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Title: The Tribune.
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Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 10/13/2010
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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 Straw vendor faces sentence in US today C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.269WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUN, T-STORM POSSIBLE HIGH 86F LOW 74F Bahamian pleaded guilty to trafficking in counterfeit goods,cour t dockets state The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.tribune242.com &DE OH HDF RX WK%HD FK &DU PLFK DHO G U LQFH&KD UOHV 0 DOODWDUD WKRQ B AHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELP WANTED ANDREAL ESTATE I N S I D E SQUASHED: A man in his late 40s or early 50s suffered serious head injuries and was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital after his car was in collision with a Bahamas Food Services vehicle. The accident occurred on JFK Drive at about 12.30 p.m. yesterday. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f CRUMPLED: Man badly injured in road crash By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@tribunemedia.net DESPITE urging from the union, more than 20 ZNS employees accepted voluntary separation or early retirement packages from the Broad casting Corporation of the Bahamas (BCB The number was expected to rise by the 5pm cut off time yesterday, according to Edwin Lightbourne, BCB general manager. A board meeting scheduled for Thursday will decide the fate of any remaining workers to be disengaged by the corpo ration. Unless a new agreement is negotiated redundan cies are expected to come into effect on October 30. The More than 20 ZNS staff accept BCB packages By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net ARAWAK Homes vigorously defended its demolition of a family home as the owners announced plans to file civil and poten tially criminal action against the company. Claiming to be the long-suffering victim in a land dispute that affects more than 70 families in the Pinewood Gardens area, Arawak Homes Ltd argues it acted with patience and compassion before reducing the home of Maria and Frederick Wood to rubble. Arawak Homes defends home demolition SEE page eight THE SPATE of shootings over the holiday weekend continued yesterday with three more persons gunned down in the capital. The victims toll is now at seven. On Monday, each incident occurred less than two hours apart, however police officials say there is no evidence at this time to suggest that any of the shootings was linked. All victims were reported to be in hospital in stable condition, however details sur rounding the shootings were Three more people gunned do wn in Nassau SEE page eight S P O R T S THE TRIBUNE ATTHECOMMONWEALTHGAMES TEAMBAHAMAS ININDIA BRENTSTUBBS REPORTSONPAGES9-11 B y AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net ONE of the nine straw vend ors, arrested and charged in New York last month for traf ficking in counterfeit goods, is to appear before court tomorrow for sentencing. According to US District Court dockets, straw vendor Tracy Davis pleaded guilty at an initial conference and plea h earing to trafficking in counterfeit goods/services on Octo ber 5. At that time, Ms Davis was released on her own recog nizance until the sentencing hearing. Wendell Edgecombe, cofounder of the Bahamian American Cultural Society, confirmed that Ms Davis is staying with his family while awaiting her hearing. He was reluctant to comment further due to the brevity of her court date. Other sources close to the case told The Tribune that Ms SEE page eight THE judicial review hearing over the one-way road sys tem on Baillou Hill Road and Market Street began in the Supreme Court yesterday. In July the Coconut Grove Business League (CGBL which consists of a group of business owners who claim to have been adversely affected by the March 30 change that made Baillou Hill Road oneway north-bound and Market Street one-way south-bound, were granted leave for a judicial review. ONE-WAY ROAD SYSTEM REVIEW BEGINS IN COURT SEE page eight SEE page seven JOHNPINDER BRAZEN thugs made off with an undetermined amount of cash from a Bahamasair office on Horseshoe Drive, Oakes Field, yesterday. It was the second rob bery at the location and the third office to have come under siege in less than three months. Preliminary reports indi cated the culprits were two men, one of whom was armed with a handgun. The Oakes Field office will B AHAMASAIROFFICE IS T AR GETED B Y ROBBERS SEE page seven

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Do you know that your favourite teachers canWIN $1000!Nominate them today for the Sir Gerald Cash National Distinguished Teachers Awards!Fill out a nomination form today available at:www.fidelitygroup.com/ndta Winners will receive:$1000 & will be inducted into the NDTA Hall of Fame! 2Pre-schoolTeachers 2PrimarySchoolTeachers 2JuniorHighTeachersForfurtherinformationyoumayemailusat:NDTA@fidelitybahamas.com2HighSchoolTeachers 1AllAgeSchoolTeacher 1SpecialNeedsEducatorYou can nominate for any one of the following categories! Presented by: Nominations close on October 15, 2010th TWO inmates facing trial over the death of a prison guard in 2007 were back in Supreme Court yesterday. Inmates Forester Bowe, 33, and Corey Hepburn, 30, are charged in the death of Corporal Dion Bowles during a prison break on Janaury 17, 2006. Inmate Barry Parcoi is also charged along with Bowe and Hepburn. A fourth inmate, Neil Brown, was shot and killed as he attempted to escape. Attorney Keod Smith, who represents Bowe and Hepburn, has filed a motion seeking Senior Justice Anita Allens recusal from his clients case and also raising constitutional issues. Before presenting his arguments yesterday, however, Mr Smith was scolded by Senior Justice Allen for keeping the court waiting more than an hour before appearing. Senior Justice Allen described it as disrespectful to keep a Justice of the Supreme Court wait ing for so long. Mr Smith was also scolded for filing an amended notice of motion on the day the motion was to be heard. Senior Justice Allen noted that this is not prop er procedure, but said she would allow Mr Smith to proceed in the interest of his clients. According to an affidavit by Forester Bowe which was read in court by Mr Smith, Bowe who has been incarcerated since being convicted of murder in 1992 claimed he felt that Senior Justice Allen would be unable to divorce herself from the stigma surrounding him and certain preconceived notions about him. In his affidavit, Bowe noted that his death penal ty appeal and that of Trono Davis led to a landmark decision by the London-based Privy Council, which found in March 2006 that the Bahamas mandatory death penalty was unconstitutional. Bowe had been sentenced to death for the mur der of 20-year-old Deon Roache in Grand Bahama. Bowe noted that he was re-sentenced to spend the rest of his natural life in prison by Senior Justice Allen, however the Court of Appeal redefined the sentence, striking out the word natural. Inmates facing trial over prison guard death back in court U PINSMOKE: J UST before 11am yesterday two wooden buildings in Masons Addition burst into flames, bystanders say. The Police Fire Branch was notified and three fire engines responded and were able to subdue the fire. The two wooden houses were completely destroyed and a nearby two storey s tone building incurred extensive damage. The wooden structures were not occupied and no one was h urt in the blaze. Police say investigations continue. BLAZE WRECKSWOODENBUILDINGS Nearby stone property extensively damaged THE OUTSIDE of the prison.

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B y MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter mreynolds@tribunemedia.net SEARCH efforts following l ast weeks fatal plane crash in Lake Killarney have come to a close with police stating that there is no evidence at this time THAT would point to t he existence of a tenth pass enger. The search efforts ended after a ninth body was pulledf rom Lake Killarney and positively identified as missing2 3-year-old sound engineer J unior Lubin. P olice had been exploring the possibility that a tenth person was killed when the A cklins Blue flight headed for San Salvador plummeted into the lake shortly after take-offf rom Executive Flight Supp ort just after 12.30pm last Tuesday. A passport belonging to a Jamaican man was found at the scene, however, Assistant Commissioner of PoliceG lenn Miller, who is leading the investigation, said no one has come forward to report the Jamaican missing. S earch efforts led by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF a fter Mr Lubins body was found on Friday. Nobody is out there s earching today because our i ntelligence is not telling us anyone else was there, Mr Miller told The Tribune yest erday. If the public has informa tion that a tenth person was o nboard that plane we would want to know, but so far no one has come forward with that information. We have no information that there was a tenth person at this point, but we dont know who was on that plane, b ut we certainly have our eyes and ears open and if the information is available to us wew ill investigate it. P olice said they cannot be certain how many people were on board the Cessna 402 a s pilot Nelson Hanna did not f ile an accurate flight plan before take-off. M r Hanna had told Civil Aviation officials there was only one passenger onboard and did not alter the plan before his departure. S hortly after take-off, Air Traffic Control officials i nformed the pilot that smoke was pouring from the left engine of his aircraft and eyewitnesses said the pilot appeared to make an attempt t o return to the airport when t he plane crashed into the lake on the other side of C oral Harbour Road. Bodies R escue teams pulled the bodies of seven men from the m angled aircraft and surr ounding waters around 400ft from the shore. An eighth man found alive was rushedt o hospital, but was pron ounced dead on arrival. Mr Lubins body surfaced around 200ft away from the crash site after the plane was lifted from the water so that accident investigators can a scertain the cause of the crash. He was positively identified by relatives at the Princess M argaret Hospital morgue on Saturday. The other eight men killed i n the crash have been identified as pilot Nelson Hanna, 43; Royal Bahamas DefenceF orce officer Devon Storr, 27; BEC linesman Corey Far quharson, 41; Music Needs b oss Clarence Nathanial W illiams, 38; and sound tech nicians Delon Roderick Tayl or, 28; Lavard Antone Curtis, 26; Chet Lynden Johnson, 39, and Chanoine Mildor, 44. San Salvador chief council lor Ishmael Terrence Major said six of those onboard had been hired to set up for Homecoming events on the Family Island last weekend. The wrecked plane was p ulled from the water on Thursday and Cessna aircraft and engine manufacturersa rrived on Friday to investig ate the cause of the crash. Our inquiries are continuing and we are trying to determine the cause of the crash and have experts assisting in that area, said Mr Miller. Flight Standards Inspect orate manager Hubert Adderley said Acklins Blue w as not a certified commercial charter company andt herefore did not necessarily m eet certification criteria, i ncluding important passenger safety regulations. 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On Saturday, Vito Lockhart of Hamiltons, Long Island, a nd six others were violently thrown overboard when their boat a 20ft marine skiff hit a rock on the way to Yonder C ay. The victims were taken to the local clinic and later airlifted to the capital, but Mr Lockhart died of his injuries at thes cene. Mr Lockhart had a six-year-old daughter and was d escribed by family and friends as a hard worker and genuine individual. According to family members, hed only recently moved t o Exuma to work as a labourer at a construction site on one of the cays. Condolences O n Facebook, friends expressed their condolences and r eminisced about the Long Island resident of 20 years. Born in Nassau, Mr Lockhart first moved to the island when he was four years old. After high school, he continued to live on the island, leaving only to pursue employmento pportunities. Mr Lockhart was engaged, and relatives said he had intended to get married after saving some money. Ruth Watkins, Mr Lockharts 80-year-old grandmother, s aid: I trying to hold up. . he just went last Tuesday to work. Mrs Watkins, who is from Lower Deadmans Cay, told The Tribune her grandson and friends had been on their way b ack from a party on another cay. P olice investigations into the circumstances surrounding the fatal accident, which is reported to have occurred at around 1am, are continuing. T he other six victims, including the boats captain, were reported to be in stable condition and recovering in hospital. Man, 24, killed in boating accident Lake Killarney plane crash search ends THEBAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER Several people seriously injured CRASHAFTERMATH: The remains of the Cessna 402 can be seen on the surface of Lake Killarney. F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f No evidence of tenth passenger, say police

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E DITOR, The Tribune. Millions in stadium cont racts on the way Nassau Guardian, Page A5, Saturday, October 2, 2010 T odays (October 2, 2010 issue of The Nassau Guardian carried a story on page A5 outlining the need for the gov ernment to borrow fifty mil lion dollars to finish the Oakes Field stadium and build the necessary supporting infrastructure. So, the $30 million dollar gift of a stadium to be built p rimarily with foreign labour sending their labour income out of the country and pay-i ng for most of the material to foreign providers, finally comes clear to one and all. Taxpayers are going to pay f or the borrowing of another $50 million in order to complete the building and the infrastructure. So, the $30 mil lion stadium is actually going to cost $80 million. What is the $50 million to be spent on? Maybe, someone will out line the stadium related items? If it takes just 5 per cent of the cost to maintain the project and another 5 per cent to pay for the eventual replace ment, then the stadium needs to make a net profit of more than $8 million annually besides what it should contribute to the government to assist in the repaying of the loan. Unless, of course, the government is going to find a free loan from China so that the $50 million does not become real money! Damn it, there is no such thing as a free lunch! The stadium is going to have to make a net profit of more than $666,000 per month or more than $153,000 p er week just to pay for maintenance and eventual replacement. Extra money will havet o be made each month to pay for the operating staff, electricity and water. Using the rationale of Z hivargo Laing and his coconspirators in the destruction of our Bahamas, it will make sense to borrow the $50 million from China for a low interest rate and then bring in a few hundred Chinese workers to finish the stadium and to build the infrastructure. No matter that they might very well charge you 5 per cent or 10 per cent more than some other contractor might charge. We have become a nation of begging idiots! Obviously, no one even bothered to read the contract offering the stadium they just looked at the pretty pictures. Maybe, we should publish all potential agreements with the government using pop-up picture books, since no one reads! The rich and powerful will find a way to be served by this boondoggle but the rest of us will pay the price. PHILIP P SMITH Nassau, October 2, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. The PLP and its operatives have been grossly unfair in their analysis. I guess that is acceptable on t he political platform but t hat does not make it right. When The PLP asks r hetorically whether we are b etter off today than we w ere three years ago, suggesting it is because of the FNMs incompetence andm ismanagement, this flies in the face of reason. That question asked any where in the world woulde licit the same answer generally: A resounding No! And that is because, Perry, t here has been a global econ omic crisis which has sig n ificantly cut global gross domestic product, thrownm ultiple millions on the u nemployment heap and savaged living standards everywhere. Those countries that had a sound economic foundation were better able to weather the crisis, but where eco-n omic growth had been anem ic for years, like other Caribbean countries, therew as no wiggle room. T hankfully we fared bet ter than many of our broth ers and sisters in the Caribbean. T alking about poverty a nd unemployment increasing in The Bahamas and t hen assigning that to the F NM is less than honest. It w orks on the political platform, but in serious discussion it cannot be enter-t ained. It is intellectually irresponsible. To talk about the debt increasing extraordinarily under Ingraham is another piece of disingenuous commentary. T he debt has increased all o ver the world. I was looki ng at some figures as to how the debt-to-GDP ratios haves welled in developed coun t ries since the global crisis and it was astonishing. China and the Far East have fared better but they have been affected by the global economic crisis, too. The last three years haveb een painful all over the world not just in The Bahamas where Hubert Ingraham took over fromP erry Christie and Cynthia P ratt. The PLP is now being as irresponsible in its criticism of FNM economic perfor mance criticism without context just as I have charged the FNM in the past for being irresponsible about PLP economic performance, even though if truth be told this was largely due to A tlantis phase three brought i n by the previous Ingraham administration. These politic ians never learn or is it t hat they simply take the m asses for granted? As opposed to playing political football with everyi ssue that comes up nowadays, even sensitive issues like loss of life, I believe the PLPs energy would be bett er spent offering real, workable solutions, to help and stimulate the economy; such a s well targeted incentives. I believe that targeted, w ell-managed special incentives can be very effective, ash as been proven in the case o f the Far East and, indeed, as worked in previous periods of industrialization in Europe and America. Ha-Joon Chang has proven this conclusively in his books, Kicking Away theL adder and Bad Samaritans, a nd Harvards Dani Rodrik has devoted much of hisr ecent academic career to p roving that. FELIX MUNNINGS Nassau, O ctober, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 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 AFTER the tragic crash of an unauthorised charter aircraft in Lake Killarney last week with the loss of nine lives and a mys tery Jamaican passport indicating there might have been a tenth person on board, Civil Aviation threatens to immediately crack down on airport hackers. The problem of airport hackers is a perennial problem it flares up from time to time and each time Civil Aviation vows to see them off. If there is a temporary respite from them, it obviously doesnt last long. The hackers insinuate themselves back into airport life and comfortably settle down to their illegal trade. Several years ago there was a campaign to rid the airport of this danger. Passengers were advised before stepping onto a charter to demand the pilots certificate and a planes licence. A most impractical suggestion when there is a line up to get on an aircraft and take off. It would be very difficult for a passenger to obtain all the necessary credentials to ensure the safety of the aircraft and the compe tence of the pilot. This is the responsibility of the airport authorities. However, we also understand their difficulties when they are confronted with passengers who are determined to make the flight and pretend that they are paying no money, but are friends or family of the pilot and are just catching a ride. Without pay ment, there is no charter, again without payment no law is broken. The passenger is then flying privately, and is responsible for his own destiny. Some years ago about 2005 there was a flare up at the airport with private charter companies complaining that the hackers were making such serious inroads into their legitimate business that something had to be done to remove them from the airport. Several years before that we were told of a legitimate charter company that closed because it was too hard to compete with the hackers. So airport hackers are nothing new at Pindling International Airport. Pilots have said that they have become a part of the airports culture. In other words, if you cant beat them, then you tolerate them. And this is what Civil Aviation seems to have done. The Tribune was told that Nelson Hanna, pilot of last weeks crashed Cessna, had a commercial pilots licence. However, his company was not licensed to operate charters. It seems that he was considered a competent pilot, well known around the airport and so presumably no one paid much attention to the fact that his plane was flying with out a charter licence. The Tribune was told that aviation pro fessionals and government regulators per petuate the lax culture, because it is more convenient and cheaper to use a hack er. These flights are cheaper because hackers do not pay commercial liability insurance, dont spend money on approved main tenance programmes for their aircraft, do not invest in pilot training programmes and are not held to the same standards, according to Inspector Delvin Major, accident investigator with the Civil Aviation Author ity. The authorities have accused passengers of colluding with pilots to evade the authorities. But then you have various government departments that aid and abet the practice by also using these charters. For example the Department of Culture said it knew the pilot and company owner of the crashed Cessna because its department frequently used his company for cultural events in the Family Islands. Has anyone stopped to think of the legal liability on those who charter these aircraft should anything go wrong on a flight? From now on The Tribune will be asking a lot of questions if any government department invites one of its reporters to fly with them on an assignment. It seems that everybody is aiding and abetting this practice. This is why hackers are still at the airport. None of the authorities really knew how many or who was on the Cessna when it crashed last week. All pilots before they take off are supposed to file a flight plan with the number of passengers on board. When our reporter was conducting her interview, she was told that when the pilot filed his flight plan, he listed only one passenger flying with him. The comment was that his plane crashed before he had time to change his manifest. This is something a pilot is meant to do on the ground, not in the air. Did he not complete his required paper work because he felt to do so would indicate that he was flying an unauthorised charter and would have been grounded? Aviation authorities say that they are short staffed and find it difficult to police hackers. However, if a list of legitimate charter aircraft is posted at the airport, a passenger list on an unauthorised charter should immediately alert an airport staff member that something is wrong. Thats when ques tions should be asked. If the reason the pilot waits until he gets airborne to reveal the fact that he is carrying a plane load of pas sengers, then as soon as he lands at his destination he should be picked up by the authorities. The reason that this illegal business cannot be controlled is that everybody is a part of it. It is hoped that last Tuesdays terrible tragedy will bring everyone to their senses Civil Aviation regulators, government departments that use these hackers and the travelling public. Maybe this accident and these unnecessary deaths will prevent future tragedies. PLP grossly unfair in economic analysis LETTERS letters@tribunemedia.net Everyone aiding, abetting airport hackers So there s no such thing as a free lunch! EDITOR, The Tribune. The Bahamas had a major plane crash at NAD. If the police officials and prison officials dont slow down through evening traffic transporting prisoners back to Fox Hill Prison another disaster will occur. My daughter and I almost got wiped out by the police car and the yellow bluebird bus. They came head on at high speed through the middle of the Eastern Road heading east and forced my car against a wall. The bus came within 10 feet of my car and swerved vio lently lifting the springs from the chassis, making it appear that it was going to turn over. Should these vehicles lose control many lives will be lost. What will be the excuse when this happens? Its just a mat ter of time. There has to be another way to go about this careless act by law enforcement. I see government officials travelling on this route, why are they allowing such a thing to continue on a daily basis? HIGH VISTA Nassau, October, 2010. Slow down or ther e will be another disaster

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THE 14 Islands Film Challenge media campaign has captured a coveted award from one of the top online travel media organisations, Travolution. The Bahamas Tourist Office UK won the award for the Best Use of Social Media. The announcement follows a period when visits to the Bahamas UK website increased by 50 per cent since videos from the agencys 14 Islands Film Challenge were shown on the site beginning in March this year. The awards judges nominated the Bahamas entry for its originality, innovation and for being fun. They said they thought the campaign was well-blended across a range of different media channels, was backed up by a fantastic website and great content. The campaign was also commended for having created something that had longevity and was not just a one-off. Following Queenslands hugely successful Best Job in the World tourism campaign, the judges said the bar had been set very high for tourist boards, but that the Bahamas had reached it. The 14 Islands Film Challenge, devised and implemented by the travel marketing agency Fox Kalomaski, comprised a nation-wide com petition to find the UKs most talented aspiring filmmakers. At the same time, it highlighted 14 of the Bahamas islands and strove to build unprecedented awareness of the country throughout the UK. The challenge was created to drive traffic to http://www.bahamas.co.uk anda huge level of entries was gen erated solely by a social media campaign. Tommy T hompson, Deputy Director General of Bahamas Tourist Office, said: My thanks to everyone concerned for all the hard work to achieve this pres-t igious award. There has been a fantastic consumer response to a cam paign in which the Bahamas Tourist Office has embraced fully integrated digital market ing for the first time. Were really excited that Fox Kalomaskis approach enabled us to give rising stars in the UK film industry the oppor tunity to create content, involve t he Bahamian people and showcase the Bahamas as a fantastic holiday destination. Other organisations shortlisted for the Best Use of Social Media award were Air France KLM, TripAdvisor, Eurostar, Travelzoo, Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board, Trav-e lfusion and Winchester City Council. THE Bahamas National Trust (BNT laboration with the US Embassy Nassau has launched a global Green Video Challenge where the voting public will determine the top entries. BNT Discovery Club members from across the Bahamas ranging in age from 7 to 16 have created short videos based on one of the following themes: Easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint Innovative sources of green energy What a Waste Bahamians were asked to log in at the com petitions website to vote on the entries. The four semifinal videos based on the publics votes will be judged by a panel of experts to determine the Directors Choice. The top Directors Choice prize will be announced on Friday by US Ambassador to the Bahamas Nicole Avant and BNT executive director Eric Carey at the Caribbean Renew able Energy Forum (CREF The creators of the winning Director Choice video will win free airfare and passes to Everglades National Park in Florida and their video will be aired on television. Each Discovery Club semi-finalist will also receive their own digital video camera. The BNTs Discovery Club was launched 16 years ago to teach young Bahamians about the environment through fun activities and a badge system drawing from the Boy/Girl Scout model. Today, there are 33 Discovery Clubs on sev en Bahamian islands with more than 450 budding environmentalists. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said it is very pleased with the efforts of the emergency response teams in the aftermath of the Bahamas two plane crashes last week. On Tuesday, October 5, a nine-seater Cessna 402 plane went down in Lake Killarney, killing all nine persons on board. And on Wednesday, a family of four received injuries when their eight-seater GA8 Air Van plane crashed on Little Whale Cay. While it is NEMA's ultimate aim to save lives and properties, the swift response of the Royal Bahamas Police Force, the fire rescue services, the Royal Bahamas Defence Force sea, search and recoveryt eams; the emergency medical teams, the Red Cross, other officials and those brave members of the public who assisted in the efforts in the Lake Kil larney crash, is commendable, said Captain Stephen Russell, Director of NEMA. The health care profess ionals of the Princess Margaret Hospital are also to be commended for the care and compassion they showed to families of the victims of the fatal crash. NEMA especially thanked the counselling teams who assisted the families while at the hospital. Captain Russell said the agency would also like to extend appreciation to officials from the United States Embassy for the service they provided through OPBAT and the US Coast Guard, and the medical evacuation of the fam ily of the downed aircraft on Little Whale Cay. He said NEMA would continue to monitor the investigations of both aircraft. Its prayers go out for a speedy recovery of the families of the Little Whale Cay crash and condolences go out to the families of the fatal crash in Lake Killarney, said Capt. Russell. NEMA commends response efforts in plane crashes Bahamas Tourist Office UK wins coveted marketing award BAHAMIANS ASKED TO VOTE IN GREEN VIDEO CHALLENGE Photo courtesy: Bahamas National Trust GETTINGREADY: Oakes Field Primary students Divinia Cox, Dijona Gilbert, Kennedy Lightbourne and Keno Clarke using the Flip Video camcorders in preparation for the Green Video Challenge. COVETED: Tourism Deputy Director General Ellison Tommy Thompson displays the Travolution award. There has been a fantasticc onsumer response to a c ampaign in which the Bahamas Tourist Office has embraced fully integrated digital marketing for the first time. B Y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net G RAND Bahama police h ave issued an all-points bulletin for a Freeport man who is wanted in connection with the latest homicide that occurred over weekend in the Arden Fore st area. Randal Evans Brown, 24, of N o 24 East Indianman Road, is w anted for questioning into the shooting death of a young man at Sergeant Major Road on Friday. Police responded to a r eport of a shooting sometime after 4pm at C oras Place, where a man in his 30s was shot f ollowing an argument with another man over a cellular telephone. The victim was shot in the upper body. H e was transported by ambulance to the R and Memorial Hospital where h e was pronounced dead on arrival. The name of the deceased is being withheld by police pend-i ng notification of next of kin. A sst Supt Hector Delva said police are hoping that the public c an assist them in their investigations. P ersons with information conc erning the whereabouts of R andal Evans Brown are being a sked to contact the police at 352-9774/5, or 350-3107/ 8, 911. B rown is of medium brown complexion with dark browne yes. H e is about five feet, 10 inches tall, of average built, and weighs about 155 to 170 pounds. He is considered armed and extremely dangerous and should be approached with extreme c aution. Police seeking Freeport man after homicide R ANDALEVANSBROWN Grand Bahama officers issue all-points bulletin CRASHSCENE: Pictured above is the eight-seater GA8 Air Van aircraft flown by FYP Builders Mall president Mark Roberts, which crashl anded at Little Whale Cay on Wednesday afternoon last week.

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By LARRYSMITH T HERE are witches, Nazi re-enactors and arch hypocrites running in this year's volatile mid-term elections in the United States. We are witnessing a cultural war. Christine O'Donnell is the Republican nominee for the US Senate in Delaware. She is on record as being opposed to masturbation but partial to witchcraft. Her recent campaign ad began with a denial that she was a witch, and noted that she was just like regular folks. You know, those folks who have to deny that they are witches. Richard Lott, a Republican congressional candidate in Ohio, was recently outed as someone who for years spent his weekends dressed up in Nazi SS uniform happily reliving the glories of the Third Reich. According to the Nuremberg Tribunal, SS troops were used by Hitler for "criminal purposes" such as the persecution and extermination of Jews and the mistreatment and murder of prisoners of war. Then there's David Vitter, the Lousiana Republican senator, who has made campaign claims that his opponent votedto make it easier for illegal immigrants to get taxpayerfunded benefits and welfare cheques ignoring the fact that undocumented aliens can't get government aid in the first place. A strong proponent of conservative "family values", Vitter was earlier exposed for making calls to prostitutes from the Senate floor. Of course, crazies and hypocrites are not limited to the Republican Party. Today's fringe candidates on the right have parallels with similar personalities on the left in other political eras. Rightwing Tea Party activists (many of whom are conservative libertarians) are comparable in some ways to the New Left activists of the 1960s and 70s (many of whom were libertarian socialists). The New Left pushed the Democratic Party to nominate many extreme candidates, which contributed to the 1972 presidential defeat, when the anti-Vietnam War standard bearer, George McGovern, won only a single state. As someone who took part in those earlier generational wars, I believe the Tea Partiers of today are partly a last-ditch reaction to the cultural changes that we launched 40 or 50 years ago. Those changes are personified by the election of Barack Obama. Former President Bill Clinton has suggested that thanks to pressure from the Tea Partiers the Republican Party is now far enough to the right to make George W. Bush appear liberal. And that is complicating what would be an otherwise predictable outcome for the US mid-term elections which take place on Tuesday, November 2. Contested Thirty-seven of the 100 seats in the Senate are being contested along with all 435 seats in the House of Representatives. The current make-up of the Senate is 57 Democrats, 41 Republicans, and two Independents. The current makeup of the House is 255 Democ rats, 178 Republicans and two vacancies. Governors also will be elected in 36 states on November 2. I use the term "otherwise predictable" because since 1950, the party of the incumb ent president has consistently lost seats in both the House and S enate during mid-term elections. The exceptions to this rule were in 1998, after Repub licans turned off voters by shutting down the government, and in 2002, when George W Bush enjoyed huge bipartisan sup-p ort after 9/11. Today, the Democrats control Congress d uring a major recession with high unemployment and so it is they who have the most to lose. In 1982, President Ronald Reagan's job approval rating was 42 per cent, compared to 48 per cent for Obama today. And, like Obama, Reagan blamed his predecessor for leaving him with "the worst economic mess in half a century." The mid-term election that year saw the Republicans lose about 13 per cent of their House members and there was wide speculation about whether Reagan would decide not to run again in 1984. The economic conditions of that time are instructive. Inflation was about 10 per cent during Reagan's first year in office, and he backed a contractionary monetary policy, which caused the prime rate to rise to 12.5 per cent and unemployment to top 10 per cent for the first time since the Depression. Although there were tax cuts and some spending reductions in 1981, Reagan also massively expanded military spending, and eventually instituted a $100 billion corporate tax hikethe largest since the Second World War. Most economists agree that a combination of deficit spending and the lowering of interest rates slowly led to economic recovery. From a high of 10.8 per cent in December 1982, unemployment fell to 7.2 per cent by election day in 1984. Reagan's stimulus plan focused on huge military spending, and he was subsequently re-elected by a landslide. So despite all the noise about a "radical transformation of the Republic", there is little substantive difference between the Reagan and Obama administrations' approach. Forty per cent of the Obama stimulus package was tax relief, and despite Reagan's tax increases in 1982 and 1984 (and eventually 1986), and limited cuts in spending, the US budget was not balanced until the 1990s under Bill Clinton working with a Republican-led congress. Surpluses In 2001, as George W Bush took office, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Officeh ad projected significant budget surpluses through 2011 and beyond, despite anticipated growth in entitlement pro grammes. The deficit for fiscal year 2009 (approved by Bush was $1.4 trillion and, at nearly 10 per cent of Gross Domestic Product, was the largest deficitr elative to the size of the econ omy since the end of World War II. According to the Tax Policy Centre, a non-partisan research group, taxes are now at their lowest levels in 60 years with close to 90 per cent of all US taxpayers getting a tax cut last year. And according to Bruce Bartlett, a former Reagan adviser and Treasury Department economist under George H.W. Bush, "No taxpayer anywhere in the country had his or her taxes increased as a conse quence of Obama's policies." This past August, Time Magazine summarised the $800 billion Obama stimulus plan like this: It "cut taxes for 95 per cent of working Americans, bailed out every state, hustled record amounts of unemployment benefits and other aid to struggling families, and funded more than 100,000 projects to upgrade roads, subways, schools, airports, military bases and much more. "About one-sixth of the total cost is an all-out effort to exploit the crisis to make green energy, green building and green transportation real; launch green manufacturing industries; computerize a penand-paper health system; pro mote data-driven school reforms; and ramp up the research of the future. It's pouring $90 billion into clean ener gy, including unprecedented investments in a smart grid; energy efficiency; electric cars; renewable power from the sun, wind and earth; cleaner coal; advanced biofuels; and factories to manufacture green stuff in the US." The stimulus also included non-energy strategies, like a ten-fold increase in funding to expand access to broadband, $8 billion for a high-speed passenger rail network, and $4.3 billion in Race to the Top grants to promote accountability in public schools perhaps the most significant US education initiative ever. Many economists and the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office credit the stimulus with ending the recession last year. Some say the unemployment rate would have been 2 points higher without it. I researched and wrote this column partly in response to a recent exchange with a relative of mine, who had sent me some anti-Obama propaganda. Here's an excerpt from that exchange: Relative : As smart as people think he is, why is Obama not cutting spending? And he wants more. Tough Call : I agree that spending needs to be cut. But you have to approach this from a balanced perspective. Together with the economic downturn, the Bush tax cuts, prescription drug entitlement, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq explain a lot of the deficit over the next 10 years. Relative : What gives this jacko the right to take $50 from you to give to me? That is socialism and I am totally against that. Eventually you run out of people to tax to death and it all dries up. Ingraham is doing the same thing here. Tough Call : Obama's stimulus includes tax cuts, and he is proposing to extend Bush tax cuts. So what's the difference? Relative : He does not want to extend them, and I just don't like the commy bastard. Tough Call : But he is extending them. You are making a value judgment that has nothing to do with the facts. Relative : He is not extending them to the rich and he should be. The rich are taxed the most now anyway, they pay the way for the majority as it is. Without them, it all crum bles and why should they be any different just because they worked their asses off to make it, we are talking about the land of the free, not Cuba. Tough Call : Reagan taxed the rich too. Relative : Reagan did not over tax the rich, just because they were rich. Tough Call : Obama's proposed tax rate for the rich (i.e after the expiration of the Bush cuts) is lower than Reagan's (39 per cent). And Reagan's was lower than Carter's (70 per cent), and Carter's was lower than Eisenhower's (90 per cent). You can argue for a low tax rate, but you can't say that Obama is doing anything particularly outlandish. If so, then Eisenhower was a communist too. Relative : Bull s--t! In fact, Reagan's real achievement like Thatcher's in Britain was to change the terms of debate. The focus these days is on restraint in government spending and taxation, less government intervention rather than more, and recognition of the superiority of the free market over socialism. What we are witnessing today in the US is more of a cultural war. It's not so much about changing the terms of the debate. Obama was elected by a large majority of voters not a plurality like Clinton in his first term, and not by the Supreme Court like George W Bush in his first term. If Obama were a middle-aged white man with an Anglo-Sax on name, I doubt whether any one would accuse him of being an illegitimate foreigner out to destroy America. What do you think? Send comments to: larry@tribunemedia.net Or visit www.bahamapundit.com C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM We are witnessing a cultural war in US CHRISTINE ODONNELL SEN. DAVID VITTER

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM PROSPECTUS THE GOVERNMENT OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS BAHAMAS REGISTERED STOCK 2015, 2017, 2019 AND 2030 ISSUE OF B$100,000, 000.00 total number was originally planned to be 80. U nion leaders representing line staff and managerial staff are still dissatisfied with the packages ono ffer. This union has bent over backwards. We have been trying to get the names so people could get on with their lives. There have been inconsistencies in what was p romised from the beginning. First we were told they would be trying to redeploy the workers into other areas. Then the Prime Minister said that was not the case, said Bernard Evans, president of the Bahamas Communication and Public Officers Union (BCPOU I n their latest counter proposal, the BCPOU asked for an additional six months pay for employees who qualify for full retirement; eight months pay for employees who qualify for early retirement;12 months pay for employees who served 25 to 19 years; and six months pay for employees who servedl ess than 25 years, according to Mr Evans. He said the current offer on the table from the BCB equates to an average bonus of three months p ay for line and managerial staff, on top of contract entitlements settled in the industrial agreement. In our agreement with the union we agreed to figures that would comprise payouts. The corporation has increased that amount and the union is still asking for more, said Mr Lightbourne. The managerial union is asking for outstanding incrementst o be paid in a lump sum. A ccording to Mr William Carroll, president of the Bahamas Communication and Public Managers Unions (BCPMU the BCB has not paid increments f or the past two years for those e ntitled. T he two unions held a joint press conference for the first time yesterday to speak out against the disengagement exercise. Crossroad Mr Evans said negotiations have reached a crossroad and anything is possible with respect to industrial action. He said the National Congress of Trade Unions (NCTUt ake industrial action. T he packages on offer are a slap in the face, a ccording to union representatives. They are seeking separation packages in line with the recentlys et precedent with customs and immigration officers. A ccording to John Pinder, NCTU president, those w orkers received at least a years salary. The NCPU will support the unions in trying to secure the best settlement packages for those members who will be disengaged. We believe although the employment act speaks to a minimum level of compensation, because there was a precedent set by the government, we expectt he government to act in line with that, said Mr Pind er. Mr Evans said the unions are waiting for written confirmation from National Security Minister Tommy Turnquest, on a position they say he expressed verbally. The government stands by what the Chairman h as offered, said Mr Evans. They say they dont have any money (to meet our request), he said. The union has been passive in its approach to negotiations because of assurances given by the government that they took for granted, said DeniseW ilson, BCPOU secretary general. Since then there has been quite a disconnect between what we were originally advised and what they are saying now, she said. Mr Carroll said the industrial agreement previously negotiated by the union speaks to individuals who choose to voluntarily depart an organisation.H e said the union was requesting additional benefits to the contract entitlements because the planned l ayoffs are being forced on the employees. O perationally nothing has changed as yet, according to Deon Morris, area Vice President at ZNS. However, staff morale is extremely low and tension i s extremely high. More than 20 ZNS staff accept BCB packages FROM page one b e closed today. In the first Horseshoe Drive robbery, which took place in May, the perpetrator escaped with an undiscloseda mount of cash, leading to a h igh speed police chase of a blue Honda Accord in which he made his getaway. The robber then abandoned the vehicle near the new TG Glover school and got into a waiting blue sports utilityv ehicle. The second attack took place in August at the Palmdale office on Madeira Street. In that incident, police said a masked gunman entered the Bahamasair office, orderede mployees on to the floor and demanded cash. The culprit then made his escape in a car. It was confirmed that no one was physically harmed d uring yesterdays attack, however up to press time, The Tribune was unable to obtain an update from the p olice on the status of the investigations. BAHAMASAIROFFICE IS TARGETEDBYROBBERS FROM page one TOMMY T URNQUEST

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C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Their home in Sir Lynden Pindling Estates is one of two bulldozed by the real estate developer in recent weeks as the company actively moves to reclaim a 156 tract of land in the Pinewood Gardens area. Residential lots on the tract of land were determined by the court to have been fraudulently obtained by John Sands under a Quieting Titles action and sold to a group called Horizon Systems, which in turn sold it to vari ous individuals. In a 2003 Supreme Court ruling former Senior Justice John Lyons declared Arawak Homes the owners of the property. Bahamians, who had purchased the lots, are now being told they have no l egal right to the property they had paid for as the rightful title belongs to Arawak Homes. Arawak Homes maintains that Mr and Mrs Wood have never been able to produce documents to prove they own the land. The company advised them to stop construction on the property when they started to build, and suggested they seek legal advice to engage in negotiations with Arawak Homes on the matter. Mr and Mrs Wood reacted with severe hostility and physical threats and attacks were made against staff and agents of Arawak, the company stated. These threats and attacks were s uch that police complaints were filed. Arawak Homes maintains it only moved to demolish the unfinished property constructed by Mr and Mrs Wood after they had ensured no one was living on the property and the Woods had made it clear that they were not willing to negotiate. Mrs Wood said they divided their time between the Sir Lynden Pindling Estates house and their two-bedroom apartment because they could not secure water and electricity supplies at the home, because the title to the property belonged to Arawak Homes. Arawak provided full and accurate n otice, and acted with patience and compassion, a statement from the company claims. Arawak would demolish a structure, only in rare circumstances, after every effort has been made to resolve the situation by an alternative route. It is a matter of cruel irony that Arawak, which for more than 25 years has been the suffering victim is now being demonised and paraded by some in a light entirely opposite to the truth. However, Mr Munroe said he has yet to see any documents to prove Arawak Homes is the rightful owner of the property. He will attempt to sue Arawak Homes for damages and explore the possibility of filing criminal charges on behalf of Mr and Mrs Wood as he argued the destruction of their home was wrong, regardless of who owns the land. That is an issue separate and apart from any issue of title to the land because it is their property, Mr Munroe said. Residents and property owners affected by the land dispute have banded together as part of the Nassau Village and Sea Breeze Property Owners Association and drawn up a proposal for Arawak Homes with legal representation from their MP, FNM chairman Carl Bethel. Minister of Lands and Local Gov ernment Byran Woodside is acting asa mediator in the land dispute. Arawak Homes defends home demolition FROM page one scant up to press time. The first shooting took place in Augusta Street. While riding his bicycle in the area, a man was reportedly approached by two other men, one of whom was armed with a handgun. He was shot in his left knee and left arm. Less than a hour before the shooting, mobile officers on patrol in the Hutchinson Street area recovered a magazine containing ammunition. The officers searched the area after they noticed a man who fled the scene acting suspiciously. The second shooting occurred around 11pm in the Bain Town area, where it was reported that a 27-year-old man was shot several times. The final shooting was reported less than two hours later on Milton Street. Two men and one woman were reported to have been walking through a short cut on Milton Street when one of the men was shot in his chest. At this time police are without leads into the holiday shootings other than the incident in Union Village off Wulff Road when a three-year-old toddler was shot in his right leg on Saturday. The tod dler had been taken to hospital in a private car for treatment. At the time it was unclear how he had sustained the injury. Yesterday investigators confirmed that one man was taken into custody for questioning. In other crime-related news, police iden tified the body of a man, who was found in the bushes near a bar in Bimini over the weekend, as that of 45-year-old Albert Hanna of Freeport, Grand Bahama. Early Saturday morning it was reported that two men had been shot as a result of an argument between a group of people at the Recession Bar in Alice Town. Both men were airlifted to Nassau for treatment, however on further inspection of the area, police discovered Mr Hannas body. Investigations into all matters are continuing. Three more people gunned down in Nassau Davis appeared to be a bit apprehensive, but she is holding firm. Federal public defender Martin Cohen was appointed on September 20 to represent Ms Davis. However Mr Cohen declined to comment at this time. The nine vendors were arrested on September 15 as they waited to board a flight back to Nassau from New York. It was alleged that they went on an illegal shopping spree for counterfeit designer bags and jewellery, which they intended to sell at their Straw Market stalls on Bay Street. Since the Bahamians were charged in a Manhattan court on September 2 with conspiracy to defraud the US specifically by the trafficking of counterfeit goods public opinion over government involvement in the matter has been staunchly divided. The accused could face a maximum sentence of three years 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. The vendors Roshanda Rolle, Gayle Rolle, Marva Ferguson, Marvette Ferguson, Patricia Hanna, Shamone Thompson, Margaret Pierre, Judy Duncombe and Tracy Davis have all admitted to knowing that the goods they purchased were counterfeit and/or illegal. Although Ms Davis case may be one step closer to completion tomorrow, the other vendors are still awaiting a court date. Howard Jacobs, a court appointed attorney representing Roshanda Rolle, said: All I know is one defendant pleaded guilty and is due in court on Thursday. We have yet to get a date, so were just waiting to see what kind of offer the government is gonna make. I heard the Bahamas government has been talking to them, but so far we havent heard anything. Messages left for attorneys of the remaining defendants were unreturned up to press time. Meanwhile, activists continue to belabour the need for greater government involvement in the matter. Fred Mitchell, the Opposition's MP for Fox Hill, said: The families have no idea whats going on. Well do from our part to try and mobilize public opinion that the government should be doing more so that the families know whats happening and we know what direction were going in. Mr Mitchell plans to travel to New York today where he will attempt to meet with detained vendors. He is also scheduled to meet with members of the Nassau Bahamas Association, an extensive network of Bahamians living in New York, where he will debrief them on the case and discuss support options. William Dames, NBA representative said: Theyre Bahamian, and we are Bahamian. So were concerned, we dont know much about what has been going on or what is the status of the case now. So we will be coming together to get a better understanding of what is going on and how we can help if we can. Three of its members, SuperValue owner Rupert Roberts Jr; Arnold Heastie, owner of Heastie's Service Station; and businesswoman Leana Ingraham, have been given authorisation by the court tobring and defend judicial review proceedings on behalfof the League. The road changes are a part of the governments $120 million New Providence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP Lawyer Maurice Glinton, who represents the business owners, submitted before Justice Neville Adderley yesterday that his clients had only wanted an opportunity to meet with Minister of Public Worksand Transport Neko Grant to discuss some alternatives. Mr Glinton contended that under the constitution, allowance is made for the operation of laws that adversely impact the property of citizens only when inter-ests of health, national security and other issues outlined in Article 27 arise. Mr Glinton also argued that his clients had no idea their businesses were going to be affected in the way they were. Attorney General John Delaney noted that the applicants were suing the Minister of Public Works in his ministerial capacity as being responsible for road works and that any other responsibility could be set aside. Mr Delaney argued that the government had made the decision to embark on the New Providence Road Improvement Project in 1999 and from its inception, the project consisted of 19 corridors. Mr Delaney said that the works project had been highly publicised and there were also open house meetings. We are dealing with a totality of circumstances in which the minister was aggressive in speaking with the persons relevant and with the public in gen eral. The hearing is expected to resume today before Justice Neville Adderley. FROM page one Straw vendor faces sentence in US today F ROM page one ONE-WAY ROAD SYSTEM REVIEW BEGINS IN COURT L INING UP : Vehicles are shown travelling northbound on Baillou Hill R oad. FROM page one

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C M Y K C M Y K TASTE THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Tribune Just a few images of what, we the Bahamas, looked like 40...50...60 years in the past.Flash Back October 1992 marked the 500th anniversary of the landfall at San Salvador of Columbus, discoverer of the New World. Replicas of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria stand offshore at Cockburn Town. The ships were built in Spain and sailed across the Atlantic to commemorate this momentous occasion.BY ROLAND ROSE The not so sweet, yet subtly smooth creamy texture of avocado makes it such a great fruit to accompany meals. Most Bahamians can probably agree that a breakfast of grits and tuna, with a slice of avocado on the side is a delight. And as it is avocado season in the Bahamas, many people may be interested in unique ways to cook and prepare meals using avocados a part from the usual fare. Here are some recipes to try.AVOCADO AND CRAB MEAT SOUP8 oz (one can) of crab meat. 4 avocados, peeled and seeded. 1 medium onion, finely chopped. 4 cups of chicken stock. 2 cups of heavy cream. 4 tablespoons of butter. 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour. 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder. Salt and pepper, to taste. Preparation Mash together the avocados and crab meat. SautŽ the chopped onions in the butter. Add the all-purpose flour, garlic powder, and chicken stock, then whip until smooth. Add the avocado/ crab mixture to the liquid and simmer for twenty minutes. Add the cream salt and pepper. Serve as desired.AVOCADO-CORN SALSA 2 small to medium ripe avocados, peeled, seeded, and finely diced 1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely diced 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh-squeezed lime juice 1 tablespoon finely-chopped fresh cilantro 1/2 to 1 teaspoon minced hot green chile peppers Sliced olives (optional) 1/2 teaspoon salt Preparation In a medium bowl, gently combine avocado, corn kernels, tomatoes, lime juice, cilantro, chile peppers, and salt. Cover and refrigerate until ready to be served. Yields 1 1/2 cups.AVOCADO SHAKE1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted 2 cups ice (16 to 20 ice cubes) 1/2 cup fat-free sweetened condensed milk 1/2 to 1 cup cold non-fat milk Preparation Scoop the avocado flesh into a blender. Add the ice cubes, condensed milk, the least amount of non-fat milk; puree until completely smooth. Taste and add additional milk if a thinner consistency is desired. NOTE: Use the maximum amount of milk. Pour into 2 tall glasses and enjoy! The best avocados to use are those that gently yield to pressure and are free from dark blotches inside the fruit. Depending on how large the avocado is and how thick you want your shake.AVOCADO PIE1 (9-inch) prepared Graham Cracker Pie Crust 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice 1 envelope unflavoured gelatin 3 medium -size very ripe avocados, mashed 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup sour cream Refrigerate graham cracker crust until well chilled. In a small bowl, combine lime juice, lemon juice, and unflavoured gelatin; let stand 4 to 5 minutes or until softened. In a large bowl or the food processor, combine gelatin mixture, mashed avocados, and sweetened condensed milk. Pour mixture into prepared graham cracker pie crust. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until the filling is firm. In a small bowl, whip heavy cream and sour cream together until stiff peaks form. Serve pie topped with prepared whipped cream mixture. Recipes taken from www.avocadorecipes.com and www.whatscookingamerica.net AvocadosMaking the most out of

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By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter THE International Cultural Festival set for this weekend is set to provide an exciting glimpse of the variety of nationalities and culture present in the country. The highly anticipated event take places on Saturday and Sunday at the Botanical Gardens. It was created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MOFAI) to recognise United Nations Day.According to the website, Culture Fest Bahamas: "the 15th Annual International Cultural Festival returns to its rightful place as a fall festivity at a time when the world faces turmoil and people everywhere are uncertain about their futures. "As the peoples of The Islands of The Bahamas consider their place in the new global arena, sure to be marked by the removal of borders and lifting of protections, they will come to appreciate the value that a mixed society brings to enriching the economic tapestry of the country in terms of the sharing of skills and experiences. Xenophobia will become a thing of the past as Bahamians grow to recognise and embrace the contribution that the international resident community has to offer. We remember the English teachers that helped to cultivate our minds and opened them to a world of possibilities." The Festival fosters friendly relations and understanding between Bahamians and the international resident community and has become a signature event that serves to demonstrate just how diverse and cosmopolitan The Bahamas has become. We know well that work related postings to The Islands Of The Bahamas are especially sought after. As people come from around the world to work here and eventually make The Bahamas home, there is an abiding obligation to give back and contribute to their adopted home in meaningful ways that benefit the wider community." Janet Johnson, Chairman, International Cultural Festival told Tribune Entertainment that the festival is a non profit event which is government supported not government funded. We also have a raffle with about twenty prizes that we are going to launch this week, and the drawing will be done on November 21 at the Bahamas National Trust Jollification," she said There is alot of good that comes out of the festival, she said. The Festival is said to also provide a global platform for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. Strategically, this makes The Bahamas a far more interesting and sophisticated place to live and visit by broadening and deepening the vacation experience and quality of life that's available here." International Cultural Festival 2010 FESTIVAL TIME: One of the tents representing the counrty of Peru at the 2009 International Cultral Festival. BACK AGAIN! TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM C M Y K C M Y K ENTERTAINMENT PAGE 10B, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010 TRIBUNE SPORTS The Tribune things 2 DO OCTOBER 14 THURSDAYIslands of the World Fashion Week CD Release Party Islands of the World presents a CD release party, 8.30pm-midnight at Bambu Lounge with swagbag giveaways and tastinis. See www.bambunassau.com. OCTOBER 16 -1715th Annual International Cultural FestivalOne of the most highly anticipated events of the year is finally here! The 15th Annual International Cultural Festival showcases the diverse culture of countries around the world from natives living in The Bahamas. Each country demonstrates its own culture, heritage, food and any other indigenous aspect, including the always-exciting music and dance performances. This year's event also includes a master class workshop conducted by the hip-hop dance troupe, Swagger Crew from Atlanta. Festival runs 10am6pm daily. Official opening, 12pm Sat October 16. OCTOBER 16 SATURDAY3rd Annual Camperdown Plant Sale Don't miss one of the biggest and best plant sales of the year with bargains galore and a wide variety of plants at reasonable prices, including ferns, palms, shrubs, tree, bromeliads, orchids and so much more! Gates open 9am on Soursop Street, Camperdown. OCTOBER 16 17The Nassau Music Society Presents: Jue Wang The Nassau Music Society presents Jue Wang, 1st place winner and gold medallist at the 2008 Santander International Piano competition, interpreting the works of Brahms, Ravel, Chopin, Liszt and Tchaikovsky. 7pm at the College of the Bahamas Performing Arts Centre, Sat October 16. 5pm at St Paul's Church Hall, Sun October 17. Advance tickets: $25/members; $35/nonmembers; $10/students. At the door: $30/members; $40/non-members; $10/students. Telephone: 302-5146. See www.nassaumusicsociety.org/reservations. OCTOBER 17 SUNDAYAn Evening of Heavenly Music St Barnabas Anglican Church presents an evening of heavenly music with guest artist Wintlety Phipps, 7.30pm in the Rainforest Theatre. Tickets: $35 and $50. Proceeds in aid of repairs of skinner pipe organ. Telephone: 323-5995. FASHION enthusiasts will get a first hand look at the couture creations of international designers Jay McCarroll and Oliver Tolentino when they present their 2011 Spring/Summer collections during this year's Islands of the World Fashion Week. Mode les Ltd, organiser of the award-winning event, hopes the collections will inspire a new crop of local fashion designers to create art with their sewing needles. "Both designers bring great creativity and style to the runway of IWFW. Attendees will be left in awe at the creations of these gifted designers. It is hoped that they will serve as inspiration to new and young designers to pursue their talent and dream with commitment," said Owen Bethel, President of Mode les Ltd. Jay McCarroll distinguished himself as a talented designer when he won the first season of the popular American reality television series, Project Runway. Since his win, he has gone on to become a celebrity designer, and starred in the documentary film "Eleven Minutes" which recounts his rise to fame. Mr McCarroll has recently added another reality show victory to his belt by winning Celebrity Fit Club earlier this year. He will attend the special private viewing of the film "Eleven Minutes" at Galleria Cinemas on November, 10 to launch IWFW. Oliver Tolentino, a wedding dress and evening gown designer from The Philippines is celebrated for his meticulous attention to detail in his designs. Having such notables as Asian pop star Imelda Marcos as a client, he became the first Philippine-based designer to establish a presence in the United States, launching his boutique in Los Angeles in 2009. He has now focused his attention on an ecofashion line using The Philippines' native fiber derived from pineapple fibres. IWFW will boast several exciting shows this year, starting with the presentation of those designers who have participated in the Islands of the World Fashion Tour to Palm Springs, Chicago and Miami. This will be followed by the competition "In Search of the Next Oscar", where the winner will showcase his/her collection at New York Fashion Week in 2011. The show's finale "Fashion Cares for Haiti: The Relief Benefit Fashion Show" is aimed at continuing awareness of the ongoing rebuilding efforts and development requirements in Haiti and the fashion industry as a potential catalyst for growth in the promotion of trade rather than aid. Five noted Haitian designers will travel from Haiti, courtesy of American Airlines/ American Eagle, to participate. IWFW runs from November 11 13 at the British Colonial Hilton. McCarroll, Tolentino present new Spring/Summer collections DOZENS of film enthusiasts gathered at Galleria Cinemas last week for the official opening of the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase (TCFS). In its third year in the Bahamas, the festival features 37 films from 19 West Indian and South American countries including Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Nicaragua, Suriname, St Martin, Venezuela and Trinidad and Tobago. The film selected for the opening's viewing was Haven', a film from the Cayman Islands which depicted an intricate web of love, hate and deceit between locals and tourists. TCFS is part of the 10-day Carifringe festivities happening around New Providence. Giving official remarks at the event was the Cuban Ambassador to the Bahamas Jose Luis Ponce who extended his gratitude to the audience for their support for the growing regional film industry. "The Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase has been confirmed as the most significant regional action to promote Caribbean film and audiovisuals in the region and in other parts of the world," he said. "This event has brought together thousands of spectators in the Caribbean who, crossing language barriers, have taken into account the diversities and similarities of our cultural identities, as well as historical and social references." The ambassador said the TCFS is a vital resource for the dissemination of cultural and ethical values allowing people of the Caribbean to recognise the shared identities and realities of each country as well as the diversity and uniqueness of the region. "This event contributes to the exchange and cooperation in favour of a Caribbean cinema that is not isolated in their countries of origin, but flows into the region and reaches other parts of the world with greater strength and effectiveness, as an alternative to transnational flows that tend to have hegemony over the cinema market," he said. Also speaking at the event was Owen Bethel, president of Bahamas FilmInvest International, who said he was excited about the unique partnership between TCFS and Carifringe. "We thought it was appropriate to link with Carifringe as it was timely and we hope this partnership will grow from strength to strength," he said. "This showcase represents the value, great work and skill in the region and is now gaining momentum as the place to see the art of the Caribbean through film." Mr Bethel also asked the audience to keep abreast of announcement of another upcoming film series, which will focus on the plight of Haiti. "These films will show the creativity and resourcefulness of the Haitian people," he said. "The films are generally made by Haitians and will be uplifting and we hope that you will take part in that event as well." Technical coordinator for Carifringe, Matthew Kelly, gave a special thank you to the both the ambassador and Mr Bethel for seeing the value in Carifringe and partnering up with the 10-day event. TCFS has been showcased in more than 25 countries over the past three years and has presented more than 70 films created by Caribbean and South American producers and directors. The brainchild of the Bahamas Arts Collective, Carifringe encompasses all art forms including theatre, dance, fashion, painting, sculpting, music and poetry.Travelling Caribbean ENTHUSIASTS: Some of the audience on hand at Galleria Cinemas last week for the official opening of the Travelling Caribbean Film Showcase

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C M Y K C M Y K ARTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ANDROS CAT ISLAND ELEUTHERA MAYAGUANA SAN SALVADOR GREAT INAGUA GREAT EXUMA CROOKED ISLAND / ACKLINS LONG ISLAND ABACO Shown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's highs and tonights's lows. KEY WEST WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE TAMPA ORLANDOLow: 66F/19C Low: 68F/20C Low: 71F/22C Low: 73F/23C Low: 72F/22C Low: 76F/24C Low: 78F/26C Low: 77F/25C High: 87F/31C High: 87F/31C High: 84F/29C High: 84F/29C High: 84F/29C High: 85F/29C High: 86F/30C Low: 78F/26C High: 82F/28C Low: 79F/26C High: 87F/31CRAGGED ISLANDLow: 78F/26C High: 88F/31C Low: 80F/27C High: 89F/32C Low: 77F/25C High: 85F/29C Low: 78F/26C High: 86F/30C Low: 77F/25C High: 93F/34C Low: 79F/26C High: 89F/32C Low: 75F/24C High: 91F/33C Low: 77F/25C High: 93F/34C Low: 79F/26C High: 89F/32C High: 81F/27CFREEPORT NASSAU MIAMI THE WEATHER REPORT 5-DAYFORECAST Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms Partly cloudy, a t-storm in spots Some sun with a thunderstorm Sun and clouds with a t-storm Sunshine mixing with clouds High:86Low:78High:86High:81High:83 AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel AccuWeather RealFeel Partly sunny High:84Low:78Low:76Low:70 AccuWeather RealFeel 101F The exclusive AccuWeather RealFeel Temperatureis an index that combines the effects of temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure, and elevation on the human body„everything that effects how warm or cold a person feels. Temperatures reflect the high and the low for the day. 83F 101-82F 90-78F 89-68F 87-67F Low:68 TODAYTONIGHTTHURSDAYFRIDAYSATURDAYSUNDAY ALMANAC High ..................................................86F/30C Low ....................................................76F/24C Normal high ......................................85F/30C Normal low ........................................73F/23C Last year's high ..................................91F/33C Last year's low ..................................79F/26C As of 2 p.m. yesterday ..................................0.00" Year to date ................................................34.28" Normal year to date ....................................41.52" Statistics are for Nassau through 2 p.m. yesterday Temperature Precipitation SUNANDMOON TIDESFORNASSAU First FullLast New Oct. 14Oct. 22Oct. 30Nov. 5Sunrise . . . 7:07 a.m. Sunset . . . 6:45 p.m. Moonrise . 12:57 p.m. Moonset . . 11:48 p.m. Today Thursday Friday Saturday HighHt.(ft.)LowHt.(ft.) 11:54 a.m.3.15:27 a.m.0.6 -----6:28 p.m.0.9 12:21 a.m.2.56:27 a.m.0.9 12:54 p.m.3.07:29 p.m.1.0 1:24 a.m.2.57:30 a.m.1.2 1:54 p.m.2.88:28 p.m.1.2 2:27 a.m.2.58:34 a.m.1.2 2:52 p.m.2.89:22 p.m.1.0 Sunday Monday Tuesday 3:25 a.m.2.59:34 a.m.1.2 3:45 p.m.2.710:09 p.m.1.0 4:15 a.m.2.610:27 a.m.1.0 4:31 p.m.2.710:50 p.m.0.9 4:59 a.m.2.811:14 a.m.0.9 5:14 p.m.2.711:28 p.m.0.7 MARINEFORECAST WINDSWAVESVISIBILITYWATER TEMPS. ABACO ANDROS CAT ISLAND CROOKED ISLAND ELEUTHERA FREEPORT GREAT EXUMA GREAT INAGUA LONG ISLAND MAYAGUANA NASSAU SAN SALVADOR RAGGED ISLAND Today:VAR at 3-6 Knots1-2 Feet7 Miles81F Thursday:NNW at 3-6 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles81F Today:E at 4-8 Knots1-3 Feet5 Miles82F Thursday:N at 4-8 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles82F Today:SSE at 6-12 Knots1-3 Feet7 Miles82F Thursday:SW at 3-6 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles82F Today:SSE at 6-12 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles83F Thursday:SE at 6-12 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles83F Today:VAR at 3-6 Knots1-3 Feet4 Miles82F Thursday:WNW at 4-8 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles82F Today:E at 4-8 Knots1-2 Feet7 Miles82F Thursday:N at 4-8 Knots0-1 Feet10 Miles82F Today:SE at 6-12 Knots1-3 Feet6 Miles81F Thursday:E at 3-6 Knots0-1 Feet10 Miles81F Today:E at 6-12 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles83F Thursday:ESE at 4-8 Knots1-3 Feet10 Miles83F Today:SSE at 6-12 Knots1-3 Feet5 Miles82F Thursday:SSE at 4-8 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles82F Today:E at 6-12 Knots2-4 Feet10 Miles84F Thursday:SSE at 7-14 Knots2-4 Feet6 Miles84F Today:E at 4-8 Knots1-2 Feet4 Miles83F Thursday:W at 4-8 Knots0-1 Feet6 Miles83F Today:SE at 6-12 Knots1-3 Feet5 Miles82F Thursday:SSE at 3-6 Knots1-2 Feet10 Miles82F Today:SE at 6-12 Knots1-3 Feet5 Miles82F Thursday:W at 3-6 Knots0-1 Feet10 Miles82F UV INDEXTODAY The higher the AccuWeather UV IndexTMnumber, the greater the need for eye and skin protection.Forecasts and graphics provided by AccuWeather, Inc. 2010 AccuWeather.com P A U L A PAULA 1 2 P M W e d P A U L A 12 PM T h u 1 2 P M S a t 1 2 P M F r i H Atlanta Atlanta Highs: 80F/27C Highs:80F/27C Kingston Kingston Highs: 89F/32C Highs:89F/32C Caracas Caracas Highs: 89F/32C Highs:89F/32C Panama City PanamaCity Highs: 88F/31C Highs:88F/31C Limon Limon Highs: 86F/30C Highs:86F/30C Managua Managua Highs: 89F/32C Highs:89F/32C Cozumel Cozumel Highs: 84F/29C Highs:84F/29C Belize Belize Highs: 87F/31C Highs:87F/31C Charlotte Charlotte Highs: 81F/27C Highs:81F/27C Charleston Charleston Highs: 86F/30C Highs:86F/30C Savannah Savannah Highs: 85F/29C Highs:85F/29C Pensacola Pensacola Highs: 85F/29C Highs:85F/29C Daytona Beach DaytonaBeach Highs: 84F/29C Highs:84F/29C Tampa Tampa Highs: 87F/31C Highs:87F/31C Freeport Freeport Highs: 81F/27C Highs:81F/27C Miami Miami Highs: 84F/29C Highs:84F/29C Nassau Nassau Highs: 86F/30C Highs:86F/30C Havana Havana Highs: 86F/30C Highs:86F/30C Santiago de Cuba SantiagodeCuba Highs: 87F/31C Highs:87F/31C San Juan SanJuan Highs: 88F/31C Highs:88F/31C Santa Santa Domingo Domingo Highs: 87F/31C Highs:87F/31C Trinidad Trinidad Tobago Tobago Highs: 91F/33C Highs:91F/33C Port-au-Prince Port-au-Prince Highs: 94F/34C Highs:94F/34C Cape Hatteras CapeHatteras Highs: 75F/24C Highs:75F/24C Aruba Curacao ArubaCuracao Highs: 91F/33C Highs:91F/33C Antigua Antigua Highs: 88F/31C Highs:88F/31C Barbados Barbados Highs: 87F/31C Highs:87F/31C Bermuda Bermuda Highs: 80F/27C Highs:80F/27C Atlanta Highs: 80F/27C Kingston Highs: 89F/32C Caracas Highs: 89F/32C Panama City Highs: 88F/31C Limon Highs: 86F/30C Managua Highs: 89F/32C Cozumel Highs: 84F/29C Belize Highs: 87F/31C Charlotte Highs: 81F/27C Charleston Highs: 86F/30C Savannah Highs: 85F/29C Pensacola Highs: 85F/29C Daytona Beach Highs: 84F/29C Tampa Highs: 87F/31C Freeport Highs: 81F/27C Miami Highs: 84F/29C Nassau Highs: 86F/30C Havana Highs: 86F/30C Santiago de Cuba Highs: 87F/31C San Juan Highs: 88F/31C Santa Domingo Highs: 87F/31C Trinidad Tobago Highs: 91F/33C Port-au-Prince Highs: 94F/34C Cape Hatteras Highs: 75F/24C Aruba Curacao Highs: 91F/33C Antigua Highs: 88F/31C Barbados Highs: 87F/31C Bermuda Highs: 80F/27C INSURANCEMANAGEMENTTRACKINGMAP Showers Warm Cold Stationary Rain T-storms Flurries Snow Ice Shown is today's weather. Temperatures are today's highs and tonight's lows. N S EW S E 7-14 knots N S E W 3-6 knots N S EW E E E E W 4-8 knots N S EW S E 6-12 knots N S EW S E 6-12 knots N S EW S E 7-14 knots N S EW S E 6-12 knots N S EW E E E E W 4-8 knots Fam Fest 2010 was held over the weekend at Clifford Park as part of Carifringean annual ten day regional arts and culture festival designed to showcase a crosssection of Bahamian and Carribean arts. Performers at the FAM FEST Concert included special guests such as Papa San, Marvin Winans Jr and Sherwin Gardner, as well as local artists; Christian Massive, Ricardo Clarke, Mr Lynx and many more. SCENES FROM FAM FEST 2010 PHOTOS/FELIPE MAJOR/TRIBUNE STAFF

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C M Y K C M Y K INSIDE Scenes from Fam Fest 2010See page 11WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2010Making the most out of AvocadosSee page nine By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer G RAND Bahama artist Claudette Dean is channeling intimate peace, intuitive awareness of her inner being and the outside world in an exhibition titled Inner SanctumŽ. nnerum sancit It is her belief that there is an inner sanctum in all of us just waiting to joyfully burst. The delicate relationship between the artist's inner and outer world is the central idea on which each piece in this collection was created. The outer world is expressed through personal introspective pieces such as the Inward Journey and Wings. Both are self portraits that unleash a passionate vulnerability which contrast with her portrayal of an inner world.DepictionThe beautiful style of the portraits contradicts the fact that they are personal and the touch of realistic emotions depict sensitivity and it's strength brings a warmth and compassion to the work. A painting of the lotus flower, is symbolic and is connected to the self portraits. In it's carefully thought out context, the lotus represents the inner world hope for an internal flowering, awakening. There is luminosity to Dean's renderings of the lotus, a depth that is beyond the imagery. Dean also allows the flower to reveal its layers of meaning. She creates a subtle personification of nature, which allows the essential nature and forms of the flower to become almost an abstraction. There is also a deep sense of joy and playfulness that skips through all the paintings of the lotus. The exhibition as a complete set of work offers us an insight to the relationship between substance and fey, between life and death. Originally from Canada, Claudette Dean has been calling the Bahamas home since 1979. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Windsor and continued her studies in French Literature at the University of Nice in the South of France. She has studied with acclaimed Bahamian artist and sculptor, Antonius Roberts, and in the US with Selina Trieff, one of the original artists from the New York based figurative expressionist movement of the early 1950s. She is endlessly intrigued by the human figure, the human psyche, the human spirit, and all of their multifaceted intricacies. It brings her great pleasure to be able to share her particular brand of beauty, through art, beauty, The exhibition is part of the Carifringe Festival and will be up at Popop Studios until November 20. Inner Sanctum is opened from 6 9pm. Claudette DeanTHIN LINE : Claudette Deans latest exhibition Inner Sanctum captures the delicate relationship between the artists inner and outer worlds. TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Tribune SECTIONB


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