f a t i m e w h e n o u r a n c e s t o r s n e e d e d n o p e r m i s s i o n s l i p an d n o ex t e r n a l a u d i en c e t o d a n c e s i n g an d l i ck t h e d r u m s ; w h e n t h e y l i v e d t h e i r o w n c u l t u r a l r e a l i t y w i t h o u t a p o l o g y I t w a s a p o w e r f u l m o m en t i n w h i c h w e e n a c t ed a sto ry d esc ri bed t ime an d ti m e a g a i n b y M r B u r n s i d e i n h i s v i s i o n o f a o n e J u n k a n o o f a m i l y r u s h i n g t o i t s o w n r h yt h m M r B u r n s i d e l e f t u s w i t h a p o w e r f u l m e s s a g e t h a t J u n k a n o o i s m uc h mo re th an a co mp et i t i o n o r a p ar a d e I t i s a h e al i n g ri t ua l; i t i s an an ces tr al d an ce M r B u r n s i d e s co m me m o r a t i o n r u s h a l l o w e d u s t o s t e p i n t o t h a t s p a c e. I n h i s o w n w o r d s M r B u r n s i d e s ai d : "I ca n n o l o n ge r ge t a s e x c i t e d a s I h a v e i n p a s t y e a r s a b o u t t h e c e l e b r a t i o n o f c o m p e t it ion E x c e s si v e j ubi la t ion or d e j e c t i o n f o r a w i n o r a l o s s n o l o n g e r m o t i v a t e s m e . C o s t u m e s a nd pa r a de s a re on ly the e n d pro ducts o f a p roces s o f comm u n i t i e s c o mi n g t o ge t h e r f o r a c o m m o n p u r p o s e t o w o r k p r a c t ic e an d exp r ess o u r c o ll ec ti ve s p i r i t I n t h e c o n t e xt o f t h e co mp e t i t i ve J u n k a n o o s p ac e n o g r o u p h a s ac h i ev e d t h e l ev e l o f ma t u r i t y t h a t M r B u r n si d e d r e am ed o f, b ut I b eli eve h is d eat h h as r e n ew ed t h e c a l l f o r u s t o r e k i n d l e t h e s p i r i t a n d g e t b a c k t o t h e c o r e M r B u r n s i d e s a i d : J u n k a n o o i s t h e m o s t f l a mb o y a n t e x p r e s s i o n o f t h e s p i r i t o f t h e B a h a mi an peo pl e and a fo u nt ain h ea d o f a r t i s t i c e xp r e ss i o n B u t i t i s b e n e a t h t h e e xt er n al p a ge a n t r y o f t h e J u n k an o o p a r ad e t h a t w e t o u c h t h e es s e n c e e ve n t h o u gh th e sp e ct a c le is s o g r a nd. For A f r i c a n p e o p l e d r u m m i n g i s n o t m u s i c ; i t i s a l an gu ag e t h at o u r sp i ri ts sp eak as d o o u r an ces t o r s Da n c i n g i s n o t j u s t m o v e m en t ; i t i s m e d i t a t i o n A l l t h a t w a s s e e m i n g l y m u n d a n e a n d e x t e r n a l i n t h e l i v e s o f o u r a n c e s t o r s p ar t i c u l a r l y i n t h e e ye s o f o u r h i s t o r i c al o p p r es s o r s ac t u a l l y h a d gr e a t d ep t h a n d m e an i n g, a n d s p i r i t u a l va l u e. Ove r t h e year s, t h ro u g h th e pr oce s s o f c om me r c ia liz a tion, J u n k a n o o h a s b e en s t r i p p ed o f s o m u c h o f i t s o r i g i n al m e an i n g M u c h o f t h e n e w m e an i n g h a s e r o d e d t h e e l e m en t s o f s u s t a i n a b i l i t y t h a t u s e d t o b e a p a r t o f i t s natura l order. I n a n h is to r i c al a c co u n t o f J u n k a n o o M r B u r n s i d e s p o k e ab o u t t h e c er e mo n y a s b ei n g t h e "g re a t eq u al i z er In th e past, he sa id J u nkano o u s e d t o t r u l y b e a p r o c e s s o f m ak i n g "j u n k a n e w M o d e r n d a y J u n k a n o o i s s t r i c k e n w i t h c o n t r a d i c t i o n s ; pu l li ng it i n c om p e t i ng di r e c tio ns. O n the on e h a n d, th e re a r e t h o s e l i k e M r B u r n s i d e M s Nash F e rguso n an d th eir con t e m p o r a r i e s w h o r ec o gn i z e t h e p o we r o f Ju n k an o o as a cl ass r o o m a n d b a s i s f o r c o m i n g t o g e t h e r a n d b u i l d i n g s t r o n g c o m mu n i t i e s. I t wa s i m p o r t an t f o r M r B u r n s i d e t h a t w e al w ay s p re s e r ve "t h e i n a l i e n a b l e r i g h t o f each c i ti ze n to b e a p a rt i ci p a n t i n J u n k a n o o n o t j u s t a s p e c t a t o r H i s t h i n g w a s a s i s m i n e t h a t J u n k a n o o i s a s p i r i t I t t r a n s c e n d s t h e p a r a d e s I t w as a l l ab o u t t h e c o m m u n i t y a n d c o m i n g t o g e t h e r a n d c e l eb r at i n g s o m et h i n g t h a t h a s b e e n i n o u r t r a d i t i o n f o r t h o u s an d s o f ye ar s I t s p e ak s t o t h e s t r e n g t h o f o u r p eo p l e w h o w e r e a b l e t o c e l e b r a t e i n o n e o f t h e d a r k e s t e r as o f o u r h i s t o r y H e w as a l l ab o u t e xp an d i n g t h e h o r i z o n o f J u n k a n o o s a i d M s N a sh F er g u s o n O n t he ot he r ha nd, wit h t he c o m m e r c i a l i z a t i o n o f J u nk a n oo a n d i t s u nc h e c ke d exp an si o n, i t i s b eco min g mo re a nd m ore lik e a n e lit is t spo rt t h a t r e q u i r e s y o u t o p a y t o play Th e J u nkanoo comm un ity i s still ve ry much com mitted t o t h e c o mp e t i ti v e s p ac e. M an y o f t h e y o u n g p e o p l e i n Junkanoo toda y know nothing o t h e r t h a n t h e c o m p e t i t i v e s p i r it o f Jun kano o. Th e re is a view t h a t w i t h o u t t h e e l e m e n t o f competit ion group s woul d no t b e a b l e t o k e e p t h e s h a c k s pa c ked Tension Add to t his pict ure th e f a ct tha t J unka noo i s ma ki ng e v e rinc re a s ing de m a nds on v olunte e r tim e and e ne rg y and tha t the la c k of tr ans pa re nc y in t he fi scal ma n ag ement o f gro up s is c r e a t i n g e v e r i n c r e a s i n g t e n si ons. T h e b e a u t i f u l t h i n g a b o u t M r Bur ns ide is t ha t in t he fa c e of a ll the c ont ra dic ti on a nd com pl e xity o f th e Junk a n oo world it t oo k h is si m pl e s a c r if ic e to br ing us t og e the r a nd to g e t to the he a r t of the m a tte r Mr Burns ide use d to s ay a s N i c o l e t t e B e t h e l r e m i n d s u s B e w h o y ou is a n d no t w ho y ou a int !" T hat a x iom ha s so many laye rs o f mea n in g, bu t i n t h i s c o n t e x t I t h i n k i t c al l s u s t o be tr ue to the e s se nc e of who we are. Ju nk ano o i s n ot j us t an e v e n t o n t h e M i n i s t r y o f T o u r i s m s c a l e n d a r ; i t i s n o t just a st re e t pa ra de ; it is a r itual renewa l o f th e sp irit Af rican st y le Tha t is wha t w e di d la st w ee k i n c o m mem o r at i o n o f M r B u r n s i d e W e h a v e d o n e i t b efo re, b ut n eve r on th at scal e. M rs Nas hF ergu so n to l d me t h e s t o r y o f a t r e a s u r e d O n e Fa m il y ba s e d rum m e r n a me d B o o m e r w h o w a s g u n n e d down i n 19 9 8 the nig ht be for e a re g u l ar ly s che duled p r a ctic e. B o o m e r s f a m i l y j o i n e d t h e J u n k a n o o f a m i l y a t p r a c t i c e t ha t ni g ht a nd w ha t oc c u r re d c a n o n l y b e u n d e r s t o o d b y thos e who ha v e fe lt t he p owe r of t he dru m. I h a d n e v e r s e e n p e o p l e r us h i ng a n d s c r e a m in g a t t h e sa m e ti me The y we r e da nci ng an d c ryi n g t h ei r h e ad s o f f sh e sai d. Wh en so meo ne i s mou rn i n g t h e d e a t h o f a n o t h e r i n J u n k a n o o p a r l a n c e y o u s a y : We ha v e to ru sh thr oug h it ," she a l so r e ca ll e d. O n a n o t h e r o c c a s i o n s h e s a i d, a d r um m e r c a m e t o t h e O ne F a mi ly s ha c k af te r be in g s e v e r e l y i n s u l t e d b y h i s g r o u p O n e o f t h e o t h e r d r u m m e rs sa id, "T he re i s only on e wa y to g et hi m out of t hat a nd the y s ta rt e d drum m ing ." I n t r ue s e r e nd i pi t ou s s t y l e Mr B urn side w as tr ea t e d t o a s h o r t s t o r y o n h i s l a s t c o n s c i o u s nig ht t ha t s poke to t he se v e r y the m e s. H e wa s in a t te nda nc e a t t h e b o o k s i g n i n g o f C h r i s t i a n Campb e l l, wh ere Emil le H u nt a yo u n g B ah amia n w ri ter r ead hi s s t or y e nt it le d R e t ur n of the D r a go n." It s poke a bout a wi dow w ho found he r s pir it of d a n c e o v e r b u r d e n e d b y t h e pa in of he r los t lov e H e r hu sba nd die d whe n she w as pre g na nt w ith a s on. H e inh er ite d the dr um be a t fr om h is fa t he r a nd r os e t o b e a g r e a t dr um m e r li ke his fa the r W h e n t h e b o y w a s g un n e d do w n b y a po l i c e of f i c e r t h e c o m m u n i t y p l a n n e d a J u n k a n o o c e l e b r a t i o n i n h i s honour T he pla n wa s in de fia n c e o f s t a t e o f f i c i a l s w h o d e c l a r e d t h e t i m e s t o b e t o o v o la ti l e A f te r y e a r s of be i n g d e a d t o t h e b e a t i t w a s t h e soun d of t he drum t ha t puls a te d i n t u n e w i t h t h e e a r t h s v i b r a t i o n o f h e r s o n s g r a v e t h a t ha d e no u g h a s e ( p o w e r ) to spark her spi rit He r rh ythm wa s re s urr e c te d by J unka noo. I n t h i s t i m e o f n at i o n al c ri s i s w e h av e a n o p p o r t u n i t y t o l o o k t o t h e c e r e m o n i a l s p a c e o f Jun ka n oo fo r th e hea li ng cure. It is n ot the J unka noo of Box i n g D a y o n B ay S t r e e t t h a t c o n ta ins the s ec r et e lix ir It i s th e Ju nk a n oo of Jackso n Bu rns ide t h a t we exp er i en ce d w h i l e h o n ouring him T he c los es t w e ge t to the s pirit ordina rily i s in t he s p ace o f Ju n k an o o p r act i ce A s a na tion w e ne e d to l ook se r io u s l y a t t h e s e q u e s t i o n s a n d rus h f or t he cur e I t w a s w i t h s a d n e s s t h a t I r e c e i v e d n ew s o f M r B u r n s i d e s t r a n s i t i o n b u t i t w a s a l s o w i t h a d e e p s e n s e o f r e s p e c t a n d a p p r e c i a t i o n f o r t h e o r d e r e d de si gn of the univ e rs e It wa s on ly throug h crippling pe rsona l t r ia l t ha t I c a m e t o un de r s t an d a n d ac c ep t w i t h o u t r es er v a tion the not ion t ha t w e a r e b o r n a t t h e r i g h t m o m e n t i n his tor y; we die a t the or de re d ti m e ; a nd w e le a v e w he n o ur p u r p o s e h a s b e en f u l f i l l e d e v e n if the c om m unity a nd we ou rs e l v e s a r e un a bl e t o c om pr e h e n d t h e t r u e s c o p e o f t h a t p u r pose S o e v e n t h o u g h t h e g r e a t sp ir it o f i k u ( death ) carried Mr Bu rn sid e fo r hi s fin al ru sh du ring t he wa x ing of t his Ta ur us m oon, I c a n r e joic e b ec a us e I k n o w h e i s n o w e v e r y w h e r e "wi t hi n th e eth o s o f t he at mo sp h e r e a s R e v e r e n d E n e a s a rt icu la te d. W e c a n n o t e s c a p e h i m a n y m or e Ev e r y on e w ho ig no re d hi s p r op os a l s w ou ld n' t l is t e n t o h i s r a d i o s h o w w h a t e v e r y o u we r e tr y ing t o e s ca pe y ou w ill not be a ble to a ny m ore And f o r t h os e o f u s w h o w ere w o rk i n g w it h h i m, h e h as ev en mo re to t e ac h us now ," he sa id T h e a n c e s t o r s w e l c o m e d h om e a g r a n d s p ir i t t h a t w a s s ur ely t o o aw eso me to co n tai n M r Burn sid e: We wil l call yo ur na m e a nd r ej oic e in y our ne w jo ur n e y I kn ow w e wi l l he a r y ou s pe a k i n th e so und of th e dr u m a nd t he tr u m pe t of t h e c onc h s he l l. I h e a r y o u a nd I a n s w e r y o u r c a l l M a f e r e f u n e g un (P ra is e be to the a nc e stor s) By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter T HERE is a Yoruba story that says when the earth lost its tongue and could no longer speak the heavens gave birth to the drum. In the ceremony of Junkanoo, when the goatskin drums start to beat and the brass band starts to play, the Junkanooer disappears into a deep meditation as the spirit expresses itself in movement and sound. INSIGHT P AGE 4C, MONDA Y MA Y 23, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE W IN OR LOSE, GIVE ME T HA T S W E ET R US H


By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter ONLY Grand Bahamian teenager Simone Pratt and collegiate bound Kerrie Cartwright had to suit up as the Bahamas Fed Cup clinched a 2-0 victory over Guatemala on Saturday to return to the Americas Group One. Playing in the cross over promotional playoffs after finishing second in the Group II week-long Group B round robin tournament in the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas didnt have to play the doubles match, featuring the experienced team of Grand Bahamian Larikah Russell and Nikkita Fountain, to determine the final outcome. Pratt, the youngest member of the team at age 15, breezed through her o pening singles with a 6-0, 6-3 decision over Daniela Schippers. C artwright, 19, completed the Bahamas triumph with her identical 6-4, 6-4 win over Kirsten-Andrea Weedon. The Bahamas, captained by Grand Bahamian Rodney Hot Rod Carey, suffered their only defeat in the round robin to Venezuela in their opening match. Venezuela, by the way, played Uruguay in the other promotional match and they secured a 2-0 win as well to join the Bahamas in advancing to Group A for 2012. This is the sixth time that the Bahamas has reached Group A since playing Fed Cup in 1990. The team of Fountain, Russell and Cartwright last represented the Bahamas in that group in 2009 in T HETRIBUNE SECTIONEMONDAY, MAY 23, 2011 SPECIAL OLYMPIANS compete in the S pecial Olympics Bahamas National Track and Field/Bocce championships a t the Thomas A Robinson stadium on S aturday. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 2E F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b NATHAN Arnett and J Vente Deveaux led the B ahamas appearance at the 2011 National Junior Colleg iate Athletic Associations Track and Field Championships with victories in their specialty events over thew eekend. At the meet in Hutchinson, Kansas City, Arnett, compet i ng for Iowa Central Com munity College, clocked a personal best of 50.27 secondst o easily win the mens 400m h urdles. His nearest rival was Isaiah Gill of South Plains in 52.81. I n the semifinal, Arnett finished second overall after winning his heat in 52.42.E lhadji Mbow of Essex Com munity College, who had the fastest time in the heats in 51.27, was eighth in the final i n 55.60. Arnett also pulled off a third place in the 110 hurdles in another PR of 13.89 in a race that featured Grand Bahamian Dennis Bain of Rend Lake, who had to settlef or sixth in 14.04, his PR as well. In the preliminaries, Arnett d id 13.98 for the second fastest time as he held off Bain, who got second in the heat and had the sixth best time of 14.18. The fastest qualifying time came from Arnetts team-mate Michael Hancock in 13.74. Hancock won the final in 13.54. JVente Deveaux, repre senting Allen County Community College, soared 15.92 metres or 52-feet, 23/4-inches to pull off the title in the mens triple jump. It was well off his PR of 16.44m or 53-11 1/4. Stephen Emere of South Plains had to settle for second with 15.85m or 52-0. Deveaux also contested the long jump, but he could do no better than 19th with a leap of 6.61m or 21-0. Kadeem Douglas of Coffeyville Community College won with 7.60m or 24-1. TeShon Adderley, running the first leg, helped Iowa Central Community College to take the womens 4 x 800 relay in 9:19.19. Lansing Community College was second in 9:32.30. Adderley also anchored Iowa Central to a fourth place finish in the final of the 4 x 400 relay in 3:47.10. South Plains won in a meet record time of 3:35.00. Adderley anchored Iowa Central to first in the heats in 3:45.54. In her individual event, Adderley came in eighth in the womens 800 in 2:18.71, off her PR of 2:17.05. Natroya Goule of South Plains won the race in a meet record of 2:08.10. Adderley produced the PR with her eighth place in the Nathan, JVente win specialty events in US meet Fed Cup: Bahamas back in Americas Group One Clinch 2-0 victory over Guatemala S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E T T E E N N N N I I S S By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter B asil Christie was quite impressed with what he saw on Saturday as Special Olympics Bahamas hosted its National Track and Field and Bocce championships at the Thomas A Robinson Track and Field Stadium. The event drew competitors from New Providence, Grand Bahama and Long Island as the Bahamas prepares to send a team off to the World Special Olympic Games next month in Athens, Greece. This meet was the biggest one weve had so far, said Christie, who drew a large field of volunteers from just about every social group led by the Kiwanis to support the athletes. With just about three weeks before we head off to the World Games, Im so impressed with the performances from these athletes. In every sport, I think we are going to be very impressive when we go to Athens. Christie said because of the fact that they are preparing to travel to the World Games, there were qual ity performances from the athletes who have already been selected to the team. The coaches must have been working miracles because the athletes have been training all year and it showed in their performances, he stated. I was very pleased with what I saw from all of the athletes. They were very impressive. Roosevelt Thompson, who will travel as the head coach of the ath letic team, said he thought the performances produced were of a very high standard, not just from the team members, but all of the athletes in general. The competition was very stiff, Thompson stated. One of the things we were looking at were the perfor mances of the athletes selected to the team to represent the Bahamas. There were no surprises there. They all performed to the best of their abilities. They won their events. They were very much outstanding. Now its up to them to continue their training in preparation for the trip. One of those outstanding athletes was Archelous Thompson, who won the mens 100 and 200 metres and helped New Providence to win the gold in both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relays. It was okay. There was a lot of good performances from all of the athletes, he pointed out. But I did nt have any problems with my races. I was just that good. From Grand Bahama, Akeem Bain was one of the most outstand ing competitors, winning both the mens 200 and 400 in his category. He also ran on Grand Bahama relay teams that finished behind New Providence. It was good. I performed like I expected, Bain said. I trained hard, so I knew I could do very well. I hope to go to the World Games and compete just like I did here. Roseneline Baptiste of Marsh Harbour, Abaco, was second in the womens 200 and she also competed on both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay teams. My performances were great, said Baptiste, who competed in the meet for the first time. Just how it is, is how you get it. You only get out of it what you put into it. Nicole Denardin, who was the head coach of a 33-member team from Abaco, said they had a very good showing. We started off a little timid, but as the meet progressed, they really came back strong, she pointed out. I was very proud of how they all performed. I thought the competition was very good too. I was very impressed with all of the teams, not just ours. We have about 4-5 athletes heading to the World Games, so we are look ing forward to them doing very well. And Loretta Parris, the head coach of Grand Bahamas 45-member team, said despite the fact that they brought in a lot of newcomers, the performances overall were quite outstanding. We have a lot of new athletes who just joined us. We brought a lot of them who never competed before, she stated. The performances were much better than we anticipated. Some persons who normally excel, excel. But you know the persons who were training. Those were the ones who really stood out. But we had a lot of people who needed the experience. With next year being an off year, Parris said the Grand Bahamian ath letes should perform even better because they should have more athletes competing. Rickera Butterfield, who competed in the womens 100, 200 and the relays, said her performance was great, but she wasnt concerned because the competition wasnt that tough. Special Olympics Bahamas is now preparing for their trip to Athens for the Special Olympics World Games, scheduled for June 25 to July 4. Miss Bahamas World, 23-year-old Sasha Joyce a former track and field athlete was on hand to present some of the awards after the meet. Special Olympians very impressive


L OCAL SPORTS P AGE 2E, MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS Special Olympics National Track & Field CHAMPIONSHIPS Warming up for Worlds M ISS BAHAMAS WORLD 23-year-old Sasha Joyce a former track and field athlete presented some of the awards to our special Olympians after they competed in Special Olympics Bahamas National Track andF ield/Bocce championships at Thomas A Robinson stadium on Saturday. The event drew competitors from New Providence, Grand Bahama and Long Island as the Bahamas prepares to send a team off to the World Special Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, next month. P h o t o s b y F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f


Canada when they were relegated to Group B. Cartwright, who played all of the single matches during the tie in the Dominican Republic, admitted that while they didnt experience any pressure, they were quite nervous just being in the final. As for her match against Weedon, Cartwright said she felt great about her perfor-mance. didn't feel I was making certain balls I shouldhave made but I pulled it out, she stated. Commenting on the teams performance, she not ed: I think everyone performed great. We had a great time with each other, encouraging one another in the matches. Everyone was very supportive. Cartwright, who has been attending a tennis academyin Florida, said she will con tinue to train in anticipation of her appearance in college when she enrolls at Tyler Junior College in August. Looking back at her match, Pratt said her performance today (Saturday was amazing. I came out strong, played hard and ended up as a champion. She too noted that the team performed excellent. Everyone went out there and gave their best. Thats all that matters. We won and will be back in Group A. Pratt, who has been com peting in a series of International Tennis Federation tournaments prior to the Fed Cup, said she has three more Under-18 tournaments in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and here at home. So Im very excited about those events coming up, she said. In the meantime, Foun tain will be returning home and Russell will be heading off to play in a few satellite tournaments as she continues her quest to become the first Bahamian to make her breakthrough on the Wom ens Tennis Association cir cuit. Similar to the promotion al round, the Bahamas only had to play the singles in their final round robin match on Friday against Ecuador with Cartwright and Russell both having to go to three sets in the win to advance to the playoffs. The Bahamas finished the tournament at 3-1 behind undefeated Venezuela in Group B. Guatemala won Group A with a 4-0 record, followed by Uruguay at 3-1. L OCAL/INTERNATIONAL SPORTS T RIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011, PAGE 3E V V O O L L L L E E Y Y B B A A L L L L B B A A I I S S S S J J U U N N I I O O R R S S A A C C T T I I O O N N WITH the senior boys and g irls champions crowned last week, the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools will turn its attention to the junior divi-s ions. The junior boys are scheduled to begin their regular season play at St Augustines College 4pm today. On Tuesday, the junior girls will start competition at the same time. O n Thursday, the Kingsway Academy Saints marched past St Johns College to claim the senior boys title, while the St Andrews Hurricanes dethroned the St Augustines College Big Red Machine. S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L B B A A I I S S S S P P O O S S T T S S E E A A S S O O N N THE Government Seco ndary Schools Sports Association is all set to continue its sudden death playoffs at the Baillou Hills Sporting C omplex 4pm today. The CV Bethel Stingrays will play the CC SweetingC obras for the rights to play against the CR Walker Knights for the senior girls championship crown. And in the senior boys division, the Cobras and the Knights will clash for a shot at t he CI Gibson Rattlers in the championship. Over in the junior boys division, SC McPherson Sharks are waiting for the winner between the AF Adderley Fighting Tigers and t he DW Davis Pitbulls. A nd in the junior girls division, the CH Reeves Raptors have already booked their spot in the championship. They will play either AF A dderley or DW Davis. B B O O X X I I N N G G R R A A H H M M I I N N G G S S I I L L V V E E R R G G L L O O V V E E T T O O U U R R N N E E Y Y CHAMPION Amateur B oxing Club hosted the second week of the Wellington Sonny Boy Rahming Silver Glove Boxing Tournament at the Wulff Road Boxing Square on Saturday. Javano Collina and Keron K nowles hooked up in the best fight of the night, Gavin Rolle was named the mosto utstanding boxer and Travad Thurston was the most valuable boxer. Results of matches contested are as follows: Travad Thurston won on points over Andrew Smith 116, Shaquille Davis won on points over Timothy Daxon 12-10, Absalom Sturrup won on points over Phillip Poitier Jr 9-2 and Gavin Rolle won on points over Garrett Bain 15-10. In an exhibition match, Wayne Martin nipped Antoine Hepburn 11-10 and Garvin Rolle won his second match on points over Kendrick Stuart 19-18 while Richard Charlton won over Trevin Clarke. And Javano Collins won on points. According to organiser Ray Minus Jr, week three of the tournament will be contested 6pm June 4 at the Wulff Road Boxing Square. sports inbrief preliminaries. Her previous best going into the meet was 2:17.14. Another final saw Grand Bahamian Gortia Ferguson of Colby Community College end up seventh in the wom ens 100 final in a PR of 11.77. Jura Levy of South Plains won the race in 11.07. In the prelims, Ferguson was seventh in 11.79. Her pre vious PR was 11.94. Also at the meet, Shauntae Miller, another member of Colby Community College, was 14th in the womens hep tathlon with a total of 3,404 points from the combined multiple events of the 100 hurdles, high jump, shot put, 200, long jump, javelin and 800. Anne Marie Duffus of Western Texas College won the event with 4,966. And two other Bahamians contested the mens 400, but neither James Carey or Bran don Miller got into the final. Carey, representing Colby Community College, was 11th overall in 48.21 after he got fourth in heat three. Miller, competing for Allen County College, was 18th overall in 48.74 with a fourth as well in heat two. As the meet came to a close, Miller ran the third leg as Allen County got fourth in the mens 4 x 400 relay in 3:10.69 and Arnett was on the second leg of Iowa Centrals team that was eighth in 3:17.62. Nathan and JV ente win specialty events in US meet F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E TEAM BAHAMAS: Shown (above l-r Russell, Simone Pratt, Nikkita Fountain and Rodney Carey with their Fed Cup trophies. RIGHT: Shown (l-r Russell, Sidney Pratt, Rodney Carey, Nikkita Fountain and Kerrie Cartwright. Fed Cup: Bahamas back in Americas Group One Heat run hot, beat Bulls for 2-1 lead in series LEBRON JAMES backs down Chicago Bulls Luol Deng (9 (AP Photo