N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER V olume: 107 No.107THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 W EATHER SUNNY AND BREEZY HIGH 89F LOW 74F TRY OUR D OUBLE M cFISH 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 CHURCHWOMEN INGUNHORROR n One dead, her friend left critically ill n Mum died holding her baby s hand SOURCES CLAIM the deceased is Carol JeanJacques (pictured an employee at a nearby grocery s tore. TOP: The body of the victim lies at the scene. ABOVE LEFT: A crowd gath ers after the fatal shooting. ABOVE: The police provide comfort for distraught friends and family. Felip Major /Tribune staff A 31-YEAR-OLDmother was shot and killed yesterday in a drive by shooting that left a baby girl traumatised and a second woman critically injured, according to Tri bune sources. The two-year-old child was still in the womans arms when she fell to the ground, persons at the scene said. She said mummy, mummy, mummy. She was holding her moms hand saying lets go moms, lets go moms. She was holding her hand trying to pull her, said a source. Sources claim the deceased is Carol Jean-Jacques, a employee at a nearby gro cery store. The fatal bullet hit her in the upper chest. Grocery bags lay on the ground next to the slain woman, when police arrived at the scene. The two women were walking home from a prayer meeting when they stopped SEE page 17 B y PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com REPRESENTATIVES from the National Development Party and the Bahamas Democratic Movement were scheduled to meet again last night at t he home of Independent M P Branville McCartney a s plans for the formation of a third-party alliance By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE country has mecha nisms in place to detect if trace amounts of radiation from Japan's stricken nuclear power plants have travelled this far, according to government officials. So far there have been no By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter email@example.com FREEPORT: The Bartlett Hill Primary has been temporarily closed as a result of a serious rodent infestation at the school in Eight Mile Rock. The school was closed since Wednesday and parents were told to keep students at home for the rest of the week. B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org ANOTHER high school stabbing has left a 12th grades tudent in hospital. The Ministry of Education confirmed that two male stu dents at C R Walker Senior H igh School got into an alter cation reportedly over a girl which resulted in one of t hem being stabbed. Initial news reports claimed STABBING AT HIGH SCHOOL LEA VES S TUDENT IN HOSPIT AL SEE page 16 SEE page 15 SEE page 16 SEE page 17 NDP, BDM MEMBERS SCHEDULED FOR BRAN TALKS ON THIRD PARTY THE B AHAMAS HAS MECHANISMS TO DETECT FOR TRACES OF J AP AN RADIATION SERIOUS RODENT INFESTATION CLOSES SCHOOL TEMPORARIL Y
ADDRESSING 250 members of the prestigious Toronto Board of Trade yesterday, Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-h am spoke about the conseq uences of the global economic collapse for the Bahamas and his governments efforts to deal with it. The Bahamas, he said, is in the process of repositioning its financial services sector in partnership with the private sector to produce a news trategic framework for financ ial services. We expect to adopt new securities legislation and regulations in the very near future so as to fully modernise our securities industry and to prepare the way for the Bahamas to become an IOSCO A-signatory country,h e said. M r Ingraham said the Bahamas recovery from the recession is largely reflected in improvements in the key tourism sector and by accelerated infrastructural developments undertaken by theg overnment. These infrastructural works have included the $400 million redevelopment of our principal airport, the largest public sector project undertaken ever in the Bahamas, funded in its entirety by nongovernment guaranteed bonda nd repayable from user fees, t he creation by a public/private sector company of a new $70 million cargo port just outside the City of Nassau and the $200 million road and public utility upgrade currently ongoing in theB ahamas. Mr Ingraham added that the government of the Bahamas sees itself as a facilitator of business. We are engaged in a continuing process of reforming our legislative and regulatory frameworks, he added. Within the past year we h ave enacted a new Business License Act which has streamlined the process of doing business in the country. And we have enacted new domestic and international insurance legislation to mod-e rnise our laws, Mr Ingraham said. Canada is a world leader in renewable energy and the prime minister invited this countrys leading businessmen to seek out similar ventures in the Bahamas. We are conscious of the l eadership Canada is providi ng in important segments of the green industries, in particular waste to energy enterprises. The Bahamas would welcome Canadian business investing in this area as well as in recycling opportunities thate xist in the Bahamas, he said. The prime minister is on the final leg of his trade and investment mission to Canada. L OCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE GRACEand Peace Wesleyan Church, Twynam Heights is presenting the Story of Jesus in the form of a Drive Thru for the entire family. The event will cater soley to vehicular traffic on the grounds of Grace and Peace Church, Portland Boulevard, Twynam Heights on April 10th -19th from 8pm to 10pm. Cars only, donations are encouraged, drinks and snacks will be on sale. WITH THREE major public infrastructure pro jects near completion, Minister of Public Works and Transport Neko Grant and officials toured the c onstruction sites yesterday. Accompanied by various stakeholders, Mr Grant s urveyed the National Emergency Management Agency headquarters, Saunders Beach land scaping and bathroom facilities, and the new Bay Street straw market. PM tells Toronto Board of Trade of economic challenges Grace and Peace Wesleyan Chur ch pr esents the Story of Jesus in Drive Thr u for m TAKING A LOOK: Agriculture minister Larry Cartwright (right Neko Grant, Minister of Public Works and Transport, and Robert Hall, Cavalier Construction as they surveyed the nearly completed $11 million straw market on Bay Street. Mr Cartwright, along with various tourism stakeholders, said that the industry has been working feverishly to train Bahamians on every island to use indigenous products. The rocks that line the right wall were brought in from Long Island. TALKING BUSINESS: Minister of Public Works and Transport Neko Grant tours the future headquarters of the National Emergency Management Agency with Captain Stephen Russell, the agencys chief. The $1.7 million project was awarded to Ran Mar Precision Development Co Ltd and is expected to be completed by the end of September. The 6,000 sq ft structure will feature emergency overnight accomodations for up to 20 persons, and a state-of-the-art emergency operation and communications centre. Capt Russell said that the agency expects to fully move into the new facilities at the beginning of 2012. Public Works and Transport Minister tours local projects T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f
B y CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter email@example.com THE Bahamas Electricity Corporation has defended its refusal to give in to union demands amid renewed protests by managerial staff. In a statement released yest erday, BEC responded to public statements made by the Bahamas Electrical Utility Managerial Union (BEUMU in connection to ongoing contract negotiations. T he BEUMU, which represents around 100 BEC managers, has been at odds with the corporation over the terms of a new industrial agreement since the old one expired in October 2007. In addition, the union continues to request back-pay for 320 hours allegedly owed to its members due to changesin the Employment Act which came into effect in 2003. However, the corporation said there is no legal basis for this claim, as managerial employees are not covered by this part of the Act. Meanwhile, during their lunch hour yesterday afternoon, 25 BEUMU members conducted a march between Bail lou Hill and Tucker Roads to display their frustration over the ongoing contract negotiations the latest in a series of such demonstrations. Ervin Dean, BEUMU presi dent, said that by conducting the march, they were demon strating our disdain with the leadership of the corporation and we intend to elevate our action. "We want this leadership to lead by example and comply with the industrial agreement and the laws of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. We want the industrial agreement to move forward and to be compensated for our losses. I n its response, BEC also defended its decision to make salary deductions to managerial staff that publicly participat ed in an earlier 'sick out', claiming the deductions were "in alignment with the provisions of BEC'S industrial agreement with BEUMU. However according to the union, all employees are allowed two sick days per m onth without a note from the doctor. A BEUMU represen tative added that BEC bosses should have a better skills at interacting and resolving industrial relation matters. BEC insists it is still open to negotiations with the union, but would like its employees to take into account the current eco nomic climate and the financial burden that BEC customers are already facing due to rising fuel costs. B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org THE Court of Appeal is deciding whether to quash the conviction of a former police officer or order a retrial on armed robbery charges. T he justices reserved their decision yesterday after hearing the appeal of former police Constable Tarquin Kelly, 30. Kelly was convicted and sentenced last year to 15 years in prison by then Senior Justice Anita Allen for the armed rob bery of three brothers in Elizabeth Estates in December 2008. At the time, Kelly was on suspension from the police force. Kelly, who represented himself at his appeal hearing, submitted that the police had not followed the proper process in their investigation, particularly in terms of failing to allow the victims the chance to iden tify the accused by sight. He noted that the prosecu tions case relied heavily on voice identification. The three alleged com plainants claimed they recognised his voice as being that of their assailant, although they were not able to visually identify him at the time of the incident. Justice George Newman not ed that a face-to-face con frontation would have added nothing to the prosecutions case as voice identification had been relied on. Kelly also asked why the judge had allowed a dock identification if the prosecutions case relied on voice identifica tion. He also noted that there were numerous inconsistencies in the evidence of the complainants. Kelly told the appellate court he was an innocent man and was in the company of his girlfriend when the incident occurred. Crown prosecutor Franklyn Williams conceded that the face-to-face identification had been inappropriate. What was clear, he said, was that when the complainants lodged their complaints they identified Kelly as the assailant. He noted that there was no other evidence besides the voice identification, but con tended that this could be used as long as the proper directions were given to the jury. T he appeal was heard yes terday before Justices Christopher Blackman, Abdulai Conteh and George Newman. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011, PAGE 3 BEC defends refusal to yield to union demands SIGNSOFDISCONTENT: Managerial staff of BEC took to the streets yesterday. APPEAL JUS TICES RESERVE THEIR DECISION IN ARMED ROBBERY CASE COURT OF APPEAL New protests by managerial staff F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f F e l i p M a j o r / T r i b u n e s t a f f SHOWUSTHEMONEY: Protesters state their case.
EDITOR, The Tribune. I should be grateful if you would publish the following tribute to the late Herv Kelecom, who was Honorary Consul for Belgium in theB ahamas from 2003 until his death last month. Having returned to his native Belgium for specialist medical treatment, he passed away a fter a long illness which he endured with courage and dignity. Hervs consular colleagues a nd many other friends in the B ahamas have sent private messages of condolence to his family, and in particular to his daughters and his wife, Dominique, whose devoted and loving care of him over al ong period was an inspirat ion to those who knew them b oth. A s a mark of respect and as a tribute to him, members o f the Diplomatic and Cons ular Corps observed a minutes silence at a recent official function; and, as presid ent of the Honorary Cons ular Corps, it is fitting for me to offer a separate and more reflective appreciation. I t is also a privilege to be able to pay my respects to Herv as a person and to cons ider the achievements of a man who always put others before himself and delighted in bringing pleasure to other people. For me, he was not o nly a colleague but also a much valued friend. Herv and Dominique moved to Nassau in 1995 andb ecame permanent residents some two years later. He had earlier worked as a commodities broker in London, Brussels and the Philippines. F rom the beginning of their time in the Bahamas both of t hem became active in the l ocal community. Herv was a supporter of education and the arts and w as on the boards of several c harities. He soon gained a fine reputation for his contribution to a range of local causes and organisations fore xample, Rotary (he was due t o become president of East Nassau Rotary Club in 2005); the Nassau Music Society (he w as the instigator of the Moscow Soloist Concerts in 2003); the Endowment Fundf or the Performing Arts of which he was a Trustee; and the International Cultural Committee (as well as participating in the annual cultural weekend he helped to organise an international beer fes-t ival each year to raise money for various charities). He was also involved in property development and advised European companies seeking to invest in the Bahamas. He was appointedB elgian Honorary Consul in July, 2003 and played a keen role both in assisting his fellow countrymen and in the activities of the Honorary C onsular Corps itself. S adly, in 2005 Herv had a s erious accident when on a Rotary mission one weekend to deliver items which hadb een donated to people in need. He fractured an arm and wrist after falling from thed elivery truck and subsequently suffered an aneurysm while undergoing an operat ion. The odds were against his recovery. However, following various medical pro-c edures and with the help of f riends and colleagues together with the unwavering love and support of Dominique his health was gradually restored until sometime later he was struck down b y illness and was eventually forced to move to Belgium for treatment. His friends and colleagues in the Bahamas were deeply saddened that he had suffered such misfortune; but one part icular friend of his remarked at his funeral service in Belgium that he had faced several difficult situations during his lifetime and always picked himself up and bounced back because he was courageous and positive in his approach to life. He inspired the interest and affection of other people as a result of his openness, decency, friendliness and enthusiasm, and he was widely admired for his commitment in helping others and for his selfless contribution to the community in which he lived. We have lost a dear friend a nd colleague. Herv will be remembered in the Bahamas as a man of sterling charact er and great ability who was a lways interested in his fell ow human beings and who went out of his way to do g ood in the world a man w ho sought to make a differe nce and succeeded in doing s o. H e has left a lasting imprint and legacy, and he will be m issed by so many. As already mentioned, my consular colleagues and I ear lier offered deepest condo lences to Dominique and to other members of his family. While expressing our sympa thy again, I also take this opportunity to send them best wishes on behalf of us all. May his soul rest in peace. PETER YOUNG Nassau, March 29, 2011. E DITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being 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. Publisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. Publisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday Shirley 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 IN THE Senate this week Senator Dion Foulkes, leader of government business in the Senate, asked the question: What is Bahamianisation? And answered: Bahamianisation is a policy that promotes the economic, educational, cultural and social advancement of all Bahamians black Bahamians and white Bahamians. That is what it was intended to be, but under the PLP the Pindling administration that is it was the most effective instrument of torture. It was effective because it quietly got results behind the scenes and out of the public eye. In the early days Bahamianisation was concentrated on employment the promotion of Bahamians to jobs that were not open to them before. The concept was admirable. However, its application did great damage to the country because many Bahamians were appointed to positions for which they were not qualified. Their only qualification was having a friend in high places, and being committed to cast their vote for the right party the PLP. Who started Bahamianisation? Senator Foulkes asked. In my view, he said, Bahamianisation was promulgated and introduced in the House of Assembly in 1956 by the late Sir Etienne Dupuch. Prior to this, he said, several black Bahamians like, but not limited to, L WaltonY oung, Dr C R Walker, Leon McKinney, A F Adderley, Sir Clifford Darling, Sir Randol Fawkes and Sir Milo Butler were also pioneers in the Bahamianisation movement even though at the time it was not called Bahamianisation. Later in the mid-1950s and 60s, he said, many other Bahamians would join the fight for the economic, educational and social advancement of black Bahamians. Men like Sir Lynden Pindling, Sir Cecil Wallace Whitfield, Sir Arthur Foulkes, Arthur Hanna, Sir Clement Maynard, Sir Kendal Isaacs, Paul Adderley and Sir Orville Turn quest continued the Bahamianisation movement up to 1967 and beyond. Our Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Hubert Ingraham and former Prime Minister Perry Christie are both advocates of Bahami a nisation, he said. The concept that Bahamians should be first in their own country was always advocated by The Tribune, going back almost to its founding. During the premiership of the late Sir Roland Symonette there was a lose form of screening before a foreigner could be employed by a local firm. There were no foreigners on the staff of The Tribune in the early days. However, as The Tribune developed it outgrew the abilities of its local staff and a foreigner had to be brought in for advanced training, especially when new printing equipment came on the market. We recall during Sir Rolands administration having to get clearance from Mr Stuart Hall, who headed Immigration at the time. We were required to justify the need for our request. And then came the PLP under Lynden Pindling and the idea of Bahamianisation became institutionalised with strict rules, and many prejudices. It was still a good concept, but being administered by the wrong hands. There only had to be a suspicion that you did not vote for the right party to lose your job civil servants suffered most in this category. We recall several sad cases involving teachers. And if you happened to work for a foreign company, pressure was brought to bear on that company to get rid of you. The company did not dare balk if it valued its own work permits. There are many sad tales to be told in Inagua of how families were destroyed when foreign husbands were forced out of their jobs and had to leave town, or in Nassau where Bahamian women, who belonged to the wrong party, could not bring their spouse to the Bahamas because they would not be granted work permits. The Ingraham government introduced the spousal permit to end this iniquity. As for The Tribune we could write a book about what we had to go through. It seemed a cruel game was being played in which the twot op men in the PLP government at the time took great delight. For many of us Bahamianisation was an ugly word, but when administered as intended it saw the advancement of many qualified Bahamians. The advent of the Ingraham gov ernment in 1992 opened opportunities to women. During this period women were appointed for the first time to the posts ofC hief Justice, Speaker of the House, Attorney General, Governor General and the Appeals Court. As Senator Foulkes pointed out, the FNM in its first and second and now third term made significant progress in Bahamianising many institutions and private sector companies. Many banks, hotels and industrial companies were headed by Bahamians for the first time undert he FNM. The implementation, in the words of Sena tor Foulkes, means that qualified Bahamians are afforded the first option for employment. A work permit would not be issued to a nonBahamian where there is a qualified Bahamian who is able and willing to work. Today party affiliation and friendships should have no place in considering favourably an application for a work permit where there is no qualified Bahamian who is able and willing to work. A tribute to Belgian Honorary Consul Herv Kelecom LETTERS l email@example.com What does Bahamianisation really mean? EDITOR, The Tribune. The vote of an MP indicated by standing or sitting after the resolution is read is the definitive vote of the MP. The division which individually recognises and records the vote of an MP by the process of asking each which way they voted is supplementary and of no consequence except for the recording of the MPs vote. What is significant is of course for history and the Prime Ministers legacy his loud pronouncement of no to the question which way will you vote North Abaco almost demolished the House of Assembly building and probably cruelly for the Prime Minister will be remembered for a long time to come, repeated and repeated. How many hundreds have downloaded the my tube? Was that his conscience? ABRAHAM MOSS Nassau, March 26, 2011. (No, it was the distraction caused by the Blackberry he was accessing at the time of the crucial vote. Ed). The Prime Minister s BTC vote EDITOR, The Tribune. I am sure many who use the Cable Beach Post Office are annoyed when regularly they find the parking lot full with cars obviously not of persons visiting the Post Office and have as a result to park around the corner? For the last month I have been collecting mail for a friend and almost at any time I find the lot almost filled, and filled, Editor, with cars of the employees of Sandals Hotel. I enquired and was told the employees park there illegally as the lot is government property. Surely the Ministry of Transport and the Postmas ter General at the least should ensure that there is adequate parking and no inconvenience to the patrons who use Cable Beach Post Office where the staff is outstanding? There used to be a sign which indicated the lot was reserved for patrons of the Post Office and only 30-minutes parking. Hoping this letter causes some action? Yes hoping! W KNOWLES Nassau. March 26, 2011. Action needed to ensure adequate parking at Cable Beach Post Office
THE MAJORITY of traffic lights in the capital are now functional, according to the maintenance companyh ired to oversee the system e arlier this year. Although repairing the lights is an ongoing and capital-intensive effort, principal of CCG Traffic SignalC ompany Ray McKenzie s aid, the 65 signals under their portfolio are up and r unning. During a press confere nce yesterday, Mr McKenz ie said: We had a compressed schedule. The a ssessment that was request ed, allowed us to find out exactly what was the situa-t ion. Assessment The company was comm issioned to do an islandwide assessment in February, and began initial repairst his month. Every single light needed some repairs, one way or theo ther, so there were some challenges, especially on JFK and Gladstone Road, and were still working on t hat. The signal goes down about once a week. M r McKenzie said the supply costs have run from $60,000 to $70,000. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011, PAGE 5 Majority of traffic lights in the capital functional P atrick Hanna/BIS P ROGRESSREPORT: P ublic Works and Transport Minister Neko Grant (left c ipal of Caribbean Civil Group, informing the media on plans in progress for New Providence traffic signals.
BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org FREEPORT The Freeport Container Port held a memorial service to mark the one year anniversary of the death of three of its workers, who were killed when a tornado hit the facility. The service was held on the quay on Tuesday to commemorate the lives of Shawn Saunders, 25; Cleveland Lowe, 49; and Michael Young, 43 who lost their lives while working inside Crane No 10, which collapsed into the sea. According to a statement i ssued by the company, the service was attended by executives of parent company Hutchison Whampoa, colleagues, and the families and friends of the three fallen men. In a silent and somber setting on the Quay at Freeport Container Port where they worked, the family, friends, loved ones, and colleagues of Shawn Saunders, Cleveland Lowe, and Michael Young came together on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 for a memorial service marking the first anniversary of their deaths brought on by a freak tornado, the statement said. Unlike the day a year ago, the terminal was quiet; only those who brought messages reflecting on the lives of their fallen colleagues were heard. In attendance were Dr John Meredith, managing director of Hutchison Port Holdings, Hong Kong; James Tsien, group exec utive director; Mark Jack, group engineering director; and Francis Tong, group HR direc tor. Gary Gilbert, CEO of Hutchison Port Holdings (Bahamas tragedy was a day that defined our lives forever. He stated that he was proud to stand with the families who lost their loved ones, and to support their colleagues who were equally saddened in the aftermath of the tragedy. Shawn, Mike, and Cleve w ere our best, he said. They were strivers; not taking shortcuts, they worked. But they also enjoyed life as is demonstrated in their hobbies of hunting, auto repairs, gardening, and electronics, among others. We are now trying to crea te the environment where associates can earn a salary and make a meaningful contribution to the development of our community. We have honored some of them in the past, and today, in death, we do the same as we record with gratitude the good they have done for this company, said Mr Gilbert. Lowe, Young, and Saunders, were carrying out maintenance work inside Crane No 10 when the tornado touched down around 11.30am. The force of the tornado pushed crane six into seven, seven into eight, and eight into crane nine, which knocked crane 10 into the sea. Glen Bodie, a fourth worker who also was inside the crane 10, sustained serious injuries, but survived. Mr Bodie, who has undergone extensive surgery, was also present at the service. Worker Kenneth Smith paid special tribute to each of his fallen colleagues. He said the men were dedicated workers. Mike was not only devoted a nd loyal, he was much more; he was a man of integrity and of deep sincerity who loved his fellow man and sought to make those around him his friend. Cleve had the rare quality of being able to unite all who worked with him into a cohes ive unit, and he had the personalities that endeared him to all. A man who had the art of making friends was Shawn, who knew that to have a friend one must be a friend. He was quiet and cautious, but at all times a man of understanding, learning and sincerity, said Mr Smith. The service was closed with a moving rendition of Til We Meet Again by a quartet of FCP employees. Following the deaths and injuries of workers in March, Minister of Labour Dion Foulkes said the Freeport Con tainer Port (FCP with "the vast majority of the recommendations" made by an independent occupational health and safety expert from the International Labour Organisation (ILO L OCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE .,'=&,7< Remembering tornado victims FREEPORTCONTAINER PORTTRAGEDY: O O N N E E Y Y E E A A R R O O N N ASHOULDERTOSHARE: Dr Miles Munroe consoles a family following the memorial service. RESPECTFUL: CEO Gary Gilbert leads a moment of silence.
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011, PAGE 7 TWO potcakes have been saved from dire circum s tances by the generosity of local animal lovers but their pup is at risk of being abandoned to fend for her s elf in the process. An appeal has gone out for anyone willing to opent heir heart and home to fivey ear-old Lilly, who was rel egated to scraping out a soli tary existence in a dusty parking lot, after ther emainder of her pack was adopted this week. The pack, which cons isted of Lilly and her 10y ear-old father and mother, was first spotted by Chella Melnechuk in the parking lot of Robin Hood Enterprises three years ago. She was particularly con cerned about the fate of the elder female, Pinky a small, dirty, handicapped, but very friendly and loving creature. At the time, Mrs Melnechuk was living in the US and could not intervene, but after recently moving to the Bahamas, she went to check on the pack and found that Pinkys condition had deteriorated significantly. Pinky has had to fend for herself for many, manyy ears. She is sick and tired and has been rescued by a very loving and caring per son, said Humane Society p resident Kim Aranha, who is familiar with the case. Pinky was rushed to the v et and the diagnosis was n ot good in addition to her severely damaged left leg and paw, she was found to be suffering from cancer. Vet But, the vet said, with treatment and a quiet home, she has a good chance of recovery. Mrs Melnechuk has organised for the medical expenses to be taken care of, and this week, after a frantic search, was overjoyed to have found a perfect place for Pinky to recover the home of a caring veterinary student. And, just a few days later, someone offered to take Pinkys male companion to a home where he would be treated like a king, she said. He was picked up by his new owner yesterday after n oon leaving Lilly alone in the parking lot. Mrs Melnechuk said she is very worried that Lilly willn ot be able to make it alone. She thanked the manage ment of Robin Hood, who h ave done what they can to c are for the dogs over the years, but said food and water may no longer be enough. Dogs, she explained,a re by nature pack animals. They can become disorien tated and dejected if sudd enly left on their own. Lilly has no place to go, Mrs Melnechuk said. Without her pack she will be totally destroyed. I am really afraid of what will happen if we dont find a solution. This dog really needs help, she cant stay there alone. She said Lilly is spayed, very friendly, and needs a loving home not a yard where she will be a guard dog. Anyone interested in helping Lilly, or who wants more information, is asked to call Mrs Melnechuk on: 363 2258. ABOVE: Chella Melnechuk with Pinky. L EFT: F ive-year-old Lilly. TOP: The pack, which consisted of Lilly and her 10-year-old f ather and mother. Two potcakes saved but pup left on her own
L OCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE G EORGETOWN, Guyana The Pan Caribbean P artnership against HIV and A IDS must vigorously prom ote the cause of elimination of HIV as a public health t hreat in the Caribbean region. This was the view of G uyanas Minister of Health a nd chair of the executive board of PANCAP, Dr Leslie R amsammy, who delivered the feature address at the for m al opening of the boards 16th Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday at Caricom a Secret ariat Headquarters in Guyana. We must work towards a t rajectory of long, healthy and productive lives for our citi z ens. We must reject, there fore, the notion that the most realistic and attainable goali s to pursue only a trajectory of reduction, as this would mean accepting the contin ued tragedy of children born with HIV and too many d reams, hopes and aspirations shattered, Dr Ramsammy said. He offered some guidance t o PANCAP as it entered its second decade of existence, s uggesting that the partnership address 10 priority areas: Reduce sexual transmission of HIV Prevent mothers from dying and babies from becoming infected Ensure that persons living with HIV receive treatment Prevent persons living with HIV from dying of tuberculosis Promote harm reduction and demand reduction Empower men who have s ex with men (MSM transgender persons to prot ect themselves and gain univ ersal access to prevention, t reatment and care services Remove punitive laws, p olicies, practices, stigma and discrimination that block effective responses to HIV Meet the needs of women a nd girls and stop sexual and gender-based violence Empower young people to protect themselves from H IV Enhance social protec tion for people affected by H IV M yrna Bernard, officer-inc harge of human and social development for the CARI C OM Secretariat, highlight ed some of PANCAPs achievements over the last 10y ears. She noted that these successes and others have con tributed significantly to the gains that have been made in t he regions response to HIV and AIDS. However, she warned that despite these gains, therew ere challenges that still con front the region. Prevention programmes are still not reaching the most at-risk populations and stigma and discrimination remain major obstacles, while many of our organisations of persons living with HIV are struggling to survive, Ms Bernard said. PANCAP, established in 2001, is the regional mechanism responsible for co-ordinating the Caribbeans response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic. Call for Caribbeans HIV fight to be vigorously promoted F INDING SOLUTIONS: T he Bahamas representative to PANCAP, Dr Perry Gomez at the 16th Ordinary Meeting of the organisation in Guyana.
STRAW vendors are still at odds with the governm ents proposed policies for the new straw market on Bay Street. The $11 million project is on schedule to be completed in August of this year, with industry stakeholders all h eralding its benefits for t ourism and agriculture. Confidence D uring a tour of the facility yesterday, straw market representative Marcel More-l y admitted there were issues that still needed to be worked out between the government and straw vend ors; however she expressed her confidence and anticipation of the new market. A griculture Minister Larr y Carwright explained that t he Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC i shly throughout the count ry to provide training on the creation of indigenous products. M r Cartwright said the new market would showcase native materials such as straw, coconut and marine shell, to an international market. However, Terez Eneas, a s traw vendor since 1990, said s he and others were still a waiting an explanation of the new market policy. M s Eneas said: We want to get to the Promised Land a s well. We dont mind gett ing rid of the knock-offs if t hats what we have to do, but what about the t-shirtsa nd other things we were s elling before the market burned down? In November, during the markets roof-wetting ceremony, an crowd of straw v endors declared "war" on the government over its proposed policies for the new straw market. Rent In response to revelations of rent hikes and the ban-n ing of counterfeit goods, a mong other stipulations, p resident of Straw Business P ersons Association Esther Thompson branded the government "a joke" andw arned ministers: "Get your act together the war is on." In the new market, officials advised that only B ahamian goods will be s old, counterfeit products w ill be completely prohibited, vendor licenses will ber estricted to Bahamian citizens, and rental charges will r ange from $200 to $250 per m onth, $46 to $58 per week o r $6.50 to $8.20 per day. LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011, PAGE 9 Break away from the ordinary and discover how to experience life to the fullest. The Isuzu D-MAX is the ultimate multi-purpose pick-up truck which enables you to drive through tough roadsand load a variety of cargoes. It is specially designed to be powerful, stylish and highly functional. The Isuzu D-MAX is one toughvehicle that willnever let you down!T H E I S U Z U D M A XPOWERFUL COMFORTABLE VERSATILE T YREFLEX S T AR MO TORSCall us today for your new IsuzuD-MAX Pick-UpTruck at 325.4961Wulff Road, P.O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667 :$17('(;3(5,(1&(%22..((3(58 5*(17/<(('(' 352),&,(17,1,&.%22.6) $'0,1#+%60$5,1(&20 (;3(5,(1&(:(/'(5 $/80,1,80)$%5,&$7,21 $1',167$//(5(('(' ) RUHPDLOWR$'0,1#+%60$5,1(&20 Issues still to be resolved between straw vendors and government NEWSTRAWMARKET: The $11 million project is on schedule to be completed in August of this year.
Over the two days, the group met with several key PAL officials and took part in meetings centred around the possible implementation of what is touted as New York Citys largest non-profit and most impactful community/youth develop ment programme. P rogramme structure, culture, operations, marketing initiatives as well as fundrais ing and other projects were discussed. A visit of several PAL facil ities, including the Harlem Centres teen juvenile justice programme, the after school programme, and the teen impact centre in the Bronx, was also on the agenda ofw hat proved to be a busy two days, and the delegates had the opportunity to meet with NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and First Deputy Commissioner Rafael Pineiro. Impressed with the scope and variety of activities of the after school programme, Mr Fields said: The co-operation between these various stakeholders is exactly the type of model we should pursue at h ome. It speaks to a true community effort along with the police to engage young peo ple and the community in positive development. The range of programmes spoke directly to one of the mission statements of PAL, which is Before kids can go places, they must have somewhere to go. That theme was evident in the variety of options young sters had in terms of partici pation in PAL programmes art, music, gym, recreational and game centres, sports, tutoring and business expo sure. Anton Sealy of the Bahamas Football Association (BFA what PAL does is the involvement of dedicated and caring people. The adult staff and volunteers go a long way in making this programme successful. Bahamas Basketball Feder ation (BBF Lawrence Hepburn said: The involvement of all stakeholders locally will make the implementation of PAL a win-winwin and at the end of the day should have a transformative effect in our country. A critical aspect of PAL is the involvement and support of the police force at all levels. This was made evident during the meeting with NYC Com missioner Kelly, who was alsoa PAL youth growing up. He praised the impact of the programme since its inception and noted its significance throughout the city. The NYC commissioner shared not only his beliefs and support of the PAL programme, but also engaged Commissioner Greenslade and the group in a lengthy dialogue about the crime fighting and prevention measures under taken by his force in one of the most challenging American city environments. Commissioner of the Free dom Farm Baseball League Clarence McKenzie and police community relations Chief Supt Stephen Dean were also a part of the Bahamian dele gation. W E The People chairman Ed Fields and executive director Phil Simon, with a delegation that included Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade and heads of vari ous local sporting organisations, went to New York to see first-hand New York Citys Police Athletic League and the impact it continues to have on more than 55,000 youth in the states seven boroughs. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 10, THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Bahamas group learns about D ELEGATION ARRIVAL AT AIRPORT: T he Bahamas delegation is greeted by NYC PAL executive director, Felix Urritia. From left to right: Clarence McKenzie, commissioner, Freedom Farm Baseball League; Philip Simon, executive director, We The People Bahamas; Ed Fields, chair, We TheP eople Bahamas; Chief Supt Stephen Dean, Royal Bahamas Police Force; Ellison Greenslade, Commissioner, Royal Bahamas Police Force; Anton S ealey, president, Bahamas Football Association; and Lawrence Hepburn, president, Bahamas Basketball Federation. W ATCHING THE KIDS: C ommissioner Greenslade with Supt Dean and P AL executive director Felix Urritia look on as the young people begin their pre-activity stretch before engaging in one of the after school activities at a PAL centre in the Bronx, New York. G REETING: W e The People Chairman, Ed Fields and Police Comm issioner Greenslade greet NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at Police Headquarters, NYC.
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L OCAL NEWS P AGE 12, THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 0U-RVHSKRPOLQVRQ By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter t email@example.com VENDORS at the Montagu Ramp want the RoyalN assau Sailing Club to remove debris left near the public dock when the clubr emoved silt from the area last week. Head of the Montagu Vend ors Association Sherlin B rown said the leftover material is causing congestion on the small ramp. Those people promised to finish removing the fill that they dig up and they left itr ight there. The mud hasn't s ettled down yet every time a jet ski or a boat go out, it brings the mud up," Mr B rown said. "All the jet skis used to pull up on the side and parkt heir jet skis, they can't do that now because a bunch of rocks are there now. They have to park up on the ramp and it makes the area more congested. I would appreciate it if they move the d ebris." He added that the small group of conch vendors whoo perate at the site have been f orced to store their catch in deeper waters due to the loose silt. S ince last week, concerned citizens have also been call ing The Tribune asking w hether the club dredged the seabed without a permit. "I spoke with the various ministries and to the best of m y knowledge none of them knew anything about that d redging, no ministry did any d redging there and no permits were issued for dredg-i ng," said Montagu MP Loretta Butler-Turner, repr esentative for the area, w hen contacted for comment. A lthough last week, Royal Nassau Sailing Club managerS herry Albury described the s ilt removal as "dredging", y esterday she said her organisation hired a labourer only to "back hoe" accumulated s ilt. We did not do any dredging, we back-hoed the silt t hat has built up. Dredging is a completely different process and you need a permit if you go down to the seabed to dredge. We back-hoed the silt in a very small area immediately i n front of our launching dock and we just took up a couple of feet of silt," Ms Albury explained. Last week, an argument erupted at the ramp between seafood vendors and a labourer hired by the NassauS ailing Club, after vendors noticed the machine opera t or removing silt and dumpi ng it on the public ramp. The group became frustrated when they couldn'tf ind out who sent the worker t here or why, and they blocked the machine in with their cars. A verbal altercation followed and the police were ultimately called to calm the s ituation, Mr Brown said. Montagu Ramp vendors want sailing club to remove debris HEAD of the Montagu Vendors Association Sherlin Brown said the leftover material is causing congestion on the small ramp. T im Clarke / Tribune staff Shar e your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for ag ood cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011, PAGE 13 DRIVERS restricted to j ust one lane on the East West Highway owing to o ngoing roadworks have c reated a second lane of t raffic through RM Bailey Park. D ozens of cars were seen turning off the main road onto a dirt track nextt o RM Bailey School and d riving through the park parallel to the highway towards Robinson Road. A regular commuter said he saw around 30 cars while waiting in traffic justb efore 9am yesterday m orning and took this photograph. He said: More and more are doing it every day, and where it's so dry and it's a dirt road, it'sp robably eroding the park. Lanes were closed in both directions on the East West Highway between Abundant Life Road and P rince Charles Drive a round two weeks ago while major roadworks continue in the area. C alls to the Ministry of W orks and Road Traffic Police for comment were not returned before presst ime yesterday. THE Ministry of Public Works and Transport has invited business owners and residents to attend an urgent information meeting to discuss upcoming road works on the junction of East Street and RobinsonR oad. T he meeting is scheduled to take place on Friday, April 1 from noon to 3pm on the third floor of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Thompson Boulevard. Residents and business owners on East Street between the Independence roundabout and Palm Tree Avenue, and on Robinson Road between Palm Beach Streeta nd 6th Street, the Grove, are urged to a ttend. Anyone requiring more information is asked to call 302-9538. r URGENT MEETING ON UPCOMING ROAD WORKS DRIVERS CREATE TRAFFIC LANE IN PARK DRIVERS TRAVEL through RMBailey Park towards Robinson Road.
D OCTORS Hospital has l ent its support to a bicycle seminar for Kemp Road residents after a young girl was killed by a car while riding in the area two weeks ago. The victim, 8-year-old Tasheka Johnson, was a stud ent of Uriah McPhee Primary School. In her honour, the Kemp Road Urban Renewal Centre recently hosted the Tasheka Johnson Bicycle Seminar and Rally, which aimed to sensitise parents a nd children about the dang ers of riding bicycles in the streets, and to educate the children about safety and local laws. The hospital presented Kolamae Pedican, Urban Renewal centre manager, w ith a donation to assist with the effort. The Royal Bahamas Police Force and the Road Traffic Department also lent their assistance. The hospital said in a statement: Bike riding can be fun, but accidents happen. E very year hundreds of child ren go to the emergency r oom because of bike i njuries, and some have i njuries that require a few d ays in the hospital. A head injury can mean b rain injury. Some of these h ead injuries are fatal. That is why it is so important to weara bike helmet. Wearing one does not mean you can be reckless, but a helmet will provide some protection for your face, head, and brain in c ase you fall down. It added: In keeping with Doctors Hospitals core value, We Care, the hospital honours its commitment and responsibility to the Bahamian community through philanthropy. In addition to supporting l ocal charities and providing h ealthcare to Bahamians, D octors Hospital services e xtend globally with the t reatment of illness and i njury and disease prevention for all patients. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 14, THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Doctors Hospital donates to bicycle seminar in honour of tragic student By NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org AN 18-year-old man charged in the murder of one of two men killed at a barroom early Saturday morning was arraigned in Mag istrates Court yesterday afternoon. Richard Brown Jr of Spence Street appeared before Deputy Chief Magistrate Carolita Bethell in Court 8, Bank Lane, charged with the murder of Torrie McPhee. It is alleged that on Saturday March 26, Brown intentionally and unlawfully caused McPhees death. According to initial police reports, McPhee, 25, of Saunders Acres, was shot and killed outside the bar while a second man, Sharado Alphonso Wallace, 30, of Masons Addition, was killed inside the bar. Brown, who was represented by attorney Anthony Newbold, was not required to enter a plea to the charge. Sixteen witnesses are listed on the court dockets. Prosecutors intend to proceed with a Voluntary Bill of Indict ment, fast-tracking the case to the Supreme Court. The indict ment is expected to be presented on June 15. Brown was remanded to Her Majestys Prison. Man charged with barroom murder
LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011, PAGE 15 continues to take root. On Tuesday night, Mr M cCartney held discuss ions with representatives of both third parties where more than 100 personsw ere said to have gathered to discuss a way forward for third-party politics. At the meeting, NDP c hairman Renward Wells said it did not appear as if the Bamboo Town MP was i nclined to join their organi sation. In fact Mr Wells s aid Mr McCartney appeared more concernedw ith whether or not the e xisting third parties were willing to come together a nd form something new. This, and other points of i nterest were expected to be discussed last night. Im mindful of all groups getting together. I think there is strength in us coming together. The fact of the matter isw hether or not the other persons agree to that and on what principles will be the o nes we come under? I hope those would be the principles that the NDP has e spouses, which is to empower the Bahamian people, Mr Wells said. As to the much-debated financing that Mr McCartney is reported to have attracted to his movement, Mr Wells said heh ad no idea if Mr McCartney has raised it a s yet or not. I know a lot of people were talking about it. From what I understand, I think m oney follows the mess age, and so even if he doesnt have all the money that they say he has, and I am not saying that he doesnt, I believe you would f ind persons more than willing to contribute to it, he said. T his feeling, Mr Wells h ighlighted was driven h ome by the caliber of p ersons he said were pres ent at the meeting on T uesday night. Outright declaring that he was impressed at who he saw at Mr McCartneys home, Mr Wells said he was not at liberty to reveal their names at this t ime, only adding that a mong that grouping there was some real leaders hip. W ith many persons withi n the NDP openly expressing their support for Mr McCartney to become a member and possible leader of the party, MrW ells said he stands by his word of holding a convention within 30 days to decide this matter if Mr McCartney were to join their ranks. This possibility however, he admits, appears slim considering Mr McCartneys position thus far. I think every man puts down his view a nd that is where he is at. I believe that t he NDP has the apparatus for any and everybody to come in and move forward.W e are a completely open and democrati c organization, he said. Attempts to reach Mr McCartney for comment were unsuccessful last night. NDP, BDM members scheduled for Bran talks on third party FROM page one BRANVILLEMCCARTNEY
r eports of radiation found in the Bahamas. However, small amounts of radioactivity from Japan have been found in south Florida, according to US reports, although American health officials say the tiny amounts pose no health risk. Japan's contamination crisis has raised questions about the safety of nuclear power and whether its benefits outweigh the risks. T here are five nuclear react ors at three different sites in the state of Florida alone and if a meltdown happened in the US, the repercussions could be devastating to the Bahamas. "If a similar event occurred in Florida, the consequences for the Bahamas are too dire to contemplate," Environment Minister Earl Deveaux said yesterday. However, in light of e vents such as what has occurred in Japan and the unlikely event of a similar occurrence in Florida, the Bahamas would depend on the international communit y for support," he added. I n spite of this, Mr Deveaux stressed there is no need to panic or worry about the effects of a possible nuclear meltdown in North America. The chief medical officer at the Ministry of Health would be the person responsible for radiation detection and would pass this information on to the relevant government officials, The T ribune w as told. T he March 11 earthquake and a subsequent tsunami devastated cooling systems at a nuclear power plant in Japan causing some radiation to leak out. T here is also fear that r adioactive material may have contaminated nearby f ood supplies, according to i nternational reports. L OCAL NEWS P AGE 16, THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE a teacher was also stabbed during the incid ent, however a representative of the ministry t old T he Tribune y esterday that no teacher was harmed in any way. In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, t he ministry said the two students had a dis agreement reportedly over a female student which resulted in the 11th grader assaulting the1 2th grade student during the lunch break. I t said police officers were immediately summoned and the 11th grader was taken into the protective custody of the police, while the 1 2th grader was taken to hospital by a guidance counsellor. Police reported that five male students are b eing questioned in connection with the incident. They said the victim, a 17-year-old who was stabbed repeatedly in the left side, is listed ins table condition. This incident comes after a number of school s tabbings and other acts of violence between s tudents over the past two years. I n its statement, the Ministry of Education reminded the public, and parents and students in particular, of its policy of zero tolerance w hen it comes to violence. I t also pointed out that the incident occurred in the midst of CR Walkers celebration for e arning first place in the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers; the schools advance to the final rounds of the National Debate Competition; and their preparation for the upcoming celebration of the 30th A nniversary of UNESCO National Commission in the Bahamas. T he ministry added: CR Walker Senior High School has established a high standard of excellence in academics, career and technical education as well as behaviour. The ministry commends the principal, teachers, and school board members for their consistent vigilance in seeking to address and minimise incidents which disrupt and threatent heir safe school environment. F ROM page one Stabbing at high school leaves student in hospital The Bahamas has mechanisms to detect for traces of Japan radiation FROM page one ENVIRONMENT MINISTER Earl Deveaux
There have been reports that giant rats have overrun the school and that some students have even taken ill. Sandra Edgecombe, superintendent of primary schools, said the ministry is aware of the rodent infestation at theB artlett Hill Primary and immediate steps are being taken to address the problem. She expects the school to r eopen on Monday. M rs Edgecombe said that Education Minister D esmond Bannister met with t eachers at the school on Wednesday to address their concerns. She noted that the rat p roblem had got worse over the past two weeks and they i mmediately notified Envir onment Health officials of the situation. We got a list of suggest ions and recommendations from them and we immediately began acting on thoser ecommendations, such as g etting a professional test company to help us get rid of the problem. Our minister also came down and he visited the schools this morning ands poke with teachers and h eard their concerns, she said. Mrs Edgecombe said the professional company should complete their testing and e xtermination process on Frid ay. We are satisfied with w here we are and the teachers have been most cooperative. The parents, I am sure, understand the seriousness o f the situation and that it is b eing addressed and that we a re sparing no expense. We are working deliberately to have the problem a ddressed. Hopefully by Monday students should be b ack to school. We wont get rid of every thing overnight, but any fear o r danger or disease to that level we would have taken care of, said Mrs Edge-c ombe. 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Up to p ress time her condition w as listed as critical. I nspector Warren Johnson of the Carmichael Division saidt hat like the rest of the country, the South Western Division is having real problems with crime. H e said the police have taken note of two impor tant areas of intervention. One major initiativei s taking place with churches. Inspector Johnson said the policeh ave identified 72 churches in the area witha combined membership of 23,110. H e said the police have s ought to forge a rela tionship with all of the churches to make ani mpact. Inspector Johnson said house break-ins have also been a cause forc oncern, so the police developed a residential security survey to help address the issue. He said the survey is a check list for individuals to assess the security of their homes. He said the police in the area have been distributing the survey around the community. CHURCH WOMEN IN GUN HORROR F ROM page one BARTLETT HILL PRIMARY S CHOOL Education Minister D esmond Bannister meeting w ith the principal, teachers and parents at the Bartlett Hill Pri-m ary School with regard to the r at problem and other concerns a t the school Vandyke Hepburn /BIS Serious rodent infestation closes school temporarily FROM page one
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011, PAGE 19 TOKYO A sscoiated Press FEARSabout contaminated seafood spread Wednesday despite reassurances that radiation in the waters off Japan's troubled atomic plant pose no health risk, as the country's respected emperor consoled evacuees from the tsunami and nuclear emergency zone. While experts say radioactive particles are unlikely to build up significantly in fish, the seafood concerns in the country that gave the world sushi are yet another blemish for Brand Japan. It has already been hitby contamination of milk, vegetables and water, plus short ages of auto and tech parts after a massive quake and tsunami disabled a coastal nuclear pow er plant. Setbacks at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear complex mounted Wednesday, as the plant's operator, Tokyo Power Electric Co., announced that its president was hospitalized. Masataka Shimizu has not been seen since a news conferencetwo days after the March 11 quake that spawned the destructive wave. His absence fueled speculation that he had suffered a breakdown. Spokesman Naoki Tsunoda said Shimizu, 66, was admitted to a Tokyo hospital Tuesday after suffering dizziness and high blood pressure. The problems at the nuclear plant have taken center stage, but the tsunami also created another disaster: Hundreds of thousands of people were forced from their homes after the wave drove miles (kilometers) inland, decimating whole towns. The official death toll stood at 11,362 late Wednesday, with the final toll likely surpassing 18,000. Japan's respected Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko visited disaster evacuees at a center in Tokyo on Wednesday. The visit was marked by a formality that is typical of interactions with the royal couple, but survivors said they were encouraged. "I couldn't talk with them very well because I was nervous, but I felt that they were really concerned about us," said Kenji Ukito, an evacuee from a region near the plant who has already moved four times since the quake. "I was very grate ful." The emperor and his wife make fairly frequent public appearances, visiting nursing homes and the disabled and attending ceremonies throughout the year. In particular, they are expected to mourn with those affected by natural dis asters. Akihito made a similar visit to evacuees after the Kobe earthquake in 1995. At the Fukushima plant, the fight to cool the reactors and stem their release of radiation has become more complicated in recent days since the discovery that radioactive water is pooling in the plant, restricting the areas in which crews can work. It also puts emergency crews in the uncomfortable position of having to pump in more water to continue cooling the reactor while simultaneously pumping out contaminated water. That contamination has also begun to seep into the sea, and tests Wednesday showed that waters 300 yards (meters side the plant contained 3,355 times the legal limit for the amount of radioactive iodine. It's the highest rate yet, but Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency official Hidehiko Nishiyama said it did not pose any threat to human health because the iodine rarely stays in fish. There is no fishing in the area because it is within the evacuation zone around the plant. Radioactive iodine is shortlived, with a half-life of just eight days, and in any case was expected to dissipate quickly in the vast Pacific Ocean. It does not tend to accumulate in shellfish. Other radioactive particles have been detected in the waters near the plant, and some have made their way into fish. Trace amounts of radioactive cesium-137 have been found in anchovies as far afield as Chiba, near Tokyo, but at less than 1 percent of acceptable levels. Tainted seafood fears spread as Japan plant leaks S OUTH K orean environmentalists stage a protest aboard a boat calling for the closure of the outdated Wolsung reactor and opposing the construction of a new reactor on seas off Wolsung Nuclear Power Plant in Gyeongju, South Korea, Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Fears over possible radiation contamination are growing in South Korea, the country closest to Japan, after Japanese nuclear power plants were damagedb y the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.(AP
I NTERNATIONAL NEWS P AGE 20, THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE AJDABIYA, Libya Associated Press MOAMMAR Gadhafi's ground forces recaptured a strategic oil town Wednesday and moved within striking distance of another major eastern city, nearly reversing the gains rebels made since international airstrikes began. Rebels pleaded for more help, while a U.S. official said government forces are making themselves harder to target by using civilian "battle wagons" with makeshift armaments instead of tanks. Western powers kept up the pressure to force Gadhafi out with new airstrikes in other parts of Libya, hints that they may arm the opposition and intense negotiations behind the scenes to find a country to give haven to Libya's leader of more than 40 years. Airstrikes have neutralized Gadhafi's air force and pounded his army, but his ground forces remain far better armed, trained and organized than the opposition. The shift in momentum back to the government's side is hardening a U.S. view that the poorly equipped opposition is probably incapable of prevailing without decisive Western intervention either an all-out U.S.led military assault on regime forces or a decision to arm the rebels. The fresh battlefield setbacks by the rebels come as NATO is in the process of taking over control of the airstrikes, which began as a U.S.-led operation. Diplomats said they have given approval for the commander of the NATO operation, Canadian Gen. Charles Bouchard, to announce a handover on Thursday. Gadhafi's forces also have adopted a new tactic in light of the pounding airstrikes have given their tanks and armored vehicles, a senior U.S. intelligence official said. They've left some of those weapons behind in favor ofa "gaggle" of "battle wagons": minivans, sedans and SUVs fitted with weapons, said the official, who spoke anonymously in order to discuss sensitive U.S. intelligence on the condition and capabilities of rebel and regime forces. Rebel fighters also said Gadhafi's troops were increasingly using civilian vehicles in battle. The change not only makes it harder to distinguish Gadhafi's forces from the rebels, it also requires less logistical support, the official said. The official said airstrikes have degraded Gadhafi's forces since they were launched March 19, but the regime forces still outmatch those of the opposition "by far," and few members of Gadhafi's military have defected lately. The disparity was obvious as government forces pushed back rebels about 100 miles (160 kilometers days. The rebels had been closing in on the strategic city of Sirte, Gadhafi's hometown and a bastion of support for the longtime leader, but under heavy shelling they retreated from Bin Jawwad on Tuesday and from the oil port of Ras Lanouf on Wednesday. Gadhafi's forces adapt to airstrikes, pound rebels A LIBYAN r ebel checks a rocket launcher mounted on top of a pickup truck after retreating back east, at t he outskirts of the town of al-Agila, Libya Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Moammar Gadhafi's ground forces recaptured a strategic oil town Wednesday and were close to taking a second, making new inroads in beating back a rebel advance toward the capital Tripoli. (AP
B y ALISON LOWE Business Reporter email@example.com R etail, concession and restaurant operators in the new US departures termi-n al at Lynden Pindling I nternational Airport (LPIA business levels at their new locations, yesterday report i ng that sales in the replacement terminal have met or exceeded their expectations. T yrone Nabbie, propri e tor of food vendors Kafe Kalik and Bahama Dutch Oven Pizza, said daily sales at his two locations in the new US terminal have already surpassed those seen at the two Kafe Kalik outlets that he operated in the nowclosed former US terminal. The traffic has been steady. Things have been going very well in both of the restaurants. People are finding it very welcoming, and its a good change of pace for those travellers who have the time to sit and really try out Bahamian food, s aid Mr Nabbie, of the Kafe Kalik sit-down restaurant in particular. He added that he only e xpects foot traffic to improve as the Bahamian tourism industry is restoredt o pre-economic crisis leve ls, and with the re-launch of Cable Beach in the form of Baha Mar. The $191 million, 247,000 SECTIONB firstname.lastname@example.org THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $5.10 $5.12 $5.23 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Cable & Wireless Commu nications (CWCa nd regional knowledge to unlock the Bahamas Telecom munications Companys (BTC Triple Play potential to the ultimate benefit of Bahamian consumers, a former Chamber of Commerce president telling this newspaper that privatisa tion would ensure the tail no l onger wags the dog at the tele coms carrier. Dionisio DAguilar, who is also Superwashs president, told CW C T O UNLOCK BTCS TRIPLE PLAY POTENTIAL D IONISIO DAGUILAR Ex-Chamber head says buyer will enable it to enter new markets and go head-to-head with Cable Says other foreign partners would have been blindsided by cultural issues* Warns: For far too long BTC has been operated in the interests of the politicians and employees SEE page 9B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T he Government was yesterday accused of having no respect for the law or the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, after Customs com-p letely backed down from its position that Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA licencees must first produce a National Insurance Board (NIB i ng before their bonded privi leges are extended. Fred Smith QC, the Callenders & Co attorney andp artner, told Tribune Business that Customs demands for the NIB letter over the past three months had madet errible economic challenges f aced by the licencees in Freeport even worse, and its c onstant breaches of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement stretching back over decades meant he was not going to l et the matter drop despite the Governments climb down. He was speaking after receiving a March 25, 2011,l etter from Deborah Fraser, director of legal affairs at the Attorney Generals Office, which attempted to resolve the action Mr Smith brought over the NIB letter demand, o n behalf of his three compan ies, just prior to yesterdays scheduled hearing before JusNo respect for the Hawksbill Creek n Customs in total climb down on NIB letter condition for Freeport licencees to get bonded privileges n B ut attorney intends to continue action, and accused government of disrespecting rule of law n Says punitive damages needed to control Customs n Tells government: This is FREEport, not Tax the Hell out of it port FRED SMITH SEE page 6B By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor Customs demand for Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA duce National Insurance Board (NIB letters before their bondedp rivileges are renewed has matched the recession and post-Christmas consumer spending slump when it comes to negatively impacting Freeports economy, a leading businessman said yesterday. Chris Lowe, operations manager at Kellys (Freeport which is challenging Customs NIB letter matched recessions damage SEE page 10B B y NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor B ahamas Motor Dealers Association (BMDA b ers have expressed concerns over whether their new vehicle supplies will meet demand, especially if last weekends Car Show stimulates buyer activity, due to factors such as the Japanese earthquake and worldwide demand for the latest model. This, they told Tribune Business, will be compounded b y the fact most Bahamian new car dealers have been cautious with their orders, aiming to keep inventory leve ls to a minimum given the demand fall-off resulting from the recession and unemployment/reduced incomes. As a result, some are nervously awaiting updates from t heir manufacturers and regional offices later this week, w hich will determine any impact and whether existing o rders will be fulfilled. Fred Albury, owner/president of Executive Motors, told this newspaper that most of the dealers have falleno n the side of caution on carrying inventory, but he anticipated there would be no problems in meeting shortterm Bahamian demand. Yet he noted that any negative impact would likely first be felt in July and August, given that new car orders took an average of four-and-a-half months to come through to the dock in Nassau once they were placed. What was scheduled to come in for June and July is Car dealers fear supply shortages SEE page 11B AIRPOR T TENANTS SEE S ALES RISES UP T O 35% By ALISON LOWE B usiness Reporter email@example.com C able and Wireless Com munications (CWC two unions representing theB ahamas Telecommunicat ions Companys (BTC and managerial staff are set to meet for the first time thisM onday, after months of acrimony over the Governments decision to sell the stateo wned telecoms provider cul BTC unions set to meet new owner SEE page 3B SEE page 12B
By DEIDRE M. BASTIAN A r e some of your most cherished portraits torn, discoloured and fading away? I f so, do not let your moments o r family history disappear, a s they are too precious to lose. Fortunately, it is now possible through the use of computers and software to restore almost any photo atv ery reasonable prices. B efore the advent of computers and software such as Photoshop, most photo restoration was done by e xperts such as museum art restorers. Repairs were applied directly to the damaged photo and consisted mainly of air brushing. This is still a preferred method forv aluable historical photos, such as those found ina rchival collections, but is v ery expensive and not normally popular with the avera ge person wishing to repair o ld damaged family photos today. W hat is Photo restoration? It is the practice of restoring a photograph that has been d amaged or affected by age. D amages can now be corrected digitally through imaging manipulating software usinga scanner. Once all repairs are made to the copy using comp uter software, a new print c an be produced. The final d igital photo file of the r epaired photo can be saved as an archival copy, which replaces the need for a negative. C an anyone do photo restoration? A nyone with a computer, expertise and the appropriate software should be able to make minor repairs. Even t hough Photoshop is the i ndustrys standard software, many cheaper packages will also allow you to repair manyo f the damages on old photos. It is simple, and the difference between amateur and p rofessional restorers is prac tice. There are many local g raphic institutes and webs ites that can assist for a small fee, based on the number of hours and amount of detail r equired to complete the work. What type of photos do p eople want restored? Family photos are the main area of interest. Other reasons for photo manipulations are red-eye or blemish removal, damaged facial features, moderate scratches or surface cracking, paper wrinkling, moderate mold or water damage, severe fading, y ellowing or staining, removal of objects and or people, a dding objects and or people from two different photos, and replacement of backgrounds etc. W hy are there so many photos that require fixing? Most of the photo papers and inks used up until recent l y have not been archival q uality and, as a result, many p hoto prints show signs of fading and colour shifts after a f ew years. Additionally, poor s torage practices, such as keeping photos in basements o r exposure to sunlight, have also contributed to the poor c onditions. W hat is archival quality? It is now possible for the average person to have prints made using archival qualityp hoto papers and inks, which are rated to last from 50 to 100 years without showing s igns of fading or colour shift. Standard photos can showt hese defects in as little as a few years. What are the benefits of r estoring old photos? It is a good idea to restore y our entire photo collection t o alleviate the unavoidable destruction that will take p lace, no matter how carefully the photos are stored. Once restored, the photos can be copied to CD or DVD for storage and safe keeping. Dig ital images do not change and will allow you to make prints at any time should disaster strike. W hat should be preserved when restoring a photo? The ideal situation is to repair damaged areas of ap hoto without abstracting from the original feel and look. Some restorers use too m uch smoothing, which can result in a final photo that looks more like a painting rather than a photo. It is better to repair by using the clone and healing tool, as you want to repair the most obvio us damage. Keep in mind that old photos have a certain amount of grain, which should be reduced but not completely removed. It should still look like a photo when complete d. Remember, a good r estoration is one that cant b e detected. C an I do it myself? A bsolutely. Heres how: Click on File: Open or CTRL+O: Open the Old Photo you want to restore in Adobe Photoshop CS4. Eye dropper tool (Right Click The Ruler tool. Left Click, d rag and leave along the edge of the photo to define the ori entation. This helps us to crop t he photo without losing any p hoto area if the photo is tilte d. Image menu: Image Rotation, Arbitrary. Enter the angle by which you want thec anvas to rotate in either clockwise or counter clock-w ise direction. Click OK and c heck if the photos orienta tion appears to be straight. A djust the levels and channel mode to suit your image andm ake it clearer. You can also use Auto Level for a quick improvement with or without additional adjustments. S elect Clone stamp tool. Select the brush type you w ant, preferably a feathered o ne to make sure it blends well with the background. Alt +Left click to select the patch you want to clone, then left click the area you want to fill (like the yellow spots in the sample photo above) Not only can you correct bad patches, you can edit photos, duplicate parts of the photo and also correct torn phot os by cloning a side back ground on to the empty area. Depending on how damaged the photo is, there is software called GIMP, which stands for GNU Image M anipulation Program. Reall y, all you need to know is that it is free. It was first released back in 1996, and s ince then it has been developed and matured to be recognised as a real alterna-t ive for Photoshop. If you c onsider yourself an amateur, GIMP is your guy as it has the right price and features f or you. Tips: Before you get started, scan the photos on to yourc omputer using the highest r esolution possible. 600 dpi will produce an ideal result for printing and storage. However, you can scan at a higher or lower resolution as necessary to get a higher imageq uality, or save space on your hard drive. For example, if you're editing your photo to include it on a CD, DVD or t o publish it on the Internet, you can scan at a lower resolution such as 200 dpi. Select a l ossless format such as PNG or BMP for your scan. Be sure to save your image with an ew file name to preserve y our original scan. P rimarily, the healing brush i s now a very popular tool, a nd most modern photos we see are retouched in studios, which gives a happier, youth ful look, especially for the female gender. By virtue of this fact, the touch-up brush aids in removing facial blem ishes and/or wrinkles. This p rocess can result with you staring at an older person with a youthful picture. Be careful not to overdo it, as it may remove all the characteristicst hat appear misleading. Challenge yourself today, and e xperiment with the touch up tool. Until we meet again, have fun, enjoy life and stay o n top of your game. N B: Author welcomes feedback at: firstname.lastname@example.org B USINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE A graphic portrait that never fades THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN Good morning Dee, Firstly, let me start by thanking you for your articles, in the daily Tribune each week. They have not only educated me on the things I never knew but also helped me to understand terms I often heard but never quite comprehend. The article you wrote on Graphic signs of design addiction was very informative ,and I guess you can say that I fall under that Photography and movie geek lol. I love the way your article style changes each week. You cater to all persons (business people, young adults like myself and also your counterparts). Your writing style is so easy and friendly, and thats important. Keep up the good work. Ms.Tabitha L Pratt email@example.com READERS FEEDBACK
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The ADP National Employment Report said 201,000 new private sectorjobs were added in March. That is roughly in line with the 210,000 analysts had expected, but investors were encouraged by a strong gain in small business hiring. While not a huge surprise, the ADP report "helped the realization that things are not as bleak as they seemed a fewweeks ago," said Ryan Detrick, a strategist at Schaeffer 's Investment Research. The report is seen as a pre cursor to the government's March payrolls report due Friday, but the two reports don't always match up. Traders are looking for any clues about how strong the U.S. job market is as they try to figure out how soon the Federal Reserve will start raising interest rates. Cephalon Inc. surged 28 percent after Valeant Pharmaceuticals International offered to take over the bio pharmaceutical company for $5.7 billion in cash. Valeant, based in Canada, rose 10 percent. The takeover bid is the latest in a string of deal-relat ed news, another positive sign for investors. "It shows that companies still think there are some good deals out there," said Detrick. "If they are willing to pay a premium, that's a good sign for the overall stock market." The Dow Jones industrial average rose 80 points, or 0.7 percent, to 12,359. The broader Standard and Poor's 500 index rose 10, or 0.8 percent, to 1,329. The Nasdaq composite rose 19, or 0.7 percent, to 2,776. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note edged down to 3.46 percent from 3.49 percent late Tuesday. The market plodded higher against a backdrop of unset tling international news. Con cerns about European debt loomed as Portugal moved closer to needing a bailout and Spain's central bank forecast a lower growth rate and higher deficit than previously predicted. Seawater near Japan's crip pled nuclear facility tested at its highest radiation levels yet and the plant's owner pub licly acknowledged that four of six nuclear reactors would have to be decommissioned. In Libya, NATO forces initi ated a new wave of airstrikes against Gadhafi's forces. Stocks higher after payroll report and pharma deal INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS WALLSTREET minated in the House of Assembly approving the move last week. B ernard Evans, president o f the Bahamas Communica tions and Public Officers Union (BCPOUm eeting will take place at an as yet unconfirmed time on Monday, the day that CWC takes over management control of BTC, in which it will own a 51 per cent stake. Mr Evans said both he and W illiam Carroll, who heads the Bahamas Communica tions and Public Managers U nion, will sit down with CWC executives, to discuss the way forward. He said he will be in listening mode. Nonetheless, the meeting will undoubtedly be a tense one, with Mr Evans having led the movement that has opposed the sale of 51 per cent of BTC to CWC. Along t he way he has charged that the company is not a suitable strategic partner for the stateowned incumbent for a mul t itude of reasons, and has sought to block the sale in the courts, telling this newspaper h e could not support the deal no matter what. At around the same time, t he union president said BTC e mployees also really dont want to work with CWC no matter what. H owever, Mr Evans, who claimed two weeks ago that he has turned down a num ber of requests from CWC to meet in recent months, has recently also suggested hew ould be open to sitting down with the grouping if the sale of BTC went through although only if the majority of staff support it. One of the major issues which will likely be a priority for CWC in the upcoming discussions is the reduction of s taff numbers at BTC that it will be seeking through the offering of voluntary redun dancy packages. CWC has p roposed that it would like to implement a 30 per cent staff reduction. A sked what position the union will likely put forward on this particular matter, MrE vans said: Well have to see w hat their plans are. Well be there in a listening mode. Once we hear what theirp lans are well make our deci sion. As to what proportion of BTCs current staff count he believes could be disposed to accepting voluntary redun-d ancy packages, Mr Evans said he believed everyone whos 55 and over would likely be open to such an offer. However, he declined to state what proportion of BTCs staff this would represent at this time. By SIMON COOPER W hen Sol Kerzner built the Atlantis Resort onP aradise Island, more than a few locals wondered at the name. After all, which ofu s has not heard of a mid-Atlantic continent known by the same name a continent that vanished beneath the oceanf ollowing a tsunami, at least according to that normally reliable Greek historian fellow, Plato. While we do not experience tsunamis of that magnitude here,a nd there is no proof that such a continent ever existed, it is true that the B ahamian economy does have its rollerc oasters, too. K erzner International is strongly denyi ng rumours of difficulties with liquidity at Atlantis, and has confirmed that operations remain very strong and with ample liquidity. Yet tribune242.com continues to also report that the company could default on a multi-million dollar debt as early as [April]. I f this does happen, could it result in the refinancing of part of a reported $3 billion total debt, the dumping of peripheral assets on the market, or a change of ownership as some would suggest? M oreover, what could have gone wrong w ith something that showed such great p romise? In addition, what does this m ean for Bahamian employees, if anyt hing at all? Back in 2006, rumours surf aced that Mr Kerzner was considering restructuring the debt that he took on when he took the company into private ownership. Large corporations do this all the time and such actions are usually m eaningless in themselves. In fact, it is often just a matter of managing debt c osts down. The harsher truth is that the company and its resorts have suffered financially since the 2008 crisis (who has not) and may well need to roll the debt a little longer to survive comfortably. I personally do not expect Atlantis to c rawl into a corner and die. It is a prestigious resort with solid medium to longterm business prospects, and has many l oyal supporters who visit time and again. That it has to pull in its belt in these difficult times is hardly surprising, but hard-l y indicative of disaster either. The publicity has, however, highlighted another matter. That matter is the fragility of our economy that relies so heavily on tourism. I sometimes wonder whether the Bahamas government does enough to maintain our position as a leadingC aribbean destination, and how far away we are from where we could perhaps be. Baha Mar adds another interesting f lavour to the mix, of course. The number of tourists who could stop over on our islands at any one time is not open end-e d. I predict a titanic battle between larger holiday corporations as the supply of rooms increases. This will be good forb oth room prices and our number of s topovers, so this is not necessarily bad n ews either. Ours is a free-market economy with its ups and downs, and these fluctuations ensure that the strong survive. While I have no doubt that Mr Kerzner may have h ad better nights than recently, I for one assure him of the Bahamas apprecia tion for what his businesses do for us, a nd wish him every success in business, as I do his competition, too. N B: Res Socius was founded by Simon C ooper in 2009, and is a business brok erage authorised by the Bahamas Investment Authority. He has extensive p rivate and public SME experience, and was formerly chief executive of a publicly traded investment company. He wasa warded an MBA with distinction by Liverpool University in 2005. Contact him on 636-8831 or write to simon.coop e email@example.com. Atlantis unlikely to sink in debt ocean FROM page 1B BTC unions set to meet new owner S IMON COOPER LANDMARK: The world-renowned Atlantis resort on Paradise Island.
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The appointment will be for t hree years until the ISSA General Assembly meets in 2013 in Qatar. Algernon Cargill, as Director, National Insurance Board, will represent NIB. Mr Cargill said: That the National Insurance Board has been selected to participate in deliberating on issues of s ocial security at this internat ional level speaks volumes of the degree to which NIB h as impressed ISSA with the q uality of the character and c apability we can bring to the table. The Technical Commission will shape the way global social security organis ations provide guidance and s upport to member organisations on employment policies a nd unemployment insurance. I m humbled to have this i ncredible opportunity to represent my country and the National Insurance Board in the capacity of vice-chairpers on. Im committed to ensuri ng that my participation will honour both. M r Cargill travelled to G eneva to take part in the f ifth ISSA Forum for Technical Commissions (28-29 March 2011), the first meeting for the triennium that ends in 2013. The Forum broughtt ogether chairpersons and vice-chairpersons of all TCs. I ts objective was to finalise t he planning process of the T Cs and to provide an opportunity for exchange and coor dination among them. M r Cargill was also appointed, in his own right, to serve as a liaison of the Technical Commission on employment polices and unemployment and participate in a global cross-cut-t ing/cross-functionalproject being organised by ISSA to develop service quality guide-l ines for social security.When released, these guidelines will be made available to all socials ecurity organisations as the I SSA benchmark. Mr Cargill said: To say the very least, I was deeply hono ured by the selection. I know I and my team have our work cut out for us at home and inc onnection with ISSA. As the A ssociation notes, the enhancement and extension of social security will remain major challenges for the decades to come. The 83-year old Interna t ional Social Security Association is dedicated to promoting and developing social security worldwide, and com p rises 340-plus member organisations. Addressing members of the I SSA Council at the World S ocial Security Forum, Errol Frank Stoove, its president, said: The current financial and economic crisis is reminding us once again of the fragility of the global economy and more, in particular,o f the social infrastructure. Now, more than ever, it is important to continue prioritising social security and h ealth care, and protection of the most vulnerable in society. As an alliance of admin i strations responsible for prevention, care and many forms o f social security, the ISSA has a task that not only deals with the present but its mission extends into the future: it must ensure that social security continues to be on the agenda. The National Insurance Board hosted the sixth American Regional Conference ofI SSA on Paradise Island, April 1994. In addition to its ties with the Association, NIBs international linkages i nclude membership in the Inter-American Conference o n Social Security (CISS which was granted in 1992. NIB appointed vice-chair on key global committee SHAKEONIT: Algernon Cargill, NIB Director (right ISSA, Errol Francis Stoove.
A n Eleuthera-based tour o perator welcomed its 8,000th guest during January 2011, its operations now employing some 30 persons. Eleuthera Adventure Tours The Taste of Eleuthera tour takes guests on a historical journey, commencing in the settlement of Bannerman Town and continuing as far north as Tarpum Bay. Tour guides share the stories and significance of sites such ast he Sara Ann Miller Plantat ion Ruins, the Gale Hole, a nd the historic St. Columb a Anglican Church. Visitors a re educated about the language, culture and food of Eleuthera. Since 2009, Eleuthera Adventure Tours has beencatering to passengers of P rincess Cruises. One guest f rom Michigan wrote back, We just want to thank you a ll for giving us such a wond erful tour of your beautiful island. The history, culture and food were all amazing. As a p art of the overall tour, guests are treated to a Bahamian l unch followed by a Junkanoo B each Rush-Out. A nother guest from New Orleans wrote: Just wanted to let you know that your tourw as, by far, the most awesome one we took on our seven-dayc ruise. T homas Sands, shareholder in Eleuthera Adventure Tours, said: We are pleased with the progress made by the E leuthera Adventure Tours in such a short period of time. We started this business when t he economy had slowed d own tremendously, when businesses were closing and everyone said that it would not be possible to run a successful tour in South Eleuthera. It is important to our comp any that South Eleutherans benefit from this venture, and they do. When one considers the independent workers, like the craft and food vendors, who s ervice our guests, there are m ore than 30 persons gainfully employed through our operation. Empowering Thats what were all aboutempowering our peo-p le to take advantage of the e conomic opportunities that exist, and that will eventually c ome. Monique Smith, tour direct or at Eleuthera Adventure T ours, added: We place a high value on our personal i nteraction with our guests. We want them to feel welcomed and engaged. During the tour experience we ensure that there is always something t o for them to do; whether we are plaiting straw, taking a photo with a police officer, forming a Junkanoo conga line or visiting a local site; our g uests are always a part of the action. P raising the companys e mployees, Ms Smith added: Having well-trained and k nowledgeable staff has been a key to our success. We ensure that they know a bout our local and national history, and our community. A nd, most importantly, we ensure they live up to the h igh standards set by the E leuthera Adventure Tours family. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011, PAGE 5B $77(17,21$//(0%(56)%DKDPDVDLU(PSOR\HHV 3URYLGHQW)XQG2XU$QQXDO*HQHUDOHHWLQJZLOOEHKHOGRQ7XHVGD\WK $W 7KH%DKDPDV+RWHO&DWHULQJDQG$OOLHG :RUNHUVQLRQ%XLOGLQJ :25.(5+286( 7RQLTXH:LOOLDPV'DUOLQJ:D\ 0HPEHUVDUHVWURQJO\XUJHGWRDWWHQGDV LPSRUWDQWPDWWHUVZLOOEHGLVFXVVHG 0 LQXWHVIURPWKHSUHYLRXV$*0ZLOO EHDYDLODEOHDWWKHRIFHRI%DKDPDVDLU ( PSOR\HHVURYLGHQW)XQGRQ ) ULGD\ ATASTEOFELEUTHERA: Guests, who are taken on a historical journey, are also treated to a Bahamian lunch followed by a Junkanoo Beach Rush-Out. PLEASEDWITHPROGRESS: Thomas Sands, shareholder in Eleuthera Adventure Tours. Tour operator sees its 8,000th visitor
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We advise that the Comptroller of Customs has been instructed to discontinue, with immediate effect, the request t hat licencees provide a letter of good standing from the National Insurance Board (NIB over-the-counter bonded sale l etter, Mrs Fraser wrote. We trust this more amicab le approach will bring this matter to an end. However, it should be noted that this approach ought not to be regarded as any admission or otherwise prejudiced to, or as a waiver, of any other statutory obligation on the part of your clients or other licencees. H owever, Mr Smith said he had no intention of withd rawing the Judicial Review action he had brought on behalf of Callenders & Co, S miths Point and Bahamian Outdoor Adventure Tours, arguing that Customs actions over the years showed it could not be trusted to comply with the Hawksbill Creek Agreement. I am shocked at this turn o f events, Mr Smith told Tribune Business yesterday. It is unbelievable that the Gov-e rnment should think they can act with such brutal aggression and such arbitraryf orce towards licencees in Freeport and, when we are forced to sue, thinks they can simply withdraw the attacka nd pretend everything is OK. It just doesnt work that way. Every year, Customs manu factures some kind of abusive attack on licencees and the Hawksbill Creek Agreem ent. The Government, in p articular, this FNM government, seems determined to break the Hawksbill Creek Agreement. This I cannot understand, especially since t he FNM, when they won in 1992, openly expressed a desire to work with the Port Authority and licencees to flesh out the Hawksbill Creek Agreement. Arguing that Customs cons tantly came up with new machinations, Mr Smith added: I am sure these conc eptions are not born in Customs, but most come from Cabinet and the Ministry of F inance, as Customs, after all these years, must know whatt hey have been doing. I do not intent to withdraw the case. I intend to urge t he court to give justice. It tends to be one issue after another, and although Cust oms may not insist on an NIB letter today, tomorrowt hey may. Mr Smith said he had prev iously successfully challenged Customs over issues s uch as duty being paid on bonded homes; illegal searche s of a business premises on b ehalf of UNEXSO; and the illegal seizure of Kellys (Freeport Weve had to challenge everything, he added. Cust oms continues to demonstrate disregard for the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, and what we need is punitive damages against Customs to get them to heal. I do hope t he court will teach them a l esson so they will not keep r epeating this behaviour. Y esterdays planned hearing was adjourned until April 1 5 due to an ongoing murder trial consuming Justice Longl eys time, but Mr Smith said punitive damage awards were whats missing in the Bahamas. US juries often awarded millions of dollars in such damages against major companies and government authorities, and he suggested this was needed to hold the Bahamian government accountable. Licencees of the Hawksbill Creek Agreement must do everything they can to protect their rights, Mr Smith told Tribune Business. The Port Authority and my companies wrote to Customs for months to resolve this amicab le before issuing proceedings. Why must we hold a gun t o Customs head on the threshold, the doorstep of the court on the eve of trial? This is not governance according to the rule of law. I ts executive brutality and riding roughshod over peoples rights in the hope no one will stand up. This FNM government has no respect for t he law or the Hawksbill C reek Agreement. I remind this FNM government that the name of this city is Freeport, not Tax The Hell Out of it Port and extract as much as you can. No respect for the Hawksbill Creek FROM page 1B
Tribune Business that once BTCs cellular monopoly came to an end, the Bahamas would four to five years from now likely see two large companiesa CWC-controlled BTC and Cable Bahamas going headto-head in all the major communications sectors, something that could only benefit consumers when it came to price, service quality and technology. Urging Bahamians to look beyond the emotions and nationalistic sentiments provoked by the BTC privatisation debate, Mr DAguilar said: In three years, when youve liberalised the sector and sold the second cellular licence say to Cable Bahamas, and theyve picked up 40 per cent of the market Cable & Wireless will end up owning 51 per cent of 60 per cent, and end up owning 30 per cent of the telecommunications sector. As a result, CWC would not end up controlling the Bahamian telecommunications sector, and Mr DAguilar added: I love the fact that CWC have taken over BTC, primarily because I think they are going to allow BTC to realise in a quicker manner its Triple Play potential. On the BTC side theyre very good at telecommunications, but thats all they have. They basically ceded the Internet market to Cable Bahamas, and are not at all in media, video and TV. The potential is for BTC to go into those two markets. Then youve got Cable Bahamas, who are very good at cable TV, very good a Internet but are obviously not good at phones, although they are trying to get into that market. Looking at how the Bahamian communications market is set to evolve, the former Chamber president added: Once we get over this emotion ideally, in four-five years from now, we will have two major companies competing quite heavily against each other in these two markets. Both are strong enough to do it, and it will be good for consumers, having two strong companies in three liberalised markets media/TV, Internet and telecommunications. Partner People argue that those running BTC are doing a great job and why are we bringing in Cable & Wireless as a strategic partner. Where a strategic partner like Cable & Wireless adds significant value is its ability to leverage BTC and fully exploit those two areas not being exploited right now. At the end of the day, the consumer will have two strong players in these three market areas, and that can only benefit the consumer. Many see the Bahamian communications market is evolving largely into a duopoly, where the major players are a privatised BTC and Cable Bahamas. The latter has been positioning itself for this already, a cquiring Systems Resource Group (SRG immediate entrance into the fixed-line voice market as the sector liberalises. The remainder of the industry is likely to be populated by niche players, although cellular operator Digicel may have something to say about that. Meanwhile, Mr DAguilar said that through being 100 per cent consumed with its telecommunications business, BTC had ignored the Internet and media/TV opportunities available to it. He suggested this indicated that BTC had not been well-run or managed over the years. Asked whether he thought Cable & Wireless was the best strategic partner for BTC, the former Chamber president replied: Absolutely. I think Cable & Wireless is good for a number of reasons. Numbero ne, theyre in the telecommunications business and under stand the telecommunications business. Number two, they operate in the Caribbean. Having that background, that history will benefit them. When youre operating in this environment, dealing with this culture takes some getting used to. If AT&T had been chosen, t hey would have been blindsided by the work ethic, productivity and motivational issues. You cant come down from North America and plant yourself in the Bahamas. It does not work. The fact theyre [CWC] in 13 jurisdictions in the Caribbean, they understand how to make things work in the Caribbean. Given that the Bahamas had been attempting to privatise BTC for 13-14 years, Mr DAguilar said the nation now had to get on with it. On the CWC deal, he added: On the balance of things its not a bad decision. Its not perfect, but on the balance of things its OK. Its important we liberalise on schedule. I dont see why the Gov ernment should hold it up. For far too long BTC has been operated in the interests of the politicians and employees that work at BTC, and not in the interests of consumers. Hopefully, this is reversed. 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on another matter, said the NIB letter demand had effectively brought Freeports bonded (duty free down for three months, and was but one example of how arbitrary government actions were causing instability and the general decay of the economy of the Bahamas. Speaking to Tribune Business yesterday, after Customs pledged, via the Attorney Generals Office, to withdraw the NIB letter requirement, Mr Lowe said: How can anyone plan, budget or endure with this sort of instability? I would say that it [the NIB letter situation] has probably been to the detriment of Freeports economy in equal thirds, alongside the general recessionary environment and the post-Christmas slump experienced as the economy tries to recover from the spending habits of that period. Noting that the situation had impacted Freeports construction industry, since builders had been unable to obtain duty-free materials, Mr Lowe added: The recent moves by the Attorney Generals Office to stand down on the NIB compliance letter required in order to enjoy the Port Authoritygranted bonded privileges follows a pattern oft-repeated by government agencies. Arbitrary rules, [policy] and unlawful actions are part and parcel of the natural causes of the general decay of the economy of the Bahamas via unlawful government interference in business and private citizen affairs. Looking at the wider ramifications, Mr Lowe said: This affects the individual who struggles to apply for anything required from the Government by law in the way of permits and licensees, and affects businesses large and small alike to the point where one wonders what has replaced the rule of law. A simple courtesy in all these issues with Bahamas Customs could have avoided the need for all these Judicial Reviews and legal actions. The defining criteria would be: Is it lawful and, if not, it should never arise. Kellys (Freeport attorney, Fred Smith QC, of Callenders & Co, were yesterday hoping to obtain the Supreme Courts leave to continue their own Judicial Review action, which is challenging Customs demands for a monthly bonded goods sales report, but the matter was put off until April 15. But, speaking on the NIB letter issue, Mr Smith said: The FNM government has done nothing but create problems for licencees, especially in the last few years, and made a terrible economic situation in Freeport even worse. The NIB letter situation has caused so much disruption in business in Freeport. Many businesses, including mine, have not been able to buy bonded goods. This, and the demand for bonded reports, which again are not permitted by the Hawksbill Creek Agreement, are causing confusion, difficulty and preventing commerce in Freeport. The Government has punished the Freeport business community with the NIB letter through January, February, March and into April, and is still punishing Freeport with these bonded goods reports. I see no end in sight to the battle with Customs. The amicable reaching out by the Port Authority was crudely rejected by the Government, and the only recourse was to the courts, which is not the way to promote commerce. B USINESS PAGE 10B, THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011 THE TRIBUNE 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y Previous CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.190.95AML Foods Limited1.191.190.003,5000.1230.0409.73.36% 10.639.05Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 5 .754.40Bank of Bahamas5.205.200.000.1530.10034.01.92% 0.530.17Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 2.842.70Bahamas Waste2.702.700.000.1680.09016.13.33% 2 .201.96Fidelity Bank1.961.960.000.0160.040122.52.04% 12.409.25Cable Bahamas9.259.250.001.0500.3108.83.35% 2.852.35Colina Holdings2.402.400.001.0310.0402.31.67% 7 .005.80Commonwealth Bank (S1)6.826.820.000.4880.26014.03.81% 2.861.90Consolidated Water BDRs2.222.260.040.1110.04520.41.99% 2.541.40Doctor's Hospital1.401.400.000.1070.11013.17.86%6 .305.22Famguard5.225.220.000.3570.24014.64.60% 9.275.65Finco7.507.500.000.6820.00011.00.00% 1 1.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.309.350.051,1600.4940.35018.93.74% 6 .004.57Focol (S)5.485.480.000.4520.16012.12.92% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1.001.000.000.0000.000N/M0.00% 7 .305.50ICD Utilities7.307.300.000.0120.240608.33.29% 10.509.80J. 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questionable, Mr Albury said, adding that Executive Motors was expecting new car shipments to come in t his week and, possibly, one n ext month. We should k now by the end of next week where we are in termsof production. We will have an idea of where we are going, but all indications are t hat just about everyone will b e affected by the fall in production. The main aftershock of t he Japanese earthquake for auto suppliers has been the damage caused to car parts suppliers based in that n ation. While brands such as Honda and Toyota may have sustained limited or no d amage to many of their J apanese-based plants, m any of their suppliers have not been so fortunate. M r Albury told Tribune B usiness that between 11,000-12,000 parts went into constructing a typical vehicle, most of them sourced from external suppliers. US-built vehicles would not be immune, he a dded, as many of their elect ronic control parts were made in Japan. CNN had a lso estimated that global c ar production was set to fall b y 30 per cent this year. Its going to be far-reaching, Mr Albury said. Were going to be taking some necessary steps. Were going to have limited inventory, so are just going to pullb ack on marketing and discounting on what we presently have to protect profit margins. We expect by July and A ugust not to have too m uch inventory coming in, s o that will affect government revenues. As a stop-g ap solution, Mr Albury s aid Executive Motors may look ay sourcing one and two year-old vehicles to bridge the gap until we see where we are going. He added that brands such as Kia and Hyundai, b oth Korean, were having d ifficulty in keeping up with global demand for their late st models. E xpressing similar sentim ents, Rick Lowe, operations manager at Nassau Motor Company (NMC said of the new car supply situation: We are concerned, but we are awaiting f inal word on how well be i mpacted from our suppliers regional office. Weve sold a few cars s ince the Car Show, and got a few more applications. It looks like the banks are serious and that we are headed in the right direction. Andrew Barr, Friendly Motors sales manager, a dded: A lot of the dealers a re short on inventory as well. There are manufacturi ng problems because the d emand for a lot of the hight ech vehicles has exceeded supply, and a lot of production allocation has not been built. The manufacturer is unable to build in the quantities we need. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011, PAGE 11B Car dealers fear supply shortages FROM page 1B Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for impr ovements in the area or have won an award. I f so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your stor y. Were going to be taking some necessary steps. Were going to have limited inventory, so are just going to pull back on marketinga nd discounting on what we presently have to protect profit margins. Fred Albury
square foot US terminal was opened to the traveling publ ic on March 16, 2011. The f ormer terminal closed on t he same day for re-development into what will become the Domestic/International arrivals terminal once completed. Within the new terminal are an expanded array of retail, restaurant and other food outlets some of them entirely new, others having shifted and/or expanded from previous locations in the former US terminal. Among the retail outlets are: Uniquely Bahamian, The Last Straw, Piranha Joe, My Ocean, John Bull, Bahama Sol, Cays News & Gifts, Tortuga Rum Cakes and Caribbean Lighthouse. Kafe Kalik, Bahama Dutch Oven, Quiznos, Wendys, Dunkin Donuts, Bootleggers Bar, Elixir Lounge, and Graycliffs Divan and Boutique offer food and beverages to departing travelers. Tanya Klonaris-Azevedo, proprietor of My Ocean, which offers a variety of lines of Bahamian-made crafts and bath products, said that for her company there is no comparison b etween the business envir onment at its kiosk in the f ormer terminal and the response to the 400 square foot store location they now operate out of. Happy Its been good for us, were happy with the c hanges. People are coming i nside and experiencing the s tore, as opposed to a kiosk, which makes a big differ-e nce. Weve also come out w ith new product lines, about 200 new products in total, so theres a lot more on offer and it is a really uniquely Bahamian experience for visitors. Weve modelled our product lines a round five concepts deali ng with different aspects of o ur culture, landscape and f olklore, really taking time t o create something new and f resh for visitors, and theres definitely been a good response, said Ms KlonarisAzevedo. My Ocean now has five employees staffing the store. Ms KlonarisAzevedo added that all businesses will benefit from the enhanced overall atmosphere and aesthetic appeal of the new terminal. If customers are happier they tend to be happier spending as well, she said. Clothing and souvenir r etailer, Piranha Joe, also n ow has a storefront for its l ocation in the terminal, as opposed to the kiosk it previously operated. Omar Chemaly said the l arger space has allowed P iranha Joe to increase its d aily sales by an average of 35 per cent so far. The com-p any has increased its e mployee count at the airport site to six, and is awaiting approval to bring on three additional employees. It makes a big difference for us, as we were very restricted at the kiosk in b eing able to carry our full P iranha Joe line that we o ffer our customers at our o ther locations. Having this l arger retail space allows us t o carry the full line that caters to the whole family. It also allows the customer to find exactly what they are looking for with ease, said Mr Chemaly. Randy Sands, director of O perations for Wendys, which opened its second airport location joining its domestic terminal facility at the US terminal, said thef ast-food company is also v ery pleased with the response so far. Things have been going really well. Weve been really well received by all travellers as well as staff allowed to be in downstream area, b eyond US security, he a dded. Business is up and down all day based on passenger flow, but were very pleased with the result so far in such a short period of time. Given that things tend to pick u p during the busy tourist time in the summer, were even more excited to wait and see how things go then. Mr Sands added that Wendys now has 45 staff,i ncluding seven managers, between its two airport locations, having taken on an additional 25 staff when it o pened the new outlet. Inga Bowleg, director of business development for J ohn Bull, told Tribune B usiness that the company c onsiders itself honoured to have been afforded a retail opportunity at the new t erminal, describing the facilityas simply amazing a nd an achievement all Bahamians should be extremely proud of. The store has been very well received by Bahamians a nd visitors alike, who are a lso pleasantly surprised at the array of products repres enting some of the world's m ost sought-after b rands.To date, the Pandora jewellery line has been the greatest hit in-store, said Ms Bowleg. The company took on seven employees to staff the location. A Dunkin Donuts s pokesperson echoed the positive chorus, telling Tri bune Business: The termi n als really great and the g uests are loving it. Weve only had positive responses so far. 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SHAWN POGATCHNIK, Associated Press DUBLIN Ireland is publishing stress tests on its four surviving banks Thursday and analysts expect the results to force all of them to come under majority state control and perhaps even shove the country into an eventual default. Regulators are revealing numbers on two banks that are already majority state-owned Allied Irish Banks and the Educational Building Society and two others expected to join that club soon: the Bank of Ireland and Irish Life & Permanent. The results are widely expected to show that last year's estimated potential losses for Irish banks euro54 billion ($76 billion too low. Economists said the new total would likely approach euro80 billion ($110 billion more, about half of Ireland's entire economy. "The government is trying to r emove uncertainty. But if we are going to spend up to euro80 billion to recapitalize our banks, that's just too big for us to manage. It will not work," said Jim Power, chief economist at Friends First, a Dutch-owned insurance company in Ireland. "We need a major European initiative quickly, otherwise the future of the euro is under serio us threat." Ireland plunged into a financial morass after its six banks spent a decade gorging themselves on real estate loans that started going sour in 2008. Ireland's government uncomfortably close to many of the country's real estate barons tried to discourage investors from fleeing Ireland's six banks b y issuing a blanket guarantee that instead has left taxpayers on the hook for all their losses. BUSIINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011, PAGE 13B Irish bank stress tests to drive up bailout costs
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through the political gridlock that has stymied similar initiatives for decades. "Presidents and politicians of every stripe have promised energy independence but that promise has so far gone unmet," Obama said Wednesday during a speech on energy at Georgetown University. "That has to change. We cannot keep going from shock to trance on the issue of energy security, rushing to propose action when gas prices rise, then hitting the snooze button when they fall again," he said. Initiatives Obama touted a series of initiatives some new, but many he has previously announced that he said would boost domestic oil production, increase the use of biofuels and natural gas, and make vehicles more energy efficient. And he embraced nuclear power as part of America's energy future, despite increased safety concerns following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan that severely damaged a nuclear power plant there. Obama said he is determined to ensure that nuclear plants in the U.S. are safe, and has ordered a safety review of all facilities that will incorporate lessons learned from the crisis in Japan. The president spoke against the backdrop of rising gas prices following unrest in the oil-rich Middle East. Gas prices in the U.S. have shot up 50 cents a gallon ($0.12a liter) this year, reaching a national average of $3.58 a gallon ($0.89 a liter according to an automobile association's daily survey. Obama sets ambitious goal to reduce US oil imports
LIZ SIDOTI, AP National Political Writer WASHINGTON For all the talk of recovery, Americans are growing increasingly pessimistic about the economy as soaring gas costs strain already-tight budgets. So far, people aren't taking it out on President Barack Obama, a new Associated Press-GfK poll shows. Even so, the survey highlights a central challenge Obama will face in his campaign for re-election. The president will have to convince a lot of voters who are still feeling financial hardship that things are getting better. Obama's approval ratings have held steady at around 50 percent over the past month. But the disconnect between negative perceptions of the economy and signs that a rebound are under way could provide an opening for Republicans at the outset of the 2012 campaign. In the survey, just a sliver of Americans 15 percent said they believed the economy had improved over the past month, compared with 30 percent who had thought that in January. Only a third were opti-m istic of better times ahead for the country, down from about half earlier this year. And 28 percent thought the economy would get worse, the largest of slice of people who have expressed that sentiment since the question was first asked in December 2009. It's in a poor state," said Billy Shirley, 74, a Democrat from Commerce, Ga. "Everything's going to the bad. Everyone's spending more on gas, food, everything. The prices on everything are going up, and that's hurting the nation." Recent economic indicators paint a more positive picture: The unemployment rate, though still high at 8.9 percent, has been declining, and consumer spending and personal income were both up last month. The gross domestic product was growing at an annual rate of 3.1 percent as last year ended. Americans are acutely focused on their financial wellbeing, even as turmoil in the Middle East commands international attention. And the foreign unrest is directly affecting them by boosting oil prices. More Americans 77 percent, up from 54 percent last fall now say gas prices are highly important to them. Obama's job-performance ratings haven't suffered as people's attitudes about the economy have shifted over the past month. Half still approve of how he's doing his job, and half say he deserves to be re-elected. His rating on handling the economy was unchanged: 47 percent approved. In fact, twice as many people said Obama "understands the important issues the country will need to focus on during the next two years" as said that about Republicans in Congress. That's not to say that Obama is escaping responsibility for the economic situation. Annale Iltis, 26, of Sarasota, Fla., faults big business, the federal government and, to a lesser extent, the president. "I do a bit," she said, "but at the same time he has good ideas. He just doesn't have the backers in the House and the Senate to get them done." The self-described independent voter, who supported Obama in 2008 and says she would do so next year, is concerned that deep budget cuts that Congress is considering will hurt the fragile economic recovery. "It seems stable now but I fear it's going to go downhill quickly," she said. Henry Kugeler, 49, of Chicago, likened the situation to the fable about the crawling tortoise that wins the race against the speedy hare, saying: "Right now, the country is the tortoise. I don't think the economy is getting worse. The recovery that's happening is real, but it's incredibly slow." The Democrat doesn't blame Obama or other politicians, saying: "They haven't helped but I don't know that they've hurt." Obama inherited an economy in recession. Republicans angling for the chance to challenge him next fall have been blaming him for the slow recovery and arguing they could do better. Presidential advisers are hopeful that the positive economic trends continue, giving Obama an opportunity to make the case for keeping him in office rather than risk an economic backslide. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, MARCH 31, 2011, PAGE 15B $ 1*(/2',21&855< R I .22/$,568%52$'3%2;1$66$8 %$+$0$6 $11(-26(3+RI3(7(5 675((71$66$8%$+$0$6 AP-GfK Poll: Americans souring more on economy BARACK OBAMA
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The T ribune PG 22 Thursday March 31, 201 1 RELIGION By JEFF ARAH GIBSON T ribune Features Writer W ITH sexual intercourse increasingly becoming a casual practice, the choice of celibacy may be a hard one for some. W ithou t a d evo ted lifes t y le, a su ppo rt s ys t e m and the abilit y t o r es ist temptation whe nev er it a ris es re maining tru e to s uc h a dec ision ca n be co m e ra ther tediou s. H o w e v e r t w en t y yea r o l d M i ran da Tho m p so n* a y oun g Ch ris t ia n woma n, ha s kep t firm to her ch oice to n ot e ng age i n s ex ual ac ti v it ie s un t il sh e mee t s t h at sp ec i a l so meon e an d is joine d in ho ly matr i mo ny I am twe nty y ea r -old vir gin and I a m p r oud o f it I ha ve be en try ing to d ev elop a re l a ti o ns hip with Go d a nd I d o n ot be l ie ve i n f o rn i c ation. I believ e that s ex is a be autif u l t h i n g, b ut it is on l y be au t iful wh en it is don e in t h e r ight c on t e xt an d tha t i s a mar riag e. I a m no t a sh ame d to sa y tha t I a m a v i r gi n eit h er I kn ow nowad ays when a you ng p er so n s ays that they ar e a v irg i n peo ple ge t s o s ho cke d by t h at an d t h ey s tar t makin g li ttle silly c ommen t s ," s he s aid Alt h oug h her r elation sh i p with Go d is f i r ml y g ro und ed sh e d oes e xp er i e nc e te m p t a ti o n by wh at sh e se es on telev ision a nd wha t s he h ea rs f r om h er fr iend s. A ll o f my fr i e nd s ar e h av i n g se x b ut jus t bec au se t h ey ar e do i n g it d oes no t me an tha t I ha ve t o d o it a s we l l an d join the b and wag on. I t is t h eir dec ision t o hav e s ex and i t is my d ec i s ion to a bs t a in fr om s ex W e talk all t h e t ime ab out i t a nd s ometimes I wo nde r wha t it is like wh en the y s t a rt talking a bou t t h eir exp er ienc e b ut I k now I wa nt t o sa ve mys elf f o r my hu sb and an d on ly h i m will ge t my ch er ry ." At t imes sh e f e els pr e s s u r ed by fr i e nd s to jus t tr y it o ut. My fr i e nd s a nd eve n s ome of my f a mil y s ay t h e o nly r ea so n wh y I ha ven t ha d s ex ye t is b ec aus e I h ave n' t foun d t h e gu y t h at mak es me we ak t o my k nee s. Bu t it is n ot that, I thin k my bo dy is t h e Lor d s temp l e an d I ta ke my v irg i n i ty s o s er ious I think I wou ld be s o hu rt if I e nd up h av i n g s ex b e f o r e I g et ma rr ied And whe n I thin k ab out h ow s ome r ela t io nsh ips end up, I wou ld fee l ev en mor e hu rt if the pe rs on wh o I g av e my vir ginity t o o nly us ed me o r en de d up lea ving me or we e nde d br eak ing up with on e an othe r ," s he told T r ibun e Re li g ion S he ha s a lso co nc er ned he rs elf with ma king su re he r fr iend s a r e wa l k ing t h e s tra i g ht an d na rr ow pa th. "I d o giv e t h em ad vic e an d I let them kn ow t h at what they a re doing is no t in the righ t s tan ding with God b ut c ha ngin g them is so mething t h at I c an not do. I do not judge t hem beca use even tho ug h I am no t hav ing s e x, I stil l s in in o t h er way s, I am n ot p er f e ct bu t I a m stil l t r ying to do what I think is r igh t for me ," sh e e x p l a i n e d Ms T homp so n s aid i t is no t ea sy be i n g c eliba t e b ut s he s aid whe n sh e puts h er tr u s t in God a nd a sk s him t o g i v e he r s t r e n g t h d ur i n g tempta t ion sh e wins t h e ba t tle. I am g oing to s ti c k by cho ice W h ene ve r I d o fee l t e mpted I a sk God to give me s t r e ngth to n ot fall to the temp t a t ion Fo r o t h er yo ung p eop l e ou t t h er e w ho hav e ma de the dec ision to re main c eliba t e the y d o n ot h ave to be as ha med of the i r c ho i c e. A nd t he y m us t al w ays ask G od f or s t r e ngth M s Tho mps on s aid. N ame s h av e b ee n c ha nge d. Young & Celibate THE MEMBERS of the Saint Mar tin Monastery invite one and all to come and enjoy delicious treats at their cake sale this upcoming weekend. The event will be held at the monastery' s grounds on Nassau Street, starting at 11 to 4pm. Sister Annie Thompson tells T ribune Religion that the bake sale is in aid of the church's continued building and ren ovation fund. It is something we intend to do ever y year we have had cook outs and bake sales befor e but not at the scale we intend to put this one on," she said. Everyone can expect a variety of tr eats, fr om cake puddings, coconut tarts, to pies and cookies. Saint Martin Monastery's Bake Sale Fun ON T HE h eel s of wi nn in g s e ver a l awards during the 2010 DJ A wards, a l ocal r ad io h ous e, Br oa dcas t S er v i c e s Ltd., is again lauding one of its DJs, Giles W el l s f o r wi n ni n g Be s t Go s p e l Personality as host of the mor ning show on Spirit Gospel. For Mr W ells, the achievement is a bypr oduct of a career that started out on a very differ ent path. He studied business and finance in col lege, but his own finances forced him to take a job in sales at The Broadcasting Corporation, selling ads for ZNS-TV and radio. Mr W ells found his niche in media, combining sales and broadcasting as cohost of popular shows Cool and Crazy a nd M at t er s o f t h e He ar t wit h Ki r k Johnson. By the time he landed at Spirit Gospel "offering hope" to others, he had been through his own share of troubles, some of which he readily confesses wer e of his own making. "T wo divor ces," he says, "five children, other struggles." Those experiences, he says, deepened his faith and allowed him to relate to his audience on the popular gospel station. "Hosting the show and more specifically being named the best gospel personality in the industry is ver y exciting. "It' s a truly awesome experi ence. Separate from the actual recogni tion but more so from the perspective that I can' t believe that the Lord can use someone like me to provide inspiring words and comfort to my listeners. I am indeed humbled by the honour ." Ot h e r s a t t h e s t a t i o n h o u s e d on Carmichael Road shared W ells' pleasure. W in ning t his award r e i n f o r ces o ur commitment to our listeners to pr ovide qu a l it y p r o g r am m i ng a n d ho s t i n g ," r emarked Galen Saunders, president and general manager of Broadcast Services Ltd., par ent company of Spirit Gospel and its older sibling More 94 FM. "Giles, once a secular personality has made an indelible impact for the past three years on the spiritual market which he takes a g r e at de al o f pr i d e r e p r es en ti n g an d we'r e pleased to have him on our team." Spirit Gospel r ecently announced the addition of Minster Kevin Har ris to its staf f complement further solidifying the company' s intent of remaining a power ho u s e. W he n a s ke d a bo u t h is f u t ur e goals, he said: "My life is no longer my own. I've come to a place of no more lim its and I want to fully render ever ything to God and allow him to take control." Spirit Gospel: Home to best gospel personality GREA T JOB : Giles W ells, host of Spirit Gospel morning show and winner of the Best Gospel Personality DIFFICUL T T ASK: Without a devoted lifestyle, a support system and the ability to resist temptation whenever it arises, remaining true to such a decision can become rather tedious.
W HE N IT com es to un derstand ing h ow to ge t thing s rig ht, it i s ofte n a m atter of thinki ng through c onsequ enc es of po s sible c hoic es and sele cti ng the be s t opti on, or e nga gin g in none a t a ll. For ex ampl e, t h e r e is a righ t w ay a nd a w rong w ay to take mon ey out o f a ban k. It may be you r mo ney a nd you m ay only inte nd to ta ke ou t the a moun t that belo ngs to y ou. How eve r i f yo u do not know how to use the A TM ma chi ne, you hav e to wa it unti l the r i ght ti me. I f you f o r get to ge t i t out on Frida y break ing in to r e triev e it on Satu r d ay is goi ng to ha ve s e rious r e p e r cussion s Y ou w ill be arr e s t ed, c harge d, and inc ar c e r a t e d L e a r ning to do t hing s G od' s wa y m ay no t nec essaril y sav e ti me a nd e nerg y but it wi ll r ed uce t he u n ne ces s a r y s uf f e r i n g rel ated to mak ing mista kes. Suffe ring for ob edie nc e to God is a dif f e r e nt m atte r al l t o g e t h e r I n the e nd, Go d' s tim e is the rig ht ti me, a nd God' s wa ys a re alw ay s the c o r rec t meth ods. B e k now n as a pe r son of in tegrity a nd c hara cte r Stu dents, w e w an t you to ge t it right f r o m th e s ta rt." W e w an t y ou to suc ce ed in your stud ies a nd g et th e c ove ted A grad e, but not if y ou r e s o r t to c hea ting in or d e r to obta in it. Y ou a r e not truly educ a ted if you d o not kno w the mate rial. Y ou w ill nev er de vel op y our ow n pe r son al p otential i f y ou tak e drugs to en hanc e y our athletic pe r f o r m anc e. W ho c an de scrib e the s h ame in volv ed in bei ng publ icl y s trip ped of me dal s ? I n R om an s 5:1 11( N RS V) we ar e enc ourag ed to p ay a ttentio n to the be nefits of ac c epti ng Go d' s sa lva tion o f f e re d by C hrist' s d eath o n the c ross : "Ther e f o r e s i nce w e are justifie d by fa ith, we ha ve pea ce wi th God th r o ugh o ur L o r d Je s u s Christ, through wh om w e ha ve obtai ned ac ce ss to this g r a c e i n w hic h we stan d; and we boast in our hope of sharing the g lory of God And not onl y tha t, bu t we also boast in our s u ffering s, know ing that suff er i n g p r od uce s en du r an ce, an d e nduran ce produc es c hara cte r and ch ara cte r produc es ho pe, and hope does n ot disap point u s bec ause God' s lo ve has be en poure d in to ou r hea rts throug h the Ho ly Spirit that ha s bee n giv en to u s (v v 1 -5) If ev er we doubt G od' s l ove for us, w e ha ve only to rec all th at "G od pr o v e s hi s love for us in that whi le we still we r e sinn ers C hrist die d for u s (v 8). I f w e ha ve m ade suc h mi s ta kes in the pa st, l et u s le arn from the m, follo w God' s ho ly wo r d listen to god ly co unsel an d d o be t te r in th e f u tu r e. T he Sa ma r it an w oma n, w ho mee ts Je sus at noon at the w ell i s obv iously an outc a s t wh o c ann ot c ome for wa ter in the mo r n ing wi th the rest of th e w ome n. She ha s ha d fiv e husba nds and she is "sha ck ing up" with the six th man but he r hea r t i s to uch ed an d he r life is c han ged turnin g her in to a bol d p r oc la imer of the go s p el. L e t s see k to g et it r i ght, B aha mas, an d le t us a im to g et it right from th e star t The T ribune Thursday March 31, 201 1 PG 23 RELIGION Getting it right MEDIT A TION REV ANGELA C BOSFIELD P ALA CIOUS Truth! ONE OF the gr eatest contributions to the division and the powerlessness that exist among today' s chur ch; is the lack of the tr ue revelation and acceptance of the T RU T H A s l o ng a s t h e ch u r c h e s ( de n om i n at i o n s a n d no n e d en o mi n a tions) each holds onto their r eligious, pr econceived, divisive ideas of the tr uth, the manifested presence of God will never show up within the four walls of today' s r eligious church / congregations. It was not a coincidental statement nor is it one to be taken lightly that which Y ahshua Messiah (a.k.a. Jesus the Christ) said to the Samaritan woman at the well, when He said "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in tr uth" (John.4:24) F Y I : T h e S a m ar i t a ns ha d b ee n despised by the Jews since Old T estament times as a result of their inter marriage with the Gentiles that wer e placed in Samaria by the King of Assyria after the capture of Israel. This resulted in a cus tom of worship that took place in Samaria whereby the Samaritans held the view / belief that Mount Gerizim was the place appointed by God for sacrifice, and not Jerusalem. As it relates to the er r oneous r eligious teachings that' s going forth and based upon all the garbage that' s taking place in today' s churches under the disguised of worship. Y ahshua Messiah would say the very same thing to today' s religious lead ers / congr egations as He said to the woman of Samaria at the well "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in tr uth" Re l i gi o n an d t r a d it i o n o f m en h as defined worship in today' s church; ther efore on any given day of corporate gath ering / so-called worship (Saturday or S un d a y) L i k e c l oc k wo r k ev er y b o d y knows the format or agenda of the wor ship. Three praise (fast, dancing songs) and about two worship (slow songs); it' s at this point where the worship / service leader begins to pump and prime the peo ple for about half an hour to worship God. After which, it' s time for the tailor made prosperity / blessing message or some other form of religious entertain ment. Hear me child of God! Ther e are many many well meaning, good hearted people within these religious chur ches that ar e still in bondage, despite all of the dancing and shouting that' s going on. This is due to the fact that they have yet to come into the knowledge of the TRUTH. Here' s how Y ahshua puts it: John.8: 32. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. There is a facet of worship in religion that will lead many to believe that they'r e worshiping the Father in spirit and in tr uth. W e ar e created in His image and in His likeness (Gen.1:26), therefor e our spirit man yearns to worship the Father our creator The enemy / Satan, also being a spirit; from the beginning wanted t o b e an d r ec ei ve d w or s h ip hi m s e lf sought to disrupt the worship that we were cr eated to offer unto God. This disr uption is car efully car ried out by the initiation of various religions of which man has given into. As a result of this strategic move by Satan, and through ignorance, many men proudly accept the title Religious Leader This move of the enemy is so skillfully car ried out and has such a str ong divisive, religious compo nent attached it has saints / Christians; who are all supposed to be ser ving and worshiping the same God, boldly declar e t ha t "I'm a Baptist an A ngli c an, a Catholic, a Methodist, etc, etc; Despite the fact that within some of these religious denominations the same bibles are used there is much division. W atch this! Religion is an act, a belief / faith in a god or movement and the chief of this movement is man; this is the rea son that the center of attention in ever y r eligion is the Religious Leader of whom the people are in bondage too and r ever ence. Th e gr eates t opp osi tion t o Y a h s h u a Messiah (a.k.a. Jesus the Christ), and His teachings was the religious leaders. As His teachings brought about deliverance / freedom from the r eligion and tradition of men; this did not sit well with the r eli gious leaders. Here' s another declaration that Y ahshua made which upset the r eli gious order : "John.8 :36. I f th e Son therefor e shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." said How do you know if you'r e worshiping Y ahweh in spirit and in truth? The best and only answer that I can give to that question is this "A wor ship that comes fr om a genuine r elation ship with Him thr ough the Son, is a wor ship in spirit and in tr uth" This sor t of worship is not the r eligious exercise that takes place for a few hours on a set day but rather this is a way of life for the believer / disciple. Here' s how this r elationship is established with the Father John.14: 6. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father but by me. For questions and comments contact us via E-mails:firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or Ph.242-441-2021 Pastors Matthew & Brendalee Allen Kingdom Minded Fellowship Center Int'l. P AST OR MA TTHEW ALLEN Hear me child of God! Ther e are many many well meaning, good hear ted people within these religious churches that are still in bondage, despite all of the dancing and shouting that' s going on. This is due to the fact that they have yet to come into the knowl edge of the TRUTH.
The T ribune PG 24 Thursday March 31, 201 1 RELIGION Scenes from the 38th annual A C M C o n f e r e n c e