JOHNMARQUISISBACK! ...and as controversial as ever TOMORROW N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.194TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS ANDSUN HIGH 91F LOW 80F Alleged gay lifestyle ma y have been the motiv e f or killing TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM www.fidelitygroup.comCall 356.7764today! Get out of Debt Fast with a Fidelity Fast Track Debt Consolidation loan. Decisions Fast Money Fast Plus Visa Credit Card FastGetoutofdebt Fast! Murder victim ran for his life A YOUNG man may have run for his life before he was brutally gunned down execu-t ion-style, it was claimed yes terday. Aspiring photographer S havado Simmons, 20, and a friend were chased to an apartment block by an armedr obber, say police reports. T he gunman kicked open the front door, forced the terrified pair to lie face down ont he floor, and then shot Shavado twice. His friend was unharmed. Although the motive for S havados murder remains a mystery, some believe he may have been killed because of his alleged gay lifestyle. Yesterday, detectives are attempting to piece together the final moments of the popular young man. Preliminary reports indi cated that Shavado, who was also known as Elmo, may have been robbed by a man who followed him home. However, police have confirmed they are exploring other avenues. Since his killing, several concerned people have called The Tribune fearing Shavados death may have been a hate crime, related toh is alleged alternative lifestyle. Erin Greene, of the Rain b ow Alliance gays rights group, said: Whether it was a hate crime or premeditatedm urder, we just hope the p olice investigate and do the same good work to either confirm or rule out the possi b ility of a hate crime. According to police reports, Shavado and another man were walking home from a convenience store off Charles W Saunders highway, when a man attempted to rob them. The pair managed to escape the gunman and ran to a nearby apartment complex. However, the man followed them and allegedly kicked in the door to the apartment. Once inside, the man reportedly ordered Shavado and his friend to lie face down on the floor and robbed them both. Shavado was shot twice, SEE page nine By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com HUNDREDS turned out for the first day of registration for the Governments Job Readiness programme, according to a Labour Ministry official. Chief finance officer Joseph Mullings said day one of the application process went smoothly with more than 300 people turning out at CR Walker High School alone to register for the national job and skills training initiative. Mr Mullings said they began the registration process 30 minutes early at 9am because of the large line of anxious people ready to get started in the programme. People are tired of being unemployed and are ready to start working today, if they could, said Mr Mullings. The job initiative was first announced by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham during this years budget debate in Parliament, SEE page two READINESS: Registering for the national job and skills training initiative. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f HUNDREDS REGISTER FOR JOB READINESS PROGRAMME By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org DESPITE all the furor surrounding the government's plans to turn the Mackey Yard slum into a government subdivision and give eligible s quatters preference, no one h as yet applied for a lot, Minister of Housing Kenneth Russell said yesterday. Not to my knowledge," said Mr Russell, when asked if anyone had applied to purc hase land in Mackey Yard. Government has plans to clean up shanty town communities and will construct a new 2 50 lot subdivision at the site SEE page nine MINISTER: NO APPLICATIONS YET FOR MACKEY YARD SUBDIVISION LOTS By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter email@example.com RESIDENTS across sever a l areas of New Providence had their daily routines disrupted due to BEC powerf ailures yesterday. S ome complained their electricity was shut off as they prepared to leave for work yesterday morning, while others said they were without power for hours yesterday afternoon. A tripped generator was to blame, said BEC spokes woman Arnette WilsonIngraham. This forced the company to load shed because it could not meet customer demand. NEW PROVIDENCE HIT B Y MORE BEC POWER OUTAGES By LAMECH JOHNSON TWO men were arraigned in Magistrates Court yester day afternoon to answer to charges of burglary, armed robbery and rape. Audley Ward, 26, of Price Street, Nassau Village and Dominick Thompson, 24, of Cascarilla Street, Pinewood Gardens, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court 1, Bank Lane. Ward and Thompson, whose attorneys were not present at the arraignment, are accused of burglary, T WO ACCUSED OF BUR GL ARY, ARMED ROBBERY, RAPE SEE page nine SEE page nine
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE where he said the programmes goal was to prepare Bahamians to take full advantage of the economic upturn. The three components of the programme include s kills and job training and general job placement which, according to the application form, are intended to prepare Bahamians for entrance into the labour market and to enhance existing skills byb ringing together the busin ess community and prospective employees. M r Mullings said he e xpects to have this type of s uccessful turnout througho ut the week. Applications will be p rocessed in two to three weeks, said Mr Mullings. A 23-year-old recent coll ege graduate said she had b een having trouble finding p romising job opportunities and hopes the programme w ill increase her chances of future employment. She said: Whether qualif ied or not, its difficult to f ind a job. I need one to surv ive. She added that she found the process to be quite smooth. Bahamians wishing to p articipate can collect and fill out applications forms until Thursday, between 9 .30 am and 3pm, from the following locations in New Providence: LW Young Junior High S chool C R Walker Senior High E P Roberts Primary School Anatol Rodgers High S chool C V Bethel Senior High H O Nash Junior High In Grand Bahama: Eight Mile Rock High School West End Primary School Jack Hayward High School High Rock Primary F orms can also be down loaded from the website www.bahamas.gov.bs. A pplication forms are to be returned to the centres from which they were col-l ected, accompanied by a N ational Insurance card, the first four pages of a passport or birth certificate, and copies of academic certificates. Employers wishing to take part in this programme by hiring persons can regis ter at firstname.lastname@example.org. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Three persons were charged with drug possession in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrates Court on Friday. Kevin Mitchell, 18, Alfred George Jr, 21, and Kelly Mitchell, 28, all residents of Martin Town, Eight Mile Rock, appeared before Magistrate Gwen Claude. The men were charged with possession of dangerous drugs with intent to supply in connection with a matter on July 14 at Martin Town. Kevin Mitchell pleaded guilty to the offence and was sentenced to two years in prison. George and Kelly Mitchell were conditionally discharged on the completion of 50 hours of community service. THREE CHARGED WITH DRUG POSSESSION OFFICERS of the Central Division arrested seven people and cited 67 drivers for various traffic infractions on Friday. In an operation called Spring Tide officers of the Central Division arrest ed two people on outstanding Warrants of Arrest and five Haitians for immigra tion purposes. Two of the five Haitians arrested were also arrested in reference to a stolen vehicle. CENTRAL DIVISION C ONDUCT S OPERA TION SPRING TIDE HUNDREDS turned up at C R Walker Senior High School yesterday to register for the governments Job R eadiness programme. F elip Major / Tribune staff HUNDREDS REGISTER FOR JOB READINESS PROGRAMME F ROM page one
MAN AND WOMAN CHARGED WITH MURDER OF VICTIM STRUCK BY VEHICLE LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011, PAGE 3 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org HAITIAN immigrants do not live free in the Bahamas, according to Tribune sources, who say many so-called squatters are rent-paying residents making certain Bahamians rich. It is a common practice in immigrant housing communities for many residents to pay rent, and those residents with legal status may have tenant rights, claimed a source. In many cases, Bahamians are collecting the cash, and facilitating the development and expansion of unplanned developments, said sources. Those people are actually tenants. They h ave a landlord they pay weekly or monthly or bimonthly basis. Those individuals are not being spoken about. They are so well networked to a point where you cannot expose them, said one source. If you go every week, they are collecting up to $2,000 in one yard. They are using that money to put their children through private school; to pay for their vacations, and to pay officials to keep hushhush about what is going on. It is all a wellrun business. So actually there are no squatters in the Haitian community. Someone who is a Bahamian regulates them, he s aid. Residents of Bois Pen, the Haitian vill age off Joe Farrington Road, said there are at least two Bahamians who manage land in the village and collect rent. Where the land is privately owned, Tribune sources claim, there could be legitimate landlord-tenant relationship between the residents and the land owner. In that case, the residents would have tenant rights. The landlord-tenant relationship is the strongest point, because a tenant has rights, which would be any rights that they are supposed to get under the agreement. The problem is that most agreements are verbal or by custom. The person comes around every month or every two weeks and collects X-amount. If someone goes to court the only thing they have is the tradition, but the landlord can dispute that, said an attorney. The general perception towards Haitian immigrants and the questionable status of some residents, he said, place landlords ina position of advantage. It is a pure cash agreement. The only term in the agreement is that you pay me X-amount and you have permission to use my land. Once a tenant is able to show some type of evidence of a pattern that they have been paying rent, or that someone has been collecting, then they could make the legal argument, he said. As for the legal status of tenants, Minister of Immigration Brent Symonette said that strictly speaking, renting to persons who do not have status is not an illegal act. As for the circumvention of subdivision laws, a source said that matter would be a procedural infraction, but also not necessarily illegal. A criminal matter would probably only arise, according to the source, if the purp orted landlord collected rent from the tenants by way of false representation. G overnment officials have confirmed knowledge of the practice of Bahamians collecting rent in shanty towns, but there has been no official investigation. Shanty Kenneth Russell, Minister of Housing, said it was fair to say some Bahamians are facilitating the development of shanty towns, while immigrants receive the brunt of the complaints. Asked if the government had a responsibility to investigate the involvement of Bahamians, and set the record straight, Mr Russell said, That may be true, but for me, that is not part of my involvement as Minister of Housing. Mr Symonette said: Bahamians are facilitating non-nationals being in our country. They are potentially just as guilty. He would not say for a fact that Bahamians are collecting rent from residents in shanty towns, only that he has heard about t he claims. Earlier this year, The Tribune revealed a foiled scheme in the Government Yard community off Carmichael Road where Bishop Ross Davis of the Golden Gates World Outreach Ministries had facilitated the collection of money from Haitian residents on behalf of a Bahamian who claimed ownership. The Haitian residents, p aid deposits on their lease directly at the church, sought refunds after certain irregularities arose. Government officials at the time said the land was the property of the Ministry of Housing. The Tribune also revealed that in the case of Mackey Yard, some residents claimed they lived free of charge with the permission of Kenny Mackey, the person they believed to be the land owner. Some sources claim there was a woman who collected rent. It is unclear on whose behalf she worked. They tell the Haitians you can't make mention that you are paying rent. But they have to ask for permission to do anything. You are not hearing about those individuals who run the yard because it is totally underground. Everything is hush-hush. Those individuals are not coming forward. They can't. Over the years they have madea killing. All of this discussion is smoke that is covering up the real, real concern, a source said. In some cases, another source said, the land is inherited property. This is the case with Mackey Yard. Tribune sources claim the Mackey family leased the land from the government at least one generation ago, and the current Mr Mackey inherited the responsibility. Most of the times people do it just for familiarity. I know a situation where this person collects rent. The people know him from his daddy. It was his fathers land, and he passed away. The son, who does it now, its not like he went to court to get the property put in his name, said a source. Haitian immigrants not living free By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT A man and woman were charged with murder in the Freeport Magistrates Court on Monday in connection with the death of a man who was struck and killed last week. Glinton Louis, 32, of Gar den Villas, and Coletor John son, 22, of Drake Avenue, appeared in Court Three before Deputy Chief Magis trate Helen Jones. The pair was represented by Simeon Brown. It is alleged that on Tuesday, July 12, Louis and Johnson while being concerned together intentionally caused the death of 23-year-old M arkenson Justin. They were not required to enter a plea to the murder charge. Justin was walking on Explorers Way near East A tlantic Drive when he was struck by a vehicle that allegedly left the scene. He was taken to Rand Memorial Hospital where he later died. After completing their investigations, police classified Justins death as the sixth homicide for the year on Grand Bahama. Louis and Johnson have been remanded to Her Majestys Prison until October 25, 2011 when a preliminary inquiry will be conducted to determine whether there is sufficient evidence for trial in the Supreme Court. news in BRIEF ACCUSED: Coletor J ohnson, 22, and G linton Louis, 32, are seen being escorted to c ourt by police for their murder arraignment in the Freeport Magistrates Court o n Monday. B RENT SYMONETTE K ENNETH R USSELL By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Grand Bahama Police are still investigating a traffic accident on East Sunrise Highway which took the life of an elderly man on Saturday. A ccording to Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, the victim was a 68-year-old resident of S outh Bahamia. Initial investigations suggest that speed was a factor in the accident. Police received a report around 8pm on Saturday ofa traffic accident on East Sunrise Highway involving 2001 GMC Sonoma Truck. The truck was travelling west on the highway before it veered into the median and then collided with a tree. The victim, who identity has not been released, was taken to Rand Memorial Hospital where he later died. Police are awaiting the results of an autopsy report to determine the cause of death. By LAMECH JOHNSON A MAN appeared in Mag istrates Court yesterday to face an armed robbery charge. Roberto Williams Bonaby, 29, of Sir Lynden Pindling Estates appeared before Magistrate Guillimina Archer in Court 10, Nassau Street to be charged with the armed robbery of Prescott Cooper. The incident occurred on Friday, June 24. It is alleged that Bonaby, while armed with a handgun, robbed Cooper of a gold chain valued at $1,800, a Rolex Submarine wrist watch valued at $8,400 and $330 cash. Magistrate Archer adjourned the matter to October 12, when a preliminary inquiry will be held to deter mine whether there is suffi cient evidence for the case to proceed in the Supreme Court. Bonaby was not required to enter a plea and was remand ed to Her Majestys Prison. A GUNMAN attempting to rob a convenience store in Pinewood Gardens on Sunday afternoon was disarmed by two civilians. The incident occurred around 3pm when a man armed with a handgun entered Margos Convenience Store, located on Wiseman Avenue, Pinewood Gardens. It is reported that once inside the establishment a struggle followed between the culprit, an employee and another man, which resulted in the gunman being dis armed. The police were called to the scene and officers were able to take the culprit into custody shortly afterwards. Police are now questioning a 36-year-old man of Ferguson subdivision off Carmichael Road in connection with the incident. While thanking the two men at the convenience store for their assistance in this matter, police advised members of the public not to engage themselves physically with any armed person as this can result in injury or even death. GUNMAN DIS ARMED B Y T WO CIVILIANS By SANCHESKA BROWN ANOTHER delay in the u nlawful sex trial of Randy F raser has now pushed closing arguments to next m onth. Closing submissions were e xpected to be delivered yesterday, but because one o f Frasers lawyers failed to a ppear in court, the matter was adjourned to August 12. P rosecutors have accused Fraser, 53, of abusing hisp osition of trust by having a s exual relationship with a 1 6-year-old girl he had a greed to counsel. It is alleged that Fraser, p astor of Pilgrim Baptist T emple on St James Road, h ad a sexual relationship w ith the girl between July 2005 and February 2006. Fraser denies the allegations and remains on $10,000 bail. H e is represented by attorney Jiaram Mangra. D eputy director of Public Prosecutions Franklyn Williams is prosecuting the case, which is being heardb efore Deputy Chief Magist rate Carolita Bethell. 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EDITOR, The Tribune. Every Bahamian citizen should be very concerned about what is currently transpiring in the United States of America regarding its massive debt. America owes her creditors a whopping 14.46 trillion dollars. As it stands right now, the US will be surpassed by the Peoples Republic of China as the number one worlds superpower by the year 2016, or thereabouts. Since the days of the United Bahamian Party and Sir Stafford Sands, The Bahamas has relied heavily on our neighbours to the north for the majority of our tourists. It would not be too farfetched to say that America has been this countrys bread and butter for the past 50 years. Therefore, if the US falls, The Bahamas could very well go down with it. The economies of the US and The Bahamas are intricately tied together. Successive Bahamian gove rnments have failed miserably to diversified the economy. We have continually relied on Sir Staffords economic models of tourism and banking in order to survive. Now, the economy of the United States is rapidly deteriorating; and no one, including President Barack Obama or Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, knows how to fix it. The United States of America has had many prosperous years during the 20th century. American governments ran many surpluses during the early 1900s, and even during the 18th and 19th centuries. There was a time in the nation's history when it was virtually debt free. However, times have changed; and it has changed for the worse. The US government has been blatantly irresponsible with the handling of its economy during the last 50 years or so. In fact, the Government A ccountability Office, which serves as the governments auditor, has warned that the US is on a fiscally unsustainable path, according to one USI nternet daily. The 2011 budget that was prepared by the Obama administration will increase the debt to 23 trillion dollars by the year 2019. This means that the US gov ernment plans to spend nearly one trillion dollars in deficit spending a year for the next eight years. When George W Bush came to office in January of 2001, the US national debt stood at 5.7 trillion. When he left office in 2009, the national debt was nearly 11 trillion. President O bama met the national debt at 10.7 trillion. As of today, it presently s tands at over 14 trillion. In just over two years in office, Obama h as added nearly 4 trillion to the debt. The national debt of the US was just 260 billion in 1950. It was 909 billion in 1980. Nineteen-eighty was just over 30 years ago, yet the debt has increased by over 13 trillion since then. This can explain why Standard and Poors downgraded the credit outlook of the US ton egative in April of this year. The public purse of the US is haemorrhaging at a very rapid pace. Government run programmes like Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare are bleeding the US treasury dry. According to financial experts, these three programmes will exceed government tax revenues in 75 years. In fact, Medicare Part A already exceeds programme tax revenues and Social Security payouts exceeded payroll taxes in 2010. In regards to the massive national debt, the central banks o f foreign countries like China, the United Kingdom and Japan owns 4.45 trillion of the US debt. If you think that these sta tistics are grim; wait until you read the following. The unem ployment rate in the US is 9.2 per cent. According to the experts, nearly 26 million Americans are either unemployed or underemployed. Approximately 14.1 million Americans are jobless. Over six million Americans have been jobless for over six months. Over 908 thousand private sector jobs were added so far in 2011. Only 18,000 private sector jobs were added by American bosses in June. A t this slow pace, it will take another four to five years before the US gets back to its pre-recession job levels. Additionally, 4.5 million American households are either three payments late in their mortgage payments or are in foreclosure proceedings, according to a CNBC report. According to the same CNBC report, the US housing crisis is now worse than the Great Depression of the 1930s. But what does this all mean for The Bahamas? It means that our tourism sector will continue to struggle. Even if the DNA, NDP, BDM, PDP, PLP or the Workers Par ty was in power, instead of the FNM, this nations economy wouldve still been in this deep recession. Bahamians must come to grips with this reality. This recession has caused the FNM government to borrow a lot of money from foreign banks in order to pay its bills and to invest in infrastructural developments in a valiant effort to stimulate the sagging economy. The government had very little choice. I understand that government revenues have seen a drastic dip in recent years, owing to this depression. The FNM has taken a lot of flack over its handling of the economy. However, we must remember that this global recession was way beyond the control of the FNM government. I am beginning to suspect t hat the Progressive Liberal Party, the Democratic National Alliance and the National Development Party will all use this recession to beat up the Free National Movement during the political campaign sea s on. They will use this recession to score one or two political brownie points. The question, however, that all Bahamians should be asking is this: If the PLP or any oft he other opposition parties win the general election, how will they fix the economy? I dont think that any Bahamian government will be able to do much in this financial climate. Nevertheless, if the PLP wins the election, they will begin to explain to the voting public what the FNM had been telling us all along: That the global recession is the cause of our financial dilemma. Therefore, the leadership of the PLP and DNA must be very careful not to make promises that they cannot keep if elected to power in2 012. No political party in this country can fix this economy. Not one. It doesnt matter which political party is in power; the fact remains that The Bahamas would still be in a recession. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama, July 11, 2011. (This is true. But what we m ust each ask ourselves in this crisis: Of all the political parties, which of its leaders has the steadiest head and the strongest hand to keep the ship of state from sinking? (Heading the FNM is Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham a decisive leader, who so far has kept the ship steady. Then there is the PLP with Perry Christie an indecisive leader with five years of proven indecision as prime minister. And finally there is the newcomer Branville McCartney. Mr MCartney is a young man filled with ambition, desirous of change, anxious to get to the top quickly, but with no experience and no proven tract record. (The times in which we live are now too serious to take chances. At this critical hour the country needs an experienced and seasoned leader, who has the ability to make the hard, but necessary decisions. Of the three before us there is only one obvious choice and that choice will be made by Bahamians at the polls. Ed). EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama WEBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON Science from the s pace shuttle helped open Earth's eyes to the cosmos and sister planets. It created perhaps the most detailed topographical map of Earth. It even still is helping doctors understand, and sometimes fix, what is happening in people's aging and ailing bodies. If you need help getting out of a crashed car, or if you are a soldier manoeuvring around an active land mine field, space shuttle-derived technology may have saved your life. And thanks to the space shuttle, we have healthier baby formula and cooling socks to wear in hot weather. Most Americans wrongly credit the Apollo moon programme with creating Earthly "spinoffs" of new technology that it never did: sticky Velcro, nonsticky Teflon and orange-powdered Tang all things used by NASA but not invented there. Yet the 40-year space shuttle programme often does not get recognized for its science and technology, NASA says. And shuttlebased science will come to an end when Atlantis, carrying mouse stem cell and vaccine experiments, comes home on Thursday. Of course spending nearly $200 billion on any advanced technology will pay off in various unplanned ways. Scientists who have worked with and for the space agency say that the shuttle research has paid off. "There's been a good deal of science learned on the shuttle," said astronautics and health technology professor Laurence Young of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,who has sent experiments on seven shuttle flights, mostly on how weightlessness affects the body. Science was not the reason the shuttle was built, said Rice University physicist Neal Lane, who was the head of the National Science Foundation and President Bill Clinton's science adviser. However, the shuttle and the International Space Station, which could not have been constructed without the shuttle, are unprecedented places for important science. He has great hopes foran antimatter physics experiment that shuttle Endeavour delivered to the station in May. People overlook the increased under standing in human biology that the shuttle and station have provided, Lane said. "We've learned some things about the human body that we had no other way to learn except to operate for some period of time some extended period of time in space." Astronauts lose bone strength, have bal ance problems and weakened immune systems that in many ways are similar to aging. Studying how to combat bone loss on shuttle astronauts with exercise and other activity may help the Earth-bound, they figure. Still, the most obvious science the shuttle helped generate is with astronomy. Exhibit 1 is the Hubble Space Telescope, which c hanged Earth's view of the cosmos and even its understanding of the age of the universe. It was launched with the shuttle, fixed with t he shuttle and upgraded four other times by spacewalking shuttle astronauts. Without all that, Earth's view of the rest of the universe would have been fuzzy at best. Former NASA science chief Alan Stern said the shuttle launched three other major space exploration probes: Galileo, which gave close-up views of Jupiter and its moons; Magellan, which mapped hot, chaotic Venus; and Ulysses, which examined the sun's larger influence on the edges of the solar system. But what is taken for granted even more is how the shuttle improved our view of our home planet with one flight in 2000. The spacecraft carried a set of special radar instruments that mapped most of the world, including previously inaccessible areas such as jungles and mountaintops, with the most precise topographical measurements ever. This is important for military planning and aviation. Another overlooked item from the space shuttle is the bioreactor. It was designed originally to grow cells and tissue in space for experiments in zero gravity, but it is used on Earth for all sorts of biomedical research. Bioreactors can grow blood and human tissue in a constantly rotating growth medium that simulates the free fall of zero gravity. Then, scientists can direct tissue growth in predetermined shapes using plastic lattices, much like the way ivy climbs walls. It still is a devel oping technology, so who knows where it will lead, said Dan Lockney, NASA's spinoff technology manager. Each year, NASA puts out a list of shuttle science spinoffs, which are either purposeful or accidental. NASA scientists were trying to design better space food and they looked to algae. They found an algae nutrient that had been seen only in human breast milk and developed it. It is now in 95 per cent of infant formula, Lockney said. "Millions of babies have been fed (by NASA; that beats Tang," Lockney said. Another common item is a material designed for shuttle spacesuits that controls temperature, thereby cooling astronauts. Phase change materials from Outlast Tech nologies Inc. are now in socks, outdoor clothing and even some business suits, he said. Famed heart surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey helped develop a tiny new artificial heart pump, a bridge for patients need ing transplants, based on fluid flow through the space shuttle main engines, the most complicated engines ever built. A few hun dred people have had the device implanted. NASA helped develop a tool for firefighters that rescues people from crashed cars and is lighter and cheaper than the famed Jaws of Life; it also needs no outside power source or hoses. Also, shuttle rocket fuel has been used to develop a device that safely sets off buried land mines. ( This article is by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer). The opposition parties should not use recession for political mileage LETTERS l email@example.com Shuttles science brought payoffs to Earth -())5(<:,//,$0 &+$5,7(RI52%,162152$'1$66$8%$+$0$6 EDITOR, The Tribune. Thank you for publishing two very relevant letters in The Tribune today. Praises to Mr Mabon and Ms Ingraham for touching the subjects of what we now have to live with. BECs behaviour and the ensuing charges we receive each month are grotesque! It is little wonder that private property owners all over New Providence (and now some out-islands about the General Public encroaching on their beaches, have you seen the filth that is left behind on every weekend they visit? Let us note that the percentage of filthy people is far out weighed by proud and productive Bahamians who have the dignity and pride in their country. My, how so few can ruin it for so many. We need to tighten littering laws along with illegal dumping and employ more clean-up crews from the various organisations that do such a fabulous job in their never ending battle to keep us semi-tidy. We too in the south west of the island have very sporadic garbage collection and have to employ private trucks to take waste to the dump just to maintain our neighbourhoods in a sightly manner. CAPT P HARDING Nassau, July 9, 2011. LETTERS WERE VER Y RELEV ANT
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During the past week, police t hroughout the capital cited 455 drivers for various traffic i nfractions and put 220 matters before the Traffic Court. Some of the offences for which persons were cited included: unlicensed and unin s pected vehicles; driving on a closed street; failing to keep l eft; failure to have windows of transparent view, and parking in a no parking zone. Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade said he would like to thank the hardworking officers of the various polic i ng divisions throughout New Providence, including the offic ers of the Traffic Division, for their diligence and commit ment during the past week. The police also commend members of the public who continue to adhere to the traf f ic rules and regulations. Additionally, we wish toe ncourage members of the public to be alert to your surr oundings and to obey all laws as police will continue with their efforts to make this Bahamas a safer place for all, the police said. POLICE TIP : W hat every citizen should know: If you want to make your community better dont just sit back and wait for it to get bet ter by itself. Get involved. Volunteer y our time and energy, get to know your neighbours and i nvest in your community. A better community begins with you. HEAVY rains fell in the northern B ahamas yesterday as Tropical Storm Bret moved slowly northeast and thunderstorms associated with the system affected New Providence, Abaco, Grand Bahama and Andros. S evere weather warnings were issued for New Providence and central Andros between 4pm and 6pm yester-d ay as a ribbon of cloud passed over the islands and two to four inches of r ain fell on the capital during evening rush hour. By afternoon, all tropical storm warnings were discontinued. C hief meteorologist Basil Dean said the rainfall was also heavy in central A ndros as well as in Abaco and Grand Bahama. As the storm slowly drifted north e ast towards open waters at around three miles per hour yesterday, meteorologists expected the weather to clear today, although cloud cover is l ikely to linger until Wednesday. Flights at the Lynden Pindling International Airport were grounded for 20-minutes yesterday due to weather conditions. A ccording to a meterologist at the Accuweather Centre, As of 5pm (yesterday), sustained winds were 65 mph,w hich was still tropical storm strength; gusts were 75mph. It was really slow, m oving 6-7mph to the northeast. That general motion was expected to con tinue for about 12-18 hours or so. T he storm was expected to strengthen late last night, becoming a minimal h urricane by morning. However, based on its position in the Atlantic, it was not expected to affect any land. F or the latest update on the weather system, log on to www.Tribune242.com. T HE Democratic National Alliance has again hit out at the Department of Immigration this time complaining that citizen classesl eft in place by DNA leader Branville McCartney are being circumvented in the regularisation of thousands of immigrants. M r McCartney, who s erved as minister of state for immigration under the FNM before breaking witht he governing party, issued a statement yesterday saying the classes would havee nsured applicants could speak English, recite the n ational anthem and pledge of allegiance, and had an appreciation ofB ahamian culture, our national heroes and various other vital aspects of o ur country. However, in an earlier interview, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Immigration Brent Symon-e tte said the classes stopped while Mr McCartney was still minister of state. In any case, Mr Symonette said, the classes were only a one-morning issuea nd not a comprehensive programme that lasted weeks. N evertheless, the DNA says it is gravely conc erned about the governments move to regularise 1,300 foreigners this close toa nation election, as it could be seen as nothing more t han a political ploy aimed at securing votes, as they desperately seek to remain in power. The party said the claim t hat the governments only motivation is the fact that the immigrants files have been languishing in filing cabinets for years, is an insult to the intelligence oft he average thinking Bahamian. Answers like these cont inue to give the impression that the government feels as i f it can get any old thing past the Bahamian people, as it has been doingf or many years. The DNA challenged t he government to put Bahamians first in their t hought process, and in the absence of the Freedom of Information Actt hat it promised to enact before the end of its term in office give an account to theB ahamian people of h ow many nonBahamians have been regularised in thep ast year. By LAMECH JOHNSON SIXTY-ONE Dominican poachers appeared before Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Court 8, Bank Lane yesterday. All pleaded guilty to charges of illegal fishing in Bahamian waters, possession of prohibited spear guns, possession of prohibited air compressors, possession of groupers weighing under three pounds and possession of crawfish during the closed season. In the first of two cases, 11 Dominican poachers aboard the Lil Lamb on Wednesday, July 13, a dmitted to having in their possession 12 spear guns, 16 air compressors, 3,075 pounds of crawfish, 3,822 pounds of grouper, 798 pounds of margaret fish, 1,882 pounds of parrot fish and 280 pounds of mixed fish. Nine of the eleven crewmen were sentenced to pay a fine of $500 or spend six months in prison while the captain was sentenced to pay a $50,000 fine or spend one year in prison. The Dominican crewmen found aboard the second vessel, Don Emmy, were given the same sen tence as their counterparts, although the capt ains fine in this case was $25,000. The vessels, catch and everything else found onboard were ordered seized. DOMINICAN POACHERS IN COURT C OURTNEWS BRET LASHES THE BAHAMAS WITH HEAVY RAIN WEATHEREXPECTEDTOCLEARTODAY HUNDREDS OF TRAFFIC TICKETS ISSUED DNAleader hits out at the Immigration Department Claim that citizen classes are being circumvented DNALEADER Branville McCartney
ON THEtip of Eleuthera, t he Cape Eleuthera Island S chool is continuing to expand its Bahamian Apprentice programme. This summer, six Bahamians are joining teachers, researchers, mechanics and farmers to learn the tools of t he trades. T he hope is that they will t ake their skills and learni ng back to their home sett lements and communities. P articipants in this year's programme are: Nicoya Taylor of Deep Creek, Serrano Gibson of Wemyss Bight, Ted Hall of Rock Sound, Troy Williams, Stanchez Ferguson of W aterford, and Perry Ford of Wemyss Bight. The apprenticeships will r un through the August 19. T his year the programme h as expanded to include biodiesel manufacturing, auto and boat mechanicw ork, permaculture (farm ing), educational programmes, culinary arts, and facilities maintenance. T here are also research opportunities available for college students and recent college graduates offeredt hrough Cape Eleuthera Institute. Cristal Munroe of Nassau, a graduate of the University o f New Brunswick, and Tika Penn, also of Nassau and currently studying small island sustainability at theC ollege of the Bahamas, are the first of what is hoped will be a long line of scholars tog o through the programme. T he continuous expansion of the programme is being made possible through d onations and sponsorships from local people and businesses. "What will allow this programme to continue reach ing more young people is community support," said Kalin Griffin, human resources director. T he aim of the prog ramme is to teach students skills they can use in the real world; skills that supplement what they are learning in school. "They are learning to solve real world issues in thea reas of renewable energy, s ustainable development, environmental conservation, and food security. The trans f errable skills and knowl edge that they gain through this apprenticeship are incredible. I hope that more young persons will apply for these apprenticeships," said Mr Griffin. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011, PAGE 7 SALT POND UNDERGOES MARINA TRANSFORMATION EXUMA LAND AND SEA PARK DEVELOPMENT TROYWILLIAMS of Rock Sound. TIKA P ENN of Nassau TEDHALL of Rock Sound A NATURAL salt pond is being transformed into an inland marina and land is being cleared on Bell Island in the Exuma Land and Sea Park as hotly contested development plans forge ahead. Thick vegetation has been removed from land around the inland pond to make way for the marina as developers prepare to excavate more than four acres of rock for a yacht basin 14ft deep and big enough for 164ft vessels. A channel 80ft wide will lead into the mari na and has been marked out with poles and yellow plastic silt curtains in an effort to prevent dredged sand from clouding the waters and covering nearby reefs. The 176-square-mile Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is the oldest marine park of its kind in the world, established in 1958 and designated a no-take zone in 1986. However around one third of all land in the park is privately owned, and the owners, considered welcome residents because of their significant contribution in government taxes, have a right to submit planning applications for the development of their property. Previous developments in the park have included land clearing, home and infrastructure construction, and dredging of the seabed. The most egregious development on private land in the park occurred in the early 2000s, when owner Victor Kozeny engaged in what the Bahamas National Trust termed, an orgy of pointless land clearing, marina and road construction. Plans to dredge two channels, one into the yacht basin and other to a redeveloped barge landing, as well as building inland, were sub mitted and approved by Islands of Discovery Ltd after Prince Karim Aga Khan IV bought the 349-acre island. The plans stirred controversy over the right to develop in the park, and a political storm when Minister of the Environment Earl Deveaux admitted he had travelled to the island for a site visit in a luxury helicopter owned by the Aga Khan while plans were being considered by his ministry. It was also claimed by Tribune sources the Aga Khan donated $1 million to the Bahamas National Trust after he purchased the island. The BNT was consulted over plans and the development was scaled back to eliminate the second channel into the barge land ing. Work began in June and has pressed on under the watch of environmental compliance officer Rochelle Newbold, appointed to ensure all work follows guidelines set out in the Environmental Management Plan. Environmental activist and spokesman for Save the Exuma Park (STEP Terry Bain, of Farmers Cay, Exuma, took these photographs to document development of the island. He said: These pictures tell the real story of what the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park is all about! Who among us will Step up to protest this in the public domain? What does it means to say I am proud to be a Bahamian? What does patriotism mean for any of us? Bahamians cannot fish in this park, cannot hunt the birds, cannot take the palmetto top to plat the native straw cannot get the crab or the whelk; but the landowners can do all this to the land and sea. What are we, Bahamians? What are we when we allow this to happen to our nation al parks, in the name of foreign investment, jobs for a couple of years by developing the national park? Is this what we are about Bahamians? Our national parks and designated pro tected areas ought not be developed.
PAGE 8, TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ByINIGO NAUGHTY ZENICAZELAYA A F UNNY THING h appened on the way to calming my young sondown after an afternoon playing basketball. He said he was hungry, and being the (guilty fast food parent I am whenI pressed for time, I immediately bribed him with a tripto the nearest Drive-thru. (Its amazing how much co-operation you can get out of a toddler when you bring chicken nuggets to the negotiating table!) As expected, he was pleasantly quiet on the drive back h ome as he salivated in the backseat with wide eyes and no doubt savage dreams of r ipping open his kids meal as s oon as we set foot in the h ouse. E ver since his mothermy w ifegot on her post-baby, s uper-healthy food tip, everyone in our home has been going through some sort of French fries withdrawal. I will admit even the dogs have b een giving me dirty looks as I shovel tons of leftover carrots and peas into their bowls. So this divergenceon this daywas a real treat for my boy. What I didnt expect was t he loud scream that emanate d from my child mere sec onds after he tore into hisf ood container, WOW! Dadd y, look a radio! A radio? I knew the silent war to lure our children into a lifetime allegiance to the world of fast food was a relentless and expensive one but surelyt here couldnt be an actual radio in that box, could there? Sure enough, there was a little red mp3 player-likeo bject in my sons hands w hich (thanks to Your Baby Can Read!) he was quickly able to determine was a radio. It even came with a pair of little red ear plugs. Before I could digest the irony that he may now be just a s invested in the world of r adio as I am, it dawned on me that the batteries I was p utting into this little player p robably cost more than the thing itself. It was, after all, free right? T hat got me thinking of h ow happy my son was with h is find, this seemingly dinky l ittle treasure of his with three b uttons and a light. Would he s till feel the same way in a few years when he realised it couldnt store fifty gazillion songs, and didnt have the letters SONY or a picture of ah alf-eaten apple on it? As much as we sometimes i ndulge our children to no end we also teach them (or allow them to learn) that everything h as a price and a value. Somehow, along the way, they l earn that expensive equals good and therefore cheap must equal bad. I dont know exactly when but it happened to me, too. I only remember begging my mother for a pair of Clarks for the new school year because the sweet w ater tennis shoes Id k icked rocks with all summer long definitely would not be seen as cool. Then I neededt he freshest clothes (expen sive) and best toys (expen sive), not to mention the pocket change I begged for because all my friends were getting an allowance. An allowance! When I think back now I know I never did live up to my end of the bargain. Many d ays the dogs were ready to b urst as they waited to be walked and the garbage was l eft steaming as I neglected t o take it out but I was always ready to throw a wellrehearsed tantrum for that a llowance. B ecause I wanted things c ool things and cool things c ost money. W hen we are young (and s ometimes not-so-young) we dont realise the sacrifices our parents and family make in order to afford even small luxuries in life, and this generationEddie Minnis would sayt he gimme me generation is not inclined to learn that lesson just yet. How much have we spent on designer clothes when the only real difference between a s hirt and the one next to it is t he price tag and the emblem o n the pocket? Dont get me wrong, I know sometimes you do get what you pay for but if we are honest with ourselves we will admit it all comes f rom the same place. ( Hello, China!) I ts gotten so bad that we h ardly ever refer to the produ ct but rather the brand: Its, My MacBook Air, or My iPhone, or My 2011 Aston M artin v12 Vantage. (Ok, m aybe that last one snuck in from my many daydreams.) The point is, Why cant we just see things for what they are? At the end of the day you have a decent computer,a decent phone and a (very decent car. But thats all they are and all they will ever be; if you hit anything hard enough it will break. Since my son got his radio, all his other toys have b een abandoned like a R epublican debt ceiling plan. Those trendier (expensive playthings mean absolutely zero to him right now. Theres an old expression t hat says if you want to make s omething expensive, make it f ree. These days, I had begun t o think if you want to make s omething undesirable make i t free. But a funny thing happened o n the way to calming my y oung son down after an afternoon playing basketballfast food lecture asideI learned the value of spending time with my boy and that when you are still innocente nough and genuine enough, you realise the best things in life can still be free. That, plus, my Lil Beige Mamba (my son wicked jumper (just like his d ad), a wicked crossover and e xcellent ball handling skills. H es a beast among four year olds on those Fisher Price mini basketball rims, but until he makes the NBA Ill keep dreaming. W ait a minute, I cant d ream on an empty stomach. I love my wife, but that health food will kill you.( R eal men dont eat quiche!) I w onder what kind of kids meal Mini-me wants? COMICS VIEW INIGO NAUGHTY ZENICAZELAYA The best things in life CHILDREN from the Mt M oriah Constituency are enjoying themselves at the annual summer camp organ ised by their MP TommyT urnquest. The camp is being held at Mr Turnquests constituency office on Thompson Boule v ard from July 12 to July 22, for students between the ages of five and 14 years old. The MP has been hosting the summer camp, which aims to teach the value of education and productive activities, for 19 years. Mr Turnquest said: We know that there are many children every summer with little to do, and this is an opportunity to assist them and their parents. Our camp allows the participants to spend several hours in a constructive manner every day. The children take part in computer classes; reading, singing, and dance sessions; and various arts and crafts. They will be treated to two field trips this year: a bus tour around Nassau and a trip to the movies. Mr Turnquest thanked the organisers of the camp, who he said always ensure that the children are taught, entertained and given a proper lunch every day. STANDING (L-R Eleanor Brathwaite, Barbara Clarke, Sharon Lewis, Claudette Bannister, Minis ter Tommy Turnquest, Karen Grant, Carlene Hanna, Patricia Whitfield. Seated: Eloise Cooper and Sherry Albury. (missing: Vashenique Lewis M OUNT MORIAH MP T ommy Turnquest assists children at the Summer Camp.
o f the former Mackey Yard slum just one of several areas that will be turned around. Lots will be sold at $3.40 a square foot with a starting price of $17,000 for 5,000 sq ft. T he prices are consistent with subsidised rates for land and low cost homes sold by government to eligible persons, officials have s aid. The announcement elicited an o utcry from some quarters, those who believe the land will be soldto illegal immigrants something G overnment has repeatedly d enied. We're not giving land to Haitians, we're not selling land to Haitians. It's the Bahamians who live in Mackey Yard (who have first preference becauset hey are there already," Mr Russell said yesterday. He stressed t hat this policy is consistent with t he law. He explained that the Land Adjudication Act gives a squatterw ho has been living on a piece of l and for a certain number of years the opportunity to apply for adjudication for the land onw hich they are living. I f the squatters cannot afford t he lots, they will be offered to s omeone else. The housing minister said he is surprised at the negative attention the move has attracted and explained that Mackey Yard isj ust one area on a long list of shanty communities that are b eing regularised. This hasn't just started. (This is happening) in Sugarman Estates in Fox Hill, in PrideE states, Dignity Gardens and n ow in Fire Trail Road we have moved to Mackey Yard," said Mr Russell. F or years, Bahamians have c omplained that shanty commun ities are eyesores, a health haza rd and drive down the market value of neighbouring homes. Mr Russell said government's actions aim to rectify these issues. "We will develop the land into a proper subdivision and the people who live across (from t here complaining about the s mell, they would now have the opportunity to have their home value go up. I would hope that we could c lear up our land and make it a decent subdivision so the people who living there and nearby canh ave a certain standard," he said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011, PAGE 9 but the other man was left unharmed. This unusual circumstance has led police to believe robbery may not have been the primary motive. Shavado's friends and family describe him as a quiet young man who never bothered anyone. O ne woman who knew Shavado said: "This i s so sad. He was such a nice, friendly boy. He did not deserve this. If they wanted to rob him, they should have just taken the chain and left him alone. I don't understand this. Ive known him for over 14 years and he has never had a bad word to say about anyone. This should be a wake up call for everyone. I f it can happen to someone as nice as Elmo, it c an happen to anyone." Police are appealing for any information that may help their investigation. She warned that if another generator tripped, future power outages are possible. Angry readers phoned The T ribune y esterday to tell of t he disruption in the electric ity supply. "I had to bathe in bottled water this morning. This is the second time this happened to me. Just as I was going to bathe the water went off because my pumps runs on electricity," said Michelle Bethel, of Winton Estates. "Blackouts are alive and well," complained one East Street South resident. Krystal Gibson, a Monastery Park resident, said she hopes BEC will compensate customers with lower bills in the aftermath of frequent power outages. "Our power was off last n ight (Sunday again this morning (Monday for like an hour and it didn't come on until around 10 am. I was trying to get ready for work. BEC need to shave off the cost of electricity from myb ill because of this mess," said Ms Gibson. On Sunday, residents of eastern New Providence said t hey went without power for at least an hour. Ms Wilson-Ingraham said the problem was identified and fixed. She added that BEC plans to secure additional back-up generators by the end of July to prevent fur ther blackouts. She said: "We did have two generators that tripped today but theyre back on line. And there was a generator trip last night (Sunday a period of generation short fall this morning. "At this point we have e nough power but if one gen erator goes off-line then we will have a shortfall but that depends on which one goes o ff-line. We should have addition al back-up by the end of this m onth, before the end of July. We have purchased 20 megawatts in portable generators that we're going to keep f or some time especially time during these summer months." A resident of Culberts Hill said her power was off for five hours, came on for an hour, then went off again and was still off up to press time. Its another night of hell, we cant do nothing, cant see nothing, cant cook nothing. How many years do we have to put up with this? Were being held hostage by the same stinkin people in BEC. armed robbery, being in possession of a stolen vehicle and rape. I t is alleged that both men broke into the h ome of the victim while in possession of a h andgun and robbed her of jewellery, a digital camera and her car. She was allegedly raped by both men.T he property stolen from the victim includes: a gold Gucci chain, a gold lion finger ring, a gold Movado wrist watch, a silver medallion, a Viviter digital camera and a white 2008 Honda Accord, is said to be valued at $19,890. The accused men pleaded not guilty to being in possession of a stolen vehicle. H owever, the matter on the rape was a djourned to July 26 in Court 10 Nassau Street for a fixture date where the accused will be informed of when a Voluntary Bill of Indict-m ent would be served on them. The accused were not allowed to enter a plea to charges of armed robbery and burglary and were remanded to prison until the July 26h earing has been completed. By MIKE LIGHTBOURN IT may surprise you, but investing too much in fancy home improvements may not pay off. If you want to splurge on mosa ic marble tiles in your kitchen, or a Jacuzzi tub in your bathroom, by all means go ahead. But do it for your pleasure not to necessarily increase the value of your home by the amount of the investment. Those marble tiles that are gor geous today will be dated tomorrow. And as for the Jacuzzi, theyre already yesterdays news. In other words, just because you pump $100,000 into your home doesn't necessarily mean your home is worth that much more. If you're thinking about selling in the next year, it's the basic improvements that will probably generate the greatest return. What good is a designer kitchen if the house is infested with termites or the roof is damaged? Buyers expect basic things, such as windows, roofs and plumbing, to be in good repair. Having said that, once your house is in good shape, there are projects that can increase the value, depending on the location. For instance, adding a deck to a home in our environment can translate into a full return on your investment within the first year. High end kitchen and bathroom upgrades, or a much needed extra bathroom, will add to your home s appeal. Just dont count on getting back your full investment. The longer you live in your home after remodeling, the less likely you are to recover the cost. As I implied earlier, styles come and styles go. Do not overbuild. A two storey, five bedroom home has no place in a cottage community. Your return will depend on several factors, including market conditions and the value of the homes in your neighbour hood. A house thats priced higher than other homes in the area may be viewed as overpriced even if it does have more value. Avoid having too much house for the area. (Mike Lightbourn is president of Cold well Banker Lightbourn Realty) REAL ESTATE:TOO MUCH HOUSE Ne w Pr o vidence hit by more BEC power outages FROM page one Murder victim an for his lif FROM page one Two accused of burglary, armed robbery, rape FROM page one MINISTER: NO APPLICATIONS YET FOR MACKEY YARD SUBDIVISION LOTS FROM page one T HEGOVERNMENT i s preparing to construct a new 250 lot subdivision at the site. F elip Major / T ribune staff
INTERNATIONAL NEWS P AGE 10, TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE LONDON Associated Press B RITAIN'S tabloid phoneh acking scandal enveloped the London police force M onday with the rapid-fire r esignations of two top offi cers and claims of possible illegal eavesdropping, briberya nd collusion. U.K officials immediately vowed to investigate. Prime Minister David Cameron, feeling the political heat from his own close ties to individuals within R upert Murdoch's media empire, cut short his trip to Africa and called an emer-g ency session of Parliament f or Wednesday so he could address lawmakers on the scandal. U.K lawmakers on Tues day will grill Murdoch, his son James and Rebekah Brooks,t he ousted chief executive of Murdoch's U.K. newspaper arm, in a widely anticipated televised public hearing ont he scandal. Lawmakers hope to learn more about the scale of phone hacking by U.K. journalists and who if anyone in Murdoch's empire was aware of what allegedly took place at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid. One of the first voices to blow the whistle on the phone hacking former News of the World journalist Sean Hoare was found dead Monday in Watford, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of London. Police said the death was being treated as unexplained but was not considered suspicious, according to Britain's Press Association. Celebrities Hoare was quoted by The New York Times saying that phone hacking listening to the voice mail of celebrities, politicians, other journalists or even murder victims was widely used and even encouraged at the News of the World under then-editor Andy Coulson. Coulson who most recently served as Prime Min ister David Cameron's communications chief was arrested as part of the widening investigation into phone hacking and police corrup tion. The crisis has also triggered upheaval in the upper ranks of Britain's police. Monday's resignation of Assistant Com missioner John Yates Scotland Yard's top anti-terrorist officer followed that Sun day of police chief Paul Stephenson both for links to an arrested former execu tive from Murdoch's shut tered News of the World tabloid. The scandal over Murdoch journalists hacking into cell phones for scoops and paying police for information has knocked billions off the value of Murdoch's News Corp. The media baron was already forced to shut down the 168year-old News of the World tabloid, accept the resignations of top deputies in Britain and in the U.S. and abandon his dream of taking full control of a lucrative satellite broadcaster, British Sky Broadcasting. Britain's police watchdog on Monday said it had received allegations of potential wrongdoing in connection with phone hacking against four senior officers Stephenson, Yates and two former senior officers. One of the claims is that Yates inappropriately helped get a job for the daughter of for mer News of the World edi tor, Neil Wallis, one of 10 people arrested in the scandal. The Independent Police Complaints Commission said it was looking into the claims. Yates insisted he had done nothing wrong. "I have act ed with complete integrity," he said. "My conscience is clear." But the government quickly announced an inquiry into police-media relations and corruption. "Who polices the police?" asked Home Secretary Theresa May as she announced an inquiry into "instances of undue influence, inappropriate contractual arrangements and other abus es of power in police rela tionships with the media and other parties." London's police force is also under intense pressure to explain why its original hacking investigation failed to find evidence to prosecute anyone other than a single reporter and a private inves tigator. Yates was the official who decided two years ago not to reopen police inquiries into phone hacking and police bribery by tabloid journalists, saying he did not believe there was any new evidence to consider. In vestigation Detectives reopened the investigation earlier this year and now say they have the names of 3,700 potential hacking targets celebrities, politicians, other journalists and even murder victims. Cameron is under heavy pressure after the resignations of Stephenson and Yates, and Sunday's arrest of Brooks a friend and neighbor whom he has met with at least six times since entering office 14 months ago. Brooks was arrested on suspicion of hacking into the cell phones of people in the news and bribing police for information to fuel sensational scoops for her gossipy tabloids. C ameron's critics grew louder in London as the p rime minister visited South Africa on a two-day visit to the continent. The trip was already cut in half by the cri s is and Cameron trimmed another seven hours from his itinerary as his governmentf aced growing questions a bout its cosy relationship with the Murdoch empire. P arliament was to break for the summer but Cameron demanded that lawmakers reconvene Wednesday "so Ic an make a further state ment." Cameron insisted his Conservative-led government had "taken very decisive action" by setting up a judge-led inquiry into the wrongdoing a t the now-defunct Murdoch tabloid News of the World and into the overall relationsb etween British politicians, t he media and police. "We have helped to ensure a large and properly resourced police investigation that can get to the bottom of what happened, and wrongdoing, and we have pretty m uch demonstrated complete transparency in terms of media contact," Cameron said. But opposition leader Ed Miliband said Cameron needed to answer "a whole series of questions" about his relationships with Brooks, James Murdoch and Coulson, the former News of the World editor whom Cameron later hired as his communications chief. Coulson resigned from that post in January was arrested earlier this month in the scandal. "At the moment, he seems unable to provide the leader ship the country needs," Miliband said of Cameron. At Tuesday's televised hearing, politicians will seek more details from the two Murdochs and Brooks about the scale of criminality at the News of the World. The Mur dochs will try to avoid incriminating themselves or doing more harm to their business without misleading Parliament, which is a crime. The showdown comes as James Murdoch chairman of BSkyB and chief executive of his father's European and Asian operations appears increasingly isolated follow ing the departure of Brooks. James Murdoch did not directly oversee the News of the World, but he approved payments to some of the paper's most prominent hack ing victims, including 700,000 pounds ($1.1 million fessional Footballers' Association chief Gordon Taylor. That could make him a possible candidate for arrest or resignation. James Murdoch said last week that he "did not have a complete picture" when he approved the payouts. M urdoch is eager to stop the crisis from spreading to t he United States, where many of his most lucrative assets including the Fox TV network, 20th Century F ox film studio, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post are based. N ews Corp. on Monday a ppointed lawyer Anthony Grabiner to run its Manage m ent and Standards Com mittee, which will deal with the phone hacking scandal. It said the committee will coop e rate with all investigations on hacking and alleged police payments, and carry out its own inquiries. In New York, News Corp.'s widely traded Class A shares fell 69 cents, or 4.4 percent, to $ 14.96 in early afternoon trading on Monday. The shares are down 15.5 percents ince the end of June. J udd Legum, a media expert at the Washingtonbased Center for American Progress, said there was "potential liability" in the U.S. for News Corp., which could face substantial fines if f ound to have violated the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Prac tices Act. He said the Justice Department had been aggressively pursuing such cases. Business "Even if it happens abroad, under U.S. law you can't bribe foreign officials for business," said Legum, noting that investigators would have to determine whether top executives were "directly involved" in bribery if individual prosecutions were to proceed. Stephenson, the London police chief, resigned Sunday over his ties to Wallis, who has been arrested in the scandal and was employed as a part time PR consultant to the force for a year until Sep tember. He said he had nothing to do with the earlier phone hacking inquiry or with Wallis, but was resigning to allow his agency to focus on the London 2012 Olympics instead of leadership changes. Yates, also accused of links to Wallis, resigned after being told he would be suspended pending an ethics investigation. Yates will be replaced by Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick on an interim basis. At an 2003 appearance before U.K. lawmakers, Brooks admitted that News International had paid police for information. But she has always said she did not know any phone hacking was going on when she was editor of the News of the World between 2000 and 2003 a claim many find hard to believe. A POLICE CAR o utside the apartment block where former News of the World reporter Sean Hoare (leftr eporter who alleged widespread hacking at the News of the World was not considered to be suspic ious, according to Britain's Press Association news agency. Hoare was quoted by The New York Times as saying that phone-hacking was widely used and even encouraged at the News of the World tabloid under then-editor Andy Coulson. (AP BUCHAREST, Romania A ssociated Press ROMANIANauthorities said Monday they had found dozens of small, old rocket warheads stolen from a train c arrying military equipment from Romania to Bulgaria stashed near a railway station in a village north of Bucharest. Authorities promised t hat the 64 warheads p osed no danger to the public but offered varying explanations why. The Romanian national police said there was no risk because they weren ot attached to rockets. S pokesman Florin Hulea declined to provide furt her details. Two daily newspapers c ited officials close to the i nvestigation as saying the warheads did not cont ain explosives. The p apers, Evenimentul Z ilei and Adevarul, did n ot identify their sources. B ulgaria's Economy M inistry said the war heads belonged to 1 22mm (4.8-inch t er Grad rockets, which a re typically fired from v ehicle-mounted multiple-rocket launchers. It said in a statement the shipment was part of a transfer of "nonfunc t ional components and parts" for reprocessing at t he VMZ factory one of Bulgaria's largest military factories in Sopot, central Bulgaria, where the components and parts w ere to be replaced and the warheads prepared for sale. The fuses (warheads were transported separately from the projec t iles," the ministry added. Transport police in the central city of Brasov told the Mediafax news a gency that the warheads were in four boxes in one of the cars on a train car r ying equipment from a Romanian company that produces artillery shellsa nd ground-to-ground and air-to-ground missiles. Marius Militaru, a s pokesman for the interior ministry, told Antena 3 television station that the w arheads were found intact in four boxes near the railway station of C hitila just north of B ucharest. He declined to provide further details citing an ongoing investi g ation. Romanian officials also tried to portray the Saturday theft as accidental. Eugen Badalan, a member of the parlia mentary defense committee, said the thieves "had no idea what they stole," and prosecutors said they were investigating whether the components were stolen by scrap met al thieves. However, only one of the eight cars on the 27car train was broken into. Mediafax reported that railway workers noticedthe seals on a carriage door were broken, and the door was not properly closed, when the train reached Giurgiu, a Danube port that borders Bulgaria. The Bulgarian Defense Ministry confirmed in a press release that the recipient of the fuses wasa Bulgarian company, not its armed forces. It said the Interior Ministry's Dangerous Weapons Control Service had issued a permit for the transport of the deliv ery. The train was loaded on Friday and stopped under guard overnight in the central Romanian town of Brasov, about 166 kilometers (103 miles) north of Bucharest, according to transport police. After leaving Saturday, it stopped for one hour inthe mountain resort of Predeal. Romanian national state company Romarm said the Bulgarian com pany was responsible for train security. R OMANIANS FIND 64 STOLEN MISSILE WARHEADS HACKINGSCANDAL:TOP POLICE OFFICERS RESIGN, WHISTLEBLOWER FOUND DEAD BRITISHPMCALLSEMERGENCYSESSIONOFPARLIAMENT BRITISH PRIME MINISTER David Cameron. (AP
BRUSSELS A ssociated Press N ATOwarplanes destroyed the radar antenna at Tripoli International Air-p ort on Monday, the alliance said, claiming the system was b eing used for military purposes by Moammar Gadhafi's regime. Libyans said N ATO hit civilian radar used by air traffic control to guide U .N. and relief agency flights into the airport. In fighting on the ground M onday, rebels battled their way inside the oil port of Brega in eastern Libya in an a ttempt to push out govern ment troops who have held the town for at least two months. A NATO statement said t he air traffic control radar at the civilian airport made NATO jets vulnerable to attacks by Libyan air defences. "The antenna, which was previously used for civiliana ir traffic control, was being used by pro-Gadhafi forces to track NATO air assets in the airspace over Tripoli andt o coordinate their own air defence early warning system," the statement said. NATO, which has bombed d ozens of military radar sites in the four-month war, said the no-fly zone over Libya made it unnecessary to use the radar for civilian purposes. NATO has no ground forces in Libya and does not release any casualty figures from the ground raids. But Naji Daw, acting director of air navigation at Tripoli International Airport, said two people were injured in Monday's control tower attack. The alliance has been criticised for allegedly overstep ping the limited U.N. Security Council mandate that allowed it to launch the airstrikes against Gadhafi's forces. The council imposed a ban on all flights and approved the use of "all measures" to protect civilians. In the fighting in Brega, rebels in the northeastern residential area fought Gadhafi forces who attacked them from the town's south. The clashes killed five rebels and wounded 10, according to hospital official Mohammed Idris. Most of the rest of eastern Libya is under rebel control, and early on in the uprising against Gadhafi's rule Brega changed hands frequently. Another group of rebels attacked the southern part of the town from the desert. Besides the southern neighborhoods, Gadhafi's troops were also still in control of the town's key oil export facilities. An Associated Press reporter on the scene wit nessed the heavy clashes, with both sides using Grad rockets. Heavy black clouds of smoke rose from the city. Gadhafi's forces have planted hundreds of land mines along the roads around Brega, including on the main r oad linking it with the rebelheld city of Ajdabiya farther east, according to rebels. NATO has carried out n early 6,000 airstrikes since i t took over command from a U.S.-led coalition. It claims to have hit hundreds of tanks, armoured vehicles, guns, weapons depots, command and control centers and other targets, but it has failed tod islodge Gadhafi's regime. Only six of NATO's 28 members are currently tak ing part in the attacks, spear h eaded by France and Britain. Some allies have said the operation is unnecessari-l y diverting attention from N ATO's main priority, the war in Afghanistan. Daw said this was the first strike against the civilian air port in Tripoli. Two missiles hit the top of the control tow er, where the radar's rotating dish was located. Daw said the target was a Spanish-built surveillance radar that wasn't tracking planes but just receiving transponder signals from aircraft that emit them. "We lost a useful tool" he said. The radar "is used all the time by Red Crescent, Red Cross and U.N. flights, all civilian purposes." Because of technical limi tations, civilian radar cannot track and target aircraft in the same way as military radars. But civilian radar can be used to monitor the air space and provide general information on the speed and altitude of intruders. A NATO official argued this made the antenna a threat and thus a legitimate military target. "There is no requirement for pro-Gadhafi forces to coordinate the airspace ... and all air traffic flow has been effectively coordinated by NATO since the start of the implementation of the no-fly zone," said the official, on condition of anonymity due to standing rules. "NATO has and continues to control Libyan airspace in order to ensure the safe entrance of all legitimate humanitarian and diplomatic flights entering Libya," he said. The Convention on International Civil Aviation also known as the Chicago Convention forbids attacks on civilian planes or airports, meaning warring sides generally refrain from attacking radars and other navigational aids. But a leading analyst said the rule was sometimes disregarded, amid claims that t hese were being covertly used for military purposes as during the Serb shelling of Sarajevo airport in the Bosn i an war or Israel's airstrikes a gainst Beirut airport in 2006. "Technically it is against international law to go against civilian navigational facilities," said Bill Voss, president of the Flight Safety Foundation, which promotesa viation safety worldwide. "But the case can sometimes be made that they are not really civilian." M eanwhile, European Union foreign ministers on Monday condemned the" grave violations of human r ights" perpetrated by the Gadhafi's regime, saying the Libyan leader must relinquish power immediately. INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011, PAGE 11 NATO HITS RADAR AT TRIPOLI'S AIRPORT IN THIS PHOTO taken on a government-organised tour, journalists and government employees s tand near a radar antenna that was damaged by an airstrike early in the morning, at the internat ional airport in Tripoli, Libya, Monday. NATO warplanes destroyed the radar antenna at Tripoli I nternational Airport on Monday, the alliance said, claiming the system was being used for military purposes by Moammar Gadhafi's regime. A statement said the air traffic control radar at the civilian airport was tracking NATO jets and the providing information to Libyan air defences. 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* Minister says Bill d rafters did consult with private sector, but doesnot recall consultative committee By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor It will take two-three years at a minimum for the Bahami an commercial banking indus try to work out its $1.194 billion total bad loan portfolio and reduce this to close to prerecession levels, Tribune Business has been told. Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity Bank (Bahamas tive, said the situation will improve once there is a broadbased recovery in the overall Bahamian economy, although the banking industry will be on t he tail-end of any rebound since it will take time for strug gling commercial and residential borrowers to bring their loans current. I think its just a question of time and the situation will improve, Mr Sunderji told Tri bune Business. Its a macro e conomic issue, not a microeconomic issue. Ultimately, I think time and an economic recovery will drive an improvement in the arrears situation. However, asked by Tribune Business how long it would take for the Bahamian commercial banking industry to reduce its arrears/non-performing loan portfolio to prerecession levels, Mr Sunderji told this newspaper: I think its two-three years at a mini mum. This is a particularly severe recession, and it will take time. He added, though, that tracking the loan arrears lev els on a month-to-month basis was not particularly relevant, given that peaks and troughs in the total bad credit amount would occur from time to time. The Central Bank's report on monthly economic developments for May 2011 revealed that total private sector loan arrears increased by $20 mil lion or 1.7 per cent to $1.194 billion, with the total arrears ratio rising by 30 basis points to 19 per cent bringing the default ratio ever-closer to $1 out of every $5 in outstanding c redit. $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $5.25 $5.16 $5.22 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.orgTUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas was yesterday urged to make sure regulations are in place to protect ourselves before signing up to a single regional airspace, a leading airline calling on the Government to guard against being used as a flag of convenience. Captain Randy Butler, president and chief executive of Sky Bahamas, told Tribune Business that while he personally supported the development of a single CARICOM airspace, as envisaged by the 2007 San Juan Accord and other agreements, there were questions over whether the Bahamian government was ready for it due to the increased competition for Bahamasair that Protect ourselves on single regional airspace proposals CAPT. RANDYBUTLER Bahamian airline chief warns on flag of convenience concerns stemming from airline certification backdoor* Questions whether government ready for concept, given competitive threat to Bahamasair SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A n interim Bahamas Chapter of the regional management consultants I nstitute is set for launch o n August 8, one of its first initiatives focusing on grant-writing support for small businesses, given thatB ahamian firms received just four of the 376 packages made available by theC aribbean Export Devel opment Agency (CEDA Don Demeritte, who is spearheading the initiative,t old Tribune Business that t he proposed Bahamian Chapter of the Caribbean Institute of Certified Man a gement Consultants (CICMC to forge close links with the College of theB ahamas (COB to attract talented young Bahamians to the profes MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS ARE TARGETING AUG 8 LAUNCH Interim Bahamas C hapter to focus on grant/contract writing support for Government and businesses* Bahamas gained just f our out of 376 CEDA grants Targeting COB link f or young talent SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Colonial Group International, the Bermuda-based insurance group, has appointed Terence Rollins as general manager of its Bahamian-based general insurance underwriter, Secu rity & General. Informed sources had told SECURITY & GENERAL GAINS NEW TOP MAN SEE page 2B Bad loan recovery to take 2-3 years ANWER SUNDERJI SEE page 4B B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter M INISTER of State for Finance, Zhivargo Laing, said yesterday that the Customs Management Bill 2011 w as not designed to circum vent the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, adding that itw as solely intended to modernise the revenue collec tors legislative framework. We did not develop this Bill with the intent to erode any provision of the Hawks bill Creek Agreement; that w as not the intent at all, Mr Laing told Tribune Business yesterday. No provision in this Bill was intended to erode any NO HAWKSBILL OVERRIDE IN CUSTOMS BILL Zhivargo Laing SEE page 3B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas Maritime Authoritys ( BMA) chairman yesterday defended t he passage of the Maritime Marriage B ill 2010 as commercially essential, g iven that cruise ships accounted for a g reater share of its annual $15-$16 mill ion turnover than their 18 per cent share of the ship registrys gross tonnage. Ian Fair told Tribune Business the legislation was vitally important to maintaining the Bahamian ship registrys high-quality reputation and a void a desertion of cruise ships to rival registers, such as Malta and Bermuda, admitting there had been huge press ure to pass this from the major lines. H owever, he described as a comp lete myth fears the legislation would cost Bahamas-based businesses, reliant on the destination wedding, customers and market share. Mr Fair pointed out that the cruise lines would be conducting weddings in Bahamian waters with or without the new Act, but in t he case of without, it would not be on a Bahamas-registered ship. Branding passage of the Maritime Marriage (weddings at sea the BMA and its finances, Mr Fair told Maritime chairman: Act commercially essential BMA chief describes as complete myth fears over Maritime Marriage law* Says cruise ships account for greater share of $15-$16m BMA turnover than 18% tonnage share Preventing cruise ship departures vitally important to registrys reputation* But Bahamian businesses fear loss of cruise weddings S EE page 3B
BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Tribune Business that Mr Rollins had been appointed to t ake over the reins at the property and casualty carrier m ore than a year after the last full-time incumbent, Marc S hirra, had left the post. Mr Rollins first day in his new post was yesterday. Married to a Bahamian, he has worked across the world in various insurance markets, including Jamaica, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the Channel Islands. SECURITY & GENERAL GAINS NEW TOP MAN FROM page 1B BAHAMAS CONSUL GENERAL Katherine Smith recently hosted Executive Agents of the Colina Imperial Insurance Agency during their attendance at the Million Dollar Round Table Conference, held in Atlanta. Consul General Smith was also a speaker during the agents appreciation dinner. The agents are pictured along with Consul General Smith at the official residence of the Consul General in Atlanta. NEW CONSUL GENERAL for Haiti in Atlanta made a courtesy call to The Bahamas Consulate General in A tlanta. Pictured at the meeting are (left to right Consul General Katherine Smith and new Consul General for Haiti Gandy Thomas. "Considering the close ties The Bahamas enjoys with Haiti we expect the relationship with the Consul General for Haiti in Atlanta to be equally as important," noted Katherine B. Smith, Consul General. COLINA AGENTS VISIT CONSUL GENERAL IN ATLANTA C OURTESYCALLS HAITIAN CONSUL GENERAL COURTESY CALL
By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Business Reporter Hiome purchase soft costs, adding up to 20 per cent of a propertys value, are putting ownership and mortgages out of reach of manyB ahamians, a former presid ent of the Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA said yesterday, with negative knock-on effects for the con-s trction sector. S tephen Wrinkle said: "It's a difficult situation that's b eing influenced by local as w ell as international factors, a nd unfortunately we are c aught in a global recession. Its only going to be when that s orts itself out that we are going to get some fresh direct f oreign investment that will s timulate the economy enough so that Bahamians w ill be able to afford to buy homes again. I think the log jam is in the fact that Bahamians are not qualifying for their mort-g ages, and there are a number o f factors affecting that. The b anks have made the qualifications a bit more stringent; they have required people to put up more cash, to take a bigger equity position. The closing costs on the property, the closing cost on the mortgage, the closing cost on the legal transactions, the cost of the insurance, all of the soft costs that go into purchasing a home can add up to 2 0 per cent of the home, and t his is killing the poor B ahamian working individual. They just cant afford to take out a mortgage and c ome up with 20 per cent additional cash; it just isn't there. M r Wrinkle said this is havi ng an adverse affect on the Bahamian construction industry. "No houses, no work. I don't care how many Baha Mars you have, unless the housing sector gets going, thec onstruction industry is going to be in a slump. The hous ing sectors accounts for two thirds of the work force in the construction industry, he a dded. Mr Wrinkle noted that d espite the fact that the dollar f igure is higher on a project like Baha Mar, for instance, the actual trickle down effect is not as significant as the housing sector. Housing "All work is good for cons truction, but the housing sect or is the dominant area for employment in construction and for trickle down economi cs. Until we can find a way to reignite the housing market we are gong to be in a slumpi n our sector. Its going to be a s truggle," Mr Wrinkle said. A report by a United Nations (UN that the Bahamian construction industry "value added plummeted 23.5 per cent in2 010, which together with a d ecline in private sector credi t growth reflected "flagging i nvestor confidence" and foreign direct investment. T The report noted that the s harp fall in construction reflected a downturn in foreign investment-funded projects and domestic private i nvestment, as investors wait for the global and local recovery to strengthen. In its analysis of the B ahamian economy for its 2 010-2011 E conomic Survey o f Latin America and the C aribbean r eport, the UN's E conomic Commission for t he region (ECLAC t hat total loan disbursements for new construction and repairs fell by 37 per cent, while mortgage commitments, an indicator of future activity, fell in number by 10 per cent. We need to look at alternative methods for purchasing home and lot packages. We need to look at alternat ive methods for financing, for qualifying, for insurance. We need to get all of the s takeholders around the table and try to reformulate the process of home ownership int he Bahamas because the current model is not effective." Mr Wrinkle said. He added that the BCA is currently in discussions with the banking sector and the Ministry of Works to identify new avenues that will alleviate some of the burdens for Bahamians looking to become homeowners. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011, PAGE 3B thing in the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, but rather to enhance Customs ability to do its job anywhere in the country. That job has to be consistent with the law. We are modernising the legislative framework of Customs, and we are seeking to cause ourb orders to be better protected, our revenue to be more efficiently and effectively collected in accordance with the law, and to put Customs officers in the best professional environment to do their jobs. Several Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA have expressed concerns that the new legislation may contain provisions that attempt to circumvent or override the Hawks-b ill Creek Agreement. Mr Laing said he was only made aware o f those concerns through statements in the press, and was u nclear exactly what particular provisions raised concern. Sometimes you can pass a law that has unintended conseq uences and you can make adjustments accordingly, that is possible. It has to be that someone can point to a particular prov ision and say this is a problem for us, or we dont understand it so clearly, or we dont think it will fulfill its intent, Mr Laing said. When the drafters of the Bill were drafting it they met with private sector representatives. You are never going to get into a situation where everyone is going to see it, but you use your consultative process based on representation, and that did happen when the drafters were drafting the Bill. I dont know about a committee that was supposed to be f ormed. I am not aware that the Government appointed any c ommittee as such, but I know that in the consultative process t here were meetings held with stakeholders in trying to go over the provisions of the Bill, and some comments made by t hose persons were reflected in the Bill. Mr Laing said that he agreed with comments made by Freeport-based attorney Fred Smith to the effect that if therew as something in the Bill which contradicted the Hawksbill C reek Agreement, it could face challenges in the courts. That is very true. Thats why our courts exist. That is not an issue for us at all; we did not develop this Bill to erode that agreement, Mr Laing said. NO HAWKSBILL OVERRIDE IN CUSTOMS BILL F ROM page 1B T ribune Business: I cant stress it more highly. The reality is there was some suggestion that allowing weddings at sea by Bahamian-reg i stered vessels would take away business from the likes of Atlantis and Sandals. Thats a complete myth. Cruise ship passengers can already marry on vessels plying Bahamian waters, Mr Fair said, but, until passage of the Act, could not do so on vessels registered in the Bahamas. He added that Princess and one other cruise line had already switched to the Maltese shipping register specifically because they could then conduct weddings at sea. Its big business for the cruise ships. Theres been heavy pressure to pass this for a number of years, Mr Fair said of the new Act. What would have happened if cruise ships had continued to leave us to go to Malta or Bermuda? They would still have conducted wedding business, but not on Bahamas-registered ships. The BMA chairman said the Oasis of the Seas, in particular, had built a massive wedding chapel in anticipation of conducting numerous marriages. He added that one cruise line had given a Powerpoint presentation showing how much additional rev enues would accrue to the Bahamas, in terms of marriage licences, registration fees and the like, if Bahamian-registered ships were permitted to conduct weddings at sea. Its a complete win-win for us, Mr Fair said, telling Tribune Business that cruise ships accounted for about 18 per cent of the 56,000 gross tonnes currently registered on the Bahamian ship registry. Its the reputation of that cruise ship side that is important to us. Cruise ships are of a high quality nature, and do high quality business, and go to high quality registries. People look at the Bahamas registry, and say: If its good enough for them, its good enough for me. The reputation side was vitally important. It would be a major mistake not to allow weddings at sea, and it will not impact on local businesses. It was a critical element for us, and were delighted it passed...... It was commercially essential. Mr Fair described the BMA as a real money spinner, generating some $15-$16 million per annum, with cruise ships accounting for a greater share of that income than their 18 per cent of the ship registers gross tonnage. Apart from generating registration income by placing their ships on the Bahamian register, Mr Fair said there were far more per sons employed on cruise ships than other vessel types, thus making them far more valuable in terms of generating addi tional revenue streams, such as renewing seamens books. Thats another element of the cruise ship industry a lot of add-on income, Mr Fair explained. There are way more people on cruise ships.T hey represent 18 per cent in terms of tonnage, but in terms of income, money, they represent somethingm ore than that because of the mone y gained from renewing seamens b ooks. The BMA was also concerned that if one cruise line decided to leave the Bahamian registry because of the weddings at sea issue, there would be a domino effect, as competitors followed their lead. Once one company says theyre going, others will say: Hang on, if theyre going, were going as well. Its a slippery slope, and if you try to reverse it then you will get no gratitude, and will be fighting a rearguard action, Mr Fair said. Others, though, are not so sure about the consequences for Bahamian businesses that rely on the destination wedding market. The Bahamas Bridal Association declined to comment, but Tribune Business under stands that concerns relate not so much to stopover tourist weddings, but the business obtained from cruise ship passengers visiting Nassau and Freeport. Ryan Pinder, PLP MP for Elizabeth, in his House of Assembly presentation, alleged that the legislation could cannibalise the Bahamas wedding business, impacting more than 1,000 marriage officers. My good friend Matthew Sweeting is a marriage officer, where performing marriages is a significant, if not a primary source of his family income, Mr Pinder said. Ninety-eight per cent of his weddings are to tourist destination weddings. In fact, Matthew has a business arrangement with a US travel company where he caters to weddings from cruise ships, performing up to six cruise ship weddings a week during the busy season. This is just one company, one marriage officer. His livelihood could now be at risk, his career of catering to destination weddings, and even cruise ship weddings is in danger. But it isnt only Matthew Sweeting who is at risk. Matthew was telling me during his busy season he can employ upwards of 30 Bahamians in his wedding business, many solely because of the requirements imposed by cruise ships and their travel coordina tors. Arguing that the destination wedding mar ket was essentially recession proof, Mr Pinder said the legislations consequences might negatively impact flower shops, bak eries and cake makers, limousine and taxi drivers, and Bahamian disc jockeys (DJs FROM page 1B Maritime chairman: Act commercially essential 20% soft costs killing Bahamian home buyers STEPHEN WRINKLE Until we can find a way to reignite the housing market we are gong to be in a slump in our sector. Its going to be a struggle. IAN FAIR
"In terms of the average age, delinquencies in the short-term 31 to 90 days segment grew by$ 11 million (2.2 per cent $508 million, translating into an18 basis point firming in the attendant ratio to 8.1 per cent," the Central Bank said. "Similarly, the non-performing component those over 90 days rose by $9 million (1.3 per cent) to $686 million, witht he corresponding ratio to loans widening by 15 basis points to 10.9 per cent." Meanwhile, another Bahamian banker, who requested anonymity, told Tribune Business that while the worst of the recession had passed, and a fledgling recovery appeared tob e occurring, the level of incline is so low that were not seeing a massive rebound. He added: Youve got to believe a year from today we will be better off than today, so people will repay their debts and the levels will come down. Delinquencies overall will be a lagging indicator, and well be six months to a year behind it. The banker added that while the Bahamas had more invest ment ongoing in the $3-$4 billion range than all the rest of the Caribbean, in the form of Baha Mar, Albany, Balmoral, Turnberry, the Arawak Cay Port and the roads, the major obstacle appeared to be getting per capita spending from tourists back to pre-recession levels. During May 2011, mortgage delinquencies rose by $10.9 million or 1.8 per cent to $632.8 million, largely due to a $10.1 million or 3.4 per cent rise in the 31-90 days past due catego ry. Non-performing mortgages increased by $0.7 million or 0.2 per cent. Consumer loan arrears, meanwhile, fell by $3.8 million or 1.4 per cent, as both the short-term and non-performing categories fell by $1.9 million. Banking industry loan loss provisions dropped by $1.5 million or 0.5 per cent to $283.2 million, with the ratio of provisions to arrears falling by 0.5 and 0.8 percentage points, respective ly, to 23.7 per cent and 41.3 per cent. Write-offs Loan write-offs for May reached $11.1 million, while recoveries stood at $2.6 million.A further $19.7 million worth of Bahamian commercial bank loans were restructured. Debt consolidation loans accounted for the "majority of the credit growth" in April 2011, increasing by $13.9 million. While private car loans rose by $2.1 million possibly as a function of the Motor Show, net debt repayments were registered in April for credit cards ($1.9 million loans ($1.8 improvement loans ($1.2 mil lion) and education ($0.8 mil lion). Although credit extended to Bahamian consumers, households and businesses firmed by $7.5 million in May, compared to a $16.9 million reduction in the same month in 2010, the majority of that some $5.2 million was concentrated in con sumer loans. These had contracted by $11.6 million in 2010, but com mercial loans firmed by just $300,000 in May 2011. Mort gages also firmed by $1.9 million, but the trends shown by the Central Bank again indicate that banks are concentrat ing lending in smaller balance, higher interest rate-yielding consumer loans, rather than the productive areas of the economy. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE sion. Speaking to this newspaper after returning from the CICMC regional conference in Santo Domingo, where he outlined progress in establishing the Bahamas Chapter, Mr Demeritte confirmed that the latter would be established with interim status in early August 2011. It went very well, he said of the CICMC conference. They agreed to give us a go on August 8. We are looking to officially launch on August 8. In his presentation to the Sant o Domingo conference, Mr Demeritte said that after the Interim Chapter was launched, the Bahamas was looking to have two Certified Management Consultants (CMCs y ear-end. T hat development will allow the fully-fledged Bahamas C hapter to launch in the 2012 first quarter, and Mr Demeritte told the Santo Domingo conference that thisn ation wanted to have a minimum four additional CMCq ualified Bahamians making a total of at least six with the designation by December 2012. Targeting more opportunities for Bahamian management consultants through the Chapters launch, Mr Demeritte told Tribune Business: We also want to begin to speak to COB to attract young students to the sector. That is the growth for sure. We see that as the way to grow and s trengthen the sector. The EU has provided CEDA with the means and support to actually implement and strengthen the consulting i ndustry. I n his Santo Domingo presentation, Mr Demeritte said an O ctober 2010 CICMC survey had shown that the management consulting industry faced stiff competition from nonCaribbean firms. He noted that management consulting faced a two-tiered market with a weak middle, as the survey found that 63.4 per cent of the industrys clients spent less than $100,000 per annum on such services, accounting for just 10.1 per cent of t he market. And just 12.9 per cent of the Caribbean management consulting industrys clients spent $500,000 or more per annum on the sector, accounting for 62.3 per cent of theo verall market. Mr Demeritte told Tribune Business that these market characteristics also applied to the Bahamas, with the big boys, the accounting firms, having the lions share of whats tays here. We will be seeking to offer our services to the Govern ment and all sectors on writing proposals for grants and contracts, he said. When you look at the amount of grantsg ranted to the Bahamas by CEDA, we got four out of 376. That spoke to the fact we did not take the approach Jamaica and others took. They had consultants sitting down and writing proposals f or those funds, as opposed to small and medium-sized enterprises sitting down and writing proposals for them selves. As a client group, wed like to perform that task n ot just for SMEs but the Government, and be there for B ahamians. Mr Demeritte added that Bahamian consultants needed to be creating business for themselves, as opposed to wait ing for business opportunities, and generate significantv olume. In his Santo Domingo presentation, Mr Demeritte said many Caribbean management consultants viewed their home and regional markets as being too small, instead focusing on growth opportunities in regions such as the US, Europe and Asia. A s a result, there was no effort to serve SMEs, even though they were the most important client base, given that they accounted, in the Bahamas, for some 90 per cent of registered businesses albeit, contributing just 5.3 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP Management consultants targeting August 8 launch FROM page 1B Protect ourselves on single regional airspace proposals would result. He also, though, pointed to the potential pitfalls for the Bahamas if a single regional airspace became a reality, saying these had been highlighted by the recent controversy surrounding Barbados-based lowcost carrier, REDjet, and its struggles in getting permission to fly to Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. Captain Butler said REDjet, which is incorporated in St Lucia, had made its home in Barbados, a Category Two country with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA As a result of this Category Two status, which relates to weaknesses identified by the US supervisory authority with Barbadoss aviation regulatory structure, carriers based there cannot fly directly to the US because they lack the proper certification. However, under a single regional airspace as envisaged by the San Juan Accord and CASSOS, the Caribbean Aviation Safety and Security Oversight System (CASSOS such as the Bahamas would have to accept all airlines certified by their fellow members, Captain Butler said, as a uniform regulatory system would be created. Once certified in one CARICOM country, they have to effectively be certified by all others, and the Sky Bahamas chief said that in the absence of safeguards built into regional air transportation services agreements, it was thus possible for carriers in Category Two countries to obtain certification from Category One countries, such as the Bahamas. Captain Butler said such a back door route could allow Category Two country carriers to use certification from the Bahamas to enter the US market. And, once in possession of Bahamian certification, he added that this nation became responsible for oversight of such carriers, creating potential reputational risk. We dont want to be considered as facilitating certification a flag of convenience, Captain Butler told Tribune Business. Before we go into these agreements, we need to make sure regulations are in place to protect ourselves. Its a real issue were going to have to look at. Its going to be good for the transportation industry, but were going to have to make sure the proper rules and regulations are in place to make sure were not used for something we dont want to be. Permission REDjet was yesterday given permission to fly to both Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago from its Barbados base, but Captain Butler said the Bahamas should implement regulations that would enable it to refuse certification to airlines operating from countries that did not meet international standards set by the likes of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO They did not put that in there, and are now bound, Captain Butler said of the San Juan Accord and CASSOS. We have to be careful about that. We have to ensure all the countries in the Caribbean come up to the same standard with ICAO. CASSOS is an initiative designed to coo rdinate Caribbean aviation industry technical expertise and provide cost effective oversight, harmonising licensing, certification and inspection procedures. The Bahamas has yet to sign on to CASSOS, although Barbados and Trinidad, plus some other Caribbean states, have already done so. The other issue with the San Juan Accord and CASSOS, Captain Butler added, was that signing on to them would pave the way for rival regional carriers to enter the Bahamian market and provide stiffer competition for Bahamasair, thereby creating a dilemma for the Government. Im all for competition, all for liberalisation and harmonisation of the rules the rules are the same for everybody, Captain Butler told Tribune Business. The challenge were going to have now: Is the Government going to continue to support Bahamasair? Is the Government r eady for Bahamasair to compete now and stand on its own feet? It will not only have competition from the likes of Sky Bahamas, its going to have Caribbean Airlines competition and REDjet competition. They are going to be better funded and better structured in terms of not carrying the debt. Caribbean Airlines earlier this month applied for Bahamian regulatory p ermission to resume the thrice-weekly round trip service to Kingston previously performed by Air Jamaica, the carrier it has now absorbed. Captain Butler was speaking after Vin c ent Vanderpool-Wallace, minister of tourism and aviation, told Tribune Business that he agreed in principle with the concept of a single Caribbean regional airspace, especially since it could boost intra-r egional travel. However, he acknowledged that politics and sovereignty, and traditional rights jealously guarded by governments, were formidable obstacles standing in the way. FROM page 1B FROM page 1B Bad loan recovery to take 2-3 years
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Th e cu rr e nt tra p s ar e e x pe ns iv e pr ototy p es b ut O k um u h o p e s t o p r od u ce a ff or d a b l e t r a ps tha t ca n be s ol d for be tw ee n $ 4 a nd $ 2 7 e a ch. He s a id the y h op ed to de v e lop th e de v ice s s o the y wo uld wor k a t th e r a tio of 2 0 tra ps for e ve r y 1 0 00 pe op le E d w a r d M w a n g i w h o h e a d s a n a l l i a n c e o f 8 6 a i d g r o u p s w o r k i n g t o er a d i c a t e m a l ar i a i n K e n y a s a i d k e e p i n g c o s t s l o w w a s k e y t o d e v e l op ing s ucc es s ful te ch no log y in th e d e ve l opi ng w o r l d He said t he cu rren t in ter vent io ns suc h as the tr e ate d ne ts an d m al a ri al dr ug s ha d m a na g e d t o r e d u c e t h e c h i l d d e a t h s c a u s e d b y ma l ar ia in Afr ic a by 5 0 pe r c en t. Scientists: Stinky sock smell helps fight malaria By MIKE STOBBE AP Medical Writer A N A I D S d r u g a l r e a d y s h o w n t o h e l p p re v en t s p r e a d o f t h e vi r u s i n g a y m e n a l s o w o r k s f o r h e t e r o s e x u a l m e n a n d w o m e n t w o s t u d i e s i n A f r i c a f o u n d E x p e r t s c a l l e d i t a bre akt h ro ugh f o r t h e c o nt i nen t t h at has s uf f e red m o st f ro m A ID S. T h e s e s t u d i e s c o u l d h e l p u s t o r e a c h t h e t i p p i n g p o i n t i n t h e H I V e p i d e m i c s a i d M i c h a e l S i d i b e e x e c u t i v e d i r e c t o r o f t h e U n i t e d Natio n's A IDS pro g ram, i n a st atem e n t l a s t W e d n e s d a y a s t h e s t u d y r e s u l t s w e r e a n n o u n c e d T h i s i s r e a l l y a g a m e c h a n g e r s a i d D r J a r e d B a e t e n t h e U n i v e r s i t y of W as h i ng t o n r es ea rc h er w h o w a s a l e a d e r o f o n e o f t h e s t u d i e s T h e p r ev en t i o n d ru g i s T r u va d a, a p i l l al r e a d y o n p h ar m a c y s h e l v es t o tre at people with HIV It's made b y G i l e a d S c i e n c e s I n c o f F o s t e r C i t y C a l i f A n o t h e r G i l e a d d r u g Vi re ad, w as al so u sed in o ne o f t h e t w o A f r i c a n s t u d i e s E a r l i e r r e s e a r c h w i t h T r u v a d a f o u n d i t p r e v e n t e d s p r e a d o f H I V t o uni nf ect ed gay men. But exp erts w e r e t h r i l l e d W e d n e s d a y a t t h e f i r s t c o m p e l l i n g e v i d e n c e t h a t A I D S m e d i c a t i o n s c a n p r e v e n t infe c tion b etw ee n m en a n d wom en T h e U S C e n t r e s f o r D i s e a s e C o n t r o l a n d P r e v e n t i o n w h i c h g a v e a d v i c e l a s t F a l l f o r u s e o f t h e p r e v e n t i v e d r u g s a m o n g g a y s i s n o w d e v e l o p i n g g u i d a n c e f o r h e t e r o s e x u a l s i n t h i s c o u n t r y A t t h e s a m e t i m e n a t i o n a l a n d i n t e r n a t i o n a l h e a l t h o f f i c i a l s s a i d i t s f a r f r o m c l e a r h o w p r e v e n t i v e u s e o f t h e s e d r u g s w i l l p l a y o u t H o w m a n y p e o p l e w o u l d w a n t t o t a k e a p i l l ea c h d ay t o re du c e t h ei r r i s k o f H I V i n f e c t i o n ? W o u l d t h e y s t i c k w i t h i t ? W o u l d t h e y b e c o m e m o r e s e x u a l l y r e c k l e s s ? Another issue : There alre ady is a su p p l y p r o bl e m In A f r i c a, 6. 6 mi l l i o n p e o p l e a r e n o w o n A I D S d r u g s b u t 9 m i l l i o n p e o p l e w h o a r e e l i g i b l e f o r t h e t r e a t m e n t a r e o n a w a i t i n g l i s t a c c o r d i n g t o t h e W o r l d H e a l t h O r g a n i s a t i o n I n t h e U S m a n y s t a t e a s s i s t an c e p r o g r a m m e s t h a t h e l p p e o p l e a c ce ss A I DS me dic a t ions als o ha ve w a i t i n g l i s t s T h e f i r s t o f t h e n e w s t u d i e s r u n b y t h e C D C i n v o l v e d m o r e t h a n 1 2 0 0 m e n a n d w o m e n i n B o t s w an a A b o u t h a l f t o o k T ru v ad a e a c h d a y T h e o t h e r h a l f g o t a f a k e p i l l A n a n a l y s i s o f t h o s e w h o w e r e b e l i e ve d t o b e r e gu l ar l y t a k i n g t h e p i l ls f o u n d f o u r o f t h o s e o n T ru v ad a b e c a m e i n f e c t e d w i t h H I V co mpar ed to 19 o n th e d umm y p ill T h a t m e a n s t h e d r u g l o w e r e d t h e r i s k o f i n f e c t i o n b y r o u g h l y 7 8 p e r c e n t r e s e a r c h e r s s a i d T h e se c o n d st u d y w as f u n d e d b y t h e B i l l & M e l i n d a G a t e s F o u n d a t i o n a n d r u n b y t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f Was hin gt on. It i nvo lved mo re t h an 4 7 0 0 h e t e r o s e x u a l c o u p l e s i n K e n y a a n d U g a n d a I n e a c h c o u p l e o n e p a r t n e r h a d H I V a n d t h e ot h er d id n ot The un in f ect ed w ere g i v e n e i t h e r d a i l y p l a c e b o s o r o n e o f t h e G i l e a d p i l l s T r u v a d a o r V i r e a d T h e s t u d y f o u n d 1 3 H I V i n f e c t i o n s a m o n g t h o s e o n T r u v a d a 1 8 in t ho se o n Virea d, and 47 o f t ho se o n d u m m y p i l l s S o t h e m e d i c a t i o n s r e d u c e d t h e r i s k o f H I V i n f e c t i o n b y 6 2 p e r c e n t t o 7 3 p e r c e n t t h e r e s e a r c h e r s s a i d O u r r e s u l t s p r o v i d e c l e a r e v i d e n c e t h a t t h i s w o r k s i n h e t e r o s e x u a l s s a i d B a e t e n w h o c o c h a i r e d t h e s t u d y A n ind epend ent revi e w p anel on S u n d a y s a i d t h e b e n e f i t w a s c l e a r c ut and stop ped h andin g out pl aceb o s i n s t e a d o f f e r i n g t h e p r e v e n t i v e d r u g s E s s e n t i a l l y t h e y d e e m e d i t u n e t h i c a l t o w i t h h o l d t h e m e d i c a t i o n s f r o m p e o p l e w h o h a d b e e n o n p l ac e b o B a e t e n s a i d I n b o t h s t u d i es p ar t i c i p an t s a ls o w e r e o f f e r e d c o u n s e l l i n g a n d f r e e c o n d o m s w h i c h m a y h e l p e x p l a i n t h e r el a t i v el y l o w o v er a l l i n f ec t i o n r a t e T h e s t u d i e s w e r e t o b e an no u n ce d at a n A ID S c o nf e ren c e i n R o m e n e x t w e e k B u t f o l l o w i n g t h e r e c o m m en d a t i o n o f t h e r ev i ew p a n e l t o t h e U n i v e r s i t y o f W a s h i n g t o n s t u d y b o t h s t u d y t e a m s made hast y dec ision s t o release t he r e s u l t s T h e s e a r e t h e t h i r d a n d f o u r t h w i d e l y r e p o r t e d s t u d i e s o f G i l e a d s t r e a t m e n t s T h e f i r s t w a s a n n o u n c e d l a s t y e a r i n v o l v i n g g a y m e n i n P e r u E c u a d o r B r a z i l S o u t h A f r i c a T h a i l a n d a n d t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s ( S a n F r a n c i s c o a n d B o s t o n ) T r u v ad a l o w er e d t h e c h a n c es o f i n f e c t i o n b y 4 4 p e r c e n t a n d b y 7 3 p e r c e nt o r more amon g men wh o t ook t h e i r p i l l s m o s t f a i t h f u l l y D r u g s t o p s H I V a m o n g h e t e r o c o u p l e s n o t j u s t g a y s GI L E A D S c i e n c e s I n c s T r u v a d a p i l l i n t h e i r l a b i n F o s t e r C i t y C a l i f o r n i a T w o s t u d i e s a n n o u n c e d W e d n e s d a y J u l y 1 3 2 0 1 1 s h o w the pill Truvada helped prevent the spread of the AIDS virus between heterosexual couples in Africa. 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By LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer KIDS may be safest in cars when gran dm a o r gr and p a ar e d r i v i n g i n s t e a d o f m o m o r d a d a cc ord i n g to stud y r e s ult s that even made the researchers do a double-take. "We were surprised to dis cover that the injury rate was considerably lower in crashes where grandparents were the d r i v e r s s a i d D r F r e d H e n retig, an emergency medicine specia list at Children's Ho spit a l o f P h i l a d e l p h i a a n d t h e study's lead author. Previous evidence indicates th at ca r c r a s h e s a r e m o r e co m m on i n ol d e r dr i v e r s, m os t l y t h o s e b e y o n d a g e 6 5 T h e stud y loo k e d at in jur ies rather t h a n w h o h a d m o r e c r a s h e s and found that children's risk for inju r y was 50 per cen t lo wer when riding with grandpar ents than with parents. T h e r e s u l t s a r e f r o m a n a na ly si s of St at e Fa rm i nsura n c e c l a i m s f o r 2 0 0 3 0 7 c a r cr ash es in 15 states an d in t er v i e w s w i t h t h e d r i v e r s T h e d a t a i n v o l v e d n e a r l y 1 2 0 0 0 c h i l d r e n up to age 15. Hen r etig, 64, s aid the stu d y w a s p r o m p t e d b y h i s o w n e x p e r i e n c e s w h e n h i s f i rs t g r a nd c h i l d w as b o r n t h r e e y e a r s ag o "I fou n d m y s elf b ein g ver y ne rvo u s o n th e o c casi on s th at w e dr ov e o ur g ra ndd a ug ht e r aro u n d and r eally wo n d ered if an yo n e h a d e ve r l o o k ed at th is b efor e," h e s aid R easo n s for th e u n exp ected fin din gs ar e u nc ertain bu t th e res ear ch ers h ave a t h eo r y. Pe rha p s g ra n dpa re nt s a re mad e m o re n er vo us ab o ut th e t ask of d ri vi n g wi th t he 'pr e ci o u s ca rg o o f th eir g ra n d ch i ldr en and es t ab l is h mo re caut i ous dri v ing habi t s" t o c omp e n s a t e f o r a n y a g e r e l a t e d ch allen ges th ey wr ote. T h e s t u d y w a s r e l e a s e d o nli ne Mo n day in t h e jo ur n al P e d i a t r i c s N o r t h w e s t e r n U n i v e r s i t y P r o f e s s o r J o s e p h S c h o f e r a t r a n s p o r t a t i o n e x p e r t n o t i n v o l v ed i n th e r es ea r c h n o te d tha t th e aver age age of gr and p aren ts stu d ied was 58. G r a n d p a r e n t s t o d a y a r e n o t t h a t o l d a n d d o n t f i t t h e i m a g e o f a n i m p a i r e d o l d e r d r i v e r h e s a i d N o n e o f u s s h o u l d r e p r e s e n t g r a n d p a r e n t s a s k i n d o f h o b b l i n g t o t h e c a r o n a w a l k e r Gra n dpa rent s did f lub o ne safety measure. Nearly all the kids were in car seats or seat b e l t s, bu t g ra nd pa r e nt s w e re s l i g h t l y l e s s l i k e l y t o f o l l o w r e c o m m e n d e d p r a c t i c e s w h i c h i n c l u d e r e a r f a c i n g b a c k s e a t c a r s e a t s f o r i n f a n t s a n d n o f r o n t s e a t s B u t t h a t d i d n t seem to affect injury rates. O n l y a b ou t 1 0 pe r c e n t o f kids in the study were driven by grandparents, but they suf f e r e d p r o p o r t i o n a t e l y f e w e r injuries. O v e r a l l 1 0 5 p e r c e n t o f k i d s we r e inju red when ridin g wit h pa r e nt s v e r su s 0 7 0 p e r c e nt of those riding with grandpar e n t s o r a 3 3 p e r c e n t l o w e r risk. The difference was even m o r e p r o n o u n c e d 5 0 p e r cent when the researchers too k in to acco un t oth e r t h in g s t h a t c o u l d i n f l u e n c e i n j u r y rat es, including no t using ca r seats, and older-model cars. Kids suff ere d si mil ar t ype s of i n ju ri e s r e g a rd l e ss o f w h o was driving, including concus sions, other head injuries and broken bones. The study does not include dat a o n deat hs but Henret ig s a i d t h e r e w e r e v e r y f e w I t al s o lac k e d in fo r ma ti o n o n th e types of car trips involved; for e xa mple driv ing i n b usy cit y traffic might increase chances for crashes with injuries. Sc h of e r t h e No rt hw e s t e r n pro fe s sor, sa i d ot he r uns t udi ed c i rcums ta nc es c oul d hav e p l a y e d a r o l e F o r e x a m p l e g r an d p a r e n ts c o u l d b e l es s d i s t ra ct e d a nd l e ss f ra zz le d t ha n b u s y p a r e n t s d r o p p i n g t h e i r k i d s o f f a t s c h o o l w h i l e r u s h i n g t o g e t t o w o r k o r t o d o e r r a n d s D r i v i n g t r i p s m i g h t b e q u al i t y t i m e f o r o l d e r d r i v e rs a nd t he i r g randc hi ldre n, Sc hofe r sa id. "It seems like the cost of dental care keeps increasing. Dentists charge too much. Why should I pay so much for such a simple dental pro cedure?" It appears that a financial invest me nt i nto de nta l he al th is v ie we d a s u n i m p o r t a n t T h e c o m m o n c r i e s t h a t individuals have regarding the cost of dental treatment are numerous. H o w e v e r t h e c o s t o f m e d i c a l h e a l t h c are servic e s is generally acc e p ted as an unavoidable necessity. The importance of dental health c a re shou ld be viewed as e q ual to t he i mpo rt anc e of medi cal heal th care. It is seldom that a medical proce d u r e w o u l d b e p u t o f f b ec au s e o f c o st s; h o w eve r, ma ny p at i e nt s ar e inclined to delay/forgo dental pro cedures because of cost. The y are wil ling to ris k the ir d ent al heal t h, and un kn ow i ngl y, t h eir medi cal he al t h (beca use of the dent o m e d i c a l c o n n e c t i o n ) t o s a v e funds. An i mpo rta nt diffe r e nce be twe e n m ed ic i ne an d d en t i st ry i s t h e p er c eive d degr ee o f c on t rol a p at ien t has about whether he should treat h i s d i a gn o s e d d en t al h e a l t h p r o b l e m T h e d e n t a l p a t i e n t s e e m s t o h a v e f u l l c o n tr o l o v e r h o w a n d w h e n t o a ddress the p r o fessionally diagnosed dental health problem. W h e n a d e n t i s t m a k e s a d i a g n o s i s he is often time guilty of presenting the tr ea tme nt opti ons to the pa tie nt b a s e d o n w h a t h e p e r c e i v e s t h e pa tient's budge t to be. It is difficult t o e n v i s i o n a m e d i c a l d o c t o r p r e s enti ng t r ea tme nt optio ns b ias ed by a pa tie nt's bud ge t, al bei t influ en ced by insurance coverage. Nonetheless, the view that dental p r o b l e m s d o n o t re p r e s en t h ea l t h eme rgen c ie s an d t he ref o re d o n ot require immediate remedy is erro neous and pervasive. This misco nception oft en c a uses the patient to create a false separa t i o n i n t h e i r m i n d b e t w e e n t h e mouth and the rest of the body. The continuum of the physiology o f t h e m o u t h a n d b o d y i s n o t rem emb ered an d it is t h is p erc eption, which creates the tendency to leave dental problems untreated. A del ay in s e ek ing dent al t reatm e n t d o e s n o t m a k e th e p r o b l e m g o a w a y. I t w i l l j u st p r e d i s po s e t o a more involved dental procedure to s o l v e a p r e v i o u s l y l e s s c o m p l e x p r o b l e m I t m u s t b e r e i t e r a t e d t h a t delaying dental treatment does not make a dental problem go away. It will make it get worse. Tooth and gum diseases are gen erally accepted as chronic, progres sive and destructive. They become more severe over time. I f a p a t ie n t d e l a y s i n s e e ki n g c a r e t h e c o s t o f t h e i n e v i t a b l e d e n t a l i nt e r v e n ti o n w i l l g e n e r a l l y b e hi g he r th a n i f t he p a t ie n t h a d s ou g ht d e n t a l care at the first indication of pain. O f n o t e m o s t d e n t a l i n s u r a n c e p l a n s o f f e r c o m p l e t e r e i m b u r s e m e n t o f c l e a n i n g s a n d c h e c k u p s a n d o n l y a percentage reimbursement of more complex procedures. The de nt a l insurance c ompa n ie s a r e b e i n g p r u d e n t w i t h c o m p a n y f u n d s a n d a r e a l s o e n c o u r a g i n g p a t i e n t s t o i n v e s t i n p r e v e n t a t i v e m e a s u r e s i n s t e a d o f r e s t o r a t i v e m e a s u r e s I t i s t h e s t r o n g e s t p o s s i b l e f i na n c i a l i n c e n t i v e t o b ru s h f l o s s, v i s i t t h e d e n t i s t r e g u l a r l y a n d e a t sensibly. Whe n com pa re d to o ther s urg ica l specialties that perform procedures in a mb ula tory ca re ce ntr es a nd h osp i t a l o p er at i n g ro o m s d e n t a l s u r g eo n s u su a ll y c a rr y t h e b u rd en o f all of their operating costs. T his is be ca use th ey pe r f o rm pr oc e d u r e s i n t h e i r o w n o f f i c e s T h e d e n t a l s u r g e o n t h e r e f o r e h a s t o absorb the cost of equipment; sup plies; electricity that powers equip ment ; xray mach in es; malp ract ic e insurance and office space rental. I n ad dition, t h e de ntal hea lthca re p r o f e s s i o n a l h a s t o ab s o r b o n e o f t h e b i g g e s t e x p e n s e s ; t h e c o s t o f s t a f f s a l a r i e s T he s ta f f is ne e d e d to m a k e a p p o i n t m e n t s ; s u b m i t i n s u r a n c e f o r m s ; p e r f o r m d e n t a l a s s i s t a n t d u t i e s a n d e v e n d e n t a l h y g i e n i s t duties. Al l of this cos t a bs or ption is do ne with little or no ability to leverage s u p p l i e r s f o r m a j o r d i s c o u n t s o n ma teria ls a nd su pplies. Thi s la c k of leverage is mainly due to the dental s urg eo n's ina bility to b uy whole sa le o r i n bu l k, a s a l a r g e h e a l th ca r e c e n tre or hospital would. Th eref or e i n re ali ty d en ti st s d o not make mo re th an medi cal do cto r s or a ny oth e r he a lt hca r e s p ec ia l i s t b e c a u s e t h e y h a v e v e r y l a r g e o p e r a t i o n a l c o s t s a n d l a r g e o v e r heads. R e g a r d l e s s o f th e a f o r e m e n ti o n e d f a c t s i t i s u n e t h i c a l f o r a d e n t a l h e a l t h c a r e p r o f e s s i o n a l t o p l a c e i n a p p r o p r i a t e f e e s o n p a t i en t s t o mitigate operation costs. A l l e t h i c a l m a t t e r s a r e u s u a l l y addressed by the local dental asso ciation and the local dental council. These organisations seek to ensure good practice by dental healthcare professionals. Your health is your most impor ta n t a s s e t. T h e h e a l t h o f y o u r m o u t h a n d t h e h e a l t h o f y o u r b o d y i s w o r t h an investment in time and if neces sary, money. T h e r e i s a c o n n e c t i o n b e tw e e n t h e mouth and the body that is scientif ically proven and no longer can be i g n o r e d B e p r u d e n t a b o u t y o u r d ec i s i o n s c o n c e r n i n g yo u r o v e r a l l h e a l t h O n e p ar t o f y o u r b o d y i s not more important that the other. A l l p a r t s a r e e q u a l l y i m p o r t a n t Keep your mouth alive. Thi s ar ti c l e is fo r info r m a ti onal pu r poses only. It is not intended and may not be treated as, a substitute for pro f es s iona l med ica l/ de nta l adv ic e dia g n o s i s o r t r e a t me nt A l w a y s s e e k t h e advice of a physician or dental p r o f e s s i o n a l w i t h a n y q u e s t i o n s y o u m a y have regarding a medical/dental condi ti o n N ev er d i sre g ar d p ro f es si o n a l m ed ical/dental advice or delay in seeking it b ec au se o f a p u rel y i n fo r m at i o n al p u b l i cation. If you have questions, please send an email to email@example.com Dr AndrÂŽ R Clarke, DDS, MBBS Special Care Dentistry WOMAN P AGE 10B, TUESDA Y JUL Y 19, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE The cost of keeping your mouth alive B y A N D R E C L A R K E KEEPING YOUR MOUTH ALIVE Are grandpar ents safer drivers than mom and dad? T H I S P H O T O p r o v i d e d b y D r F r e d H e n r e t i g s h o w s H e n r e t i g a n e m e r g e n c y m e d i c i n e s p e c i a l i s t a t C h i l d r e n s H o s p i t a l o f P h i l a d e l p h i a w i t h g r a n d d a u g h t e r s V i o l e t l e f t a n d B r e t t o n S u n d a y J u l y 1 7 2 0 1 1 i n P o n d E d d y NY H en r et i g i s t h e l e ad au t h o r o f a st u d y t h a t sa ys t h a t c h i l d re n m a y b e s a fe st i n ca rs w h e n g r an d p ar en t s are driving instead of mom or dad. (AP) ( AR A) Rel axin g on th e b e a c h h i k i n g t h r o u g h t h e m ou n t ai ns t rek k in g ar ou n d a new city or just keeping up w i t h a l l t h e k i d s s u m m e r a c t i v i t i e s h o w e v e r y o u s p e n d s u m m e r va c a t i o n yo u r f ee t will carry you through it all. 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And n o m att er h ow up scal e you r h ot el is at hlet e's f o ot can be p r e s e n t i n a l l p u b l i c p o o l areas ." To h elp steer cl ear o f fo ot p r o b l e m s w a l k b a r e f o o t a s li ttle a s p os si bl e G oin g sh oe les s ex pose s your f e et to s unb urn pl ant ar w art s, at hl ete' s f o o t r i n g w o r m a n d o t h e r i nf ect io ns, an d in cr ea s es th e ri sk o f in ju ry. Wear sh oes o r f lipf lops a r ound th e pool to t h e b e ac h i n l o c k er r o o m s a n d e v e n i n s i d e y o u r h o t e l r o o m a s i n f e c t i o n c a u s i n g b a c t eria c an li nger i n c arpet s an d o n b ath roo m t il es. J u s t a s y o u r e l y o n s u n sc re e n a nd d ri nk ing pl e nty of w a t e r d u r i n g t h e s u m m e r th e se p ra c tic e s a l s o he l p y o ur f e e t A p p l y s u n s c r e e n o n y o u r w h o l e f o o t e s p e c i a l l y t he t ops a nd fronts of a nkles. D r i n k p l e n t y o f w a t e r t h r o u g h o u t t h e d a y t o h e l p m i n i m i s e f o o t s w e l l i n g c a u s e d b y th e heat A lw ays pack an ext ra pai r o f s h o e s e s p e c i a l l y i f y o u exp e c t you r f eet wi ll g et w et A n d t a k e a l o n g a f o o t c a r e k it t hat inc lu des st eril e b and a g e s a n t i b i o t i c c r e a m a n e m o l l i e n t e n r i c h e d c r e a m b l i s t e r p a d s a n d a n a n t i i nf lamm ato ry p ainrel iever. AVOID FLIP-FLOP FIASCOES D i t c h i n g h e a v y b o o t s a n d w e a r i n g l i g h t e r f o o t w e a r i s o ne of t h e gr eat j oys o f su mm e r B u t b e a w a r e t h a t n o t a l l t y p e s o f f o o t w e a r a r e g o o d f o r y o u r f e e t F l i p flops in par ticula r, ca n ca use p r o b l e m s D u r i n g w a r m e r m o n t h s m a n y p o d i a t r i s t s t r e a t m o r e f o o t p r o b l e m s a n d t h e y c a n o f t e n b e t r a c e d b a c k t o t h e w e a r i n g o f f l i p f l o p s K i n g s a y s Y o u d o n t h a v e t o g i v e u p w e a r i n g f l i p f l o p s a l t o g e t h e r ; c e r t a i n t y p e s o f f e r a s u p e r i o r a m o u n t o f s t a b i l i t y a n d s u p p o r t t h a n o t h e r s S o w h a t s c o n s i d e r e d a bad fl ipfl op? F lip -f lop s wi th s o l e s t h a t f r e e l y b e n d a n d t wi st of f er no sup po rt or st ab i l i t y C h o o s e f l i p f l o p s t h a t b e n d o n l y a t t h e b a l l o f t h e f o o t a n d t h a t p r o v i d e a r c h s u p p o r t w h i c h c u s h i o n s t h e f o o t a n d p r o v i d e s s t a b i l i t y H i gh q u al i t y s o f t l e at h e r f o r t h e t h o n g p a r t o f t h e f l i p f l o p w il l h el p y ou avo i d b li s t e r s Y o u r t o e s o r h e e l s s h o u l d n e v e r h a n g o f f t h e e d g e o f t h e f l i p f l o p T h r o w a w a y f l i p f l o p s t h a t ar e o l d w o r n c r a c k e d o r f r a y e d n o m a t t e r h o w m u c h y o u l o v e d t h e m l a s t s e a s o n F i n a l l y n e v e r w e a r f l i p f l o p s f o r d o i n g y a r d w o r k pl ay i ng s por ts, o r tak ing lon g w a l k s D o w e a r g o o d s u p p o r t i v e f l i p f l i p s a t t h e p o o l b e a c h o r i n p u b l i c p l a c e s Y o u r f e e t w i l l t a k e y o u t o a l ot o f c oo l pl a c es t hi s s u m m e r. Ke e p i n g t h e m s a f e a n d c o m f o r t a b l e c a n m a x i m i s e t h e f u n d u r i n g y o u r n e x t w a r m w e a t h e r a d v e n t u r e Flip-flop fiascoes to sunburned toes T ips for avoiding summer foot woes
Be fore de cid ing w hat are a of ps yc h ology to del ve i nto, b ec oming a cl inic al psy cho logi s t w as t h e f i r s t t hi n g t ha t c am e to mind "I w as alw ay s in tereste d in p sy c h ol og y an d t ho u gh t t ha t I w ou ld b e a c ou nsel or or c lin ic a l p s y c h o l o g i st I c h a n g e d m y mind my s enior year in coll ege w hen I to ok a fie ldw ork c ou r se a n d r e a l i se d th a t w o rk i ng w it h p eo pl e o n a n i nd iv id u al le ve l wa s no t for m e," s h e sa id. "I wa s i nt er es te d to p s yc h o l o g y i n g e n e r a l b u t I b e c a m e p a s s i o n a t e a b o u t comm uni ty p s ycho log y d ur i ng my senio r y ea r in col leg e w h e n I s t a r t e d l o o k i n g f o r g r a d u a te p ro g ra ms I w a s v e r y in volved on my cam pus and was i n ev er yt hi ng f ro m s er vice or ga nis at io ns to s cho ol c ommitte es. I w as espec ial ly i n t e r e s t e d in i s su e s o f ra c e a n d soc ia l justic e to the point th at I w o u l d g o t o m y f r i e n d s cla s s e s a n d s i t i n if I kn e w t h a t t h e y w e re g o i ng t o b e d i sc u ss i ng raci al is s ues i n clas s th at day I also enj oye d bein g e n g a g e d i n e f f o r t s t h a t a t t e m p t e d t o a f f e c t s o c i a l ch an ge th r o u gh co m mu n it y e fforts so whe n I disc ove r e d t h a t t h e r e w a s a f i e l d t h a t m erge d my passion for c omm unity work w ith my lov e of p sy c h o lo g y I w as im m ed i a te l y h o o k e d s h e t o l d T r i b u n e W o m a n The time le adi ng up to th e c o mpl eti on of h er de gre e w as a cha llen gebo th ph ysi cally a n d e m o t i o n a l l y b u t w i t h c o n t i n u o u s s u p p o r t f r o m h e r f r i e n d s a n d f a m i l y s h e w a s a bl e t o p u ll t h ro u g h u n m o v e d "The proc ess lea ding up to th e c omp letio n of my d egre e w a s v er y c h al le n gi ng T he la st fe w m on t hs wer e es p eci al ly d iffic ult be ca use the pressure t o c o m p l e t e t h e w o r k a n d m e e t t h e d e a d l i n e s w a s s t ro n g The stress o f it all ma nife s te d i n m y bo d y a n d I b e c a me v e r y s ic k, w hic h is w hy I te ll e v ery o ne ne aring th e end o f th eir doc to ra te p r ogr am t o m ake sure th at they ta ke g ood ca re o f t h e m se l v e s ph y s i c a l l y m e n t all y, e mo tion all y an d spiri tua lly ," s h e e xpl aine d N ow t ha t o ne of th e b ig g e st g o a l s i n h e r l i f e h a s b e e n a cc omplis hed, she intents to exe r ci s e t he k n owl e dg e s he h as g aine d to emp owe r c omm uniti es in the Ba hama s. "I rec ogn is e tha t wi th this d egre e pe ople w ill a utoma tica l l y a t t a c h a s e n s e o f c r e d e n c e t o m y w o r k s o t h i s a c h i e v e m e n t m e a n s t h a t I h a v e b e e n g i v e n a g r e a t r e s p o n s i b i l i t y a n d t h i s i s a r e s p o n s i b i l i t y t h a t I d o n o t t a ke l ig h tl y T hi s a c h ie v e m en t w as m ade possible be ca use I h a v e b e e n s u p p o r t e d a n d u plifte d by a wo nderful c omm unity of fam ily an d frie nds a nd a ho s t of a nce stors so I i n t e n d to u s e th i s a c h i e v e m e n t t o a l so b e a su p p o rt a n d u pl i f t I d e f i n it e l y p la n o n re t u rn i n g t o T h e B a ha m a s an d I int ent to u se my degr e e to c o n t i n u e t o w o rk t o w a r d t h e l i b e r at i o n a n d e m p o w er m e nt o f t he c om mu ni ti e s t o w hich I be long. This work m ay ma nife st in m any d iffere n t w a y s b u t l i b e r a t i o n i s a lw ays the goa l." T o Ni ambi Ha ll-C ampb ell You Go Girl! THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y JUL Y 19, 201 1, P AGE 1 1B By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer N IAMBI Hall-Campbell's keen interest in issues such as race, equality, and solidar ity along with her passion to affect change through community efforts, were the driving force that led her to pursue and successfully complete a doctorate in psychology. Diving into the psyche Niambi Hall-Campbell I rec og n is e th at wit h t his d e g r ee peopl e w ill a ut o mat ica lly atta ch a s en s e o f c r ed en ce to m y work, s o t hi s ach iev eme nt m ea ns th at I h ave been gi ven a gre at r e s p o n s i b i l i t y and th is is a res pon s ibility t h at I do not ta k e li g h t ly GREAT SUPPORT: Family members show love and support to Niambi Hall-Campbell for achieving a doctoral degree in philosophy.
THE TRIBUNE SECTION B TUESD A Y JUL Y 19, 2011 By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer I ALWAYS admired actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett's relationship, as to me they epito mised the essence of true happiness. W h en the y m a ke ap pe a ra nc e s on the red carpet, they always look so in l ov e c on te nt ed w i th o ne a n oth er and it seems as though their rela tionship is break-up proof. And to b e a H o l l y wo o d c o u p l e s t a y i n g t o g e t h e r f o r s u c h a l o n g t i m e i s something worthy of special com mendation. Then I wondered, although it is not impos sible, how this celebrity coupl e m anaged to st ay togeth e r keeping in mind the lifestyle they both ha ve an d w ha t i s the no r m for m o s t H o l l y wo o d m ar r i a ge s g e t together, after three months walk down the aisle and after a year, if even that long, get a divorce. I thought there must be a secret to this cou ple 's ha ppin ess a nd soon fo und o ut t he se c re t w a sn 't re me mbering to say I love you, or satisfy i ng e ach o t her s nee ds p hys i cal ly and emotionally. Th e s ec r et t o W i ll a n d J a da s s uc cessful marriage is that it is open. The couple revealed their open r e l a t i o n s h i p t o a U K t a b l o i d i n 2008. Will Smith t old the tabloid: O u r pe r sp e c t i v e is y o u d on t a v o i d what's natural and you're going to b e at t r act ed t o peo pl e. So s o me t im e s w e ha v e t h e d i sc u s si o n : W o w t h i s o r t h a t g i r l i s f r e a k i n g g o r geo us .' I 'm no t goi ng to say an ything to my buddies that's any dif ferent than what I say to my wife," said Smith. H e e x p l a i n e d t o t h e ta b l o i d t h a t i f t he o c c a si o n a ro s e w he re t he y n e e d ed to take a lover outside the mar r i a g e t h e y w o u l d l e t e a c h o t h e r know. "I'll tell my wife if I need to have s ex w i th s omeone els e." He d id ho wever adm it t hat he is no t sure how he would feel if his wife told h im she ne ed ed to tak e a lov er outside of the marriage. I don 't kn ow how I d fe el. B ut I know I would react better than if I fo un d ou t a bo ut i t af te rw a rd s," sa id Smith, in regards to the possibility of his wife asking to take a lover. And if Jada doesn't approve of t h e l ov e r Wi l l ch o o s e s : "I 'm n o t g oi n g to do it i f sh e d o es n' t a pp ro v e of it". T h is is s o m e w h a t b i z a rre b e c a u s e wh en ma rr ia ge is con si der ed o ne thin ks o f b ei ng mon og amo usly ti ed to a n o t h e r p e rs o n a nd o n l y t h a t p e rso n M y q u e s t i o n i s w h a t i s t h e p o i n t of ge t ting married if eac h pe r son is stil l go ing t o hav e a ffa irs wi th oth er people. To seek an s w ers to tha t qu estion T r i b u n e W o m a n s p o k e t o a f e w people who gave their views about open marriages. Tam ara Ferna nder, a yo ung la dy w ho d re a ms of b e au ti fu l un io n w i th o nl y t he man of h er dr ea ms s ai d this: "I don't kno w wh at to sa y, but I t hi n k t he who l e op en ma r r ia ge th i ng is a bu n c h o f fo ol i sh ne ss W h y y o u g e tt i n g m a rr i e d i n t h e f i r st p l a c e if you know you are not ready to se ttl e do w n w it h on e pe rso n. Th a t's just like you having your cake and eating it to. I would not be having an o pen m arria ge wi th my h usba nd and if he c omes t o me askin g me a b o u t h a v i n g a n op e n m a r ri a g e t h e n that tells me he was and will never b e r eady t o s ettl e down wit h jus t me," she said. On th e co ntr ary, o ne man who s po k e t o T r i b u n e W o m an u n d e r co ndi tion of an ony mity s a id ha vi ng an op en ma rria ge i s som eth ing th at he can enjoy. "See the thing about tha t is, I w oul d w an t to ha ve som eo n e o u t s i d e t h e m a r r i a g e b u t I wou ldn 't want my wife t o have a l o v e r o u t s i d e o u r m a r r i a g e T h e thoug ht of her bei ng with some one e l s e w o u l d k i l l m e Bu t I w o u l d w a n t t o d o i t I w o u l d n' t w a nt he r t o do it. It's unfair but that's just the way it is," he said. S h a r l e e n H u n t e r s a i d : T h e s e people are trying to change every t h i n g T h e y a r e t o o l o s t i n t h i s w orl d. Go d k no w s w h y h e d esi g ne d marriage the way it is for a reason. And I know it breaks his heart to see people trying to change things just to s a tisfy the ir g uilty p lea sures. Lus t is a si n a nd t o ta k e a l ov e r ou tside of a marriage is adultery and th at i s wh a t th e g oo d bo ok s ay s a nd I hope all couples who have open mar riages have a change of he ar t b ef or e i t i s t oo lat e, M s H un te r said. Is t h e s e cr et to a h appy m arri age a llo wi n g your sp ous e to h av e o th e r p ar t n e r s ? Open Marriages MARRIAGE SUCCESS?: Will Smith and Jada Pinkett revealed to a UK tabloid in 2008 that their marriage is open.
By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F or the third consecutive year, one of the Bahamas track and field icons continues to contribute to the development of our young athletes by coaching and building a positive f oundation for the future. F ormer Olympian Tonique W illiams-Darling is currently hosting the third edition of the eagerly anticipated TWD Athletics Clubs Track and Field Summer Clinic. The week-long clinic is slated for this week at the Thomas A Robinson stadium and aims to place an emphasis on a number of athletic disciplines. We have a lot of return participants, we have our Family Island participants that came in and we have a lot of return participants and o thers whose parents just called in and brought them in because they wanted to connect with coaches like Peter Pratt, Bradley Cooper and others, Williams-Darling said. So we have kids that are athletically inclined, they are looking for that help so they reached out to TWD Athletics so we can help them find that right coaching. Persons interested in joining the clinic in progress can call 328 778 or 565 8782. Walk-ins are also welcome at the Thomas A Robinson Stadium, beginning at 8am. One thing we try to do, we want to offer quality. We start with ages 12 and up so we tend to have smaller groups and our coaches can really focus in on the kids and this is a good opportunity to reach out to those kids who do not have coaches and are not a part of a club and pull them to the side, identify them and get them started on their athletic career, said Williams-Darling. I have an on-going programme throughout the year focused on sprinters and quarter-milers. But we have also had kids that have come up to me and we do place them with coaches of other disciplines to work with throughout the year on jumps or throws. July 25-27, the clinic will shift to Abaco for yet another year. Peter Pratt is one of several nationally renowned head coaches who has worked closely with the programme since its inception. I worked with TWD last year and it was such a good programme I told her I would work with her again this year, he said. We need more support from Abaconians. I think there are a lot of good athletes in Abaco that can benefit from the programme. Here in Nassau, we are making an onslaught on the 12-year-olds coming to the camp. To those that know they can jump, those that believe they can jump and those that want to learn, you will have the opportunity to experiment and get yourselves ready for 2013 when we host the Carifta Games in the Bahamas, said Pratt. T HETRIBUNE SECTIONETUESDAY, JULY 19, 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 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . BAHAMAS STRIKES GOLD IN JUDO OLYMPIC COMMITTEE FUN RUN/WALK ON NORTH ANDROS JA V ANO COLLINS MOST OUT ST ANDING BOXER CAVENDISH CAUTIOUS OVER GREEN JERSEY CHANCES MENEZES: BRAZIL WILL BE STRONG AT THE 2014 WORLD CUP URUGUA Y IN SEMIS AGAIN, THIS TIME AT COPA AMERICA 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 5 5 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . GOLDEN RUN: Ramon Miller (second leftfar leftsecond right from Deon Lendore in the 4x400m relay final at the Central American and Caribbean Athletics Championship in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, Sunday. The team of Latoy Williams, Avard Moncur, Mathieu and Miller finished in 3:01.33s for the gold. Trinidad and Tobago finished second in 3:01.65s while Jamaica was third in 3:02.00s. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGE 8E (AP Photo Former Olympian hosting 3rd summer track and field clinic TONIQUE WILLIAMS-DARLING (shown is hosting the third edition of the TWD Athletics Clubs Track & Field Summer Clinic. Photo by Felip Major By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter email@example.com THE Athletics Department of The College of The Bahamas brings its third annual Summer Sports Camp to a close this week, and the final segment of the event began with encouraging words from an internationally renowned coach and former athlete. Andrea Blackett, assistant womens track coach at Rice University and former Barbadian Olympian and multiple national record holder, visited the scores of campers at the campus in Oakes Field yesterday. Blackett encouraged the group to set goals early and increase their expectations with each milestone they achieved en route to success. As young people, as young citizens of the Bahamas, you have to set goals for yourself. When I was growing up and I first started running I was about 10 or 11 years old and my ultimate goal was to make the Carifta team. I made my first team at about 15, then I made another team a year later. After I did that, I set further goals for myself and I started to think bigger and that is what I want you guys to do from today onward. As soon as you achieve those goals you have to start thinking toward and moving to the next level. So after Carifta I wanted to go to the CAC Games, then the Pan Am Games and onward, she said. I was no different than anyone else when I started. My first time at Carifta I came in fourth. But I went from being fourth in the Caribbean to being first in the Commonwealth years later. So continue to think big for yourself. Its all about desire, dedication and determination, noth ing worth having comes easy. Her greatest achievement in athletics is the gold medal she won in the 400m hurdles at the 1998 Com monwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur Blac k ett s w or ds of encour agement at COB camp Fantastic four r un for gold S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 E E
in a games record time. She a lso competed in the 2002 C ommonwealth Games in Manchester but was unable to retain her title. Blackett represented Barbados in six IAAF World Championships (1997 She qualified for the final four times and in 1999 finished fourth. She competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, qualifying for the semi-final of the 400m hurdles and she competed in the 400m hurdles at the 2004 Athens Olympics. She has also represented her country at the World Indoor Athletics Championships. Blackett was also selected in the Bajan team for the 2008 Olympics but was ruled out due to injury and retired from international competition. Blackett has a personal best of 53.36 in the 400m hurdles in Seville which is also a national record for Barbados. She set the Barbados 100m hurdles record of 13.39 in 2003 in Lige. Blackett graduated from Rice University in 1997 with a bachelor's degree in managerial studies and Spanish, and s he also holds a master's degree from the University of Houston in hotel management. She stressed the importance of higher education and a supportive family structure on the success of her career thus far. Education was so important to my career progressing to where it is today. You can be the fastest athlete out there but if you are not smart enough to sit down, study and focus it is all for nothing. You really have to take care of your education and study hard. It is very important to be an educated young person. Even if you do become a very good athlete it is important to have something to fall back on. No one is going to hire a coach to coach at the college level if they dont have a college degree themselves so it was very important to my career, she said. My family was very supportive, they were always behind me 100 per cent. They were there for me at the highs and the lows and it kept me humble. No matter how well Iw as doing, I was always the same person. Thats an impor tant lesson for you guys to remember, regardless of how well you do or you dont you have to be who you are and not let success or failure get to you. If track is something that you love to do, stay at it. The COB summer camp featured four sporting disci plines that students between the ages of eight and 14 participated in, including basketball, soccer, swimming and track and field. Sean Bastian, assistant athletics director and director of intramural sports, also serves as camp co-ordinator and spoke highly of his expecta tions for the event. "Since its inception two years ago, we had a lot of repeat campers who have enjoyed themselves and we saw progression in them as athletes. What makes the camp so exceptional and so different is that every hour and 15 minutes we rotate to another sport so at the end of the camp you will really see some improvement in their skill level. "We touch on not just one discipline but a camper will have exposure to four. I have seen kids progress and they are always happy to report to us and let us know that they made their primary school or junior high teams and that is a good positive way in showing how the camp has helped itsp articipants in the time they were with us during the sum mer." Boasts Bastian said the camp boasts of the additional bene fit of exposing young students to the collegiate atmosphere. "One of the key aspects of the camp is that it introduces students at an early age to the College of the Bahamas. While they are on campus, we take them for tours through the various classrooms and buildings so they are very comfortable and familiar with COB as early as possible," he said. "Them being exposed to COB's campus and what a college environment is all about, it begins to set the wheels in motion for them to really want to go to college when they finish high school and I think parents should look at that as a motivating factor for parents to send their kids to our camp. SPORTS PAGE 2E, TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS Blacketts words of encouragement at COB camp F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E P h o t o s b y F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f TONIQUE WILLIAMS-DARLING (leftcentre be seen with scores of campers yesterday at The College of The Bahamas third annual Summer Sports Camp.
SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011, PAGE 3E THE Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC announced its first fun run/walk to be held on North Andros the island community has been invited to take part in the event, which is about five kilometres, on July 23. We would like all the people of Andros to be part of this historic occasion, said Wellington Miller, president of the BOC. Especially as this is the first time for such an event to be held in the Family Islands, he added. The fun run/walk is slated to begin at the Government Administrative Office on Queens Highway and end in Morgans Bluff. We are happy as an Olympic committee to take this Olympic movement event outside the capital city. We have asked the people of the community to make this a family fun day and it is our hope that the Olympic fun run/walk will assist in cementing the spirit of community for which Andros is so well-known, said Miller. The BOC is expected to award prizes for winners in the first three places in each age group, with age groups ranging from under-16 to over 60. All participants will receive commemorative Olympic certificates of participation. We have sent letters of invitation to all churches and other community groups. And we look forward to wide participation. This is a part of our effort to build broad community support in advance of the London summer Olympic Games next year, Miller said. BOC fun run/walk on North Andros WELLINGTON MILLER THE southernmost island of the Bahamas hosted its inaugural event honouring a local boxing icon. Inagua Amateur Boxing Club (IABC Edwin Clare Memorial Amateur Boxing Tournament over the Independence weekend in Matthew Town, Inagua. The club, headed by Inspector Dennis Brown, president of the Inagua Amateur Boxing Association and head coach Harold Seymour, indicated the event was "explosive" and "very successful" as the IABC squared off against the Champion Amateur Boxing Club (CABC New Providence. "We are very excited about this tournament and we're already look ing forward to next year's event. We hope to have more amateur boxing clubs from the Bahamas to participate and we also expect to see some official representation from the Bahamas Amateur Boxing Associa tion," the club said in a press release. "We would like to thank our sponsors Basil McIntosh, Glenn Bannister on behalf of Morton Bahamas." Javano Collins, of the CABC, captured the coveted prize of Most Out standing Boxer of the tournament and his club took home the Edwin Clare Memorial floating trophy. Collins won on points over Colin Johnson of the IABC, 10-8. In other noteworthy bouts, Kieron Knowles (CABC Archer (IABC weight division after the referee stopped the bout in the first round. Bancroft Thompson (IABC on points over Lester Brown (CABC division and Salamari Morris (IABC won over Absalom Sturrup (CABC in an exhibition match. Javano Collins most outstanding boxer THE Bahamas Judo Federation attended the US Junior Open Judo Tournament with an 11-person team this past weekend and won an impressive 17 matches and a gold and bronze medal. Twelve-year-old Elaina Cuffy dominated her division with an impressive array of techniques, defeating five opponents on her way to the gold medal. Artio McPhee, 12, also fought his way to a bronze medal, dominating his opponents along the way and narrowly losing to the gold medal winner. The US Junior Judo Open is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the region. The tournament featured athl etes from several countries and the competition was the fiercest since the Bahamas started attending in 2006, according to BJF president DArcy Rahming. "All the recreation players stayed at home due to the economic conditions so the only players that came were nationally and internationally ranked players," he added. Eleven-year-olds Lyle Sherman (5th place (5th place Andrew Munnings (5th place all came up short in the medal rounds despite putting on impressive and competitive performances while winning six matches. Team leaders captain Nathan Williams and assistant captain Tajaro Hudson were in large and competitive divisions and they both won two matches against very able opponents before falling to the medal winners. Newcomers on the team, 11-year-old Jayden Kemp, Kameron Knowles, 13, Jacob Charles, 11, and Jason Charles, 9, also fought well with Jacob defeating one opponent. The team was coached by Chrisnell Cooper and Duet Treco Hanna, both former international competitors. The team was managed by Mrs Michelle Williams. It was chosen based on wins at the Bahamas Judo Open a month ago. "The future looks bright for the sport of judo in the Bahamas. The team was pro fessionally administrated, trained and coached. A number of countries came up and expressed interest in coming to the Bahamas Open nextA pril. This was based on them wanting to find compet itive countries to fight in," said a press release. Anyone seeking more information on Bahamas Judo, contact the Bahamas Judo Federation at (242 6773 for classes and affiliat ed clubs. Bahamas strikes gold, bronze at junior judo tourney in US e would like all the people of Andros to be part of this historic occasion. Especially as this is the first time for such an event to be held in the Family Islands. W ellington Miller MEDAL HAUL: The Bahamas Judo Federation attended the US Junior Open Judo Tournament with an 11-person team, winning an impressive 17 matches and a gold and bronze medal. INJURED shortstop Jose Reyes jokes around in the dugout during the seventh inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies in New York. The Mets won 11-2. (AP Photo By MIKE FITZPATRICK AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP Reyes appears ready to come off the disabled list. The New York Mets star doubled and played six innings at shortstop Monday in a rehab game for Class-A Brooklyn. Mets manager Ter ry Collins says it looks as though Reyes will be activat ed Tuesday in time for the opener of a three-game series against St Louis. Leading the majors with a .354 batting average and 15 triples, Reyes has been sidelined since July 3 with a strained left hamstring. He was eligible to come off the disabled list Monday, but the Mets wanted him to test his leg in a game first. Reyes went 1 for 3 and scored a run in Brooklyn's 115 loss to Lowell. All-Star right fielder Carlos Beltran missed his third straight game with a bad case of the flu. Collins said Beltran was headed to the doctor for tests and needed one more day of rest. "He did say he felt better yesterday, but we got some news today that he's still a little bit under the weather," Collins said, adding that Beltran had lost a lot of weight. "He's got a good case of it. I hope it doesn't spread. You know how it can go around the clubhouse." Scott Hairston replaced Beltran in right but left the game after two innings. Batting cleanup, Hairston fouled a ball off his left shin in the first inning and jogged gingerly down to first base on a groundout. Lucas Duda moved from first base to right field in the top of the third and Nick Evans entered to play first. The Mets said Hairston has a bruised left shin. X-rays were negative and he is day to day. Hairston filled in for Bel tran on Saturday and had a huge game, hitting a long homer and driving in a careerbest five runs during an 11-2 victory over Philadelphia. Elsewhere, third baseman David Wright (back ed to play his fourth rehab game with Class-A St. Lucie on Monday night. The target for Wright's return is this weekend at Florida. Mets say Reyes likely to come off disabled list on Tuesday
ANDRAE WILLIAMS (centre SPORTS PAGE 8E, TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS CAC Athletics Championships, Puerto Rico ... HUGHNIQUE ROLLE (far left the 1500m final at the Central American and Caribbean Athletics Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, on Friday. (AP Photos BIANCA STUART competes in the long jump finals Sunday. She won the gold medal. RAMON MILLER (far right Trinidads Renny Quow and Jamaicas Leford Green (far left