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 Union leaders defiant after PMs warning C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 107 No.26TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDS ANDSUN HIGH 78F LOW 65F F E A T U R E S SEEWOMANSECTION S P O R T S A mothers SEESECTIONE Love TENNIS:Final matches today Claim that Ingraham s words to BTC staff were just a threat McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM www.fidelitygroup.comCall 356.7764today! Get out of Debt Fast with a Fidelity Fast Track Debt Consolidation loan. Decisions Fast Money Fast Plus Visa Credit Card FastGetoutofdebt Fast! BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter c firstname.lastname@example.org UNION leaders remain defiant in the face of the Prime Ministers warning to BTC employees that those w ho walk off the job may n ot have one to come back t o. Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahams words were "just a threat" said William Car roll leader of the Public Managers Union (BCPMU When you walk off the job, if you do, there is no guarantee that you can come back to that job no guarantee, said Prime Minister Ingraham while speaking to Free National Movement supporters in Grand Bahamas over the weekend. "The union will continue to do what needs to be done. It is within our rights to protest" the sale of BTC to a foreign entity, said Mr Carroll in response to Prime Minister Ingrahams caution. D emonstrations in protest of the majority 51 per cent sale of BTC to Cable andW ireless Communications s tarted on December 7, cul minating with the protest last Wednesday in Rawson Square in which leaders from 10 different unions threatened to shut down a number of vital services throughout the Bahamas. Mr Carroll again expressed his opinion that the company should remain in the hands of the Bahamian people and that the union will continue to show their objection to the sale. Mr Carroll also responded to the Prime Ministers com ment that hundreds of layoffs would be the conse quence of reduced cell phone rates. Prices have been reduced before and it did not signifi cantly reduce revenue, there are studies that show that, SEE page 10 By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter n email@example.com C OURTS now have the power to order electronic monitoring of accused offenders in a move that could save the government$ 4.5 million annually. With the launch of elec t ronic monitoring last night, Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest said he is confident all systems are in place for an effective COURTS CAN NOW ORDER ELECTRONIC MONITORING OF ACCUSED OFFENDERS SEE page 10 GIVING ADVICE: The police hit the streets yesterday to educate the public about the threat of armed robbery. They distributed flyers explaining how to prevent a robbery, how to behave during a robbery, and what to do after an armed robbery has taken place. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f POLICE HAND OUTADVICETOMOTORISTS By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE rerouting of West Bay Street should start late January now that two Bahamian contractors are in place to manage the million dollar construction project. Baha Mar executives signed a conditional letter of intent valued for more than $40 million with Bahamas Hot Mix and Bahamas Marine Construction, in a joint venture. The two com panies were selected among six pre-qualified bidders. James Mosko, president of Bahamas Marine Construc tion, said the joint venture was important to manage a project of this scale. He said a $20 million project was a manageable size for a stan dard project, and it was important to partner so that Bahamians could directly benefit from the $40 million opportunity. The Corridor 7 Road will link Thompson Boulevard to the rerouted West Bay Street. Construction will be independent of the existing roads and have no impact on the flow of traffic, said Robert Sands, senior vice-president of By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@ tribunemedia.net GOVERNMENT will "most likely" appeal to the Supreme Court ruling that found that the Minister of Works acted unlawful ly when he began road works on Baillou Hill Road and Market Street, said Attorney General John Delaney. The judgment, handed down by Justice Neville Adderley last Friday, could cost the public treasury mil lions of dollars in dam ages to be paid out to the various businesses on Baillou Hill Road and Market Street, said attorney Paul Moss. Mr Delaney reviewed the judgment yesterday morning and found several grounds that would provide a basis for an appeal. According to him he is only awaiting instruc tions from Mr Grant and the government to commence the action. "The document came to my attention this morning. Its something I would take WEST BAY STREET REROUTING MAY START IN LATE JANUARY SEE page 10 GOVT LIKELY TO APPEAL RULING THA T MINIS TER A CTED UNL A WFULLY SEE page 10 LIKELY TO APPEAL: John Delaney
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE new Bahamian website Conch Salad TV (www.conchsaladtv.com now featuring The Lionfish Invasion starring Gary Richardson and Thomas L Bethel, two Abaconians who learn about the invasive species and ways to take action. The film was featured as a part of the Carribbean spotlight at the recent Bahamas International Film Festival in Nassau. Using underwater footage, the documentary explores what we know about these non-native invaders, which are originally from the IndoPacific region of the world, and are now a major threat to native juvenile fish and invertebrates. It also documents some of the very interesting research and scientific projects being undertaken in the islands. It turns out there is not very m uch information about lionfish or the consequences of marine invasive species, so the Bahamas has become a living laboratory The film also demonstrates that lionfish can be safely c aught, cleaned, sold and eat en. In fact, as Hope Town Harbour Lodge chef Pherrol Duncombe demonstrates, lionfish are tasty and can be prepared several ways. Awareness The film came about because scientists working on this issue in the Bahamas wanted to raise awareness of the problems the lionfish invasion is causing. They were able to make the case to the National Science Foundation, who provided funding through the Univer sity of North Carolina. A partnership was formed with scientists from these institutions, Friends of the Environ ment, an Abaco based education NGO, and Loggerhead Productions to produce the video. Loggerhead used HD cameras, both above and below the water, to capture the exciting imagery. Gary Richardson and Thomas L Bethel came onboard to host the video. They grew up together and have great on screen chemistry. Both are passionate about local ecosystems. They were able to bring a Bahamian perspective, filled with humor, to an international audience The first portion of the video was posted on Conch Salad TV on December 15, the second will be uploaded on December 29 and the final portion on January 12. Lionfish invade Conch Salad TV MAJORTHREAT: A film starring Gary Richardson and Thomas L Bethel raises awareness of lionfish, which are a threat to native juvenile fish and invertebrates.
A MAN is in hospital fight ing for his life after being shot in the face late Sunday night. The attack comes on the heels of a shooting in Pinewood Gardens on Saturday which left another man dead. According to police reports, just after 11pm on Sunday, police were informed of a shooting at Armbrister Street off Fox Hill Road. Witnesses told responding officers that a 49-year-old male resident of Armbrister Street was attacked by two men, one of whom was armed with a shotgun and shot him in the face. The victim was taken to hospital, where he remains in critical condition. No further details were avail able up to press time last night. Police also reported that ear ly Monday morning, two hand guns and a quantity of marijuana was seized from a home off Wulff Road. According to reports, just before 2.30am, officers of the Northeastern Division executeda search warrant on a Palm Beach Street house occupied by two men. They conducted a search and discovered two handguns and a quantity of a substance which they suspected was marijuana. The men, ages 28 and 24, were taken into custody. These incidents follow a weekend of shootings and armed robberies, in which the country recorded its 94th murder victim for the year. Early Saturday morning, police found the body of a man lying in front of an apartment off Buttonwood Avenue, Pinewood Gardens. The victim had suffered an injury to the abdomen. On Friday, 33-year-old man was shot in his stomach near a basketball court in Maxwell Lane, and another man was shot in the knee early Saturday morning while walking on Baillou Hill Road south of Cowpen Road. Late Saturday afternoon, two thugs robbed the Texaco Service Station on Mackey and Madeira Street and two hours later, 4 U Beauty Supply on Malcolm Road and Baillou Hill Road was robbed and an employee was shot in the arm. By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter c email@example.com A FAMILY is claiming it has owned the disputed buried treasure land at Fortune Hill, San Salvador for more than 100 years. D uring a press conference y esterday morning, Dennis B ethel announced that the land being excavated on Fortune Hill belonged to his great-grandfather Nimrod Newton, by way of a Crown grant dated August 8, 1876. T he Newton tract encompasses acres on Fortune Hill and includes an area of the 23 acres owned by Dorothy Black-Beal, Mr Bethel said, adding that the e xisting boundary makers were erroneously set. M inister of State for F inance Zhivargo Laing revealed in a town meeting i n San Salvador last Thursd ay that Dorothy BlackBeal has been the only person found to have clear title of the land. R umors of treasure buried o n the land have been circul ated in San Salvador for years. Some believe the island m ay have been used in the past as a staging ground forp irates and that their treas ures may still be hidden in c aves in the area. M r Bethel claims to pos sess certified survey plan and a record of all supporting documents from the Department of Lands and Surveys, which he has already submitted to Minister Laing to dispute the boundary markers. Mr Bethel said he has m ade numerous attempts to contact the government to have matter investigated but has had no response. This is a land matter that they are failing to settle, theg overnment have sided with a f oreigner, remarked Mr Bethel. He again called on Prime M inister Hubert Ingraham and Mr Laing to intervene and stop the excavation ino rder to review the survey plans and properly ascertain the correct location of the Newton land. Legal action will be taken if nothing changes, Mr Bethel warned. According to Mr Laing, Mr Bethel will indeed probably have to take this route. He said: When people have title to their property, the state has no duty outsideo f the publics interest from preventing them from doing what they want on their property. You can dispute ownership all you want; that is your business. If you want to dis-p ute it, go to court. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE decision over who will fill the now vacant coroners post will be made by the Judicial and Legal Services Commission (JLSC Attorney General John Delaney said yesterday that he does not yet know who will fill the post, recently left vacant by Jamaican attorney Williams Campbell. Mr Campbells contract expired in November and has not been renewed. Mr Delaney said that the JLSC will advise the Governor General of its decision. He noted that it has been government practice to have a magistrate act as coroner. The attorney general added that he expects to see a specialist coroner appointed when the new Coroners Bill comes into force. We look forward to someone being appointed to the positions of coroner and deputy coroner. Under the new law the coroner will be called the coroner in his or her own right. For the first time this will be a separate and distinct judicial office, Mr Delaney said. Today, there are said to be 64 cases pending in the Coroners Court. JUDICIAL AND LEGAL SERVICES COMMISSION TO MAKE DECISION ON CORONERS POST Man shot in the f ace Family claims 100-year ownership of disputed buried treasure land FORTUNEHILL: Minister of State Zhivargo Laing talks with Administrator of Rum Cay and San Salvador District Terrace Bottle-Bethel, as he tours Fortune Hill in San Salvador during a visit to discuss who legally owns the property last week. Llonella Gilbert /BIS SHOWN IS A CAVE which is blocked with rocks that some say holds treasure on Fortune Hill in San Salvador. MINISTER OF STATE Zhivargo Laing addresses members of the community in Cockburn, San Salvador to discuss issues concern ing who owns the property at the centre of a dispute, and the Gov e rnments involvement in the matter.
E DITOR, The Tribune. 'Dis horrible! Da gub'men c an' be doin' dis ta da Bahamian people again, man! Dey selli n' BTC? Dey always cutting dese deals behind da backs a da Bahamian people dat een ina h interest. First dey give all dat money ta da Haitians dem durin da earthquake ting ta help all dem Haitians who had dere food and water supplyc rush along wit dey hospitals an' police departments an' ting. Why dat money wasn' invested in the Bahamian people?! We gat persons outta werk an' n eeded dat money more dan da Haitians! Show sum com passion! D a gub'men den gone an' do dat Ba'mar deal. We don' need a 'notha hotel! We already gat Kersna' Inta'national and all dem otha hotels on da Cable Beach strip! That's like some one coming o'er here ta open up a'notha church when we h ave all dese churches. Especially dese big churches. We don' need any more churches so da gub'ment should have in its agenda ta limit the amounto f persons openin' up churches. Takin' offering dat was being spent in dese otha' churches. Especially foreigners openin up churches! Bahamian offerings fa Bahamian pastors. An' a 'notha t'ing I don' like is all dem Chinese ta cum o'er an' take Bahamian jobs! Man, see? D ey already have dese restau rants in ah community sellin' us all dat good food for superl ow prices an' gat stores bringin' d a products we need conveniently to us. Now dis?! Man, aye? Das a'notha ting! Dey duny uck up my wexation! Now, I tink dey gone o'er board. Why dey sellin' da only profitable gub'men corporation, BTC? It would be much easier and understandable ta sell the ones dat losing money 'cause yuh know people wanna buy 'em. I t'ought it would be more likely fa dem ta sell da one's makin' a loss. A'notha ting is dey sellin' it ta a bad company! Somet'ing tell me ta, easily, l ook it up on google an' do my research on dem instead a jest talkin' out my head. Dey tink cause dey gat more dan 130 y ears successfully in da telecommunication service an' n etwork an' equipment ta busin ess an' has da economies of scale ta finance da advancem ent of BTC livin' in a tech nological stone-age. Why didn' dey sell it ta a Bahamian? Cable an' Wireless Bad! Dey wanna fire the inefficient and/or redundant workers who cost more than dey're worth to the company! I t'ought when yuh sign ta work fa da gub'men yuh set fa life an' don' have ta worr y 'bout bein' effective and competitive! Now these persons ga have ta go into da real world like everyone else and face disa ppointments and... look for a job. Dey een even get enough notice. Two years? Gub'men d on' know more people are w orkers of BTC den customers in the Bahamas aye? What about the greater good?! I know there might be more legitimate reasons to be against BTC but logic is too much work and da gub'men don' pay me enough fa dat! L YNDEN McINTOSH Nassau, December 9, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune. Dear Commodore Bowe and Commissioner Greenslade, I write as a concerned Bahamian regarding safety and security in Nassau Harbour with particular concern for the eastern end of the harbour. I live on the waterfront and have recently been the victim of boat theft which I witnessed just two weeks ago. RBDF did respond promptly by the way and I had good co-operation from Cpl Rolle of the police in the control room. Another boat was stolen last night I understand from the Nassau Yacht Club before 9pm. This latest incident has moved me to write and ask for your assistance and give you my thoughts for a solution. It appears there is good presence at the main/western end of the harbour where most of the heavy and intern ational traffic occurs, however I feel there is a hole in the net at the eastern end and we Bahamians are not getting the protection we would like. RBDF and Police marine patrols are a welcome sight, however all manner of speeding unlit boats can be seen throughout any given evening at the eastern end of the harbour. Fort Montagu was completed in 1742 and was built at this strategic location for good reason. I feel strongly that it should once again be pressed into active service and be an outpost for the Police/RBDF this would eliminate the cost, delay and hassle of creating a new building. I am convinced that if there was a permanent presence here it would make a difference. With a boat docked in the l ee of the fort ready for action, night surveillance, radar, searchlight installation and any suspicious boat challenged after dusk I feel we can close the hole. Other benefits would be realised with the increased security of the Montagu park area and to the safety and security of tourists visiting this historic site. Many historic forts and cast les around the world are active military posts today. We need action now! KEN CHAPLIN Nassau, D ecember 20, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 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 W EBSITE w ww.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm NEW YORK (AP g as-guzzling nation has limits after all. After seven decades of mostly uninterr upted growth, U.S. gasoline demand is at the start of a long-term decline. By 2030, A mericans will burn at least 20 percent less gasoline than today, experts say, even as millions of more cars clog the roads. America's thirst for gasoline is shrinking as cars and trucks become more fuel-efficient,t he government mandates the use of more ethanol and people drive less. A combination of demographic change and policy change means the heady days of g asoline growing in the U.S. are over," says Daniel Yergin, chairman of IHS Cambridge E nergy Research Associates and author of a Pulitzer Prize-winning history of the oil industry. This isn't the first time in U.S. history that gasoline demand has fallen, at least tem p orarily. Drivers typically cut back during recessions, then hit the road again when the e conomy picks up. Indeed, the Great Reces sion was the chief reason demand fell sharply i n 2008. But this time looks different. Government and industry officials including the CEO of Exxon Mobil say U.S. gasoline demand has peaked for good. It has declined four y ears in a row and will not reach the 2006 level again, even when the economy fully r ecovers. In fact, the ground was shifting before the r ecession. The 2001 terrorist attacks, the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina and pump prices rising to a nationwide average of $3 a gallon (79 cents a liter eration reignited public debates about the political and economic effects of oil imports and climate change. Also, the popularity of SUVs began to wane, and the government started requiring refiners to blend cornb ased ethanol into every gallon of gasoline. Americans are burning an average of 8.2 million barrels 344 million gallons of gasoline per day in 2010, a figure that excludes the ethanol blended into gasoline. That's 8 percent less than at the 2006 peak, according to government data. The decline is expected to accelerate for several reasons. Starting with the 2012 model year, cars will have to hit a higher fuel economy target for the first time since 1990. Each carmaker's fleet must average 30.1 mpg (12.8 kilometers per liter), up from 27.5 (11.7). By the 2016 model year, that number must rise to 35.5 mpg (15 kpl a nd minivans, once classified as trucks, will count toward passenger vehicle targets. The auto industry is introducing cars that run partially or entirely on electricity, a nd the federal government is providing billions of dollars in subsidies to increase production and spur sales. By 2022, the country's fuel mix must include 36 billion gallons of ethanol and oth-e r biofuels, up from 14 billion gallons in 2011. Put another way, biofuels will accountf or roughly one of every four gallons sold at the pump. Gasoline prices are forecast to stay high as developing economies in Asia and t he Middle East use more oil. There are demographic factors at work, too. Baby boomers will drive less as they age. The surge of women entering the work force and commuting in recent decades has l eveled off. And the era of Americans commuting ever farther distances appears to be o ver. One measure of this, vehicle miles traveled per licensed driver, began to flatten i n the middle of the last decade after years of sharp growth. "People wildly underestimate the effect that all this is going to have" on gasoline demand, says Paul Sankey, an analyst at D eutsche Bank. Sankey predicts by 2030 America will use just 5.4 million barrels a d ay, the same as in 1969. Aaron Brady, an analyst at CERA, predicts a more modest d rop, to 6.6 million barrels a day. As a result, families will spend less on fuel, the country's dependence on foreign oil will wane and heat-trapping emissions of carbon dioxide will grow more slowly. The shift from SUVs began in 2004 and has saved Americans $15 billion on gaso line this year, according to the National Resources Defense Council. By 2020, i mproved fuel economy is expected to low er annual carbon dioxide emissions by 400 billion pounds, the equivalent of taking 32 million cars off the road. In reality, there will be 27 million more cars on the road a total of 254 million a decade from now, according to government projections. Environmentalists are looking at the trend with a mixture of disbelief and delight. A decade ago they thought demand would continue to grow 1-2 percent a year far into the future. (This article is by Jonathan Fahey of the Associated Press) Concerned about Nassau Harbour security LETTERS firstname.lastname@example.org US gas demand should fall for good A satire: Government and BTC
T HE PLPs Marathon branch has partnered with a security company to pro vide 1,000 of the constituencys residents with alarm systems, the partys candidate for the area Senator Jerome Fitzgerald announced yesterday. The PLP together with Security Systems Interna tional (SSI ed residents a free basic alarm system valued at $399 on the condition that they agree to a monitoring con tract at the cost of one dol lar per day, Mr Fitzgerald said. The objective is one that we consider crucial in a time when many fear for their safety and the safety of their families, the PLP Senator said at a press conference. We appreciate that the police are doing all they can and we commend them, but they cannot be everywhere. And we also appreciate that the biggest obstacle to many persons getting an alarm system is the upfront cost of the equipment and installa tion. Today, through this partnership we have sought to eliminate that obstacle. Mr Fitzgerald thanked Craig Gates, president of SSI, for agreeing to what he described as a innovative and transformative approach to doing business. This initiative supports the thought that the progress and developmentof our country is one that means we must think out side of the box, and progress and development (are safety and security of the people of the Bahamas. This is one step to ensure that our people feel safeand secure, Mr Fitzgerald said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a email@example.com T HE GRAND Bahama Port Authority ( GBPA) must get their own house in order before the government will discuss the future of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham told FNM supporters in Grand Bahama on the weekend. Benefits set out in the Hawksbill Creek A greement, which currently provide tax e xemptions for businesses in Freeport, will expire in 2015. While speaking to the islands FNM supporters, Mr Ingraham explained that the GBPA had contacted the government s eeking to begin discussions towards the future of the agreement. Mr Ingraham said: We have told them t hat we would not be inclined to have any d iscussions with them until they, first of a ll, are able to get their own house in order in terms of ownership. T he Freeport Harbour Company, G rand Bahama International Airport, DevCo (the land company Lucayan Service Company are owned by Hutchinson-Whampoa (50 per cent Jack Hayward (25 per cent Henrietta St George (25 per cent Port Authority and the water company a re 100 per cent owned by Sir Jack and L ady Henrietta. Mr Ingraham added: We are not i nclined first of all to have any discuss ions on it with them while they are divid e d, and secondly, we dont think it is appropriate to have discussion before the next election. In addition to the future of tax exempt ions in Freeport, Mr Ingraham said he w ould also like to discuss the issue of util ity rates on the island and the implemen-t ation of a national regulatory authority for the valuation of those services. We do not believe that we ought to continue to have the Port Authority determine what the power rate ought to be in F reeport, or the water rate or anything to do with telecommunications. We believe they ought to come under a national regulatory authority like URCA, and we would like to engage themi n discussions about that when its time to talk to them, the prime minister said. PM:GB Port Authority must get their house in order F ROMLEFT: S haron M artin, chairperson of the P LP Marathon office; Paula Russell, Marathon con stituent; Senator Jerome Fitzgerald; Craig Cates, president of SSI. S IR JACK HAYWARD PLPs Marathon branch to provide 1,000 constituents with alarms T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BAHAMAS Statoil on G rand Bahama last week treated all students from the East End to lunch and gifts as part of the companys Christmascommunity efforts. COMPANY TREATS S TUDENTS TO LUNCH AND GIFTS M C C L E A N S T O W N S C H O O L H I G H R O C K S C H O O L F R E E T O W N S C H O O L UNITED NATIONS U.N. MISSIONSworldwide are modernizing water and sewage treatment systems in an upgrade that was planned before a Haiti cholera outbreak that some blame on U.N. peacekeepers, the U.N. field support chief said Monday, according to Associated Press. Susana Malcorra, U.N. undersecretary-general for field support, told reporters Monday that modernization of the treatment systems was under way before the epidemic that has killed more than 2,400 people in Haiti. She said the upgrade will begin in the first quarter of 2011. Malcorra stressed that tests have not conclusively linked U.N. peacekeepers with the epidemic of the waterborne disease in Haiti. SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon announced last week he would form a scientific panel to investigate the epidemic's source. "I am not saying that what has happened in Haiti is relat ed" to the U.N. operation, Malcorra said. "Clearly we do not have a clear indication of why the cholera outbreak took place." There has been widespread speculation in Haiti that the outbreak started at a base for U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal not far from where hundreds of Haitians began falling ill. U.N. officials have rejected any idea the base was involved, saying its sanitation was airtight. Malcorra said one of the first modern water and sewage plants will be installed in a new U.N. house being constructed in Juba, in southern Sudan. UN: HAITI WATER, SEWAGE SYSTEMS BEING UPD ATED
DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and ImmigrationBrent Symonette called on i nternational diplomatic r epresentatives in the Bahamas to not forget the devastating earthquake which hit Haiti in Januaryof this year and to continue to assist the island nation in its struggles. We must see our commitment to Haiti through and let the circumstances continue to give us the kind of strength needed to persevere as we stride side by sidein all our important and c ommon activities, Mr S ymonette said at the Hono rary Consular Corps Annual Christmas Luncheon held last week at the Lyford Cay Club. M r Symonette also took t he opportunity to renew his c all for collective commitm ent to excellence and sus tainable results between t he Bahamas and countries it has diplomatic relationsw ith. T he event is an avenue w here the minister discusses achievements and goals of the Ministry of Foreign A ffairs as it relates to diplo m atic relations between the Bahamas and countries repr esented. Please convey to your capitals that the commitment and cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs a nd the Government of the Bahamas remain consistent in the pursuit of policies and m easures for our mutual b enefit, Mr Symonette told t he ambassadors, honorary c onsuls and representatives of organisations within the United Nations and other world bodies. The year 2010 focused on human rights, the globalf inancial crisis, climate change, food and energy security, the UN Millenni-u m goals, and combatting hunger, poverty and international terrorism. T he Bahamas was repres ented at meetings reflecti ng on the need to prepare for better times, Mr Symone tte said. Of critical importance was the issue of climatec hange and related sea-level r ise, which can see the disappearance of small island developing states and the coastal areas of many other states, including in our hemisphere, if global temperature r ise is allowed to exceed 1.5 d egrees Celsius, he said. T he parties to the United N ations Framework Convention on Climate Change had agreed to continue efforts toward consensus legally binding commitments by the end of 2011, andm obilisation of the $100 billion fund contained in the 2009 Copenhagen Accord tof inance the support for mitigation and adaptation processes in developing states under a strengthened climate regime. At the 65th Regular Session of the United NationsG eneral Assembly, Mr S ymonette participated in the 13th Informal COFCOR Meeting of CARICOM Foreign Ministers with the Foreign Minister of Australia ina select Meeting of the Global Governance Group( 3G), a consultative initiative to provide input into the G20 process by non-members; the 34th Annual Meeting of Foreign Ministers of the Group of 77 and China; and bilateral meetings witht he Ministers of Foreign A ffairs of Mexico, Argentin a, Hungary, Canada, Serbia and Bahrain. The Bahamas also participated in Shanghai Expo 2 010, at which Prime Minist er Hubert Ingraham attende d the closing ceremony; and h osted the Official Visit of Chairman Wu Bangguo, of t he Standing Committee of the Nationals People Con-g ress of the Peoples Republ ic of China. The Bahamas welcomed the US Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemi-s phere Affairs Dr Arturo V alenzuela; the US Government provided assistance to the Bahamas with respect to the global issue of trafficking in persons; hosted the annua l Counter-Narcotics and I llegal Migration Joint Task F orce Meeting, and signed 22 Tax Information Exchange Agreements. We have some important w ork ahead of us, not just at the international level but also bilaterally. Work that, in some i nstances, begins with the election of candidates from some countries represented.W e hope to count on your support when the Bahamas puts forward her own cand idacies in the coming m onth. Mr Symonette said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Minister of Foreign Affairs calls for continued joint assistance of Haiti BRENT SYMONETTE Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration. DEVASTATING: The earthquake hit Haiti in January.
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM o peration. T he government signed a three-year contract with ICS Security Concepts in partnership with the local security firm Secure Alert, last month, to provide 500 ankle bracelets in the first instance. T he system installed locally has a load capacity of 2000. Mr Turnquest, with the attorney general and top police brass, watched thec eremonial device placement a t a launch event last night. T he technology is now in place for the courts to order electronic monitoring as a condition of bail. Mr Turn-quest said it would relieve the pressure on the prison s ystem by reducing the numb er of remands held in prison; enhance the work of the police in managing potential reoffenders; and allow minor offenders to remain as productive mem-b ers of society. W ith about 1300 inmates at Her Majestys Prison, it costs the government $40 per day per inmate. The cost per offender under the electronic monitoring system is$ 15 per day, said Mr Turnq uest. With 500 bracelets available for use, Mr Turnquest said the potential savings amounted to $4.5 million a nnually. T he cost of the system, he said, was approximately $2.7 m illion. e xternal affairs. The heads of agreement between Baha Mar and the government stipulate the cost sharing arrangement for the installation of utilities. Mr Mosko said the coopera tion of the government in rerouting infrastructure is critical to ensure the seamlesst ransition to the new roads. Mr Mosko put the various agencies on notice of the 10-m onth timeline for the cons truction project, as the final stages of implementation will require the governmentsi nvolvement. Mr Sands said Baha Mar has had many meetings with the various government utility companies, and they are on board with the timelines. The existing West Bay Street will remain in place to the extent that it will provide access to surrounding properties like Breezes and the Sheraton. A ggregate, asphalt and cement will be the primary raw materials, according to Tony Myers, Bahamas Hot Mix president. He said there is no stipulation for Bahamianc ontractors to import or use Chinese raw materials. Most of the material will p robably be imported from t he United States, with the exception of concrete struc tures which will be locally m anufactured, said Mr Myers. Don Robinson, Baha Mar president said: The documents signed today will result in the creation of 100 direct jobs, as well as 100 indirect jobs within the community. Independent truckers are likely to be the most predom inantly hired in service, according to the contractors. Truckers will be responsible for transporting trailer loads of raw material from the port t o the manufacturing facility and on to the various project sites. Mr Mosko said independent truckers and landscapers, surveyors, electricians andl unch ladies will find new employment as soon as the project starts. Baha Mar is committed to a n open-bidding process for all construction work so as to ensure equal opportunity fora ll contractors who can meet the qualifications, safety, tim ing and work quality as demanded by its project schedule and brand standards, said Mr Robinson. To this end Baha Mar has launched a series of town hall meetings in the out-islands of The Bahamas so as to inform and assist all local contractors wishing to participate in this mega-project, he said. instructions on as the lawyer for the Gove rnment. It appeared that the judge erred on several points. An appeal is most likely. "I have read the decision and it appears that there are several grounds for appeal, but it's a matter on which I will be instructed by the government," the senator told The Tribune. M eantime Mr Moss, one of the attorneys who represents the group who brought t he action against Government, said a legal team is assessing the financial damage the ongoing road works has caused businesses in the area. "If one looks at the sheer number of the businesses and the kinds of businesses that they have businesses that in many respectst hat have been around for a long time so it tells you that they were doing good busin ess. "One could easily conclude that it's in the millions in terms of actual losses as a result of the road works," said Mr Moss. Last Friday, Justice Adderley awarded the Coconut Grove Business League unspecified damages for loss of business due to the ongoing road works damages that will be assessed by the court at a later date if the parties involved cannot come to an agreed amount. Government has 21 days from the date of the ruling to file an appeal. In July, the CGBL a group of business owners who claim to have been adversely affected by the March 30 road changes were granted leave for a judicial review. The group argued that they only wanted an opportunity to meet with Mr Grant to discuss some alternatives to the current plan. The group also claimed they had no idea their businesses were going to be affected in the way they were. Mr Delaney earlier said the government had made the decision to embark on the New Providence Road Improvement Project in 1999 and from its inception, the pro ject consisted of 19 corridors. The works project had been highly publicised and there were also open house meetings, the Government argued. The road changes, which made Baillou Hill Road one-way northbound and MarketS treet one-way southbound, are a part of the government's $120 million New Provi dence Road Improvement Project (NPRIP FROM page one W est Bay Street rerouting s aid Mr Carroll. T he union president held that if Cable and Wireless Communication plans to downsize the companyb y 30 per cent anyways, BTC might a s well remain within Bahamian hands, why sell to foreigners?" he asked. The Prime Minister wants to make this a political matter, we want to be clear that we are only for and about the workers and we d o not want this to become politic ally entangled, Mr Carroll empha sised. We just want to have itB ahamian." J ennifer Isaacs Dotson of the National Congress of Trade Unions and Bernard Evans, President of the Bahamas Communications andP ublic Officers Union could not be reached up to press time to comment on the matter. UNION LEADERS DEFIANT AFTER PMS WARNING FROM page one FROM page one Govt likely to appeal ruling that minister acted unlawfully COURTS CAN NOW ORDER ELECTRONIC MONITORING OF ACCUSED OFFENDERS F ROM page one By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org F REEPORT Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said the Ginn sur Mer Development project in West End has gone into bankruptcy and the bank has taken over p art of the property. M r Ingraham revealed that the owner of the other part is not Bobby Ginn as the gov-e rnment had thought. He s aid the real owner intends to c hange the Ginn name. We thought Mr Bobby Ginn was the owner, he is not the owner, Mr Ingraham said Saturday while in Grand Bahama attending an F NM pre-Christmas function i n Freeport. I saw the owners last week. They are making some plans for the development down in West End. I dont want to make any announce-m ents for them, but they do not want to be known as Ginn anymore, he said. The $4.9 billion project was announced in 2005 under the former PLP administration. It was d escribed as the largest single mixed used resort development project in the B ahamas. Developer Robert Bobby Ginn, the named i nvestor/developer, acquired a bout 2,000 acres of land in W est End and proposed to d evelop 4,400 condo units, a t ower resort, 800 single family residential lots, mega yacht and marinas, and two signature championship golf courses among other amenities. I n 2007, Ginn had acquired the Old Bahama Bay Resort in West End. Financial trouble began to surface in 2009 when Ginn obtained a $675 million syndicated loan from Credit S uisse, which was secured on Ginn Sur Mer and four other properties it was developing. G inn defaulted on the repayments due on this loan, leading the Credit Suisse to f oreclose on it in January 2 010, including the Grand B ahama real estate it was s ecured upon, making them the developers joint venture partner in the project. I t was reported that about half a billion has been spent on infrastructural development in West End. Ginn sur Mer Development project bankrupt and set to change name HUBERT INGRAHAM
PAISLEY DODDS, Associated Press LONDON In the biggest anti-terrorist sweep in Britain in nearly two years, police have arrested a d ozen men accused of plotting a large-scale terror attack on targets inside the United Kingdom. The suspects, who ranged in a ge from 17 to 28, had been under surveillance for weeks and were believed to have links to Pakistan and Bangladesh, s ecurity officials said. The arrests come amid growing concerns in Europe over terrorism following a suicide bombing in Sweden and report-e d threats of a terror attack on a European city modeled on the deadly shooting spree inM umbai, India. Police swooped in before d awn Monday in coordinated raids on houses in four cities L ondon, the Welsh city of Cardiff and the English cities of Birmingham and Stoke-onTrent. The officers were unarmed, suggesting anyp lanned attack was not imminent. T he raid, a joint operation by Britain's domestic spy a gency MI5 and police, was the largest since April 2009, when 12 men were detained over an alleged al-Qaida bomb plot in the northern city of Manches t er. Counterterrorism officials d eclined to give more details of the latest alleged plot, saying only that the men had been under surveillance for several weeks. No details were given as to whether explosives or arms were found, and searches were under way in the homes where the arrests took place. The operation is in its early stages so we are unable to go into detail at this time," said John Yates, Britain's senior counterterrorism police officer. Still, he said Monday's raids, involving a dozen suspects across the U.K., indicated they were planning something big. This is a large scale, preplanned and intelligence-led operation involving several forces," Yates said. Police have up to 28 days to question the suspects before they must be charged or released. The men are thought to be B ritish nationals with links to Bangladesh and Pakistan, according to a counterterrorism official who spoke on con dition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Britain is home tol arge Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities. T he arrests were not believed to be part of any planned holid ay season attack, said a British security official who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of his work. In Washington, U.S. Secre tary of Homeland Security J anet Napolitano said the terror suspects arrested in Britain were not threatening U.S. targets. As far as I know, we have n ot yet found any connection between those arrests and any threats to the United States," Napolitano said in an interview w ith news anchor Diane Sawyer Monday night on ABC World News." Iraqi officials claimed last w eek that captured insurgents believed the Dec. 11 bombing in Stockholm was part of a series of attacks planned for the Christmas season. T hose claims were rejected by both British and Germano fficials, who insisted there are no specific threats to their count ries over the holiday period. In October, the U.S. State Department advised American citizens living or traveling in Europe to be wary amid reports t hat terrorists were planning a Mumbai-style attack on a Euro p ean city. Some of the details of a M umbai-style plot directed at cities in Britain, France or Germany came from Ahmed Siddiqui, a German citizen of Afghan descent who was captured by U.S. troops in Afghanistan in July. More than 1 70 people were killed in the 2008 attack in the Indian city o f Mumbai. A government official downplayed reports that the latest raids were part of larger terror concerns across Europe. "Although serious, we believe this raid may have been a one-off and not necessarily related to larger European ter ror plot concerns," said the official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. Another government official said other plots being monitored within Britain had t hreads that linked back to the Europe-wide plot reported in October, but that there were no credible reports of a specif-i c Christmas terror plot. I n the U.S., White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters he did not know of any American connection to M onday's arrests. Europe has been the target o f numerous terror plots by Islamist militants. The deadliest w as the 2004 Madrid train bombings, when shrapnel-filled bombs exploded, killing 191 people and wounding about 1,800. A year later, suicide b ombers killed 52 rush-hour commuters in London aboardt hree subway trains and a bus. In 2006, U.S. and British i ntelligence officials thwarted one of the largest plots yet, a plan to explode nearly a dozen trans-Atlantic airliners. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Police arrest dozen men in suspected UK terrorism plot A HN YOUNG-JOON, Associated Press FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press YEONPYEONG ISLAND, S outh Korea North Korea backed off threats to retaliate against S outh Korea for military drills and reportedly offered concessions on its nuclear program signs it was looking to lower t he temperature on the Korean peninsula after weeks of soaring tensions. But Pyongyang has feinted toward conciliation before and f ailed to follow through. The North's gestures Monday came after South Korea launched fighter jets, evacuated h undreds of residents near its tense land border with the North and sent residents of islands near disputed waters into underground bunkers in case Pyongyang followed through on its vow to attack over the drills. "It appears that deterrence has been restored," said Daniel Pinkston, Seoul-based analystw ith the International Crisis Group think tank. "The North K oreans only understand force or show of force." North Korea has previously been accused of using a mix ofa ggression and conciliatory gest ures to force international negotiations that usually net it much-needed aid. Real progress on efforts to rid the N orth of its nuclear weapons programs has been rare. On Nov. 23, the North shelled Yeonpyeong Island, at iny enclave of fishing communities and military bases about seven miles (11 kilometers from North Korean shores in response to an earlier round of S outh Korean live-fire maneu vers. The North's artillery bar r age killed two marines and two construction workers in its first a ttack targeting civilian areas since the 1950-53 Korean War. That clash sent tensions soaring between the two countries which are still technically at w ar. They've remained in a tense standoff since then, anda n emergency meeting of U.N. diplomats in New York on Sund ay failed to find any solution to the crisis. But Monday brought some of the first positive signs in weeks, as a high-profile American governor announced what he said were two nuclear con c essions from the North. New Mexico Gov. Bill R ichardson, a frequent unoffi cial envoy to North Korea and former U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said that during his visit the North agreed to let U.N. atomic inspectors visit its main nuclear complex to make sure it's not producing enriched uranium for a nuclear bomb, according to a statement from his office. "North Korea talks a great game. They always do. The real issue is what will they do. If they are agreeable to returning IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) inspectors to their country, they need to tell the IAEA that," U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. The North expelled U.N. inspectors last year, and last month showed a visiting Amer ican scientist a new, highly advanced uranium enrichment facility that could give it a sec ond way to make atomic bombs, in addition to its plutonium program. Richardson also said that Pyongyang was willing to sell fresh fuel rods, potentially to South Korea. "We had positive results," Richardson told Associated Press Television News at the Pyongyang airport Monday night. He had been set to brief reporters in Beijing, but his flight was canceled. "This is the way countries are supposed to act," Crowley told reporters. "The South Korean exercise was defensive in nature. The North Koreans were notified in advance. There was no basis for a belligerent response." Analyst Baek Seung-joo cau tioned that the North's reported concessions are only a tactic aimed at easing international pressure. Baek, of the state-run Korea Institute for Defense Analyses in Seoul, said the comments would be significant if the North made them officially, rather than through Richardson. The North was only sounding out U.S. and South Korean intentions by talking to Richardson, Baek said, and if the situation doesn't turn in the North's favor, it will back away. Pyongyang is believed to be seeking one-onone talks with Washington before returning to stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations hosted by China. NKorea backs away from threat to attack South (AP Photo/Akira Suemori ANTI-TERRORISMSWEEP: A view of New Scotland Yard, the headquarters building of the Metropolitan Police, with its sign in London, Monday, Dec. 20, 2010. British police on Monday arrested a dozen men suspected of plotting a large-scale terror attack the biggest antiterrorist sweep since April 2009, when 12 men were detained over an alleged al-Qaida bomb plot in the northern city of Manchester. The men were arrested in London, the Welsh city of Cardiff and the English cities of Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent. DONNA CASSATA, Associated Press WASHINGTON President Barack Obama tried to sway reluctant Republican senators on Monday to back a new arms control treaty with Russia as GOP aversion to giving a politically damaged president another victory intruded on his nation al security agenda. The White House and senior Democrats expressed confidence that they had the votes for the accord that was signed by Obama and Russ ian President Dmitry Medvedev in April. The two countries negotiated the New START pact to cap nuclear weapons and restart weapons inspections in the spirit of U.S. efforts to reset the relationship between the former Cold War foes. Proponents edged closer to getting the two-thirds vote they needed for ratification as Republican Sen. Scott Brown of Mass achusetts announced he would support the treaty. In recent days, Brown had received a call from Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, who also heard from Clinton, sent the strongest signal yet that he would support ratification. Treaty backers also were heartened as several Republicans broke ranks, voting against three GOP amendments that would have effectively killed the treaty. With the help of eight Republicans, Democrats beat back an amendment to increase the number of weapons inspectors on a 64-33 vote. They also rejected a measure to change the accord and increase the number of deployed launchers on a 64-33 vote. An effort to change the treaty to include tactical nuclear weapons also failed, 62-35. Obama, who delayed his holiday vacation, lobbied senators by phone as he pressed to complete the treaty before January when Republicans increase their numbers by five in the Senate, which would cast the accord's fate in doubt. Vice President Joe Biden and Clinton also called lawmakers to push for ratification. Obama lobbies GOP senators to back new arms control pact SIGNEDACCORD: U.S. President Barack Obama
C M Y K C M Y K HEALTH THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM health BODYANDMIND T h e T r i b u n e By ALESHA CADET T ribune Features Reporter O NE HUNDRED and twenty five nurses recently attended a very successful two day leadership workshop under the theme, Celebrating Excellence in N ursing Leadership at the S heraton Resorts Hotel, Cable Beach. The event was hosted by the Nurses Association of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas (NACB Commonwealth Nurses Federation (CNF Objectives The objectives of the workshop were to develop skills in planning strategically to achieve goals, exploring the principles and application of being an effective advocate, developing skills in lobbying and in working with the media. Participants at the Leadership workshop included nurses from the family islands, Freeport, Eleuthera, and Andros. Nurses from both the public and private sector locally also attended. T he overall goal of the conference was to empower nurses to develope ffective leadership skills, deliver q uality healthcare, and play pivotal roles in shaping the preferred future of nursing. Rosemarie L Josey, president of NACB 2008-2010 said: The Nurs e s Association of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (NACBc elebrated its 63rd Anniversary with a Gala Ball, honouring 15 nurses for their examplimentary service to the nursing profession and the NACB. Our honourees are being recogn ised for their service of distinction and the significant contributions thatt hey have made to the Nurses Asso ciation of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (NACB Profession in the Bahamas. Some of their contributions have been extended both locally and internationality. Each of our honourees is a dedicated membersof the nursing profession and we are proud to pay tribute to all of them in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the NACB. "As the Nurses Association of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (NACB nerships and collaborate with our regional and international nursing leaders and organisations from around the world. It was an honour a nd privilege to work together with Jill Iliffe towards the outcome ofs uch a successful Leadership Works hop." She contined: "On behalf of the NACB and the Nursing Community from The Bahamas we look forward to planning a full conference in col l aboration with the Commonwealth Nurses Federation (CNF I wish to express my sincere a ppreciation and thanks to evryone that assisted in the success of the Two Day Leadership workshop," Celebrating Excellence in Nursing L eadership, Ms Josey said. Dedication A member of the NACB, who wished to remain anonymous said: As we celebrate our 63rd anniver sary, let us be reminded that when we choose nursing, we choose a pro fession that is dedicated to serving others. It is my pleasure to extend warm greetings and congratulations to all of our honorees, in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the (NACB work to ensure that all people irrespective of nationality, race, colour or social origin may have optimal nursing care. We recognise that you l ove what you do. The gentle smile, the comforting touch and a kindw ord makes the difference in the l ives of your patients. You are the ones who the patients depend on to have compassion, nurture them and provide the quality of care that is so very necessary. T he source added that the NACB pays a special tribute to Nurse JoanL unn for her invaluable contribut ions to nursing in the Bahamas. Nurse Lunn was an angel in disguise. She was a beautiful woman ofp assion. She was self-motivated, conf ident, skilled, and innovative and had a beautiful smile that would easep atients pain and troubles. She had a deep appreciation for professional obligations and responsibility. She was a lady worthy of praise and a nurse known for her devotion to serving others. I feel privileged to have worked with Nurse Lunn. She was dedicated to the Nursing Profession. She lost her life in the line of duty. She will always be missed. I am pleased to salute all of our honorees for 2010, and take this opportunity to commend each of you for your sacrificial committed and distinguished service to the NACB. May God bless each of you and bless the NACB as we grow from strength to strength; one voice working together in collaboration. Celebrating Excellence in Nursing Leadership (ARA OK, so you purchased new running shoes, joined a gym, and are ready for a fit and healthy 2011. Butw hile getting in shape and losing weight is an admirable New Year's resolution for you and your family, it's important to r emember that people aren't the only ones who might need to shed a few pounds. The number of overweight pets in A merica continues to rise. Nearly half (45 per cent d ogs and 58 per cent of cats are overweight or obese (at least 2 0 per cent above ideal weight), according to a recent survey ofv eterinarians by the Associa tion for Pet Obesity Prevent ion. "Pet owners might mistakenly think that a pudgy dog or cat is cute, without realising this extra weight puts the pet ata greater risk for developing serious health problems,i ncluding arthritis and dia betes," says Dr Grace Long, a veterinarian with Nestle Purina. "But the good news is that with proper nutrition and exerc ise, pet obesity can be reversed." P et owners need to remember, however, that while their w eight loss success rests large ly in their own hands, paws don't have the same power. If pets are to be successful at getting in better shape and health their owners need to intervene. F ortunately, concerned pet owners can start the New Year o ff on the right foot. In 2010, Dr Meredith Rettinger, a vet erinarian with Laurel Pet Hospital in West Hollywood, Calif., supervised a group of eight o verweight dogs and their owners as they participated in Pro j ect: Pet Slim Down a 90-day weight loss journey document e d online at projectpetslimdown.com. Dr Rettinger currently is overseeing a similar 120-day journey for dogs and cats and t heir owners. Project: Pet Slim Down is a nationwide program f rom Purina Veterinary Diets that unites pet owners and vet-e rinarians in helping pets lose weight. D r Rettinger offers five sim ple guidelines, "2011 WeightL oss Resolutions for Your Pet," to help you working with y our veterinarian help your pet live a leaner, healthier life. Resolution 1: Make an appointment with your veteri narian. Just as people need expert guidance and a physician's supervision when attempting to lose weight and/or improve their fitness level, veterinarians have the knowledge to help pet owners achieve sensible, lasting weight loss for their pets. Resolution 2: Set realistic, measurable exercise and weight loss goals. Your veterinarian can help you rule out any medical reasons for excess weight and help you plan a fitness and nutrition program that takes your pet's age, size and breed into account. Resolution 3: Discipline yourself to make exercise a priority for you and your pet. Sure, our lives are getting busier and we have less time to exercise, but even setting aside time each day for short walks with your pet will help both of you. Resolution 4: Control portions. Just as limiting intake is important to your own weight loss goals, ensuring a daily volume of allowed food for your pet will be key to success. Your veterinarian can tell you the exact amount of food to feed your pet each day to achieve a healthy weight, so you don't have to guess. He or she also will remind you not to say "I love you" with food. Resolution 5: Use treats correctly. It's OK to reward your pet with a treat for a success fully completed task. Just remember that these calories need to be subtracted from the total calories allotted for the day, and they shouldn't exceed 10 per cent of that allotment. Consider low-calorie treats, or break treats into smaller pieces for more rewards with the same amount of calorie 2011 weight loss resolutions for your pet NACB EXECUTIVES 2008-2010: (Sitting R-LPresident NACBSecretaryStanding R-L Rebecca Johnson 2nd Vice President, Monique Forbes Chairman Socio-Economic, Ms. Andrea Nottage Assistant Secretary, Lisa Stovel Rolle Chairman Education and Research, Regina Ingrahm Branch Chairman NACB-Eleuthrea, Persephone Munnings 1st Vice President, and Kateca Graham Public Relation Officer. LEADERSHIP: One hundred and twenty five nurses attended the workshop.
C M Y K C M Y K HEALTH PAGE 10B, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Christmas plants A lmost every Bahamian family will have a Christmas plant on dis p lay during the holiday seas on and some people will buy b y the dozens. By far the most popular choice is poins ettia. The poinsettia (Poinsettia pulcherrima) is native to Mexico and was developed from plants that originally had long cane-like growth. The poinsettias we favour today are bushy. Although the original plant was chosen as a Christmas emblem because of its red flowers we can now buy poinsxettias that are multihued. Poinsettias do not like draughts while they are flowering and theydo not like drying out. The latter is a real problem, for plants of consider able size are rooted in small containers, making regular watering a necessity. Poinsettias are often sold with the container wrapped in deco rative festive foil. This must be removed when watering or the soilwill become waterlogged and the plant will die even quicker. Allow the soil to drain completely before replacing the decorative foil. The flowers are really bracts, modified leaves that provide stunning colour. The true flower is at the centre and is yellow. When you buy a poinsettia for Christmas display, check that the flowers are either budding or at an early stage. Wideopen flowers with pollen indicates you will have a shorter flowering stage. When the season is over, you can prune your poinsettias rather drastically and set it out in the garden. Place it where it will not be affected by porch or street lights and prune for bushiness up until late July. Thereafter, leave the plant alone and it will give you a far better display at Christmas than it did when you first bought it. Christmas cactus ( Schlumbergera bridgesii) is becoming very popular as a Christmas plant even though it is far less showy than poinsettia. Because of its growth it is usually displayed in a hanging basket. The stalks are composed of segments that look rather like sea crab flippers and the flowers much resemble pomegranate blossoms. Although red is the favoured colour for the season, Christmas cactus comes in a wide array of colours. Once the festivities are over you can propagate Christmas cactus by planting individual stem segments a mere half-an-inch deep in sandy soil and keeping it barely moist. Brazilian pepper (Schinus tere binthifolius) has mistletoe-shaped leaves with sprays of red drupes that are suggestive of the season. The problem with Brazilian pepper is that the plants are invasive and if the seeds are not disposed of properly, you will be contributing to an ecological problem. One way in which you can guard against dispersing the seeds by accident is to dry them and put them into a pepper grinder. Brazilian pep per seeds are the pink peppercorn i n pepper mlanges and have a dist inctive flavour that many find palat able. You may already have a Christmas plant performing in your yard. Manila palms (Veitchia merrillii put out sprays of nuts at this time of year when they are mature, usually two ata time but sometimes three or four. A lthough the two sets of nuts are p roduced at the same time, one will mature faster and become red while the second stays green. The colour combination leads to Manila palms often being called Christmas palms. Holly has large prickly leaves and red berries that are much larger than those of Brazilian pepper. Mistletoe bears white berries and traditionally grants permission to kiss. Both are of European descent and were used ind ruidical rites. I f you have any holly or mistletoe there will be no need to water them as they will be made of plastic. email@example.com B y GARDENER JACK GREEN SCENE SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Christmas cactus makes a nice change from poinsettias as a Christmas decoration. TRADITIONAL: Poinsettias are traditional but do not have to be red. CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: The Manila or Christmas palm bears green and red nuts during the holiday season. (ARA In addition to shopping for family and friends, the holiday season is traditionally a time to show appreciation for the people who make your life easier throughout the year by giving a gift or tip. It can be daunting to identify all the people to thank and then find the time and money to get the right expression of appreciation for each. Here are some ideas to help you make sure that the important peo ple in your life feel appreciated this holiday season: MAKE A LIST The first thing to tackle is making your list. Here are some of the service providers you may want to con sider thanking this year: Hairdresser Garage or door attendants in the building where you live or work Personal trainer Child's teacher Child care provider babysitter, nanny, day care Housekeeper Dog walker and/or groomer Gardener, pool cleaner Package or mail delivery person SETTING THE GIFT VALUE As you set the value for each gift, you may want to take into account: Frequency of service How long has this person has been working with you, and how accommodating are they? Does your babysitter cancel plans to help you last minute? Does your longtime hairdresser stay late to give you a cut after work? Cost of service When deciding how much to give, you can often use the cost of the service as a starting point. The housekeeper might receive the equivalent of a day of cleaning; the dog walker, a day or week of walking. Policies If you are tipping someone who works for a larger organi zation, you may want to do some research to find out their gift policies as there may be restrictions on the type or value of a gift. Your budget Last, but definitely not least, work within your budget. Gifts are not required, but expressing appreciation is essential. A thoughtful note accompanying a gift or by itself is the best way to say thank you. FINDING THE PERFECT WAY TO SAY THANK YOU Once you've made your list and set your budget, it's time to select gifts. For some of those on your list,a thoughtful note of appreciation inside a holiday card may be all that is needed. Homemade baked goods are also a great way to say thank you. You may have gifts already picked out for some on your list. For others, you may find yourself wondering if giving cash is appropriate, or guessing your babysitter's sweater size. An easy solution to giving a gift that always fits is giving a gift card that carries the name of a payment network, such as Visa. According to a recent Visa survey, 65 per cent of people would rather receive a network-branded gift card than a non-essential gift, such as a sweater, a holiday scarf or a bottle of cologne. Network-branded gift cards can be used anywhere that brand's payment cards are accepted, so the recipient can use the card to purchase what they really want or need. Unlike cash, many branded gift cards can be replaced if lost or stolen. Branded gift cards are easy for givers as well: They can be purchased in a wide variety of everyday retail locations or online in the denomination of your choice, preventing you from spending more than you planned. Even with the best of intentions, it's easy to forget to include someone on your list. You may want to purchase a couple of extra gift cards to have on-hand in case you forget someone (who remembers you you are invited to a last-minute holiday event. If the cards aren't needed, you can simply use them yourself. Thoughtful and easy, branded gift cards are a perfect way to say thanks to those who help make your life easier throughout the year. Tips for holiday tipping, from the hairdresser to the babysitter (ARA The abundance of treats during the holidays can make it a challenge for men towatch their waistlines and stay consistent with their diets, which can be especially dangerous formen with diabetes. That is why the holiday season is an important time for these men to get informed about the other health issues that can come with their disease. According to data from the American Diabetes Association, approximately 12 million men in the United States have diabetes, and many of these men do not realise that they may be at risk for other serious conditions. Research has shown that men suffering from diabetes may be at increased risk for a condition called hypogonadism, more commonly known as low testosterone. This is because men with diabetes have lower levels of testosterone than those without diabetes. Hypogonadism affects up to 4 million men in the US, most of whom remain untreated becauseits signs and symptoms are often attributed to normal aging. These men may experience symptomssuch as sexual dysfunction, decreased sexual desire, decreased muscle mass, loss of body hair, low sperm count, and decreased bone mineral density. "Studies have shown that men with diabetes are twice as likely to have low testosterone as men without diabetes," says Dr Helena Rodbard, past-president of the American College of Endocrinology (ACE the American Association of Clin ical Endocrinologists (AACE is vitally important for men with diabetes to visit their doctors to discuss the condition and potential risk factors." The holiday season is an important time for men with diabetes to take charge of their health. For more information about low testosterone and a medical condi-tion known as hypogonadism, visit www.IsItLowT.com. The condition that no one's talking about what all men with diabetes need to know MAKING A LIST: Once you've made your list and set your budget, it's time to select gifts. For some of those on your list, a thought ful note of appreciation inside a holiday card may be all that is needed.
And although each encounter with a sick patient was an emotionally painful experience, she somehow found a way to disconnect from the entire situation. However, after her three year-old son Jayden Lasister was diagnosed with Wilms tumor last August, memories of her time in the back of the ambulance with cancer patients became recurrent. Rare According to www.mayoclinic.com Wilms' tumor is a rare kidney cancer that primarily affects children. Also known as nephroblastoma, it's the most common malignant tumor of the kidneys in children. The peak time of Wilms' tumor occurrence is around ages 3 to 4, and it occurs only rarely after age 6. I honestly was in denial when the doctors told me that Jayden had Wilms tumor because before he was diagnosed he was healthy. No one in my family has a history of cancer and there was no sign of the tumor up until two days before I took him to the doctor so for me it was like this condition came out of the blue Ms Lasis ter explained. It wasnt until Jayden, who was one year old at time, was spending the day with his grandmother who discovered that his abdomen was swollen. My mother was keeping him for me at the time and she noticed the swelling and she told me about it. So I took him to the doctor and the doctors did an ultrasound which showed a tumor that covered his entire left kidney and then the next thing you know he has to be admitted and have surgery. So I am thinking to myself I just brought my child to get medication and now I find out he has cancer, she said. It was hard for Ms Lasister to accept the doctors words and the denial of her childs illness led her to check Jayden out of the hospital. I said to them I am taking him home and the doctors told me that I needed to make a decision fast because that kind of tumor spreads fast. I was so confused and when I took him I brought him right back because as I am deciding what to do his condition is getting worse, she said. Shortly after the removal of the tumor Jayden was scheduled to begin chemotherapy. Ms Lasister told Tribune Features that the medication from chemotherapy had the worst effect. Even though I have worked with people who have cancer, I never followed up on them or their condition. I saw what happened to them and it was really bad what they went through. And my child had to go through the same thing. It was so painful to see him sick like that. Sometimes he would vomit for hours and he would be so weak afterwards. And then he use to fall down a lot and as a parent it is so hard to see your child sick, she said. Denial At the time of his prognosis, Jayden Lasister was one of five children that was diagnosed with Wilms tumor. He was the only child that didnt go into relapse. Jayden is in remission and completed chemotherapy earlier this year. He is doing much better and his family is looking forward to having a merry Christmas. This year we are going to do everything. Last year we did not celebrate Christmas because he was doing chemotherapy. We are going to have a Christmas tree, we are going to visit relatives, we are going to the carnival we are doing it all because last year he was to sick to do anything, she said. Ms Lasister said that while she and her family dont want to be oblivious to the fact the Jayden has not fully recovered, they are remaining positive about his condition. I am trying to stay positive but at the same time I dont want to be stupid to think that he is all the way better. But there are time when we choose not to dwell on his sickness. And then again there are days that we have to deal with it and the limitations, Ms Lasister said. For the parent who may be growing through the same thing Ms Lasister went through she gave a word of advice. I want people to realise that kids get sick. There a lot of kids who get so many different kinds of cancer. But I want people to know that it is important to get information and not shut themselves away because there is someone who is going through the same thing and can actually help, she said. Positive Ms Lasister also said that she does not believe that there is enough support for parents who have sick children. There should be a place for parents to go and get support because there might bea parent who is going through the first stage of finding out that their child has cancer and someone like me who has already been through that can be there help, she said. By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer W ATCHING cancer patients shake and tremble in the midst of their agony was something Ruth Lasister became used to working as a paramedic. C M C M Y K THETRIBUNE SECTIONB HEALTH: Body and mind T UESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2010 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ove L DEALING WITH A SICK CHILD A Mothers RUTH LASISTER AND HER SON JAYDEN