N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.200TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, T-STORM HIGH 92F LOW 81F By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE number of persons showing symptoms of dengue fever continues to rise at Princess Margaret Hospital. Speaking yesterday about the increase of patients with dengue fever symptoms, Dr Collin Bullard, Chief of Service for the Accident and Emergency at Princess Margaret Hospital (PHM some outbreak but results are needed to confirm what type of viral illness is being experienced. What we are seeing here at PHM, he said, is a lot of patients presenting with symptoms that are consistent with dengue fever it has been in the hundreds, 70 to 100 people a day presenting with these symptoms. There has been a definite increase in the number and it is hard to say where this is going and we have reached the peak of this outbreak, but right now we are seeing a significant number of cases, said Dr Bullard. According to Dr Bullard dengue fever is a viral illness transmitted by mosquitos, which cannot be spread from person t o person. He continued that symptoms include fever, headache, chills, eye pain and general body and muscle aches, similar to that of the flu. Because the accident and emergency department is becoming overwhelmed with t he number of patients it receives on a daily basis, Dr Bullard said he is encouraging the public to go to their local clinics for treatment. Accident and emergency is a very busy place as it is and this on top of that has just com pounded a problem, Dr Bullard said. While awaiting blood test results patients are being diagnosed with acute viral illness based on their clinical presentations. Increasing from the two cases of dengue fever confirmed by the Minister of Health in a press conference last week, Dr Bullard said there have been 34 confirmed cases and another 80 blood samples have been sent Doctor says hundreds showing signs of an unconfirmed viral illness TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Debt$AVER 30 Day No PaySend your loan on vacation!Qualify for a Debt$AVER CONSOLIDATION LOAN and get a 30 Day payment holiday and a built-in Savings Plan READ JOHNMARQUIS MEMORIES OF WISDOM AND LEILAGATE SEEPAGEFIVE Dengue fever symptoms rise SEE page nine By SANCHESKA BROWN A SUBSTANTIAL increase in the price phonec ard vendors pay for their cards is expected to have a d ramatic affect on the phone card industry. Yesterday, BTC executives said they had increased the rates at which t hey sell cards to wholesalers which in turn caused wholesalers toi ncrease the price for retailers, significantly reducing their profit margin. V endors fear that this, VENDORS FACING RISE IN RATES FOR PHONE CARDS SEE page nine THE police insiders responsible for leaking the graphic crime scene photos of Nellie MaeBrown-Coxwill soon have to face decision day, said Com missioner of Police Ellison Greenslade, on a radio talk show yesterday. Nellie Mae Brown, former president of the Bahamas Heart Association, was brutally murdered earlier this year. The body of 42-year-old Ms Brown was found in an apartment complex on Bougainvillea Boulevard, South Beach. In the midst of the investigation, the police report into her death surfaced online. Mr Greenslade confirmed By SANCHESKA BROWN T HE countrys latest murder victim used his last breath to identify his attacke r and describe the circum stances leading up to his death. P olice say Michael Maci ntosh, 20 was still con scious and responsive when police arrived on the scene,S unday morning. Macintosh died in Princess Margaret Hospitale ight hours after he was s hot in the right arm and abdomen, by a man he told police he knew very well. A ccording to a source, Macintosh described the SEE page nine MURDER VICTIM IDENTIFIED HIS ATTACKER WITH L AS T BREA TH POLICE WHO LEAKED CRIME SCENE PHOTOS WILL SOON HA VE TO FACE DECISION DAY By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org BRANVILLE McCartney is "pandering" to xenopho bic fears over illegal immigration in an effort to gain the support of the country's voter base, said former Cab inet Minister George Smith. His comments came after Mr McCartney said that he will fight to change the country's constitution so that children born here to illegal immigrants will not be eligi ble for Bahamian citizenship. Mr McCartney, leader of newly formed third party the Democratic National SEE page nine FORMER MINISTER CLAIMS BRANVILLE ANDERING TO FEARS OVER ILLEGAL IMMIGRA TION CHARGED WITHDOUBLEMURDER SEE page nine COMMISSIONER OF POLICE Ellison Greenslade CHARGED: 30-year-old Serrano Adderley outside of court yesterday. He is accused of killing Alwayne Nathaniel Leslie, 28, of Kingston, Jamaica and Kevin Antonio Forbes, 40, of Miller's Heights, off Carmichael Road. SEE PAGE THREE Tim Clarke /Tribune staff
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011 THE TRIBUNE CLAIMING the FNM and the PLP are "cut from the same cloth", lawyer and for mer journalist Alex Morley has entered the political arenaand plans to vie for the Englerston seat as an independent candidate. Mr Morley will face off against Glenys Hanna-Martinin the PLP stronghold, as well as a yet to be named FNM candidate. In a statement on his web site, BlackFood.org, Mr Mor ley wrote: "Cries for change can be heard all over the Bahamas and that cry is just as loud in Englerston. Not just any kind of change but revo lutionary change that is based on revolutionary politics and a revolutionary plan of action that will take us out of decades of political, economic, social, and cultural stagna tion." Mr Morleys venture into politics was inspired by a mounting dissatisfaction over the hardships his childhood community has endured. Since his return from law school six years ago, Mr Morley said, he has endeavored to improve social conditions in the area in his "own small way", through legal counselling and community events. His statement read: "The people of Englerston live in the belly of this city and it is a fact that you experience a life of constant misery and struggle. Many nights people of this community go to bed hungry. Unemployment is rampant. "There are no institutions in the community that nurture and encourage the youth. There is no economic development plan for the community. Yet, it seems as if the government is only interested in buying more guns and vehi cles for the police to terrorise the people." According to the statement, Mr Morleys platform will target economic development, law enforcement, education, citizenship rights and com munity resources. The statement read: "There is no doubt that the government, under the misleadership of the FNM, has failed us all and the so-called opposition, the PLP, has proven itself to be cut from the same cloth. Neither has shown itself to be about the people of Engler ston." B y SANCHESKA BROWN S OCIAL activist Rodney Mon c ur said the government is com mitting environmental racism by filling in a portion of Big Pond for the New ProvidenceR oad Improvement project. Mr Moncurs comments came weeks after the governmentb egan using quarry to fill in a section of the pond for a new road. The road will connect Cordeaux Avenue to ThompsonB lvd and will require the use of a s ignificant portion of the pond. Mr Moncur said: Since they began dumping the quarry in thep ond, all the ducks have gone and the birds arent there any more either. The water is a murky brown colour and resi d ents no longer have access to the site. Just last year, residents cleaned the ponds on their own. They took all the garbage outa nd planted trees and grass in their own time. Mr Earl Deveaux, environment minister, after seeing what they had done, gave a few of the men a contract to complete the work. Mr Moncur admitted that while he is not an expert on envi r onmental matters, it does not take a genius to see the negative impact the road works are having on the environment. S henique Albury, environ m ental specialist assigned to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, admitted the roadw ork will cause some damage but said that they are building a green space as environmental compensation. We hope, she said, to install a boardwalk with a viewing point for persons who want to bird watch or look at the fish in the water similar to what Bahamas National Trust has done at Bone Fish Pond. It will be to enhance the experience so people can have a viewpoint thats over the w ater and get closer views of wildlife. We dont intend to do much to the water. We dont want to disturb the s ediments. There has been some d umping and we intend to take up the things that are on the surface. A t a press conference last year, Public Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant explained that the loan proposal for the New Providence Road Improve ment Project stipulates that the Big Pond area is to be restored and protected as an urban open space, for the mitigation of any potential negative environmen tal impacts that may arise from the project implementation, operation and maintenance. D espite the governments promise to enhance the area, some residents believe they will do more harm than good. Thei ssue also raised concerns among F acebook users who expressed shock and anger that the government is building a roadt hrough what should be a pro tected wetland. Mr Moncur said the government is taking advantage of the fact that the pond is located in an urban area. In fact, he said, if more white people lived there, the wetland would never have been destroyed. One needs only to visit and examine what is taking place to see that it is not right, he said. LAWYER and former journalist Alex Morley L A WYER PLANS TO RUN AS INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE THE GOVERNMENT has begun to use quarry t o fill in a section of Big Pond for a new road. The road will connect Cordeaux Avenue to Thompson Blvd and will require the use of a significant portion of the pond. LOUISVILLE, Ky. A ssociated Press AN AIRLINE says it will begin a $99 nonstop f light from Louisville to a Caribbean island later this year. V ision Airlines says t here will be two weekly departures from Louisville International Airport to Grand Bahama Islandb eginning Nov. 3. The flights on a 148-seat Boe ing 737 will take off at 7 p .m. on Thursdays and 3:35 p .m. on Sundays. The airline also runs nonstop flights from Louisville to Atlanta, Des-t in and Fort Lauderdale in Florida. The airline said in a s tatement that in the past, travel to Grand Bahama Island from Kentucky had been expensive and timeconsuming. AIRLINE TO OFFER LOUISVILLE FLIGHT T O BAHAMAS Govt filling part of Big Pond for road project
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com F REEPORT A man went on a hunger strike on Monday at Police Headquarters, demanding justice regarding a complaint he had filed some six weeks ago with the police. Alpha Celestin, a local farmer, is claiming that police officers had allegedly given permission to a scrap metal dealer to ship out a container with more than $100,000 worth of equipment that was reportedly stolen from his property. Standing outside theGerald Bartlette Police Headquarters, Celestin told members of the media that he is willing to stay there as long as it takes until the matter is resolved. Justice has failed me and so I am prepared to stay here and die here if thats what it takes, he said. Celestin, who operates a farm and uses heavy equipment, reported to police that a large amount of equipment parts had been stolen from his farm on Grand Bahama Highway. I was out of the island for two weeks and when I came back I found that they raided me, he said. After making a complaint to police he learned that one man had been arrested in connection with the matter. I went down and looked at the stuff the guy had on his truck but the equipment was not mine, and I told police that the stuff did not belong to me, Celestin said. Several days later, Celestin discovered that his equipment was at a scrap yard and contacted the police. He said two police officers came out to investigate. He claims the officers allowed him to retrieve some of his equip ment, but not all. I went to officer Daniels and they wrote an agreement which stated that I would have to pay $1,000 to offload the container to see if the rest of the my stuff was there. I agreed, but when I returned the scrap metal operator told me he had gotten orders from the police to ship the container. Mr Celestin said his equipment is gone and no one has been arrested. The value of equipment and parts that were stolen is over $100,000. It has been four weeks now and nothing has been done, he said. Mr Celestin believes a son of a senior police official might have been involved. Supt Macktavius Daniels, officer in charge of Central Police Station, said police investigations are continuing. He said two persons were taken into custody and questioned in connection with the matter. Mr Celestin came in and said to us he dont want to proceed against a particular person we were questioning. We advised him not to interfere with the investigation. I am advised that a former inspector son and Mr Celestin had some sort of involvement; he knows them. That person was arrested, questioned and released because there was no evidence. Mr Celestin said this is the second time that equipment has been stolen from his farm. He is very upset about how he was treated by police. They (the Police like I am the criminal, he said. Mr Celestin is demanding justice from the police. I want those persons involved arrested and charged, and the police officers who had given the orders for the container to be shipped dealt with, he said. Mr Celestin believes the scrape met al business needs to be properly regulated. I dont want to stop anyones lifestyle, but something needs to be done by the authorities, he said. By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE MOTHER of a bedridden teenager is at her wit's end as she fears her son is wasting away at the Princess Margaret Hospital. Jacqueline Ford believes that her son Renaldo's dramatic weight loss and recent insomnia are directly related to his inactivity. Ms Ford said: "My concern is his happiness; he would be more contented if I bring him home, but if the doctors are not paying attention to him in [the hospital], what happens if he comes home? I feel like they are delinquent in there with him now, and it would be worse if I bring him home." At 16, Renaldo was thrown from his mother's car when a truck hit the passenger side, where Renaldo was seated. Last month, The Tribune featured Renaldo's appeal for more physiotherapy as he believed his physical potential was being under-explored. From his small corner of the ward, Renaldo spoke of his plans to go back to school to study auto building, design and mechanics. Over the course of his treatment, the nursing staff have become a second family to Renaldo and his mom; however, Ms Ford maintains that her confidence in the quality of care has been repeatedly challenged due to poor communication from his physicians. She believes the hospital's actions thusfar and Renaldo's subsequent progress are the result of her consistent pressure. Now entering his third year in hospital, he has made dramatic improvements and is scheduled to be transferred to the Intensive Care Unit to be weaned off his ventilator. The directive was outlined in a medical report on April 28; however, Renaldo hasn't been moved as yet. Renaldo has been able to leave the ward and visit his home several times; however, each visit is incredibly expensive as he requires the care of spe cialised nurses. Ms Ford said: "To bring him out, he still needs nursing care. If we can get him to go straight [to the US] from PMH it would be better financially because the hospital doesn't supply everything he needs now, there are medicine and supplements that I have to buy." Mrs Ford is convinced that Renaldo, initially diagnosed as being permanently paralysed, may have a chance of regaining the use of his legs and even upper his body with further medical treatment and rehabilitation in the United States. The concerned mother in the process of obtaining a cost estimate from Jackson Memorial Hospital, after waiting for necessary documentation from PMH since last year. Ms Ford said: "My heart is breaking for Renaldo, my thing is, if they were working with Renaldo more he would have been further but they gave up on him from day one. "If it wasn't on me to be on them to check my son, he would have been dead. They are only doing what they can to quiet me. I know resources may be limited but at least make a step at least until I can get him to [a US hospital]. This is my only child. He's a positive young man, he can be the next prime minister. He's an awesome young man." Ms Ford can be reached at 393-5379 or 468-2195, and Renaldo can be reached directly through his FaceBook account under the name "Renaldo IBeReal Gibson. By LAMECH JOHNSON A MAN was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday in connection with a double murder earlier this month. Serrano Adderley, 30, of Montgomery Avenue off Cowpen Road, appeared before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court 1, Bank Lane on two charges of murder. He is accused of killing Alwayne Nathaniel Leslie, 28, of Kingston, Jamaica and Kevin Antonio Forbes, 40, of Miller's Heights, off Carmichael Road on Tuesday, July 12. Adderley, who shook his head both times when Chief Magistrate Gomez asked if he understood the charges, was not required to enter a plea. He will be served a Voluntary Bill of Indictment on September 13 in Court 1, which will send the case to the Supreme Court. Adderley has been remanded to Her Majestys Prison, Fox Hill. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011, PAGE 3 MOTHER FEARS BEDRIDDEN SON IS WASTING AWAY MAN FACES TWO MURDERCHARGES MAN ON HUNGER STRIKE AT POLICE HQ SERRANO ADDERLEY, 30 Tim Clarke /Tribune staff JACQUELINE FORD sits with her 18-year-old sonR enaldo Gibson during an i nterview with The Tribune yesterday.
EDITOR, The Tribune. Do we have a Child Supp ort Act? If the laws exist, they must be enforced. If the laws dont exist, the child support act must be amended. Child support laws and enforcement, first we must recognize the need and then p ut laws in place to execute t he law to its fullest to meet t hat need. Ive looked at the l aw we have in place now and a ll I can say is its too nebul ous and abstract in its language. How much longer are w e going to play kick the can w hen it comes to child supp ort? For too long now, weve been shamefully ignoring the fact that our children are fail-i ng and suffering from the lack of monetary support f rom their non-custodial parent. I am often asked to help, therefore often faced with the a nger, frustration mostly by mothers trying to make a $1.00 do what $50.00 cannotd o. It is estimated that there are 65 per cent to 70 per cent o f families in our country who a re not getting the child support they deserve. That is not only a shame on the fathers/mothers, but a shame on our Bahamian society. For far too long political parties, governments, pastors, priests, and rabbis have kepts ilent about this shameful act i nflicted upon our children, t hereby making it nearly impossible for a single moth e r/father to supply a c hild/children with their daily nutritional, educational, cloth ing and spiritual needs. How can we expect to cre ate a better society, if we dont hold men and women responsible for their actions where children are concerned. In our Bahamian society, there are too many young and old men walking around beat i ng on their chests bragging about how many children they have fathered. Howeve r, if you were to ask the q uestion, What did your child have for breakfast? the chest beating stops. How many of your children do you help with their home work? The chest beating stops. How many of you pay child sup port? The chest beating stops. How many of you take care of your children if their moth ers are at work? The chest beating stops. How many of you know your childs school teacher? The chest beating stops. T his circle, this kind of b ehavior must come to an e nd. We know from the mentality, the pattern of behaviour and from looking at our own history, most non-custodial parents rarely voluntarily do the right thing. Therefore, we must have laws to scare,i ntimidate, steer, and to puni sh this kind of behaviour. Keeping in mind and fully understanding that it is a slip-p ery slope when legislators try to legislate morality. However, sometimes a line in thes and must be drawn, declaring w hat is forbidden in our Bahamian society when it comes to our children. Permit me to digress, another question: Do we have a public decency law? If we d ont have such a law, we desperately need one. Again, keeping in mind that slipperys lope when we try to legislate morality. However, when you are out in a public forum with y our children/family, no one s hould have the right to blast obscene and sexually explicit lyrics, especially where child ren are known to be present. We have a generation of young people in the Bahamasw ho dont know, dont care a nd dont have the moral for titude to do what they know is r ight. The Bahamas Child Support Act, BCSA is supposed to do just that, draw a line int he sand. Whenever you engage in the actions that create life, and thereby creating life, you will by the laws of the land be responsible finan cially, up to the age 18, for t hat life. O ne of the biggest miscon ceptions is that its only nonprofessional men who donts upport their children finan c ially, however, for whatever reason, a great number of non-custodial professional men, yes, men who are able to, but refuse to support their children. Why? A fter questioning, listening and investigating, here are some of the reasons behindd ucking and dodging child support. 1) I am not sure the child is mine 2 ) I am not working 3) She told me she was on birth control 4) I told her to get an abortion 5) I cant make children 6) I never had sex with her 7) I am married If this country, we say we love and call a Christian nation, is to ever get back on the road to prosperity, we need to start with making men and women face the con sequences for their decisions and take responsibility for their actions. I am the last person to hold the moral whip, however, all I ask is for us to look at the right and wrong of this situation for the childrens sake. No man or woman is a perfect parent, however we all, who are par ents, have the moral and legal obligation and responsibility to do all from birth to age 18 to make our children ready for the world. Some try to say it is not a political subject, however, I beg to differ. It is the politicians job to recognize and act according to the consensus of the nation.A Commonwealth nation = a nation ruled by the people of that nation. Yes, we elect men and women to run the nations day-to-day affairs. However, laws and moralities are based on our beliefs and the foundation of our beliefs are from Christianity. Here we are again, at the doorsteps of another general election. I applaud everyone, especially mothers who are on the frontline of this war, to make child support one of the relevant discussions they have with any man or woman who seeks their vote in this upcoming election. We should right now, start implementing laws that are based on the premise that children, not the parent, havea right to the care and supp ort of their parents. When a mother/father files a comp laint, and the courts set a c hild support payment plan, it should not be left to the custodial parent to collect from the non-custodial parent. We know that in some incidents, parent to parent child support p ayments will be made. However, this must be done in a professional and business likem anner. When a payment of c ash is made from one parent to another parent, a receipt must be given to the payee as proof of child support payment. W e know for a fact, that s ome custodial parents can be v ery vindictive, so heres a little advice mostly for men. No matter what you do for yourc hild/children, get a receipt and keep very good records.I f you did your part with a d octors bill, dentists bill, s chool fees and supplies, house bills and food, get copies of the bills for you files. Also, what days/nights you had physical possession ofy our child/children keep a r ecord. I f you did not know, none of the above has anything to do with your court ordered c hild support payments. However, if you were ever taken to court, this will show that you w ere assisting financially and spending quality time with y our child/children. A nonc ustodial parent cannot use any of the above as an excuse for not paying child support that was ordered by the court. Once again, if the laws are o n the books, why are they not being enforced? We can do something today by pick ing up the phone and calling our MPs and demanding action now on this very important matter. M ens misconceptions 1) Far too often, and this is m ore a problem with men than women because a woman has usually moved on with her life, the father of the child, refuses to help mone tarily. 2 ) The father feels if he gives financial support to his child, he can still have sex w ith the mother. (wrong 3) The father thinks he can come to the house/apartment a nytime he wishes. (wrong I am not a lawyer, there fore I will let the lawyers put this in the correct legal language. Bahamas Child Support Law (BCSL A. When a child is born out of wedlock, paternity is mandatory. B. Set amount to be paid by non-custodial parent, and the rate of increase. C. Once a court hands down a monetary judgment, automatic deduction by employers must take place, D. Setup a child support collection department on every island with a population of 200 children or more. E. Offices to locate parents, their employers, and/or their assets. No matter where the noncustodial parent lives, the Bahamas Child Support Offices (BCSO enforce the law. Termination of Child Sup port: Non-custodial parent will support the child/children until said child/children reach the age of 18. Statute of Limitations: There will be no statute of limitations on child support. Enforcement With a court order 1) Intercepting pay cheques, no matter where you are 2) Seizure of vehicles 3) Seizure of real estate 4) Seizure of bank accounts 5) Seizure of other person al property. 6) If you are unemployed, two weeks to find work or you will work in jail. This is just the beginning of my thoughts on this matter. We can do better, because we are better. LEWIS E ASTWOOD Jr Nassau, July, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, JULY 26, 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 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm IT SEEMS so unfair that Norway should become a target of terrorism. Once the scourge of Europe, when Vikings pillaged their way across the continent, Norway is the world's number one exporter of peace and reconciliation. Wherever there is a conflict you may find a Norwegian up to his elbows trying to solve it. For a country of only 5 million, Norway home to the Nobel Peace Prize punches way above its weight in the humanitarian arena, which makes last week's terrorist attack that killed 76 people so jarring. Norway's best-known peace effort was the Oslo Accords of 1993, when representatives of the Israeli government and the Palestinian Liberation Organization met officially for the first time, in secret, with Norway as facilitator. The resulting agreement, which was supposed to lead to a Palestinian state, was signed in Washington by Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin under the benevolent gaze of President Clinton. ''We gradually saw the peace process stall and the enemies of reconciliation win," said Jan Egeland, a former diplomat and now director of the Norwegian Institute of Inter national Affairs. He said there were "strong anti-peace forces among Israelis and Pales tinians alike." But the Oslo Accords still remain a blueprint for future efforts. Other peace-facilitating efforts have included Sudan, Sri Lanka, Cyprus, and the Caucasus. "We failed more often than we succeeded," said Egeland. Still, he had the satisfaction of seeing a Guatemalan ceasefire agreement signed in Oslo's town hall. Not that Norwegians can't be counted on in a fight. Norway is a NATO member. There is a Norwegian contingent in Kabul,and Norwegian war planes were involved over Libya. But peace-keeping efforts always trump going to war as far as the Norwegians are concerned. How did this all come to pass? First, Norway used to be one of the poorest coun tries in Europe, until North Sea oil made it one of the richest. But an egalitarian spirit still prevails from the days when poverty enforced it. Today, a strong Labour movement and one of the highest tax rates in Europe, as well as an efficient welfare system, does the enforcing. Lutheran guilt about their recent good fortune inhibits any desire to show off wealth, Norwegians say. Secondly, modern Norway never had an empire, and achieved its independence from Sweden only in 1905. Norwegian missionaries were to be found in all the world, and today, with the secularization of the missionary spirit, Norwegian zeal has been channeled more into saving bodies than souls. "Norwegians have always had sympathy for the downtrodden," said Morten Wetland, Norway's ambassador to the United Nations. No discussion of Norway, or its humanitarian record, would be complete without reference to the extraordinary explorer, scientist, diplomat, and Nobel Prize winner, Fridtjof Nansen. He died in 1930 at 68, but not before leaving an indelible record of achievement. A champion athlete, he gained fame as an Arctic explorer before he turned to marine biology, contributing to our understanding of neurology. Nansen was involved with Norway's sep aration from Sweden, and played a major role in persuading Denmark's Prince Charles to accept the newly vacant throne of Nor way. As High Commissioner for Refugees, Nansen was in charge of the great wash of humanity turned over by World War I. "Never in my life have I been brought into touch with so formidable an amount of suf fering," he said, and he went to work. Nansen devised the "Nansen Passport" for stateless persons, which allowed thousands of paperless exiles to travel. Artist Marc Cha gall and musician Igor Stravinsky were among the beneficiaries. Nansen devised the great population exchange between Turkey and Greece, after their war in 1922, and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. In 1938, the office he founded, the Nansen International Office of Refugees, also won Nobel's most prestigious prize. Bringing peace and conflict resolution is part of Norway's national DNA. Still, not even the best intentions can inoculate a country from mass murder, the scourge of the 21st century. (This article was written by H.D.S. Greenway of Boston Globe). Child Support Act amend it or enforce it LETTERS email@example.com Norway number one exporter of peace NOTICE is hereby given that CHIGUARDE MEME of Grand Cay, Abaco, Bahamas is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/ naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 26th day of JULY2011 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.NOTICE
IT seems ridiculous that the names Rupert Murdoch and Neville Wisdom should even be mentioned in the same sentence. Yet the News of the World hacking scandal brought back memories of a momentous day when the former PLP Cabinet minister was trapped by voicemail not by a snooping journalist, but his own inability to use a telephone properly By JOHN MARQUIS R EMEMBER that wonderful story a bout former Cabinet minist er Neville Wisdom, when he unwittingly left a series of condescending remarks on T he Tribunes voicemail? U nder the headline The Unwise Words of Wisdom, it r eported a revealing conversation between himself and his permanent secretary, during which he adopted a very lofty and dismissive attitude t owards the press. Mr Wisdom told his per m anent secretary, in effect, t hat a Tribune reporter who had just called him for information was impertinent to ask searching questions of such a n important personage as h imself, and that such lowly folk really had no right to s peak to him at all. What Mr Wisdom did not r ealise at the time was that his telephone was still linked to The Tribunes voicemail and that the reporter in ques t ion would come into the office the following morningto find himself the subject of dismissive asides from theh onourable minister and his departmental boss. The incident became known as Leilagate because Leila was the name of the permanent secretary involved.A nd it was significant because it demonstrated more clearly than a volume bigger than War and Peace that the PLP, once in power, was utterly contemptuous of the people w ho put them there. W hen The Tribune published the text of the exchange, and rightly berat-e d Wisdom for his inexcusable attitude, all the usual suspects crawled out of the w oodwork to take the paper t o task. At their head, unsurprisingly, was Mad Mitch the Fox H ill fantasist, who said The Tribune was engaging in illegal activities by hacking intoo ther peoples conversations, a nd that it was conceivable that the editor and reporter m ight be getting a call from the criminal investigation department. What Fred Mitchell had chosen to overlook was that h is ministerial colleagues indiscretions were not overheard as a result of any telephonic snooping on our part, but because of nave Nevilles i nability to operate his telephone equipment properly. I t was not our under-handedness that led to such embarrassing disclosures, but the cack-handedness of Mr Wisdom himself, whose alleged s ocial and intellectual superiority did not extend to replac i ng a telephone receiver on i ts cradle without making a total hash of it. I have been reminded of Leilagate in recent times b ecause of the News of the W orld hacking scandal and the public humiliation of the m ightiest press mogul in the world, Rupert Murdoch. F or those who might have m issed it, the saga centred on allegations now accepted as being true that Murdochm inions in London had been hacking into the mobile phones of politicians, celebri ties and other high-profile p eople to glean the kind of scurrilous material that makes the tabloids tick. There is no doubt that the sleazier end of Fleet Street h as resorted to devious tactics for generations. Surveill ance and entrapment have long been used to expose drug dealers, paedophiles, errant politicians, bent policemen and other lowlife for what has g enerally been seen as the public good. I n recent months, the News o f the World by using underhand methods exposed the Duchess of York as she tried to sell access to h er former husband, Prince A ndrew, for ,000. It would have been no good t heir reporters asking the Duchess: Did you do it? T he answer would probably h ave been No. So they dressed up a reporter as a dodgy foreignb usinessman and caught the Duchess on videotape. Thats what tabloids do. However, the phone-hacki ng scandal broke the bounds because the News of the World was targeting scores of people in a wide-ranging trawl for damaging information. It w as breach of privacy on a large scale. A nd their investigators went right over the top when they hacked into the voicemail of schoolgirl murder victim Milly Dowler, who had g one missing and was the subject of a major police search at t he time. U nforgiveably, the investigator in question was wiping messages off Millys voicemail to make room for incoming c alls, thus creating the illusion s he was still alive, deepening her familys distress when her r emains were subsequently found. I t was a classic example of a t abloid culture gone wild. So what has all this got to do with the Bahamas? W ell, the fall-out from the hacking scandal demonstrated perfectly the dangers involved w hen leading press figures get too close to leading politicians. The likes of David C ameron, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were so close to mighty Murdoch and hiss enior staff that they broke bread and supped wine together far too often for the p ublic good. B lair, when he became prime minister, was so keen to ingratiate himself with theA ustralian Sun King that he flew all the way down under to pay homage to rapaciousR upert on his own turf. O nly days before the hacking scandal erupted, David Cameron and his wife were dining with the flame-haired boss of Murdochs British empire, Rebekah Brooks,w ho happened to be editor of the News of the World when the Milly Dowler outrage T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011, PAGE 5 M ARQUIS AT L ARGE THE HACKING SCANDAL BRINGS BACK MEMORIES OF WISDOM AND LEILAGATE SEE page eight ABOVE: Former Cabinet Minister Neville Wisdom. LEFT: Rupert Murdoch giving evidence to a House of Commons Committe. (AP
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011 THE TRIBUNE THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bsFaculty V acancy The College of the Bahamas invites applications from suitably qualified persons for the following vacancy: Part-time Lecturer, French ,responsible for teaching French at the beginners and intermediate levels. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to teaching undergraduate students; evidence of excellence in teaching and creative/innovative pedagogies; knowledge of current trends in pedagogy; skills in course development and implementation. Applicants should possess at least a masters degree from an accredited institution with five years of teaching experience. However candidates with a bachelors degree and near native speaker fluency may also be considered. Interested candidates should submit an application letter, completed application formwhich may be downloaded from: www .cob.edu.bs/hrpr ofile adetailed curriculum vitae, copies of College transcripts and names and contact information forat least three (3ofessional references. Applications will not be considered without the complete package which should be submitted to: The College of the Bahamas, Human Resources Department, P.O. Box N-4912, Poinciana Drive & Thompson Boulevard, Nassau, Bahamas. Attention: Renee Mayers, Associate Vice President, Human Resources or email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, August 8th JUNKANOO SUMMER FEST The Ministry of Tourism held its Summer Junkanoo Fest at Arawak Cay on Saturday. The event will conclude next weekend. P hotos by: Felip Major/Tribune Staff
B y INIGO NAUGHTY Z ENICAZELAYA REMEMBER those scenes in television shows where two women showed up to an event in the exact same outfitto the chagrino f them bothand one insisted she needed to go home and change? Well Ill be honest, as a man I never got what all the fuss was about. So you d ecided to wear the same c lothes as someone else, b ig deal! We men are used t o seeing our buddies dress similar to us (especially when it comes time to rootfor our favourite sports t eams) and usually showi ng up in the same jersey i s considered a unifying e vent. Male bonding, I t hink its called. And not once does either guy complain or entertain the n otion of changing outf its. Of course, with women it is a completely different story. A few months back I had the misfortune of suf-f ering through a two hour tiradecourtesy of myl ovely wifebecause one o f her friends had the audacity to show up to ap arty wearing the exact s ame pair of shoes she was wearing. Shoes! To me, this was no big d eal. Butsensing I was n ot enthusiastically getting her pointmy wife explained to me (in painstaking detail) that she and this treacherous heifer had gone shoppingt ogether and the friend in question watched her buyt hese shoes and knew she w ould be wearing them to this party. M y response: So? Isnt i mitation the sincerest form of flattery? Apparently, it is not. To hear my wife tell it, youw ould think she had been spied on by Interpol and her intellectual property (her words, not mine been stolen. She had seen the shoes first, bought the shoes first, conceptualized w earing the shoes first, so t here you have it. N ow, upon further examinationat her nonstop insistenceI have to admit the shoes in question were not your regular set of black pumps. They were colourful contraptions with straps everywhere, attached to ankle injuring f our-inch heels. Quite u nique looking; except not at that particular party. This whole episode got the comedian in me thinking: When is biting (colloquialism for copying someones style) acceptable andu nacceptable? If you happen to be a member of a set of twins (identicals only, please then go ahead and dress alike. Lets be honest, everyone loves those Doub lemint girls. I f your neighbour just b ought a brand new car that you just love, purchasing that same vehicle, only in a different colour, is unacceptable. If you happen to be a member of an exclusive group (Army, Defence Force, Police Force, Rastaf arians or Circus Clowns) t hen biting your fellow members garb is mandatory and therefore acceptable. If youre a church diva whose hat was dwarfed by another members gargan-t uan brim, upgrading to the same satellite-sized fedora for the following week is totally unacceptable. (Sorry ladies, but sometimes I like to see who is delivering the sermon from the p ulpit). I f your college Math F inal is killing your chances of actually graduating, and you happen to be sitting next to a kid with an extremely high IQ, well, you know what to do. I guess what Im trying to say is in a world where just about everything can b e Xeroxed, copied, cut a nd pasted, sometimes theres nothing better thana good old-fashioned original! o ccurred. It was partly because of her labyrinthine social con nections and her personalc loseness to Murdoch himself that Brooks survived so long while the scandal g athered momentum. And i t was because Murdoch and B ritains leaders were so closely involved at a per-s onal level that the full horr or of this case took so long to emerge. When Murdoch closed the News of the World in a desperate bid to dampen down the crisis, a journalist quipped memorably: He axed the wrong redt op a reference to Ms Brooks copper-colouredp re-Raphaelite hairstyle. I n the end, after much stalling and prevarication, B rooks was obliged to r esign and Murdoch was l eft to prostrate himself b efore Milly Dowlers family in the most extraordinary mea culpa I have ever seen from such a powerful figure. The Murdoch family, having played hardball in the early stages of this scandal, r ealised too late that what had initially seemed like a relatively minor local probl em was posing a major t hreat to their global e mpire. The combined weight of falling share prices andm ounting international opprobrium was enough to convince the once all-powerful Murdoch that commond ecency demanded nothing short of abject contrition. Inevitably, the Murdoch empires transgressions havep rompted calls for press regulation, but it would be a dark day indeed if one com p anys wrongs should lead t o any further curtailment of free expression in a country where personal liberty no longer appears to be ah igh priority. For me, the sour aftertaste of this scandal is morea bout the squalid instincts of politicians than the ruth less, acquisitive nature of Murdochs fiefdom. I personally find it utterly n auseating that leading Labour and Tory figures w ho only a few weeks ago w ere falling over themselves t o suck up to Murdoch t urned like a shoal of sharks once they tasted the taint of his blood in the water. Suddenly, their very good friend Rupert the man whose newspapers could make or break a partys c hances at the polls became a vile pariah. Suddenly, the man whose f avour they courted so a ssiduously for so long was a n outsider to be shunned. Having quaffed his champagne and made fortunesf rom his book publishing enterprises over many years, Britains utterly shameless political class turned on himw ithout so much as a blush. As soon as it became clear which way the wind was blowing, this patheticc abal of third-raters were scrambling over one anoth er to condemn a figure they o nce revered. I t reminded me not that I needed reminding of the capricious nature of the political class, a group ofp eople whose only dynamic is self-interest and whose only principle is self-preser-v ation. Their behaviour remind ed me of something the late Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfieldu sed to say. He always dism issed those who jumped on bandwagons as the Me, t oo brigade, the comeovers who put exped iency above principle e very time. Winston Churchill might also have captured their true essence when he likened the Nazis to Alsatian dogs. Theyre either at your feet or at your throat, h e said. Apply the same remark to British politicians from t he two major parties, and y ou have an exact impress ion of their treacherous nature. I never thought I would e ver find myself saying this, but I actually began to feel sorry for Murdoch as the hacking crisis reached itsc limax. The once invincible colossus of world media had sud denly become, in the public m ind, a shambling old bloke with dodgy judgment whose irresponsible min i ons had let him down. A t a point in his life when he ought to have been savouring his considerable achievements from thec omfort of his Manhattan penthouse, he was on his knees begging forgivenessf rom an ordinary British family who had been deeply hurt by the excesses of his employees. T hose who were once s cared stiff of him are now mocking him without mer cy. T hose who might once have quaked in his presence are now emboldened by his apparent vulnerability to say things about him they would never have uttered in the past. He even admitted, while holding his head in his hands, that he had let down the father he adored the much-respected editor and publisher Sir Keith Mur doch. The worlds loudest media voice was now reduced to timorous remorse. The monolithic figure who manipulated govern ments like chessboard pawns was plunged into an abyss of self-examination and self-doubt. Even the most imaginative of Hollywood moviemakers could not have produced a storyline like this. Its improbability would have sunk the script long before the cameras began to roll. Theres a lesson in this for all of us. Even when you think the world is at your feet, it might just fall on your head. Even the mightiest of organisations is only as strong as its weakest link. The bigger you are, the more puffed-up you feel, the greater chance there is of you falling on your face in front of a guffawing crowd. If ever you need convinc ing, just think of Rupert Murdoch. And, of course, the highand-mighty Neville Wisdom, who felt too impor tant to speak to a mere reporter and whose political world came crashing down. PAGE 8, TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011 THE TRIBUNE COMICS VIEW I NIGO NAUGHTY ZENICAZELAYA Is imitation truly the sincerest form of flattery? FROM page five The hacking scandal brings back memories of Wisdom and Leilagate
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011, PAGE 9 off to Trinidad for testing. Treatment for the disease is symptomatic, as there are no vaccines or specific cures for dengue fever, Dr Bullard emphasized the importance of the public taking preventative measures such as eliminating large bodies of water in the communities to decrease the number of mosquitos in the area. It is very important that individuals take their own measures to protect themselves and their families from getting bit by mosquitos, said Dr Bullard. According to Dr Bullard most cases of dengue are self limiting, meaning that the disease resolves on its own, on an average of four to five days. Dr Bullard added that there are very few strains of dengue that are deadly and can cause the life-threatening haemorrhagic dengue fever, of whichno cases have been seen thus far in the Bahamas. For the most part, Dr Bullard, said health authorities are most concerned about young children and infants (less than a year old with heart disease and the elderly. Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said preventative measures taken by the government are proceeding adequately and there is no cause for increased concern. I am happy with the Environmental Health, their fogging is progressing well so far and the mosquito population is decreasing the public must continue to do their part as well, said Dr Minnis. Of the 32 blood results received from Trinidad 20 were positive for dengue feverand 12 negative, which is a clear indication that not every one with viral symptoms have the disease, said Dr Minnis. Dengue fever is not new to the Bahamas, Dr Minnis said. In 1998 more than 350 and in 2004 more than 150 cases were diagnosed. The Minister reiterated that not all cases showing symp toms of dengue fever are necessarily the disease. that the leak came from within the armed guard of the police and not the civilian force. He said he is almost ready to make a decision on the investigation. We have done extremely well (with the leak investigation). I indicated to some press colleagues a short while back that the file is on my desk being carefully reviewed. I will be making decisions very shortly, and I will make a public pronouncement once a decision is made. I am not going to be rushed into making a decision until I am satisfied I have done my due diligence. I am almost there, said Mr Greenslade. Police officers who are found to be in breach of protocols could face severe disciplinary action, including dismissal from the force. Mr Greenslade also confirmed that police officers were going to be assigned to schools starting in September. He said they would take on the role of school liaison officers and include their assigned schools in their daily beat. Also addressing the crime problem in the country, Mr Greenslade said the problem is bigger than murder and armed robbery. He said there are many more other crimes, not reported in the news, that tax the police force, like conflicts between neighbours, and petty theft. This morning I received a report from the assistant chief in Grand Bahama. He speaks to me about people stealing copper wires from all of the BaTelCo installations in Grand Bahama wherever those installations are. So our own people are actually robbing themselves. You are not going to communicate on your cell phones or any other devices if you continue to rape and pillage the phone company. And then you go to the electricity plant and you steal their copper and you steal the pump; and you steal the fruits out of the yard; you steal the windows and doors off a home that is being built; a person goes in and puts in windows and doors, and people work hard for what they own, and the next day you go back and they are gone, even the frames, the two by sixes, can you imagine that? Mr Greenslade asked. What is worse, it doesnt disappear from the Bahamas. You do not see them stored anywhere. There is a ready market in the Bahamas. That two by six, your door, your locks, whatever is taken, is sold to someone in the community who purchases it and smiles and says, keep your eye out if you see anything else, Id like to have that too, he said. man as being in his early 20s, slim build, around 5 foot 7 with a dark complexion. He also told police the man lived through his corner and was a known drug peddler. P olice have not yet released the identity of the suspect, but t hey have confirmed they are looking for a man in connection with the murder. M acintosh was shot repeatedly while walking on an innercity track road. He was the 79th person to be murdered in the country this year. His death follows the killing of a man who was fatally shot i n Freeport on Friday. A s the murder toll rises police maintain they are doing their best to search and arrest suspects. P olice are appealing for information in relation to the latest murder, and anyone who may be able to assist investi gations should call police as a matter of urgency on 911, 919 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS (8477 Alliance, said he will advance a referendum on the issue if he is elected as the country's next prime minister, according to a local daily. Under the constitution, persons who are born in the Bahamas to illegal immigrants have the right to apply for citizenship between their 18th and 19th birthday. Mr Smith, a former Cabinet minister in the Pindling administration and one of the framers of the country's constitution, dismissed this as political pandering to illegal immigration fears. "He's trying to pander to the xenophobia of many Bahamians who want to blame some of our social ills on people who by virtue of their circumstances find themselves in the Bahamas illegally. I think that places like (squatter settlement) Mackey Yard probably also compound it but the Bahamas has to (be our ancestors have left the Bahamas and settled in other places and in some instances they settle illegally. ". .But for the grace of God we would be like the Haitians," he added. Mr Smith, former representative for Exuma, cautioned politicians not to fear monger for political traction. "Political leaders should never pander to ignorance and people who are motivated by fear and this is probably what Mr McCartney someone who I am fond of is doing," said Mr Smith, in response to questions from The Tribune. Instead, he said politicians should convene a non-partisan task force on constitutional reform after the dust settles from the next general election. Yesterday Immigration and Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette said his former Cabinet colleague's latest stance is surprising. He claimed that this policy was never put forth by Mr McCartney while he served as junior immigration minister. "When I looked at the newspaper I was amused that Mr McCartney would suggest that having been minister of state (of immigration of years and never recommended that. I'm following his immigration issues with amusement because I know that his views were not put forward (while he was in office). "He and I had many discussions and he (was able to me and I would consider it and put it forward. I don't recall (that policy coming from him when he was in office," said Mr Symonette. Mr McCartney resigned from the Free National Movement earlier this year and left the Ingraham Cabinet last year. Last week he told The Tribune that he quit as a Cabinet minister because his repeated efforts to address the country's immigration problems were "blocked" by "the man himself," Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. DENGUE FEVER SYMPTOMS RISE F ROM page one c oupled with the new automated cell phone top-up system (see todays Business Section a gainst which they will have to compete, could put many out of business. While BTC executives would not confirm specifics, informed sources said a $5 phone card is now being sold to vendors at $4.88, up f rom $3.65; a $10 card is being sold for $9.50, u p from $7.85; and a $20 card which previo usly cost $15.75 is now being sold at $19.50. BTC executive Talbot Collie told The Tri bune that BTC increased the rates to them k eep in line with industry standards. We are reorganising the distribution network and bringing our prices in line with indus try norm. At this time we are out of sync with s treet norm in terms of the rates our wholesalers currently enjoy. We are in the process of re-balancing, so the rate structure has been c hanged, he said. The rates currently enjoyed are high for the time the wholesalers have enjoyed it, but now time for increased value to the Bahamian public. In the process, some prices will go down. But there are some instances, like this one, w here we see an increase in prices and d ecrease in the discount once enjoyed by wholesalers. Mr Collie stressed that the rate increases will not affect consumers as retailers are not allowed to increase the value of the cards. Wholesalers have complained that the i ncrease will eventually put them out of busin ess, as they will not be able to keep up with their bills with such small profit margins even though they are passing some of the losses on to the retailers. FROM page one VENDORS F ACING RATES RISE MURDER VICTIM IDENTIFIED HIS ATTACKER WITH LAST BREATH FROM page one FROM page one POLICE WHO LEAKED CRIME SCENE PHOTOS FROM page one FORMER MINISTER CLAIMS BRANVILLE PANDERING TO FEARS OVER ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BRANVILLE MCCARTNEY said that he will fight to change the country's constitution.
LONDON Associated Press AN AUTOPSY o n singer A my Winehouse Monday failed to determine what killed the 27-year-old star, leaving fans and family with a w eeks-long wait for the results of toxicology tests. Her f uneral will be held Tuesday. A family spokesman said the private funeral "for fami ly and close friends" would b e held at an undisclosed time and place. Winehouse's devastated parents visited mourners out s ide her north London home to thank them for their support. T he singer, who had strug gled with drug and alcohol abuse for years, was foundd ead Saturday at home by a m ember of her security team, who called an ambulance. It arrived too late to save her. The Metropolitan Police said Monday that a forensic post mortem "did not estab l ish a formal cause of death and we await the results of further toxicology tests."T hose are expected to take two to four weeks. An inquest into the singer's death was opened anda djourned at London's St. Pancras Coroner's Court. During the two-minute hear ing, an official read out the name, birth date and address of Winehouse, described as "a divorced lady living at Camden Square NW1." "She was a singer songwriter at the time of her death and was identified by her family here at St. Pancras this morning," said coroner's offi cer Sharon Duff. Duff said the scene of Winehouse's death "was investigated by police and determined non-suspicious." In Britain, inquests are held to establish the facts whenever someone dies violently or in unexplained circumstances. Assistant Deputy Coroner Suzanne Greenaway said W inehouse's inquest would r esume on Oct. 26. The singer's father, mother and brother visited her homeo n Monday, stopping to inspect the mounds of bouquets, candles and handwrit ten notes across the road from t he Victorian house. Her father, Mitch Winehouse, thanked mourners for t heir tributes. "I can't tell you what this means to us it really ism aking this a lot easier for u s," he said. "We're devastated and I'm speechless but thanks for coming." The singer's mother, Janis, was in tears as she examinedt he flowers, candles, vodka bottles, flags, drawings and handwritten cards left by neighbors, fans and well-wish e rs. Many of the offerings expressed the same sentiment: "What a waste." I'll remember her as a troubled soul," said fan Ethna Rouse, who brought her 4-y ear-old son to leave a bou quet. "Like many artists in the world they are tortureds ouls, and that's where the tale nt comes from." The singer had battled her demons in public, too often making headlines for erratic behavior, destructive rela tionships and abortive performances. But she was remembered fondly by her neighbours in Camden, the creative but grit ty neighbourhood where she lived on and off for years. "She was too young to die and too talented, and too beautiful," said Peggy Conlon, landlady of the Dublin Castle pub, where Winehouse occasionally stopped for a drink. "She's sorely missed by everyone, not one person hada bad word to say about that kid." INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 10, TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011 THE TRIBUNE CARACAS, Venezuela Associated Press V ENEZUELAN P resident Hugo Chavez said he is certain he will pursue his re-election bid next year even as he struggles to overcome cancer. Chavez said in an i nterview published M onday in the governm ent newspaper Correo del Orinoco that he hasn't "for an instant thought about withdrawing from the presidency." H e said if there were p hysical reasons to s tep down he would do s o but that he is pursuing his candidacy "with more strength thanb efore." "I'm resolved to reach 2031," Chavez said. T he leftist president has been in office since 1999 and is seeking a nother six-year term. H e has suggested in t he past that he hopes to keep winning reelection to remain p resident for many years to come. H e has vaguely mentioned various dates, ranging from 2021 to 2 031. A poll released last w eek said Chavez's public approval rating remains at 50 percenta nd hasn't significantly varied since his cancer d iagnosis. Chavez completed h is first phase of chemotherapy in Cubal ast week. He said he is now waiting for addi tional phases of c hemotherapy but did n ot say how soon the treatments would resume or how long the process could last. C havez underwent surgery in Cuba on June 20 to remove ac ancerous tumor, which he has said was the size of a baseball. He hasn't said whatt ype of cancer he has b een diagnosed with or specified where exactly it was located, sayingo nly that it was in his pelvic region. Bir thda y Chavez, who turns 57 o n Thursday, said he plans to celebrate his birthday in Venezuela. In a telephone call aired Monday on state television, Chavez said he was under strict orders from his doctors to limit his agenda, saying "I'm under the effects of the first session of chemotherapy." "It's going well. But, well, I'm in rehabilitation and convalescence defeating cancer," Chavez said. "And to all those people who have cancer, nobody should give up, no one. Fight hard." In the newspaper interview, Chavez dismissed what he called the "macabre, per verse, morbid wishes of some commentators like Roger Noriega," a former U.S. assistant secretary of state under former President George W. Bush. A message on Norie ga's Twitter account on Sunday said he believes Chavez's "health is grave" and that the opposition "should fill vacuum/prepare for any scenario." Chavez said after his return from Cuba to Venezuela on Saturday night that thorough tests found no signs that any cancer cells have reappeared. Chavez gave a speech and sang at a public event on Sunday, appearing upbeat and energetic. CHAVEZ SET ON 2012 RE-ELECTION BID DESPITE CANCER MITCH WINEHOUSE centre in blue shirt, Amy Winehouse 's father, accompanied by Janis, Amy's mother, seen right in white shirt and other friends, look at flowers placed by m ourners in Camden Square yesterday outside the house of Amy Winehouse following her death, in Camden, northern London. Mitch Winehouse greeted and thanked mourne rs for coming to lay bouquets and handwritten notes, only hours before police promised to release a post mortem on her death. This means so much to my family, he said. The 27-year-old singer died Saturday after publicly struggling with drug and alcohol abuse for years. (AP PARENTS OF AMYWINEHOUSE INSPECT TRIBUTES AT SINGERSHOME MEXICO CITY Associated Press MEXICAN SOLDIERS have found a series of marijua na fields covering 148 acres (60 hectares state of Durango, the army said Monday. The army patrol also found 40 metric tons (44 U.S. tons of harvested marijuana at the plantation in Mexico's "gold en triangle" region, an area known for drug cultivation and trafficking. The Defense Department said in a statement that the plantation found Saturday included a processing lab and five camps, apparently for workers or guards at the fields. The planted and harvested plants together could have amounted to 100 tons of marijuana, which the Defense Department said was worth $1.55 billion pesos ($133 million). The discovery comes almost two weeks after soldiers found what the army describes as the biggest pot plantation ever detected in Mexico, a 300-acre (120 hectare state of Baja California. MEXICAN ARMY FINDS 148-ACRE MARIJU ANA PLANTATION
OSLO, Norway Associated Press THEself-described perpetrator of the mass killings in Norway told authorities theret hat he expects to spend the r est of his life in prison but two other cells in his terror network could still launch attacks, officials said Monday. Anders Behring Breivik h as admitted bombing Norw ay's capital and opening fire o n a political youth group retreat, but he entered a plea of not guilty, saying he acted to save Europe from Muslim immigration. Prosecutor Christian Hatlo told reporters that Breivikw as very calm and "seemed unaffected by what has hap pened." He said Breivik told i nvestigators during his interrogation that he never expected to be released. B reivik alluded to two othe r "cells" in a network he describes as a new Knights Templar, the medieval crusaders who protected Christian pilgrims in the Holy Land. At one point, a manifesto her eleased shortly before the attack briefly refers to an intention to contact two other cells a term he says refers to "small, autonomous groups" led by individual commanders. P olice announced, meanwhile, that they had dramatically overcounted the num b er of people slain in a shooti ng spree at a political youth group's island retreat and w ere lowering the confirmed death toll from 86 to 68. The overall toll in the attack now stands at 76i nstead of 93. Police spokesman Oystein Maeland said that higher, erroneous figure emerged as police and r escuers were focusing on helping survivors and secur ing the area, but he did not i mmediately explain more about how the overcounting occurred. P olice also raised the toll f rom a bombing outside the government's headquarters in Oslo before the shooting spree, from seven to eight. The dramatic reduction in death toll adds to a list of p olice misteps: They took 90 minutes arrive at the island from the first shot, and peo-p le who called emergency services have reported being told by operators to stay off the lines unless they're calling about the Oslo bombings. Peaceful, liberal Norway has been stunned by the bombing in downtown Oslo and the shooting massacre at a youth camp outside the capital, which the suspect said were intended to start a rev olution to inspire Norwegians to retake their country from Muslims and other immigrants. He blames liberals for championing multicultural ism over Norway's "indigenous" culture. Police have said Breivik used two weapons during the rampage both of which were bought legally, according to the manifesto. A doc tor treating victims told The Associated Press that the gunman used illegal "dumdum"-style bullets designed to disintegrate inside the body and cause maximum internal damage. The court ordered him Breivik held for eight weeks while prosecutors investigate, four of which will be in isola tion, saying Breivik could tamper with evidence if released. Typically, the accused is brought to court every four weeks while pros ecutors prepare their case, so a judge can approve his continued detention. Longer periods are not unusual in serious cases. Reporters and locals had thronged the courthouse ahead of the hearing, hoping for their first glimpse of Breivik since the assault. When one car drove through the crowd, people hit its windows and one person shouted an expletive, believing Breivik was inside. But Breivik appears to have been taken through a back entrance, and the judge closed the hearing, denyingh im a platform to air his extremist views. Breivik made clear in an I nternet manifesto that he planned to turn his court appearance into theater,p reparing a speech for his a ppearance in court even before launching the attacks, then requesting an open hear i ng in which he would wear a uniform. Both of those requests were denied. The j udge also denied his request to wear a uniform, saying, "allowing him to do so ... would be an affront to the e verybody's dignity, and would seem unnecessarily dis tracting, provocative and o ffensive." The suspect has said he staged the bombing andy outh camp rampage as "marketing" for his manifesto calling for a revolution that would rid Europe of Muslims. "The operation was not to kill as many people as possi ble but to give a strong signal that could not be misunderstood that as long as the Labor Party keeps driving its ideological lie and keeps deconstructing Norwegian culture and mass importing Muslims then they must assume responsibility for this treason," according to the English translation of Judge Kim Heger's ruling that was read out after the hearing. European security officials said they were aware of increased Internet chatter from individuals claiming they belonged to the Knights Templar group and were investigating claims that Breivik, and other far-right individuals, attended a London meeting of the group in 2002. The 1,500-page manifesto provides insight into the psy chology and planning of the paranoid, self-aggrandizing Breivik. After weaving through a history of European philosophy, Breivik describes in detail his prepa rations, including how he bought armor, guns, tons of fertilizer and other bomb components, stashed caches of weapons and wiped his computer hard drive all while evading police suspicion and being nice to his neighbors. One of those purchases appears to have been flagged by Norway's police security service. The PST says it was alerted in March it to a suspicious purchase of an undis closed product from a Polish chemical firm by Breivik. Janne Kristiansen, the chief of PST, told national broadcaster NRK that the 120 kro ner ($22 a n alert because the company was already under scrutiny. But the transaction was legal and PST would have needed additional information toi nvestigate further. In his manifesto, Breivik describes a purchase of sodium nitrite from Poland, say-i ng he "was concerned about c ustoms seizing the package .. but it appears this didn't happen." It was not immediately clear if that was the purchase flagged. Earlier Monday, Prime M inister Jens Stoltenberg led t he mourning nation in a minute of silence, standing on the steps of an Oslo university next to a flame. The king and queen stood by as well,a nd neighboring countries Denmark and Sweden also joined in the remembrance. S igns of normality began to return to Oslo. A wide police cordon around theb omb site was lifted on the f irst workday since the attacks, leaving just a narrower zone closed off. Most s hops were open and trams were rumbling through the city's streets. B ut the flag on the courth ouse where Breivik appeared remained at half staff. Meanwhile, in an interview with Swedish tabloid E xpressen, the suspect's father said he was ashamed a nd disgusted by his son's acts and wished he had committed suicide. "I don't feel like his father," said former diplomat J ens David Breivik from his s ecluded home in southern F rance. "How could he just stand there and kill so many inno-c ent people and just seem to t hink that what he did was OK? He should have taken his o wn life too. That's what he s hould have done." INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011, PAGE 11 NORWAY GUNMAN CALM, EXPECTS REST OF LIFE IN JAIL N ORWAY'S TWIN TERROR ATTACKS SUSPECT A nders Behring Breivik, left, sits in an armoured police vehicle after leaving the courthouse following a hearing in Oslo Monday. (AP A NDERS BEHRING BREIVIK ADMITS BOMBING, SHOOTINGS PEOPLE GATHER OUTSIDE OSLO CITY HALL to participate in a rose march in memory of the victims of Friday's bomb attack and shooting massacre Monday. (AP BEIRUT A ssociated Press S YRIA'Sgovernment has endorsed a draft law that it says will allow the formation of political parties alongside PresidentB ashar Assad's ruling B aath Party, part of a series of promised reforms that the opposition has dismissed as largely symbolic. The development came as security forces detainedd ozens of people in the c apital Damascus and several other cities in search for anti-government protesters and regime opponents, activists said Mond ay. The National Organiz ation for Human Rights i n Syria said a seven-yearold child, a boxing champion and a writer were among those arrested. T he multiparty bill, approved by the Cabinet late Sunday, follows other c oncessions Assad has m ade as part of his efforts to quell more than four months of protests againsth is regime. He has coupled his p ledges of reform with a d eadly crackdown on prot esters that activists say has killed at least 1,600 people. The revolt has only g rown more defiant in the face of the governmentr esponse, and protesters h ave shifted their demands f rom political change to the outright downfall of the regime. T he draft law, which still needs parliamentary approval, would allow fort he establishment of any political party which is not based on religious or tribal lines, or discriminates due t o ethnicity, gender or race, the state-run news agency said. A ssad's ruling Baath Party, which calls for "uni ty, freedom and social ism," has held a monopoly o ver political life in Syria for decades. A key demand of the p rotest movement is the abolishment of Article 8 in the Syrian constitutionw hich states that the Baath P arty is the leader of the state and society. Lawmaker Mohammad H abash told The Associat ed Press on Monday that the bill still needs to be endorsed by parliament and will likely be present ed for debate at the next session on August 7. H e said the bill in itself was positive but that some articles of the constitution must be amended first, including article 8. Assad, who inherited power in 2000 after the death of his father, President Hafez Assad, has made a series of overtures to try to ease the growing outrage. He lifted the decades-old emergency laws that gave the regime a free hand to arrest people without charge, granted Syrian nationality to thousands of Kurds a longostracized minority and issued several pardons. But the concessions failed to sap the momen tum of the protest movement, which dismissed them as either symbolic or far too late. As a first step, the protesters are demanding an immediate end to the secu rity crackdown and the release of thousands of people who have been detained in recent months. The government, however, has shown no signs of letting up in its efforts to crush the uprising. On Monday, security forces tightened their siege of neighborhoods in cen tral Syria's city of Homs, sending military reinforcements and cutting mobile and land lines in the Khaldieh and Bayada districts, activists said. The heavy deployment of troops and army vehi cles sparked concerns of renewed military operations. An activist in Homs said there were fears of a large scale military operation to try and force an end to the unrest there before the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins next week, during which protests are expect ed to gain momentum. SYRIA ENDORSES LAW TO ALLOW POLITICAL PARTIES
B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter T OPS Lumbers general m anager, Raymond Collins, yesterday said that while business had improved sincet he 2007 fire that destroyed its premises, the company has been struggling to regain its customer base amid stiffc ompetition. "Things have gone pretty good since the fire. We have a new ware h ouse and a new store, but it's going to take some time to get our customers back because we have lost a lot of our base after they went elsewhere. We lost a lot of plumbing business; a lot of plumbers went elsewhere," Mr Collins told Tribune Business yesterday. A lot of people still to this day don't realise we are open, even with as much advertisement as we have done," Mr Collins added, noting that competition in the business has grown in the past several years. We have a lot more comp etition nowadays. There's a lot more lumber yards out there, and a lot more stores that's drawing people in dif-f erent areas. Its a lot harder to do business than it was four to five years ago," Mr Collinss aid. In terms of staffing levels, Mr Collins he added the company has been holding its own. We have been holding our own as far as staff goes, he said. We are just trying t o maintain what we have to help keep costs down with all of the expenses with the new building. I think busi-n ess in general is up and d own with most of the lum ber yards. Some weeks are really g ood and other weeks it's slow. It depends on what the economic conditions are," Mr Collins said. $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.25 $5.39 $5.22 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB email@example.comTUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011 rntb #!nn)'# %"#(""& $"& && ftft$ bnbrn [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor City Markets suffered close t o a $14 million operating loss during its recently-ended 2011 financial year, Tribune Business was told yesterday, with the supermarket chain targ eting a break-even position a s a huge success for 2012. Philip Kemp, chief financ ial officer for the grocery store chain and its publicly traded operating parent, Bahamas Supermarkets, said that under new 78 per cent m ajority owner, Trans-Island Traders, most of the legacy i ssues inherited from the disa strous BSL Holdings reign had been dealt with. H owever, he confirmed that the nine-store supermar-k et chain remained deeply i mmersed in turnaround m ode, and also told Tribune B usiness that City Markets had shut all its deli departm ents as it prepares to upgrade those sections across the company. A dding that everything had gone as expected during Trans-Island Traders first eight months in charge, since acquiring BSL Holdings s take in early November 2010 for $1 plus assuming some liab ilities, Mr Kemp said: It was a tough year, a transition year, a turnaround year. We tried to write-off as much as possible so that we would not drag any legacyi ssues into the new year. T hat year began at the end of June 2011, but City Markets long-suffering 22 per cent m inority, who endured a round $27 million worth of net losses under BSL Holdi ngs ownership, should not count on returning to profitability just yet. Were looking to at least break even, Mr Kemp told Tribune Business. Operat ionally we lost about $14 million this year, so just to break e ven alone would be a huge s uccess story. Were being conservative, n ot expecting too much. It takes a little while to turn these things around, so if web reak even or even have a s mall loss we will have done a great job. Theres a lot of work always to be done. B ahamas Supermarkets f inancials showed that for the nine months to March 9, 2011, t he supermarket chain had City Markets $14m operational losses Turnaround likely to take another year, with CFO saying break even or small loss in 2012 would be huge success* Chains deli departments closed for upgrades By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T he Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD p ostponed its planned $2 international security fee increase a t the Governments request, Tribune Business can reveal, t he latter believing there was another way of financing considerable security upgrades. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace, minister of tourism and aviation, confirmed to this newspaper that NAD had agreed to postpone the fee rises implementation to a date yet to be d etermined, adding that it was possible the i ncrease might not be required at all if the G overnments solut ion was adoptNAD POSTPONES SECURITY FEE RISE Government urges alternative to finance considerable sums for pre-clearance upgrade Minister still viscerally opposed to access tax ITSA POSTPONMENT: V incent V anderpoolWallace. SEE page 4B Tough to climb back to the Tops SEE page 2B Lumber yard that rose from ashes after 2007 fire sees increased competition, making it hard to win back customer base SEE page 2B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T he Bahamian economy and stock market will not r ecover until we get the two cs in place, a leading financial analyst said yester-d ay, adding that there was an inextricable link b etween public company share prices and earnings. Larry Gibson, vice-president of pensions for Colonial Pensions Services( Bahamas), told Tribune Business that confidence and credit were the two key drivers of economic recovery for this nation, but both were currently in relatively short supply. E xplaining that the 5.93 per cent decline in the Bahamas InternationalS ecurities Exchanges (BISX the first six months of 2011w as directly tied to the econ omys overall recovery and company earnings, Mr Gib son acknowledged that the m arket and the Bahamas generally suffered from a time lag between a global rebound and this nations. What drives the transition from recession to recov e ry is confidence and credi t, Mr Gibson told Tribune Business. Confidence is extremely l ow. There are people who NO RECOVERY UNTIL CS ARE IN PLACE SEE page 3B LARRYGIBSON By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas Telecommunications Companys (BTC new 51 per cent majority owner plans to revamp the brand, telling London-based analysts that the newly-privatised company had responded very well to its restructuring plans during its first three months in control. Tim Pennington, Cable & Wireless Communications ( CWC) chief financial officer, told a conference call that our p riorities in the first year of ownership involve imple CWC SEEKING TO NOW REVAMP BTC BRAND Concern for phone card street vendors from mark-up and EZTop-up changes SEE page 3B
A well-known Bahamian realtor is expanding again three years after establishing his own firm, taking on agents on Bimini and Abaco. B roker Mario Carey, who o pened Mario Carey Realty at the height of the recession, said: We've expanded from a tiny office with three people to a staff of 11 brokers, associates and support personnel, and we've just welcomed agents in Bimini and Abaco. But even as we celebrate t hat growth, we are being very cautious. The market has not y et fully rebounded and it c ontinues to keep all of us on our toes." Mario Carey Realty is movi ng from its East Bay Street o ffice to larger headquarters. If you compare our company profile to others, it looks very different, and I think that's one of the reasons we have been able to appeal tos uch a wide cross-section of the population," said Mr C arey. Different We have a team of young professionals of different ethnic backgrounds, heritage, g enders, race and civil affiliat ions, a true representation of the Bahamian people." To keep in shape, Mr Carey b ikes up to 50 miles regularly, works out, runs marathons, swims and participates in t riathlons, partly for the exer cise and partly to raise money for autism. He serves as pres i dent of R.E.A.C.H., the a utism support group. It's a tough business and a tough world out there, and you have to be fit to succeed;f it in your business and fit in your physical and your mental state," added Mr Carey, who is among the 3 per cent ofr ealtors worldwide to hold a B.S. in Real Estate. "I'm also very fortunate to have a great junior partner in Carlyle Campbell, who is highly qualified and motivat ed in sales and appraisals, h olds advanced certification and supports all the civic engagements the firm isi nvolved in, from R.E.A.C.H. t o the MCR Blood Drive and our mentorship programs." Mr Carey said Ryan Knowles was "bilingual and t eaches tennis, as well as being a top real estate sales man. The newcomers are S hoine and Terrance Strachan, pastor of Lifegate Christian Ministries, in Abaco, and in Bimini, Sheldon Pitt, whop racticed real estate in Canada. Other team members include sales associates Sidney Bethell, Matt Sweeting and Lamond Davis. Sharon E. Smith-Ferguson was also r ecently appointed office/operations manager. "We are in a very good p lace three years after we o pened our doors at a very shaky time in the market," Mr Carey said. "Now we just have to proceed with caution and the same enthusiasm that got us where we are today,b eing team-inspired and service driven." BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Realtor expands into Out Islands O N THE GROW AGAIN: Mario Carey (seated founder of Mario Carey Real Estate announces thec ompany's expansion from a tiny office with three people to a staff of 1 1 brokers, associates and support personnel; the relocation to new offices and welcomes agents in B imini and Abaco. Pic tured standing are Carlyle Campbell, junior partner and Sharon Ferguson, operations manager. P hoto by Elenita Mei-lin Wong. generated an operating loss of $10.695 million. Mr Kemps comments yesterday imply that the company sustained another operating loss, of around $3.305 million, during the three months to end-June. Still, City Markets is still in with a chance of having generated a small net profit for its 2011 full financial year, due to the $15.453 million in extraordinary income gained from debt forgiveness. Right now were working on the things that need to be done, Mr Kemp said yesterday. Weve pretty much resolved all the challenges and issues. Its pretty much now executing solutions. We think weve got a handle on that. Its just going to take time; another year. Meanwhile, Mr Kemp con firmed to this newspaper that the deli departments in all City Markets stores had been closed for renovations. Tribune Business had been told by the supermarket chains customers that the departments had been closed as of last week. The delis have been closed for renovation and restruc turing, so were going to bring them back better and brighter, Mr Kemp con firmed. We have some very preliminary ideas, but nothing I want to say right now. He added that no staff had been made redundant as a result of the deli closures, with all affected being rede ployed to other areas of City Markets operations. Tribune Business was told to contact City Markets PR executive, Judy Terrell, for more details, but she was in a meeting and did not return this newspapers calls. Mark Finlayson, principal of Trans-Island Traders, also could not be contacted for comment. However, in an interview with Tribune Business earlier this month, he said the com pany was mulling the future of three stores, one of which has been the subject of multiple acquisition offers and two where existing leases are coming to an end. Apart from the Eight Mile Rock store in Grand Bahama, the Rosetta Street site in Palmdale and the existing Lyford Cay location were also under review. "Those are the three stores we're looking at," he told this newspaper. The other stores are just so strong. The question is whether it's worth taking our resources and focusing on the stronger stores and making them even stronger." If the three stores are ulti mately closed down, and that is by no means certain at this stage, it would reduce City Markets to just six stores Cable Beach, Harbour Bay, Seagrapes Shopping Centre and South Beach on New Providence, and Lucaya and downtown Freeport in Grand Bahama. City Markets $14m operational losses FROM page 1B The 2007 fire destroyed the building's original structure, taking with it Tops entire inventory. Since then, the Winton Street location has risen from the ashes, having opened the first drive-through lumber store and added plumbing and h ardware operations. Tough to climb back to the Tops FROM page 1B W eve pretty much resolved all the challenges and issues. Its pr etty much now executing solutions. W e think weve got a handle on that. Share your news The Tribune wants to hear f rom people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps y ou are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning f or improvements in the area or have won an award. 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menting a new fourth gen eration (4G B TC, getting the business r eady for competition, improving customer service and revamping the brand and distribution. W hile no financials were provided for BTCs performance during the almost-t hree months since CWC acquired majority control on April 6, 2011, Mr Penning ton said there had been a v ery good take-up of the v oluntary separation pack ages to the companys staff, with the first batch whosea pplications were accepted set to leave the business very shortly. These packages are key to CWCs plan to reduce BTCs staff headcount by around 30 per cent, and Mr Pennington said: In the Bahamas we have had a very good start to life in the CWC group, with the busi ness responding very well....... Were very satis fied with the progress of the business in the first quarter, but theres still a long way to go. The release accompany ing CWCs first quarter results announcement mere ly added that BTCs restructuring was progressing well and to plan, and that take-up of the separation packages had met our expectations. Part of CWCs efforts to revamp the BTC brand and distribution networks are likely to involve yesterdays unveiling of its EZTop-Up product, which will allow Bahamian consumers to top up their pre-paid cell phones with sums ranging from $1 to $99. Tribune Business was told that the initiative ( see Page 3B for more detail ) is being made available initially through BTCs 50 pay sta tion and office locations throughout the Bahamas. The technology is also undergoing final testing for its roll-out to other loca tions, such as grocery stores and gas stations, with BTC hoping to start this next week. Its about a partnership, additional entrepreneurial opportunities, said a BTC source. As the roll-out progresses, the source indicated that new features would reg ularly be added, such as specific promotions for specific d ays of the week. The move also appears to be tied into an attempt by BTC to gain better controlo ver the segment that is its number one revenue earner. Pre-paid cellular revenuesw ere $159.481 million in 2009, the last year for which audited financial statements were available, accounting for 44.2 per cent of the topline. Tribune Business was told that BTC has long wanted to exert greater control in this area, something that dates back to pre-privatisa tion days and CWC. One source pointed out that while BTC worked closely with wholesale distributors of its phone cards, it had little to no relationship with many of the ven dors selling its phone cards on streets across the Bahamas. A lot of those vendors now are not licensed, and BTC has no control over them, a source said. How ever, BTCs decision to change the commission and mark-up structure for both wholesale distributors and retailers has sparked con cern that street vendors who rely on cellular pre-paid card sales for a living might suffer a margin squeeze, drastically reducing their incomes and forcing some out of business. The EZTopup initiative is also seen by some as creating increased competition for street ven dors. While a source close to BTC acknowledged this might happen, they emphas ised that the focus had to be on the consumer, making it more convenient and easier to top-up cell phonesi n the amount they wanted. The phone card trend also needed to be better regulat e d and controlled. Its a situation now where its all but a Wild Wild West, a source said. Some people are licensed,o thers are not. Some peo ple are buying phone cards at one price, some peoplea re buying at another price. I ts a system thats grown organically, and without regulation and control, and without convenience to thec onsumer. You have to buy phone cards in $5, $10, $15 amounts. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011, PAGE 3B control monies and have viable projects they cani nvest in, but the confidence is not there. There is a wait and see attitude. Credit is not available. Funding projects for people who need credit is a tremendous chall enge. Banks are reluctant to l end, because theyre having tremendous problems with their real estate portfolio. Until we get the two cs, were going to be muddling along. T he BISX All-Share I ndex slid at a greater rate over the first six months in 2011 than during the comparative period last year,w hen it dropped by just 3.87 p er cent or 60.57 points. This years decline for the f irst half was 88.93 points. I f there were any crumbs o f comfort for market o bservers, the decline for the 2011 April-June quarter w as 4.26 per cent or 62.83 points. That represented a l ower rate of decline than b oth the 2011 half year and the 2010 second quarter c omparison, when the BISX All Share Index fell by 6.1 p er cent or 91.81 Confidence can change that, and investors are not g etting the right policy packa ge and direction to make t hem pull the trigger, Mr Gibson told Tribune Business. Thats what I hear, thats what I have people telling me and thats what Is ee, so people are sitting on the sidelines. The stock market is really a barometer of confidence. Mr Gibson said the Bahamas had not goned own as rapidly, and as d eeply, as other economies, meaning its climb back had not been as long and steep. N evertheless, the BISX All-Share Index and markethas continued to go in the o pposite direction to global stock market indices, such as the S&P 500 Index and the FTSE 100 Index, which both a ppreciated by 5.01 per cent and 0.78 per cent, respectively, for the 2011 first half. O f the comparisons employed by BISX, only the MSCI Emerging MarketI ndex moved in the same direction as the Bahamian market, and only by 0.45 per cent. M r Gibson, though, said events and indicators could not be viewed in isolation int erms of their impact on the Bahamian stock market, pointing to the downward trend in many public compa-n ies earnings as another factor especially in relation to the financial services stocks. We cant look at this in isolation. Company earnings are not there either, and that drags confidence, too, Mr Gibson explained. For the most part, its reflective of the economy. If you look at the composition of the market, take the bank stocks and a couple of the insurance stocks, look at their earnings and recov ery of those sectors, and we ought not to be surprised. Theres a relationship, a link between basic earnings and recovery, and share prices and confidence.Theyre all inextricably linked. Mr Gibson said the next political cycle, meaning the upcoming general election and associated uncertainty, could also hold back a recovery in Bahamian pri-vate sector and consumer confidence. Trading volumes and values were also depressed dur ing the 2011 first half and second quarter, especially when the impact of the $80 million, 5,954,600, Cable Bahamas share trade was stripped out of the 2010 comparatives. When that was done, the 2011 first half trading vol ume of 1,248,035 shares, worth $6.495 million, was still way down on the 2,125,388 shares, worth $13.439 million, that traded during the 2010 first half. For the 2011 second quarter, 605,721 shares worth $3.687 million traded. During the same period in 2010, 1,406,070 shares worth $8.017 million traded. NO RECOVERY UNTIL CS ARE IN PLACE FROM page 1B CW C SEEKING T O NOW REV AMP BTC BRAND FROM page 1B By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Business Reporter THE launch of the Bahamas Telecommunications Companys (BTC t echnology was yesterday welcomed by Bahamian business owners, although some say t hey have taken a wait and s ee approach to the idea. BTCs EZTopUp technology will allow pre-paid cellular consumers to top-up their minutesa t dozens of locations throughout the Bahamas, including at fuel station and grocery storec ash registers, adding dollar amounts between $1 and $99. While several service stations c ontacted by Tribune Business s aid they were not aware of the new technology, others wereo nboard but still uncertain how it would work out. Wilton Gibson, manager of E ssos Prince Charles Drive service station, told Tribune B usiness: "Weve signed up for i t, but right now I really dont know much about it. I don't see how it's really going to impact us at all, but we will wait and see." I think its a good idea. In a way it will be easier, Angel Jackson, manager of TexacoE ast West Highway, told this newspaper. Another service s tation manager told Tribune B usiness that the new technology would require a revamp of their system. We havent done so yet but w e will. With what they are sug g esting right now you will have to revamp your system a bit, and we need time to do it. I know thats where the i ndustry is going right now, but its easier said than done. T here are things that have to b e done on the IT side first, the manager said. Rodney Eve, manager of T exaco, Prince Charles Drive, s aid: It was mentioned to me a few weeks ago, but more than likely that will be another feature we will add. It seems like it will work. It will give customersa nother choice in terms of level of purchase. O ne store manager added: Were onboard with it. We d ont see any problem with it; d oing it through the counter. I n a press statement issued yesterday, BTC chief executive, Geoff Houston said: Today, for the first time in B TC history, pre-paid mobile c ustomers are able to go into a p articipating fuel station, give t he cashier a $20 bill, ask for $19 in fuel and $1 on their phone, or go to the food store and use their change to purchase top-up minutes." In addition to increased physical locations, customers will be able to add minutes t hrough EZTop-Up online. Although regular phone cards will still be available at new, brightly-coloured booths and kiosks, the company believes t he transition to the more efficient top-up method will have wide appeal. Businesses back BTC pre-paid plan The former Christie government attempted to e ntice Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to build a c ruise port on Great Inagua, diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks have revealed, exploiting that islands 50,000 pink flamingos. A February 23, 2004, cable that appeared to have been created by the then-charge daffaires at t he US Embassy in Nassau, Robert Witajewski, s aid that during a meeting with Perry Christie t hree days earlier, the former Prime Minister said he was hoping Inaguas flamingo population would give the island a competitive advantage in attracting cruise ship passengers. The Prime Minister also revealed that he was in n egotiations to conclude an agreement with Royal Caribbean Cruise Line to build a deep water p ort at Great Inagua, Mr Witajewski told the US S tate Department in Washington. Barren Though the island is currently barren, it is home to more than 50,000 pink flamingos, a huge Morton Salt plant and at least one nice beach. Hew as hoping that the flamingo national park would provide cruise ship passengers with an interesting diversion to the normal Caribbean port of call. Christie took on board charge's suggestion that costs of constructing a base on Great Inagua could effectively be reduced if any Royal Caribbean construction were to be made part of the Gov-e rnment of the Bahamas plans. That refers to plans also unveiled by Mr Christie to construct a strategic Defence Force base at Inagua, in an attempt to combat drug and illegal immigrant trafficking, plus fisheries poaching. The Bahamas faces a consistent problem of fish poaching by neighbouring countries, Mr Witajewski wrote. According to Christie: Last year the Dominican Republic exported $2 million in conch, and their ain't no conch in Dominican waters! Clearl y, he declared, it is in the best interests of the B ahamas to have a deep water port and refuelling station at its southern tip. PLP EYED CRUISE PORT FOR INAGUA Wikileaks cables reveal talks with Royal Caribbean Weve signed up for it, but right now I really dont know much about it. I don't see how it's really going to impact us at all, but we will wait and see."
BUSINESS PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011 THE TRIBUNE STEVEN R. HURST, Associated Press WASHINGTON Republicans and Democrats in Congress put forth compet ing plans Monday to slice away huge amounts of federal spend ing as part of plans to increase the U.S. borrowing limit and prevent an unprecedented Aug. 2 default. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner unveiled the Republican plan that would raise the borrowing limit by $1 trillion through year's end and permit a larger increase next year. It would require Congress to pass cuts to benefit programs like Medicare health insurance for the elderly and farm subsidies. The Republican plan would impose $1.2 trillion in cuts to domestic agencies over the coming decade and establish a special panel of lawmakers to recommend cuts to benefits programs for a vote by the end of December. Boehner said the plan was "less than perfect" but would require that spending cuts exceeded the increase in the debt limit and included no tax increases. President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any plan that did not increase the debt ceiling sufficiently to keep it off the agenda until after the 2012 elec tion. As Boehner outlined the Republican vision, Senate Democrats, headed by majority leader Sen. Harry Reid, called a news conference to announce their own next steps. The Democrats' measure would cut $2.7 trillion in fed eral spending and raise the debt limit by $2.4 trillion in one step enough borrowing authority to meet Obama's bottom-line demand. The cuts include $1.2 trillion from across a range of hundreds of government programs and $1 trillion in savings assumed to derive from the end of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The legislation also assumes creation of a special joint congressional committee to recommend additional savings with a guaranteed vote by Congress by the end of 2011. Neither Boehner's plan nor the one Reid was drafting included additional tax revenues, a condition Obama had set for any deal to slash spending. White House spokesman Jay Carney issued a statement, nev ertheless, calling the Reid plan "a responsible compromise." Obama told the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic civil rights group, that he still wanted a deficit-cutting plan with substantial spending reductions but includes increased tax revenue by making the wealthy and corporations pay more to help stabilize the long-term debt. Obama said the wealthy and big corporations have to "pay their fair share, too." And he alluded to the difficulty of cut ting a deal, saying "compromise is becoming a dirty word." The stakes are high. Major global credit ratings agencies have threatened to downgrade the U.S. government's triple-A credit rating unless there are assurances that the United States will not go into default for the first time in its history. A default could mean that the U.S. government could not pay all its bills starting next month, including interest and principal on Treasury bonds, Social Security checks to retirees, and payments to government contractors. The International Monetary Fund, meanwhile, reissued its call for U.S. politicians to act quickly to solve the debt issue to "prevent significant global repercussions." It was the second time the IMF has taken the unusual step of issuing public advice on a domestic U.S. spending and tax question. The organization said again that the U.S. should not only cut spending but also raise taxes, with all actions carefully timed to prevent a renewed downturn in the American economy. Lowering the U.S. credit standing likely would raise the cost of U.S. government bor rowing. Americans seeking home mortgage or car loans would see interest rates climb, as would people with outstand ing credit card balances. Obama says that effectively amounts to a tax increase on Americans. Many economists think default could push the U.S. economy back into recession or worse, while causing chaos in the global economy. Both Republicans and Democrats in Congress and Obama have sought to position themselves to avoid possible blame. The biggest obstacle to a long-term debt limit extension is coming from the Republicancontrolled House, which includes dozens of new Repub lican members elected last November with strong support from the small-government, low-tax tea party movement. Nearly all House Republicans have signed a public pledge not to raise taxes for any reason and could face primary election challenges in the run-up to the 2012 vote. They fear the wrath of voters in conservative districts for failing to live up to the promise on taxes. Members of the House must face the voters every two years. Obama also will run for reelection in 2012 and does not want to see his campaign for a second White House term bogged down in another nasty political fight over increasing the country's borrowing limit. As the default deadline approached, the White House had canceled some Obama campaign fundraising events recently and said it would forgo two others that were set for Washington on Monday. Obama has insisted on an increase in tax revenues, mainly through closing loopholes and letting tax cuts for wealthy Americans expire, to cover some proposed spending cuts in the U.S. social safety net, programs like the Social Security pension plan and Medicare health insurance coverage for people over age 65. Republi cans steadfastly refuse to accept higher taxes. ed. The answer is yes, except that its a p ostponement rather than a cancellat ion, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace replied, when asked by Tribune Business whether NAD had dropped the proposed international security fee increase at the Governments request. Its something where we think we have another way of addressing the m atter, because we have to spend cons iderable sums of money in mode rnising security requirements. Those requirements relate specifically to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA L ynden Pindling International Airp orts (LPIA A lthough unable to reveal the s pecifics of the alternative financing m ethod the Government had in mind, a s it was still under discussion, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace confirmed he was still viscerally opposed to implementinga ny tax or fee increases that raised access costs for the Bahamian hotel and tourism industrys customers. Were going to sort it out in anothe r way, rather than do it in a way that I am viscerally opposed to doing, the minister added of the LPIA security u pgrades. It is really more FAA-related. We a re moving along quite nicely with the International Civil Aviation Organi-s ation (ICAO r elates to some FAA requirements having to do with the pre-clearance regime at LPIA. This is one of the things we know we have to address, and will find another way to do it. The international security fee, which u nder NADs plans was set to rise from $ 7 to $9 as of January 1, 2012, would have been incorporated into airline ticket prices for all those travelling oni nternational and US flights. That, and other proposed fee increases deemed necessary to help NAD meet its obligations to the bondh olders financing the $409.5 million L PIA upgrade, can only come into effect after a consultation with both the aviation industry and the wider Bahamian public. M r Vanderpool-Wallace, though, said the date to which the international security fee increase had been post-p oned had not been decided, as it was possible the rise would not be neces-s ary at all. We havent decided on a postponement date, but if the alternative solution were discussing right now goes into effect, we have not have to put it [the international security fee rise] into effect at all, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said. Travelling There was never any intention to do it on the domestic side of things, b ecause it was all related to people t ravelling internationally and people t ravelling to the US. H e also indicated that the Governm ent had tried to persuade NAD a gainst raising, at least by the proposed rates, the other fees it intends to impose on airline operators using LPIA as of January 1, 2012. Aviation sources had questioned to Tribune Business why the Government had apparently been successful on the i nternational security fee, but enjoyed no success or possibly not even raised the issue on the other proposed hikes. You can be assured we did, Mr V anderpool-Wallace said in response. I am, and always have been, opposed to the idea of taxing exports. Thats what tourism is. But the Governmenth as to find funds for all manner of things, and occasionally that means doing things you are viscerally opposed to. You try to minimise those things, as they have an impact on demand, and the costs of coming to the Bahamas go up..... But we always run into thesep roblems, as every government does. If you need to increase costs to put facilities in place, you have a couple ofo ptions, putting it on the user or the people more broadly. In these circum-s tances its a very difficult choice, but g overnments have very little option. Tribune Business had also been told that FAA officials had visited Nassau within the last two weeks to conduct an audit inspection of LPIA and its security/safety regime. However, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace described this as a r egular feature. You know we have a number of i nternational airports, so its a regular f eature of them [the FAA] coming in a nd looking at what were doing, he a dded. NADs other proposed fee increases to take effect from January 1, 2012, include 10 per cent landing fee rises to 3 per cent growth for terminal, parking and aircraft loading bridge fees. Airlines have warned they will have no choice but to increase passeng er ticket prices to compensate. In justifying the fee increases, NAD compared its charges to those levied b y other Caribbean airports in 2011, a nd their plans for 2012. B asing its benchmarking exercise on a Boeing 737-700, with 75 per cent load factor (102 passengerst urnaround time, NAD said: "Excluding government's taxes, LPIA's costs are currently $38.21 per passenger and,w ith the recommended increase, b ecome $40.52 per passenger. "The average cost of Caribbean air ports presented in the graph, excluding LPIA, is $43.53 per passenger. LPIA'sr ecommended rates are very competi tive at $3.01 or 6.9 per cent less than the Caribbean average." NAD postpones security fee rise FROM page 1B We havent decided on a postponement date, but if the alternative solution were discussing right now goes into effect, we have not have to put it [thei nternational security fee rise] into effect at all. Republicans and Democrats unveil competing debt plans BARACKOBAMA
THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y JUL Y 26, 201 1, P AGE 9B B O D Y A N D M I N D By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL Tribune Features Editor N ext week, the Bahamas will join countries all over the world in cele brating World Breast Feeding Awareness 2011 under the theme Talk to Me! a 3D experience. Acc ord ing to the World Alliance for B reas tfeedi ng A cti o n, this year's t heme w a s chos en t o st res s how i mpor ta nt and benef ic ia l bre ast mi l k i s. "When w e l ook at breast feedi ng support we t end to se e i t i n t wo-di m ensi ons: t i m e ( f r om p r epr e g n a nc y t o we a ni ng ) a n d pla ce (t he home com m unit y, heal th ca re sy st e m, e t c) But ne i th er ha s mu ch i mp ac t w i thou t a third dim en s ioncommuni cat i o n "Comm uni cat i on is a n e sse nti al p art of p r o t e c t in g p r o m o t i n g a n d s u p p o r t i n g brea st feed ing. We l ive i n a worl d whe re indi vi dual s a nd gl obal com mun it ie s co nn ec t across s mall and great dist an ces at an ins ta nt' s not ic e. N ew li nes of com m unic ati on are bei ng cr eat ed e very day and w e have t he abi l it y t o use thes e i nfor ma t i on c ha n ne l s t o br o a de n ou r ho r i z on s a nd spr ead brea st fe edi ng i nf orm at i on be yond our i mm edi at e ti m e and pl ace to ac ti vat e im port ant d ial ogue "T his t h i rd dim e nsi o n includes cro s sge n er a t i o n, cr o s s s ec t o r c r os s g e nd e r, an d cr oss cul t ure co mm uni ca ti on and enc our ages the shar ing of knowl edge and expe r i e n c e t h us e n a b l i n g wi d e r o u t r e a c h Co m muni ca ti on at vari ous lev els and bet ween vari ous sec tor s," t he org ani si ers sai d i n a s t a t e m e n t Linell e Th om pson a regis tered nurse, l ac ta tio n an d me mb e r o f t he B a h am as N a t i o n a l B r e a s t F e e d i n g A s s o c i a t i o n exp l ai ned t hat l oc al e ff or t s wi l l i nc l ude an exhi bit i on c ompe ti ti on at th e Pos t off i ce bu i ldi ng, BEC B TC, Pri ncess Margar et and Doct o r 's Hospi tal and an e xtensi ve medi a ca mpai gn. W o r l d B r e a s t F e e d i n g W e e k 2 0 1 1 Submitted by The Bahamas National Breast Feeding Association In honour of World Breast Feeding Week and to encourage more Bahami an mothers to breast feed their babies. I. The Canadian Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend it. 2. Breast feeding promotes bonding between mother and baby. 3. Breastfeeding satisfies baby's emo tional needs. 4. Breastmilk provides perfect infant nutrition. 5. Breastfeeding decreases mother's risk of breast cancer 6. Breastfeeding decreases baby girls' risk of developing breast cancer later in life. 7. Breastfeeding is associated with higher IQ. 8. Breastmilk is always ready and comes in a nicer package than formula does. Need we say more? 9. Breastfed babies have better motor development. 10. Breastmilk contains immunities to diseases and assists in the develop ment of baby's immune system. 11. Breastmilk is more digestible than formula. 12. Baby's suckling helps shrink mother's uterus after childbirth. 13. Baby's suckling helps prevent post-partum hemorrhage in mother. 14. Nursing helps mom lose weight after baby is born. 15. Preterm milk is specially designed for preterm infants. 16. The World Health Organization and UNICEF recommend exclusive breast feeding for six months. 17. Breastfeeding protects against Crohn's disease. 18. Breastfeeding decreases risk of baby developing diabetes. 19. Breastfeeding baby helps decrease insulin requirements in diabetic moth ers. 20. Breastfeeding may help stabilse progress of maternal endometriosis. 21. Breastfeeding decreases mother's risk of developing ovarian cancer. 22. Breastfeeding decreases mother's risk of developing endometrial cancer 23. Breastfeeding decreases chances of baby developing allergies. 24. Breastmilk dramatically lowers the risk of baby developing asthma. 25. Breastfeeding decreases baby's risk of ear infections. 26. Breastfeeding decreases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). 27. Breastfeeding protects baby against diarrhoeal infections. 28. Breastfeeding protects baby against bacterial meningitis. 29. Breastfeeding protects baby against respiratory infections. 30. Breastfed babies have a Iower risk of developing certain childhood can cers. 31. Breastfeeding decreases chances of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. 32. Breastfed babies are less likely to contract Hodgkins disease. 33. Breastfeeding protects baby against vision defects. 34. Breastfeeding decreases chances of osteoporosis. 35. Breastmilk assists in proper intestinal development. 36. Cow's milk is an intestinal irritant. 37. Breastfed babies are less likely to become obese later in life. 38. Breastfed babies have less chance of cardiopulmonary distress while feeding. 39. Breastfed babies have less chance of developing ulcerative colitis. 40. Breastmilk protects against hemo philus infections. 41. Breastfed babies require shorter pre and post-surgical fasting. 42. Breastfeeding results in less sick days for working parents. 43. Breastfeeding enhances vaccine effectiveness. 44. Breastfed babies have less chance of developing necrotizing enterocolitis. 45. Breastfeeding helps delay the return of fertility. 46. Breastfeeding is easier than using formula. 47. Breastmilk is free. 48. Formula is expensive. 49. Formula costs tax payers millions of dollars. 50. Breastmilk is always the right temperature. 51. Breastmilk always has the right proportions of fat, carbohydrate and protein. 52. Breastmilk makes for more contented babies. 53. Breastfeeding makes for happier moms, too. 54. Breastmilk tastes better than for mula. 55. Breastfed babies are healthier. 56. Breastfed babies are less likely to die before their third birthday. 57. Breastfed babies require fewer doctor visits. 58. Breastfeeding mothers spend less time and money on doctor's visits. 59. Breastfed babies don't leave any garbage behind. 60. Breastfeeding means no bottles to tote. 61. Breastfeeding means fewer cowinduced global greenhouse gasses. 62. Breastmilk doesn't need to be refrigerated. 63. Cow's milk is designed for baby cows. 64. Human milk is designed for baby humans. 65. Breastmilk provides natural pain relief for baby. 66. Breastmilk provides the perfect food for sick baby. 67. Breastfeeding means more sleep for baby. 68. Breastfeeding means more sleep for mom. 69. Breastfeeding means more sleep for dad. 70. Breastfeeding means less equipment to buy. 71. Breastfeeding means less equip ment to maintain and store. 72. Breastmilk has never been recalled. 73. With breastmilk there's no need to worry about bacterial contamination. 74. With breastmilk, there's no need to worry about which brand is better. 75. With breastmilk, there's no need to worry about adding contaminated water. 76. Breastfeeding helps reduce cruelty to farm animals. 77. Breastfeeding facilitates proper dental and jaw development. 78. Breastfed babies get fewer cavi ties. 79. Breastfeeding means less money spent on corrective orthodontia. 80. Breastfeeding means better speech development. 81. Breastfeeding means less chance of baby getting eczema. 82. Breastfed babies have great skin. 83. Breastfed babies spit up less. 84. Spit-up breastmilk is easier to cleanup than formula. 85. Breastmilk contains no genetically engineered ingredients. 86. Breastmilk contains no synthetic growth hormones. 87. Lack of breastfeeding is associated with multiple sclerosis in later life. 88. Breastfeeding means less chance of inguinal hernia. 89. Breastfeeding means better cognitive development. 90. Breastfeeding means better social development. 91. Breastfeeding decreases risk of baby developing urinary tract infec tions. 92. Suckling optimizes hand-to-eye coordination. 93. Breastfeeding protects babies against iron deficiency. 94. Breastfeeding moms spend less money on menstrual supplies. 95. Breastfeeding is a self-confidence booster for mom. 96. Breastmilk may help combat eye infections. 97. Breastmilk may be a good natural antibiotic for wounds. 98. Breastfeeding means no worries about the latest ingredient discovered to be missing from formula. 99. Breastfed babies have much sweeter smelling diapers. 100. Breastfed babies smell fantastic. 101. Breastfeeding is what breasts were designed for! BREASTFEEDING 101 W h e n w e l o o k a t b r e a s t f e e d i n g s up p o rt w e t e n d t o s e e i t i n t w o d i m e n s i o n s : t i m e ( f r o m p r e p r e g n a n c y t o w e a n i n g ) a n d p l a c e ( t h e h o m e c om m u ni t y h e a l t h c a r e s y s t e m e t c ) B ut n e i t he r h a s m u c h i m p a c t w i t h o u t a t h i r d d i m e n s i o nc o m m un i c a t i o n.
W H Y IS Y OUR DE NT AL HEAL TH I M PORT ANT? D e n t a l h e a l t h i s v e r y i mp or ta nt b ec a us e th e m ou th is t h e wi n do w t o t h e b o d y. Man y i llnes s es can be d iagnosed by examination of the o r a l ca v i t y T h es e i l l n e s s e s include diabetes, hypertension and HIV. Scientists have also d e t e r m i n e d c e r t a i n l i n k s b e t w e e n p e ri o d o n t a l (g u m ) d i s e a s e a n d st r okes and car di ovas cular acciden ts I t is now al so k nown that ther e is so me cor rel atio n between per iodo ntal d is ease a n d p re te rm la b ou r a nd l o w b i rth ra te s. It is t he re f or e v e ry p ru dent to monitor the oral health and visit your dental profes sional regularly. HOW M ANY TIME S A DA Y SH O UL D Y OU BR USH Y OUR TEETH, A N D W H Y ? It i s n e c e s s a ry to b r u sh a m i n i m u m o f 2 t i m e s d a i l y a n d t o f l o ss a t le a st onc e da il y. If y ou are ab le t o bru sh ev e ry ti me yo u ea t t ha t w ou ld be id e al b ut thi s is so me ti me s i mp rac t ic a l. B rush in g y ou r te eth a m ini mu m of tw ic e e a ch da y i s im port an t so a s to re d uc e th e le ng th o f ti me fo od d eb ris rem a in s on th e te et h. Th e l o n g e r t h e d e b ri s r e m a in s on t h e te e th t he l o n g e r t h e b a c t e ri a i n t he m out h h as to pro du ce the a c id th at di ssolv e s th e te et h. It is p rud en t t o c l ea n the tee th of d eb ris w h en ev e r y ou ea t. HOW OF TEN SHOUL D Y OU CH A N GE Y OUR TOOTH BR US H ? Y o u s ho u l d c h a ng e y o u r t oo t h br u sh w h e n e v e r th e b ri st l e s a r e b e nt a nd il lsha pe d It sh ou ld no t be ke pt af te r 3 to 4 m on th s o f us ag e, e ven if t h e br i s tl es lo o k wel ls h ap ed. To o th br u s he s sho uld no t be sto r e d in cov ered con tain ers; the bristles shou ld b e al low ed to a ir dry. Moreo ve r t he bristle s fr o m tooth brushe s use d by d ifferen t pe rs o ns shou ld n ot b e allo we d to touc h. If th ey to uc h, the r e is the possibil ity of the e xc hang e o f bac teria Infe cti ons w ill then spread from o ne person to the nex t. HOW D OES FL UOR IDE H ELP TH E TEETH ? Flu orid e bin ds to the e na me l of tee th a nd form s a p rote c tiv e coa t on th e s u r f ace of t he te et h T h e co at m ak es t he ne w i mpro ve d toot h s u rfac e d iffi cu lt for ac id to d issol ve S ec ond ly fluoride also has an antibacterial quality. Finally, fluoride dis rupts the biofil m of pla que wh ich na tur a lly ad heres t o the surfa c e of teet h. The pla que h as b ac teria l ivi ng in it an d i t i s the se bacteria that add to the deterioration of oral hygiene. W HA T I S PL A QU E A N D HO W D OE S I T A TT A C K TH E GU MS ? Pl a q u e i s a bi o f il m c on s is ti n g o f b a c t e ri a a nd e x tr a c e l lu l a r fl u id that can irritate the gums, causing gingivitis, the early state of p er iod ont al d is eas e. Pl aque f or ms ho ur s af te r b ru sh ing your teeth and it covers teeth surfaces. When plaque remains on th e t ee t h f or l on g p er i od s it be co mes h ar d an d i s t h en k now n as ta rtar or ca lc ul us. If p la que c on tinu es to form on to p of the calculus, it can irritate the gums, and a pocket may deve lop bet ween t he t eet h an d gum s Pla que b ui ldu p can eventually destroy the gums and bone that support the teeth. HOW C AN Y OU PR E V EN T GINGIV ITIS A N D HALIT O SIS? Gingivitis is t he inflammation of the g ingiva (gums) I t is the first step in a disease process that affects the supporting structures of the teeth (periodontal disease). Halitosis is bad breath and can have many causes, some of which are dental. Other causes are medical in nature, and include digestive dis orders It is t he r efore pr ude nt to brus h at least t w ice da ily, floss at least once daily, and use an antibacterial mouthwash. Y ou shoul d a ls o visit your d entist a nd me dica l d octor reg ularly for check-ups. This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended and may not be treated as, a substitute for professional medical/dental advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or dental professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical/dental condition. Never disregard professional medical/dental advice or delay in seeking it because of a purely informational publication. Dr AndrÂŽ R Clarke, DDS, MBBS Special Care Dentistry Copyright 2011 by Dr Andre R Clarke. All rights reserved. Reproduction of this article, in whole or in part, is prohibited without written permission. If you have questions, please send email to dr_ andreclarke@hot mail.com. 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I r r i t an t s h o e de r m a ti t i s i s o f t e n c a u s e d b y w e a r i n g s h o e s t h a t a r e w e t p o o r l y f it t i n g o r t ha t ha v e u ne v en linings However in t he case of al ler gi c ( con tact ) de rm at i t i s t h er e a r e ma n y di f f e r en t s u b s t a n c e s t h a t c a n c a u s e this cond itio n, which i s q uite c o m m o n a n d i s f r e q u e n t l y c o m p l i c a t e d b y s e c o n d a r y in f e ct i o ns o r e cze m a. I a m c e r t a i n t h a t w e a r e a l l o w n e r s o f a v a r i e t y o f f oo t we a r s t yl e s : c as u a l f o r m al, w or k a nd athletic s h oes. T h e m a j o r i t y o f o u r f o o t w e a r i s i m p o r t e d a n d m a d e f r o m l e a t h e r r u b b e r an d o t he r s y n t he t i c m at e r i a l s. T he mos t r ec ent U.S s tat i s t i cs r e ve a l e d t h a t 98 p e r cen t o f al l s h oe s a r e i m po r t e d t h e r e f o r e i t i s i m p o s s i bl e t o i d en t i f y p r e ci s e ly al l t h e i r c o n s t i t u e n t c o m p o nen ts I t i s du r ing t he m an uf a c t u r i n g a n d f i n i s h i n g o f f o o t w e a r m a n y c h e m i c a l s a r e us ed SOUR CE S OF S H OE CON T A CT DER M A TI TIS: Hi s to r ica ll y, lea th er dye s a n d r u b b e r a l l e r g e n s w e r e s e e n as t he m os t c o mm o n c a us e o f s h oe de r m at iti s. Tod ay sho e de rm a ti ti s ma y o c c ur if a p e rso n i s s e n si t i v e t o t h e r u b b e r o r e las t ic co mp ou nds i n sh oes ins ert s o r fro m g lu es u sed to bi nd sho e c o m po ne n ts. Ot he r i d e n t i f i a b l e c a u s e s o f s h o e d e r m a t i t i s a re c e m e n t s, d y e s a n t i mi l de w a g e n ts, f o rm al d e hy d e a nd n ick el eye le ts o r n ick el ar c h su pp or ts. SO M E S I GN S A N D SY MP TO M S O F S H O E D E R M A TI TI S : Th e m os t c om mo n si te fi rst i n v o l v e d w i t h s h o e d e r m a t i t i s i s th e do rsa l (to p ) su rfa c e o f th e bi g t o e a n d on t h e i n st e ps (t o p o f f oo t) I t la te r ex te nd s by sp r e a d i n g t o t h e o t h e r t o e s a n d do rs a l (t op ) a sp e c t o f t h e f oo t S k i n l e s i o n s m a y b e a c u t e p r e se nt in g a s re d b li ste ri n g, oo z in g a n d us ua l ly sy mm e tri c a l. T hi s d er ma ti ti s can r an ge fr om m i l d i tc h y r a sh t o se v e r e it c hi n g w i th sw e l l i n g a n d s m a l l bl is te rs. In se v e re c a se s, o pe n s o r e s m a y p r e s e n t a n d c a n r esult in sec ondar y ba cterial i n f e c t i o n s I f a n y s u c h s i g n s a r e pre se n t, I ur ge t ha t y o u se e k p rofes sional help for pr oper di a gn o sis a n d tr ea t me n t. PR EV EN T S HO E DER MA TI T IS : On ce thi s c on dit ion i s d ia gnose d, th e c orre ct f ootw e ar is than a p art of the tr e atme nt. An exp ert in footw ea r c an a s s is t th e ph ys i cia n an d t he patient w it h the selec tion of f o o t we a r wi t h o u t m a t e r i a l s that may c ause shoe derma tit i s S u b s t i t u t i n g p r o d u c t s m ad e o f d if f er e nt ma t er i al s th a t d o n o t c a u s e a l l e rg i c re a c ti on s w i l l l e sse n th e li k e li h oo d of f u tu r e e p i so d e s o f s h o e de rm ati tis "Veget abletan ned" f oo twear can be su bs ti tut ed a s a n a l t e rn a t i v e f o r t h e h y p e r sen s i tiv e i nd iv idu al Thi s typ e of footw ea r con tains n o rubber or formald ehy de. F in al l y, i t i s im po r t an t t o re c og n ise th a t sh o e d e rma t it is i s q u i t e c o m m o n a f f e c t i n g c hi ld ren a nd a d ul ts re g ard le ss o f ra c e P a t i e n t s w i t h s h o e d e r matitis c an us e spec ial types of shoe s prepa r e d from nonse n si t i z i n g su b s ta n c e s. I w o u l d also sug ge s t that mea s u r e s to con tr o l sw eati ng may be v ery h e l pf u l f o r t h e p at i e nt wh o s u ffers from shoe derma titis. S o cks o r s t o cki n gs ma de o f absorbe nt cotto n or syn theti c p er s p i r a t i o n w i c k i n g f a b r i c ( e .g Thorlos or Ba leg a s o cks has a uni que rapid m ois ture e va po r at io n s ys t e m) s ho ul d a l way s b e wo r n A vo i d we t s h oes, po orly fittin g shoe s or s e lf t r e atme nt a nd s e ek professiona l h elp to trea t or preven t shoe derma titis. Bernadette D. Gibson, a Board Certified and Licensed Pedor thist, is the proprietor of Foot Solutions, a health and well ness franchise that focuses on foot care and proper shoe fit, located in the Trinity Plaza, West Bay Street, Nassau. Bahamas www.footsolutions.com/nassau "The views expressed are those of the author and does not necessarily represent those of Foot Solutions Incorporated or any of its subsidiary and/or affiliated companies. Please direct any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or 322-FOOT (3668). B y B E R N A D E T T E G I B S O N FOOT SOLUTIONS FO O T A FF L IC T I O N: Sh o e d e r m a t i t i s is a me di ca l co nd it i on w h i ch is c au sed b y con t ac t of th e fo o t w i th c he mi cal s in t h e m at e r ial o f fo o tw e ar Th i s c on di t io n c an b e ei t he r i r r it an t o r al le r gi c. 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WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y JUL Y 26, 201 1, P AGE 1 1B T he Bahamian community needs much help to combat the social ills that plague it, something evident as the murder and crime rate continues to increase. In her own unique way, Rhonda Wright has found what she considers to be an holistic approach to healing society. S h e i s t h e d i r e c t o r a n d f o u n d e r o f S.E. E.D.l in gs Pl ace, a n onpr of it or gan is ation that is deeply committed to showing the commu nit y th at t he elem ent s of nat ur e are ultimately the source for nurturing, for con nectedness, for balance and for healing the kind of healing that could change a nation. H e r p u r p o s e t o l e a d g u i d e c o n n e c t in s pi r e o r g anise, fac ilita te and help pe ople to grow beyond their current selves and circum stances. She has lived and proved this for the p a st n i ne y e a rs. A s a v e g e ta ri a n sh e e mb ra c e s the bounty that nature holds and the healing p rope rtie s c o nta ine d w ith th e he rbs. Th e gi fts o f mo th er n at ure gi v e mo re t ha n p hy sic a l b en efit s; t he healt hy body br ings out a h ealthy mind, soul and spirit. Kn o win g h er pu r p os e i s on ly par t o f t he p la n. R ho nd a be li ev e s t ha t by sh ari ng h er w a y o f l i f e t h r o u g h v a r i o u s e v e n t s a n d p u b l i c f o ru ms t he re w i ll be a n a w a k e ni n g o f sp i ri t fo r ma n y who w i ll embr ac e their n a t ural selves on a higher level. H e r p a s si o n s a re h e r c h i l d re n h e r f a m i l y h e r s i s t e r ci r cl e a n d h er l i f e s t y l e T h i s p a s s i o n translates into what she wants to see for her children, who, as she likes to say are a repre sentation of the community's children. Touching and contributing to the shaping of the community, specifically in the area of wellness, is a purpose which she has accepted and is humbled and honoured to be a ble to c arry out a nd she doe s so wi th stron g support from her husband Koji. Sh e re c en tl y sh are d o ne o f he r ma nt ras w it h T r i bu n e W om an : "L i f e m a y n ot a lw ay s be easy, but n o matter w hat the circums tances a re an d ho w the y 'v e t urn e d ou t (go o d or ba d ), AL L ar e le ss o n s an d EV ERY l es s o n i s a BLESSING!" Her l atest ve nt ure to he lp he al t he c ommunit y c o mes in t he fo rm of an e vent j us t fo r moms and all mot hers are invit ed. Schedu le d fo r Aug u st 7 it i s a on e da y e v en t tha t h as p ulled togethe r 13 dyna mic loc al and international female presenters, and a panel of men. The inten tion of the e ven t i s to bring to ge ther a l l w o m e n a n d m o t h e r s p a s t p r e s e n t & future, 21 60 + years old, or any woma n w ho h as a di rec t in flu enc e o n a c hil d an d/o r fa mi ly in a for um w here they c an r e t reat a nd t a ke t i m e a w a y s ol e ly t o f o c u s e ne rg i e s o n (r e )l e a rn i n g h ow to u se na tu re 's e l em e nt s to h e al th em selves, their families, their communities and most especially their SEEDS (children) to be w hole and mighty trees A myr ia d of welln e ss t o p ic s o f s pe c ia l c o nc e r n w i l l b e a d d re s se d in a private and serene environment. In addition to sharing and educating about wellness, it is Rhonda's hope that this event w i ll al so i nsp ire e ac h w o ma n t o be ho ne st w it h t h e ms e lv e s a n d e a c h o th e r, be c o m e m o re c le a r about their passions and purposes and leave en c o u r ag e d t o r e m a i n p o s i t i v e e v e n wh e n f ac e d wi th the most c ha ll eng in g a nd c onf usin g of situations. "As women mothers, we are the givers of life, the foundation and the backbone of our families, so it is my hope that the HEALthy MO M S' Ci r cle wil l co nt r ib ut e to fo s te ri ng ongo ing con necti ons bet ween each wo man, mothe r individual, family and child, as w e all c o nt inu e o n ou r i nd iv id ua l a nd c ol le c ti ve we l lness journeys," she said. "As is the mission of S.E.E.D.lings' Place, together we must heal ourselves, our SEEDS and our community, one step, one plate, one thought at a time." For more information about 'S.E.E.Dlings' contact Rhonda Wright at 525-5813 or email her at email@example.com or like' the Facebook page, SEEDlings' Place Non-profit organization, for updates on all programs. HEALthy MOMS' Circle' Conversations with MOMS in mind
THE TRIBUNE SECTION B TUESD A Y JUL Y 26, 2011 By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer I T'S 3am and you are awakened by the light from your man's laptop screen. The first thing you want to do is scream "turn that computer off, can't you see I am sleeping" instead you hold back simply because you know your man is finishing up work. Howev er, y ou tw is t and t u r n as the light is distracting and the springs from the bed mattress make it difficult for you to sleep comfortably. You get up and lean over to see wha t he is up to and before h e g ets the c han ce to re mov e Play boy fr o m the sc r e en you catch him! S o m e w om e n b e li e ve vi e wi n g p o r n is tantamount to cheating. But is it really? A cc o r d i n g t o t v p e r s o n a l i t y a n d p s y cho log is t D r P hi l, vi ewin g por n i s n ever a cc ep tabl e be hav iou r It i s a pe rve rs e and ridic ulous intrusion into your re lationship. It i s a n i n su lt i t i s d is lo y a l a n d i t i s c he a t i ng Pornography isn't real, it's a fantasy. It's m ak eu p b ea ut y l en s e s h ai r ex t en s io n s camer a angl es, l ight ing and si licon e! I t's al so so meb ody 's d aug hte r w ho has tak en a really, really w r ong turn. She's deme aning h e rs e l f d e b a s in g h e rs e l f h u m i l ia t i n g he rse lf and she's being exploited by people who are funded by you. It is a sick, demented, tw is te d w orld. It s not heal thy, it's no t na t ural and it's not normal." H o w e v e r s o m e B a h a m i a n w o m e n debunk Dr Phil's pers pec tive on vie wing p or no g r ap h y. A s Dr P h i l h i m s el f n ot e d watching pornography is nothing but fan tasies and the women say having fantasies is s ome th ing t ha t ever yo ne h as a nd i t is quite normal. NEGLECT P a t r i c i a D a r v i l l e s a i d s h e d o e s n o t b e l i e v e t h a t w a t c h i n g p o r n i s c h e at i n g However when the situation arises where the r e is neg lec t a s a result of pornogra phy, it becomes cheating she said. "In my o pini on, m en w atc h ing p orn isn't chea tin g per se Th ey ar e watch ing m en a n d w o m e n h a v e s e x o n c a m e ra m i l e s a w a y from them So t here is n o p hysic al c ontac t. And I doubt the re is a n emo tiona l co ntac t. The men only want to see the sex. She continued: "However, the porn can b eco me che at in g wh en it i s r o b bi ng th e w i fe o f h e r ti m e a n d t a ki n g t h e m a n 's e n e rgy So this is wh en wa tchi ng porn bec ome s an addiction for the hubby when he is up la te at nig ht wa tc hing po rn a nd ma s t urbating to it when he should be in his wife's be d. W he n he d en ie s th e w ife se x a nd is no lo ng e r i nt ere st ed i n he r se xu al ly an d w ou ld ra t h er g e t o f f o n p o rn B a si c a l l y w h e n p o rn bec omes an addiction, t he n it's c heating. That's my take on it. I'm no expert, but a h u s b a n d a n d w i f e w h o a r e n t s e x u a l l y a t tr a c te d to e a c h o t he r m a y ju s t b e b o re d i n th e b e d. So th e b es t th in g t o d o is v i si t a se x sh o p o r so m e t h i ng A lo t o f p e o p le m a r ri e d p e o p l e a re a s h a m e d to g o to a se x s h o p a n d spice things up," she explained. O n the oth er ha nd, Ste ll a Sim mo ns* h ad m i x e d v i e w s on th e is su e S h e s a id w h il e she does not consider watching p o r n o g r a p h y c h e a t i n g s h e wo u l d b e h u r t t o kn o w t h a t t h a t i s wh a t h e r s i g n i f i ca n t other is doing. "I don't think its cheat i n g b ut i t j u s t w o u l d m a k e me t hi nk he i s a f r eak Who ge ts off on wa tching other people have s e x? I wo ul d b e h u r t, an d I t hi n k o th er w o m e n w h o f o u n d t h e i r m e n w a tc hi n g p o rn have the right to be hurt too." She added that an alternative to watch ing porn would be: Cut our ow n sex ta pe. Why watch porn when we can make our own movie. I also t hink men who watch porn do it to make up for that rush they don't get in the bedroom. Then again you h ave s om e o f t ho s e m en who ar e r e al ly add icted and have a ps ychologi c al p ro blem. But I do not think it is not cheating," she said. CHEATING C e c li a R o se a g r e e s w i th Dr P h i l' s st a n c e o n t h e i s s u e. S h e s ai d : I t h in k w at ch in g porn is cheating hands down. Why do you ha v e to b e m ov e d b y s om e on e e l se ? If I a m yo ur wo ma n yo u shou ld on ly ha v e ey es fo r m e. I f I cat ch m y m an w at chi ng po r n i t would make me feel less than, because I would feel as though I don't fit the image that he is turned on by," she explained. Ka dija h Stub bs ha d this to say: I d on't think its cheating because it isn't like he is with someone else, he's just watching it so I guess I'll say no. If he chooses to watch po rn in ste ad o f h a vi ng se x w it h me I w ou ld consid e r him a f reak, pervert or a sis sy' on the low," she said. names have been changed
T HETRIBUNE SECTIONETUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011 INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . WITH LOCKOUT ENDING, NFL IS BACK IN BUSINESS FINA WORLDS: PHELPS GOES FOR HIS FIRST INDIVIDUAL GOLD MEDAL COUNTDOWN: ONE YEAR TO THE LONDON OLYMPICS NO GIMMICK: P ARK IS A CORE PLAYER FOR MAN UNITED PREMIER LEAGUE: CELTIC OPENS WITH 2-0 VICTORY 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 7 7 E E . . . Bahamas hops over Bermuda F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f HANGTIME: The Bahamas (black and gold moved to 2-0 following a 75-41 victory over Bermuda in the 2011 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium Sunday night. SEE MORE PHOTOS ON PAGES 2 & 8E By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F or the second consecu tive night, the Bahamas relished their role as hosts and looked to be the most dominant team in the 2011 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships. The Bahamas moved to 2-0 Sunday night with a 75-41 win over Bermuda at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. C J Hinds again led the team in scoring with 12 points, one of three players in double figures as every member of the 12-man roster for Team Bahamas reached the scoreboard. Quentin Hall finished with 10 points and six rebounds while Keno Burrows also added 10 points. Mitchell Johnson transitioned from a scorer in game one to a facilitator in game two and finished with a game high nine assists to go along with four points, five rebounds and two steals. His assist total trumped the entire Bermudan team who finished with just seven. J R Cadot finished with another all-around game with eight points and seven rebounds, Jamal Douglas added seven points and six rebounds, Cordero Seymour finished with seven points and Michael Bain Jr added six. Jason Lowe and Aaron Jackson each finished with eight points to lead Bermuda. Another distinct advantage on the boards for the Bahamas as they outrebounded the visiting team 42-27. The team shot 57 per cent from the field, led by Hinds who shot 5-6 for 83 per cent and Burrows who shot 5-7 for 71 per cent. Despite another lopsided win for the Bahamas, the woes continue at the free throw line where they shot just 11-24 for 46 per cent. The home team opened with a strong first quarter and led 24-13. They limited the Bermudans to just seven points in the second and took a 40-20 lead at the half. After winning the third 19-11, the Bahamas cruised to the 34-point win. Day two also featured a pair of teams making their first appearance in the win column. The British Virgin Islands got their first win of the tournament when they beat the Cayman Islands team, 6654. Rashid Cann led the game for the British Virgin Islands team with 16 points, six assists and five steals. Norville Carey and Kennedy Bass also finished with 12 points each. The US Virgin Islands topped Antigua and Barbuda, 84-73. Four players scored in double figures for the Virgin Islands team, including Victor Cuthbert who led the way with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Other standouts from the winning team were Ivan Aska with 24, Aaron Brown with 15 and Walter Hodge with 13. For Antigua, Julius Hodge had a great game with 24 points, seven rebounds and three steals. Improves record to 2-0 with 75-41 victory By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com WHILE his partner is still making a comeback from an injury since they were ousted in the first round of the French Open at Roland Garros in May, Mark Knowles has the luxury of teaming up with Xavier Malisse of Belgium for the next couple of weeks. Malisse, whom many would remember was a guest last December for Knowles Invi tational on Paradise Island, will fill the spot of Michal Mertinak as he and Knowles will play together for the first time at the Farmers Classic in Los Angeles, California, this week as the No.3 seeds. Malisse and Alexandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine incidentally sent Knowles and Mertinak packing at Roland Garros with a 6-2, 7-6 (3 decision in their first round match. It was the second tournament for the year that Malisse and a partner ousted Knowles and Mertinak, so its probably a good omen that they are now playing together. Whenever their match is set up, Knowles and Malisse will play their first match against the Great Britain team of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins. Hes a good singles and doubles player, said Knowles of Malisse. So I want to see how we do in a couple of tournaments on the hard courts this summer, while Mertinak will play in a few tournaments on the clay courts in Europe as he gets back before the US Open. With their first tournament this week in Los Angeles, Knowles and Malisse are then scheduled to travel to Wash ington DC at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic starting August 1 where Knowles and American Mardy Fish won the title last year. From there, the duo will play in two big Masters Tour n aments at the Rogers Cup i n Montreal, Canada, starting August 8 and the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, starting August 14. They will lead up to the US Open, the final Grand Slam Tournament, where Knowles is expected to be reunited with Mertinak in New York, starting on August 29. Fresh off his appearance in team tennis for the Sacramento Capitals over the last three weeks where his team made the playoffs, Knowles said hes feeling good and looking forward to an exciting summer. Hard courts is my best surface, so playing on the hard brings back good memories, he said. The expectations are as they always are. I want to win some matches and hopefully win some tournaments. I want the best and I expect the best. I know all of the big players, so as long as we can mesh together, we should and can be a formidable team. But Im also eager to get back on the Knowles set to double up with Xavier Malisse S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 3 3 E E
SPORTS PAGE 2E, TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium... 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 HIGHLIGHTS: The Bahamas (black and gold moved to 2-0 following a 75-41 victory over Bermuda in the 2011 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium Sunday night. Some h ighlights of the game can be seen here.
By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org ANOTHER track and field championship and another outstanding performance by a Bahamian national team, l eaving Bahamas Association o f Athletic Associations (BAAA Sands basking in the success of the athletes. The kids performed exceptionally well and I would say that they performed to expectations and then some, was how Sands put the performances of the team at the 16th Junior Pan American Championships into perspective yesterday on his return home from Miramar, Florida. There are those that may think there were some surprises, but there are those ofu s who knew that with the kind of work that the kids put in, the kind of peaking that the coaches had them doing and the focus they put on this meet, their performances were not surprising. They were right where we expected them. However, Sands admitted that there were one or two disappointments, but they were all overshadowed by the 1 0 medals, including one from a ll four relay teams in the men and women 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 races. He heralded the triple medal feat by Anthonique Strachan, who smashed the meet and junior national records to post her winning time of 22.70 seconds in the womens 200 that now has her ranked at No.10 on the alltime junior list. What can you say about Anthonique Strachan, said Sands, about the 17-year-old St Augustines College sen sation, who was fresh off her 200m silver medal perfor mance at the Senior Central American and Caribbean Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, a week before. She ran the rounds in four finals, so I dont want to under-play her performance. I believe if there was an outstanding award, she would have again been considered for that award, considering that she won bronze in the 100, running a world leading time in taking the gold in the 200, coming from behind to walk the Jamaican down, or as they say suck her in to anchor the Bahamas to gold in the 4 x 100 relay and come back to run the lead off leg for the 4 x 400 relay team. She was just outstanding. Strachan kicked off the championship by clinching the bronze in the 100 in 11.46. After her 200 run, she anchored the team of Devynne Charlton, Carmeisha Cox and VAlonee Robinson to gold in the 4 x 100 in 45.04 and she led off the team of Pedrya Seymour, Charlton and Katrina Seymour to bronze in the 4 x 400 in 3:42.61. Seymour, now nicknamed Hollywood, displayed a heart of gold, according to Sands, in winning the gold in the 400 hurdles in 57.87. Oth er individual medals came from Ryan Ingraham with a silver in the mens high jump (2.22m or 7-3 1/4 Myers with a silver as well in the womens triple jump (12.85m or 42-2 Minns-Collie with a bronze in the mens triple jump (15.93m or 52-3 1/4). The mens team of Blake Bartlett, Shavez Hart, Delano Davis and Trevorvano Mackey got a bronze in the 4 x 100in 40.26 and the another bronze came from the mens 4 x 400 team of Nejmi Burn side, Andre Wells, Hart and Julian Munroe in 3:14.96. The kid performed up to expectations, so Im very, very proud of their performances, said Sands, who praised the management, coaching and medical staff, as well as the large number of Bahamian spectators for helping to make the trip a successful one. Everybody had their work cut out and we came together as one and made it happen. The Bahamas ended up tied for second place in the medal count in terms of gold m edals and third overall in the medal count. Sands thanked Atlantis and Ed Fields, who provided the necessary sponsorship for the BAAA to make the trip a reality. While Sands agreed that they were hoping that IAAF World Youth 400 champion Shaunae Miller would have made the trip, they stand by their last minute decision to cut her off the team as a result of a dispute with her father/coach Shaun Miller over her availability only for relay duties. We had to focus on the athletes that were there. It would be remiss of me to say that Shaunaes absence was not missed, he stated. As the World Youth champion, she would have definitely been able to make a contribution. But at the end of the day, we had to focus on the athletes that were there, as I wish to do now. That topic is for another time. As I said before, I left for Miramar, I wanted to focus on that and not allow any negative stories to distract from their intended goals, which they went out and achieved. I wish to give the kudos to the athletes who went out there and carried the Bahamian flag. With a tremendous success from the various teams that have traveled over the past two months, Sands said they will now switch their focus of attention on the IAAF World Championships in Athletics to Daegu, South Korea, at the end of August. We have to regroup as an organisation and focus our attention on that and the Sr Pan Am Championships in October and the Youth Congress Championships later on, so were not finished yet, Sands said. We dont have the luxury to rest on our lau rels. The Sr CAC Champi onships is the big one coming up next and we have to get ready for that. Hopefully, the BAAA will h ave another celebration to look forward to. As for the Jr Pan Am team, they returned home late last night. A press conference is scheduled for today when the BAAA and the Ministry of Sports are expected to heap their accolades on the ath letes, including those from Grand Bahama, before they head home. SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011, PAGE 3E court with Mertinak later this summer, hopefully at the US Open. Through the first 12 tour naments so far this year, Knowles has not been successful in winning a title yet. The closest he and Mertinak came were in consecutive tournaments in February where they lost to Malisse and Alejandro Falla in San Jose and to Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor in Memphis. Malisse, who now resides in Sarasota, Florida, pulled off his only doubles title this year when he and Dolgopolov teamed up to beat Roger Fed erer and Stanislas Wawrinka in the final of the ATP World Masters 1,000 in Indian Wells, California, in March. Knowles to double up with Malisse F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E T T R R A A C C K K R R O O L L L L E E W W I I N N JAMIAL Rolle, preparing for the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, next month, pulled off a victory in the mens 100m over the weekend. Rolle, the oldest competitor in the race at age 29, clocked 10.36 seconds to easily beat out the field that saw his nearest competitor, American Courtland Walls, finish second in 10.69. During the preliminaries, Rolle posted the fastest qualifying time of 10.42, followed by Walls in 10.73. T T R R A A C C K K C C O O R R R R E E C C T T I I O O N N IT was incorrectly stated in a Tribune Sports article published on Monday that Kirani James, who won the mens 200m at the 2011 Junior Pan American Track and Field Championships in Miramar, Florida, is from Jamaica. James is actually from Grenada. The Tribune apologises to James for the error. B B A A S S E E B B A A L L L L E E D D A A R R M M B B R R I I S S T T E E R R P P L L A A Y Y THREE games were completed in the Ed Armbrister Baseball League at Windsor Park on Satur day. The Eagles, coached by Andy Percentie, came out of Saturdays baseball action with two victories over Mike Butlers Hawks team in the 9-11 age division. The Eagles scored three runs in the final inning to seal a 7-4 victory anda double-header sweep over the Hawks. In the second game, the Eaglesw on by a score of 9-8. Kristian Robinson pitched and hit the Eagles to the victories with a home run, a double, a single, drove in four runs and scored five runs. For thed efeated Hawks, Liam T odd scored four runs. In Saturdays featured game at Windsor Park, Kyle Adderley drove in six runs on a home run and triple to power the Tigers to a 10-9 win over the Bears in the 12-14 age divi sion. Adderley then came in relief as a pitcher to close the door on the Bears. Rashard Stevenson and Malik Storr contributed three runs each for the winning Tigers, also coached by Mike Butler. Randy Murphy and Gee Bethel scored two runs each for the defeated Bears, coached by Andy Percentie. The Ed Armbrister Baseball League is named after former Bahamian Major League Baseball player Ed Armbrister, who played five years for the Cincinnati Reds, winning two consecutive World Series titles in 1975 and 1976. Armbrister is one of five Bahamians to play in the Major League Baseball and the only one still alive. SPORTS IN BRIEF Junior athletes performed to expectations and then some TOP: Shown (l-r VAlonee Robinson. ABOVE: Tamara Myers won silver in the triple jump.
SPORTS PAGE 8E, TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium... Bahamas earns 2-0 record 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 UNBEATEN: The Bahamas (black and gold moved to 2-0 following a 75-41 victory over Bermuda in the 2011 Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium Sunday night. Some highlights of the game can be seen here.