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N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 107 No.220FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY, ASHOWER HIGH 91F LOW 81F Anguish as police pr obe latest murder TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM FAMILYSGRIEFAFTERSHOOTINGDEATHOFPREGNANTMOTHER Another mer ciless killing B y AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter THE merciless killing of a pregnant mother-of-three inf ront of her ten-year-old son a nd nephew dumbfounded loved ones and police yesterday. L ast night, police were still searching for two men and their motive for gunning down 30-year-old Bareshallee Lewis, of Flamingo Gardens, on Wednesday evening. Family members claim Mrs Lewis pleaded for her life, a nd the lives of the boys in her car, before she was shot. S he died in her sons arms. Mrs Lewis, who celebrated her birthday last month, is the second pregnant woman to bes hot dead this year, and the third woman to be killed with in a seven-day period. A nthonia Armily, Mrs Lewis sister, said: Right now, I still cant really believei t because she meant so much t o me. I dont know how I will live without her. She pleaded for her life and they still tookh er life away. Ms Armily added: For a young boy only ten to experi e nce that, she died in his By TANEKA THOMPSON Deputy Chief Reporter THE country's crime laws need to be updated to allow separate murder charges to be brought against persons who kill a pregnant woman and her unborn baby, community activists urged yesterday. Their calls follow the killing of 30-year-old Bareshalee Lewis, a pregnant mother of three, who was shot in front of her young son while visiting her security guard husband at a construction PREGNANT WOMANS MURDER SP ARK S CALL FOR LAW CHANGE SEE page eight SEE page eight ABOVE: Murder victim Bareshallee Lewis. TOPLEFT: Anthonia Armily, sister of murder victim Bareshallee Lewis, outside of PMH morgue yesterday. TOP RIGHT: Family of Bareshallee Lewis comfort each other. LEFT: Emotions run high outside of PMH morgueyesterday. Felip Major / Tribune staff By SANCHESKA BROWN MINISTRY of Works offi cials are doubtful all the roads and corridors near schools will be open in time for the start of the fall semester. Shenique Albury, environ mental specialist with the New Providence Road Improvement Project, said bad weather and heavy rain have caused a delay in some of the road work. We have delays in paving and some overall road works because of the bad weather. In order for us to pave, the ground has to have a certain level of moisture and water content. Obviously if it is raining hard work cant be done. If it is light rain, some digging can be done. But we do not By SANCHESKA BROWN F OUR men, with more than half a million dollars worth of suspected drugs, ledp olice on a high-speed chase on the airport road before crashing into a wall early yest erday morning. T he drama began when Drug Enforcement Unit (DEUs earch in the Albany area spotted the suspects. S uperintendent Robert S herman Young, the DEU T HE weather system bringing showers and thun derstorms to New Providence is expected to persist o ver the weekend, according to meteorologists. There is a breakdown in a n upper level ridge that was in place for a while. The breakdown is causing al ot of warm moist air to b low in, said Steve Travis, AccuWeather meteorolo By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter HEALTH experts sus pect seven-year-old Ashley Thompson might have died from dengue fever. Dr Delon Brennen, deputy chief medical offi POLICE believe they have made headway in the investigation into the death of Oneika Johnson, the 21year-old woman who was murdered in San Salvador on Sunday. They are seeking a 27year-old barber, who police say was involved in a relationship with Ms Johnson. The murder sent shock waves across San Salvador on the weekend. Ms John son is a native of Nicholls Town, Andros, but was living and working in San Sal vador with her three sisters and soon-to-be two-yearold daughter. MEN WITH SUSPECTED DRUG HAUL CRASH AFTER POLICE CHASE S EE page six SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED T O PERSIST SEE page six SEE page six HEALTH EXPERTS AWAIT RESULTS OF CHILDS SUSPECTED DEATH FROM DENGUE FEVER POLICE SEEK BARBER IN CONNECTION WITH WOMANS DEATH WEATHERNEWS DOUBT S THA T ALL ROADS NEAR SCHOOLS WILL BE OPEN FOR THE FALL SEMESTER POLICE are seeking the publics help in locating four men responsible for shooting a 27-year-old man on Peter Street west yesterday. Police reported that shortly after 5pm yesterday a man was shot in his left leg. The victim was taken to the Princess Margaret Hospital by EMS personnel, where he POLICE SEEK MEN AFTERSHOOTING SEE page eight SEE page eight CRIMENEWS DRAMAONAIRPORTROAD INSIDETODAY BACK 2 SCHOOL


LOCAL NEWS P AGE 2, FRIDA Y AUGUST 19, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE TAKING THE OATH: Senior Airman Magdala Destima (far left) of the Bahamas, Keith Bacchus of Guyana (centre), Emanuel Cira of the Dominican Republic and other members of the mili tary can be seen aboard the US Coast Guard Barque EAGLE on August 5, 2011, in New York after they took the oath of citizenship during a naturalization ceremony. (AP) B A H A M I A N T A K E S U S C I T I Z E N S H I P O A T H D U R I N G C E R E M O N Y


T HE Ministry of Labour and Social Development hit out at the oppositions claim that the Urban Renewal Programme is being under-funded by the FNM. T he ministry, which has r esponsibility for the prog ramme, issued a statement yesterday declaring that far from suffering under the present government, Urban Renewal is actually flourishing. In New Providence, eight Urban Renewal centres were operating under the former PLP government: Fox Hill, Kemp Road, Nassau Village, Englerston, St Cecilia, Farm Road, Bain and Grants Town and Fort Charlotte. Centres None of these centres w as closed by the governm ent and six, including the N assau Village Centre, c ontinue to operate from t he same location as they did under the former government, the statement said. It added that a ninth centre was opened in Pinewood Gardens in 2008. I n Grand Bahama, six c entres were operational under the PLP. All are still o pen and four continue to o perate from the same l ocation as they did under the former government, the ministry said. A seventh was opened in Seahorse Village in 2008. According to the ministry, Urban Renewal has never been under-funded by the FNM. It said funds for the prog ramme have been allocated on a annual basis since 2007 as follows: 2006/2007 $2,450,000 (under the PLP 2007/2008 $2,500,000 2008/2009 $3,000,000 2009/2010 $2,800,000 2010/2011 $2,301,822 2011/2012 $2,301,822 The ministry also noted that Urban Renewal continues to operate a number of community based programmes. As has been the case for the past three years, all the centres in New Providence held a summer programme for children at a local public school in July. Almost two full pages of photographs of some of the activities of the camps were recently featured in t he print media, the statem ent noted. In Grand Bahama, the c amps were held for two w eeks, also in July. All centres in New Providence and Grand Bahama continue to oper-a te after-school programmes during the school year and since May, 2011, a number of teachers have b een engaged as tutors in an effort to enhance the quality of instruction. Similarly, a number of q ualified musicians have b een engaged as band instructors for New Provi-d ence and Grand Bahama t o enhance the competence of band members. In Grand Bahama, the Royal Bahamas Police Force still provides assistance with the bands, the statement added. I n Grand Bahama, as an extension of the Urban Renewal sewing pro gramme, a school uniform s ewing workshop was i ntroduced in August, 2010 under the direction of a trained seamstress, it said. The workshop was a tremendous success and the 2011 workshop is curr ently in progress. In Grand Bahama, an employability skills programme is also offered which provides instruction for unemployed persons ina number of areas, includi ng office procedures and c omputer applications. I n addition, the Urban Renewal Programme continues to partner with other government agencies, including the Department of Social Services, the D epartment of Environmental Health Services and the Royal Bahamas Police Force for the delivery of services and the operation of programmes. Activities Joint activities include c ommunity walkabouts to i dentify problems and the means by which they canbe addressed, the statement said. T he programme also continues to partner with community based organisations. For the past several years, a church in Nassau Village has served as a h ome base for the band as i s the case with Ft Charl otte. A number of churches also serve as the meeting place for the senior citizen's associations, the ministry said. It also reminded the publ ic that a comprehensive report on the Urban Renewal Programme was tabled in parliament in October 2009. The ministry acknowledges with appreciation the c ontinued support of comm unities where Urban R enewal Centres are located, and the public and private sector partners who assist with the implementation of programmes, the statement said. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011, PAGE 3 UNION representatives for ZNS workers signed a new industrial agreement with the B roadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas yesterday. After years of waiting, workers finally have an upt o-date agreement in place. Not all the workers are happy about the new contract, but union leaders are confi dent they negotiated a good deal. The most significant disap p ointment was said to be the failure to secure Christmas bonuses for workers. Since 2009 we have been trying to put in place a new industrial agreement. The BCB had a downsizing exer cise which caused us to have to put the contract on hold until such time as we were finished with the downsizing. Since that time, we have been negotiating on and off to bring closure to a new indus trial agreement, said Denise Wilson, secretary general ofthe Bahamas Communications and Public Officers Union (BCPOU The company was adamant that Christmas bonuses should be paid by a company that is profitable for a particular period. The government was adamant thatthey were not prepared to pay any longer. We agreed to trade off the Christmas bonus for something else, said Ms Wilson. The start of the new agree ment will be applied retroactively to 2009. It will run until 2013. There are 154 workers at the BCB. During the restructuring exercise, the number was brought down from 253 employees. In signing the agreement, the BCPOU was following inthe footsteps of the managers union, which signed a new agreement in February, cov ering the period 2008-2013. ZNS WORKERS UNION SIGNS INDUS TRIAL A GREEMENT LEADERS C ONFIDENT GOODDEAL NEGOTIATED MINISTRY HITS BACK AT UNDER FUNDED URBAN RENEWAL CLAIM MINISTERS VISIT NEW TECHNICAL BLOCK AT NGM MAJOR HIGH SCHOOL LOND ISLAND Public Works and Transport Minis t er Neko Grant and Education Minister Desmond Bannister visited the new technical block at NGM Major H igh School on Wednesday. The government signed a contract worth $292,940 with Lauren Knowles Construction Company for restrooms and two technical blocks at the institution, located in the settlement of Buckleys. D uring the signing ceremony in 2010, Mr Grant said the additions would contribute to the learning process for students. This building will serve as a much-needed addition to the existing school facilities in Long Island. It will undoubtedly enhance the school environment for both teachers and s tudents, he said. MP for Long Island Larry Cartwright; Agriculture per manent secretary Colin Higgs and officials from the Ministries of Public Works and Education also visited the s chool. T HE NEW TECHNICAL BLOCK a t NGM Major High School. STATEMENT SAYS PROGRAMME FLOURISHING UNDER PRESENT GOVERNMENT


By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter F REE PO RT F ol lo wi ng a pro test b y a ng r y c ustom ers, t h e G r a n d B a h a m a P o r t A u t h o r i t y h a s a n n o u n c e d that it w i ll or der an ind epend e n t a u d i t o f t h e G r a n d Ba h a m a P o we r Co m p a n y s billi ng sys tem The Port Autho r i ty, w hic h a cts a s the munic ipa l au thorit y for Fre ep ort, state d th at a n i nve s ti gati on wi ll be c onduc te d in to the co mpan y's me ter r e a d i n g b i l l i n g p r o c e d u r e s a nd fuel c osts and tha t th e fin di ngs wi ll be m ade avai la ble to th e p ublic "The Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) is aware o f t h e p u b l i c s c o n c e r n regarding the spike that con sumers have been experienc in g in p ow er b i l ls i n r ec en t m o n t h s s a i d a s t a t e m e n t issued yesterday. G B P A h a s s o u g h t a n d r ec e iv e d e x pl a n at i o n s f r o m t h e G r a n d B a h a m a P o w e r C om pan y as to the see mi ngl y u n p r e c e d e n t e d i n c r e a s e i n electricity billing. "However, we have decid ed to launch an independent audit and verification of the m e t er r e ad i ng a n d bi l l in g p ro ced u r es i ncl u d in g f u el co s t der ivat ion cur ren tl y uti lis ed b y the Grand B aha ma Pow er Company." On Mon da y, re side nts he ld a t o w n m e e t i n g a b o u t t h e high cost of electricity. A protest was held outside the pow er compa ny on Tuesday. M a n y r e s i d e n t s a r e oppos ed to th e l e vel o f fuel s u r c h a r g e i m p o s e d b y t h e company. C o n c e r n s w e r e a l s o e xpr e s sed ove r the a ccurac y o f m e t e r r e a d i n g s t h e f r e q u e nc y o f d is c on n e c ti o n s, a n d t h e c o n d i t i o n s a t t a c h e d t o pay men t pl ans f or acc ou nt s in arrears. The Gran d B aha ma Pow er C om pany sai d it unde rs ta nds the dec ision of i t s reg ulator, t h e G B P A t o c o n d u c t a n a u di t of i ts bi ll in g p roc e du re s. "We recognise that recent fu el c os t s hav e be en hi ghe r than usual. This is attributed to the i ncre ased c ost in w orld m a r k e t o i l p r i c e s a n d o u r i n cr eas e d f uel us a ge d ue t o o ur h igh er th an n or ma l us e of the rental units. H o w e v e r i f w e d i d n o t have the rental generation in p l a c e w e w o u l d h a v e b e e n e x p e r i e n c i n g i s l a n d w i d e b lack ou ts du ri ng t hes e h igh d e m a n d m o n t h s s a i d t h e company in a statement. I t e x p l a i n e d t h a t i n t h e lo ng -t er m, t he c om pa n y pl a ns t o c o n s t r u ct a n $ 8 0 mi l l i o n d i es e l pow er plant at no base r a t e i n cr ea s e t o c u s t o m er s whi c h wil l impr ove eff iciency, stabilise costs and signifi cantly increase reliability. W e a re sy mp a the ti c t o th e ec onomi c c ondi tions tha t our c u s t o m e r s f a c e a n d w e a s k th os e w ho a re fa c i n g d i ff i c ul t y pay ing b ills to visit o ur hea dquarte r s lo ca ted on Pion eers Wa y an d the Ma ll Driv e a nd s pe ak to on e o f the cu s to mer s e rvi c e rep rese nta tiv es to d iscuss payment pla n options," the c omp any said LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE FRIDA Y AUGUST 19, 201 1, P AGE 5 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter F R E E P O R T A t t o r n e y O s m a n J o h n s o n sa i d he i s p r e p are d t o ta ke le ga l a c ti on o n beha lf of the p ublic to c hall e n g e t h e G r a n d B a h a m a P o w er C o mp a ny o v e r i ts e l e c t ric ity rate s. Th e y a re c h a rg in g u s t he s e e x o r b i t a n t ra t e s ; i t i s c r i m i n a l M r J oh n so n t o ld r e si d e n ts a t a t o w n h a l l m e e t i n g o n M o n d a y "W e w ill no long er ac ce pt to pay $410 for a b ill which sh ou ld o nly be $1 6 0, h e sa id Mr J ohnson said he is not o nly wi lling to c halle nge th e is sue in the high est cou rt in t he B ah am as, b ut al so in th e i nte rna ti ona l c ourt s. "I will do al l th e r esear c h ne ce s s ar y t o p u t t o ge t he r a c a se on be ha lf of the peo pl e o f t his isla nd to c ha ll en ge th is i n t h e c o u r t A n d i f w e h a v e t o I w il l g o to the UN ov er th is, h e sai d. "A s B ah am ia ns, w e ha v e a ri gh t to a p ea c ef ul e x iste nc e n ot ha v in g t o w orr y a bo ut th e p ow e r b ei ng sw it c he d off a t a m om en t's no tic e ." O n Tu e s d a y c o n c e r n e d re s i den ts d em onstra ted in fro nt o f t h e P o w e r C o m p a n y t o p rote st th e hig h c o st of e le c t ric ity a nd th e fu el surc ha rg e a dd ed b y the c o mpa ny Vital Service M r J o h n s o n s t r e s s e d t h a t t h e p o w e r c o mp a ny is pro v i di ng a v i ta l p u bl ic se rv i c e a n d sa i d i t s h o u l d n o t b e r u n a s a f o r p r o f i t b usi n es s. "The pow er co mpa ny tha t i s c h a r g i n g t h e se u n s u s ta i n a b l e ra tes is a multi -billi on doll ar c o r p o r a t i o n t h a t m a k e s e n o u g h m o n e y t h a t t h e y c o u l d e a s i l y i f th ey w ante d to, prov ide rea l i n c e n t i v e s a n d b e n e f i t s t o t h e i r c u st om e rs, h e s ai d. "W hatever I ca n g ive in a l eg al se nse I w i ll be the r e ; I s a y a g a i n, t h i s i ss u e w i ll n o t b e p u t d o w n ; w e w i l l t a k e i t t o t h e h i gh e st c ou rt a n d th e i nt er na t io n al c o ur t i f w e h av e t o, a n d c h a l l e n g e t h i s m u l t i b i l l i o n d o l l a r c orp o ra ti on T h e p e o p l e o f G r a n d Bah am a w il l no t be p us h ed d o w n i nt o e c on o mi c su bj ug a t io n a n y l on g e r," h e sa i d. Mr J o hn son ad d ed th at th e g o v er nm e nt ha s a r es po ns ib il i ty to pro te c t i ts c i ti z e ns T h e g o v e r n m e n t w h e n t he y a l lo w e d t hi s c o mp a ny t o c om e i n sh o ul d h a v e p ro pe r l y r e g u l a t e d w h a t t h e y k n e w w o u l d b e a m on o p o l y o v e r t h e p e o p l e s m os t v i t a l i n d u s t ry a s i s d one i n an y oth er c ount ry t h a t c a l l s i t s e l f d e m o c ra ti c h e s a i d H u m a n r i g h t s a c t i v i s t J o s e p h D a r v i l l e w a s v e r y d i s a p p o i n t e d t h a t a g o v e r n m e n t o f f i c i a l a f t e r v isi ting wi th the pow e r c o mp an y d e c l i n ed t o p r e s s t h e i ss u e a n d g o t n o re so l u ti o n fo r c u s t o m e r s T h e f a c t i s w e c a n n o l o n g e r s i t b a c k a n d l e a v e t h e s e t hi n gs in th e ha n ds o f p e op l e w h o h a ve no c on c e rn f or u s, h e s ai d Mr Da rvi lle not ed th at h is so n l ives in a f our b edr oom h o use w i th a p oo l a nd c e nt ra l a i rc o n d i t i o n i n g i n F l o r i d a a n d has a m ont hly power b ill of $ 2 2 0 w h il e h i s m o nt hl y b i ll is $ 6 0 0 Committee He ha s su gg est ed th at a c i tizens' committee be appoint ed t o lo ok in t o t he c alc ul at i o n o f t h e c o m p a n y s s u r charge. I d o n t t h i n k t h e y a r e g o i ng t o re m o v e t h e s u rc h a rg e for fuel, but if they are going t o c o n t i n u e w i th t h e s u rc h a rg e let th er e be a com mit te e to ov erlook wha teve r surcha r g e t h e y i n s t i t u t e b e c a u s e w e have to know. "T he power compan y has t o un de rst an d th a t w it ho ut a n official regulator the citizens who pay the bills have to be th ere too, to reg ula te the fue l surcharge ," M r D ar v ille s a id. G PBA t o o r d e r i n d e p e n d e n t a u d it o f G r a n d Bahama Power Company' s billing system Attorney prepared to take legal action against the GB Power Company INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays EXTERNAL AUDIT: Angry customers protest outside Grand Bahama Power Company on Tuesday. T h e Gr and Bahama P or t Aut hor ity has anno unced that it w ill order an ind e p endent aud it of the G rand Baha ma Pow er Company's billing s ystem.


LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE officer in charge, said: The officers saw a red Dodge Ram in the area earlier in the morning. They spotted the truck a second time when it passed, and then a third time. But the last time it appeared as though there was a large quantity of suspected drugs in the back of the vehicle. Officers attempted to stop the truck, but the driver took off at high rate. "The occupants of the truck then fired shots at the officers who fired back. The chase moved off of the airport road into Gambier Village where three suspects fled through the bush. The driver continued until he hit a wall on Prospect Ridge around 7.15am. Officers conducted a search and found 500lbs of what they suspect to be marijuana on the back of the truck. As a result, two New Providence men aged 29 and 42 were arrested on charges of possession of dangerous drugs and posses sion of dangerous drugs with the intent to supply. The drugs have an estimated street value of $588,000. Police are still actively seeking the other two men who managed to escape. An eyewitness at the scene told The Tribune : I was on the way to work when I saw two cars in front of me. They were honking their horns and I thought they were honk ing at me. A second later, a red truck sped past me and almost hit me. It was literally one foot away from running me over. "Then another white truck sped past me and ran the two cars off of the road. One of the cars hit a fence trying to get out of the way. Those trucks had to be doing at least 95mph on the road. The construction work ers fixing the road all had to run out of the way to avoid being hit. Someone could have been killed. A couple minutes later some police cars speed past me trying to keep up with the men. I didnt know people could drive that fast in the Bahamas. Police investigations continue. gist. The weather system is not an organised tropical storm, and there is no threat of heavy winds, said Mr Travis. However, with the strong easterly flow of air coming from the waters, there will be a lot of moisture in place for a few days, he said. A period of dry air should follow the stormy weather system, creating dry weather for the start of next week, said Mr Travis. Weather experts have their eye on a tropical system that is pushing its way through; however, the system is too far out for any reliable predic tions about its movement. There is a slight possibility that as we get to the end of next week there could be a tropical system pushing its way through. However, it is still way too far out to say anything con crete. With the conditions in place, there are too many variables to be able to say with a degree of certainty that something is going to happen. It is something we are keeping our eye on, said Mr Travis. cer at the Ministry of Health, yesterday said while they are awaiting laboratory confirmation,p athologists suspect that d engue fever complications was the cause of Ashleys death. The findings of a post mortem examination of the body appear to bec onsistent with the illness, said Dr Brennen. D r Brennen said samp les have been sent for laboratory testing, and t he ministry is awaiting the results, which usually have a quick turnaroundt ime. Speaking with The Trib une o n Wednesday, Ashleys father said she first showed signs ofd engue-like symptoms on August 4 and died at hosp ital five days later. According to Mr Thompson, he was told by doctors the infection hada ttacked his daughter's liver and kidneys, and had severely lowered herb lood pressure. In an earlier interview, D r Collin Bullard, chief of service for Accident and Emergency at Princess Margaret Hos pital (PMH t hat health authorities are most concerned a bout young children and infants (less than a year old), patients with heartd isease and the elderly. Dr Brennen, reiterat ing this and the impor tance of taking preventative measures, said alongw ith the governments fogging exercises, individuals must take respon sibility by taking steps to eliminate the mosquitos and their breeding g rounds. Dr Brennen also confirmed reports that dengue fever may have spread to the FamilyI slands. There are people on Grand Bahama presenting with clinical symptoms of dengue fever,s aid Dr Brennen. While w e are still waiting on laboratory results to confirm if they have thei nfection, those showing symptoms are being treated as if they havet he disease. Dr Brennen said b ecause of the large number of inter-Island travel and the recentw eather which has produced favourable breedi ng conditions for mosquitos, it is not unexpected the disease woulds pread. Unfortunately b ecause of the amount of domestic travel to and from New Providencet here has been cases reported in the Family Islands. However, so far all of these persons have all had a travel history w e are currently trying to determine whether the origin of the disease isn ative to Grand Bahama, said Dr Brenn en. He added that is not unusual for dengue fevert o spread, especially given the conducive weather c onditions and the fact that mosquitos are present on all the Islands. I f dengue fever is found to be native to Grand Bahama, Dr Brennen said efforts would have to be continueda nd revamped. FROM page one SHOWERS HEALTH EXPERTS AWAIT RESULTS OF CHILDS SUSPECTED DEATH FROM DENGUE FEVER F ROM page one THE SUSPECTED DRUG HAIL in the back of a police truck after the chase. THE RED DODGE RAM after the crash. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f MEN WITH SUSPECTED DRUG HAUL CRASH AFTER POLICE CHASE F ROM page one


LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011, PAGE 7 T HE Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation is targeting the multi-billion gen eral aviation/private plane market. The ministry recently hosted several key aviation executives mostly from the Florida market on a familiarisation tour of s ome of the most picturesque portions of t he archipelago. The group travelled to Grand Bahama, Long Island, Cat Island and Abaco. On the four day, three night excursion were 32 persons, including pilots, aircraft owners and representatives from aviation clubs, associations, and schools. With more than 640,000 private pilots in the US and 48,244 in the state of Florida alone, the government is said to be making every effort to capture its share of this lucrative market. Statistics from 2008 indicate that during that year, the visit of 82,949 pri vate pilots accounted for 476,593 room nights for the Bahamas, with the overwhelmingm ajority going to the Family Islands. To encourage even greater activity in this m arket, the Bahamas is emphasising the abundance of airports which encourages island hopping; radar coverage/flight fol lowing by US officials; the beauty of the islands and cays; and the simplicity of Customs and Immigration procedures. O ne of the persons representing the Mia m i Executive Airport, Eddie Sanchez, said: I thought it was going to be more difficult with paperwork and everything, but flying to the Bahamas was really easy from a pilots point of view. The trip was Mr Sanchezs first private plane flight to the Bahamas, and he said of his overall impression: It was easy to navigate from island to island. I dont know why I havent done it before, but I am already planning to go back. Many attending agreed that the highlight of the trip was the round-table seminar in Freeport with Bahamian airport officials and representatives of Bahamasair, as well as Customs, Immigration and Royal Bahamas Police Force officers. By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter n RECENTLYreleased vital statistics raised a number of questions about the rate of growth in the population, according to statistical experts. T he Department of Statistics r eleased its Vital Statistics Prov isional Report for The Bahamas, revealing the country has experienced a noticeable decline in live births, while at the same time seeing an incremental increase in the death rate. Births T he crude live birth rate m easures the number of live births per 1000 population. From 2007 to 2010, the live birth rate fell from 17.5 to 13.5. Statistical experts say analysis is needed regarding where the majority of the births are occurring: Amongst teenage mothers, immigrant mothers? Deaths on the other hand increased from 5.4 to 6.0 over the s ame four-year-period. Experts s ay most countries see a decline i n their death rate because of improved medical services. No country wants to see their death rate increase, said the statistician. In the case of the Bahamas, external causes, such as murders, may be impacting the n umbers. Based on a preliminary analysis of the live birth and death rates, experts believe that although the Bahamas population is increasi ng, it may be increasing at a lowe r rate. B etween 2000 and 2008 the data for marriages reflects only those of residents, whereas the 2009 and 2010 data includes marriages of both residents and nonresidents or visitors. The period 2005 to 2008 shows a gradual decline in the number of persons being married. The interim report is available on the departments website, I t is designed to provide the G overnment and other statistic al users with advanced information on important basic vital statistics. It allows for the early dissemination of data which would otherwise not be available until the more detailed annual report is c ompleted. STATISTICS RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT POPULATION GROWTH T HE Bahamas Humane Society is holding an adoption drive tomorrow to coincide with the 20th anniversary of International Homeless Animals Day. IHAD was launched in 1 992 by the International S ociety for Animal Rights as an innovative way to b ring attention to the globa l pet overpopulation probl em which overwhelms animal shelters each year. The event is also d esigned to promote the solution to the overpopulation epidemic spay and neuter programmes. This will be the first time that the BHS takes part in the event. We realise, given the m agnitude of this problem i n the Bahamas, we had to ensure that our communityi s aware of the problem and t he solutions, said the BHS in a statement. S taff say they hope the adoption drive will help reduce the number of pets housed at the Chippingham Road facility, which is filled to capacity. There also will be a m embership drive on Satu rday. We always need help to e ducate and to create an a wareness of the plight of a nimals, said the statement. Additionally, the BHS h as petitioned the government to declare by proclamation the third Friday of September to be National Homeless Animals Day and National T-Shirt Day. We are asking all busi n esses, organisations, s chools and interested indi viduals to assist in enlighte ning others about the pet o verpopulation crisis and to increase spay/neuter a wareness, by joining us in commemorating this day, the BHS said. Among the many pets up for adoption at the BHS is PI named after Paradise Island. T he one-and-a-half-yearo ld potcake is a strong leader, assertive and caut ious all important traits f or a family seeking a prot ector, workers at the BHS said. Despite the strong exter ior, PI is quite playful once comfortable with a new person. Two-year-old mixed breed female Marina is described by the staff as sweet and easy. At first Marina seems s hy, but like PI, with a little e ffort she quickly becomes affectionate. M arina, like the other f emale dogs up for adop tion, has been spayed. HUMANE SOCIETY TO MARK INTERNATIONAL HOMELESS ANIMALS DAY MINIS TR Y TARGETS LUCRATIVE PRIV A TE PLANE MARKET KEY A VIATIONFIGURESONBAHAMASTOUR A DOPTIONDRIVETOMORROW P E P P E R A N D C O C O P I B L A C K I E M A R I N A


send workers out when there is a lighting storm, rain or no rain, especially in areas with electricity for obvious reason. The rain has pushed some dates back, said Ms Albury. We were preparing to pave from Wulff Road to Samana Drive, but the bad weather is causing delays. But we are working out a plan at the Ministry to assist the public for back to school. We are focusing our efforts on areas with schools and are trying to get done what ever we can in the next few weeks. But we cant rush the work just because school is opening. We still have to take our time and do the job properly. We understand itll be a hassle for back to school but we have provi sions in place to make the commute as hassle free as possible. Mrs Albury says the ministry will update the media and the public of their progress and alternative routes for back to school next week. Roads that are still closed include: Blue Hill Road between Chapel and Cockburn Streets, Market Street between Wulff Road and Robinson Road, Robinson Road between Seventh Street and Second Street, Prince Charles Drive between Pine Barren Road and Fox Hill Road, the junc tion of East Street and Sol dier Road and Marathon Road between Wulff Road and Samana Drive. Despite road closures, Ms Albury pointed out that local access is granted to residents and patrons of busi nesses. The public is encouraged to support businesses although they may fall with in an area of active road works, she said. The ministry thanked the public for its cooperation and continued patience during road construction and apologized for any inconve nience caused as it seeks to build and improve the infrastructure and transportation network on New Providence. We encourage all road users to exercise caution and to follow the diversion signs in place, especially while dri ving in areas of active construction, said Ms Albury. We would also like the public to be reminded that this is the rainy season and there may be open trenches containing water. The ministry urged the public to contact its hotline at 302-9700 or e-mail them at to obtain more informa tion. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE arms, that really was tragic. I dont think she deserved that. Family members say that Mrs Lewis begged not onlyf or her own life but the lives of the two young boys her son and nephew who were also in the car. However, last night police denied the presence of a second child when Mrs Lewis was shot. The incident happened at an unfinished commercial building on Prince Lane, off Prince Charles Drive. According to police, Mrs L ewis and her son had gone there to see her husband,w ho was on duty as a security guard at the site. Mrs Lewis was standing outside her car when shewas shot in her upper body by two men whoa pproached in a silver c oloured car. Her son was still inside the car. According to investigat ors, Mr Lewis saw the e ntire incident and ran off to get assistance. Last night, he was not c onsidered to be a suspect. Mrs Lewis was six months pregnant, according to l oved ones, who said the u nborn child would have been the couples first child together. T he ordeal has severely traumatised the family, who described Mrs Lewis as a loving mother of two girls, aged four and 12, and oneb oy. A lthough she kept her life very private, relatives maintained she was a kind, amicable person who gave her all to those in need. At the morgue yesterday, M rs Lewis father, Herbert G linton Jr, appealed for anyone with information to come forward. Police just have to do their job and then the sys-t em, the courts, have to do their jobs. Too much people getting out on bail too easy because of loopholes. So I hope the police get enough evidence to put forward so that this dont bea nother loophole, that the p erson who did this would walk and come out on bail. L ast weekend, the stabbing deaths of two young women rocked two Family I sland settlements. A 27-year-old woman in San Salvador was murderedl ast Friday, and a teenage girl from Exuma was stabbed to death on Sunday. Yesterday, relatives highlighted the limitations of the government and law enforcement in relation toc rime. S henique Ford, a cousin, explained that although both organisations were doing all they could to fight crime, it was impossible to prevent it. Ms Ford, a police officer, s aid: How can you really p revent it? When you cant go inside an individuals mind and decide what they are thinking. You cant go inside the mind of an angry person, af rustrated person, she said. M s Ford encouraged the public to realise the value of human life. She added: She left behind three lovely kids anda family that really cared for her, its really a tragic loss. I just want everyone out there to look within themselves to see what they can change to really eradicate this problem. Society, thec hurch, police, the governm ent a holistic approach. During the body identific ation at PMH yesterday, the anguished cries of loved ones stopped passersby in t heir tracks. One bystander said: Thats another hurtingf amily, I dont know about this place. Thats another loss. Mrs Lewis death is the countrys 91st murder for the year. site Wednesday night. T he victims family told T he Trib une t hat she was six months pregnant. She is the second pregnant woman to be murdered this year. A source in the Attorney Gen e ral's Office yesterday explained that under current law, a person c annot be charged with the murder o f a foetus, because the unborn child is not yet considered a life. Despite this, abortions are illegali n the Bahamas. Chapter 84 of the Statute Laws of t he Bahamas, 2002, Section 295, states that "whoever intentionally and unlawfully causes abortion or m iscarriage shall be liable to impriso nment for 10 years." "There is not anything in the law w hich allows it. Unlike America, w e do not have a definition of when life begins. In the absence of having a definition as to when life begins in t he laws of the Bahamas and also in t he absence of a physician saying: 'This foetus was alive and this foe tus was a person,' then the offence o f murder would not be (brought i n those circumstances," said the source. Mrs Lewis' murder angered seve ral community activists yesterday. T hey appealed to lawmakers to implement legislation to "protect a ll unborn children." I call upon all lawmakers in the name of Christ to find creative ways to protect all unborn children, saidB ishop Simeon Hall of New C ovenant Baptist Church. Persons convicted of killing a pregnant woman are guilty of dou b le murder, and the law should be m ade current to reflect the same," he said. Activist Cleaver Duncombe criti cised successive governments for q uickly passing animal protection laws while leaving loopholes in legi slation for children's rights. The PLP could pass laws to protect conch, the FNM passed laws to protect sharks, and not one politi c ian is running to Parliament to pass l aws to protect children. Something is fundamentally wrong with that, he said. You trying to tell me now Parl iament isn't convening today to p ass laws to protect unborn (foet uses)? We need a quick amendment. That shouldn't be happening i n this society, in civil societies fathers are passing laws to protect foetuses while we are still advocat-i ng to pass laws to protect those t hat are born," said Mr Duncombe. A ttorney General John Delaney h as said his office is in the process of drafting amendments to the country's penal code. Attempts to reach him for comment yesterday w ere unsuccessful. It is not known if the amendments will include new laws recognising the life of a foet us. remains in stable condition. Police are following significant leads in the s hooting as their investigations continue. Shot during arrest A 35-year-old Ferguson Street man was taken into police custody accused of possession of an unlicensed firearm. When he tried to pull a weapon from his waist while being arrested, he was shot in his right arm. According to reports, shortly after 7pm yesterday officers of Operation Rapid Strike were on patrol on Taylor Street when they saw a man driving a white coloured Honda Accord without a licence plate. The officers tried to stop the vehicle. Howev er, the driver sped off. A short pursuit by police ended in the area of Taylor and Honeycombe Street. The driver got out of the car. When he tried to pull a weapon from his waist, the officers fearful for their own lives, took out their service weapon and shot him in his right arm. Officers searched the suspect and found a handgun. He was arrested and taken to hospital by EMS where he is detained in stable condition under heavy police guard. Investigations continue. ANOTHER MERCILESS KILLING FROM page one G RIEF: A unts of murder victim Bareshallee Lewis hold her sister Anthonia Armaly o utside of PMH mortuary. FROM page one PREGNANT WOMANS MURDER SPARKS CALL FOR LAW CHANGE POLICE SEEKMENAFTERSHOOTING FROM page one DOUBTS THAT ALL ROADS NEAR SCHOOLS WILL BE OPEN F OR THE F ALL SEMESTER FROM page one


By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter WHAT impact the fallout from the US debt crisis will have on hotel bookings is still to be seen, according to Robert Sands, Baha Mars vice-president of external and government affairs. Mr Sands told Tribune Business yesterday: I think the issue is since we are com ing up to the traditionally slow period which is September and October and the booking window is very short, it will be very difficult to say that it has had and impact on business in the short term. The implication tends to lag. Whatever happens in the United States does not necessarily impact us immediately because the booking widow for leisure travel in particu lar tends to be a very short window. We have not seen any negative impact to our business at this point in time. Mr Sands added: I think it would be wrong to characterise it as a concern, I think we have to monitor the environment in which we get our business from all the time to see how it impacts our busi ness going forward and how we must then strategise to adjust to those conditions that exist in our major producing market. There has been some good as there have been some mar kets that have been showing some positive signs; the Canadian market and certainly the South American market. We have been fortunate from that perspective. We must always be focused on the conditions that prevail in North Ameri ca. I think it would be wrong to characterise it as a concern. I think we always have to be vigilant about what hap pens in that market place. The downgrade by the $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.55 $5.43 $5.55 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.netFRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011 By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Business Reporter n N IB director Algernon Cargill told Tribune Business yesterday that while the board has seen a sig-n ificant increase in contributions revenue over the past several years the self e mployed sector continues to b e a challenge in terms of p aying contributions on time. We have had significant success in terms of business paying contributions howev-e r our primary concern is t he self employed sector. We find that this sectorw hich includes the informal sector for example straw vendors and taxi driver is where we have the greatest challenge and we appeal to that sector to pay t heir contribution because their contributions are not up to date and they are injured while p erforming their job they will not be eligible for industrial benefit. Selfe mployed persons fall under two classes, A and B. Persons in class A pay contributions at a rate of 6.8 per cent, while persons in Class B pays 8.8 per cent of t heir average insured income, up to the ceiling of $400. Mr Cargill further stated: In January of this year the government changed the NIB regulations where all self employed persons if their cont ributions are current at the time of the accident will be covered for industrial accident. We feel that is great and we hope that they will see that as an incentive to keep their contributions cur-r ent. In terms of overall contributions we have had several years of significant growth in contribution revenue. Last year we collected over $167 million in contributions, in 2008 it was $150 million so we have seen a significant growth in contributionso ver the past several years. Mr Cargill said that NIB however was still having challenges with some employers who dont make contributions. We are having challenges with some employers who still dont pay c ontributions. Our first action is always to try and negotiate an agreement because prosecution is really,a part from being costly, a last resort for NIB. We encourage them to come in see the inspectors and to make ana rrangement and when this fails we take legal action. We have seen a steady increase in cases that are being prosecuted by NIB. Last year for example we were up to 1,400 prosecutions, this year is on the same trend for prosecutions so we have had as teady increase in contributions and prosecution because some employers do not see the wisdom in coming into NIB to make arrangements to pay their arrears, Mr Cargill said. By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter n N IB director Algernon Cargill told Tribune Business yesterday there are around 16,000 beneficiaries under the National Prescription Drug Plan (NPDP h as the capacity to move into the programmes third p hase. We have about 16,000 b eneficiaries under the plan a nd the plan now covers all civil servants, said Mr C argill. When we started in S eptember of last year we were probably paying out $ 6,000 weekly into private p harmacies, and now we are up to $60,000 to private p harmacies who fill prescriptions on our behalf. The programme is indeed a success and we are very happy now to provide medi cation to Bahamians to manage their own chronic a ilments. T he plan commenced in September of last year and provides prescriptions free of charge to affected pers ons in the first and second p hases and at minimal costs in later phases. T he list of diseases cov ered includes arthritis, asthm a, breast cancer, diabetes, g laucoma, high cholesterol, hypertension, heart disease, major depression, prostatec ancer and psychosis. The first phase of the NPDP covered NIB pen sioners, NIB Invalids and c hildren under the age of 18 and young adults under the age of 25 who are fullt ime students. The second phase, which began in June, covers indigent persons,c ivil servants, persons r eceiving ante-natal care, care connected with child birth, post natal care or anyo ther medical care associated with pregnancy, persons in receipt of disable m ent benefit, persons receiving NIB retirementgrant and persons age 60 NIB CONCERNS OVER SELF EMPLOYED CONTRIBUTIONS GETTINGPAYMENTSONTIMEISACHALLENGE B AHA MAR VICE-PRESIDENT OF EXTERNAL, GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS: IMPACT OF USDEBT CRISIS ON BAHAMAS TILL TO BE SEEN SEE page 2B THE NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN NOW HAS 16,000 BENEFICIARIES SEE page 2B N ATIONALINSURANCEBOARD d irector Algernon Cargill ANOTHER BIG DOWN DA Y FOR DOW JONES SPECIALIST PHILIP FINALE left, directs trades at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Thursday. Just when Wall Street seemed to have settled down, a barrage of bad economic reports collided with fresh worries about European banks Thursday and triggered a global sell-off in stocks. 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NEW YORK Associated Press THE PRICE OF GOLD h it its latest record high, near $1,830 an ounce, as investors spooked by the prospect of a return to r ecession sought out safety Thursday in the precious metal. G old prices have more t han doubled since the r ecession began in late 2 007. They've risen about 1 9 percent since the beginn ing of June, as European leaders struggled to keep the debt crisis from infecting the region's major economies and U.S. politicians nearly drove the country to the brink of d efault, prompting Standard & Poor's to cut the country's AAA credit rati ng. M organ Stanley on T hursday cut its forecast for global economic growth for this year and 2012, say i ng the U.S. and the 17 countries that use the euro were "hovering dangerously close to a recession." While gold has hit a series of record highs over the past 2 ? months, the Standard & Poor's 500 hasd ropped about 15 percent, while the dollar, a tradi tional safe haven during p eriods of market turbul ence and fear, is flat against a group of six major currencies. The metal's value, unlike that of a currency, doesn't depend on the health of a single country's economy. I ts swift rise has made it popular with investors s eeking big returns, as well a s presumed safety from t urbulent financial markets. On Thursday, for examp le, the S&P 500 fell 4.5 p ercent, following a selloff in European and Asian markets. A new slate of reports that pointed to a sharp slowdown in the economy spooked investors. T here was a steep drop i n U.S. home sales last m onth, more people filed j obless claims last week and a n August regional manuf acturing report was weak. There was downbeat data from overseas. Gold for December delivery, the most-traded futures contract, settled at $1,822 an ounce, up $28.20, o r 1.6 percent. Earlier Thursday it hit $1,829.70 per ounce, a record high. T he metal's price could g o higher. BofA Merrill L ynch commodities analyst Francisco Blanch on Thurs-d ay raised his price target f or gold to $2,000 an ounce. Just a week ago, he'd set a $1,700 target. He cited the trend of central banks ine merging countries switching more of their currency reserves into gold. "Physical gold is the ultimate collateral because it has no credit risk," Blanch wrote in a note to clients. Purchases of gold by the w orld's central bankers more than quadrupled this A pril through June, comp ared with a year ago, said t he World Gold Council. President Hugo Chavez o f Venezuela said Wednesd ay that he planned to nationalize the country's gold industry and convert to international reserves. Venezuela will also bring home its $11 billion in gold reserves currently stored in U .S. and European banks. C havez's plan alone s houldn't have much effect o n gold's price, said George G ero, vice president at R BC Global Futures in New York. "Venezuela's not a major gold producer. This gold has already been mined, stored and allocated wherever they're holding it. It's n ot changing the markets." But Venezuela's move to nationalize its gold indust ry could have a "psychol ogical impact" on gold p rices, Gero said. If investors fear that other bigc ommodity exporters in S outh America will follow in Venezuela's footsteps, possibly limiting exports and constricting the supplyo f the metal in world markets, that could boost the price. And that's going to affect c onsumers. The metal is more than just a currency s ubstitute or an investment o pportunity. It's also a m aterial used in industrial products and by consumers. With every fresh high them etal notches, the more consumers will have to pay for engagement rings and gold crowns for their teeth. Big U.S. jewelry chains already raised prices this summer, citing the risingc osts of gold and diamonds. D espite gold's big runup, it remains below its 1980 peak when adjustedf or inflation. Then it was worth $850 an ounce, or about $2,400 in 2011 dollars. BUSINESS PAGE 2B, FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE and over in receipt of NIB survivors benefit. M r Cargill said: We keep expanding the group of beneficiaries and the third phase will include the working population. When asked when the third phase of the plan would be i ntroduced, Mr Cargill said: Thats a political decision, its not up to NIB but we are certainly ready to do it now, we have the capacity to do it now. The programme is workingw ell, the team is functioning at a high efficiency rate. I think its a matter of timing. credit rating agency Standard and Poors (S&P fears of a higher cost of borrowing for the US with broad, negative global implications, which for the Bahamas could mean a negative impact on the tourism sector, in particular, with N orth Americans feeling less inclined to travel abroad. GOLD HITS LATEST RECORD HIGH, NEAR $1,830 A JEWELLERY STORE in the diamond district advertise to buy gold on Thursday in New York. Fears from weak global economic reports sent gold up to its latest record high, near US$1,830 an ounce, as traderss ought to store their money in the perceived safe haven. (AP FROM page one THE NATIONAL PRESCRIPTION DRUG PLAN FROM page one IMPACT OF USDEBT CRISIS ON BAHAMAS


NEW YORK Associated Press JUST WHENWall Street s eemed to have settled down, a barrage of bad economic reports collided with fresh worries about European banks Thursday and triggered a global sell-off in stocks. The Dow Jones industrial a verage fell 419 points a return to the wild swings that g ripped the stock market last week. Stocks were only part of a dramatic day across the financial markets. The price of oil fell more than $5, gold set another record, the government's 10-y ear Treasury note hit its lowest yield, and the average mortgage rate fell to its lowest in at least 40 years. The selling began in Asia, where Japanese exports fell fora fifth straight month, and continued in Europe, where bank stocks were hammered becauseo f worries about debt problems there, which have proved hard to contain. On Wall Street, the losses wiped out much of the roughly 700 points that the Dow had gained over five days. Some investors who bought in the middle of last week decided tos ell after they were confronted with a raft of bad news about the economy: More people joined the unemployment line last week than at any time in the past month. The number of people filing claims for unemployment benefits rose to 408,000, or 9,000 more than the week before. Inflation at the consumer level in July was the highest since March. More expensive gas, food, clothes and other necessities are squeezing household budgets at a time when most people aren't getting raises. Sales of previously occupied homes fell in July for the third time in four months more trouble for a housing market that can't seem to turn itself around. This year is on pace to be the worst since 1997 for home sales. Manufacturing has sharply weakened in the mid-Atlantic states, according to a report from the Federal Reserve. Manufacturing has been one of the strongest parts of the economy since the recession ended in 2009, but its growth has slowed this year. The manufacturing news was especially bleak on an already bad day, said Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at brokerage BTIG. He called the Fed report "an atrocious set of num bers." "That really set the market on its head," he said. Wall Street and other finan cial markets have wrestled for several weeks with fears that a new recession might be in the offing. Morgan Stanley econo mists said in a report Thursday that the U.S. and Europe are "dangerously close to recession." "It won't take much in the form of additional shocks to tip the balance," they wrote. Worries about European debt also hang over the market. A default by any country would hurt the European banks that hold its bonds, plus American banks that have lent to their European counterparts. Renewing the fears, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that U.S. regulators are looking at the U.S. arms of big European banks to make sure they have enough money for day-to-day operations. "I don't want to pretend that the market knows what it's thinking about too much," said David Kelly, chief market strategist at JPMorgan Funds. "We live in an environment of sell now and ask questions later." Asian markets started Thurs day's drop. Japan's Nikkei 225 index fell 1.3 percent. The main stock indexes in South Korea and India each dropped a little more, then Europe more than that 4.5 percent in Britain and 5.8 percent in Germany. In the United States, the Dow fell 419.63 points, or 3.7 percent, to 10,990.58. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 53.24, or 4.5 percent, to 1,140.65. The Nasdaq composite fell 131.05, or 5.2 percent, to 2,380.43. The Dow is down 13.6 per cent since stocks began falling July 21 four weeks that have rattled Americans watching their retirement savings and other investment accounts shrivel. Lee Applegate, a retired sales executive from Cincinnati, watched the latest market plunge uneasily but said he was planning to stay the course with his investments. He and his wife have several retirement accounts. He remembers the mistake he made in pulling his money out of stocks in early 2009, just before the market started its two-year surge. Since March 9 of that year, the S&P 500 is up 68.6 percent. "I think things are going to get worse before they get better," Applegate said. "But I'm still going to ride it out." The selling Thursday was immediate. The Dow plunged from the opening bell and was down 528 points about a halfhour into trading. It essentially moved sideways for the next six hours. New York Stock Exchange volume was 6.2 billion shares busy for a summer day, but not as busy as during the worst of the selling earlier this month, when volume sometimes hit 9 billion. Last week was one of the wildest in Wall Street history. The Dow moved more than 400 points on four straight days for the first time. But stocks had been relatively stable this week because investors were calmed by strong earnings reports. The Dow fell 76 points Tuesday and rose four points Wednesday the first time in nearly three weeks that the average rose or fell by less than 100 points on two straight days. That ended Thursday. And with stocks down big, money flooded into U.S. Treasurys and gold, both considered safer investments. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note briefly fell below2 percent for the first time. It hit 1.98 percent before rising to 2.07 percent. Investors are willing to accept a lower return on their money in exchange for safety. The price of gold reached yet another high $1,829.70 per ounce. Gold keeps setting records bcause some investors are looking for stability and oth ers are simply looking to cash in. The price of oil fell $5.20 to $82.38 per barrel after the economic reports raised concern among traders that demand for gasoline would fall. One survey this week found Americans have already cut back on gas 21 weeks in a row. And the average rate on a 30year fixed mortgage fell to its lowest on record. The rate on the most popular mortgage hit 4.15 percent just below the 4.17 percent reached last November. The last time long-term rates were lower was in the 1950s, when 30-year loans weren't widely available. 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NEW YORK Associated Press O IL FELL sharply Thursday along with a broad sell-off in stocks triggered by worries about the global economy. High unemployment, a weak housing market andc oncerns about European b ank debt suggested the economy will continue to stall in coming months, hurting demand for ener gy. Those concerns rippled through energy markets, lowering prices for oil. I n the U.S. two reports raised concerns about demand for gasoline, which is made from oil. First, more people than expected applied for unemployment benefits last week. And prices for gas, food and clothing rose last month. Higher prices at a time when more people are out of work means Americans could drive even less than they do now. Gasoline, on average, cost $3.59 a gallon Thursd ay. That's down 10 per c ent from a 2011 high of $3.98 on May 5. Gasoline could slip to $3.25 between mid-Sep t ember and mid-October if oil stays at current levels, says Tom Kloza, pub-l isher and chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Informa tion Service. Pump prices should fall f or other reasons as well. M otorists tend to drive less in the fall once vacation season ends. R efineries also begin making winter versions of gasoline, which are less expensive because they contain less expensive additives than summer blends. "All of that adds up to weaker prices in Septem ber," Kloza says. Varieties Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery fell $5.20, or 5.9 percent, to finish at $82.38 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price many international oil varieties, dropped $3.61 to end at $106.99 per barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London. Prices have swung wild ly with every report about the U.S. economy. Besides data about unemployment and prices, a private research group forecast sluggish growth for the rest of the year. Oil demand was supposed to pick up in the second half of 2011, but traders now wonder if it will happen. People are getting s pooked," oil trader Stephen Schork says. Meanwhile Libyan rebels claimed controlo ver the country's last functioning oil refinery. Michael Lynch, presid ent of Strategic Energy & Economic Research, says it's reasonable to expect Moammar Gad-h afi's departure and a r esumption of at least some Libyan exports by the end of the year.L ibya's daily exports of almost 2 million barrels of crude have been shut down since unrest began in that country six months ago. "Oil won't be coming out of there immediately, but it'll be sooner than a lot of people think," Lynch says. The dollar rose Thursday as the euro and other currencies fell on worries about the health of Euro pean banks and the broader regional economy. Investors A stronger dollar pushes down oil prices because oil is priced in dollars and becomes less attractive to investors with foreign currency as the dollar rises. In other Nymex trading for September contracts, heating oil lost 8.68 cents, or 2.9 percent, to finish at $2.8748 per gallon and gasoline futures dropped 8.71 cents, or 3 percent, to $2.7832 per gallon. Natural gas lost 4.1 cents to end the day at $3.892 per 1,000 cubic feet. NEW YORK Associated Press D EEP DISCOUNTING and escalating production costs pushed Gap Inc.'s second-quarter profit down 19 percent, raising concern about how it will fare for t he critical fall and holiday shopping seasons. G ap, which operates s tores under its namesake, O ld Navy and Banana R epublic, also reiterated its f ull-year profit forecast that w as slashed in May as the nation's largest clothing chain was struck with faster-than-expected increases in the costs to make its clothing. The company's weak r esults were an outlier a mong string of recent earnings reports by other r etailers, from mall-based A bercrombie & Fitch Co t o discounter Target Corp. Several major merchants reported profit increases a nd said they've been able to push through price i ncreases to shoppers as they offset higher costs in labor and raw materials. T he cost pressures are only compounding chall enges at the San Franciscobased retailer, which has b een working to revive sales across all of its brands. Its Gap chain, in particular, has posted six consecu tive years of drops in sales at U.S. stores open at least a year, a key measure of a retailer's health. The mounting problems could get worse as increasing eco-n omic uncertainty and stock market turmoil in the past few weeks could make shoppers more reluctant to spend in the final months o f the year. G ap said Thursday it earned $189 million, or 35 cents per share, in the three months ended July 30. That compares with $234 million, or 36 cents per share, a year ago. Revenue r ose 2 percent to $3.38 bill ion. Analysts had expected 3 3 cents per share on reve nue of $3.39 billion in the q uarter. T he chain's revenue at stores opened at least a year fell 2 percent during the quarter. By division, Gap's domestic businessw as down 3 percent, while Banana Republic posted a 2 percent decline. Old Navy's domestic business was flat. The company's i nternational division posted a 4 percent drop from a y ear ago. "Despite a difficult quarter, we still delivered a net s ales improvement, and I continue to believe we have f ar greater opportunities than challenges ahead of us," said Glenn Murphy, chairman and chief executive in a statement. "Every brand, division, and geography is focused on what matters most delivering c onsistent, great product and more effective marketi ng in order to drive higher l evels of performance." Gap has made a number of changes recently. The company had a management shake-up in February that ended with a new brand president, chief mark eting offer and ad agency. T he company also established a Global Creative C enter and consolidated its m arketing in New York. A nd in early May, the company ousted Patrick Robinson, design director for the G ap chain. The company, once k nown for turning basics l ike T shirts and khakis into must-have fashions, has c losed or shrunk stores and c ut inventory to boost profi ts. But it still hasn't been able to solve the biggest issue the chain faces: shop-p ers aren't buying its clothes. Robinson had success with the overhaul of Gap's jeans launched for the fall of 2009 and marketed under the 1969 brand. That w as followed by a focus on b lack pants last fall. But he d idn't' seem to extend that magic through the rest of the store. T he company reiterated on Thursday that it expects to earn $1.40 per share to $ 1.50 for the full year. Analysts had expected $1.46 per share. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.171.170.001,6650.1550.0807.56.84% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.080-16.6 0.75% 7.504.40Bank of Bahamas6.936.930.000.2300.10030.11.44%0 .530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0300.09090.03.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.108.29Cable Bahamas8.298.290.002700.2450.31033.83.74% 2.802.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8 .508.33Commonwealth Brewery8.508.500.000.7400.00011.50.00% 7.006.21Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.886.880.004,7670.4960.26013.93.78% 2.001.73Consolidated Water BDRs1.701.62-0.080.1110.04514.62.78% 1.901.31Doctor's Hospital1.371.370.009000.0740.11018.58.03% 5.504.75Famguard5.435.430.005000.4980.24010.94.42% 8 .805.35Finco5.395.390.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.747.75FirstCaribbean Bank8. 6.005.00Focol (S 5.755.750.000.4350.22013.23.83% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1. 7.305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29%1 0.809.80J. 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Johnson9.829.820.000.8800.64011.26.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00FINDEX: YEAR END 2008 -12.31%30 May 2013 20 November 2029 7% RoyalFidelityMerchantBank&TrustLtd(Over-The-CounterSecurities) 29 May 2015BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% Interest 1 9 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% P rime + 1.75% 6.95%THURSDAY, 18 AUGUST 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,396.33| CHG -0.08 | %CHG -0.01 | YTD -103.18 | YTD % -6.88BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE: 242-677-BISX (2479) | FACSIMILE: 242-323-2320 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSymbolBid $ A sk $Last PriceDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 10.065.01Bahamas SupermarketsN/AN/A14.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0 .550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.650.750.400.0290.00024.130.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.57791.4674CFAL Bond Fund1.5779263.39%5.87%1.548717 3.01602.9020CFAL MSI Preferred Fund3.02482.63%3.94%2.981382 1.61281.5289CFAL Money Market Fund1.61512.61%4.53%1.591803 2.86862.5730Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.5730-5.41%-9.79% 13.734713.2291Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.73472.82%1.94% 114.128999.4177CFAL Global Bond Fund114.09222.35%13.88%114.128861 118.4255101.6693CFAL Global Equity Fund118.42552.30%8.26%116.580785 1.17491.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.17492.48%5.16% 1.13431.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.13431.41%5.17% 1.17641.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.17642.38%5.39% 9.9952 9.5078Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.94330.98%4.58% 11.498510.0324Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.96520.78%5.70% 10.68139.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 310.60135.75%13.20% 8.85647.5827Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.65073.01%18.38% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter A team of 36 members, inclusive of athletes and officials, are enroute to the 13th IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, set for August 27 to September 4. But Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations (BAAA tives said they are still seeking the financial assistance to cover the estimated cost of $91,000 for their travel. Yesterday, the first part of the team led by team manager Ralf McKinney and including athletes Trevor Barry, Adrian Griffith, Ramon Miller and Anthonique Strachan left town for Atlanta, Georgia and then Seoul. Michael Mathieu, Demetrius Pinder and Latoy Williams all left from Texas and will meet up with the t eam in Seoul. The other members of the team are scheduled to leave today from Atlanta and fly directly into Seoul. From Seoul, the contingent is scheduled to catch a train into Daegu where they will participate in a mini-training camp after they settled down on their arrival on August 20. Everybody is ready. They have been doing their finetuning, so were just going to go there, get acclimatized and go from there, McKinney said. BAAA president Mike Sands, who along with treasurer Laura C harlton will be the last to leave on Saturday, said they are remaining behind to ensure that they secure the necessary funding to cover the teams trip. We still have not received the total amount, but we are talking with our bankers to see if we can make provisions to assist us to get there, Sands said. But I find it most interesting that when a team, any team, not just track and field, is representing the Bahamas at the World Championships, that at the end of the day, they are short on funds and you have to go into the bank and try to make T HETRIBUNE SECTIONEFRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011 INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 4 4 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 5 5 E E . . . J AY MAJOR JR CRASHES, S ETTLES FOR 13TH OVERALL NADAL EDGES VERDASCO IN MATCH WITH THREE TIEBREAKERS POR TUGAL WINS TO SET UP U-20 FINAL AGAINST BRAZIL RAFAEL NADAL HAS SPECIAL MEMORIES OF THE US OPEN BAHAMAS ADVANCE IN CONCACAF U-17 GIRLS TOURNEY 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 . . . ON RACE DAY: Anthony Biggie Colebrooke finished 21st overall in the Caribbean Junior Cycling Championships in Puerto Rico. SEE MORE PHOTOS AND FULL STORY ON PAGES 2 & 3E Biggie 21st overall P h o t o s b y J e f f M a j o r By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter THE Grand Bahama Regatta will benefit from two more major sponsorships as Sky Bahamas and BORCO have joined forces to make sure that the return of next weekends event will be a successful one. Yesterday, the Rev Dr Philip McPhee and legendary sailor King Eric Gibson once again met with the press at Club Luna where they outlined the good news. According to Rev McPhee, Sky Bahamas is now offering discounted round-trip tickets to Grand Bahama at a cost of $129.99 per person and BORCO is making a $5,000 cash donation. Today, once again we are excited and delighted to have two other major sponsors come on board for the Grand Bahama Regatta, Rev McPhee stated. Sky has given us a tremendous package for all Bahamians to come and to fly Sky at a very good discount rate. Sky will also be sponsoring a C Class series race and will be giving trophies in A, B and C Classes, as a token of their support to the Grand Bahama Regatta. Rev McPhee thanked the owners and operators of Sky Bahamas for their commitment to the regatta committee. As for BORCO, Rev McPhee said they have to also salute them for their generos ity. We just heard what BORCO is doing in Grand Bahama and they are showing their generosity by investing their finances and ensuring that whatever Grand Bahama is doing is a success by their investments and commitment to that event. The regatta, scheduled for the weekend of August 24-27 in Taino Beach, is scheduled to showcase not just some of the top boats in the country, but the best of the best T T h h e e r r e e g g a a t t t t a a o o f f t t h h e e c c e e n n t t u u r r y y S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 E E S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 E E 36-member Team Bahamas off to IAAF Worlds But BAAA executives still seeking financial help for travel costs


SPORTS PAGE 2E, FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS Caribbean Junior Cycling Championships TEAM BAHAMAS: A four-member team Peter Graham, Jay Major Jr, Roy Colebrooke Jr and Anthony Colebrooke represented the Bahamas at the Caribbean Junior Cycling Championships, held August 13-14 in Puerto Rico. The team (in action here was selected by the Bahamas Amateur Cycling Federation. P h o t o s b y J e f f M a j o r


If deal reached, NBA preseason to start Oct. 9 B y BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter L a st year he made history as the first Bahamian to win a medal at the Caribbean J unior Cycling Championships. This year, Jay Major Jr had a difficult time defending his title. As a part of a four-memb er team selected by the Bahamas Amateur Cycling Federation to compete in the championships held August 1 3-14 in Puerto Rico, Major Jr had to settle for 13th over-a ll in the mens junior 15-16 age group division. The 16-year-old national champion clocked one hour, 44.47 seconds, while his team-mates, Roy Coleb rooke Jr was 18th in 1:47:53 and Anthony Biggie Colebrooke was 21st in 1:47:54. Ricardo Romney of Anguilla won the gold in 1 :36:20, followed by Elvis R eyes Acevedo of the Dominican Republic with the silver in 1:36:10 and Justin Roberts from Trinidad & Tobago clinched the b ronze in 1:39.08. Major Jr also led the way i n the time trials, finishing fifth in 22:02.93. Colebrooke w as 10th in 23:30.22. The gold went to D ominique Mayho of Bermuda in 2:21.05. Elroy L aud of Anguilla was the silver medallist in 2:21.10 and J amaican Shacquille Sinclair got the bronze in 2:21.10. P eter Graham, the other member of the team, was 17th in 36:12.85 in the mens junior 17-18 time trial. W inning the gold was Joel Dirksz of Aruba in 29:00.85. The silver went to Bryan Van Rutter of Curacao in 29:31.42 and Moises Selman Ramia from the Dominican Republic got the bronze in 29:56.28. Major Jr said despite not winning a medal this time around, he was still pleased with his performance. I felt I could have been more focused in the race, he said. I did pretty well, but I still felt that I could be a little more focused on what I went there to do. However, he admitted that the competition was extremely tight, but the course itself also provided a challenge for him in his bid t o retain his championship title. There was pressure on me, but I guess I sort of crumbled under the pressure, he said. During the second to the last lap of the race, Major Jr noted that a guy from Surin ame went on a break and he fell. Major Jr said he didnt see him in time and he also tumbled. I tripped over and crashed, but I was still able tog et back up and finish the race, Major Jr stated. I was s tunned because I fell on my shoulder and could have broken my collar bone very easily. My knees were scratched up very badly, but I was still a ble to ride. So I wasnt really concerned, not until aftert he race. The other guy didnt have as many cuts and b ruises as I did, but he was able to finish the race. B arron Turbo Musgrove, president of the New Provi-d ence Cycling Association, who traveled as the manag er/coach in Puerto Rico along with Jeff Major Sr, said h e was pleased with the teams effort. The team continued to improve. We met with somed ifficulties. Roy Colebrooke had an early fall and Jay Major suffered one that caused him not to medal, Musgrove said. Peter Graham, competing for the first time, showed a lot of potential. Despite the fact that we didnt medal, the team performed very well. The Bahamas is still consid ered a powerhouse in the Caribbean. In two weeks, Major Jr is expected to lead a two-manc ontingent that includes Colebrooke Jr to the Commonwealth Youth Games September 7-11 on the Isleo f Man. For me to be at my best, I h ave to focus more, he said. I just have to stay focused on my training and do what I have to do before the racec omes. As for the team, Major Jr s aid they didnt do as well as expected, but going into the C ommonwealth Games, if they can just sit in the pack,t hey should be in a better position to go for the sprint. Musgrove said since they re-established their nationaly outh programme, they have been grooming the competit ors to compete in events like this one. We expect them to utlilise their skills they haveb een taught. We are going to try to achieve a medal and i n the process, this will add to the experience and the skill l evel of the cyclists, he said. These cyclists have traveled throughout the United States and the Caribbean ands o we are looking for them to display their skills in the C ommonwealth. Musgrove said they are e xcited about the opportunity to compete in the meeta nd it will only add to the overall development of the p rogramme to prepare them for the senior level where t hey can start preparing to represent the country at the2 016 Olympic Games. Next year, the federation intends to send a team off toc ompete at the Junior Caribbean Championships a nd the Junior Worlds. And this weekend, the fed e ration is scheduled to hold its National Individual TimeT rials at the Clifton Heritage parking lot 8am Saturday. I ts a 40-kilometre or 24 miles, called the Race of T ruth. The juniors and the women will compete in a 20-k ilometre or 12-mile race. B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L S S U U M M M M E E R R O O F F T T H H U U N N D D E E R R THE Bahamas Basketball Federation is all set to continue its Summer of Thunder College Scrim mages at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium tonight. The remaining schedule of games are as follows: Friday, August 19 University North Carolina Wilmington vs. Bahamas All Stars at 7pm Friday, August 19 Mickeys USA All Stars vs. Cybots at 9pm Saturday, August 20 Mickeys USA All Stars vs. Real Deal Shockers at 6pm Sunday, August 21 Mickeys USA All Stars vs. Bahamas All Stars Game at 6pm Monday, August 22 Mickeys USA All Stars vs. Commonwealth Giants at 7:30pm Monday, September 12 Seattle Pacific University vs. Bahamas All Stars at 7pm Tuesday, September 13 Seattle Pacific University vs. Real Deal Shockers at 7pm Wednesday, September 14 Seattle Pacific University vs. Cybots Game at 7pm SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011, PAGE 3E SPORTS IN BRIEF THE second annual Street Legends and Guiness Bridging the Gap Community Basketball League is now into its postseason play. All rounds of the playoffs and championships will be a best-of-three series. Heres a look at the schedule of games on tap: F F r r i i d d a a y y ( ( A A u u g g u u s s t t 1 1 9 9 ) ) b b e e s s t t o o f f t t h h r r e e e e , D D W W D D a a v v i i s s G G y y m m 7pm Western District playoffs finals: No.2 Arnold Forbes Mt Moriah East vs No.2 Tommy Turnquests Mt Moriah West 8pm Northern District playoffs finals No.2 Bernard Nottages Bain Town Destroyers vs No.3 Paul Moss St Cecilia Twin Towers 9pm Southern District finals No.2 Shane Gibsons G olden Gates Trailblazers vs N o.3 Pinewood Gardens S S a a t t u u r r d d a a y y ( ( A A u u g g u u s s t t 2 2 0 0 ) ) , D D W W D D a a v v i i s s G G y y m m 7pm Eastern District playoff No.1 Ryan Pinders Lizzys Lions vs No.4 Carmichael 8pm Western District playoffs No.1 Charles Maynards Golden Isles West vs No.4 Street Legends Golden Isles East 9pm Northern District playoffs No.1 Debbie Bartlette Gems 105.9 FM vs Glenys Hanna Martins Englerston Ballers 10pm Southern District playoffs No.1 Dr Kendall Majors Garden Hillsider vs Street Legends defending champions Kennedy Constituency M M o o n n d d a a y y ( ( A A u u g g u u s s t t 2 2 2 2 ) ) , C C h h r r i i s s t t i i e e P P a a r r k k 7pm Western District No.2 Arnold Forbes Mt Moriah East vs No.3 Tommy Turnquests Mt Moriah West 8pm Northern District No.2 Bernard Nottages Bain Town Destroyers vs Paul Moss St Cecilia Twin Tow ers. 9pm Southern District No.2 Shane Gibson Golden Gates Trailblazers vs No.3 Pinewood Gardens SCHEDULE: Bridging the Gap community basketball league For the stories behind the news, r ead Insight on Mondays Defending champion Jay Major Jr crashes, settles for 13th overall CRASH VICTIM: Jay Major Jr (also bottom can be seen after he crashed during the Caribbean Junior Cycling Championships in Puerto Rico. He settled for 13th place overall in the junior 15-16 age group. NEW YORK (AP will start October 9, provided a new collective bargaining agreement with the players can be reached in time. A preseason that starts on time or perhaps even happens at all seems unlikely given the gap between the sides more than a month and a half into the lockout. They have had one full negotiating session since and would probably need a deal by the middle of September to avoid having to cancel exhibition games. Already scrapped were the usual exhibitions played overseas, which the league decided not to schedule this year given the possibility of a work stoppage. The preseason would start with five games October 9 and run through October 28. The regular season opener is scheduled for November 1. JAY MAJOR JR was injured in a crash during the Caribbean Junior Cycling Championships. P h o t o s b y J e f f M a j o r


By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter A fter blowing a number of close opportunities in the first half, Clayre Saunders pair of goals in the second half booked the Bahamas ticket to the second round of the Caribbean Football Union Under-17 Womens Championships. Hosting the three-team first round this week at the Roscow Davies Football Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, the Bahamas finished with a 2-0 white-washing of Bermuda to end up with the top spot with a total of six points and a goal difference of plus 12. Bermuda, coming off their 5-0 decision over Antigua & Barbuda on Tuesday, was second with three points and a goal difference of plus three. Antigua & Barbuda, blanked 10-0 by the Bahamas i n the opening match of the q ualifying round on Sunday, d idnt earn a point as they trailed in third with a goal difference of minus 15. In a showdown for the top spot last night, despite the inclement whether, the Bahamas got started slowly, but Saunders booted a pair of goals in the 51st and 75th minute to seal the deal. It was a team effort. I scored because the ball went through the whole team, said Saunders, who unselfishly shared the game honours with her team-mates. I enjoyed the second one. The first one hit the goalie, then it went into the net. The second one, it was a break away, so I really enjoyed that o ne. Saunders, however, said the team didnt play up to par, but they are just as thrilled to have secured the victory. I think we took the team lightly after our 10-0 win over Antigua and Barbuda, she noted. But in the second half, we just knew that we had to do better. After watching her teammates go to work on theo ffensive end for most of the game, goalie Cori Strachan didnt get that much work on the defensive end. But late in the second half she came up with a brilliant s top in front of the goal post when she was attacked by a pair of players from Bermuda that had her rattled a bit. I had a pretty easy job, but I had some shots that I had to stop, Strachan said. I had a previous injury on my leg, but I got hit. I took one for the team. Head coach Daria Adderley said although they blew a number of opportunities tos core in the first half, they came through when they needed to in the second half. I think finally when we got the one in, we knew that we could score again, she stated. The pitch was a little wet,b ut they wanted it bad and they came out and got it. Bermudas assistant coach Kentoine Jennings admitted that if they had played like they did against Antigua and Barbuda, the outcome would have been a little different. I dont think we performed the way we are capable. We under performed, he said. I think we were a little nervous. It wasnt our best performance. Their lacklustre performance enabled the Bahamas to capitalise on their home turf to secure a berth into the CFUs second round and a chance to advance to the CONCACAF Under-17 Womens Championships. IAAF Worlds arrangements so that a Bahamas National world team is able to travel. Sands said that while there are only 18 athletes traveling on the team, the others, who are delegates, all have important roles to play and that is why they have to travel with the team. Three members of the BAAA are traveling to attend the IAAF Congress where Pauline Davis-Thompson is vying for another spot in the elections as an IAAF council member. Keith Parker, who is paying his own way to Daegu, is being awarded the Veterans Pin by the IAAF. Doyle Burrows was nominated for the pin and in the event that he is also selected, he needs to be present. Former IAAF council member Alpheus Hawk Finlayson is traveling as the press liaison officer for the team, which is a vital position that had to be filled at the world level. Dianne Woodside, the first female selected to travel as a coach at either the Worlds or Olympic Games, is also serving as a chaperone for Stra chan, the junior female ath lete on the team. So when you break down the assignment of the officials, you have to understand why we are carrying some many officials on the team, Sands said. We also have the medical personnel, which is a must. We have to make sure that we have all of these personnel in place because its the World Championships. The average ticket price is $2,600 per person. Charlton said they have received a guarantee letter from the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, which is allowing them to seek an overdraft facility from their bank to get the necessary funding for the team. The letter is not the grant that was promised to us for the World Championships, Charlton said. Its just the first installment for our annual grant for next year. We usually get two installments. Charlton said they had requested the same grant of $50,000 that was allocated by the ministry in the past two championships, but they have not received any confirmation as yet. Minister of Sports Charles Maynard, along with director of sports, Timothy Munnings, are both scheduled to travel. But neither was available for comments on the issuing of the grant to the BAAA. SPORTS PAGE 8E, FRIDAY, AUGUST 19, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS Sky Bahamas, BORCO join for ces in suppor t of Grand Bahama Regatta sailors. He mentioned names such as Lundy Robinson, Clyde Rolle, Buzzy Rolle, Mark Knowles, Emmit Munroe, Lee Armbrister, Sheldon Gibson, Jacob Higgins, Joshua Green and Marty Bullard, who have all made a commitment to compete in the regatta. While they encourage Bahamians to patronise Sky Bahamas in getting to Grand Bahama, Gibson said they can also be assured that once they get there, they will be afforded the opportunity to stay at any of the hotels at a reduced price. Nobody wants to miss this regatta because all of the top boats and all of the top skippers are fighting to win, including me, Gibson said. This regatta promises to be the regatta of the century. Im very happy and pleased with the support that we have drummed up for this regatta and we hope that all of the regattas will receive this kind of support when their time comes. That is what Im praying for. That is what Im living for. Gibson went as far as to predict that everything is pointing towards the success of the regatta. The competition is going to be very good. All of the sailors, the captains and the boat owners are all seeking their revenge, Gibson said. In Grand Bahama, the water is very deep and nobody has to worry about shallow water. You will see a whole difference in the regatta. Some boats have an advantage on others because of the shallow water. But in Grand Bahama, there is no advantage. You have to go out there and earn your way. Thats going to be tough. We are going to see who is who. The best of the best. Gibson publicly thanked Al Collie for allowing them to use Club Luna to host their press conferences free of charge to assist the Grand Bahama Regatta committee. The regatta is slated to open next Friday with the Skippers party. The closing ceremony is set for Saturday night. Ronnie Butler has already agreed to provide some of the entertainment. F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 E E TEAM BAHAMAS goalkeeper Cori Strachan (ABOVE and Clayre Saunders (TOP and in action at right speak with the media. Bahamas beats Bermuda 2-0 U-17 girls advance to 2nd round of CFU Championships TEAM BAHAMAS (celebrating below finished with a 2-0 white-washing of Bermuda last night. 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