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 Teacher guilty in student sex case V olume: 107 No.54THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER PLEASANT, SUNSHINE HIGH 77F LOW 63F By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT Andre Bir bal was found guilty and convicted in the Supreme Court on Wednesday of having u nnatural sexual intercourse with two of his former students at the Eight Mile RockH igh School. A jury of seven men and two women deliberated forf our and a half hours and b rought back guilty verdicts in six of the eight charges against the former art teacher. J ustice Hartman Longley has set sentencing for Febru ary 1, 2011. During his summation, Justice Longley told jurors that they must consider each of the eight counts separately and bring a separate verdict on each count. B ribal, 48, was found guilty of all five counts relating to the first male student. It isa lleged that he had sex with the student between January 2002 and June 2007. The jury brought back guilty verdicts of 6-3 on count one, two and three, and ver dicts of 7-2 guilty on counts f our and five. In relation to the second male student, Birbal, whoa lleged to have sex with the student between September 2002 and December 2005, was found guilty of only one of t he three counts. The jury found the teacher not guilty by a vote of 5-4 on count six and seven, but found him guilty by a vote of 7-2 on count eight. As the verdicts were read by the foreman, Birbal J udg e sets date for sentencing 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 By PAUL TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com T EN people have been transferred from the Ministry of Education as investigations continue into allegations of corruption and theft throughout the department. These persons, it is reported, have not been terminated from their posts, but rather transferred around in the Ministry or to other ministries entirely. They are trying to streamline a num ber of things, a source close to the matTEN TRANSFERRED FROM MINISTRY AMID CORRUPTION, THEFT ALLEGATIONS SEE page 14 SEE page 14 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter nnicolls@ tribunemedia.net THE impact of President Jean Claude Baby Doc Duvaliers return to Haiti is not comparable to the impact President Jean-Bertrand Aristide would have, said Dr Eugene Newry, former Ambassador to Haiti and Dominican Republic. President Aristide has lived in exile in South Africa since 2004 when the United States and other allies assisted in his forced removal from the country. That year, there were riots in Haiti calling for Aristide to implement the promised reforms from his 2000 election. President Aristide claims he has been unsuccessfully THE Bahamas Bar Asso ciation remained silent yesterday following reports that it had been given an ultimatum by the government. It is unclear whether or not the Bar Council has responded to the letter sent by Director of Legal Affairs Deborah Fraser, which threatened legal action today unless the council communicated its decision on the Director of Public Prosecu tions Bar application. Up to press time, officials in the Attorney Generals office could not provide an update on whether or not the association had complied. Ruth Bowe-Darville, the associations president, said: Im not prepared to comment on the matter at this time. Mrs Graham-Allen has been unable to appear in court since her appointment to the post in August last year, the councils delay has been said to have prevented her from fulfilling her duties as the Director of Public Prosecutions. SEE page 13 SEE page 14 B AR ASSOCIATION TIGHT-LIPPED ON GOVERNMENT ULTIMATUM REPORTS LIGHTNING damaged phone lines and electrical equipment at the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas. With phone lines not operating yesterday, further details concerning the extent of the damage caused by the mornings thunderstorm could not be ascertained up to press time. LIGHTNING DAMAGES ZNS EQUIPMENT JEAN CLAUDE BABY DOC DUVALIER B ABY DOC RETURN NOT COMPARABLE TO THE IMPACT ARISTIDE WOULD HAVE G UILTY VERDICT: Andre Birbal outside of court yesterday.P h o t o / D e r e k C a r r o l l
DO you think the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC s old to Cable and Wireless (LIME S ince news of the impending sale broke, various groups have come forward protesting the sale of a majority stake of BTC to this company. In today's Street Talk, TheT ribune's student interns from Bahamas Academy hit the streets to find out how some Bahamians feel about the issue. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE SHOULD BTC BE SOLD? T ALK STREET n n Rayvon Marrison, student Yeah why not its not a bad idea. n n Denise Adderley, store owner/Manager I agree and disagree. We are behind, so it is a good thing; we will have more opportunities. But jobs are redundant, and for this I disagree. n n Michelo McKenzie, driver I dont have a problem with it. I dont think Bahamians should own it because of lack in management skills in things such as electricity and telephones. n n Quinten Morris, taxi driver The government should sell BTC, it would make people more aware and create more jobs and a bigger monopoly. STREETTALK continues on page 16
By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE Christian Council yesterday urged the government and opposition to work together for the bett erment of the country in t he new year. M embers of parliament, s enators, and other senior o fficials joined in prayer y esterday morning at the annual Parliamentary Service held at the SalvationA rmy Citadel Church on Mackey Street. Rev Patrick Paul, president of the Bahamas C hristian Council, encouraged MPs from both sides of the aisle to co-operate i n providing better opport unities for Bahamian peop le. We need to move past p artisan politics and work a s one, said Rev Paul. He also reflected on seve ral of the governments accomplishments over the past year, including the c ompletion of the Sir Milo Butler Highway, provision o f unemployment benefits; f ull health coverage for Royal Bahamas Defence Force officers, police offic ers and nurses; the dredgi ng of Nassau Harbour, n umerous road improvement projects and the implementation of electronic monitoring for criminal suspects out on bail. While commending the g overnment on these achievements, Rev Paul LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM T WO pilots who were arraigned on cocaine smuggling c harges last week were back in court yesterday. The men, who appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell, were each granted bail in the sum of $25,000. Patrick Pyfrom, 45, and Valentino Antoine Collie, 38, have pleaded not guilty to charges of importation of cocaine, conspiring to import cocaine, possession of cocaine with the intent t o supply and conspiring to possess cocaine. According to police reports, around 10am on Sunday, officers of the Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU at the Lynden Pindling International Airport after they s earched their suitcase and found 16 taped packages of sus pected cocaine. The men had reportedly flown into New Providence from the Turks and Caicos on a private aircraft. According to prosecutors, the drugs weighed 21 pounds. NEWLY appointed Coroner Linda Virgill, the subject of a lawsuit by a local attorney who is claiming an unpaid loan, is expected to appear in a Magis trates Court today. Mrs Virgill is reportedly being sued for $2,000 by attorney Cecil Hilton. She is expected to appear before Magistrate Derrence Rolle in Court Five, Bank Lane. At the opening of the legal year, Chief Justice Sir Michael Barnett announced that Magis trate Linda Virgill will be assigned to the Coroner's Court to replace Magistrate William Campbell. Bar Association President Ruth Bowe-Darville has accused Coroner Virgill of unprofessional conduct, stating that it is inappropriate for someone on the bench to borrow money from a member of the Bar who may have to appear before them. New Coroner expected to appear in court today Pilots back in court over cocaine smuggling charges Christian Council urges govt and opposition to work together ABOVE: President of the Bahamas Christian Council Rev Dr. Patrick Paul gives the sermon yesterday at the annualP arliamentary Service held at the Salvation Army Citadel Church on Mackey Street. SEE page seven LEFT: PLP Leader Perry Christie shakes hands with Deputy Prime Minister Brent Symonette T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f
E DITOR, The Tribune. H ow many more patients h ave to suffer and how m any more have to die before there can be real change at A&E at the PMH in Nassau, Bahamas? I write to bring national attention to the vexing probl em and frustration that many of us Bahamians have experienced at A&E at the Princes Margaret Hospital in our city Nassau, when a r elative, a friend or co-worker of ours falls ill suddenly and has to go to A&E at PMH. I heard stories of the past from friends and co-w orkers over the years of how long their relative a patient admitted to A&E at PMH had to wait before a doctor examined them or before there is a medical evaluation given of their loved ones condition. I thought persons were being unfair to our national healthcare facilities in Nassau, until recently I experienced it first hand with my 82year-old mother several days ago. To be brief my mother was taken to A&E at theP rincess Margaret Hospital g ravely ill by one of my sist ers in early January 2011, and had to sit in a chair for about three hours and after passing out in the chair before a bed was given toh er. You imagine that. That i s torture for an 82-year-old lady who is weak and came into the hospital A&E dizzy a nd cant hold her head up. A nd I am not exaggerating. M y mother again was taken to A&E of the PMH hospital about 10 days later in January 2011, this time by a mbulance around 8pm and up to 12 midnight the family was told that A&E were in t he process of changing shifts and no doctor had seen her up to that time. S omebody please tell me why it takes three-four hours in A&E at the PMH to change shifts and whyd uring this period patients h ave to suffer? It appears that one has to come into A&E with a stab or gunshot wound to their body to get medical attention within reasonable time. We need real c hange in A&E at PMH. My God! Have mercy upon us, is my cry andp rayer. In this 21st century o f technology and modernisation why in the world is it t aking doctors to see a p atient at A&E three-four hours in our country today? I am not casting blame on the hard working, dedicated, and under-paid doctors and the nurses; I just want to find out why cant a patient brought into A&E at the Princess Margaret Hospital today be seen by a doctor or briefly examined for severity of case within at least, and Ill be generous, one hour? W e need real change in A &E at the PMH, especially those of us Bahamians who pay our taxes and contribute to our country t hrough paying all the necessary and required taxes from NIB to other national c ontributions. I call on the Honourable, hard working and dedicate d Minister of Health, Dr Hubert Minnis, to look into t he A&E Department at the P MH and cause there to be real changes to this vital lifesaving Department of our Nations Public Health Care Facility for Bahamians, visi t ors and others of every way o f life living and visiting in our beloved Bahamas. LEROY A BURROWS Nassau, J anuary 25, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited N ULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI B eing Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 E ILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972P ublished Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama W EBSITE www.tribune242.com updated daily at 2pm WASHINGTON President Barack Obam a reached back into the past in a State of the Union address that was all about winning t he future. H e meant victory for America. And, perh aps, himself, too. In style and substance, the president resurr ected themes from his groundbreaking 2008 campaign as he started making the case for h is next one. With the world watching, he cast himself a new as a post-partisan, pragmatic, reason able, solutions-oriented leader focused on prot ecting the American dream and ensuring the country's economic dominance. He spoke directly to the fears of Americans everywhere that their country is in decline. And he issued a call to greatness while sketching out a longt erm vision for how the nation can achieve it. "We do big things," Obama said, delivering a n optimistic pitch that spoke to the country's can-do spirit. Sound familiar? It should. He's the president. With a two-year record that divides the public. And a stubbornly high u nemployment rate. A man who must work with the reinforced ranks of Republicans inC ongress. And convince the polarized country including sceptical independents who wield h uge power in presidential elections that the change he wrought is sound. Ultimately, he must convince the nation that he should get four more years at the helm. Obama is clearly aware of his new reality, g iven the speech he delivered. He spoke to what unites, instead of divides, Americans. T here were few sharply ideological pitches. There was little partisanship. And for all the t alk about economic revival for years to come, there wasn't much talk about how to address the country's most immediate concern: reducing the 9.4 per cent jobless rate and stoking a sluggish recovery. T his was much bigger than the here and now. Obama set much loftier goals, such as r ebuilding people's faith in government. Republicans bashed him for it. S uch criticism aside, Tuesday night's address laid bare Obama's desire to channel the aboveit-all persona he honed as a candidate to capture a broad coalition of voters who vaulted him to the White House. He's spent the m onths since the November elections overhauling his presidency as he adjusts to an era of d ivided government in Washington and pre pares to run for re-election. P olls show that the effort has paid dividends: His job-performance rating stands at 53 per cent in the most recent Associated Press-GfK poll and at 51 per cent among independents. Still, just 30 per cent of independents score his presidency above average or better, down from a year ago. And they divide about evenly on whether he deserves to be re-elected. I t's little wonder, then, that Obama, from the start of his address, struck an above-thef ray posture and called for bipartisan solut ions to the nation's ills as he referenced the s hooting in Arizona, the tragedy that has helped unite the country. At nearly every turn t hat followed, the president called for Republicans and Democrats to work together to tack l e "challenges decades in the making." He also repeatedly extended a hand to the G OP, entertaining their ideas on issues like medical malpractice reform to rein in frivol ous lawsuits. But he didn't budge on his refusal to permanently lower taxes on the top 2 per cent of U.S. earners, showing that his effort to compromise has limits. None of it sat well with Obama's liberal base. The president is gam b ling that the left eventually will fall in line behind him. It's a safe bet: He faces no seriousp rimary challenger and still is hugely popular among his core backers, despite grumbling. Obama's posture offered a sharp contrast to the past two years, in which he leveraged huge Democratic majorities in Congress to pass s weeping legislation with virtually no Republican support. The GOP, for its part, stood inn ear lockstep against Obama throughout. But Republicans were the ones who bene f ited in November, when voters decided they'd had enough of Democrats controlling all the levers of power in Washington. Obama was quick to remind Republicans that they, too, will be held accountable for the s uccesses or failures of the next two years. Despite uneasiness about the scope of gov e rnment spending at a time of budget-busting deficits, Obama called for huge investments t o spur innovation, education and infrastruc ture. They met immediate resistance from Republicans, who cast him as a tax-and-spend liberal even before he delivered the speech. House Republicans went on record to return m ost domestic agencies to 2008 budget levels. "This is our Sputnik moment," said an u ndeterred Obama. "The future is ours to win but to get there we cannot stand still." P reviewing his likely re-election pitch and addressing top concerns of Americans, he made the case that the country is on the right course but that more must be done by both sides to make the nation competitive. He sig n aled a willingness to bend but not break on his health care plan that Republicans want to r epeal. He called for the country to confront its decade-long deficit spending spree. And he o rdered a review of government regulations and agencies. "At stake right now is not who wins the next election," Obama insisted. Even as he started making the case that he should be the one. (This article was written by Liz Sidoti, AP National Political Writer). We need real change at PMHs A&E LETTERS email@example.com Echoes of preview of 2012 in speech 0U-RVHSKRPOLQVRQ EDITOR, The Tribune Hip hip hip, HURRAY! Hip hip hip, HUR RAY! Hip hip hip, HURRAY!! I am elated that the police force has finally decided to fight fire with fire. The recently announced Operation Rapid Fire is long overdue. The restoration of peace and civility is not only needed but should be demanded. Please join me in giving three cheers for the police force. It is not late for the police to use the kind of force that is needed to show the criminals that they cannot take this country. Even though the police have embarked on a no nonsense approach with the kind of resolve needed, we the people must lend our assistance in every way to make sure we rid this country of the menace we have been experiencing. Now I know that those who cloak the criminals would love to have an opportunity to be seen on television hollering about the methods of the police, but the police must match the tactics the criminals have been using. We must resist to be seen to condoning the behaviour that, in our good conscience we must con demn, behaviour that is detrimental toward a civilized society. The laws of the jungle should not be allowed or encouraged in a normal society. The police needs our full and undivided sup port. We must move collectively to help and protect the one country we have. No shirking of responsibilities should be tolerated. It takes all hands to be on deck, and it takes all of us to scream with one voice in a great crescendo, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! IVOINE W. INGRAHAM Nassau, January 20, 2011 Three cheers for Royal Bahamas Police Force
A MAN was arrested in the area of Toote Shop Corner on suspicion of marijuana p ossession and allegedly pos sessing an illegal firearm. Police made the arrest around 12.05pm on Tuesday after officers of the mobile division, acting on informa-t ion, went to a property on Fritz Lane off East Street where they saw a man acting suspiciously. P ress liaison officer Sergeant Chrislyn Skippings said after the man spotted p olice he moved towards to a track road off Toote Shop Corner where he was then apprehended. Officers conducted a search of the man and recovered a q uantity of suspected mari juana. A search of the property where police originally observed the man revealed a high-powered weapon with ammunition. The 28-year-old suspect was taken into custody. Police investigations con t inue. A 26-year-old man was the victim of a drive-by shooting on Miami Street on Tuesday night. The incident occurred around 11.10pm as a group of people was standing outside a private residence. According to eyewitness reports, a dark coloured Honda pulled up and gunshots were fired from the car which resulted in the 26year-old being shot in his arm. The victim was taken to hospital in a private vehicle where he is detained in stable condition. Investigations are ongoing. Police are also investigating two armed robberies which took place on Tuesday. The first happened at 11am on East Bay Street east of Mackey Street. A man was reportedly on East Bay Street when he was approached by a gunman. The culprit robbed the victim of his jewellery and fled on foot into the Okra Hill area. The second armed robbery of the day hap pened at 7.15pm at a private residence in Windward Isles off Sunshine Way. Upon arriving home, a woman was approached by a dark man wearing a white T-shirt allegedly armed with a handgun, police said. The culprit robbed the woman of her gold 2000 Chevrolet Equinox with the licence plate number 183481 and fled the area in an unknown direction. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE Bahamas Telecommunications Company issued a statement yesterday accusing Vonage of making shameless claims and reminding the public that the US-based VoIP carrier is not licenced to operate in the Bahamas. The statement came in response to a letter sent by Vonage to its customers detailing changes to its calling plans because of per cent increases in rates charged by Bahamian companies. In response, Marlon Johnson, vice president for marketing, sales and business development at BTC, said: First of all, the truth is that Vonage is not a carrier that has any direct relationship with BTC, nor is it, as far as we are aware, licensed by the countrys telecoms regulator, URCA, to conduct telecommunications business in the Bahamas, notwithstanding its d ocumented invitation for persons to utilise the service in the Bahamas. What BTC did do in the middle of last year, 2010, was to change its regime on charges for call termination [calls received by BTC customers] from overseas customers to bring it in line with regional norms and practices. C ustomers As we would have stated p ublicly at the time, this has meant that BTC mobile customers are no longer charged for international calls they receive on their cell phones and the charges are now levied on the person and phone carrier making the call from overseas. B TC also emphasised that its call termination rates are not excessive, as the letter suggests. According to the company, its inbound termination rates are consistent with the average in the region and calculated to cover the costs of the transactions. BTC said that in many popular regional jurisdictions like Jamaica, Haiti and Cuba, call terminations are higher than they are in the Bahamas. It is BTCs view that given that it returns nothing to the Bahamian economy, Vonages complaints are shameless. Nonetheless, we do think it is important that we provide our perspective on the matter so that persons would not draw false conclusions by virtue of this correspondence being circulated by Vonage. We do not think that any BTC customer would have any reasonable objection to any outside phone carrier paying their fair share to BTC so as to enable the company to get a fair return on the hundreds of millions of dollars in capital outlays invested to build and maintain the state-of-the-art cellular and landline infrastructure that B TC has as part of its plant, the statements said. BTC accuses Vonage of making shameless claims Man arrested for alleged drug, firearm possession 26-year-old man victim of drive-by shooting CRIMENEWS
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM %2$7IRU$/('RQ]LZHHW (DWHDO / E V RURU 5HFRPPHQGHGE\'RFWRUV 'HHS&RORQ&OHDQVLQJ IRUSHUVRQVZKRVWUXJJOHZLWK :HLJKWORVV*DVtEORDWLQJ)RRG&UDYLQJV)DWLJXH &RQVWLSDWLRQ 6SHFLFURJUDPVGHVLJQHGIRU\RXRUDQ\RQH\RX NQRZZKRLV+\SHUWHQVLYH'LDEHWLF%UHDVWIHHGLQJ $OOHUJ\V\PSWRPVHWF J \\I\jlckj`ealjk*[Xpj$(''Dfe\p$9XZb>lXiXek\\ )UHH&RQVXOWDWLRQ)UHH'HOLYHU\KLSWRIDPLO\,VODQGV C all M a 68''(1/<6/,0 )LUVWWQHVVXWULWLRQ reminded those in power of the duty they owe to all Bahamians. He said: God has placed the burden of responsibility on the gove rnment to protect the p eople and safeguard the s anctity of human life. To close the service, religious leaders offered prayers for members of parliament, senators, the judiciary and the country. Parliament was suspended for the service y esterday morning and w ill resume on February 7. Christian Council urges govt, opposition to work together FROM page three PARLIAMENTARIANS at yesterdays Parliamentary Service held at the Salvation Army Citadel Church.
L OCAL NEWS P AGE 8, THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM W INNERS of the St Francis and J oseph Primary School essay contest w ere recently rewarded with a variety of prizes donated by the Bank of the Bahamas. The prize presentation took place at the opening ceremony for the schools s eventh annual Junkanoo Rush-out.The d ay also included a word of encouragem ent from Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture Charles Maynard and story-t elling by KB and Funky D. We are very grateful that Bank of t he Bahamas reached out to sponsor this e vent by providing grand prizes for our essay contest winners, said school principal Jacinthe Goffe. In addition to the essay winners, students who signed up the most sponsors w ere crowned the schools king and q ueen. Funds will be used to expand the e arly childhood centre at the school which is rebuilding and recovering fromt wo consecutive fires in 2009. D AREN Dwyer is a 21year-old prolific repeat visitor to the Breezes Resort on C able Beach. He first visited the property with his parents when hew as 15 and has returned every y ear several times a year ever since. Now on his 15th visit, B reezes recognised his loyalt y, general manager Jackson Weech saying: It is our repeat clients that keep Breezes operational and we are truly thankful to Daren and to our many other repeat g uests. Bank of the Bahamas provides prizes for school contest winners BREEZES BAHAMAS WELCOMES 15 TIME REPEAT GUEST B REEZES g eneral manager Jackson Weech with Daren Dwyer FROMLEFT: A young boy gets ready for the big Junkanoo rush-out dressed in full attire; fourth-grade teacher Katherine Lockhart; Jalene Ferguson; Reagan Kemp; Keilan McSweeney; A mani Stuart; Michael Basden, BOB business manager of financial solutions, and Justin Cartwright.
ASthe Miss Bahamas Organisation (MBOes its search for the 2011 pageant contestants, their reigning beauty queen has been invited to take part in t he newly launched Miss Sport Football contest in the United States. The launch of the new event will coincide with the national screening for the 2011 Miss Bahamas Beauty P ageant contestants. The timing couldnt be better, said MBO president Michelle Malcolm. Its rewarding to see that our efforts to promote our q ueens internationally are p aying off, and in a big way. Reigning MBO queen B raneka Bassett will spend several days, all expenses paid, in Dallas, Texas attend-i ng the event, which is the brainchild of Dr Ivan Rusilko, the current Mister USA World and former Mister USA (2008 Promotions While in Dallas, she will p articipate in charity events, promotions, photo shoots, parties, tournaments, and concerts. The finals will take place on February 6. B raneka said the invitation t o participate in the Miss Sport Football event is a great opportunity. Im expecting to have a great time in Dallas, said Braneka who just last year a dvanced to the finals of the M iss World pageant in China from among 115 contestants. Who knows where this will lead? Every appearance is an opportunity for networking and growth, and Im look ing forward to being part of such an exciting event, she said. As Braneka continues to make her mark in international pageantry, young ladies h ere at home are being invited to take their first step towards the dream of replacing her as the nations goodwill and beauty ambassador. The application process is now underway, with a cont estants screening date set for F ebruary 5 at Marios Bowling and Entertainment Palace, beginning at 10am. Apply A ll interested parties must first apply to be a contestant by going online at www.2010.missbahamas.net a nd completing the applica tion form. This years pageant to select a representative to the Miss Universe and Miss World pageants as well as a representative for the Top Model of the World competition will be held under the theme All That Jazz. M BO said Bahamians will once again be invited to help choose the winner by voting for their favourites online. The contestant receiving the highest number of votes a utomatically advances to the s emi-final round of the competition as the Peoples Choice fast track winner. And like last year, the public will once again be given an insiders view of the h opefuls in an effort to aid in t heir choice through the reality TV series Miss Bahamas: Backstage Pass, MBO said. T he show will be hosted by the reigning Miss Bahamas Braneka Bassett. Although it is just now launching its recruitment drive, MBO said 23 applications have already been received to date. A $85,000 package of prizes awaits the young woman who e merges the winner of the Miss Bahamas Pageant, including a trip to Brazil where this years Miss Universe Pageant will be held, and the opportunity to travel to an exotic location to comp ete in Miss World; a $50,000 w ardrobe for her international competitions; $15,000 in diamond jewellery from Diamonds International; pageantry coaching classes byG race Fontecha; a trip to N ew York for a photo shoot with the world renowned f ashion photographer Fadil Berisha; appearance opportunities and much more.I nterested young women are being urged to apply quickly a s space is limited. Deadline for entry is February 3, 2011 at midnight. Suitable young women between the ages of 18 and 25 are being sought to compete. C andidates must be single, must not have children, nor have ever been pregnant or given birth. Minimum height requirement is 5 5 and max-i mum height requirement is 6 2. Weight must be proportionate to height. Candidates should be of Bahamiana ncestry, or citizens of the Bahamas, and hold a Bahami an passport. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure tobehold offering a new interpretation of driving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an air of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character from the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own particular needs. The key to this flexibler esponse is the standard-fit Agility Control Package which includes selective damping. The interior offers noticeably more space and a more distinctive atmosphere tosuit your taste. 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L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B IZET-Broadway, an annual operatic e vening in Montreal, Canada made its debut in Nassau on over the weekend to rave reviews. And, opera lovers will be glad to learn, the concert was such a resounding success raising $20,000 for a voice scholarship f und that the organisers have decided to h old it again next year. U nlike other such events, where perf ormers are confined to the restrictions of a stage, the Bizet-Broadway singers perf ormed among the guests, creating an i ntimate atmosphere in which the audie nce become part of the performance. The elegant black tie event saw more than 150 guests treated to a Champaign reception and gourmet dinner before being captivated by four of Canadas top operatic talents. S opranos Gianna Corbisiero and Beve rly McArthur, tenor Keith Klassen and b aritone Alexander Dobson lent their v oices to a diverse range of pieces from operatic classics to Broadway favourites. They were masterfully accompanied by pianist Professor Michael McMahon, a top voice trainer in Canada. The event was brought to Nassau by M r And Mrs Alexis Nihon and Mont realer Sandra Wilson, the founder of B izet-Broadway, in conjunction with the N assau Music Society. The Bizet-Broadway team included: c hair Cornelia Nihon, Elizabeth Coving t on, Melissa Maura, Rosemary Alexiou, P atrick Thompson and Italia Wakins-Jan. They thanked their corporate spon sors, Winterhotham Trust Co Ltd; Seren ity Point, Abaco; Fab Finds Gift Shop and Tommy Hilfiger, for their generouss upport. Acclaimed opera night is set for an encore performance Bizet-Broadway will return next year after the highly successful inaugural event raised $20,000 for a new voice scholarship
LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM LEFT: Organising c ommittee member Melissa Maura, soprano Beverly M cArthur and Linda Thompson, wife of Nassau Music Society president Patrick Thompson. FAR LEFT: BizetB roadway local chair Cornelia Nihon, soprano G ianna Corbisiero, organising committee memberL iz Covington and soprano Beverly McArthur. D AZZLING: Soprano Gianna Corbisiero delivers a beautiful performance from Bizets C armen. MEMORABLE PERFORMERS: Accompanying pianist, Professor Michael McMahon of McGill University, flanked by his wife and Tim Covington. MELODIOUS VOICE: Baritone Alexander Dobson.
By MITCH STACY Associated Press PORT CANAVERAL, Fla. (APmony, complete with elaborate musical number, fireworks and a 16-foot champagne bottle, was typical in-your-face Disney. The best attributes of the company's newest cruise ship, though, aren't quite so over-the-top. Oh, the 4,000-passenger Disney Dream certainly has some wows, like a 765-foot "water coaster" whose clear tubes wind and twist above the highest decks, but the Disney whimsy h ere is more understated than you might expect. Art deco interiors and other classic touches in common areas hark back to a time when only the very wealthy could afford to sail on ocean liners. From the atrium's massive chandelier to the plush theatre, it's a grand display. The goal was to create an experience for all generations for people who come with grandparents and great-grandparents, for people who come without children," Disney CEO B ob Iger said in an interview with The Associated Press last week on one of the Dream's first trips out of Port Canaveral. "I think everybody takes out of it what they want, but I think we're providing a tremendous amount of surprise, too." Still, the Disney brand is neve r far away. Blankets, bedside light fixtures and bath towels bear silhouettes of Mickey Mouse. The 150 inside staterooms, typically the cheapest accommodations on a ship because they lack windows, are equipped with "virtual portholes" providing live views outside the ship. But the innovative video feed is not just sea and sky; it's embellished by the occasional appearance of Disney characters. A technology-filled children's area called the Oceaneer Club promises to keep kids stimulated while parents relax by a quiet pool or pull up a bar stool in one of the chic clubs in an adults-only area called The District. The Oceaneer Club's 103i nch plasma TV screen shows movies, but also offers interactions with an animated charac ter, the surfer-dude sea turtle Crush from "Finding Nemo." Ina neat show of Disney innovation, Crush appears to holds pontaneous conversations with guests, responding appropriatel y to whatever they might say. Crush is also the star of an interactive experience in an assigned-seat dinner restaurant called the Animator's Palate, working the room on huge video screens with other "Nemo"c haracters and marveling at diners in the "human tank." In 22 o ther places around the Dream, "enchanted art" on walls comes alive when guests approach, thanks to nifty video techniques and motion detectors. "Technology is an enabler throughout the entire ship," Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz said. "It brings the ship to life in many, many different ways." The backdrop for an adult bar called Skyline is a huge faux window offering pictures of bigcity skylines. A massive video screen over the main swimming pool shows cartoons and drives the raucous "Pirates of the Caribbean" deck party. This ship also has more entertainment for 'tweens and teens, a demographic that wasn't as engaged as younger kids on Disney's other two ships, said Carolyn Spencer Brown, editorin-chief of CruiseCritic.com. As a result, Brown said, Disney was losing families with kids older than 10 to some of the other lines. The Dream carved out a larg er, cooler, no-parents-alloweds pace for teens connected to a private sun deck. The Oceaneer Lab is chock-full of video games and other technology for 'tweens. "I think that was the one thing they really had to nail," Brown said. Food in family dining areas is above-average, with fancy datenight experiences available for an extra charge in ship-top French and Italian restaurants. The Disney Dream, carrying 40 per cent more passengers than either of the two existing ships in the fleet, is sailing three, fourand five-night cruises to the Bahamas and Disney's pri vate island. Its twin, the Disney Fantasy, is due to be delivered to Port Canaveral next year. They are the first new shipss ince Disney Cruise Line launched in 1998. I NTERNATIONAL NEWS P AGE 12, THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM New Disney cruise ship aims to please everybody THIS UNDATED photo courtesy of David Roark for Disney shows the 4,000-passenger Disney Dream cruise ship. The Disney Dream, the company's newest cruise ship, offers modern features, new innovations and unmistakable Disney touches. (AP THIS UNDATED photo courtesy of Diana Zalucky for Disney shows young guests on the Magic PlayFloor at the Oceaneer Club on the Disney Dream cruise ship. The Magic PlayFloor is an interactive floor that allows children to engage in group activities where their movements control the action. (AP
lobbying the Haitian government for years to reissue his expired passport so he can return from South Africa. To this day, Aristide has millions and millions of s upporters, said Dr Newry, in c omparison to Duvalier, who, after 25 years of self-imposed exile, was greeted by a few supporters; a far cry from a heros welcome, said Dr Newry. Furthermore he was arreste d and is now being investigated on charges of corruption and embezzlement from his time in power. B eyond the hype, Dr Newry said, his return will h ave no impact on the political or economic situation. The same cannot be said for President Aristide, whose political party, the LavalasP arty, still has a large support base, even though it was barred from fielding candidates in the November 28 presidential election. It is not the same thing as President Duvalier. His partyi s still there, and Aristide is a consummate politician, consummate. Plus he is an intellectual. He has written 17 books and speaks eight languages. There is no comparis on, said Dr Newry. Part of Aristides difficulty is that he more or less thumbed his nose at the greatp owers and he did it in a way that was almost offensive, he said. A fter Haiti defeated their f ormer colonial rulers 200 years ago, becoming the hemisphere's first indepen d ent black nation, they were forced to pay 90 million gold francs to France as reparations or face international iso lation. A year before Aristides forced removal, he demanded France repay Haiti with interest, an amount ofm ore than $21 billion. Now that Aristide is back in the spotlight, some question how Duvalier, a leaderw ho human rights activists across the world accuse of committing gross humanr ights abuses, was able to enjoy a privilege returning home freely that escapes P resident Aristide. Furthermore, there have been claims that Duvalier travelled from Guadeloupe on an expired Haitian passp ort. Being a French protectorate, Duvalier did not need a passport to travel from France to Guadeloupe. Dr Newry predicts Aristides fortunes will change for the better. As for Duvalier, he said: There is nothing in the Haitian constitution that says if you go into selfimposed exile you cant come back. Even still, President Aristides exile remains a mysteryt o many. Not even his staunchest o pponents can give a sound legal reason why Aristide is barred from returning, according to international o bservers, like Melanie Newt on, associate professor of history at the University of T oronto. A ristide recently reissued an appeal to the Haitian and South African governments to facilitate his return. Since my forced arrival in the Mother Continent six and a half years ago, the people of Haiti have never stopped calling for my return to Haiti. Despite the enormous chall enges that they face in the a ftermath of the deadly January 12, 2010, earthquake, their determination to make ther eturn happen has increased, said President Aristide in a recent statement. As far as I am concerned, I am ready. Once again I express my readiness to leave today, tomorrow, at any time. T he purpose is very clear, to contribute to serving my Hait ian sisters and brothers as a s imple citizen in the field of education. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Local HVAC Company in need of the following;P ipe-Fitters Sheetmetal Workers I nsulators A/C Control Electricians HelpersQ XDOLFDWLRQV 0LQLPXP\HDUVH[SHULHQFHLQ+9$& LQVWDOODWLRQtGHYHORSPHQW .QRZOHGJHRISDQLVKODQJXDJH Please send complete resumes via email to: firstname.lastname@example.orgO NLY BAHAMIANS AND SERIOUS ENQUIRIES NEED APPLY Baby Doc return not comparable to impact Aristide would have H AITI'S FORMER DICTATOR J ean-Claude Duvalier, center, and his longtime companion Veronique Roy, left, leave court as LouisJodel Chamblain, right, leads Duvalier by the arm in Port-au-P rince, Haiti, last week. (AP F ROM page one
showed no emotion. The Crown indicated to the court that it did not intend to pursue the not guilty verdicts for counts sixa nd seven. B irbal, a Trinidadian, was employed as an art teacher at the Eight Mile Rock High School for 18 years, before resigning in 2009, after allegations surfaced. He taught one of the boys for five years, and the second for only six weeks. The young men testified that they were in the seventh grade when Birbal had sexw ith them for the first time in his classroom and took nude photographs of them in 2002. According to their evidence, the teacher gave them money and continued to have sex with them over the years in the classroom, at his apartment, and various other places up until they wereg raduated from high school. Justice Longley advised the jury, in his summation, that they must not allow sympathy or prejudice to influencet hem, but that they must base t heir findings entirely on the e vidence. He said they must be satisfied that the offences were committed before the boys attained the age of 18 in order to convict Birbal. T he judge then told them t hat any adult male who has sexual intercourse with another male under the age of 18, with or without their consent, is guilty of the offence of unnatural sexuali ntercourse. H e also told jurors that c redibility is a critical issue i n the case because people for a variety of reasons, tell lies. Justice Longley said children sometimes have fantasies and make up things. He noted that although evi-d ence was given in court that Birbal was a man of good character, and that he was involved in his church outreach programme and thath e was never arrested in the B ahamas, good character c annot provide a defence. You must approach the case with caution, Justice Longley said. After addressing the jury around 11.45am, the juryr etired to deliberate, but r eturned around 2.30pm for a read back. At 4.45pm, the jury returned with the verdicts. Justice Longley asked Carlson Shurland whether hew anted to give a mitigating p lea on behalf of his client b efore passing sentence. M r Shurland asked for s ome time to properly prepare for mitigation. He then indicated that the defence intended to appeal. Justice Longley deferred sentencing to February 1. He t hanked the jury for their serv ice. It is not an easy task but it is a necessary and important job. It is an old institutiont hat has been used for many y ears, and it has served us well, he said. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 14, THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE T O DISCUSS ST ORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Mrs Graham-Allen quashed media reports l ate last year that indicated that she had not r esubmitted her application after it was r eturned. In October, officials in the department said that although Mrs Graham-Allen's application was returned, the DPP resubmittedt he form following written communication from the Bar about the corrections needed. S peaking out as one of the two objectors w ho appeared at Mrs Graham-Allens Bar C ouncil hearing last month, Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell urged the council to stand its ground. M r Mitchell said: The courts of The Bahamas have made several interventions on matters that are pending before the courts and how the executive ought to deal with these m atters. The case law suggests that the Bar Council should simply wait until the Supreme Court makes a decision in the matter of Cheryl G rant Bethel and the Government. That would be the prudent thing to do in these circumstances. M r Mitchell explained that threat of legal action from the Office of the Attorney General was political, as it meant that it was approved by the Attorney General and sanctioned by the government. Mr Mitchell added: Dont be surprised if they fail in the Courts to force the call, that theF NM administration will seek to go to Parliament to amend the law to change the right of the Bar Council to have a say in the matter Ih ope that the Bar Council does not knuckle under to this nonsense. Mrs Grant-Bethell filed an application for j udicial review last year after being passed over for the post of Director of Public Prosecutions to be appointed instead to the post of Deputy Law Reform Commissioner. T he hearing continued last week when it was argued that the attorney general was not a proper party to the proceedings. ter revealed yesterday. These issues have been going on for some time now, and its about time that someone puts a stop to this, he said. Yesterday, Inspector Ricardo Richardson at the Quakoo Street Police Station confirmed officers were investigating the lat-e st complaint where a ministry employee was found with a laundry list of items that had been taken from a storage unit. W itnessed by two police officers, and an acting s upervisor at the ministry, the employee whose n ame is being withheld at this time was found w ith more than 80 items in h is vehicle. A mong them were books, markers, a bar of c oral soap, power surges, a H oly Bible, pens, rulers, scissors and other stationa ry. We have a complaint, I nspector Richardson told T he Tribune Accusations are being m ade and the matter is still under investigation. But suffice it to say we arel ooking into a particular m atter at the Ministry of E ducation, he said. At this point, Inspector Richardson said their investigations are still in its primary stage. A s it relates to this latest matter, the Director of Education, Lionel Sands said he was aware of the investigation as he also had been interviewed by police i n relation to the case. W hen contacted by T he Tribune yesterday, the Minister of EducationD esmond Bannister refused to comment. T EN TRANSFERRED F ROM MINISTRY A MID CORRUPTION, THEFT ALLEGATIONS F ROM page one F ROM page one BAR ASSOCIATION TIGHT-LIPPED ON GOVERNMENT ULTIMATUM REPORTS FROM page one Teacher guilty in student sex case A NDRE BIRBAL o utside of court yesterday.
LOCAL NEWS PAGE 16, THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM n n Derrick Gibson, para-legal It should be a good thing. It opens the Bahamas to competition. STREETTALK: FROMPAGETWO Should BTC be sold? n n P atrice Duncombe, student I think its needed in order for the country to grow. There has to be a privatised co-operation. n n Troy Clarke, president and CEO, LEAD Institute I dont have a problem. We should have a management contract. n n Shavonne Sherman, student BTC is needed by Cable and Wireless. n n Marina Kerr, beauty advisor Garbage! n n Shakara Maycock, sales I think its a good opportunity for credibility so we can compete with other Caribbean countries.
SECTIONB email@example.com THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third p arty and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.70 $4.72 $4.61 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Water & Sewerage Corporations future will not look good unless it implements a t hree-five year turnaround plan to make it financially sustainable, its general manager conceding to Tribune Business that there would be no significant improvement on losses runn ing at $25 million per annum in the short-term. R evealing that the Corporation was still in discussions witht he Government over the proposed turnaround plans details Water Corporation: Future not good if no action plan n Seeking government approval for 3-5 year turnaround strategy n No significant improvement in short-term to losses that last hit $25m per annum n Corporation targets minimum $6m savings from nonrevenue water contract, cutting losses from 5.5m gallons or 55% to 2.5m n Suffering 35-40% market share, but hoping to bring NPDevCo discussions to February close S EE page 8B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Increased competition and demand for value deals has prevented major Bahamian hotels from increasing their average daily room rate (ADR sion levels, the Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA terday saying they were down on average by $15-$16, as he warned: Theres no silver bullet. Stuart Bowe also confirmed that the 2011 first quarter was not working out as expected for the major Nassau and Paradise Island resorts, with February and March trending behind what was forecast, but No silver bullet on hotels room rate weakness February and March trending behind forecast, says BHA president Rates still $15-$16 behind pre-recession levels, with occupancies ahead of 2009 and closing on 2008 levels Rate weakness impacts revenues and profits STUART BOWE S EE page 9B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor The Government and Bahamas Chamber of Com merce and Employers Confederation (BCCEC by the Inter-American Devel opment Bank (IDB working feverishly on the Small and Medium-Sized Business Development Act, Tribune Business was told, with all sides wanting to ensure the infrastructure to implement the legislation is in place before it becomes law. Khaalis Rolle, the BCCECs chairman, said his organisation and the Govern ment met to discuss the Act prior to Christmas, both coming away with an action plan of things we need to do on their respective sides to make the legislation eagerly anticipated by Bahamian small businesses and entrepreneurs a reality. Acknowledging that it was taking a bit longer than ini tially planned to complete the Acts drafting and subsequent presentation to Cabinet and Parliament, Mr Rolle said the first draft of the legGOVT AND CHAMBER WORKING FEVERISHLY ON SMALL FIRM ACT KHAALIS ROLLE SEE page 7B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org Concerns about demands that foreign executives get work permits to enter the Bahamas to attend same-d ay meetings, and the length of time it can take to get specialist engineers in from abroad, were raised last week with the Minister ofI mmigration by executives from industrial companies operating in Freeport, Tri-b une Business can reveal. This was confirmed yes terday by Deputy Prime M inister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Brent Symonette, FREEPOR T FIRMS RAISE C ON CERN OVER ENGINEERWORK PERMITS Demands that executives flying in for same-day meetings also obtain work permits among issues raised with Deputy PM SEE page 4B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor D eVry University is still exploring how best to leverage its Ross University medical school in Freeport as part of its overall international expansion strategy, it was revealed yesterday, the facili ty having hit another snag over financial aid for students. Unveiling its half-year results for the period toD ecember 31, 2010, yesterday, DeVry said the medical school its Ross University subsidiary had established in Freeport had won licensing Freeport medical school in new snag Ross University still assessing how best to leverage Grand Bahama campus in international expansion S EE page 7B B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a email@example.com Two international companies will be cutting their New Providence and Freeport staff l evels in short order, Tribune Business has learned. F rom a total of 45 passenger service agents and 19 r amp agents employed in Nas sau, American Eagle, a regional affiliate of American Airlines, will reduce these numbers in March by four p assenger service agents and one ramp agent. M eanwhile, 17 passenger agents will see their hours r educed by as much as 50 per cent, from 40 hours to 20 per week. Six full-time ramp agents will have their work hours cut from a 40-hour g uaranteed minimum to a 20hour minimum, Tribune Busi n ess has been reliably informed. I t is understood that staff have not yet been formally notified of the move, which is scheduled to be implemented in early March, and be based on seniority. A source with knowledge of the decisions aid it was based on a decline in business at the airline, which provides daily service from Miami to Nassau, Grand Bahama, Abaco, Eleuthera and Exuma, and from Dallas Fort Worth to Nassau, on four days of the week. Contacted yesterday for comment, an airline executive at American Eagle told Tribune Business it would not be commenting on the situation. In Freeport, sources close to operations at the Freeport STAFF CUTS ON WAY AT AIRLINE, CONTAINER PORT SEE page 3B
BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 6W$OEDQV'ULYH %HDXWLIXOVSDFLRXVVWXGLRDSDUWPHQW )XOO\IXUQLVKHG SOXVHOHFWULFLW\ PRQWKVPLQLPXPVWD\ 7 BY DEIDRE M. BASTIAN I n this world of computers and technology, have the rules changed? Do todaysd esigners really need to know how to draw? We are living in a world where freelance illustrators are just an e-mail away, where stock photography and illustration costs only a few dollars, and Photoshopa llows us to turn any image into a piece of art. So, is it important in this age of technology for a designer to know how to draw? This is one of the most frequent questionsc lients always ask. Yes, Id love to tell you that drawing skills are just a plus or that the age of pencils has passed. But I cant, even though Im sure many of you could argue this point. Im sure there are some exceptions to the rule out there, but theyw ould be anomalies and curiosities to be considered, but not emulated. For instance, being a designer who never draws is a bit like being the musician who never learns a scale and simply plays by ear. That musician might be able to eke out some great tunes and make some great recordings but, in thee nd, they will never escape the limits of their self-imposed exile from even greater achievements. G reat colour palettes can simply be copied. However, there is math and hard science behind colour theory that one can learn. Great layouts can be copied, but again there isd emonstrable math and theory as to why a great layout is truly great. Drawing, along with the study of things such as composition and typography, all work in concert to make us designers even better than we would be without them. Drawing is the fundamental skill of visual artists of any s tripe. The better we draw, the better we paint and the better we design, since drawing contains all the problems and pitfalls we must overcome as designers. If we never fully overcome the problems with a pencil, we w ill never fully solve our graphic design issues with much cruder tools. D rawing skills are also a big advantage while working with professional photographers, animators and illustrators. It will be much easier to communicate with your illus-t rators and photographers if you can give them a sketch of what you want. H ere are the reasons why I believe every designer should know how to draw: It makes you a Better Communicator: I cant tell how m any times Ive been in the middle of trying to explain something when I finally stopped, and said: Can I draw you a picture? It works. Cant quite describe the shape you have in mind for the trade show booth? Draw a picture. Cant quite bend in the position of the ballerina you want on thec over of the DVD case? Draw a picture. I reckon a simple drawing can place you and your client on the same page. You have to remember that as an artist you are a visual person. You can imagine what something looks like as you hear a description. However, most of your clients will not bev isual people. They wont understand a word you are saying until they can see it. Instead of trying to explain what you are thinking, sketch your ideas while you discuss the project with the client. That way, the client can provide immediate feedDrawing the correct conclusion on design THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN SEE page 10B
BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter a firstname.lastname@example.org A trade union leader yesterday accused a l eading resort of union busting tactics by p lanning to lay-off 50 managerial level staff. Obie Ferguson, president of the Bahamas Hotel Managerial Association (BHMAs aid the union has asked the Minister of L abour, Dion Foulkes, to allow the BHMA which he said represents over 100 staff at the Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort toc arry out a strike vote that would pave the way for disruptive industrial action at the Freeport property. Contacted for comment yesterday on Mr F ergusons claims, Tribune Business was informed that general manager Michael Weber was in a meeting, and a response was not forthcoming up to press time. M r Ferguson alleged that that the hotels plan to let 50 employees go in a phased m anner was intended to remove the union as the bargaining agent for its managerial staff. The union must have per cent plus one o f the staffs support to be recognised. M r Ferguson said the latest setback came after the BHMA sought to reach an indus-t rial agreement with the hotel. Several recent m eetings, the latest set for early February, h ad been cancelled, he said, leading to increased tension between the union and t he Our Lucaya executive team. The objective here is not to have indus t rial action that cant be the objective b ut if you put my back up against the wall, w hat do you expect me to do? If we can n egotiate an agreement, why cant we sign i t? If theres something wrong come back to the table? Mr Ferguson said. Now the economy is showing signs of recovery, I thought that now would be the time to do what should be done. Workers rights are as important as profits. We will take the necessary poll and then do what weh ave to do. The BHMAs threats of industrial action is the second incident ofu nion-related upheaval at the Our Lucaya prope rty since the beginning of the year. Last week, a poll was c onducted at the property by the Department o f Labour to determine if the Bahamas Hotel Catering and Allied Workers Union (BHCAWUw ould continue to represent the resorts line workers. The BHCAWUs representation was being challenged by the Commonwealth Union of Hotel Services and Allied Workers Union as the bargaining agent for the hotel. M eanwhile, on January 6, Ms Martin confirmed that she had received a memo from the Prime Minister outlining a number ofl abour-related "concerns" raised by Hutchison Whampoa executies about the Our L ucaya property during his October meeting with them in China. Ms Martin said she was not aware what t hese concerns were before Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham forwarded his memo, a dding that the BHCAWU had its own concerns about increases owed to line staff at the hotel under their industrial agreement, which had not been paid for over two years. The resort, which recently announced that its Christmas season was not as good ash oped, has told the union since 2009 that it is not in a financial position which would allow it to meet those pay demands. It was previously acknowledged that own ers Hutchison-Whampoa have been subsi d ising payroll at the hotel, with the Prime Minister praising the company for its sup portive attitude towards the hotel and its s taff during difficult financial times. New labour unrest at Our Lucaya hotel Container Port informed this newspaper yesterday that between five and 10e mployees will be let go due to alleged absenteeism, combined with business volumes that are still lower than w here they were before the M arch 2010 tornado that damaged numerous key pieces of heavy equipment at the port. Y ounger The source said that with a younger workforce at F reeport Container Port than i s traditionally seen at many of company-owner, Hutchison Whampoas, 51 other international ports, executives haveb een blighted by the problem of employees failing to show up for work. They are saying they have to weed out those who want to work from those who dontw ant to work, the source said. With the younger guys,t hey live at home in many cases and have fewer responsibili ties, so when they get paid generously after some double shifts they often dont show up to work again the following week. Its a particularp roblem with the young men. The women are more reli-a ble. Tribune Business unders tands that after the tornado in 2010, five cranes which are u sed to move containers in the port were taken out of operation due to damage sustained. Of these, cranes five, six, seven and eight have been b rought back on stream, whilst crane nine is still beingw orked on and crane ten the crane whose collapse after t he tornado strike resulted in the death of three workers is still out of operation and set to be replaced by a crane 11. FROM page 1B STAFF CUTS ON WAY AT AIRLINE, CONTAINER PORT O BIE FERGUSON
who held a meeting last Friday with executives from 13 of Grand Bahamas major, primarily industrial, compan ies. G rand Bahama Power Company, the Grand Bahama Shipyard, Pharmachem, Our Lucaya Resort, P olymers International, the Freeport Container Port, BORCO and South Riding Point were all said to have had representatives at them eeting with the Minister. Mr Symonette said: We talked mainly about doingb usiness in Grand Bahama and immigration issues. We are going to be discussing it further as to the way forward. I think weve come to an understanding as to thew ay forward. The whole idea is that we want at I mmigration to make sure i ts as easy as possible for businesses in Grand Bahama to bring in the people they need on a regularb asis, bearing in mind type of work they are doing. A mong the issues which Tribune Business was told e xecutives at some of the major companies are deeply concerned about, i s the process involved in o btaining permission for s pecialist engineers to enter the Bahamas temporarily to work. Since the implementation of the Professional E ngineers Act last year, an additional layer of bureaucracy has been introducedw hich requires the incom ing engineer to obtain a l icence from the Professional Engineers Board. The Board says a foreign e ngineer can be authorised to practice professional engi neering within the Bahamas i f approved for registration u pon application to it as a temporary engineer. They must be associated with and work through a Bahamas-registered Profes-s ional Engineer, and their application for temporary registration must be assoc iated with a specific project, and may be approved f or a maximum term of six m onths, according to the Boards website. S uch new stipulations, in conjunction with the need to gain approval from the Department of Immigration for the engineer to enter, have contributed to delays w hich have troubled some companies, Tribune Busin ess understands. Meanwhile, international c ompanies with operations in Freeport have also been f rustrated by demands that foreign executives flying in to attend same-day meetings or participate in other shortterm temporary work in theB ahamas obtain permits from the Department of Immigration to do so. Mr S ymonette confirmed that both of these points were r aised as matters of concern at the meeting, and noted that it has been a long-standing issue with companies both in Freeport and Nas sau, and throughout the Caribbean. Tribune Business understands that the Deputy Prime Minister was felt to be responsive to the execu tives positions. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM &RPIRUWDEOHRRPVDW&RPIRUWDEOHDWHV5RRPVIURPMXVWSHUQLJKW S OXVJUDWXLW\5HVWDXUDXQWDQG%DU 5HFUHDWLRQRRPHHWLQJRRP6 $OEDQV'ULYH 7+(%$+$0$6$7,21$/*(2*5$3+,& ,1)250$7,21<67(06&(175(0,1,675<)+((19,5210(17 &(/(%5$7 +*,6'$<<7 KH%1*,6&HQWUHLQFROODERUDWLRQZLWKWKH0LQLVWU\RI(GXFDWLRQ MRLQWO\RUJDQL]HGWKH*,6'D\&HOHEUDWLRQLQ1DVVDX%DKDPDV VFKHGXOHGIRU-DQXDU\.H\QRWHDGGUHVVZLOOEHGHOLYHUHG WKH0LQLVWHURI(GXFDWLRQ7KLVLQLWLDWLYHFRPHVDVDQLQWHJUDOSDUWRIWKH &HQWUHPLVVLRQDQGORQJWHUPFRPPLWPHQWWRSURPRWHDQGDGYDQFH WKHSUDFWLFDODQGHIFLHQWXVHRI*,6DQGDVVRFLDWHGWHFKQRORJLHVLQWKH VFKRROV\VWHP 7KLV\HDU*,6'D\&HOHEUDWLRQWKHPHLV ([SORULQJ2XU:RUOGDQG2XU (QYLURQPHQWZLWK*,6 7KHSULPDU\REMHFWLYHLVWRSURYLGHIRUXPIRU VFKRROVWRGHPRQVWUDWHWKHLUXVHRI*,6DQG*OREDO3RVLWLRQLQJ6\VWHPV 7HDFKHUVDQGVWXGHQWVZLOOXVHWKHVHWHFKQRORJLHVWRFROOHFWDQG DQDO\]HGDWDEDVHGRQWRSLFDUHDVWKDWWKH\VHOHFW3DUWLFLSDQWVZLOODOVR SUHVHQWWKHLU*,6SURMHFWVWRWKHLUSHHUVDQGEHMXGJHGRXUYHU\RZQ *,6SURIHVVLRQDOV *,6'$<6SDWLDO,QQRYLVLRQ/LPLWHG.LQJVWRQ-DPDLFD6&+22/6,17(5(67(',1((,1*+(,5((56(6(17 6+28/'&217$&7+(&(175($7 ) Freeport firms raise concern over engineerwork permits F ROM page 1B BRENT SYMONETTE
BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011, PAGE 7B islation was ready for circulation. But he explained that the Gov ernment and BCCEC wanted to make sure the support structures to implement the legislation, and give it effect, were in place before the Act was passed into statute law. We wanted something a bit more comprehensive that addressed all the needs of busi nesses, as opposed to getting the legislation in place, Mr Rolle told Tribune Business. We wanted to make sure the infrastructure was in place to ensure the enabling Act passed was beneficial to the small business community. It will not make any sense if we do not have the delivery infrastructure behind the legislation. We dont believe in just change for show. We believe in meaningful change. Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance, confirmed to Tribune Business that the Small and Medium-Sized Business Development Act was still progressing. He added: Its a collaborative effort between ourselves and the Chamber of Commerce, with the IDB also involved. We have a draft, but dont have something that can be circulated. I can say we are working feverishly on it, Im hopeful that soon enough we will be able to produce something for consultation. Im satisfied that the level of dialogue taking place between the Ministry and the Chamber will ensure there is constant consultation on the legislation. Thats going to be helpful. Its something that is very important to what were doing, and its being treated that way. I myself have been monitoring this process. FROM page 1B GOVT AND CHAMBER WORKING FEVERISHLY ON SMALL FIRM ACT ZHIVARGO LAING approval from the Medical Board of California in November. However, the US Department of Education had raised questions about the eligibility of students attending the Freeport, Grand Bahama, school to receive financial aid. DeVry said: Ross planned to enroll new students in Freeport given capacity constraints at its Dominica campus. It has been Ross understanding that medical students who attend the Freeport location would not be eligible to receive Title IV financial aid while in Freeport, but would be eligible to receive financ ial aid once they moved beyond their semesters in Freeport. However, the Department of Education (ED raised questions that couldi mpact the overall financial aid eligibility for new students who attend Freeport. While Ross is working through this issue with ED, it is also in the process of evaluating how best to leverage its Freeport location as part of its overall expansion strategy. Ross continues to invest in its Dominica facilities, programs and student services to meet the strong demand for its medical program. Ross University was founded in 1978 and is a provider of m edical and veterinary education, offering doctor of medicine and doctor of vet-e rinary medicine degree programmes. The School of Medicine is l ocated in Dominica, West Indies, and the Freeport, Grand Bahama campus recently opened in January 2009. The Bahamas location was established to accommodate the growing demand from new students who wish to attend Ross University. While all students in the medical school begin their training in Dominica, a portion of them now transfer to Freeport for their third and forth semesters. FROM page 1B Freeport medical school in new snag
and getting it approved, Glen Laville said it hoped to award a contract for non-revenue water reduction by the end of Febru-a ry, a project that could save Water & Sewerage $6 million per annum minimum. Mr Laville said the Corpor ation was dotting the is and crossing the ts, and in the process of getting final approval from the Government on the non-revenue waterc ontract, having received several bids from private sector players last year. We hope we can get that by t he end of February, Mr Laville said of the necessary government approval for the contracts award. The winning bidder will r eceive a 10-year contract, the first five years requiring it to reduce non-revenue water (water lost daily from the Corporations pipes and infrastructure) to a specific amount. T he final five years will require the bidder to maintain the reduction in lost water, showing that the savings are p ermanent over the life of the project. Pipes Mr Laville confirmed that t he Corporations non-revenue water level was around 55 per cent, with some five-and-a-half million gallons per day lost f rom its pipes and other infrastructure before it reached the end customer. The contracts stipulated goal is to reduce that loss level to 2.5 million gallons per day, then maintain that over the nextf ive years. Once the 10-year duration was up, Mr Laville said the Water & Sewerage Corporat ion would decide whether to enter into an extension with its private sector contractor, or take over maintenance itself. He described the non-reve nue water as a performancebased contract, where the bidding would be paid a fixed fee, plus a sum related to how much t he water loss was reduced, thus incentivising them to exceed set targets. Mr Laville said that if the three million gallons per dayr eduction in non-revenue water was achieved, the Water & Sewerage Corporation would save around $6 million per year i n terms of water purchases it made. However, the general manager said the ultimate financial benefits could be worth farm ore to the cash-strapped Corporation, since it would also have those three million gal-l ons per day available to sell to consumers. If you purchase this water, y ou have it available to sell, Mr Laville explained. You save in terms of the volume of water you purchase, but are also able to make money bys elling the water you save. The $6 million is the least amount saved, and other savings come on top of that, in t erms of operational and maintenance costs. Theres a lot of operational and maintenance savings that come along with it. Were deal-i ng with the direct savings, and everything else will be the icing on the cake. The non-revenue water proj ect, he added, would enhance operational efficiency and deal with the Corporations infrastructure, thus freeing up capital for investment elsewhere. A sked whether the Water & Sewerage Corporation had returned to a stable financial footing, Mr Laville told Tribune B usiness: I dont know if I would say so. The reality is that in the short-term theres not going to be a significant improvement. One of the thingsw ere doing is putting together an action plan to make the Corporation financially sustainable. Theres a series of things that need to be done and weres till in discussions with the Gove rnment to get approval for the plan. Were looking at a three to five-year turnaround if we get this plan approved. Apart from issues such as n on-revenue water and capital investment in infrastructure, Mr Laville said the plan would tackle issues such as water sect or reform from a regulatory standpoint, updating legislation to place the industry under the purview of the Utilities Regulation & Competition Authori-t y (URCA The general manager said of the Corporations current performance: From year to year y ou may see some improvement, but the reality is there is a lot of work to be done. I dont want to talk about miniscule improvements, as the future isn ot looking good unless we implement this action plan to turn the Corporation around. Delinquent Mr Laville acknowledged that the Corporations delinquent accounts had increased since the recession really tookh old in the Bahamas in 2008, b ut added that it was getting more aggressive with collect ions, because we have certain targets for collection efficien-c y. He conceded, though, that a part from the general econ omic malaise, the Corporations service and product quali ty or the lack of it might be another factor why consumers t reated their water bill as a low priority. Sometimes were not pro viding as good a service as poss ible. The reality is that we have to improve service levels so that we give people a push where, at t he end of the month, they say: Its a good service, and Ima nxious to pay my bill so I do not get cut off, Mr Laville a dded. Unlike its telecommunications and electricity counterparts, the Water & Sewerage Corporation had never enjoyed a monopoly, facing what Mr L aville termed as perfect competition from the ability of any business or household to install their own well system. Estimating the Corporation a s having a 35-40 per cent market share on New Providence, something he described as not significant, Mr Laville said its p riority was to improve service to existing customers, while also targeting those in areas where it had infrastructure but who had dropped off in favour of theiro wn wells. As for the Windsor reverse osmosis plant, which in addition to the Blue Hills plant is o wned and operated by BISXlisted Consolidated Water, Mr Laville said: We may do some additional production capacity down there, but not necessarilyw ith Consolidated. Its not a reflection on them in any way, but one of the things we want to make sure of i s that we have a diversity of suppliers. The Corporation general manager also told Tribune Business it was hoping to bringi ncreased production and resolve some of the issues we have in western New Providence by end-February also. T his involved bringing a resol ution to discussions with New Providence Development Comp any on the latters franchise area plans, tying this into production and waste water issues. And while the Water & Sewerage Corporation had previ-o usly looked at a four reverse osmosis plant strategy for New Providence, with facilities at Blue Hills, Arawak Cay and W inton, Mr Laville said the latter was at least five to seven years off. He added that the Blue Hills p lants expansion to produce 10 million gallons per day, together with the infrastructure i mprovements to the Corpora tions pipelines in the east asp art of the New Providence Road Improvement Project, s hould alleviate the issues of inconsistent supply to the eastern end of the island, removing the immediate need for Winton. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.260.97AML Foods Limited1.021.020.000.1500.0406.83.92% 10.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6.184.50Bank of Bahamas4.904.900.000.1530.10032.02.04% 0.580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.492.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2.172.170.000.0160.040135.61.84% 12.509.62Cable Bahamas10.2110.210.001.0500.3109.73.04% 2.842.36Colina Holdings2.402.400.000.7810.0403.11.67%7 .005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.856.850.000.4220.26016.23.80% 3 .651.63Consolidated Water BDRs2.042.00-0.040.1110.04518.02.25% 2 .551.60Doctor's Hospital1.601.600.000.1070.11015.06.88% 6 .995.94Famguard6.076.070.000.3570.24017.03.95% 1 0.207.23Finco6.516.510.000.2870.52022.77.99% 1 1.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.399.390.000.4940.35019.03.73% 5 .513.75Focol (S)5.485.480.000.3660.16015.02.92% 1 .001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7.405.00ICD Utilities7.407.400.000.0120.240616.73.24% 10.509.82J. 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hoteliers were holding out hope that the remainder of the year would hold true to predictions. Mr Bowe was speaking after the BHA and Ministry of Tourism yesterday released t heir joint survey of the 2010 a nd fourth quarter perform ance generated by 14 Nassau and Paradise Island resorts, the findings showing that the industrys recovery slowed during the final three months of the year. While the 14 resorts surveyed saw average occupancies for the full year increaseto 62.9 per cent, compared to 60.9 per cent in 2009, with the ADR rising by $4.33 or 1.9 per cent to $231.96, compared t o $227.63 in 2009, the fourth quarter improvement was more marginal. The room revenue increase for the three months to December 31, 2010, was 1.2 per cent, compared to the 6.7 per cent, 5.2 per cent and 11.8 per cent increases enjoyed during the previous three quarters respectively. And the 2010 fourth quarter was the only period in 2010 when ADR declined, dropping by 1.2 per cent compared to the 2.2 per cent, 1.9 per cent and 4.9 per cent increases in the first, second a nd third quarters. T he December ADR also f ell below 2009 levels, dropping to $267.10 compared to $269.20 the year before. Average occupancies, though, rose to 55 per cent for the month compared to 54 per cent the year before, while room nights sold and room revenue grew by 2 per cent and 1.2 per cent. The 2010 room nights sold and room revenue were 7.2 per cent and 21 per cent above December 2008 levels, which reflected the immediate aftermath of the Lehman Brothers crash, as occupancy rates for that month slumpedto 50.4 per cent with a $236.55 ADR. Were creeping slowly back, marginally back towards occupancy, Mr Bowe said of the 2010 performance compared to pre-recession and early 2008 numbers. Where the issue is is the average rate, which is moving at all. Its down $15, $16 from where it was pre-recession. While occupancy is moving up marginally, its difficult to get the rate back because of the competition. People are looking for the packages, looking for the deals, and theres more competition as people bring new inventory on to the market across the world. Challenged Were still challenged with the average rate because oft he competition and the value deals. We are some time away from getting back the average rate, because even in the leisure business people are looking for deals. Theres no silver bullet. Weakness in ADR, the BHA president said, impacted both revenues and profits. He described the industrys improvement as slim, rather than using the term progress. Given the general lack of pricing power enjoyed by Bahamian resorts, Mr Bowe said the private sector was working with the Ministry of Tourism on various initiatives, and developing sales and marketing strategies of its own. All the hotels have value driven deals out there to achieve marginal occupancy rate improvements, but the value deals are affecting the rates, he added. Its not possible to stay in one place. Acknowledging that the 2011 first quarter to date had not turned out quite the way we thought it would be, Mr Bowe told Tribune Business: Were in the first quarter of 2011, with January the first month, and February and March are trending behind what was forecast. Coming out of last year, we thought the first quarter would be stronger, but have not seen that yet. The hope is that the whole year will be as we expect. The BHA president said that what was especially conc erning about the 2011 first q uarter was that the three m onths to end-March, together with the second quarter, are traditionally the strongest periods for Bahamian hotels. A better comparative for the Nassau/PI hotels 2010 performance is 2008. While occupancy inched closer to the 63.4 per cent average for that year, current ADRs were $15 below the $246.70 achieved for that year. Room nights sold and room revenue w ere 6 per cent and 11.7 per cent, respectively, behind the levels achieved in 2008. Weve still got a distance to go, Frank Comito, the BHAs executive vice-president said, in terms of the industry getting back to 2008 numbers. Weve been inching closer. Were not there yet. Weve got some work to do, and hopefully well get closer to that this year. The BHA/Ministry of Tourism release pointed out that the 2010 fourth quarter performance was impacted by the September-late November hiatus in the Companion Fly Free programme, plus weather-related cancellations around the Christmas holidays. The sector was also up against tougher year-overyear comparisons. Mr Bowe told Tribune Business that resorts started to see a pick-up immediately once the Companion Fly Free was reinstated, adding that the Christmas-New Year period was the highest average rated period for the year. Nimble It is incumbent on all individual properties to remain nimble. When things happen, weather-related or otherwise, they have to adjust to the competition, and again, value is the word, Mr Bowe said. The BHA/Ministry of Tourism survey said: Nine properties ended 2010 with room revenues above 2009. Of those, seven saw their improved revenue picture generated from similar or higher ADRs and boosts in room nights sold. Three properties tried to generate higher revenue levels through increased ADRs, but only saw their room nights sold fall along with their room revenue. The remaining three properties experienced declining room revenues in 2010, driven by lower ADRs and room nights sold. While marginal increases were realised for the year, the pace of improvement slowed in the final quarter, underscoring the importance of continued caution, aggressive marketing and providing exceptional value for what we offer in an extremely competitive global tourism marketplace. The industry and the Ministry of Tourism are cognisant of this and continue to collaborate on initiatives aimed at moving the needle in the right direction, Mr Bowe said. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM RI)RUWXQH%D\3RLQW3%R[)UHHSRUW %DKDPDV r r r F ROM page 1B No silver bullet on hotels room rate weakness
back and have a positive reaction to your initial designs. D rawing skills allow y ou to Offer More to Your Clients Photo Manipulation: T here will be times as a designer when youll be asked to edit a photo, andit wont always be as easy as changing the colour ofs omeones hair. Drawing skills will be critically important, as youll find yourselfd igitally drawing in shadows, u sing your basic shading skills to remove wrinkles f rom clothing and making effects look professional with hand-drawn details. Logo Design: Not every logo consists of a typefacea nd a default Illustrator s hape. Logos are no place for clipart or stock art; they must be original. Youll findt hat most logo designers sketch, scan and trace their i deas, or draw directly into Photoshop or Illustrator with a tablet. But no matter how you look at it, drawing should be an essential parto f the process. Saves Money: So, what if you cant draw? Cant youj ust get someone else to do it? Sure, but its going to cost y ou. If you dont have the drawing skills to work on advanced photo restoration or manipulation jobs, youll have to hire someone elset o do it. Eye for detail: Believe it or not, drawings will helpy ou develop the detail-oriented skills required in the d esign world. Drawing will help train your eye to see the lightness and darknesso f grey areas on a page, a skill that comes into play as you are balancing text,i mages and white space as a designer. A wareness of light becomes natural to those who draw. It is a skill youll need again and again as you place separate elementst ogether to form one image o r layout. Perspective is another fundamental skill gained and is critical fors ome effects and layouts. W hat if I Cant Draw? Dont pack your bags and start looking for a newc areer, there are options. Learn Everyone can. I truly believe that anyonec an learn to draw, take a class and learn the basics a nd practice. Its no different from learning an instrument. In the meantime, while you are learning to draw, stock upo n photos, clippings, website bookmarks or anything that will aid in communicating better with your clients. For example, its going to bem uch more efficient to pull out a photo of the dog you want to use in a design than it will be for you to describe him. Y ou might have to use a c ollage, idea boards, or online inspiration galleries that will help you explain your ideas. If you cant draw, youll need a logo person, a photoe ffects/manipulation person and an illustrator. T his is why I do believe its advantageous for designers to know how to draw.O n the flip side of the coin, some would say no you dont, but in truth this ques-t ion requires a more complicated response. M any graphic designers have gotten jobs without knowing how to draw. W hat is unbelievable is that there are designers who c reate terrible sketches but end up with great designs, as well as great sketcherst hat are hopeless designers. For that reason, my answer t o this question truly is Yes and No. You really dont have to win the beauty con-t est, but you will have to do well enough so that a client can understand what you are attempting to communi cate. Notice the key word h ere? Its not drawing, design or sketch, it is com municate. A good sketch c ommunicates an idea clearly and succinctly. S o, what is the overall consensus? One might say it depends o n who you ask. If you ask designers that cant draw, the answer may be no. And in a sense theyd be r ight if they have some mea sure of success. But if you ask designers who can and do draw, youd find the answer is yes. B ut who do you think is right? So until we meet again, have fun, enjoy life and stay on top of your game. NB: Author recommends feedback at d email@example.com BUSINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, JANUARY 27, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM &/$8',$,6$%(/ $ /&$17$5$6$1726RI-DQVHO&RXUW )UHHSRUW*UDQG%DKDPD -2+11<&+$5/(6RI%LVKRS 6WDVVDX9LOODJH 38%/,&,&('HIHQFH)RUFHHFUXLWPHQW([HUFLVH&RUDO+DUERXU%DVH%')f 7KH 5R\DO %DKDPDV'HIHQFH)RUFHLVSUHVHQWO\FRQGXFWLQJ 5HFUXLWPHQW([HUFLVHIRULQWHUHVWHGSHUVRQVDWWKH 5R\DO%DKDPDV'HIHQFH)RUFH%DVH&RUDO+DUERXU ,QWHUHVWHGFDQGLGDWHVPXVWEH%DKDPLDQ&LWL]HQ EHWZHHQWKHDJHVRIWRDQGPXVWKDYH PLQLPXPRILQFOXGLQJ0DWKVDQG (QJOLVKDOODWJUDGHRUDERYH&DQGLGDWHVDUHDVNHG WREULQJWKHLURULJLQDOGRFXPHQWVIRUYHULFDWLRQWRWKH 5HFUXLWPHQW6HFWLRQRI7KH5R\DO%DKDPDV'H IHQFH)RUFH$SSOLFDQWVVKRXOGSURGXFHWKHIROORZLQJGRFX PHQWV 7ZRfDSSOLFDWLRQIRUPV %LUWK&HUWLFDWH 3DVVSRUW 7KUHHfSDVVSRUWSKRWRV 1DWLRQDO,QVXUDQFH&DUG $Q\RWKHUFHUWLFDWHVLQDUHRIH[SHUWLVHRU WUDLQLQJ (PSKDVLVIRUUHFUXLWPHQWZLOOEHSODFHGRQ FDQGLGDWHVZLWKZLOOLQJQHVVWRVSHQGWLPHDWVHDDQG ZLOOLQJQHVVWRFRQGXFWWRXURIGXW\DWVDWHOOLWHEDVHRQ )DPLO\,VODQG $SSOLFDWLRQVFDQEHREWDLQHGIURP'HIHQFH)RUFH %DVH&RUDO+DUERXURUDWWKH+DUERXUDWUROQLW(DVW %D\WUHHW )RUIXUWKHULQIRUPDWLRQLQWHUHVWHGSHUVRQVFDQ FRQWDFWWKH 5R\DO%DKDPDV'HIHQFH)RUFHHFUXLWPHQW&HQWHU Drawing the correct conclusion on design THE ART OF GRAPHIX F ROM page 2B
RELIGIOUS NEWS, STORIES AND CHURCH EVENTS RELIGION S S E E C C T T I I O O N N C C PG 2 7 THURSD A Y J ANUARY 27, 2011 T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S
MEDITATION THROUGHPauls obedience, we have these wonderful words of the collect or prayer for The Conversion of St Paul: O God, by the pr eaching of your apostle Paul you have caused the light of the Gospel to shine thr oughout the whole world: Grant, we pray, that we, having his wonderful conversion in remembrance, may show ourselves thankful to you by following his holy teaching. The words remind us of the impact of a life turned toward Jesus Christ. Sometimes, we ar e of f course, and we are enraged by what seems contrary to what we believe is true, only to find out that we ar e quite wr ong! Paul admits that I was so furiously enraged at them (the Christians them even to foreign cities (Acts 26:11).On such occasions, we are tempted to disappear off the scene and not allow ourselves to be embarrassed. Saul not only accepts the identity of Paul the disciple but launches into a passionate plea for Christianity. Rather than have to be struck down to the ground by a bright light in order to hear the voice of God, we can decide to make ourselves available to hear God speak to us even now. Who are you, Lor d? is a question that we do not need to ask as if we are a stranger. We have the privilege to come into His presence every minute of the day in prayer thr ough the r eading of Scriptur e, worship in chur ch and privately, and through fellowship with those who have a similar relationship with the Lord. Pauls experience of Gods direction in his life can be a gr eat incentive to us: for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you to serve and testify to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you (Acts 26:16b). God gave him the message that he had a powerful ministry, and we have the same opportunity to perform, at some level, in a similar manner: I am sending you to open their eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they mayr eceive for giveness of sins and a place among those who ar e sanctified by faith in me (Acts 26:18 God is desir ous for all people to r epent and turn to God and do deeds consistent with repentance (Acts 26 20 us to shar e this deep desir e for the salva tion of the world. The hear t of God is revealed to us through Jesus Christ, and through Holy Scripture of which Pauls letters are such an integral part. His early training in Judaism and his advancement beyond his peers enabled him to excel in both faiths. God set him apart before he was born, we ar e told, and he was called by God s grace to bring glor y to God. W e too have a similar expectation and call and, like the disciples, we too are sent out like sheep into the midst of wolves and meant to be wise as serpents and innocent as doves (Mt. 10: 16 e are to be equally encouraged by the Lords words: for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father speaking thr ough you (Mt. 10:20 that the one who endur es to the end will be saved (Mt. 10:22 The Tribune PG 28 Thursday, January 27, 2011 RELIGION B y ALESHACADET Tribune Features Reporter A FTER running away from his calling for some time, the Holy Spirit convicted Franky Camille to prepare himself for a ministry of prayer and worship. He knew from a young age that the call of God in his life was to spread the gospel of Christ and reach the lost, specifically through his Power of Worship Conference. Through spending time with God in his word, the 24year -old grew stronger in the faith and the demonic strongholds in his life began to br eak. In the year 2010, Franky began having aches in his stomach that became very intense, he would often get so sick he could not move, eat, or drink any food for days. In an interview with Tribune Religion Franky Camille said: I found out just last year that I had it, before I did not know what it was. I started to experience the pains in my chest and I had problems with digestion. It got r eally intense during the time I was tr ying to complete school. I saw a doctor around the time in July of 2010 and I still was not awar e of the cancer I found out in August that it was cancer Going further, through his submission to God through prayer and worship, it was revealed that he had cancer and that he was close to death. Instead of giving up, Franky sought to worship God like he never did before. As the pain increased so did his faith. He tells us that his body gradually began to heal and by November 2010 some time, he was completely healed from it. I went for a check up and found out I was completely fine. "It was through the faith and submission to Gods will that Franky was healed from cancer and he promised to share his testimony with everyone. This conference seeks to help young people who ar e str uggling with dr ugs, sex, suicide, gang violence, alcohol, low self esteem and rejection through leading them to Christ," Jonathan Far rington, a friend of Franky, noted in a statement. It is Franky's hope that mor e young people would think before they act and make responsible choices in life. He has gone through a great deal in his lifetime, being r ejected by his family r ejected by society and was had to work to survive from the age of twelve. Franky now has completed college thr ough the support of his teachers from Doris Johnson Senior and the College of the Bahamas. He holds a BBA in Banking and Finance and now is employed at the Bank of The Bahamas," Mr Far rington said. The conference will be held at Chapel on the Hill, Tonique Williams Darling highway on January 2729. Each night begins with intercessions at 6.30pm and the service starts promptly at 7.30pm nightly. Franky added that his inspiration for the conference is based on his life story. The speakers of the event will be youth Pastor Nathan Wells of the Chapel On The Hill ministry, he will be speaking on the 27. Also, the Rever end Pastor Cleveland DX Wells of Restoration Kingdom Ministries will speak on the 28. Franky Camille will speak on the following night. Satur day the 29, will be a night of strictly worship, praise and inter cession wher e the members will be praying to God to send healing to this nation and its youths. The prayers will be focused and gear ed towards crime, murder, adultery, fornication, witchcraft, homosexuality sickness, disease, bondage, and all other negative things that are trying to infiltrate the nation. The pr ophetic praise and worship group Risen Destiny will minister in music to usher in the presence of God to set a platfor m for him to have his way. e are expecting a mighty move of God at the confer ence. This is gear ed towards all men, woman, boys, and girls of all ages that seek for change in our nation and in the lives of our youth," Mr Far rington said. Young Bahamian Franky Camille inspired to host a Power of Worship Conference INSPIRATION: Franky Camille became inspired to host a youth conference after overcoming cancer. Learning from the Apostle Paul REV.ANGELA C BOSFIELD P ALA CIOUS
The Tribune Thursday, January 27, 2011 PG 29 RELIGION An amazing year Lk.13:8. And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: : 9. And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. One can make all the religious noise and excuses that he / she may wish or even choose to follow the traditional quest of religiously stressing the biblical numbers of the year. The fact and truth of the matter is that s expected that we all bear fruit thats fit for the Master s use As believers, we can no longer hide behind our denominations, our religious leaders or some other for m of r eligious notion with the belief that because were saved or claim to be saved that the glory of God, His manifested presence will show up in our lives and affairs. There will be some major changes / exposur e within the church and the lives of many believers this 2011, and onward despite all of the so called prophetic wor ds that have gone for th concer ning God s blessings. W ords such as holiness, faithfulness and sanctification seem to bad or profaned words in the church today; wher eas if one is not pr eaching (screamings blessings of a new car, a house, money etc; the church-folks have been trained not to receive or even hear any other kind of teaching. Meanwhile, the enemy is wr eaking havoc in our communities and families via murders, domestic abuse, aids, etc. As a Christian nation, it s expected that we bear fruit that will bring glory and honour to God (Yahweh). Heres what Yahshua Messiah (aka Jesus the Christ parable of which the above scripture verses are taken. Lk.13.6. A cer tain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fr uit ther eon, and found none. :7. Then said he unto the dr esser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground. My br others / sisters, it is evident that we as a Christian nation ar e not bearing the fruit that are bringing glory and honour to God; by the ver y natur e of the bla tant criminal activities that are taking place in our communities and the deterioration of family morals and values through the length and breath of our once beautiful, loving Bahama Land. Y et, despite all the negativity that s going on in our country (crime, murder, moral and spiritual decay) all is not lost For wher e sin abounded, grace did much more abound 2011, is and will be An Amazing Year as those saints who have a hunger and thirst for righteousness; and truly understands the virtue of prayer and fasting seeks the face of God on behalf of this nation, we (The Bahamas unprecedented move of Yahweh; like this nation has never seen; for God s ear is attentive to the cries / petition of the righteous. As an educated, religious nation; we all know that God will not share his glory with man. Therefore those religious leaders (internationally and locally church-folks have ignorantly chosen to worship and exalt due to the eloquent pr eaching / teaching, penmanship, singing ability or the size of their ministries; God will bring to a place of exposur e and shame for their part in receiving that which dont belongs to them (His glory and honour). Heres the fruit that God is seeking which will usher in His manifested presence in and thr oughout our lives: Gal.5: 22 23. Love, Joy, Peace, Longsuffering, Gentleness, Goodness, Faith, Meekness, & T emperance; against such ther e is no law. Prepare yourselves for a mighty move of God! Yahwehs blessings be with you and your family. 2011, An Amazing Year 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 & Brendalee Allen Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Intl PASTOR MA TTHEW ALLEN By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer THE move is bittersweet, but its just one of those things. Rev Fr Colin Saunders must tip his hat and bid farewell to the members of St Ambrose Anglican Church and the Carmichael community. The move is hardly his decision. He admitted that if the choice was his to make, St Ambrose would be his place of worship forever. However, his tenure at St Ambrose Church is up and now he is being transfer r ed to another parish. In the Anglican Church, priests have tenure limitations. Priests are assigned to various parishes by the Bishop wherever he sees fit. And this happens whenever the Bishop decides to make changes, Father Saunders explained. Fr Saunders played a pivotal role in the upbringing of the church, in fact he had hands in it s initiation and the designing process of the building. I star ted the parish in 2000. It is ten going on eleven years old. The church actually started in a tent in the back yard and it has grown so much since then. My first profession was an architect and so I helped design the building as well, he said. The ground on which the church was built has a special significance, Fr Saunders explained. A chapel, Trinity Church, was first established, which was built out of limestone by liberated Africans and became a very important part of the post slavery era. The church was a small building. And where the church is today shows just how far the parish has come. W e r eestablished the church as a formidable place of worship. We brought it back to life, Fr Saunders said. Looking back on the humble beginnings of the church, a sense of sadness pr esent itself in the midst of all his emo tions. I have a special affection for the parish. Its like a mother leaving their child. You had so much to do with the upbringing of the child and you have to leave it on its own. That brings a different set of emotions, he said. Of course it is bitter sweet anytime when you are leaving a place where you are established its often difficult to move forward but I understand that I have to move forward, he said. Fr Saunders is being assigned to the All Saints Parish as an interim priest to prepare the parish for the new rector. He took the time to leave a few words of advice and encouragement to his members. Keep the spirit and the family atmos phere of St Ambrose alive. What we started initially, we want to continue with that. He also wants members of the church to keep in mind its motto: The parish of St Ambr ose exists to be ser vants of God empowered by the Holy Spirit to build up the community of faith so that all may become whole persons in Christ. Rev Fr Saunders bids farewell to St Ambrose Anglican Church Rev Fr Colin Saunders
ON Sunday, January 30 to Sunday, February 6, Grace Community Church will have their 25th Annual Global Missions Conference at the church in Palmetto Village, Marathon. Grace has been supporting individual missionaries and missions organisations financially over the past 24 years. Their missionaries are involved in Bible translation, church planting, leadership training and various support to their fellow brothers and sisters in Christwho are suffering for their faith in many countries around the world. Grace is indeed thankful that God uses them to touch people's lives in other nations of the world. Grace is presently financially supporting 24 individuals and organisations who are involved in taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to people who have never heard the name of Jesus Christ. Those missionaries also ensure that many people who do not have the Bible in their own language can have a copy which they can read for themselves. For the past 23 years, Grace Community Church has had the privilege to be involved in sending short-term missions teams to Haiti, Dominican Republic, St Vincent, Grenada, St Maarten, Mexico, Grand Bahama, USA, and last year to Camp Bahamas and Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera. During these 23 years, over 350 persons from both Grace and other Bahamian churches have been involved in these mission trips. God's messenger for this year's conference is Senior Pastor Allan Lee, Calvary Bible Church. The church is looking forward to see how God will use him to challenge many to continue or increase their missions commitment in praying, sending, giving and going. You are invited to join us at Grace's 25th Annual Global Missions Conference on Sunday, January 30 at 11 am, Wednesday, February 2 at 7.30 pm and Sunday, February 6 at 9.30 amCombined Adult Classes and 11am closing of Missions Conference at Grace Community Church. The theme for the conference is The Unfinished Task: Reaching the Unreached. All are invited! Come, join us and be blessed and challenged! Grace Community Church 25th Annual Missions Conference Pastor Allan Lee Good Morning! THIS ISthe day that the Lord has made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it. I am of the opinion that any day above six feet is a good day. The place where I am employed has security checks and one mor ning walking into the building going through the security check I said "Good morning" to the security officers. One of them said in return, "What is good about the mor ning?" I told him, "the fact that you can ask that question makes it a good morning." Now this person was on an early shift so maybe they wer e just sleepy But just in case this individual couldn't see the good in the morning let me help them out. What is good about the mor ning you asked? Well this is what's good about it. The fact that by God's compassionwe ar e not consumed for our sins. He let His Son Jesus Christ die on the cross for us. His mer cies fail not they ar e new ever y mor ning. So if we fail one day and live to see another, we can start fresh because of mer cy (Lem 3:21-23 new year we can not take God grace and mercy for granted. Any one of us can be called at any time. Y es we all have an appointed time, but none of us knows when that time will be. When we get up in the mor ning, we ar e in our right minds, all senses work ing. We have use of our limbs, so we can go about our business whether that is work or school. Y ou may not think that this is much, but to the person who doesnt have a job or can't go to school, you sure have a lot. We just take too many things for granted. As we learn to give thanks, we must give thanks for all things. The situation could have been a whole lot worse. Yes we could have been dead in our graves, not being able to say thank you Lord for whatever we have. Let's leave our ungratefulness in the past and be thankful for whatever situation we find ourselves in. Why? Simply because it could have been a whole lot worse. My pastor preaches in this day and time we have no idea what hard times are. I wasn't angry at this person for saying what they said, but saw it as an opportunity to tell them what is good about that or any other morning. My prayer is that we would be more aware of what we have and where we are because so many don't have it. It may not be the best, but it is so much more than a lot of people have and for that God is faithful. Let's thankful to God for all that He does that causes us to have the things that we get. ALLISON MILLER Disciplined attitude GOD is mor e inter ested in our attitude than he is in our ability. If He can find in us the pr oper attitude, He cer tainly can make us able. When Jesus called His disciples; He placed priority on attitude rather than ability. And He saith unto them: Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men (Matthew 4:19 attitude of submission to his leadership. With their submission he could develop their abilities for soul-winning and ministry to the church. Saul, the king of Israel, had no experi ence in r uling a nation. He had no cabinet or political advisors to assist him in forming a gover nment. How was he able to for m and lead a gover nment? And Saul also went home to Gibeah; and there went with him a band of men, whose hearts God had touched (I Sam. 10:26). These were men with a disciplined and committed attitude. When Saul s atti tude changed from self-controlled to selfcenteredness and self-indulgence, he wasr ejected by the Lor d and dethr oned as King in a violent act of self-destr uction (I Sam. 31:3, 4). A disciplined attitude is necessary for prayers to be answered and to have Gods peace. A disciplined attitude is necessary for ef fective witness (Ephesians 4:17-24 The believers in Christ are to have a different attitude than unbelievers. Believers ar e r esponsible for their atti tude. Attitude is the sour ce of actions. An improper attitude will condemn us, regardless of our actions. An attitude of hatred and bitterness makes one a murderer, even if no physical harm is done to the person. Sin begins as an attitude. A person is tempted, a r eceptive attitude develops toward the temptation, and sin is conceived in the hear t. Actions follow attitude towards the forbidden and wrong thing. Gideons army was reduced from thirty-two thousand to three hundred (Judges 7:17wenty-two thousand wer e r ejected because of an attitude of fear Ninety-seven hundred were sent home because they drank water with a car eless attitude of self-center edness without watchfulness and caution. God took three hundred men with an attitude of self-discipline and commitment and delivered Israel. BISHOP VG CLARKE The Tribune PG 30 Thursday, January 27, 2011 RELIGION INSIGHT For the stories behind the news, read Insight on Mondays
The Tribune Thursday, January 27, 2011 PG 31 RELIGION HONOLULU Associated Press A GROUPof nine Hawaii senators held hands, bowed their heads and sought God's blessing Wednesday, signaling that they'll still pray despite a vote last week to abandon official invocations. Fears of court challenges compelled the state Senate to end prayers, making it the first legislative body in the nation to do so. The informal prayer Wednesday took place in the Senate chamber before the daily lawmaking session, convened in such a way so as not to contradict the decision to remove invocations from Senate business. "The message is that not all senators have eliminated prayer," said Sen. Will Espero, D-Ewa-Ewa Beach-Lower Waipahu, who organized the group. "We're well within the confines of the law ." The 25-member Senate changed its rules in a unanimous voice vote last Thursday to end prayers after theAmerican Civil Liber ties Union sent law makers a letter complaining that the invocations often r efer enced Jesus Christ, con travening the separation of church and state. Senate leaders said they wanted to avoid the potential for br eaking the law but lawmakers who participated in the quiet prayer Wednesday said their faithhas a place in their work. "It's nice to start off the day with a prayer because we need all the help we can get," said Sen. Mike Gabbard, DKalaeloa-Makakilo. The ACLU of Hawaii declined to comment Wednesday. The ACLU previously has said the Senate's action to remove prayers helps cr eate an environment where everyone feels welcome regardless of spiritual beliefs. Senate Pr esident Shan Tsutsui, who did not par ticipate in the prayer session, said he condoned their independent move ment to keep prayer alive. "It's a matter of free speech," said T sutsui, D-Wailuku-Kahului. "We do encourage members, at their own will and desir e, to go ahead and engage in prayer ." He said prayers could be held in the Senate in the futur e because the cham ber's r ules ar e silent on the issue following last week's vote. The brief prayer asked God to bless senators' choices and sought guidance to do right for the people they represent, said par ticipant Sen. Pohai R yan, DLanikai-W aimanalo. "Gover nment and faith should be sepa rate. But just because I voted against it doesn't mean I'm not a spiritual person," Ryan said. Hawaii senators hold prayer despite vote to end it IN THIS photo provided by the Office of Senator Will Espero, Sen. Will Espero, D-Ewa-Ewa Beach-Lower Waipahu; Sen. Ronald Kouchi, D-KauaiNiihau; Sen. Gil Kahele, D-Hilo-Honokaa; Sen. Pohai Ryan, R-Lanikai-Waimanalo; Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland, D-Kalihi-Liliha; Sen. Michelle Kidani, D-Mililani; Sen. Glenn W akai, D-Salt Lake-Foster V illage; Sen. Clar ence Nishihara, D-W aipahu; Sen. Mike Gabbar d, D-Kalaeloa-Makakilo pary on the senate floor Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011 in Honolulu. Espero organized the event to show that the Senate has not eliminated prayer even though it won't be a part of official proceedings. (AP NASHVILLE, T enn. Assocaited Press FOR SOME south Sudanese Christians, their oppor tunity vote for independence fr om the largely Muslim north is more than a condition of a peace accord ending a two-decade civil war it's the divine will of God. They believe the independence of their nation was foretold in the Bible more than 2,000 years ago. Isaiah 18 is one of several passages that r efers to the land of Cush, which describes the people as tall and smooth-skinned and the land as divided by rivers. "It used to be read so many times on Sunday," said Ngor Kur Mayol, whodr ove to Nashville from Atlanta earlier this month to vote in the independence referendum. "It mentions a lot the way we wer e suf fering in for so many years and how that same suf fering, we'r e going to end it today, to vote for independence." The interpretation is not so far-fetched, said Ellen Davis, a professor at Duke Divinity School who has been working with the Episcopal Church of Sudan to strengthen theological education there since 2004. "Ther e's no doubt that Isaiah 18 r eally is speaking about the people of the upper Nile," she said. "It really is speaking about the Sudanese people." Davis said the belief in the prophecy is nearly universal among the Christians she has met in Sudan. "In general Sudanese Christians believe to a much gr eater extent than mainline North American Christians that the Bible speaks to cur r ent events, specif ically political events," Davis said. Jock Paleak, pastor at the Sudanese Cumberland Presbyterian Church in the Nashville suburb of Gallatin, explained how Isaiah 18 has been interpreted tor efer to independence. "The Bible says when they will raise their flag on the mountain, the whole world will see." The eyes of the world ar e now on souther n Sudan, Paleak said, as they await the official results of the referendum that will almost assuredly favor division of Africa's largest country by a wide margin. Results released last week of voting by more than 8,000 Sudanese refugees in the United States ran 99 percent in favor of independence. Isaiah 18 concludes with a passage Paleak said pr edicts the end of r ule by the Muslim nor th. He paraphrases and explains it: "'They will bring their gifts to the mountain of Zion,' which means we will be free to praise God in our own way in our own land." Paleak said he has not come to a "100 percent conclusion" on whether the pr ophecy r eally r efers to souther n Sudan's independence, but Pastor Malok Deng, at Nashville's Sudanese Ministr y Bible Church, is certain. He sees the suffering of the south Sudanese during the civil war that left 2 million dead and the displacement of the many who fled the war as part of a divine plan described in Zephaniah 2 and other passages. Some south Sudanese believe independence in Bible