N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.217TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, T-STORM HIGH 92F LOW 80F JOHN Pinder, president of the Bahamas Public Services Union, threatened the government with a general strike, over the dispute concerning incre ments and lump sum payments. Mr Pinder said he has tried repeatedly with no success to speak to Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham, head of the Public Service. He said the union has sought solidarity with other unions, who stand ready when the need arises to take indus trial action. I think sufficient members have been impacted, not only in the BPSU, but also in the other quasi-government agencies, that we can get together and do what is necessary to get a favourable and timely response. If that means we have to have a general strike, well you know in 1950 that is the only way they were able to get the results, said Mr Pinder. A rally is planned this week with union members and the general public to address the issues. With six outstanding industrial agreements, he said the unions are united in the struggle, and if they have to, they will resort to a general strike. If they really would accept proper consultation from the trade union movement we could really give them advice, but they continue to take us for granted and expect for us to fall back into our shell, said Mr Pinder. In his budget communication to Parliament in May, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Hubert Ingraham said that in the coming fiscal year, government employees will receive a one-time lump sum payment equivalent to one increment. As of fiscal year 2011/2012, Dispute over incr ements, lump sum payments TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM LARGEST EVER DC KOMEN WALK S S I I S S T T E E R R S S I I S S T T E E R R M M E E M M B B E E R R S S NFL D D E E V V A A R R D D D D A A R R L L I I N N G G S S I I G G N N S S W W I I T T H H T T E E X X A A N N S S SEEWOMANON12B SEESPORTSSECTIONE Union threatens general strike SEE page nine By LAMECH JOHNSON A MAN was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday for a shooting death on the night of the country's 38th anniversary of independence. Dennis Mather, 20, of Lincoln Boule vard was charged before Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court Eight, Bank Lane for the murder of Francisco Hanna on Sunday night, July 10. Hanna, the country's 69th homicide vic tim, was gunned down shortly before 11pm at Wilson Tract, days after charges against MAN CHARGED WITH INDEPENDENCE DA Y MURDER CHARGED: Dennis Mather outside of court. Felip Major /Tribune staff SEE page nine T HE Democratic National Alliance has come under fire from some members of the Opposition Progressive Liberal Party for allegedly "plagiarising" a campaign advertisement. Yesterday DNA Chairman Mark Humes said the advertisement was not an official party commercial but promotional material created by a "young, overzealous" DNA PLP s CLAIM DNA PLAGIARISED CAMPAIGN AD SEE page nine By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A GOVERNMENT minister hit back at the PLPs sug-g estion that funding cuts have exacerbated the dengue fever outbreak labelling the c laims inaccurate and irres ponsible. Speaking with The Tribune By SANCHESKA BROWN D OMESTIC violence accounts for at least half of the murders in the Bahamas i n 2010 and 2011, according to Minister of State for Social Services Loretta Butler Turn e r. Minister Butler Turners comments came after two young women were brutally THE Progressive Liberal Party is proposing to flood the streets with police to help address the escalating crime problem. Party leader Perry Christie announced the initiative last night in a paid address outlining the partys plan to stop the violence. Mr Christie said it is important for all violence to be answered with the full force of the law, suggesting that new strike force teams be used for rapid deployment. This initiative, he said, should GOVERNMENT HITS BACK AT CLAIMS CUTS EXACERBATED DENGUE FEVER OUTBREAK SEE page nine SEE page nine PLP WOULD FLOOD S TREETS WITH POLICE T O FIGHT CRIME DOMES TIC VIOLENCE ACCOUNTS FOR HALF OF MURDERS S EE page nine MINISTER OF STATE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES: COMMENTSCAUSINGUNNECESSARYPANIC B AHAMAS PUBLIC SERVICES UNION PRESIDENT John Pinder
TWO Junior Achievement companies sponsored by CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank were announced as winners of the coveted JA Company of the Year award. F irstCaribbean managing director Marie Rodland-Allen said: The winnings of our JA teams in Nassau and Abaco, a nd the banks continued supp ort of JA, are excellent tes taments of the banks engagement of communities in which it operates with a view of making them better. In this case, we helped produce some excellent young business and possibly national leaders. When they first met the 55 students they would mentor, the 15 advisors from First Caribbean in Nassau were a bit overwhelmed by their number. But they took the bull by the horns and it wasnt long before PHRESH (Phenome nal, Hardworking, Respectful, Entrepreneurs, Soaring Higher) was born. In Abaco, the team from the Banks Marsh Harbour branch took on the challenge of mentoring ACE (Achievers Chas ing Excellence). Both groups took the JA theme, Blazing Trails to Excellence, very seriously. Not too long into the JA Awards ceremony last week, it was evident that both PHRESH and ACE were forces to reckon with. In addition to the Company of the Year award, PHRESH won: Executive Advisor of the Year Sherwanda Jones Most Distinguished President of the Year Clifford Adderley Most Distinguished Achiever Human Resource DAesha Rahming Most Distinguished Achiever, Marketing Marolandy PetitHomme Most Distinguished Achiever Production Krystal Rolle Top Sales Person of the Year DAesha Rahming Advisory Team of the Year Top Sales Company of the Year: Over $20,000 in sales Annual Report of the Year Product of the Year Taste of Nature Native Teas Top Return on Investment o f the Year $87.45 per share In addition, DAesha Rahming, Clifford Adderley, Marolandy Petit-Homme and Boykin Smith were inducted into the Student Achievers $1,000 Club. And, Boykin Smith placed second in the Most Distin guished Achiever Public Rela tions category; second for Highest Retention of the Year and second for receiving the Top Company Exam Scores. Boykin was also named Junior Minister of Tourism by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and is set to attend the 2011 Youth Congress in St Martin next month. In Abaco, ACE won the Step Show; Highest Return on Investment and Best Overall Company Reports. President Octavia DeanMcIntosh also won the Best Interview Award. PHRESH said its success came partly because of a com mitted and hardworking advi sory team, headed by Executive Advisor Sherwanda Jones. In addition, Tancia Fergu son, Nicolette Deal, Monique Pyfrom, Shantell Hall, Lynaire Lockhart-Garraway, Shantel Rahming, Tonia MillerCartwright, Helena Evans, Jene Curry, Kea Callender, Immaculata Hamilton, Quarindo Davis, Kenard Meronard and consultant to the advising committee Omar Wilkinson volunteered countless hours to the teams success. ACEs board of advisors in Abaco included: Juanyette Curry, Charlotte Collins, Lawrence Forbes, Linda Lightbourne, Jenice Edge combe, Stacy Toote, Michaud Abraham and Iris Henchell. Both the advisors and students thanked CIBC FirstCaribbean for its support over the past year. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TWO CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN SPONSORED JA FIRMS WIN OMPANY OF THE YEAR AWARDS A PROBLEM encount ered during nighttime road works necessitated yesterdays single lane closure on Bay Street during morning rush-hour. Contractors hit a snag on Sunday night, accord ing to Water and Sewerage o fficials, and were unable t o repave the road on schedule. This led to gridlock throughout the downtown area between the hours of 8am and 10am. T he specific cause of the late finish could not be c onfirmed before press time last night. SOME members of ACE, a Junior Achievement company that won Company of the Year at the recent close of the JA year in Abaco. TIM CLARKE/ Tribune staff
EDITOR, The Tribune. THEMinister of National S ecurity has informed the n ation that enforcing capital punishment is becoming more difficult, but, I think, the last couple of decades have been more about the will to do what has to be done. We have been following t he cues of the judicial bodi es in other jurisdictions, the minister refers to them as those foreign white men in London, or those old C aribbean men down in the Caribbean or elsewhere. It is good to point the fing er, but it is better to shoulder responsibility. For too l ong we have looked elsewhere for some decisions that we should be making ourselves; for too long we have been unequally y oked with nations and j urisdictions that are having the same problems that we a re having, but we have b een feeding off each oth e r, pacifying ourselves that we are following the rule of law, but ironically lookingt o those who cannot lead us in matters of moral conscience. This would not be a prob l em, but the English constitution does not give place to Christian values as ourc onstitution does. Shamef ully we have used others who are not under the same religious and moral constraints to qualify what iso ur national responsibility. However, there is good news in the difficulty Min i ster Turnquest is expressing. Recent news coming out of the United Kingdomi nform us that the English P arliament is going to revisit the capital punishment issue, and there are websitesd edicated to inputs from the populace at large. There has been an upsurge in murder and mayhem all over the UK and they too have a legal revolving door for criminality like we do, and just last week things have sort of tipped over with riots, looting and citizens being killed. It should not be too diffi c ult for the Minister, his coll eagues and members of the o pposition to see that before t he summer is over, all groups concerned with the well-being of this nation, should arrive at an agreement as to what is best for this nation. If the fellows we have been following for our l egal precedents are taking a s tep back, this should be like the writing on the wall for u s and I think we have sense enough, and our learned l egal persons are informed enough, to do what we must do. H owever, some of us see the need to talk about everything, but. We have yet to speak out on the murder rate, the messed up roads or t he ongoing drug culture t hat is destroying young and old I wonder why? And there are some members of the government and the opposition who seem to be tongue-tied when it comes to speaking to the issues that they have been e lected to address. H opefully, as the summer ends, we will also see an end t o this social lethargy, that has many of us afflicted, we c annot expect the persons we elect to lead if we are not prepared to lead ourselves. EDWARD H UTCHESON Nassau, August 11, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 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 DESPITE its recent humiliation by Standard & Poors decision to drop its credit rating from a triple to a double A plus, the United States still leads the world but only by default. The shocking display of irresponsibility by Americas leaders in both the House and Senate in the recent budget debate in Washington was enough to shake the world as it certainly shook us. To think that these men and women are either unaware or unconcerned that their behaviour and level of debate threatened not just a US, but a global economic slowdown, is of great concern. To listen to some of them, it seemed that their only interest was to win their seats in Congress the country be damned. Michele Bachmann, now contesting the Republican nomination for president, had the brainless nerve to ask: Whats the matter with default? Whats the problem? Even a fool would know what would be wrong if America defaulted on her debts and could not pay her troops, the civil service, meet her international financial oblig ations and keep the country functioning. One only had to watch the spooked jitters of the world markets at such a possibility to understand what default would have meant. If Madame Bachmann (R-MN that simple question, then she certainly has hubris to think that she should head a country that leads the world. Also the inability of so many of the leg islators to negotiate, to bull-headily insist on their way or the highway does not bode well for a country whose leaders will have to perfect the art of give-and-take when deal ing with other countries. Marching through the world with the bully stick is a sure recipe for conflict and eventual war. Why should we be concerned? Because the Bahamas is not only a part of the world, but it is well known that when America sneezes, the Bahamas gets pneumonia. So we are very much concerned Bahami ans have a vested interest in Americas suc cess. As if the selfish, dysfunctional behav iour in Washington over the default issue was not enough, the lawmakers packed their briefcases and scampered off for a five-week recess, leaving 74,000 FAA workers without pay. Their failure to fund the FAA forced security personnel to work without a salary. It was also reported that 4,000 workers were put on furlough because of the failure of these legislators to complete their work and do their duty. The Tea Party, the newest phenomenon in Washington, claims that its function is to uphold the principles of the Founding Fathers. Its members should be asked if any of the Founding Fathers would have walked out on so many in such difficult times to take a whiff of fresh air in the country? It must not be forgotten that Congress already gets an annual 26 weeks paid leave. Yet, they still took their five weeks recess leaving thousands of Americans to wonder how they were to meet their own financial obligations during this period. From comments made by some of Standard & Poors directors it is clear that the standard of debate and squabbling among legislators was the greatest influence on the decision to downgrade the countrys credit. S&P Managing Director John Chambers was quoted as saying that the downgrade was due, not only to runaway US deficits and national debt, but also to the expecta tion that Americas debt burden will grow heavier in the future. Chambers under scored Washingtons inability to overcome political obstacles and enact aggressive fis cal reforms. He gave France as an example of a country, whose finances were in far worse shape than the US, but which had kept its AAA credit rating because it had already under taken significant reforms to put the brakes on and reverse its growing debt not so the US. David Beers, head of Standard & Poors sovereign credit rating unit, said the United States has yet to demonstrate its capacity and commitment to change. The S&P downgrade is not really about the ability of the U.S. to meet its (debt payments. No one doubts the ability of the U.S. to meet its payments. It is about the ability of its policymakers to get their arms around the problems, and put the country back on the path of growth, jobs, and pros perity. And until they do that, we (the Unit ed States) risk further downgrades, said Mohamed El-Erian, head of PIMCO, a California-based global investment company. He was speaking in an interview on Bloomberg Television. Washington has really shot itself in the foot and taken the world down with it. It is better to shoulder responsibility LETTERS l email@example.com Washington shoots itself in the foot 0$5.(7,1* '(17 1(('(' (QJLQHHUQHHGHGPXVWEHSURFLHQWLQ$XWRFDG FDSDEOHRIGHVLJQLQJDOXPLXPUDLOLQJV VKXWWHUVDQGFXVWRPSURGXFWV $OVRPXVWEHDEOHWRPDQDJHRWKHUV 3OHDVHHPDLOUHVXPHWR ,DQ#KEVPDULQHFRP EDITOR, The Tribune. AUGUST 1ST, is emancipation day; its in commemoration of the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 which ended slav e ry in the British Empire on August 1, 1834. We are free as G od intended us to be. We are free to determine our personal and collective destinies. We are free to be productive or unproductivep eople; to be caring or uncaring; to be respectful or disres pectful toward one another; we are free to love or hate. In todays Bahamas our freedom has been taken advan tage of for all the wrong reasons by we the people. It has led us into a state of disconnect, distrust and disunity, and crim i nals appear to be feasting on our exposed state of affairs. Our collective freedom is not being well spent. We cannot decide on the way forward for our nation; we refuse to seet he wisdom of a unified people. We prefer to fight and kill, rather than set good examples and build. We have been emancipated since the beginning of time, and we choose to be reckless with our gift of choice rathert han responsible citizens who are indeed our brothers keepe rs. We are free to make our ancestors proud of us by appreciating the sacred joy of freedom, and become nationb uilders of the first order; our children will treasure us for our resolve to create and maintain a prosperous and blessed country. We are free, but it does not mean that we are secure. Security is a national endeavour in which every citizen has a stake. In The Bahamas today, our safety is being under mined by corrupt public officials and other rough elements among us. Many of our countrymen are using their freedom to facilitate on a grand scale: human trafficking, gun smuggling, drug running, political corruption, murder and so on. We are a nation under attack by criminal and satanic forces, and we who care about our future must come togeth er and fight the scoundrels who are out to destroy our beloved land for their personal gain. Yes, we must use our freedom to ensure that The Bahamas remains free, and the generations behind us are given the best opportunity to succeed and prosper. We are free to be great, and to live as one in love and legit imate respect. Lets do it brothers and sisters. Happy emancipation day Bahamas. DENNIS DAMES Nassau, August 1, 2011. Collective freedom not being well spent
By JOHN MARQUIS MERCIFULLY, the Bahamas has almost forgottenw hat its like to have a riot. The last one of consequence was in 1942, I believe. Even during the politically highly-harged years between1953 and 1967, when black Bahamians began working energetically towards majority rule, there was no civil unresto f any significance. There was, of course, a general strike in 1958 and the infa mous Black Tuesday demonstration in 1965, but no mass lawlessness on a scale that posed a major danger to lives and property. Having just experienced firsthand the London riots, with looters running amok in one of the worlds biggest and suppos edly most civilized cities, I feel well-placed to congratulate the Bahamian people on their for bearance and suggest that, all things considered, rioting is notto be recommended. However, it would be a dumb man indeed who did not acknowledge the obvious social similarities between modern Britain and its former colony because many of the inequalities that exist in London are a reality in Nassau, too. And it would be the height of irresponsibility if Bahamian leaders, whatever their politi cal stripe, did not heed the warnings offered by Britains woes and act accordingly to right the wrongs that exist in Nassaus festering ghettos. Outbreak As London, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and Nottingham mop up the mess left behind by rioters and count the human toll, including four dead, of this frightening outbreak of public disorder politi cians are seeking to dismiss it as an explosion of youthful criminality, nothing more. Prime Minister David Cameron has declared parts of British society to be sick, with no moral compass. Others are trying to blame the welfare system for creating a sense of entitlement with no corresponding sense of respon sibility. In truth, however, the riots are an alarming manifestation of deep divisions in British society that will worsen as time goes on unless the countrys political class gets to grips with the root cause of the unrest. Two quotes gleaned from participants by the British press tell the story most graphically. One was from a teenage girl who was among those looting Londons stores. This is to show the police that we can do as we like and there is nothing they can do about it, she said boastfully. The other came from a young man who said: If you think this is bad, just wait until the next generation comes along. The rioters and looters, some as young as eleven, most in their teens and early twenties, went about their business with the cool calm of weekend shoppers, walking out of stores with laptops, mobile phones and plasma screens oblivious to the stunned reaction of onlookers. Some were so bold and brazen that they didnt even bother to hide their faces. Some were so shameless that they displayed the goods they had stolen on their Facebook pages. It was as if Londons system of law and order had broken down completely, with the police powerless to intervene. For a time, there were fears that anarchy would sweep the land. Some people were genuinely shocked that a country like B ritain noted for its so-called stiff upper lip and understated sense of order and decency should descend to this, the kind of behaviour more readily associated with Third World societies in Africa and the Middle East. Alas, I was not one of them. I n fact, as I looked down from my apartment balcony in Clapham on the emergency vehicles dashing back and forth to fires erupting all over Lon don, I was surprised only at the fact that it had taken so long to happen. Like the Bahamas, Britain i s a country of staggering wealth and debilitating poverty, not poverty in the strictly material sense, but of hope for some thing better. It is a country which for gen erations has been ruled by a fundamentally incompetent political class kept in power bya network of club and school connections which shows utter contempt for working people. The Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democratic parties, the three major political groups, are all led by upper middle-class Oxbridge products with no knowledge of, or empathy for, ordinary Britons who work hard to improve their lives. Between them, these parties have created an environment in which greed is king, in which bankers prosper grotesquely at the expense of their customers, in which many politicians felt at liberty to pick the publics pockets at will, and in which seven-eighths of the nations populace are encouraged to feel third-rate at best. Over the 68 years of my own existence, Britain has produced only one prime minister of vision and that was the admirable Clement Attlee, who had the wherewithal to put flesh on the bones of his own ideals during that great post-war administration between 1945 and 1951. The rest and that includes the overpraised harridan Margaret Thatcher have been resoundingly inadequate in almost every particular. The nadir was reached with Tony Blair, a grinning vacuity who with his hopeless sidekick Gordon Brown led the nation to ruin. Self-serving observers will say that there is no link at all between a mindless, possibly illiterate teenager running out of a store with a stolen TV set and the alleged shortcomings of Britains political class. But I would argue that there is, indeed, a direct connection between the two. It was the political class that created the culture of greed among the well-off in the 1980s, and the culture of dependency among Britains feral underclass between 1997 and 2010. It was the political class that enabled failed bankers to walk off with huge pensions and plat inum pay-offs, and urged lenien cy for parliamentary thieves embroiled in the 2009 expenses scandal. It was the political class that failed utterly to deliver an education system worthy of the name, with a one-in-five illiteracy rate and a world ranking lower than Estonia. And, of course, it is the Oxbridge-dominated political class that continues to maintain power through a system of clubs, fraternities, societies and social connections, with no refe rence at all to merit. The great English satirist Evelyn Waugh once remarked: You will never find an Englishman among the underdogs except in his own country, of course. Its only since being back in Britain that I have come to see h ow right he was. There is no excusing the young rioter who remarked Now its our turn to grab what we want, but you kind of catch his drift, if you see what I mean. The Bahamas does not, of course, have the same rigid classs ystem that has blighted and bedevilled Britains progress for so many generations. The quiet revolution of 1967 ended for all time the tra ditional racial and social divi sions that marked the old colonial system of government. But it would be very unwise to imagine that Nassau is free of the tensions and undercurrents that sparked Londons riots. Exc luded During my investigation into the death of Peanut Strachan a few years ago, I found people in Wilson Tract who felt much the same as the underdogs of British society in the back streets of Tottenham. They, too, felt excluded from societys riches and any sense of hope, and at the mercy of a police force that is often crudely insensitive in its approach to law and order. I met literally dozens of working class Nassauvians who felt they were treated with utter contempt by what is amusingly described as the Bahamas political elite, and especially by crooked lawyers whose one aim in life was to take ignorant clients for a ride. I also met young Bahamian college graduates who felt dis engaged from society and isolated from their dreams because they were not members or friends of the countrys most influential families. Many moved abroad in despair. And I met many more who felt hopelessly handicapped in their career ambitions by the grim reality of their ghetto lives. They simply couldnt afford a higher education. It would be harsh indeed if Bahamian political leaders, hav ing cast off Britain and its pretence of superiority nearly 40 years ago, were to replicate the attitudes of their old colonial masters by assuming airs over those who voted them to power. Lets hope that everyone in the Bahamas who aspires to political leadership spends many a profitable hour looking at video footage of the London riots. Let the sickening scenes of lawlessness remind them that every society even that of staid, corseted old Britain has its breaking point and that payback time arrives eventually, however long it takes. Let the burnt-out buildings and shattered lives stand as gaunt testimony to the fact that even the most ignorant, mind less, inarticulate and culturally impoverished people in any society find a way of express ing themselves in the end. T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011, PAGE 5 R IOTSCENE: B ritish police officers stand around as a car, background, burns after it was set on fire by rioters in Hackney, east London, last week. (AP M ARQUIS AT L ARGE POLICE ARREST A MAN in Clapham Junction in south London last week. (AP Bahamas must heed warningsof riots in Britain
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE B y NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org RESIDENTS of Salina Point, Acklins will have to suf-f er through unbearable road c onditions for another budget y ear, as officials say no reconstruction projects are on the horizon. Hundreds of residents depend on the tattered road-w ay connecting the most popu lated southern settlement to c entral and northern Acklins, where government and commercial services are located. But Colin Higgs, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Works, said there is no moneyi n this years budget to reconstruct the southern highway. However, he did say the Ministry of Works plans to perf orm limited improvements u sing the general funds alloc ated for road work. We depend on the road for e verything. The mail boat comes into Spring Point and you have to haul your stuffo ver the road. The community u sed to depend on fishing and gardening, but where you have a lot of the old people dying o ut, the community now d epends on the imported stuff, t hings that come on the boat to stock the shops, said Emmanuel Malinchia, pastor at Good Samaritan KingdomM inistry, a Salina Point church. It causes a great challenge. Where we are located, the stationed doctor is in Spring Point. We do not have a lot of vehicles, because they get dam-a ged. It is a financial drain b ecause it costs a lot to maint ain vehicles. It is really bad, she said. The entire stretch of road, more than 30 miles, is littered with potholes and largeu npaved sections. Certain parts of the road are boggy because of rain. At times these sections are impassable, according to locals. In the past, workers travell ing the road would regularly h ave to carry an extra change o f clothing, because of the dust g enerated from vehicle traffic. Even today, driving with your windows down, particul arly when travelling behind another car, places you at risk of being covered in dust. O n a daily basis, many resi dents have to traverse the bumpy road for school and work. About 35 students have to use it to attend Acklins Central H igh School in Pompey Bay. The road is also the only way Salina Point residents can access the medical clinic inS pring Point, as well as the a irport, mail boat and government offices. Spring Point was always the centre of the island and most of the infrastructure wasp laced there from its incept ion. When the present gove rnment was in power last, they put in place the electrical supplies down in Salina Point. They have separate generators. Under the previous gov-e rnment they started the water project and this government finished it, so now they have a reverse osmosis plant. Just a few months ago they got cable. (In general came into that area at a verys low pace, said Stephen Wils on, island administrator. A European Union-funded r oad improvement project is responsible for the smooth road connecting Spring Point t o the northern settlement of Lovely Bay. The state of that road stands in stark contrastt o the southern highway. F or the past five years, Salina Point residents have had to make do while government officials and opposition members wrangled over the road c ontract. A contract was awarded by the Progressive Liberal Party ( PLP) government in 2007; however, it was cancelled upon review by the Free NationalM ovement (FNM A ccording to government officials, the two companies whose joint venture secured the contract had a serious disp ute that led to a falling out. The split between M&R C onstruction and Caribbean Asphalt, happened before the c oming into office of the FNM, and formed the basis of the contract being cancelled,a ccording to one official. F or now, the government claims there are many priorities for road improvement in the Family Islands, and the major work needed for Salina Point will not materialise t his year. MICAL MP V Alfred Gray h as frequently claimed there may have been political motivations behind the contract tor epair only the northern sect ion of the road, because the people in the southern part of the island are more conservative and support (the PLP H e believes they should not suffer because of that. THE Ministry of Tourism and Aviation recognised a group of taxi drivers for their decision to clean up a derelict area in eastern New Providence. The dedicat ed drivers and tour guides took the initiative to transform the area, which they f requently pass while conducting city tours. C harles Albury, deputy permanent secretary in Ministry of Tourism and Aviat ion, led a team of tourism officials in thanking the group for their unselfish act. Mr Albury and the team are pictured with the taxi drivers at a function held at Festival Place on Prince George Dock. No road reconstruction projects planned for Salina Point A CKLINS STILL SUFFERING FROM UNBEARABLE ROAD CONDITIONS RESIDENTS of Salina Point, Acklins will have to suffer through unbearable road conditions for another budget year, as officials say no reconstruction projects are on the horizon. T AXI DRIVERS MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR TOURISM DECORAH, Iowa Associated Press HITTINGback against an emboldened GOP, President Barack Obama launched a rare direct attack Monday on the Republican presidential field, criticizing his potential 2012 rivals for their blanket opposition to any deficit-cutting compromise involving new taxes. "That's just not common sense," Obama told the crowd at a town hall-style meeting in Cannon Falls, Minn., as he kicked off a three-day bus tour through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. "You've got to be willing to compromise to move the country forward," the president said later in the day as he delivered the same message at a town hall in Decorah, Iowa. At the same time Obama was forced to defend his own record as Iowa voters asked him about all the compromises he's made with the GOP. "I make no apologies for being reasonable," Obama declared as he stood in front of a cheery red barn, surrounded by bales of hay. The president recalled a moment in last week's GOP presidential debate when all eight of the candidates said they would refuse to support a deal with tax increases, even if tax revenues were outweighed 10-to-1 by spending cuts. Obama didn't mention any of the candidates by name, and prefaced the remark by saying, "I know it's not election season yet." But his comment underscored that election season is indeed under way. The bus tour, although an official White House event rather than a campaign swing, is taking Obama through three states he won in 2008 but where he now needs to shore up his standing. It's giving him a chance to return to the grassroots campaigning that helped propel him to the White House, and shed his jacket and tie to mix it up with voters in coffee shops and lunch joints far from the Beltway as he did in three unscheduled stops Mon day, including one in a treelined Minnesota town where he was swarmed by enthusiastic kids. The president is traveling in an imposing new $1.1 million bus, outfitted with tinted windows and flashing lights, that the Secret Service purchased. In Iowa, Obama returned to a state that handed him a key victory over Democratic rival Hillary Rodham Clinton in their nomination fight but where Republicans have now been blanketing the state in preparation for its first-in-thenation caucuses, attacking the president at every turn. The bus tour came on the heels of Rep. Michele Bachmann's weekend victory in the Iowa Straw Poll and Texas Gov. Rick Perry's contest-rattling entrance into the race. It also came after the president spent much of the summer holed up in the nation's capital enmeshed in bitter, partisan negotiations on the debt crisis that cratered his approval ratings and those of Congress amid a faltering economy and high unemployment. The president got a rosy reception from his Minnesota audience, but Iowa voters were a tougher crowd, demanding to know why he'd compromised on principles important to Democrats, and asking to hear his plans for dealing with intransigent Republicans. The president responded by pledging to present a specific jobs plan to Congress when law makers return from their summer recess in September. "And if they don't get it done, then we'll be running against a Congress that's not doing anything for the American people and the choice will be very stark and very clear," the president said. At both town hall meetings, Obama used questions on his health care bill to take hard shots at Mitt Romney, the GOP front-runner who has had to defend implementing a health care plan while governor of Massachusetts that's similar to the federal version. Obama attacks GOP field on bus tour PRESIDENT Barack Obama speaks during a town hall meeting, Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, at the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, during his threeday economic bus tour. (AP
B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT Dr M R Kavala and his family hosted almost 250 of GrandB ahamas senior citizens to an appreciation luncheon at the St Stephens Parish Hall. D r Kavala, a well-known general practitioner, has been offering family health c are to the residents of E ight Mile Rock for almost 30 years. He and his family have been giving back to the community for 16 years, hosting the first luncheon for seniors in 1996. About 240 seniors turned out this year and were treated to a generous meal that included many Indian dishes. Entertainment was pro vided by the Cooling Waters gospel group. Area MP Vernae Grant and various Local Government officials attended the festivities and brought brief remarks. Dr Kavala said seniors are important and should be appreciated and not just on special occasions. Number s This is our 16th year doing this and every year the numbers keep growing; last year we had 200 seniors, he said. Today, we have senior citizens not only from Eight Mile Rock but from many settlements in Grand Bahama. We usually celebrate this event around October every year, but we decided to have it early this year. There are two persons who always help my wife in preparing some of the dishes Sylvia Lacuna and Vini ta Hedge, wife of our resi dent doctor Dr Hedge, who will be leaving the Bahamas at the end of this month. Sometime back, Mrs Hedge expressed her desire to my wife to be part of the event this year also. We have decided to make it happen. N ext year, Dr Kavala will celebrate his 30th year as a doctor in the Bahamas. W hen he first arrived, he served in the government clinic in North Andros for two years. H e was then transferred t o Grand Bahama and worked at the Eight Mile Rock government clinicu ntil his retirement in 1999. Dr Kavala decided to remain in the Eight Mile Rock community and operates his private clinic in Hanna Hill. I decided to settle here with my family to bring forth my vision and I cherish the long-standing association with this community, he said. Milestone Next year will be a very important milestone in my life. I am passing through the stages from a grateful citi zen of EMR to be a proud senior citizen of Grand Bahama, he said. Dr Kavala presented plaques of appreciation to The Tribune Jason Martin, Fabian Stuart and Eugene Duncanson for their support over the years. Mr Martin and Mr Stuart were very happy about being recognised by Dr Kavala. They thanked him and pledged their continued support to the event. Words cannot express how it feels to be recognised for the work you do. I was not expecting this but it is a joy to be a part of this event and to assist Dr Kavala, Mr Martin said. Mr Stuart added that every year, Dr Kavala brings a great deal of joy to senior citizens. MP Vernae Grant com mended Dr Kavala and his family for their efforts. Dr Kavala has been contributing in this manner to the community for 16 years, taking the lead and reaching out to many of our seniors. He has been a blessing to us and we thank God for Dr Kavala and his family, she said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011, PAGE 7 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT A Freeport resident is complaining of a dramatic hike in his electricity bill following the installation of a new digital meter by the Grand Bahama Power Company. Henry Russell said the meter was installed t wo months ago at his home in the Imperial P ark Subdivision. H is bill has gone from around $250, to $ 700 or $800 in recent months, he said. Mr Russell came to The Tribune with paperwork that showed that after paying $ 500 on his bill, he was left with a balance of $ 991. A ccording to the documents, Russells bill was $254.46 in May and $297.38 in June but jumped to $694.32 in July and $797.13 i n August. Mr Russell, who lives in a 1,600 sq ft house, said the increase took place right after the digital meter was installed. I thought something was wrong with the meter but when they sent someone to check it, they told me that nothing was wrong with i t, he said. M r Russell feels the old meter allowed him to monitor electricity usage better. On the old meter you were able to see h ow fast the meter was spinning and you c ould have made some adjustments in your house, but with this new digital meter you cannot effectively monitor the electricity in your home, he said. Mr Russell said he never gave anyone at the power company permission to change his meter. I met a worker on my property changing the meter. I was told that the seal was bad on the o ld meter and that they were replacing it with a digital meter, he said. M r Russell claims he was led to believe d igital meters somehow benefit consumers, but found the opposite was true. Something is not right when my light bill i s way more than my mortgage, he comp lained. I think the prime minister needs to come to Grand Bahama and meet with the powerc ompany, because something needs to be done immediately. The Tribune contacted the companys public relations officer for comment, but t he calls were not returned before press time. Community activist Troy Garvey said G rand Bahama residents continue to be b urdened with high electricity costs espec ially since new generator units there were brought in by the company. It seems every time they put something i n place the cost comes on the back of the people, he said. DOCT OR HOS T S GB SENIOR CITIZENS TO AN APPRECIATION LUNCHEON RESIDENT CLAIMS DRAMATIC ELECTRICITY BILL INCREASE AFTER DIGITAL METER INSTALLED HENRY RUSSELL pictured outside of his home. DR K A V ALAAND FAMILY HOLD EVENT AT ST STEPHENS PARISH HALL
ByINIGO NAUGHTY ZENICAZELAYA My Aunt Kay, who is my s econd mother and who also h appens to be wheelchair bound, has been a source of inspiration and a pillar of strength to me throughout my life. In fact it has long been said that shes where I get my hard mouth from. I n her time she has lived u p to that old adage small a xe fall big tree. Checking i n at a gigantic 5 foot 2 i nches shes always been the p rotector and enforcer for the family. (Mainly getting my backside out of hot water on one of the many occasions my mouth signed a c heque my butt couldnt cash). S o I feel now its my duty and obligation to my sweet Auntie to address a certaini ssue that not only affects her but other handicapped p ersons island wide; the abuse of handicapped parking spots by non handic apped persons. These spots were created t o facilitate handicapped persons in their attempt tol ead normal, productive l ives, not to be abused by the D average jungaliss whos just flashing in to buy ap hone card and cake soap. Its also not for the wannabe bad boy whose food order is ready. Its sad that in 2011 many drivers (both legal and the ones who bought their l icenses) dont regard those blue lined spaces as hallowed ground; as in off limits unless you are truly handicapped. M ore bizarre than this blatant disregard for comm on courtesyand the l aware some of the excuses Ive heard in my misadv entures into parking La La Land, where, on occasion, Ive had to pull a page out of my aunts book and bless said transgressor: Kellys parking lot, M arathon Mall. I questioned the offender to which she replied, I just spend a gunk o n dese nails for one wedding. You cant see they m atch my head? (They did match the purple, yellow andp ink colours in her ghetto f abulous hairdo). I cant walk all the way across thisb ig breezy parking lot and m ess up my nails. It was clear her etiquette matched her fashion sensenon-existent. Super Value, Cable Beach. This was a weird case, not only did the offend er take the handicapped spot right from under the nose ofa legitimate handicapped p erson, she had no cons cience about the matter, exiting her vehicle with no remorse as she sauntered to the front door. When I told her how cold blooded she was she simply replied, Mister, my kids well rude I cant bring them in here behind me so I has to park dem close so nuttin will happen t o them. The final one is the most atrocious infraction of them all: Sea Grapes Shopping C entre, Nassau East. The o ffender illegally parks in the handicap parking space i n front of the food store only to bypass the food store and bee-line it to the more enticing liquor store. What left me shocked and awedw as the fact that the offender was in his full Royal B ahamas Police Force uniform. As the youth of today so frequently say WTH? Im still scratching my h ead on that one. The only advice I can o ffer is this: Real handic apped people be strong, keep the faith and know thaty ou now have another champion for your cause, trained by Auntie Kay, so you know these offenders will be chastised and madeh umble for their indiscre tions. To the offenders I say this: Your lack of respect, common sense, compassion, rationale and blatant disregard for your fellow man isl ousy and pathetic. By your a ctions its obvious you are handicapped socially not legally. And before you ask, being called crazy doesnt get you a parking permit either. PAGE 8, TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE COMICS VIEW I NIGO NAUGHTY ZENICAZELAYA THE ABUSE OF HANDICAPPED PARKING SPOTS L ONDON Associated Press BRITAIN MUST CONFRONT a culture of laziness, irresponsibility and selfishness that fueled four days of riots which left five people dead, thousands facing criminal charges and hundreds of millions of pounds (dollars Cameron said. As rival political leaders staked out their response to England's unrest Monday, Cameron pledged to deliver a raft of new policies by October aimed at reversing the "slow-motion moral collapse" which he blames for fostering the disorder. "This has been a wake-up call for our country. Social problems that have been festering for decades have exploded in our face," Cameron told an audience at a youth center in Witney, his Par liamentary district in southern England. "Just as people last week wanted criminals robustly confronted on our street, so they want to see these social problems taken on and defeated." Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said Monday he was checking whether those involved in the riots should have their welfare payments cut, while London Mayor Boris Johnson said young people convicted in the disorder would lose their right to use public transportation for free. Cameron pledged to end a culture of timidity in discussing family breakdown or poor parenting, or in criticizing those who fail to set a good example to their children or community. "We have been too unwilling for too long to talk about what is right and what is wrong," Cameron said. "We have too often avoided saying what needs to be said, about everything from mar riage to welfare to common courtesy." In a rival speech, main opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband criticized Cameron's response as overly simplistic, and demanded that lawmakers focus on delivering better opportunities for disaffected young people. "The usual politicians' instinct announce a raft of new legislation, appoint a new adviser, wheel out your old prejudices and shallow answers will not meet the public's demand," said Miliband. He spoke at his former high school in Camden, north London, half a block from the scene of rioting Aug. 8, when shops were trashed and police came under attack. "Are issues like education and skills, youth services, youth unemployment important for diverting people away from gangs, criminality, the wrong path? Yes, they matter," Miliband said. The differing approaches to Britain's most serious riots in a generation are likely to dominate the country's annual political conventions, which begin next month. Miliband has called for a full public inquiry into the roots of the riots, while Cameron insists his government is able to adequately examine the issue. Cameron insists that racial tensions, poverty and the govern ment's austerity program much of which is yet to bite were not the primary motivations for the riots across London and oth er major cities. BRITISH PM: RIOT-HIT UK MUST REVERSE 'MORAL C OLL APSE' INTERNATIONALNEWS
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011, PAGE 9 him of causing harm were withdrawn and he was released from Her Majesty's Prison. Relatives of the accused were outside court to show their support and verbally support Mather's innocence while he was being escort-ed to the arraignment. However, an enraged male cousin used profanity in the presence of police escorting the defendant to court. It got to the point that he had to be threatened with arrest if he did not vacate the immediate area. In court, Mather was not allowed to enter a plea to the charge as prosecution intends to proceed with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment, fast tracking the case to the Supreme Court.He was also denied bail. Stanley Rolle of Bethel Moss and Co and the attorney representing Mather, told Magistrate Bethell that his client had voluntarily turned himself in to police in an effort to clear his name from any connection with the inci dent. However, he claimed that his client became a victim of police brutality at the Central Detective Unit on Thompson Boulevard. Even though the accused had seen a physician and received treatment, Rolle requested further examination for head, wrist and hip injuries, which he claimed resulted from the police beating. Magistrate Bethell granted the request and ordered that the accused be examined by a physician at Her Majesty's Prison, where Mather will be remanded until Tuesday, September 27, when the Voluntary Bill of Indictment is expected to be served in Court Eight. yesterday, Minister of State for the environment Phenton Neymour said statements made by the opposition MPDr Bernard Nottage regardi ng the recent outbreak are causing unnecessary panic. He said: Dr Nottage should not be in the businessof alarming but rather in the role of informing the public about the disease and how tom inimise the mosquitos and their habitat. In a press statement issued last week, Dr Nottage, a former minister of health, said the 40 per cent cut to the bud-g et allocation for vector cont rol at the Department of E nvironmental Health Services delayed preventative measures in the lead-up to the dengue outbreak, which hec laimed was actually an epidemic. D r Nottage said the gove rnments lack of control over t he outbreak demonstrates how unprepared it was for such a situation. H e said: We are currently in a crisis; and we are in an epidemic over which we don ot yet have control. D r Nottage also suggested t hat concerns should also be raised about the growth and survival rate of the mosquitos, indicating the fact that if one mosquito can thrive here,s o can other disease-carrying insects, including the anopheles mosquito which transmits malaria. I n response, Mr Neymour insisted the Department of Environmental Health has adequate funding and r esources to deal with the situ ation, which has in no way been impacted by the budg etary cuts cited by Dr Nott age. He said: We have an adequate inventory of insecticide, seven foggers with an addit ional four that have been provided to us; what we have s pent is not reflected by the budget. Mr Neymour said mosquito fogging continues to be carried out in accordance with international protocols. H e explained that the e ntire island of New Providence is fogged at least once every two weeks and more densely populated areas fogged two to three times aw eek. Mr Neymour also refuted Dr Nottages claims that the insecticide used has been watered down or diluted, stating that since the outbreak, chemicals used in the foggingp rocess have actually been more concentrated. He also noted that the outbreak is not isolated to the Bahamas but has become a regional challenge, with Trinidad, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic all seeing more than 5,000 denguec ases. Mr Neymour pointed out t hat it was in the best interest of the Bahamas, as a tourism based nation, for the government to have a transparent s tance about the outbreak. We cant allow our country to be negatively impacted by the government providingi naccurate information it is critical to keep people properly informed, he said. killed in two separate incidents over the week e nd. T wenty-seven-year-old Onieka Johnson was murdered almost 48 hours after Courtney McKenzie, 17, of Moss Town, Exuma, wass tabbed to death, bringing the countrys murd er count for the year to 90. In both cases, police say, the suspects were ex-boyfriends of the victims. M rs Butler Turner said of the homicides that have taken place in the past two years a fair number can be attributed to domestic vio l ence. The amount of homicides that have taken place this year and last year, half could be attributed to domestic violence. Many of them a re people who are intimately involved or otherwise know each other who couldnt solve their differences in a non violent manner. One of the challenges we face is people are still afraid to come forward for whatever reason. Whether its financial reasons or they are justt oo embarrassed to call for help. We also find that even when some women find the courage to report the matter to police they end up w ithdrawing the charges against their abuser for whatever reason. Director of the Bahamas Crisis Centre, Dr Sandra Dean Patterson says the Ministry of L abour and Social Development, the Ministry o f Education and Zonta have developed a programme aimed at preventing young women from becoming victims of violent crimes. The programme called What teens dont k now can hurt them was started last Novem ber and what we do is talk to them about red flag behaviour and violent tendencies. Wew ant to let teens know that constantly check ing cell phones, possessiveness and controlling behaviour is not a normal healthy rela t ionship. Most times when people are abused its not something that happens overnight. There are warning signs. Our aim is to teach the young women and the young men that b eing abused, whether sexually, physically and verbally, is not okay. Mrs Patterson said the most dangerous time f or a woman is when she is trying to leave. She is encouraging any woman or man who may be contemplating leaving an abusive part-n er to develop a safety plan for their exit. No one has been arrested for questioning in the murders of Onieka and Courtney. How ever, police say they are following significant l eads and hope to have two men in custody before the end of the week. If someone you know is being abused, you can call the National Hotline at 322-2763 and 4 22-2763. supporter and placed online. The claims were first made on the social networking site Facebook by PLP webmaster Andrew Burrows. Mr Burrows called attention to stark simi larities between an ad placed on the Facebook page of aDNA candidate and that of an American company that used the message to encourage entreprenuership in the United States. The two ads are nearly alike they share the same music and graphics except the DNA's logo is interjected sev-eral times throughout the ad in question. The commercial was taken off the DNA candidate's Facebook but was circulated online through a video Mr Burrows created to expose the similarities between the two. "It was clear where they made changes and what changes they made and they (allegedly to who did the original ad," said Mr Burrows when con tacted for comment. "The whole point of that (original kids to create things through entreprenuership it had nothing to do with (the DNA They could have made their own there are a number of people in the Bahamas who can do that sort of thing. They could have asked around, but they didn't." However, Mr Humes shot back at the criticism saying the party has many talented graphic artists on board who have no need to plagiarise content. He added that members of the Opposition should spend their time scrutinising social issues such as crime and the country's educational system instead of monitoring purported DNA ads. Reasonable thinking peo ple would know that the DNA has no need to plagiarise when it has a large number of indi viduals who are creative enough to come up with original material," said Mr Humes. "It's a shame that individuals would stoop to this level just to score some political points. What they need to scrutinise is this crime situa tion and try to come up with a solution for that, what they need to scrutinise is the educational system (or land giveaway and spend less time scrutinising these nonissues." PLP Elizabeth MP Ryan Pinder and PLP hopeful for Fort Charlotte Andre Rollins also criticised the ad on Facebook. send the clearest possible message that using violence will land you in real trouble right away, not sometime in a distant future, but in the moments after the violence has been committed. Because a small group of serious, chronic, and violent young offenders tend to commit the most and the worst crimes, and because we know where most of these crimes are committed, we propose an intense law enforcement focus on repeat offenders and the most violent criminals, and saturation patrols in crime hotspots, said Mr Christie. No one should have to live in a neighbourhood where fear and menace rule the streets we are going to flood these areas with police, with resources and support, he said. The party plans to implement a number of gun control measures, including increasing Defence Force patrol at the borders and gun i nterdiction in ports of entry; passing legislation so that cases relating to the possession of high powered weapons are be tried in the Supreme Court, making tougher sentences possible. The party proposes to create more criminal trial courts and to establish a Special Unit for Death Penalty cases. It also wants to strengthe n the witness protection programme. In addition to the initiatives that address violence after it occurs, the party announced plans to help stop the violence from happening in the first place. Our proposal is this: a new team of highly specialized outreach workers: Violence Breakers. These outreach workers will be recruited for their street smarts, their deep roots in t ough neighbourhoods, and for their ability to build relationships with those at the highest risk of shooting or being shot, said Mr Christie. Working with partners in US law enforcement, where a similar programme has been effective and championed by the US Department of Justice, we will give these Violence Breakers intensive training in conflict mediation and violence interruption. Then, we are going to empower them to break the cycles of violence in their neighbourhoods and communities, he said. These outreach workers, he said, will have street credibility to help defuse conflicts. Their efforts will need to be supported by a strong education system and a strong economy that provides opportunities for young people, said Mr Christie. We must get back in the business of encouraging business, of bringing in new investment, of creating secure, long-term jobs, and supporting small, home-grown Bahamian businesses and entrepreneurs. Bahamians from even the most impoverished backgrounds can be owners and innovators, if they have the education, if they are linked to mentors, if they have someone who believes in them, said Mr Christie. The party plans to double the countrys investment in education over the next five years, focusing particularly on early education. It also proposes to offer vocational and technical training in all high schools. Mr Christie affirmed the partys support of turning The College of The Bahamas into The University of The Bahamas. We are proposing a new mentorship programme, called Fifty Bahamians. Fifty of the most successful Bahamians from the toughest neighbourhoods will be paired with at-risk youth, said Mr Christie. Urban Renewal will make a come back under the PLP, said Mr Christie, although he did not outline any specifics about Urban Renewal 2.0. t wo additional increments will be added to every pay scale. Every public officer will be entitled to an increment in pay during the next fiscal year, and a further increment during the subsequent fiscal year. Finally, the freeze on promotions is being lifted, he said. The prime minister, however, did not give a specific date for the payments. The BPSU has been pushing the government to give a s pecific date as to when the increments will be paid. Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson, president of the National Congress of Trade Unions, echoed Mr Pinders sentiments, claiming the present government is not labour friendly. The government is setting the tune for i ndustrial relations in this country towards the workers of this country, which has not b een very good. This is not a labour friendly government. I do not see what this government has done for the worker that has made workers be able to pay bills, and provide for themselves, said Mrs Isaacs-Dotson. Workers need to sit back and to think, they have the power. The workers in this coutnry collectively, we have the power to bring about change, she said. PLP WOULD FLOOD STREETS WITH POLICE F ROM page one FROM page one UNION THREATENS GENERAL STRIKE GOVERNMENT HITS BACK AT CLAIMS CUTS EXACERBATED DENGUE FEVER OUTBREAK F ROM page one PLPLEADER Perry Christie PHENTONNEYMOUR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACCOUNTS FOR HALF OF MURDERS FROM page one FROM page one MAN CHARGED WITH INDEPENDENCE DAY MURDER FROM page one PLPS CL AIM DN A PL AGIARISED AD
BEIRUT A ssociated Press MOREthan 5,000 Palest inian refugees have fled a camp in the besieged Syrian c ity of Latakia after Presid ent Bashar Assad's forces shelled the city during a b road military assault to root o ut dissent, the U.N. said M onday. UNRWA, the U.N. agency that aids Palestinian refugees, said the Palestinians fled after Latakia came under fire from gunboats cruising off the coast and g round troops attacking the city over the weekend. It was not immediately clear wheret he refugees were seeking s helter. "We are calling for access to the camp to find out what is going on," said UNRWAs pokesman Chris Gunness. "There were 10,000 refugees in the camp and we need tof ind out what is happening to them." Assad has dramatically escalated the crackdown ona 5-month-old uprising since t he start of the holy month of Ramadan, when many Muslims fast from dawn tod usk. Despite blistering international outrage, the regime is trying to establish firm control in rebelliousa reas by unleashing tanks, snipers and in a new tactic gunships. On Monday, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called on Syria to immediately end the bloodshed and threatened unspec ified "steps" if it fails to do so. "If the operations do not end, there would be nothing more to discuss about steps that would be taken," Davutoglu said, without elaborat ing. Turkey, a former close ally of Syria, has been increasingly frustrated with Dam ascus' brutal crackdown. Davutoglu traveled to Syria last week and urged Assadto end the bloodshed. But Turkey, Syria's neighbor and an important trade partner, has not joined the U.S. and Europe in imposing sanctions. The military assault in Latakia was in its third day Monday after gunboats off the coast combined with ground troops Sunday for the first time in the uprising. Nearly 30 people, and possi bly more, have been killed in the city since Saturday, activists say. Soldiers also stormed the area of Houla in the central city of Homs, which has seen massive protests in recent months. A sniper killed an elderly man, according to the London-based Observatory for human rights, which has a network of activists on the ground in Syria. The group said more than 700 people have been arrested in and around Homs since the beginning of August. The regime has banned foreign media and restrict ed local coverage, making it difficult to verify accounts on the ground. The attacks in Latakia, w hich began Saturday, were t he latest wave of a brutal o ffensive that shows Assad has no intention of scalingb ack despite international o utrage and new U.S. and European sanctions. As the gunships blasted waterfront districts Sunday,g round troops and security forces backed by tanks and armored vehicles stormeds everal neighborhoods, send ing terrified women and children fleeing. The Observatory said t roops opened fire Monday a s a group of fleeing resi dents approached a checkpoint in the Ein Tamra district of Latakia. One person was shot dead and five wounded. A Latakia resident con f irmed the account, saying t roops fired as scores of peo ple, many of them women and children, were fleeing. He spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. The Local Coordination C ommittees, an activist g roup that helps organize protests in Syria, also con firmed troops fired at fleeing families. It said random gunfire erupted Monday in addition to a campaign of raids and house-to-house arrests. Troops later entered small neighborhoods in the alRamel Palestinian refugee camp, warning people to leave or risk their houses being destroyed, the LCC said. A witness said security forces were rounding up young men in the area and detaining them in a sports stadium nearby. Amateur videos posted online by activists showed smoke rising from al-Ramel, the crackle of heavy gunfire and people shouting, "God is Great!" A Syrian military official on Monday denied reports that gunboats had fired on Latakia, calling them "absolutely baseless." The official, whose comments were carried by state-run news agency SANA, said the ships were patrolling the coast "on a routine mission to prevent weapons smug gling into the country." On Sunday, SANA said troops were pursuing "gun men using machine guns, hand grenades and bombs who have been terrorizing residents in the al-Ramel district." The regime blames the unrest on a foreign conspiracy and often issues reports on its state-run media that contradict widespread witness accounts and video footage provided by wit nesses. The security forces appear to be intent on crushing dissent in Latakia, which has seen large anti-Assad p rotests since the Syrian u prising began in midM arch. On Friday, as many as 10,000 marched there,c alling for the president's o uster. The brutality has fueled international outrage with Syria, a hardline Arab statec losely allied with Iran, and led to new sanctions against the regime by the U.S.,C anada and Europe. On Monday, Assad sacked the governor for the key northwestern province ofA leppo, Ali Mansour, and r eplaced him with Mowaf fak Khallouf, SANA said. No reason was given for the sacking. But while the opposition has yet to bring out the middle and upper middle classes in Damascusa nd Aleppo, the two eco n omic powerhouses, protests have been building in Aleppo. Four people were killed there Friday as security forces attacked protesters. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011, PAGE 11 UN: PALESTINIANS FLEE REFUGEE CAMP IN SYRIA A N ANTI-SYRIAN REGIME PROTESTER shouts against Syrian President Bashar Assad as he protests during a demonstration to show his support to the Syrian protesters, in Beirut, Lebanon, on Monday. Syrian troops besieged residential areas of two key cities Monday, firing on residents as they fled for safety and killing at least two people during broad military assaults to root out dissent against President Bashar Assad's autocratic regime, witnesses said. Hussein Malla/AP ANTI-SYRIANPROTEST Forces shell city in militar y assault
$4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.55 $5.39 $5.55 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB email@example.comMONDAY, MAY 9, 2011 By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org DIRECTOR of the National I nsurance Board (NIB C argill told T ribune Business y esterday that $33.76 million has been p aid out under the unemployment b enefit programme since its incept ion in 2009, with a significant decline in the number of applicantsy ear-over-year. In 2010 overall we paid out $8.9 million and for this year so far we h ave paid out $2.475 million. We have paid out significantly less than last year so that shows that the numb ers are decreasing, Mr Cargill told Tribune Business yesterday. Weve received to date 3,235 applicants for 2011 and we have paid 2 ,389 of those claims as of July 31. We have paid approximately 74 per cent of all claims we received this year. Last year overall we received 6,821 for the 12 months and we paid 5,685 claims or 83 per cent of the claims. We are less than last year, if y ou look at the seven months of this y ear and the twelve months of last year, which means that the newly u nemployed people are slowing d own, Mr Cargill said. M r Cargill added: This measure is for newly unemployed people, so that tells us whether the situation isg etting worse or better. So in terms of the newly unemployed people we can see that we have fewer newly unemployed people which means t hat the numbers arent getting any worse because newly unemployed persons are decreasing this year versus last year. According to Mr Cargill, 22,290 Bahamians have received benefits from the programme since it began. H e said $20 million was available t hrough the programme in 2009 and $12m in 2010 and 2011. Mr Cargill s aid that in the first year $22.3 mill ion was paid out. T he programme was initially funded by the transfer of $20 million from NIB's Medical Branch. PhaseI I of the programme is being funded by contributions from both employers and employees as it is now a permanent benefit of NIB. By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@ tribunemedia.net CABLE Bahamas will i ntroduce its brand new f ixed line telephone service at the end of the m onth, marketing manage r Dave Burrows told T rib une Business y esterday, stating that the company is confident its REVOICEo ffering would bring serious competition to the fixed line market. I think were going to fare very well. Weve been testing the product over the past few months and t he response to it has been t remendous. Were very p roud of the product and we think the Bahamianp eople will be proud of it. P eople have been asking for it and now they will have a choice. People want to have a choice, Mr Burrows said. The launch of REVOICE at the end of t he month for residential and business customers will be the final piece int he companys triple comm unications services. Having all three of our services is going to drive quite a number of cus t omers to us. We are in this market to stay. We have been testing the ser v ice over the past few months and the response is that our customers are extremely pleased. Besidest he fact that REVOICE is a lready going to save you money. If you get the REVON, REVOICE and SEE page two CABLE BAHAMAS T O LAUNCH FIXED LINE TELEPHONE SERVICE REVOICE ATENDOFMONTH SIGNIFICANT DECLINE IN UNEMPLOYMENT APPLICANTS N ATIONALINSURANCEBOARDDIRECTORALGERNONCARGILL: $33.76m paid out since 2009 TRADER ROBERT A RCIERO right, makes a t ransaction on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday. Stocks are having their longest rally since early July. A $19 billion corporate buying spree and encouraging economic news form Japan sent the Dow Jones industrial average up 213 points and erased its losses from last week. (AP SEE PAGE THREE DIRECTOR of the National I nsurance Board Algernon Cargill. STOCKS RISE FOR THIRD DAY AFTER ACQUISITION FLURRY
BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ASSOCIATED PRESS BILLIONAIRE INVESTORWarren Buff ett is calling on the soc alled "mega-rich" to pay more in taxes. Buffett said Monday in a New York Times opinion piece that he would immediately raise rates on households with taxable income o f more than $1 million, a nd he would add an addit ional increase for those making $10 million or more. He also recommends that t he 12 members of Cong ress charged with devising a deficit-cutting plan leave r ates for 99.7 percent of taxp ayers unchanged. My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendlyC ongress," Buffett wrote. "It's time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice." B uffett noted that the mega-rich pay income taxes at a rate of 15 percent on m ost investment income b ut practically nothing in p ayroll taxes. The middle class, meanwhile, typicallyf alls into the 15 percent and 2 5 percent income tax brackets and is hit with heavy payroll taxes. He said Washington legislators "feel compelled to protect us, much as if we were spotted owls or some other e ndangered species." B uffett said he knows many of the mega-rich well, a nd most wouldn't mind paying more in taxes, espec ially when so many fellow citizens are suffering. He also said he has yet to seea nyone shy away from investments because of tax r ates on potential gains, even when rates were much h igher in the mid-1970s, 1980s and 1990s. "People invest to make m oney, and potential taxes have never scared them o ff," he said. W ARREN BUFFETT Chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway gestures during an interview, in Omaha, Neb. Buffett, in a New York Times opinion piece, is calling on the so-called mega-rich top ay more in taxes. (AP NEW YORK Associated Press OIL JUMPEDto the highest level in more than a week on some positive news about the global economy. Oil was also pushed higher by a fall in the dollar. As the greenback weakens, investors who hold stronger foreign currencies area ble to buy more crude. Monday's 3 percent rise to more than $87 per barrel all but erased losses in oil markets last week. Crude rose Monday after Japan's economy shrank less than expected from April to June. "Last week, we saw a market that was really driven by fear," PFGBest Phil Flynn said. "The data out of Japan shows that the world isn't falling off the map." On Monday the dollar sank and oil rose after the government reported that foreign investors cut their holdings of U.S. Trea suries in June. The 0.4 percent decline happened when lawmakers were still fighting over a deal to increase the nation's borrowi ng limit. T he stock market also rose after a wave of acquisition announcements bolstered investor optimism. C hina, the world's second-largest oil consumer behind the U.S., said that it expects its consumption to increase this year by 6.5 per-c ent, according to Platts, the energy inform ation arm of McGraw-Hill Cos. Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery surged $2.50 to$ 87.88 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That's the highest finish since Aug. 3. Brent crude, which is used to price many international oil varieties, rose $1.88 to finish at $109.91 on the ICE Futures exchange in London. In other Nymex trading for September contracts, heating oil rose 4.04 cents to end at $2.9441 per gallon and gasoline futures gained 5.23 cents to end the day at $2.8745 per gallon. Natural gas fell 3.6 cents to finish at $4.024 per 1,000 cubic feet. T HE SHERATON NASS AU BEACH RESORT recently hosted numerous international group planners as part of a Nassau ParadiseI sland Promotion Board familiarisation trip. Guests enjoyed a tour of t he property, as well as a welcome reception where attendees networked andm ingled with Sheraton Nass au Beach Resort execut ives. Were happy to welcome international group business to the Sheraton NassauB each Resort as we continue to grow our group offerings, said Andrew N eubauer, director of sales and marketing for the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. Driving large meetings and e vents to Nassau is a top prio rity, and we are targeting group business as far out as 2014. The Sheraton Nassau B each Resort utilised the Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board familiarisat ion trip as the ideal time to launch new full and half-day Conference Delegate Pack-a ges. R EVTV offerings you are definitely going to see more savings, Mr Burrows added. Mr Burrows recently told Tribune Business that response to the companys recent ly-launched REVTV packages has been "tremendous" and that the offering has been one of the companys strongest per formers for the year with regards to sub-s criptions. FROM page one Cable Bahamas to launch fixed line telephone service PICTURED FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Eric Rochon, Senior Account Executive for Hospitality Performance Network Global; Andrew Neubauer, Director of Sales & Marketing for the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort; and J orge Colona, National Account Director for the Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino. SHERATON NASSAU BEACH RESORT WELCOMES INTERNATIONAL GROUP PLANNERS BUFFETT CALLS FOR MORE TAXES ON MEGA-RICH OIL RISES THREE PER CENT ON BR OAD MARKET RALLY 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 awar d. 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The College will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, 17th August, 2011. NEW YORK Associated Press S TOCKSare having their longest rally since early July.A $19 billion corporate buying spree and encouraging economic news form Japan sent the Dow Jones industri-al average up 213 points and e rased its losses from last week. The return of what's called "Merger Monday" on Wall Street made investors more optimistic about the future. S o did a report that Japan's economy shrank less than f eared following the March 1 1 earthquake and tsunami. That helped temporarily ease w orries that the U.S. econom y may slide into another r ecession. T he Dow rose 213.88 points, or 1.9 percent to 1 1,482.90. It has gained 762.96 points since Thursday. T hat's the best three-day p oint gain since it rose 927.18 in November 2008, during t he depths of the financial crisis. The Dow is also up 7.1 percent over the three days, the biggest percentage gain since it rose 9.5 percent thef irst three days of the bull market in March 2009. T he Standard & Poor's 500 i ndex rose 25.68, or 2.2 percent, to 1,204.49. The Nas-daq composite index rose 4 7.22, or 1.9 percent, to 2,555.20. Anal ysts Markets may have stabilized the last three days, butf inancial analysts warned i nvestors not to assume that stocks have fully settled down after last week'ss wings. The Dow rose or fell by at least 400 points in four straight days for the first timee ver. The first-ever down grade of the U.S. credit rat ing triggered the volatility. It was worsened by concerns t hat Europe's debt problems are worsening and that the U.S. economy is weakening. "You might have these moments of quiet, but the debt crisis in Europe did notg o away," said John Hailer, chief executive for the U.S. and Asia of Natixis GlobalA sset Management. "Our issues with the debt, with what our tax policy is going to be going forward, our unemployment did not go away." "We are probably going to have to look at some very different levels of volatility than what a lot of investors grew up with over the last 25 t o 30 years," he said. A period of relative stability has been common in past volatile markets. In 2008, stocks plunged between midSeptember and mid-Novem-b er. From mid-November until the beginning of January 2009, the Dow was in a lull of sorts. It ratcheted up and down, mostly in the high 8,000 range. But in early January 2009, it began to plunge before finally hitting a bottom of 6,547 on March 9. M ore swings could come this week. Leaders of France a nd Germany meet Tuesday to discuss Europe's debt p roblems. Spain and other countries have borrowed so much that they may needh elp to repay their bills. Investors on Tuesday will get an update on how Spain's economy did during the seco nd quarter. Corporate deals dominated the news, as companies fol l owed a years-long practice of announcing acquisitions on a Monday. The biggest was Google Inc.'s $12.5 billion cash purchase of wireless phone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. It isa lso the biggest acquisition in Google's history. No. 2 was its $3.2 billion purchaseo f DoubleClick in 2008. Motorola Mobility's stock jumped percent 55.8 percent. G oogle fell 1.2 percent. Among other deals: Time Warner Cable Inc. said it will pay $3 billion in cash forI nsight Communications Co., which has more than 750,000 cable customers in the Mid west. Agribusiness conglom e rate Cargill said it will buy animal nutrition company Provimi of the Netherlands f or $2.16 billion. And in the energy industry, offshore driller Transocean Ltd. said itw ill buy Aker Drilling of N orway for $1.43 billion in cash. Companies across the U nited States have accumu lated a record amount of cash since the recession ended. T hey have increased their cash reserves every quarter for more than two years, and businesses in the S&P 500 index had a total of $963.3 billion at the end of March, according to the most recentd ata from Standard & Poor's. Investors have waited for companies to use some oft hat cash on acquisitions, dividend increases and stock buybacks. Many financial analysts believe that companies are more confident about the future if they're willing to buy other busin esses. So a series of acquisit ion announcements tends to send stocks higher. The growing cash hoard has been the result of stronger profits. Companiesh ave kept costs low by being slow to hire. Revenue, meanwhile, is growing, particularly from overseas customers. For the 460 companies in the S&P 500 that have reported second-quarter results, total earnings are up 12 percent from a year ago. I t was the busiest day for acquisitions since July 11, w hen Express Scripts said it would buy Medco Health S olutions for $29.1 billion in a combination of the country's largest pharmacy bene-f its managers. The total value of deals targeting U.S. companies has climbed to $771 billion this year, according to D ealogic. That's up 55 per cent from $498 billion at the same point of last year. Companies Some companies are looking to pare back. Bank of America Corp. said it will sell its $8.6 billion Canadian credit-card business to TD Bank G roup. The bank will also g et out of the credit card business in Britain and Ire land. The deals follow othe rs that Bank of America m ade to move out of foreign credit cards, and they should help Bank of Americai mprove its balance sheet Bank of America rose 7.9 percent, part of a rally for theo verall industry. Financial stocks in the S&P 500 rose 3.2 percent as a group. Energy stocks in the index r ose 3.4 percent after crude oil climbed $2.50 per barrel to settle at $87.88. A sian and European mar kets rose earlier after Japan said its economy shrank atj ust a 1.3 percent annual rate between April and June. That's less than half the drop that economists expected fol l owing the earthquake, tsuna mi and nuclear crisis that struck the country in March. S till, investors have more reason to worry about the weak U.S. economy. M anufacturers in New York told the Federal Reserve they're more pessimistic about future growth. Manufacturing has been one of the country's strongest industries since the recession ended in 2009, but growth began to slow in March. Manufacturing nationwide barely grew in July. Cosmetics company Estee Lauder Cos. fell 6.5 percent after it forecast earnings for t he upcoming year that were below Wall Street's expecta tions. It also said its net income rose 72 percent last quarter on strong sales growth to China, Russia and the Middle East. Lowe's Cos., the secondlargest U.S. home improve m ent retailer, rose 0.9 per cent after it said its net income was roughly flat lastq uarter on a 1 percent rise in r evenue. More than 10 stocks rose for every one that fell on theN ew York Stock Exchange. Trading volume at 4.5 billion shares was below last week's record levels, when it climbed above 9 billion. Volume was close to its average over the last year of 4.3 bil lion shares. RICHARD COHEN right, works w ith a fellow trader on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday. (AP STOCKS RISE FOR THIRD DAY AFTER ACQUISITION FLURRY
SAN FRANCISCO Associated Press GOOGLE INC.'S$12.5 billion deal to buy cellphone maker Motorola Mobility H oldings Inc. is aimed at giving the Internet search leader more legal firepower as it battles Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. to gain the upper hand in the increasingly important mobile computing market. The all-cash acquisition a nnounced Monday is the b oldest move in Google's 13-year history. B esides being by far the l argest deal that Google has e ver proposed, buying Motorola would push the company into phone andc omputer tablet manufacturing for the first time, at the risk of alienating the other device makers that d epend on Google's Android operating system. The proposed deal also is l ikely to increase governm ent scrutiny on Google at a time when antitrust regulators in the U.S. andE urope already are parsing i ts business practices to determine whether it has been abusing its power to stifle competition. The inquiries are focused primarily on the company's Internet search and advertising businesses, but regulators are also looking into w hether Google using Android to ensure its s services receive preferential treatment on devices using that free software. I f federal regulators approve the deal, Google CEO Larry Page's ability to a void a clash of cultures will b e tested. With 19,000 worke rs, Motorola Mobility's work force isn't that much smaller than Google's pay-r oll of 28,800 employees. But this is deal more about patents than people. Google, which is based in M ountain View, California, i s framing its Motorola acquisition as a way to pro tect the competitive land scape at a time when Android and the device makers using the software are facing a litany of law s uits alleging that Google's operating system pilfered the patent-protected technology of other companies. Companies Motorola, which intro duced its first cell phone n early 30 years ago, has m ore than 17,000 patents with another 7,500 still awaiting approval. That trove presumably will give Google and its Android more patent protection against a list of legal antagonists that include three of the technology industry's most powerful companies Apple, Microsoft and Oracle Corp. Apple and Google were once so close that Google's former CEO, Eric Schmidt sat on Apple's board. But the two companies have grown increasingly antagonistic as Android provided hardware makers with a way to counter the popularity of Apple's game-changing iPhone and iPad. The friction prompted Schmidt to resign from Apple's board two years ago. Microsoft, one of Google's bitterest rivals for years, is desperately trying to make inroads in the mobile device market. For rester analyst John McCarthy thinks Microsoft now may try to counter Google by pursuing a longrumored takeover of its p artner, cellphone marker Nokia Corp. Investors were betting on that possibility M onday as Nokia's shares c limbed 78 cents, or more t han 14 percent, to $6.14 in afternoon trading. Oracle is seeking billions o f dollars from Google in a federal lawsuit alleging Android owes licensing fees for using the Java program m ing language that it a cquired from Sun Microsystems. Getting Motorola's patent portfolio will "help protect Google from anticompetitive threats from Microsoft, Apple and other compa n ies," Page told analysts during a Monday conference call. "With mobility increasi ngly taking center stage in the computing revolution, the combination withM otorola is an extremely important step in Google's continuing evolution," said Page, who replaced Schmidt as CEO 4 1/2 months ago. Google pounced on Motorola less than two months after a group includ ing Apple and Microsoft joined up to pay $4.5 billion for 6,000 patents owned by Nortel, a bankrupt Canadian maker of telecommunica tions equipment. Leaving no doubt about the mounting antagonism among the companies, Google's top lawyer blasted Apple and Microsoft for their legal maneuvering earlier this month in a blog post titled "When patents attack Android." "We believe this acquisition was solely driven by the ongoing patent war," Sanford Bernstein analyst Pierre Ferragu wrote in a research note. Buying the patent protection will be expensive, although Google can easily afford it with $39 billion in cash. The price translates to $40 per share 63 percent above Motorola's stock price before the deal was a nnounced. Motorola Mobility's shares soared $13.65 to $38.12 in Monday's after-n oon trading while Google shares shed $9.66 to $554.11. It's a coup for Motorola M obility CEO Sanjay Jha a nd the company's largest shareholder, billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who had been pressuring Jha toc ash in on the patent portfolio. Success Motorola Mobility, which i s based in Libertyville, Illinois, has been struggling for years to come up with ap roduct that has the mass market appeal of its Razor cell phone back in 2005. The company had some successw ith the Droid, one of the f irst phones to run on Android, but it now ranks a distant eighth in the smartphone market with 4.4 mil lion units shipped in the second quarter, according to the research firm, Canaccord Genuity. By comparison, the market-leading iPhone shipped about 20 million units. An attempt to counter the iPad hasn't paid off for Motorola Mobility either. In an effort to drum up more demand, the company recently cut the price on the Wi-Fi-only version of its tablet, the Xoom, from $599 to $499. The troubles saddled Motorola Mobility with a $56 million loss in its latest quarter, pushing the compa ny's stock price to one of its lowest points since its January spinoff from the old Motorola Inc. In contrast, Google earned $2.5 billion in its more recent quarter ending in June. Google intends to run Motorola separately from its core Internet search and advertising business. Google expects to gain the required regulatory approvals to close the deal by early next year. That's an ambitious time table, given how closely some of the company's other big deals have been vetted by antitrust regulators before gaining approval. Google's largest acquisition, a $3.2 billion purchase of online advertising service DoubleClick, was reviewed for nearly a year before it closed in 2008. Management believes regulators will sign off on the Motorola deal more quickly because Google doesn't currently make cell phones and t he patents will help ensure the Android system can compete against Apple's operating system for thei Phone. "Regulatory scrutiny will likely be material," Citi-g roup analyst Mark M ahaney predicted Mon day. The deal has the backing of other major makers ofA ndroid phones, including Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea and HTCC orp. of Taiwan, which both welcomed the acquisition in Monday statements. That support should help Googlem ake its case with regula t ors. Both Samsung and HTC have their own selfish interests for supporting the acquisition. The Motorola patents c ould shield them from l icensing demands being m ade by Apple, Microsoft and others who claim their usage of Android infringes on their intellectual property. Still, Google's expansion into manufacturing could complicate its relationship with some Android partners who might be worried about Motorola getting preferential treatment. "Google will move from the position of partner to that of competitor to Android handset manufacturers, potentially placing significant strain on the Android ecosystem," Ovum analyst Nick Dillon wrote ina Monday note. He believes some cellphone and tablet makers will shift to other software if they detect the slightest whiff of favoritism. Google executives stressed that the current process of selecting a differ ent manufacture each year to showcase the latest advances in Android software will continue as before. Besides cell phones, Motorola Mobility makes cable set-top boxes, a fact that Page called "a great opportunity." Google has long been interested in bringing its search services and adver tising to TV screens, but consumers have shown little interest the company's products so far. Motorola's cable box business gives Google another chance to get the software in front of viewers, but only if cable companies agree. Motorola's biggest competi tor in the cable box business is Cisco Systems Inc. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 326,7,21$9$,/$%/( $'<1$0,&1(:$1'(;&,7,1*&203$1< ZLWKXQLTXHPDUNHWLQJSURGXFWLVVHHNLQJDQ DJJUHVVLYH0DUNHWLQJ5HSUHVHQWDWLYH7KLV SRVLWLRQUHTXLUHVDQH[SHULHQFHFRQGHQWVDOHV SHUVRQEHWZHHQDQGZLWKJUHDWRXWJR LQJSHUVRQDOLW\WKHLURZQWUDQVSRUWDWLRQDQGWKH DELOLW\WRFRPPXQLFDWHHIIHFWLYHO\ZLWKFOLHQWV *RRGFRPSXWHUVNLOOVDUHUHTXLUHGSDUWLFXODUO\ SRZHUSRLQWfDVZHOODVH[FHOOHQWJUDPPDUDQG PDWKHIHUHQFHVDUHUHTXLUHG 3OHDVHUHSO\WR NH\PDUNHWLQJ#JPDLOFRP GOOGLE'S PATENT PLAY: $12.5B FOR MOTOROLA MOBILITY A MOTOROLA MOBILITY XOOM TABLET is shown at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. Google is buying cellp hone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., Monday, Aug. 15, 2011, for $12.5 billion in cash in what is by far the company'sb iggest acquisition to date. (AP
WASHINGTON Associated Press FOREIGN INVESTORS cut their holdings of U.S. Treasury debt in June for the first time in more than two years. The decline came at a time of anxiety about whether the United States would raise its borrowing limit. China, the biggest buyer of U.S. Treasury debt, increased its investment fora third straight month. But Japan, the second-largest buyer, along with Brazil, Russia, Hong Kong, and a group that includes the Bahamas, Bermuda, the Netherlands and the Cay man Islands cut their investments. Overall foreign holdings dropped 0.4 percent to $4.5 trillion. It was the first decline since April 2009. Much of the decline was driven by private investors. Their net purchases of longterm U.S. Treasurys fell a record $18.3 billion in June. Net purchases are the dif ference between what investors buy and sell in one month. The decline lowered private investors' overall foreign holdings by $15.1 bil lion. Overall foreign holdings of governments, which include central banks, dropped only $1.7 billion. Governments account for roughly 72 percent of total foreign holdings of U.S. Treasury debt. Congress and the Obama administration reached a deal on Aug. 2 that would allow the U.S. government to increase its $14.3 trillion borrowing limit by more than $2 trillion. It was approved hours before the U.S. faced a potential default on its debt. The full increase is depen dent on lawmakers reaching agreement on an equal amount of cuts to the deficit over the next decade. Up to $1.5 trillion of those cuts must be negotiated by a spe cial committee of lawmakers over the next three months. The total deficit cuts fell short of the $4 trillion in cuts that Standard & Poor's said was needed to achieve a credible deficit-reduction plan. As a result, S&P downgraded the U.S. government's credit rating from AAA to AA+. Economists said investors likely worried about how the debate in Washington would be resolved, and those worries contributed to the overall decline. Many economists expect foreign holdings will drop further in July because the borrowing limit was not raised until August. However, they predict foreign holdings will increase in August. Congress approved an increase in the borrowing limit, and Europe's debt crisis has made U.S. Treasurys more seem like a safer bet, they said. "Now people are saying they want to hold U.S. Treasuries. They don't care what S&P said," said Chris G. Christopher Jr., senior principal economist at IHS Global Insight. "They are saying they have nowhere else to put their money." In June, China increased its holdings 0.5 percent to $1.166 trillion. Japan trimmed its holdings 0.2 percent to $911 bil lion. Britain, the thirdlargest foreign holder of Treasury securities, boosted its investment 0.8 percent to $349.5 billion. S EOUL, South Korea Associated Press W HENit comes to w eathering economic storms, South Koreans can rightly claim more familiarity than most with the harrowing experience of seeing hard-won prosperity evaporate. E ver since the East Asian e conomic crisis spread to its shores in late 1997, government officials, media and ordinary citizens have kept up a nervous vigilance a gainst any hint of turmoil. The Asian crisis, which started in Thailand and s pread to Indonesia before r eaching South Korea, left a d eep scar on the country. Seoul had to seek a h umiliating international b ailout and impose wrenching reforms to its economy and companies, which had become bloated by reckless overborrowing. Last week, when fears spiked of a global financial m eltdown after the first e ver downgrade of the U.S. sovereign credit rating, the g overnment sprang into action to calm nerves. I t was reminiscent of 2008, when talk of an impending foreign e xchange and banking crisis rattled the country even b efore the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings caused global liquidity to d ry up and export markets to collapse. T hen, South Korean officials were adamant that their country was far more resilient than in 1997. Andt hey were proven right. Though markets tanked and the currency, the won,f ell sharply, the overall e ffect was less severe and the economy roared back. This time, top economic officials have again mobi l ized, holding emergency meetings, issuing statements and trying to reassurei nvestors and citizens alike that the external situation, while uncertain, will not bring Asia's fourth-largeste conomy to its knees. P resident Lee Myungbak, a former CEO, made an unscheduled visit to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance to discuss the turm oil. Korea's economy has g reat potential to weather this global storm," Choi Jong-ku, deputy finance minister for international affairs, told reporters in a display of unity with top officials from the central b ank and the country's two f inancial regulators beside him. Choi cited the diversity of South Korea's exports with more than 70 percent d estined for emerging markets against only about 22 percent to the currently s haky United States and E urope as one factor b olstering the outlook. Less debt since the 2008 c risis, the world's seventhl argest foreign reserve holdings and record high current account surpluses would also help tide the country over, Choi said. Indeed, experience in overcoming previous meltd owns has given South K oreans increasing selfassurance they can ride out t he next storm whatever it may be. L ee Joo-hun, who teaches at a media and design institute, says the latest market d ips and unease, while certainly worth watching, are n ot enough to truly rattle a people that have been through worse. Experience That kind of experience gives us Koreans a kind of special confidence to get over this kind of mini-cri s is," he said while spending time Sunday with a friendat a Seoul coffee shop. The A sian crisis, in particular, "gave our economic systema kind of immunity to resist crisis coming from foreignc ountries." T he 1997-98 trauma known in South Korea as the "IMF crisis" after the nearly $60 billion interna tional bailout the country sought from the Interna tional Monetary Fund and o thers to get back on its f eet was particularly s earing. T he experience humbled a country proud of its stunning economic progress from the ruins of the 1950-5 3 Korean War. It came just a year after South Korea reached a development milestone by joining the O rganization for Economic Cooperation and Develop ment, a Paris-based club ofi ndustrialized nations. We had this external s hock and with this external shock we did our home-w ork, which is very p ainful," said Sakong Il, a former finance minister and presidential adviser. That experience "became a strength in dealing with the last financial crisis and current financial crisis," said S akong, who currently h eads the Korea International Trade Association. I n the end, South Korea r ecovered quickly from the 1 997-98 upheaval, using only about half of the total international aid package and even paying off the last oft he debt ahead of schedule. Some argue a crisis mentality among South Koreansl ong predates the Asian financial meltdown. "The Korean psyche has been affected by crisis evers ince the Korean War," said D onald Kirk, a Seoul-based author who wrote a book on South Korea's experienced uring 1997-98. "They've always gone through these periods of deep concern about theire conomy and they've always had almost exaggerated fits of fear about where the economy is going," said Kirk, who w onders if now the pendul um has swung the other way and the country has grown overconfident. C ertainly, while South K orea has been a keen stu dent of crisis, it still has vul nerabilities to global turmoil given its high, though diver s ified, export exposure and tendency to run up shortterm debt, said Bill Belchere,c hief global economist at Mirae Asset Securities in Hong Kong. "They've learned from e very mistake," Belchere s aid. "They just continue to make mistakes, just like the rest of the world. But theyl earn from them." 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WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y AUGUST 16, 201 1, P AGE 9B B O D Y A N D M I N D By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer N OW that school is set to open in just a matter of weeks, Dr Jacqueline Lightbourn of A Better Back Chiropractic Center, is bringing to light the detrimental affect heavy loaded school bags can have on the development of a child's muscular system. D r L ig h tb o ur n s a i d t h e w e i g h t of y ou r c hild 's b a ckpa ck ca n de ter m in e i f he or sh e cou ld h a ve c h roni c ba c k pr obl e ms i n t he f utur e "T h ere are d i ff eren t w ays yo u c an g e t s y m p t om s Y ou c a n g e t ba c k pain sho ul der p ain an d low e r back pai n Bu t a l so yo u can s tart d estr oyi n g t h e m us c ul a r s y s t e m be c a u s e t ha t i s a t t h e d e v e l op m e n t a l a g e a ro un d 1 3 to16 ye ars, so y o u do n ot w a n t t o d e s t r o y t h e g r o w t h o f i t beca u se later o n y o u will ge t chro ni c de v e lopme nta l pr oble ms W he n t he de v e l opm e nt of t he m usc ula r s ys te m is m e ss e d up tha t c a n le a d to ha v ing bad po s tur e. As w e know ba d pos tur e i s the m a in co nt ri bu t or to lo w b ack p ain art hr itis disc proble m s a nd any t h i ng t o do w i t h t h e b a c k, n e c k a n d m i d b a c k W h a t can b e d o ne to avoi d fu tu re b ack p ro b lems? Dr L igh tb o u rn su ggests, pack in g sma rt e r and small e r t h at is t ak in g o u t un n ec essa ry b o o k s a nd only lea v ing the e ss e ntia ls "It sho u ld be te n p er cent o f you r chi ld's body we ig ht so if your chil d is a r ound six ty to s e ve nty pounds wha t y ou wa nt to ha v e is 6 pounds o f weight wh ich we se e n e ve r re ally happe ns," s h e told T ribune He alt h An d w h i l e r o l l i n g p a c k s n e v e r we ig h on t he ba ck, s he sa i d howe ve r t hat the y ca n ca use shoulde r proble m s. W h a t t h e y d o s a y a b o u t t h e ro lli ng p a cks is t ha t th e y a r e g oo d be c a us e y ou a r e not ha v ing t he m on y our s houlde r s but a lso y ou a r e k in d o f p ul li ng wit h o n e arm so th at c a n s t a r t c a us i n g s h o u l d e r p r o b le m s Y ou de f ini te ly wa n t t o ha v e b ot h s t r a p s o n t i g h t l y a nd a b ou t ten p er cent o f yo ur chi ld 's weight ," D r Lig h tbou rn e x pla in e d. A p a r t f r o m c a u s i n g b a c k a n d sh oulde r pa i n, t his c a n a ls o c a us e sc ol ios is Ac c or ding t o w ww .m e dinc in e ne t. com sc ol ios is i s a : D i so r d e r t h a t c a u s e s a n a b n o r m a l c u r v e o f t h e s pi n e or ba c k bo n e The s pin e ha s nor m a l c urv e s wh e n lo oking from the side but it should a ppe a r s tra ig ht w he n l ooking f rom t he f ron t. Ky p hos is is a c ur v e s e e n f ro m t he s ide in w hi ch t he s pine is b e n t f o r w a r d T h e r e i s a n o r m a l k y phos is i n t he m i ddle (t hor a c i c) spi ne. Lo rdo sis is a cu rve s e en fro m t he si de in w hic h th e s pi ne is b e nt b a ck wa r d. T he r e is a n or m a l l or do si s i n the u ppe r (c e r v ic a l) s pine a nd t h e lowe r (lum bar ) spine. Pe op le w it h sco l io si s d evel op ad d i ti on al c u rv es to either side, and the bo nes o f t he s p in e t w i s t o n e a c h o t he r f or mi ng a C" o r a n S" s ha pe in t he s pine Abnormalities T h e r e a r e w a y s f o r p a r e n t s t o check their kids for any abnormali t ie s in the s ha pe of the ir s pine or back. T he re i s a r e a l l y e a s y wa y f or pa r e nts t o c he ck. I f y ou be nd the c hild ov er y ou wa nt to m a k e sure the muscles on both sides are equal an d yo u a re n o t ge tt i n g a l i t tl e h u mp o n o n e si d e. T h at s an eas y w ay fo r a parent to check as well as constant ly fee l in g yo ur ch il d's sp in e. Its very e a s y b e c a u s e i t s v e r y p r o m i n e n t es p e ci al l y b ec au se k i d s ar e a b i t s k i n ner so you can feel those bones. If you see that it is not going straight down and that it is kind of curving yo u d e f i n i t el y w an t t o t ak e t h e m t o a chiropractor and check it out." I n t h e f u t u r e D r L i g h t b o u r n ad vi ses pa ren ts to b e resp o n si b l e fo r packing their kids school bags. F or p a ren ts I wou ld a d vise th e m to a ctua lly be the one re spon s ible f or pa c ki ng y ou r k i ds ba c k pa c k. Y o u w a n t i t 1 0 p e r c e n t o f y o u r child's body weight. You want the b a c k p a c k t o h a v e t h i c k p a d d e d st ra ps so tha t it is not g oing rig ht i n t o t h e s h o ul d e r y o u d on t e v e r wa n t i t t o h an g ab o u t 4 i n ch es b el o w their waist line because it will pull your kid back. You want to re-pack a l l th e t im e Y ou w a nt t o g e t t he b ack p a ck s w h er e t h ere a re d i f fe ren t po c ke t s s o y ou c a n di st r ib ute t he wei ght as wel l as p ut ti n g t h e h eavi er b o o k s ri gh t agai n st yo u r ch i l d 's b ack b ec au s e t h a t s w h er e t h e s t r o n g m u scles are to hold it up," she said. I T S 3 A M a n d y o u r t y p i c a l 6 month old night angel is up. She is fussy and nothing seems to soothe her. She is drooling constantly and m o u th i n g h er t o ys a n d f i n ger s. Wh a t c ou l d p os sib l y b e h a p p en in g t o yo u r normally calm baby? She could be teething. Tee th in g i s d e f ined as th e p hysio logic process of the eruption of pri mary teeth through the gums. The a p p e a r a n c e o f t h e f i r s t t o o t h i s always c o nsi dered a mil e sto ne in a n i nfa n t's li fe The first p e arly white typically buds anytime between 4-6 months, but they can appear as ear ly a s 3 m ont hs a nd a s l at e as one year. The timing of teething is usu ally hereditary and does not usually have any bearing or impact on the he a lth or w e llb e ing of y our c hil d. M o st ch ild ren wil l h a ve th eir fu ll set of 20 teeth by the age of 2 and half years. If your baby has no teeth by 1 8 m on t h s a c o n s u l t a t i o n w i t h a pediatric dentist is recommended. The amoun t teethin g discomfo rt v a r i e s c o n s i d e r a b l y w i t h b a b i e s Your child may be one of the lucky o n e s wi th n o si g n s at a l l. M o re co mm o n l y h o w ev er yo u r b a b y w i t h h a ve som e indi ca tor s of te e thing whic h may include the following: Excessive drooling and salivation Gum swelling Fussiness and irritability Gum inflammation and swelling Night waking Mouthing or biting objects "Drool" rash E xper ts ge nera lly disa gr ee a s to whether loose stool, and nasal con ge s ti on a nd coug h a re spe c if ic al ly related to teething, but these symp toms are also typically reported by s o m e p a r e nt s A s a g e n e r a l r u l e Pe n e l op e Le a c h a u t ho r o f Y o ur B a b y a n d C h i l d" w r i t e s i f y o ur baby seems ill when you think he is tee thing, alw ay s consult y our docto r. He ma y b e ill a nd tee th ing o r simply ill." W hi l e a lo w g r a de i nt e r m i t t e nt f e v e r m a y a l s o b e p r e s e n t i t i s i m p o r t a n t t o N E V E R A S S U M E T H A T A N I N F A N T W I T H A F E V E R I S T E E T H I N G A S A F E VER C OUL D BE A M A RKE R OF SERIOUS INFECTION. Con sult with your pediatrician especial l y i f yo u r i n fan t is les s t h an 6 mo n t h s and the y wil l g uide y ou a ppr opriately. Te ething is in e vita ble, but t h e re are a few things that you can do to m ak e t h e p r o c ess eas i er b o t h f o r yo u a n d y o u r b a b y S o o t h e t h o s e i nfl a med gums by rub bi ng a n d ma ss ag i n g t h e gu mli n e u si n g a cl e an fi nger or moist cold wash cloth. Cold (n ot froze n ) te ethin g rin g s o r toys made of firm rubber may ease dis c o m f o r t I p r e f e r t o a v o i d t h e t eet hi n g to ys m ad e o f li q u id as t h ese may burst in you infants mouth. Frozen rings may be too cold for y ou r b ab y s o avo i d ext remes o f temperature. If your child is already on s ol id s, ch il led fo od s li ke ap pl e sau ce and fruit desserts may also provide s om e r e l i ef. Y ou can also p lace yo u r bo tt l e ni pp l e s a nd p a c i f i e r i n t h e refrigerator and allow your infant to bite on them. O v e r t h e c o u n t e r o r a l a n a l g e s i c s l i k e a c e t a m i n o p h e n o r i bu profen may help i f the ab ove m eas u res are i n ef f ect i ve. A l w ays ask you r pedi a tri c i a n a b ou t c o rrect dosing and timing of med ica tion. NE VE R GI VE Y OU R BABY ASPIRIN as it can cause s eri o us c on s equ en ces i f u s ed i n appropriately. Top ical teethi ng g els are wi dely av a ila ble at a ny pha r ma c y. Y ou sh o ul d b e caut io us wi th t he a p p lic a t io n of th ese pr od u cts a s mo st of them work by numb i n g t h e n e r v e s t h a t supply the gum tis s u e I n a p p r o p r i a t e o r o ve r u s e o f t hese gels ma y numb your baby's throat and inter fere with the gag reflex. In April, 2011, the FDA issued a warning against the use of teething g e l s c o n t a i n i n g B E N Z O C A I N E b ec a u s e o f t h e a s s o c i a t i o n w i t h me t h hemoglobinemia a potentially fatal life threatening complication. W h i le t ee th in g may b e d if f i cu l t f o r b o th yo u an d you r chi ld it will pass. N ev er a ss u me t h a t a n in fa n t w h o h a s a fever or appears ill is teething. Be patient and calm and provide your l ittle on e with the co m f ort that they n e ed T h e b eau t i f u l smi l e t h at aw ai t s is well worth it. Dr Ayana RemyTaylor MBBS FAAP B A C KP A C K S C A N C AUS E B A CK PR OBLEMS Disc injuries WHI LE the interv e tebral disc is a com m on cul prit i n s pine r e la te d h ealt h p ro b l ems, i ts f u n ct io n i s w id ely misunderstood. The disc is a small cartilage pad th at i s si t u a te d b et we en s p i n al b o n es Th e so ft j e l lyli k e cen ter i s con tai ned by surrounding layers of fibrous tis su e s c al l th e an n u l a r f i b er s E ac h d i s c se rv es a s c o n n e ct o r s p ac e, an d s h o c k a b s o r b e r f o r t h e s p i n e W h e n hea l thy, discs a l lows n orma l tu rnin g and bending. S in c e sp i na l d i scs h av e a ver y p o or blo od s u pp ly, th e y depend upo n th e circulation of joint fluids to bring in nu t rien ts an d expel waste. If a sp in al jo i n t l os es i ts n o rmal mo ti o n or po s it i o n a n d t h i s p u m p i n g a c t i o n i s impaired, the health of the disc can d e t e r i o r a t e L i ke a w e t s po ng e a heal t hy d i sc i s fl exib l e. A d ry sp o n ge i s ha r d, s t if f a nd c a n c ra c k e a s il y T h i s i s h o w m a n y d i s c p r o b l e m s begin. B e ca us e of the wa y e ac h dis c i s a t tac h ed to th e vertebrae ab ove a n d be lo w i t, a d is c can no t "sl ip as co mm o n l y t h o u g h t A l t h o u g h p e o p l e think disc in jury such as herniat ed di scs are cau sed b y a si ngl e t raumatic e ven t, t h ey are u s u all y t h e p ro d u ct o f s l ow m e c h a n ic a l d e g e n e r a t i on such a s i ncrease l oad in g o f th e sp in e due to prolonged and faulty sitting postures which will cause sprains to the outer fibrous tissue of the inter vertebral disc. In more a d v anc ed c as es the soft inner material (nucleus) of the disc may protrude into or even through the annular fiber of the disc. Since th e d i s c i n n o w i n a w eak e n ed st at e a t ri v i al ev en t l i k e b en d i n g o ve r t o p i c k up something can result in a herni ated disc. This can be quite painful, putting pressure on the spinal nerve roots, which can cause leg pain and p ar est h es i as d o wn t o t h e f o o t w i th o r w i tho ut ba c k pa i n, w e a kne s s a nd wal ki n g d i ff ic ul ti es. Th e ch ir op rac ti c a p pro ac h to d isc pro bl e ms is to h elp r estore bette r motio n and po s i tion t o t h e s p i n a l j o i n t s t h e r ef o r e re d u ci n g the bulging disc. Better spinal func tio n can h elp decrease in fl amma t io n an d b e gi n t h e s l o w p r o c es s o f h ea l i n g in the surrounding soft tissues. Dr Susan Donald practices at Life Chiropractic Centre, 7B Village Rd. Tel: 393-2774, email: sdonald@coral wave.com. By SUSAN DONALD D.C. By DR A Y ANA REMY -T A YLOR MBBS F AAP Teething and your child (A RA) F rom paltry p a ychec k s to a n noyin g cowork e rs, more th a n t h r e e q u a r t e r s o f A m e r i c a n s a r e s t r e s si n g o u t ab o u t s o me t h i n g re l a t ed t o t h ei r j o b a cc o rd i n g t o a n e w s t u d y. The va st m ajor ity of Ame ric ans (77 per ce n t) are stressed b y at least one thing at work, finds the Harris Int e ra c ti ve Ev e r e st C oll eg e Wor k Str e s s S ur v e y Th e m o st c o m m on i s s u e s a r e : l o w p a y c o m m u t i n g u n r easo n ab l e wo rk l o ad an d c o nc ern o ver b ei n g f i re d o r l a i d o f f. B u t t h es e a r e n ot t he o nly i s s ue s Am e r i c a n w o r k e r s a r e f a c i n g a n n o y i n g co wor ke r s a l s o m a de t he l is t, f oll o wed b y di ff icu lt y w ith a b o ss, po o r w o rk -l i fe b al anc e and l ack of o pp o r tunity for advancement. We v e s e e n n um e r o us s u r v e y s tha t c onf ir m w or kpla c e st re s s ha s i n c r e a s e d d ur i n g t h e l a s t s e v e r a l y e ar s sa y s W e n d y C u l l en vi ce p r e s ident of employer development for Everest College. C onc e r ns ov e r low pa y a n d j ob security are consistently one of the t o p s tres so rs f o r A meri can s. I n mo s t regions of the U.S., 16 per cent of Ame r ic a ns l ist e d l ow pa y a s the ir top stressor, and concerns over job se cu r it y w e r e a cl os e s e c ond For e xamp l e 13 p er c en t o f co l l ege g rad uates ranked losing their job as the b i gge s t st resso r, wh ich is i n l in e wi th A me ri ca n s w itho ut co llege d e gree s. "One ch a n ge we are s e ei ng i s th a t more and more Americans are pur s u i n g c ar eer s in i n d u st r i es l i k e h eal t h ca re whic h offe rs more lo ng -te rm s t ab il i ty ." S w i tc h in g ca reer s o r go i n g b a c k t o sc hool t o g a in a c ce ss t o a mo re secure or better paying ca reer is one technique that many individ uals us e to de al w ith inse cur ity in the workplace. How to deal with stress T he i m pa c t o f s tr e s s c a nno t be ov e r s t a t e d," s a y s D a v i s B r im b e r g a L os A ng e l e s ba s e d ps y c h ol og i s t wh o f oc u se s on w or k pl a c e i ss u e s "A lmost a l l p sy ch ol ogical p rob lems a r e w or s e ne d by s t r e s s P e opl e o f a ll oc c u pa t io ns a n d i nc om e le v e ls a r e g r e a t l y a f f e c t e d h e s a y s Wo r k pl a c e s t r e s s c a n ha v e ne g a ti v e c ons e q ue nc e s on y o ur p e r fo r m a nc e a t w or k, a nd y ou r li f e T h e r e a r e a n u m b e r o f t e c h niq ue s f or de a li ng w i th wo r kpl a c e st r e ss F ir s t, le a r n t o r e co g niz e t he s y m p t o m s y o u m a y f e e l a c o n st a n t s e ns e of ne rv ous ne ss w hi c h c a n o f t e n l e a d t o f e e l i n g w i t h d ra wn, irritable o r apathe ti c S tr ess i s a l s o a s s o c i a t e d w i t h p h y s i c a l p r oblem s, s u c h a s fa tig ue a nd mus c le te ns io n. P hy s ic a l e x e r c i s e i s a ls o s ho w n t o h e l p w i t h s t r e s s m a n a g e m e n t A erob ic ex ercises have bee n sh own t o r e l e a s e m o o d r a i s i n g e n d o r p h i n s s o g e t t i n g 3 0 m i n u t e s o f e x e r c i s e a d a y c a n a c t u a l l y h e l p d e c r e a s e y o u r s t r e s s l e v e l s I t i s also important to ge t e n ough sle ep, wh ich can h e l p you r bo dy dea l with the ef fe ct s of s tr es s t hroug hout the da y a nd m a ke s y o u be tt e r a bl e t o m a na g e e m o ti on a l s w ing s. T he re a r e a l s o i m por t a nt s t r a te g i e s i n y o u r w o r k p l a c e t h a t c a n he l p y ou de a l wi t h s tr e ss D o no t o v er-commit to n on -e ssential tasks. P r i o r i t i z e i m p o r t a n t t a s k s a n d l e a r n t o d e l e g a t e n o n e s s e n t i a l one s. Al so, y ou c a n sc he dule r e g ul ar break s in to yo ur dail y rou tin e to a l l o w y o u r s e l f t o g e t a w a y f r o m y our w or ks t a t ion o r of f ic e Effective ways to manage str ess in the workplace
I T I S q u i t e a m a z i n g ; t h e a m o u n t o f t i m e s a c l i e n t w o uld sugges t in my examin at i o n r o o m t h at t h ei r d o g has the mange. An y ski n in fe c tio n / i nfl am m a t i o n w h e t h e r i t i s a h o t spot, an allergy, tick and flea i nfe sta ti on, fun ga l / rin gw o rm infection, etc, it is commonly referred to as the mange. The truth of the matter is ma nge is a gene r al term for a s k i n d i s e a s e c a u s e d b y a mi c r o s c o pi c pa r a s i t e o f t he mite family. T h e t w o t y p e s o f m a n g e commonly affecting dogs are d emode ctic mang e c au s e d b y de modex mites a nd sarcoptic m ange (or scab ies) c ause d b y sarcoptes mites. The on ly w a y on e c a n di ag nose the mange in the dog is by per f or min g a sk in s cr aping exercise. Th i s is d o ne b y sc r a pi n g t h e sk in w i th a sc a lp e l bl ad e fro m i tch y patc hy a rea s a nd ch ec ki n g t h e m u n d e r t h e m i c r o s c o p e f o r m i t e s D e m o d e x mites are cigar shaped and sarcoptes mites are r ound, so t h e y a r e e a sy t o t e l l a p a r t. T h e two ty pes o f ma ng e beh ave d i f f e re n t l y a n d a re t re a t e d di f f eren tly So don 't bel iev e on e dip that can be used for one type of mange will treat the other type. Demodetic mange is fairly c o m m o n i n y o u n g a n i m a l s e v e n t ho u g h w e s e e it in m a n y o l d e r d og s T he sy m p t om s a r e m i ld to s e ve r e, th i nn i ng of t h e h a i r e s p e c i a l l y a r o u n d t h e e y e s or e ls ew h e re o n t he fa c e a n d s o m e t i m e s b u t n o t alw ays mi l d it ch in es s D og s can catch demode tic mange from c lose con tac t w ith other dogs that has it. But this type of m a n ge i s n o t co n t ag i o u s (zoon oti c ) to p eople s o you n e e d n ot w o rr y th a t y o ur c h il d re n wi ll c a tc h it Do gs w it h a c o m pr om is e d im m un e sy s te m ar e p re d is po se d O nc e a d o g 's immu ne sy s t em is reh abi lita te d t h e r e i s a g r e a t c h a n c e y o ur d og w i ll o u t g ro w d e m o d ec ti c ma n g e on c e he i s tr ea t e d co rrec tl y. My c h oic e o f t he r a py i s A m i t r a z t o b a th e t h e d o g a n d a l l o w i t t o d r y o n h i m o n c e w e e k l y f o r s e v e r a l weeks, along with s om e Ivermec tin an d anti bioti cs for th e secondary bacterial infection on the skin. S a r c o p t i c m a n g e o n t h e oth er ha n d is ex tre m el y it c hy D o g s wi t h s a r co p t i c m a n ge wil l so metimes scr atch th eir skin ra w ; he n ce it is c om mo nly c al le d the re d ma nge I lik e to tre at sc a bie s wi th Pa ra mit e D ip on ce weekl y fo r abo ut t w o t o t h r e e t r e a t m e n t s Often the dog will also need medicine for the itch and dry skin. Wounds caused by the sc r a t c h i n g n e e d s t o be c l e a n e d an d tre ate d. I a lso l ik e to g iv e Ivermectin to dogs with sca b i es ( O n e m u s t r e m e m b e r t h at c er t a i n b r ee d s o f d o g s hav e se ve re rea ct ion s to Iv erm ecti n; t hey a re co lli es and th e i r f a m i l i e s ). U n l i k e d e m o d ec tic ma nge, sarc optic mang e is zoonotic a nd is c ontagious t o p eo p l e a nd t h is i s ca l l ed s cabi es. If you or you r chi ldren have an itchy rash and h a v e b e e n i n c l o s e c o n t a c t with a dog that has sarcoptic m a n g e y o u n e e d t o t a l k t o your phy s ic ia n s o the y ca n be checked and if needed, given appropriate medication. WOMAN P AGE 10B, TUESDA Y AUGUST 16, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE (ARA) It's no secret that s h o e s c a n e i t h e r m a k e o r b r e a k a n o u t f i t B u t c a n u n c o m f o r t a b l e s h o e s a l s o affect your confidence? A c c o r d i n g t o a r e c e n t study, 94 per cent of women s a y they fe el go od w he n th eir feet fe el go od. St ac y Londo n, st y le e x p e rt a n d h o st o f T LC s W h a t N o t T o W e a r h a s p art ner ed up wit h th e m ake r s o f Dr S ch o l l' s F o r H er Sh e a g re e s th a t w he n it c o me s t o s ho e s wo m e n ca n l o o k g o o d a n d f e e l g o o d a t t h e same time. "A s a st yl is t I k no w th at f i n d i n g a b a l a n c e b e t w e e n f a s h i o n a n d c o m f o r t c a n s o m e t i m e s b e t r i c k y A n d ch an ce s are th at m ost w ome n have ex perienc ed "Fa bulitis" th e d i sc o m fo r t c a u se d b y t h e decision to wear uncomfort ab l e y e t f a b ul o u s sh oe s ," sa y s Lo nd o n Th a t 's w hy I u se D r S c h o l l s F o r H e r i n s o l e s because I can wear the shoes I w ant and feel c o mfortable doing it." H e lp i n g w o m en g et b a ck on their feet One of t he mos t inconveni en t ti m es fo r w om e n to f a c e F a b u l i t i s i s d u r i n g a j o b int erv ie w esp ec i al ly si nc e th e r ig h t s h o es a r e a n e s s en t i al c o m p o n e n t t o f ee l i n g co m fort ab le a nd c o nfi de n t. Th at 's w hy t he m a ke r s o f D r Sc h o l l 's F o r H e r a r e l a u n c h i n g a n interactive campaign to sup po rt D re s s fo r Su c c e s s W or ld w id e a n o np r of i t o rg a n is a ti o n tha t offe rs p rofe ssio na l at tire a n e t w o r k o f s u p p o r t a n d career developme nt t ools to w o m e n e n t e r i n g t h e w o r k force. The program will help e m p o w e r w o m e n b y c o n trib ut in g c on fid en c e -in spi rin g footwear and insoles to keep th e m c o mf or ta b le w hi l e i n te rviewing for jobs. S ta cy L o nd o n' s in t er vi e w wardrobe tips London shares her tips for a c h i e v i n g f a s h i o n co m f o r t an d c on fi de nc e wh e n ta c kl in g a job interview: COMFORT IS KEY: Such a big part of achieving suc cess is feeling comfortable in your own skin and shoes for that matter. Go for heels and add a Dr Scholl's for Her insole for comfort. SUIT UP: Suits (pant or skirt) are always appropriate. 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Now, af ter y ear s of li tig at io n, th e M ichi gan Su pr eme C o u r t s a y s K e v i n K r o h n s a u t o i n s u r a n c e c o m p a n y d oes n 't h ave to p ay, de c l ar i n g t h a t t h e e x p e r i m e n t a l s ur g er y n ot a p pr ov ed i n t he U.S was not "r eas on a bl y ne ces s ar y" u nd er s ta te l a w T he r ece nt 4-3 ru li ng cl os es a cas e i n w hi c h t he c ou rt' s c o n s e r v a t i v e R e p u b l i c a n m ajo r it y p re vail ed ove r lib e ra l De mocr at ic j us t ices A t l eas t si x ci vil cas es th is yea r h a v e b e e n d e c i d e d b y t h e s a m e m a r g i n t yp i ca l l y d i s p utes that i nvolve in sur ance, me dic a l m alp rac ti ce em plo ye r l i a bi l i t y or t h e a b i li t y t o s u e in l ower co ur ts Jus tice Br ian Zahr a in sis t s the K r o hn c ase do esn't me an i n s u r e r s a l w a y s a r e o f f t h e hook for unc ommon medic al p r o c e d u r e s B u t J u s t i c e Dia ne H ath aw a y bel ie ve s th e c o u r t h a s c r e a t e d a t o u g h s t a n d a r d n e v e r i n t e n d e d u n d e r M i c h i g a n s n o f a u l t a ut o i ns ur an ce la w. "T he m aj o r i t y e f f ec t iv el y a ss er t s th at i t was u nr eas on a b l e as a m at t e r o f la w f o r ( Kro hn) t o have pu rs ued the o n l y p r o c e d u r e t h a t c o u l d p o s s i b l y p r e v e n t h i m f r o m b e i n g a p a r a p l e g i c f o r t h e r es t of h is li fe, s he s aid in a d i s s e n t K r o h n s a t t o r n e y J a m e s I af r a t e, s a id t h e d ec is i o n i s d i s a p p o i n t i n g W h a t w e r e h i s c h o i c e s r e a l l y ? I a f r a t e s a i d H i s o nly chance of get tin g bett er was to und ergo s ome t ype of pro c ed ur e li ke th is I t se e me d l ik e a r eas on ab le cho ice on h is p ar t. Kroh n, 4 2, d id not r e s p ond t o r e q u e s t s f o r c o m m e n t thro ug h h is a tto rne y. In 2 0 01 while riding a motor c ycle, he wa s st r uck by a van and s uf fered a spi nal fr a ct ure, a de vastating inj ur y tha t paral yz ed h is l ower b od y. F o u r y e a r s l a t e r K r o h n t r a v e l e d t o P o r t u g a l f o r a p r oc edu r e t h at i s no t ava il a b l e i n t h e U S b e c a u s e i t ha s n ot be en a pp rov e d by th e F oo d and Dr ug A dmi ni st r at io n. Ti s su e con ta ini ng st em c el ls w as r e mo ved f r o m h i s s i nu s ar ea a nd tr an s pl ant ed t o h i s s p i n e w i t h t h e h o p e t h a t i t w o u l d r e g e n e r a t e s p i n a l c o r d n e r v e s I a f r a t e sa id K roh n w as a bl e to re g ai n s o m e b l a d d e r c o n t r o l a n d m ove hi s legs a bi t. "I t di d h elp ," th e at to r ney s ai d. "I t' s b ot h t he ph ysi cal t herapy a nd th e s urgica l pr oc e d u r e Y o u c a n t d o o n e wi th ou t t he ot he r. Y ou n eed a g gr e s s i v e p h y s ic al t h e r ap y t o s t i m u l a t e s t e m c e l l g r o w t h K r o h n s h e a l t h i n s u r e r Bl ue Cr o ss an d Bl ue S hie ld o f Mi chi gan, r efu s ed t o pay f or the s urgery and so did his ve hicle in su rer Ho me-O wne r s i n s u r a n c e C o H e s u e d H o m e O w n e r s a n d w o n a j u r y v e r d i c t i n L e n a w e e C ou nt y co u rt, bu t th e a p pe a ls cour t a n d, now, the Supreme C o u r t s a i d t h e ca s e s h o u l d h ave b een d ism iss ed witho ut a tr i al. HomeOw n ers said Kr ohn m ay h ave f elt b ett er s imp ly b ecau se o f agg re ss i ve th er ap y no t t h e s t e mc el l t r a n s p l a n t I t a l s o n o t e d t h a t a U.S. doc tor did not prescribe t he sur gery, nor w as it tes ted i n cl in ical tr i als "Th e p urpo se and focus of ( s t ate l aw) i s t he p r ot ecti on of i ndiv i dua l s injured in auto a cc i den ts no t t he f und in g o f e x p er i m en t a l r e s e a r c h p r o j e c t s n o m a t t e r h o w a d m i r a b l e ," H o m eO wn e r s att orne y All en Ph ilb ric k s a id At tr i al, j ur or s hear d f r om P o r t u g u e s e D r C a r l L i m a who was on Kr ohn' s medical t eam b ut d id n ot p ar ti cipa te i n t he tr an s plan t. He sa id at le ast 11 0 p eo pl e h av e ha d th e p r oced ur e s in ce 20 01, wit h a m a j o r i t y s h o w i n g s o m e i m p r o v e m e n t Z a h r a w h o w r o t e t h e S u p r e m e C o u r t s o p i n i o n w a s n o t s w a y e d H e s a i d L i m a s t e s t i m o n y f a i l e d t o p r ovi de an "ob ject ive bas is t h a t K r o h n s s u r g e r y w a s re as ona bly nece ss ar y. The mangy dog By DR BASIL SANDS Paraplegic loses case over rar e stem-cell sur ger y Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disor der and Mouth A T T E N T I O N D e f i c i t H y p e r a c t i v i t y D i s o r d e r (ADH D) is one of the most c o m m o n c h i l d h o o d m e n t a l d iso rde rs an d a ffe c ts ap pro xi ma te ly 3 5 pe r c en t o f ch il d r e n There is a pre dile ctio n for b oy s, af fe c ti ng the m 2 3 ti me s m o re t h a n g i rl s. A D H D i s a l s o k now n t o p ersist i nto ado lesc en ce an d ad ulthoo d. S o m e t i m e s p a r e n t s m a y d e sc r i b e a b a d l y b e h a v e d c h i l d a s h y p e ra c t i v e b u t t h i s t e r m sho uld no t be u s e d in s u ch a c o nte x t. It sh ou ld b e re serv e d fo r c hi ldre n tha t ex hibi t gross b e h a v i o u r a l a b n o r m a l i t i e s Thes e abnor malities in c lude ext re me f idg eti ng; i mp air ed c onc entrati on; i mpulsiv eness a nd un co ntrolle d ac tiv ity Of n ote, the se gross b eha viou r a l a bnorma litie s ten d to oc c ur most c ommo nly i n situa tions, w here orderliness a nd re tic enc e i s nec essary T h e c a u s e o f A D H D i s u n c l e a r b u t s e e m s t o b e a c o mbi nati on of f actor s The fa ct or s in cl ud e: m in or h ead i nj uri es; foo d ad di tiv e s; un de te cta ble brain dama ge and a familial predis posi tion (r uns i n t h e fa m i ly ). I n a d d i t i o n fa c tors influencing child-parent re latio nship ca n a lso play a n i mportan t pa r t. I t m u s t b e r e m e m b e r e d t h a t t o b e d i a g n o s e d o f A D H D t h e a bo v e m e n ti o n e d hy per a ctivity a nd impulsiven e ss (i n p ara g rap h tw o ), ne e d t o b e p erv a si ve e x c e ssiv e an d l ong te r m T h ese hy perac tiv e a n d i m p u l s i v e a b n o r m a l b eha viou r s me ntione d, ofte n t ime ap pea r be fore t he a ge of 7 ye ars a nd pe rsist for a t lea st 6 m o n th s a n d w o ul d t he r e fo r e b e e a s i l y d i a g n o s t i c f o r AD HD. O n ce d i a g n o s e d A D H D h a s to b e m a na g e d a n d sh o u l d n o t b e i g n o r e d O f t e n ti m e s i t i s n e c e s s a r y t o i m p l e m e n t b e h a v i o u r a l t h e r a p y e m o t i o n a l c o u n s e l i n g a n d s p e c ia lised edu ca tiona l he lp. In ad di t io n t o t h es e t h er a pi es s t i m u l a n t s a n t i d e p r e s s a n t s and ant ihyp ert ens ive agent s a re c o mm o nl y u se d t o c o n tro l ADHD. These prescription m e d i c a ti o n s, a ll h a ve a n e ff e c t o n the mou th an d he ad and nec k. Th e sti mu la n ts (R it al in an d Ad deral l) ty pic all y ca use dry m outh; cha nge s in taste ; an d, g r i n d i n g a n d c l e n c h i n g o f t ee t h T h e a n t i de p r e s s a n t s ( Tofra ni l, W el lb utri n) u sua ll y c au s e mou th tissue sore ness; d iscom fort whe n swa llow ing ; d r y m o u t h ; a d i s c o l o u r e d tongue; s alivary (s pit ) gland pr o b le ms ; gr i nd i ng o f te et h a n d g e n e r a l i s e d m o u t h s w e ll i n g T h e a n t ih y pe rt e n s iv e a g e n t s ( C l o n i d i n e T e n e x ) c ommo nly c ause dry mo uth; pai n a nd d if f icu l ty o n s wal l o w i n g a n d s a l i v a r y g l a n d probl e ms It is ver y dif ficult to avo id the m outh a nd hea d a n d n e c k e f f e c t s o f t h e AD HD m edi ca tions. In a dd it io n to t he imp a ct of the afor e mentioned medic ati ons o n the m outh and hea d a n d n e c k p e r s o n s w i t h ADH D als o b at tl e wi th t he in her e nt e ff ect th e di s or de r h a s o n t h e i r m o u t h s A d ec r e ase d a ttenti on s p an ca n l e a d t o p o o r o r a l h y g i e n e w hic h c an pote ntial ly l ead to an i n cr ea s e in de nt a l ca r ie s (c av itie s ). ADHD o n its ow n a l so c a n c a u se b ru x i sm ( a n o n f unc ti ona l g rind ing or c le nc hi n g o f te e th ) Al s o th e r e i s t h e e ver pres e nt r isk of a n indiv i d ua l w i th A D H D f a l l i n g v i c ti m to so me f or m o f m ou th t r a u m a T h e y a r e a t a n i nc re ase d ri sk by vi rtue of th e d i s o r d e r There a re a few pea rls th at denta l he alth ca re profe ss i ona ls comm only im plemen t to ma ke th e e x pe ri en c e o f a pe rs on with ADHD to a denta l o f f ice m o r e am ica bl e. T h ey wi l l n ot t re a t pa ti e nt s w ho ar e on med ica tion holi day s A medi ca tion holida y is w hen a c hi ld g oe s f or a pe ri o d o f ti m e w i t h o u t t a k i n g a n y m e d i c a t i o n ( e g d u r i n g b r e a k s f r o m s chool) T he other pear ls of t he heal thcar e pro fes s ional s wou ld use inc lud e: Scheduling appointments in the morning or at a time of th e d a y, wh e n th e pe rs o n wit h ADHD is least fatigued, most attentive and able to remain seated in the dental chair. Giving singular, short and clear instructions directly to the person with ADHD. Using a Tell-Show-Do approach in the office. T e l l i n g t h e p e r s o n w i t h A DH D what behaviour is expected during the dental visit. G i v i n g t h e p e r s o n w i t h A DH D small rewards (e.g. stickers) for exhibiting appropriate behaviour. Taking breaks as necessary during the dental treatment. A D H D s h o u l d n o t a n d d o e s n o t p r e v e n t t h e d i a g nosed ind ivi dual from rec ei vi ng qualit y dental car e. It i s essential not to allow neglect t o r u i n a n y o n e s m o u t h h e a l t h I t i s i m p o r t a n t f o r pe rs on s w i th AD H D t o v i si t a mout h h ea lthc a r e p rofessi ona l D o n o t d e l a y If y o u k n o w o f s u c h a p e r s o n a s s i s t i n a r r a n g i n g a d e n t a l v i s i t f o r th e m K e e p t h e i r mo u t h a l i v e This arti c le is for inf ormational purpos es only. It is not inte nd ed a nd m ay not be trea te d as, a substitute for professional m edical/ dent al advice diagn osi s, or t reat ment. A lw ays seek the ad vi c e of a phy s ic i an o r d e ntal professional with any ques tions you may have regarding a medical/dental condition. 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WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y AUGUST 16, 201 1, P AGE 1 1B T H E c o n t e s t a n t s o f T h e o d o r e E l y e t t' s Mi s s Te e n B a ha m a s P a g e a n t b r o ugh t l ots of e nte rtain men t t o th e 2 0 1 1 p a g e a n t s e a s o n o n S u n d a y (A ugu st 7th ), as th ey par ti cipat ed in the 6th Annual Talent Competi tion. Ta le n t pr es en t at io n s i n c lu de d s ax o phone r e ci tals, c ultu r a l dan ce drama, ballet, the steel pan drums, fire dancing, hip-hop dancing and some c o ntes tant s who ar e gift ed vocally rendered songs of their choice. At the end of the night, only the top 3 contenders were named. P l a c i n g 2 n d R u n n e r u p w i t h a s t e e l p a n d r u m p r e s e n t a t i o n w a s M i ss Te e n P o m pe y Mu se u m N i a y a Moss, Miss Teen Balcony House Z a rria Mox ey pla c ed 1 st R un nerup w ith he r rendition of Summe r Time f r o m t h e o p e r a P o r g y a n d B e s s. W i n i n g t h e o v e r a l l M o s t T a l e n t e d A w a r d w a s M i s s T e e n Q u e e n s St a ir c as e Shaquille S a nds Sa nds performed a classic from the movie A n n i e " Y o u r e n e v e r f u l l y Dressed Without a Smile." Exc it ed about winnin g t he thir d p r el i m i n a r y f o r t h e 2 01 1 p ag e a n t s e ason, Sha quill e a tra ined dan ce r fo r 1 6 y e a rs s a i d I r e a l ly l o v e d a n c i ng s o m y p er f or m an ce was t r ul y p r e p a r e d f r o m t h e h e a r t a n d I en joyed ever y minu te of s howcas ing tonight." S h a q u i l l e s p e r f o r m a n c e w a s chor e ogr a p he d by Pr ofess or Mar il y n T D e v a u x o f V i r t u e D a n c e Academy. The 2011 P a geant Season wraps u p A u g u s t 2 1 s t a t t h e W y n d h a m Na ssa u R e sor t's R a in fo re st The a tre The Grand Finale begins at 8pm. OVERA LL WINNER: Mo st Ta le nte d 201 1 Mis s Te en Qu ee n's St airc as e Sh aq uil le Sa nds The od ore El ye tt's M is s Te en Ba ha ma s 20 10/1 1 Ash lee B ain 1 st Run ner-up M is s Tee n Bal co ny Hou se Za rria M oxe y a nd 2nd Ru nne ru p Mis s Te en Po mpe y Mus eu m Niaya Moss. T ALEN T T AKE S CENT ER S T AGE A T T EEN P A GEANT Shaquille Sands, Zarria Moxey and Naiaya Saunders edge out others for Most Talented Award W HILE representing The Bahamas at the Teen World Competition pageant in Houston, Texas Theodore Elyett's Miss Teen Bahamas 2010/11 Ashlee Bain captured the Best National Costume Award, beating out 28 other delegates from around the world! The winning costume which depicts The Bahamas' National Bird, the Pink Flamingo, was designed and made by Bahamian Designer Javotte Bethel. August 1st 5th, Ashlee competed against twenty-eight (28) teen ambassadors for the title of Miss Teen World. While she was not crowned the winner, Ashlee returned home with so much morehaving had the opportunity to represent her country on an international stage; meet, interact and learn from teen beauties from around the world! Ashlee said: "The Miss Teen World expe rience was a good one. I had the chance to make so many new friends. Most exciting was the week long opportunity to explore new cultures and languages from each delegate! I'll miss them!" Serious Opportunity She continued: "Representing The Bahamas on the Miss Teen World stage was an opportunity that I took very seriously, especially because so many delegates knew very little about our island destination. Having had the opportunity to share so much about The Bahamas, and also walk away with an award which represented our National Bird, so I feel very proud." Over the past 11 months of her reign, Ashlee has participated in various community and national building events. She participated in the National Youth Month activities, the myriad of World AIDS Day activities, supported various Charity Fun/Run/Walk events, joined forces with the Bahamas National Trust at the annual National Coastal Awareness Day Coastal Clean-up, made school visits, special appearances and so much more. The journey to find Ashlee's successor is currently underway. For the past month, the 2011 contestants have been engaged in educational seminars, stage deportment training, question and answer techniques, personal grooming, and etiquette and speech seminars. The pageant will culminate on August 21, 2011 under the theme, "PRETTY GIRL ROCK: Beauty.Intelligence.Grace!" where the contestants will vie for the coveted crown and title of Theodore Elyett's Miss Teen Bahamas 2011. The winner will walk away with a myriad of prizesincluding a cash award of $2,000.00. She will also compete in Guatemala at the 2011 edition of Miss Teenager Universe! For more information and up-to-the-minute highlights on pageant season 2011, follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/missteenbahamas or visit our website at www.missteenbahamasorg.com Representing The Bahamas on the Miss Teen World stage was an opportunity that I took very seriously, especially because so many delegates knew very little about our island destination. PRETTY IN PINK: Ashlee Bain mod els her award win ning national costumea depiction of the flamingo. Ashlee Bain
THE TRIBUNE SECTION B TUESD A Y A UGUST 16, 2011 By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter T he members of Sister Sister say they will not forget the highlights of a sensational summer which has helped raise awareness of the international fight against breast cancer. S I S T E R S I S T E R M E M N E R S P A R T I C I P A T E I N L A R G E S T E V E R D C K O M E N W A L K Eight excit ed member s of Sis ter Sis ter in c ludi ng A ndrea Swe et ing, P r esi den t; H elen R oll e, Secr et ary ; Sh a nt e ll C o x H u tc h in so n, T re as ure r; Vinalis a Fer guson, As sis tant Tr e as u r e r ; Je n ne ma e K no wl e s N ao mi K in g, Nu r se Wil l am ae Bu t le r and S i s t e r S i s t e r C o F o u n d e r N u r s e C h a r l e n e M c p h ee k i c k ed o f f t h e summer events when they boarded De lta fo r W ash ing ton D C on Frid ay June 3, for the Globa l K omen Wal k in Saturday June 4, 2011. Courage and Hope Accord ing to th e M ednet Gr oup the irs ha s be en a jo urney o f c oura ge and hope, as well as ins pir ation T h e s u m me r s ch ed ul e b eg an wi th t h e o r gan is a ti o n' s pa r ti ci pat i on in t he Global Kom en W al k, in Washin gton, D C on Sat ur day June 4. U p o n a rri v a l t h e g ro u p w a s s hu t t led fr om t he air por t to t heir Hot e l v i a A CS G r o u n d T r a n s p o r t a t i o n T h ey s t ayed at th e Res i den ce I nn i n Ar l in gt o n, Vi r gi ni a w he r e t he y t o o k f u l l a d v a n t ag e o f t h e M e t r o t r a n s p o r t a t i o n u s i n g t h e S m a r t C a r d A n d r e a S w e e t i n g P r e s i d e n t o f Si st er Sis ter sai d: "Sat ur day mo rnin g, J un e 4 we w e re o n t he Me tro a t 5 am arr iving at the Nati onal Mall ju st befo re 6 am all owing us t o s ee t he ven dor s and the dis plays so me wit h giveaways, s ome for Pur chas e. T h e s u r v i v o r s t e n t a s u s u a l w a s t as t e f u l l y d e co r a t e d T h e Ko m en e x e c u t i v e s g a v e e a ch o n e o f u s a V I P b a d g e e n a b l i n g u s a n d o u r gues ts to be ent ert ained. F l a g s o f t h e v a r i o u s c o u n t r i e s par ti c i patin g in t he Glo bal Komen Walk wer e erected, wit h the exceptio n of The B a ha ma s', w hi ch d id no t g o u n no t i ced T he Gl o ba l w al k i s alw a ys e xc it ing as the re a re so m any c u l t u r e s a n d n a t i o n a l i t i e s r e p r e s ented Unf ort unatel y our s was not t h er e b u t K om en a po l og is e d a nd p r o m i s e d t h a t i t w o n t h a p p e n again ," Mr Sweeti ng sai d. T h e G l o b a l K o m e n W a l k i s a s ce n i c f i ve m i l e ( 5 k ) r o u t e i n t h e d own town ar ea o f Wa sh in gto n, D C The ro ute g oe s p a st th e ba c k ga te of the Whit e Hous e and sever al of t he world-f a mo us W ash ing t on, D C m o n u m e n t s i n a d d i t i o n t o t h e E m b a s s y O f f i c e s o f n a t i o n s f r o m aro und t he wor ld. Go ing f urth er, Sist er Sist er membe r, Virg ini a Hal l C a mpb ell a nd her daught er al so attend ed th e Komen Wal k in No r th Ca ro l in a, th at wa s t ak in g pl a c e th at sa me mo rni ng Mrs Campbel l and her daught er sp ort e d the Si s t er Si s te r ba nner and w ere w e ll rec e iv ed as the y di strib ute d S ister Sis ter pin s and newslet ter s. A c cor din g to r epor ts ever y five h un dr ed y a rd s a l on g th e ro u te th e re we r e music makers f rom th e par tici p at i ng c o u n t r i e s c h ee r in g o n t h e walker s. "I t was a full morn ing fo r us, for after t h e w alk and during the c er e mon ie s we were told that it was th e la rge st am oun t o f S urv iv ors ev er r e g i s t e r e d f o r t h i s G l o b a l w a l k which was fou r t hous and f ive hu ndre d. I a m c e rtai n e ve ryon e enj oye d t h e m s e l v e s e s p e c i a l l y N u r s e Mc phe e and Na omi Ki ng, fo r wh om t h i s w a s t h e i r f i r s t i n t e r n a t i o n a l walk," M rs Sweeti ng sai d. Participation Fo l l o w i n g t he e v e n t th e su r v i v o rs who were further energised by the ex hi la r at io n o f s uch an em ot io n al a nd adren ali n-ch arge d interna tion al e v e nt e nj o y ed sho p pi ng w hi le th o se wh o w e r e ex h a u s t e d s l e p t o r j u s t rested in their rooms." "The evening's highlight was din ner in bed for all as they rested to pre pa re for the se co nd stag e of th eir tr ip th e jou rn ey to Canad a w h ich b e g an th e n e xt mo rn in g Th e re th e se eight members would be joined by several more members of the Sister S iste r Bre a st Ca n ce r Sup po rt Gro up at th e Sixth W o rld C o nfer ence on Breast Cancer." T h e S i s te r Si s t er Br e as t Can ce r Patient Support Group arose out of t he mu lt i -p ra c ti c e o ff ic e s of The Su rgi ca l S u i te at Ce n t er v il l e M e d ic al C e n t e r C o l l i n s A v e n u e I t w a s founded by Dr. Charles C. Diggiss, President of the MedNet Group of Com pan ies Dr Lo cks l ey M un ro e, o f S o u t h er n Co m m u n i t y G e n e r a l Clinic and Surgical Suite Manager, Nurse Charlene McPhee. The Sur gical Suite is a Member of the Med Net Group of Companies. WAVE YOUR FLAG: Sister Sister shares a taste of their Sensational Summer Highlights.
T HETRIBUNE SECTIONETUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011 INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . THAT FIGHT HAS NOT BEEN SANCTIONED CULPEPPER WORKS OUT AS 49ERS LOOK FOR VETERAN QUARTERBACK EMOTIONAL RODMAN CAPS HALL OF F AME CEREMONY DEL POTRO WINS, WILL FACE OFF WITH ROGER FEDERER IN 2ND ROUND FABREGAS SIGNS FIVEYEAR DEAL IN $42M TRANSFER T T U U R R N N T T O O 7 7 E E . T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . . . Devard signs 1-year contract with Texans By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com A fter playing the past season with the Omaha Nighthawks in the United Football League, Devard Darling is now back in the National Football League (NFL He signed a one-year deal with the Houston Texans Friday (August 12) and was scheduled to make his debut in the pre-season game against the New York Jets at the Reliant Stadium last night. Their next game is scheduled for Saturday against the New Orleans Saints at home as well. Darling is then expected to play in their final two games on the road against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on Thursday, August 27 and against the Minnesota Vikings at the Mall of America Field on Thursday, September 1. As he was preparing for last nights game, Darling said the coaching staff, headed by Gary Kubiak, is expecting him to make an impact immediately on the Texans offensive end as a wide receiver. Im in training camp and Im working hard every day trying to learn these plays, Darling told The Tribune yesterday. I cant wait for tonight to go out there and show what I have. Its been a long time since Ive been back in an NFL uniform, so its going to be real good to go back there and showcase my talent and make this team. At 6-feet, 1-inch and 213 pounds, Darling is making his return since last playing in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2008 season when he started in nine of their 16 games. Darling, 29, caught a total of 17 receptions, the longest being 68 yards for a total of 247 or an average of 14.5 per game. He also scored one touchdown. Prior to that, Darling played four seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, who drafted him out of Washington State with the 82nd pick in the third round of the 2004 draft. For his first five years in the NFL, DEVARD DARLING S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 E E By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org RAMON Miller has always been considered a dark horse in the mens 400 metres. This year is no exception as he heads off to compete in his third appearance at the IAAF World Championships. The Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations National Cham pionships runner-up will be one of three Bahamians entered in the quarter-mile that will be contested at the championships in Daegu, South Korea, starting on August 27. First of all, I have to thank the Lord for allowing me to make this team, said Miller at a BAAA press conference last Thursday to officially release the names of the 18 athletes and 13 officials that will be traveling to Daegu as of Thursday. This year wasnt a good year for me at the start, but this is my third world championships. It was in when I didnt run and I came in and I ran the 400 and we didnt make it in the final of the relay. For 2011, my goal is hopefully to go out and attack each round and make it through each round and make it to the final. This year, Miller has ran the third fastest time by a Bahamian with his clocking of 45.34 seconds in the final of the 400 on June 26 in Grand Bahama behind champion Demetrius Pinder (44.78 of Chris Fireman Brown (45.73 Not having the opportunity to compete in that many meets this year, Miller admitted that his sea son has not been an easy one. But he has been holding his own. As a veteran on the team, I just want to inspire the young athletes to never give up and keep on training hard, Miller said. You dont know what to expect in the future. Having ran a personal best of 44.99 in the semifinal of the cham pionships in 2009 in Berlin, Germany, Miller is hoping that he will run faster in Daegu and eventually secure a berth into the final. My goal is to get into the final and then go from there, he projected. As for the 4 x 400 relay, Miller said the Bahamas is sitting in a good position as the second ranked nation behind the United States, having anchored the team of LaToy Williams, Avard Moncur and Michael Mathieu to the gold at the Quarter -miler Ramon Miller gets set for his third appearance at the IAAF Worlds S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 2 2 E E DARK HORSE: Ramon Miller (far right is all set to compete in his third IAAF World Championships.