By SANCHESKA BROWN DESPITE promising to restore electricity to all areasb y Monday night, Bahamas E lectricity Customers in New Providence were still experiencing blackouts up to Tues d ay evening. Arnette Ingraham, public relations officer, confirmed that up to press time some a reas were still off. Those areas include, Carmichael Road, Baillou Hill Road, Lincoln Boulevard, Palmdale and Skyline Drive. Mrs Ingraham said the two units that failed Monday, causing an island-wide blackout, have still not been repaired. We are hoping they will be repaired by tonight but we cannot say. Currently we are running on a gap which means we are asking our big ger customers to use their generators. This is freeing up electricity for our residential customers. The problems in S kyline Drive have nothing to do with the units being down but rather we are hav i ng some challenges in that a rea. We expect that problem to be fixed shortly. Mrs Ingraham said the c ompany is still load shedding until the units are up and she cannot promise that services will not be interrupted Tuesd ay night. Monday night, two BEC generators failed, disrupting services to most of the island. The company issued a statement assuring customers that services would be restored no later than 11pm, but this was not the case. In fact some cus tomers did not have service up to 3am. Mrs Ingraham said the corporation is making every effort to minimize the severi ty of its generation challenges on its customers. N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.212WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY HIGH 91F LOW 79F TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Power outage miser y goes on Failed units still not r epair ed ARTSANDENTERTAINMENT D D A A N N C C E E F F E E V V E E R R TRACKANDFIELDNEWS D D E E B B B B I I E E R R E E A A D D Y Y F F O O R R I I A A A A F F W W O O R R L L D D S S SEESECTIONC SEESPORTSSECTIONE SEE page six F O XHILLCELEBRATESANNUALFESTIVAL TIMCLARKE /TRIBUNESTAFF F OR security reasons police have moved the funeral of Dion Emperor Knowles out of Fox Hill and onto Joe Farrington Road. According to police sources, Knowles funeralw ill now be held at Church of God Auditorium on Joe F arrington Road at 11am Saturday. His service was originally scheduled to be held at St. Pauls but police advised the family to move the service as the funeral of Deslin Nicholls was also tak ing place at the same time in Fox Hill. Nicholls will be buried at EMPEROR FUNERAL MOVED OUT OF FOX HILL SEE page six By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com NATIONAL Security Minister Tommy Turnquest expects it will become increasingly difficult to hang convicted murderers in the future. The government plans to table three pieces of legis lation to strengthen the countrys legal system when parliament resumes in October. A new criminal proce dure code, a new penal code, and a new bail act, they are three pieces of leg islation that are expected to By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT: There is a strong possibility that an oil tanker docked in waters off the southern shore of Grand Bahama could have been responsible for an oil spill on Sunday. It is believed the transfer of fuel from one vessel to another may have taken place in waters off the southern shore of the island. According to reports, the oil tanker Saga Unity, with port of registry in Majuro, has been docked in waters off the southern shoreline of Grand Bahama since Saturday. On Tuesday, a local photographer provided The Tribune By LAMECH JOHNSON LESS than 24 hours after four men accused of murder and conspiracy were discharged by a magistrate, they were re-arrested and appeared in court yesterday in connection with the same matter. Seriozha McKenzie, 31, Merritt Forbes, 26, Kooban Barr, 26, and Teddy Butler, 24, were arraigned before Magistrate Jeanine WeechGomez and charged with the murder of 17-year-old Berkley Miller. They were also charged with conspiracy to kill the teenager. A Lynden Pindling Estates resident was arraigned before Magistrate's Court on two murder charges yesterday morning. Rolin Alexis, 26, also known as "PoPo", was charged before Magistrate Jeanine WeechGomez in Court One, Bank Lane with the July 21 and May 29 murders of Dessaline Nicholas and Brentinero Sands. Alexis was not allowed to enter a plea to the two murder charges as the prosecution intends to have the case fast tracked to the Supreme Court via Voluntary Bills of Indictment expected to be served in both matters on September 27. On Thursday, July 21, Nicholas was gunned down outside his home on Florida MAN CHARGED WITH TWO MURDERS FOUR CHARGED WITH MURDER LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER BEING DISCHAR GED OIL TANKER COULD HAVE CAUSED SPILL MINISTER EXPECTS MORE OBSTACLES IN THE WAY OF HANGING SEE page six SEE page six SEE page six SEE page six COURTNEWS ON SONG: Children sing yesterday during the Fox Hill Day festival, the largest celebration in New Providence after the Boxing Day and New Year junkanoo parades. SEEPAGESTWOAND12
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter email@example.com R EGIONAL police chiefs warned y esterday that there is no silver bull et to the crime problem. A s the countrys murder rate nears l ast years record, community based p olicing initiatives were said to require t he collective effort of all stakeholders in order to effectively impact violent crime. Commissioners from Jamaica and the Cayman Islands joined more than 70 police chiefs and high ranking law enforcement officials from 23 Caribbean countries at the first Regional Community Based Policing Conference this week. The US-sponsored initiative will provide for the exchange of best prac-tices and case studies focused on integrating and sustaining communitybased policing in the region. D avid Baines, commissioner of the R oyal Cayman Islands Police Service, s aid: There is no silver bullet to this. I t is a collective effort between the p olice, the judiciary, and the governm ent. All of us share similar problems all across the Caribbean, he added, namely very tight communities and quite often a reluctance because of the tightness of those communities for people to come forward to givee yewitness accounts. M r Baines explained that amendm ents to legislation, which mandated i ncreased resources to witness protection and stricter penalties for o ffenders, contributed to the 27 per cent drop in crime compared to last year. In the Cayman Islands, possession of an unlicensed firearm carries a minimum ten year sentence. Its important not only for the p olice officers that go out daily to risk t heir lives and protect their commun ities, but you can imagine. M r Baines added: Officers need t o have the backing of the court and t he judiciary to make sure that level of commitment is supported by sen t encing. L ast years murder count in the C aymans was seven. Despite the fact that the murder t oll has never exceeded the eight recorded in 2008, Mr Baines explained that the country still had a significant per capita ranking due to their small population of under 60,000. We dont always get the judicial decision we want, but thats democracy and the rule of law, he said. Quite often we have to educate our communities that when we take people, they go through courts of law and not courts of justice. So sometimesp eople are going to get disappointe d, but we have to keep going at it, d ay after day, stepping out and supp orting our communities to be as safe a s they can be. J amaica has seen a 33 per cent d ecrease in crime over last year and h as slashed its murder count by more than half, according to Owen Ellington, commissioner of the Jamaica C onstabulary Force. Mr Ellington said the murder count now stood at 600. The country has a population of 2.8 million. The approach were taking in J amaica, said Mr Ellington, is to hit the gangs, dismantle them, degrade their capabilities to commit crimes,a nd that would show significant reduct ions in criminal violence. You address the fear of crime by g oing at the root of the problem and t he root of the problem (in Jamaica a re the gangs. He added: Ordinary citizens in their communities do not need to kill each other at the rate that gangs do. Wherever there are gangs, you willh ave conflicts, and whenever you have c onflicts, they will resort to violence, a nd when they resort to violence, y oull have shootings, stabbings, and k illings. Deal with the gangs and you c an restore confidence to the communities. The JCF has secured over 350 partnership agreements between the police and various sectors of society and strategic plans for the future include expanding and strengthening n umerous support programmes. The idea really is to ensure that c ommunity policing is entrenched in t he strategy of law enforcement going f orward and in the mindset of our o fficers, said Mr Ellington, and no i ndividual can overturn that by just simply having a change of attitude towards these strategies. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org R E SIDENTS of Fox Hill celebrated the annual Fox Hill Day festival yesterday, paying homage to the communitys heritage and recognising the importance of passing on it on to the next generation. C OMMUNITY CELEBRATES FOX HILL DAY Police chiefs: No silver bullet to crime problem SEE page 12
By SANCHESKA BROWN SEVEN people are being questioned today in connection with the gunshots fired at a police station in Governors Harbour over the weekend. According to police, one female officer was in the station when someone opened fire on the building early Saturday morning. No one was injured in the attack. The other officer on duty was on routine patrol. While police have not suggested a motive for the attack, sources claim residents are upset over the relationship between an officer formerly attached to the station and a local woman. Police found two bullets inside the station, which had been fired through a window. National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest said police are conducting a thorough investigation. He also assured the public that the Family Islands are still safe. The Family Islands are still in my view extremely safe. There have been isolated inci dents like that in several of our islands that happen periodically, Mr Turnquest said. Any time it happens, because of the nature of the Family Islands, we are normal ly able to apprehend the perpetrators very quickly. I continue to say that the main challenges for the police remain in New Providence primarily, to a lesser extent in Grand Bahama and a much lesser extent in the Family Islands. Officers from the capital are on the island assisting with the investigation, but Mr Turnquest noted that Family Island police have the resources to handle most matters. When we did our resource allocation for the police force in particular, the first resources were sourced for the Family Islands so there is no request that Im aware of for the Family Islands that the government has not provided. If there are claims that police stations and officers are not properly resourced, Id like to know, but I have been advised by the commissioner of police that the Family Islands have the necessary resources to do the job, he said. This is the first attack on the station, local officers say. S OME travellers heading for the United States faced delays yesterday after contractors at the Lynden Pindling International Airport accidentally cut a fibre optic cable connected tot he airports computer system. The cable went down at around 10am and also k nocked out a portion of the airports phone system. An official from the Nassau Airport Development company said its employe es worked with crews from Cable Bahamas and BTC to repair the problem and operations returned to normal after 1 pm. THE FNM is confident that it can s ecure a good successor to chairman Carl Bethel in the run up to the 2012 general elections, accord i ng to a high-ranking party mem ber. Tommy Turnquest, Mount Moriah MP and Minister of National Security, also expressed confidence in the partys ability to effectively manage operations if Mr Bethel decides to step down. When asked if such a transition would be smooth, Mr Turnquest said: Absolutely, absolutely. Members of the FNM will do what is necessary in their respective cons tituencies, and those of us who have a little more experience will take on regional areas and ensuret hat the partys message is heard and understood by all. In an exclusive interview with The Tribune on Monday, Mr Bethel hit out at malicious rumours and street talk that suggested he was being "removed" from his post. He confirmed that he was considering stepping down to focus on the campaign in his constituency as the 2012 general election approaches. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011, PAGE 3 By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter t email@example.com I MMIGRATION Minist er Brent Symonette hit out a t claims that his govern m ent is quickly processing applications for citizenship in an effort to secure more votes in the next election. "What I do at Immigration today, yesterday, next week, has nothing to do w ith an election. I have a job to do and that is to regularise and do my work at I mmigration so persons who h ave been waiting for years f or something they are constitutionally entitled toa pply for can get their fair h earing and I'll continue to do that," said Mr Symonette, who is also minister of foreign affairs and deputy prime minister. His comments came after criticism from former Free National Movement MPP ierre Dupuch. Mr Dupuch called moves within the Department ofI mmigration to regularise persons with outstanding citizenship, permanent resi dency and spousal permit a pplications an alarming e lection ploy. What is going on now is raw, nasty politics beingp layed just before an elec tion hoping that it will give them victory, Mr Dupuch recently claimed. T he former FNM MP also raised concerns over persons with fraudulent documents obtaining citi zenship. I am told that a number o f JPs (Justices of the Peace) are prepared to supply the witnesses and sign birth certificates for the right price in order to facilitate a citizenship applica tion for an undocumentedf oreign national, claimed M r Dupuch. H owever, Mr Symonette p ointed out that even if an a pplicant has a fake birth c ertificate, the process of obtaining citizenship is so exhaustive that this would eventually come to light. In order for someone to obtain citizenship, an applicant must supply their birthc ertificate, an immunisation record, a letter from the hospital where they were born; primary, secondarya nd tertiary school letters, job letters and a police record. "So if all of these add up, t hey verify that Brent Symonette is Brent Symon ette who was born on D ecember 2, 1954, he said. T he St Annes MP also chastised commentators who are using the controversial illegal immigrationi ssue to gain political trac tion instead of recognising the human element. "Those people who are b orn here who might not be B ahamian because their mother wasn't Bahamian have the right to have their applications heard. You can't keep frustrating them forever these are people whose files have been lang uishing for five, six, seven, 1 0 years if not more. That's clearly wrong. R ather than making politic al football about this, let's l ook at the reality of the persons and the positions they are in, he said. Recent statistics revealed that 1,144 applicants were granted citizenship between May 2, 2007 and June 30,2 010. In the same period, 1,165 permanent residency applications, 1,506 spousal permits and 10,012 permitst o reside were approved. Between May 2, 2002 and May 2, 2007 during the Christie administration MrS ymonette said the then government granted 2,083 citizenship requests, 1,582p ermanent residencies, 2 ,286 spousal permits and 22,839 requests for permits to reside. He said the department d oes not have collated sta tistics on the number of rejected applications. TRAVELLERS DELAYED AT AIRPORT AFTER FIBRE OPTIC CABLE ACCIDENTALLY CUT SEVEN QUESTIONED AFTER SHOTS FIRED AT POLICE STATION FNM ONFIDENT OF GOOD SUCCESSOR IF CHAIRMAN STEPS DOWN FNMCHAIRMAN Carl Bethel I MMIGRATION M inister Brent Symonette. W W h h a a t t I I d d o o a a t t I I m m m m i i g g r r a a t t i i o o n n t t o o d d a a y y , y y e e s s t t e e r r d d a a y y , n n e e x x t t w w e e e e k k , h h a a s s n n o o t t h h i i n n g g t t o o d d o o w w i i t t h h a a n n e e l l e e c c t t i i o o n n .
EDITOR, The Tribune. I T IS regrettable in the e xtreme that successive g overnments and parliaments have never, seriously, addressed the pervasive question of money in politics and the potential for gross corruption in high and low places in The B ahamas. Well has it been s aid that money does not talk, it scream. I submit t hat here in our beloved nation that that is, in fact, t he absolute truth. Now that we are fast approaching another elect oral cycle, none of the major political parties and/or the fringe groupings and wannabe political parties are even fixing their collective mouths to state their positions on the role o f money in politics. One d oes not have to be a rock et scientist to figure outt hat if an individual or a c orporate body donates m oney to a party or a politician that it is a given that the donor expects to have accessibility to thep olitician once he or she is in office. In addition, the donor w ill expect to have first refusal to governmental contracts and projects. It isa case where you scratch m y back and I will scratch yours. The ordinary people of the country will then be shut out and may, ift hey are lucky, have access to the crumbs that may fall from the national table.O ver bidding and wastage o f taxpayers monies will then become the order of the day. Each time a new govern m ent comes into office, established contracts are stopped; reviewed ando ftentimes cancelled. W hen a new contract is issued it is often to a rumoured donor or supporter of the incoming administration. A contract was issued to a contractor to construct a building up at Sandilands some years ago. After millions of dollars would have been paid to the contractor involved, that building is still under c onstruction. Some years ago that building on John F K ennedy Drive, immedia tely west of the Ministry o f Works complex was b eing built by a certain e stablished contractor. W hen the FNM came in, work was stopped; r eviewed and, obviously, cancelled. Four and a half years later, the building is s till not completed and the beat goes on. L ook at the so-called Magistrates Court Complex on South Street. Aftera lmost six years of fitful construction, it remains an e yesore and a potential white elephant or is it a p ink one? It was once said t hat: Speculative money bears the stamp of the d onor. Truer words have never been uttered. It cannot be right or proper for this state of affairs to be allowed to continue. The DNA has questioned whether or nott he Chinese are financing the FNM, but the silence has been deafening. Mindy ou, the DNA hosted, allegedly, a B$1,000 per plate dinner but did not disclose who all attended. T he PLP admitted r eceiving some big monies from Harachi & Company but never told us thea mount or on what terms such monies were received and/or what may have been promised to them, if any-t hing. Mr Harachi claimed, however, that he got swung big time. I call for an immediate understanding if not legislation to lay down the ground rules for campaign f inance reforms and regul ations of a discernible n ature. Of course, I do not expect that Messrs Ingraham; Christie & Company would ever agree to this in the winding down of their political lives. They, I submit, could h ave a vested interest in e nsuring that the names of their financial donors neve r see the light of day. The DNA is rumoured to be f inanced by unknown deep pockets. Mr McCartney, a very good friend, says he a nd his party are different but they too have yet to reveal who are supporting them financially. The current system invites potential corruption and abuses of public funds. W hat I would like to know i s how is it that some of our erstwhile politicians, across t he board, enter parliament w ith a few thousand dol l ars but within a matter of years they are declared multi-millionaires? Dont hand me that cock and bulls tory about them being astute and learned lawyers and professionals becausei n my opinion most of them were absolute failures in private life. These elections will d etermine which crossroad the Bahamas will take. We cannot and must not trifle with our future. The politi-c ians will come and they will go but they will, always, leave you and meh olding the proverbial e mpty bag. To God then, the Great I am that I am, in all of these mundane things, be the glory. ORTLAND H BODIE JR N assau, J uly 11, 2011. EDITOR, The Tribune. IT SEEMScertain Members of Parliament feel that the public is incapable of doing a Google search and getting the command of any subject but it seems that is true. Since our MPs are unable to speak off their feet without a script, a script I suggest is probably not writ ten by them, we see in too many cases the inadequacies of some of the parliamentary contributions. We expect political spin but that should be coun tered by critical comment from our journalists but, alas, few have the quality of rebuttal or are willing to challenge the opinion be it of a Minister or a simple MP. I feel it is fair comment that we continue to talk that everything is somehow changing and improving, whilst the reality is regrettably different with now even our prize resort discount their room rates so they say to compete with Vegas. Moodys wrote recently, June 28, in a report on concerns the US economy is slowing many of the 5-star Gaming Cos., are identified as being probably finan cially impaired as a result of the slowing down. A quote: While gaming companies took their lumps during the Great recession and have largely put themselves back on track, they remain vulnerable to bumps in the US economic recovery given their decimated Balance sheets. If consumers cut their gambling budgets or casi no trips, company earnings could be affected. Although the Feds (US Federal Reserve on economic growth is still in line with Moodys econo mists, this announcement is the latest in a steady stream of bad news that appears to be taking a toll on consumers. And it is happening just as consumers started beefing up their savings. We are concerned that consumers propensity to spend on gaming activities will not withstand another hit to their wallets, even a small one, so Moodys reports. These predictions should be sobering to us all as s of households rely totally on the well being of Atlantis, Baha Mar and others of our resorts. Sir Sol Kerzner and Prime Minister Ingraham said prior to the approvals on Baha Mar that they were against a one time build-out but favoured a phased development are they both seemingly correct? It seems to be. ABRAHAM MOSS Nassau, July 7, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 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 WE AGREE with Security Minister Tom my Turnquest that it is going to become increasingly more difficult to hang convictedm urderers. Although the public is clamouring for government to start hanging those now on death row, the law has to be followed and so far Privy Council rulings are almost cutting down the hangmans noose. In 1993 the Bahamas discovered that a hanging could not be carried out because the Privy Council had earlier ruled in a J amaican case that it was inhumane for a prisoner to wait more than five years on death row for their sentences to be carried out. After five years a death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment. Ever since then clever lawyers have protected their clients by court delays stretching past the five year limit. Then in 2006 the Privy Council ruled that mandatory death sentences were unconstitutional. Each case had to be considered on its individual merits before sentence could be passed. However, the Privy Council decision in the Max Tido case, in which 16-year-old Don nell Conover was brutally murdered, has almost ended capital punishment in the Bahamas. The Privy Council sent Tidos case back to the Bahamas appeals court saying that it was not a murder that warranted the most extreme punishment of death. It was returned for the imposition of an appropri ate sentence. The angry reaction here from both religious and civic organisations was to give the boot to the Privy Council, and do it our way hang em high. However, despite the Privy Council ruling the government is working on draft legisla tion that will target prolific and repeat offenders and outline specific categories of murders. Nevertheless, it was Mr Turnquests view that whether it be the Privy Council in Lon don or the judges in the Caribbean more and more jurists are going to find more and more obstacles to put in the way of govern m ents from carrying out capital punishment. That, he added, is the reality of life. Therefore, he said, the concentration should be to get those prolific killers, those prolific offenders, behind bars and off our streets. In the case of murderers, life imprisonment should mean life until death do us part. As we have already suggested in this col umn those who have a life sentence should be turned into useful citizens even though they are behind prison walls. A large acreageo f Crown land should be opened for them to farm, thus allowing them to make a contribution to this countrys food supply. Between our local farmers and the prisoners this country could be almost self sufficient in fruits and vegetables. This would certainly take some of the burden off our foreign reserves. However, there has recently been a turn of events in England with regard to capital pun-i shment that is worth watching. And it will probably get more traction now that young hoodlums are thumbing their noses at police and setting London and other regions on fire just for the hell of it. The British are fed up with lax laws and are demanding more punishment for law breakers. The British government in a move to bring democracy directly to the people has installed a new site for e-petitions allowing the public to have their issues debated in Parliament provided they get enough sup port online to do so. Restoration of the death penalty is now a burning issue. The traffic on the site was so high on this subject more than 1,000 people a minute that the site broke down. It was not designed for such heavy traffic. We are getting 1000 unique visits a minute this is equivalent to nearly 1.5 million visits a day and is far more than the old ePetitions site on Number 10 ever received, said a government spokesman in apologising for the breakdown. The restoration of capital punishment now looks as though it is going to be one of the first items for debate on the Commons agenda. It will be the first Commons vote on capital punishment since 1998. The last hangings in Britain were in 1964. Although British Prime Minister David Cameron does not think that in a civilised society like ours that you can have the death penalty any more, Priti Patel, MP for With am in Essex, felt that such a debate would provide a good opportunity to talk about the f ailings of our existing criminal justice system. So many victims of the most horrendous and heinous crimes, he said, have no sense of justice. He echoes the words of Donnell Conovers father who on hearing the Privy Councils decision on Tidos future said: It is really sickening I feel as if there is no justice in the world for a victims family. The politics of money and corruption LETTERS l firstname.lastname@example.org Death penalty restoration to be debated in U.K. %DUWRQ'XQFDQVRQRI3 1$66$8%$+$0$6 Prediction from Moods is sobering
A MONTELL HEIGHTS man was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday on stealing and receiving c harges. L eonardo Cedric Cash, 20, who also uses the alias Anson Coakley, appeared beforeM agistrate Derence RolleD avis in Court Five, Bank Lane, charged with stealing one gold chain and two gold rings, together valued at $13,000. The jewellery was the property of the Carlos Milano S tore in the Atlantis Marina V illage on Paradise Island. He is also charged with receiving one gold chain val-u ed at $1,000, also the prope rty of the store. Cash pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded to Her Majestys Prison, Fox Hill until August 15, when his trial is set to begin. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011, PAGE 5 CITING insufficient evidence, a Supreme Court judge directed a nine member jury to deliver a "not guilty" verdict in the case ofa man accused of rape, burglary and armed r obbery. O scar Ingraham, 26, had been charged with breaking into the home of a 33-year-old woman between June 15 and 16, 2005, raping her and stealing cash and a cell phone. He was acquitted of similar charges in a s eparate case in July of this year. A fter reviewing the "no case" submission m ade by defence attorney Raymond Rolle, the counter submission made by prosecutors Linda Evans and Kristan Stubbs, and the testimony of 16 witnesses, Justice Vera Watkins declared that there were too many inconsistencies in the testimony given byp olice witnesses regarding DNA evidence. During Monday's proceedings, Mr Rolle argued that the prosecution presented no evidence connecting Ingraham to the burglary or armed robbery, and that the only evidence linking Ingraham to the incident was DNA. Evidence H e suggested that doubt may have been cast on the integrity of this evidence by them anner of its collection and handling by the police prior to testing in a foreign labor atory. Prosecutor Linda Evans responded, arguing that testimony from the virtual complainant and a match between the DNA taken from the accused and samples found a t the scene represent sufficient evidence t o connect Ingraham to the crime. S he also pointed out that according to witness testimony, proper protocol was foll owed in handling the evidence. Y esterday, the jury was directed to deliv er a unanimous not guilty verdict withr egard to all three charges. THEBAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER MAN IN COURT ON STEALING, RECEIVING CHARGES C OURTNEWS JUDGE ORDERS NOT GUILTY VERDICT FOR RAPE, BURGLARY, ARMED ROBBERY CHARGES O SCAR INGRAHAM l eaves c ourt yesterday. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE She also confirmed that the three rental generators the corporation were waiting for arrived this weekend. However, she said they will not be operational until the middle of August. We still have to connect them and test them before they are operational. Once they have been installed we do not expect any more power outages as they will provide 20 megawatts of power. So if we do have a trip in one of the generators we will have sufficient power to keep the lights on. The rental units cost BEC $3 million to rent. For several weeks, outages have plagued the island with frustrated residents even turning to the company Facebook page to vent their frustrations. That page has since been removed. Last month, Environment Minister Earl Deveaux said in the House of Assembly that no further power blackouts should be expected. During that time, Mr Deveaux said that the corporation had restored all of its genera tors, thus resolving shortfalls. He said BEC needs to generate approximately 230 megawatts (MGW gin of safety. Over the past few days, the generators were hovering at around 175MGW and dropped as low as 168MGW. All generators are back at 216MGW with demand between 199MGW and 212MGW. The company is now in the process of outsourcing 20MGW of portable generators to widen the margin. But despite these assurances power out ages continue throughout the capital. Earlier yesterday, Mrs Ingraham, said the failure of several generators coupled with generator tripping had led to the load shedding. While we are doing our best, she said, we are experiencing some challenges. We have had several generator trips that have caused the outages across New Providence. When a trip occurs, we drop load automatically to protect our system. But the trips are not a big deal and we get the power back on in a rel atively quick period. What we are doing is rotating, or what we call rolling load shedding. Which means we will turn off the power in several areas for a period of time, then turn it on and then move on to another area. BEC engineers were said to be evaluating the problem. Added Mrs Ingraham: We are cautiously optimistic that everything will be normalised in the next couple of days. be tabled on the 5th of O ctober and then to be d ebated subsequent to that, Mr Turnquest said. The legislation will targ et prolific and repeat offenders, according to Mr Turnquest, who said he was a strong proponent of capi tal punishment. Not because (capital punishment) will deter any m ore murders, but because i t is a proper and fitting pun ishment thats my view, said Mr Turnquest. He added: What we ought to now concentrate ourselves on is getting those prolific killers, those prolific offenders, behind bars and off of our streets. Then, I think much of this talk about capital punishment will go away. In July, the government postponed the introduction of amended death penalty legislation that was expected to be tabled in the House of Assembly before MPs took their summer recess. At that time, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham told The Tribune the changes to the legislation were "incomplete", and the new law s hould be brought to Parlia ment "later in the year." It was announced the updated legislation woulds trengthen death sentence cases from being overturned on appeal by the PrivyC ouncil and reflect the reco mmendations made after it quashed the death sentence of Maxo Tido, who was found guilty of the 2002 murder of 16-year-old Donnover Conover. Despite numerous demands by religious and civic organisations for the government to resume exe cutions, Mr Turnquest explained yesterday that his office could not act independently of the legal sys tem. This debate, he said, has raged across the Caribbean region and it rages here in the Bahamas. I c annot wake up any given morning and pick up the telephone and call the superintendent of the pris o ns and say lets hang John Doe on death row it doesnt work that way. M r Turnquest explained t he legal system mandates a stringent process, which allows convicts the right to appeal their judgment to a number of higher courts. The process is being pushed as quickly as we can, he said. Whether its those foreign white men in London, or those old men down in the Caribbean or elsewhere, in my view more and more jurists are going to find more and more obstacles to put in the way of governments from carrying out capital punishment. Thats the reality of life. with a photo of the Saga Unity in waters off Xanadu, alongside a second vessel which could not be clearly identified. In lightering operations, a hose is used and some spillage could occur during the transfer of fuel or chemicals from one vessel to the other. Only the government can grant permission for lightering operations in Bahamian waters. Early Sunday, residents of Pinders Point noticed a dark oily substance floating in nearby water. BORCO was notified of the spill and immediately dispatched its tug boat and a clean-up crew in the area. Officials at the Port Department were also notified and are investigating. Although investigations are continuing, officials are certain the oil spill along the southern shore off Pinders Point did not involve BORCO. In a press release issued by BORCO on Monday, the company stated its operations had been suspended over the past week due to tropical storm warnings. The company further stated that during this period no work had been carried out with vessels at its jetties. While our operations were suspended and there is no indication of BORCOs involvement, our investigations continue, the company stated. During their investigations, BORCO sent its tug out in the area which spotted oil east of Lucayan Harbour entrance on Sunday. According to www.marinetraffic.com, which provides an online tracking and movement of vessels, the Saga Unity was positioned in Bahamian waters near the harbour at that time. After Magistrate Weech-Gomez read the charges to the defendants and explained they could not enter a plea to either charge, the prosecution said it intends to proceed with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment which is expected to be served in Court One, Bank Lane, on August 31. The magistrate initially denied the defendants bail request and remanded them into custody. However, the matter was stood down until 2.30pm for reconsideration after Jomo Campbell, McKenzies lawyer, and Dion Smith, the attorney for Forbes and Barr, explained the history of the matter to the court. Mr Campbell said that on Monday morning when the initial case was heard for the last time in the Magistrates Court, the prosecution did not have the file on hand and as a result, the court waited for most of the day until representatives of the Attorney General's office arrived and requested another adjournment to August 23. However, Magistrate Derence Rolle-Davis had already said on July 19 the adjournment to Monday would be the final postponement in the case. The men were then discharged. Mr Campbell also said a bail application was successfully granted to his client by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs on November 18 of last year, because the evidence against him was weak. Mr Smith said recharging the men after the case was discharged in the Magistrates Court was not fair to either the victim or the defendants. He questioned how the accused would afford the cost of legal fees a second time after a 15-month-long Prel iminary Inquiry which saw only four witnesses give evidence, and in which warrants of arrest were issued for police officers who failed to show in court. At 2.30pm yesterday, Mr Campbell reappeared before Magistrate Weech-Gomez, who said the $25,000 bail conditions granted to McKenzie, of London Avenue, Millers Heights, were reinstated. Forbes, of Chesnut Street, Pinewood Gardens, and Barr, of Lynden Pindling Estates, will have bail heari ngs on Thursday and Friday respectively. Butler, of Cowpen Road, was not represented during yesterdays proceedings. He was remanded until the completion of the hearing. Mr Smith said he intends to file a constitutional motion against the actions of the police, as the defence feels police are using the Voluntary Bill of Indictment as a "tool" to abuse the process of the court while they get their act together. Teenager Berkley Miller, of Stapledon Gardens, was walking on Regent Street in Miller's Heights on May 7 last year when he was shot and killed. Saint Marks on Romer Street. A source within the police force said: We are attempting to keep those two groups of people away from each other.We are avoiding a clash between them. We dont want anything to happen to anyone who may be attending the funerals or may be in the streets so we thought best to move one of them out of the area. That way we can better control the situation. Police have also confirmed that armed security as well as plainclothes officers will attend the two funerals. At least 250 officers will be split between the men. The cemeteries where the men will be buried are being kept a close secret, but police say they are putting the necessary safety precautions in place. Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell said Fox Hill is still a safe placeand whatever is happening is not happening in the area. I have no concerns when it comes to the funerals or Fox Hill in general. It is a safe place. It has always been safe. The violence is not happening here. Its a safe community and there is no place in the Bahamas that is a no-go area. The thought of that is just ludicrous. Police have no new suspects in Knowles' murder. Two men, who were arrested days after his death, were released because of lack of evidence. It is believed that whoever killed the Fox Hill gang chief first knocked him off the motorbike he was riding at the Milo Butler Highway and Faith Avenue roundabout. Then as Knowles tried to run away, a gunman shot him a number of times. He died at the scene and became the country's 81st murder victim. Nicholls, also known as Desland or Limbo, became the country's 75th murder victim after he was gunned down in a car outside his family's home at Florida Court near Avenue. Police have charged one man in connection with his murder. Court, Englerston. Dion Smith, attorney for Alexis put it on record that his client, who was in police custody from August 4, was oppressed and beaten by police, to the point where "puss" was now leaking from his private p arts and possible additional damage had been done to an already collapsed lung, believed to have been caused by a previous police beating. Smith also told the court that police did not allow him to be present when Alexis was being "interviewd" by police even t hough Alexis had asked that Smith be present, showing CDU officers the business card of his attorney. Alexis claimed that he was forced to sign two statements in relation to the murder charges and to point out subjects in a video recording that was inp olice custody. The attorney said that his client was beaten and EMS had to treat him at the East Street South Police Station because only two officers were on duty at the time and the defendant was not allowed to see a doctor up to yesterdays arraignment. He was ordered to be examined by a doctor and given treatment before being remanded to prison until the servicing of the Voluntary Bill of Indictment. The accused had other charges brought before him in court yesterday. He was charged w ith assault, using a handgun, the victim being Cedric Rolle. This incident is alleged to have occurred on Sunday, May 22. He pleaded not guilty. Firearm and ammunition possession charges were the last brought against the accused. He was charged with being in possession of an Austrian .40 automatic pistol, serial number BLZ239, and 24 live rounds of .40 ammunition. He also pleaded not guilty to these charges. The assault, firearm and ammunition possession cases were adjourned to August 16 in Court Nine, Nas sau Street. FROM page one POWER OUT A GE MISERY GOES ON EMPEROR FUNERAL MOVED OUT OF FOX HILL F ROM page one FROM page one MINISTER EXPECTS MORE OBS T ACLES IN THE W AY OF HANGING FROMLEFT: Kooban Barr, Teddy Butler, Merritt Forbes, Seriozha McKenzie. FelipMajor /Tribune staff FOUR CHARGED WITH MURDER LESS THAN 24 HOURS AFTER BEING DISCHARGED MAN CHARGED WITH TWO MURDERS FROM page one OIL TANKER COULD HAVE CAUSED SPILL F ROM page one ROLIN ALEXIS 26, also known as PoPo o utside of court. Felip Major /Tribune staff FROM page one
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011, PAGE 7 PROSPECTUS THEGOVERNMENTOFTHECOMMONWEALTHOFTHEBAHAMAS BAHAMASREGISTEREDSTOCK2016,2018,2020,2026,2028AND2032 ISSUEOFB$100,000,000.00 IssuedunderTheBahamasRegisteredStockAct,andauthorizedbyResolutionsoftheHouseofAssembly,9th June,2011. ApplicationswillbereceivedbyTheBankingDepartmentbeginningat9:30amon3thAugust,2011andwillclose at3:00pmon11thAugust,2011.Allocationswillcommenceat9:30a.m.on12thAugust,2011andwillceaseat 3:00p.m.on15thAugust,2011. IfthetotalsubscriptionsexceedthesumofB$100,000,000.00(Nominal)partialallotmentwillbemadeto subscribers,andaproportionaterefundwillbemadeassoonaspossibleafterallotment.Nointerestwillbepaidon amountssorefunded. T hedateofthisProspectusisAugust2,2011 TheGovernmentofTheCommonwealthofTheBahamasinvitesapplicationsforBahamasRegisteredStock totallingB$100,000,000.00.TheStockwillbeavailableinarangeofmaturitydates;theearliestbeingrepayablein 2016andthelatestin2032.ThetotalamountofStockoffered,therateofinterestandtheissuepricearegivenbelow:RateofInterest NameofStock Amount B $ IssuePrice B$ P r imeRate B ahamasRegis t eredStock20 1 6 5 0 00,000.00 1 00.00 1 / 6 4 % A bovePrimeRate B ahamasRegisteredStock20 1 8 1 0 000,000.00 1 00.00 1 / 3 2 % A bovePrimeRate B ahamasRegisteredStock20 2 0 1 0 0 00 000.00 1 00.00 5 / 64 % AbovePrimeRate BahamasRegisteredStock20 26 20 ,0 00,000.00 100.00 3 / 32 % AbovePrimeRate BahamasRegisteredStock20 28 3 0,000,000.00 100.00 1/ 8 % AbovePrimeRate BahamasRegisteredStock203 2 2 5 ,000,000.00 100.00 1 0 0,000,000.00 TheStockshallberepaidon15thAugust,intheyearappearinginthenameoftheStock. INTEREST TheStockwillbearinterestfrom15thAugust,2011,attherateshownagainstthenameoftheStockasthepercent perannumoverthePrimeRate(i.e.theprimecommercialinterestratefromtimetotimefixedbytheClearingbanks carryingonbusinessintheIslandofNewProvidenceinTheBahamas.Ifthereshallbeanydifferencebetweenthem, thenthatwhichisfixedbyRBC RoyalBank(Bahamas)Limited.Interestshallbepayablehalf-yearlycommencingon 15thFebruary,2012andthereafteron15thAugustand15thFebruaryineveryyearuntiltheStockisrepaid. CHARGEUPONCONSOLIDATEDFUND TheprincipalmoniesandinterestrepresentedbytheStockarechargeduponandpayableoutoftheConsolidated FundandassetsofTheCommonwealthofTheBahamas. SUPPLEMENTARYPROVISIONS IssueofStock TheStockwillbeissuedbytheRegistrar(TheCentralBankofTheBahamas).Applicationswill bereceivedbyTheBankingDepartmentbeginningat9:30a.m.on3th August,2011and willclose at3:00p.m.on11thAugust, 2011 .Allocationswillcommenceat9:30a.m.on12thAugust,2011 andwillceaseat3:00p.m.on15thAugust,2011.Allenvelopesenclosingapplicationsshouldbe labelledApplicationForBahamasGovernmentRegisteredStocks U nits T heStockwillbeinunitsofB$100.00. Applications ApplicationsmustbeforB$100.00oramultipleofthatsum. ApplicationForms ApplicationsfortheStockshouldbemadetotheRegistrarontheformattachedtothe ProspectusandmaybeobtainedfromtheRegistrarofficesinNassauandFreeport,TheTreasury Department(TheNorthBuildingatWaterTowerPlace,EastStreet,Nassau).Applicationsmayalso bedownloadedfromtheCentralBankoftheBahamaswebsiteat www.centralbankbahamas.com or anyofthefollowingbanks:1.BankofTheBahamasInternational 2.FirstCaribbeanInternationalBank(Bahamas)Limited 3.FinanceCorporationofBahamasLimited 4.CommonwealthBankLimited 5.RBC RoyalBank(Bahamas)Limited 6.Scotiabank(Bahamas)Limited 7.FidelityBank(Bahamas)Limited 8.Citibank,N.A.PUBLICDEBT ProvisionalestimatesfromtheunauditedaccountsasatMarch31,2011showthePublicDebtofTheBahamastobe B$4,280,858,000.* GOVERNMENTREVENUEANDEXPENDITURE ThefollowinginformationisextractedfromtheunauditedaccountsoftheGovernmentofTheCommonwealthof TheBahamas. FY2009/2010p**FY2010/2011p**FY2011/2012p** B$B$B$ ApprovedBudgetApprovedBudget Revenue1,302,543,0001,492,159,0001,520,189,000 RecurrentExpenditure(excluding RepaymentofPublicDebt)1,395,892,0001,467,170,0001,597,958,000 CapitalDevelopment Expenditure(excludingloans contributionsandadvances topubliccorporations) 156,757,000227,579,000237,303,000 **Provisionalestimatesfromtheunauditedaccounts. *ThePublicDebtamountisinclusiveofThePublicCorporationscontingentliabilitywhichasatMarch 31, 2011totalledB$540,489,000. 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IntheeventofthefullamountofStock(s)appliedforaboveis/arenotallottedto me/us,I/werequestthatthesumrefundabletome/usbeappliedforthefollowingStock: % BahamasRegisteredStockB$ PAYMENTSINEXCESSOFB$50,000.00 MUST BEMADEVIAREALTIMEGROSSSETTLEMENT SYSTEM(RTGS)THROUGHALLCOMMERCIALBANKSEXCEPTFINCO. PAYMENTSOFB$50,000.00ORLESSCANBEMADEVIAREALTIMEGROSSSETTLEMENT SYSTEMORBYBANKDRAFTPAYABLETOTHECENTRALBANKOFTHEBAHAMAS PAYMENTSOFB$5,000.00ORLESSCANBEMADEVIAREALTIMEGROSSSETTLEMENT SYSTEM,BYBANKDRAFTPAYABLETOTHECENTRALBANKOFTHEBAHAMASORBY CASH. ALLNEWINSTITUTIONCUSTOMERSMUSTPRESENTALISTOFAUTHORIZED SIGNATORIESALONGWITHMEMORANDUMORARTICLESOFASSOCIATION.1.(OnePerson) OrdinarySignature NameinFull(BLOCKLETTERS,statewhetherMr.,Mrs.,orMissandtitlesifany.) Address(Corporationsetc.shouldgiveRegisteredAddresses) P.O.Box TelephoneNos.(H)(W) 2.(Wheretwoormorepersonsapplyasjointsubscribers,theadditionalnamesandaddressesshould begivenbelow.) OrdinarySignatures NamesinFull And/OR Address TelephoneNos.(H)(W) I/Weherebyrequestsemiannualinteresttobepaidto: BankName BankBranch Account Number THE GOVERNMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS BAHAMAS REGISTERED STOCK 2016, 2018, 2020, 2026, 2028 AND 2032 ISSUE OF B$100,000,000.00 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com P LP representatives held a joint p ress conference outside the National Insurance Board (NIB Baillou Hill Road Headquarters yesterday claiming that the unemployment rate is higher than recent government reports indicate. MP for Elizabeth Ryan Pinder s aid the recent employment statist ics released last week are misl eading Bahamians into thinking t hat the countrys unemployment situation has improved. These figures are FNM voodoo e conomics at its best, said Mr Pinder. The Department of Statistics released the results of its Labour F orce and Household Income Survey on Friday, revealing a slight decrease in the number of unemployed persons, a decline of less than 1 per cent in the unemployment rate, which now stands at 13.7 per cent. Mr Pinder said after careful r eview of the data issued by the Department of Statistics the true unemployment rate is 17.6 per cent at the minimum. Citing a presentation made to the International Monetary Fund (IMF sation estimated in January the unemployment rate in the Bahamas to be 18 per cent, clearly w ay above 13 per cent and more close to the PLPs estimate of 17.6 per cent M r Pinder said the 13.7 per cent u nemployment figure does not accurately reflect joblessness in the country, as it does not include the informal sector that comprises non-conventional modes of employment, such as phone card vendors or the significant number of discouraged workers who s hould be considered unemployed. He said the growth of the informal sector and discouraged workers is a result of the governments failure to create sufficient jobs for the workforce. According to Mr Pinder, his own informal study conducted in the Elizabeth constituency revealed that one third of residents are witho ut jobs. PLP Senator Michael Halkitis said, excluding certain areas of the c ountry perceived to be high crime a reas also attributed to the reports inaccurate reflection of unemployment. A senior official in the Department of Statistics said they did not carry out the survey in some areas where unemployment is high due to the incidence of crime in those a reas, said Mr Halkitis, a survey cannot be random if they are intentionally excluding areas. Mr Halkitis pointed out that there is correlation between unemployment and crime and the fact that these areas were not considered is a cause for concern. If you are going to exclude whole portions of the population t hen clearly your survey is not a random sample and not representative of what is going on in the B ahamas, said Mr Halkitis. Mr Halkitis said that from their informal surveys and work on the ground unemployment is up and s o is the countrys misery level. M r Pinder concluded that in o rder to formulate the policies and p ractices for the country and the b est direction for Bahamians there m ust be a true understanding of where the country is and the fact that things are not better. PLPMP CLAIMS UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES ARE VOODOO ECONOMICS R YANPINDERSAYSSTATISTICSAREMISLEADINGBAHAMIANS ELIZABETHMP Ryan Pinder speaks yesterday.
By LARRYSMITH W HEN Cecil Wallace-Whitfield called a dramatic vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Lynden Pindling 40 years ago, probably no-one in his group of dissident PLPs (who were laterto constitute themselves as the F NM) knew that this parliamentary measure was first used in 1782 to topple the British prime minister, Lord North, after a decisive American vict ory in the War of Independence. That's one of the fascinating f acts contained in a monumental new book about the rarely reported other side of theA merican Revolution the loyalists who supported the BritishC rown during the conflict and e nded up as Imperial refugees a fterwards. Liberty's Exiles published this year by Harvard historian M aya Jasanoff, is the first global history of the estimated 60,000 white colonists, free blacks andn ative Americans, plus 15,000 A frican slaves, who fled the United States of America in the 1780s to build new lives in Canad a, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Britain and Africa. British troops evacuated New Y ork City on November 25, 1783, ending a seven-year civil war, and most histories since then have focused on the American republic. Jasanoff chose to t race the lives of individual black, white and Amerindian l oyalists who lost everything, but became part of a global diaspora that had an important influ-e nce on the development of the B ritish Empire and the Bahamas in particular. Bahamian historian Gail Saunders described the persecution of loyalists by the American patriots in her 1983 publi-c ation, B ahamian Loyalists and their Slave s. "Some had their property confiscated; others w ere socially ostracised and t heir businesses boycotted. All t ypes of atrocities in the name of p atriotism were inflicted against the loyalists, the most infamous a nd common being that of tarr ing and feathering." Liberty and Slavery T he American Revolution's ideals of liberty and justice were also marred by the continued enslavement of Africans and the deliberate destruction of nativeA merican societies. In contrast, Jasanoff points out that some 2 0,000 slaves were emancipate d by the British in return for their support during the war, and several Indian nations, like the Creeks and the Mohawks, c hose to ally themselves with the empire. She also notes that the secess ion of more than two million white American subjects drove home the fact that the British E mpire was a majority nonw hite enterprise. This realization led to systematic reforms a imed at preventing misrule in I ndia, which became the new jewel in the imperial crown. At the same time, the Revolution removed half a million slaves from the empire, as well as a major interest group in the form of American slavehold-e rs. Abolitionists were able to draw a moral contrast between Britain, where slaveo wning was unlawful, and a U nited States in which slave ry was constitutionally prot ected. It was no coincidence that the first abolition bill w as introduced to the British p arliament in 1789. Jasanoff provides new e stimates for the loyalist exodus. About 8,000 whites and 5,000 free blacks fled to Britain after the war, but most headed for otherB ritish colonies 35,000 to the Canadian provinces o f Nova Scotia, New Brunswick a nd Quebec; 6,000 whites and most of the 15,000 slaves to Jamaica and the Bahamas. Some 1200 blacks later moved f rom Canada to Sierra Leone in West Africa. And a few loy alists ended up as far away as I ndia or Australia. "Loyalist refugees conveyed American things and ideas into t he empire," Jasanoff says. T hese included material objects such as the printing press used b y the Wells family of C harleston to produce the first newspaper in the Bahamas (the Bahama Gazette ), and the racial a ttitudes that accompanied the loyalists' mass transport of slaves. P ostwar Conflicts Jasanoff chronicles the con tradictions that characterised the postwar restructuring of the B ritish Empire: "an empire that gave freedom to black loyalists, but facilitated the export of loya list-owned slaves; it gave land to Mohawk Indian allies in the north, but largely abandonedt he Creeks and other allies in t he south; it promised to com pensate loyalists for their losses, but in practice often fell short; itj oined liberal principles with hierarchical rule." Perhaps nowhere were these c ontradictions more evident t han in the Bahamas, and Jasonoff devotes an entire chapter to the loyalist experienceh ere. In late 1783 the British gov ernment decided to buy out the hereditary proprietors of the Bahamas to offer land to loyal ists. A few months before, a group of about 1500 New York ers had moved to Abaco, where they laid out a town (near present-day Treasure Cay) named after Sir Guy Carleton, the general who supervised the British evacuation from America and was later appointed the first governor-general of Canada. The Abaco settlers soon disc overed the island to be "not so f ertile as had been expected", and began fighting over food distribution. Some split off tof ound a rival town at nearby Marsh's Harbour, which is Abaco's capital today. The settlem ent of Carleton disappeared from the map, until archaeologists rediscovered it in the 20th century. By the middle of 1784," Jasanoff writes, "transports were disgorging refugees and slaveso nto New Providence by the hundreds...Many stayed in rudi mentary conditions around Nass au; others emigrated to the dry, empty out islands...All told more than 6,000 loyalists and their slaves arrived in the Bahamas,d oubling the prewar population and raising the ratio of black to white inhabitants from a little m ore than one to one, to two to one." Tormenting and Dissatisfied M ost had arrived from Florid a, where they had taken refuge following the British defeat at Yorktown. They had beenf orced to move again when peace negotiations ceded Flori da to Spain in exchange forG ibralter. Described as "the m ost tormenting, dissatisfied people on Earth," these Florida refugees soon created turmoili n the somnolent Bahama Islands. "If the remainder who intend coming here are of the same sort," the governor said at the time, "civil government is in danger." The loyalists clashed with the older Bahamian population known as conchs, who they felt were favoured by the governor. And t hey protested vigorously against what they considered to be a lack of representation. These protests extended to "explosive public outbursts, riots and assaults, and proto-revolut ionary councils." According to J asanoff, "These doubly displaced refugees came bearing enormous resentment againstt heir own government for aband oning Florida." Such an environment pro v ided fertile ground for all manner of anti-government conspiracies. Jasanoff tells the amazing story of William Augustus B owles, a Maryland-born white loyalist who became a Creek Indian chief and moved to the Bahamas after the War of Inde pendence. He brought with him word of a daring plot by leadingB ahamian loyalists to mount a coup against the governor and secede from the empire. Nothing ever came of this c onspiracy, but Bowles was encouraged by Lord Dunmore, the Bahamian governor at the time, to pursue an even bolder scheme using the Bahamas asa springboard to overturn Spanish authority in Florida. With t he support of the Creeks he would then create an indepen dent Indian state called Muskog ee that would ally itself to the British Empire. Styling himself DirectorGeneral of the Creek Nation, B owles set off on an Atlantic circuit to win British aid, and successfully recruited the governor of Nova Scotia to his plan. In 1790 he arrived in London to petition the king, and man aged to secure limited backing. At the time, the conventional wisdom was that the United States would probably fragment and the British were looking to improve their position in North America. But Bowles' subsequent expedition to Florida turned into a fiasco when he was captured by the Spanish and imprisoned in Havana, from where he was soon deported to the Philip pines. "Instead of becoming the lord of Muskogee, Bowles became surely the only American loyalist to be exiled in southeastern Asia," Jasanoff writes, describing him as "a shooting star over the Bahamian scene." Imperial Margins It wasn't until 1794 that the unrest in the Bahamas subsided when a new House of Assembly was elected with substantial loy alist representation. But a combination of insect pests, soil exhaustion and hurri canes ultimately wrecked loyal ist plans for a lucrative new life on the islands. The remains of their failed plantations can still be found on New Providence, San Salvador and Cat Island. "The Bahamas never took off as an agricultural economy," Jasanoff says, "The islands flourished best in their position as a maritime centre, way sta tion, and offshore huba role they continue to play more than two centuries later. In the end, despite loyalist efforts to make it otherwise, the Bahamas remained marginal to imperial interests." In a f ascinati ng aside, Jasanoff reports that Bowles resurfaced in Sierra L eone years later after escaping from a prison ship c ruising up the West African c oast. Making his way to London, he w as entertained by his o ld benefact or, Lord Dunm ore, and eventually returned to F lorida at government expense, buildi ng a settlement n ear present-day Tallahassee and drafting a M uskogee constitution. But changing currents turned t he Creeks against him and Bowles was eventually handed over to the Spanish, who again imprisoned him in Havana's Moro Castle, where he died in 1 805. When Bowles escaped off t he coast of Sierra Leone in 1798 he sought refuge in Freetown, where 1200 black loyalists fromN ova Scotia had resettled with t he aid of leading British aboli tionists. This was the final British-sponsored migration ofA merican loyalists. B lack Loyalists These refugees left Halifax i n January 1791 with high hopes. But the development of Freetown was beset by the same conflicts between loyalists and the a uthorities that had occurred in the Bahamas and Nova Scotia. The instability culminated in an uprising by the black loyalists in 1800 that was suppressed by British troops. Isaac Anderson, the wouldb e first black ruler of a self-governed Freetown was executed, and several other coup leadersw ere exiled included Harry Washington one of George Washington's runaway slaves. Among those who helped put down the rebellion were a group of Jamaican free blacks called Maroons, who had been deported to Nova Scotia in 1791 and t hen petitioned to be sent to a warmer climate. Following the abolition of the slave trade in 1807, Free town became a Crown colony, it's population supplemented by Africans liberated from slave ships. The colony also served as a model for the neighbouring settlement of Liberia, which was founded by American aboli tionists in the 1820s. It became independent in 1961. On top of these well-intentioned resettlement programmes, the British government paid out the equivalent of million in compensation for loyalist claims after the war. The scale of this payout "was just as unprecedented as all the other provisions land grants, free passages, rations, and sup plies already made for refugees," Jasanoff says, noting that such a huge relief pro gramme was born in a period when public welfare scarcely existed. By 1815, when the British defeated the French at Waterloo to end the Napoleonic Wars, the loyalist migration from America was over. The survivors of the exodus were now subjects of a world power that enjoyed international pre-eminence for the next century or more. And they were, Jasanoff concludes, "in this sense, victors after all." LIBERTYS EXILES: American Loyalists in the Revo lutionary World by Maya Jasanoff 460 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. What do you think? 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By JOHN MARQUIS I N MANY w ays its like the Blitz, with fires breaking outa ll over London, the police and fire service stretched beyond endurance, people scattering in all directions ands irens echoing throughout the capital. All thats missing are the enemy bombers overhead. Less than a mile from where I m writing this, a major store is being looted, a shop has been torched and rioters are r unning amok, with police watching impotently as the mob smashes windows andb atters cars. F rom the fifth-floor balcony of my Clapham flat, I can see smoke rising from distant Lewisham, the glow of a mas sive blaze in Croydon, and emergency vehicles charging b ack and forth along the road b elow. London is supposed to be one of the worlds most civi l ized and sophisticated cities, but at the moment it is at the mercy of the lawless, an outof-control rabble who are charging through the streets wreaking havoc and threatening anyone who tries to film their behaviour. For 90 minutes they rampaged through Debenhams store in Clapham without any attempt being made to stop them. The police were so over stretched that they were simply unable to cover the ground. As a shop went up in flames, a small group of policemen stood by helplessly. Fire appliances were otherwise engaged fighting major blazes in Croy don and Ealing. Not for 26 years has Lon don seen anything comparable. Well over 200 people have been arrested and Prime Min ister David Cameron is flying home from holiday in Tuscany to chair a national emergency committee in an attempt to control the crisis. Among the many businesses looted and destroyed by rioters was a 140-year-old furni ture store which had been run by the same family for five generations. At this very moment, my wife is on the phone to one of our children, four of whom live in different parts of the capital. None of us dares to go to bed in case the mob arrives at our front door. Its well after midnight, yet reports are still coming in of new outbreaks in scattered areas of London, with new flashpoints erupting every few minutes. Already, the pundits are trying to find an explanation for the worst social unrest seen in Britain in living memory. Former London mayor Ken Livingston blamed a funda mental disconnect between p olice and disaffected youth, w hile Home Secretary There sa May said it was merely m indless criminality, vowing to bring the culprits to justice. Youths as young as 14 are w alking out of stores with TV plasma screens, laptop com puters and music systems. Some are masked, but others a re so brazen they fear nothing, not even closed circuit cameras and police helicopters r ecording the scenes from above. The riots are, it seems, B ritish youths one-finger s alute to authority, the most outrageous collective demon stration of flagrant disrespect ever seen on the streets of London. One television reporter said: I have covered many incid ents of civil unrest in my career, but I have never seen anything like this. U ndoubtedly, thrill-seeking thugs joined the mayhem for the hell of it, but searching questions will have to be asked to find out whether the distur bances were triggered by spreading resentment due to government cuts, alleged police abuse and growing unemployment. With new outbreaks of violence being reported in Birm ingham and Liverpool, and Londoners living in a state of siege, the big question being asked is whether the country is at risk of wholesale anarchy. The violence was triggered by the police shooting of a suspected drug dealer last Thursday. Young father Mark Dug gan was killed by a police bul let after he was mistakenly thought to have fired on them. It was later established that he was carrying a replica firearm. A quiet family vigil held last Saturday suddenly mushroomed into a riot and the unrest has continued for three successive nights. Initially, the rioting was confined to deprived areas of London, but it has now spread to relatively prosperous neighbourhoods like Clapham and Ealing. The internet has been used to orchestrate movements of youths from one district to another and Twitter users are reporting the impact of distur bances, fuelling the crisis. Some families have been trying to move out of their homes, but authorities are advising people to stay indoors. Much of the citys transport system has ground to a halt. Riot police, heavily outnumbered, have been powerless to contain the distur bances. A legal source said: Ive seen this coming for some time. There is widespread dis trust of the police in some L ondon neighbourhoods, and m any young people feel a sense of persecution. That is not to excuse whats happening. Much of this is just gratuitous thuggery. Its a tragedy that the targets of thisv iolence have been small businesses run by innocent people trying to earn an honest living. O ne distraught woman described the young rioters as truly evil, adding: Its reall y horrible out here. Its awful. People are frightened. The streets of London are unsafet o walk on. SEE PAGE10 T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011, PAGE 9 A PROPERTY is on fire near Reeves Corner in Croydon, south London Tuesday. A wave of violence and looting raged across London and spread to three other major British cities on Tuesday, as authorities struggled to contain the country's worst unrest since riots set the capital ablaze in the 1980s. (AP POLICE ARREST a man for loot i ng in Clapham Junction in south London, Monday. Violence and looting spread across some of London's most impoverished neighborhoods on Monday, with youths setting fire to shops and vehicles, during a third day of rioting in the city that will host next summer's Olympic Games. Simon Dawson /AP JOHN MARQUIS ON THE WORST CIVIL UNREST IN UK CAPITAL IN 26 YEARS
INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE LONDON Associated Press T HOUSANDSmore police officers flooded London streets Tuesday in a bid to end Britain's worst rioting in a generation as nervous shopkeepers closed early and somer esidents stood guard to prot ect their neighborhoods. An e erie calm prevailed in the city, but unrest spread across central and northern Englando n a fourth night of violence driven by poor, diverse and brazen crowds of young people. S cenes of ransacked stores, torched cars and blackened buildings frightened and out-r aged Britons just a year before London is to host the summer Olympic Games, and b rought demands for a t ougher response from law enforcement. London's Metropolitan Police department put thousands more officers in the streets and said that byW ednesday there would be 16,000 almost triple the number present Monday. Britain's riots began Saturday when an initially peaceful protest over a police shooti ng in London's Tottenham n eighborhood turned violent. That clash has morphed into a general lawlessness in Londona nd several other cities that police have struggled to halt with ordinary tactics. While the rioters have run o ff with sneakers, bikes, electronics and leather goods, they also have torched stores apparently just for the fun of seeing something burn. They were left virtually unchall enged in several neighborh oods, and when police did a rrive they often were able to flee quickly and regroup. S ome saw Britain's econ omic crisis and deep cuts planned for social benefits as a d eeper underlying cause for the outburst of violence. The show of strength by police appeared to have q uelled unrest in London late T uesday, but in a move that could raise tensions, a far-right g roup said about 1,000 of its members around the country were taking to the streets to deter rioters. "We're going to stop the r iots police obviously can't handle it," Stephen Lennon, l eader of the far-right English D efense League, told The Associated Press. He warned that he couldn't guarantee there wouldn't be violent c lashes with rioting youths. A nders Behring Breivik, who has confessed to the b ombing and massacre that killed 77 people in Norway last month, has cited the EDLa s an inspiration. Firefighters were tackling a major blaze at the site of ar ecycling center and fuel depot in Tottenham early on Wednesday, but it was unclear w hether the fire was linked to a ny new outbreak of rioting. Outside of London, chaos continued to spread. I n the northwestern city of Manchester, hundreds of youths rampaged through thec ity center, hurling bottles and stones at police and vandalizing stores. A women's clothing store on the city's main shopping street was set ablaze, along with a disused library in n earby Salford. Looters targ eted stores selling designer clothes and expensive con sumer electronics. M anchester's assistant chief constable Garry Shewan saidl ooting and arson had taken p lace there on an unpreced ented scale, but appeared to have little motive. "We want to make it a bsolutely clear they have nothing to protest against. There is nothing in a sense ofi njustice and there has been n o spark that has led to this," he said. LONDON TRIES TRIPLING POLICE PRESENCE TO END RIOTS A YOUTH uses his mobile to take a picture of a car burning after it was set on fire b y rioters in Hackney, east L ondon, Monday. (AP A BRITISH POLICE OFFICER s tand guard as a car set on fire b y rioters, burns in Hackney, east London, Monday. (AP A FIRE IS SEEN during civil disturbances in Salford near Manchester, England, Tuesday. (AP
D OVER AIR FORCE BASE, Delaware Associated Press F OR THE SECOND TIME i n his presidency, Barack Obama was atD over on Tuesday, saluting t roops who died on his watch. Sadness hung everywhere. For Obama, it was a day tod eal with the nation's single deadliest day of the decadelong war in Afghanistan. Fort he families of the 30 Americans who were killed, it wasa time to remember the dreams their loved ones hadl ived, not the ambitions that d ied with them. Obama solemnly climbed aboard the two C-17 cargo planes carrying the fallenh ome from Afghanistan to pay respects. Their helicopter apparently had been hit by an insurgent's rock et-propelled grenade. Later, the president consoled their grieving families. He stood in honor as the flag-covered cases were carried off the planes in front of him. The country didn't see it. There will be no lasting, gripping images this time of Obama assuming his office's grimmest role. No family could give permission for media coverage, the military said, because no individual bodies had been identified yet. The helicopter crash in Afghanistan on Saturday was that horrific. For Americans with no sons, daughters, other relatives or friends in the military, this punch seemed to blindside everyone. The war is supposed to be winding down, and the face behind it, Sept. 11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, was killed months ago by elite U.S. forces. Saturday's blow claimed 22 Navy SEALs from the same special forces team that pulled off the remark able mission in Pakistan that ended bin Laden. None of those killed on the helicopter was part of that raid, but the connection, along with the size of the loss, was deeply felt. The troops who died had been flying on a mission to help fellow forces under fire. The fallen were described as intensely patriotic, tal ented and passionate about the risks and responsibilities that came with their jobs. S ome were married with children. One wanted to be an astronaut. Another wasg oing to propose to his girl friend when he got home. Three were from the same Army reserve unit inK ansas: Bravo Company, 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment. Seven Afghan command os and one Afghan interpreter were killed, too, when the helicopter crashed in the Tangi Valley. O n Tuesday, 30 cases draped in American flags came off the planes; eight others were covered inA fghan flags. The president had flown by helicopter to Dover. The trip was kept private by the White House until he landed as a measure of security, although expectations of his presence were high from shortly after the 30 troops died. Upon arriving, Obama boarded one plane carrying remains to pay respects to the fallen, then did so again on the second plane. He then met with about 250 family members and fellow servicemen and women of the dead. He spent about 70 minutes with family members, offering his condolences and gratitude for their sacrifice and service, the White House said. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen joined in. The formal process of honoring the troops, known as a dignified transfer, rolled on across the afternoon. Reporters were kept out of sight in a nearby building. Officials frown on calling the events a ceremony to avoid any connotation of celebration. As described to reporters, the president and the rest of the official party, including military leaders, boarded the cargo planes. A chaplain said a prayer. T hen the president and the rest of the dignitaries stood somberly in a hangara s remains were carried out in transfer cases, one by one, along a red carpet and into waiting vans. O ut of respect, the words "coffins" and "caskets" are never used. Teams on site ensure the c ases come off the plane in perfect shape. They are car ried down by personnel from each fallen member'ss ervice and not just any troops but those specially chosen for the high honor. Three days after the d owning of the aircraft, the Defense Department has not released the troops' names. Officials say it is taking time because there were so many killed. Others say privately there is hesitancy to release the names because the majority were from sensitive special operations forces. The military has launched an investigation into the helicopter crash. The probe will address a host of questions, including the decision to send a Chinook helicopter packed with Navy and Air Force special oper ations forces to a firefight to assist troops on the ground. For the troops returning in cases on Tuesday, and so many others over the months and years, Dover personnel eventually return the bodies, if possible, to their loved ones in whatever clothing the family choses. It could be military dress. Or jeans, a T-shirt and cowboy boots. And always, with rever ence. "It is a very big source of pride, and a sense of duty and honor that we give to the fallen service members," said Dover mortuary affairs spokesman Van Williams. "We represent the nation. And a grateful nation at that." INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011, PAGE 11 By JENNIFER KAY A ssociated Press KEY WEST, Fla. (AP currents in the Florida Straits finally proved stronger than the determi-nation that had pushed Diana Nyad across vast stretches of open waterb efore. N yad, 61, stroked through shoulder pain and floated on her back when asthma made it difficult for her to breathe on the attempt to swim from Cuba to Key West that she began Sunday. S he said she pictured herself e merging from the water onto the beach and vowed to doggy-paddle there, if that was what it took. By early Tuesday, trembling in the water, the record-setting marathons wimmer knew she had to stop, even t hough it meant giving up on her dream. According to her Twitter feed, she was pulled from the water after swimming for 29 hours, though the exact distance she swam wasn't clear. The swim had been expected to take about 60 hours to cross 103 miles( 166 kilometers). Sometimes the will is so strong. That's the whole point of this sport in general, that the mind is stronger than the body," she said after her support boat docked in Key West. I was shaking and freezing and I thought, there's no mind over matt er anymore. I was so depleted from the asthma," she said, crying in a white bathrobe before cheering supporters. "It was so hard. I couldn't even s wim. I couldn't be the swimmer I a m," Nyad said, detailing the ailments that piled up as the waters got choppier. "I had severe asthma for 11 hours I was taking 10 strokes and then going on my back and gasping. I had severe pain in myr ight shoulder that was so excruciati ng that every stroke I took from the third hour all the way through 30, I just winced every time." Nyad had trained for and dreamed about the attempt for two years. It was a dream deferred after she first tried to cross the Florida Straitsi n a shark cage as a 28-year-old in 1978. Then, she quit after 41 hours and 49 minutes in the water because of strong currents and rough weath-e r that banged her around in the c age. Now it's a dream unfulfilled. Nyad said she won't attempt try it again because she doesn't want to put her team through the ordeal of training again. She attempted this swim without a shark cage, relying instead on ane lectrical field from equipment towed by kayakers to keep them at b ay. Her Twitter account reported she decided to end the swim herself, after "realizing the conditions of five to 10 knot winds and less than ideal currents." A n online chart plotting the swimm er's track showed the Gulf Stream c urrents pushing Nyad east of her intended course. Nyad had hoped to end her swim at the Key West marker for the southernmost point in the United States. When we got started, it was a f lat, glassy sea. Two hours later, it started to chop up. Three hours in, I felt a twinge in my shoulder and it never went away," Nyad said. "I tried the fingers in different positions, I tried to swim in differentw ays, but I was just in wincing pain and I thought, that's just how it's going to be." Nyad said she tried taking puffs from an inhaler and medication to ease the asthma and the pain, but nothing helped. Had the latest attempt been succ essful, Nyad would have broken her own record of 102.5 miles (165 kilometers) for an open-sea swim without a shark cage, set in 1979w hen she stroked from the Bahamas t o Florida. Before beginning her swim Sunday night, Nyad told journalists she hoped her swim would inspire others her age to live active lives. She saids he also hoped it could help improve u nderstanding between Cold War r ivals Cuba and the United States, even if just symbolically. A Miami Beach lifeguard who completed a paddleboard crossing of the Florida Straits in June credit-e d Nyad for inspiring her journey. I was inspired by her being a strong woman, attempting to do these amazing crossings no one had really done," Cynthia Aguilar said. Propelling the board with her arms, Aguilar, 27, finished the 103.2-m ile journey June 16, beginning a bout 14 miles off northern Cuba, in about 29 hours and 12 minutes. She sympathized with Nyad's decision to quit, because she ended her own first attempt at the crossing last year in rough weather and strong currents. I learned that last year, that the water can change on you in a second," Aguilar said. "I admire her for going again. That's what life'sa bout: If you fall, you try again. She w ent for it." NYAD ENDS RECORD ATTEMPT TO SWIM FROM CUBA TO US DIANA NYAD cries as she speaks to reporters and fans after arriving in Key W est, Florida, on Tuesday. ( AP) OBAMA SALUTES TOOPS WHO DIED ON HIS WATCH SOLEMN OCCASION AFTER HELICOPTER CRASH PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA returns a salute, upon his arrival on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 in Washington. Obama made an unannounced trip to Dover Air Force Base, Del., to pay tribute to the 30 U.S. troops killed over the weekend in Afghanistan. (AP Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The festival is known as the l argest celebration in New Prov idence after the Boxing Day and New Years junkanoo parades. H eld a week after the Emancipation Day holiday, the festival commemorates the manner in which freed slaves who settled int he area celebrated their free dom. Several members of parliament w ent on a church tour visiting Baptist churches St Pauls, Mace donia, Mt Carey and St Marks in what has become a 14 year tra d ition for leader of the opposi tion Perry Christie and area MP Fred Mitchell. During the services, children sang songs, performed dances and read poems to celebrate the event. W ishing residents a happy Fox Hill Day, Mr Christie said it is crucial to celebrate the com munitys rich history and remember the importance of sharing it and passing it on from generation to generation. Also in attendance were Senator Jacinta Higgs and FNM chair man Carl Bethel, who also offered remarks and congratulations to the community. Commenting on the support for Fox Hill Day offered by both major parties, Mr Christie called the festival an opportunity to show the Bahamian people that despite political differences, at the end of the day both parties believe in doing the right thing for the Bahamas. Following the church tour, Fox Hillians continued the celebration with food stalls, music, greasy pole climbing competitions and the plaiting of the maypole. Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest told The Tri bune that police had an effective policing plan in place throughout the celebration. PAYING HOMAGE TO OUR HERITAGE FROM page two HAPPY FOX HILL DA Y! F ox Hill residents celebrated the annual Fox Hill Day festival yesterday. The festival commemorates the manner in which freed slaves who settled in the area celebrated their freedom. Yesterday several members of parliament including PLP leader Perry Christie and FNM Chairman Carl Bethel went on a church tour. Pictured are scenes from the event. PHOTOS BY TIM CLARKE
$4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.35 $5.39 $5.55 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB email@example.comWEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 [Learn more at royaldelity.com] BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org R ECOVERY in the domestic economy is expected to be maintained over the remainder of the y ear with conditions in the job mark et likely to gradually improve, a ccording to the latest report from the Central Bank. T his outlook was presented in t he Central Banks monthly Economic Financial Developments (MEFD The report stated: Amid an improved outlook for tourism output and foreign investment activity, the recovery in the domestic econo my is expected to be maintained over the remainder of the year. In tandem with these developments,c onditions in the job market are likely to gradually improve, with t he majority of the short term gains evident in the construction sector. W inston Rolle, president of the B ahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation ( BCCEC) told T ribune Business : I think the numbers do indicate s ome degree of recovery. Only q uestion is, how much of that do we attribute to the larger projects? Sometimes our economic numbersc an be inflated by our larger projects. It is a positive outlook, the question is how much of that is validated by the cons truction industry. The International Monetary Fund (IMF s aid the Bahamian econo my is gaining strength a nd has faired well despite global financialw oes. M inister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing said: The IMF report confirms what we have been saying, that we are in a recove ry, a recovery thats gaining some m omentum. Their initial look at the Bahamas had projections of growth t hat were a little over one per cent. Now they are suggest ing two per cent o r so. I think their opportunity to come h ere and get a m ore detailed a ssessment of what is happ ening transl ated into a more optimistic forecast on their part. According to the Cen tral B ank, domestic inflation is expecte d to remain benign although the persistence of elevated oil prices cold exert upward pressureo n domestic energy costs. Measures In the fiscal sector, the longt erm sustainability of the overall d eficit and corresponding debt indicators will depend heavily on the pace and broadening of the econ omic recovery, as well as the effectiveness of measures aimed at i mproving Governments revenue administration and increasing the tax yield. On the monetary front, both liquidity and external reserves are p oised to remain buoyant in the near term, in the context of a continuation of mild credit growth,t he Central Bank report stated. CREDIT to the private sector rebounded by $37.2 million from last years $75.6 fall off, the Central Bank revealed in its monthly Economic Finan cial Developments for June. According to the Central Bank, this development was primarily explained bya $26.4 million recovery in commercial loans, from the $55.6 million contraction a year ago. Further, growth in mortgages more than doubled to $24.6 million from $12 million; and the contraction in consumer credit was lower at $13.8 million from $32 million last year. A further disaggregation of consumer lending for the first five months showed an almost flat position as repayments of $530.7 mil lion nearly matched new credit of $530.5 million, with net declines in most of the categories, the Central Bank report stated. According to the report, the most significant declines occurred for loans for miscellaneous purpos es ($17.2 million cards ($12 million improvement ($7.5 mil lion) and education ($3 million). In a modest offset, debt consolidation loans which include restructured loans advanced by $44.3 million and lending for land purchases grew mar ginally by $0.6 million. By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business R eporter n mckenzie@ tribunemedia.net M INISTER of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing told Tribune Business yesterday the g overnment is monitoring what impact the recent US crediting r ating downgrade by t he credit rating a gency Standard and Poors from AAA toA A-plus will have on t he Bahamian economy to determine what steps it would have to take. We always monitor the US economy because of our ties to i t, said Mr Laing. The extent to which this recent debt dilemm a possesses some t hreat to the US eco n omic outlook means that we need to continue to look at that. Ift hat does translate to real economic change then we will have tod etermine what impli cations that has for us and then make whatev-er adjustments or steps t hat have to be taken. I cant say at the moment that there is any particular concernb ut we are always mindful to watch what is happening in the US economy. The recent debt debate and some of the fallout that is now being experienced from that would obvi ously imply some challenges for the Bahamas to the extent thatA merican consumers and business people feel less inclined to do some of the travel and business they would typically do in a place like the Bahamas. That would be a general concern we would have. In the meantime, it is really something that we will monitor and exercise some vigilance over because it is not something we can do something about per se. Wall Street suffered a 512 point fall in trading last week, one of its worst performances since 2008, and continued that downward trend Monday. The S&P downgrade carries with it fears of a higher cost of bor rowing for the US with broad, negative global implications, which for the Bahamas could mean a negative impact on the tourism sector, in particular. GOVERNMENT M ONITORING IMPACT OF US DOWNGRADING ON BAHAMAS MINISTEROFSTATEFORFINANCE: CENTRAL BANKS MONTHLY ECONOMIC FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENTS JUNE REPORT REPORT:JOB MARKET CONDITIONS LIKELY TO GRADUALLY IMPROVE Domestic economy recovery expected to be maintained CREDIT T O THE PRIVATE SECTOR REB OUNDS BY $3 7.2 MILLION A GRAPH ON a screen of a specialist on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows stock activity near the close of trading, Tuesday. TheD ow Jones industrial average closed u p 429.92 points. SEE PAGE T HREE Richard Drew /AP STOCKS SOAR AFTER FED PLEDGES LOW RATES INTO 2013 MINISTEROFSTATEFORFINANCE Zhivargo Laing
WASHINGTON A ssociated Press W HAT LITTLEconfidence consumers have isbeing undermined by the tumult on Wall Street. Americans struggling with lean wages and job insecurity have seen their 401(k o ver the past 2? weeks. A plunge in oil prices has provided some relief at the pump, but not enough to ameliorate anxiety about the overall econom y. W hen consumers feel l ess wealthy, they're less l ikely to buy new furnit ure, new appliances or n ew cars. And because t heir spending drives a bout 70 percent of the e conomy, analysts fear a negative feedback loop in which markets and con-s umers drag each other down. "We'll just scare ourselves into a recession," s ays David Kelly, chief market strategist with J.P. Morgan Funds. M urray Specktor, 58, a r etired Northwest Airlines p ilot, says he has enough money tucked away to support himself. But with the Dow Jones industrial average more than 11 perc ent lower than it was less than three weeks ago, he's taking further precautions. No expensive meals o ut," he says. "Entertainm ent's going to get cut back. Until I see where this is going, I've just got t o preserve capital and try to get my comfort level u p." The drop in the stock m arket could cut overall s pending by $140 billion, or 1.3 percent, over the coming year, says PaulD ales, senior U.S. econo mist at Capital Econom ics. Dales forecasts that the stock market turmoilc ould reduce the economy's annual growth rate by half a percentage point through 2012. T here isn't much to spare. In the first half of the year, the economyg rew at a scant 0.8 percent a nnual rate. That helps e xplain the dive on Wall S treet: Stocks are falling partly on fears that the nation could slip back intoa recession. T umbling stock prices could especially depress spending by wealthierc onsumers. Eighty percent of stocks belong to the richest 10 percent of Americans. And the rich e st 20 percent represent a bout 40 percent of con sumer spending. Luxury retailers that have helpeds ustain the economy could suffer. E ven before stocks b egan dropping last month, consumers weren't exactly exuberant. In June, they reduced spend-i ng for the first time in 20 months. The Rasmussen Consumer Index, drawnf rom a national survey, found Monday that 70 percent of Americans think the economy isw orsening. That's up from 4 5 percent at the start of the year. The stock-market drop m eans "people will put off spending decisions, par t icularly for large-ticket i tems, and that will ... reduce growth," says Bri an Gendreau, a market strategist with CeteraF inancial Group and a finance professor at the University of Florida. R ob Stein, senior port folio manager at Astor Asset Management, wor ries that the stock market c ould remain depressed f or months and hurt sales during the crucial holiday season. Still, he holds outh ope. Usually, "slowdowns based on market movements are temporary,"S tein says. "Just like high gas prices, you get used to it." A lot of investors aren't waiting to see what will happen in the stock market: They're shifting mon ey from stocks to bonds in their 401(k Monday, investors in the 4.7 million 401(k tored by consultant Aon Hewitt transferred $1.6 billion from stocks and into fixed-income investments. On a typical day, investors move $300 million to $400 million. F amilies are getting s ome relief because gas prices are about 30 cents a gallon cheaper than they were at the start of thes ummer. But the benefits are tempered by the context in which these priced eclines come: fear of a weakening economy. James O'Sullivan, chief economist at MF Global,t akes some comfort in w hat happened last year. Stocks plunged 14 percent between late April ande arly July on fears about Europe's debt crisis. "The economy lost a bit of momentum, but it did-n 't go into recession, and it accelerated again before the end of the year," O'Sullivan notes. Joel Naroff of Naroff Economic Advisors says the damage to consumers' psyche would have been worse years ago. But when the tech-stock bubble burst in 2000 and stocks tanked in 2008, "people lost an awful lot and became more conserva tive." Yet if the selloff in stocks continues, Naroff says, "it could convince p eople we're heading t oward another recession" and perhaps turn the fears into reality. Sentiment among cons umers is especially criti cal because of the outsize impact of their spending.B ut plunging stocks also hurt business confidence. Companies whose share prices have sunk can'tr aise as much money by i ssuing shares to the pub lic. Some companies will delay initial public offer-i ngs that would have gen erated cash they could have used to expand and hire. U .S. companies are sitting on about $2 trillion in cash. Economists say their reluctance to spend that money is a big reason the economy is still sputtering. The stock market tur moil is likely to remind many executives of the 2008 financial crisis. Even big, profitable corporations had trouble getting short-term loans. Fears that that could happen again could give companies another reason to hoard cash. "It just reinforces the hesitation" of companies to hire and invest, says Diane Swonk, chief economist at Mesirow Finan cial. The market's drop "validates large corporations' decision to hold cash." Mainly, though, they're waiting for consumers to start spending freely again. It may take a while. Patrick Sheehan of Palm Springs, Calif., says the stock plunge has "causeda lot of hysteria in peo ple." Sheehan, co-creator of a documentary film festival, says he and his wife have already cut spending. "We're bracing for the next storm," he says. Technology consultant Greg Schulz of Stillwater, Minn., spent about $200 on memory and a hard drive for his computer a few days ago, even as the stock market was falling. He's still spending on essentials. But the mar ket's continued fall has caused him to avoid any extravagances. "I found a good bar gain," Schulz said of the computer gear that will help him do his job bet ter. "But am I going to go out and buy that new 80inch 3D TV? Nope." BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE IN THIS AUG. 8 PHOTO, news of a massive stock sell-off rolls around a ticker in Times Square, in New York. Americans struggling with lean wages, job insecurity and high gasoline prices have seen a 15-percent plunge in stock prices shrink their 401(kAP WALL STREET TUMULT THREATENS TO SPOOK CONSUMERS
WASHINGTON Associated Press THE FEDERAL R ESERVEguaranteed super-low interest rates for two more years Tuesday a n unprecedented step to a rrest the alarming decline o f the stock market and the economy. Wall Street roaredi ts approval and finished a w ild day with a 429-point gain. The rally was remarkably f ast the Dow Jones indus trial average was still down for the day with less than an hour of trading to go ande nough to erase two-thirds o f its decline the day before. The Fed set its target for i nterest rates near zero in 2 008 as a response to the financial crisis that fall. Since then, it had said only that rates would stay low for an" extended period." On Tuesday, it guaranteed them until mid-2013. But it was also a sign that the Fed expects the economyto stay weak for two more years, longer than the Fedh ad previously indicated. It h as already been more than t wo years since the end of the Great Recession. The central bank left open the possibility of a third round of bond purchases designed to hold interest rates down and push stock prices up. The second round, announced last year, led to an extended rally for the stock market. In an unusually volatile day of trading, the Dow finished up 429.92 points, or about 4 percent. It closed at 11,239.77. The Standard & Poor's 500 index finished up 4.7 percent, and the Nasdaq finished up 5.3 percent. The yield on the 10-year Treasury bond briefly hit a record low, 2.03 percent. Investors have bought government bonds, driving the yields down, even after S&P stripped the United States of its top-of-the-line credit rating last week. Low interest rates for two more years could make the stock market a better bet because bonds will return less money. That appearedto be at least part of the rea son stocks rallied so much after investors had a chance to digest the Fed's statement. Some analysts also attributed the late-day rally to wording in the Fed's state ment suggesting it might take further steps to stimu late the economy in the future. The stock rally came after two and a half weeks of almost uninterrupted declines. Those were fueled first by uncertainty about the federal debt ceiling, then by concerns that the U.S. economy is headed for a new recession and about out-ofcontrol European debt. When it came late Friday, t he downgrade only added anxiety. On Monday, the first day of trading after itw as announced, the Dow fell 634 points. Even counting Tuesday's gains, the Dow is down 11.6 percent since July 2 1 almost 1,500 points. The Fed's announcement of a two-year timeframe for any rate increase under scored a stark reality: A slug gish economy and painfully high unemployment have become chronic. "The tone of the Fed's statement is very downbeat. They are very nervous about the economy," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics. "This is unprecedented for the Fed to indicate they are ready to keep rates low for two more years." Not everyone was as impressed as investors on Wall Street appeared to be. University of Oregon economist Timothy Duy called the move "weak medicine" and said he wanted to see the Fed commit to buying more Treasury bonds. The Fed did hold out the promise of further help down the road but did not spell out what else it might do. The central bank's deci sion was approved on a 7-3 vote with three Fed regional bank presidents who have been worried about inflation objecting. It was the first t ime since November 1992 that as many as three Fed members have dissentedf rom a policy statement. Dean Maki, chief U.S. economist at Barclays Capital, said the dissent suggests t hat Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke would have trouble building consensus for another round of bond pur chases. The Fed used significantly more downbeat language to describe current economic conditions. It said so far this year the economy has grown "considerably slower" than the Fed had expected and consumer spending "has flattened out." It also said that temporary factors, such as high energy prices and the Japan crisis, only accounted for "some of the recent weakness" in economic activity. The more explicit time frame on the Fed's key interest rate is aimed at calming nervous investors. It offered them a clearer picture of how long they will be able to obtain ultra-cheap credit. Bernanke didn't speak publicly after Tuesday's Fed meeting. He is expected to speak later this month at the Fed's annual retreat in Jack son Hole, Wyo., Bernanke will likely address the weakening economy, the S&P downgrade and the market turmoil. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011, PAGE 3B A BOARD on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the Dow Jones Industrial average at the close of trading, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. (AP Dean Maki, chief U.S. econom ist at Barclays Capital, said the dissent suggests that Fed C hairman Ben Bernanke (pictured ble building consensus for another round of bond pur-c hases. Susan Walsh, File /AP Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
NEW YORK Associated Press GOLD PRICES closed higher Tuesday even as some investors put their money back into the stock market, an unusual situation that reflected continued anxiety among investors. Gold prices usually fall when the stock market rises, as it did for much of Tuesday. But gold prices continued to climb. The S&P 500 finished the day up more than 5 per cent. Investors aren't willing to let go of their gold reserves, which are seen as a secure investment in times of economic turbu lence. "When you have a big up-move in the stock market, gold gets sold. It didn't do that. It tells me that we're in for some prolonged stability in the gold market," said George Ger, vice president at RBC Global Futures in New York. Investors are clinging to their gold contracts as a kind of back-pocket insurance policy, Gero said. Even when portfo lio managers are buying stock, they now appear unwilling to let go of their contracts for a hard asset like gold. Gold for December delivery gained $29.80 to close at $1,743 an ounce. September Silver, by con trast, fell $1.497 to finish at $37.883 an ounce. Other commodities fol lowed more predictable patterns. Crop prices rose as rising stock prices hint ed at higher demand for food. Industrial metals were also up. September palladium gained $6.05 at $734.55, and October platinum gained $32.80 to end at $1,756.40. Copper for September delivery gained 0.85 cent at $3.97 per pound. Wheat for September delivery rose 15.25 cents to finish at $6.7175 per bushel. December corn gained 2.5 cents at $6.885 per bushel and November soybeans fell 11.75 cents to $12.9975 per bushel. In energy trading, oil prices continued to fall on worries that a tepid global economy could crimp future demand for oil and gas. Those worries inten sified after the Federal Reserve said Tuesday afternoon the U.S. economy is recovering at a slower pace than it expected. The Fed said it will keep its key interest rate "exceptionally low" through mid-2013. The central bank expects the economy to stay weak till then, and that implies oil and gas demand in the U.S. will be less than robust as well. Benchmark crude for September delivery dropped $2.01 to finish at $79.30 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Heating oil lost 3.69 cents at $2.7648 per gallon. Gasoline futures fell 2.4 cents to $2.6676 per gallon and natural gas rose 5.9 cents to end at $3.994 per 1,000 cubic feet. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.171.170.0034,0340.1550.0807.56.84% 1 0.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.080-16.6 0.75% 7 .504.40Bank of Bahamas6.936.930.000.2300.10030.11.44% 0 .530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2 .842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0300.09090.03.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.108.30Cable Bahamas8.488.480.002,0000.2450.31034.63.66%2 .802.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8.508.33Commonwealth Brewery8.508.500.000.7400.00011.50.00% 7.006.04Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.886.880.001,5000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.001.73Consolidated Water BDRs1.561.770.210.1110.04515.92.54% 1.901.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.37-0.011,0000.0740.11018.58.03% 5.504.75Famguard5.435.430.000.4980.24010.94.42% 8.805.35Finco5.395.390.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.747.75FirstCaribbean Bank8.318.29-0.022,0000.4940.35016.84.22% 6 .005.00Focol (S 5.755.750.006,0000.4350.22013.23.83% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. S. Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 1 0.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 9 9.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 1 00.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7 % I nterest 19 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6 .95%TUESDAY, 9 AUGUST 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,398.28| CHG -0.98 | %CHG -0.07 | YTD -101.23 | YTD % -6.75BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)M aturity 1 9 October 2017 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 2 0 November 2029 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.57161.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.57162.98%6.01%1.467397 3.01602.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.01602.33%3.29%2.902023 1.61281.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.61282.46%4.56%1.528885 2.86862.5730Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5730-5.41%-9.79% 13.680613.2291Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.68062.42%2.01% 114.128999.4177CFAL Global Bond Fund114.09222.35%13.88%114.128861 118.4255101.6693CFAL Global Equity Fund118.42552.30%8.26%116.580785 1.17491.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.17492.48%5.16% 1.13431.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.13431.41%5.17% 1.17641.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.17642.38%5.39% 9.99529.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.94330.98%4.58% 11.217310.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 211.19701.31%11.59% 10.42889.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.15251.27%8.82% 8.85647.5827Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.65073.01%18.38% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/2007NAV Date 31-May-11 30-Jun-11BISX Listed Mutual Funds30-Jun-11 30-Jun-11 NAV 6MTH 1.526164 2.947425 1.574964TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Jun-11 30-Jun-11 30-Jun-11 22-Jul-11 30-Jun-11MARKET TERMS30-Jun-11 30-Jun-11 RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd (Over-The-Counter Securities) CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)111.469744 115.762221 30-Jun-11 30-Jun-11 30-Jun-11 LOS ANGELES Associated Press COMINGoff a quarter where its revenue sank 49 percent amid a sharp drop in home closings, homebuilder Beazer Homes USA Inc. says it's going to step up efforts to buy and rent out foreclosed homes. The Atlanta builder, which reported a wider fiscal third-quarter loss on Tuesday, began buying foreclosures, fixing them up and renting them out in the spring. The idea: Bring in more revenue by catering to people who aren't ready to buy a house or who can't qualify for a mortgage. President and CEO Allan Merrill said the strategy has paid off and now Beazer owns or has under contract more than 100 rental homes, most located in Phoenix and some in Las Vegas. "While today's difficult new home sales environment creates challenges for our homebuilding business, it creates sizable opportunities for the preowned homes division we launched this spring," Merrill said. The builder now plans to expand the business by enlisting an outside partner to help shoulder most of the costs of buying more homes, while it limits itself to an investment of $20 million. The strategy is part of a broader revenue-boosting plan by Merrill, who took over the CEO post after former CEO Ian McCarthy was ousted in mid-June. McCarthy was fired about three months after he agreed to give back $6.5 million in bonuses and profits from the sale of company stock in a deal with federal regulators. The executive had accrued those gains ata time when investigators said Beazer was committing accounting fraud. Merrill outlined several ways the builder intends to raise more revenue, including keeping operating costs low, improving its sales per community and taking in more fee income from home rentals. Earlier this year, the builder cut roughly 130 full-time jobs as part of a cost-saving effort. Beazer's move to beef up its home rental business reflects improving demand for rental housing, which has helped drive up rental rates in many U.S. markets. In contrast, new home sales have been lackluster this year, following a disappointing spring home-selling season, the traditional peak sale period for home sales. Last year was the worst for newhome sales on records dating back a half century, and through the first six months of this year, sales are lagging behind last year's totals. High unemployment, larger downpayment requirements and tougher lending standards are preventing many people from buying homes. And some potential buyers who can clear those hurdles are holding off, worried that home prices have yet to bottom out. "Job growth and consumer confidence have to be pillars of any housing recovery, so until they both show signs of strengthening, we expect a level of new home sales to remain suppressed," Merrill said. While its rental initiative may have been a bright spot, Beazer's home sales trends in the quarter were mixed. The sharp drop in the builder's home closings for the April-June quarter was primarily due to a smaller backlog of homes under contract at the beginning of the period than in the same quarter last year, when homebuyer tax credits helped spur home sales industrywide. The housing incentives expired at the end of April last year, and sales sank through the summer. That sales decline made for an eas ier year-over-year benchmark, however, and Beazer posted a betterthan-expected 23.7 percent annual jump in new home orders in its latest quarter. Merrill said he expects the company will generate more sales in its fiscal fourth quarter than it did in the same period of 2010 and 2009. Beazer posted a net loss of $59.1 million, or 80 cents a share, in the three months ended June 30. That compares with a loss of $27.8 million, or 41 cents a share, a year ago. Beazer's loss from continuing operations was $55.8 million, or 75 cents per share, which included $16 million in pre-tax charges. Analysts polled by FactSet expected a smaller loss of 46 cents a share. Revenue fell to $172.8 million from $321.8 million, falling well short of Wall Street's estimate of $230.2 million. Home closings slid to 791 homes, while new orders rose to 1,215. The cancellation rate fell to 24.3 percent from 29.3 percent. Beazer shares ended the regular session down 11 cents, or 5.7 percent, to $1.83. A CONSTRUCTION WORKER arrives at the construction site of a new Beazer home early Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011 in Gilbert, Ariz. Beazer Homes USA Inc. said Tuesday t hat its fiscal third-quarter loss widened as the homebuilder closed on fewer homes and incurred some charges. (AP Gold up with stocks as in vestors cling to security BEAZER SEES WIDER LOSS, BUT NEW ORDERS CLIMB
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011, PAGE 5B WASHINGTON Associated Press F IRE TRUCKSand concrete mixers, semis, heavy-duty pickups and all trucks in between will, for the first time, have to trim fuel consumption and emissions of heat-trap-p ing gases under new efficiency standards announced Tuesday by Presi-d ent Barack Obama. The White House said the standards will save businesses billions of dollars in fuel costs, help reduce oil consumption and cut air pollution.T he standards apply to vehicle model years 2014 to 2018. Three categories of vehicles are affected. Big rigs or semis will have to slash fuel consumption and prod uction of heat-trapping gases by up t o 23 percent. Gasoline-powered heavy-duty pickups and vans will have to cut consumption by 10 per-c ent, or by 15 percent if the vehicles run on diesel fuel. The standards also prescribe a 9 p ercent reduction in fuel consumpt ion and greenhouse gas emissions for work trucks, which include everything from fire trucks and concrete m ixers to garbage trucks and buses. In a statement, Obama said people who build, buy and drive mediu m and heavy-duty trucks support t he new standards. Obama had planned to unveil the standards at a trucking business in V irginia, a state crucial to his reelection hopes. But the trip was canceled Tuesday without explanationa nd Obama met privately at the W hite House with industry officials. He then flew to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to pay respects to 30 U.S. troops killed over the weekend in Afghanistan. Their remains were flown to the base. T he White House projected savings of 530 million barrels of oil and $50 billion in fuel costs over the lives of the vehicles covered by the new s tandards, along with improved air quality and public health. The administration released no m iles-per-gallon equivalent for the new standards, saying that to do so would be confusing given the multi-p le categories of vehicles, the diff erent types of vehicles in each cat egory and the varying payloads that each one carries. O fficials did stress that the costs of making the trucks more fuel-effi cient ranging from hundreds of d ollars to thousands of dollars per vehicle will be recouped through reduced fuel costs over the lifetime of the vehicles. I t's the second round of fuel effi ciency standards Obama has announced in the past month. L ast month, the president announced a deal with automakers to double overall fuel economy to5 4.5 mpg by 2025, starting in model year 2017. Cars and light trucks now on the road average 27 mpg. T hat followed a 2009 deal committing cars and trucks to averaging 35.5 mpg by model year 2016. RICH FREELAND president of Engine Business at Cummins Inc., center, joins other executives from the US truck manufacturing industry outside the White House in W ashington, Tuesday, after their meeting with President Barack Obama on new fuel efficiency standards for work trucks, buses, and other heavy duty vehicles. At left is Dan Ustian, CEO of Navistar International Corp., with Bill Graves, president of the American Trucking Associations, at right. (AP BARACK OBAMA ANNOUNCES FUEL STANDARDS FOR BIG VEHICLES NEW YORK Associated Press SALES OF U.S. MAGAZINESat newsstands and other retail outlets fell 9 percent in the first six months of the year in a sign of readers trimming discretionary spending, according to figures from an industry tradegroup released Tuesday. Although overall circulation was down just 1 percent, the larger drop in the single-copy sales figure is troubling for magazine publishers. That's because publishers typically make more from those sales than from subscriptions, which are sold at a discount so publishers can boost circulation and lure advertisers. Single-copy sales have been steadily declin ing. The Audit Bureau of Circulations, an industry trade group, says that in the latest period, the 418 titles examined sold 29.8 million copies at retail outlets, compared with 32.8 million a year earlier. Overall circula tion was 301 million, down from 305 million. The figures include digital sales, such as those on Apple's iPad tablet computer. The top-selling consumer magazine on newsstands, Cosmopolitan, saw single-copy sales fall 2.6 percent to 1.6 million. Woman's World was the No. 2 magazine by single-copy sales at 1.19 million, a 5 percent drop from a year ago. People, which is owned by Time Warner Inc., was third at 1.15 million, reflect ing a 10.5 percent drop. The magazine with the largest circulation overall was AARP The Magazine, with 22.4 million. Among larger magazines, Vogue had the largest single-copy increase. It sold 360,000, up 12.7 percent. C USTOMERS STAND IN LINE a s Jaqueline Henderson, right, prepares to pump gas at a station inP ortland, Ore., Friday. President Barack Obama and top auto executives are set to unveil details of a compromise to slash the amount of gasoline cars and trucks will need down the road. Don Ryan /AP NEWSSTAND SALES OF US MAGAZINES DOWN 9 PERCENT Share your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011, PAGE 7B NEW YORK Associated Press A PPLEhas surpassed Exxon Mobil as the most valuable company in theU .S. A pple Inc.'s stock gained 3.4 percent to $365.10 Tues day afternoon, bringing the iPhone and iPad maker'sm arket capitalization to about $338 billion. Exxon Mobil Corp. shares, m eanwhile, were trading at $69.23, down 1.4 percent. That gives the oil company a market cap of $337 billion. O ther big-name corporat ions, such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and GeneralElectric Co., don't even come close. Exxon, which set a record in 2008 for the highest quar terly earnings by any company, has limited growth prospects. Its growth is driven by oil prices and discov ering new oil. By contrast, Apple has been on a roll with the soar ing popularity of its iPad t ablet computer and strong s ales of the iPhone. Apple's growth is limited only by innovation. Investors expect it to grow as long as it keepsm aking products that people want. So investors are betting on Apple's stock even though it currently makes less money than Exxon. In its latest quarterly r eport, Apple said stronger i Phone and iPad sales helped more than double its net income to $7.31 billion and grow revenue by 82 percentt o $28.6 billion. Exxon Mobil, meanwhile, posted a 41 percent increase in its second-quarter earnings to $10.68 billion, the largest since it set a record of $14.8 billion in the third quarter of 2008. Its revenue grew 36 percent to $125.5 billion. Apple, which is based in Cupertino, California, has a higher price-to-earnings ratio than Exxon Mobil, but not by much. They are both low e r than that of the average of t he S&P 500 index. International companies that vie for the most valuable spot include PetroChinaC o., the publicly traded unit of China's biggest oil and gas company, and Petrobras, Brazil's state-controlled energy company. In the U.S., Exxon and General Electric had beent rading off the No. 1 and No. 2 spots until Microsoft Corp. surpassed them both in ear ly 1999, at the height of the dot-com boom. B y 2000, though, GE was No. 1 once again. According to data from FactSet, the three were close over the next five years, though Apple was ascending quickly. Exxon Mobil, which is based in Irving, Texas, took the top spot in 2005 and remained there until Tuesday. Apple surpassed Microsoft in market cap last year. APPLE PASSES EXXON AS MOST VALUABLE US COMPANY STEVEJOBS CEO of Apple Inc. (AP EXXON MOBIL CORP shares were trading at $69.23, down 1.4 percent. (AP P ONTOTOC, Miss. Associated Press MISSISSIPPI'SPublic Service Commission has approved the Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority's request to construct a 1 megawatt facility in Pontotoc County that w ill convert landfill gas to electricity. C ommissioner Brandon Presley said in a n ews release Tuesday that the facility will be the second project that uses such a process in Mississippi. Presley said the power generated by the waste authority will be sold to the Tennessee V alley Authority through Pontotoc County E lectric Power Association's distribution s ystem. Currently, the landfill-gas is flared and released into the atmosphere. Presley said the plant is a $2 million investment that will be equipped to power approximately 1,000 homes and is projected to be online by the summer of 2012, creating 16 j obs. PSC OKS LANDFILL GAS GENERATING PLANT IN PONTOTOC
BUSINESS PAGE 8B, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 THE TRIBUNE MARKHAM, Ont. Associated Press PREMIER DALTON M CGUINTYreached out Tuesday to reassure jittery Ontarians in the wake of the first-ever downgrade of U.S. government debt that sent financial market tumbling. The Liberal premier joined other Canadian leaders, including Prime M inister Stephen Harper, to calm f ears that another global recession is lurking around the corner. M cGuinty acknowledged Ontario is facing "some challenges," but the province has taken steps since the 2 008 downturn to strengthen its f ragile economy. I know that Ontarians are little b it concerned about unsettling e vents that are unfolding in places l ike the U.S. and Europe, but our economy is in fact more stable here," he said. "Our debt levels, relatively speaking are much more manageable. We continue to create jobs. When the recession hit us we did smart things l ike stimulating our economy, we s upported our ailing auto sector." McGuinty, who is facing an elect ion Oct. 6, also touted his governm ent's push for renewable energy b usiness, saying the governing Liberals are still "in the driver's seat" when it comes to bolstering thee conomy. "It's impossible to nor would we want to completely uncouple from the global economy, because it does represent tremendous opportunity for wealth creation and new jobs here," he said after announcing $ 80 million for electric car-charging s tations. An RBC economist has already predicted that Ontario is on track tom ark its best year for growth in a decade, McGuinty added. But his federal cousins don't appear to share McGuinty's opti-m ism about the economy. They are c alling on Finance Minister Jim Fla herty to appear before a House of Commons committee to discuss thes ituation. "The finance minister needs to level with Canadians about the potential impact of the currentf inancial turmoil on his budget numbers," Liberal finance critic Scott Brison said in a release. "Canadians and investors need to b e kept informed in order to shore up confidence in our economy." Ontario's opposition parties say t he province's economic picture i sn't a rosy as McGuinty claims. Monday's market meltdown wiped out billions of dollars in stock v alue, hitting pension plans and i nvestments hard, said NDP critic Peter Tabuns. The Toronto stock market was higher Tuesday as investors bought up stocks that were beaten down in price after a series of plunges that brought the TSX to its lowest level in a year. People who saw their savings dis solve won't be comforted by McGuinty's words, he said. "I don't think a 'don't worry, be happy' message is going to be enough for people," Tabuns said. Since the Liberals took office eight years ago, Ontario has lost hundreds of thousands of jobs, some of which were eventually replaced with lower-paying employment, he said. Those who still have jobs are struggling to pay the bills, said Tory critic Peter Shurman. McGuinty's push for green energy will hike those household costs even more. "Ontarians want to know that life will be affordable," he said. "When the (electricity in the mail, it can't be a surprise every month. It can't be a monster every month. It has to be something that is affordable and expected." NO NEED TO WORRY ABOUT ONTARIO'S ECONOMY DESPITE GLOBAL CRISIS, SAYS MCGUINTY B RUSSELS A ssociated Press FOR THE LAST YEARand a h alf, Germany has been quick to h it the brakes on expensive plans to fight Europe's worsening finan cial crisis by supporting debt-rid d en neighbors with billions of euros in bailout funds and extra credit. M eanwhile, Germany sailed through the crisis relatively unscathed, recording stellar growth as big companies like BMW AG a nd Daimler AG showed bumper profits and unemployment sank to its lowest level in years. N ow, with stock markets tank ing, the currency union's largest member is starting to feel the paino f a slowing European and global economy, as German companies see waning demand for their exports. Increasing pressure from Germany's influential manufacturers could make it harder for Chancel-l or Angela Merkel to keep resisting dramatic Europe-wide moves a change with potentially importantr amifications for the effort to pull the continent out of crisis. Since July 22, the day after eurozone leaders decided to give their bailout fund new powers but refused to expand its size, Ger many's main stock index, the DAX, has lost 19 percent. That's worse than the 13 percent drop seen on the FTSE 100 in the U.K., or the 17 percent dive taken by the French CAC-40. But Merkel's government seems unprepared to take on an even big ger role in fighting the debt crisis. In contrast to France, Berlin has so far ruled out boosting the size of the currency union's bailout fund, the European Financial Stability Facility. Such an increase, most analysts say, is necessary to allow the EFSF to effectively intervene in volatile bond markets and help Italy and Spain once it takes over in that role from the ECB. There is "a certain uneasiness, if not to say unhappiness" with the slow pace of implementation of important economic and financial decisions, said Ralph Wiechers, chief economist at VDMA, an association that represents some3 ,000 engineering companies in Germany. While few of the federation's members are listed on the DAX and have not been direct victims of the recent sell-off, they would quickly feel the pain if fears over the economy lead to cancellation of orders, Wiechers says. "We need, quite simply, an improved coordination of European economic policy," said Wiechers, adding that European leaders had to stop postponing decisions "from summit to summit." And yet, German officials have said the implementation of recently decided changes to the EFSF, such as the power to buy bonds or help recapitalize banks, can wait until parliament returns from its summer recess in September adding to investor uncertainty as the crisis worsens. New legislation to strengthen the European Union's limits on government debts and deficits, meanwhile, is foundering in the Euro pean Parliament, which has been unable to get states, including Germany, to agree to more automatics anctions for countries whose finances are on the wrong path. The difficulties of politicians on both sides of the Atlantic to get a handle on their debt troubles has undermined confidence in the eco nomic recovery of both the U.S. and Europe, and triggered fears ofa double-dip recession, said Benedicta Marzinotto, a research fellow at Brussels-based economic think tank Bruegel. For Germany that means wan ing demand for its expensive cars and machinery in some of its biggest export markets, including the U.S., Italy, Spain and even France. On Tuesday night, when all other major markets in Europe and the U.S. were back in the green, the DAX had lost another 0.1 percent, its 10th consecutive day in the red. New data, meanwhile, showed that export growth is slowing down. The Federal Statistical Office said exports in June were up by 3.1 percent to ?88.3 billion ($126 billion) from a year earlier, the smallest increase in 16 months. "In June we got to feel the first indications of the decreasing glob-a l economic dynamism," said Anton Boerner, the head of Germany's exporters' association. The impact of the slowing U.S. econo my "will be felt in the coming months," he warned. Earlier this week, the French central bank said that France, Germany's biggest trading partner, will likely grow only 0.2 percent in the third quarter, just as analysts were warning that the country may soon follow the U.S. in losing its AAA rating. Italy and Spain saw some relief as the European Central Bank started buying their bonds and stopped their borrowing costs from soaring, but most economist warn that those bond-purchases are only a sticking plaster until the two countries have sorted out their high debt levels and lackluster growth records. Any more delays on tackling problems will not find much under standing with German companies once they see their profits falling. "When the house is burning down at my firm, I can't just go on holi day," says Wiechers. R OBERT HALVER chief analyst of a German private bank gestures at the stock market in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Aug.9, 2011, where the stock index DAX w ent up in the afternoon when the NYSE opened. (AP GERMANY AT THE CENTRE OF STORM AS STOCKMARKETS DIVE A TRADER WATCHES his screens at the stock market in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Aug.9, 2011, where the stock index DAX went down after the opening of the stock market. (AP
B S EBAS RET URN I NG TO H I S RO OTS' A S A P A R TY HOS T G ET WEL L B AHAMA S THEME S ONG INS PIRES P A RT I C I P A N T S K E L L Y ROWL AN D REL EA SES L ASTE ST AL BU M H ER E I AM WEDNESD A Y A UGUST 10, 2011 TH E T RI B U N E S E C TI O N C By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter B AHAMIAN Dance crews took over Las Vegas as they represented their country at the 2011 World Hip Hop Dance Championships. "W h en t h e c r o w d s a w t h ei r p er f o r m an ce s they felt the islands when they performed. T h e y b r o u g h t t h e B a h a m a s a l o n g w i t h them, st raight d o wn to th e i r ou tfi ts and th e a ud ie nce wa s re ally im pres se d with w h a t t hey sa w," Mr W ay ne C h i no Sy mone tte Bahamas Regional Director, told Tribune Entertainment. Following t h e 20 1 1 Ba ha ma s Hip Hop da nc e com pe titi o n he re in the B a ham a s, t h e c r e w s S w i f f z a n d J u i c e U n i t i mp r es s ed t h e j u d ge s an d w as q u a l i f i e d t o b e s e le c te d a s th e be s t t e a m s t o r e pr e s e nt "Those two crews are the two prominent c rew s her e in the Baham as Mr Sym o nette said. "H i p Ho p I n t er n at i o n a l a re t h e o wn ers o f A meri ca' s Be st Dan c e C rew on M T V an d I h a v e t h e l i c e n s e w i t h Hip Hop International. I often host events for groups from the Bahamas to compete i n t er n at i o n al l y. I n o rd e r f o r a gr o u p t o q u al if y o n an in tern a t io nal stage th ey mu st first qualify in their home country." S w i f f z a n d J u i c e U n i t w e r e t h e t w o t eam s ch o se n i t wa s mo re l i k e a p e rf o r mi n g a rts show, more o f a displa y, held at the Shirley street performing arts center." He co n tin u ed : Sw if fz tr av el ed l ast year, th ey ma d e h ist ory l a s t yea r as t he fi rst cr ew from the Bahamas to compete at the 2010 champions and basically we were looking fo r ano th e r crew to send a l on g with th em B ot h c r e w s s how c a s e d t he i r v e ry b e s t d a nc e s t y le s a n d t a l e n t i n L a s V e g a s t o i m p r e s s t h e j u d g e s T h i s y e a r t h e Ba h a ma s, J u ice Uni t finish e d 1 4 p la ce a t the w orld hip hop danc e c ham pionships and that was out of 60 in that category. S w i f f z d i d p r e t t y w e l l t h e y d i d n o t ad v an ced on to th e next st age as Ju ic e Un it b u t t h ey re p r e s en t e d u s w el l t h e y s t i l l d i d an excellent job. They did a very good show, wherea s th e peo ple did no t k no w H i p Hop w a s a l i v e i n t h e B a h a m a s t h e y w e r e sh o c k ed to se e th at k i nd o f tal en t o n st age. S pea ki ng on th e upco m in g proj e cts fo r the remainder of the year, Mr Symo n ett e said: "We are going to have workshops, w e made s ome r eall y goo d co n n ecti o ns o ve r t h er e a n d we w an t t o i n v i t e m o r e i n t e r n a t i o n a l c h o r e o g r a p h e r s t o come over to help spread hip hop an d d an ce h er e in t h e Bah amas " We rea l ise that o nl y s p orts i s r e c o g n i s e d h e r e i n t h e B a h amas and so w e are tryi ng t o mak e th e co mm un i t y mo re a w a r e th a t t he r e a r e ot he r me a ns whe re t h e Ba ham a s can be recognised. W e a r e a l s o m a k i n g pr e p a r a t i o n s f o r o ur n e x t n a t i o n a l q u a l i f y i n g n e x t y e a r w e w a nt to g o m o r e bigger and we want to send m or e crew s o ver n ext year t o rep resent t he Bah a mas. Pl a ci n g 1 4 t h a c t u a l l y p l a c e s u s more in their focus now. They a c t u a l l y r e a l i s e n o w t ha t t h e Ba h a m a s i s s om e t hi ng t o lo ok forward to," he said. W e l i k e t o l o o k f o r p e r s o n s e sp e ci a ll y t he c or por a t e s oc ie t y t o r e al ly tak e n ot ice to wh at we are d oi n g W e realise that only spor ts is recognised here in the Bahamas and so we are tr ying to make the community more aware that there are other means where the Bahamas can be recognised. Wayne Chino Symonette SEE page two
T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 02 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 a nd t o he lp p r om ot e an d p u s h t h es e yo un g m en wit h t ale nt. Th is is act uall y t akin g th eir f o cus o ff t he n eg at iv e t o t he p os i t iv e, t h es e g u ys wa n t t o s e e a wo r l d t i t l e i t i s a l i f e ch an gi n g exp er i en ce. "I n Ju ic e U ni t we t r av el wit h 6 an d S wi f f z we t ra ve l wi t h 5 We ar e g et t in g r e ad y t o s t ar t a M eg a cr e w, an d t h e cr ew i s go in g t o c o n s i s t o f a b o u t 1 0 t o 2 5 p e r s o n s i n t h e group. It's a n ew s e ction that ha s be en a dded t o t h e c om p et i t io n We al s o wa n t t o f or m an a ll fe ma le gr o u p an d an a du lt gr o up ." O fferi ng a dv ice for y oung me n an d w ome n w anti ng to join the d anc e g roups, Mr S ymo nette s a id: L oo k at the groups like Juic e U nit an d S wi ff z, to me t h os e tw o ma de an e xt r ao r di na r y ex am pl e as t o wh at t ale nt i s i n t h e Ba ha mas T he y r e al ly s h o wed t h at t al en t i s her e. F ir s t s tar t wi th t he con fi dence in you rs e l f o nc e yo u a r e c on f i d e nt wi t h y o ur s el f and perf ec t your c r aft, th e n you can go on to t he n ex t le ve l. T H E Y G O T T H A T D A N C E F E V E R FROM page one JUICE Unit brought the heat in their Bahamian Flag outfits and Swiffz wowed the crowd with their many dance talents!
Special to The Tribune GET WELL BAHAMAS This is my body, my health, my life It's time to make a change and it starts with me I do what's necessary to be legendary Success is much closer than it used to be. Old habits break em New chances take em One day at a time giving it my all. Keep my head up, work hard, push it to the limit Stay on track. I will never fall. Sin c e NI B l aunched P hase 1 of its Get We ll B ah ama s Hea lth & Fitn ess Cha lle nge in J anu ary, "I Won 't G ive Up" (fir st vers e above ) h a s been the up -t e mp o i nsp i ra ti o na l so n g th a t h ad p art icipant s m otivat ed t o complet e t he gr uelli ng twelvew eek per son al fi tn es s t ra in in g a n d w el l ne ss c o ac h i ng p rogr amme. T his so ng c o ntin ues t o b e a s pa r k t ha t ig ni te s th e 4 0 n ew c ha l l e ng e rs o f Ph a se 2 to st a y f oc u se d o n t h e i r w e i g h t l o s s a n d w e l l n e s s g o a l s This i s e xactly what Ra y Armb rister, p r o du ce r a t B uf f B oo Musi c w a s go ing fo r when he was a p pro ac h ed ab out d evelopin g a them e son g for G et Well Bahamas E n e r g y W e w a n t e d e n e r g y b e c a u s e w e k n o w t h a t G e t W e l l Baham as w as a pr ogramm e gear ed t ow a r d s a w e ig h t l o s s A n d s o w e k new that this s ong n e ed ed to have lots of e ne rgy so tha t w he n [t he ch al l engers ] h eard the s ong they woul d act ually want to get u p. I th ink that b oth arti st s d id a ver y good job o n vocals, and along with great pr oduc t ion, w e w er e able to achieve w hat we se t o ut t o a c co mpl ishe d," sa id Mr A r m b r i s t e r F r o m l y r i c s t o t h e f i n a l c u t I Won't G ive Up was comp leted in one week. Th is is a r elati vely s hor t t u r n a r o u n d t i m e f or s o n g p r o d u ction, and w as due in no small part to th e int ere st that wri ter s had in the pr oject," s aid Mr Amb ris ter "It he lps w he n e v ery bo dy is on th e s ame page," he ad ded. T he p op/d ance tr ack, jus t o ver 4 min utes is cur rent ly on ro tatio n at l oc al r ad i o s t a ti o ns T h e s o n g f e atu res t he vo c al s and writ ing of Bodi n e B e J o h n s o n a n d C J P r i e s t y ou ng B ah ami an a r t ists w it h a k nac k for mar ryi ng lyr ical s tyl e with s ub s ta nc e. "I Wo n' t Gi v e U p" wh i ch c o mpels fis t -pum ping an d feet -tap ping, w h ile expl orin g t hemes of per s e ve r a n ce an d g o al s et t in g i s t h e perf ec t uni on. B e b e l ie v e s t ha t w h i l e t he l y ri c s of th i s s on g a r e p er f ec t f o r Ge t Wel l B aha mas c hal leng ers it c an also r e s o na t e w i t h an y b o d y wh o i s f a ci n g c h allenging times in l ife. W h e n y o u r e o n a j o u r n e y t o wel lnes s t he m os t i mpo rt ant t hin g i s b e i n g a b l e t o m ot i va t e y o u r s e l f e v e ry d a y t o d o so m e th i ng th a t se e m s im pos si ble. When a lot of us wak e u p in th e mo r nin g an d l ook at th e tas k of r unn ing o r h aving t o do cardio or push up, w e see it as ch all en ge B ut t h i s n e e d f o r mo t i v at i o n go e s b ey o n d j u s t o u r we ig h t l os s go a ls Peo ple w ho h ear "I W on' t Gi ve Up" wi ll h ear themse lve s in the lyric s an d be moti vated t o comp lete a n y jou rney t hey s tar ted," Be expl ained. G ET W E L L B A H A M A S U S E S M U S I C TO M O T I V A T E P A RT I C I P A N T S T H E T R I B UN E S E CT I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 03 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 By THE VENDETTA GROUP email@example.com S om e ma y sa y it s g o od t o b e t h e ki ng bu t f r om t he l oo ks o f th in g s at t he pa st t wo ph e nom e na l pa r t i es h e l d th is we e ke nd, Au g 5 6 2 01 1 ho st e d by S e ba s Ba st ia n o f Se b as e v ent s ; it f a r be t t e r to be Se b a s. T he young so c i alite and bus ines s man h ailed by m ost as t he Ki ng o f Pa rt i es ", in T he B aha ma s h el d h is annual B i rth day Par ty, an event he s t a r t e d i n 1 9 9 9 t h a t h a s b e c o m e a wi d e l y a n t i ci p a t e d e x p e r i e n c e f o r part ygoers in Nass au. O v e r t h e y e a r s h i s p a r t i es h a v e gr o w n f r o m s i m p l e r e v e l r y t o f u l l scale concerts but this year Mr B as tian s aid "he felt h e had t o ret urn t o hi s r oots of just being the hos t of the h o tt e st pa rt y i n to w n w h e re e v e ry on e has a good t ime." STAPLE H e e x p l a i n e d t h a t t h i s w a s be ca u s e h is p as t t wo p ar t ie s w h ic h f ea t ur ed wo r l d cl a s s a r t i s t s u ch as Ri ck R os s J ah Cu r e R i ch i e S p i ce & V y b z K a r t e l w e r e s o l a r g e i n s c a l e t h a t t h e e s s e n c e o f t h e a l l incl us ive par t y whi ch h ad b ecom e a s t ap l e o f mo s t o f hi s e ar l i e r p a r t i es we r e l o s t H is r et u r n t o f un d am e nt a ls ma n ifes ted in the t heme fo r h is b irt hday pa r t y c al l ed t h e F R EE F O R AL L a p art y which of fer ed ever yone that en ter ed th e d oor s be fo re 11pm f re e e nt r an ce f r e e f o o d a n d d r i n k Be f or e t h e n ig h t o f t h e bi g p ar t y S eb a s pl a ye d h o s t t o a s m al l er an d m o r e i n t i m a t e c r o w d m a d e u p o f h is cl os e f r i en d s an d as s oc ia t es H e h el d it i n gr an d f as h io n at T h e O n e & O n l y O c e a n C l u b B e a c h C l u b l o c a t e d o n P a r a d i s e I s l a n d T h e venu e was beauti ful ly li t by the n atur al li ght t hat flowed easil y thr ough t h e s p a c i o u s o p e n d e s i g n o f t h e B e a c h c l u b P l u s h b l a c k l e a t h e r c o u c h e s p r o v i d e d s w a n k s i t t i n g area s for the a ttende es of the soiree H e l p f u l a n d a t t e n t i v e s e r v e r s m a n n e d t h e b a r s a n d f o o d a r e a s s e r v in g n o t hi n g bu t t h e b es t P r o v id i n g t h e m u s i c f or t h e n i g ht wa s v et e r a n DJ Ki l l er B w h o ha d k ep t t he mo od f or t he who le ni gh t e xcit i n g. S l o wl y s o me o f N as s au s e l i t e m a d e t h e i r w a y i n t o t h e p a r t y t h r o ug h r ai n T h e a we s o me co m bi n at i o n of t h e g o r g eo u s ve n u e, t h e in c r edi ble f ood and endle ss amo unt o f d r i n k s m a d e f o r o n e a m a z i n g night All that at tended lef t the part y w i t h a t wi nk l e i n t h ei r e ye an d a s m i l e f r o m e a r t o e a r S e b a s h a d d o n e i t a g a i n h e o u t d i d h i m s e l f f r o m t h e pr ev io u s y ea r On th e n ig ht of A ug us t -6 -1 1, t h e F r e e F o r A l l P a r t y w a s s e t t o b e h el d a t L u n a N i gh t C lu b o n We s t Ba y St. T he night tr uly w as a specia l n ig ht f or th e w eat h er m an s ai d t h at t hei r wou ld be a 9 0 pe r cent ch anc e o f r ai n b u t S e ba s va l ia n t ly to o k h i s c h a n c e s w i t h t h e 1 0 p e r c e n t a n d bet r ight. No r ain f ell that night and t h e p e op l e s u r l y ma d e t h ei r wa y t o the doors o f the c lub as s oo n a s they co u ld T h e c l u b w a s t r a n s f o r m e d t o ac co mm o d at e t h e l a r ge c r o wd a n d ke e p t h e h i g h e n d a p pe a l w hi c h h e p r i d e d h i s e v e n t s f o r S l o w l y t h e tric kle o f p eople tur n ed into a fl ood. The place became thick w i th bodies la t e r i nt o t h e n i g ht b u t t h er e wa s a d e c e n t a m o u n t o f s p a c e b e t w e e n t he p eo p l e t o al l ow ea s e o f m ov e m e n t i n t h e c r o wd T h e b a r s a n d fo od a r eas w er e a mp ly s t ock ed an d en jo ye d by t he p at r o ns as t h e n i gh t ca r r i ed o n. CLIMAX A s t h e n ig ht b eg an t o cl im ax an d h it fe ve r e d pitc h D J Fle x introduc ed t h e m an o f t h e h o u r S eb a s t o t h e s t ag e H e ca m e o n t o t h e s t ag e wi t h hi s u n iq u e s w ag g er we ar in g a co l o r f u l t ai l o r m a d e c o at w hi c h c o v e r e d h i s w h i t e d e s i g n e r s h i r t be neath, pulling toge ther the w hole ou t f i t w as h is p ur pl e p a nt s t h at f e l l ef f o r t l es s ov er h i s d es i g n er s h o es O n ce o n t h e m i c, S eb as go t i n t o on e o f h i s l e ge nd a r y o n mi c r a nt s wh i ch t i e d i n a l ot o f co m e dy a n d mu s i c Bo t h h e a n d h i s D J wo r k e d i n s y n c t o m a i n t a i n a v e r y e n t e r ta in i ng at m os p he r e. So o n t h e n i gh t an d t h e mu s i c be g an t o f a d e a s t h e pa r t y ca r r i ed o n in t o t h e m o r n i ng T h e n i gh t w e n t o n w i t h o u t m aj o r in c id e n t an d t h e ge n er a l co n s e ns us t h a t e v e r y o n e h a d a n a m a z i n g i n nig ht and ar e wai ti ng fo r the Seb as X m a s P a r t y F o r m o r e i n f o a n d p ho t o s F ee l f r e e g o o n F a c eb o o k a nd ch e ck S as h a D u n n 's f a n p a ge o r T h e V en d et t a G r o u p S E B A S F R E E FO R A L L B I R T H D A Y P A R T I E S August 11, 12, 14 20 1 1 A M A TE UR BOWLING CL ASS IC Mario's Bowling & family Entertainment Palace holds the 2011 Amateur Bowling Classic. Qualifying on Aug 11, Semi finals on August 12, Finals on August 14. Prizes trophies for 1st, 2nd &3rd place. Highest games, highest set. Telephone: 326-8010-3. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. August 13 Saturday A TL ANTIS LIV E PRESEN T S JIMM Y FALLON Atlantis Live presents late night show host and comedian Jimmy Fallon in a comedy show in the Grand Ballroom, Atlantis. Doors open at 8.30pm, begins at 9.30pm. Cost: reserved seat ing: $100, premium seating: $115. Telephone: 363-9901. Email: box.office@kerzner. com. August 13 Saturday BASKETBALL J A M BO REE Hosanna Full Gospel Baptist Church host their 1st Basketball Jamboree. Fea tures a three-on-three basketball tournament for all ages and skill levels. Trophies presented to top 3 teams, winners of the threepoint and free throw con tests. 10am 8pm approximately at the Donald Davis Gymnasium at D.W. Davis school, Wilton St, Centerville. Fee per team: $100. Apply before July 27. Church is at: 30 Abundant Life Road. Call: 393-6825. August 13 Tuesday TA KE BACK THE N I GH T M A R C H & SPEAK OUT The Bahamas Crisis Centre holds "Take Back the Night" with an aim to speak-out against violence in The Bahamas. Join the Cri sis Centre in a march and speak-out against violence in our streets and in our homes. The Speak-out will be a time for those who would like to share their thoughts stories and personal stories about violence to have a voice and for all of us to show our support for those who have suffered the tides of violence. Begins at 6.30pm at Arawak Cay. The route of the march: Arawak Cay Nassau St Market Street (via Polhemus and Scott sts) East Street Rawson Square. August 14 Sunday BIFF COR PORA TE GOLF INVIT A TI ON AL A T A L BANY The Bahamas International Film Festival holds its Corporate Golf Invitational at Albany's 18-hole Ernie Els-designed championship golf course. This year, BIFF donates part proceeds to the Bahamas Cancer Society. Limited to 42 teams. Entry: $2,500 per team. Call: 3565939. August 20 Saturday TH E ICR E A TE MUSIC ALL ACCESS SEMIN AR BahamaBeats Production presents the iCreate Music All Access Seminar which will be held at The Lucayan Room, Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. Features A&R reps from Jay Z's Roc Nation, Warner Bros. Records and Sony ATV Music Publishing. This seminar is a great opportuni ty for persons wishing to fur ther their careers in the music industry. Includes informative panels, a music showcase and a beat battle. Space is limited and all music submitted must be screened in advance to be heard by the Panelists. Telephone: 422-6524. E: iCreateMusicSeminar@gmail.com. T H I N G S 2 DO The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. SHARE Y OUR NEW S BODINE Be' Johnson performs the Get Well Bahamas theme song, "I Won't Give Up", at the launch of GWB@ on Tuesday, July 26 at the Harry C Moore Library Auditorium as Challengers and supporters sing along. LADIES AT SEBAS' PRIVATE PARTY SEBAS ON THE MIC SEBAS AND HIS MOTHER
T H E T R I BU N E S E C T I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 06 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 J us t a f e w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e Bah amas l ooked l ike 40 .. 50 .. .6 0. .. years in the past Probably the most iconic Bahamian image, used thousands of times for promotional purposes. Just a sandy rock until Oswald Moseley decided to plant a grove of trees and it became the picturesque island it is today. Sandy Cay BY ROLAND ROSE S TERILISE Y OUR GA RDEN W e have reached the time of year when our favourite crops are hard to grow successfully. Tomatoes will not set fruit, lettuce shriv els up bitterly, and cab bages stand still. Heat lovers like sweet peppers, okra and corn can be grown but will need a lot of care. E x p e r i e n ce d g a r d e n e r s l i k e t o g i v e t h e m s e l v e s a n d t h e i r ga r d e n a r e s t d u r i n g t he u n p l ea s an tly hot mon ths b y cover ing thei r g a r d e n s i n cl e a r p l a s t i c s h ee t i n g a n d c o n c e n t r a t i n g o n t h e f r u i t t r e e s a n d f l o we r i ng s h r u bs T h e p r o c e s s i s c a l l e d s o l a r i s a t i o n a n d t h e b e n e f i t s a r e m a n y T h e c l e a r p l a s t i c a l l o w s g r e a t e r p e n e t r a t i o n i n t o t h e s o i l o f t h e s un s h ea t a n d s t e r i l i s es o u r ga r d e n We ed s ca n no t gr ow a n d a ny w ee d s e ed s pr es e n t ar e b a k ed s o g a r d en er s c an t a k e t im e o f f f r o m w e e d i n g I n s e c t s t h a t l i v e b e l o w g r o u n d a r e k i ll e d a l on g w i t h a ny i n s e ct la r v ae t ha t ma y b e p r e s en t T h e t h i n g s we c an n o t s e e p r o v i d e t h e b i g g e s t d a n g e r s t o o u r s oi l Ne m at o d e s f u ng i a n d b ac t er ia ar e all killed down to a depth of 1 8 i n ch e s N em a t od e s pr es e n t a s e r i o u s p r o b l em t o o u r g ar de n cr o p s a n d ar e a l mo s t i m p o s s i b le t o k il l o f f u s i n g c o n v e n t i o n a l m e a n s S o l ar is at i o n d o e s t h e j o b wi t ho u t a n y d an g er ou s ch e m ic al s B a c t e r i a c a n b e f r i e n d l y o r u n f r i e n d l y B y s o l a r i s i n g w e k i l l a ll ba cte r ia b ut we can ap pl y co mpost o r ma nure to the garde n whe n w e l if t t h e s h ee t i ng an d r e e s t ab l i s h a b en e f ic i al ba ct e r i a c ol o n y. T h e p r o ce s s o f s o l a r is at i o n wa s f i r s t p r ac t i s ed b y I s r ae l is a nd h a s b e c o m e a c c e p t e d a s a n e f f i c i e n t means of sterilis ing a nd r esting soil i n sit uations where cr op r otation is co nsi der ed imp ract ical and was tef u l I n m o s t c o u n t r i e s t h e v e g e t abl e gr ow in g s e as on i s t he s u mm e r s o s o l a r i s a t i o n h a s t o t a k e p l a ce i n wi n t er I t s be t t er i n t he B ah a m as b e ca us e o ur o f f s e as o n i s t h e h o t t e s t t i m e o f y e a r a n d s o la r i s a t io n is a ch i ev e d q u ic k ly H o w t o s o la r i s e ? Ch o os e cl ea r s hee t in g 2 -6 mm t hi ck an d at le as t t hr e e f ee t wi d e r an d l o ng e r t h an yo u r ga r d en D ig a t r e n ch at l ea s t a f o o t d e e p a r o u n d t h e g a r d e n t h a t w i l l b e u s e d t o a n c h o r t h e s h e e t i n g B e f o r e l a y i n g t h e s h e e t i n g t h e g a r d e n n e e d s t o b e t h o r o u g h l y w eeded and wat ered; an allnight w at e ri ng is b es t. R a k e th e s ur fa c e t o make it as fl at as pos s ible then l a y th e s he eti ng and pr es s i t i nt o t he t r e n ch y o u h a v e d u g R e f i l l t h e tr ench wi th s oi l to tr ap t he ed ges of the s heetin g. Then f orget about yo u r ga r d en f o r a mo n t h o r t w o. Small r ais ed garden s can have the edges of the sh eeting anchor ed by u s ing le ngths of old 2 x 4" lumb er. S om e ga r den er s h ave as k ed me, wh y n o t u s e b l a c k p l a s t i c s h e e t i n g ? T h e a n s w e r i s t h a t b l a c k a bs o r bs muc h o f the sun's hea t a nd do e s n ot al l o w as m u ch pe n et r at io n of h ea t in t o t h e s o i l. Wh e n t h e s h e et i n g is l if t e d t r y not to dis turb the layers of the s oi l. He av y d i gg in g m a y b r i ng u nd es i r ab le s t o t he s u r f ace t h at we r e t oo d e e p t o b e a f f e c t e d b y s o l a r i s a t i o n A s m e n t i o n e d e a r l i e r a p p l y comp os t or m anu re to r ees tab li sh b e n e f i c i a l b a c t e r i a a n d w a t e r i t in A we ek b e f or e yo u s o w s e ed s or dig in tr ans pla nts yo u can appl y f e r t i l i s e r i n t h e f o r m o f l i q u i d gr a n u la r o r t i m e r el e as e S t ar t in g a n ew v eg e t ab l eg r o win g s ea s o n i n a p l ot t h at h as b e en s o la r i s e d is l ik e d r i vi n g a n e w c ar : ev er yt h i ng wo r k s g ar d en er j ack @co r al w a ve. co m By GARDENER JACK GREEN SCENE ALL wrapped up and put away for the summer. A sheet of clear plastic solarises the soil during the dormant part of the gardening year
t or y t oge th er and t he whol e D es tin y's Chi ld dr am a, s o s he has t o l ive wit h t h a t "As f or h er al bum I t hi nk s he has be en m aki ng th e r ig ht mo ves la tel y i n t er ms of p ro du cti on and t he s o und s he ha s been r el eas ing in he r mus i c as co mpa re d t o the ot he r fl ops s h e p ut ou t i n t he p as t. So I s ay th is wil l b e h er mo s t s ucces s fu l alb um to dat e i n my o pi nio n." Kayla Do rs et t add ed: "I h ave fai th in Kel ly and I s tr o ngl y be lie ve t hi s is d efi ni te ly h er t ime to s hi ne. M ot iv ati on i s in dee d a hu ge s on g, th at was a ve ry cle ver de cis io n f or h er t o b ri ng out t hat s o n g as a l ead s ing le. But ever yo ne s hou ld s to p co mpar i ng h er t o Bey oncÂŽ Bey oncÂŽ is Bey on cÂŽ an d Ke lly is K ell y, t hey ar e b ot h ta lent ed ar ti s ts ." A dd ing to t he deb ate F re d T ay lor s aid : "I d on 't kn ow i f th e al bum is a ll th at, I n ever r eal ly cri ti qu ed t he alb um li ke t ha t, bu t t he s ong is i n t he r igh t di re c t io n. I f s h e h as li ke f ou r mo re s ong s on th at leve l, th en s h e's i s goi ng to ma ke i t. T H E T R I B UN E S E CT I O N C A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T 07 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011 By LESH W ITH one hit single already flying high on the charts and several potential hit tracks still to be released from her latest studio album entitled "Here I Am", former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland is finally getting her time to shine. Wit h her m os t pop ul ar hi t to dat e t he s exy and s ult r y "M o ti vat ion cri ti cs and f an s ali ke ar e as ki ng th e q ues ti on Can K ell y f in all y s t ep out o f Be yon cÂŽ's s ha dow? F or he r new si ngl e Ke lly col lab or at ed wi th on e o f r ap' s big ges t st ar s L il Way ne h im se lf. A nd s he h as al s o r el eas ed an a cclai med vid eo fo r th e t r ack. Kel ly comm ent ed on th e S ar ah C h at fi eld di re cte d v ide o, say ing : "I m ai mi ng f or a ver y se xy, fem i ni ne vid eo a nd I' m loo kin g f or wo man ly, s exy d e s i g n s T he R&B s i nger ca pt ur ed ever yo ne' s att en ti on a nd s to le t he s how wit h h er 201 1 BET A war ds li ve p er fo r man ce of "M o ti vat ion ". Con ti nu ing to pr o mot e t he r elea se of h er new a lbu m, Kel ly t he n p er fo rm ed th e s on g o n T he T o nig ht Sh ow wi th Jay Le no. L ik e at t he BET A war ds Kel ly's se xy d ance mov es and p ower fu l v oice vowe d t he aud ien ce. A nd whil e s om e p eop le ar e s ti ll tr yi ng pit Ke lly a gain s t Be yon cÂŽ, t he tr u th is t hat b ot h wo men r em ain t he bes t of f ri end s and s is t er s in s pir i t. I n f act D es ti ny' s Chil d re c e nt ly c e leb ra ted a r eu ni on as Kel ly, Beyo ncÂŽ, and M ich ell e Wil li ams ca me t og eth er f or t he alb um re leas e par t y f or Her e I Am" at t he T o p o f th e St an dar d Hot el in N ew Yo rk Ci ty. Beyo ncÂŽ, who vis i ted t he La te Sho w wit h Jimm y F al lon t wo we eks ag o, pr ais ed Kel ly' s new alb um. "We' r e s ti ll han gin g. Th is was a ctu all y t wo n igh ts ago. Kel ly h as a new a lbu m tha t came out t hi s week I t is s o ama zing y' all ha ve t o g o o ut an d b uy th e al bu m. "My Kel ly, Kel ly, Kel ly, I lo ve yo u s o mu ch. I' m s o pr o ud of yo u. Y our alb um is i ncr ed ibl e," Qu een B to ld th e t alk s ho w ho s t. A not her fo rm er De st in y's Ch ild m embe r, L et oy a L uck ett re c e nt ly per fo r med at a G ay P r id e p art y in Det r oit an d s h ar ed wi th h er fa ns : Kell y i s s ti ll my mo ti vati on '. Each o f ya' ll go a nd g et fo ur co pies of her albu m and get Beyo ncÂŽ' s a lbu m, to o. St op hat in g o n t hat g ir l. You kn ow s h e i s on e o f t he mo st t ale nt ed gir ls o n t he fa ce o f t hi s e ar th Bo th th em wer k! Y'a ll su pp or t th em, it is n o beef n o hat e b etwe en u s We ar e gr own h eff as t ha t wa s ten ye ar s ago; y' all lea ve t hat al on e an d l et us wo r k." I n Ya Ear al s o as k ed Ba ham ian fa ns t o wei gh in o n Kell y's n ew m us ic a nd whet her 2011 will be her y e a r A lex Mi s si ck s ai d: "Un ti l t he end of t im e Kel ly wi ll be com par ed to Beyo ncÂŽ becau s e of t hei r hi s EASTNOR CASTLE DEER PARK, England Associated Press KANYE West says he feels like people look at him like Hitler. T h e 34y ear o l d r ap p er k n o w n f o r h i s o u t bursts was the headline act at the Big Chill mu s i c f e st i va l S at u r d ay n i gh t w h er e h e r an t ed in the middle of his set about being mis understood and underappreciated. I w a l k t h r o u g h t he h o t e l a nd I w a l k do wn the str e et, a n d p eop le lo o k at me l ik e I'm (expletive) insane, like I'm Hitler," he said. "One day the light will shine through and one day people will understand every thing I ever did." West received light boos from the crowd as a result. The performer also defended the music v id e o f o r his song Mon s ter ," whic h fe ature s c anniba lis m and gi rls ha nging f rom their necks. "Wh o s aw t h e vi d eo b e fo r e it go t b an n ed before they took it down and before wom e n's g r oups st a rti ng s a yi ng t hat a pe rs on that lost the most important woman in his life is now against women in some way?" asked West, referring to the 2007 death of his mother Donda West. West w ho st arted h is s et ro u ghl y 30-mi n utes late a po logis ed to th e c rowd for h is tardiness, say in g he n e eded to make sure his performance was great. "M ic h ael Jo rd a n c h an ged so mu c h i n b as k e t bal l, h e t oo k h is p ower to ma k e a d iff erence. It's so much (expletive) going on in mu si c ri gh t n o w an d s o meb od y h as to mak e a (expletive) difference," he said. Th e mu lt ip l ati n umsel ler i s k n ow n f o r h is o u ts p o k en n e ss mo s t n o t ab l y h i s d is s t o w ar d T ay l or S wi ft at th e 2009 M TV Vi deo M u sic Award s, wh ere h e grabb ed t h e mi cro ph o ne f ro m h er as sh e accep ted th e aw a r d fo r b est f emale vi d eo an d said Beyo n ce sh o ul d have w on it. In 200 5 h e said "Ge o rge B ush do esn't care about black people" during a Hur ricane Katrina telethon. At the music festival, West talked about s o me o f h i s a w a rd s sh o w d r a m a, s a yi n g s o me o f h i s s p o n so rs h i p s w e re ca n ce l ed a s a re su l t But West closed his show on a positive note by paying tribute to Amy Winehouse. West, who said he met the late singer a few y ea rs ag o during Par is f ashion we e k p l a yed sn ip p e t s o f Wi neh o us e's "Tears Dry On Their Own" and "Back to Black." He s a i d i t w a s b e au t i f u l t o me et t h e p e r f o r m er and that she was "amazing." Th en in Kan ye fash i o n, h e began to ran t Tha nk y ou fo r prot ec ti ng y our a rt is ts th a t ar e still he re ," h e said to the cr o w d Th i s i s f o r M cQ u een f o r Am y, fo r M i ch a el and fo r all t he me d ia can you li g h te n u p o n a ll your a rtists th a t a re still here ?" he asked, rec eivin g a roaring ch e er fro m the crowd and leaving the stage with his 3-man band and 20-something backup dancers. Y A H E A R G O S S I P C O R N E R D A Y L I N E Destiny's Child EMOTION "In the words of a broken heart It's just emotion taking me over Caught up in sorrow Lost in the song But if you don't come back Come home to me, darling Don't you know there's nobody left in this world to hold me tight." 1. Soldier 2. Independent Women 3. Cater 2 U 4. Emotion 5. Bills Bills Bills 6. Check On It 7. Say My Name 8. Bootylicious YA HEAR Rapper Big Boi got arrested for possession of a controlled substance? When are these Celebes going to stay away from the mug shots! YA HEAR Chris Brown officially dropped the mixture all his fans has been waiting for? Yep the Boy In Detention' Hip Hop mixtape was released just last week for downloading. YA HEAR That brand new spanking rapper Big Sean was arrested in upstate New York earlier this week? What is up with all of these celebrities being arrested? An anonymous female issued a complaint against Sean stating that she had been sexually assaulted by him during a concert. YA HEAR About the Anthonys upcoming reality series, La La's Full Court Life'? Yep the former MTV host La la Anthony's show is going to premiere on August 22 on VH1. The show will give fans a view into her life, her career, and her being a supportive wife to an NBA Superstar, Carmelo Anthony. YA HEAR Nicki Minaj flashed the crowd and had a wardrobe malfunction at her concert on Good Morning America? This is just after the media was down her throat after rumors had spread that her hype-man smacked her in the face. Will Nicki get a break? KANYE WES T S A Y S P E OPLE LOO K A T HIM 'LIKE HITLE R' C H I L D H I T S O N G S BIG BOI