N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 107 No.15WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 73F LOW 63F F E A T U R E S S EETHEARTS SECTION S P O R T S Transforming SEESECTIONE Mud Strikers and Blue Flames secure championship berth B y NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AN Abaco native was m urdered Monday night, hours after collecting tens of thousands of dollars froma major pay out at a local n umbers house, according to Tribune sources. Police confirmed they found the 36-year-old man with multiple gunshot injuries to the body inside his Forest Drive house in Marsh Harbour. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the local doctor. A woman, believed to be his girlfriend, and their oneyear-old baby girl were shot in the head during the incident. Despite the trauma, mother and daughter were in stable condition when treated at the local govern ment clinic and they never lost consciousness. They were airlifted to Nassau and are said to be in stable condition. Sources on the ground identified the victim as Stanley Saintville, a quiet man who coached a football team i n the local Haitian league. His neighbour, Saintira Augustin, said he knew Mr Saintville from a small boy and it pains his heart to know what happened. He recalled how Mr Saintvillec onstructed his own home. H e said he was in the process of adding on an apartment to the same prope rty. Mr Saintville recently won over $50,000 in an Island Luck draw, accordi ng to sources. One police o fficer said the headquarters of the web shop was a mad house on Monday, because a number of people won big last week when the number 9966 fell in the Mia mi late night draw. He said large payouts are handled at the head office of the web shop. The Tribune was told by one resident that she knew of someone who had earned about $200,000 in the draw. It was said that persons who entered the draw stood to win $5,000 for every dollar they had invested. However, McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Killed after $50K numbers payout Man shot dead, woman and baby in stable condition BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page 11 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com SOME 200 aggravated Bahamas Telecommunications Company workers walked off the job yesterday morning to rally against the proposed sale of the majority stake of BTC to Cable and Wire less Communication. Unified trade unions came together yesterday morning to protest the $210 million acquisition of a majority 51 per cent stake in BTC by CWC (which operates as LIME in the Caribbean). The sale was announced last Wednesday by the government. "We are not opposed to privatisation, we are about Bahamianisation," echoed demonstrators. Employees marched seven times around the BTC headquarters building located on JFK drive, carrying posters and chanting "solidarity for ever, the union makes us strong." The main premise of the protest was that BTC should be a Bahamian privately owned company. Union leaders believe that BTC is capable of being a competitive and successful company if owned and operated by Bahamians. The Bahamian people are receiving little to nothing from the foreign investors. "We don't want to answer to the white man again," said Bernard Evans, President of BTC W ORKERS WALK OFF THE JOB IN SALE PROTEST By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org HOPE Town residents critic ised government in a local protest yesterday afternoon for overturning the town counc ils unanimous opinion to o ppose a planned 24-room h otel and 88 villa development. Jeremy Sweeting, Hope T own chief counsellor, said c ouncil members have no interest in being puppets for the RESIDENTS STAGE PROTEST IN HOTEL DEVELOPMENT ROW SEE page five A LOCAL advocacy group has gained the rights to have first access to all the files relating to the Bahamas in the 250,000 US Embassy Diplomatic Cables released by the whistle-blower website, Wik ileaks. While the websites founder Julian Assange was arrested yesterday and denied bail over sexual assault allega tions, sources close to the local group claim they have been in contact with persons close to his website and have reached an arrangement for the highly-anticipated files. Yesterday, a source told The Tribune that this is only the beginning to their approach to information free dom and the opening of gov ernment secrets. We intend to establish a Wikileaks Bahamas set-up that will allow Bahamians who have access to sensitive government information to publish it in a safe and effec tive manner that will keep government accountable. We will secure that information in such a way that they are in no way implicated. Bahamians will get an idea of how government works in a real sense and we will begin to understand how things that make sense dont always seem to happen, and the pressures that the government is under. Also, we can begin to see clearly who the special inter LOCAL GROUP GAINS RIGHTS TO WIKILEAKS BAHAMAS FILES PROTEST: BTCworkers rally against the proposed sale yesterday. SEE page 12 Tim Clarke /Tribune staff SEE page 11
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INDEX MAIN SECTION Local News.............P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 Editorial/Letters........................................P4 BUSINESS/ARTS SECTION Business..............................P1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 T aste....................................................P9,10 Arts.....................................................P11,12 SPORTS SECTION Spor ts.........................................P1,2,3,4,7,8 Advt............................................................P5 Comics......................................................P6 CLASSIFIED SECTION 32 P AGES US government regulations now require all individuals applying for US visas to sub-m it DS-160 visa application f orms that are fully accurate and complete. Individuals presenting applications containing omissions or errors in biographical d ata (ie name, date of birth, p lace of birth, passport numb er, any prior or maiden n ames, gender) or purpose of travel, will be required to correct the omissions and/or errors to their online applicat ions before their interviews c an take place. T hose applicants will be a sked to complete the correc tions and return to the US E mbassy at a later time to complete processing of theirv isa applications. We encourage international travel and regret any i nconvenience that these new regulations may entail. For t he best possible customer s ervice, we strongly recommend you complete your own a pplication form in order to g uarantee its accuracy, said the Embassy statement. If you choose to have another person complete your appli c ation on your behalf, we rec ommend that you personally verify the accuracy of thei nformation before the application is submitted electroni cally. Please note that biographical information in the DS-160 application form must match the information statedi n your passport. P lease see our website (http://nassau.usembassy.gov for a complete step-by-step guide on how to apply for a visa at the US Embassy in N assau. We strive to provide bett er services for our visa cust omers. Therefore, we have expanded the hours offered to individuals wishing to submit application materials on b ehalf of minor children, 13 y ears of age and under. Indiv iduals who will submit applic ation materials on behalf of minors may now do so witho ut a previously scheduled appointment (drop offM onday and Tuesday aftern oons from 1pm to 3pm, except for official holidays. Please note that applicants 14 years of age and older with p reviously scheduled appoint m ents may also submit applications for minor children at t he time of their own appointm ents. The Embassy said it is still accepting mail-in application materials for children under 1 4 via courier. The requirements to use this service or find out addi-t ional information about the US visa application process can be found on http://nas s au.usembassy.gov. AFTER three months off-air, the radio station ZNS1 1540AM yesterday resumed transmission of its signal. The national radio station recommenced broadcasting at noon after the signal was tested and the pattern proofed for ver-i fication. We are currently operating at full broadcasting power of 50WK, said ZNS general manager Edwin Lightbourn yes t erday in a statement. The stations signal was disrupted when thieves stole copper ground radials from the transmission site and caused damage to equipment in one of the two tuning huts in September. Last month, security guards thwarted an attempted second theft of copper wiring from ZNS' South Beach transmission site. The wiring was part of transmission equipment installed after the daylight theft of 150ft of copper straps from the site two months earlier. Over the next few weeks the Corporation will take official measurements of the signal in the various islands to verify strength, Mr Lightbourn said. Management wishes to acknowledge the efforts of its ded icated staff in the restoration of 1540AMs signal and thank Family Islanders for their patience during the period the station was off the air. We also wish to acknowledge the assistance of Coast 106FM Radio in Inagua which aired 1540AMs signal dur ing the period that the signal was interrupted on 1540AM. AIRPORTWORK: The expansion of the new airport wing at the Lynden Pindling International Airport will allow the passage of more guests t o fly to Nassau and connect to the Family Islands. PROGRESSONNEWPROVIDENCEWORK SITES ROUNDABOUT: The six-legged roundabout w as the beneficiary of t he sand deposits from the harbour dredging. The completion of t he road project is expected to ease the tension of transportat ion for those travelling f rom west to east to go t o work and school as well as to hotels, mark etplaces, entertain ment centres and ports in the heart of downt own. STRAW MARKET :The new Straw Market is expected to provide a home base for d isplaced straw vendors struggling for a place to do business in the aftermath of the 2001 Bay Street fire. It also will be a place for government to have office space in the downtown area within walking distance of the Cabinet Office and Parliament. HARBOUR: Trucks moving sand deposits from the r ecent dredging of the Nassau Harbour carry the p rized commodity to lay the foundation of developm ent for new roads and subdivisions. GENA GIBBS/BIS Changes to US visa applications Embassy announces new procedures, expanded drop-off hours for applications for children ZNS radio station goes back on air Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com AMERICAN rapper Young Jeezy was taken into police custody on Saturday during a police road block on Village Road following reportso f gun shots fired in the Fox Hill area, according to police. The hip-hop star, whose real name is Jay Wayne Jenkins, was booked at the Wulff Road police station, questioned at the Central Detective Unit and released hours before taking the stage at a concert atC lub Luna on West Bay Street. Officer-in-charge of the Fox Hill Police Station Assistant Superintendent Rodney Smith said police received information of gunshots being fired near a bar in the area of Dorsett and Grant Streets in Fox Hill on Saturday. He said officers responded to the call and set up a road block near Village Road. Mr Jenkins' car was seen leaving the area and was stopped and searched in the roadblock, said ASP Smith. "We got a report that shots were fired and the officers went to investigate we keep the whole area hot, we pursue and investigate all reported shootings. He was in a road block that's where we blocked him off. When officers immediately proceeded to the area that vehicle was seen leaving," said Mr Smith. The other passengers in the car were also questioned. A well-placed source earlier 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. THE government has announced that as of December 13, the seat belt law will go into effect. The law was enacted in March 2002, but implementation was deferred. Beginning next week, it will be against the law for drivers to drive without a seat belt, or carry a passenger unless that passenger is secured by a seat belt. Any passenger under the age of five must be secured in a child seat positioned at the rear of the cars passenger. The law goes on to state: Any driver of a motor vehi cle who drives without a seat belt or allows a passenger in such a vehicle to ride without a seat belt commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $300. A passenger who rides in a vehicle without a seat belt commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $100. Every person is guilty of an offence against this section, who being the person driving the motor vehicle at the time of the breach, permits a child to ride without a seat belt or secured in a child passenger seat, and such per son shall be liable on summa ry conviction to a fine of $500. Certain vehicles are exempt from the law, including: tractors motorcycles buses, except the front seats trucks, except the front seats and any other passen ger sitting alongside the driver. In the case of a truck with double rows of seats, seat belts must be worn by all riders in the cab. motor vehicles specifically designed for the use of the physically or medically handicapped. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM x xChairs Chairsx xTables Tablesx xBenches Benchesx xUmbrellas Umbrellasx xLoungers Loungersx xDrinks Trolleys Drinks Trolleysx xCoffee Tables Coffee Tablesx xEnd Tables End Tablesx xCushions CushionsT T h h e e J J a a v v a a G G a a l l l l e e r r y y T T h he e J Ja a v v a a G G a a l ll l e e r r y yWongs Plaza Madeira St. Wongs Plaza Madeira St. Tel: (242 Tel: (242)326 2335 2335Outdoor Elegance Outdoor Elegance By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org POLICE in the Fox Hill community are calling on residents to come forward with tips no matter how small they may seem to help officers catch suspected criminals. Officer-in-charge of the Fox Hill Police Station Assistant Superintendent Rodney Smith said his team investigates every report of shots being fired in the community and other suspected crime but appealed to the public to provide more crucial details such as a description and precise location of the person involved to ensure that police are able to narrow in on suspects. "If you hear gunshots, pro vide us with detailed information. When we respond, if we have a target we ga' go after the target but if you just say a gunshot in the area when we go there we can't find it. All I'm requiring from members of the public, if they hear the sound of what they believe to be gunshots, give us some more i nformation, the location, if you have more information give it to us, we can take it from there," said Mr Smith, who stressed that this information can be given to police anonymously. Suspect He noted a recent incident n which a tip from a concerned citizen helped police catch a housebreaking suspect in the act. The suspect was caught hiding in the ceiling of a home in eastern New Providence by police who were told that a susp icious man was seen entering a neighbour's yard. "As the member of the public called and said they saw someone enter the yard, we responded and caught the mani n the ceiling. Once the public calls we respond," said Mr Smith. He added that police cannot predict, nor prevent every violent crime, but an atmosphere has to be created to ensure criminals know they will be punished to the fullest extent of the law for infractions. "Things have to line up in order for people to commit offences: a suitable target, a motivated offender and if he believes he is going to get away with the crime. You can't prevent him from being motivated, you can't tell people they are not a suitable target, but you have to ensure that the person who is committing the crime will never get away without being punished for it. And that's the difference, when people rally up and say 'Look here, you will not get away with this' and they know that the forces are against them. "So what we do is, we go into the community and try to generate that type of (confidence so when something happens they will call the police," said Mr Smith. A MAN is being treated for severe burns after he lit h imself on fire in a suspected suicide attempt. Police reported that the incident took place at Freetown Lane off Shirley Street at 4.30pm on Monday. The 35-year old man is said to have doused himself with gasoline before igniting the b laze. The victim was rushed to hospital by ambulance and issaid to be in stable victim. Police say a vehicle he was repairing at the time of the incident was also damage by the fire. VICTIMS ASSAULTED D URING ARMED ROBBERIES TWO men are in hospital with stab wounds and another is recovering from an assault after all three were attacked by armed robbers in separate incidents. The first incident is said to have taken place on Monday at about 3.30pm near the corner of Sutton Street and Mount Royal Avenue. Police reported that two young men, ages 16 and 18, were walking when they were approached by a tall dark man wearing a white t-shirt a nd dark pants, who snatched a watch from one of the victims wrist. A struggle followed which resulted in both the young men being stabbed multiple times. The victims were taken to hospital by private vehicle. O ne of the victims is listed in stable condition, while the other remains in serious condition. The second incident took place just before 1pm yester day when two men one wearing an orange shirt and blue jeans, the other dressedi n black entered the N&L Variety Store on the cornerof Buttonwood Avenue and Charles W Saunders High way, pretending to be cus tomers. Once inside, they both drew handguns and demanded cash. T hey made off with an undisclosed amount of mon ey and a cordless phone. As they ran out of the shop, police say, they assaulted a customer. No further details were given, and the victims condition could not be confirmed before presst ime. Fox Hill police seek crime tips from residents MAN SETS HIMSELF ON FIRE IN SUSPECTED SUICIDE ATTEMPT SEAT BELT LAW IN PLACE FROM DECEMBER 13 US RAPPER WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY DURING ROAD BLOCK R APPER: Y oung Jeezy A 31-YEAR-OLD man of Munnings Drive was arraigned in a Magistrates Court yesterday on an armed robbery charge. Oman Ferguson, alias Omar Ferguson, was arraigned before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court 8, Bank Lane. It is alleged that on Saturday, December 4, Ferguson robbed Keith Woods of $100. It is also alleged that on Sunday, December 5, he was found in possession of a .40 calibre Smith and Wesson pis tol, serial number unknown. Ferguson pleaded not guilty to the charge. It is further alleged that he was found in possession of seven rounds of .40 ammunition. Ferguson also pleaded not guilty to that charge. He was denied bail and is expected back in court today. MAN APPEARS IN C OURT ON ARMED ROBBERY CHARGE THE sentencing hearing of a man accused of murdering his former girlfriend whose body was found inside a grave in the Bahamas Veteran's Cemetery was adjourned to next year. Angelo Poitier, 24, was convicted in October of the murder of his girlfriend, Shanice Adderley, 19. The young woman's body was discovered inside a grave in the Bahamas Veteran's Cemetery on Infant View Road on May 27. According to an autopsy report, Ms Adderley had died as a result of blunt force trau ma to the body. Poitier denied killing Adderley in an unsworn statement from the prisoner's dock. He claimed that he had unwillingly signed a confes-sion statement over fears that police would brutalise him. Poitier was expected to be sentenced yesterday, however, his probation officer was not available for his sentencing hearing. His sentencing hear ing has now been adjourned to January 19. Attorney Ter rell Butler represents Poitier. SENTENCING ADJOURNED
EDITOR, The Tribune. In a society immersed in an environment of instant gratification, ignorance, defiance of authority, immorality, real and p erceived victimisation and corruption; should anyone be surprised at the degeneration of values and the consequential rise in murders and other serious criminal activity? T he primary reasons for the c rime situation in The Bahamas h ave received little attention d uring the past 30 years. The piecemeal reform efforts which have largely failed over this p eriod must be abandoned. W hat is required now is a paradigm shift in people's thinki ng, including our government. A side from the exception of a cts of terrorism and the like, for crimes to occur there must be a convergence in time and s pace of at minimum three ele ments: a likely perpetrator, a suitable, easy or vulnerable targ et, and the absence of a capable protector or effective deterrent against crime. If we conclude that the mind of the like-l y perpetrator will always be among us, logic suggests that focus be placed on minimizingt he opportunities for such a mind to flourish. In Economic Sophisms, Frederic Bastiat, postulated; When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that autho rizes it and a moral code that glorifies it. What Bastiat didn ot say was that when plunder becomes authorised, killing and destruction becomes glorified and the good citizens who per-m itted such a society become terrified and eventually mortified. I t is impossible, of course, to eliminate crime and corruption. But we must continually seek to reduce the many opportunitiesf or steering public processes in ways that distort public pur poses for private gain. A first s tep is to recognise that it is impossible to eradicate or eliminate this inseparable twin by laws and rules alone. T he enact more laws, write more rules, and implement more policies and regulations a pproach has and continues to fail. In The Bahamas this approach has led to a prolifer ation of laws and rules, so much so that implementation and operation of the complex law enforcement, judicial and reg ulatory apparatus to prevent crime and corruption is in themselves mechanisms for further corruption and criminal activity. It cannot be successfully disputed that fighting crime and corruption depends on political will, non governmental institutions; civil society, the church and the family. What is being postulated here is that elimination of the availability of opportunities to commit crime and to engage in corruption with apparent impunity should be our focus. When a society degenerates to the widespread criminal and corrupted propensities and proclivities, as appears to be the case in the Bahamas today, an indifferent population will onlys erve to compromise anti-corruption and crime fighting initiatives. Vigilance and law enforcement is absolutely critical at this juncture in our national development. T he Royal Bahamas Police F orce must be commended for past efforts and for the nationw ide initiative launched this week. Notwithstanding, such initiat ives are doomed to failure if they are seen as reactive, piecemeal approaches with selective e nforcement of the law. To ensure success, all laws must be enforced; initiatives m ust be sustained until the criminal mind is broken and opportunities for criminal activi ty must be eliminated, eradi cated or at minimum, mades carce. People, particularly c riminals, need to have a sense that allegations will be acted ona nd that disobedience of the law will have consequences. When crime and corruption b ecomes ingrained in the culture or is seen as part of the daily struggle for survival, law e nforcement and reforming governance becomes particularly difficult. For far too long, much of the prevention work undertaken byp olice, private security, and b usiness personnel in reducing crime opportunities have dealt d irectly with the criminal as opposed to also dealing with minimizing opportunities for c riminal events. Think about it, reducing o pportunities helps prevent crime. We subconsciously reduce criminal opportunities daily by l ocking our cars and homes, by not exposing our valuables, by keeping our money in safep laces, by avoiding known crime hot spots, by securing the p erimeter of our properties to keep uninvited guests out, and by watching the neighbours home when they are away. On a micro level, most of us take these types of precautions every day of our lives. The trouble is our governments on a national and macro level whether by omission or commission have neglected to put in place the necessary pre cautionary measures to reduce crime opportunities and events. To address this mess that we find ourselves in, the haphazard, reactionary, trial-and-error approach must be abandoned. The stakes are too high and the consequences too grave for the business as usual crime fighting slogans and rhetoric. Worldwide, particularly in Third World territories, sociologists have discovered that most convicted criminals did not finish high school; most grew up in single family homes and most grew up in homes with sub-standard income. Do you have to ask yourself whether most of the murderers and criminals in the Bahamas fit this profile? People obey the law when they are able to make rational and intelligent decisions, when they fear punishment and the loss of liberty, when there is moral restraint, when they have bought into the unwritten social contract, when there are sufficient jobs to earn standard or above income and when oppor-t unities to disobey the law are minimized and not authorized or glorified. For example, as a start to our crime fighting solutions, I sug-g est reduction or eradication of seven of the more obviousc rime enhancing opportunities in the Bahamas: T he crime opportunities to trade in illegal drugs; The crime opportunities to gamble at the multiplicity ofw eb shops; T he crime opportunities to solicit prostitution via cyber space through the internet; T he crime opportunities presented by bushy and over grown properties and abandoned buildings; The crime opportunities associated with a huge illegal a nd disenfranchised population; The crime opportunities to b enefit from the proceeds of crime; and, The crime opportunities resulting from the possession of illegal firearms. I n conclusion, I submit that unless we reduce the opportu nities for criminal activity, our social and personal crime fighting efforts will continue to resemble a philosophy of turni ng a bull loose in a china shop to prove that one day the bull w ill get the message and understand and appreciate the deli cate and breakable nature of the china. D HALSON MOULTRIE Nassau, December 2, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 F reeport fax: (242 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WHEN will they get it! The Bahamas is b roke and yet a group in the PLP want four more seats added to the 41-member Houseo f Assembly. Instead of adding more to the countrys f inancial burden, one would expect responsible leaders to try to find ways to reduce rather than increase those seats. To hear some Bahamians talk as they live their day-dreaming Walter Mitty lives o ne would think that the Bahamas was not a part of this world. M any nations have caught, or are in fear of catching, what a Polish official recently referred to as the PIGS virus Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain which has threatened to bring governments down b ecause of the severe taxation needed to cure the virus. I n Ireland, for example, income tax has been extended to include low-salaried work e rs, welfare payments are to be cut across the board, spending on capital projects will be cut by $2.4 billion, there will be a reduction in pensions for retired state employees, with the civil service being reduced to 2002 levels. T he never-ending list of belt-tightening in Ireland goes on. Everything is being cut or t ax increased in an attempt to prevent total economic collapse. E ach of these countries has had to agree large bail-out packets to keep commerce moving. When Prime Minister Ingraham found it necessary to do the same here to cushion the job losses when our tourism i ndustry fell apart, he was criticised. The Bahamas continues to flirt with the b right lights, seemingly oblivious to the fact that it has a national debt of about $3.8 bil l ion hanging like a Damocles sword over the heads of a population of about 300,000, 60 per cent of whom live in New Providence. The world is talking of cut-backs, Bahami ans are talking of add-ons. Imagine four more MPs to do what? Just to talk a lot more hot-air in the House to keep journalistsw riting to fill newspaper pages? The sug gestion at this time of crisis is almost obscene. In making their argument for increasing t heir membership to 45, the PLP faction point out that the Constitution requires that t he House of Assembly must be made up of no less than 38 seats. We suggest that they stop right there and recommend to the Prime Minister that the House be reduced to 38 members rather than increased to 45. T here will be those who will say that the $28,000 annual salary for each member isn ot much and will not be noticed in the great scheme of things. But that is where they are w rong. It is that very attitude of mind that brushes off the little things, which over time builds into the avalanche that will bury them. Especially when one is broke every penny counts. As our old Devonshire grandmamau sed to remind us: Every mickle makes a muckle! and its the mickles that you w atch, because the muckles will take care of themselves. From what Prime Minister Ingraham has said it is likely that the PLPs plea has fallen on deaf ears. H e sees no reason to increase House seats, but can see the possibility of takings ome of New Providences 16 seats and distributing them among the Family Islands. S eems to make sense. In a radio interview he said he was thinking of decreasing House seats rather than increasing them. And in islands where local government is working an MP seems superfluous. In terms of the configuration of seats, he said, when you take into account the p opulation of New Providence, the popula tion of Grand Bahama, the population of A baco, 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 Aba c o with three seats and determined that Abaco could not justify three seats in relation to t he total. The same thing applied to Long Island, B imini 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. He felt that Exumas size and population warranted only one House seat, all Exuma had to do was make its local governmentw ork. And that local government could use its one House member to have its needs heard in the capital. The issues would only become garbled if two members tried to out-d o each other in presenting them. We suggest to the PLP that if they were s incere in wanting to make a worthwhile contribution they would try to find ways to cut costs while at the same time encouraging job creation. A paradigm shift in thinking is needed in crime fight LETTERS email@example.com No more members needed in House EDITOR, The Tribune. I have just read the article, "Inagua's Last Murder", in The Tribune of November 12, 2010. It recalls the murder of John Munroe back in 1937. I worked as an engineer for the Erickson brothers West India Chemicals Ltd. after World War II, and I knew Jim, Doug, and Bill Erickson quite well. The story of the riot, murder, and escape to Cuba is a fascinating tale. The irony is that the lives of the Erickson boys were saved by the wife of the culprit who orchestrated the attempt to drive them from Inagua. Her name was Mae, a mail-order bride from Ireland who I knew as an elderly lady with whom I danced and shared many cups of coffee. In fact, she was such a stalwart woman that I've written a short story about her and the whole riot incident. It was a great experience for me as a young engineer to work with the people of Inagua and absorb the culture and history of an earlier time. Thanks for the article. It brought back memories. DONALD FAIRBURN U.S.A., November 29, 2010. Ar ticle, Inaguas Last Murder br ought back memories
By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Three men were charged separately in the Freeport Magistrates Court in connection with a number of stealing incidents on Grand Bahama. David McKenzie, 58, of Weddell Avenue, was arraigned on a total of 12 counts of stealing in Court One before Magistrate Debbye Ferguson, and in Court Three before Deputy Chief Magistrate Helen Jones. It is alleged that between August and December, 2010, McKenzie stole copper wire from various estab lishments in Freeport. He pleaded guilty to all 12 counts and was sen tenced to 18 months in prison. Emmanuel Fox, 21, of Amberjack Street, appeared in Court Two before Magistrate Andrew Forbes on eight counts of stealing. It is alleged that between October and November, the accused snatched gold chains from the necks of several individuals. Fox pleaded not guilty the charges. Cleveland Newbold Jr, 19, of Malibu Reef, also appeared before Magistrate Andrew Forbes on onecount of stealing from a person. It is alleged that he stole a gold chain from the neck of an individual. He pleaded not guilty the charge. Magistrate Forbes remanded Fox and New bold to Her Majestys Prison until January for trial. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THREE MEN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH S TEALING INCIDENTS prime minister and his ministers. He said the Hope Town District Council unanimously passed a resolution to oppose the Elbow Cay Club and Marina development, claiming it was too big and inconsist ent with the character and c ulture of Hope Town. Some residents also c laim the development will l ead to an increase in crime a nd overburden the already challenged power supply of Hope Town and the stressed infrastructure of Elbow Cay. I am a man who can stand on my own two feet, form my own opinions, andi f that is what they want us for, to be puppets, well s omeone else can have the job, said Mr Sweeting. Autonomy The Local Government Act does not bring true governance at the local level. This legislation needs to b e amended so that it will p rovide and give more autonomy to your elected local leaders, so that whenw e unanimously pass a res o lution, supported by a petition with over 1000 signatures that the resolution is final and cant be over t urned or repealed, but it is respected as the wishes of the populace at large, hes aid. Residents say a beach front shanty town is currently located on the 19a cres of land at the heart of t he dispute. The property is owned by the Maltarps, a Danish family that settled in the Bahamas. They opera ted the former Elbow Cay C lub that was shut down by the government, some say,o ver 20 years ago. P rotesters marched with placards stating: Nassau does not know what is best for Hope Town, Let localc ouncil make our decisions not Nassau, other islands, pick one of those. M ost of the residents involved in the protest were s econd home owners or e xpatriates, according to one observer, who lives inH ope Town. Another s ources claimed the origi nal inhabitants of Hope Town dont have a problem with the development. K erry Sullivan, a real estate broker with Damianos Real Estate, said com-m unity members should be mad at their own local government for failing to negotiate effectively. She said they repeatedly insisted on the just dont like the project instead of offering w orkable recommendations for the developers to consider. Despite efforts of the d evelopers to down size, s he said they were persist ent with claims that we just dont like it. Company S ome community mem bers claim she has a vested interest, since her companyr epresents the buyer and the seller of the 19 acres. Michael Myers, a resident retiree and owner ofC aribbean Landscape, said he is not opposed to the development once it is done in a controlled way. I appreciate everyones concerns, but controlled development is okay. The project is going to help the local economy. There are lots of young p eople growing up here w ho are going to need jobs. I t is going to give employment, said Mr Myers. H e claimed the developm ent is set to be slow paced, taking over 15 years to complete in its entirety. H e said the developer down-sized plans for a 120slip marina to now feature 75 slips, which was a majorb one of contention. Sources also claim the deal includes an arrangement for the new developers to pay off outstanding real property taxes owed by the former operators. Immigrants Mr Myers also said the d evelopment would finally s olve the problem of illegal immigrants who are curr ently allowed to occupy t he abandoned resort. Mr M yers said the property that borders two residential areas is currently in terri-b le condition with no run ning water or power, the facility is rented to Haitiani mmigrants. A police source said many of the Hope Town residents employ the immi-g rants. Residents stage protest in hotel development row P ROTEST: H ope Town residents stage their demonstration yesterday. F elip Major / Tribune staff FROM page one
FRESH off the press, the 2011 edition of the Bahamas Handbook published by Etienne Dupuch Jr Publications is now in stores. At 624 pages, the Handbook is filled with lively features on the Bahamas, stunning colour photographs and beautiful illustrations that bring the stories to life. In an exclusive interview with The Bahamas Handbook, former Governor-General Arthur AD Hanna talks candidly about his long and tumultuous political career, recalling the struggle for majority rule in 1960s and the long march to Independence in 1973. Hanna also gives Handbook readers a rare insight into why he suddenly and unexpectedly quit the Cabinet of his lifelong friend and colleague, Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling. Hannas story is only one of the highlights in this, the 51st edition of the Handbook. Another traces the succession of wealthy and influential men who bought, transformed and then sold Paradise Island over the years from industrialist Axel Wenner-Gren to Huntington Hartford III, Donald Trump, Merv Griffin, and finally South African Sol Kerzner, who built the spectacular Atlantis resort. You can read about the roots of the Baptist faith in the Bahamas: how a few runaway slaves launched a movement that was to become the largest religious organisation in the country and a political force to be reckoned with. Science provides the backdrop to several of the Handbook articles this year. One, written by well known climatologist Paul Hearty, discusses how rising seas will have an impact on low-lying island nations like the Bahamas, and even more so on heavily populated coastal cities around the world. Many islands in the Bahamas will be inundated during the lifetimes of Bahamians living today. 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Deputy Commodore, Captain Tellis Bethel is seen serving a meal to Petty Officer Enoch Coleby. RBDF photos/ Able Woman Marine Monique Deveaux DEFENCE FORCE OFFICERS AND MARINES CELEBRATE THANKSGIVING AS part of their tradition, the officers and marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force held their annual Thanksgiving celebrations at the Coral Harbour Base. Defence Force chaplain Pastor Prince Bodie encouraged the men and women of the Force to be thankful. He reminded them to make the most of their opportunities and continue to be grateful for the gift of life. Shortly after the service, the marines were hosted to a luncheon in which the officers of the Force assumed the role of stewards. The lines of marines all stood patiently as their bosses served them up a dish of rice, turkey, ham, stuffing and pumpkin pie. Bahamas Handbook 2011 is now in stores C ONVENTION: C hurch leaders gather for the first Bahamas Baptist Missionary and Educational C onvention, 1935. R OYALGUESTS: D uke and Duchess of Windsor were guests of Axel Wenner-Gren.
By GENA GIBBS REGULATORY amendments to the 2010 Planning and Subdivisions A ct and the 2010 Forestry A ct will translate into i ncreased employment and profits for Bahamian engineers, contractors and oth-er construction professiona ls during 2011, said Envir onment Minister Earl D eveaux. While there is a signific ant body of reports and s tudies to underpin my remarks, two pieces of legislation recently enacted by Parliament will have the most dramatic impact on your work, the Planning and Subdivision Act for 2 010 and the Forestry Act 2 010. Both of these Acts are scheduled to take effect i n January 2011, the mini ster said at a Bahamas S ociety of Engineers luncheon last week. The Planning and Sub divisions Act expands the regulatory framework for the sustainable growth and development of the B ahamas. I urge you to study the legislation and help us to implement it for t he benefit of all Bahamia ns. M inister Deveaux said diligent management ofh ow resources are used will e nsure that the intensity of land use is reduced, along with the cost of development, through followingt he guidelines in the Act. Environment is the source of our way of life. The cost arising from itsu se must be bound to the benefits now and to the future. Sustainable use foru nborn generations has to b e achieved, said Dr Deveaux. The pressure from increased population, howe ver, greater tourism and t he accumulative impact of use, will affect the longterm quality of the envi r onment. Consequently, we must ensure that we secure in law and nurture in prac tice the use of the fragile r esource. H e stressed the execution of the Act in practice would naturally manage the impact of growth on the environment and pre vent unnecessary costs to correct mistakes in build i ng and development. Managing our growth will require the training of B ahamian professionals to e nsure that the systems being put into place of competent persons in thep ublic and private sectors, to nurture the process that we need to build national capacity because we muste xpand the range and use o f natural resources, said Dr Deveaux. We are not the cheapest place to live, were not the cheapest place to build. But we have abundant nat ural resources and the e xtent to which we would remain competitive will be the extent to which we shape and manage the t hings that are in our advantage. Minister Deveaux gave a b rief summary of the cont ents of the important sect ions of the Planning and S ubdivisions Act. Section t hree sets out the purposes o f the Act, which seeks to prevent indiscriminate division of land, promotes sus tainable development in a healthy, natural environment, as well as protects and preserves the natural a nd cultural heritage of the B ahamas. It also plans for the development and maint enance of safe viable entit ies. S ection 12 specifically outlines the number of criteria a developer mustm eet during the planning stage, including the suitability of the land for the purpose it is to be developed to guard against exploitation. The section also lists flood controlr equirements, adequacy of u tilities and services, the location and topography of the land, the percentage oft he land to be cleared, and the population density of the area. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com GRAND Bahama residents packed the Foster B Pestaina Centre on Monday evening to attend a town meeting about the opportunities for employment at the Baha Mar Development project in New Providence. Some 4,000 construction jobs have been designated for Bahamian labourers and contractors during the construction phase. The project, which started in January, is expect ed to be completed in December 2014. Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said the meeting was a joint venture between the government and Baha Mar. He told persons that there is a wide range of opportunities available for Grand Bahamians. Mr Foulkes stated that there will be opportunities for training for construction jobs, and for permanent jobs at the five hotels where some 7,000 Bahamians will be employed after the construction. He urged persons who are unemployed to register with the Department of Labour in Freeport. Robert Sandy Sands, senior VP of external affairs at Baha Mar, gave residents an overview of the $2.6 billion project. He noted that some $8 million will be allocated for training. Mr Sands also stated that various construction projects, totaling some $400 million, have been designated for Bahamian contractors. Attending the meeting were Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing, Housing Minister Kenneth Russell, Deputy House Speaker Kwasi Thompson, and Public Works Minister Neko Grant. The Ministry of Labour will host a series of town meetings in the Family Islands to discuss the training and employment opportunities. Mr Foulkes said government decided to kick off the meetings in Grand Bahama because of the unemployment situation and economic challenges facing many residents of the island. Now that the Baha Mar development is to begin, it is essential that Bahamians the length and breadth of the Bahamas have access to training and employment at Baha Mar. Residents pack meeting on Baha Mar oppor tunities OPPORTUNITIES: the packed Baha Mar meeting on Monday night. Minister calls for engineers to support 2010 Forestry, Planning & Subdivisions Acts CONGESTION in high traffic areas such as Bay Street are proof of the population overload on an already over-burdened economy. The countrys population had to absorb a 16.5 per cent increase of residents in the last 10 years and those residing on New Providence have accounted for 70 per cent of the Bahamian population. ENVIRONMENTMINISTER Dr Earl Deveaux reminds an audience of 100 engineers and contractors that the 16.5 per cent population boom recorded in the 2010 Census will increase the demand on the price of energy, the need to expand capacity on multiple islands, while embracing innovation.
By LARRYSMITH W HEN T ough Call w as a y oot-man, the incredibly destructive and morally disturbing US intervention in Vietnam's civil war was the burning issue of the day bar none sparking widespread disaffection in Ameri ca and across the world. T here was always "light a t the end of the tunnel" until, in 1971, the New York Times published a secret government war study that p roved the government and the military were lying on a massive scale and over the c ourse of several administrat ions. T he Nixon administration w ent to court and was defeate d in an important constitut ional victory for press freedom. Then, Nixon and his henchmen ordered burglaries (to stem more leaks set off down the road that led to Watergate. The rest, a s they say, is history. D aniel Ellsburg, the military analyst who leaked the p apers, had to laboriously p hotocopy 7,000 pages of c lassified material to make his point. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of pro-v iding military records about the Afghan War to WikiLeaks, loaded them onto a rewritable CD in a few seconds. So what are we to make of t he recent publication by a w ebsite called WikiLeaks of a vast database of classified documents that has embar-r assed governments and corp orations and incited a global feeding frenzy? Well, hardliners throw around words like electronic t errorism, subversion, assassination and treason. Liberals use terms like overreaction, v oyeurism, anarchism and W atergate. It is up to us to d ecide whether WikiLeaks f ounder Julian Assange is a m odern-day Robin Hood, s tealing information from the rich and powerful to give it away free and mostly unedit ed to the poor; or whether he is a criminal zealot suffering from delusional grandeur. Here's one assessment f rom veteran Canadian journ alist Simon Wickens who worked for a time in the B ahamas "WikiLeaks is t he Watergate of the early 2 1st century. Assange may be a rather nasty human being, but he does have the cojones the traditional media is lacking to show that an a wful lot of emperors are w alking around nude. That s aid, few if any of the WikiLeaks revelations are goingt o make a damn bit of diff erence, beyond making a bunch of public figures deservedly red-faced and possibly giving us a chuckle h ere and there." Richard Haas of the prestigious Council on Foreign R elations asserts that Wiki Leaks has not caused a n ational security crisis for the U S. "Much of what we have s een thus far confirms more t han it informs. It will cause more than a little near-term awkwardness...The longer term damage may be (that American diplomats may be less willing to commit their thoughts to paper." H istorian Niall Ferguson r einforced that point. The history of US foreign policy p robably stops in November 2 010, he said on CNN recent l y. Future historians may be put out of business by having only vast quantities ofi nsignificant emails to sift through while all the important stuff was on voice mailo r discarded scraps of paper. Time Magazine correspondent Fareed Zakaria said the WikiLeaks docu m ents show that Washington i s pursuing privately pretty much the same policies it has articulated publicly. "Ando ften this foreign policy is concerned with broader regional security, not narrow American interests. Ambas s adors are not caught push ing other countries in order to make deals secretly to strengthen the US, but rathert o solve festering problems." According to City Uni versity journalism professor J eff Jarvis, government s hould be transparent by d efault and secret by neces sity. "There are certain things that need to be secret, but do governments have credibility in deciding that? The internet did not kill secrecy. It only makes copying and spreading information easi er and faster. It weakens secrecy. Or as a friend of m ine says, the internet d emocratizes leaking. It used t o be, only the powerful could hold and uncover knowledge. Now many can.S ecrecy lives, but it is wounded. And it should be. In my view, what this boils down to is that we should carefully weigh the embarrassment and inconvenience caused by these disclosures w ith the knowledge that the p owers-that-be can't be totall y trusted. Secrecy is sometimes desirable, but it is basi-c ally contrary to democracy, a nd in a democratic society the press has to be able to tell uncomfortable truths. Meanwhile, Assange has b ecome one of the world's most wanted men, and is lying low even as his websiteh as come under unprecedented cyber attacks and censorship. That's because WikiLeaks created af irestorm recently by publ ishing US Army logs from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as sen sitive diplomatic cables from US embassies around the world. But over the past three y ears it has also published d ocuments detailing how government officials and the family of former President D aniel Arap Moi in Kenya were involved in massive corruption; the Australian government's list of banned w ebsites; the unexpurgated r eport of the Turks & Caicos commission of inquiry, and documents showing that the clients of Swiss banks were involved in offshore tax evasion, asset hiding and moneylaundering. The WikiLeaks website allows the posting of original versions of sensitive, often highly classified files toa server which makes the source untraceable. There are no filters, no rewriting, and no spin. If Assange is able to survive the enormous attention he has attracted lately, his goal is to help traditional media develop their own forms of WikiLeaks. We can just imagine how that would go down here in the Bahamas. Encounters of the Third Committee Kind Some eyebrows were raised recently when the Bahamas voted in step with a range of unpleasant regimes to weaken an anti-discrimination resolution drafted by the UN General Assembly's Social, Humanitarian and Cultural (or Third tee. A little perspective is in order here. First, these resolutions are a dime a dozen at the UN, and usually have little impact on anything. The Third Com mittee is one of six subgroups that try to filter the torrent of initiatives vying for the atten tion of the General Assembly's 192 member states. Second, the resolution in question is passed every year to demand that states take effective action against extra judicial, summary or arbitrary executions that occur throughout the world. The resolution specifically iden tifies ethnic and cultural minorities, hostages, r efugees, migrants, aborigin als, children, lawyers, journ alists, activists and demonstrators as being particularly at risk. T his year, an amendment to the resolution was approved to replace the words for any discriminatory reason, including sexual orientation with the words for discriminatory reasons o n any basis. The reference t o sexual orientation was o bjected to by the African and Arab Groups, as well ast he Organization of the I slamic Conference. Dr Patricia Rodgers, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told T ough Call t hat the Bahamas had taken "a principled position" on the matter: "It is ourv iew that the rephrasing of the sentence in (the resolution) still implies a reference to sexual orientation, with-o ut a specific mention, but a lso implies any and all other reasons for which persons may be killed and/or dis criminated against. "We are cogniscent of the fact that homophobic vio lence and discrimination do e xist and, also that a number o f western states categorise such violence as hate crimes. However, the concept of g ender identity is not accepted by all states as there is no legal foundation in any international human rights instrum ents regarding this concept, n or is it a part of any inter national human rights norms and standards. Indeed, opponents term it as a selective interpretation of international human rights instru ments." The Bahamas, along with 78 other countries, including six Caribbean states (Cuba, Jamaica, Grenada, St Vincent, St Lucia, and St Kitts Nevis), voted for the amend ment to delete the reference to sexual orientation. Three Caribbean countries abstained (Barbados, Antigua and Trinidad Tobago), and one voted against the amendment (Dominican Republic). A similar, but unsuccess ful, effort was made to modify the resolution in 2008. The Bahamas was one of four countries that switched its position from abstention in 2008 to vote in favour of the amendment this year. Dr Rodgers said she did not know why the position had changed, but would "look into it." Well, I was going along with all this fairly easily, untilI came to this part of Dr Rodger's explanation: "The prevailing view in international law is that discrimination and fundamen tal freedoms are based on sex (not sexual orientation as well as race, place of ori gin, political opinions, colour or creed. The Bahamas Constitution makes the same dis tinction. Mindful of the political sensitivities which obtain in The Bahamas with respect to this issue, we supported the amendment to broaden the scope of the paragraph, and not to make a specific reference to the term." The argument that "for d iscriminatory reasons on a ny basis" is more inclusive s ounds good until you look at our constitution, which (as noted by Dr Rodgers) doesn ot include gender identity/orientation as a basis of discrimination that is prohibited under the articles relating to fundamental freedoms. The United States faced a similar dilemma with A frican slavery. The 1776 D eclaration of Independence famously stated that all menw ere created equal, but that e quality was somehow not extended to black men by the US constitution until there was a civil war andt hen, 100 years later, a civil rights movement. Is being "mindful of the p olitical sensitivities which obtain in the Bahamas on this issue" any different from American politicians in the1 960s catering to the bigotry o f whites in the South by supporting a system that kept blacks as second class citi zens? Dame of Destiny Dame Joan Sawyer was quoted in The NassauG uardian last week to the e ffect that her main purpose in life was to arrange a junket to Nassau for a bunch of B ritish judges in 2006 and again in 2007. The meeting of the London-based Privy Council in o ne of Her Majesty's lowliest f ormer colonies has been previously described as "historic", but now it has also been revealed to be divinely inspired. And we should all be relieved to learn that the divinity in question is male. Dame Joan, who was being interviewed on the occasion of her retirement as president of the Bahamas Court of Appeal, informed readers that God had spo ken to her one night at 3 o'clock (in a masculine voice to confirm that she had achieved her mission in life that mission being the organisation of the judges' junket. "I don't make plans for my life," Dame Joan confid ed. "My life was given to me for a purpose. As far as that voice was concerned I had fulfilled my purpose. I dont belong here (on earth It is refreshing to know that one of our leading judi cial figures is on such familiar terms with the deity, and to hear that she has no ambition in life other than to make travel arrangements for her former colonial mas ters. With all the problems and deficiencies surrounding our criminal justice system, we expected a more cogent and useful exit report. Mellifluously described by the Guardian as "the diminutive Dame with the pleasant demeanour," Joan Sawyer was our first female Bahamian chief justice, and was appointed to head the appeal court in 2001. The Privy Council is the highest court of appeal for the Bahamas. What do you think? Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Or visit www.bahamapundit.com C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Is WikiLeaks founder a high-tech terrorist or freedom fighter? WIKILEAKS FOUNDER J ulian Assange. (AP
By CALVIN WOODWARD and MIKE BAKER, Associated Press CHAPEL HILL, N.C. Elizabeth Edwards lost her hair to cancer, her son to an accident, her husband to another woman. No wonder she called one memoir "Resilience." And another "Saving Graces." Edwards' death Tuesday at age 61 ended a struggle of extraordinary and multiple dimensions, any one of which might have consumed the more faint-hearted. She had lived side by side with high political ambition, personal betrayal, advancing disease and singleminded determination, and inher last years built a network of supporters who took life lessons from her adversities. A public figure to the end, Edwards said goodbye to them the night before, online, after doctors had concluded they could do no more to save her.They figured she might have weeks at best; she lived hours. John Edwards, the man she had advised as a strategist and supported as a spouse througha Senate campaign and two runs for the presidency, joined the family by her side. The cou ple had separated nearly a year ago, their marriage and their shared dreams of power shat tered by his affair with a campaign videographer and his eventual admission that he had fathered his lover's child. Edwards became an advocate in her own right for health care reform and for the poor, two issues that had driven her husband, too. In that work, she lacked his clout but also his baggage. "Our country has benefited from the voice she gave to the cause of building a society that lifts up all those left behind," President Barack Obama said. E dwards was calculating and ambitious in her own right, as well. A shrewd attorney, Edwards contributed mightily to her husband's rise in politics and acted conspicuously to prevent his fall, his partner in hiding a secret that would come out anyway. T wo books published about the 2008 campaign characterized her as shrill toward her husband and sometimes ver bally abusive to campaign staff, especially as his run faltered and tabloid reports of his affair piled up. Riveting In a riveting moment from the Democratic presidential primary campaign, the couple stood together in apparent har mony and loving mutual support in March 2007 to tell the country that her breast cancer, diagnosed in 2004, had returned, spread and could not be cured. His campaign would press on, she said that day, because "it's important that the Ameri can people have the opportunity to have a president like him." John Edwards quit the race after poor showings in the pri-m aries that made Obama the Democratic nominee, and he and his wife retreated almost entirely from public life. While she pleaded for priva cy after revelations of his adul tery, she also wrote a memoir her second that discussed how the affair repulsed her. She went on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" to talk about it, but only on the condition that Winfrey not mention the woman by name. "Nothing will be quite as I want it, but sometimes we eat t he toast that is burned on one side anyway, don't we?" she wrote in the memoir "Resilience." Joe Trippi, a longtime Democratic campaign consultant whom Edwards recruited to work for her husband in 2008, recalled her driving spirit. She was out to live every single day," Trippi said. "She was going to live every single one of them with all the energy and grit that she could. That's a big lesson that her life could teach all of us." Edwards connected easily with the public and her battlew ith breast cancer resonated. She shared the most intimate details, writing and speaking about the pain of losing her hair and her efforts to reassure her young children about her future. It was not her first experience publicly dealing with veryp rivate matters. She wrote in her 2006 memoir about the death of their son Wade in 1996 and the grief that consumed her for two years afterward. She spent hours at home watching the Weather Channel on mute and broke down in tears on the floor of a grocery store afters eeing Cherry Coke, Wade's favorite soda. "If in a restaurant, I felt Wade about to overtake me, I would go to the restroom" and take out his picture, she wrote. "If someone, anyone was there, I showed them the picture and told them about my boy. I k now it made some people feel awkward I could see it in their faces so I was always sure to say how much it meant that they had listened." She was a Navy brat born in Jacksonville, Fla., and her expe rience attending school in Japan and living on military b ases helped make her comfortable introducing herself to roomfuls of strangers. She and John Edwards met in law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and married the weekend after they took the bar exam. He gave her an $11 wedding ring and borrowed money from his parents to pay for a brief honeymoon. Successful Even as John Edwards went o n to make millions as one of the nation's most successful trial lawyers, they continued to celebrate anniversaries at Wendy's, where they had marked their first year of mar riage. Gary Pearce, who advised her husband's 1998 U.S. Senate campaign, remembered her as fragile and distant in the months before he officially joined the race as the couple grappled with the loss of their son. But she became involved and outspoken about her husband's career once he bid for office. "It was clear from the beginning that she was a full political partner with a lot of influence on him," Pearce said. "She was i nvolved on a daily basis. She was in all the strategy sessions." With the help of fertility treatments, Edwards gave birth to two more children, Emma Claire, now 12; and Jack, now 10. They joined daughter Cate, 20 years older than her new siblings. Before her initial diagnosis with cancer, Edwards began writing a letter to her children with advice they could use after she died such as how to choose a church or a spouse. The message became more poignant in her final years, b rought home when Jack once asked who would be the grand mother to his children. "We are not in denial," Edwards wrote in an updated version of her first memoir published in 2007. "I will die much sooner than I want to." Woodward reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Nedra Pickler and Don na Cassata contributed to this report from Washington. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Elizabeth Edwards made her private pain very public I N THIS SEPT. 10, 2010 FILE PHOTO Elizabeth Edwards arrives at the Stand Up To Cancer television event a t Sony Studios in Culver City, Calif. A family friend on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 said Edwards has died after a battle with cancer. She was 61. (AP IN THIS AUG. 19, 2007 FILE PHOTO former Sen. John Edwards D-N.C., and his then wife Elizabeth wave to supporters from their bus as they arrive at a Democratic candidates debate in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP
C M Y K C M Y K LOCALANDINTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM J ONATHAN M. KATZ, A ssociated Press P ORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti A contingent of U.N. peacekeepers is the likely source of a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed at least 2,000 people, a French scientist said in a r eport obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press. Epidemiologist Renaud Piar roux concluded that the cholera originated in a tributary of Haiti's Artibonite river, next to a U.N. base outside the town of Mirebalais. He was sent by the French government to assistH aitian health officials in determ ining the source of the outb reak, a French Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday. "No other hypothesis could be found to explain the outbreak of a cholera epidemic int his village ... not affected by the earthquake earlier this year and located dozens of kilome ters from the coast and (tent c amps," he wrote in a report that has not been publicly released. The report also calls for a further investigation of the out-b reak, improved medical surv eillance and sanitation proced ures for U.N. peacekeeping troops and better support for Haitian health authorities. The AP obtained a copy of the report from an official who released it on condition of anonymity. Piarroux confirmed he had authored the report but declined in an e-mail interview t o discuss his findings. Copies were sent to U.N. and Haitian officials, the foreign ministry confirmed. U.N. spokesman Martin N esirky told reporters in New York that there is still no conclusive evidence that its base was the source of the outbreak. He said the organization remains very receptive to any scientific debate or investigation on this." The report's revelation comes on a day of high tensions in Haiti, as people anxiously await the results of the disputed Nov. 28 presidential election and potential resulting violence. Piarroux could not prove there was cholera inside the base or among the soldiers, a point the U.N. has repeatedly used to deny its soldiers brought the disease to Haiti or that its sanitation procedures were responsible for releasing it into the environment. He writes that military doctors said there were no instances of cholera within the unit. But he also hinted strongly at a cover-up. "It can not be ruled out that steps have been taken to remove the suspected fecal matter and to erase the traces of an epidemic of cholera among the soldiers," he wrote. The report also notes that septic tanks and pipes that would have helped to confirm sanitation problems and the presence of the bacteria were no longer at the base when he visited. Nepalese troops earlier conf irmed they had replaced a l eaking pipe, which contained a foul-smelling runoff that the U.N. denies was human waste,b etween two visits by an AP reporter in October. The AP also found the local contractor dumped waste into overflow i ng pools dangerously close to a hillside that drains into the rive r. Piarroux's is the first scientific report linking the base tot he epidemic, though many othe r epidemiologists and public health experts have said for weeks that the soldiers are the most likely source of the infect ion. Ocean Other scientists and experts say it is possible that ocean currents or other climate-related e vents carried the bacteria to H aiti. Further studies on bac terial samples that could address those questions are o ngoing. T he U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed in October that the strain of cholera bacteria in H aiti matched one from South Asia, a region that includes Nepal, but said it had no further information about the cause of the outbreak at the time. M any Haitians have long sus pected the Nepalese base was the source of the disease, and anger at the troops sparked a w eek of riots in which U.N. soldiers were injured and several Haitians were killed. The report says that the first cases of the disease were from t he village of Meille, where the base is located. The first confirmed case, a 20-year-old man from the village, developed symptoms on Oct. 14 and wasf ound by Cuban doctors at a hospital in nearby Mirebalais. Haitian investigators "indi cated that the first patients were obtaining drinking water from a tributary of the Artibonite River flowing just below the (U.N. base," he said. It notes that the rotation of soldiers began arriving days before those first cases from Nepal, where there were cholera outbreaks over the summer. It goes on to describe how the disease flowed into the Ari bonite River before "exploding" in the delta where the river meets the sea. Hundreds of cases were reported within days, before the outbreak spiraled out of control to infect the entire county. Until this outbreak there had not been a diagnosed case of cholera in Haiti as far back as records go in the mid-20th Cen t ury, Claire-Lise Chaignat, head of the global task force on cholera control at the World Health Organization, said in October. There were suspecte d cases a century before, but experts say it would have likely b een a different strain than the ongoing El Tor pandemic. The disease was totally unknown to today's Haitians, who had developed no immunity against it and had no information on how to fight it until aid workers mobilized after the outbreak. Terror over its fastkilling power has triggereda ttacks on cholera treatment c enters and a witch-hunt in rural Haiti. At least 12 people were killed on accusations they used magic to spread the dise ase. F or the first critical month o f the outbreak, the United Nations, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization and others said that an investigation into how the disease arrived in Haiti was not necessary and could in fact be harm ful. Those who asked questions about it were accused of playing "the blame game." It was not until AP reports of sanitation problems at the base and calls by experts includ ing Paul Farmer, a physician and U.N. official, for a thorough investigation that the matter was seriously discussed in public. Farmer said there were com pelling public health reasons to find the source of the infection, including finding information to help prevent its further spread, and that avoiding the questions was a matter of politics. Findings The U.N. mission confirmed to AP last month that a French epidemiologist had met with met with U.N. peacekeeping mission chief Edmond Mulet in Port-au-Prince to discuss his findings. At the time the mission denied that he had implicated the peacekeepers, but acknowledged that it was now taking the allegations about its base more seriously than when rumors first arose. On Tuesday the mission said the report was still not definitive. "We have neither accepted nor dismissed his findings, as it's one report among others," U.N. mission spokesman Vincenzo Pugliese said. "The Nepalese contingent in Mirebalais is just one piece of the cholera puzzle, since there is no conclusive evidence at this point that the Nepalese camp was or was not the source of the epidemic." In roughly six weeks the dis ease has spread to every region of the country and sickened nearly 100,000 people. The U.N. says the death toll could be twice the official count and that up to 650,000 people in Haiti could get cholera over the next six months. Haiti cholera likely from UN troops, expert says S EATTLE The trial for Colton Harris-Moore in the Barefoot Bandit case has been put off to July 11 in federal court in Seattle, a ccording to Associated Press The 19-year-old agreed Tuesday to waive his speedy trial right. Federal prosecutors and a defence lawyer agreedm ore time is needed for a plea arrangement or to prepare for trial. Attorney John Henry Browne said they are working with prosecutors in as many as 20 counties to reach a settlement. Harris-Moore is accused of a ninestate crime spree that includes moret han a dozen burglaries, mostly in Western Washington, and stealing planes and a boat. July 11 will be exactly one year since his arrest in the Bahamas. TRIAL IN BAREFOOT BANDIT CASE PUT OFF TO JULY 11 TRIALPUTOFF: This July 2009 file self-portrait provided by the Island County Sheriff's Office shows Colton HarrisMoore, the so-called "Barefoot Bandit." SUFFERING: A man suffering from cholera symptoms washes his teeth as he is treated at a cholera clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Dec 6, 2010. A P P h o t o / G u i l l e r m o A r i a s A P P h o t o / G u i l l e r m o A r i a s (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, file OUTBREAK: In this Oct. 27, 2010 file photo, A tanker truck deposits excrements from the Nepali UN base in an area 400 meters away from that base in Mirebalais, Haiti. A French disease expert said Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010 there is strong evidence linking U.N. peacekeepers to a cholera outbreak in Haiti that has killed more than 2,000 people. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, file CRISIS: In this Oct. 31, 2010 file photo, the head of Nepals mission in Haiti, Lt. Col. Krishna, second left, and Prakash Neupane, deputy chief of the MINUSTAH engineering section, left, walk by pipes coming from latrines and connected to septic tanks crossing a canal that leads to the Artibonite River, at Nepals U.N. base in Mirebalais, Haiti. RESTING: Nadia Pier, a girl suffering cholera symptoms, rests as she is treated at a cholera clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Monday, Dec.6, 2010.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM this could not be confirmed. Neither would police confirm claims a bout Mr Saintvilles alleged winnings. Howe ver, they do suspect the motive to be robb ery. Still, they say they are looking at the investigation holistically. S uperintendent Noel Curry, head of the A baco police, said some money was found at the home of the victim, and the intruder may have got away with a small amount. D uring the incident, there was a struggle b etween the deceased, the adult female and the intruder, who was armed with a hand gun, according to the police report. Assistant Superintendent Bruce Arnet s aid they have leads in the case and feel g ood we are moving in a positive direction. It brought fear over the land. It really w as not expected in such a close netted community, said Murray, an Abaco resident who knew the victim. He recalled a robberyl ast Christmas in the same area that resulted in the death of a convenience store mana ger. This is Abacos second murder for the year, although medical personnel say crime k eeps them busy. We always have some action. You have to pray to keep this place quiet, said a member of the medical staff. A team from the Central Detective Unit i n Nassau was in Abaco yesterday to view t he body. They are assisting the Abaco police in the investigation. est groups are, who is work ing for our best interest and who are not. I think Bahamians will like to see from these documents who are these persons who are act i ng outside of the best interest of the Bahamas and its people. With both political parties reportedly rumoured to haver eceived heavy criticism from the Bahamas US Embassy over its handling of a number of hot buttoni ssues in the Wikileaks documents, the confidential source said he is not sur-p rised that neither political party has spoken out about the ramifications of the documents. We are not surprised at all. But we intend to make this information publich opefully before the end of the year, he said. SEE TOUGHCALL ONPAGEEIGHT Shot dead after $50,000 numbers win FROM page one A BOVE: T he car of the victim with police tape draped over it. RIGHT: The shoe of the victim can be seen on a bloodstained floor. FROM page one Local g r oup gains r ights to W ikileaks Bahamas files WASHINGTON THE OBAMA administration should increase sharply the number of offshore drilling inspectors, conduct more surprise inspections and stiffen penalties on companies found to violate federal rules on drilling, says a report by the Interior Department's top watchdog, according to Associated Press. The report by the department's inspector general echoes one issued in September bya safety oversight board convened by Inte rior Secretary Ken Salazar. Both reports emphasized that inspectors from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Man agement, Regulation and Enforcement are badly outnumbered and in some cases poor ly trained, without clear ethics rules. Mary Kendall, the acting Interior inspector general, served on the safety board. She said the new report does not raise new issues but instead "expounds" on those issues and adds analysis. Both reports cov ered a period that ended in July. Kendall said the drilling agency has begun important changes but must continue to pursue a "culture of safety" that emphasizes protection of human life and prevention of environmental disasters above issu ing offshore leases. The drilling agency oversees offshore oil and gas drilling and renewable energy projects in federal waters. A separate agency was created in October to collect about $13 billion a year from oil and natural gas leas es under federal control. Salazar and other officials have said they hope to hire hundreds of new inspectors to supplement the 60 or so now responsible for about 3,500 drilling rigs and platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. He has pledged to spend $29 million to increase the number and training of offshore drilling inspectors, upgrade enforcement and take other actions to improve the beleaguered agency. The drilling agency, formerly known as the Minerals Management Service, has long been plagued by staffing shortages and an overly cozy relationship with industry. It was renamed and reorganized after the BP oil spill in April. Salazar said in a statement that the new report "further validates the urgency, direction and steps we have already taken toward building a transformed regulatory agency with the authorities, resources and support to provide strong and effective regulation and oversight." Michael Bromwich, director of the ocean energy bureau, said the new report was out dated and failed to acknowledge reform efforts that already have begun. In a letter to Salazar, Bromwich called that omission "curious" and misleading. The new report "increases the risk that the world's view of BOEMRE will continue to be frozen in the past and will not keep up with the reform efforts that are currently in full swing," Bromwich said. Bromwich, who took over the agency in June, said he and Salazar have initiated a host of reforms, including a first-ever ethics policy that bars inspectors from dealing with a company that employs a family member or personal friend. The new policy is intended to end cozy relationships with industry and slow the revolving door between government and the energy indus try. Officials are conducting a "full-court press" to find and hire qualified inspectors and are recruiting top petroleum engineers, Bromwich said. "We are making swift progress," he said, "but our work is far from over." Report says drilling agency needs more inspectors
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B ahamas Communications and Public Officers Union ( BCPOU). John Pinder of the B ahamas Public Service Union (BPSU well run profitable company, why should it be sold when iti s doing so well? "Bahamians managed it from day one, why should the third floor take over?" W illiam Carroll, President of Bahamas Communications Public Managers Union ( BCPMU), said that the man agers are standing strong with the unions "united in oneb ody." Mr Carroll said that t he Bahamian people deserve more than what they are getting. T he alleged illegal work stoppage led to numerous disruptions of all services in the capital, said Kirk Griffin, A cting President and CEO of BTC. In a press release issued y esterday afternoon Mr Griffin expressed his disappoint ment with the way that unions chose to express their disapproval of the majority sale of BTC to CWC. It is disap p ointing to us that the unions would take this approach to address this or any situation particularly because there e xists within the union agree ments clear steps for the escalation and adjudication ofi ndustrial matters whenever they occur, said Mr Griffin. Mr Griffin noted that he i s aware of the many concerns and uncertainties of staff members, however, union leaders have been informedo f Cable & Wireless intention to undertake early dis cussions with them and pro v ide an opportunity for both parties to discuss mutual interests. These discussionsa re aimed to provide the m echanisms to discuss and agree upon a way to move forward together and ensure t hat the interests of BTC stakeholders now and in the future are served. M r Griffin said that this type of forum will yield positive results without effectings ervices to BTC customers. S CENES f rom yesterdays action by BTC staff. Tim Clarke /Tribune staff BTCWORKERS WALK OFF THE JOB IN SALE PROTEST F ROM page one
By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor C ity Markets new majority shareholder yesterday said itw as examining two locations in which it had an ownership i nterest as potential sites for a relocated Oakes Field store, telling Tribune Business that it w ould have to leave its existing premises, as the landlords r evised rental demands of $16 per square foot were notf inancially viable. Outlining the dispute that had resulted in the supermarket chain being locked out of the store on Monday by landl ord Neil MacTaggart, Mark Finlayson, head of TransI sland Traders, which acquired 78 per cent majority control f rom BSL Holdings for just $1, said the rental increase being sought is not tenable. Conceding that City Mar kets would have to operate with just 10 stores for an interim period, with the 50 Oakes F ield staff transferred to other outlets, Mr Finlayson told Trib une Business that he was already assessing two poten-t ial alternative store sites, both of which his family had an o wnership interest in. With the locks on the existing store set to be removed w ithin the next day or so, to enable the publicly traded s upermarket chain to recover all its inventory and equip-m ent, Mr Finlayson said: The good news is that we own two buildings right in that area. It may take a few months to get it going. Were looking at t hose options as a viable alternative. One is the Wine Gallery C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB email@example.com WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.30 $4.45 $4.34 Invest in the countries expected to LEAD the world in growth over the next decade with TIGRS 4 LinkedtoEmergingMarkets,US, EuropeandFarEastIndices InvestB$butgetglobalexposure$5MLIMITEDOFFERING Offer ends this Friday, Dec 10LAST CHANCE TO EMERGING MARKETS:the Worlds Fastest Growing Economies! firstname.lastname@example.org By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor A Bahamas-based broker/dealers liquidator has pledged to vigorously oppose two legal applications one by a convicted money launderer, the other by the Attorney Generals Office -that could put the security of the customers assets held in the Bahamas in jeop ardy. Clifford Culmer, the BDO Mann Judd accountant, in his eighth report to the Bahamian Supreme Court on the liquida tion of Dominion Investments, whose principal Martin Tremblay is serving a four-year prison sentence in the US after pleading guilty to money laundering, said the return of assets the broker/dealer had held in trust for their beneficial owners had once again hit a snag. Although Mr Culmer had managed to secure removal of the freeze order imposed on all Bahamas-based assets that Dominion Investments had held in trust for its clients on August 14, 2009, Mr Tremblay subsequently filed an applica tion with the Supreme Court to discharge this order, and requesting that the company pay the costs of his application. The August 14, 2009, Order had lifted the freeze obtained by the Attorney Generals Office at the behest of the US authorities against all assets belonging to Dominion clients, maintaining it only on assets belonging to Mr Tremblay or parts of the companys estate to which he may be entitled. Yet Mr Tremblay, Mr Culmer alleged, was now seeking to overturn this state of affairs via his June 1, 2010, application on the grounds that he was not informed of the proceedings. The effect of such application could once again put the Liquidator pledge to vigor ously oppose money laundering convicts application BDO Mann Judd accountant Culmer warns that application by Dominion Investments principal, Martin Tremblay, could put the security of the customers assets held in the Bahamas in jeopardy* Also promises to oppose Attorney Generals move to enforce $220,000 forfeiture award on Tremblay if it puts client assets in jeopardy* Says recovery of $658,000 in costs will allow all creditors to be paid, and forfeiture sought by US realised SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The International Monetary Fund (IMF Bahamas to implement farreaching structural reforms [that] are necessary to lift medi u m-term growth prospects, expressing concern over the G overnments fiscal position and warning that the central g overnment debt to gross domestic product (GDP was set to continue rising over IMF: Far-r eaching structural r eforms a Bahamas priority Fund calls for broader tax and public financial management reforms, with debt-to-GDP ratio set to rise further over medium-term* Return to nations trend growth rate of 2.5% per annum likely by 2012 if global economy improves, but risks for Bahamas weighted to downside* Bahamas urged to build adequate buffers against external shocks and address vulnerabilities in the fiscal domain SEE page 2B JAMES SMITH MARK FINLAYSON B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Bahamas 2.5 per cent long-term average growth rate, which the International Monetary Fund (IMF much less than we need to get employment goingb ack up, a former finance minister said yesterday, advocating that a 4 per cent per annum G DP increase was needed to lower unemploy ment by 1 per cent. James Smith, who was minister of state for finance in the 2002-2007 Christie-led PLP administration, told Tribune Business that despite the I MFs optimistic medium-term growth projections, which in large part depended on an improv i ng world economy, the Bahamas was likely to be faced with double digit unemployment through 2 012. N oting that the world economy was not out of the woods yet, especially given the ongoing e urozone debt crisis, Mr Smith said: Even a 2.5 per cent growth rate in 2012 is much less than the Bahamas needs to get employment going up, because to get a 1 per cent drop in unemployment you need to get a 4 per cent GDP growth. There is such a long time lag between the impact of gross tourism receipts and employ m ent figures improving. With many Bahamian resorts having become used to operating with lower staff per room ratios, and enjoying efficiency and productivity gains from this, the former finance minister said the hotel industry was u nlikely to rebound to pre-recession levels. I think we will probably go through 2012 2.5% growth much less than needed n Former finance minister says Bahamas will be stuck with double digit unemployment through 2012, as 4% growth needed to reduce joblessness by 1% n Bahamas running out of options on fiscal side, as 65% of recurrent budget taken by fixed costs, with 25-30% of capital budget going on subsidies n BTC sale gives government breathing space, with $210m price not something to be sneezed at as 3% of GDP SEE page 4B CITY MARKETS EYEING NEW OAKES FIELD STORE SITES n Company will have to leave existing store, as $16 per square foot revised rental rate demanded by landlord not financial viable n Says stores profitability was borderline, as majority owner assesses sites it has ownership interest in n Adds that not owning real estate left City Markets in a bit of a vulnerable position when struggles began S EE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Bahamian architects have questioned why the Ministry of Works Building Control Department (BCD reluctant to bring [itself] into the 21st century, criticising the proposal to create a one-stop shop for pro cessing all construction permits as creating further bureaucratic bottlenecks. Replying to the Ministrys response to its initial criti cisms of the slow building permitting process, and sub sequent impact on the construction industry and wider Bahamian economy, the Institute of Bahamian Architects (IBA bune Business: The Ministry of Works indicated that most delays are due to incomplete applications and drawings. The IBA simply will ask who determines that the drawings are incomplete? What are the qualifications of these individuals who decide that a registered architect or engineer, who are legally responsible for their documents and the contents therein, have not provided adequate docu mentation for their projects. The IBA contents that the building professional has more at stake in ensuring their documentation is correct and complete than BCD, as they are legally responsible for that project. BUILDING C ONTR OL RELUCTANT TO COME INT O 21ST CENTURY SEE page 5B
the medium term. E xpressing its sentiments in an advance notice stating that ith ad concluded the Article IV consultation with the Bahamas, the IMF praised the Hubert Ingraham-led FNM adminis t ration for implementing pru dent macroecnonomic policiest hat have now laid the foun dations of a recovery, yet hint-e d that this nation needed to g et its fiscal house in order. The IMF is continuing to p roject a rise in central government debt as a percentage of GDP, forecasting that this will increase to 48.7 per cent this year, as opposed to 45 per cent last year. T hat figure is some 13 per c entage points above the 35.7 per cent debt-to-GDP ratio that the Bahamas enjoyed as recently as 2007, well below the 40 per cent threshold prescribed b y the IMF. B acking the Governments p ublic statements committing itself to fiscal prudence, and reducing the debt-to-GDP ratio via medium-term adjustments, the IMF hinted that it wanted to see words translated into d eeds. Welcomed T he Fund said it welcomed t he revenue and spending meas ures adopted in the 2010-2011 Budget, but considered that contingency measures might be needed to achieve the desired reduction in the fiscal deficit. Directors noted that broaderr eforms to the tax system and p ublic finance management w ould also be needed over the medium term to sustain improvements in the fiscal position. That points to the IMF holdi ng the opinion that the B ahamas needs to address taxation system reform as a national priority, along with enhanced management systems in the Ministry of Finance and other revenue-handling agencies. Data provided by the IMF, and drawn from Bahamian sources, showed that government revenue and grants were projected to fall to just 17.5 per cent of GDP this calendar year, d own from 18.1 per cent last year. Recurrent spending,t hough was projected to continue inching up to 19.4 per cent o f GDP. Combined with a capital budget equivalent to 3.2 per cent of GDP, this was forecast to leave an overall fiscal deficit of 5.1 per cent for the 2010 calendar year, compared to 5.5 per cent in 2009. Noting that the Government had maintained spending at B udgeted levels, in order to expand the social security safe t y net and for stimulus spending via public infrastructure proj ects, even though revenues deteriorated, the IMF added: As a result, the central gov ernment deficit rose by 0.5 per centage points to 5.3 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP 2 010. Central government debt a lso increased, reaching 47 per cent of GDP at end June 2010,a bout 10 percentage points higher than before the crisis. W arning that Bahamian economic recovery remained exposed to downside risks, namely the sluggish nature of the US and world economies, and tentative recovery there, the IMF struck a slightly more optimistic note, adding: While near-term growth prospects r emain weak, the medium-term outlook is somewhat more f avorable. Real GDP is projected to g row modestly in 2010, as tourist arrivals rebound, but a return to the trend growth rate of about 2.5 per cent is likely by 2 012 if global conditions improve. The external current account deficit, which will widen somewhat in 2010 and 2011, is expected to narrow over the medium term, from higher tourism receipts and c ontinued foreign direct investment. The Fund said it had encoura ged the Bahamian government to to build adequate buffers against external shocks and address vulnerabilities in the fiscal domain and in the f inancial sector. Reforms And it added: Directors a greed that far-reaching structural reforms are necessary to lift medium-term growth prospects. They welcomed the authori ties plans to improve business conditions, including for small a nd medium-sized enterprises, and to strengthen public infras tructure in a manner consis tent with the fiscal consolida tion strategy. While foreign exchange reserves were relatively healthy at $842 million, the IMF noted that these had been boosted by one-off Special Drawing Rights worth $179 million, plus f oreign currency borrowing. Inflation was also down, and the external current account deficit had narrowed to about 12.5 per cent of GDP. Urging close monitoring of commercial bank non-per f orming loans, after describing the issue as a concern, the I MF said the banking system in the Bahamas was both wellc apitalised and had good liq uidity. 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And PSN, a leading investment manager search and evaluation database, has also named Accuvest Global Opportunities a Top Gun, ranking it number five among all Global Equity Separate Account Managers for the 2010 third quarter. Robert Jensen, Accuvests managing director, said: The most noteworthy aspect of the recent recognition is not necessarily the returns, but the strategy employed to secure those returns. Most managers get their global equity exposure by picking individual stocks. We take a unique, top-down approach, g etting our exposure through singlecountry Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs We pick countries, not individual stocks. And Mr Jensen added: Accuvest was an early adopter of ETFs, and was a pioneer in the active management of single-country ETFs. We use our in-house proprietary country selection model to r ank countries and implement our strategies using single-country ETFs. The benefits of investing with ETFs include ease, diversification, cost and liquidity. But because single-country ETFs are relative newcomers to the investment landscape, long-term results have not been available. The move to ETFs by professional investment managers has gathered pace over the past two years. According to Morningstar, international ETFs listed in the US grew from $35 billion in assets five years ago to $245 billion in assets today. Mr Jensen said: It was extremely difficult to do what were doing more than five years ago, as significant liquidity in m ost single-country ETFs didnt exist. Normally were reluctant to focus on performance, but rather concentrate on our strategies, as we think our top-down approach to global equities using singlecounty ETFs is unique. But we do believe that performance is a by-product of a disciplined, consistent approach. A ccuvest said its Accuvest Global Opportunities Fund, a Bahamian investment fund, has outperformed the MSCI All-Country World Index with annualised alpha of more than 7 per cent over the last five years through November 2010. The Bahamian broker/dealer added that the Accuvest Global Opportunities Fund was up 22 per cent over the last 12 months, more than triple the world benchmark for the same period. Mr Jensen said: We believe the results show that our country selection model works. We think that an actively managed portfolio of single country ETFs will continue to give our international investors solid long-term results but, u nfortunately, the fund is not available to Bahamian investors at this time. Bahamian brokers fund wins Top Gun honours The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC cial wireless services through a Wi-Fi mesh networkt hat was enabled by Aptilo Networks, a provider of p re-integrated solutions for billing, user services and access in wireless networks. The system integration was provided by Alcatel-Lucent. The service features advanced billing and credit card processing functionality enabled by FirstA tlantic Commerce (FAC payment gateway and fraud risk solutions provider. It is designed to provide guests of BTCs customers, which include tourists staying at destinations such asA tlantis, Paradise Island, to enjoy a Wi-Fi experience tailored to their needs. BTC will use the Aptilo Service Management Platf orm for delivering carrier-grade broadband access services in large public, semi-public and private netw orks. The platform facilitates easy and scalable service delivery, administration, billing control and monitor-i ng. Options The company said its platform will allow BTC to o ffer customers a variety of options, such as customised pricing plans for access to pay-for-use services, including premium levels and the capability tou se a credit card-payment system tailored to clients specific needs. BTC can also associate price plans to a specific location or provide a multi-location service plan through Aptilos location-based and roaming features. Pay-for-use wireless models that deliver premium services can deliver significant revenue for todays b usinesses, said Torbjorn Ward, Aptilo Networks chief executive. BTC installations are an excellent showcase for A ptilos full feature set, and the ability to deliver a wireless solution tailored to meet the unique needs of large-scale installations. A dditionally, BTC can automatically process and analyze data output from the Wi-Fi service, including usage information and events, using the Aptilo plat form. Aptilo also provides comprehensive Quality of Serv ice control. BTC IN COMMERCIAL WIRELESS AGREEMENT IMF: Far-reaching structural reforms a Bahamas priority FROM page 1B
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Scotiabanks Caribbean executives yesterday backed the Governments selection of LIME, the Cable & Wireless Caribbean division, as purchaser of the majority 51 per cent stake in the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC assisted in transforming the bank's infrastructure and its "commitment to deliv ering on their promises was extraordi nary. Scotiabank's statement came even as a u nion-organised response to BTCs privatisation and sale for $210 million inter r upted service throughout New Providence and shut down BTC offices for hours. BTC issued a statement advising the public to limit its calls to BTC to emergency calls. Good "When we heard that LIME is con templating the acquisition of BTC, wei mmediately envisioned this as a good thing for the Bahamas," said Rose-Marie Pilliner, executive vice-president, shared services & operations, Caribbean North Hub, Scotiabank. "We have been very pleased with the transition weve seen in their manage ment of our account in recent times. The account team that works on the Bank Of Nova Scotia Jamaica account gets it. T hey understand the importance that communication plays in the sustainability of our business, and have been consistently professional, focused on our business and responsive to our day-today needs." Ms Pilliner said Scotiabank considered LIME a strong partner, advancing the bank's business. "The improved alignment has turned them into true business partners, as has been evident in more proactive recom mendations of innovative solutions to some of our business challenges," said the executive vice-president. Scotiabank backs LIME selection for BTC deal PROTESTING: A union-organised response to BTCs privatisation and sale caused disruption in New Providence yesterday. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f PLACARD-WAVING protesters show their anger over the BTC deal.
security of the customers assets held in the Bahamas at risk, the BDO Mann Judd accountant and partner warned. This application is being reviewed and addressed by thel iquidators attorneys [Lennox Paton], and will be opposed by t he liquidator in so far as it could jeopardise his freedom to release the trust assets unaffected by the forfeiture to the beneficial owners thereof, and c ould subject the trust assets to t he imposition of further costs. And, Mr Culmer warned, a f urther snag had arisen as a result of a June 16, 2010, appli c ation by the Attorney Generals Office which, acting onb ehalf of the US authorities, is seeking to have the $220,000 f orfeiture order made against Mr Tremblay registered in the Bahamas, then enforced against Dominion Investments accounts. I n his report to Dominion Investments clients and credit ors, Mr Culmer said that in dis charging the asset freeze on A ugust 14 last year, a Consent O rder was entered in its stead, stipulating that the broker/deale rs residual estate would be used to cover the $220,000 forfeiture order. T his, in turn, meant that there was no longer any restriction on the ability of the liquidator to release the trust a ssets held in the Bahamas to t he beneficial owners thereof, client confidentiality had been preserved and there was no q uestion of client assets being used to settle the forfeiture order against Mr Tremblay. The Attorney Generals Offices application thus jeopardises this process, and Mr Culmer promised: The liqu idator will vigorously oppose both such applications. The liquidator will be vigo rously defending both the a pplication by Mr Tremblay to have the Consent Order dis missed, and the application by the Attorney General to register and enforce the forfeiture order against Mr Tremblay [ through] the accounts held by Dominion. Of the application by the Attorney Generals Office, Mr C ulmer added: These pro ceedings are being reviewed and addressed by the liquidat ors attorneys, and to the extent that the order sought by the Attorney General conflictsw ith the August 14, 2009, Cons ent Order or undermines in any way to the liquidators abil ity to release all of the trust a ssets to the beneficial owners free and clear of the effects of the forfeiture order, it will be v igorously contested and o pposed by the liquidator. M r Culmer said he was continuing to work towards the r elease of Dominions held-intrust assets to their rightful owners, but said that of 47 per-s ons who may own some of these but have made no claim to date only two had subsequently done so after he contacted them. The BDO Mann Judd accountant added, though, that he was still working to recover some $435,515 from oneD ominion Investments client, in respect of work done for them in the liquidation. H e also had to pursue a c laim and intervene in pro c eedings in Canada to recover approximately $232,218 in Canadian funds for costs due t o the estate of Dominion from trust assets over which the Canadian government obtaineda freeze order to secure alleged tax liabilities of that customer, now deceased. Negotiations were underway to secure payment of that sum, also necessary to recover liqui dation costs. One these two sums were recovered, Mr Culmer said he would be able to reimburset he estate of Dominion, where upon it is expected to have suf-f icient funds to pay its outstanding creditors less costs, a nd to apply any residual estate t o the satisfaction of the sums due under the forfeiture order made against Martin Tremblay as and when the same is registered in the Bahamas, and to bring the liquidation of Dominion to a close. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ,VODQG:HVW 5HDO(VWDWH&RPSDQ\/LPLWHGROXQWDU\/LTXLGDWLRQf$OOSHUVRQVKDYLQJFODLPVDJDLQVWWKHDERYH QDPHG&RPSDQ\DUHUHTXLUHGRQRUEHIRUHGDWHG RI'HFHPEHUVHQGWKHLU QDPHVDGGUHVVHVDQGSDUWLFXODUVRIWKHLUGHEWV DQGFODLPVWR0U7KRPDV7UHYRU'HDQ3 )UHHSRUW*UDQG%DKDPD,VODQG7KH %DKDPDVWKH/LTXLGDWRURIWKH&RPSDQ\RULQ GHIDXOWWKHUHRIWKH\PD\EHH[FOXGHGIURPWKH EHQHRUDQ\GLVWULEXWLRQPDGHEHIRUHGHEWVDUH SURYHG'DWHGWKHWKGD\RI'HFHPEHU 7KRPDVUHYRU'HDQ /LTXLGDWRU Liquidator pledge to vigorously oppose money laundering convicts application F ROM page 1B again being faced with double digit unemployment and a sluggish recovery, which is all conditioned on the global economy, a nd the US economy in particular. Asked about the IMFs suggestion (see other article on Page 1B that the Bahamas undertake tax and fiscal management reforms, Mr Smith said: Its the lack of buoyancy in our tax rates. Its g oing to be very difficult to get expenditure under control, as so much of it goes to salaries and emoluments, and fixed charges. Mr Smith estimated that some 55 per cent of the annual Budget, roughly $750-$800 million, went on civil service and public sector salaries, while another 7-8 per cent of recurrent spending was r equired for rents, utilities and other fixed costs. With at least 65 per cent of the annual recurrent Budget already taken up, Mr Smith said the only room governments enjoyed was on the capital budget, but this, too, was restricted by t he fact that 25-30 per cent of funds here were required to cover subsidies to loss-making public corporations, such as Bahamasair and Water & Sewerage. I think its a very difficult road going forward, Mr Smith said of the Bahamas fiscal position, because were running out of options in terms of austerity measures and have pretty much exhausted revenues. We have to take a careful look at the tax regime for many reasons, one of which is to improve revenue collection if we are not g oing to have a persistent annual deficit creeping into the overall debt, and larger debt ratios. While the low level of private sector credit demand meant that there was no danger the Governments borrowing demands would crowd out the private sector, Mr Smith said that some of the issues with the existing [tax] regime may be beyond us. We need a return to growth through increased tourism spend ing and foreign direct investment. The appetite for both is limited, b ut we do have in the medium term the Baha Mar project, a couple of other projects, and the injection of funds from the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC breathing space. Its not dire straits for us in the medium-term, but we have to keep an eye on whats happening in the global econom y. Mr Smith said the $210 million purchase price for a 51 per cent controlling interest in BTC was nothing to sneeze at, given that it was roughly equivalent to 3 per cent of Bahamian real GDP, but t he breathing room it provided for the Government in fiscal terms would only last for one year, since it was a one-off, non-recurring transaction. And the former finance minister added of the IMFs comments o n the Bahamas fiscal predicament: I think they recognise as well t he limitations of the indirect tax system we have, and that Bahamas is attempting entry into the World Trade Organisation arrangements, which demand a claw back of the tariffs. Theyre simply nudging the Government in the direction they h ave to go in any event. 2.5% growth much less than needed F ROM page 1B at the Monument Shopping Centre, and t he other is the old Burns House building, t he big blue one at the back of the Royal Bank of Canada branch on JFK Drive. Stating that the situation with the existing Oakes Field store isnt looking good at all, Mr Finlayson said: What it really boils down to is that Neil wants to increase the rent to a number that is not tenable, given that particular location, back in 20052 006 when we first looked at it, has been in a borderline break even position. Revealing to Tribune Business that Mr MacTaggart wanted to agree a new lease deal that involved City Markets paying $16 per square foot, Mr Finlayson said the current lease involved the supermarket chain paying a rental rate based on a percentageo f gross sales. This meant that when City Markets was doing well, and selling more produce, the rental income received by the landlord increased, but when the store and the economy were performing badly, this dropped. This, Mr Finlayson said, meant that Mr M acTaggart had earned a reduced income o ver the last four years, due in no small part to the supermarket chains travails under the previous ownership. As a result, he suggested that the Oakes Field landlord had decided they no longer wanted City Markets as a tenant, and instead wanted someone who would be able and willing to pay more rent, i mproving their returns and income yields. Telling this newspaper he had met with many of City Markets landlords, Mr Finlayson said that after taking control of the company Mr MacTaggart was first on the list, yet two scheduled meetings one on Thanksgiving Day, the other for Thursdayl ast week were never held. The understanding was that he would c ome in, we would talk, and he would get a cheque making the rent whole, Mr Finl ayson said. However, the two only finally met yesterday, after Mr MacTaggart had locked City Markets out of the Oakes Field store because rent was more than 21 days past due. He basically tried to strong arm me, the City Markets head said. His position was: Take it or leave it. I have no choice. I have to leave it. It makes absolutely no sense. I dont know if Neil has someone else to go in there. It doesnt look like we can come to any agreement. However, adding that he would have been locked into the Oakes Field lease, Mr Finlayson said the outcome was probably a win-win for both the company and Mr M acTaggart. Mr MacTaggart is also the landlord for City Markets Village Road store, andw hether the supermarket chain would stay there remains to be seen. Well see how that turns out, Mr Finlayson said, adding that if Mr MacTaggart wants to move on and get a higher rent paying tenant in there, were not going to stand in his way. Village Road, he added, was also borderline in terms of being profitable, its sales having been hita fter the Harbour Bay store was opened. Mr Finlayson confirmed that City Markets was current with rental payments on all its other 10 stores, and not in violation of a ny lease agreements. Weve brought all the rents up to date, he added, noting that there were a few letters from landlords expressing concern about late payments when he took over. G oing forward, Mr Finlayson said he would look at moving City Markets stores into properties where he and his family had some ownership interest, as not owning i ts own real estate had put the company in a bit of a vulnerable position when it began to struggle to pay its bills. CITY MARKETS EYEING NEW OAKES FIELD STORE SITES F ROM page 1B
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM S usan Salisbury WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Tony Jones scrutinized the packages of ground chuck and ground round at the Walmart in suburban West Palm Beach. He w as not a shopper in a hurry. ''You have to watch prices," J ones said. "Everything's going up this year. A lot of people comei n and just grab something." Jones chose the ground chuck at $2.58 a p ound over the ground round at $3.38. Jones is correct. Prices have spiked recently for such staples as beef, pork, poultry, cheese, milk, butter, sugar and c offee. Economists say that's just the beginning. Although infla t ion has been relatively weak for most of 2009 and 2010, food commodity and energy prices are on the rise. That puts pressure on w holesale and retail prices, said Ephraim Leibtag, an economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service. The service is forecasting 2 percent to 3 percent food inflation for next year. Food prices as a whole have not increased much this year, with the USDA predicting overall increases of 1 to 1.5 perc ent for 2010. But zeroing in on specific items provides some star tling exceptions, such as butter's roughly 25 percent increase,a ttributed to short supplies. Next year, expect more increases when higher costs for commodities and energy kick in further. G eneral Mills, Sara Lee, Starbucks, J.M. Smucker's and Kraft Foods have all increased prices this year. Even SPAM, the low-budget canned pork product, will go up 3 to 4 percent at around Feb-r uary, Hormel Foods has announced. ''We are seeing some pretty big increases," said Brian Todd, p resident of The Food Institute, an Upper Saddle River, N.J.based nonprofit whose members include food manufacturers and g rocers. 'The larger increases now are coming for the center-of-theplate items such as beef, poultry and pork, which are a main portion of many people's meals," Todd said. Blame several major factors. The first is rising prices for wheat, corn and soybeans. All are used for animal feed. More corn is going to ethanol, and soybean oil is used to make biodiesel. The second is more demand for protein from countries around the world. In addition, higher fuel prices impact everything from production to delivery. ''Soybeans are on pace for the sixth consecutive year of record exports, mainly due to China. China's population has turned to a more protein-rich diet, which meansmore meat. Soybean meal is fed to hogs and chickens," said John Sanow, a grains analyst with Telvent DTN in Omaha, Neb. Leibtag agreed that it's a global market. ''As other countries increase their relative income and are able to purchase more and more of the American-type diet, they are eat ing more dairy and more protein," Leibtag said. Corn for ethanol consumes about 35 percent of the U.S. crop. Corn is also used for animal feed and many food products. Its byproduct, high-fructose corn syrup, is an ingredient in soft drinks,cookies, ketchup, bread and more. Where once wheat, corn and soybean prices were driven most ly by supply and demand, now the futures market is helping to ratchet up prices as more investors put their money into commodities. Futures prices for all three are up more than 60 percent over lows earlier this year, Sanow said. ''There are billions going into the commodity markets," Sanow said. The Intercontinental Exchange, which operates futures exchanges for oil and agricultural commodities, reported a 26 per cent increase in volume for 2010 compared to last year. Supermarkets can hold down prices for only so long. ''Retailers' margins have been cut for the past 13 months. They have been trying to buy more efficiently and cutting back on labor costs. If food prices are going up, at some point they will have to start passing those along," Todd said. So far, Publix Super Markets has absorbed increased costs for commodities, spokeswoman Kim Jaeger said. ''We manufacture our own milk for our South Florida stores right here in Deerfield Beach as well as source our eggs from Florida," Jaeger said. "This allows us to keep our transportation costs down." The food price increases mean that the tried-and-true money savers are more in vogue than ever. Using coupons, buying store brands, comparing prices, buying only what's needed, shopping your pantry and sticking to a budget are nothing new, but can make a difference. For Pamela Rattray, who manages a small group home in West Palm Beach, smart shopping is essential. Shechecks ads before venturing out to purchase breakfast and dinner items for the residents who are at their jobs during the day. She's noticed increases in bread, butter, eggs, cheese and Cream of Wheat. On a recent trip to Walmart in suburban West Palm Beach, her cart was filled with healthful foods such as cereal, fresh broc coli and oranges. ''Don't buy junk food," Rattray said. "You don't need it." Susan Salisbury writes for The Palm Beach Post. E-mail: (under score)(at)pbpost.com. n Story Filed By Cox Newspapers J ORDAN ROBERTSON, A P Technology Writer S AN FRANCISCO M icrosoft Corp. is tweaking its Internet Explorer with an upcoming feature that w ill let users add lists of sites that they do and don't want tracking them, a peace offering as the debate about websites' shady surveillance tactics heats up. T he announcement Tuesday comes amid u proar over the sneaky ways websites watch their users as they bounce around t he Internet. The Federal Trade Commission is proposing new rules to limit advert isers' ability to do that. But Microsoft's new feature comes with several drawbacks. One is that it's not automatically turned on, and another is that consumers will be r esponsible for creating or finding their own lists of sites they want to block. P art of the reason for the uproar is that it's hard to tell which sites you're sharing i nformation with. Websites use many third-party advertisi ng partners that might use shady surveil lance schemes. Requiring users to sort out which sites are good and bad puts the onus on the wrong people, said Anup Ghosh, founder a nd chief scientist of Invincea, which makes software that companies layer on top of Internet Explorer for additional security. With this kind of 'do not track' list, the i ndustry is not held accountable for not tracking; it's the user that's responsible. They kind of got it backward," he said. "Users aren't equipped to make these kinds o f decisions, nor do they want to." A familiar refrain among security and privacy professionals is that Internet users by and large don't fully appreciate thee xtent to which sites harvest their personal i nformation. Visiting a modern website is less like a handshake between two friends than it is glad-handing a room full of strangers. U nless you have tinkered with your security settings, in most browsers, you implicitly g ive any site you visit permission for it and all of its advertising partners to track you. T he tracking happens silently, and your browsing habits are sold and analyzed by advertising firms looking for ways to show you more relevant ads. Ghosh said it would be more useful for M icrosoft to work directly with privacy groups in creating lists of sites to identify s ites that engage in controversial forms of tracking. D ean Hachamovitch, who leads Internet Explorer development for Microsoft, said on a webcast with reporters that Microsoft isn't including pre-made lists in Internet Explorer 9, which ships next year, b ecause it would amount to making a judgment for consumers about which sites are O K to track them. "Choosing a tracking p rotection list is a statement around what the consumer wants out of the box, and in some ways that is completely up to the consumer," Hachamovitch said. P rivacy worries and corporate interests often collide in building a browser, which is why the privacy features that do make it into the finished product are often com-p romises between competing interests. As a seller of Internet advertising, Microsoft has to weight the benefits from completely shielding consumers from tracking with its advertising customers' need to monitor p eople to sell them more targeted ads. Those pressures were apparently front a nd center in the development of the current version of Microsoft's browser. T he Wall Street Journal reported in August, in a report based on anonymous sources, that Microsoft's decision to make features that prevent tracking optional, rather than automatic, was the result of a f ierce internal debate over the benefits users would gain versus the value that a dvertisers would lose. Also, insisting on complete privacy, by t urning off tracking features altogether and cranking up the privacy protections all the way, can make surfing the Internet a lessthan-radical affair, since sites will forget who you are and your browser will forget w here it's been. Rising food prices add to shoppers' economic worries INTERN A TION AL BUSINESS (AP Photo/Toby Talbot, file FINANCEOFFER: In this Nov. 29, 2010 file photo, Shoppers leave the Barnes and Noble store on in South Burlington, Vt. Activist investor William Ackman on Monday, Dec. 6, offered to finance a $16 per share Borders-led takeover bid for rival bookseller Barnes & Noble Inc. And the IBA, in its statement sent to Tribune Business, said: The IBA submits that BCD is not a qualifying entity but, as laid out by the law, is set up to primarily see that all buildings a re in conformance to the Bahamas Building Code. BCD is instead checking drawings for silly discrepancies that would be picked up during construction and, in most cases, have nothing to do with code compliance. Lawyers, doctors and other professionals do not have government entities going over their work telling them how to do it, but architects, engineers and contractors have BCD doing exactly this. The IBA said the BCDs efforts to contact construction industry professionals when queries were raised over their projects has not been a successful procedure as far as its members were concerned, and suggested that e-mail was a better communication form. The Ministrys statement also says that its job is to ensure c ompliance with the code regardless of whether the docum ents are submitted by a licensed architect, engineer or draftsm an, the Institute said. The IBA has no problem with checking for code compliance. We are surprised, though, that BCD is accepting applications from draftsmen. That is an illegal act. Since the passage of the Professional Architects Act in 1994, only licensed architects and licensed architectural technicians are allowed to submit plans for building permits. The Institute also said the Ministrys comments about discussing planned reforms to the building permit process with the Attorney Generals Office were a stalling tactic that had been used before when complaints and criticisms were made. Section 5 and 6 of the Building Regulation Act gives the Building Control Officer (BCO processes and procedures in carrying out the duties of the office, the IBA said. These sections were used to set up the present situation, and can be used by the current BCO to improve the procedures without any need to involve the Attorney Generals office. The IBAs recommendations to BCD on its permitting processes were done with the Building Regulations Act as a backdrop, and all we have suggested could be implemented tomorrow by the BCO. BUILDING CONTROL RELUCTANT TO COME INTO 21ST CENTURY F ROM page 1B Microsoft unveils new privacy feature for IE
SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press D UBLIN Lawmakers narrowly approved tax hikes Tuesday as part of Ireland's most brutalb udget in history, a euro6 billion ($8 billion plan imposed as a key condition of the nation's internat ional bailout. Rejection following Tuesday's publication of the long-awaited 2011 budget would have forced Prime Minister Brian Cowen's resignation a nd snap elections and raised doubts about whether Ireland could tap euro67.5 billion ($90 billion E uropean Union and the Intern ational Monetary Fund. B ut Cowen survived thanks to an 82-77 vote in favor of midnight hikes in taxes on vehicle fuel. The complex budget faces several more parliamentary t ests between now and February, with at least three separate votes for major bills on welfare cuts, sweeping expansion of the i ncome-tax net and other meas ures. Unveiling the budget, Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said every household in this c ountry of 4.5 million must take hits on their net incomes to close Ireland's staggering deficit. S pending Lenihan said Ireland had no choice but to slash spending a nd raise taxes immediately because the country this year is spending more than euro50 billion on daily government activities and has committed at least euro45 billion to bail out its banks yet is collecting just euro31 billion this year in taxes. T he result has been an underlying deficit this year of 11.6 percent of Ireland's gross domestic product, second-worst i n the 16-nation eurozone to f ellow aid patient Greece. When exceptional bank-bailout costs are included, as European Union authorities have required, Ireland's 2010 deficits kyrockets to a modern European record of 32 percent of GDP. Lenihan's plan the harshe st yet of four emergency budg ets unveiled since 2008 contains euro4.5 billion ($6 billion in spending cuts and euro1.5 billion ($2 billion A potential further euro9 bill ion ($12 billion hikes loom for 2012-14. H e said these measures rep resent the minimum required t o counter "the worst crisis in our history" and put Ireland on course to reduce its deficit to the eurozone limit of 3 percent by 2015 as EU authoritiese xpect. As Lenihan spoke, outside t he wrought-iron parliament gates, several hundred left-wing p rotesters endured icy weather to denounce the cuts as likely to hit the poorest citizens the hardest. Some banged drums, blew whistles, clanked cattle b ells and tooted horns. Many more waved placards demandi ng that Ireland's state-aided banks default on their hundreds o f billions in debts to foreign banks a notion that Lenihan dismissed as economically sui cidal. The finance chief stressed that Ireland faced no easy choices as it deepens its austeri ty measures while simultane ously seeking to grow its econ o my. He called the euro80 billion ( $105 billion) that Ireland's banks are estimated to have lost on dud property loans "unforgivable" yet defended the need for Ireland's taxpayers to f oot the lion's share of that bailout bill rather than the for e ign banks that loaned Dublin institutions the money. There's simply no way this country, whose banks are so dependent on international investors, can unilaterally reneg on senior bondholders against t he wishes of our European partners and the European i nstitutions," Lenihan said. "This course of action has never been an option during the course of this crisis." Instead, Lenihan said income t axes would be broadened to bring tens of thousands of lowsalaried workers into the tax net for the first time, while wel-f are payments would be cut across the board. Spending on capital projects chiefly jobsintensive building of roads and p ublic transportation networks would be cut by euro1.8 billion ($2.4 billion He defended the government's reluctant agreement last week on an EU-IMF bailouts imilar to the one given Greece, a move that Ireland long had d ismissed as unnecessary. The first euro10 billion in foreign l oans is earmarked to bolster the cash reserves of five Dublin banks that borrowed recklessly from abroad to fund an Irish property boom that went busti n 2008. The government since has nationalized or taken majors takes in all five banks. Unpopular The deeply unpopular Cowen who rose to power 2 1/2 years ago just as Ireland's vaunted Celtic Tiger boom was p etering out has pledged to resign and call an early nationa l election once the budget is fully enacted in the spring. But h e has refused to specify an election date. L enihan said pensions for retired state employees will fall 4 percent, while Ireland's civil service will be cut back to 2002 levels. Taxes on vehicle fuel and c ash deposits would rise 2 per cent to 4 percent. T he minimum wage would be reduced euro1 to euro7.65 ( $10.25) an hour. Fees for uni versity students will rise 25 percent to around euro2,000 ($2,650 In hopes of stimulating Irel and's collapsed property mar ket, Lenihan unveiled majorc uts to the taxes on house sales to just 1 percent for properties v alued under euro1 million, a fraction of the previous tax rate. A euro10 tax on air passen gers will be cut in March to euro3 in hopes of boosting t ourism. And Lenihan said the gov e rnment would spend euro200 million to put 15,000 of Ireland's 450,000 unemployed into training and internship posi tions. ATHENS, Greece The head of the International Monetary Fund says there is a risk of "big difficulties" because of different rates of growth among the 16 European Union countries that use the euro. Responding to a question Tuesday in the Greek parliament about the risks of a two-tier Europe, Dominique Strauss-Kahn said that while there were problems, he didn't believe the euro would break up. "There is a risk of big difficulties," Strauss-Kan said. "I don't think there is a risk of Germany, as I read sometimes in the newspapers, of leaving the euro or things like that." However, he said, "the reality is that there are different rates of growth, it goes differently in the different parts of the eurozone, and that's not good." Weak growth rates in some of Europe's most indebted coun tries Portugal, Greece and Ireland will make it harder for them to repay their debts. Meanwhile, countries that are doing better Germany, Austria and the Netherlands are resisting adding more bailout money to help them, saying they shouldn't have to keep paying for countries that overspent. Strauss-Kahn said there was a need "to have something more dynamic, which is something where the center of the eurozone will be stronger because you can't have a single currency and not have at the same time a coordinated economic policy. And that's the big weakness." 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L I Q U I D AT O R______________________ (AP Photo/Peter Morrison KEEPINGWATCH: Irish police officers keep a close eye on protesters outside Leinster House, Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. Irelands parliament has narrowly backed immediate tax rises and cleared the first hurdle for a 2011 budget that seeks euro6 billion ($8 billion history. Lawmakers offer initial OK for Irish budget (AP Photo/Peter Morrison PROTESTING: Sinn Fein supporters protest government spending cuts in icy weather outside Leinster House, Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison HARDCOPY: Irish Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan holds a copy of the Budget 2011 at Government Buildings, Dublin, Ireland, Tues day, Dec. 7, 2010. IMF: different eurozone growth rates pose risk
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Talbots and other "missy" retailers clothing sellers that target women around their 40s were among the hardest hit during the recession. In an effort to improve results, Talbots earlier this year pulled off a complex deal that let it reduce its debt and buy out its largest shareholder, Japanese retail company Aeon (U.S.A. Talbots has also worked to revamp its clothing assortment to make it more appealing to its target customers and invested in a splashy advertising campaign that featured model Linda Evangelista. But results Tuesday showed that despite a 17 percent increase in third-quarter net income and improving sales, traffic was down 9 percent during the quarter and revenue in stores open at least one year fell 7.1 percent. NEW YORK (AP publisher's fourth-quarter profit. T he company's long-term outlook is still uncertain. It owns The Boston Globe, the International Herald-Tribune and a group of smaller dailies along with its namesake newspaper. The latest forecast s hows declines in its traditional print business continue to offset gains from its Web properties. But close attention to expenses helped boost Times Co. shares by 28 cents, or 3 percent, to $9.66 in midday trading. Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson said operating expenses are on track to fall 2 percent to 3 percent from the same quarter a year ago, compared with a slight increase the previous quarter. She said lower costs should produce a "significant improvement" in the company's operating profit, excluding special items. The latest update from the Times Co. came during the annual UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York. Other publishers, including USA Today owner Gannett Co. and McClatchy Co., planned to offer their take on the state of the newspaper business Wednesday. T he Times Co. said that print advertising sales should slip about 4 percent in the fourth quarter compared with a year ago, slightly better than a 6 percent decline the company booked for the third quart er. Digital ad revenue, which includes ad sales on its newspaper websites as well as About.com, will show growth of roughly 10 percent compared with 15 percent growth the previous quarter Revenue from subscription fees and newsstand sales is expected to decline 4 percent to 5 percent, about the same as the third quarter. Digital growth will not be enough to make up for print declines. In dollar terms, the projections mean digital ad revenue will be up to $99.7 million from $90.6 million, while print ad revenue slips to $295 million from $307.4 million. Circulation revenue should come in between $227.3 million and $229.7 million, down from $239.3 million. WAYNE PARRY, A ssociated Press ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. The amount of time gamb lers are spending in Atlantic City casinos is falling, and they're holding on more tightly t o their wallets while they're there. A new statistical study shows the amount of time gamblers s pent inside casinos in the nation's second-largest gambling market is down more than 22 percent, and the amount of money they spend there is down almost 30 percent over the last four years. A nd the hit to the casinos' b ottom line is substantial: gross operating profit per hour is down 61 percent. G eorge Cosgrove, a 69-yearold retiree from Whiting, N.J.,comes to Atlantic City once a m onth with his wife, visiting a different casino each time. One day last week he was taking a break on a Boardwalk bench outside the Atlantic City Hilton C asino Resort, which hasn't paid its mortgage in more than a year and a half and which reported $4.7 million in gross operating losses in the third quarter compared to gross operating profits of $888,000 ay ear ago. "It's easy to see for yourself go in there, and there's hardly anybody in there," Cosgrove s aid, motioning to the Hilton. "There's probably half of what there was on a weekday a year ago. The business is just not t here." Cosgrove estimates he and his wife are spending at least 30 percent less at the casinos this year. We are definitely watching our money more closely," he said. "We'd love to keep doing things the way we used to, but w e just can't." Michael Pollock, managing director of Spectrum GamingG roup, which wrote the study, said the numbers show just how drastically the Atlantic City m arket is changing. "It's shifting toward a visitor base that is less gambling-centric, which means they're gambling less per hour with tighter wallets," he said. "Recessions e nd, and when it does, what Atlantic City needs to do is diversify its customer base. "We didn't realize it at the time, but 2006 and 2007 inA tlantic City and Las Vegas was really too good to be true,"P ollock said. "People were spending more than they could a fford." Halt That came to a screeching halt when the economy starteds lowing down in late 2007 and nearly crashed in 2008. T he study examined thirdquarter figures from 2006 to2 010 in three areas: gross gaming revenue per visitor hour ( the amount of money casinos take in for every hour a gam bler is on their premises); total visitor hours, and gross operating profit per visitor hour. T he time frame was chosen to use late 2006 as a startingp oint just before the first slots parlors opened in the Philadel p hia suburbs, ushering in a four-year revenue plunge in Atlantic City that continues u nabated. Gross gaming revenue fell from $9.13 per hour in 2006 to $6.42 for the city's 11 casinos. Gross operating profit per v isitor hour went from $2.74 in 2006 to $1.05 in the third quar-t er of this year a drop of more than 61 percent. C orresponding hourly figures were not available for Las Vegas, the nation's largest gamb ling market. But it, too, has been struggling with the reces s ion and the relentless expansion of casinos and slots par l ors into local neighborhoods around the country. Las Vegas casinos are lowering room rates enough to get people in the door, but visitors are still being t ightfisted. Gambling revenue in Las Vegas is up less than 1p ercent to $6.7 billion in Clark County from January through S eptember, even though the area has seen 2.4 percent more v isitors during the first nine months of 2010 compared with the same time last year. And 2009 was a similarly bad year: fewer people came toV egas and they gambled even less. There were 3 percent few-e r visitors than in 2008, but gambling revenue was down 9.8 p ercent. Atlantic City's casino revenue fell from a high of $5.2 b illion in 2006 to $3.9 billion in 2009. For the first 10 monthso f this year, they are at $3.1 billion, down 9.1 percent from the s ame period in 2009. Grim And a new PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP report released T uesday paints a grim picture for Atlantic City over the nextf ive years, predicting that New Jersey casino revenues in 2014 will still be nearly 36 percent l ower than they were in 2006. The Spectrum study broke Atlantic City's 11 casinos into four groups by location. The three casinos in the city's mari n a district The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Harrah'sR esort Atlantic City, and Trump Marina Hotel Casino s aw their gross gaming revenue per visitor hour fall by more than 41 percent over the last f our years. The three casinos in the Inlet s ection Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Resorts Atlantic C ity and the Showboat Casino Hotel fared even worse, down more than 49 percent. The Hilton and the Tropicana Casino Resort were down n early 26 percent. Only the midtown casinos T rump Plaza Hotel Casino, Caesars Atlantic City and Bal l y's Atlantic City defied the trend, seeing their gross gaming r evenue per visitor hour rise by more than 11 percent over the last four years. Don Marrandino, eastern division president of Caesars Entertainment Corp.w hich owns Caesars, Harrah's, the Showboat and Bally's, sayst he report is yet more proof that Atlantic City's business m odel has permanently changed from day-tripping gamblers to those who book m ulti-night vacations or conventions here. We have to continue to expand the amenities we offer a nd do a better job in the con vention business," he said. "Some of the drop in spending is due to the recession, and we should get some of that back. B ut to make up for the lost revenue from gambling, we havet o make more money from our nightclubs, food and beverage a nd convention business." HONOLULU (AP to a year ago, while average room rates declined slightly. According to a Hospitality Advisors LLC report Tuesday, statewide hotel occupancy averaged almost 71 percent in October, an increase of 4.5 percentage points over the same month last year. The average daily room rate was more than $163, representing a 0.7 percent decrease from Octo ber 2009. Waikiki hotels posted 80 percent occupancy for October 2010, and the figure for all of Oahu was a bit more than 78 percent. Big Island hotels experienced the lowest occupancy rates in the state, at almost 58 percent. Maui's was slightly higher than 67 percent and Kauai's was more than 61 percent. TORONTO (AP to the global economy have increased. The Bank of Canada, which held its benchmark rate at 1 percent, said there is an increased risk that sovereign debt concerns in several countries could trigger renewed strains in global financial markets. The bank said household spending has been stronger than anticipated in Canada, but said exports were weaker than projected. The bank blamed a strong Canadian dollar for the weaker than expected exports. It also said U.S. domestic demand "is picking up slowly." More than 70 percent of Canada's exports go the U.S., but Canada's resource-rich economy is also tied to the price of oil and other commodities. Canada has the second largest oil reserves in the world. In June, Canada became the first Group of Seven nation to raise interest rates since the global eco nomic crisis. It raised rates again in July and September but has kept the rate unchanged since then. Most economists had expected central bank Governor Mark Carney to leave the rate unchanged. "The bank is clearly trying to dissuade markets from any notion that they are going to hike interest rates soon," CIBC Chief Economist Avery Shenfeld. (AP Photo/Curt Hudson PLAYINGTHEGAME: A player puts a dollar coin in of one of Resorts Atlantic Citys new dollarcoin slot machines Wednesday, April 1, 2009, the first day of play on the new machines, in Atlantic City, N.J. Over the past decade, new electronic slot machines that spit out paper voucher slips to winners, or credit winnings directly to a players club card, have made coin machines nearly extinct. Now, Restorts, Atlantic Citys oldest casino. Gamblers spending less time, money in AC casinos INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS business BRIEFS T imes Co. says lower costs will boost 4Q r esults ASSOCIATED PRESS Talbots 3Q profit rises, cuts outlook, shares sink Hawaii hotel occupancy rates continue to incr ease Canadas central bank leaves interest rate unchanged
MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON Consumer borrowing rose in October by the largest amount in more than two years, led by a big rise in the cat egory that includes student loans. The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that consumer credit rose at an annual rate of $3.4 billion in October, the largest increase since a $5.7 billion gain in July 2008. Consumer credit was also up in September. But the strength in both September and October is being heavily influenced as the result of a recently enacted law that makes the government the primary lender to students. The increase of $3.4 billion in overall credit surpassed the flat reading that economists had expected. The gain translated into a 1.7 percent rise and followed a 0.6 percent increase in September. Those were the first back-to-back monthly gains since mid-2008. Consumer credit had fallen for 19 straight months before the rise in September. Americans have been reducing their borrowing since late 2008 as they have struggled to cope with a steep recession and high unemployment. Loans For October, the borrowing category that includes auto loans and student loans rose 6.8 percent following a strong 7.6 percent increase in September. Much of that gain was powered by student loans from the federal government. The law change makes the government the primary lender to students. Previously, the feder al government had been the guarantor of student loans that were being provided by private lenders. Some of the strength last month also came from a rise in auto loans, reflecting stronger auto sales. A separate report Tuesday showed that consumers with less than rock-solid credit were starting to get car loans again as lenders loosen standards a bit. The report from Experian, a credit reporting agency, showed that loans going to subprime buyers rose 8 percent in the third quarter, compared to the third quarter of 2009. It was the first year-over-year increase since 2007. The Federal Reserve credit report showed that the cate gory that includes credit card lending dropped 8.4 percent in October, a record 26th consecutive monthly decline. Households have been borrowing less and saving more. This has been a major factor holding back overall economic growth because it has depressed consumer spending, which accounts for 70 percent of total economic activity. The level for total credit in October stood at $2.4 trillion, down 3.1 percent from a year ago and 7.1 percent below the all-time high for consumer credit hit in July 2008. The Fed's measure of consumer credit covers such categories as credit card debt, student loans and auto loans. But it does not include mortgages or any other type of loan secured by real estate. 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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-10 31-Oct-10 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 31-Oct-10 NAV 6MTH 1.467397 2.911577 1.532712TO 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 30-Sep-10CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)31-Oct-10BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 31-Oct-10 31-Oct-10 C HRIS KAHN, AP Energy Writer NEW YORK O il prices on Tuesday jumped above $90 a barrel for the first t ime in more than two years, a key milestone for Wall Street analysts who say tightening supplies will eventually drive prices above the $100 mark next year. The recent surge in oil pushed gasoline and other fuel prices h igher as well. Average heating oil and diesel prices are expected to increase year-over-year for the first time since 2008, and the Oil Price Information Service said gasoline prices may hit a national average of $3 per gallon before Christmas day. T he price increases probably won't be enough to affect holiday s hopping, but U.S. consumers will eventually pull back on spending at the start of 2011, OPIS chief oil analyst Tom Kloza said. "This sets up a very shaky January," Kloza said. "People are still going to drive to grandma's house. T hey're going to take it out on the economy later." Overnight, the national average pump price added less than a penny to$ 2.958 a gallon, according to OPIS, auto club AAA and Wright Express. A gallon of unleaded is 11 cents higher than it was a month ago and 32.6 cents highe r than it was a year ago. Kloza said gasoline could rise to between $3.25 and $3.50 a gallon by spring. O n Tuesday benchmark oil for January delivery gave up 69 cents to settle at $88.69 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract hit$ 90.76 a barrel earlier in the day, the h ighest price since Oct. 8, 2008. Oil prices had been relatively stable for more than a year, wavering mostly between $70 and $80 per barrel. T hey've moved higher since the Federal Reserve announced plans to inject $600 billion into the economy. Prices crossed the $90 mark early Tuesday asP resident Obama and Republican leaders hammered out an agreement to extend Bush-era tax cuts. A cold snap also swept through Europe and the U.S., lifting demand for fuel. Wall Street analysts now predict that oil will hit $100 per barrel sometime next year. They point to rising demand from China and o ther emerging economies. OPEC countries can crank up production to meet that demand now, but their ability to do that ise xpected to decline over the next few years. Morgan Stanley estimates that spare production capacity will be c ut in half in two years, falling to levels seen in 2007 and 2008, once again raising tensions about supplies and the world's thirst for oil. Already, the International Energy Agency notes that supertankers are storing less oil offshore, and experts predict supplies will t ighten elsewhere. Independent analyst Jim Ritterbusch said Saudi Arabia and o ther OPEC members may increase production if oil grows any more expensive. Higher energy prices can stifle economic growth a nd force consumers to conserve fuel and turn to alternative ener gy sources. "They don't want high prices to create another crash in consumption," Ritterbusch said of OPEC. "They want stability." In other Nymex trading in January contracts, heating oil fell less than a penny to settle at $2.4702 a gallon, gasoline futures gave up 1 .87 cents to settle at $2.323 a gallon and natural gas lost 9.5 cents to settle at $4.393 per 1,000 cubic feet. I n London, Brent crude fell 6 cents to settle at $91.39 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. BEN FELLER, AP White House Correspondent WASHINGTON With fellow Democrats balking, President Barack Obama declared Tuesday that a compromise with Republicans on tax cuts was necessary to help the economy and protect recession-weary Americans. He passionately defended his record against Democrats who complain he's breaking campaign promises. "Take a tally. Look at what I promised during the campaign. There's not a single thing that I haven't done or tried to do," the president said. He staunchly defended his decision to deal with the GOP in order to extend about-to-expire tax cuts for all Americans. "There are some who would have preferred a protracted political fight," the president said at a White House news conference a day after the compromise was announced. "And I understand the desire for a fight. I'm sympathetic to that." Many Democrats in Congress are unhappy about the agreement because it continues tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans. But Obama said a long political battle "would be a bad deal for the economy. And it would be abad deal for the American people." He promised a renewed fight during 2012 when thetax cuts would expire again, making the point that he still opposes the Republican position that high-income earners should get the extension, too. The agreement includes individuals making $200,000 or more a year and families mak ing $250,000 or more. Obama called "tax cuts for the wealthy" the Republicans' "holy grail." "It seems to be their eco nomic doctrine," Obama added, previewing a likely argument during his expect ed re-election race in 2012. In the agreement, the president gave up a key goal. Buthe said the deal would stop taxes from rising for middle class Americans, "which is what I promised." "It's a good deal for the American people," Obama said. Obama cast his decision to accede to the GOP position on extending the tax cuts in stark terms. "It's tempting not to nego tiate with hostage takers unless the hostage gets harmed. Then, people will question the wisdom of that strategy. In this case, the hostage was the American people, and I was not willing to see them get harmed." He said the American people agree with his position, but "I haven't persuaded the Republican Party." Reflecting the newly increased Republican clout in Congress, he said: "I haven't persuaded (Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and I haven't persuaded (House GOP leader) John Boehner." Even though Democrats will control both houses of Congress until January, Obama insisted the deal was necessary to ensure enough Republican support in Congress to extend unemployment benefits that also are about to expire, and he said a long, bloody battle with the GOP would be detrimental to recession-weary Americans. "This isn't an abstract debate. This is real money for real people," he said. "This package will help strengthen the recovery. That I'm confident about." Obama called the news conference in the face of Democratic criticism of the agreement, which still needs House and Senate approval. It was part of a full-scale defense, with the White House arguing the deal would pump billions into the economy at a time it is recovering from the worst recession in eight decades and unemployment stands at 9.8 percent. The plan calls for extending tax cuts from the Bush era that are due to expire at year's end, renewing jobless benefits through the end of 2011 and granting a one-year cut in Social Security taxes. Several officials said the package could add $900 billion or more to the federal deficit over two years. Obama said he expects the unemployment rate to go down because of the compromise, although he would not predict by how much. He also said he believes the jobless rate will recede because the economy is growing, even if businesses haven't yet picked up the pace of hiring enough to send large num bers of people back to work. Obama spoke as Vice President Joe Biden met at the Capitol with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then other Democratic senators. House Democrats were holding their own closed-door meeting later Tuesday. "It's something that's not done yet," said Reid, D-Nev. "We're going to have to do some more work," he said after the meeting with Biden and members of the Democratic rank-and-file. Across the Capitol, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that said merely, "We will continue discussions with the president and our caucus in the days ahead." Obama defends tax deal, says he's kept promises Oil prices hit $90 milestone Consumer cr edit jumps by most in more than 2 years CHIP CUTTER, AP Business Writer NEW YORK S tocks rose Tuesday after President Barack Obama and Republican leaders a greed to a package of tax cuts and an extension of unemployment benefits. Bond p rices fell as traders anticipated rising bud get deficits. The Standard & Poor's 500 index and the Nasdaq composite traded above their closing highs of the year. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.12 percent, its highest level since July 13. Rising bond yields are a reflection of investors turning more bullish on the economy and also wor rying about bigger deficits. The extension of the Bush-era tax cuts, which were due to expire at the end of the y ear, removed a major source of uncer tainty for financial markets. The deal announced late Monday also included a one-year break on payroll taxes which will put money directly in Americans' pockets. The same is true for the extension of unem ployment benefits, which economists see as an effective way to stimulate the economy by getting people spending again. "The deal in Washington is a big deal," said Kim Caughey Forrest, equity research analyst at Fort Pitt Capital Group. "Investors really do like certainty, and they really do like certainty around taxes." The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 54.75, or 0.5 percent, to 11,416.94 in midday trading. The S&P 500 rose 7.08, or 0.6 percent, to 1,230.20. All 10 industry groups that make u p the index rose, led by industrial compa nies. The Nasdaq rose 16.61, or 0.6 per cent, to 2,611.53. Treasury prices fell sharply, sending their yields higher. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 3.12 percent from 2.93 percent late Monday. The yield on the 10-year note is a widely used benchmark for interest rates on loans including mortgages. Citigroup Inc. rose 4.2 percent to $4.64 after the government said late Monday it reached a deal to sell its remaining stake in the bank for a $12 billion profit. Nicor Inc. jumped 4.8 percent to $49.02 after the nat ural gas distributor said it had agreed to be acquired by AGL Resources Inc. for about $2.38 billion in cash and stock. DEAL-MAKER: President Barack Obama A P P h o t o ? E v a n V u c c i INTERN ATIONAL BUSINESS (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma GOING UP: High gas prices on display at a Shell gas station in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 6, 2010. STOCKS POP AFTER OBAMA, GOP AGREE ON TAXES
C M Y K C M Y K T ASTE THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y DECEMBER 8, 2010, P AGE 9B T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM J u s t a f e w i m a g e s o f w h a t w e t h e Ba h a ma s lo o ked li ke 4 0 ...5 0 ..6 0 ... years in the past White gloved elegance... 1955 a fashion show at the glam ourous Royal Victoria Hotel. Diane Symon ette in black gown led local Bahamian ladies modeling the latest fashions. Flash Back BY ROLAND ROSE T he Thompson Boulevard branch of Wendy's was the second of the chain's nine restaurants to unveil a fresh new look to support the brand's new image. Be y on d be ing ae s the tica ll y pl ea s i n g, t h e g o al o f t h e re n o v at i o n w a s t o u p g r a d e t h e f a c i l i t y a n d c a t e r m o r e f u l l y t o t h e n e e d s o f t h e m an y d i f f er e n t c u st o m er s w h o f r eq u e n t i t T h i s r e st a u ra n t i s t h e s ec o n d i n o u r c h a i n o f n i n e t o u n d e r g o t h i s k i nd o f t r ans f o rm at io n ," exp la in ed C h r i s T s a v o u s s i s p r e s i d e n t o f W e n dy's (B a h a m a s). "I annou nced a t t h e g r a n d o p e n i n g o f o u r C a b l e B e a c h S t o r e i n O c t o b e r t h a t t h e T h o m p s o n B l vd l o c a t i o n w o u l d b e n e x t i n l i n e t o s p o r t o u r n e w r e s t au r an t b r a n d i m a ge an d w e' r e q u i t e p r o u d o f t h e r e s u l t s A d d i t i o n a l g r o u p s e a t i n g w a s a d d e d t o a c c o m m o d a t e t h e s c o r e s o f s t u d e n t s f r o m t h e n e i g h b o u r i n g C o l l e g e O f T h e B a h a m a s w h o p a t r o n i s e t h e b u s i n e s s a s w e l l a s f a m i l i e s w i s h i n g t o d i n e i n T h e n e w l o o k f e a t u r e s s p a c i o u s n e w s e a t i n g l a y o u t ; p l u s h d o u b l e pa dd ed se a ts; cr ys tal cle a r, s tate -ofthe -ar t di gita l displ ay m en u bo ar ds; a n a l l u r i n g c o l o r s c h e m e ; a n d a c o n t e m p o r a r y n e w d e s i g n P a t r o n s s a w t h e n e w l o o k l a s t w e e k a f t e r t h e r e s t a u r a n t s d o o r s r e o p e n e d a f t e r a n 8 d a y r e n o v a t i o n p e r i o d "Walking into the re st a urant w a s a v e r y p l e a s a n t s u r p r i s e t o s a y t h e l e a s t s a i d l o n g t i m e c u s t o m e r P a u l F e r n a n d e r w h o w a s t h e f i r s t p e r s o n t o s t o p i n f o r l u n c h I r e a l i s e d t h a t s o m e t h i n g w a s g o i n g o n w i t h t h e t e mp o ra ry c l o su r e, b u t h o n e s t l y I d i d n t e x p e c t a l l o f t h i s T h e r es t a u r a n t l o o k s r ea l l y f an t as t i c a n d t h e d i g i t a l m e n u b o a r d s a r e d e f i n i t e l y a c u t a b o v e t h e r e s t I m e a n t h e b u r g e r s l o o k t r u e t o l i f e F o r t h e o w n e r s o f t h e c o m p a n y C h r i s a n d T e r r y T s a v o u s s i s t h e i r m o t i v a t i o n r e m a i n s w h e r e i t s a l w a y s b e en w e d o i t f o r t h e c u s t o m e r s w h o v e c o m e t o e x p e c t n o t h i n g b u t t h e b e s t f r o m t h e i r n e i g h b o u r h o o d W e n d y s Wendy's unveils new look 12082010 CSEC ARTS Jr 12/7/10 9:10 PM Page 1
C M Y K C M Y K ENTERT AINMENT P AGE 10B, WEDNESDA Y DECEMBER 8, 2010 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11 9TH ANNUAL ADVENTIST MEN'S CHORALE CHRISTMAS CONCERT T h e A d v e n t i s t M e n s Chorale holds its 9th annual concert at a new venue: Hill si de Sevent h D a y Ad v ent ist C h u r c h o n T o n i q u e W i l l i a m s Darling Highway. Accompa nie d by the Ba h am as N a tion al Symphony Orchestra, t he a l l m a l e c h o r u s c o m p r i s e s m or e t ha n 40 me n an d p erf o r m s w o r k s b y c o m p o s e r s G e o r g e F H a n d e l H a r r y S i m e o n e N o r m a n L u b o f f a n d P e ter J W il housky and mo re. P a r t p r o c e e d s a i d t h e N e w Bahamas Academy on-going B u i l d i n g P r o j e c t C e l e b r a t e the joy of Christmas and the true meaning of Jesus' birth. S t a rt s a t 7p m. A dm i ss i o n i s free, with a voluntary collec tion. 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By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter A LTHOUGH earlier detained by police officials, Atlanta hip-hop star, Young Jeezy still managed to put on a successful show at the Luna Night Club, West Bay Street, Saunders Beach last Saturday. Th e A me r ic a n r a pp e r w a s r el ea se d by po l i c e h o u r s b e f o r e h e a d l i n i n g t h e h i g h l y a n t i c i p a t e d c o n cert. A w e l l-p laced s o urce tol d the Tribu ne t h a t t h e rap p er w as t ak en i n t o t h e F o x Hi l l a rea b y friends and was simply "in the wrong place at the wrong time" when he was taken into custody. B r o u g h t t o t h e B a h a m a s b y t h e R e c e s s i o n g r o u p under the theme Da Last Laugh weekend" the ex c itement start e d a bit earlier wi th a p r eparty which was held on Friday at the Marley Resort, Cable Beach. Appearances The all bl a c k a f fair at t he Marley Resort f e atured appearances from Young Jeezy himself, as w e l l a s i n t e r n a t i o n a l D J a r t i s t f r o m t h e M i a m i a r e a There were also guest appearances by the finest DJ's from Nassau, Bimini, Freeport and Jamaica. This outstanding music line-up kept the people e nterta ined with a tas t e ful se lection o f m usic, tha t kept the crowd partying until the break of dawn. The next best thing on the line up was the offi c i a l l y k i c k o f f o f t h e c o n c e r t o n S a t u r d a y t h a t offered the first 100 ladies free admission as a gift from the new promoters. As promoters stated, this was one concert you did not want to mi ss. A lthoug h I 'm not a huge fan o f r a p m u s i c I w a s i m p r e s s e d w i t h J e e z y s a b i l i t y t o conne ct w ith the Baha mian cr owd. Also, his sta ge p r e s e n c e w a s a w es o m e, I w o u l d ag r e e t h a t t h e entire night was well played out. I t w a s t h e a i m o f D a R e c e s s i o n g r o u p to co m e together to make the event a safe and successful one. T h e v e n u e w a s s e p a r a t e d i n t o f o u r s e c t i o n s : g e n e r a l a d m i s s i o n V I P a n d p l a t i n u m a r e a w h e r e t a b l e s w e r e available at a c ost E ve n t hou gh t he are as w er e f il l ed w i t h p eop l e, ev eryo n e see med c om fortable. Hyped Gu es t we r e e n ter ta in ed with mu si c by in ter na t i o n a l D J s b e f o r e J e e z y c o m i n g o u t o n s t a g e i n a n a l l bl ac k outfi t ge a r ing up th e a lr e ad y h yp e d cro wd He e le ctr ifi ed the pe op le with his nu mbe r one hi ts: Loo se My M in d Pu t O n Wh o Da t S oul Su rv iv or ju st to na m e a few I n a n i n t e r v i e w w i t h T r i b u n e E n t e r t a i n m e n t J a s o n Ca rtw ri g ht o f D a R ec es s ion g r oup s a id: T he co nce rt tur ne d ou t to be a hu ge su cce ss fo r us Cl ub Lu na r e al ly h ad th e ad e qua te s pa ci ng a nd e no ug h b a r s t o c a t e r t o t h e c r o w d t h a t w e h a d a t t h e e v e n t Sp ea k ing on the nig h t its el f, h e a dd e d tha t the a m b i a n c e wa s f i l l e d w i t h a n t i ci p a ti o n a s t h e p e o p le w a i t e d t o s e e i f t h e m a n h i m s e l f y o u n g J e e z y w o u l d sh ow u p on sta g e to p er for m. Un lik e ma ny oth e r a rti st tha t ha v e p e rfo rm ed i n the Ba ha m as in the pa s t y ou ng Je ez y ca m e o ut of the ba ck s tag e a nd on to th e sta g e o n s che d ule si ng in g his fi rs t s on g a s the cro wd ju mp e d at hi s a rr iv a l, h e s a id. He re a ll y r oc ke d th e s ho w tha t ni g ht a nd p e rf o r m e d t o o u r e x p e c t a t i o n o f h i m I a m g u e s s i n g t h a t be ca us e of in t he pa st wh e re ra p ar tis t di dn' t sh ow up to th e ir co nce r ts an d w e br oug h t a top a rt is t to t h e s h o r e s o f t h e B a h a m a s t h i s s h o w s t h a t f r o m n o w on o nce Da R ec es s ion b ri ng s a pr od ucti on the Ba ha mi a n p opu la tio n c an no w s a y for a fa ct tha t wh e n th es e g uy s sa y th e y a r e b r in g in g i t th e y b ri ng it a ll or not a t a l l!" 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By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter L A S T F r i d a y w a s a f a b u l o u s e v e n i n g f o r p o e t r y l o v e r s w h o a t t e n d ed P oe tr y on S ta ge at Go vern men t H o u s e T his y e ar 's v er s ion of Poe try o n S ta g e to o k th e fo r m o f a l i v e l y s o u l s t i r r i n g r e c i t a t i o n o f p o e m s b y Ba ha mia n p oe t Ty r one Sa wye r, by a n e n s e m b l e c a s t T h e S e l e c t i o n s i n c l u d e d c r o w d f a v o u r i t e s l i k e C o u g a r s v s C o l o n e l s " L e t t e r t o O p h e l i a " T a k e M e H o m e " O h G a l " Y a l l M a n I s D o F o r M o r e " Y ou L e t M e D o w n" a n d A B u m 's C r e e d I n a n i n t e r v i e w w i t h T r i b u n e E n t e r t a i n m e n t Mr Sawyer said th e show h a d a n e x c e l le nt t ur n ou t W e h a d a f ul l h o us e it wa s we ll e x e cu t e d H e a d d e d : I t w a s g r e a t e r th a n we a ll expe c ted, w e are t ry ing to ge t a g r e a t e r a pp r e ci a t io n fo r ou r s po k e n w o r d t o h e l p k e e p t h e t r a d i t i o n a l i v e S p e a k i n g o n th e p e r f or m a nc e s M r S a w y e r s a i d : I w a s s o pr o u d o f m y f r ie nd s t ha t r e c i te d m y w o r k, i t wa s g re at. Th is is t he fift h t im e that we d i d t h e s h o w a n d w e d i d i t t o k e e p t h e w o r k a li v e M r Sa wy e r s a i d t ha t p a r t p r o ce e ds fr o m th is e v e n t w ou ld b e ne f it thr e e c h a r i t i e s t h e S t M a r t i n s C o n v e n t B u i l d i n g F u n d 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 u pp o r t G r ou p a nd C l e m e n t C l e m L o n g l e y a m e m b e r o f t h e C o ug a r s S p o r t i ng Cl u b w h o ha s b e e n r e c o v e r i n g f r o m t h e e f f e c t s o f a d e b i l i t a t i n g s t r o k e o v e r t h e p a s t t w o y e a r s V e r o ni c a Du n c a n s on of S u n s hi n e I n s u r an c e a n d Ma r at h o n B a h am a s sa id: It r ea lly le ft me spe e chle ss I k n e w M r S a w y e r a n d I w a s a w a r e o f h i s w or k bu t I di d n o t e x p e c t wh a t I g o t " I t w a s a n i n t r o d u c t i o n t o a n e n ti r e n e w ca s t o f b r i l li a n t pe r fo r m e r s w ho j u s t b r o u g h t a l i v e M r S a w y e r s w or k a n d t h e r a n g e o f t h e p i e c e s r e a l l y t o l d th e B a h a m i a n s to r y S h e c o n t i n u e d : I t t a l k e d a b o u t t h e n o g o o d B a h a m ia n m a n t he w om a n dy ing o f b reast c anc er, t hat so rt of s tu f f. A ll o f th e to p i c s we r e r e a l l i fe to p ic s T he sh o w a ls o i nt r od u ce d to u s t he d e p th s of t a l e n ts we h a v e h e r e i n th e B a h a m a s " T h e y a l l w e r e r e a l l y g o o d t h e e ntir e ev e nin g was r ea ll y w el l do ne a n d I m h o p in g M r S a w y e r w i l l d o i t a ga in A l ot of tim es we ta lk a bou t c ul t ur e bu t it i s s o m u c h mo r e M r Sa wy e r s t a te d: F o r y e a r s a nd yea r s, t he spo ken word was always c he r is h e d a s a p a r t of t he Ba ha mi a n c u lt u r al e xp er ie nc e f r o m A b ac o t o Ina gua Poe ms, we ll done a llow us fr om t h e p r i v a c y o f ou r s e a ts t o s h a r e i n m o m e n t s o f j o y e x h i l a r a t i o n p a i n r e j e c ti o n m e l a n ch o l y p r i de a n d y e s e v e n l o v e H e c o n t i n u e d I w o u l d l i k e t o t h a n k t h e i r E x c e l l e n c i e s f o r t h e i r e nco ur ag e me n t a nd k ind con si de r at i o n i n p r o v i d i n g s u c h a l o v e l y v e n u e H is w or k wa s r e c it e d b y a g r o up of a m a t e u r r e a d e r s a n d f r i e n d s w h o ca me t og e th e r a s a n e ns e mb l e ca s t to sh a re the ir l ov e o f t he s po ke n wo rd E n t e r t a i n m e n t f o r t h e e v e n t i n c l u d e d a C h r i s t m a s m e d l e y b y Z o a s h Bo yd o n t ru mp et ac co m pan i ed b y S u p e r i n t e n d e n t S y l v e s t e r G e o r g e re c entl y retir e d Head o f t he Royal B a ha m a s Po li ce For ce Ba n d. T a l e nte d s is te rs Ko ni ca a nd Da g ni Pr os a a l so pr ov id e d a fe w fe a tur e d mu si ca l s e le cti on s. things 2 D O IN Y A EAR' P o e t r y o n St a g e A f a b u l o u s e v e n i n g f o r p o e t r y l o v e r s PROUD: Tyrone Sawyer, Poet, poses with his father. D A L A S T L A U G H : Y o u n g J e e z y c a m e o u t i n f u l l f o r c e t o e n t e r t a i n t h e c r o w d a s t h e y a l l c e l e b r a t e d t h e l a s t l a u g h w e e k e n d Great turnout for Young Jeezy Concert 12082010 CSEC ARTS Jr 12/7/10 9:11 PM Page 2
By JASON DONALD STARRING (VOICES): MANDY MOORE, ZACHAR Y LEVI, DONNA MURPHY L E T S be h on es t, wh e n i t co me s to a n i m a t i o n t h e s e d a y s n o o n e n o t e v e n D is ne y ca n com pe te wi th the q ua li ty o f Pix a r. I' m s ur e a l l tho se wh o ha d so m et h in g i n t h e i r eye d u r in g t h i s s u m m e r s T oy Sto ry 3 w oul d a gr e e B u t w i t h t h i s b r e e z y u p d a t e o f a c l a s s i c f a i r y t a l e D i s n e y i s d e f i n i t e l y t a k i n g a ste p i n the r ig h t d ir e ctio n. M andy Moore v oices Ra punz e l, a g i r l wi t h i m p o s s i b l e l e n g t h s o f m a g i c a l g ol d e n ha ir H e l d c a p ti v e b y a wo m a n p re t en d i ng t o b e h er m o t h er ( Mu r p h y ) R a p u n z e l k n o w s l i t t l e o f t h e w o r ld ou t si d e un t il pe tty c r im i n a l F ly n n R i de r ( L e v i ) di s c o v e r s he r i s o la te d a b o d e T h i s c h a n c e e n c o u n t e r g i v e s R a p u n z e l a n o p p o r t u n i t y t o l e a v e a n d i n d u l g e h e r cu ri os ity ab ou t w ha t lie s b e yo nd h e r w ind ow wi th h er moth e r' in ho t p ur su it . Aft e r rev erting to it s orig inal 2-D a n i m a t i o n s t y l e f o r 2 0 0 9 s T h e P r i n c e s s a n d t he Fro g D is ne y ha s r etu rn e d to sup e r -s lic k CGI and t o great ef f ect Th e l an d sc ap e s a re sp ec t ac u l ar an d th e c ha r ac ter s de s pi te h a vi ng a tr a di ti on al ca rt oon ap pe a ra n ce a r e m or e fl ui d an d e xp re s si v e th an e v e r. T a n g l e d a ls o sti cks to th e wi nnin g D is ne y fo rm ul a of s e t p ie ce s pun ctu a te d b y s o ng s a nd th e r e a r e a cou pl e o f re a l s ta nd outs in the mu si ca l n um b e r s I n p ar tic ula r Mo the r K n ows B e st' a d e c e i v i n g l y j a u n t y t u n e h i d e s a p r e t ty di stu rb ing me s sa g e a b out the ps y c hol og y b eh in d R a pu nze l 's im pr is on m e nt. I t' s d a r k m o m e n ts l i k e t h i s th a t g i v e T a n g l e d a r e al se n se o f cla s si c D is ne y a n d pe r ha ps a n i nd ica ti on of a re tu rn to f or m. C M Y K C M Y K ARTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDA Y DECEMBER 8, 2010, P AGE 1 1B T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM By IMOGENE WALKINE A rt is all about relationships. Relationships between the artist and the subject, the artist and the viewer and the artist and the medium. The Cube West Gallery, a private gallery space in Old Fort Bay, once again explores those relationships as it opens "Luxe" by Imogene Walkine on December 7. "Relationships are what we are building o u r gall ery u po n, says gal le ry co ow n er G i l l i a n W a t s o n a d d i n g : W e b u i l t o u r h o m e wi t h t h e i d e a t h a t i t w o u l d b e a p l a c e w h e r e artists would come together to talk about art, and the gallery was just a natural step forward from those early conversations." T h e n e w e s t s h o w a t T h e C u b e W e s t L u x e b y I m o g e n e W a l k i n e i s a n e x a m p l e of a no the r s tr ong r e la tion sh ip b ui lt a ro und art "I learned ab out Imogen e t hro ugh a newspaper article that I read when I had ju s t st a rted the jo b as c ur ator of another gallery six years ago," said Gillian. "I lo ve d th e ima g es I sa w i n the p ap er so I made a few calls, got Imogene's number and phoned her to let her know how much I e n j o y e d h e r w o r k T h a t c a l l w a s t h e b e g i n n i n g o f a r e l a t i o n s h i p t h a t h a s s p a n n e d six years and at least a dozen art show and art events. W e h a v e g r o w n w i t h e a c h o t h e r G i l l i a n explains. "Imogene has taught me how to r e l a te to a r ti s ts on b o t h a p e r s o n a l a n d p r o f es s i o na l l ev el I am p l ea s e t o sa y t h a t I t h i n k w e h ave r eal l y be co m e qu i t e go o d friends. I love that art has that potential to create lasting relationships." Bold L u x e o n c e a g a i n b r i n g s I m o g e n e s b r i l liant, bold ceramics to the public. Her del icate, flowing organic shapes and level of d e t a i l a r e m a t c h e d o n l y b y h e r e x p e r t under stan ding of her me dium. "I t is s uch a pleasure to watch Imogene work. She is so s k i l l e d b u t a l s o s o c r e a t i v e a n d o p e n t o experimentation. She displays the perfect balance between total control and a will i n g n e s s t o t a k e r i s k s a n d t r y s o m e t h i n g n e w G i l l ia n ex p l ai n s I h av e t o a dm i t th a t I g e t s uc h a t h r i l l u n w r a p p i n g h e r w o r k each time I hang one of her shows. Each p i e c e i s a s u r p r i s e l i k e a s h i n y p i e c e o f b e a u t i f u l c a n d y o r a n e x q u i s i t e g e m s t o n e I t really makes me giddy it does everytime." The title of the show, "Luxe", stemmed f r o m Im o gen e' s d esi re t o c reat e w a ll art t h a t w a s n o t o n l y b e a u t i f u l b u t a l s o e l e g a n t and classic like fine jewelry. "In thinking about jewelry I decided to actually make je wel ry for the ho me ," Im og en e ex pla in s. "I used sea glass to create precious stones and a luster to mimic mother of pearl. My u s u a l i n s p i r a t i o n o f o u r b e a u ti fu l B a h a m i a n e nv i r o nm e n t wa s u s e d to c r e a te th e fo r m s sea forms and f lo w e rs ." The colour pa le t te i n L u x e i s wh a t s t a n d s o u t t h e m o s t w h e n co m p a r e d to p a s t e x h i b i t i o n s I n L u x e I a m f o c u s i n g m a i n l y o n f o r m a n d e f f e c t T h e r e f o r e c o l o u r h a s b e e n e l i m i n a t e d f r o m most of the pieces. Instead, I aimed to cre a t e s h i m m e r i n g w h i t e j e w e l s T h i s w a y t h er e can be mo re e mpha s is o n li gh t s ha do w an d f o r m I n s e v er a l o f t h e p i e c e s I h a v e e x t r a c t e d a n d i s o l a t e d t h e f o r m s w h i c h i n s p i r e m e a n d p r e s e n t t h e m a s f r a m e d p a n el s. I a m so e x cite d a bo ut th e e ffe ct o f s uch simplicity that my mind is racing towards my next show "Luxe II". Social Spot The Cube West Ga llery is located in a sm a ll stu di o s pa ce i ns id e the h ome o f a r tis t Ar j u n a W a ts on On a n y g i v e n e v e n i n g y ou can find l oca l or vi sitin g a rti sts, stud ents or cl i e n ts e n j oy in g g o o d co n v e r s a ti o n a n d g e t t i n g t o k n o w e a c h o t h e r o n o n e o f t h e h o me' s l arge f r on t p o rc he s. A rj un a an d G ill ian' s th ree c hi ldr e n regularl y jo in i n on these conversations. It was important for us to create a space where art was the focus and where our kids would have the opportunity to grow up surrounded by art a n d a r t i s t s A r t s h o w o p en i n g s at T h e Cube West are a combination of meeting n e w p e o p l e r e c o n n e c t i o n i n g w i t h o t h e r artists and hanging out with new and old friends. L u x e i s o p e n t o i n v i t e d g u e s ts o n T u e s day December 7 from 6 9pm. It is also open by appointment only for anyone not able to attend the opening reception. For m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n o r t o b e a d d e d t o t h e g ues t l ist f or D ec 7 o r t o bo ok a pri vat e v i e w i n g p l e a s e c o n t a c t T h e C u b e W e s t e i t h e r b y p h o n e ( 2 4 2. 3 6 2. 4 7 0 2) o r e m ai l (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Cube West Gallery host Luxe Tangled TIED UP: In this film publicity image released by Disney, Rapunzel, voiced by Mandy Moore, right, and Flynn, voiced by Zachary Levi are shown in a scene from "Tangled." movie REVIEW DISNEY ENTERPRISES, INC / AP Photo BRILLIANCE: "Luxe" brings Imogene Walkine's brilliant, bold ceramics to the public. 12082010 CSEC ARTS Jr 12/7/10 9:11 PM Page 3
C M Y K C M Y K Great tur nout for Y oung Jeezy concert See page 10 W E D N E S D A Y D E C E M B E R 8 2 0 1 0 T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS P A GE LOG ON T O WWW .TRIBUNE242.COM B EFORE God created Adam he was clay. He was taken from an imagi nation, drawn into the dust of the earth and transformed into man -an object of inspiration. A c e r a m i c i s t w o r k s s i m i l a r l y H e s i t s c o m f o r t ab l y i n h i s st u d i o p l u n ge s h i s h an d s i n t o cool moist clay, pinches, coils, or burnishes the clay, takes a perplex vision and trans f o r m s t h e u n a t t r a c t i v e b l a n d m e d i u m i n t o a n i n t o xi c at i n g ar t p i e ce h e si m p l y t ra n s f o r ms mud. F o u r Ba h am i an a rt i s t s h av e c o me t o ge t h er to represent mud as a feature of desire, i n s p i r a t i o n a n d i r r e s i s t i b l e b e a u t y I n T r a n s forming Mud," Neko Meicholas, Max Tay l o r M o n i k a M i n n i s a n d Je s s i c a C o l e b r o o k e m ak e r ep re s en t at i o n s o f s ea t h e me s an d t h e c o n s e r v a t i o n o f m a r i n e a n d n a t u r a l r e s o u r c e s o n c e r a mi c c l o c k s t ea p o t s b o w l s and handmade pieces. "We tried to represent the beauty of the o ce an i n th i s sh o wc ase an d b ri n g aw aren e ss to o ur n a tur a l a nd m a r ine r e s our ce s W e have such a beauty here that we take for granted," said Neko Meicholas. N ek o t eam ed u p w i t h t w o o f t h e ar t i s t s i n t h i s exh ib it d u ri n g t h e T ra n sf o r mi n g S p ac es bus tour. However, he said they wanted to g i v e ar t e n t h u s i as t s an o p p o r t u n i t y t o v i e w a larger body of work for a longer period of time. M ys e l f a n d J e ss i c a h a d e xh i b i t e d b e f o r e Bu t we wan ted to h ave th e abi l ity to have a l on g e r r u n n in g e v e n t a nd w e w a nt e d to people to be able to view a larger body of work," he said. In a few of his handmade pieces Neko u s e d b i r d s f i s h a n d t u r t l e s a s e m b e l l i s h ments. Jessica Colebrooke's representation of the ripple turtle sheds a light on their con servation. A year ago, the killing of turtles for t he ir s he lls s pa r ke d he a t de ba t e s a n d co n tr over sy. Ho wever h er cerami c p o rtr ayal of a molded turtle back will let people h av e o n e with o ut havin g to actu all y harm a live turtle. "A time ago people would kill the turtle just to have it shell to hang on the walls of their home but with Jessica's piece, which f o c u s e s o n t h e e x t i n c t i o n o f t h e a n i m a l s people ca n h a v e t h e a ni m a l she l l withou t k i l l i n g i t S o s h e h a s m a d e s o m et h i n g s p ec i a l that people can enjoy," he said. Wh i le Jessi ca drew on th e ri pp le f ish and the rip ple t urt le N e ko wa s in spi re d by a Greek mythology based concept. Monika on the other hand drew inspira t i o n f r o m m e r m a i d s w h i c h a r e t h e m o s t prevalent themes in her pieces. A n d a l t h o u g h t h e e x h i b i t i s a c e r a m i c sh owcase, M a x Taylo r pain ted a fe w pi e ces for the show. T h e i n t r i g u i n g t i t l e f o r t h e s h o w w a s b a s e d on the nature of clay. "Clay is considered mud a n d wh e n y o u are first starting o ut i t's g r e y o r r e d ve r y b o r i n g B u t as y o u b e g i n t o m o l d i t a n d s h a p e i t y o u m a k e n o t h i n g f r o m s o m e t h i n g a n d y o u r a r t p i e c e b e c o m e s something inspiring," he said. Neko said when he is engaged with his medium it becomes therapeutic. "I just use i t f o r t h e r ap y an d I h av e l e ar n t t h at w o r k i n g w i t h c l a y t e a c h e s o n e a n u m b e r o f l i f e lessons," he said. T h e c e r a m i c s h o w i s o p e n t o t h e p u b l i c a t Pink 'Un Cottage on East Bay Street from December 6 10 from 10-2pm. For more information contact 393-3221. By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer Bahamian ar tists come together to represent mud as a feature of their exhibit GUARDIAN OF THE SEA SCULPTURE PLATYER ON LEGS LARGE RIPPLE TURTLE NAUTILUS SHELL AND FISH BOWL LARGE MERMAID BOWL The T ribune SECTION B The Cube W est Gallery host Luxe See page 11 12082010 CSEC ARTS Jr 12/7/10 9:12 PM Page 4