N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER IRENE ON THE WAY Volume: 107 No.223TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER HURRICANE WATCH HIGH 90F LOW 82F By SANCHESKA BROWN THE NATIONAL Emergency Management Agency has fully activated its operation centres in New Providence and the Family Islands as the Bahamas braces for the first hurricane of the 2011 hur ricane season which could be a powerful category 3 storm by the time it hits the capital. The projected path last night suggested Hurricane Irene could pass over New Providence Thursday morning. Forecasters are also predicting five to 10 inches of rain as the eye passes slightly west of the capital. And, according to some projections, Grand Bahama and Abaco could face category four conditions if the storm continues on its current path. Dave Samuhel, Meteorologist at Accuweather, told The Tribune that if Irene continues on its pro jected track, Inagua should begin to feel hurricane force winds today. The Turks and Caicos Islands, as well as Inagua and Mayaguana should be experiencing hurricane weather by Tuesday morning. Irene is expected to strengthen into a category two storm as it passes by Crooked Island and Acklins. It is more than likely to strengthen into a category three hurricane by the time it hits New Providence with winds up to 100 miles per hour. Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA, said they have already activated shelters in the Family Islands and shelters in New Providence can be activated by as early as tonight. We have already spoken with the island administrators in the southeast and central Bahamas which include Acklins, Crooked Island, Mayaguana and Inagua they have assured us that their shelters are open and ready and the people in those islands are prepared for the possible impact of Irene. Repre sentatives from all of the government agencies will come together to work a 24-hour shift system, said Captain Russell. During these periods we will track and monitor the storm and as it approaches get reports from the Family Islands to find out just whats going on. We will do this until the storm leaves and then we will start our damage assessment. The central Bahamas which includes Long island, San Salvador, Rum Cay, Cat Island, and Exuma and its cays is on hurricane warning. n BAHAMAS BRACED FOR DANGEROUS CAT 3 STORM n DENGUE FEVER FIGHT MAY BE HAMPERED TRY OUR McFLURRY SNICKERS The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM HURRICANE SUPPLEMENT INSIDE HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME AND FAMILY PREPARING FOR A DISASTER BUSY HURRICANE SEASON PREDICTED ABOVE: An image providedb y National O ceanic and Atmospheric Administration from the GOES East satellite shows Hurricane Irene, right, passing over Puerto Rico yes terday. (AP LEFT: The projected path of Hurricane Irene NASSAU GRANDBAHAMA ABACO N ASSAU SEE page six HURRICANE Irene may destroy the governments efforts to contain the dengue fever outbreak, fear officials at the Min istry of Environment. With Irene moving towards the Bahamas, the ministry is preparing for a variety of possi bilities. Phenton Neymour, Minister of State in the Ministry of Environment, said: The ministry is concerned about the hurricane, not just because it is a hurricane, but in regards to the dengue outbreak. There are positives and negatives. If there are high winds, the hurricane may blow the mosquitos away and not allow them to reproduce, so a hurricane could assist. But at the same time, it offers challenges in regards to fogging exercises as a result of high winds. Overall, we are prepared for it. We are continuing with our heavy fogging exercises. With regards to puddles, the mosquitos do not reproduce in muddy water. The standing water in containers around ones home is what we are more concerned about. Officials maintain the most important element in the fight against the disease-carrying mosquito is to remove standing water, which serve as breeding HURRICANE MAY DESTROY FIGHT AGAINST DENGUE FEVER SEE page six By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FORMER gang leaders, anxious to bring peace and opportunity to their communities, say they are no longer going to be political pawns. Valentino Scrooge Rolle said every five years when election time rolls around political parties rally them to mobilise the community and keep the peace. We are not into that no more, he said. By LAMECH JOHNSON TWO men were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with committing the countrys 87th homicide for the year which occurred in Nassau Village. Carlos Colebrooke, 23, of Williams Street, and Geovanny Lefleur, 20, of Hope Gardens, appeared before Chief Magis trate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane, in connection with the shooting death of Alexander Hepburn on Friday, August 5. Hepburn, also known as Boy Blue, By PAUL G TURNQUEST Chief Reporter email@example.com ALTHOUGH the Boundaries Commission has yet to formally meet, changes have already reportedly been made with Minister of Youth Sports and Culture Charles Maynard set to be replaced by Education Minister Desmond Bannister. It was said earlier that Mr Maynard, with the Minister of National Security MINISTER OF YOUTH, SPORTS, CULTURE TO BE REPLACED BY DESMOND BANNISTER SEE page six SEE page six SEE page six TWO CHARGED WITH THE YEARS 87TH HOMICIDE FORMER GANG LEADERS OT POLITICAL PAWNS IRENES APPROACH
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 3F &RPER 25 0HJDHDO HQWULHVZLWK 3FSXUFKDVHf*5$1',=( LQFOXVLYH%HDFKHV 5HVRUXUN &DLFRV,VODQGV $LUIDUHFRXUWHV\ RI%DKDPDVDLU(17(52:,1 %X\DQ\ 3FRU3F&RPER RU 3F0HJ0HDO DQG HQWHU WR ZLQ EDFNSDFNZLWKVFKRROVXSSOLHVFHOO SKRQHVDQGODSWRSVWRJHWWKHVFKRRO \HDURIIWRJRRGVWDU)LOORXW\RXU UHFHLSWDQVZHUWKHVNLOOTXHVWLRQDQG SODFHLWLQWKHHQWU\ERSURYLGHGIRUD FKDQFHWRZLQLQZHHNO\GUDZLQJV P ETROLEUM retailer confidence was restored after assurances from the government to establish a commission to address deficiencies in the industry. State Minister for the Environment PhentonN eymour said the body would be used to analyse the relationship between retailers and wholesalers. No timeline was given for when the commission would be established, howe ver both parties conf irmed there was a mutual understanding moving forw ard. P hilip Kemp, BPRA i nterim president, said: We are very encouraged. At this point, based on thec onversations weve had, were very confident that the commission will be established in due course. Petroleum retailers vot ed unanimously for strikea ction last week after n egotiations with the gov e rnment had proved fruitless. L ast Friday, Prime Mini ster Hubert Ingraham turned down the request from fuel retailers for an increase in their margin on gas sales, but said the government would revisit the issue when fuel prices god own and even consider deregulating the sector entirely. Regulated T he Bahamas is one of the few remaining coun tries in the region that is s till regulated, according to M r Neymour, who advised the commission would take into account the structure of the industry. M r Neymour said: A marginal relief will bring them food for a day, butw hat we need to address is the industry and the way forward. A marginal increase will serve theirp urpose for a specific peri o d and we may again end back in the same position depending on the market going forward. Some 85 per cent of retailers on New Providence are franchise operators. Among the issues to be reviewed by the commission will be fee inconsisten cies experienced by franchised retailers. Mr Neymour added: Its not just about a mar gin increase, because there are avenues that [retailers] expressed where the wholesalers can eat into their profitability. So to address those gaps in the system is also important. RETAILER CONFIDENCE RESTORED Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story. GOVT COMMISSION TO ADDRESS PETROLEUM INDUSTRY DEFICIENCIES S TATE MINISTER FOR T HE ENVIRONMENT P henton Neymour
P OLICE say they are developing a composite sketch of a man they want to question in connectionw ith the murder of a 53y ear-old shopkeeper. Superintendent Stephen Dean, director of theN ational Crime Prevention Office, said investigators are speaking to witnesses and working to release the like n ess as soon as possible fol lowing the shooting of Alinstant Oltime, owner of Oltime Convenience Store. We are pacing the ground checking a numberof things, speaking to people who might have seen the suspect. We are trying to draw up a composite based o n the information we are getting," said Mr Dean yes terday. The killer entered Oltime C onvenience Store at 6pm o n Saturday armed with a handgun, and demanded cash from the owner ands hop patrons. As Mr Oltime gathered cash from the register, the gunman shot him in then eck before fleeing the scene heading in an unknown direction. Police are looking for the s uspect, who is between 5'9" and 5'11" tall, of slim build and dark complexion. Police also appealed to the public for help in solving the murder of Bareshalee L ewis, 30, of Flamingo Gardens. Mrs Lewis, a pregnant mother of three, was shotd ead at a construction site w hile her security guard husband and young son looked on in horror. S he was killed last Wednesday shortly after 10.30pm at Prince Lane while visiting the site whereh er husband worked. Police reports indicate the she was approached by two men in a silver vehicle whos hot her in the upper body. She died at the scene in her 10-year-old son's arms. Mr Dean yesterday said police had some leads but no suspects in custody. We are following some lines, we are getting a lot of information, we are follow ing various lines of inquiry," h e said. A nyone with information on either of these murders should call police immedi-a tely on 911/919, or Crime Stoppers at 328-TIPS if they wish to remain anonymous. Some callers will be eligi b le for a reward. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011, PAGE 3 By SANCHESKA BROWN PARTY insiders are whispering that local government chief councillor Theo Neely is set to replace Speakero f the House Alvin Smith as the Free National Movements candidate in North Eleuthera. Sources say Mr Neely has received the partys nod as Mr Smith has decided not to seek re-nomination. Mr Neely denied officially camp aigning in the area but said he would be more than willing to serve if called upon to do so. He said: The reality is we have to see what Mr Smiths plans are. I am not aware what his decision is at this time. However, if the people call me to serve I would be happy to step in in this capacity. Mr Smith is the Speaker of the House and I respect him. I am not trying to usurp him in any way. I have no been campaigning officially but Ia lready serve the people on a daily basis in my capacity as chief councillor. This is my third time as a member of local government so I know what it is t serve and lead. I would be very humbled and willing to serve as the member of p arliament for this great constituency. Mr Smith declined to comment on the matter but did say that when he makes his final decision, the public will be the first to know. With Mr Smith not confirming that h e intends to step down, some political observers have pointed out that the nomination could be hotly contested among FNMs. Those who are said to have put out feelers in the community include: Theo Neely, Richard Lightbourn andC olin Ingraham. According to well-placed sources, Mr Lightbourn is popular in Harbour Island while a senior FNM general is promoting Mr Neely throughout the constituency. Mr Ingraham has already released h is campaign booklet, entitled North Eleuthera Rebirth. TWO men were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday in connection with a high speed chase that resulted in police officers seizing more than 500 pounds of marijuana. Trevor Cartwright, 32, of White Subdivision, Kemp Road; and Travolt Bartlett, 29, of St James Road appeared before Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court Eight, Bank Lane charged with conspiracy to possess and possession of dangerous drugs with the intent to supply. On Thursday, August 18, Drug Enforcement Unit officers were led on a high speed chase through western New Providence which led to the discovery of 588 pounds of Indian Hemp. The matter was adjourned to Monday, August 29. Both men were remanded to prison. A 24-YEAR-OLD Ridge land Park man is being ques tioned by police in connection with the discovery of an unlicensed firearm. According to reports, short ly after 11pm on Sunday, officers from the Arawak Cay Police Station were on patrol at Arawak Cay when they saw a man behaving in a suspi cious manner. After conducting a search, the officers found a handgun and a quantity of ammunition. The man was detained and is helping police with their ongoing investigation. By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Thirty marijuana plants together worth an estimated $30,000 were discovered on Grand Bahama High way, police reported. Asst Supt Hector Delva said that at around 5pm on Thurs day, August 18, officers from the Drug Enforcement Unit went to an area near the Chicken Farm, where they discovered a number of suspected marijuana plants. The DEU officers checked the area for suspects, but found no one. ASP Delva said the plants, which ranged from three to eight feet in height, were uprooted. FREEPORT Police in Grand Bahama are investigating an armed robbery that occurred in South Bahamia. According to ASP Delva, a resident of Confederate Walk contacted the Police Control Room around 11pm on Thursday to report that three masked men, armed with guns and a knife, robbed him of his 2002 Cadillac Deville and $40 cash. B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT A man is recovering in hospitala fter being seriously injured in a cutlass attack at his Clarke Avenue home. According to police, the incident occurred around noon on Friday. T he victim was attacked by three men and cut on the back near the right shoulder. He was taken to Rand Memorial Hospital, and was last night in seriousb ut stable condition. Police are continuing their investigation into the matter. ARMED ROBBERY P olice are investigating a home invasion and armed robbery that o ccurred on Saturday. A ccording to reports, a male resident of Sanderling Circle reported to police that at around 5am, h e was awakened when a masked gunman kicked open his bedroom door. T he man said the suspect was armed with a s hotgun and robbed him o f $4,000 and other pers onal items, together valu ed at $6,555. Central Detective Unit o fficers are investigating matter. MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED AFTERC UTLASS ATTACK SPECULATION THAT LOCAL GOVT OFFICIAL TO REPLACE ALVIN SMITH AS CANDIDATE THEO NEELYSETTOREPLACESPEAKEROFTHEHOUSE IN NORTHELEUTHERA POLICE FIND THIRTY MARIJUANA PLANTS T W O IN COURT IN CONNECTION WITH CHASE MAN ARRESTED AFTER FIREARMDISCOVERY THE FAMILY of Alinstant Oltime comfort each other outside of PMH morgue yesterday. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff POLICE COMPOSING COMPOSITE SKETCH IN MURDER INVESTIGATION P AINOFMURDERVICTIMSFAMILY CRIMENEWS
EDITOR, The Tribune. I READwith interest a letter to the editor in a promi-n ent daily that was written by t he Rev Esther DawkinsThompson, a prominent straw vendor. The Rev Thompson took the FNM government to task for demanding that straw ven-d ors become current with t heir National Insurance contributions before they are allowed to move into the new Straw Market on Bay Street. The Rev Thompson believes that this policy of the government and the National Insurance Board is unfair and is ana ct of discrimination against Straw vendors. It appears as if the Rev Thompson is trying to make this a political issue. She a ppears to be trying to rile up h er fellow PLP supporters. H owever, this is not a PLP or FNM matter. This is a matter of civil obedience to Godsd elegated authority. The Rev Thompsons e ntire argument in her letter i s illogical and flawed. W hat she said in her letter makes absolutely no sense at all. The Rev Thompson seems t o believe that straw vendors are entitled to free entry into the new Straw Market, with-o ut paying taxes like the rest of us Bahamians. I dont understand why successive governments continu e to pander to these unrea sonable straw vendors. Bahamian governments act asi f straw vendors are the only voters in this country. What makes straw vendors so different from other B ahamians? Bahamian governments have spoiled these straw vendors. P erhaps this is the main reason why so many of them are delinquent in their NIBp ayments. When the Straw Market was burned down in 2001, the then Free National Move m ent government gave to the straw vendors $2000 to repurchase some of the items they had lost in the fire. To the best of my knowledge, no government has everd one this for anyone else. W hen my brother lost his job in early 2009, the government did absolutely nothing for him. Yet he paid his NIB con tributions every time he got paid. On the other hand, straw vendors got $2000 from the state even though many of them dont even pay their NIB contributions. This is unfair. Some of the straw vendors havent even paid their NIB fees in years. J ust recently, nine straw vendors were arrested in New York for buying knock-off items. The straw vendors argued t hat while they knew that w hat they were doing was illegal, the Bahamian governm ent closed a blind eye to this i llegal practice by charging duty on the counterfeit produ cts they brought into the country. Therefore, no one can really hold them accountable for b uying counterfeit products t o sell in their stalls, according to some of the straw vendors. H owever, using the same absurd logic, one can also argue that it is okay to have an intimate relationship with another mans wife becauset he government does not penalise adulterers. I t is true that the civil government doesnt punish adulterers, but God will one day deal with them. God has a higher moral law t han the government. The vendors knew that what they were doing was both illegala nd immoral. They could argue their point until they are blue int he face, but no reasonable Bahamian will ever buy their argument. Just because the government chooses to close a b lind eye to an illegal practice doesnt give any Bahamian the moral right to engage i n it. The government even went as far as hiring a US attorneyt o represent the nine straw vendors who were arrested in the United States. I believe that cost the government tenso f thousands of dollars, if not more. The government hardly d oes this for anyone else, so why do it for the straw vendors? When any other Bahamian g ets into trouble in the US, their family members have to come up with money to hirea n attorney. The government does nothing for them. The attorneys fee for the nine vendors came out of The B ahamas Treasury. If every working Bahami an was delinquent in their NIB contributions as many of the straw vendors are, the government wouldnt be in a position to pay retirees their pension every month. Neither would the government be able to assist the elderly or poor with their medical bills. The government has to get that money from somewhere. It doesnt grow on trees. The NIB contribution is in reality a form of tax.A s was mentioned already, w hen the Straw Market burned down in 2001, the government went into the Treasury in order to give to straw vendors $2000. That money was available i n 2001 because many B ahamians paid their taxes. Many straw vendors dont contribute anything to National Insurance, but they benefit more from the government than most Bahamians. The government has even spent nearly $10 million inb uilding straw vendors a new market, even though many of them dont pay their rent. The PLP, on the other hand, was planning to spend a whopping $ 23 million on a new market b efore being booted out of o ffice in 2007. Successive governments have bent over backwards to placate strawv endors. Now the Rev Esther D awkins-Thompson has the g umption to talk about straw v endors being discriminated against by the FNM government. As a minister of the g ospel, the Rev Thompson should know that the Bible commands us all, sinner ands aint alike, to pay government taxes. Jesus Christ Himself commanded the Jews to render to Caesar the things that b elonged to Caesar and to God the things that belonged to God. Those who refuse top ay their taxes are being rebellious towards the gov ernment and God Himself who established it, whether t hey are FNM or PLP. To refuse to obey the civil government is both reckless and v ery dangerous. I beseech the straw vendors to ignore the Rev Thompson and obey thec ommand of Jesus Christ by paying their NIB contributions. When these same straw v endors reach their retirement age, their children are going to carry them down to the National Insurance office in order to collect their pension. They dont want to con t ribute to National Insurance b ut when they retire they will want to collect a pension. I am just fed at the way successive governments treat these straw vendors. They are always given preferential treatment. This is unfair. All Bahamians, whether they are FNM, PLP or DNA, should demand that straw vendors pay their NIB contributions. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama, August 17, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. 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T O U R IS T S f ea r t h ey m a y h a v e to c u t s h o r t t h e ir v a c a tio n s a s Hu r r ic a ne I r e ne th r ea te n s to strengthen to a category three s t orm as s he rips t hr ough t he Bahamas this week. M ar c i a P e r ry 3 6, s ai d s h e wi l l cut sh ort her v acat i on at the Atlantis resort if the storm appears to be a major threat. W e h a v e n e v e r b e e n th r o ug h a h ur r ic a n e be fo r e b ut we feel confident that Atlantis i s prep ared f or st u f f l i ke t h i s a nd we will be sa f e ther e," sa id the marketi ng ex ecut ive, who arri ve d i n Na ssau on Sun da y for a week-long vacation with her daughter and friends. "B ut i t w oul d ru i n a l ot o f o ur ou t d oor fun a nd we p aid a lot of money to be here. "We don't need to pay a lot o f m o n e y t o b e w o r ri e d a nd sc a r e d s o w e w i l l w a i t u n t i l tomorrow to make a decision, and if it looks like it's going to be a bi g storm t omorrow, we are going to go home." Fa t h er o f t wo DJ Kim, 41 of F a i r f a x V ir g i n i a s a i d h e i s g r a t e f ul he h ad p l ann ed t o d epa rt N a s s a u w i t h h i s f a m i l y o n W e dn e s d a y m o r ni n g, ju s t h ou r s b efor e the s tor m is due t o h it He is s tay ing a t t h e She r ato n hotel on Cable Beach with his wife and two children. I k n e w t h e r e c o u l d b e a storm as we are in the season, s o it 's a l itt le bit o f a gamble to visit at this time of year," said the inde pe nde nt I T co ns ultant. I w a s p a yi ng a t t e n t i o n t o t h e we a t h e r b e fo r e w e g o t h e r e but since we arrived I haven't even turned on the television, s o I do n't k no w a n yth ing a bo ut the coming storm. I f i t w e r e t o t o u c h d o w n while we were here we proba bl y w ou l d cu t t he va ca t i o n a d a y o r tw o s h o r t to l e a v e b e fo r e it hit, rather than deal with the s t o r m a n d t h e m e s s a f t e r wards," he said. H e n r y V e r a 2 9 o f L o n g I s l a n d N e w Y o r k s a i d t h e st orm w i l l no t dr i ve h i m and h is g ir l fr ie nd o u t o f th e Br e e z es ho t e l i n C ab l e B ea ch w he re t h e y b o o k e d t h e i r v a c a t i o n from Friday to Sunday. "I've never been in a hurri cane before so I have no idea what t o expe ct ," t he as si s t ant fire engineer said. "But I'm not going to leave ea rl y, I s t i l l h av e a w e e k of f w o r k a n d I 'm s ti ll o n v a c a tio n. T h e B a h a m a s N a t i o n a l E m e r g e n c y M a n a g e m e n t A g e n c y ( N E M A ) w e n t o n st o r m a l e r t a t 6 p m M o n d a y iss ui ng w a rnings an d ass i sti n g w ith s he lte r pr e p ar a tio ns a s th e s t o r m e n c r o a c h e s o n t h e islands. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y AUGUST 23, 201 1, P AGE 5 T O U R I S TS M A Y C U T V A C A T I O N S S H O R T D U E T O H U R R I C A N E T H R E A T INAGUA residents were bracing for Hurri c ane I ren e yes te rday a nti ci pat i ng hea vy r ai nfal l and high winds. One of the i sl and's t w o s helt ers was acti vat ed and many residents boarded up their homes as they waited for the storm to arrive. The island is expected to feel hurricane con ditions this morning. "As I speak some persons are battening up. Some persons in the community who had bat tened from the last tropical storm, Emily, the preparations remain o n their home s ," said o f fic e r i n c h a r g e o f t h e I n a g u a P o l i c e S t a t i o n Inspector Dennis Brown. "In Inagu a w e h ave t a ken thi s alert ve r y serious." Inspector Brown said the community can expect heavy rain and flooding. "The is land i s low-l ying a nd most peo pl e l ive o n the coast al shore; i f the st orm prod uces a l ot of rain we will see a lot of flooding," he said. Local heads of government agencies met yes terday to make plans ahead of Irene. Although it was business as usual, shops are expected to close today as residents prepare to r id e o u t th e s to r m O n i ts c u r re n t p r o je c te d pa t h H u r r i c an e I r en e c ou l d pa s s ov e r N e w Pr o v idence by Thursday morning. Fo recasters a r e pre dict ing five to 10 i n ches o f rain as t he eye pass es sl ightl y east of t he capit al In add it i on to I nagu a, the T ur ks an d Ca ic os Isl an ds and Mayaguana s ho ul d be experi encing hurricane weather by this morning. I n a g u a r e s i d e n t s b r a c e for Hurricane Irene STORM FEARS AFFECT VISITORS THE National Emergency Management Agency acti vated its Emergency Support Function Committee on Monday in response to the threat from Hurricane Irene. NEMA director Captain Stephen Russell chaired a special meeting of the committee at the Churchill Building. A cross-section of government and non-government organisations make up the ESFC committee. Eric Rose/BIS Photo NEMA ACTIV A T ES E MERGE N C Y S UPP OR T COM MITT E E
While the northwest Bahamas is only on hurricane watch, Captain Russell said the islands are nevertheless on fulla lert and preparing for the storm. He said NEMA is in the process of carrying out its reg ular monthly checks on satellite phones installed at the Family Island administrators offices, giving special focus to those islands expected to be impacted first. The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC team includes representatives from the Department of Meteorology, the Department of Social Services, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the Ministry of Health, and the Ministry of National Security. Chief Meteorologist Basil Dean told The Tribune the next 24 hours are crucial in deter mining whether Irene will weaken or strengthen. Should Irene interact with Hispanola it could weaken as it travels over the land. Similarly if the eye remains over open waters it could intensify. So over the next few hours we will be closely monitoring the storm. If it stays on its projected path it should hit the Bahamas by Wednesday. The eye of the storm is projected to be slightly to the west of New Providence. This means we will be hit by the strongest side of the storm and will get strong winds. Even if the storm moves to the east we will still get a lot of heavy rain at least five to 10 inches. So as it stands now, New Providence will not be spared from Irene. The final update issued last night indicated that the storms projected path had moved slightly to the east, meaning New Providence may be spared the heaviest wind and rains. However, this slightly altered projection put the storm on a direct course for Abaco and Grand Bahama. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE sites. Mr Neymour said residents should walk around their yards daily and remove all standing water pooling in buckets, plants and other containers or loose garbage. After the heavy rains, he said it was very important for people to survey their yards to remove all standing water. If mosquito breeding grounds are destroyed it will ultimately disrupt the reproduction cycle and help eliminate the threat, said ministry officials. The aedes aegypti mosquito which carries the disease does not travel far from its breeding ground. It breeds in clean or relatively clean water, said the minister, who ruled out fears about water puddles on the road side and on road construction sites. Generally that is muddy water, it is filled with lime, it is more alkaline, that is not where they generally reproduce, he said. The government is to continue its fogging regime in New Providence and the family islands for as long as the forecasted storm allows. Ministry officials are reminding the public that the chemical being used for fogging is odourless, unlike several years ago, when the fogging compound had a noticeable look and smell. The community leaders say they are standing together as Bahamians, not along political lines, and they are ready to help shape a better Bahamas. They have formed an alliance under the umbrella United Against Crime (UAC support for community based initiatives. The UAC participated in a town meeting with Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest and senior members of the police force. They presented their ideas about bringing change to the community. A top priority for the organisation is creating economic opportunities. Members of the alliance feel poverty is at the heart of the crime situation. Whenever there is poverty there is crime. When people cant pay the bills they find other ways. The police cant do anything, with all do respect, until after the fact, said Valentino Squaw Josey. He said community leaders are key to successful preventative measures. Mr Josey recounted a story of a 20-year-old boy in the community who asked him about the best way to raise $8,000. Mr Josey said he would play numbers or try to get a contract. The young boy, on the other hand, said he would take three days Thursday, Friday, Saturday and run up in a few shops and rob them. Mr Josey said the young boy did not even care if his own mother worked in that shop. This, he said, is the reality on the streets. Please take this very serious. I want yall to bear in mind that now, coming towards school opening, this is the talks on the street from young men who cannot afford for their kids to go back to school, We robbing and whatever outcome it is, it is. And also bear in mind that we are going into the Christmas season, which is the real high crime time. So we have to really take this serious and step to the plate, he said. The UAC proposed a model of employing community lead ers to do full time community work: mediating conflicts, building side walks, cleaning the community, landscaping and performing other tasks. They proposed a partnership with the government and corporate society. How do you fight fire with fire? You cant. You need to fight fire with water. That is community leaders. Employ the leaders to do full time community work, said Mr Rolle. We want to live in peace and harmony, but it is hard to send a man to work with no tools. We want change so bad. Yall dont know, he said. Instead of sending contracts for community work to the large contractors, UAC members suggested the government keep the contracts inside the community. Mr Role said a $10,000 contract to paint a school like T G Glover could be given to a community leader, who could then employ other people in the community. And by working more closely with community leaders, the UAC said we stand a chance to eliminate crime. One of the ideas suggested by the group to stimulate economic activity was the creation of training centres in the community to provide training in wood work, arts and crafts, plumbing, small boat handling, engine repair, and other skills. The Ministry of National Security has participated in talks with the group. Mr Turnquest said the support is there; however, the government is not going to provide financial back ing without accountability and transparency. He said there is a correlation between unemployment and crime, but that is not the only answer. died on Alexandria Boulevard after being shot multiple times about the body. The accused were not allowed to enter a plea to the murder charge, due to the nature of the offence. The prosecution will present a Voluntary Bill of Indictment on September 27, having the case directly forwarded to the Supreme Court. Prior to the arraignments conclusion, Geoffrey Farquharson, repre senting Colebrooke, requested the defendants be remanded to a remand block within the prison as opposed to maximum security. His reasoning for the request came as a result of discovering that the deceased victim had relatives in that part of the facility and feared the two would be targeted. Their ages were also a factor in the request. Chief Magistrate Gomez noted the request and made a recommendation to the prison. Lefleur did not have legal representation during yesterdays proceedings. Both men were remanded to Her Majestys Prison until completion of the hearings. Tommy Turnquest, would rep resent the government on the Commission, as Philip Davis, the deputy leader of the PLP would represent the official opposition. The Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alvin Smith, with a Judge, would round out the number. However, with Mr Davis being a trained lawyer of many years, sources within the FNM felt it would be incumbent upon the party to likewise have an attorney who could battle Mr Davis blow for blow in the event a legal argument is put forward during their discussions. Mr Maynard, while off the official list, would still remain on the governments unofficial Boundary Commission committee. The Boundaries Commis sion is mandated to meet at least once every five years to evaluate constituency bound aries and make recommendations to the Governor General as to how many seats should be represented in the House of Assembly. These determina tions are often made based on the movement of persons and the growth of the population since the previous general election. Even though the Commis sion is yet to meet, it has been suggested from government sources that work is already under way to eliminate a seat in the eastern district of New Providence and create another one in the south west. The south western district of New Providence, it was suggested, is the fastest growing portion of the island where a significant increase in voters has been seen over the past few years. In heavily-populated areas, commission members consider the number of persons in each constituency and try to create a population balance. In sparsely-populated areas, the geographical make-up and expanse of the area is also tak en into consideration. FROM page one IRENE ON THE W A Y MINISTER OF YOUTH, SPORTS, CULTURE TO BE REPLACED BY DESMOND BANNISTER FROM page one By INIGO NAUGHTY ZENICAZELAYA HOPEFULLY you are reading this column with all the comforts you are used to. If you are reading this without interruptions in power (not the usual BEC load shedding madness this time), phone, water, et cetera, it means Hurricane Irene has not graced us with her Big Eye and Large Backside (sounds like she is from Bain Town). That being the case, you still have time to prepare for the rapidly approaching major hurricane with enough time to be in safe and secure, before the storm hits land. My mother often says, An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In times like this, that is the perfect advice. Get your supplies ready early. Water, food, flashlights, portable radios, candles and batteries are just a few of the items you should have on your check-list. Do not run your generators indoors or it will be your last hurricane. If Irene doesnt get you, carbon monoxide fumes will. Stay indoors at all times. Running around in the many mini lakes that will spring up all over New Providence is suicidal. Lightning is usually a travelling companion of hurricanes. They are a gruesome twosome and should be avoided at all times. If you dont have proper Met Office or press credentials, you need not be outside. In other words, take your behind back indoors if not for your own safety, for the safety of those who have to rescue you from your idiocy in the eye of the storm. Finally, putting your storm shutters up or duct taping your windows half an hour before the storm hits is comical. You may as well have a laugh now, because your lack of preparation coupled with the Wrath of Irene will make you cry later. I think we Bahamians have been accustomed to doing things on Bahamian Time for far too long. Running late for an appointment at eight? Thats okay; most will show up at nine and laugh it off as Bahamian Time. Bahamian Time is a crutch that falsely convinces us we have too much time to prepare; which leads to socialisation (hurricane planning parties), which leads to procrastination, which leads to major repairs after the storm. Repairs which with the proper preparation could have been avoided. Just imagine if the time frame for hurricanes was similar to that of tornadoes! Let me explain. I was performing at a show in Alabama when the phone rang around 7pm. It was the front desk calling to warn me about a tornado watch. I enquired as to how long I had to prepare, to which the front desk clerk replied, None sir, the tornado is here! All I had time to do was to grab my travel documents, my wallet and my rosary and barricade myself in the bathroom. I stayed in there for two days straight duct taped to the toilet. I thought the tornado was still passing, lingering and sauntering its way out of town... a whole lot slower to exit than it was to arrive. Surprisingly, that was not the case, and my life preserving time in the tub became a road story for the other three comedians I was touring with. I guess Mother Nature got the best of me on that one. Dont let her get the best of you. Get out there and protect your property and yourself. Now, I must run. I have to get back to my hurricane preparation. Specifically, I have to figure out how to explain to my wife why there are more cans of libations than canned food. I better come up with a good one; I dont know whos going to howl and blow worse her or Irene! No time for Bahamian time COMICS VIEW I NIGO NAUGHTY ZENICAZELAYA FORMER GANG LEADERS OT POLITICAL PAWNS FROM page one HURRICANE MAY DESTROY FIGHT AGAINST DENGUE FEVER FROM page one FROM page one GEOVANNY LEFLEUR CARLOS COLEBROOKE TWO CHARGED WITH THE YEARS 87TH HOMICIDE P H O T O S / T I M C L A R K E
F OR five years during the Second World W ar, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor w ere the twin pinnacles of Nassau society, r eluctant but worldrenowned official repr esentatives of Britain i n one of the least significant outposts of its s prawling empire. They were also the c entral figures in a love affair so intense that it h ad led to the former King Edward V111 g iving up his throne. H ere, JOHN MARQ UIS discusses a new b ook which throws new light on the coup le, and the tr ue nature of their relationship. W H EN the Duke of Windsor and his new wife stepped down from t heir ship on to Nassau waterfront on a steaming hot August day in 1940, they were g reeted by scenes of jubilat ion and pride. The local population was ecstatic that the worlds most romantic couple h ad come to live among them, and proud that their tiny colony was to be governed bya former king. A t the time, the Duke and the former Baltimore divorcee Wallis Simpson were viewed by nearly everyone as the lovestruck protagonists in the worlds greatest ever r omance, a couple whose mutual devotion could not be denied, even by the demands of kingship in the worlds b iggest and most powerful empire. In Britain, Europe and the E mpire itself, ordinary peo ple warmed to the Duke for his courage in defying the dic-t ates of the British Establishm ent, and abdicating in favour of the woman he loved. It was the most stun-n ing story of self-sacrifice of modern times, a tearjerker to match the best that Hollyw ood could offer. When they docked in the Bahamas, Nassaus upper echelons were divided into t hose who saw the couples arrival as an unparalleled social climbing opportunity, a nd less impressionable diehards who felt he was beyond the pale for betray i ng his heritage by giving up the throne. A Bahamian friend told me: My parents refused to have anything to do with them because they disapproved so strongly of the Dukes decision to turn his back on his royal duty for the love of a twice-divorced woman. They felt it was a scandal. Overall, however, the Dukes appointment as Governor of the Bahamas was seen as a social coup, a smack in the eye for other British territories in the Caribbean area, and an undoubted boost for Nassaus status among colonial capitals. The acting Governor, W L Heape, the police commis sioner Lieut Colonel R A Erskine-Lindop and a guardof honour formed by local officers welcomed the couple ashore as they ended their voyage from Europe. With their white tunics and matching pith helmets, they provided an impressive coun terpoint to Nassaus vivid blues and pinks, and a reminder to the Duke that he was coming to a place where traditional ceremonials still counted for something. As the Duke signed in as Governor, perspiring pro fusely in his tropical tunic, with the stunningly cool Duchess looking on admir ingly, onlookers could have been forgiven for thinking they were in the midst of a fairytale. To have the former monarch of a worldwide empire sitting atop Mount Fitzwilliam was almostbeyond belief. To have his colourful but apparently besotted wife as the Bahamas First Lady made the whole scenario even more unlikely. I t was the stuff of fiction. What no-one suspected at t he time was that many of the assumptions about the Windsors WERE fiction. Hardly anything about them was as it seemed. And a new book s trongly suggests that the great romance was even more m ake-believe than we t hought. The Windsor myth of the time portrayed the Duke as an English patriot deprived o f his throne by English stuffin ess. The couple were seen a s embattled lovers under s iege from an unfeeling establishment. In spite of everyt hing, their boundless devotion appeared intact. That wast he received wisdom of the d ay. Anna Sebbas new book, That Woman: The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor, drives another six-i nch nail into the coffin of the Windsor fairytale. What emerges from her c laims, supported by a bun dle of letters written by Wal lis to her former husband Ernest Simpson around the t ime of their divorce, is that the Duchess was not hell-bent on marrying the Duke at all, and that her entanglement with him was the result of a fling that spun out of control. I nstead of craving access to the British throne, as many suspected, she was eager to be free of her royal lover anda llowed to live a normal life again. The Simpsons, it seems, w ere dedicated social climbers who saw the royal connection as a significant plus among their socially conscious Amer i can friends. Ernest Simpson was not averse to his wife canoodling with the little man the then king in waiting and made full use of the kudos that accrued from such a liaison. Problems began when the king fell hopelessly in love with the feisty American, cit ing his burgeoning devotion as a reason possibly an excuse to end his eightmonth reign as the uncrowned King Edward V111 with the declaration that he could not carry on with out his beloved Wallis by his side. So deep was his obsession that he even threatened sui cide if she left him. Here was a man born to a life of privilege, groomed for the most prestigious job on earth, will ing to give up everything for a woman viewed by Britains political leaders at the time as a shameless predator. What the letters indicate, however, is that Wallis had quickly tired of starchy British high society and yearned for the simpler pleasures of life with Ernest. Having directed her charms at the empires most eligible bachelor, and succeeded in ensnaring him, she now began to appreciate what she had lost. If these letters are to be believed, her dearest wish was to escape from England for ever and put her dalliance with the Duke firmly behind her. Wasnt life lovely, sweet and simple? she wrote to her husband, I cant believe that such a thing could have happened to two people who got along so well. Though shallow and mate rialistic, with a social climbers lust for the glittering trinkets of life, she reveals at one point that she wished she could have had the same dazzling life the Duke gave her w hile with her dear Ernest, the spurned husband. However, with her lover surrendering the British throne for her, declaring hisu nbridled devotion to someo ne his family and courtiers r egarded with heartfelt contempt, Wallis Simpson found herself in a trap from which she could not escape. Having jettisoned a husb and she liked and respecte d, she found herself shackled to a man who was almost craven in his dependency on her, a trait that was to cause her deep irritation as the years wore on. Worse still, she a nd the Duke became paria hs in the eyes of British high society, a pair of extravagant popinjays who had defied Establishment expectationsw ith reckless irresponsibility. E vents following the 1936 abdication helped to smash other illusions about the W indsors, especially in regard to their relationship with the Nazis during the two or threey ears immediately before the s tart of the Second World War. So indiscreet were the W indsors in their support of the Nazis, so outrageous were their pro-German commentst o European society friends, t hat the British government began to see them as a major threat to the pending war effort. During those sensitive prewar years, they wereu nabashed in dismissing the entire British establishment as ineffectual weaklings alongside the towering hemen of the Hitler regime. In their eyes, the Fuhrer had turned a failing nation into a m ajor success story. Britain needed a dose of the same invigorating medicine, theyb elieved. W allis, in fact, was so besot ted by the Nazis that she actu ally fell into bed with one of t hem, the handsome German ambassador to London Joaquim von Ribbentrop, lat e r to become Hitlers foreign minister. She was also suspected of frolicking with a right-wing motor mogul called G uy Trimble at the time her royal lover was grappling with the abdication crisis. The Queen Mothers use of the term That woman thus the title of Ms Sebbasb ook was based on more than simple personal dislike of Wallis Simpson. She more than anyone would have known the whole truth about her. And none of what she knew augured well for the future of her hapless brother-in-law. The Dukes refusal to toe the line prompted Winston Churchill to seek a form of exile for him and his wretched wife. Thats when all eyes turned on the Bahamas, a colony situated an entire ocean away from the European theatre of war, and of no account alongside the huge events about to engulf half the world. It was seen as a place where he could do no harm. The Duke felt strongly that the posting was no more than an insult. His wife saw Nassau as her St Helena, the island exile of Napoleon Bonaparte after his defeat in the early 19th century. Having spent much time in the glamorous salons of Europe, they viewed the Bahamas as a backward, sunbaked hell-hole with none of the social polish they craved. Worse still, it was far from the centre of events, a subtropical backwater where they could have no impact on the shifting tides of a momentous era. To break themonotony, they made frequent forays to Palm Beach in Florida, where wealthy right-wing friends lauded the anti-communist Hitler over their pink gins and canaps. Despite that, they did a reasonable job in their respective roles. The Duke made a dutiful if not spectacular Governor, the Duchess a willing helper with local charities, and specifically in running the canteen for British and colo nial airmen at the nearby Windsor Field training base. The Duke was felt by some to be racist and elitist, but he provided a calming presence during the 1942 riots and actually helped to fight a Bay S treet fire by manning the pumps. What was shaping up to be a creditable governors hip finally fell apart during t he Sir Harry Oakes murder fiasco in the summer of 1943. H e was widely thought to h ave bungled the investiga tion. A more sinister interpretation was that he tried to engineer a cover-up. D uring his Bahamas exile, t he Duke had hoped to do w ell enough to secure a more m eaningful ambassadorial assignment when the war was o ver. Regrettably for him a nd to the intense displeasure o f the Duchess he was o ffered nothing once his wartime term in Nassau came to an end. They spent the rest of their lives flitting from one inconsequential soiree toa nother, assembling a coterie of deposed continental royals, resentful fascists and the u sual smattering of titled nonentities. Among their friends was the British fascist Sir Oswald M osley and his wife Diana, both Hitler admirers who hoped against hope that the B ritish people would eventually see sense and summon Mosley to lead the nation. F ortunately, it never happ ened. From time to time, the D uke returned to Nassau to s ee old friends. By then, his interests had turned to golf and real estate. However, his wartime s ojourn was not a pleasurable e pisode for him, and memor ies of the Oakes affair in part icular must have left a sour taste. I n their final years, the W indsors were based at their P aris chateau. The Duke i nsisted that guests should call the Duchess Your Royal Highness a title the Royal Family had been determined to deny her. They did, how e ver, manage to continue living in the grand style until the Dukes death in 1972. For the n ext 14 years, the Duchess seemed to become increas ingly reclusive as old age took its toll. She died in 1986, b ringing to an end one of the most extraordinary stories of the 20th century. I ts doubtful, even now, that we know the whole truth about this odd couple, their p olitical sympathies and their s trange relationship. Some historiansbelieve t here are Windsor secrets to b e unearthed that are so dis turbing that they will remain under lock and key until the mid-21st century. A s things stand, the couple a re seen as Nazi sympathise rs with extravagant tastes a nd grandiose notions about themselves whose great love s tory was not all it seemed. I n the Bahamas they are r emembered, if at all, as reluct ant exiles who did their best in trying circumstances, only to be scuppered by a highprofile murder case that left a cloud over the Dukes gover n orship. It was his last chance of doing something really useful w ith his life. After they left, it was downhill all the way, with no prospect of anything better. T here was no fairytale end ing for the doe-eyed Duke and the woman he adored. T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011, PAGE 7 M ARQUIS AT L ARGE ANOTHER NAIL IN THE COFFIN OF THE WINDSOR FAIRYTALE THE DUKE AND DUCHESS of Windsor were the twin pinnacles of Nassau society.
By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune BusinessR eporter n mckenzie@ tribunemedia.net M INISTRY of Tourism o fficials yesterday met with industry partners yesterday to determine how to protect visitors from Hurri cane Irene, as Morton Salt shut down its Inagua operations to ride out the storm. Geneva Cooper, senior director of visitor experience in the Ministry of Tourism, told Tribune Business: Were meeting with our industry partners so that we can make a decision with regards to our visitors on New Provi dence. We have determined we have about 450 visitors on San Salvador. We have been in touch with operations personnel for San Salvador. A decision has not been finalised with regards to visitors on that island. The other islands in the south, Acklins Crooked Island and Mayaguana, allof the hotels on those islands are closed. Ms Cooper said tourism officials were also meeting to determine what steps would be taken in New Providence with regards to visitors. We will be making some decisions later on tonight and tomorrow [today], Ms Cooper said. Frank Comito executive vice-president of the Bahamas Hotel Associa tion (BHA Business yesterday: Were in gear. We are working with the hotels and tourism stakeholders. We are working on what we can do to ensure readiness. The industry is preparing itself for any eventuality. Glen Bannister, the managing director of Morton Salt Bahamas, told Tribune Business that as of 3.30pmy esterday the company had shut down its operations on Inagua. We are hoping and p raying we dont get any more precipitation from this hurricane. We are hop ing the worst part of this hurricane stays to the north-west of us. Thats all we can do, Mr Bannister said. All the necessary pre c autions have been done. We shut down our operations from 3.30pm today. We pulled all our boats outo f the water and tied down all of our conveyer belts. We secured the plant and now we are taking care of the village area, battening up homes. Everyone here is well prepared. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011, PAGE 3B By RICHARDCOULSON T RIBUNEBusiness of A ugust 17 carried an upbeat story telling us how initial public offering (IPO soon regain its mid-late 1990s peak. Quoting Michael Anderson, president of Royal-F idelity, it mentions the recent C ommonwealth Brewery share issue (handled by his firm forthcoming Arawak Cay offering (to be managed by Providence Advisors jointly with CFAL) and the subse-q uent public distribution of BTC shares (management up for grabs with competing bids). T hree public offerings in one y ear almost like Wall Street! All this activity, in addition t o earning handsome fees for the managing financial firms, is designed to provide addi-t ional opportunities for investment that have been in short s upply over the years. Yes, it certainly gives opportunities to BUY an investment, but does it ever give an opportunity to S ELL the investment? Truly e fficient capital markets have t wo essential features: first, a mechanism for raising capital b y investing in securities, and second, a mechanism for providing liquidity when thei nvestor needs or wants to sell. T he first feature is useless and e ven misleading without the second. Here in the Bahamas, the second feature is nearly absent. Our OTC (over-the-counters ecurities market was replaced more than 10 years ago by a formal stock exchange (BISX i n hopes that it would create the two features of a true capi tal market. While it has had some success on the first, since o ver a dozen companies have gone public and are listed, on the second feature providing liquidity for sellers it has been an abysmal failure. L ets look at the record. Several of the smaller companiesd o not trade at all, and their q uoted price is mere fiction. T he largest companies, with strong earnings histories, do occasionally trade, but BISXso wn statistics tell a sorry tale. On a recent date, Commonwealth Bank had unfilled sello rders for 200,687 shares a gainst buy orders for 5,000 shares; Cable Bahamas, sell orders for 33,652 versus buy o rders for 50 shares; and FOCOL, sell orders for 65,600 shares versus zero (thats rightb uy orders. On the evidence of these buy/sell ratios, one would think these excellent companies were on the verge of collapse, which is hardly the case. For Commonwealth Bank and Cable Bahamas, the dif f erence between the requested buy and sell prices only differed by less than 10 perc ent, yet no market-maker s tepped in with a mid-price to close a sale. In a true capital market, this would be incon c eivable. In a few days a midprice would be established and sell orders would be cleared,e ither by market-makers or by investors seeking a bargain. Even in a recession, with more s ellers than buyers, mature m arkets consistently provide an exit route, although of c ourse at declining prices. The recent Commonwealth Brewery offering, the largesti n our history at some $65 million for a first-rate company, excited hopes that it would b ecome a catalyst to rejuven ate the market, in Mr. Andersons words, but he admitted this had not hap-p ened due to structural factors in the market, whatever that means. The BISX figuresf or symbol CBL disclose a minuscule 800 buy shares and 200 sell shares, at a price difference of only 10 cents. But for even this tiny differential, nobody steps in to make a trade. I t is little wonder that most market participants, and prin cipals of listed companies, are pretty cynical about BISXs ability to create active trading or reflect true company valuat ions. Let me hasten to state t hat I do not blame BISX itself, nor its hard-working chief exec utive Keith Davies, for this s tate of affairs. BISX is simply a trading platform, efficiently run, and cannot be responsible for how much it is used bym ajor investors or by our three active securities firms. Much more in the way of public relations and investor education c ould be done by BISX if its i ncome were increased by letting it trade Government bonds a nd notes, a policy the Government has resisted despite Mr Davies long campaign. F or wealthy individuals and institutional investors, such as pension funds and insurance c ompanies, the lack of liquidity i s not a major problem. They can afford a policy of simply buy and hold, often unto death,a lthough we point out that their heirs may eventually want to sell as the world changes. Butw e now face two share offerings where, for the first time, the Government will be directly involved, with its own political imperatives. The first, scheduled for October, will see it and the private founders oft he Arawak Cay Port each sell 20 per cent of their stake for a total of about $8 million, and the second, presumably before the elections, will involve the Government selling a block of B TC shares worth some $37 m illion. In each case, the Govern ment has made clear that it w ants the bulk of the shares sold not to the traditional fatcat investors but to the work ing populace, the proverbial little man living on a salary or hourly wage rather than inherited or accumulated wealth. Thats certainly valid public policy. Spreading equity ownership more widely among our citizens can only be beneficial to our economy and our social structure. But theres a major caveat. Offering shares to unsophisticated investors, who may periodically face a specific need to liquidate their investment, should only be done if, for the first time, a real safety net is in p lace to enable selling out. Pushing shares to the wider public, and simply relying on a meaningless BISX listing for liquidity, will simply not do theb usiness unless other means of e nsuring liquidity are put in place. This might be done in several ways. The Government could demand that the securi-t ies firms managing the offerings commit their own financial resources to taking posi-t ions and arranging trades the classic role of a market-maker. If they do not have suffic ient resources to do this, perh aps they should not be in the s ecurities business at all. Another potential support method would be a commitment from the Government itself to support the market. Al onger-term solution would be a consortium company, organi sed by all our pension funds and insurance companies, for the specific purpose of trading in shares of solid companies to support a rational price. A ny of these solutions may take time to implement. But we point out that there is noe conomic urgency to consummate the next two offerings. They are not the traditionalt ransactions where an original issuance of shares is subscribed for to provide immediate funds for a crucial new investmentp roject. In the case of Arawak Cay and BTC, the projects have already been completed and paid for. What will happen next is a secondary offering where existing shares are offered so that the original investors can cash out, shifting the investment risk to the public buyer. Since both the Arawak Cay Port and BTC appear to be stable and profitable ventures, the risk should be small and the s hares, if priced correctly, should be good investments. Nevertheless, a firm backstop for market liquidity should be provided, in one of thef orms mentioned above. Both t he Government and the managers should have enough confidence in these issues to put their money where their mouth is, and stand ready to buys hares when a retail investor occasionally needs to sell. The Arawak Cay Port and B TC offerings should not be rushed to market until a mechanism has been put in place for p rice support in the after-mark et. I would advise any potential buyer without megabucks to search the prospectus for a provision giving a firm commitment for this support. If he can-n ot find such a provision, I would advise him to boycott t he offering and invest any spare cash in Government bonds. The interest rate is pretty low, and theres no capital appreciation, but at least he can c ash in whenever he chooses. NB: The authors company i nvested in the Commonwealth Brewery offering and bought shares later throughB ISX, in a small effort to stimulate trading. He would welcome any comments on the above article atn email@example.com Key market fundamentals not accompanying IPOs R ICHARDCOULSON Small investors should avoid the Arawak Cay Port and BTC share offerings unless their managers or the Government commit to providing a firm b ack-stop for market liquidity MORTON SALT SHUTS DOWN ITS OPERATIONS FOR HURRICANE
BUSINESS PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE LQYLWHVWHQGHUVIRUWKHSXUFKDVHRIWKHIROORZLQJ LQYLWHVWHQGHUVIRUWKHSXUFKDVHRIWKHIROORZLQJ LQYLWHVWHQGHUVIRUWKHSXUFKDVHRIWKHIROORZLQJ LQYLWHVWHQGHUVIRUWKHSXUFKDVHRIWKHIROORZLQJ LQYLWHVWHQGHUVIRUWKHSXUFKDVHRIWKHIROORZLQJ LQYLWHVWHQGHUVIRUWKHSXUFKDVHRIWKHIROORZLQJ BEC had acquired extra ones to ensure generation targets were met. We have completed overh auls to three of the Clifton Pier units, Mr Moss added. We should have been further along, but we lost a 20MW gas turbine a month or so ago. That completelye roded the spare capacity, so w e were not able to complete the overhaul of the units. For Clifton Pier, there are a further five units to be done. I guess we can say that w e have three units done, one 5 0 per cent complete, and the o thers have to follow. Were looking to resume the maintenance outages and overhauls on Wednesday and Thursday. T he gas turbines loss r equired acquisition of rental generation capacity. Still, Mr Moss explained that while BEC had been forced to temporarily discontinue its maintenance programme, it had used periods on weekends when New Providences elec-t ricity demand was below p eak to do piecemeal overhauls. These were designed so t hat when we take the units out they will not be down for as long as we ordinarily taket hem out. A part from dealing with its immediate woes, BEC is also focusing on the future, given expanded electrical generation needs on both New Provi dence and the Family I slands. We are currently putting together the Budget for then ext financial year, Mr Moss told Tribune Business. We are going to have to expandt he generation capacity at C lifton Pier. Probably over the next two years, were looking at expanding the gene ration capacity by about 30MW, and that will cost us in the order of $50 million. We have a number of Family Islands that will require some expansion of their generation capacity, too.I t will be a busy period over the next 18-36 months for us. M r Moss said BECs Fam ily Island capital expenditure requirements were still being calculated, but the proposed C lifton Pier expansion would take its New Providence gen eration capacity to between 350-370MW. He admitted, though, that BECs financial position was still tight, especially when it c ame to cash flow and revenues. Both are key to financing regular maintenance of BECs generation capacity, and an accumulation of net losses $21.225 million in 2 008, and $16.015 million in 2 007 have largely been responsible for the blackouts being experienced today. We still have challenges with trying to get customers to pay their bills on time, but its certainly far, far better t han it was 12 months ago from both perspectives of revenue generation and cash flow, Mr Moss told Tribune Business. Both of those are going to b e very important. If were n ot profitable were going to b e in difficulties, and if we show a profit but receivables get further out of hand we will be in difficulties. They [receivables] are not where we would like them to b e. We need to bring receiva bles under control and show consistent profitability. Mr Moss did not have current figures on BECs accounts receivables. The last audited financial statements for the Corporation, publ ished for the year ended September 30, 2008, showed that it was owed some $52.22 million by the private sector and $26.893 million by other gov-e rnment corporations and d epartments a grand total o f $79 million. S till, the BEC chairman expressed confidence that the Corporation would generate around $7 million in net income for the financial year that is due to end on Sept ember 30. H aving been marginally profitable in its 2010 financial year, Mr Moss told Tribune Business of BEC: We should still be on track to realise $7 million. Those rental units will be a bit of a h it for us, but were likely to come in around $7 million profit. The hit is going to be close to $3 million. Asked how far BEC was b eing financially self-suffic ient, Mr Moss replied: I t hink were probably another t wo years away from being able to say that with conviction. The main thing is going to be to get generation stability. Once weve stabilised genera tion and improved product ion from the Clifton Pier plant, in particular, that is going to be the first step in sustainable operations at the Corporation. He expressed hope, though, that BECs improvi ng financial condition would be recognised by the commercial banks and other lending institutions, encouraging them to be more lenienta nd allow the Corporation to s tand on its own feet rather than require government guarantees for its borrowing. Ms Moss added that the extra $24 million in revenue -g enerated from a combination of $12 million via its b asic tariff increase, and the same amount from the Government paying for street lighting had unquestionably helped to stabiliseB EC. Asked whether the cut in t he basic tariff rate, enacted under the former PLP administration, had played a major part in BECs financial predicament, Mr Moss replied: I think all you needt o do is look at the Corporations financial reports each year after that took place. The impact is very, very clear. It set the Corporation on a very slippery slope, nod oubt about it. gross domestic product (GDP Given that Hurricane Frances, a Category 4 storm with maximum wind speeds of 145 miles per hour, is of similar strength to Irene, and followed a similar path up the archipelago of i slands, the data produced by the IDB report gives a pretty good idea of the damage impact should worst fears be realised. A team from the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean estimated the total damage and loss at $351.5 million, representing approximately 7 per cent ofG DP, the IDB report said. The greatest damage/loss was sustained by the tourism, infrastructure, housing and education sectors. The IDB report noted that the housing sector suffered damages worth $31.2 million, with 6,682 houses throughout the Bahamas damaged and 671 destroyed. School buildings and furni t ure, and the health sector, sustained damage estimated at $20 million and $2.9 million respectively. Tourism facilities suffered an estimated $21 million worth of damage from the 2004 hurricanes, with the transportation industry sustaining damage worth $44.5 million. Apart from docks and coastal roads, some 62 per cent of Bahamian airports were impacted. And, according to the IDB report, some $10.7 million worth of livestock, crops and equipment was lost by the Bahamian agriculture and fisheries industries. The clean-up operation, and storm waste disposal, cost a further $21.6 million. There is no guarantee that Irene will inflict the same level of damage, but that IDB report gives a pretty good indicator of such a storms likely economic impact. Some of that 2004 damage will, of course, also have c ome from Jeanne, but Frances also largely spared New Providence, scoring only a glancing blow against the Bahamas main island. If Irene comes closer to New Providence, or scores a direct hit, the damage and economic loss levels are likely to be much greater. Much depends on whether Irene hits the likes of Nassau, Freeport and New Providence directly, plus other factors such as angle, storm surge levels and the speed at which the storm moves through. Bahamian companies, though, were yesterday leaving nothing to chance, with the hotel and tourism industry starting to experience their first booking cancellations. Frank Comito, the Bahamas Hotel Associations (BHA president, told Tribune Business: Weve advised businesses to review and activate their hurricane readiness plans, and the Ministry of Tourism is actively working on the ESF 12, which is the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA tourism. The Ministry is putting matters together, and activating stakeholder communication. Were starting to see some cancellations for the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday period. Nothing en masse. The cancellations at this point do not extend over the weekend, so we can only hope for the best. Were in a period where we have people staying for longer, Mr Comito added. Many of the Family Island hotels have closed down from midAugust, so were hoping the impact there will be minimal. Grand Bahama hotels are also getting into readiness mode. R obert Sands, Baha Mars senior vice-president of external and governmental affairs, told Tribune Business that the resort developer/owners Hurricane Response Team was meeting late yesterday to draw up detailed plans for Irene and go over their strategy. We have a very detailed hurricane response preparedness programme, not only for our operations but also the construction, Mr Sands said. We have initiated that plan in terms of securing sites, battening down equipment. We continue to monitor Irene very closely. Mr Sands said Baha Mars Hurricane Response Team featured representatives from both its hotel properties, the Sheraton and the Wyndham, and the likes of the laundry department and golf course, plus the construction site. Notwithstanding the track, it appears New Providence island will be impacted in some way, so we are taking all necessary precautions to secure property and mare sure associates and guests are safe, Mr Sands said. Weve gotten one or two small cancellations today from groups coming from the Family Islands to New Providence, and one or two small groups due to come from Florida on Thursday. Nothing significant. Both Cable Bahamas and the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC personnel throughout the Bahamas, both confirmed they had activated their disaster response plans. Marlon Johnson, BTCs vice-presi dent for sales and marketing, said: Were getting ready to have a meeting this afternoon [Monday] with the Busi ness Recovery Task Force to go over the Business Continuity Plan, and make s ure we get a sense of which islands will be impacted, in what sequence, and take all required steps to secure the life and welfare of staff. BTC would then focus on securing its property and infrastructure, and do as much as we can to keep the system up and running during the storm. Acknowledging that BTC was very concerned about Hurricane Irene and its potential impact, Mr Johnson added: Our key aim is to keep communications up and running, but we have to do so with safety first..... We have staff throughout the length and breadth of the islands, and in all communities we operate in, so hopefully the storm will move over open sea and we can avoid the worst. Winston Rolle, the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederations (BCCEC yesterday of Irene: Anything of this nature coming our way is going to disrupt the flow of business for at least a couple of days, and depending on the nature of it, it will result in some clean up and repairs that not only impact businesses from an operational perspective, but financially as well. Its not something we want to be contending with at this time. No time is a good time for a hurricane, but this is the season that we are in. It will have an impact on Back-to-School shopping, which tends to be a peak time for retail ers, and lets hope it does not delay the opening of schools. Mr Rolle expressed concern that Hurricane Irene, if it travels on its current projected path, would delay or damage ongoing construction repairs to Bahami an schools, delaying the start of the new school year. It looks like its going to be impacting a number of islands, the Chamber chairman said. FROM page one ROBERT SANDS Baha Mars senior vice-president of external and governmental affairs FIRMS PREPARE AS LAST STORM SIMILAR TO IRENE COST $352M FROM page one BEC EYEING $50M CLIFTON EXPANSION
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011, PAGE 5B LQYLWHVWHQGHUVIRUWKHSXUFKDVHRIWKHIROORZLQJ LQYLWHVWHQGHUVIRUWKHSXUFKDVHRIWKHIROORZLQJ LQYLWHVWHQGHUVIRUWKHSXUFKDVHRIWKHIROORZLQJ LQYLWHVWHQGHUVIRUWKHSXUFKDVHRIWKHIROORZLQJ LQYLWHVWHQGHUVIRUWKHSXUFKDVHRIWKHIROORZLQJ LQYLWHVWHQGHUVIRUWKHSXUFKDVHRIWKHIROORZLQJ By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A GOVERNMENT-APPOINTED C ommission will determine whether the Bahamian petroleum industry should be deregulated, and price controls removed, the minister of state for the environment confirmed yesterday. Phenton Neymour, who met with the Bahamas Retailers Petroleum Association (BPRA Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahamsr esponse to their request for a margin increase, did not say when the Commission would be appointed, who would be sitting on it, or whether the Government was leaning towards deregulation. When asked whether the Governm ent had taken a position on deregulation, Mr Neymour said: "The Government has not taken an official position. One of the reasons why we are putting together this Commission is to consider whether we would move toward deregulation." He added: "Currently, the Government has an established regulatory s tructure where there is a specific margin for the retailers and a specific margin for the wholesalers, and in the Family Islands there is a third element, which is the distributor. When asked when the Commission would be appointed, Mr Neymour responded: The Government has not appointed members of the Commission a t this time. What is important is who constitutes t his Commission. We would obviously need individuals who have past experience in the industry, not just in regards to running service stations but also in regards to pricing the product and understanding how the product is delivered and how its distributed throughout the Bahamas. We also need persons with legal experience and experience i n the retail business. The Commissions role is to look at the existing relationship between the retailers and the wholesalers, and to also look at the petroleum industry in the Bahamas with a view to ensuring that we have a product that is priced for the economic environment at this time. M r Neymour said deregulation would take the Government out of p rice/margin setting, and allow petroleum retailers to compete without it interfering in the pricing aspect. What deregulation would provide an avenue for is for that individual who simply wants to sell gasoline, to sell that gasoline at a cheaper margin, rather than having to help compensate for the franchise fees that these individuals curr ently having to pay, the minister added. They also have to pay a high rent for these convenience stores. If we can remove that from the equation there is an opportunity to reduce prices and introduce competition. Mr Neymour said a margin increase would have only provided temporary r elief to petroleum retailers. A margin increase relief would give them food f or a day, but what we need to do is address the industry and the way forward, he explained. A margin increase would serve their purpose for a period, and we may again end back in the same position depending on the market going forward. What we would need to do is address some of the deficiencies in the market, and r econsider the structure of the petroleum industry in the Bahamas today. Last Friday, the Cabinet Office advised that Prime Minister Ingraham had met with the chairman of the Margin Relief Committee of the Bahamas Petroleum Retailers Association, Oswald Moore, to review the state of the petroleum sector. H e denied their push for a margin increase. COMMISSION TO DECIDE PETROLEUM DEREGULATION was this exodus to the US. Mr Watchorn added that Hurricane Irenes a pproach was not going to do Back to School any f avours, because people will be diverted away from school supplies to hrricane necessities. Its going to impact sales this week as well. M eanwhile, Bernadette A rmbrister, a buyer for Kellys Home Centre, told Tribune Business: Sales have been going very well. Basically it's the same as last year.E very year you have a new set of people entering the school system. Overall, sales were great and we have seen a lot of traffic from it. I can say people are doing theirB ack to School shopping at home, and that's good." Charmaine Daley, store m anager at Johns Department Store, also added that sales hadi ncreased. "Things are really pick ing up now, she said. Sales are going pretty fine. We are getting busy at this time. We still have stock coming in. We havea nother shipment this week and two more to come after that. affairs, told Tribune Business t hat some 1,060 Bahamians had been employed on the B aha Mar project to date as P hase One construction moved to a close. T he first coat of paint was being placed on the bank and government buildings comprising Baha Mars Commercial Village, Mr Sandss aid, with the re-routed West Bay Street likely to be open t o the motoring public by early December 2011. Confirming that Baha Mar was on target with its project t imelines, Mr Sands said cons truction of the core site the casino and casino hotel, plus the other resorts andc onvention centre was set to start in earnest in either December or at the beginn ing of January 2012. Weve created to date in e xcess of 1,060 job opportunities for Bahamians, and the v alue of contracts awarded to date in the local environment has been close to $100 mill ion, Mr Sands told Tribune Business. I can say that if you take t he aggregate of Bahamian companies, we may have used close to 100 different compa nies engineering firms, p lumbing firms, electrical firms, earthmoving firms, construction firms doing a m ultitude of work. We have done all this, as we committed to do, and areo n target to achieve these i mpacts. Theres certainly no question in my mind that the economic impacts envisaged a re being materialised. Mr Sands expressed hope that all properties in the Commercial Village would be r eady for occupancy by December 2011, and added: Were coming close to thee nd almost of the first phase, and those pictures (see page B1 and above) illustrate the a mount of work done. The commercial buildings Scotiabank, the police and fire station, Commonwealth Bank, and Fidelity Bank are a lready having the first coat of paint put on. Were black topping some of the roads, and are beginning to land s cape. Its really taking shape. We envisage those roadsb eing open for driving traffic sometime around early December this year. It fallsc ertainly within the timeline set, or maybe slightly ahead o f the timeline set, and occupancy of the Commercial Village facilities will take place i n a similar timeframe. Mr Sands added that piling work for the core project stage, for which China State C onstruction is the main con tractor, was at an advanced stage. As soon as the piling works is completed, which will take us to the end of thisy ear, with the demolition of the bank buildings and so forth, that will be a milestone for the start of the core project in earnest at the end of 2 011/beginning of January, h e said. A sked about job opportun ities for Bahamians when it came to Baha Mars core d evelopment, Mr Sands said the developer had onlya warded 25 per cent of the t otal value of contracts some $ 400 million it had pledged to grant to local firms. And, given that it had promised to create 4,000 jobs for Bahamians during construction, some 3,000 sucho pportunities remained as Baha Mar was also just 25 per cent of the way to completingt his goal. Weve always said we will c reate in excess of 4,000 job o pportunities, Mr Sands c onfirmed. Were 25 per cent of the way, and coming to the endo f the first phase, so there are still opportunities to be cre-a ted in areas surrounding the core project. W ith the bulk of Chinese construction workers set to arrive in 2012, Mr Sands said B aha Mar was quite satisfied with progress on its $2.6 billion project to date. Were extremely encoura ged by what is happening, and look forward to continu ing to advance this project, h e added. Were very satisfied, and the vision of the Izmirlian f amily coming to reality is a real sense of satisfaction for them. BACK TO SCHOOL SALES ARE MIXED FROM page one FROM page one 100 BAHAMIAN FIRMS HIRED FOR BAHA MAR
A THENS, Greece A ssociated Press GREECE'Sfinance mini ster said Monday that the crisis-afflicted economy will s hrink more than expected t his year, putting further p ressure on the country's a mbitious deficit-cutting effort. Evangelos Venizelos said the ministry forecasts annual output to shrink in 2011 b etween 4.5 percent and 5.3 percent of Gross Domestic Product. Venizelos had previously a dmitted that the recession m ight be over last year's 4.5 percent, a whole percenta ge point worse than initially estimated. The government has forecast a timid return to growth in 2012, but that now seems very unrealistic. All the measures we are taking ... are aimed to stem the recession," Venizelos said. A fter living above its m eans for years until punishing interest rates forced i t out of bond markets, Greece is now only kept solvent by a double rescue loan deal worth ?220 billion ($317 billion E uropean partners and the International Monetary Fund. I n return, the Socialist government has promised to reduce a bloated budget deficit, sell ?50 billion worth of state assets by 2015 and strictly abide by a highly unpopular austerity p rogram that already has eaten deep into wages and pensions. E U and IMF officials will be in Athens later this week to monitor progress onw hich continued disbursement of the rescue loans depends. "We (are approaching t he last quarter, the budget must be executed, we must achieve our fiscal targets a nd this has become very difficult due to the deeper recession," Venizelos told a news conference. There is undoubtedly a vicious cycle. We have been obliged over the past twoy ears and in the coming three to implement a gigan tic fiscal adjustment ... which has a negative impact o n the real economy. But these are the terms under which we receive our loansa nd rescue packages." Venizelos said he will discuss the matter with the vis iting European Union, European Central Bank and IMF representatives, also known as the "troika." He stressed, however, that the previous recession estimates had been worked out in cooperation with troika officials. The government has committed to cutting budget overspending from 10.5 per cent of GDP in 2010 to 7.5 percent this year. "We will see how the deeper recession affects the fiscal result," Venizelos said. "If all the measures already voted through parliament are implemented, we will be within our tar gets or at least extremely close to our targets. And this is the basic issue we will discuss with the troika." Venizelos said Greece's borrowing needs for September when the next batch of international loans must be released have been secured. The year-and-a-half old austerity program, accom panied by unemployment approaching 17 percent and repeated tax hikes, has angered ordinary Greeks and unions, which have staged a series of general strikes. Asked Monday whether Greek society could take new austerity measures, Venizelos said: "No, obvi ously." He also conceded by assuming the finance portfolio at the height of the crisis "I have most likely sacrificed whatever political prospects I had." BUSINESS P AGE 6B, TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 3$8//(7('2/&(72866$,17 RI63$1,6+:(//6(/(87+(5$%$+$0$6 GREECE EXPECTS ITS RECESSION TO DEEPEN GREECE'S FINANCE MINISTER Evangelos Venizelos addresses reporters during a news conference in Athens, Monday. (AP
NEW YORK Associated Press INTERNATIONALoil prices fell Monday on the prospect that exports from Libya will return to the market at a time of economic weakness. It will be at least several months before Libya is pro-d ucing enough oil to start exporting it again. But any extra shipments could lower the price of gasoline, which has already come down more than40 cents a gallon from its peak in May. Brent crude, which is used to price many international oilv arieties, dropped 92 cents to $107.70 per barrel in London. U.S. benchmark crude fell briefly, then rose $1.01 to $83.42 per barrel in New York as traders used a financial strategy to take profits. Gasoline already has d ropped 41 cents from a peak of $3.98 a gallon on May 5 to $3.57 Monday. That's because a slowdown in the global economy has cut demand for crudeand fuel. Pump prices could fall as low as $3.25 per gallon byt he middle of September. Now, traders are also considering the possibility that Libya's six-month rebellion could return more oil to markets. Over the weekend, rebels overran forces loyal to Moamm ar Gadhafi and claimed control of much of the nation's capital. Gadhafi's whereabouts were unknown and two of his sons were captured by rebels. The ouster of Gadhafi, who ruled the North African nation for four decades, would clear the way for a new government a nd a return to oil production, which stopped during the conflict. Libya sits on the largest oil reserves in Africa. Before the uprising, it was the world's 12th largest exporter, delivering more than 1.5 million barrels per day to mostly European markets. How quickly its production can be restart depends on a number of factors, includinghow fast the rebels form a government and how soon inter national oil companies move workers back to Libya. It will also take time for the nation's oil fields and pipelines to come up to full speed. Technicians from Italian oil company Eni were already working to restart oil and natural gas production in Libya, according Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini. Eni is the largest foreign producer in the country. Eni declined to elaborate on the comments, but noted that restarting production could take some time a couple months for natural gas and even a year for oil. Repsol, another big producer in Libya, was not reachable for comment. In other Nymex trading for September contracts, heating oil lost less than a penny to $2.8954 per gallon and gasoline futures dropped 3.67 cents to $2.8045 per gallon. Natural gas fell 4.9 cents to $3.891 per 1,000 cubic feet. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011, PAGE 7B 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.171.170.000.1550.0807.56.84% 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% 2.842.55Bahamas Waste2.702.700.002500.0300.09090.03.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 11.108.29Cable Bahamas8.488.480.000.2450.31034.63.66% 2.802.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8 .508.33Commonwealth Brewery8.508.500.000.7400.00011.50.00% 7.006.21Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.001.63Consolidated Water BDRs1.571.56-0.010.1110.04514.12.88% 1.901.31Doctor's Hospital1.371.370.000.0740.11018.58.03% 5 .504.75Famguard5.435.430.003900.4980.24010.94.42% 8.505.35Finco5.395.390.001,6250.7570.0007.10.00% 9.747.75FirstCaribbean Bank8.298.290.000.4940.35016.84.22% 6.005.00Focol (S 5.755.750.000.4350.22013.23.83% 1 .001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7 .305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.00-0.1220.240-59.8 3.29% 10.809.80J. 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Johnson9.829.820.001400.8800.64011.26.52% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.001.2070.2008.32.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity 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 19 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%MONDAY, 22 AUGUST 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,398.08| CHG -0.01 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -101.43 | YTD % -6.76BISX 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%L ast 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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(AP WASHINGTON Associated Press THE NUMBERof Americans at risk of foreclosure is rising, reflecting the U.S. economy's continued struggles. The Mortgage Bankers Association said Monday that 8.44 percent of homeowners missed at least one mortgage payment in the April-June quarter. That figure, which is adjusted for sea s onal factors, rose 0.12 percentage point from the JanuaryMarch period. In a normal market, the percentage of delinquent borrowers is about 1.1 percent, according to the trade group. Delinquent mortgages have plummeted from a record high of more than 10 percent of residential mortgages a year ago. But the decline is due partly to delays in foreclosure filings that are backlogged in several state courts, including Florida, New Jersey, Illinois and New York. T he end of a state and federal investigation into faulty fore closure paperwork will likely lead to increased foreclosures later this year. Analysts say the increase is especially worrisome because it's due mainly to high unemployment, which tends to raise the number of missed payments and foreclosures over time. And once delayed foreclosures are re-started, the economy could suf fer a hit. "The current processing delays mean this will not happen q uickly, underlining our view that both the housing market and the economy will remain weak for a few years," said Paul Dales, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics. The quarterly survey covers nearly 88 percent of primary resi dential mortgages totaling nearly 44 million loans. MORE AMERICANS AT RISK OF FORECLOSURE IN Q2
THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y AUGUST 23, 201 1, P AGE 9B B O D Y A N D M I N D (ARA) Excitement for the new sc hool ye ar i s grow ing a nd whe ther i t 's p r e -sc ho o l o r h i g h sc h o o l, a l l p a rents want their children to do well b oth ac ade mic all y and soc iall y. Parents c an d o som e s imp le things at home to help set their children on t h e r i g h t p a t h t o r e a c h t h e i r f u l l potential. D r K e r i M a r s h a l l i s a m o t h e r l ic e n ce d n a t u r o p a t h i c d o ct o r a n d sch ool lun ch nu tr it io nal ad vocat e. He r e ar e h er t o p t i p s f o r p ar e n t s who want to give their kids a great start in the classroom. 1 EA T A B A L A NCED BREAKFAS T Chi ldr e n's bod ies a nd de velop ing b r a i n s n e e d h e a l t h y n u t r i t i o n t o g r o w T h a t s w h y b r e a k f a s t i s s o important after a good night's rest i t h e lp s yo u r c hi l d fe e l e n er g ise d a n d pr o d uc t iv e an d s up p or t s h i m i n a w ay that e nables him to ha ve a po s i t i v e d a y S k i p p i n g b r e a k f a s t ca n l ea ve y ou r c hi ld fe eli ng slu gg ish a nd i r r i t a b l e a n d m a y e v e n p r o m o t e na u se a a nd he a da c h e s. S om e s tu di e s have shown that routinely skipping m eals can l ead to o besi ty becaus e children will seek more calories lat er in the day. S ta r t t h e d ay o f f r ig ht an d gi ve yo ur k ids a h ealth y b reak fas t th at i n c l u d e s p r o t e i n f r u i t a n d w h o l e g r a i n s A ba l a nc e d b r e a k f as t wi l l l ea v e t h e m f ee l i n g s a t i s f i e d u n t i l lunch so they can focus on academ ic and social skills while at school. I nclude fo ods s uch as whole gr ain toast or oatmeal, fruits like berries, b a na n as a n d a pp l es a nd p r o t ei n r i ch o pt io ns l ik e egg s yo gu rt an d milk. 2. STAR T EV ERY D A Y W IT H H EAL TH Y E S SENT IAL FA T S : OMEGA -3 S You may have hea r d of E PA and DHA a s omega-3 e lement s in fis h oi l su pp le m en ts, bu t ju st h ow c ri tic a l th es e a re f or y ou r c hi l d ma y surp ri se you. Omeg a-3s ar e es sential nutrients found in fish oil and have been shown to improve children's cogni tive d eve lopm ent and suppo r t ove ra l l g o o d h e a l t h L o w e r l e v e l s o f omega -3 a r e associated with behav io ra l dis or de rs incl udi ng att ent io n deficit dis order ( ADD) and attent i on de fi ci t h yp er a ct iv it y d i s or d er ( ADHD) This fatty acid is es sential for brain and eye development b ef o r e b ir t h an d co n t in u es t o b e ess e nt ia l for c ognitive developme nt throughout childhood. P r o v i d i n g a d e q u a t e l e v e l s o f omega-3s through a child's diet can be d iff icult and s tu dies sh ow that m o s t c h i l d r e n ( a n d a d u l t s ) a r e d ep ri v e d o f th i s es se n ti a l g oo d f a t. A f i s h o i l s u p p l e m e n t s p e c i f i c a l l y d e si g n e d f or c hi l d re n s u c h a s N o rd i c Na tura ls Ch ild ren' s D HA, is a g rea t way to support brain health so chil dren can do well at school. 3. D A IL Y RH Y T HM S A RE E S SENT IAL C hi l dr e n b en ef i t f r o m ha vi n g a r e g u l a r r o u t i n e e a c h d a y T h e s e dai ly r hyt hms hel p bal ance t he day so kids can ph ysicall y and men tally k n o w w h a t t o e x p e c t O f c o u r s e eve ry bus y fam il y nee ds t o be fl exi b l e b u t e s t a b l i s h i n g a r o u t i n e s ho u ld b e a pr i or i t y. S t ar t at n ig ht wh en i t' s t im e fo r be d. T r y t o p ut chil dr en to s leep at the s a me tim e ev ery e ven ing. If y ou al lo w f o r b ef or e b ed ti m e a ct iv it i es l i k e r e a d i n g o r b at h s s t a r t t h o s e w ell ahe ad o f time A reg ula r nig httime r outine will help lead to a regu l a r m o r n i n g r o u t i n e w h e r e t h e b od y wa ke s u p m or e n at u r al l y at the s ame t ime each mor nin g, ready f or a pr o du ct iv e da y at s ch o ol 4. MAKE TIM E F OR EXERCIS E I t s l i k e l y t h a t y o u r c h i l d g e t s s o m e e x e r c i s e a t s c h o o l d u r i n g g y m c l a s s a n d r e c e s s b u t i t s i m p o r t a n t t o i n cl u d e e x er ci s e an d p l a y af t er s ch o o l a s we l l E x er ci s e n o t o n l y h e l p s k i d s m a i n t a i n a h e a l t h y w e i g h t a n d e n c o u r a g e s m u s c le a n d b o n e s t r e n gt h i t a l s o h el p s c h i l d r e n b u r n e x ce s s en e r g y s o t h e y s l e e p b e t t er Re m e m b e r ch i l d r en s h o u l d ex e r c i s e f o r 3 0 t o 60 m i nu t e s e ve r y d ay a f t er s ch o ol E xe r ci s e f o r k i d s ca n b e a l o t o f fu n. T h e C ent r es fo r D is e as e Con tr ol a nd P r e ve nt i o n s ug ge s t s t h r ee di f f e r e n t t y p es o f p h ys i ca l ac t i vi t y for c h ild ren : ae ro bic a c t ivi ty which c a n i n c l u d e r u n n i n g b i k i n g a n d d a n c i n g ; m u s c l e s t r e n g t h e n i n g a c t i v i t y s u c h a s g y m n a s t i c s o r pu s h u p s ; a n d b o ne s t r e n gt h e n in g a ct i v i t y s u ch a s j u m p i n g r o p e o r s o c ce r T h e s e t i p s w i l l h e l p p u t y o u r chil d o n the pa th to s ucces s f or t he u p c o m i n g s c h o o l y e a r H e a l t h y l i f e s t y l e ch o i c e s a n d g o o d n u t r i t i o n m a k e a l l t h e d i f f er e n ce s u p p o r t i n g a h e al t h y b o d y a n d m i n d a n d m a y e v e n h e l p y o u r c h i l d r e a ch t h e t o p o f t h e cl a s s By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter G OVERNMENT support is essential in helping children with disabilities this is the les son learned by a Bahamian doctor who was given the opportunity to speak at an international forum on autism as part of the launch of a new global initiative to improve services, raise awareness and fund research. Dr Michelle Major was one of the e x p e r t s i n v i t e d b y P r i m e M i n i s t er Sheik h H asina W ajed of B angl ade s h a n d A u t i s m S p e a k s t h e w o r l d s largest autism science and advocacy or ga nis a t ion to g ive a pr esentation a t t h e i n t e r n a t i o n a l c o n f e r e n c e A u t i s m S p e c t r u m D i s o r d e r s an d D e v e l o p m e n t a l D i s a b i l i t i e s i n Bangladesh and South East Asia." T h e c o n f e r e n c e w a s h e l d i n Bangladesh from July 25-29, 2011. Experiences A ut is m S pe a k s, i n p a rtn e rs hi p w i th t h e W o r l d H e a l t h O r g a n i s a t i o n ( W H O ) a n d t h e G o v e r n m e n t o f B a n g l a d e s h l a u n c h e d t h e G l o b a l Autism Public Health (GAPH) ini tiative in Bangladesh. Dr M ajor w h o began her career in the field of autism as an inclusion t e ac her a nd a v erbal beha viour the ra pi st (A B A) f o r c h i ld r e n w i t h a u ti sm told Tribune Health about her expe rience in Bangladesh. "It was an honour to be invited to p ar ti cip ate i n a mo nu men tal event whe re the first time e ve r in h istory, a g r ou p o f cou nt r i es go t t o get h er t o sign a declaration to make a differ e n ce i n t he l i ve s o f ch i l d r e n, s h e said. D r M a j o r s a i d t h e e x p e r i e n c e sh o w e d h e r j u st h o w im p o rt a n t i t i s to have government support in making a difference in the lives of children with disabilities. A l so i t i ns pi re d me to c on t in u e t o advocate for c h ildr en w it h dis a b ilities," she said. Dr Major curr ently ser ve s as the c l i n i c a l d i r e ct o r o f t h e Ca r i b b e a n C e ntre fo r C h il d De v el op me nt i n th e Ba h am a s ha v i ng o ve r 1 2 y ea r s o f e x p e r i e n c e w o r k i n g w i t h c h i l d r e n with disabilities in both the pr iv ate and public sectors. She also has extensive experience i n t h e a d m i n i s t r a t i o n o f d e v e l o p m e n t a l a n d n e u r o p s y c h o l o g i c a l assessments. Dr Major specialises in the assess m en t a n d d i a g no s is of a u t i s m an d lo winc id en ce d isa bil itie s in c hil dren Apart f orm her most r ec ent presenta tion in B ang lad esh, she ha s gi ve n t al k s at l o c a l, re g io n al a n d n a ti on a l c o nf e r e n ce s o n t op i c s s u ch : t he e ff e c ti v e n e ss of in te r v en t io n s fo r c h il dre n wi th au tism; app lie d be ha vio ural analysis; parental stress related to having a child with a disability, and attribution theory. Th e hi stori c tw o -da y c on fere nc e i n B an gl a de sh brou gh t tog e the r re g io nal pol itici ans, internati onal orga nisat io ns an d aca dem ics t o d is cu s s t he current state of autism research and a d v o c a c y w i t h i n t h e S o u t h A s i a n r egi on as well as op po r tu ni ti es fo r future collaboration. The confer ence ser ved to launch the South As ia Autis m N etwor k, a m ul t i n at i on a l n e t wo r k o f go v er n me nts, org ani satio ns, and p r i va te c iti z en s c om m it te d to c om ba t in g a u ti sm throughout South Asia. S u z a n n e a n d B o b W r i g h t c o f o u n d e r s o f A u t i s m S p e a k s a d d re ss e d t he c o n fe r e n c e p a r ti c i p a n ts t h r o u g h a v i d e o m e s s a g e s t a t i n g : W e ar e c o m m it te d to s up p o rti n g t h e global autism community and know that r apid and sus tainable progres s i s p o s s i b l e w h en k ey s t a k eh o l d e r s work collabor a t ive l y t o r eac h common goals." W A N T A N A -P L U S S T U D E N T ? H E A L T H Y L I F E ST Y L E T I P S FO R A C A D E M I C S U CC E S S AUTI S M SPE AK S : LI S TEN! AUTISM is a disorder of neural development characterised by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behaviour. According to the Mayo Clinic, autism appears in early childhood usually before age three. "Though symptoms and severity vary, all autism disorders affect a child's ability to communicate and interact with others. "The number of children diagnosed with autism appears to be rising. It's not clear whether this is due to better detection and reporting of autism, a real increase in the num ber of cases, or both. While there is no cure for autism, intensive, early treatment can make a big difference in the lives of many children with the disorder." W HA T I S AU TIS M? S TA KE HOL DE RS : DR M ic h e ll e Ma j or ( th ir d fr om le f t) wi th a d el e g at i on of s t ak e h o ld e rs an d P ri me M in i st e r Sh e ik h Hasina Wajed of Bangladesh (centre) at the "Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities in Bangladesh and South East Asia" conference. CONNECTING: DR Michelle Major working with special needs children in Bangladesh. P R E S E N T A T I O N : D R M i c h e l l e M a j o r makes a presentation at an international autism conference in Bangladesh.
WOMAN P AGE 10B, TUESDA Y AUGUST 23, 201 1 THE TRIBUNE (A R A ) Age means differ ent thi ngs to di ffer e n t people. W h a t s o m e m i g h t t h i n k o f a s o l d o t h e r s m a y v i e w a s "young." To present a youthful image to the world, making adjustments to your appearance is key. To proj ec t the rig ht ki nd of yo uthfu l ima ge it' s im porta nt to know how to av oid going too far. A c ommon mistake is dr e s sing too young in an effort to avoid looking too old. Striking a ba l a n c e b e tw e e n e m br a c i n g c u r re n t, y o u th f ul tr e n ds a n d a dd i n g your own style will create a more balanced look. To give your look an age-appropriate revision, get started with these steps. Hair One of the first signs of age is grey hair. Hair dye is a s ol u t io n th a t s e e ms t o h e l p m i n i m is e t h e a g i n g pr o c e ss b u t f or man y peo ple dye ing is a c ostl y soluti on. C onsi der tryi ng an a ll natural supplement like Rise-n-Shine's all natural Go Away Gra y' p il ls, w hi c h use s th e e nz y me c a ta la se to b ring ba ck h a ir's natural colour. Catalase, produced naturally by the body dur ing you th, s lo wly be gin s to depl ete as the yea rs w ear on. Ca talase breaks down hydrogen peroxide, which is naturally pro duced in the body and which bleaches hair gray. Cl ot h es Both men and wome n c an bene f i t from b r ing ing a b i t o f m o d e r n i ty i n t o th e i r w a r d ro b e s It i sn t n e c e s sa ry t o p o r e over f a s hion mag azines and c ulti v ate an ey e for h a ut e cout u r e Se ek fr e s h take s on items tha t nev er g o out of s ty le, s uc h as a button down in the latest color trend. Don't go for too much embellishment, as it can look overdone. Fits and cuts cha nge as yea rs pass, and item s as s im ple as white T-shirts c an look outda ted just by hav ing an ol der sty le co llar. W hen shopping, don't be afraid to ask questions; many stores offer com p lim ent ary p er so nal s ho ppi ng s erv ices that can hel p in t he quest to look younger. A c c e sso ri es C l ot he s pr ov i de a pa l e tte bu t a c c es sori e s ad d int ere st. It' s e x tre me ly e asy to fa ll i nto th e tra p of b uy ing ite ms that are too juvenile, but it's just as easy to pick up items that age y our lo ok. Acc essories th at are all abo ut fun ction w ith no thought given to style, are a quick way to look older, but friv olous details like bows, ruffles, whimsical prints and tons of pockets take things in the other direction. Look for middle gr ou nd in s le e k, un d er sta t ed it em s ma d e w i th qu a li ty ma t er ia l s. Fo r a fu n y e t c l a ss y l o o k, re l y o n a c c e sso r ie s t o a d d a p o p o f c ol or, rather than using them to make a big statement. S k i n Y our fac e is the fir st t h ing people notic e a bout y ou, but it is also the body part most prone to the aging process. A good skin care regimen is important, of course, but having an extra helper to maintain the look of skin is ideal. By taking a skin-supporting supplement like Wrinkle Remedy, the facial area can begin to look youthful again. Another way to refresh skin's appearance is to adopt a new beau ty r o utine. Less r e all y i s more w hen it co mes to a chi evi ng a na tu ral yo ut hfu l lo ok. Sto p by a ma ke up c ou nt er a nd a sk for s ugg est i ons or even a makeo ver that w ill be the perfec t finishing touch. It has be en said that age is all a bout att itude. While that rem ai ns true a pp ea ran c e al so c on ve ys a tti tud e, so sh ow ev e ryone that looks are not only skin deep. Special to The Tribune Get Well Bahamas L ET'S face it, figuring out fats can be frustrating, what with the plethora of choices we have for cooking extra virgin olive oil, canola, corn, vegetable, peanut, almond. It doesn't matter what fats we choose, right? Then there are food labels which te ll of sat urate d, mo no-u nsatu rate d, trans, poly-unsaturated. All of this doesn't matter, right? Wrong. "When we choose the right fats it p rev en ts u s from d ev el opi ng c ardi ov a s c u l a r d i s e a s e w h i c h d e v e l o p s fr om eati ng fr ied f oods and s weet f oo d s l i ke t he d on u t s a nd t h e i ce cream, all of which are fats as well. But when we do fats right, we pro te ct ou r he ar t i mp r o ve o u r b r ai n po wer that is, us being able to st a y awake and be alert, prevent certain c a n c ers d e c rea se ou r r isk f or de v e lo p i n g T y p e 2 d i a b e t e s b r i n g o u r l ip id pro fi le in to b al a nc e a nd h a ve a m o r e e f f i c i e n t m e t a b o l i s m J a n M ar t in Is a acs of Jemi Hea lt h an d Wellne s s told the ch allenge r s of the Get Well Bahamas programme. There are four categories of fats; two bad saturated fats and trans fats, and two good mono-unsatu rated and poly-unsaturated fats. Si mp ly p ut t oo m uch sa tu r at ed fat and/or trans fat in the diet pre disposes one to weight gain and the d evelop ment of i llnes s es l ike hi gh b l o o d p r e s s u r e T y p e 2 d i a b e t e s osteoarthritis, and high cholesterol. "We call saturated fats the fourlegged fats. That's the cow, the pig, e v e ry t h i n g w i th f ou r l e g s Th i s i s w h y we're ill. We need fat in our bodies to help with metabolism, so there's noth ing w rong w ith h av ing th e satur a ted fats li ke the r e d m eats, but w e enc ou rag e yo u to hav e th e lea n portio ns o f the f our-l eg ge d a nim al s, not t h e f a t t y p or t i o n s A n d ea t t h e s e lean portions only one to two times p e r w e e k a s o p p o s e d t o e v e r y evening," Mrs Isaacs said. O n e s ho u l d b e c a r e f u l o f d a i r y foods. Any whole milk product like ic e c re a m o r w ho l e m il k i s c ho c k f u ll o f s at ur ated fat M rs I s aacs n ot ed that pediatricians say that after the age of two, human beings need not consume whole milk for its calcium nutritional value. T ra ns f a ts a re po i so no u s a nd to x ic to the body. So when you're buy ing cookies and you read down the label and it says 'trans fat' or 'par tia lly h ydro ge nat ed fat s put it ba ck on the shelf because this is factoryg e n e r a te d f a t t h a t i s i n fu s e d i n t o v e g e ta b le oi l s i n or d e r t o ex t en d t h e food's shelf life," Mrs Isaacs said. Labels The easiest way to eliminate bad fats from the diet is to know labels. While most processed foods con t a i n s a t u ra te d f a t G e t W e ll B a h a m a s challengers, in future sessions, will le a rn h ow to lo ok f or a ra tio of h ig h er mon o and p olyu ns atu rat ed f ats a n d l o we r r a t i o o f s a t u r a t ed f at s Ho w e ver, n o allo w a nce sh ould b e made for trans fats. D e b u n k i n g o n e c o o k i n g m y t h Mrs Isaacs said that butter is better t han mar gar in e: "Go b ack to b utter M a r garine is bad for you. B ut you want to use butt e r in small portions. Also, cut out that hard short e n i n g w h i c h y o u m e l t a n d d i g e s t because it hardens in the body and sticks to your arteries." T h e r e i n l i e s t h e d i f f e r e n c e between good and bad fats. M o n o u n s a t u r a t e d a n d p o l y unsaturated fats are your good fats, w h ic h a re p la nt -b ase d B ec a u se th e y are plant-based, they r e main l iquid, not hardening like other fats," Mrs Isaacs said. However, even a good thing like extra virgin olive oil or corn oil can turn bad if overheated. W h e n e x t ra v i r g i n o i l a n d c o rn o i l r ea ch a ce r t ain t em per a t ur e, t hey start to release free radicals which a r e re s p o n si b l e fo r c a u s in g c a n c e r s i n t h e b o d y S o wh e n p e o p l e s a y I don't use bad fats. I fry my food in ex tr a v ir g in ol ive oi l, it 's s t il l b ad because you're taking the tempera ture of the oil too high and then t h e o i l h a s lo st it s n ut ri t io n a l v a l ue sa i d Mrs Isaacs. Unre fine d c orn oil sho uld o nly g o u p t o 32 0 d e gr e es ( a f t er t h i s f r ee radicals are released), which makes this ideal for stir fries and sautÂŽing. U se re fi n ed c or n o il fo r fry i n g. E x tr a virgin olive oil should only go up to 320 degrees before it becomes dan gerous. F o o d s l i k e n u ts fl a x s e e d a n d a v o c ad o s a re ri c h i n t he se g o od fa t s, a n d a r e a c t ua l l y p ro a c t iv e Av o c a d os f or e x a m pl e re d u c e b a d c h ol e ste r ol a n d i n c re a se th e g o o d c h ol e st e rol re du c ing triglycerides and protecting the b o d y a g a in s t d e v e l o p i n g i n s u l i n r e s i st a n c e w hi c h l e a d s t o Ty p e 2 di a b e te s T h e b e s t f a t s o f a l l a r e y o u r p o ly u ns at u ra te d f at s. T he se a re y o ur omega -3 f ats So w h ile d ecr eas ing your red meat, you should increase fish intake. Increas e intake of oily f is h li ke sa lm on t un a, ma c k ere l sa rd i n e s a n d h e rr in g Y ou c a n a l s o h a v e t h e se f i sh i n t h e c a n bu t g e t t he o ne s t hat a re set tle d in w at er, (no t in oi l). Inc r ea s ing y our Omeg a 3 foods like flax seeds and oysters reduce blood c l otti ng i n the bod y, an d blo od p ressure," Mrs Isaacs said. T h e G e t W e l l B a h a m a s c h a l l e ng e rs al so re c e iv e d a Sto p a nd G o Guide', a booklet which sets out all the acceptable fats. Armed with these tools, the chal l e n g e r s a r e w e l l o n t h e i r w a y t o doing their fats right. V I SU A L I M P A IR ME N T A N D M O UT H HE A L T H VISUAL impairment includes blind ne s s, c olour bli ndness a nd lo w vision. I t d o e s n o t i nc l u de pr ob l e ms w i th si gh t t ha t c an be c orr e cte d by c onv entiona l m eans (e .g refra ct ive co rr e c tion me dic a tion or surgery). The te r m visual impa ir m ent rela tes to a degr ee o f l os s o f vi s ion r at her th an any eye disorder. In fact, there are many eye disorders that can lead to visual impairments and i n c l u d e r e t i n a l d e g e n e r a t i o n a n d albinism; cataracts and glaucoma; mus c u l a r p ro bl e m s t h at r es ul t i n e y es ig h t di st urba nc e ; di ab eti c re tin op ath y; d iso rders a t birt h a nd i nfe c tion s a ffe c tin g the e ye s. B r a i n a n d n er ve d i s o r d e r s c an a l s o contribute to visual impairment. In the U nite d Sta tes, the t erms "pa rtia lly sig hted ", lo w vi s io n ", le gal l y bl i nd an d t o ta l l y bl i n d" a re c o m m on l y us e d Th e y can be described as follows: Partially sighted is when someone is unable to see properly and even with corrective aids, normal activities are prevented or seriously hindered. Low vision applies to all individuals with sight who are unable to read the newspaper at a normal viewing distance, even with the aid of eyeglasses or contact lenses. They use a combination of vision and other senses to learn, although they may require adaptations in lighting or the size of p ri n t B ra i l l e m a y a l s o b e c o m e n e c e s s a r y Legally blind indicates that a person has less than 20/200 vision in the better eye with the best correction (contact lenses or glasses) possible or a field of vision of less than 20 degrees in the better eye. Totally blind persons must learn via Braille or other non-visual media. P e rs on s w i th v i su a l i m p a i rm e nt a re d i sa d v a n t a g e d w h e n i t c o m e s t o m o u t h health. T hey are n ot in a p osi ti on to d etec t a n d re a l ise e ar ly m o u th d is ea s e. Th is fa ct m eans that the v is ually impaired, would not be a bl e to ac t s w i ft ly t o e ra dic a te m out h disease unl e s s t he y a r e infor m ed of the sit u ati on. E v en t h ou gh th e a fo r em en ti o ne d i s t ru e, th er e is n o sci en ti fi c d a ta sug g e st in g t h a t c hi l d re n wi t h v i s u a l i m p a i rm e n t ha v e mor e d ent al ac c id ent s w it h as s o c iat ed frac tures. Of note, a dapted mouth health ed uc ation pr ogrammes w ould benef it pers o n s w i t h v i s u a l i m p a i r m e n t t r e m e n d o u s l y W he n p e rso ns wi th v i su al i m pa i rm e nt s visit their denta l h ealth c a r e p r o f e ss i onal it is c ruc ia l that the dental profess ional keeps une xpect e d offic e noises and s en s a t ions to a minimum. It is al so p rud en t to h av e m ed ical /de n t al hi s to r y and c on s ent f or ms i n l ar ge font or Br aille. I ns tr uc ti o n s g i v e n t o p a t ie n t s a ft e r pr o c edures ma y a l so be taped. I ndiv iduals w ith vis ual impair m ent s s hould alw a ys be e nc o urag ed to fee l and to uc h th e s u rr ounding s in t he operator y ( e .g. dental c h a i r a n d e q u i p m e n t ) t o f a m i l i a r i s e themselves w ith thos e s urr ounding s Of parti cular importanc e, the de n tal o ff ic e per s onne l s houl d us e a ver bal ly or ie nt e d appr oa c h. It is a b so lu te l y n e ce ssa ry fo r t he de n ta l t e a m t o t h o r o u g h l y e x p l a i n a l l p ro c e d u r e s be f ore p erf or mi n g th e m a n d t o co mm e n t o n o d o ur s, te x t u re s, v i b ra t io n s a n d t a st e s. A ll p erso ns in t he o pe ra tory sho uld be th e e y e s f or t he vi su al ly im p a ire d An e cdotally, patients with visual impairment show low p ain to leran c e w h ich c ou ld be due to their increased touch sensitivity. I t is a lso a pprop r ia te in the den tal setting, that the person w ith visual impairme nt is told befor e he is t ouched, especi a lly on the face; i nformed when s taff enter s and leaves the r oom; and g i v en an ar m to as s is t w hen enter i ng and/ or lea ving a room (never pus h ed) In a d di t io n to a l l o f t h e se g o o d p r a cti ce habits, a good dental healthcare profes sional will also paint doors, pillars, steps an d edg es i n br i gh t c ol ou r s a nd al lo w g u i d e d o g s i n o p e r a to ri e s. T h e r e i s t h e r e fore, no good reason why visual impair me nt would and s h ould hinde r anyone from seeking dental help. Mouth health is crucial and should be encouraged and maintained. I imp lor e you to p ur su e t he pat h to keeping your mouth alive. This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended and may not be treated as, a substitute for professional medical/dental advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a physician or dental professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical/dental condition. Never disregard professional medical/dental advice or delay in seeking it because of a purely informational publication. Copyright 2011 by Dr Andre R. Clarke. All rights reserved. Reproduction of this article, in whole or in part, is prohibited without written permission. If you have questions, please send email to email@example.com. Dr AndrÂŽ R Clarke, DDS, MBBS Special Care Dentistry B y A N D R E C L A R K E KEEPING YOUR MOUTH ALIVE T I P S F O R M A I N T A I N I N G A Y O U T H F U L L O O K N A T U R A L L Y Doing your fats right G E T We l l B a h a m a s c h a l l e ng e rs l i s te n to J a nMa rtin Isa ac s of Je mi Hea lth & We llne ss a s sh e g i ve s a p r e se nt a t io n on D oi n g F at s Right". A table of good and bad fats a ref erenc e poin t f o r the prese nt a tion is laid out before them.
M ARION Agatha Dean has proven that you can come from a modest inner-city home and still fly high in life. A n E a s t S t r e e t g i r l M a r i o n k n e w e a r l y o n th a t sh e h a d a m b i ti o n s t ha t w ou l d t a k e he r f a r b e y o n d h e r c h i ld h o o d c ir c u m st a nc e s. H e r s u c c e s s s t o r y h a s b e e n 1 3 y e a r s i n t he m a ki ng a nd th e l it tl e in ne rc i ty gi rl w i th g ra nd id ea s ha s si nc e g r o w n u p t o s oa r a c ro s s t he s ki e s a s a n a ir l in e fl i g h t a t te n d a nt a nd fu l f il l h e r d r e a m o f o w n i n g he r ow n l i t tl e f a sh i o n e m p i re Mar ion b elieve s that hard work c o u p l e d w i t h d e t e r m i n a t i o n c a n t r u l y b r in g a b o ut su c c e ss. Yo u m us t po sse ss a pa ssi o n a nd d e s i r e f o r a g o o d c a u s e i n l i f e i n o r d e r to succ eed, rather than looking at u n f o r t u n a t e c i r c u m s t a n c e s i n l i f e a n d d w e l l i n g o n t h e n e g a t i v e f e e l i n g s t h e y c a n c re at e ," sh e sa i d. W h i l e s h e h a s a l w a y s e n j o y e d t r a v e l li n g a n d w o rki n g a s a fl i gh t a tt e nd a nt Ma ri on sa i d it i s n ot h e r o nl y p a s s i o n Fr om a young age Marion said s h e w a s v e r y f a s h i o n c o n s c i o u s n o t i c i n g d i ff e re n t st y l e s a n d p a tt e rn s, a n d f in d i n g wa ys t o m ak e h er o u t f it s u n iq ue so th a t p e op le w o ul d al w a y s stop her to ask h er w here she got t h e m A s s h e g o t o l d e r s h e s a i d s h e o f t e n s a w a c o r r e l a t i o n b e t w e e n a w o m a n s c o n f i d e n c e a n d t h e c l o th e s s h e w o re W h e n a w o m an h a s a fa v o uri te o u tf i t o r t h a t p e rf e c t s u i t, mo s t l i ke l y it 's in h e r c l ose t ha n gi n g on a v e lv e t han ger. E ach time s he w ear s that ou tf it she e x ud e s c o nf id e nc e a n d i s p r o u d o f h e r s t y l e I t s n o t s o m e t h i n g th a t w a s g i v e n to h e r b y a l o v e d o ne ; i t' s no t so m e t hi n g t h a t s o me o n e e l se b ou g h t f o r h e r. I t' s a n o u tf i t t h a t s he c a n re m e mb e r e ac h a nd e v er y o c c a s ion that she wor e it on," Marion s a i d Thi s i s th e phi losop hy th at ga ve bi rt h t o t he Ve l v et Ha n g er ', Ma ri on's boutique w hich is the new est c lo th i ng sto re on C ar mi c ha e l R o ad Th ro ug h he r st ore Ma rio n h o pe s to e nc o ur ag e w o me n "t o ste p ou t o f t h ei r ho m e f ee li ng co nf i de nt a nd c om fo rt ab l e tw o v it al c o mp o ne n ts f o r h a v i n g a g re a t d a y a n d b e i n g su c c e s s f u l A s a f l i g ht a t te n d a n t, M a ri o n s a i d sh e h a s b e e n e x p os e d to l o ts of f a sh i on s f r om a ro u n d th e w o rl d B u t s he h a s a l s o s e e n m a n y w o m e n w h o t a k e n o r e a l i n t e r e s t i n w h a t t h e y a r e w e a r i ng b e f or e th e y st e p o n t h e pl a n e T h e w o r st sh e h a s s e e n s h e s a i d i s w o m e n tr a v e ll i n g i n n ig h t c a p s a n d p a j a m a s I w ant to of fer c lo the s tha t are a f fo r d a b l e b u t a t t h e s a m e t i m e s t y l i s h s h e s a i d a d d i n g t h a t s h e w a n t s t o a p p e a l t o a w i d e sp e c t r u m o f p e r s o n a l it i e s a n d ta s te s Ac c o rd i ng t o M a ri o n t h e V e l v e t H a n g er o f f e r s cl o t h i n g t h a t w i l l a ttra c t w ome n w it h a gre at u nd ers t a n d i n g o f fa sh i o n a n d w h a t s t r e n d i n g ri g h t n o w Th e re a re o u tf i ts to su i t a l l bo d y t y p e s a n d a v a r ie t y o f o c c a si o ns E v e r y o n e k n o w s B a h a m i a n w o m e n lo v e t o d re s s u p w e l i k e t o look go od," sh e said. We li ke to s t a n d o u t b u t a t t h e s a m e t i m e w e a r e o n a b u d g e t; s o w e w a nt t o l o ok l i k e w e s t e p p e d o u t o f t h e p a g e s o f V o g u e b u t w e d o n' t w a nt to pa y a n a r m a n d a l e g f o r i t. Th a t' s w h a t V e l v e t Ha n ge r is h e re t o pr ov id e. W e wa n t t o gi v e t h a t s t y l e c o ns ci o u s w o m a n t he l o o k sh e w a n t s w i t h ou t h e r ha v i n g t o le a v e he r e n ti re mo r tg a g e p a y m e n t i n th e st o re M a r ion is quick to add that her c l o t hi n g w i l l a l so a p pe a l t o t ho s e w h o p e o p l e m a y c on s id e r l o c a l g i rl s" b y o f fe ri n g lo t s of c a su a l y e t h i g h f a s h i o n p i e c e s a n d c l o t h i n g t o a p p e a l t o t h os e w it h s i mp l e r t a st e s. W h e n la d i e s w a l k in t o m y s t o re I w a n t t h e m t o k n o w t h a t w e are c ate rin g t o th em W e a r e pu t ti n g a st y l e to g e t he r fo r y o u W h e n y o u w a l k i n t o V e l v e t H ang er I want yo u t o f eel w e l c o m e a n d I w a n t y o u t o w a l k o u t f e e l i n g t h a t t h i s i s a s t o r e y o u d e f in i t e ly w a n t t o c o m e ba c k t o b e c a u se t h e y h o ok e d m e u p a n d m a d e m e l o o k r i g h t M a r i o n s a i d THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y AUGUST 23, 201 1, P AGE 1 1B Y ou must possess a passion and desire for a good cause in life in order to succeed, rather than looking at unfor tunate circumstances in life and dwelling on the negative feelings they can create. MARION AGATHA DEAN F R O M E A S T S T R E E T TO T H E S K I E S T O H I G H F A S H I O N
THE TRIBUNE SECTION B TUESD A Y A UGUST 23, 2011 By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer R OARING applause rung out at the Wyndham Nassau Resort & Crystal Palace Casino's Rainforest The atre on Sunday night as 18-year-old Yamease Swain was crowned Theodore Elyett's Miss Teen Bahamas 2011/2012. Y a m e a s e M i s s T e e n G r a n d B a h a m a w o n t h e j u d g e s o v e r w i t h her e leg anc e, inte lle ct and poise. This hig hly comp etitive gra nd final e fea tured 1 7 dyn amic tee ns who were all c omp e t ing for th e co ve ted t itle B ut it w as Y ame a s e who sa t o n t he throne a t the en d of the nig ht. The final e w as th e c ulmi natio n of weeks of intense training and educ ational w or k s hop s to ensur e t h a t t h e y o u n g l a d y c h o s e n a s que e n w o uld b e w el l-e qu ipp ed t o represent the country. Ea ch co n t es t an t wi t h e xce pti o n of Mi s s Te e n G r a n d B a h a m a r epr esent ed a specif ic h ist ori c al landmark or tourist attraction. S c o r e s o f f a m i l y m e m b e r s f r iends and p ageant enth us ias ts f illed the Rainf ores t Th ea t re to c ap a ci ty to w i tn ess th e t ee n b e au ties fight for the crown. St ay in g t ru e t o t he pag ean t' s theme, "Pretty Girl Rock: Beau ty .In te ll ig e nc e .G ra c e" o rga n ise rs t oo k t he pe rs on al d evel opm ent as pe c t of t he sum m er p rog ra m me to another level. The young w omen parti c ipated in e ducatio nal s e minars stage de po r t me nt tr a i n i n g q u e s ti o n a n d a n s w e r t e ch n i q u e l e s s o n s p e r s o n a l g r o o m i n g e t i q u e t t e a n d speech seminars. T he p h y s i c a l t r a i n i ng c la ss e s t he y o u n g l a d i e s a t t e n d e d i n t h e i r m o n t h s o f p r e p a r a t i o n a l s o pr ove d s uc cess ful, as the f itness s e g m e n t o f t h e e v e n i n g s h o w c a s e d t o n e d a n d a t h l e t i c physi que s Thi s seg me nt wa s a lso won by the new queen. The night was filled with sus pense as the 17 finalists were cut down to ten. Following this part of the night, the girls reappeared n er vo us ly o n s t age an d t he t op five finalists were called. T h e y i n c l u d e d M i s s T e e n Grand Bahama Yamease Swain; f i r s t r u n n e r u p M i s s T e e n Q u e e n s S t a i r c a s e S h a q u i l l e S a n d s ; s e c o n d r u n n e r u p M i s s T e e n P o m p e y M u s e u m N i a y a SaundersMos s; thir d r unnerup M i s s T e e n B o t a n i c a l G a r d e n s Rob by n T ho mp so n, and fo ur t h r u n ne r u p M i s s T e e n G r a yc l if f Shonte Cargill. Next o n the agenda were t he on-stage interviews, in which the girls chose random questions to a n s w e r T hi s s e g m e n t g a v e t h e m a c hance to sho w off t heir intelligence. Each contestant was asked the follow ing question: "Wi t h unem p l o y m e n t b e i n g a p r o m i n e n t pr o b l em i n t he Bah am a s wh at a d v i c e w o u l d y o u g i v e t o teenagers graduating out of high school seeking to join an already suffering workforce?" Mi ss Te e n G ra n d B a ha m a sa id she w oul d a dvi s e e ac h and e very y oung person to rema in hu mble a nd go od thi ng s w il l c om e a s lo ng as t he y wa it p ati ent ly She al s o sa id tha t the curren t state of the w o r kf o rc e i s o n ly f o r a se a so n a nd they s hou ld be encou raged an d sta y true to t hemse lve s T he lucky teen queen w alked a way as Theo dor e E lyett's Miss Te en B a hama s 20 11 /20 12 wi th a m yriad of priz es inc ludi ng a ca s h a w a rd o f $ 2 ,0 0 0 Sh e w il l a l so pa r t i c i p a t e in t h e 2 0 1 1 e d it i o n of Mi s s Te ena ger Uni verse to be h eld in G uate mala la ter thi s ye ar. I n a d d i t i o n t o w i n n i n g t h e cr o w n Y a m e a s e a l s o r e ce i v e d a w a r d s f o r B e s t D e s i g n e r Eve ni n g G own Bes t Eve n in g G o w n P er fo rm a nc e B e st B o d y ', a nd Spoke smode l'. Also r e c eiv ing aw ards on Sun d a y n i g h t w a s f i r s t r u n n e r u p S ha qu il le Sa nd s fo r Mo st Ta le nt ed' and M os t Ph oto genic' contestant. Nia ya Moss the second runn er-up, wo n the spee ch c om pe titio n. Mi s s Te e n F or t M o n ta g u K e l i sa Miller r ec eived the Mis s Swan' a nd the Be auty with a Purpose' a wa rds. Miss Te e n Fo rt W in to n La uri el C o l e b r o o k e t o o k h o m e t h e h u m a n i t a r i a n a w a r d R o b b y n T h o m p s o n t h i r d r u n n e r u p r e c e i v e d t h e a w a r d f o r M o s t I n t e l l e c t Mo st B o o k l e t A d s a n d Mo s t Popula rity' Miss Te e n Ara w ak C a y A shl ey C ha n Ta c k re c e iv e d t he a w a r d f o r Bes t Fl oat P ar ade' a nd P er severan c e'. Sh onte Cargi ll, fou rt h r un n er u p, r ece iv ed t he S oc ia l Me dia' a nd the Peo ple' s C hoic e' a w a r d s Yamease Swain crowned Theodore Elyett's Miss Teen Bahamas 2011/2012 THE new ly c r owned queen, 18-yearo ld Y am ea s e Swa in o f Gra nd B ah am a YAMEASE Swain, 18, is crowned Theodore Elyett's Miss Teen Bahamas 2011/2012. THE five finalists are revealed.
By RENALDO DORSETT S ports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org JUST days after signing with the third franchise of his NFL career, the Bahamas' prominent homegrown grid i ron start saw immediate a ction with his new team. Devard Darling had his preseason debut with the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium in Houston Saturday night. The Texans high-pow ered offense keyed a 27-14 win over the New Orleans Saints. Sporting jersey No. 84, Darling finished with two catches for 17 yards in the win. He appeared with the second team offense and caught his first pass from second string quarterback Matt Leinhart late in the third quarter. His first reception successfully kept the Texans drive a live late in the third quarter when his eight-yard catch converted on third and seven, while the second came on the opening drive of the third quarter. Ben Tate rushed for 95 yards while defending rush ing leader Arian Foster added another two scores. Starting quarterback Matt Schaub went 4 for 4 on the Texans' opening drive, which included a 23-yard completion to Andre Johnson. Foster capped the drive on the final 15 yards for the score. Schaub started Houston's next series with a 48-yard pass as Johnson and Foster were able to convert plays later for the second score. Darling, 29, reportedly ran a 4.4 40-yard dash for the Texans during his workouts with the team, putting any injury concerns to rest. Darlings last appearance in the NFL came nearly two years ago in the preseason as a member of the Kansas City Chiefs. He suffered a torn ACL during a preseason con test against the Seattle Seahawks on August 29. On September 1, 2009, he was placed on injured reserve and released by the Chiefs on March 3, 2010. Darling went through a successful ACL surgery on September 15, 2010. He spent the following season with the Omaha Nighthawks in the United Football League. Darling signed a one-year deal with the Texans on August 12 but didnt appear in one week of the preseason. The Texans will complete the final two games of the preseason 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. Darling is currently listed behind perennial Pro Bowler Andre Johnson, Kevin Walker, Dorin Dickinson and return specialist Jacoby Jones. "I always have high expec tations, but my goal is to go out there and contribute for this team and make plays," Darling said. "I believe I'm a playmaker, so I'm going to go out there and make some plays and show them that I can contribute to this team." League Having played in the league for four years, Darling said he knows it's important for him to "go out there and play smart and make the plays. I'm back in camp and back in the NFL playing foot ball. I give all praise to the Lord," he added. The Texans are slated to begin their regular season schedule on September 11 when they host the Indi anapolis Colts at home. At the end of the season, Darling is confident that because of his performance this year, he will be able to sign a multi-year deal to remain in the NFL. Darling was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. In July that same year, he signed a three-year contract with the team worth approxi mately $1.5 million. But injury problems began shortly thereafter when he was placed on the injured reserve list with a heel injury and was signed to a one-year, $850,000 contract in 2007. In March, 2008, Darling signed a three-year contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. His career total includes 37 receptions for 578 yards. THETRIBUNE PAGE 11TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011 By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter email@example.com W h enever the Bahamas Basket ball Federation (BBF annual general meeting and election of officers, at l east one executive has already e xpressed his desire to run for the top spot. With current president Lawrence H epburn hinting that he doesnt i ntend to seek another term in office, his first vice president Edgar Pick stock said hes preparing for the c hallenge of moving up the ladder. And if elected, Pickstock said he h as a simple plan to put into action. We have to go back to basics, he s aid. We have to develop from the minor programme all the way up to the senior men and women pro-g ramme. We have to have a holistic d evelopment to that developmental p rogramme because everybody is saying lets forget the seniors and develop down low. While it may sound good, Pick stock said if theres no flourishing s enior programme, theres no room for improvement for the younger players when they advance. So the d evelopment on the entire pro g ramme is very vital, Pickstock said. A s an advoc ate of the youth movement, Picks tock said he was trying to get the currente xecutive b oard to put some emphasis o n the imple mentation of a national minitournament. After developing the national mini-programmes in all of the islands, we will then have to come up w ith a national mini-programme for the players to play in, he said. We would invite every island and w e could even invite some of the C aribbean Islands to bring their teams in the 13-14 and the 12-andunder age groups to come in and c ompete. Pickstock said he intends to go into every island that is affiliatedw ith the federation and strengthen t heir programme before going to the other islands not affiliated and establ ish such programmes there. It doesnt make sense like we do now going to those islands just to run tournaments and when you l eave, you dont leave anything in place, he said. We will have to find persons on t he islands who are prepared to run the programme and we will send people periodically to ensure thatt heir programmes are still up and r unning. Looking at the entire basketball programme as it is now, there are m any who argue that the federation is not doing enough to include more of the Family Islands. I will have to be honest with you, w e are not doing enough, he said. We have not done a very good job o f even going to the islands and see ing what their needs are and then getting to those islands that dont have a programme to put one t ogether. Pickstock has back-to-basics plan if elected as BBF president B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L P ICKSTOCK THE TRIBUNES OFF TO THE IAAF WORLDS IN DAEGU, SOUTH KOREA! The 13th IAAF World Championships begin in Daegu, Korea, on August 27. And senior sports reporter Brent Stubbs will be there. Dont miss his daily exclusive stories and photos... S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 3 3 S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L N N P P S S A A THE New Providence Softball Association (NPSA back in action with anoth er double header tonight. In the womens opener at 7pm, Phoenix is scheduled to play the Bommer George Swingers and in the mens nightcap, the Miller Rams are set to play the Buccaneers. Also on Thursday, the Miller Rams are set to play the New Breed in the 7pm mens opener and Dorin United Hitmen are to take on the Mighty Mitts in the feature con test. Then on Saturday, the Sigma Brackettes and Bommer George are expected to clash in the womens opener at 7pm. That is to be followed by the mens feature game between the New Breed and the Island Luck Truckers. SPORTS IN BRIEF Darling in preseason debut with Texans Helps Houston to 27-14 win over the New Orleans Saints TOUCHDOWN RUSH: Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (23 NFL game against the New Orleans Saints in Houston. (AP
THE Bahamas Swimming Federation sent a small team of five swimmers Bria Deveaux, Taryn Smith, Evante Gibson, Matthew Lowe and TAuren Moss (no picture to compete in the 3rd FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. The team, including coach Michael Stewart and team manager Sheena Deveaux, left Nassau and Freeport for Lima, Peru, earlier this month. They arrived late that evening in good spirits and ready to continue their training in preparation for the competition, accordingto a press release. August 16 was the first day of competition with the weather starting out a bit cooler than in the days leading up to the competition. Matthew Lowe was the first swimmer for Team Bahamas. He swam out of lane seven in heat two of event one boys 400M freestyle. He finished 7th in his heat with a time of 4:25.31. That put him 39th overall. Evante Gibson swam in the boys 100m breast, heat three lane seven. He was disqualified for a butterfly skip during his swim. Gibson was also chosen by his teammates to be thef lag bearer during the opening ceremonies. D ay two saw all swimmers taking part in the m eet. First up was Matthew Lowe in the 2 00IM. Matt swam in heat two and finished 5th in his heat with a personal best time of 2:21.59. This placed him 38th overall. T aryn Smith and Bria Deveaux swam in the g irls 100M freestyle. Taryn swam out of heat t hree finishing 4th in the heat with a time of 1 :00.56 and 42nd overall while Bria swam out of heat four in a time of 1:00.99, finishing 8th in her heat and 44th overall. E vante Gibson and TAuren Moss swam in t he boys 100m butterfly. Evante swam in heat t wo, finishing 6th in his heat in a time of 1:00.12, a nd placing 45th overall. TAuren swam out of h eat three, finishing 7th in his heat with a time o f 58.83, finishing 41st overall. O n day three, Taryn Smith and Bria D eveaux saw action first in the 50m butterfly. Taryn swam out of heat three and finished second in her heat in a time of 30.04 and 35th overall. Bria swam out of heat 4 and finished 8th in her heat in a time of 29.71, putting her 33rd overall. T Auren Moss swam the 50m free from heat 3. He finished 5th in his heat in a personal best t ime of 25.29 which placed him 51st overall. Matthew Lowe swam the 800m free out of h eat one. He also finished third in his heat with a time of 9:27.74 and 34th overall. D ay 4 saw Evante Gibson and TAuren M oss swimming the 50m butterfly first in the m orning. Evante swam out of heat four in a t ime of 26.73, finishing 4th in the heat and 38th overall. TAuren swam out of heat 7 in a time o f 26.21, finishing 8th in the heat and 30th overall. The other swimmers all had a rest day. D ay 5 swims were as follows: B oys 100m freestyle TAuren Moss swam o ut of heat 3 and finished 1st in his heat in a t ime of 54.58, improving his entry time of 54.64. T his placed him 48th overall. G irls 100m butterfly Taryn Smith and Bria D eveaux both swam out of heat 2, finishing 2nd and 3rd in their heat respectively with t imes of 1:07.11 and 1:07.56. This placed them 3 3rd and 35th overall respectively. B oys 400IM Matthew Lowe swam out of h eat one, finishing 3rd in his heat with a time of 5:05.67 and 34th overall. Girls 50m freestyle Taryn Smith swam out o f heat two, finishing 4th in her heat with a time of 28.07, placing 41st overall. Bria Deveaux swam out of heat 3, finishing 7th in her heat in a time of 27.94 which put her 39th overall. Boys 50m breast Evante Gibson swam out of heat four in a time of 31.85 for 8th place in his heat and 40th overall. That saw the end of competition except for Taryn Smith and Matthew Lowe, both of whom had to com pete on the last day of competition. On the final day, Matthew was up first in the 200m butterfly. He swam a time of 2:17.78 which put him in 33rd position overall. Taryn Smith was the last swimmer for the Bahamas. She swam in the 200m freestyle in a time of 2:13.18 which placed her 35th overall. TAuren Moss and Taryn Smith are expect ed to return to the Bahamas to continue in high school, both of them entering grade 11. Bria Deveaux will be returning to Tennesseew here she is scheduled to start her final year at Baylor High School. Evante Gibson will be heading to Charl otte, North Carolina, where he will be com p eting as a freshman on the Queens Universi t y swim team and Matthew Lowe will be going d irectly to Towson, Maryland, where he will a lso be competing as a freshman for the Towson University swim team. Their experience in Lima will hopefully be an incentive for these young swimmers to rise to the challenge and to train towards the goal of representing the Bahamas at future inter national competitions, said the release. SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2011, PAGE 13 We have not done a good job of that. But if Im elected, that is going to be a part of my goal. To touch those islands and make sure that they come on board. At present, Pickstock said he has a slate of officers that he intends to run with him,but declined to release the names until a later date closer to the elections. With the grouping that Im putting together, its a group that is prepared to work and come with ideas and not lookat someone to dictate to them, he said. I want them to bring their ideas and help the vision to come to fruition. Although it has not been officially announced, Grand Bahamian Charlie Softly Robin is tipped to run for president. It has also been rumoured that Randy Cunningham and Tony Williams will also put their names in the hat for president. Having just worked with the federation in putting the Caribbean Basketball Cham pionships together at the Kendal Isaacs Gym where the men were runners-up and the women finished fifth, Pick stock said there is still the stigma of the top players coming home to compete. One of the problems we had with the women, that they dont want to play for this coach or that coach, Pickstock noted. So the fed eration said since we are home, lets try a new approach and bring in someone who nobody knows to coach the team. We opened it up to everybody, but unfortunately, some of the players considered to be our better players didnt come to try out. So we went with who we had and I think it was a very, very young team, but it was the only team we had. Pickstock said they heard the complaints that some of the more experienced players said they were encouraged not to come out because they were too old, or somebody didnt want me on the team. But I think we went with the best we could, but the we just fell short of qualifying because I felt the team was a little too inexperienced. As for the men, who qualified for CentroBasket, Pickstock said they could have gone either way with Felix Fly Musgrove (an assistant on the womens team), Mario Bowleg or Dexter Cambridge as the head coach. But like the women, Pickstock said the coaches agreed that they could step it up a level by bringing in a coach so that they can introduce something that they could develop for the future. The men were a little more successful because we always have good quality peo ple. But I think if better big men had decided to come, we could have won the tournament, he said. We just have to find a way to get the Magnum Rolle, the Bennet Davis and the others who are playing in the pro fessional level that we could nt bring home. That is going to be one of the challenges that the new administration will have to deal with. If elected, Pickstock said he has a plan that he hopes to institute that would encour age the better players to come home and play for the Bahamas. He just wants a chance to be elected as the president. Pic kstock has back-to-basics plan if elected as BBF president F F R R O O M M p p a a g g e e 1 1 1 1 R ESULTS of the Bernie Butler BASRA Swim Marathon Saturday in Grand Bahama are as follows: O O V V E E R R A A L L L L R R E E S S U U L L T T S S T T O O P P 3 3 TOP 3 MALE OVERALL TIMES P lace No. NameCity/stateAg S Swim Overall 1 30 Michael McIntosh Freeport, GB 22 M 31:52 31:52 2 8 Dereck Gibbs Freeport, GB 16 M 34:35 34:35 3 67 Aaron Levarity Freeport, Bahamas 14 M 35:15 35:15 TOP 3 FEMALE OVERALL TIMES Place No. Name City/state Ag S Swim Overall 1 50 Joanna Evans Freeport, Bahamas 14 F 36:13 32:50 2 11 Cathy Shorkwiler Orlando, Florida 51 F 37:45 34:22 3 12 Gail Rice Miami, FL, 33181 55 F 39:54 36:31 I I N N D D I I V V I I D D U U A A L L A A G G E E G G R R O O U U P P R R E E S S U U L L T T S S F EMALE Individual Category: 21F 1 49 16 Maya Albury Freeport, Bahamas 40:05 2 19 21 Caitlin Antoni Freeport, Bahamas 46:57 3 31 12 Megan Reid Freeport, GB 47:06 4 32 14 Payton Lockhart Freeport, GB 1:06:09 5 44 13 Elizabeth Pierson Freeport, Bahamas 1:10:32 MALE Individual Category: 21M 1 97 16 Peter Farquharson Freeport, Bahamas 36:56 2 52 14 John Silvera Freeport, Bahamas 37:03 3 66 13 Andre Levarity Freeport, Bahamas 39:58 4 82 13 Dante Carey Freeport, Bahamas 40:17 5 94 14 Malvin Moore Freeport, Bahamas 40:30 6 75 15 Dean Bethel Freeport, Bahamas 42:04 7 18 13 Chad Haddad Freeport, GB 42:59 8 39 20 Taylor Lewis Freeport, Bahamas 44:22 9 40 21 Justin Lewis Freeport, Bahamas 46:58 1 0 76 13 Jacob Warren Freeport, Bahamas 51:15 FEMALE Individual Category: 29F 1 23 25 Amy Plotkin Miami, FL 33136 36:32 2 17 23 Allison Mathews Freeport, Bahamas 41:53 3 71 27 Katy Barrales Orlando, Florida 49:10 4 104 29 Amy Fingland Freeport, Bahamas 50:14 5 15 26 Jessica Waugh Freeport, GB 55:44 M ALE Individual Category: 29M 1 56 29 Lee McCoy Nassau, Bahamas 37:56 2 65 27 Adriano Goffi Freeport, Bahamas 51:21 F EMALE Individual Category: 39F 1 99 34 Sabrina Campbell Freeport, Bahamas 39:43 2 100 37 Stacey Bradley Freeport, Bahamas 44:06 3 91 32 Monila Wells Freeport GBI 44:25 4 103 35 Catherine Jadot Freeport, Bahamas 58:31 5 42 33 Julie Shepherd Freeport, Bahamas 1:13:40 MALE Individual Category: 39M 1 10 30 Mike Guy Nassau, NP 36:14 2 101 38 Keino Dr Rutherford Los Angeles, California 40:19 3 89 36 Saul Darville Lake Worth, Florida 46:42 4 38 36 Jullian Gottlieb Freeport, Bahamas 48:43 5 106 40 Vincent Turnquest Freeport, Bahamas 49:11 6 72 33 Brad Culmer Freeport, Bahamas 50:09 7 90 39 Chad Shepard Boyton Florida 54:39 FEMALE Individual Category: 49F 1 4 40 Felena Burrows Nassau, NP 58:10 2 64 40 Shannon McBrayer freeport GBI 1:06:54 3 43 44 Natalie Pierson Freeport, Bahamas 1:10:47 4 27 41 Natasha Inniss Freeport, Bahamas 1:26:01 MALE Individual Category: 49M 1 77 47 Ken Shields Vero Beach, Florida 37:44 2 2 43 David Slatter Nassau, NP 40:28 3 22 46 Mark Walker Freeport, GB 42:08 BERNIE BUTLER BASRA SWIM MARATHON RESULTS 4 16 44 Brian Botham Freeport, GB 1:03:04 FEMALE Individual Category: 59F 1 95 51 Fiona Horsfall Freeport, Bahamas 54:26 2 60 53 Hida Ingraham Freeport, Bahamas 1:25:32 M ALE Individual Category: 59M 1 6 52 Robbie Butler Freeport, Bahamas 37:39 2 14 55 Godfrey Waugh Freeport, GB 49:40 3 57 52 Dave Culshaw Freeport, Bahamas 55:26 FEMALE Individual Category: 60F 1 61 60 Brigitte Pilgrim Freeport GBI 1:05:54 2 83 62 Kathleen Brackett Freeport, Bahamas 1:07:39 MALE Individual Category: 60M 1 68 62 Joe Thompson Freeport, Bahamas 48:05 2 7 60 Craig Stewart Freeport, GB 48:09 3 70 62 Dave Barrales Orlando, Florida 52:16 4 20 61 Kirk Antoni Freeport, GB 55:06 5 84 66 Peter Higgs Nassau, Bahamas 58:25 6 102 76 David Jennette Freeport, Bahamas 1:19:59 7 88 68 Dave Mellor Freeport, Bahamas 1:28:35 F EMALE Individual Category: T06F 1 87 6 Tatiana Buzzi Freeport, Bahamas 9:44 2 9 6 Lillie Bethel Freeport, GB 10:31 3 45 6 Christine Pierson Freeport, Bahamas 11:20 4 92 6 Amelia Baptista Freeport GBI 12:21 MALE Individual Category: T06M 1 54 6 Nigel Forbes Freeport, Bahamas 7:11 2 93 3 Eli Baptista freeport, Bahamas 24:28 F EMALE Individual Category: T08F 1 37 7 Angel Percentie Freeport, Bahamas 13:15 MALE Individual Category: T08M 1 59 8 Lemar Taylor Freeport, Bahamas 10:30 2 34 8 Rommel Fergurson Freeport, Bahamas 10:41 3 53 7 Rhyan Storr Freeport, Bahamas 11:41 4 28 7 Malique Charlton Freeport, GB 13:21 FEMALE Individual Category: T10F 1 3 9 Serena Tynes Nassau, NP 22:09 2 5 9 Katherine Slatter Nassau, NP 22:25 3 36 10 Asher Percentie Freeport, Bahamas 23:54 4 35 9 Arianna Cardenas Freeport, Bahamas 24:51 5 58 9 Geordan Thurston Freeport, Bahamas 24:52 MALE Individual Category: T10M 1 96 10 Samuel Farquharson Freeport, Bahamas 21:30 2 55 9 Rhys Storr Freeport, Bahamas 24:34 FEMALE Individual Category: T12F 1 48 12 Shannon Albury Freeport, Bahamas 29:07 2 47 11 Lauren Albury Freeport, Bahamas 32:53 3 98 11 Marcia Wilkinson Freeport, GB 34:25 MALE Individual Category: T12M 1 46 11 Jimmy Pierson Freeport, Bahamas 33:41 UNOFCL Individual Category: UNF 1 69 47 Lynette McInnes Freeport, Bahamas 32:38 UNOFCL Individual Category: UNM U NOFCL Individual Category: UNO 1 41 22 Gregory Knight Freeport, Bahamas 38:50 2 51 53 Harry Beiser Port St Lucie, FL 44:22 3 79 35 Alexander Paine Freeport, Bahamas 45:11 4 62 52 Mark Thiemann West Palm Beach 51:42 5 80 44 Richard Aylen Freeport, Bahamas 57:43 6 78 14 Sophie Paine Freeport, Bahamas 58:38 7 105 37 Monica Izaza-Deal Freeport, Bahamas 59:25 8 63 17 Paul Thiemann West Palm Beach 1:00:01 9 1 52 Eric Mills Boyton Beach, FL 1:02:48 10 81 54 Erica Paine Freeport, Bahamas 1:04:48 Junior swimmers get experience at FINA World Championships BRIA DEVEAUX TARYN SMITH MATTHEW LOWE E VANTE GIBSON