By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com BOBBING in the clear rippling waters off the east coast of Andros are the fluorescent snorkels of around 40 coral reef managers from 11 countries across the Caribbean. They are inspecting the patch reefs to see how these delicate ecosystems are bearing up to the unavoidable pressures of climate change. R ising temperatures are just one of the pressures on Caribbean reef ecosystems, and its an area the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA in. Thats why the Australian government, through AusAID, brought these Caribbean reefm anagers together, to share information and advice during a week-long workshop at the British Colonial Hilton. Its towards the end of the week-long workshop that all the scientists boarded a Stuart Coves Dive boat and headed west off New Providence to Andros. As I swim out to join the group sporting my own flores cent snorkel (a rather dazzling pink), Britt Parker, Climate Coordinator for NOAAs Coral Reef Conservation Programme, calls over to me arms flailing she just saw two dolphins dash by. They were too fast for me, b ut those who saw them were amazed to see dolphins in such shallow water, not much more than 15ft, and Antigua NGO Ashton Williams, was close enough to take a full picture of the pair, side by side. The advisor on government policy on fisheries was one of the lucky snorkellers who saw a shark swim away from them as they approached the reef, as well as a stingray, a turtle, and some of the less welcome coral reef predators: lionfish. These unwelcome Australian migrants, widely believed to have been indirectly introduced to the Bahamas over the last decade or more through the exotic pet trade, are working their way through the Caribbean, but have not yet flourished in Antigua where there have just been four reported sightings. Unlike in their Pacific homeland, the lionfish are free from predators in the Caribbean, as even sharks will not clamp down on their venomous spines. Here they rule the reefs without enemies, eating every thing they can, from coral that takes years to form, juvenile fish and lobster essential to the fishing industry, seaweed her bivorous fish depend on, and even the magical seahorse. The Bahamas campaign to cull them is to catch and kill them to eat, as without their venomous spines, the white meat is considered to be pretty tasty. However the nationwide campaign has made it more dif ficult to document the spread of lionfish, and its a lesson Mr Williams will take back to Antigua. As he prepares for Antigua and Barbudas national counter-attack, he has been able to draw from the Bahamas experience as well as knowl edge provided by the Aus tralian experts. They dont need an invita tion, they are going to come, Mr Williams said. Rather than going and say ing, Kill, kill, kill! We can keepa smaller area, select areas where tourism is, and where there are patches of very good coral cover, we can protect. We will still have the monitoring in the whole area, but we will put most of the effort into smaller areas where we can handle it better. The Department of Marine Resources and Bahamas National Trust (BNT ed baseline data of the presence of lionfish on the patch reefs in June last year, and con tinue to monitor their abundance. I think its interesting that theyre doing a lionfish study here because lionfish can have more impact on a small patch reef than on a larger reef, said James Byrne, The Nature Con servancys marine science pro gramme manager for South Florida and the Caribbean. He explained how patch reefs form structured habitats, oases surrounded by a sandy halo, that support around 35 species of coral and a great diversity of fish species, many of which are juveniles who feed and grow on the reefs before going out to sea. Although the Australian Great Barrier Reef is home to around 350 species of coral, Dr Paul Marshall, director of the Climate Change Group in the GBRMPA, and Dr Jeff Maynard an adjunct scientist with the Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis at the University of Melbourne, were still impressed by what they saw. A glowing Elkhorn coral dominating a bed of purple and yellow sea fans showed signs of life flourishing despite the pres sures on the reef. This iconic Caribbean coral is not seen in the Pacific, and when they came across a giant example they thought could be 100, or several hundred, years old, they inspected the thick LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 THE TRIBUNE +LJKXDOLW\ $IIRUGDEOHULFHV '''HOLFLRXV/LNHXVRQIDFHERRN SEE page 13 EXPERTS EXAMINE CORAL REEF OFF ANDR OS DR PAUL MARSHALL is captivated by the Elkhorn coral. THEDIVE took place off t he coast of Andros last week after the workshop. P h o t o s : J M a y n a r d / R B e e d e n / P M a r s h a l l ACLOSEUPSHOT of Brain coral.
By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AS emancipation day approaches, the advocacy group We the People continues to promote tree planting ceremonies and community days as ways to bring people together. Over the weekend, WTP col laborated with the Rotaract Club of East Nassau to plant fruit trees at the Ranfurly Home for Children. Speaking with The Tribune yesterday Philip Simon, WTP executive director, said the month-long promotional cam paign of the emancipation day tree planting and community event began with the plantingo f a Lignum Vitae tree in the gardens at Government House with Sir Arthur Foulkes. Planting continued at Doongalik Studios in memory of Jackson Burnside and in 52 homes in Mt Tabor Estates. Last Saturday trees were planted throughout St Cecilaw ith MP Cynthia Mother Pratt and at the Ranfurly Home for Children in collaboration w ith Rotaract East Nassau, said Mr Simon. He said Rotaract of East Nassau was the first organisation to get involved prior to the actual event scheduled for August 1, Emancipation Day. With the help of children from the Ranfurly Home, the Rotaract group planted twof ruit trees a Carambola (star fruit) tree and a pomegranate tree. This is exactly what we are promoting, the spirit of com munity we were happy to have Rotaract get involved, said Mr Simon. As part of their commitment t o Ranfurly Home for Children, president of Rotaract East Nassau Amanda Knowles said it was important to give the chil dren something that was not o nly beautiful, but also provides sustenance. She said: We believe in the importance of promoting environmental sustainability and saw the We the People tree planting campaign as an avenue to give back. Mr Simon said the aim of the m assive tree planting campaign on August 1 is to foster an activity beneficial for the environment and the community. Hopefully thousands of people will be planting trees, holding block parties, barbe cues and sporting events that will bring people together. W TP has a simple but powerful message, said Mr Simon once people get together, things happen. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011, PAGE 3 Communities come together through tree planting initiative A BUS driver was stabbed by a passenger in his jitney on Saturday afternoon and is recoveri ng in hospital in stable c ondition. P olice said an argument between the pair escalated into violence while the buswas stopped at Market and Lewis Streets at around 1 pm. T he driver was taken to hospital by ambulance andh as been detained there. P olice are appealing for people to come forward with information to assist investigations as no arrests have yet been made. Drugs Police are also investigating a drugs find in Moonshine Drive and Milky Way, Sunshine Park, a t around 10.30am on Satu rday. P olice in the mobile d ivision discovered the d rugs after receiving a tip, b ut have not made any arrests. Investigations continue. Anyone with any information that may assist investigations should call police as a matter of u rgency on 911, 919, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 328-TIPS ( 8477). TRAFFIC police arrest ed 18 people in road blocks this weekend and ticketed8 5 drivers for breaking traffic laws. Operation night guard s topped seven people on outstanding arrest warrants, and nine for drugs and firearms offences, whilea nother two men wanted on a rrest warrants were taken into custody. Earlier that day in oper a tion safe driving a man was arrested under a police warrant and another for possession of a forged license disc. T ickets Another 85 drivers found in breach of various traffic laws were issued tickets for various infractions, includ ing driving unlicensed cars, driving without insurance, driving with cracked and heavily tinted windshields. A car was also towed away for not having a licence or insurance, and five motorcycles were confiscated. And bus drivers not wear ing the required long trousers and collared shirts were also ticketed for being improperly dressed. Police press liaison officer Sgt Skippings said: Offi cers of the Central Division commend members of the public who adhere to the Road Traffic Rules and Regulations, and wish to encourage members of the public to be alert to your surroundings and to obey all laws as police continue with their efforts. POLICE ARRES T 18 IN R OAD BLOCKS POLICE are asking for the publics help in finding three men wanted for questioning in connection with a series of break-ins. The first man who police want to question is 20year-old Javardo Gentle of Prophecy Way. They are also looking for 19-year-old Shafton Griffith of Fog Avenue. The third man police are seeking is 25-year-old Johnny St Luc of Key West Street. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of these men is asked to contact police on 919 or 911; the Southwestern Divisional Detective Unit at 361-0480/1; or Crime Stoppers at 328TIPS. news BRIEFS HAVE YOU SEEN THEM? JAVARDOGENTLE S HAFTONGRIFFITH J OHNNYSTLUC Police seek public help in finding men PASSENGER STABS BUS DRIVER IN HIS JITNEY
EDITOR, The Tribune. G lobally crime is a challenge; therefore crime withi n the Bahamas will never b e obliterated. Nevertheless per capita crime is outrageous. It is quite sad thatn ationals ridicule our law enforcement agencies and the government for high leve ls of crime within the B ahamas. Crime is supern atural, the effects of crime may appear physical, but its origin is spiritual. According to biblical doctrine it is n oted that Satans goal is destruction by way of decep t ion and lies, theft, murder and seeking to devour everything in his sight. With t his biblical evidence and all o f the devastation around us we can identify Satan as thes ource of all criminal behaviour and evil in our nation and the world at large. Satan c annot be defeated by police a rms or carnal knowledge; we will always fail if we con-t est crime carnally. Dont g et me wrong armed police officers are a necessity as well as the implementation of strategic police remedies, b ut our biggest defence against crime is through prayer and repentance. Theo nly guaranteed strategy to f ight Satan is through prayer, the word of God (The Holy BibleB lood of Jesus Christ! Annually politicians and p olice officials attend reli g ious ceremonies in an attempt, I assume, to ask Gods blessing on our nation; but are they sincere or is it a mere ceremonial trend? C riminality stems from spiritual wickedness sucha s: Envy and Jealousy, G reed, Hatred, Anger and the lack of reverence for God. Above all the involve-m ent of the occult and luciferian tactics are present in our nation and we are unaware if we are accursed due to our hypocrisy because we blab about a christian nation status, yet wickedness is at an all time high. However, there are numerous other components that lead to criminal behaviour, particularly illiteracy, inequality, discrimination (usually against ex cons drug addiction and abuse, idleness and poverty. The p olice themselves seem confident in their deceptive operations of psychologya nd the works but demonic f orces do not yield to mankinds carnalities. Withi n our law enforcement a gencies corruption is pres ent, but we can boast that c orrupt officers too are brought before the courts in an attempt to send messagest o criminals wherever they might be. Cleaning our police force is an important factor to combat crime, but again corr uption will never comp letely cease. Attempting to p ut a cap on it (corruption however is viable. I reitera te repentance and prayer a re our biggest defensive strategies against crime. In a ddition we can remedy c rime through, love and forgiveness. Selfishness is a hideous m onster but if we all be our brothers keeper and lend a helping hand to those in n eed, I am optimistic that c riminality will decrease. T his is a summary of my opinion and personal assessment of crime in The Bahamas. I desired to elabo rate in detail, but the editorial columns activeness p rohibits a complete assessment. E LKIN SUTHERLAND J r Nassau, J uly 21, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm BERLIN The deadly twin attacks in Norway were greeted with an outpouring of sympathy and disgust across Europe and beyond on Saturday, and generated calls to counter the far-right intolerance that mayhave motivated the assailant. A massive bombing Friday in the heart of Oslo was followed by a horrific shooting s pree on an island hosting a youth retreat for the prime minister's centre-left party. The same man, a Norwegian with reported Christian fundamentalist, anti-Muslim views, was accused in both attacks. While the background isn't yet entirely clear, "it is said that hatred was a motive," G erman Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin. "Hatred of others, hatred o f those who look different, of the supposedly foreign this hatred is our common enemy." "All of us who believe in freedom, respect and peaceful coexistence, we all must confront this hatred," she said. Neighbouring Sweden's prime minister said Norwegian society "now faces a tough challenge. But the questions will also reach us here in Sweden." "Remember that what an extremist does can very often be used by other extremists. Our task is to show another way," Fredrik Reinfeldt said in Stockholm. "We all have to stand up together and show what is important: to respect each oth er, to take care of each other, to stand up for democracy, openness and show respect for all people, not the least young people who have chosen to engage themselves politically." President Obama called Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg to express personally and on behalf of the American peo ple his deepest condolences for the dozens of innocent Norwegians killed and injured in what he called the "senseless attacks" in Oslo and Utoya Island, the White House said Saturday. The U.N. Security Council members also issued a statement in which they "condemned in the strongest terms the terrorist incidents in Norway, calling "terrorism in all its forms and manifestations ... one of the most serious threats to internat ional peace and security." Germany's top Jewish leader also high l ighted the need to fight extremism. "As a group that itself is always threat ened by hatred, fanaticism and terrorism, we can identify particularly with the terrible loss of Norwegian society," Dieter Graumann said, German news agency dapd reported. Austria's opposition Freedom Party, which has drawn criticism in the past for anti-immigration and anti-Islamic rhetoric, c ondemned the attacks sharply. "It is absolutely abhorrent how young people were s ystematically killed," general secretary Harald Vilimsky said, according to the Austria Press Agency. Pope Benedict XVI said in a condolence message to Norway's King Harald V that he was "profoundly saddened" by the great loss of life caused by the "senseless violence" i n the bombing and the following massacre. The pope invoked God's peace on the d ead and offered "fervent" prayers for the victims and their families. Earlier Saturday, the pope's envoy to Norway Archbishop Paul Tscherrig said Roman Catholics would be praying for the victims and remembering the dead at Sunday Mass. European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek expressed shock at the targeting of youths at a political party camp. "This is an unimaginable tragedy for the families who lost their loved ones, young people at the outset of their adult life, fascinated with public service," he said. "It's shocking how one can inflict so much evil." Pakistan, which has been a frequent target of attacks by Islamic extremists, said its president and prime minister "strongly con demned" the attacks. "Pakistan itself has suffered enormously from terrorist attacks and fully empathizes with the government and the people of Nor way," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. Closer to home, Finland's European affairs minister, Alexander Stubb, said that "when I see what happened in Norway I just want to cry." "It just feels so wrong," Stubb wrote on Twitter. "Wish I could give Norway a big hug." Other leaders condemning the attacks in Norway included Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. In a statement, Venezuela's Foreign Ministry said Chavez "extends his m essage of solidarity and hope to all the relatives and friends of the victims, to the N orwegian people and their authorities in this painful moment." (This article was written by Geir Moulson of the Associated Press). The origin of crime and ideal solutions LETTERS l email@example.com Norway attacks shock, disgust Europe NOTICETenders are invited for the purchase of the Equity of Redemption in all that the City of Nassau being part of a lot of land originally granted to Nancy Green and distinguished in a plan of the City of Nassau by the number -of the one part and the Lamont Holdings Limited of the other part and rePrime Commercial Property for Sale E DITOR, The Tribune. No one I guess will really know at this time the things that t ranspired which led Mr Branville McCartney to resign from the FNM except for those closest to him. I am sure it took some time and thought before Branville came to the conclusion that he could no longer work under the leadership of Mr Ingraham. I am more than positive Mr McCartney wrestled with himself many nights before resigning and eventually forming a party. I dont believe it was planned. I believe Branville must have s een himself as one who had something to offer to the Bahamas and the Bahamian people. I also feel he realised that he could not achieve his desire for the country in a system that stiflesf resh bright ideas. I guess Branville felt like a woman in labour and not able to bring forth a child. That is a serious thing. There are many people like Branville in our great Bahamas, pregnant with ideas and great potential but unable to bearf ruit. This is tragic for our people and our nation. Mr Ingraham was hand picked and so was Mr Christie. For the first time since Sir Lynden, I believe the Bahamian people will have a real choice and chance to choose their leader and not have one hand picked from a group of individuals. Mr McCartney will be a great leader because of his courage. The thing that drives him is not selfishness but a desire to s erve his country. It is a sacrifice none of us will ever be able to fully appreciate and understand except for those closest to him. MR DNA Nassau, July, 2011. MCCARTNEY WILL BE A GREAT LEADER BECAUSE OF HIS COURAGE EDITOR, The Tribune. So John Marquis is returning. Good try Tribune, but not even the greatest crapslinger in the world a third rate journalist who could not land a sweet job inside The Bahamas can save the FNM from a crushing defeat in the upcoming election. Their doom is sealed. Thats just the way it is. DAVID L KNOWLES Nassau, July 18, 2011. Not even John Mar quis can save FNM fr om defeat
T hat position, the cables claim, placed a comparativelyl ow priority on the human rights of the Haitian people. One of the cables, issued in April 2003 by notoriously combative US AmbassadorR ichard Blankenship (see stor y, page 7), said that fear of mass migration was the Bahamas governments top priority, but that an immigration agreement with the Aristide government stalled overt he Haitian demand that a mnesty be granted to the illegals already in the country. It said: Such a concession would be suicide for Mitchell in the xenophobic Bahamian political landscape. Pursuit of t his agreement and any other m eans to slow down migration will continue to push any concerns for democracy and human rights into the backseat. A February 2004 cable quoted Mr Christie as sayingt hat if large numbers of H aitians started arriving in Bahamian territory, the government would not offer asylum, but rather rely on the United States to help with repatriation. The Bahamas, he said, s imply had no capacity to maintain large numbers of migrants for any period of time. Declaring that he had no concert with those liberals on this issue, he declared that there would never be asylumi n the Bahamas for Haitians. The total population of the Bahamas was, he said, less than that of a small town in the United States. We simply cannot do what Amnesty I nternational and other g roups would insist on us. The February 2004 cable quotes Mr Christie as mentioning the possibility that Fred Mitchell could play a new and significant ongoing role in Haiti as the third member in a tripartite committee t hat, Christie seemed to b elieve, would effectively serve as a kind of Council of Wise Men in governing thec ountry. Under this scenario, Mr Mitchell, as the representative o f CARICOM and others w ould have governed Haiti a long with a new Haitian prime minister and a representative of the opposition. The former PM is quoted as saying President Aristideh ad reservations about the plan and for his own part, Mr Christie would prefer the thirdm ember to be French or American although he seemed to think Mr Mitchell w as the USs preference. The c ables do not clarify if this was the case. However, they do paint a p icture of a prime minister who is a bit naive about US policy towards Haiti. D espite the hard line on the Haitian regime sustained throughout the crisis culmi-n ating in claims that the Unite d States government abduct ed President Aristide Mr Christie appears in the cables a s appealing to the US to share his sympathy for the Haitian leader. The February 2004 cable notes that the former PM appeared comfortable in his newly-assumed role of inter-n ational mediator, mentioning that he had spoken with Aristide "at least a dozen times" recently and at least once a week that day. Mr Christie is said to have stressed that he and MrM itchell felt an agreement should be reached that conferred some "dignity" to Aristide, and that he sympathised with the Haitian leaders complaint that he was being asked t o take unconstitutional a ctions. He added that he does not believe Aristide would be opposed to working with the opposition on the jointa ppointment of a new prime minister and cabinet, but simply did not want to be left o ut of the process. M r Christie also seemed confident that Mr Mitchell and US Assistant SecretaryR oger Noriega would fly to Haiti later that week and continue to work all sides of t he issue. M r Mitchell, on the other hand, is quoted in a 2003 cable a s saying the US position on Haiti was hard-minded and calling for more dialogue. Another cable compared Mr Mitchell to Mr Christie, saying that: While his decision-making style may be protracted and indecisive, Bahamian Prime Minister P erry Christie is also an impressive, dynamic, charism atic and ebullient presence a nd an indefatigable seeker of consensus. For the purpose of p romoting peace in Haiti, his personality complements that of Foreign Minister Mitchell, which is steadier, stealthier, a nd more methodical. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 THE TRIBUNE PRPHQWDQGWKLQNDERXW PRUHGD\WROLYH a a FROM page one MITCHELL CONSIDERED FOR HAITI LEADERSHIP ROLE F ORMER FOREIGN AFFAIRS minister Fred Mitchell GRAND Bahama police made 18 arrests over the weekend in connection with various offences. The 15 men, two women and one minor were taken in for questioning on housebreaking, shopbreaking, stealing, receiv-i ng, drug possession, causing harm, causing damage, unlawfully carrying of arms and disorderly behaviour allegations. Five of the men were arrested in connection with outstanding court warrants. POLICE APPEAL OVER RECENT MURDER P OLICE are asking members of the public to come forward w ith any information about the murder in the Garden Villas area of Grand Bahama last Thursday. Anyone who knows anything about the incident is urged to c all police on 352-9774/5, 350-3107/8 or 911. The police have yet to identify the victim, but are also asking for help in solving the murders of Kaynisha McBride, Sonny Annalofis and Kiano Martinborough. The Police Department cannot fight crime in isolation, and acknowledges that partnership is essential in the fight, said press liaison officer Sgt Chrislyn Skippings. POLICE ARREST 18 IN GRAND BAHAMA C RIMENEWS
A FORMER US Ambassador claimed Bahamian civil servants are experts at getting away with laziness and procrastination, according to US Embassy cables newly released by Wikileaks. Richard J Blankenship, whose outspoken nature raised the hackles of many during his time in the B ahamas, gave this judgment following a meeting with a senior Foreign A ffairs official during the l ast PLP administration. Describing Undersecret ary for Political Affairs M arco Rolles inability to d iscuss any of the items on the agenda for the A pril 15, 2003 meeting, M r Blankenship said: The Bahamian civil service has honed sloth and delay disguised as deliberation and consensusbuilding to a fine art. Issues U nder the sub-heading: Who is competent then? the cable explained thatin the meeting requested by Mr Rolle to go over pending issues between the embassy and the mini stry the political crisis in Haiti was raised. Rolle, despite being t he number three official at the ministry (he is the B ahamian equivalent of Undersecretary Grossman) and having accom p anied Mitchell to both Miami and the press conference, told us that he was not competent tot alk about Haiti policy w ith us. He couldn't even confirm any details about the aid package the minister had announced in his presence. Nor could he comment on progress made towarda n immigration accord with Haiti or the upcom ing visit by Mitchell to Haiti in late Marchb eyond confirming the date. Mr Blankenship said the o nly specific response they r eceived, was to the ques tion of whether Foreign Affairs Minister FredM itchell planned to make a ny trips or telephone calls to Haitian counterparts prior to an upcoming OAS meeting in Washington The answer is: No. Theme T he former ambassador said that inability to provide specific responses to queries was a consistent theme of our conversation with Rolle. Of the 15 pending items on our agenda, he was unable to comment m eaningfully on any sing le one of them, and could n ot point to MFA p rogress in resolving any o f the issues which have been pending anywhere from 2-3 weeks (dip notes regarding a trade dispute, RBDF training and a proposal to form an antialien-smuggling task force) to six years (request for a bilateral work agreement). Rolle, a career civil servant with no background in foreign affairs, h as only been with the ministry for about seven months, so it can be u nderstood that he might n ot be familiar with every issue, but we would think h e could do better than 0 f or 15, Mr Blankenship s aid. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011, PAGE 7 WIKILEAKSCABLES:FORMER US AMBASSADOR CLAIMED BAHAMAS CIVIL SERVANTS WERE LAZY FORMERUSAMBASSADOR Richard J Blankenship BLANKENSHIPGAVEJUDGEMENTAFTERMEETING WITHFOREIGNAFFAIRSOFFICIAL
BySIR RONALD SANDERS ( The writer is a Consultant and former Caribbean Diplomat) THE appearance of the low-cost carrier, REDjet, in the relations between thec ountries of the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM tossed up a number of issues especially the conviction by the public that the cost of air trave l in the region is exorbitant. T he complaint about the high cost of travel was being made well before REDjetmade an appearance. At one point, it caused LIAT the air-l ine owned by the governments o f Antigua and Barbuda, Barb ados and St Vincent and the Grenadines to publish its fare structure which revealed that government taxes on flights originating in most countriesa re extremely high. So, the first point is that the c ost of air travel within the Caribbean is high in partb ecause Government taxes are h igh. And, whereas governm ents might argue that they need the taxes to maintain and e xpand airports, the airlines will counter argue that they p ay landing fees which should be segregated and put into a fund for airport upkeep and improvements. LIAT, incidentally, is a huge contributort o the revenues of governments into whose countries they fly. In the case of some countries, LIAT is the biggest contributor of landing fees to government earnings. The cost of LIATs operat ions when compared with that o f Caribbean Airways Ltd (CAL to BWIA and owned by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, is higher because of o ne very important reason. L IAT has to buy its fuel at commercial prices but the gove rnment of Trinidad and Tobago (an oil producing country subsidies fuel to CAL not j ust the fuel it buys in Trinidad but fuel wherever bought for a ll its operations. LIAT (and incidentally REDjet) is suffering from an unlevel playing field in the context of the fuel subsidy which CAL alonee njoys. The Bahamian-operated airline Western Air has become CALs first casualty. The airline has announced that it is suspending flights to Jamaica due to what it says is competition from CAL. I n 2008, the last year for which audited statements were laid before the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament, the Fuel Subsidy for CAL was US$36 m illion on consumption of 26 m illion gallons. Airline experts, John G ilmore says that it is likely that current fuel consumption is now more than double as CAL's operations have increased. That is a hefty price for the taxpayers of Trinidad andT obago to be paying simply to m aintain CALs flight operat ions. If this large subsidy were not being made to CAL, the money could have been spent on education, health and social welfare projects desperately needed in the country. What exactly Trinidad and Tobagog ets from subsidising CAL, apart from being able to claim t hat it has a national airline w ith a limited regional role, is unclear. In any event, it appears that the travelling public in Trinidad and Tobago are more loyal to their pockets than they are to CAL. According to theC hairman and CEO of REDjet, Ian Burns, the demand for bookings from July 28 when the airline starts flights into Trinidad is more than when they first launched on April 1 3. It seems, therefore, that not e ven the fuel subsidy will save CAL from competition over prices. In the wake of a successful lawsuit by REDjet in theC ourts of Trinidad and Tobag o, the airline was given cleara nce to fly into Trinidad and then, separately, Jamaica gave permission. But, these permissions came only after the most amazing filibustering by bothg overnments. Few persons believe that the refusals, d enials, and demands for safety checks were anything moret han measures to protect CAL f rom competition. I n the case of Jamaica, the r eluctance of the government to allow REDjet entry, while the deal for CAL to buy out A ir Jamaica was not yet fully s ealed, is understandable though not by any mean fair to REDjet. If the deal between CAL and Air Jamaica had fallen through, the Jamaica government would have found itself with a huge hole to fill int he arrangements under which the International Monetary Fund is providing the government with a Stand-by facility. Remarkably, the Chairman of CAL, George Nicholas, has n ow indicated that the airline w ill be lowering its fares. He is adamant that the airline is not doing so because of competition from REDjet. He says, (Then ow with joining with Air J amaica, common fleeting, the u se of one reservation system, pooling our intelligence and pooling our resources, so we have economy to scale that very few carriers in the regionh ave." What is truly remarkable a bout Mr Nicholas statement is that he has identified effi-c iencies arising from the joini ng with Air Jamaica as the b asis for dropping fares. T his same notion of the nationally-owned Caribbean a irlines joining a shared arrangement to reduce costs and decrease fares has beens uggested time and again witho ut an appropriate response. I f CAL, Air Jamaica and LIAT had sat down to share o ut the routes within the C aribbean and into it from e xternal locations, and to d ivide up some operational costs, the three airlines could have had a chance to serve the regions people and its tourism better. I nstead, what the Caribbean public saw was a display of self i sh nationalism at the political level in Trinidad and Jamaica, crude Board room politics, and a disregard for the Caribbean t ravelling public and tourism. A s Ian Bertrand, a regional airline expert puts it: Imagine CARICOM countriesk new for years that the Multilateral Air Services Agreement was incompatible with the R evised Treaty of Chaguara mas (the CARICOM treaty and did nothing. Imagine that despite recent political state m ents embracing open skies, the very recent bilateral dis cussions between Trinidad and T obago and Barbados did nothing to change the closed sky structure of their Air Ser-v ices Agreement. What is even worse, at no time was St Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalvesb rought into the wounding dis cussions over permitting RED jet to fly and he is the person in the CARICOM quasi-cabin et with responsibility for overseeing air transportation. REDjet may have been giv e n permission to fly to Trinidad and Jamaica thereby adding to their Guyana route, but that is only a battle, a real war is yet to come unless good sense infects the thinking of CARICOMs leadership and a sensible aviation policy is established taking account of both commercial realities and public good. One of those realities may be an examination of the value of the REDjet model. Another would be the establishment of a CARICOM Avi ation Authority to set common aviation rules throughout CARICOM funded by CARICOM wide aviation charges. Responses and previous commentaries at: www.sirronaldsanders.com PAGE 8, MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Fares flying low over REDjet fears? WORLDVIEW S IR RONALD SANDERS
B y CONSTABLE 3011 MAKELLE PINDER Is your vehicle an easy target? A vehicle is stolen nationally every 20 seconds, which a dds up to more than a million stolen each year. Twenty per cent of all auto thefts are as a result of either keys being left in the car or unlocked doors. Facts indicate that professional car t hieves have entered the f ield in increasing numbers; h owever, most cars are still t aken by amateurs who can be stopped fairly easily. You can greatly increase y our protection against auto t heft crime by taking the foll owing precautions. Immediately report suspic ious activity in your neighb ourhood to the Police. Never leave your car door, window or sunroof unlocked, even if you are just going into a shop for a moment or two, or evenwhen parked in your own d riveway. P ark in well lit areas of parking lots and utilise m otion activated spotlights in your driveway. Remove the ignition key and engage the steering lock, even when parking on your own property. If you have an alarm, turn i t on every time you park. M ark your stereo or satell ite radio and if it is a remova ble type always take it with y ou. M ake a note of the serial numbers on your radios, computers, etc. Do not leave purses, backpacks or wallets in your v ehicle. I f you must leave valuables in your car, dont put them in the trunk while a thief could be watching (do it before you get to your d estination) Never leavecredit cards or check books in your vehicle. N ever leave money (cash o r coins) or jewellery in your vehicle. If you have a garage or access to a garage, use it, then lock it. P rovide local authorities with the make/model/license plate and vehicle ID number. I f your vehicle is broken i nto, try to avoid touching it until the responding police officer/s has an opportunity to inspect it for any evidence left behind by the thief. D ont become a victim! B ut, if you are a victim of vehicle theft, file a police report. It is difficult for the Police to analyse crime t rends and patterns without h aving an accurate picture of what crimes are occurring in what areas. More importantly call or Crime Stoppers at 3 28-tips (New Providence 1 -300-8476 (Family Islands LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011, PAGE 9 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 Royal Bahamas Police Force National Crime Prevention Office: VEHICLE SAFETY TIPS
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011, PAGE 11 the committee that he was stunned when he opened the envelope and stacks of US $100 bills fell onto the table. After initially stating that he did not have authorisation to accept the funds four packse ach of $10,000 Mr Lunn said he decided to hold on to the money and contact the association president after he was urged to accept the money by the CFU official. He immediately sent a text message to the Bahamas association's president AntonS ealey, which read: Im disappointed but not surprised. It is important that (we tain our integrity when the story is told. That money will not make or break our association. You can leave with your head high. Bin Hammam, with former F ifa vice-president Jack Warner, was subsequently suspended as a leaked report revealed four Caribbean Football Union (CFU offered money, or saw the offence occur, during the meeting. The report said there was comprehensive, convincing and overwhelming proof that bribes had been paid to officials to support Bin Hammams campaign for the Fifa presidency, and that Warner h ad facilitated this. Warners resignation from Fifa last month meant he did not have to face the ethics committee. Two further officials from the CFU, Debbie Minguell and Jason Sylvester, were each banned from football-related a ctivity for a year for their involvement in the bribery attempt. Bin Hammam was accused of attempting to buy votes ahead of last month's Fifa presidential election, and the 62-year-old Qatari withdrew from the election, leaving Sepp B latter to be re-elected unopposed. Saturdays decision makes Hammam the most senior figure to be banned by Fifa in its 107-year history, and the now former head of the Asian Football Confederation is unable to be involved in any kind of f ootball-related activity at national and international level for life, Fifa ethics committee deputy chairman Petrus Damaseb said on Saturday. In a statement, Bin Hammam's legal council said he will continue to fight the case through every legal route available to him. T he statement added: The Fifa ethics committee has apparently based its decision upon so-called circumstantial evidence which our case has clearly demonstrated was bogus and founded on lies told by a senior Fifa official. We have strictly observed t he legal rules regarding the confidentiality of these proceedings and not shared our evidence, which is compelling, with the media. Fifa, either directly or through third parties, appears to have done the opposite with selective and continual leaki ng of documentation that has been part of these proceedings to the media in order to influence public opinion and create bias. We are confident of the strength of our case and invite Fifa to make available now to the media a full transcript of t hese proceedings. The ethics committee has now asked Fifa's legal department to prepare cases against Caribbean football leaders who are suspected to have knowingly covered up the instances of Bin Hammam's bribery attempts. said: It should also be noted that management of the casinos have been most helpful in ensuring that all operations proceeded as normal. According to Mr Gibson, on Thursday, Gaming Board employees were informed that despited eclining casino revenues not only in the Bahamas but across North America Gaming B oard employees would receive the same consideration for salary and annual wage increments as allocated for public service workers, as announced in the 2011-2012 budget communication by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham. The action on Friday suggests that this offer was not acceptable to the employees, said MrG ibson. He added that despite the industrial action, t he board and its executive staff are prepared to re-enter negotiations on the matter. Mr Gibson said: Notwithstanding the same the board and its management team stand readyto resume discussions during the course of the coming week. Bahamas Public Service Union president John Pinder could not be reached for comment regarding to whether further industrial actionw ill be taken. She said detectives are following significant leads, but had not made any arrests before The Tribune went to press. His death follows the killing of a man who was fatally shot in Freeport on Friday. As the murder toll rises police maintain they are doing their best to search and arrest suspects. A 30-year-old Malcolm Road man was arrested in connection with Tuesdays double murder in Carmichael. The man taken into custody at 7.30pm on Saturday is expected to be arraigned in Magistrates Court this week. Alwayne Nathaniel Leslie, 28, of Kingston, J amaica, and Kevin Antonio Forbes, 40, of Miller's Heights, off Carmichael Road, were shot dead shortly after 9pm on Tuesday in Mont gomery Avenue. Police are appealing for information in relation to the latest murder, and anyone who may be able to assist investigations should call police as a matter of urgency on 911, 919 or call Crime Stop pers anonymously on 328-TIPS (8477 FROM page one BAHAMIAN WHISTLEBLOWER FROM page one FROM page one CASINO OPERATIONS NOT AFFECTED YOUNG MAN SHOT DEAD IN YEARS 79TH MURDER
authority. Until the legislation is put into force and has some strength behind it, our hands are tied when it comes to addressing animal cruelty in the country, she said. We in the animal rights groups are so very frustrated with the ridiculously slow process of the government in getting this legislation enforced, said Ms Krukowski. The new law relates to animal ownership and control, and lists as aims: the reduction of the stray and roaming animal population, enhancement of the safety and rights of the public against outof-control animals, and the minimisation of animal cruelty. The usual beating, burning, stoning and general abuse continues and with the present laws p rosecuting these cases is very difficult, if not impossible, said Ms Krukowski, with the new legislation this would definitely change. Speaking with The Tribune, Grand Bahama Humane Society president Tip Burrows explained that as the current legislation d ates back to 1942 and relates mostly to cattle. The 2010 Act is critical, she said but like any other legislation, in order to have an impact there must be some level of enforcement. Ms Burrows said that along with many others, she was euphoric when the legislation passed last year, but understands that an Act often takes time to enforce. However, as the days, weeks, and then months, passed, it began to feel more like the passage of the Act was simply a gratuitous gesture, she said. T he Act defines animal cruelty as any instance where an animal is or is permitted to be "cruelly kicked, ill treated, tortured or overworked" or "inhumanely killed, sexually assaulted, neglected, deprived of water food or shelter or caused unnecessary suffering." According to both Ms Burrow and Ms Krukowski, as a result of the current economic climate, the number of animals experiencing neglect and abandonment is unprecedented, as many pet owners simply cannot afford to even feed their pets or provide preventative care for them. Ms Burrows estimated that the Humane Society in Grand Bahama now takes in more than 130 animals per month (85 per cent dogs, 15 per cent cats), the majority of which come to them in various states of neglect including starvation and flea/tick infestation, among many other health issues (most easily preventable Both the Humane Societies in New Providence and Grand Bahama agree that while the enforcement of legislation is critical to addressing the multitude of problems animals face, education appears to be at the root of the problem and is essential to its solution. The key to solving the entire problem must include affordable (or even free tive legislation with appropriate enforcement, and education, said Ms Burrows. What we really need is education, to teach people how to take care of animals responsibly and take animal ownership seriously, said Humane Society New Providence President Kim Aranha. The solution is not only law but education, said Mrs Aran h a. She added that while people b elieve that massive euthanasia campaigns are a solution to the roaming dog problem, it has been proven around the world that they are only be a short term fix. Spade and neutering is a long term solution, said Mrs Aranha. It is cost effective and we are already seeing positive results of such campaigns, for example in Exuma. The comprehensive 45-page Act includes some regulations that previously existed under the Dog License Act of 1942, which it will replace, as well as under the Penal Code, but also provides for more demands on animal owners and increases the fines that come with failure to comply with those reg ulations. Attorney General John Delaney was off the island and could not be reached to comment on the status of the Animal Protection and Control Act. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ADOGINPOORPHYSICAL CONDITION: The number of animals experiencing neglect and abandonment is unprecedented, according to Ms Burrow and Ms Krukowski. FROM page one PROTECTION FOR ANIMALS
tree-like branches of the most important reef-building coral in the Caribbean, and although it was mostly past its prime, there was new growth that spelled hope. We have seen a decline in coral reefs since the late 80s or early 90s, and a lot of people think their situation is unique, and we are realising they are all dealing with similar challenges, Dr Marshall said. It was really exciting to see all that recovery on those Elkhorn corals, and in Andros there is much less land based pollution than in Australia, so Andros looks like it could be an important area for coral recovery. The patch reefs look really healthy. They have survived really bad bleaching events better than others because they get variable temperatures, and the fact they have survived that tells me that they can be reef refuges and help replenish other areas. Ocean temperatures need rise by just one degree for four to six weeks for bleaching of the corals to occur, potentially killing off the living species, and everything that depends o n it. Until greenhouse gases are controlled, further bleaching, is in our future. Reefs are also under the pressures of the shipping industry, oil spills, anchoring practices and overfishing, and the managers discussed anchoring practices in their countries, the pressures of overfishing, and enforcement of environmental law. After seeing the damage caused by a ship that ran aground on part of the Andros barrier reef in September last year, they talked about how governments can claim compensation from ship owners for the physical damage to the reef, the rub-off of anti-fouling, and any potential harm the crash may have caused, even years after the event. Mr Williams said he plans to seek compensation for a ship grounding in Antigua several years ago, as he prepares the action plan for Antiguas new M arine Protected Area around the 108 sq mile island. We should learn from other peoples mistakes and I think we are in a prime position to do that also in terms of creating right now marine parks, he said. So I am told from other people about how they do it in terms of stress levels and how to keep the stress off the reef. By working together, the group found they were encouraged and inspired to do their best, despite their inevitable challenges. The whole concept of resilience was something I resisted, said Angelique Brathwaite, coastal zone manager for the Ministry of the Environment in Barbados. We are not going to say we are not going to protect the reefs, all of the reefs around Barbados are protected, and none are more protected than others, but now we just needt o look at where we need to focus more of our management efforts. There are regional environmental management networks, and a Caribbean Centre for Climate Change (CCCC Belize, but many of the coral reef managers had not been to the Bahamas before, or not for many years, and they gave glowing reviews of their experience. Really just talking to so many intelligent people for the whole week was amazing, MsB rathwaite said. Its a brilliant network and just by asking each other for data we can help each other with monitoring, which is a big problem for most islands, so we could help each other a lot. We definitely should do m ore things like this. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011, PAGE 13 FROM page two Under the surface A LIONFISH s potted on the dive.
BEIJING Associated Press A TODDLER was rescued about 21 hours after a crash involving two high-speed trains in eastern China killed at least 43 people and injured more than 200 others, state media reported Sunday. Xinhua News Agency said the unconscious child was found early Sunday evening while rescuers were clearing one of the train cars just as the cleanup efforts were almost completed. It cited an unnamed firefighter. "When we found him, he could still move his hands," Xinhua quoted the firefighter as saying. China Central Television first reported that the toddler was a boy, but later said a 4-year-old girl. The toddler was taken to the hospital and no other details were provided. A bullet train was traveling south from the Zhejiang provincial capital of Hangzhou on Saturday evening when it lost power in a lightning strike and stalled, before being hit from behind by the second train in Wenzhou city. Eight more bodies were recovered Sunday from damaged train cars, bringing the death toll to 43, Xinhua said. Two foreigners were among the dead but their nationalities were unclear, said an official surnamed Wang in the Zhejiang provincial emergency office. A total of 211 people were injured, Xinhua said. The first four cars of the moving train fell about 65 to 100 feet (20 to 30 meters onto the ground below. One carriage ended up in a vertical position, leaning against the viaduct. The Ministry of Railways said in a statement that the first four cars of the moving train and the last two of the stalled train derailed. Three railway officials were fired after the crash and would be subject to investigation, Xinhua quoted the ministry as saying. They were identified as Long Jing, head of the Shanghai Railway Bureau; Li Jia, head of the Shanghai railway bureau's committee of the Communist Party of China; and deputy chief of the bureau, He Shengli. It was the first derailment on China's high-speed rail network since the country launched bullet trains with a top speed of 155 miles (250 kilometers in 2007, the China Daily reported. It is an embarrassment for China, which plans to massively expand its bullet train network to link its far-flung regions and show off its rising wealth and technological prowess. It is also trying to sell its trains to Latin America and the Middle East. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TODDLER FOUND ALIVE IN CHINA TRAIN CRASH RUBBLE A TLEAST43KILLED, MORETHAN200 INJURED POLICE CORDONED OFF the parking lot of the former City Market food store yesterday evening when the body of a prison officer was found ina car. The prison officer, who has not yet been formally identified, is believed to have died from natural causes. PRISONOFFICER FOUNDDEAD
LONDON A ssociated Press FEWartists summed up their own career in a single song a single line as well as Amy Winehouse. "They tried to make me g o to rehab," she sang on her world-conquering 2006 single, "Rehab." ''I said 'No, no no.'" Occasionally, she said yes, but to no avail: repeated s tints in hospitals and clinics c ouldn't stop alcohol and d rugs scuttling the career of a singer whose distinctive voice, rich mix of influences a nd heart-on-her sleeve sens ibility seemed to promise great things. In her short lifetime, Winehouse too often madeh eadlines because of drug and alcohol abuse, eating diso rders, destructive relations hips and abortive performances. But it's her smallbut powerful body of recorde d music that will be her l egacy. Stars The singer was found dead S aturday at age 27 by ambulance crews called to herhome in north London's C amden area, a youth-cult ure mecca known for its music scene, its pubs and the availability of illegal d rugs. She joins the ranks of drug-addled rock stars Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, KurtC obain and Jim Morrison, w ho died at the same age. The London Ambulance S ervice said Winehouse had died before crews arrived atthe house in leafy Camden Square. The cause of death w as not immediately known and police said it will not release any post-mortem results before Monday. T he singer's body was tak en from her home by private ambulance to a London m ortuary where postmortem examina tions were to be c arried out e ither Sunday or Monday. Police said ina statement no arrests have been made in connection with her death. It was not a complete surp rise, but the news was still a huge shock for millions around the world. The size of Winehouse's appeal was reflected in the extraordinary range of people paying tribute as they heard the news,f rom Demi Moore who tweeted "Truly sad news ... May her troubled soul find peace" to chef Jamie Oliver, who wrote "such a waste, raw talent" on the s ocial networking site. Tony Bennett, who r ecorded the pop standard Body And Soul" with Winehouse at London's A bbey Road Studios in M arch for an upcoming d uets album, called her "an a rtist of immense proportions." She was an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition a s a vocalist and I am truly d evastated that her except ional talent has come to s uch an early end," he said. Rolling Stone Ronnie W ood said he was dedicating Saturday's reunion performance of his band TheF aces to Winehouse. "It's a v ery sad loss of a very good f riend I spent many great times with," he said. Winehouse was something rare in an increasingly homogenized music business an outsized personality and an unclassifiable talent. She shot to fame with the a lbum "Back to Black," whose blend of jazz,s oul, r ock and classic pop was a g lobal hit. It won five Grammys a nd made W ine house with her black beehive hairdo and old-fashioned sailor tattoos one of music'sm ost recognizable stars. "I didn't go out looking to be famous," Winehouse told the Associated Press when the album was released. "I'm just a musician." But in the end, the music w as overshadowed by fame, and by Winehouse's demons. Tabloids lapped up the erratic stage appearances, drunken fights, stints in hospital and rehab clinics. Perform ances became shambling, stumbling train wrecks, w atched around the world o n the Internet. Tour Last month, Winehouse canceled her European comeback tour after she swayed and slurred her way t hrough barely recognizable s ongs in her first show in the S erbian capital of Belgrade. Booed and jeered off stage, s he flew home and her man agement said she would take time off to recover. F ans who had kept the f aith waited in vain for a followup to "Back to Black." Born in 1983 to taxi driver Mitch Winehouse and his pharmacist wife Janis, Winehouse grew up in the northL ondon suburbs, and was set on a showbiz career from an early age. When she was 10, s he and a friend formed a rap group, Sweet 'n' Sour Winehouse was Sour that she laterd escribed as "the little white Jewish Salt 'n' Pepa." She attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School, a factory for British music and acting moppets, later went to the Brit School, a per-f orming arts academy in the "Fame" mold, and was originally signed to "Pop Idol" svengali Simon Fuller's 19 Management. But Winehouse was never a packaged teen star, and always resisted being pigeonh oled. INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011, PAGE 15 C ELEBRITIESPAYTRIBUTETOSTAR TROUBLED SINGER AMY WINEHOUSE DIES AGED 27 FLORAL TRIBUTES are seen in Camden Square, near the residence o f singer Amy Winehouse, who died at her home in north London, Saturday. (AP
INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 16, MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 THE TRIBUNE O SLO, Norway Associated Press T HEman blamed for the t errorist attacks on Norway's government headquarters and an island retreat for young people that left at least 93 dead was motivated by a desire to bring about a revo-l ution in Norwegian society, his lawyer said Sunday. A manifesto he published o nline which police are poring over and said was posted the day of the attack ranted against Muslim immi g ration to Europe and vowed revenge on "indigenous Europeans," whom he accused ofb etraying their heritage. It s aid that they would be pun ished for their "treasonous acts." The lawyer for the 32-yearold Norwegian suspect, Anders Behring Breivik, saidS unday that his client wrote the document alone. While police said they were investi gating reports of a second assailant on the island, the lawyer said Breivik claims also claims no one helped h im. The treatise detailed plans to acquire firearms and explo s ives, and even appeared to describe a test explosion: "BOOM! The detonation wass uccessful!!!" It ends with a n ote dated 12:51 p.m. on July 22: "I believe this will be my last entry." That day, a bomb killed seven people in downtown Oslo and, hours later, a gunman opened fire on dozens of young people at a retreat on Utoya island. Police said Sun day that the death toll in the shooting rose to 86. That brings the number of fatalities to 93, with more than 90 wounded. There are still people missing at both scenes. Police have not released the names of any of the victims. Police said Sunday that a police officer had been hired to provide security on the island on his own time. It was not clear who hired him or if he was on the island at the time of the attacks. Dr. Colin Poole, head of surgery at Ringriket Hospital in Honefoss northwest of Oslo, told The Associated Press the gunman used special bullets designed to disintegrate inside the body and cause maximum internal dam age. Poole said surgeons treat ing 16 gunshot victims have recovered no full bullets. "These bullets more or less exploded inside the body," Poole said. "It's caused us all kinds of extra problems in dealing with the wounds they cause, with very strange tra jectories." Ballistics experts say the socalled dum-dum bullets also are lighter in weight and can be fired with greater accuracy over varying distances. They commonly are used by air marshals and hunters of small animals. Six hearses pulled up at the shore of the lake surrounding the island on Sunday, as rescuers on boats continued to search for bodies in the water. B ody parts remain inside the Oslo building, which housed the prime minister's office. Ina chilling allusion to the fact that the tragedy could have even been greater, police said Sunday that Breivik still had "a considerable amount" of ammunition for both his guns a pistol and an automatic weapon when he surrendered. Police and his lawyer have said that Breivik confessed to the twin attacks, but denied criminal responsibility for a day that shook peaceful Nor way to its core and was the deadliest ever in peacetime. Breivik has been charged with terrorism and will be arraigned on Monday. Geir Lippestad, Breivik's lawyer, said his client has asked for an open court hear ing "because he wants to explain himself." Police Chief Sveinung Sponheim said a forensics expert from Interpol would join the investigation on Sun day. European security officials said Sunday they were aware of increased Internet chatter from individuals claiming they belonged to the Knights Templar group that Breivik refers to in the manifesto. They said they were still investigating claims that Breivik, and other far-right individuals, attend ed a London meeting of the group in 2002. The two officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the investigation. The officials would also not immediately confirm that they had been aware of Breivik asa potential threat. As authorities pursued the suspect's motives, Oslo mourned the victims. Norway's King Harald V and his w ife Queen Sonja and Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg crowded into Oslo Cathedral,w here the pews were packed, and people spilled into the plaza outside the building. The area was strewn with flowers and candles, and people who could not fit in the grand church huddled under umbrellas in a drizzle. The king and queen both wiped tears from their eyes during the service for "sor row and hope." Afterward, people sobbed and hugged one another in the streets, as many lingered over the memorial of flowers and candles. The royal cou ple and prime minister later visited the site of the bombing in Oslo. More was coming to light Sunday about the man who police say confessed to a car bomb at government headquarters in Oslo and then, hours later, opening fire on young people at an island political retreat. Both targets were linked to Norway's left-leaning Labor Party. Breivik's manifesto pillories the political correctness of liberals and warns that their work will end in the colonization of Europe by Muslims. Such fears may derive, at least in part, from the fact that Norway has grown increas ingly multicultural in recent years as the prosperous Nordic nation has opened its arms to thousands of conflict refugees from Pakistan, Iraq and Somalia. The Labor Party retreat which Prime Minister Stoltenberg fondly remembered attending sum mer after summer himself reflected the country's changing demographic as the chil dren of immigrants get more involved in politics. PEOPLE GATHER near flower tributes outside of the Oslo Cathedral to grieve Sunday, following a service mass for sorrow and hope" in Oslo Cathedral. A Norwegian man detonated a bomb in central Oslo and t hen gunned down at least 84 people on Friday at Utoya island youth retreat, before being arrested. (AP NORWAY SUSPECT W ANTED EUROPEAN ANTI-MUSLIM CRUSADE 93 DEADFROMTERRORISTATTACKS GRIEVING MEMBERS of the public embrace after a "mass for sorrow and hope" in Oslo Cathedral Sunday. (AP
$4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69T he information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.25 $5.39 $5.22 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.orgMONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he BMW auto brand is set to return to the Bahamas in the 2011 fourth quarter, E xecutive Motors telling Tribune Business it was looking to sell between 5060 new models per year after signing a contract tob ecome its local franchise d ealer. Fred Albury, the Shirley Street-based companyso wner/president, also told this newspaper that the firm was investing $400,000 into new buildings and an expansion of its Wulff Road site,p lanning to transfer its preowned vehicle business there from its existing Collins Avenue location. W ith hard-pressed Bahamian consumers increasingly switching to used cars, as opposed to their new counterparts, as a result of the recession and reduced confidence, Mr Albury said the larger Wulff Road site would provide the platform to further grow thiss ide of Executive Motors business. Explaining that a slow economy gave companiesw ith deep capital pockets an opportunity to expand, Mr Albury confirmed to Tribune Business: Were introducing BMW into the market in the fourth quarter. We just signed a contract to represent them. Were subjected to the US dollar/euro exchange rate scenario, but weve been able to negotiatef avourable rates for this market to start with. Were forecasting to do 50-60 BMWs a year. Sometimes when you have these slow periods, its time to clean up in some areas, and do some expan sion provided youve got the money to do it. BMW is the number three brand in the world. Apple is the first, Google is the second, and then BMW. BMW is at the high-end, luxury end of the market,a nd will fit well alongside Executive Motors existing brands, which include Lexus, Toyota and Suzuki, at theA uto Mall. A vacant building at the Dealers expansion via BMW contract Executive Motors targeting 50-60 car sales, and hiring of 5-6 new staff, in bringing brand back to Bahamas in Q4 2011 Investing $400k in Wullf Road expansion and mo ve of pre-owned vehicles from Collins Avenue GET OUR ACT TOGETHER ON FIN AN CIAL SERVICES SEE page 6B Bahamas losing competitiveness, but senior attorney says no panic mode Immediate dang er slippage in specific sector s, like capital markets/funds Not enjoyed growth rate we should have due to permanent reactive mode By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A failure to respond proactively to changing international dynamics has left the Bahamian financial services industry failing to max imise growth potential in its core areas to-date, a leading attorney warning: We must get our act together. Acknowledging that the sector had been gradually losing com petitiveness, Brian Moree, senior partner at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, told Tribune Business that while panic and hyperbole should not surround the financial services industrys current position, it faced a continual gradual slippage if the correct approach was not adopted. While the Bahamas continued to perform well in private banking and wealth management, long its core specialisation, Mr Moree said the immediate danger was that it faced becoming uncompetitive in key segments other than invest ment funds and international insurance. Apart from rapid changes in the nature of global financial services and its regulation, the Bahamas was facing ever-increasing competition as more nations, such as Jamaica, targeted the sector for potential long-term growth opportunities. I certainly think we are losing our competitiveness because of the time it takes us to respond to mar ket forces, and because we continue to be in reactive mode rather than proactive mode, Mr Moree SEE page 5B BRIANMOREE B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Despite 7 per cent yearover-year and quarter-overquarter increases in total new car sales, Bahamas MotorD ealers Association (BMDA members said this headlinef igure masked the mixed picture for the sector, one pointing out that models hit b y a 25 percentage point duty rate increase had seen a 15p er cent retail price rise. Andrew Barr, Friendly Fords sales manager, told Tribune Business that major sales increases experienced bya few auto models during the 2011 second quarter had influenced the numbers across the board, potentially giving a misleading indication t hat all was rosy in the sector. N oting that one model had seen 33 per cent unit sales rise during the three months to end-June 2011, and another a 28 per cent increase, MrB arr said these were among the product lines least impact-e d by the switch to engine size 7% new vehicle sales rise masks mixed scenario Dealer says 25 per cent point duty rise led to 15% retail price increase Adds that 28-33% sales growth in some lines distorting overall Bahamian new car sector stats June worst month of year to date SEE page 7B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The Minister of State for Finance said initiativesm ay be undertaken at the technical level of government that never came to fruition, or were unknown to policymakers, after Tribune Business obtained the draft terms of refer e nce for the Bahamas Cust oms Consultative Committee he previously said he knew nothing of. The draft terms, which outline the goals and scope of what would be a per manent body, include givi ng input to the revisions to the Customs Management Act. That legislation has already been brought to Parliament, undergoing its second House of Assembly reading, although the Government appears to have halted its passage for further consultation at this late stage. Tribune Business has also been informed by some previ ously approached to serve on the Committee that they have again been approached to serve on this body by Customs, indicating the proposal was not entirely dead. When questioned by Tribune Business over the CUSTOMS COMMITTEE TECHNICAL LEVEL PLAN SEE page 4B ZHIVARGO LAING Tribune Business obtains draft terms of reference By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas and other W estern Hemisphere economies could face the prospect of a double dip recession if US president Barack Obama and Congressional legislators fail to break the raise the debtc eiling deadlock, a former f inance minister has warned. James Smith told Tri bune Business that if US politicians failed to reach a deal on raising that coun trys $14.3 trillion debt ceil i ng imminently, it could potentially trigger a cut in the US treasured AAA+ credit rating, even ifi ncoming revenue flows were dedicated to paying off all the countrys debt DOUBLE DIP RECESSION FEARS OVER US IMPASSE JAMESSMITH Bahamas can only grow its way out of own fiscal issues Foreign direct investment required, as local savings pool too small SEE page 8B
ByROYALFIDELITY CAPITAL MARKETS I t was a slow week of trading in the Bahamian stock market. I nvestors traded in six out o f the 24 listed securities, w ith one advancer and one decliner. E QUITY MARKET A total of 19,400 shares changed hands, represent ing an increase of 9,637 shares compared to the previous week's trading volume of 9,763. F reeport Oil Holdings ( FOCOL) was the advancer for the week, trading a volu me of 1,500 shares to see it s hare price close up $0.25 at $5.75. Decliner F inance Corporation of the Bahamas (FINCO the decliner for the week, trading a volume of 15,250s hares to see its stock close d own $0.01 at $5.39. Abaco Markets (AML traded a volume of 2,000s hares, remaining unchanged at $1.18. FirstCaribbean International Bank (CIBv olume of 300 shares, remaining unchanged at $8.60. Cable Bahamas (CAB traded a volume of 100 shares, remainingu nchanged at $8.48. J S Johnson & Co (JSJ traded a volume of 250 shares, remaining unchanged at $9.82. BOND MARKET Five FBB15 Notes traded w ith a volume of $5,000 COMPANY NEWS AGM Notices: Fidelity Bank (Bahamas (FBBA GM will be held in the V ictoria Room at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel on July 28, 2011, at 6pm. F amGuard Corporation (FAM AGM will be held in theV ictoria Room of the British Colonial Hilton Hotel on August 4, 2011, at 4pm. BUSINESS PAGE 2B, MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 THE TRIBUNE ROYALFIDELITY MARKET WRAP INTERNATIONAL MARKETS FOREX Wkly %Chge R ates C urrency CAD 1.05510.69 GBP1.63111.07 EUR1.43621.45 Commodities Wkly %Chge Commodity Crude Oil 118.53 0.74 Gold 1,602.00 0.95 I NTERNA T IONAL STOCK MARKET INDEXES I ndexWeekly% Change DJIA 12,681.20 1 .61 S&P 5001,345.022.19 N ASDAQ2,858.832.47 Nikkei10,132.111.58 BOND MARKET TRADING STATISTICS BISX SYMBOLDESCRIPTIONVOLUMEPAR VALUE FBB13 FBB Series C0$1,000 N otes Due 2013 FBB15FBB Series D5$1,000 N otes Due 2015 F BB17FBB Series A0$1,000 N otes Due 2017 F BB22FBB Series B 0$1,000 Notes Due 2022 EQUITY MARKET TRADING STATISTICS Week ending 22.07.11 BISX SYMBOL CLOSING PRICEWKLY PRICE CHANGEVOLUMEYTD PRICE CHANGE A ML$ 1.18$-2,00021.65% B BL$ 0.18$-00.00% B OB$ 6.94$-041.63% BPF$ 10.63$-00.00% BSLN/A$-00.00% BWL$ 2.70$-00.00% CAB$ 8.48$-100-18.93%C BB$ 8.40$-00.00% C BL$ 6.88$-0-1.71% CHL$ 2.55$-06.25% CIB$ 8.60$-300-8.41% CWCB$1.77$-0.050-5.35% DHS$ 1.38$-0-13.75% FAM$ 5.40$-0-11.04%F BB$ 1.77$-0-18.43% F CL$ 5.75$0.251,5005.31% FCLB$ 1.00$-00.00% FIN$ 5.39$-0.0115,250-25.45% ICD$ 7.30$-030.59% JSJ$ 9.82$-2500.00% P RE$ 10.00$-00.00% Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays
BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011, PAGE 3B 127,&( %$+$$5(48,7< 9ROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf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y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter C OPA Airlines newly-launched d irect flights from Panama to Nassau have exceeded performance projections through strong load factors nearing 90 per cent, which is an "unusual" but "pleasant surprise", according to the Ministryo f Tourisms director-general, David Johnson. Copa is doing quite well, he told Tribune Business. Their services for the first two months have been exceeding their projections and ours in terms of performance. T he load factors have been very s trong. They have been operating at optimum levels approaching 90 per cent loads. New flights generally take a while to build to that level of loads. They came out of the gate withv ery strong loads, which is unusua l but a pleasant surprise. C opa Airlines began non-stop s ervice from Panama to Nassau on June 15, with departing and return flights scheduled for travellers every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. The airline service which, for the first time, opens up the Bahamas t o the South and Central American markets, is projected to bring m ore than 14,500 visitors to the i slands and generate more than $ 17 million for the Bahamian economy in its first year. Visas are notr equired of Bahamians visiting Central and South America; or for residents of those regions bound for the Bahamas. "They have given us the undert aking that if the demand continues strong it's just two months t hat they are inclined to add an a ccommodation of larger aircraft a nd more frequency, Mr Johnson said. Whenever a fight is running at 90 per cent it means it is leaving passengers. So if we can sustain that level for an extended period of time, I have no doubt they will l ook favourably at increasing capacity. It's premature for us to predict w hen they will do that; they are s till on their honeymoon, with just over a month of service thatsa bout 30 to 40 flights roughly. We are not only monitoring the traffic. We know the loads are very strong, but we are also looking at where the guests are staying, their d eparture cards, comments about their experiences, what are some of t he things we are doing very well a nd what are some of the things w e can do much better that again strengthens the flight, because wew ill be delivering what they want. Copas 90% load beats projections By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Business Reporter MINISTER of State for Finance, Zhivargo Laing, has confirmed the Govern m ent is still pursuing the twin peaks' model in terms of financial services regula t ory consolidation, but could not put a timeline on com pletion of the process. S peaking briefly with Tri b une Business, Mr Laing said he could not give a timetable towards the com p letion of regulatory reform, a part from saying that the Government was "working on it. That's all I can say right n ow," Mr Laing said. A dopting the 'twin peaks' f inancial services regulatory model would mean that the Central Bank of the B ahamas and its bank s upervision department who remained as a standalone supervisor, responsible for the banks and trust compa n ies sector, while all other regulators, namely the Securities, Insurance and Compliance Commissions, would be consolidated into one B ahamas Financial Services Authority. Ref orm L ast Thursday, leading a ttorney Brian Moree, senior partner at McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes, publicly called on the Government to commit to, and give a timeline for, completing financial services regulatory reform. Mr Moree told Tribune Business he feared that the r elative success enjoyed in physically consolidating the Securities Commission,C ompliance Commission and Insurance Commissioni nto one building could e ncourage the Government to not proceed with the finals tep an actual merger of the three. Mr Moree noted that the G overnment has talked about financial services reg ulatory consolidation for years, but apart from the physical consolidation other tangible signs of progress have largely been confined t o Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs inspection initiatives, in a b id to avoid duplication and i mprove communication. Mr Moree said that regulatory consolidation was n eeded to "modify, simplify, t he regulatory red tape and bureaucracy that exists in the financial services industry." Government commits to financial services r egulation conclusion First direct service to/from Latin America eyeing expansion on Nassau route if demand sustained Z hivargo Laing
terms of reference document, following his statem ent that he knew nothing of a Bahamas Customs Consultative Committee, Mr Laing replied: In government we have things taking place at the technical level, and things taking place at the policy [ministerial] level. It could well be that someone proposed recommendations for how we proceed at the technical level.... It could clearly have been at hought or a proposal by technicians to proceed on these lines, but they may not h ave followed through on t hat. Mr Laing indicated that such proposals may not m ake there way up to ministerial level, let alone the Cabinet, and again reiterated his confidence that there was appropriate consulta-t ion over the Customs Management Bill prior to it going to Parliament. Consultation took place with the consultants who d rafted this Bill, he told Tribune Business. The consultation took place at that level. Its in their [the consultants] reports. T he proposed terms of reference for the Bahamas Customs Consultative Committee include enhancing cooperation between Customs a nd the private sector in m anaging the borders and facilitation of trade. Forum Other goals were its use as a forum to discuss legi slative and policy reform proposals before they were finalised by senior Customs staff, and obtain private sector feedback in a bid tob oost the departments relat ionship with those it dealt w ith. Customs Comptroller, G lenn Gomez, did not r eturn Tribune Businesss calls seeking comments, butt he proposed terms of refe rence involved developing a validation process for A uthorised Economic Operations. The Bahamas Customs C onsultative Committee is also supposed to be consulted on key reforms that w ill bring Customs operations and procedures up to international best practice standards. These reforms include s trengthened risk managem ent, post clearance audit, development and use of performance indicators and improved information for, and collaboration with, the business community. As previously revealed by Tribune Business, the Com-m ittee is to be comprised of r epresentatives from the Chamber of Commerce, Immigration, a licensed Cust oms broker, a major i mporter, shipping lines and a irlines. Meanwhile, Mr Laing left t he door open to making further reforms to the existing Customs Management B ill, pointing out that we c an have a continuous dialogue with the private sector as issues arise during itsi mplementation. Thats part of a dynamic, growing, maturing society, h e added. What I am proud about is that we have stopped as a nation, and s aid: Lets make the reforms we need to make. We are making significant reform efforts in the country towards making us m ore efficient and more effective as a jurisdiction. These big moves are going to have an impact on how we do business in the Government, and how we do b usiness outside of the Gove rnment....... Whats in the Customs M anagement Bill today represents our best efforts to meet international Customs s tandards, referenced at the World Customs Organisa-t ion, and [putting in place] t he things required to make our Customs Department a m odern Customs Departm ent. Speaking to Tribune Business last week, Mr Laing expressed surprise that the C ustoms Management Bill had not been published yet on the Governments Inter-n et site, and said it should b e done in the next day or so. It has yet to appear as o f last night. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 THE TRIBUNE FROM page 1B Customs Committee technical level plan
t old Tribune Business. We h ave too much bureaucrac y, which increases the cost b ase for doing business. In addition to our tradit ional competitors, there are m any new jurisdictions that a re targeting financial serv ices as an industry they want to develop, so both from the traditional comp etitors we have and aggress ive new players that have e ntered into this industry, w e simply cannot continue i n the current mode. We need to get our act together, switch from reac-tive to proactive, and be far more nimble and adaptable t o respond to things quickly i f we are to compete in an i ndustry that is innovative and dynamic. O ver the past decade the B ahamas has only made m ajor changes to its financial services regime, particu larly the regulatory side, when the proverbial gun was put to its head by the i nternational community, principally the G-7 (Group o f Seven) major economies. This happened in 2000 with the Financial ActionT ask Force (FATF listing, and again in 2009 with the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation Development (OECD G-20 pressures for it and other financial centres toc ommit to signing a network o f Tax Information E xchange Agreements (TIEAs sions, the Bahamas moved rapidly to comply. While such responses m ight ensure the Bahamas s urvival as an international f inancial services player, Mr M oree told Tribune Busi n ess it was no way to run this nations second most important industry, espe c ially when its long-term g rowth and development w as considered. Chang e And, apart from regulator y changes, the very nature o f financial services at the private sector level was also undergoing rapid change. Whats going on internat ionally is redefining the i ndustry, Mr Moree said. The business models jurisdictions and institutions had seven-eight years ago a re redundant, out-of-date. I ts absolutely the same for u s. Ive been saying for some t ime now that we need to re-examine the business m odel, and this has to be d one on the back of a N ational Plan that is developed with close collabora tion and communication will all stakeholders, and in a way that is not partisan. As to the nature of that re-examination, Mr Moree said: We have to examine very carefully our tax neu tral platform to see if its the best business model going forward, or if it needs to be adjusted to complement the new realities of the industry. Migrating from a tax neutral to a low-tax platform, becoming creative in the distinction between international business and domestic business. These are all issues that require careful and mature consideration by the best and brightest mindsin our country. While the Bahamian financial services industryhad held-up well in the face of pressure led by the G-7, neither it nor the country at large should be lulled into a false sense of security. We have been remark ably resilient over the past 10-12 years, and thats very much to our credit, but that is no reason for us to be lulled into a sense of apathy in what is a dynamic set of circumstances changing our industry, Mr Moree said. When it came to the threats facing the Bahamian financial services sector, the leading source of high per capita salaries, Mr Moree said the dangers could be both over and understated. While there was no immediate threat of the bottom dropping out, a gradual process of erosion would continue if no action was taken. I dont want to panic a bout it and be hyperbolic. The reality is: Neither of those two [over and understated] positions, he explained. Could we substantially l ose our place within the l eading financial services c entres? Could that happen? It might happen, but I dont see that as an immediate d anger. The immediate danger is that we lose, or become u ncompetitive, in certain s ectors. That has already h appened to us to a large extent in the capital markets sector. That has already happened in the insurance sector. That happened in 1969, and its been extremely difficult to get that back in any significant way. Weve not nearly enjoyed the success Cayman has had on capital markets f or various reasons. Weve b een able to hold on to our own, and hold on to our turf, i n private wealth management and private banking, although weve not experienced the growth we could have had if we responded ina more dynamic way, more innovative way, and more proactive way. And Mr Moree added: Our reality in the Bahamas i s that weve done very p oorly in some of these sectors, and in others weve done very well. Thats [private wealth management] been our strong sector, although in my view weve n ot had the rate of growth w e could have had if we r esponded differently. We have to address issues like our regulatory reform, our technology platf orm, our product developm ent cycle, our marketing, our Immigration policy. T here are many others, but t hese are some of the leadi ng issues that affect the industry generally. As for the Bahamas r esponse to major internat ional initiatives, Mr Moree t old Tribune Business: We have to continue to avoid any major blacklisting. We have to understand that the expectations of the international community today arev ery different to what they were 10-12 years ago. It cannot be done in reactive mode, making reforms in reaction to directives and threats from the international community a nd various agencies. That may keep us treadi ng water for a while, keep us out of trouble, but is not a way in which we can grow, expand and develop our financial services industry. Were not going to a chieve that by being react ive. We may survive, but that i s no way to run a major industry of our country in the medium to long-term. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011, PAGE 5B Get our act together on financial services FROM page 1B T he immediate danger is that we lose, or become uncompetitive, i n certain sectors.
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Royal Bank of Canada Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited is looking to hire a P rivate Banker/Wealth Manager D escription of role and key responsibilities: The Private Banker/Wealth Manager will report to the Manager, Private Banking and will be responsible for delivering the HNW/UHNW strategy; managing any existing client relationships and for increasing net new revenues to the Bank either by extending the range in services offered to an existing client or by introducing new relationships to RBC. The Private Banker/Wealth Manager will seek to provide an integrated wealth management service to High and Ultra High Net Worth/ Family Ofce clients and prospects of RBC Wealth Management. At its core, ther ole is about client relationship management; knowing the client, identifying their needs and providing valued and trusted advice on an ongoing basis. This advice w ill draw on the specialist skills that exist within RBC Financial Group in tax, b anking, credit, investment management, capital markets and custody. Key accountabilities include: 1 Achieve a deep understanding of the clients overall needs through accurate c lient discovery and data collection (i.e. KYC, Risk Pr le etc.) 2. Develop an overall strategy to meet the clients needs with a thorough understanding of banking, investment, credit. 3. Collaborate with specialist partners within RBCFG to execute that strategy. 4. Provide specialist input based on the wealth managers own knowledge, skill a nd quali cations. 5 Maintain close contact with client in order to monitor and communicate changes related to client information to specialist partners. 6 Communicate relevant regulatory and market changes to client. Seek new s trategic channels of distribution and target new geographic areas to grow t he private banking business of the region. Required Qualications and Skills:A University degree in business, accounting, or other related professional designation.M inimum of 5-7 years of experience in a Private Banking/Wealth Manager environment with a thorough understanding of banking, credit and trusts in a n international environment. Proven Relationship Management skills: has an ability to understand the clients needs, the knowledge and communication skills to identify and articulate issues and solutions, the integrity to earn the clients trust and the business acumen to recognise mutually benecial opportunities for the client and RBC.Superior Business development skills: demonstrates superior business development skills, the ability to target new High Net Worth prospective clients, to spot opportunities to promote RBCs services, to earn referrals from existing clients, contacts and colleagues and to close business.Accountability: accepts accountability for business and individual performance targets agreed with management.Ethics, integrity and discipline: Is dedicated to conforming to local policies and procedures.Demonstrated skills in managing peer relationships: recognised as a team player, is focused on client need. 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Remuneration will be commensurate with qualications and experience. Interested persons should apply to: Royal Bank of Canada Trust Company (Bahamas) Limited P. O. Box N-3024 Nassau, NP, Bahamas Attention: Human Resource Department Via Email: email@example.com Only applications from suitable qualied candidates will be acknowledged. Deadline to apply is August 3, 2011 Shirley Street location is being converted into a new showroom for the incoming BMW models, and Mr Albury said Executive M otors expected to hire f ive-six new staff to deal w ith anticipated business levels. For BMW we have a vacant building here on Shirley Street that were in the process of renovating now, and well put the brand i nto a new showroom in the complex, he added. Were in the process of l ooking for staff, such as t echnicians. Weve hired a chief mechanic, a Bahamian who has worked abroad w ith Land Rover, BMW and Mercedes. We were pretty lucky to find a Bahamian in that position, and hest aught some mechanics in F lorida as well. Were looki ng for probably a few salespeople, a few technicians, a receptionist, so its five-six p eople. B MW has had a presence in the Bahamian market in the past, but those who held the dealership, Mr Albury told Tribune Business,a ppeared to have been u nable to make a successful long-term go of it. BMW has been here in the past, but the people i nvolved in it were never r eally true car people, he added. Capital Someone else had it, but t hey didnt seem to have the capital to make a really s trong go of it. Apart from the moment um gained through the BMW contract, Mr Albury told Tribune Business that E xecutive Motors was also placing renewed emphasis on its pre-owned vehicle b usiness, given the recess ion-induced impact on consumer purchasing habits. Were in the process now of moving the pre-owned v ehicle department out of Collins Avenue to Wulff R oad, where we have more space, he confirmed. The pre-owned vehicles are still doing well because of the economy. Were p utting a lot of focus on that. Weve invested $400,000 i nto that, including new b uildings. If you pass there, y ou will see buildings going up. Dealers expansion via BMW contract F ROM page 1B BMW has been here in the past, but the people involved in it were never really true car people.
as the determinant of import duty rates in the 2010-2011 Budget. A t most, he explained, t hese models with relatively smaller engine sizes had seen only a 5 percentage point import duty rise to 65 per cent, while competing makes with larger engine sizes had,i n some instances, been forced t o endure a 25 point rise from 60 per cent to 85 per cent. Needless to say, coupled with the recessionary environment, the latter category h ave become price uncomp etitive. A rguing that the move from a CIF (Cost, Insurance Freight) basis to engine sizehad probably knocked out 90 per cent of the market forl arger vehicles, especially w hen combined with tighter bank lending controls, Mr Barr told Tribune Business: When youre talking about bank payments, a difference of 25 per cent on the duty represents a 15 per cent increaseon the retail price. Vehicles have been going u p by $7,000, $8,000, $9,000 as a result, but if the duty went up by 5 per cent, the r etail price is showing an increase of $1,000-$1,500. The commercial vehicle m arket, featuring makes such a s taxis and trucks, had been decimated by the 2010-2011 Budget changes, Mr Barr explained, as all were automatically pushed into the 85 p er cent duty category by v irtue of engine size. I think you will find its fallen off dramatically forc ommercial vehicle sales, as they have all been impacted by the new duty structure. C ommercial vehicle sales h ave been severely impacted, Mr Barr said. Commercial vehicles have b een hit extremely hard, and I dont know what the solution is. Its tough. Truth be t old, commercial vehicles are a major part of all franchise dealers sales. With the fourdoor trucks, people could putt he family in them and also use them for work to make a couple of dollars. All of those vehicles have gone up by 25 percentage points, which is a huge increase, and the banks are r eluctant to lend. They may give you $38-$39,000, but not $51,000. Its probably knocked out 90 per cent of the market. Mr Barr told Tribune Busi n ess that many Bahamasbased new car dealers were also having to contend with an increase in their manufac t urers prices, on top of the duty rise. Given the significant retail p rice increases on new vehicle models, and the difficulty in obtaining debt financing,m any Bahamian consumers are switching to one of three options. Purchases of smaller vehicles with engine sizes that a ttract the lower duty rates; keeping their existing vehicles or going to the preowned, used car market. While overall BMDA sales figures for the 2011 second quarter were up 7 per cent on both the 2010 comparative period and the 2011 first quar ter, Mr Barr said: The increase reflects certain vehicle lines with dramatic sales increases. They were quite popular vehicle lines before, but are now benefiting even more from lower duties. That puts them at a bigger advantage over vehicles with larger engines that fall into the high er duty categories, and makes them not as competitive as in the past. Many Bahamian new car dealers were moving to transition their fleet inventories to smaller cars and engine sizes, but some models may not be available at least not in sufficient quantities. Referring to the headline numbers, Mr Barr said: It doesnt mean to say things are good. Obviously in some areas things are good; in some areas things are terrible. Its been a year of adjust ment, he added. Right now, in the car business, its a strug gle to keep people employed and not add to the recession. Youve got to focus on the service and parts segments of the business, and accept the fact that sales are greatly diminished and unlikely to return to the level they were before, as far as I see it. Purchasing habits are being forcefully changed. Whether thats a good or bad thing, I dont know, but for a lot of dealers its a major p roblem. The figures on the surface look pretty good, but if you analyse how vehicles are being sold, a few vehicle lines are doing really well, but others are hardly selling at all. F red Albury, Executive M otor owner/president, agreed that there were a lot of mixed scenarios out there, with June having been the worst month of 2011 to date. The year started off reas onably better than last year, h e explained. Overall, its up a bit, but there was a lot of concern when we looked at the numbers for June and analysed them. June was thew orst month of the year. July, f rom where I sit, is not looking much better. Im basing it on floor traffic coming in. E xecutive Motors is the Toyota dealer, and while disr uption to new car production and deliveries from Japan had been a factor, Mr Albury said seasonal factors such as the traditionally quieter summerp eriod were also at play. H e added that the Japane se yens relative strength against the US dollar, making the former countrys vehic les relatively more expensive in the Bahamas, was another issue. However, this has beeno ffset to some extent for Mr A lburys business by the w eakness of the Korean currency against the US dollar, something that has aided sales of the Hyundai and Kia brands. The bright spots are the K orean products, so the Kia a nd the Hyundai are performing very well, and those two are picking up the slack from the Japanese brands, Mr Albury said. Its a very mixed picture. I f eel that by the 2011 third q uarter we will be back to normal just about [on the Japanese brands], but the price of the product is way, way up there, so it pushesp eople to the Korean b rands. Mr Albury said the company was putting a lot of e mphasis on marketing its Korean brands, but agreed w ith Mr Barr that while overall industry sales numbers were above 2010 figures, itw as not across the board like last year. Its based on brands, and t he earthquake scenario and p ricing are causing some brands to be down, Mr Albury said. The auto indust ry is like a lot of industries out there. Youve got to keep slugging a it to keep yourh ead above water. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011, PAGE 7B 7% new vehicle sales rise masks mixed scenario FROM page 1B
o bligations. The rating agencies might take action as early as this week, and a credit rating cut could trigger a rise in US g overnment borrowing costs. That would have the k nock-on effect of increasing all US interest rates, raisi ng the cost of money for all US businesses and consumers alike. T hat, in turn, could shatter both US private sector and c onsumer confidence, with immediate implications for t he Bahamas in terms of visitor and group booking willi ngness to travel, plus foreign direct investment inflows. Well get caught in the tailwinds like any other country, Mr Smith warned. A lot of that debt is held by China, so if they decide not to renew it, interest rates i n the US will go up. If that h appens, we will go into a d ouble dip recession, same as the rest of the western world......... Any downward impact on consumer spending will affect us. The former finance minist er added that attracting fore ign direct investment, and c hanelling it into the right areas of the Bahamian econo my, was critical to addressing this nations own $4.3 billion national debt, since it was the only way to grow t he economy out of recess ion. Local savings provided an i nsufficient capital pool to do this, Mr Smith added, and the Bahamas needs to soon address the national debt and its ratio to gross d omestic product (GDP Sharp The latter ratio is a pproaching 60 per cent of GDP, and the growth traj ectory has been relatively sharp over the past four y ears as the Government undertook stimulus spendi ng to arrest the economys f all during the recession. Both the debt and growth rate need to be brought back on to a sustainable path. Our way out of this is to g row the economy, Mr S mith told Tribune Business. There isnt sufficient local savings to do that, so the continued thrust in the medium-term has to be foreign direct investment and c hannelling it into avenues c onsistent with our develo pment pattern. S uch avenues, he said, i ncluded both the second home and domestic housing markets. Another possibility w as boutique types of hotels in the Family Islands, Mr Smith pointing out that Abaco had grown quite nicely from a combination of local and foreign i nvestment. We just need to tweak t he existing model somewhat, he added. We have h undreds of square miles of s ea and marine life. Weve g ot to find ways to make this more productive, particularly where we have builtup demand for marine products. I dont know too much a bout the likes of turtle farming, conch farming. Our research and development i s almost zero. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.181.180.000.1550.0807.66.78% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.00-0.6400.080-16.6 0.75% 7 .504.40Bank of Bahamas6.946.940.000.2300.10030.21.44% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.0480.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.0300.09090.03.33% 1.961.77Fidelity Bank1.771.770.000.0970.04018.22.26% 1 1.938.44Cable Bahamas8.488.480.000.2450.31034.63.66% 2.802.35Colina Holdings2.552.550.000.4380.0405.81.57% 8.508.33Commonwealth Brewery8.408.400.000.7400.00011.40.00% 7.006.00Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.886.880.000.4960.26013.93.78% 2.191.90Consolidated Water BDRs1.771.770.000.1110.04515.92.54% 2.541.31Doctor's Hospital1.381.380.000.0740.11018.67.97% 5.994.75Famguard5.405.400.000.4980.24010.84.44% 8.805.35Finco5.395.390.000.7570.0007.10.00% 9.747.75FirstCaribbean Bank8.608.600.000.4940.35017.44.07% 6.004.59Focol (S)5.755.750.000.4350.16013.22.78% 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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INSIGHT PAGE 10B, MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 THE TRIBUNE BALI, Indonesia Associated Press A SENIORNorth Korean official will visit the United States this week to discuss the possible resumption of long-stalled international negotiations on ending Pyongyang's nuclear programs, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Sunday. The news that diplomats could be close to reviving six-nation disarmament talks that broke off in 2008 comes after more than a year of animosity and high tension between the rival Koreas and raises hopes in a region on edge. Two attacks Seoul blames on Pyongyang last year killed 50 South Koreans and led to threats of war. Clinton's invitation for North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan to visit New York follows a crucial meeting Friday between nuclear negotiators from North and South Korea on the sidelines of a regional forum of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, in Bali. It was the first such meeting since disarmament talks collapsed in 2008, and the envoys agreed to work toward the resumption of six-nation negotiations. The recent diplomacy comes after more than a year of hardline unity by Washington and Seoul since international investigators said a North Korean torpe do sank a South Korean warship in March of last year, killing 46 sailors. The South demanded the North show regret for the warship sinking and an artillery attack on a front-line South Korean island that killed four in November. North Korea denies a role in the sinking and says South Korea provoked the island shelling. While refusing to apologize, however, Pyongyang has repeatedly shown a willingness to return to the disarmament talks. The North is seen as needing a diplomatic breakthrough and outside food aid ahead of the 2012 centennial of the birth of the country's founder, Kim Il Sung. "We are open to talks with North Korea, but wedo not intend to reward the North just for returning to the table," Clinton said in a statement announcing Kim Kye Gwan's trip to the U.S. "We will not give them any thing new for actions theyhave already agreed to take. And we have no appetite for pursuing protracted negotiations that will only lead us right back to where we have already been." The wariness is in line with past U.S. statements that ally Seoul must be sat isfied with the North's sincerity before Washington will act. During Kim's trip, he will meet with a team of U.S. officials to explore his country's commitment to returning to the international talks and taking concrete steps toward disarmament, Clinton said in the statement. It was unclear what days Kim, the North's former chief nuclear envoy, will vis it New York. The announcement follows an earlier meeting between Clinton and the foreign ministers of South Korea and Japan in Bali. The nuclear negotiations involve the two Koreas, the U.S., China, Japan and Rus sia. North Korean Foreign Minister Pak Ui Chun said in comments released Sunday by the country's state media that the Korean peninsula now stands "on the crossroads of detente and the vicious cycle of esca lating tension." The countries involved, Pak said, must "make the best use of (the ty of dialogue and make a bold decision to settle the fundamental issue." Diplomats have been eager for the two rivals to ease tensions. Since the last round of talks, North Korea has conducted a second nuclear testand revealed a uranium enrichment facility that could give it another way to make atomic bombs. Recent North Korean threats against Seoul's conservative government include a pledge to retaliate over South Korean soldiers'use of pictures of the ruling North Korean family for tar get practice. NKOREAN OFFICIAL TO GO TO US FOR NUCLEAR TALKS C ARACAS, Venezuela Associated Press VENEZUELAN President Hugo Chavez said he soldiered through his f irst week of chemotherapy in Cuba with only minor discomfort but that a long process of additional treatment l ies ahead as he confronts cancer. Chavez, 56, made an unannounced return to Venezuela late Saturday afters pending a week in Cuba undergoing t reatment. He strode away from the plane down a red carpet while troops stood at attention. This body of mine, of a cadet and a soldier, held up," Chavez said on tele vision after his arrival, adding that he h ad "some small discomfort." "It's a hard treatment. It finished yesterday. Today a little bit of rest andh ere we are," he said. Chavez said he is ready to "continue the battle." State television broadcast footage of Chavez being greeted at the airport by Vice President Elias Jaua and other ministers. Chavez said the chemotherapy in the past week went well but that risks remain and he expects his treatments to continue for an extended period. H e did not say how long. "It's important that the Venezuelan people don't believe that everythingi s done," Chavez said. "We're in a c omplete process of fighting very hard, and it takes its time. We're winning it and we'll win it, but it takes its timea nd its rhythms." Sur gery The president underwent surgery in C uba on June 20 to remove a cancer ous tumor, which he said was the size of a baseball. He hasn't said what type of cancer he has been diagnosed with or specified where exactly it was located, saying only that it was in his pelvic region. He says chemotherapy is nece ssary to ensure cancer cells don't reappear. Chavez said that a day after he a rrived in Cuba on July 16, he under went "intense studies that they call medical imaging." He said 126 images showed that "no presence of malig nant cells was detected in any part of my body." In any case the risk exists," Chavez added. "For that reason the chemotherapy, which was given to met he whole week in various sessions." C havez said Friday that he had suc cessfully completed a "first cycle" of chemotherapy and will next begin thes econd of various additional stages. He did not say when the next series of chemotherapy treatments would begin. C havez said Fidel Castro, who has been at his side throughout much of his treatment, had suggested that the Venezuelan leader closely follow his d octors' orders and be conscious that his health is still at risk. Chavez said that "for my complete return, I should be disciplined." During the past week in Cuba, Chavez was largely out of the public eye but kept up a steady stream of messages on his Twitter account, ranging from government announcementst o cheering for the national soccer team. While in Cuba during the past week, Chavez also received visits by Ecuador's president, Rafael Correa, and Argentine soccer legend Diego M aradona. Chavez said that before leaving Havana for Caracas on Saturday, hea lso met with Nicaraguan President D aniel Ortega. Happiness U pon his arrival in Caracas on Sat urday night, Chavez said: "I address the country from my heart to express my immense happiness and gladness to b e in Venezuela after one week." "Throughout this week, I haven't lost an instant in my attention to Venezuela what happens, the problems, the solutions," he said. The leftist president, who has been in power since 1999, has said he i ntends to run for re-election in late 2012 despite his illness. "After this week of intense work in C uba with a quality Venezuelan and Cuban medical team, I should tell you... that I've come back better than I left," he said. CHAVEZ RETURNS TO VENEZUELA FROM CUBA AFTER CHEMO IN THIS PHOTO released by Miraflores Presidential Press Office, Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez, center, review the troops accompanied by his Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro, left, and his Vice President Elias Jaua upon his arrival at the airport in Maiquetia, Venezuela, Saturday. Chavez made an unannounced return to Venezuela on Saturday night after s pending a week in Cuba undergoing chemotherapy, saying that he expects a series of additional cancer treatments will take time. (AP LONG PROCESSOFADDITIONALTREATMENTLIESAHEAD HAVANA Associated Press EACH MORNINGbefore the sun rises too high, Cubans gather at a shaded corner in cen tral Havana, mingling as though at a cocktail party. The icebreaker is always the same: "What are you offering?" This is Cuba's informal realestate bazaar, where a chronic housing shortage brings everyone from newlyweds to retirees together to strike deals that often involve thousands of dollars in under-the-table payments. They're breaking not just the law but communist doctrine by trading and profiting in proper ty, and now their government is about to get in on the action. President Raul Castro has pledged to legalize the purchase and sale of homes by the end of the year, bringing this informal market out of the shadows as part of an economic reform package under which Cuba is already letting islanders go into business for themselves in 178 designated activities, as restau rateurs, wedding planners, plumbers, carpenters. An aboveboard housing market promises multiple benefits for the cash-strapped island: It would help ease a housing crunch, stimulate construction employment and generate badly needed tax revenue. It would attack corruption by officials who accept bribes to sign off on illicit deals, and give people options to seek peaceful resolu tions to black-market disputes that occasionally erupt into vio lence. It's also likely to suck up more hard currency from Cubans abroad who can be counted on to send their families cash to buy, expand and remodel homes, especially since Presi dent Barack Obama relaxed the 50-year-old economic embargo to allow unlimited remittances by Cuban-Americans. "All these things are tied in," said Sergio Diaz-Briquets, a U.S.-based demography expert. "They want expatriate Cubans to contribute money to the Cuban state, and this is one big incentive for people who want to help their families." Complex But few changes are likely to be as complex and hard to implement as real estate reform. From the earliest days of the revolution, Fidel Castro railed against exploitative, absentee landlords, and enacted a reform that gave property ownership to whoever lived in a home, regardless of who held title. Most who have left the island forfeited their properties to the state. The government, Castro preached, would provide everything a citi zen could need: employment, food, education and housing, all for little or no money at all. But the housing stock, already run down before the revolution, continued to deteriorate, the U.S. embargo choked off the supply of building materials, and new construction failed to keep pace with demand. Meanwhile, cyclones and salty air can start eating through metal bars in a year and have decimated rural shanties and older quarters of Havana. Empty lots dot the capital's seaside Male con boulevard as once-stately mansions regularly collapse fol lowing heavy rains. Many of those still standing are merely facades or are propped up by scaffolding and wooden beams. While they wait for the new law to be enacted and the specifics to be announced, Cubans have few legal options. They can enroll in cooperative construction projects, build on existing properties or join the long waiting list for government housing. Or they can head to the open-air real-estate market in hopes of negotiating a "permuta," which officially is a swap of equal-value properties but in reality usually involves illegal cash on the side. Many enlist the services of "runners" like Manuel Valdez, an 83-year-old ex-military man who has been brokering the transactions for four decades. At the downtown bazaar, Valdez holds court on a concrete bench, keeping track of real estate offers in a tattered notebook and on posterboard that he tapes to a tree. Gesturing at the people milling around hoping to strike a deal, Valdez said housing is sucha problem that legalisation was inevitable: "This is a situation that the state had to get off its back one way or another." There'salso www.revolico.com, a kind of Cuban Craigslist that has real estate ads asking tens of thousands of dollars. Site operators claim the real estate section alone gets 30,000 unique visits a month even though islanders must find a way around the Web censors. Some Cubans enter into sham marriages to make deed transfers easier. Others move into homes ostensibly to care for an elderly person living there. They register at the address and, after enough time passes, can legally claim the "inherited" title. Nowhere is there an official record of the money changing hands. A Havana professional with a job that pays far more than most salaries on the island told of swapping his tiny apartment about 10 years ago for a bigger, historic home whose bathroom and roof were falling apart, and whose occupants, a 60-some thing couple, could no longer manage. The couple took over his recently remodeled and repaint ed flat. They also received $1,200 in cash something that will no longer be illegal once Cas tro's housing reform takes effect. The professional reflected on the anomaly of people with money but no home to buy, and people with bigger homes than they need, and the risk they all run trying to change their cir cumstances. Some Cubans have had their homes confiscated when their illegal sales came to light. "It would be so helpful if you could do that legally," he said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the transaction's illicit nature. "It is such a big problem, the housing situation," said DiazBriquets, who estimated in a recent paper that the country of 11 million people was short 1.6 million units of "adequate housing" in 2010. "They have been trying for years to solve it, and it's finally dawned on them that the state is never going to do it." Shortfall The Cuban government puts the shortfall at closer to 500,000 homes. Still, the result is legions of bickering divorcees trapped under the same roof; newlyweds forced to bunk up with siblings, cousins, uncles, and aunts; and elderly people unable to repair their crumbling homes. Juana Ines Delgado's plight is typical. She shares her tiny studio in Old Havana with her grown son, married daughter and 4-year-old granddaughter, while her son-in-law spends nights at his aunt's place down the street. "It's a marriage that's not the way a marriage should be, you know what I mean?" said Delgado, 61. "My situation is what it is. ... But I hope my children don't have to end their days here." A CUBAN HOUSING MARKET? GOVT IS LIFTING A TABOO
INSIGHT T HE TRIBUNE MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011, PAGE 11B Our immigration policies are lite rally tearing families apart. I grew u p with a friend whose professional parents lived here on a work permit. We grew up together from primary school all the way to high school. The government eventually n aturalized her and her siblings but r efused to do so with her parents, w ho had been contributing members of society for decades. My friends parents were force to move back to their country of birth after establishing their roots in the Bahamas and growing their seeds in Bahamian soil. Many Bahamians would look at this case as an example of the successful implementa-t ion of our immigration policy. I say what a shame. If I were a Bahamian-born child of Haitian parents, who were legall y employed to a Bahamian family i n the 1970s, and I came of age to apply for citizenship in the 1990s, a nd because of some procedure i nefficiency, or some misplaced p olitical cowardice, 20 years later I was still without citizenship, I wouldr ightfully be upset and fully deservi ng of some due process. Why, if the government announced, it was going to take my file out of the filing cabinet and figure out what was the hold up, should Bahamians be outraged at that? Had my grandfather not been a P rogressive Liberal Party supporte r in the early 1990s and my J amaican-born mother not been a b eloved teacher of many Bahamian c hildren in the public school sys t em, her application for citizenship might have been counted amongst those now infamous 1,300. I am so sick of politicians manipulating information to stoke xenophobic fears for their own political advantage, and the nerve that they w ould do so in the name of their love for the Bahamas. Branville McCartney, who is under advisement by the one and only LoftusR oker, is currently milking all he can from the furor around the Min istry of Housings activities in Mackey Yard and recent disclosures by Brent Symonette, Minister o f Immigration. After Mr McCartney claimed the government was attempting to secretly regularize thousands of non-Bahamians on the run up to election, Mr Symonette refuted the claims and suggested that Mr M cCartney was perhaps misled by t he grapevines reporting of a new i nitiative at the Department of Immigration. T hat initiative he said was the g overnments employment of 12 people to investigate the status of some 1,300 applications that have been sitting dormant for years. T hese applicants have nothing to do with the former residents of Mackey Yard, or the current subd ivision being developed. And yet, Mr McCartney, I suppose in his attempt to make aged political cheese, released his latest statement on the matter of the 1,300 to say: "The DNA, along with scores of Bahamians across t he length and breadth of the B ahamas, is increasingly troubled b y the government of the Bahamas' attempt to secretly regularise thous ands of non-Bahamians during an e lection season, while at the same time admittedly following the fashion of the Christie administration and its old 'land give-away' prac t ices." To use this government initiative, which will hopefully give hund reds of entitled applicants their due process, to advance the completely invented notion that the government is attempting to secretly regularize thousands of non-Bahamians on the run up to election is blatantly disingenuous. I t is a political strategy taken out of t he crudest of political play books b eing advanced by the so-called different political party. T here are sinister efforts at play, t rying to tie the Department of Immigrations efforts to the alleged land sale at Mackey Yard. No one is truly interested in an e xplanation, the facts of the matter, or doing their own investigation. The many people who are feigning o utrage over the airways are simply satisfied with playing up the possibility in order to feed their own egos, their misplaced senses of superiority and righteousness, and to obtain a political advantage. They are not interested in s ocial unity; they are not intere sted in peace; they are not intere sted in taking responsibility as a society. W e live in a sick society, not b ecause of immigrants, because of biggity Bahamians who hate themselves and dont want anyone to know about it. T hat self-hate is the cancer that is eating us from the inside out. F ROM page 12B THEMACKEYYARD land has now been cleared for a planned subdivision SQUATTER SETTLEMENTS
By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org ON THE matter of squatter set t lements, the government is being misleadingly vague about how much information it has on the squatter problem when in fact theg overnment has been mining infor mation on squatter settlements in an organized manner for years. Them ost recent data from a governm ent study that was internally published in January 2011 indicates there are 38 documented squatter settlements in New Providence, for which only 10 are known to be on government land. In the 26 cases where the land tenure is known, the overwhelming majority 61 per cent of these housing communities are located on private land. Between 2004 and 2010 several of these settlements were converted into housing subdivisions. Pride Estates, Dignity Gardens, Mandarin Close Subdivi sion and Ross Davis Estates all stand where squatter settlements once existed. In the case of Pride Estates, reliable sources have told me that Bahamian police officers and defence force officers who were squatting on the land counted themselves amongst the many who got land in the regularized subdivision. I say that because Bahamians love to put a colour, an accent and a status to squatters when very often they are speaking about those who they count amongst their own. All in all, the total size of squatter settlements in New Providence, measured by structure count, is 940, according to well-placed Tribune sources. There was a net increase in the size of squatter settlements between 2004 and 2010, with the number of structures increasing by 407 and decreasing by 238. Well placed sources say the government knows exactly how many Bahamians and how many legal Haitians inhabit those dwellings. This would seem plausible based on the mere fact that immigration raids into squatter settlements target those who are illegal. This is not to dismiss the fact that residents with status are harassed, sometimes to a severe degree, during these opera tions. Bahamian people have sanctioned the growth and development of squatter settlements by virtue of their own administrative negligence, and failure to establish a proper plan for the integration of its immigrant community. As a result, people, Bahamian and non-Bahamian, have established families and livelihoods in squatter settlements. Regardless of how one judges the living standards in these settlements, they are at the end of the day housing communities. And how irresponsible is it for Bahamian people to believe they have the unabated right to destroy these communities at any and all cost or expense. That is a recipe for social upheaval, which is what Bahami ans continue to bring on them selves. History and geography played a large role in the integrated society in which we now live, but we were also participants in the creation of this reality, and now we selfishly do not want to accept who we are. Every Bahamian family, including my own, has a story to tell over the past 38 years of independence and beyond of a Haitian national who they employed, a Guyanese nation al who they were taught by or a Jamaican national who wiped their backsides as a child.We should not be ashamed of that. How could we? These people formed our community; in many instances they became a part of our biological family. And now we want to raise hell because the immigrant community over the years integrated into the society as best as we allowed them to. Now we want to raise hell because people who were born and bred in the Bahamas want to call themselves Bahamian. The people living in squatter set tlements have developed communities as best they could in order to serve a Bahamian labour force that employs them. Now, Bahamians think of Haitians as our slave mas t ers, those who once were good enough to cook our food, wash our clothes and nurse our suckling babies, but are not good enough tol ive in our houses, eat our food or c ohabitate with our children. The Haitian community has been pushed to the margins by thev ery people who gave birth to them, literally and figuratively. Many of the so-called upstanding Bahamian men in society, who have sweet-h earting down to a science, have children born of Haitian mothers roaming the streets with no clue of their heritage. These are the children we claim have no right to call themselves Bahamian? In trying to have a balanced debate about the Haitian commu nity and the problems we so readily ascribe to them I had to ask myself a question: Why is it that in the face of facts, evidence and rational arguments that prove many of the claims levelled against the Hait ian community to be false and unfounded that Bahamians are still mulish, inflexible and unyielding in their beliefs? I found my answer with Dr Amos Wilson, a man who ranks amongst the top black scholars in the modern world. He says it is because the individuals who hold these beliefs have a personal interest in the persistence of those beliefs. In other words, no manner of logic or evidence can dissuade them otherwise, because their beliefs are not based on logic or evidence. They are based on selfreinforcing tall tales. He was speaking about the general beliefs that persistently linger about the African race, but his thoughts are more than relevant in relation to our beliefs of the immigrant community. U nfortunately, Haitians take the heat, but the Bahamian view of the other is all the same, except when it comes to those who arrivei n private jets with their pockets fat a nd their suntan lotion in toe. Some Bahamians have a strange concept of a pure blooded Bahami-a n or a real Bahamian that I simply cannot grasp. You would be hard pressed to find a Bahamian of any and every means over the age of4 0 who does not have an immediate family connection to another Caribbean island, the United States or the old empire. So who are the real Bahamians? We have some people around here who are the descendants of other people who came here as mas ters, procreated on Bahamian soil, passed on property and wealth gained under an illegal an illegitimate colonial system, and happened to stick around until we negotiated an independence. Are they the real Bahamians? Many of these people, who are the inheritors of ill-gotten wealth: are they the real Bahamians? Between May 2007 and June 2010, the government approved 10,012 permits to reside, and another 22,839 permits between May 2002 and May 2007. Like it or not, the Bahamas has an enormous immigrant community, living and working legally in the country. In that same eight year time period, the government granted 3,227 citi zenships; 2,747 permanent residen cy applications and 3,792 spousal permits. Bahamians need to wake up. We are a multicultural society and our misdirected hate is unnecessarily stirring social tension. T T H H E E S S T T O O R R I I E E S S B B E E H H I I N N D D T T H H E E N N E E W W S S M M O O N N D D A A Y Y , J J U U L L Y Y 2 2 5 5 , 2 2 0 0 1 1 1 1 SEE page 11B THE REMAINS of t he Mackey Yard settlement are pic tured in December 2010, after it was devastated by fire. S ince the blaze, the issue of squatter settlements has fea tured prominently in the news. MACKEYYARD Ho w Bahamian people have sanctioned theg r owth and development of squatter comm unities
T HETRIBUNE SECTIONEMONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 INSIDE TRAK T T U U R R N N T T O O 2 2 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 3 3 E E . . . BOLT WINS 100 IN TUNEUP FOR THE WORLDS PHELPS OFF TO LOSING START AT FINA SWIMMING WORLDS SIMON BEATS ALMAGRO IN THREE SETS TO WIN THE GERMAN OPEN EVANS IS THE FIRST AUSTRALIAN TO WIN THE TOUR DE FRANCE URUGUAY DEFEATS PARAGUAY 3-0 TO WIN COPA AMERICA FINAL T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . . . T T U U R R N N T T O O 8 8 E E . . . B y RENALDO DORSETT S ports Reporter email@example.com T he Bahamas 35member team in competition at the 2011 Pan American Junior Track & Field Championships concluded with a number of spirited individual efforts and a single record-setting performance. In Miramar, Florida, the team finished the meet with a total of 10 medals, including three gold, two silver and five bronze. Anthonique Strachan led the charge and continued her stellar 2011 season with another record-setting performance and four medals at the meet. On the opening day, Strachan won the first medal for the Bahamas with a bronze in the 100m. Her time of 11.46s finished behind Michelle-lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago who set a new meet record in 11.25s and Keilah Tyson of the United States who was second in 11.39s. VAlonee Robinson was sixth in 11.58s. S trachan set a new meet r ecord in the women's 200m w ith her gold medal winning time of 22.70s. She surpassed the previous mark of 22.93s set by Shalonda Solomon of the United States in 2003. Sixteen-year-old Carmeisha Cox, the youngest member in the final, finished seventh in 23.95s. Kai Selvon of Trinidad and Tobago finished second in 22.961s, narrowly edging out Jessica Davis of the United States who was third in 22.96s. Katrina Seymour also claimed gold in the first event of the final session of competition. She took first place in the womens 400m hurdles in 57.87s. Danielle Dowie of Jamaica was second in 58.55s and Deborah Redriguez of Uruguay third in 59.10s. In the mens high jump, a single attempt separated Ryan Ingraham from the gold medal. Ingraham cleared 2.22m, as did winner Maalik Reynolds of the United States. However, he failed on his first attempt. All other entrants in the event were forced to bow out at 2.15m. The medal streak also continued for one half of the dynamic Collie-Minns triple jump duo. Latario finished third with a bronze medal jump of 15.93m, while his counterpart Lathone was sixth with a leap of 15.44m. Elton Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago was first with 16.51m, while Phillip Young of the United States finished second with 16.01m. Female triple jumper Tamara Myers took silver in her signature event with a leap of 12.85m. Both 400m relay teams reached the medal podium in the evening session yesterday. The womens team of Devynne Charlton, Robinson, Cox and Strachan took the gold medal in 45.04s, ahead of Jamaica (45.37s and Canada (46.35s The mens team of Blake Bartlett, Delano Davis, Shavez Hart and Trevorvano Mackey finished third for the bronze in 40.26s. In the 1600m relays, the Bahamas secured a pair of bronze medals. The womens team of Strachan, Charlton, Seymour and Pedra Seymour finished third in 3:42.61s while the mens team of Nejmi Burnside, Hart, Andre Wells and Julian Munroe ran third in 3:14.96s. Other finalists during yes terdays closing session included: In the men's 200m, Trevorvano Mackey finished eighth in the finals in 21.36s. Kirani James of Jamaica took first place in 20.53s while Sean McLean and Edward Hadnot finished second and third in 20.69s and 20.82s. In the men's 400m hurdles, Patrick Bodie finished fifth in 54.38s. I n the womens high jump, Kenya Culmer fin ished seventh with a leap of 1.70m. Shanay Briscoe of the United States took first place with a leap of 1.83m,A lyxandria Treasure of Canada was second with 1.80m and Kimberley Williamson of Jamaica was third with the same height. Middle distance runner James Carey finished 10th in the 1500m in 4:07.88s. The last Bahamian team won a total of 10 medals five gold, two silver, and three bronze at the Central American and Caribbean Track and Field Championships in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, finishing in fourth place to Jamaica, Cuba, and Trinidad and Tobago. Just a week before that, the Bahamas World Youth team won an amazing three gold and one bronze to finish fourth, quite an historic feat. The Junior Pan Am Track and Field Championships featured the best of the athletes from the Carifta Games competing with track and fields best from Canada in the north to Chile in the south along with track and field powerhouses like the United States, Cuba, and Brazil. Anthonique strikes gold, sets a new meet record Bahamas routs Cayman by 53 By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE opening night of the 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships exceeded expectations for scores of anxious Bahamian spectators who witnessed the home team open competition in dominant fashion. In the feature game at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium Saturday night, Team Bahamas took a staggering 94-41 win over the Cayman Islands. CJ Hinds led the Bahamas with a game high 21 points and spear headed a balanced scoring effort which saw three players finish in double figures and seven finish with at least eight points. Torrington Cox added 13, Mitchell Johnson finished with 11, J R Cadot, Eugune Bain and Jamal Douglas each finished with nine and Keno Burrows chipped in with eight. Jorge Ebanks led the Cayman Islands with 11 points. The Bahamas hot shooting and advantage on the boards propelled the home team to an early lead as they led wire to wire in the win. They shot 58 per cent from the field and 42 per cent from threepoint range while out-rebounding the visitors 51-25. Hinds shot a blistering 6-9 from the field and 3-5 from beyond the arch to go along with three steals. Bain led the effort on the boards with 10 and was just a single point away from the games only double double. Douglas finished with seven rebounds while veteran point guard Quentin Hall added six points and five assists. The Bahamas led 28-14 after the opening quarter and widened the margin to a 48-24 lead. After winning the third quarter 23-10, the home team took a 71-34 lead into the final period and widened the margin to as much as 58 in the fourth quarter. In Sunday nights action, Cay man Islands played British Virgin Islands, Antigua faced the US Vir gin Islands and the Bahamas was again featured in the final game against Bermuda. However, results were unavailable up to press time last night. Other results from day one of the tournament included Bermuda over St Vincent and the Grenadines, 75-56. Sullivan Phillips led the game for Bermuda with 18 points, 11 assists, five rebounds and four steals. In game number two, Jamaica topped Antigua, 92-78. Akeem Scott had a huge game with 33 points, six rebounds, four assists, five steals and three blocks. Antigua was led by Julius Hodge and Lennox McCoy, who scored 24 and 22 points in a losing effort. Katrina Seymour wins gold in 400 hurdles Womens 4 x 400 relay team gets the gold ANTHONIQUE STRACHAN F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f FEATURE GAME: Team Bahamas took a staggering 94-41 win over the Cayman Islands during the 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium Saturday night. SEE PHOTOS ON PAGES 4 & 5E
THREE of the Bahamas e lite swimmers are representi ng the island nation at the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China. Elvis Vereance Burrows, Alana Dillette and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace began competition yesterday with Burrows in the 50m butterfly, according to a press release. Burrows will also see competition in the 50 freestyle while Alana Dillette will compete in the 50 & 100 backstroke and 50 butterfly and Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace will swim the 50 & 100 freestyle. This is the first time that the FINA World Championships have had qualifying t imes established by FINA a nd the cut times were faster than the qualifying times for the Beijing Olympics, said the release. The team is being coached by Lionel Moreau who also coached the Bahamas team in Dubai at the World Short Course Championships when Vanderpool-Wallace won the first ever Bahamas medal at the FINA World Championships in the 100 freestyle. Also accompanying the team is Kathryn Dillette, secretary general of the Bahamas Swimming Federation and also team manager. The swimmers have been p utting the finishing touches o n their training as they prepare to start competition here in Shanghai at the World Championships. The swimmers are hoping to achieve personal best times and also make the Olympic A cuts at this meet, said the release. SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011, PAGE 3E HAMBURG, Germany (AP Gilles Simon became the first Frenchman in 25 years to win the German Open, beating Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 on Sunday for his second title of the year. The fifth-seeded Simon broke serve for a 4-2 lead and then saved two break points to serve out the first set. Almagro squandered a 3-0 lead in the second but broke serve again to even the match. Simon broke serve early for a 2-0 lead in the third and hung on to clinch the title. The last Frenchman to win in Hamburg was Henri Leconte. The third-seeded Almagro was looking for his fourth title of the year. Simon beats Almagro in 3 sets to win German Open SIMON (AP Trio representing Bahamas at 14th FINA World Swim Championships ON DECK: Shown (l-r By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer SHANGHAI (AP Michael Phelps got off to a losing start at the world championships, and it wasn't his fault. He put his teammates i n second place on the openi ng leg of the 4x100-meter freestyle relay. They just couldn't move up. Phelps, kicking off the first of his seven events at the eight-day meet, led off a stunning bronze-medal showing in the relay Sunday at the Oriental Sports Center. It was the first time since 2007 that the American men lost a relay of any kind at worlds or the Olympics. "It's frustrating," he said. "It's not how we want to start it." They were upset by the Australians, who got an open ing leg split of 47.49 seconds from James Magnussen and went on to win in 3 minutes, 11.00 seconds. He was joined by Matthew Targett, Matthew Abood and anchor Eamon Sullivan. "We knew we weren't going to be in the mix on paper," Sullivan said. "We knew we had the experience and the young ones to sur prise people." France took the silver in 3:11.14 and the U.S. team of Phelps, Garrett Weber-Gale, Jason Lezak and Nathan Adrian earned the bronze in 3:11.96. Weber-Gale swam the slowest of the Americans, with his 100 split timed in 48.33. "I feel sick about it. It's a huge disappointment to get bronze," he said. "It's pretty embarrassing for me to go slow like that and it's disap pointing to feel like it was my fault that we did poorly." Lezak, the 35-year-old whose sizzling anchor leg at the Beijing Olympics preserved Phelps' successful bid for eight golds, swam the Americans' second-slowest split of 48.15. "You can't go in and have two guys swim great and two guys swim average and expect to win," he said. "Unfortu nately, I was one of the average ones." The Americans were 2 sec onds faster winning the gold at worlds in Rome two years ago. "It's a good thing that it's not the Olympics," said Phelps, who swam 48.08 on his opening leg. "We have time to prepare and get ready and change some things." Asked what needed changing, he replied, "Clearly need to be faster. That's the easiest thing." Ryan Lochte, who swam in the morning heats, didn't return for the final. US men's coach Eddie Reese defended the decision, saying, "He was third-best this morning." "This wasn't a very good relay for us," Reese said. "Why? We call it human beings. We had splits that were not at all like we thought it would be." The US women's 4x100 free relay didn't win, either. Natalie Coughlin, 16-year-old rookie Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy and Dana Vollmer claimed the silver after Vollmer was overtaken on the next-to-last lap by Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands. "I never like diving in and coming second," said Vollmer, who earlier set an American record of 56.47 as the fastest qualifier for Monday's 100 butterfly final. "The 100 fly felt so easy and this wasn't quite so easy." The Dutch team of Inge Dekker, Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Marleen Veldhuis and Heemskerk defended their relay title in 3:33.96. The Americans touched in 3:34.47, followed by Germany in 3:36.05. In the other finals, Olympic c hampion Park Tae-hwan of South Korea showed he's back in top form by winning the 400 freestyle, while Italy's Federica Pellegrini took the women's race. Park regained the lead midw ay through and pulled away o ver the last two laps to win the gold in 3:42.04, a distant 1.20 seconds in front of silver medalist Sun Yang. In the women's race, Pel legrini was fifth at the midpoint before surging into the lead one lap later and cruising to victory in 4:01.97. Olympic champion Rebec ca Adlington took the silver in 4:04.01, while Camille Muffat of France earned the bronze in 4:04.06. Alexander Dale Oen of Norway was fastest in the 100 breaststroke semifinals, main taining his focus following the twin tragedies in his country that killed at least 93 people. Phelps off to losing start MICHAEL PHELPS (AP
SPORTS PAGE 4E, MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011 TRIBUNE SPORTS P h o t o s b y F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium... Bahamas in lopsided victory ON THE HARDWOOD: The Bahamas defeated the Cayman Islands 94-41 in the 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. This is the first time in 10 years that the Bahamas is hosting the championships, which it has won six times more than any other country. Here are some highlights of Saturdays game.
SPORTS TRIBUNE SPORTS MONDAY, JULY 25, 2011, PAGE 5E 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium... over Cayman Islands, 94-41 ON THE REPLAY: The Bahamas defeated the Cayman Islands 94-41 in the 21st Caribbean Basketball Confederation Championships at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium Saturday.