N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER PLP member on sex charge Volume: 107 No.189WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNSHINE HIGH 91F LOW 80F TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CELEBRATINGINDEPENDENCE A A P P A A T T R R I I O O T T I I C C W W E E D D D D I I N N G G INTERNATIONALSOCCER L L E E S S L L E E Y Y S S T T F F L L E E U U R R S S F F I I V V E E S S T T A A R R S S H H O O W W SEEARTSANDENTERTAINMENT SEESPORTSSECTIONE Doctor pleads not guilty to indecent assault B y MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A PROSPECTIVE candi d ate for the PLPs nomina tion in the Montagu constituency was arraigned inc ourt yesterday on a charge of indecent assault. Lynwood Brown Jr, 38, an emergency room doctor atD octors Hospital, pleaded not guilty to indecently assaulting a woman at around 1am on September 7l ast year. Magistrate Guillemina Archer noted previous attempts to arraign Brown had failed as his attorney Devard Francis had argued the charge was invalid as the complaint had been made too late. But as Brown returned to Court 10 on Nassau Street y esterday, and counsel gathered before the bench, Mag istrate Archer said the charge was valid and proceeded with the arraignment. The magistrate told the court she had considered thea rguments of both counsel a nd concluded the complaint had been made within the prescribed time frame as a written statement signed and sworn before the chief mag istrate had been filed on March 4, before the end of the prescribed period outlined in the criminal procedure code. Having considered the submissions by both parties, I so find that the complaint has been made with the prescribed time frame and is properly before this court, Magistrate Archer said. DOCTOR LYNWOOD BROWN JR outside of court yesterday. Tim Clarke /Trbune staff DOCTORCHARGED THE Attorney Generals Office has been briefed on the status of the Central Detective Units investigation into a multinational luxury car theft ring. According to well-placed sources in the Attorney Gen erals office, CDU presented an extensive PowerPoint presentation to prosecutors before the Independence holiday, as the government is reportedly seeking to move quickly for the arrest and prosecution of persons who police believe might be directly involved in this latest stolen car scheme. Allegedly, lawmakers at the highest level have also been briefed on the polices investigation to ensure that those persons allegedly involved will not be given a free pass. This investigation, which was spearheaded by The Tribune over the past few months, has exposed how vehicles, which were stolen out of the United States predominantly New York and Miami were shipped to the Bahamas in containers and POLICE in Grand Bahama are investigating the death of a 23-year-old man after he was run over by a car early yesterday morning. Two persons, a 23-year-old woman and a 32year-old man, are assisting investigations by the Central Detective Unit and the Police Traffic Department into the road death. The Freeport resident was struck by a gold car on Explorers Way sometime around 8:30am. Residents of the area, or persons who might have witnessed the incident, are asked to contact police with information. An official identification is expected to be released today. In other crime news, the islands traffic division recorded 16 road traffic accidents over the past weekend, four of which left six people injured. In addition to those matters, 34 persons received citations for various traffic offences. In a press statement sent yesterday, motorists were encouraged to slow down and adhere to traffic laws. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SIX people were arraigned in Magistrates court yesterday on two separate allegations of making a false declaration to US Customs agents a t Sir Lynden Pindling Intern ational Airport over the weekend. Benjamin Griffith, 29, of N ew York City, New York, pleaded guilty before Magistrate Guillimina Archer of making a false declaration to a US Customs Officer and failing to declare money exceeding $10,000. G riffith, with two friends, Charlotte Offman, 23, of Mar seilles, France, and Amelia Trammel, 22 of New York C ity, New York, were arrested in the pre-clearance sec tion of Sir Lynden Pindling I nternational Airport on Sunday. The three falsely claimed t hey were not carrying in excess of $10,000, but were found to be in possession of $25,640 in US currency. G riffith said he declared he was carrying $9,000, and while the additional people travel l ing with him carried the MAN DIES AFTER BEING R UN OVER B Y C AR SIX IN COURT OVER ALLEGA TIONS OF FALSE DECLARATIONST O CUSTOMS AGENTS CDU BRIEFS AGS OFFICE ON LUXURY CAR THEFT RING SEE page nine SEE page nine C OURTNEWS REPORTS of a double shooting and a stabbing death reached The Tribune late last night. Two men were shot dead shortly after nine oclock in Montgomery Avenue off Carmichael Road. Then, around 10pm, a man was stabbed to death on Fifth Street and Poinciana in the Grove. See tomorrows Tribune for more. TWODIEINSHOOTING, MAN STABBED TO DEATH SEE page nine
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE BAHAMAS NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA S CENES fr o m the orchestras performance at the College of the Bahamas PerformingAr t s Theatre on Friday Tim Clarke/T r ibune staff
By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A GREAT White shark spotted by a diver in South Florida made the news last week as sharks earned protection from commercial fishing in Bahamian waters. Great Whites are a rare sight in the balmy Bahamian sea, and have never been known to attack in the Bahamas, although there have been rare sightings. In the video filmed by a diver spearfishing in Sebastian Inlet, Brevard County, and posted on video website YouTube, the juvenile Great White appears in murky waters at a depth of around 170ft and turns to swim away apparently uninterested in the diver. Liz Karan, manager of the Pew Environment Groups global shark conservation campaign that helped secure legislation to protect sharks in the Bahamas this week, confirmed the shark appears to be a Great White. Indeed, it was a juvenile great white shark in this video, and not at all a common sight in the Florida waters, Ms Karan said. Likewise it would be a very rare occurrence to see a Great White shark in the Bahamas. Great Whites can grow to more than 15ft in length and weigh more than 1,500lbs. They earned a bad reputation in the popular film series Jaws, including Jaws the Revenge, filmed off the subsequently named Jaws beach in western New Providence. Although a Great White washed up on the western coast of Grand Bahama in June 2008, sightings of live great whites are rarely reported and an attack on a person by a Great White has never been record ed. Bahamas National Trust (BNT ley Cant-Woodside said the like lihood of swimmers or boaters seeing one, or being attacked by one, is slim to none. Great Whites are not a threat to swimmers or fishermen as they have been coming here since before humans inhabited the Bahamas, and we have not heard of a single incident yet, she said. They typically feed on seals and mostly become dangerous to people in areas that seals congregate. They do feed on turtles as well but that is usually in the deep ocean, not where swimmers or even fisherman are generally located in the Bahamas. I believe this is why we have not had any incidents to date. Mrs Cant-Woodside worked closely with the Pew Environ ment Group on a sustained campaign to ban commercial shark fishing in the Bahamas, as although there are more than 40 species of sharks circling in more than 243,244 sq miles of Bahamian waters, the 400 million-year-old apex predators are endangered globally. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN estimates one third of open ocean sharks are now threatened with extinction as the growing market for the expensive Chinese delicacy shark fin s oup results in the killing of an estimated 73 million sharks every year. Pew and the BNT launched the campaign in September, after the head of a seafood export company in Andros told The Tribune he was interested in exporting shark fins to Hong Kong. Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright signed off on amendments to the Fisheries Resources (Jurisdiction and Conservation on Tuesday, making it illegal to catch sharks and sell shark meat or products for commercial gain and increasing the fine for lawbreakers from $3,000 to $5,000. Legal clauses allow for the incidental or small scale fishing of sharks, for personal consumption, and catch and release sportfishing. The Bahamas is the fourth country to create a sanctuary for sharks following Palau, the Maldives, and Honduras. Ms Karan said: Globally great white sharks are listed as Vulnerable according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and are currently protected in the Australian EEZ and state waters, South Africa, Nambia, Israel, Malta and the US which are also amongst the areas where they are most commonly sighted. To see the video log on to http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=fkzPdUAOYWI. By MEGAN REYNOLDS T ribune Staff Reporter m firstname.lastname@example.org POLICE across the Bahamas are being called on to stop the illegal netting and selling of bonefish in the Family Islandsto protect the countrys multi-million dollar industry. Complaints of people dragging or gill nettingb onefish without conseq uence have been report ed across the Family I slands, and police have b een criticised for being slow to investigate. Incidents D eGraaf Adams, an a ctive conservationist and keen sportfisherman from Houston, Texas, who has a home in South Andros,s aid incidents of netting in his community were reported to local police twice with no response. As an executive director of the Coastal Conserva tion Association, a group with over 100,000 mem bers, as well as a member of the Bonefish and Tar pon Trust, and a former council member of the US National Marine Fisheries Service for the Gulf of Mexico, Mr Adams said hewas disappointed by the response. He contacted Earlston McPhee, director of sustainable tourism and chairman of the National Coastal Awareness Comm ittee (NCAC organisation leading the Protecting our bonefish top rotect our economy campaign. When it was happening, the police were called however they would notr espond to arrest the net ters, he said by email. It happened again, and again the police werec alled with no response. With my experience in fishery management, I am greatly disappointed in the lack of enforcement espe cially on a small populated island where everyone knows who the violatorsa re, but no one will enforce the law. With South Andros almost completely depen d ent on bonefishing for tourism income, please help us by contacting the police and asking them toe nforce the law, he asked The Tribune. Campaigners met Comm issioner of Police Ellison G reenslade and his senior team at Police Headquar ters in East Street on Tuesday and Mr McPhee said a meeting has been scheduled with police in the Family Islands to ensure officers will arrest environmental lawbreakers who should be fined $3,000 for netting bonefish. Campaign posters and radio advertisements have a lready been sent to the out island communities. We are putting our r esources where necessary, Mr McPhee said. Firstly to inform and educate people, and secondly to ensure enforcement oft he law. We had a very good meeting with the Commis sioner and his staff and t hey were very receptive. Cr ime Commissioner Greenslade knows there isa n issue here, and he really is trying hard to address it. He understands all crime is important be its mall or large, crime is crime, and the law must be enforced. The catch and release s port of bonefishing sup ports around 300 guides in the Bahamas and draws nearly $141 million annu-a lly, according to a 2010 study by the Bahamian Flats Fishing Alliance. Required training for Bonefish guides is being developed as part of the campaign to ensure all guides are skilled in the proper handling of Bonefish, boating and First Aid. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011, PAGE 5 RECONSTRUCTING mortgages to make payments count toward the descending balance is how the Mortgage Corporation plans to reduce its 40 per cent delin quency rate. They are asking customers to come in and make new arrangements so that payments are not applied to penalties. They [BMC] are still having about a 40 per cent delinquency and theyre working to send some letters out to persons, who are bad, to try to get them to come in and talk to them and work out ways for them to pay their mortgage, said Kenneth Russell, Min ister of Housing. We are still finding out new problems with the Mortgage Corporation. Apart from problems that were developed over the years, we are still working on the funding we are getting from the gov ernment to build houses with to be shared with the Mortgage Corporation to keep them going. Mr Russell spoke about what Mortgage Corporation customers must do to make their payments mean something, even though they are currently delinquent. would say to people, or anyone who comes to me, that this thing with paying something on your mortgage doesnt work. You have to come in and you have to have the corporation work with you in recon structing your mortgage, so that the money you pay means something, said Mr Russell. Right now, if you pay something on your mortgage, it means nothing because the money what you didnt pay keeps on grow ing and the interest keeps on growing. But if you come in and we change the terms of your payment, then the mortgage keeps on reducing. He explained that even if a customer is only paying $200 per month of the $800 owed, the balance would decrease based on the new arrangements made with BMC, with part still going towards the interest. But if you pay $200 on an $800 mort gage, you still every month are leaving a growth of $600, plus the interest on that $600. So, in a number of years, you will find yourself owing the Mortgage Corporation more than the house is worth, said Mr Rus sell. Regardless of their financial state, he said, the Mortgage Corporation has maintained compassion for delinquent customers. They have not enforced any evictions, except for one case that could not be resolved and had to go before the court. This is why in the House of Assembly, (former housing minister Shane said we evicted persons. We evicted no one, except for this couple who got money accidentally and they kept the money. The court at the end of the day moved them out of the house, said Mr Russell. MORTGAGE CORP BATTLES 40 PER CENT DELINQUENCY RATE PROTECTING OUR BONEFISH TO PROTECT OUR ECONOMY campaigners meet with Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade and his senior command to call for environmental law enforcement. CALL FOR POLICE TO STOP ILLEGAL NETTING, SELLING OF BONEFISH RARE SOUTH FLORIDA GREAT WHITE SHARK SIGHTING 2 0 0 8 THE GREAT WHITE that washed up in Grand Bahama in 2008. Photo/Grand Bahama shark diver Cristina Zenato CAMPAIGNERSMEETCOMMISSIONER
THE Templeton World Charity Foundation in conjunction with the Ministry of Education held the Laws of Life Essay Comp etition Awards Ceremony a t the Sheraton Nassau B each Resort. O ut of 719 entrants, S hannon Williams of Faith Temple Christian Academy won the senior division a nd Janell Watkins of St J ohns College won the j unior division. M r Williams also won an A pple I-pad and $1000. B esides winning the first place in the Junior Division, Ms Watkins won a mini laptop computer and $750. T he competition was judged on content and m echanics. The judges were Pastor A llan Lee, Fr Michael Gitt ens and Glenda Rolle. There were also 10 essay markers from the Writing Unit of the Ministry of Education, including Pauline Johnson, Sharmane Miller, Sheralyn A nderson, Geta Williams, V ernell Nottage, Errie Samaroo, Wendy Bowe, C harmane Burrows and S hantell Evans. R agged Island All Age School won $3,000 for having the most essay entries. It was mentioned that thes chool had 100 per cent participation from its stu dent body. F or having the winning student in the senior division, Faith Temple was awarded $3,000. The sec-o nd place winners school, A quinas College, got $2,000. During his address to the c eremony, Dr Jack Tem p leton, son of foundation founder Sir John Templet on, said his father taught h im many things growing u p, but the lesson which stood out most was: Always be of good char a cter. Dr Templeton said he wished his father was there at the awards ceremony, as his concepts of the laws of life were priceless. H onorary mention was g iven to students from the f ollowing schools for their p articipation in the essay c ompetition: NGM Major High School Aquinas College St Augustines College SC Bootle High School Nassau Christian Academy Kingsway Academy Queens College TA Thompson Junior School St Johns College St Georges High School Temple Christian S chool Bahamas Academy St Georges High School M EMBERS of Parlia ment each received copies of the latest book written by senior pastor ofB ahamas Faith Ministries International Dr Myles Munroe. D r Munroe was invited by Speaker of the House Alvin Smith to make the official presentation ofc opies of his newest public ation, Passing it On to each of the 41 members of Parliament. "We wish to thank Dr Munroe for investing in our leaders and appreciate his ongoing contribution to our nation at large," said Mr Smith. T he new book, Passing It On, was presented to the entire Cabinet earlier in the week when Dr Munroe wasi nvited by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham to share in the formal Cabinet ses s ion. I am honoured, humbled and overwhelmed by the opportunity to present this book to the Governmenta nd Parliament as I have had the same opportunity in many other nations. Il ook for the opportunity to c ontribute in more ways to my government and coun try," said Dr Munroe, after the presentation. A n author of more than 45 books, his latest work focuses on mentoring ands uccession in leadership. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THEBAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER LAWSOFLIFE COMPETITION T EMPLETON WORLD CHARITY FOUNDATION DR MYLES MUNROE PASSES ON COPIES OF LATEST BOOK TO MPS FIRST PLACE WINNER JUNIOR DIVISION: Shown from left are Elma Garraway, Permanent Secret ary in the Ministry of Education; J anell Watkins of St Johns Coll ege, winner junior division; Dr Jack Templeton. FIRST PLACE WINNER SENIOR D IVISION: S hown from left are S hannon Williams, Faith Temple C hristian Academy student and winner senior division, receivingh is cheque from Dr Jack Templet on. TCL Photo Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear f rom 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 share your story.
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011, PAGE 7 A POPULAR resort in the Bahamas is launching a new programme to reduce its environmental footprint. Sandals Resorts Interna tional (SRI officer Adam Stewart announced the launch of the initiative, which is designed to reduce the company's impact on the environment, improve bottom line effi ciencies, and increase the benefits host communities receive as a result of sustainable tourism. In the past, the environmental management systems developed by Sandals have been adopted by gov ernments including here in the Bahamas and resulted in a long list of industry innovation awards. SRI has strengthened their existing partnership with EarthCheck the world's leading environmental management, bench marking and certification company in order to bring about this significant initia tive. EarthCheck was estab lished in 1987 and devel oped the original Green Globe Standard, with which Sandals was previously affil iated. In early 2010, EarthCheck undertook an aggressive upgrade of its science and software and launched its own standard. This resulted in the align ment of EarthCheck with globally recognised envi ronmental criteria and saw many in the tourism industry switch from Green Globe to EarthCheck for certification. "The partnership SRI has with EarthCheck provides our group with access to a set of tools and data that is the very best there is out there," Mr Stewart said. "With EarthCheck science at the heart of the Sandals Earthguard programme, our management team will be able to meet the more complex and demanding reporting needs of a new carbon economy and have better insight into the operational efficiencies of each resort. "Sandals Earthguard allows us to take practical, meaningful action and we believe it will come to be seen by the industry as the most comprehensive and credible environmental programme in the industry," he said. In order to provide ulti mate transparency, Sandals Royal Bahamian and Sandals Emerald Bay, along with all other Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineap ple properties, will undergo regular third party auditing. This will assess the standard of operational practices employed in areas such as consumption of natural resources, waste minimisa tion, use of sustainable building techniques and the effectiveness of sponsored community projects. "There's an increasing demand for transparency when it comes to sustain ability," explained EarthCheck CEO Stewart Moore. "This pressure isn't just coming from guests and suppliers, but also from asset owners and investment funds. "They expect companies to be reporting on sustainability not just financials and having an impact. We have worked with Sandals for more than a decade and the company has consistently demon strated its forward thinking in this area." Back in 1998, Sandals Negril Beach Resort and Spa become the first All Inclusive Resort to achieve what is now known as EarthCheck Certification. Soon after, the remaining 13 Sandals resorts and four Beaches resorts followed suit and achieved certifica tion. Today, Sandals Negril holds the Platinum level of certification; the highest possible achievement. Sandals Earthguard will also deliver productive syn ergies with SRI's philan thropic arm, the Sandals Foundation; an organisation involved in a wide range of community, educational and environmental initiatives throughout the Caribbean. "There's a broader partnership in play here," Mr Stewart said, "with educa tional programmes for schools, capacity building and community training all being part of wider social programmes that Sandals Earthguard powered by EarthCheck will help us deliver." M ORE than 50 public school teachers and guidance counsellors gathered at the College of the Bahamas to study techn iques for making learning more meani ngful. T he event, the eighth annual Educators Internship Programme, was a collabora-t ion between the Ministry of Education, t he Bahamas Hotel Association, the InterAmerican Development Bank, the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, and the College of the Bahamas-Culinary Hospitality Management Institute. It was held under the theme: Educators and Industry Partners Collaborating to E nable Career Readiness: Embracing L earning, Technology and Internship Opportunities. R epresenting the minister of education w as Permanent Secretary Elma Garraway, w ho thanked teachers for continuing to work diligently to ensure all students grad-uate with the skills needed to be critical thinkers, effective communicators, loyal c itizens and life-long learners. Mrs Garraway noted that todays students must be able to compete in the globa l marketplace, and said it was therefore g ood to see the teachers themselves gaini ng new knowledge. Industry Stuart Bowe, senior vice-president and g eneral manager of Kerzner International, told the teachers the tourism industry is hungry for people with international experience. H e said that the range of careers in the industry is very broad and that all educational levels can be accommodated. C alling the Educators Internship Prog ramme one of the best and most suc c essful of its kind, Mr Stuart encouraged the teachers to keep on seeking profes-s ional development so they can continue t o help their students to make sound choices. Teachers take part in internship programme PARTICIPANTS at the eighth annual Educators Internship Programme. PRESENTERS at the Educators Internship Programme, held at the College of the Bahamas. By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com UNION representatives are calling on the National Insurance Board to reverse a decision to terminate a employee accused of committing a major breach of protocol. The employee worked for the National Prescription Drug Plan. Winston Moss, acting president of the Public Managers Union, confirmed that the union is seeking to have the manager in question reinstated. The PMU and Union of Public Officers have registered a number of grievances and disputes with management of the NIB, even some with the Department of Labour and the Industrial Tribunal, without being able to settle or resolve a single one of them in a satisfactory manner to both parties, said Mr Moss. According to our industrial agreement, which makes it very clear how management should handle this issue, based on the breach of policy that they are alleging occurred, it would be at most a minor breach. In the first instance, therefore, an official o ral warning should have been given to the (individual first infraction by the immediate supervisor in the presence of a shop steward or union repre sentative, he said. Tribune sources claim the dismissal concerns an alleged breach of protocol in administ ering the NDPP on-call ser vice. On-call assistance is provided to private pharmacies and government clinics outside of normal business hours or when the Internet-based administrative system is down, in order to accommodate clients seeking to fill prescriptions. The employees who work with the on-call service work on a rotation system using a single phone line. The system is highly inefficient, according to Tribune sources, because only one call can be taken at a time, despite the high demand placed on the service. Most missed calls are registered as unknown, so there can be no follow-up unless a pharmacy calls repeatedly. Further, there are no standard protocols in place to govern the on-call service, so man agers are required in many instances to use their judgment. Although there have been repeated requests to address these concerns, sources claim the NIB has failed to address the need for a proper call centre. According to the rules governing NIB employment, a major breach is committed when there is a failure to carry out certain control procedures that result in loss or damage to the boards asset. In the case of the terminated employee, no such thing occurred, according to Tribune sources. The alleged breach took place on a weekend when the employee took a call from a pharmacy seeking authorisation. The employee at the time had no access to a computer or the Internet, according to sources, and would not have access for about one hour. During that time, a call came in for authorisation from one of the highest volume pharmacies on the plan. The pharmacy was authorised to process refills for their pharmacy only. The authorisation did not include processing new prescriptions or refills from another pharmacy, according to sources. When a call came in from the same pharmacy about a refill they wanted to process from another pharmacy, the on-call employee gave the pharmacy the option of calling a more senior employee on their government issued phone, or hav ing the client wait until access to the system could be obtained. The more senior employee was not able to assist, and was said to have taken offence to being called while out of town and not on call. This person made a formal complaint, which led to trouble for the employee, sources said. The employee was initially placed on a 10-day suspension with half pay while an investigation was conducted. NIB officials said they would not comment on the case, as doing so would go against the industrial agreement and could compromise the process. Tribune sources claim senior managers often display unprofessional attitudes and imma ture behaviour when dealing with employees working for the NDPP. Call on NIB to reinstate manager SANDALS PLANS TO REDUCE ENVIR ONMENTAL FOOTPRINT N EWPROGRAMMELAUNCHED Employee was accused of committing major breach of protocol
By LARRYSMITH ACCORDING to Padrai c Kelly, the Irish head of a l egendary international d esign firm called Buro Happold, most planning interventions around the world fail due to the lack of an economic vision. A shared social and economic vision is as important as an environmental one," he told a group of experts gathered here last week to explore sustainable development in the Bahamas."There must be clarity as to what pays for sustainabled evelopment because an u nfunded vision won't work. And the institutional capacity must be in place to implem ent the vision." Kelly was speaking at a conference organised by theM inistry of the Environment, the Bahamas National Trust and the Harvard Graduate S chool of Design. Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham opened the conference, and o ther speakers included Harv ard Dean Mohsen Mostafavi, Erich Mueller of the Perry Institute for M arine Science, Robert Reiss of the Bahamas Institute of Engineers, and sev-e ral top planners and univ ersity professors. The meeting attracted local and foreign conservat ionists, architects, engineers, educators, developers, civil servants and journalists.T heir immediate focus was the island chain of the Exu-mas, where the world's first land and sea park was creat e d in 1958. The government wants to use Exuma as a model for land use planning t hroughout the country, based on the requirements of the Planning & Subdivis ions Act. T his was one of three land mark pieces of legislation passed last year to strength-e n environmental oversight, prevent destructive develop ment and improve the man a gement of natural resources throughout the Bahamas. The others were the Forestry Act and an updated B ahamas National Trust Act. The new Planning Act calls for the formulation of l and use plans on every inhabited island, with transparent rules to guide development. The Act was b rought into force with a p reliminary plan for New P rovidence, based on existing zoning practices. The Harvard experts will workw ith their Bahamian counterparts to formulate a landu se plan for Exuma that can a ct as a template for other i slands. Kelly has 34 years experience as an urban planner. He c o-founded the Working Group on Sustainable Cities at Harvard University, andi s currently advising the city o f Detroit, whose population has shrunk by more than a million over the last 50 years,o n ways to recover from the d ecline of the automotive industry. H is firm has worked on many big projects around the world, including the restora tion of New York City's h eavily polluted Jamaica Bay, the development of Kuwait's massive Sea City project for up to 100,000 people, an eco city in Latvia, and the rehabilitation of ap olluted river valley in Saudi A rabia, using treated waste water to recreate wetlands. Last year, the Saudi pro j ect won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, which recognizes projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, planning practices, historic preservation and landscape a rchitecture. The Award is g overned by a committee c haired by the Aga Khan, who owns an island resi dence in the Exuma Cays. A lso on the committee is Mohsen Mostafavi, the Iran-i an-American architect who i s Dean of Harvard Univers ity's prestigious Graduate School of Design. The Aga Khan also funds a cademic programmes at Harvard, and that in a roundabout way is howe xperts like Kelly and M ostafavi came to be involved in a conference on the future of Exuma. The intention for this i ntroductory event," explained Environment Min i ster Earl Deveaux, "was to share views, exchange ideas and prepare the ground for a research initiative that willc onsider the Exumas from environmental, social, eco nomic, and design and planning perspectives." Destruction It is not clear yet precisel y how this will take shape, but further meetings are already being planned for t he new year. There is no doubt that this represents a significant break with the previous ad hoc approacht hat has led to much thoughtless destruction. A comprehensive legislativef ramework is now in place that can be integrated with evidence-based planning. However, to some extent we have been here and done that. In 2004 the Office of the Prime Minister proposeda strategic land use plan for Exuma based on public meetings in Black Point, Farmer's Cay, Staniel Cay and George Town, as well as workshops for government officials held in Nassau and Exuma. The preparation of that earlier outline was guided by Canadian planning consultant Malcolm Martini (who is now retired), along with some of the same technicians who are part of the Ministry of the Environment team today. Ironically, the 2004 document contained the urgent admonition that planning "decisions have to be made now", with a tilt towards protecting the environment. E xuma was settled initially by loyalist refugees from the American Revolution, who established plantations that soon failed. The planters attributed their failure to "the indiscriminate cuttingd own of trees" and "clearing and planting more land than they could properly attend." This led to erosion of the thin soil and the coll apse of commercial agriculture. Former slaves were left t o fend for themselves in scattered settlements that often took the name of theird efunct plantations. The island was a backwater from the end of slavery until the Second World War,w hen the US Navy built a base and airstrip near George Town, and its popul ation remained relatively stable (at around 3500 the turn of the 20th centuryu ntil recent years. But the 2 004 report projected a dou bling of the population by 2013 due to a slew of multi-m illion-dollar developments then in the works, and to over 15,000 by 2023. "The general planning strategy for the Exumas is to take advantage of tourism opportunities and meet the n eeds of Exumians in an e nvironmentally friendly manner," the 2004 report declared. This would require new housing, the protection of sensitive areas, avoiding beachfront development, and discouraging speculative investments. The report argued that the Cays "should stay pretty much as they are" with small-scale tourist facilities and limited second home development. The old naval base at George Town was to be converted into a new public facility, with government offices, schools, a park and a new dock. Housing would be restricted to specific sites and industrial development would be confined to the area around the airport. The strategy "would seek to preserve islands, beachfront and other sensitive lands for future generations. while sale or lease of Crown land would be limited." The alternative was unplanned development, which would mean higher costs for infrastructure and public services, bigger envir onmental impacts, the loss of environmentally sensitive areas, a decline in publica menities and growing land u se conflicts. T he 2004 strategy was never implemented. Essent ially, the Christie adminis tration kicked the can down the road. So here we are sev e n years later considering the same issues. The big difference this time around is that a robust legislative framework exists that can give land use proposals the force of law. De velopers In the meantime, the $ 64,000 question is how to make all these good intentions real to the average Bahamian as well as tod evelopers. SwedishBahamian developer Orjan Lindroth (who conceived the e co-friendly Schooner Bay residential resort on Abaco) has suggested the creation ofa Bahamian smart house t hat could be easily built on the islands. "We need to show with d eeds, not words because macro concepts are too abstract," he told me. "I t hink what happened Friday was positive. I do not think anyone knows where it willt ake us, but it will provoke good thought and comment and hope for better communities. Having Harvard ont he agenda can only help us tremendously." We all know what the environmental vision is. We need a shared social and eco nomic vision to get citizens and developers to buy in to planning policies, and then make certain they are implemented and enforced. The alternative is too upsetting to contemplate. LELAWATEE MANOO-RAHMING AND THE KALA PANI Lelawatee Manoo Rahming is an Indo-TrinidadianBahamian engineer who dabbles in poetry. For most people, poetry is an arch irrelevance "an artificial language that hardly exists outside school essays and unvisited library shelves." But in Manoo-Rahming's case, it is the journey that is perhaps more interesting than the destination. She recently published her s econd collection of verse I mmortelle and Bhandara P oems which she describes as "a celebration of life and the lives of those who have passed on." A book launch is planned for Chapter One on the afternoon of Satur-d ay, July 30. The language of these sensual poems is a syncretism of her East Indianderived Bhojpuri Hindi, and her Tinbagonian creole, peppered with nuances of theB ahamian vernacular," the p reface says. And there is a h elpful glossary to explain t erms like Canbouley (a suga r cane harvest festival), Iere ( the Amerindian name for T rinidad), and Kala Pani (fear of the sea in Hindu cult ure). M anoo-Rahming's povert y-stricken ancestors overc ame their strong cultural taboo against crossing the ocean to endure an agonizing three-month journey from India to the West Indies in t he holds of British ships, where they faced five years o f near-slavery on the sugar e states. In Trinidad Indian indentureship began in 1845 and continued until 1917. The I ndians satisfied a need for p lantation labour after the emancipated slaves deserted t heir former masters. Some 145,000 were transported to T rinidad, 239,000 to Guyana, 50,000 to Jamaica, 40,000 to Surinam, and smaller num bers to other Caribbean i slands. They were eventually offered land grants as an incentive to stay. ManooR ahming's grandparents were cane cutters and subsistence farmers, but she has n o record of her earlier ancestors. Her father (Prem chand Deosaran who died in 1 996) cleaned roads and drains for the government, while her mother (Dolly Manoo who died in 2001)s ewed clothes for neigh bours. None of her parents or grandparents enjoyed any f ormal schooling. In 1962, about two weeks before Lelawattees second birthday, Trinidad and Toba g o gained independence from Britain and Prime Min ister Eric Williams made it compulsory and free for all children to attend primary school. That is how she and her siblings were able to be e ducated. She did well gaining a first degree in mechanical engineering from the University of the West Indies and a graduate degree in building services engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Scotland. In 1983 she married Bahamian engi neer Hammond Rahming, whom she met at UWI, and they have been running their own engineering firm in Nassau ever since. As she writes... Finally we're inside The gated community Finally with massa inside The gated community Savages singing the blues Safe within the pink wall What do you think? Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit www.bahamapundit.com PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE A shared social and economic vision is needed for planning policies ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Earl Deveaux said the intention of the conference was to share views, exchange ideas and prepare the ground for a research i nitiative that will consider the E xumas from environmental, social, economic, and design a nd planning perspectives. PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham opened the conference, organised by the Ministry of the Environment, the Bahamas National Trust and t he Harvard Graduate School o f Design T T h h e e n n e e w w P P l l a a n n n n i i n n g g A A c c t t c c a a l l l l s s f f o o r r t t h h e e f f o o r r m m u u l l a a t t i i o o n n o o f f l l a a n n d d u u s s e e p p l l a a n n s s o o n n e e v v e e r r y y i i n n h h a a b b i i t t e e d d i i s s l l a a n n d d , w w i i t t h h t t r r a a n n s s p p a a r r e e n n t t r r u u l l e e s s t t o o g g u u i i d d e e d d e e v v e e l l o o p p m m e e n n t t . T T h h e e A A c c t t w w a a s s b b r r o o u u g g h h t t i i n n t t o o f f o o r r c c e e w w i i t t h h a a p p r r e e l l i i m m i i n n a a r r y y p p l l a a n n f f o o r r N N e e w w P P r r o o v v i i d d e e n n c c e e , b b a a s s e e d d o o n n e e x x i i s s t t i i n n g g z z o o n n i i n n g g p p r r a a c c t t i i c c e e s s . CARACAS, Venezuela Associated Press VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT Hugo Chavez promised on Tuesday to accelerate his drive for socialism in Venezuela as he recovers from surgery that removed a can cerous tumour. Chavez's confident remarks add to indications that the president expects to bounce back from his June 20 surgery in Cuba. He has also been shown in recent days doing stretching exercises, leading a Cabinet meeting and addressing troops. "The opposition and the counterrevolution are crying out that Chavez is done for, that he's dying... that he'll have to hand over, that the transition is coming," Chavez said on state television, speaking in a phone call to a ceremony at a state-run university. "Well, I'm going to tell you, with the grace of God and the will that we have, we're going to rise above all of this," Chavez added. "The only transition that's under way and that we have to accelerate and consolidate is the transition from the capitalist model ... to the socialist model." Chavez has said he underwent surgery in Cuba to remove a tumour from his pelvic region. Chavez hasn't said what type of cancer is involved. Since his return to Caracas on July 4, the 56-year-old president has slowed his normally heavy agenda and has limited the length of his televised speeches, saying he is under strict orders from his doctors. Still, Chavez's voice seemed strong as he launched into a song by Venezuelan folk singer Ali Primera during his phone call on Tuesday. He excused himself after about 15 minutes, saying it was time to have a snack, followed by "physical rehabilitation and ... treatment." Chavez, who is up for re-election in December 2012, has been actively post ing messages on Twitter, and has made several public appearances in the past several days, though fewer than usual. State television showed footage of him doing stretching exercises outdoors on Monday alongside several aides and military officers. HUGO CHAVEZ VOWS TO SPEED SOCIALIST DRIVE IN VENEZUELA INTERNATIONALNEWS
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011, PAGE 9 majority of his winnings from the casino, he said he was unaware they were doing something illegal as they went through separately and each had filled out a different custom declaration card. I did not realise having them carry that was in fact illegal, said Griffith. Griffith could not tell the court the exact amount of his winnings, but said it was sub stantial amount and in excess of $20,000. The three were represented by Attorney Murrio Ducille who appealed to the court to use its discretion in the matter as Griffith had already spent two nights in custody. He has not gone without punishment already having his liberty and property deprived, said Mr Ducille. Given that Griffith took responsibility for the matterand did not waste the courts time by pleading not guilty,Mr Ducille implored the court not to have him forfeit the money. In her ruling, Magistrate Archer said while it was taken into consideration that Griffith did not waste the courts time and had no prior offences in this jurisdiction, there had been a breach of the law. Magistrate Archer said honesty is always the best pol icy, and had Mr Griffith been honest, frank and forthcom ing, he would not have found himself in this position. Griffith was conditionally discharged, and ordered to be on good behaviour for the remainder of his time in the Bahamas. As he was not able to quantify the exact amount of his winnings, all the funds were ordered to be confiscated. Magistrate Archer said: I do not know if you are ignorant of the law or seeking to circumvent the law. The two women travelling with Griffith were discharged and immediately released. Three other women were also arraigned in Magistrates Court 10 yesterday, charged with making a false declaration to US Customs officers. According to court dockets, Shantel Berrios, 21, of New, New York, Leydi Bautista Vasquez, 23, of the Bronx, New York; and Oneyda Turbi, 28, of the Bronx, New York, were arrested on Sunday in the pre-clearance section of Sir Lynden Pindling International Airport. It is alleged the three false ly claimed they were not carrying in excess of $10,000, but were found to be in posses sion of $25,085 US and $10 in Bahamian currency, a total of $25,095. Initially, the three entered guilty pleas, however, after hearing their statements, Magistrate Archer entereda not guilty plea for all three women and adjourned the matter to July 10 with bail granted at $7,000 per person. resold to unsuspecting Bahamians. T hese vehicles, which are labelled as having been "damaged or wrecked, are reportedly being off-loaded at night at Arawak Cay. A Customs Officer, whose name was r evealed by police is allegedly being paid to provide fake documentation claiming that Customs fees are being paid so that the vehicles would have some "proof" of having being cleared at the docks. These cars are then registered in the names of persons or companies that do not exist and in turn illegally licensed at the Road Traffic Department. Reported victims of this scam have ranged from well-known businessmen, current politi cal candidates, Lyford Cay residents, attor n eys, doctors, numbers house operators, retail food store owners and the list goes on. Some of the vehicles involved in this recent ly exposed luxury car scam are being regis t ered in the names of deceased persons to avoid detection, The Tribune has learned. While these vehicles are registered and l icensed as if they have insurance, a quick inspection has shown that some of the vehicles have no coverage whatsoever with the insur-a nce provider having "no record" of the vehi cles ever being in their system. So far, it has been suggested that there are at least 85 persons who could have been affect ed by this latest scam, which is reported to include a number of high end vehicles, such as Mercedes, Lexus, Jaguars, BMWs and other high-end vehicles. FROM page one CDU br iefs A s of fice on luxury car theft ring She proceeded to arraign Brown, of Antigua Street, off Carmichael Road, under the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Act with indecent assault. Brown, dressed in a neatly-ironed yellow button-down shirt, stood holding his wrists behind his back with his head bowed as she read the charge and looked up to hear his not guilty plea. Magistrate Archer adjourned the case to November 1 and extended his bail, $6,000 with one surety. FROM page one PLP MEMBER ON SEX CHAR GE FROM page one SIX IN C OURT OVER ALLEGATIONS OF FALSE DECLARATIONS TO CUSTOMS AGENTS THE Junkanoo Summer Festival returns to a familiar place Arawak Cay fort hree Saturdays this month. T he first festival will be h eld this Saturday, with the remaining two scheduled for July 23 and 30, and organisers promise that it will be bigger and better than before. O nce again, Arawak Cay will be the centre of the cultural extravaganza that highlights native food, authentically Bahamian craft items and down-home Bahamian music. A nthony Stuart, general m anager in the Events Strate gy and Groups Department a t the Ministry of Tourism, said that a main feature of this event is the location and the f act that the festival returns to Arawak Cay after being held on the downtown water-f ront last year. Previously, the Junkanoo Summer Festival was held along Woodes Rogers Walk in 2009 and then on Junkanoo Beach last year in 2010, he s aid. However, Arawak Cay i s so naturally tied to cultural events and it has been associ ated with Junkanoo Summer F estival for so many years; so it makes a lot of sense to return to Arawak Cay. I n addition to good food a nd music, Mr Stuart said locals and visitors attending this years festival can expect o ther fun-filled entertainment such as pineapple eating and crab catching contests, a kidsc amp, and culinary demons trations by chefs from throughout the country. Junkanoo Summer Festival 2 011 will also feature a storytelling corner and a farmers market, where freshly-grown B ahamian fruits and vegeta bles may be purchased. Bahamian artists such as K B, Sweet Emily, Ira Storr and the Spank Band, Lassie Doe Boys, and many others w ill perform live. The Royal P olice Force Marching Band will be one of the initial acts t his Saturday. In addition, Junkanoo rush-outs will be held at 3pm and 8pm every Saturday. Sponsors of this years fest ival include Scotiabank, Baha-Mar, Caribbean Bott ling Company, the Downtown Nassau Partnership, Burns House, BTC, Sun Tee and the Ministry of Tourism. JUNKANOO SUMMER FESTIVAL BACK TO ARAWAK CAY ROOTS THREESATURDAYSTHISMONTH JUNKANOO rush-out will be h eld at 3pm and 8pm every Saturday in July at Arawak Cay. THE DEMONSTRATIONS of the preparation of Bahamian m eals are once again expected to be a draw of the festival.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida Associated Press A STRONAUTS mak ing the last spacewalk of NASA's space shuttle era on Tuesday retrieved ab roken pump from the International Space Sta tion and installed a fill-eru p experiment for a robot. T he space station's twoarmed robot Dextre won't tackle the $22.6 million playset a fancy Fisher-P rice toy as one astronaut describes it until long after Atlantis departs and t he shuttle programme ends. But perhaps more than anything else on this final journey by a shuttle, the robotic demo illustrates the possibilities ahead for NASA: satellite-refueling stations in space run byr obots. I n a departure from previous shuttle visits, the spacewalking job fell tos pace station astronauts, Michael Fossum and Ronald Garan Jr., who teamed up for threes pacewalks in 2008. The four-person Atlantis crew is the smallest in decades, and so the lone spacewalko f the mission was handed over to the full-time sta tion residents. I t was the 160th spacew alk in the 12-year life of t he orbiting outpost, and the last one planned for Americans for nearly a year. "To see that we've really done it, it's just aweinspiring," Fossum said of the completed space sta-t ion and all the spacew alks that went into it. "Ron and I are honoured to be a part of it, to helpc lose out one of the final chapters." Fossum and Garan completed the two majorc hores the pump removal and robotic test hookup inside of three hours. They spent the resto f the six-hour spacewalk on a variety of small tasks. The two paused during t heir spacewalk to admire t he view 245 miles (400 k ilometers) below Kennedy Space Center and on the next swing around the world, Hous ton, home to Mission Control. "Hello Kennedy, beautiful launch," Fossum called out. Atlantis departed Kennedy on Friday on the very last shut tle launch. The ammonia coolant pump stopped working last July and, for more than two weeks, left the space station with only half its cooling capability. Space station residents had to perform three emergency spacewalks last summer to replace the pump and restore full cooling to all the onboard equipment. NASA wants the pump brought back to Earth so engineers can figure out why it failed to help them keep the on-board station pumps running. The space station is intended to operate until at least 2020. Garan gripped the pump as the space sta tion's robot arm maneu vered him over to Atlantis. The pump was anchored in the shuttle's payload bay, ready for next week's ride home. As they turned their attention to the robotic experiment, the space walkers thanked all the thousands of people who worked on the shuttle. "It is really beautiful," Garan said. The robotic workbench which the astronauts attached to a shelf on Dextre's base consists of a three-foot box hold ing four customised tools, including a wire cuttera nd a safety cap removal d evice, as well as an assortment of knobs, caps, valves and a half gallon ofe thanol. Dextre a hulking metal robot with 11-foot arms will release lockso n the tools in August but won't try out the workbench until January. The designers of the e xperiment based at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt,M aryland envision r obots one day using t hese methods to fill the fuel tanks of satellites orbiting as high as 22,300 miles (35,886 kilometers That would keep the spacecraft operating longer, instead of becoming expensive pieces of space junk. What's more, spacecraft bound for distant worlds could fill up after launch, thereby flying more payloads because of the savings in fuel weight. While the spacewalk unfolded, the majority of the eight astronauts inside worked to unload the nearly five tonnes of supplies that were delivered in a giant cargo carrier by Atlantis. It represents a year's worth of food, clothes and other housekeeping items, to tide the crew over in case com mercial rocket makers fall behind in their own car go runs. The first such haul is supposed to take place by year's end. Until now, the shuttle has hoisted the bulk of supplies to the space sta tion. Cargo runs by Rus sia, Japan and Europe will continue. NASA is turning to pri vate enterprise in the post-shuttle period, so it can meet the White House goal of sending astronauts to an asteroid by 2025 and Mars the decade after that. The 13-day flight by Atlantis is the last for the 30-year shuttle program. Atlantis is due to return July 21 to Kennedy, where it will go on display at a tourist center. INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE PARIS Associated Press FRANCE'Sforeign minister said Tuesday Paris has had contact with emissaries from Moammar Gadhafi who say the embattled Libyan strongman is "prepared to leave" power. It was not immediately clear whether such an offer is credible or amounts to a potential breakthrough in the Libyan crisis. But Gadhafi has refused to leave or give up power. Alain Juppe said that while the contacts do not constitute proper negotiations, "everyone (involved in Libya's civil war has contacts with everyone else. The Libyan regime sends its messengers all over, to Turkey, to New York, to Paris. "We receive emissaries who are saying, 'Gadhafi is prepared to leave. Let's discuss it,'" Juppe said, without identifying the envoys. French officials have insisted that Gadhafi's giving up power is key to ending the hostilities, which began in mid-March, and Juppe said that more and more countries agree on that point. "There is a consensus on how to end the crisis, which is that Gadhafi has to leave power," Juppe said. "That (consensus) was absolutely not a given two or three months ago. "The question is no longer whether Gadhafi is going to leave power, but when and how," he said. France was instrumental in launching the NATO-led operation of airstrikes against Gadhafi's forces, in a U.N.-man dated mission to protect civilians resisting his four-decade regime. NATO flew more than 100 sorties Monday and hit several key targets in western Libya, including a military storage facility, three military facilities and seven military vehicles, according to an operational report issued Tuesday. Juppe's upbeat talk came hours before French lawmakers voted overwhelmingly, 48227, to continue the French role in the NATO-led air campaign. French law requires parlia mentary approval for all mili tary campaigns lasting more than four months. In Tripoli, Libyan officials warned that the rebel-controlled eastern half of the coun try could be cut off from water supplies without a truce to allow for maintenance work ona power plant pumping water up from the desert. About 70 percent of the country relies on water broughtup from underground aquifers deep in the southern desert, and the plant powering it in the east is falling apart, said the Libyan agricultural minister. "Out of six turbines, we are using one turbine in the plant because of lack of maintenance," said Abdel-Maguid alGaud, who also heads the system known as the Great Manmade Water Project, which supplies water to both halves of the country. "It's going to close itself." Al-Gaud called for a ceasefire with the rebels and NATO forces and urged the U.N. to lift a ban on importing spare parts so the power plant could be repaired and restored to full power. U.N. Security Council resolutions ban imports of many items into Libya. Libya has made several demands for a cease-fire but the rebels and NATO have insisted on Gadhafi's departure first. Meanwhile, NATO appeared to suggest on Tuesday that it would be willing to stop bombing Libya during Ramadan if Gadhafi's forces also honored a cease-fire during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins around Aug. 1. "We need to wait and see whether Gadhafi's forces continue to shell and inflict harm," said a NATO spokesman, Wing Cmdr. Mike Bracken. "If they do, and we believe there is risk to the lives of Libyan people, then I think it would be highly appropriate to continue to use the mandate that NATO has to protect those lives," Bracken said dur ing a teleconference from NATO's operational command in Naples, Italy. A French lawyer, meanwhile, announced in Tripoli that he is going to present a petition on behalf of the Libyan government to the International Criminal Court's appeals body to have its prosecutor and judges recused for bias. Marcel Ceccaldi told reporters that ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo and the judges that handed down arrest warrants for Gadhafi, one of his sons and a top lieutenant for war crimes should be thrown out. "We have proof that the investigation of Moreno is biased and in the service of the coalition bombing the Libyan state," Ceccaldi said. He said the court lacked legitimacy and criticised Moreno-Ocampo for collecting testimonies only in the rebel-held parts of the coun try. ENVOYS SAY GADHAFI READY TO GO, SAYS FRENCH MINISTER MOAMMAR GADHAFI. (AP AS TRONAUTS MAKE THE LAST SPACEWALK OF NASA SHUTTLE ERA IN AN IMAGE made from video, astronaut Ronald Garan Jr. dangles outside the International Space Station during the last spacewalk of NASA's space shuttle era, with fellow astronaut Michael Fossum (not shown a mmonia pump outside the International Space Station and pack it aboard the docked shuttle Atlantis. The two will also set up a robotic refueling experiment. (AP IN AN IMAGE made from video, astronaut Ronald Garan Jr. d angles outside the International Space Station. (AP A N AERIAL VIEW o f the space shuttle Atlantis as it roars into space over Cape Canaveral Fla., on Friday. (AP WORKTAKESPLACEONINTERNATIONALSPACESTATION
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011, PAGE 11 K ANDAHAR, Afghanistan Associated Press PRESIDENTHamid Karzai's half b rother, the most powerful man in southern Afghanistan and a lightning rod for criticism of corruption in the g overnment, was assassinated Tues day by a close associate. His death leaves a dangerous power vacuum int he south just as the government has b egun peace talks with insurgents ahead of a U.S. withdrawal. Ahmed Wali Karzai, the head of the K andahar provincial council, was shot to death while receiving guests at his home in Kandahar, the capital of thep rovince that was the birthplace of the Taliban movement and was the site of a recent U.S.-led offensive. Tooryalai Wesa, the provincial gov e rnor of Kandahar, identified the assassin as Sardar Mohammad and said he was a close, "trustworthy" person who had gone to Wali Karzai's house to get him to sign some papers. As Wali Karzai was signing the papers, the assassin "took out a pistola nd shot him with two bullets one in the forehead and one in the chest," Wesa said. "Another patriot to theA fghan nation was martyred by the enemies of Afghanistan." The killing coincided with a visit to the capital, Kabul, by French President Nicolas Sarzoky. Suf f er ing "This morning my younger brother Ahmed Wali Karzai was murdered in his home," the Afghan president said during a joint news conference with Sarkozy. "Such is the life of Afghanistan's people. In the houses of the people of Afghanistan, each of us is suffering and our hope is, God willing, to remove this suffering from the people of Afghanistan and implement peace and stability." The Taliban claimed responsibility for the assassination at the heavily guarded house, hidden behind 8-foot (2.5 meter Ministry said an investigation was under way, and Kandahar Police Chief Gen. Abdul Raziq said police have detained several men who were guard ing Mohammad's home for question ing about his recent activities. President Karzai arrived in Kandahar on Tuesday evening by helicopter to attend the funeral scheduled for Wednesday morning, according to R aziq. Wali Karzai, who was in his 50s and had survived several previous assassi n ation attempts, was seen by many as a political liability for the Karzai government after a series of allegations, including that he was on the CIA pay r oll and involved in drug trafficking. He denied the charges. The president repeatedly challenged his accusers to s how him evidence of his sibling's wrongdoing, but said nobody ever could. W ali Karzai remained a key power broker in the south, helping shore up his family's interests in the Taliban's southern heartland, which has beent he site of numerous offensives by U.S., coalition and Afghan troops to root out insurgents. Militants have r etaliated by intimidating and killing local government officials or others against the Taliban. The United Nations said in a quarterly report issued June 23 that more than half of all assassinations across Afghanistan since March had been in Kandahar. In April, the Kandahar police chief Khan Mohammad Mujahid was killed by a suicideb omber wearing a police uniform who blew himself up beside the official's car. According to a government official with knowledge of the investigation, Wali Karzai was holding a meeting in his home with five provincial council members and a number of local vil lage elders, including the assassin. The official said Mohammad was a close friend and had represented Wali Karzai many times in their shared home village of Karz, the president's hometown. Mohammad was the village elder of Karz and was his emissary and travel companion throughout Kan dahar, the official said. At about 11:30 a.m. Mohammad asked Wali Karzai to speak with him privately and to sign some papers in an adjoining room, the official said. Three shots rang out, according to the official. Wali Karzai's bodyguards ran into the room and found him on the floor with bullet wounds to his head, hand and leg. The bodyguards shot and killed the assassin. The government official said that it remains unclear whether the killing was the result of an internal feud or a Taliban plot. Although tribal rivalries are com mon in Kandahar, bloodletting within t ribes is fairly uncommon, he said. Agha Lalai, deputy of the provin cial council, said he was one of the f irst to respond to the sounds of shots. Lalai said that he and several other men picked up Wali Karzai and attempted to carry him out of the h ouse, but he died before they left the grounds. In Kabul, the political elite reacted t o the killing with shock and concern about the future of the country's south ern region and beyond. Though Wali K arzai held an elected office in the provincial council, people who knew him said he seemed to float above the various political and tribal spheresd ominating the south. Throngs of peo ple came to Karzai's house on a daily basis seeking remedies for everything f rom family disputes, to tribal battles, to political intrigues. Under standing Members of the international community had urged the president to remove his brother from his powerful provincial position, saying that it was essential if he was to prove to the Afghan people that he was committed to good governance. But despite his alleged forays into narco-trafficking, smuggling, and land theft, many Western officials also relied on him because of his unparalleled reach and understanding of the various players in the area. Noorolhaq Olomi, a former parliament member from Kandahar, said Wali Karzai was the most powerful man in southern Afghanistan "more of a governor than the governor" and "everybody's leader in the south, not just Kandahar." "I cannot say whether this was political or personal or some other matter," Olomi said. "But whoever did it, it shows the weakness of this government. The president needs to change things. He needs to change himself and build a government that is real. Right now, there is no government. It's all a fraud." Condolences flooded into the pres ident palace throughout the day. Gen. David Petraeus, the outgoing commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, condemned the murder and said the coalition would sup port efforts to prosecute anyone who played a role in the killing. "President Karzai is working to create a stronger, more secure Afghanistan, and for such a tragic event to happen to someone w ithin his own family is unfathomable," Petraeus said in a statement. Both Pakistani President Asif Ali Z ardari and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani called the president to express their sadness at hisb rother's death. A bdullah Abdullah, the top opposi tion leader in Afghanistan who ran against Karzai in the latest presidential election, called it "an act against national personality and the ones who are at the service of the Afghan people." M ohammad Yusuf Pashtun, a senior adviser to the president for construction, water, energy and mines, said thed eath will have a big impact on security in southern Afghanistan. "My first impression is that in spite of all the negative propaganda against him he managed to be a source of stability in that area," he said. "When it comes to bringing people together in the south, this creates a vacuum. I don't know what will happen now, but something must be done by the local leadership." Rangina Hamidi, a resident of Kan dahar and daughter of the city's mayor, said Wali Karzai is survived by five children two sons and three daugh ters. She says his youngest son was born about a month ago. Wali Karzai has been the reported target of multiple assassination attempts. In May 2009, a bodyguard was killed when his motorcade was ambushed by insurgents but Wali Karzai was not harmed. That attack came less than two months after four Taliban suicide bombers stormed Kandahar's provincial council office, killing 13 people in an assault that Wali Karzai said was aimed at him, although he had left the building a few minutes beforehand. Wali Karzai also survived a Novem ber 2008 suicide attack on the provincial council offices that killed six other people. A FGHAN POLICE b lock the road which leads to the hospital, in which the body of Ahmed Wali Karzai, half brother of Afghan Presi dent Hamid Karzai is, unseen, as a military convoy of U.S. soldiers are seen in the back ground in Kandahar, south of Kabul, Afghanistan Tuesday. President Hamid Karzai's powerful half brother, a lightning rod for criticism of deep-rooted corruption within the Afghan government, was assassinated Tuesday by a bodyguard at his home in southern Afghanistan. (AP AHMAD WALI KARZAI half brother o f Afghan President Hamid Karzai WASHINGTON Associated Press THECIA ran a phony vaccination programme in the Pakistani town where Osama bin Laden's family was believed to be living in an effort to obtain DNA evi dence indicating whether the al-Qaida leader was there, The New York Times report ed. An American official said the Pakistani doctor who ran the program in Abbottabad gained temporary access to the bin Laden compound but never saw bin Laden himself and failed to obtain DNA samples from bin Laden fam ily members, the Times reported Monday. A team of Navy SEALs killed bin Laden during a raid in May. U.S. officials have said they were not certain bin Laden was in the compound in Abbottabad when Presi dent Barack Obama gave the go-ahead for the operation. Dr. Shakil Afridi, who ran the vaccination program, has been arrested and held in Pakistani custody because of his suspected collaboration with the U.S., the Times reported. The CIA declined to com ment on the Times report when contacted by The Asso ciated Press. The vaccination programme was first reported by the British paper The Guardian. The bin Laden raid was kept secret from Pakistani officials, which has strained U.S.-Pakistan relations. Bin Laden's ability to live for years in Abbottabad, where Pakistan's main military academy, has led to specula tion in the U.S. that some ele ments of the Pakistani gov ernment knew of his where abouts. The Obama administration is suspending $800 million of the $2 billion in aid it has designated for the Pakistan mil itary. Citing difficulties with Pakistan, White House chief of staff William Daley said Sunday that "they've taken some steps that have given us reason to pause on some of the aid which we're giving to the military, and we're try ing to work through that." MAIDUGURI, Nigeria Associated Press SUSPECTEDmembers of a radical Muslim sect k illed three people in a van blast near a military checkpoint, a Nigerian official said Tuesday, the latest inan escalating series of attacks in the country's r estive northeast. M aj. Gen. Jack N wachukwu Nwaogbo, the commander of the Joint Military Taskforce, said an explosive went off under the van Monday evening asi ts driver slowed down at a m ilitary and police checkp oint in the city of Maiduguri. The blast killed the driver and two passengers. Authorities blamed a radi cal Muslim sect locally known as Boko Haram for t he bombing, one of many a ttacks that have targeted s ecurity officers, local leaders and clerics in and around Maiduguri over thel ast year. They say civilians are not cooperating and that somea re helping Boko Haram c arry out their attacks. "Without the cooperation of residents, the Joint Military Taskforce cannot do anything," said Nwaogbo, w ho leads a team of soldiers a nd police officers specially mobilized to fight Boko Haram in Borno state. U nrest in the area has escalated ever since the group vowed to step up a ttacks in an unverified J une statement. Signed c laims of responsibility and threat letters have emerged a s a new trend in the oper ations of this once low-key group. T he University of Maiduguri announced Monday that it was shutting down i ndefinitely over threat letters attributed to the group. "We can no longer guar antee the safety of our stu d ents," said university spokesman Ahmed Mohammed. "If anything h appens to our students, the university will be held responsible." S ome 35,000 students are e nrolled in the public uni versity. Police in Maiduguri also banned motorcyclesl ast week in an attempt to stop the group from com mitting motorcycle-mounted attacks. That move put 7,000 motorcycle taxi dri vers out of work. A military and police o peration that left six civilians dead Saturday has stirred new fears amongM aiduguri residents who worry they could get caught in the fight against the Islamic militants. Hundreds gathered at bus stations Tuesday morning to leave Maiduguri amid the unrest. Those who could not get buses boarded vans normally used to carry goods. "Out of compassion we are carrying people for (about $3 that buses and taxis are charging," said truck driver Yakubu Isa as he readied to depart for Kano, a northern city about some 350 miles (some 560 kilometers away. But recent attacks have shown that the group has broadened its reach across Nigeria's Muslim-dominat ed north. Boko Haram claimed responsibility in an unverified statement for a June 16 bombing that left two dead at national police headquarters in the capital of Abuja. Authorities suspect the group is responsible fora bomb attack Sunday that killed three people outside a church in a city just northof Abuja. Another blast in a district known for its busy nightlife about 120 miles (nearly 200 kilometers) from Abuja wounded 20 people a few hours later. Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" has asked for the strict imple mentation across Nigeria's Muslim-dominated northand the prosecution of highranking officials whom it blames for the death of its leader Mohammed Yusuf.Yusuf died in 2009, while in police custody. THREE KILLED IN BOMB BLAST IN NORTHEAST N IGERIA REPOR T : CIA T ARGETED BIN LADEN WITH PHONY PROGRAMME Head of the Kandahar provincial council assassinated by close associate
LOCAL NEWS P AGE 12, WEDNESDA Y JUL Y 13, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE The Urban Renewal family led a dynamic parade on wheels through the streets of New Prov idence on Saturday, July 9, in celebration of 38 years of national indepen dence. The procession began at Queen Eliz abeth Sports Centre and ended on the Western Esplanade. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE: Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes cuts the independence cake. Pictured, from left, are Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest; Sir Arthur; Lady Foulkes; M r s G r e e n sl a d e a n d C o m m is s io n e r o f Po li c e E lli s o n G r e e n s la d e C E L E B R A T I N G O U R I N D E P E N D E N C E CELEBRATION RUSH: Hundreds came out to join the Independence Celebrations and the People's Rush to Bay Street on July 11. I N D E P E N D E N C E F LO A T P A R A D E C O M M E M O R A T I N G T H E BA H A M A S' 38 B I R T H D A Y PATRICK HANNA/BIS Photos G R A N D O C C A S I O N : G o v e r n o r G e n e r a l S i r A r t h u r F o u l k e s s p e a k s d u r in g th e Po li ce In d e p e n d en c e Re c ep t io n o n M o n d ay J ul y 1 1 in the Paul Farquharson Centre at Police Headquarters.
$4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.25 $5.16 $5.22 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB email@example.comWEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 InternationalInvestmentFund [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Despite the Government recording its first Budgetary surplus for fourand-a-half years during the f iscal 2010-2011 third quart er, the Bahamas national d ebt still increased by $ 12.4 million over the same p eriod, hitting $4.281 bill ion at end-March. The Central Bank of the Bahamas quarterly economic review revealed that despite the one-off inflows from the Bahamas Oil Refining Companys ( BORCO) sale and the Baha Mar transaction, which boosted non-import S tamp Duties by $114 mill ion to $141 million, the G overnments total debt continued to inch upwardsa three-month surplus of r evenues over expenditure notwithstanding. Buoyed by a number of one-off tax receipts, theo verall fiscal position was reversed, from a deficit in the previous period to a surplus in the third quartero f fiscal year 2010-2011 the first since the first quarter of 2006-2007, theC entral Bank said. I t added that the bulk of the surplus, such as it was, ended up being used by the Government to reduce itss hort-term borrowings from the commercial banking sector. This is likely to involvei ts overdraft with the Royal Bank of Canada but, with FIRST BUDGET SURPLUS IN 41/2 YEARS: BUT DEBT UP TO $4.28BN More than half of $8.8m drop in public sector salaries due to end of temporary worker program B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Food retail consolidation i s inevitable given the over-supply of competing chains and stores, AMLF oods chief executive t elling Tribune Business it was likely to happen first in Freeport, where 10 major players were chasing 40,000-5 0,000 customers. Gavin Watchorn, who is also the BISX-listed food retail groups president, said acquisitions were the likeliest route for achieving consolidation, given that no grocery retailers were contemplating failure, while the industrys diverse ownership meant mergers would be hard to execute. With food retail industry veterans describing the current market as the most competitive ever, Mr Watchorn told Tribune Business: It is very com petitive out there now. Speaking to people much longer in the industry than me, theyre saying this is the most competitive theyve ever seen it. When people are saying produce is being sold cheaper in Nassau than in Florida, most dont believe them, but its true. For produce espe cially. Its over-retailed, Freeport in particular. The Grand Bahama food retail market, already containing AML Foods two formats, Solomons Super Centre and Cost Right, plus three City Markets stores and Sawyers Fresh Market, has seen a flood of new entrants within the past year, such as Butlers Food World and Savemore. Combined with the Mom and Pop stores, these retailers have all been fighting for an increased share of a dwindling market, as Freeport continues to depopulate due to its ongo ing economic woes. Speaking to the impact on his own company, Mr Watchorn told Tribune Business: Freeport is much SEE page 4B GAVINWATCHORN Food retail sector the most competitive ever AML Foods chief says that consolidation ine vita ble Expects it to start in F r eepor t, with 10 big players serving 40-50,000 F eels acquisitions mor e lik ely than mergers SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The developers pushing a $900 million Phase I Eleuthera resort project yesterday pledged to negotiate the key land purchase with the Arne Pedersen estates representatives within the month, telling Tribune Business the Chinese bank financing Baha Mars project was prepared at our request to confirm $650 million in financing for their effort. Daniel Evans, chief executive of Georgia-based Beka Development, said the South Point Resort developers had chosen not to have the China Export-Import Bank provide confirmation of its commitment to the project yet, as it wanted t o first submit its application to the Government via the Bahamas Investment Authority. Confirming that land owned by the late Mr Pedersens estate was the targeted site for the main resort development, Mr Evans, in response to Tribune Business questions, said the d eveloper planned to move forward in negotiating the propertys purchase with the estates attorneys, Dupuch & Turnquest, in the coming weeks. We anticipate making moves forward on the land purchase in the next few weeks, he said. We anticipate getting t o the islands within the month of July, sitting down with Terry [Gape, Dupuch & Turnquest attorney and partner] and completing then. Tribune Business raised the land purchase issue after sources close to the Pedersen estate representatives indicated that they were sceptical as to whether Beka would ever conclude a deal. This newspaper was told that Mr Evans had been in on again, off again Developer: Chinese ready $650m funds Eleuthera suitors pledge to negotiate land purchase with Pedersen estates attorneys in coming month Govt application to happen in next few weeks, they say S EE page 3B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A Bahamian financial services provider achieved 60 per cent of what we set out to do d uring its first year in operation, its chief executive yesterday saying it ultimately planned t o grow to 15-17 employees. Sean Longley, who is also Leno Corporate Services president, told Tribune Business that the company aimed to further establish itself as a niche, boutique investment management and c orporate services provider, with everything t ying into one. I know weve been challenged because of the economy were in, but for the most part weve achieved 60 per cent of what we set out to do, Mr Longley told this n ewspaper. Assets under management have g rown quite nicely, and we have the requisite staff in place to manage it. We have the right p eople, because most came over from CFAL. Apart from investment management, Leno and its seven-strong staff are focused on pension administration, college savings plans, and FINANCIAL START-UP ACHIEVES 60% OFTARGETS Leno aims to ultimately grow to 15-17 employees S EAN LONGLEY SEE page 4B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Bahamian financial s ervices industry is facing an increasingly more competitive and challeng ing global environment, a C entral Bank report released yesterday revealed, as new rival cen-t res emerge and developed c ountries move to reduce the incentives to go off shore. The regulators report on t he financial sectors 2010 contribution to the Bahamian economy notedt he industrys resilience, with key indicators such as employment, salaries and operational spending alli mproving in comparison t o 2009, and domestic com mercial banks recording a 4.6 per cent total asseti ncrease to $9.4 billion. T otal industry employment the international and domestic banking sec tor combined rose by 0.4 per cent or 22 persons to 4,927, an improvement from 2009s 2.1 per cent decline. However, the Central Bank said the 0.4 per cent growth rate remained well below the annual 4.7 per cent average expansion enjoyed during the prerecession period of 20052007. And all the employment growth came in the domestic commercial banking sector, which accounts for 75.4 per cent of the industrys total employment. Jobs here grew by 0.7 per cent or 27 persons to 3,716, an improvement on 2009s 2.7 per cent contraction. Yet employee numbers in the Bahamian international FINANCIAL SECTOR STABILISES IN 2010 SEE page 3B
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BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011, PAGE 3B negotiations over the property with Mr Gape for several years, but no sales agreement or deposit had ever been paid, something that they felt raised credibility issues as to whether Beka was serious and for real. Similar questions have been raised by other observers, given Bekas 10-12 year efforts to develop a Bahamas-based resort project, and the problems experienced over the past four years by other mega resort greenfield projects approved by the former Christie government for the Family Islands. Others have questioned w hether Beka is simply trying to stitch a deal together, and using the names of wellk nown entities to attract other investors and participants. Moving to dispel such notions, Mr Evans told Tribune Business that Beka had received from the China Export-Import Bank a formal commitment 14-16 months ago to provide financing for the project. Explaining that the application to the bank was made through Shanghai Construction Group, Bekas proposed main contractor for the South Point Resort project, Mr Evans said: We made that application 15 months ago. Its an application for $650 million of senior debt to construct the infrastructure andhotel component, and some of the amenities on the property. They [the China ExportImport Bank] are prepared at our request to confirm their commitment to finance our project through the Chinese Embassy in the Bahamas....... We have chosen not to have them do that at this point, only because we want to put the application in place and have discussions with the Bahamian government first. Imminent Adding that there were formal commitments between Beka and the Shang hai Construction Group, Mr Evans, when questioned by Tribune Business, said the submission of the developers application to the Bahamas Investment Authority the permit and approvals clearing house was imminent. We anticipate by the end of this week to submit our application, and a week after that to give them a list of the capital stock for the project, Mr Evans said. By the end of this month, the Government will not only have our applica tion but a full outline of all the capital participants. He added that Beka was still discussing rates and terms with the China Export-Import Bank, and said it had been offered a higher loan to value ratio than it required. It was a very high loan to value ratio, and we asked the bank for a rate reasonably less than that, Mr Evans said. He added that the China ExportImport Bank typically lent ata loan-to-value rate of 80-85 per cent, and Bekas project was right in that range. The Baha Mar transaction was higher than that, Mr Evans said. The interest rate is subject to negotiation. The standard interest rate package is 5 per cent or below. They [Baha Mar] achieved a very good rate, and we expect to receive something similar. The seemingly ever-deepening involvement of China in the Bahamas, both as investor and main construction partner, is likely to raise fears of a Chinese takeover of this nation. In response, Mr Evans said the Chinese were not looking for any permanent posi tion in either Baha Mar or Bekas projects, adding that the Asian nation was merely concerned with boosting export levels to maintain its current balance of trade sur plus, and offset increased con sumer demand for imports at home. They have no political agenda. They just want to maintain as much exports as they can, Mr Evans said. They have no long-range goals, other than to keep maximising their trade balance to offset their consumer base. He added that extensive Chinese investments, both physical and financial, were taking place in the US. Developer: Chinese ready $650m funds FROM page 1B financial services segment fell by 0.4 per cent or five persons to 1,211, another indication that this segment is not growing. The Central Bank said 2010s decline resulted from Bahamas-based banks and trust companies continuing to rationalise their operations in the aftermath of the credit crunch and global recession. It added that the Bahamas international financial services business continued to face significant headwinds, and said: As high net worth clients adopted a more con servative posture, returns on assets under management have diminished, and pres sures intensified for residents to repatriate funds to their home jurisdictions as part of measures to boost tax revenues. International banks and trust companies, the Central Bank said, had moved to consolidate and streamline their operations through centralised regional hubs in a bid to gain efficiencies, economies of scale and enhanced profitability. This trend has both benefited and impacted the Bahamas, depending on the institu tion involved, and the Central Bank said major banks were also seeking to love oper ations into close proximity to the BRIC countries Brazil, Russia, India and China. In short, they are targeting the touted high growth, emerging markets. Summing all this up, the Central Bank said the Bahamas skills and experience in delivering a wide range of high-quality private wealth management products and services were vital to its ability to remain resilient. This would be tested by an increasingly more competitive and challenging global environment, as exemplified by the various global initiatives aimed at, inter alia, reduc ing incentives for entities to utilise interna tional business jurisdictions, as well as the emergence of other international wealth centres in Asia and Latin America. FROM page 1B Financial sector stabilises in 2010 B y ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org Independence day clothing and memorabilia demand saw one retailers pecialising in patriotic produ cts boost its sales staff and e xtend its hours, with foot traffic through the store at its highest for the year. Sun Tee EmbroidMe gene ral manager, Betsy Pinder, s aid Independence Day b usiness at the store went very well, remaining on a par with last years sales levels. Her comments were e choed by Home Fabrics general manager, Holly Pind er-Peel, who said the company was very pleased with the enthusiasm shown by all B ahamians towards the Independence Day celebra t ions. Our business is about the s ame as last year, said Mrs Pinder-Peel, who added thatt he company recently l aunched an online shopping website that enabled it to receive and fill Independence Day orders from Andros, the Berry Islands and the Turks and Caicos islands. In an interview with Trib une Business at SunTees Shirley Street store, Betsy Pinder said preparations for Independence Day begin in t he Fall season the previo us year, with the ordering of clothing and memorabilia s uch as embroidered and printed shirts, car flags and other items. The store began its Independence Day-related sales in June, with a reduction in past seasons items, and the store had been selling, selling, selling since then, saidM s Pinder. New items such as oneshouldered tank tops forw omen, wrist bands and dog tags proved popular, and childrens t-shirts sold like hot cakes this year, said Ms Pinder, but the ultimate best seller remains independence-embroidered polo shirts. Store hours were extend ed last Saturday from 1pm until 5pm to provide for additional shoppers. Sun Tee took on six summer students for around a month to assist with the Independence Day demand. The theme for this year was Proud to be Bahamia n, so you had everything centred around that. It went well, as well as in previous years, said Betsy Pinder. The General Manager noted that there were more vendors this year than last selling Independence wear, so the company was happyt o maintain its business levels. Mrs Pinder-Peel said H ome Fabrics stocked Inde pendence-themed bows, buntings, pins, blankets, towels, bags and many other hanging decorations and jewelry for this years holiday, and sold thousands of car flags. Independence is a very importantseason for us, said Mrs Pinder-Peel, adding that the holiday is in Home Fabrics top three seasons annually for stim ulating sales of themed items. Stores enjoy Independence Day sales boost BEC: No extreme outages recently By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter n email@example.com The BAHAMAS Elect ricity Corporations (BEC c hairman, Michael Moss, y esterday said it had been progressively improvings ervice amid public frustrat ion over frequent power disruptions. While the Corporation has come under heavy fire from business owners and residents due to frequent power outages attributed to l oad shedding and equipm ent failure, Mr Moss said B EC has been progress ively improving its serv ice, with no extreme o utages since Thursday of last week. He acknowledged that New Providence residents experienced power outages over the weekend due to a unit that tripped off-line. But in terms of the overhaul of the Corporations diesel generators, Mr Moss said: Two of the nine units at the Clifton power plant have been c ompletely overhauled. The overhaul of all the units at Clifton is expected to be completed by the end of August. H e added that beginning in late October, four u nits at the Blue Hills power plant are expected to be taken off-line one at a time for overhauling. We will be deliberately taking units off-line in late October, Mr Moss said. The overhaul initiativet hat will help increase the existing capacity of generators, thus improving their output, is costing the corporation $24 million. E nvironment Minister Earl Deveaux recently s aid that 20 megawatts of rented supplemental pow er will be inserted into New Providences electrical grid by the end of the month to help alleviate the blackouts. T he outages are reportedly costing the corporation hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses. Mr Deveaux did not return calls up to press time yes t erday. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA terday said it had revoked the operating certificate of Fort-Lauderdale-based Bimini Island Air (BIA with effect from June 27. It is alleging that BIA advertised and operated 15 scheduled flights between Fort Lauderdale and the Bahamas in March and April, 2011, using a 30-seat Saab 340-A twin-turboprop aircraft. BIA, it says, is not authorised to use a 30-seat aircraft for scheduled flights. Flights The FAA also alleged BIA offered and advertised scheduled flights on the 30seat plane, including the departure location and time and arrival location. The FAA said BIA operated as a scheduled airline rather than as an ondemand service when it pro vided those flights. Bimini Island Air has petitioned for review of the emergency nature of the order of revocation, appealing the decision. Both the petition and the appeal will be heard by the US National Transportation Safety Board. M ICHAEL MOSS AIRLINE SERVICING BAHAMAS HAS OPERA TIONS REV OKED T he theme for this year was Proud to be Bahamian, so you h ad everything centred around that. It went well, as well as in previous years. Betsy Pinder
BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 THE TRIBUNE NOTICEPursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4The International Business Companies Act, 2000, Notice is hereby given that:(aTRUDY SHIPPING LTD. is in dissolution; (bcommencement of the dissolution was July 8, 2011 (cThe name of the Liquidatoris EDWARD B. TURNER of EDWARD B. TURNER & CO. #10 PETRONA HOUSE, FOWLER STREETOFF EASTBAYSTREET, P.O. BOX N-1375, NASSAU, BAHAMAS. EDWARD B. TURNER Liquidator NOTICEPursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4The International Business Companies Act, 2000, Notice is hereby given that:(aANTONIA SHIPPING LTD. is in dissolution; (bcommencement of the dissolution was July 8, 2011 (cThe name of the Liquidatoris EDWARD B. TURNER of EDWARD B. TURNER & CO. #10 PETRONA HOUSE, FOWLER STREETOFF EASTBAYSTREET, P.O. BOX N-1375, NASSAU, BAHAMAS. EDWARD B. TURNER Liquidator NOTICEPursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4The International Business Companies Act, 2000, Notice is hereby given that:(a SHIPPING LTD. is in dissolution; (bcommencement of the dissolution was July 8, 2011 (cThe name of the Liquidatoris EDWARD B. TURNER of EDWARD B. TURNER & CO. #10 PETRONA HOUSE, FOWLER STREETOFF EASTBAYSTREET, P.O. BOX N-1375, NASSAU, BAHAMAS. EDWARD B. TURNER Liquidator NOTICEPursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4The International Business Companies Act, 2000, Notice is hereby given that:(a SHIPPING LTD. is in dissolution; (bcommencement of the dissolution was July 8, 2011 (cThe name of the Liquidatoris EDWARD B. TURNER of EDWARD B. TURNER & CO. #10 PETRONA HOUSE, FOWLER STREETOFF EASTBAYSTREET, P.O. BOX N-1375, NASSAU, BAHAMAS. EDWARD B. TURNER Liquidator NOTICEPursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4The International Business Companies Act, 2000, Notice is hereby given that:(aA SHIPPING LTD. is in dissolution; (bcommencement of the dissolution was July 8 2011 (cThe name of the Liquidatoris EDWARD B. TURNER of EDWARD B. TURNER & CO. #10 PETRONA HOUSE, FOWLER STREETOFF EASTBAYSTREET, P.O. BOX N-1375, NASSAU, BAHAMAS. EDWARD B. TURNER Liquidator NOTICEPursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4The International Business Companies Act, 2000, Notice is hereby given that:(aTD. is in dissolution; (bcommencement of the dissolution was July 8, 2011 (cThe name of the Liquidatoris EDWARD B. TURNER of EDWARD B. TURNER & CO. #10 PETRONA HOUSE, FOWLER STREETOFF EASTBAYSTREET, P.O. BOX N-1375, NASSAU, BAHAMAS. EDWARD B. TURNER Liquidator NOTICEPursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (4The International Business Companies Act, 2000, Notice is hereby given that:(a SHIPPING LTD. is in dissolution; (bcommencement of the dissolution was July 8, 2011 (cThe name of the Liquidatoris EDWARD B. TURNER of EDWARD B. TURNER & CO. #10 PETRONA HOUSE, FOWLER STREETOFF EASTBAYSTREET, P.O. BOX N-1375, NASSAU, BAHAMAS. EDWARD B. TURNER Liquidator w orse than Nassau. Were still trending p ositively, but the numbers are not as good as they were before. Theres 10 major food stores for 4 0,000-50,000 people, and thats not to mention lots of smaller Mom and Pop stores. I believe there will be market consolidation in Freeport first before Nassau. As for Nassau, AML Foods, Supervalue and City Markets have beenj oined in recent years by the likes of P hils Food Services and Robin Hood (with two stores, although now back down to one), further spicing up a comp etitive mix that includes the neighb ourhood food stores and Mom and P op outlets. S ensing that the time was right for c onsolidation, Mark Finlayson and his family-owned Trans-Island Traders i nvestment vehicle have attempted to pull this off not once, but twice. However, AML Foods was successful in r ebuffing efforts to effect a hostile takeover by acquiring a majority 51 per cent of their stock, with Mr Finl ayson also later aborting the acquisition of Robin Hoods food business. From our perspective there is, in certain parts of the island, an over-saturation of food stores, Mr Watchorn said. Its [consolidation] inevitable but, if you look at the players, it can happen t hrough either merger or failure. Mergers No one is contemplating failure. D o mergers make sense in the larger s cheme of things? Not necessarily do they make sense from a business perspective. Theres a very diverse bunch of owners. Is it a merger or an acquisition? I dont think a merger is achievable. I think you will be looking at acquisition, to be honest. Consolidation is a consequence of failure, merger or acquisition. No one is contemplating failure. Mergers, I just dont think it will happen. The AML Foods chief executive questioned whether food retail acquisitions, in the current market climate, w ould generate the synergies and economies of scale a buyer would need to justify the move. I n some instances, an acquisition would merely be seen as taking out a c ompetitor, and Mr Watchorn queried w hether the effort and expense would be worth it just to close a few store locations. Im not quite sure if were at the survival of the fittest stage, but if we c ontinue on this road were on with cut-throat competition, there may be failure, Mr Watchorn told Tribune Business. Food retail sector the most competitive ever FROM page 1B t otal revenues of $449.5 mill ion and total spending of $425 million, the surplus was o nly in the region of $24.6 m illion relatively small b eer when set against the overall national debt. Contrasting this with the $76.8 million deficit recorded during the same period in the 2009-2010 fiscal year, the Central Bank said of the G overnments 2010-2011 third quarter: This outturn benefited from extraordin ary inflows associated with t he sale of a private company, which boosted revenue by 39.6 per cent to $449.6m illion, outpacing the 6.5 p er cent increase in expenditure to $425 million. Taxes collected rose by 47.3 per cent or $136.2 mil l ion to hit $424.4 million during the three months to end-March 2011, boosted largely by the BORCO deal. H owever, consumer demand was anemic, with transactions on internation a l trade accounting for 32 p er cent of all tax revenues dropping by 1.7 per cent or $2.3 million to $135 million. Import tax receipts dropped by 7 per cent or $5.9 million, showing the persistent rev enue weakness facing theG overnment. On the spending front, the C entral Bank report revealed that more than half the $8.8 million, or 6.1 per cent, reduction in public wages and salaries during the 2011 first quarter (the third in the Governments 2 010-2011 fiscal year) was related to the end of the Ingraham administrations temporary employment programme. Sa vings T he savings gained here were more than outweighed b y the $19.8 million, or 31.2 per cent, rise in government spending on goods and ser vices. And, showing the impact of an ever-increasi ng debt burden on the Bahamian public finances, the Central Bank noted that outlays on interest payments rose by 4.3 per cent to $46.5m illion during the quarter in line with the rising level o f domestic debt. Subsidies and other transfers hit $98 million. As a result of all this, the Bahamas national debtg rew by 0.3 per cent or $12.4 m illion to $4.281 billion duri ng the three months to endM arch 2011. Year-over-year, the increase in the national debt was more stark, hitting$ 404.1 million or 10.4 per c ent growth over 12 months. The Governments direct charge, excluding $71 mil lion in short-term commercial bank borrowings, grew by $20 million or 0.5 perc ent to $3.74 billion. Bahamian dollar debt accounted for 78.1 per cent o f the total, with the Gov ernments contingent liabilities falling by 1.4 per cent or $7.6 million to $540.5 mil lion, as the Bahamas Mort g age Corporations out s tanding debt fell. Public sector foreign currency debt rose by $10.2 million over the three-month period to $1.368 billion at end-March, as new drawings of $21.2 million related s olely to the Government eclipsed amortisation payments of $11.1 million, the Central Bank said. Accounting for 59.8 per cent of the total, governments foreign currency debt grew by $20.1 million to$ 817.9 million, while the public corporations portion fell by $9.9 million to $549.9m illion. Compared to the same p eriod in 2010, total foreign currency debt service pay ments grew by $7 million to $17.7 million. Principal payments rose by $4.3 milliont o $11.1 million, while inter e st costs increased by $2.7 million to $6.6 million. First budget surplus in 41/2 years: But debt up to $4.28bn F ROM page 1B the provision of payroll and accounting services to Bahamasbased companies (but not full audits A cknowledging that it had been a challenge to establish L eno in the market, because everyone knows CFAL, everyone knows Fidelity, Mr Longley said the client relationships he and his team had forged in their previous careers with other companies had worked to its advantage. Professionalism, such as ensuring professional indemnity insurance and segregated accounts were in place, also helped the cause. Its still a work in progress, but we think our name is being g radually recognised, Mr Longley said. Apart from the first year anniversary advertisement carried last week, Leno had also employed tactics such as e-mail blasts and a strong Facebook presence to ensure it got its message and presence out there. We have to be creative, because we cant compete with those groups [CFAL and Fidelity] on marketing budgets. Weh ave to find other ways to do it and get the name out there, Mr Longley said. This is a 24-hour job for me. Saturday, Sunday, whatever it takes to get the job done. To further promote Leno and its products/services to Bahamian investors and the public, Mr Longley said it would likely stage some financial services seminars in the 2011 fourth q uarter. In all honesty, I dont foresee us growing to more than 151 7 individuals across the lines of business were providing, Mr L ongley told Tribune Business. Once weve set up the lines properly, people can multit ask, and everyone has to multi-task. Everything ties together, everything ties into one. For a small accounting client, we can provide payroll services and set up a company pension plan. On the investment management side, Mr Longley said Leno was targeting both high net worth investors and smaller play e rs who wanted to obtain better returns than those available in offerings such as the recent College of the Bahamas (COB bond offering, which had a 7 per cent interest rate coupon. H e added that Leno viewed this business as a long-term play, and not one that would generate substantial income i mmediately, as it was critical to prove to these clients that it c ould do the job. A sked what Bahamian entrepreneurs needed to do to fulfill t heir dreams, Mr Longley said: First and foremost you need to have a business game plan and know how to execute that, m aking adjustments pretty quickly. He added that start-ups needed to have adequate capital to carry them through their initial growing pains, as it might takea while to reach profitability. FINANCIAL START-UP ACHIEVES 60% OFTARGETS F ROM page 1B
G REEN S CEN E: I NT RODU CI N G T HE F RUI T S OF SUM M ER B OC H OST S I T S A NN UA L F U N R U N / W AL K L AST M ON TH B EY ONC E'S B ES T T HI N G I N EV ER HA D' VI D EO REV I EW WEDNESD A Y JUL Y 13, 2011 T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer T HEY CAME riding in a horse and carriage dazzling onlookers standing by the way side. Then exiting from the limousines was a bridal party of 51 all fully clad in the colours of the Bahamian flag -yellow, aquamarine and black. T h e t a t t o o a n d o t h e r c u l t u r a l f e s t i v i t i e s w e r e n o t t h e o n l y w a y s B a h a m i a n s c o m m e m o r a t e d t h e 38th birthday of the Bahamas. New l yw e ds Sh ar m ai n e an d L ava rd o Kem p d e c i d e d i n s t e a d o f c e l e b r a t i n g t h e i r u n i o n i n A ugu st as o rig in all y pl ann ed th ey pr ef err ed a more patriotic ceremony. It was always a dream of the couple to have a f a i r y t a l e b e g i n n i n g t o t h e i r l o n g l i f e a n d a f a i r y t a l e it was. C r e d i t f o r t h e b e a u t i f u l c e r e m o n y a n d r e c e p t i o n goes to mother of the bride Daphne Wilson who spare headed and made sure every minute detail of he r da ug hte r' s spe ci a l d ay ca m e to fr ui tion the way it was planned. "It was me who did all the planning and who c a m e u p w i t h t h e t h em e f o r t h e w e d d i n g M y daughter and her husband planned to have their wedding in August but it was not a really good t im e So t h e y d e c i d e d to h a v e th e we d d i n g i n J ul y a n d c e le b r a t e I n d e p e n d e n c e a s we l l M r s W i l s o n said. And the national symbols of the country was n ot on ly p res en t i n t he at t i re an d d ec ora t io ns T h e h u g e f l a m i n g o c a k e w a s a l s o s i g n i f i c a n t t o t h e theme. T h e w e d d i n g c e r e m o n y f o r S h a r m a i n e a n d L a v a r d o K e m p w a s h e l d o n Ju l y 1 1 a t th e Ch u r c h of God, Joe Farring t on Roa d. Follow ing the ce remony was the reception which was held at the Holy Trinity Hall.
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E ig hty -two Som e thin g ne w v ir tua l ly e v e ry da y T h e d e l u g e i l l u s t r a t e s r a p i d c h a n g e in t h e t el evi si on i nd us t ry: It s o n ly b e e n a fe w y e a r s th a t c a b l e n e t wo r k s have ac t ively sou ght t o exp lo it t he b r o a d c a s t e r s s u m m e r v a c a t i o n t o s u i t the ir own ne eds an d a lre a dy so me e x e c u t i v e s w o n d e r i f t h e y w i l l h a v e t o l oo k el se wh e re on the ca le n da r. 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N e t w o r k s l i k e F X U S A a n d A M C a ll l e ar n ed ov e r th e p a st de c a de ho w o n e o r t w o c r i t i c a l l y p r a i s e d n e w s e r i e s c a n t r a n s f o r m t h e i r r e p u t a t i o n s so i t's n o su rp ri se oth e rs h a ve tr ie d. Sa me th ing fo r n on ficti on pr og ra m m ing: Hi story i s on e of cable's to p n et w o r k s n o w an d i t s b e c a u s e o f pa w n s ho p o pe r a t or s a n d A rc ti c Ci r cl e t r u c k e r s n o t C i v i l W a r d o cu m e n t a r i e s S u m m e r b e c a m e t h e fa v o r i t e p r o v ing gr ou nd be ca u se wi th b ro a dca s t n etw ork s of f erin g virt ual ly n o n e w s c r i p t e d s e r i e s i n t h o s e m o n t h s v i e w er s a r e e a g er to ex p er im e nt. Li fe sty le ne two rks find s um me r a g oo d ti m e t o s ta r t ne w p r og r a m m in g b e c ause in terest perks u p i n t opic s l i ke t r a v e l a n d h o m e d e c o r a ti n g s a i d Eile e n O' Ne i ll, g r oup p re si de nt for Discover y and TLC. TLC runs ona i r f e e l g o od ca m pa ig ns s p o tl i g h ti n g c o un t y f air s, sw i mm i ng po o ls f l i pflop s a nd o the r s um me r fu n. O v e r t h e y e a r s a g g r e s s i v e s u m m e r s l a t e s h e l p e d e r o d e t h e l i n e s b e t w e e n br o a dc a s t a nd c a bl e H i s tor y s p o pu l a r M o n d a y n i g h t l i n e u p f o r e x a m p l e o f t e n b e a t s f a r e o n t h e b r o a d c a s t n e t w o r k s Th e a mo un t o f n ew s um me r p ro g r a m m i n g o n c a b l e n o w s u r p a s s e s t h e tra d itio na l ope n ing o f the b ro a dca s t te le v is ion s e a so n i n la te S e pte mb e r, alt ho ugh t he n e w bro a d cast f a re is c once nt ra t e d in a couple of we eks. Th is ye a r AB C, C BS N BC a nd F ox ar e s che d ule d to br in g 2 3 ne w sh ows on the a ir d ur ing the e ar ly fa ll. NEW F ALL T V S EASO N ? HO W AB O UT SU MMER? T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 04 WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 GAL PALS pose with their Grace Nourishment & Coconut Water. PARTICIPANTS ordering up at the Grace Island Boyz booth. E VEN D J Su pa Ga rr y J o hnson enjo y s a n iced-c o ld G rac e Coconut Water. IN THIS publicity image released by FX, Elijah Wood portrays Ryan, left, and Jason Gann portrays Wilfred in a scene from the FX comedy "Wilfred," airing Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. EST on FX. (AP) JULY 12 AUG 12 S UMM E R AR T WORK SHO P : ALL ABO UT A FRI C A! The Cultural Gallery holds a summer art workshop for children ages 5 and up entitled "All About Africa!" Learn traditional African craft techniques. Learn about the geography, wildlife, culture and flags of African continent. Visit historical and cultural sites. Create one-of-a-kind craft and art items and display your creations in an Art Exhibition. 9amnoon daily. Cost: $320/; $100/weekly. Registration: $20. Telephone: 535-6997. JULY 12 JULY 29 AUG 2 AUG 19 TH E PL A C E FOR A R T S UMM E R AR T PRO G RA M The Place for Art Studio presents its Summer Art Program that offers three art classes for children ages 9 and over with titles such as "Discovering Great Artists", "Calligraphy for Children", "Bahamian Architecture for Teenagers" and "The Coral Reef Adventure". 8.30amnoon daily. Limit to 6 students per class. Cost: $375/materials and instruction included. Telephone: 393-8834 or 557-9979. JULY 13 & 15 16 M I S S TEE N US A P A GE A NT 20 1 1 A T A TL AN TI S The 2011 Miss Teen USA pageant is held at Atlantis. Welcome Reception: Wed July 13. 7pm at Royal Towers. Presentation Show: Friday July 15. 8pm at Grand Ballroom. 51 contestants representing 50 states in Evening Gown and Swimsuit categories. Final Show: Sat July 16. 8pm at Grand Ballroom. Top 15 contestants compete in Evening Gown, Swimsuit and Interview categories. Admission: Adults $35 Kids under 12 $15.Telephone: 363-2000. JULY 14 THURSDAY F R ENCH BAS TILL E DA Y CE L E BRA T ION S The Alliance FranÂaise celebrates the traditional French National Holiday with an evening of fine dining and music, 7pm at the Balmoral Club. Entertainment provided by Adrian d'Aguilar and his quartet Jazz Etc. Tickets: $70/Alliance members; $80/non-members. Price includes dinner, wine, entertainment, and parking. JULY 15 FRIDAY O NE N I GHT IN JAM AIC A 3 Lite Entertainment, in association with Budweiser and Ron Ricardo, presents "One Night in Jamaica" at Charlie's Club. Music provided by TG Movements, Fire Bottle, DJ Spice, DJ Warren and Crazy Jim. Special performances by Gary Snypes. JULY 15 FRIDAY N A G B PRE S ENT S : KEND AL H AN N A H APPY BIR T H DA Y T O ME' The National Art Gallery invites you to the official opening of the exhibition "Kendal Hanna Happy Birthday To Me", which coincides with the artist's 75th birthday and features key works from his sixty-year career. 6.30pm at the gallery. Telephone: 3285800. By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter G OOD TIMES and excitement were the order of the day as the Bahamas Olympic Committee staged its 2011 Olympic Day Fun Run/Walk last month. The event began at Mailboat Company Limited headquarters in Oakes Field with two slightly different routes. H e l d a n n u a l l y t h e c o m m i t t e e member s h ost ed t he event i n cel e b r a t i o n o f O l y m p i c D a y t h a t i s c e l ebrated around the world in honour o f the fo un da tio n o f th e I n te r na t io n a l Ol y mp ic Co mmit tee and t he re e s t a b l i s h m e n t o f t h e O l y m p i c Games. The c ompet iti v e runn e rs/ walkers t r a v e l e d a l o n g R u s s e l l R o a d t o Mc D o n a l d s o n T h o m p s o n B o u l eva r d F r o m t h e r e, t h e c o m p e t i t o r s traveled t o th e sixlegged roun da bo ut to the P r ospect R idge/T onique W i l l i a m s D a r l i n g s t o p l i g h t n o r t h ov er t h e r i dg e, b a c k t o Th o m ps o n Boulevard to Farrington Road and back to the Mailboat headquarters. In a statement issued to The Tri bune by Capital City Marketing, the F u n R u n W a l k w a s i n f u s e d w i t h Ol y m p i c s p i ri t f e s t i v e m u s i c t as t ings, medals and priz es f or part icip a n t s g oo d i e b a gs s p ec t at o r s a n d volunteers. O f t h e t a s t i n g s f i r s t t i m e c o n t r i b u t o r G r a c e N o u r i s h m e n t a n d Coconut Water was a major hit for pe r s on s w h o p a r ti c i pa te d i n th e wa lk and others that were in attendance. B e v e r a g e m i x e r s I s l a n d B o y z b l e n d e d fr o ze n N o u r i s h m e n t S l u s h e s a n d s e r v e d i c e d c o l d c o c o n u t w a t e r t o he l p pa r ti c ip a n ts a n d o th e r s be a t th e heat," the organisers said in a state ment. G o i n g f u r t h e r w h i p p i n g u p m o u t h w a t er i ng Nourishment flavors suc h as v an ill a, cho cola te a nd str awb er ry patrons were able to enjoy the slush blends and also acquire the drink's esse n tial nu trients s uc h as ca l cium, i ron z in c, Vit amin C Vit amin B 6, V i t a m i n B 1 2 T h i a m i n ( B 1 ) R i b o f l a v i n ( B 2 ) N i a c i n ( B 3 ) a n d Folacin all in one great taste. T h e r e w e r e a l s o l i v e b l e n d i n g d e m o n s t r a t i o n s a n d m i x e s o n s i t e d r e w t h e c u r i o s i t y a n d i n t e r e s t o f a t t en dee s as t h ey b at t l ed t h e w al k and the heat that came with it. T h e G r a c e N o u r i s h m e n t a n d Coconut Water blends proved very p o p u l a r w i t h a t t e n d e e s a s t h e r e w a s a b i g w o r d o f m o u t h a d v e r t i s i n g f o r t h e m t h a t d r e w c o n s t a n t t r a f f i c a t t h e Grace Island Boyz booth." Gr a c e Fo o ds pr o d uc ts a r e d is t ri b u ted by Island W hol e s a l e Lt d. F or m ore in f ormat i on, c on tac t Capi t al City Marketing ph. 323-5589. T H I N G S 2 DO Share your news The Tri bu ne wan ts t o hea r f ro m peo pl e wh o ar e m aki ng ne ws in t hei r ne igh bo ur ho od s. P er hap s yo u a re r ai si ng fu nd s f or a goo d caus e, cam pa ign in g f or i mp ro vem en ts i n th e ar ea or h ave wo n a n a war d. I f s o, call us on 322 -19 86 a nd s har e yo ur s t or y. B OC HOS T S 20 1 1 FU N R UN/W ALK
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 06 WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 J u s t a f e w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e Ba h am a s lo oke d like 4 0 ...5 0 ..60 ... years in the past From Matthew Town to Hope Town, the Imperial Lighthouse Service built many of these structures to guide shipping in and around the Bahamas. BY ROLAND ROSE SU MMER FR U IT S M ango season is well under way and this year's harvest is a good one with plenty of fruits on the trees. The mangoes with the fullest flavour tend to be small and fibrous and are best enjoyed by rolling them to soften them up then biting off the end and sucking the juice. The lar ger Indi andes cent man g o e s t ha t w e r e d e v e l op e d i n F l or i da are c all ed man gol as' by B ahami ans, b ut th at is n ot an o ff ic ial t erm. These are goo d fo r sli ci ng and eat ing in a semic ivil ised m anner bu t l a c k t h e i n t e n s i t y o f t u r p e n t i n e m a n g o e s As ia n ma n g o e s l i ke N a m Do c Mai are l on g and yel lo w, si gmo id i n s h a p e a n d h a v e n o f i b r e b u t excell ent f lavo ur. S o m e fr u i t s th a t h a v e a l r e a d y g i v en th eir mai n har vest b ut a r e s ti ll a round a re tama rind, sa podilla a nd wax jam bu. T amarin ds st ay on t h e t r e e a l o n g t i m e a n d a r e o f t e n e n j o y e d a s a b o i l e d c o n f e c t i o n L a te d il l i es d ev el o p m or e f l avo u r t h an e a r l y s e a s o n o f f e r i n g s a n d a r e a pers onal favo uri t e. I w oul d p refer o n e d i l l y t o a b u n c h o f b a n a n a s T h e s e c o n d f l u s h o f w a x j a m b u f ru it s i s h eavi er t han t he f irs t bu t never seem s qu it e as goo d w hen it co mes t o co lou r an d f lavo ur. As ian spec ial ti es s uc h as lo ngan, lyc hee an d ram bu tan are J ul y pr oduc e rs. Longan is t he mo st reliabl e o f t h e t h r e e a n d t h e t r ee s sh o u l d be kept pruned in t he off season so t he f rui t is k ept ac cess ibl e. P eo p l e w h o t r y l o n gan s f o r t h e f irst t ime i nvari ably c om pare t hem wi th guin eps. A cc ess t o t he pu lp is th e sa m e bu t the ta s te e x pe r ie n ce is c o m pl e t e l y d i ff e r e n t W h i l e lo n g a ns ha ve a crys t a l clea r swee t je lly-like i n t e r i o r w i t h s e e d s l i k e s m a l l c on k er s' (h o rs e c h es t n ut se ed s) t he p ul p o f g uin eps is c lo ud y and of t en v er y t art Th e seed i s mu ch larger t h an t hat of th e lon gan and t he pu lp of ten adh eres t o it t enaci ous ly. Th e exerci se is well w ort hw h i l e b e c a u s e f e w f r u i t s a r e a s ref resh ing as gui nep. B o t h m a m e y s a p o t e ( m u m m y su ppo rt er) an d m a m mee ap ple are i n s e as o n a n d a re o l d B ah a m i an f avour it es. The n umb er of b earin g t r e e s s e e m s t o g e t s m a l l e r e v e r y year d ue t o develo pmen t S u g a r a p pl e a n d s o u r s o p a r e b o t h a n n o n a s b u t t a s t e v e r y d i f f e r e n t W h i l e s u g a r a p p l e i s s w e e t t h e ta s t e of so urso p i s ref reshi ngl y uni qu e. T h e r e h a v e b e e n c l a i m s m a d e i n rec ent years th at so urso p co nt ain s c a n c e r c e l l f i g h t i n g a g e n t s I f s o t hat is a def in it e pl us. 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Y A H E A R G O S S I P C O R N E R D A Y 1 0 P O P L I N E LIL WAYNE HOW TO LOVE "You had a lot of crooks tryna steal your heart Never really had luck, couldn't never figure out How to love You had a lot of moments that didn't last forever Now you in the corner tryna put it together How to love" GIVE ME EVERYTHING Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer ROLLING IN THE DEEP Adele THE EDGE OF GLORY Lady Gaga PARTY ROCK ANTHEM LMFAO feat. Lauren Bennett & GoonRock LAST FRIDAY NIGHT (T.G.I.F.) Katy Perry THE SHOW GOES ON Lupe Fiasco E.T. Katy Perry feat. Kanye West JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH The Black Eyed Peas THE LAZY SONG Bruno Mars DON'T WANNA GO HOME Jason Derulo By LESH K ING B, as she is now calling herself, has once again given us a visual into her new album with her brand new video "Best Thing I Never Had." T h e s o n g f o l l o w s o n t h e h e e l s o f t h e d e b u t o f R u n t h e W o r l d ( G i r l s ) n e w s i n gl es from her new album entitled "4," which is cur re n tly h er fo ur th s ol o a l bum Th e al bu m flew straight up to the number one spot on the Billboard 200 charts. T h e B e s t T h i n g I N e v e r H a d v i d e o beg ins with Bey once we ar ing off whi te l ace l i n g e r i e S h e s s t a n d i n g n e x t t o a b e d s i n g i n g to the camera as if she's singing directly to the person behind the camera. "What goes around comes back around (hey my baby)," are the words she begin to sings. In the scenes that follow, Beyonce is seen parading a wedding gown and singing her he art out. Apar t f rom t he gown s c e nes the video cut into a flashback of her high school prom in which her boyfriend com pletely ignores and disrespects her and she wa l k s o f f w i th a br o k e n h e a r t a n d c h a n g e o f mind. The video goes on to show that it's not B e yo n c e t h at l o st n o t t h e m an f r o m h er hig h s cho ol pr om T he r e wa s a cli p sh owi ng him to his lonesome, wearing a crown with no one by his side, Beyonce was long gone and had moved on with her life. I w a n t e d y o u b a d I m s o t h r o u g h w i t h i t C a u se hon e st ly, you t urned out t o b e t he b e s t t h i n g I n e v e r h a d Y o u tu r n e d o u t t o b e t h e best t hi ng I nev er had An d I'm g on' alway s be the b e s t t h i n g y o u never had. I bet it sucks to be you right now," she sings. The v ideo ende d with Be yon c e 's weddi ng da y whe n sh e ma rr ie d th e ma n th at c ha ng e d h e r l i fe th e m a n o f h e r d r e a m s Th ey al l celeb rat ed aft er t he wed di ng at the reception and she danced along w i t h h i m a n d h e r n e w i n l a w s I t a l l appears to be a fairy tale for her. Immediately after the debut of the v id e o, cr iti cs a nd Bl og s ite s ju mp e d o n t h e j u d g i n g b a n d w a g o n R o l l i n g s t o n e n o t e d : T h e m o s t d i s a r m i n g thing about the clip is that she sings d ir e ctl y to th e c a m e r a a d d r e s s in g t hi s dude with a mix of triumph, smirking h u m o r a n d l i n g e r i n g b i t t e r n e s s T h e v i d e o h i t s a l l o f i t s m a r k s p e r f e c t l y c o n v e y i n g a l l o f t h e n u a n c e s i n t h e l y ri cs w hi le p r ov i di ng a lo v e ly m e m orable visual." Ac c or d i n g to N e w Y o r k M a g a zi n e It might be more low-budget than R u n th e W o r l d b u t i t' s s ti l l t r u e to BeyoncÂŽ, who has never hidden her love of wearing underwear or wed ding dresses. And she hasn't done t h a t m u c h w i t h s e e t h r o u g h bustiers, so that's an evolution for her, maybe." The Global Grind added their bit and stated, Last night's pre miere of Beyonce's "Best Thing I Never H a d w a s a g r e a t m a k e u p f o r n o t s e e i n g h e r marital union with Jay-Z a few years ago." I n a n i nte rv ie w with a few Be y once Fa ns Stacy Clarkson* said: I saw the video but I didn't get what I expected, the song is on fire and she gave us a cheap video." A n o t h e r F a n K a y l a B u l l a r d said: First of all the song is perfect, it has b ee n h ot for a bou t a month n ow. E ve ry one is saying the video is stale but I understand t h e s i m p l e c o n c ep t o f t h e c l i p an d sh e i s stunning in the video as a bride." Names have been changed* By FARAH IT HA S be e n a lon g jo ur ne y fo r r e gg a e Ba ha mi a n a r ti s t I -R a te w h o h a s fa c e d a s e r ie s o f h a r d s h ip s try i ng to su cce s sfu lly br ea k in to th e mu si c i ndu str y loca ll y, m a ke po siti ve mus ic, m a ke a cha ng e, and ma ke mo ne y a ll a t the sa m e ti me Th is jour ne y s ta rte d a fte r g ra du a tin g fr om hi gh sc hoo l, thou g h m us ic w a sn 't i niti a lly s om et hin g he thou g ht of pur s uin g a s a ca re e r "I g ue s s I ca n s a y m us ic foun d m e it s a g ift fr om J ah ." I n f l u e n c e d b y p e e r s w i t h s i m i l a r m u s i c a l i n t e r e s t s IR ate eventually t a ught himself how to p la y t he g uita r an d s tar te d wr iti ng so ng s a n d com pos in g h is own m us ic. N ow tha t the a r tis t h a s fou nd h is ri gh tful pla ce in mu si c, he h a s be e n w ork in g on a fe w pr oje cts Cur re n tly h e is pr ep a ri ng fo r the re le a s e of hi s de bu t a lbu m "S oul M us ic ". Be ca us e o f h i s m u s i c a l s t y l e wh i c h c o ns i s t s o f r e g g a e f u s e d w i t h h i p h o p a c o u s t i c g u i t a r a n d R & B h e cre a te s a v e ry uni que sou nd whi ch he cal ls Soul Mu si c". A nd i f y ou kn ow Ir a te a nd hi s mu si c y ou w o u l d m o s t l i k e l y k n o w t h a t t h e m a i n s u b j e c t m a t t e r s pr e se nt in a ny of his l y ri cs ar e th at a bou t li fe lov e tru th a nd pr a is e M u s i c i s s o m e t h i n g t h a t s h o u l d u p l i f t a n d e n c o u r ag e m an kind it is the univ e rs al la ng ua g e a nd my v i c e o f c h a n g e s o i t s h o u l d b e u s e d t o p o r t r a y a p o s iti ve me s sa g e to th os e li st en in g. Be si de s me ss a g e s of lov e a nd t ru th, I-R a te a ls o a d d r e s s e s s o m e o f t h e s o c i a l i l l s p r e s e n t i n o u r c o u n try tod ay A l o t o f t h e s o n g s o n t h i s a l b u m s p e a k s a b o u t t h e socia l ills such a s mur der crim e, a nd the g ov er nme nt. H owe v e r the r e a re tw o d an ce s on gs o n th is pr oje ct, he told I n Y a Ea r Ir a te is n ot onl y a bou t h is mu si c, he is a ls o a bou t ha v in g p os iti ve i nflu e nce s on y ou ng p e o p l e w i t h h i s p a s t e x p e r i e n c e s T h e a r t i s t g ets i nv ol ve d in a n um be r of co mm uni ty pr o je c ts s u ch a s P e a ce on Th a Str e e t s, a fr e e co mm u ni ty co nc e r t tha t h e ho s t f or y oun g p eo ple A n y t h i n g t h a t I c a n b e i n v o l v e d wit h. I try to b e ca us e th e re is so m uc h m o r e t o w h a t I d o t h a n m a k i n g m o n e y If I can f ost er so me k in d o f ch ange w i t h m y m u s i c t h e n t h a t i s a g o o d t h i n g O f al l h is ex pe ri en ce s i n m us ic I R ate note s th a t fin a nci ng h is p roje c ts a re the m os t cha ll e ng in g. "I t ha s be e n m os t ch al le ng i ng fin a ncia l ly be c au se th e mu si c i ndu str y in the Ba ha m as ha s a v e ry lo ng w ay to go Ge ttin g a i rp la y on th e ra di o i s a ls o v e r y c ha lle ng i ng a t tim e s a nd I d o no thi nk i t h as anyt hin g to do wi th th e quali ty o f music be ca us e I a lwa y s ma k e g oo d m us ic ." I ju st th ink we n e ed mor e uni ty i n thi s i n d u s t r y a n d t h a t i n c l u d e s a l l o f t h e a r t i s t s t h e ra d io sta tio ns a nd the d ee ja y s. I f we c an a ll col le cti v el y c ome tog e the r th e n thi ng s wo uld pr oba b ly b e mu ch mo re b e tte r in the i nd us try tod ay I-R a te ex p la in ed In 2 00 8 I-R a te re c ord e d hi s f ir st s in gl e as a solo ar tist. The na me of t he song wa s "Cya n R ule / Cy an Coo l" a n d it wa s re l ea s e d in Ap ri l 2 00 8 F i v e m o n t h s l a t e r h e r e l e a s e d h i s n e x t s i n g l e I Be li ev e ". I n 2 0 0 9 I-R a te r el e as e d h is fir s t mu si c v i d e o f o r t h e s i n g l e I B e l i e v e w h i c h w a s p l a y e d o n l o c a l an d i n t e rn a t i o n al t el ev i si o n s t a t i o n s. Si nce th e n I -R a te ha s re c ei v ed a l ot o f s upp or t fro m pe op le i n th e in du str y ra di o sta ti ons a nd l o c a l d j s a n d h a s p e r f o r m e d a t m a n y l o c a l e v e n t s r a n g i n g f r o m c o n c e r t s t o n i g h t c l u b p e r f o r m a n c e s H is alb um i s exp ec t ed to r eleas e so met i me th i s m on t h M u s i c fr o m h i s u p co m i n g a l b um w i ll be av a il a ble for d own loa d o n itun e s. I-RA TE YA HEAR Drake and Rihan na dating? Well, RiRi is apparently had a change of heart and is "quietly" dating fellow singer Drake. "They are definitely attracted to each other," a source told New York Post, which goes without saying, as they are two talented, good-looking, young, rich celebs. "But she's all about her career, and he wants to date around." Apparently, the pair was spotted making out at a club in Montreal, but neither camp has confirmed that they are seeing each other. YA HEAR Whitney Houston and Tyrese Gibson dating? No one saw this coming. In highly-unex pected-couple news, Whitney Houston and Tyrese Gibson are supposedly dating. Back in February, Whitney reportedly met model and Transformers star Tyrese Gibson at a party and the two have been quietly dating' ever since," Perez reported. "A source insists that Whitney made the first move, calling him to ask him out' after the party. YA HEAR Beyonce's dad stole money from her? According to legal papers obtained by TMZ, Beyonce's belief that her father stole money from her led to him being fired as her manager. In legal papers recently filed, Matthew Knowles claims that Live Nation Entertainment made false claims about him to his daughter in the hopes of coming aboard her 2011 world tour. Live Nation told the singer that he "had stolen money from Beyonce on her most recent tour or otherwise taken funds that [he] was not entitled to," according to the legal documents. Supporting those claims was Beyonce's law firm, who conducted an audit that concluded Mathew Knowles had stolen money, but he denies the accusations and is asking a judge to take depo sitions from several Live Nation employees to determine how they arrived at their conclusions. YA HEAR Tha Carte IV is done? Lil Wayne's long awaited "Tha Carter IV" is almost here, with a new mixtape thrown in for good measure. Tunechi confirms to MTV that the fourth installment in his "Tha Carter" series is officially completed and will drop in late August. "The album is done and it'll be out August 29," he says. "It's totally done." T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 07 WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 ARTIST IN DA SPOTLIGHT BEYONCE BEST THING I NEVER HAD VIDEO REVIEW
T H E T R I B U N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 08 WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 It's always fun to see the latest celebrity to be immortalised as a wax figure. From Kim Kardashian to P Diddy, everybody gets their shine in the famous Madame Tus saud's wax museum. Take a look at the many celebs that got a chance to be made in wax, can you spot the real from the fake? M A D E Y O U L O O K HEIDI KL UM JONAS BROTHERS EV A LONGORIA T A YLOR SWIFT ALICIA KEYS P DIDD Y C ARRIE UNDERWOOD KELL Y RIP A JUSTIN BIEBER SNOOP DOGG G WEN STEPHANI
By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com S till in its infancy stages, the development of womens rugby in the Bahamas received a major boost to its profile when three locals were selected to compete with the best players throughout the region. Alex Mackey, Bronia Beckford and Morganna Thurston will represent the Bahamas as members of the Caribbean Select Squad at the 2011 Womens NACRA Rugby Championships. T he week-long event is being hosted at the Truman Bodden National Sports Stadium in Grand Cayman featuring the top female sides in the Caribbean, including the hosts and reigning Caribbean champions. The team was selected by team coach and IRB development officer Scott Harland of Canada and based on fitness scores and recommendations from Dorian Roach, local national team player and coach. These girls have been working hard in training, mostly doing fitness and ball-handling drills, said Roach. While they are in Cayman, they will also have three sessions a day working on rugby drills, so not only are they competing, but they will also be participating in a coaching clinic. Hopefully, they will be able to bring a lot of the skills and knowledge they learn back home to teach to the other girls. T HETRIBUNE SECTIONEWEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 & & 5 5 E E . . . SPRINTER DIX TO MAKE EURO DEBUT BAD MEAT A WORRY AT SHANGHAI SWIM WORLDS PHOTO HIGHLIGHTS: FIF A 2014 WORLD CUP QUALIFIER ANDRE GREIPEL WINS THE 10TH STAGE BRAZIL TRIES TO JOIN ARGENTINA IN COP A AMERICA QUARTERS WOMENS WORLD CUP: US READY FOR FRANCE DURANT NOT RULING OUT GOING ABROAD T T U U R R N N T T O O 7 7 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 2 2 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 2 2 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . . . TOP SCORER: Lesley St Fleur (left scored five goals in the Bahamas 6-0 win (10-0 aggregate field. With the performance, St Fleur became the Bahamas national teams top scorer with six goals, adding to the goal he scored in 2010 World Cup Qualification against the British Virgin Islands. The Bahamas now shifts its attention to the second round, joining the US Virgin Islands and the Dominican Republic in the first group stage of the CONCACAF bracket, after each of the countries won to complete aggregate victories in the preliminary round. The three teams will advance to the World Cup qual ifying draw on July 30 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGES 4 & 5E P h o t o s b y T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f Lesley St Fleur goes on scoring rampage Trio to represent Bahamas on Caribbean Select Squad CARIBBEAN SELECT: Alex Mackey (far leftcentre T hurston will represent the Bahamas as members of the Caribbean Select Squad at the 2011 Womens NACRA Rugby Championships. S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E
Davydenko upset by German wild card THE Bahamas Cycling Federation hosted the 38th Cycles Unlimited Independence National Road Cycling Championship over the weekend. The race was held Sunday at the western end of New Providence in the Clifton Heritage Park area. S S E E E E T T H H E E R R E E S S U U L L T T S S in Thursdays sports section. The Caribbean Select team is comprised of players from nine countries around the region, including Curacao, Guyana, Barbados, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Bahamas, British Virgin islands, Bermuda and Mexico. The team opened play Sunday (July 10 they faced Trinidad and Tobago but suffered a lopsided 92-0 loss. They followed with a contest against tournament hosts Cayman Islands last night. However, the results were unavailable up to press time. The final game is slated for 6pm Thursday (July 14) against Jamaica. In match number two of the tournament, Jamaica upset the host team 15-12 after they built a 15-0 lead at the half. The matches can be v iewed live on the Intern et on www.caymanrug bytv.com The women's national team competed for the first time in 2010 when the Bahamas hosted the Caribbean Champi-o nships. At the event, the Bahamas showed off a women's 15-a-side team for the first time. They suffered a pair of lopsided defeats, 65-0 to the Caribbean Select side and 48-0 to the Cayman Islands. SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011, PAGE 3E STUTTGART, Germany (AP German wild card Cedrik-Marcel Stebe celebrated his first victory on the ATP tour when he upset sixthseeded Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the first round of the Mercedes Cup yesterday. The 20-year-old German who comes from near Stuttgart lost his only other tour-level matches, in the first round at Halle and Wimbledon. Both were on grass. Davydenko was twice a semifinalist in the clay-court tournament in Stuttgart. Two Spaniards, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Pablo Andujar, also advanced, along with Lukasz Kubot of Poland. M M e e l l z z e e r r u u p p s s e e t t b b y y C C o o l l o o m m b b i i a a s s G G i i r r a a l l d d o o STUTTGART, Germany (AP Santiago Giraldo of Colombia upset second-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria 6-4, 7-5 on Tuesday to advance to the second round of the Mercedes Cup. Giraldo beat Melzer for the first time in three attempts. The Colombian reached the final in Santiago in February, also on clay. Third-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, who captured his first career title in Stuttgart in 2002, eased past Germany's Philipp Petzschner 6-3, 63. Jeremy Chardy of France, who won the tournament in 2009, beat Germany's Tobias Kamke 7-6 (1 LUCERNE, Switzerland (AP American sprinter Walter Dix is sched uled to run his first European race of the season at the Spitzen meet to prepare for the world championships. Meet director Terry McHugh says Dix, a double bronze medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, will compete in the 200 meters in Lucerne, Switzerland. Dix is the main American sprint medal hope at the worlds starting August 27 in Daegu, South Korea. He clocked his season-best of 19.95 sec onds to win the 200 national title last month at Eugene, Oregon. Dix won the 100 in 9.94, after Tyson Gay withdrew with a hip injury that needed season-ending surgery. Dix ran a personal best 9.88 at Lucerne last year, finishing second to Jamaica's Nesta Carter. The meet starts July 21. US sprinter Dix to make European debut in Lucerne Trio to represent Bahamas on Caribbean Select Squad BAHAMIAN professional football player Devard Darling was in town recently to finalize plans for the "Darling Family Day" a one-day fundraiser with activities for the entire family. The family fun day event is scheduled to take place at D W Davis Jr High, Wilton Street, on Saturday (July 16 Activities include a flagfootball tournament, a steakout and party boat cruise. The day begins from 10am and runs until 4pm for the steakout and flag-football tournament. The party boat leaves Potters Cay Dock at 9pm. Devard Darling is a young Bahamian who is achieving his dreams but finds it important to give back to his community. We're happy to support his efforts, says Chris Mortimer, president of Galleria Cinemas. In addition to the family fun day, the As One Foundation also provides scholarships to high school seniors through its annual Devard & Devaughn Darling High School Senior Awards. Since its inception, it has been successful in awarding over $30,000 in scholarships. The As One Foundation was established with a vision to support and enhance youth development by providing youth-centered activities and opportunities to develop character, values, sportsmanship, responsibility and positive relationships through a foundation that is supported and valued both nationally and internationally. For further information about the camps, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Darling Family Day set for this weekend F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E DEVARD DARLING BCF hosts I ndependence National Road Cycling Championship By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer THOSE beat-up legs that cut short seasons, and eventually a career, would never have sat still for Chinas greatest moment. Yao Ming knew the Chin ese needed to be successful as the hosts of the 2008 Olympics, and he knew they couldn't do it without him. So when he was injured that February, just six months before the opening ceremony, he threw himself into a rehab that ensured he'd be on the floor, though sadly not for much longer. And with Yao set to retire from the NBA, it's easy to focus on how much he lost during an injury-plagued final f ew seasons. It's better to think about how much the 7-foot-6 star accomplished in the time he did play. "People forget how good he is, because he's been out of the picture for a few years, because of injuries. This guy was the best center of his generation, his timeframe. They also forget the intangibles the grace, the humility, the humour, the wit, the selfless-n ess, which he conducted himself with every day, despite enormous pressures," former Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy said. S o much would have been different without Yao, both for the NBA that has made millions in basketball-crazed China, to the superstars who found endorsement dollars there that never existed previously. Kevin Durant spent the last week there, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade all are expect ed this summer. Think that would be the case if it turned out Yao couldn't play? That was the pressure Yao faced as the No. 1 pick in the 2002 draft. He not only had the usual scrutiny on the floor of a top pick, he had to showh e had personality off it, that along with that work ethic the Chinese were known for was a sense of humor good enough to land him opposite Yogi Berra in a comical Visa commercial on Super Bowl Sunday of his rookie season. He quickly won over Shaquille O'Neal, one of the many NBA players to post hisa ppreciation of Yao on Twitter over the weekend, and every other big man he battled. His numbers were solid: 19 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, but he started getting hurt just as he was getting better. After playing at least 80 games each of his first three seasons, he lasted more than 60 only once the rest of his nine-year career. "Yao Ming has had an extraordinary impact on the growth of basketball, worldwide. We consider that he o nly played, effectively, five s easons," Marc Ganis, presi dent of Chicago-based consultancy SportsCorp. "He opened up the most populated nation in the world, at a time when it was going through its greatest growth, in a way that will never be duplicated." But all those extra summers playing for China were going to catch up to Yao. He should have sat out in 2006 after missing four months because of a broken foot, but insteadr ushed back for the world basketball championship, guaranteed beforehand the Chinese would advance out of pool play, and carried themt o that goal. Opponents who knew how much it meant for Yao and the Chinese were worried he wouldn't be able to play two years later in Beijing after surgery that March to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. Somehow, that foot was strong enough to carry his nation's flag into the games, strong enough to make a 3pointer for the first basket of the game in China's opener against the gold medal-win ning Americans, setting off as raucous an ovation as can ever be heard inside an arena. "I was just really happy to make that shot," Yao saida fter the Americans' 101-70 victory. "It was the first score in our Olympic campaign here at home and I'll always remember it. It represents that we can keep our heads up in the face of really tough odds." Yao, set to retire, did much in little time EURO DEBUT: Walter Dix can be seen during the award ceremony in the National Stadium at the Beijing 2008 Olympics. (AP Photo YAO MING reacts after scoring against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. (AP Photo
SPORTS PAGE 4E, WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS On the pitch: Bahamas beats FIFA 2014 World Cup Preliminary Round Qualification DOMINANT VICTORY: The Bahamas mens national soccer team won their second game against the Turks & Caicos Islands 6-0 (10-0 aggregate 2014 World Cup Preliminary Round Qualification. Here are some photo highlights of the game at Roscow Davies soccer field on Saturday. P h o t o s b y T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f
SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2011, PAGE 5E Turks & Caicos Islands, 6-0 FIFA 2014 World Cup Preliminary Round Qualification B IG WIN: T he Bahamas mens national soccer team won their second game against the Turks & Caicos Islands 6-0 (10-0 aggregate 2014 World Cup Preliminary Round Qualification. Here are some photo highlights of the game at the Roscow Davies soccer field on Saturday. P h o t o s b y T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f