in street gangs N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.258WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER RAINAND WIND HIGH 86F LOW 79F I N S I D E LATESTTROPICAL DEPRESSIONNEWSAT WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM /WEATHER Sc hools and communities contaminated The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com I N S I D E FIRSTCLASS STUDENTS FROM THE MERIDIAN SCHOOL PAGE 14 By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE gang problem in the Bahamas affects more than 20,000 young people, according to a Bahamian gang expert, and the num ber is on the rise. Pastor Carlos Reid is set to release an updated gang l ist this week, a document produced by the communi ty-based non-profit Youth Against Violence, which he l eads. The list details the s chools and communities that are contaminated with gangs. Ridgeland Park and the Grove are two communities featured on the list. They a re said to have gangs that a re involved in wars and cross rivalry, according to St Cecelia Member of Par liament Cynthia Mother Pratt, who recently sounded the alarm. SEE page eight B y ALISON LOWE T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org E DUCATION Minister Desmond Bannister hast urned down pleas for him t o go to New York City to t ry to help the nine Straw Market vendors detained there on fraud charges. M r Bannister, MP for Carmichael, was approached after he took steps to ensuret hat the children of the vendors who are in public schools got the emotional SEE page nine MINISTER REJECTS PLEAS TO GO TO NEW YORK FOR STRAW VENDORS SIGNSOFGANGISSUE GANG GRAFFITI: A wall in Nassau is covered in gang slogans. A Bahamian gang expert says the number of people in the country affected by gangs stands at more than 20,000. F ELIPE MAJOR/TRIBUNE ST A FF By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com HEAVY rain and wind gusts are predicted to rip through the northwest and central Bahamas today as a tropical depression moves over Cuba toward the Bahamas. A tropical storm warning was issued by the Department of Meteorology yester day for the northwest and central Bahamas. The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA ed its National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC the system. The NEOC will remain operational until the tropical system no longer poses a threat to The Bahamas, said a state ment issued by NEMA. The emergency contact number is 322-6081/5. The tropical depression, the 16th for the season, was near the Cuban Isle of Youth up to press time and was expected to pass over the western portion of Cuba last night and move across the countrys eastern coast this morning, according to Paul Walker, senior meteorologist Accuweather.com. "Its going to track up to the north east between southeast Florida and the northwestern Bahamas. It looks like the central track passes to the west of the Bahamas but a lot of the rain and gusty wind so far with this system has been to the east of the track. "The impact will be felt late (Tuesday with the worst conditions felt tomorrow (Wednesday with winds being 30 to 45 miles per hour with gusts of 55 miles per hour," Mr Walker told The Tribune yesterday. Deputy Director at the Department of Meteorology Basil Dean said the Bahamas set to be hit by heavy rain, strong wind AS THEHouse of Assembly gets set to vote today on the historic Baha Mar resolution, senior politicians from both sides have been in high level talks about the obstacles still facing the deal, The Tribune can confirm. Among these is the yet-to-be-settled $200 million loan from Scotiabank, a component of vital importance in terms of whether the project gets green lighted. According to well-placed sources in both political parties, Opposition MPs Philip Brave Davis, Obie Wilch By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org POLICE officers would not resist a move to do away with police prosecutors in the Magistrates courts, according to Hulan Hanna, Assistant Commissioner of Police. There will never be resistance because these are decisions that are made by the attorney generals office and the govern ment. The police are an arm of the judicial SENIOR POLITICIANS IN HIGH LEVEL T ALKS ON B AHA MAR DEAL By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE continuing US investigation into allegations of credit card fraud, believed to have taken place at several Bay Street stores this month, is just one case in what officials have described as a mass increase in fraudulent crimes. Bahamian police are assisting the US team with their investigation, however they could not provide further details. Sources close to the investigation revealed that an American Police assist USteam in alleged cr edit car d fraud investigation SEE page nine THEPROJECTED path of the system. (Imagery TerraMetrics, Map data Europa Technologies, Google, INEGI, LeadDog Consulting) SEE page nine OFFICERS WOULD NOT RESIST REMOVAL OF POLICE PR OSECUT ORS SEE page nine SEE page eight NASSAU
By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@ tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Bakke Graduate University (BGU million in scholarships for Bahamians wishing to pursue graduate studies at the Seattle university. The announcement was made on Saturday at the official launch of the universitys Masters degree programmes here on Grand Bahama. A total of 320 scholarships will benefit persons on Grand Bahama, Abaco, and New Providence. Dr Brad Smith, presi dent of BGU, made the presentation to Education Minister Desmond Bannister at the Captains Charthouse. The scholarships will be issued over a period of years. Some 60 scholarship awards have been made available for students in Grand Bahama; 60 for stu dents in Abaco; 80 for New Providence; and 60 for Access Bible College, which is headed by Dr Susan J Wallace and her husband Sydney Wallace. Bakke Graduate University, located in Seattle, Washington, is a non-traditional institution whose goal is to develop Christcentred leaders who change global cities. The university was founded in 1991 by broth ers Dennis and Ray Bakke to spread the word of Jesus Christ through education. The university is based in 50 countries. According to Dr Smith, the first 23 to enrol in Grand Bahama and in Abaco will receive a 25 per cent discount on their tuition fees as a part of the scholarship scheme. Programme The programme will start in January 2011 in Grand Bahama. It will expand to New Providence and Abaco in March of 2011. Bakke Graduate University will offer a Masters of Business Administration (MBA January 2011, and Master of Arts in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship (MASECE ning in March 2011. In addition to its gradu ate programmes, Dr Smith noted that Bakke Gradu ate University will bring numerous benefits to the Bahamas. He said he foresees an increased economic growth through ongoing visits by faculty, guest speakers, and students to and from the islands of the Bahamas. These individuals will generate the need for hotel, taxis, food and rental space for classes and other events along with other local services, said Dr Smith. The university is also expected to return five per cent of all net revenues realised in the Bahamas to assist all BGU-Bahamas graduates in achieving their ministry/project goals throughout the country. The organisation is expected to hire Bahamian faculty and support staff as it expands further in the country. Minister Bannister commended the leadership of the BGU for selecting the Bahamas to expand its campuses. This initiative will pro vide students on Grand Bahama with another opportunity to advance educationally, and enhance their marketabil ity with new skill sets that will ultimately benefit the Bahamas, he said. Mr Bannister said he also was very pleased that BGU will be undertaking community projects that will assist residents. Students The degree programme is expected to start in January 2011, but some stu dents have already identi fied projects such as a literacy mentoring project in the Eight Mile Rock com munity to prepare students for BJCs and BGCSEs; an outreach programme to assist the homeless; a parenting programme and a programme to assist vic tims of substance abuse. Minister Bannister said these projects will help to fill the voids in areas where national resources are limited. REGISTRATION centres will be open at locations throughout the country beginning Monday, October4 as preparation of the new Voter R egister begins, Parliamentary Comm issioner Errol Bethel said Tuesd ay. The simultaneous opening of multiple centres in New Providence, Grand Bahama and the Family Islands will facilitate an early national voter registration drive, he said. New Providence locations will i nclude the Parliamentary Registrat ion Department (Farrington Road M all at Marathon, Town Centre M all, General Post Office (East Hill Street) and the Elizabeth Estates, South Beach and Flamingo Gardens post offices. Grand Bahama locations will i nclude the Parliamentary Registration Department, National Insurance B uilding (Freeport t rators Office in Eight Mile Rock, and the Administrators Office in H igh Rock. Registration of voters will take p lace at the Administrators Office in the various Family Islands. R egistration centres will be open f rom 10am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Evening registration is scheduled to commence at a later date. Parliamentary Commissioner Mr Bethel said the current Register, which came into force in April, 2007, is due to expire on its anniversary d ate in 2012 or on an earlier date t hat may be appointed by the Gov ernor-General. Law requires the parliamentary c ommissioner to prepare a Register in Readiness (New Register five years to replace the current register when it expires. Mr Bethel said: Bahamians should be aware in order to be able t o vote when the time comes, they must be registered. He added that the law is very c lear in defining who is qualified to r egister to vote. A pplicants for registration, he said, m ust be citizens of the Bahamas, 18 y ears old, not subject to any legal i ncapacity, and must be ordinarily resident in a constituency for at least three months immediately preced ing the day of registration. Mr Bethel noted that while Section 19 of the Parliamentary Elec tions Act provides for the consider-a tion of other evidence including baptismal certificates and other forms of proof deemed acceptable b y the Revising Officer to show a p erson is eligible to register and has n ot already registered, applicants must still present a valid Bahamian passport or birth certificate as proofo f citizenship. He said a valid Bahamian passport serves as the principal document f or registration. If a person does not have a valid passport, he/she should present a birth certificate, Mr Bethel said. Please bear in mind the fact that all documents that people may pres ent do not prove citizenship. Documents such as the old Voters card, an affidavit, a Bapt ismal Certificate, or a Certificate of I dentity does not prove citizenship. E ven the Birth Certificate in some i nstances does not prove citizenship. M r Bethel said officials at the Par l iamentary Registration Department have developed a number of initiatives to ensure a smooth, effective process. The public is reminded that not only is it the right of every eligible citizen to vote, it should be taken as a most important civic obligation, he said. In order to exercise this right to v ote and to meet this most import ant civic obligation, however, eligib le persons have to register. I therefore invite early participation in the National Voter Registra-t ion Drive. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Do you know that your favourite teacher can WIN $1000! 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Presented by: Nominations close on October 15, 2010th INDEX M AIN/SPORTS SECTION L ocal News........................P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,14 E ditorial/Letters.......................................P4 S ports......................................P10,11,12,13 BUSINESS/ARTS SECTION B usiness...................................P1,2,3,4,5,6 A dvt...........................................................P7 Comics....................................................P8T aste...................................................P9,10 A rts....................................................P11,12 C LASSIFIED SECTION 28 P A GES USA TODAY MAIN/SPORTS 12 PAGES Voter registration centres to open doors on Monday B y ALISON LOWE T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A BAHAMIANis expected to be charged with drug and alien smuggling in Florida after US officials intercepted a boat laden with 170 pounds of cocaine and five Hait-i an migrants off the States coast. T he Bahamian man is alleged to have been the captain of a 39-foot Sea Ray vessel that was stopped as it approached Stuart, Florida, on Sunday. On board the boat, the cocaine valued at $5 million and four Haitian men and one Haitian woman, were found. T hey along with two other Haitian men residing in Fort L auderdale, who were not aboard the boat, have been taken into Federal custody. The boat was registered in the Bahamas under the name, Who Cares, according to a US Coast Guard Official, who gave the time of the boats interception as 8pm. Bahamian to be charged with drug, alien smuggling in US Current Register set to expire in 2012 or earlier University gives $1.9 million in scholarships to Bahamas T T h h i i s s i i n n i i t t i i a a t t i i v v e e w w i i l l l l p p r r o o v v i i d d e e s s t t u u d d e e n n t t s s o o n n G G r r a a n n d d B B a a h h a a m m a a w w i i t t h h a a n n o o t t h h e e r r o o p p p p o o r r t t u u n n i i t t y y t t o o a a d d v v a a n n c c e e e e d d u u c c a a t t i i o o n n a a l l l l y y , a a n n d d e e n n h h a a n n c c e e t t h h e e i i r r m m a a r r k k e e t t a a b b i i l l i i t t y y w w i i t t h h n n e e w w s s k k i i l l l l s s e e t t s s t t h h a a t t w w i i l l l l u u l l t t i i m m a a t t e e l l y y b b e e n n e e f f i i t t t t h h e e B B a a h h a a m m a a s s . Minister of Education Desmond Bannister
By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE mother of a young woman who prosecutors allege was killed by an exboyfriend testified yesterday that she had told the accused to leave her daughter alone. Carol Fisher-Kemp, the mother of Shanice Adder ley, testified yesterday that her daughter and Angelo Poitier began a relationship in 2008. Adderley, 19, was found dead in a grave in the Bahamas Veterans Cemetery on May 27, 2009. According to Mrs Kemp, Poitier, who is on trial for her daughters murder, lived four houses south of their Providence Avenue home. Mrs Kemp recalled that around noon on May 19, a week before her daughter was found dead, she received a phone call from Poitier. According to Mrs Kemp, Poitier told her that he was calling to make peace and did not like the idea of her being upset with him. Mrs Kemp said that she had told Poitier not to come back to her home and to leave her daughter alone. She told the court that Poitier had told her that the relationship between himself and Shanice was over. Mrs Kemp testified that the last she saw her daughter alive was when she left home on the night of May 26. Shenique Fisher, the sis ter of the deceased, told the court that May 26 was also the last time saw her sister alive. She recalled that it was around 6pm and Shanice had just returned home. Mrs Fisher recalled that her sister had been excited about purchasing a puppy. Mrs Fisher also testified that around 11.20am on May 27, she went to the morgue where she identified her sisters body. Mrs Fisher told the court that Poitier and her brother had become friends some nine years ago and that she saw Poitier on a regular basis. Boyfriend Also taking the witness stand yesterday was Dominic Taylor, who was Shanices boyfriend at the time of her death. He told the court that he had met Shanice at a bar where they both worked. He recalled that at around 9pm on May 26, he and Shanice were at the Landshark restaurant where they were watching a basketball game. Mr Taylor told the court that they stayed at the restaurant for about 45 min utes. Taylor said that during that time, Shanices cellular phone was ringing continuously and she appeared disturbed by the text messages she read. Mr Taylor recalled that at one point, Shanice had tossed her phone down. He said that she eventually told him that she wanted to leave and he drove her home. B y ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org BAHAMAS Union of Teachers presidential candidate Frances Friend took h er fight for a new election and claims of electoral irregularities to the Director of Labour yesterday, who said his department is now awaiti ng legal advice on the way forward. Harcourt Brown would n ot rule out the possibility that a new election could be o rdered. His comments come after Ms Friends Friend and F ather team attempted to thwart the installation of i ncumbent BUT president Belinda Wilson and her slate o f prospective executive offi c ers on Friday morning at t he unions headquarters, c laiming that infractions in the handling of the electoral process last week meant the results should not be certified and a new election should be held. She said representation had already been made to Mr Brown not to certify the results, to deem the September 21 election null and void and to order another election. H owever, Mrs Wilsons a rrival at Walkers Hall, BUT headquarters, with a c ertified copy of the results was enough to satisfy chairm an of the unions electoral c ommittee, Philip Johnson, t hat the installation cerem ony should go ahead, and i t did. But the opposing teams c ampaign for a new election did not end there. M r Brown confirmed that h e and Department of Labour officials met with M rs Friend and some of her t eam yesterday when alleged electoral irregularities were discussed. Meanwhile, Mr Brown w ho was out of the country last week during the elections and in its aftermath, when the results were ulti m ately certified by an act i ng Registrar of Trade Unions told The Tribune that its not safe to say that at all when asked whether it was fair to assume he agreed with the decision tak e n to certify the election results. Once there is an acting registrar that registrar isr esponsible at that time, so t hats not necessarily so, he said. Asked if he in fact disa greed with the decision, Mr Brown added: I wouldnt say that either. Once I am seized of all the facts Id bei n a better position to say m y position. Coming out of yesterdays meeting, the director said the department now awaits l egal advice from its attorneys on the allegations being made by the Friend and Father team and how they should be dealt with. Right now its a matter f or the attorneys to look at and well be guided by whatever information is forth coming from them, he said. A s for whether there is t he potential for another election for the 4,000 strong union, Mr Brown said thata ll depends on the lawyers opinion on the matter. All of these things are currently what are beforet he attorneys right now. We a re looking at our options and then well be in a better position to advise the parties. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM x xChairs Chairsx xTables Tablesx xBenches Benchesx xUmbrellas Umbrellasx xLoungers Loungersx xDrinks Trolleys Drinks Trolleysx xCoffee Tables Coffee Tablesx xEnd Tables End Tablesx xCushions CushionsT T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y y T T h he e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y yWongs Plaza Madeira St. Wongs Plaza Madeira St. Tel: (242 Tel: (242)326 2335 2335Outdoor Elegance Outdoor Elegance BUT presidential candidate steps up fight for new election By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com V ICTIM rights advocates are calling out to the community tonight to show solidarity with their struggle to end sexual violence in the Caribbean. R einforcing the idea that the only way to end abuse is through collective effort, the Bahamas Crisis Centre will host A Night for Hope and Healing to mark the annual Day to End Sexual Violence in the Caribbean. T he initiative began in 2007 following a regional conference and tonight, organisers say, participants can expect poetry, songs, stories, visual art and music, complement-e d by an open discussion between artists and the audie nce. D onna Nicolls, a volunteer, said: This is not a fund raising event so we are asking for voluntary participation. Your p articipation will contribute to an evening of advocacy as w e remember those who have b een hurt and those who need to be helped. Together we can stop sexual violence. The event will be held on F owler Street at The Indaba T ent, home of the after school programme The Inda ba Project. For further information c ontact administrator Novel e tte Fox at 328-0922 or Donn a Nicolls at 424-4786. Call for solidarity in struggle against sexual violence Mother: I told alleged killer to leave my daughter alone FOURTEEN shop stewards who were dis missed by a union executive have filed an application for an injunction against the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Worker's Union. The document, filed in the Supreme Court on September 20, asks the court to restrain Darrin Woods, Nicole Martin and the BHCAWU from pur porting to dismiss the plaintiffs as shop stewards. The group has also asked the court to declare the plaintiffs as active shop stewards at the respective areas of work at the Atlantis resort. The injunction is part of a lawsuit filed by the 14 former shop stewards in July against their removal. The union, its president Ms Martin and secretarygeneral Mr Woods are list ed as defendants, according to court documents filed by the plaintiffs' attorney Richard Boodle. Felix Munroe, Dave Beckford, Clarinda Bast ian, Florence Knowles, Yorick Evans, Spence Ramsey, Carol Thompson, Sherry Decosta, Tanya Knowles, Claudette Coop er, Tyrone Knowles, Mel ony Gibson, Pearl Henfield and Pamela Allen are listed as plaintiffs. The plaintiffs are also asking the court to award damages, court costs and any further relief deemed just. Dismissed shop stewards seekan injunction against union SWORNIN: On the left, Mrs Belinda Wilson pledges to uphold the rules and constitution of the Bahamas Union of Teachers. On the right, Belind a Wilsondisplays the certified copy of the election results in the Presidents office Frances Friend approaches Director of Labour amid claims of irregularities COURT: Angelo Poitier R ight now its a matter for the attor neys to look at and well be guided by whateveri nfor mation is forthc oming fr om them. Harcourt Brown
EDITOR, The Tribune. Baha Mar: Scotiabank loan resolution utmost prioritys o says VP of Government m atters Sandy Sands really t his headline should have read: Does Baha Mar have the funds to meet their obligations? The spin on whichever side y ou are has limited any ration al thought and reality of the whole issue, and seemingly Baha Mar have been extremely clever to persuade the press not to focus on this t he real issue. Does Baha Mar have the money to meet their commitments? J oe Public needs to know from someone, has Baha Marc omplied with the terms of t he Heads of Agreement? W hy should it be a secret as to whether they are current with all their obligations s tamp tax, resort tax, NIB, BEC, BTC and rents for the C rown Land? R eading the statement of Sandy Sands as reported Friday, September 17, 2010, hidden on page 3, Business Section indicates that they, BahaM ar are unable to pay Scotia w hat they owe the bank. Scotia is not the bad guy, they are the ones owed. Should we continue any further negotiations? T he column of John Issa View From Afar of today, f urther makes an irrational a rgument as to why Baha Mar s hould proceed...what on e arth has it to do with when Harrahs asked Baha Mar to comply with their joint venture agreement to make their equity subscription that BahaM ar could not, asked 3-4 times...now, Editor, that was pre-2008 in the boom days, which again seems to confirm that even with one of thel argest global gambling busin esses, Baha Mar could not p ut their hands on the cash for this proposal which they had signed with us, the government to do. US$790 million in default i n London US$200 with S cotia Nassau difference of a further US$200m between project value and loan from the Chinese, these people have to find in raw cash over1 .3 billion to satisfy who they owe. I think it is time to close t his fairy dream of Perry Gladstone Christie and SarkisI zmerilian, which does not s eem to be based on any r ational thinking. ABRAHAM MOSS N assau, September 17, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 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.) LL.D., D.Litt P ublisher/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 Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama WEBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm THIS WEEK the spotlight was on HM Prisons extra mural work release programme when a prisoner returned to the compound Friday evening with half a pound of marijuana in his pocket, followed on Saturday by another trustie with a gun shot wound in his leg. It is understood that both men were reluctant to talk about their workrelated activities. The two men were part of the prisons programme that allows selected prisoners, while still serving time, to work at assigned jobs in the community, preparatory to their release back into society. The Friday night prisoner was confined to maximum security where he will be drilled for the identity of his marijuana supplier. The second man, instead of returning to prison that evening went to Princess Mar garet Hospitals emergency unit for treatment for a gunshot wound. Police, who were notified, returned him to prison where he was confined in the medical ward there. He was the mystery man who showed up after the hospital had already admitted one dead man, and two others a brother and sister who arrived in a car that had been shot up by an unknown pursuer. The two had gun shot wounds not life threatening the hospital reported. On Saturday night they were under heavy police guard in hospital. The dead man, who had had a criminal record, was ambushed and shot in Ridge land Park, where he had stopped at a house to get something to eat. The wounded brother and sister, in their bullet riddled car, were attacked a short time later in Yellow Elder Gardens. It was not until the mystery prisoner arrived at the hospital that the two events w ere linked, suggesting that the Yellow Elder shooting was in retaliation for the Ridgeland Park killing. The prisoner, who should have been at his approved job on Bernard Road, was instead with his buddy now dead in Ridgeland Park. They had both stopped for refreshments when they were ambushed by two unknown persons on bicycles the prisoner was wounded and his friend was killed. The prisoner had already served nine and a half years of a 15-year sentence for armed robbery and was due for release in August next year. His appearance in Ridgeland Park when he should have been on Bernard Road focused attention on the level of security given these prisoners while on temporary work-related release. Some law enforcement authorities are concerned about the apparent lack of supervision and how those on the programme are selected. Prison Superintendent Dr Elliston Rahming believes in the programme. The selection of prisoners, he said, is the responsibility of the Prisons Visiting Committee or the Prerogative Board of Mercy on which the National Security Minister sits. He agrees that the electronic monitoring of these inmates and others would significantly tighten the surveillance of them. As a result of these weekend high-jinks, prisoners from now on will not only be dropped off at their work places by prison staff, but they will also be taken home by the staff. Up until now they were allowed to make their own way back to the compound. This programme was the idea of the late Dean William Granger. We recall the many hours he spent with the late Sir Etienne Dupuch in his editorial office trying to convince him to be the first to test the programme. Both men believed in the essential goodness of fallen man. The Dean felt that many of the prisoners were at Fox Hill prison because they had not found their niche in life if they could find that the future was theirs. There were two men in whom the Dean was particularly interested. Both were intelligent, well educated and writing seemed to be their strength. The Dean was right on all counts. Their major problem was that they could not keep their hands off other peoples money, and thats why they were in prison. Not too many years out of Toronto Uni versity where one of our minors for our degree was psychology, we were not convinced that all men could be reformed. We believed that there were some with such a skewered DNA that like a broken vase they had to be sent back to the factory for repair. But we were interested in the exper iment we even had a bet with the Dean. We thought that the Dean had won the bet with the first man. He did everything right while he was still a prisoner. After he had served his time, we felt he showed suffi c ient promise that we kept him on staff full time. And then one night his DNA code slipped. He sauntered downtown, embez zling money from every shop keeper who fell for his story. On Saturday morning two policemen walked into our newsroom, put handcuffs on his wrists and escorted him downstairs. After a short trial he was back in prison. For the rest of his life he dabbled in politics, and worked on political propaganda sheets until his death. The second one a real con artist would leave The Tribunes premises to go around the corner for lunch. He spent his lunch hour on the telephone impersonating Sir Etienne in a plea for funds for various charities. He didnt finish the work pro gramme. For the rest of his life prison becamea revolving door. And then there was a third. He was not with us long enough to learn his strengths. He had such a violent temper and was so disruptive that we had him quickly removed. It was an interesting experiment, but not one that we would ever repeat. We still believe that there are some humans that only Gods factory can mend. Does Baha Mar have the money to meet their commitments? LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org HM Prisons work release programme EDITOR, The Tribune Both Bamboo Town MP Branville McCartney and activist Paul Moss resemble a mixture of entertainer Wyclef Jean and U.S. politician Sarah Palin. Like Wyclef Jean they want to become the leader of their country despite little experience. Neither Jean nor Moss has any executive or parliamentary experience. McCartney has a precious few years in government. But he is also a man of little political experience. Like Jean, these men seem more driven by popularity and ego than by vision and substance. Mr. Moss appears to be the perpetual fly-by-night, flitting and flirting from one cause to the next, one party to the next, whichever one will bring him some publicity. Mr. McCartney's speeches are empty: clichs and platitudes, shallow rhetoric and endless public relations. Flashing a pretty smile and wearing fancy clothes is not the same as mastering policy and how government works. Sarah Palin has shown us this in abundance. Political experience is not only about time in government, though that is important. Often, it is also about time spent forging one's vision and character in a political movement, such as Nelson Mandela, Sir Lynden Pindling, Sir Cecil Wallace Whit field and foot soldiers whose names may never become famous. In political parties and movements, one's character and abilities are tested and observed by one's colleagues. If you want to know someone well, go live or work with them. While the public may see a certain carefully cultivated image in the press, those we work with get to view our strengths and weaknesses upfront. One of the things these colleagues see is how prospective leaders respond to adversity and tough times. They get to see one's stick-ability and loyalty to a cause bigger than one's ego. The vast majority of Moss' and McCartney's colleagues do not think of them as real leaders, much less potential prime ministers. Sarah Palin cut and run as Governor of Alaska because she didn't have the courage and patience to complete her term in that office. She became bigger than the people who elected her. From their actions, it's clear that Mr. Moss and Mr. McCartney believe they are bigger than their political parties. They remind me of cry babies, who throw temper tantrums and run when they can't get their own way. Mr. McCartney resigned as a cabinet minister apparently because he wasn't promoted as fast as he wanted. He didn't resign over any great principle. He acts like a newly ordained deacon who thinks he should become Senior Pastor or Bishop overnight. If Mr. McCartney was more interested in governance and the issues of the day, he would not have quit after approximately two years in cabinet. The best leaders are marathon runners, not short-distance people. Good leaders go long term. Mr. McCartney may want to remember the case of Tennyson Wells, who challenged Sir Cecil for the leadership of the FNM in the earlier days of the party. Not only did he fail in his bid to become leader then, he also failed in another attempt years later. Most of his colleagues did not believe he had the right stuff. Eventually the voters of Bamboo Town came to the same con clusion. Paul Moss, with little experience in the PLP, but plenty of ego, challenged Perry Christie, a man with extensive govern mental experience, including time as Prime Minister. Mr. Moss, with milk around his mouth, thought he had the credibility and experience to challenge the more seasoned Mr. Christie. When he failed, he resigned from the party in a huff and a puff. In one of the more bizarre resignations from a political party, he sent in his resignation from Switzerland. This is strange for someone who claims to be a man of the people. Wyclef Jean, Paul Moss, Branville McCartney and Sarah Palin may have something to offer in politics. But their political immaturity has shown that they lack the judgment and character to lead a country. BLS Nassau, September 12, 2010. Men who seem driven by popularity and ego E DITOR, The Tribune. R e: Students stabbed in latest violence. The Tribune, September 17, 2010. It is now very clear that m any of our schoolchildren are seriously troubled. They are crying out to b e understood by society, and are in great need of strong and principleda dult guidance in their unfortunate lives. It is obvious that they are in urgent need ofa nger management counselling, of being loved and hugged, and especially o ur prayers. They also need to be paraded down to RawsonS quare where a tamarind s witch can be regularly and vigorously applied to the little darlings socio-p athic backsides in full view of their classmates and the general population. S ome people may say there is always a danger that this might humiliatet he children, or damage their fragile self-esteem, etc, and thus make themv iolent. Really? Make them violent? You gotta be joking! KEN W KNOWLES, MD Nassau, September 19, 2010. How best to deal with troubled schoolchildren
By ALISON LOWE Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com AN INFANTburdened with a massive and seemingly ever enlarging growth has received several offers of financial and other support since his familys struggle to come up with the money to send him abroad for medical treatment was highlighted in The Tribune. Sheniqua Saunders, cousin to one-year-old Kadin Finley, said that since awareness was raised of the infants condition she feels more hopeful that the family will be able to reach its financial goal, enabling the boy to visit the Mayo Clinic medical centre in Minnesota, USA. The clinic is known to have doctors who specialise in the treatment for the condition suffered by Kadin. Kadin was diagnosed by doctors at Princess Margaret Hospital with the rare condition known as Klippel-Trenaunay Syndrome or KTS. His family were told it cannot be treated in the Bahamas. But without health insurance or any other source of money available, the family were concerned that they might not be able to afford to get him help abroad. KTS is a congenital circulatory disorder characterised by abnormal benign growths on the skin, consisting of masses of blood vessels. Medical sources indicate that the condition is progressive and can lead to life-threatening complications such as internal or external bleeding, or even heart failure if left untreated. Kadins mother, Arnette Fin ley, told this newspaper in a pre vious interview that her son was born with a slightly enlarged arm and chest. This was the first sign that pointed towards some thing being wrong with him, she said. Since then, the growth has only grown larger, becoming a physical burden to Kadin anda financial one for his family. The trip to the Mayo Clinic recommended by the Bahamian doctor who diagnosed Kadins condition is likely to set the family back between $7,000 and $13,000 for an initial consulta tion alone, before travel and accommodation costs. Providing an update on some of the help the Finley family has received for Kadin since his story appeared in The Tribune relatives said they are especially thankful to Kemuel and Denise Lewis, who with the Singing Bishop Lawrence Rolle organised two concerts in aid of Kadin. Kadin was able to attend one of the concerts two weeks ago, which raised around $1,000 for his cause, and another is set for this Sunday at Ebenezer Mission Baptist Church at 8pm. For $10 in advance or $15 at the door, ticket holders can see the Singing Bishop, Shabak, the Region Bells and the Rahming Brothers perform. Meanwhile, a fundraising drive at a local barber shop net ted $300 and a local taxi driver has promised that he is going to donate the proceeds of a whip-round he did on Kadins behalf among other drivers towards the medical fund. We want to say a special thank you to those people who would have already stopped by the bank to make a donation, Mrs Saunders said yesterday, indicating, however, that the family is not even close to its fundraising target yet. Suggestions for alternative money raising options also came in from some members of the public who were keen to offer advice to the family. Kadins relatives and friends are now also hoping to organise a fun run and walk in aid of his cause, as well as a cook-out. If you would like to donate to Kadins medical fund, his account number at the Royal Bank of Canada's Palmdale Branch is 727 4269. If anyone wishes to contact the family to offer any other assistance, Mrs Saunders can be contacted at Sheniqua_37@hotmail.com. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T HEBAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT A Grand Bahama man was charged with r ape in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrates Court on Monday. Charles Laing, 47, appeared before Magistrate Gwen Claude and was also charged with burglary, causing harm and making death threats. It is alleged that on September 24, at West End, Grand Bahama, Laing unlawfully e ntered a residence and raped a female resident. Laing was not required to enter a plea to the charges. He was remanded to Her Majestys Prison until February 10 when a preliminary inquiry will be held. In other court matters, three persons were charged with mul-t iple counts of housebreaking in the Freeport area. Victoria Russell, 31, Rashad Musgrove, 22, and Jackson Newton, 32, of Freeport, were charged with over 10 counts of h ousebreaking. It is alleged that between August and September 2010, the accused stole a number of items, including jewellery, laptops and various household items. Musgrove and Newton pleaded guilty and were sentenced to four years at HerM ajestys Prison. Russell pleaded not guilty and was granted bail. His matter was adjourned to December 2010. Grand Bahama man charged with rape Financial support offers for infant with medical condition B y A L I S O N L O W E T r i b u n e S t a f f R e p o r t e r a l o w e @ t r i b u n e m e d i a n e t T H E f a m i l y o f a n i n f a n t d i a g n o s e d w i t h a r a r e c o n g e n i t a l d i s o r d e r t h a t c a u s e s o n g o i n g t u m o u r l i k e g r o w t h o f h i s a r m a n d c h e s t h a s b e e n t o l d t h a t t h e p o t e n t i a l l y l i f e t h r e a t e n i n g c o n d i t i o n c a n n o t b e t r e a t e d i n T h B a h f e r s f r o m K l i p p e l T r e n a u n a y S y n d r o m e ( K T S ) K T S i s a c o n g e n i t a l c i r c u l a t o r y d i s o r d e r c h a r a c t e r i s e d b y a b n o r m a l b e n i g n g r o w t h s o n t h e s k i n c o n s i s t i n g o f m a s s e s o f b l o o d v e s s e l s M a j o r n o t i c e a b l e s y m p t o m s o f t h e c o n d i t i o n a r e e n l a r g e m e n t o r w i t h e r i n g o f l i m b s a n d i l o u r e d T r a g i c t a l e o f l i t t l e b o y w h o c a n n o t b e t r e a t e d i n B a h a m a s A m o t h e r s p l e af o r h e r s i c k c h i l d B y T r i b m r e S T m u s c i t i z e i n o r a n y o k e t l o c i a l h T h e a n i n t b y t h e P a r t n w e e k w h e n t v r i S E E O N E Y E A R O L D K a d i n F i n l e y w h o s u f f e r s f r o m K l i p p e l T r e n a u n a y S y n d r o m e K a d i n s m o t h e r A r n e t t e F i n l e y 2 7 s a y s s h e c a n n o t a f f o r d t o t a k e h i m a b r o a d t o g e t t h e h e l p h e n e e d s MOTHERSPLEA: The story appeared in The Tribune recently.
*PLEASENOTE:ITWAS A NNOUNCEDJUST B EFOREPRESSTIME L ASTNIGHTTHATTHE IMPLEMENTATION DATE OFTHE PLANNING AND SUBDIVISION ACTISNOW JANUARY1st 2011. In The Bahamas, for s ome, change is either too e arly or long overdue." Hubert Ingraham By LARRYSMITH THREE years ago, outgoing government planning c onsultant, Malcolm Martini, told a group of Rotarians that the future of New Providence was at risk unless some tough decisions were made. W ith few controls over the little land left to servicea rapidly growing population (estimated at 240,000p lus today), and physical limits on what can be added to the transportation network, we could look forward to traffic gridlock, congested urban development, vanishing green spaces, and a generally unpleasant quali ty of life. Not long after Martini's talk, Shirlea residents found themselves in a futile battle t o curb inappropriate commercial development in their sedate little neighbourhood. And any drive t hrough Nassau makes it c lear that most residential a reas are under the same threat, especially if they are near commercial zones. A few months ago we celebrated the grand opening of a multi-million-dollar shopping centre near C oral Harbour. On relat ively virgin territory, the w ealthy developers erased and scarified the pine forest to erect the most banal roadside strip mall imaginable. Not a tree was left standing on this huge, barren and sun-burnt expanse o f land. T wo years ago, a s upreme court judge hit out a t lawyers who sought to r egularise illegal real estate t ransactions by sprinkling "magic lawyer dust", striking a chord with many Bahamians who have fallen victim to questionable real estate deals over the years. But his ruling that develope rs cannot legally sell lots in unapproved subdivisions was overturned on appeal. A nd just recently, Frede rick and Maria Wood saw t heir little home south of Charles Saunders Highwayd emolished by Bahamian d evelopers who have spent "millions" pursuing their legitimate rights to subdivide the land for housing estates. The Planning and Subdi vision Act that is expected t o take effect in October* i s a significant effort by the government to addresst hese, and similar, issues t hroughout our archipelago. Proponents hope it will "bring order to develop ment and prohibit bad envi r onmental and planning practices that have endured for far too long." The new law consolidates all aspects of town planning and subdivision development, expands public par-t icipation in the approval p rocess, and mandates land use plans for every island, based on a national land development policy that isy et to be promulgated. All future development and zoning must conform to the approved land use plan for each island. As you can imagine, this involves quite a lot of work for the re-organised Department of Physical Planning that is called for in the Act. So the law will be implemented in phases, beginning with New Providence, where most Bahamians live, and moving on to islands like Abaco and Eleuthera, where the development pressures are greatest. Meanwhile, a preliminary land use plan for New Providence has been completed to allow the law to take effect. Michael Major will continue as director of phys ical planning under the new regime, overseeing three divisions covering policy planning, development review and Family Island coordination. According to the prime minister, "We cannot afford to continue to postpone the a doption and enforcement o f adequate standards for t own planning and subdivision development. We postpone it at our own peril. We accept that we are not always in a position to alter what has been done in the past, but we are committed t o positively influence what w ill take place in the f uture." He pointed to the failure to safeguard the tranquility of neighbourhoods, to assist in the restoration of family homesteads, to guard against the invasion of busin ess and industry into resid ential or farming commun ities, and to protect investm ents in new subdivisions t hat lack basic infrastruc t ure. When it was first proposed, the initial Bill sparked anxiety among those used to doing things their own way, regardless of the consequences to the e nvironment or the rest of us. Critics said it would raise costs and create bureauc ratic bottlenecks, but most o f the objections seem to h ave been met in the current version of the Act,w hich was passed this summ er. The main goal is to prevent the indiscriminate division and development of land while protecting the country's natural and cul tural heritage. But a key p rovision is that once a c ompleted application has been submitted, a decisionm ust be conveyed within f our months, or the appli cation will be deemed to have been approved, and the developer will be enti t led to proceed. Bahamian developers will be required to meet minimum standards, install infrastructure, provide access to all essential utilities, preserve wetlands, ande nsure that their projects do n ot cause unsustainable damage to the environment. For significant developments, they will have tou ndertake environmental and traffic impact assess ments, just as foreign developers must do. And they will have to guarantee public access to the sea. Proponents say the law will increase transparency in the approval process by allowing those who are like ly to be impacted by a development to review and comment on the proposal, and to have their objections heard in public. The preliminary land use plan for New Providence was produced from an exhaustive review of all available data, as well as consultations with relevant government agencies and major landowners. Based on existing uses, it divides the island into zones for agri cultural, residential, industrial, institutional, touristic and commercial develop ment. Areas are also set aside for heritage sites, for est reserves, and public parks and green spaces. Residential areas are subdivided into low-, mediuma nd high-sensity zones. T he relatively intact pine f orest immediately south of the airport and surrounding Lake Killarney will be set aside as conservation areas, as defined under the new Forestry Act. It will require an act of parliament to r emove this protection. A lthough passed and g azetted, the forestry act will not be implemented until later this year or early next, after regulatory procedures have been finalised. The Bahamas National Trust and the College of the B ahamas will have conside rable input into these regu lations. U nder the Planning and S ubdivision Act, "develop m ent" means any building, engineering, mining or other operations in, on, over or under any land around a dwelling house, or any land used for agriculture or forestry. It also applies to t he subdivision of any such land, the dividing of one home into two or more sepa rate dwelling units, or use o f the land as a dump or s crap heap. No approval will be given f or any subdivisions that do n ot conform with the land use plan and zoning regulation. And title deeds for lots in unapproved subdivisions will be considered null and void. In addition, no build i ng will be allowed in a subd ivision until all the required utilities and ser-v ices have been installed a nd are available for each lot. Subdivision owners will have to post performanceb onds covering the works required. And special approval will be needed for any excavation or landfil lling, quarrying or mining, or for the harvesting of protected trees. T here are also provisions f or the preservation of exist ing mature vegetation and tree cover, as well as for public access to the sea. P reliminary approval for a subdivision can be revoked if these conditions are not met, but can be appealed. Preliminary approval will lapse after two years from the date of grant unless final approval is granted. Final approval lapses after one year from the date of grant unless substantial work has begun. Penalties include restoration of the land to its prior state and fines of up to $20,000. The burden of proof for contravening the Act lies with the person charged. It's clear that this farreaching law will have a significant impact on our com munities. And while there may be some additional costs and red tape as a result, we think the benefits will far outweigh the drawbacks. Our fragile islands are facing an enormous onslaught from develop ment that will only grow worse over time. If we want to maintain our quality of life, we must plan for the future and avoid thoughtless destruc tion of the natural environment which underlies that quality of life. According to Environment Minister Earl Deveaux, who piloted the legislation through parliament, the new law "seeks to guide us to a more enlight ened development mode; one that accepts that devel opment is important and essential to the welfare of our people, but one that will help to ensure that we do not destroy our ability to succeed in the future." What do you think? Send comments to email@example.com Or visit www.bahamapundit.com C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Benefits outweigh drawbacks of Planning and Subdivisions Act Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org SCORNED by an appell ate ruling that allowed the m an found guilty of killing her son in a traffic accident to receive only 12 days of community service, a mother told The Tribune of how shef eels slighted by her own mercy. In December 2007, 19y ear-old Omar Smith, a Defence Force officer, became the countrys 43rdt raffic fatality for the year when his blue 2000 Yamaha 1100 collided with a white 1996 Nissan Maxima drivenb y 21-year-old Rashad Jolly. One year later, his mother V andetta Moorsheads story of compassion and good faith touched the country w hen she told The Tribune o f how she came to plead with the magistrate not to jail the young man whosea ctions ended her only sons life. Ruling N ow, with an already comp leted appellate ruling in hand, and criminal proceedings sealed forever, Ms M oorshead said she feels as if the justice system is set up for criminals. M s Moorshead said: This system is not designed for victims, this system is set up to accommodate criminals.D uring the first case he pleaded guilty to all the charges. He had no licence, h e ran a stop sign he plead ed guilty to causing my sons death due to his negligenta nd dangerous driving. I pleaded with the judge not to send him to jail, I did nt want the country to lose a nother young man to the prison system. They told me that the magistrates ruling h eld no jurisdiction under law okay, fine but how could no portion of the law be given? The law dictates what the sentencing is for t his type of crime under the law the penalty is one to f ive years jail or $10,000 fine o r both. This isnt even a slap o n the wrist, its a kiss on the j aw. The case appeared before Magistrate Linda Virgill. After hearing Ms Moors heads plea, the discussion w as held off record, the magistrate ordered Mr Jolly set up a library fund or schol-a rship fund that would provide scholarships for graduates of C V Bethel to attend t he College of the Bahamas. M agistrate Virgill said: I w ould like it formed as a non-profit organization and y ou will make a donation once a year of $2,500 for the rest of your working life, sir. M agistrate Virgill added: There are always difficult s ituations, and it doesnt bring many persons back, but perhaps you can save another life in doing this, you understand? In doing this y ou can help save somebody from drugs or somebody from off the street. Some p arent who cant pay the school fee, they will know at the end of the year that therei s help with somebody who was to graduate C V Bethel.I will put a condition on that, counsel. If you fail to do that,y ou will go to jail for five years. Im going to insist that you do this for the rest of y our natural life. Ms Moorshead said she was first made aware Mr Jollys decision to appeal the j udges ruling last year, after following up to see whether a trust fund had been established. However, at that time a date had not yet been set f or a hearing and it wouldnt be until August of this year t hat she would receive con t act from the courts. U nbeknownst to Ms M oorshead, Mr Jollys appeal was heard before Court of Appeal president Dame Joan Sawyer, and just ices Christopher Blackman a nd Stanley John. Duties On May 4, Justice Blackman said: The appeal is allowed. The sentence imposed by the learned magistrate is set aside. In substi t ution therefore the Court orders that the appellant report to the Ranfurly Home for Children with effect from May 12, 2010, to perform such duties as may be directe d by the officer in charge t here, including reading to the children, and to report every Wednesday thereafteru ntil August 4, 2010. Ms Moorshead said: All I could do when I read that was sit down and weep. Thisw as the first time they have contacted me, they told me to come and pick up the rul i ng I thought it was just finished, not to know everything was already done. Yes, everyone has a right to a ppeal their case but why were the penalties not applied? M s Moorshead said she knew it was Mr Jollys right to appeal the ruling, howev-e r she said she felt comforted that it would hold due to s tatements made by Magistrate Virgill during the sentencing. In December 2008, Magistrate Virgill added: $2,500, and it is donated, it is nonprofit. So I cant do it if it wasnt non-profit, then you can say the Magistrate does not have locus standi to go beyond a certain amount. It is $2,500, you will have t o sign a condition with the secretary. It is to take place beginning the end of the aca-d emic year 2009, which means you have to work to try and save the $2,500 fromM ay, June of this year b ecause the academic year ends June. Following the storys publ ication in 2008, one Tribune reader, a father wrote: What a powerful message,e specially at a time when so m any Bahamians, including religious leaders, are howling for the vengeance of the r od, the cat and the gallows to punish criminals. Thanks, Mrs. Moorshead, your mag-n ificent act of love says more to us than a thousand screaming sermons may Mr. Jolly and all the young men who are so easily tempted into reckless behaviour be touched by your compas s ion. Ms Moorshead added: The law is not set up to bring relief to victims who s uffer these things. This is why people take the law into their own hands. They know there is no recourse. I feel bitter over my son, I am angry and upset. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM OVER 2,000 Bahamians who have so far participated in the governments Backyard Gardening Programme have been given the tools to reduce their grocery bills or even supplement their regular incomes by growing their own produce, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright said. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Mr Cartwright said the Backyard Gardening Programme is specifically geared towards meeting persons at their levels of competency and seeks to offer assistance with upgrading their knowledge and skills based in this area. He said the initiative has proven most successful since its inception and an advanced version of the programme is currently being considered. The latest installment of the Backyard Gardening Programme commenced on September 25. Minister Cartwright reiterated that his ministry is striving to enhance the ability of the countrys farming and fishing sectors to fuel economic development so as to improve the quality of the life by channelling human, financial and technical resources into areas where competitive advantage exists, while providing the enabling regulatory environment for the protection and preservation of our agricultural and marine resources sectors for future generations. These programmes include the Rapid Assessment Plan, the National Expo and the upgrade of the Down Home Fish Fry. Rapid assessment, he said, is a five-year development plan for the agriculture and marine resources sectors with the overall aim of developing sustainable food security. Consideration has been given to environmental concerns, natural disasters, trade agreements and improving the regulatory and legislative framework for the sectors, he said. Mr Cartwright said the ministry is currently engaged in further fine-tuning the plan with considerations being given to human resources and budgetary requirements as well as to a rel evant strategy of implementation and evaluation. We are excited about the grand endeavour and intend to be full partners with the people of the Bahamas as we take steps toward its progress, he said. Also on the ministrys agenda is the National Expo slated for February 2011. The event will be the culmination of the Family Island Expos which were held this year from January to May throughout the country. A total of 140 vendors are expected to peddle their wares which range from ornamental items to vegetables, fruit crops, processed jams and marine resources or livestock. Progressing Toward Food Security is the theme of the expo. Consideration is also being given to upgrading the Fish and Farm Store on Potters Cay Dock. In addition to the initiatives by the Department of Agricul ture, the ministry is also engaged in the embryo transplant programme and improvements to the abattoir and the Gladstone Road Agriculture Complex, Mr Cartwright said. The embryo transplant programme involved the implemen tation of under-developed fertilised eggs into various female sheep and goats and has resulted in the successful introduction of high quality animal genetics at a reasonable cost, the minis ter said. Backyard Gardening Programme bears fruit Man gets 12 days of community service for fatal traffic accident PROGRAMMEPRAISE: Larry Cartwright Mother of victim feels slighted by her own mercy
S he claims both commu n ities are engaged in an endless spree of retaliations that are affecting the community. Pastor Reid said the Grove has several gangs on the list, including the Grove Boys. He said the Jungalist g ang occupies Ridgeland Park. The gang listing was first b rought out in 1997. It was l ast updated in 2002, when m ore than 50 gangs were l isted. It has grown since then. A lot of the killings we h ave seen this year are retaliation killings. When someone gets killed, you are not just getting rid of that person, because that person is attached to an immediate family and an extended fami ly, the gang. The mentality i s, when you kill one of us, in most cases we have to take o ne of your own, said Past or Reid.. Almost every community has a feud going on with a d ifferent community. We have not properly addressedt he issue of gangs. We have a llowed situations to breed, and a lot of the people in the position to make a difference dont have a clue about what is going on, he said. Poinciana Drive is still k nown as the Gaza Strip, a ccording to Pastor Reid. It is the meeting ground of f our different gang territor ies (Gun Dogs, Pond Boys, R ebellions and Nike Boys), and four different schools (CC Sweeting, HO Nash, TA Thompson and CRW alker). The Balliou Hill playing fields is known as the killing fields, according to Pastor Reid, who said, every day there is a fight going on out there. Let us look at Governm ent High School. When you have to walk through Yellow Elder, where theH ornets are, if you are a Rebellion they know and you are getting it, said Pastor Reid. O nce a student lives in a certain area, they are auto matically assumed to be in a particular click. A GHS student said there was a fight in school yesterday because of gangs. The fight w as sparked because a stu d ent from the Grove tresp assed in Rebellion territory. Take CI Gibson. The Hoyas from Kemp Road believe they own that school, so as far as they are concerned, no one else is supposed to be in that school, said Pastor Fox. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM c ombe, and Dr Bernard Nottage met with FNM MPs Tommy Turnquest, Desmond Bannister, and Senator Dion Foulkes in the gov-e rnment committee room of the House of Assembly on Monday evening. This grouping, it was said, discussed a way of r eaching common ground on the Baha Mar deal ahead of todays voting. With concerns about the foreign labour component and the sovereignty of land on Cable Beach being at the forefront of the debate, both sides have reportedly agreed that the deal itself remains to be in the best interest of the Bahamian peo p le. However, with an election year fast approaching, it was said that politics will con t inue to play a major role in the discussions. Yesterday, the leader of government busi ness Tommy Turnquest confirmed that such a m eeting had taken place but stressed that he was not at liberty to disclose its content. SEE PAGE 1, TRIBUNE BUSINESS By JOHNISSA O FTEN when a truth becomes a catch phrase or clich it doesnt cause those who are conscious of it and believe it to act on it. I believe that ifyou surveyed the citizens of The Bahamas to determine if they agreedw ith the statement that our children w ere our future almost 100 per cent would say that they agreed. That being said, I am sure that you are all as concerned as I am about the reports of the level of violence that has been occurring in and around ours chools between school children. The media reports of anti-social behaviour displayed by so many of our young people not only in and around their schools but also in and around their neighbourhoods are like marks on a scale measuring social decay. Someo f this breakdown of traditional Bahamian values can be laid at the feet of unsavory international influences in this age of instant communication. Some blame may be laid at the feet of the new crowded environmento f our increasingly urban society. Some blame can be laid at the feet of the international drug transshipment trade. Some blame may be laid at the feet of some of our immigrants who may not be as infused with traditionalB ahamian values. However, we, as a c ommunity, must take the greater share of the blame. I am convinced that we have not given correction of this fundamental problem the attention and resources it deserves. I read the online edition of the Bahamian newspapers daily and although I have not kept a detailed tally of the number of articles and let-t ers dealing with various subjects my recollection is that I have seen more column inches of the print media covering subjects such as casuarinas, Nygard Cay, Arawak Cay, one way streets, crime and many other subjects than the need to urgently deal witht he problems that challenge our child ren. Let me state very clearly that I am not saying that the other subjects reported on in the media are not important and are not of concern to sections of our community. That said it seems clear to me that if we do not tackle the problems of the adequacy of our schools to properly prepare our youth for the future, history will con-d emn our generation. T he solution is not only to be found in our schools because schools alone cant raise our children. The solution must be found in our households as well. Parents ought to be required to be involved in their childrens schools. T his cant be accomplished by rules a nd legislation but it can be achieved by moral pressure and shining the spotlight of the media on parents who take no interest in their childrens schools. I would like to throw out a chall enge to the media and community l eaders to use their influence in the cause of improving our schools and increasing the level of parental involvement in their childrens schools. The children are our future V IEW F ROM A FAR J OHNISSA ,000 in street gangs FROM page one Senior politicians in high level talks on Baha Mar deal However, students from t he Fox Hill Dogs, Nassau V illage Rebellions and the M ad Ass from Wulff Road a ll go to the same school. Now think about this. If y ou know someone wants to chap you up and kill you, do you really think you can focus on your school work. The only thing you are thinking about is how am I going to get out of here a fter school, he said. Pastor Reid is certified in gang prevention and interv ention skills by the N ational Gang and Crime R esearch Centre of the United States of America. He is also the lead pas t or at the Hope Centre Ministries, which runs sev eral youth outreach pro g rammes, including a susp ension programme. The Hope Centre and Youth Against Violence are hosting a Conflict Res o lution and Manger Man agement Seminar this week, where they plan to release the updated gang l isting. M inister Keith Grey, also a certified gang prevention a nd intervention specialist, i s one of the presenters at t he seminar. He was one of the founders of the Rebellion Raiders. Pastor Keith said the Rebellion gang is still the largest gang in the Bahamas. Its members b oast of having 14 segments across the island, from Elizabeth Estates to C armichael, Road. I t was started in the early 1 980s to rebel against the Syndicates, which was one of the earliest gangs formedt hat had some structure, said Pastor Reid. The same things they f ormed to rebel against, t hey started doing, so the other gangs started coming up to rebel against the Rebellions, he said. B ahamian gangs are not constituted in the same way as American gangs, or Jamaican gangs. Pastor R eid said American gangs a re more organised crime g angs, and Jamaican gangs a re political gangs. O rganised crime gangs a re often underground organisations that run the entire community, including housing projects, businesses and politicians. It doesnt mean we dont have gangs. We basic ally have youth gangs. The problem is, America started off just as we did and we d ont want to get where A merica is, said Pastor R eid. We are seeing the for mation of these groups r eally to protect themselves. To be honest, in the Bahamas, just being byy ourself is a risk. Most of the youth gangs they will mess with you just because they see you walking by yourself and youm ight have something on you that they want: watch, chain, shoes, he said. 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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM c itizen used a credit card to purchase jewellery at several stores in the popular tourist hot spot with the intention of reselling the jewellery int he United States. It was reported that when the American returned to the United States and attempted to sell the jewellery he was apprehended and thej ewellery was traced back to the Bahamas. Meanwhile officials say credit card fraud committed by Bahamians remains widespread at least six persons are currently at court facing charges. The spike in credit card frauds began in June, according to Assistant SuperintendentM ichael Moxey, director of The Business and Technology Crimes Section, with officers also noticing a rise in fraud, stealing by reason of service or employment, possession of forged documents and forgery. Last month, in an effort to decrease public susceptibility to these types of crimes by boost ing awareness, the section issued an advisory detailing the most frequent fraud scenarios. At that time, credit cards, car purchases ande mployee-for-hire schemes were named as the top frauds availing the public. Now Mr Moxey says although credit card schemes are still atl arge, there has been a noted increase in cheque fraud. Taking advantage of a banking system meant to provide timelier access to revenuer eceived, culprits were said to deposit fraudulent cheques at various financial institutions and then withdraw the amounts depositedb efore full verification can be ascertained. Mr Moxey noted there were a number of mechanisms in place in both the law enforce-m ent and banking sectors to protect against and to detect fraud. However, he urged the public to act with upmost caution when pub licly handling any financial information. support they needed following their discovery that their mothers would not be coming home from the US because they had been held on criminal charges. A few people approached me about it, b ut it is out of my realm of ministerial r esponsibility. Hence I am limiting myself to providing assistance in the schools, said Mr Bannister yesterday. The MP would not reveal who had asked h im to make the trip to help the women. R oshanda Rolle, Gayle Rolle, Marva Ferg uson, Marvette Ferguson, Patricia Hanna, Shamone Thompson, Margaret Pierre, Judy Duncombe and Tracy Davis were arrested on September 15 as they waited to board a flight back to Nassau from New York. I t is alleged that they went on an illegal s hopping spree for counterfeit designer bags and jewellery that they intended to sell at their Straw Market stalls back home. Hundreds of counterfeit goods were a llegedly found in their luggage which had b een checked on to the return flight to Nassau. The Bahamians were charged with cons piracy to defraud the US, specifically by the trafficking of counterfeit goods, in a Manhattan court on September 20. They could face a maximum sentence of threey ears in prison on the charge, which came after a six-month long federal surveillance operation by the US Department of Homeland Security and, Immigration, Customs and Enforcement. I n a joint statement issued to the media on Friday, Mr Bannister and Labour Minister Dion Foulkes said their respective ministries were in the process of providing help to the families of the vendors here at h ome through the provision of counselling for the children of the women and a review o f what form of assistance the Department of Social Services might step in to give to the families who would have been hit by the temporary loss of a mother figure and breadwinner. "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Consulate General's Office in New York continues to monitor the situation and provide various levels of assistance to the vendors. "We urge others to be considerate and offer prayerful support to the families of the vendors. Our ministries will continue tow ork together to assist these Bahamian families in need," the statement read. The PLP has accused the government of not doing enough to assist the vendors and has even gone as far as to suggest that the g overnment is complicit in their arrests, in p art because the women had for so long been allowed to openly engage in the coun t erfeit trade in the government-sponsored m arket while customs has collected duty on the fake goods when they have been i mported. T he government, in turn, has criticised t he PLP for playing politics with the situa tion. system, said Mr Hanna. I dont see where the police would have any problem if the government decides to make the delivery of justice and the carriage of justice more efficient and more effective, he said. I n the meantime, Mr Hanna said the Commissioner of Police is committed to the high performance of the Police Prosecutions Department, which has always handled prosecutions in the Magistrates courts from time immemorial. A part of the Commissione rs Policing Plan is to have the department staffed with trained police attorneys. Only two of about nine police prosecutors are qualified attorneys, including the head of the department. I can say the integrity of police prosecutors is unmatched. These are well trained people whether they h ave had on the job training or been formally trained as lawyers. Their integrity remains intact, and at this point we are pleased with the level of rep resentation and service they have given throughout the whole judicial system, said Mr Hanna. W eeks ago, Attorney Gen eral John Delaney said he was expecting the Department of Public Prosecutions to make recommendations on the management of cases going before the Magistrates courts. He said the use of police prosecutors would be reviewed in the p rocess. He said the management of police prosecutions in the Magistrate's courts, is a live and current issue currently under review. Some members of the legal fraternity say the time has passed for the government to do away with police prosecutors. There is more than an adequate supply of lawyers who could prosecute in the Magistrates Courts, said a senior defence attorney. The question of competency is always there, but I am more concerned about the appearance of fairness and the objectivity that one would expect of prosecutors who are supposed to be administers of justice, he said. Police officers investigate complaints and formally press charges. Having them also prosecute, compromises the level of objectivity, said the attor ney. This is compounded by the fact that police are sometimesa ssigned to provide security for magistrates, he said. Mr Hanna said the legal system has checks and balance to ensure justice is served. Any matter that goes before a court where a member of the public is brought up on charges, if the person feels aggrieved byt he outcome of that matter there is a series of appeals right on up to the Privy Council that a citizen can pursue. Our Westminster system allows for police to prosecute. There are checks and balances at the end of the day, and if a person is not satisfied with the outcome of am atter then the system allows for them to test the system all the way through, he said. One police attorney said the competence of police prosecutors was unfairly called intoq uestion, when the real problem was often that they are simp ly overwhelmed. He said a police prosecutor goes to court on a given day with up to 50 files on his plate, where a defence attorney is able to focus on one. He said the government should seri-o usly consider increasing the number of police prosecutors, s o there are two assigned to each court, a lead prosecutor and an assistant. He said a trained attorney should be assigned to work along with the police prosecutors on select cases that require additional legal expertise. There is currently a working r elationship between the department of police prosecutions and the attorney generals office. islands expected to feel the brunt of this bad weather a re Bimini, Andros, New P rovidence and West End, Grand Bahama. Because the area associ ated with it (the system fairly broad we expect most of the islands in the north-w est and central Bahamas to experience some shower activity but it will be heavier in some islands than the oth ers," he said. Boaters and swimmers are advised to stay out of the surf until weather conditions i mprove. "Boaters should remain in port. We're going to haver ough surf that will certainly generate rip currents and the like which does pose ad anger to swimmers as well," warned Mr Dean. He also said to be on the alert for possible flooding. There will be some heavy showers that can produce localised flooding in low areas but because we expect the system to move rapidly (we expect m inimise the flooding". Up to press time ,the National Hurricane Centrei n the United States had not classified the depression as a tropical storm. Internationalr eports stated that the sys tem would be named Tropical Storm Nicole if it strengthened overnight. F or the latest weather information log on to www.tribune242.com FROM page one Bahamas set to be hit by hea vy rain, strong wind Minister rejects pleas to go to New York for straw vendors FROM page one Officers would not resist removal of police prosecutors FROM page one P olice assist US team in alleg ed credit card fraud investigation FROM page one HULANHANNA
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Meridian School A T the nursery of the Meridian School at Unicorn Village the goal is to help children who are starting school to grow into caring and creative individuals, s chool spokespersons said. Special courses like Spanish are offered to students at the nursery level and c ontinue on through primary school, pre-school coordinator Terez Cleare t old The Tribune. A dditionally, the Meridian School is the only institution in New Providence that uses the Calvert Curriculum a homeschool curriculum that was written for the classroom. F irst Class is a new regular feature showcasing the youngsters who have starte d at a new school and is dedicated to the teachers and staff who help them sett le into their new surroundings. To get your new starters featured, contact Reuben Shearer at The Tribune o n 322-1986 or email email@example.com 1. JUST BEFORE NAP TIME The students with their teachers, Kai Knowles, Vantina Russell and Francis Sands; 2. TYLER Sweeting at circle time 3. OLIVER Moncur 4. KOFI Goudie enjoys sliding during recess 5. LAURAN Jones 6. VICTORIA Seguin 7. AVA Ritchie 8. NICHOLAS Haines 9. ALANNA Murray 10. MATTEO Villi dances during the students playtime outside. PHOTOS/ FELIPE MAJOR /TRIBUNE STAFF 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
By CHESTER ROBARDS Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org WITH up to 50 per cent of its client base responsible for racking up $100 million in accounts receivables, the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC decided to commence mass dis connections across the Bahamas, its executive chair man told Tribune Business yesterday. Michael Moss said almost $60 million is owed to BEC b y residential and private sector clients, while the remaining $40 million worth of arrears is owed by government and public sector agencies. While Mr Moss could not say how many customers would be disconnected over time, or that those in danger represented 50 per cent of BECs client base, he ventured to say it was nearing that number. The executive chairman said BEC recently made the deci sion to discontinue its liberal customer assistance programme, which allowed cus tomers to agree a payment plan and make overdue payments in installments, and continued with its normal operating regime. This regime means customers in arrears will have to settle their overdue electricity bills immediately or face a shutoff. According to a BEC release gazetted in the newspapers, those accounts in danger of disconnection include the accounts of customers who have payment arrangements with BEC but are not honoring their commitments. Mr Moss said BECs Board was forced to determine the dollar amount owed over several months in order to decide C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB email@example.com WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.38 $4.37 $4.22 BAHAMASNassau:242.356.9801 Freeport:242.351.3010BARBADOSSt.Michael:246.435.1955 [Learn more at royaldelity.com] B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The US government has already wielded the big stick to force the Bahamas to enhance intellectual property rights protection, Tribune Business can reveal, threatening to withdraw this nations trade benefits and support for its World Trade Organisation (WTO compulsory TV licensing regime was disbanded. The threats, allegedly made by the US Trade Representa tives Office during an August 5 2009, meeting in Nassau, which was attended by repre sentatives from the Bahamian US threatened Bahamas over trade benefits, WTO process TV programmers allege US Trade Representative wieldedbig stick, telling Bahamas that u nless it ended compulsory TV l icensing regime, Washington w ould not support WTO a ccession and eliminate CBI t rade benefits Threats also involved return t o Special 201 watchlist, and seemed to work as Bahamas i mplemented sought after r eforms within six weeks Lessons to be learned for intellectual property rights protection and current Straw v endors situation SEE page 2B ROBERT SANDS By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Government yesterday announced it was postponing the Planning and Subdivisions Acts implementation until New Years Day, in a bid to give Bahamians more time to familiarise themselves with New Providences Land Use Plan, the list of approved subdivisions and regulations that accompany the legislation. Explaining the decision to delay implementation for another three months, the Government having previously postponed the coming into force date from July 1 this year to October 1, Earl Deveaux, minister of the environment, told Tribune Business that the Government also wanted to New 3-month delay for the Planning Act Government postpones implementation until New Years Day 2011, and extends T own Planning Committee tenure until 2010 year-end Minister says latest postponement intended to give Law Reform and Review Commission more time to assess new feedback* Adds that it will give Bahamians and key stakeholders time to assess multiple regulations accompanying Act, plus learn New Providence Land Use Plan and approved subdivisions SEE page 2B EARL DEVEAUX By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor B aha Mar and Scotiabank had yet to reach a resolution over the $200 million-plus loan secured on the existing Cable Beach resorts as Tri bune Business went to press l ast night, raising the possibility that the Government will again have to postpone todays planned debate on theC hinese work permits resolution in the House of Assembly. Robert Sands, Baha Mars senior vice-president for external and governmental affairs, while still expressingh ope that a resolution to the outstanding syndicated loan would be found, effectively confirmed to Tribune Busin ess that the two parties had yet to reach a resolution as Wednesdays Parliamentary debate loomed. The parties are still in meetings off-island, Mr Sands said, when questioned by Tribune Business. When asked whether he remained optimistic, he laughed and said: I have plenty of hope. T ribune Business under stands that both Sarkis Izmirlian, Baha Mars chairman and chief executive, and Barry Malcolm, Scotiabank (Bahamas tor, flew to the talks, which are either being held in the banks home city of Toronto Baha Mar, Scotia still talking on $200m loan SEE page 4B BEC cuts into $100m receivables Chairman says up to 50% of client base could have accounts in arrears, with $60m of receivables caused by household/business consumers, and $40m from government SEE page 5B MICHAEL MOSS By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor RoyalStar Assurance yesterday formally unveiled its $5 million preference share issue, a move designed to maintain balance sheet cashr eserves at $25 million as it moves to fund the construction/refurbishing of its planned new Thompson Boulevard headquarters that will open in 2012. S teve Watson, the general insurance underwriters mana ging director, told Tribune Business that he expected the private placement to be fully subscribed given the carriers profitability track record, adding that this would give it $40 million in capitala nd a solvency margin in excess of 250 per cent. Explaining the rationale for the issue, Mr Watson told this newspaper: The reason for it is that were building a new o ffice out west at Thompson Boulevard, and want to maint ain our levels of liquidity while were doing that. We have $25 million in cash on the balance sheet, and want to make sure we continue to have $25 million in cash on the balance sheet. We justw ant to make sure that were liquid. RoyalStar and one of its major shareholders, the Sunshine Group of Companies Insurer targets $25m cash level n RoyalStars $5m preference share issue seeks capital to maintain liquidity levels amid new Thompson Boulevard HQ construction n C arrier s chief expects issue to be fully subscribed given profitability track r ecord, giving it $40m in capital and solvency margin in excess of 250% n B alance sheet more than 50% cash, and HQ move targeted for mid-2012 SEE page 5B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Sir Jack Haywards son, Rick, yesterday told Tribune B usiness he was still optimistic that a resolution acceptable to all sides could be worked out with the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPAp lace restaurants, given that some 78 jobs remain in jeopa rdy. B oth parties agreed earlier this year in the Supreme Court to delay any further action over their dispute involving allegedly unpaid rent until September 30, 2010, in a bid to work out a solution. However, a settlement has yet to be worked out, and with the deadline fast-looming, Mr Hay w ard and his staff face being locked out by his fathers company and its Bourbon Street affiliate. This would effectively put the restaurants The Pub at Port Lucaya, La Dolce Vita and East out of business, and leave the staff without work. Im just hoping we can get an agreement, Mr Hayward t old Tribune Business yesterday. Im still optimistic we c an get things sorted. We dont want to see any more unemployment. Sir Jacks son still optimistic 78 jobs saved SEE page 3B
have more time to consider further representations made to it over the Act and its regulations. Confirming that the Town Planning Committees tenurehad been extended until yearend, December 31, Mr Deveaux added that the Government wanted to give the public plus key stakeholders attorneys, contractors and realtors time to go through the list of Orders that go with the Act. These will be published this Friday, October 1. We are going to postpone the Acts coming into force until the first of the year, January 1, 2011, and extend the Town Planning Committees tenure until the end of the year, Mr Deveaux told Tribune Business. Very simply, we have had some representations that we want to consider at the Law Reform and Review Commission, and want the public to see the subdivision audit and regulations that we will publish, so they are able to be familiar with them. There are some legitimate issues to be addressed, but primarily its to give the public opportunities to look at the New Providence Land Use Plan, the zoning, the categorisations, the subdivision audit. The various sets of regulations will be posted on the Government and Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission (BEST sites, and include: The Department of Physical Planning Regulations, 2010 The Town Planning Committee Rules, 2010 The Planning and Subdivision (Public Notice tions, 2010 The Subdivision and Development Appeal Board Rules, 2010 The Planning and Subdivision (Application Requirements) Regulations, 2010 The list of Approved Subdivisions in New Providence New Providence Planning Districts Map First Order Existing Land Use Map for New Providence First Order Zoning Map for New Providence Planning and Subdivision (Land Use Plan Describing the Acts importance to the orderly develop ment and planning of the Bahamas future, and the balancing of growth with environmental protection, Mr Deveaux said: The Planning and Subdivisions Act, together with the Forestry Act and the Bahamas National Trust Act that we will promulgate shortly, we believe, will represent the foundation for how we plan communities going forward, including the protected areas and the forested areas. Once we enshrine it in law, it gives us an opportunity to nurture in practice the kind of behaviour and principles we want in a well-ordained planning process. We provide in this law specific requirements for Environ mental Impact Assessments (EIAs It will force the Government, the public and all relevant stakeholders to get together and address all issues impacting the environment. government, US Embassy, US-based TV programming rights holders and Cable Bahamas, seemed to be successful, given that within six weeks the Ingraham administration brought into force the 2004 Copyright Act amendments that narrowed the scope of this nations compulsory TV licensing regime. The nature of the threats has been revealed by the Television Association of Programmers Latin America (TAP senting more than 30 pay television channels, via a statement on its website describing that August 5 meeting. TAP said: During this meeting, the US Trade Representative issued a clear statement that unless the compulsory license on pay TV was repealed, the Bahamas would be facing some serious consequences, including the possible loss of trade benefits under the Caribbean Basin Initiative, possible restatement to the US Trade Representatives special 301 Watchlist, and the loss of US support for the Bahamas pending accession to the World Trade Organisation. The industry group added: TAP and its members were able to present our side of the story directly to the Bahamian government and, as a result of these discussions, the Bahamas finally ratified the 2004 amendments to the Bahamian Copyright Act on September 16, 2009, removing encrypted pay TV signals from the compulsory license. TAP described this as a resounding victory......... after over a decade of repeated attempts to resolve the issue. It added that it had made numerous representations to the US Trade Representatives Office, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC in a bid to press our concerns about the Bahamian governments repeated violation of intellectual property rights. Tribune Business revealed early last October the Governments move to amend the compulsory TV licensing regime to permit only copyrighted works broadcast free over-the-air to be compulsorily licensed. Previously, the regime had allowed all copyrighted programmes to be received, transmitted and re-broadcast within the Bahamas. That move ensured the Bahamas had fulfilled its side of the bargain with the US when it came to a 2000 agreement between the two, in which this nation had agreed to narrow the compulso ry TV licensing regime in return for the US Trade Representatives Office pressurising the pro gramming rights holders to negotiate commercial arrangements with Cable Bahamas. That latter aspect has culminated in agreements such as Cable Bahamas signing of a deal with HBO, even though some programming will be received in Spanish. The nature of the pressure applied to the Bahamas has never been revealed until now, though, and it is especially relevant today given the current predicament faced by the nine Bahamian straw vendors currently charged and held under house arrest, on bond, for the alleged trafficking of counterfeit goods. These arrests, and the compulsory TV licensing regime situation, show two things. First, they provide evidence of how the US government and intellectual property rights owners are not playing when it comes to protecting the fruits of their creativity, and will use the full arsenal of measures at their disposal law enforcement, trade benefits and threats to ensure the Bahamas and its citizens comply with international agreements, laws and standards. The other lesson is that the Bahamas will have little choice but to fall into line with global standards on intellectual property rights protection, especially as it prepares to sign on to full WTO membership and implement its Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA The main question is whether it will be proactive and move to do so in good time or, as happened under the Financial Action Task Force (FATF licensing regime, wait until effectively the gun is put to its head by major trading partners such as the US. A statement issued by the WTO, following the first meeting between the Bahamas and the working party that will negotiate this nations accession to full membership, said that areas in need of further work by the Government/private sector included pricing policy, tariffs, internal taxes, quantitative restrictions, import licensing, Customs, export subsidies, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, technical barriers to trade and intellectual property. The crux of the compulsory TV licensing regime issue that dogged Bahamian-US relations for 14 years is that the Bahamas and rest of the English-speaking Caribbean are seen as too smalla market by many of the programming rights holders, making them disinclined to negotiate commercial arrangements with Cable Bahamas. Their distribution and royalty rights do not allow them to broadcast outside the US, and the legal fees and other costs required to change these agreements would exceed the revenues gained from a small market such as this nation. Under the 2000 agreement, the US Trade Representative's Office was supposed to encourage the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA bers to enter into commercial agreements with Cable Bahamas, in return for this nation amending its compulsory licensing regime via the 2004 Act amendment. Yet while the Bahamas has now fulfilled its side of the bargain, the US has yet to hold up its end. 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The latest sitiuation comes after Mr Hayward was locked out of the three restaurants by t he GBPA and Bourbon Street last year. He t old Tribune Business at the time that he wanted to pay an eight-month rent backlog once GBPA management justified the more-than-doubling of his lease payments within five years. T elling Tribune Business that he had "in a w ay been expecting" himself and his staff to be l ocked out of The Pub at Port Lucaya, La Dolce Vita and East, Mr Hayward said he had been waiting for the GBPA and Port Group L td to explain why the monthly rent at the former two restaurants had been increased from $10,000 per month five years ago to$ 21,000 per month. T hat amounts to 110 per cent increase, with the three restaurants paying a collective $360,000 in rent per annum. Sir Jack's son said the lease for East, a smaller property, was $8,700 per month. Since 1982, he estimated that his interests had paid between $3.5-$4m illion in rent at Port Lucaya Marketplace, and he was not being charged $42.50 per square foot every month. Pointing out that rental payments for The P ub at Port Lucaya and La Dolce Vita increased by 33 per cent in the first of those five years, Mr Hayward said: "I've not paid any r ent for eight months, because I've been ask ing for four to five years -in writing and ver bally -how they could justify more than dou b ling your rent. Inflation has not gone up by that much. How can they justify such a huge rent increase?" Mr Hayward said he was the largest employe r in the Port Lucaya Marketplace, and had been a tenant there since 1982. Yet he said management at Port Group Ltd, whose Bourbon Street Ltd subsidiary is the landlord/hold-i ng company for the Marketplace, had never a ttempted to meet with him to answer his questions, or hold talks over the rental situation and negotiate a settlement. M r Hayward said he had to reduce collective s taff numbers at his three restaurants from 110 to 75, an exercise he described as "the w orst day of my life" and which had cost him $300,000 in severance packages. "I'm the largest employer in the whole square," he said. Mr Hayward said his businesses in the Port Lucaya Marketplace lost some $400,000 in 2 008, a figure that did not include the $300,000 s everance pay. He added that he had also i nvested between $650,000-$700,000 in East, a nd was unlikely "to get that back." Following this years Supreme Court heari ng, the GBPA released a statement saying: The executives of Port Group and BourbonS treet (Port Lucaya Marketplace t o advise that we have reached an amicable agreement with Rick Hayward, owner of the East, La Dolce Vita and the Pub at Port Lucaya restaurants, with regard to the outs tanding balance on rent owed. We have met with Mr Hayward and minimum payment has been made. Although he isa llowed to resume business, it is agreed that he m ust keep his rent current, along with a com mitment to a regular payment schedule to settle his remaining outstanding balance. These are tough economic times and the m anagement of Bourbon Street is always pre pared to work with its tenants so that they are a ble to keep their doors open. As we move for ward, this arrangement we feel, works in the interest of all parties for a speedy resolution. Sir Jacks son still optimistic 78 jobs saved FROM page 1B A leading opponent of the Organisation for Economic CoOperation and Developments (OECD agenda has urged the Bahamas and other international financial centres to regain the offensive, given that the upcoming US congressional elections are likely to see Republicans take control of at least one of the legislative houses. Warning that the OECD and major industrialised nations were likely to initiate a possible push for the automatic exchange of tax information, the Centre for Freedom and Prosperity said the likely change of Congressional control would dilute the Obama administrations support for the Paris-based forums agenda. "The Center for Freedom and Prosperity has attended every Global Forum held thus far," said CF&P Foundation president Andrew Quinlan. "With the OECD continuing to spread misinformation about low-tax jurisdictions and tax competition, it was imperative that we have a presence again this year, while also producing a paper that can be used as an aid for low-tax countries as they encounter the OECD's attack on tax competition, financial privacy and fiscal sovereignty. Its new paper highlights six primary areas of concern for low-tax jurisdictions: 1) A possible push for automatic tax information sharing. 2) Another assault on tax planning and tax avoidance like the surprise attack at last year's Global Forum. 3) A move toward a global financial tax. 4) Expansion of the EU savings tax directive. 5) Application of a formula apportionment of business income. 6) Widespread adoption of the US policy of taxing corporate income earned worldwide. Bahamas urged to regain offensive
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM o r New York. It is understood that discussions l asted through the weekend. T ribune Business previously reported that progress had been made in talks between the two sides, something that was confirmed by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham last week, with Mr Izmirlian and Baha Mar indicatingt hey were willing to put down more cash up front as part of a debt-for-equity swap solution to resolve the loan. Both the developer and Scotiabank had indicated a willingness to meet in the middle and reach a compromise, although the bank will be reluctant to enter into any debt-for-equitys waps. T ribune Business was also told that Scotiabank was about to appoint receivers for Baha Mar's existing Cable Beach Resorts, due to the defaulted loan, but sources with both the developer and Scotiabank denied that this was about to happen, or even being contemplated. Scotiabank (Bahamas g o down the receivership route simply because of the costs, as it would be saddled with two loss-making resorts with 2,000 staff, and would b e unable to recoup the full value of its $200 m illion loan. R esolution One of the pre-conditions for Baha Mar's Chinese financing partner, the China ExportImport Bank, to release $2.45 billion in debt financing to fund the project is the resolution of the Scotiabank syndicate's loan. T he Chinese want this to be resolved, because unless that loan's security on several real estate parcels at Cable Beach including t he existing Sheraton and Wyndham resorts is lifted, they will be unable to use the same as collateral for their loans. A 'debt-for-equity' s wap is being actively discussed by both parties. Sources familiar with the talks, who requested anonymity, told Tribune Business that Baha Mar/the Izmirlians had initially offered to pay $ 75 million in cash to Scotiabank as an upfront, part-payment of the loan, with the remaining debt around $130 million to be converted i nto an equity stake that the bank would hold i n the Cable Beach redevelopment. However, Scotiabank was said to be seeking a greater upfront cash payment worth $110 million, sources told Tribune Business, puttingt he two sides some $35 million apart. Scotiabank wants a greater portion of the debt, estimated to be around $205 million, paid in cash, due to the fact that as a conservative lender it will have to write down the value of the equity stake (loan sheet, and is taking a gamble that Baha Mar and its Chinese partners will be able to deliver the $2.6 billion project and profitable returns on it. The bank, ultimately, has to protect its own interests through adhering to prudential banking norms, plus those of its depositors a nd the wider Bahamian banking system, give n the sum extended to Baha Mar. China State Construction has obtained a $1.919 billion construction contract to build the core of Baha Mar, featuring six hotels with 3,500 rooms, a 100,000 square foot casino, 2 00,000 square feet of convention facilities, and a 20-acre beach and pool experience. S ome 1,200 Bahamians are projected to be engaged in construction at Baha Mar, including the $75 million West Bay Street re-routing;$ 30 million Commercial Village and 'back of house' on Gladstone Road; $10 million of e arthwork, irrigation and landscaping on the new golf course; and $20 million of construct ion on the golf clubhouse, and buildings around the beach and pool area, and retail village. Baha Mar, Scotia still talking on $200m loan FROM page 1B
c haired by Franklyn Wilson, a cquired one of the former Caribbean Bottling (CocaCola) properties on Thompson Boulevard, on the eastern side of the Customs building, from BISX-listed PremierC ommercial Real Estate I nvestment Corporation. The plan was always to convert it into a headquarters building for RoyalStar Assurance, and possibly offices for other Sunshine Group entities. Mr Watson told Tribune B usiness that plans to transf orm the property into the c arriers new head office were now being drawn up, and h e added: Were hoping to be in there in the middle of 2012. Its almost a knockd own job. Were keeping s ome of the steel frame, but its effectively a knock down and rebuilding. The RoyalStar managing director said the new premises would be more visible and accessible than its current location, on the sixth and seventh floors of Second Terrace West, off Collins Avenue. Its our own building; we dont need to keep paying rent, he added. Its morev isible. Were closer to some of our clients, and its an u pcoming area with all sorts o f businesses and government o ffices. The sixth and seventh floor of Collins Avenue is not very client friendly. T he $5 million preference share issue, which carries an interest coupon of BahamianP rime plus 2 per cent, pricing i t at 7.5 per cent, is a private issue targeted at sophisticated i nvestors, such as high net worth individuals and institutions. It is not a public offering, so members of the public should not apply. E xplaining the benefits the a dditional capital would bring t o RoyalStar, Mr Watson told Tribune Business: Once were done we will have $40 million in capital. Some $10 million will be preference shares, retained earnings will be higher at $20 million, andt he initial equity capital paid in was $10 million. Were at $40 million of c apital on net written premiu m of $14-$15 million, so our s olvency margin is around 266 per cent, in excess of 250 per c ent. Most of that, a large chunk of it, will be cash. Nota ll balance sheets are create d equally our balance sheet i s made up largely of cash, more than 50 per cent of it, so were highly liquid. M r Watson said he expecte d the $5 million placement to be fully subscribed, adding: I would imagine that we would be fully subscribed. Given the security of the underlying company and the track record of profitability,I cant see why we would not be fully subscribed. H e added that the capital raising had zero per cent to do with the new regulations and Insurance Act set to c ome into force by next September 2011, adding that these were still so up in the air. The $5 million prefer e nce share issue, though, had to be approved by the Insurance Commission of the Bahamas, as the new Act mandates that it backs allc hanges to an insurers capital b ase. R oyalStar is the first insurer to enter the capital markets this fall, with Bahamas First likely to shortly follow with a $15 million bond placement. Their collective $20 million is part of some $60 mil-l ion likely to be sought from the Bahamian capital marketst his fall, with Sunshine Holdi ngs already out for $10 mill ion and the College of the B ahamas (COB $20 million bond issue. R oyalStar Assurance generated a 53 per cent profiti ncrease to $6.816 million for 2 009, with a 37.3 per cent i ncrease on its underwriting net income, expanding it yearover-year from $7.892 million t o $10.836 million. W riting in RoyalStar's 2009 annual report, Mr Watson s aid: "Since 2005, equity has grown by 70 per cent from $20.6 million to $35.2 million, and during this period over $7 million has been paid ind ividends. This has been achieved by delivering a r eturn on equity in excess of 20 per cent in four of the past five years." The companys $5 million p rivate placement is being\ handled by RoyalFidelity Capital Markets, and closes on October 12, 2010. which accounts would be included in the primary disconnections. He said those accounts with t he largest arrears will be disconnected initially and, as the exercise continues, move down the line. The way disconnections go there are a number of criteria applied, said Mr Moss. If we tried to disconnect everyone with arrears (all at once would be a nightmare. We will probably have to focus on the high level people and bring it down. A fascinating occurrence, he added, is that when the disconnections begin to occur, the arrears are settled. One of the things you see about disconnections is they most of the time come in and pay, he said. They set their priorities based on the serious ness of which they see the utility handling their accounts. Mr Moss said delinquent account holders will no longer receive the lenient payment plans, part of the Governments social safety net programme, that were offered at the height of the financial crisis. Now, he said, customers will have to present their own payment plan and it will be at BECs discre tion to accept. He admitted that BEC is partly responsible for the mas sive arrears, having been party to them allowing their accounts to get to this position. Over time, as disconnections occur, BEC saves money in fuel costs, said Mr Moss. While allowing payments that might never satisfy total arrears and delaying the dis connection of accounts months in arrears, the corporation has h ad to absorb the cost of the fuel used. And, according to Mr Moss, from a generation standpoint 100 typical residential customers only represents about 0.2 per cent of one megawatt of BECs generating capacity. Even if you take 100 customers off per day it doesnt make that much of a differ ence, he said. But it does save you a little bit of fuel. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 14thAmericas Food&Beverage Show&Conference For information contact Omar Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org. Great airline and hotel discounts available.October26-27,2010MiamiBeachConventionCenterM EET +350 exhibitors from +27 countries WITNESSthe Americas Chef Competition, where Olympic Chefs try to conquer the AmericasV ISIT2 0 international pavilions, offering unique products and servicesN ETWORKw ith 6,000 food and beverage buyers from 63 countries under one roofBENEFITfrom a one stop opportunity for ideas, products and business Attend theRegister NOW:www.americasfoodandbeverage.comDONT MISSthe Taste of Peru Pavillion ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE BAHAMAS GOVERNMENTTREASURY BILLS Sealed tenders for B$81,000,000.00 of 91-Day Treasury Bills will be received by the Banking Manager, The Central Bank of The Bahamas, Frederick Street, Nassau up to 3:00 p.m on Friday, October 1, 2010. Successful tenderers, who will be advised should take up their bills against payment on Tuesday, October 5, 2010. These bills will be in minimum multiples of B$100.00. Tenders are to be on special forms obtainable from the Central Bank of The Bahamas or Commercial Banks. Tenders must state the net price percent (in multiples of one cent) and should be marked Tender. The Central Bank of the Bahamas reserves the right to reject any or all tenders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b'RZQ 7 ) 2 5 6$/( BEC cuts into $100m receivables FROM page 1B Insurer targets $25m cash level FROM page 1B Its our own building; we d ont need to keep paying rent.
SANDY SHORE, AP Business Writer Oil prices fell Tuesday as traders retreated from early optimism about the health of corporate America and focused on the government's weekly petroleum inventories report due Wednesday. Benchmark crude for November delivery lost 34 cents to settle at $76.18 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices rose as high as $77.12 a barrel earlier in the session. At the pump, the national average for a gallon of regular dipped to $2.691 on Tuesday, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil Price Infor mation Service. That's 3 cents lower than a week ago, although it remained 19.2 cents higher than a year ago. Traders mulled the Confer ence Board's monthly report on consumer confidence, which fell to its lowest level since Feb ruary. Things looked brighter in Europe, where the latest data showed Germans grew more confident in their nation's economic recovery. U.S. investors applauded corporate deals that included Endo Pharmaceuticals $1.2 billion bid for Qualitest Pharmaceuticals. That followed Monday's announcements that Southwest Airlines will buy AirTran Air ways and Wal-Mart plans to acquire South African retailer Massmart. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed about 46 points higher. The S&P 500 and the NASDAQ were up as well. Energy traders are looking ahead to the government's weekly report on petroleum supplies for signs that huge inventories of crude will start to fall, according to Andrew Lebow, a senior vice president and broker at MF Global. Most traders "are anticipat ing that as we head into the fourth quarter and into the first quarter that we're going to start to see the U.S. stock overhang to work off slowly but surely," he said. "As a result, they think that prices could appreciate modestly." C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.261.00AML Foods Limited1.011.010.000.2500.0404.03.96% 10.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6.184.50Bank of Bahamas4.904.900.000.5980.2608.25.31% 0.580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.493.15Bahamas Waste3.153.150.000.1680.09018.82.86% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.172.170.000.0160.040135.61.84% 1 2.509.62Cable Bahamas10.7710.770.001.2120.3108.92.88% 2.842.50Colina Holdings2.502.500.000.7810.0403.21.60% 7.005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.286.600.321,0000.4220.23015.63.48% 3.651.63Consolidated Water BDRs1.851.960.110.1110.05217.72.65% 2.551.60Doctor's Hospital1.901.900.000.1990.1109.55.79% 6.995.94Famguard6.076.070.00-0.0030.240N/M3.95% 10.208.50Finco8.508.500.000.2870.52029.66.12% 1 1.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.749.740.001000.6450.35015.13.59% 5.513.75Focol (S)5.465.460.001500.3660.17014.93.11% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 5.595.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.0120.240465.84.29% 10.509.92J. 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(Over-The-Counter Securities)29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%20 November 2029TUESDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2010BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,516.85 | CHG 16.31 | %CHG 1.09 | YTD -48.53 | YTD % -3.10BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)M aturity 19 October 2017FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%3 0 May 2013 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas Supermarkets5.016.0114.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%L ast 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.49041.4005CFAL Bond Fund1.49043.59%6.42%1.475244 2.92652.8266CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.91150.85%0.23%2.926483 1.55431.4920CFAL Money Market Fund1.55433.11%4.36%1.533976 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.8624-8.16%-7.49% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.42860.46%2.40% 109.3929101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund109.39295.20%7.60%107.570620 105.779593.1998CFAL Global Equity Fund100.1833-1.52%3.56%105.779543 1.12231.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.12723.43%5.28% 1.09171.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.09482.51%6.10% 1.11981.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.12753.37%5.64% 9.59559.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.59552.71%5.96% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.3734-3.69%3.38% 10.00009.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 39.1708-8.29%-8.29% 7.96644.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund7.5827-1.74%11.58% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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The Standard & Poor's/CaseShiller 20-city index released Tuesday ticked up in July from June. But the gain is merely temporary, analysts say. They see home values taking a dive in many major markets well into next year. That's because the peak home-buying season is now ending after a dismal summer. The hardest-hit markets, already battered by foreclosures, are bracing for a bigger wave of homes sold at foreclosure or through short sales. A short sale is when a lender letsa homeowner sell for less than the mortgage is worth. Add high unemployment and reluctant buyers, and the outlook in many areas is bleak. Nationally, home values are projected to fall 2.2 percent in the second half of the year, according to analysts surveyed by MacroMarkets LLC. And Moody's Analytics predicts the C ase-Shiller index will drop 8 percent within a year. Among the areas likely to endure big price drops, according to Veros, a real estate analysis company: Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Reno, Nev., where prices could fall 7 percent over the next y ear. Orlando and Daytona Beach, Fla., which face price drops of at least 6 percent. Las Vegas, which led all declines in the latest report, is also expected to post a 6 percent drop. Home values there have already tumbled 57 per c ent from their peak four years ago. Las Vegas has been hit by foreclosures and the loss of tourism and construction jobs. More than 70 percent of homeowners there owe more on their mortgages than their homes arew orth, according to real estate data firm CoreLogic. And the c ity's unemployment rate is nearly 15 percent, one of the highest for major U.S. markets. The outlook in Orlando is also grim. More than half of borrowers owe more on their mortgages than their properties are worth. The unemploy ment rate there is nearly 12 per c ent. This year, about 2 million, or 41 percent, of the 5 million homes sold this year will be distressed sales, predict analysts at John Burns Real Estate Consulting in Irvine, Calif. Distressed sales include foreclosures and short sales. For next year, that figure is on pace to hit 2.4 million homes, or 45 percent of all sales. Distressed sales are projected t o make up at least a quarter of the market for the next four y ears. In healthy housing markets, distressed sales typically make up only 6 to 7 percent of annual sales. A much brighter outlook is forecast for some areas of the country, especially major citiest hat never experienced an outsized housing boom and b ust. Major cities in Texas, for example, have relatively healthy economies and low lev els of foreclosures. Dallas home prices fell only 11 percent from their peak in 2007 and bottomed out lasty ear. They have since rebounded about 8 percent. Houston a nd Dallas are projected to rise about 3 to 4 percent over the next year. Those markets "don't have the huge supply of homes that a lot of the coastal markets have," said Eric Fox, vice president of economic and statistical modeling at Veros. NEW YORK Gold prices settled at a record high Tuesday as investors looked for a safety net after sorting through a batch of mixed economic news, according to Associated Press Gold also got a helping hand from a weaker dollar as it rose $9.70 to settle at $1,308.30 an ounce. Earlier in the day, it reached $1,311.80 an ounce. It's the latest in a series of recent record-setting days for gold as investors seek alternatives to the jittery stock market as prospects for the economy remain uncertain. Many analysts expect the price to continue to climb. Economic news was mixed on the day. The Conference Board said its monthly Consumer Confidence Index was 48.5, the lowest point since February. Consumer spending makes up a huge portion of the U.S. economy. Separately, the Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index showed home prices rose in July for the fourth straight month, even as many cities are bracing for declines in the year ahead. On the positive side, there was more dealmaking news. Drug developer Endo Pharmaceuticals Holdings said it would buy Qualitest Pharmaceuticals for $1.2 billion. Gold and most commodities also benefited as the dol lar grew weaker against other currencies. A weaker dollar makes commodities, which are priced in dollars, more attractive for foreign buyers. "Consumer confidence is definitely another chink in the dollar's armor but I think (the gold price jump) it's a combination of things led by the currencies," Lind-Waldock senior market strategist Rich Ilczyszyn said. In other metals contracts for December, silver rose 23.6 cents to settle at $21.707 an ounce and copper gained 4 cents to settle at $3.6370 a pound. September palladium added $9.60 to settle at $560.30 and October platinum gained $5.60 to $1,635.70 a pound. Wheat, soybeans and corn all fell as traders opted to take some profit and sell contracts ahead of a key government report on crops that is due later this week, said Northstar Commodity analyst Jason Ward. Wheat prices also were pressured by a chance of rain in Russia, which could make it easier for farmers to plant wheat in a region where a drought ravaged the crop earlier this year, he said. Wheat for December deliv ery fell 21.75 cents to settle at $6.8475 a bushel; December corn lost 12.75 cents to $5 a bushel and November soybeans gave up 18.5 cents to $11.10 a bushel. In other trading, energy prices were mixed as traders sorted through the economic reports. Benchmark oil for November delivery fell 34 cents to settle at $76.18 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Home prices to take hit next year in many markets ( A P Photo / Charlie Neibergall) ONTHEMARKET: In this photo taken Sept. 21, 2010, a sign stands in front of a new home for sale in a West Des Moines, Iowa, neighborhood. Home prices rose in July for the fourth straight month, but many cities are bracing for declines in the year ahead. Gold prices set record high on investor worries INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Oil settles lower giving up earlier gains
C M Y K C M Y K TASTE THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Just a few images of what, we the Bahamas, looked like 40...50...60 years in the past.Flash Back BY ROLAND ROSE Fort CharlotteThe cannons at Fort Charlotte were never fired in anger, but shots were fired at a sound and light show by the Ministry of Tourism in the late sixties. The Tribune By MARK BITTMAN 2010 New York Times News Service Everyone knows biscotti, the crunchy twice-cooked, cookie-like bars that you dip into your cappuccino or sweet wine. But biscotti need not be flavored with chocolate or hazelnuts. They do not even need to be sweet. You can add cheese, herbs, spices, even chopped sun-dried tomatoes or olives, making these biscuits a nifty alternative to crackers.There's no mystery to how biscotti get its intense crunch: They're baked twice, and it's the second baking that really establishes their character. This does make biscotti a little more complicated than cookies, for example, but the dough is easy enough to make and the options are plentiful. It's the choices that interest me most. In recent months I've made biscotti with saffron, cardamom, chilies and the aforementioned sun-dried tomatoes and olives. A cheese-and-cayenne combination was among my favorites. Regardless of flavor, the procedure remains the same: You form the dough into a log and cook it until it's firm to the touch. After cooling, you slice it on the bias (that's how you get that nice arched shape) and bake them a second time, flipping them after 10 or 15 minutes so that both sides are nicely toasted. Their crispness deepens as they cool. These unsweetened biscotti are still pretty good with coffee. But they're fantastic with a glass of red or crisp white wine.SAVORY CHEDDAR BISCOTTITIME:About 1 hour2 eggs 1 cup grated Cheddar cheese 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus more as needed 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon cayenne, or to taste. 1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Put the eggs and cheese in a food processor and process until yellow and thick, about a minute. Add the flour, baking powder, salt and cayenne and pulse three or four times, just to integrate the dry ingredients; you don't want to overwork the gluten in the flour. 2. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead it until it holds together it may be a bit crumbly at first. Shape the dough into an 8to 10-inch log, transfer to the prepared baking sheet and gently flatten. 3. Bake until the log begins to color and is firm to the touch, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool for about 10 minutes, then cut on the bias into half-inch slices. Lay the biscotti flat on the baking sheet and bake until crisp and toasted, 15 minutes; turn and toast the second side for another 10 to 15 minutes. Cool completely before serving. YIELD: About 16 biscotti.Everyone knows biscotti... SIMPLE COOKING
C M Y K C M Y K TASTE PAGE 10B, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Tribune things 2 DO OCTOBER 1 FRIDAYAlliance Francaise Movie Night: Christophe Colomb The Alliance Francaise des Bahamas continues its monthly movie club with the film "Christophe Colomb", an epic European adventure/drama film that tells the story of Christopher Columbus' discovery of the New World and its effect on the indigenous people. 6.30pm at the Societe Generale Private Banking Building. Donation: $5 Telephone: 302-5146. Email: email@example.com OCTOBER 1-2MuMo (Music Momentum) Summit Bahamian recording artist, TaDa hosts MuMo Summit, a musical explosion designed to give artists, producers, songwriters, DJs, and the like an inside look at how the industry works. Two-day summit includes panels, listening sessions, concerts and talks held at the British Colonial Hilton. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org OCTOBER 2 SATURDAYStrut Your Mutt Walk-a-thon Join Baark! for the first ever "Strut Your Mutt" walk-a-thon in celebration of World Animal Day. Registration begins 8.30am. Walk starts 9am. Fee: $5/adults; $2/children. Route: Goodman's Bay, Cable Beach, and back to Goodman's Bay. Refreshments available. All proceeds go towards a shelter at the Bahamas Human Society for rescues from the government pound. OCTOBER 6 -11 (Grant's Harbour, San Salvador)San Salvador Discovery Day Festival and Regatta San Salvador hosts its annual Discovery Day Festival and Regatta. Enjoy sloop sailing, live entertainment, games, cultural festivities, food and drink! Telephone: 331-2603. OCTOBER 6 -11 (Cat Island)Annual Back to Cat Island Festival Cat Island celebrates its annual homecoming event at New Bight Park. Activities include a church service, local live entertainment, family fun, games, food and drink. Telephone: 424-8208. OCT 8 FRIDAYInner Sanctum Exhibition Opening PopOp Studios Center for The Visual Arts opens the exhibition "Inner Sanctum", a new body of work by Grand Bahama-based artist Claudette Dean. Opening reception, 6pm9pm. Exhibition runs through to November 20. Telephone: 322-7834. Email: email@example.com See www.popopstudios.com OCTOBER 8 11 (Harbour Island, Eleuthera)North Eleuthera and Harbour Island Regatta Witness one of the largest sloop racing events in The Bahamas taking to the waters off North Eleuthera, Harbour Island and Spanish Wells. Activities include a church service, opening and closing ceremonies, and nightly entertainment featuring Bahamian musicians and entertainers. Telephone: 333-2621. By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer THERE'Ssomething about regatta and homecoming festivals that create a sense of community spirit. These festivals have always been special for many Bahamians more so now than before. Some Bahamians return to their roots to reunite with family members, and friends. And then some people simply make the decision to escape the fast paced city life for peace and tranquility on the island. These events also allow for the exposure of the culture and culinary talents of the particular island. Of all the homecoming events held in Graham's Harbour, San Salvador, this year's festival will be the biggest and best of all time according to event planners. And despite the fact that homecoming and regatta festivals are not usually big on the island this year will top the previous years, as organisers have made the event much more attractive for the wider community. The event will begin with a grand opening and gospel explosion which will be held on October 6. On the following day there will be a Bahamian native and cultural showcase. "The young children of San Salvador will be participating in skits and other interesting productions," said Shelra Walker, vice president of the San Salvador Discovery Day committee. On the same night, October 7, there will be a junior Junkanoo jam session competition. Additionally crafters of the island will display their work and straw/shell crafts. No homecoming is a homecoming without melodies of Bahamian artist. Attendees can expect to see Visage, Ronnie Butler, Veronica Bishop, Terez Hepburn, KB, Stileet, Ira Storr, Geno, Spank Band, and the Lassie Do Boys hit the stage at the Bahamian music festival. And for those who love to have a good time, an after party presented by Burns House will be held at the Juice Night Club. Games and sports lovers will also have an opportunity to engage in some of their favorite sporting events at the crazy sports day on October 9. "This day will be the day for all of the crazy sports. There will be an all star slam dunk competition, backgammon tournament, domino tournament, beach volleyball, and other crazy sports. It will be a day of fun," Ms Walker said. Later on that night there will be a kids magic show, plaiting of the October pole, a Bahamian designer fashion show and a continuation of the Bahamian Music Festival. The homecoming event will conclude with beer fest, a best body competition, battle of the Djs, Grand Bahama drama team production and fire works. On hand at the event will also be the hit Caribbean station Tempo Tv who will shoot San Salvador's homecoming festival and play it at a later date on television. Ms Walker said that persons from all over the Bahamas trickle in at the festival. "The homecoming event is not usually that big but we have a good showing. Persons come from all over the Bahamas and the United States to attend the festival," she explained. She also said that the San Salvador community is encouraging persons to come out and support the event. "We want to showcase San Salvador. We want to show people a good time and show what our island has to offer as well," she told Tribune Entertainment Sponsors of the event areTourism Today, Columbus Landing, Club Med, Burns House, Tempo TV, Bahamasair, Out of the Box, Club Juice, and Allegance. For a full schedule of events log onto www.web.me.com/sansalhomecomin. Coming Home WITH less than two months until the biggest runway show to hit the Bahamian shores, Mode Iles Ltd, producers of the award-winning Islands of the World Fashion Week (IWFW), have created a designer competition for novice designers based in the Bahamas. The competition; "Runway to Fashion Week", loosely based on America's "Project Runway", was created to involved local, novice designers and gradually expose their talent to a larger market. The event will take place on October 3rd beginning at 5pm at Mario's Bowling and Entertainment Palace. The two part event will feature 6 talented designers showcasing 3-5 of their designs before a panel of local fashion icons, who will score and critique their work. In the second segment, the designers will each present a newly created "cultural-fashion" design, encompassing indigenous elements. At the end of the intense competition, the winner will receive fabric courtesy of Bahama Handprints for the opportunity to showcase a line of 5-10 garments on the "Islands of the World Fashion Week" runway and the chance of a lifetime to attend one of the world's most prestigious schools of fashion design, by way of the "Harl Taylor Fashion Scholarship". The judging panel will include Pamela Burnsidehighly qualified Bahamian fashion designer and co-owner/operator of Doongalik Studios; Percy WallaceAward winning local designer with more than two-decades of experience, more notably in the pageantry realm; and Tyrina Neelythe youngest of the panel with an active fashion background being an entrepreneur, stylist, columnist and popular fashionista. Joining them, as the event's host will be Danielle Anusiem, the co-host of Island FM's popular showThe Morning Boil with Eddie Carter and she is also the show's morning news anchor. Operations Manager for Mode Iles Ltd, Kedar Clarke says, "The Runway to Fashion Week should be an exciting time because the talent is insurmountable among Bahamian designers and so it will be very interesting to see what designs they come up with and who will make the top spot. Over the years, there continues to be a void within the Bahamian fashion community for exposing talents to an international market, this event acts as that preliminary platform for such exposure." "Runway to Fashion Week" event is also one of the events under the CariFringe festival calendar that is scheduled for October 1-11. CariFringe is an annual ten day regional arts and culture festival that has been designed to feature a cross-section of Bahamian and Caribbean arts. Producers of Islands of the World Fashion Week creates local designer competition By CARA BRENNEN-BETHEL Tribune Features Editor With her latest release Intoxicated local songbird Bodine Johnson sought to not only showcase the beauty of the Bahamas, but create an upbeat love song blending the genres of reggae, Junkanoo, R and B and hip hop." I wanted to do something that would be different. I wanted to show my appreciation of the Bahamas art and culture. I also wanted to show an example of how African culture inspired Junkanoo and Bahamian culture. This is my interpretation of my Bahamian vision," she told Tribune Features. That vision came to life on Thursday night at Harry's Haven on Queen's Street, when dozens of Bodine's friends and fans gathered at the official video launch party for Intoxicated. After enjoying several signature drinks and a scrumptious mashed potato and desert bar, guests were able to view the video that took her a year to conceptualise. Bodine added that while the completion of her first video is a dream come, she learnt invaluable lessons about the process along the way. It was not easy at times, particularly given what I wanted to do and what the budget that I had allowed me to do. I had to scale back at times and that really hurt, but it was all for a good cause and the purpose has been served. I really feel that my video is a sophisticated example of Bahamian music. Bodine used several locations including the Clifton Heritage Site "I have to really thank Jacinta Higgs for facilitating that," she saidthe straw market at Ft Charlotte and the beach as the backdrop for the pulsalting beats and catchy lyrics of I ntoxicated. She used 9 persons4 female dancers, a male love interest and two other male dancers as well. "The response has been much better than I thought it would be," she said. Bodine says that right now her main goal is to finish the tracks on the Becoming album.Totally Intoxicated HOT SHOTS: Scenes from the Intoxicated video.
C M Y K C M Y K ARTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By CHESTER ROBARDS THE Marley Mansion was once again graced by reggae royalty Saturday as the progeny of Bob Marley, Kymani Marley, rocked the house with royal vibes. A host of Bob enthusiasts and Kymani lovers flooded the well-known Marley Resort to see one of the princes of the royal family of reggae. A lucky few people enjoyed the conscious sounds from guest rooms converted into VIP lounges, with their balcony vistas the perfect vantage to view Kymani.CrowdThose who were lucky enough to find standing room near the stage grooved the hardest, while the coy of the crowd were found rocking together in the illusive empty pockets of the mansion's courtyard. Bahamian reggae sensation Willis and the Illest opened for Kymani. And with their contemporary act and knack for an authentic Bob feel, they were was the perfect precursor. It was clear that each and every participant had their reason for needing to see Kymani Marley in concert and that all were content in the end. Kymani rocks crowd JAMMIN': Kymani Marley, rocked the house with royal vibes. Felip Major /Tribune staff
CariFringe is inspired and loosely modeled on the Caribbean Festival of Arts (CARIFESTA) as well as other annual fringe festivals such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Unlike CARIFESTA, which is funded, managed, and produced by the host government, CariFringe is designed and managed by artists for artists. Artists will be given the opportunity and responsibility to have their own artistic direction and manage their own project allowing them to seek funding and sponsorship from the sector and company of their choice. The evolution of this Bahamas Arts Collective (BAC) venture will assist in creating a more homogenised local cultural community through a unifying umbrella. Without erecting any structures specific to the inaugural fringe events, a cross-section of regional arts and cultural interests are resource sharing to establish long-term mutually beneficial relationships between corporate entities, community minded spaces and cultural industries. A small core group of BAC coordinators volunteer their time as the central management of CariFringe 2010 working across the cultural genres to embody the octopus metaphor of the Fringe logo. Through dialogue and partnership with the plethora of existing spaces and organizations the CariFringe content is an active metaphor of the umbrella or tentacle imagery furthered by the slogan"get sucked in!" Given the popularity of individual CariFringe Affiliates, Shakespeare in Paradise (SIP), for example, drew 4500 attendees during last year's performances; CariFringe anticipates a strong inaugural year. "People love festivals and we are using this as a tool to bring people together. We can have a huge impact if we connect and stay connected," notes Jon Murray festival coordinator. Keeping one eye on this Fringe Festivals mission statement, "to implement CariFringe as an annually anticipated cohesive event of cultural happenings which showcase the best and ignites the passion of the aspiring," core coordinators build a dialogue of resource sharing on a smart budget. Cultural enterprises within the region should see the tough economic climate as a breeding ground for experimentation and a model for strategic budgeting to enhance profits for participants. The fresh vision of this management model not only benefits the artists individually but also collectively creates a long-term investment opportunity for both artists and their investors. While artists will share resources and benefits, such as advertising, they will also be assisted by CariFringe programming management to curtail unforeseen sponsorship conflicts and event scheduling. "For years Bahamian musicians have asked me to host a music conference, and CariFringe was the perfect opportunity to do so," says i n C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune SECTIONB INSIDE Bodine releases Totally IntoxicatedSee page 10WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010Kymani Marley rocks the crowdSee page 11 CARIPARTI: OPENING EVENT Thursday, September 30 7pm-10pm National Art Gallery Of The Bahamas $25 per person TADA CONCERT Friday, October 1 9pm-11pm National Art Gallery Of The Bahamas $30 MUMO PARTY Friday, October 1 11 pm-until Uptown Nightclub $15 CURTAIN CALL (Festival Bar)Saturday October 2 9pm-12pm Towne Hotel (George Street) Free Admission/Drink Specials CURTAIN CALL (FESTIVAL BAR) Sunday October 3 9pm-midnight The Cricket Club (Haynes Oval) Free Admission/Drink Specials CURTAIN CALL (Festival Bar)Monday, October 4 9pm-midnight Babalu (West Bay Street) Free Admission/Drink Specials CURTAIN CALL (Festival Bar)Tuesday, October 5 9pm-midnight Green Parrot Pub (East Street North) Free Admission/Drink Specials CURTAIN CALL (Festival Bar)Wednesday, October 6 9pm-midnight Da Bridge (East Bay Street) Free Admission/Drink Specials CURTAIN CALL (Festival Bar)Thursday, October 7 9pm-midnight Bahama Joes (Navy Lion Road) Free Admission/Drink Specials CURTAIN CALL (Festival Bar)Friday, October 8 9pm-midnight Van Breugel's (Charlotte Street) Free Admission/Drink Specials CURTAIN CALL (Festival Bar)Saturday October 9 9pm-midnight The Hub (Bay Street & Colebrook LN) Free Admission/Drink Specials CREATIVE FUSE MIX & MINGLE Sunday, October 10 6pm-9pm The Hub (Bay Street & Colebrook LN) Free Admission/Drink Specials An explosion of art and culture will hit Nassau this coming October in the form of CariFringe, an annual ten day regional arts festival for the Caribbean. This years inaugural festival will take place October 1-11 and will be spread mostly throughout the downtown core, allowing both locals and visitors a chance to actively participate in the wide range of events scheduled. GetSucked Terneille "TaDa" Burrows, founder of MUMO: Music Momentum Summit and member of BAC. Artists can see the untapped networking potential of a Fringe festival. Since the announcement for CariFringe on behalf of BAC, at The Regional Cultural Community meeting held in Surinam 2009, "cross-pollination" has become a CariFringe driving point. The term "sustainable" comes to mind and that is what CariFringe, as a galvanizing festival model, is working to ultimately achieve. Core coordinator Natasha Turnquest said: "in just a couple weeks, we as a wider community will have a moment to support these diverse, resilient, creative Caribbean minds and harness connections outside of our social sphere. Finally I can attend a Fringe festival at home." The timing of the festival was strategically selected to increase international artist and tourist participation, a welcome boost to the economy during this traditionally slow tourism period. Along with showcasing a bounty of artistic and cultural events the festival intends to provide economic benefits and opportunities locally and regionally. CariFringe provides an opportunity for corporate participation in the cultural industry along with the establishment of mutually beneficial relationships with local artists and businesses. Economic opportunities for local business and individuals will also see benefits from the festivals such as restaurants, vendors and hotels, located near and around the festival venues. CariFringe festival affiliates include: MuMo: Music Momentum Summit, Shakespeare In Paradise (SiP), The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Popopstudios Center for the Visual Arts, town magazine, FAM Fest, Doongalik Studios Art Gallery, Islands Of the World Fashion Week, Brown Entertainment Group, Bahamian Theater Dance Company, The D'Aguilar Art Foundation, The Caribbean Review of Books, Bahamas Writers Summer Institute (BWSI), Caribbean Traveling Film Showcase, The Central Bank of the Bahamas Art Gallery, Bahamas National Youth Council and New Providence Art and Antiques. For event information visit carifringe.org or come down to # 12 West Street, 12-7pm, Monday Friday and get sucked in! Partners for the event include : The Bahamas Arts Collective (BAC), The Bahamas Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, The Downtown Nassau Partnership (DNP),Track Road Theater, The Hub, The Bahamas Historical Society, 242 People Clothing Company, The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Burns House Group of Companies, Insitu.Arch: Caribbean Architecture Magazine, Makin' It on Island 102.9 FM, Art-O-vation on Star 106, The Nassau Guardian, Bahamas Arts & Culture (Smith & Benjamin Design), Nassau Weekly, Bahamas Local and The Bahamas Weekly. For more information please contact Jon Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org 242.676.6854 or 242.431.8964 DOWNTOWN pirate poses as a part of the festivals CariPortrait's. carifringe calendar