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 C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.3TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER MAINLY CLOUDY HIGH 82F LOW 75F F E A T U R E S SEEWOMANSECTION S P O R T S Finishing touch SEEPAGENINE Crushers stay unbeaten THE Commissioner of Police yesterday described claims that Urban Renewal is dead as a lie saying he has seen no evidence to show that changes to the initiative have caused an upsurge in crime in the country. I dont have anything that indicates that anything that has been done with Urban Renewal is causing any upsurge in crime or any criminal activity in this country. I dont have any empirical that sup ports that view, said Commissioner Reginald Ferguson when asked to respond to claims made by the Opposition. His comments came amidst a long running political battle over the role that the Urban Renewal programme, implemented under the former PLP administration, played and continues to play in reducing crime under the current government. The PLP has long contended that the FNM dismantled the programme after it won the May 2007 election, to the detriment of society, which has since been No evidence to suggest changes to initiative behind crime surge, says commissioner The Tribune ANY TIME...ANY PLACE, WERE #1 BAHAMASEDITION TINGS TOUGH McDOUBLE FOR $3.79 www.tribune242.com C M Y K C M Y K THETRIBUNE SECTIONC HEALTH: Body and mind TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 ByJEFFARAH GIBSONMO ST women can probably agree that the right accessory, whether it is a bold necklace, exotic bangles or a sexy, studded belt, is the vital finishing t ouch of any ensemble. finishingt het ouchA nd one Bahamian woman completel y understands the fashion effectiveness o f that perfect accessory. L erielle Cole, a designer and entrepreneur, has produced her own line of unique accessories which she sells at her Final Accents store on Baillou HillR oad South. In my line I am trying to incorporate a funk factor that will attract fashioni stas. What I am also trying to do is make s ure that the jewellery that is on display is one-of-kind, which means that buyers dont have to worry about someone else wearing the same piece, Ms Cole told T ribune Woman. At Final Accents we have a vast mixt ure of accessories including handbags, b amboo clutches, fabric woven belts, multi-beaded necklaces, embellished headbands, straw pieces and cocktail pieces. With Ms Coles wearable jewellery and unique designs, women can dress up a s imple outfit and look like they just s tepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine. While there are some persons who wear one or two pieces of jewellery for t he glitz and glamour, there are others w ho wear accessories because they symb olise a cultural affiliation. For those persons who are less interested in trends we have cultural pieces made out of African bull horn and other pieces that are made from natural materials, Ms Cole said. And the store also buys and sells pieces c reated by Bahamian designers and craft artists. We not only have imported pieces but we also collect pieces from local vend ors, like straw items and conch shell p ieces. Ms Cole said what makes her jewellery s o different is the fact that all the pieces a re hand-picked. This is the key, and Final Accents cele brates shopping as a pampered therap eutic lifestyle and offers specialised services to embrace the time women value most, she said. The colours that dominate her pieces are burnt orange, turquoise and chocolate b rown, which are colours that could be v ery big in Winter 2009/2010 season. Giving Tribune Woman a little insight i nto the new trends that are exploding on the runways oversees, Ms Cole said: Accessories are a big hit, and while c ustom pieces have become a staple, s tuds will be one of the hottest trends f or Winter 2009. We will see things like studded belts and studded rope chains. What will also be hot is metallic, and there will also be sexy hair pieces coming into play as well. W hile accessories are big right now, s he said the important thing to remember is not to overdo it. When wearing accessories there should only be one focal point. If a w oman chooses to wear really big earr ings, she should not wear big bangles, or b ig cocktail rings, because it would make h er look as though she has on too much. So if she wears big bangles then she should wear small, simple earrings and vice versa, she said. And for a tip for women who want to dress-up for a night out, Ms Cole said: For the night you can spice things up a bit by wearing huge earrings, which draw much attention. The key for night wear is to be a little bit bold, which could mean w earing a shiny pair of earrings with a m atte bangle. F INAL Accents pieces. FINAL Accents proprietors Lerielle C ole (leftright B AHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E Police chief slams Urban Renewal lie SEE page eight By AVA TURNQUEST THE Government will start a three-year development plan for the redesign of R M Bai ley Senior High School, it was announced yesterday. In an address to students and administration at the school, Education Minister Carl Bethel said they plan to start the phase one develop ment next summer. Mr Bethel said staff and students could rest assured knowing that the Ministry of Education plans to remove all tin-buildings. He said that they will not tam per with the campus matured flora. THREEYEAR REDESIGN PLAN FOR RMBAILEY THE GYMNASIUM at RM Bailey Senior High School. Fire severely damaged the facility seven years ago. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f SEE page two By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@ tribunemedia.net A TTORNEY General John Delaney vowed t o prioritise criminal matters as he took up his new portfolio in a swearing-in at Government House yesterday afternoon. The former Senator who boasts 22 years ofl egal experience said safety in the community is of u ltimate importance as incidents of violent crime become increasingly com mon. But in a climate of rising crime Mr Delaneys post has also been expanded to encompass the promotion and devel o pment of financial ser vices and relations with the financial services industry and the Bahamas Financial Ser vices Board. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham expressed his faith in Mr Delaneys a bility to take on the added responsibility given his specialisation in commercial litigation and financial services. As he introduced the By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A CORONERS inquest into the death of a 15-year-old boy who was found hanging in the holding cell of a police station is expected to begin today. According to reports, Michael Knowles was being detained at the East Street South police station under suspicion of housebreaking and stealing when he was found hanging from an upper bar in a holding cell on Sunday, June 1. SEE page eight Inquest into teens death in cell set to begin today THE TRIBUNE reporter whose investigative journalism brought to light the scandal of Crown land grants, which resulted in the resignation of the Director of Lands and Surveys, yesterday testified before the parliamentary committee on public lands formed in the wake of his reports. Paul Turnquest described the struggle Bahamians have endured for generations to get access to land a goal he believes is becoming continually harder to achieve as prices inflate. He said it was in this light that he found it so amazing to dis cover through his investigations into the granting of prime beach front land to relatives of the for mer Director of Lands and Surveys that it was who you knew that determined whether your application for Crown land was approved or even recognised by the Department. The reporter suggested that those who got beachfront land in Exuma, through their connections, only to re-sell it for massive prof its to a foreign developer, along with those who assisted them in doing so, must be held responsi ble. He described what happened with the Forbes Hill properties as a premeditated act that defrauded the people of The Bahamas out of use and access to beachfront property in Exuma; all so that one family could live high off the hog. The reporter also asserted that T ribune reporter testifies before the committee on public lands SEE page eight New Attorney General vows to make criminal matters a priority SEE page eight By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A TOURIST robbed at gunpoint with a group of 18 cruise ship passengers has spoken out about his holiday terror and how it has left him with no desire to return to Nassau. Paul Coladonato, 50, a semiretired computer consultant was with three Malaysian friends among a group of nine passengers from the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas who purchased tickets for an eco-tour of the Bahamas Association for Social Health's (BASH onboard the ship when they stopped in Nassau for the day on Friday. But the groups hour long Segway tour in the former Per pall Tract Wellfield area on Friday morning ended in a ter ror that continues to haunt them when two men threatened the visitors at gunpoint and ordered them to lie facedown on the ground while they robbed them of their valuables and fired a shot at the ground. Mr Coladonato said the gun man holding a 12 gauge single SEE page eight Tourist tells of gunpoint robbery terror
B y AVA TURNQUEST T HE government has a pproved a land deal with a local religious ministry towards the expansion of Sandilands Primary School, it was announced yesterday. The government will a cquire nearly one acre of land from Mekaddish Ministries through a voluntary t ransfer of comparable l and fronting on Pine Y ard Road in the area of Sandilands Allotments. T he land will facilitate t he growth and development of Sandilands Primary, specifically additional classrooms, play and sportsf acilities, and a teachers l ounge. M r Bethel acknowledged t he hardship felt by M ekaddish Ministries and its patrons due to the long wait for approval of the deal. The ministry, though ready to begin the expan sion, had to wait until thet ransaction was officially approved by government before work could comm ence. I wish to express my p rofound gratitude to Mekaddish Ministries andB ishop James, said Mr B ethel, for their forbearance in holding on, and not giving up. The minister maintained t hat the newly acquired land, leading to greater renovations, will boost both administration ands tudent morale. The plans for Sandilands Primary School willi nvoke a greater sense of pride in teachers and students in this school, and w ill enable them to funct ion with greater efficiency a t this establishment, he s aid. Mr Bethel explained that it was the MP for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell who informed him of the opportunity to acquire the land and facilitated an a greement with Bishop James. He also commended S enator Jacinta Higgs for r eadily embracing the prop osal. Mr Bethel added that in a ddition to its community b enefit, the deal can also be seen as an example of politically opposed public servants agreeing for theb enefit of the people as Mr Mitchell and Senator Higgs were opponents in the last general election. S andilands Primary School was one of several schools visited by the out g oing minister yesterday as part of his Farewell Tour (See story, page 1 C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The announcement was met with roaring enthusiasm from students and teachers, many of whom were unfamiliar with the school before the fire which ravaged its grounds and severely damaged the gymnasium seven years ago. D istrict Superintendent for South East Nass au, Willard Barr, explained that although progress towards restoring the school was retarded by the economic recession, Government did not abandon efforts. Instead, he added, it was decided that an entire revamp of the campus would proveg reater benefit rather than sparse minor renov ations. The Minister reinforced that the new development would be synergistic with the schools new approach to education, seeking to establish a career academy in which students would be relevantly equipped to succeed post graduation. He also participated in a farewell tribute ceremony held at the school in his honour, but arrived three hours late due to a scheduling conflict. M inister Bethel told all students that the answers to all lifes challenges lies within them and through education, and he assured them that although he was leaving the Ministry of Education, he would always be in their corner. Govt land deal with ministry to expand Sandilands Primary School FROM page one THREE-YEAR REDESIGN PLAN FOR RMBAILEY MINISTEROFEDUCATION Carl Bethel at RMBailey yesterday.
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@ tribunemedia.net FREEPORT The students and teachers at Lewis Yard Primary School may soon have some relief from the offensive fumes emanat ing from the indus t rial plants in the area. Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing said plans are underway to move the school to more suitable location soon. I know that the Ministry of Education is looking at an early option of having the children of L ewis Yard Primary moved to a place where they are more comfortable and in a better learning environment, said Mr Laing. The minister, who attended the Lewis Yard Primary, said he is very familiar with the plight faced by students and faculty over the last few weeks. I know the Lewis Yard situ ation very well because I went to Lewis Yard and I went to Hawksbill High. know many days when we were let off school early because of the odour. I personally never got sick, but some students did because the fumes were irritat ing and we were let go, he said. Classes at Lewis Yard Primary were dismissed on two occasions last week after students and teachers became ill as a result of strong fumes. Residents of the Pinders Point settle ment said strong odours permeate the entire area, which is situated near several industrial plants, including oil storage and refinery opera tions. They say the smells are especially strong at night and often get inside their homes. There have been complaints of various health issues, includ ing respiratory problems, skin irritation, nausea and vomiting, and eye and nose irritation. Community activist Troy Garvey, a spokesman for the residents, said the entire community needs to be relocated. One of the large plants in the area, Vopak, has said it is monitoring its emission levels after initially denying that its operations are responsible for mak ing residents ill. The other major industrial plants in the area are Grand Bahama Power, PharmaChem, and Polymers International. Mr Garvey said that on Sunday, he received a call from some residents about an alarm that went off at Vopak. After hearing the alarm res idents looked outside and saw what seemed to be smoke com ing out of one of the tanks in Vopaks yard, but when I went to assess the situation it appeared that they were safe, he said. Two weeks ago, a fire broke out at Vopak after a pipe was damaged. The fire was extin guished by the companys fire team and no one was injured. Minister Laing said that the government sympathises with the residents and is trying to address the problem. We are looking at this glob ally to seek to bring an optimal solution to the problem that is down there. We clearly do not want a situation where a community is uncomfortable about where they have to live, he said. The government is interested in doing a few things: deter mining what the facts are, where are the fumes emanating from, what is the health risk of that, and can it be reduced, minimised, and eliminated. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Plans to mo ve school away from areas industrial plants B y NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter n email@example.com A MAGISTRATE yesterday ordered that a 78-year-old Texas man must forfeit nearly a quarter of a million dollars after he failed to declare the sum when attempting to leave the c ountry. D uane Le Roy Fouraker of Houston a ppeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Court Eight, Bank Lane, charged with making a false declaration to a United States Customs officer at the Lynden Pindling International Airport and failing to declare that he was carrying $ 219,185 out of the country on Novemb er 22. Pr osecutor A ccording to the prosecutor Inspect or Ercell Dorsette, on the day in ques t ion Fouraker presented himself as a passenger travelling from the Bahamas to Tampa, Florida and told a US Cus toms officer that he was not carrying cash in excess of $10,000. The prosecutor said that it was sub sequently discovered that Fouraker had$ 9,000 on him and 21 bundles of US currency stuffed in a brown back-pack. Inspector Dorsette alleged that when Fouraker was interviewed by police, he admitted that he had indicated on a Customs declaration form t hat he was not carrying cash in excess of $10,000, but said he thought the question only referred to the cash physically on him. Loan Fouraker told the magistrate yest erday that the money represented the r epayment of a loan he had given someone years ago. A ccording to Fouraker, the man w ho owed him had said the money w as on an account at a bank in the Bahamas and that the accused hadc ome and collect it. I was going to use the money to pay for my wifes operation, Fouraker told the court. Magistrate Bethel told Fouraker that all he needed to have done was declare the money in the first place. She explained that she was b ound by statute and case law to s eize the money and declare it for f eited. S he told Fouraker that she would n ot impose a fine on him and ordered t hat he be deported to the United States. Court orders man to forfeit almost $220,000 TWO Colombians accused of failing to declare more than $20,000 each as the attempted to leave the country were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday. Nicolay Cifrentes-Riano, 36, and Gloria Perez Sanchez, 36, both of Bogota, appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Court Eight, Bank Lane. Cifrentes-Riano and Perez Sanchez are accused of making a false declaration to a US Customs officer and failing to declare $21,055 and 20,114 respectively on November 20. Cifrentes-Riano, a sales agent, and Sanchez, a sales assistant, were reportedly employed with the International Trade Show held in Nassau this month. They have pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted $5,000 bail. They are being represented by attorney Vincent Peet. The case has been adjourned to May 6, 2010. Colombians accused of f ailing to dec lar e $20,000 each 78-year-old from Texas charged with making false declaration to a US Customs officer at airport ZHIVARGOLAING 7 8-YEAR-OLD D uane Le Roy Fouraker
EDITOR, The Tribune. I nternational Building Show, Beckford Auditorium Carmichael what was the precedence that the Department of Immigrationi ssued at least 15-work permits to the Colombians working at the exhibition? Why did the Ministry of Finance issue a temporaryB usiness License for an obvious competitor to established Bahamian businesses? Did the Medical Council and the Ministry of Health issue licenses for the use of what is suggested is a medical procedure which through viewing into your eyes they can diagnose your ailments? D id the Ministry of Tourism, through whom you apply for promotions and giveaways, issue a license for this exhibition to hold ag iveaway promotion? If the so-called new stricter policy of Immigra tion means anything as it is fanfared as being so muchs tricter, then everyone has to question the giving of so many permits to this event. More serious is the med ical question is this procedure simply quakery? Then everyone has seen the infomercial aired on ZNS TV..... it seems the government is benefiting so all these approvals were granted, or what is the story ? Waiting to hear from Min ister Laing, Minister Minnis, Minister Vanderpool-Wallace, Minister Brenville McCartney. Just curious as to what is the policy of their Ministries? PATRICIA SAWYER Nassau, November 9, 2009. EDITOR, The Tribune. DURING the holiday, of July 10th Independence weekend Maliyah and her family decided to go to the beach. Upon their arrival to one of the local beaches, Maliyah noticed that the beach access point had been blocked, with two poles in the ground, with a sign saying no trespassing. She thought that there was some kind of construction work going on at the beach, until she saw and h eard what was going on at the house next to the beach. People gather at the house drinking, dancing and having fun. This was a disappointment for Maliyah because her kids were very excited to go int he water because it was a b eautiful day. One of the things the Bahamas is famous for is its beaches. This is because of the sun, sand and water. Foreigners tend to purchase property near beachesb ecause of this. As a result of this some believed once theyve bought the land they have the authority to say whether the beach access point is accessible. As a Bahamian citizen I strongly believe within myself that we B ahamians have the right to access anything that is of our country. We should not be turned away from beaches because foreigners build there, because they built near the beach doesnt mean they have the right to say whether it should be occupied or not. This is why I am writing this letter to you on behalf of myself and my fellow Bahamians it seems that voices are not being heard. Beaches in the Bahamas should be accessible to everyone at all times. I conducted a survey should beach access points be blocked? and have broken this topic into five ques tions. During my survey, Ive discovered that one hundred per cent of the persons who t ook the survey all agree that beach access points should not be blocked by foreigners or locals who buy land near the beach. This is because the beaches are one thing we as Bahamian citizens are entitled to access and it is a parto f our natural environment. Also because beaches are public areas that everyone can enjoy and have access to. I have also learnt from my geography lecturer, Mr Adrian Gibson, there are about 47 beaches alone in Nassau to which access is being denied. If there are those large numbers alone in New Providence what do you think about the family islands that has the most beautiful beaches. I feel within myself that we as Bahamians cant go into other countries and try owning something that we havent put there. In such a case, if it was the United States, we would have probably been charged. Many of the persons I interviewed stated that foreigners block off the beaches either to have privacy from persons who come round their houses breaking and stealing. Also Bahamians or other nationality tend to get carried away with loud music, and leaving the beach dirty and filthy. I have also tallied, 30 per cent of the persons have been to a beach where there are no access points. They all agreed that some foreigners make it their business to create signs, or put up a notice to the public that the particular beach i s private property. Some of them said that, there are fences, brick wall, barricades, l arge chain and rope put in place. Our beaches are not to be blocked no matter what the situation is because it is s omething that we have the right to access. On behalf of the Geogra phy class I, Moniqua Murray would appreciate if you take this matter into consideration. Thank you. MONIQUA MURRAY Student Nassau, November, 2009. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 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 BEFORE the Farm Road Project was s tarted in June 2002 which later evolved into Urban Renewal active community policing was making itself felt. So much so that the Eastern Division Pacesetters,l aunched from the Elizabeth Estates Police Station, had already won the first interna-t ional police award for the Bahamas. The presentation in which the Bahamas p laced second in the competition was made by the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police in 2001. The Tribune was also presented with a plaque as the first partner to join the Pace-s etters and introduce them to the public. Other newspapers and many other partnersf ollowed. And so we can write with first hand k nowledge about the Pacesetters and their programme to promote The Police are my friends! theme and take active door-todoor policing to a community. It was an ini tiative of which the whole community was aware and from which it saw positive results. The Police are my friends! initiative w as first introduced by ASP Shannondor Evans in 1998 in Freeport where he was O fficer in Charge of the Eastern Division of the Grand Bahama District. H e was later transferred to Nassau and posted at the Eastern Division Elizabeth E states Police Station. It was here that the Eastern Division Pacesetters was born. The object was to promote through many initiatives the idea that the police were the friends of the community. It was an effort to build a p artnership between the police and the community. M r Evans had the ingredients of a successful programme, but he had to find a v ehicle from which to launch it. One day he arrived at The Tribune and met with Godfrey Arthur, our advertising manager. Mr Evans, is an officer one has to take serious ly. So fired with enthusiasm was he that he i mmediately caught Mr Arthurs attention. The idea was then brought to us and in not ime T he Tribune w as on board with a weekly programme that lasted over a year. At f irst it started small with weekly announce ments of meetings. Then it branched out into space given to introduce, with pho tographs, the various police officers in the programme and different members of the c ommunity who agreed that the police were indeed their friends. It caught the publics a ttention. The object was to train the community to become aware of and accept the fact that 4,000 police officers, members of the Reserves and civilians could not police3 00,000 people adequately, unless the people wanted to be policed and were an integral p art of the project. After spending four months training his officers, ASP Evans and his men took to the streets. They visited every home and b usiness in the Eastern Division a total of 8,512 homes. As a result of increased housebreaking complaints occurring in the eastern area,A SP Evans launched an initiative to ensure the presence of more police officers on thes treets, through track roads and in the bushes. He planned to conduct the exercise one d ay a week for five weeks. Between 30 to 40 officers were deployed each week and their orders were to take an aggressive approach toward preventing crimes. His appeal for financial support was c opied to leading residents in the eastern division. One of the names on the list wast hat of Dr Bernard Nottage and so no one could say this programme was politic ally motivated because those of all political persuasions cooperated. ASP Evans had committed himself to providing lunch for the officers to prevent them leaving the area. He was, therefore, appealing to leading citizens in his division for lunch money. In his letter of appeal he a nnounced that the late Roger Carron, The Tribunes director, had already provided l unch for the first day out. Others followed. Mr Francis Cancino of the Amoury comp any recalls one weekend sitting with his family on his porch when up rolled Mr Evans a nd his team on bicycles. Mr Evans intro duced himself and explained the teams mis sion. He impressed me quite a bit, Mr Cancino will tell you today. He gave out pamphlets with very good tips for the homeo wner, Mr Cancino said. These were brochures with crime tips and a question n aire. As a result Mr Cancino was also a supporter and helped with donations, among t hem computers. Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette and his wife, Robin, were also enthusiastic backers, giving of their time and finances. Mrs Symonette worked close ly with the children, and provided gifts at C hristmas. Said Godfrey Arthur, who lives in the E astern Division: You could see the morale of the Elizabeth Estates station improve. A fter Mr Evans transfer to the Police Col lege we have seen an increase in petty theft and home invasions in our area. When he was in charge there was a policeman in your area every hour on the hour. He attended all t he town meetings and was present for all the Crime Watch committee meetings. His team w as responsible for the decrease in petty crime the man was on the job day and night. He made certain that his division was patrolled. Today, said Mr Arthur, we no longer e ven see the Police are our friends! signs in our district. H owever, this is the type of programme that each division needs if a dent is to be made in crime. Beach access points are being blocked LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org Policing before Farm Road What is the policy of these Ministries? E DITOR, The Tribune. I am sick and tired of reading about Bradley Roberts berating theF NM and what they are doing from what they arent doing in this country. Please stop the nuis ance Brad! Why dont you help the government instead of making noise. This goes for all the other PLPs out there. Can we stop making it a PLP or FNM issue and just work together and make the country a better one for Christs sake? We the people need your help and we dont need to hear your voice every time complaining, yet doing nothing about it. Shut up and do some thing please... IAN Nassau, November, 2009. Please stop all the noise, Brad!
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A MAGISTRATE yesterday ordered that a man facing a murder charge be taken to hospital for observation after it was claimed he h as a mental disability. K evin Dawkins, 25, limped to C ourt Eight, Bank Lane wincing in pain with a swollen and bruised right foot. He is accused of the murder of 3 9-year-old Fitzroy McDonald, who p olice believe was killed in an alterc ation with another man in Gregory Town, Eleuthera at around 11.22pm last Thursday. Dawkins is also facing charges of burglary and causing damage. When the magistrate asked whether his name was Kevin D awkins, the accused was unres ponsive and appeared bewildered. H e also appeared to be unable to state his date of birth. His attorney Krysta Smith told Magistrate Bethel that Dawkins suffers from a mental disability, and the accuseds mother Karen Dawkins told the court that her son h as a mental problem. She said t hat she had asked the police to m ake it possible for him to be detained at the Sandilands Rehabilitation Centre, but never got a response. According to Mrs Dawkins, her sons mental problems began about three months ago when, she said, he just flipped out. Magistrate Bethel said she would not read the charges to Dawkins because she was not sure that he would understand them. She ordered that Dawkins be sent to the Princess Margaret Hospital for observation and treatment. She said that following this, a determination would be made as to whether he should be admitted to Sandilands. The case has been adjourned to December 7 and transferred to Court Five, Bank Lane. Murder accused sent to hospital following mental disability claim CARNIVAL Cruise Lines, which brought close to a mill ion visitors to Nassau in 2008, i s projected to deliver an extra 2 50,000 tourists with its new ship, the Carnival Dream, next year. One of the largest ships in Carnivals fleet, the Dream made its inaugural trip to The Bahamas last Thursday. M inister of Tourism and A viation Vincent VanderpoolWallace said despite the modern amenities that exist on a ship of this magnitude, The Bahamas would still be able to benefit. The kind of revenue that t he ship is expected to pump into the Bahamian economy is, a s a general rule of thumb, a round number of $100 per pas s enger, he said. He added that one of the things currently done at the Ministry of Tourism is to measure only those travellers whoc ome off the ship for expenditure purposes in order to geta true picture of the kind of revenue expected by passengers. Thats why when we talk about the redevelopment of d owntown Nassau, what is most important is that we have s ufficient attractions so that the maximum of people leave the s hips, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said. The Bahamas will have to be much more attractive in order to compete with the a ctivities onboard mega ships such as Carnival Dream, he n oted. These modern ships have a whole lot more going on board than ships of the past, h owever, I do not believe that people come all the way here j ust to stay on the ships. Creative We have to find creative ways to get them to visit our downtown area, thus the revi talisation of downtown. Q uoting Carnival Chairman, Micky Arison, Mr VanderpoolW allace said one of the myths that exist is that cruise ships m ake more money when passengers remain onboard during a port call. Micky Ari son, told me a long time agot hat they (cruise ships substantially more money if e very single person left the s hip. That means that the meals and other services that theyw ould have to supply would be significantly decreased. In addition, they make money on every tour booked. Therefore, it is in their advantage because they earn more from people l eaving the ship than mythology that continues to pervade that if people stay onboard, that is more beneficial to cruisel ines. It is exactly the opposite. T he Bahamian government a lso received accolades for the newer port. Captain Carlos Queirolo s aid: I wish to thank the government for widening the port, thus allowing larger ships to manoeuvre more easily. It makes our job so much easi er. Carnival Dream is one of the larger of the Carnival C ruise Line ships to enter the fleet. The ship entered service i n September 2009. At 130,000 tonnes, she is the biggest the l ine has ever built. It has the capacity to accommodate 6,000 people 4,600 passengers and 1,400 crew members. The country is also antici p ating the arrival of the Oasis of the Seas, the largest ship in t he world when she makes her inaugural trip to the Bahamas i n December. Carnival Dream to bring a quarter of a million passengers in 2010 MAGISTRATESCOURT: Kevin Dawkins, 25 Defendant unresponsive and appeared bewildered THE ROYAL BAHAMAS Police Band performs for the new arrivals during the ceremony held to commemorate the inaugural trip of the Carnival Dream, Thursday, November 19. Inset : Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace greets Captain Carlo Queirolo, Master Captain of the Carnival Dream. THE JUNKANOO group Colours performs in front of the ship during a ceremony commemorating the Carnival Dreams inaugural voyage, Thursday, November 19. B I S P h o t o s : R a y m o n d B e t h e l
C M Y K C M Y K LOCA NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM XPPE)PUFMTFTPSUTPSMEXJEFr*OD"MMJHIUTFTFS 'PSSFTFSWXPPE)PUFMTFTPSUTPSMEXJEFr*OD"MMJHIUTFTFS $FMFCSBUFUIFTFBTPOBU4IFSBUPO/BTTBV#FBDI3FTPSU BOEKPJOVTGPSPVS$ISJTUNBT5SFF-JHIUJOHBOEBWJTJU GSPN4BOUBBOE.ST$MBVT4BUVSEBZr%FDFNCFS $ISJTUNBT$PPLJFTBOE$ISJTUNBTVODI 0GGJDJBMSFF-JHIUJOH$FSFNPOZ -PDBMDIPPM.BSDIJOH#BOE .FFUBOE(SFFUIPUP0QXJUIBOUBBOE.ST$MBVT 6OWFJMJOHPGUIF(JOHFSCSFBE )PMJEBZ(JGU(JWJOHXJUI$IJMESFOGSPN-PDBMSQIBOBHF -JWF.VTJDBUFMFHSBQI#BS QFSOJHIU QMVTUBYBOE HSBUVJUJFT"TLBCPVUPVS TQFDJBM#BIBNJBO SPPNSBUFTGSPN B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F REEPORT An international conference for w omen police officers o pened on Grand Bahama yesterday attracting officers from North America, the Caribbean and the Bahamas. The conference is being held at the Our Lucaya R esort and ends this afternoon. A church service was held on Sunday, November 2 2, at St Johns Jubilee Cathedral. A sst Supt Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, said the event is part of the B ahamian Police Womens Associations 45th annivers ary celebrations. Female officers from B ahamas Customs, the I mmigration Department and the Department of Road Traffic were in atten d ance as were officers from Canada, Bermuda, the Grenadines, Curaao, and Guyana. T he speakers include: attorney Willie Moss from the law firm Graham, T hompson and Co; Missouri Sherman-Peter, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security; Dr AmyR amsey of the Ontario P olice Department in Cana da; and Roberta Clarke, r egional programme direc tor for the United Nations Development Fund for Women. M s Mackey said the s peakers will cover topics such as: women networking, w omen leading change, delivering exceptional customer care, and how women have changed the face ofp olicing. S he added that yesterday was a significant landmark f or police women in the Bahamas, as it was 45 years ago to the day that the first woman was admitted intot he ranks of the Royal B ahamas Police Force. Grand Bahama hosts women police officers conference By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT The trial of four young men accused of murdering Phillip Gaitor Jr has been suspended as a result of a voir dire examination underway since last week. Jurors were not in the Supreme Court again on Monday as the voir dire continued into its fourth day before Justice Neville Adderley. The term voir dire (French for to speak the truth) can refer an examination of potential jurors or evidence. In this case, it is a hearing within the course of a trial to determine whether evidence put forward by one party or the other is admissible. If found to be inadmissible, the evidence in question cannot be considered by the jury. A voir dire is conducted in the absence of the jury and the proceedings cannot be reported upon or published. Senior Assistant Commissioner Ellison Greenslade, former Grand Bahama police chief, was one of several witnesses called to give evidence at the hearing yesterday. Kevin Harvey, 24; Renaldo Armbrister, 24; Renaldo Bonaby, 23; and Alphege Turnquest, 22; are charged with Gaitors murder. The accused men are on bail. It is alleged that on December 7, 2006 they kidnapped Gaitor and some time between then and December 15, intentionally caused his death by means of unlawful harm. Nassau Attorney Murrio Ducille is representing Armbrister, Carlson Shurland is representing Bonaby and Wayne Munroe is representing Turnquest. At the start of the trial, Harvey expressed dissatisfaction with his attorney Donna Major. It is not known whether he has retained new counsel. Appearing on behalf of the Crown are Jillian Williams, Valaria Pyfrom and Erica Kemp of the Attorney Generals Office. Gaitor, 19, was reported missing on December 7, 2006. He was last seen leaving home in his white 2006 Nissan Cifero, which was found burned in some bushes. According to testimony heard by the court, the police discovered the shell of a vehicle in a cul-de-sac near the Lucayan Waterway. They also discovered what appeared to be the charred remains of a body in the back seat. Trial of four accused of murder suspended THE Bahamas will host the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crimes counterterrorism specialised training workshop from November 24 to 27 at the Sheraton Cable Beach Resort. The workshop is being put on by the Office of the Attorney General, the Ministry of Legal Affairs, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism of the Organisation of American States (CICTE/OAS During the workshop, 45 Bahamian professionals representing various areas of law enforcement will receive training in international counter-terrorism strategies. The workshop will feature experts from England, Latin America, the United States, Abu Dhabi and the Dominican Republic. Among other activities, they will conduct specialised training sessions in international co-operation in criminal matters, special investigation techniques, intelligence sharing, the rule of law with respect to terrorism and due process. National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest is expect-ed to give the opening remarks on Tuesday. Bahamas hosts counter-terrorism specialisedt raining workshop Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story.
B y MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org PROTESTORS fighting the development of a Bunker C fuel power plant in Abaco remain opposed to the $105 million project despite Fridays fire at the islands current power supplying facility. Power cuts in Marsh Harbour and surrounding settlements lasted for up to 24 hours after fire ripped through the Marsh Harbour plant at around 6.20pm on Friday night and sporadic power cuts persisted throughout the weekend as theB ahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC restore supply. But the fire, extinguished in just over three hours, has not convinced those opposed to the plan for a new power plant in Wilson City that there is a need for a 48MW Bunker C fuel plant to power Abaco. They remain concerned about the environmental impact of the heavy oil Bunker C fuel, particularly atW ilson City as it is considered to be an environmentally sensitive area. Hope Town mother-of-one Erika Russell, 36, is accustomed to regular power cuts in Elbow Cay and is willingt o endure them while the government and BEC reconsider the model and location of thenew power plant. She said: This incident doesnt change how I feel because it is still ridiculous to me that we are even contem plating using Bunker C when the rest of the world is using better alternatives. The sea of Abaco is our bread and butter and if we destroy it people are not going to come here so we are not going to need any power. I dont think the end result is worth losing what we have, and harming us and the marine life; its not worth the risk to me. There are other alternatives for Abaco, and every body that I have spoken to whether they are homeowners, locals, Bahamians or visitors, have all said they will put up with the power cuts for the next year or two if they are looking into a better location or an alternative source of energy. Elbow Cay resident Attila Feszt, 33, added: They are trying to implement a differ ent plant that requires greater knowledge and a higher level of specialisation, but if they cant deal with what they have, and then something like this happens with Bunker C, theres a serious risk of a seri-o us environmental catastrophe. Relocating Mr Feszt said he hopes BEC will at least consider relocating the Bunker C plant to somewhere it cannot pos s ibly pollute existing communities and farmland. Despite public outrage and fierce opposition in the community, BEC is moving on with the Wilson City development set for completion inM arch 2010. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA found the current power facility in Marsh Harbour is insufficient to supply Abaco. BEC has apologised for i nconvenience caused by the f ire and warned consumers there may be some complications with the production and distribution of power due to the loss of a switchboard. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Abaco plant protest continues despite 24-hour power cuts A team of four intrepid ladies known as the Ripped Chix achieved an amazing feat when they all placed in this years Conchman Triathlon While they were at it, they raised $1,500 for the Breath Easy campaign, a landmark effort to raise money for much needed ventilators and incubators for the Princess Margaret Hospital (PMH The team consisted of Lisa de Lusignan, Allison Lafrenier, Christine Bonaventura and Laurie Tuchel. Lisa placed third overall with the fastest run time and came second in the relay. Allison came second in the womens 40-49 age category. Christine came third in the womens 40-49 age category and Laurie won the womens 50-59 age category. The event was held in Freeport on November 7. The Breathe Easy campaign was launched in August in an effort to raise $300,000 for the purchase of four ventilators and six incubators for PMHs Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Intensive Care Unit, where the machines will provide life-saving serivces to newborns and the severely ill. Donations can be dropped off to The Tribune Media Group in the form of a cheque made payable to the Breathe Easy Campaign. Contact Michele Rassin at Doctor's Hospital 302-4707; Thelma Rolle or Ms Butler at PMH 502-2366 or Mark Roberts at the Tile King 323-3973 for more information. Ripped Chix raises $1,500 for the Breathe Easy campaign in the Conchman Triathlon PICTURED LEFT TO RIGHT are the Ripped Chix Laurie Tuchel, Christine Bonaventura, Allison Lafrenier and Lisa de Lusignan. ONGOINGPROTEST In this file photo, demonstrators fight the Bunker C fuel power plant in Abaco. Friday fire hits Marsh Harbour facility DRAMA: Fire swept the Marsh H arbour p lant, c ausing power cuts. Photo: Lawrence Higgs
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM blighted by rising crime levels. PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts recently stated that the PLP version of Urban Renewal was structured in such a comprehensive form that it addressed not only crime, but all the criminogenic circumstances which inevitably led to crime. He added: The attempt to undermine the effectiveness of the programme by the FNM Government has resulted and is continuing to result in anarchy and chaos in our society today. He claims the FNM is hiding the truth of the out-of-control crime situation which the PLP charges is in large part due to the FNMs tampering with the programme. However, the FNM claims that Urban Renewal is alive and well, but with police having stepped back from a frontline role in the programme after they felt they were being used as social workers. First, they claimed that the Urban Renewal Programme had been stopped, reviewed and cancelled. When they realised that this false story was not gaining traction with the general public they shifted their tactics, said an FNM press statement responding to the PLPs criticisms. Now they claim that the FNM version of Urban Renewal is not as effective in reducing crime as had been theirs. The facts and crime statistics show otherwise, it added. Mr Ferguson admitted there were some changes made to the Urban Renewal programme, with police now playing a liaison role between other agencies that are involved in the programme rather than directly running the programme. That was intended from the get-go, he added. It was not for the police to run Urban Renewal. At the beginning the police provided the leadership a nd at the appropriate time other people would rise up and take over and the police would go back to their core duties as liaisons, said the Commissioner. He noted that police were also removed from schools, where they were stationed under the PLPs version of the programme, but a direct link between the principal and faculty of a school and the commander of the nearest police division was established which ensured continuing levels of school security. The principal and faculty the campus belongs to them, they have security measures in place that they put in with their own security officers that work with us, added Mr Ferguson. Meanwhile, the Commissioner said that other new initiatives exist which link police with the schools under the auspices of Urban Renewal which help to create a safe environment for staff and students. Police patrol around school campuses during peak hours, noted Mr Ferguson, and in the case of certain schools, also play an active role when a student is suspended. He said the nearest police division is notified in advance of a c hild being suspended and in many cases, the suspended student will be brought into the police environment once they are taken out of the school to engage in some activities that pro vide structure to their time out of the class, such as computer training. Something like that is an intervention and it is likely that it will have a positive affect on the student, said the Commissioner. Police claimed that his death was an act of suicide. Yesterday, a jury of six women and one man was selected to the hear the evidence of the inquest. Attorney Terry Archer, who appears with Ingrid Brooks for the Attorney Generals Office, said that after perusing the file on the matter, certain evidence that needs to be given is not there as yet. He asked that the matter be adjourned to today. Attorney Keod Smith, who represents Knowles mother Donna Wilson, also indicated to Coroner William Campbell that he has been trying to get a copy of the pathologists report for months. He also asked the court to summon three witnesses, one of whom is a 14-year-old boy who was also being detained by police at the time Knowles died. Mr Smith said there is a Supreme Court injunction prohibiting police from interfering with the witnesses and asked that someone other than a police officer take their statements. Coroner Campbell indicated that he would the take statements from the three witnesses. He told the jury that the inquiry into the cause of Michaels death is not a criminal trial and that they cannot arrive at a guilty verdict. He also noted that the inquiry is not a civil trial either, as no compensation can be directed by the court. in his opinion anyone who assists in the acquisition of government land through false pretences should be charged with an offence. When being questioned by the committee MPs, Mr Turnquest slammed assertions made by relatives of ex-Director of Lands and Surveys, Tex Turnquest, that they had been unfairly depicted in a negative light in his articles and that they had not colluded in any kind of profit-making con spiracy involving the beachfront Exuma property they were grant ed. I find it very interesting that those people who got that land in Forbes Hill did not want to speak publicly, said the reporter when asked to respond to their position. The four people who were granted the four controversial lots in Forbes Hill testified before the committee along with their partners in a closed session prior to Mr Turnquests appearance. They were: Derek and Sonia Rutherford, Mary Morton Curry, George Morton and Reverend Philip Stubbs and his wife Shell. During his opening statement to the Committee, Mr Turnquest told the MPs who constitute it that the stance they ultimately take on the actions that led to the re-sale of the Forbes Hill properties will be key to ensuring that current and future generations of Bahamians can have fair access to land. It will send a strong message to the people of this country...that egregious acts of this nature will not be tolerated and that the gov ernment is indeed here to protect the interests of all Bahamians, said the reporter. He was asked for and gave several suggestions on what can be done to improve the process by which Crown land is administered. Meanwhile, the reporter proposed that every land lease or grant over the last five or seven years, or more if the committee has the resources, to be gone over with a fine tooth comb to see if there is any reason to suspect malfeasance. It was in April of this year that the journalist first began to expose his findings in relation to grants of land made to relatives of Tex Turnquest. Four adjacent prime beachfront properties in Exuma were granted for less than $2,500 each between 2001 and 2003 on the basis that they would build retirement homes. They later flipped the properties, re-selling them a few years on for around $500,000 a piece, his reporting revealed. Throughout April and May, Mr Turnquest wrote further stories outlining grants or leases given to close relatives of other people in the Department or associated offices who play a deciding role in who is able to get Crown land. Tex Turnquest, the then Director of Lands and Surveys, was then asked to resign by the Prime Minister after he was unable to give satisfactory answers to questions put to him by the Prime Min ister about the land transactions in Forbes Hill, which were alleged to have been driven by nepotism and as a result of some profit-making conspiracy. Committee members, MP for Rum Cay, Cat Island and San Salvador, Philip Davis, MP for Bamboo Town Branville McCartney, and MP for Fox Hill Fred Mitchell all commended Mr Turnquest for his work. Mr Turnquest thanked his many sources who helped him bring the matter to public attention. These few people have had the courage to expose injustice for the greater good of us all...they are true heroes who deserve the countrys respect. At the end of the Committees hearing yesterday, Chairman and MP Fred Mitchell indicated that their testimony may yet be made public once it has been reviewed, either in part or in its entirety. The Committee announced its intention to call real estate broker Andre Lee, Department of Lands and Surveys official Chris Russell, former Permanent Secretary in the Prime Ministers Office, Ronald Thompson and attorney and PLP vice chairman Ryan Pinder to testify during the next hearing, which is slated for Monday, November 30. new Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs to a packed room before Governor General Arthur Hanna, Mr Ingraham said: Because of his considerable experience in the area of financial services I am confident he will assist in the ongoing development of this important industry so that it benefits our economy while adhering to evolving international standards. I believe he will bring great creativity and insight to the promotion of this pillar of our national economy both at home and abroad. And Mr Ingraham said his government will assist the judiciary in its multi-faceted and ongoing response to crime. He added: We are providing the Judiciary with the resources to engage judges and improve facilities and other resources needed to ensure that our criminal justice system is able to conduct more time ly but fair trials so crime victims and their families, as well as accused persons, are afforded a greater degree of justice. Mr Delaney said his focus on crime will involve review of the law, including the criminal procedure code, as well as strengthening of the public prosecutions department. He said: When it comes to criminal cases we want to make sure those cases happen in a reasonable manner so criminals understand theres a deterrent, because people do get punishment within a period. barrel shotgun, whose face was covered with a mask, kicked members of the group and hit them with his gun as he demanded they hand over their valuables while a second gunman stood further away from the group holding ap istol. The masked man then fired a shot at the ground about two feet from Mr Coladonato, and ordered the Bahamian woman leading the tour group to jump into a nearby canal at which point the tourists feared she would be murdered. When the men left and the tourists slowly picked themselves off the ground they foundt he tour guide had saved herself by hiding on a ledge above the water. They also realised they had been robbed around 20 minutes after a group of nine Disney cruise ship passengers, who were being held up by the second gunman 50 ft away. Mr Coladanato had $50 and his i-Phone stolen while his three friends lost around $2,000 between them. A n Irish woman in the group had her purse stolen, including her passport, meaning she was unable to fly directly home after the cruise returned to port in Miami on Saturday. Mr Coladanato said his group included two Americans, three Malaysians, two people from Northern Ireland, one from Holland and one from Canada. H e said: It was very frightening, we were all tourists and then they fired the shot so we didnt know if they were going to shoot the tour guide, it was a very traumatising situa-tion. People were pretty shaken up. We were all frightened and lying on the ground we didnt want to make any noise and by the time they left and we were pretty sure they were gone we were relieved, but its been very stressful since. Dutch Royal Caribbean passenger Ad Koens has spoken about his ordeal in a video posted to the website You Tube, highlighting the incompetence of the Bahamian police in t he aftermath of the event as he gives them a rating of zero to one in terms of the active investigation. Mr Coladonato said police were informed about a shot being fired although this was not revealed at a press conference called by National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest, Police Commissioner Reginald Ferguson and Tourism officials in the aftermath of the robb ery. Police also failed, he said, to sufficiently inform officers about the incident before they were instructed to take the tourists individual statements, and after over three hours at the Central Detective Unit the tourists were not provided with any contact information allowing them to follow up the investigation. Mr Coladonato and other tourists were a stounded by the pictures of hundreds of potential suspects they were shown by police and have since learned of the rising incidents of violent crime in Nassau. He said it has put him off from returning to the island, or recommending it to friends. Mr Coladonato said: Just recounting this is very stressful. My friends were also very shaken up and they have now had to return to A sia with no credit cards. If the economy depends on tourists they should try to control this kind of crime because it seems the level of crime is much higher than other places just by reading the news reports. I would definitely not go back on a cruise ship to Nassau and if I know of any friends going to Nassau I will certainly tell them about m y experience. The story has attracted national and international attention on The Tribunes website which is currently running a relevant poll and Internet blogs. Several people have been questioned in connection with the robbery but Commissioner of Police Reginald Ferguson said no one has yet been charged. FROM page one Tribune reporter FROM page one Tourist tells of terror Inquest FROM page one New AG FROM page one ATTORNEY GENERAL John Delaney is sworn in FROM page one Police chief
By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com T he St Bedes Crushers pushed their magic number to three as they climbed closer to duplicating last years perfect regular season in the Catholic Diocesan Pri-m ary Schools Basketball League. Playing two rounds this year instead of one, the Crushers romped past the St Thomas More Sparks 40-13 in a rematch of last years f inal when St Bedes had to go the distance before they prevailed with the champi onship title in a hard fought best-of-three series. This year, its a totally dif ferent story. The Sparks are struggling to make the fourth and final spot in the playoffs, having dropped to 2-5 yesterday at St Bedes, while the Crushers continued to roll along at 7-0. Hes not up to par this year, so we took it a little easy, said St Bedes coach Donnie Culmer, who is assisted by Ricardo Freemantle. We allowed everybody to play because were getting ready for the game against St Cecil ias. That game is scheduled to be played on Monday at St C ecilias. At 5-1 and sitting in s econd place, the Strikers suf fered their only loss so far at the hands of the Crushers at St Bedes. Looking at that game, Cul mer said that is going to be our last big test before we get ready for the playoffs. So we definitely want to be ready. Despite the blowout victo ry, St Bedes center Gregory Cooper said they definitely didnt play up to par and that was because they didnt prac tice over the weekend. I think we played very good, Cooper said. We could do more. I think when we play our next game against St Cecilias, we will play much better. Although he went down with a slight ankle injury, Cooper was once again an intimidating factor on the inside as he controlled the boards. He also contributed two points. But as expected, it was point guard Kyle Flash Turnquest who led the spark for the Sparks with his game high 16 points. Adrian Mackey had 12 and Malik Jones chipped in with six. For St Thomas More, third grader Davon Martin scored seven, Cairo Curry had three and Randy Forbes will limited to just two. Sparks coach NKumo Ferguson said they played much better than they did in their first encounter against the Crushers. First quarter, the guys played a hell of a game. But when I went to the seniors, they didnt come through as I expected, Ferguson said. The younger players really stepped it up today. The game started off really close as Adrian Mackey scored three baskets to give St Bedes an early 8-5 lead over St Thomas More, who got two baskets from Davon Martin. But in the second quarter when the Crushers key players came into the game, they managed to hold the Sparks to just two points as they surged to a comfortable 20-7a dvantage at the half. In that period, Kyle Turnquest lit up the nets for eight points. As they continued to tighten up on their defense, St Bedes widened their lead to 3 8-8 as Kyle Turnquest came through with another eight, Adrian Mackey six and Malik Jones six. With the game out of reach, both teams went deep into their bench and brought on players who would normally not get to play in the game. There was also a match-up of two girls as St Bedes sent Culmers daughter Dionnae Culmer against St Thomas Mores Sylena Cartwright. Neither, however, scored as they made sure that they did nt get to hold the ball too long. C M Y K C M Y K TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 THETRIBUNE PAGE 9 P AGE 11 Jets hand Pros their first loss of the season... TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Fennells airport welcome... See page 10 By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FOR the past nine years, the Road Runners Track and Field Club has been honour ing its athletes for their outstanding performances during the past track and field season. On Saturday, the club is scheduled to stage their 10th annual presentation and awards banquet at the Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino. The gala banquet is slated to get underway at 7:30 pm and will be held under the theme: Climb Every Mountain, Fulfill Every Dream. Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Desmond Ban nister is expected to be the keynote speaker. Also expected in town is Olympic quarter-miler Chris Fireman Brown and Grand Bahamian businessman Basil Neymour. Club president and head coach Dexter Bodie said as it has been a decade since they first hosted the banquet, they intend to make this one very special. This will probably be one of the best that weve had in a long time, Bodie said. We will be having some different entertainment this year to get the crowd going. Bodie said those in attendance will be entertained by two of the Road Runners athletes, who will be performing Michael Jacksons Thriller We are also trying to see if we can get the Ancient Man to come in and do a few numbers for us. But even if he doesnt come, we will have some very good entertainm ent for everybody. Bodie said their club has always been appreciative of the performances turned in from their athletes each year and that was the reason why they initiated the awards banquet. But over the years, he noted that they have had a problem where the awards presentations were drawn out, having to give to more than 60 athletes. However, he said this year they have decided to limit the amount of time they spend on the awards presentation in that when an athlete is called, they will receive all of the awards at the same time. There are four special awards and Bodie said they will be distributed separate ly. They are the Dominique Higgins Awards for the most outstanding student-athlete, the Athlete of the Year, the Most Outstanding Athlete and the Dianna Lynn Thomp son Award. More than 70 of the 90 ath letes involved in the club are expected to be honoured during the night. Were looking forward to the banquet because this year was probably the best year for us competing on the track, Bodie reflected. We went to Bay Taff this year. Just about everybody who competed at Bay Taff came back with at least one medal. In the past, we would take some 60 athletes and only bring back a few medals. But this year, the team was much more enthused and excited about competing. This banquet will also serve as a springboard for the clubs Road Runners awards banquet set for this weekend By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com GOVERNMENT Secondary School Sports Association (GSSSA league play continued in the senior division with a pair of defending champions experiencing very different out comes. C C R R W W A A L L K K E E R R K K N N I I G G H H T T S S 5 5 7 7 C C C C S S W W E E E E T T I I N N G G C C O O B B R R A A S S 2 2 5 5 In a game of two contrasting halves, the knights faced their toughest test of the young season but dominated the game's final 20 minutes to remain undefeated. The Knights raced out early to a double digit lead, 19-9, in first half with a run capped by a pair of baskets from Pamela Bethel. Bethel seemed virtually unstoppable on both sides of the floor with a game high 26 points and controlling the boards to ignite several C R Walker fastbreaks. The Cobras would respond with a brief 6-0 run on a pair of Paula Greene layups and a jumper by Jaynel Cox to bring them within four, 21-17. The Cobras would eventually struggle in the halfcourt set with high scoring point guard stifled from fast break opportunities by the Knights' hounding guards and Bethel who also finished with four blocked shots. The Knights led 25-18 at the half. The second half became a runaway route for C R Walker as they outscored the Cobras 22-7 to seal their third win of the season. Bethel scored 19 of her 26 in the second half while Rodgers was held scoreless. Bethel was the key to the Knights maintaining an advantage and widening the margin with each possession. They regained a double digit advantage, 29-19, on a jumpshot by Kee drah Hanna. The Knights fullcourt man-to-man defense all but stifled Rodgers and the Cobras potent fastbreak attack. Bethel erupted for another seven point run of her own, a pair of hook shots in the paint, and a three pointer to give the Knights a 35-20 lead. She ignited a three point barrage with sev eral players hitting from long distance. Bethel's second three of the half gave the Knights a 20 point lead, 4020. Hanna made her second three of the half two plays later, and Tameka Martin made her third of the game to give the Knights a 25 point lead. The lead grew to as much as 30 on a layup by Bethel, her final score of the game before she exited with just under two minutes remaining. Bethel was one of three Knights in double figures along with Martin and Hanna who finished with 10 and 12 points respectively. Green led the Cobras with six points while Rodgers and Cox each finished with five. Knights team captain Theodora Bain said the team came out in the second half with renewed focus. "In the first half we did not play aggressive enough especially on defense but in the second half we really hustled and were going after every steal trying to attack their ballhandlers," she said. "This could be our biggest competition but we don't underestimate any team we just want to come out and play our game." As the defending champions, Bain said the team has improvements to make but are poised to successfully defend their title. "We still have a long way to go to get back to where we were last year, she said, "But we have the team to do it." C C V V B B E E T T H H E E L L S S T T I I N N G G R R A A Y Y S S 5 5 3 3 C C I I G G I I B B S S O O N N R R A A T T T T L L E E R R S S 5 5 0 0 The Stingrays trailed after the first quarter, remained behind after the second and were still behind headed into the fourth quarter, but with high intensity on the defensive end, and cold shooting from the Rattlers, resiliently pulled out a hard fought win over the defending league champions. After trailing for much of the contest, the Stingrays ended the game on a 6-0 run to take the late decisive lead. They took their first lead of the game since the early third quarter when Denero Moss made an acrobatic layup by two defenders to give his team a 51-50 lead with 51 seconds left to play. Jamon King followed with a steal and breakaway layup to give the Stingrays a 53-50 lead. A late desperation three pointer by William Saunders missed left and fell harmlessly to the court to seal the Stingrays comeback effort. Rashard Sturrup made an off balKnights put sting on Cobras Crushers out Sparks 40-13, stay unbeaten S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 Stingrays defeat Rattlers ST THOMAS MORES Cairo Curry in action yesterday...
upcoming 2010 season, which Bodie said they are looking forward to now that theres a new executive board in place. The elections are now over and the people have spoken, said Bodie about the BAAA elections on Saturday. I think the people have spoken. I think what will be best is if everybody can put their differences aside and move forward. At the same time, I think the present executives will work with everybody and not leave anybody out. And he said he hopes that more coaches will get the opportunity to represent the country on the national teams and not just the same set of people. Road Runners banquet set for this weekend anced three pointer at the buzzer to give the Rattlers an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Rattlers came out of the game's opening jumpball with more intensity on both ends of the floor and scored 10 of its 18 points in the quar ter on fastbreaks. In the second quarter, Sturrup drove the lane and dished to Daniel Lewis for a slam dunk to give the Rattlers a 22-16 lead with 5:11 remaining in the half. The Stingrays closed the quarter on a five point run to pull within one to trail 22-21 at the half. The Stingrays opened the third four of four from the field to take a 31-27 lead with 4:28 left to play in the quarter. The Rattlers would storm back behind the penetrating abilities of Derinando Mott and Sturrup. Mott's layup tied the game at 34 and a pair of free throws by Saunders gave the Rattlers a 36-34 lead headed into the third. Both teams opened the fourth on fire, scoring on each of their first three possessions. A layup by Sturrup gave his team a 50-47 lead with 1:08 left to play before the Stingray's final run. Travis Dawkins was fouled on his way to the basket and was forced to leave the game and reserve Kayshawn Wilson filled in to keep C V Bethel in contention. Wilson made two free throws to pull his team within one before Moss' layup gave them the lead. Patrico Leadon finished with a team high 17 points, Keith Poitier added 14 while Moss finished with seven. Sturrup led all scorers with 18 while Mott added 14. GOVERNMENT and sporting officials welcome Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennell to the Bahamas in the VIP Lounge of the Lynden Pindling International Airport. Shown (l-r Sawyer, Ministry of Tourisms Sports/Tourism Department, Al Hamilton, Caribbean Awards Sports Icons (CASIBannister, Mr Fennell and Caribbean Awards Sports Icons regional director Fred Sturrup... C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS PAGE 10, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Mike Fennells airport welcome P h o t o s b y K r i s t a a n I n g r a h a m / B I S FRED STURRUP shakes hands with Mike Fennell as Minister Bannister looks on... AL HAMILTON Mike Fennell and Fred Sturrup share a laugh... MINISTER BANNISTER greets Mike Fennell (centre in the VIP Lounge as Fred Sturrup looks on... Knights put sting on Cobras F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 9 9
C M Y K C M Y K SPORTS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM SUNDAY afternoon featured another chapter in the storied rivalry between the Commonwealth American Football Leagues top two teams. The John Bull Jets continued an undefeated season with a 22-14 win over the defending champions Orry J Sands Pros yesterday at theD W Davis field. The Jets handed the Pros their first loss of the season and improved to 3-0, while the Pros fell to 3-1. John Bull, last years pennant winners, went undefeated in the regular season only to fall short in the CAFL championship game by a s core similar to yesterdays contest, 22-12. Last years regular season defeat was the first loss the Pros suffered in over three years, which brought new life to the rivalry and set the stage for an eagerly anticipated Boil Fish Bowl. A long awaited contest between the two had already experienced two postponements thus far on the 200910 season. The contest was originally scheduled for October 31 but was postponed by league officials. Both teams came into the contest after a two week layoff. The Pros have scored wins over the V8 Fusion Stingrays, Kingdom Warriors and Defense Force Destroyers, while the Jets opened the sea-son with a pair of shutouts over the Warriors and Stingrays. The Jets and Pros are scheduled to face each other for the second time in the regular season on November 29. Jets hand Pros their first loss of the season B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L C C Y Y B B O O T T S S P P R R I I M M A A R R Y Y T T O O U U R R N N E E Y Y ON November 28, 2009 Cybots Basketball Club is scheduled to hold its 5th Annual Primary Youth Community Development Basketball Programme Thanksgiving Primary School Boys Basketball Tournament at the Donald Davis Gym. The deadline for registration is November 26. Interested teams are urged to contact Wayde Watson at 424-8380 or Simone Beneby at 434-1292 or any member of the club for registration information details. B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L P P R R I I M M A A R R Y Y S S C C H H O O O O L L C C O O M M P P E E T T I I T T I I O O N N THE New Providence P rimary Schools kicked off t heir basketball competition yesterday at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. The girls are scheduled to continue play today as they vie for a chance to play in the playoffs that is slated to be contested Friday. Meanwhile, the boys will begin play on Wednesday and continue through Thursday as they too secure their positions to make it to the playoffs on Friday. B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L N N P P W W B B A A A A C C T T I I O O N N THE New Providence Womens Basketball Association is scheduled to be back in action tonight at the DW Davis Gymnasium with a double header on tap. In the 7:30 pm opener, the All-Stars are set to take on the Sunshine Auto Lady Cheetahs. At 8:30 pm, the Bommer George Lady Swingers are slated to meet the College of the Bahamas Lady Caribs in the feature contest. B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L G G S S S S S S A A A A C C T T I I O O N N THE Government Sec ondary Schools Sports Association is slated to continue their regular sea son action at 4pm today. The senior girls and boys are expected to play at the D W Davis Gymnasium and the junior girls and boys at the C I Gibson Gymnasium. B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L B B A A I I S S S S A A C C T T I I O O N N THE Bahamas Associ ation of Independent Secondary Schools is scheduled to continue its regular season action 4pm today at the various high school basketball courts. SPORTS IN BRIEF INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays JOHN BULL JETS continued an undefeated season with a 22-14 win over the defending champions Orry J Sands Pros yesterday at the D W Davis field. The Jets handed the Pros their first loss of the season and improved to 3-0, while the Pros fell to 3-1. Highlights of the game can be seen here... Photos by Felip Major /Tribune staff
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FREEPORT The Grand Bahama Port Authority has joined forces with PharmaChem Technologies to re-launch the Safe Driving Simulator Programme. Initially instituted by PharmaChem in 2 008, the pilot programme has been resurrected with the co-operation of the Road Traffic Department and the Ministry of Education. Each week, 12 students from Eight Mile Rock Senior High School, Jack Hayward High School and St Georges High School will be instructed in the fundamentals of road safety and will work to improve their driving skills on high-tech, modern simulators. Geneva Rutherford, director of community relations for the GBPA, said she is encouraged by the level of interest so f ar. She added: GBPA is really excited about supporting this project because if one life is saved through safer driving habits, then the whole community benefits. The GBPA has pledged to support all the pilot students who complete the programme by covering the cost of: followup practical lessons on the road, drivers licence exams and first-year licences. If you talk to the instructor, students, teachers and principals whove come into c ontact with the pilot programme, theyve welcomed it as being very effective, said senior education officer Her-bert Marshall. It is the plan to incorporate the pro gramme into the countrys educational curriculum, and make sure that eventually one of these simulators is in every high school, he said. Following the graduation of the first group of students, the simulator lessons are to be extended to all private high schools on the island, education officials said. The plan to purchase the high-tech simulators, which cost $15,000 each, was the brainchild of PharmaChem Technologies in response to the tragic traffic death of former employee Erick Ste fanutti, son of company president Pietro Stefanutti. Some good things are born out of tragedy and what weve seen thus far is tremendous. We undertook this programme about a year and a half ago but because of logistical problems and other curricular activities, we just could not pull it off, explained Randy Thompson, business manager for PharmaChem. Partnerships Now that weve taken a break and established partnerships with GBPA,M inistry of Education and Road Traffic D epartment, all of us are now working together to make this safe driving programme successful, said Mr Thompson. He credits the introduction of a certified driving instructor as a key factor in the pilots success. Filling that role is Allison Knowles, driving instructor at Elshadais Learn to Drive. The simulators are very useful for high school students because theyre really eager to learn how to drive. The various lessons teach them the fundamentals and then train them how to properly react as they encounter various vehicular and road conditions at different levels. In this way, by the time they advance to practical training on the streets, they would have already received some of the necessary basic skills, stated Miss K nowles. Kenton Smith, Jack Hayward High School student and the highest achiever thus far, said: Anyone can say they know how to drive as long as they can steer, but the simulators allow you to enhance your skills, teaching you othert hings you need to know besides steering which is very beneficial towards obtain ing my drivers licence. Safe Driving Simulator Programme relaunched STANDING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Valentine Knowles, senior supervisor, Road Traffic Department; Mr Chester Cooper, senior headmaster, Eight Mile Rock High School; Keisha Simms, science teacher, St Georges High School; Hezekiah Dean, district superintendent of Education; Ivan Butler, vice principal, Jack Hayward High School; Basil Rahming, deputy controller, Road Traffic Department; Timmesha Forbes, St Georges High School; Welbourne Bootle, assistant superintendent of police, Traffic Division; Randy Thompson, business manager, PharmaChem Technologies; Daron Duncombe, IT administrator, PharmaChem Technologies; Geneva Rutherford, director of community relations GBPA; John Fraser, chairman, GB Road Safety Committee; Samuel Rigby, GB Road Safety Committee member; Terez Tomlinson, Jack Hayward High School; Allison Knowles, driving instructor; Ricardo Butterfield, Eight Mile Rock High School; Tracey Colebrooke, executive assistant, PharmaChem Technolo gies; and Herbert Marshall, senior education officer. (Seated on the simulators from left to right Vincent Charlton, Eight Mile Rock High School and Genae Forbes, St Georges High School. (Kneeling from left to right ward High School; Charles Rose, head boy, Jack Hayward High School; and Antonio Russell, St Georges High School. KFC Fall adventure promotion: final grand prize drawn G RAND B AHAMA P ORT A UTHORITYLENDSSUPPORTTOROADSAFETYSCHEME T HE final grand prize from the six-week KFC Fall adventure promotion was drawn this week, wrapping u p a programme that has seen thousands of prizes worth almost $100,000 given to lucky customers. More than 20,000 prizes have been awarded duri ng the promotion, including KFC mugs, $5 KFC coins and Tortuga Rum Cakes, Nintendo Wiis, 150 A tlantis Aquaventure and Dolphin Cay passes and three fantastic grand prizes. The latest grand-prize winner, Mervin Green, coll ected a romantic getaway for two at Atlantis prize yesterday at the KFC Marathon Mall location. ELVIS BARR Manager, Sales and Marketing at Atlantis and R aynell Bowe, Manager at KFCs Marathon location draw t he final winner. ASMA MOSS Supervisor, Sales and Marketing and Elvis Barr, Manager, Sales and Marketing at Atlantis, Grand Prize Winner Mervin Green, KFC Area Manager Debbie Miller and KFC Marathon Manager Raynell Bowe.
C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.org TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.20 $4.32 $4.25 rft"r rrrn#" "bf r!!frf" f"r" !n n! fnn By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Securities Commission will deal with the adverse perception that it is not rapidly processing licensing applications by documenting the turnaround time for each one, its executive director telling Tribune Business that a significant amount were submitted incomplete. Hillary Deveaux said that both he and Wendy Craigg, the Central Bank of the Bahamas governor, felt their respective regulatory bodies could deal more efficiently with licensing new registrants if all applications were properly completed and came with supporting documents. Both Wendy and I feel we could deal more efficiently with the licensing process if licensees came in with supporting documents, and that really frustrates the process, Mr Deveaux told Tribune Business. In terms of the Commission, we felt a significant amount of our applications are a work in progress, and the Commission has to work with the applicants to get a final or completed application. It creates, to a great extent, some major issues as to how to address this. The capital markets and investment funds regulator had already provided transparent guidelines on licensing turnaround time, and Mr Deveaux added: In future, were going to document when the application comes Commission to fight adverse perceptions HILLARY DEVEAUX S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 7 7 B B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Government wanted to be a little further advanced on financial services regulatory consolidationt han it is currently, the minister of state for finance has conceded to Tribune Business, but added that the main goal was to get it right. Zhivargo Laing said that while the goal of achieving a twin peaks regulatory model might not be accomplished by year-end, the Government and relevant agencies were working on it every day to consolidate the Securities Commission, Compliance Commission and the Insurance Commission into one supervisory body. Its ongoing. Its moving forward, Mr Laing told Tri bune Business. Were doing what we have to do to try to progress. I dont think we have achieved in the way we wanted to. I would have liked us to be a little more advanced at this point, but when youre doing these things you come up against issues you have to address. The minister added: We have some work being done on the legislative aspects of it, which were doing, and thats what we want to be careful to do properly. We are still looking at some logistical and other matters that are taking a longer time than wed like. I am mindful of doing these things as soon as possiGovernment behind target on regulatory consolidation S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 B B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor GRAYCLIFF is in very advanced talks to expand its airport boutique lounge concept to three other major US airports, Tribune Business was told yesterday, an initiative that could yield up to 10 new properties and 150 jobs with the Bahamas-based company having already invested $1 million in its existing net work. Speaking to this newspaper after the company opened its latest Graycliff Boutique & Smoking Divans boutique at Lynden Pindling International Airport, Enrico Garzaroli, its chairman and chief executive, said the firm was in talks with Atlanta, Cincinnati and Miami airports to expand its US presence beyond its exist ing two lounges in Nashville International Airports B and C terminals. We are now talking to Atlanta, talking to Cincinnati, Mr Garzaroli told Tri bune Business. We are already in the works of having the locations, and also two in Miami. We are already in very advanced talks. Now, we are looking at two in Miami, six in Cincinnati, and two in Atlanta. We hope that in the next two months or so we will be more or less there. While Graycliff was awaiting receipt of the various US permits and approvals for the planned new boutiques and lounges, Mr Garzaroli sug gested that the process would be smoothed by the existence of the Nashville operations, which gave regulators something they can go and watch and see. He told this newspaper that the Nashville boutiques were something of a trial for Graycliff in advanced talks with three more US airports S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 6 6 B B Could know in two months whether proposals for 10 lounge/boutique concept locations at Atlanta, Miami and Cincinnati airports are a go Plans could create 150 jobs, following behind Nassau airport opening More than $1m spent to date on establishing Graycliff Boutique & Smoking Divans concept B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he planned new Town Centre for western New Providence will create 200 construction jobs and 150 perma nent posts once completed, its developer told Tribune Business yesterday, with the first phase of a three-stage development set to cost $11 million. T. Rhys Duggan, New Providence Development Companys president and chief executive, said the company was looking for a groundbreaking of the vertical construction for the anchor tenant, AML Foods Solomons Fresh Market, in February 2010, and had already secured several tenants for the seven one-acre pads that will line Windsor Field Road. We have a deal done with a bank, we have a deal done with a gas station. Were working on a couple of restaurant deals, Mr Duggan told Tribune Business, although he declined to name any of the companies involved. The development, featuring 60,000 square feet of upscale retail and office space, is set to replace the Lyford Cay Shopping Centre as the main retail focal point for western New Providence, Mr Duggan pledging that it would have a great impact. Apart from the Town Cen tre, Mr Duggan also revealed that New Providence Development Company was work ing on the $6 million con struction of its new head office and other offices, which will be built at the site of its current headquarters. While the company, which is the largest private landowner on New Providence, will be responsible for constructing its own offices, plus putting in all necessary infrastructure and providing the site, other companies will con struct their own buildings. Other firms that will be based there include SMG Construc tion, a European-based private bank and a hedge fund. Mr Duggan also divulged that New Providence Devel opment Company had proceeded with the construction of the new Town Centre despite not having agreed a water and wastewater franchise for the western part of the island with the Water & Sewerage Corporation and the Government. Unfortunately we havent been able to finalise that as of yet, Mr Duggan said of the franchise, when asked by Tribune Business, and weve had to move forward without having that. We hope to have that very Project to create 200 building jobs $30m Town Centre to create 150 full-time jobs once construction complete, with first phase construction to cost $11m New Providence Development Company investing further $6m in constructing new headquarters and office complex But warns development might be hindered in western New P rovidence without water and wastewater franchise Industrial Park on shelf ready to go, while 11 lots remain for s ale at Old Fort Bay, where 20 homes under construction S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 6 6 B B
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor CITY Markets operating and administrative costs increased by more than $7 million compared to the last year the 11-store chain was profitable, its 2008 annual report revealed, largely due to a 100-strong increase in thefirms workforce that boosted salary costs by $2.5 million. Sunil Chatrani, chief execu tive of City Markets immed iate holding company, B ahamas Supermarkets, writing in the annual report for the year to end-June 2008,said operating and administrative costs rose sharply compared to 2006, when the firm last made a profit, and by $4 million when matched against 2007. Describing the factors behind the increase, which occurred before he was appointed, Mr Chatrani said: Salaries increased by $2.5 million due to an increase in the number of employees from 750 to 850, and a con siderable increase in over time. Elsewhere, Mr Chatrani said utilities costs rose by $900,000 due to Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC legal and professional fees were up by $1.4 million and depreciation was up by $1 million due to additions to the Cable Beach store. June Since the end of June 2006, Bahamas Supermarkets cash deteriorated from a positive position of $6 million to a negative position of $3 million at June 2008, primarily as a result of the losses incurred, Mr Chatrani wrote. Due to the lack of available funds, it has become increasingly difficult to maintain the variety of products on the shelves that our customers expect. We realise that it is critical to regain their confidence and, in order to achieve this, Bahamas Supermarkets required financing. As a result, majority shareholder BSL Holdings, which owns 78 per cent of Bahamas Supermarkets equity, inject ed some $10 million in additional financing into the operating company, some $4 million of which was received after October 14, 2009. Mr Chatrani said a lack of product variety in the areas of grocery, frozen foods and dairy is the major factor preventing our stores from becoming One Stop destinations, adding that action had been taken to tackle this. With the Bahamian economy enduring its worst recession in a decade, Mr Chatrani said: Bahamas Supermarkets challenge is to retain its loyal customers who have drastically changed their purchasing pattern. They have become much more price sensitive and value conscious. Recognising this trend, Bahamas Supermarkets has started to adjust its product mix in order to satisfy this more discerning customer. We are confident that our recent initiatives, especially in marketing and purchasing, will have the desired effect. 100 extra staff see City Markets costs rise $2.5m 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.711.03AML Foods Limited1.171.170.000.1270.0009.20.00% 1 1.809.90Bahamas Property Fund10.7510.750.000.9920.20010.81.86% 9.305.90Bank of Bahamas5.905.900.000.2440.26024.24.41% 0.890.63Benchmark0.630.630.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.493.15Bahamas Waste3.153.150.000.1250.09025.22.86% 2 .372.14Fidelity Bank2.372.370.000.0550.04043.11.69% 14.209.92Cable Bahamas10.0010.000.001.4060.2507.12.50% 2 .882.72Colina Holdings2.722.720.000.2490.04010.91.47% 7 .505.26Commonwealth Bank (S1)5.745.740.000.4190.30013.75.23% 3 .851.27Consolidated Water BDRs2.562.720.160.1110.05224.51.91% 2 .851.32Doctor's Hospital2.552.550.000.6250.0804.13.14% 8 .206.28Famguard6.506.500.000.4200.24015.53.69% 1 2.508.80Finco9.309.300.000.3220.52028.95.59% 1 1.719.87FirstCaribbean Bank9.879.870.000.6310.35015.63.55% 5 .534.11Focol (S)4.754.750.000.3260.15014.63.16% 1 .001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 0.450.27Freeport Concrete0.270.270.000.0350.0007.70.00% 9 .025.49ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.4070.50013.78.94% 12.009.95J. S. Johnson9.959.950.000.9520.64010.56.43% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.1560.00064.10.00% 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 1 000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 1 000.001000.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceWeekly Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYieldM ONDAY, 23 NOVEMBER 2009BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,494.30 | CHG 0.17 | %CHG 0.01 | YTD -218.06 | YTD % -12.73BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing bases)Maturity 19 October 2017 7% P rime + 1.75% 7 %BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF: Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities3 0 May 2013 2 9 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Interest Prime + 1.75%FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2008 -12.31% 1 4.607.92Bahamas Supermarkets10.0611.0614.00-2.2460.000N/M0.00% 8.006.00Caribbean Crossings (Pref2.006.254.000.0000.480N/M7.80% 0 .540.20RND Holdings0.350.400.350.0010.000256.60.00% 4 1.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 MonthsDiv $Yield % 1.41601.3419CFAL Bond Fund1.41604.625.53 3 .03502.8266CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.8266-3.86-4.88 1.49991.4258CFAL Money Market Fund1.49994.625.20 3.53992.9343Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.9343-13.33-17.11 13.240012.3870Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.24004.935.90 103.0956100.0000CFAL Global Bond Fund103.09563.102.52 100.000099.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund99.41773.122.76 10.58849.4740Fidelity International Investment Fund9.47404.174.18 1.08041.0000F G Financial Preferred Income Fund1.08044.325.26 1.03641.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.0269-0.59-0.19 1.07421.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.07423.564.42 BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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soon, as clearly its a precursor to getting a higher level of development going on out west. You can only go so far without making sure that the infrastructure is up to par, so we hope that will be finalised very shortly. Mr Duggan praised AML Foods for taking our vision for the Town Centre and ramping it up three notches in terms of the store they want to deliver and take to the market here. Expressing hope that AML Foods and other tenants would transform the Town Centre into a must-see retail destination, Mr Duggan said western New Providence already provided a growing consumer market that the BISX-listed firm was going to capture. And Bahamians and residents island-wide would likely be prepared to travel to Solomons Fresh Market. I think its going to have a great impact, Mr Duggan told Tribune Business. The only retail centre here out west now is the Lyford Cay Shopping Centre, which is 45 years-old and has outlived its useful life. This certainly solidifies the west as the desired place to be on New Providence. He added that once the new Town Centre was complete and operational, New Providence Development Company would determine what to do with the Lyford Cay Shopping Centre, which currently houses 25 tenants. Construction crews had already cleared the 20-acre Town Centre and were now grading the site, as final Ministry of Works approval was awaited for the construction of the roundabout and Windsor Field Road improvements. Elsewhere, Mr Duggan told Tribune Business that NewP rovidence Development Company had also received final approval for its proposed 75-acre light industrial park, located just south of Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA prepared. Were ready to go as soon as market conditions improve, Mr Duggan said of this project. Weve put it on the back burner, but its on the shelf, so to speak, and we can pull it off and mobilise pretty quickly once the market conditions improve. As for Old Fort Bay, which was developed by New Providence Development Company as part of its efforts to masterplan western New Providence, Mr Duggan said the company was looking forward to selling the last 11 lots available in the winter season. Some 20 homes were under construction at Old Fort Bay with more started each month, Mr Duggan adding: Im just glad we got through before the music stoppedp laying. All in all, despite the melt down and the doom and gloom, the west is still happening. Its slowed from where it was two years ago, but were pretty happy with the projects, and weve been able to weather the storm by and large. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM '838&+t(67t&2 &KDPEHUV 3 1 DVVDX%DKDPDV $WWRUQH\VIRUWKH([HFXWRUV F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B Graycliff in advanced talks with three more US airports Graycliff, so that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA the company and its high-end cigar, cigarette, coffee and chocolate products. And it appears as if Graycliff has passed with flying colours, Mr Garzaroli telling Tribune Business that the two boutiques at Nashville were up for a couple of awards for Best Shop in an Airport. Depending on the size of e ach Graycliff Boutique and S moking Divans, Mr G arzaroli said the planned US expansion might create up to 150 jobs if all the things go, as each employed between 10-15 persons. Another issue, though, was whether Graycliff would be licensed to sell items such as food and drink. At Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA a $10 entrance fee, lounge guests can enjoy a complim entary glass of wine or othe r beverage, with light dishes also available for purchase. Graycliff had spent above $1 million in establishing its LPIA and Nashville locations to date, and Mr Garzaroli said the Nassau establishment was set to expand into where the British Airways lounge was in the existing terminal building. When the upstairs security screening at LPIA was removed by next week, the Graycliff chairman and chief executive told Tribune Business that the Graycliff Boutique & Smoking Divans boutique would be the first place departing air travellers saw when they came up the stairs. And, when the $409.5 mil lion redevelopment of LPIA was completed, Mr Garzaroli promised: We will have a huge space inside and outside, and will possibly work with a local partner. At the new airport, we will have to do a really big one. If everything rolls the way it seems to go, we will have something fantastic. He added that, to date, the 1,200 square foot Graycliff Boutique & Smoking Divans boutique, which features both smoking and non-smoking areas, had enjoyed a very, very good and fantastic reception, honestly more than what we were expecting. "As luxury hoteliers, our expectations for style and comfort are quite high," said Mr Garzaroli. "The new bou tique is unlike anything cur rently available in the region. We've raised the bar, now they'll all have to catch up to the Bahamas!" "As a frequent traveller myself, I've been frustrated by the lack of a luxurious, relaxing place to unwind, have a bite to eat or catch up on e-mails at our airport," added Paolo Garzaroli, president of Graycliff Cigar Company, which owns the boutiques. "It's very rewarding to have made this dream come true." The Graycliff Boutique & Smoking Divans lounge employs around 16 persons. Project to create 200 building jobs F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y
in and convince the industry that were doing all we can to have an efficient turnaround of applications. It creates, to some extent, an adverse perception of the Commission that were not dealing with these applica tions in a timely fashion, but when these things are complete we can turn them around in three to four weeks. Elsewhere, Mr Deveaux acknowledged that the Bahamas had experienced dif ficulty with institutions that were engaged in multiple financial services activities, making them licensees of both the Central Bank, Securities Commission and, sometimes, the Insurance Commission. The executive director added that Bahamian legisla tion did not allow institutions to create separate entities to engage in certain activities, to which the regulators had responded through conducting joint inspections. This creates some problems in terms of effective regulation, Mr Deveaux told Tribune Business. It means we would have to co-operate very closely with the CentralBank and the Insurance Commission in regard to joint licensees. Some of the issues we have are in developing an effective and efficient operational regime. Yet the Securities Commission and Central Bank had successfully co-operated to conduct inspections of insti tutions they both licensed, asa way we can improve the efficiency of the jurisdiction, eliminating duplication, time, costs and effort for all parties concerned. Meanwhile, in her presentation to the Nassau Conference, Central Bank governor Mrs Craigg said the Bahamas was well covered by the eight existing commercial banks, whose combined 110 branches translated into about 3.25 branches per 10,000 persons. Still, the market was heavily concentrated towards the three Canadian-owned banks Royal Bank of Canada, Scot iabank (Bahamas Caribbean International Bank ( Bahamas) who together, the Central Bank governor said, accounted for 65 per cent of the commercial banking sectors asset base. Banking While profitability is quite high, given that the commercial banking industrys return on assets has averaged 3.4 per cent over the last 10 years, Mrs Craigg said it was extremely difficult for new entrants to break into the sector due to its high barriers to entry and economies of scale. S he added that since 1980, only four new entrants and j ust one with 100 per cent Bahamian ownership had come into this nations domestic commercial banking sector, and just one had survived. As for the international banks and trust companies sector, just three out of a total 275 Central Bank licensees had Bahamian ownership. Those include The Private Trust Corporation and the combined Ansbacher/Sentinel entity. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Business insurance from NIBA:the numbers make sense!NIBA can offer your business insurance protection backed by Colonial Group International (CGIwhich manages $300 million premiums and contributions.You can receive the best insurance cover at the best possible price, supported with excellent claims and customer service.A Business Options policy allows you to use as much,or as little,of the cover you need.Call for a free business risk review.Youll find the numbers make sense.CALL 677-6422or visit www.cgigroup.bm NASSAU INSURANCE BROKERS & AGENTS CO.LTD. Atlantic House,2nd Terrace & Collins Avenue P.O.Box N-7764 Nassau Tel.677-6422 www.cgigroup.bmA member of Colonial Group International Insurance,Health,Pensions,Life Business Options Colonial Group International is rated A-(Excellentby AM Best. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ HIGGS & Johnsons senior partner, Philip Dunkley QC, will again become the firms global managing partner after a three-year absence, as he takes back the role from John Delaney QC, who has departed for the Attorney Generals Office. Mr Dunkley previously held managerial responsibility for Higgs & Johnson from 1999-2006, during which time it opened its second and third Bahamas offices in Grand Bahama and at Lyford Cay. He has served as a member of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, the Supreme Court Rules Committee and Disciplinary Tribunal and as an acting judge of the Supreme Court. During Mr Delaneys tenure, Higgs & Johnson said the firm saw a 38 per cent increase in the number of attorneys servicing clients. It opened its office in Abaco and expanded internationally through the merger with Truman Bodden & Company in the Cayman Islands, which gave it nine attorneys and 29 staff in the Cayman Islands. Dunkley to return as Higgs & Johnson managing partner Commission to fight adverse perceptions F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 B B P HILIP DUNKLEY J OHN DELANEY
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 8B, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By RoyalFidelity Capital Markets LAST week was extremely slow in the Bahamian capital markets. Investors traded in three out of the 24 listed secur ities, of which one declined in v alue and two remained 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 5,500 shares changed hands, representing a d ecline of 47,356 compared t o the previous week's trading volume of 52,856 shares. FOCOL Holdings (FCL was the volume leader and decliner, trading 5,000 shares to close the week down by $0.02 at $4.75. Bank of the Bahamas (BOB traded 150 shares, while Finance Corporation of the Bahamas (FIN traded 350 shares, their stock prices closing unchanged at $5.90 and $9.30 respectively. 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 this week. C C O O M M P P A A N N Y Y N N E E W W S S : : Commonwealth Bank (CBL released its unaudited financial statements for the quarter ended September 30, 2009. CBL reported net income of $8.9 million, compared to $13.6 million for the same period last year, repres enting a decline of $4.7 m illion or 34.3 per cent. N et interest income stood at $26.2 million, up $478,000 or 1.86 per cent, w hile loan loss provisions j umped a massive $6.5 million or 227 per cent to total $9.3 million, versus $2.9 million in the 2008 third quarter. Non-interest expense declined by $1.5 million or 11.3 per cent to total $11.8 million, compared to $13.2 million for the same period last year. Total assets as at September 30, 2009, were $1.4 billion, an increase of $63,000 or 4.7 per cent from December 31, 2008. Total liabilities increased by $56,000 or 5.1 per cent to total $1.2 billion as at September 30, 2009. Earnings per share (EPS year-over-year to stand at $0.08 at the end of September 2009. 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 There were no dividend notices announced during last week. A A G G M M N N o o t t i i c c e e : : B ahamas Supermarkets a nnounced its AGM meeting w ill be held on December 3, 2009, at 6pm at the Hilton Hotel. Government behind target on regulatory consolidation ble, but this is trying to look to the future and ensure that in this area we compete effectively and efficiently. It makes no sense to get this done, and not have in place the kind of regime to achieve that end. It takes time to get it right. Mr Laing confirmed in his 2009-2010 Budget speech earlier this year that the Government wanted to adopt the twin peaks financial services regulatory model, where the Central Bank of the Bahamas and its bank supervision department remained as a standalone supervisor responsible for the banks and trust companies sector, while all other regulators were consolidated into one Bahamas Financial Services Authority. Moves to combine the Insurance Commission, Com pliance Commission and Securities Commission into one regulator were seen as eliminating bureaucracy, red tape and the cost of dealing with multiple regulators for Bahamian financial institu tions, after several supervisory bodies were created in the wake of the 2000 legislation passed to address this nations blacklisting by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF Among the new legislative initiatives foreshadowed by Mr Laing were a Bahamas Financial Services Act, which would give life to the Financial Services Authority. That, he indicated, would require making the regulatory provisions of the Insurance Act, Securities Industry Act and Financial and Corporate Ser vices Providers part of the new Act. Theres the legislation that has to be done to consolidate the legislation that relates to the entities, Mr Laing confirmed to Tribune Business yesterday. And logistics have to be worked out in advance of the actual consolidation. All I can say is that were working on it every day. Although all three regulators earmarked for the initial consolidation now share the same building, it is clear much work remains to be done. The Financial Services Authority, whenever it is created, will have a solitary chief execu tive who will replace the Insurance Commissioner, Compliance Commissioner and the Securities Commissions executive director, and three departments the Market Monitoring Department, the Authorisation Depart ment and the Audit/Inspec tion Department. Mr Laing told Parliament earlier this year: We expect by the end of the year to create the twin system we spoke of on first coming to office, in which there is the Central Bank and one other regula tor responsible for all areas of financial services other than banks and trust companies, namely the insurance, securities and financial and corporate service activities. This new authority, Mr Speaker, will mean engaging a suitable leader for the Authority, engaging appropriate consultants, who must be seasoned and experienced in the work of regulating a sophisticated financial sector, engaging the appropriate audit and inspection supervi sors and market surveillance supervisors, having a comprehensive IT setup, having an extensive recruitment and training programme and providing for self-funding. Meanwhile, Mr Laing told Tribune Business yesterday that while the Government had completed negotiations on enough Tax Information Exchange Agreements (TIEAs sation for Economic CoOperation and Developmen ts (OECD standard, it was now awaiting the counterparties completion of their internal processes so the agreements could be signed. He added that the Government was absolutely confident that it would meet the OECDs minimum requirements by March 2010, and said: Our target is to get sufficient by year-end. That, though, will depend on others. 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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 $ $ 0.9348-1.85 G G B B P P 1 .6513-1.10 E E U U R R 1 .4868-0.37 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 $ 77.730.76 G G o o l l d d $1,150.702.81 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 10,318.160.46 S S & & P P 5 5 0 0 0 0 1,091.38-0.19 N N A A S S D D A A Q Q 2 ,146.04-1.01 N N i i k k k k e e i i 9,497.68-2.79 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 $-150-22.77% 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 $0-18.00% CHL$2.72 $-0-3.89% CIB$9.87 $-0-5.55% CWCB$2.57 $-0.18014.22% DHS$2.55 $-00.00% FAM$6.50 $-0-16.67% FBB$2.37 $-00.00% FCC$0.27 $-0-10.00% FCL$4.75 $-0.025,000-8.12% FCLB$1.00 $-00.00% FIN$9.30$-350-21.65% ICD$5.59 $-0-8.81% JSJ$9.95 $-0-10.36% PRE$10.00 $-00.00% INSIGHT For stories behind news, read Insight Mondays
C M Y K C M Y K THETRIBUNE SECTIONC HEALTH: Body and mind T UESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 By JEFFARAH GIBSON M OST women can probably agree that the right accessory, whether it is a bold necklace, exotic bangles or a sexy, studded belt, is the vital finishing t ouc h of an y ensemble. finishing the touch And one Bahamian woman complete ly understands the fashion effectiveness of that perfect accessory. Lerielle Cole, a designer and entrepreneur, has produced her own line of unique accessories which she sells at her Final Accents store on Baillou HillR oad South. In my line I am trying to incorporate a funk factor that will attract fashionistas. What I am also trying to do is make sure that the jewellery that is on display is one-of-kind, which means that buyers dont have to worry about someone else wearing the same piece, Ms Cole told Tribune Woman. At Final Accents we have a vast mix ture of accessories including handbags, bamboo clutches, fabric woven belts, multi-beaded necklaces, embellished headbands, straw pieces and cocktail pieces. With Ms Coles wearable jewellery and unique designs, women can dress up a simple outfit and look like they just stepped out of the pages of a fashion magazine. While there are some persons who wear one or two pieces of jewellery for the glitz and glamour, there are others who wear accessories because they symbolise a cultural affiliation. For those persons who are less inter ested in trends we have cultural pieces made out of African bull horn and other pieces that are made from natural materials, Ms Cole said. And the store also buys and sells pieces created by Bahamian designers and craft artists. We not only have imported pieces but we also collect pieces from local ven dors, like straw items and conch shell pieces. Ms Cole said what makes her jewellery so different is the fact that all the pieces are hand-picked. This is the key, and Final Accents celebrates shopping as a pampered thera peutic lifestyle and offers specialised services to embrace the time women valuem ost, she said. The colours that dominate her pieces are burnt orange, turquoise and chocolate brown, which are colours that could be very big in Winter 2009/2010 season. Giving Tribune Woman a little insight into the new trends that are exploding on the runways oversees, Ms Cole said: Accessories are a big hit, and while custom pieces have become a staple, studs will be one of the hottest trends for Winter 2009. We will see things like studded belts and studded rope chains. What will also be hot is metallic, and there will also be sexy hair pieces coming into play as well. While accessories are big right now, she said the important thing to remember is not to overdo it. When wearing accessories there should only be one focal point. If a woman chooses to wear really big ear rings, she should not wear big bangles, or big cocktail rings, because it would make her look as though she has on too much. So if she wears big bangles then she should wear small, simple earrings and vice versa, she said. And for a tip for women who want to dress-up for a night out, Ms Cole said: For the night you can spice things up a bit by wearing huge earrings, which draw much attention. The key for night wear is to be a little bit bold, which could mean wearing a shiny pair of earrings with a matte bangle. FINAL Accents pieces. F INAL A ccents proprietors Lerielle C ole (leftright
PART 3 I am going to file for sexual harassment. I dont know why but the kids are constantly touching my butt. I dont know if it is because black people normally have more behind than Asians, but they are always palming me. Not in a sexual way but they would tap me on the butt, giggle and run. Weird. I found another black girl! I saw her from behind the other day riding a bike. And I could tell from her hair that she wasnt Japanese. I rode past her and then I heard a voice say, excuse me do you speak English? I was like duh, does it look like I speak Japanese? She is a nice person from the United States. Afterwards I invited her to come with me to my favourite coffee shop for lunch, she was so happy to see me. This old man saw us riding our bikes and he did a double take like he saw the Doublemint Twins. Look out black people taking over! Japanese childrens lunch When I was little my mom used to make me really nice sandwiches and all the kids were jealous, but then I saw what a Japanese childs lunch looked like. Its like some thing out of food gourmet magazine! We were on a little field trip outside of school. I had my little sandwich and I was almost embarrassed when I compared it to what they had. Shrimp, rice beautifully decorated, fruit cut and designed. These kids are only like three to five years old. Please see the pictures I took to get a better appreciation of what I mean. Be prepared to be amazed. (All the lunches were like that.) M y Japanese take two W ell I now know basic hira g ana and katakana and I can go into the store asking for items, their prices, and ask the sales person to show it to me. Sometimes I understand what they say back. I still have a long ways to go but being here you pick it up easily, and being around kids and my co-workers you pick up on a lot. I also study and I have good teachers so that helps. They say after learning your third language it is easier to learn more languages. There is some truth in that but of course it is not automatic. All the bowing It is known that the Japanese bow their heads to greet each other but it is funny when they bow when they are talking on the phone to the person on the other end. Im like the person cant see you why are you doing that? AndI dont mean a little bow Im talking about a full one; these people will never cease to amaze me. The Japanese dont do anything halfway We recently had graduation at the kindergarten and it was like a Louis Vitton kimono fashion show. Everyone was so beautifully dressed and the ceremony was so official. Instead of clapping you bow when each speaker goes up and when they get back down you bow again. It is a wonder how you dont have a splitting headache at the end of these things. The speaker also bows to the Japanese flag. I thought that there was someone on the stage that I couldnt see but after halfway through I realised that he was bowing to show respect to the flag. The ceremony itself was short. It was only about an hour and a half. Then it was time to take pictures with all the coordinators, teachers, the principal, the students and their parents; a real family photo. Next we went into another room where their Japanese teacher gave them presents. Then each parent went around saying how much they appreciated the teacher/sensei. It was quite touching, the parents were crying, the sensei was crying. Of course, it was all in Japanese but from what I understood they really respect the senseis. They then gave the teacher three or four different gifts. I even got something, a really nice tea mug, decorated chop sticks and a wasabi plate (I think that is what it was). Then all the teachers and the coordinators lined up outside the school and clapped as the parents left with their kids. All this time I am like, my God, what do they do when they graduate from college? You would think that would be the end of it. Next By Coffi McPhee F or one year and three months I had the opportunity to live and work in Tokushima, Japan. I worked as an English Language Coordinator at Seiko Gakuen for children ages three to six. Join me each week as I explore the land of the rising sun from a Bahamians perspective. C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN PAGE 2C, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM A Bahamian woman in Japan TO fully embrace the title of this column, Loving Relationships, we would be remiss if we did not explore and discuss alternative relationships. There are many different forms of partner ing and marriages. To stereotype the types of people who choose to live their lives this way would be not only judgmental but also igno rant. Few of us would disagree that education is essential and paramount in our quest to improve ourselves. Therefore, opening the discussion today on open relationships should be viewed with a similar goal in mind. Finding out about other lifestyles allows us to see things from another perspective, enhances understanding, but has an addition al benefit in that it reinforces our own values. Personal values are shaped by the significant relationships, life experiences, and biological preferences. As adults we are acutely aware that society plays a role and exerts some pressure to make sure that we conform to the norm. Most of us fall into the norm and are happy with our lifestyles, but what about those peo ple who struggle or come to realise that the norm is not for them? Isnt there an expectation that we should all be married with children? If you have been following this column you will remember that we have discussed the effect of change, both of body and relationship, throughout our lifetime. We also talked about the importance of intimacy and creative play that all help the quality and longevity of the union. So what do you do if you want to explore a different side of your sexuality? You love and are totally committed to your spouse and would never lie or cheat? Do you suppress your thoughts and feelings? Society would have us do just that, but in relationship therapy we see the torment and distress that it causes people. It forces people to live secret lives and encourages dishonesty and a breakdown in trust. Up till now you may be agreeing with the discussion but you may also be surprised to know that there are a great many people who live this lifestyle with honesty. You may consider it all cheating but if you remove the veil of secrecy, deception and lies, is it the same? People who choose to live an open lifestyle may start life together as monogamous or nonmonogamous. They may be your family, friends or co-workers and you would never know. The difference is that they have developed a greater sense of openness to communicate their desires and intentions. Most of us grapple with the ability to relate with each other and the idea of being naked and vulnerable in our honesty is beyond com prehension. Non-monogamous or polyamorous individ uals have moved passed us on the path to pure honesty. For all parties to participate everyone needs to consent and usually there are rules laid out. Typically this means that the person being introduced is liked by all and they too must have good communication skills and understand the boundaries. Just like all relationships, jealousy, abandonment, inadequacy and possessiveness issues have to be addressed regularly. Because there are no hard and fast models, a greater sense of empathy and loving understanding is needed so that all needs are satisfied. You may well be wondering why someone would choose to live such a way. To make a relationship work takes so much time and energy and the thought of another, that would require equal commitment, sounds like a lot of hard work. If you have experienced extreme betrayal and loss of trust, the very idea of complete honesty seems inconceivable. We find that people live this way because they want to fulfill sexual fantasies, are dissatisfied with monogamy, want sexual and emotional diversity, or because there is a mixed orientation marriage. A common theme throughout appears to be the need for freedom, openness and the desire to achieve individual and spiritual growth. As we open our minds and hearts we come to understand that there are many roads, and many cross-roads, in the desire to reach personal happiness. What is an open relationship? By MAGGIE BAIN w as the party. They rented a bus and we then drove to the next town where they had a banquet in a four-star hotel. Each person got a spa ticket as a thank you for coming. At the party we had an eight-course meal, karaoke, bingo games, and they even rented characters to play with the kids. We had a ball. I got home at 10pm after leaving the house at 8am that morning. Japanese Photo album You know how we have a y ear book at the end of the school year? Well, here they prepare a personalised pho to album for each child. I am talking something the size of a wedding album for each child. Everything that they did throughout the year is in the book, and I am not talking about pictures just placed in the album. Of course not! Each page is beautifully decorated, with flowers if they went picking flowers, cut-out fish when they went to the beach, cut-out animals when they went to the zoo; it is c razy. Every picture is labelled with the teachers handwrit ing to give it a more personalised touch. And some teachers have 31 students. I thought as a language coor dinator I had a lot of work but you would have to be a jack of all trades to teach kids here in Japan. Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of the living. St Augustine THE packed lunches of Japanese children.
By H Hilton Gibson III Why are we still here? This is the question being asked by thousands as it relates to the stigma of HIV/AIDS they carry on their shoulders. After all the years of awareness sem inars and classes about the illness there are still persons who are either intentionally obtuse or fully impractical, not understanding the truth about this disease. Time wasted on degrading someones name could be better spent empowering someone elses soul with words of encouragement. Have we forgotten the golden rule or are we unable to restrain ourselves from dismantling the hard work done by millions to get us where we are today. As it was engraved in the stones of life, what one sows so shall he reap and no man shall escape the dayof judgment. It is stated that half the world is filled with peoplewho have something to say and cant say it, and the other half with those who have nothing to say but still talk, so I dare to ask which one are you? Light Red its time to put silence to those with nothing to say and stand on the sides of the right; let us offer those who are suffering the compassion they need to survive, the courage they need to face a new day, the strength to stand and fight for what is right, the faith to know that God still loves them. Man can no longer live for himself alone. We must realise that all life is valuable and that we are united to all life. From this knowledge comes our spiritual relationship with the uni verse, Albert Schweitzer, philosopher and physician, said. And as Pulitzer winning columnist George Will said: We know next to nothing about virtually everything. It is not necessary to know the origin of the universe; it is necessary to want to know. Civilisation depends not on any particular knowledge, but on the disposition to crave knowledge. There is no excuse sufficient for the mistreatment of those who are infected with HIV/AIDS, for they are still human, remember that this can happen to any one of us. In closing I say to you, the whole idea of compas sion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another. Is it not better to light one candle than to curse the darkness? Become that light and share your voice and love with those in need. C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009, PAGE 3C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By JEFFARAH GIBSON E LIMIN ATING the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS was one of the main goals of the third blood drive and t esting da y b y t he AIDS Foundation in collaboration wit h t he Pr incess Mar gar et Hospitals (PMH blood bank last week. Under the theme Know your sta tus, students, staff and faculty at the College of the Bahamas were encouraged to get tested for free and at the same time donate blood to PMH. COB students were the organisers of this years blood drive and testing day and they pulled off a very informative and entertaining event. Synric Gibson, one of the organisers, told Tribune Health that they wanted the 2009 event to top last years. Last year there was a turn-out of about 200 students who came out and got tested. We are hoping to double that amount this time around, he said. All of the 200 students that were tested last year were HIV negative, he said. Synric said that the event is not only advocating abstinence and safe sex, but the aim is to also somehow remove the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. We want to focus on discrimina tion that individuals experience when they are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. It is not like one can catch AIDS by standing next to someone or having a conversation with a person infected, he said. Synric noted that the only way to remove this stigma is to educate peo ple on the facts of the disease. Because there is a growing number of young persons who are HIV posi tive in the Bahamas, the AIDS Foun dation thought it was fitting to host the event on COB campus grounds. Young people between the ages of 10 and 25 represent 50 per cent of persons who become infected with HIV/AIDS in the English-speaking Caribbean, Minister of Health Dr Hubert Minnis said at the events opening. Keith Kemp, an HIV/AIDS educator, said that more women than men have been taking the bold step to get tested. When asked why he thought more women wanted to know their status, Mr Kemp said that there are some men who think they are already doing enough to prevent becoming infected with the disease. Some females are more con cerned about their health than some males are. Also, there are some men who think they know how to use a condom, and in actuality they really dont. But this perception can only be changed by education and that is what we are trying to do here today, he said. Organisers hope that the event will encourage persons to take the neces sary steps to stay healthy and to also know how to cope with the disease if they are found HIV positive. And today with the advancements in medicine, HIV/AIDS is no longer a death sentence. Light Red Reflecting on the HIV/AIDS stigma MINISTER of Health Dr Hubert A. Minnis chats with students attending the third HIV Testing Day which was held at The College of The Bahamas, Thursday, November 19, 2009. The event was organized by students of the Sociology of Human Sexual Behaviour and Social Dimensions of HIV/AIDS Classes at The College of The Bahamas. Two hundred persons tested negative for HIV/AIDS during the 2008 event. P atrick Hanna/ B IS Photo HIV/AIDS testing day Students of COB organise 3rd annual Blood Drive THE whole idea of com passion is based on a keen aware ness of the interdependence of all living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.
RECENT concerns have indicated that diabetes is increasing at an alarming number in the Bahamas. While diet and exercise is important, it is even more important to know how it affects your feet. Many people with diabetes have mild to severe nerve damage. It is estimated that one in every four people with diabetes enters the hospital for foot problems. Specific foot problems associated with diabetes are calluses, ulcers, lossof feeling (neuropathy lation and even amputation. Calluses occur more often and build up faster on the feet of people with diabetes. If calluses arenot trimmed, they get thick, break down and turn into ulcers (open sores). Foot ulcers often occur on the ball of the foot or at the bottom of the big toe. Neglecting an ulcer can result in infection which can lead to loss of a limb. Neuropathy or diabetic nerve damage, can lessen your ability to feel pain, heat and cold. Loss of feeling means that you might not feel a foot injury. Poor circulation (blood flow make it difficult to fight foot infection and to heal. Amputation If the above problems are not cared for, amputation of a limb (toe, foot or leg result. Recommendations for diabetic foot care to avoid the above: Inspect your feet daily for blisters, cuts, and scratches. Always check between your toes. Wash your feet daily. Dry carefully. Avoid extreme temperatures. Test water with your hands or elbow before bathing. If your feet feel cold at night, wear socks. Inspect the insides of your shoes daily for foreign objects, and rough areas. For dry feet, use diabetic approved lotion. Apply this after bathing and drying your feet. Shoes should be fitted by a foot care specialist and be comfortable at the time of purchase. See your family doctor regularly and be sure to have your feet examined at each visit. Do not smoke. Do not soak your feet in hot water Do not walk barefooted. Do not use chemical agents for the removal of corns and calluses or cut them; see your podiatrist. Do not wear mended stockings and avoid stockings with seams. Do not use oils or cream between your toes. Do not wear sandals with thongs between the toes. Do not cross your legs. This can cause pressure on the nerves and blood vessels. These necessary precautions can reduce the risk of serious foot conditions. Many products such as diabetic approved shoes and inserts, seam-free socks, specialty lotions and creams, are available at specialty footwear stores or pedorthic facilities where there are staff trained in foot pathology and properly fitting shoes, who will help you make choices that will support your foot care plan and accommodate any foot problems. Bernadette D Gibson, a board certified pedorthist, is the proprietor of Foot Solutions, a health and wellness franchise that focuses on foot care and proper shoe fit, located in the Sandyport Plaza, Nassau. The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of Foot Solutions Incorporated or any of its subsidiary and/or affiliated companies. Please direct any questions or comments to email@example.com or 327-FEET (3338 C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009, PAGE 7C TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM UNDER the theme Taking Care of Our Future Fixing Little Hearts,the Heart Ball Committee hosted its 3rd annual Tea P arty/Fashion Show at Montagu G ardens. I t was an afternoon of elegance, sophistication, fun and laughter. The Fashion Show featured models and sponsors who gave selflessly to help to make the event enjoyable for all, while at the same time helping to fix one little heart at a time. Guests were treated to local teas and treats from Beths Kitchen and also enjoyed teas from Island Rose Tea. Most important, the guests enjoyed fashions from Anitas Place, the Seventeen Shop, and Envy Me F ashions. Stylish and chic hats were modelled from Judys Hat Shop. Jewellery was modelled from Master Jewellers and Nadia Campbell Jewellery. In addition to the Tea Party and Fashion Show there was also a hat competition, a table decorating cont est and of course a much anticipate d raffle. T he Sir Victor Sassoon (Bahamas non-profit organisation that assists children with the treatment of heart disease and educates Bahamians about heart care. The Foundation runs primarily on a voluntary and contributory basis. As such, 97 per cent of the funds received go directly to the treatment of heart disease in children and the remaining three per cent or less cover the cost of admini stration. The Heart Foundation has two major arms to help it fulfill its goals: The Bahamas Heart Association (the educational arm Ball Committee (the fundraising arm). The Heart Ball Committee t hanked all who made this event s uccessful. In addition, the Heart B all Committee wishes to invite the public to continue to submit nominations for the 2009 Lady Sassoon Golden Heart Award. The Award will be presented at the 46th Annual Heart Ball, February 13, 2010 at Sheraton Nassau. This award applauds and gives recognition to individuals who have selflessly promoted human welfare and dignity, thus making life better for their fellow men. If you know someone who qualifies, please subm it a written nomination explaining why they should be given the award. For more details contact 327-0806. Heart Warming Fashion: Fixing little hearts R E B a r n e s / P h o t o s Diabetes and your feet By BERNADETTE GIBSON EACH year, the Heart Ball Committee hosts two fundraising events, the Heart Ball and the Annual Tea Party/Fashion Show. These events generate funds that aid in the repair of hearts of children.
As veterinarians, the most common medical complaint we see in dogs isskin or ear related. Unlike humans who react to allergens with nasal symptoms, dogs react with skin problems. Their problems may range from poor coat texture or length, to itching and chewing, to hot spots and selfmutilation. Allergies may also play a major role in chronic ear infection because the ear is a continuation of the skin. Always remember, your best source of information is your vet. One must always remember though that the suc cess or failure of treatment will rest mainly with you, the dog owner. There is no magic pill to deal with these problems. Unfortunately there is also no cure, and only systematic treatment options. Inhalant allergies Substances, which can cause an aller gic reaction in dogs, are much the sameas those which cause reactions in people including pollen, dust, mites and mould. A clue to diagnosing these allergies is to look at the timing of the reaction. Does it happen year round? This may be mould or dust. If the reaction is seasonal, pollen may be the culprit. The clinical signs of inhalant allergies include: Scratching, biting, chewing at feet and constant licking. The itching may be most severe on feet, flaps, groin, and armpits. Dogs rub their face on the carpet. Earflaps may become red and hot. Chronic ear infection may follow. The skin becomes thickened, greasy and has a strong odour. Hot spots may develop due to irritation from constant chewing or scratching. Allergies have also been implicated as a possible cause of acral lick granulomas, a frustrating, treatment-resistant condition whereby the dog creates a sore on his skin from constant licking. During the rainy season in the Bahamas, and because the fact we are an island nation, the humidity is usual ly high. This causes an increase in mould production. Outdoors, mould plays a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as a fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mould growth should be avoided. Moulds reproduce by means of tiny spores that are invisible to the naked eye and float through the air. Allergic reactions to moulds are common to humans and their pets. It is almost impossible to get rid of all mould spores in the air. However, the mould spores will not grow if moisture is not present. If there is mould growth in your home, you must clean up the mould, and fix the water problem, if you clean up the mould and don't fix the water problem then most likely the mould problem will come back. This mould problem is seen in areas that are close to the sea, lakes, swampy areas imd canals. Also people who live in old buildings and high raise buildings with old plumbing are predisposed to this problem. I am of the opinion that a lot inhalant allergies are as result of mould. Malassezia infection With Malassezia, in dogs, the skin lesions are most often seen at anatomic sites that create a relatively warm, moist skin environment. Thus the interdigital skin, ventral, neck, lip region, ear canal, axilla, groin and folded areas are most often affected. Itching is normally reported. Intense reddening of skin, alopecia, skin thick ening and hyper pigmentation of the skin occurs. It has been documented that a seasonal increase in case num bers have been seen in veterinary hospitals in geographic region where a noticeable change to warm, humid, climatic conditions is present. Unfortunately, this is our climate year round in the Bahamas. G REEN SCENE By Gardener Jack C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN PAGE 8C, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2009 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Skin and allergy problems in dogs By DR BASIL SANDS Get set By SUSAN DONALD DC STRUCTURAL Energetic Therapy (SET body restructuring therapy that incorporates medical massage techniques and isb ased on the individual n eeds of the patient. The SET therapist works from the patient's problem areas and releases the specific areas of pain. O ften, a structural imbalance is responsible for the soft tissue problems thatc ause the discomfort. T he SET therapist restructures the body by r eleasing the toxins, fluids and inflammation in the muscles; myofascial hold-i ng patterns; adhesions and scar tissue. O nce the pain is reduced, the therapist works to release the other structurall imitations that were responsible for allowing the b ody to maintain the structural imbalances that produced the pain. F or example, in a whiplash injury the neck m uscles are treated and brought back into a more balanced position resultingi n reduced pain. To achieve the maximum reduction in pain, the structural limitations and imbalances of the pelvis and tho-r acic need to be addressed. This will result in a total s tructural balance that supports the neck, enabling the neck to maintain its newp ain free structure A SET session begins w ith an evaluation of the patient's condition, and a postural analysis is done. T reatments usually begin with cranial/structural thera py to initiate a release of the body's holding patterns, and thereby begint he rebalancing. At this point the patient's body begins to unwind. This often releases enough tension to notice-a bly reduce spasms and pain symptoms, preparing the soft tissue for more extensive work Each additional session s tarts with an evaluation of the patient's progress followed by a postural analy-s is to determine the limit ing factor affecting recovery, and muscle testing to v erify postural analysis observations. The treatment process is the same as in the first session, addressing the specific patterns and restrictions presented at the time. Sessions are scheduled based on the patient's need. In the early stages of treatment, patients may need to see the therapist as often as twice a week to initiate the tissue and structural changes. As the patient's symptoms abate, and structure is balanced, the sessions are optimally scheduled once a week. As a patient maintains the new structure and is pain free for a week, scheduling increases to ten days. When the patient maintains the structure and is pain free for ten days, scheduling moves to every two weeks, and so on as needed. For more information con tact Dr Susan Donald at Life Chiropractic Centre at telephone number 393-2774 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org T he banana is the worlds leading fruit, w ith India leading the way in production by a large margin. India, however, is too far away to e xport to the Bahamas and most of our i mports come from Central America v ia Florida. Which is a pity. The bananas we receive were harvested three to four weeks earlier at a fairly unripe stage, treated with ethylene to make them glossy yellow, then shipped as fresh. The irritating factor here is that importers would rather have a standing order for imported bananas than negotiate with local farmers when there is a local abundance as there often is. Why local? The bananas are harvested a fraction short of turning yellow and from that point on have a shelf life of a week to 10 days. Even local fruit has to be dealt with expeditiously. Domestic bananas are far sweeter than imported, however, and we as a nation should be eating far more of our home product. The main banana dessert variety produced commercially is Cavendish, which can be grown in a dwarf form that makes harvesting easy. Unfortunately, Cavendish has very little disease resis tance after being bred for many years. It will probably go the way of its pre decessor, Gros Michel, which was once the champion commercial banana until diseases brought about its demise. Bananas used to have seeds and some commercially undeveloped ones in southeast Asia still can be grown from seeds. Commercial varieties have lost their seeding ability and rows of speck les within the fruit are the only indicators of what once was. As we cannot grow bananas from seed we use suckers that are produced by adult plants shortly before they com plete their life cycle. One, maybe two, suckers can be left in place and any extras moved to a new growing site. A banana plant takes from a little over a year to 18 months to produce a crop, rooted suckers being quicker producers than rootless stem ends. Bananas grow year-round but tend to be more productive during the warmer months. Banana trees are readily damaged by tropical storms and hurricanes and there is very little a farmer can do to protect his crop. Banana cultivation demands rich soil and plenty of water. Do not dream about planting bananas unless you are ready to give them what they deserve. They thrive on compost but there are two schools of thought about the use of banana detritus as composting mulch. The leaves and stems of a spent banana are cut up and used this way by some people but others say the practice could lead to the spread of disease to the newer plants. The banana tree first of all produces a male flower, the bud, and then the female flowers. As these are pollinated they turn from pointing downwards to pointing up in a slow motion ballet. The male flower bud can be cut off and used as a foodstuff. T he problem with banana trees in the back yard is that a bunch of bananas ripens, hand by hand, in a few days. Instant glut. Firm bananas can be frozen but are useful upon defrosting only for making banana bread and such. T he banana variety I grow in my back yard is sugar banana. These get overripe even quicker than Cavendish and are prone to splitting, but they are all I expect from a banana large and sweet. There is no biological difference between a plantain and a banana. Thel ower sugar content of the plantain makes it a candidate for cooking. It should be noted that only 15 per cent of the worlds banana production involves dessert bananas. The rest are sold green and cooked, with far less spoilage and waste. For questions and more information contact email@example.com bananas Lets go EXCITING things can happen in a banana tree. A BUNCH of sugar bananas ready to cut and eat.