Photo: Ava Turnquest RAID: A bar on Dowdeswell Street was the object of a joint police raid yesterday. Officials remained tightlipped last night over the details surrounding the search of Triple As Restaurant and Bar sometime after 4pm. n SEE PAGE TWO N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Teenage girls kidnap terror Volume: 107 No.150TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 86F LOW 76F BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS SAC undefeated V ictim escapes captor s TRY OUR CHICKEN MAC The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM www.fidelitygroup.comCall 356.7764today! Fall in love again with a Fidelity Fast Track car loan. FidelityBank FastTrack Loan CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTEDAND REALESTATE BAHAMASBIGGEST SECTIONBSECTIONE I N S I D E S P O R T S W O M A N Deadly fire was not an accident By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A RELATIVE of the seven children who were trapped inside their burning home has strong suspicions the deadly blaze was not an accident. A ccording to the relative who spoke to T he Tri bune yesterday, an individual made repeated threats in the past to "put fire in the house where the children lived with their father. Y esterday T he Tribune w as told the health of two of the four children who survived the tragedy has improved slightly. The youngsters aged one, four, five a nd 10 are being treated at Princess Margaret Hos pital and have been upgraded from critically ill to very ill. Two of the surviving children also receivedm inimal burns during the blaze. T heir three young siblings died in the May 11 blaze which investigators suspect was caused by a malfunctioning computer. D r Duane Sands, a surgeon at PMH, said: "Two of the children, their status has been upgraded to very ill A 14-year-old girl is back with her family after making a dramatic escape from kid n appers who snatched her on her way to school almost a week earlier. T he girl, whose identity must be withheld because of her age, was last seen leaving her home at around 7.20am o n May 17, wearing her school uniform. Last night, family members of the high school senior, who is the oldest girl of five siblings, were overcome with TAKENAWAY: The body of a man was found with multiple gunshot wounds in Carmichael late last night. The victim was discovered after police responded to reports of gun fire heard in Sunshine Park shortly before 6pm. Emergency medical services pronounced him dead at the scene. Initial reports indicate that the shooting was the result of an argument between the deceased and another man. However, investigators could not provide any further details up to press time. B OD Y F OUND WITH GUNSHOT WOUNDS Felip Major /T ribune staff SEE page nine By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE Democratic National Alliance (DNA duce three of its six candidates for Grand Bahama when they travel their next week to meet and greet resi dents as their campaign tour kicks into full swing. According to the partys leader, Independent MP for Bamboo Town Branville McCartney, the DNA will also begin to hold town meet ings in the early part of next month to hear from residents as to what they would like to see in the partys national platform. We will have town meetings on our issues. We will start with crime and the fear of crime. We will outline to n BARISTARGETOFJOINTPOLICERAID By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE government is likely to announce a planned deficit when it presents the new Budget in the House of Assembly tomorrow, said local analyst James Smith, for mer Minister of State for Finance. Mr Smith said he did not expect any dramatic changes or announcements, based on the fact a great deal of the budget is predetermined. He said the planned deficit could be as much as 3.5 to four per cent of the countys gross domestic product (GDP Fifty-five per cent to 60 per cent of the governments budget goes towards salaries, wages and other recurrent expenditures. Unless there is GOVT TO ANNOUNCE PLANNED DEFICITORMER MINISTER SEE page nine SEE page nine DNA SET TO INTRODUCE THREE GRAND B AHAMA C ANDIDATES JAMES SMITH SEE page nine A MAN in his mid-twenties, who is well known to police and was out on bail, was shot and killed on Hampton Street off Wulff Road at about 10.15 last night. It is understood that the gunman walked up to him and shot him. Police were just arriving on the scene of the crime, and other than the mans surname Babbs no further details were available at the time of going to press last night. MAN ON BAIL SHOT DEAD
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A WIKILEAKS cable that cast Progressive Liberal Party l eader Perry Christie as an indecisive prime minister is nothing more than rehashed FNM propaganda that should be taken "with a grain of salt", the oppo-s ition said. The 2007 cable, "PM Christie calls May 2 elections; tight race expected", describes the Farm R oad MP as a procrastinator who put off taking action while waiting for accord from his Cabinet. The cable, the contents of w hich were documented in a local daily, noted "poor management and indecisive leadership" as factors that made the l ast general election too close to call even though the then incumbent party led during a p eriod of low unemployment a nd economic stability. "Ingraham is known from his t ime as prime minister as a decisive leader who accomplished m uch while suppressing dissension. "Christie has a well-deserved r eputation as a waffling, indecis ive leader who procrastinates a nd often fails to act altogether while awaiting elusive consensus i n his Cabinet," the cable said, according to published reports. Y esterday former Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell downplayed the reported contents of the cable as biased opinions of American diplomats. I urge all citizens of the Bahamas to take all of this very m uch with a lot of salt. It is sim ply surprising that United States d iplomats would simply rehash the same unvarnished propaganda of the Free National Movement to describe the leader of the PLP and the policies of the PLP," said Mr Mitchell, a former Cabinet min-i ster in the Christie administration and current representative for Fox Hill. Interests "What does come across however from the cables is that the leader of the PLP did notb etray the confidence of the B ahamian people to foreigners. Perry Christie minded the business of the Bahamian people and looked after their interests. I f he becomes prime minister again, the Bahamian people can be assured that he is not an agent of any foreign state. "The reported portrayal by t he American diplomats is so shockingly prejudiced that it is d ifficult to believe that US diplomats would actually be fooled into repeating idle FNM propaganda as if it were fact,"M r Mitchell added. But FNM Senator Dr Duane Sands said the cable reinforces the Mr Christie's reputation for procrastination. The fact that this is not just political rhetoric on behalf of the FNM but this is how the world sees Mr Christie's styleo f leadership I think adds some credence to the views already promoted," said Dr Sands. Another WikiLeaks cable, published in a local daily, docum ents a 2003 conversation between Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and a US Embassy official. D uring that meeting, Mr I ngraham reportedly dismissed the chances of current Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette leading the party because of his "personality and lack of( widespread) appeal." Yesterday the US Embassy in Nassau responded to the newly leaked cables, explainingt hat communications between o verseas diplomats and officials i n Washington, DC, are a part of policy making. "By its very nature, field reporting to Washington is can-d id and often raw information. Analysis expressed in cables may also be out of context, or may be the opinion of the reporting officer and those o pinions may not be shared by policy makers. "The unauthorised release of classified material has thev ery real potential to harm individuals as well as efforts to advance objectives shared by the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the United States o f America. It is unfortunate that a decision has been made to release information from conversations that took placei n confidence," said the e mbassy. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011, PAGE 3 MIAMI The US Coast Guard had to rescue three boaters after their vessel sank in the Bahamas. Coast Guard officials say the three men had anchored about 22 miles northwest of West End, Bahamas, when the 35-footvessel sank Sunday morning. The boaters had departed from Boynton Beach. The men were able to activate a personal locator beacon that provided their exact location. The rescue crew found the men wearing life jackets and clinging to a water cooler. Officials say all three were cold and hungry but otherwise in good health. Coast Guard Sector Miami Capt. Chris Scraba says the men survived a potentially fatal accident because they were prepared. US Coast Guard rescues 3 boaters By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org CITING the close working relationship between the leaders of the PLP and FNM in recently revealed Wikileaks documents, DNA leader Branville McCartney said it should now be painfully obvious that true democracy has been denied to the Bahamian people for many years. There is no doubt that both the prime minister and the leader of the opposition have been friends for many, many years. They have been business partners and nothing has changed. They contact each other on a regular basis and they seem to want to ensure that each one of them will be success ful in their own right. When people now speak about a two party system, it is indeed a two party system now; you have on one side the PLP and the FNM together, and on the other youh ave the DNA. There is no doubt about that, Mr McCartney declared. Pointing to a US Embassy cable from 2003 released by Wik ileaks, in which Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is quoted by a US official as saying that he speaks to and offers advice to PLP leader Perry Christie a few times a week, Mr McCartney said there is no surprise why both political parties want to make theu pcoming election purely about both the PLP and the FNM. This is exactly what they want. If its not Mr Ingraham, then it is going to be Mr Christie and vice versa. Thats how it is and that is how it has been. They are playing yo-yo with the Bahamian people, he said. This tactic, Mr McCartney said, denies the Bahamian people a true democratic process because as long as both leaders of the PLP and the FNM are working together, the Bahamian people never really have an option. They are working together, and they will try to work together to try and stop the DNA from becoming the next govern ment of the Bahamas. That has been said to me personally. You would recall when Mr Christie was ill as prime minister, he called Hubert Ingraham to ask for his advice. What does that tell you? The Bahamian people ought to really see beyond that and go for an entity that will give true change for the country. If these guys were truly serious about change and serious about moving forward, both of them would have stepped down and allowed some of the other persons in the FNM and the PLPto take the reins. The DNA is expected to travel to Grand Bahama next week and introduce the island to three of the six candidates they expect to name there for the upcoming general election. The party has said it hopes to have a full slate of 41 candidates to challenge both the PLP and the FNM in every constituency. Mr McCartney is the current independent MP for the Bam boo Town constituency. Bran: Documents show true democracy denied to Bahamians for years By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A three-year-old girl remains in critical condition following yet another dangerous house fire. According to police reports, the blaze began shortly after midnight yesterday in a Haitian Village off Golden Isles Road. When firefighters arrived on the scene, they found residents of the area attempting to put out the blaze, which had engulfed the two-room wooden structure. Shortly after their arrival, firefighters were able to gain control and extinguish the fire. While police have yet to release further details or identity of the young victim, they have reported that she was rescued from a bedroom by a family member and taken to the hospital where she remains in critical condition. The matter is still under investigation. In the wake of the blaze, and another fire last week that killed three children and seriously injured four others (see story, page 1), police issued a warning reminding the public that under Chapter 84 of the Penal Code, any person found carry ing unsafe torches, candles or any other object that could causea fire could be fined $150. GIRL AGED THREE IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER HOUSE FIRE PLP dismisses portrayal of Christie as indecisive PM WIKILEAKSCONTROVERSY Perry Christie DNALEADER: Branville McCartney.
EDITOR, The Tribune. T he fiscal policies foll owed by successive govern ments deficit spending, unfunded liabilities and the overall debt load of The Bahamas will eventually become a burden for every o ne through higher taxes or inflation, if restraint is not built into the system. Dr. Dan Mitchell of the Libertarian Think Tank,t he C ato Institute r ecently provided food for thought i deas that might help our policy makers in an arti cle that first appeared in Investor's Business Dai ly on March 4, 2011. Pointing out that "good fiscal policy doesn't require miracles or dramatic shutdowns" but limiting the growth of the public sector, and coupled with normal revenue growth, govern ment red ink disappears sur prisingly quickly. He provides a few excellent examples from around the world: 1 Between 1994 and 1999 the US increased spending only 3 per cent each year and the result was a budget s urplus. 2. In the early 90's in Canada, average annual increases in government spending was only 1 per cent. In 1992 spending was 53 per cent of GDP and the deficit was 9 per cent of GDP. By 1997 spending was 44 per cent of GDP. Again after just five years, there was a small surplus. 3. The story was pretty much the same in Ireland. Government spending was 60 per cent of GDP in 1985 with deficits consuming another 12 per cent of the economy's output. After just four years of fiscal restraint, spending was around 43 per cent of GDP and deficits were reduced to 2.7 per cent of GDP. 4. In Slovakia they increased their annual bud get by only 1.3 per cent of GDP on average over the three years from 2000 to 2003 and the public spend ing dropped from 36.9 per cent of GDP to 29.2 per cent. With other pro-growthp olicies like the flat tax and personal retirement accounts, economic growthw as robust. And finally, 5. From 1990 to 1995 New Z ealand dropped spending from 53.5 per cent of GDP and deficits of 4.5 per cent ofG DP down to spending of only 43.1 per cent of GDP and a budget surplus of 2.8 per cent of GDP. In the US Dr. Mitchell points out that: "Two per cent annual spending increases would lead to fiscal balance by 2021. Limiting spending growth to 1 per cent annually would balance the budget by 2019. A spending freeze would balance the budget by 2017." So if the government "can't cut spending", surely the Budget can be held at current levels in an attempt to get the country's fiscal house in order in the not too distant future? RICK LOWE Nassau, May, 2011 EDITOR, The Tribune. Several decades ago, the l ate great and much lamented Sir Lynden Oscar Pindling prophesied that the day would come in The Bahamas when the buzzards would come home to roost unless and until we wouldh ave put in place realistic measures to arrest and mini mise the delinquency of far too many of our young and not so young people. H e was laughed to scorn and called everything except a child of the Most High God. Today, we who would h ave sowed the wind are now reaping the whirlwind. Our erstwhile politicians are playing doll house and pontificating on all manner ofu tter foolishness and bullskate while the nation is literally perishing for a lacko f knowledge men and women whom we once b elieved had principles and a clear head are now falling for the siren call of politicala dvancement and to ensure their assumed political domi nance. T he current Prime Minister has recently arranged what appears to be politi cally expedient deals and accommodations with peo-p le who were once his sworn enemies. One such deal involves the so-called, butn ow defunct Bahamas Democratic Movement and its fly by night so-calledl eaders. This is similar to the stunt which the Rt. Hon. Gentle-m an perpetuated on the people of The Bahamas just b efore the last general elections when he reeled in Messrs Phenton Neymoura nd Charles Maynard from the also now defunct and f orgotten CDR. Their leader swam back into the bosom of the decrepit PLPa nd the rest is history. Third parties, hitheretob efore, cannot be taken seriously as it would appear that all of them are merely jock-e ying for elusive political ascendancy. Look at Dr Andre Rollins. Another man who once lambasted the PLP andi ts leadership now creased up within its ranks as a potential candidate. Anoth-e r erstwhile son of the soil, Kenyetta Gibson, crossed t he floor. Yet another was, apparently, persuaded to resign from the Hon House of Assembly, for what mayh ave been a patently bogus and mythical promise. Is it possible, and highly desirable, that the Hon Branville McCartney and his team could deliver? The front line politicians a re playing chess with constituencies and the lives of t housands of Bahamians to achieve or to maintain political dominance. Never mindt hat the real issues are not being addressed and that the n ation is fast becoming a failed state and, apparently, a vassal of The Peoples R epublic of China. I have stopped by to tell my fellow Bahamians that we are an unsustainable and lunatic path straight to thed epths of hell itself. There must be a fundamental change in the way we con-d uct ourselves and the national politics of cannib alism. Indeed, it is written: And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet isa ccepted in his own country ... (Luke :24 i n all of these things, be the g lory. ORTLAND H BODIE JR Nassau, A pril 20, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS 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 C ontributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242 WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON President Barack Obama is trying to shock the moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process to life, but t here is little chance the patient can be resuscitated anytime soon. T he two sides are more dug in, further apart and less trustful of each other than at any point since Obama brought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas togethera t the White House last September with the goal of reaching a framework deal within ay ear. That deadline can't be met now. The a rchitect of the diplomacy that was to make it happen, former Sen. George Mitchell, resigned last week. And Obama has now angered and alienated Israel by endorsing a key Palestinian demand, while at the samet ime deriding Palestinian attempts to win U.N. recognition for an independent stateb efore a negotiated settlement. In addition, in his speech Thursday and h is comments alongside Netanyahu on Fri day, Obama offered no specific ideas on h ow to relaunch the stalled peace talks, and he ignored many of the most divisive issues separating the two sides. Those include the status of Jerusalem that both claim as a capital and the fate of Palestinian refugees. He a lso offered no prescription for dealing with a power-sharing agreement between Abbas a nd the militant group Hamas. Israel has said it will not negotiate with a Palestinian g overnment that includes Hamas. Obama and Netanyahu kept it positive in public remarks after their meeting Friday, repeating that the U.S.-Israeli alliance is unbreakable and that America remains steadfast in support of Israel's defence. Yet there was no disguising the funda m ental issues that divide them and have riv en their relationship since almost the m oment they both took office in 2009. Aside from presenting a united front in expressing platitudes about the ultimate goal of peace, there was little common ground on how to get there. "Obviously there are some differences between us in the precise formulations and language," Obama said. Netanyahu, meanwhile, politely trashed e lements of Obama's stand as unrealistic. "A peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of Middle Eastern reali ty," he said, and declared that "the only peace that will endure is one that is based on reality, on unshakeable facts." Tensions between the two have been most evident over Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which the administration opposes but Netanyahu refuses to halt. An announcement of new settlement construction last year while Vice President Joe Biden was visiting Jerusalem plunged ties t o what was then a new low. Since then, attempts to repair relations h ave faltered, with Mitchell, the special envoy, unable to secure a settlement freeze from the Israelis or a commitment from the Palestinians to resume negotiations without one. A frustrated Mitchell quit last week. O bama's declaration Thursday that the borders of a future Palestinian state shouldb e based on 1967 borders the lines that existed before that year's Six Day War in w hich Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem stunned Netanyahu, who insists that the starting point for eventual borders must be negotiated. Even though Obama made clear that the s olution would have to involve territorial swaps agreed to by both sides, his statementr emoved the subtlety from what had been a vague U.S. position in support of the Palest inians' "goal" on borders and gave it his imprimatur. N etanyahu, informed shortly before Oba ma's speech of its contents by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, sought in vain to keep border language out, U.S. officials said. Netanyahu was incensed, they s aid. Public Israeli outrage was swift. N etanyahu called the 1967 borders "inde fensible" and said he expected Obama to r eaffirm support for commitments made by President George W. Bush that demographic realities meaning the growth of Jewish settlements in the West Bank would not allow a return to the 1967 borders. An aide told reporters accompanying Netanyahu to Washington that Obama did not appear tou nderstand the situation in the Middle East. The administration's relationship with the P alestinians has also been awkward. While Obama did endorse the Palestinians' position on borders, he has been frustrated by their refusal to resume talks, irritated by their intense lobbying for the Unit ed Nations to recognize a state and concerned by Hamas, which the U.S. and Israel regard as a terrorist group. In fact, U.S. officials said his endorsem ent of the 1967 borders was intended to blunt the Palestinian drive at the U.N. Yet, his comments rejecting the U.N. bid as essentially a waste of time and stressing the need for the Palestinians to address seri ous Israeli opposition to Hamas may have given the Palestinians new reasons for intransigence and could embolden them to take harder line positions. (This article was written by Matthew Lee of the Associated Press). A prophet, but no honour in his own country LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org Obama jolt unlikely to spark peace talks Okay if Govt can't cut spending, but how about some restraint? EDITOR, The Tribune. At the funeral of Reverend George Cumberbatch on Saturday, May 21, 2011, the Leader of the official opposition and the Chairman of the PLP, showed up at the interment of Reverend Cumberbatch following a three and half hour funeral service. Pray tell me, what respect was given to the family of the deceased from these honourable gentlemen? Is it fashionable, or just plain disrespectful on their behalf to always show up late for events after a three hour church service? By the way they never entered the church at all, it would have been better if they did not show up at all, and could have avoided the snide remarks of the hundreds in attendance many of whom were overheard saying: Late again! These folks seem to have no shame, imagine who is standing big and bold with the grieving family for an appropriate PR photo in the Freeport News of Monday, 23rd May. However they were not present at the funeral service because they were late again, in this case far too late, surely the silly season is in full swing. Do you mean that they would use every opportunity they could to promote themselves, even on a sad occasion? We should all see them for what they really are. KELLY D BURROWS Freeport, Grand Bahama. May 23, 2011. WHA T RESPECT WAS GIVEN TO THE FAMILY OF THE DECEASED FROM THESE HONOURABLE GENTLEMEN?
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011, PAGE 5 By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE prosecution closed i ts case yesterday against a man charged with abetment to arson and abetment tom anslaughter in the deaths of four people in September 2009. J urors are expected back in court on Wednesday after a ttorneys went into a closed court hearing yesterday afternoon. E ltorio Ferguson, 29, is charged with abetment to a rson and abetment to manslaughter in the deaths of Kayshala Bodie, 18, whow as reportedly Ferguson's girlfriend at the time; her m other Theresa Brown, 51; her one-year-old daughter Telair Johnson; and theirn eighbour Savanna Stuart, 18. They all died in a suspect ed arson attack on Septem ber 17, 2009 in the family's home on Wilson Tract. Before the prosecution c losed its case, prosecutors called Dr John Neely to the w itness stand. He told the court that while on duty at the PrincessM argaret Hospital on October 29, 2009, he examined t he accused and documented the complaints he made to him. Pain He said that Ferguson c omplained of pain about his body, and alleged that h e had been punched in the abdomen and suffocated. Dr Neely said that upon e xamining Ferguson, he noted that the accused did have t enderness about his body, which was a sign of injury. When asked by prosecut or Neil Brathwaite whether he had seen any lacerationso n Fergusons wrists and elbow, Dr Neely noted that if he had, they would have been documented. D etective Constable Jared Turnquest told the court t hat on October 29 he was on duty at the Central Detective Unit around 8pmw hen he and other officers transferred Ferguson from t he Central Detective Unit to the Fox Hill Police Station. O fficer Turnquest told the court that as they entered the station, Ferguson began complaining of pain about his body. T he officer told the court that officers at the station refused to accept Ferguson,p ut the accused back in the police car, and had him r eturned to the Central Detective Unit headquar ters. T he trial resumes on Wednesday before Senior J ustice Jon Isaacs. Ferguson is represented by attorney Geoffrey Far q uharson. Prosecutors close arguments in fire deaths case ROAD paving along with the installation of street lighting columns, signage and road markings on the Robinson Road and East Street corridor will help to enhance the driving experience of motorists, according to the government. The work is a part of the New Providence Road Improvement and Infrastructure Project, which promises substantial improvements but has been strongly opposed by businesses and homeowners affected by the work. In the latest in a series of road closures, the portion of Robinson Road from Claridge Road to East Street was recently closed in 15ft intervals so a 24-inch watermain could be installed. The road has now been reopened. As indicated to business owners in the immediate affected area we were under full closure in sections of Robinson Road. Weve installed the road pavement beginning from Claridge Road and vehicles can now travel directly to East Street. Weve also installed traffic signal poles for new traffic signals for the area and drainage wells required for the junction, said Charlene Collie, project engineer. The street light columns will give proper illumination and greatly enhance the road corridor. The height and type of bulb help with illumination and safety is greatly improved especially during nighttime driving, said Ms Collie. Having crossed over East Street to Robinson Road, workmen are now progressing westward toward Baillou Hill Road with the installation of the watermain. We are pretty much on schedule for the installation of the 24-inch water-main. The first section for work on Robinson Road heading west is from the East Street junction to Eighth Street, Ms Collie said. Roadworks on Robinson Road improve driving experience Letisha Henderson/BIS WORK SITE: Several dump trucks are pictured on the work site at the junction of East Street and Robin son Road. Installation of the 24-inch water-main on the western side of Robinson Road recently began as workmen crossed over East Street. COURT NEWS DUGUP: Trees are uprooted and will be replanted as work gets under way for the road project in the Cable Beach area. Felip Major /Tribune staff DAVID McFADDEN, Associated Press KINGSTON, Jamaica Amnesty International on Monday urged Jamaica's government to seriously investigate human rights abuses allegedly committed during last year's bloody operation to catch a reputed underworld boss. The London-based human rights group asserted that no one has been pun ished despite many claims of unlawful killings and arbitrary arrests by security forces. Neither the police nor the government had any immediate comment on the report released by Amnesty on the one-year anniversary of the launch of raids seeking to arrest Christopher "Dudus" Coke and re-establish order in his barricaded slum stronghold. The operation, one of the bloodiest episodes in Jamaica's recent history, killed at least 73 civilians. More than 40 of those who died in Coke's for mer Tivoli Gardens community in West Kingston during the state of emergency are alleged to have been victims of "extrajudicial" killings by security forces, Amnesty said. Unlawful killings were reported elsewhere during the weekslong state of emergency and roughly 4,000 Jamaicans were detained, most without charge, under emergency powers. Two people who slumdwellers assert were last seen in the custody of security forces remain unaccounted for. n INTERNATIONALNEWS Amnesty: Jamaica must probe human rights abuses
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Principal Barbara Thompson has been recognised by the teachers and students of Walter Parker Primary School, where she has served 27 years as an educator. Students, educators, and Ministry of Education officials paid special tribute to Mrs Thompson on Friday at the Community at Heart Church Tabernacle on Coral Road. Former principals at WPP Alma Perry and Ross Smith also attended the ceremony. They spoke briefly about their tenure and shared fond memories of working with Mrs Thompson. Last September, Mrs Thompson was transferred to the Freeport Primary School. Her transfer was met with some opposition by the WPP school board, teachers, and parents. Walter Parker is one of the top achieving primary level institutions in the country. Sandra Edgecombe, district superintendent of primary schools, commended former principals Ms Perry, Mr Smith and Mrs Thompson for their outstanding contributions to making the WPP a school of excellence in the Bahamas. She is confident that the new principal Angela Burrows will continue to lead the insti tution with the same level of excellence. Under the leadership of Mrs Thompson, Mrs Edgecombe said, WPP continued to perform well and excel in sports; in culture, as winners in primary school category in Junior Junkanoo competition; in aca demics, as winners of spelling competitions both locally and nationally; in religious studies and in speech competitions. She was always there encouraging her students and teachers which is why they continue to do so well, she said. Mrs Edgecombe expressed gratitude to Mrs Thompson for her dedication and com passion towards students and teachers at WPP. Mrs Thompson, I want to thank you for all you have done. In a very special way, you have touched my life. When I became district superintendent of primary schools I came in not knowing very much about primary schools and you showed me and taught me these past six years; I wish to thank you for your advice, said Mrs Edgecombe. Guest speaker Ross Smith, who worked with Mrs Thomp son at WPP, described her as a genuine friend and consummate professional. The WPP Boys Choir, guest artist Dwight Armbrister, and school staff performed moving musical tributes to Mrs Thompson. During an emotional address, Mrs Thompson said her years at WPP have been very memorable and thanked the teachers with whom she worked over the past 27 years. This school is like family to me. The most rewarding years of my teaching career have been at WPP, she said. Mrs Thompson said teaching is a calling and she is hap py to serve it wherever she is placed. To the teachers at Walter Parker Primary, we have shared some wonderful times that will forever be with me, but this is a new chapter I am opening in my life and I can see for next few years that I have left in education it is going to be a challenge. But, I believe through all of this, God has placed me where I am fora purpose. For those of us in the teaching profession, we know that teaching is really a calling but I begin to see teach ing now as a ministry, and I would continue to minister to the children of our country wherever I am placed because even though it is hard for me to leave WPP, I know that there is work for me to do at Freeport Primary School, she said. Ms Thompson started teaching in 1972. She has taught at various primary schools throughout the Family Islands. In 1983, she was transferred to the Walter Parker Primary as a grade two teacher. She was recognised as Teacher of the Year (1984-85 She served as senior mistress from 1986 to 1991. In 1991 she was appointed acting vice principal and served in this position until 2002 when she was appointed principal. Mrs Thompson is married to Deputy Director of Education Cecil Thompson. They have three children. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Heart Church Tabernacle pays tribute to Barbara Thompson INVESTITURE services for the first and tenth area Abaco Area Scouts was held on Sunday, May 22. M ore than 30 boys were vested. T he first Abaco S ea Scouts met at St John the Baptist Anglican Church in Marsh Habour and tenth Abaco SeaS couts met at St Martin in Sandy P oint. Their skippers are L ee Johnson and Bradley Russell. ANNA Albury of the Hope Town School in Abacoh as been selected as the 2011 B ahamas Primary School Student of the Year. Praised by the Bahamas Primary School Student of the Year Foundation and the Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hell enic Council as an excell ent scholar, a multi-talented child and a student who possesses a terrific outlook on everything in life the blind 12-year-old student was chosen after maintaining a g rade point average of 3.80. Anna handles her blindness as just another facet of her outstanding personalityt hat makes up this charming l ittle student, said the foundation in a statement. Candace Key, principal at Hope Town Primary School, described Anna as a gifted young lady who gained the r espect of her classmates earl y on by demonstrating her disciplined manner during school and her pleasant demeanour on campus in student activities and relationships. D espite her challenges, her p arents and school officials were adamant that Anna be main-streamed and not sentt o the School for the Blind. Anna has never been treated differently by her peers or teachers. She is enthusiastic, has an infectious sense of humour and has never allowed her handi cap to hold her back, the f oundation said. Anna was second runnerup in the Abaco District Spelling Bee competition in 2009; took second place in the Rotary Club of Abaco S peech Competition; and w as the top academic achiever in grades four, five, and six. W hen Anna was eight y ears old, she competed for the first time in the annual Abaco Inter-school Swimming Competition. When she stepped to the edge of the pool, many whisp ered, Thats the blind girl! T hey are letting the blind girl swim! When Anna jumped in the pool, several hundred people started cheering her on. Even her parents had never s een her swim 25 meters. T here wasnt a dry eye in the house. Anna continues to swim as a member of the Hope Town S chool Swim Team and participants say her presence has given a whole new meaning to competition. During the 2011 Bahamas Primary School Student of t he Year Awards Competit ion held on Saturday, May 21 at Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries, Anna beat out 115 of the best and brightest minds in local primary schools to capture the t op award. She was awarde d a $6,000 scholarship donated by Bahamas Office a nd School Supplies (BOSS and a new laptop computer d onated by Jonathan and Michelle Ford. Anna, who serves as Head Girl at Hope Town Primary, plays the piano, sings in the church, dances, and visits the elderly in the community. Anna is the daughter of George and Theresa Albury. Blind Abaco student wins 2011 Primary School Student of the Year award Anna Albury MORE THAN 30 BOYS VESTED AT ABACO SEA SCOUTS
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011, PAGE 7 EXUMA Nigel Rolle remembers hoisting the Bahamian flag at the dawn of Independence in 1973, after taking down the Union Jack and shares his memories of working for collective national change. Mr Rolle, who was present for the launch of the National Energy Policy in Exuma, said it is good to see Bahamians supporting the government. I am a former police officer. In 1973, I was instrumental in taking the Prime Minister (Sir Lynden Pindling) to lower the flag, to lower the Union Jack and to hoist the Bahamian flag. He was an excellent man and a giant of a man. That was exciting and I had to hold back the tears then, said Mr Rolle, who lives in Rolle Corner in Exuma. Seeing the exchange that we were going through and that I was a part of it, I was very, very touched about the situation. On May 6, Mr Rolle was present to collect his compact florescent light bulbs (CFLs Minister of State for the Environment Phenton Neymour launched the National Energy Policy Programme in George Town, Exuma. He was present with at least 100 other BEC customers that lined up to exchange their incandescent bulbs for the IDB sponsored and governmentissued CFL bulbs. At the time the movement was necessary and, you know, it called for a lot of change. We have made some changes but there is still more that we can do. That was necessary and I think we are better off. At that time we neededa change in government and for the people, said Mr Rolle. Not so much for the UBP, but I feel the country had reached the stage where we needed to really make some changes. We have made some changes that have made us better, but there is still more we need to do to unify the country. Mr Rolle said he believes the majority of Bahamians want to put aside political differences and concentrate on changing the country for the better. We need to work together for one common goal as Bahamians, for Bahamians and set asidep olitical parties and take the country as a whole i nto consideration when we make decisions. Exuma in itself has a lot of work to do, said Mr Rolle. I think right now our present prime minister (Hubert Ingraham Hes doing a good job and right now I dont think you could beat him. Hes the man for thej ob. Exuma resident recalls hoisting flag in 1973 ( BIS photo: Gena Gibbs) MEMORIES: Nigel Rolle, a former police officer, remembers taking down the Union Jack and hoisting the Bahamian flag for the first time in 1973. By LAMECH JOHNSON O NE SENIOR citizen believes that the Defence Force officers who died in the sinking of HMBS Flamingo when it was attacked by Cuban MiG jets in 1980 deserve more recognition. Stanley Sturrup, 66, said the four marines Able Seaman Fenrick Sturrup, 21; Marine Seaman Austin Rudolph Smith, 21; Marine Seaman David Allison Tucker, 21; and Marine Seaman Edward Arnold Williams, 23 were k illed in the line of duty, yet the country does not honour them accordingly. Four Defence Force officers were killed in the line of duty and we dont have even one street named in honour of them, he told The Tribune. As a Bahamian, I really feel bad about this. I think its very poor. This is a historical event and no other Defence Force officer died in the line of duty like that. Mr Sturrup called it sad that politicians focus so much on themselves and their own legacies rather than those of our national heroes. He believes the media is also to blame for not giving enough attention the events of 31y ears ago. All we hear on the radio and talk shows is politics, politics, politics, politics and religion. There is nothing more patriotic you can do t han giving your life for your country. He hopes that a street, building, or even a national holiday can be named or created in their honour. On May 10, 2011, members of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force commemorated the 31st anniversary of the sinking of HMBS Flamingo with a memorial service in Rawson Square. It was the first time that the service was held in a central location. Usually it is con d ucted at the RBDF Headquarters in Coral Harbour. The four officers were killed when the Cuban air force opened rocket and machine gun fire on their vessel after it had stopped two Cuban boats poaching at Cay Santo Domingo in the Ragged Island chain. FOX Hill MP Fred Mitchell officially launched his reelection campaign yesterday, declaring that he is committed to fighting for the youth of the nation. As he gears up for his fourth bid to represent the constituency, all of which were launched at the F aith Mission Church of God, now known as the Mega Worship Centre, Mr Mitchell said the next election will be about the future of Fox Hill and the nation. He said: I have dedicated this general election campaign to fighting for the young people of our c ountry. When I meet them, as I go from house to house, the single most depressing thought is the f act that there are far too many men and women under 25 who are sitting at home with nothing to do. I have given some ideas to the leader of the party about a jobs programme which we must adopt when we come to government which will solve this problem of youth unemployment. It is in my view the single biggest factor that will lead to social disorder in this country if it is not resolved and solved. M r Mitchell said most MPs only interact with the young people in their constituencies concerning the issue of jobs. They want a job and they believe that the role of an MP is to find a job, he said. Mr Mitchell said it is the PLPs plan to solve the economic crisis and provide jobs, and he pledged to do his best to see this vision become reality. Pointing to the funding offered by the party to the Fox H ill Festival in the past, Mr Mitchell said the community can rest assured that if the PLP wins the election, its cultural integrity will o nce again be in safe hands. He added: There will be a revitalised Fox Hill Urban Renewal P rogramme, the refurbishing of homes and feeding of the hungry. All of that is central to building community. My belief is that by building community, people will support their own and not destroy their own communities. I have engaged in this community building in Eastwood and Hill Side Park, Monastery Park and Heights, Grays Terrace, Freddie Munnings Manor, Smithsville, Canon Pugh, Canterbury, College Gardens, Gleniston North. But you know I dont fool myself. Good representation alone does not get you re-elected. People make decisions for all kinds of reasons. W e therefore have to simply pound the pavements and find out where we are. In a resource starved organisation that is our only defence: people to people, one vote at a time. Mitchell launches reelection campaign RETIREE S AYS FALLEN OFFICERS DESERVE MORE STUDENTS VISIT GOVERNOR GENERAL F RED M ITCHELL Raymond A Bethel/BIS TOP STUDENTS: Governor General Sir Arthur and Lady Foulkes welcomed to Government House honourees of the Bahamas Primary School Students of the Year Foundation on May 21. Dr Ricardo Deveaux, president and CEO, is pictured, far left second row. In the front row, from left, are: Anna Albury, nominee of Hope Town Primary Schook, Abaco; 2010 winner Jared Fitzgerald of Xavier's Lower School, New Providence; Sir Arthur and Lady Joan. At the far right are Cyndi Williams-Rahming, chairman of the foundation and Jaydain Miller, associate director of development. TIME FOR TOTS: Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes sits among the stu dents of Grace Academy in Freeport, Grand Bahama during a courtesy call at Gov ernment House on May 23. Several teachers from Grace are pictured stand ing. DerekSmith/BIS
SANDALS Resorts has been voted the favourite all-inclusive resort chain in the second annual BudgetT ravel Readers Choice Awards. We are always particu larly thrilled when we receive an award directly from the consumers, said Mr Gordon Butch Stewart, chairman of Sandals Resorts International, which oper ates the Sandals Royal Bahamian on Cable Beach. Our priority has been andw ill always continue to be to exceed the expectations of guests visiting our prop erties. More than 145,000 votes were cast across 33 differ ent categories on www.bud gettravel.com from February through April. Readers weighed in on their choices for everything from best destinations, hotels, resorts,c ruises, cameras, car rentals, travel apps and more. The full results will be featured in the November edition Arthur Frommers Budget Travel magazine. Patrick Drake, general manager of Sandals Royal Bahamian, said: "It is particularly nice when the hard work and dedication of our team members is acknowl edged, every single member of the Sandals family including the 500 plus team mem bers at Sandals Royal Bahamian should be extremely proud of another great achievement". Sandals Resorts has earned a worldwide reputation for providing people in love with a romantic vacation experience in the Caribbean. Currently, there are 14 Luxury Included Sandals Resorts located in Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia and the Bahamas. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE C ommonwealth Banks l ate chairman Robert Bobby Symonette was an avid helmsman and a giant of am an, imbued with wisdom, wit and a will to preserve o ur Bahamian heritage. Today, the Bank continues to pay tribute to hism emory with the steadfast support of sloop sailing in the Bahamas. O ver the last five decades, the bank has extended f inancial assistance to numerous regatta associations that promote this cele-b rated tradition. Among its 2011 recipients i s the National Family Island Regatta (NFIR again receives a bronzes ponsorship. Reflecting on its longs tanding corporate sponsorship of the NFIR, the banks president Ian Jennings said: We are proud to champio n Commodore Danny Strac han and the National Family Island Regatta. We believe that sporting a nd cultural events such as sloop sailing play an integral r ole in the positive social development of our country. Tireless To this end, the bank a pplauds the tireless efforts of individuals, organisations a nd institutions like NFIR, that work consistently to p reserve a treasured tradition, which demonstrates t rue Bahamian determination, competition and sportsmanship. T he banks support also extends to the promotion of r egatta and cultural dates in its annual calendar. The 2011 Bahama B eaches calendar lists an array of events and in particular, nine months of activ-i ties for sailing enthusiasts, residents and visitors alike to participate in or just sit back and enjoy the beauty of sailing. As the NFIR asso-c iation celebrates 58 years of unbroken sloop sailing in George Town, Exuma,C ommodore Strachan noted that it is through corporate sponsorship that his organisation is able to keepa great cultural tradition a live for future generations. He said: We are grateful that Commonwealth Bankc ontinues to partner with us to help make this another successful Regatta. Commonwealth Banks reputation as a good corpo-r ate citizen is well known throughout the Bahamas and they have always con-t ributed to positive and worthwhile activities in our communities. I encourage other corporate citizens to follow Com-m onwealth Banks lead. C OMMONWEALTH B ANKCONTINUESATRADITIONOFSLOOPSAILINGSPONSORSHIP AT a reception held at Bennigans, featuring succulent Bahamian food and refreshing Kaliks, 10 lucky individuals were presented with two tickets to travel on Bahamasair to George Town, Exuma. These individuals participated in the Kalik enter to win promo tion and were the persons chosen to be awarded with the roundtrip tickets for the 58th Annual National Family Island Regatta in Exuma. Kalik, as a part of its mandate to support all things Bahamian, is always looking for avenues to com bine rewarding its loyal consumers while supporting such cultural events. 20 Kalik winners enjoyed Exuma CONTINUINGTRADITION: Pictured left to right: Patrick McFall, vice president and CFO, Commonwealth Bank; and Danny Strachan, chairman and commodore, the National Family Island Regatta Committee. Sandals resorts voted favourite all-inclusive resort chain in budget travels second annual readers choice poll Paying ongoing tribute to an avid helmsman SANDALS HONOUR
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011, PAGE 9 Teenage girls kidnap terror emotion at her return. Its a great relief, especially for her father, a close relative told The Tribune It has been a great burden lifted from the family to know that she is alive and safe. She had two older brothers that were really going out of their heads. One of her brothers was really like her protector and he felt like he failed her. According to the relative, the teen escaped her alleged captors by jumping out of a car when it stopped at a red light on Shirley Street early yesterday morning. The girl then ran to safety of the hosp ital. It was reported that offic ers from the Central Division informed the family at around 2am. The relative said the girl had gone missing in the past, but never for so long, and that this time, she was being held against her will. While declining to say whether the girl had been harmed in any way during the o rdeal, the relative said she w as taken to the hospital for an evaluation. Right now shes very closed, the relative added, she isnt really talking as much. She would say certain things and then just clam up. Were trying to get her to go to a counsellor and get some help so we can understand what happened. P olice investigations into t he matter are ongoing. F ROM page one that's an improvement from critical, and two of them remain c ritically ill. The hope is they will continue to recover." T he seven children were born to two different mothers, one of whom was deported to Haiti a few years ago and another who left the Bahamas for the United States in January. Police said the children's father, an electronics repairman who operated his business out of the family's home, left the children at home alone the day of the fire. As the blaze started to consume the structure shortly after 3pm, neighbours banded together and tried to save the children who could be heard screaming from the lower level of the two-story apartment complex where they lived. However, flames and smoke prevented the neighbours' rescue efforts. The unresponsive children were found by firefighters huddled together in an eastern bedroom of the small apartment on Sandilands Village Road. F ROM page one Deadly fire was not an accident a policy change with respect to public servants, Mr Smith said the allocation can be expected to hold firm. According to union leaders, there will be good news in the budget for the civil service. John Pinder, head of the Bahamas Public Service Union, said the govern ment promised to lift its freeze on incre ments and promotions within the civil service, although it did not committed to an across-the-board salary increase. He made the announcement last week after his meeting with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. Government representatives did not confirm the news and they would not comment on the budget. Mr Smith said other charges, such as rent agreements and long-standing contracts, pick up the next 20 to 25 per cent of the budget. After those standing expenses, the government is typically left with about $200 million for the capital budget, he said. Of that allocation, he said, about $50 million goes towards subsidising govern ment corporations, many of which are loss leading institutions. These include Bahamasair, the Water and Sewerage Corporation, the Bahamas Electricity Corporation, ZNS, the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC That is the kind of budget we have seen for the past 20 years, said Mr Smith. Sources inside the government said by and large 80 per cent of the budget is already committed, with the capital budget usually being in the order of $200 million plus. The lions share of expen ditures in terms of percentages goes toward education, national security and health. The source said, a liberal estimate would project 20 per cent in available funds for discretionary spending, on pro grammes such as apoverty reduction programme or a self starter programme. This would also include new capital pro jects, such as a new school or court. The impact of the recent sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC get, said Mr Smith, as the new company will probably not pay dividends at the same rate the government did. In recent years, government revenues were bolstered by high dividend payouts from the countrys most profitable public corporation. The government took home about $90 million in 2009, accord i ng to Mr Smith. R yan Pinder, opposition spokesman on finance, said the government should ensure its budget forecasts are realistic and based on sound economic theory. In the past, he said, budget forecasts have been completely unattainable. Earlier this year, the government reported thati ts revenues were under projection. Mr P inder claimed they were under by $200 million. I find it dangerous to give budget forecasts that are unattainable, because you plan the year of governing the country based on your budget forecasts. If your forecast is unreliable you cannot properly govern the country from a financial point of view. That is financial mismanagement at its worse, said Mr Pinder. According to Mr Smith, the forecast shortfall was not dramatically off. For the last couple of years the forecasts have been overly generous, especially on the revenue side, and they did not get it right. It creates problems because you begin to spend or make provisions for money that is not coming in. But it was not any great amount. I believe it was below 10 per cent, said Mr Smith. Even though it has been off it has not been dramatically off. But I think we are in a position to make more accu rate forecasts, he said. F ROM page one GOVT TO ANNOUNCE PLANNED DEFICITORMER MINISTER the public what our position is, the DNAs position in terms of what we would like to do regarding crime. However, we want to put it to the Bahamian public what their views are as to whatt hey would like to see us do when we b ecome the government, he said. Mr McCartney said the DNA has a general outline on a number of pressing issues that affect the country today, but they want to give the Bahamian people a chance to help in the formulation of the final masterplan. We have our outline as to what we want to do. We want the public to say, yes w e like it, or why dont you add or take away from it here or there. See that is what you call participatory governance. And when we are completed with our peoples prospectus, we can truly say thisi s a document that has been developed by the DNA and the people of the Bahamas as to how they want their government to operate, he said. Once these series of town meetings are concluded, Mr McCartney said they expect to launch their partys platform six to eight weeks before the general election around the same time the PLP and the FNM would be revealing their own partys manifestos. But, you will see snippets of it earlier. You would see what our position is on crime, what our position is on Immigration, what our position is on jobs and the economy. We are going to take it to the people and get the people to participate. And this series will run for a few weeks, and we will put in the newspapers where the meetings will be the times and places etc, he said. After the DNA launches its first three candidates in Grand Bahama Mr McCartney said they will be announcing candidates a short time later for North Abaco, North Eleuthera, and South Eleuthera. Mr McCartney said the DNA will also introduce more can didates for New Providence in due time. DNA SET TO INTRODUCE THREE GRANDBAHAMA CANDIDATES FROM page one JOHN PINDER BRANVILLE MCCARTNEY COLLEEN LONG, Associated Press NEW YORK Test results returned Monday found that DNA from former International Monetary Fund leader Dominique StraussKahn matched material on the work clothes of a Manhattan hotel maid who says he attacked her, two people familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press. The two people would not describe the material found on the shirt, but said DNA matched a sample from Strauss-Kahn, who submitted to testing after his arrest more than a week ago. He denies the charges. The two people said additional testing was being performed on other items. They were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. During their investigation, authorities cut out a piece of car pet and swabbed sinks and other surfaces in his hotel room. Investigators told the AP they believed the carpet in the hotel room may contain Strauss-Kahn's semen, spat out after an episode of forced oral sex by the maid. The forensic evidence is the first to link Strauss-Kahn to the woman. Strauss-Kahn's attorney Benjamin Brafman declined to comment on Monday. At a court hearing last week, he told a judge that forensic evidence developed in the investigation "will not be consistent with a forcible encounter" leading to speculation that Strauss-Kahn's defense would argue that it was consensual. NYPD spokesman Paul J. Browne and the Manhattan Dis trict Attorney's office would not comment. The one-time French presidential contender has been charged with a criminal sex act, attempted rape and sexual abuse and is free on $1 million bail, under house arrest at a lower Manhattan apartment. He has been accused of attacking the 32-yearold West African immigrant on May 14 in his luxury suite at the Sofitel hotel near Manhattan's Times Square. His lawyers say he is innocent. AP sources: DNA matches StraussKahn in sex attack INTERNATIONAL NEWS
B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas will reach a critical tipping point over its p ublic finances within a year or two, a former finance min i ster warned yesterday, adding that the GFS fiscal deficit for t he 2011-2012 fiscal year might hit 4-5 per cent of GDP if no one-off revenue inflows occurred. Urging the Bahamas to avoid f ollowing many Caribbean neighbours down the road to a n International Monetary Fund (IMF o ut programme, James Smith called on the Government to establish practical but achievable targets for reducing, then eliminating the fiscal deficit o ver multiple years to set the national debt back on the corr ect path. Acknowledging that it was essential to improve the accuracy of Budget revenue estim ates, given that failure here could push the fiscal deficit even higher, Mr Smith suggested that on the spending side the key was to curtail growth in civil servant numbers. Asked by Tribune Business whether the Bahamas public finances were at a critical tipping point, given that the national debt stood at $4.25 bil lion or 56.4 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP year-end 2010, Mr Smith replied: Yes, I think we are, a nd we might have a year or two to make the adjustments. If not, I can see us going the way of many of our neighbours in the Caribbean, where the d ecision is made for us by the people we have to borrow mon e y from to fund the deficits. This was a reference to the d ifficulties faced by the likes of debt-burdened Jamaica, which is currently in the midst of an IMF-led programme to put its economy and public finances b ack on track. In return for loans and other credit, Jamaica h as effectively been forced to cede some of its economic sov e reignty and decision-making $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.59 $5.54 $5.65 THETRIBUNE SECTIONB email@example.comTUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011 InternationalInvestmentFund BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010 BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 [Learn more at royaldelity.com] nf #!#$# "'"#"$$ # rr$ fnn By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor RoyalStar Assurance has exceeded all expectations in the eight years under its current ownership, its man-a ging director said yesterday, despite a 39.4 per cent d ecline in net income to $4.127 million that came in per cent below lasty ears expectations. Speaking to Tribune Busin ess after the general insurance underwriter revealed a more than $2.5 million dropf rom the $6.816 million profit recorded in 2009, Steve Watson said last year had still produced a reasonable performance given the vari-o us different factors involved. He added of the results: They were probably 20 per cent below target. Premi-u m rates were modestly down by between 2-4 per c ent, with revenues on the property portfolio off by the same amount. Motor premi-u m revenues were off by a slightly higher percentage. R oyalStar saw pressures come to bear on both its top-line gross written premiums and its claims expe-r ience. Written premiums fell by 6.4 per cent to $ 60.445 million, compared to $64.573 million in 2009, while net claims grew by2 1.1 per cent year-over-year from $4.386 million to $ 5.313 million. In common with other Bahamian general insurance carriers, RoyalStar saw itsm otor premium portfolio impacted by the economic e nvironment, as cashstrapped consumers switched from comprehen-s ive to cheaper third-party RoyalStar profits 20% below expectations But company has exceeded all hopes in last eight years, despite 39.4% net income fall to $4.127m in 2010 Net equity doubled in last five years to over $40m Managing director says generated $31m in profits since 2005, with $15-$16m in dividends paid Construction starts on insurers new head office, with 12% return on capital in 2010 S EE page 4B JAMES SMITH Public finances tipping point in year or two Former finance minister predicts GFS deficit might h it 4-5% in 2011-2012 Says essential to improve revenue forecast accuracy as getting this wrong might push deficit higher SEE page 4B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A $2,500 fine levied upon a Freeport businessman for f ailing to make an outbound declaration when he left Grand Bahama to take a pleasure cruise to Florida does not indicate an unannounced, more stringent enforcement of thel aw, the Customs Department said yesterday. David Fingland, owner of the Jewelry Box store in F reeport, said he was hit with the unexpected fine after a weekend trip to the US with his wife to hang out and shop. He returned to Freeport and declared the items theyh ad purchased and went on (his However, two days later he received a call from the Cust oms Department, in which he was asked if he had made an outbound declaration prior to leaving the Bahamas. Mr Fingland, who travels to and from the US on his boat aroundt wice a year, said he had not as he was unaware of the requirement. I said: What do you mean outward bound declaration?. H e said: Well you know every vessel that leaves the Bahamas legally has to fill out an outward bound before they l eave. I said: I didnt know that, and how much is it. He said it was $10 stamp duty and that I needed to come to the BOATER FINED $2,500 OVER OUTBOUND DECLARATION Consternation, as industry says this has not been required before By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A major Bahamian private airline yesterday said it had e njoyed 40 per cent year-overyear growth between Decem b er-early April 2010, as it unveiled plans to launch three new routes/services within the next three weeks. Captain Randy Butler, president and chief executive of Sky Bahamas, told Tribune Business the company would today B y ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter email@example.com Marina operators say their reliance on credit busi ness from cruising/fishing tourists, in combination with the lower margins presently permitted for diesel sales than gas, make them MARINAS SEE FUEL PROFITS APORISE S EE page 3B PHENTON NEYMOUR SEE page 5B AIRLINE T AR GET S 3 NEW R OUTES CAPT. RANDYBUTLER Sky Bahamas sees 40% year-over-year growth over fourmonth period Load f actor s 72% and 91% for twoway and one-way tr ips r espectiv el y SEE page 5B
BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE (.7'1$.*-4 -1$ .$1$.$*$. 3+)$)"$)/# *!*-(/$* )*'*"4*).0'/$)". &. .%$)+"*!$ !*-/# *!!$ # .0 ..!0'2$''/# / (+-*1$$)"*).0'/) -1$ f+*!),!"" 6( /$2$/#'$ )/./* / -($,0$( 62*-&$)"2$/#'$ )/./* !$) /# .*+ *!+-*% /r 6+'))$)"/$( .' ./# .*0. 6'-$!4$)"'$ )/7..4./ (.+ $!$/$*).0) -./)$)"/# $-2*-&+-/$ ./# )/0*!/# $-.$) ..r 6/''$)"/*./*( -.$/ .r 6'$$.$)"2$/#./!!''' 1 '.*!'$ )/*-")$./$*)r 6 !$)$)".*!/2) /2*-&,0$( 6)'45$)",0$( 2$/#$)*(+"$1$)"$) + ) )/*% /$1 *) /# 0. *! 6 1 '*+$)"".*'0/$*).$(+' ( ) 2.4./ (.r 6+. )/$)".*'0/$*).$)2-$// )*-*-'+*-/.r 6# '+$)"'$ )/.2$/#/$1$/$ .r 6+0-#.$)".4./ (.2# ++-*+-$/ r 6 .$")$)"/ ./$)"$)./''$)"(*)$/*-$)") 2.4./ (.r 6++-$)"*( )//$*)+. )/$)"+-*"..+*-/./*./*( -.r 6*-")$.$)"/-$)$)"!*-0. -.*/# -*).0'/)/.r 6 $)"$)1*'1 $).' ..0++*-/2# ++-*+-$/ ($)/$)$)"2$/#'$ )/ *-")$./$*).r 6$ )/$!4$)"+*/ )/$''$ )/.$'$)"($)/$)$)" '+!(#$* 6)$1 -.$/4*-*'' "+! -'4$)*(+0/ -*-/$!$ )!*-(/$*)./ (.$/*.$")/$*)2$''*).$ +'0.r 6#-/ *-/$!$ 2$/#' .//#4 -.+*./ ,0'$!$/$*)$" 3+ -$ ) $)/# *!./ (.-* .. 6/./)$)"*((0$)/ -+ -.*).&$''.r 6/-*)"+-*% /( .&$''. 3+ -$ ) -0))$)"/*'-" .$5 ..$")( )/.r 6 '' 1 '*+ +-*1 )( .&$''.r 6/-*)"( 2 '' 1 '*+ .&$''.r 6$'$/4/*.*'1 *(+' 3/.&.r 6(*/$1/ *)!$ )/+ -.*)'$/4r 6+' 6#$"#'4.+ / #'' )"$)"%*$).0 ..!0'/ ( 6*(+ /$/$1 *(+ )./$*)*(( ).0-/ 2$/# 3+ -$ ) 6*)/$)0*0./-$)$)" 1 '*+( 6)/ -)/$*)'2*-&$)" )1$-*)( )/ .0($/+'$/$*)' // 2$/#--$0'0(1$/ */# )/$'. !*4n /*f .%$)+"*!$ n%ByLARRY GIBSON I n June 2006, I wrote an article in this column entitled A refreshing type of leadership The column was b ased on a luncheon address given by President Francisco Flores Perez, who served as p resident of El Salvador from 1999 to 2004. His presence in the Bahamas was made possible by the Atlas Research Foundation and the Nassau Institute. Given the fact that the Bahamas is now officially in silly season, that is, in pree lection mode, the issues of l eadership ability, leadership capacity and leadership stylew ill be the topic of many public and private discuss ions. I thought that a r eprint of an abridged version of my previous column m ight be instructive in helpi ng us to firstly frame and define our expectations of a B ahamian prime minister, and then to ask pertinent questions about what theyw ill do if elected. Nomination In El Salvador, as is the case in many Latin American countries, a president is p rohibited from serving two consecutive terms in office. In June 2005, President Flor es was nominated for the position of Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS F or personal reasons, President Flores declined to let his name go forward, to which US Secretary of State,C ondoleezza Rice, lamented: President Flores has demonstrated that he is a talented and dynamic leader, successfully articul ating a forward-thinking v ision for a hemisphere that thrives on democracy, respect for human rights and economic opportunity. What exactly did Presid ent Flores accomplish to earn such accolades? E l Salvador El Salvador is the smallest and most densely populat-e d country in Central America, a country of 6.7 million people occupying a land mass of some 8,000 square miles sandwiched betweenG uatemala and Honduras. I t is roughly the size of the state of Massachusetts, and i ts income per capita is a pproximately US$2,100 per capita (Bahamas $18,000L iteracy is 87 per cent (97 per cent for the Bahamas), and the size of the economy (GDP (Bahamas, $6 billioni nteresting side note is that annual remittances (money sent back home by Salvador ans living abroad) accounts for 17 per cent of GDP. Forward-thinking vision El Salvador suffered a b rutal civil war from 19801992 that resulted in the loss of 75,000 lives and the deci-m ation of the economy and public infrastructure. V oted to power in 1999, P resident Flores and his a dministration were largely r esponsible for making El Salvador's voice heard t hroughout the world's main i nternational forums. He was also one of the firstl eaders to meet with George W. Bush shortly after he was voted in as president of the US. On a subsequent official v isit to El Salvador in 2002, P resident Bush had this to s ay: El Salvador is one of t he really great stories of economic and political trans f ormation of our time. Just over a decade ago, this country was in civil war. Form illions of Salvadorans, violence was a daily reality, and prosperity was just a distant dream.Today, El Salvador is at peace. The country has renewed its commitment tod emocracy, and economic reform and trade. I t is one of the freest, strongest and most stable countries in our hemisphere. Presentation P resident Flores provided his Bahamian audience with an extremely articulate and passionate speech, highlighting some of the radical reforms his government hadt o implement and some of t he difficult decisions they had to make. For instance, i n order to restore the rule o f law, they had to fire 20 per cent of the officers ont he police force, who were corrupt. The Flores administration had an unshakeable commitment to free markets andc areful fiscal management. Free market policy initiatives included the privatisat ion of the banking system, telecommunications, public pensions, electrical distribution and some electrical generation, reduction of i mport duties, elimination of price controls and enhancing the investmentc limate through transparent policies. F ood for thought A t the end of his present ation, I had the brief opportunity to speak one-on-one w ith President Flores. I a sked him: How were you able to drive through som any fundamental and rad ical changes in such as short time? He paused for a moment and then responded: Things were so bad,t hat the people were willing t o give anything a try. The s ense of hopelessness was p ervasive. The Bahamas has always b een fortunate in that we have never really suffered from a political, social ore conomic catastrophe that severely damaged our econ omy. To date we have done a reasonably good job of b uilding credible institut ions, although there have b een some bumps along the w ay and there is still much work to be done. However, we still have some pressing issues such as education and training, c rime, land policy, immigration and tax reformall of w hich require some new a nd even radical re-thinking, along with an unshakeable commitment to fixing them. Conclusion I n short order, Bahamians will be asked to elect a new government. What the Bahamas desperately needs a t this juncture is leadership with vision, experience and the political will to get things done. The Bahamian peo-p le are tired of mere r hetoric. So, when those persons seeking election start knocking on your door, ask t hem these tough questions t hat give insight into the vision, experience and political will of their respective p arties to fix the many w rongs in our society. For those aspirants who cannot articulate their partys posi-t ionwell, you do not have to keep your door open too long. Make them talk sensibly about the issues. Until next week NB: Larry R. Gibson, a chartered financial analyst, is vice-president pensions,C olonial Pensions Services (Bahamas subsidiary of Colonial Group International, whicho wns Atlantic Medical Insurance and is a major shareholder of Security &G eneral Insurance Compan y in the Bahamas. T he views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Colonial GroupI nternational or any of its s ubsidiary and/or affiliated companies. Please direct any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. bs Defining what we need from a leader Financial Focus By Larry Gibson F ORMER E L SALVADOR PRESIDENT: P resident Francisco Flo res Perez who served as president of El Salvador from 1999 to 2 004. W ITHTHE B AHAMASINPRE ELECTIONMODE THEISSUEOFLEADERSHIPISAPUBLICTOPICOFDEBATE
BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011, PAGE 3B 2)),&($&()25(17'RZQWRZQRIFHVSDFHV ,GHDOIRUSURIHVVLRQDOV By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com Leveraging their purchasing ability to a greater extent was the primary motivation for Robin Hood president Sandy Schaefer, and his USbased partner, to sell-off the food portion of their business, he said yesterday, denying financial difficulties played any part. Mr Schaefer said that by signing an agreement with Mark Finlaysons family investment vehicle, TransIsland Traders, to allow the latter to acquire Robin Hoods food business, which will then be serviced via a long-term supply contract with Mr Schaefer and his partner, Suresh Khilnani, the pair would be able to pass on savings to Mark and his customers, and the number of customers who can benefit will be far greater than we have now (at Robin Hood alone). The ultimate benefit is to the Bahamian people, he said of the deal. The contract will see Messrs Khilnani and Schaefer providing goods for both the Robin Hood food interests and the nine-store City Market chain. Mr Schaefer would not reveal the purchase price, saying he would leave this up to Mr Finalyson. City Markets has my 100 per cent support in making the chain fantastically successful, he added, noting that the move brings about consolidation in the food retail industry in the Bahamas. While it has been long speculated that Robin Hood was facing financial straits Mr Schaefer himself confirmed multi-million dollar losses due to a delay in opening the Prince Charles Drive location on time, and later because of roadworks impacting access to the store the businessman yesterday said the deal made with Trans-Island Traders was not inspired by such considerations The motivating factor was to leverage our purchasing ability. It puts me more into the real estate track (as a landlord to City Markets, which will lease space in its stores to sell food) and the buying which I enjoy more. It allows each of us (Schaefer and Finalyson) to do what we do best and what we both enjoy most, he said. Asked what plans there were for further development of the Prince Charles Drive location, on which Robin Hoods second store is located, Mr Schaefer said the buyout will allow him to focus (his ject. Well break ground as soon as Ive secured the rest of the leases Ive been negotiating with the sub-tenants (for the new plaza planned and when I get a sense of when the road will be done, said Mr Schaefer. In March, Mr Schaefer revealed he had indefinitely" delayed plans for a 44,000 square foot plaza next door to his Prince Charles Drive supermarket, due to roadworks that had caused a major drop off in sales at the store. In January, the businessman had projected groundbreaking on the plaza would take place in March. The development was touted as being set to contain a Scotiabank, Sbarros Italian eatery, the "only fine dining" restaurant in eastern New Providence, a medical centre and a 22,000 square foot gym and spa, which will feature squash and racketball courts and more. Mr Finlayson could not be reached for comment yesterday. The deal only awaits Government (National Economic Council and Investments Board) and Central Bank approvals. Robin Hood sale not motivated through financial difficulties Schaefer to focus on development of Prince Charles locations plaza addition MARK FINLAYSON office, as this is a very serious offence and we n eed to discuss it, said Mr Fingland. The businessman was informed that failing to make an outbound declaration to Customs before leaving the country in a boat can result in up to a $10,000 fine under theC ustoms Management Act of 1976. He was ultimately charged $2,500. I couldnt believe it. I have spoken to a lot of people here and in Nassau who do a l ot of boating, and not one said they were aware of the law. They cant believe it. They said: Well, how come they are enforcing the law? We havent heard anything..., said Mr Fingland. P ublish I told Customs its incumbent on them to p ublish this and stick it in the paper, but they said all the boat captains know. A n experienced Nassau boater, who said h e has taken hundreds of vessels from the Bahamas to the US and back, told Tribune Business yesterday he was aware of the outbound declaration requirement but b elieved it was primarily aimed at comm ercial vehicles, like mailboats, not private pleasure vessels. He said he had once made an outbound declaration but found it to be a pain in the a ss, had not made one in years since, and was aware of zero other local boaters who had made the declaration. He added that he had never been asked by Customs officials to show evidence of the declaration upon return to the Bahamas. I dont know anyone whos gotten one. If they (Customs it they ought to put something in the news-p aper, said the boater. Glen Gomez, Comptroller of Customs, denied any clampdown by the Department, stating that it has always been the case that Bahamians or Bahamas residentst aking boats out of the Bahamas were required to make an outbound declaration, and that Customs has sought to enforce the law. In response to the claim that many boaters w ere not aware of the requirement or were n ot being asked to show it by Customs officials upon return to Nassau, Mr Gomez said: Thanks for telling me that, and promised to tell officers to step up their vigilance. Only those individuals entering the Bahamas on a cruising permit are permitted to leave freely without making a Customs d eclaration, suggested the Comptroller. T he outbound declaration requires that those taking the boat abroad provide such information to Customs as where you want to go, who owns the boat, who will be pilot-i ng it, how many people are onboard, their names, status in terms of nationality, and if they are taking any goods they need tod eclare, said Mr Gomez. H e confirmed that the fine for non-compliance can be up to $10,000. BOATER FINED $2,500 OVER OUTBOUND DECLARATION F ROM page 1B
BUSINESS PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011 THE TRIBUNE RoyalStar profits 20% below expectations coverage. And, with vehicle values d ropping, sums insured also fell. Mr Watson told Tribune Business t hat while the vehicle count was up, meaning that the number of autos insured by RoyalStar actuallyi ncreased year-over-year, motor premium was down. A nd, in the Cayman Islands, where 20 per cent of RoyalStars business is written, property premi-u m rates were down significantly, so we reduced our exposure in Cayman. As a result, property premium income fell by 9.5 per cent yearover-year, although profitability was not impacted due to the very marg inal return from the Cayman Islands. Net claims in 2010 were higher t han normal, the RoyalStar managing director added, pointing to i ncreased thefts of Honda Accords and similar vehicles in the Bahamas, plus a claim related to a traffic fatal-i ty in the Cayman Islands. Some 80 per cent of the companys business is w ritten in the Bahamas. While 2010 may have come in below forecast, RoyalStar is pushing ahead with the construction of its new $5 million head office at thee astern end of JFK Drive. Mr Wat son said work had already begun, and the insurer expected to move iti ts new fully-owned premises by the 2012 third quarter. Moving to our new premises will be another major milestone in the p rogress of RoyalStar Assurance, which has grown from a company w ith $10 million of capital operating from rented premises in 2003 to a company with over $40 million ofc apital operating from its own premises in 2012, Mr Watson said in the companys annual report. Dividends H e told Tribune Business that in the hurricane-free years since 2005, RoyalStar had made collective prof i ts of $31 million, and had paid its current owners dividends of between $ 15-$16 million since they took con trol in 2003. And, despite the capital returns t o shareholders, RoyalStar had dou bled its net shareholder equity from just over $20 million in 2005 to $40.528 million at 2010 year-end, breaking the $30 million market in 2 008. Between $4-$5 million a year when theres no hurricane, thats a cceptable, Mr Watson said, telling Tribune Business it was vital for Bahamian insurers to build upr etained earnings, capital and cash reserves in hurricane-free years, and that weve demonstrated the ability to do that. I cant speak for my directors, b ut my personal view is that weve exceeded all expectations, and thats probably shared by everyone, Mr W atson said. I dont think anyone could have imagined that in eight years wedb e in the position we are now, taking into account that during that period w e have had hurricanes Frances, Jeanne, Ivan and Wilma, which cost us significant amounts of money. Taking into account the finan cial crisis, its not been smooth sail ing, and to be in the position were in despite troubled waters has exceeded expectations by a signific ant amount. L ooking ahead to 2011, Mr Wats on said he expected RoyalStars top line, in terms of gross written premiums, stabilise and possibly pick up, due to the hardening of reinsurance rates as a result ofn umerous recent catastrophes, such a s the Japan earthquake and tsunami. Modest growth on the motor premium account was also antici-p ated amid signs of recovery in the new vehicle market, Mr Watson added, but the ultimate outcome ase ver depends on whether the Bahamas is hit by a major hurricane o r not. Breaking down the companys 2 010 performance, Mr Watson said 73 per cent of RoyalStars profitsc ame from underwriting. This gene rated $3.03 million for the bottom line, with the remaining $1.097 million consisting of investment income. Franklyn Wilson, RoyalStars c hairman, said the company generated a respectable return on equit y of 12 per cent during 2010. Our company has never been stronger or better positioned, Mr Wilson said. This extends to an increasing capital base, significant liquidity, a fantastic team of seasoned professionals as managers, r espect within the reinsurance mar kets, a group of experienced leaders as directors and intermediaries, who conform with the demands of disciplined underwriting. FROM page 1B to the Washington-based IMF. This is what Mr Smith wants the Bahamas to avoid and, expanding on this theme to Trib une Business, he said: Sooner or later we might end up having to compromise our independence in terms of determining priorities. If we are to get an IMF programme, they will end up prescribing the medicine. We have been fortunate in not having to g o down that road, and we dont want to start that now. With Standard & Poors (S&P rating agency, forecasting that the Bahamas will run general government deficits of around 3.6 per cent of GDP between 2011-2013, more than double t he 1.5 per cent average between 2003-2007, the prospects for reducing the national debt and getting the public finances on a downward trend in the short-term appear limited. Its an essential task that will be faced by any governm ent over the next three-five years, Mr Smith said. I think we ought to kind of establish p ractical but achievable targets, and these ought to be multiy ear. He added that if the Bahamas started off with a fiscal deficit of 4 per cent of GDP, it should seek to reduce this byo ne percentage point per year, so that by the start of the thirdy ear the deficit was halved standing at 2 per cent of GDP. S ounding a cautionary note for this years Budget, which Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham will unveil tomorrow, Mr Smith said the outcome for the2 010-2011 fiscal year was distorted by the large one-off i nflows totalling around $350 million from the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC and Baha Mar transactions. Unless we have made some fundamental changes in the rev e nue and expenditure side, and I dont think we can in the s hort-term...... if that [one-off inflowsor anything significant doesnt happen in 2011-2012, we could be looking at a GFS deficit in the range of 4-5 per c ent, Mr Smith said. Debt servicing is becoming a very large part of that number, and its becoming increasi ngly difficult to reschedule debt because a lot of it is held by foreigners. The former finance minister acknowledged that it was a matter of concern that Budget revenue estimates by successive PLP and FNM administrations appear to be overly o ptimistic when measured against actual outturn. Case in point was the 2010-2011 Budget, where the Ingraham administration estimated it would earn $200 more in revenues (excluding the BTC sale than in the previous fiscal year, believing that new and i ncreased taxes would offset the recessions impact. B ased on the mid-year Budget, that does not appear to have happened, and Mr Smith said problems arose if spending was plans were based on incorrect revenue estimates. If less revenue than anticipated was coming in, the fiscal deficit could rapidly expand if this was not picked up and spending adjustments made. Getting them right is essential to a credible Budget, Mr Smith said. Unless we get this thing right or adjust in time, its going to be off and likely push the deficit beyond what was planned. An additional problem was created by the push from various ministers and government ministries/departments for Bud get funding for special and pet projects. If no consensus was reached on what could be given up, the only way to make the Budget more reasonable is to push the estimates up, and if that happens were doing ourselves a disservice. Mr Smith said many such requests were legitimate, conceding that ministries such as Health and Education always get less than they need, so when these requests come in its very difficult to reject them. Its fundamental economics, and making choices against a backdrop of limited resource and unlimited wants. On the spending side, Mr Smith said that in the drive to eliminate waste and inefficiency, that inevitably meant focus ing on the largest Budget items the civil service salaries and wages that accounted for 55-60 per cent of total recurrent spending. Ways needed to be found to reduce or restrict the public sec tors growth, or outsource certain functions, Mr Smith said. The unrestrained growth of civil servant numbers was unsustainable, he added. Public finances tipping point in year or two F ROM page 1B I dont think anyone could have imagined that in eight years wed be in the position we are now, taking into account that during that period we have had hurricanes Frances, Jeanne, Ivan and Wilma, which cost us significant amounts of money. Steve Watson Share your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e m aking news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011, PAGE 5B launch its four-times-a-week Marsh Harbour to Fort Lauderdale route via a 33-seater Saab 340, aiming to further open up the Abaco market through greater load factors and reduced ticket prices. He added that the airline, which has been in rapid expansion mode, was also looking to launch a charter service between Abaco and Freeport on May 26, plus a four-times-a-week NassauWest Palm Beach service come June 9. Were just trying to connect the island, Captain Butler said of t he Abaco-Fort Lauderdale service. Noting that the route was currently serviced largely by private planes featuring nine seats or less, he explained that with its greater seating capacity and higher load factors, Sky Bahamas was able to offer lower ticket prices. Having seen at first-hand the difficulty potential visitors were having in getting to Abaco from Fort Lauderdale, Captain Butler said: I see the hotels in Abaco, asking me: Will you please fly to Fort Lauderdale! We need flights from Fort Lauderdale and bigger planes people are asking for. Increasing numbers of Bahamians were also travelling to shop in Fort Lauderdale, a destination becoming a major airline hub, b ecause it was relatively cheaper than Miami. As for the proposed Abaco-Freeport charters, he explained t hat these were designed to allow the formers residents, who did not have US visas, to pre-clear on Grand Bahama before continuing on to the US. Were looking to expand to West Palm Beach with direct flights from Nassau four times a week. Were just waiting now. Our goal is to start that on June 9, Captain Butler told Tribune Business. Were still growing at a phenomenal rate. Our growth rate we saw in December, January, February, March and the first two weeks of April was 40 per cent. This week weve seen it taper off, coming back to what wed normally expect for last year. But based on bookings going forward, from Memorial Day weekend were at full capacity again. Sky Bahamas annual revenues are now around $12 million, w ith load factors for round trips and one-way trips standing at an a verage of 72 per cent and 91 per cent, respectively. C aptain Butler added that Sky Bahamas was currently undergoing a technology upgrade, having outgrown its computer system and web page. Customer loyalty is what were really building now, he told Tribune Business. Well be rolling out a Customer Loyalty Pro-g ramme here in a big way on June 14. H aving gone through a fairly rapid period of growth to a comp any featuring 102 permanent and seven part-time staff, and a sixplane fleet with a seventh on the way, Captain Butler said Sky Bahamas was moving into a consolidation fleet, ensuring it delivered superior service and met customer expectations. He also shrugged off allegations made against Sky Bahamas in a n e-mail widely circulated to the media, telling Tribune Busi n ess he was focused on making the airline the best company in the Bahamas. Sky Bahamas is definitely doing what it can to build this country, develop our people. We understand people do these things. Its m ost unfortunate. Im not going to sit and quantify whats partly t rue and not true, but my name was spelled correctly, Captain Butler said in response. Whoever it is spent a lot of time coming up with a beautiful movie story. AIRLINE TARGETS 3 NEW ROUTES even more vulnerable to seeing their profits vaporise, locking them into an unsustainable loss-making situation. As the Government contines to weigh the request for an increase in petroleum retailers price-controlled margins, the Minister of State for the Environment, Phenton Neymour, suggested yesterday he has recognised the marina operators plight. One of the specific challenges of the Marina Operators (who sell fuel most of their business is based on credit, which signifciantly affects their margins.They dont have a cash business. Overall, the arguments in regard to (upward adjust of margins permitted on diesel are much stronger than that in relation to gasoline, added Mr Neymour. He met with the Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association (BPRA has been particularly vocal about the financial difficulties faced by gas service stations servicing motor vehicles, and representatives of the Marina Operators of the Bahamas (MOB half ago to further discuss concerns harboured by both. Tribune Business understands that the BPRA and the MOB may have received a further audience with the Prime Minister to discuss the issue, although this could not be confirmed yesterday. It is still unclear when the Government may make a decision on the margin relief request. Marina operators told Tribune Business yesterday that without an adjustment in the amount they are allowed to add to the selling price of a gallon of diesel, they may soon no longer be able to supply it, meaning that boaters will be without refuelling options in the Bahamas. When you have customers buying diesel using their credit cards, thats when our profits really vaporise, suggested John Bethell, president of the MOB. This would affect both local and international boaters, and the industries such as fisheries and tourism that rely upon them. The marina operators find them selves in an even more tricky situation than the land-based fuel retailers, they suggested. Because of the nature of their customer base itinerant boaters buying large quantities of diesel on credit they are more likely to make a loss on a gallon of fuel sold. This is because for each credit card transaction they are paying 4 per cent of the dollar amount sold, further cutting into profits which have diminished ,as the price-controlled margin remains fixed even as the wholesale cost of diesel has risen dramatically. The mark-up permitted to be added by fuel retailers per gallon of diesel is also significantly lower than that on gas, at 19 cents comparted to the 44 cents on gas. Meanwhile, as Family Island marinabased fuel retailers do not always shift as much fuel in a short space of time as land-based Nassau retailers, they more often find themselves in the position of having to sell a batch of fuel bought for a higher price at a lower price per gallon if they have not been able to sell it by the time the Government lowers the legally m andated price for which they are able to sell it at the pump. And while only a small number of land-based retailers have gone this route, Mr Bethell, an owner of several marinas, noted that there is a greater potential for retailers who serve a vehicular customer base to consider doing away with the labour component of their operation by going self serve than there is for marina operators. Boats refuelling at dock pumps more often need assistance, and this cost will continue to remain for marina operators, he suggested. Supports Steve Kappeler, president of the Out Islands Promotions Board, and general manager of the Cape Eleuthera resort and marina, said he fully supports calls for an adjustment in the margins retailers c an add to a gallon of fuel, as various factors have seen retailers left in a lossmaking situation. Theres no way we can continue to fuel the Out Islands demand (for fuel a loss, and thats just the credit card fees. That doesnt take into consideration that when fuel prices drop we are required by law to sell it lower than the price we paid for it, Mr Kappeler said. For example, I may have just taken 10,000 gallons of inventory, which I b ought at $5.50 a gallon, and was allowed to add 19 cents to each gallon, so you sell it at $5.69. Then you are waiting for a few boats and vehicles to come along, and now a week later the price of fuel has dropped, maybe to $4.50 ,and so now the price set by your vendor is lower. By law I am required to sell it at that price. I cant tell you how many times weve been forced to sell it under the price I bought it for. The government-based regulations has put these operators in this dilemma. Theres no way anyone can keep operating at a fixed loss. The alternative for Family Island fuel retailers who service the boating community to stop selling gas or diesel would mean the end of critical sportsfishing and yachting industry events I n Nassau, Oswald Moore, president of the Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association, predicted diesel would become a scarce commodity at service stations with retailers unable or unwilling to put together the large upfront cash requirement to buy the fuel for so little return. The last time we got an increase was back in 2002. At that time, gas was $2.67 per gallon and diesel was $1.62. At current prices today, instead of costing us $20,000 per load of gas, we are paying $48,000. For diesel, instead of $6,000 per load then, it costs almost $20,000 now. You're getting 3.8 cents on the dollar for diesel. That's not a good investment, said Mr Moore. Mr Neymour yesterday said the Government is well aware of the challenges facing retailers, including the rising cost of fuel, utilities, security costs involved with transferring cash, and the length of time since an increase in the margin was previously approved. So they are having some financial challenges, and one has to take into consideration what is necesary fo their position again to be a position of profitability to sustain it. We recognise that as a result of our geographic layout, retailers are an essen tial part of life, and so it is important we ensure their business is one that is main tained, Mr Neymour said. However, he said these considerations must be weighed against the impact any increase will have on customers at this time. The BPRA has asked for a 68 per cent increase in their gas margin (44 to 74 cents) and a 145 per cent increase in theirm argin on diesel (19 to 47 cents F ROM page 1B Marinas see fuel profits vaporise F ROM page 1B
WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y MA Y 24, 201 1, P AGE 9B B O D Y A N D M I N D The Rayvn Deveaux Foundation along with members from Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity INC visited the Erin H Gilmour School of the Blind last week. The Foundation is intending to donate a number of computers to the school as well. Pictured from left to right front to back are stu dents Ashley Deleveaux, Lacheka Minnis, Rayvn Deveaux, Alex Russell, Ashanti Armbrister, Oscar Pratt, president of Alpha Phi Alpha INC, Wallace Rolle, member of Alpha Phi Alpa, Maria Deleveaux, principal at the School of the Blind, Louis Deveaux, president of the Ravyn Deveaux Foundation, and Keith Cleare Alpha Phi Alpha member. By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer A STORY that appeared in The Tribune two weeks ago titled "Fundraiser For Bereaved Girl With Skin Disorder, would kindle a wave of sadness and a deep sense of empathy for eight year old Rayvn Deveaux. 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It wa s he r ba ll et i ns tru ctor wh o fir s t noti ce d tha t s ome th in g wa s o dd d ur in g p r a c t i c e s "H e r ba l le t te ac he r s a id to us th a t sh e w a s l o s i n g h e r b a l a n c e a n d s h e w a s f a l l i n g dow n i n pr ac tice T ha t wa s v er y s tr an g e be ca us e Ra y v n h a s b ee n da nc ing fo r s o lo ng a nd f or he r to fa l l th a t m e a n t s o me t h i n g w a s w r o n g h e r f a t h e r L o u i s De a ve a ux tol d Tr ib une H ea lt h Befo re b ei ng a ir li f te d to Joe Di ma gg i o C h i l d r en s H o s p i t al i n F o r t L au d e r da l e he r p a r e n ts se a r ch e d f or h os p i ta l s a c ro s s S o u t h A m eri c a an d t h e U n i t ed S t a t e s w h e r e R a v y n c o u l d b e t r e a t e d a n d fin a ll y h a d n o ch oi ce bu t to h a v e h e r a i rl i f t e d t o F l o r i d a a t a n e n o r m o u s e x p e n s e "W e s pe nt a s muc h tim e a s we cou ld with Ra vy n a t the h ospi tal. 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But wh en sh e f i rs t he a rd ab out h er mo the r s h e w a s v e r y s a d A fte r a w hi l e s h e b e g a n a s k i n g q u e s t i o n s a n d s h e s e e m s t o b e c o p i n g wi t h h e r m o t h e r s p a s s i n g b e t te r th a n t he r e s t of us T h a t wa s a v e r y di ff ic ul t t i me fo r u s b u t w e g a in e d s t r e n g t h f r o m h e r M r De v e a u x e x pl a i n e d R a y v n s t i l l r e q u i r e s s k i n t r e a t m e n t s a n d e y e tr e a t m e n t s a t t h e B a s ki n P a l m e r E y e I n s t it u te in Fl o r id a wh e r e s p e c ia li s t s a r e h e l p i ng h e r t o r e s to r e th e h e a lt h o f he r e y e s H e r t r e a t m e n t s w i l l c o n t i n u e f o r a n o t h e r y e a r a n d h e r f a t h e r h o p e s a s s h e r e c o v e r s f u l l y R a v y n s e y e s i g h t w i l l r e t u r n H e r s kin i s no w al mos t f u lly he al ed, e xce pt f o r on e p a t ch o f d i s c ol o u r a ti o n W h i l e s h e i s r e c o v e r i n g R a y v n i n t e n d s t o t a k e o n n u m b e r o f v e n t u r e s S h e h o p e s t o s ta r t d a n ci n g a g a i n a n d s wi m m i ng i s a ls o o n he r to d o l i s t. B e c a u s e S te v e n J o h n s o n s s y n d r o m e i s a v e r y r a r e s k i n d i s o r d e r h e r f a t h e r h o p e s t o r a i s e a wa r e n e s s I n R a v y n s c a s e th e r e w a s n o wa y it co u l d ha v e b e e n p r e d ic t e d o r p r e v e n t e d b u t t h e d r u g s s h e n e e d e d t o s l o w p r og r e s s i on o f th e di s e a s e w e r e no t a va ilable in t he count r y, a nd t he refore h e r l a te d ia g n o s is a n d la c k of a cc e s s t o m e d i c a ti o n ma de he r co n d it i on w o r s e So far t h e cos t of Ra v yn's tre atme nt h a s e x c e e d e d $ 1 m i l l i o n a n d M r D e v e a u x i s co nce r ne d a no the r ch ild with si mil a r p r o b l e m s m a y n o t b e a b l e t o a f f o r d t r e a t m e n t T h e r e f o r e h e w a n ts to e s ta bl i s h a f o un d a t io n th a t co u l d he lp t he m. T h e f a m i l y j u s t r e c e n t l y h e l d a n e v e n t t o r a is e f u nd fo r m e d i ca l e x pe ns e s P e r s o n s i n t e r e s t e d i n d o n a t i n g t o t h e R a y v n De vea ux F o un d at i o n c a n c o n t ac t 32 35 1 4 4 o r 4 5 6 -1 2 9 2 L O S I N G weight i s chall e n g i n g b u t m o r e be a r a b l e w he n o ne h a s s up por t f r om f r ie nds and fami ly. So i m agi ne t he l ev e l o f p e r f o r m a n c e a c h i e v e d w h e n a l o v e d o n e j o i n s y o u o n a journey to wellness sweating a l o n g w i t h y o u f i g h t i n g t h e same cravings. The results can be amazing. F o r f i f t y t h r e e y e a r o l d m o t h er o f seven B ern i ce M u nn i n gs, a n d h e r d a u g h t e r R e an n K e l l y Ki ng, t h e re su lt s were ju st t h at. D u r i n g t h e c o m m e n c e m e n t c e r e m o n y f o r P h a s e 1 o f t h e N a t i o n a l I n s u r a n c e B o a r d s G e t W e l l B a h a m a s C h a l l e n g e R e a nn w a l ke d a w a y w it h t he s e c o n d p l a c e p r i z e l o s i n g a p e r c e n t a g e b o d y w e i g h t o f 1 5 w h i l e h e r m o t h e r c a m e i n a c l o s e t h i r d w i t h a b o d y p e r centage weight loss of 14.1 per c ent. Be fore a nd afte r photo s of the pair reveal a noticeable w ei gh t l o s s c h a n ge t h at B er n i c e s a i d c o u l d n o t h a v e b e e n achieved without support. [ R e a n n ] w o u l d b e t h e r e pushing me like 'Mummy let's g o e v e n w h e n I s a i d o h I worked so hard today. But she w a s t h e r e f o r m e A n d I w a s there for her too We pu shed. I i n s t i l l e d i n m y h e a d t h at t h i s i s f o r u s N o w I d on t f e e l li k e I'm 53 years old. I feel like I'm a t e e n a g e r a g a i n s a i d M s M u l l l i n g s h e r f a c e g l o w i n g w i t h e x c i t e m e nt a f t e r h e r w i n w a s r e v e a l e d a t th e G W B c l os in g cere mon y o n W ed n esd ay n i gh t at Worker's House. W hen Be rni ce he a rd about t he G e t W e l l B a ha m a s C h a llenge from a friend, she knew t ha t h e r da u g ht e r c o ul d h a v e b enef i ted f ro m t he pr o gramme a s we l l. They app lied a n d were accepted into the three-month we l l n es s co ac h i n g an d p e rs o n al training session along with 38 o th e r c ha ll e n g e r s W i nn in g at the end of the Challenge is merely the icing on top of the c a k e f o r t h i s t e a m T h e y w e n t i n with the goal to do more than what was required in order to l o s e a s i g n i f i c a n t a m o u n t o f weight and be healthier. Ber n ic e wei gh ed 277 p o u n d s a nd suffe re d from high blood pressure and high cholesterol. R e a n n w e i g h e d 2 4 8 p o u n d s a n d h a d a d a i l y r o u t i n e t h a t inv o lv ed w o r k ing ea ting, a nd watching TV. W h i l e c h a l l e n g e r s w e r e requ i red t o atten d perso n al f it n e s s t r a i n i n g t h r e e t i m e s p e r w e e k B e r n i c e w o u l d a l s o w o r k o u t o n h e r l u n c h b r e a k a n d a fte r work. Re a nn ma de sur e that s h e had a worko ut e ve ry d ay, wh et her i n th e mo rn i n g o r the evening. O f a l l t h a t R e a n n h a s a c h i e v e d d u r i n g t h e t h r e e m o n t h s e s s i o n s h e i s p r o u d t h a t he r t a s te s a r e c ha ng in g D u ri n g t h e f i r s t t en d a ys o f t h e p ro g r a m m e C h a l l e n g e r s w e r e p l a c e d o n a c l e a n s i n g d i e t o f f r u i t s a n d v eg e t ab l es a n d w a t e r T h e n t h e C h a l l e n g e r s w e r e placed on a diet rich in grains a n d f i b r e f u r t h e r d et o x i n g t h e i r b o d i e s H o w e v e r s i x w e e k s i n t o t h e p r o g r a m m e R e a n n d e c i d e d t o e a t a t a p o p u l a r l o c a l c h i c k e n shack. Her stomach disagreed with that decision. "My stomach wasn't used to t h e gr eas e a n ym o re s o I co u l d n 't t ake i t. No w, I can no t to l era te th a t f o od. So I k now that that kind of food is not some thing that I need or something t h a t I d e s i r e a n y m o r e I f i n d t ha t be a t i ng c r a v i ng s w il l not b e d i f f i c u l t o r i m p o s s i b l e i f y o u r hea rt a nd y our mind a re in it a n d i f y o u k n o w t h a t i t s a n e c e s s i t y i n o r d e r t o h a v e a l o n g e r l i f e Y o u m a k e t h a t mi n d c han ge, t hen yo u r b eh avi o u r s ch a n g e. It s l i k e t h e Wo r d s a y s b e t r a n s f o r m e d b y t h e r en ew ing of y our m ind, sa id Reann. T h r o u g h r e n e w i n g h e r t h o u g h t s a b o u t e a t i n g a n d e x er c i s e B e r n i c e h a s a c h i e v e d a be tt e r q ua lit y of l ife She ha s g o n e f r o m w a l k i n g a r o u n d l i k e a t i m e b o m b w i t h r e c u r r i n g c h e s t p a i n s a n d s h o r t n e s s o f breath to completing a 5-mile w a l k w i t h h e r f e l l o w C h a l l e n g e r s S h e n o w h a s m o r e e ne r g y t o w or k wi th he r s pe c i a l n e e d s c h i l d r e n a t S a n d i l a n d s H o s p i t a l a n d h e r t w o younge st childre n She is also able to wear clothes that make h e r fe el y o u n g aga in mu c h l i k e the s tylish pink-patte rne d to p t h a t s h o w e d o f f h e r t o n e d sh ould er s a t t he c los in g ce r e mo n y Ber n i ce i s at 2 36 p o u n d s n o w a n d p r o u d o f h e r 4 1 pound loss. I n a c ul tu re th a t p ri z e s th e s o l i d s h a p e o f a w o m a n R e a n n i s h a p p y t h a t s h e a n d h e r m o t he r c a n be b o t h s e x y a n d h e a l t h y S h e n o t e d t h a t having a "good shape" doesn't m e a n t h a t o n e i s h e a l t h y S o she advises women to focus on a d a p t i n g a h e a l t h y l i f e s t y l e r a t h e r t h a n j u s t a i m i n g f o r a certain body shape. Be rnic e a nd Re a nn plan to c o n t i n u e t h e i r w e i g h t l o s s t hr ou g h e x e r c i s e a n d he a l t h y ea ti ng. Bot h women ex p re ssed grat itu d e fo r a p ro gramme li ke G e t W e l l B a h a m a s w h i c h o f f e r s free wellness coaching. "T h is p ro gra mme h as t au gh t us a great deal not only about h o w t o l i v e b u t h o w t o l i ve b e t t e r s a i d R e a n n A t 2 0 5 p o un d s, Re an n aims t o be f ewer than 175 pounds in coming weeks. Mother -daughter team among Get W ell Bahamas top finishers BENEATH HER SKIN Ravyen Deveaux's Story RAYVN DEVEAUX FOUNDATION TO DONATE COMPUTERS TO SCHOOL OF THE BLIND GW B W I N NE R S : (l ef t t o ri g h t ) T h i r d p l ac e w i n n e r, Re an n K e l l y -K i n g ; T a m i F r a n c i s M a n a g e r N a t i o n a l P r e s c r i p t i o n D r u g P l a n ; F i r s t p l a c e w i n n e r, Di n ah K n o w l e s ; D r A l g e rn o n C a rg i l l Di r ec t o r N at i o n al I n s u ra n c e B o a r d ; a n d t h i r d p l a c e w i n n e r B e rn i c e M u n n i n g s P r i z e s i n c l u d e d y e a r s u p p l i e s o f N a u t i l u s W a t e r g y m m e m b e r s h i p s f r o m B o d y Z o n e F i t n e s s a n d J e m i H ea l t h an d W el l n e s s, g i f t ce r t i f i c at e s f ro m S o l o m o n s S u p e r C en te r, c l o t h i n g f r o m F i n e T h r ea d s B o n n ev i l l e B o n e s, A d a m a n d E v e a n d S i z e s W o m e n s F u l l Fi g u re d Fa s h i o n s T C L P h o t o W e n d e l l C l e a r e Rayvn Deveaux
WOMAN P AGE 10B, TUESDA Y MA Y 24, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE WHA T AGE IS BEST TO SP A Y MY FEMALE CA T OR DOG? Spaying i s the re mova l of f e male r e p r o d u c t i v e o r g a n s t h e o v a r i e s a n d u t e r u s S p a y i n g o f a n i m a l s d e cr e a s e s th e l i ke li h o o d o f u n wa nt e d l i t t e r s d e c r e a s e s t h e i n c i d e n c e o f mamm a ry t umor in o lder dogs and c a t s d e c r e a s e s t h e i n c i d e n c e o f u t e r i n e d i s e a s e m o s t n o t a b l y P Y O M E T R A a n d t h e d e c r e a s e d i n c i d e n c e o f s e x u a l l y d i m o r p h i c b e h a v i o u r s I t i s m y p r o f e s s i o n a l o pin io n and reco mmen dat io n t hat d o g s a n d c a t s s h o u l d b e s p a y e d a f t e r t h r e e m o n t h s o f a g e b u t be fo re the on s et o f the ir fir s t es tr us c y c l e T h u s I r e c o m m e n d 5 6 m ont h s is an i deal age to do so WHA T IS THE BEST AGE TO CASTRA TE MY MALE DOG OR CA T ? C a s t r a t i o n i s t h e r e m o v a l o f a m a l e s r e p r o d u c ti v e o r g a n s t h e te s ticle. C a s t r a t i n g d o g s a n d c a t s w i l l decrease the incidence of sexually dimorphic behaviour and decrease i n c i d e n c e o f d i s e a s e o f t h e p r o s tr a t e and testes. The sexually dimorphic behaviours best controlled by cas t r a t i o n a r e m o u n t i n g r o a m i n g urine marking and aggression. The o n l y s i g n i f i c a n t d i s a d v a n ta g e o f c a s tration is weight gain, crucial liga m e n t i n j u r i e s a n d c e r t a i n c a n c e r l i k e b o n e ( o s t e r e s a r c o m a ) a n d bl ood (hemargiosarcoma). In cat s we see an increase in the incidence of urethral obstruction. I professionally recommend that dogs and cats s ho uld be cas t ra t e d at 5-6 months of age. WHA T ARE THE NORMAL PHYSICAL EXAMINA TIONS FINDINGS A T V ARIOUS AGES IN PUPPIES AND KITTENS? N o r m a l r e c t a l t e m p e r a t u r e varies by age averaging 96 degrees Fa h r e n h e i t i n th e fi r s t 7 da y s o f l i fe 98 degrees to 100 degrees Fahren heit from 7 to 21 days and gradual l y a c h i e v i n g a d u l t v a l u e s b y 7 w e e k s of age. Th e ey eli ds op en at abo ut 10 to 14 days on average The ear canals are closed until 14 to 21 days T e e t h e r u p t i n a p r e d i c t a b l e manner allowing use of dent ition to determine age. First teeth erupt at 2-3 weeks. Th e m ost comm on di sor de rs of th e s ki n a r e fl e a s a n d D E R M AT O PHYTOSIS (ringworm) Pu pp ie s a n d k it te ns s ta r t c ra w lin g a t 7 to 14 d a y s. T he y st ar t wa l ki n g a n d u r i n a t i n g a n d d e f e c a t i n g spontaneously at 14 to 21 days. WHA T ARE THE CAUSES OF F AILURE TO THRIVE IN PUPPIES AND KITTENS. P u p p i e s a n d k i t t e n s s h o u l d b e seen if they are not gaining weight. The owners should weigh them at b i r t h a n d e v e r y d a y t h e r e a f t e r E n v i r o n m e n t a l c a u s e s a r e h y p o t h e r mia, hyperthermia, environmental to x i ns a n d m a te r n a l fa c tor s G e n e ti c c a u s e s ar e d e ve l o p ed m e n t al l y abnormally like cleft palate. Infec t i o u s c a u s es s u c h a s b ac t er i a an d v i r u s e s a r e a l wa y s a p r o b l e m I n t e r n a l p a r a s i t e s l i k e h o o k w o r m r o u n d wo rm s coci di a a nd gi a rd ia a r e a big concern. T h e e l d e r l y a n d t h e i r o r a l h e a l t h T H E R E A R E g r o w i n g p r o p o r ti o n s o f e l d e r l y p e r s o n s a ll ov e r th e w or l d. On e co mm on c h r o n o l o g i c a l c r i t e r i o n f o r t h e te r m e l de rl y i s a n a g e o f 6 5 or a bov e Of n ote a mo ng st the elderly population t her e are a l a r g e r n u m b e r o f f e m a l e s I t i s c o n s i s t e n t w i t h f e m a l e s h a v in g a g re a te r li fe e x pe c tan cy tha n ma l es A ma j or ity of p e rs on s o ve r 65 ye ars of a ge have o ne or m o r e c h r o n i c d i s e a s e s ; a r e b e d r i dd e n ; w a l k w i th d i f fi c ul t y o r are hou se bound. N everthel e s s t h e e l d e r l y a r e o f t e n r e l u c ta n t t o d e m a n d a t t e n t i o n es pe cia lly i f the y fe ar hosp ita lis a tio n a nd fu rth er lo ss o f the ir ind e pe nd en ce T he m a l a di e s of t he e l de r l y c a n a f f e c t a l l p a r t s o f t h e b o d y a n d b o d y s y s t e m s T h e m o u th is no e xc ep tio n. Me d ica ti ons used to t r ea t these mala dies s o m e t i m e c a n a c c e n tu a t e o t h e r h e a l t h p r o b l e m s o r c a n r e a c t w i t h e a c h o t h e r a n d p r e dispose t o ba d dr ug intera ct i o n s Ma n y el de r ly pe r so ns ha v e f e w o r n o r e m a i n i n g t e e t h a n d an e v en l ar g er n umb er h av e d i s e a s e o f t h e g u m s ( g i n g i v i t i s ) a n d t h e i r s u p p o r t i n g s t r u c t u r e s ( p e r i o d o n t i t i s ) A s p e r s o n s a g e the r e is a n atu ra l d e cre a s e in s a l i v a p r o d u c t i o n a n d t h i s m a y contri bute to a hig h le ve l of ro ot ca v iti es Ca v itie s on the to p p a rt o f t e e t h a l s o o c c u r b u t w h e n g u m s p u l l a w a y f r o m t h e t e e t h (a s a r e sul t o f g um di se a se ), t h e s o f t e r r o o t b e c o m e s e x p os e d a n d i s m o r e s u s c e p t i ble to ba ct e ria as sau lt. Wit h a cc e s s to t he s e s o ft e r s u r fa ce s to di ss ol v e, ba cte r ia us e food d eb r is t o p r od u c e a c id o ve r t i m e t o c r e a t e c a v i t i e s I m p a i r e d s a l i v a p r o d u c t i o n a l s o p r e d i s p o s e s t o m o r e mout h f ung al i nfectio ns a nd thi s c an be a nu is a nce to the e l d e r l y p a t i e n t e s p e c i a l l y tho se who a r e ho sp ita li se d M e d i c a t i o n s l i k e a n t i p s y c h o t i c s a n d a n t i d e p r e s s a n t s whi ch a re ofte n us ed to m an age mental disorders, somet i m e s a d d t o t h e d e c r e a s e d pr od ucti on of s a liv a cr e ati ng dr y mo uth a nd its a ss oc ia te d p r o b l e m s Poo r n utr iti on o f the el de r ly n ot only a f fe cts th e bod y, b u t t h e m o u t h a s w e l l I t r e t a r d s t h e i m m u n e s y s t e m an d can l ea v e the indi vid ua l s u s c e p t i b l e t o m o u t h i n f e c tio ns Po or n utr iti on w ill a ls o reduce woun d hea lin g c a pabi liti e s a nd in g e ne ra l it wil l f u r t h e r r e t a r d a n y a l r e a d y r e t a r d e d p h y s i o l o g y o f t h e m o u t h T h e pr o s p e ct o f d e v e l o pi n g or a l c an ce r is v e ry h ig h in the e l d e r l y a s w i t h a g e t h e c h a n c e s o f m i s t a k e s i n c e l l d i v i s i o n a r e h i g h S o m e s t u d i e s h a v e i d e n t i f i e d t h e o c c u r r e n c e o f m ou t h l es io n s ( ab no r mal s t r u c t u r a l c h a n g e s ) i n t h e e l d e r l y t o b e a s h i g h a s 4 0 p e r c e n t P r i m a r i l y t h e l e s i o n s i n c l u d e f i b r o u s l u m p s a n d ul ce rs a nd a re n ot l ife th re a te n i n g b u t t h e p o t e n t i a l f o r s e r i o u s l e s i o n s t o o c c u r i s e v e r p r e s e n t. T h e ch a n c e o f p o te n tia ll y se r io us le s ion s to oc cur a nd e v e n or a l ca nce r i s hi g he r in the el de r ly who s mo ke o r / a n d d r i n k e s p e c i a l l y i f t h e y ha v e b e en doi ng so for m a ny y e a r s Facial pain Pa r t ic ul a r l y c om m o n in th e elderly also, is atypical facial pain. The pa in can be r elate d t o d e p r e s s i v e i l l n e s s e s ; migraines, trigeminal neural g i a ( n e r v e p a i n ) a n d v i r a l i n f e c t i o n s A l l f a c i a l p a i n compla ints shou ld be inve stigated by a dental healthcare provider. T h e d e n t i s t i s i m p o r t a n t n o t only in managing the diverse m o u t h a i l m e n t s o f t h e e l d e r l y bu t a l so i n s up po r tin g m or a le and contributing t o ade qua t e nutrition. Functionally inde p e n d e n t e l d e r l y p a ti e n t s w i t h n o se ri ou s m edi c al p ro b lem c a n e a s i l y b e t r e a t e d in a g e n e r a l d e n t a l p r a c t i c e H o w e v e r e l d e r l y f u n c t i o n a l l y d e p e n d e n t p e r s o ns ma y n e e d d om i c i l i a r y d e n t a l c a r e w i t h p o r t a b l e d e n t a l e q u i p m e n t The hospital e nvironme nt is r e s e r v e d f o r t h o s e p e r s o n s r e q u i r i n g d e n t a l t r e a t m e n t w i th s i g n if i c a n t m e d i c a l p r o b lems. W e a r e a l l a g i n g d ai l y I f y o u a r e f o r t u n a t e y o u a r e a lr e ad y 6 5 ye a r s o ld or a bov e a n d I i m p l o r e y o u n o t t o ne gl ect y our mo uth he a lth. If y o u a r e u n f o r t u n a t e y o u h a v e m o r e b i r t h d a y s b e f o r e y o u can be called e l der l y Wh e n y o u a r e 6 5 y e a r s o l d o r a b o v e your mouth health should be a s i m p o r t a n t to y o u t h e n a s i t is to you now. It is import a n t not t o f orget the aged amongst us and not to allow them to neglect t heir b ody o r mou th health I f y o u h a v e a p a r e n t o r g r a n d p a r e n t th a t n e e d s s p e c i a l c a r e den ti st ry, d o no t hesi tat e to a r r a n g e s u c h w i t h y o u r d e n t a l health provider. The elderly a r e n o t a b u r d e n t h e y a r e y o u tomorrow. This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended and may not be treated as, a substitute for profes sional medical/dental advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or dental professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical/dental con dition. Never disregard profes sional medical/dental advice or delay in seeking it because of a purely informational publica tion." Copyright 2011 by Dr Andre R Clarke. All rights reserved. Reproduction of this article, in whole or in part, is prohibited without written permission. If you have questions, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. B y A N D R E C L A R K E KEEPING YOUR MOUTH ALIVE W h a t y o u r f e e t s a y a b o u t y o u r h e a l t h C o n c l u s i o n T h e B a h a m a s j o i n s h a n d s w i t h t h e International Federation of Podia trists in declaring May to be 'World Foot Health Awareness Month'. T o d a y s c o l u m n r e p r e s e n t s t h e conclusion of a multi-part series on red flags for foot health problems. The foot is an excellent commu nicator and often, the messages are o b v i o u s T a k e a f e w m o m e n t s t o r e a d t h e s i g n s a s w e c o n t i n u e t o highlight the red flags. Yo u ca n d ete ct e v er yth ing fr om diabetes t o nutrit iona l defic ie nc ie s j u s t b y e x a m i n i n g t h e f e e t s a y s Jane Andersen, Doctor of Podiatry M e d i c i n e a n d p r e s i d e n t o f t h e A m e r i c a n A s s o c i a t i o n o f W o m e n Podiatrists and a spokeswoman for t h e A m e r i c a n P o d i a t r i c M e d i c a l Association. T he f e e t p r ov i d e a n a bu n da n ce of insightful data. A pair of feet con tain 52 bones, which is more than a quarter of all the 206 bones of the body Each foot has 33 joints; 100 te n d on s ; m u s c l e s a n d l i g a m e n ts ; a n d countless nerves and blood vessels t h at l i n k al l t h e w ay t o t h e h e ar t sp ine and brain. Th is is a n i ndic at i o n o f h o w i m p o r t a n t n a t u r e r e g a r d ed the foot when she designed it. U n r e s o l v e d f o o t p r o b l e m s c a n h a v e u n e x p e c t e d c o n s e q u e n c e s U nt r e at ed f o o t pa i n o f t e n l ea d s a p e r s on to m ov e le s s a n d g a in we ig h t o r t o s h i ft b a l a n c e i n u n n a t u r a l w a y s t h e r e b y i n c r e a s i n g t h e c h a n c e o f falling and breaking a bone. For those of you who are reading this for the first time, all of the red f l a g s h i g h l i g h t e d i n th e p r e v i o u s a r ti c l e s a r e b e i n g r e c a p t u r e d b e l o w These red flags are messages being sent by t he f oo t to say th at something may be happening with your health. We conclude this week with the fina l two of e ig ht e en re d flag s listed below: RED FLAGS: 1. TOENAILS WITH SLIGHTLY SUNKEN, SPOON-SHAPED INDENTATIONS 2. HAIRLESS FEET OR TOES 3. FREQUENT FOOT CRAMPING (CHARLEY HORSES) 4. COLD FEET 5. THICK, YELLOW, DOWNRIGHT UGLY TOENAILS 6. A SUDDENLY ENLARGED, SCARYLOOKING BIG TOE 7. NUMBNESS IN BOTH FEET /SORE TOE JOINTS 8. SORE TOE JOINTS 9. PITTED TOENAILS 10. BEING UNABLE TO RAISE THE FOOT UPWARD FROM THE HEEL 11. DRY, FLAKY SKIN 12. TOES THAT TURN PATRIOTIC COLORS 13. FEET THAT ARE REALLY PAINFUL TO WALK ON 14. TOES THAT BUMP UPWARD AT THE TIPS 15. SHOOTING PAIN IN THE HEEL 16. PHEE-UUUUW! SMELLY FEET RED FLAG 17: A sore that won't heal on the bottom of the foot W h a t i t m e a n s : T hi s i s a m aj o r c l u e t o d i a b e te s E l e v a t e d b l o o d g l u cose levels lead to nerve damage in the feet. When this happens, minor s cr a pe s cu ts o r ir r it a tio n s c a us e d b y pressure or friction often go unno ticed; especially by someone who's u n a w a r e h e o r s h e h a s t h e d i s e a s e I f th is g oe s u ntr e at ed the s e ul ce rs c an lead to infections, and even ampu tation. M o r e C l u e s : O o z i n g f o u l s m e l l i n g c u t s a r e e s p e c i a l l y s u s p e c t e d b e c a u s e t h e y v e p r o b a b l y b e e n t h e r e a w hi le O th e r s y mp to ms o f d ia b e te s i n c l u d e p e r s i s t e n t t h i r s t f r e q u e n t urination, increased fatigue, blurry vision, extreme hunger, and weight loss. W h a t t o D o : G o t o a d o c t o r immediately for a diabetes evalua t i o n a n d h a v e t h e u l c e r tr e a t e d D i a be tics ne e d to insp ect the ir fee t da il y ( ol d e r pe o p le o r th e o be s e s h ou ld ha ve someone do thi s for them or p u r c h a s e a fo o t i n s p e c t i o n h a n d m i r r o r ) a n d s e e a h e a l t h c a r e p r o f e s sional at least every three months. RED FLAG 18: Old Shoes W h a t i t M e a n s : D a n g e r Y o u r e a walking health bomb if your every day sho es are m ore t han a co up le o f y e a rs o ld o r i f w al ki ng or r un ni ng s ho e s h a ve m or e tha n 3 5 0-5 0 0 m ile s on t he m O l d s ho e s l a c k t he s up p or t feet need, and they wear out faster than most people think. M o re c l u e s : B l i st er s ( t oo t i gh t ), b u n i o n s ( t o o n a r r o w ) h e e l p a i n ( n o t en o ug h s up p or t ). I f y ou re h avi ng any kind of foot trouble, there is at least a 50/50 chance your ill-fitting footwear is to blame. W h a t t o d o : G o s h o e s h o p p i n g and have a professional fitting. Bernadette D. Gibson, a Board Certified & Licensed Pedorthist, is the proprietor of Foot Solutions, a health and wellness franchise that focuses on foot care and proper shoe fit, located in the Trinity Plaza, West Bay Street, Nassau. Bahamas www.footsolutions.com/nassau "The views expressed are those of the author and does not necessarily represent those of Foot Solutions Incorporated or any of its subsidiary and/or affiliated companies. Please direct any questions or comments to email@example.com or 322FOOT (3668). B y B E R N A D E T T E G I B S O N FOOT SOLUTIONS Common questions about canine and feline repr oduction
WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y MA Y 24, 201 1, P AGE 1 1B By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL Tribune Features Editor K 'Lysa Knowles loves to dance and this summer, the 15-year-old St Augustine's student will get the chance of a lifetime when she goes to the International Music Camp in North Dakota for one week to train with other dancers from around the world. F or K L y sa w ho f e e l s t h a t da n c e i s t h e b e s t w a y o f e x p r e s s i n g my s e l f i t is a dr e a m co me t ru e K Lys a w o n t h e tr i p wh e n s h e pl a c e d f ir st r un ne r u p i n t h e 2 0 1 1 Mis s Talented Teen pageant l ast m o nth w h ere sh e w ow ed ju d ges w i t h a f a n t a s t i c p e r f o r m a n c e o f Do n' t R a i n o n M y P a ra de I n a r ecen t in ter v i ew with Tr ibu ne W om a n, sh e sa i d t h a t sh e is v er y e xc i te d b y t h e o p p o r tu n i t y. S h e s a i d t h a t s h e h a d t r i e d o u t f o r a p os it io n a t t h e A l v in A il e y D a nc e C a m p i n N e w Y o r k b u t d i d n o t m a ke it S o t h i s i s a n o t h e r c h an c e fo r i n t e rn a t i on a l e x po su re she sa i d. K L y s a ha s b e e n d a n ci n g f or 1 2 y e a r s S h e s t u d i e d a t t h e Eurot h y mic Studio for t e n y ea rs o ne y e a r a t D a nc e B a ha ma s a nd i s i n h e r se co nd y e a r a t t h e N a t i on a l D a nc e S ch oo l I n 2 0 0 9 sh e se r v e d a s a n a pp re n c t ic e d a nc e r wi t h t he Na tion al D a n ce Com pany of t h e B a ha ma s w he n t he y vi sit e d Sco tl a n d t o t a ke pa r t i n t he A be rd e e n Y o ut h F e st iv a l. I t w a s r e a l l y f u n I e n j o y e d d a n c i n g o n m an y d i f fe r en t s ta ge s f o r p e opl e f ro m al l ov e r t he wo rld I n o w h a v e a b e s t f r i e n d i n N o r w a y S he sa y s t ha t s he w ou ld l i ke t o b e c o m e a k i n e s i o l o g y i n s t r u c t o r w h e n s he f i n is he s sc h oo l. K L y s a sa i d t h a t he r e x pe ri e nc e i n t h e p a g e a n t a l l o w e d h e r a c h a n c e a t p e rs on a l g ro wt h I d e c i d e d t o e n t e r b e c a u s e I w a nt e d t o sh ow c a se m y t a le nt a n d be a n a mb a s sa d or f or m y c ou nt r y I t was no t exact ly as I ex pec ted t h e r e w a s a l o t o f t r a i n i n g i n h o w t o w a lk a n d t a l k a nd a c t on st a g e "It 's not a be aut y pag ea nt, but t h e r e i s s o m e f o r m o f m o d e l i n g i nv o lv e d, a nd t he y re a ll y f oc us o n t a l e nt I w ou ld t e l l g i rl s t h a t t h e y s h o u l d n t b e a f r a i d t o s h o w c a s e w ha t G od ha s g i v e n t he m F or K L y sa t he ha r de s t p a rt o f t h e pa g e a n t w a s t h e q ue s t i on a n d a n s w e r s e g m e n t w h e r e s h e w a s a s ke d a b ou t he r e x p e ri e n c e b e in g c o c a p t a i n o f h e r c h e e r l e a d i n g t e a m T h e b i g g e s t l e s s o n s h e l e a r n t w a s de a li n g wi t h a ll t he d if f e re n t pe rso na li t i e s o f t h e c on t e st a nt s wh i c h sh e sa y s i s a n e x c e l l e n t l i f e l e s so n b e c a u s e "y o u n e ve r k n o w w h a t ty p e o f p eo p l e y o u w i l l h ave to c op e w it h i n l if e LONDON Associated Press A U C T I O N s i t e e B a y s a y s a b i d d e r h a s p a i d 8 1 1 0 0 p o u n d s ( $ 1 3 1 6 4 8 ) f o r t he si lk b ow ha t w or n b y P ri n ce ss Be a t ri c e t o last month's royal wedding. Th e 22-year -o ld g ran d d augh ter o f Q u een El i zab eth I I put the Philip Treacy creation on sale to raise money for UNICEF and Children in Crisis. T h e s i l k h a t c a u s e d a s t i r a t t h e w e d d i n g o f P r i n c e W i l l i a m and Kate Middleton on April 29. Si nce th en it ha s b e en co mpa re d t o an t le rs a nd a pre t ze l and has been photoshopped into scores of unlikely scenar i o s o n t h e I n t e r n e t F o r t y b i d d e r s v i e d f o r t h e p r i z e b u t e B a y did not reveal the identity of the winner. The auction ended Sunday. MUSKEGON, Mich. Associated Press A WEST Michigan woman has strolled down the aisle in her wedding dress for a second time. The first time came 73 years ago. Agnes Anderson wore the dress in 1938 when she married her college sweetheart, Delmar Anderson, in Youngstown, Ohio. The Andersons' marriage lasted more than 50 years until Delmar's death in 1989. Her second trip down the aisle came last week at a vintage bridal gown fashion show at a church in Muskegon. The 98-year-old from Muskegon County's Laketon Township says the dress was in mint condition when she retrieved it from a storage box. Dick Anderson escorted his mother into the church sanctuary and to the altar. The Muskegon Chronicle says the fashion show featured 20 bridal gowns that dated from 1933 to 2006. CANNES, France Associated Press I T'S A go od year f or w om en at t he Cannes Film Festival. But not everyone is cheering just yet. F ou r o f t he 2 0 f ilms i n the f esti va l 's main competit ion ar e by f e male dire cto r s a r e c o rd n u m be r a n d b e tt e r th a n last year's total of zero. I t s s ti l l a s m a l l m i n o r i ty h o w e v e r a n d i n t h e f e s t i v a l s 6 4 y e a r s o n l y o n e f i l m b y a w o m a n h a s w o n t h e t o p p r i z e : J a n e Campion's "The Piano" in 1993. Campion says there is still a long way to go. "I think, weirdly enough, progress in the a rts for wome n i s r e al ly sl ow," Ca m p i o n s a i d a f t e r a s c r e e n i n g o f J u l i a L eigh 's C ann es ent ry "S leep in g B eaut y ," a f i l m sh e h as c h am pi o n ed "T hi s f est ival h as b een very kin d to me, but I'm stil l the onl y wo ma n tha t's e v er won the Palme d'Or." F i l m s f r o m f e m a l e d i r e c t o r s a t t h i s year's festival include Lynne Ramsay's mother-son tragedy "We Need to Talk A b o u t K e v i n ; A u s t r a l i a n d i r e c t o r Leigh's S lee pi ng Beaut y ," a n ic y f ilm about a student who becomes an object o f m ale er ot i c d esir e; an d "P ol is se," a v ib r a nt mo v ie a b ou t a Pa r is p ol ic e ch il d p r o t e c t i o n sq u a d f r o m a c t r es s t u r n e ddirector Maiwenn. S c r e e n i n g T u e s d a y i s H a n e z u N o T s u k i, a f i lm a bo u t a n ci e n t a n d m o de r n li f e i n t he A su ka area o f J apan by Naom i K a w a s e a f o r m e r w i n n e r o f C a n n e s s e c ond-place Grand Prize. I f t h e t h r e e f i l m s a l r e a d y s c r e e n e d h a v e an yth in g i n c omm on i t 's a wi ll ingn ess t o t ac k l e t o u gh a n d i n t im a t e su b j e c t s fro m chi ld v iol e nce to p ed op hi lia t o s e x ual exploitation. "We Need to Talk About Kevin" has m e t w i t h t h e w i d e s t p r a i s e a n d i s a favorite to win prizes when Cannes tro phies are announced Sunday. Most crit i c s a p p r o v e d o f i t s u n f l i n c h i n g a n d i n v e n tive depiction of a woman struggling to c o p e f i r s t w i t h p a r e n t h o o d a n d t h e n w i t h an u nsp eakab le act of viol enc e by her son. I n P o l i s s e t h e b l e n d o f p a t h o s m e l o drama and humor was not to all tastes, a n d s o m e v i e w e r s f o u n d S l e e p i n g B e a u t y c o n t r i v e d a n d e x p l o i t a ti v e I ts c e n tr a l c h a r a c t e r s p e n d s a g r e a t d e a l o f t i m e n a k e d a n d u n c o n s c i o u s w h i l e e l d e r l y men enact their fantasies on her. Campion thinks the negative reaction may partly result from the comparative rarity of women's voices in cinema. "We really need women's voices out there," she said. "People that may have pr ob l em s wi th th is fi lm the y ar e j us t n o t u s e d t o a s t r o n g f e m i n i s t v o i c e b e i n g shown on the screen." Ma i we nn, wh o g oe s by j us t on e na me sa i d a d ir e ctor 's g e nd e r s ho ul dn' t b e re l evant to discussion of their films. I d h a t e t o t h i n k t h a t m y f i l m w a s selected because there was a quota for women," she said. "I know my film was chose n be caus e pe ople like the f i lm, no t because I'm a woman." But she concede d tha t "it's h ard t o be a female director on the set." "It's a very masculine role," he said. W e h a v e t o c o p e w i t h p e o p l e p u t t i n g u p th e f un d s w ho m a y b e m o r e c om f or t a b l e working with men than with women." A walk around Cannes' film market, w h ere h un dre ds o f m ovi es ar e b ou gh t a n d s o l d r e v e a l s t h a t c i n e m a i s s t i l l l a r g e ly a man's world. The market is domi n a t e d b y t h r i l l e r s h o r r o r a n d a c t i o n f l i c k s still largely male-dominated genres. Cannes is full of high-profile perfor mances by women Tilda Swinton as t h e g r i e v i n g m o t h e r i n W e N e e d t o T a l k A bo ut K evi n"; Bereni ce Bej o a s a sil v e r s c r e en s t ar l et o n t h e r i s e i n s i l en t film "The Artist"; Cecile de France as a hairdresser who takes in an abandoned boy in "The Kid With a Bike." B u t m o v i n g b e h i n d t h e c a m e r a c a n still be a struggle. F amk e J an ssen w ho p laye d a Bo nd girl in "GoldenEye" and telepath Jean G r e y i n t h e X M e n f r a n c h i s e h a s mad e he r wr it i n gdi re ct i ng d eb ut w it h c o m i c d r a m a Br i ng i n g U p B o b b y T h e f i l m i s f o r s a l e i n t h e C a n n e s f i l m m a r k e t She said that although "we've come a long way. ... it's still a male-dominated business on every front." "And there's not that many actresses who direct, either," Janssen said. "It is v ery diff icult to do, e specia lly in a ma ledomi nated w orld. St ud io movies espec i a l l y a r e s t i l l d i r e c t e d p r i m a r i l y b y m e n Female directors in the spotlight at Cannes A C T R E S S T i l d a S w i n t o n r i g h t p o s e s w i t h d i r e c t o r L y n n e R a m s a y f o r t h e s c r e e n i n g o f W e N e e d to Talk About Kevin at the 64th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France. (AP) D A Z Z L I N G K L Y S A C O M P E T E S I N T H E M I S S T A L E N T E D T E E N P A G E A N T K'Lysa Knowles Michigan woman dons wedding dress she wor e in 1938 Royal W edding hat sells for over $130,000 on eBay BRITAIN'S Princess Beatrice, leaves after the royal wedding service in Westminster Abbey at the Royal Wedding in London. Online auc t i o n e e r e B a y s a y s t h a t b i d s f o r o n e o f t h e w a c k i e s t p i e c e s o f r o y a l w e d d in g h eadg ear h ave a pp roac hed 1 8, 4 00 p ou n ds ( $ 3 0, 0 00 .) P r i n cess B e a t r i c e s m a s s i v e r i n g a n d b o w s h a p e d h a t t u r n e d h e a d s a t t h e w e d ding of her cousin Prince William last month and has since become an I n tern e t se n sat io n T h e Ph i l i p T reac y cre ati o n h as b een co m p are d to a to il et seat o r a pretzel an d has b een en dl essly ph oto sho pp ed t o feature, for example, a cat crawling through it. (AP)
black tuxedo jacket at the awards show. Lesh: Ahhhh, I'm not a fan of this gold number but I love Justin! He's getting older, he's not little Justin anymore. So I would have to say the Beebs is on his "grown man" stuff in this outfit. Farah: If Justin Beiber wanted bling he has enough money to get some, he didn't have to resort to wearing this gold tar paper. 5. MAR Y J BLIGE Mary J Blige wore a leopard print Marc Bouwer Fall 2010 gown. Lesh: It doesn't matter how expen sive or relevant the brand is, it's not cute Mary! Please don't do it again. Farah: Everyone's hating on the leopard print. But I guess I am not seeing what others are seeing. I like the structure of the dress and the leopard print. It's different. 6. T A YLOR SWIFT Taylor wore an Elie Saab nude gown with bronze embellishments which she teamed with Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Lesh: Yes Taylor, Yes! I said Yes' to this dress, she looks stunning! Farah: This chandelier of a dress is sort of pretty if you take a two sec ond glance at it but if you stare, it begins to look like an embellished curtain. 7. KELL Y & MICHELLE Singer Kelly Rowland chose to wear a pink Herve Leger crossback bandage dress along with a pair of nude sandals Michelle added her little twist to he little black dress look. Lesh: They both look nice, but it isn't much to brag about. Kelly looks fierce in that hot pink dress though. Farah: The only thing that catches my eye is Michelle's shoes. I don't like her ensemble, the bottom looks like it was made from crepe paper. And Kelly, well what can I say you look the usual. 8. F AR EAST MOVEMENT The singers arrived at red carpet in black, white and red color coordi nated outfits. Lesh: Too tacky for my liking! Farah: They are all over the place. 9. SELENA GOMEZ Selena wore a black Dolce & Gab bana waist cutout sweetheart gath ered gown and Giuseppe Zanotti ankle strap bow sandals. Lesh: Not so bad, Selena is defi nitely stepping out of the box late ly. She got that Beiber fever! Farah: I love this dress and the red shoes. But sweetie, remember nev er to wear white granny panties with a lovely dress like that again! 10. BEYONCE Beyonce hit the red carpet in a Lanvin long sleeve brooch dress from the Fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection Lesh: Simply gorgeous! Farah: I saw this dress on a model in the Lanvin 2011 fall fashion show and it looks better on the model. But hey B stills looks nice. I'm waiting for her to change her hair now. By LESH & FARAH S UNDAY NIGHT was the Billboard Music Awards and the celebes came out on the red carpet doing their thing. Some made a statement and others however, did not. Award shows are excit ing, the nominations, the interviews, everything, but our favourite part of the show is the outfits! Here Guys and Gals, Check out Lesh & Farah's fashion do's and don'ts at this year's Billboard Music Awards: 1. RIHANNA The 23-year-old arrived at the red carpet wearing a white Max Azria suit paired with a plunging white blouse and nude Louboutin's. Lesh: Simple gorgeous and elegant. This look is not the usual RiRi "over the top" look, but she man aged to pull it off by playing it safe. I LOVE EVERYTHING! She was indeed the best dressed in my books. Farah: I must give it to Rihanna she looks great. It is classic and very elegant for Rihanna because we know at times RiRi can get a little raunchy. 2. NICKI MINAJ Known for her outrageous hair wigs and wacky way of dressing, Nicki arrived in a light blue coloured jumpsuit and pink hair. Her jumpsuit had sequins and she also wore white lace up sandals. Lesh: Okay, I know you can't expect much from Nicki Nicki when it comes to her wigs and things right but this outfit right here just screams "lazy". Like she rolled over and picked out the first thing she laid eyes on with no care in the world. Everything is ugly, sorry. Looks like a flee market out fit. Farah: Lesh, I totally agree with you on this one. Nicki Minaj equals Hollywood jungaless with all of those colours. Pink hair, light blue body suit, and white shoes, no Nic ki it just doesn't work. It looks like something a junkanooer would rush in, not something to step out on the red carpet in. Sorry Nicki you failed! 3. KESHA The Pop singer Kesha showed up at Billboard Awards in a metallic coloured sequined dress and chif fon cut out Jad Ghanour dress with a tulle train. Lesh: I have to burst out in laughter when I see some of the tacky things these celebrities wear. They love to spend their money on garbage. Kesha is a total mess in this outfit! She looks like a low budget "Lady Gaga." Farah: If I didn't know better I would say Kesha's dress looked like it was a monokini first and then it was stitched to a skirt. For a person who makes money and has money to hire a stylist, she shouldn't be wearing such an ugly dress. Love the shoes though! 4. JUSTIN BEIBER Justin wore a shimmering gold and BILL BOARD M US IC A W A R D S 2011 F ASHION POLICE THE TRIBUNE SECTION B TUESD A Y MA Y 24, 2011 Far East Movement Mar y J. Blige Justin Beiber Nicki Manaj Beyonce Ke$ha T aylor Swift Selena Gomez