N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Prison officer dies in shooting C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 105 No.296MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER MOSTLY SUNNY HIGH 81F LOW 69F SEEINSIGHTSECTION Have we got it all wrong? SEEPAGETWELVE Avenging Angels! By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A PRISON officer became t he countrys latest murder victim when he was shot in the head during an alterca t ion at a gated apartment c omplex over the weekend. The victim, 27-year-old Clifford Wellington Godet Jro f Seven Hills Drive, died in hospital Friday night, upping the countrys murder countt o 74 for the year. Police say that around 10.13pm Friday they received reports of as hooting at Egans Estates, commonly known Eagles Nest, Gladstone Road. Upon arrival at the scene, police found Godet lying in a pool of blood just outside several apartment units with a gun shot wound to the head. According to police, the information they received was that the victim was involved in an altercation with another man at Egans Estates, which resulted in the man shooting him in the head with a shot gun. ASP Leon Bethel, head of the homicide unit, said that p olice presently have a man in custody for questioning over the shooting and investiga tions into the matter are con t inuing. While earlier media reports on the incident sug gested that the shooting waso ver a piece of jewellery, ASP Bethel said that police have not yet determined a motivef or the killing. We are still trying to determine why this hap pened, ASP Bethel said. When the Tribune visited the scene yesterday several eyewitnesses, who wished not be named, gave a different account of the incident. According to one eyewit ness, while there had been an argument over a hand chain earlier that evening, the deceased was not involved in it. The witnesses said that shortly before the shooting took place, the deceased arrived at the scene brandish ing a shotgun and got into an altercation with a man who subsequently got his own weapon and opened fire in Murder count r ises to 74 The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITION FRI. 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The Mall at Marathon store opened its Toy Land on Sat urday ahead of the festive season. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter m firstname.lastname@example.org A RMED robberies continued across New Providence t his weekend leaving three men in hospital with guns hot wounds and a stabbing injury, one of the men is in serious condition. An employee of Butlers Bargain Mart in Baillou Hill R oad was shot in the stomach when two masked gunmen burst into the store just before 10pm on Friday demandThree in hospital after weekend armed robberies S EE page 15 By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A DETECTIVE was shot twice in the knee when he and another plain-clothes detective approached three suspects outside a house in Baillou Hill Road and Laird Street yesterday afternoon. The two detectives were on patrol in an unmarked car when they became sus picious about three men standing on the front Detective shot approaching suspects SEE page 15 THEDepartment of Immigration last night announced that it will conduct an investi gation into allegations made by a Jamaican man last week about his treatment at the hands of Immigration officials in October. Businessman Andrew Dil lon claims he was stopped at Lynden Pindling Airport then held at Carmichael Road Detention Centre for close to two days without adequate food or water. As a result of his claims, the Department of Immigration has compiled a file from statements of persons working at the airport and detention centre and intends to form a com mittee to investigate the mat ter. They also have a state Immigration Dept to investigate Jamaican mans allegations By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT A 29year-old man was shot and killed by a gunman during a home invasion in the Alba core Drive area on Satur day evening. The mans death pushes Grand Bahamas homicide count to 11 for the year. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said police received a report around 9.45pm on Saturday of a shooting at a house in the Albacore Drive area, near the Cricket Field. Man killed by gunman in home invasion SEE page 15 SEE page 15 NASSAUANDBAHAMAISLANDSLEADINGNEWSPAPER C M Y K C M Y KV olume: 105 No.292WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2009 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHERCLOUDY, T-STORMHIGH 86F LOW 71F F E A T U R E SSEETHEARTSVanquish theDragonBy PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com AN 11th grade student of CV Bethel High School is being held by police for questioning in the stabbing of two other students from that school reportedly after an argument broke out over the alleged theft of his girlfriends cell phone earlier that morning. According to police sometime around 1pm they received the report from the school that a stabbing had taken place at the East Street South school. The information that the police relayed is that two males, ages 15 and 16 years were stabbed shortly after 11am. Both students are listed in serious but stable condition at the Princess Margaret Hospital. While the stabbing took place nearly two hours before it was reported to the police, there has been no explanation from the school as to why the police were not informed of the matter earlier. The police report continued: One student was stabbed in the left upper chest, while the other in the upper back. Circumstances are unknown as to exactly what took place, howeverp olice officers are presently conducting inquiries. However, The Tribune has been able to confirm through the Director of Education Lionel Sands that the alleged perpetrator is another 11th grade student who is reportedly currently in police custody. There was indeed two students who were injured at the school. The case surrounded these two students and another student who did the stabbing. It was related to some student and a cell phone that was supposedly stolen from the girlfriend of one of the students, Mr Sands said. Speaking to the security of the campus, Mr Sands said that the ministry employs certain restrictions and measures to limit the number of weapons that can be smuggled onto the campus. NotingYouth quizzed after argument over cell phoneThe TribuneANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITIONF RI. NOV. 20 M cHAPPY DAYwww.tribune242.com PASSPORT TO PARADISETHELATEST EDITION OF THE TRIBUNES PASSPORT TO PARADISE MAGAZINE IS NOW AVAILABLE. FEATURING ARTICLES ON DINING, SHOPPING AND SPECIAL EVENTS IN THE BAHAMAS, THE HOLIDAY EDITION IS DELIVERED DOOR-TO DOOR AT ATLANTIS, OCEAN CLUB, THE BRITISHCOLONIALHILTON AND HOTELS ON CABLE BEACH. Two stabbedin school fightSEE page eight By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A JAMAICAN man has called on authorities in his country and The Bahamas to follow up on a horrible ordeal he claims to have suffered at the hands of Immigration officials when he was denied entry to the country in October. In a letter sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jamaica, forwarded to The Tribune in the hope that local Bahamian officials would take steps to improve the situation for future visitors, Andrew Dillion claims he was coming to The Bahamas to see friends last month when his holJamaican man claims horrible ordeal with immigration officialsSEE page 10PAYINGTRIBUTETOCHARLISEFAMILYANDFRIENDS of 15-year-old Charlise Bain (inset Charlise was killed when the bus taking her and seven other students home from school collided with a white 1995 Dodge van in Spruce Street, Nassau Village on Friday.F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com CRADLING the dying boy in his arms, a friend of Brent on Smith who was at his side before he was shot screamed, "You just shot an innocent m an!" Police Staff Association President Bradley Sands was at the scene with DetectiveC orporal 1476 Kelsie Munroe the officer who is alleged to have fired the fateful bullet the night Brenton was s hot, it was revealed yester day. Moments before he died, Brenton and his friend l aughed and talked in a "relaxed" manner as they walked through a popular shortcut in the Kemp Road area which leads to the near-Friend of Brenton Smith told police: you just shot an innocent manSEE page eightBy NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org IT TOOK a jury just under two hours yesterday to find Frank Alphonso Pinder guilty of the October 2006 murders of two men in South Andros. The jury of 10 women and two men unanimously found Pinder, 33, of the Bluff, South Andros, guilty of the murders of Glen wood Neely Jr and James Mitchell Smith Jr. The two men were reported missing almost two weeks before their bodies were discovered in a remote area of The Bluff, South Andros, in an advancedMan found guilty of two murdersSEE page nineBy MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com JOHN Travolta has appointed top attorney Michael Perkins to represent him in the retrial of Pleasant Bridgewater and Tarino Lightbourne over attempted extortion of $25 million. Lawyers Michael Ossi and Michael McDermott who represented the Travolta family at the trial in Nassau over five weeks from September 22 are now witnesses in the case. Former PLP Senator Bridgewater, 49, and former ambulance driver Lightbourne, 47, are accused of attempting to extort money from MrJohn Travolta appoints top attorney for retrialSEE page eight JOHNTRAVOLTA THETRIBUNE reported on the allegations last week.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM COMMONWEALTHBANKSaturday Banking Hours:10AM-1PMTel: 461-1300FULL SERVICE BANKING, WELL WITHIN YOUR REACH. Mon.-Thurs. 9:00AM-3:30PM Fri. 9:30AM-4:30PM GOLDENGATES BRANCHFULL SERVICE SATURDAY BANKINGAnnouncesBeginning November 7, 2009| Leader in Personal Banking Services | www.combankltd.com Loans Foreign Exchange Mortgages Deposits Credit Cards Online Banking Safe Deposit Boxes Drive Thru Teller 24 Hr. ABM(DriveThru&Walk-in) T HE US AMBASSADOR TO THE BAHAMAS N icole Avant looks on as a cake is cut on Saturday night at the Sandals Hotel to mark the US Marine Corps 234th birthday. MINISTEROFYOUTH, SPORTSANDCULTURE Desmond Bannister speaks with US Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant on Saturday night at the Sandals Hotel. The US Marine Corps was celebrating its 234th birthday. HAPPY 234th BIRTHDAY, USMARINECORPS! THE BOYS BRIGADE, founded in N assau in 1909, is celebrating 100 years of service in the Common wealth of the Bahamas. The brigade is pictured performing in Nassau. THE BOYS BRIGADE CELEBRATES CENTUR Y MILESTONE PHOTOS: Felip Major /Tribune staff
By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FAMILIES of murder victims seeking justice for their loved ones took to the streets on Saturday calling for authorities to impose the death penalty for murderers. The march organised by the Workers Party involved some 300 people, including the families of 10 people whose lives were claimed by violent crime. As they set off from Arawak Cay and walked through Nassau Street, Poinciana Drive, Baillou Hill Road and Black Village, the friends and relatives of murder victims waved placards, shouted slogans and cried out for justice. Relatives of the late Preston Ferguson, found dead in his company truck on the side of a road in Great Exuma on August 2, called for justice as police have still not ascertained the cause of Mr Fergusons suspicious death. And Diane Bethel, whose son Deron Sharkie Bethel, 20, was killed outside his Pinewood Gardens home in March 2006, called for justice as she is still waiting for the p olice officer charged in connection his death to be brought to trial. Yvonne Rolle has suffered the deaths of two of her sons, brutally gunned down in Nassau. She wants justice for her son M arvin Ferguson, 33, shot dead in an armed robbery eight years ago, and for her 33year-old son Sirdino Smith, who was shot dead outside a nightclub in Augusta Street on September 20 last year. H er nephew Lavardo Armbrister, who was with Mr Smith at the time, was also killed outside the club, as was a girl they were with that night. Mrs Rolle said she has become frustrated with the jus tice system as although someo ne was arrested after Mr Smiths shooting, a key witness has failed to appear in court, delaying the trial. She said: Two of my boys died like that and no one is paying for it no one. Someo ne should be punished, but every time they take someone to jail, they come out on bail. And these murderers will kill not just one, but two or three people. When Sirdino died they shot him, they shot my sisters son and they shot t he girl. When my daughter came to tell me at 4am that morning I thought I was going to die. I am just about coping with all of this. I call the head of homicide at the police every other week for an update, and I just hope the situation will change. The march follows a previous demonstration hosted by the 31-year-old Workers Party in October, and a pro-hanging march in November last year. Leader of the party Rodney Moncur said: The Workers Party has been organising these marches so the families of murder victims can fight back. Theyre being encouraged to stand up and defend the human rights of their loved ones who were murdered. It is the partys philosophy that all murderers should be hanged promptly, so families of murder victims need to stand up and show the nation that theyre prepared to fight for justice and have the murderer executed upon being convicted. Mr Moncur said the Workers Party and friends and relatives of murder victims intend to take their protests to the Family Islands and hope to hold their next march in Exuma. 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A search warrant executed by police at a home in S ands Lane led to the discovery of a shotgun with three live rounds of ammunition. Three residents, two men and a woman, were arrested in connection with the find at around 3.30pm on Friday. Then officers in the northeastern division stopped and s earched a 1996 blue Ford Truck LP while patrolling the area at around 1.20am on Saturday. The four men in the truck were searched and one was found to have a .38 pistol. A man was arrested in connection with the find and is a ssisting police with their investigations. Four arrests after guns, ammunition a re seized THEWORKERSPARTY march involved around 300 people. PHOTO: RODNEYMONCUR ELECTIONS to determine the executive board o f the Royal Bahamas Police Force Staff Associ a tion are slated for today. S taff Association Chairman Bradley Sands r ecently told The Tribune that the police staff assoc iation elections are no d ifferent from any other union elections within the B ahamas. Inspector Sands e xplained that the process is in fact threefold. Thep rimary elections are the b ranch board elections. O fficers vying for a post on the executive board must first get elected to the branch board of their p articular rank. Branch board elections were held l ast Tuesday. According t o Inspector Sands, each branch board is supposed to represent the members o f its respective branch and to bring to the attention of the executive team all matters affecting offi cers in their particular rank. Ultimately, 16 officers, i nclusive of the rank of Constable, Corporal, Sergeant and Inspector, advance to the executive c ommittee and will decide on the posts of chairman, secretary and treasurer. Inspector Sands says that a major issue affecting police officers is living and working conditions, p articularly on the family Islands. There are major conc erns about some of the living and working conditions of police stations, particularly on the family Islands. It is hoped that early in the new year we will have some of these matters rectified. Police Force Staff Association elections today
EDITOR, The Tribune. W ebsters dictionary defines a eulogy as: 1) a speech or writing in praise of a person or thing,e specially a set oration in honour of a deceased person. 2) high praise or commendation. T his, then, is a eulogy to N ero, a male Labrador who was a companion and loyal friend. Nero was born in Miami a bout August 30, 1995. He suddenly arrived at the home or Roxana Villegas, bought by Fariba, a daughter of Roxana, t o bring a bit of happiness to a household that had suffered t hrough a long illness, and then the death of her father. N ero did just that and developed into an exceptional dog w ith all the qualities we most admire in one of Gods crea tures. He was kind, loving, affectionate and very much of a gen-t leman in the best sense of the word. H e became a favourite to the family and everyone who visite d the home. A number of people who had known him in Mia mi sent condolences and memories of what a wonderful dog he had been. Nero came to Nassau in the Christmas season of 2003 with R oxanas two daughters who were visiting for the holidays.N ero was very happy here, so it was decided that this would be h is new home. We had two other dogs, a female Rottweiler and a female Weimariner, but Nero was the king of the group. He displayed u nusual love and affection for us as well as kindness to theo ther dogs. He would even step aside if one of them tried to eat h is food. We had many happy outings with Nero to the beaches nearby and to Eleuthera for several holidays. A s time went by, the effects of age began to take its toll. A pproximately a year and a half ago, Nero began to cough, d isplaying difficulties in breathing. We took him to the local veterinarian who thought Nero might have had a heart problem. Nero was in such distress t hat he was left sedated at the veterinarian overnight, but his c ondition only seemed worse the next day. Eventually, calls to a veterinarian in Miami led to the conclusion that Neros throat mus cles were failing to operate properly for him to breathe. A delicate surgery was required and we had to fly him to Fort Lauderdale for this. The operation was success ful, but entailed an opening inside his throat to allow him t o breathe. This meant he could not swim anymore as there was no way he could close his throat to prevent water from entering.H is eating habits had to change with special food that would not end up in his lungs. Nero bore these infirmities w ith dignity. He adapted and c ontinued to be the kind, loving companion that he had always been. However, the effects of age continued to creep up on him, but his spirit continued to s hine. In August 2009, some weeks ago, a bit of blood was found on the floor. All three dogs were brought to the veterinarian fore xaminations. (Blood test, stool test, x-rays). Nothing was foundt o explain the blood. Nero was pronounced in e xcellent health, but needing cleaning to his teeth for which he would have to be sedated. This was done and that seemed to be the end of the mystery oft he blood. We made a trip in early O ctober of this year and left the house and dogs with Patsy, o ur housekeeper, who would stay whenever we went away. A few days into the trip, Pat sy called us to say Nero was having difficulty standing up that morning. We asked her to take Nero to the veterinarian a s soon as possible. A bit later, we were informed by the vet-e rinarian that Nero was anaemic, having lost blood t hrough a tumour that was affecting his back area, and that he needed immediate exploratory surgery to deter mine the extent of the problem. T his was a shock to us, and Roxana in tears, asked the doct or to advise her of the surgerys prognosis before any f urther steps were taken. The veterinarian spoke to me on the phone and said that he was going to call me, before any decision making. He never did. T o her shock and sorrow, she was called back a bit later by t he veterinarian to say. Nero had died. That he was too sick. T he vet had decided to put him to sleep without my consent. And anyway he already lived al ong life, what he considers a long life. Nero had been given a b lood transfusion before the surgery and seemed to instantl y respond, wagging his tail and walking around. A s Nero was being led into the operating room, he turned a nd looked at Patsy and started whimpering. He did not want to go. Nero died on October 14, 2009. God bless you Nero, thanks for all the happiness you gave us. We hope you now have a better life. We were now asked if Nero was to be buried or cremated. We decided cremation would be best. Patsy was advised that the remains of Nero would be s ent to the funeral home for t his service and that his ashes would be available in a day or two. Patsy called the veterinarians office the second day andw as told to call back the following day, which she did. She was told again to call back the next day. This went on for seve ral days, with the same answer. P atsy finally called to find the name of the funeral home, and when she called them, she was told that Nero had neverb een there. This is now ten days after his death with daily calls by Patsy to Roxana to discuss Neros place of burial in our y ard with appropriate flowers and a plaque. D uring this period of daily calling, Patsy was called aboutO ctober 21st by a man from the veterinarian who said you peop le are so cynical saying we killed Nero and that he was an old dog that would not have lived much longer. Unfortunately Roxana was not givent he opportunity to discuss Neros final diagnosis as sheh ad been promised by the veterinarian, Patsy, after learning, t en days after Neros death that he was not at the funeral home as she had been repeatedly told, called the veterinarian to inform them of this. She was put on hold for a long period. Eventually she was told that a m istake had been made and Nero was in a freezer at theiro ffice. We have cooperated with The Humane Society a f ew times, isnt this cruelty to dogs and their owners? There is more to this than has been told, but the end results seems to have been a c allous disregard of the dignity of a noble animal, and the peo p le who loved him. On learning that the veterin arian had made a mistake, Patsy went to their office on October 23rd to collect Neros remains. He was in a small freezer in a small building in t he back yard. Nero was brought home by Patsy and giv e n a proper burial with flow ers. A plaque will be made in h is honour to mark the spot. As Roxanna and I were in Peru, we followed this confusion of events as best we could by telephone. A final note: Watching Huckelberrys Sat u rday night show last week, a lady was featured who had written a book Inside...of...a dog by Alexandra Horrowitz. Huckelberry had three dogs, one of whom he had with him on the show that evening. Our dogs had become so much a part of our family that the affection, we had for them was similar to being one of the kids. We all felt the same way about Nero a king amongst dogs. EUGENE & ROXANA PYFROM Nassau, November, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WE HAD our eyes opened over the w eekend into much of what contributes to todays violence in the teenage world by the innocent bragging of a delightful six-year-old boy. T here are those who say that television and movies, no matter how vulgar, violent orv ile are not a major contributor to the violence surrounding us. We will concede that t hey are not the sole contributor, but we do believe that they contribute more than Hollywood would like to admit. The sadistic outpourings from that movie empire has coloured, clouded and formed much oft odays warped outlook on life. Much of what happens around us has been i nfluenced by a movie. Often crimes have been slavishly imitated by those weak minds w ho saw them either on television or the full screen of a theatre. As a child we recall how much one of our cousins got out of the Saturday matinee for children at the local theatre. Those were the days of the Lone Ranger Roy Rogers Hi,ho,Silver and his mate Ton t o. For the rest of the week, our cousin would crouch behind chairs, bang, banging at i maginary Indians; throwing himself full length on the floor pretending an Indian h ad shot him, getting on his hands and knees and almost raising a sweat as he vigorously imitated a galloping horse. He would race around his back yard, yelling Hi, ho, Sil ver! to the annoyance of the neighbours.F or the rest of the week, this cousin would re-enact each Saturdays matinee he neve r missed one of them. Of course, we had no such influences, e xcept as amused bystanders to this little side show. In those days we were not allowed to support any movie house neither the one for the whites, nor the one for the coloureds. Those were days of racial dis crimination, and it was our familys policy not to patronise any place that discriminated against anyone, be it because of race, ethnic origin or religion. This was our famil ys form of protest. However, when older we found it curious that those who were being discriminated against while we were protesting on their behalf in our own small way were every Saturday filling the segregated movie houses provided especially for them. As long as they supported this form of discrimination, there was no pressure on those who had introduced it to change their policies. That change was to come later with the constant pressure brought by this newspaper and the final night in 1956 when the late Sir Etienne Dupuch, intro duced his famous anti-discrimination Resolution on the floor of the House. Today those movies even childrens cartoons are filled with violence and inappropriate material. And children, like our cousin of more than half a century ago, are still imitating what they see. This week, this particular child, who was v isiting Nassau with his parents, was telling us about a skirmish he had had at his school in the US. He was very proud of himself because he had retaliated to a surprise blowf rom one of his friends to a closed fist smash on the other childs cheek. His cherubic facel ighted up as he recounted the moment and the rush of power it gave him over an advers ary. He waited for praise from the watching adults. When he got none, he looked puzzled. Didnt we appreciate his power? He and his friend were called into the principals office and were put on detention.W hat did he learn from that meeting? Nothing. He was still pretty pleased with himselfa nd the blow he had given his friend. The name of the game was power. H is parents went to dinner and left him with us. We had nothing to do, we were told. His mother prepared him for bed and gave him permission to watch the childrens cartoons Oh, you dont have to worry, she said, he knows the channel, hell be fine till we get back. L ater that evening curiosity took us to his room. We tip-toed in to see a wide-eyed six y ear old entranced by fast-moving violence. A cartoon figure dressed in black, vicious, m ean and powerful we believe the child called him Shadow Boy was subduing his enemies. Swords were flying. Shadow Boy had pinned a woman, who looked equally as mean as himself, to the ground with a long p ole through her forehead. Her face melted with pain like running molasses, then r eformed with such hate that warned Shadow Boy he could expect trouble. They s lashed, they cut, they pinned each other to the ground. And we thought of the scenes of slashing, cutting and shooting on our own school campuses. We asked the child what the story was about. How you get power, he replied in all innocence. When he saw the look of horror on our face, he said we could leave, he would watch h is cartoons alone. His tone of dismissal was as though he felt we were not mature enough to stomach such violence and he wanted to spare us the pain. Before our eyes we saw a beautiful, innocent little acorn being corrupted and wondered what he would be like when he grew into a mighty oak. His parents had just assumed, without prior vetting, that childrens cartoons were safe. They failed to realise that they had to care for the morals of their own child. Hollywoods only interest was to make money. How many of our Bahamian parents, who have to work, have left the baby-sitting of their children to the television set? Have their children also got this false sense of power from Hollywood, and, think it smart to react to every provocation with a fist, a knife or a gun? The world indeed has problems. Eulogy for Nero a noble, loyal animal LETTERS email@example.com The influence of violent movies
THE Free National Movement has hit back at the Progressive Liberal Party again for its criticisms over the disbandment of the Urban Renewal Project. A press release issued by the party yesterday stated, The PLP has obviously decided that one of the main themes of their efforts to position themselves for the next general elections will be their changing versions of the history and achievements of the U rban Renewal Programme. The FNM contends that the national crime statistics show that despite claims by the PLP, the annual rate of serious crimes such as murder, armed robbery and housebreaking remained higher under the Urban Renewal Programme with the PLP than it was prior to 2001. The FNM also contends that the rate of murder and housebreaking was on the increase in 2006, the last full year of the programme under the PLP. According to statistics, in 2001, the total number of reported crimes for the entire Bahamas had fallen from 10,224 the previous year to 8,488. During the first three years of the PLP Urban Renewal Programme, the number of all reported crimes nationwide remained above the 2001 level. If the PLP Urban Renewal Programme was as they now claim, perhaps they could explain why, notwithstanding that programme, two of the worst community riots and civil uprisings in modern Bahamian history took place in Kemp Road (2004 Nassau Village (2005 height of their Urban Renewal Programme, the release stated. Crime is not and should not be made a political issue. It is a social issue. Crime Crime must be fought on many fronts simultaneously. Social intervention as practised under the Urban Renewal Programme must be supplemented by education against crime and violence in our schools; properly funded and equipped policing must be continuous. Further, individual citizens must increasingly accept per sonal responsibility to take precautions against crime, report crime and refuse to excuse or benefit from crime, the released stated. PLP chairman Bradley Roberts recently stated that s tatistics show that in each year of the award winning programme, crime wasr educed in the programme areas as well as nationally. Mr Roberts has also stated t hat the Urban Renewal Programme had a profound impact on the Bahamian com munity in terms of reducing crime, anti-social behaviour, and social decay. ONE of the countrys senior litigators has filed an application for judicial review after not being appointed a Queens Counsel, The Tribune was told. A ttorney Maurice Glinton, whose law firm Maurice Glinton and Co is basedin Freeport, Grand Bahama, has filed a 23-page application for judicial review under the Legal Professions Act, dated November 7. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, the Attorney General and the President of the Bahamas Bar Association are listed as respondents in the application. Mr Glinton was called to the Bahamas Bar in December 1980 and is also a member of the Bar of England and Wales. In the application it is stated that Mr Glinton, who is a leading attorney in constitutional hearings, was asked to apply for the honour by then Attorney Gener-a l Michael Barnett. However, after applying he was not appointed. The application states that Mr Glinton is aggrieved by the act or omission leading to the revocation of the Attorney Generals recommendation to the Prime Minister to have him appointed as a Queens Counsel. In the application Mr Glinton contends that two attorneys with less seniority than himself, who were also on the list, were in fact appointed and that among the lawyers appointed were partners in white controlled or established law firms and known supporters of the Free National Movement. Mr Glinton contends that the respondents act and/or omission amounted tou nlawful discrimination and was motivated by bad faith. Among the declarations being sought is that Mr Glinton is entitled to have his name remain on the list of attorneys recommended by the Attorney General and forwarded to the Prime Minister for appointment of Queens Counsel. Attorneys Brian Moree, Philip Dunkley, Colin Callender, Fred Smith, Emerick Knowles, John Delaney, Brian Simms and Sean McQueeny were appointed Queens Counsel. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MACEDONIA BAPTIST CHURCH CONFERENCE 2009Theme:Building On Ancient FoundationsScripture: Isaiah 58: 6-14 Dates: November 18th 20th 2009 Time: 7:00pm 9:00pm Nightly Place: Macedonia Baptist Church Bernard Road Fox HillGet Ready???Get Ready???Get Ready??? Clear Your Schedule, You Do Not Want to Miss it!! Let us encourage one another to attend, let your voice be heard, share in good fellowship, receive a blessing, as we condently look forward to the future.PLAN NOW TO ATTEND FNM hits back over Urban Renewal Programme Attorney seeks judicial review after not being appointed a QC MICHAELBARNETT who as Attorney General reportedly asked Maurice Glinton to apply for the QC honour. PLP FIREBRAND Bradley Roberts pictured at the recent PLP Convention. Mr Roberts has stated the Urban Renewal Programme had a profound impact in terms of reducing crime. S E NIORLITIGATOR M A URICE G L INTONIN Q U EEN S C O UNSELCONTROVERSY
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A NINE-YEAR-OLD girl diagnosed with Type One diabetes when her blood sugar levels rose to dangerous heights two years ago is raising awareness of her condition to mark World Diabetes Day. Chyna Curry, of South Beach, New Providence, has been forced to mature beyond her years since she was rushed to hospital with glucose levels six times the average when she was just seven years old. The Temple Christian School pupil was treated in hospital for five days before she was taken to Florida for further examination by specialists and was informed she would rely on insulin injections for the rest of her life. Her parents and older brothers were shocked by the news, but Chyna has proved to be an inspiration to them all by taking her condition in her stride. She must give herself insulin injections four times a day, monitor her glucose levels and carefully watch her food intake as Chynas pan creas does not produce the insulin she needs to break down sugars in the blood. It has been over two years that Chyna has been living with diabetes, but she does not let it stop her from living a healthy and active life, and she was keen to share her sto ry on World Diabetes Day on Saturday. The athletic fifth grader is on her school track and field and basketball teams, is a member of the Striders Track Club, and part of the dance ministry and Awanas at Grace Community Church, off Marathon Road. She has become an inspira tion to others as Chyna con tinues to enjoy life to the fullest regardless of her condition. Chyna said: Sometimes when I am not in the mood I give my parents a hard time about testing my glucose and taking my insulin, but Im a big girl now, just a few more days away from the big ten, so I give myself my own insulin shots; how cool is that? I am blessed with so many good friends whom I am eter n ally grateful to for their words of encouragement and l ove, especially the nurses that cared for me while I was in the hospital, including my school nurse who takes care of me during school time, making sure I eat right and on time. They say that I am an encouragement to them all, b ecause no matter how high my glucose level, I am always the same person, laughing, playing and always wanting to practise. Her mother Shantell Curry, 41, said: When Chyna was first diagnosed I took it very badly, and I amazed she is dealing with it like this. She really encourages me because while we have lifes little struggles and we tend to let it get us down, she takes needles four times a day and it doesnt move her. She likes to try everything, shes very strong; shes an inspiration. Chyna has now joined the Diabetic Research Institute (DRI Streets, where she meets witha health advisor and other Type One diabetic children once a week to learn more a bout caring for her condition. S he has also been introduced to doctors specialising in childhood diabetes through the centres free service for diabetic children. Chyna said: Diabetes at this early age is very chal l enging. I constantly have to restrain myself from eating c ertain foods. Healthy eating and daily exercise keeps me in tip-top shape. My family is the greatest; my parents care for me the way I should be cared for and more. I am truly blessed with special parents. I love my two brothers; they get on my nerves everyday, but I will never trade them in for anything in the world. I am a warrior, I am a conqueror, I am a survivor, I am an inspiration to others, I am the great walls of Chyna. Brave Chyna raises diabetes awareness DESPITE being diagnosed with Type One diabetes, Chyna Curry is on her school track and field and basketball teams.
T HEBahamas is seeking a ssistance from the Republ ic of India in Information T echnology. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette hailed India as one of few countries whose fast growing economies are beginning to have significant i nfluence on world markets. He was addressing a dinner hosted by Mohinder S G rover, High Commissioner o f the Republic of India to t he Commonwealth of The Bahamas, at the British Colonial Hilton, November 12. B oth countries have pledged renewed efforts in areas of mutual priority such as education, climate change and economics. High Commissioner Grover officially presented h is Letters of Commission to t he Governor-General on March 26, 2009, accrediting him as non-resident HighC ommissioner to The B ahamas. He is resident in Jamaica. He returned for a visit from November 10 to 13, tof urther strengthen ties in information technology, sci ence, and other areas ofm utual concern. The High Commissioner also paid courtesy calls on Prime Minister Hubert Ingra h am, Minister of Foreign A ffairs Brent Symonette, Minister of the Environment Earl Deveaux, and otherG overnment officials. H e also went to Government House to pay respects on the passing of the Governor-Generals wife, Mrs Beryl Hanna. India is considered a world power and a potential new p ermanent member of the United Nations Security Council. It has the worlds second largest population with an estimated one billion people, just behind China with about 1.3 billion. India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and a leader in technology. The Bahamas and India entered into several agreements on cooperation in 2005. The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce was also included. Since establishing diplo matic ties between The Bahamas and India, one of the components of our relations has been for India to share with us her strength in Information Technology and science. Another has been the preparedness of The Bahamas to work constructively with others at home and on the world stage for a common purpose, Mr Symonette said India is a member of the G-20 countries and has requested the support of The Bahamas for its candidature to the UN Security Council for 2011 to 2012. Elections are scheduled to take place during the Sixty-Fifth UN General Assembly from Sep tember to October, 2010. India has been a world model in the fight for, and conduct of the process of democracy, Mr Symonette said. This was exemplified through the worlds largest democratic exercise ever in the general elections held during April and May when 900 million Indian voters turned up to one million polling stations without a whisper of corruption in the mix, he said. H igh Commissioner Grover said he was delighted to return and experience the pristine beauty of TheB ahamas landscape. He noted that both countries have the same objectives of striving to build on friend s hip and other areas of coop eration. He also said he was pleased that the Indian com m unity has achieved respect and lives with dignity in the Bahamian society. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MOHINDER S GROVER (pictured right at the lectern Commonwealth of The Bahamas, hosted a dinner at the British Colonial Hilton on November 12. Pictured f rom left are Joshua Sears, Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mrs Dulcita Ferguson; Reginald Ferguson, Commissioner of Police; Harold Joseph, Ambassador of Haiti; Sir Michael Barnett, Chief Just ice; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent Symonette; Wendy Craigg, Governor of the Central Bank; and Vikas Chandra, Chief Executive Officer, State Bank of India, Nassau The Bahamas seeks IT assistance from India D EPUTY PRIME MINISTER a nd Minister of Foreign Affairs Brent S ymonette (right Commissioner of the Republic of India to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas during a courtesy call at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, November 12, 2009. K r i s I n g r a h a m / B I S
By SIR RONALD SANDERS ( The writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean Diplomat) GOVERNMENT representatives of all the countries t hat now form the Caribbean C ommunity and Common M arket (CARICOM the Bahamas and Haiti, were present at a meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica when majority opinion was clear-l y in favour of a Federation. T hey made concrete and v isionary decisions and adopted resolutions that they anticipated would help their small countries individually and collectively. The overarc hing resolution recognized the desirability of a political federation in which each constituent unit retains complete control over allm atters except those specifically assigned to the federal government. Knowing from experience that any form of deeper integration would need transportation between their countries to move goods and p eople, the representatives expressed their belief that the provision of adequate inter-regional and external shipping services and otherc ommunication is essential. They were wise enough to know that trying to maintain individual markets, individual currencies, as well as bargaining individually in a competitive global market is not p racticable. In this connection, they decided that they should appoint a Single Trade Commissioner with a well qualified staff of assistants and adequate funds t o bargain internationally for t he region. They boldly stated, immediate, direct represen tation in negotiations affecti ng overseas trade and comm erce is essential to the economic achievement of the c ountries. T hey also recommended the creation of a Committee composed of delegates appointed by the Legislat ures of each country to make recommendations on the assimilation of the fisc al, customs and tariff policy and the unification of the currency of the countries. N ot content with that, they a lso recommended the a ppointment of a Commission to examine in consultat ion with the governments of each country the establishment of a Customs Union. A nd, these Caribbean l eaders justified a Customs U nion as follows: The e ncouragement of interregional trade which would naturally be duty-free within the Union; the encourage m ent of local industries; the establishment of uniformity in tariff rates and customs a dministration; and the C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 8, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WANTEDC offee Cay Ltd. is looking for a Quality Assurance expert to c onduct annual audits for a number of food and beverage retail outlets in Nassau. The individual or company should have the following expertise: Please send documentation with relevant experience to: Coffee Cay Ltd. P.O. Box N-3737 Nassau, Bahamas email@example.com We reserve the right to accept or reject any or all proposals. All inquiries must be submitted in writing to the above address. P roduct safety knowledge and auditing experience in the s pecific product category that he/she will be handling. P roduct categories include: Food and beverage Cups, lids, straws, pastry liners, etc Electrical appliances and Toys, merchandiseFormal training in the technical areas relevant to his/her product c ategory. Examples include: HACCP or ISO for food and beverage ISO or ASTM for cups, lids, straws and pastry liners ISO or international electrical standards for electrical appliances and ISO, ASTM or EN71 for toys and merchandiseE xperience relevant to his/her product category. Experience in auditing production facilities, distribution facilities, and/or retail stores. Dumped: A blueprint SEE page nine WORLDVIEW
C M Y K C M Y K T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Mercedes M-Class. Beauty, brains and brawn. TYREFLEX STAR MOTORSCall us today for your new Mercedes-Benz M-Class at 325.4961Wulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667When you think of the average SUV on the road today, you think of roadhogging, air-polluting gas guzzlers that wouldnt know the meaning of high precision and fuel efficiency if it were emblazoned on their windshields. But there is an alternative. The refined M -Class from Mercedes-Benz. Withits superior German styling utilising only high-grade materials, its robust engine power delivering exemplary turn-on-a-dime performance whilst still being frugal on fuel and its handling of pot-holed roads and 1.5 ft. flooded streets, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is c learly the best choice in SUVs. strengthening of the position of the Caribbean territories as far as bargaining power is concerned in relation to international trade agree-m ents. They were also mindful that there would be disruption to some countries arisingf rom a Customs Union. T herefore, they were careful to say that a suitable tariff should be prepared having regard to the fiscal problems o f the Governments whose revenue would be affected b y the introduction of a Customs Union. On the matter of the single currency, they declared themselves in favour of the e arly establishment of a unif orm currency throughout t he Caribbean, and insisted o n recording the view that this measure is of very great i mportance to trade and commerce and it would alsoh ave advantages in strengthe ning the currency and the credit of this region. F ood security was also very much on their minds. T hus, they recommended that immediate steps be taken for setting-up of a central body of primary producers ( representative of all the countries) with a view to accelerating the development of agriculture throughout the a rea on a sound economic basis. A special Committee dealt with the matter of debt and h ow it could be handled in a C ustoms Union and a Federation. The Committee held the opinion that the debt position of each country would have to remain as atp resent until the comparat ively advanced stage of federation is reached when the major revenues are centralized in a federal exchequer. The Committee envisaged that the Federal government s hould assume responsibility f or the remaining debt less accrued sinking funds. Quite remarkably, the Committee of all governments also agreed that the Federal government should b e the sole authority for raisi ng loans on the external market, although it would be both feasible and desirable to permit local loans to be raised for approved purposesb y individual governments s ubject to the sanction of the federal finance authorities. U nfortunately, this conference of Caribbean government representatives didn ot take place in 2009. It took place in September 1947. It was attended by V.C Bird of Antigua and Barbuda, Grantley Adams of Barb ados, Alexander Bustam ante of Jamaica, Albert G omes of Trinidad and Tobago, A M Lewis of St Lucia, J B Renwick ofG renada, S F Bonadie of St Vincent, M H Davis of StK itts-Nevis, C A Dupigny of D ominica, Dr J B Singh of G uyana and W H Courtenay of Belize. Also attending as a member of the Caribbean C ommission was Norman Manley of Jamaica. The Conference on the C loser Association of the B ritish West Indian Colonies, as it was called, laid down the blueprint not only for Caribbean integration and development, but also for strengthening ther egions capacity to bargain in the international community. In the end personal polit i cal ambitions and misplaced nationalism fostered by misinformation hijacked this r egional project. A federa t ion was formed, only to fall not because it would not serve the Caribbeans people; but because it did not suit some of its more influential politicians. T hus, a customs union and a common currency were discarded, only to rise again as the Caribbean Single Market and Economy fifty-nine years later. In the meantime, experiments with individual i ndependence and going it a lone economic policies have done nothing more than emphasize these are impossible dreams. The present Regional Negotiating Machinery ( RNM), now involved in n egotiations with Canada after the disappointment of an unequal Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union, is a half-s ister to the more robust sing le Trade Commissioner the leaders had in mind in 1947 t o negotiate for their one Caribbean state. As for debt, almost all of t he CARICOM countries now have a debt to GDP ratio of well over 100 per cent and their economies are in deep trouble; the notable e xception being Trinidad and T obago which has been s aved by its oil and gas resources. The Caribbean people could have beens pared this situation had the Federation survived, imple-m enting the rules for incurr ing debt that the 1947 Conf erence had envisaged, and implementing the blueprint for development it had laid o ut. A single Caribbean state, drawing on the resources oft ourism, financial services, a griculture, bauxite, gold, diamonds, oil, gas and the capacity of its tertiary educated people (75 per cent of whom now live abroad) would have been far morev iable today. It is time, the Caribbean learns from its own history and stops repeat ing its mistakes. Responses and previous commentaries at: w ww.sirronaldsanders.com for Caribbean salvation SIRRONALD SANDERS FROM page eight
B y MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter m reynolds@ tribunemedia.net POLICE are searching for a gunman suspected of c arrying out successive armed robberies with an accomplice who was shot by police while trying to resist arrest early Saturday morning. The two men are accused o f executing armed robb eries at the Texaco Serv ice Station on Wulff Road, Nassau, at around 6.15am and City Market in Rosetta S treet five minutes later. A car was intercepted by police after the second robbery and one of the men was shot in the right elbow as an officer tried to arrest him, while the second man ran away. Police say the man was attempting to disarm the police officer when he was shot, and then taken to Princess Margaret Hospit al (PMH H e will remain in custody a nd questioned in connection with the two armed robberies. A woman working at Texaco in Wulff Road told police two men armed with handguns burst into the store and threatened her into handing over cash. After she handed over the money one of the robbers smacked her across the face w ith his gun, police said. The gunmen fled in a white Honda Civic and p olice suspect they raced to the City Market food store in Palmdale, as it was r obbed by two gunmen t ravelling in a white Honda C ivic five minutes later. A man opening the food store told police he was held at gunpoint by a man with a white T-shirt over his head as he was opening the store, and that the man forced his way into the store with the employee, demanding cash. A second man then appeared and ordered the e mployee to open the safe. The two men then escaped with an undetermined a mount of cash, driving west on Rosetta Street, according to reports. P olice officers then interc epted a car and attempted t o arrest the two occupants. As they went to arrest one man, who was shot in the elbow, the other ran from the scene. Police then discovered a bag of money containing two .38 revolvers which they believe had been thrown from the vehicle. Detectives have launched an intensive investigation a nd police are searching for the second suspect. Anyone with any inform ation which may assist investigations should call police on 919 or call Crime S toppers on 328-TIPS. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Police search for gunman and accomplice Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in thea rea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. Pair suspected of successive armed robberies
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM retaliation. Cliff never knew about the hand chain. The argument started when he came and pulled gun on a bunch of usw ho was standing there. He didnt die over any hand chain. That incident was a lready done with, the wit ness said. Egan Cartwright, owner of Egans Estates, where s ome 200 persons, including himself, live, described the i ncident as sad and sense less. I think its a senseless act, t he mere fact that a young man has lost his life. I am very concerned about somethingl ike this happening on my p roperty. Its not nice, its not good for business or anything. We are saddened about it, he said. ment from Mr Dillon. Director of Immigration Jack Thompson said: The Depart ment of Immigration takes the allegations very seriously. We do not condone in any way unprofessional, unethical or inappropriate conduct by staff to any person of any nationality. We respect persons who visit the Bahamas and believe they ought to be treated in a professional and humane manner. We have not taken the allegations lightly. From the time we read the allegations, we have been acting all last week with a view of putting the file together to put before the committee and have the matter thoroughly investigated so we can deal with it in the most appropriate way. porch of a yellow and white house in the area. They stopped the car out side the house with the intention of stopping and searching the men, but as they got out of their car the suspects started shooting at them. Gunfire rang through the street and two bullets werefired into one of the detectives knees. The suspects ran from the police while the injured detective was taken to Doctors Hospital in a marked police car. His condition is reported as stable. Police are appealing for assistance from the public to find the three men and apprehend them. Anyone with any infor mation that could assist investigations should call police urgently on 919 or call Crime Stoppers anonymous ly on 328-TIPS (8477 ing cash. As he told the robbers the cash was in a van outside the store, one of the gunmen firedat his abdomen and left him bleeding while the pair stoleh is laptop and ran off. T he employee was taken to hospital where he is in serious, but stable condition. His shooting is the second at the store since July when Allan Butler, 34, a grandsono f the late Governor General S ir Milo Butler, was shot in the thigh while working at Butlers Bargain Mart. Mr Butler was held up by two masked gunmen whod emanded he hand over d eposit bags that he was carr ying at around 10pm on Saturday, July 18. And the incident is one of five armed robberies reported in the capital since Friday. A man was shot in the leg when he was approached by a gunman wearing a Miami Dolphins jacket in a Kennedy Subdivision bar at around 11pm on Saturday. H e handed cash over to the robber who then shot him in the lower right leg and ran from the scene. His victim was rushed to h ospital by ambulance and is i n stable condition. P olice have launched intensive investigations into both shootings and armed robberies, as well as the stabbing of a man in Faith Avenue on Saturday afternoon. T he man told police he was walking in Faith Avenue, near Carmichael Road, at around 4pm, when he was approached by a man who demanded money he claimed was owed to him. W hen the man said he did not have any money for him, his attacker pulled out a switch blade knife and stabbed him in the upper left arm. The attacker then ran from t he scene. His victim was r ushed to hospital by ambulance. Police are appealing for witnesses to provide any information that might assist inves-t igations by calling police urgently on 919 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328TIPS (8477 SEEPAGE10 W hen police arrived at the scene, they saw the victim lying i n a grassy area on his back with apparent gunshot wounds to h is body. The victim was taken by EMS personnel to the Rand Memor ial Hospital, where he later died of his injuries. A ccording to preliminary police investigations, a woman r eported that she was approached by a masked gunman outside h er front door. The assailant, armed with a handgun, was wearing black clothing. Ms Mackey said the woman tried to run inside but was caught by the gunman, who forced her into the house where shew restled with him. A short time later the gunman was disturbed by other pers ons arriving at the residence. A male visitor to the house was shot by the gunman when he tried to enter the house to assist the family. Officers from the Central Detective Unit are investigating t he matter. M s Mackey said police are not certain about the motive and are asking the public to assist them with their investigations. Anyone with information is asked to call 350-3107/8, 352-9 774/5 or 911. Detective shot approaching suspects FROM page one FROM page one Immigration Dept to investigate Jamaican man s allegations FROM page one Prison officer dies in shooting FROM page one Man killed by gunman in home invasion FROM page one Three in hospital after robberies
C M Y K C M Y K MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 12 P AGE13 Golfing showcase TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM C h r i s t m a s J o l l i f i c a t i o n Winter Wonderland Saturday, November 21 11am to 5pm Sunday, November 22 12 noon to 5 pmBahamas National Trust 393-1317 firstname.lastname@example.orgGeneral Admission $ 10 BNT Members $ 5 Children 212$ 2 Infants (under 2) FREE Featuring: Plants, books, gifts, childrens crafts, decorations for the holiday season and food from around the world!Arts & Crafts FestivalTHE RETREAT, VILLAGE ROAD DELTIC BANK & TRUST LTD PICTET BANK & TRUST LTD GRAHAM THOMPSON & CO INTERNATIONAL MERCHANT BANK LTD AVIS RENT-A-CAR COMMONWEALTH BANK INSURANCE MANAGEMENT (BAHAMASTS ARCOP LTD. ARCHITECTS ARNER BANK & TRUST (BAHTD BAHAMAS WHOLESALE AGENCY CALLENDERS AND CO KPMG MAJESTIC TOURS MR & MRS MACGREGOR ROBINSON LYNNE DARVILLE THE AMOURY CO. DAMIANOS SOTHEBYS INTERNATIONAL REALTY NUA ROYAL BANK OF CANADA FIRST CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL BANK LTD By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com T HE Bommer G A ngels welcomed back some key p ersonnel Saturday night at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium as they avenged last years championship defeat to the Johnsons Lady Truck-e rs. On opening day of the New P rovidence Womens Basket ball Associations new season, A nthony Swaby sat mostly on the bench as his former player Kayla Campbell made her debut as a coach in an 80-61 rout over the Lady Truckers. W hat made it worse for the Lady Truckers was the fact that t he Lady Angels saw the return of Suzette Sleepy McKenzie, w ho sat out last year on mater nity leave and newly wed Alexandria Shaq FernanderMcCray, who is home from Florida. It was great, my first, said an elated Campbell, back home f rom her extended college sting in the United States. It feels r eally great. We had a lot of people came out tonight and it showed how far womens basketball has come. Im loving it. The night didnt just belong to the Lady Angels as Sunshine Auto Lady Cheetahs spanked around the Electro Telecom Cybots 74-47 in the opener. D uring half-time of that game, the newly elected execu tive board brought some nostalgic moment to the gym s they honored more than a dozen of the former players and administrators from yester-year. B ut the way the Lady Angels played, Campbell said it should only be a matter of time before they regained the title they held as the initial champions of the league formed less than a decade ago. I think this team can only get better, said the former U niversity of Kentucky standout. When we get more practices in and get used to playing with each other again and feeling what five-on-five is all about, I think we will definitely have an opportunity to win the championship this year. Although she took the entire s eason off last year, McKenzie didnt look as if she missed a beat as she exploded for a game high 21 points to lead a bal anced scoring attack. Sharelle Money Cash con tributed 15, Fernander-McCraya mnd Shsnae Arbrister, noe of t heir bright young stars, both had 10; Chrishanda Kelly chipped in with seven and Keisha Smith finished with six. For the Lady Truckers, coached by James Price, prolific scorer Shantelle Rolle was held to just 19, Glenda Gilcud had 18 before fouling out, L atoya Rolle helped out with 10, Janice Williams eight and Stacy Horton six. Fernander-McCray, who as usual played big on the inside, said she was just delighted to be back home and making a contribution to the Angels bid to dethrone the Lady Truckers. They have been working on their condition, but I just reach, so I think when we start clicking together, it should be a very Avenging Angels! SOFTBALL BAISS CHAMPIONSHIP T HE Bahamas Associa tion of Indeendent Secondary Schools will complete its best-of-three softball championship series today at Freedom F arm at 4 p.m. In the lone game left, t he St. Augustines College Big Red Machine and the St. Andrews H urricanes will break a 1-1 tie to determine the junior boys champions. T he winner will join SAC, who clinched both t he junor and senior girls titles last week and the Kingsway Academy S aints, who won the senior boys title. F ollowing the complet ion of softball, the B AISS will gear up for the start of its basketball s eason on Wednesday. Games will be held at 4 p.m. at various high schools. BASKETBALL CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOLS THE Catholic Prima ry Schools Sports Assoc iation will continue its 2009 basketball seasont oday, starting at 3:15 p .m. In the marquee game of the day, defending champions St. Bedes Crushers will take their 4-0 record on the road toO ur Ladys when they play the Blue Flames, who have only lost one game so far. THE Government Seco ndary Schools Sports Associ ation kicked off its 2009/2010 b asketball season on Friday at the DW Davis Gymnasium. In the two games played, the CC Sweeting Cobras won over the CV Bethel Stingrays, while the CI Gibson Rattlers knocked off the Government High Magicmen. No scores, however, was available. The league, however, will go into full swing today at 4 pm. At DW Davis, CC Sweeting senior boys will take on the Dame Doris Johnson Mystic Marlins, followed by Government High against the CR Walker Knights. Over at the CI Gibson Gymnasium, the DW Davis Pitbulls will take on the TA Thompson junior girls and the HO Nash Lions junior boys will play the LW Young Golden Eagles. Association president Alfred Forbes said the league has got ten off on time and they are looking forward to the action picking up this week. He anticipate that the association will have another suc cessful season, just as they did with volleyball, the first sport on the calendar that was completed two weeks ago. C C o o b b r r a a s s a a n n d d R R a a t t t t l l e e r r s s i i n n s s e e a a s s o o n n o o p p e e n n i i n n g g v v i i c c t t o o r r i i e e s s sports NOTES Tim Clarke /Tribune staff A CC SWEETING COBRAS player shoots a jumper over a CV Bethel Stingrays defender. THE NEW PROVIDENCE WOMENS BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Return of key players contribute to 80-61 rout of Lady Truckers ARCHIE NAIRN ,permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, poses above with some of the womens legends of basketball as they were honoured on Saturday night at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium during the opening of the NPWBA. SEE page 14 GSSSA BASKETBALL Tim Clarke /Tribune staff THE STINGRAYS and Cobras battle it out on Friday.
C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE Bahamas Golf Federation had the opportunity to showcase some of the top ama-teur golfers in the region at the second Caribbean Cup at the Ocean Club Golf Course onParadise Island. But BGFs newly elected p resident James Gomez said t he federation will be hard p ressed to duplicate the feat n ext year when they host the C aribbean Junior Golf Championships. With development on the table with respect to Cable Beach and because Lyford Cay and Paradise Island are both private clubs, we will have the challenge of where to host that tournament, Gomez said. More than 100 golfers from around the Caribbean are expected in town. But just as they were able to pull off the Caribbean Cup last week, Gomez said hes confident that they will do it next year. Gomez, who will take over from outgoing president GlennA rcher on January 1, said the f ederation did a very good job a s hosts of the Caribbean Cup. He was even pleased that Oren Butler, 24; Devaughn Robinson, 21 and BenjaminD avis, 15, all came home from school in the United States to play on the Western team. T he team comprised of the B ahamas, the Cayman Islands, D ominican Republic, Jamaica and the Turks & Caicos Islands. H owever, they lost 19-13 to the E astern team, comprising of p layers from Barbados, T rinidad & Tobago, Puerto R ico, the US Virgin Islands. Its something that the Bahamas needed, Gomez said. It was a tournament that we saw three Bahamians, with incredible skills, came out andp erformed very well. As a matter of fact, Puerto R ico, who won the CAGC for the past couple of years, said if theres one thing that Bahamas needs to realize is that they n eed to have the changing of the guard and that is why weh avent done that well because we are not utilizing our juniors w ho are in college like the other countries are. Craig Flowers, president of FWL Group of Companies, who stepped in and assisted the B GF in not only hosting the tournament, but also the a wards reception at his home on Paradise Island, said when h e was approached by tourna ment director Ambrose Gouthro, he couldnt resist because of what was at stake. Ambrose and myself took it on and we have been very, very pleased with the level of golf that Ive seen in years, he said. We got to see all three of our junior players shot at level t hat impressed all of us. If there was any regret, Flowe rs said they were just disappointed in not getting the word o ut to the general public so that more Bahamians could have showed up and watch the tournament. Suppor t But he said Minister of Y outh, Sports and Culture has agreed to lend their support to a ny further event of this nature and that speaks volume for the federation as they move forward. I think it was a great week and everybody benefited, including Atlantis, who hosted the golfers, Flowers said. I think everyone of these p layers will be going back home and talking about this experience. It was nothing short of amazing. Archer said the tournament c ould not have been the success that it was without the support of Bannister, whom he presented a large version of his w elcome message that was signed by all of the participants. We thought that there would be no better opportunity to introduce to our golfing environment that include some of t he best golfers, if not the best golfers in the Caribbean r egion, Archer said. Bannister, in response, said he was told that everybody e njoyed themselves and he was pleased that they were able toc ome to the Bahamas. Im impressed with the y outh I see here, he said. Im impressed with how m any young golfers we have here and even those who are not so young, Im impressedw ith your youthful attitude. But veteran golfer George T urnquest, who was also on hand for the tournament, is call i ng on the Bahamas Government to do a little more for golf. They have given us a piece of land where we have our dri ving range, said Turnquest, of the facility that is located at the Bailliou Hills Sporting Com plex. But they have to give some more consideration to golf because there are a lot of peop le who play golf in this country and right now, we dont have a place to play our tournaments. Golfing showcase CRAIGFLOWERS GEORGETURNQUEST JAMESGOMEZ BGF PRESIDENT Glenn Archer makes a presentation to Sports Minister Desmond Bannister. TOP AMATEURSPLAYINCARIBBEANCUP NOW ATTENTIONTURNSTONEXTYEARSJUNIORCHAMPIONSHIPS Im impressed with how many y oung golfers we have here and e ven those who are not so young, Im impressed with your youthful attitude. DESMONDBANNISTER
J EROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer PARIS S triker Nicolas Anelka says France should not cautiously defend its 1-0 lead and must attack Ireland in the return leg o f their World Cup playoff. A nelka's deflected secondhalf strike settled a tight match in France's favor in Dublin on Saturday, but France has little room for error at Stade deF rance on Wednesday. France struggled when it tried just to defend in the first half against Ireland and the C helsea striker says the French are only effective when they play positively rather than adapting to their opponent's style. We will play to win on Wednesday because that's the only way we can play freely,a nd we also want to give the fans something good at Stade de France," Anelka said Sunday on a video posted on the F rench football federation's Web site. "We hope they come and support us, we were positively surprised that a lot of French fans came to support us( in Dublin)." France is hoping to play in its fourth consecutive WorldC up, Ireland qualified in 2002 but missed out in 2006. "Of course it's good to score away from home, it's a playoff s o it's very important," Anelka said. "It's satisfying because we wanted to come here and show that we could get a good result. (Butc arried away, anything can happen." France played poorly as Ireland started strongly at Croke P ark, leading to some stern words at halftime among the French players. "We couldn't get going and develop our game. We talkeda mong ourselves and told each other what we had to do," Anelka said. "We didn't play very well in the first half, you h ave to tell the truth." Anelka is enjoying the best form of his career for club and country. He was the Premier League's top scorer last seasona nd has formed one of the most feared strike pairings in Europe alongside Ivory Coast forward Didier Drogba at Chelsea. B ut the 30-year-old Anelka has never played in a World Cup before, after being overl ooked by Aime Jacquet when France won in 1998, by Roger Lemerre in 2002 and by current coach Raymond Domenech in 2006. H e has played 62 internationals, much less than ThierryH enry's 116, despite being only 18 months younger than the B arcelona striker. A nelka seems certain to be in Domenech's plans this time if France qualifies, and he thinks t he team is slowly gelling after a f raught qualifying campaign, which saw it finish behind Serbia after dropping points against Romania, Serbia and A ustria. "It's a very good result for France. It was a hard match foru s and we managed to come b ack and win despite everything," Anelka said. "It's the narrowest of margins, but it's still a win and they don't often l ose at home." B ermuda's women's softball team has been reportedly r ebuked by the countrys Sports Minister Glenn Blakeney forb ringing "embarrassment" on the island during a tour to the B ahamas which erupted in vio lence. In an article headlined Sports Minister apologises for womens softball teams B ahamas fracas, Bermudas daily newspaper, The Royal G azette, reported on Mr. Blak eneys statement to the House o f Assembly. Mr. Blakeney claimed two players became involved in a physical fight at the team hotel, with other teammates arguing, r esulting in Police having to be called. A ccording to the article on The Royal Gazettes website, t he Minister also criticised the team's lack of leadership, with the side walking off the field during the opening ceremonies of the English Speaking C aribbean Amateur Softball Tournament involving Bermu d a, the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos at the end of last month. H e said Sports Permanent Secretary Ellen Kate Horton had to fly to the Bahamas to try to patch up Bermuda's rep utation and Ms Horton reprimanded the players, removed the captain and ordered themt o fly home without their B ermuda uniforms. A formal letter of apology has since been s ent to the Bahamas Government, copied to Bermuda's Pre-m ier Ewart Brown, said Mr. Blakeney. M r. Blakeney is quoted as saying the Department of Youth and Sports was now reviewing code of conduct guidelines for teams represent i ng Bermuda during travel and international competition a board to "ensure such repre hensible behaviour never happ ens again". In a Ministerial Statement Mr. Blakeney is reported as saying: "I rise before the House today to report on an ugly inci d ent that threatened to tarnish Bermuda's good name in one o f our neighbouring islands, the Bahamas. The Bermuda team were not well organised, had no discernible leadership and, at the end of the day, various Bermudian players were an embar r assment and far less than Bermuda sports ambassadors. This became even more obvious when the Bermuda t eam walked off the field during the opening ceremonies. "I won't give you all the gory details, but two members were involved in a physical fight against each other and various other Bermuda team membersw ere involved in the related verbal argument that occurred i nside the hotel where the team were staying and the unfortunate incident resulted in the Police being called. "When I learnt of what was happening and after discussions with my Permanent Secretary, Ms Ellen Kate Horton, it was decided that she would immediately fly down to the Bahamas to intervene on behalf of Bermuda and try to salvage what remained of Bermuda's previous excellent conduct record when competing in the Islands, especially pertaining to the Bermuda women's softball reputation. "Ms Horton was on the very next flight that departed Bermuda and did indeed meet with the hotel management, hotel security, the local Police, as well as the organisers of the tournament in Bahamas. "Ms Horton also took con trol of the team, removing the captain, collecting all Bermu da uniforms and informing the team that it would be quite inappropriate for any of them to wear a Bermuda uniform during their return home and they would not be allowed to travel in any Bermuda uniform under such reprehensible circumstances. "Ms Horton apologised to the police, hotel management and the Bahamas softball hosts." According to The Royal Gazette, Mr. Blakeney said the formal letter of apology has been sent to Bahamas Sports Minister Desmond Bannister and copied to Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Alexander Ingraham, Dr. Brown, the Pres ident of the Bahamas Softball Federation, Super Club Breeze's hotel manager, the Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force and president of the Bermuda Amateur Softball Association (BASA C M Y K C M Y K LOCALANDINTERNATIONAL SPORTS PAGE 14, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 TRIBUNE SPORTS TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM good season, she projected. T he lead sea-sawed until the first minute of the fourth quarter when Cash canned a big three-pointer on the heel of Gilcuds opening trey thatp ulled the Lady Angels into a 57-57 tie. The Lady Angels would go on a 13-0 run, canned by five c onsecutive points, including a pair of fast break baskets from McKenzie. After leading 21-18 at the end of the first quarter, theL ady angels fell behind 38-36 at the half before they regained the lead 54-52 at the third quarter beak. Lady Cheetahs 74, Lady Cybots 47 T his one was over early as E kectro Telecom couldnt find a way to get through the press applied by Sunshine Auto when they took a 13-9 margin at the n ed of the first quarter. By the half, the Lady Cheetahs were up 30-21 and they continued to run the ball ast hey extended their lead to 553 6 after the third quarter. Audrey Martin had 18, Anastacia Moultrie 17, Latoya Thompson 15, Linda Pierre and T iannia Pyfrom both ith eight and Della Ferguson six in the win. Sluggish We were slow and sluggish and that was expected, trying to get the cohensiveness into the game, Moultrie said. Othe r than that, we came out with the win, so that was the key. B ut coach Mario Bowleg said having been to the big dance b efore, his players are eager to get back and finally win it all. Anything less than a championship title will be unacceptable, he said. F or Electro Telecom, newly acqired Christine Sinclair had a g ame high 24, but after her Jes sica Francis was next with eight a nd Gariece Butler had four. I think it was first game jitters, said Wayde Watson, who filled in for coach Simone Beneby who had to deal with h er presidential duties for the opening day festivities. Even some of the veteran players who came back didnt g ive us anything. We had al ot of players out of position and we didnt runo ur set plays. I think Mario caught us by s urprise when he ran the press on us. Past players honoured Not all of the legends showed up, but at least 15 and some of their representatives were on hand to receive certificates from Ministry of Youth, Sports and Cultures Permanant Secretary Archie Nairn, on behalf of the league. Among those present were Celestine Albury, Charlene Swish Smith, Dawn Knowles, Ernestine Butler-Stubbs, Flo Rolle, Judy Hamilton, Marilyn Toote, Pam Carroll, Phillipa Smokey Moss-Coleby, Sister Annie Thompson, Bonnie Turnquest-Culmer, Laurie Demeritte and Winnifred Russell. Speaking on behalf of the crew, Hattie Moxey, one of the countrys most versatile athlete who has played just about every sport, said it was good to be among the former stars, who shined one more time. Roses These are perosns who have made their contributions and now they are receiving their roses, said Moxey, who now actively involved in sports as a physical education teacher at Jordan Prince William High School. But looking at the performances of some of the younger players, Moxey said she had the urged to get back on the court and play for those persons who were missing those easy shots. They dont realize that 99 percent of your lay-ups will go in if you use the backboard. I hope they can get back to the basic fundamentals. Moxey, however, encouraged the league because theyre heading into the right direction, especially with the number of young players involved, some of whom she coached in high school. Angels avenge last years championship defeat FROM page 12 Bermudas womens softball team criticised newspaper Anelka: France must not defend 1-0 lead REPUBLIC OF IRELANDS Glenn Whelan, left, challenges Nicolas Anelka of France during their World Cup qualifying playoff first leg soccer match at Croke Park, Dublin, Saturday Nov. 14, 2009.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009, PAGE 15 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM retaliation. Cliff never knew about the hand chain. The argument started when he came and pulled gun on a bunch of us who was standing there. He didnt die over any hand chain. That incident was already done with, the wit ness said. Egan Cartwright, owner of Egans Estates, where some 200 persons, including h imself, live, described the incident as sad and senseless. I think its a senseless act, the mere fact that a young man has lost his life. I am very concerned about somethingl ike this happening on my property. Its not nice, its not good for business or anything. We are saddened about it, he said. ment from Mr Dillon. Director of Immigration Jack Thompson said: The Depart ment of Immigration takes the allegations very seriously. We do not condone in any way unprofessional, unethical or inappropriate conduct by staff to any person of any nationality. We respect persons who visit the Bahamas and believe they ought to be treated in a professional and humane manner. We have not taken the allegations lightly. From the time we read the allegations, we have been acting all last week with a view of putting the file together to put before the committee and have the matter thoroughly investigated so we can deal with it in the most appropriate way. porch of a yellow and white house in the area. They stopped the car outside the house with the intention of stopping and searching the men, but as they got out of their car the suspects started shooting at them. Gunfire rang through the street and two bullets were fired into one of the detectives knees. The suspects ran from the police while the injured detective was taken to Doctors Hospital in a marked police car. His condition is reported as stable. Police are appealing for assistance from the public to find the three men and apprehend them. Anyone with any information that could assist investigations should call police urgently on 919 or call Crime Stoppers anonymous ly on 328-TIPS (8477 ing cash. As he told the robbers the cash was in a van outside the store, one of the gunmen fired at his abdomen and left him bleeding while the pair stole his laptop and ran off. The employee was taken to hospital where he is in serious, but stable condition. His shooting is the second at the store since July when Allan Butler, 34, a grandson of the late Governor General Sir Milo Butler, was shot in the thigh while working at Butlers Bargain Mart. Mr Butler was held up by two masked gunmen who demanded he hand over deposit bags that he was carrying at around 10pm on Saturday, July 18. And the incident is one of five armed robberies reported in the capital since Friday. A man was shot in the leg when he was approached by a gunman wearing a Miami Dolphins jacket in a Kennedy Subdivision bar at around 11pm on Saturday. He handed cash over to the robber who then shot him in the lower right leg and ran from the scene. His victim was rushed to hospital by ambulance and is in stable condition. Police have launched intensive investigations into both shootings and armed robberies, as well as the stabbing of a man in Faith Avenue on Saturday afternoon. The man told police he was walking in Faith Avenue, near Carmichael Road, at around 4pm, when he was approached by a man who demanded money he claimed was owed to him. When the man said he did not have any money for him, his attacker pulled out a switch blade knife and stabbed him in the upper left arm. The attacker then ran from the scene. His victim was rushed to hospital by ambulance. Police are appealing for witnesses to provide any information that might assist investigations by calling police urgently on 919 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328TIPS (8477 SEEPAGE10 When police arrived at the scene, they saw the victim lying in a grassy area on his back with apparent gunshot wounds to his body. The victim was taken by EMS personnel to the Rand Memorial Hospital, where he later died of his injuries. According to preliminary police investigations, a woman reported that she was approached by a masked gunman outside her front door. The assailant, armed with a handgun, was wearing black clothing. Ms Mackey said the woman tried to run inside but was caught by the gunman, who forced her into the house where she wrestled with him. A short time later the gunman was disturbed by other pers ons arriving at the residence. A male visitor to the house was s hot by the gunman when he tried to enter the house to assist the family. Officers from the Central Detective Unit are investigating the matter. Ms Mackey said police are not certain about the motive and are asking the public to assist them with their investigations. Anyone with information is asked to call 350-3107/8, 352-9 774/5 or 911. Detective shot appr oaching suspects FROM page one FROM page one Immigration Dept to investigate Jamaican mans allegations FROM page one Prison officer dies in shooting FROM page one Man killed by gunman in home invasion F ROM page one Three in hospital after robberies
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A team of experts from Chinas agriculture-based Shandong Province visited Abaco last weekend to take soil and water samples and do further scientific studies to determine the capability of the land. They were hosted by the Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC owns about 10,500 acres of farm land in central and north Abaco. BAICs Executive Chairman Edison M Key looked towards canneries, factories, packing houses and facilities that complement food production being established in the islands should this project come to fruition. Abaco has been home to a number of successful fruit and vegetables farms, one of which was operated in part by Mr Key. The eight-member Chinese team was headed by Zhang Jingping of Chinas Shandong International Economic and Technical Cooperation Corporation and Shandong Hi-Speed Qila Build Group. The agriculture experts included Professor Wang Fahong, PhD, of the Crop Research Institute, Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He is also an expert in modern agricultural technical systems and an advisor to the Chinese Government on wheat production in Shandong. Aided by the Chinese Government, the Shandong Hi-Speed Group is carrying out construc tion of the national stadium in New Providence. It is slated for completion in June 2011. Abaco land is very beauti ful, said Mr Jingping, through an interpreter. It is beyond my imagination. Here we see many favourable signs for agricultural development for example, the sunshine, the water, and the soil. We are very interested. We hope that with this research we can reach an agreement and co-operate on agriculture projects. BAICs team included General Manager Benjamin Rahming, Assistant General Manager (property management Thompson, Assistant General Manager (agriculture Dorsett, and Inter-American Institute for Co-operation on Agriculture representative forThe Bahamas, Dr Marikis Alvarez. The Chinese delegation visited farm sites, the Big Bird chicken operation, the ports, the proposed craft centre and farmers market site, and the Treasure Cay Resort. We had a fruitful visit, said Mr Key, the Member of Parliament for South Abaco. They want to do a study to see the possibility of developing and supporting the agricultural sector in The Bahamas. They are talking about a very large project. He noted that Bahamians import some $500 million in food products each year. So there is a possibility of creating a very large industry in food production for the local and export markets, said Mr Key. We talked about beef, we talked about milk, we talked about cheese, mutton, pork and these are items that we import. Why cant we produce them right here at home? This project will be a big plus for Bahamians, to be able to access the modern technology the Chinese have to offer us. I trust everything will work out for us as we work towards feeding ourselves. THE CHINESE delegation and BAICs executives view one of Abac os landmarks, an inland blue hole, during a tour of farm sites last w eekend. Chinese investors eye agriculture in Abaco
Hotels hoping and praying for recovery by the third quarter C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB email@example.com MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.17 $4.25 $4.25 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A Bahamasbased investor who has injected $22 million into his resort project over the last two years is preparing to file a legal action against the Government early this week, amid fears it will not honour his Heads of Agreement, and said: I feel as if t he rug has been pulled out f rom under us. M ichael Reardon, vicepresident and one of the principal investors in the Eleuthera-based Sky Beach Club project, told Tribune Business he had not been refunded some $200,000 worth of Customs duties, as Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham had allegedly said would happen, with the tax payments having increased con struction costs by 45 per cent and scared away potential real estate buyers. Telling this newspaper he would not have spent a dol lar in this country had he known the roadblocks he was likely to encounter, Mr Reardon said the Prime Minister and his administration were also holding off from signing the Sky Beach Clubs proposed Hotels Encouragement Act agreement. In the absence of this agreement and the $200,000 refund, Mr Reardon said the Sky Beach Clubs development was at a standstill, and while he did not wish to make an enemy of the Prime Minister or his govern ment he had no choice but to initiate litigation to ensure the Government honoured the Heads of Agreement signed by both parties. Mr Ingraham, through his spokesperson, declined to c omment on the Sky Beach C lub situation, because during t he Governments last correspondence with the developers, he was advised that this matter would be put before the courts. Joy Jibrilu, head of the B ahamas Investment Authori ty and the director of invest ments in the Office of the Prime Minister, did not return a Tribune Business call seeking comment before the weekend. However, describing the origins of the current dispute with the Ingraham administ ration, Mr Reardon recalled h ow Sky Beach Club and its d evelopers chiefly himself and his father, Tim signed a Heads of Agreement for the development with the former Christie government in 2006. The project had its groundb reaking in January 2007 and c onstruction began, with the developers able to import all construction materials, plus furnishings, fixtures and such like for the resort, duty-free under the Heads of Agreements provisions. Sky Beach Club continued its customs duty/stamp duty f ree imports until mid-2009, w hen it was informed by Cus t oms that it needed to sign a Hotels Encouragement Act agreement with the Government to enable it to carry on this activity. The Hotels Encouragement A ct agreement is a subsidiary, b ut vital, piece of paperwork under all Heads of Agree ment, since it details the col lective worth of all materials $22m investor: Rugs been pulled out from under me Sky Beach Club developer to file writ against g overnment early this week, over fears g overnment not honouring Heads of Agreement Says promises that $200,000 in taxes be refunded, a nd incentive agreement signed, not met Not only would I not have spent $22 million, I would not have spent a dollar in this country, says developer Need for taxes battles with potential negativ e message to investors PM INGRAHAM S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 4 4 B B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Government must stop stifling the private sectors creativity and ingenuity if it is to lift the Bahamas out of recession and towards longterm prosperity, a former Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce president has argued, branding the prospects for this happening as dismal. Christopher Lowe told Tri bune Business that the Gov ernment was wrong to focus on job creation/employment as its number one priority, instead arguing that it should concentrate on increasing eco nomic productivity and national production. From this, he said, would come the jobs politicians were seeking to create. While not wishing to be a purveyor of doom and gloom, Mr Lowe said that throughout history the Bahamas had capitalised on external factors and its geographical location for eco nomic success, but with its two main industries, tourism and financial services, under increasing competitive and regulatory pressures it was Wheres Bahamas next opportunity? Government urged to stop stifling private sector innovation if economy is to rebound Ex-Chamber chief says focus must be on productivity and national production, not jobs No new growth spur in sight, given Bahamas internal problems and no sign of new external opportunities S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 B B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Bahamian resort industry is hoping and praying that a sustained business recovery will come no later than the third quarter next year, with occupancy and room yields under sustained pressure due to the weakness in group business. Robert Sands, the Bahamas Hotel Associations (BHA president, told Tribune Business that while the industry responsible for most private sector employment in this nation was cautiously optimistic that there had been a bottoming out in the rate of revenue and yield decreases, based on September 2009 results, it wanted to see successive months of improvement before determining the worst was behind it. Mr Sands said the return of S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 B B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor SOUTH Riding Points new Norwegian owner appears to have acquired a business with much growth potential, its former owner revealing that it generated 77 per cent revenue growth for the first nine months of 2009. World Point Terminals, which sold the Grand Bahamabased oil storage terminal to Staoil in a $258.249 million deal that closed last month, said in unveiling its results for the nine months to September 30, 2009, that South Riding Point experienced revenue growth worth $10.867 million compared to the same period the year before. The year-over-year comparisons, though were slightly misleading because South Riding Points storage revenues had increased as a result of 1.5 million barrels of new capacity Bahamas oil facilitys 77% revenue rise S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 B B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Bahamas ability to resolve commercial court cases in a timely and equitable fashion is sorely wanting, a financial services executive has argued, urging that improvements in this area go hand in hand with faster product development and legal drafting. Paul Moss, a former PLP leadership candidate, who runs his own financial services business, Dominion Management Services, told Tribune Business that the Bahamas needed a full time, functional, commercial court that would serve notice to clients that the Bahamas is serious about the [financial services] Bahamas sorely wanting over commercial cases S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 6 6 B B
coming on line in the 2008 third and fourth quarters. The full effects from this wouldnot have been felt last year. World Point Terminals, though, said marine activityhad increased at South Riding Point, generating extra port fees for the Bahamian facility. However, the news was less favourable for Freepoint, the Grand Bahama-based tug boat business, in which Sta toil has also acquired a 50 per cent stake from World Point Terminals. T he latter reported that F reepoints revenues had decreased by $37,000 or 2 per cent for the first nine months of 2009, due to what was termed decreased activity. Given that Freepoint is responsible for 90 per cent oft he traffic at Freeport Container Port, it seems reasonable to assume that there has been a decline in use and ship calls at the Container Port. The decline appears to have b een pretty dramatic, given t hat Freepoint tug business saw its revenues grow by 9 per cent or $125,000 compared to the 2008 first half due to rate increases and fuel surcharges. For the 2009 first half, S outh Riding Point's revenues grew by 92 per cent or $8.061 million as a result of higher storage and marine fees. Storage revenues grew as a result of two new oil storage tanks,w ith a combined 1.5 million b arrels of extra capacity, com ing on line during the 2008 third and fourth quarters. Elsewhere, World Point Terminals pointed to a 2 per cent increase in operating expenses for the first ninem onths of 2009, attributing this to a $545,000 business licence fee increase imposed upon South Riding Point by the Bahamian government. "As previously disclosed, in 2008, South Riding Point was contacted by representatives of the Bahamian government regarding the non-payment ofa local revenue-based tax spanning previous years' revenue," a World Point Terminals report said. "As a result, South Riding Point incurred $545,000 related to the business licence feesi mposed by the Bahamian g overnment." The Statoil deal does not completely end World Point Terminals' involvement in the Bahamas, as it is still engaged in arbitration over repairs to South Riding Point's sea jettyr esulting from damage inflicted in the 2004 hurricane season. The company warned that legal fees relating to the arbitration would impact income from continuing oper ations throughout 2009. Detailing the arbitration, World Point Terminals said South Riding Point executeda $7.853 million contract for repairs to the offshore jetty, some $3.574 million of which was not to be covered by insurance as the oil storage terminal elected complete additional projects while con-t ractors were mobilised. In June 2007, South Rid ing Point terminated the contractor on the jetty repair contract and hired a new con tractor," World Point Termi nals said. "In 2008, the new contractor completed the hur-r icane repairs to the offshore jetty. "South Riding Point is now in an arbitration proceeding with the original contractor it hired to restore and repair the offshore jetty. The contractor has claimed damages of approximately $2.7 million. South Riding Point is vigorously contesting this claim, and has filed a counterclaim in excess of $9.5 million." C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By RoyalFidelity Capital Markets LAST week saw moderate trading in the Bahamian capital markets. Investors traded in six out of the 24 listed securities, of which two advanced and four remain unchanged. E E Q Q U U I I T T Y Y M M A A R R K K E E T T A total of 52,856 shares changed hands, representing an decline of 1,453,304, compared to the previous week's trading volume of 1,506,160 shares. Commonwealth Bank (CBL was the volume leader, trading 22,677 shares to close the week with an unchanged share price at $5.74. The lead advancer during the week was FOCOL Holdings (FCL its stock price increasing by $0.43 on a volume of 18,479 to close the week at $4.77. Doctors Hospital Healthcare Systems (DHS saw 10,000 shares trade last week, its stock price increasing by $0.04 to close the week at $2.55. B B O O N N D D M M A A R R K K E E T T There were no bonds traded in the Bahamian market last week. C C O O M M P P A A N N Y Y N N E E W W S S Cable Bahamas (CAB released its unaudited financial results for the quarter ending September 30, 2009. Net income of $8.1 million increased by 37 per cent or $2.2 million, compared t o $5.9 million in the 2008 t hird quarter. R evenues for the quarter were $21.3 million, an increase of $746,000 or 3.64 per cent from $20.5 million in the 2008 third quarter. Operating income of $8.4 million climbed by $1.62 million or 23.8% from $6.8 million during the same period in 2008. Operating expenses for the quarter declined by $1 m illion or 9.5 per cent, compared to $10.6 million in the 2008 third quarter. Management attributes this to their careful monitoring of expenses during the quarter. Earnings per share of $0.41 increased by $0.11 or 36.67 per cent, compared to $0.30 in the 2008 third quarter. Consolidated Water Company (CWCO released unaudited financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. Total revenues for the three months ending September 30, 2009, declined by 21.4 per cent to about $13.5 million, compared to $17.2 million for the same period in 2008. Gross profit of $5 million increased by 9 per c ent or $411,000 for the q uarter compared to $4.6 m illion for the 2008 third quarter. Management indicated that higher gross profits resulted from lower operating and maintenance costs and lower energy prices. Despite recording higher gross profits, CWCO's net income declined to $658,000 or by 63.04 per cent, compared to $1.8 million for the same three month period ending September 30, 2008. M anagement attributed the decline in net income during the quarter to increased loss es recorded for CWCO's equity investment in OC-BVI, reflecting recent court rulings with respect to litigation between OC-BVI and the British Virgin Islands (BVI government. Total assets and liabilities as of September 30, 2009, stood at $156.7 million and $28.9 million respectively, compared to $154.7 million and $31.1 million at year-end December 31, 2008. D D i i v v i i d d e e n n d d N N o o t t e e s s : : FamGuard Corporation (FAM has declared a dividend of $0.06 per share, payable on November 16, 2009, to all ordinary shareholders of record date November 9, 2009. A A G G M M N N o o t t i i c c e e : : Bahamas Supermarkets has announced their AGM meeting will be held on December 3, 2009, at 6 at the Hilton Hotel. ROYAL FIDELITY MARKETWRAP International Markets F F O O R R E E X X R R a a t t e e s s W W e e e e k k l l y y % % C C h h a a n n g g e e C C A A D D $ $ 0.95242.31 G G B B P P 1 .66970.43 E E U U R R 1.49230.48 C C o o m m m m o o d d i i t t i i e e s s W W e e e e k k l l y y % % C C h h a a n n g g e e C C r r u u d d e e O O i i l l $77.14-0.63 G G o o l l d d $ 1,119.302.14 I I n n t t e e r r n n a a t t i i o o n n a a l l S S t t o o c c k k M M a a r r k k e e t t I I n n d d e e x x e e s s : : W W e e e e k k l l y y % % C C h h a a n n g g e e D D J J I I A A 1 0,270.472.46 S S & & P P 5 5 0 0 0 0 1,093.302.26 N N A A S S D D A A Q Q 2,167.882.62 N N i i k k k k e e i i 9 ,770.31-0.19 The Bahamian Stock Market B B I I S S X X C C L L O O S S I I N N G G C C H H A A N N G G E E V V O O L L U U M M E E Y Y T T D D P P R R I I C C E E S S Y Y M M B B O O L L P P R R I I C C E E C C H H A A N N G G E E AML$1.17 $-0-31.58% BBL$0.63 $-0-4.55% BOB$5.90 $-0-22.77% BPF$10.75 $-0-8.90% BSL$10.06 $-0-1.28% BWL$3.15 $-00.00% CAB$10.00$-0-28.72% CBL$5.74 $22,677-18.00% CHL$2.72 $-0-3.89% CIB$9.87 $-300-5.55% CWCB$2.75 $-0.13022.22% DHS$2.55 $+0.04 10,0000.00% FAM$6.50 $-0-16.67% FBB$2.37 $-00.00% FCC$0.27 $-0-10.00% FCL$4.77 $+0.4318,479-7.74% FCLB$1.00 $-00.00% FIN$9.30$-0-21.65% ICD$5.59 $-800-8.81% JSJ$9.95 $-600-10.36% PRE$10.00 $-00.00% Bahamas oil facilitys 77% revenue rise F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B
B y CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter c firstname.lastname@example.org CONSTRUCTION industry leaders say they need the Government to help them level thep laying field and make the sector more competitive in ther egion. Speaking at the Anatol R odgers Memorial Lecture on construction, Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA head, Stephen Wrinkle, said the Government has to begin that shift with the retooling of the Bahamas Technical and Vocat ional Institute (BTVI "We cannot run the country w ithout BTVI," he said. "Government must step up to the p late and deliver the tools we need to compete." Mr Wrinkle said legislation needed to put the Bahamian construction in a position to c ompete globally was too slow in coming. He said this meantt he construction industry in this c ountry was not up to global standards. A nd because foreign directinvestment (FDIo ne of the main means of draw ing capital to the Bahamas, the g overnment must make it easier for the construction industry to participate. The Government is scheduled to debate a Planning andS ubdivisions Bill that tightens regulations on land use andd evelopment, but there is fear that its passage could send real estate prices soaring and dissuade foreign investors interested in coming to the B ahamas. Simon Townend, head of K PMG Corporate Finance for the Bahamas and the C aribbean, and who sat on a panel with Mr Wrinkle during the conference, said FDI will have a slow recovery in this nation following the global r ecession. In this light, Mr Townend s aid the Caribbean was in econ omic quicksand and may not see a complete FDI recovery u ntil 2012. 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He cited t he phenomenon of a hotel "towel boy", whose earnings were larger than those of a high school teacher, as the draw to hospitality and turn away fromh igher learning. Mr Smith said two opposing viewpoints on FDI exist: That b ecause the growth of lesser developed countries was constrained through lack of capital, FDI was the only source of capital, yet concessions would havet o be offered. The other was that "FDI only extracted resources from poor countries, providing very l ittle economic linkages, no indigenous development and only provide returns to the investor. "Differing views reconcile o ver time and countries, and the Caribbean had to re-think and examine the quality of FDI as well as the quantity, h e said. However, Mr Smith suggested that those two viewpoints have come to reconcile themselves over time as the globale conomy and dynamic of developing and developed countries has changed. He inferred, though, that the t ourism sector in the Bahamas could be seen as coinciding with the latter viewpoint, having helped to remove a focus from the pursuit of education toi nstant gratification via employment in the hospitality industry. M r Smith termed it a onecrop economy which could invariably implode over time. "It is beginning to feed on itself," he said. "It has toe xpand and grow because of the employment demand placed on the sector." Despite the possible drain to t he standard of education, Mr Smith said FDI in the Caribbean and the Bahamas was responsible for a huge gain in long-term capital flows in theE nglish-speaking Caribbean. He said that over 10 years, those private capital flows increased from about $330 mill ion to $3 billion. While FDI was thought to stifle domestic investment, Mr Smith argued that it was necessary to keeping the Bahamasf oreign reserves high. He also said the finality of those foreign reserves are the reason local investors would find it diff icult to take on mega hotel construction projects, as those funds would leave the Bahamas to finance the build-out. Besides that obvious barrier, M r Smith said: "I don't know too many Bahamians who can raise that kind of money." Tourism investment success damaging for education demand e cannot run this country without BTVI BAHAMIAN businesses must be determined and make the necessary operational a djustments to survive the current recession, the administrator for the Bahamas Entrepreneurial Venture Fund said. Jerome Gomez, of Baker T illy Gomez, one of the speakers at the upcoming Visionary Business Leaders and Entrepre n eurs Awards Conference said the recession had caused busi-n esspersons to pay closer atten t ion to their business operations a nd the way they did business t han in the past, when they probably paid less attention to i nventory, pricing and customer service. W eve seen these kinds of cycles before, probably not tot his extreme, so businesses just have to be determined to w eather this economic storm and get through it by making the necessary operational adjustments because better times will come, Mr Gomezs aid. Tennyson Wells, president of S anctuary Investments, who is expected to address the conference, said: Despite these very difficult timeswe are preparing now, for when the e conomy actually turns around. U sing his company as an example, Mr Wells who owns Y uma Estates, South Seas and Lyford Hills, said his company was presently putting in infrastructure in these land development projects. M r Wells also disclosed that his company and other partners a re in the process of completing the acquisition of the Bacardi P lant and the Bacardi Terminal at Clifton. Other key speakers for the December 2 event at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort will i nclude Dionisio DAguilar, immediate past president of the B ahamas Chamber of Com merce, and president of Superw ash and chairman of AML Holdings; Stacia Williams, pres ident of Total Image Management; and Sandy Schaefer, president of Robin Hood. The minister of state for finance, Zhivargo Laing, willd eliver the keynote address. Also addressing the conference will be Dr Myles Munroe, pres ident of Bahamas Faith Mini stries International. Other event sponsors include Superwash, Milo B. Butler & Sons, Sanctuary Investments, with prize and special donations by Robin Hood, Atlantis, Bahamasair and Switcha. Businesses must make necessary adjustments SMITH
being imported by a developer, plus the customs duty, stamp duty, real property tax and other tax exemptions they are entitled to. Mr Reardon told Tribune Business that prior to this point, neither the Government, Customs nor his former attorneys had informed Sky Beach Club that it needed to have a signed Hotels Encouragement Act agreement to permit it to import vital materials duty-free. He explained that Sky Beach Club provided its draft Hotels Encouragement Act agreement to the Government in February 2009. At a subsequent meeting with the Prime Minister, attended by his father and the projects current attorney, David Johnstone of Lennox Paton, Mr Ingraham was said to have promised to refund the $200,000 worth of Customs duties the developers had paid after being stopped from using the Heads of Agreement to import materials duty-free. The Hotels Encouragement Act agreement was also supposed to have been signed. Estimating that this meeting took place around six months ago, Mr Reardon said no refund or signed Hotels Encouragement Act agreement had been forthcoming, despite weekly communications between Lennox Paton and the Government to see if everything had been completed. They havent honoured it, Mr Reardon said of the Government and his Heads of Agreement. Ive spent $200,000 in Customs duties since then that I should not have had to pay. Im the only developer in Eleuthera that, since the world fell into turmoil, has never stopped. Were the only ones. Ive spent $12 million on local contractors in Eleuthera. I dont know how we can have an agreement with the Government of the Bahamas that can be changed when the political parties change. We thought we had an agreement with the Government of the Bahamas. We thought we had a democratic society here. This doesnt make sense to me. We completed a Hotels Encouragement Act agreement, and hes [the Prime Minister] just never signed it. Some $5 million had been invested in Sky Beach Club in the past year alone, and Mr Reardon added: I was entitled to the Hotels Encouragement Act [incentives] under the Heads of Agreement, and they said they were going to sign it and refund our monies. Lennox Paton is working on it [the lawsuit], and its going to be filed early next [this] week. We have nothing under construction right now. Weve put everything on hold for the last six months. Why do it when it costs $1.40 for a piece of material when I should be paying $1? Without the Hotels Encouragement Act incentives, Mr Reardon said Sky Beach Club had lost potential real estate buyers because the investment opportunity especially in this climate had become much less attractive due to the increased construction costs. Tax The absence of the tax exemptions raised construction costs by an estimated 45 per cent, he argued, turninga $1 million project into a $1.4 million development. I have to disclose to every single person interested in buying a lot, for my own liability, when they ask whether we are entitled to the Hotels Encouragement Act, I have to tell them its been revoked from me, Mr Reardon said. Sky Beach Club had been unable to pursue its development model, he explained, and investors were concerned about whether they would earn the expected return on their investment when their property was placed in the hotel rental pool for nine months per year. Reeling off a list of Eleuthera-based projects that either had not commenced construction or ground to a screeching halt once the global credit crunch and recession hit, Mr Reardon suggested that the current impasse with the Government had resulted from the Prime Ministers resistance to extending Hotels Encouragement Act incentives to condotels and accommodations, such as bungalows, villas and houses, that were placed by their owners into a hotel rental pool. The Prime Minister has previously expressed concern that, under the former Christie administration, investors and developers had been able to access incentives and tax exemptions under the Hotels Encouragement Act without having the necessary agreements in place. The concern, he explained, was that through this the Government might lose out on revenues due to it a major issue at a time when the administration is desperate to lay its hands on any revenue it can to plug the widening fiscal deficit and a debt-toGDP ratio approaching 50 per cent. And whether to extend these incentives to ownershipbased resorts, such as the condotel model Sky Beach Club is predicated on, is another concern the Prime Minister has articulated, the suspicion being that some developers place these accommodations in a rental pool just to qualify for the tax exemptions. 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Still, many investors and businesspersons are likely to feel that the Government is playing a dangerous game, given that Mr Reardon and Sky Beach Club already have a signed Heads of Agreement with the Government. Attempts to change the details of such an agreement after the fact could potentially damage current and potential investor confidence in the Bahamas, and raise doubts about the security of any arrangements with the Government (especially when it changes hands), at a time when this nation needs all the foreign direct investment it can get. Experiences such as the one encountered by Sky Beach Club could increase investor perceptions of political risk when it comes to investing in the Bahamas, a negative development for this nation. Not only would I not have spent $22 million, I would not have spent a dollar in this country, Mr Reardon told Tribune Business. Why would you come here, invest here, and then you have a political election in a democratic society and they decide your agreement with the Government is no longer going to be enforced? From our experience, we would never have done this deal if we had known this would take place a change in power would affect our agreement with the Bahamas. I dont think Perry Christie would ever have done this to us. I know Bahamians, and know from my staff how committed they are to one political party or the other, but I dont pay attention to it. Im just a foreign investor. Im trying to develop the best resort I can and build it. Why am I being punished? I want to know of any other developer who has spent $22 million in the last two years in the worst economic depression in memory. Has anyone else in the Bahamas spent as much money, apart maybe from Kerzner International? Site Were a little site on an Out Island. Weve spent a tonne of money, a huge investment, and feel as if the rugs been pulled out from under us. Mr Reardon added: The biggest loser is the people of Eleuthera. If I am not investing, why am I not going to pull the plug and move out? Thats not my rationale, but everythings on hold right now. Ive been through too much to pull out, but everythings on hold. The whole vision has been spoilt. I cant figure out under what scenario this is positive for the country of the Bahamas. I really dont want to bring suit against the Government. I dont want Hubert Ingraham as an enemy. I just want to continue on with my resort. Mr Reardon, though, threatened that if the situation was not corrected, details were likely to emerge in the US media, especially in south Florida or New York. Pointing to a potential flaw with the Governments reluctance to grant investment incentives to condotels and properties with an element of vacation ownership, Mr Reardon said such a development model was ideally suited to the Family Islands, where visitors wanted low density development as opposed to mega resorts and a tranquil atmosphere to escape modern lifes pressures. He questioned whether other similar Family Island condotels, such as the Ritz-Carlton at Winding Bay, had been subject to the treatment he had received. Set on a 22-acre site near Governors Harbour, Sky Beach Club currently employs 22 Bahamians, with four, four-bedroom homes, three bungalows, a restaurant, pool and bar, plus all the necessary infrastructure, having been completed. The developers have so far been able to sell seven of the 33 available lots, which all occurred prior to the reces sion. 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business, and affording a place where disputes may be resolved in a timely manner. Today, we cannot say that, and our Supreme Courts are in disarray with commercial matters sorely wanting. Mr Moss told Tribune Business that since former Senior Justice John Lyons resigned, he was unsure who had been assigned to replace him, and which judges had carriage of the unresolved cases that were previously before him. Adding that this was not going to bode well for the confidence of litigants, Mr Moss told Tribune Business: You need to ensure, because money is involved, that these matters are solved in an equitable and timely fashion, and that is not the case today in the Bahamas. You need to give potential litigants some comfort that the Bahamas is serious that it means to be what it says it is about. This needs to be attended to, and I dont see it. Holistic Urging the Bahamas to take a holistic, universal approach to fixing all the issues hindering the financial services industrys perform ance, Mr Moss said: Your c ourts go hand in hand with t he industry. You must have products that attract people, and we dont do it. We implement things way after other jurisdictions do it, despite all the promotional efforts of the Bahamas Financial Services Board, the Association of International Banks and Trusts and others. We need to innovate to keep us on the cutting edge. That is where the crux of the problem is. The Bahamas, Mr Moss said, needed someone in government dedicated to it around the clock, but successive governments had been unable to grasp the importance of the financial services industry and what it needed to succeed. You can take a horse to water, but you cant make it drink, Mr Moss said of the Government. We have to be serious about dedicated draftsmen in the Attorney Generals Office, focused on financial services to make sure products come on board. That is what we need to do now. WE cant do it unless we look at every aspect. Among the issues the Bahamas had to deal with were education, the empowerment of Bahamians, infrastructure, a high cost operating environment and electricity and telecommunications. We have to do it at one t ime, Mr Moss added. We j ust need people with the r esolve to get it done. He said Parliament needed to establish a standing committee on financial services to look at draft legislation, so it could be passed quickly by Parliament. The Government also needed to fund a program that will assist Bahamians in securing money and guarantees, in order for them to own their own financial services companies, while Mr Moss suggested that the College of the Bahamas produce a school of financial services geared towards training Bahamians in the industry. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2008 IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/01845 IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcel or lot of land containing approximately 2 acres situate in the vicinity of Murphy Town-approximately three (3 westward of Marsh Harbour on the Island of Abaco one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas AND IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 AND I N THE MATTER of the Petition of Colin Baltron A rcher and Marjorie Louise Archer N OTICE OF PETITION TAKE NOTICE that Colin Baltron Archer and Marjorie Louise Archer both of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (hereinaftcr collectively called the Petitioners) claim to be the owners in long, exclusive and undisturbed possession of the said piece, parcel or lot of land containing approximately two acres situate approximately three miles westward of Marsh Harbour on the Island Abaco, one of the Bahama Islands and have made application to the SupremeCourt of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Tides Act, 1959 to have their tide to the said piece, parcel or lot of land investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and by the Court in accordance with the provisions inspected during normal working hours at :a. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher House, East Street North, Nassau, The Bahamas. Mackey Boulevard, Marsh Harbour, Abaco, The Bahamas. c. Hall & Hall, Chambers, 2nd Terrace West, Collins Avenue, Nassau, The Bahamas. NOTICE is hereby given that if you have any dower or rights to dower or an adverse claim or claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before the 30th day of November, A. D., Nassau in the Island of New Providence aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a statement of your claim in the c laimed and an abstract of title to the said a rea claimed by you. of your claim on or before the 30th day of November A. D., 2009 will operate as a bar to such claim. Dated this 19th day of October, 2009 Hall & Hall Chambers 2nd Terrace West, Collins Avenue Nassau, The Bahamas Attorney for the Petitioners Bahamas sorely wanting over commercial cases F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B
room and occupancy rates to their pre-recession levels will depend largely on how quickly our major market rebounds in demand for travel to the islands of the Bahamas. We simply hope and pray its some time sooner rather than later, that its some time next year and no later than the third quarter next year. A recovery by the 2010 third quarter may be something of a stretch, given that Atlantis and others have predicted that their key group/convention business is unlikely to rebound until 2011, but the BHA president said the hotel industry neededto see how the tentatively improving economic environment in the US impacted its member properties in New Providence and the Family Islands. The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday period later this month may provide some indication of where US consumer and vacation confidence currently is, but Mr Sands said this holiday should not be looked at in isolation from the remainder of November. We have to look at a collective month of improvement, he explained. Thanksgiving represents one snippet of a time period in one month, but we would certainly welcome a strong Thanksgiving. We need to see that stay solid for a given period before we make the determination that we have reached the turnaround. And Mr Sands added: With the absence of a solid group base, theres tremendous pressure on individual business at this time. Were not seeing the level of growth in yields that wed like to see, coupled with downward pres sures on occupancy. There seems to be some bottoming out in the rate of decreases more than anything else, and then we can maybe start to look forward to building on monthly improvements going forward. A joint BHA/Ministry of Tourism statement last week said that 12 New Providence hotels surveyed had seen a collective 7.9 per cent yearover-year increase in room revenues for September 2009, while occupancy levels rose from 31 per cent to 38.9 per cent. The resulting 4.8 per cent increase in hotel room nights sold, combined with an increase in average daily room rate (ADR $5, generated a 7.9 per cent room revenue gain. The Ministry of Tourism and BHA said that for September 2009, the ADR was $164.44 compared to $159.75 last year. Available room nights decreased by 16.5 per cent, reflecting the closure of rooms at Baha Mar's Wyndham property on August 17 and the RIU property in September. However, Mr Sands w arned that one months performance does not create a trend, so we have to take it one month at a time and build on that going forward. We remain cautiously optimistic about the future, and dont want to read anything into one months performance. We want to see a string of months before we make a determination that things have bottomed out and continue to improve. The hotel industry was up against weak comparatives for September, given that this month last year was when Lehman Brothers collapsed into bankruptcy, triggering the worst recession in living memory. Mr Sands added that the Bahamas had been blessed and was eternally grateful that the resort and tourism industries had been spared a hurricane, describing September as a funny month due to the impact these storms had on confidence in travelling. He said the BHA and its members were going to do everything in our power to p romote the destination and Bahamian tourism, with marketing efforts to date having enabled this nation to get a hook into those Americans still travelling. The Bahamas could have been in a much worse position without this, Mr Sands suggested, with the BHA also working with the Government on increasing airlift to drive tourist traffic to this nation. While 10 of the 12 reporting properties recorded a modest September increase in room revenue, the Ministry of Tourism and BHA said: "However, September's positive performance did little to reverse the third quarter performance, and reflects primarily a year-over-year comparison with September 2008, the starting point for the worst tourism cycle since 1991 and the first Iraq War. "The third quarter occupancy was 60.1 per cent compared to 61.9 per cent in 2008. Room nights sold and room revenue were 11.8 per cent and 20.6 per cent below last year's third quarter levels. The ADR recorded was $200.51 compared to $222.94 in 2008." For the first nine months to end-September 2009, the Ministry of Tourism and BHA said hotel occupancy stood at 63.5 per cent compared to 68.9 per cent last year. The ADR was $230.35, while January to September last year was $254.42. Hotel revenue fell 21 per cent, with 12 of the 14 hotels reporting losses for the year so far. Hotel room nights sold decreased by 12.8 per cent. The latest preliminary air arrivals to the end of August for New Providence showed a 9.3 per cent decrease or 71,812 fewer foreign air arrivals than in 2008. 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difficult to see where the next growth spur was coming from. think that over the years the Governments policies have really squandered our resources, namely our human resources, and its out of the minds of individuals that ideas come, and industry and development, Mr Lowe told Tribune Business. But if you batter individuals down sufficiently, you end up in a position where you are bereft of innovation. Governments single and sole concern seems to be the creation of jobs, which is a poor focus when they should be concentrating on productivity and enabling national production, which comes from the private sector. Through that will come employment. Mr Lowe told Tribune Business that the Bahamas was in its current crossroads predicament because throughout history it had been hugely dependent on all the external advantages we can leverage, and at the same time weve completely ignored all the internal functions of our country. So we have nothing to fall back on. We have not developed any alternatives. We could say we developed the tourism field, but look at the product we have. Recounting the Bahamas economic history, Mr Lowe said the inhuman slave trade, between the years 1501-1865, had created a waypoint for Spanish and British trade interests, along with wrecking, piracy and privateering. Then, gun running from 1774-1776 during the War of Independence, and again in 1861-1865 during the American Civil War, gave the Bahamas another profitable revenue stream, followed eventually by rum running/bootlegging to the US between 1919-1933 and, ultimately, the drug trafficking boom of the 1970s and 1980s that saw an explosion in the underground economys size. All this was triggered by external events in the US and the Bahamas proximity to this market. On a more legal basis, Mr Lowe pointed out that World War II benefited from the Bahamas via the RAF training base at Windsor Field, and the infusion of Navy ships and military personnel. Soon after came the Castro takeover of Cuba and its closure to US tourists and gaming fans, which led to the development of the Bahamas as a vacation/casino destination, while offshore banking had flourished from the 1940s onwards as wealthy persons sought to escape punitive taxation in their home countries. Only sponging and pineapples could be considered Bahamian-produced exports, which were sold in response to foreign demand, Mr Lowe using history to chart how this nation had largely capitalised on outside factors for its economic fortunes, as opposed to controlling its own destiny internally. Now, with the Bahamas and the world econ0my mired in recession, Mr Lowe said he doesnt see where the next growth spur for this nation will come from. Where is the next opportunity for this small island developing state? Thats the whole point, he explained. Internally, it appears as if theres nothing, and externally I dont see anything out there either. What internally can be generated to generate production, and therefore employment. I dont see much. I see Edison Key trying like hell in agriculture, but thats going to meet with certain limited success. What else is there? Nothing externally that I can see. You can do a lot to improve the internal, but only if the Government is willing to turn to the private sector to tap into innovation and creativity. Thats not happened yet. The only thing I can see the Government looking to the private sector for is increased taxes. The only way I see that happening is for the Government to back off on its persecution and control on the private sector. They need to back off. The main thing holding the Bahamas internal economy back is the very government we elected. The Government, Mr Lowe said, needed to stop meddling and retarding innova tion/creativity in the private sector, and become proactive instead of reactive. This is where were going to have to pay attention to what is going on in the world, Mr Lowe added. Its difficult, because it seems as if its all doom and gloom, but the reality is there, and once we put our heads in the sand and not pay attention to it, I dont see us fixing it. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 8B, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM I ndiGO Networks is a developing telecommunications company based in Nassau, Bahamas. The company has a 20-year history in offering innovative technology and telecommunications solutions to businesses in The Bahamas. In 2004 IndiGO was g ranted the rst and currently only license to allow international and domestic voice competition with The Bahamas Telecommunications Company. 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INSIGHT C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune INSIGHT MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 The stories behind the news By PACO NUNEZ and RUPERT MISSICK Jr I t has been said that our reliance on so fickle an industry as tourism is unwise and will hurt the Bahamas if we do not learn to diversify. This argument takes for granted that tourism has treated us well, only raising the point that it may not last forever; a point today's economic climate serves to illustrate. Were anyone to suggest, however, that our status as the most successful nation in the region is itself nothing more than a mirage, he would be recommended for a head examination by most people. The Bahamas is certainly facing some difficult challenges in terms of rising crime and violence, but Bahamians still have the highest per-capita income, the strongest currency, the most lucrative tourism industry in the Caribbean. The usual interpretation is that the first set of conditions somehow exists despite the second. We are daily beset, in newspapers and on the radio, by the views of semi-professional opinion-mongers convinced they know how to right this imbalance. But what if we have the whole thing backwards? What if the very character of our "success" is the source of the social degeneration we so lament? On Thursday night, a teeming audience of academics, students, artists, poets, politicians and jour nalists were asked to consider this proposition. The idea is not really new: The service/subservience debate has surfaced repeatedly during our short independent history. Y et the suggestion seemed to arrest the audience, to hold it in suspension. Perhaps the direct manner in which it was stated had something to do with this. The speaker did not beat around the bush. "I think we are threatened by mental, moral, intellectual extinction from tourism," he said. Then again, the audience's reaction may have had something to do with the fact that it was no mere opinion monger who pronounced this verdict, but arguably the most brilliant writer the Caribbean has ever produced. Nobel laureate Derek Walcott was in Nassau last week to deliver the Anatol Rodgers Memorial Lecture at the College of the Bahamas on Thursday. In addition to dis cussing art and poetry, he shared his views on the model of tourism unfolding throughout the region. He spoke about the bright lights of Nassau's tourism enclaves, and how they contrast with the "darkness" of inactivity and limited circumstances in which the surrounding neigbourhoods are shrouded. Mr Walcott criticised the politicians whose policies have created this dichotomy, saying the fact that they "see the contrast as necessary" is a "serious admission of futility." This futility is in turn absorbed by individuals for whom the contrast is not merely a spectacle, but a con dition of everyday life, he suggested. It is not lost on people that "every view is up for sale in the Caribbean," Mr Walcott said. "The association of inferiority and insult is tremendous." The following day, he told a seminar group: "We accept in our own society an image that goes like this: There is a huge liner in harbour, in the port, as big as the town next to the liner. Around the town there is the ghetto where the poor live. The poor are part of the picturesque poster that we establish in the Caribbean. We advertise the liner and the poverty simultaneously. That has become part of our image of where we live and what we accept." Speaking to Insight, Mr Walcott offered an anecdote to illustrate how this contrast and disproportion begins to affect the individual. "This sounds romantic but its more than just being romantic or nostalgic about something. There is a beach in St Lucia near where I live. I used to go to a particular grape tree and sit down there and write. It was a beautiful place. Next thing I know a hotel is going up, so that grape tree is no more. "Now, who am I to want a grape tree? That is the kind of question you begin to get." He said the reason many of us do not see the problem, is that we are looking through the wrong lens. Economics, he feels, lacks the scope necessary to even approach the most important questions. He told the seminar group: "We have had revolutions against the existence of poverty and cruelty and race do we have an economics that goes beyond, that adapts to the necessities of conscience? Do we have guilt in our economic policy? And do we have embarrassment or shame in our economics? If we do, I'm not aware of it." Prominent local psychologist Dr David Allen has already described the Bahamas as a shame-based society and suggested that this is at the root of many of our most difficult social problems. For Mr Walcott, the inability to take into account embarrassment and shame explains our blindness to the true effects of a tourism dominated economy in a region with so severe a history of division and alienation. These effects, he said, become more intense the smaller the country and the larger the dominant resort developments. If this is so, the Bahamas far from being the most successful country in the region is actually at the epicentre of the rot. Mr Walcott told Insight: "The disproportion begins in terms of, how can a place so small have such a big resort? The scale starts to go and the government justifies the scale by saying they are getting money. No government thinks in terms of modesty of scale when it comes to development. It has already happened in the northern Caribbean and in the Bahamas." Asked what he thought of the Atlantis Resort, the outspoken poet said: "If we had something of that size in St Lucia, I'd have to either give up or leave St Lucia. I could not let myself be that physically dominated by one building. On his native island, like here, the growth of tourism has been accompanied by rising crime, which in turn has provoked a reaction quite familiar to Bahamians the erection of domestic fortifications. He said: "I don't have an electric gate. I have not so far been robbed. Now they are saying there has been a lot of burglaries in the vicinity of where I live. "When I was young, I had great contempt for where I live now. I used to think only rich white people lived there. And I am not a rich white person. But now they are going to have a gated community and I don't want it because it provokes. "I have a theory that my open gate doesn't challenge burglary, because [when] you put a gate and a bell, people start to think there must be something in there." Mr Walcott believes the insensitive, sometimes "illiterate" politi cians Caribbean people elect have a great deal to answer for. "Governments need to do Have we got it all wrong? THE public presentations by Mr Walcott last week were made possible by two entities: The College of the Bahamas' School of English Studies and the Construction Seminar Group. Mr Walcott was this year's speaker at the annual Anatol Rodgers Memorial Lecture Series hosted by the School of English Studies (SES junction with the Rodgers family. The series provides an opportunity for members of the college and the wider community to interact with noted literary and linguistic scholars. I t is named in honour of the late Anatol Rodgers who contributed to the development of education in the Bahamas from 1933 to 1975 and who was the third Bahamian and first female Principal of the governmentH igh School (1971-1975 Although she taught a variety of subjects during her professional life, Mrs Rodgers first love was English. F ollowing the lecture, which took place on Thurs day, Mr Walcott addressed a seminar organised by Construction Seminar Group (CSG The CSG, which consists of Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming, her husband Hammond Rah ming, Michael Diggis and Henry Hepburn, wrote a paper two years ago called The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on the Development of the Bahamas. The paper was presented at a construction conference in Trinidad and was well received. Mrs Manoo-Rahming said this gave the group the idea of trying to do a similar thing in the Bahamas. She said: "The time for the next one was coming up and we thought that it would be a great idea to do the impact on foreign direct investment not only in the Bahamas but on the Caribbean because we were trying to involve people in the Caribbean to really dialogue with us." THE Bahamas prides itself on being the most successful economy in the Caribbean, taking advantage of geography and natural beauty to become an example to which other island nations can aspire. But one eminent literary mind considers the model of development we exemplify to be at the root of a crisis of shame and cultural insecurity plaguing the region. INSIGHT reports... Gover nments must insist that foreign investors help with cultural development NOBEL LAUREATE DEREK WALCOTT S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 4 4 C C S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 5 5 C C
C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT PAGE 2C, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By PETE YOST Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP In courtrooms barred to the public, dozens of terror suspects are pleading for their freedom from the Guantanamo Bay prison, sometimes even testifying on their own behalf by video from the US naval base in Cuba. Complying with a Supreme Court ruling last year, 15 federal judges in the US courthouse here are giving detainees their day in court after years behind bars half a world away from their homelands. The judges have found the government's evidence against 30 detainees wanting and ordered their release. That number could rise significantly because the judges are on track to hear challenges from dozens more prisoners. Scooped up along with hard-core terrorist suspects in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere, these 30 detainees stand in stark contrast to the 10 prisoners whom the Obama administration targeted for prosecution Friday for plotting the September 11 and other terrorist attacks. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the prof essed mastermind of 9/11, a nd four of his alleged henchm en are headed for a federal civilian trial in New York; five others, including a top suspect in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole off Yemen, will be tried by a military commission. More detainees are expected to soon be added to the prosecution list. But there will still be plenty of cases left among the 215 detainees now at Guantanamo to keep the judges here busy as they work to clear a legal morass the Bush administration created after the September 11, 2001, attacks. Bush administration Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld once promised Guantanamo held "the worst of the worst." The judges here have rejected pleas for release from eight detainees, but they have concluded the government does not even have enough evidence to keep 30 other detainees behind bars. "There is absolutely no reason for this court to presume t hat the facts contained in the g overnment's exhibits are a ccurate," District Judge Gladys Kessler wrote in ordering the release of Alla Dozens of Guantanamo Bay IN THIS photo of a sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin, reviewed by the US Military, the five September 11, 2001 attack co-defendants sit during a hearing at the US Military Commissions court for war crimes at the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. (AP Photo S S E E E E n n e e x x t t p p a a g g e e
A li Bin Ali Ahmed. He was r epatriated to Yemen after a s even-year stay at Guantanamo, where he was brought as a teenager. "Much of the factual material contained in those exhibits is hotly contested fora host of different reasons ranging from the fact that it contains secondand thirdhand hearsay to allegations that it was obtained by torture to the fact that no statement purports to be a verbatim account of what was said," Kessler said. She ruled the government failed to prove the detainee was part of or substantially supported Taliban or al-Qaida forces. The evidentiary record "is surprisingly bare," US District Judge Colleen KollarKotelly wrote in ordering the release of Fouad Mahmoud Al Rabiah, a 50-year-old father of four from Kuwait who had been an aviation engineer for Kuwaiti Airways for 20 years. He has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay since 2002. R abiah is one of dozens of m en who won their cases in c ourt or who have been cleared for transfer by the Obama administration who are still among the 215 detainees at Guantanamo. Finding countries willing totake the detainees has proven difficult. Since Obama took office, only 25 detainees have actually left. In the case of a detainee from Syria, US District Judge Richard Leon pointed to evidence that the man, Abdulrahim Abdul Razak Al Gin-co, who uses the surname Janko, had been tortured repeatedly by al-Qaida for three months into falsely con fessing that he was a US spy, then jailed for 18 months by the Taliban in Kandahar before he fell into the handsof US forces. "Notwithstanding these extraordinary intervening events, the government contends that Janko was still 'part of' the Taliban and/or al-Qaida when he was taken into custody," Leon wrote in ordering the detainee's release. "Surely extreme treatment of that nature evinces a total evisceration of whatever relationship mighthave existed!" One detainee who lost his bid for freedom was Adham Mohammed Ali Awad, tak en into custody seven years ago when he was a teenager. "It seems ludicrous to believe that he poses a security threat now, but that is not for me to say, wrote US District Judge James Robertson. "The case against Awad is gossamer thin," consisting of raw intelligence, multiple levels of hearsay and documents whose authenticity cannot be proven, said Robertson. "In the end, however, it appears more likely than not that Awad was, for some period of time, 'part of' al-Qaida." The detainees' hearings which usually last a day or two apiece are expected to go well into next year, unless the Obama administration finds homes for them in other countries in the meantime. Some 45 per cent of the detainees are citizens of Yemen. Afghanistan is the home country of about one in 10 detainees. Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Tunisia together are home for about one in five, according to the Pentagon. The courthouse's Guantanamo cleanup started with the Bush administration still in office, set in motion by the district judges just days after the Supreme Court ruled that detainees could go to civilian court to challenge their indefinite detention. After two ear l ier Supreme Court rulings in f avour of the detainees, a R epublican-controlled Congress stepped in to effectively keep detainees from seeking freedom from civilian courts, but the Democratic-controlled Congress let the June 2008 ruling stand. The district judges contacted the attorney general and the defense secretary to arrange for a secure video link to Guantanamo. A few judges have taken testimony by satellite from several detainees who wanted to speak on their own behalf. Typically, the first half hour of a detainee's hearing is open to the public, with the prisoner listening by phone. Then the courtroom doors are locked, and the judges hear classified evidence. The 15 judges' chambers were outfitted with safes, special laptop computers and printers and each of the judges' law clerks underwent background checks and was given a security clearance to deal with classified informat ion that dominates the evid ence. O ne of the last bastions of judicial opposition to the detainees is the federal appeals court on the fifth floor of the courthouse. There, a three-judge panel ruled the judges lack authority to order the detainees released into the United States even if they have won their release and have nowhere else to go. Considered no threat to the United States, the detainees in that case are 17 Muslims, known as Uighurs. They were picked up in Afghanistan after fleeing western China and fear persecution if returned to China. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear their appeal, with a decision expected next spring. This year, the US government found a home for four Uighurs in Bermuda and six on the Pacific island nation of Palau. The seven still at Guantanamo hope to live in the United States. To achieve that goal, their lawyers must persuade the Supreme Court to rule in their favour. C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009, PAGE 3C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM detainees get day in court IN THIS photo reviewed by the US military, Chinese Uighur Guantanamo detainees show a home-made note to visiting members of the media at Camp Iguana detention facility at Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base, Cuba... (AP Photo
C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT PAGE 4C, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM m ore," he told his Anatol Rodgers Lecture audience, "so that there is more than just a big hotel to look at, where there is nothing going on, intellectually at least." As a poet, playwright and painter, he believes the development of the arts is integral to the development of a culture; the nourishment of the human spirit necessary for individuals to own their own history and experience. "Economics is for me almost an enemy of poetry," he said. "To think in economic terms only, and not in terms of poetry is to leave out an aspect of economics that is essential, and that essentiality is compassion. Economists "Does that mean that economists are not compassionate? No, that's not what I'm saying; I'm saying that the reality the alleged reality of economics or any science is that 'This is going to happen, and that this is inevitable'. But revolutions do not accept that after a while; they say to themselves, 'Why should this be inevitable? Why should black people be oppressed?' Because it's logical, because it's economically feasible, to have slaves for instance? Or it's economically feasible to have an empire based on a racial label of a kind? "I find it difficult to pursue one line of argument only, butI find it's very easy to point out how poetry embraces all those other sciences, the sciences that have to do with the handling of feeling, the handling of emotion." During our interview, Mr Walcott seemed far more interested in the state of the local art scene than in the questions we had prepared for him. He advised aspiring Bahamian writers to begin from the recognition that perhaps this country is already "gone". "Now you must begin from what is gone. Your grape tree is already gone," he said. W W h h a a t t d d o o y y o o u u t t h h i i n n k k ? ? p p n n u u n n e e z z @ @ t t r r i i b b u u n n e e m m e e d d i i a a . n n e e t t r r m m i i s s s s i i c c k k @ @ t t r r i i b b u u n n e e m m e e d d i i a a . n n e e t t Have we got it all wrong? Share your news T he Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the a rea or have won an award. I f so, call us on 322-1986 a nd share your story. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 C C
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C M Y K C M Y K INSIGHT THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2009, PAGE 7C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Jamaica: Gunmen set home ablaze, woman is killed By FRANCES D'EMILIO Associated Press Writer ROME (AP from an Islamic bank will help develop agriculture in poor countries, a UN food agency said Sunday ahead of a summit to discuss the so-far elusive goal of reducing the num-ber of hungry people in the world. The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, which is h osting the three-day summit s tarting Monday, said it had r eached a deal with the Islamic Development Bank for $1 billion in funding to help develop agriculture in poor countries that belong to both organizations. "This agreement comes at a critical moment, when the international community recognises it has neglected agriculture for many years," the Rome-based agency said. "Today, sustained investment in agriculture especially small-holder agriculture is acknowledged as the key to food security." Organisers of the gather ing, to be attended by some60 heads of state, agriculture ministers and other officials, hope to wean national policies away from long-standing emphasis on food aid and instead generate support for anew approach: help farmers, livestock herders and fisher men to produce enough food for their own people. UN officials point to villages in Kenya, Pakistan and Haiti to show this is possible. In one Kenyan village, for example, an irrigation project is credited with not only reducing hunger there, but also allowing farmers to produce enough rice to sell surplus to the UN World Food Agency to help feed African's hungry. But past U.N. food summits have so far failed to meet their stated goals, including to halve the number of the world's hungry by 2015. UN officials recently put the number of hungry at 1.02 billion, or roughly one out of every six people on the plane t. T he last summit in June 2 008 concentrated on how climate change and soaring food prices were undermining food security. A draft declaration for this week's summit would commit world leaders to the new strategy to increase agricultural development aid. But it does not include a 2025 deadline for eradicating hunger a goal sought by the United Nations. Also missing are specific funding pledges, such as the $44 billion in yearly agricultural aid that the Food and Agriculture Organisation says will be needed in coming decades. Some critics were calling for other approaches. The international agency Oxfam said Sunday that "money alone will not solve the problem," and suggested instead that the UN could drastically reduce the 24,000 hungerrelated deaths tallied daily around the globe if it was allowed by countries to coordinate their various initiatives. Without such coordination, "all the different initiatives do not add up to a single effective, coherent and account able whole," Oxfam report author Chris Leather said in a statement. The London-based think tank International Policy Network complained that the "real causes of hunger and food insecurity are not even on the agenda" for the summit, and cited restrictions on trade between and within countries as a factor undermining agricultural investments. Trade subsidies as well as wealthy nations' purchasing quotas to boost their own farmers are also often cited as factors frustrating efforts to fight hunger. The think tank noted that, despite past summit commitments to slash the number of hungry, "there are more hungry people now than in 2002 when they held their first summit." Pope Benedict XVI will lend his moral authority to hunger-fighting efforts with an address Monday morning. After dusk on Sunday, Rome lit up the Colosseum in a sign of solidarity with the hunger-fighting efforts. KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP say street gang members tossed gasoline bombs in a slum outside the island's capital, setting one house ablaze and killing a 90year-old woman. A police statement said the remains of Inez Brown were recovered from her charred home early Sunday after it was set on fire by a group of gangsters. Attackers The same attackers also randomly shots into a few homes in Portmore, on the outskirts of the capital, Kingston. Police say no arrests have been made. Kingston has one of the highest homicide rates in the Western Hemisphere, and gang violence is a regular occurrence in its surrounding slums. UN and Islamic bank make $1bn farming deal A WOMAN plants rice in a paddy in Ahero, Kenya. Farmers in Ahero got a good harvest last season, after t he government revived a rice programme that collapsed more than a decade ago... (AP Photo