N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Two dead after latest shootings WEATHER T-STORMIN SPOTS HIGH 92F LOW 82F By SANCHESKA B ROWN TWO shooting incidents, one in Grand Bahama ando ne in New Providence have left two men dead and another fighting for his life in hospital. T he first shooting, according to police, happened around 10pm in Garden Villas, Freeport. Police say one man was shot in the head and the second was shot in the stomach at Weddell Avenue. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey said when officers arrived at Weddell Avenue, near East Atlantic Drive, they discovered a man suffering from an apparent gunshot injury to the head. The victim was taken to Rand Memorial Hospital, where he later died. The second victim, who was shot in the stomach, had already been taken to the hospital for medical assis tance and was not at the scene when police arrived. The identities of the vic tims had not been released u p to press time on Friday. T his shooting death is classified as the islands sev enth homicide for the year. No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing into the matter. ASP Mackey said police d o not know the motive for t he shooting and are appealing to anyone with information that can assist detectives to call 350-3107/8 3529774/5 or 911 There have been several shooting incidents at Garden Villas this year, despite a police walkabout in the area last month. So far, four persons have died in separate shootings at Garden Villas, including 42-year Patrick Lewis and 31-year-old Kiano Javier Martinborough in March, Another f ights for his life TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INSIDETODAY WHOLEFAMILYWELLNESS BODY& MORE SUPPLEMENT DIET TIPS FOR PARENTS, HEALTHY FAMILY HABITS AND MUCH MORE By LAMECH JOHNSON A LAWYER was arraigned before a Magistrates Court yesterday on charges of stealing by reason of service and fraudulent breach of trust. Ralph Jan Ward appeared before Magistrate Guillimina Archer in Court 10, Nassau Street. He is accused of stealing property worth $61,750 on September 6, 2010 which he had access to through his services. He is also accused of misusing the funds entrusted to him on behalf of his client. Ward was not allowed to enter a plea to the charges during his arraign ment. Prosecutors intend to proceed with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment in this case, bypassing a preliminary inquiry. His former bail was revoked and a new bond of $20,000 with one surety was issued. The case was adjourned to October 3 when the Voluntary Bill of Indictment is expected to be presented. Earlier this week, Ward pleaded guilty to similar charges in a separate case. LA WYER ACCUSED OF STEALING BY REASON OF SER VICE CHARGED: Ralph Jan Ward is shown leaving court yesterday. Felip Major /Tribune staff B y CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE Gaming Board was virtually deserted after a l abour dispute led to a mass sick-out yesterday. In response to a breakd own in negotiations for an industrial agreement Gaming Board employees were absent f rom work Friday. This could b e just the beginning of indust rial action yet to come, said the union president. A ccording to President of the Bahamas Public Service Union John Pinder 95 perc ent of the 118 Gaming Board e mployees were involved in the industrial action carried o ut yesterday to protest the failed negotiations. Employees are frustrated, stressed out and not fit tow ork, said Mr Pinder. For months the union has attempted to have the last c omponent to the new industrial agreement, which deals with salaries, approved and signed by the government, Mr P inder said. He added that the gaming board has been without ani ndustrial agreement since 2009 and while the majority of the contract has beena greed to three proposals regarding employees salaries have been rejected. Minister responsible for the G aming Board, Vincent Van derpool-Wallace, said yesterday that the apparent indus-t rial action was in response to the governments decision not to approve the boards salary proposals which were part of MASS SICK-OUT AT GAMING BOARD SEE page seven By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Although some police officers have been reinstated within weeks of being exonerated before the courts, many oth ers are still not back at work in the Royal Bahamas Police Force. There is concern that consideration for speedy reinstatement is only being giv en to a select few who may have close ties or relations to prominent persons in the community, an officer complained. Within two weeks of being discharged in a sexual crime case involving two minors, the police son of an MP was reinstated as an offi cer in Freeport. An officer in New Provi dence who also was accused of having sexual intercourse with his daughter was also reinstated upon being discharged of the offences in the court. And, a third officer charged with killing in the course of dangerous and C ONCERNS SPEEDY REINSTATEMENT ONLY GIVEN TO A SELECT FEW POLICE OFFICERS SEE page seven By SANCHESKA BROWN DOMESTIC Violence accounts for the majority of calls to the National hotline, followed closely by attempted suicides. According to Minister of Social Services Loretta Butler Turner, more people call into the hotline seeking advice regarding domes tic matters despite the fact that the hotline was originally created for suicide prevention. Sometimes people are under siege in their own homes, this hotline connects individuals who need assistance to the various avenues for help and so its not just a matter of people being depressed or suicidal. If there is a cry for help this is the hotline number that you need to call. We are really in the business of preventing future crimes, homicides and suicides within our community. Despite not having actual statistics, Mrs Butler Turner said she believes suicides have gone down since the hotline MOSTCALLSTO NATIONAL HOTLINE CONCERN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE MINISTER OF SOCIAL SERVICES Loretta Butler Turner SEE page seven SEE page six Volume: 107 No.198SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE "My vexation yuk up because I can't see how some people trying to make excuses for the illegal shanty town dwellers. It ain't matter if you was paying rent, it ain't matter if you was Bahamian or Haitian, whether you had a dog or not, if the landlord was a bigshot or if your ma was the queen of Sheba living there. "Fact is, you is be trespassing on your neighbours' property which in the Holy Christian Bible of the Bahamas and the world is quite clear." All time Bahamian "I vex that some of our most holy reverends, pastors and bishops only can find their mout' or put pen to paper to denounce gays or any thought of gay marriage. Last I checked, there were no gays down in Rawson Square clamouring to get married and 'damage family life'. No the gay people here are too scaredto come out the closet much less ask for equal rights. So Igats to ask, why then do our men of the cloth find it necessary at every turn to demonise and scare Bahamians into thinking homosexuals are going to take over the country? "Why don't these well-fed bishops take their hand out the collection jar to speak about the bloodshed on our streets, the rampant incest, rapes, domestic violence and rising unemployment? Better yet, sell ya fancy clothes, cars, jets and gi' summa dat to thep oor so maybe they would stop tiefin and kickin' people door in at night." Sick of devils in Christian clothing "I vex that my neighbour rims and tyres get tief right off her car in front of her house while the whole street was sleeping. Maybe it's time our judicial system took a p age out of the book from some Islamic countries and cut off these tiefs hands. See if they could steal rims with they mout." A tief is a liar "I am vex that despite the authorities' stand and public stated moratorium on no drilling for oil in the Bahamas,we have yet again seeing oil exploration articles on billions of gallons of oil potential from apparent ongoing oil explorations in the Bahamas." Al Kapoonkalup "I vex 'cause I can't wait for this road works to done fix up.. So yinna please do your endeavour best to hurry fix them roads. Thank you." Voter "I done vex (and somewhat proud) when I hear the authorities acted with such incredible lighting speed to take applications for the sale of some 250 lots, measuring 50 by 100 ft for some $17,000 each, since the fire burn down the illegal shanty town a short while go because that is quicker than it still is taking to fix the not working traffic lights." Motorist "I am vex that the land space of New Providence must have shrunk by several square miles because of the removal of land for the waterways and inland canal systems throughout and more so dumbfounded that some of the remaining land is being grossly undersold at some $3.50 per sq ft. Any more beach front property available?" Birthright "I am vex because t'ings worsening when cantaloupes been selling in the foodstore for say 'round $1.50 before the stamp tax removed from imported fruit, and the next week after, the same cantaloupes 'cause it looking much older selling for double the previous price." Shopper "I am vex because I have to soon deal with the horrible winter weather in Buffalo, NY and not enjoy the great sunny nation that is the Bahamas." B-lo J "I is happy that the 'gubment' at least is be moving." Voter Are you vex? S end complaints to firstname.lastname@example.org W HYYOU V V E E X X ? ? THE US Embassys Marine Corps Detachment, embassy staff and the Sunshine Pilot Club of Nassau treated the residents of the Bilney Lane Childrens Home to an afternoon of fun, games and treats at the Marine Corps compound. A spokesperson said the initiative was part of the embassys ongoing commitment to empowering at-risk youth throughout the coun try and helping them reach their full potential. Volunteers from the Sunshine Pilot Club opened the fun day with a Be Safe, Play Safe presentation, encouraging the children to wear safety helmets when riding bicycles and floatation devices when going swimming. After the safety demon stration, the 30 children set off for the pool, bouncy castle, basketball court and craft table for an afternoon of fun and relaxation. The Fun Day was the latest in a series of community out reach activities spearheaded by the Marine Corps Detach ment. Last spring the Marines partnered with the embassys Foreign Service National Employees Association and Urban Riders to host a retreat for residents of the Willie Mae Pratt Centre for Girls. The Marines also donated toys to local children as part of the Toys for Tots programme, delivered household goods to AIDS patients, and participated in the annual Special Olympics Torch Run. The US Embassy thanked co-sponsor Bahamas Food Services for helping to make the day a success for all and for their support throughout the year. B y LAMECH JOHNSON HES not the same piglet he was only four m onths ago. Abner, T he Tribunes p et of the week and the only pig residing at the Bahamas Humane Society, has flourished under the careo f employee Nidia Grant. S he said: I had him from March this year when he was just a piglet, he was very small. He used to live with me and I had him inside the house. But in May when I went on vacation, I brought him here to the Humane Society. My mom told me that he was too big tol ive in the house so I had to turn him over to the society. But this separation did not change the fact t hat Abner is Nidias favourite animal in the whole world. I still take care of him like he is my pig. I f eed him and play with him whenever I get t he chance, she said. Abner certainly has grown since March, and Nidia explained how this came to pass. I gave him a special formula made from c ombining real milk and pig mash. He didnt like it when I was trying to feed it to him in a bottle so I used a container and he liked it b etter, if the mess on his face was any indication. In April he just ate the pig mash and thats how he got his size. I remember when I used to c arry him on my shoulders. Now he would probably break my back. Hes a nice pig though, she said. A bner is expected to be adopted and taken to a Family Island farm to live. He has found a new home, but there are d ozens of dogs, cats and other pets at the Humane Society waiting for the right family to come along. US MARINE C ORPS DET ACHMENT, LOCAL CLUB HOST FUN-DAY FOR CHILDRENS HOME SUNSHINE PILOT CLUB MEMBERS FROM LEFT TO RIGHT Projects co-ordinator Jacqueline Evans, Brain Minders co-ordinator Sophie Cason, fundraising co-ordinator Dellareese Edgecombe and membership coordinator Carolyn Deleveaux. P ET OF THE WEEK:ABNER THE HOUSE PIG
THE government says it is working to strengthen Bahamian democracy by creating an environment for aspiring politicians through the Local Government Junior Council Pilot Project. During a ceremony honouring participants of the project at Government House on July 21, Minister of State for Lands and Local Government Byran Woodside said, The idea for the Local Government Junior Council was born out of two instances during my first visits to various Local Government town committees and councils in 2008. First, it was apparent that there was a need for capacity building in the pool of persons offering themselves for election. Since the inception of the elected form of Local Government in 1996, the same persons were generally offering themselves for office with very few new candidates getting involved at the community level, Mr Woodside said. However Local Govern ment, as a component of democracy within the Bahamas, is viewed as too important for unplanned growth. In our Family Islands, it assists with the economic development, improves the quality of life of our citizens and encourages residents in the decision-making at the com munity level. Governor General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Joan Lady Foulkes hosted the ceremony for the honourees of the project, which aims to equip future leaders with proven methods of establishing selfefficacy. Special recognition was extended to Inspector James Moss for his dedi cation to helping youths who show promise and an interest in the future of local politics. Throughout his career in law enforcement, Inspector Moss has worked with the community and undertaken many public service projects, many of which involved mentoring young peo ple. Mr Woodside explained that the work of Inspector Moss in the Berry Islands was one of the reasons why the government established the Local Government Junior Council. He, along with Principal Ramsey, encouraged the Berry Island council to become fully engaged in activities to assist the development of the young people in that district, he said. The synergy I witnessed on my first trip to that district compelled me to review and modify their efforts so that it could be tested for possible national implementation, hence, the birth of the Local Government Junior Council Pilot Project. Minister Woodside also recognised Family Island Administrator Gary Knowles, Tavarrie Smith and Sheereza Gibson for their dedication and enthusiasm from the inception of the project. He also noted that LaShanta Fowler helped to ensure the success of the project, which has been expanded through the Ministry of Education in six schools. Family Island Administrators in the district councils of Aba co, North Andros, Berry Island, Grand Bahama, and San Salvador depend on parental sup port to encourage student involvement. They achieved the main goal of the project, which was to build a strong cadre of young people with local government experience. I am advised that the impact of the Local Government Junior Council on the lives of the participants, their fellow students and communities is immeasurable, said Mr Woodside. In one district, the prefects, head boy, and head girl for 2011/2012 school year are all Local Government Junior Councillors. While the civics component of the project may have been over-ambitious, parents, siblings and communities have learnt a great deal about the Bahamas and what it means to be Bahamian, he said. Central government will use the recommendations in the various reports, made by students and co-ordinators, to inform the way forward, as the project is expanded in 2011 / 2012.They will develop this local government intervention to improve and enhance a gov ernment by the people of the Bahamas. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011, PAGE 3 By LAMECH J OHNSON T HE FIREARM trial o f political activist Paul M oss was referred to the chief magistrate for reassignment yesterday morning. In what was expected to be a hearing for a gun and ammunition c harge against Moss, M agistrate Joyann Ferguson-Pratt made the d ecision to have the c ase directed to Chief M agistrate Roger Gomez due to her past i nteraction with the d efendant, who is also a w ell-known lawyer. R eferencing the 2008 Australian case of Kirby vs Central Property Limited, Ms FergusonPratt said it was best that she not handle the matter so as to avoid a ny appearance of bias in the case. Reassignment Accordingly, I direct that this matter is forwarded to the chief magistrate for reassign-m ent," the magistrate t old the court. It is alleged that Moss was found in possession of an unlicensed shot gun on Monday, June 13, without being the holder of a firearmsc ertificate at the time. He was also allegedly found in possession of eight shotgun shells. W hen he was arraigned before Mag istrate Ferguson-Pratt i n the gun court a day l ater, Moss pleaded not guilty to the charges. He remains on bail and has to report to theW ulff Road Police Station every Saturday before 6pm. PAULMOSS POLITICALACTIVIST F IREARM CASE TRANSFERRED FOR REASSIGNMENT TOURISM director general D avid Johnson is p ictured with employees from the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation who successfully c ompleted the S panish for the Tourism Workplace course. LATIN AMERICA COULD BECOME BAHAMAS SECOND LARGEST TOURISM CONTRIBUTOR TOURISMCHIEFSPEAKSTOCOBGRADUATES L ATIN America has the capacity to become the Bahamass second largest contributor of tourism arrivals s urpassed only by the United States, a ccording to director general of tourism David Johnson. M r Johnson was speaking to the graduates of the College of the Bahamass first Spanish for the T ourism Workplace class the existence of which, he said, is an acknowledgment of the fact that there are substantial business opportunities for the Bahamas in emerging Latin American markets. We are determined to make the most of those opportunities, Mr Johnson said. No doubt, there are those who still may not see the possibilities that are now before us. How e ver, let me assure you that the potential gains are quite substantial. The College partnered with the M inistry of Tourism and Aviation and the Bahamas Hotel Association to launch the course. I t was created to compliment the Bahamas pursuit of additional Latin A merican visitors and the start of regu larly scheduled flights to Nassau from P anama City by Copa Airlines. A s COB graduated more than 150 s tudents from the first class, Mr Johnson pointed out that the introduction of the course showed that Bahamians are committed to advancing tourism and growing new markets. Central and South America presently is the Bahamas fourth largest s ource of visitors. However, Mr John s on pointed out that many more tourists can come from the region. Economy M r Johnson said Panama is the f astest growing country in Latin America, with an economy that grew by eight per cent a year between 2005 and 2010. In addition, TheEconomist.com on J uly 14 highlighted Panamas open economy, calling it the Singapore of Central America. The International Monetary Fund predicts that Panamas economy will grow at least another six per cent per year over the next five years, and it iso n course to overtake Costa Rica and V enezuela in per capita GDP, he said. When we add the fact that Panama i s one of the five richest countries in m ainland Latin America, we have close to an ideal market for our t ourism destinations. Now, we have a major player in the airline industry of the Americas linking us with this very l ucrative market. Mr Johnson said language has always been one of the barriers to g rowth in visitors from Spanish-speaking countries. The Bahamas has removed challenges in airlift by attracting Copa and it is now removing the language bar rier by training Bahamians to inter act effectively with guests, he said. Stuart Bowe, president of the B ahamas Hotel Association, said there is tremendous untapped potential for tourism from Latin American coun t ries. Just under two per cent of our cur rent visitors come from Latin Ameri c a as opposed to just under 90 per cent that come from the United States a nd Canada, Mr Bowe said. Yet, t he population of Latin America, w hich is about 500 million, is as large a s that of the US and Canada. In fact, it will soon surpass it. Next to Southeast Asia, India and China, it is the fastest growing middle c lass and wealth class in the world. In the past 10 years, 56 million peopleh ave joined the ranks of the middle class in Latin America and, like the U nited States, it is practically next d oor to us. Dr Panadora Johnson, COBs vice president in charge of outreach, thanked the Ministry of Tourism and A viation and the Bahamas Hotel Association for partnering with COB t o present the course. I want to thank the Ministry of Tourism for acknowledging and recog nising that the College of the Bahamas role is to provide training inr esponse to the needs of society, Dr Johnson said. M inistry of Tourism employees, air line workers, hotel employees and other tourism workers participated in the Spanish for the Tourism Workplacec ourse. LOCAL GOVT PROJECT CREATING ENVIRONMENT FOR ASPIRING POLITICIANS BYRAN WOOD SIDE Minister of State for Lands and Local Government gives remarks at a ceremony-honouring participants of the Local Government Junior Council Pilot Project at Government House.
E DITOR, The Tribune. WOULDyou kindly print this letter in your prestigious newspaper. Thank you. I was astonished to learn that Exumians had elected nine l oyal PLP supporters in the J une 23rd Local Governm ent elections. A ccording to a popular P LP Internet daily, the F NM Local Government incumbents were all booted out of office. This is yet another indication that the political pendulum is swinging in the favour of the PLP, according t o the daily. There may be some truth to this story; however there a re several things that cont inues to befuddle me about t he political situation in Exuma. The Member ofP arliament for Exuma is Mr A nthony Moss. Mr Moss has come under considerable fire from PLP supporters in his constituency. His two harshest critics are former Exuma MP George Smith and one Mr Danny Strachan. B oth George Smith and Danny Strachan have repeatedly voiced theiro pposition to Anthony Moss r eceiving a nomination from the Candidates Committee of the PLP to run in the 2012 general election. Therea re some political observers who have noted that Mr Smith appears to be veryi nterested in representing the constituents of Exuma. This might be the real rea son why he has been so v ociferous in his opposition t o Mr Moss. According to an article that was published by The Tribune on the 28tho f June, Mr Smith stated that he could not in good conscience inflict such incompetence on the people of Exuma by supporting Mr Moss. Mr Smith has also taken Mr Moss to task for virtual ly neglecting his constituents over the last nine years as their representative. According to Mr Smith, A nthony Moss has not been a good Member of Parliament. These same sentiments were also echoed by Mr Danny Strachan. According to a June 22nd article that was published by T he Tribune, many loyal PLP supporters in Exuma are attempting to replace MrM oss with Danny Strachan as the PLP's standard beare r for that constituency. It h as been reported that Mr S trachan has been canvassi ng the island in an effort to g arner support in a bid to r eplace the PLP incumbent. The leadership arm of the PLP, however, has issued a strong rebuke to Mr Smith; and has noted that some 46 PLP party generals are backing Mr Moss. I have yet t o hear from Mr Moss on this matter. Perhaps the MP is not the type who likes getting into political arguments. T he question, however, that I would like to ask is this: If Anthony Moss has neglected Exuma sinceb eing elected in May of 2002, why then did the PLP voters supported him againi n 2007? Further, in light of h is alleged poor representa tion of Exumians, how is it that nine dyed in the wool PLP supporters were electedt o the city council this past June? I have heard PLP supporters bragging that theL ocal Government election results are a clear sign that the Bahamian electorate are fed up with the Ingrahama dministration, and that they a re prepared to support the PLP come election day. It is unfortunate that the whole Local Government process has been politicised by both major political part ies. The ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 322 B.C.) said that man by nature is a political animal. The same thing can be said of most Bahamians. We have politicized almost everything in this country. Judging from the Local Government election results in Exuma, it does appear that Exumians are still prepared to support whoever runs under the PLP banner in the next general election, and that includes the PLP incumbent, Anthony Moss. Anthony Moss defeated the FNM incumbent Elliot Lockhart in the 2002 gener al election. I was astonished when I learned that the FNM had lost that seat. If there was one seat that I thought that the FNM would've held on to in 2002,I thought it would have been Exuma. Anthony Moss received 959 votes in 2002. Eight hundred and fiftythree constituents voted for Elliot Lockhart. Over 92 per cent of the Exumian electorate voted in that election. In the 2007 election, Mr Moss received 1,344 votes. The FNM challenger Joshua Sears received 1,279 votes. Nearly 94 per cent of those who were registered voted. M r Moss only won in the last election by some 65 votes. He won in 2002 by 106 votes. His margin of victory in 2007 had narrowed by 41 votes. The FNM really thought that they w ouldve taken back that s eat in 2007. There were r eports back then that the c onstituents of Exuma were v ery dissatisfied with Mr M oss performance. Yet they still went ahead and reelected him to serve another term. It looks like Exumians are so opposed to Prime Minister Ingraham and his FNM p arty that they are willing to vote for a MP who, according to several promin ent PLPs, has virtually n eglected them over the last n ine years. Let us bear in mind that it w as the Ingraham administ ration that brought the Emerald Bay resort to Exuma. When that resort closed its doors in May of 2009, the Ingraham administration worked feverishly to get it sold. The resort was sold tot he owner of Sandals Resorts International Ltd, Gordan Butch Stewart, inA ugust of 2009. The resort w as reopened in January of 2010. I wish I could say the same thing for the Royal Oasis Resort in Freeport,G rand Bahama. The Royal Oasis Resort has been closed now for almost seveny ears. Thanks to PM Hubert Ingraham and the FNM, the economy of Exuma has grown by leaps and boundsi n recent years. While Exum as economy continues to experience phenomenal growth, Grand Bahamase conomy continues to dete riorate. Many Grand Bahamians have even moved to Exuma in search of employment at the Sandals resort. I read on the Tourism today website that Ameri can Eagle has replaced its daily turboprop flights to Exuma with jet service. I think it is now safe to say that the airport in George Town, Exuma is doing way better than the airport in Grand Bahama. The Ingraham administration has bent over backwards to make Exuma what it is today. Yet, despite all that the FNM has done for Exuma, the con stituents of that island have rejected the partys candidates in the last two elec tions. And if the Local Government election results are an indication of the mood of the country; then Exumians are set once again to reject whomever the FNM runs in the upcoming election. It seems as if no matter what the FNM does for Exuma, the people there will continue to reject the party. The constituents of Exuma are an enigma to the FNM. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama, July 11, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, SATURDAY, JULY 23, 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 TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 WASHINGTON American politicians are fighting ideological trench warfare over raising the U.S. debt ceiling, gambling that their opponents eventually will retreat in the face of a catastrophic and unprece dented American default on its debt. Raising the debt ceiling, which would give the Treasury Department permission to borrow more money, has been approved by Congress as a matter of course through recent history, as the United States has routinely spent more money than it takes in t axes and fees. What has changed this time? "Last year's election is the answer to that question," said James Riddlesperger, chairman of the political science department at Texas Christian University. The Republican party retook control of the House of Representatives last Novem-ber with a wave of 87 new members backed b y the low-tax, small-government tea party wing of the party. Also, that freshman class and many Republican holdovers have signed a pledge to their constituents that they will not vote to raise taxes for any reason. There's the rub. President Barack Obama agrees with conservative Republicans that there mustb e deep cuts in government spending to curb the growing American deficit and debt. He disagrees, however, on how and what to cut and, most fundamentally, on their refusal to allow any increase in taxes, particularly for the wealthiest Americans. So far, through a long and tortured negotiating process, neither Republicans nor Democrats have exposed a formula forc ompromise that is essential to preventing a U.S. default. The Treasury hits on August 2 the current $14.3 trillion cap on U.S. borrowing. Credit rating organizations are threat ening to downgrade U.S. debt if the ceiling is not raised, and Obama and most econo mists predict that interest rates would spike on mortgages, consumer loans and creditc ards. The government would be faced with the choice of paying its bond holders or issuing cheques to tens of millions of Amer icans who rely on Social Security pension payments from Washington. It is widely feared that a default would push the U.S. economy back into reces sion or worse and set off chaos in the global economy. M ost Americans appear to be in favour of a middle ground, and that puzzles Natal ie Davis, professor of political science at Birmingham-Southern College. "The disconnect between refusing to raise tax revenues period, and what we're seeing in the polling is very hard to explain," she said. For example, a CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday found that 64 per cent favoured solving the U.S. debt problem through a combination of spending cuts and tax increases on higher-income Americans and some businesses. That is broadly the Obama and Democratic position. So how can the conservative Republicans stand firm? "Our historic American pragmatism for solving problems has given way to staying i n power," said Davis. While national opinion polls show a big majority of Americans do not agree with the 87 new House Republicans on raising taxes, those members don't care. They represent just 20 per cent of 435 total House districts. What counts for them is what the people who elected them will do when they go back into the polling booth in 2012." M embers of the House stand for re-election every two years. "The public wants their side to win, and the members of Congress are in a real bind. Come the election their constituents who put them in office to cut spending and block new taxes will ask: 'Did you do your job?' That's now defined as did you win on those issues," said Jack Holmes, professoro f political science at Hope College. Jim Broussard, professor of history at Lebanon Valley College, thinks the brinkmanship on both sides is all about the 2012 election. "If I were Obama, I'd drag this out right to the deadline knowing in the end I would make a deal the Republicans would accept. And it's the same for the other side," hes aid. He predicted a final solution would surface that raises the debt ceiling by an amount that would last through the 2012 election. In return there would be signifi cant spending cuts and revocation of tax loopholes that benefit the wealthy and big business. That is about where the two sides were w eeks ago, and it is a compromise that would play well with moderate and independent voters. It also would not do too much damage with the political base of either Obama or tea party Republicans in Congress. The explanation: "We could not let the country default." House Speaker John Boehner, a Republ ican, already was headed in that direction on Thursday. "At the end of the day," he said, "we have a responsibility to act." (By Steven R. Hurst, AP international political writer). Why are Exumians so opposed to Hubert Ingraham and the FNM? LETTERS email@example.com 2012 election fuels warfare over US debt (/$,1(0&'21$/'RI '21$77$*((67$3%2;1$66$8 %$+$0$6 9$1/(<75(925$1'5(:6RI 9,//$*(52$'3%2;1$66$8%$+$0$6 Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. 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By PAUL G TURNQUEST C hief Reporter p firstname.lastname@example.org PLP Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell said the party intends to hold all their seats in the eastern part of New Providence and win back t hose lost in the last general elect ion. A ddressing the PLPs eastern r egion conclave on Prince Charles l ast night, Mr Mitchell said: This evening we are on the cusp of a general election campaign. There is much work to. This exercise is for us to get to know one another, to sing from the same hymn sheet, to exchange v iews and to get together over the s ummer and compare notes. It is safe to say that in this region, e veryone is in the field. We plan to hold the seats that w e now have in the eastern region and to win back those that we lost in the last general election. FoxH ill has suffered over the last five years because the government shifted the resources of the country out of the social intervention programmes that we left in place when we were in office and into who knows what, said the Fox Hill MP. T he PLPs regional conclave is a three day event which began on T hursday, and ends this evening with a youth night that is set tob e anchored by PLP leader Perry C hristie. PLP MPs and candidates for constituencies in the eastern districth ave all turned out in support of the event, which has been touted asa mini PLP convention. With crime, the fear of crime, a nd unemployment at a high rate in his constituency, Mr Mitchell said Fox Hill has experienced stagnantg rowth over the past few years. There are two Fox Hills: the inner core and traditional village, a nd the bulk of the constituency, w hich is largely middle class. But n early everyone is hurting in some way, and everyone has serious concerns about their families and theirc ountry. As I have said before, I am here to serve. I do not judge those whom I serve. I must deal with people of all s tripes, as I find them, and serve their needs without prejudice or discrimination. It is easy for me to d o this. It is part of my innermost being. My view is that political w ork is personal. People matter, t heir stories matter, their hopes a nd dreams and fears and concerns matter. If youre going to represent people well, you must give allt he energy and time you can to knowing them, he said. Recalling how he had been asked t o succeed the areas previous repr esentative, George Mackey, Mr Mitchell said that he was charged to protect the cultural integrity of the Fox Hill village. This task, he said, is his top priority. The Fox Hill community is undergoing great stresses and strains. That is why so much of my p olitical energy is spent seeking to protect the Fox Hill Festival, a proud tradition central to the integrity of Fox Hill and its identity. Also central to the identity of F ox Hill is the Sandilands Primary School which has been a school since 1845, and is the place where t he young Fox Hillian first gets a s ense of self and an awareness of t he community. For years, researchers have b een telling us that early learning is c ritical, and thats why I support a pre-school at the Sandilands Primary School. Improving education at all levels is key, thats why I embrace the idea of the PLP doubling the investment in education over the next five years. I support e xpanded technical and vocational education at the junior and high school levels. I believe that there o ught to be special academic prog rammes for the intellectually gift e d as well. Much of the social degradation and impotence and frustration thatw e see can be laid at the feet of the inadequacies of our education system. I cant think of a better investment than making sure our children and young people get the education they need to thrive in the 21st century. We have to focus on how we w ill create jobs in the future, and how jobs can be created right now, too, because as is all too clear,t here are too many people out of work in the Bahamas and thats true in Fox Hill, too. We have to put the country back to work, hes aid. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011, PAGE 5 AFTER hosting Turn berry's Street of Wonders, an event that showcased the talent and skill of local artisans during an open house at Charlotteville, organisers Bahama Islands Realty made contributions to the Seahorse Institute and the Bahamas Humane Society. The brainchild of Bahama Island Realty founder Carmen Massoni, the event garnered interest from more than 20 artists and vendors eager to give a part of their sales to the two organizations. "We at Bahama Islands Realty thought it very important to use our influence to make a meaningful contribution to the Sea horse Institute and the Bahamas Humane Soci ety," said Ms Massoni. "Bahama Islands Realty understands that although non-profit groups receive funding from the govern ment, those funds only go so far and for many, the support they receive from the private sector keeps the processing afloat." Attendees at the event also got the chance to win a number prizes including an original Anthony 'Big Mo' oil painting, a 42-inch plas ma high definition TV donated by a resident of the family-oriented com munity, and a cell phone. MITCHELL:PLP PLANS TO HOLD EASTERN SEATS, WIN BACK LOSSES TURNBERRY STREET OF WONDERS BENEFITS HUMANE SOCIET Y SEAHORSE INSTITUTE ABOVE: Carmen Massoni, centre, founder of Bahama Islands Realty, presents proceeds from the recent Turnberry at Charlottesville open house. Accepting the donations are: Stephen Turnquest, executive director, Bahamas Humane Society; and Dr Michelle Major, clinical director and school psychologist of the Seahorse Institute. The event raised more than $8,000. LEFT :Elbert Cooper wins an original oil painting by Anthony 'Big Mo' Morley during the first ever Turnberry Street of Won ders. Carmen Massoni, founder of Bahama Islands Realty and host of the event that drew hun dreds, presents the painting donated by one of the Bahamas' top artists. F F o o x x H H i i l l l l h h a a s s s s u u f f f f e e r r e e d d o o v v e e r r t t h h e e l l a a s s t t f f i i v v e e y y e e a a r r s s b b e e c c a a u u s s e e t t h h e e g g o o v v e e r r n n m m e e n n t t s s h h i i f f t t e e d d t t h h e e r r e e s s o o u u r r c c e e s s o o f f t t h h e e c c o o u u n n t t r r y y o o u u t t o o f f t t h h e e s s o o c c i i a a l l i i n n t t e e r r v v e e n n t t i i o o n n p p r r o o g g r r a a m m m m e e s s t t h h a a t t w w e e l l e e f f t t i i n n p p l l a a c c e e w w h h e e n n w w e e w w e e r r e e i i n n o o f f f f i i c c e e a a n n d d i i n n t t o o w w h h o o k k n n o o w w s s w w h h a a t t . Fox Hill MPFred Mitchell FOXHILLMPADDRESSESPARTYCONCLAVE PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Associated Press THE MANAGERof an international reconstruction fund says Haiti will use most of the money to rebuild neighborhoods battered in last year's devastating earthquake. Josef Leitmann of the Haiti Reconstruction Fund says the new strategy will help move out some of the 634,000 people who live in settlement camps that sprung up following the January 2010 earthquake. He said Friday that people also will receive loans to help repair homes so authorities won't have to worry about securing land in the crowded capital of Port-auPrince. The World Bank-run group said it has allocated $237 million to pay for 14 reconstruction projects. The amount represents 71 percent of the $335 million given by donors. H AITI TO REBUILD HOMES W ITH INTERNATIONAL FUNDS WASHINGTON Associated Press Regulators have shut down two small banks in Florida and one in Colorado, bringing to 58 the number of U.S. bank failures this year. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. on Friday seized Southshore Community Bank in Apollo Beach, Fla., LandMark Bank of Florida in Sarasota, Fla., and Bank of Choice in Greeley, Colo. Southshore Community Bank had about $46.3 million in assets and $45.3 million in deposits. LandMark Bank had about $275 million in assets and $246.7 million in deposits. Bank of Choice had roughly $1.07 billion in assets and $924.9 million in deposits. Southshore Community Bank had two branches, LandMark Bank of Florida had six, and Bank of Choice had 17. REGULATORS SHUT 2 BANKS IN FLORIDA, 1 IN COLORADO
By ADRIAN GIBSON email@example.com A S we celebrate our c ountrys 38th independence anniversary, the countrys main electricity supplierthe Bahamas Electricity Corporation continues to fail in its provision of consistent, economical electrical supply t o its long-suffering cust omers. Today, as one s uch customer who has endured BECs atrocious performance thus far particularly since the summer beganI wish to write a personal letter of discontent to them. H ere goes: Dear BEC, I ts been a grim and f rustrating summer thus far and, frankly, I refuse t o quietly accept mediocrity. The frequent power outages and amateurish, deplorable customer service is intolerable! T o be quite honest, your recurrent and some times lengthy power faultsh ave left me feeling hot, a ngry and pondering the v alue of having a competent, alternate electricity company and/or having ani ndependent power supply (e.g. solar have left Bahamians with no telephones, email/internet, cooked food, music and, in many cases, unable to work. Frankly, rather than try i ng to protect your monopolistic status, you should insist that the gov e rnment encourages the i mportation of solar panels by the citizenry, perhaps even to assist you with the electrical load that youreo bviously unable to handleparticularly during the hot, summer months.W e dont make nearly enough use of solar pan els in this country and we have an abundance of sun h ere! BEC, there are times when I think that BEC stands for Buy Extra Candles as the constant, prolonged failures leave me sitting in the dark, s crambling and feeling a round in search of cand les or a flashlight or simply using the light from myc ell phone. Of late, Ive e ven had to purchase a battery-operated lamp! Should I also purchase a camping head torch? Perhaps, that will be better than leaving candles burning around my house r ight? Really, I ask b ecause no one knows w hen youwith all of y our past, unfulfilled p romises of efficient, cons istent service and dependa ble generatorswill ever g et your act together! Light Quite honestly, due to your numerous electricity cuts, it seems that I ams pending ever more time in my car, which is at least c ool (air condition h as music and light. I should never have to think l ike this in an independent, developing nation! I resent BECs inconve nience and how, as a comp any, youre making the B ahamas appear more and more like an archipelagic,t rifling little banana r epublic stuck in the age of colonialism. Truthfully, what irks me about BECs electricityc uts is their utter random ness. As a company, it appears that you have at otal disregard for usthe people! I, like most Bahamians, would under s tand an unavoidable power shortage due to a natural disaster or an accident, but the marathon power failures, several times per day and everyday at that, is discomforti ng and annoying. Your h aemorrhaging and maint enance issues is making this summer virtuallyu nbearable. W hy are the lights off for the slightest streaks of lightning and thunder? Why were energy efficient light-bulbs handed out prior to the summer if there isnt going to be any e lectricity anyway? B ECs frequent power c uts and electrical surges h ave damaged many of its c ustomers appliances thus f ar, leaving those without c orporation connections w ith the off-putting alternative of a drawn-out,t edious reimbursement p rocess. Now honestly BEC, if my desktop computer crashes in one of your power cuts or any of the expensive appliances/contents of my house is blown, I wont be i nterested in any excuses n or the constant turn around that many citizensh ave been subjected to. I i ntend to exercise my right to compensation in a court of lawif it comes to that. BEC, it is high-time t hat privatization is embraced, particularly as it is clear that the company can no longer provide the kind of generation capacity that is required in this highly technological soci-e ty that demands readily a vailable energy. No doubt, privatization could also foster enhanced, efficient management and cost-effective service. As it stands weBahami anscontinue to shell out m ore and more monies on b loated electrical bills, while enduring substan dard service. Darkness To be quite candid, the tourist industry cannot s urvive if the country is in a perpetual state of dark n ess, while lame excuses about load shedding and poorly serviced generatorsa re promulgated. And so, BEC, releasing press statements and talk i ng about alternative energ y strategies is mere hot air. Environmentally-con scious Bahamians are wondering when the talko f biofuels and green energy will evolve into more than pie-in-the-sky piped reams! When will citizens be granted permission to use solar panels and/or to explore alternative ener-g y sources? Regards, ADRIAN GIBSON PAGE 6, SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPELCHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS Tel: 325-2921SUNDAY, JULY 24TH, 2011 Bible Class: 9:45 a.m. Breaking of Bread Service: 10:45 a.m. Community Outreach: 11:30 a.m. Evening Service: 7:00 p.m. Midweek Service 7:30 p.m. (Wednesdays)11:30 a.m. SpeakerLionel K. SandsAssociate Pastor, Christ Community Church A letter of discontent to the Bahamas Electricity Corporation Y OUNG M AN S V IEW A DRIANGIBSON a nd Sony Anopolis, 29, in May. In July, a 20-year-old man was critically injuredi n a shooting at Weddell Avenue. He is still detained in hospital. The second homicide o ccurred shortly after midnight in Nassau. Accord ing to police, they received a n anonymous call from a w oman saying she heard gun shots and a man was lying in the road. When police arrived on t he scene they found a man, dressed in a red shirt, with grey shorts and slip pers, lying in the street. According to police, the victim, who was identified as 21-year-old Harry K nowles, was standing on Key West Street when he was approached by a man with dreadlocks. The rasta type man allegedly pulled out a gun and shot Knowles twice, once in the chest and once in his left hip. He died on the scene. P olice have no motive f or the crime and investi gations into the matter continue. These latest murders b ring the countrys murder count to 79. Meanwhile police are s till looking for the two men responsible for the early morning killing of 29year-old Deslin Nicholls. N icholls was gunned d own Thursday morning, in a car outside his fami lys home on Balfour A venue. Police are also continu ing investigations into the murder of KaynishaM cBride, a 24-year-old mother of two. McBride was shot to death while sitting in a car in Royal Bahamia Estates on June 18. Her death was classified as the islands fifth homicide. No one has been arrested in these matters and police are appealing to members of the public with information concern ing these murders to assist them with their investigations. TWO DEAD AFTER LATEST SHOOTINGS FROM page one THERE are times when I t hink that BEC stands for Buy Extra Candles.
r eckless driving has since r eturned to work at Police Headquarters in Nassau. However, more than 10 officers who were interdicted have not been called back to work even though they, too, have been discharged and exonerated b efore the court. Attempts were made to c ontact Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade for comments however, our call was not returned up to press t ime. Some officers have been waiting from six months to o ver a year and even longer f or word regarding their r einstatement and salary compensation, it wasc laimed. A n officer who spoke on the condition of anonymity said: It is unfair to have these officers waiting and holding on so long when others have been reinstated in a short period of time. Is there favouritism t owards certain officers because of who their pare nts and family members a re? The Commissioner needs to be fair and transparent and deal with these officers in a timely fashion; they want to continue their careers in the police force and they want to be comp ensated because they too have families and financial obligations. According to the Police A ct, Part 7, Section 63 (1 any officer who is charged with an offence punishable under Sections 58 and 59 oft his Act or with an offence against police discipline enu merated in the regulations m ade under this Act, may b e suspended or interdicted by the Commissioner for the exercise of his duties as a member of the Force untilt he charge has been finally disposed of, but shall nevertheless remain subject to d iscipline of the Force. S ection 63 (2 Any police officer who has been interdicted under the provisions of Subsection (1 shall, during the period of interdiction, receive one-half of his salary together with the full amount of any other a llowances, and other emolu ments to which he may be e ntitled. If the proceedings do not result in any conviction or punishment against any such member of the F orce, he shall be entitled to receive the full amount of his salary which he would h ave received if he had not b een interdicted. If any conv iction or punishment is o rdered or awarded, such m ember of the Force shall n ot be entitled to any part of his salary stopped under this Subsection. Sergeant Dwight Smith, President of the Police Staff Association, weighed in on the issue that is affecting so m any officers on the Force. W hile he is aware of the dilemma facing those offic ers, Sgt Smith said there is n othing legally that the asso c iation can do. More than seven officers in New Providence haves ought assistance from the association concerning the matter of their reinstatement, he said. Now that we see this is a problem affecting many officers, what we are tryingt o do is to reform our cons titution to deal with such matters, he said. We are trying to create a c onstitution that will be able to do certain things because the Association Act came into existence by the gov e rnment at that particular time, along with some other persons who had an interest in the association, and sot here were a lot of things that did not go the way we thought that it should go, a nd we are now trying to l ook at it to cause that w rong to be made right, he s aid. M r Smith explained that i f a matter is dismissed it does not mean that the officer has been discharged because the charges can be brought back again against the officer. He noted that officers w ho have been discharged of an offence brought against them should be reins tated. They should not be lin gering out therebecause that persons way of life has to continue on. I think the uncertainty is what is causing frustration and a lot of undue stress ands o certainly, if a matter is dealt with before the court then the employer ought to look at findings and make aq uick decision so the person w ould return to some nor mal life. That is my personal view; y ou cant keep people in l imbo. There are a lot of offic ers out there who have b een in limbo for many y ears. It is unfair to them and it is unfair to the people of this country and to the organization. You cannot have somebody in your structure as an employee and they are not w orking. If they are on half pay t hen it means that we are p aying people who are not e ven working, not by any c hoice of their own, but because of the system. I think there needs to be clarity as to how long a person should be reinstated, Mr Smith said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2011, PAGE 7 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.181.180.000.1550.0807.66.78% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.080-16.6 0.75% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.946.940.000.2300.10030.21.44% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0300.09090.03.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.938.44Cable Bahamas8.488.480.000.2450.31034.63.66% 2.802.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8.508.33Commonwealth Brewery8.408.400.000.7400.00011.40.00% 7.006.00Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.191.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.771.770.000.1110.04515.92.54% 2.541.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.380.000.0740.11018.67.97% 5.994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.4980.24010.84.44% 8.805.35Finco5.395.390.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.747.75FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.59Focol (S 5.755.750.000.4350.16013.22.78% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. 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Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.005FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029F RIDAY, 22 JULY 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,414.46 | CHG 0.00 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -85.05 | YTD % -5.67BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A s k $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1 0.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.55731.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.55732.04%6.13%1.535365 3.01852.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.01852.41%4.01%2.952663 1.59761.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.59761.50%4.50%1.580804 3.20252.5730Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5730-5.41%-9.79% 13.680613.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.68062.42%2.01% 116.5808103.9837CFAL Global Bond Fund116.58080.71%8.38%115.762221 114.1289101.7254CFAL Global Equity Fund114.12892.39%7.89%111.469744 1.16081.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.16551.66%5.19% 1.12141.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.12640.71%6.11% 1.16201.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.16681.54%5.59% 9.99529.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.94330.98%4.58% 11.217310.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 211.19701.31%11.59% 10.42889.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.15251.27%8.82% 8.45104.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.65073.01%18.38% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200730-Jun-11 30-Apr-11 114.368369 106.552835 31-Mar-11 30-Apr-11 NAV 6MTH 1.512246 2.907492 1.561030TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Apr-11 31-Mar-11 30-Apr-11 29-Apr-11 31-May-11MARKET TERMS30-Apr-11 31-Mar-11 RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd (Over-The-Counter Securities) CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)30-Jun-11BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 31-May-11 30-Apr-11 PRIMEMinister Hubert Ingraham departed NewP rovidence Thursday for t he United States, from w here he will accompany his wife for their return to Nassau next week. The Prime Minister and Mrs. Ingraham return to Nassau on Wednesday, July 27. A STEAK-OUT will be held in the convent grounds of St Martin Monastery on Nassau Street from noon to 6pm t oday. T he function is being h eld to raise funds for the monasterys renovation fund. w as established last December. Since this has come into being we have not heard publicly about any suicides, so I know this has been effective. I think one of the m ajor concerns is, we want to be preventative. We have not compiled the data so we cannot actually tell you the exact numbers, but consistency it has been effective and we know it is working because we constantly have to make referrals to professional bodies. Mavis Darling Hill, deputy director, depart ment of Social Services is encouraging indi viduals having trouble or feeling overwhelmed to call into the National Hotline. Twenty trained and dedicated counsellors are available 24 hours a day to help persons with any problems they are facing, and those i ndividuals needing more counselling are r eferred to the Community Counselling and Assessment Centre. The joint initiative between the Governm ent and Grant Thornton Bahamas was launched in December by Minister of Labour and Social Development Senator Dion Foulkes. Currently the hotline has seven major sponsors, the ministry hopes that num ber will rise to 20 by the end of the year. When the hotline was launched, Mr Foulkes said the initiative was established in response to an increase in suicides and attempted suicides in The Bahamas over the past few years. Hotline numbers are 322-2763 and 4222763 the industrial agreement negotiations. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said the government communicated yesterday that Gaming Board employees would receive the same annual increments allocated for public service workers, which was announced in the 2011-2012 budget communication by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. Exactly the same pre scription that public servants are receiving is being offered to gaming board employees, said Mr Vanderpool-Wallace. According Mr Vanderpool-Wallace operations at the casinos have not been effected as assistant secre taries, inspectors and senior inspectors have stepped in to fulfil the governments regulatory functions. The Minister added that as a result of the economic climate many countries around the world have seen a reduc tion in salaries in the public service sector. The Bahamas, he said, is fortunate not to be one of them with employees still receiving annual increases. Further industrial action can be expected going forward, said Mr Pinder, until a mutual agreement can be reached. Mr Pinder said the gov ernment needs to revisit their decision and either match the old agreement or agree to the new proposal. According to the Bahamas Tourism Government website the Gaming Board is responsible for protecting the integrity of the gaming industry by keeping it free from the influences of organ ised crime by assuring the honesty, good character and integrity of casino operators and employees, and to ensure that gaming is conducted fair ly and in accordance with the provisions of the Lotteries and Gaming Act, Chapter 387 and the Accounting and Internal Controls Regula tions 1993. STEAK-OUT TODAY AT ST MARTIN M ONASTERY P MTO RETURN TO NASSAU NEXT WEEK Concerns speedy reinstatement only given to a select few police officers P RESIDENT o f the Police Staff Association Dwight Smith speaks to members of the media at a press conf rence yesterday. T im Clarke / Tribune staff FROM page one Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their n eighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning f or improvements in the area or have won an a ward. 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THE TRIBUNE P A GE 9 SA TURD A Y JUL Y 23, 2011 BASKETBALL 2 1S T C A RIBBEAN B A S K E T B A L L C O N F E D E R A T I O N CHAMPIONSHIPS The XXI (21st) Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships are scheduled to start today at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. Competition begins at 1pm today with a Group B matchup featuring Bermuda against St Vincent and the Grenadines. The Virgin Islanders will face Turks and Caicos at 3pm followed by Jamaica against Antigua and Barbuda at 5pm. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 8pm, followed by the Bahamas taking the court against the Cayman Islands at 9pm. In the preliminary round, the Bahamas will play in the feature game at 9pm each night. SOCCER BETHE L T O H O S T W EE K LONG SO C CER C AMP Head coach of COB's women and men's soccer teams, Vandyke Bethel will host a week long soccer camp July 25-29 at The College of The Bahamas' soccer field for children ages 7-17. Coach Bethel and his team of instructors will have skill level groups ranging from beginners to advanced. Emphasis will be placed on the fundamentals of the game for beginners and game strategy and technique for the advanced players. The camp will run from 9am -1pm at a cost of $60.00. TRACK AND FIELD STUAR T H AS ROUGH OU TING A T DIAMOND LEAGUE MEET S In h er f irst meet as t he n ew n atio nal recor d h old e r in th e w o men's l o ng ju mp, Bianca S tu art h ad a ro ugh o ut ing aga in st a tr i o of t he wo rld leaders in latest eve n t o n t he I AAF Diamon d League series o f m e et s. St uar t was in co mp e t it i o n at Hercu li s In tern atio nal d 'Ath le t isme in Mo naco h oweve r sh e f aile d to r e c ord a suc ce s sf ul mark in t hr ee at temp t s. Also e n ter e d on th e st a r t list is t he wor ld lea d er in t h e event Br i t t ney Reese of t he Un ited St ates wh o set a s e as on s and pers on a l b e s t m a r k o f 7.19m. Darya Klish ina of S wi t zerland ran ked s e c on d in th e w o rld w it h a lea p of 7.05m, and Janay DeLoach o f t h e U nit e d St ates, t h i r d in th e w o rld w it h a lea p of 6.97m, are al s o expect ed t o b e in t he f i eld Reese cu rren tly le ad s t he D i amo nd Lea gu e series wit h 11 po int s on t he ye ar wit h t w o meets l ef t in th e s e r i e s Sh e w o n t h e event on her f inal att empt 6.82 m w h ile K lishin a was s e c on d with a leap o f 6.79m St uar t b eca m e t he n ew Bahamian recor d h older last we ek at t he S e n ior CAC Games when she won t he f irst gold fo r t he Bahamas at th e meet with a leap o f 6.81. Sh e tied t he CAC Champ i o ns hip recor d p reviou sly set b y E lva G ou l b ou rn e of Jamai ca in 2003 a n d s urp assed th e Bahamian mark o f 6.80m s hared by Sh on el Fergus on ( 1 982) and Jackie Edward s ( 1 9 9 6 ) Debb ie Ferguso nM cK e n zie a ls o co mpet ed at t he meet in t he 20 0m an d f inis hed s e ven th i n 23.0 2s. The Un ited St a t es s w ep t t he t op t hree sp ot s with Carmelit a Jet er in f irst p lace wit h a PR of 2 2.20s, Allyso n Felix secon d wit h a s e as on s best t i m e o f 2 3.32s an d S halon da S olom on t hir d in 2 2.63s. Diamon d League lea d er Bianca K night wa s fo ur th in 2 2 7 1 s SPOR TS NOTES By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org T H E B A H A M A S 3 5 m e m b e r t e a m a t t he P an Am e ri c a n J r. T ra c k & Fie ld Cha mpionships b ega n c ompetitio n yes ter day at th e meet i n Mi ra mar, Florida. I n t he Wo me n 's 1 00 m d a s h b o t h B a h a m i a n a t h l e t e s w e r e a b l e t o advance. In prelim one, V'Alonee Ro bins on finished third in 11.58s. Michelle lee-Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago finished first with the fastest qua lifying of the field in 11 .15s, while Jenna Prandini of the United States was second in 11.44s. I n p r e l i m t w o A n t h o ni q u e S t r a c h a n f i n i s h e d s e c o n d i n 1 1 5 3 s t o advance. Keilah Tyson of the United States too k he at on e in 1 1. 46 s w h ile N a tash a M o r r i s o n o f J a m a i c a w a s t h i r d i n 11.59s. In the Men's 100m, one of the two ent ran ts w a s abl e t o mak e i t out of the opening rounds. Sh a ve z H ar t w as t h e f i n al o f t he e i g h t q u a l i f i e r s w h e n h e f i n i s h e d fourth in prelim three in 10.48s while T re v o r v a n o M a c k e y f i n i sh e d s e c o n d i n prelim two in 10.51s. K e e n a n B r o c k f i n ishe d w i th the fas tes t t im e of 1 0 1 7 s w h i l e Ma r v i n B ra c y b o t h o f t h e Un i te d S t at e s, f i n i s h e d i n 10.28s. I n t h e M e n' s 4 00 m, And re W e lls finished sev e n t h i n h e a t t w o o f t h e 4 0 0 m a n d failed to advance to the final. The finals of each event were con te ste d la st n ig ht ho w ev e r resu lt s w e re unavailable to press time. Th e l ast B a h am ia n t ea m sa n c ti on ed b y th e Baha mas As s ocia ti on wo n a tot al o f ten me da ls, f iv e G old tw o S il ver, and three Bronze at the Central American and Caribbean Track and Fi e ld C ha m pi o n s h i p s i n M a y a g u e z P u e r t o R i c o f i n i s h i n g i n f o ur t h p l a c e to J a m a i c a C u b a a n d T r i n i d a d a n d Tobago. Just a week b e f o r e t h a t the B ah ama s W o r l d Y o u th T ea m wo n an a ma zi ng th r ee Go l d, and one Bronze to finish fourth. T h is w e eke nd the re wi ll be the best o f t h e a th l e t e s f ro m t h e C a ri f t a G a m e s c o mp e ti ng w i th Tra c k a nd F ie l d' s be st from Canada in the north to Chile in the south. This adds athletes from the Track and Field powerhous e s like t he United States, Cuba, and Brazil. R o b i n s o n S t r a c h a n a d v a n c e i n W o m e n s 1 0 0 m a t P a n A m e r i c a n J r C h a m p i o n s h i p s M a c k e y f i n i s h e s s ec o n d i n t h e M e n s 1 0 0 m p r e l i m s V'Alonee' Robinson Anthonique Strachan By RENALDO DORSETT Tribune Sports Reporter email@example.com CARRIBEAN Bottling Com p a n y a n d t h e R o y a l B a h a m a s Police Force have joined forces o nc e ag ai n for t he sec on d ann ual Sprite Freestyle basketball tour nament. T h e p r o g r a m m e b e g a n J u l y 1 8 th an d the c h am pio nshi p ga me and closing ceremony are set for August 11. I n l a s t y ea r s e v e n t Ce n t r a l Division came away with a nail biting 62-59 win over the South eastern Division. T h r o u g h o u t t h e y e a r s C a r i b b e a n B o t t l i n g C o m p a n y and Coca Cola have been proud t o p a r t n e r i n p r o j e ct s l i k e t h e Spr ite F rees tyle Chall enge that m ake a posit ive d iffe renc e in o ur c o m m u n i t i e s T h e S p r i t e Freestyle Challenge is the result o f tw o org an isa tio ns de e ply root ed in the community wanting to m a k e a r e a l d i f f e r e n c e s a i d Superintendent Stephen Dean. T h e t o u r n a m e n t h a s b e c o m e a m a jo r su c c e ss w i th m ore c hi ld ren wanting to join every year. "W e se e thi s a s a n opp ortun ity S e c o n d an n u a l S p r i t e F r e e s t y l e b as k e t b a l l t o u r n a m e n t u n d e r w a y SEE page 10 FRE ES TYL E: Ca rri be an Bott li ng Co mp an y a nd t he Ro y al B ah am a s Po lic e F o rce ha ve jo in ed fo rc es on ce ag ai n fo r t he s e co nd a nn ua l Sp rit e Freestyle basketball tournament.
SPORTS P AGE 10, SA TURDA Y JUL Y 23, 201 1 TRIBUNE SPORTS t o exec u te crime prevention and t o he lp c hi ldre n de ve lo p rel ati on ship s w ith pol ic e off ice rs i n the ir c omm un ity ." D on ni sha A rmb ri ste r, ma rket in g ma na ge r at C ari bb ea n B o t t l i n g C o m p a n y s a i d : C a r i b b e a n B o t t l i n g C o m p a n y is onc e a g ai n don at ing ev ery t h i n g n e e d e d t o m a k e t h e t o u r n ament another s uccess th is ye ar. W e do ou r ve ry b est a t Ca ri bbe a n B o ttl in g C o mp an y to f ul fil l o ur c o rpo ra te ob li ga tions i n th e cou ntry. W e a re hap py the b oy s a re e nth use d abo ut som et hin g th at is po siti v e a n d w e ho p e t ha t o u r p a rt i c i p a t i o n m a k e s a p o s i t i v e co nt rib uti on to t he se c o mm un i t i e s M o r e t h a n 1 3 5 c h i l d r e n h ave s i gne d u p fo r t he p ro g r a m m e M a r k e t i n g m a n a g e r a t Ca ri bbe a n B ot tli ng Do nn ish a Armb riste r sa id the fre est yl e ch a lle n ge w as a m aj or su c c ess l a s t y e a r a n d a s t h e p r o gr amme has been expanded t h i s y e a r i t p r o m i s e s t o b e ev en b ett er. "W he n the R BPF ca me to us to pl an the e ve n t, o ur m ai n fo c us w a s t o p ro mo te h ea l th y a c t i v e l i f e s t y l e s a s w e l l a s dev elop ment in our com muni t y T h is y e a r w e h a v e a g r e e d to pla ce ban ners and dona te i t e m s t h a t w o u l d m ak e t h e g a m e a w h o l e e a s i e r s h e s a i d S e r g e a n t A n t h o n y R o l l e sa i d t he b a sk e tb a l l i s a n e x c e l le nt w ay to e nsu re y ou ng sters sp e n d t h e i r su m m e r b r e a k i n a positiv e w ay T h i s c a m p i t i s a g r e a t alte r n ativ e to crim e and a ntis o ci a l b eh av io r W e r ea p ed positiv e results la s t y ea r a nd are hop ing it w ill c ontin ue to be a effec tiv e c r i me too l," he s a i d S g t R o l l e s a i d t h e p o l i c e sp e c i f i c a l l y t a r g e t e d h i g h c r i m e a r e a s i n c l u d i n g F o x H i l l Ke mp R oa d an d En gl erst on. C ha mpi onshi p w inne rs wi ll re c e i v e i P od s a l o n g w i th o t he r prize s don ated by Sprite S e c o n d a n n u a l S p r i t e F r e e s t y l e b a s k e t b a l l t o u r n a m e n t u n d e r w a y FROM page nine SPOR TS IN BRIEF By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist USE D to be few thing s in s p o r t s m a d e yo u f e e l m o r e fo olish th an se con d-gue s sin g T i g e r W o o d s S o m a y b e t hr ow i ng lo ng t im e c a d di e a n d c l o se pa l St e ve W i ll i a ms o v e rb oa rd a fte r a d oz e n y ea rs an d s i x t i m e s t h a t m a n y w i n s a ro u n d t h e w o r l d to g e t h e r w i l l p ay div id en ds in t he l on g run The gu ess he re, thoug h, is m ayb e no t. 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N o w W o o d s i s i n e x i l e holed up in anoth er Flor ida mans ion with a bad leg and o ne fe we r fri en d w hose c ou nse l he c an tr u s t. The p ubli cr e la tio ns a dv ic e he' s bee n ge tt i ng s i nce t h at stunning fall from grace is no better than the lessons over s e e n b y s w i n g c o a c h S e a n F ol e y, Wo o d s f l ak i es t hi r e yet. Nei th er h is ima ge nor hi s g o l f g a m e h a s i m p r o v e d mu ch So wh i le i t' s h a r d t o f a u l t W o o d s f o r t r y i n g t o ch a n g e t h i n gs u p d u m p i n g Wi l l i a m s w a s p r o b a b l y t h e wrong place to start. No one else in Tiger's entourage had the guts to tell him the truth, someth ing W ill iams did one last time on his way out the door. "T o h ave wit nes s ed s ome o f t h e g r e a t e s t g o l f e v e r pla yed h as b een a th ri ll no two way s a bo ut it ," he t o ld TV New Zealand in his first publ ic appe aran ce sin ce the firing. "It's very difficult to know if he'll ever come back. He's h a d a l en gt hy tim e a w a y fro m the game, he's been not very c o mp e t i t i v e t h e l a s t t w o y e a rs w it h t h e e x c e p ti o n o f a c ou p l e t o u r n a m e n t s h e s b a t t l e d in j u ri e s a nd o bv i o u sl y a m a j or s wi ng ch an ge an d he h as n' t played any golf of any regu larity for some time. So it's a tall mountain to climb. "But if anybody's going to d o i t W i l l i a m s a d d e d a m o m e n t l a t e r h e s s o m e body that can." To be fair, most of the rest of w ha t W il li am s sai d w as n ot nea rly tha t gra c iou s. He c o mplained about his own repu tation getting dragged along i n t h e mu d an d t he n es s en t i a l l y w a s t i n g t h e p a s t t w o years of his professional life w a i ti n g to se e w h e t he r W o od s w o u l d r e c ap t u r e a n y o f h i s magic and at least a measure o f h i s r e s p e c t T h e a n s w e r tu rn e d o u t to be n o" o n b ot h counts. Y e t W i l l i a m s d e s e r v e d a m o re gr ace fu l e xi t t ha n t he clumsy, prolong ed a nd s e cretiv e w a y hi s b oss fi na ll y do le d out the pink slip. T hen again, he also made m i l l i o n s k e e p i n g w h a t e v e r s ec r e t s he did know to hims e lf whi le toting W oods' ba g n ea rl y $ 9 m il li on b ase d o n an e st i m a te d 1 0 pe r c e n t o f t h e w i n n i n g s d u r i n g t h e i r p ar t n e r s h i p a n d i t s h a r d t o i ma gin e either of th e m ever feel ing that flush a ga in. T i g e r t h r o ws th e w r o ng g uy o v e r b o ar d THIS Jul y 17 2004 file photo sho w s Tige r Woods of th e Unite d States and his caddie Steve Williams lining up a putt on the second gre en o n the t hird d ay of the Brit is h Ope n gol f ch am pio ns hi p at Ro ya l T ro on g ol f c o u rs e in Tr o on S c o tl a n d. Wo o ds h a s d e c i d e d to g et ri d of W i ll i am s a s h is c a dd i e Wo o d s a n no u nc e d o n h i s we b s i te We d ne s d a y J u l y 2 0 2 0 1 1 th a t h e a n d W i l l i a m s wh o h a v e b e e n t o g e t h e r s i n c e March 1999, will no longer be working together. 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Tha t 's wha t a ll owe d t he p laye r s to su e th e o wn ers i n fe d er al c o u r t u n d er an t i t r u s t l a w O nl y a f t e r t h e N F L P A i s again a u ni on can it n egot iate cer tain par ts of a new CBA Am o n g th o s e i t ems t h at are o f mo st co ncern t o pl ay ers : the league's personal conduct policy; drug testing; b e n e f i t s s u c h a s p e n s i o n f u n ds th e d is a b i l i ty p l a n, a n d t he 8 8 Pl a n, wh ic h p ro v i de s mo ne y for care of former players with d e m e n ti a or A l zh e i me r 's d i s e a s e Th e maj o r eco n o mi c f ram ework for a 1 0 -y e ar dea l wa s worked out a wee k a go. That in c lu de d how t h e more tha n $ 9 b i l l i o n i n a n n u a l l e a g u e r e v e n u e s w i l l b e d i v i d e d (about 5 3 pe rce n t to o w n e rs an d 47 p er cen t to p lay ers o ver t he next d eca d e; the ol d CBA r e s u l t e d i n n e a r l y a 5 0 5 0 spli t) ; a per-c lu b cap o f abou t $ 1 2 0 m i l l i o n f o r s a l a r y a n d b o n u s es i n 2 011 an d a t l e as t th a t in 2 01 2 and 2 01 3 p lus abou t $ 22 million be n e fits; a s alar y s yste m t o r ein in sp en d in g on firs t-roun d dra ft p ic k s ; and unres tricte d fr ee a ge n c y f o r m o s t p l a y e r s a f t e r f o u r s e a s o n s NFL on hold; p la ye rs s tu dy d ea l OK'd by owners Tim Clarke /Tribune staff