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 Rapid Strike bid to beat criminals V olume: 107 No.48THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND WARM HIGH 82F LOW 70F By PAUL G TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org A MASSIVE police operat ion, targeting criminals throughout New Providence was launched last night by the C ommissioner of Police Elli son Greenslade. Operation Rapid Strike will focus on a number of peoplew ho the police suspect to be involved in murders, armed robberies, possession of illegal f irearms, stealing of vehicles, stabbings, house break-ins, and all other criminal activi t y. T his new thrust by police, said Mr Greenslade, is a con tinuation of their efforts to reduce the occurrence of serious crimes throughout the country and restore peace and civility in the community. F ollowing the Commis sioners announcement, two Commissioner launc hes major police operation M cCOMBO O F THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM YOURSOURCEFOROBITUARIES N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B U U T T N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B E E A A T T S S T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E I I N N S S I I D D E E T T O O D D A A Y Y C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! L L O O A A D D S S O O F F J J O O B B S S A A N N D D H H E E L L P P W W A A N N T T E E D D ! T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S C C L L A A S S S S I I F F I I E E D D S S T T R R A A D D E E R R B y AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com AMBULANCES currently used by public hospitals are in desperaten eed of replacement, hospital officials acknowledged yesterday. The majority of emergency vehicales in the nations fleet are 2004 models, and not up to international standards that call for the replacem ent of the vehicles every three y ears. SEE page nine PUBLIC HOSPITAL AMBULANCES IN DESPERATE NEED OF REPLACEMENT ON THE MOVE: Police take to the streets yesterday as part of Operation Rapid Strike. Felip Major /Tribune staff By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org ATTORNEY General John Delaney confirmed yesterday that an appeal to the Supreme Court ruling that found that the Minister of Works acted unlawfully when he commenced roadworks on Baillou Hill Road and Market Street was filed on Monday. The ruling handed down by Justice Neville Adderley on FROM page 10 Appeal filed against ruling that Minister of Works acted unlawfully on roadworks SEE page 12 FORT Charlotte MP Alfred Sears yesterday criticised the Government for its sale of BTC to Cable and Wireless Communica tions, arguing that the Ingraham administration had not made it clear that the company was "formed nine months ago." He said the public was under the impression that it is Cable & Wireless Worldwide, a global telecom munications company with more than 130 years of experience, not CWC which separated from the CWW group last year that is about to buy BTC. By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com A CRIME-FIGHTING initiative between local police and the Central Detective Unit has put a clamp on house break-ins at Harbour Island. A spate of burglaries late last year sparked fears of irreparable damage to visitor and resident confidence. Since then, the local police have arrest ed five people, including a juvenile. They have been charged with eight counts of burglary and stealing. In the last three weeks there have been no reported break-ins. A police spokesman on the island said: We have the assistance of CDU offi A TEAM of officers from the capital is in Eleuthera today looking for clues that might help explain the bizarre discovery of a dead man in a barrel yesterday morning. Police have said very little about the case, but sources claim the decomposed remains were found in a 55 gallon drum not far from the home of the victim. The identity of the man has not been confirmed, but he is said to have been a Haitian handyman known as Elise. He was known as a quiet family man and was liked in the community. He had not been seen since Saturday and had been reported missing. His wife was in Nassau. In its official report, the police said the body was found in a barrel through SEE page 12 MP SAYS CABLE & WIRELESS ORMED NINE MONTHS AGO SEE page 10 CRITICISING GOVT: Alfred Sears DECOMPOSED BODY OF MAN IS FOUND IN BARREL POLICE CLAMPDOWN HALTS HARBOUR ISLAND BREAK-INS SEE page 10
T HE controversial Bahamian film Children of God has made BET.COMS list of the top ten films of 2010. T he Black Entertainment T elevision (BET week described the movie as gloriously shot, each frame strikingly beautiful, despite its low budget. Children of God took the 10th spot on a list that included s uch critically acclaimed films as Hours, The Kids Are All Right and The Social Network. Coming off of an incredible y ear with this film, to be recognised by Black Entertainment Television really puts the icing on the cake and helps to spread the word about our movie in a nticipation of our theatrical and DVD release this spring, said writer/director Kareem Mortimer. B ETs reviewer Clay Cane s aid it is refreshing to see an independent filmmaker who knows his craft. Children of God, a homos exual love story, has experienced unprecedented success for a Bahamian film since it first premiered at the sixth annual Bahamas International Film F estival in 2009. The movie, which is Mr Mortimers first feature length, screened at 70 film festivals around the world last year, winning 13 coveted awards, as well as being shown across the United Kingdom on tour with the British Film Institute LondonL esbian and Gay Film Festival. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CONTROVERSIAL: Children of God, which was described as gloriously shot. Children of God makes top ten list of 2010 films
By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t firstname.lastname@example.org THE Government was yesterday accused of giving prefe rential treatment to special interest groups following a decrease in business licence taxes for four industries construction, hotels, petroleum and f ood wholesalers. E lizabeth MP Ryan Pinder questioned if the taxes were lowered because FNM support-e rs have a huge stake in these i ndustries. Why would you extend this preferential rate to construction companies, except for the fact that the largest constructionc ompanies are generally supporters of the FNM? We know w ho the largest hotel operator supports. Why have these industries been included in a preferential business licence rate gen e rally reserved for historical industries in this country that we want to promote as a mattero f public policy," argued the Opposition MP as he debateda mendments to the Business L icence Bill in the House of Assembly yesterday. "Enough with the catering to special interests. An alternative w ould be for a reduced business licence fee for small, growing c ompanies in this industry, rather than the large special interests that dont need it," he added. In its amendments to the Business Licence Act, which w as passed in 2010, government lowered the business licence tax rate from 0.75 per cent to 0.5 p er cent for the aforementioned industries following an outcryf rom those sectors. State Finance Minister Z hivargo Laing has previously said that the Governmentr educed the taxes for the four industries to what most of t hem would have been paying under the old regime. Concerns He has also said it was never t he Government's intention to significantly increase revenuet hrough the new legislation, only to make commerce more efficient. Mr Laing said taxes were lowered after concerns were raised. T he amendments, in part, also extend the deadline to sub m it annual business financial results to the Secretary of Reve nue from December 31 to March 31; and broadens an applicant's right to appeal a rejection, cancellation, or susp ension of a licence by the Secretary of Revenue to the Busi-n ess License Review Board or the Supreme Court. M r Laing told Parliament yesterday that the legislation will streamline the process of doing business in the country by creating benchmarks andt imelines for the process of applying for a business licence;e liminate the need for separate applications for s hop/liquor/music/dance licences, and simplify the process of calculating business l icense taxes. "It continues to be our aim a nd objective to modernise, make easier the process and p rocedures for conducting business in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas because we regard this as fundamental to promoting a sustained growth and development of our economy," s aid State Finance Minister Laing, who led the debate ont he amendments. Still, Mr Pinder criticised the a mendments, arguing that the Ingraham administration put "sloppy" legislation before Parliament when it brought the Business Licence Act last summer, only to have to amend the laws later following public backlash. He said if Government hadc arried out proper public consultation before the Act was passed, these new amendments would not have come before the H ouse. "Today we find ourselves in this honourable place to clean up the sloppiness, and to clean up the poor drafting of a Billt hat this government brought (last year amendment to the recently passed Business Licence Bill is b ecause this government felt it necessary to push through legislation that was poorly drafted and doing so without public consultation. "This has been a trend with t his administration," Mr Pinder charged. "All of the amendm ents we debate here today are a direct result of the protest of t he private sector at a town hall m eeting held after the Business Licence Bill was passed." T he new Business Licence Act came into effect on January 1 2011. ATTORNEY Thomas Evans submitted yesterday that given the nature of the infor mation presented in a report b y the Security Intelligence Branch on veteran prosecutor Cheryl Grant-Bethell, the commission was justified in taking the position it did. On Tuesday, Mrs GrantBethells attorney Wayne Munroe had argued that she had not been afforded the o pportunity to defend herself against information presented to the Judicial and Legal Services Commission while it was considering her application for the post of Director of Public Prosecutions. T he contents of the report were so damaging that regardl ess of what Mrs Grant-Bethell said, it would not have changed their mind the court has heard, Mr Evans claimed. Mr Evans, who represents the Judicial and Legal Services Commission, concluded his submissions yesterday as the judicial review hearing continued. Mrs Grant-Bethell filed an a pplication for judicial review after being passed over for the post of Director of Public Prosecutions. She was instead appointed Deputy Law Reform Commissioner. Jamaican attorney Vinette Graham-Allen was appointed DPP instead. The matter is being heard by Senior Justice Jon Isaacs. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Govt giving preferential treatment to special interest groups, says MP Felip Major /Tribune staff SPEAKINGOUT: MP for Elizabeth Estates Ryan Pinder speaks in the House. A PRISON officer and a teacher were among three people arraigned in a Mag-i strates Court yesterday o n a marijuana possession charge. Prison officer Travaughn B owe, 23, teacher and former news reporter Lloyd A llen, 30, and a 17-yearold of Pinewood Gardens were arraigned beforeD eputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell, charged with possession of marijua-n a. According to court d ockets, the adults and the teenager were found in possession of the drugs on Tuesday January 18. Vehicle The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.A ccording to the prosecution, the drugs were discovered by police after they searched a vehicle the men were travelling in ata round 2.30am on Tuesday. A small plastic bag cont aining a quantity of marijuana was found under the d rivers seat. The accused were each granted bail in the sum of$ 5,000. The case was adjourned t o July 25. Prison officer, teacher among three facing drug possession charge Two pilots were arraigned in a MagistratesC ourt yesterday on cocaine smuggling charges. Patrick Pyfrom, 45, and Valentino Antoine Collie, 38, appeared beforeD eputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court 8, Bank Lane, charged withi mportation of cocaine, conspiring to import cocaine, possession of cocaine with the intent to supply and conspiring top ossess cocaine. According to police reports, around 10am on Sunday, officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU men at the Lynden Pindling International Airport after they searched their suitcase and found 16 taped packages of suspected cocaine. The men had reportedly flown into New Providence from the Turks and Caicos on a private aircraft. According to prosecutor Inspector Ercell Dorsette, the drugs weighed 21 pounds. Both Pyfrom and Collie have pleaded not guilty to the charge. They were remanded to Her Majestys Prison and are expected back in court on January 26 for a bail and fixture hearing. T wo pilots ar raigned on cocaine smuggling char ges Attorney: Commissions position on Gr ant-Bethell w as justif ied court NEWS Share your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y. PLP S R Y AN P I NDERRAISESQUESTIONSAFTERDECREASEINBUSINESSLICENCETAXESFORFOURINDUSTRIES
By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THEnostalgia for the good days of the Duvalier regime has caught fire amongst some Haitians in the local community, who are celebrating the return of the president for life. W hile some are applauding the Haitian government for investigating Jean-Claude Baby Doc Duvalier on charges of corruption and embezzlement, other Haitians are joining their counterparts in Haiti to celebrate the homecoming of Baby Doc after 25 years of exile. We are so happy, so glad to see him in Haiti. That is very good. We need him in Haiti and we need (President JeanBertrand) Aristide back to help rebuild Haiti. We wished for Jean Claude and Aristide to come back to help rebuild Haiti, said Celiner St Louis, a leader in the Haitian community and pastor of Gospel Assembly. We feel he had good leadership. When he was here we never had problems for water, food, or light. He was the one who did good for us. We lived so good. In the 25 years he has been gone Haiti has had all these problems, said Mr St Louis. T o the surprise of many in Haiti and the international community, Baby Doc returned to the island nation for undeclared reasons on Sunday. He was arrested and later released, although his passport was confiscated. Attorneys say the matter is in t he hands of a judge, who has to determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial. Feelings in Haiti are mixed. Baby Doc was greeted by cheering supporters and jeering detractors. I dont support it and I am glad they arrested him and took him to court. That was the right thing to do. The guy has killed so many people; he took all of the resources and the money, n ow he is coming back to Haiti, for what? asked Antoine St Louis, president of the United Haitian-Bahamian Association (UAHB I do not mind that he helps, but he still should be tried for what he did before. Every time one of them come in power, t hey take what they want and go. It is not a matter of forgiveness. It is a matter of doing the right thing according to the law. The law should take its course, he said. Amnesty International issued a statement praising the actions of the government, and encoura ging them to do more. If true justice is to be done in Haiti, the Haitian authorities need to open a criminal investigation into Duvalier's responsibility for the multitude of human rights abuses that were committed under his rule, including torture, arbitrary d etentions, rape, enforced dis appearances and extrajudicial executions, the statement read. Baby Doc assumed power in 1971 at age 19 following the death of his father, Francois Papa Doc Duvalier. The pair presided over the infamouss ecret police force known as the Tonton Macoute, said to have tortured and killed thou sands of detractors and presumed opponents. With the help of the American government, Baby Doc was transported from Haiti, in a s imilar manner to Aristide, to France where he lived in exile. A Haitian-Bahamian resident of 20 years said he welcomed Baby Docs return and believed the Haitian people could forgive him for the mess he made during his regime. Some Haitians say yes, but m ajority say it is not the time to put him in jail. It doesnt make any difference now. He made a lot of mistakes, but at the same time there is always forgiveness. I dont think he is going back to Haiti now to get in power. After the earthquake he gave Haiti $1 million. That means he can do more. If they could take the money then they can allow him to use money now to help, he said. Antoine St Louis said he did not recall news about Baby Docs donation. Internationalm edia reported Baby Doc pledged $8 million of has assets to the American Red Cross after the earthquake. It is unclear if any of the money reached Haiti. I have not heard about the $1 million donation, but I would not be surprised. He hasa n opportunity to position himself like a caring soul, just like the persons who run criminal activities in the Bahamas who donate money to charity to gar ner public support, said Philip Smith, former ambassador to Canada, who has followed the political situation in Haiti. Speaking on the politics behind Haitis embrace of Baby Doc since his return from exile, Mr Smith said: I think some one got to him to say, There will be enough nostalgia for the good your father did early in life and the good you tried to do. If you want to go back this is the last and best opportunity for you. There is this entity that most people in Haiti dont know as a real person. He has been out of the country for 25 years, so they think, maybe he is not as bad as people say; hes come back and he wants to help, said Mr Smith. The frustration level in Haiti is high, he said, following the November 28 elections that are still unresolved, and with tones of rubble from the January 12 earthquake still visible in the city and the international press continuing to report about the millions in pledged yet to arrive in Haiti one year after the fact. The bottom line is, there are all sorts of reasons to feel bad. But I dont think he will bring anything positive to the mix. I think the excitement people are demonstrating is more frustra tion over everything else than pleasure over what he represents, said Mr Smith. SEE PAGE 13 LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %4+2674'*17)*6 The return of Baby Doc prompts some celebration in local Haitian community H AITI'S FORMER DICTATOR J ean-Claude Duvalier, centrre, and his longtime companion Veronique Roy, left, leave court as Louis-Jodel Chamblain, right, leads Duvalier by the arm in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday. (AP W W e e f f e e e e l l h h e e h h a a d d g g o o o o d d l l e e a a d d e e r r s s h h i i p p . W W h h e e n n h h e e w w a a s s h h e e r r e e w w e e n n e e v v e e r r h h a a d d p p r r o o b b l l e e m m s s f f o o r r w w a a t t e e r r , f f o o o o d d , o o r r l l i i g g h h t t . H H e e w w a a s s t t h h e e o o n n e e w w h h o o d d i i d d g g o o o o d d f f o o r r u u s s . W W e e l l i i v v e e d d s s o o g g o o o o d d .
THE opposition Progressive Liberal Party has s lammed the Bahamas Elect ricity Corporation for conducting planned power cuts without notifying the public in advance. In a statement issued yest erday, the PLPs chairman B radley Roberts claimed the c orporation has begun loadshedding exercises, usually reserved for the summer months due to the higher demand, and insisted that Minister of State for the Envir onment Phenton Neymour g ive a public explanation of what is happening at BEC. The statement said: The Progressive Liberal Party is obliged to bring to the attent ion of the public that BEC is c urrently load shedding and h as willfully failed to bring same to the attention of the residents of New Providence. The Junior Minister Phenton Neymour has failed to tell the public that only two gen-e rators numbers 12 and 13 are operational at the Clifton Power Station which was designed to carry the base load for New Providence. A lack of preventative maintenance and mechanical o verhaul of generators is the m ajor factor for the dire straits in which BEC currentl y finds itself. M r Roberts claimed the c ost of running the gas turbines at the Baillou Hill Power Plant (which uses dieselv erses Bunker C gas) is contributing significantly to the escalating fuel cost for the Bahamas Electricity Corporation. The Progressive Liberal Party demands that the gove rnment come clean on the current status of BEC. The PLP also demands that the government, without delay, lay on the table the r eport prepared by Emera on the current status of BEC, he said. The PLP did not specify which areas of New Provi-d ence had been experienced power cuts. M inister of State Phenton Neymour could not be reached for comment beforep ress time last night, as the House of Assembly was in Session. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 6, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t ftf ttff ttf PLP claims BEC starting load-shedding exercises PLPCHAIRMAN Bradley Roberts
By GLADSTONE THURSTON BAHAMAS Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC said he wants to help increase the local production of poultry products. With the assistance of College of the Bahamas poultry scientist Ronald Justin Taylor, BAIC is planning instructional facilities for the North Andros agri-industrial park. There is a huge market for poultry products in the Bahamas, said Mr Key on Tuesday as he toured the park. Chicken is a mainstay of the national diet. And, although chickens are relatively easy to raise, the vast majority of our poultry products, to the tune of many millions of dollars, is imported. Mr Taylor, who has a masters degree in poultry science, is a poultry specialist and lecturer at COB where he is engaged in research in poultry nutrition, husbandry and relat ed aspects. We import 100 per cent wings and leg quarters from the United States, he said. These are sourced from places like Brazil at reduced cost and somewhat like dumped into the Bahamian market. So, the market for a fresh Bahamian product, which is superior to the imported products, is wide open. He said the centrally located Andros has what it takes for poultry production lots of land and a good supply of fresh water. Consumers in todays society are looking for fresh locally produced birds, he said. A bird straight from the Bahamian environment can naturally sell itself, without a doubt. He pointed out that there is no certainty about the shelf value of imported eggs. No one knows where they came from, how long have they been travelling, what their storage life is. Therefore you will have more chance of bacterial infection and reduced egg quality. Locally produced products limit these factors in terms of ease of availability of these products, Mr Taylor said. Mr Key said he envisions small to medium-size operations, especially in egg production, being established in communities throughout the islands. We met with several persons who seem to have great interest and some experience in poultry production. Through this initiative we can supply the local market in such a way that we do not have to depend on product of dubious quality. We can produce a fresher product, and create a lot of jobs, he said. Ricardo Johnson of Love Hill manages a family-size operation of just under 200 chickens. He said each harvest sells out. Maybe his operation can be developed into a demonstration unit so other people can see what can be done, said Mr Key The BAIC chairman said he was very pleased with the quality of produce coming out of the greenhouse in the agriindustrial park. The peppers and tomatoes are as good as you can get, he said. This is a demonstration unit that we put in to show the many advantages of various techniques of growing. That is an indication of what we can do all over the Family Islands, LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 201, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5HFRPPHQGHGE\'RFWRUV %RG\HQHZDOURJUDP'HHS&RORQ&OHDQVLQJ 6XGGHQO\OLPURJUDP/RVHZHLJKWIRU*RRG 0DLQWHQDQFHURGXFWVIRU &HOOXOLWHWUHWFKPDUNV%HOO\)DWDQGRU )UHH&RQVXOWDWLRQ)UHH'HOLYHU\ Call M a \ 68''(1/<6/,0 )LUVWWQHVVXWULWLRQ %2$7IRU$/('RQ]LZHHW BAIC chairman aims for poultry products increase ABOVE: BAIC is encouraging Bahamians to pursue poultry product ion. These chickens are from Ricardo Johnsons operation at Love H ill, North Andros. RIGHT: BAIC executive chairman Edison Key enjoys a sample from t he greenhouse unit at the North Andros agri-industrial park.
politain conducted by Yannick Nezet-Seguin, the Sinfonia de Lanaudiere con d ucted by Stephane Laforest and with Richard Tucker Foundation. In the past season, she sang with Bryn Ter f el, Rene Fleming and Marcelo Alvarez for the Jacqueline Desmarais Found ation. KEITH KLASSEN A tenor who has emerged to become one of Canada's busiest performers. Since graduating with honoursf rom the Opera Division at the University of Toronto in 2002 he has performed over 5 0 roles from the standard operatic repertoire, as well as over 35 roles in the realm of new opera. He has been e ngaged across Canada, as well as in Scotland, Ger many, the United States, Irel and and the Czech Repub lic. The Star Phoenix described him as having "...ab ig ringing voice and great stage presence"; Classical 96.3 added, "Klassen's voicei s pure honey with its ease of high notes and the lyrical grace of his phrasing"; Opera Canada raved that his Rodolfo was "...dramati cally convincing, sung with passionate sincerity ensur ing the audience's love"; John Terauds of the Toron to Star called him "one of the country's most versatile artists"; and NOW magazine's Jon Kaplan went so f ar as to rate Keith as one of Toronto's top ten theatre artists. I n the past few seasons, critics and audiences alike have enthusiastically received his performances ofR odolfo (La Boheme Alfredo (La Traviata Jose (Carmen (Rigoletto), Samson (Samson et Dalilah) and Alfred (Die Fledermaus also continued his work with Tapestry New Opera Works, joining their newly formed studio company. THE Nassau Music Society has announced a rare n ight of top-class opera perf ormances to be held in supp ort of aspiring local singers. The Bizet-Broadway committee, in association with the Nassau Music Society, is featuring a special dinnera nd opera event to raise funds for voice training and s cholarships in the Bahamas. T he event will be held this Saturday, January 22, at Old Fort Bay Club under thep atronage of Govenor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes. After five successful y ears of a similar event in M ontreal, promoted by the order of St John of Quebec, one of its leading patrons d ecided to mirror this unique musical experiencei n the Bahamas, said one o f the organisers, Cornelia N ihon. This gala evening will begin with a Champaign r eception followed by an exceptional dinner and a special performance by well-k nown Canadian opera s ingers, who will be entertaining you with excerpts from various operas and Broadway musicals. Music Society president Patrick Thompson said: Wed o not see a lot of live opera in Nassau and we feel this is an opportunity for many to experience this. From the Nassau Music S ocietys point of view, our i nterest is to raise funds so t hat we can promote singers as well as instrumentalists and pianists through our College of the Bahamas Scholarship. There are a number of good voices in the music c ommunity in the Bahamas. B ecause of the limited population, it is difficult for them to get quality voicet raining and we envisage the funds raised from the evening for the voice schol-a rship programme being u sed to bring to the Bahamas voice trainers, not only to work with individua ls but also with choirs, of which there are a large num-b er in Nassau. M r Thompson said the S ociety is already in discussions with choirmasters from Bel Canto and the Highg rove Singers, among others. Our first mission would b e to train choirmasters how t o train a choir. If sufficient funds are raised, we would also provide a programme for individual voices, Mr Thomson said. P erformers for the Bizet to Broadway Night at the Opera include: BEVERLY MCARTHUR A s a mezzo-soprano, Ms McArthur has been praised for her rich voice and excellent character portrayals. As a young artist shep erformed roles with both t he Vancouver Opera and M ontreal Opera. These roles included Wowkle (La Fanciulla del West), Berta (Il Barbiere di Siviglia),C lotilde (Norma nia (Ltoile credits include the roles ofD ido (Dido and Aeneas and Tituba (The Crucible with the University of B ritish Columbia, and Marc ellina (Le Nozze di Figaro with Banff Opera Theatre. In addition to performingo pera, Ms McArthur has performed concerts and oratorio works. ALEXANDER DOBSON British-Canadian Alexander Dobson has been p raised for his musicality and dramatic awareness on both opera and concerts tages. Recent highlights i nclude his portrayal of Wozzek conducted by Yannick Nzet-Sguin; Papageno in Die Zauberflte with Opera Hamilton; Mercutio in Romo et Juli-e tte for lOpra de Mon tral; Silvio in Opera Que becs Pagliacci; Marcello in both Saskatoon Operas pro d uction and BRAVOs TV rendition of La Bohme; De Retz in Bard Summerscapesp roduction of Les Huguenots, and he made his Royal Opera Covent Gar d en debut with The Midnight Court. Upcoming engagements include Mar cello in Pacific Opera Vic t orias La Bohme. With Calgary Opera he last performed Harlequin in Ari a dne auf Naxos and with L'Orchestre Metropolitain the title role in Don Gio v anni. MICHAEL MCMAHON Pianist Michael McMahon i s the preferred partner to many of Canadas most renowned singers. He has p erformed regularly t hroughout Canada, in E urope, Japan and the United States, with singers such as Catherine Robbin, Karina Gauvin, Measha Brueggergosman, Dominique Labelle,W endy Nielsen, Maureen Forester, Marie-Nicole L emieux,Annamaria Popesc u, Joseph Kaiser, Nathan Berg, Brett Polegato, Benjamin Butterfield, DanielT aylor, Michael Schade, Russell Braun and Richard Margison. F ollowing his studies at M cGill University in Montreal, he completed his musical education in Vienna at t he Hochschule fr Musik und darstellende Kunst andt he Franz Schubert Institute, a nd in Salzburg at the M ozarteum. During this time, he studied with such legendary artists as Erik W erba, Hans Hotter, Elly Ameling, Jrg Demus, and Kim Borg. I n addition to his active p erforming schedule, Mr McMahon is a professor at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal. He has had long associat ions with l'Atelier lyrique de L'Opra de Montral, Opera Nuova, the Orford Arts Centre and the BanffC entre for the Arts, where he has worked regularly as a vocal coach. He is also often a sked to give masterclasses for singers and pianists, and recently was resident coacha t the Franz Schubert Instit ute in Austria and the COSI Summer Opera programme in Italy. GIANNA CORBISIERO Praised as luminous by O pera News, soprano Gianna Corbisiero is equally known for her warm vocal timbre as well as her excep t ional presence on stage. Ms Corbisiero has studied at McGill University, the young artist programme at lOpra de Montral and at the Juilliard School of Musici n New York. She has since then interpreted lead roles in sucho peras as La Bohme, La Traviata, I Pagliacci, Gianni Schicchi, Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and Carmen in Northamerica, Europe and Asia. She has sung with Zubin Mehta, Kent Nagano and Charles Dutoit; as well with the Orchestre MetroL OCAL NEWS P AGE 8, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ST Johns College Music Library will be the benefi ciary of the proceeds from the annual Epiphany organ recital to be performed by Dr Sparkman Ferguson on Thursday, January 27 at 7.45pm at Christ Church Cathedral. The 60-minute organ recital will feature Dr Ferguson performing works of J S Bach, Felix Mendelssohn, Louis Vierne, Sir George Thal ben-Ball and Virgil Fox. Also included will be two living composers, Diane Bish and Franklin Ashdown. The concert is under the patronage of the Anglican Bishop Laish Boyd and Joanne Boyd. There is no admission charge, and all are welcome to attend. Previous concerts of Dr Ferguson have benefitted St Annes High School and College of the Bahamas. DR SPARKMAN FERGUSON TO PERF ORM ANNU AL BENEFIT RECITAL Opera experience to benefit aspiring Bahamian singers ALEXANDER DOBSON MICHAEL MCMAHON K EITH KLASSEN G IANNA CORBISIERO B EVERLY MCARTHUR P ERFORMERS
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O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. T he current state of ambulances in the country was acknowledged at a press conference to address concerns publ ished in yesterdays Tribune of frustrated paramedics in Grand B ahama (see story on page 9 D r Alvery Hanna, Director of the National Emergency Medical Services at the Public Hospital Authority, explained that the a gency had already commenced a phased replacement strategy. Dr Hanna said: Its not new, t he Public Hospitals Authority is aware that there is a need to r eplace the fleet of ambulances, n ot only in Grand Bahama but a lso here in New Providence. We h ave begun a replacement process and we have procured five new ambulances at a cost of $640 thousand. In yesterdays article, the Trib une exposed the concerns of paramedics in Grand Bahama who claimed that their efficiency w as severely challenged due to an insufficient and poorly-maintained ambulance fleet. It was alleged that due to the w orkload and the scarcity of vehic les, ambulances frequently break d own during emergency transp ort. Mechanical faults routinely experienced were said to include a brupt power loss, locked steering wheel, and gas leaks. The concerns raised in yesterd ays Tribune were also conf irmed by emergency technicians i n New Providence. O ne frustrated paramedic challenged the phased replacement strategy, highlighting that the m ajority of ambulances in the f leet at Princess Margaret Hospital were not functioning properly. The technician said: None of t hese ambulances are working, none, as we speak they are going down constantly. How can we o nly have three new ambulances where does the priority lie? W hile acknowledging the vital need for an updated fleet, Herb ert Brown, PHA Managing Director, explained that the process had financial limitations. M r Brown said: The fact of the matter is, there is only so much money we are alotted tos pend in one given year. We are phasing the procurement over a period of time but the plan is to e ventually have a system in place w here we can replace our vehic les every three years. T he first five ambulances are due to arrive at the end of Febr uary and the agency plans to order seven more ambulances in July. In the second phase, threen ew ambulances have been earm arked for Grand Bahama. Foll owing their arrival, the departm ent plans to implement the presence of an ambulance and team at the Eight Mile Rock clinic. There a re also plans to dedicate a full t ime ambulance and team to the Lynden Pindling International Airport. M r Brown said: We have seven ambulances in Grand Bahamawe need to bring that up to at l east ten. The idea is that when w e would have placed the order i n July for additional ambulances then we would have an ambul ance dedicated to the Eight Mile Rock area. Mr Brown told the media that t he government of the Bahamas, through the PHA, was currently spending an excess of $9.7 mil l ion in projects to improve the delivery and quality of healthcare in the Bahamas. By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org HOSPITAL officials pledged their commitment to upgrading pre-hospital care throughout the Bahamas yesterday. At a press conference responding to concerns published in yesterdays Tribune, officials sought to defend their intent to improve the delivery and quality of public health care in the Bahamas. Herbert Brown, Managing Director at the Public Hospitals Authority, explained that he sent executives to Grand Bahama in December to investigate claims surfacing from the Emergency Medical Services Department after he received a complaint from the Bahamas Public Services Union. Mr Brown said: I think it is fair to say that the issue with respect to the ambulances, the age of the vehicles, they are genuine complaints. There is no question about that and we have acknowledged that. We will seek to ensure that our staff who work extremely hard get what they need to provide the service to the Bahamian people. Nearly four years since a mass sickout brought their concerns to national attention, paramedics said the Emergency Medical Services department on Grand Bahama were still without vital resources or adequate security. In a lengthy dossier detailing current faults within the pre-hospital care system, paramedics said severe neglect of their department continued to affect unnecessary, and in some cases fatal, challenges to the entire health care system. In Grand Bahama last month, Dr Hanna spoke with the administrator,a dministrative and human resources managers, EMS managers and staff and action plans were made concerning resolutions to issues raised. Dr Hanna said: The issues noted to us at that time were the licensing process, training, provision of books, new ambulances, and a mechanic for the EMS, a cellphone for EMS manager and industrial gloves. A Nassau-based emergency technician, who called to confirm the concerns of paramedics in Grand Bahama, explained that the lack of resources created low morale in staff. The technician said: We dont have the tools, we dont have the equipment to work with. Every other day the wrecker has to be towing the ambulance. The focus is come to work or else and it shouldnt be that way. If you want top performance from any of your employees you have to know how to treat them. Long-standing inadequacies, which were said to have fatal consequences, were an insufficient and poorly-maintained ambulance fleet, and the lack of a proper dispatch centre. With respect to maintenance of vehicles, Dr Hanna said: There is a mechanic from Nassau, Ford certified mechanic, who routinely goes to Grand Bahama to service and deal with repairs and maintenance. Dr Hanna confirmed the agency expects to hire a second mechanic for the Grand Bahama department in short order. Paramedics in Grand Bahama were critical that the dispatch centre was not located within the police control room as it is in Nassau. Dr Hanna maintained that there was 24-hour dispatch service in Grand B ahama, however she acknowledged that its relocation into the police con trol room in accordance with inter national standards was being actively pursued. Officials pledge commitment to pre-hospital care upgrades D R ALVERY HANNA ( left), Director of National Emergency Medical Services, addresses concerns of paramedics in Grand Bahama, as Herbert Brown (Managing DirectorHuman Resources Manager lic Hospitals Authority look on. Felip Major /Tribune staff PUBLIC HOSPITAL AMBULANCES IN DESPERATE NEED OF REPLACEMENT FROM page one
December 17 of last year found that Minister of Works Neko Grant "did not follow the requirements of the law"w hen roadworks began in the area. Justice Adderley awarded the Coconut Grove Business League an unspecified a mount in damages for loss of business. T he road changes, which made Baillou Hill Road oneway northbound and Market Street one-way southbound,a re a part of the government's $120 million New ProvidenceR oad Improvement Project. A ccording to Charlene C ollie, project engineer and p ublic relations officer for the Ministry of Works, the entire p roject is estimated to cost more than $8 million and willb e completed in early 2012. Work performed in the area from Robinson Road toD uke Street includes road p avement, drainage infrastructure, street lighting, utility upgrades, side walks, sig-n als and road marking. Secondary drains called gully ports, are also under construction from Robinson Road to Wulff Road toe nsure that drainage problems occurring in areas highly prone to flooding are allevi-a ted. These gully ports are estimated to cost around $500,000. R oad works being carried o ut from Robinson Road to Wulff Road are hoped to be completed by March, withw ork to begin on the portion north of Wulff Road shortly. The road has been designed t o be 12 inches narrower than m ost in order to reduce traffic speed. Side walks on either side of t he road have also been cons tructed to make the road accessible for the handicapped and pedestrian-friend-l y. This is a high pedestrian area and our intention is to build a road up to international standards, said MsC ollie. Ms Collie said the design used for the undergroundd rainage facility is similar to that used on the Tonique Darling and Sir Milo Butler h ighways that have been succ essful thus far. The public should be advised that Robinson Roadt o Wulff Road will be closed after peak hours on January 27 for the final cement pour-i ng, and will open later that e vening. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ?D? $OOODQWVbRI :LQFKHVWHUWUHHWDOPGDOHEHWZHHQHDUVGDQG+DZNLQV+LOOf c ers. Just their presence alone has had an impact. Some things w e were unable to do with short staff, but they can go out there with the additional strength in numbers and increase t he visibility on the ground. Officers from CDU have been sent to Harbour Island week ly, on a rotation basis, from December. It is unclear whether the arrangement is to be permanent, but it is ongoing. D arrol Johnson, Harbour Island chief counsel, said police officers have been visible on the island since the initiative, and burglary reports have been reduced. The police came in and they have been working on the g round. They have been sending officers in every two weeks, and been on top of it, said Mr Johnson. Once the criminals see that the police are serious in their d uties then we shouldnt have a problem. a tract road in Hatchet Bay E leuthera by a family member. Police are not certain of the circumstances surrounding this incident. Investiga tions continue. Prison Guards in Nassau were also called into action yesterday morning when an inmate on remand attempted to escape by scaling the fence of the exercise yard. Alert guards caught the prisoner within minutes, according to Prison Superintendent Elliston Rahming, and he has been transferred to the Maximum Security wing. A few hours later, police w ere called to the scene of an armed robbery at Constitu tion Drive. Responding officers were told that a woman was at her home when she was approached by a man wearing a blue t-shirt, blue jeans and a blue and yellow striped shirt wrapped around his head. The man, who pulled out a handgun and demanded cash, made off with the victims handbag containing an undisclosed amount of money and a cell phone. He fled the scene on foot. DEC OMPOSED B ODY OF MAN IS F OUND IN BARREL POLICE CLAMPDOWN HALTS HARBOUR ISLAND BREAK-INS FROM page one FROM page one WORKTAKES place on new drainage being put in place on Baillou Hill Road yesterday. Felip Major /Tribune staff APPEAL FILED AGAINST RULING THAT MINISTER OF WORKS ACTED UNLAWFULLY ON ROADWORKS F ROM page one
THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By DAVID JORDINE T HE proposed sale of BTC is good for The Bahamas. The Bahamas struggle to compete in the globalized market place is growing more fierce by the m inute, and, as a nation, w e must make a comp elling case to attract organ izations here to do busin ess with us. A s we work our way out o f this long and hard recess ion, it has become very apparent how important it is for our country to be more efficient, and cost effective. It is not only important for governments to b ecome well-oiled m achines, but it is imperative that they exhibit effic iency, while at the same t ime minimizing the cost b orne by the public piggybank. The private sector is the e ngine that drives our economy. Banks T ake for example, A tlantis (i.e. the second largest employer in TheB ahamas), the many banks i n our Financial Services Industry, and the proposed BahMar development. All of these entities, h ave, and will continue to significantly impact our National Gross Domestic Product in the comingy ears. However, the govern ment provides the private s ector with many of the t ools it needs to carry out its role in creating jobs and generating revenue. Such tools provided by t he government are name ly, communication, energy, transportation, and aw ell regulated banking system, just to name a few. T he government prov ides the aforementioned tools at a cost, and it is this c ost that determines the c ompetitiveness of The B ahamas business environment. A cost effective, reliable, a nd competitive business environment is to the advantage of foreign investors, and small Bahamian entrepreneurs alike. It is for this reason that I support the sale of BTC. I t is my view that if the government can reduce the cost of providing any num b er of the aforementioned tools to the private sector, including the cost of telecommunication, suchr eduction will be seen in t he bottom line of domes tic and foreign companies, and will help to improvet heir overall efficiency. As it stands today, when compared with other countries in the region, TheB ahamas ranks among the highest in terms of cost for value. As a matter of fact, some of the very countries we pity in this region canb oast of cheaper telecommunication rates, more reliable services; and allh ave partnered with private telecommunication companies, represented largely by Digicel and C able & Wireless. I totally understand and appreciate the unions p osition on the proposed s ale of BTC in so far as it r elates to the safeguarding of jobs, employee morale,a dvancement for Bahamians, and a tranquil work e nvironment. Economy W hat I do not quite c omprehend are their efforts, which are being f ueled and supported by t he opposition party, to d iscredit and disparage the governments efforts to reduce the cost of provid-i ng a very necessary tool that will benefit all facets of our economy. It is my hope that the successful sale of BTC will lead to the liberalization of other government dom inated industries, such as e nergy, water, and other u tilities. In my view, what is most i mportant as the governm ent pursues its efforts of privatization, is the continued regulation of vari ous industries to ensurec onsumer protection, to prevent price gouging, and where foreign entities arei nvolved, to ensure that the rights and opportunities for Bahamian workers are always a priority. BTC sale is good for the Bahamas O PINION A A s s i i t t s s t t a a n n d d s s t t o o d d a a y y , w w h h e e n n c c o o m m p p a a r r e e d d w w i i t t h h o o t t h h e e r r c c o o u u n n t t r r i i e e s s i i n n t t h h e e r r e e g g i i o o n n , T T h h e e B B a a h h a a m m a a s s r r a a n n k k s s a a m m o o n n g g t t h h e e h h i i g g h h e e s s t t i i n n t t e e r r m m s s o o f f c c o o s s t t f f o o r r v v a a l l u u e e .
bus-loads of officers armed with automatic weapons, four squad cars, a K-9 unit, and a s pecial rapid response team left police headquarters to begin their work. These officers will be led b y seasoned senior officers of the rank of Superintendent who will be assisted by Assistant Superintendents throughout the operation. I have asked our officers to be respectful of the rightso f all citizens and residents of the Bahamas but to also be firm, resolute, focused, and committed to the task at hand, CommissionerG reenslade said. W hile this operation is going on, Commissioner Greenslade stressed that all other police services will continue without interruption. As Commissioner, I ask all persons that are involvedi n the unlawful possession of firearms, vehicular thefts, armed robberies, break-ins, drug peddling, and all other acts of criminality to cease a nd desist. To parents, family members, and acquaintances of p ersons involved in the underworld of crime, do all in your power to encourage these individuals to make an about-turn and join all lawabiding citizens in building a better Bahamas, where we alll ive without the occurrence of and the fear of crime, he said. With the police having targeted profiles whicht hey will be seeking out, the C ommissioner added that they will be visiting all places where criminality is suspected and take the necessary action to arrest, charge, and place these persons before the courts. W hile Operation Rapid Strike will continue for as long as the Force thinks necessary, the Commissioner noted there will be specific b enchmarks they will be aimi ng for to ensure the operation is successful. A s a security warning to residents who may fear criminals may exploit this latest police operation to gain access to their homes, Commissioner Greenslade said all officers are properly attiredi n their uniforms and will be carrying proper identification to show exactly who they are. If we have a suspect who i s named, with reasonable g rounds to suspect, and is named; we do not believe that it is appropriate for that person to just go about business as usual. We are going to seek you out wherever you reside. We are going to comea sking for you, and we are going to enforce the laws of this country, he said. The Commissioner asked for all well-meaning citizens t o stand united with the Roya l Bahamas Police Force and allow them to do what is right to keep our country safe and secure. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 12, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM What will be the (majority h older, it is not Cable & Wireless PLC because that is what the Bahamian public had thought because Cable & Wire-l ess (is & Wireless Communications, a company that was just formed about nine months a go that is barely making a profit," c laimed Mr Sears, a former attorney general in the Christie administration. He questioned why CWC was selecte d, even though it did not engage in the bidding process for BTC, instead of allowing a Bahamian group to buy the state-run utility company. I am concerned that we would give 51 per cent of BTC to a company we wouldn't give it to Colina, I know Coli n a, I would have preferred to give it to Colina, or give it to Commonwealth B ank. But you mean to tell me they g oing to give it to a company that has b een in existence for nine months?" Mr S ears asked. On March 26, 2010, Cable & Wireless W orldwide separated from Cable & Wireless Communications through a demerger. They now operate as sepa-r ately listed companies on the London Stock Exchange, according to CWC's website. CWC describes itself as a full service telecommunications company w hich operates in the Caribbean, Pana ma, Macau and Monaco. When contacted by The Tribune State F inance Minister Zhirvargo Laing said if a ny company's history should be ques tioned, it should be Bluewater Ventures, the company to which the ProgressiveL iberal Party agreed to sell 49 per cent of BTC's shares before losing the general election in 2007. There is going to be ample opportun ity to speak to any number of points r aised by Mr Sears and others on the B TC matter, so I don't propose to real ly address that today other than to note t hat it is curious that Mr Sears, who sat in the former Cabinet that proposed to sell shares in BTC to Bluewater, a com-p any whose age should be checked, whose ownership and financial capability should be checked. "Because if the argument he raised is a n argument at all, it should have been one he raised when he we was in Cabinet when he agreed to do what they agreedt o do," said Mr Laing. T he Ingraham administration chose not to go ahead with the sale to Blue water when it won in May, 2007, and d escribed it as a "phantom company that was not publicly traded." FROM page one MP says Cable & Wireless ormed nine months ag Rapid Strike bid to beat criminals FROM page one P OLICECOMMISSIONER E llison Greenslade
By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a email@example.com MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -The contribution from Bahamas residents toF amily Island tourism will "easily double" in 2011, giving the islands a massive boost, the president of the Out Island PromotionsB oard (OIPB ed, as changes to a promotional program enabling domestic travellers to receive a free air ticket comei nto effect. Stephen Kappeler, presi dent of the OIPB and general manager of the Cape Eleuthera Resort and Yacht Club, said he believes that through market research, the OIPB and the Ministry of Tourism have been able to "find the sweet spot that Bahamians are looking for" when it comes to creating conditions to stimulate more inter-Bahamas travel. A less well-known adjunct of the "Free Companion Airfare" program launched by the Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with hotels in Nassau and Paradise Island, which allows international couples travelling to the capital to get one free airfare if they commit to a minimum f our-night stay at a partici pating property, the Out Island program launchedl ast year allows both inter national and Bahamian residents to receive a free air fare from Nassau if they stay on the island at a particularr esort for a given period. SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.org THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69T he information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $4.70 $4.72 $4.61 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Some 125 new permanent jobs will be created by the retail/restaurant concessionsa lone when the Lynden Pindling International Airports (LPIA ment is completed, the Nassau Airport Development Compa n ys (NAD day, telling Tribune Business it w ould be a best in class airport for facilities of comparable size in the North American region. Stewart Steeves, NADs Airport project creates 125 retail/eatery jobs n $189m out of $198m budget spent on LPIA phase one expansion by end-November, with 800 workers on site n End-February gala opening planned for US departures terminal n Just 24 hours lost, out of over one million man hours worked on phase one expansion n NAD pledges best in class airport comparable to anything in North America SEE page 10B PROGRESSING: Airport redevelopment in a 2010 file photo. By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T he total rate increase imposed on Bahamian-owned air lines by the Nassau Airport Development Company (NAD e quivalent to $1 per seat over six years, its president and chief executive yesterday telling Tribune Business this was a small price to pay for a world class airport that would help grow the overall aviation sector. Stewart Steeves, responding to concerns expressed by B ahamian-owned airlines about the impact NADs fee increases would have on their businesses, said the rise was nomi-n al and that existing charges were relatively low in any case. Pointing out that NAD had decided to work with Bahamia n-owned carriers by electing to phase fee rises in over six years, rather than implementing them all at once, Mr Steeves s aid the plan for increases outlined in 2006 remained unchanged despite the revenue hit the Lynden Pindling International Airport (LPIA sion and downturn in passenger traffic. Indicating that it would have been easy for NAD to raise fees NAD rate rise: $1 per seat over six years Airport chief says small price to pay for world c lass facility Adds that NAD absorbed 7-8% passenger fall-off at recession height by adjusting own cost base, rather than passing burden on to others LPIA non-employee operating costs down 19% a t $9.7m SEE page 6B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor T he Minister of Tourism yesterday told Tribune Businesst hat the skys the limit for the Bahamas in developing a sports t ourism niche, efforts in this area receiving a substantial boost at the weekend after the US National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA this nation exempt status. The exempt status, which p laces the Bahamas on the same footing as Mexico and C anada when it comes to stag ing NCAA events, provides a platform for the Bahamas to host more collegiate and amateur sports events in the Bahamas, since NCAA teams w ill now no longer be subject to sanctions if they play in tour n aments here. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace told Tribune Business that the Bahamas had re-focused its sports tourism strategy, mov i ng away from the professional teams it had targeted previous SKY IS THE LIMIT ON SPORTS TOURISM Obtaining NCAA exempt status a big deal, says minister, enabling Bahamas to monetise value of sports assets SEE page 4B DOMES TIC T OURISM T O EASILY DOUBLE Sweet spot for Family Island travel found SEE page 9B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The $1.36 billion buyout of the 80 per cent stake in theB ahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO ed yesterday by New York Stock Exchange-listed Buck eye Partners. Confirming that it had com pleted the purchase of First Reserves stake, Buckeye added that the total acquisi tion cost would be $1.7 billion, as its deal to buy the remaining 20 per cent from Vopak would conclude as soon as legal documents and closing conditions were satisfied. Reiterating BORCO's attracBORCO owner closes $1.36bn deal for 80% SEE page 7B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Bahamians will have to get used to paying for local calls at some point in the near future, a leading tele coms operator yesterday warning of the major cultur al shift that would have to occur, after regulators decided to allow the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC based interconnection fees. Paul Hutton-Ashkenny, president of Systems Get used to paying for local calls Telecoms operators warning for Bahamians PAUL HUTTON-ASHKENNY SEE page 3B
By DEIDRE M. BASTIAN T here are certain types of clients that designers flat o ut will not work with. Did I say that? Yes, its not a question of whether the client will be easy to work with or how much they haveo ffered to pay. Instead, its a question of comfort and ethics. If something feels wrong are you willing to walk away? Deciding which projects a re ethical can be very subj ective, as what might seem perfectly okay to one designer might pose a big question for another. Because most designers are feelers they do noth ave a list of dos and donts, they merely have morals and ethics that sur-v ive on instincts. If we capture this ideolog y, is it practical to tell a prospective client why you arent able to design a pro-j ect? Furthermore, some choice s can obliterate one issue to give rise to another. For example, a web d esigner might refuse to design a site for a political c andidate simply because he plans to vote for another. I am reminded of a videog rapher who would design for other churches but wont work with any other groups that could be construed as hate groups. S ince we are operating on t hese principles, we can easily say it is a matter of comfort level. It is not always the cont ent of a project that can bother a freelance designer, but sometimes the methodsr equired in the course of the business process. I am convinced that persons, who by their very nature are unethical in theirb usiness lives, are generally those to avoid. Reassurance Personally, Ive found r eassurance in believing that its very important to have some idea as to what jobsy ou would and would not accept, and stand by it. I n some fields there are techniques that could make us a little uncomfortable,a nd perhaps violate our personal morals. F or example, designs that promote racism, sexual orie ntation, child abuse or exploitation, paedophilia or a ny other despicable activities are ones to miss. Simply avoiding projects t hat you are uncomfortable with is a legitimate choice and the mark of a professional artist. On the face of it, no d esigner should lose his or her soul for a few bucks if it goes against their principles.L ets not throw the baby out with the bath water just yet, a s freelance designers are more than just tools for clients. J ust as not all lawyers are ambulance drivers, not all d esigners borrow from photo.com or templemonster either. T here is no need for battle if it is to be agreed that people respect and appreciateh onesty, which perhaps alleviates tons of undue stress a nd cheap, deadbeat clients. Hungry designers who tend to bite at everythingh ave a tendency to stay hungry. W hen a designer is prepared to do anything for a buck, the value of the buckd iminishes very quickly. T he more designers are willing to compromise their integrity, the easier it is for clients to demand lowerc osts and misconstrue ideas. Sometimes the coin may be flipped, as some clientsm ay be offered a reduced cost if a designer believes in t heir project, such as animal shelters, medical charities, disabled promotions, ors ome other outreach ministry. Disaster Accepting a project that m akes a designer uncomfortable may result in a disaster, as they might not givei t their best shot. Nevertheless, just because o ne designer does not feel comfortable about a particular assignment should it bep roclaimed a bad project. Consider giving another d esigner a shot at the assignment, as this is one of the most favoured ingredientso f an ethical designer. Lets hope thar when t here are bills to be paid our principles are still with us. An employed designers l ife is nothing like that of a freelancers. A freelancer is somebody w ho is self-employed, not committed to a particular e mployer and typically works by themselves. There are other steps b eyond their actual work, such as managing projects, accounting, sales and marketing, that directly lead to designer income. T hus, it may be difficult f or freelance designers to draw a line in the sand and say no, especially if we are one week away from rent overdue. T here is a palpable sense of admiration and respect for freelancers, or people who are prepared to yield not. Remember, only you will face yourself at the end of the day, as it might seem e asy to forgive someone else but difficult to forgive yourself. A freelance designer should always feel superior a nd believe their work has provided a positive influence within their community. B ased on this premise, if y ou succumb to your weakness not only did the client buy your design, but they bought you. T o create a better you, m aking the best choice is paramount. T he long and short of this i s that we are only as good as our reputation. R emember, not because y ou can do something means that you should. Would your conscience allow you to turn down a c lient if it compromises your ethics? Until we meet again, play a little, have fun and stay on top of your game! NB: The author encourages feedback at email@example.com BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM & RPIRUWDEOHRRPVDW&RPIRUWDEOHDWHV5RRPVIURPMXVWSHUQLJKW S OXVJUDWXLW\5HVWDXUDXQWDQG%DU 5HFUHDWLRQRRPHHWLQJRRP$OEDQV'ULYH We designers must stick to principles THE ART OF GRAPHIX D EIDRE M.BASTIAN I am convinced that persons, who by their very natur e are unethical in their business lives, ar e generally those to avoid. INSIGHT F or the stories behind the news, read Insight o n Mondays
Resource Group (SRG which operates as IndiGo Networks, said the biggest concern for his company stemming from the Utilities Regulatory & Competition Authoritys (URCA mination on BTCs Reference Access and Interconnection offer (RAIO sion to allow the state-owned incumbent to charge rival carriers cost-based interconnection rates, while still providing local calls. This, Mr Hutton-Ashkenn y said, foreshadowed the introduction of metered tariffs for local calls, with Bahamian households and businesses ultimately having to pay either a flat-rate or per minute fee for same-island calls. In time, Bahamians will have to get used to being charged a metered tariff for l ocal calls, he told Tribune Business. I think its inevitable. Over time, operators will not be able to absorb these cost. What URCA has done is set in train circumstances that lead to local tariffs. When that does come it will cause a cultural shift in the market, because were all used to free local calls. With BTC now able to impose charges on rival carriers for interconnecting and terminating their clients calls on its network, Mr HuttonAshkenny said competitors would have no option but to do similar, as they could not keep on absorbing these costs. This would also mean a move away from the existing Bill and Keep arrangement b etween BTC and SRG, where neither party charges the other for interconnec tion/call termination because each is providing the other with a service of similar value. As a result, no local call fees were collected from Bahami an consumers. Mr Hutton-Ashkenny said URCAs decisions on BTCs RAIO were largely expected, and he added: Theres no smoking gun. Both SRG and Cable Bahamas had warned in their responses to the BTC RAIO consultation that allowing the state-owned incumbent to marry its free local calls regime with charging costbased interconnection (call termination) rates on rival carriers would destroy thep rospects for "sustainable competition" in the Bahamian landline telecommunications market. This, they argued, was because such a situation meant there was no way rival operators could replicate, or compete with, BTC's free same-island calls. In its decision, URCA noted Cable Bahamas' point that, for "a reasonably efficient operator" to compete with BTC's fixed-line offering to residential customers, the latter's interconnection rates had to be "cost oriented", whilet he cost of 'free local calls' had to be covered by monthl y access fees. Confirm The BISX-listed telecomm unications provider also urged URCA to confirm that BTC's "retail pricing is not predatory or below cost", and that retail offers could be replicated by rival carriers on the basis of the proposed RAIO offer. "Cable Bahamas further stated that in the event that BTC's monthly access charge is not compensatory, URCA must require BTC to rebalance its tariffs, as this is necessary for sustainable competition," URCA noted. "In the absence of URCA's c onfirmation that BTC's local rates are compensatory, local termination charges should be 'zero-rated'. Cable Bahamas believes that the introduction of a capacity-based interconnection offer would enable other licensed operators to replicate BTC's unlimited offer of free local calls." I n response, the regulator said that while cost-orientation was a requirement of BTC's licence and the Communications Act, it was still awaiting the company's 2009 accounting separation results to determine whether it was providing cost-based inter connection services. URCA added that tariff rebalancing, which both BTC and itself knew was needed, had to take place before it could be determined whether the latter was offering services to residential customers below cost. And the regulator was also unable to determine whether BTC's fixed, landline pricing could be replicated by rivals. Responding to the concerns raised, and in a direct nod to Cable Bahamas' plans to enter the Bahamian fixed-line telecommunications market in 2011, URCA said: "Notwithstanding the legitimate competition concerns identified, URCA considers that an efficient other licensed operator (OLO compete with BTC in the fixed access market by, for example, bundling fixed access services with local and l ong distance calls. URCA understands that there is an emerging trend in many jurisdictions for cable TV service providers to offer double or triple play packages in order to actively compete in the fixed telephony market (even if the incumbent's monthly access fee may not be fully cost reflective)...... "URCA agrees in principle that the monthly access fees should also cover the economic cost of providing 'free' local calls. However, for historic and social policy reasons, that might not be the current case in the Bahamas." Looking to reaffirm its procompetition credentials, URCA said "it takes seriously any potential competition concerns identified by the respondents, namely the ability of other licensed operat ors to profitably replicate BTC's retail offers given the non-zero RAIO charge for local calls". It promised to use its powers should any anti-competitive conduct come to light, and said that while BTC had not proposed a capacity-based interconnection offer, such arrangements could be negotiated with rival Bahamas-b ased telecoms providers. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 3/$17(&+1,&,$1 6W$OEDQV'ULYH %HDXWLIXOVSDFLRXVVWXGLRDSDUWPHQW )XOO\IXUQLVKHG SOXVHOHFWULFLW\ PRQWKVPLQLPXPVWD\ 7 A client accountant at JP Morgan Trust, Osriea Gordon, has passed the Series 7 exam in the US after studying with the Nassau-based Securities Training Institute (STI Ms Albury, course administrator at STI, said: The Series 7 Course allows participants to expand their knowledge of capital markets, and thereby become more proficient and effective in their jobs. Ms Gordon is pictured. JP Morgan executive passes the Series 7 Bahamian set to addr ess seminar OSRIEA GORDON JOHN S. BAIN Bahamian chartered forensic accountant, John S. Bain, has been invited to address an accounting conference in St Kitts & Nevis held by the ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), The Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Eastern Caribbean (ICAEC St Kitts and Nevis Branch; and The Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean (ICAC Mr Bain will lecture on Ethics & Governance He has recently been elected to the ACCA International Assembly to represent the Americas and the Caribbean, including the Bahamas and St. Kitts & Nevis. The meeting will be held on January 25, 2011, in St Kitts and Nevis. Get used to paying for local calls F ROM page 1B
ly to collegiate and amateur sides, realising that these, too, b rought huge numbers of family, friends and travelling supp orters with them. Apart from boosting s topover visitors and spending, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said visiting sports teams and their followers also gave the Bahamas an opportunity to monetise its sporting assets. Apart from the new $30 mill ion national stadium ($20 million in supporting infrastruct ure), he noted that the Bahamas already had facilities such as swimming pools and basketball courts, that sat idle for long periods of time. Theres no question that this i s a huge deal for the Bahamas, Mr VanderpoolWallace said of the NCAA exempt status. This paves the way for exemptions across the b oard for a whole series of sports. Its very much in line with our focus on amateur sports as opposed to what has heretofore been a focus on professional sports teams withinN orth America. Needless to say, wherever these teams participate they b ring large numbers of friends a nd family. Pointing out that he frequently travelled to international swimming meets with h is well-known daughter, Arianna, Mr Vanderpool-Wallace said he was always amazed by the number of people there in s upport of the athletes, havi ng paid their own way. As a result, he thought: Why not come to the Bahamas? The benefits to Atlantis from h osting the four-team NCAA tournament pre-Christmas were obvious, the resort doubling its occupancy rates by around 40 p ercentage points. "The occupancy rate for that period is around 80 per cent significantly higher than that the usual 40 per cent for the period prior to the Christmas Holidays. We are also pleased with tickets sales, which have surpassed the 1,200 mark," said E d Fields, senior vice-president of public affairs for Kerzner International, said at the time. Visiting NCAA teams and others would require a whole range of tourist-related and specialist services while in the Bahamas, the minister added, providing spin-off opportunit ies for Bahamians. He praised the work of George Markantonis, president and managing director ofK erzner International (Bahamasi ster of youth, sports and cul ture, Charles Maynard; and the M inistrys own sports tourism department, headed by Tyrone Sawyer, for making the NCAA exempt status happen. M r Markantonis did not return Tribune Businesss calls seeking comment yesterday,b ut an Associated Press report said Atlantis is hoping the e xempt status will pave the way for it to host the US east coast version of the Maui Invitation-a l, with an eight-team basketball tournament over the Thanksgiving weekend. "We, of course, are very delighted the vote went inf avour of the Bahamas," Mr Markantonis, was quoted as saying. "That enables entities in this country and, certainly in our case, Atlantis, to go ahead w ith their plans for a monster pre-season tournament. Basketball is the most popu lar sport in the Bahamas, and we'd like to think it's going to s timulate more interest in the country, and that people will come and make a week of it ona long vacation and take in some quality basketball." M r Markantonis said last summer that Kerzner International was aiming to break intot he sports tourism market by hosting two NCAA basketball t ournaments at its Atlantis property over the next two years, and was working with the M inistry of Tourism to enable the Bahamas to obtain 'exempt s tatus'. Announcing that the r esort owner was "working on a lot of initiatives to do with sports tourism", and that it agreed 100 per cent" with the M inistry's drive to break into this market niche, Mr Markantonis said it had been negotiating with "two major organisat ions" over the last nine m onths. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMASVisit our website at www.cob.edu.bs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page 1B
on airlines above what was outlined in the 2006 plan, Mr Steeves said that instead it m ade that adjustment intern ally by reducing non-employee operating expenses by 19 per cent during its 2010 financial year. The total increased burden on domestic carriers over the life of this project is about $1 per seat phased in over six y ears, Mr Steeves told Tribune B usiness, because thats what the carriers asked us to do. Often, such fee increases a re put in place all at once, but we decided to work with the carrier community and phase it in over six to seven years. Theres a lot of discussion onw hat I feel is a rather small impact on the travelling public in exchange for a world class facility that will be an enabler o f growth for the whole sector. Acknowledging that there had been more discussion a bout rates in the domestic market than anywhere else, Mr Steeves added: The reality is that the increase is nominal. The rates were extremely low. T he NAD chief executive told Tribune Business that the fee increases for the two most commonly operated aircraft on d omestic Bahamian routes, the 34-seat Saab-340 and 19-seat Beech 1900, were $5.44 and $3.18 per flight respectively. This worked out at $0.16 pers eat and $0.17 per seat respectively. The rate paid by domestic and international carriers has r emained unchanged since 2006, when this recession began, Mr Steeves told Tribune Business. NAD had to cope with a r eduction in passenger volume that, at its peak, hit 7-8 per cent, and he added: We took that adjustment internally on our c ost base. While passenger numbers transiting through LPIA were now back on track, Mr Steeves said NAD had man-a ged to cut its non-employee operating expenses by 19 per cent, from $12.1 million to $9.7 million, due to improvements i n energy conservation and proactive as opposed to reactive maintenance. As for international carriers, Mr Steeves said NAD had engaged in a benchmarkings tudy to ensure LPIA remained competitive against rival airports on a whole basket of fees. We continue to be very competitive in that regard, and will be throughout the life of the project, despite this airport being brand new and havingt hree levels of service US preclearance, international and domestic, the NAD chief executive said. That makes it a m ore complex facility. When you can show youre competitive against anyone when youre not an average facility, were very pleased with that. M r Steeves said NAD had exploited the economic down cycle to reduce its construction and financing costs considera bly, locking-in long-term financing for the $409.5 million LPIA expansion at relatively low interest rates, something that would reduce its debt burden over the next 20-30 years,p lus lessen the fees it would have to charge airlines and passengers. Noting that NADs overall interest rates had d ropped by 1.5 percentage points between the stage one and stage two financing, falling from 8.5 per cent to 7 per cent, Mr Steeves said the airporto perator was on track to meet all its financial targets. Were on or ahead of all covenants with lenders, which e nables us to get a strong credit rating without any government guarantee, Mr Steeves said. Its very important to stay o n plan and continue to build confidence with lenders and credit rating agencies, so we can get competitively priced financi ng without any guarantee or obligations from the Government. BUSINESS PAGE 6B, THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM GN 1164 GN1 167 F ROM page 1B NAD rate rise: $1 per seat over six years
BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t ion for it, Buckeye Partners said: "No other international commercial storage terminal enjoys BORCO's proximity to the US demand and supply centres, as well as its scale and comprehensive service offerings. BORCO's terminal is a premier marine storage facility with a unique position as a strategic logistics hub. "The terminal has 21.6 million barrels of stora ge capacity with deepwater access up to 91 feet, and the ability to berth the largest tankers in the world. "Located only 80 miles from southern Florida and 920 miles from New York Harbour, BORCOi s strategically located to act as a hub in facilitating international logistics for bulk-build, breakbulk and blending operations." And Buckeye Partners added: "We believe that BORCO's customer demand is well in excess o f its currently available capacity. BORCO has r eceived strong indications for contract renewals from current customers, and there is a significant backlog of demand from additional potential customers. In addition, BORCO has receiveds ignificant interest from existing and new cust omers for the increased storage capacity expected to be constructed at the terminal over the next two to three years. "We believe the BORCO acquisition will support future regional and intern ational growth opportunities. There are potential synergies with our existing assets in the continental US and our newly acquired refined products terminal in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, as well as o ther Caribbean market opportunities." BORCO owner closes $1.36bn deal for 80% F ROM page 1B
T ourism officials have p reviously stated they were s omewhat disappointed by the uptake by Bahamians and Bahamas residents, with David Johnson, directorgeneral of tourism, suggesting some thought it was "toog ood to be true". H owever, according to Valery Brown-Alce, senior director at the BahamasM inistry of Tourism's New York office, and Mr Kappeler, market researchp ointed the stakeholders to a more specific reason why Bahamians did not take upt he offer: timing. A s of December 2010, the program has been tailored to ensure more Bahamians can take advantage. "We had patterned our i nitial domestic plan a lot l ike the travel might have been for US travellers. But the thing we learned was if youre Bahamian a nd you live in Nassau, your p attern to travel to the Out Islands probably isnt like a US traveler. "What we realised is that domestically our families and individuals travel a lot more like a two-day pattern. They fly in on maybe a Friday and fly out on a Sunday. So now weve strengtehened our initial package by recognising and learning from what we tried," said Mr Kappeler. The latest version of the promotion will now see domestic travelers offered a free companion airfare if they commit to two not three nights at a participating Out Island property. Mr Kappeler has high h opes for the potential of t he promotion to kick-start major growth in inter-island t ravel among Bahamians and domestic residents. I think the contribution of business coming to the Out Islands from Nassau, our domestic market, will easily double because weve found the sweet spot. Weve found that spot that the Bahamian travellers are looking for, and thats a two-night pattern," he said. "For example, if its $150 t o travel to Eleuthera and a $150 hotel, basically by payi ng your airfare its like Ive paid for your room. How much more affordable cany ou get than that?" Partnership The joint public-private partnership between theO IPB, which is funded by contributions from its member hotel and resort propert ies, and the Ministry of Tourism, has also changed the way the program is fund e d in an effort to attract more hotels to participate. T his gives travellers a wider variety of properties to choose from at a range of price points. Before there was a split funding model which said t he hotel paid a little something, the Ministry of Tourism paid a little some-t hing and the Out Islands Promotions Board paid something towards the costo f that air fare. Now weve taken that burden off the hotel, making it more attractive to the hotels of the Out Islands," said Mr Kappeler. W here participating hotels and resorts used to have to put up 25 per cent of thec ost of the free airfare being offered to each individual, the funding is now beings plit 50-50 between the Min istry of Tourism and the O IPB, he said. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 9B DOMESTIC TOURISM TO EASILY DOUBLE F ROM page 1B "What we realised is that domestically our families and individuals travel a lot more like a two-day pattern. They fly in on maybe a Friday and fly out on a Sunday. So now weve strengtehened our initial package by recognising and learning from what we tried." Stephen Kappeler Share your news T he T ribune wants to hear from people who arem aking news in their neighbour hoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
president and chief executive, s aid that while no wide-rangi ng analysis had been performed on the total economic impact of LPIAs redevelopment to date, the retail and r estaurant concessions in the new US departures terminal would add 125 jobs once operational. Just looking at very narrow s lice, just the shops and concessions in phase one, have created 125 new permanent jobs, Mr Steeves told Tribune Busin ess. The project as a whole has had a far more reaching impact. Disclosing that $189 million h ad been invested in LPIAs first phase expansion at endNovember 2010, out of a total $198 million budget, Mr Steeves said the construction w orkforce on site had currently hit is peak of around 800 workers. Apart from those working on the terminal, a number were a lso employed by the retail and restaurant concessions in fitting out those stores. Once stage one is finished, Mr Steeves said work would seamlessly switch to the existing US departures terminal, where efforts would focus on its $128.9 m illion phase two conversion into the international arrivals hall. Everything is still on track, he said of the phase one con s truction. Were in the final push, which is always a busy time, but were still planning for an early March opening of the US departures terminal and t hen switching over to work on the current US terminal. It would essentially be overnight. The day we begin operation of the new terminal, t here will be no need for the old one. We will be ready to go by the time the first flight arrives at the new Us terminal. T he plan is to get in there and begin work right away. The second stage is very similar to the first stage in terms of scope. Mr Steeves said phase two would require similar construction worker numbers to phase one, with a core of 400-500 workers rising to a peak of a round 700-800. These numbers were set to remain consistent throughout the next two-and-a-half years until the expansion was completed in 2013. The vast majority of that workforce is Bahamian as w ell, Mr Steeves said. Were 70 per cent and above Bahamian labour, and that rises to 75 per cent if those working on tenant stores are included. T hese percentages, he added, were especially impressive giv-e n the specialised nature of airport construction, involving aircraft loading bridges, baggage systems, IT systems and such l ike. Mr Steeves added that NAD was pleased with the safety aspect of the project, as while more than one million man h ours had been worked on the construction, just 24 hours had been lost due to minor incidents, something he described a s a very, very low rate. The third and final phase of LPIAs redevelopment, the $83.5 million domestic and international departures terminal, is scheduled to be completed by end-2013, and NADs chief executive said all three seemed to be meeting their f inancial targets. All indications are that we should hit budget performance; be within budget on all three stages, unless something goes wrong in the global marketplace, Mr Steeves said. The gala opening for the U S departures terminal is planned for February 25, 2011, followed by a public open house a day later, with the facility starting operations one weeka fterwards. Mr Steeves said NAD hoped t o have most of the US departure terminal restaurant a nd retail concessions open for phase one by the February 26 public open house date. Apart from eight restaurants, bars andl ounges, the finished US depart ures terminal will hold 10 retail stores and three mobile retail carts. Describing the improved concessions offering as signif-i cant, Mr Steeves said it represented a further upgrade on what was available in the existing US departures terminal s ix-seven karts and kiosks, three food places, including Dunkin Donuts and Cafe Kalik, and the Graycliff Lounge. The new terminal, he added, w ould have a 160-170 seat sitdown restaurant with table service, and more seating available on an outside patio. There w ill be 100-150 seats in the food court, with three different food vendors, plus a Dunkin Donuts coffee shop, the relocated Graycliff lounge and a Heineken bar/lounge. Itll be a significant improvement from what we have even today in the US d epartures terminal, let alone what the US departures terminal had two to three years ago, Mr Steeves told Tribune Business. He pledged that the US departures terminal would be spot on when it came to creating a Bahamian sense of p lace, having commissioned Bahamian artwork and entered into a rotating exchange initiative with the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. And, w ith many retailers offering Bahamian-made soap, candles and straw products, plus Bahamian-themed restaurants, itll have a strong sense ofp lace, no question. It will be state of the art, M r Steeves said of the new LPIA, and in many ways it will b e the most advanced, because it will have the latest technology...... We really believe this will be a best in class airport, not only in the region, but in NorthA merica in terms of [airports of comparable] size when com-p lete. 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NEW YORK Oil prices fell Wednesday a fter a government report showed the U.S. housing industry still has a long way to go to recover. Benchmark oil for March d elivery lost 50 cents to settle at $91.81 a barrel on the NewY ork Mercantile Exchange. The Commerce Department s aid builders broke ground on 587,600 homes in 2010. That was the second lowest number of homes started since 1959. The worst year was 2009 wheno nly 554,000 homes were started. That compares to about a m illion new units a year when the economy is healthy. The data were an indication t hat Americans are not building new homes as unemployment r emains high and credit remains tight for many people. The housing report disappointed oil traders because they were looking for positive datat hat would indicate the economy is getting stronger, Tradi-t ion Energy analyst Gene McGillian said. A stronger e conomy will mean more demand for oil and gas. Oil and natural gas supplies remain plentiful. The Energy Department is scheduled tor elease its weekly oil inventory report on Thursday, a day later t han usual because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday. Analysts surveyed by P latts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos., e xpect a decline of 2.2 million barrels in crude supplies. The numbers should reflect last week's temporary closure of the Trans-Alaskan pipelined ue to a leak. The line delivers about 13 percent of the nation'sd aily domestic oil production to tankers for West Coast delive ry. Natural gas prices rose as icy weather blanketed much of the country and forecasters said very cold temperatures may be a round into the middle of next month. Natural gas for March d elivery added 13.6 cents to settle at $4.561 per 1,000 cubic feet. Analysts expect the Energy Department to report Thurs d ay that natural gas in underground storage fell last week.T he amount of the decline likely will "set the tone in this mark et for the next several days," energy consultants Cameron Hanover said in a report. 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(Over-The-Counter Securities)29 May 2015 W W W.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-232019 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% Prime + 1.75% 6.95%20 November 2029TUESDAY, 18 JANUARY 2011BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,480.04 | CHG -0.03 | %CHG 0.00 | YTD -19.47 | YTD % -1.30BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)Maturity 19 October 2017FINDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%30 May 2013 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas Supermarkets5.016.0114.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.51221.4076CFAL Bond Fund1.51795.51%6.90%1.498004 2.94742.8300CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.94742.10%2.09%2.918697 1.57431.4954CFAL Money Market Fund1.57404.44%4.44%1.555464 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.720212.72%4.63% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.2825-0.63%-0.14% 114.3684101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund114.36849.98%12.49%109.392860 106.552899.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund106.55284.75%7.18%100.779540 1.14151.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.14154.74%5.21% 1.11011.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.11013.94%7.60% 1.14281.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.14284.78%5.90% 9.74859.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.79504.85%5.45% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.6417-1.20%0.50% 10.00009.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 39.6635-3.37%-3.37% 8.16434.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund8.39798.82%8.82% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeksBid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeksAsk $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volumeLast Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volumeWeekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to dayEPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded todayNAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 monthsN/MNot Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earningsFINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. 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f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he number of borrowers looking to refinance their mortgage r ose last week for the third straight time, a ccording to Associated Press The Mortgage Bankers Association said Wednesday its refinance index increased 7.7 percent from the previous week. Overall, the mortgage applications index rose 5 percent this week. B ut the number of people applying for a mortgage to buy a home fell 1.9 percent. Rates on fixed mortgages were mixed, the survey said. The average rate for the 30-year fixed loan slipped to 4.77 percent from 4.78 percent. The rate on the 15-year mortgage, a popular refi-n ance option, rose to 4.16 percent from 4.15 percent. Still, fixed mortgage rates are about a half-point higher than in November. They have risen as Treasury yields increased on improved economic data. Investors tend to seek safer investments l ike Treasury bonds in rockier times. Mortgage applications rose last week O il prices fall on disappointing housing report MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP Economics Writer W ASHINGTON U.S. homebuilders are coming off their two worst years in more than a half-century, and t he outlook for this year is only slightly better. E conomists say it could take three more years before the industry begins building homes at a healthy rate. In the mean time, the housing downturn is d ragging on the broader economy, with one-quarter of the jobs lost since the recession began in the construction field. Builders normally help lead the economy out of a recession. Construction projects fuel g rowth and that leads to more hiring. But a year and a half after the recession officially ended, builders are struggling to comp ete in markets flooded with unsold homes many of them foreclosures that are depressing prices. "Housing in the past has always been one of the key driv ers getting the economy back o n track. It is not going to happen this time because there is a huge glut of homes out there," said Patrick Newport, U.S. economist at IHS Global Insight. Homebuilders broke g round on a total of 587,600 homes in 2010, just slightly better than the 554,000 started in 2009, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday Those are the lowest annual t otals on records dating back t o 1959. And the pace is getting worse. The Commerce Department reported Wednesday that builders started work at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 529,000 new homes and apartments last month. That's a drop of 4.3 percent from November and the slowest pace since O ctober 2009. A big reason for the decline is that people are buying fewer single-family homes, which represent nearly 80 percent of the market. Single-family home construction fell 9 percent to a n annual rate of 417,000 units in December. In a healthy economy, homebuilders break ground on more than 1.5 million units a year. Newport said he doesn't e xpect that level of home cons truction until 2014. He expects builders will start work on 685,000 homes this year, 1.09 million units in 2012, and 1.43 million in 2013. 2010 ends as 2nd worst year for home construction INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
JULIE PACE, Associated Press WASHINGTON S eeking to build ties with an e conomic rival, the White House said Wednesday that China would purchase $45 bill ion in U.S. exports, including a h ighly sought-after $19 billion d eal for 200 Boeing airplanes. T he announcement came as C hinese President Hu Jintao a rrived at the White House for a state visit with President B arack Obama. The deals c ould soothe some concerns f rom the U.S. government and c orporate America, both of w hich contend that China keeps i ts currency artificially low in o rder to make Chinese products cheaper in the U.S. and U.S. products costlier in China. Obama and Hu met Wednesday with U.S. and Chinese busin ess leaders, including some i nvolved in the new export d eals. Obama said the econ omic relationship between the t wo countries is "more comp lex" than it appears. Our goal here today was to m ake sure that we break out of t he old stereotypes that somehow China is simply taking m anufacturing jobs and taking advantage of low wages, the U.S. is importing cheap goodsand thereby having cheaper products, but also putting strains on our employment base," Obama said. Hu told the executives that he welcomed U.S. companies to do business in China, and said his country is speeding up its economic restructuring and trying to increase domestic con s umption. Increased Chinese d emand for goods is a prime U .S. concern because it could h elp reduce a U.S.-China trade g ap. I n addition to the Boeing d eal, China will also invest in U .S. exports from agriculture, t elecommunications and techn ology companies, including G eneral Electric, Honeywell a nd Navistar. The White House said the deals will support up to 235,000 jobs in the U.S. Executives from Boeing and General Electric were among the business leaders who will meet with Obama and Hu at the White House. The White House said China also agreed to strengthen its intellectual property rights enforcement and ease its indigenous innovation policies both practices that have irked U.S. businesses. The indigenous innovation p olicy China adopted in 2009 limits Beijing's purchase of foreign products to those designed in China. U.S. businesses see the policy as a ploy to force them to turn over their tech-n ology to China or be locked out of business with the gov-e rnment. The White House said W ednesday that China agreed that it would not make govern ment procurement decisions based on where the intellectual property rights for goods or ser v ices are developed or maintained. Officials said China alsoa greed that it would not dis criminate against innovative p roducts made by foreign suppliers operating in China. U .S. software companies have also said they're cheatedo ut of billions in sales because Chinese companies, and even government agencies, illegally copy their programs instead of buying them. China agreed in December to allocate funds in its budget for legal software p urchases, and on Wednesday, the White House said China a greed to audit the use of legal software and publish the resultso f those audits. U.S. officials hailed the move as a significants tep forward in transparency for the often secretive Chinese government.Among the com panies the U.S. and China reached export deals with are: Boeing: China agreed to approve airline contracts for2 00 aircraft to be delivered over a three-year period, starting this y ear. The $19 billion package w ill support more than 100,000 American jobs, according to the White House. General Electric: The White House says GE reached a deal with China Shenhua Energy Company Limited. The joint venture will use GE's cleaner power generation technologies to advance cleaner coal solutions for industrial chemicals, fuels and power generation. GE estimates the deal h as the potential to generate up to $2.5 billion in U.S. e xports. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011, PAGE 15B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM NEW YORK The dollar fell to a nearly two-month low against the euro Wednesday because of investor hopes for more decisive actionto combat the eurozone debt crisis. Meanwhile, housing data in the U.S. showed a troubled real estate market. The euro traded as high as $1.3538, its strongest point since Nov. 23, before slipping back to $1.3465 during late trading Wednesday. It was worth $1.3392 late Tuesday. The euro has suffered since November due to worries over the eurozone debt crisis, but has moved higher over the past week on speculation among investors that policymakers will soon enact a more aggressive plan to combat countries' debt problems, said Bank of America Merrill Lynch fixed-income strategist Daniel Tenengauzer. Political leaders face pressure to increase and reform the current euro750 billion ($1 trillion bailout fund. A successful Portuguese bond auction Wednesday also helped reassure investors. Portugal raised euro750 million, paying a lower interest rate than in its last bond sale. The dollar was also weak against most other major currencies after the U.S. government said homebuilders broke ground on a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 529,000 new homes and apartments last month. That's the slowest pace since October 2009. While the pace of building permits, a gauge of future build ing, rose to the highest level since March, the real estate market remains stagnant, analysts said. "Homebuilding activity will remain painfully weak for the next few years," said Paul Dales, an economist with research firm Capital Economics, in a note to clients. The British pound rose to $1.5990 from $1.5979 and the dollar dropped to 82.06 Japanese yen from 82.54 yen. The dollar was up to 99.60 Canadian cents from 99.27 Canadian cents, recovering from a two-and-a-half year low of 98.32 Canadian cents on Tuesday. The U.S. currency dropped to 0.9550 Swiss franc from 0.9630 Swiss franc. The dollar also fell to its weakest point against the Chinese currency since the China's current currency regime began in 1994. Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Washington for highprofile meetings with President Barack Obama and business leaders. The dollar fell to as low as 6.5819 yuan earlier on Wednesday. The yuan has risen about 3.5 percent against the dollar since June, when China pledged more exchange rate flexibility. U.S. lawmakers and others had long complained that China keeps its yuan too weak, giving its exporters an unfair price advantage and hurting U.S. manufacturing jobs. During a visit to the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama said that he told Chinese President Hu Jin tao that China's currency is still undervalued. And last week, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that he believed it was in China's interest to let the yuan rise more rapidly. Hopes for Europe aid drag dollar to 2-month low China agrees to purchase $45B in US exports (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak GREETING: President Barack Obama welcomes China's President Hu Jintao during a state arrival on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011.
The Tribune's R E L I G I O N S E C T I O N T H U R S D A Y J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 0 1 1 PG 26 By ALESHA CADET T ribune Features Reporter A GROUP of social partners, comprised of a wide range of Bahamians and Bahamian organisations has come together to join in a campaign called "40 Days of Prayer For Peace In Our Community" to address the esca lating issues of crime and social dysfunction facing the country. T h e g r o u p i n c l u d e s t h e R o y a l Ba ha mas Po li ce Fo rce, th e C h urch b u sin e ss o w n e rs f r a t e r n a l o r g a n i s a t i o n s co mm u n it y o rga ni sat io n s, f amil ie s, an d n eig h bo u r s in th e Fort Ch arl ot t e/ Bo yd S ub d ivi sio n are a. T he "40 Days Of Praye r F o r Pea ce" wi ll b egi n o n Jan u ary 23 an d e nd o n M a r ch 3 Th e ca mpa ign wi ll fo cu s on t he Ft Ch arl ot t e/B oy d S ub d ivi sio n are a t h at h as th e f ol lo wi ng b o un d arie s: Na ssau S t r e et on th e e ast W est B ay St ree t On T h e W e st Fa r ri n g t o n R o a d o n T h e S ou t h, an d th e Ro ck Cru sh er/ P e rpa ll T rac t area s in t h e S o ut h we st. Or g a n i s e r s wi ll h av e a f u ll w alk ab o ut in th e a rea l ed b y t he po li ce a nd so cial p art ne rs o n S a t u r d a y J a n u a r y 2 2 O n S u n d a y J a n u a r y 2 3 th ere w il l be a spe cia l la un ch o f th e camp aig n o n A r a wa k Cay a t 4 p m T rib un e u nd ersta nd s th at some f o r t y ad u lt s met at t he be gi nn in g o f Jan u ary in Bo yd Su b di vi sio n t o o wn t h is camp ai gn an d crea te a st rat eg y Th e ch u rch es r e p r e s e n t e d a t t h e m e e t i n g i n cl u d e d T e m p l e B a p t i s t C h u r c h H o l y S p i r i t An gli can Ch urch Jo hn son P a rk Se ve nt h Day Ad ven t ist Ch u rch C hu rch o f Go d o f Pro ph ecy of Great er Ch i pp in gh a m M t M o r i a h B a p t i s t C h u r c h L i v i n g W a t e rs Ch u r ch S t Jo se p h s C a t h o l i c C h u r ch, St Mic ha el' s Met h od i s t Ch u r c h Th e N ew Mt Zi on Ba pt i s t C hu rch an d Bi sho p Sw ai n a le ad in g cl erg yman wh o resi de s in C hi pp i ng ha m. In a sta te men t, R ev Phi lip S t ub b s sai d: "On e h un d red pe rson s be in g mu r d e re d in 14 mo nt h s i n t h e Ba ha mas ha s c au sed a l a r m t h rou gh o ut o u r C ommo nw ea lt h. Ro u ti n e ex p erie nc es o f v io le nce o n o u r s t r e et s an d wi th i n o u r h ome s jo in ed t o c r ea te f ract u res i n f amil y lif e t ha t ha ve to u ch ed ev ery fa mil y t ree in o u r na t io n. It is creat in g a Ba ha m a s t ha t see ms to be ti p pi ng o n th e po in t of so ci al de str u c ti o n. Th ese so ci al rea li ti es s e em to ha ve l e a d e r s a n d B a h a mi a n s f r o m e v e r y s p h e r e in 20 11 lo o ki ng fra nt ic all y f o r s o l u t i o n s t h a t w o u l d r e d i r e c t o u r b elo ve d la nd ." He go es o n t o sta te th at a n ar r a t i v e wa s cle ar at t he gr o u p s fi rst me et in g, say in g W e co mmen d ou r p o lic e f o r t he jo b th at t he y a re d oi ng b ut crime co nt in u es to esca la te in ou r co m mu n it y W e h ave d ec id ed t o se ek Go d 's fa ce d uri ng th i s f o rty da y p eri od W e b el iev e t h at Go d w il l ac t wh e n w e see k Hi m i n pra ye r a nd t h at He a lo n e is t h e an swe r to th e p rob l em o f crime in ou r commu n i t y Ou r d i r e c t i o n c o m e s f r o m 2 C h r on i cles 7: 14, "i f my pe op l e, wh o are cal le d by my n a m e w il l h u mbl e t h emsel ves a n d p ray an d see k m y f ace an d t u r n f ro m t h ei r w ick ed wa ys, t he n I wi ll he ar fro m he ave n, a n d I w il l fo r g i v e th ei r sin an d w il l h ea l t he ir la nd Go d an d Go d a lo ne th at wi ll b e o ur cry f or a so l u t i o n i n t h e F t C h a r l o t t e / B o y d Su b di vi sio n area d u rin g t h is f o rty d ay p e r i o d Go in g f ur t h e r th e imp et u s a nd c oo rdi n at io n f o r th e f irst meet i ng came f r o m Sc he ll S tu b bs, a ba nk e r wh o cl earl y ha s a visi on fo r t h e c ampa ig n, b ut is sa id t o be eq ua ll y imp assi on ed ab o ut it be in g a camp ai gn t ha t is ow ne d no t b y on e in di vi du al b ut b y a gro up o f soc ial p art ne rs. PREP ARA TIONS: T he members of the 40 Days Of Prayer For Peace Campaign discuss ideas. 40 Days of Prayer for Peace Campaign SEE page 29
The T ribune Thursday January 20, 201 1 PG 27 RELIGION By JEFF ARAH GIBSON T ribune Features W riter F OR the 11th consecutive time Dr Sparkman Ferguson will host the annual Epiphany solo organ recital. Th i s y e ar th e 6 0 mi n ut e re c it a l w i l l fe a t u r e t he wor k of compo ser s Bach, M endels s ohn, V i r gil F ox, Di ane Bis h, F rank lin As hdown, V i e r ne, Ball an d Ro g e rs a nd H a m me rst e in D r Sp a rkm a n to l d T ri bu n e R e l i gi on t h a t c ho os in g to le a d t he re c i ta l w it h w o rk s f r o m th e f a m ous compo ser Johan ne Se b as ti an B a c h, is o nl y r ig h t. B a c h h a s w ri tt en m ost of th e mu si c fo r th e or ga n th a t ex i st an d hi s mu si c is sy n on y mo us w i th th e c h ur c h. I h av e c re a te d a pr og ra m o f c l a ssi c al an d s ac r ed org a n m u sic he sa id B e c a us e th er e ar e no t ma n y or g a n i s t s ho sti n g re c i ta l s, h e sa id he w a nt s to f os te r an a p pr ec i a ti on a m on g m usi c a l e nt hu si as t fo r th e o rg an a s a so lo in st r u m e n t B a ha m ia n s a re no t u se d to he a ri ng t he o r g a n p l ay e d a s a s ol o i ns tr u m e n t W e se ld om ha v e o rg a n re c i ta ls It 's t he on e ti me y o u g e t t o se e t he o rg an p er f o r m ed a s a sol o in str um e nt T he re i s no sin g in g t he re is n o c l a pp in g ," h e sa i d. W hi le a dm is sio n f or t he re c it a l i s f re e o f c h a r ge do na t io ns a re a c c e pt ed to ai d S t J o hn 's C o ll e ge fo r t he e st a bl is hm e nt o f a m usi c li b ra ry The p roc ee d s fr om Dr Fe rg us on 's r e c e n t re c i ta ls ha v e be n e fi te d S t A nn e 's Hi g h School Band, and t he C o llege of the B a ha m a s sc h ol a rsh ip f un d. A dd it io n al l y th e re c it al pr ov i de d 1 7 ne w tr um pe t s, c l a ri ne ts s ax o ph o ne s a n d t ro mb on e s f or t he S t J o hn 's b a nd la st y e a r La st y e a r i t w as in st rum e nt s a n d th is y e ar it i s a n e w mu si c l ib ra ry b ec a u se c u rre n tl y th e s c ho ol d oe sn t h av e o ne he t ol d T ri b un e R e l i gi o n. Dr Fe rg us on is e nc o ur ag i ng t he p ub l ic t o c o me o u t a n d s up po rt th e e ve n t be c a us e th i s ye a r he h as a g oo d sh ow l in e d. "T he B a ha m a s ha s a l ot o f g o od o r g a n i sts, b ut it ju st t ha t t he y d o n ot re c it e I e nc o u ra ge pe o pl e to c o m e ou t a nd su p po rt th e re c it al h e s ai d. Si nc e th e st a rt of th e re c i ta l t en ye a rs a g o th e Dr F e rg uso n s ai d h a s a tt ra c te d m o r e a nd m o re p e rso ns t o th e e v e nt La st y e ar t he re c i ta l h os te d a n au d ie n c e o f mo re th a n 3 00 p er son s. "T he re c i ta l ha s be e n w e ll re c e iv e d b y th e p ub li c It ha s g ro w n ev e ry y e a r Pe op l e l oo k f or w a r d to t hi s e ve n t, h e ex p la i ne d A s s oon as this r ec it al is f inis hed F e r g u so n sa id he w il l b e o n h is w a y t o p la n ni ng th e n e x t! Dr Ferguson hosts Epiphany solo organ recital STILL STRONG: Dr Sparkman Ferguson will host the annual Epiphany solo or gan r ecital. JANUARY Spring Retreat St. Mary's January 22 St. Mary's Parish 8.30 am FEBRUARY Secretariat February 12 Day of Deeper Understanding Abaco, February 26 Steak Out February 26 St Gregory's MARCH Servant Community March 12 Ultreya/Day of Deeper Understanding Freeport March 26 AN G L IC A N C UR SI LL IO E V E N T S FO R 2 0 1 1 FIRS T QUAR TER
The T ribune PG 28 Thursday January 20, 201 1 RELIGION T H I N G S a r e v e ry di f f e r en t t oda y th an the y w e re tw o or fiv e ye ars a go 2 01 0 w a s a y ea r fi ll ed wi th m an y d iff ic ul tie s, a nd ev en th ou gh w e w e lc o me 20 1 1 w i th the ex c ite me nt tha t ac c o mpa ni es a ne w ye ar it lo oks as if th e di ffic u lti es ma y c on tin ue E c on omi c al ly the na ti on a pp ea rs to be in a de ep hol e w i th a slug g ish e c ono my tha t d esp ite t he po siti ve ou tloo ks a nd f o r ecas t s jus t won' t t ur n a r o un d fa st e nou gh t o mos t peo pl e' s s at is f acti on Une m plo ym en t ha s re ac he d a la r m i n g l y hig h d ou ble di gi ts, cri me in 20 1 0 h as m an ag ed to frig ht en most in al l fa c e ts of the Ba ha m ia n soc ie ty a nd am idst a ll of th ese fea rs, th e ge ne ra l moo d of the na tio n a nd ev en th e w orl d i s on e o f a nx ie ty a nd u n c e rt a i n t y Ind ee d, if w e w ere to l ook ba ck w e c an tru ly say 2 01 1 is di f f e r en t i t s u nc ert ai n, a nd w he the r pe opl e w a nt to adm it i t o r n ot, most ar e afr aid an d u n c o m f o r ta ble w i th thi s c h an ge Maj or thr eats o f civil unr es t l ooms am ong t he un io ns o f t he na ti on, l ea vi ng p ol iti cian s ap par en tl y h and icap ped i n fin din g so lu tio ns. Th e n at ion al de bt a nd the de bt o f in div id ua l c iti z en s in t he n at ion co nti nu e to i nc re ase i nto the b il lio ns a nd mil li ons r e s p e c t i v e l y al l w h ile t he po ve r t y rate is risin g a lon g w ith t he c ost o f liv in g. The se a re in de ed try ing ti me s. In de ed ho pe see ms gr im an d s car ce i n T he B a ha ma s to da y Y e t al l is n ot l ost! Th e C o mmo nw e al th & G lob al Pra ye r Grott o, th e 24 -H our Pra y er C en tre of T rin ity Ci ty o f Prai se, i n p a r t ner s hi p wit h K ing dom Co vena nt C on ne c tio n (K C C ), the n et wo rk of son s, da ught er s and c o ven ant par t ner s of Ap ostl e E d W a tson a nd th e sou nd, p roduction and r e c o r ding company F A M E n t e r ta in me nt, h av e joi ne d t og eth er to ho s t a S t a r t Y our Y ear Righ t, B AH AMA S!" Na tio na l Pra ye r R al ly o n J a n u a r y 21 a t 7p m at R aw son S qu ar e Thi s tw ohou r ral ly wi ll gi ve pe op le wi thi n th e c ou ntry a se nse of hop e, fa ith f or th e up c om ing ye ar a nd an o ppo rtun ity for th em to pla c e the ir f utu re i n t he ha nds of a n un c ha ng ing po we r sou rc e, God It p r e se nts ev ery on e the c ha nc e to be gi n th ei r y ea r rig ht. The ra ll y w il l fo cu s on th e sta te of th e e c o n o m y t he g ov ern me nt i n v i ew o f n ex t y e a r s ge ne ral el ec ti ons, cri me an d vi ole nc e w ith in the na tio n, ou r yo uth an d th e fa mi ly a lon g w ith ma ny o the r issu es tha t p r e v ai l wi thi n our soc ie ty c urr e n t l y Al l a r e i nv ite d t o a tte nd a nd be a p art of th is e ve nt as it is an op po rtun ity to i nje c t f ai th a nd h op e b ac k i nto ou r na tio n a s we pre p a r e fo r b et ter da ys to c om e. S t a r t y o u r y e a r r i g h t B a h a m a s ALL PRAISE: W orshipers pray and give praise at the Start Y our Y ear Right, Bahamas!' P ASTOR ED AND LEE W A TSON
HOSEA 4: 6. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast r ejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. T h i s w or d D ES T R OY ED i n t h e Hebrew is: damah, daw-maw'; which has several meanings as follows: 1) to be dumb or silent; 2) hence to fail or perish; 3) to ease, 4) to be cut down (off ), 5) be brought to silence, 6) to be undone. The time has come for each of us to take a good look at the way / manner in which things are transpiring around us; nationally and internationally Have you noticed that in matters where it' s expect ed that certain persons (leaders) should speak up; they are dumb/silent? Are you taking note of the world sys te m s ( p o l it i ca l r el i gi o u s ec on o m i c, insurance, employment, etc;) and their failures; and are not these the very same s ys t e m s t h at t h e p eo p l e h a ve b ee n methodically trained to hold onto as their safety net? Now stop for a moment and ask yourself this question "What' s Going On?" Think it not strange that as a nation we're seeing and experiencing that which we are at this time. The simple fact that we as a people have creatively chosen to r eject the true knowledge (da'ath, dah'ath) of God (Y ahweh) and being obedi ent thereby; which is resulting in our per ishing in various ar eas of our lives; per sonally and nationally The deception that many persons have given into is that "they're of the view that once they are praying and fasting, God would overlook their continual / consis tent disobedience to His word or their partial obedience thereof." Whereas they seem not to know that partial obedience, is disobedience. One of the first steps to be taken in r ec tifying this deception that we're walking / operating in as a people; is the step of humility This is where each of us, fr om the least to the assumingly great among humble ourselves before God and one another; admit that we don' t know ever ything and be openly willing to receive fr om those who might know that which we don' t. While we do give honour and r espect to whom they are due; it' s also of the utmost importance that even the recipients of such honour and respect not allow the spirit of pride and ar r ogance to be their down-fall. It is not God' s will that any should per ish; but yet many shall and are perishing. This is a result of the choices many have made or ar e making. Agr ee or disagree as much as you wish; life is about choices. Here' s what God' s word says: Deut.30: 19. I call heaven and ear th to r ecord this day against you, that I have set befor e you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefor e choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 2011 and the coming years will not m ake ro om f or t hos e who cho os e t o r eside on Complaining Boulevard and M u r mu ring Str ee t ; n or for t hose who r eside on the Corner of Just Pray About It, and Do Nothing A venue. During the days of the Prophet Elisha, the nation of Israel was going thr ough a r ough period; there was a severe famine in the land (2Kings.7:3-5), and four lep r ous men made a choice to get up and do something. Their decision changed the co ur s e o f t hei r n at io n' s hi st o ry ; wha t choice or decision are you going to make? Are you going to get up and do something ? Or are you going to continue your com plaining and mur muring ? W atch this 2Kings.7:3-5: : 3. An d ther e were f our lepr ous men at th e ent erin g in of the gate: and t hey s aid o ne to an other Why s it we her e unt il we di e? : 4. I f we s ay W e will ent er i nto t he c i t y t hen the f amine is in the cit y and we s hall die t here: and i f we s it s ti ll her e, we d ie als o. No w ther e f o r e come, and l et us f all unt o th e hos t of the Syr ians : if t hey s ave u s alive, w e sh all l ive; an d if t hey ki ll u s, we s hall b ut di e. : 5. A nd th ey r os e up in the t w i light t o go unt o t he camp of the S yrian s: and when t hey w er e c o me to the ut ter m o s t p a r t of th e camp of Syr ia, b ehold, ther e was no man ther e A gai n, it s n o t G od s w il l t ha t a ny sh ould per is h But r emember your p eris hing cou ld be b ased upon your c h oices. Y ou cou ld choos e to bel ieve and r e c e i v e G o d s wor d / his Son, Y ah shu a M es siah (a. k.a. Jesus th e C h ris t) and have a p erso nal rel ation shi p w i th Him or you c an hold -fas t t o the per is hing r eligion s and tr adit ions of m en. H e re s what the s c r ipt ur es says about it. Joh n3:16. F or God so loved the wor ld, that he gave his onl y begott en Son, that whos oever believet h in him sho uld not per ish but have everl ast ing lif e. T his word P E RI SH in t he Gr eek is: apoll umi, apol'loo-m ee; whi c h mean s to D E S T R O Y T h e r e is no n eed f or any to PERIS H / be DES T RO YED any lo ng er s i mp l y choos e; mak e a decis ion / choi c e of whi c h d i r ection pathway yo u'r e going t o take. Rel igion can be li kened t o man s ear c h ing f or a path / a way to Go d: P r o v 1 6: 2 5 T h e r e i s a w a y t h a t seem eth righ t unto a man, but th e end t h e r eof are t he ways o f deat h. T o put an end t o m an' s fut ile sear ch f or the w ay back to his God her e s what Y ahs hua M es siah says : Joh n.14:6 Y ahs hua sait h unt o him, I am t he way the t ru th, a n d t he lif e: no man comet h unt o th e Fath er but b y me. Cho ose t he r ight W A Y For questions and comments contact us via E-mails:firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or ph.1-242-441-2021 Pastors Matthew and Brendalee Allen Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Int'l The T ribune Thursday January 20, 201 1 PG 29 RELIGION Damah! P AST OR MA TTHEW ALLEN Mrs Stubbs explained with an enthusi asm that could only be described as infectious, that this type of campaign has been used successfully in a number of places including Orlando, Florida, and Peoria, Illinois. The or g anis ers have laid out t he s ign ature feature of t he cam paign that will be a pub lic prayer each day of the 40 day per io d at scheduled places in the Ft Ch ar lot te/Boyd Sub divis io n ar e a Ch r i st i e Pa rk Qu a r ry M is si o n P ar k Lu c k y Fo o d S t o re Pa rk i n g L o t Mt Mo ri a h B a p t is t Ch u r ch C I Gi b so n P arking L o t, St Michael's T enni s C o ur t St Ber n a r d's P arking Lot at St Joseph's C h u r c h will b e s ome addit ional sites "Whi le p r ayer t im es w i ll vary m o s t of the pr ayer t im es will occur bet ween 7 pm and 8 p m each evening. Satu r days will b e d i f f e r ent. On Sat ur d ays th er e will b e a f am ily fo c u s ," Rev Philip St ubbs not ed. T o p ut it p lainly over forty days a lot of d if f e r ent p er sons will be praying pu blicly for an en d to c rim e in our area and for an expansion o f peace. W illing families th r ou ghout t he ar ea will spon s o r the prayer tim e on S aturdays. D u r ing the S a t u r day time of prayer the prayer will be p ublic bu t will occur in th e front of a n e i g h b o u r hoo d home. F amily mem bers neighb ours will b e praying direc t ly fo r each oth er du r ing t hes e S atur d a y s The gr o u p s organis ers of t he "40 Days o f Pra y e r Fo r P e ac e i n t h e Ft Charlotte/Bo yd Su bdivision area em p has ise that the cam pai gn, lik e prayer is fo r e v e r yo ne, it is n ot a campaign f or the o r ganis ers alon e, it s fo r the entire c o m m u n i t y Mem b er s o f the neighb our h o o d s t h r ough out th e a r ea ar e invit ed to s h ar e in the daily public tim es of pr ayer t hat will o c cur during t he campaign. T h e "40 D ays O f P rayer For Peac e T eam 2011" can be conta c ted at teleph one 325 6126. 40 Days of Prayer FROM page 26
The T ribune PG 32 Thursday January 20, 201 1 RELIGION H oly Family Anglican Church in Mortimer's, Long Island has a long history that dates from the early 1900's. The Church's history involves preach ing, teaching and molding the basic social unit the family'. T hi s ch urc h ha s pl a y e d a pi v o ta l r o l e i n L o ng I sl a nd h i st or y m a ny y ou ng s te r s wh o gr e w i n t h e so ut h er n m ost se t tl e m en t s of M or t i m e r s or G or d o n s a t te n ded t hi s ch ur ch f o r S un da y sc hoo l a nd Su nd ay m o rn i ng w ors hi p A nd th i s pa s t S und a y Ja n ua ry 9 me m b ers fr om N or th and So uth joine d to g et h er f or co rp ora t e E uch ar i st i c c el e br at i o ns a t Ho l y Fa mi l y i n M or t i m e r s St P e t e r s a nd S t Pa u l s A ng l i ca n p ar i sh e s f r om t he Nor th an d So ut h L on g I sl a nd r esp ectively welco med high spir i te d Pri e s t V i ca r a t C hr i st Ch ur ch Ca t he d ra l Re v Fr C ol i n H u me s Fr Ches ter Bur ton R ecto r of St. P e t e r s Pa ri s h w as th e chi e f ce l e bra n t f o r th e c onc el e b ra t ed Eu cha ri st M a ss, F r Jon a th a n A r c h e r Re cto r o f St Pa u l s P a ri sh assi ste d a t the a lt ar and Fr H um e s pr ea ch e d th e se r m on i n t hi s h i sto ri c chu r c h Fr H umes took hi s t ext from the G osp e l ap pr op ri a t e f o r t he Eu ch ar i st Lu ke 2 ve r se s 4 1 -5 1 L uk e t h e e v a ng e l i st r e c o r ds t he e v e nt s th a t sur ro un ds Je su s vi si t t o t he T e m pl e I n t h e p a ss ag e t he p a r e n ts o f Je su s ar e f ra n ti ca l l y se a r c h i n g fo r H i m a n d wh en H e i s fo un d, H e t ol d th e m D i d y o u n ot k no w t h at I m us t be i n m y F at h er s ho us e? Fr H u m es t h en as ke d t he chu rch "A r e y ou o n y ou r F a t h e r s bus i ne s s? H e s a i d t ha t w e i n t he Co m m on we a l th of t h e B ah a m as e s pe ci a l l y t h e ca pi t a l Ne w Pro v i de nce ha v e se e n t he d e te r i ora t i on o f t he fa m i l y st r u c t u r e H e r e m i ni s ce d o n hi s chi l dho od g ro wi n g u p i n a Ch ri st i a n fa m i l y a n d re cog ni s i ng t ha t Su nd ay wa s a d ay of w or shi p a nd a da y pe op l e sp e nt v e ne ra t i n g th e i r C r e a t o r H e re m i n de d t he con g re g at i o n th a t i f an y co rr ect i o ns a nd a m e nd m en t s m u st be m a de t o t he m o ra l f a br i c of s oci et y i t must start pri mari l y wi th the fa mi ly s t ru c t u r e Fi na l l y he a d mo ni s he d t he fa m i l y d ri v e n ch urc h t o e nco ur a ge fa m i l y w or sh i p ti me f a m i l y p l a y t i m e a nd de fi n i te l y f am i l y B i bl e s tu dy t i m e to e n s u r e th at L on g Is l a nd m a i nt a i ns i t qu i et t r an qu i l a nd se re n e am b i a nce A f t e r w a r d s me m b er s con gr e ga t e d i n th e f oy e r o f t h e c hu rch fo r r e f r e s h m e n t s Holy Family Anglican Church celebrates Feast of Title HOL Y GA THERING: Scenes from the Feast of the T itle held at Holy Family Anglican Chur ch in Mor timer s, Long Island.