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.3WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER BREEZY, SUNSHINE HIGH 85F LOW 72F B y NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE Adelaide Village beachfront property is known a s The Farm the area of i ts location is also a lovers lane and the scene of the countrys latest murder. S handie Cartwright, 22, of Johnson Road, a bank employee, was attacked and fatally stabbed by two armed thugs. A man, believed to be her boyfriend, received wounds to his arm. A ccording to police, the couple were approached by the men one had a knife and the other a handgun who attacked and robbed them. The culprits, who wore dark clothing, also stole their c ar, a black Hyundai Accent, licence plate 223079. Police are questioning a 23year-old man in relation to t he incident. Neither of the victims is thought to be from the Ade l aide community. While the police top brass visited the scene of the crime with the lead investigator, o ther divisional officers participated in a walkabout of the community. T he blood of the victims still stained the sand on the beach yesterday, as investigaP olice hunt pair who stole car McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Woman murdered in lover s lane FREE IN YOUR TRIBUNE: YOUR VERY OWN 40-PAGE NFL THANKSGIVING ROUND-UP SEE page eight WALKABOUT: Four-year-old Roston Thurston, a Gambier Primary School student, wearing Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslades hat yesterday, said he would love to be the Commissioner for a day. Members of the police force held a walkabout in the area. SEE PAGE TWO HATSOFFTOGAMBIERSTUDENTS Felip Major /Tribune staff T HE Bahamas has voted in favour of removing gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender persons from a United Nations resolution t hat would condemn their extra-judicial or arbitrary execution because of theirs exual orientation. Along with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Zimbabwe, Rwand a and 75 other mostly A frican and Muslim countries, the Bahamas helped see the amendmenta pproved 79 to 70, with 17 THE BAHAMAS BACKS REMOVING PROTECTION FOR GAY PEOPLE IN UNRESOLUTION SEE page 10 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@ tribunemedia.net PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham yes terday voiced his sup port for the Royal Bahamas Police Force in the aftermath of the disturbance in Bain Town. Mr Ingraham also hit back at criticism from Opposition leader Perry Christie who claimed the current administration failed to put its finger on the pulse of crime and spearhead com munity outreach projects. He called the PLP leader a "forgetful man" who was silent when crime rose under his watch during 2002 to 2007. The nation's chief also touched on ineffi ciencies within the judicial system, such as delays in bringing those charged with serious offences to trial, thus allowing accused criminals to PMbacks police force in Bain Town aftermath SEE page 10 SUPPORT: Hubert Ingraham By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org OFFICERS found three potentially-lethal weapons on the ex-policeman who was shot dead by police on Robinson Road Tuesday night. Walden Mitchell, 38, was wanted in connection with the attempted murder of Police Constable 3331 Johnson. Earli F ATALLY SHOT EX-POLICEMAN HAD WEAPONS SEE page 10 FREEPORT: A man wanted in connection with a shooting incident at Garden Villas on October 25 was arraigned in Freeport Magistrates Court yesterday. Rodnell Octavien, 25, of Imperial Gardens, was charged with causing grievous bodily harm. He was not required to plea to the charge. He remanded in custody at Fox Hill Prison until January 26, 2011. MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING THE 8,150 Chinese workers set to enter the country to help construct the $2.6billion Baha Mar project will be paid mini mum wages and receive all benefits required under Bahamian law, Labour Minister Dion Foulkes confirmed yesterday. Mr Foulkes made the announcement before heading to a Cabinet meeting. It follows concerns raised by the Opposition and several union leaders over whether the rights of the Chinese will be proB AHA MAR CHINESE WORKERS WILL GET MINIMUM WAGES, ALL BENEFITS REQUIRED SEE page 10
ROADSIDE vendors unsure of the stipulations they will have to satisfy come January 1 when new legislation comes on stream shouldv isit the Business License Unit for more information, State Finance Minister Zhivargo Laing said yes t erday. Under the new Business Licence Act, the fee imposed for a licencew ill depend on each street ven dor's declared income and will be waived for those making less than $50,000 a year, said Mr Laing. Still all vendors have to apply for a licence. "Anyone in the Bahamas who is selling or trading has to have a licence, that's what the law requires," he said. "Most of them, if they declare (income $50,000, will be exempt anyway or they pay $100, I think that is the minimum amount that people, very,v ery small businesses would pay," he said when asked if v endors selling lowend products like newspapers, fruita nd peanuts would pay the same price as large businesses. Mr Laing said individual cir cumstances such as those applying to roaming vendors with no set place of operation may be taken into consideration at the time of application. "Once the Secretary of Revenue examines the application and understands the nature of that business he can apply conditions to that licence. When they go into the Business License Unit they will be able to inquire about theirr equirements and there would be attached to their application forms the requirements of that particular b usiness," Mr Laing told T he Tribune ahead of yesterday's Cabinet meeting. A t a town meeting earlier this month, Mr Laing said once the act is implemented, government intends to develop a "tighter work ing relationship with police" that will ensure swift action in response to complaints about infractions by businesses. This is part of a plan for "stricter and stronger enforcement than in times past" of rules relating to business licence infractions, the Marco City MP said. Roadside vendors urged to visit Business License Unit for information on legislation By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Staff Reporter email@example.com TWO men were arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday on armed robbery and attempted armed robbery charges. Raymond Pratt Jr, 18, of Fourth Street, the Grove; and Roderick Strachan, 19, of Palm Beach Street were arraigned before D eputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethel in Court 8, Bank Lane on several counts of armed robbery and attempted armed robbery. I t is alleged that the two men attempted to rob Eugene Cook and also attempted to rob Super Wash on Robinson Road on Novem b er 19. It is also alleged that on September 9, Pratt, while armed with a handgun, robbed Sabrina Heastie of cash, electronics and cell phones together worth $4,412, the property of the Sporting House. It is further alleged that he robbed Darcell McKinney of a $200 cell phone the same day. P ratt is also accused of attempting to rob Huling Minnis on October 27. Court dockets also allege that on November 19, Pratta ttempted to rob Super Wash on Robinson Road. He is also accused of robbing Jelva Roxbury of a gold charm and c hain valued of $910. It is also alleged that he robbed Charles Sweeting of his wallet and $25 cash the same day. Pratt is also accused of robbing Colin Thompson of $500 cash on October 31. Police have also charged Pratt with the armed robbery of New Kids Sports Wear, where shoes and clothing altogether valued at $1,193 were taken. Pratt is also charged with the November 5 armed robbery of Shoe Land. Pratt and Strachan were not repr esented by an attorney and were denied bail due to the nature of the charges. The case has been adjourned to December 15. Pair ar raigned on ar med r obbery counts ZHIVARGO LAING C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WORDSOFWISDOM: Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade speaks to students at Gambier House during a police walkabout. TAKINGTIMEOUT: Sergeant 2021 Rolle along with Assistant Commissioner Hulan Hanna took time out to talk to the students of of Gambier Primary School during a police walkabout of the area yesterday morning. HAVINGACHAT: Sergeant 2021 Rolle t alks to four-year-old Roston Thurston, a student of Gambier Primary School, during a police walkabout of the Gambier community yesterday. HAVEAGO: Young RostonThurston hold the stick of the Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade. POLICE WALKABOUT INGAMBIER PHOTOS: Felip Major/Tribune Staff
C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter n mckenzie@ tribunemedia.net A MAN pleaded guilty to manslaughter at his r etrial yesterday, just two weeks after his first trial e nded in a hung jury. Two weeks ago jurors were deadlocked in thec ase of James Valentino Adderley, voting 6-6 on the charge of murder.A dderley had been charged in the April 2007 m urder of Lavardo Collie, 28. After several witnesses had taken thes tand at his retrial yesterday, including the wife of t he deceased, Adderley asked to enter a plea. He pleaded guilty to m anslaughter in the death of Collie who was stabbed to death duringa n altercation on the night of April 2, 2007 in the Grove. Mr Collies wife Crystal testified yesterday thath er husband had left her mothers apartment on Palm Tree Avenuea round 9.45pm to go to a nearby gas station to get l unch for their children. Mrs Collie testified that 15 minutes after he left,s he heard a commotion outside. She further told the court that she and her brother went outside tos ee what was going on and that she observed Adderley whom she recognised from the area sitting on the torso of a m an; jabbing him in the chest. She told the courtt hat she watched as Adderley stood over the body and said, Die boy die, you joking. She said that she did not realise that the victim was her husband at that time but was subsequent-ly informed by her broth er. According to an autopsy report, Mr Collie died from hemorrhagic shock due to blood loss from stab wounds to the chest. Joyanne Ferguson-Pratt prosecuted the case. Adderley was represent ed by attorney Dorsey Mcphee. Adderley, who has been on remand since 2007, is expected to be sentenced on December 3 before Senior Justice Jon Isaacs. Man admits manslaughter at retrial INVESTIGATORS looking into the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Sharmoco Newbold are awaiting the results of an autopsy. During a walk-about in the Bain Town community on Monday, Commissioner of Police Ellison Greenslade told residents and relatives of the deceased that an update would be given yesterday. However, due to a scheduling conflict, the pathologist could not complete his findings. Police officials said last night that further details would be released as soon as more information is available. By NOELLE NICOLLS T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE removal of a security guard in connection with a sexual abuse complaint did not disturb routine operations at Gambier Village Primary S chool, according to administrators. It was not a serious outbreak where it has disruptedt he movement of the school, s aid Phyllis Johnson, principal. She said some students may h ave noticed someone missing, but it is has not been a topic of open discussion. While the security guard was a rrested last week, it is unclear whether he is still being detained by police, or if theyp lan to file formal charges. Assistant Commissioner of Police Hulan Hanna was u navailable for comment up to press time. An investigation by educat ion and social services officials i nto the sexual abuse claims unearthed further concerns a bout incest and sexual exploitation in the wider Gam bier community. Mr Hanna said the close relationship between the police and t he primary school played a vital role in this regard. The relations between the police and the school in Gam b ier historically have been positive. The bulk of the childreni n our summer youth pro gramme come from Gambier. We have a constant presencet here, said Mr Hanna. The very fact that there h ave been so many recent disclosures is a testament of the w ork done by the police in the community, he said. T he assistant commissioner praised parents and teachers in t he community for empowering the children to speak up. A lot of children may know (the abuse not know it is okay to tell, saidM r Hanna. According to a statement from the Ministry of Education (MoE s eries of workshops and forums on inappropriate behaviour, during which concerns about the behaviour of some students were first voiced. The statement said that s hortly after one of the sessions, a teacher brought to the attention of the principal an accusation involving a female studenta nd an adult man, which led to a security guard being removed from the school and later quest ioned by police. The statement said another student came forward to report a claim of incest after further f orums were established by the Special Services Unit of the MoE. Young victims are said to be r eceiving medical and psychological assistance from the Min istry of Health and the Ministryo f Education, whose officers continue to monitor the situa tion. Sex abuse complaint: removal of school security guard not disruptive C OURT NEWS BAINTOWNMAYHEM: Pictured above is the patrol car which was burnt to a shell on Saturday following the fatal shooting. A SSISTANT COMMISSIONER: Hulan Hanna FREE IN SATURDAY'S TRIBUNE BODY & MORE, YOUR VERY OWN MONTHLY 24-PAGE GUIDE TO A HEALTHIER LIFESTYLE. BE SURE YOU GET YOUR COPY. 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EDITOR, The Tribune. After being bombarded with f ace book statuses, twitter updates, and negative press attacking the participants of the fiasco in Bain Town, and their blatant disregard for legala uthorities following the police shooting of a 18-year-old resident across the street from his familys residence, I thought it f itting to express my support f or them and their actions in spite of its unpopularity. W hile the masses verbally attack the actions of the com-m unity referring to them as ignorant and products of p oor parenting, I passionately d isagree and feel obligated to go against popular opinion on t his one. Even though I am a law-abiding citizen I firmly b elieve that sometimes a rebellion is necessary in order to beh eard and taken seriously. This is a proven and successful tactic t hat has been employed throughout the history of the Bahamas, and the history of the w orld. Without fail we see it annua lly whenever unions engage in talks with higher authorities to r equest better work conditions or salary increases. How do they respond when their negotiations reach dead ends, and requests fall on deaf ears? They s o often resort to strikes, sick outs and in some circumstancess abotage! Is this not rebellion, a clear statement that we will not s tand for this and something must be done immediately! A riot even though frowned upon because of the presence of violence is often an emo t ional reaction to certain variables. In this case the variables i nclude the shooting death of a young man a few meters away f rom his home, and a police officers decision justifying the use of deadly force. This uproar was an emotional response by friends and relatives and neighb ours expressing their extreme dissatisfaction with the outcome o f this event. While accounts of the event v ary depending on the source, it was alleged by the authorities t hat the victim was carrying a firearm and an exchange of gunfire resulted in the death of the teenager. On the other hand onlookers claim that the v ictim was fleeing from the scene of a gambling game when he received the fatal gunshot wound to the head. Wherever the truth lays the events that unfolded afterward even though lawless in nature, high lights a serious concern citizens have with the authorities. Without placing blame on anyone we ought to hold our lawe nforcement officers to a higher standard of professionalism and accountability. They aret asked with an extremely hard job and are often placed in extremely hazardous environ m ents and are asked to use their discretion, in an extreme-l y urgent manner plus achieve the best possible outcome. T his is not an easy job and many people tasked with these d uties do not possess the skills and/or intelligence to carry out this mandate effectively with o ut supervision. The chances of these arduous tasks beinga ccomplished are only improved with the recruitment o f high character individuals and extensive training beyond t he initial basic recruit training phase. Also going back a few weeks when a man was shot and killed in downtown Nassau after a verbal altercation with officers escalated at a nearby bus stop. It made me wondera gain if deadly force was nec essary. How long will we accept t he primitive mediocrity of firearms as the first and only resource for law enforcement? Technology has afforded us more forgiving options of deal ing with an aggressor and yet we allow our men and women of law enforcement to go to work daily unequipped. In the state of Ohio where I study, the utility belts of police officers look like something f rom inspector gadget cartoon with everything from chemical and acoustic irritants to tasers in order to compel compliance before resorting to a firearm. T his riot loudly professes that enough is enough, and something must be done immediately! These ignorant produ cts of poor parenting are sayi ng it is not acceptable, and has successfully magnified a seri o us problem that could have been swept away by a manipu-l ative nudge of the legal system to favour one of their own witho ut a proper investigation. T hese are the effects of a riot and even though they have t he potential to cause serious harm and property damage t hey also have the power of bringing about positive changest hrough a bold statement of unity and rebellion. I wonder if t he same remarks were made of Sir Lynden Pindling when he and his cohorts aggressively r ebelled against a regime and subsequently tossed the sym-b ol of authority out of the House of Assembly. It is import ant to remember that while violent acts of war and rebellion are often frowned upon, the only difference between a revolution and an act of terrori sm is the winner! A LEX HALEY Former Law Enforcement O fficer Bain Town Resident (now a college student in the USA). November 22, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 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 W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm E VERY TIME crime becomes an issue and today its a constant issue, growingw orse the phrase Urban Renewal echoes from the sidelines as a soothing balm t o heal all community ills. It was an idea recreated by the PLP and staunchly believed to be the solution to crime by Opposition Leader Perry Christie. As a concept there was much merit in urbanr enewal. However, as it was practised it was a political tool that provided jobs for party generals and supporters, and distracted the police from their role as policemen. It w as good for the men and women of the force to get to know their communities and to try to understand the residents of their precincts, but they were not social workers, nor baby sitters, nor garbage removers. As the 2007 election neared they were further distracted from their policing duties by politic ians who needed their presence to make them look good in their districts. No.U rban renewal as practised had to go. The police had to return to policing, and social w orkers had to step up the pace and get into the communities. Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade on the whole has a good force. However, like all organisations, bad apples can be f ound among its ranks these are the weak links that eventually snap and bring the forced own. The Commissioner is not slow in weeding them out. T he police force is fortunate to have a well trained young man at its helm. A man whose strength is tempered by compassion. He knows how to deal with people, he knows how to pour oil on troubled waters. B ut he has an overwhelming job, which despite all of his attributes, he cannot achievew ithout the full support of his force and the community and this includes the courts a nd the lawyers. A policemans job is not easy. Individuals define the way they should perform their duties. If they deviate from this in any way, they are dismissed as corrupt officers. And, mind you some of them are, as the ones who break the law and stand in line at the number mans window, or the drug dealers back door, or shake down the illegal immigrant fora bribe, and the list goes on. We constantly get angry comments from Fox Hill residents about yinna cant trust dem policemen; we does always see dem talking with dem drug boys under de tree, why aint they lock em up? Dey does know deys our problem! Now are these policemen practising urban renewal, or are they consorting with criminals? T here are so many guns on the streets today and so many out-on-bail criminalsw illing to use them that when a policeman has to confront them it is understandable t hat he will be quick on the trigger often with tragic results. But, as he puts himself on the front line to protect the community, it is natural that he is also concerned for his own life. Lawyers are severely criticised for get-t ing bail for persons accused of murder, gun possession and other serious offences theo nes who are now causing havoc in the com munity. Everyone knows that while they are o ut on the streets awaiting their day in court, no one is going to employ them. Circumstances force them to commit crimes against the community to feed themselves and meet their lawyers fees. We agree that every accused person is entitled to his day in court and should have a good advocate to plead his case. However, the advocate has to draw the line, which, inm any cases among some lawyers today is so smudged that it no longer exists. W e recall many years ago a young civil servant a fine young man, talented and of good reputation who was accused of steal ing by reason of employment. He sought out one of this countrys leading advocates the late Hon. Eugene Dupuch, QC. Mr Dupuch agreed to take his case. However,d uring the course of debriefing, the young man confessed his guilt to Mr Dupuch. Mr D upuch immediately declined his case, but briefed him on the points of law on which he should rely. He charged him no fee. The young man took his own case and was acquitted. We are certain that no jury would h ave believed that a young man of such sterling reputation would have done such at hing. It was a close call and so frightened the young man that he lived up to the fine repu tation that the community had of him, made a mark for himself in his chosen calling and never looked back. He is now dead. We find today that many lawyers, know ing that their client has no case, will lead him on, collecting his fees and getting him further into debt. Today the police are being frustrated by the courts. They are tired of chasing the same criminals, only to have some smart lawyer get them out on bail. Even policemen are human and there is a tremendous temptation that if the courts wont assist in keep ing criminals off the streets, then well, maybe justice should be exacted on the side walks. Something has to be done about the courts for the protection of the community. The police cannot do it alone. Sometimes a rebellion is necessary to be heard LETTERS email@example.com A policemans awesome task 52%,16213,(55(RI'81'$6 73%2;$%$&2%$+$0$6 2.(()-$55(77RI3 &548((1&2857<(//2:(/'(51DVVDX %DKDPDV EDITOR, The Tribune I would like to send thanks to the police who direct morning traf fic on Eastern road. Because of you the level of frustration involved in our "morning shuffle" is at an all time low. Gone are the panic attacks and stress of "am Igoing to be late again?" to be replaced b y "wow, you mean I have time for Starbucks?". Thank you for a job well done. O n a further note, I want to s end a big thank youto the phone card and newspaper vendors on the corner of Shirley Street and Mackey Street. You make my mornings when I see y ousharing your good nature with everyone who is lucky enough to make eye contact with you. There are different routes I could take to work, but I choose to pass that junction just to get a dose of what I know is in the heart of our Bahamian people. Thankyou for reminding us. Your positive energy is contagious and heart warming.You are a great exampleto other men and women that it is not about the job, but rather how you perform on the job. You guys arean inspiration.Keep it up Proud to be a Bahamian. GREGORIA Nassau, November 22, 2010. Thanks to police for easing Eastern Road frustration
LABOUR Minister Dion Foulkes is hopeful that an agreement between the Col-l ege of the Bahamas and the union representing its educators will be signed by early next week. This could end two years of wrangling over an industrial agreement between the two p arties. Negotiators met with college officials to decide on clause numbering and a signature date on Monday. According to Jennifer Isaacs-Dotson, president of the Union of Tertiary Educa-t ors of the Bahamas (UTEB the faculty voted unanimously to sign the document during a poll last month. The vote on whether or not to accept the lump sum package was close, but the m ajority voted in favour of signing the document, she said. In September, UTEB made public their discontent with the $500 lump sum offered by arbitrators of their new industrial agreement witht he College of the Bahamas. In a press statement, the union described the sum which would be the only increase received by faculty over the course of the proposed four-year agreement a s an "egregious wrong" and "an insult to the professional faculty of the College." Minister Foulkes yesterday said it is his understanding that the union wants three points renegotiated. We are hopeful that very s hortly, not the end of this week, by the beginning of next week, that the agreement between UTEB and College of the Bahamas will be signed," Mr Foulkes told reporters before he headed i nto a Cabinet meeting. "The three arbitrators have already signed the report, it was an unanimous agreement that was about a month ago but as a result of that report the union wanted to consult their membership. That con-s ultation has taken place and their president Ms Jennifer Issacs-Dobson has written to the Tribunal asking them to reconsider three points. None of the points are fundamental, he said. H e declined to divulge the points the union wants changed but said he thinks two of those concerns are legitimate. In April, a stand-off b etween the two parties led to a strike of unionised faculty members at the college before a deal was made thats ent COB and the union back to the drawing board. Eleven COB faculty members have contested the legality of pay cuts following thet hree-and-a half day strike. T he case began this month in the Magistrate's Court. EXUMA welcomed faster a ir service to George Town last week when American E agle replaced its daily turb oprop flights to the island with jet service. Minister of Tourism and Aviation Vincent Vanderp ool-Wallace welcomed the f light on Thursday evening. H e said the arrival of the j et helps his ministrys effort to strengthen the individual a wareness and reputation of e ach island. F or too long, many people t hought of the Bahamas as just Nassau and Paradise I sland, he said. The only way the customer understands that wea re a great deal more than that is by having products and services that demand this kind o f attention and this kind of attraction, he said. Minister Vanderpool-Wallace gave credit to Sandals c hairman Gordon Butch Stewart for helping to attract jet service to the island. W ithout Mr Stewarts investment in a Sandals R esort on Exuma, the island w ould not have attracted jet s ervice from Canada, Atlanta a nd Miami, Minister Vanderpool-Wallace said. Mr Stewart pointed out that travellers always prefer to fly on jets. Destinations alwayst ry to offer jets to satisfy cus tomers, he said. People want jet service. T hat is the ambition for all of us in the travel business. This jet service to the island, It hink it also signals to the outside world that Exuma is now o n the map. B rian and Lisa Dickerman t ravelled to Exuma on Thursd ay evening on the American Eagle ERJ 145 jet. The Connecticut couple was pleased that the trip to Exuma was finally by jet. It was beautiful, smooth, very low noise, Mrs Dickerman said. It was just a brief, v ery quick flight. The jet is a smoother ride, a faster ride, and we feel safer o n a jet, Mr Dickerman added. B etty Wilson, country mana ger for American Eagle, said t his is only the beginning of n ew service options in the Bahamas. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE BAHAMAS VERYOWNSTREETPHILOSOPHER Exuma celebrates jet upgrade Minister hopeful of COB, union agreement D IONFOULKES
B y LARRYSMITH AFTER years of manoeuvering over the 1,000-acre Baha Mar project on Cable Beach, the Ingraham government (in its own wordsh as finally made sweet l emonade from the sour fruit left on the table by the Christie administration. In April 2005 the newly formed Baha Mar Development Company (owned by a Lyford Cay-based propertyd eveloper named Sarkis Izmirlian) bought three aging hotels on the Cable Beach strip with a $200 million loan from the Bank of Nova Scotia. The venerable Nassau B each was subsequently closed, while the Crystal P alace and Cable Beach Hotels were renovated and re-branded. That same year Baha Mar concluded an agreement w ith the Christie administration for a $1 billion-plus d evelopment, including seve ral hotels, a casino, retail village, convention centre, expanded golf course, and beach and pool amenities. I ronically, had the project g ot underway when it was s upposed to, it would have o pened in the midst of the Great Recession with p otentially devastating con sequences. S ide agreements to the 2 005 agreement included deferred taxes that could later be paid in instalments, a $20 million marketing con tribution from the Ministry o f Tourism, and a commitment to upgrade the airport and other infrastructure. T here was also an agree ment to transfer to the developer hundreds of acres ofb oth Crown and government land on Cable Beach worth an estimated $150 million. H owever, Baha Mar p roved unable to raise $400 m illion in capital, show evidence of further financing, produce detailed plans, or attract world class partnersb y the agreement's stated deadline of October 2006. With an election a pproaching, the Christie g overnment scrambled to r evive the project. And by early 2007 it had been reorg anised as a joint venture with Harrah's Entertainment. The planned capitals pent more than doubled to $2.6 billion (along with more than a quarter billion dollars in government concessions) and promoters were hailing the project as unprecedented i n scope and character. T he revised project included a larger casino, double the meeting room space,a nd 1200 more hotel rooms. But despite "vigorous negotiations" a deal could n ot be finalised before May 2 007. And when the electoral d ust had settled, Perry Christie was replaced as p rime minister by Hubert Ingraham, who immediately launched a review of the proj ect. Although the new government eventually decidedi t would abide by the 2005 t erms, Baha Mar insisted on further negotiations, according to the prime minister.A nd by February 2008 he unveiled a supplemental Heads of Agreement that t rimmed some of the conc essions given three years e arlier. "There is high expectation by the Bahamian public about the Baha Mar pro-j ect," Ingraham acknowledged in March, 2008 during passage of a parliamentary r esolution to authorise the t ransfer of public lands to t he developer. "We will do all we can to facilitate it, but I do not want to oversell it." March 2009 was the new deadline set for the govern-m ent's conditions to be met so that the deal could be finalised. But long before that could happen, Harrahs got cold feet due to the economic downturn and pulled o ut of the partnership, p utting the whole project in jeopardy. Unable to obtain regular financing in the cap-i tal markets, Baha Mar turned to the cash-rich Chinese government to save the d evelopment. E arlier this year, China's E xport-Import Bank agreed to arrange $2.5 billion in f inancing, and Beijing's stateowned construction corporation signed on to build the p roject, which will feature six hotels and add 3,500 hotel rooms and condos to thec ountry's current inventory o f 15,000 more than half of which in Nassau. Following the prime min i ster's recent trip to China to firm up the details of the construction arrangements, the House of Assembly u nanimously passed a gov e rnment-sponsored resolution to approve the project, i ncluding the unprecedented issuance of up to 8,150 work permits for non-Bahamian construction workers. After talks with the Chin ese, Ingraham was able to announce that he had dou b led the share of business for B ahamian subcontractors, with more than construction 4,000 jobs now on offer, and that some $8 million would b e spent on training programmes for Bahamian workers. We put down some benchmarks, like the $400 million in Bahamian cont racts, and said if they accepted our terms we would approve the project by thee nd of November," the prime minister told me. "We always disclose the terms of deals not like theP LP when they signed the 2005 Baha Mar Heads of Agreement with a confiden t iality clause, and contempo raneously issued side letters containing larger exemptions from taxes and committing e ven more public money in violation of the (phase three deal they had agreed withK erzner two years earlier." In fact, this last point has proven to be the only remaining fly in the Cable B each lemonade. The prime minister does not accept that the currentB aha Mar deal violates the guarantees to Atlantis developer Sol Kerzner that no subsequent investor would get more favourable terms. Kerzner's complaint focused on the ratio of Bahamian to non-Bahamian construction workers, presumably because Baha Mar will benefit from a cheaper, more skilled, and more productive labour force. "Among the many requirements that the government imposed (on us was a strict rule that at least 70 per cent of the total construction labour force would be Bahamian. However, this new (Baha Mar constitute a complete reversal of (that Kerzner said angrily. T he prime minister's r esponse is that "the government will review Kerzner's c laim and seek to resolve all issues." The question of whether the Bahamas can accommodate thousands of new hotel r ooms opening at the same time is another issue for A tlantis. The reason is that the tourism infrastructure needs to catch up to additional demand. Airlift is not going to grow and develop in one day just because another 3,000 l uxury rooms are opened. And I think that is very critical...and not easily done," M anaging Director George Markantonis told The Tri bune recently. T he Baha Mar project will get underway before the end of this year, with contracts awarded to Bahamian firms.T he China State Construction & Engineering Compa ny should begin work by the s pring, and the project could be substantially completed by 2014. In response to market con c erns, Baha Mar has agreed to stagger the opening of the new hotels over a five-monthp eriod stretching into 2015, and close the Crystal Palace Hotel during renovations. According to the Chinese, t he project relies on being developed, marketed and operated as a single phase" to induce demand that would not otherwise exist for a series of standalone hotels." They point out that the Hyatt, Morgan's and Rose wood hotel companies are investing $62 million of their own money into the project, and note that the airport will be redeveloped by the time Baha Mar opens. Expecta tions are that the tourism market will have rebounded by then. Another issue that has received somewhat less attention in the media is the provision of water and pow er for such a massive pro ject being built and brought on stream at one time. As we all know, these commodities are relatively s carce on New Providence t hese days, and there are fears that our infrastructure w ill be further strained in the short-term. In fact, BEC will need to generate an additional 25 megawatts of electricity to a ccommodate the projected power demand for Baha M ar. A nd the developer is supposed to cover the cost of a new BEC substation, as well as build a central sewerage s ystem, and a reverse osmosis plant for potable water. Although there was u nderstandable shock and dismay when Baha Mar's requirement for such a large f oreign labour component first became known, public opinion seems to have quick-l y moved to accept the inevitable no doubt fully motivated by the recession. For example, in June of t his year the PLP said it would not involve itself in the decision to allow thou s ands of Chinese workers into the country and seemed determined to let the gov ernment twist in the wind.B ut only two months later they were singing a different tune, based on the state oft he economy. And from the sense of jubilation conveyed by the government since the Baha M ar deal was approved, it seems that the studied scep ticism of the past few years w as aimed not only at get ting the best deal possible in a difficult environment, but also at drawing the opposi tion into a full embrace of the project's current frame work in order to minimize the obvious political risks. As one well-connected insider told me: "I'm sure there was some political thinking involved, but for the most part it was to get a doable deal." 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 6, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The history of the 1,000 acre Baha Mar project PLP leader Perry Christie, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Kerzner International CEOSir Sol Kerzner CHIEF Petty Officer (CPO Lloyd Ferguson has become the most recent senior non-commissioned officer of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force to graduate from the United States Navys Chief Senior Enlisted Academy in Newport, Rhode Island. Mr Ferguson recently returned home fol lowing successful completion of a six-week course which was designed to prepare senior enlisted leaders to face new leadership challenges as they fulfill their expanded leadership and manage ment roles in their armed force. The training was made possible through the International Military Education Training (IMET scheme, which is facilitated by the United States Embassy. Studies in subjects such as management, organisational behav iour, management principles, leadership, per sonal and physical development, written and oral communications, interpersonal relationships, team building, national and international studies, and human resource development were undertaken. In order to encourage full participation by students, the classroom instructional methods employed by the trainers included lectures, discussions, case studies, problem solving, and much more. As participants are expected to perform in a greater leadership and management capacity upon successful completion of the train ing, they were taught personal counselling and advising techniques. As a result of Mr Fergusons readiness to accept change, and his diverse approach to leadership responsibilities, coupled with his demonstrated courage, he was awarded a Commendation for Mil itary Excellence. Mr Ferguson said that by having successfully completed the US Navy Senior Enlisted Academy Programme he has enhanced his capac ity to provide leadership to the Royal Bahamas Defence Force Enlisted Force, and offer advice to his command that is well founded and linked to mission accomplishment. Mr Ferguson is a 29-year veteran who is currently assigned to the Defence Force Headquar ters. Senior Bahamian Marine completes US Na vy Senior Enlisted Academ y CHIEF PETTY OFFICER LLOYD FERGUSON Photo courtesy/RBDF Files
ByLINDSAY THOMPSON THE Bahamas is seeking the support of Spain for full membership in the World Trade Organisation (WTO and in the area of renewable energy. Governor-General Sir A rthur Foulkes made the request as he accepted Letters of Credence presented b y Mara Celsa Nuo Garc a, Ambassador of the K ingdom of Spain to the B ahamas, during a ceremony at government House l ast Thursday. Ambassador Garca also paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immig ration Brent Symonette; p resident of the College of the Bahamas Dr Betsy V ogel and members of the D iplomatic Corps. I n welcoming Ambassador Garca, who is resident in Jamaica, Sir Arthurs aid he hoped that she would visit the site of the encounter of two worlds that brought both countries together 518 years ago on San Salvador. Our two countries have s hared much since that e ncounter in 1492. The full potential in our bilateral relations is still developing,a lthough our interaction at the multilateral level has been more active, Sir Arthur said. B oth countries share a m utual commitment to and an appreciation of the ben efits of multilateralism and r egional integration as mechanisms to intensify the pursuit of prosperity, particularly in the face of thec hallenges of globalisation, h e said. Dialogue and collabora tion between both countries take place in international bodies such as the United Nations, the Organisation of American States, the European-Latin America and Caribbean summits, also through mutual support of international candid acies and bilaterally t hrough established coope ration agreement with the Caribbean Community, and the Tax Information Exchange Agreement s igned in March 2010. The Bahamas would w elcome the support of the K ingdom of Spain for a fair a nd universal solution to t he existing international financial architecture, as well as for the full accession as a member of the World T rade Organisation (WTO S pain is also offering a ssistance in tourism, cult ure and energy technolog y. A mbassador Garcia note d that Spain and the Bahamas share common values and aspirations; the commitment to democratic values the adherence to the tenets of social justice and a transparent and independ ent judicial system. The recent signature in March this year of a bilate ral agreement for e xchange of information r elated to tax matters is the best testimony to our mutual commitment to trans-p arency in line with the international trend for a new economic governance, she said. T he ambassador said that there are a number of areas where both countries could and should explore closerc ooperation, such as renewal energy/environmental protection, energy securitya nd diversification. The Bahamas has great potential and has already taken important steps in this regard with the recenti nauguration of a bio-diesel plant, she said. Ambassador Garca, 46, s erved in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, having direct concern for Asian affairs. S he joined the Spanish D iplomatic Service as a career diplomat in 1989 and h as also as diplomatic advis or to the Deputy Prime M inister of Spain. A mbassador Garca was awarded the Order of Civil Merit of Spain (Rank of Dame) in 1992 and made Commander of Order of Isabel La Catlic of Spain in 2004. 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Basic IT needs were identified and the team rendered assistance in the areas of software applications and servicing. All computers in the Gambier Primary School Computer Lab were updated with current anti-virus programmes and desktop publish ing software. In addition, the lab was networked so that the sharing of resources was made possible. Members of the team also took some time to interact with the students and staff of the school. Bahamas seeks support from Spain in WTO DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Brent Symonette ( right) welcomes Mara Celsa Nuo Garca, Ambassador of t he Kingdom of Spain to the Bahamas, during a courtesy call at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Thursday, November 18, 2010. GOVERNOR-GENERAL Sir Arthur Foulkes ( left) accepts Letters of Credence presented b y Mara Celsa Nuo Garca (right s ador of the Kingdom of Spain to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, during a cerem ony at Government House on Thursday. R O YAL BAHAMAS DEFENCE FORCE IN COMMUNITY SERVICE
t ors returned to the scene in the hunt for clues. The incident is said to have h appened at about 9pm on M onday. It is reported that the male victim sought help from nearby residents. At least two heard a knock on the door or calls from someo ne seeking assistance, but opted not to respond, according to Tribune sources, because it was late and they were home alone. T he man was finally able to get assistance from a resident w ho called the police. He was s aid to be bleeding extensively from his arm. H is main concern, according to sources, was for his girlfriend, who he left on the beach to get help after the stabbing occurred. H e was treated and released from hospital yes t erday. T he abandoned-looking beach house is known by some in the area as a lovers lane and a place for parties. We were not expecting s omething like that. This is a quiet community. More town p eople are coming this way, and obviously their problems f ollow them, said a commun ity member. I only found out this m orning, but I should have known something was suspicious last night, because I heard a car burn rubber, he said. S uperintendent Prince Albert Smith, officer in charge of the Carmichael D ivision that shares respon sibility for Adelaide, said many of the community members did not know of the mur der until police informed t hem during the walkabout. The people of Adelaide feel safe in the community. They do not have major concerns. The incident last night is seen as an isolated incident b y the community, said S uperintendent Smith. This community has always had rigid patrols. There are not many comp laints coming from Adelaide, a nd when there are complaints they are mainly d omestic disputes, he said. Even at night, Mr Smith s aid Adelaide is a safe place t o come, but people should e xercise reasonable precaut ions when going to isolated places at night. The murder victim was an employee of the Palmdale branch of the Royal Bank ofC anada. Upon learning of her death, sources say co-workers were shocked. T he office was closed for the day as a mark of respect, and employees were provided with grief counselling. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM F ROM page one Woman murdered in lovers lane COMMISSIONER of Police Ellison Greenslade and Assistant Commissioners Hulan Hanna and Glen Miller join detectives to view the site of the countrys latest murder. A woman was fatally stabbed o n a property known as The Farm in Adelaide. Felip Major /Tribune staff
be released on bail and have the opportunity to reoffend. "Many of the persons who have been charged recently have been on bail for somet ime ... plenty people have plenty things they need to do. We will do the best we can. One of the things we do not do is control the courts but we will give them the r esources they need and we do call upon them to act effect ively and to take account of t he reality of this society and to apply the law when pers ons are charged before them. "That is what the issue is right now, the trying of cases i n a reasonable period of time that a person charged withp ossession of guns and drugs s hould not have to wait a y ear, 18 months for the case t o be tried. That is wrong and unacceptable and that must c hange in the Bahamas." S peaking to reporters b efore entering a Cabinet m eeting, the Prime Minister also expressed his sympathy to the families of murder victims and those killed by p olice. First of all let me express my condolences to the famil ies of all those who've been killed by criminals and to those who have lost their lives as a result of police action, and to wish the police officer who was shot a speedy recovery. Secondly, I want to express my appreciation and t hanks to the police force for the work which they are doing u nder very challenging and difficult circumstances. It is the right of citizens to feel safe in the Bahamas, and residents and visitors, and wes hall do all in our power to ensure that that happens. Those who are in the frontline on that fight our police force they have our support and the backing of the gov-e rnment to rid this country of the violence which is afflictingu s at this time, the Prime M inister said. D espite this support, he said officers are not above reproach and would be held a ccountable for infractions if found culpable. The police officer has r ules, which have been establ ished, as to when they may use their weapon. Anytime there is a killing as a result of p olice action there is a public i nquiry, public inquest so that all the circumstances are k nown. Policemen are not above the law, they are subject to the laws of the Bahamas like everybody else. Policemen also put their lives a t risk every day and the least they ought to expect from the s tate and those who occupy high office is support. Mr Ingraham insisted the police have adequate resources to do their job, and if there is something they lack all they need to do is whisper i t to myself. Responding to increased c alls for the death penalty, the Prime Minister said that if the courts allow it capital punishment will be carried out, pointing out there is no lawt hat stands in the way of capital punishment. "I cannot hang anybody unless the court say yes, otherwise I will be committing murder also. What stands int he way of capital punishment being inflicted is the courts.I f, or when, they permit it, h anging will take place in the B ahamas as it did on my watch before, Mr Ingraham said. H e also lambasted Mr Christie for his recent state-m ents on crime. He is a forgetful man. W hen they had the riot in Nassau Village on his watch or on Kemp Road, the public o f the Bahamas couldnt hear a word out of his mouth. He had his Urban Renewal prog ramme then, crime has been increasing in the Bahamas for some years and it is important for those of us in public office to support our law e nforcement officials to ensure that they act in accord ance with the law. SEEPAGETHREE C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t c ountries abstaining from the vote, and anothe r 26 being absent. The United States and Britain, with most of Europe and South America, voted againstr emoving protection from gays. Caribbean countries such as Jamaica and St Lucia joined the Bahamas in supportingt he amendment, while others, such as Trinidad, Barbados and Antigua, abstained. This amendment will ultimately replace a resolution which has stood for the past 10 y ears that has included sexual orientation in the list of discriminatory grounds upon which such genocidal killings are often based. A ccording to a Reuters report, Western del egations expressed disappointment in the vote, noting that the 2008 declaration included an explicit reference to killings committedb ecause of a victims sexual preferences. This explicit reference which referred to a persons sexual orientation was replaced witht he words discriminatory reasons on any basis. According to an International Gay and Lesb ian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC report, the vote is a dangerous and disturbing development for the gay community. Cary Alan Johnson, executive director of IGLHRC said: It essentially removes the important recognition of the particular vulnerability faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people a recognition that is cru cial at a time when 76 countries around the world criminalise homosexuality, five consider it a capital crime, and countries like Ugan da are considering adding the death penalty to their laws criminalising homosexuality. Here in the Bahamas, the vote has also drawn criticism from those who say it flies in the face of the stated position of Prime Minis ter Hubert Ingraham on such matters. When addressing a question about homo sexual tourists visiting the Bahamas in March 1998, Prime Minister Ingraham said: The future of the Bahamas is not threatened by foreign persons of homosexual orientation. H omosexuality is not a contagious disease; and it is not a crime in the Bahamas. Government has not been authorised to j udge man for sin; God is the judge; so let us l eave to God, the only righteous judge, the judgment of sin. Whether a private sexual act between con s enting adults is homosexual or heterosexual is not my business, and I do not think it is your business either. We cannot, and ought not, try to dictate or to legislate morality. In any event, a ll past efforts to do so have always failed miserably, he said. Calls to the Bahamas Permanent Mission to t he United Nations in New York and the Min istry of Foreign Affairs for an explanation of the vote were not returned last night. er that day, Police sources claim, Mitchell pistol-whipped his girlfriend, and shot a motorcyclist before stealing his vehicle. Hulan Hanna, assistant commissioner of police, said a hand gun, pistol grip, shaved-off shotgun, and motor bike were con fiscated at the scene. A second man was apprehended without injury during the incident. Both were riding the motorbike on First Street, when police officers were tipped of about their whereabouts. Uniformed and plain-clothed officers responded. The shooting occurred after requests for the men to voluntarily disarm themselves and surrender were refused. Mitchells last known address was Ronald Street, in New Providence. It is unclear how and when he left the police force. Mr Hanna said he was known to the police professionally and otherwise. Mitchells daughter was on the scene at the time of the shooting. They killed my daddy, she cried, while being held by family members. Despite the exchange of gun fire, Mr Hanna said no members of the public were threatened in any way. He said the com munity showed no aversion to the presence of the police, who handled the situation. He thanked the public for providing necessary intelligence in the matter. tected as mandated by Bahamian law. Mr Foulkes said: "All workers in the Bahamas have to receive the benefits compliant with our employment act, whether it's minimum wage or whether it is vacation or sick leave or other benefits, they have to comply with the employment act. "So the China State Construction Company has to comply with the provisions of our labour act." CHINESEWORKERS PMbacks police force in Bain Town aftermath FROM page one FROM page one FROM page one The Bahamas bac ks removing protection f or gay people in UN r esolution Ex-policeman had w eapons FROM page one
By ADRIAN GIBSON a email@example.com This is my final column before entering my final examination period for the Christmas term. I will resume writing after exams. LOCALLY, although the unambiguous and overt formsof racism may have receded since Majority Rule and constitutional changes, in the political realm, clearly race contin-u es to be a relevant feature of the political rhetoric. The concept of race has greatly shaped our society and national identi-t y and its study provides us with a framework to address issues t hat may linger on and persist in d ividing our nation. Race remains a prickly subj ect in the Bahamas. In the years since the UBPs d ismantlement/Majority Rule, b lack Bahamians have become a pprehensive about white B ahamians ascending to political power, mainly due to the angst that these Bahamians could have a stranglehold on both the economic and political s tructure, turn the country into some kind of racist backwater w here the masses are oppressed and/or accrue more wealth in the process. Whilst there is a maturing air of racial harmony in the B ahamas, there are occasions where antipathy and racism surfaces, particularly when self-s eeking, narrow-minded politicians exploit the psychological effects of slavery and the racist i njustices of the past. Indeed, in the Bahamas, race issues and classism go beyond the sphere of political discourse, but also i nfluence attitudes, social interaction and settlement patterns. In the mid-1990s, PLP senat or Franklyn Wilson main tained that racial division is a part of Bahamian history, and ap art of his resolve as a senator was to build bridges within our community to help us come together as a people. T he fact that American vot ers rejected worn-out Repub lican orthodoxy and elected B arack Obama in 2008while in many instances overlooking racedemonstrates the evolution of the American electorate a nd leaves a monumental question about the evolution of the Bahamian electorate. Would am ajority of Bahamian voters rise above racial stereotypes and, in many instances, misplaced fears/prejudices and e lect the nations first white Prime Minister post-Majority Rule/Independence? I s the Bahamas now mature enough to vote for a white Bahamian to lead a political party and eventually the country? Does the rhetoric of racial propaganda in any way reflect the real world social values inherent in Bahamian society today? Are Bahamians ready to move past the lingering resent ment of being shut out of public places/activities and leadership roles in a bygone era? Would Brent Symonette or any other white politician have the ability to galvanize people across the political spectrum and lead their respective par ties to an electoral victory? During the 2007 general election, one PLP MP assertedat a rally that Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham would turn over the government to the UBP heir (Brent Symonette Of course, rather than addressing the issue, now Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette was dismissive, saying: They have opened this up and exposed themselves for what they are, and I have no intention of entering a discus sion of race any further. In a 2005 interview with another daily, when addressing his heritage and culture,Mr Symonette was again dismissive and seemingly asserted his disconnect and apparent cul tural demarcation, stating: My heritage is France, hence the name Symonette. France to England and possibly to Bermuda and then here.When Alfred Sears stood up and talked about Clifton, he painted this very emotional picture of the black slave captured in Africa (sic freedom in The Bahamas. I didnt come that route. So my cultural history isnt based in the navel string of Mother Africa, so how can you ask me to celebrate that heritage? As was eloquently stated by H elen Klonarisa white, Greek Bahamianat that time: After reading this sentence, I felt winded, the breath knocked from me. I had read a p ortion of it in Dr. Russell's letter (on ontological whiteness b ut reading the entire convers ation trounced me. I didn't c ome that route,' said Mr. Symonette. As if African slavery and the arrival of white colonialists were not connected; a s if the two histories are not i ntegrally, irreversibly intert wined and still to this day rub u p against each other and hurt when rain is coming, when hurricanes start brewing, when it i s just another ordinary day in a s mall place and we don't know h ow to look each other in the eye and tell the truth. I cannot identify with Mr. Symonette's feeling. I am only t he granddaughter of immig rants, still arriving in so many w ays, and yet, my own experie nce has rooted me in an African and Greek cultural reality which I could not shake if I wanted to. I do feel that the history of my sisters and broth e rs of African descent in this place is now a part of my history, and that my Greek history must also be a part of theirs. I not only want to celebrate that heritage', I want to love thep eople connected to it, people I c onsider to be my people. I am no longer one, here in this new world. I am more than one,s he said. She went on to further state: Know also that I have g rown up in this body, in this white skin, and am conscious of what racism feels like, looks like, the power it has to keepm e from wanting to tell the truth. I am conscious of what white privilege feels like, how it c an separate me from Black people, because it is supposed to; how if I don't see it for whati t is, I too could be duped into b elieving that whiteness and all that comes with it is the way; see everything and everybodyn ot white through that white light that distorts faces, cultures, histories, makes them all seeml ess than 'mine'. E xpounding on the issue in a recent interview, Christopher Curry, my former college lecturer and a white Bahamian historian who recently returned from university where he pur sued his doctoral studies, stated: Brent Symonette at times appears to lack a sensitivity regarding how our national identity is construed as one that is very much related to black consciousness and our diasporic identity. (When it comes to ascending to the leadership) it would be a rare individual! To find a white Bahamian who could truly empathize with and understand and appreciate the whole gravity of what colonialism did for the Bahamian psyche and trying to be sensitive to that. Generally, theyre not interested in reading about this stuff. It will take a different kind of Conchy Joe to be accepted by blacks. And more importantly, even more practically than that, would you see Brent Symonette in Nassau Village, would you see Brent Symon ette around Masons Addition, would you see Brent Symon ette walking around Bain Town? Ya see, the thing is there is still that social stigma, theres still that social distancing that we have going on where whites either because of class or race dont feel comfortable around blacks in certain places and situations. And so, you would have to have someone who is embraced by blacks as being from the grassroots, at least who they can identify with in a way that they feel as if their concerns are at heart. I mean, Brent Symonette, whats his constituency? St. Annes? What is St. Annes? I mean that constituency is tailor-made for him,I dont believe it includes some of the more ghetto areas right? He had it easy, he was campaigning in an area that represents his ethnic identity! If thats the area you find whites, so thats itthat wasnt a big challenge, he said. Mr Curry went on to say: The day you see a white fella could run in a black belt area and successfully win then I would start considering that maybe this guy could possibly b e a Prime Minister. From some of the comm ents Ive heard him say, he d oesnt seem to be too sensit ive to what black Bahamians have experienced. He comes off as too white! He needs to show a greater appreciation of t he struggle, the historian a sserted. Former Director of C ulture and College of the B ahamas lecturer Nicolette Bethel, whose family is of mixed heritage, when asked a bout the prospects of Brent S ymonette or another white B ahamian becoming Prime Minister in the near future ( maybe 2017), and how far removed one must be from the n otion of being a UBP heir or t ied to UBP/Bay Street intere sts, said: I dont think that Brent Symonette has good prospects at this point, unless the Bahamian voting public has returned to the time when it wants aw hite Massa to look after it. Part of the problem is his whiteness (which is compromised in any event, as his father was not a white man) but part of the problem is also hisU BP/Bay Street heritage. I c ant say how far removed one must be, but he isnt anywhere near removed enough. A sked whether she felt the outlook of white Bahamians and the perception of theiri nvolvement in local politics had evolved in the wake of President Obamas ascendency to the US Presidency, she wrote inr esponse: I have no idea, but I dont think its changed all that much. T here is a fundamental difference between the sort of minor ity that Obama represents and t he sort of minority that white B ahamians represent blacks dont have nearly as much control about their lot in society asw hite have in any part of the world. We cant separate ourselves from the global hierar c hy that continues to expect w hite skin to be equated with power and dark skin to be equated with powerlessness or servitude. Whites have chosen to remove themselves from local politics, for the most part, and I dont see a whole lot of change there. Here, of course, I mean true white Bahamians, rather than fair skinned Bahamians of colour, who havea very different perspective and outlook, if one can imagine that they share such a thing. She stated that its not impossible for a white Bahamian to ascend to the Prime Ministers post and/or be embraced by black Bahamians particularly if they recognize the historic struggle of blacks, slavery, etcetera. She notes that this can happen, but only as long as he isnt a Symonette (ora Pindling or a Maynard or, nowadays, a Christie or an Ingraham). Previously, Dr Bethel noted the inherent fears of some Bahamians asserting that the appointment of a self-identified white Bahamian as Deputy Prime Minister has raised the fear that the oppressive force that was fractured in 1967 will return and change the Bahamas back to what it was before Majority Rule. Law professor Michael Stevensonson of PLP founding father Cyril Stevenson took a somewhat divergent, socio-legal perspective towards addressing the question of race and politics and the role of Brent Symonette and whites. He said: Minister Symonette today could become, de facto, the Prime Minister of The Bahamas under a limited set of conditions set out in the Constitution. I say de facto because technically the Deputy Prime Minister can never assume the office of Prime Minister because of conditions that would authorize him to perform the functions of Prime Minister. Of course, there is a h uge difference in the Bahamian imagination between the possibility of Minister Symone tte being the Prime Minister a nd him being authorized to perform the functions of Prime Minister as Deputy Prime Min-i ster. Still, I believe it is significant that the heir of a quintessential Bay Street Boy now has t he authority to perform the f unctions of the Prime Minister if the occasion requires, and that this authority has nothing t o do with the psychological question whether black Bahamians are prepared toa ccept a white Prime Minister o r whether the outlook of white Bahamians has changed since 1 967. There has to be some thing comforting in that thought, whether you are a fan of Minister Symonette or not; o r whether you believe the majority of Bahamians would accept him as their legitimate leader or not. It is not lost on me that oth er predominantly black coun tries in the Caribbean basin with an even more dreadful racial past have risen above the colour/ethnic/gender lines ande lected whites, Indians and w omen to high office. However, locally, any white politician seeking to lead the country must have a transcendent political aura about him and demonstrate that he can embrace thec ountrys African cultural and genetic heritage whilst preaching a message of unity and inspiring citizens. Indeed, the current political leadership must encourage ethnic/minority political participation andb ridge-building. Rather than alienating whites, or whites t hemselves choosing not to part icipate in the affairs of the state, it will take a coalition of blacks and whites to build a unified and prosperous country. It is high time we disregard p artisanship and race/class to i ncorporate the brightest talent in any administration to work towards developing a countrya nd formulating a progressive national plan that is free of the divisive politics that continuet o plague this nation. For far t oo long, local politics has been dominated by parochial figures who cannot see beyond their b ackyard, which is a stark con trast to the broad-based perspective so desperately neededi n establishing a different social a nd political ethos. TRIBUTE TO TRACEY STRACHAN Last Monday morning, I received shocking news that myf riend and former colleague Tracey Strachan had died from complications during child birth. Strachany, as I some t imes called her, was the most outspoken, passionate and h ilarious combination ever to come out of Fox Hill. Her hilarity and mischievous smile was unmatched! I met Tracey when I first entered the service at the LW Young high school and I was a little apprehensive as I hadh eard that she was a head of d epartment who was quite stern and vocal. Indeed, she had a no nonsense persona and took no prisoners! However, before long we hit if off and, as they say, the rest is history. T raceys crowning glory probably came after the 2007 general election as I can vividly remember her exclaiming and jokingly chanting we red and they scared! However, regardless of her political choices andp layful teasing, she embraced all people. If you could take a g ood ribbing, you would easily f it in as she was comedic, with vivid descriptions and gestures and a mischievous way of speaking that was nothing short of riotous. I could see her full e yes popping open and shutt ing as she laughed or was having a good time. I am still chuckling at the jokes shec racked at the Fox Hill day fes tivities in 2009. Tracey was a kindred spirit a nd an educator extraordinaire. I ndeed, the DW Davis family and indeed the world of education has lost a hard working, d edicated teacher who posi tively impacted so many children as an agent of change dur-i ng her tenure. Life is short and w e are nothing more than vapor. Indeed, this tells one how important it is to cherish each day like its our last. I extend my condolences and sincerest sympathies to herh usband and young, school-age children and to her entire family.Tracey I is a Fox Hill gal Strachan rest in peace my f riend! I also wish to extend my c ondolences to the family of Joel Uncle Joel Pratt of ONeals, Long Island. Rest in peace Uncle Joel! C M Y K C M Y K T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Is the Bahamas mature enough to vote for a white political leader? Y OUNG M AN S V IEW A DRIANGIBSON WOULD Brent Symonette have the ability to galvanize people across the political spectrum and lead their respective parties to an electoral victory?
C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 12, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM DANICA COTO, A ssociated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico A jawbone found on an Aruba beach does not belong t o missing Alabama teenager Natalee Holloway, prosecutors in the Dutch Caribbean island said Tuesday. The jawbone is human, t hough it is unclear who it belongs to. D utch investigators compared the lone tooth on the b one with dental records supplied by Holloway's family and "it can be ruled out that the bone fragment came fromN atalee Holloway," the prose cutors said. The bone was found recent l y by a tourist on a beach, and Aruba prosecutors had asked f orensic scientists in the Netherlands to analyze it. They assured that the Holloway case has "the constant attention from law enforce ment on the island." But John Kelly, an attorney for Holloway's mother, Beth Twitty, hinted that the media a pparently found out first about the test results. "Beth accepts the forensic conclusions, is emotionally exhausted from the inexplica bly long wait and deeply disappointed in the time and manner in which she learned of the results," he said in a s tatement. "Apparently Aruban prosecutors were more sensitive to media concerns than the painful vigil ofa mother." It is unclear how exactly Twitty learned of the results. Family spokeswoman Sunny Tillman did not immedately r eturn a message seeking comment. T uesday's announcement once again eliminates a hope of evidence about the fate of the Mountain Brook, Alabama, student who disappeared w hile on a high school graduation trip in 2005, when she w as 18. Aruba's attorney general, T aco Stein, told The Associat ed Press that officials do not know how old the bone is or where it might have come from. "It's anybody's guess," he said. "We're a small island." He speculated that it could even have come from nearby Venezuela or Curacao, given the intense hurricane season that churned the ocean. Stein said authorities will check with police to see if the jawbone might belong to a missing person or the victim of an unsolved murder, but he said it was unlikely because Aruba only has a handful of those types of cases. Holloway's parents, Dave Holloway and Beth Twitty, did not respond to calls for comment. Family attorney Vinda de Sousa told The Associated Press that the family might issue a statement later. Earlier in the day, Carol Standifer, who said she is a close friend of the teen's mother, told CBS's "The Early Show" that if the bone did belong to the missing teen, "there will be some sem blance of closure." Holloway was last seen leaving a bar with Dutchman Joran van der Sloot, the prime suspect in her disappearance, on the final night of her trip. Aruba prosecutors have repeatedly said they lack evi dence to charge Van der Sloot, who is in jail in Peru on charges of killing a 21-yearold woman last May 30 five years to the day after Holloway's disappearance. He has denied killing Holloway. U.S. law enforcement offi cials have charged Van der Sloot with trying to extort money from Holloway's mother to reveal the location of Holloway's body. Aruba: Jawbone not that of Natalee Holloway NICOLE WINFIELD, A ssociated Press V ICTOR L. SIMPSON, Associated Press VATICAN CITY I n a seismic shift on one of the most profound and profoundly contentious Roman Catholic teachings, the Vatican s aid that condoms are the lesse r of two evils when used to curb the spread of AIDS, even if their use prevents a pregnancy. T he position was an acknowledgment that the church's longheld anti-birth control stance against condoms doesn't justify p utting lives at risk. This is a game-changer," declared the Rev. James Martin, a prominent Jesuit writer and editor. T he new stance was staked out as the Vatican explained Pope Benedict XVI's comm ents on condoms and HIV in a book that came out Tuesday based on his interview with a German journalist. The Vatican still holds that c ondom use is immoral and that church doctrine forbidding arti-f icial birth control remains unchanged. Still, the reassessm ent on condom use to help prevent disease carries profound significance, particularly in Africa where AIDS is rampant. By acknowledging that condoms help prevent the spreado f HIV between people in sex ual relationships, the pope has c ompletely changed the Catholic discussion on cond oms," Martin said. The change came on a day when U.N. AIDS officials announced that the number of new HIV cases has fallen sign ificantly thanks to condom use and a U.S. medical journ al published a study showing that a daily pill could help pre v ent spread of the virus among gay men. "This is a great day in t he fight against AIDS ... a major milestone," said Mitchell Warren, head of the AIDS Vaccine Advocacy Coalition. Theologians have debated f or years whether it could be morally acceptable for HIV-i nfected people to use condoms to avoid infecting their part n ers. The Vatican years ago was reportedly preparing a document on the subject, but it never came out. The groundbreak ing shift, coming as it does from t he deeply conservative pontiff, would appear likely to restraina ny public criticism from Catholic conservatives, who on T uesday insisted the pope was merely reaffirming the church's moral teaching.. C onservatives have feared that a comment like this would g ive support to Catholics who want to challenge the church's b an on artificial contraception in an environment where they feel they are under siege from a secular, anti-Catholic culture. George Weigel, a conservative Catholic writer, said the Vatican was by no means endorsing condom use as a method of contraception or a means of AIDS prevention. "This is admittedly a difficult distinction to grasp," he told The Associated Press in an em ail. What the pontiff is saying is "that someone determ ined to do something wrong may be showing a glimmer of moral common sense by not d oing that wrong thing in the worst possible way which is n ot an endorsement of anything." Orthodoxy Benedict's comments come at a time when bishops in the United States are intensely focused on upholding the strictest views of Catholic o rthodoxy, emphasizing traditional marriage, natural familyp lanning based on a woman's menstrual cycle and making a bortion the most important issue. In the book, "Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times," Benedict was quoted as saying t hat condom use by people such as male prostitutes was a lessere vil since it indicated they were moving toward a more moral a nd responsible sexuality by aiming to protect their partner from a deadly infection. His comments implied that he was referring primarily to h omosexual sex, when condoms aren't being used as a form ofc ontraception. However, questions arose i mmediately about the pope's intent because the Italian transl ation of the book used the fem inine for prostitute, whereas the original German used the mas culine. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi,t old reporters Tuesday that he asked the pope whether he intended his comments to apply only to men. Benedict replied that it really didn't matter, the important thing was that the person took into consideration the life of another, Lombardi said. "I personally asked the pope if there was a serious, i mportant problem in the choice of the masculine over t he feminine," Lombardi said. "He told me no. The problem is this: ... It's the first step of taki ng responsibility, of taking into consideration the risk of the life o f another with whom you have a relationship." This is if you're a man, a woman, or a transsexual. ... The point is it's a first step of taking responsibility, of avoiding pass ing a grave risk onto another,"L ombardi said. Those comments concluded t he press conference, and Lombardi took no further questionsa bout how broadly this interpretation could be applied. T he clarification is signifi cant. UNAIDS estimates that 22.4 million people in Africa are infected with HIV, and that 54 percent or 12.1 million a re women. Heterosexual transmission of HIV and multiple,h eterosexual partners are believed to be the major cause o f the high infection rates. Benedict drew harsh criticism when, en route to Africa in 2009, he told reporters that the AIDS problem couldn't be r esolved by distributing condoms. "On the contrary, iti ncreases the problem," he said then. In Africa on Tuesday, A IDS activists, clerics and ordinary Africans alike applauded the pope's revised comments. "I say, hurrah for Pope Benedict," exclaimed Linda-Gail Bekker, chief executive of South Africa's Desmond TutuH IV Foundation. She said the pope's statement may prompt m any people to "adopt a simple lifestyle strategy to protect themselves." In Sierra Leone, the director of the National AIDS Secretariat predicted condom use would now increase, lowering the number of new infections. "Once the pope has made a p ronouncement, his priests will be in the forefront in advocati ng for their perceived use of condoms," said the official, Dr. Brima Kargbo. L ombardi said Benedict knew full well that his comm ents would provoke intense debate. Conservative Catholics h ave been trying to minimize the scope of what Benedict said since excerpts were published this weekend in the Vatican newspaper. Lombardi praised B enedict for his "courage" in confronting the problem. He did it because he believed that it was a serious,i mportant question in the world of today," Lombardi said, a dding that the pope wanted to give his perspective on the need for greater humanized, responsible sexuality. Luigi Accatoli, a veteran Vatican journalist who w as on the Vatican panel that launched the book, put it thisw ay: "He spoke with caution and courage of a pragmatic way t hrough which missionaries and other ecclesial workers can help to defeat the pandemic of AIDS without approving, but also without excluding in p articular cases the use of a condom," Accatoli said. T he launch of the book, which includes wide-ranging c omments on subjects from the sex abuse crisis to Benedict's belief that popes should resign if physically unable to carry out their mission, drew a packed audience to the Vatican press room. Making a rare appear-a nce, Benedict's secretary, Monsignor Georg Ganswein, s at in the front row an indi cation of event's significance. In the book, the pope reaf firms Vatican opposition to homosexual acts and artificial contraception, as well as the inviolability of marriage between man and woman. DAVID STRINGER, Associated Press LONDON Britain will impose a tough annual limit on the number of non-Europeans allowed to work in the U.K. and slash visas for overseas students as it seeks to dramatically reduce immigration, the government said Tuesday. Home Secretary Theresa May told the House of Commons that the number of non-EU nationals permitted to work in the U.K. from April 2011 will be capped at about 22,000 a reduction of about onefifth from 2009. But thousands of people who are allowed to work in Britain on intra company transfers aren't included in those figures or under the new quota. Critics said that means it's unclear how Prime Minister David Cameron's government will meet a pledge to cut net immigration, which also includes students and families of visa holders, to below 100,000 by 2015, from about 196,000 last year. "We can't go on like this, we must tight en up our immigration system," May told legislators as she announced details of the new rules. Public anxiety over immigration and the burden on public services caused by new arrivals was a key issue during the country's national election, when thenleader Gordon Brown was angrily challenged by an elderly voter over workers arriving from eastern Europe. As a member of the European Union, Britain must allow citizens of most other member states freedom to live and work in the U.K. Business leaders had urged Cameron's government against stringent restrictions on non-European workers, arguing vital sectors would be left short of staff particularly in health care and for energy infrastructure projects. W arned Indian officials also warned Cameron over restricting the rights of their citizens to study and work in the U.K. during his visit in July. May said Britain would reserve 1,000 visas each year for talented scientists, academics and artists. "Business will be pleased to see that the government has taken its concerns onboard," said David Frost, director of the British Chambers of Commerce. May said her changes would limit the number of staff that international corporations are permitted to transfer to Britain from offices overseas. In the future, no staff member who earn under 40,000 pounds (US$63,500 will be eligible to stay for longer than 12 months though they will be able to carry out shorter contracts in Britain. May did not specify how many people the policy would affect, but figures for 2009 show that half of the 22,000 admitted under the category earned less than the new salary criteria. Labour Party legislator Ed Balls criticized the government for failing to set a limit on intracompany transfers. "Can she confirm her supposed cap is in fact a con, a guess, a fig leaf, no cap at all?" he asked May in the Commons. May's quota will have only a limited impact on Britain's overall immigration rate as work-related visas account only for about 20 percent of migration. Families of those with rights to live and work in Britain claim about 20 percent of visas, while non-European students arriving to study in the U.K. account for 60 per cent of immigration. May said those seek ing a marriage visa will in the future need to prove they have a minimum standard of English. Her ministry will also develop plans to drastically reduce Britain's for eign student population, likely allowing entry only to those working on college degrees, or more advanced qualifications. She told lawmakers there would be a more stringent regime to check the credentials of schools that offer visas to overseas stu dents. Police and security officials have recently raised concerns over the education system being targeted by terrorists to gain permission to live in Britain. SANDY COHEN, A P Entertainment Writer LOS ANGELES Is a voting bloc of Sarah Palin supporters enough to give daughter Bristol the mirr orball trophy on "Dancing W ith the Stars"? Will Jennifer G rey's perfect score and superior dance skills land her the w in? And how will voting issues at ABC Monday night a ffect the outcome? "Dancing" producers said Tuesday that "a record amount of activity" over-l oaded its online and telep hone voting systems after Monday's episode. Some viewers reported experiencing difficulties regist ering their votes for the Dancing with the Stars finale, which affected each finalist equally," show producers said in a statement. "The issue was p romptly addressed" and voting times were not extended. F inalists Grey, Bristol Palin and Kyle Massey performed t heir last dances for viewer votes on Monday's episode, w hich count for half of their overall scores toward the title. Grey comes into Tuesday's season finale in first place. The 50-year-old actress and h er professional partner, Derek Hough, earned a per f ect score of 60 for their two dances on Monday's show. M assey finished in second place with 56 points, while Palin landed in third with 52 points. All three will perform two dances on Tuesday's s how before a new "Dancing" champ is named. P alin has made it to the finals despite so-so and at t imes poor performances. She said it was challenging to overcome the flurry of media coverage that erupted when she was voted in over Brandy who had received a perfect score for her tango on the h it show, prompting some viewers to question the verac i ty of the "Dancing" voting system. At the announcement o f Brandy's elimination on that particular episode, Brandy was speechless, and Hough's jaw quite literally dropped. Palin's improbable run to the finals has been champi oned by websites such as conservative blogger Kevin DuJan's Hillbuzz.org, who have been leading get-outthe-vote campaigns for Palin and partner Mark Ballas. "Are you planning on hosting a Team Bristol Monday Night Dancing Watch party?" reads a post on his website. "You ... can actually vote together and send Bristol over the top ... while sending Left ist heads into meltdown." "Dancing" executive pro ducer Conrad Green said it would be fair game if Palin's voters send her to victory Tuesday. "If she ends up winning the show, she ends up winning the show because more people decided to make the effort to vote for her for whatever reason they're passionate about her than they did for other people, and that is a valid part of the show," he said. Though Palin said on Mon day's episode that "there's lots of haters out there that are waiting for me to fail," the 20-year-old single mom said after the show that she feels she and Ballas deserve to win. "We've been working our butts off," she said. Grey said she won't consid er the mirrorball trophy until Tuesday's dances are done. "I think it's bad juju," she said after earning a perfect score Monday. Massey and his partner, Lacey Schwimmer, said they've been having so much fun dancing together, they can hardly believe they actually have a chance at the title. Vatican shifts ground on condoms, HIV, conception Producers acknowledge voting issues at 'Dancing' UK imposes new permanent immigration quota (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, HO CONDOMCONTROVERSY: In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano P ope Benedict XVI, flanked by German journalist Peter Seewald, left, and by Monsignor Rino Fisichella holds a copy of the book Light of the World during a private audience at the Vatican, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. T he Vatican broadened the scope of the popes comments about condom use being a lesser evil than transmitting HIV by saying the concept also applies to women. The Pontiff said in the book that condom use b y people such as male prostitutes was a lesser evil since it indicated they were taking a step toward a more moral and responsible sexuality by aiming to protect their partner from infection. BRITISH PRIME MINISTER: David Cameron DANCING WITH THE STARS: In an effort to show their improvement over the course of the season, all three couples danced for redemption by re-choreographing and doing a previously performed dance chosen by the judges with new music for a better score. MISSINGTEEN: Beth Holloway, mother of Natalee Holloway, speaks during the opening of theN atalee Holloway Resource Center (NHRC um of Crime & Punishment in Washington, USA, Tuesday, June 8 2010.
JOE MORGAN, A ssociated Press RAY LILLEY, Associated Press GREYMOUTH, New Zealand A drilling team on Wednesday broke a narrow shaft through to the section of a New Zealand coal mine where 29 w orkers have been missing for almost six days, and was greeted by a blast of potentially deadly gases from inside. Officials have become increasingly pessimistic about the chances of pulling the men alive from a network of tunnels some 1 1/2 miles (2 kilometers d eep in the side of a mountain, following a powerful explosion on Friday. Nothing has been heard from t he missing miners since the blast. Toxic and potentially explosive gases have kept rescuers from entering the mine, though an army bomb disposalr obot crawled two-thirds of a mile (1 kilometer nel on Wednesday and found a miner's helmet with its fixed light still glowing. Drillers using a diamond-tipped drill bit to prevent sparks finished boring a 530-ft. (162-meter mine's main tunnel, close to where the missing men areb elieved to have been at the time of the blast. It was a keys tep, giving officials their first information from that section o f the mine and allowing testing for levels of dangerous gases. Hot air and gas rushed the hole when the chamber roof was punctured, and Pike RiverC oal Ltd. chief Peter Whittall said initial tests showed it was" extremely high in carbon monoxide, very high in m ethane and fairly low in oxy gen." Carbon monoxide the polluting gas from car exhausts is extremely poisonous, while explosive methane is the g as believed to have ignited in Friday's blast. "The environ m ent is still unstable, it is unsafe and it is not appropriate to send r escue teams underground at this time," said Gary Knowles, the police superintendent in charge of the rescue operation. C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ANNE GEARAN, A P National Security Writer WASHINGTON President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged the United States would defend South Koreaa fter what the White House branded a provocative, outrageous attack by North Korea on its neighbor. Its options limited, the U.S. sought a diplomatic rather a military response to one of t hose most ominous clashes between the Koreas in decades. "South Korea is our ally. It has been since the Korean war," Obama said in his first comments about the North Korean shelling of a South Korean island. "And we strongly affirm our commitment to defend South Korea as part of that alliance." W orking to head off any escalation, the U.S. did not reposition any of its 29,000 troops in the S outh or make other military moves after North K orea fired salvos of shells into the island, setting off an artillery duel between the two sides. T he president, speaking to ABC News, would not speculate when asked about military options. H e was expected to telephone South Korean President Lee Myung-bak late Tuesday night.H e met earlier with his top national security advisers to discuss next steps. W ashington has relatively few options when dealing with Pyongyang. Military action is particularly unappealing, since the unpredictable North possesses crude nuclear weapons as well as a huge standing army. North Korea exists largel y outside the system of international financial and diplomatic institutions that the U.S. has useda s leverage in dealing with other hostile countries, including Iran. Pr essur e North Korea has also resisted pressure from its major ally, China, which appears to be nervous about the signs of instability in its neighbor. We strongly condemn the attack and we are rallying the international community to put pres-s ure on North Korea," Obama said in the ABC interview, specifically citing the need for Chin a's help. Obama said every nation in the region must know "this is a serious and ongoing threat." An administration official said Tuesday evening that U.S. officials in Washington and in Beijing were appealing strongly to China to con d emn the attack by arguing that it was an act that threatened the stability of the entire region, n ot just the Korean peninsula. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the s ensitivity of the matter. Defense Secretary Robert Gates phoned South Korea's defense minister to express sympathy for the deaths of two of the South's marines in the artillery shelling of a small South Korean island a nd to express appreciation "for the restraint shown to date" by the South's government, a P entagon spokesman said. Obama called North Korea's action "just one m ore provocative incident" and said he would consult with Lee on an appropriate response. I n his phone call to South Korea's defense minister, Gates said the U.S. viewed recent attacks as a violation of the armistice agreement that ended the Korea War in 1953, and he reit e rated the U.S. commitment to South Korea's defense, said Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell. Obama was awakened at 4 a.m. Tuesday with the news. He went ahead with an Indiana tripf ocused on the economy before returning to the W hite House after dark. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the U.S. would take a "deliberate approach" in response to what he also called provocative North Korean behavior. At the same time, other administration officials,s peaking on condition of anonymity to describe the emerging strategy, said the White House was d etermined to end a diplomatic cycle that officials said rewards North Korean brinksmanship. I n the past, the U.S. and other nations have sweetened offers to North Korea as it has devel oped new missiles and prototype nuclear weapons. North Korea is now demanding new one-on-one talks with the United States, which r ejects that model in favor of group diplomacy that includes North Korea's protector, China. We're not going to respond willy-nilly," Ton er said. "We believe that it's important that we k eep a unified and measured approach going forward." Both Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill accused North Korea of starting the skirmish. The violence comes as the North prepares for a dynastic change in leadership and faces a wint er of food and electricity shortages. It is the lat est of a series of confrontations that have aggrav ated tensions on the divided peninsula. The incident also follows the North's decision last week to give visiting Western scientists a tour of a secret uranium enrichment facility, which may signal an expansion of the North's nuclear weapons program. Six weeks ago, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il anointed his youngest son, Kim Jong Un, as his heir apparent. The administration official said the U.S. did not i nterpret North Korea's aggression as a desire to go to war, but as yet another effort to extract concessions from the international community. Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said no new equipment or personnel have been relocated to South Korea, while Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz seemed to shrug off the latest incident as something that Seoul can handle on its own. "The North Koreas have undertaken over time a number of provocations that have manifested themselves in different ways," Schwartz said. Obama pledges US to defend its ally South Korea Drill breakthrough in NZ mine; robot finds helmet RESCUEBID: A helicopter drops equipm ent to a d rilling rig at Pike River Coal mine near Greymouth, N ew Zealand, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. ( AP Photo / POOL) THOUGHTFUL: President Barack Obama walks on the South Lawn as he leaves the White House in Washington for a trip to Philadelphia Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010.
WINNERS of this years T empleton World Charity Laws of Life Essay Competition had their say on the benefits of honesty and how to use the power of choice wisely. E ducation Minister D esmond Bannister comm ended the students who took part in this years Tem-p leton Foundation essay c ompetition which allowed t hem to discuss pertinent i ssues with regards to ethics a nd virtues on which the laws of life are based. The awards ceremony for the 2010 Templeton World C harity/Ministry of Educat ion Laws of Life Essay Competition was held on November 10 at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. S peaking at the event, Mr B annister applauded the p articipants for their ability to draw from someone elsesw ork and combine it with t heir lifes experiences to d evelop their own masterp ieces. H e also thanked Sir Jack Templeton, son of the late philanthropist and founder o f the Templeton Foundat ion, for reviving the competition. D r Templeton acknowle dged that his father would h ave been proud to know of the response to this years c ompetition. T he entries for this years contest doubled and saw p articipation from both priv ate and public schools in N ew Providence, Grand Bahama and the Family Islands. D ante Wilkinson, an eight grade student of Queens College, was the winner of the junior division of the c ompetition, while Lashie Cleare of Temple Christian Academy was the second p lace finisher. W arel Smith, also of Q ueens College, was the w inner of the senior categor y, while fellow student G eorge Zonicle tied with Nakandria Neymour of Cent ral Andros High School (Andros Students in the junior divis ion were required to select from the topics: As you give, s o shall you receive; Honesty is the best policy and Where there is no vision,t he people perish. The senior students were c hallenged to write on the topics: Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative; Use wisely your power of c hoice and A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. I n his essay Dante e xplained that the simple truth is fast becoming an elusive phenomena frequently overshadowed by the dark clouds of dishonesty. He questioned the wisdom of telling the truth as in thec ase of a soldier who is c aught behind enemy lines. Should he tell the truth knowing that the outcome c ould be death or betrayal, D ante asked. T he eighth grade student admitted that there were a few occasions when he toldw hite lies to avoid punishment, but when he was eventually caught his father made him aware that the penalty f or lying was severe. He noted that the late Sir John Templeton in his book Laws of Life stated that deceit often takes a terrib le toll on our sense of i ntegrity and self-worth. H e concluded his essay s tating that he would like to be like George Washington, t he first president of the United States who held the most enviable of all titles of a n honest man and agreed with Benjamin Franklin who i s credited with coining the phrase, honesty is the best policy. W arel Smith addressed the topic, Use wisely your p ower of choice, stating that the power of choice distinguishes us from following a leader and being that l eader. She said that the power of choice enables persons toc onjure up anything they w ant to see in society. Likewise, power of choice can be detrimental as in the case of Adolf Hitler who used his power of choice to killed six million Jews during the period of Nazi Germany,W arel said. He cited Martin Luther K ing Jr, the American civil r ights activist who along with persons such as Malcolm X a nd Rosa Parks fought against discrimination of A frican-American and other ethic minorities in the US, as a case of positive power of c hoice. The senior and junior winn ers received laptops and the runner-ups were given Apple iPods and digital cam-e ras. All participants were a warded certificates of participation. Queens College was rewarded with a chequet owards a White Board for entering sixty students in the competition; thirty-four who were recognised for theirw ork including the two winn ers in the competition. Temple Christian High Schools participation wasa lso recognised with a LCD projector and screen for its students efforts in the com petition. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Students commended for their views on honesty and choice FROMLEFT: ELMA Garraway, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education; Mena Grif-f iths, Templeton Foundation; Dr Pena Templeton; Minister of Education,E ducation Minister Desmond Bannister; Warel Smith, senior winner; Dante Wilkinson, j unior winner; Lashie Cleare, second place overall finisher; Dr Jack T empleton, Templeton W orld Charity, and Pas t or Allen Lee of the Calv ary Bible Church. E dgar Arnette / MOE MEMBERS of the public are invited to participate in Deaf Awareness Week by attending the Centre for Deaf Childrens open house today where arts and crafts made by the students will be on display. The students from the Centre for Deaf Children kicked off the activities for Deaf Awareness Week with a courtesy call Edu cation Minister Desmond Bannister on Monday. This years Deaf Awareness Week is being held from November 21-26 under the theme Networking Hand in Hand. The Centres principal Tessa Nottage said wood and straw craft as well as Christmas wreaths and ornaments made by the children will be on display beginning today from 10am. She also announced that the Centre will hold its Thanksgiving Service on Friday. During the courtesy call, the Centres viceprincipal Sonja Rolle updated the minister on the students progress by informing him that six of their students at the senior level have successfully worked for brief periods in several areas which include: banking, accounting, computer repair, farming and cosmetology. She said that her wish was for each student to have the opportunity to work for a short while at each of the governments ministries. Minister Bannister told the students that he was happy to see them once again, and that he took careful note of the many talents and abilities they displayed when he visited them earlier in the year. He expressed that he would like to see more children in the Bahamas learning sign language and he encouraged the students to teach the hearing students sign language. Thanking the educators of the Centre for Deaf Children and the corporate communi ty, the Mr Bannister encouraged all stakeholders to provide even more opportunities for the students to shine. Open house held as part of Deaf Awareness Week
By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Bahamian new auto m arket would have recovered to an acceptable level if it returns to 75-80 per cent of pre-recession sales levels, the B ahamas Motor Dealers Associations (BMDA ident said yesterday, as cur rent sales levels although 5060 per cent behind pre-reces-s ion levels continue to show improvement. A ndrew Barr, who is also Friendly Fords sales manag er, said the 17.76 per cent year-over-year new auto sales increase reported by BMDA members for October 2010, coupled with the 1.84 per cent improvement for the first 10 months of the year compared to 2009, indicated the eco nomic climate facing the industry was becoming more positive. However, he cautioned that it was too early to tell if this would continue to translate into a sustained month-overmonth, year-over-year sales recovery, telling Tribune Business that employment and income levels still had a way to recover, while Bahamian commercial banks were unlikely to lend at prerecession levels. We are in this for the long haul, Mr Barr told this newspaper. Well see some improvements from time to time. Any improvement is a good sign, but if it improves month-to-month, year-toyear, remains to be seen. Its becoming more positive, judging by the numbers, not hugely so but any step in that direction is a good step. The last nine months have certainly been a little bit better percentage wise than last year. That is a significant improvement. The first nine months of this year have shown a rea sonable growth. Its not what anyone would like, but its reasonable growth, and if that continues in the future were on the right track. Mr Barr suggested that the main factors driving Octobers sales increases were moves by consumers to purchase autos that were imported pre-Budget, thus attracting lower Excise Tax rates, making their prices cheaper. Others, he suggested, were being attracted to the smaller engine size, value-driven vehi cles that dealers were now importing, since these attract lower duty rates following the2 010-2011 Budget, which based Excise Tax rates on engine size a move designed to push both dealers and con-s umers to more fuel efficient, s maller cars. Friendly Ford, Mr Barr explained, had already made such adjustments to its inven tory, having just cleared an order of Ford Fiestas with a 1.6 engine size. He added that the increase C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.org WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.36 $4.35 $4.36 B y ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter email@example.com A Bahamian security s ervices firm yesterday u rged the Government to r educe or eliminate import duties on security-related products as a means toc urb the countrys crime problem. C lint Harding, president o f Harding Security, said t hat despite a 30 per cent increase in inquiries from homeowners and busin esses regarding upgrad ing their security systems over the last two years ast he economy declined and c rime rates rose, cost remains a major obstacle to customers enhancing their preventative measures. A tariff reduction, he added, would help t remendously. In the Governments manifesto in 2007, one of their items under Crime s aid they would reduce tariffs on security products because they understood t here was a greater demand. Theyve not done that. We want tok now if its on the back burner or been taken off the table. I thought it was a great idea that would r eally help this country, as there are people who want (extra security a fford it. Price is one of the biggest concerns, said Mr Harding. H is comments came on the same day as Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president, Khaalis Rolle, said that in his opinion, crime in the Bahamas was completely out of control, and advocated for the Government and oth e r stakeholders to develop a clear strategy addressing every aspect of the problem, which he views as a major impediment to economic development. In its 2007 election manifesto, the Government outlined nine steps it would take as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce crime, one of which stated it would assist homeowners and businesses to help prevent crime by reducing import duties on security equipment, components and supplies. Minister of National Security, Tommy Turnquest, has repeatedly advised business ownersthat installation of upgraded security equipment, such as surveillance and alarm systems, and quality locks in their establishment, is considered oneway in which the private By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T HEBahamian economy is losing millions of dollars in economic activity due to the lengthy delays and bottlenecks experienced in obtaining construction permits from the Ministryo f Works Building Control Departm ent (BCD charged yesterday, the average threesix month waiting period in this nation comparing unfavourably with major US cities and rival Caribbean desti-n ations. Amos J. Ferguson, president of the Institute of Bahamian Architects, toldT ribune Business that many of the delays resulted from the fact that the Building Control Department was try-i ng to be a qualifying agency, routinely raising numerous queries over p lans submitted to it, rather than seei ng its true role as the speedy processing of such applications. Most jurisdictions are reducing the n umber of steps to speed up the process, Mr Ferguson said of competitors approaches to constructionp ermitting, which stimulates the industry. They [the BCD] are putting m ore in. The main problem is that we have persons down there processing these things and coming up with queries, w hich means they are putting them selves forth as experts and knowing more than people qualified in thei ndustry. Yet they are not qualified to do that. They [the BCD] are trying to operate as a qualifying agency, rather than one that processes permits. A n Institute report that compared the building permitting process in the B ahamas to those in major US cities, focusing on time taken and the number of steps involved, found that while it took between three to six months int his nation if the project was uncomplicated, in New York it took ana verage of between one hour to 14 d ays. A nd New York regulators, according to the Institute, accomplished this even with applicants there required t o fulfil 31 steps, as opposed to the 24 By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org S trapped for cash and with l ittle capacity for more debt, the Government was yesterday urged that the sooner it can do what is necessary to attract f oreign investors to partner with it to develop much-needed public infrastructure projects, the better. Simon Townend, partner By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THESuperwash laundromat chain suffered five armed robberies in a 10-day period, prompting its president yesterday tod escribe the Bahamas as a Wild, Wild West society where New car sales at acceptable level if back to 75-80% of pre-bust data BMDA president says that although new auto s ales currently at 50-60% of pre-recession levels, data sho w s sector moving in right direction Ne w auto sales up 17.76% y e ar-over-year for October and 1.84% r ise f o r 2010 to date Industry in for long haul, as duty rate rises and m an uf a cturer price increases raise consumer pr i ces b y f i v e f igures Bank lending unlik el y to r eturn to previous levels C OMP ANYS OUTLETS ROBBED FIVE TIMES IN 1 0 DAY-PERIOD Laundr omat boss describes Bahamas as Wild, Wild W est where everybody is in fear and crime situation l ik ely to get worse P olitical parties blasted for lack of vision in combating cr ime problem Mind boggling failure to date to move Bahamas to cashless society SEE page 3B Building permit delays cost Bahamas millions Architects say three-six month wait for Building C ontrol permission leaves nation well behind major US cities like New York, Miami and Atlanta Says many projects cancelled or postponed due to long wait, with process having stranglehold on construction sector SEE page 2B PLAN REQUIRED FOR BAHAMAS $2.3BN INFRAS TRUCTURE GAP SEE page 2B Leading KPMG (Bahamas for government to attract private investors into public-privatep artnerships Adds that legislation and procurement process reforms needed, along with clear government strategy Bahamas spending needs more than one years government revenues and 10 times capital budget SEE page 2B S IMON TOWNEND D IONISIO DAGUILAR TARIFF CUTS URGED FOR SECURITY PRODUCTS F irm calls for FNM to fulfill Manifestoc ommitment, after 30% rise in inquiries SEE page 3B
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM H iggs & Johnson partner, Surinder Deal, has been reelected to the Board of Directors, reappointed regional vicechair for the Caribbean and Central America, and accepted the position of Meetings Com-m ittee Chair of TerraLex, a large global legal network of law firms. Surinder Deal has over 20 years of experience in real estate, trust law and corporate a nd commercial law. She is a m ember of the Bar Associat ions of Malaysia and the Bahamas, and of the International Bar Association. She is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. TerraLex has 160 member l aw firms in 100 countries and 41 US states, and is the one of the largest international legal networks. As a member of TerraLex, Higgs & Johnson has access to expertise around t he world from leading law f irms in each member country. Higgs & Johnson partner takes top legal position i n the Bahamas, according to the BCDs website. New Y ork, on average, also processed some 43,000 construction permits per year, compared to the 2,000 stated on the Ministry of Works website. The Bahamas construction permit processing time was also well behind Atlanta, where between one to 60 days were required, and just sev en-nine steps involved, and Miami, where it took between 23-103 days and 14-17 steps were involved. Asked what this is costing the Bahamas, both in terms of economic activity and a seeming lack of competitive ness, Mr Ferguson told Tribune Business: Its huge. I dont have a figure, but Ill give you an example. I have an application thats been in there since last October, and its not passed the planning process yet. Thats 13 months. In many instances, these projects are cancelled or post poned. They never get on track, so there are jobs for construction workers they never do, they never get, so the cost is certainly in the millions of dollars. The Institutes report, not ing that about 5,000 construc tion projects were approved in 2006 by the BCD, taking an average time of six months, said: If the average construction cost for each project was $100,000, that would equate to $500 million that flowed into the construction industry. If the average processing time had been three months, while still not an acceptable time, the money in the construction industry would have been doubled and would have trickled down through most sectors of the economy. As for the delays being experienced in approving con s truction permits, the Insti tute added: Before the 1990s, it took substantially less timef or building permits applicat ions to be approved, they were approved with substan tially less set backs and q ueries. This was also despite the fact that during this time there were more, less qualified people submitting plans and reviewing the plans at BCD. Now, with Bahamian engi neers and architects both required to be registered, most applications to the BCD were being submitted by qualified professionals. Yet the Institute said: In spite of this, the BCD has made the building permit process much more intensive and complicated, with the added problem of unqualified individuals having the power to stop and query the regis tered architect or engineers documents. This has led to a dumbing down in the construction industry documents by the architects and engineers. Instead of using the most innovative and cost-effective solutions, professionals instead choose systems that are top heavy with elements that often times are unnecessary. Reiterating that while other locations have been busily trying to streamline their processes through new programmes and eliminating steps and redundancies, BCD has been doing the opposite of instituting more steps and redundancies, the Institutes report said this expansion had resulted in an increased staff level at the Department that was not tied to the number or speed with which permit applications were processed. In addition, it warned that the numerous delays and bottlenecks being experienced could result in an increased temptation for both BCD employees and applicants to e xploit the situation through graft/corruption. There was a perception in s ome quarters, the Institute s aid, that offering to tip or buy lunch for some BCD officials could result in fasterp rocessing of a permit applications. It added that the hold-up of construction projects, due to the long wait for permits, could have an adverse affect on the economy by putting untold scores of construction workers out of work and tak ing their income out of the marketplace. Contractors were deprived of continuous work, with delays impacting both Bahamians and foreign investors. Both might be forced to use finances previ ously reserved for their con struction project elsewhere if there was a long wait time, resulting in the development being abandoned. Mr Ferguson yesterday lamented to Tribune Business that the Bahamas was ranked 107th out of 183 nations in the World Banks Ease of Doing Business report when it came to construction permitting, adding that this ranking had been dropping every year. Every country in the region is ranked above us, and most of them are rated in the top 40, with the exception of Trinidad, which is in the 80s, so we are not competitive at all, he added. It is not a good situation, and they (the BCD) are very content with it, rather than aiding the industry and economy. Weve been fighting it for years. Theyve got the construction industry at a stranglehold. Mr Ferguson said he was due to discuss the situation this Friday with Stephen Wrinkle, the Bahamian Contractors Associations (BCA president, and Robert Reiss, head of the Bahamas Society of Engineers. in Excise Tax duty rates, coupled with rises in m anufacturer prices as the car companies added new technology to their models, hadi ncreased prices to Bahamian consumers by up t o $10,000-$12,000 in certain cases. A sked by Tribune Business about the medium-term outlook for the BMDA and its industry members, Mr Barr replied: Well never get b ack to the status quo as it was before, but w e will certainly show some improvement as the year  goes on. I think it will be small i mprovements; I dont think it will be a huge improvement. Its going to take a long time for job creation to come back, and for the banks to be willing to lend money. Are the banks willing to lend on a general basis to people who want that type of car. Q uality [of borrower will need to] be a lot higher, and the banks ability to lend on vol ume will not be there. Asked by Tribune Business how current B ahamian new car sales compared to prerecession levels, Mr Barr said: I would say that across-the-board, in general, the market is down by anywhere from 50-60 per cent com p ared to pre-recession. Having said that, were seeing increases of 1-2 percentage points on a monthly basis. If weg et back to a level of 75-80 per cent of prerecession sales, that will be an acceptable lev e l to be at. Yet he warned that it would be impossible for the economy to support the high level ofc ommercial bank lending that aided the Bahamian new car industry in the past, asi nstitutions would now demand that borrowers p rovide proof of job security, employment hist ory and show their income levels were sufficient to service the loan. Mr Barr suggested that the $2.6 billion Baha M ar redevelopment of the Cable Beach strip, which appears to be moving towards somes ort of start, was the only hope and only t hing left to lift the Bahamas out of recession. And he added: All the dealers need to focus on the new government regulations. T heres no point in loading up with large vehicles to the extent of high prices and hoping for the best. E mphasising that Friendly Ford was focused o n delivering true value to consumers, he added that buyer purchasing power had been eroded by almost 25 per cent, due to a combi n ation of inflation and reduced/stagnant incomes. w ith KPMG (Bahamas w ho heads the firms corpor ate finance office, said there was growing interest from private investors in funding public infrastructure developments, and urged that theB ahamian government crea te a clear strategy and plan for infrastructure in this country that will help attract outside investors to come and join it in publicprivate partnerships (PPPsf or this purpose. H is advice, he noted, comes against a backdrop that has seen the Bahamas national debt rise to over 50 per cent of gross domestic product (GDPm ent revenues and lending o pportunities shrink even as infrastructural needs such as a new hospital, investmentin school buildings, roads and the water supply multiply. I llustrating the magnitude of the burden, analysis by KPMG indicates that shortt o mid-term infrastructure needs over the next five years in the Bahamas willr equire an estimated $2.3 billion in financing, Mr Town end pointing to education, h ealthcare, roads, airports, s ea ports, the prison, solid waste, government buildings and alternative energy as a reas to be addressed. Putting this in perspective, he said this sum was more t han a years revenue for the G overnment, and 10 times the capital expenditure budget for 2010-2011, which came in at $228 million, meaning that it would take 10 rather than five years tof und all of these areas based on the Governments current capacity. Referring to the importance of timely maintenance and ongoing development of a countrys infrastructure i nvestments, Mr Townend described this as building for the future. Its not just about buildi ng things, but enabling efficient and modern deliv ery of services to the public, h e said. Investment in infrastruc ture also has a multiplier e ffect, wherein good infra structure plays a role in attracting further foreign direct investment. A recent W orld Bank survey pointed to the quality of a countrys infrastructure as more impor t ant to potential investors in the Caribbean than any other investment parameter, s aid Mr Townend. Speaking at a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFAS ociety of the Bahamas lun cheon, Mr Townend said of attracting investors to invest in public infrastructure pro-jects in The Bahamas: I think (the Government needs to have a clear strategy and plan, and the legislation that facilitates it. For instance, in the energy sector we know the current legislation and laws just dont accomodate private investment, so I think fundamentally theres the legislation issue. I think the Government n eeds to clearly establish its strategy so investors can know what to look for, and by doing so the Government can put the word out, such as they have done in the UK, and you will get a lot ofa ttraction from investors who are looking at this and can say: OK, The Bahamas is serious about doing this and well come and take a look. The KPMG partner sugg ested the Government must begin by clearly defining the m id to long-term needs a cross all sectors, including education, health, roads, e nergy and more before it c an expect to attract partners. I would say it appears this government has made it its mission to put the infrastructure in place and theres a plan there, but not in the s ame way the UK government and the Canadian gov e rnment have done, where theyve set up groups and have come together and looked at infrastructure needs in those countries over t he long term. I dont think the Bahamas has such a plan yet, Mr Townend said. A side from a strategic plan which can be accessed by p otential investors, and reforms to legislation governing the ability for foreign investors to enter theB ahamas for such purposes, M r Townend also highlight ed upgrades to the countrys public procurement process-e s as key to encouraging PPPs. The Government should l ook at revisiting and mod ernising the procurement process, said Mr Townend. Referring to the process u sed in the Bahamas, he sug gested it lacks flexibility and does not so much look at a ll the risks in the project and make sure theres a fair allo cation of risks between the G overnment and the private c ompany providing the service being purchased, or address the issue of perfor-m ance adequately. Theres not necessarily harsh enough penalties for lack of performance or incentives for good performance, he suggested, adding that a more modernised procurement process could alsoh ave a budgetary impact on how efficient the Government is when it comes to capital expenditure. Mr Townend explained that for the year-to-date, $23 billion has been raised worldwide to fund infrastructurep rojects more than in 2009 with many more players entering the infrastructure markets, including private equity funds, pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds and state-o wned infrastructure banks/funds. As to why investors would be interested in public infrastructure, he noted that as it relates to essential public serv ices, investors can be assured of strong, pre d ictable, inelastic demand f or the development they are funding. Benefits can include l ong-term high profit mar g ins following a high initial investment, often with regul atory and stable pricing concessions attached to it, and low volatility. Its less risky than equity, less risky than corporate b onds but better than government returns, said Mr T ownend. He feels the Bahamas has the potential to be an attractive investment ground for international entities intere sted in public infrastructure, with the airport redevelop ment project a quasi PPP b etween the Government and a company owned by it, b ut managed privately by Canadian company Vancouver Airport Services and the $70 million Arawak CayP ort, which is jointly funded b y the Government and the private Arawak Cay Port Development Company, good examples of how such initiatives can work in the Bahamas. I think people will look at the airport and say thats going well. Its a good suc cess story to be able to talka bout. Then youve got the port and all of these things that a re happening that investors can see, which show the country knows what itsd oing, its progressive and t he Government is working hard and is really driven to make these things happen. It hink investors will look at that and say: This is a government we can deal with, Mr Townend said. FROM page one Plan required for Bahamas $2.3bn infrastructure gap FROM page one Building permit dela ys cost the Bahamas millions New car sales at acceptable level if back to 75-80 per cent of pre-bust data FROM page one
everybody is in fear, with the crime situation likely to get worse not better in c oming months. Dionisio DAguilar, a former Bahamas Chamber ofC ommerce president, while p raising the police and civicminded Bahamians for help ing to catch the suspects a lleged to be behind one of the armed robberies afflict ing his business, blasted the t wo main political parties for lacking vision and ideas tocombat this nations crime crisis. H e again called for the Government and Bahamian commercial banks to execute u rgently on strategies to make this nation a cashless society, explaining that thisw ould not only benefit the c onduct of commerce, but also help to reduce violent crime by eliminating the volu me of cash businesses and persons currently carry. The failure to move forw ard on this to date was described by the former Chamber president as mindb oggling. Recalling Superwashs recent armed robbery nightm are, which saw its Nassau Street establishment held-up three times, while its Blue Hill Road and Robinson Road/Minnie Street premis es were attacked one time apiece, Mr DAguilar said he was troubled by the fact that the most money stolen in any one of these events was a relatively meagre $200. Superwash outlets, he added, carried minimal sums of cash, and the fact that the alleged robbers had decided this was the way they were going to make their living risking everything, including the lives of his staff and customers, for relatively little gain had disturbed him. think everybody is in fear, the Superwash president said of the general crime situation. Christmasis coming, which is a tough period for businesses as it relates to crime. I think that businesses have to take steps to ensure their business is not attrac tive to be robbed. And he added: Its the feeling of helplessness. Its sad our country has deterio rated to this, and theres no clear plan, no path out of it. Theres this sense of help lessness that it cant get any better. Our political direc torate have no new ideas, whether its PLP or FNM,and have no vision...... No one has any vision on how to address this problem. Part of such a vision should be moving the Bahamas to a cashless society, where banking was done via debit cards and electronic forms, such as cell phones. This, Mr DAguilar, could remove one of the main motivations for armed robberies of businesses namely that they were perceived to have large sums of cash on the premises. Its mind-boggling to me t hat we have so much cash, a nd the banks are not motiv ated to diminish the amount of cash used, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business. W hile cash was often the c heapest form of payment, Bahamian commercial banks needed to find ways to makei t a little more expensive, or r educe the costs associated with various forms of elect ronic. Railing against what he said were banking industry plans to level a per debit c ard transaction fee equiva lent to 3 per cent of the sales price, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business: Bahamian b usinesses would be pre pared to absorb some costs, at a reasonable level, to take cash out of the system. Ive always said that if we can come up with a plan to draw cash out of the comm unity, and drive persons who live here to use as a little cash as possible, the natural roll-on effect is that crime against businesses will inevitably diminish. Take cash out of the community and Im pretty damn sure it would cause a reduction in crime against businesses andp eople robbing people for cash. Bahamians needed to be shown the advantages of ebanking and cell phone b anking, and carrying less c ash, to ensure they bought i nto the concept, Mr DAguilar said. He urged the Government t o develop its plans, talk to r elevant parties and then make it happen, adding: Crime is a problem. Every o ne is screaming from the r ooftops that crime is a prob lem. Theres nothing to indic ate to me its going to get better. Nothing pops into my mind to say theres hope. T heres nothing on the hori zon from the political lead ership to give us hope. The former Chamber pres i dent called for a greater police presence on the streets to give the people the impression theyre in charge of this town, not the crimi nals, adding that he was disappointed not to see more r oadblocks and a greater street-level presence. Describing the Royal Bahamas Police Force as very much a police car and station type of force, as opposed to one with a street presence, Mr DAguilar said it certainly isnt the impression in this town that thea uthorities were in control of the streets. They need to give the perception that they are in charge, whereas right now i ts the Wild, Wild West, he a dded. M r DAguilar said he was convinced that some businesses, especially at night,w ere electing not to conduct c ommerce in certain areas because they were perceived to be too dangerous. T he private sector was also i ncurring increasing costs, in terms of security cameras, b ars and guards/dogs to pro tect their premises against crime. Armed robberies had a traumatic effect on staff who had to deal with them, Mr D Aguilar saying: You have t o go through the consoling p rocess, calming staff down. I think its important to speak to staff, find out whath appened, that you feel their p ain, and let them know whats going on. Ive been held up twice, a nd been a victim of violent c rime twice. You have to walk them through the p rocess, and be seen to be taking steps to ensure their safety. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM s ector can assist the Gove rnment in reducing crime l evels and help to protect their own assets. Mr Harding, whose firm specialises in lock, safe and vault installation, access con-t rol equipment installation and alarm and surveillance systems, said yesterday that apart from a pre-2007 reduction to 10 per cent on the duty on CCTV cameras the cameras themselves, andn ot the related equipment that is necessary for their complete installation per cent of all the security products he imports for his customers still attract a 35 t o 45 per cent duty rate. The interest today is stronger certainly than if weg o back two years, Mr Harding said. We are doing a lot of estimates, and so I think people are now starting to take these measures serio usly, but they have half as m uch to spend. I think people would get better systems if the tariff were reduced,h e said, adding that people are going more often for stripped down versions of t he security systems they w ere initially interested in d ue to cost. Stacy Lindsay, security m anager at Maximum Secu rity Services, told Tribune Business that she, too, hass een interest in alarm and s urveillance systems grow, often in the case of business owners who find they can n o longer afford to employ as many security guards as they might have had beforet he recession. Attempts to reach Minister of State for Finance, Z hivargo Laing, were not successful yesterday and an e-mail message was not returned. T ariff cuts urged for security products F ROM page one BANK AIDS RED RIBBON BALL S COTIABANK(Bahamas the Bahamas AIDS Foundation in hosting the 2011 Red Ribbon Ball. Hosted under the theme, I am Accepted, the Ball is the Foundations single largest fund-raising initiative, now in its 17th year. An annual supporter of the AIDS Found ation, Scotiabank was an executive corporate partner at this years gala. Scotiabanks marketing & PR senior manager, Leah Davis, said: Our partnership with the Bahamas AIDS Foundation underscores our commitment to be socially responsible in this community. We will continue toe mbrace our role as a global partner in creating a healthier world. Pictured (L-R Red Ribbon Ball and Leah R. Davis, marketing & PR manager. Companys outlets robbed five times in 10 day-period F ROM page one
WASHINGTON THE ECONOMYgrew a little faster over the summer than the government f irst thought. That modest pickup wasn't nearly enough to significantly lower the nation's high unemployment rate, and the Federal Reserve doesn't expect t he economy to improve much over the next couple of years, according to Associated Press. The economy expanded at a 2.5 percent annual rate i n the July-September quart er, the Commerce Departm ent reported Tuesday. That was up from the 2 percent pace initially estimated, and better than the 1.7 percent growth rate in the A pril-June quarter. S tronger spending by U.S. s hoppers and better overs eas sales of U.S. goods w ere the main forces behind an upward revision. Still, the hiring picture hasn't improved much even with U.S. companies reporting their best quarterly profits after taxes on r ecords dating back to 1947. A fter-tax profits climbed to $ 1.22 trillion in the JulyS eptember quarter, according to the Commerce report. The nation's unemployment rate has been stuck at 9.6 percent unemployment rate for the past three months. The Fed's latest p rojections suggest that w on't change much for a f ew years. T he Fed predicts roughly 2 .5 percent growth and b etween 9.5 percent and 9.7 percent unemployment for the rest of this year. Those are both downgraded forecasts from its June projections. Growth will strengthen o ver the next three years, but not enough to bring unemployment back down to more normal levels ofa round 5.5 percent to 6 perc ent, according to the Fed's forecasts. At best, the Fed projects 3.6 percent growthi n 2011, and 4.5 percent growth in 2012 and 2013. The latest Fed projections also suggest no better than8 .9 percent unemployment next year, roughly 8 percent in the 2012 presidential election year and, at best, justu nder 7 percent for 2013. Analysts generally say the economy would need to grow 5 percent for a fully ear to push down the u nemployment rate by a full percentage point. The Fed's acknowledged that progress in reducing unemployment has been "disappointingly slow." T he housing market hasn't fared much better. The latest reading showed saleso f previously owned homes slipped slightly in October. The National Association of Realtors said existingh ome sales dipped 2.2 percent last month to a season ally adjusted annual rate of4 .43 million units. That's 3 8.9 percent below their p eak of 7.25 million units set in September 2005 dur-i ng the height of the housing b oom. High unemployment and tight credit kept buyersa way, even with mortgage r ates near the lowest levels in decades. The median price for a h ome sold in October was $170,500, down 0.9 percent from a year ago. Prices con tinue to be depressed byw eak sales and a huge overhang of unsold homes. Americans are spending a little more, and that has h elped give the economy a boost. In the third quarter, consumer spending grew ata 2.8 percent pace, the most i n nearly four years. That was a stronger showing than the 2.6 percent pace firste stimated. E ven with the improve ment, consumers would need to spend more to have a significant impact on the j obs market. That's because consumer spending a ccounts for roughly 70 percent of all national economic output. P aul Dales, an economist at Capital Economics, said a "meaningful acceleration" in consumer spending seems u nlikely while job growth remains muted and Ameri cans are struggling to repairt heir finances at a time w hen their home values are d ropping. On Wall Street, investors l ooked past the better read i ng on third-quarter economic growth. The Dow Jones industrial a verage closed down 142.21 p oints, reflecting investors concerns about a Korean military conflict and eco n omic problems in Europe. Sales of U.S. exports to foreign customers grew at a 6.3 percent pace in the thirdq uarter, another factor in the third-quarter bump-up. That compared with a 5 percent growth rate firste stimated. A weaker value of the U.S. dollar is helping those sales. T he falling dollar makes U .S. goods cheaper and thus more attractive to foreign buyers. T he housing market, w hich led the country, into recession, remains a weight on the economy. Builders slashed spending on hous-i ng projects at a pace of nearly 28 percent. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 4B, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM *UHDW*XDQD&D\$EDFR 7KH%DKDPDV(03/2<0(17,7<
C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Ansbacher (Bahamas PRIVATE BANKING ADMINISTRATOR Ansbacher (Bahamas DUBLIN POLITICALinfighting has e ngulfed Ireland, threatening to trigger a quick election and delay a massive EU-IMF bailout. Rebels from Prime Minister Brian Cowen's own party pressed to oust him and opposition leaders demanded an election before Christmas, according to Associated Press. D espite the discontent, Cowen survived a meeting of his Fianna Fail party lawmak-ers on Tuesday without a direct challenge to his leadership even though several told Cowen to his face he should quit because he lied to Ireland about secret bailout negotiations. "I'm sick of it now. I'm sick of having to face people. I feel humiliated, frustrated and betrayed myself," said one of the Fianna Fail rebels, Noel O'Flynn. Budget A downcast Cowen told Dail Eireann, the parliament, he wouldn't call an election until Ireland's emergency 2011 bud get, to be unveiled Dec. 7, is fully enacted in law. He said that process would require several close votes running into February at least which would mean no election until March. That's too long a delay for many within his own unraveling government. But Cowen refused opposition calls to bring the budget forward a week, to extend par liamentary sessions from their current leisurely three days a week, and to fast-track votes on tax-raising legislation so that the effort could be finished before Christmas and before Ireland's banks run out of money. "This will bring some meas ure of certainty to a government that is out of control," Enda Kenny, leader of the main opposition Fine Gael, told Cowen during his vain appeal for an accelerated timetable. Cowen countered that he couldn't even get Kenny and o ther opposition chiefs to pledge to support the budget. If opposition lawmakers vote against the budget rather than abstain, a single vote either way could decide the outcome. "It is a matter of personal responsibility for us all to decide if this country is going to put forward the budget or not," Cowen told lawmakers. At stake is the fate of the reported euro85 billion ($115 billion) European Union and International Monetary Fund rescue of Ireland, a nation heading toward bankruptcy n ext year because the government cannot pay an ever-escalating bill to save its statebacked banks. Irish state broadcaster RTE reported Tuesday that IMF experts want Ireland's banks to boost their cash reserves dramatically using much of the p roposed euro85 billion for this purpose. Ireland's deficit this year is 32 percent of GDP, the highest in Europe since World War II. Its banks are running short of cash because they can't borrow on open markets, and instead have been relying on short-t erm loans from the European Central Bank and Irish Central Bank exceeding euro120 billion that they want back. Analysts increasingly warn that Irish taxpayers' bankbailout bill could ultimately reach euro90 billion double the government's current forecast because of defaults looming down the road, part icularly in residential mortgages. "The problem here is not that the government is funded into next year. It's that the banks are funded, probably, into next week. Do you hear that sucking sound? It's the sound of the deposits leaving t he banks," said David Roche, president of investment consultants Independent Strategy. He warned that, if Cowen were ousted now or the oppo sition shoots down the 2011 budget next month, Ireland "won't have a banking system. So if the opposition really thinks that's an intelligent exercise, somebody has lobotomized them of their IQ." Crisis The Irish political and economic crisis, and its uncertain solution, also drove up borrowing costs Tuesday for Por tugal, Spain, Greece and Italy, all of whom face their own debt-financing struggles. The rising interest rates on euro zone bonds reflect fears that a third member of the 16-nation eurozone might soon join the bailout club alongside the Greeks and Irish. Cowen said his government on Wednesday would publish a four-year plan spelling out how it intends to slash its deficit by 2014 to just 3 percent of GDP, the limit for eurozone members. The plan proposes to slash euro15 billion ($20 bil lion) from the country's 201114 budget deficits through a combination of cuts and tax hikes, and the biggest correc tion of euro6 billion is set for next year. Cowen, who rose to power in 2008 just as Ireland's vaunted Celtic Tiger economy was unraveling, has conceded he must call an election next year but is seeking to delay it as long as possible. His hand was forced Mond ay when the junior party in his coalition, the Greens, said it would withdraw support once the 2011 budget passed. The Greens said they expect the country to hold an election by late January, not the March timeline suggested by Cowen's more deliberate schedule. T he Fianna Fail minister for tourism and the arts, Mary Hanafin, accused the Greens of undermining Ireland at a critical moment. "I'm very annoyed. ... I'm not sure they (the Greens have shown they have the best interests of the country ath eart," Hanafin told RTE. Hanafin added she wouldn't back any push to oust Cowen but would put her name for ward if the leader's post became vacant. At the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, EU monetary and financial affairs minister Olli Rehn gathered Ireland's 12 European lawmakers for a confidential briefing and stressed they must stop the political infighting long enough to pass the 2011 budg et. "It is essential that Ireland pass the budget in the timeline foreseen, and sooner rather than later, because every day that is lost increases uncertain ty," Rehn said. Shares in Ireland's three remaining banks on the Irish S tock Exchange tumbled for a second day Tuesday as investors foresaw increasing bailouts and state control as inevitable. Patrick Honohan, the Irish Central Bank governor, fueled those fears with a speech Tues day to Dublin accountants. Hes aid Ireland's bank-rescue efforts were right in theory but had failed to restore the confi dence of foreign investors, who have withdrawn tens of billions' worth of deposits since the summer. He said Irish banks must greatly increase their own reserves in response and actively seek foreign buyers. "They're all for sale as far as I'm concerned," he said of Ireland's six banks, three of which have already been n ationalized. Bank of Ireland shares plummeted 33 percent to a new record low of euro0.26 and closed at euro0.30. Allied Irish Banks fell 19 percent to euro0.33. Insurance and mortgage specialist Irish Life & Permanent Ireland's only bank yet to receive a state bailout shed 11 percent to euro0.75, also a record low. The government already owns 36 percent of Bank of Ireland and 18 percent of Allied Irish. The latter bank expects to h and more than 90 percent ownership to the government next month after it offers euro6.6 billion in new, over priced shares for sale and finds the government is the only buyer. Political chaos engulfs Ireland, threatens bailout A WOMAN c lears debris from the office of Ireland's Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey TD of the Fianna Fail party that was vandalized and painted with the words 'traitors' in the village of Trim, 30 miles north west of Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2010. (AP
A UGUSTA, Maine IMPROVEDstate budg et estimates combined w ith falling unemploym ent rates suggest that Maine's long-suffering economy is beginning to lurch out of the doldrums, but a few caveats are also being issued, according to Associated Press. A nonpartisan state panel of tax and econom ic experts on Tuesday gave its blessing to signif i cantly improved revenue projections, which suggest that Maine's $1 billionplus budget gap may notb e that big after all. The Revenue Forecast ing Committee endorsed f igures that shrink the s hortfall through the next two-year budget cycle by more than $470 million, which could ease prospects of more deep budget cuts. The figures will be included in ar eport due Dec. 1. Forecasts The healthier revenues stem from improved forecasts of individual income taxes and corporate profitability, said Grant Pennoyer, director of the Office of Fiscal and Pro gram Review and mem ber of the forecasting committee. Economist Amanda Rector of the State Planning Office told the committee that wage and salary estimates are t urning more positive, and by the end of 2013 employment should get back to pre-recession levels. The upbeat news came as the state Labor D epartment reported that M aine's preliminary unemployment rate was 7 .4 percent in October, d own from 7.7 percent in S eptember and from 8.1 percent a year earlier. The number of unem-p loyed totaled 51,100, d own 6,000 from a year ago, state Labor Com-m issioner Laura Fortman s aid. Fortman noted that unemployment declines over the last three monthsa re due to a combination of factors, including modest job growth and peo-p le leaving the labor force. Gov. John Baldacci credited "hard decisionsm ade at the state and n ational level since the global recession began" in 2007 for the improved e conomic scenario. Action in Maine that laid the foundation for a r ecovery included hold i ng the line on broadb ased taxes, "smart and targeted investments" and government restructuring, he said. Baldacci said companies in Maine, after shed ding more than 30,000 jobs, are rebounding and profits are improving. "While job creation is still lagging, Maine's unemployment level is dropping. There are still too many people out of work, but at least the unemployment rate is heading in the right direction," he said. F igur es The Revenue Forecasting Committee's upgraded figures are subject to a number of assumptions that aren't guaranteed to bear out, according to a panel of experts from outside government that reports on key economic indicators. The Consensus Economic Forecasting Com mission said in a statement that the positive revenue forecasts are based in part on assumptions that tax cuts passed during George W. Bush's presidency will be extend ed and that the Federal Reserve Bank will expand monetary policy support for the economy. The recurrence of the European debt crisis also looms as a potential influ ence on the positive trends, the Consensus Economic Forecasting Commission added. "Perhaps more importantly, the uncertainty in the current economic cli mate is substantial," the commission warned. NEW YORK S TOCKS FELL Tuesday as a flare-up of tensions between North and SouthK orea combined with downbeat news on the economy gave investors plenty of reasons to sell ahead of the T hanksgiving holiday. The dollar and gold rose as investors sought safe places t o park money, a ccording to A ssociated Press. N orth Korea and South Korea exchanged artillery fire, killing at least two S outh Korean marines. That came as investors were a lready concerned that a bailout of Ireland may not be enough to containE urope's debt crisis. Borrowing costs for Portugal a nd Spain rose, leading Spain to trim the size of a debt sale. I n the U.S., sales of previously-owned houses dipped 2 .2 percent in October. Also, Federal Reserve officials became more pessimistica nd lowered their outlook for economic growth for thenext year. T he Dow Jones industrial average fell 142.21, or 1.3 percent, to 11,036.37. The Standard & Poor's 500 lost 17.11, or 1.4 percent, to 1,180.73. The Nasdaqc omposite index fell 37.07, or 1.5 percent, to 2,494.95 The clash between North and South Korea was one of the most dramatic between the two rivals since the end of the Korean war. Fifteen S outh Korean soldiers and t hree civilians were injured i n the artillery exchanges. The escalating tensions c ame shortly after the reclus ive North Korean regime claimed to have a new uranium enrichment facility ands ix weeks after the country's l eader Kim Jong Il anointed his youngest son as his heir apparent. T he showdown between the two countries raises tensions in Asia, but was seena s less of an immediate danger in the U.S. Traders said the showdown was seen bym any as an excuse to pare back exposure to risk ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday Thursday. Trading is expecte d to be light Wednesday as people leave early. Markets will be open for an abbrevia ted session on Friday. Investors don't want to g o into the holiday with any lingering doubts," said John Derrick, director of research f or U.S. Global Investors. "The tensions in Korea just g ave them another excuse to sell." Hewlett-Packard Co. was t he only one among the 30 stocks that make up the D ow Jones industrial average to rise. Shares gained 2.2 percent after the techn ology company beat Wall Street's expectations for reve nue and income thanks to strong corporate spending. Energy shares led the d ecline as the price of crude oil fell. Chevron Corp. fell2 percent, while ExxonMo b il Corp. lost 1.7 percent. Probe A widening probe into insider trading was stillw eighing on financial shares Tuesday, a day after FBI agents raided the offices of three hedge funds. JPMor g an Chase & Co. was the worst-performing major bank with a 2.3 percent decline, followed closely by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. with a 2 percent fall. In other gloomy news on t he economy, the Federal R eserve lowered its forecast f or growth through next year. In a report releasing minu tes from its last meeting Nov. 3, the Fed predicted that the economy will grow only 2.4 percent to 2.5 per cent this year. That's down sharply from a previous projection of 3 percent to 3.5 percent. Next year, the economy will expand by 3 percent to 3.6 percent, the Fed said, also much lower than its June forecast. The darker view helps explain why the Fed decided a t its meeting earlier this m onth to launch another round of stimulus. The cent ral bank plans to buy $600 b illion in Treasury bonds o ver the next eight months in an effort to lower interest rates and spur more spend i ng. Yields Treasury prices rose, sending their yields lower. T he yield on the 10-year T reasury slipped to 2.78 per cent, down from 2.80 per-c ent late Monday. T hat rate is a widely used b enchmark for business and consumer loans including mortgages. T he dollar rose 1.3 percent against an index of six other currencies and thee uro fell 1.8 percent against the dollar. Gold rose 1.5 percent to $1,377.60 an ounce. The VIX, a measure of v olatility in U.S. stock p rices, jumped 14 percent to 21. The index had been s teadily falling since May 20 when it went as high as 45, its highest level of the year. Among gainers was retail e r J. Crew Group Inc., which is being taken private in a $3 billion deal with two investment firms. Sharesr ose $6.34, or 17 percent, to $43.99. Wednesday will bring an u nusually large amount of e conomic data since several r eports that normally come out Thursday are being moved up because of the holiday. Reports are due out on weekly claims for unemployment benefits, durable goods and personal income. Falling shares outpaced rising shares by four to one on the New York Stock Exchange. Consolidated volume was 4.2 billion shares. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 6B, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM :$17(' Korean conflict, European worries weigh on stocks SMOKE BILLOWS from Yeonpyeong island near the border against North Korea, in South K orea, yesterday. North and S outh Korea exchanged artillery fire Tuesday after the North shelled an island near their disputed sea border, killing at least two South Korean marines, setting dozens of buildings ablaze and sending c ivilians fleeing for shelter. (AP INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Maine economy is picking up
NEW YORK Federal officials are becoming more aggressive in targeting insider trading. In the latest example, three hedge funds were raided in what legal e xperts say appears to be o ne of the biggest probes in Wall Street history. But as investigators delve into an ever more complex financial world, they are also entering a legal gray area, a nd perhaps even redefini ng insider trading itself. 41 STATES SEE JOB GAINS IN OCT., MOST IN 5 MONTHS W ASHINGTON (AP B usinesses and other e mployers added jobs in 41 s tates in October, the best showing in five months, the Labor Department said T uesday. The figures indicate the j ob market is picking up a bit in most parts of the count ry. Even the nation's harde st hit states Nevada and Michigan showed d eclines in their unemployment rates. B ut the gains weren't enough to broadly reduce unemployment rates. The L abor Department said the jobless rate fell last month i n 19 states, remained the same in 17 and rose in 14. Unemployment can risew hen jobs are created if more people begin searchi ng for work. POR TUGAL, SP AIN BECOME MARKET TARGET AFTER IREL AND LISBON, Portugal (AP Europe's efforts to con tain its debt crisis came under increasing strain Tuesday as bond market jit-t ers shook Portugal and Spain, seen as the 16-nation eurozone's next weakest links now that Ireland hasf ollowed Greece by accepting a massive international rescue. T he nations' borrowing c osts rose, suggesting i nvestors are more worried about default, while Spain limited the size of a bond sale because traders demanded sharply higher premiums. Stock traders panicked a nd dumped shares across a ll sectors, sending Portugal's benchmark stock index down 2.2 percent by the close, while Spain's sank 3.1 percent to a level not seen since July. The euro slid b elow $1.34 for the first time i n two months. Spooked by the scale of Greece's bailout requirements in May and Ireland's banking failures, internat ional investors are looking m uch closer at the public finances of eurozone countries and they don't like what they're seeing, particularly in Portugal. J. CREW MAKES DEAL TO BE TAKEN PRIVATE FOR $3B N EW YORK (AP P reppy fashion retailer J. Crew Group Inc. on Tuesd ay agreed to be taken private in a $3 billion deal that w ould be the second multibillion dollar specialty retail buyout launched in two m onths. The announcement of an o ffer from two investment firms including one that used to own J. Crew c ame as the retailer reported Tuesday that its third-quart er net income fell 14 percent, hurt by weaker women's clothing sales. The comp any also lowered its guidance for the year. Under the deal as pro posed, J. Crew shareholders w ould receive $43.50 per s hare from private equity firms TPG Capital and Leonard Green & Partners.T hat is a 16 percent premi um to the stock's closing price Monday of $37.65. TREASURY GETS $11.7 BILLION FR OM GM STOCK SALE W ASHINGTON (AP The Treasury Department says it has received $11.7 billion from the sale of 358.5 million shares of General Motors stock. Treasury announced that the net proceeds from the G M stock sold last week w ere delivered on Tuesday. Treasury officials said that the government could receive an additional $1.8 billion assuming the bankers exercise options to purchase a n additional 53.8 million s hares of GM common stock within 30 days of the initial stock offering. The government put $49.5 billion into GM as part of i ts bailout of the giant a utomaker. In addition, Treasury said it will receive another $2.1 billion from GM when the automaker repurchases preferred stock that was issued under the government's $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program. That sale is supposed to take place in December. T ESTS ON TOYS FIND F EW PROBLEMS THIS SEASON W ASHINGTON (AP O nly a small fraction of child ren's toys tested for toxic substances and choking risks have been found to violate federal safety regulations as h oliday shopping shifts into h igh gear, consumer advoc ates said Tuesday. T he U.S. Public Interest Research Group credited a 2008 law that set stronger limits and standards for children's products for helping to make many of the products on store shelves safer f or youngsters. The law was p assed in the wake of a wave of recalls of lead tainted toys. PIRG had 260 toys and other children's products from major retailers and d ollar stores tested for toxic s ubstances such as lead and antimony as well as for the risk of choking presented by small parts. Four of the items tested v iolated federal safety regul ations for children's toys. n T he Dow Jones industrial average fell 142.21, or 1 .3 percent, to 11,036.37. The Standard & Poor's 500 lost 17.11, or 1.4 percent, to 1,180.73. The Nasdaq composite index fell 37.07, or 1.5 percent, to 2,494.95. Benchmark oil for January delivery lost 49 cents to settle at $81.25 a barrel on the New York Mercantile E xchange. In other Nymex trading in December contracts, heating oil gave up 1.90 cents to settle at $2.2496 a gallon, gasoline dropped 1.77 cents to settle at $2.1342 a gallon and natural gas fell 0.7 cent to settle at $4.264 per 1,000 cubic feet. In London, Brent crude lost 71 cents to settle at $83.25 a barrel on the ICE F utures exchange. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM BUSINESSNEWSINBRIEF ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON MUTUAL FUND COMPANYJanus Capital Group Inc. says it has received an inquiry in an investigation of insider trading on Wall Street, according to Associated Press. In a regulatory filing Tuesday, Janus said the inquiry seeks "general information" in a probe that widened when federal investigators raided offices of three hedge funds on Monday. The Denver-based manager of $161 billion says it intends to cooperate with the request. Media reports on Tuesday also identified other mutual fund companies in connection with the probe, including Wellington Management, MFS Investment Management, Deutsche Bank and Prudential Financial. An MFS spokesman told The Associated Press that the company has not received any requests for information in the probe. Representatives for Wellington, Deutsche Bank and Prudential declined to comment to AP. J anus receives inquir y in insider trading probe WASHINGTON AN OKLAHOMAcompany that makes specialty chemicals used in paints and other products has agreed to pay $270 million for cleanup of contaminated sites in 22 states, according to Associated Press. Tronox Inc. agreed to the payments as part of a bankruptcy settlement announced Tuesday. The company will pay the money to states, the federal government and courtapproved trusts for future cleanup and administration at sites contaminated by Tronox and its predecessor companies. Tronox also will transfer to the governments and trusts an 88 percent share of its interest in a pending lawsuit against the compa ny's former parent company, Kerr-McGee Corp., and its parent company Anadarko Petroleum Corp. Chemical f ir m to pa y $270M f or enviro cleanup
DETROIT HARD-HITKokomo, Ind., got a big boost from C hrysler on Tuesday when t he automaker announced it plans to pump another $843 million into three factories to build a new frontwheel-drive transmission, a ccording to Associated Press. General Motors, meanw hile, will announce W ednesday that it will invest $ 163 million in two Michigan plants and an Ohiof oundry to make small-car e ngines, according to a person familiar with GM's plans. The person was not authorized to talk about thep lans ahead of the formal announcement and asked not to be identified. GM says the moves will retain 1 84 jobs. Both companies are recovering from last year's auto industry meltdown when they were forced to t ake government bailouts to make it through bankruptcy p rotection. The Kokomo announcem ent came just hours ahead of a visit to the plants by President Barack Obama a nd Vice President Joe Biden, who promoted the b enefits of the auto industry bailout. Chrysler said it will pay f or equipment to modernize the two Kokomo transmission factories and a casting plant. Plants T he investment will e xtend the life of the plants a nd help retain nearly 2,250 j obs, equipping them to b uild a new front-wheel-drive transmission for unspecified future vehicles, the company said. The automaker already has announced that it will b uild a new 8-speed automatic transmission in Kokomo in 2013. Chrysler said the new investment, to start early n ext year and run through the third quarter of 2012, w ould raise the company's commitment to the Kokom o plants to $1.1 billion, pushing its total U.S. factory investment to nearly $3 bill ion since it emerged from government-funded bankr uptcy protection in 2009. The Auburn Hills, Mich.based automaker, now run by Italy's Fiat Group SpA, was near death before getting a $12.5 billion bailout from U.S. taxpayers to make i t through bankruptcy. In e xchange, the government got a 10 percent stake in the company, which still owes taxpayers roughly $5.7 billion in loan payments. D eclared one of "America's fastest-dying towns" by Forbes magazine in 2008, K okomo hit bottom in June 2 009 when unemployment i n that midsize city in northcentral Indiana reached 20.4p ercent. Unemployment is s till higher than the national average, but it dropped by nearly 8 percentage points to 12.7 percent in September. T he Chrysler bailout helped keep the company's Kokomo transmission plants open. The Kokomo area also benefited from about $400 million in stimulus money, including an $89 mill ion Energy Department g rant to help Delphi Auto m otive Systems develop electronic components forh ybrid vehicles. T he Kokomo investment would be Chrysler's largest in a single year. It's contin gent on the city approving tax breaks. Chrysler Group LLC has said it will partner with Germ an-based ZF Group on the next generation front-wheel drive transmission. ZF isp roviding design and techn ology. Strategy "For years, Kokomo has b een at the center of our p owertrain strategy and the potential of an additional investment reaffirms that position," Sergio Mar c hionne, CEO of Chrysler and Fiat, said in a statement. The Indiana Transmission P lant I in Kokomo now makes a rear-wheel-drive transmission for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Jeep Lib erty, Dodge Dakota and Ram Trucks and a transmission for heavy-duty trucks. Transmission Plant II makes a five-speed transmission for the Chrysler 300, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Nitro and Dodge Charger. The Kokomo Casting Plant manufactures aluminum parts for transmissions and other components. Chrysler's finances have been improving, although it still is losing money. The company cut its third-quarter net loss to $84 million but said it expects to make a pretax profit of $700 million this year, up from a previo us forecast of $200 million. I t also expects to end the year with $500 million in positive cash flow. Previously, it expected to burn through $1 billion in cash. G M will announce Wednesday that it's rehiring or retaining 184 worke rs to make 1.4-liter, fourc ylinder engines for the C hevrolet Volt electric car and Chevrolet Cruze com-p act. The company said it w ill invest $163 million at its Flint Engine South plant, a parts plant in Bay City, Mich., and a foundry in Defiance, Ohio. In Flint, thec ompany will rehire 135 workers; it will retain 49 jobs in Bay City and Defiance. Engines T he jobs are in addition to the 160 people already hired at the Flint Engine S outh plant, which will begin making the engines early n ext year. The new hires will come from a pool of workers laid off earlier this fall w hen GM closed down a neighboring engine plant in F lint. GM currently makes engines for the Volt and Cruze in Austria. It has invested $250 million in theF lint South plant to make the engines there. GM will be able to produce 400 engines per day initially, butw ill gradually increase production. The plant has the capacity to make 1,200 1.4-l iter engines per day. In a nother part of the plant, 400 workers make the 3.6liter, V-6 engine used in the Chevrolet Traverse, GMCA cadia, Cadillac CTS and other vehicles. The plant will make two v ersions of the 1.4-liter engines: A 100-horsepower base engine for the Volt, which is electric but has the gas engine as a backup, and a 138-horsepower, turbocharged version that is offered as an option on the Cruze. GM's fortunes also have been improving. The com pany made $4.2 billion dur ing the first three quarters of the year and pulled off an initial public stock offering last week. It, too, had to be rescued by the U.S. government. GM got a $50 billion bailout to get through bankruptcy protection. 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Films in Competition New Visions Film C rackie, directed by Sherry Wood, in attendance Hello Lonesome, directed by Adam Reid, in attendance Immigration Tango, direct ed by David Burton Morris, in attendance N orman, directed by Jonathan Segal, in attendance P inoy Sunday, directed by Wi Ding Ho New Vision Jury Peter Belsito executive vice president of Film Finders Division at IMDb S cott Budnick producer (The Hangover, Starsky & Hutch) RJ Millard vice president of publicity at Focus Features S pirit of Freedom Narrative Films A tletu, directed by Davey Frankel, Rasselas Lakew E lisa K, directed by Judith Colell and Jordi Candena, in attendance M aster Harold and the Boys, directed by Lonny Price, in a ttendance Little Rose, directed by Jan K idawa-Bionski, in attendance Refractaire, directed by Nicolas Steil Spirit of Freedom Narrative Jury M orris Ruskin CEO of Shoreline Entertainment R ani Sitty Paradigm Talent Agency H annah Fisher Veteran Film Festival executive S pirit of Freedom Documentary Films R evolution 2012 directed by Christian Kohlert and C hristoph Lehmann, in atten dance Bouncing Cats, directed by Nabil Elderkin From Somewhere to Nowhere, directed by Villi Herm ann War Don Don, directed by R ebecca Richman Cohen, in attendance B udrus, directed by Julie Bacha, in attendance Bhutto, directed by Duane B aughman, Johnny O'Hara, in attendance S alam Rugby, Faramarz Beheshti, in attendance Spirit of Freedom Documentary Jury Loredana Boboli de Lama Owner of Duna Film International Sandy Cioffi Documentary Filmmaker (Crocodile Tears, Sweet Crude) Karina Rotenstein Pro gramming Manager at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival BIFF will showcase over 30 Short Films in Competition Short Film Jury Norman Golightly Produc er (Ghostrider, Shadow of the Vampire) Sara Nodjoumi Film Pro ducer/Programmer (Santa Smokes, Dukes House) Craig Woods Bahamas Film Commissioner Panel Discussions Industry panels at this years festival will cover a wide range of topics including Acting, Directing, Film Finance and Distribution, How to Pitch your Script, and the Art of Collabo ration Monday, November 29 Master Class in Acting with Raymond Forchion, Actor/ Director/ Writer College of the Bahamas (Performing Arts Center) 5:30pm 8.30pm $25 (Stu dent) $30 (General Admission) Tuesday, November 30 Master Class in Screenwrit ing and Directing with Wil Shriner, Actor/ Director/ Writer/ Producer College of The Bahamas 5.30pm 8.30pm $25 (Stu dent) $30 General Admission) Saturday, December 3 Art Of Collaboration Panelist: Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden (Half Nelson, Sugar, It's Kind Of A Funny Story) G alleria Cinema JFK noon 1pm $10 Pitch This Panelist: Peter Belsito Executive Vice President of Film Finders Division at IMDb Galleria Cinema JFK 4pm 6pm $10 Sunday, December 4 T he Festival / Market Circut Year P anelist: Peter Belsito Exec utive Vice President of Film Finders Division at IMDb Galleria Cinema JFK 4pm 5pm $10 Film Financing and Distribu tion Panelist: Morris Ruskin, C EO Shoreline Entertainment, Page Ostrow, CEO Ostrow and Company Galleria Cinema JFK 5.15pm 6.15pm $10 For more information visit our events page at www.bintlfilmfest.com Filmmaker Residency Program Mentors: Raymond Forchion actor/writer/producer/director (Will and Grace, Last Breeze of Summer) Kelly Moore independent producer Andrew Trapani producer (The Haunting in Connecti cut) Wil Shriner director/ actor/writer/producer (Hoot, Fraiser, Becker, Gilmore Girls, Everybody Loves Raymond) Participants: Karen Webb, writer of Arthurs Salvation (US Sara Van Acker, writer of Bloodlust (US Sonia Castang, writer of Windward (UK Mark Cerulli, writer of Sunburn (US Andrew Beckford, wrtier of Slavery in the Bahamas (Bahamas Christina Smith, writer of Fearless (US The complete program lineup can be found online at www.bintlfilmfest.com. Book ending the festival this year are Sony Pictures Classics acclaimed comedy Tamara Drewe, which will open the festival, Thursday, December 2 and The Weinstein Companys Oscar contender The Kings Speech, which will close out the Festival on Sunday, December 5th with Harvey Weinstein in attendance. C M Y K C M Y K TASTE PAGE 10B, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T h e T r i b u n e things 2 DO November 26 Friday Rotary Club of West Nassau's Soiree on The Deck The Rotary Club of West Nassau presents Soiree on The Deck, a night of art, food and music, 7pm at Poop Deck West. Donation: $50. Proceeds in aid of Rotary International Foundation. Telephone: 326-2430. November 26 Friday Autumn Leaves Concert The Nassau Chapter of The Links, Inc invites you to attend Autumn Leaves, an evening of elegant music from home and abroad. Concert features 2010 Marlin awardwinning Mount Tabor Full Gospel Praise Team, The Bahamas National Youth Choir, Pat Rahming and Antoine Wallace and N ikita Wells from the Best of Broadway. 8pm at College of the Bahamas' Performing Arts Centre. Dress: informal. Cost: $25/adults; $12/children. Proceeds in aid of projects of the Nassau Chapter of The Links, Inc November 27 Saturday St Cecilia's PTA SouseOut, Fun Run/Walk and Health Fair St Cecilia's ParentsTeachers' Association hosts its 3rd annual SouseOut, Fun Run/Walk, and Health Fair on the school grounds. Walk-a-thon begins 6am. Come out and get your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checked while enjoy ing some native souse at the Health Fair, 8am12pm. Souse: $8/chicken, sheep-tongue or pig feet. Hope to see you there! E: c email@example.com November 27 Nov 28 3rd Annual Bahamas Real Estate Expo All parties involved in the Real Estate selling/purchasing process gather under one roof at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort. 11am-6pm. Here's your chance to check out the local exhibitors! December 2 Thursday Bringin' Back Da Good Ole Days Art Auction, Exhibition and Sale Capital City Marketing presents Bringin' Back Da Good Ole Days, an art auction, exhibition and sale told through the eyes of Bahamian artist, Nicole Angelica. 7pm-10pm at the Balmoral Club. Proceeds to benefit the Young Arts Foundation for the Advancement of Art. Telephone: 323-5589 E: firstname.lastname@example.org BY ALESHA CADET TRIBUNE FEATURES REPORTER A F TER a near two year absence in the Bahamas, Dancehall lovers can look forward to One More Night With Busy Signal. T he event will take place on November 27 at Marios Bowling Alley and Entertainment Palace. A newly formed promotion company SiDy Production is responsible for the dancehall superstars return to the Bahamas. S ince his last concert in the Bahamas, Busy Signal has become a more p rofound artist with a string of wildly popular song such as, Tic Toc, One More Night and many more. SiDy Production is an event promotion company consisting of two phenomenal young ladies, Siddeeqah Beneby and Dynasty Rolle.The t wo have individually been deeply involved in entertainment in the B ahamas around America. A ccording to the duo, the whole process of organising this particular s how was a long and tedious process that was met with a slew of p roblems but the pair chose to take on the concert with the utmost grace and confidence. I n a statement, the Vendetta Group told Tribune E ntertainment t hat the ladies have recently combined both their knowledge and skills to c reate the soon to be entertainment Juggernaut SiDy Productions. One More Night with busy is the first in a long list of major concerts ande vents the pair intend on bringing to the Bahamian public in the coming year, it stated. I n addition to Busy Signal, there will also be performances by local rap-reggae sensation MDeez, whose breakaway hit Times Hard has sized a spot in high rotation on local radio stations and Ipods. Also set to entertain the crowd will be street acclaimed DJ Selector Chronic and TG Movements who is said to most defiantly keep thec rowd moving and entertained. Promoters said: Saturday night and Marios will be one no one s hould miss for this is for one night only. The ladies behind SiDy Productions are keeping with their goal of bringing innovation to Bahamian concerts by currently hosting a competition for all interested young ladies who are interested in competing to win the opportunity to spend a day with Busy Signal and also attend the c oncert with him. The winner will be awarded an exclusive photo shoot with renowned Bahamian photographer Sasha Dunn. Applicationsa vailable online on Facebook at Si Dy or the Vendetta Group. One More Night With Busy Signal! THAT SiDy FEVERSiddeeqah Beneby and Dynasty Rolle gives us just One More Night With Busy Signal. BIFF announces competition jur y and panels BAHAMASFILMFESTIVAL AR TIS T S OF THEBAHAMAS 64 films from 17 countries in 5 days, including 12 Bahamian Films, 26 Feature Films and 38 Short Films From Around the World. Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Perhaps you ar e 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.
C M Y K C M Y K ARTS THE TRIBUNE WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer LOCAL craftsman and artisans are getting ready to showcase one of a kind handmade pieces at this year's Authentic Christmas Ornament Show to be held this weekend at the Wyndham Nassau Resort and Crystal Palace Casino. The event is being presented by the Authentic Craft Market in partnership with the Wyndham Hotel. The ornament showcase will feature special handmade Christmas pieces. "This weekend is for the early Christmas shoppers. They will have the opportunity to view as well as purchase authentically Bahamian made items, said Rowena Rolle organiser of the event. As always, artists who are showcasing pieces in this year's show have tapped into their creative genius and are using Bahamian products. "Ornaments are made from pink and white sand. Some of the pieces are also made from straw and there are also some that are made from crepe paper. Conch shell and sea shells have been used as well and I must say that the ornaments are very beautiful," Ms Rolle told Tribune Entertainment. Ms Rolle also said the Christmas ornaments should be favoured as they are just as beautiful as the American ornaments. "These ornaments are just as beautiful as the ones that people buy in the store so why not purchase something beautiful that is Bahamian. These ornaments can also be combined with the store bought ones. They are very beautiful, different and authentic and they last very long," she said. Culinary There will also be a culinary tasting at the event. And because it is the Thanksgiving season attendees will get to sample turkey dishes as well an assortment of Bahamian desserts. There will also be prizes and giveaways. This is the first time the Christmas show presented by the Authentic Craft Market will focus on ornaments. However attendees will also be able to purchase other gifts. The local craftsmen are seeking the support of the public and they encourage individuals to come out to the event. "We are inviting the Bahamian public to attend the event because artisans and craftsmen need support. It is time the Bahamians people give support to local craftsmen and this show provides the opportunity to that," Ms Rolle said. Admission is free and the show starts at 9am until 6pm on Saturday, November 27. Craftsmen and artisans to showcase Christmas pieces By ALESHA CADET Tribune Features Reporter T H E College of The Bahamas Writers of Lightw ill present "Culture Shock", a photo docum entary highlighting beloved Bahamian Culture. The event will take on Thursday, November 25 at the Chapter One Bookstore, Thompson Boulevard, starti ng at 6.30 pm with free admission. Since 2006, when Professor Hugo Z arate first pitched the idea of turning this particular courses final project into a full-fledged photography exhibition to his students, the class has been highly sought after by non-majors. COB student, Anna Moss told Tri bune Entertainment that deciding on t he name of the exhibition was a task. "There was this one photo that was tak-e n by a student with a chain which depicted slavery and from that we d ecided to look at the Bahamian aspects that are still under slavery." Mr Z loved this idea and when we realised that idea wouldn't not work, we still continued to look at Bahamian aspects but we decided to go with Bahamian culture and how it has changed and thats is how the idea of "culture shock" came about," she said. The students of this photojournalism class had the chance to take pictures at Potters Cay Dock, the Fort Charlotte and the downtown area. Speaking on her experience in the class, Ms Moss said: I have a greater experience with photography and I now look at different aspects of it." Another student, Lewis Major said p hotojournalism is so much more than simply taking a picture. After r esearching and realising that people actually lose their life for taking pic t ures, seeing their passion made me become appreciative of it." Mr Major added that in all of his photos, his theme was the way we worship". I am pretty pleased with a ll of my photos, and there is one pho to I call the money shot because it is so intense." Katie Pratt, a communications major in the class told Tribune Entertainment that she has always enjoyed taking photos. I go out take photos that I know would inspire people. I am very pre pared for this exhibition, most of my photos were taken at Potters Cay D ock." She continued: "I am probably going t o sell one, but I'm going to put the rest on display at my home. One of the p hotos I took consist of a man with a pole in the water bring up conch, when I took this particular picture I wanted to focus on the blues and the man actual ly putting the pole into the water." N oel Henderson said he is now pre pared for the exhibit, but it was indeed a task for him. I decided to go with a theme of "island breeze" for my photos, simply showing the beauty of Nassau. If people are willing to buy my photos I will sell them, I think they are good enough to be sold." The College of The Bahamas Writers of Light presents Culture Shoc PHOTO DOCUMENTARYONBAHAMIANCULTURE INTHEPICTURE: The College of the Bahamas photo journalism students will highlight the art of photography as they bring you a Culture Shock! JUMPOFF EV OLUTIONARY STORY EXHIBITION B LACKANDCOLOUR AUTHENTICCHRISTMASORNAMENTSHOW
C M Y K C M Y K The Tribune SECTIONB I N S I D E One More Night With Busy Signal See page ten WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2010 Thanksgiving the Bahamian way See page nine Bringing Back da Good Ole Days N I C O L E A N G E L I C A : A R T E X H I B I T I O N B r i t i s h C o l o n i a l H i l t o n F R I D A Y D E C E M B E R 3 By ALESHA CADET T ribune Features Reporter I n ternationally recognised Bahamian artist, Nicole Angelica will launch her 2011 tour Bringing Back the Good Ole Days with a n exciting exhibition held on Friday, December 3 at t he British Colonial Hilton. As is always a part of the agenda of the artist, part proceeds from the show will assist high school seniors in their quest to continue their education at the College of TheB ahamas. Nicole is known to her global collect ors for producing representational real ism at its finest. She is a self taught and s elf published artist. Her journey of establishing her career as a professional artist began after she graduated from college and worked on creative advertising and marketing campaigns. At this point of her career, the artist who is in her mid forties thinks being an artist is one of the few voca tions where age is an asset. Nicole Angelica sat down in an interview with Tribune Features and said the idea for an exhibition came from a com bination of factors. "I've had some very strong challenges in my life for the past few years and I have also been observing what has been happening with the Bahamas in particular in terms of the devel opment of our country. My personal life challenges encouraged me to find a mechanism to bring back that old Nicole Angelica and I found that it was through my paintings." Going further, she said more specifically it was through her paintings of things that she remembers were very pleasurable to her as a younger person. Those paintings are inspired by people and places back in the day in Nassau and also the other islands in the Bahamas." Climbing I do have a daughter and some other family members that are young that think that the world is what it is today and they don't know the things like climbing the dilly tree, picking tamarind and eating coco plum, walk ing on the beach basically having a naturally fun time and I wanted to be able to share that through my work to not just the youth of today but to those that have forgotten how yesterday used to be, so you'll see in my paintings a reflection of what I call the good old days," she said. She continued: I would very much like to encourage artists. I would like for them to come out to the show so that they can have an opportunity to chat with me, I per sonally have some things I would like to share with them in terms of encouragement. I do believe that a part of my processing in the world of art is that I share that talent with others. I would also like to encourage the general public to come out and see what it is I do have to offer and I want at this time to extend my appreciation to the support they have shown me for the past several years." This specially themed series will exude an immea surable sense of "the real, the human, and the historic view of Bahamian times" with over fifty paintings chronicling our changing society and offering a reassuring visual haven during a time of momentous transformation as our country evolves into a complex modern society. Angelica's shows are known for elegance, style and the ability to attract anyone who is anyone in the world of art collection and appreciation. Each painting from the artist's easel is a masterpiece created from her research of her subjects. She sometimes uses old black and white photos as reference material and for ideas. Pencil sketches and small colour studies help her to determine how to get the most impact before painting the larger pictures. The paintings of Nicole Angelica reflect a quality of narrative peacefulness. Her paintings of people and places unobserved speak to Nicole's appreciation for the moments in life which are so overlooked in the hubbub of modern experience. She works with oil on canvas, spending hundreds of hours on her paintings with the ulti mate goal of presenting a fresh, unique, and ele gant approach to familiar subjects. The detail in each painting is remarkable, but the mood in each one is equally impressive. Nicole Angelica's paintings have won her inter national acclaim of Best of Show (Museum of Americas), first place awards (International Guild of Real ism) and Artwalk (Santa Fe, New Mexico) along with numerous grants and honourable recognitions globally. Her tour will continue into next year with Angelica's scheduled participation at The Dubai International Art Fair 2011; Artexpo New York and Las Vegas 2011; Lineart SGent, Belgium; CArrousel du Louvre (Paris); Holland Art Fair ( The Haye, Holland); and the Shanghai (China) International Art Fair. THEORIGINALST.FRANCIS CATHEDRAL SUNDAYBEST OLDBAYSTREET CONCHBAIT