N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.172WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTIAL SUNSHINE HIGH 90F LOW 80F F E A T U R E S SEEARTSANDENTERTAINMENT S P O R T S Street of wonders SEESECTIONE Swift sensation By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a email@example.com POLICE predict an increase in unlicensed phonec ard sales as the Bahamas Telecommunications Company seeks to expand its vendor market. U nlicensed vendors are b elieved to account for 80 per cent of the current retail market, according to Inspec-t or Alpheus Kemp, police licensing section, who fears the crime trend will boom once BTC streamlines new incentives. Mr Kemp said: We have a challenge with phone card vendors on the street. We make arrests on a daily basis, charge them and put them before the courts, but because the fine is so small they are back out on the streets again the next day. Mr Kemp was referring to statements made at a recent press conference, which outlined BTCs future g oals. I just want to raise the level of awareness, Mr Kemp said. I know they don ot deal with the street ven dors directly, but perhaps they can do more to ensure that persons selling productsa re in compliance with the law. BTC Marketing vicepresident Marlon Johnson confirmed that the company sold phone cards to whole sale companies, who then passed on the product to retail vendors. Mr Johnson explained that while the company intends to increase both wholesale and retail sales, it does not have a direct relationship with street vendors and thus cannot control transactions at that stage. We want to expand our retail footprint, and we also want to expand the numberof locations that people can TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Police fears over BTC phone cards Boom in unlicensed vendors predicted as ne w incentives are introduced SEE page seven B y AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE crackdown on vend ors operating at Potters Cay d ock continued yesterday as p olice closed three more stalls. R emaining vendors were given up to three weeks to ensure they are in accordance with regulations as police, joined by a licensing inspec POLICE CLOSE THREE MORE STALLS AT POTTERS CAY SEE page seven MAKING A SPLASH ON SUMMER SOLSTICE T IM CLARKE/TRIBUNE STAFF By PAUL G TURNQUEST Chief Reporter pturnquest@ tribunemedia.net THE former Mem ber of Parliament for Exuma, George Smith, has come under fire from his own party for speak ing out against the areas current MP Anthony Moss regaining the party nomination for the 2012 general election. In an exclusive report by The Tri bune Mr Smith said as much of a PLP that he is, he could not in good conscience inflict such incompetence on By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE family of a young woman whose body was dumped in a grave after she was killed expressed joy yesterday after the man convicted of her murder was sentenced to life imprisonment. Thank God its over and he wont have an opportunity to do it to another person, an emotional Carol Fisher-Kemp, the mother of 19-year-old Shanice Adderley said yesterday. Angelo Poitier, 26, was convicted last October of the murder of his former girlfriend Shanice Adderley, 19. The young woman's body was discov ered inside a grave at the Bahamas Vet eran's Cemetery on Infant View Road on May 27, 2009. According to an autopsy report, Ms Adderley died as a result of blunt force trauma to the body. My sister did not deserve to die in the way that she did. She was not a dog, she By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Former immigration officer Edwin Deveaux is on trial in the Freeport Magistrates Court, accused of sending death threats to the assis tant director of immigration. Deveaux, 31, is accused of threatening to kill his former boss, Fausteen MajorSmith, assistant director of the Immigration Department in Freeport, on two occasions, putting her in fear for her life. A letter was sent to Mrs MajorSmith on June 17, 2007, and again on June 25, 2008. The case opened on Monday before Magistrate Debbye Ferguson in Court One. Police Sergeant Avardo Dames, a fin PLPS HIT OUT AT GEORGE SMITH AFTER MP CRITICISM SEE page seven SEE page seven SEE page seven MAN GETS LIFE FOR THE MURDER OF YOUNG WOMAN F ORMER OFFICER ACCUSED OF DEATH THREATS TO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION CURRENT EXUMA MP: Anthony Moss JUMPIN: Yesterday marked Summer Solstice and these youngsters took refuge from the hot weather by jumping into the water at Arawak Cay. BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E
By MATT MAURA Bahamas Information Services C ARICOM member s tates are particularly vulnerable and susceptible to the risks and threats posedb y weapons of mass destruct ion and terrorism because o f their small size, geographical configuration and limited technical and finan-c ial resources, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette said Tuesday. M r Symonette said the s ame vulnerability is the c ause of the scourge of illicit drugs, gun and human smuggling that CARICOMm ember states are currently experiencing. He urged countries to close the security gaps and ensure thate ffective and responsive m onitoring systems are e stablished. The Deputy Prime Minister said combating the pro-l iferation of chemical, biological, regional, nuclear (CBRN importance to all interna t ional and regional countries a s all states are vulnerable t o this continuing challenge. This is particularly so for small-island states which canb e seen as soft, unsuspecting targets for would-be terrorists and which lack adequate controls and sophisti c ated know-how to detect the ingenious smuggling of weapons of mass destruc tion, Mr Symonette added. A ddressing delegates attending the regional work shop on the implementation o f the Chemical Weapons C onvention for policy offi cials from CARICOM mem bers, which opened in Nassau on Tuesday, Mr Symon e tte said small-island states vulnerability to terrorist attacks was clearly demon s trated in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on the United States. The security and econ omic viability of the inter n ational system are indeed inextricably intertwined (as while none of these eventso ccurred on Caribbean soil, t he region realised signifi cant economic losses to the tune of nearly one billion dollars and the losses of hundreds of thousands of jobs in the tourism and hospitality sector, Mr Symonette said. Given the reality that ter rorist events do transcend borders, it is critical that a cooperative approach in controlling and managing the global trade in strategic goods and dual-use materials be forged and that small states, including CARICOM nations, understand and embrace their consequential role and attendant responsibilities in this effort, he added. The Deputy Prime Minister said any significant lack in the capacity to prevent contraband from entering the domestic environment and international supply chain must be addressed. Capacity gaps, Mr Symon ette said, considerably increase the threat of weapons of mass destruction a nd their precursors enter ing the international supply chain. Gaps in our capacities to patrol and secure our territorial waters and coastlines increase the likelihood of terrorists gaining accesst o perpetuate their nefari ous activities, he added. Mr Symonette said region al export control architect ure remains out of step with the threats and strategic environment it currently faces. Limited personnel and infrastructure resources, porous borders and socioeconomic realities, exacerbated by the recent global economic crisis, all serve to compound existing transit and transshipment challenges, complicate enforce ment of effective, non-pro liferation policies, and inhibit efforts to institutionalise regional inter-agency cooperation, Mr Symonette said. While the Caribbeans spans of major shipping lanes from South America and Europe is one of the regions greatest assets for exploiting opportunities for economic trade and development, Mr Symonette said its geographical position and construct increases its vulnerability to attacks and pose even greater security challenges. It is imperative that we close security gaps and ensure that effective and responsive monitoring sys tems are established, he added. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE F amGuards Annual Calendar Photo Contest is opentoallphotographers.Thetitleforthe companys 2012 calendar will be A Celebration of Nature. Photographsmaybeofany subject(animateorinanimate),sceneorhistrocialstructurethatfeaturesastrikingexample of nature as found in The Bahamas. DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS JUNE 30, 2011. All entries are submitted at the owners risk a nd will not be returned. All entries are to be delivered to Family Guardians Corporate Centre, Village Road and East Bay Street, Nassau, between 9:00a.m and 5:00p.m weekdays only. Envelopes should b e marked Calendar Contest. All entries must be accompanied by a signed and completed ofcial entry form, available at any Family Guardian ofce, as published in the newspapers or on the website (www. famguardbahamas.com). Only colour images will be considered. Images must be provided as digital les on CD.Digital images must be of high quality (2700 x 2100 pixels or larger of photo manipulation, resolution enhancement or compression will be rejected. To ensure thebestcolourreproduction,digitalimagesshouldbesuppliedinRAW,TIFForhighquality JPEG and in the original colour format the camera uses (LAB or RGB Allentriesmustbe suppliedwithcolourprints(8x10)whichwillbeusedinthejudgingprocess.(Note:prints submitted without CDs will not be eligible and vice versa). The photographers name, photo subject and photo location must be written on the reverse of the print. Judging of entries will be based on beauty, interest, composition, colour, originality and quality of photograph. Particular areas and subjects of interest are detailed on the website (www.famguardbahamas.com). The photographs selected will appear in FamGuards 2012 wall and desk calendars. The decision of the judges will be nal. A gift certicate valued at $400.00 will be presented for each of the photographs selected. Photographic credits will be given in the wall and desk calendars. The number of entries per photographer is limited to a maximum of 5 photos. The winning photographs, along with all publication and reproduction rights attached thereto, become the property of FamGuard Corporation Limited and the Company reserves the right to use such in the future. Photos will not be returned. Employees of the FamGuard Group of Companies or their family members are not eligible. Previously published photos are not eligible.1 2 3 4 5 6 7 89 10calendar contestspecial contest details listed on our websiteVisit www.famguardbahamas.com for special hints and contest details! entry formdeadline June 30, 2011Return this form with photos and CD to: Calendar ContestF amily Guardian Corporate Centre Village Road & East Bay Street, P.O. Box SS-6232 Nassau, Bahamas Name: Telephone: BHC Email: P.O. Box: Street: Address: Island: Number of Photos Entered (a maximum of 5I agree that in the event one or more of my entered photographs is selected as a w inner in the 2012 FamGuard Calendar Photo Contest it will become the property of FamGuard Corporation Limited, and I assign to FamGuard all rights pertaining t o its use in any way whatsoever. I also conrm that the photos entered in this contest were taken in The Bahamas by the undersigned and have not been previously published.SignatureDate NASSAU I FREEPORT I ABACO I ELEUTHERA I EXUMA I CORPORATE CENTRE I FINANCIAL CENTRE I www.famguardbahamas.com CARICOM states particularly vulnerable to terrorism threats DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette WORK takes place at Arawak Cay yesterday as the former Customs building there undergoes demolition. Felip Major /Tribune staff DEMOLITIONWORK THEBAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER
By SANCHESKA BROWN A GROUP of concerned p astors have expressed their disappointment with the recent Privy Council ruling t hat overturned the death sentence of murderer Maxo T ido. Speaking on behalf of the pastors, Bishop Simeon Hallo f New Covenant Baptist Church, described the ruling as incredible, repulsive and contemptible. He said Mr T ido, who brutally murdered 16-year-old Donnell Conover, deserves the death penalty. Bishop Hall did not u nderstand how the death s entence was overturned. Something is terribly wrong with this ruling and the message it sends. The ruli ng of the Law Lords is more than a ruling; it is a message t o all would be murderers that as long as you can benchmark your murder tot he level of brutally of murders like that of Donell Conovers, you can fully expect to be spared the death p enalty. Bishop Hall also said the pastors believe that since the death penalty is on our law b ooks it should not be determ ined by international bodi es, especially one that is far removed from the reality of life in the Bahamas. By letting outside groups have the last word, lends m uch weight for the growing disregard to laws everywhere. It seems to favourc riminals and victims brutally murdered and families destroyed are never vindicated. It is sad, but true that t he people benefiting from this crime culture are criminals and lawyers. He, however, welcomed t he news that the governm ent intends to debate the i ssue of capital punishment, before the break for summer recess in the House of A ssembly. The group of pastors are a lso calling on the government to pass legislation that will levy specific lengthy sen-t ences, no less than 10 years, on individuals found in possession of illegal guns. They also recommended t he government implement a real system of swift justice, create more courts and appoint more judges, close t he gap between the number of people arrested and those that are charged, also find a way to remove lawyers who frustrate the court system. They also sent a stern warning to parents and citi z ens to not participate in c rime or harbour criminals, but rather give our support to the police and other lawe nforcement agencies. The pastors include Bishop Philemon Wilson of Southland Church of God FaithT emple Ministries, Rev Dr Stanley Ferguson of New Free Community Baptist Church and Rev Dr PhilipM cPhee of Mt Calvary Baptist Cathedral. By LAMECH JOHNSON THE Water and Sewerage Corporation is making a concerted effort to slash the huge volume of water lost along its system every day. The WSC loses more than 5 million gallons a day through leakage, but a corporation offi cial told the Integrated Water and Wastewater Stake Holders Symposium at the British Colonial Hilton yesterday, that they are working to reduce this amount by half. Robert Deal, WSC assistant general manager of New Providence operations, said: We want to reduce that from five million gallons per day to 2.5 million. We're hiring a con tractor and we are waiting on the governments approval for funding. Mr Deal said the aims of the project are to improve water management, conserve energy, and help protect the environment. He said that although the Bahamas has one of the high est per capita GDPs in the western hemisphere, "from a water and waste-water per spective, there is a lot of work to be done." According to Dr Chris Cox of the Caribbean Environmental Health Institute, the Bahamas is one of the most water-scarce countries in the world. He said countries around the Caribbean should look at their options for improving water security. He said: "We've been look ing at other water security measures such as rainwater harvesting, something the Bahamas was using in the past." Minister of State for Envi ronment Phenton Neymour acknowledged the need for more water security, and said the government has already made significant strides in becoming independent of the outdated system of barging in potable water from Andros. "To date, it is about 70 to 75 per cent obtained through reverse osmosis, he said. It has dramatically changed and hopefully by the end of the year when the Water and Sewerage Corporation ceases the shipping of our barging exercise in Andros, we will see where it will be possible to move to more than 90 per cent of our water being through reverse osmosis in New Providence. Reverse osmosis plants are also being built throughout the Family Islands, the minister said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011, PAGE 3 By SANCHESKA BROWN ARAWAK Homes is again urging those who were tricked into false deals for land in Sir Lynden Pindling Estatesto come in for a consultation before legal action is taken. Arawak Homes attorney Keith Bell encouraged the hundreds of homeowners who are presently living on land owned by the company to come in, speak with the Arawak Homes officials and regularise their property. Mr Bell said the company is doing all it can to help the victims of land scams, but nothing can be done if they refuse to co-operate. However, he also noted that the companys assistance can only go so far and if its offer is not deemed sat isfactory the victims should immedi ately seek independent legal advice from a reputable law firm or attorney. Mr Bell said while they sympathise with the victims, they cannot just give the land to them. He said: Our position is this: we do not sell the land if it is still vacant. But if there is a finished home or even if a home is still in the beginning stages, we will sell the land based on square footage. Its like this: if I stole your handbag and sold it to person X, person X does not own the bag, they will either have to return it or pay for the bag. Mr Bell said since the company began running ads in the newspaper, persons have been coming forward and have been able to work out deals. He added however that some individuals are still refusing to meet with them and refusing to move. If they maintain this stance for much longer, Mr Bell warned, the company will take the them to court. In fact, he added, the first group of cases are set to be heard on July 27. At least four Supreme Court judgments concerning the land have gone in Arawak Homes' favour, and the company has proceeded to reclaim some land and demolish several homes. In September 2009, Arawak Homes tore down the home of a family in Pinewood Gardens and about a year later demolished Canaan Baptist Church on the Charles Saunders High way. While there is still no official count of how many families have been affected by the housing scams, Mr Bell said there are currently hundreds of per sons living on more than 100 acres of property belonging to Arawak Homes. INMATES aged 35 and older accounted for the largest group of sentenced and remanded persons atH er Majesty's Prison in Fox Hill in 2010, according to the institution's latest annual report. Of the inmates in this age group, 358 of them were on remand while 252 had been sentenced. Inmates aged 18 to 21 were the s econd highest category of prisone rs on remand last year, accounting f or 332 or 20 per cent of the 1,625 persons held at the prison awaiting trial. The data also showed that more t han 80 per cent of the inmates a dmitted to HMP in Fox Hill were f irst offenders. T hese inmates accounted for 82 p er cent, or 1,937 prisoners, while 1 8 per cent of the prison population, 437 inmates, was classified as recidivist in 2010, said the report. The data also provided a breakdown of inmates by nationality and showed that of the 2,374 inmates incarcerated at the facility in 2010 t he majority of offenders were B ahamians. An analysis of admissions by nationality revealed that the majority of inmates 2,093 admitted to prison were of Bahamian nationalit y. This represents 88 per cent of t otal admissions. Foreign nationals a ccounted for 281 or 12 per cent of inmates admitted for the year and 9 7 or four per cent of foreign nationals were from Haiti," noted the report. Only 12 per cent of the inmates at Her Majesty's Prison who were sentenced for crimes last year were given terms of more than two years, t he data showed. O f the inmates sentenced in 2010, 7 2 per cent received sentences of one year or less. Only one inmate was given a life term in 2010, HMP's 2010 annual report noted. The majority of inmates were a dmitted on short-term sentences b etween one to three months being the highest with a total of 188 or 25.1 per cent," said the report, which was tabled in the House of Assembly. Most persons held on remand last y ear were facing murder and armed robbery charges. Of the 106 inmates held at the prison on murder charges last year, only two were sentenced for their alleged crimes, the data revealed. The other 104 prisoners in custody at H MP in Fox Hill facing murder c harges in 2010 were on remand a waiting trial. For the 149 incarcerated persons facing armed robbery charges, only six of them were sentenced while 1 43 of them had not yet been judged f or their alleged crimes. T he data remains similar in many o ther instances of persons facing c rimes against the person. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com LOCAL government elections scheduled for tomorrow throughout the Family Islands are expected to go to smoothly, according to one official. Deputy Permanent Secretary Sherlyn Hall told The Tribune yesterday that all materials necessary for the holding of elections have been distributed and Island Administrators are prepared and ready for Thursday morning. We anticipate a smooth election with no hiccups, said Mr Hall. Family Island elections are held every three years to elect members of the Town Committees and District Council members is in accordance with the Local Government Act 1996 said Mr Hall. The Local Government Act facilitated the establishment of Family Island Administrators, Local Government Districts, Local District Councillors, and Local Town Committees for the Family Islands with the overall goal that elected leaders would govern and oversee the affairs of their respected districts with limited interfer ence from the central government. According to Mr Hall, of the 149 elected positions in the 32 districts, 53 have already been declared and 96 are being contested in the upcoming election. Each councillor or town committee member is responsible for overseeing the proper use of public funds for the maintenance and development of their dis trict. Mr Hall said that the election results will immediately be faxed to the Parliamentary Commissioners office and will be available for release by Thursday afternoon. SMOOTH LOCAL GOVT ELECTIONS EXPECTED IN FAMILY ISLANDS Majority of inmates sentenced and remanded at prison and older Fox Hill institutions 2010 report P ICTURED (L-R : Vincent Sweeney, G EF-IWCAM project co-ordinator; Dr Chris Cox of C EHI; and Phillip Weech, director of the BEST Commission WSC aims to cut hug e v olume of water lost along its system ARA W AK HOMES URGES CONSULTATION FOR THOSE TRICKED INTO FALSE LAND DEALS PASTORS VOICE DISAPPOINTMENT WITH PRIVY COUNCIL DEATH SENTENCE RULING BISHOPSIMEONHALL W W e e w w a a n n t t t t o o r r e e d d u u c c e e t t h h a a t t f f r r o o m m f f i i v v e e m m i i l l l l i i o o n n g g a a l l l l o o n n s s p p e e r r d d a a y y t t o o 2 2 . 5 5 m m i i l l l l i i o o n n . W W e e r r e e h h i i r r i i n n g g a a c c o o n n t t r r a a c c t t o o r r a a n n d d w w e e a a r r e e w w a a i i t t i i n n g g o o n n t t h h e e g g o o v v e e r r n n m m e e n n t t s s a a p p p p r r o o v v a a l l f f o o r r f f u u n n d d i i n n g g . Rober t Deal, WSC assistant general manager of Ne w Providence operations
EDITOR, The Tribune. When the Wikileak Story c ame out about former C ommissioner of Police Mr Reginald Ferguson there were people across the country who criticised him. I am not holding a Brief for Mr Ferguson. During my stay in F reeport I wrote two stories a week in the daily paper, and there were times when those who read them would congratulate me on them, but I would tell them do not praise me for my stories because they could be good to you today but the next ones may not be. When I wrote about the FNM vision, I received a call from Mr Rolle inviting me tol unch to ascertain where I g ot the contents of my article from. I guess he could not agree with me that time, but the late Lionel Dorsette called me a prophet when things I wrote about began to hap p en. I am not a prophet I j ust watch the climate and analyse the events. I wrote an article about Charles Carter, the late Gordon Lowe and Max Dean con gratulating them for their patriotism in playing Bahamian music and when a distant cousin of mine Frank Carter read it, he said good story. I told him I do not seek praise because I write from my heart. Some time in the 1980s the PLP had a meeting in the Kemp Road area when Perry G Christie as a speaker said, Let the chips fall where they may. Wet he PLP will bury our dead a nd the FNM will bury theirs. My point is those who criticised Mr Ferguson from all political corners, before this Wikileak fiasco is over more shocking information will come out. We all haveo ur favourite political lead e rs, heroes, and religious leaders who will fall. We must not hold any man as our Master because there is only one Master and that is the Heavenly Father. So, at the end of the day if the PLP have any dead we will bury them. We need to stop being hypocrites. AUDLEY D HANNA Sr Nassau, June, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. I am writing to this newsp aper with this incident because it can happen to other customers of this bank. Two years ago my husband and I opted to use debit cards i nstead of credit cards. One reason for this when you go on vacation and return home t here is no IOU, no huge interest charges and life goes on. We believed that once weh ad the money on our a ccount we could shop until we dropped or until we had purchased what we needed. Not so last month during a o ne day business trip to pick u p items we had ordered. W e went out on the first flight of our national airline which for the most part leaveso n time. Arrived in South Florida and did our business until about 3.30pm when wew ere at our last pick up and t urned over our SB debit card and got a decline. We could not believe it. My husband h anded his card over again decline. We looked at each other because we knew thatw e had more than sufficient funds to do this final transaction. We had to pay using our remaining US$ cash that weh ad set aside for something else. We then went to a nearby b ank, inserted the cards into the ABM machine and for both of our debit cards we c ould not get proper readings. O ur final stop on our one d ay trip was the big WM to get needed household items. We went to the ABM in this big store and my card was tak-e n by the ABM machine thanks to my bank. Again we t ried using my husbands card f or which access was denied. Quickly we thought to call the bank branch at the Caves on W est Bay Street. They told u s they could not help b ecause a hold was placed on our accounts from our Cable B each home branch. We walked out of WM without m aking a purchase. M y husband then suggested t hat we proceed to the airp ort. At this point we were left with US$21 in our pockets as we intended to obtain some more cash at WM. We filled our rental car with gas andw ere left with US$2 between us. We had sufficient Bahamian dollars to pay our Bahamas customs duty charges once we returned home later that night. T he next morning 9.30 c ould not arrive quick enough we were at our home branchs door. We met with the bankm anager who seemed not to be able to explain to us what had happened and why we were so inconvenienced dur-i ng our trip. The manager did not even offer an apology, but passed us off to another staff member at the branch who informed us that if we are t ravelling we ought to let the branch know. Besides that we were informed that we should h ave contacted the 1800 number on the back of the card. So much for that as my cardw as taken. Y esterday I did Saturday banking and met a fellow customer who was fuming because she had gone through a similar episode a day earlier a nd could not be helped when s he came into this particular branch because the Caves was not her home branch. Thisc ustomer had to come from Eastern NP to Western NP because it is the only brancho f this major bank that has S aturday banking. This customer was unable to obtain any cash from her account b ecause it was placed on hold. I believe that this major bank needs to make a state-m ent to its customers who are not aware they should inform their branch that they are travelling so that they do note ncounter the embarrassment that we did. U NHAPPY CUSTOMER Nassau, June 19, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 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 WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm RICHMOND, Va. Rotting teeth and gums. Diseased lungs. A sewn-up corpse of a smoker. Cigarette smoke coming out of the tracheotomy hole in a man's neck. Cigarette packs in the U.S. will have to carry these macabre images in nine new warning labels that are part of a campaign by the Food and Drug Administration to use fear and disgust to discourage Americans from lighting up. T he labels, announced on Tuesday, represent the biggest change in cigarette packs in the U.S. in 25 years. At a time when the drop in the nation's smoking rate has come to a standstill, the government is hoping the in-your-face labels will go further than the current surgeon general warnings toward curbing tobacco use, which is responsible for about 443,000 deathsa year in the U.S. "These labels are frank, honest and powerful depictions of the health risks of smoking," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. The FDA estimates the labels will cut the number of smokers by 213,000 in 2013, with smaller additional reductions through 2031. O ther countries such as Canada and Uruguay have used graphic, even grisly, warnings for years, and various studies sug gest they spur people to quit. But exactly how effective they are is a matter of debate, since the warnings are usually accompanied by other government efforts to stamp out smoking. "I think it's a great deterrent for kids," said Kristen Polland, 24, of Prattville, Ala. "If you start there, you have won half of the battle." Rhonda Vanover, 43, of Cincinnati, on the other hand, said: "No one is going to stop me unless they make it illegal. Cigarettes get me through the day. They are part of my life." The labels also include images of a smoker wearing an oxygen mask and a motherand baby with smoke swirling nearby. Some images are not graphic at all; one shows a man wearing an "I Quit" T-shirt. The warnings will take up the entire top half both front and back of a pack of cigarettes. They must also appear in adver tisements and constitute 20 per cent of each ad. Cigarette makers will have to run all nine l abels on a rotating basis. They have until the fall of 2012 to comply. The legality of the new labels is already being challenged in a federal lawsuit brought by some of the major tobacco companies, which argue that the warnings will relegate the brand name to the bottom half of the cigarette package, making it difficult or impossible to see. A spokesman for Richmond-based Altria Group Inc., parent company of the nation's largest cigarette maker, Philip Morris USA, said the company was looking at the final labels and had no further comment. Altria Group is not a party in the federal lawsuit. A pack-a-day smoker would see the graphic warnings more than 7,000 times per year. American Cancer Society CEO John R. Seffrin said the labels have the potential to "encourage adults to give up their deadly addiction to cigarettes and deter childrenf rom starting in the first place." The introduction of graphic warning labels was required in a 2009 law that, for the first time, gave the federal government authority to regulate tobacco. Tuesday's announcement follows reviews of scientific literature, public comments and results from an FDAcontracted study of 36 labels proposed last November. The U.S. first mandated the use of warning labels stating, "Cigarettes may be hazardous to your health" in 1965. The current warning labels put on cigarette packs in the mid-1980s say more explicitly that smoking can cause lung cancer, heart disease and other illnesses. But the warnings contain no pictures; they consist only of text i n a small box. The share of Americans who smoke has fallen dramatically since 1970, from nearly 40 per cent to about 20 per cent. But the rate has stalled since about 2004, with about 46 million adults in the U.S. smoking cigarettes. It's unclear why it hasn't budged, but some experts have cited tobacco company discount coupons on cigarettes and lack of funding for programmes to discourage smoking or to help smokers quit. In recent years, more than 30 countries or jurisdictions have introduced labels similar to those created by the FDA. The World Health Organization said in a survey done in countries with graphic labels that a majority of smokers noticed the warnings and more than 25 per cent said the warnings led them to consider quitting. In 2000, Canada introduced blunt warning labels that included images of a pregnant woman smoking, a child and parent puffing away, and a drooping cigarette to illustrate the risk of impotence from smoking. Since then, the county's smoking rate has declined from about 26 per cent to about 20 per cent. How much the warnings contributed is u nclear because the country took other steps to reduce smoking. David Hammond, a health behaviour researcher at the University of Waterloo in Canada, who worked with the firm designing the labels for the FDA, said that while the images are graphic, they are necessary. "This isn't about doing what's pleasant for people," he said. (This article was written by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer). Banking horror in Florida LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Cigarettes will carry grisly warning labels W e need to stop being hypocrites
GREATER effort must be made to sustain HIV programmes within the Caribbean in areas such as prevention, care and treatment if regional countries are to meet three key United Nations and World Health Organisation goals, Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis told regional healthcare officials. At the launch of the Caribbean HIV Conference, Dr Minnis said while the region has made great progress in moving the HIV response for ward, it cannot afford to become complacent as a num ber of challenges still remain. One such challenge is (to sustain) current HIV/AIDS programmes within the Caribbean, Dr Minnis said. Efforts must be made to sustain HIV programmes in the region in all aspects in prevention, in care and in treat ment. We must not become com placent if we want to achieve the UNAID/WHO goals of zero new HIV Infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDSrelated deaths, Dr Minnis added. The minister said another challenge facing regional HIV/AIDS leaders is the estab lishment of a sustained men torship programme in an attempt to pass the baton and engage new leaders in the field. Many of the stalwarts in this fight are approaching retire ment age, he said. There needs to be a sus tained programme of mentor ship and hand-over to younger people who will bring new ideas and renewed energy to this fight. We need to increase capacity building not only in the area of treatment and care, but also in intervention and care, he added. Dr Minnis said the effort to sustain the programmes will require the commitment of both regional governments and its citizens. He said government has been actively supporting the fight against HIV/AIDS since the 1980s and is proud of its national success in the care and treatment of people living with the disease. A disease like AIDS has many victims and we are proud that our National AIDS Pro gramme has made strides in HIV care especially in the area of mother-to-child trans mission, Dr Minnis said. The year 2010 had no reported cases of mother-tochild transmission of HIV (and the prevention of mother-tochild transmission remains a best practice in the Bahamas. Dr Minnis said it was his anticipation that the Caribbean HIV Conference would assist in improving regional respons es to HIV through the application of research, knowledge and the lessons learnt from col laboration and good practices throughout the Caribbean. This conference will help us to enhance our regional efforts to work collectively towards preventing the spread of HIV and mitigating the impact of HIV on the health, social and economic status of the region, Dr Minnis added. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011, PAGE 5 EYR_\J`f 6c_ZVcZ_Uc`U>RcZVVRc By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d email@example.com FREEPORT Democratic National Alliance leader Branville McCartney has identified potential candidates onG rand Bahama who he expects to introduce at the partys official launch here on July 2. Mr McCartney travelled to Grand Bahama recently and said he was very impressed with the persons who came forward to offer themselves as potentialD NA candidates for the upcoming gene ral elections. We have identified persons here and have confirmed about four candidates, he told The Tribune during a telephone interview yesterday. M r McCartney said he is looking forw ard to the launch and believes that Grand Bahama will be impressed with t he candidates they intend to officially introduce. We will introduce probably about three of them, initially; we are doing that because government is going to p robably cut up the constituencies and we have to be very cognisant of that, he s aid. While in Grand Bahama, Mr McCartney met with a number of persons throughout the island from West End to Eight Mile Rock. He also went to L ucaya, Pineridge, and Marco City. While I was very encouraged with r egards to the proposed candidates, I w as very disheartened by the state of some persons living in Grand Bahama; people need jobs, thats bottom-line, he said. I spent some good days over here a nd I feel for the people. I feel their pain at what is going on. The perception we get over here in N assau aint the true perception. What is p ortrayed over in Nassau is not what is h appening in Grand Bahama, and that is why I wanted to come over here personally, Mr McCartney said. We must make sure people of GB are well equipped and we need to ensuret hat jobs are available. Freeport has it all, but it is like a business with no stock. The former FNM MP and State Minister for Immigration resigned from the governing party earlier this year and launched the newly formed DNA party in May. The party attracted more than 1,000 members in the 24 hours following its launch. Mr McCartney, the independent MP f or Bamboo Town, expects to run candidates in all 40 constituencies in the upcoming general elections. Grand Bahama has long been considered FNM country. However, in the 2002 general elections, the PLP won three of the six seats on the island. T he FNM won back all but one of the seats in the 2007 general elections. Mr McCartney is very confident about the support the DNA party has received throughout the country and here on Grand Bahama. Grand Bahama has been called FNM c ountry as they say, but I think that is going to change tremendously this go r ound. What has happened to Grand B ahama especially over the past five y ears, even despite the number of persons who represent GB and who sit in Cabinet and in government, shows that G B has been put on the backburner. And for Grand Bahama to give the FNM such an overwhelming victory and for the party to turn around and seem-i ngly put them on the back burner, I think that changed, he said. Many persons I have spoken to and m y person in the northern Bahamas indicated that persons are waiting to hear o ur message for Grand Bahama, and that is what we are coming to tell them on July 2. Mr McCartney is expected to make another trip to Freeport before the l aunch to conduct one more round of meetings. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT The Supreme Court trial of three Bimini men charged in connection with the December 2007 riot on that island has been suspended in the until July 4. The case was expected to start this week, however Justice Hartman Longley postponed jury selection on Monday. During a hearing on Tuesday, prosecutors were informed that there was no c ourt appointed attorney avail able to represent the accused men. Lorrick Roberts Jr, 24; Andre Roberts, 23; and Lawrence Rolle, 42, were charged in February 2008 with seven counts of arson, two counts of causing damage by fire and one count of causing damage. The men are accused of setting fire to several properties of the Bahamas government, including police dormitory, a 17-foot Boston Whaler, a d uplex and a police station. They are also accused of setting fire to a 32-foot Manta boat belonging to the Bahamas government, and causing damage to two vehicles belonging to two police officers. T he riot broke out on December 22, 2007 on Bimini f ollowing the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Bimini resident Aschal Rolle by a police officer. Prosecutors Sandra Dee Gardiner and Olivia Blatch of the Attorney Generals Office w ill appear on behalf of the Crown. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com F REEPORT The Ameri can woman who was killed last week in a parasailing accidento n Grand Bahama has been i dentified as Crystal Ann Andrews-Rodriquez. Rodriquez, 22, and her hus b and, of Sacramento, California, were on their honeymoon in Freeport when the tragedy o ccurred. The couple was parasailing last Thursday at Lucayan Beach. It is believed that they f ell some 40ft when the har ness broke from the parasail. T hey were taken to Rand M emorial Hospital, where Mrs Rodriquez was pronounced d ead. Her husband was critic ally injured and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. ASP Loretta Mackey said t he husband remains hospi talised in the ICU, but is showing signs of improvement and may be admitted to the male ward in another two days. She said police are continuing their investigations into the i ncident. HOMICIDE INVESTIG ATION CONTINUES M s Mackey said police are also continuing their investig ations into the murder 24y ear-old Kaynisha McBride of Jones Town, Eight Mile R ock. M cBride, a mother of two, was shot dead on Saturday evening while sittingi n a car at her exboyfriends house in Royal Bahamia Estates. Her death is classified as the fifth homicide for the year on Grand Bahama. Ms Mackey said police a re appealing to anyone with information that can assist the police to callC entral Detective Unit at 3 50-3107/8, 352-9774/5 or 911. THE unlawful sex trial of Bishop Earl Randy Fraser was adjourned as attorneys were not prepared to make their closing submissions due to the unavailability of court transcripts. The case will resume on July 14 for closing arguments. Prosecutors have accused Fraser, 53, of abusing his position of trust by having a sexual relationship with a 16-yearold girl he had agreed to counsel. It is alleged that Fraser, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Temple on St James Road, had a sexual relationship with the girl between July 2005 and February 2006. Fraser denies the allegations and remains on $10,000 bail. He is represented by attorney Jiaram Mangra. Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Franklyn Williams is prosecuting the case, which is being heard before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell. A 23-YEAR-OLD MALEresident of Dunmore Street spent the night in police custody for questioning after officers dis covered a stash of suspected marijuana. Officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEUo n Monday while on patrol on Dunmore Street off Market Street. CRIME TIP: CAR THEFT PREVENTION Criminals are always looking for an opportunity to steal a car, police warn. The Royal Bahamas Police Force advised motorists to take the following precautions to prevent their vehicles from being stolen: never leave your keys in your car always lock your car never leave your car running never leave personal belongings visible park in well lit areas park in attended lots and only leave the key with the attendant completely close your windows when parking turn wheels to the side in driveways and parking lots disable your vehicle when leaving it etch the vehicle identification num b er (VIN expensive accessories to prevent thieves from disposing of them install an alarm install a kill switch always be on the alert TRIAL OF THREE MEN CHARGED IN C ONNECTION WITH RIOT IS SUSPENDED BISHOP FRASER TRIAL IS ADJOURNED COURTNEWS DNA leader identifies potential GB candidates IMPRESSED: DNA leader Branville McCartney POLICE IDENTIFY US WOMAN KILLED IN PARASAILING ACCIDENT CRYSTAL ANN ANDREWS-RODRIQUEZ MAN HELD AFTER POLICE DISCOVER SUSPECTED MARIJUANA MINISTER URGES GREATER EFFORT TO SUSTAIN REGIONAL HIV/AIDS PROGRAMMES MINISTER OF HEALTH Dr Hubert Minnis
URI BUTLER, 21, S ALES ASSOCIATE "Well I'm not familiar with the full details of Tido's story or the case, but if there was enough evidence that was correct and he was proven guilty of the murder as he was, nothing should stop (the death penalty). The Privy Council should now b e able to trust the Bahamas as an independent country to make judicial choices. We've been doing fine for the p ast 37 years." O RIEN GAITER, SENIOR CITIZEN "I think they really need to do better than that. They need to carr y out justice. There is no justice. "These things are happening and i t's just like they are trying to s weep it under the rug. If they decide to do hanging again, it wouldn't stop (crime but there would be much less c rime and murders than there is now." 13-YEAR-OLD STUDENT "I heard it on the news. I don't t hink it was the right decision. I think we need change. They need to bring back things of the old days that worked. The beatings and hanging need to come back because crime is outo f control. All of these criminals are getting out on bail just after they commit a crime especially since the c ash for gold thing came about. They need to get serious and do something about that." CARLA GIBSON-PROVIDENCE, C OOK I think that's terrible. He ( Maxo Tido) caused the many f amily members of the young lady t o be hurt and to that extent of w hat he did, he knew what he was d oing. I feel he should receive the death penalty. How the Council could over turn it, I don't know. The young lady was barely in the prime of her life and didn't get to experience or achieve everything she could have. If I had a 16-year-old child and that happened to her, I would feel s ome justice to know that he died f or doing that to my child. He just there eating away and we paying for that out of our tax payer money." M ARK RIBERT, 36, CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYEE "Its a joke because it feels like t here is no privilege for the people w ho aren't committing crime. Whatever it takes, do it. It's l ike no justice. The simple fact is, h e killed somebody and they overt urned it. H IRAM FIFE, 36, SECURITY G UARD He did the crime and he's supp osed to pay the time. And if he was supposed to get the penalty then that should have happened. A murder for murder. An eye for an eye. Life for a life" The Council isn't helping. They n eed to bring back hanging and t he cat o' nine tails to stop crime and then the problem will bes olved." A COX, 52, SECURITY EXECUTIVE I think that they overturned the d ecision for a reason and that reason is the process. If we have a flawed process in t he judicial system, then there will always be a problem with justice. "One of them have to go (Privy Council or the government). Politicians need to get up off their backsides and fix the problem. Either fix the judicial system, o r remove (the government S HAWN SCO TT BETHEL, BARTENDER "I think we need to drop the Privy Council and join theC aribbean Court of Justice and j ust start hanging again. These criminals nowadays have no respect for the law." LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE STREET TALK Reaction to the Privy Council decision to overturn the death sentence of Maxo Tido Q How do you feel about the Privy C ouncil overturning the death penalty decision for Maxo Tido? Q Should the Privy Council cease to b e the highest court of appeal for Bahamian cases? U RI BUTLER CARLA GIBSON-PROVIDENCE M ARK RIBERT O RIEN GAITER SHAWN SCOTT BETHEL TOASTMASTERS brought together over 150 group officers from the Bahamas division one for a training session on Saturday before the organisation starts a new year on July 1. O fficers in Toastmasters are trained twice a year to help them build skills that will allow them to facilitate the goals of their clubs. Toastmasters has hundreds of members at clubs throughout the Bahamas. T he latest training session was held at SC McPherson Junior High School and featured lectures about mentoring, the youth leadership programme, and speech craft. TOASTMASTERS START TRAINING AHEAD OF THE ORGANISATIONS NEW YEAR M IAMI Associated Press U .S. IMMIGRATION a uthorities have released their figures on deporta tions to Haiti in the months before the devas tating 2010 earthquake. The Department of Homeland Security on Monday posted its data on immigration enforcement actions for the 2010 fiscal year, which ended Sept. 30. The U.S. deported 375 Haitians that year, including 125 criminals, before all deportations to Haiti were suspended after the Jan. 12, 2010, earthquake. The deportations of Haitians convicted of violent crimes in the U.S. resumed this past January. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have said they plan to deport about 700 Haitians with criminal records this year. So far, 100 such Haitians have been returned to their Caribbean homeland. The U.S. deported 766 Haitians in the 2009 fiscal year. US DEPOR TED 3 75 HAITIANS IN THE 20 10 FISC AL YEAR Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story.
WASHINGTON Associated Press PRESIDENTBarack Obama is expected to call Wednesday for a major withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, with roughly 1 0,000 coming home to the U.S. in less than a year, at a time when the public is become increasingly war-weary. The phased drawdown is likely to start with 5,000 troops recalled this summer and an additional 5,000 by winter or spring 2012, according to a s enior U.S. defence official. Obama is also weighing a timetable for bringing home the 20,000 other troops he ordered to Afghanistan as part of his December 2009 decision to send reinforcements to reverse the Taliban's battlefield momentum. T he withdrawals would put the U.S. on a path toward giving Afghans control of their security by 2014 and ultimately shifting the U.S. military from a combat role to a mission focused on training and supporting Afghan forces. Obama is to address the nation from the White House at 8 p.m. EDT Wednesday (0000 GMT). The president reached his decision a week after receiving a range of options from Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan. Obama informed his senior national security advisers, including outgoing Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, of his plans during a White House meeting on Tuesday. "The president is commander-in-chief," said spokesman Jay Carney. "He is in charge of this process, and he makes the decision." The Obama administration has said its goal in continuing the Afghan war, now in its 10th year, is to blunt the Taliban insurgency and dismantle and defeat al-Qaida, the terror network that used Afghanistan as a training ground for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. As of Tues day, at least 1,522 members of the U.S. military had died in Afghanistan as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, according to an Associated Press count. Roughly 100,000 U.S. troops are in the country, three timesas many as when Obama took office. Even by drawing down the 30,000 surge forces, there will still be great uncertainty about how long the remaining 70,000 troops would stay there, although the U.S. and its allies have set Dec. 31, 2014, as a target date for ending the combat mission in Afghanistan. A reduction this year totaling 10,000 troops would be the rough equivalent of two brigades, which are the main building blocks of an Army division. It's not clear whether Obama's decision would require the Pentagon to pullout two full brigades or, instead, a collection of smaller combat and support units with an equivalent number of troops. If Obama were to leave the bulk of the 30,000 surge contingent in Afghanistan through 2012, he would be giving the military another fighting season in addition to the one now under way to further damage Taliban forces before a larger withdrawal got started. It also would buy more time for the Afghan army and police to grow in numbers and capability. Under that scenario, the emphasis in U.S.-led military operations is likely to shift away from troop-intensive counterinsurgency operations toward more narrowly focused counterterrorism operations, which focus on capturing and killing insurgents. Afghan security forces and judicial institutions are expected to take up many aspects of the counterinsurgency fight by establishing the rule of law and respect for government institu tions, U.S. officials in Afghanistan said Tuesday. In recent speeches, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has criticised American forces, suggesting his ally is in danger of becoming an occupying force. He has even threatened action against international forces that conduct air strikes and has accused allies of undermining and corrupting his government. Yet there are concerns in his country about the withdrawals. Some of the areas slated to transition to Afghan control have been struck by attacks in recent weeks despite assertions by Karzai that peace talks have started between the U.S., his Afghan government and Taliban emissaries. Publicly, the Taliban say there will be no negotiations until foreign troops leave Afghanistan. The transition to full Afghan control will begin in earnest on July 20 in five provincial capital cities and two provinces. The provincial capitals identified for transition are Lashkar Gah in Helmand province, plus capitals from provinces in the west, east and north and most of Kabul, the nation's capital. The largely peaceful northern provinces of Bamyan and Pan jshir will also start to transition to Afghan control. Some U.S. military comman ders have favored a more gradual reduction in troops than Obama is expected to announce Wednesday night, arguing that too fast a withdrawal could undermine the fragile security gains. But other advisers have backed a more significant with drawal that starts in July and proceeds steadily through the following months. That camp believes the slow yet steady improvements in security, combined with the death of Osama bin Laden and U.S. success in dismantling much of the al-Qai da network in the country, give the president an opportunity to make larger reductions this year. Obama has previously said he favours a "significant" with drawal beginning in July, his self-imposed deadline for starting to bring U.S. troops home. Aides, however, have never quantified that statement. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011, PAGE 7 tion team, conducted a walkabout of the area. The team sought to a ssess vendors individually and provide information on how they can achieve proper status as many of the stalls have not yet completed the renewal process. S talls were closed yesterd ay due to lack of permits o r other violations. Matthew Rolle, Potters Cay dock association president (PCDA was a big day, three stalls g ot closed. They (team n t come here to close down n obody, they were just here to meet with everybody individually to ask how much time they needed to get stalls in order. P olice shut down 11 unlicensed stalls last week to c rack down on crime in the a rea. Officers towed vehicles, cited drivers and also arrested two people whoh ad outstanding warrants of arrest pending. Licensing issues, accordi ng to Mr Rolle last week, c entred around the proc urement of all the necessary permits to complete the a pplication. In order to obtain a licence, a potential vendorm ust provide authorisation l etters from the Ministry of Agriculture, National Insurance Board, Department of Environmental Health, police and the PCDA. The PCDA represents 54 v endor stalls that line the two sides of the area and include produce vendors who occupy the middle section. Mr Rolle said he would b e meeting with vendors to discuss ongoing negotiations with the licensing depart ment and the recent shaked own. was someones daughter, she was someones sister, she was someones aunt. I am happy the judge gave him life, Shanices sister, Shanique Fisher, said. In her judgment yesterday Justice Vera Watkins stated: The victim was killed in a callous manner. After realis ing that there was no pulse in the neck she was pulled or perhaps dragged across a cemetery and left in a grave. This displayed an absolute lack of respect or compassion for the victim. Justice Watkins told Poitier that she had considered all of the circumstances of the case and reviewed his attorneys plea in mitigation as well as the relevant authori ties. Having taken all of the necessary factors into consid eration I sentence you to imprisonment for life, Jus tice Watkins told Poitier who stood calmly in the prisoners dock while Shanices mother broke down in tears. Poitier was represented by attorney Terrel Butler. Attorney Anthony Delaney appeared on for the Crown yesterday. t he people of Exuma by supporting Mr Moss. As strong a PLP as I am, as much as I would want us to win, it would be wrong of me to support s omeone who can not play a role in the social and economic recovery o f Exuma, Mr Smith said. Y esterday, numerous arms of the P LP either telephoned or e-mailed The Tribune condemning Mr Smith for his bold and brash criticism of Mr Moss. A statement from the party c laimed there were 46 party gene rals in Exuma who were backing Mr Moss re-nomination. A well-k nown party supporter, Ricardo S mith, insisted Mr Smiths comments could see him hauled before the partys National Council for disciplinary action, and the partys Family Island coordinator said Mr Smiths remarks could injure the reputation of the party. I n response to all of these conc erns, Mr Smith issued a brief s tatement yesterday. H e said: My position is in the b est interest of the Bahamas, Exu ma and the PLP. I take much comfort from these words: The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy Martin Luther King Jr. The list of 46 generals in support of Mr Moss were said to be: R icardo Rolle, chairman, Rev Franklyn McKenzie, Raymond Laramore, Rev Cedric Smith, Marjorie Saunders, Rev Randy Musgrove, Sidney McPhee, Linton Gray, Sidney Moon McPhee, Livingstone Gray, Penny Nixon, L ester McKinze, Alfred Rolle, O liver McPhee, Norman Lloyd, Juletta Charlton, Forrester Rolle, K eith Moss, Dudley Rolle, Deon C urry, Luther Rolle, Anthony Ferguson, Leslie Dames, Cedric Ferg uson, Leroy Rolle, Clifford Rolle, D ominic Rolle, Alston Rolle, I vadell Stubbs, Bernard Swann, Janet Bethel, Larry Morley, RobinT hompson, Brent Strachan, Kenyo n McPhee, Troy Worrell, Gary Lord Rolle, Quinton Clarke, Vivian Rolle, Rev Lawrence Adderley, Anville Taylor, Tyrone McKenzie, Rodney Rolle, Nigel Gray, Quinton Clarke and Reynard McPhee. H owever, one of Mr Moss main c ompetitors for the nomination, D anny Strachan, has taken serious i ssue with the validity of this supp osed list of supporters for Mr M oss. Unless you actually have the signatures of those persons named, how can you legitimise that list? I can send you a list of 200 names today without signatures to it. You have to actually get commitments f rom people saying they support Mr Moss. I can tell you definitely that a number of persons on that list do not support Mr Moss, because many of those names called have pledged their support for me. I know if we were to have a runo ff in Exuma today I would beat Mr Moss. The problems in Exuma d idnt just start yesterday. They s tarted many, many years ago when he was first elected. That is just a l ist of the PLP branch in the vario us areas in Exuma. Some of the n ames are even listed twice, he highlighted. H owever, this statement outlini ng the support of Mr Moss also added that while anyone in the PLP has the right to apply for a nomination, they feel there ought to be a right way to go about doing it. We do not accept that George S mith, our former representative, is r ight in how he describes Mr Moss. I t is well known that he wants to g et the PLP nomination himself a nd that these stories in the news p aper are placed to try and make that happen. But everyone knows that Mr Smiths time in Exuma is over. There are well-known reasons why he is no longer the PLP standard bearer in Exuma. We do not n eed to go into them here. We urge Mr Smith to get behind Anthony Moss as the next PLP representative for Exuma. We are proud of this son of the soil, the statement read. g erprint expert, testified on Monday. In his evidence, he revealed that the letters w ere handed to him and were tested for fingerprints. Dames noted that several different fingerprints w ere detected on the envelopes and letters. Corporal Veron Rolle p rosecutes the case. Simeon Brown represents Deveaux, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges. D eveaux is on $5,000 bail. He is expected to return to court for continuation of the trial on July 4. FROM page one F ORMER OFFICER ACCUSED OF DEATH THREATS TO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION POLICE CLOSE THREE MORE STALLS AT POTTERS CAY FROM page one PLPs hit out at George Smith after MP criticism FROM page one t op up their phones. We plan to i nvest in the channels, make it a litt le more attractive by providing i ncentives for wholesalers and retailers, said Mr Johnson. He added: Were looking at the entire channel and we want to create a vibrant channel with higher v isibility of BTC products. Officials within the business licensing department were unavail able for comment on the number of registered vendors. FROM page one POLICE FEARS OVER BTC PHONE CARDS MAN GETS LIFE FOR THE MURDER OF YOUNG WOMAN FROM page one INTERNATIONALNEWS USPRESIDENT Barack Obama speaks in Florida last week. (AP
By LARRYSMITH THE Privy Council's recent ruling to overturn the death sentence of convicted murderer Max Tido has reignited the smouldering debate over capital punishment in the Bahamas. In dismissing an appeal against conviction, the Privy C ouncil said there was "overwhelming" evidence against Tido, so "a finding o f guilt was inevitable" d espite noting that the defendant should have been i dentified first in a line-up, a nd not while alone in the d ock, and that there should have been a psychologicald etermination that he was s ane at the time of the murder. But the judgment also c oncluded that this was not a murder that warranted the most extreme punishmento f death. This conclusion was based on what the Privy C ouncil viewed as "establ ished law" that the death penalty should be reserved o nly for the most extreme a nd exceptional cases, and o nly where there is no prospect of reform of the offender. C ases where the death penalty is justified, it said, are "those in which the murder is carefully planned and carried out in furtherance of another crime", such as armed robbery, rape, human smuggling, drug wars, kid n apping, witness intimida tion, "and the killing of innocents for the gratifica-t ion of base desires." As a result, Tido's case is being sent back to the Court of Appeal in Nassau for "the i mposition of an appropriate sentence." Max Tido was found guilty in 2006 of the murder of 16-year-old Donnell Conover after testimony that the teenager was lured f rom her home in the early morning hours of May 2, 2002, and brutally beaten to d eath off Cowpen Road. Appeals H e later received a discretionary death sentence, but after appeals for clemen cy were denied in 2007 and 2009, lawyers took the case to the Privy Council. T his has produced the usual outcries from those who believe that hanging is the only solution for crimei n the Bahamas. In fact, it a ppears that most Bahami a ns share a biblical attachment to execution as a response to violent crime, although judges have been chipping away at the practice for years. Until the late 19th centur y, the long drop (as hanging was known) was the penalty for hundreds of c rimes including shoplifti ng, poaching and being in t he company of gypsies. But these days, the penalty is reserved for the most seri-o us offences like aggravated murder or treason and is viewed by most countries as an exception to bea ccompanied by stringent safeguards. The arguments in favour of hanging focus on deter r ence and retribution. Donnella Conover's father said her killer deserved to die,a nd warned that the Privy PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Ruling reignites the Bahamas capital punishment debate T T o o d d a a y y , t t h h e e r r e e a a r r e e f f i i v v e e c c o o n n v v i i c c t t s s w w a a i i t t i i n n g g t t o o b b e e h h a a n n g g e e d d w w i i t t h h t t h h e e i i r r c c a a s s e e s s a a t t v v a a r r i i o o u u s s s s t t a a g g e e s s o o f f a a p p p p e e a a l l s s . A A n n d d i i f f t t h h e e y y r r e e m m a a i i n n o o n n d d e e a a t t h h r r o o w w l l o o n n g g e e r r t t h h a a n n f f i i v v e e y y e e a a r r s s , t t h h e e y y c c a a n n n n o o l l o o n n g g e e r r b b e e e e x x e e c c u u t t e e d d b b e e c c a a u u s s e e s s u u c c h h a a d d e e l l a a y y i i s s c c o o n n s s i i d d e e r r e e d d c c r r u u e e l l a a n n d d u u n n u u s s u u a a l l p p u u n n i i s s h h m m e e n n t t i i n n a a n n d d o o f f i i t t s s e e l l f f . Council's decision would l ead to vigilante justice. And according to Bishop Simeon Hall, "We can nol onger remain philosophical about sending the strongest message to the criminal ele ment. We need to hang a f ew." B ut there are strong argu ments that the death penalty in and of itself does notd eter crime. Many experts believe such a punishment is only effective if applied with certaintya nd without delay, whereas due process combined with the gross inefficiency of our judicial system blunts any perceived connection between the crime and the penalty. In other words, violent crime cannot be fixed simply by executing a few murderers every now and then. The Bahamian political class is probably more sophisticated than the wider public on the hanging issue. For example, both Hubert Ingraham and Perry Christie have found it politic to sup port hanging during periods of public outcry against crime, but many suspect they are not expressing their true feelings. La ws According to defence lawyer Wayne Munroe, if politicians were serious they would take steps to limit appeals and prescribe uni form sentencing. In 2006, former FNM cabinet minister Carl Bethel said much the same thing when he was in opposition, noting that if then Prime Minister Perry Christie wanted capital pun ishment (as Mr Christie claimed he did) "he would have to bring some laws to parliament." Presumably that is still the case, but we don't see any such laws ema nating from the Ingraham government either. There were 17 murderers on death row in 2006, when the Privy Council abolished the mandatory death sentence in the Bahamas, requiring all of them to be re-sentenced at new hear ings. Today, there are five convicts waiting to be hanged with their cases at various stages of appeals. And if they remain on death row longer than five years, they can no longer be executed because such a delay is considered cruel and u nusual punishment in and of itself. Fifty men have been h anged here since 1929. Five under the previous Ingra ham administration; 13 under the Pindling govern-m ent; and the remainder b etween 1929 and 1967. The last man to be hanged was David Mitchell, in Jan-u ary 2000. Another man was scheduled for execution at the same time, but he commit-t ed suicide first. Perhaps the best (or worst) argument against the death penalty is the certainty that innocent people will be executed, and there is no possible way of compensat ing them for this miscarriage of justice. In fact, one of the last people hanged in Britain was a mentally handicapped teenager who was later awarded a posthumous par don. In America, most of those executed were unable to afford a trial lawyer. And studies have shown the death penalty to be racially biased. For example, in Florida, experts say a black man convicted of killing a white man is five times more likely to receive a death sen tence than a white man con victed of killing another white man. A study of hundreds of criminal cases in which the convicted person was exonerated suggests there are thousands of innocent people in American prisons today. And the leading causes of wrongful convictions for murder were false confes sions and perjury by codefendants, informants, police officers or forensic scientists. By most accounts it is highly unlikely that a handful of executions following years of delay will have any real deterrent effect. If we are really serious in our desire to reduce crime through harsher punishments alone, we must be prepared to execute every criminal who commits a cap ital crime irrespective of their sex, age (above the legal minimum) alleged mental state or background. Defences and appeals must be limited by statute, and there can be no reprieves. Executions must be car ried out without delay and with sufficient publicity to get the message across to other similarly minded peo p le. For capital punishment to really reduce crime, everyo ne of us must realise that we will personally and with out doubt be put to death if we commit particularc rimes, and that there can b e absolutely no hope of reprieve. The 2006 Privy Council r uling that abolished the mandatory death sentence brought the Bahamas in line with evolving world stan-d ards. The United Nations says that a mandatory death penalty, which precludes the possibility of a lesser sentence regardless of the circumstances, is inconsistent with the prohibition of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Retr ibution But many still believe there is no substitute for the best defence. Capital punishment not only forever bars murderers from killing again, it offers some retri bution for their terrible crimes. It would also save money that could, perhaps, be spent on better things than keeping killers in prison. If we agree that execu tions are a necessary form of retribution, then we should do what is necessary to achieve the desired outcome. If the consensus is that capital punishment is not a useful or appropriate tool except in the most heinous of cases, then we should speak clearly on the issue. Failing this, we agree with a recent Tribune editorial that called for changes in the law to prevent capital offenders sentenced to life imprisonment from ever receiving parole. "It is now up to our legislators to redefine the mean ing of 'life' in cases such as this," the editorial said. "In future 'life' should no longer mean 25 years with good behaviour, but full life, with the prisoner leaving his cell only when the undertaker arrives to take him to the graveyard." What do you think? Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit www.bahamapundit.com F IFTY MEN h ave been hanged here s ince 1929. Five under the previous Ingraham administration; 13 under the Pindling government;a nd the remainder between 1929 and 1967.
INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011, PAGE 9 MEXICO CITY Associated Press FEDERALauthorities apprehended the leader of the cult-like, pseudo-Christ ian La Familia cartel on Tuesday, saying they had dealt a debilitating blow to a major organised crime group that terrorized western Mexico. Jose de Jesus Mendez Vargas, alias El Chango, or "The Monkey," was arrested in the central state of Aguascalientes without confrontation or casualties, said federal security spokesman Alejandro Poire. A state official who was not authorised to speak on the record said Mendez was taken at a federal police checkpoint, but authorities didn't provide more details. "With this arrest, what remained of the command structure of this criminal organisation has been destroyed," Poire told a news conference. President Felipe Calderon personally lauded the arrest on his Twitter account, calling it a "big blow" to organised crime. The cartel was born in Calderon's home state of Michoacan in 2006, prompting him to deploy thousands of federal police there and warning that La Familia was corrupting local officials, extorting businesses and terrorizing the population. According to the reward statement issued by the Attorney General's Office, college-educated Mendez was "responsible for the transfer and sale of cocaine, marijuana, crystal methamphetamine in various states of Mexico and the United States of America. He is the alleged mastermind of kidnappings and killings, mainly of members of other criminal organizations." The government had offered a $2.5 million reward for his capture. Laura Sweeney, spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice, declined to comment on whether Mendez is sought by the United States, like other drug lords. He had been listed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in February 2010 as a drug trafficker, prohibiting Americans from conducting financial transactions with him and other La Familia cartel members. MEXICO NABS LEADER OF CULT-LIKE LA FAMILIA CARTEL
PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ByINIGO NAUGHTY ZENICAZELAYA I TS been a long while but Im back. Seems l ike an executive of this fine d aily, who happens to be a St. Andrews alumnus, decided to call in some favours. He also showed me the countless e-mails from r eaders inquiring as to where m y column had gone. I was f lattered. T o be honest my lovely w ife Jamie and I had a brand new baby boy. Everybodysfine, with both wife and baby doing well. Happy wife, therefore I have a happy life. However walking my newborn son, making bottles and d iaper changes leaves very l ittle time for oneself, let alone a bi-weekly column. T hings have calmed down in my household long enough t o get in a few lines so hopefully we will pick up where we left off; with you the r eader smiling, and the colu mn a must read on Tuesd ays and Fridays from now on. Now that we have broken the ice, lets get right to it. Its time to address all the fickle sports fans in the Bahamas, especially the Chameleons that follow the NBA. Or should I say the legion of former Clevel and Cavalier fans and L ebron lovers (like my h omeboy Andrew Sweeting) who (along with Laker H aters) have united to fol l ow LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, aka The Three My-egos, tow hat was a very disappointi ng and humbling end to their alleged first of many Championship seasons? My schoolmate, child h ood friend and loyal longtime Los Angeles Lakers fan, Graham Thordarson isr ight in saying, The Heat got not 1 championship this year. Not 2 next year. Not 3 the following year. Basical-l y Heat Nation, to coin an o ld Bahamian euphemism, Ya gets nuthin. I, like many other learned s ports fans, told these Heat fanatics that lack of a bench, lack of a point guard andc oaching would be their d emise. Yes, Rick Carlisle ran circles around Pat Rileys lovechild Eric S poelstra. It wasnt even close. Still, I wonder how m any loyal Miami Heat fans continue to have their jerseys and memorabilia on disp lay, or have they started to b lend in like many do after b ig events (such as an elect ion), claiming to have been o n the winners bandwagon f rom day one? (If your eyes are burning as you read this, its probably you that Im referring to!) All I want from the Bahamian sports fan is some r ecognizable degree of loyalty to your team. Take me f or example my Lakers w ere swept away by a Dallas M averick tsunami but I can s ay (hopefully without dating myself) that I have been a Los Angeles Lakers fan for decades and though its not always easy when I say Im a Laker for Life I mean it. I hope two years from n ow these loyal Heat fans will all be around. Still, I know how fickle b andwagon jumpers (thats y ouMr. New Heat fan) c an be, and so as not to make the same mistake I did with the Miami Dolphins af ew years ago (I took it easy on them when they were 115. The following year my D allas Cowboys had a bad campaign those Fish Faces still give me a hard time to this day!) I have decided tog ive you Heat fans your due. Specifically, this is dedicat ed to you Miami Heat fans w ho make disparaging comm ents about other teams and players. Yes, I mean you who jump on my boy Kobe Bryant every chance you get,c alling him everything but a child of God, and somehow always forget to mention hisf ive NBA titles while you are at it. Can you name three Heat players not named James, Wade or Bosh? I digress. I just want to close by saying to the loyal Miami Heat fans out there (before y ou go into hiding from the embarrassing letdown your b eloved Big Three has brought to your door step) perhaps you can dispel any n otion of bandwagon jumpi ng by asking yourself 1 Q Whats the difference b etween the Miami Heat a nd a dollar bill? A. You can still get four quarters out of a dollar. 2. Q. What do possums and the Miami Heat have in common? A They play dead at home and get killed on the r oad. 3. Q. Whats the difference between a baby and a Heatf an? A. The baby will stop crying eventually. 4. Q. How do you stop a Heat fan from beating you up? A. Dress up in a Mavericks Jersey. 5. Q. What do you do w hen you find three Heat fans buried up to their necks i n cement? A. Get more cement. 6 Q What does a Heat fan and a bottle of beer have in common? A. They are both empty f rom the neck up. 7 Q Why do Heat fans f ly Miami Heat flags from their cars? A. So they can park in the handicapped spaces. How we doing so far Heat n ation? Heres your final question. 8. Q. What do you call a Miami Heat player notn amed Dwyane Wade with a championship ring? A. A thief! Now, if you laughed at even one of those questions please feel free to jump offt hat bandwagon at anytime. A s for the rest of you, call me when you run out of Kleenex. COMICS VIEW I NIGO NAUGHTY ZENICAZELAYA MIAMI HEAT'S LeBron James walks off the court after Game six of the NBA Finals basketball game against t he Dallas Mavericks. The Mavericks won 105-95 to win the series. (AP LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP. . FROM BANDWAGON TO BANDWAGON ByMATT MAURA Bahamas Information Services NEWLY inducted gradu ates of the University of the West Indies School of Clini cal Medicine and Research (Bahamas Campus Monday challenged to embrace working in the pub lic healthcare sector by considering launching their new medical careers in any one of the Family Islands in need of additional specialist care. Addressing the annual Induction Ceremony and Graduation Exercise of the UWI School of Clinical Medicine and Research, The Bahamas, Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis told the nations newest physicians that every Bahamian should have access to specialist pri mary, public healthcare. Knowledge You should not confine your knowledge and treatment to persons living on the island of New Providence only, while fellow Bahamians have to wait for the doc tor who is in the next settlement to come to provide specialist care, Dr Minnis told the graduates. Understanding that while your ethics instructs you to do no harm, you have an obligation to move beyond that to give back to the Bahamian people in greater measure than what you received, Dr Minnis added. The Health Minister said healthcare issues are influenced to a great degree by social determinants and lifestyle choices and that those who are privileged to join the primary and public healthcare providers will be responsible for helping to reverse the growing burden of non-communicable diseases. He said he saw the new physicians as change agents who can transform healthcare, to make it more accessible and affordable particularly within the Fami ly Islands. You can assist in combin ing information with high quality counselling to help patients understand the potential risks, benefits and uncertainties of clinical options when making the choice that best accommo dates their personal style, Dr Minnis said. I see you as providers of a more patient-focused deliv ery system that creates greater value and better health for all patients within the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Dr Minnis added. Dr Minnis said public healthcare is provided in 83 clinics on the Family Islands, 10 in New Providence and through the three tertiary institutions of the Public Hospitals Authority, two in New Providence (Princess Margaret Hospital and Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre) and the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama. He said the new physicians can give back to society by embracing working in the public healthcare sector at clinics on islands from Inagua in the south to Grand Bahama in the north. We in the Ministry of Health are always mindful of all of the people we are here to serve and we are deter mined that the healthcare that we take for granted in New Providence, is made available to everyone living in the Family Islands as well. All residents need access to quality healthcare, Dr Minnis said. Let me challenge all of you to dedicate yourselves to the service of the patients whom you will commit to serve, he added. Twenty doctors were grad uated from the programme Monday night bringing the total number of graduates to 200 since the establishment of the Bahamas Campus 14 years ago. The Health Minister applauded Programme Director Dr Robin Roberts for what Dr Minnis called his dedication to medical academia and for his contribution to medical education within The Bahamas and the region. Colla boration Dr Minnis said the collaboration between the Government of The Bahamas and the University of the West Indies has also allowed for more Bahamians to graduate as medical practitioners from the programme. Fourteen years ago, clinical training was made a real ity in The Bahamas for UWIeducated physicians based upon that partnership between the Government of The Bahamas and the Uni versity of the West Indies, Dr Minnis said. The establishment of this institution, at home, was a great milestone in Bahamian history as it had great economic impact on our students who would have otherwise had to travel abroad to com plete their studies, Dr Min nis added. MINISTER URGES NEW DOCTORS TO BEGIN CAREERS IN FAMILY ISLANDS DR HUBERT MINNIS Minister of Health, addresses the University oft he West Indies School of Clinical Medicine and Research Graduation Class of 2011 and Awards Ceremony on Monday, June 20, at the BritishC olonial Hilton. Patrick Hanna /BIS
INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011, PAGE 11 The Staff and Agents of the FamGuard Group of Companies mourn the loss of a valued member of our Nassau Financial Services team.Sing for joy, O heavens! Rejoice, O earth! Burst into song, O mountains! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on them in their suffering.Isaiah 49:13 The FamGuard Group of Companies Joy Wallace WASHINGTON Associated Press SECRETARY OF STATE Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday lent her support to "brave" women in Saudi Arabia who are protesting the Islamic kingdom's ban on female drivers, making her first public com ments on an issue that has become an irritant in complex ties between the U.S. and Saudi governments. A day after the State Department said it was handling the issue through "quiet diplomacy" and not public pronouncements, Clinton praised the protesters, but stressed they are acting on their own, on behalf of their own rights, andnot at the behest of outsiders like herself. Clinton's comments came after the activists appealed for her to use her position as America's top diplomat and standing as a wellknown advocate for women's equality to speak out in support of their aim. "What these women are doing is brave and what they are seeking is right, but the effort belongs to them," Clinton told reporters at a State Department news conference with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and their counterparts from Japan. "I am moved by itand I support them, but I want to underscore the fact that this is not coming from outside of their country. This is the women themselves, seeking to be recognized." The protests have put the Obama administration, and Clinton in particular, in a difficult position. While Clinton and many other top U.S. officials personally find the Saudi ban on women drivers offensive, insulting and anath ema to a modern and just society, the administration is increasingly reliant on Saudi authorities to provide stability and continuity in the Middle East and Gulf amid uprisings taking place across the Arab world. Thus, some officials have been reluctant to antago nize the Saudis over the driving issue. On Monday, a coalition of Saudi activists urged Clinton to publicly support the campaign to end male-only driving rules in the ultraconservative Muslim country. The activists said they were dismayed by the fact that Clinton had remained silent on the mat ter, particularly after about 40 Saudi women last week challenged the restrictions by get ting behind the wheels of cars. Although there were no arrests in that case, a woman driverwas arrested last month and held before being released. In response to questions about the appeal, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland noted that Clinton had raised the matter with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in a phone call on Friday, but she declined repeated opportunities to be specific as to what the secre t ary had told him. "She is making a judgment on how best to support universal human rights for women," Nuland said. "There are times when it makes sense to do so publicly and there are times for quiet diplomacy." That explanation did not sit well with the activists who countered on Tuesday with a letter to Clinton that rejected the use of "quiet diplomacy" and renewed their call for public support. "Secretary Clinton: quiet diplomacy is not what we need right now," the group known as Saudi Women for Driving said. "What we need is for you, personally, to make a strong, simple and public statement supporting our right to drive." The activists said they understood the complexity of U.S.-Saudi ties but maintained that their movement is the largest women's rights campaign in Saudi history and its creation "constitutes a moment that calls for public diplomacy, a moment in which it is incumbent upon champions of women's rights like yourself to deviate from the norm." Nuland said Tuesday that Clinton had read the letter and felt "it was timely and appropriate to speak out publicly even as we speak privately." The activists immediately claimed victory. "To see a grassroots movement of Saudi women's rights activists use our platform to successfully lobby the United States' most powerful diplomat has been truly hearten ing," they said in a statement. Clinton said that she and other U.S. officials had raised the matter "at the highest level of the Saudi government." "We have made clear our views that women everywhere, including women in the kingdom, have the right to make decisions about their lives and their futures," she said. "They have the right to contribute to society and provide for their children and their families, and mobility, such as provided by the freedom to drive, provides access to eco nomic opportunity, including jobs, which does fuel growth and stability." "And it's also important for just day-today life, to say nothing of the necessity from time to time to transport children for various needs and sometimes even emergencies," Clinton said. "We will continue in private and in public to urge all governments to address issues of discrimination and to ensure that women have the equal opportunity to fulfill their own God-given potential. CLINT ON B A CK S 'BRA VE' SAUDI WOMEN DRIVER PROTEST USSECRETARYOF STATEPRAISESPROTESTERS US SECRETARY OF STATE Hillary Rodham Clinton. (AP UNITED NATIONS A ssociated Press THEU.N. Security Council a pproved Friday a second five-year t erm for Secretary-General Ban Kim oon, a critical last step before the 192-member General Assembly holds the definitive vote next week. T he vote by acclamation came after a one-day delay due to what U.N. diplomats described as procedural and technical hold ups from some Latin American countries. The entire world body is virtually certain to endorse Ban, 67, when it c onsiders the matter Tuesday. There a re no other candidates. The council said it "recommends to the General Assembly that Mr.B an Ki-moon be appointed secre tary-general of the United Nations for a second term of office from Jan. 1, 2012, to Dec. 31, 2016." T he former South Korean foreign m inister earlier secured the backing of the five veto-wielding members of the Security Council the U.S., China, Russia, France and Britain which were key for approving the recommendation. Visiting Brasilia, Brazil, on a Latin A merica tour, Ban said he was "deeply honored" by the council's recommendation. "It's an immense p rivilege to serve this great organiz ation as Secretary-General, and I a m grateful for the confidence and support." Ban said that although he is proud o f what he and other U.N. officials had accomplished during his first five years, "I am aware of the for m idable challenges ahead." "In the 21st century, the United Nations matters in a different and deeper way," he said. "I am moti v ated and prepared to continue our w ork together with the member s tates, upholding the principles enshrined in the (U.N. Although it was widely known that Ban would seek a second term, he didn't officially announce his intention to stay on until last week. He pledged to keep leading the w orld body as a "bridge-builder" at a time of global change. "During the past 4 1/2 years, we h ave undertaken important work a nd found common ground on crit i cal global issues of peace and security from Somalia to Sudan, Ivory Coast to Afghanistan, Iraq and theM iddle East and far beyond," Ban said in a letter to the council "humbly" offering to be consideredf or a second term. During a meeting of Latin American and Caribbean ambassadors last week, some envoys said theirc ountries wanted to hold off on e ndorsing Ban until after his curr ent trip to the region, some said their presidents had not yet seen the secretary-general's letter seeking a second term, and some expressed regret there was only one candidate, said a U.N. official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the m eeting was private. The official said there was no out right opposition to Ban's candidacy. B an has been criticized for lacking c harisma and failing to criticize h uman rights abuses in powerful countries such as China and Russia. B ut he has won praise for his commitment to climate change, nuclear disarmament and women's issues,a s well as his strong recent backing of pro-democracy movements in North Africa and the Middle East, and for military intervention in IvoryC oast and Libya. SECRETARY-GENERAL Ban Ki-moon was approved for a second f ive-year term. (AP SYDNEY Associated Press S EVERALmore intern ational and domestic f lights through Australian airports were canceled Tuesday due to an ash cloud from a Chilean volcano moving into the country'sa irspace that has bedeviled a irlines for a week. Ash from the Cordon Caulle volcano grounded hundreds of flights and stranded tens of thousands of passengers last weekw hen it hovered over seve ral Australian cities and New Zealand. By Friday, all flights were running normally, but the ash has lapped the globe and is causing more problems. Australian flagship carrier Qantas said Tuesday that i t had suspended all services to and from the southern city of Adelaide, all flightst hrough the national capital, Canberra, starting atnoon, and all flights through S ydney, Australia's largest c ity, from mid-afternoon. All Qantas flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Can-b erra were canceled for Wednesday. Qantas flights to Europe v ia Bangkok were moved u p to early afternoon, while six flights to New Zealand were canceled. Q antas budget subsidiary Jetstar made similar cancellations in Sydney, Adelaidea nd Canberra. Jetstar canc eled a handful of flights between Melbourne and Perth. Budget airline Tiger said it grounded its entire fleet at least until early afternoonb ecause the planes were in cloud-affected areas. Virgin Australia canceled all flights to Adelaide, and f lights through Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne from early afternoon. V OLCANIC ASH CANCELS AUSTRALIAN FLIGHTS AGAIN
INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE BEIRUT Associated Press SYRIANPresident Bashar A ssad's effort to drown out p ro-democracy protests exploded into clashes b etween government supporters and opponents Tuesd ay, and security forces o pened fire and killed seven people, including a teenager, a ctivists said. I t was the latest deadly turn i n a 3-month-old uprising that a ppears unbowed by a relentless government crackdown. T he violence flared a day after a speech in which Assad, t rying to contain the situation, o ffered a vague promise of reform, one brushed off as too l ittle, too late, by the opposit ion, which wants an end to the Assad family's 40-year authoritarian rule. In an attempt to blunt the u prising's momentum, tens of t housands of regime supporters converged on squares in s everal major cities on Tuesday, shouting, "The people w ant Bashar Assad!" and releasing black, white and redb alloons colors of the Syri an flag. T hey soon clashed with opposition supporters, drawing in security forces. In a main square in the central cityo f Hama, security personnel opened fire on anti-regime protesters, killing a 13-yearo ld boy, said the Local Coordinating Committees, which track the Syrian protest move ment. T hree other people were reported killed in Homs, in central Syria, and three in the Mayadin district in the eastern city of Deir el Zour dur ing proand anti-regime d emonstrations. Bloodshed T he proand anti-Assad sides have fought each other in the past, but Tuesday'sb loodshed appeared to be the worst such violence. "We are seeing an escalation by authorities today," said Omar Idilbi, spokesman for the committees. "They are sending pro-government thugs along with security forces to attack protesters." The opposition estimates more than 1,400 Syrians have been killed and 10,000 detained as Assad unleashed his military and security forces to crush the protest move ment, which sprang to life in March inspired by the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt. The unending government repression and bloodshed appeared to be driving even Russia, a longtime Syria backer, to distance itself from Assad, as international pressure mounts for him to accept major political change. "We need to apply pressure on the leadership of any country where massive unrest, and especially bloodshed, is happening," Russian Prime Min ister Vladimir Putin said in Paris. "In the modern world it is impossible to use political instruments of 40 years ago," Putin said of the Syrians' tactics. It remained to be seen, however, whether this signaled a change in Moscow's opposition to tough U.N. action on Syria. Assad, who belongs to the minority Alawite sect, an off shoot of Shiite Islam, still enjoys support in Syria, although it is dwindling. His main base is among the busi ness elite and middle classes who have benefited from his economic policies, and among minority groups that fear being targeted if the country's Sunni Muslim majority takes over. Activists claimed, however, that the government mobilized pro-regime demon strators Tuesday, forcing stu dents to participate and bus ing in people from villages in t he Mediterranean coastal h eartland of the ruling elite. An eyewitness in Homs told The Associated Press a pro-Assad protest with some 10,000 participants "descended" on the city. "Nobodyk nows them, they are strangers to the city, they w ere asking for directions," he said. "The security forces arreste d the wounded. They stepped on them on the ground and arrested them," said the witness, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal. I n the restive northern p rovince of Idlib, where the army has conducted operations for days, activists saids oldiers had reached Hamboushieh, a village a mile (2 kilometers) from where thous ands of displaced Syrians w ere camped out on the Syrian side of the Turkish border. Heavy shooting was r eported in the area, but its source was not immediately clear. T housands more had a lready fled into Turkey. The U.N. refugee agency's s pokesman, Adrian Edwards, said Tuesday that 500 to 1,000 people a day have been cross ing from northern Syria into T urkey since June 7, and more than 10,000 were being sheltered by Turkish authori ties in four border camps. The U.S. ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, joined a Syrian government-sponsored t rip to the border area and came under fire at home as a result. State Departments pokeswoman Victoria N uland said Monday's trip to the abandoned town of Jisr al-Shughour allowed him to "see for himself the results of the Syrian government's brutality." But there were no res i dents around to counter the government's explanations. Assad's speech at Damas cus University on Monday was only his third public appearance since the uprising began in March. He said an ational dialogue would start soon and he was forming a committee to study constitu-t ional amendments, including one that would open the way to forming political parties other than the ruling Baath Party. He acknowledged demands for reform were legitimate, but he rehashed allegations that "saboteurs" were exploiting the move ment. Like earlier efforts, this Assad bid to appease the opposition fell flat. Prominent dissident Hassan AbdulAzim, echoing the sentiments of others, said the Syrian president failed to detail a vision of moving "from a dictatorship into a national democratic regime with political pluralism." In the hours after Monday's speech, the state-run news agency SANA said Assad was offering a "general amnesty" for crimes committed before June 20. But there were few details, and it appeared the decree applied only to prisoners with a fatal illness or who were convicted of minor smuggling or drug charges. The International Commit tee of the Red Cross announced in Geneva on Tuesday the Syrian government has promised to give it and the Syrian Red Crescent more access to Syrians wounded and detained in the crackdown. The announcement came after ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger met with Prime Minister Adel Safar and Foreign Minister Walid Moallem in Damascus. Kellenberger had urged Syria to allow the humanitarian organizations to operate unhindered to assess the needs of those affected in the unrest and military operations. SEVEN KILLED IN SYRIA AS PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT CLASHES BETWEEN GOVT SUPPORTERS, OPPONENTS ST. PETERSBURG, Russia Associated Press AN AGINGRussian airliner went down in heavy fog and burst into flames just short of a runway in northwestern R ussia, killing 44 people in a crash that officials blamed on pilot error. Eight people survived, dragged from the burning wreckage by locals. The RusAir Tu-134 plane had taken off from Moscow and was moments from landing at the Petrozavodsk airport when it slammed into a nearby highway just before midnight Monday, Emergencies Ministry spokeswoman Oksana Semyonova told The Associated Press. Preliminary information shows the crash was caused by the jet's pilot missing the runway in adverse weather conditions, Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said Tuesday. Russia's top investigative agency said it was also looking into whether technical problems with the 31-year-old plane might have contributed to the crash. There were no suspicions of foul play. The plane's approach was too low, so it clipped a tree and then hit a high-power line causing the airport's runway lights to go off for 10 seconds before slamming into the ground, Sergei Izvolsky, a spokesman for the Russian air transport agency, told the AP. The Emergencies Ministry said 44 people were killed, including four with dual U.S. and Russian citizenship. Local residents rescued the eight survivors, including a mother, her 9-year-son and 14-yeard aughter. They were hospitalised in critical condition in Petrozavodsk. Petrozavodsk is near the Finnish border, about 400 miles (640 kilometers northwest of Moscow. The plane crashed about 100 yards (meters lage, but no casualties were reported on the ground. Speaking from the crash site, the federa l air transport agency chief, Alexander Neradko, said the plane appeared to be intact when it hit a 15-meter (50-foot tree. "There was no sign of a fire or explosion on board the plane before the impact," he said. Sergei Shmatkov, an air traffic controller who oversaw the plane's approach, told lifenews.ru that visibility near the airport was bad close to the minimum level at the time of the crash but the pilot still decided to land. "The crew continued their descent at a m oment when they already should have begun a second run," he said. Shmatkov said he ordered the crew to abort the landing the moment the runway lights went off but it already was too late. Despite the plane's age, RusAir said it was in good working order. The twin-engined Tu-134, along with its larger sibling the Tu-154, has been thew orkhorse of Soviet and Russian civil aviation since the 1960s with more than 800 planes built. The model that crashed was built in 1980, had a capacity of 68 people and a range of about 2,000 kilometers (1,240 miles Aviation experts said pilot error appeared to be the likely cause. FORTY-FOUR ARE KILLED IN RUSSIAN PLANE CRASH, EIGHT SURVIVORS EMERGENCY WORKERS carry a stretcher with a body near the wreckage of a Tu-134 plane, belonging to the RusAir airline, near the city of Petrozavodsk Tuesday. (AP
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter d email@example.com FREEPORT A Freeport-based businessh as expanded its archiving a nd record storage facility with a new warehouse capable of holding some2 0,000 storage boxes. Record Archive Management (RAM providing archiving ser-v ices for more than 10 years, and currently stores over 500,000 files. Jerry Coleborn, RAM director, said the company has increased its storage capacity bthrough the new warehouse. Together with his son, Peter, he opened the business in 1999 at Settlers Way, and they have now invested $3 million in the facility. The company caters to 200 customers, mostly big corporations, law firms, accounting firms and government departments in Freeport. It also archive files for some Nassau busi nesses Mr Coleborn said RAM was looking to tap into the Nassau market, attracting more customers to use its facility. Its more safe and secure for Nassau businesses to store their files here in Freeport, he added. We are not affiliated with anyone. My son and I are the owners, there are no directors, bosses, or shareholders. In 1999, RAM started out with 10 small warehouses, each with a storage capacity of 2,000 boxes. After two years in operation, five additional ware houses were constructed to meet storage demands in Freeport. According to Mr Coleborn, the company expanded its operation again two years later, building an additional nine warehouses. When those got filled up over a period of time we finally decided to just build a larger warehouse with the capacity for about 20,000 boxes. We still have a lot more land for future expansion, he said. RAM stores some 525,000 files. The company has a computer system which tracks where every f ile is located. When we pick up files from the customer, we cat alogue them in boxes and provide the customer with an index. If a customer c alls for a specific file we can locate it and deliver it within two hours, Mr Coleborn said. Because many business es have to keep their files for at least five to seven years, based on the statueo f limitation, they do not have space at their offices to store them. Mr Coleborn said they a re now concentrating t heir efforts on attracting more clients from Nassau. We have made many t rips to New Providence, and the companies love the idea. The potential in Nassau is probably 20 timesb igger than the potential in Freeport because there are more businesses down there, and they have a big$4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.59 $5.29 $5.27 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.orgWEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 Prot from the Increased Global Demand for Food and Fuel GET TIGRS Series 5June 20th thru July 1st$10MLimited Oering 100% Principal Protected + 10% min return (2% p.a. + 60% participation in the upside of Agribusiness and Energy IndicesBefore investing, read the Royal Fidelity Bahamas Investment Funds Offering Memorandum together with the TIGRS Fund Supplemental Offering Memorandum. M ICHAEL ANDERSON B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T he $31.7 million private placement bond offering by the College of the Bahamas (COB o versubscribed some three-four days before it was due to close, Tribune Busi ness was told yesterday, its placementa gent believing it was no doubt assiste d by the Bahamian Prime interest rate c ut. M ichael Anderson, RoyalFidelity M erchant Bank & Trusts president, confirmed to this newspaper the bond issue had been oversubscribed, adding that the investment bank had been surprised at the level of investor interest it had received. With the debt issue set to close this F riday, Mr Anderson said: The offering was oversubscribed, and were not sure what the total amount received by Friday w ill be. It will then be up to the College Private placement still has three days before close Placement agent says success no doubt assisted by cut in Bahamian Prime rate By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC i ncur about $60 million in Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTCr estructuring costs, its annual report has revealed, w ith the London-based telecoms carrier relying on this to give further impet us to turning around its s truggling Caribbean busi n ess. The annual report for the 12 months to end-M arch 2011, a period that does not include BTC given that CWCs acquisition of a 51 per cent majority stake did not close until April 6, gives an insight into just how critical the purchase was to the healtho f the UK companys regional LIME business. LIME, which is present i n 13 Caribbean countries, generated a collective $850 million in total revenues during its 2011 financialy ear, and operating income ( EBITDA) of $229 million. BTC, meanwhile, based on its unaudited financialsf or the 12 months to endDecember 2010, generated $343 million in top-line revenues and $79 million inE BITDA, which stands for earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation. E ven though the periods BTC RESTRUCTURE WILL COST $60M CWC says Bahamas a cquisition to give further i mpetus to Caribbean business turnaround BTCs 2010 revenues and EBITDA equivalent to 40% a nd 34.5%, respectively, of C WCs Caribbean total Bahamas to account for 25-33% of LIME going forward SEE page 5B By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com REQUIRED legislative amendments in Canada have delayed the enforcement of its Tax Information Exchange Agreement (TIEA it was disclosed yesterday, preventing this nation to date from accessing a unique opportunity to attract Canadian companies and business to this nation. While the Bahamas has completed the process for ratifying the TIEA, Canada has to amend its Excise Tax to include reference to these tax treaties. Without this change, C AN AD A CHANGES DELAYING UNIQUE TIEA OPPORTUNITY SEE page 4B WENDY WARREN Freeport record storer expands B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A trade union seeking to e nter industrial agreement negotiations with Sandals R oyal Bahamian resort is proposing a 6-7 per cent b asic salary increase for its members over a three-year period, but its adviser yest erday told Tribune Business: Everything is negot iable. Obie Ferguson, labour attorney and key consul-t ant for the Bahamas Hotel, Maintenance and A llied Workers Union (BHMAWU its bid to secure an indust rial agreement for Sandals line staff it would do nothing to jeopardise the resorts success or the jobso f its members. SANDALS UNION OPENS WITH 6-7% SALARY RISE Seeking more equitable distribution of gratuity, and including productivity incentives in initial offer Pledges: Everything is negotiable SEE page 4B SEE page 5B SEE page 4B
By GAMAL NEWRY N assau was recently shocked to hear of a bold daytime robbery of John Bulls d epartment store on Bay Street. The location was not s o much an issue, as there have been numerous criminal incidents on Bay Street. What shocked the town wast hat this event occurred at a bout 10am on a Sunday m orning. In a recent letter t o the editor of The Tribune, a writer implies that the police have come under unfair criticism for their apparent lack of presenceo n Bay Street, which may or m ay not have contributed to t he success of this robbery. P atrols, whether on foot or via motor vehicles by p olice or security personnel, are intended to deter poten-t ial law breakers and detect s afety hazards. These are probably some of the oldest functions of law enforce ment and security services. The patrol function should not be haphazard or ran dom; it must be properlyp lanned, taking into account t ime of day, area focused on, and especially the individua ls frequenting the area. W ith this said, I refer you t o an article I wrote back in May 2009 that appeared in this newspaper, comment i ng on the apparent police practice to reduce deployment on Sundays. In mya rticle I wrote of a drive from the Carmichael Road area out to Lyford Cay, then back via the Cable Beach Strip, Downtown and out e ast, not seeing any police o n patrol. The absence, or lack thereof, of police patrols d oes, in my opinion, i ncrease opportunities for c riminality. The police must take some responsibility fort he level of crime in our s ociety, but in this instance so must the Ministry of T ourism and the affected business. However, and this is a very important howev-e r, it is the primary responsibility of the business owne r or individual to take the necessary precautions to ensure they are protected. B eing aware of the various r isks concerning or related t o their business, one must ask the question: Is enough being done to prevent crime. Business owners have invited persons into their establishment, and must do their best to ensure the location is safe and secure. Thus my concern is that there has been very little orn o criticism of the efforts b eing taken by business owners on Bay Street or whereever to implementa dequate preventative mea sures. What are the security requirements for operating a particular business? Herea gain is an opportunity for government to legislate certain criteria that a business owner must implement as it r egards loss prevention. We cannot simply allow persons affected by crime to get a way with blaming the p olice, government and the c riminals, yet they thems elves are not sufficiently c hastised or mandated to t ake certain precautions. Preventative measures in loss prevention is much more than hiring an armed off-duty police officer. Loss p revention best practices d emand a multi-layered a pproach to safeguarding assets. These layers include,b ut are not limited to: A security and crime Risk Assessment A vital and fundamental first step in any effort to prot ecting your business that is too often overlooked or cond ucted with major focus on c rime risk, negating the security risks. You have heard me say many times via this column that there ares ome elementary differences between policing and secu rity. Essentially, security is p roactive with its major focus on prevention, where as policing is reactive with a major focus on detection and apprehension. The assessment is a review of y our business type, operati ng hours, location and polic ies, with the intent of providing both proactive and reactive strategies. I nitial and continuous e mployee backgrounds c hecking T his initiative is not give n much attention after hiri ng. Many business owners do not consider that circumstances, financial and ethics, can change over the course of a relationship with a company. These checks should also e xtend to the service p roviders, be they cleaners or the water delivery guy. A ll of these persons, includi ng staff, have access to your p roprietary information, security practices and business operations. Within rea-s on, you need to become intimately knowledgeable of your staff and who they associate with off hours. Physical Security Doors, windows, locks, s howcases, decorations all s peak to the infrastructure a nd how items are placed in t he space you occupy. This c oncept is called Crime Pre v ention Through Environmental Design. CPTED is the science of placement,a ngles and lighting to influe nce movement and actions for better visibility and sur veillance. The attractiveness f or customers must be weighed against the perception it may possibly give to would-be criminals. BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE E very once in a while an exceptional idea comes knocking on y our door. For 17-year real estate veteran, Carmen Massoni, it c ame in the form of Street of Wonders a collage of art, a rchitecture, cuisine and fashion, with Turnberry Townhomes at Charlotteville as the backdrop. T his coming weekend, from June 25-26, visitors to the gated community in western New Providence will have a chance to tour art and food exhibits throughout model townhomes int he neighbourhood. Entry fees and proceeds will benefit the Seahorse Institute and the Bahamas Humane Society. We felt the need to give back to our community and offer l ocal artists and designers a unique venue to showcase their incredible talent, said Ms Massoni. Street of Wonders makes the selection of townhomes at T urnberry more engaging for our customers. Instead of driving a round to visit several homes within the same area, visitors will b e able to leisurely stroll down Turnberrys Street of Wonders, viewing the talent of local artisans while comparing model h omes on the spot. Visitors to Turnberrys Street of Wonders will have a chance to view and purchase goods from the following exhibitors:A nthony Big Mo Morley, Brooke Phillips, Cheesecake Heave n, Derek Smith Senior & Junior, FoodStore2go, Imogene W alkine, Jonathan Bethel, Kandice Eldon, La Casita, Linda Johnson, Malcolm Rae, Oasis Chic Living, Tantalising Treats, S hakila Stubbs, BaNesian Creative Designs, Pink Butterflies at Peek-A-Boo, The Potting Shed, John Paul and Tiffany Bar rett. Admission is $5, with children under the age of 10 admit t ed free of charge. Saturday exhibits will be open between 11am-6pm, and Sunday hours are 1pm-5pm. Turnberry Townhomes at Charlotteville are located on Windsor Field Road (airp ort road) roughly a half-mile west from Lynden Pindling International Airport. Realtor drives the Streets of Wonder REALESTATEVETERAN: Carmen Massoni, founder of Bahama Islands Realty, will host Turnberrys Street Of Wonders: An Experience of Architecture & Art. Crime solutions are multifaceted G AMAL N EWRY Safe and SECURE SEE page 3B
By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor F irstCaribbean Internat ional Bank yesterday u nveiled the soft roll out of commodities hedging to our clients in the Bahamas and wider Caribbean, as USbased executives from its CIBC parent forecast that a verage annual global oil p rices were likely to increase f urther beyond $100 per barrel in 2012. Speaking at a presentation to FirstCaribbean executives and the banks clients at the B ritish Colonial Hilton, Katherine Spector, a New York-based commodities strategist, said the WestT exas Intermediate and B rent Crude the two most commonly used oil price indices would rise from an a verage of $100 and $110 in 2011, respectively, to $115 and $121 in 2011. That bodes ill for inflation a nd the Bahamas economic recovery, given the impact electricity prices and transp ortation fuel costs have on B ahamian households and businesses. Ms Spector said t hat while hedging strategies might mitigate the risk faced by companies and governm ents, they did not eliminate exposure to high oil prices. Volatility More damaging, she added, was the volatility in global oil prices, which had oscillated between $35 and $ 100-plus per barrel three t imes in the last five years, since this made disciplined d ecision-making by governm ents, business and households on energy-related matters far more difficult. High prices lead to structural changes in the behaviour at the individual, company and government level,b ut when prices go up and d own, its very difficult to make rationale decisions, Ms Spector said. V incenzo Dicembre, the Barbados-based director of FirstCaribbeans client solutions group, urged compan ies to develop their hedging/risk management strategies towards commodities p rices in advance, rather t han wait until the last minute to attempt a trade or structure a product. The best time, he added, w as when companies were p lanning their budgets and d oing profit, revenue projections for the following year. We can sit together and find some solutions that can preserve your net profit for the new fiscal year, Mr D icembre added. Thats the right a pproach to apply to your business, rather than rush toa trade that is rather too late. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011, PAGE 3B Love your car? Pay less for great cover with NIBA!You will pay much less if you insure your car with NIBA. You can enjoy extra benefits too! SAVE $$$! Low premiums 100% NCD protection Low deductibles,fast claims service Generous liability coverPay less for insuring your car! 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These systems have become so s ophisticated that you can now have alerts e-mailed to your s mart phone inclusive of video. These devices can be placed i nto three major categories: I ntrusion Detection These are devices, such as motion s ensors and glass breaks, that advise if a restricted or secure area has be accessed. Panics This is the device used to alert police and other response personnel that an emergency is or has occurred. These devices are usually placed at key locations in the business, and can be silent or an alarm notification. It is very i mportant that a policy on when to activate these alarms is d eveloped and practiced, as they can also increase risks C CTV No other device, in my opinion, in the last 15 y ears has been given more attention and perceived to be the magic bullet regarding security and safety. Much of the perceived ability of a surveillance system is myth, thus giving rise to unrealistic outcomes. In any event these devicesm ust be trained on staff and customers alike, taking into account panoramas, lighting, camera speed and amount of memory necessary. Access Control This speaks not only to who enters your business, but also how they move in and around your location. The concept hasa lso evolved to what they are able to see, be it business o perations, the location of cameras and vaults. Staff should be trained to observe for suspicious individuals and behaviour. Awareness Training A vital layer, as it helps staff to understand the role they play in ensuring a safe working environment. This educationm ust be ongoing, timely and exciting. There are a vast amount of topics that can be covered, from responding to robberies, opening and closing procedures and the impor tance of confidentiality. T he practice aims to develop a team approach to loss prevention and asset protection. This should also include vis ible signage, and regularly review policies and procedures. The training can be formal via discussions during staff meet i ngs, seminars and workshops, or informal via informative fliers posted in staff rooms and notice boards. Knowledge is power, and business owners must be e mpowered with comprehensive strategies and tactics to reducing their exposure to crime. The fact of the matter is the blame game is not beneficial to any of us in these current conditions. Solutions must be multifaceted, with persons contributing to the crime reduction efforts. The police are working, but their job becomes more difficult when poor operational practices and apparent disregard become major factors in creating opportunities for crime. NB: Gamal Newry is the president of Preventative Measures, a loss prevention and asset protection training and consulting company, specialising in policy and procedure development, business security reviews and audits, and emergency and crisis management. 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Freeport record storer expands BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Telling Tribune Business that the union was seeking an increased and more equit able distribution of gratuities among Sandals Royal Bahamian staff, Mr Fergusons aid the BHMAWU was also proposing the inclusion ofp roductivity-related incentives in any industrial agreement. Were asking for an increase of 6-7 per cent [in basic salary] for a three-year agreement, the well-known a ttorney said. We are asking for an increase in the distribution of the gratuity, and a m ore equitable distribution o f the gratuity. Asked about the prospects f or successful negotiations b etween Sandals and the BHMAWU, Mr Ferguson a dded: Im very optimistic that we will get it done. At t he beginning of any matter o f this nature there is a little tension, and I hope the tens ion will subside and common s ense will prevail. A cknowledging that some o f the tension was related to the BHMAWUs long legal b attle, which went all the way to the Privy Council, for it to be recognised as the bargaining agent for Sandals line employees, Mr Ferguson added: Once we start the negotiations, I am satisfied they will be done very quickly, similar to the one in F reeport [between the B ahamas Hotel Managerial Association and Our Lucaya], which took two-and-a-half d ays to reach agreement. Our side is not being unreasonable. Its the tension, and it was a very protracted matter involving recognition. What is happening now is expected to some degree. If we can be upfront with one another, and put the facts toe ach other as they are, I dont think we should have a problem. Refuting assertions by Sand als attorney, Ferron Bethell of Harry B. Sands, Lobosky & Company, that the union had yet to provide the resort with its gratuity proposal, MrF erguson said this had been included with the basic wage p roposal he had handed to his opposite number on June 9. The gratuity is part of the breakdown, he added. Tribune Business was shown a copy of the BHMAWUs opening proposal, which is broken down by department and job description, and includes a section headed Productivity Incentive Contribution. This, Mr Ferguson said, was the gratuity and employed the points system Sandals Royal B ahamian currently used to calculate this. Thats a provision we w anted to leave open, for an o pen discussion with the employer, to see how best we can create an incentive for those employees who have gone over and above what their contracts require or normally required to do, he explained. D escribing it as a productivity incentive, Mr Ferguson said this concept had been championed by the late Regi-n ald Lobosky. Its a very important concept, and I thought I would carry it through and put it forward, he added. I thought it would have an effect on the overall success of t he hotel, and be a model we could use throughout the whole of the Bahamas. Mr Ferguson said the BHMAWU was proposing an increase in the points rates and redistributing them to a reas absolutely essential in terms of guest service, such as housekeeping, food and beverage, the bell desk and stewarding. Noting that the BHMAWU was currently doing a cost analysis of its proposal, Mr Ferguson said of the impact on Sandals: Its going to cost something, certainly more than they pay now, but were going into the negotiations with an open mind. Everything we have in this proposal is negotiable. We are not going to do something to the detriment of the company, nor the country, and not to t he detriment of the employees......... Its not a dogmatic t hing, where its take it or l eave it. P ledging to give it our best shot, Mr Ferguson said the two sides needed to assess the economic situation in the B ahamas and the world, then c ome to an arrangement. T he union is seeking a $1.50 per hour, or $37.5 weekly, increase in basic wages in the second year of the industrial a greement, and $1.50 per h our in the third year. Sandals union opens with 6-7% salary rise TIEAs that apply to excise taxes, such as the one with the Bahamas, cannot be ratified. The legislation is pending, but may not take effect untulk aumtumn 2011. We are hoping that it will come into effect at some point this year, said Sandra Slaats, a partner in the international tax group at Deloitte & Touche's Toronto office. It still needs to be passed by the Canadian government in order for it to come into effect. It has certain implications forC anadian companies who want to set up operations in the B ahamas. S peaking at a Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB b reakfast briefing yesterday, she said: There was a glitch in their legislation. They didnt realise that they would have to a mend an Act before they could agree to have it come into e ffect with the Bahamas, so that has caused delay but we are hoping that that legislation would be passed soon. If it isnt passed now, its expected that it will be signed in September or October. T he Bahamas-Canadian TIEA was signed in June, 2010. T he Bahamas' International Tax Cooperation Act 2010 is the enabling legislation for the TIEAs this jurisdiction has signed. Ms Slaats said many Canadian companies are looking to capitalise on the opportunity, and want to do business in the Bahamas. There is a special tax incentive that only applies if there was a tax treaty between Canada and another country, and we changed our legislation a few years ago to say this tax i ncentive will also be available if there is a TIEA between C anada and the other country, she added. What it will do is allow Canadian companies to set up a subs idiary with a business in the Bahamas, and the income from that business can be tax free not only in the Bahamas, but when it comes back to Canada in the form of dividends. Those dividends will no longer be taxed. Right now, if you have a subsidiary in the Bahamas and you p ay a dividend back to Canada, it will be taxed at the full Canadian tax rate, which is quite high. M s Slaats said Barbados ws a jurisdiction that has a tax treaty with Canada, and therefore has been a place where C anadians have created foreign operations. The new TIEA between the Bahamas and Canada will put the Bahamas on an e qual footing with Barbados with respect to tax incentives, she said. The BFSBs chief executive/executive director, Wendy War ren, said the TIEA presents a unique opportunity for the Bahamas. The Canadian TIEA is quite unique, not in terms of the agreement but in terms of Canadas tax laws, she said. Canada provides a particular benefit where countries choose to enter into TIEA. The key benefit is where you earn what they call active b usiness income in the Bahamas. That income is sent back to C anada tax free, and that is a significant benefit when you look at the typically high tax rates born by Canadian companies. F or us, it presents a unique opportunity. The Bahamas, we believe, is very well-placed to take advan tage of this new environment in which we are operating, and we want to make sure our financial services community is very well informed of its benefits. CANADA CHANGES DELAYING UNIQUE TIEA OPPORTUNITY FROM page 1B FROM page 1B g er need for it, he said. Mr Coleborn said land is scarce in Nassau, and to establish a similar compa n y there would be very costly and drive up storage fees. H e noted that files can be couriered by FedEx overnight, or digitally imaged and e-mailed to clients in Nassau. Mr Coleborn believes p aper filing is still relevant and safer. There are viruses and hackers out there that can access yourc omputer files. And digital imaging costs are very expensive, he said. He added that RAM also caters to individuals who want to store important documents or rent warehouse bays at their facility. FROM page 1B Share your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story.
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011, PAGE 5B COBs $31.7m bond is oversubscribed Council to determine how they treat the subscriptions. While the private placement documents state that t he Council will, to the e xtent possible, allocate b ond subscriptions on a first c ome, first served basis, if oversubscribed offering allocation would be determined at its discretion. Explaining how this would play out in practice, MrA nderson said: The Counc il has to make a decision w ith respect to what to do w ith the subscriptions. Once we know the final amount, the Council will make the decision as to how to allocate the bond. While early investors in theory get priority, the C ouncils reservation of the r ight to determine how the issue gets allocated means they may not get all they s ubscribed for. Meanwhile, the RoyalFid elity president told Tribune Business that the Central Bank of the Bahamas decision to slash the Discount Rate by 75 basis points the w eek before the bond came to market would have made the issue, and its 7 per cent f ixed interest rate, more a ttractive to investors from a n investment return perspective. Both the College and R oyalFidelity are very pleased with the reception the offering received in the marketplace, Mr Andersont old Tribune Business. It was no doubt assisted by the drop in Prime the week before it went to market, sot he 7 per cent fixed rate was very attractive to investors. The Council was com f ortable that the rate of 7 p er cent, over a 15-year term, was a good rate to go to market with, bearing in mind that it was a fixed security. With no rival fixed-rate debt securities to compete with, and Bahamian commercial banks dropping their i nterest rates and CD rates, Mr Anderson said the $31.7 million bond was seen by everyone as a great opportunity. Asked whether he had b een taken aback by i nvestor appetite for the b ond, Mr Anderson replied: A little bit. While it was always difficult to predict,h e added: When the Prime r ate dropped, we expected t o see significant interest. I ve been surprised by how much additional interest we received. T he $31.7 million raised will be used to largely repay the $32 million in debt financing supplied by the R oyal Bank of Canada to finance recent COB-related construction projects, such a s the Harry C. Moore L ibrary and Information C entre, plus new facilities at the Freeport campus. T he bond interest and p rincipal will effectively be repaid by the Bahamian taxpayer, with the Government's annual Budget debt servicing allocation to COB being earmarked to cover this purpose. T he Government, via a L etter of Acknowledgement, said it was aware of t he offering and that its lett er was one of the conditions p recedent that had to be met to allow the issue to take place. Annually, on July 1, The C ollege will request, from the Government of the Bahamas, its allocation ford ebt servicing, as set out in the annual Budget, and place such funds in an inter est bearing account from w hich it will pay interest and p rincipal on the Notes, the offerings term sheet said. F ROM page 1B are not like-for-like comparisons, it can be clearly seen that BTCs revenues are the equivalent of 40 per cent of LIMEs regional total, while its EBITDA is more than one-third s ome 34.5 per cent of that collect ively generated by CWCs regional b usiness. Such comparisons reveal how important BTC is, and will become, to CWCs Caribbean business, especially since the Bahamian dollar is pegged on a one:one basis with the US dollar,t hus eliminating the foreign currency risk it faces in many other Caribbean nations. In Jamaica, for example, arguably CWCs largest market by population, the Jamaican dollar has only just started to decline albeit slow-l y from an exchange rate against the US dollar that was 90:one. In the short-term, the Bahamas will likely account for between one-quarter t o one-third of LIMEs business, and its importance to CWCs success indeed, revival in the region was indicated b y commentary contained in the annua l report of BTCs new majority owne r. Tony Rice, CWCs chief executive, t old the companys shareholders: BTC i n the Bahamas is a business that plays to our strengths. Its in a region we u nderstand well, and in which we have scale. Its also a partnership with the l ocal government, which is a structure we have made work successfully in other territories. There is also a restructuring opportunity at BTC, which will provide furt her impetus to the turnaround of our C aribbean business. We are delighted to welcome our new colleagues from BTC to the group, and expect the business to make a major contribution in the future. One telecoms industry observer told Tribune Business yesterday: It looks l ike the Bahamas will the jewel in their c rown in the Caribbean. They needed B TC for their business in the region. Those boys must have jumped on a first-class ticket when they were invited to come to the Bahamas. Boost CWCs LIME business is clearly in need of a boost, its annual report referr ing to headwinds being experienced i n the Caribbean region as a result of the recessions impact on tourism d ependent economies. F or the 12 months to end-March 2 011, LIMEs revenues dropped by 2.6 per cent, from $873 million to $850 million year-over-year, with gross mar-g ins falling from 74 per cent to 72 per cent. EBITDA fell by 15.2 per cent, from $270 million to $229 million. While LIMEs total cellular subs criber numbers inched up from 1.27 m illion to 1.29 million year-over-year, average revenue per unit (ARPU from $21.3 in the 2010 financial year to $19.3 per unit. ARPU effectively means revenue per subscriber. D avid Shaw, LIMEs chief execut ive, said that market conditions in the Caribbean region were not expected to be significantly better during the 2011-2012 period, as it moved to place BTC on a more efficient footing. Our acquisition of a 51 per cent shareholding in BTC will diversify our b usiness, Mr Shaw wrote in CWCs a nnual report. BTC is a full service o perator which has exclusivity on mobile services until at least 2014. We will begin the process of restructuring BTC and integrating it into our regional business. We plan to u pgrade BTCs networks and introd uce new services for customers. We will incur some restructuring a nd integration costs, expected to be a pproximately $60 million, but will move the business to a more efficient footing longer term. A s previously revealed by Tribune Business, CWC is aiming for BTC to generate $100 million in EBITDA by its second full year in control, and targ eting the $60-$80 million range for the 12 months to end-March 2012. CWC is also targeting cost savings of $ 30 million per annum "once the full b enefits come through" from the staff r eduction, plus the attaining of other synergies. F ROM page 1B BTC restructure will cost $60m
M A N I N P R I S O N C O N F E S S E S T O S H O O T I N G T U P A C S H A K U R M A D E Y O U L O O K : R A P P E R S S H O W O F F T H E I R C R A Z Y B L I N G I N Y A E AR P U TS OUT I TS 2 01 1 B ET A W ARD P RED I CT I ONS WEDNESD A Y JUNE 22, 2011 T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C E very once in a while an excep tional idea comes knocking on your door. For 17-year real estate veteran Carmen Massoni, the notion came in the form of 'Street of Wonders' a collage of art, architecture, cuisine and fashion with Turnberry Town homes at Charlotteville as a fitting backdrop. T h i s S a t u r d a y a n d S u n d a y J u n e 2 5 2 6 v i s i t o r s t o t h e g a t e d c o m m u n i t y i n w e s t e r n N e w P r o v i d e n c e w i l l h a v e a c h a n c e t o t o u r a r t a n d f o o d e x h i b i t s t h r o u g h o u t m o d e l t o w n h o m e s i n t h e n e i g h b o u r h o o d E n t r y f e e s a n d p r o c e e d s w i l l b e n e f i t T h e S e a h o r s e I n s t i t u t e a n d T h e B a h a m a s H u m a n e S o c i e t y W e f e l t t h e n e e d t o g i v e b a c k t o o u r c o m m u n i t y a n d o f f e r l o c a l a r t i s t s a n d d e s i g n e r s a u n i q u e v e n u e t o s h o w c a s e t h e i r i n c r e d i b l e t a l e n t s a i d M s M a s s o n i S t r e e t o f W o n d e r s m a k e s t h e s e l e c t i o n o f t o w n h o m e s a t T u r n b e r r y m o r e e n g a g i n g f o r o u r c u s t o m e r s I n s t e a d o f d r i v i n g a r o u n d t o v i s i t s e v e r a l h o m e s w i t h i n t h e s a m e a r e a v i s i t o r s w i l l b e a b l e t o l e i s u r e l y s t r o l l d o w n T u r n b e r r y s S t r e e t o f W o n d e r s v i e w i n g t h e t a l e n t o f l o c a l a r t i s a n s w h i l e c o m p a r i n g m o d e l h o m e s o n t h e s p o t V i s i t o r s t o T u r n b e r r y s S t r e e t o f W o n d e r s w i l l h a v e a c h a n c e t o v i e w a n d p u r c h a s e g o o d s f r o m t h e f o l l o w i n g e x h i b i t o r s : A n t h o n y B i g M o M o r l e y B r o o k e P h i l l i p s C h e e s e c a k e H e a v e n D e r e k S m i t h S r & J r F o o d S t o r e 2 g o I m o g e n e W a l k i n e J o n a t h a n B e t h e l K a n d i c e E l d o n L a C a s i t a L i n d a J o h n s o n M a l c o l m R a e O a s i s C h i c L i v i n g T a n t a l i z i n g T r e a t s S h a k i l a S t u b b s B a N e s i a n C r e a t i v e D e s i g n s P i n k B u t t e r f l i e s a t P e e k A B o o T h e P o t t i n g S h e d J o h n P a u l a n d T i f f a n y B a r r e t t A d m i s s i o n i s $ 5 w i t h c h i l d r e n u n d e r t h e a g e o f 1 0 a d m i t t e d f r e e o f c h a r g e S a t u r d a y e x h i b i t s w i l l b e o p e n b e t w e e n 1 1 a m 6 p m a n d S u n d a y h o u r s a r e 1 p m 5 p m T u r n b e r r y T o w n h o m e s a t C h a r l o t t e v i l l e a r e l o c a t e d o n W i n d s o r F i e l d R o a d ( a i r p o r t r o a d ) r o u g h l y a h a l f m i l e w e s t f r o m L y n d e n P i n d l i n g I n t e r n a t i o n a l A i r p o r t F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n c a l l B a h a m a I s l a n d s R e a l t y a t 2 4 2 3 2 2 7 7 7 0 B a h a m a I s l a n d s R e a l t y s m e r g e s a r t a r c h i t e c t u r e a n d r e a l e s t a t e STREET OF WONDERS STREET OF WONDERS STREET OF WONDERS
By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter T H E R E s a n e w s e t o f Se x n T h e C i ty fa s h io n a b l e l a d i e s o n P r i m e T i m e T V since VH1 has launched the p r e m i e r e o f i t s b r a n d n e w o n e h o u r s c r i p t e d d r a m a c a l l e d S i n g l e L a d i e s n o w a i r ing Monday nights at 9." T he n ew sh ow is pr oduced b y F l a v o r U n i t E n t e r t a i n m e n t P O P f i l m s a n d V H 1 and was created and written b y S ta c y A L it tl e jo h n; d i r e ct ed b y T am ra D a vi s; Q u ee n L a t i f a h S h a k i m C o m p e r e She lby Stone, Ma ggie Ma lina, Alex A Motlagh, Ms Lit t l e j o h n M s D a v i s J i l l H o l m e s a n d J e ff O ld e e xe c uti v e pr o d u c e r s St a r r i n g : S ta c e y D a s h ( V a l ) L i s a R a y e M c C o y ( K e i s h a ) C h a r i t y S h e a ( A pr il), Kas san dra C le me nt i ( C h r i s t i n a ) a n d D B W oods id e (M al col m) Ac co rdi ng to th e W a s h i n g t o n P o s t t h e n e w V H 1 s o a p o p e r a t h a t p r e m i e r e d a f e w w e e k s a g o e x i s t s i n a g o l d f l e c k e d n i g h t m a r e v e r s i o n o f A t l a n t a where life can be winnowed d o w n t o t h e l y r i c s o f a s s e r t i v e p o p s o n g s a n d a s e r i e s o f up sc a le u rb a n cl ich ÂŽ s It 's a ll ch a mp a g ne fou n ta in s mi cr o minis kirts a nd cuis ine se rv e d b y a s o n e s h o w o ff s u i to r t e l l s a si n gl e l a d y, m y p er so n a l four-star chef." It's about three women, t h e i r g r o u p w i l l e x p a n d t o four in a couple of episodes, tr y i n g t o fi g ur e o ut w h a t th e y want from relationships. Val (Stacey Dash) has just been d u m p e d b y h e r l o n g t i m e b e a u a f t e r s h e d e m a n d e d t h a t h e p u t a r i n g o n i t ( H e d e c li n es ) Va l' s be st f r i en d K e i s h a ( L i s a R a y e M c C o y ) i s a p r of es si o na l p ok er pl aye r w h o d e s p i t e h e r a d v a n c e d a g e, s t i l l s o m e t i m e s a p p e a r s a s a v i x e n i n h i p h o p v i d e o s When she shows up for her l a t e s t s h o o t i n a n e w C a m r o n vid eo, she is hand ed a p ink b u s i n e s s s u i t a n d i n f o r m e d t h a t s h e s p l a y i n g a n o l d e r wo m a n. L a s tl y th e re is A pr i l ( C h a r i t y S h e a ) t h e t o k e n w h i t e f r i e n d a p l a t i n u m blonde who has married the dream black man, only she's c h e a t i n g o n h i m w i t h A tlanta's sexy s moo th ma yo r ( p l ay e d b y r ap p er C o m mon)." Go in g fu r the r th e re is n' t a Monday night that passes by w i t h o u t a F a c e b o o k p o s t o r a T w i t t e r t w e e t f r o m t h e show's f a ns sta t ing their love for the cast and crew of the spanking new show. S p e a k i n g t o a f e w o f t h e "Single Ladies Fans," a lady w h o w is h t o r em ain ano n ymous said: You can really l e arn s omet hin g f rom t ho se l adies o n the show I w a t c h i t t o g e t a f e w tips but I love the cast, and th o s e g u y s th e y h a v e a s g ue s t appearances make me weak, o h g o s h I d o n t t h i n k I l l e v e r miss an episode." A n o t h e r l a d y S t e p h a n i e J offere d he r ta ke on the show and said: Well first of all, I am a Lisa Raye Fan, so from I s a w t h e p r e v i e w s o f t h e s h o w o n V H 1 I c o u l d n o t w a i t f o r i t t o a i r I L o v e I t and I can't wait for the next episode." L e t s R e c a p I n t h e t w o h o u r p r e m i e r e o f t h e s h o w w e g o t t o s e e t h e s t u n n i n g S ta cy Da s h wh o pl a y s V a l a s a n a m b i t i o u s f a s h i o n i c o n who only wants a long time l o v e p a r t n e r s h e w a n t s t o s e t t l e d o w n a n d g e t m a r r i e d Th en we g ot to s ee Mi ss Lisa R a y e w h o p l a y s K e i s h a a former video dancer, who is on a search to find herself a w e a l t hy m a n a n d c o m p l e te ly opposite from Val, she does n o t w a n t to be s e t tl e d a n d get married. C h a r i t y S h e a w h o p l a y s April, has what is seen to be the perfect marriage but she does not think so. I n t h e s e c o n d e p i s o d e C r y M e a Ri ve r ," V a l tr ie s to g et o v e r h e r e x b y ch o o s i n g t o g o o n a n o n l i n e d a t i n g s i t e b u t i t d oe s n ot wo r k o ut s o w e ll fo r her. Keisha's side piece Mal c om c o me s in o n th i s e p is o d e a n d t r i e s t o w o o h e r b y a s k i ng he r ov e r t o hi s h om e o n a d a t e A p r i l s r e p u t a t i o n i s s l o w l y b u t s u r e l y r u i n e d i n this e pisode as the public is beg i nning to f ind out abou t h e r a f f a i r w i t h t h e t o w n s mayor. A l s o i n t h e t h i r d e p i s o d e I n d e c e n t P r o p o s a l V a l s fr ie nds tr y to he l p he r by s etting her up on a date, April ho oke d he r up w ith a m utua l friend. Player Keisha tries to do her own thing and get rid of Malcom by going out and m e e t i n g a f e w r i c h g u y s April's marriage is officially torn apart when her picture w a s d i s p l a y e d o n n a t i o n a l t e l e v i s i o n f o r t h e s l e e p i n g with the mayor. I n th e m o s t r e c e n t e p i s o d e C o n f i d e n c e G a m e s V a l hosts a party at her boutique a n d t o h e r s u r p r i s e l a n d s m or e d a te s tha n s he h a d b a r g a i n e d f o r T h e f e u d b e tw e e n K e i s h a a n d M a l c o m s t i l l e x i s t s b u t t h a t i s n o t s t o p p i n g her, she goes on a few dates with a very educated profes s o r I t i s al s o A p r i l s b i r t h d a y, h e r g i rl s hol d a pa rt y for her and she rec eives a very disturbing gift from her hus band. Stay tuned to find out w h a t t h e g i r l s a r e u p t o i n next week's episode of "Sin gle Ladies." N a m e s h a v e b e e n c h a n g e d 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 22, 2011 JUNE 20 JULY 29 BAH AM AS H UMA NE SOCI ET Y'S S UMM E R C A MP 20 1 1 The Bahamas Humane Society hosts its 2011 Summer Camp, a 6-week camp where children learn the basics of animal care and humane treatment by watching educational DVDs, interacting with the adopted animals and having question and answer sessions with the staff. It begins 9am-12pm daily at the Bahamas Humane Society. For more information call 323-5138 or log onto www.bahamashumanesociety.com. JUNE 22 JUNE 24 & JUNE 27 JULY 1 A RDA S T RA G A R DENS 3 & 5-D A Y C A MPS Ardastra Gardens, Zoo and Conservation Centre presents its 3-day and 5-day camps, a chance to experience animal interactions and activities with experienced educators in the lush, tropical setting of the jungle gardens. Age groups include Critter Club (3 -4 years old); Zoo Troop (5-7 years old); Ardastra Explorers (8-11 years old); and Art Ed-Zoo-Cation (8-11 years old). Online registration is available. Log onto www.ardastra.com, call 3942146 or e-mail email@example.com for more information. JUNE 24 FRIDAY P O W EL L S I ST ER S P R E S E N T S : T WO WOMA NISH The Powell Sisters, Ashley and Mardia, merge together to create their first art show together, "Two Womanish" with the opening, 6pm-9pm at the Ladder Gallery. JUNE 25 SATURDAY T H E W A Y W E P R A I S E A L B U M L A U N C H Manifest hosts "The Way We Praise" album launch that is sure to be an evening of great fun and great music for everyone. The event will be held at 7pm at the College of the Bahamas' Performing Arts Centre. JUNE 26 SUNDAY S A L S A WORK SH OP A T C LUB ON E S A ND YP O R T (FORMERL Y BALL Y'S G YM ) The Bahamas Salsa Social Net work hosts a workshop in salsa danc ing. Giving advice and tips are two vis iting international salsa champions. Times and prices vary from $30-$50 depending on skill levels. Discounts available for multi-sessions. Free classes, fun and socials held every Thursday (Hard Rock Cafe) and Sunday (Hilton hotel). For more information call 3762776, 364-4941 or e-mail bahamassal firstname.lastname@example.org. T H I N G S 2 DO By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer A L MO S T t w o d ec a d es af t e r h i s death, a man in a prison for unrelat e d c h a r g e s c o n f e s s e d t o t h e n o n f a t a l sho ot i ng o f o ut sp ok en W est Co ast rapper Tupac Shakur, on the eve of w h a t w o u l d h a v e b e e n h i s 4 0 t h b i r t h day. I n a written s t a teme nt se nt t o A l lHipHop.com last week Wednesday, D e x t e r I s a a c a d m i t t e d t o b e i n g in vol ved i n t he at t ac k i ns id e M anh a tt a n Qu a d s i n 1 9 9 4 a ft e r a l le g e dl y b e i n g p a i d $ 2 5 0 0 t o d o t h e d i r t y d e e d His con fession w as sp a rk e d b y a st at em en t m ade b y hi p h op mo gu l and music executive Jimmy Hench m an R ose mond who i s cur ren t ly on the run from federal officials. H e n c h m a n c l a i m e d I s a a c a l o n g w i t h ot h e r i n m a t e s we r e a s s i s ti n g t h e A m e r i c a n g o v e r n m e n t w i t h a n i n v e s t ig a ti on i n to H e n ch m a n' s d r ug a ct i v ities. "If t he gover nmen t is rel yin g o n in f o r ma nt s li k e W i n st o n W in n i e" Harris, a convicted drug dealer and J a ma ic a n d ep or te e who ca m e to m e an d m ot i o n ed v ia h an d s i gn al t h at h e w a s f o r c e d t o w e a r a w i r e a n d be gged me to skip to wn or Dexter I s a a c w h o i s s e r v i n g l i f e i n p r i s o n p l u s 3 0 y e a r s th e n I m s u r e I wi l l n o t be of f ered a f air t ri al, H enc hm an said in a statement released to All HipHop.com in May of 2011. R e s po n d in g t o th e c la im s m a d e b y H e n c h m a n I s s a c t o l d AllHipHop.com that in addition to revealing Henchman's involvement i n t h e s h o o t i n g a n d r o b b e r y o f Shakur he wanted to clear his con science. "Jimmy, I say to you: I have kept y o u r s e c r e t s f o r y e a r s I s a a c t o l d AllHiphop. "I have stayed silent in prison for the past 13 years, doing a l i f e s e n t e n c e l i k e a r e a l s o l d i e r s h o u l d w h e n y o u a n d e v e r y b o d y hav e turned your ba cks on me N ow I would like t o clea r up a few t hi ngs, because the statute of limitations is o v e r a n d n o o n e c a n b e c h a r g e d a n d I m j u s t p l a i n t i r e d o f l i s t e n i n g t o your lies. In 1994, James Rosemond hi re d me to r ob T upa c Sh a ku r a t the Quad studio. According to his confession, Dex ter Isaac not only knows what hap p e n e d t o T u p a c S h a k u r s j e w e l r y b u t he claims he is also in possession of t h e H i p H o p s t ar s c h a i n t h a t w a s taken during the altercation on that i n f a m o u s n i g h t i n N o v e m b e r o f 1 9 9 4 "He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself." Isaac, who is also from Brooklyn, h a s sp e n t t ime behind b ars f or t he p a s t t e n y e a r s s er v i n g t i m e f o r a n i n d i c t m e n t o f m u r d e r i n 1 9 9 8 H e h a s been suspected of being involved in the Q ua d sh oo tin g of T up a c S ha ku r, a l o n g w i t h a n a s s o c i a t e n a m e S p e n c e r "Scooter" Bowens, who is also serv ing a life sentence and another man named George Roland Campbell. Isaac, ho weve r, di d n ot admi t to t h e S e p t e m b e r 1 9 9 6 m u r d e r o f S h a k u r a n d a l s o r e f u s e d t o c o m m e n t o n t h e M a r c h 1 9 9 7 s l a y i n g o f h i s "frie nd" Notorious BIG. Bot h t he se c r i m e s r e m a i n u n s o l v e d B u t I w o u l d l i k e t o g i v e t h e i r m o t h e r s s o m e closure," he wrote. "It's about time t ha t som eone did, and I will d o so a t a d i f f e r e n t t i m e J i m m y y o u a n d Puffy like to come off all innocentlike, but as the saying goes: you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time." I T IS al l e g ed th a t J i m my Hen c h m an (l ef t) p ai d $ 2 5 0 0 fo r d e cea sed r ap p er a n d act o r ra p per Tupac Shakur (above) to be robbed and shot. M A N C O N F E S S E S T O S H O O T I N G T U P A C S H A K U R A N E W SINGLE L ADIES' T RIO IS O N THE BLOCK VAL, Keisha, and April three best friends with mismatched conceptions on relationships.
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 22, 2011 J ust a few images of what we the Bahamas looked like 40...50...60... years in the past Remember the old Cafe Martinique and the various really good restaurants on Paradise Island. These are a few images from way back. Sudder grouper, leg of lamb en croute, coconut curried chicken. Eat your heart out!!! BY ROLAND ROSE HE D GE S BIG AN D SM ALL T here is a distinct differ ence between European style gardens and tropical gardens. The manicured lawns, regimented flower beds, topiary and hedges of Europe need a team of Capability Browns to maintain perfection. Tropical plants grow fast and defy efforts at symmetry. T h e s e d i f fe r e n c e a r e s h o w n c l e a r l y b y h e d g e s E u r o p e a n s h a v e a r ange of s l ow-growing smallle afed s h r u b s t h a t m a k e w o n d e r fu l h e d g e s t h i c k a n d d e n s e W h e n p r u n e d t h e s e h e d g e s h a v e s h ar p f e a t u r es an d l oo k a l mo s t ar t i f i c i al i n t h ei r p e r f e c t i o n A n y a t t e m p t t o g r o w s u c h a h e d g e i n T h e B a h a m a s w o u l d b e f u t i l e b e c a u s e t h e v e r y f i r s t t w i g t h a t p r o t r u d e s wo u l d d r a w th e eye an d ru in t he w ho le i mpr ess i o n. W e m u s t th e r e fo r e a c ce p t th a t B a h a m i a n h e d g e s wi l l no t ha v e m il it ary prec isi on bu t b e d eligh t fu l in th eir o wn w ay. 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B ecau se of i t s u p r i g h t h a b i t o f g r o w t h a r a l i a pr oduce s a v er y na rr ow hedg e In a s i n g l e l a y e r i t w o u l d m a r k o n e s b o u n d a r y b u t d o v e r y l i t t l e f o r a n udi st c ol ony Th e s e cr e t is t o pl a nt a ra li a cutti ng s ju st 6-i nche s a pa r t i n t h r e e s t a g g e r e d r o w s A t r i p l e d e p t h of ar alia wi ll give you pr ivacy, and as t he h edge c an gr ow t o 25 f eet n o b o d y w i l l b e l o o k i n g o v e r t h e t o p On e of th e mo st b eaut if u l of all b o u n d a r y h e d g e s i s c r e a t e d b y P r i d e o f B ar b a d o s w h i c h i s a l s o c a l l e d B a r b a d o s f l o w e r f e n c e f o r g o o d r e a so n. P lant seeds f ou r to ei ght feet ap ar t and w h en m at u re th e 1 214 f e e t t a l l s h r u b s w i l l h a v e k n i t t e d t o g e t h e r Y o u d o n o t s e e t h e w i c k e d t h o r n s o n t h e s h r u b s u n ti l y o u tr y to pen et rate. A n o t h e r h e d g e t h a t e m p l o y s t h o r n s i s c a r i s s a w h i c h a l s o p r o d uc es edi b le f r ui t Ro o t ed c ar is sa s ee dl i n gs s ho u l d b e p l an t e d f o u rf eet apart fo r b est ef f ect Cari ssa i s fa i r l y s l o w g r o wi n g b u t w i l l pr od u c e a n i m p e n et r ab l e m a s s w i t h i n t w o years. T he ro und leaves are at t ract i ve an d t he w hi t e f l ow er s p re t t y; th e m i l k y -s a pp e d f r ui t s a r e a b o nu s I n t e r i o r h e d g e s s h o u l d o n l y b e a b o u t t w o f e e t t a l l D w a r f h o l l y ( Ma l p i gh i a c o c c i ge ra ) f i t s t h e b i l l w it h sm all h oll yshap e d leaves an d red berr ies d uri ng t he wi nt er. 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Y A H E A R G O S S I P C O R N E R D A Y 1 0 G O S P E L L I N E 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 22, 2011 YA HEAR queen of the monsters, Lady Gaga is getting sued? A veteran Hip-Hop producer has filed a lawsuit against Lady Gaga's pro ducer Rob Fusari and his company Rob Fusari Productions over sev eral of the pop singer's hit singles. Calvin Gaines is a Hip-Hop producer who started out working with New York legends like MC Lyte, Stetsasonic, Salt-N-Pepa, Ultramagnetic MC's and others. According to Gaines, he is 20 per cent owner of the copyrights in the songs, but Fusari allegedly trans ferred Gaines' interests in the compositions to Sony/ATV songs. According to Gaines' lawsuit, he has never received a penny in connection with his co-authorship of the three hit singles. YA HEAR Dennis Rodman got into a fight over Lebron James? According to TMZ, former NBA star Dennis Rodman got into a physical altercation with a local patron' at a bar in Akron, Ohio earlier this week. Allegedly, Rodman shoved the man, Michael Douglas after being asked if he was in Akron checking on Lebron. YA HEAR Lil Wayne's ex wife and child's mother recently tied the knot? Antonia "Toya" Carter and Mickey "Memphitz" Wright are now a married couple! The two tied the knot in a beautiful wedding in Atlanta yesterday evening before celebrating at a reception attended by rapper RaSheeda, Kandi, Nivea, Lauren London, and Tamar Braxton. After the wed ding, Toya's ex-hubby tweeted his well wishes: "Hat's off to Toya and Memphis, best wishes." YA HEAR Chris Brown and Tyler the Creator and Frank Ocean from Odd Future hip hop group tweef ing'? The beef is rather petty but Chris Brown and the Odd Future's artist were taking jabs at one another. This weekend, while performing in Los Angeles at House of Blues on Sunset Strip, Odd Future shared with the audience their disappointment in MTV not airing their music video. While expressing that their dream was to get an MTV Video Music Award, audience members began chanting "Fk Chris Brown!", instigating the twitter beef that had took place the day before. KINGS OF LEON USE SOMEBODY "I've been roaming around, I was looking down at all I see Painted faces fill the places I can't reach You know that I could use somebody You know that I could use somebody Someone Like You" I SMILE Kirk Franklin MY HEART SAYS YES Troy Sneed NOBODY GREATER VaShawn Mitchell OVER & OVER Trin-i-tee 5:7 feat. PJ Morton I GIVE MYSELF AWAY (LIVE) William McDowell WELL DONE Deitrick Haddon WALKING Mary Mary HE HAS HIS HANDS ON YOU Marvin Sapp I BELIEVE James Fortune & FIYA feat. Zacardi Cortez & Shawn McLemore GOD IS GREAT Ricky Dillard And New G BEST FEMALE R&B AR TIST MARSHA AMBROSIUS BEYONCE KERI HILSON JENNIFER HUDSON RIHANNA Farah says: There is some very stiff compe tition in this particular award and while I want say Jennifer Hudson or Marsha Ambrosius because they are somewhat the under dogs, I have to go with Rihanna, she has been making a lot of noise recently. Lesh says: Whoa! This one's a tough one for me because I am a HUGE Rihanna fan, I can't stress that enough. However, Beyonce has really been killing the game with her hits from that time, Jennifer Hudson's talent speaks for itself and Keri and Marsha is okay. I would have to go with Riri, Jen or Bey for this one, I am almost certain one of the three would win. BEST MALE R&B ARTIST CHRIS BROWN CEE LO GREEN BRUNO MARS TREY SONGZ USHER Farah says: OMG all of them are well deserving, but I am caught in a triangle with Bruno Mars and Chris Brown! Lesh says: Oh man, do I really have to choose? Chris Brown has really made one of the biggest come backs ever, but Bruno Mars I am in love with him so I am hoping he wins. BEST GROUP DIDDY-DIRTY MONEY CALI SWAG DISTRICT N.E.R.D. NEW BOYZ TRAVIS PORTER Farah says: Dirty Money! Lesh says: This one is easy, that award should go to Diddy Dirty Money, they have been pushing their album real hard and the songs are being played on every radio station there is. Good Luck to them! BEST COLLABORA TION B.o.B. f/ Haley Williams of Paramore"Airplanes" Chris Brown f/ Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes"Look at Me Now" Chris Brown f/ Tyga & Kevin McCall"Deuces" Waka Flocka Flame f/ Roscoe Dash & Wale"No Hands" Rihanna f/Drake-"What's My Name" Kanye West f/Rihanna-"All of the Lights" Farah says: Elimination Method: Airplanes out, No Hands out, All Of The Lights out. Now What's My Name is a great song, as well as Look At Me Now, but I think Deuces is the best collaboration. Lesh says: Chris Brown f/ Tyga & Kevin McCall"Deuces", THE BEST HANDS DOWN! BEST MALE HIP HOP ARTIST B.O.B. DRAKE LIL WAYNE RICK ROSS KANYE WEST Farah says: Drake! Lesh says: Drizzy Drake is the best but Ricky Roozay has been coming out with some hits out of this world! So either one would do. B E S T F E M A L E H I P H O P A R T I S T DIAMOND CYMPHONIQUE LOLA MONROE NICKI MINAJ Farah says: Do we really have to guess, they should just give Nicki Minaj the tro phy now. Lesh says: LOL is this even a competition, the winner is NICKI NICKI! VIDEO OF THE YEAR Marsha Ambrosius"Far Away" B.o.B. f/Hayley Williams of Paramore"Airplanes" Chris Brown f/Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes"Look at Me Now" Keri Hilson-"Pretty Girl Rock" Willow Smith"Whip My Hair" Kanye West f/Pusha T"Runaway" Farah says: Far Away Lesh says: Hmmmm my vote is for Willow's "Whip My Hair" or Keri's "Pretty Girl Rock." BEST NEW ARTIST J. COLE BRUNO MARS MIGUEL WILLOW SMITH WIZ KHALIFA Farah says: Bruno Mars! Lesh says: BRUNO MARS!!!! BEST GOSPEL BYRON CAGE DEITRICK HADDON MARY MARY KAREN CLARK SHEARD BEBE & CECE WINANS Farah says: Mary Mary. Lesh says: Deitrick Haddon BEST ACTRES S HALLE BERRY TARAJI P. HENSON REGINA KING ZOE SALDANA KERRY WASHINGTON Farah says: Love Tariji P Henson. Lesh says: Tariji or Zoe Saldana is well deserving of it! BEST ACTOR LAZ ALONSO CHRIS BROWN DON CHEADLE IDRIS ELBA JAMIE FOXX F a r a h s a y s : G a t t a g o w i t h I d r i s A l b a l o v e d h i m i n T a k e r s Lesh says: Oh My Gosh IDRIS ELBA I love him in everything!!!! He's indeed your winner! Y OUNG ST ARS A W ARD SHENELL EDMONDS KEKE PALMER DIGGY SIMMONS JADEN SMITH WILLOW SMITH Farah says: Wow they are putting Jayden up against his sister Willow, well the com petition is between the two so it wouldn't matter who wins. Lesh says: Jaden Smith! BEST MO VIE "Death at a Funeral" "For Colored Girls" "Takers" "The Book of Eli" "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?" Farah says: All great movies but I say For Colored Girls gets this one. Lesh says: I enjoyed all of the movies, anyone of them is likely to win.
By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SHE has slowly established herself as the poster girl for middle-distance running in the Bahamas. Having inked her name in the his tory books as the first Bahamian female to win two medals at the same Carifta Games in the 1,500 and 3,000 metres the latter posted as a national record-breaking performance Hughnique Rolle is hoping her tall, slender frame can take her to loftier goals at some of the more prestigious meets this summer. Home on a short break before she returns to Seton Hall for summer classes, Rolle successfully defended her title at the Bahamas Olympic Committees Olympic Day Fun Run on Saturday morning. Now shes gearing up to head to Grand Bahama to compete in the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations BTC National Open Track and Field Championships this weekend. Looking back at her performance, Rolle said after breaking the national record in qualifying for the games, she knew that when she went to Montego Bay, Jamaica, she had a golden oppor tunity to lower it. Mission accomplished. I knew I T HETRIBUNE SECTIONEWEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 INSIDE T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . WIMBLEDON: KNOWLES TEAMS UP WITH NEW PARTNER BULLARD JR LOOKS TO TAKE HIS GAME TO A HIGHER LEVEL GOLD CUP: US, MEXICO HIGHLIGHT DOUBLE HEADER IM HERE RECRUITING...I GOT TO FIND SOME PLAYERS WALTER DIX BREAKING OUT OF SHELL VOLLEYBALL CAMP SET TO BEGIN THIS WEEK SERENA WINS IN THE FIRST ROUND T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . National Swimming Championships Photos by Felip Major /Tribune staff Poster girl for middle-distance running FAMILY TIES: The Rolle family shown (l-r father Hughdon and younger sister Holly. S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 E E SWIFT SENSATION: Swifts 15 & Over team of Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (abovevery top medal in the 200m Freestyle Relay on the final day of the Bahamas Swimming Federations National Swimming Championships at Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Center. The silver went to Gabrielle Greene, Bria Deveaux, JeNae Saunders and Miriam Crispo of the Barracudas swim club and Ariel Weech, Anthaya Rolle, Franshon Francis and Jade Thompson of Sea Bees won the bronze. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGES 2 & 5E Swift sensation
SPORTS PAGE 2E, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS National Swimming Championships Photos by Felip Major /Tribune staff SWIMMERS from various clubs can be seen yesterday (day four SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 5E
By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com IN the 15 years that Melissa Irvin has been at the Uni versity of the Cumberlands, she has never had a chance to coach a Bahamian or even a player from the Caribbean on her womens basketball team. But that could all change after she paid a visit to the Bahamas. Irvin, along with her assistant coach, spent some time at the Kendal Isaacs and D W Davis Gymnasiums over the past few days. They viewed the talent available in a specially-designed scrimmage during the Bahamas Basketball Federation womens national team practice. Im here recruiting. I got to find some players, said Irving of her NAIA Division One programme that is based in Williamsburg, Kentucky. I was in Grand Bahama last month for a showcase and I met coach (Anthony and coach (Wayde and another coach. They told me that they have some players who didnt attend the showcase. So I decided to come back here to see some of them. Obviously, the talent is very great here. Compared to what she saw in Grand Bahama, Irving admitted that the talent here is much better because some of the talent in Grand Bahama had already left the island by the time the showcase came around. But there is a lot of talent here that we have to take advantage off, she added. With a solid guard/combo returning, Irving said her immediate need is in the post and she hopes that she can fill the center and power forward spots from some of the talent that she has seen here. Im still here. I didnt walk out after watching them for about 15 minutes, said Irving about what she saw at the practice session conducted by assistant womens national team coach Felix Fly Mus grove at DW Davis yesterday. If we dont sign them this year, we could definitely use them next year. But Im really hoping to find some talent here. Offering a full ride on a scholarship, Irving said her womens programme has been historically a top 10 ranked team and they have made it to the national tour nament at least 11 times. Over the past decade, they also won at least eight conference titles. With 23 athletic sports on campus, Irving said her goal is to make sure that her alma mater where she starred as a point guard and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame, will continue to make its presence felt and they can do it with at least one Bahamian in the line-up. So we are looking for participants in just about every sport that we compete in, said Irving, who noted that she was impressed with what she saw at the Bahamas Swimming Federations Royal Bank of Canada National Swimming Championships. Although Im here recruit ing for basketball, Im looking for whatever talent I can find in all of the sports, she said. Irving said she was impressed with what she saw from the national team prac tice as Musgrove brought out the athleticism of the players in attendance. Were coming over in December and we hope to play against the national team, said Irving, who will bring her team here where they will be staying at Atlantis on Paradise Island. We want to play at least one or two games here when we come back. We might just have a Bahamian on the team then. Having coached players from Sweden, Austria, and Germany, Irving said shes excited to test the waters on this side of the US. Im hoping to change that this year, Irving said. There is just so much talent here, I really love the Bahamas, The people here are so hospitable. Its been a great experience. Swaby, a coach of the Angels team in the New Providence Womens Basketball Association, said ever since he hooked up with Irving in Grand Bahama, he knew that he had to set the wheels in motion to get her to come back to look at some of the players here. When she heard about the national team practice, she decided to come back, said Swaby, who was instrumen tal in getting Irving to take a close, up-and-personal look at a couple players, including Ashley Moss. I think she was impressed with what she saw. So it's just about means of connection. This will give our kids an opportunity to go to an NAIA school where the rules are slightly different from the NCAA. At the end of the day, Swaby said the only thing that really matters is getting that college degree. Swaby said he hopes that Irving and the Bahamas will forge a longtime relationship that will see a number of players heading off to the University of Cumberlands in the future. Watson, a coach with the Cybots basketball team in the NPWBA, said he too is delighted that Irving has decided to come to town and view some of the players that he coaches, including Abigail Dean, Ariel Stuart, Tamika Joseph and Robyn Gibson. She seemed to be a com passionate and interested coach and she seemed to be very interested in their development as opposed to just being basketball players, he said. To me, its a pleasure to meet and work along with a coach like that. I know whoever she selects, she will do a fine job with them. Irvin has not given any timeline on when and just how many players she will be willing to offer scholarships to. But she noted that she is definitely interested in a num ber of Bahamian female play ers. By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b firstname.lastname@example.org W ITH his new partner sidelined, Mark Knowles ish oping that his temporary partner Lukasz Kubot can help him to pull through in the mens doubles draw at Wimbledon. Knowles and Kubot, of Poland, are seeded at No. 10 and are slated to play the team of Chris Guccione of Australia and Adil Shamasdin of Canada in the first round on Thursday. Hes a good player and I t hink our combination could work out very well, Knowles said. I think we could be a very formidable team, although we have never played together. We played against each other, so we kind of know each others game. Hopefully, we can try to win a couple of matches and play our way into the tournament. With this being one of the four Grand Slam tournaments the biggest on theA TP Tour Knowles said its difficult to play with a virtua lly new partner. But in his case, theres n othing he could do about it after his partner Michal Mertinak went down with an injury and will be sidelined for a couple of weeks. Its not ideal, but its something that Ive gotten used to over the past year anda half, playing with various partners and hot having that c ontinuity that I was used to for so long, he said. Its made things a little bit d ifferent, but having said that, I know that we can play well t ogether and you just have to adjust your mentality and be ready to go out there and play well from the first point. With this being a Grand Slam, Knowles said every match counts because everybody tries to make sure that they get through the first week and live to play in the second round in the lead up to the final. With Kubot playing in the singles as well, having secured a 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 5-7 and 6-4 win over Arnaud Clement of France, their first round doubles match probably wont be played until Thursday. Thats because Kubot is scheduled to play his second round match today against Ivo Karlovic of Croatia. I havent really looked at t he draw. Im just concentrating on our first round m atch, Knowles said. Not having anything to look backo n, we just have to hope that our game can mess well together and we can do very well. Knowles is also scheduled to play in mixed doubles with Russian Nadia Petkovic, who is ranked at No.6 in the womens doubles with Anastasia Rodionova of Australia. My mixed doubles panrter Anna-Lena Groenefeld is not able to play here, K nowles said. Ive never played with Nadia, but shes ag ood player, so Im really excited about the prospect in that as well. Knowles said Petrova had approached him about playing together earlier this year and when the opportunity presented itself with the injury to Groenefeld, he gladly accepted it. SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011, PAGE 3E S S P P O O R R T T S S M M E E D D I I C C I I N N E E : : D D A A V V I I S S I I S S C C E E R R T T I I F F I I E E D D C C C C E E P P BAHAMAS chiropractor Dr Jennifer Davis has completed a certification pro gramme offered by the C ouncil on Extremity Adjusting and has become aC ertified Chiropractic Extremities Practitioner ( CCEP). Dr Davis is one of 900 extremity specialists worldwide. The course of certifi cation he/she has completed required 105 hours of study and the passing of a final e xam on the following sub jects: Upper and Lower E xtremity Adjusting, TMJ, Ribs and Shoulder Girdle, Foot, Gait and Orthotics, Extremity Rehabilitation, Soft Tissue Methods for the Extremities, and Global Assessment of the Extrem i ties. As a CCEP, Dr Davis is t rained to pinpoint and treat root causes to recurring pain in the spine or extremities. She is equipped to success fully treat TMJ, Shoulder Girdle Syndromes, Tennis Elbow, Carpal Tunnel, K nee Subluxations, Bakers Cysts, Sprained Ankles, Shin Splints, and Foot and Gait mechanics and other ailments. The Council on Extremity Adjusting (CEA founded by Dr Kevin Hearon, internationally acclaimed expert on extremity adjusting, who has writ ten several books on the subject. Dr Hearon is also the president of the Council on Extremity Adjusting. The Council is governed by seven board members, and there are 12 instructors dedicated to the advancement of knowledge regard ing extremity adjusting in the chiropractic profession worldwide. More informa tion about the Council and the CCEP certification programme is available at www.councilonextrem ityadjusting.com B B A A S S E E B B A A L L L L E E D D A A R R M M B B R R I I S S T T E E R R S S U U M M M M E E R R L L E E A A G G U U E E THE Ed Armbrister Baseball League will conduct players registration and tryout 10am to 1pm Saturday at Windsor Park for all players age 10 and up who wish to play in the Ed Armbrister Baseball Leagues summer league which begins July 2. Players without a team will be assigned to a team after the registration and tryout. All interested players are asked to wear proper playing pants, tops and shoes, and bring any avail able baseball gloves and bats. For more information, send your email to eabase email@example.com or call the Ed Armbrister Baseball League 24-Hour Hotline at 327-5238. SPORTS IN BRIEF Mark Knowles teams up with Kubot for Wimbledon MARK KNOWLES is hoping that Lukasz Kubot (above draw at Wimbledon. Im here recruiting...I got to find some player I I N N S S I I G G H H T T F o o r r t t h h e e s s t t o o r r i i e e s s b b e e h h i i n n d d t t h h e e n n e e w w s s , r r e e a a d d I I n n s s i i g g h h t t o o n n M M o o n n d d a a y y s s MELISSA IRVIN
wanted to win the race and for me to win the race, I knew I had to break the national record again, Rolle said. It was good. I was just happy that I got it. When I first broke it at school, I didnt expect to break it. I was just r unning and one of my team-mates told me that I broke it and I qualified for Junior CAC. So I was really happy about it. Like she did in Montego Bay, Rolle i ntends to go to Grand Bahama this weekend and pull off the 1,500-3,000 combo. I hope the competition is down t here so I can get a push, she projected. If its not there, I will still go out and do my best. While she intends to take in summer school, starting July, Rolle said she also has plans to run in as many international meets as she qualifies for this year. And if she is successful in the p rocess, she would be delighted if her times can get her a spot in either or both the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea in August and the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England. Although the latter two meets are a little out of her reach right now, at age 19, Rolle said she wont be disappointed because she still has a lot ofy ears of running ahead of her. This is my last junior year, said t he 5-feet, 11 3/4-inches former basketball player, who led Seton Hall in t heir cross country season. At school, they were very proud of how I performed. So they are trying to get me to take it up a notch as I get ready for the senior circuit next year. Inspired by her performances at Carifta, Rolle said she hopes she can be the magnet that she can attract a lot m ore women to take up distance running instead of concentrating on the sprints. For some people, they like the sprints because it is the highlight oft he meet, Rolle said. But if we continue pushing it, and as long as we get more successes like I did in Carifta, we should be able to encourage more w omen to start running. I know I have my little sister, Holly, competing in the events right now. We also have some runners in our club, so as long as we all can stayh ealthy, I think we will have a lot more women competing. No matter what happens, Rolle said she will be around because she likes r unning middle distance races. Rolle, who has also done some modeling, said she remembered when she first entered St Augustines College and because of her height, she wasp laying basketball, and she swum and also played tennis. But once she started running, she kept going like the Energizer Bunny w ho just kept going and going and going. Her parents, Hughdon and Lucretia, have been the batteries that have kept her charged up. Whenever shes homec ompeting, at least one or both of them are always on the sidelines cheering her along. Im quite proud because she's d oing very good and shes right on pace and a good plan. So we want to be here to encourage her, her father stated. At Xaviers, when she really got s tarted, she just wanted to run. I remember one year when she got four ribbons, she said Daddy, I asked the Lord for one, but I ended up getting f our. I told her that she did great and so we told her to stick with it. Having enrolled at St Augustine's College, Rolle went on to excel during her bantam year and she was advisedt o join the T-Bird Flyers Track Club and the rest, as they say, was history, She had a number of coaches like William Knucklehead Johnson, Felix Fly Musgrove, Michael Armbrister and Foster Dorsett, who all helped to bring out the best in her. While she inherited her height from her father, Rolle followed in the foot-s teps of her mother, who was a former distance runner in high school. She has a talent. I think she has found her niche and she's on her p ath, her mother said. As parents, all we can do is be there to give both of them our support. When they were growing up, I thought she was going to get intod ance or ballet, but once she started running, I didn't try to push her. As a former distance runner at CC Sweeting, her mother said she reali zed that her daughter had a gift and so they decided to dedicate their lives to see that both of their children succeed. Sometimes, I go out and run with them too, the elder Rolle said. Theyc ome from a running family, so it was kind of easy for them to do it. But I told them to take it as far as they can and when they are tired and d one, they can stop. Its up to them. Im not going to push them, but I will be there to support them. Her sister, Holly, said she was always in awe of Rolle and once shee ntered SAC, she too took it up and j ust like her sister, she enjoys every moment. We just joined together and started running, said Holly, a 15-year-old1 0th grader. I just have to get the same type of d etermination that she has and I know I can succeed too. Watch out, here come the Rolle sist ers. SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011, PAGE 7E S ome of the top Bahamian athletes are expected to compete in the 2011 BTC National Open Track and Field Championships at the Grand Bahama Sports Complex this weekend. Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA officer Alpheus Hawk Finlayson puts todays profile spotlight on middle distance runner Hughnique Rolle. Rolle attended St Augustines College in Nassau. She currently attends Seton Hall University in New Jersey. Rolle set a new Bahamian national record in the 1500m at Carifta Games in St Lucia in 2009. The time was 4:44.16. This year, during the weekend of the BTC Carifta trials, Rolle broke the 21-year-old 3000m national record of 10:29.22 by Lucille Guerrier, set in Kingston in 1990 at the Carifta Games. A t the Carifta Games in Montego Bay, Rolle set another national record in the 1500m at 4:43.97. She finished with the bronze medal. Rolle lowered her 3000m national record to 10:27.32 for the gold. Athlete Profile N ational Open Track & Field Championships HUGHNIQUE ROLLE The poster girl for middle-distance running F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E
SPORTS PAGE 8E, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS V V O O L L L L E E Y Y B B A A L L L L B B A A C C K K T T O O B B A A S S I I C C S S C C A A M M P P The 7th annual Jackie Conyers Back-To-Basics Volleyball Camp in conjunction with the BVF is slated to commence on June 23 (Thursday run for five days which will end June 27 (Monday There will be daily sessions 9am to 3pm at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. Coach Del Hughes, coach Arlene Hughes from Atlanta and coach Vanessa Henry will be special guest coaches. Del Hughes is a graduate of Albany State University. He is the former h ead coach of the Wome ns USA Open Championship bronze medal team. He is also an USA Olympic Pipeline High Performance Coach and head coach of the 18 Open Southern regional semifinalist. Presently, he serves as the director/CEO of Atlanta Boom Volleyball Institute, and coach of the 18s Diamond team. The camp will move to Bimini June 28. Then on to Exuma June 30 to July 1 and Abaco July 2. S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L B B A A N N K K E E R R S S S S C C H H E E D D U U L L E E Saturdays schedule 10:30am FCIB vs Citi Bank Noon BAF vs CMC 1:30pm RBC vs Colina 3pm Scotiabank vs Bank of the Bahamas V V O O L L L L E E Y Y B B A A L L L L B B S S C C S S J J A A S S O O N N S S A A U U N N D D E E R R S S V V O O L L L L E E Y Y B B A A L L L L T T O O U U R R N N E E Y Y THE Baptist Sports Council has announced that it will hold the 2011 Jason Saunders Volleyball Classic Saturday (July 2 at the D W Davis Gymna sium. Saunders, a director in the league, is being hon oured for his long and dedicated service to the sport. Not only has Saunders played the sport in the league, but he also coached and assisted in its organisation. He is nowc oaching at the national level. The league will fea ture the men, women and 17-and-under divisions. Interested persons can contact league president Brent Stubbs at 502-2363 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. B B S S C C S S J J E E F F F F E E R R Y Y B B U U R R N N S S I I D D E E C C Y Y C C L L I I N N G G C C L L A A S S S S I I C C THE Baptist Sports Council has announced that the 2011 Jeffery Burnside Cycling Classic is slated to take place Saturday (July 9 Cycling Track at the Baillou Hills Sporting Com plex. Burnside, a former director of the league, is being recognised for his long and dedicated service to the sport. He was a former national cycling cham pion. Categories for the event, starting at 10am, are male and female masters, open, 19-and-under, 15-andunder, 10-and-under and five-and-under. Interested persons can contact league president Brent Stubbs at 502-2363 or email@example.com for more details. SPORTS IN BRIEF By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter b firstname.lastname@example.org FROM primary to high school, Geno Bullard Jr has s lowly matured into one of the highly acclaimed basketball players in the country. Now enrolled at Ridley C ollege in Canada where he will be entering his final year in September, Bullard Jr is already talking about taking his game to a higher levele ither in the US or in Canada. I have been talking to at least 10 coaches, but I havent decided on where I want to p lay yet, said Bullard Jr, who is waiting on the results from his SAT scores to make that decision. I made a lot of progress, but I still have a loto f work to do. As a versatile athlete, B ullard Jr has track and field to fall on if he doesnt achieve the success he so much cherishes in basketball. B ut at 18 years old, standing at 5-feet, 11-inches and w eighing 170 pounds, Bullard Jr admits that he doesnt see why he cant excel in his first love basketball. He addeds ome additional awards to his rsum this past season. Some people say Im a combo guard, but I see myselfa s a true point guard, said Bullard Jr, who made it to the All-Star game between the top 10 players in the Niagara r egion when he was named as the co-MVP. But Ive been playing that position all my life, so I reallyk now what is required to play at that position. Playing over there (in Canada helped me to mature myg ame. Bullard Jr helped his Ridley College to the State C hampionship in Canada where they finished second and they were third overall in the season with a 31-5 win-l oss record. In the end, Bullard Jr averaged 20 points and nine assists. During the track and field s eason, Bullard Jr suffered an injury while long jumping and he had to withdraw from the competition after he suffereda slight injury. He did a seasons best of 6.50 metres before he had to shut it down. I had to get fluid drained f rom my ankles, recalled Bullard Jr who only just finished his last set of treatment l ast week before he returned home on Fathers Day. They gave me a big needle t hat hurt a lot. But Im feeling b etter and getting stronger again. I cant wait to start competing again when I go back to school. Before he returns to school, B ullard Jr intends to participate in a number of camps in the US in a bid to properly p repare him for the future. H is father, Geno Sr, who has not only assisted his son but o ther players in getting a col lege education, said he hasb een quite impressed with his sons level of achievement. Ridley College is dynamic in preparing students for t omorrow, Bullard Sr said. I always knew Genos athletics will be there, but to be a great athlete, his academicsh ave to be on key. So to be a better student-athlete, he has to be able to balance the two. This is his last year so he has to be in a better position to be able to put himself where anys chool that recruits him will be delighted in what he brings to the table. Bullard Sr, who found him s elf in the rare position as a father and coach, said hes n ow on the sidelines cheering as a lifetime coach, watchi ng his son continue to progress. T his past season, Bullard was joined by Weston Saund ers of Kingsway Academy and Justin Symonette of St A ugustines College, both team-mates on Bullard Srs No Bull basketball pro g ramme. They fit in very well. W eston made a lot of improvement. He took his g ame up to another level, Bullard Jr said. We expectJ ustin to get better when we go back in September. B ullard Sr said he is proud that his son was able to pave t he way for the other players. We want them to achieve the total package of being the b est student-athletes that they can be, Bullard Sr said. Weston is doing tremendously well. We are just pleased to have him and Justin up therew ith Geno. We are also look ing at the other students who w ill be joining them in Sep tember. Hopefully, they all c an continue to make the Bahamas very proud. Bullard Jr looks to take his game to higher level RISING STAR: Geno Bullard Jr has slowly matured into one of the highly acclaimed basketball players in the Bahamas. He can also be seen below with his father and coach. P h o t o s b y T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays By PAT GRAHAM A P Sports Writer EUGENE, Ore. (AP For years, sprinter Walter Dix has cultivated an air of mystery with his quiet and reserved demeanor. In a sport known for its flash, Dix simply preferred not to stand out, which was hard to do after a highly decorated career at Florida State and even harder after captur ing two Olympic bronze medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. More and more, though, he's stepping out of his shell as he hopes to climb out of the shadows of Jamaica's Usain Bolt and fellow American Tyson Gay, possibly even steal some of their spotlight. Only then, Dix insisted, will fans see a glimpse of his true personality, one that he asserts leans more toward showy than shy. Until that time, he's content with just being an enigma. "The less people know, the more they want to conjure up for themselves," said Dix, who will run the 100 and 200 at the US. championships in Eugene, Ore., this weekend. "There's power in (anonymity), because the people don't know what to expect, don't expect anything. "Hopefully, they'll find out that I want to be one of the greatest athletes to walk on this planet." That's a tall order in this era of Bolt, who's chewing up records each time he tears down the track at a major meet. The Jamaican sensation has set the bar so high in sprinting, forcing others to raise their game or be left in his dust. And that's what Dix has been quietly doing on a sunsplashed track in Tampa, Fla., this spring, running in only a handful of meets. That's all part of his plan: Diligently work on his starts in relative seclusion and "let it hang out at nationals." The field is quite deep in the 100 at US championships, with Gay the clear favourite. But there's also Michael Rodgers, Darvis Patton and Justin Gatlin, who returned last year after a four-year suspension for doping. They're all vying for a spot at worlds in Daegu, South Korea, later this summer and a chance to possibly face Bolt. In the 200, Dix may very well be the favorite, depending on the status of Gay, who won't make any decisions on whether he will run the event until after his performance in the 100. Wallace Spearmon, another top contender in the 200, is contending with a left Achilles' tendon ailment that's hindered his training. Gatlin could be a factor in that race, too, along with a host of up-and-coming run ners such as Mookie Salaam of Oklahoma and NCAA champion Maurice Mitchell of Florida State. "In the 200, a lot of people are expecting me to do some things," Dix said. "In the 100, I want to shock people." Beating Gay would defi nitely send a message. After all, Gay is the fastest runner in the world not named Bolt. To get his named mentioned in the same sentence as Bolt and Gay, Dix realizes he has to upstage them at a big competition. Should that happen, Dix said his personality will shine through. And remember, Bolt didn't really start dancing and entertaining the crowd with his antics until after he started shattering records. "Before 2008, nobody had the perception that he was a clown," Dix said. "But when you're in the spotlight, people get to know you." Dix paused and chuckled. "I'm not saying I'm going to start dancing, though," he said. Now, more than ever, he craves a piece of the spotlight to show people he's not a reluctant star who shies away from the exposure. Maybe once true, it's become a label he's eager to shed. At Florida State, Dix was trumpeted as the future of American sprinting. That was pressure. In Beijing, he captured two bronze medals and was on his way to becoming one of the faces of American sprinting. Even more pressure. At first, he was rather uncomfortable with all the pressure and attention. It showed on the track. The 25-year-old had a rough performance at the '09 US championships after hurt ing his hamstring in the 100, an ailment that kept him out of the 200, as well. About then, Dix also was going through a coaching switch and found himself embroiled in a legal scuffle with his agent whom he's since left over, in part, a contract deal with Nike, who's still his sponsor. This wasn't exactly the direction you'd expect a sprinter who won two bronze medals in Beijing to travel. He should've been cashing in on his fame, not backsliding. Since then, he's been steadily getting his career back on track. He's returned to the basics, tinkering with his start under the direction of veteran coach Rey Robinson. In Dix's mind, his burst out of the blocks will be key in closing the gap on Bolt, the world record holder in both the 100 (9.5819.19 "The pressure of running fast that Bolt has put on everyone, it's made athletes and coaches respond in practice," Dix said. "He put pressure on all of us." Especially in the 100. "Ten-flat is not good enough now," said Dix, who turned in his top 100 time of 9.88 seconds last August. "Bolt showed that those 10flat times that we're running are ancient. It tells you what's to come." For track's most puzzling sprinter, the time might just be arriving to show the world another side of him, one that's not so bashful and maybe even bubbly like Bolt. All Dix needs is a setting and a stage. "I'm not in the bright lights like Gay and Bolt," Dix said. "I don't get to be funny or be on SportsCenter. "But it doesn't bother me because, like my dad always says, running fast solves everything." Reserved sprinter Walter Dix breaking out of shell BREAK OUT: 100-meter bronze medallist Walter Dix shows his medal during the awards ceremony in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics in Beijing. In a sport known for flash, sprinter Dix prefers not to stand out. But that's becoming harder after winning two bronze medals in Beijing. (AP Photo