N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.157WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, A SHOWER HIGH 86F LOW 78F F E A T U R E S S EEARTSANDENTERTAINMENTSECTION S P O R T S Natures Kiss SEESECTIONE Debbie and Chris finish second By PACO NUNEZ Tribune News Editor DEPARTMENT of Education officials removed in response to theft and cor r uption allegations have been reinstated and even promoted, according to at op level source. I t is claimed that the indi viduals in question, who were among 10 department e mployees transferred in January, allegedly after a series of thefts from the storage unit were uncovered, have taken up new education posts despite the fact that the police inquiry has yet to be completed. One has even been transferred to the section of the ministry overseeing the upcoming $11.8 million edu cation grant from the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB alleged. The claims came to light as part of an ongoing Tribune investigation into the management of the publics chool system. Several officials claim that although the Ministry ofE ducation has been given a mandate to overhaul the system and make it more trans parent, there is a camp withi n the ministry resisting this m ove. According to a source, the promotions are part of ane ffort to cover up claims of wrongdoing in an attempt to protect the image and reputation of the ministry. Ministry bosses are said to be upset about the development, but their hands are tied because once an employee receives an offi cial recommendation from a management level officer, union rules apply meaning their appointment cannot be blocked without conclusive proof of wrongdoing. TRY OUR CHICKEN MAC The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Officials in theft probe reinstated DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION SPECIAL REPORT New posts for some transferred employees SEE page nine FORMER MP for Mount M oriah and a current candi d ate for the South Andros c onstituency Keod Smith has a nnounced that he and fashion mogul Peter Nygard have joined forces to sponsor the upcoming South Andros Regatta. D uring a press conference at the Androsia Restaurant, Mr Smith said he and MrN ygard are committed to doing their part to ensure the success of the annual event a nd has pledged to defray the e xpenses in putting it on. T he pair have also pledged to provide the prize-money, a nd are responsible for the production of all of the paraphernalia for sale during ther egatta. The proceeds of these items, Mr Smith said, will go toward the establishment and BUILDINGCLEARED: Firefighters were called to the Gaming Board offices yesterday after staff could smell burning. Employees waited outside as the building was checked. A faulty air conditioning unit was reportedly behind the burning and staff were allowed to return. FIREFIGHTERSCALLEDTOGAMINGBOARD FELIPE MAJOR/TRIBUNE STAFF FORMER MP, PETER NYGARD TEAM UP TO SPONSOR REGATTA SEE page nine By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org MEMBERS of the Bahamas Communications and Public Managers Union "have mixed reactions" to the voluntary severance packages offered by BTC officials, said President William Carroll. "I've been meeting with my members all along. They have mixed reactions that's the best I can say," said Mr Car roll, who represents managers employed at BTC. Mr Carroll said if all goes according to plan, BTC employees will be briefed by company officials on the sev erance packages next Mon day. He added that he did not know how many of his mem bers will accept the offers. "It depends on each one's situation, it wouldn't suit SEE page nine UNION MEMBERS HAVE MIXED REACTIONS TO BTC VOLUNTARY SEVERANCE PACKAGES FRED Mitchell, opposi tion spokesman on foreign affairs, questioned the ethical standards of The Nassau Guardian in its report ing of confidential US embassy cables on Bahami an political affairs. During his presentation in the House of Assembly yesterday, Mr Mitchell said a Guardian reporter failed to declare her personal interests with respect to one of the subjects of the Wik ileaks investigation. Mr Mitchell featured prominently this week in a Wikileak disclosure. I always envied my col league the Member for North Andros that former lady friend of his who shall remain nameless who works at the Guardian and wrote that whole section about me MP QUESTIONS ETHICAL STANDARDS OF NEWSPAPER OVER WIKILEAKS REPORTS SEE page nine BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E
O FFICIALS have launched a court bathroom renovation project after The Tribune exposed the deplorable conditions of facilities at the NassauS treet Court complex. The job is expected to be finished by the end of the week, according to Leroy Sumner, an undersecretary i n the Office of the Judic iary. C ontracted workers were brought in to remove the trash and human waste that littered the bathrooms on Monday. Public Works employees p ainted and began restoration work yesterday. We had a cleaning company go in and clean it up, Mr Sumner said, we had t he Ministry of Works in t oday, taking care of the graffiti and starting to do the restoration work of the interior. It should be complete by Thursday we are just waiting for the replacement o f urinals, toilets, and f aucets. The exterior door of the facility also will be replaced as it is badly damaged. Photographs, believed to have been taken on Friday,r aised questions about the performance of the maintenance crew assigned to the court complex. However, according to M r Sumner, the condition o f the bathrooms degenerated due to improper use, eventually overwhelming the one worker assigned to c lean them. Upkeep of the facility is the sole responsibility of t he Office of the Judiciary. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Tribune story prompts clean-up of court bathrooms C LEAN-UP: W ork takes place yesterday. F elip Major / Tribune staff
By TANEKA THOMPSON T ribune Staff Reporter t email@example.com THE $37 million construction of a critical care unit at Princess Margaret Hospital is the largest single investment in public health care since the national hospital was built 60 years ago,P rime Minister Hubert Ingraham said. The new unit which will have six new operating theatres and a new laboratory is part of an estimated $60 million capital works project w ithin the Public Hospitals A uthority (PHA The improved infrastruct ure is a signal of the gove rnment's commitment to p roviding better national health care, said Mr Ingraham. The largest of these projects is the planning and cons truction of a world-class Critical Care Block at the Princess Margaret Hospital.T he construction of this new facility will represent the single largest investment in health care in this country s ince PMH was built nearly six decades ago," said Mr Ingraham, as he led the cont ribution to the 2011/2012 b udget debate. Services "This new wing of the hosp ital will entail a three-storey b uilding consisting of approximately 70,000 square feet. It will house new suiteso f Intensive Care Units for both adults and children; six new operating theatres; new clinical laboratory facilities; am odern sterile supplies divi s ion and other support ser vices." The project will go out to t ender this month with con struction scheduled for Sep tember 2011. The target completion date is March2 013. Government has also completed the first phase of the expansion and renovation oft he Accident and Emergency Department (A&E with the second phase set tob egin later this year. This w ill include the relocation of the General Practice Clinicto a new facility on 4th Ter race, Centreville. "It is anticipated that the relocation of the General Practice Clinic will reduce t he number of patients seeki ng care at the hospital as n on-urgent cases, thereby reducing the waiting time int he A&E for urgent care," s aid Mr Ingraham. When the General Practice Clinic is relocated, it will make available another 3,800 square feet of space allowing for the final upgrading and expansion of A&E. M r Ingraham said the first phase of the $320,000 A&E expansion, completed in December 2010, wasd esigned to re-organise and r enovate 2,500 square feet of existing public areas. The prime minister also u pdated the nation on the ongoing operating theatre renovation and expansion project at the Rand Memor i al Hospital in Grand Bahama, which he said "is advancing well." The project includes the c onstruction of two operat ing theatres, one endoscopy procedure room, one induc t ion room, day surgery facili ties and staff lounge areas. The work is set for a Sep tember, 2011 completion date at a cost of $3.5 million. I n the 2010/2011 fiscal period, plans for the relocation of the Rands Specialty Clinics to the leased facility on Coral Road and for the subsequent temporary reloc ation of the A&E department were both completed. "This paved the way for t he commencement of the renovation and expansion of the main Accident & Emer gency Department at that h ospital," said Mr Ingraham. T his construction, with a cost of $2.1 million, has a tar get date of August. "Additionally, the resi dents of Freeport, for the first time, will be provided with a state of the art com m unity health centre, offering the full range of primary health care services including those for mothers and chil d ren and for the prevention and control of chronic noncommunicable diseases. The project leading to the construction of this new f acility is presently underway with the development and fine-tuning of functionalp rogramming and master space plans," said Mr Ingraham. Back in the capital, two m ajor projects are underway a t the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre: the renova tion and expansion of the Geriatrics Hospital, and the construction of a new build ing to accommodate the Child and Adolescent Unit,a nd the new Robert Smith Ward. Mr Ingraham said several phases of this project area lready complete with final works scheduled for com pletion by the first week ofJ une, at a cost of $1.5 mil lion. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011, PAGE 3 By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE government has committed half a million dollars of budget funding to bolster staff numbers in the Office of the Attorney General and the Judicia ry. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham announced that the government also would be seeking amendments to the Bail Act in its bid to reduce the num-ber of violent offenders and accused persons out on bail who seek to do harm to others. Coupled with ongoing reform efforts, Mr Ingraham said that the financial provision would deliver a better functioning criminal justice system. Mr Ingraham announced that the Office of the Attorney would received $549,000 to engage nine assistant counsel, three chief counsel and one senior counsel during his budget contribution on Monday. Provisions for the promotion for legal officers also will be provided. There also will be funds set aside for three new magistrates, one each to be sent to Eleuthera, Exuma and New Providence. Presently, resident magistrates are confined to Nassau, Freeport, Eight Mile Rock, and in Abaco. Far too often the residents of Family Islands are short changed in their right to a fair trial within a reasonable time because of the absence of regular and consistent services of a magistrate, Mr Ingraham said. We have provided additional funding in this budget to appoint two new magistrates to reside in Eleuthera and Exuma, he added. The appointment of these two new additional resident Family Island magistrates will in our view significantly improve the provision of these services to the residents of these islands. Mr Ingraham also noted the progress of infrastructural improvements to the Supreme and Magistrates Courts, which he said were in lamentable condition when his party assumed office in 2007. Members and the Bahamian public can see the governments investment in improving infrastructure around the country and very dramatically in New Providence, Mr Ingraham said. As the Office of the Attorney General (OAG prosecution, works to reduce the back log of criminal cases in the courts, Mr Ingraham outlined several initiatives yielding significant progress. Even though, he added, reason ably, time is required for the outcomes to be plainly manifested, there has been substantial progress in the jus tice system over the past several months. The OAG launched a witness care unit to provide support service to vic tims and witnesses in February 2011, and is now working to establish a prosecutors case management unit, which would ensure cases are adequately pre pared to meet trial dates. Mr Ingraham noted that the increase in criminal trial courts, and the desig nation of one such court to hear current matters committed in the past year have made it possible to mean ingfully attack the long existing backlog of cases in the Supreme Court and to prevent the accrual of a new backlog. There are four criminal trial courts in New Providence and one in Grand Bahama. He said: Upon arraignment of a new case in the Supreme Court, it is now fixed for trial for a specific date and those trial dates have been less than eighteen months. Another of the four courts is assigned to hear retrials ordered by the Court of Appeal or due to a hung jury. Mr Ingraham said the progress made in reducing and preventing backlog was a break-through of success com pared with recent decades. THE new budget makes p rovision for the hire of m ore than 400 new e mployees to the public service, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said. The new employees will be engaged for key appointments in the Department of Public W orks, Department of Education, Department of Social Services, the Department of Public Health, the Public Hospitals Authority, the Prison D epartment and the Roya l Bahamas Defence F orce. Some 40 new teachers, 8 3 security assistants, 25 s ecurity officers, 50 janit ors, 10 case aid workers, 1 0 social workers, seven m edical officers, 35 nurses and 20 doctors will be brought into the public ser-v ice in the upcoming fiscal year. Fifty officers will be hired for the Prison D epartment at a cost of $900,000 while 62 officers presently in training w ill join the RBDF. T he budget also allows f or the hiring of high school graduates with ther equisite BJC or BGCSE c ertificates 50 at each level and 100 college and university graduates. These will be hired as apprentices, to gain work experience. $549,000 to w ar ds more staff at the As Office $37 million PMH unit will be largest public health investment in 60 years BUDGET ALLOWS FOR 400 NEW PUBLIC SERVICE EMPLOYEES Go vernment will also seek amendments to Bail Act A BOVE: P rime MinisterHubert Ingraham speaks in the House o f Assembly last week. LEFT: Princess Margaret Hosp ital which is set for a new crtical care unit. 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EDITOR, The Tribune. Sir Lynden Pindling and his PLP government ruled The Bahamas for 25 consecutive y ears, from 1967 to 1992. While I am not a huge fan of the late Sir Lynden Pindling. I do, however, admit that he had accomplished much fort his country. Sir Lynden and his administration led The Bahamas to independence in 1973. He gave to this country National Insurance, the College of The Bahamas, ZNS TV 13 and the Royal Bahamas Defence Force. In addition, Sir Lynden created the black Bahamian middleclass and he was responsible for providing high school education for thousands of poor black Bahamians. However, the former prime minister and his PLP government were not perfect. They had their flaws. Sir Lyndens government was plagued with corruption, particularly during the latter 1970s and well into the decade of the 1980s. During the 1980s, The Bahamas saw a rise in the illicit drug trade. There are those who are adamant that the then PLP government was well aware of what was going on in this country, yet did very little to put an end to it. I lived in North Andros during the 1980s. We had no prosperous industry, yet many North Androsians lived in fancy homes and drove expensive cars. Many of these persons had never worked a day in their life, yet they were multi-millionaires. The 1984 Commission of Inquiry revealed how steeped the corruption had seeped into the Bahamian government. Sir Lynden, to the best of my knowledge, never admitted to any wrongdoing. Throughout those hearings, Sir Lynden contended that he was squeaky clean. Sir Lynden maintained his innocence right to the very end. To his many loyal supporters though, the first Bahamian Prime Minister could do no wrong. To a certain extent, he was treated like a demigod. But he was only a man. I will not judge Sir Lynden. Like the rest of us, he will stand before the Almighty at the Great White Throne of Judg ment. Nevertheless, I have given the father of the modern Bahamas the benefit of the doubt. However, there are still persons who are convinced that the then government of The Bahamas turned a blind eye to what was happening in this country during the 1980s. Yet, despite his alleged indiscretions, Sir Lynden is still the father of this nation. He is a true national hero. He was a n ation builder. Sir Lynden might have made some errors during his lengthy tenure as the Prime Minister of The Bahamas, but I still believe that all Bahamians should honour and revere the man, whether they are PLP or FNM. Every Bahamian has benef ited from the tremendous contributions of Sir Lynden, whether they are willing to admit this or not. However, this same honour that is given to Sir Lynden is not extended to the present Prime Minister, the Hon Hubert A Ingraham by many of the supporters of the Progressive Liberal Party. It now appears as if hating PM Ingraham has become the favourite pastime of many of his detractors. There are per sons in this country that have an intense dislike for the Leader of this country. Few Bahamians, however, would deny that PM Ingraham is very much responsible for the deepening of democracy in this country. Prime Minister Ingraham opened up the airwaves in this country. During the 25 years of Sir Lyndens government, The Bahamas only had ZNS Radio and Television. The National Broadcasting Corporation of The Bahamas was the unofficial organ of the PLP govern ment. Many of the media per sonalities who worked at ZNS were rabid supporters of the PLP government. Voicing ones disagreement with Sir Lynden and his government via ZNS Radio and Television was virtually unheard of. Very few of the employees at ZNS dared to openly oppose any of the decisions or policies of the PLP. No one can honestly deny that the PLP controlled ZNS with an iron-fist. Certain persons who worked at ZNS were really only there for one reason, to promote the message of the PLP. In fact, a few of these former ZNS employees had entered the field of politics after leaving the cor poration. Most of them are now affiliated with the Opposition party. In fact, one of them now serves as a PLP MP. I remember one of these die-hard PLP supporters who worked at ZNS. He had accused Mr Ingraham and his government of victimisation. This particular person used to promote the PLPs mes sage on his radio programme on ZNS. This was especially evident during the period lead ing up to the 2007 general election. Needless to say, when the PLP were booted out of office that year, this person was promptly removed from his post. This action by the FNM caused quite a stir among the rank and file members of the PLP. They alleged that Mr Ingraham had victimised an innocent Bahamian citizen. However, I agreed with Mr Ingrahams position on this matter. The person in question had no right to be promoting any political party on a radio station that is funded by the taxpayers of The Bahamas. But this journalist refused to see it that way. He was totally convinced that he was wronged by the FNM. These journalists werent really there at ZNS to give out information in an objective, unbiased fashion. Hardly anything negative about the PLP government was ever reported. But if ZNS had to report anything negative about the PLP, it was either downplayed or dis missed as yet another trivial matter. Under Sir Lyndens watch, there were no radio talkshows, where persons could call in and express their disagreement with the government without the fear of losing the job. Very few PLPs had a problem with Sir Lyndens dictatorial style of leadership. In fact, hardly anyone from the PLP had ever complained about the blatant media censorship in this country, while Sir Lynden was at the helm. Perhaps many Bahamians back then never really understood what true democracy was. Maybe this is why they tolerated the PLP's behaviour in government. The Bahamian citizenry were never really exposed to true democ racy; where persons could openly criticise the government and know that they still had a job to go to the next morning. Sir Lynden knew that had he opened up the airwaves in The Bahamas, his days as Prime Minister would have been numbered. This is one reason why he kept this country in the Dark Ages. Yet few PLP supporters were willing to label the father of the nation a dictator, even though he was known to victimise anyone who dared to challenge him. Granted, freedom of the press was in The Bahamas while Sir Lynden ruled, but it came with a very heavy price. The owners of The Tribune newspaper can attest to this. The present PLP knows all of this, yet they would never admit that Sir Lynden ruled this country with an iron-fist. Sir Lynden never tolerated political dissent in his party. Those who dared to challenge his leader ship were promptly dismissed from the PLP. Now, some of these same persons who had no problem with Sir Lyndens leadership style have the gumption to call PM Ingraham The Dictator. I am not saying that PM Ingraham has never made any questionable decisions. He has. I have voiced my opposition to several of his decisions on numerous occasions. I have also openly criticized this FNM government over its lackluster performance in Grand Bahama over the past four years. There are times that the Prime Minister deserves to be criticised. But we must also remember to be respectful when we criticise our Prime Minister. Prime Minister Ingraham is not a perfect man. No one is. I believe that it was the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, who said that a man and an institution must be judged at their best and not at their worst. Granted, PM Ingraham does appear to have a domineering personality. He had fired sev eral of his Ministers in the past for not toeing the party line. While I am not condoning PM Ingraham for doing what he did, I do, however, recognise that he, like Sir Lynden, has made significant contributions to The Bahamas. Nevertheless, there are per sons within the PLP who are unwilling to admit that PM Ingraham has even done one good thing for The Bahamas. They are only interested in highlighting his errors. That is all they are interested in see ing. Every other day I hear these persons calling in to the radio talk-shows to complain about the Prime Ministers dictatorial style of leadership. Yet, had it not been for the Hon. Hubert Ingraham, those same radio talk-shows, which have now become the unofficial organ of the PLP, would not even be on the air in this country. Under Sir Lyndens watch, those radio talk-shows would have never seen the light of day. Those same critics of PM Ingraham would have never openly criticize Sir Lynden. Never. Prime Minister Ingraham has brought a culture of true democracy to this country. That is why these PLP sup porters can now call in to the radio talk-shows and openly lambaste Mr Ingraham without fear of reprisal from the FNM government. Yet his critics will never give him credit for this. If Prime Minister Ingraham is a dictator, why did he open up the airwaves? If he is a dictator, why would he issue out so many broadcast licenses to Bahamians to own and operate their own radio and television stations? The persons who are spreading this political propaganda are so full of dislike for the Prime Minister, that they are not thinking rationally. When Sir Lynden was in power, there was no 100 Jamz, Love 97.5 FM, MORE 94.9, Cable News 12, BCN Channel 55 or JCN Channel 14. We only had ZNS under Sir Lyndens government. Mr Ingraham saw the importance of having privately owned radio and televi sion stations in The Bahamas. This is what true democracy is all about. A dictator would never do what Mr Ingraham did. Never! KEVIN EVANS Nassau, May 24, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm A T LEAST one long time resident of the Bahamas is bursting with pride today at the principled stand taken by the Bahamas Foot ball Association (BFA blew the whistle on the bribery scandal now threatening the reputation of the International Football Federation FIFA. Y esterday Sir Jack Hayward telephoned from Fort Lauderdale, where he is underg oing medical treatment, to say how proud he is of BFA President Anton Sealey, and vice president Fred Lunn, who refused to accept bribes for their Associations vote in todays election of a president for FIFA. The Bahamas Association came out of the scandal with their heads held high anda job well done, said Sir Jack. Sealey and Lunn deserve a great deal of credit for their honesty and integrity, said Sir Jack. Their stand reflects very well on the Bahamas Football Association as it doeson the Bahamas in general. The attempted bribe was an insult to the whole Caribbean. Those seeking the Caribbean Football Federations vote obvi ously saw its members as coming from poor island nations who would never have seen so much money as fell from the brown envelope that was offered them. Many proved to their tempters that poor they might be, but they had pride, they had integrity and although they might never see so much money again, under such tainted conditions they would never stoop so low as to pick it up. As was pointed out, $40,000 for the Caribbeans smaller islands would be the equivalent of several years salary. As for the Bahamas, having been once written off as an island for sale, Sealey, Lunn and the BFA redeemed the countrys reputation. They showed the world that not all Bahamians are for sale. The attempted bribe took place at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Trinidad on May 10 where members of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU meeting to listen to FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam of Qatar present his manifesto to head FIFA. Hammam is president of the Asian Football Association. After the presentation 25 associations including the Bahamas was invited to a conference room to pick up a gift, according to an affidavit sent to FIFAs ethics comm ittee. Fred Lunn was one of the first to go to the room. When he opened his envelope he was shocked when US$40,000 in crisp, new $100 bills four packs each of $10,000 fell out. Although urged to accept the gift bya Caribbean Football Union (CFU he decided to text his president, AntonS ealey, who was in Zurich, where FIFA is headquartered. Sealey called Lunn and told h im under no circumstances would the Bahamas FA accept such a cash gift. He instructed him to return the $40,000. The scam was out and the investigation was on. Suspended from FIFA, pending an investigation, were Mr Bin Hammam, Jack Warner of Trinidad, FIFAs vice presidenta nd head of the Caribbean Federation, and two CFU officials. Sir Jack Hayward, OBE, co-chairman of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, and the Grand Bahamas Development Company, who made Grand Bahama his home in 1956, is a great football fan. Not only is he the life president of the Wolverhampton Wanderers, but he is a member of the clubs Hall of Fame. He would, therefore, be watching the FIFA scandal closely and feeling particular pride in his Bahamian boys. Sir Jack, born in Wolverhampton, is recognised as one of a select group of foot ball benefactors who has spent huge for tunes of time and money on rescuing their hometown boyhood club from obscurity. Having bought the club in 1990 for .1 million and spent another estimated million in redeveloping its derelict stadium and grounds, and writing off its debts, he sold the club in 2007 to businessman Steve Morgan, OBE, for a nominal fee on condition he invested million in the club. Sir Jack is very proud that the Wolver hampton Wanderers club is recognised as the best run club in the League. Unlike such winners as Manchester Unit ed and Arsenal it has no debts and no bank commitments. So far, however, it cannot match Manchester or Arsenal on the field. Both teams walk away with the cups and win the leagues. We have managed to scrape into the Third League for the third season, said Sir Jack. We hope next season to see us estab lishing ourselves more securely. Today, however, he is very proud of the Bahamas and the BFA. 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A 28-YEAR-OLDman w as arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday on a murder charge. P olice have charged Mario R olle of Teach Avenue with the May 23 murder of Cyril Strachan Jr. S trachan, 26, was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head outside an apart m ent building on Coral Road in Sunshine Park off Carmichael Road. Rolle, who is represented b y attorney Ian Cargill, was arraigned before Chief Mag istrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane. H e was not required to enter a plea and was remanded to her Majestys Prison. T he case was adjourned to J uly 20, when a Voluntary Bill of Indictment will be present ed. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011, PAGE 5 THE murder trial of a former prison guard continued in the Supreme Court yesterday. Jerome Bethel is accused of killing Gary Gardiner, who was stabbed in a fight on February 11, 2009. Bethel, who is on bail, was a prison officer from 1995 to 2001. His 13-year-old daughter took the witness stand yesterday, telling the court Gardiner had been her mothers boyfriend. She recalled that on the night of February 11, 2009, she, her mother and Gardiner were at their Cowpen Road home when her father called to ask about the whereabouts of her brother, JJ. The young girl testified that her father then showed up at the house and he and Gardiner got into an argument. The witness told the court that her mother called out to two boys, asking them to intervene in the fight between Gardiner and her father. She said she recalled seeing Gardiner bleeding, and that he died that night. During cross-examination by Bethels attorney Murrio Ducille, the girl said she did not see how Gardiner died because it was dark. She recalled hearing her father tell Gardiner that he would be going back to Andros in a body bag. Under cross-examination, the girl also recalled that when her father called and asked after her brother, Gardiner said that if Bethel was so concerned about the chil dren he should come and get them. The trial continues before Supreme Court Justice Vera Watkins. Jilian Williams is prosecuting the case. B y NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org R ENOVATIONSare almost complete at the Thompson Boulevard office of the Ministry of Education, and staff members have started to return. Health fears sparked by t he physical condition of the b uilding caused two entire ministries to be relocated in February of last year. The Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has since returned to the building, as have some Ministry of Edu c ation (MOE T he new building has several upgrade features that government officials are pleased about. What I am most pleased about is that they have redirected the air conditioning system. Instead of the entire building being placed on one system, they have (separated it) into various quadrants, and it is all computerised. If staff would wish to change the temperature, whether to increase or decrease it, they can only do it by two degree points above or below. There are greater controls in place. We are also very pleased with the ambiance. The building looks new and we are delighted, said Elma Garraway, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education. It is the outside with which we are most concerned. I am aware that the outside will be painted and we will find a way to prevent the pigeons from making a home on all of the ledges. The place looks like it is new again, she said. By mid-June, education officials are hoping to have completed the move from the Teachers and Salaried Workers Co-operative Credit Union on East Street, where the ministry was temporarily housed. The government is expect ing a report from the pro ject manager this week on the final plans for the transition. The movement started last month with some of the largest departments in the ministry, including the curriculum division, the human resources department and a portion of the accounting division. Workers are still installing carpets and cleaning furniture in several areas, but the major work has been com pleted. Once the full transi tion take places, Ms Gar raway said, there will be swift protocols to ensure the standard is maintained. Last year, employees raised the alarm over the long-standing mould prob lem in the National Insurance Board-owned building. They feared the problem was causing them to be sick. Medical professionals said at the time that the mould was not a threat to the health of workers unless they had existing conditions that make them more sus ceptible, according to for mer minister Carl Bethel. In explaining the decision to relocate the staff he said: This is really more to do with comfort of the staff and their self-perceptions in terms of how they feel coming into a building that deals with challenges that the building on Thompson Boulevard has. D AUGHTER OF FORMER PRISON GUARD TESTIFIES MAN IN C OUR T ON MURDER CHAR GE Finishing touches made to ministry office renovation RENOVATIONS: W ork at the Thomps on Boulevard office of the Ministry of E ducation is almost complete. T im Clarke / Tribune staff
LOCAL NEWS P AGE 6, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 THE TRIBUNE O PPOSITION MP for E lizabeth Ryan Pinder accused the government off ailing to put forward any s olutions to improve the s truggling Bahamian econo my. G iving his contribution on the 2011/2012 national budget debate, Mr Pinder saidh e was surprised that after years of expressing his opinion on financial affairs and scope of the economy, P rime Minister Hubert Ingraham has finally agreed with his position with r espect to tax policy gove rnment revenue. I have been saying for years that the tax base is toon arrow and as the populat ion grows, the government will be unable to raise the necessary revenues to support the country. Last year this FNM government didnt want to listen and thought increasing taxes a cross the board, without m eaningful policies of eco nomic expansion, wouldr aise necessary government r evenues. This policy failed, a nd now there is recognition that the tax base, in other words the economy,i s too narrow. Our population is growing faster than our econo m y, which means that our governments spending is growing faster than its abil ity to raise revenue from t axes. This government, h owever, having recognised a problem, has failed to put f orth any solutions. In fact, they have put f orth policies counter to the need to expand our economy. The FNM government,i nstead of putting forth solutions to the problem of too narrow an economy, has in fact put forth policies to furt her shrink our economy, policies as I have described to destroy Bahamian owned a griculture and agri-business, Mr Pinder said. T he Elizabeth MP added t hat even in good times, there is a problem with tax c ollection and policy, yet the F NM government only ever w ants to focus on collections. This FNM government s eems to be creating the IRS of the Bahamas. They are creating a central tax enforcement agency, the Tax Administration Division. What is untold is what powers will this Tax Admini strative Division have? Will t hey operate like the IRS in the United States? Is this a predicate foundation for ani ncome tax in the Bahamas? These are open questions that deserve answers. You cannot and should n ot implement step-by-step t ax policies without disc ussing with Bahamians the i mplications, and total pict ure of tax reform. I say, Bahamians beware, this government has never beent ransparent in its tax policies. It tables and debates a Business Licence Bill before public consultation; this g overnment has a trend of imposing customs duty changes without consultat ion of industry, he said. Mr Pinder highlighted t hat an example of this is t he increase in duties on car imports that was seen in last y ears budget. There was no consulta t ion with the industry, and I am told that when industry requested consultation, thea ttitude of this government was that they are the tax collectors; they dont need industry to tell them what to do. Shame on you and I warn again, Bahamians b eware of the tax policy c hanges of this government, they will not consult you before changing the tax pol-i cy of the country. I call for the government once again to establish a committee representative oft he government, the oppo s ition and the private sect or to properly analyse the tax policy of the country,h ow economic expansion w ill result in a reduced tax r ate to Bahamians, and h ow, as a country, we s hould design our economy and tax policy in unison. I call for a committee tod evelop a National Economic Plan taking into account these policies, he said. SECRETARY TO THE CABINET Anita Bernard is pictured at the Paul Farquharson Building with the f inalists for the National Independence Logo Competition, which attracted 47 entries from artists ranging in age from 14 to 40. Pictured from left to right: Kam Cheng, third place winner; Jason Taylor, second place winner; Jeremy Cartwright, first place winner; Ms Bernard, and Ambrose Fernander, compe t ition co-ordinator. Patrick Hanna /BIS MP: Govt failed to put forth solutions for the economy NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE LOGO COMPETITION E LIZABETH MP R yan Pinder Ryan Pinder gives contribution to the national budget debate THEBAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011, PAGE 7 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A NEWLY formed party claims the budget does not do enough to address the major issues affecting Bahamians. Expressing the partys dismay over the progress of the budget debate in parliament during a press conference yesterday, Peoples Deliverance Party (PDP Moss said the governments finan cial plan does not address unemployment or assist small businesses two necessary ingredients for an eco nomic turnaround. The budget lacks what we in the PDP call the it factor, which should have jump-started the economy by placing a serious emphasis on small business, said Mr Moss. The party is urging the government to bring relief to small businesses my lowering business licence fees and oth er taxes as an incentive to the sector and a strategy for low ering unemployment. The PDP added that the government has contributed to the record high unemployment by letting people go from government agencies such as Immigration, Customs, the Police Force and indirectly BTC. As Labour Day approaches, the public can expect the government and opposition to come out and march this Fri day with the labourers of the country said Mr Moss. We wish to put them on notice that instead of wearing their red, yellow and green they ought to wear sack cloth and ashes to mourn the death of labour rights in the country and the high employment rate, said Mr Moss. He said the PDP is not about making political statements, but rather representing the people and delivering them from the unemployment that is going on unabated, and the fear of crime which has recently sky-rocketed. We will make the changes necessary, enforce all laws and ensure that the emphasis is put where it ought to be on the people. This is the difference, the people, and our name reflects what we are about, said Mr Moss. Mr Moss said the PDP already has 20 candidates and plans to run a full slate of individuals with the expertise to govern in the next general election. He said: Whenever the elections are called and we are elected we will be ready to govern from day one. By LAMECH JOHNSON P ROFESSOR and politic al analyst Dr Ian Strachan s aid the new Democratic National Alliance should not make too much of the strong support it has attracte d on social media, as this m ay not translate into votes. D r Strachan, a newspaper c olumnist and associate prof essor of English at the Coll ege of the Bahamas, pointed out that even though 14 per cent of registered voters are under 24 and that is a good thing the traditional swing vote will remain the deciding factor come election day. He said: "I know the youth vote is very important,b ut the swing vote is more important because it consists o f a wide range of persons. The youth vote is more first time voters and my instincti s that at the end of the day, most young people will vote what their parents vote. "In the end, when all the campaigning is going on, most young people will feel the pressure of their parents w orking along with these p arties and they will vote b ased on how their parents vote." S ince the creation of the D NA's Facebook page in April, the party has already accumulated more than2 ,000 likes from Bahamia n Facebook users more than the PLP and the FNM combined. T he PLP's page, created in July 2008, had attracted 1,504 likes as of yesterday afternoon, while the FNMp age, created around the s ame time had only 475. But Dr Strachan said the new party should be careful about how it reads these numbers. He said: "I know Facebook is important. I know itr eaches people but I still believe that Bahamians pre fer that face to face interac tion over the Internet. They like to argue and debate in person." He agreed that DNA is the clear front-runner in the struggle to become the third force in Bahamian politics p arty, but said the fact that the party is creating excitem ent among young people could create a misleading picture. "We know that the youth vote is very important and the support on Facebook speaks to a generational diff erence that exists. Howeve r, it doesn't mean you've w on their vote. Major parties in the prev ious elections had concerts a nd other events to target young voters and they showed up, but did they vote for them?" he asked. Dr Strachan added that the weak Facebook showing by the PLP and FNM c ould simply be the result of a lack of effort. "I'm quite sure if they had t ried they could have more t hough it remains to be seen w hat the PLP and FNM's strategy will be in gaining more supporters on Face-b ook, he said. However, according to DNA leader Branville McCartney, the partys Facebook fame is an indication that attitudes are changing. He said: It tells me that p eople are very hungry for change and they want to see a positive change in this c ountry. Over the past five years, there has been an intellectual revolution that started with social media and withy oung people. Social media is the way of the future and our way ofr eaching the people through our website, through twitter, through Facebook, YouTube. Socialm edia is a form of commun ication. I used it in Bamboo Town and now we're using it for the DNA and itsw orking." Dr Ian Strachan: Support for DNAon Facebook may not equal votes D EMOCRATIC NATIONAL ALLIANCE l eader Branville McCartney greets members of the public recently. NEW P AR TY SAYS BUDGET L ACKS THE IT FACTOR Peoples Deliverance Party leader Paul Moss
"In the race between secrecy and truth, it seems inevitable that truth will always win." newspaper publisher Rupert Murdoch By LARRYSMITH THEwhsitleblowing website WikiLeaks first came across Tough Call's radar in 2009, when it published the unexpurgated 266-page Commission of Inquiry report for the Turks & Caicos Islands. The commission identified "systemic corruption" in the TCI's government, legislature and civil service. Their report was published in July 2009, with some sensitive information removed. The document was then pulled from public view altogether, and a judge issued a media gag order. But within a few hours the full report appeared on WikiLeaks and, accepting that the information was now in the public domain, the gag order was quickly lifted. As a result, I was able to write an article in this space in September 2009 based on the full uncensored report. WikiLeaks was launched in 2006 by a group of political dissidents, journalists and Internet activists. Julian Assange, an Australian now under house arrest in England on ostensibly unrelatedc harges, is generally described as its director. We publish material of ethical, political and historical significance while keeping the iden tity of our sources anonymous," the site says. "The broader principles on which our work is based are the defence of free d om of speech and media publishing (and o f our common historical record." Last year, public interest in WikiLeaks exploded when it began releasing classified US military logs from the Iraq and Afghan wars. And since itt urned over 250,000 juicy US diplomatic cables to several major newspapers last fall, interest has grown exponentially. The cables are from virtually every embassy, consulate and interest section that the United States maintains around the world including the Bahamas. According to the New York Times, they contain "candid American appraisals of foreign leaders, narratives of complicated negotiations, allegations of corruption and duplicity, and countless behind-the-scenes i nsights." More recently, WikiLeaks has begun partnering with other media groups to publish stories based on the cables that relate to their particular countries. This is what the Nassau Guardian has been doing for the past week or so. The Tribune never pursued t he opportunity. According to the Guardian, "What the US thinks about the Bahamas is as relevant to the direction of this country as what Bahamian politicians think about the Bahamas. The information to be provided to our readers over the next few months...will m ake public a private world, enabling regular people to see what is being said and done on their behalf." But so far, the common complaint has been that the information contained in the stories about the Bahamas cables is mostly gossip that conveys little more than the conventional wisd om we are all too familiar with. For example, we have learned that Perry Christie is characteristically late and a pathological ditherer, while Fred Mitchell's view of himself as a master geopolitical strategist has been confirmed. However, there are other i nsights we might never have been aware of such as details of the rivalry between police chiefs Reginald Ferguson and Ellison Greenslade. The WikiLeaks documents provide texture, nuance and drama, deepening and correcting our understanding of how things happen in official cir c les, as well as our estimation of political and other leaders. We assume there is more to come only 12,000 of the quar ter million cables have been released by WikiLeaks so far. The big question, of course, is will there be something related to the Bahamas similar the cables in which American diplomats recounted the corruption of Tunisias dictatorial rulers? That release helped fuel a popu lar uprising last December that sparked what is now called the Arab Spring. Meanwhile, the US has described the unauthorized release of field reports from its diplomatic officers in the Bahamas as "unfortunate" because it can "harm individuals a s well as undermine efforts to advance (shared its very nature, field reporting to Washington is candid and often raw information." But before we get too wound up, we should be aware that the most sensitive communications between Washington and its e mbassies around the world are classified top secret or higher and are therefore missing from the Wikileaks documents, which range from unclassified to secret. And as the New York Times says, "it is important to remember that diplomatic cables are versions of events. They can be speculative. They can be a mbiguous. They can be wrong." We should also get another thing straight, right up front. It is not "treason" for Bahamians to discuss local affairs with the Americans. And it is not a "betrayal of trust" for embassy officials to pass on information gained from such conversations t o the US government. More to the point, there is absolutely nothing wrong with a responsible media organization publishing redacted versions of these documents with due regard for the possibility of libel and unjustified harm. Here's something else to con s ider. The Pentagon says about half a million people have access to the database from which these secret cables were pilfered. And more than three million US citizens are cleared to see "secret" material. That begs the question of whether these documents can actually be deemed secret in the f irst place. As one reporter noted, "the random rubber-stamping of millions of papers and computer files each year does not a security system make." The suspected source of the war logs and diplomatic cables is an army private named Bradley Manning, who bragged in an o nline chat room last year about downloading the documents from a military computer system. He has been in detention since May 2010 without trial and there have been dozens of serious calls in the US for Assange to be "taken out" by special forces. Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah P alin said he should be "hunted down like Osama bin Laden." But such threats have not slowed WikiLeaks' expansion. The website says it now has partnerships with more than 73 media organizations in more than 50 countries to disseminate and publish information from t he secret government cables including the Bahamas. According to Assange, the network of cooperative arrangements is expanding by about four per week. Assange credits WikiLeaks with triggering a "year of miracles for journalism" that has enhanced the transparency of governments and contributed to the democratic revolutions sweeping across the Arab world. "Courage is contagious," he said recently. "We have seen a dramatic increase in the number of sources willing to come for ward." COASTAL POLLUTION AND THE MONTAGU R AMP "I would not let my children swim at Montagu. And if we can't fix the Montagu ramp, we can't fix anything in this country." Dr Kathleen Sullivan Sealey. Works Minister Neko Grant and Montagu MP Loretta Butl er-Turner will appear in a town meeting at Queen's College on Village Road next Saturday evening (June 7 unprecedented improvements to the Montagu foreshore and the Eastern Road. We say "unprecedented" because no serious effort has been made to remediate the c haos and public safety risks at the Montagu in over 20 years. But this year turning lanes will be added to the junctions at Blair, Johnson Road and Fox Hill Road to alleviate massive traffic congestion, vendors will be moved from the ramp to better accommodation nearby, toi l et facilities will be built, and the beach will be restored. Unfortunately, these long overdue changes will do little to address the health risks from pollution caused by garbage, oil and fuel discharges, fish entrails, sewerage and storm water runoff. And this is despite the fact that the Montagu shoreline is one of the few open spaces left on the island, used regularly by inner city families for swimming, jog ging, cookouts and regattas. At a meeting of the East Nassau Rotary Club recently, a University of Miami marine biologist had this to say about that: "Too much pollution in coastal waters is a problem and the ocean can be a major disease vector," according to Dr Kathleen Sullivan Sealey, who has been researching marine ecosystems in the Bahamas since the 1980s. "People can get hepatitis, which is chronic throughout the Caribbean. People think the sea sterilises things but pollution will come back and hurt you. Why is it considered acceptable to throw all that stuff in the water? Would you let your children swim there? it's a bacterial time bomb." Sullivan Sealey said the Bahamas' unique ecosystem needs extra care to remain healthy as development expands. "At the Montagu ramp we throw fish guts and many other things in the water. The malaria outbreak in George Town, Exuma originated at a creek called Ugly Corner that was clogged wth garbage. Too many nutrients added to the water causes algae proliferation and degrades the ecosystem. We think this is what has contributed to the rapid spread of lionfish in the Bahamas over the past five years." Healthy ecosystems are the foundation for a sound economy, she said, and every bit of damage we do to the environment will cost us more in thef uture in terms of lost services and mitigation efforts. With our p resent rate of population growth and development we have to realise that we can't do as we please the way we used to do. "Environmental stewardship is the job of citizens as well as theg overnment. Abuse of the environment should be unacceptable t o everyone. And every community should have an environmental management plan to minimise abuse. "Let's not pass stupid on to our kids. We have acted in the right w ay at the highest levels, so we know what should be done, but we don't apply those principles on the ground. And if you can't fix the Mon tagu ramp you can't fix anything in this country." What do you think? Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit www.bahamapundit.com PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 THE TRIBUNE WikiLeaks cables and the Bahamas JULIAN ASSANGE is generally described as WikiLeaks director.
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Mr Smith said he had decided to step in and lend his assis t ance to this years event knowing that most regattas and homecoming festivals find themselves year after year struggling to make ends meet. Therefore, having had the opportunity in recent weeks of l earning of the struggles of the South Andros Regatta Com mittee, Mr Smith said that he determined to lend his assis tance in a piloted effort. In congratulating the committee for its tireless efforts over the last few months, I, on behalf of Mr Nygard and my wife Monique, wish to express our gratitude to the committee for theo pportunity to serve and wish them and the community of South Andros all the best for a competitive, safe, and success ful regatta holiday weekend, Mr Smith said. T he current Member of Parliament for South Andros, Picewell Forbes, could not be reached yesterday for his opinion of the upcoming event and the fact that his political rival was financing it. Mr Forbes, however, has already gone on record to decry Mr Smiths tactics of campaigning in his area as he has made it known that he will be contesting the seat in the 2012 election. Mr Forbes has faced considerable frustrations in this regard, as he has yet to be formally confirmed as the PLPs candidate. everybody, we'll have some takers." Although Mr Carroll was "shocked" by the terms of the packages which were revealed exclusively by The Tribune last week he said most of his members are happy with the union's negotiat ing tactics. "My members when I spoke to them, the majorityof them who talked to me say they are pleased with what we did and how hard we fought. That's all that matters, what my members think about it," he said. For those who are confused about the details of the packages, help will be offered to sort out the particulars. "There will be a forum for them to meet and people who need help will be afforded the help because some will not understand." Cable and Wireless Communications, which purchased 51 per cent of BTC from the government in April, has concluded its negotiations with BCPMU and the Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union, which represents line staff. All employees at BTC under the age of 45 will be offered the chance to leave the company with a minimum of five weeks pay for every year on the job up to 104 weeks in total. Employees 45 and under 50 will be offered the same five weeks per year up to a cap of 110 weeks, and people aged 50 but under 55 will be offered five weeks salary for every year of employment up to a cap of 75 weeks. Those in the range from 55 years to 58.5 will receive the same offer up to a cap of 68 weeks, with persons ranging from 58.5 and under 60 will be pro-rated from 68 weeks based on the number of months remaining to the age of 60. These packages, it was said by sources close to the matter, are expected to be offered to all employees with the expectation that BTC's current staff levels could be reduced by at least 400 people. According to a presenta tion prepared for the compa ny's executives, the report suggests no person in the age group 45 to 50 will receive less than six months incentive payment. In addition, the company appears to be willing to continue the cost of medical coverage payment for all age groups for one year, with outplacement/training services to be provided. t his morning. As the song writer says: That Gal look good! said Mr Mitchell. My only point is that journalism, the kind that t he Nassau Guardian, The T ribune and the Bahama Journal are to practice carr ies with it certain ethical s tandards and it is unethical t o write a story about one subject of which you had ac lose personal relationship a s if you are a disinterested party. It can be seen as malicious.But neither she nor her employers seem to get the point, said Mr Mitchell. He said ethical standards w ere important because the p ublic relies on the media t o tell the Bahamian story; t o tell it accurately, and w ithout fear or favour. M r Mitchell said it may be necessary for the Embassy to disassociate itself from the attributed statements in the Wikileaks cables, so they are not taken as an official view of e vents. It strains credibility to me that US professional diplomats, a person so higha s a deputy chief of mission w ho was actually sitting in t he seat of the ambassador, would accept and adopt uncritically propagandal ines from the Free Nationa l Movement. That is simp ly not a professional r eport, he said. There is both fascination and revulsion at the dis-c losures, said Mr Mitchell. Revulsion that public officials would be so open and callous with information t hey share with American diplomats. Mr Mitchell said Bahamians questioni ng whether Prime Minister H ubert Ingraham would so loosely and callously spill all his guts to juniorU S officials. I can tell you also in connection with the public service, that the police commissioner was reeling yesterday. Again, that someone who this country trusted for our national security, a former Commissioner of P olice could be quoted as spilling his guts out to j unior U.S. officials.Again I s ay allegedly. We have to h ope it is allegedly because no self-respecting Commissioner of Police would do any such thing. Perhaps we will see if the former Commissioner Mr. Ferguson wills ue because most certainly h e could not have sold his country out like that, said Mr Mitchell. P utting the disclosures in p erspective, Mr Mitchell s aid the country should u nderstand the role of public diplomacy and private diplomacy in interna-t ional affairs, said Mr Mitchell. There are many private ruminations and events w hich we know about US diplomats and their private activities in this c ountry.But how would t hat serve the Bahamian i nterests for me to expose that. And that is what Ia dmire about American d iplomacy and about that country as a nation, it always pursues its interests, he said. Describing his interaction with embassy officials during his tenure in governm ent, Mr Mitchel said of t he Wikileaks disclosures, They are saying that I s tood up for my country. I p ut Bahamians first. H e described a message sent by one of his former colleagues: When I read the two page story about What the Americans Really Thought of you in theG uardian, my chest swelled MP questions ethical standards of newspaper over WikiLeaks reports FROM page one H owever, because the official investigation h as yet to be completed, any such proof that may have been uncovered is still in the hands of the police. Meanwhile, contacts in the ministry claim the investigation has stalled, because the suspects were "vouched for" by certain ministry officials. T he source could not say how many of the suspected individuals have enjoyed promotions. When the allegations first came to light in J anuary, Inspector Ricardo Richardson at t he Quakoo Street Police Station described o ne complaint in which a ministry employe e was allegedly found as a "laundry list" o f items from a storage unit. W itnessed by two police officers, and an acting supervisor at the ministry, the employee was allegedly found with more than 80 items in his vehicle, Insp Richardson said. Among them were books, markers, a bar of coral soap, power surges, a Holy Bible, p ens, rulers, scissors and other stationary. When contacted for comment on the allegations, Minister of Education DesmondB annister declined to respond. F ROM page one with pride, for the intended expos turned out to be a p ublic testimony to your d iplomacy, tact and wisdom a nd to the fact that (unlike o thers of your colleagues) you are not in the least bit intimidated or in awe of any superpower. The worst that could be s aid of you was that you are a Bahamian and a Black nationalist, whom they often times found to be a loof, close-mouthed and u ncommunicative. If only t hat could have been said o f Samson. Officials in theft probe reinstated Q UESTIONINGETHICALSTANDARDS: F ox Hill MPFred Mitchell FROM page one FROM page one UNION MEMBERS HA VE MIXED REACTIONS T O BTC VOLUNTARY SEVERANCE PACKAGES FORMER MP AND PETER NYGARD TEAM UP T O SPONSOR REGA TTA
INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 THE TRIBUNE BEIRUT Associated Press SYRIANPresident Bashar Assad issued a general amnesty Tuesday for p risoners that includes those deemed to have comm itted political "crimes" as pressure built from a 10week-old uprising that his regime has failed to quell with overwhelming military force. The offer was swiftly r ejected by the opposition a s just another plot by the r egime to gain time. S yrian state television s aid the amnesty covered all members of political movements," including the outlawed Muslim Brother-h ood, which led an armed uprising against Assad's father in 1982. Membership in the party is punishable b y death. The amnesty could affect some 10,000 people Syrian a ctivists say have been r ounded up since the p rotests against the Assad regime broke out in mid-M arch. The release of polit i cal prisoners has been a key demand of the opposition. The offer came as members of the Syrian opposition gathered in Turkey fora conference aimed at overc oming differences and bols tering the protesters who have endured a bloodyc rackdown that has killed m ore than 1,000 civilians. The opposition was quick to reject it. "This shows weakness on t he part of the regime," said Mohammad Abdullah, a Washington-based Syriand issident who was attend ing the conference in Antalya, Turkey. Abdullah, whose father, A li Abdullah, is a wellk nown political prisoner, s aid the move would have b een a good one had it come in the first week of the uprising, not after hundreds of protesters have been killed. "The opposition now will accept nothing less than regime change," he said. I n Washington, the Obam a administration e xpressed doubts over the a mnesty offer and demande d that Assad prove to a s ceptical world that he is serious about reform. "He's said a lot of things in recent weeks and months, but we've seen very little concrete action," State Department s pokesman Mark Toner t old reporters. "It just underscores the fact that he n eeds to take concrete s teps, not rhetoric, to a ddress what's going on in the country." Reform Syria's Russian allies welcomed the move as a seri-o us step toward reform. "Moscow pins high hopes o n the opposition to take it as an invitation for talks," Foreign Minister Sergei L avrov was quoted as saying by the Itar-Tass news agency. The Syrian state TV r eport said the amnesty c overs "crimes committed before May 31" and reduces criminal sentencesf or felony convictions in half unless a personal lawsuit is involved. Assad's move was the lat e st in a series of reforms including lifting a 40-yearold state of emergency and granting citizenship to state less Kurds in eastern Syria aimed at addressing the grievances of protesters. But those moves have b een accompanied by a r uthless military crackdown t o try to quash the most s erious challenge to the A ssad family's 40-year rule. The government claims the uprising is the work ofI slamic extremists and armed gangs. Earlier Tuesday, a senior official of the ruling Baath P arty signaled the government was ready to engage its opponents in a national d ialogue, but refused to c ommit to constitutional c hanges that would allow challenges to Assad's auto-c ratic rule. M ohammad Said Bkheitan, assistant secretary general of the ruling Baath par ty, said mechanisms for a national dialogue would be announced within the next 48 hours. T he offer echoes a similar c all made by government officials at the start of the u prising, but the talks have f ailed to materialize. B kheitan said it was "premature" to talk about constitutional changes thatw ould allow challenges to Assad in the 2014 presidential election. H e also indicated the regime was not ready to amend the portion of the constitution that declarest he ruling Baath Party the l eader of the state and soci ety a key opposition demand. "We have told the oppo sition that there are ballot boxes. Once you hold the reins of power, and web ecome the opposition, t hen abrogate this article. N ow there are other priorit ies," Bkheitan said. Bkheitan said the protest movement to no more than 100,000 people. "They are the same people who demonstrate each time," he said. A prominent Syrian o pposition leader described t he comments as "irrespon s ible." If the regime until now d oes not acknowledge the e xistence of an opposition or a real protest movement, then what is there to talk about?" asked Burhan Ghalioun, who is also a scholar of contemporary oriental studies at the Sorb onne in Paris. Ghalioun said Bekhtiar's comments rejecting amending the cons titution show the regime is n ot serious about dialogue. If they do not recognize that the aim of dialogue is to change the regime ... thism eans they are not serious and we will not engage in dialogue with them," he told The Associated Pressb y phone from Paris. Meanwhile, army troops pounded a town in the country's turbulent heart l and Tuesday with heavy machine guns and artillery in renewed attacks thatk illed at least one person a nd wounded many others, activists said. The Local Coordination C ommittees in Syria, which h elps organize and document the country's protests, said many others were wounded in the attack on Rastan, a town a few miles (kilometers central city of Homs, which h as been under attack since S unday. T he death raises to 16 the n umber of people killed in t he three-day crackdown in H oms province, scene of some of the largest antigovernment demonstrations in recent weeks, activists said. Restrictions Details coming out of S yria are sketchy because t he government has placed severe restrictions on the m edia and expelled foreign r eporters, making it nearly impossible to independently verify accounts coming out of the country. T he committees said the army was shelling Rastan from four directions with T-7 2 tanks, adding the military shelled a field hospital and destroyed the entrance to the city and its industrialz one. A Syrian military official quoted by state-run media said army units and security forces in Rastan had arrest e d members of "armed terr orist groups who terrorized citizens and destroyed public and private property." The official said the military also confiscated a large number of arms and weapons.Two soldiers, i ncluding an officer, were k illed and four others were w ounded, it said. A resident of Homs told A P that government troops e ntered the central town of Talbiseh late Monday and made sweeping arrests. Syria's Al Watan newspaper said that Talbiseh was now under the full con trol of security forces andt he army. It said the main highway, which leads to Lebanon, was closed by the a rmy "to preserve citizens' l ives as armed groups are t argeting all passing cars." UNICEF, meanwhile, called Tuesday on all par-t ies to spare civilians, par ticularly children and women, and urged the government to investigate alle g ations of the detention and torture of children. "Since mid-March, reports of children injured,d etained, displaced and at times killed have been increasing," UNICEF said,s aying there are unconf irmed reports that at least 30 children have been killed. SYRIAS BASHARASSAD GRANTS AMNESTY FOR POLITICAL 'CRIMES' ISLAMABAD Associated Press PAKISTAN'S government on Tuesday named the members of a commission tasked with probing the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden, including how it come about that the al-Qaida chief was living in a Pakistani garrison city. Parliament passed a resolution earlier this month demanding that an independent commission as opposed to one led by the military investigate the May 2 incursion, which deeply humiliated Pakistani leaders. Its creation suggests the weak civilian government is using the opportunity to gain leverage over the powerful security establish ment during a time when army and intelligence leaders are facing unusual levels of public criticism. Pakistan has a poor history when it comes to holding leaders accountable for mistakes, espe cially if they are in the security establishment. Commissions may be formed, but their findings often are not far-reaching and may not be released to the public. The five-member panel com mission will be led by Javed Iqbal,a Supreme Court justice. Its other members include a retired lieu tenant general and a former ambassador. According to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's office, the commission's mandate includes establishing "the full facts" regarding bin Laden's presence in Pakistan, as well as details about the U.S. incursion. The commission is also expected to figure out what security lapses were involved on the Pakistani side, and to ultimately make "consequential recommendations." The bin Laden killing battered the already uneasy relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan. While Pakistani leaders insist they had no idea the terrorist leader was hiding in the northwest city of Abbottabad, suspicions per sist in the U.S. that some elements within Pakistan's security forces may have helped hide the al-Qaida leader. Even so, both sides are likely to do their utmost to patch things up. Pakistan relies on billions of dollars in U.S. aid to help keep its economy afloat and its military strong. The U.S. needs Pakistan's cooperation against Islamist militants who use its soil to plan attacks on the West. It also considers Pak istan key to prospects for a peace deal between the Taliban and the government in neighboring Afghanistan. P AKIS TAN FORMS COMMISSION TO PROBE OSAMA BIN LADEN RAID IN THIS MAY 8, 2011 file photo a Pakistan army soldier secures a street close to the house, background, of for mer al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan. (AP MIAMI Associated Press ACTOR GARY SINISEis meeting with U.S. military officials in suburban Miami about Haiti. Sinise will visit U.S. Southern Command's headquarters Tuesday morning. He's also scheduled to meet with the media about humanitarian work his foundation Operation International Children carried out in Haiti in partnership with the U.S. military and People to People International. On Monday, Sinise's foundation and U.S. troops were scheduled to deliver 2,560 school supply kits to Haitian schoolchildren in Haiti's Artibonite Depart ment. The troops are members of a U.S. military task force in Haiti to support ongoing humanitarian assistance. The task force is providing medical care and building a school, two medical clinics, a water well and a latrine facility for communities near Gonaives. The task force is led by the Louisiana National Guard. GARY SINISE, US MILITARY DISCUSS AID TO HAITI Mandate includes establishing facts regarding al-Qaida chiefs presence in Pakistan SYRIANS WALK PAST a T-shirt with a portrait of Syrian President Bashar Assad which reads we love you, at a popular market in downtown Damascus, Syria, on Monday. (AP
INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011, PAGE 11 MADRID Associated Press T WELVEpassengers on a cruise ship moored in Gibraltar have been injured after a dockside tank holding used oil and water exploded as workers were welding it. G ibraltar's government says the p assengers on the "Independence of t he Seas" operated by Royal Caribbean, suffered injuries ranging from minor burns to a fractured shoulder. The ship sailed away from the affected area immediately after the blast. A government statement said one Spanish worker involved in the welding operation suffered life-threatening injuries and a second worker hadl ess serious injuries. The explosion sent black smoke billowing into the air, hiding Gibraltar's famed "Rock" from view. The government said the workers were welding atop the tank. An investigation was under way to determine the cause. CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS INJURED IN GIBRALTAR BLAST FLAMES AND SMOKE BILLOW from an oil tank in the docks of Gibraltar, Tuesday May 31, 2011. The cause of the explosion was not immediately known but two people were reported injured. (AP LONDON Associated Press A RESPECTEDinternational panel of scientists says c ellphones are possible canc er-causing agents, putting t hem in the same category as the pesticide DDT, gaso l ine engine exhaust and coff ee. The classification was issued Tuesday in Lyon, France, by the InternationalA gency for Research on Cancer after a review of dozens of published studies.T he agency is an arm of the World Health Organisation and its assessment now goes to WHO and nationalh ealth agencies for possible g uidance on cellphone use. Classifying agents as "pos sibly carcinogenic" doesn't mean they automatically cause cancer and some experts said the ruling shouldn't change people'sc ellphone habits. "Anything is a possible carcinogen," said Donald Berry, a professor of bios tatistics at the M.D. Ander son Cancer Center at the University of Texas. He was not involved in the WHO cancer group's assessment. "This is not something I worry about and it will not in any way change how I use my cellphone," he said s peaking from his cellphone. The same cancer research a gency lists alcoholic drinks as a known carcinogen and night shift work as a probab le carcinogen. Anyone's risk for cancer depends on many factors, from genetic makeup to the amount andl ength of time of an expos ure. After a weeklong meeting on the type of electro m agnetic radiation found in cellphones, microwaves and radar, the expert panel said there was limited evidencec ellphone use was linked to two types of brain tumors and inadequate evidence to draw conclusions for otherc ancers. "We found some threads of evidence telling us howc ancers might occur, but t here were acknowledged gaps and uncertainties," said Jonathan Samet of the Uni versity of Southern Califor n ia, the panel's chairman. "The WHO's verdict means there is some evi dence linking mobile p hones to cancer but it is too weak to draw strong conclusions from," said Ed Yong, head of health infor mation at Cancer Research U.K. "If such a link exists, it is unlikely to be a large one." Last year, results of a l arge study found no clear link between cellphones and c ancer. But some advocacy groups contend the study raised serious concerns b ecause it showed a hint of a possible connection between very heavy phone use and glioma, a rare buto ften deadly form of brain t umor. However, the num bers in that subgroup weren't sufficient to maket he case. The study was controversial because it began with people who already hadc ancer and asked them to recall how often they used their cellphones more thana decade ago. I n about 30 other studies done in Europe, New Zealand and the U.S.,p atients with brain tumors h ave not reported using their cellphones more often than unaffected people. Because cellphones are so p opular, it may be impossible for experts to compare cellphone users who devel op brain tumors with people w ho don't use the devices. According to a survey last year, the number of cellphone subscribers world wide has hit 5 billion, or nearly three-quarters of the global population. People's cellphone habits have also changed dramatic ally since the first studies b egan years ago and it's unclear if the results of pre vious research would still apply today. Since many cancerous tumors take decades to develop, experts say it'si mpossible to conclude cell phones have no long-term health risks. The studies conducted so far haven'tt racked people for longer than about a decade. Cellphones send signals to nearby towers via radiof requency waves, a form of energy similar to FM radio waves and microwaves. But the radiation produced by cellphones cannot directly damage DNA and is differ ent from stronger types of radiation like X-rays or ultraviolet light. At very high levels, radio frequen cy waves from cellphones can heat up body tissue, but that is not believed to dama ge human cells. S ome experts recom mended people use a head set or earpiece if they are worried about the possible health dangers of cell phones. "If there is a risk, most of it goes away with aw ireless earpiece," said Otis Brawley, chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. B rawley said people should focus on the real health hazards of cellphones. "Cellphones mayc ause brain tumors but they kill far more people through automobile accidents," he said. Brawley added it was also reasonable to limit children's use of cellphones since their brains are still developing. Earlier this year, a U.S. National Institutes of Health study found that cellphone use can speed up brain activity, but it is u nknown whether that has a ny dangerous health effects. The cellphone industry trade group, CTIA-The Wireless Association, point ed to two U.S. agencies that have found no evidencec ellphones are linked to cancer the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Communica t ions Commission. The WHO's cancer research agency has reviewed more than 900o ccupational exposures, chemicals and other agents since 1971, classifying their link to cancer by labeling them from carcinogenic to probably not carcinogenic. The American Cancer Society has estimated that only about 6 percent of cancers are related to environmen tal causes and most of that is on-the-job occupational exposure. Cellphones a possible carcinogen like cof fee PARIS Associated Press THE French gendarmerie says that 75 more bodies have been pulled from the Atlantic Ocean in the past week, nearly two years after the crash of an Air France flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris. That brings the total number of bodies recovered since June 1, 2009, to 127. All 228 people aboard the plane died. Two French investigating judges have writ ten to families of victims to tell them that bodies which are too badly damaged will not be recovered to preserve their dignity. An initial reading of the cockpit and data recorders from the flight show that the Airbus 330 went into an aerodyanamic stall that the pilot could not rectify, perhaps because of incorrect speed readings, and the plane dropped 38,000 feet (11,500 meters ocean in 3 1/2 minutes. TEAMS RECOVER 75 MORE BODIES FROM 2009 AIR CRASH THIS MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2009 file photo released by Brazil's Air Force shows Brazil's Navy sailors recov ering debris from the missing Air France jet at the Atlantic Ocean. (AP
I SLAMABAD Associated Press A PAKISTANIjournalist who investigated al-Qaida's alleged infiltration of the navy and told a rights activist he'db een threatened by the country's intelligence agencies was found dead Tuesday. Police said his body showed signs of torture. Syed Saleem Shahzad's death underscores the dan-g ers of reporting in Pakistan, w hich in 2010 was called the deadliest country for journalists. It could also increase scrutiny of Pakistan's security agencies, already under domestic pressure since theM ay 2 U.S. raid that killed O sama bin Laden. S hahzad, a correspondent for the Asia Times Online as well as Italian news agencyA dnkronos International, went missing Sunday from Islamabad while on his way to appear on a televisions how. A brother-in-law identified his body after it was founds ome six miles (10 kilometers from his car in Mandi Bahaudiin district outside the capital. An initial exam found signs of torture, but autopsy r esults were pending, police o fficial Bilal Ahmad said. A senior Pakistani intelligence official denied allegations that the agency had anything to do with Shahzad'sc ase. It's absurd," the official t old The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to media on the record. Pressure T he 40-year-old Shahzad dabbled in some sensitive topics, which would likely have c aught the eye of Pakistan's s ecurity establishment. The c ountry's military and spy netw orks operate largely outside the law and regularly try to p ressure media outlets and individual reporters. L ast October, Shahzad w rote an Asia Times article t hat claimed that Pakistan had freed a detained Afghan Taliban commander so that he could "play a pivotal role in backchannel talks through the Pakistani army with Washi ngton." W ithin days, he was summoned to an office of Pakistan's premier spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence, according to an email he sentt o Ali Dayan Hasan, a r esearcher for Human Rights W atch. Intelligence officials pressured him to reveal his sources or retract the story, but he declined. At the end of the meeting, o ne of the intelligence offic ials issued what appeared to be a veiled threat. The official told him the agencies had recently arrested a "terrorist" who had carried a hit list, and t hat if Shahzad's name was on the list, he'd let him know. Shahzad told Hasan that he w as sending him the notes of the meeting for the "record only if in case something hap-p ens to me or my family in f uture." Last week, militants staged an 18-hour siege of a naval b ase in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi. The attack further e mbarrassed a security establishment still reeling from the u nilateral U.S. raid against b in Laden. Pakistan has protested the May 2 Americ an incursion as a violation of i ts sovereignty. S hahzad wrote a story for the Asia Times alleging alQ aida staged the raid after talks failed with the navy over r eleasing some of its officials h eld on suspicion of ties to the terror network. The story c ame amid widespread suspic ion that the militants in the r aid had inside help. A sia Times Online says it is a Hong Kong-based outlet with some 50 correspondents and contributors in 25 Asian c ountries, the U.S. and E urope. Shahzad's wife got into t ouch with Hasan soon after her husband went missing Sunday, and in investigating the situation, the rights activist said he was told bys ome Pakistani government officials that they believed Shahzad was in the ISI's cus-t ody. "It is absolutely essential that an independent investi g ation, a transparent inquiry and clear judicial process lead to those responsible for (Shahzad'sh eld accountable," Hasan said. He added, however, "The m anner in which this killing took place echoes other doc umented cases in which Paki stan's intelligence services, c hiefly the ISI, have been involved." Pakistani Prime Minister Y ousuf Raza Gilani expressed condolences and ordered an inquiry into the journalist'sd eath. But Gilani, whose civilian government has little control over security forces, often orders such inquiries, and t hey either fizzle out or their results are never released. S ohail Rehman, a close f riend of the family, said Shahzad was originally from K arachi and had three child ren. He'd worked for severa l news organizations and o ften appeared on Pakistani news channels as an analyst and terrorism expert. Militants Adnkronos International, t he Italian news agency, said Shahzad had worked for them since 2004, and that in 2006 Taliban militants in Afghanistan held him captive for several days. A ccording to the New Y ork-based Committee to Protect Journalists, Pakistan was the deadliest country forj ournalists in 2010, with at least eight media workers killed in the line of duty. T he threats often come from militants. Six of the journalists in Pakistan were killed in suicide attacks, the group s aid in a report late last year. The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists strongl y condemned Shahzad's killing, and demanded a highlevel investigation. "This ist ragic," said Amin Yousuf, s ecretary-general of the union. "We are losing our professional colleagues butt he government never unearths who is behind the killing of journalists." INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 THE TRIBUNE POLICE: MISSING PAKISTANI JOURNALIST FOUND DEAD T HIS UNDATED PHOTO p rovided by Adnkronos news agency shows Pakistani journalist and Adnkronos International correspondent Syed Saleem Shahzad. The Pakistani journalist who investigated al-Qaida's alleged infiltration of the navy and told a rights activist he'd been threatened by the country's intelligence agencies was found dead in Islamabad Tuesday. (AP SANAA, Yemen Associated Press ISLAMIST m ilitants who overran a southern town killed five soldiers in an ambush Tuesday while fresh clashes erupted between government forces and fighters loyal to the country's top tribal leader. The violence pushed Yemen closer to the edge of a civil war. Nearly four months of mass protests calling for democratic reforms and the ouster of longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh have rocked the stability of this impoverished corner of the Arabian Peninsula, where government control is weak outside the capital Sanaa and an active al-Qaida branch and other militant groups operate. Saleh has confronted the mass protests calling for his ouster by promising reform and sending security forces his largest remaining bastion of support to crack down on protesters. At times, they have unleashed sniper attacks on unarmed marchers. Saleh has steadfastly refused to step down, clinging to power despite the uprising, defections by key allies and intense pressure from the United States and Yemen's powerful Gulf neighbors to transfer power. Four protesters were killed in the southern city of Taiz Tuesday, bringing the city's two-day death toll to at least 25. Stiff criticism of the government's crackdown in Taiz came Tuesday from U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner. "We condemn those indiscriminate attacks by Yemeni security forces," he said, urging Saleh to sign an accord to leave office "and to move Yemen forward." Tuesday's violence highlights the security gaps left open as Saleh's forces work nearly exclusively to keep him in power, said Christopher Bouceck of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. "The more the Yemeni government is focused on this political cri sis, the more they're not paying attention to anything else," he said. "So the potential for violence and the breakdown of law and order gets bigger and bigger." The soldiers were ambushed outside the southern town of Zin jibar, which Islamist militants seized over the weekend. Gunmen fired on an army unit approaching the city from the west, forcing them to accelerate into the fire of other militants hiding down the road, a security official said. The attack killed five soldier and injured 12, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to reporters. The soldiers killed two militants before fleeing. Hundreds of armed Islamists stormed the town of more than 20,000 people last week, seizing banks and government offices before setting up barricades to solidify their control. Army units have shelled the town for days, failing to dislodge the militants and while sending hundreds of residents fleeing. Resident Hilmi Ali said the shells appeared to fall randomly over the town, striking a mosque and four houses in his neighborhood and killing seven of his neighbors. The Islamists broke into a police administration building and an intelligence office and could be seen speeding about town in police cars, Ali said. Dozens of families fled, braving the gunfights between militants and government forces on the city's outskirts. ISL AMIS TS AMBUSH ARMY, GUNFIGHTS RESUME IN YEMEN
DOCTORS SUFFERS 83% PROFITS FALL $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69T he information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.59 $5.54 $5.67 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB email@example.comWEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 InternationalInvestmentFund [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Regulators have rejected the Bahamas Telecommunications Companys (BTC attempt to use their own a nalysis to inflate its interconnection joining services charges by up to 140 per cent, mandating that the newly-privatised carrier reduce the figures in its latest p roposal by between 21-35 per cent. Unveiling its results on the public consultation over BTCs proposed interconnection charges, the Utilities R egulation & Competition Authority (URCA Regulator drops BTCs interconnect tariffs 21-35% URCA rejects carriers attempts to use its own analysis to justify higher fees in area vital to competition* Cables duct charge proposal a barrier to small rivals Regulator acknowledges BTCs stranded asset fears SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Doctors Hospital Health Systems (DHHS the final part of the equation that will attract US andi nternational patients to its facilities, despite suffering an 83 per cent net income fall during fiscal 2011 as a result of patient days hitting their lowest levels since 2004. T he BISX-listed healthcare provider yesterday unveiled results that showed it remained in the black, albeit with a much lower profit level of $865,285 compared to the $4.886 million generated in fiscal 2010, as total patient days stand-i ng at 10,061 decreased by a greater amount than expecte d. Analysing its performance for the 12 months to end-Jan uary 2011, Doctors Hospital noted in its annual report that a dult patient days declined year-over-year by 21.9 per cent, with net patient service revenues dropping by some $5.7 million or 12.6 per cent to $39.177 million, compared to $44.842 million in fiscal 2010. T he top-line decline went straight to the bottom, as Doc tors Hospital was able to reduce total expenses by $1.4 mil lion, or 3.4 per cent, from $41.134 million in the 12 months P ROFITSDOWN: T he front entrance of Doctors Hospital. BISX-listed healthcare provider says patient days hit lowest level since 2004* Economic growth encourages Western Medical Plaza reassessment Completing final part of the equation for medical tourism SEE page 2B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he Bahamas Chamber of C ommerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC terday undertook a rapid sur-v ey of its membership to obtain their views on the Bud get initiatives designed to aid t he private sector, its chairman yesterday suggesting the business community largely felt $25 million was not beings pent where it is most needed. Telling Tribune Business t hat 95 per cent of calls field ed by the BCCEC in the Bud gets immediate aftermath w ere not in favour of many m easures announced, Khaalis Rolle said the organisation wanted to get a more consid-e red, better view from as wide a cross-section of the pri vate sector as possible. W ith the business community now having time to take a more considered view of theB udgets private sector-related initiatives, the BCCEC sought to obtain member feedback by last night. It will analyse the findings, then present them to the Government. We had some members that called us to express some concerns, and those concerns were the initial ones commu nicated in the press, Mr Rolle told Tribune Business. The likely impact of the jobs plan and Jump Start initiative, and what would be the direct benefits to the membership? The BCCEC chairman said one e-mail, received from a realtor, bemoaned the fact that the Government had not reduced the two percentage point increase implemented across all Stamp Duty brackets in the 2010-2011 Budget, The realtor argued that this had reduced real estate sales, resulting in slashed revenues and commissions for Bahami an real estate profesionals. This, in turn, led to lay-offs, higher unemployment and more government spending. Lower taxes equals more jobs; higher taxes equals less jobs was the message sent toMr Rolle and the BCCEC. Another respondent told the Chamber that the Government would have been betteroff spending the $25 million allocated to the National Jobs Training and Readiness initiative to a grant fund that made allocations to deserving small and medium-sized Bahamian enterprises, enabling them to grow and take on more employees. Essentially, what theyre saying is that if the Government is going to spend $25 million, spend it where it will most matter to me, Mr Rolle explained, reducing costs of operation, helping to pay down the overdraft, interest BUDGETS $25M OT BEING SPENT WHERE NEEDED K HAALIS ROLLE P rivate sector must provide Budget input as governments biggest revenue generator SEE page 2B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org Two prominent realtors yesterday concurred with theG overnments projection that there will be no pick up in revenue from real estatet ransactions in the lower price point categories this Budget year, although diverging on forecasts that it will generate m ore Stamp Duty from prop erties valued at over $250,000. Peter Dupuch, president of E RA Dupuch Realty, said his company has seen as much as a 30 per cent pick up in prop erty sales this year compared t o 2010, primarily driven by the closing of deals on homes in the $400,000 to $850,000 price range. This, he said, is because buyers are coming back into the market having realised that they can obtain a property at what would be a considered a bargain price with homes in the higher-end range having seen price point reductions of between 10 and 15 per cent compared to prerecession. Mr Dupuch said this trend would seem to validate, to an extent, the Governments pro jection that it may realise an increase of $4.8 million in Stamp Tax revenue from transactions involving homes in the $250,000-plus range. The Government has projected in the 2011-2012 Bud get that revenue from Stamp Tax in this category will rise to a total of $135.3 million. The realtor said he also agrees with the projection that there will be little pick up in sales of properties valued at less than $250,000. Such sales have been sluggish and continue to be so, he told Tribune Business. The Governments forecasts for revenue collection from Stamp Tax on real estate transactions in these cate gories (those properties val ued at less than $250,000) are down from last year by a cumulative $4.6 million, at $21.525 million. Mr Dupuch suggested this is, in part, because such buyers remain hurt more than wealthier purchasers by the two percentage point Stamp Tax increase that was imple mented in the previous years REAL T ORS DIFFER OVER $250K-PLUS PR OPER T Y STAMP TAX INCREASE Business sees 30% pick-up in property sales compared to 2010 But competitor says market hit by poor communication over $1.5m residency fast track threshold SEE page 2B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor E lectricity d emand in the B ahamas is expected to increase at a rate between3 .1 per cent to 8 per cent per annum in the period up to 2013, a study has revealed, with per capita energy con-s umption somewhat high f or the Caribbean at 5,700 kilowatts per hour (kWh Noting that the Bahamas l ost 12.3 per cent of the electricity it produced in 2008 before it reached the end user, the report, entitled Status of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in the Caribbean, noted that this nation was the only one in t he region that required an electricity grid to cover an archipelago. The Bahamas is unique i n that its electricity system is distributed among some 16 isolated island grids, the repirt said. Thus expansion is incremental, and genera-t ion capacity is primarily small diesel plants with a capacity of 20MW and less. The BEC website features a map of plants on each island. In spite of the dis-t ributed layout of the syst em, BEC charges a single r ate structure for its cus tomers. P eak demand for New Providence, according to the report released earlier this y ear, currently stands at 234 MegaWatts (MW ure is projected to rise by 53 per cent to 359 MW by 2013, largely as a result of projects such as Albany and Baha Electricity demand set to grow 3.1-8% Bahamas per capita use somewhat high for Caribbean, says report, averaging 5,700 kWh SEE page 3B
to end-January 2010 to $39.73 million this time around. However, with the decline in top-line revenues easily outweighing the rate of expense decrease, Doctors Hospital saw total expenses as a percentage of total revenues rise from 89 per cent in fiscal 2010 to 98 per cent i n the year just closed. Total admissions to the facility were 3,915 in fiscal 2 011, representing a 7.7 per c ent decrease over the prior year, Doctors Hospital said. Comparing this statist ic to the decrease of 21.9 p er cent in patient days s hows the change in acuity of patients. Total patient days of 1 0,061 represented the lowest since 2004. As indicated l ast year, we expected the downward trend of decreased patient days toc ontinue, but not at this level. During the year we saw an increase in patients with decreased insurance benef its or complete loss of insura nce coverage, as employ e rs struggled to cut costs and lay-offs increased. The result was patients were unable to pay for increased deductibles and co-payments, and utilised the public health system. Doctors Hospital said it expects a small recovery in patient days, service reve nues and the overall top l ine during fiscal 2012, in line with the overall economys improvement. Thea verage daily census decreased to 28 patients per days from 35 in the previ ous year, the BISX-listedh ealthcare provider added. It has budgeted $3.2 mil lion for capital replacements and upgrades during the cur-r ent 2012 fiscal year, part of which will be spent on a new CT scan machine. Major progress has o ccurred in the planning of the potential renovations required to respond to current and future demand,D octors Hospital said. The physical expansion will seek to introduce new services, expand current services and consolidate activities. Striking a further positive tone, Doctors Hospital said it was reevaluating the p rospects for its Blake R oad-based Western Medi cal Plaza facility, given the s tart of the $2.6 billion Baha M ar development, the $1.3 b illion Albany project and other developments in nearby western New Providence. Doctors Hospital has been seeking to either sell or lease out Western Medical Plaza for some six to seven years, t he facility being seen by some as ahead of its time, constructed before the econ omic activity required to d rive patients and business t o it had begun. Interest continues in purchase and lease options,w hich are being reviewed, Doctors Hospital said of this facility. However, as conditions in the economic envi r onment improve and increased demand occurs, considerations of optimisa tion are being entertained. I t continues to be a great potential for the organisa tion. D etailing how it managed t o hold expenses down, Doctors Hospital said salaries and benefits dropped year-over-year by$ 0.362 million or 2.1 per cent, compared to the previous year. Medical suppliesa nd services expenses fell by $0.323 million, or 2.8 per cent, in the 12 months to e nd-January 31, 2011, compared to the previous year. However, the significant top-line reduction threw these expenses, as a percentage of patient revenues, out of whack. Salaries as a percentage of the top-line grew to 42.6 per cent from 38.1 per cent, while the medical supplies ratio rose from 26.1 per cent to 29 per cent. U tilities costs rose by 11.3 per cent or $0.144 million, year-over-year, mainly duet o electricity charges, while other operating expenses fell by 15.5 per cent. E lsewhere, Doctors Hospital said its bad debt expense, as a percentage ofp atient service revenues, fell to 2.7 per cent in fiscal 2011, compared to 4.8 per cent the p revious year, a decline of $1.1 million or 51.4 per cent. The decrease is attributable to recoveries from r eserves put in place last year-end, and improved upfront collection on self-pay a ccounts, Doctors Hospit al said. The number of days reve nue in accounts receivable ( AR) days for fiscal 2011 increased, and is now at 43 days from 38 days in fiscal2 010. Total recoveries for the year ended January 31, 2 011, from total accounts written off were $244,000, c ompared to $408,000 in 2010. Net cash employed in i nvesting activities was $3.9 million, compared to $1.7 m illion in fiscal 2010, an increase of $2.3 million, Three dividends were paid to investors during fiscal 2 011, totalling $0.06 per share or $0.6 million. Earnings per share (EPS cal 2011 were $0.09 per share, compared to $0.49 per share the year before. The local economy remains depressed and the n ear term is expected to remain a challenge, JosephK rukowski, Doctors Hospitals chairman, told share holders. Aggressive management of costs and collect ion of client accounts has enabled the company to m aintain a good performance. Barry Rassin, the compa nys president, said its attainm ent of Joint Commission International Accreditation would enable Doctors Hospital to expand into the US and international markets. T he quality certification pro vided by the accreditation, he said, would encourage p atients to come to the Bahamas for care at the BISX-listed company. We are now completing our package prices, which will provide the final part oft he equation to show international patients that Doctors Hospital is the place to come for their procedure, Mr Rassin said. These prices will also be beneficial to the local insur ance companies and self-pay patients, who can benefit through improved budgeting and lower healthcare costs. 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By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a email@example.com G auging the extent of econ omic crime, its impact on the business community and o n how it can be mitigated is to be the goal of the very first economic crime surveyi n the Bahamas, the chairman of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC The 2011 Economic Crime Survey, which cont ains 87 carefully chosen q uestions about businesses exposure to such crime, will b e distributed to Bahamas C hamber of Commerce and Employers Confederations ,000 plus business members and made available to any Bahamian firm online. Crime is one of the single m ost important issues that we face, with the potential to derail the economy. The intention is that this s urvey will give us clear indicators of what the cost and likely impact of crime is on b usinesses, Khaalis Rolle said yesterday as he a nnounced the launch of the survey. The survey is being cond ucted by the BCCEC in c onjunction with KRyS Global, which has conducted two similar questionnaire exercises in the Cayman Islands, and is presently d oing similar in the British Virgin Islands and Bermuda. Edmund Rahming, mana ging director of KRyS Global, said: The purpose of the survey is generally to come up with trends and patterns as it relates to eco nomic crime in the commu n ity, and then to communi cate the results aftera nalysing those back to the c ommunity, so they can m ake changes in their business as it relates to proced ures, internal controls and fraud risk assessments. We also think this is definitely something the policymakers should obtain and use to combat economic fraud. Among the 87 questions w hich business o perators/owners will be asked to respond to are 48 e conomic crime questions, e ight retail questions, eight i nternal fraud questions, three money laundering questions, and 20 physical/property crime ques-t ions. Both Mr Rahming and Mr Rolle noted that a strongr esponse from the business community will be needed in order for the full benefit of the survey to be realised. I n this regard, Mr Rolle n oted that the survey, while extensive, does not have to be filled out at one time, butc an be saved and returned to, and will be available not only to the 1,000 plus BCCEC member businessesb ut to all Bahamian compa nies via the Internet. We want to make this as widespread as possible. To get good data we need to include everyone. Its online so everyone canh ave access to it. We wanted to make it v ery convenient, he said. T he BCCEC chairman said that while no hard data is yet available on the phenomenon, it is clear that internal fraud is a major problem for many Bahamian businesses, despite it b eing less visible than c rimes such as armed robbery. Fraud Mr Rahming explained that internal fraud can relate t o a variety of illegal activities, including accounting fraud, operational fraud in the form of asset misappro p riation, fraud as it relates to s ales, plus procurement fraud in the form of the exchange of funds or kick-b acks to go with a particular vendor. Mr Rolle added that it is also evident that the amounto f money businesses are t oday spending on security is much higher as a percent age of costs than it should be, and than it used to be. Its easy to see that the cost of security has gone up significantly over the pastf ive years. Ive seen companies that wouldnt previously have 24hour security, have 24-hours ecurity. If they did have security it would be after dark, now its 24 hours, hes aid. If you calculate the cost of that additional timeframe, i ts expensive. Then if you look at CCTV, thats expensive also.I f you factor transitioning m oney from your business to a bank in the past a business owner would be able top ut that in a bag and take it to the bank thats not safea ny more. So thats three levels of security now that you have t o pay for, and at the cost o f security nowadays its p retty expensive. Mr Rahming said he hopes that KRyS Global can partner with the BCCEC to conduct the survey everyt wo years going forward, so t hat evidence can be gathered of how economic crime and its impact on the business community is evolvingg oing forward. The BCCEC also intends t o use the findings to inform the formulation of future programs in its Business Security and Crime Divi sion, helping businesses mit igate their potential risk of falling prey to all types of c rime. All surveys must be comp leted by July 12 in order to b e included in the analysis. T he findings of the exercise will be released in early Sep t ember, 2011. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011, PAGE 3B Crime can derail national economy Mar coming on stream. Electrical consumption is somewhat high for the region, averaging 5,700 kWh per capita per year in 2008, the study noted. Annual growth in electrical demand to 2013 is expected t o be at least 3.1 per cent, or as much as 8 per cent. The study noted that total electrical sales in the Bahamas were forecast to rise from 1,536 GWh to 2,219 GWh by 2 013, but little progress had been made when it came to i ntroducing renewable energy into the power production m ix. Wind power had the potential to generate 58 MW, some 1 5MW of that on Grand Bahama, generating 5-10 per cent o f existing capacity. Solar was said to have the same 58 MW potential, meaning these two combined could generate 10 per cent of the Bahamas 584 MW capacity. Biomass was seen as having low potential, standing at 1 MW. Wind Wind data is being measured on Grand Bahama Island in a joint project between Grand Bahama Power Company and shareholder Emera. The assessment project involves towers at seven sites across the island, at a cost of $ 263,600. Following the assessment, GBPC may install up to 15 MW o f wind capacity by 2012, the report said. The Bahamian government implemented incentives for solar equipment in 2008, by decreasing import duties from 4 2 per cent to 10 per cent. The hospitality industry has s hown some interest in solar devices, and several PV and SWH distributors have entered the market. The Bahamas has good solar resources for flat-panel PV and solar hot water systems, with GHI averaging over 5.3k Wh/m2/day. While this is somewhat less than other islands i n the Caribbean, the high price of power means PV and SHW systems are still economically viable..... The Bahamas may be an ideal site for ocean-based RE t echnologies. Ocean-thermal energy may be exploitable in the steep drop offs of the Bahamas Bank, as well as tidal wave and other sources. Electricity demand set to grow 3.1-8% FROM page 1B Chamber unveils first economic crime survey Crime is one of the single most important issues that we face, with the potential tod erail the economy. The intention is that this survey will give us clear indicators of what the cost and likely impact of crime is on busin esses. Khaalis Rolle
was never its intention to substitute its own analysis for that offered by the stateowned incumbent. BTC had initially used i nternal engineering data, e mployed to determine capital spending on network development, to calculate tariffs for various interconnec-t ion services and equipment. However, URCA said the communications industry typically used a model markinga nnual operating and common costs at 10 per cent of the gross replacement cost( GRC) of a carriers asset base. As a result, the regulator s aid BTC's monthly operati ng costs for interconnection s ervices were between 42.158.4 per cent lower than the G RC model. Seizing the opportunity, BTC noted that the regula-t ors proposed monthly joini ng services operating costs were between 72.58 per cent to 140 per cent higher than its own. The former state-owned incumbent, as a result, resubmitted revised charges usingU RCAs model, altering the mark-ups for indirect and common costs to bring them into line with those proposed by the regulator. The net effect was that B TC increased proposed m onthly charges for various interconnection equipment, which it proposed to levy onr ival carriers, by between 27.3 p er cent to 40 per cent. Opposing BTCs mark-up increases, URCA said its previous analysis was intended to provide a sense check to BTCs cost estimates byu sing industry comparatives. URCAs analysis has been used by BTC to justify the increased charges, the regu l ator said. URCA emphasis es that it was never URCAs intention to substitute the a nalysis in the consultation for BTCs own analysis. URCA does not believe it i s better placed than BTC to estimate the costs that BTC would face in providing a ser v ice. Therefore, in the a bsence of information that would demonstrate clearly that BTCs proposals werei ncorrect (or that URCAs a ssumptions were likely to be more accurate), URCA does not believe it would be appropriate to replace BTCsa ssumptions with its own. As such, URCA will not accept BTCs revised mark-ups fori ndirect and common costs. The regulator then mandated that BTC reduce its v arious interconnection joini ng services charges by between 23 per cent to 35 per cent in the final tariff sched-u le, which will be included as part of the carriers final Reference Access & Interconn ection Offer (RAIO T hese charges will now play a crucial role in the ongoing talks between BTC and Cable B ahamas (and the latters Systems Resource Group subsidiary) over an interconnec-t ion agreement between the B ahamas two largest communications sector players. T hese negotiations have become increasingly fraught in recent weeks, with URCA having to intervene by issu i ng an Interim Order setting out the timetable for concluding an agreement and the conditions both sides must meet. This is one of URCA's more important consultations, a s interconnection facilitates competition in the communi cations sector by allowing c alls originating on one carr ier's network to terminate on another's thereby allowing clients of different carriers to call one another. Given that BTC is the incumbent opera tor, interconnection fees that a re not cost-oriented could stifle the ability of rivals to enter the market and com pete. In its feedback on the interconnection charging consul tation, BISX-listed Cable B ahamas suggested that if one party constructed the entire joining path between itselfa nd another carrier, the costs s hould be split 50/50. However, if two carriers each constructed their ownj oining path between their networks, each should bear their own costs, while if a joining path was mutually con-s tructed, the two parties must support the maintenance and installation costs for the partst hey built. C able Bahamas also called for the duct costs to be charged on a one-off, rathert han recurring monthly basis, i f BTC built the entire joining path. It also suggested that duct charges be location spe-c ific. I n response, URCA said that given future changes to BTCs interconnection charg-i ng structure required both its approval and a public consultation, it was not necessary to incorporate Cable Bahamas suggestions into BTCsR AIO. On the duct charges, the regulator said: Cable B ahamas proposal to apply a one-off charge would have a more significant impact on smaller other licensed opera t ors (OLOs potentially act as a barrier to entry for smaller providers. In light of this concern, U RCA has decided it is reasonable to maintain BTCs proposed recurring chargesf or duct charges. However, URCA will review the charg i ng structure in future updates of the RAIO, and on the basis of relevant information and s ector policy objectives. Rejecting BTCs assertion that comparisons between the mature UK interconnection market and the Bahamasw ere inappropriate, URCA said forecasting processes within its RAIO were designed to eliminate uncer-t ainty over traffic volume and provide a basis upon which BTC can plan interconnection capacity. With all carriers having to provide transmission termination equipment at their end of the joining path, BTC had warned that there was a risk rival operators might pay for unnecessarily high capacity without any tariff restrictions. Agreeing, the regulator said: Including an arbitrary mark-up on charges for spare capacity with no justification for the level of an appropriate mark-up would not, in URCAs view, make the tariffs more appropriate or more reflective of the costs incurred by an efficient operator. It is also not clear why BTC might be relatively more affected by URCAs pro posed charging structure than other licensed operators (OLOs OLOs may seek direct con nectivity with BTC than with other OLOs, it is not clear to URCA that this means BTC will require a relatively high degree of spare capacity than other operators.. The regulator, though, accepted that BTC had legit imate fears that it could be left with stranded assets if rival carriers left the market, the costs of which would not have been fully recovered. URCA therefore propos es to closely monitor the development of the interconnection market to ensure that no individual party faces undue costs from the provision of interconnection ser vices and will, if necessary, revisit this charging structure during future reviews of BTCs RAIO, URCA added. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Regulator drops BTCs interconnect tariffs 21-35% F ROM page 1B In light of this concern, URCA has decided i t is reasonable to maintain BTCs proposed r ecurring charges for duct charges. However, U RCA will review the charging structure in f uture updates of the RAIO, and on the basis o f relevant information and sector policy o bjectives.
T HE SE CON D H AN GOV E R' F E ELS A W F U L L Y F A M I L I A R R E G I S T R A TI ON UN DE R W A Y F OR EP I C EX P EDI T I ON I N Y A E AR: WE LC OME DI K I N G O F DI D AN CEH AL L WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL Tribune Features Editor S t Augustine's teachers Marco Mullings and Trevor Tucker have once again joined artistic forcesthis time to present Nature's Kiss an exhibition that provides a closer look at the patterns that make up the environ ment around us. While this is the third show they have done together, it is different in that it is a real collaboration. This time around we planned the approach. The other shows did not have the flow that you will see in this one. You can see the differences in our artistic approach, but you still have the sense that it is one show. We really planned it out so that we could set parameters and have two different interpretations of the same thing ," Marco recently told Tri bune Arts. "A lot of the pieces are underwater scenes that focus on the patterns of marine life i.e. grouper, marine life, angel fish and grouper. I have always been inspired by patterns and colours. There are also birds, flowers and some SEE page 2C ART BY Trevor Tucker ART BY Marco Mulling
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 02 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 humans in there." "We wanted to use the whole colour wheel, but we wanted to take the marine and plant life and really focus on isolating some of the patterns that you find in nature. It is really a marriage of nature and harmony really allowing the colours to direct the work." Trevor added that this show really is about focusing on the "bits and pieces" that make up the larger whole such as an individual flower petal as opposed to the whole flower. "I love being able to take those little pieces and then put them together. It is almost like putting a puzzle together and letting the picture flow." He added that Nature's Kiss is "definitely a blast of colour, with lots of movement and natural energy." It also allowed him a chance to hone some of his skills such as transparent overlapping. Between them, the exhibit will feature between 30 and 50 pieces some still in the works. The collection premieres on June 2, with a one night opening show at the Bahamas National Trusta fitting venue to tie in with the theme followed by a longer engagement at the Via Cafe two weeks later. FROM page 2C N A T U RE S KI S S I love being able to take those little pieces and then put them together It is almost like putting a puzzle together and letting the picture flow Trevor Tucker ART BY Trevor Tucker ART BY Marco Mulling
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 03 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 JUNE 1 JUNE 5 (ELEUTHERA) PINEA PP L E FE S TIV AL Gregory Town, Eleuthera hosts its annual Pineapple Festival, a festival that pays homage to the many pineapple farmers for their outstanding contributions and that brings together Bahamians and visitors to enjoy and participate in activities such as the pineapple eating contest, pineapple cooking contest, old time pineapple crazy sports, 40mile pineapple cycling contest, plaiting of the pineapple pole and the Little Miss Pineapple Princess pageant. Telephone: 3322142, 332-2148, or 332-2868. JUNE 2 THURSDAY B IFF 'S M ONTHL Y F I LM SERIES: "W AITING F O R SUP ERMAN" The Bahamas International Film Festi val, along with the FirstCaribbean International Bank, presents the Monthly Film Series' movie for June, "Waiting for Superman", which examines the crisis of public education in the United States through multiple interlocking stories, from students and families whose futures hang in the balance to the educators and reformers trying to find solutions for the dysfunctional system. 8pm at Galleria Cinema, JFK. Cost: $7. Telephone: 356-5939. JUNE 3 FRIDAY KEV A P O ITIER L ABO U R D A Y CO OK OUT Enjoy delicious food at this Labour Day cook-out in aid of medical expenses for Keva Poitier. Menu includes chicken, peas 'n rice, macaroni and cheese, and coleslaw. Cost: $10. 12pm-6pm on the Western Esplanade. JUNE 4 SATURDAY HE NNE S S Y AR TI S TR Y A T CL UB L UN A Club Luna hosts Hennessy Artistry, the art of blending, featuring a live concert from grammy-award winning artist Beenie Man and a special appearance by Willest and the Illest band. Cost: $25/general advance; $35/general at the door; 45/VIP advance; $55/VIP at the door; $125/platinum, includes hors d'oeurves and complimentary drinks. JUNE 5 SUNDAY BAH AM AS N A TION AL CHILDREN'S CHOIR C ONCE R T The Bahamas National Children's Choir celebrates their 20th anniversary with a con cert under the direction of Dr Patricia Bazard, Audrey Dean and assisted by Alfred Dean, 5pm at the Rainforest Theatre. Cost: $10/available from choir members. Telephone: 557-8668 or 394-3018. JUNE 9 MONDAY HO TEL ASSOCIA TI ON MEE TI N G & BTC PL ANS U PD A TE The Bahamas Hotel Association holds a Board of Directors' and Members Meeting at 9.30 am at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Hotel, (The Arawak Room). There will be a special roundtable presentation by Geoff Houston, Chief Executive Officer, BTC Bahamas. He will provide the latest updates on BTC's plans. RSVP by contacting: 3228381-4 or email Charlotte Knowles Thomp son at: BHA@BahamasHotels.org T H I N G S 2 DO By PRECISION MEDIA T W O h u n d r e d y o u n g p e r s o n s f r o m a c r o s s T h e B a h a m a s a r e s e t t o d es cen d on pi ct ure squ e A ba co f or a 1 3 d a y B a h a m a s A w a r d S c h e m e E xp ed i ti on (BA SE ). P a r t i c i p a n t s i n t h e G ov e rn o r G e n e r a l Y o u t h A w a r d ( G G Y A ) p r o g r a m m e wi l l h a v e t h e o pp o rt u n i t y t o a p p r e c i a t e A b a c o i n a l l i t s g l o r y w h i l e t he y t re k a l ong pri st i ne b ea che s a nd t hr oug h t hi ck pi n e f ore st s. 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G ol d pa rti ci pan ts c o mp l e t e t h e r e q u i r e d r e s i d e n t i a l p r o j e c t w h i c h i n v o l v e s a c o m m u n i t y s e r v i c e P r i o r t o t h e e x p e d i t i o n p a r t i c i p a n t s w il l be ba sed a t t he Ab aco C en tra l H i g h S c h o o l w h e r e t r a i n i n g a n d ro ut e pl an ni ng s ess i ons wi l l b e he l d, e q u i p m e n t c h e c k e d a n d f o o d r a t i o n e d o u t T h e f o u r d a y G o l d e xp ed it i on be g i ns Jul y 2 Th e t hre eda y Si l ve r E xpe di t io n st ar ts J u l y 3 a n d t h e B r o n ze e x p e d i t i o n r u n s f r o m Jul y 4 thr oug h Ju ly 6 T h e p h y s i c a l d e m a n d s o f s u c h h i ke s a re no l a ug hi n g m at t e r. Pa rt i ci pa nt s ar e re spo nsi bl e f or t he p rep ar a t i o n a n d p a c k i n g o f t h e i r o w n f o o d he a l th a nd hy gi e ne it e ms an d ot he r n e c e s s i t i e s T h e y a r e s t r i c t l y l i m i t e d t o what they can c arry on their bac k. Theref o re, ea c h person is r e q ui r e d t o pa ck 23 t o 3 0 p er cen t o f hi s/ he r b o d y w ei gh t in c lo t h es an d eq u i p m e nt a nd tol d to a l l ow a n a dd it i ona l 1 0 t o 1 5 pe r cen t f or f oo d. Ms Mo rti m e r st res se d t he i mp ort an c e o f f o ll o w in g a l l in s t r u c t io n s : p ac k lig ht d r ink lot s o f wat er ge t pl e nt y o f re st bri n g a l l it e ms on t he e q u i p m e n t l i s t b e d i s c i p l i n e a n d r e a d t he i n fo rm at i on p rov i de d. 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T h e G G Y A i s a n e x c i t i n g s e l f d evelop m e nt pr ogr amme av ail a ble t o a ll yo u n g B a h a m ia n s I t eq u ip s the m wi th l i fe skil l s to ma ke a di ff e r e n c e w i t h i n t h e m s e l v e s t h e i r c o m m uni t i es an d th e w orl d O n l y 5 0 p e r c e n t o f B r o n z e c h a s e r s wi l l ob ta i n t he me da l wh i le t he succe s s r a t e f or Si l v e r a n d G o l d i s m uc h hi g he r, a roun d 7 5 p er cent T h e GG Y A is a me mb e r o f t h e I n t e r n a t i o n a l A w a r d f o r Y o u n g P e o p l e w h e r e a l m o s t e i g h t m i l l i o n y o u n g p e o p l e f r o m 1 3 2 c o u n t r i e s h a v e u n d e r t a k e n a v a r i e t y o f v o l u n t a r y a nd cha l l en gi n g a cti v i ti e s. L a s t O c t o b e r t h e g o v e r n m e n t si g n ed a con t ra ct wi t h th e G G YA to provi de the orga nisa ti on wi th c ri ti c a l f u n d i n g t h r o u g h t h e G O L D I n i t i a t i v e I n a d d i t i o n t o i n c r e a s e d F a m i l y I s l a n d a n d i n n e r c i t y p a r t i c i p a t i o n i n B A S E 20 1 1, t h e GGY A i s a l s o a b l e t o o f f e r t r a i n i n g c o u r s e s f o r n e w vo l unt ee rs th rou gh th e ne w f un di ng m e c h a n i s m A c c o r d i n g t o t h e M i n i s t e r o f Yout h, S por ts and Cu lt ur e, C ha rl es M ayn ard th e initiat i v e's go al is t o br i n g e v e r y s ch oo l o n e v e r y i s l a n d o f Th e Ba ha m as i nt o the GG YA p rog r a m m e a s a p a r t o f a n a t i on a l y ou t h de ve l opm e nt st ra te gy "Upon c om p l etion, most participa nt s are pro ud th at th ey we re a bl e to tak e pa rt in BASE becau se i t is the u l ti mat e t est of one's pati enc e d i s c i p l i n e s t r e n g t h a n d a b i l i t y t o ov er com e obs ta cl es ," sa i d M s M ort i m e r M a n y d i d n o t t h i n k t h e y c o u l d co m p l e t e s u c h a c h a l l e n g i n g v e n t u r e a n d s o t h e y g a i n a b e t t e r u n d e r s t a n d i n g o f t h e m s e l v e s a n d o t h e r s P a r t i c i p a n t s ge t a t r em e n d o u s s e n s e o f ac h ie v e me n t T h e y n e v e r th oug ht the y coul d s urv iv e wi th out TV ce l l p hon e, t hei r o wn be d a nd a hot sh owe r." R E G I S T R A T I O N U N D E R W A Y F O R E P I C E X P E D I T I O N Y o u t h f r o m a c r os s T h e B a h a m a s e x p e c t e d t o a t t e n d PHILADELPHIA Associated Press D C C o m ic s i s g o i n g b a c k t o th e s t a r t i n g p o i n t in Se ptem b er, ren u m ber in g its en tir e li neu p o f DC U ni v e rse t i t l e s w i t h No. 1 a nd r e t ool i ng n e a r l y a l l o f i t s m a j o r c h a r a c t e r s i n c l u d i n g S u p erm an W o nd er W om an an d Batman At the sam e t im e, t h e co mp an y, wh ich has b ee n p u b lis h in g c o mi cs fo r 76 year s a lso sa id it wo u ld s tar t s ellin g digi t al c op ies of its p ri nted ong oing supe rhe ro t it l e s th roug h a pps a nd a web s ite th e sam e d ay they 're rele ased in co m ic s h op s a mo ve d ub b ed by th e ind u s t r y as d ayan d -d at e s ales. Th at will affec t th e co m p any's s u per h ero titles T h a t m e a n s D C i s j o i n i n g a m o v e m e n t a l r e a d y e m b r a c e d b y A r c h i e C o m i c s w h i c h b e g a n s a m e d ay d igital and p rin t sales in Ap r il, alo ng with o th er sm aller pu b lis h ers D C s r i v a l M a r v e l C o m i c s h a s n o t y e t i m p l e m e n t e d s u c h a m o v e b u t h a s r o u t i n e l y h e l d m o r e m ark et sh ar e ever y yea r sin ce 2002, b ased o n s ales s tat i stics fr o m Diam o nd Com ic Di str ibu t o r s USA Toda y report e d t hat DC' s m ove w il l s ta r t wi t h t h e f ir s t is s u e o f J u s ti c e L e ag u e N o 1 in S ep temb er wh ich will r eu n ite the clas sic l in eu p o f S u p er m an B a tm a n W o n d e r W o m an Th e F lash Aq uam an an d Gr een Lan ter n. The ne wspape r re po r te d t hat 5 2 issue s, a ll s tarti n g at N o 1 wil l b e r elea sed star tin g a t th e e n d o f th e s u m m er J u s ti c e Le ag u e is t h e fi r s t a n d w i l l b e w r i t t e n b y D C s c h i e f c r e a t i v e o f f i c e r G e o ff J o h n s an d il l u s tr a te d b y c o p u b l i s h er J im Lee, th e fir st time th e p air h ave co llab or ated to gether th e c om p an y said Lee h as also d esign ed th e co stu mes of mo r e th an 50 ch ar acter s, t h e p ap er rep o r t e d. I n a n o t e t o d i r e c t m a r k e t r e t a i l e r s B o b W ayn e, s eni or vic e p res id en t for s ales s aid b y reb oo t in g the sup erh e r o t itle s an d mo v in g to d ay-an d-d ate d igital sales D C was p o sitio n in g itse lf to l et read er s exp er ien ce c har acter s in a n ew ligh t. We h av e t a ke n g re a t ca re i n ma i nt a i ni ng co n tin uity wh er e m o st im po r t a nt, b u t fan s wil l s ee a n ew ap p r o ac h t o o u r s t o r yte ll in g, h e s ai d in the letter "So m e of th e ch arac ters will h ave new origins, while others will un dergo min or c h a n g e s O u r c h a r a c t e r s a r e a l w a y s b e i n g u p d a t e d ; h o w ev e r t h i s i s t h e f ir s t t i m e al l o f o u r c h a r a c t e r s w i l l b e pr e s e n t e d i n a n e w w a y a l l a t o n c e D C C O M I C S TO R E L A U N C H M O ST T I T L E S A T N O 1 In this publicity mage released by DC Comics, DC Comics' co-publisher Jim Lee is shown. DC Comics is going back to the starting point in September, renumbering its entire lineup of DC Universe titles with No. 1 and retooling nearly all of its major char acters, including Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman.(AP)
June, soon; July, stand by; August, come it must; September, remember; October, all over. T his little mnemonic about the hurricane sea son is fine, except that it is wildly inaccurate. September usually is our busiest month for hurricanes while some of the most destructive have occurred in October, even November. The hurricane season officially starts today but we have a couple of months when the likelihood of a storm is small. J u n e i s p o i n c i a n a m o n t h w h e n t h e t r e es a r e at t h ei r b es t T h o s e b ar e, s t r ag gl y s k el e t o n s o f w i nt er h a v e m i r a c u l o u s l y t r a n s f o r m e d themselv es into t he most m a gnif ice nt dis play s of re d or brick ora nge blossoms. B l o o m i n g t o o ar e c r e p e m y r t l e a n d fr a n g i p a ni j o in i ng th os e s hr u b s l i k e b o u g a i n v i l l e a o l e a n d e r a n d hibiscus t ha t t hat produc e flo wer s for most of the year. In t h e f l o w er b ed s i t i s t h e h ea t lover s suc h as cosmos, vinca, sunflowers, zinnias and marigolds that hold sway. New Guinea impatiens and caladiums do well in the heat but also need shade. The heat is taking its toll on the vegetable garden. Most of what we grew through winter and spring is no w su f fer in g an d t hi s sign als t h e end of our vegetables season. Pep p e r s w a t e r m e l o n s c o r n s n a k e beans and okra are among vegeta bles that will grow well in summer heat, but by and large the season is on its last legs. Most tomatoes need cool condi tio ns b el ow 6 8 deg r ee s to se lf-pol linate and our late spring and early s u m m e r n i g h t s a r e u s u a l l y w e l l a bove t h is ma rk. Ce rtain t oma toes, p a r t i c u l a r l y c h e r r y t o m a t o e s c a n s e t f r u it a t a h i g he r t e mp e ra t u re a nd these are our best bet for the near future. Some garde ners h a ve struc tures t h a t p r o v i d e s h a d e s o m e t i m e s e r r o neously called greenhouses. These wi ll no t h e l p muc h wi th t om ato es b ut ar e e xc el len t f or pep p ers and oth er pr im e ve g e tab le s. I f y ou h av e mature trees in your yard you may be ab le to g row p eppe rs, eg gp lants, c u c u m b e r s a n d o t h e r wa r m w e a t h e r c r o p s i n p o t s u n d e r t h e s h a d e o f trees. Ju ne is the m onth wh en the r ai ny season normally begins, though we may have to wait until July. Local farmers who do not have irrigation s y s t e m s a r e s u f f e r i n g a n d g a r d e n e r s a r e c o m p l a i n i n g t o m e a b o u t t h e amount of time they have to spend w a t e r i n g t h e i r r e m a in i n g v e g e ta b l e s and flower beds M a t u r e f r u i t t r e e s c a n t o l e r a t e going without water because their r o o t s a r e w i d e s p r e a d a n d f i r m l y e s t a b l i s h e d M o s t f r u i t t r e e s p r o duce better crops when conditions are dry. A sudden supply of water may induce fruit drop. It h as be e n s o dr y her e on Ab aco t h a t I m g o i n g t o w a i t u n t i l t h e r a i n y se a son has de finite ly sta rted be f o re I t r e a t m y fr u i t t r e e s wi t h th e i r s u m mer regimen of chelated iron, fer tilizer and minor nutrients. W a t er m el o n s s e em t o b e d o i n g well this year but there have been ma ny ca se s of blo ssom-e nd rot tha t h a v e r e d u c e d t h e h a r v e s t s B l o s s o m end rot is usually caused by infre q u e n t w at er i n g, an d w a t e rm e l o n s a r e m o r e d e m a n d i n g o f r e g u l a r w a t e r i n g th a n m os t p l a n ts T h e y a r e native to West Africa and particu larly along the banks of rivers that prov ide the r oots with s t e ady mois ture in silty conditions. O u r l a w n s a r e l i k e i m p a t i e n t h o r s e s j u s t w a i t i n g t o s t a m p e d e i n t o g r a s s y a b u n d a n c e T h e c o m b i n a ti o n o f h e a t a n d r a i n w h e n t h e ti m e s o o n c o me s w il l mak e m ow i n g a rea ll y r egu l ar c h o re I sw e ar t h er e h ave b e e n t i m e s i n t h e p a s t w h e n t h e g r a s s n e e d e d c u t t i n g a g a i n j u s t a d a y after it had been mown. firstname.lastname@example.org T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 06 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 J ust a few images of what we the Bahamas looked like 40...50...60... years in the past Captain Fred Brown brings to safe anchorage the SS France, one of the largest ships in the world at the time. BY ROLAND ROSE T H E M O N T H O F J U N E I t's water melo n tim e a nd t h i s S u g a r B a b y i s a h a n d y s i z e f o r m o s t f a m i l i e s T H E I M M E N S EL Y p o pu l a r f r a n gi p a n i B r i d a l B o u qu e t i s f l o w e r i n g n o w a n d w i l l s t a y b l o o m i n g a l l t h e r e s t o f t h e y e a r
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Th ere w as al s o a p e rf o r ma n c e f ro m J a c o b L u s k w h o p e r f o r m e d w i t h a w a r d w i n i n g g o s p e l s t a r s K i r k F r a n k l i n a n d G l a d y s K n i g h t T h at w a s j u s t b e a u t i f u l t o w a t c h t h e y s a n g K i r k F r a n k l i n s n e w h i t S m i l e a f a v o u r i t e o f m i n e C a s e y A b r a h a m s a l s o c a m e o u t a n d d i d a p erf o r ma n c e w i t h ac t o r J a c k B l a c k t h e K u n g F u P a n d a s t a r N o w t h a t w a s a n h i l a r i o u s p e r f o r m a n c e i t w a s f u n t o w a t c h Now th e b est p er fo rmanc e s of the ni ght w as w h en t h e to p 1 3 g i rl s c a me o u t d o i n g a B ey o n c e m e d l ey t h e y al l l o o k e d r ea l l y n i c e B e y o n c e c a m e o u t a n d k i l l e d i t w h e n s h e s a n g an d d an c ed a lo n g w it h th em S tev en Ty le r al so san g h i s h i t so n g "D rea m On S c o t ty d i d a l i t t l e d u e t w i t h T i m M c G ra w an d La u re n A l ai n a sa n g w i t h C a rr i e Un d e rw o o d It w a s ve ry n i c e G oing fur ther Lil Jon ca me on f o r a f e w s e c o n d s a n d i n t r o d u c e d t h e gr o u p TL C w h o sa n g a f e w o f t h e i r h i t s N a i m a T h i a K a r e n a n d A s h t h o n j o i n e d i n t o d a n c e t h e i r s o n g "C h as i n g Wa te rf a l l s. W e a l s o g o t a l o o k a t a l l t h e p e o p l e w h o d i d n t mak e i t o n t h e sh o w i t w as h i l a ri o u s. A n d g u ys I k n o w y o u w e r e n t e x p e c t i n g a p e r f o r m a n c e fr o m M a r c A n t h o n y a n d h i s w i f e A I j u d g e J e n n i f e r L o p e z t h e y b o t h d e l i v e r e d A ft e r tw o l o n g h o u rs, t h e t i m e h a d c am e f o r th e w i n n e r t o b e an n o u n c e d O f c o u rs e L a u re n w a s al r ea d y i n t e ar s, R ya n r ev ea l s t h a t t h e s ea so n 1 0 A me ri c a n Id o l w i n n er i s S C OT TY McC RE ER Y! I th in k h e k new h e w a s go i n g to w i n H e t ri e d to si n g a so n g a n d e n d e d u p c r yi n g a s a l l t h e w i n n er s d o A n d th at w as t h e en d o f th e se as o n G o o d l u c k t o S c o t ty a n d a l l o f t h e c o n te st a n t s! A ND THE WIN NER ISSEX Y SC O TT Y! Y A H E A R G O S S I P C O R N E R T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 07 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 Beyonce 1+1 Lloyd featuring Trey Songz and Young Jeezy BE THE ONE J i l l S c o t t f e a t u r i n g A n t h o n y H a m i l t o n SO IN LOVE DJ Drama featuring Wiz Khalifa, Fabolous, Roscoe Dash 'OH MY' Da Brat featuring Jadakiss GET IT GET IT Jadakiss featuring Emmany HOLD YOU DOWN Raekwon featuring DJ Khaled, Game, Pharrell, Busta Rhymes ROCK N ROLL (Remix) Lil Wayne HOW TO LOVE Nicki Minaj featuring Swizz Beatz CATCH ME By LESH D ANCEHALL VETERAN and Award Winning Star, Anthony Moses Davis, also known as Bee nie Man' is set to make headlines when he takes the stage in Nas sau this Saturday at Club Luna courtesy of Hennessy Artistry Bahamas in association with Burns House Group of Companies. I n a n e x c l u s i v e i n t e r v i e w w i t h I n Y a E a r t h e s e l f p r o cla ime d "K ing of the Da nce hal l" say s he will pu t on a good show this Saturday for the Bahamian crowd. B eeni e has c apt ur ed hi s mil li on s of fan s wi t h hi s hits like "Rum and Red bull," "Girls Dem Sugar", W ic k e d e s t S l a m " He a l e r " O l e D a w g " Wh o Am I ( S i m S i m m a ) " D u d e " B o s s M a n a n d K i n g o f t h e Dancehall", Beenie Man was destined to rank top of t h e da nceha ll cha rts with Gra mmy no minations, hig h climbing record sales, and his greatest dancehall hits. He tells In Ya Ear he has performed quite a few ti me s i n the Ba h a ma s th e l a s t ti me be i ng a t l a st y e a r 's Caribbean Collaboration concert on Arawak Cay. "I al way s e njo y m y ti me t h er e a nd I ha v e a lo t of frie nds in the Bahamas, in Freeport and Bimini," he says. When a sked wha t advi c e he w oul d giv e to Baha mia n m u s i c a n s w h o w a n t t o b e s u c c e s s f u l a s t h e i r Jamaican counterparts, Beenie said he would simply "Keep it Carribean." He w e nt o n t o s a y tha t the B ah a ma s h as a l ot of t al ented musicians, but they often strive to make their mu s i c i n te r na ti on a l fo r a U S st a tu s Be e n i e M a n ur g e s Bahamian musicians to try to come into their own in the music industry. H e a l s o g i v e s a d v i c e t o J a m a i c a n s l i v i n g i n t h e Bahamas-"Keep their head up." Be en ie sa id he is e xpe cti ng a gr ea t s how this we ek end. A ll king s b ring y our q uee n, buy your ticke t and don't jump the fence." Acc o r di n g to p r o mo te r s o f th e c on ce r t, B e e ni e i s a n i n t e r n a t i o n a l p h en o m e n o n an d t h e m e n t i o n o f h i s n am e i ns t ant l y h as pa tr on s ju mp in g wi t h t he exc it ment of seeing him live. I t i s i m po s s i b le to l i st e n to t he l oc a l a i r wa v e s i n th e Ba ha ma s a nd not he a r the la te s t hi t s ong I 'm Ok a y" as it is presently in heavy rotation. "This summer's co ncert is expected to be memora ble Be e nie M an' s co nsta nt me ntio n of H en nes sy in his dancehall hits, emphasised that the recognition of t h e v a lue of He nne ss y has hit the Ja ma ica n e nter tain m e n t s c e n e p r o m o t e r s s t a t e d H e n n e s s y A r t i s t r y p r o mo t e s t he a r t o f b l e n d i ng v a r i o u s g e n r e s a n d ta l e n t s o f the world's top artists globally. "We have each event to feature some of the most c utt ing e d g e a n d f ormidable names in mu s i c today, o n e bei n g Bee ni e Man hi ms el f ," A ns w ell Jo h ns on Hennessy Brand Manager explained. The Hennessy Artistry has given dancehall music patrons the chance to win one of twenty five general passes, one of fifteen VIP passes, and one of ten plat i n u m p a s s e s t o s e e B e e n i e M a n l i v e i n c o n c e r t w i t h t h e purchase of any bottle of Hennessy at selected Burns H o u s e a n d B u t l e r & S a n d s l o ca ti o n s I n a d d i t i o n B e e nie M a n fa ns we re a bl e to wi n co nce r t tick ets thr ou gh the event's page "Hennessy Artistry Bahamas" on Facebook. Ti cke ts to the c on ce rt a re o n s a le a t de s ig na te d ou tlet s in N assa u th a t incl ude Burns Hous e Locations: JFK Independence Liquor StoreSaunders Beach C a v e s V i l l a g e C a p t a i n s C a b i n a n d t h e M a l l o f Ma r a t ho n. T h e c on ce r t' s g e n e ra l a d m is s io n co s t i s $ 2 5 in Ad v a n c e /$ 3 5 a t th e D o or V I P $ 4 5 in A dv a nc e / $ 5 5 at the Door and Platinum cost is $125. YA HEAR Tupac Shakur alive? That was the phony story that appeared on PBS network's website. PBS officials say hackers cracked the network's web site, posting a phony story claim ing dead rapper Tupac Shakur was alive in New Zealand, and a group that claimed responsibility for the hacking complained about a recent "Frontline" inves tigative news program on WikiLeaks. YA HEAR Sean Kingston in critical condition after jet ski crash? TMZ reported that Sean Kingston is in critical condition after surviving a life-threatening jet ski accident in Miami with a female comrade. During the holiday weekend Kingston and his passenger crashed into a bridge, but pulled through after a bystander rescued them. Both Kingston and his rider were rushed to Jackson Memorial Hospital where Kingston is being treated in the trauma ward. YA HEAR Chelsea Handler had an abortion? In a recent New York Times article Handler opened up about her past. "I had an abortion when I was 16. Because that's what I should have done," Handler revealed. "Otherwise I would now have a 20-year-old kid. Anyway, those are things that people shouldn't be dishonest about it." YA HEAR Kim K is tying the knot? The reality star is engaged to New Jersey Nets player Kris Humphries.Humphries, 26, got down on bended knee on May 18 at her Beverly Hills home, and proposed with rose petals on ground spelling out, "WILL YOU MARRY ME?" R E L E A S E S
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 08 WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 L AD Y Ga g a n ev er c ea s e s t o a m az e! Sh e i s on e o f t h e m os t bi z a r r e f i g u r e s o f f as hi o n a n d e ve r y en s e m b le s h e s t ep s o n t o t h e r e d c a r pe t i n ou t d o es t h e p r ev i ou s o ne She ha s n ot o nl y t ak en he r f a s hi o n t o an ot h er l ev el s he ha s t a ke n her s ho e g a m e t o a n ew level. From towering heels to unique designs Gaga is never afraid to step out of the box. Now go on and look!