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 PLP group wants 4 House seats added C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 107 No.14TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND WINDY HIGH 72F LOW 61F F E A T U R E S SEEWOMANSECTION S P O R T S SEESECTIONE Big and beautiful SAC flies past Aquinas By PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter p email@example.com A SEGMENT within the Progressive Liberal Party has developed a draft submission calling for the creation of four additional seats t o be added to the current c omplement of the House of Assembly, bringing the total number of seats in the L ower Chamber to 45 b efore the next general election. Submitted as a draft pro posal, the paper outlines that the Constitution of the Bahamas requires that the House of Assembly must be comprised of no less than 38 members, and that the num ber of voters entitled to vote f or the purpose of electing a Member of Parliament shall as far as is reasonably prac ticable be the same. I t is against this backdrop t hat the submission recommends the creation of three seats in Abaco, up from the c urrent two, maintaining six s eats in Grand Bahama, but removing Bimini from West End; creating a new seat for Bimini and the Berry Islands and creating three seats for Eleuthera up from the current two; maintain two seats in Andros (less Bimini ating two seats in Exuma, creating one seat for Ack lins, Crooked Island, and Segment in par ty seeks addition bef or e election McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM www.fidelitygroup.comCall 356.7764today! Fall in love again with a Fidelity Fast Track car loan. FidelityBank FastTrack Loan BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page eight TREELIGHTING: Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade (left lights on at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony held yesterday at the police headquarters. The Royal Bahamas Police Force Combined Youth Band (above AMERICAN rapper Young Jeezy was arrested and released by police hours before headlining a highly anticipated concert in west ern New Providence. Police confirmed that the Atanta-based rapper, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, was arrested after an incident in Fox Hill, then taken to the Wulff Road police station for booking on Saturday. "He was here with us a short while, he passed through the station briefly AMERIC AN RAPPER WAS ARRESTED, RELEASED BEFORE BAHAMAS CONCERT SEE page nine By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THERE are several problems with the all-inclu sive model of resort devel opment in the Bahamas, said a local tourism expert, but not all of the criticism is valid. Perry Christie, leader of the opposition, raised the issue last week, in an Exuma radio interview, when he addressed local concerns about Sandals Emerald Bay. Mr Christie said the gov ernment should investigate the concerns of residents about low wages and poor trickle down, and examine ways to make all-inclu sive resorts work more effectively in the Family Islands. He referred to the chal lenges encountered in the past by Club Med in Eleuthera and San Sal vador, and raised questions about the all-inclusive model. Vincent VanderpoolWallace, Minister of Tourism, said there is a pervasive mythology surT OURISM EXPERT RESPONDS TO ALL-INCLUSIVE MODEL CRITICISM By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com UNITED States Congress representative Fred erica Wilson is making a fashion buzz with what she calls her Bahamian influ enced hat style. Ms Wilson, who is named after her Bahamian grandmother, told the National Journal that her "trademark headgear was inspired by her grandmother, who wore similar hats as part of a cultural tradition in her native Bahamas." In the Miami Herald Wilson is quoted as saying, "It's my heritage." In the Bahamas, ladies always BAHAMIAN CULTURE INSPIRES US CONGRESSWOMANS HAT FASHION SEE page eight SEE page nine FASHIONBUZZ: Frederica Wilson REPORTS reached The Tribune late last night of a triple shooting on Abaco that left a man dead and two women injured. The women were airlifted to a hospital in Nassau following the incident which happened just after 6pm. A team of officers from the Central Detective Unit are on their way from the capital to assist their colleagues. Man killed in tr iple shooting F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f POLICE BRAN CH OUT F OR TREE LIGHTING
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By MEGAN REYNOLDS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org O UTSTANDING filmmakers praised the Bahamas International Film Festival as one of the best in the world as they were honoured at the closing night a wards ceremony in the Atlantis theatre on Sunday. And Bahamian filmmaker Gust avius Smith made the nation p roud as he won the most hotly c ontested prize for Best Short F ilm. T he Spirit of Freedom Narrat ive and Audience Choice Award went to Academy Award nominated movie Atletu (The Ath lete) about legendary Ethiopian runner Abebe Bikila, who became the first black African to win an Olympic gold medal when h e ran the marathon barefoot t hrough the streets of Rome in 1960. F irst-time Ethiopian filmmaker R asselas Lakew who co-wrote, c o-directed, co-produced and starred in the movie, paid tributeto his national hero as he accepte d the awards. It has always been my dream to share a story from my country with the world, Mr Lakew said. Showing it in a small place, that is very warm and soulful, makes my day. I will always remember this f estival as a platform that made a ll the efforts to put all the filmmakers together in the same p lace. This is one place where I saw a lot of films and I will definitely remember it, and I will definitely be coming back here. The Spirit of Freedom Documentary Award went to Budrus, a d ocumentary about how a young man and his daughter founded a g rowing movement to unite Palestinian political factions and Israelis to save their village from destruction by Israels Separation Barrier. J urors also gave special a mention to Bouncing Cats, an inspiri ng documentary of one mans attempt to use the power of hiphop for positive social change inU ganda. Winner of the best short film this year was Contact Zone, a submission by emerging Bahami a n talent and previous winner of BIFFs $10,000 Filmmaker Residency Programme prize Gustavius Smith. The 14 minute movie about the curator of a New York City artg allerys one night stand with a janitor on the opening night ofa n exhibition prevailed over the 3 8 entries including those by award-winning directors. B ahamas Film Commissioner C raig Woods, one of three on the short films jury panel, said Contact Zone: Opened the door to discuss the topic of race in a very human and thoughtful way. Relations The short film jury panel also g ave special mention to the short D iplomacy, a study of relations b etween the United States and Iran, while Mr Woods said hisp ersonal favourite short was Frog I n The Well, by Japanese filmmaker Ken Ochiai. American film Hello Lonesome won BIFFs New Visions Award, and American writer, director and producer of the film Adam Reid praised BIFF as one of the b est festivals in the world when a ccepting the honour from BIFF founder and executive director L eslie Vanderpool. H e told the packed audience of a round 500 film lovers: I have been to a lot of festivals this year and I havent had an experiencel ike this, and I havent left a fest ival feeling so loved and wanting to collaborate and connect withm y peers, and thats something I h avent experienced for a long, long time, so thank you Leslie, this means a lot to me. BIFF also assisted six aspiring screenwriters from all over the world in its Filmmaker Residency Programme this year, with i ndustry professionals including p rolific writer, director and prod ucer Wil Shriner and actor Raym ond Forchion reviewing and i mproving their submissions. A merican writer Mark Cerulli won the top prize for his script, Sunburn. As he thanked BIFF, Mr Cerulli said: It really is better in the Bahamas, Im blown away. The hospitality was amazing, w orking with the mentors and meeting other writers was such a wonderful experience, I t hought that was the prize, but t his is really the icing on the c ake. A group of CR Walker students won the $500 Green Reelp rize awarded by The Nature Conservancy for their short film Breaking News, a spoof newsp rogramme highlighting the important environmental issues of non-native invasive species in the Bahamas; casuarina trees and lionfish, and the problem of stray dogs. Following the awards present ation closing night film, The K ings Speech, was shown. T he movie took the top prize a nd five awards in total at the B ritish Independent Film Awards i n London. Performance C olin Firth won best actor for his moving performance as King George VI, a portrayal that hasp ut him on Oscar tip-lists; Helena Bonham Carter was named b est supporting actress for her role as Elizabeth; while Geoffrey Rush won best supporting actor f or his performance as the eccentric and unusual Lionel Logue, the therapist who helps the king. American screenwriter David S eidler won the best screenwriter p rize, and the film won Best Pic ture at the 13th annual British Independent Film Awards (BIFAs D IRECTOR GENERA L OF TOURISMDavid Johnson touted the Bahamas recent film suc cess, including a recent award for the ministry, as the Seventh Annual Bahamas International Film Festival featured more than five dozen films from December 1 to 5. Mr Johnson pointed out that the festival showed three of the 14 films generated through his ministrys promotional cam paign, the 14 Islands Film Challenge. The Challenge generated much publicity in the United Kingdom, culminating with the Bahamas Tourist Office in London winning a prestigious Travolution Award for Best Use of Social Media in connection with the project. Over these five days, 65 films were showcased, Mr Johnson said. More than a dozen of these are films m ade in the Bahamas, a bout the Bahamas or by Bahamians. Three of the festivals films are shorts made by UK filmmakers who participated in the 14 Islands Film Challenge, a brilliant promotional campaign that has been a triumph in the United Kingdom for the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. It is certainly good news that more Bahamian audiences will get to see screenings of these films that have been so widely accepted in the UK. Mr Johnson said the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation was pleased to have been a founding sponsor of the festival. Over the years, the Ministry of Tourism and Avia tion has contributed more than $1.5 million to BIFF. It is estimated that the country has received $15.7 million worth of world wide publicity from BIFF. Bahamas International Film Festival one of the best in the world T ourism official touts Bahamas film success TOURISM OFFICIALS LEND THEIR SUPPORT TO BIFF :Pictured (from left Film Commissioner, Craig Woods; BIFF Executive Director Leslie V anderpool and Tourism Director General, David Johnson. D e r e k S m i t h / B I S CLOSINGNIGHTFILM: Colin Firth portrays King George VI, left, and Helena Bonh am Carter portrays the Queen Mother in a scene from The King's Speech. Colin Firth won best actor for his performance and Helena Bonham Carter was named best supporting actress at the British Independent Film Awards in London. The Weinstein Company, Laurie Sparham /AP W INNER o f the best short film this y ear was Contact Zone, a submiss ion by emerging Bahamian talent Gustavius Smith. INDEX MAIN SECTION Local News................P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 Editorial/Letters.........................................P4 Advt........................................................P12 BUSINESS/WOMAN SECTION Business...............................P1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 W oman.......................................P9,10,11,12 SPORTS SECTION Spor ts.....................................P1,2,3,4,5,7,8 Comics......................................................P6 CLASSIFIED SECTION 32 P AGES
WITH the aim of creati ng more tourism ambassadors in the country, People to People one of the M inistry of Tourism and A viations most enduring p rogrammes is being updated with new initia-t ives and revamped operat ions. Chief among the new initiatives is a public awareness and recruitment drive, said Bernadette Bastian, People to Peoples new manager. Presently, we have a g ood corps of ambassadors throughout the country. First of all, we want toe nsure that they are all e xcited about the pro gramme and ready to con tinue to share great experiences with our visitors, MsB astian said. Secondly, we want to attract other, personableB ahamian residents to host our guests and introduce them to the intricacies of Bahamian life. I n order to facilitate awareness and to introduce p otential candidates to the role of tourism ambassador, People to People has p lanned a special event for v eteran and potential prog ramme participants. The People to People M ix and Mingle is schedu led for Thursday evening at the National Arts Gallery of the Bahamas. In addition, the awareness campaign will feature newly produced television advertisements. T he advertisements will e xplain the programme and the rewards it extends to ambassadors and guests,M s Bastian said. We think it is truly inspirational, and it will give some helpful information to those who want tod o something tangible to advance this country while enjoying the company ofo ur visitors, she said. Ms Bastian said there also will be enhancements to the monthly People toP eople tea parties at Gov ernment House. She said various tea parties will take on themesf rom specific islands to emphasise that the Bahamas is much more than Nassau and ParadiseI sland. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM AN INFORMALsurvey on violent crime revealed that young Bahamians fear being shot above all other forms of crime, followed by their fear of being stabbed or being raped. Perhaps surprisingly, the survey revealed that a relatively large number of the male participants listed rape as one of their foremost fears. S elf-defence expert D'Arcy Rahming, c hief instructor at the All Star Family C entre, recently conducted the violent c rime survey amongst Bahamians aged 1 8 to 22. The survey was a class project for students of All Star to determine what type of violent crime attack persons are afraid of the most and to design a self-defence course in response to alleviate someof their fears. More than 150 persons participated in the survey, which was non-scientific, but nevertheless yielded some interesting results. S urvey participants were asked the q uestion "What type of violent crime a ttack do you fear?" N ot surprisingly topping the list was b eing shot. Second on the list was being stabbed and third was rape. In fact, about 12 per cent of men stated being raped as their top concern. Being attacked by more than one attacker was also a concern. "I designed an online self defence course around these factors so that anybody regardless of their physical condition could benefit. The free video seminar is c alled "Stop Living in Fear: seven stays afe secrets that muggers, rapists and viol ent criminals do not want you to know, s aid Mr Rahming, who is a 9th degree b lack belt and internationally renowned seminar speaker. SURVEY RESULTS Q uestion: What violent crime attack do y ou fear the most? ATTACKMALEFEMALECOMBINED SHOT...........31..............22..................53 STABBED....26..............19..................45 R APED..........9..............21..................30 C HOKED.......3...............9 .................12 GANGED......8................3..................11 PUNCHED.....1................7....................8 SLAPPED......0................2....................2 THE annual Christmas tree lighting took place in Fox Hill on Sunday. Each year, the Fox Hill parade grounds are lit from stem to stern. This year, Jan Davis of the Village Con venience Store and Davis Enterprises and her team used a green and yellow motif to light the tree which is supplied by Ken Perigord Enterprises. The tree lighting is organised by the Fox Hill Festival Committee headed by Maurice Tynes and a team of Fox Hillians. They name the tree each year after a prominent Fox Hillian. This year, the committee chose Mildred Edgecombe, a civic activist and mother. Ms Edgecombe had the honour of turning on the lights which lit the park. The Doris Johnson Senior High School Band under the direction of Aaron Neely provided the entertainment for those attend ing the tree-lighting ceremony. (Photo by Fox Hill Media FOX HILL LIGHTS UP FOR CHRISTMAS Young Bahamians biggest crime fear is being shot Ministrs People to People venture making new progress T EA TIME: G uests enjoy the monthly People to People tea party at Government House. B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter d email@example.com FREEPORT A man, remanded to Fox Hill Prison following an arraignment on Monday in the Eight Mile Rock Magistrates Court, escaped while police were prepar ing for his transportation. He was later recaptured. Jamaal Deloach, 22, of Seagrape, Eight Mile Rock, was charged with three counts of housebreaking and two counts of stealing before Magistrate Gwen Claude. He pleaded not guilty to the offences and elected summary trial. Magistrate Claude remanded Deloach to Her Majestys Prison, Fox Hill and adjourned the matter to January 13, 2011. Deloach, while in police custody, was being taken to Freeport for further processing when he escaped from the officers preparing to transport him. He was later apprehended by officers in the Jones Town area. SHOOTING CHARGE A 34-year-old Eight Mile Rock man was a rraigned in connection with shooting and injuring a man over the weekend in that settlement. Joel Saltine, a resident of Martin Town, appeared before Magistrate Gwen Claude charged with causing harm. It is alleged that on December 3, the accused caused harm to another male resident of Eight Mile Rock by shooting him in his leg. Saltine pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted $2,500 bail with one or two sureties. The matter was adjourned to February 9, 2011 for trial. MAN IN ESC APE BID AFTER ARRAIGNMENT
By ELAN ERA JOHN Panos Caribbean HOMOSEXUALmen in Guyana are still finding it difficult to live free from fear of stigma and discrimination. These are everyday parts of their lives whether at s chool, work or accessing services from hospitals or transportation service p roviders. Kobe, a young openly homosexual man, said his e xperience with stigma and d iscrimination goes way b ack to his childhood when he was bullied and harassed. Being in school, having p ersons tell you or trouble you and you would have to shift to doing certain things. He explains some of the shifts he is forced to make to avoid the harassment. If I see a set of guys limi ng at a corner I would walk a round or take the longer route if that was the shorter r oute (to avoid passing t here). If I go back home right now to where I am from in Berbice I would experiencea great deal of stigma in terms of verbal words. Most of the stigma that I receive is verbal words, he said. K obe said that although he has overcome being affected by words, some p eople take their attacks furt her than that. He said that u p to the day before (being interviewed) while he was speaking on his cell phone, five young men were passing and one of them picked up a b ottle to toss at him. I stop at the time and I s tand up, waiting to see if they were going to shy (hitm e with the bottle. When they realised that I am s tanding up there they start t o say, Oh, I am getting b rave, and that sort of thing, he said. H e added that the day b efore that incident he was actually pelted with a bottle by another set of 20-something-year-old guys. He said that most of the harassment that he receives would be in the form of peop le smiling in a mocking m anner or nasty comments f rom older people. K obe works in a health f acility. He says a lot of peop le know who he is. He thinks that because of this, he is able to access services quite comfortably, despite the occasional gesticulations from persons. But, the worst forms of d iscrimination come when he seeks access to public transportation. You find that bus cond uctors and drivers may not s top to pick you up, or upon discovering the persons ori-e ntation may not want that p erson in the bus. I go to shop and I get sold, I get (attended to taxi drivers, you have a big issue where they might not want to pick you up. They m ay slow down when f lagged down but when they s ee who you are they drive away, he said. H e said that he has never confronted a transportation p rovider to know why he w as asked to exit the bus. I nstead he would simply comply with the demand tol eave the car or bus. But t here was one time when the minibus operator objected to him being in the bus and other passengers in support exited the bus also. Kobe said that the problem has been escalating of late and it h as been costing him money t o move around. O penly gay men have m ore difficulties when it c omes to employment. A ccording to Kobe they sometimes have to be somebody else before they are given employment because of employers requirements for dress code. Lots of young gay flamb oyant men are unemployed because of this, and this may lead to them engaging in t ransactional sex. They m ay not go out there at n ight, but engage in it right in their homes. In theirm inds it is not sex work. T hey do it occasionally to get income to (supplement support from family, Kobe explained. Gay men do experience sexual assaults. R elating to an incident e arlier in his life, Kobe said t hat when he was gangraped, he could not go tot he police nor could he tell his parents, because of the f ear of stigma and discrimin ation. When I got home I didnt tell my family anything, Ij ust told them I got robbed a nd dropped the matter, Kobe said. The same is about telling the story over and overand then to get the reaction from the police, a laugh or a smirk or a smile, a nd the questions that they a sk, he said. T oday, Kobe is part of the G uyana Rainbow Foundat ion and is also affiliated w ith the Society against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD He also has a youth community based organisation called Diverse Youth Movement which looks at issues in t he younger Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgen dered (LGBT H is organisation looks at p ersonal development and c apacity building for young persons. He said thatb ecause the Guyana Rain b ow Foundation is fairly new, they have not approached agencies for assistance with funding to l ook at social cohesion and conflict resolution. I am now finishing the governance manual for the organisation and once that is off, (we will be moving ahead). We are registered w ith the Ministry of Culture Y outh and Sport. Now we a re starting the work, we are d oing some personal work, he said. A ccording to Kobe the Ministry of Health has been g reatly involving the youth group in its programmes and initiatives in terms of H IV/AIDS in Guyana. Director of the National A IDS Programme Secretariat (NAPS Singh, said that the agencyw orks with groups like Kobes, providing funding f or advocacy and training. There is also a coordinating committee at the nationa l level that brings together all the NGOs that work with c ommercial sex workers and with men who have sex with men once every quarter t o discuss with them whether things are going well. Groups that have a focus on the LGBT community have been able to benefit from funding under the project to be able to do work among their members, she said, noting that this is done t hrough an arrangement s imilar to the groups that w ork with the female comm ercial sex workers. Dr Singh said that from a h ealth sector perspective it is very difficult for NAPS to i nfiltrate those communities and hence the use of the NGOs whose members may h ave the trust of the community that they are worki ng with. Kobe is trying to make a difference through hisg roups advocacy work because of his experiences a nd those of people he knows in his community. We want to work in the s chools and homes because we have young men who h ave been placed out of their homes because of their statuspeople dont wantt o come out because they are afraid of the stigma, he said. C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 6, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Gay bashing in Georgetown A gay man shares his experiences P ANOS C ARIBBEAN R EPORT Y Y o o u u f f i i n n d d t t h h a a t t b b u u s s c c o o n n d d u u c c t t o o r r s s a a n n d d d d r r i i v v e e r r s s m m a a y y n n o o t t s s t t o o p p t t o o p p i i c c k k y y o o u u u u p p , o o r r u u p p o o n n d d i i s s c c o o v v e e r r i i n n g g t t h h e e p p e e r r s s o o n n s s o o r r i i e e n n t t a a t t i i o o n n m m a a y y n n o o t t w w a a n n t t t t h h a a t t p p e e r r s s o o n n i i n n t t h h e e b b u u s s . K INGSTON, Jamaica A MEMBERof a gay rights group in Jamaica has been found stabbed tod eath and the Caribbean country's sole homosexual advocacy group said Sunday that it could be a hate crime, according to Associated Press. The body of the 26-year-old man was discovered Friday behind an insurance company building in Kingston, the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays said. Dane Lewis, the advocacy group's d irector, said the victim's name could n ot be released because his relatives had not been notified of his slaying. In a statement, the advocacy group mourned the slain man and calledf or a full investigation by Jamaican security forces. "While the reason behind his death is not yet known, allegations are that his life had been under threat for some time," the organization said. Police did not immediately return calls Sunday seeking information on the investigation into the killing. Gays and their advocates say Jamaica is by far the most hostile i sland toward homosexuals in the a lready conservative Caribbean. They say gays, especially those in poor communities, suffer frequent abuse. B ut they have little recourse because of anti-gay stigma and a sodomy law banning sex between men. Many people in the highly Christ ian nation perceive homosexuality as a sin and insist violence against gays is blown out of proportion by gay activists. Some say Jamaica tolerates homosexuality as long as it is not advert ised. Activist: Member of Jamaica gay rights group slain KINGSTON, Jamaica EFFORTSare under way to clean up an oil spill in the harbor of Jamaica's capital, according to Associated Press. The island's emergency management agency says the slick in Kingston Har bor is located between an oil refinery and a power station. The agency said in a news release Sunday that police are investigating the origin of the spill, which was discovered Saturday. Officials say the oil contamination was being cleared up and had had no direct impact on the city itself. However, it was not immediately clear how much fuel had spilled into the water. Authorities are still investigating a Nov. 22 spill in the capital's harbor, the seventhlargest natural harbor in the world. Oil spill in Kingston Harbour is pr obed
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Public is hereby advised that I, MICHDRIANA DAMAS,of P.O. Box SS-6713, Hanna Road, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to MICHDRIANA CLARKE.If there are any objections to this change of n ame by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport Ofcer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30 of this notice. I NTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLLPUBLIC NOTICE WITH crime being a problem that significantly impacts inner-city children, the Bahamas Sailing Association hopes that their teaching programme can get kids off the streets and give them a sense of pride in their accomplishments. For the past six years, the Bahamas Sailing Association has been teaching children from inner-city communities in New Providence the joys of sailing. Sailing is now part of the curriculum in three public schools, with participation by over 80 students. A nd the Association's eight-week s ummer camp trains more than a hundred children annually from 29 s chools in Nassau and the Family I slands. Our year-round school sports and s ummer camp programmes collect ively delivered more than 3,000 instructed sailing sessions to young B ahamians during 2009 and to date we have had nearly 900 kids pass through the Association's camps," said sailing operations director Jimmy Lowe. "We also have a regatta programme that teaches competitive sailing for t hose with the appropriate skills and i nterest, including entry into local and overseas regattas. T he Bahamas' first Olympic medals ( Gold and Bronze) were won in sail i ng events in the 1960s. And Bahamian sailors continue to compete on a regular basis in majori nternational regattas. A major goal of the Association is to broaden the number of Bahamian sailors through development of the National Sailing School, which uses the facilities of the Nassau Yacht Clubat no cost. "But more importantly, we are try i ng to positively impact our young people, one student at a time, through this educational outreach. Sailing builds seamanship, integrity, discipline, fair play and respect for others, all of which can contribute to the growth and maturity of an individual," Mr Lowe said. The Association's activities are o rganised by unpaid volunteers, but t here are two paid full-time instructors, together with the additional temp orary instructors employed during s ummer camps. All activities are funded by donations, which go directly into teaching the children. T he Association was founded in 1952 and is recognised as the national sailing authority by the Interna tional Sailing Federation, the Bahamas Olympic Organising Committee, the Ministry of Sports and the P an American Games Sailing Assoc iation. Pictured from left: East Nassau Rotary Club President Joanne S mith presents Association Director J immy Lowe with a contribution to help fund the annual children's summer camp. The Rotary Club also heard from s ailing champion Pedro Rahming, who told us of his love of sailing and thanked members for the opportuni ty to sail. T HE Nassau Renaissance Singers, under the direction o f musical director Audrey Dean-Wright, return to perform at the Government House Ballroom this weekend. Under the patronage of Governor General Sir Arthur and Lady Joan Foulkes, the choir will present A Concert for Christmas this Saturday and Sunday at 8pm. At the conclusion of the performance, the singers will join the audience for the traditional after-concert wine a nd chat. Over the years, the Renaissance Singers have ushered in the traditional annual Christmas festivities for many in the Bahamas. This years concert promises to be no different. The programme includes classical and traditional C hristmas music as well as songs from around the r egion. M usic in the style of which former choir director E Clement Bethel was noted for will also be featured. The choir currently boasts a mix of veteran and new members, and this year will feature some of the young a rtists of the Bahamas as special guests. G uest artists include Nikita Wells on Saturday, Dicey D oh Boys on both nights, and Osano Neeley on Sunday. This year, the choir said, it is grateful to have wellknown musician Raymond Antionio accompany themo n the piano. Tickets for the Nassau Renaissance Singers concert may be purchased from Logos Bookstore at the Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza, East Bay Street or from choir m embers. Proceeds from the concert to benefit Nassau Renaissance Singers Scholarship Fund. A ONCERT FOR CHRISTMAS Programme aims to teach children the joys of sailing (L-R president Joanne Smith presents Bahamas Sailing Association director Jimmy Lowe with a contribution to help fund the annual children's summer camp. The Rotary Club also heard from sailing champion Pedro Rahming, who told us of his love of sailing and thanked members for the opportunity to sail. TORTOLA, B ritish Virgin Islands A MOTORBOAToverloaded with Haitian migrants slammed into a reef off the British Virgin Islands and cap s ized Monday as it tried to evade authorities. Five people were killed, including two infants, according to Associated Press. The 30-foot (9-meter was carrying more than 30 people when it struck the reef off the southern coast of Tortola, said British Virgin Islands Cus toms Comptroller Wade Smith. The exact number of passengers was unknown as authorities continued searching for more victims or survivors, Smith said. Authorities in the British t erritory detained 28 survivors a s suspected illegal migrants, including six who were hospitalized with undisclosedi njuries, said police spokeswoman Dianne Drayton. The boat had apparently d eparted from Dutch St. Maarten and was trying to illegally enter British territory about midnight, Smith said. M ost of the migrants were from Haiti but officials have not established the nationality of everyone on board, said Ricardo Castrodad, a spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard, which was assisting with the search. The British Virgin Islands is home to a relatively small community of Haitian migrants but they typically enter either by mistake abandoned by s mugglers on one of the many i slands that make up the chain or as they try to reach the nearby U.S. Virgin Islands. A Dutch coast guard plane spotted the vessel and alerted other authorities in the region.T he U.S. Coast Guard dispatched a Puerto Rico-based ship that was about a mile (1.6 kilometers) from the migrantsw hen their boat hit the reef, Castrodad said. The boat overturned in Paraquita Bay, which is noto riously tricky to navigate even in daylight because of the extensive network of reefs in the area, said Phil Aspinal, president of the Virgin Islands Search and Rescue, a volunteer group helping to find sur vivors. Migrant boat capsizes in Br itish Virgin Islands
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM rounding an all-inclusive resort that does not matchup to the reality. I dont think it has much to do with a specific model. I think it has to do with the f act that in terms of any Family Island destination it is much more difficult in t erms of access. Club Med solved their access issues by getting airlift directly to t heir destination from F lorida and France, said M r Vanderpool Wallace. I n order for any property t o do well it has to have a s teady supply of low cost high quality airlift, said the Minister. Sandals recog nised this and has already generated non-stop flights from Toronto, Miami and Atlanta. This is an item that has b een missed for decades. This is the primary issue. W hen you find yourself in a s ituation where it is less e xpensive to fly beyond the Bahamas than to the Bahamas you make your-s elf uncompetitive. Fixing the access problem is not easy, but the problem is access, he said. As for benefits to the community, he said government studies show the s pend of people in all-inclus ive in Nassau is about 80 per cent of the spend of those in room only resorts,o therwise known as European Plan (EP said this suggests the prob lem is not specific to the m odel. The mythological is e xactly that, said Mr Vand erpool-Wallace, and it i mpacts popular opinion a bout cruise ships as well. Cruise ships make more m oney selling tours than keeping people on board. They love to sell tours, he said. The larger issues to consider, he said, are the challenges of creating opportunities for people in a n all-inclusive to leave, stimulating interest in the destination as a whole, and c reating more affordable a ccess, whether by air or s ea. If that is stimulated by an all-inclusive then so bei t, because all of the other properties will begin to benefit from it. The reality is, in many cases the all-i nclusive is what gets it started, said Mr Vanderpool-Wallace. A local tourism expert a greed that in the case of S andals, and any all-inclus ive, there is no incentive t o keep people on the prope rty. In fact, (Butch Stewart would prefer the breakage, because it would in effect save him money. As for tourist spending, she said, visitors would have no problem spending a dditional cash or credit outside of the hotel if the community gave them a r eason to do so. There is a cultural shift t hat has to be made in Exuma for them to be able to take full advantage of anyd evelopment. Butch Stew art is working very, very hard to deliver visitors to his property, she said. I t is not his job to create opportunities in the community or to stimulate the interest, she said. There are people who t hink all-inclusives are the scourge of this country, and people who think they are fantastic. At the end of the day we have to have that variety because that is what v isitors demand. We cant be all or nothing. We have the potential to have more, b ut it has to be an all-inclus ive that understands the c hallenges dealing with i nfrastructure costs and the o ther input costs, and they h ave to be very targeted in their market, said the tourism expert. The all-inclusive model by its very nature requires that the inputs infrastruc ture, labour, food, drinks a re low cost. There is nothing in the Bahamas that is low cost. That model is c ompletely inconsistent w ith the infrastructure that w e have here in the Bahamas. It is not about whether t hat model is appropriate for Exuma, Eleuthera or any Family Island, except that the cost of everything is even more expensive in the other islands, because w e dont have many in Nassau either. They are not meant to survive on the basis of the cost of the infrastructure in this country, she said. W hile the Bahamas has the capacity for more allinclusives it is not likely the m odel will catch on like it h as in Jamaica, Puerto Rico a nd other more low-cost d estinations, said the s ource. T hose destinations are favourable for all-inclusives, considering they growa lot of their own food, manufacture their own beers and rums and have low labour cost. Our labour force is better paid than anywhere in the region, except probab ly Bermuda, she said. It i s not surprising that Exum a residents have complaints about the minimumw age earned by many at S andals. The high-end brand could have created unrealistic expectations. She suggest high end resorts are the only type of large-scale developments t hat could be delivered to Family Islands, because the market capable of affording those destinations is high end consumers. You have to seek a cust omer that is able and willing to pay more. The product has to be p erceived to be high-end to j ustify the higher spend, s he said. F our Seasons was also b uilt with the intention of b eing an upscale property, but it had a different strategy than Sandals. As an isolated hotel with an expensive golf course, and planned casi no, she said Four Seasonsi ntended to situate itself in a community of private residences that would supplem ent the 292 hotel room i nventory and support the r estaurants, marina, golf course and other amenities. P art of the failure was t he fact that the community never happened, she said, and the 292 rooms were never enough. Tourism expert responds to all-inclusive model criticism FROM page one ALL-INCLUSIVEMODEL: Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace and Perry Christie Long Cay, and another seat for Inagua and Mayaguana. Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador, they recommended should remain as one seat, as well as Long Island and Ragged Island in their current state. The report continued that Abacos three seats is predicated on a May 2010 Census population of 16,692 persons. Based on extrapolation from the 2002 population and the number registered voters for the 2002 Register of Voters, it is suggested that 45 per cent of Abacos popula tion are voting age citizens. This would pro duce 7,600 electors for 2010. The average number of electors for the two central and southern seats would be 2,600 with the northern seat at 2,400 electors. The proposed Bimini and the Berry Islands seat represents recognition of pop ulation growth over the period 2000 through to 2010 by 16 per cent and the lack of scheduled transport between the various islands. Based on a 2010 population of 2,800 and a probable 48 per cent of the residents being citizen electors, this constituency would have 1,350 electors, similar to the three island seat of Cat Island, Rum Cay and San Salvador. Exuma experienced a doubling of its population during the ten year period between the taking of a national census in 2000 and another in 2010, growing from a population in 2000 of 3,571 to a population of 7,314 in 2010. Electors increased from 1,966 in 2002 to 2,800 in 2007 a phenomenal increase of more than 42 per cent. The island chain stretches more than 150 miles from the northernmost inhabited cay to the most southern settlement on Little Exuma. In fact, with a projection of more than 4,000 electors presently resident throughout the mainland and cays a case could even be made for three seats but parity of electors with Eleuthera and Andros is recommended, resulting in two seats for Exuma, ther eport read. While some of the reasoning behind such a proposal may seem plausible, it is highly unlikely that such arguments will carry any weight with the Boundaries Commission after Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham scraped any idea of the creation of additional seats. During an interview on the Exuma Breeze radio programme on November 25, Mr Ingraham said that he saw no need to increase the number of seats in the House of Assembly. In fact, Mr Ingraham said he is actually of the mind to decrease the number of seats. He said: In terms of the configuration of seats, when you take into account the population of New Providence, the population of Grand Bahama, the population of Abaco, the population of Eleuthera, and then Exuma, one has to determine how many of the 16 seats that are not in New Providence can be given to any one island. When we came into office we met Abaco with three seats and determined that Abaco could not justify three seats in relation to the total. The same thing applied to Long Island, Bimini and the Berries, and so, no I do not think it is reasonable for Exuma to expect to get another seat in the House of Assembly. I think it is reasonable for Exuma to make its local government work, and where it thinks it ought to be delegated additional authority from the central government so that these matters can be handled by local authorities in Exuma, it ought to do that. But in terms of representation in Parlia ment, no, one seat is enough for Exuma in terms of its population and size notwithstanding its geography, Mr Ingraham said. PLP group want House seats added FROM page one Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbour hoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM -RE9DFDQF\$QHVWDEOLVKHG1DVVDXEDVHG FRPSDQ\VHHNVWRWKHSRVLWLRQRI$ VVLVWDQW)LQDQFLDO&RQWUROOHU $OO DSSOLFDQWV0867SRVVHVVWKHIROORZLQJ 3DVVLQJJUDGHVRQDOOSDUWVRIWKH&3$ H[DPLQDWLRQ \HDUVH[SHULHQFHZRUNLQJZLWKDQ DFFRXQWLQJUP 6WURQJDQDO\WLFDOVNLOOV 6WURQJRUJDQL]DWLRQDOVNLOOVZLWKWKH DELOLW\WRZRUNLQGHSHQGHQWO\ $ WKRURXJKZRUNLQJNQRZOHGJHRI 0LFURVRIW([FHO 7KHDELOLW\WROHDUQTXLFNO\ ([FHOOHQWFRPPXQLFDWLRQDQGWHDP ZRUNVNLOOV 7KHDELOLW\WRPDQDJHPXOWLSOHWDVNV DQGUHVSRQVLELOLWLHVVLPXOWDQHRXVO\ ,QWHUHVWHGSHUVRQVVKRXOGVXEPLWWKHLU UHVXPHVYLDHPDLOWRDVVWQDQFLDOFRQWUROOHU#KRWPDLOFRP$OOUHVXPHVPXVWEHUHFHLYHGE\ WK 'HFHPEHU 2QO\SHUVRQVPHHWLQJ$// RI WKH UHTXLUHPHQWVDERYHQHHGDSSO\ on Saturday," officer-in-charge of the Wulff Road station Superintendent Ashton Greenslade told The Tribune. "He was booked in here and taken to CDU (Central Detective Unit Supt Greenslade said he could not provide additional details on Mr Jenkins' arrest. Head of the CDU Superintendent Leon Bethel and his subordinate Assistant Superintendent Michael Moxey did not give The Tribune further details of the arrest and events leading up to it before press time. One of the concert's promoters Jason Cartwright confirmed on his Facebook page that the hip-hop star had been arrested early Saturday, but was later released. "People tried to shut us down, yea' Jeezy was locked up, he out now (about Cartwright wrote Saturday morning. A well-placed source told The Tribune that the rapper was taken into the Fox Hill area by friends and was simply "in the wrong place at the wrong time" when he was taken into custody. Club promoters "Da Recession" a promotion company based in Miami, Florida but said to be headed by a Bimini born native DJ D'ano engaged Mr Jenkins to perform at Club Luna on West Bay Street. wore hats and gloves. According to the Miami Newtimes Wilson has a col lection of around 300 hats ranging from rhinestonestudded stetsons to demure bowlers. The congresswoman elect began her career as princi pal at Skyway Elementary in Miami Gardens. She successfully fought and lobbied for the fair treatment of Haitian refugees that were incarcerated at a local deten tion centre in 1984. Through her efforts all the women at the centre were released. In the Florida House and Senate, Wilson continued to wage war for extremely unpopular issues among which were the testing inmates for HIV, allowing imprisoned moms to serve time closer to their kids and keeping foster children in one school. Wilson also founded programmes such as the 5000 role model of excellence programme, which is a drop-out preventative project. Once in Washington Wilson hopes to get a bill passed that will ban the use of cellular phones in automobiles nationwide. In congress there is a house rule banning hats on the chamber floor dating back to the 1800s. Wilson was previously going to ask incoming House Speaker John Boehner if she could be allowed to wear her signaturehats on the floor. She has recently said she will not be asking for a wavier of the rule and "will observe the law of the land," according to The Miami Herald According to The Miami Herald Wilson says that the hysteria her hats have created is unbelievable. "I've worn hats for 30 years. I didn't get elected to Congress to wear hats," said Wilson. While the hat fashionista may not have got elected for her style, Wilson has definitely become synonymous with her signature hats. New York milliner Kokin, who has designed hats for Laura Bush, Barbara Walters and Queen Latifah is a fan of Wilsons wear and said "in her world, she is lady Gaga". BAHAMIAN CULTURE INSPIRES US C ONGRESSWOMANS HAT FASHION FROM page one A MERICAN RAPPER WAS ARRESTED, RELEASED BEFORE BAHAMAS CONCERT FROM page one SCENESfrom last nights p olice tree lighting ceremony held at the Royal Bahamas P olice Force headquarters. As well as the official tree lighting event, there was plent y of festive entertainment for those present. Felip Major /Tribune staff POLICETREE LIGHTING CEREMONY Y OUNGJEEZY
C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.org TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.30 $4.45 $4.34 ftnnt%#!( #$!##""n" tt"$#"$ "#!"%'#% "&"!($!" trrf# Invest in the countries expected to LEAD the world in growth over the next decade with TIGRS 4 LinkedtoEmergingMarkets,US, EuropeandFarEastIndices InvestB$butgetglobalexposure$5MLIMITEDOFFERING Offer Period Nov 29 Dec 10 EMERGING MARKETS:the Worlds Fastest Growing Economies! email@example.com By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Bahamas Employers Confederations (BECon organisation is a done deal, Tribune Business was told yesterday, members of both approving the move to create one organisation that will be the unequivocal voice of the private sector and provide a greater level of business support services. Brian Nutt, BECons head, and Khaalis Rolle, the Chambers president, confirmed to CHAMBER/BEC ON MERGER DONE DEAL Members of both vote in favour of creating sole unequivocal voice of the private sector that will also enhance business support services The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers Confederation to come into being on January 1, with full-time CEO and chairman and vicechairman instead of existing president/vice-president Organisation to have 12 divisions, and be more effective and efficient in service delivery Move on business support services as other side of the equation KHAALIS ROLLE SEE page 2B B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor FINCO, Royal Banks BISXl isted mortgage arm, yesterday said it was not forcing borrow e rs to take out homeowners insurance through its brokerage arm or insisting that they do so until the outstanding prin cipal equalled the sum covered FINCO rebuts broker fears Royal Banks BISX-listed mortgage arm denies telling borrowers it must take outh omeowners insurance cover through it, or that they must do so until principal equals mortgage guarantee cover Says certainly not our policy not our practice and not what we want to do SEE page 2B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A former Bahamas Cham ber of Commerce president yesterday said he was moving fast to a position of agreeing that private security guards be a llowed to carry firearms as a means to combat, and deter,a rmed robbers, as he called on the Royal Bahamas Police Force to flood commercial areas with officers during the Christmas season. ARMING SECURITY GUARDS: I AM GETTING THERE F AS T Former Chamber president urges police to flood commercial areas in Christmas run-up, saying many in business scared ****less by crime situation he describes as scary as hell Says Town Centre Mall robbery shows criminals getting increasingly bold SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The joint liquidators of a collapsed $471.3 million Bahamasbased investment structure have warned that their efforts to sell a majority 51 per cent stake in a BISX-listed real estate invest-m ent trust (REIT p roven fruitful to date, even though this equity interest is the key investor recovery source. C lifford Culmer, the Bahamasbased BDO Mann Judd accountant, and Raymond Massi, his Canadian co-liquidator for the Olympus Univest fund its Bahamian-domiciled counterpart, Mosaic Composite, saidt hey would continue to collect d ividends from Premier Com mercial Real Estate Investment Corporation until a buyer for the5 1 per cent interest was found. In their 10th report to the Bahamian Supreme Court as joint liquidators for Mosaic Com posite, Messrs Culmer and Mas si said: The Mosaic joint liqSale efforts not fruitful for 51% BISX firm stake Liquidators for failed $471m Bahamas investment structure still collecting dividends from Premier Commercial Real Estate while search for majoritys take buyer continues Targeting current director of fund entity over alleged $1.5m unauthorised payments, but face counterclaim for $5m SEE page 4B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org Having seen a 12 per cent reduction in monthly operating costs for key cooling equipment, Atlantis (pictured above is in the process of upgrading 75 of these air handling unitsa s part of an ongoing energy c onservation and management program that has resulted in savings of an estimated hundreds of thousands of kilowatt h ours in energy usage. Upgrades slash Atlantiss air unit costs 12 per cent Kerzner executive says hundreds of thousands of kilowatt hours saved by resorts programs over p ast decade Places Atlantis at .5 on scale of 10 when comes to energy efficiency commitment, compared to five for other Bahamian resorts* Savings from energy efficiency projects pay back over two to four years SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas shipping registry has every good reason to be growing at a rate of 8-10 per cent per annum, in line with the global shipping industrys expansion, a government minister said yesterday, adding that the Bahamas Mar itime Authority (BMA achieved all of our goals for last year. Earl Deveaux, minister of the environment, who has responsibility for the Governments relations with the BMA and the Bahamian maritime industry in general, told Tribune Business that key reforms adopted over the past year were essential to ensuring the global shipping and yachting industries saw the Bahamas as the best option for themselves and their clients. Apart from the Prime Ministers opening of the BMAs Hong Kong office and the establishment of a consulate Greece, bringing the BMA closer to its Greek shipping Every reason for 8-10% shipping registry growth Government and BMA achieve all of our goals for last year in maritime industry Now moving to maintain competitiveness on royalty r ights payments for music broadcast on Bahamian ships Reforms designed to keep Bahamas as the best option, a nd not give clients reason to go elsewhere Minister: We are infinitely more price competitive. We t hink the business that is ours will resume coming to us SEE page 3B
t his newspaper that the merger would take effect from January 1, 2011, onwards, via the newly-created Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employe rs Confederation (BCCEC both organisations approvingt he move at Extraordinary General Meetings (EGM w ithin the past week. Praising the merger committee formed to oversee the technical details of the merger for working tirelessly over the last 1 0 months to work out the details, Mr Nutt told TribuneB usiness: Basically, what it does is create one national o rganisation where member ship is open to all businesses in the Bahamas regardless of their sector or size. This advocacy organisation, w hich is what the Chamber and BECon already are, will be theu nequivocal voice of the private sector in the Bahamas. M r Nutt said the merger should make the BCCEC more efficient and effective with the resources we have. He added that the merger had effectively taken nine years to fully consummate, with initial talks about the possibility hav ing first been held in 2001. T hese feelings coalesced in 2003 at a joint meeting between t he Chamber and BECon, which determined that both parties were amenable to a merger, and between then and 2009 the two sides worked closely together to learn each others culture, standards and o perating procedures. The main thing we found is t hat a merger did not detract from the core role of each o rganisation, Mr Nutt told Tribune Business. One complemented the other in an organisation encapsulating all the things a non-governmental o rganisation should have. The BECon president said t here were quite a number of changes addressed in the Arti c les and structure of the merged BCCEC, with the existing Chamber posts of president and vice-president set to be replaced by those of chairman a nd non-chairman respective ly. I n addition, the Chambers current full-time executive d irector post will be upgraded to the status of chief executive. T his, Mr Nutt indicated, was designed to ensure stability and continuity at the BCCEC, rather than maintain the present situation where the Chambers goals and character were heavily influenced and often c hanged by the personality and personal wish list of ani ncoming president. Were looking at trying to m ake the organisation more sustainable by having a contact point such as a chief executive, Mr Nutt explained. The organ isation will not change its f lavour based on who is presi dent. It will be a more sustain a ble organisation that is not altered as much by who the par t icular officers may be. Mr Nutt said the BCCECs structure would also be different from the existing Chamber, being composed of 12 different d ivisions. Apart from the one headed by the chief executive,e ach division will be chaired by d ifferent directors. What we are looking to try t o do is attract as many members as possible to come and work on division committees to h elp us be sustainable, be proactive, Mr Nutt added. S ome of the divisions will be education and training; labour r elations; small and mediumsized enterprises; finance and budget; a young professionals organisation; and international trade. M r Rolle, meanwhile, told Tribune Business that the technical side of the merger had been completed, with both C hamber and BECon members ratifying the new constitution and organisational structure of the BCCEC. It puts us in a better posi t ion to deliver the services side of the equation, Mr Rolle said o f the merger. Both the Cham ber and BECon had been suc c essful from an advocacy perspective, playing a key role in discussions on private sector advancement, and helping to create the environment to do b usiness successfully. Yet that was only one part o f the equation. The Chamber is also a service provider on a m ore micro level, and what were doing now is building the s tructure and the infrastructure to be more of a service provider than we have been in the past, Mr Rolle added. T echnical support and access to business education services were key elements of this, he added, with the Chamber Insti tute being the key delivery m echanism. Were able to deliver now. Thats the value added side of what we propose to do, Mr Rolle added, pointing out that businesses needed more than advocacy. While the BCCEC focused on integrating both legacy organisations and launching new programmes, Mr Rolle said it would also be dealing with ongoing external issues affecting the business commu nity, such as trade liberalisa tion. Mr Nutt explained that because the Chamber was a registered non-profit company, and BECon a voluntary associ ation of employers, the decision was made to leave the Chamber as the surviving enti ty, merging BECon into it after the Articles and Memorandum of Association had been changed. BECons assets and liabilities will be vested in the Chamber come end-December 31, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 'U/LX=HOLQ/HRf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he Bahamas Financial Services Board (BFSB into Brazil in late November, targeting asset managers and seeking to explore w ider business relationships through the use of Freeport as a transshipment andl ogistics centre. Bahamas Landfall: Destination Brazil i nvolved 20 Bahamian service providers who travelled to Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro for the event. The BFSB has been increasing its Brazil focus gradually over the past five years, t hrough participation in the annual Brasil Investment Summit and referrals fromf riends of the Bahamas living in Brazil and this nation. Emerging economies from Brazil to China are encouraging their asset managers to focus beyond their domestic markets, said Wendy Warren, the BFSBs chief executive and executive director. This has provided jurisdictions such as the Bahamas with an opportunity to provide a range of services to these asset man agement companies. The Bahamas Landfalle vent was designed to increase the moment um for interest in the Bahamas that we have been building for the past five years. She added: It was also designed to establish the idea that there is a natural linkage between Brazil and Freeports t ransshipment zone, readily demonstrated by the investment and operations of Statoil Hydro. M s Warren said the BFSB was particul arly pleased that the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA s ponsors of the event. This indicated, she added, growing support and recognition f or this nations vision statement for the financial services industry, which positions the Bahamas as an ideal location for intern ational business and finance. We have redoubled our efforts to coordinate and partner on joint initiatives with the Port Authority, the Ministry of Tourism, the Bahamas Investment Author-i ty and the Bahamas Maritime Authority, said Ms Warren. This has led to BFSB supporting and becoming actively involved in events such a s BIMCATs, Posidonia a major shipping conference in Greece the recent opening of the BMA office in Hong Kong and our lead sponsorship of the Caribbean Investment and Finance conference held inN assau last month and presented by T he Banker an FT publication. Other sponsors of Bahamas Landfall were Ansbacher Bahamas, Butterfield F und Services, Ernst & Young, Genesis Funds Services, Graham Thompson, Pre m ier Fund Services, Royal Bank of Canada Wealth Management and Swiss FinancialS ervices. HFM Week, publishers of HFMWeek, PAM and Latin American m agazine was the official media partner of the event. Ms Warren said: As the Bahamas continues to position itself as a global leader for financial services, events like BahamasL andfall in key economies like Brazil are very important. BFSB in strongest Brazil push to date Aim to link financial services with the use of Freeport as transshipment and logistics centre WENDY WARREN P ARTOFTHETEAM: D amianos Sothebys International Realty yesterday announced that John Cash ( pictured above) had joined its Abaco sales team. A native Abaconian, Mr Cash was employed at Boat Harbour Marina and Newport International Ltdi n Treasure Cay as comptroller. He also operated a dive centre, boat rental and golf car rental business on the same cay for a decade. H e first entered real estate in November 2000, completing all the requirements to become a licensed brok er within four years. REALTOR ANNOUNCES ABACO APPOINTMENT CHAMBER/BECON MERGER DONE DEAL F ROM page 1B by mortgage indemnity insurance, stating: Its certainly not our policy, not our practice and not what we want to do. Jan Knowles, Royal Banks spokeswoman, issued this state ment to Tribune Business after this newspaper had been contact e d by several irate Bahamian insurance brokers, who were complaining that clients were being told by FINCO representatives thatt hey must take out homeowners insurance through the bank, which has its own insurers broker licence. T ribune Business understands that the issue was also raised at the Bahamas Insurance Brokers Associations (BIBA al meeting (AGM were being told that they must insure through FINCO until the outstanding mortgage principal was equal to the value of the mortgage i ndemnity insurance. Theyre saying that if you have a Mortgage Indemnity policy w ith FINCO, you have to do homeowners insurance with them, one Bahamas-based independent broker subsequently complained t o Tribune Business. This, they said, resulted in a lack of freedom of choice for the consumer, and was anti-competitive, given that they had been able to find a policy whose premium was cheaper than what a client was quoted by FINCO. T he broker also said that some clients preferred to deal with an independent insurance expert who had their best interests at heart, r ather than be insured under a block group policy that was close ly linked to their lender. A Mortgage Indemnity Guarantee is insurance coverage, usually taken out at the beginning of a mortgage contract, when the bor rower is unable to put down a certain percentage of the real estate purchase price. This percentage is normally 20 per cent, and if unable to meet t his, the borrower makes a one-time insurance payment to provide cover that the lender will be able to claim on if they default. Thei nsurance is thus designed to minimise the banks risk exposure, usually guaranteeing the difference between the loan amount and o utstanding balance. Tribune Business took the brokers concerns to Tanya McCartney, FINCOs managing director, who referred the queries toM s Knowles. Telling this newspaper that FINCO would normally require m oist mortgage borrowers to take out a Mortgage Indemnity Guarantee, Ms Knowles said of the brokers claims: It has not been our practice to say you must get homeowners insurance from us. Its up to the client whether they get insurance from us or externally, and we accept either. There is no way we are telling them they must have it from us. Thats not our policy. Ms Knowles said FINCO had checked just to make sure it was not happening at the ground level, and she added: Its not our policy. Were happy to take insurance from whomever. We just want to know you have the coverage. Its a concern that impression may be out there but, no, its cer tainly not our policy, not our practice and not what we want to do. They can take it out with us, they can take it out with whoever, so long as they are covered. If you have a favourite insurer, go with a favourite insurer. Some people have been working with a company for years and years, and if thats what they want, thats fine. Tribune Business understands that homeowners insurance policies taken out through FINCO are equally shared by Bahamas First and RoyalStar Assurance, each splitting the premium income and coverage 50/50. Independent insurance brokers have become increasingly wary in recent months about commercial banks dictating where mortgage clients place their homeowners policies, after Scotiabank (Bahamas be placed on a group policy with J. S. Johnson if they were unable to provide evidence they had coverage by a certain date. The bank said this was necessary to protect its interests, and has subsequently worked out protocols with the insurance industry as to how the scheme should work. FINCO rebuts broker fears FROM page 1B
industry clients, Mr Deveaux said the BMA had introduced administrative protocols so that it and its services were available 24/7 to its clients around the world. Online communications with the ship owners and companies that controlled the 1,650-1,700 vessels registered on the Bahamas shipping registry had also been improved, while this nation had also promulgated the yacht registry code to encourage high net worth individuals to use it for their vessels as well as wealth management. Asked how important the maritime industry could become to the Bahamas, Mr Deveaux replied: Global shipping is expanding rapidly in South-East Asia, Africa and South America, and because of the location of the Bahamas, theres every good reason to think we should be growing at 8-10 per cent a year, in tandem with the growth in shipping as it expands. Mr Deveaux added that reforms enacted earlier this year had left the BMA with a fee schedule that is very competitive, changes including waiving the registration fee for new shipowners and providing incentives ranging from a one-third to 60 per cent reduction in fees for owners registering multiple ships. Pointing out that the whole package of measures enacted over the past year had strengthened the BMA as a quality ship registry, Mr Deveaux said they had also improved its overall position vis a vis competitors such as the Marshall Islands and Mal ta. We are infinitely more price competitive, and admin istratively more proactive, the minister told Tribune Business. We think the business that is ours will resume coming to us. We were never in the same business as Panama and Liberia, but it was necessary to do this to ensure the merchant fleet, the cruise fleet and the increasingly important yacht fleet saw the Bahamas as the best option, and not giving incentives to lawyers, accountants and wealth managers to steer people away from the Bahamas because we were perceived as too slow or too expensive. Marketing the Bahamas, the BMA and the range of maritime products and services it offered was key, Mr Deveaux said, pointing out that another issue recently brought to the authorities attention was the issue of performing rights related to music played aboard Bahamian-registered ships, such asc ruise vessels. Royalty payments have to be made to the artists whose tracks are used, and Mr Deveaux said: We found the Bahamas was not as competitive in that regard. With this having implications for some shipowners as their fleets became larger, the minister said the BMA was now in discussion with the relevant performing arts body to establish a mechanism to ensure rates do not put us at a disadvantage. The BMA Board was due to meet this week to set targets and goals for 2011, Mr Deveaux saying all these had been met for 2010. The targets achieved included appointing a new BMA director, opening the Hong Kong and Greece offices, the yacht code and registry, attending various conferences and nominating a BMA officer to meet with a group of Bahamian shipowners four times pery ear. By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce expects more than 40 Bahamian companies will be in a good position to benefit from an export-boosting program, which aims to help firms currently exporting goods or services, or looking to do so, overcome barriers to expanding their trade across borders or within thisnation. The Chamber is encouraging small and medium-sized enterprises to apply to participate in the Inter-American Investment Corporationfunded FINPYME Export-Plus program it launched yesterday, which will see companies given technical advice to help them grow their overseas exports. Winston Rolle, the Chambers executive director, told Tribune Business it was very feasible that more Bahamian companies can get involved in international trade of their goods and services through the ExportPlus program, with the potential gains from such a shift towards greater global competitiveness having a significant impact on a Bahamian economy that has traditionally seen very few of its goods or services sold abroad. Launch A number of companies attended the launch of the program at the British Colonial Hilton yesterday, with the agricultural and fisheries sectors heavily represented, in particular. Others will have the chance to apply to get involved ahead of the February 2011 deadline for applications. We initially invited 30 to 40 companies who could benefit to the launch, and we suspect the number out there who could get involved may be quite a bit larger, said Mr Rolle. Once selected for involvement based on their potential to benefit from the program, among other criteria companies will be assessed so a determination of the exact kind of technical assistance they require to boost their exports can be made. The IIC will fund the provision of local, regional or international consultants who may be able to provide the kind of expertise that a particular business requires to overcome some of the obstacles to expanding its national or international trade. It does not have to be just those who want to trade outside of the Bahamas. You could be a company in a Family Island looking to export to New Providence or Grand Bahama, added Mr Rolle. The type of technical assis tance that may be offered could include: help with complying with certification processes in areas such as san itation, packaging and quality; enhancing operations to increase productivity and/or advice on improving management in areas such as strategic planning, marketing ande xport sales. B usinesses eligible for par ticipation must have been in operation for at least three years and have annual sales of over $200,000. More information can be accessed by calling the Chamber at 3222 145, or going to the organisations website at www.thebahamaschamber.com.Appli cations are to be made avail able online at the website shortly. 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C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Dionisio DAguilar, chairman of BISX-listed AML Foods, w hich owns the Town Centre Mall Cost Right store hit by armed robbers on Saturday evening, told Tribune Business that many in the private sector were scared ****less at the prospect of being targeted by armed criminals in the run-up to the Yuletide season,a dding that the weekends events indicated that criminals were becoming increasingly bold. Pointing out that Bahamian businessmen could do little other than equip their establishments with Closed Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV d oor, Mr DAguilar said: The criminals are showing this does not phase them one bit. Right now, the only solution is to put cops on the ground with guns. They needt o put as many police on the ground this season. They need to flood the commercial areas with officers. Get them out of the offices and the station, and get them on the ground and in the field so theres a very v isible presence. They know where the hot spots are. Asked about whether he thought the Bahamas should allow trained, licensedp rivate security firms to carry firearms, Mr DAguilar described that as being a major, huge shift for us. On this question, he added: Im not there yet, but Im getting there fast. It may deter someone robbing t he place, but equally it may result in someone shooting people. Again urging the police to maintain high visibility with roadblocks and numerous officers on the streets, in the hope this might d eter some would-be robbers, Mr DAguilar, who is also president of Superwash, the laundromat chain hit five times by armed robb ers in 10 days recently, said: I think everybody is scared ****less. Its damn scary out there, scary as hell. Everybody is hoping and praying not to get hit. They only thing they can do is rely on the Royal Bahamas Police Force. Businesses have to make it as unattractive as possible for them t o be robbed, and the only way is to minimise the amount of cash they hold. If youre going to get hit, its best to limit the cash youh old. Between now and going to your grave, you have to limit your losses. M r DAguilar described the robbers who hit the Cost Right store at the Town Centre Mall as pretty bloody bold, given that it was 6pm on the peak trading day, with numerous persons around. Armed robbers, he said, usually liked to avoid targets where therew ere numerous persons present. It indicates theyre getting pretty bold, Mr DAguilar said of events at the Town Centre Mall on Saturday, pointing out that the r obbers targeted Nassaus second busiest shopping centre on its busiest day in the run-up to Christmas. Weve got to be vigil ant. ARMING SECURITY GUARDS: I AM GETTING THERE FAST FROM page 1B DIONISIO DAGUILAR uidators have determined that Mosaic owns a 51 per cent controlling interest in Premier Real Estate Investment Cor poration, a publicly-traded Bahamian income trust which owns commercial real estate in the Bahamas. The Mosaic joint liquida tors are continuing their efforts in selling the interest, while collecting Premiers div idends. The Mosaic joint liq uidators are marketing the controlling shares of Premier Commercial Real Estate Investment Corporation. Negotiations with a prospec tive purchaser to date have not proven fruitful. Tribune Business revealed in January 2010 how the 51 per cent equity stake in Pre mier Commercial Real Estate Investment Corporation was predicted to be the best source of recovery for the mainly-Canadian investors in the Olympus Univest structure, who are likely to recover just 3.69 per cent of their investment. At that date, Mr Massi and Mr Culmer have recovered Cdn$11.495 million out of the Cdn$17.392 million forecast from Mosaic Composite. These funds include a Cdn$7.813 million investment in another investment fund; Cdn$.1053 million in claims from two Bahamas-based liquidations; and Cdn$730,000i n interest and tax refunds. And a further Cdn$1.899 million had been received in dividends Premier Real Estate Investment Corporation, which is a mutual fund that owns Freeport's FirstC ommercial Centre and two p roperties owned by the Coca-Cola producer in both Nassau and Freeport. The val ue of Mosaics shareholding in the BISX-listed entity, though, was shown to have deteriorated from Cdn$6.38 million as at February 27, 2007, to Cdn$5.897 million as at September 30, 2009. Premier Real Estate was created by Hannes Babak, a former major shareholder in the First Commercial Centre, and the former Grand Bahama Port Authority chairman. He has nothing to do with the Olympus Univest sit uation, and has done nothing wrong in relation to it. Among Premier's founding directors, although he is no longer on the board, was Stephen Hancock, presidenta nd chief executive of Cardinal International, the exBahamian fund administrator for Olympus Univest, Mosaic and a number of other entities in the investment structure that was managed by Cana d ian-based entity, Norshield. M eanwhile, Messrs Culmer and Massi added that they were pursuing litigation against Mosaics current director, a Minnesota-based individual named Lowell Holden. Alleging that Mosaic was incorporated as a Bahamian International Business Company (IBC 1997, the duo claimed it was subsequently re-domiciled to Anguilla on March 4, 2005, before merging with a Minnesota company to become Mosaic US. Messrs Culmer and Massi said the placing of Mosaic Composite into liquidation by the Bahamian Supreme Court prevented Holden from hav ing the power to make loans, advances or incur expenseso n Mosaics behalf. They are alleging that Holden broke these Orders by making payments, on Mosaics behalf, to third parties worth at least Cdn$560,015 and US$795,722.S ome $10,000 of this, they a llege, went to a Bahamian law firm to compensate it for work done on Olympus Uni vests behalf. But, in denying their claims, Holden is alleging in a coun terclaim that the liquidators are holding assets and property worth more than $5 mil lion that belong to Mosaic (US Sale ef forts not fruitful for 51% BISX firm stake F ROM page 1B Kerzner International (Bahamas energy manager and director of emergency preparedness, Kevan Dean, was yesterday reluctant to put a figure on the savings accrued by Atlantis from the energy prog ram first initiated in 2001. However, based on more recent per kilowatt hour costs of between $0.27 and $0.33 cents, Tribune Business calculates such energy usage-reduction could amount to savings of at least $80 million and just shy of $100 million for the resort since the beginning of this decade, when the program was initiated. This does not take into a ccount the cost of implementing the energy conservation and efficiency programs and equipment. Mr Dean, who was brought in as an energy conservation manager for Kerzner International (Bahamas tries to be as energy conscious as we can. Asked whether he was aware of how the resorts approach to energy usage and effic iency compares to other Bahamas hotel properties, Mr Dean estimated that where others may rank at around a five for commitment to energy efficiency, Kerzner would be closer to an .5on such a scale. Speaking to the Bahamas Society of Engineers at their Engineering, Design and Construction conference on Friday, Mr Dean said energy accounting achieving a m ore specific breakdown of which parts of the resort use what quantity of energy, and how this fluctuates over time was a critical element of Atlantis move to become a more efficient energy user. So was affecting its employee outlook o n energy usage. To date, Mr Dean says awareness raising efforts through the hotels i n-house newsletter, seminars and games, along with the rise in employee focus on t his area as a consequence of feeling the effects of spikes in the cost of energy theyu se in their own homes, have resulted in an increased commitment to taking simple s teps such as turning off lights in unused rooms or shutting refrigerator doors in a timely fashion. However, it has been in the area of testing, maintaining and upgrading the resorts m assive electrical infrastructure that Mr Dean has been kept most busy. Pilot projects to test energy usage by certain categories of equipment in the r esort, and how this is improved through the implementation of upgrades to components or a particular maintenance program, have resulted in more widespread i mplementation of such measures. A heating, ventilation and airconditioning (HVAC Mr Dean undertook recently proved the success of replacing certain components w ithin some of the hotels air handling unit (AHU gy usage reductions of 12 per cent per unit, with enhanced motor efficiency, decreased d owntime and an extended machine life. T he pilot project led to the upgrading of 50 air handling units throughout phase one of the resort, and a further 25 should be finished before the end of this year. M r Dean also undertook a power quali ty project, which involved water pumps throughout the resort. U sing diagnostic testing equipment, Kerzner was able to determine whether motors were running optimally, and take simple steps to improve their output per unit of energy consumed. One of the things we look at is the alignment of motors. When a car is misaligned itw ears tyres down quicker. Its the same with motor equipment; if its misaligned i ts working harder to give the same output. There are maintainance-type corrections t hat can be made to improve efficiency, said Mr Dean. Among other steps taken by Atlantis to reduce its energy usage and power bill are: t he retrofitting of guestrooms with CFL lighting; installation of room occupancy sensors, and removing unnecessary light fixtures in certain parts of the hotel, such as l inen rooms and landings. We are always looking at new areas or, if things change and there is new technology, we may go back and make adjustments or implement new projects to improve e nergy efficiency. A case in point is with the next generation of lighting on the horizon LED. That will be the next move in certain areas where i ts applicable, although youve got to look a t getting the right technology for the right solution and application. It might appear to or even save you money, but it may not give you right light output or colour or t emperature and design, or work with your c ontrolling system, said Mr Dean. Overall, however, Mr Dean said it was n ot just energy-saving that drives Kerzner to make enhancements throughout the resort that result in conservation. Its got to make economic sense as well. An average project (to enhance energye fficiency) pays back in savings in two to four years on average, said Mr Dean. Butt here are changes you can make which will have a negative impact on your operations. Y ou have to make sure you find a solution that works for you. Upgrades slash Atlantiss air unit costs 12 per cent F ROM page 1B
BUDAPEST, Hungary Credit ratings agency Moody's d owngraded Hungary's government bonds by two notches, citing worries about public finance policies and exposureto foreign financial shocks, such as the European debt crisis. Moody's Investor Service said it cut the rating to Baa3 from Baa1 just one step above junk category andk ept its outlook as negative, meaning more downgrades are p ossible in the coming three months. Hungary's currency, the forint, weakened by just over 1 percent against the euroa nd the U.S. dollar on the M oody's announcement, but later recovered slightly. Prime Minister Viktor Orban's center-right governm ent has committed to budget deficit limits set by the European Union but has resorted to unusual methods including special taxes on banks and energy, telecommunications and retail companies to reduce the deficit below 3 percent of GDP in c oming years. The government is also planning to fill budgeth oles with some $13.3 billion (euro10 billion o n private pension funds. ___ BERLIN Germany has reiterated its commitment to the joint European currency and Poland has stressed it still w ants to join it, despite the financial difficulties plaguing t he bloc. Germany's Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told the Bild daily that despite some German grumbling about European Union bailouts for Greece and Ire l and, no one is seriously considering abandoning the euro. T he euro lost about 10 percent in value through November as Irish economic woes weighed.The drop is actually a benefit for Germany's export-driven economy, making its goods cheaper abroad. Schaeuble also flatly rejected a two-tiered eurozone of more-stable and less-stable nations, saying "that would be infinitely more expensive than everything we're now doing for the euro." Polish prime minister Don ald Tusk, speaking through a translator alongside German chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin, reiterated his country's determination to join the eurozone "as soon as we meet its criteria." ___ NEW DELHI India and France signed a multibillion framework agreement to build two nuclear power plants in India as French President Nicolas Sarkozy worked to drum up business for his nation and further strengthen ties with a rising Asian power. Sarkozy, one of a stream of world leaders coming here seeking lucrative deals for their struggling economies, proposed a "total partnership" with India in its growing needs f or civilian nuclear power. Areva SA, one of France's main nuclear power companies, will build two European pressurized reactors of 1,650 megawatts each a deal valued at $9.3 billion at Jaitapur in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Several foreign governments have been courting India tog et a piece of the lucrative nuclear energy market as well a s other projects in a country that estimates it needs at least $1 trillion in infrastructure investment over the nextd ecade. President Barack Obam a and British Prime Minister David Cameron came in recent months, and the leaders of China and Russia are e xpected before the end of the year. The talks between Sarkozy and Singh also touched on plans for the struc-t ural reform of the international monetary system. France, which currently heads the G-20, wants India's sup port for its planned agenda t hat would call for limiting excessive currency volatility,c ontrolling swings in commodity prices and reforming g lobal fiscal governance. ___ LONDON European stocks mostly moved sideways as Europe's debt crisis loomed over markets, offsetting any o ptimism generated by Feder al Reserve chairman Ben B ernanke's suggestion that stimulus measures could be boosted. In Europe, finance ministers from the 16-nation euro zone gathered to discuss ways to sta bilize their currency union anda void more expensive bailouts. Two top officials called for the c reation of a new pan-Euro pean bond, while others will seek a boost to the bailout fund. Britain's FTSE 100 lost 0.4 percent to 5,770.28, while Ger many's DAX rose 0.1 percent to 6,954.38. France's CAC40 was down a bare 0.04 percent at 3,749.23. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei 225 lost 0.1 percent to 10,167.23. Exporters including automakers lost ground after a disappointing U.S. jobs report Fri day weakened the dollar, which would make Japanese exports more expensive abroad. China's benchmark Shanghai Composite Index gained 0.5 percent to 2,587.17. South Korea's Kospi fell 0.2 percent to 1,953.64, and Aus tralia's S&P/ASX 200 slipped 0.1 percent to 4,688.6. Benchmarks in New Zealand, Singa pore and Taiwan advanced. In currencies, the dollar was trading up 0.1 percent at 82.7 yen. It had hovered around the 84-yen line for most of last week before the U.S. jobs data was released. The euro stood at $1.329, off 0.7 percent on the day. ___ MADRID Spain may extend the emergency decree t hat ended a 24-hour air traffic controllers strike, the prime minister said, as flights returned to normal after a weekend of travel chaos that stranded hundreds of thousands of people. The "state of alarm" measure, used for the first time since Spain returned to democ racy in 1978, threatened jail t ime for controllers who refuse to work. It took effect Saturd ay for an initial 15 days and controllers started returning to work hours after it was announced. H undreds of flights were c anceled during the strike, which began Friday afternoon at the beginning of one of Spain's busiest holiday weeke nds and affected around 600,000 travelers. The strike was the culmination of a lengthy dispute with the gov-e rnment over working conditions. ___ HELSINKI Finnair cabi n crews rejected a mediated settlement in a labor dispute,e xpanding a strike that will ground hundreds more flights a nd affect tens of thousands of passengers. The weeklong strike was set to spread Tuesday to include transport union members who said they will support the action by halting fuel supplies t o the Finnish national carrier. During the strike Finnair h as managed to operate about 40 percent of its flights by leasing planes from other airlines and with "some" cabin staff who have reported for work despite the strike. More than 800 flights have been canceled s ince the strike began on Nov. 30. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INSPECTION: A line worker inspects a Dodge Avenger on the production line at the Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly plant in Sterling Heights, Mich., Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. Chrysler begins production of the Chrysler 200 sedan, a midsize replacement to the Sebring that is a key part of the companys revival. CEO Sergio Marchionne says nearly every part of the carhas been changed from the old model, which was derided for its poor quality. D EE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer STERLING HEIGHTS, Michigan C hrysler Group wants to show the world that it's serious about mid-size sedans. After years of disappointing sales, the company on Monday launched production of the r evamped Chrysler 200 which replaces the Sebring and the Dodge Avenger. The cars h ave a new look, new engines and hundreds of other changes designed to lure back customersw ho have fled Chrysler in recent years, scared off by its financial troubles and its reputation for p oor quality. Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne said the company spent $300 million revamping the cars. B oth go on sale this month, starting at just under $20,000. "The Chrysler 200 is the first step in rejuvenating the Chrysler brand," Marchionne told 1,200 workers at the suburban Detroit plant where the sedans are made. The company is so bullish about the new products that it plans to hire 900 more workers and add a second shift to the plant later this winter. Chrysler is aiming to be a true competitor in t he unforgiving U.S. mid-size car segment. The s egment is the largest in the U.S., accounting for nearly one in five vehicles sold last year, and it's t he home of perennial best-sellers like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. A look at economic developments and activity in major stock markets around t he world Monday: WORRYINGTIMES: A broker walks past t he main screen at the Stock Exchange in Madrid Tuesday Nov. 30, 2010. Investors are worried that Spain may need a bailout, and that the funds allotted for emergency aid may not be enough to help Spain if it should require aid. P a u l W h i t e / A P G LOBAL E CONOMIC N EWS A SSOCIATED P RESS CHRYSLER LAUNCHES NEW 200, AVENGER SEDANS P a u l S a n c y a / A P P h o t o
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NOTICE CANDYTUFT INC.In Voluntary LiquidationNotice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138(4Business Companies Act. 2000, CANDYTUFTINC. is in dissolution as of November 16, 2010. International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 3rd L I Q U I D AT O R______________________ NOTICE EUROCASTLE TRADING INC.In Voluntary LiquidationNotice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138(4l Business Companies Act. 2000, EUROCASTLE TRADINGINC. is in dissolution as of November 11, 2010. International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at 3rd L I Q U I D AT O R______________________ NOTICE LYON BUSINESS LTD.In Voluntary LiquidationNotice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138(4Business Companies Act. 2000, LYON BUSINESS LTD. is in dissolution as of November 29, 2010. 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L I Q U I D AT O R______________________ C ALVIN WOODWARD, Associated Press WASHINGTON I t seems Washington is all ears these days. President Barack Obama says he'll take a great idea to fix the e conomy anywhere he hears it. The Republican leaders in Congress can't say enough how determined they are to "listen to the American people." OK. Here goes. We want less debt, lower taxes, more trade, less trade, "less talk and more walk," a brand n ew New Deal, a private sector renaissance, money for trains and roads, easier credit, a clampdown on CEO pay, more immigration, less immigration, government off our backs, a safer safety net, cheaper health care, the dismantling of Obamacare and how about somee nergy derived from burning algae? Plus a new tone in Washington. All in a New York minute. T he Associated Press asked people across the country to serve up their ideas to set the economy straight, a challenge underscored Friday when thej obless rate climbed to 9.8 percent, topping 9 percent for ar ecord 19 straight months. They answered in a cacophony of v oices, from the corporate office to the cafe. America is not just a tea party. It's a coffee shop in Texas, too. It's a union hall in NewY ork and it's Silicon Valley in California. __ T ALENT MAGNET In Menlo Park, Calif., ven ture capitalist Marc Andreessen, an online pioneer w ho co-founded Netscape Communications, said the "sin-g le biggest thing we could do to accelerate the economy by f ar is to increase immigration." "We have this bizarre paradox," he says, "where we have the world's best research uni versities, we have the smartest people who come from all over the world to come to study. T hey end up getting degrees in computer science, electrical e ngineering and chemical engi neering and then we kick them out of the country. It's just absolutely crazy. "If they were able to stay here to work for other companies and start other companies, w e would have so much more economic growth. It would be j ust amazing. What we are doing now is just completely self-destructive." The U.S. offe*****rs 65,000 visas a year for foreigners with advanced skills sought by U.S. companies, plus 20,000 visas for people who graduate from U.S. schools with a master's or higher in certain fields. Some comp anies complain the visas are n ot granted quickly enough. ___ COFFEE PARTIER If the U.S. goes begging for brainiacs, that means plenty of opportunity for people such as Ulises Aranda, 24, of the Dallas suburb of Farmers Branch. Heg raduated with a master's in mechanical engineering in Maya nd had no shortage of job offers. He chose to work for his f ather's engineering construction firm. To him, the econo my will grow if students pick the right fields and buckle down. There's plenty of jobs out there for engineering and sci-e nce majors," he said from the patio of Dunn Bros Coffee. But people aren't really graduating with those degrees. I spent my six years in college, working hard. I busted my butt and had no social life. Now I have a job." ___ CREDIT CRUNCH Larry Karel, 71, of Aventura, F la., owns a company that produces furniture shows around the country. He says the small businesses that exhibit at his shows are starved for loans. I never heard of so many companies that are putting theire xhibit fee on a credit card," he said. Without loans, busin esses can't create jobs and people can't buy and furnish new homes. "It's a vicious circle." ___ DOWN WITH FREE TRADE "I'm not a die-hard Democr at, die-hard Republican I'm a 'what-are-you-going-to-do?' die-hard," said Michael Walker, 54, of Corning, N.Y. He has taken a temporary leave as a p roduction worker at Corning Inc., the world's biggest maker o f glass for flat-screen televis ions, to work for the union. He says free-trade practices a nd outsourcing have devastat ed manufacturing, and the ripp le effects now are touching the public sector. Both political par ties, he said, "acknowledge they understand what's wrong but none of them want to do any-t hing with it." More than half of Corning's 2 4,500-strong payroll is now based outside the United S tates, he said. Walker sees economic decline affecting teachers, municipal workers and other public servants like never before. They've never quite understood this whole battle we've h ad in the private sector because they've never ever b een affected by a real down turn in the economy. You're having communities and states looking at denying benefits to community employees and state employees because you've eroded the tax base to a pointw here nobody can sustain themselves." T hat opinion is echoed in the North Carolina foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, where Scott Millar, 50, chief business recruiter for struggling Catawba County, wishes U.S.-made products could be given a strong tax advantage. "If you're going to expect j obs to be in America, you should buy American. Every c onsumer, in their purchasing habits, affects their own job. Ik now that's a little more diffi cult, probably, to buy a shirt t hat's made right here, but do your best." ___ UP WITH TRADE Honeywell is a $34 billion c ompany with 130,000 workers, half outside the U.S. It makes j et engines, the cockpit on the space shuttle, home ther mostats, equipment for refineries and much more. The AP asked Dave Cote, chairman and c hief executive, for ideas to expand the U.S. economy when h e was traveling with Obama in India, where the New Jers ey-based company employs 11,000. Trade works for both sides, Cote said. "The thing I can point to is that since the Phoenicians, 3,000 or 4,000 years ago, it works." As you grow everywhere," he said. "you start to add jobs. I n the U.S., for example, we've been adding employment over these last few months things have turned and we've actually started adding at the same time that we're growing globally. "So this is not a zero-sum game, and it's a tougher con cept to get across, but, God, it's American voices on making the economy move ULISES ARANDA in Dallas, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010. SEE page 7B ADAM GAYNIER poses for a portrait in in Dallas. Gaynier, 24, says it will take more than meetings to make people believe in their economic future again. "Less talk and more walk," is what he wants from government. INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS A P P h o t o / L M O t e r o A P P h o t o / L M O t e r o
the truth." Yet Cote sees something even more important for the g overnment to do than to encourage the free flow of commerce. It relates to his work on O bama's bipartisan deficit commission, which produced a r eport Friday recommending $4 trillion in budget savings over a decade by curbing Social S ecurity, raising taxes and deeply cutting spending. That debt problem needs to be solved or the seeds of the n ext recession have already been planted," he told AP. "If t hat doesn't get sorted out, then almost nothing else we do is going to matter." He said: "People want to point to stimulus spending, B ush tax cuts, or Obamacare and blame that and thosea re all sideshows." ___ INNOVATION NATION In Durham, N.C., Bill Brown co-founded 8 Rivers Capital, a p rivate equity firm supporting a lab that is designing and test-i ng systems to make renewable energy from the burning of a lgae. The government has put money into the project. "The private sector has some things that would truly change the economy," he says. "Yet it n eeds government support right now." B rown says that when Presi dent Ronald Reagan successf ully pushed for a higher invest ment tax credit and hefty upfront depreciation allowances in the early 1980s, leading-edge businesses took o ff. "Without fostering this sort of innovation, we don't have a hope of using the productivity engine to get out of our currente conomic rut." ___ CALL A MEETING Indra Nooyi is chairman and CEO of PepsiCo., the New York-based multinational bev erage and food company employing 110,000 in the U.S. The Indian-born executive is one of the most powerful women in business. My dream would be that the president convenes existing or retired CEOs and says, 'Go to work and figure out how we prepare a long-term plan for the country so we can grow the country's manufacturing base,'" she said. "I think as a country we have to sit down and talk a bout the sectors that we want to create in the United States over the next 20-30 years I mean, almost a business plan for the country and then figure out how we're going to plan, fully invest behind these s ectors, so that we can actually get manufacturing jobs back to the United States and keep a base of employment going well i nto the future." ___ MORE WALK Bearded, blue-eyed and lean, D allas barista Adam Gaynier, 24, says it will take more than m eetings to make people b elieve in their economic future again. "Less talk and more walk," is what he wants from government. You've got to back up what you're saying with physical c hange that we can see. American people don't care about w hat we don't see. We care about the stuff we deal with on a day to day basis, buying groceries, having enough money to put gas in the car, the priceo f gas going up." But words and meetings matt er to Mark Peters, 53, who founded Piedmont Carolina N ursery in Colfax, N.C., in 1982, right after college. He employs 28 people. A registered independent, Peters says the economy would get a real lift if people were convinced that Obama and congressional Republicans were committed to working together. F rom that, he says, a real plan to grow the economy could be found. "More than anything right now, it's just having that confidence that everything's OK, and I'm not going to lose my job, and I'm going to be able to pay my bills." ___ Contributing to this report were AP writers Linda Stewart Ball in Dallas; Emery P. Dalesio in Raleigh, N.C.; Ben Dobbin in Rochester, N.Y.; Matt Sedensky in Miami; Michael Liedtke in San Francisco; Erica Werner in Mumbai, India; S uzanne Gamboa in Washington; and Corey Williams in Detroit. J IM KUHNHENN, Associated Press WASHINGTON President Barack Obama c alled Democratic leaders to the White House Monday in hopes of advancing a year-end bipartisan compromise to e xtend expiring tax cuts for all Americans and renew jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed. Some Democrats have comp lained that the White House was surrendering too much to the Republicans by agreeing to include the upper income in a ny tax cut deal. The White House also sought renewal of several other tax provisions that are expiring. These were initially includ-e d in the 2009 economic stimulus bill and include a tax credit for lowerand middle-class wage earners, even if they don't m ake enough to pay federal income taxes, breaks to offset college tuition and breaks for c ompanies that hire the unemployed. Obama signaled a looming deal during a speech in NorthC arolina Monday, saying he w ould cede ground in his positions to help Republican and Democratic lawmakers work out a deal. We've got to make sure we're coming up with a solution, even if it's not 100 percent what I want or 100 percentw hat the Republicans want," O bama said. Among those expected in the meeting were Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker N ancy Pelosi, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Democratic whip Dick Durbin. A ll sides say a deal could be completed this week. An i ncreasing sense of urgency to complete the deal has set in at t he White House, which also wants the Senate to ratify a nuclear arms treaty with Russia. But time is running out for law makers in Congress' lame-ducks ession. The White House meeting w ith Democrats Monday was designed to identify what prov isions would have to be in the tax deal to win Democratic sup port. Questions remained about how many concessions Obama could extract from Republicans in exchange for extending current tax rates for high earners, a proposal he opposed. But witho ut action, lawmakers face the prospect of delivering a tax hike to all taxpayers at the end of the year, when the current rates expire and revert to higher pre2001 and 2003 levels. Negotiations between the O bama administration and a bipartisan group of lawmakers centered on a two-year extension of current rates. A t the same time, a jump in the unemployment rate to 9.8 percent is putting pressure on Republicans to accede to Pres-i dent Barack Obama's demand that Congress extend unemployment insurance for a year. GOP congressional leaders had o pposed an extension of benefits without cuts elsewhere in the federal budget. "I think most folks believe the recipe would include atl east an extension of unemployment benefits for those who are unemployed and an extension of all of the tax rates f or all Americans for some period of time," Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona, the Senate's Republican negotiator in the talks, said Sunday. C entral to the deal, White House officials and Democrats said, is an extension of unemployment benefits. Without unemployment benefits being extended, pers onally, this is a nonstarter," said Sen. Dick Durbin of Illi-n ois, the second-ranking member of the Senate Democratic l eadership. Republicans have insisted that any extension of jobless aid be paid for with cuts elsewhere in the federal budget.T he White House opposes that, saying such cuts are economi-c ally damaging during a weak recovery. S en. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said Republicans would proba bly cede that point to the Democrats. "Let's take care of the unemployment compensation even if it isn't ... backed up by real f inances," Hatch said. "We've got to do it. So let's do it. But that ought to be it." About 2 million unemployed workers will run out of benefits this m onth if they are not renewed, and the administration estimates 7 million will be affected if the payments are not extend-e d for a year. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday said discussions are still under w ay on a variety of unresolved issues. Any deal would require the approval of the House and Senate, and the president's signa-t ure. Obama told Democratic congressional leaders Saturday that he would oppose any extension of tax rates that did n ot include jobless benefits and other assistance his administration was seeking. The short-term tax and spending debate is unfoldinge ven as Congress and the Obama administration confront growing anxieties over the federal government's growing d eficits. A presidential commission s tudying the deficit identified austere measures last week toc ut $4 trillion from the federal budget over the next decade. T he movement toward a possible compromise came after Republicans blocked Democratic efforts in the Senate Saturday to extend the current taxr ates on all but the highest income levels. Republicans pre-f er extending all the tax rates permanently, but that cannot w in legislative approval either. Even if it did, Obama would be sure to veto. Durbin and Kyl spoke Sunday on CBS' "Face the Nation," while Hatch appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" a nd McConnell on NBC's "Meet the Press." C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2010, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM he economy move (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee LARRY KAREL 71, shown in his office, Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 in Aventura, Fla. LARRY KAREL 71, shown in his office, Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 in Aventura, Fla. FROM page 6B Democrats meet with Obama over tax cuts deal A P P h o t o / W i l f r e d o L e e
ANDREW VANACORE, AP Business Writer NEW YORK The amount of money spent on advertising will continue to rebound over the next few years after a sharp drop during the recession, according to several new forecasts. The continued growth is a positive sign for the economy as a whole, suggesting businesses are feeling more confident that they can lure new customers. But the recovery in ad spending is not showing up across the board. Instead, forecasters expect advertisers will continue to shift dollars to the Web and away from traditional media such as newspapers. And, reflecting broader economic trends, they expect emerging economies to grow much faster than their developed counterparts. The key takeaway from the latest figures is the "continued rise of developing markets and digital media, and their central role in driving global growth," said Steve King, the head of ZenithOptimedia. Zenith, a forecaster owned by the ad agency Publicis Groupe SA, said Monday that global ad spending will end the year up 4.9 percent over 2009 at $449.7 billion. That's slightly better than the company's previous forecast of 4.8 percent. Zenith expects 4.6 percent growth in 2011 and 5.2 percent growth in 2012 and 2013. 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January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200731-Oct-10BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 31-Oct-10 31-Oct-10 30-Sep-10CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752531-Oct-10 30-Sep-10 30-Sep-10 26-Nov-10 31-Aug-10MARKET TERMS31-Oct-10 NAV 6MTH 1.467397 2.911577 1.532712 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 31-Oct-10 31-Oct-10 31-Oct-10 NEW YORK A dispute between European leaders on whether to expand emergency support measures w eighed on the euro Monday, a ccording to Associated Press In late trading in New York, the euro fell to $1.3322 from $1.3375 late Friday. After sinki ng about 10 percent through most of November, the euro got a small bounce late last week because traders suspected t hat the European Central B ank increased the rate of its bond purchases to help calm debt markets. The U.S. government also r eleased a disappointing jobs report on Friday that hurt the dollar. Europe's woes offset conc erns about U.S. growth on Monday. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke had said Sunday that the economy is still struggling to become" self-sustaining" without the government's help. He added that the Fed was willing to buy even more than the planned $600 billion in Treasury bondso ver the next eight months if necessary. The Fed is buying bonds in an effort to drive U.S. rates l ower to get consumers borrowing and spending more. Lower rates tend to weigh on a currency, and the dollar declined steeply from late sum-m er until a deepening debt crisis in Ireland focused investors' attention back on Europe. In November, the European U nion created a bailout package for Ireland, the second European country to receive emergency financing aid this year. Greece was bailed out inM ay. Investors are now worried that Portugal or even Spain may be next, and that the funds allotted for emergency aid may not be enough to help Spain if it should require aid. European officials argued M onday over whether to commit more money to help stabilize the euro. The euro bloc's president, Jean-Claude Juncke r, argued that a pan-European bond would boost confidence in the region and its shared currency. Germany, Europe's largest e conomy, weighed in against the bond and said the current bailout fund was big enough. In other trading Monday, the B ritish pound fell to $1.5721 from $1.5741, while the dollar dropped to 82.60 Japanese yen from 82.90 yen. The U.S. currency dipped to 1 .0041 Canadian dollars from 1.0045 Canadian dollars, but gained to 0.9815 Swiss francs from 0.9777 Swiss francs. SANDY SHORE, AP Business Writer Americans are getting a sour holiday surprise at the gas pump, w here prices are at the highest they've been in over two years. They may even hit a national average of $3 a gallon by January. A lthough supplies remain plentiful and gasoline demand has diminished since September, retail gas prices are rising because o il prices are at the highest levels since October 2008. The twoweek advance paused on Monday as benchmark oil for January delivery rose 19 cents to settle at $88.96 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. A stronger dollar kept prices in check for most of the session. Since oil and other commodities are priced i n dollars, a stronger dollar makes them more expensive for buyers who use other currencies. T he national average for a gallon of regular gasoline hit $2.951 on Monday, according to AAA, Wright Express and the Oil P rice Information Service. That's nearly 10 cents higher than a week ago and 32 cents more than a year ago. "The U.S. has never spent Christmas with a $3-a-gallon aver age price for fuel," OPIS said. It's the highest national average since Oct. 19, 2008, according to OPIS. Prices have risen 30 to 40 cents from year-ago levels in nearly half the states, and many motorists already pay $3 a gallon or more. F or example, prices range between $3.055 a gallon to $3.519 a gallon in Washington, California, Delaware and Maine. Drivers i n Nevada, Oregon, North Dakota, Illinois and Wisconsin, among others, pay between $2.96 a gallon and $3.027. Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico and Texas have some of the cheapest pump prices, from $2.682 a gallon and $2.812 a gallon. If oil prices linger in the current range near $90 a barrel, the national average could reach $3 before the end of the year, sev eral analysts say. "We're within spitting distance right now,"s aid Stephen Schork, an energy analyst and publisher of The Schork Report. "Whether we get there by the end of the year or b y the end of January, as far as consumer's concerned, we're there already by a psychological standpoint." F or every penny the price at the pump increases, U.S. consumers pay an additional $4 million, according to Cameron Hanover energy analysis agency. On an individual basis, am otorist who bought 10 gallons of gas Monday, on average, paid about $3.20 more than a year ago. S chork expects energy demand to waver with prices between $2.90 a gallon and $3 a gallon. If oil reaches $100 a barrel, retail gas prices will be around $3.30 a gallon or higher, which would be a "significant obstacle" for motorists, he said. In other Nymex trading in January contracts, heating oil lost 1.17 cents to settle at $2.4757 a gallon, gasoline fell 1.04 cents to settle at $2.3417 a gallon and natural gas rose 13.9 cents to settle at $4.488 per 1,000 cubic feet. In London, Brent crude added 3 cents to settle at $91.45 a barrel on the ICE futures exchange. MATTHEW CRAFT, A P Business Writer N EW YORK The prospect of the Federal Reserve expanding its bond-buying program gave Treasurys a lift Monday. Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said the bank could boost the $600 billion effort if the economy needs i t. In a taped interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" that aired Sunday night, Bernanke said the economic recovery is barely "self-s ustaining." He defended the Fed's $600 billion plan, which was launched last month a nd aimed at lowering long-term interest r ates. The 10-year note rose 46.8 cents in Monday afternoon trading. That pushed the yield down to 2.95 percent from 3.00 percent late Friday. Bernanke said another recession was unlikely but he also warned that persistently high unemployment remains a threat. The government reported Friday that theu nemployment rate rose to 9.8 percent in N ovember, a seven-month high. Bernanke said it could take four or five more years to c ut that rate in half. A common criticism of the Fed's prog ram, voiced by Republicans in Congress and many investors, is that it risks creatingo ut-of-control inflation. Bernanke responde d to the charge, saying he had "100 per cent confidence" the Fed could move q uickly enough to prevent that from happ ening. "We could raise interest rates in 15 minutes if we have to," Bernanke said. "So, there really is no problem with raising rates, tightening monetary policy, slowing the economy, reducing inflation, at the appropriate time. That time is not now." I n other trading Monday, the 30-year b ond rose 71.8 cents. The higher price nudged the 30-year yield to 4.27 percent f rom 4.31 percent late Friday. The twoy ear yield also inched lower, to 0.43 percent f rom 0.47 percent. Treasurys may lose ground in the coming d ays as the government adds more supply t o the market. The Treasury will auction $66 billion in new bonds this week, starting T uesday with the sale of $32 billion in t hree-year notes. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma HOLIDAYHIGH: High gas prices on display at a Shell gas station in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. Americans are gettinga sour holiday surprise at the gas pump, where prices are at the highest theyve been in over two years. Although supplies remain plentiful and gasoline demand has diminished since September, retail gas prices are rising because oil prices are at the highest levels since October 2008. RETAIL PUMP PRICES HIT 26-MONTH HIGH European debt crisis weighs on the euro INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TREASURYS CHARGE HIGHER AFTER BERNANKE INTERVIEW Forecasters see continued recovery in ad spending
DURING this festive season, many p e r s o n s w i l l b e o n t h e i r f e e t f o r e x t e n d ed periods. In preparation for the sea son's celebrations, many are cooking, bak in g a n d deco ratin g. T hen th ere a r e t h e s h o p a h o l i c s w h o d o n t r ea l i s e t h a t t h e y a r e i n f o r qu i t e a w or ko u t t he c o n s ta nt m ov in g f r o m s t o r e t o s t or e a n d s t a n d i n g i n c a s h i e r l i n e s f o r e x t e n d e d p e r iod s. Fi nall y th ere are th e part y goers who are more concerned about mixing and mingling, than their feet. Most people, and more so women, d o n t w e a r t h e p r o p e r w a l k i n g o r s t a n d ing gear for these activities. Instead of w e a r i n g a s u p p o r t i v e s a n d a l w h i l e c o o k i n g b a k i n g o r d e c o r a t i n g t h e y o p t to go bare feet or wear flat flip flops w hi l e s t a nd i n g f o r ho u r s o n t i l e d o r h a r d f l o o r s O n t h e o t h e r h a n d w e h a v e t h e s h o p a h o l i c s w h o w a n t t o sport the season's latest heels which a r e o b v i o u s l y i n a p p r o p r i a t e f o r t h i s exercise. Wearing improper footwear during the holiday season will only result in b l i st e rs c o rn s c al l u s es o r w o rs e h e el p ai n H e e l s p u r s h a s b e e n r e c o g n i s e d a s o n e o f t h e m o s t c o m mo n c a u s e s o f h e e l pain. Heel spurs occur when the long, fl at l igamen t o n t he b o tt om of th e f oo t de v e l o p s t e a r s t h a t c a us e i n f l a m m a tion. Injury, hard surfaces and poorly constructed footwear can account for this condition. C a l l u s e s a r e o f t e n f o u n d o n p r e s s ur e sen si ti v e part s o f th e fo o t, su ch as under the ball of the foot or under the b i g t o e j o i n t T h e y c a n b e s o r e a n d e v e n p a i n f u l m u c h l i k e h a v i n g a p e b b l e un d e r y ou r f o ot C a ll u s e s a r e s o m e ti m e s s i g n of f oo t im ba la nc e or o f a m o r e se r i o u s p r o b l em c o n c ea l ed i n s i d e the foot. C o r n s o n t h e o t h e r h a n d c o m e i n two forms, hard corns and soft corns. H a rd c orn s usu a lly st a r t a s r e d s kin followed by a coating of callus, which develops into a hard corn. Most hard corns develop on the side of the little toe, but are also found in other places w h e r e t h e r e i s s t e a d y p r e s s u r e a n d a b r a s i o n Ha r d c o r n s a r e a l m o s t a l w a ys caused by shoes of the wrong size or s ha p e or f i t. O n t he ot he r h a nd t he soft corn is always found between the web of the toes, usually between the f o u r t h a n d f i f t h t o e s A s o f t c o r n i s w hi te a nd d a m p. It c a n a ls o be v e r y p a i n f u l I t i s c a u s e d b y a c o n s t a n t s q u e e z i n g t o g e t h e r o f t h e t o e s a s a result of shoes too short or narrow at the toes. I w i sh to gi ve t h e fo l l o wi n g a d vi c e t o readers this holiday season: 1. A s u p p o rt i v e f l i p f l o p l o af e r o r ev en running gear combined with a proper l y d e s i g n ed f o o t b e d w i l l p u t yo u r f o o t in its natural position for walking and standing this holiday season. 2 P a r t y go e r s s h o u l d c h o o s e s h o e s w i t h a r e a s o n a b l e h e e l h e i g h t o f 1 5 t o 2 i n c h e s L o o k f o r s h o e s t h a t p r o v i d e a m p l e t oe r o o m ( b e w a r e o f p o i nt e d t o e s t y l e s ) h a v i n g a b a c k s t r a p o r en cl o s ed b ac k T h e s am e h o l d s t r u e f o r me n wit h t he ex cepti on of heel h e i g h t. 3. If you are having trouble achieving t h e a p p r o p r i a t e f i t w i t h s h o e s y o u already own, take them to a local spe ci al t y f o o t w ea r st o r e o r P ed o r t h i c f a c i l ity and they can modify your shoes to fit your feet. 4 P ur c ha s e a s li m a r c h s upp or t t ha t yo u r s h o e can acco m mo d ate S p eci al ty f oot we a r s tor e s a nd P e dor th ic fa c il it i e s ha v e op t io ns t ha t w i ll fi t a l m os t any shoe. As t h i s i s my fi n al ar t ic l e t o en d 20 10, I want to wish you comfort and joy this ho l id ay s easo n! Rememb er wh en you r feet feel good so will the rest of your body! Until next year Happy Feet! B er n ade t t e D G i bs on a B oa r d C e r t i f i ed & l ic e n s e d P e d o r t h i s t i s t h e p r o p r ie to r o f Foot Sol ut i ons, a hea lt h and w el l ness fr an chise that focuses on foot care and prop e r sh oe fi t, l o cated in t h e S a ndy port P laza, Nassau. T h e v i e w s e x p r e s s e d a r e t h o s e o f t h e a utho r and doe s no t n ece ssaril y re pres ent t h o s e o f F o o t So l u ti o n s In c o rp o ra t e d o r an y of its subsidiary a nd/or af fil iat ed com p a n i e s P l e a s e d i r e c t a n y q u e s t i o n s o r c o m m e n t s t o n a s s a u @ f o o t s o l u t i o n s c o m o r 327-FEET (3338). F o o t h e a l t h t i p s f o r t h e h o l i d a y s h e a l t h C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y DECEMBER 7, 2010, P AGE 9B T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM B O D Y A N D M I N D B y B E R N A D E T T E G I B S O N FOOT SOLUTIONS T erritorial behaviour in dogs By DR BASIL SANDS T E R R I T O R I A L b e h a v i o u r i n d o g s r e m i n d s u s o f t h e i r w o l f l i k e a n c e s t o r s T h i s b e h a v i o u r i n c l u d e s d e f e n s i v e a n d o f f e n s i v e t e r r i t o r i a l a g g r e s s i o n t e r r i t o r i a l m a r k i n g ( u r i n e s t o o l s c r a t c h m a r k s e t c ) o r t e r r i to r i a l in v e s ti g a t io n Territorial investigation W h e n a d o g i n v e s t i g a t e s h i s territory it is crucial for their surviva l. By inve st ig at ing it s s u r r o u n d i n g s i t p r o v i d e s i n f o r m a t i o n r e g a r d i n g n a t u r a l r e s o u r c e s d e t e c t i o n o f i n t r u d e r s t h a t w o u l d c o m p e t e f o r f o o d a n d w a t e r o r t h r e a t en t h e s a f e t y o f y o u n g M a l e s t end t o e xpl ore large r areas than do females. Territorial marking D ogs c laim t h eir t erri to ry b y l eavin g dep osi ts o f u rin e o r s t o o l U r i n e m a y b e v o i d e d i n a c rouc hi ng p osit io n or a s ta n d i n g p o s it i on w i th a l if te d leg. Both males and females u r i n a t e i n e i t h e r p o s i t i o n t h o u g h v e r t i c a l s u r f a c e s (trees, lamp poles) are more o f t e n t a r g e t e d b y m a t u r e m a l es A d o g' s w al l a ro u n d t h e n ei g h b o u r i s e q u i va l e n t to the territorial patrol of its w i l d r e l a t i v e s ( w o l v e s e t c ) U n m a r k e d a r e a s a s w e l l a s previous traces of other dogs are marked by fresh deposits of urine or stool. A dog' s ter rit or y i nc lud es t h e a r e a s u r r o u n d i n g i t s h o m e a n d e v e n t u a l l y a n y w h e r e y o u r dog has explored. Territorial Aggressiveness T h i s m a y b e g i n a s a d o g a p p r o a c h e s s e x u a l m a t u r i t y a t 6 months of age, but may not develop fully until 3 years of a g e N o t a l l d o g s a r e b o r n w i t h e q u a l t e r r i t o r i a l i n s t i n c t s Many pet owners view terri tor ia l ag g r es s iv e ne s s a s de s ir a b l e A d o g t h a t i s p r a i s e d fo r barking when it is startled by noise outside may eventually b e c o m e a g o o d w a t c h d o g F o r t h e m o s t p a r t h o w e v e r u n l e s s the dog ha s s ome inb orn pre d is p o s i t io n i t m a y be d i ff ic u l t for the average pet owner to t r a i n a r e l i a b l e w a tc h d o g S t i l l t h e i n t i m i d a t i n g e f f e c t o f a la rg e do g' s s iz e m a y comp e nsate for it sociable nature. D o g o w n er s c a n u n i n t e n t i o n a l l y e n c o u r a g e u n d e s i r a b l e t e r r i t o r i a l b e h a v i o u r B ar k in g an d o t h er f o r ms o f a g g r e s s i v e n e s s c a n b e r e i n f o r c e d b y a t t en t i o n e v en i f th e a tt e n t i on is n e g a t i v e s u ch as s col din g. T ole r ati ng ob je ct i o n a b l e b e h a v i o u r i s t h e same as encouraging it. Solutions I f y o u r p e t h a s b e c o m e a pr o bl e m te a ch i t t he l i mi ts o f ac cep t abl e b ehavi our Trai n yo ur dog to s it a nd sta y w hen a ny on e i nc lud in g y ou e n te rs or leaves the home. If neces sary use a leash during train i n g T e a c h i n g y o u r d o g t o a s s um e a ca lm a n d c on tr o l le d a tt it ud e r e in fo r c e s i ts s u bm i s sive rank. The dog will grad ually understand that it need n o t d e f e n d a g a i n s t o r f e a r v i s i t o r s T e r r i t o r i a l d e f e n s e i n males is not affected by cas t r a t i o n t h o u g h t h i s m a y reduce the size of their terri to r y a n d th e f r e q ue n c y o f t e r ritorial marking. Other types o f ag g r e s s i o n i n f l u e n c e d b y s e x u a l h o r m o n e s h o w e v e r m a y c o n tr i b u te to t he i nt e n s i ty of territorial aggression by a dd i ng t o t he d o g' s mo t i vation or to its general state of a r o u s a l L o o k f o r s i g n s o f i n f e c t i o n W i t h s u r g i c a l p a t i e n t s y o u s h o u l d a l w a y s follow closely any post-oper a t i o n i n s t r u c t i o n s g i v e n t o y o u by your veterinarian. By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter C HRISTMAS comes early this year for Sister Sister and Reach as the organisers of Strut for Life recently donated ten thousand dollars to the Breast Cancer Support Group and an additional ten thousand dollars to Reach, the Autism support Group. Th e S tru t fo r Lif e or gan i s er s als o p res ent ed a c heq ue fo r ten th ou san d d ollar s to DeC os ta Beth el, the p ast pr e si d e nt o f Re a ch w ho h a s a n a ut i s tic so n and a d aug hter w ho at tend s Y od eph y, T h e o r g a n i s e r s o f S t r u t f o r L i f e a n d Y od eph y pa rtn ers P hyllis Ga rr away and D ebbi e G eea r Bet hell rai sed the tw ent y t hou sa nd d ollar s by walk ing 60 m iles in Lo ng I s l a nd over a th ree d a y p e r i o d i n t h e m u c h p u b l i c i s e d S tru t for Life fu ndr ais er. Th e walk was on e of sever al ac tiviti es organi sed by Yodephy i n its c el eb ra tion of Y od eph y's 2 0th a nniv ersa r y T he d a n ce a n d m o de l i n g a g e nc y with an enro l lment of over four h und r e d c h i l d r e n is l o c a t e d o n T o p o f t h e Hi ll Ma c key Street, next door to S a t e l l i t e B a h a m a s i s o v e r t w e n t y year s old "The in sp iratio n fo r St ru t f or Lif e ca m e be cau se Y od eph y h as mo th ers a nd ha s had ma ny m othe rs who have ha d or h ave b re as t c a nc er o ve r th e p as t t w en ty y ea rs a nd s i mi l a rl y so me of tho se mo ther s als o have c hild ren w h o h a v e a u t i s m M r s G a r r a w a y said H e l en Ro ll e S is te r Si st er se cre ta ry said the ch equ e "r eally mean t a lot to her as s he r ec eived the d on ation on b eha lf of th e Sis ter S iste r Br eas t C an c e r S u p p o r t Gr o u p "I t s a y s t o m e t h a t w e a r e a b l e t o h e l p t h o s e u n f o r t u n a t e w o m e n o u t t h e r e w h o ca nno t a ffor d a p or t(a dev ice plac ed i n s i d e a c a n c e r v i c t i m t o d i s p e n s e m e d i c a t i o n r e g u l a r l y ) T h o s e w h o ca nno t affo rd th e f irs t s tep o f t reat m en t on the ir road to re cove ry," Mrs Ro lle said M r s G r e e r B e t h e l l a d d e d : W e h a v e a m o t h e r w h o i s a r e c o v e r e d br east c an c er p atient who was plan n i n g t o p a r t i c i p a t e i n t h e S u s a n Ko men "R ac e for the C ur e" walk in th e S t a t es s o w e as k e d w h y g o t o t h e S t a t e s ? W h y n o t d o i t h e r e ? H o w ev e r w h e n w e s t ar te d w a lk i n g an d t r a i n i n g t h e r e w e r e s o m a n y c l o s e c a l ls w it h c a r s a n d j it n e y s t h a t w e de cid ed it wo uld be bett er t o d o it in Lo ng I slan d with on e str aigh t ro ad, s he exp lained T h e g r o u p h a d l o t s o f a s s is t a n c e f r o m L o n g I s l a n d e r s O v e r t w e n t y on e peo ple walk ed and as sis ted w i t h th e d rivin g of th e c ar s. Th e s tud ent s f r o m M a n g r o v e B u s h P r im a r y a ls o pa rtic ipa ted b y w alkin g a m ile. "A lo t o f per s on s in Lon g Is lan d h a v e g o t b r e a s t c a n c e r t o o M r s G ree r -B ethe l l sa i d. "O ne of t he p ers ons o f th e s up po rt v ehic les had los t he r moth er to br eas t c an c er too s o s h e w a s h a p p y t o p r o v i d e u s w i t h a n y th ing we n eed ed. Sh e r all ie d up oth er s to help u s and it was r eally won de rfu l," s he s aid. Support C or po r ate B ah amas als o st ep pe d i n t o l e n d t h e i r s u p p o r t M r s G a r r away said "Do nat ions a re still c oming in and are still welc o m e We ar e sti l l se ll in g pi ns, aut ism bracel et s and T s h i r t s " I t s a j o y t o d a y t o r e c e i v e t h i s c h e q u e w h e n t o d a y w e h a d t w o yo un g females b oth thir ty s ix year s o l d n e e d i n g s u r g e r y a n d n e e d i n g por ts ," sa i d Nu rse C ha rl e ne McP he e, c o f o under of the Si s t er Siste r Br e ast C anc er Sup po rt Gr ou p. Both women are yo ung mo ther s w ith c hildr en w ho we re no t able to afford the po rts b e c ause they a r e not w or kin g. S o, it's mar velou s to kn ow t hat th er e are c o rp or ate c ompa nies l i k e Y o d e p h y a n d t h o s e w h o s u p por te d St rut f or L if e d ona t i ng t o Si s t er Sis ter s o we c an g i v e th em n ew p o r t s s o t h a t t h e s e w o m e n d o n t h a v e t o hav e t wo s ur gerie s, sh e said T h e S i s t e r S i s t e r B r e a s t C a n c e r s up po rt gro up aro se ou t o f th e mult i p r a c t i c e o f f i c e s o f T h e S u r g i c a l S uite at Cen ter ville M ed i c al Cen tr e, C o l li n s Av e n u e I t w as c o f o u n d e d b y c ert ified lap ban d d oc to r C har les D i gg i s s C M O o f D o c to r s H o s p i t a l a nd P re side nt of th e Med N et Gro up o f Co m pan i es, D r Loc ksley Munr oe, S outhern Co m munity G ener a l Cl ini c a n d Nu r s e C h a r l e n e M cP h e e M a n a ger o f the S ur gic al S uite Th e Su rg i c al S uite is a member of t he M edN et Gr ou p of Co mpan ies R ea c h is lo c at e d i n P al md a le o ff M ad eira, next d oo r to Mc Don ald's T h e p r e s i d e n t o f R e a c h i s M a r i o C are y o f Mar io C arey R eal Es tate. Strut for Life donates over $10,000 each to Sister Sister and Reach PHOTOS FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Helen Rolle, secretary of Sister Sister, Nurse Charlene McPhee, co-founder of Sister Sister and Surgical Suite manager Phyllis Garraway, partner, Yodephy and Strut co-organiser, Debbie Geear-Bethell, partner Yodephy Strut co-founder, and DeCosta Bethel, past president, Reach.
G ardeners love Decem ber. Grass is growing very slowly and needs little attention, the weather is cool for working and weeding, and the vegetable plots are producing. Early bearing crops such as snap beans, chard, lettuce, spinach, Chi ne s e c a bb a g e c uc um b e r a nd s qu a s h should alr ea dy h av e g ive n a ha rve st o r t w o w h i l e b e e t s a n d c a r r o t s a p p r o a c h t h e h a r v e s t i n g s t a g e To ma toe s tha t w er e ma tu re e no ug h to have flowers at the end of Octo ber have now set fruit and will bear i n m i d D e c e m b e r i n t i m e f o r C h r i s t m a s A w o n d e r f u l t i m e o f y e a r indeed. We must remember that our gar d en p ro d uc t i on w i ll be ep h eme ral u n le s s w e ta ke m e a s u r e s to k e e p t he crops coming. Most vegetables can b e r e s o w n e v e r y m o n t h o r s o S w e e t peppers should last throughout the year and eggplants may need only one more planting. I wou ld r ec om me nd a t l e as t t hr ee s o w i n g s o f c a r r o t s T h e y a r e t r u e 120-day crops and it is satisfying to have young plants on the way while we enjoy the first fruits. N o w t h a t t h e w e a t h e r i s c o o l e r we c an st art I rish p ot at oes. It is di f fi cu l t t o ob ta in t ru e s e e d po ta to e s b ut h ea l t hy sp ec i m en s w i t h e yes f ro m th e f o o d s t o r e d o w e l l e n o u g h C u t a p o t a t o i n t o w e d g e s e a c h w e d g e w i t h a p r o m i n en t e ye D i p e a c h i n t o a we a k s o l ut i on of b l e a c h ( 1 0 1 w a t e r / bleach) and allow to dry. The potato pieces produce roots from the cut area and new potatoes ar e f or med ab ove. Th is m eans w e m u s t b u r y t h e s e e d p o t a t o q u i t e d e e p l y f i v e o r s i x i n c h e s b e l o w ground level. The soil beneath the c utt ing should be light ly f e rt ilised. T he ho l e c a n b e l e ft o pe n a n d a s t he stalks grow, they can be lightly cov e r e d u n t i l t h e g r e e n e r y i s a b o v e ground level. The soil can then be m o u n d e d a r o u n d t h e b a s e o f t h e plant. P o t a t o e s a r e r e a d y f o r d i g g i n g w h e n t h e p l a n t f l o w e r s a n d t h e n d i e s ba c k Y ou r p ot a to e s ma y be s ma l l e r than you are normally used to buy ing but will have exquisite flavour. Ma ny people value small pot atoes more than large ones. C a b b a g e s a n d t h e i r k i n c a u l i f l o w e r b r o c c o l i B r u ss e l s s p r o u t s etc. are gross feeders and should h a v e s m a l l s i d e d r e s s i n g s o f f e r ti l i s e r applied while they grow. There is a limit to this, however. A gardening friend from Cherokee Sound, Aba co t ol d me th at last year h e gr e w c a u l i f l o w e r t h a t b o r e f o u r f o o t l e a v e s and b roc c ol i th at gr ew t o six f eet b u t n e i th e r c ro p p r od u ce d a n y f l ow e r i n g h e a d s T h i s f a i l u r e w a s n o doubt caused by over-fertilising. R i g ht a b ou t no w y o u s h ou ld ha v e a good idea of how your flowering gardens will look for Christmas. If y o u a r e n o t h a p p y y o u c a n g o t o y o u r f a v o u r i t e n u r s e r y a n d b u y s e ed l i n g s o r a d u l t p l a n t s t o f i l l i n any gaps. It is usually in December that nurseries receive shipments of N e w G ui ne a im p a tie n s T he s e o fte n h a v e v a r i e g a t e d l e a v e s a n d a r e at t ra ct i ve e ven w h en t h ey a re n ot flowering. They like shade but can t ak e mo re s u n t h an r egu l ar i mp atiens. I f y o u h a v e p l a n t e d C h r i s t m a s p o i n s e t t i a s i n y o u r g a r d e n i n t h e p a s t they should be ready to flower and gi v e a f e st i ve d i s p l ay S o m e t i m e s h o m e p o i n s e t t i a s b l o o m a f t e r C h r i s t mas but will continue doing so until after Easter. Although grass may not be grow ing fast, it is still growing and needs to be fe r til is e d wi th hig h ni tro g en in or d er t o ke ep t h e c o lo u r r ic h an d d ee p W a t er t h e l a w n w el l b ef o r e a p p l y i n g t h e f e r t i l i s e r a n d t h e n w a t e r l ig h tl y a g a i n. S t A ug u s tin e g r a s s ca n take a great deal of neglect but also rewards good treatment. firstname.lastname@example.org C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN P AGE 10B, TUESDA Y DECEMBER 7, 2010 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM By GARDENER JACK GREEN SCENE December PRETTY IN PINK: New Guinea impatiens have lovely flowers and interesting leaves. BIG EATERS: Members of the cabbage clan are gross feeders and need to be fertilised well. REWARDERS: If you planted poinsettias into your garden last year or the year before they will be giving their own special bonus for years to come. (AR A) M ar tin McG owan wa s a healthy, athletic 15-year-old with a passion for baseball. After his high s ch oo l b a s e ba l l tr y o ut s in e a r l y F e br ua ry 20 05, M ar t in w as ex ha us t ed and said his legs hurt from running. He w e nt to bed an d at 2 .30 a m that mor nin g, M ar tin' s m othe r aw oke to hear her son vomiting in the bath r o o m H e h a d a f e v e r o f 1 0 2 d e g r e e s M a r t i n s s y m p t o m s p r o g r e s s e d t h ro u gh o u t t h e m o r n i n g, w i t h t h e p a i n i n h i s l e g s w o r s e n i n g H i s m o t h e r c a l l e d t h e d o c t o r w h o r e c o m mended either an appointment for later that afternoon or to take Mar tin to the emergency room. Martin said he needed to go to the emer gency room. On c e a t t he h o s pi ta l M a r ti n' s li p s w e r e s o w h i te th e E R d o c t o r a d m i n i s t e r e d i n t r a v en o u s f l u i d s M a r t i n t es te d po si ti ve f or i nf l uen z a. A s a r e s u l t o f t h e i n f l u e n z a d i s e a s e a t t a c k ing his muscles, he developed com part me n t syndrome, w hich li mited his blood circulation in his legs and caused severe pain. T h e do c to r s e x p l a i n e d t o M a r t i n' s m o the r th a t h e wo u ld n e e d a n op e r a t i o n a s s o o n a s p o s s i b l e I f t h e b l o o d f l o w i n g t o M a r t i n s l e g s c e a s e d f o r a n e x te nd e d pe r iod o f ti me the y m ig h t have to amputate his legs. D u r i n g t h e s u r g e r y M a r t i n s h e a r t s to ppe d be a ti ng S hor tl y a fte r M a r t i n d i e d o f c o m p l i c a t i o n s f r o m influenza, merely 24 hours after his f i r s t s y m p t o m s a p p e a r e d M a r t i n h a d not been vaccinated against the flu. After Martin's death, his mother, D i an e Mc Go w an j o i n e d F am i l i e s F i g h t i n g F l u t h e o n l y n o n p r o f i t o r g a n i s a t i o n m a d e u p o f f a m i l i e s w h o h a v e e x p e r i e n c e d f i r s t -h a n d t h e d e at h o f a c h i l d d u e t o t h e f l u o r have had a child experience severe medical complications from the flu. Th e f l u i s a s eri ou s di sea se t hat s p r e a d s v e r y e a s i l y I t c a n c a u s e m i l d t o s e v e r e i l l n e s s a n d c a n l e a d t o death even among healthy, older children. According to the Centers for D ise a se Contr ol a nd Pr ev en tion ( C D C ) a n n u a l v a c c i n a t i o n i s t h e sin gl e b es t wa y to pre v en t influ enz a in people of all ages. "W e sh ou ld h ave got t en Mar t in va cci nate d, s a id M cGow an. No w, I can on ly h ope that his sto ry w ill b e a n e n co u r a g e m e n t fo r ot h e r f a m ilies t o get their children va c cina t ed every year." During the 2009-2010 flu season, t h e C D C e s t i m a t e d t h a t 2 7 4 0 0 0 p e o p l e w e r e h o s p i t a l i s e d i n t h e U S f rom in fluenza more than 85 ,00 0 o f t h em w er e c h il dr en. Trag ic al ly, an est im at ed 1,20 0 c h il dren un der ag e 1 7 died f r om the flu la st se as on. "In developed countries, influen za kills more people than any other v ac ci n ep rev en t ab le d i sea se, sai d Jon Abrahamson, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Wake Fo re st U ni v e r s it y M e di c a l S c ho ol i n Wi n s to n Sa le m, N C a n d a m e d i c a l advisor for Families Fighting Flu. The truth about the flu: It's more serious than you think Martin McGowan
By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter T HE Little Pink Party brings to women of all ages, a six hour field trip into the world of all things fashionable this holiday season as they invite you to The W Wonderland. T h is ma gi c al ev en t is sa id t o b e t h e m o s t c e l e b r a t e d s h o p p i n g e v e n t f o r Ba h am i an w om e n th is D e ce m be r it wa s d e s i g n e d a n d c o n c e p t u a l i s e d t o b e a weekend for girlfriends. H o s t e d b y t h e K h a n A a l i M e d i a Group, the Little Pink Party (TLPP) T h e W W o n d e r a n d wi l l b e a j o y o u s f e s ti v a l fe a t u r i n g d a y a n d n i g h t e v e n ts c h a r a c t e r i s i n g W h o W h a t W h e n W h e r e Women Want". The event will be held this upcoming S atu rday, Decemb er 11 at Th e W yndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino, starting at 11 am to 5 pm. G o i n g f u r t h e r o n t h e T L P P T h e W Wo nde r l an d, o rg a n is e rs s a y i t is th e ul ti mate lady's day out featuring boutiques that offer gift items on everyone's wish li s t w i th li v e d e m on s tr a ti o ns o f t he la t e s t trends in fashion and holiday entertain ing. Kandice Hanna, principle creative of the The Little Pink Party told Tribune Woman that the party happens twice a year, a Spring Summer event and a Fall Winter Event. S he con t inu ed: "It al l began in May o f 2 0 08 t h e t h e m e a r o u n d t h a t ev e n t w a s c e n t e r e d a r o u n d t h e S e x a n d t h e C i t y m o v i e a n d i t g r e w i n t o a b i g g e r ev ent, We contacted t he Ca ncer S ociety to be apart of it. T h e W W o n d e r l a n d t h e m e i s a p a r t o f a week end cel ebrat ion of w oman hoo d an d al t ho u gh i t i s we lc om ed t o everyone, it is a celebration of all woman." M s Ha n n a e x p l ai n e d t h a t t h e Li t t l e Pi n k Pa r t y i s i n a i d o f t h e C a n c e r S o c i e t y with special attention to Breast Cancer. T h e r e a r e a l s o w o m a n g r o u p s t h a t w i l l b e a t t e n d i n g t h e p a r t y S u p p o r t o f t h i s n o b l e p r o s o c i a l c h a r i t a b l e c a u s e b e n e f i t s t h e C a n c e r S o c i e t y o f T h e B a h a m a s s h e s a i d T h e l i t t l e p i n k p a r t y i s a f a s h i o n a b l e o p p o r t u n i t y t o s u p p o r t t h e f i g h t a g a i n s t b r e a s t c a n c e r T h i s e v e n t i s a c o s t e f f e c t i v e o p p o r t u n i t y f o r v e n d o r s a n d s p o n s o r s t o g e t u p c l o s e a n d p e r s o n a l w i t h o v e r 1 5 0 0 h i g h l y t a r g e t e d 2 1 4 5 y e a r o l d f e m a l e s a c r o s s a l l k e y m a r k e t s I t s t h e s e l i v e s o c i a l n e t w o r k s o f g i r l f r i e n d s w h e r e b u z z a n d v i r a l m a r k e t i n g s t a r t s G u e s t s w i l l e n j o y d e l i c i o u s c o c k t a i l s a n d r e f r e s h m e n t s w h i l e s a m p l i n g f a b u l o u s p r o d u c t s s e r v i c e s a n d h o l i d a y i n s p i r e d c u i s i n e s T h e r e w i l l a l s o b e rea dy t o w ear f ash i on s a nd sp ec i al p er f o r m a n c e s o n m a i n s t a g e L o a d s o f g i v e a w a y s a n d b e a u t y i t e m s w i l l a l s o b e a v a i l a b l e i n t h e l i t t l e p i n k S w a g B a g T h e K h a n A a l i M e d i a G r o u p i s b r o u g h t t o y o u i n p a r t b y X P r e s s I t I n c N a u t i l u s B a h a m a s S u r g i c a l F i r s t A s s i s t a n t L t d L o w e s W h o l e s a l e a n d I A m I n f l u e n c e T h e r e i s a n e n t r a n c e f e e o f $ 5 C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDA Y DECEMBER 7, 2010, P AGE 1 1B T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM (ARA) While the holiday season is on e of th e m o s t j o y o us ti m e s o f t he y e a r it can also be one of the busiest. Days ( a n d n i g h t s ) a r e f i l l e d w i t h s h o p p i n g co o k in g g if t w r a p p in g a nd o f co u r s e c e l ebrat ing a t holid a y part ies w ith f amily and friends. So wh er e ve r th e ho lid ay se a so n ma y t ake yo u, i t is al ways i mpor tant t o ge t ca ug ht lo ok ing y our ab so lu te be s t. Y o u d o n t w a n t t o b e c a u g h t o f f g u a r d w h e n y o u b u m p i n t o s o m e o n e w h i l e you'r e doing la stminute holi day sho pp i n g s a y s b e a u t y e x p e r t P o l l y B l i t z e r I f y o u m a k e a h a b i t o f u s i n g t h e r i g h t b e a u ty p ro du cts fr om br an ds wom en tru st I lo ve CO V ER GI R L, Pa nte ne Ola y a nd C l a i r o l y o u l l l o o k g o o d d a y o r n i g h t n o m a t t e r w h e r e y o u r e g o i n g a n d n o m a t t e r wha t y ou' re do ing N o w h e r e ar e s o m e m o r e t i p s f r o m P o l l y t o h e l p y o u g e t c a u g h t l o o k i n g g l a m o r o u s : U pd ate y ou r wa r dr obe wi th a fe w s im p le it ems fo r a n ew gl a m lo ok at e ac h gat her ing. St art w it h a sim pl e dres s (a ne w li ttle bla ck d re s s is us ua ll y th e m os t v e r s a t i l e ) a n d t h e n a c c e s s o r i s e w i t h s c a r v e s j e w e l r y s h o e s a n d h a n d b a g s On e dr e ss c a n b e wo rn to m a ny s oi re e s j u s t b y s w i t c h i n g u p th e a c c e n t s ; t h i s w a y y ou won 't ha v e to s pe nd a l ot of mo ne y on s e ve r a l outfi ts Puff ine s s a nd da r k cir cle s u nd er y o ur e y e s d o n' t mi x we l l w it h th e s t il e tto s a nd se qu ins y ou p la n to we a r t o the se a s on' s h o t t e s t p a r t y S o t r y O l a y R e g e n e r i s t Anti-A gi ng Ey e R ol le r to r e du ce un de r e y e p u f f i n e s s i n 3 0 s e c o n d s a n d l o o k f r e s h an d ra d ia nt a ll s ea s on l ong F o u n d a t i o n i s t h e f i r s t s t e p i n c r e a t i n g a f l a w l e s s l o o k s o m a k e s u r e t o p i c k a p rod uc t th at pro vides adequ ate co vera ge, b ut al so go es o n sh ee r. C OV ER GI R L s Si m p l y A g e l e s s F o u nd a ti o n p r o v i de s a f l a w le ss f i n i sh w i t h o ut se t t l i ng into fi ne lin e s a nd wr in kle s thr oug h out t he d ay It a l so goes on sh e er, making i mperf e c ti ons seem t o disappear w hile imp ro v ing sk in co nd itio n ov e r tim e Don 't sh ow up at the p ar ty wi th na ke d n ai l s h ea d o u t t o a s a l o n o r i n v i t e a fri e nd ov e r fo r a ma ni cur e S mo oth cu tic l e s, b u f f r o u gh n ai l ed g es mo i s t ur i se fr e qu e n tl y a n d p a in t th e m w it h a n e u tr a l col or tha t wil l w or k wi th ma ny o f y ou r hol ida y sty l es To e nsure you're n ot lookin g d r ear y l i k e t h e w i n t e r w e a t h e r d i a l u p y o u r ha ir 's co lou r an d s hi ne wi th C la ir ol Pe rfe ct 1 0 b y N i ce n Ea sy I t g iv e s h a ir hi g h gl os s, h ig h s hi ne a nd g or g eo us co lou r in jus t 10 mi nute s A n d f i n a l l y d o n t h i d e b e h i n d y o u r d r y fr i z z y l o c k s w h e n t h e ca m e r a s s ta r t f l a s h i n g. P an t en e P ro V Re s t o r e B e au t i f u l L e n g t h s S h i n e E n h a n c e R e p l e n i s h i n g Ma s k h as a n a dv a nce d for mu la to tr e at r o u g h d ul l h a i r a n d w il l l e a v e y o u r t r e s s es loo kin g a n d f ee l ing sm oo th an d si lk y. M o s t i m p o r t a n t l y d o n t f o r g e t t o t u r n o n y o u r b r i l l i a n t s m i l e a n d r o c k y o u r l o o k w it h c on fi de n c e e v e ry ti m e y o u w a l k ou t th e d oor s ay s B litz e r. For more tips on how to get caught looking glamorous this holiday season, go to www.musthaveits.com. Get caught looking glamor ous this holiday season BEST DRESSED: Wherever the holiday sea son may take you, it is always important to get caught looking your absolute best. T h e L i t t l e P i n k P a r t y w e l c o m e s y o u t o T h e W W o n d e r l a n d BONITA DESIGNS VENDOR LITTLE PINK BUSINESS: Guest socialise as they show off the swag bags. ALL SMILES: Kandice Hanna and members of TLPP.
C M Y K C M Y K T H E T R I B U N E SECTION B HEAL TH: Body and mind T U E S D A Y D E C E M B E R 7 2 0 1 0 By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer T he Ms Full Figured Beauty Pageant are on a continued mission to empower voluptuous women. 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