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Title: The Tribune.
Uniform Title: Tribune. (Nassau, Bahamas).
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Publication Date: 12-08-2011
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General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net BAHA Mar crewman were left stunned after they inadvertently unearth human remains during their routine Cable Beach construction. Expecting nothing more than sand and rocks, the workers were in for a shock when they instead discovered human bones. The finding happened yes terday afternoon near the Superclubs Breezes resort, and coincidentally close to the former residence of the serial killing mother-son team, the Kimes. Supt Stephen Dean told The Tribune he had no infor mation surrounding the finding, at present time, but stat ed: I think it was just bones. We believe it had been there for some time. Yet, the discovery has sparked speculation that the remains could belong to a victim of murderers Sante Kimes and her son, Kenneth. The duo are presently serving a life without parole sentence in a California prison on several counts of murder. In 1998, the duo murdered business David Kazin in Las Vegas after he exposed Sante Kimes loan fraud. That same year, they also murdered New York socialite Irene Silverman while attempting to steal her Manhattan mansion. N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER MPs stay silent over quit thr eat Volume: 108 No.16THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER WINDS, SHOWER HIGH 81F LOW 74F By CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham said he has not b een contacted by Kendal Wright after claims that the Clifton MP intends to resign n or does he expect to be. Following the suspension of the House of Assemblyy esterday, Mr Ingraham conf irmed he has spoken with Eight Mile Rock representa tive Verna Grant, the other MP who reportedly had planned to resign from the party. According to Mr Ingra ham, she will remain with the FNM. The prime minister said the F NM has not received notice of any resignation from any party members. H e said: People dont have to give me notice, I can read the newspaper. If they tell met hat they have gone then f ine, thanks very much for Pr ime Minister has not been contacted TRY OUR DOVE RASPBERRY McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST LATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WHY BUY ANYWHERE ELSE ?!?!Most extensive line in the Bahamas of Windows and Entrance External & NOW Internal Doors Call STORM FRAME WINDOWS for your free estimate today325-6633 INSIDETODAY Y Y O O U U R R S S O O U U R R C C E E F F O O R R O O B B I I T T U U A A R R I I E E S S NOBODYBEATSTHETRIBUNE NEWS SPORT FASHION MOVIES TV MUSIC O NSALEEVERYSATURDAY F F R R E E E E G G R R O O C C E E R R Y Y C C O O U U P P O O N N S S B y CELESTE NIXON T ribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net N OT all current FNM Members of Parliament will receive nominations from the party for the upcoming election said the prime minister. With the Boundary Order, w hich came into effect on T uesday, tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday, Prime Minister Hubert Ingrahams aid the FNM will proceed to select and nominate candidates for the 38 parliamen t ary seats in the upcoming weeks. He said: The FNM does not expect every single per s on who is now member in the House of Assembly for the Free National Movementt o be nominated again the FNM expects to be able to bring into the House, into itsp arliamentary fold, a number of new persons. While expressing gratitude to currently serving members,M r Ingraham said the party must move forward. No job is permanent, whether it is mine or anyone elses, said Mr Ingraham, we all have a season and a time and the party will do w hat it considers to be best. HIGH Rock MP Kenneth Russell intends to run in East Grand Bahama on the FNM ticket despite the wishes of the party leadership, The Tribune has learned. According to sources close to Mr Russell, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has made it clear to the Minister of Housing that he will not be the standard bearer for the newly named East Grand Bahama seat. The decision is reportedly indicative of the deteriorating relationship between the pair over the past three years, the party insider said. Following the early sus By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Drug Enforcement Unit officers seized over $1 million of sus pected cocaine and arrested two persons during a drug bust at a residence in the Lucaya area. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, reported that officers discovered 129 pounds of cocaine at about 9.45pm on Tuesday at a house on Midshipman Road. She said a 27-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman are in police custody assisting police with their investigation. Officers were executing a search warrant for dangerous drugs when they found two crocus sacks of suspected cocaine, weighing approxi mately 129.5 pounds. NOT ALL CURRENT MPS WILL BE NOMINATED BONES FOUND BURIED AT BAHA MAR THE SCENE near the Superclubs Breezes resort where Baha Mar crewmen uncovered human remains during construction work. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff COCAINE WORTH $1M SEIZED IN DRUG RAID R USSELL TO RUN AGAINST FNM WISHES S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 3 3 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 3 3 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 3 3 im lovin it

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By LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net THE fourth suspect wanted i n connection with the armed robbery of a popular fast-food spot nearly two weeks ago was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday morning, following his release from the Princess Margaret Hospital. Tony Newbold, 27, of West Avenue was brought before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane, to face a charge of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit the robbery. Prosecution alleges that the accused, on Saturday Novem-b er 26, concerned with others, did conspire to commit and did rob Burger King, Cable Beach of $1,719.03 cash while armed with a gun. Thei ncident took place around 6 pm. N ewbold, was supposed to have been arraigned last Thursday with alleged accomplices Kadeem Bain, 20, Steven Taylor, 20, and Dwaynette Taylor, 18. H owever, he was in hospit al under police guard to recover from a gun shot wound suffered during a high speed chase and shoot-out on Tonique Williams Darling Highway with police on thed ate in question. T he accused, after nodding t o the chief magistrate that he u nderstood the offences, was n ot allowed to enter a plea, l ike his alleged accomplices, w as denied bail and remand ed to Her Majestys Prison, F ox Hill. B efore the conclusion of t he arraignment, defence a ttorney for the accused, Ramona Farquharson put on record and informed Chief Magistrate Gomez that police allegedly starved her client a nd refused to give him his medication. Mr Newbold was not fed since Monday while in police custody nor given his paink illers she told the court. She added that this was done in order to pressure him to give a statement to the police. Mrs Farquharson also requested assistance from the c hief magistrate to make an o rder for her client to be allowed to return to Princess Margaret Hospital on Decem-b er 15 to have staples removed from his stomach. Chief Magistrate Gomez acknowledged the request and made the order in that regard. The accused, along with the three other defen-d ants who have retained attorney Ian Cargill, will return to the new Court One located Nassau Street on February 15, 2012. The four will be served with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment t hat will forward their case directly to the Supreme Court for trial, bypassing a lengthyp reliminary inquiry in Magistrates Court. There are 16 witnesses listed on court dockets. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE $99Receive a Prenatal Massage A Herbal Lavender F acial Polish Change #1 Bay Street at the rear of the Hilton Phone: 356-0040 or 676-4176 Gift Card Available 15% gratuity will automatically be added Expecting mothers pamper yourself in our peaceful atmosphere, releasing all stress, a ches and pains for the arrival of your bundle of joy. Man in court over fast food raid T ONY NEWBOLD 2 7, right, leaving court after he was charged in conn ection with the armed robbery of Burger King nearly two weeks ago.

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By SANCHESKA BROWN T ribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net TWO MEN are fighting for t heir lives in hospital today a fter being shot in two sepa rate incidents. Police say the first man was a t Bamboo Boulevard shortly before 7pm on Tuesday when he was approached by two m en armed with handguns. They demanded cash. The victim reportedly ran from the would be thieves and w as subsequently shot in his lower back. Police are looking for two men in connectionw ith this shooting. The second incident reportedly occurred about three hours later around 10:45pm. Police say the victim was riding his bicycle on Robinson Road when he was approached by a man and shot multiple times in his body. Both victims were taken to hospital by ambulance where they are both detained in critical condition. Police are investigating and are appeali ng to members of the public who may have any informa tion about these incidents to c ontact police at 911, 919, C DU @ 502-9991, 502-9910 or crime stoppers @ 328-TIPS. Two men are also in police c ustody after being found with a firearm and a quantity of ammunition. P olice say around 2:45am Wednesday officers conducted a search of a black Honda Accord at Sunrise Way off C armichael Road and discov ered an unlicensed shotgun with a quantity of shotguns hells. Two men, ages 44 and 29, were taken into custody as a result of the search. In other crime news, a man was able to evade capture after police attempted to stop him through Cumber batch Alley. Police say officers of the mobile division were con ducting routine patrols around 6:45pm Tuesday when they saw a male acting suspic iously. When officers attempted to stop him, he ran. However, a search of the areau ncovered a handgun and a mmunition. Active police investigations continue. By DANA SMITH d smith@tribunemedia.net T HE DNA announced its new constituency candidates, yesterday morning, after the recent boundary change forced them to alter their can-d idates. Branville McCartney, l eader of the DNA, criticised the FNM, accusing them of purposely attempting to sabotage the campaigning effortsof the opposing parties. We in the DNA are not s wayed by this governments attempt to displace our candidates, deny us supporters, or destroy this democracy, Mr McCartney said. We will use this inadequate attemptat intimidation to propel this m ovement. The current FNM government has reduced the number of House seats to 38, down from the previous number of 41. A s a result, some constituencies had to be elimin ated or redrawn. This move has forced all political parties to move orr elease constituency candidates. A lthough they disagree w ith the move, the DNA is prepared to do what we have to do, so we may achieve what we must achieve, MrM cCartney said. We have to respond to t hese boundary cuts with the m ost aggressive, uncomprom ised show of political organization that this country has ever seen. H e explained the DNA is prepared to play by the rules because we have no otherc hoice with these boundary cuts. Adding, they are prepared to play only long enough to change them. Mr McCartney said should t he DNA take office this next election, they will change t his foolishness regarding boundary cuts. He alleged the boundaries should only change based on international standards and c riteria, specifically, the stand ards of the United Nations C ommittee on Human Rights boundary change polic ies. Mr McCartney will also call f or permanent electoral dist ricts, a set election day, and a p rime minister cumulative t erm limit of two terms. Speaking on the limit, Mr McCartney stated: God forbid, if Mr Ingraham or Mr Christie were to win the elec t ion again. When the year 2017 comes around, that would of meant from 1967 t o 2017, we really would of only had three prime minis ters. Thats a 50-year span, half a century. I want the Bahami an people to realize that, half a century three prime mini sters. T wenty-eight candidates w ere announced at the press conference, with five cons tituencies having new candidates. T he other 10 constituency c andidates will be announced n ext week. T he new changes, include the former Seabreeze constituency candidate Chris Mortimer being moved to Nassau Village. T aking his place is Alfred Poitier, former candidate for the Kennedy constituency, w hich no longer exists. Ben Albury, the Montagu constituency candidate, losts ome of his constituency to St A nnes, and gained from the now eliminated, St Thomas More constituency. F arrel Goff is the candidate f or Golden Isles, previously c ampaigning in the eliminated Clifton constituency. T he current DNA constituency candidates are as f ollows: Branville McCartney, B amboo Town Rodney Moncur, Bains Town and Grants Town Dario Terrelli, Tall Pines Theo Cochinamogulos, C armichael Shawn Francis, Cat Island, Rum Cay, etc. Farrel Goff, Golden Isles Charlene Paul, Elizabeth Floyd Armbrister, Exum a and Ragged Island Celi Moss, Centreville Kendal Smith, Fox Hill Kelphene Cunningham, G arden Hills Allswroth Pickstock, G olden Gates Alfred Poitier, Seabreeze Karen Davis, Marathon Adrian Laroda, MICAL Ben Albury, Montagu Wayne Monroe, Mt Moria h Sonith Lockhart, North Abaco Randy Butler, North Andros and Berry Islands Osman Johnson, Piner idge Wellington Woods, P inewood Christopher Mortimer, N assau Village Prince Smith, St Annes Nicholas Jacques, St Cecilia Maurice Smith, Y amacraw Roscoe Thompson, South A baco Danny Hunt, South and Central Eleuthera Roger Rolle, West Grand Bahama, Bimini. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 3 A MAN was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday morning where he was charged in connection with an attack on a woman with the intent of raping her. Mario Stuart, 31, of Balls Alley appeared before Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans in Court 6, Parliament Street, where he faced a charge of assault with intent to commit rape. The prosecution alleges that the accused on Sunday, December 4, attacked a woman with intent to have sexual intercourse with her against her will. After reading the charge to the accused, Magistrate VogtEvans informed him that hewas not allowed to enter a plea due to the nature of the offence. He was remanded to Her Majestys Prison and will return to court on Monday, December 12, for a bail hearing. MAN FACES COURT OVER ATTACK ON WOMAN TWOMENHOSPITALISED INSEPARATESHOOTINGS FROM LEFT, Alfred Poitier, Maurice Smith, Branville McCartney, Christopher Mortimer, Farrel Goff, and Ben Albury. DNAunveils roster of candidates

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E DITOR, The Tribune. RACIAL discrimination was prevalent throughout The Bahamas in the 1950s and 1960s. This vexing problem was especially acute in New Providence. Black Bahamians w ere treated as subhuman in this country. It appears as if the Bay Street clique did very little to alleviate the suffering of the black masses, who werem ostly living in abject poverty. In the 1940s and 1950s, very few black Bahamians had a high school education. The literacy rate was dismal. As I perused through the historyb ooks of Michael Craton and Dr Gail Saunders, I was simply astonished at how poor blackB ahamians were, especially those who lived in the Out Islands. It appears as if those w ho say that our agriculture i ndustry was flourishing in the 1940s and 1950s are guilty of over exaggerating the facts.T he fact of the matter is that many Out Islanders were always in danger of starving t o death. The so-called b ustling agricultural industry was virtually non-existent in many of the Out Islands. I t appears as if the plight of black Bahamians was not a major concern of the BayS treet Boys and most well-tod o white Bahamians. Yet not every Bahamian toed the party line, however. O ne such Bahamian who challenged racial discrimination in the Bahamas was Etie nne Dupuch, the former edi tor of The Tribune Sir Eti enne felt bad about what black people were going t hrough in this country. The former Tribune editor was one of the first parliamentari ans to move a resolution in the House of Assembly to end racial discrimination inp ublic places in this country. There were white Bahamians who supported him, notably the late Donald McKinney,o n the floor of the House. This move by Sir Etienne catapulted him to superstar d om among black Bahamians. The original members of the Progressive Liberal Party( PLP), however, chided Sir E tienne for not going far enough. According to several historians, the early members o f the PLP also gained popu larity and political mileage among the black masses byj umping onto Sir Etiennes bandwagon. They had used Sir Etiennes initiative to score political brownie points withb lack Bahamians. In fact, on the very night (it was January 23,1956) that he gave notice of a resolution to revolutionize the entire social and economic structure of TheB ahamas, a group of PLP leaders were seen like Sir Etie nne, the early leaders of the P LP had also called for the ending of racial discrimination. I t is important to emphasize, however, that it was Sir Etienne who began the arduous process of tearing down thew alls of racial discrimination i n the Bahamas in the House of Assembly, not Sir Lynden, Sir Milo B Butler or any other PLP MP. Sir Lynden and the PLP simply built upon thef oundation that was laid by Sir E tienne. Bahamians need to know this. Somehow we often have this mindset that all white Bahamians were a part of ther acist system which degraded o ur black forebears. This is simply untrue. Moreover, we must also bear in mind that many white Bahamians livedi n squalor. These people also c atch eternal hell under the Bay Street regime. W hen the PLP was formed in 1953, it was viewed favourably by Sir Etienne. H owever, this was not to last. One of the founders of the PLP, Cyril Stevenson, begana ttacking the editor of The Trib une through his own news paper, The Herald. The First World War veteran and mem b er of the Order of The British Empire faced a two-pronged attack from the PLP and the O ld Guard. Sir Etienne con sidered the PLP to be too extreme for the country. Regrettably, many in this c ountry are ignorant of the tremendous sacrifices that Sir Etienne had made on behalfo f black Bahamians. We have conveniently forgotten that his Tribune newspaper was systematically targeted by the white establishment. There was a time when The Nassau Guardian was owned andm anaged by members of the Bay Street Boys. These people did everything possible tod estroy Sir Etienne and his newspaper. He had served as e ditor of T he Tribune f or 53 y ears, from 1919 to 1972. Perhaps one of Sir Etiennes greatest disappointments was the fact that his Bahamas Democratic League (BDL received so little support in the 1956 general elections f rom the very people he had fought so hard for. The Old Guard hated Sir Etienne because he called a spade a spade. He was the moral con-s cience of this nation and the champion of the black masses. He always fought for those who were taken advantage of by the Old Guard. As I read through his autobiography, The Tribune Story, I am simply amazed at how courageous and brutally honest hew as. His memoir should be required reading in every high school in this country. It gives s ignificant information on w hat went on in this country during the 1940s and 1950s by one of the most important fig-u res in Bahamian history. It continues to amaze me that no major thoroughfare or s chool in New Providence, or T he Bahamas, for that matter, has been named after him. It astounds me that we have airp orts, housing subdivisions, government buildings and schools named after personsw hose contributions pale in c omparison to Sir Etiennes, yet absolutely nothing has been named after the late editor of T he Tribune This is wrong. Whatever our views of Sir Etienne are, this much is clear, he i s one of the greatest Bahami ans to have ever lived. It would be criminal for this nation to forget or ignore his many con t ributions to this nation. KEVIN EVANS F reeport, Grand Bahama December 6, 2011. ( It is interesting to note that when Sir Etienne stood on the floor of the House to propose his Resolution to endd iscrimination in all public places in the Bahamas and was threatened with arrest if h e did not sit down and desist from moving that resolution the PLP had only one m ember in the House. That m ember was HM Taylor, the party founder, who later became governor of the B ahamas. Sir Lynden and Sir Milo Butler were not members of the House at thatt ime. Ed). EDITOR, The Tribune ANOTHER fire on Bay Street this one, if it is as bad as I am told, is a tremendous loss to the nation.I was moved to tears when I learned of the fire, and I remaindeeply saddened by the news of it. Vendue House more recently known as Pompey Museum, was a National Treasure. The small building to the West of the Museum was originally a Seaman's Chapel, as you would know, where Bahamian seamen went to pray before leaving the docks on their journeys north. Bothbuildingswere to feature prominently in the restoration and revitalization of Downtown Nassau a work that is helvto start as soon as the Straw workers move into their new home. These buildings are irreplaceable the slave artifacts, priceless.This is a national tragedy of tremendous pro portions. We have lost so much of our built heritage, through neglect, indifference and care lessness. Classic examples of such neglect and indifferenceremain on George Street, Cumberland Street, West Hill Street, and East Street, among others. When will Bahamians, who own these properties, wake up and acknowledge their responsibility to preserve our past. We will never be a first world country until we recognise the value of our Bahamian heritage, what it should mean to all of us, and do what needs to be done to preserve it before more is destroyed. SENATOR LYNN HOLOWESKO Nassau, December 2, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 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 I nsurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama TELEPHONES S witchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 A dvertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 F reeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 Freeport fax: (242 THE young turks can sheath their swords because, with the Constitution on his side, only the Bahamian people can end Prime Minister Ingrahams term ofo ffice. Election day will determine his fate. Behind the scenes this week, many conspiracies were being hatched to provoke a constitutional crisis. It was speculated that two FNM MPs, whose constituencies weree liminated by the Boundaries Commiss ion, had plans to resign on the floor of the House yesterday. This did not happen, nor is it expected to happen. But if it does, n o matter how the numbers are crunched it will not shake the Ingraham government before election day just fivem onths away. The Tribune was reliably informed over the weekend that in an attempt to create problems for Mr Ingraham, Mrs Verna Grant, Eight Mile Rock MP, and Mr Kendal Wright, Clifton MP, planned to resign their soon-to-be non-existent Houses eats and cross the floor. It was unclear whether they would go as Independents, or join one of the two Opposition parties. As soon as she saw her name in print on M onday morning, we understand that Mrs Grant made it clear to her party leader that she had no intention of resigning. Mr Wright on the other hand has said nothing. However, as he moves in and out of the House, his body language betrays discon-t ent. In speaking to the Press yesterday, Mr Ingraham said he has not been contacted by Mr Wright, nor does he expect to be. I n this column on Monday, we specu lated what could happen if the two mem bers resigned, from both the party and t he government. Many numbers were crunched leaving a 20-20 tie on the floor of the House, which would be unworkablea nd could hasten an election. H owever, with an election so near, gov ernment could run its full term under sec tion 67(1 t he House is dissolved, government will have 90 days grace before an election has to be called. H owever, under the Constitution and with an election so near, no matter which way the politicians manoeuvre in theH ouse, the Ingraham government can easily ride out its full term. As someone commented yesterday, Britain has given us a good constitution. No Bahamian will ever wake up one morning to find that he has no government. Within an extended time period, the government continues until an election is called and a new government returned. I ts based on the same principle as the announcement made on the death of a monarch: The King is dead; long live the King. There was also talk this week of holding a vote of no confidence in the Prime M inister at yesterdays House sitting. That d id not happen. As was pointed out, if the whole House voted against him, Mr Ingraham did not have to resign until an e lection was called. The Prime Minister can dissolve the House at any time, but he does not have toc all an election for another 90 days after dissolution. Should a member resign, a by-election has to be called within 60 days, unless the House is dissolved sooner, which puts it back into the 90-day bracket. So whichever way it goes, and no matter the machinations, the election will proba b ly be called on the date that Mr Ingraham has already planned. PLP MPs have criticised the Ingraham government for not allowing enough time f or election candidates to get to know their constituencies. Either these politicians have no memory or they have no shame. Five years is a short time to have a total memory loss. At this time five years ago the 2007 e lection then prime minister Christie had not yet closed the Register of Voters, as a consequence the Boundaries Com mission could make no decision about the b oundaries. The voters register did not close until March 12, 2007 two months before the elections were held. I n preparation for the 2012 election not only was the Voters Register closed on time this year, but the Boundaries Com-m ission has already reported. Candidates w ill soon be able to introduce themselves to their constituents, not as five years ago when by the time candidates received then ames of persons in their areas, it was so close to the election wire that they hardly had time to go over the voters list before g etting into the districts. That was one of the most ill-planned, ill-executed elections that has probably ever been held. A nd today politicians complain. Really they make themselves look silly because they have nothing to complain about, certainly if they can crank up their memories and recall 2007. LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Government can last its full term Pompey Museum tragedy A bold, fresh piece of humanity

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By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net PLP DEPUTY LEADER B rave Davis yesterday urged the government to publicise the details of the sale of the Atlantis Resort to Brookfield Asset Management. Stating that Bahamians do not trust the current administ ration to fight for them at the negotiating table, Mr Davis asked for further clarification regarding the sale and its possible impact on the more than 7,000 Bahamian workers. What does the deal say about these jobs and are there guarantees in place to preserve these jobs? What does the arrangement say with respect to wages and bene-f its? The FNM needs to immediately share the details o f the agreement with the people of the Bahamas, he s aid. The countdown begins today, Prime Minister. We don ot intend to drop this matter u ntil you do the right thing. A lot of families are counting on those jobs the government owes them clarity and transparency. M ore than 1,200 workers at t he Atlantis Resort have been terminated over the past three y ears, reportedly due to the recession, Mr Davis said. The Cat Island MP said the Ingraham administration has repeatedly failed to put B ahamians first. Sol Kerzner, head of the K erzner group, confirmed plans to transfer ownership of the Atlantis Resort toC anadian asset management company Brookfield lastm onth. T he deal will see Kerzner s tay on to manage all Paradise Island properties, including the One&Only Ocean Club. Employing nearly 8,000 Bahamians, Prime Minister H ubert Ingraham acknowle dged Kerzner International as the single largest private s ector employer in the country. Addressing the House of Assembly following the announcement of the owners hip transfer, Mr Ingraham reassured the Bahamians e mployed at Atlantis that their jobs are secure, with employment and expenditurel evels to remain the same under the new owners. T he deal is a debt-for-equit y swap worth $175 million. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 5 Release details of Atlantis deal BRAVEDAVIS has called on the government to release details of the B rookfield deal for Atlantis.

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B y KHRISNA VIRGIL k virgil@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas Air Traffic C ontrollers Union says its m embers are taking matters into their own hands as midd le management has inflicted suffering on them for far too long. The union staged a demonstration yesterday outside the o ffices of Civil Aviation on Crawford Street. T he group of frustrated airport workers who took part said they have exhausted every peaceful avenue in an effort to get a number of outs tanding issues resolved. P resident of the union R oscoe Perpall said it is time f or a strong message to be sent to government. A ccording to Mr Perpall, middle management has made several attempts to undermine the provisions ofh is members industrial agree ment. He said: It must end, and symbolically we use this occasion to burn the vacation noti f ication for 2012, and shift s chedule. We will advise our members to reject any vacation allocated for 2012, until such time as the outstanding concerns are resolved. A mong the issues are health and safety concerns following Hurricane Irene, Mr P erpall said. He said: We, in our com mitment to country, had i nstructed our members to return to work in a building w hose roof had been torn off during the hurricane and the s tructure has subsequently been condemned by government appointed engineers. Mr Perpall said the employe es launched a self-help prog ramme to clean and restore the building as much as they could, but their goodwillg ot them nowhere with the government. The controllers also want m anagers to help them avoid o n-the-job fatigue by creating a new roster. Right now, worldwide, t here is a concern with fatigue within the air traffic service and this was highlighted byt hose incidents in the US w here persons were found asleep on the job, Mr Perp all said. If they don't address it, we would in short order have our membership discontinuew orking the nights. The controllers also want their outstanding shift pay a nd training allowance, he said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL UNION TAKES ON MANAGEMENT PRESIDENT of the Air Traffic Controllers Union Rosco Perpall address members of the media outside the Civil Aviation head office yesterday. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff It must end, and symb olically we use this o ccasion to burn the vacation notification f or 2012, and shift s chedule. We will a dvise our members to r eject any vacation allocated for 2012, u ntil such time as the o utstanding concerns are resolved. R osco Perpall

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By KHRISNA VIRGIL kvirgil@tribunemedia.net T HE Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort could soon face industrial action, a union representative warned. Trade Union Congress (TUC g uson said Sandals employe es have been neglected for too long, both by the company and by Labour Minister Dion Foulkes, which may force them to rely on their lastr esort a walk-out. Mr Ferguson said there h ave been no negotiations on a new industrial agreement since July 5. He said: We have tried to commence negotiations. Theyp romised us a collective a greement or proposal for September 1, 2011. It has yet to be presented. In view of this, Mr Fergus on said, whatever action is n eeded to gain the minister's attention will take place. Mr Ferguson also noted t hat the Bahamas Hotel, Maintenance and Allied Workers Union (BHMAWU m et with the Labour Board a bout the reinstatement of 12 employees who were allegedly dismissed for their union t ies. To the unions disappointment, he claimed, the hotel came in obviously prepared n ot to negotiate. They took the position that the trade dispute was never filed on them, but we made it very clear to them, he said. A ccording to Labour Minister Foulkes and Registrar of Trade Unions Harcourt Brown, the BHMAWU is not registered as a bargaining unit for the employees, and theref ore cannot file a dispute. B ut, according to Mr Fer guson, the union is in good standing as an authoritativee ntity to bargain on behalf of the employees. The Privy Council ruled on February 23, 2011 that the m aintenance union is the union that the minister, the registrar and the company ought to deal with, he said, calling on Mr Foulkes to do his job. We wrote him, he said, hes refused to answer us. W hen 500 workers walk off that job he will find plenty t ime to sit down and ask us t o go back to work and to negotiate, but we're not going to do that. Before those 500 workers walk off that job, he ought to convene a meeting with the parties. Thats the job of the m inister. His job is to keep industrial peace as much as p ossible. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 7 Examine Yourself1 Corinthians 11:27-34 T herefore whoever eats this bread or d rinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine h imself, and so let him eat of the bread a nd drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning a re weak and sick among you, and many s leep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the w orld. Therefore, my brethren, when y ou come together to eat, wait for one another. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order w hen I come. Staff may walk out in Sandals strike action L AWYER O bie Ferguson, who represents 500 Sandals workers, speaks to the media yesterday. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff

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BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT Community a ctivist Troy Garvey has announced he will run as an independent candidate in Grand Bahama in the 2012 general elections. Mr Garvey, 45, wants to b ecome the next MP for Marc o City one of the most historic and coveted seats on the island. The announcement follows reports that he has taken ani ndefinite hiatus from Operation Justice, the organisation he led in numerous protests against the practices of the Grand Bahama Power Company. Mr Garvey believes he can p rovide true representation t o the people of Grand B ahama. There is much lack of representation from the MPs in Grand Bahama, and my pers onal leadership experience on the social level compels me at this time to run and fillt he void to provide brave new l eadership which the present political groupings have failed at providing, he said. Mr Garvey claims the government has been quiet and u nresponsive to the needs of Grand Bahama. He said the island now has the highest unemployment rate in the country. Mr Garvey also said the G rand Bahama Port Authority, the principal regulator for the City of Freeport, has failed to invigorate the workforce and bring a change int he high electricity rates. He said health care on the island is far below acceptables tandards, and both the tourism industry and the education system are in shambles. K nown as a peoples advoc ate, Mr Garvey has been at t he forefront of many controversial issues affecting people o n the island. His assistance has been sought in several labour mat-t ers and social problems. M r Garvey says he is encouraged by the support he i s getting from the business sector and the community at large. Residents have been very p ositive and I have been get ting lot of requests to run as a candidate in Marco City. Marco City is the centre of Grand Bahama and it con sists of a diaspora of people f rom different areas of Grand Bahama. My fight has always been for the people and I have cen t red myself in Grand Bahama and thats why I have chose Marco City as the constituen c y I would like to run for, he said. The seat was held by for mer FNM leader the late SirC ecil Wallace-Whitfield in the late 1980s. Following his death, a byee lection was held and FNM retained the seat in the partys f irst ever election win in 1992. I n 2002, the FNM lost Marco City to the PLPs Pleasant Bridgewater, who was defeate d in 2007 by the FNMs Zhivargo Laing. The PLP has ratified attorn ey Gregory Moss as its candidate for Marco City. The DNA has yet to name a candidate. Mr Garvey said: Although I have taken hiatus from Operation Justice, I will not s top the fight against the Power Company, but I am just trying to elevate myself to another level where I canh ave more of a true and better representation for the peo ple. When asked about claims of past affiliation with the National Democratic Partya nd the Bahamas Democrati c Movement, Mr Garvey denied having ties with either party. I have never joined any of those parties. The only party I made application to was the PLP two years ago to run as a candidate in EMR (Eight Mile Rock), but I had rescinded my letter after careful con s ideration and started to fight for the people of Grand Bahama, he said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE MEET BOLD CHELA-TECH MEDICAL LABDNA PATERNITYTESTINGONLY $300CALL US 322-5071/328-1650 Activist to run in elections TROYGARVEY, who will run as an independent candidate for Marco City in next years elections. My fight has always been for the people and I have centred myself in Grand Bahama and thats why I have chose Marco City as the constituency I would l ike to run for. T T r r o o y y G G a a r r v v e e y y

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 9 The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure tobehold offering a new interpretation of driving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an a ir of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character from the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own particular needs. The key to this flexible response is the standard-fit Agility Control Package which includes selective damping. The interior offers noticeably more space and a more distinctive atmosphere tosuit your taste. As you will see, the C-Class is the perfect embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz philosophy.Tyreflex Star MotorsWulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. A Major Hotel has a vacancy for aHousekeeping ManagerR esponsibilities includes: of up to 600 guest accommodations, public and employee areas h ousekeeping and laundry staff plaints concerning laundry and house keeping services The ideal candidate must possess the managerial level in an established hotel e quivalent chemicals Interested candidates should send resumes to: hrvacancyhotel@gmail.com No later than Friday, 16th December, 2011 By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net F REEPORT A Grand B ahama girl was selected out of a group of students from 19 countries to be a finalist in the Florida Caribbean Cruise Associations essay competi t ion. Saida Karamo, a 10th grade student at Sunland Baptist Academy, was handed a $200 cheque for becoming a finalist in the senior division. Every year, the FCCA holds a Childrens Essay Competition for junior and senior stu-d ents in the Caribbean region. T he junior division is for children ages nine to 12 years old,a nd the senior division is for children ages 13 to 16 years old. The aim of the competition is to assist students in furthering their education while letting them think about their own destination, its involvement in the cruise industry, and providing an opportunity to problem solve for the realw orld, a spokesperson said. This year, entrants were asked the question: What d oes sustainable tourism mean to your destination? SAIDA KARAMO (at centre) is seen receiv-i ng her $200 cheque f rom Karen Seymour of the Ministry of Tourism. AWINNINGWAYWITHWORDS AWINNINGWAYWITHWORDS

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YOUR SAY B y MINISTER OF HEALTH D R HUBERT MINNIS WHEN talking about redevelopment and revitalisation of an area, we are usually talking about physical change and possibly stakeholderc hanges. Merriam-Webster defines revitalise as to give new life, and redevelop as to develop again. The scope of redevelopm ent and revitalisation can v ary from one building, one street, to an entire town or community. While such changes might be desirable, it is important to mention that change always is accompanied with uncertainty and resistance. This is usually overcome w hen the benefits are understood by those impacted s takeholders (businesses, e mployees, residents, et cetera). I n some instances, redevel opment programmes in B ritain and the United States m et with mixed emotions and c ontroversy as they displaced p ersons in low income areas for the development of new s hopping centres and high i ncome housing. Our approach, however, w ill not bring about a displacement of low income housing but an improvement in several variables in the q uality of life; including the s ocial, environmental, and economic aspects of life. G enerally, it is said that people aspire to improve their lot in life; our aspiration is to actually improve our commun ities and quality of life. The hierarchy of needs according to Maslow, trans lates into humans first fulfilli ng fundamental physiologi cal needs like food, clothing, shelter; then aspiring beyond t he need for safety and belonging, to eventually seek ing to fulfill the needs of e steem and self-actualisation. I envision revitalisation as a programme to aid in the actu alisation of human needs. It is envisioned that The City of Nassau Revitalisation Act, 2008 would eventuallyh ave a domino effect on the entire island of New Providence. The government should be commended for the i ntroduction of this Act. The Act provides a formi dable initial step in the rede velopment and revitalisation programme by way of exemptions (real property tax, cus tom duties, and excise taxes) t o those willing to participate. Ideally, such exemptions would encourage capital investments or investment with recognizable economic impact in the form of jobs, business revitalisation and expansion. Economic stimulation is vital to the success of redevelopment programmes as it lays the foundation upon which the community develops new vigour. To encourage economic trickle down, businesses would be encouraged to hire new persons for minimum specified periods (eg three to four years) and thus receive a percentage reduction in business licence fees. This per centage can vary depending upon the number of individuals hired. Thus, The City of Nassau Revitalisation Act has the potential to resonate beyond the businesses and residences located in the City of Nassau proper to the immediate outlying areas and thereby benefit many smaller Over-theHill businesses and commu nities. Practically, this would mean: homes in the City of Nassau and the surrounding areas that are in a state of disrepair being given the care and attention they disparately need creation of jobs within the community allowing young people the opportunity to start maintenance and construction-related businesses that focuses directly on their communities opportunities for volun teerism to assist elderly and non-profit organisations (eg LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE NOTICESANPIN MOTORS LTD SANPIN PRE-OWNED DEPARTMENT FRIENDLY FORD MOTORS LTD ELITE MOTORS LTDWILL BE CLOSED DAY THURSDAYCLOSEDDECEMBER 8TH 12.30PMREOPENDECEMBER 9TH 8AM Give the Bahamas a D RHUBERMINNIS a dvocates revitalisation work to lift entire areas of New Providence.

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 11 painting, construction work a nd landscaping) the opportunity to renov ate and upgrade to become more energy efficient (eg introduction of solar panels and other energy efficient appliances) improvement of physical s urroundings by removal of derelict vehicles, adherence to business zoning regulations (eg no roadside garages proper waste disposal, alle ngendering a sense of community pride. Health benefits would be derived fromt he removal of outdoor toilette facilities and improve ment of running water, all of w hich would decrease the chances of diseases such as cholera, TB, dengue, gas troenteritis, and other related i llnesses. There is no reason why the landscaping we admire at p roperties like BahaMar and A tlantis cannot be done all a cross this island and maint ained by the persons within the various communities. We have a small island, one that I think can be landscaped and maintained as an ongoing pro-g ramme that needs little government intervention if we all d o our part. While the approach of the redevelopment programme would be segmental, workingz one-by-zone emanating from the City of Nassau outward, the overall objective is ani sland-wide coverage over time. In addition to the incentives a lready provided by the existing Act, we should consider having all infrastructural upgrades completed duringt he redevelopment by the utility companies. Thus, the importance of the i nfrastructural road crusade p resently occurring througho ut New Providence. F or those individuals who many not be able to afford the necessary repairs to their homes, low rate loans or government backed loans can bep rovided. However a small portion of w hatever finances the individual may derive be it rental, NIB benefit, OAP benefit or unemployment benefit would be applied tot he ongoing loan. Improving our communities helps to move us collec-t ively closer to the quality of life we desire. Moving forward, upward, o nward, together we can redevelop and revitalise New Providence to our common loftier goal to keep theB ahamas clean, green and pristine. new look THE BAHA MAR development has been eyecatching for the work on creating an attractive landscape.

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pension of the House of Assembly yesterday, Mr Ingraham announced that the party does not expect to ratif y all incumbents for the next g eneral elections, but instead plans to introduce a number of new persons. Last night, Mr Russell confirmed that he does intend top ursue a nomination to the E ast Grand Bahama seat. However, he refused to comment on reports that his decision was not supported by his party leader. I n a press statement yesterday, Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell questioned whethero r not Mr Russell was still supported by the party leader given his public dissent on the r enaming of his seat during t he debate on the Cons tituencies Commissions r eport last week. M r Mitchell said: I am wondering therefore given t he conventions of the constitution how it is possible f or a minister to publicly dis s ent from a decision of the c abinet and the Prime Mini ster chastise him and then the Cabinet continues to sit undisturbed with that Minister still in the Cabinet, with neither the minister resigningn or the Prime Minister forcing the issue. Ideally, candidates are selected by the leader of the party and then vetted by the Candidates Committee. Thec andidate-hopefuls are then put before the Central Council, who will make the final decision. Without a nod from Mr Ingraham, Mr Russells only other option would be a pleat o the partys Central Council, as he did in 1997. I f successful, a council member will make a motion, a nd another will second it, for t he body to ratify him as the FNM candidate for East Grand Bahama. C ouncil meetings have b een disbanded for the year, and will resume in January, T he Tribune u nderstands. I t has been suggested that with the renaming of the constituency there would not be any incumbent in that seat. R eportedly, Senator Frederi ck McAlpine has already expressed his interest to the p arty. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TABUComing soon, Nassaus Newest Adult Novelty StoreLook for us upstairs in the Carmichael Plaza, Carmichael Rd.(Same building as Lickety Split)Tantilize, Tease and Titillate withTABU ASP Mackey reported that the drugs has an estimated street value of $1,144,000. She stated that police also d iscovered and seized two handguns, including a Black Glock 17 .9mm pistol, which contained a magazine clip with five live rounds of .9mm a mmunition; and a Black Glock 19 .9mm pistol with a m agazine clip containing 17 live rounds of .9mm ammunition, along with an extended clip which contained 31 rounds of .9mm ammunition. A ccording to Mackey, a t otal of 53 rounds of ammunition were seized. Investigations are continuing into the matter. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e COCAINE WORTH $1M SEIZED IN DRUG RAID R R u u s s s s e e l l l l t t o o r r u u n n a a g g a a i i n n s s t t F F N N M M w w i i s s h h e e s s I am wondering ... how it is possible for a m inister to publicly dissent from a decision of the cabinet and the P rime Minister chastise him and then the Cabi-n et continues to sit undisturbed with that M inister still in the Cabinet. F F r r e e d d M M i i t t c c h h e e l l l l M M P P K ENNETHRUSSELLMP

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The party later issued a clarification explaining that Mr Ingrahams comments a bout MPs not returning includes members who are themselves not seeking ree lection. M r Ingraham said the FNM p arty will make recommendations to an executive com mittee and if approved those r ecommendations will be put forward to the council of the party, who will make the final decision. T he FNM party has decide d to hold a convention in the f irst six months of next year, whether it will happen before the elections has yet to bed etermined, Mr Ingraham said. Encouraging Bahamians to continue to register tov ote, Mr Ingraham said v oters cards are expected t o be issued as early as January. Parliament was suspend e d yesterday and will resume Monday morning when the Polling Stations Order is expected to bet abled. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 13 Distributed throughout the Bahamas byBWABahamas Wholesale Agencies Ltd. East West Highway, Nassau Tel: 242-394-1759 1 Milton Street, Freeport Tel: 242-351-2201 If itsFLOURs OKAY!A favourite of The Bahamas for many years! OK Flour is a Patent Flour-the highest quality flour available Enriched and versatile, OK Flour is well suited to many baking and cooking applications OK Flourbetter value per pound A T f OK OK OK F F F l lo ur i s a Patent Flo u your service. A ccording to Mr Ingrah am, Mrs Grant called him T uesday morning and said media reports that claimed she intended to resign from the FNM or her seat in Parliament were totally andc ompletely inaccurate. R umours circulated earlier this week that the MPs intended to announce their resignation from the FNM yesterday in Parliament overt heir disapproval of boundary cuts and the elimination of their respective con-s tituencies. W hen it came time for the Deputy Speaker of the House, Kwasi Thompson, toa sk if there were any resignations of seats, the opposition could be heard goad-i ng Mrs Grant to speak, h owever, she gestured to them to be silent. Mr Wright was present in the House of A ssembly only briefly, when he entered and left shortly after. I ntending to clarify r eports, Mr Ingraham said suggestions made in the media that the resignation o f an MP would force the government to call an early election is totally untrue and not possible. He said under the constit ution the powers of the p rime minister are clearly defined and a single MP could not force an early election. The only people who are able to cause the prime min-i ster to call an election b efore he is ready are the people of the Bahamas they can force the prime ministers hand, individual members of the House of A ssembly cannot require the prime minister to resign, said Mr Ingraham. I n a press release issued yesterday, Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell accused the government of suspending parliament early to deal with t he matter. He said: It is outrageous t hat the government closed the House of Assembly early today because they did not have their political ducks in a row. For video of Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham s peaking on the matter, see tribune242.com. I n 1996, they murdered b anker Syed Bilal Ahmed in t heir Cable Beach home. According to testimony from Kenneth Kimes, the banker had flown to Nassau from the Caymans to investigate irreg-u larities in a bank account b elonging to the late Kenneth Kimes Sr Santes partner, and Kenneth Jrs father. The pair drugged the b anker and then downed him i n their bathtub. Kenneth alleged the body was dumped at sea, but their Cable Beach neighbours have long suspected they buried the body somewhere on theirp roperty. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e NOT ALL CURRENT MPS WILL BE NOMINATED PM:No one has resigned PRIME M INISTER H ubert Ingraham said he has not received any r esignations. BONESARE FOUND BURIEDATBAHAMAR

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F AMILY Health and Safety Day took on a comp etitive edge this year as e mployees of Freeport Harb our Company, Freeport Container Port, Grand Bahama Airport Companya nd the Grand Lucayan engaged in a month-long contest aimed at encourag i ng healthy lifestyles. T eams bearing Bahamian b ush-medicine names like Cerasee, Bay Geranium, Maderia and Fever Grass battled it out to the delight of hundreds of relatives andf riends on the beautiful beaches of the Grand Lucayan Resort, the host for the event. Container Port CEO Gary Gilbert welcomed the e mployees and their famil ies. He said: My great plea sure is to thank all four units f or all the hard work you do every single day of the year, I appreciate what you do. M r Gilbert also thanked the Container Port employee councils along with Trevor Smith, Eldridge Parker, and K ingsley Bain for all their community work. During the month, employe es took advantage of health screenings provided by Colina Insurance and visited boothst o learn of products that can assist in leading a healthy lifestyle. Dr Alejandro Badia of O RNOAs Network Imaging Centres in Florida, gave a presentation on diagnostic imaging. The employees team com LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Family fun with NURSES were busy screening for high cholesterol, glucose or blood pressure. A LARIE TURNER, F HC cargo manager, is about to win the man agers sprint as FCP director Godfrey Smith dives at the tape too ear ly. CONTAINER PORT CEO Gary Gilbert addresses the partici pants. Share your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net A LEADING bottled w ater manufacturer said yesterday it had been able to clear imported parts vital to prevent it from having to shut down its operations, but will now have to operate on a cash basis with Customs over its future shipments. We were able to get the parts cleared. We were able to deal with that today. My son is on his way back from the airport as we speak with the parts. We have an engi neer here waiting, Geoffrey Knowles, Aquapures operations head, told Tri bune Business last evening. But we now have to operate on a cash basis for every shipment. Its time consuming; we have to take cash to the airport every time we have a shipment. $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held r esponsible for errors and/or omission f rom the daily report.$ $5.19 $4.97 $5.17 T HETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.netMONDAY, MAY 9, 2011 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Bahamas national debt will increase by at least $1.3 billion during the four years up to end-June 2016, a former finance minister yesterday describing forecasts that the total will exceed $5.5 billion as certainly cause forc ause. A nalysing the implications of the International Monetary F unds (IMF report for the Bahamian economy, James Smith, both a former minister of state for f inance and Central Bank g overnor, told Tribune Busin ess that the weakened fiscal p osition would be a very s erious problem for the next g overnment. Warning that the Bahamas persistently high fiscal deficits a nd expanding debt-to-GDP ( gross domestic product) ratio w ould be very difficult to t urn around, Mr Smith said t he IMFs projections effecBy NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor T HE Government will e mploy a multi-pronged effort to create a sustainable solution for the Bahamase xpanding $4.25 billion national debt, a senior minis-t er acknowledging the current f iscal position was not the i deal one, thats for sure. Zhivargo Laing, minister of s tate for finance, said that w hile the Ingraham administration was employing a comb ination revenue and spending measures, plus better debt management, to address the persistent fiscal deficits, r eturning to consistent econ omic growth was a fundamental necessity for enabling t he Bahamas to reduce both its gross debt and accompanying ratios. Responding to the International Monetary Funds (IMF t he Bahamian economy, w hich warned that the Gove rnments medium-term plans to address its weakened fis cal position were not suffic ient, Mr Laing said addressing this had to be balancedw ith meeting the Bahamas w ider needs during a time of B y NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor A LMOST 5,500 Water & Sewerage Corporation customers were unable to receive water last year after their accounts were disconnected for non-payment, with the s tate-owned distributor suff ering from an unacceptably low 79 per cent operating cost recovery rate. The Water & Sewerage C orporations 2010 annual report, tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday by environment minister Earl Deveaux, provided another insight into the financial struggles of both itself and its customers, including other government agencies. The report revealed how virtually all the Water & Sewerage Corporations 55.4 per cent net accounts receivables increase in2 010 stemmed from balances owed by other government departments. By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor ROYALFIDELITY Capi tal Markets will not launch its sixth international investment fund before 2011 year-e nd, telling Tribune Business it doesnt make sense to battle uphill against tepid investor appetite. J oseph Euteneuer, RoyalFidelitys mutual fund man ager, in a recent interview confirmed it would not proceed w ith its proposed TIGRS 6 fund during the 2011 fourth quar ter given that many Bahamas-based investors remained concerned about global stock market volatility. Disclosing that RoyalFidelity would revisit the fund in the 2 012 first quarter to determine whether investor appetite has recovered, Mr Euteneuer told Tribune Business: Weve decided not to go with it now. As I mentioned before, its an international product, but as people are afraid of market volatility it does not make any $1.3BN INCREASE FOR NATIONAL DEBT GOVT MINISTER: $4.25BN DEBTOT IDEAL SPOT Ex-finance minister says IMF projections show Bahamas total debt to exceed $5.5bn by mid-2016 Warns difficult to turn around, as country a battleship, not a dinghy Outspoken businessman warns borrowing will come back to haunt us through tax rises Return to economic growth fundamental necessity for tackling fiscal woe, says Laing New committee to manage Govts debt holdings as part of multi-pronged plan SEE page 10B SEE page 9B SEE page 5B SEE page 4 SEE page 9B J ames Smith 5,500 WATER CORP CLIENTS DISCONNECTED Water suppliers 79% operating cost recovery branded unacceptably low Bills Govt for cost of roadwork-related repairs that a ccounted for 68% of maintenance rise Revenue per worker fell 2.5% Doesnt make sense to battle negative investor sentiment on T IGRS 6 Set to re-evaluate prospects in 2012 Q1 CUS TOMS PUTS AQUAPURE ON C ASH UPFR ONT R OYALFIDELITY HOLDS OFF ON FUND LAUNCH Bottled water manu facturer clears parts vital to keep operating, but now hits new snag

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BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By DEIDRE M. BASTIAN HAVE you ever scratched your head and wondered: What class of designer am I? Or: What type of style doI boast? Consider this. All g raphic designers are not a like. They are not all the same. In fact, 20 designers can learn the same methods, be taught by the same person and still advance differently.E very graphic designer cond ucts business differently with clients, meaning that some sell a strategy to their clients while others sell merely a look. So, is it safe to say that what is significant tends to vary a mong designers. W hat is more, since all five fingers of the human hand are not the same, all graphic designers are different and possess unique talents with distinctive personalities. Some hardly know which personal-i ty is needed daily. They thrive to acquire survival personalities that prepare them for battle each day. In this vein, lets look at how each p ersonality differs from each other. T HE SHOW-OFF JOHNNY BRAVO: I am sure most women remember the car-t oon in which a handsome hunk tried relentlessly to impress chicks, but ended up being beaten by them? You got it rightIm talking about J ohnny Bravo. The one quality that gets Johnny into troub le is his habit of showing-off in their presence. Some designers fall under this pers onality type, as they enjoy boasting about their skills, which can be amusing. T HE LAZY GARFIELD: Sarcastic, cynical, lazy, mean and funny. Yes, that describes t he narcissistic Garfield. Even though most cats become lethargic when all grown up,t here is nothing to match the laziness of Garfield, who loves to eat and sleep. Graphic designers in this grouping t end to become apathetic, which delays their projects and results in procrastination a nd not meeting project dead lines. T HE ENDURING IRONMAN: The biggest trait of the ironman is his exceptional ability for endurance. The ironman character was originally created to act as ana rmour and endurance suit. G raphic designers who fall u nder this personality type a re extremely forbearing and t olerant. They can easily e ndure countless hours of d esign work and complete it without experiencing any f atigue. Additionally, they can t olerate heaps of pressure to complete a design task within t he deadline. THE PERFECTIONIST MONK: You might remember the character AdrianM onk, played by Tony Shalh oub from the TV series The M onk? Well, the personality of Adrian Monk is that of a perfectionist. The way he tries to keep everything clean and perfect is hilarious. Someg raphic designers are similar to The Monk, as they prefer every project to be designed with perfection and precision. However, extreme obsession can force them to b ehave compulsively. Dont g et me wrong, being a perfec tionist is good, but it can also be stressful if designers ares eeking absolute perfection. THE INGENIOUS SHER L OCK: A lmost everyone loves Sherlock Holmes; the m ost astute detective in the f ictional world. The creative and ingenious ways in which he solves the toughest mysteries are amazing. Some designers are akin to this per-s onality, being clever, r esourceful and ingenious in t heir work. Designers with this type of personality have unique problem-solving skills and, when faced with the toughest of design projects,t hey execute the Sherlock s tyle with astuteness and inventiveness. THE BRAINY DEXTER: Would you agree that there are nerds in every work p rofession? Well, the graphic d esign stadium has its own share of the Dexters and Dorksters. You may recall the famous cartoon character Dexter, the boy genius? This personality type is peculiar but usually top-notch in aca-d emics, and as a result has a vast in-depth knowledge of graphic designing. They are remarkably knowledgeable about concepts that many q ualified designers might not be familiar with. T HE FRIENDLY CASPER: Ghosts are usually scary, with the exceptiono f one, who is popularly known as the friendly ghost. Yes, Im talking about the one and the only Casper. He is a sociable ghost that loves m aking friends. Equally, designers with this personalit y type are gregarious and use social media excessively, not just for professional purposes b ut for personal use as well. They love to make new friends and, moreover, can-n ot live without a social circle. THE EXPERIENCED PAPA SMURF: Remember t he cartoon Smurfs who had a character named Papa Smurf? He was one of theo ldest and most knowledgeable of the Smurfs, and serves as the leader who they acknowledge whenever coun s el and guidance is required. Designers of this personality type are the experienced cam p aigners, who are distin guished in their field as vetORIGINALITY COMES WITH PERSONALITY T HE A RTOF G RAPHIX BY DEIDRE M BASTIAN SEE page 8B

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B y NATARIO McKENZIE Tribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas may have a little bit of an advantage over other Caribbean countries when it comes to being impacted by the UKs decision to raise air passenger duty (APD minister of tourism and aviation said yesterday. V incent Vanderpool-Wall ace told Tribune Business this w as because many of the B ahamas UK visitors trave lled through the US on the w ay to this nation, thereby c apitalising on that countrys l ower banded rates. T he British government on T uesday announced its decis ion not to change its Air Pass enger Duty (APD s tructure, with the 8 per cent i ncrease set to be imposed from April 2012, thus increasing airlift (access B ahamas and other Caribbean c ountries for European and B ritish visitors. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace t old Tribune Business: In the case of the Bahamas w e are at a little bit of an advantage compared to the r est of the Caribbean, because so many of our visitors from E urope and the UK come via the US. So, in effect, what they are getting is the US banded rates for their flight to, say Florida, and connecting over to the Bahamas. We are at a little b it of an advantage but its not a substantial advantage compared to the rest of the Caribbean. St least ours is not plugged into that situation. Me Mr Vanderpool-Wallace added: I think certainly everybody in the Caribbean is disappointed that some of the changes that were expecte d didnt come into effect. I t hink at the very least the Caribbean region thoughtt hey should have been made e qual, in terms of the cost of t he tax, with the United S tates. At the very least the Caribbean was hoping that there would be some revision to the banding, but it appears that they were unsuccessful in lobbying for that change. T he APD rise has sparked o utrage among Caribbean h oteliers and tourism execut ives, with Caribbean Tourism O rganisation (CTO m an, Ricky Skerritt, calling the announcement on the APD rise a slap in the face for the region. Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA Bowe, told Tribune Business yesterday that the APD rise was disappointing, and the a ssociation was behind the regional tourism developmentagency, the CTO. Five per cent of our business comes from the UK. We are definitely concerned about the APD. We are very disappointed in it, and are very supportive of the CTO and what they are trying to do in trying to address this issue, Mr Bowe told Tribune Business. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 3B BUYING HMS SCRAP 80/20 DELIVER TO PORT OF NASSAU OR FREEPORT. USD $300+ PER METRIC TON CONTACT O RIENTAL SUPREME (HKTD VIJAY NAHATA (1 US TRANSIT GIVES BAHAMAS SMALL APD ADVANTAGE By NATARIO McKENZIE T ribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net MONEYGRAM International yesterday confirmed it had launched an investigation into reports of test transac-t ion fraud that had hit some of its agents in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, a senior executive said yesterday, telling Tribune Business itwas all hands on deck to g et to the bottom of the matt er. P atty Sullivan, MoneyGrams senior spokeswoman, told Tribune Business yesterday that while she was unable to confirm whether a Money-G ram agent in the Bahamas h ad been impacted by the f raud, the US headquartered money transfer company had received reports of test transaction fraud occurring withs ome of its Caribbean agents. Ms Sullivan said she was u nable to disclose certain d etails, due to the ongoing i nvestigation, but told Tribune Business: The fraudsters are calling agent locations witht he intent of inducing our agents to initiate transactions. It is our policy, our practice,t hat MoneyGram would neve r call agents and ask them t o perform test transactions. We dont do that. Moneygrams Bahamian agents include Bank of the Bahamas International, OmniM oney Transfers, and the BAF Global subsidiary, Cash n Go. Both Paul McWeeney, Bank of the Bahamas Internationals managing director, and Omni head, Harvey Morr is, yesterday told Tribune B usiness their respective companies had not been impacted by the alleged scam attempt. W entworth Musgrove, C ash n Gos head, was said to be out of office for the day, w hile Chester Cooper, BAF Globals president and chief executive, did not return Tribune Businesss call seeking c omment. MONEY TRANSFER FRAUD: ITS ALL HANDS ON DECK SEE page 9B BHA chief says increase in UK air tax to impact 5% of visitors that come from Britain Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace

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sense to bring it out. Everybodys looking for security,a nd with the way the market has moved, and in the manner it has, its going to be a tough sell in the local market. Were going to focus on other areas, evaluate the business and we will reevaluate it in the next quarter and see if things have changed. It doesnt make sense for us to battle uphill. This quarter, its notg oing to happen. E mphasising that we still b elieve in the concept and quality of RoyalFidelitys international investment fund products, Mr Euteneuer said the investment bank would l ikely have sought to raise the minimum for the TIGRS 6 had it gone ahead, rather than aim for the more ambitious $10 million full amount. We think the TIGRS has g ood potential for local i nvestors to get international exposure at the same time as having their principal protected, he added. For us its one option among many oth-e rs, but its a good option. D espite the fact that Bahamian investor principal would have been 100 per cent protected, and the TIGRS 6 would have matured in five years, Mr Euteneuer said R oyalFidelity had been d efeated by the volatility aversion feeling in the local capital markets, and the grim economic news that continued to pour in from the US and Europe. Indicating that investor e ducation and awareness surr ounding the TIGRS products needed to be improved, the RoyalFidelity mutual fund manager said: I think that we at least attempted to makei t extremely clear as to what t he structure is, how it works a nd where the upside lies. One of the base assumptions is principal is 100 per cent protected over a fiveyear term. Even though thatsy our safety net, and is include d in all TIGRS products, that means your potential upside has to come from equity links with the market. While I think thats clear, the market has a lot more to do along the educ ation lines. M r Euteneuer said he took my hat off to the Securities Commission of the Bahamas over its recent investor education week. He was among several industry professionals invited in to givep resentations to the regulators staff, and talked about investment fund issues that included the TIGRS product and how it was structured. T he more education that w as done, Mr Euteneuer said, could only work to the longterm benefit of investors and the Bahamian capital markets. R oyalFidelity had been s tructuring the proposed T IGRS 6 like a fixed income product, based on a basket of top 'blue chip' international stocks, and designed to give higher returns than thosea vailable in the domestic B ahamian capital markets. In a previous interview, Mr Euteneuer declined to name any of the 10 stocks that RoyalFidelity was looking at to form the basket upon which i nvestor returns were based. H owever, sources told Tribune Business that those then being eyed were 'blue chip', large caps from the major markets, such as JP Morgan Chase, McDonald's, Microsoft, Boeing andC hevron. This newspaper understands that the fund, which would have been a five-year investment, was to be called t he Principal Protected Prem ium Rate TIGRS. "The structure we've put together recognises this is largely a fixed income market," Mr Euteneuer told Tri-b une Business then. "It is an e quity product based on a b asket of large cap stocks. The structure is set up so that the performance of the share prices in that basket is measured on an annual basis -f rom beginning to an annual e nd. "The maximum coupon an investor could receive, if all 10 stocks in that basket were positive, is 10.55 per cent." If the average return of t hose 10 stocks in any given y ear was negative, Mr Euteneuer said Bahamian investors could take comfort from the fact that their principal was 100 per cent protected a common feature of all TIGRS products. Theyw ere also guaranteed a minimum 1 per cent per annum return, translating into a minimum 5 per cent return over the fund's lifetime. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Used ATM Machines for SaleBrand: Wincor Price: Available upon request Selling Condition: AS IS Contact Number: 396-6115 F ROM page 1B ROYALFIDELITY HOLDS OFF ON FUND LAUNCH Share your news T he Tribune wants to hear from people who a re making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good c ause, campaigning for improvements in the a rea or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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W hile total net accounts receivables rose by $2.68 million, going from $4.83 mil-lion in 2009 to $7.51 million at December 31, 2010, balances owed by the Governments ministries, agenciesa nd departments increased more than two-fold, growing from $3.3 million to $6.96 million an increase of some $3.66 million. The report also provided f urther evidence of poor p lanning in the New Providence Road Improvement Project. Numerous network valves vital to the Water & Sewerage Corporations infrastructure were buriedu nder the new roads, requiri ng them to be excavated, an exercise accounting for a 68 per cent year-over-year increase in the Corporations repairs and mainte-n ance costs. Extensive government r oad paving works in New Providence resulted in net-w ork valves being buried, w hich created operational c hallenges, the Water & S ewerage Corporation said in its annual report. The Corporation con t racted the services of seve ral small companies to e xcavate and raise more than 460 valves, at a cost of nearly $196,000. The Corporation has also outsourced standpipe upgrades in excess o f $350,000. The Corporation has b illed the Government for these works, which accounted for 68 per cent of the i ncrease in repairs and maintenance costs. Addit ionally, the increased r epairs and maintenance expenses points to the ongoing deterioration of asset performance/condition caused by limitations in cap-i tal investment due to cash f low restrictions. The failure to adjust the Water & Sewerage Corporations tariffs since March 1999 was again highlightedas inducing financial weakness, with top-line water ands ewerage services sales nowhere near covering total operating expenses. Inflation, together with increased water purchase costs produced by heavier reliance on reverse osmosis,h ad increased total operating costs to $54.833 million in 2010, well above the $41.453 million gained in operating revenues. Overall operating cost r ecovery levels, which peaked at around 94 per c ent in 2004, declined to a round 76 per cent (79 per cent in 2009), which is unacc eptably low, the Water & S ewerage Corporation annual report disclosed. And the problems evident in being locked into annual s alary and wage increment increases, via industrial a greements with trade u nions, were again laid bare. The Water & Sewerage Corp orations staff costs again i ncreased, with total employee headcount rising b y 19 during the year to 457, some 363 of whom are permanent. Yet, while staffing costs i ncreased, the Water & Sew e rage Corporations revenue yield per employee declined. Revenue per employee d ecreased for the second consecutive year, by $2,923 or 2.5 per cent, to $114,915 (2009: $117,118 permanent headcount, thea nnual report said. B ehind water purchases, which accounted for $20.28 million or 37.2 per cent of total costs, staffing costs were the next biggest expense for the Water & Sewerage Corporation, com-i ng in at $15.256 million or 27.8 per cent of the total. Electricity was the thirdhighest expense, standing at 6.9 per cent or $3.775 million, of the total. The Water & Sewerage C orporations 2010 annual report also further exposed the strain imposed by the recession on Bahamian households and consumers. It disclosed that ,527 a ccounts were disconnected for non-payment [in 2010], w hilst 64 per cent were r econnected following receipt of payment. T hat indicates that more t han one-third of those disconnected, some 5,590 customers, were still without water supply at year-end 2 010. In addition, the Water & S ewerage Corporation w rite-off $1.8 million, or some 1,408 accounts, during 2 010. It said that some 2,118 a ccounts, valued at $3.6 million, were passed over to its c ollection agency, and a further $2.8 million and 1,375 accounts given to its attorneys. T he agency and attorneys, r espectively, recovered $0.4 million and $0.3 million for a grand total of $0.7 million. P rior to receiving a $24.335 million taxpayer subsidy from the Government, the Water & Sewerage Corporation incurred a n et loss of $27.402 million for the 12 months to endD ecember 2010. The subsidy reduced that net loss to $3.067 million. The Water & Sewerage Corporations operating lossr ose year-over-year by 28 p er cent to $13.38 million, c ompared to $10.441 million the year before. With some $ 12.65 million worth of depreciation added to that, t he 2010 operating loss rose to $26.03 million. Total comprehensive income struck $47.244 million, but that was due to a$ 50.311 million one-time g ain resulting from an asset v aluation exercise. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 5B EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY M ERCHANT SALES OFFICER K ey responsibilities: Position requirements: Personal Attributes: 4th December, 2011Email: hr.apply@bankbahamas.com Alternatively, fax to 242-323-2637 5,500 WATER CORP CLIENTS DISCONNECTED FROM page 1B

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erans. Nonetheless, emerging graphic designers view them as an icon of inspiration and motivation. T HE SPEEDY FLASH: The fastest cartoon character in the animated world is Flash. He is capable of running at a lightning pace, and c an perform certain tasks w ithin the twinkling of an eye. Designers of this personality are very fast and prompt, and are capable of meeting deadlines with ease sometimesb efore the due date. I admit that I havent listed any female personalities, so lets level the field and include the Madonna personality. The Madonna designer isnt afraidt o take risks, but only does so i f it is calculated and researched well. She strives for perfection but relies on her team of expert editors and proofers to make certain things are accurate, and if t hey arent, she then whips o ut her iron clad contract for protection. And lets not forget little Lucille, who is quirky and talented but also a goofball. She wasnt always the swan when it came to graceful exe-c ution, but she certainly made you laugh and, at all times, it always worked out in the end. Designers of this sort might not be too impressive, but m iraculously everyone ends u p happy. Finally, Id add a bit of Superwoman, as designers routinely perform in the capacity of a super hero tom eet some unrealistic deadl ines and revisions. So ask y ourself: Do I fit the Papa Smurf, Johnny Bravo or the ingenious Sherlock Holmes character? Which one are you? Until we meet again,h ave fun, enjoy life and stay o n top of your game. NB: Columnist welcomes feedback atd eedee2111@hotmail.com About the Columnist: Ms Bastian is an extensively trained graphic designer, who has qualifications of M.Sc., B.Sc., A.Sc. She has trained at institutions such as: MiamiL akes Technical Centre, Succ ess Training College, College of the Bahamas, Nova Southeastern University, Learning Tree International, Langevine International and Synergy Bahamas. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE FROM page 2B ORIGINALITY COMES WITH PERSONALITY Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds fora good cause, campaigning for i mprovements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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Its very inconvenient but we will do what we have to. E arlier in the day, Mr Knowles said the company was still limping along as itd esperately tried to clear replacement parts for its r everse osmosis machine t hrough Customs. Customs was refusing to clear the spare parts on theg rounds that Aquapure had failed to pay it due importd uties on an estimated 25 s hipments dating from 2010 s ums Mr Knowles said he t hought had already been p aid by the companys former Customs broker, who is now deceased. T he bottled water manufacturer, Mr Knowles said,w as in the position of having t o pay the same Customs d uties and brokerage fees, amounting to thousands of dollars, twice, or face a large p ortion of its business effec tively being shut down through an inability to pro-d uce product. M r Knowles told Tribune Business of the part: This is a fan that cools the motor. The f an was patched up yesterday [ Tuesday] by our engineer. If that goes down then we shut down because we cant patchi t any more. Sitting out there is a fan f or the motor. The value of t he motor is $25,000 and it w ill take about eight weeks to get. Its something like a 250 horse power motor I t hink, a very big electric motor. We right now are on pins and needles. The valueo f the parts are about $200 to $ 300. We have sitting there a $25,000 motor thats limping along. tively meant that, over the next five years, the growth rates for the two key fiscal indicators would still mirrort hose at the recessions peak. Noting that the Washington-based fund was projecting the fiscal deficit would average a sum equivalent to 4.25 per cent of GDP between t he 2011-2012 and 2015-2016 f iscal years, Mr Smith said that based on the Department of Statistics assertion that the Bahamas had an $8 billion economy, this meant the deficits would average $340m illion per year. M ultiplying this by the four years in the period gives a total $1.36 billion in extra debt the Bahamas would incur. And, when placed ont op of the current $4.25 billion debt mountain, the total n ational burden will increase to $5.61 billion by end-June2 016, assuming the IMFs f orecasts hold true. N oting that such an outc ome would place the Bahamas debt-to-GDP ratio at 70 per cent, Mr Smith said of the IMFs Article IV report: It seems to be subtly turning up the heat, in the sense that that theyve saidt he same thing for the past two years, but theyre now putting stronger emphasis on the trends. What theyre saying essentially is: Hey, Bahamas, theres two major items thata re heading the wrong way and rapidly. The former finance minister identified these as being the primary deficit (recurrent revenues minus recurrent spending) in t he absence of major revenue e nhancements, plus the debtto-GDP ratio. If they [the indicators] do not change dramatically, theyre telling us were reallyh eading for trouble, Mr Smith told Tribune Business of the IMF. It seems to me to be a very s erious problem for successive governments. We have used up our headroom, andi t will be very difficult to turn t hat around. Its not longer a d inghy thats adrift; its a battleship. Based on the IMFs projections that the Bahamas would hit a 69-70 per cent debt-to-G DP ratio at the end of its 2 015-2016 fiscal year, Mr S mith said this nation would have almost doubled this ratio from the pre-recession 3639 per cent range in a short period of time. F earing this would easily p ush the Governments annual debt servicing (interest costs above $300 million, he told this newspaper: Thats unsustainable. The debt servicing is going to be gobbling u p and taking away from othe r critical areas, health, education and crime-fighting. Even the brand new road structure will find itself with potholes that need to be fixed if were not careful. Echoing the IMFs warni ngs on the need for the Bahamas to rebuild its fiscal buffer, so that it had surplus funds to meet unplanned contingencies, such as hurricanes a nd Bay Street fires, Mr Smith added: We always need some headroom to take c are of these things, and its not there. We seem to have a manm ade disaster in the making, and whoever the next gove rnment is will have to worry a bout this. Its cause for concern; it certainly is. The IMFs own projections are very much in line with Mr Smiths calculations, as it pro-j ects the Bahamas will run r ecurrent deficits of between $ 171 million and $134 million over the next five years. Throw in the annual $250 million capital spending deficit that the Governmenti ncurs, and the total fiscal d eficit is forecast by the Fund to vary from a $389 million low to a $440 million high between 2012-2013 and 20152016. That will add a total $1.64 billion to the national d ebt. A s a result, the national debt is projected to increase from $4.151 billion at the 2011-2012 fiscal year-end to $5.631 billion at June 30, 2016. And Mr Smith is not the only one expressing concern.D ionisio DAguilar, Superwashs head and a former Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president, told Tribune Business that the only way the c ountry could afford the Governments infrastructure borrowing was either to drastic ally reduce such outlays in the future, or through new or increased taxes. This will come back to haunt us at some stage. T heres a precipitous rise in t he national debt, and theyre selling us all that they can afford it, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business. The Government is proj ected to borrow around $155 m illion from the Inter-Ameri can Development Bank (IDB Providence Road Improvement Project, plus another $81 million to overhaul theW ater & Sewerage Corporat ion. A $50 million project to reform the air transportation sector is also on the drawing board with the IDB. In addition, the Government is spending $75 million o n upgrading the Princess M argaret Hospitals Critical Care facilities, and has spent more than $40 million on dredging Nassau Harbour. Other infrastructure projects have also been undertaken. Mr DAguilar told Tribune B usiness that the Government w as giving the Bahamian peop le the incorrect impression they did not have to pay for this new infrastructure. The next government, whoever wins the next elec-t ion, its almost inevitable they w ill have to raise taxes, he a dded. Weve spent all this money, improved infrastructure, but you cant tell people youve spent this and they do not have to pay more in tax-e s. D escribing the increase in the national debt as unsustainable, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business: People are crying for this, crying for that, and we just have to look at t he European countries where t heres been no fiscal discipline. Theyre catching almighty hell, but theres no one to bail us out. Politicians are scared to tell people the truth, but if they do not tell the truth wew ill have a financial disaster. BUSINESS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 9B NOTICE IN THE ESTATE OFWALTER JAMES DEAN late o f No. 232 Golden Gates Estates Section II Subdivision in the Southern District of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, d eceased. NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any c laim or demand against the above Estate are required to on or before the 18th day of January, A.D. 2012, after w hich date the Administratrix will proceed to distribute the assets having regard only to the claims to which she shall then have had notice. AND NOTICE is hereby given that all persons indebted to the said Estateare requested to make full settlement on or before the date hereinbefore mentioned. MERIDIAN LAW CHAMBERS A ttorneys for the Administratrix Chambers, P.O. Box N-168, E ast Bay Shopping Center, East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas. KINGSWAYACADEMY ELEMENTARY ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONSEntrance Examinations for all Elementary grade levels:K3 January 14, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m.(must be 3 years old by October 31, 2012K4 February 3 & 17, 2012 times are scheduled throughout the day(must be 4 years old by December 31, 2012K5 March 3, 2012 times are scheduled throughout the day (must be 5 years old by December 31, 2012Grades 1 to Grade 6 Saturday, March 3, 2012. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Parents are asked to collect application forms between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily from the Elementary Desk in the Herbert L. Treco Administration Building on the schools BernardRoad campus, before the testing date. Application forms may also be accessed from the schools website www.kingswayacademy.com. APPLY NOWFor further information, kindly contact the school at telephone numbers:324 5049 or 324 2158 FROM page 1B $1.3BN INCREASE FOR NATIONAL DEBT FROM page 1B CUSTOMS PUTS AQUAPURE ON CASH UPFRONT MONEY TRANSFER FRAUD: ITS ALL HANDS ON DECK Sources with knowledge of the matter previously informed Tribune Business that one Bahamas-based MoneyGram agent may have lost tens of thousands of dollars as a result of the a ttempted fraud, but that cannot be confirmed. They also claimed that Moneygram International enforced a $500 maximum send amount per transaction on all its Bahamasa gents from Friday through last weekend. Ms Sullivan said she was unaware of such action and could offer no comment. She said added MoneyGram was working to get to the bottom o f the matter. We have notified the authorities, and have multiple teams working on this to get to the heart of the matter and determine whats going on, how to stop it, what to prevent it with, shes aid. We work with our agents and communicate with them regularly to make them aware of this particular scam, so they are n ot taken in by it as well, and they have to educate their employees. We take it very seriously and it is all hands on deck to put a stop to this. T ribune Business had been told that suspected fraudsters h ave been Fraudsters have been calling Moneygram agents in the Bahamas and wider Caribbean, claiming to be officers of Moneygram International and directing them to bogus websites t hat look identical to the Moneygram website. The agents are then directed to download software, which compromises their system. F ROM page 1B



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By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net BAHA Mar crewman were left stunned after they inadvertently unearth human remains during their routine Cable Beach construction. Expecting nothing more than sand and rocks, the workers were in for a shock when they instead discovered human bones. The finding happened yes terday afternoon near the Superclubs Breezes resort, and coincidentally close to the former residence of the serial killing mother-son team, the Kimes. Supt Stephen Dean told The Tribune he had no infor mation surrounding the finding, at present time, but stat ed: I think it was just bones. We believe it had been there for some time. Yet, the discovery has sparked speculation that the remains could belong to a victim of murderers Sante Kimes and her son, Kenneth. The duo are presently serving a life without parole sentence in a California prison on several counts of murder. In 1998, the duo murdered business David Kazin in Las Vegas after he exposed Sante Kimes loan fraud. That same year, they also murdered New York socialite Irene Silverman while attempting to steal her Manhattan mansion. NASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER MPs stay silent over quit threatVolume: 108 No.16 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25) WEATHER WINDS, SHOWER HIGH 81F LOW 74F By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham said he has not been contacted by Kendal Wright after claims that the Clifton MP intends to resign nor does he expect to be. Following the suspension of the House of Assembly yesterday, Mr Ingraham confirmed he has spoken with Eight Mile Rock representative Verna Grant, the other MP who reportedly had planned to resign from the party. According to Mr Ingra ham, she will remain with the FNM. The prime minister said the FNM has not received notice of any resignation from any party members. He said: People dont have to give me notice, I can read the newspaper. If they tell me that they have gone then fine, thanks very much for Pr ime Minister has not been contacted TRY OUR DOVE RASPBERRY McFLURRY The TribuneTHEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBESTLATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM WHY BUY ANYWHERE ELSE ?!?!Most extensive line in the Bahamas of Windows and Entrance, External & NOW Internal Doors Call STORM FRAME WINDOWS for your free estimate today325-6633 INSIDETODAYYYOOUURRSSOOUURRCCEE FFOORROOBBIITTUUAARRIIEESSNOBODYBEATSTHETRIBUNENEWS SPORT FASHION MOVIES TVMUSIC ONSALEEVERYSATURDAYFFRREEEEGGRROOCCEERRYYCCOOUUPPOONNSS By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter cnixon@tribunemedia.net NOT all current FNM Members of Parliament will receive nominations from the party for the upcoming election said the prime minister. With the Boundary Order, which came into effect on Tuesday, tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham said the FNM will proceed to select and nominate candidates for the 38 parliamen tary seats in the upcoming weeks. He said: The FNM does not expect every single per son who is now member in the House of Assembly for the Free National Movement to be nominated again the FNM expects to be able to bring into the House, into its parliamentary fold, a number of new persons. While expressing gratitude to currently serving members, Mr Ingraham said the party must move forward. No job is permanent, whether it is mine or anyone elses, said Mr Ingraham, we all have a season and a time and the party will do what it considers to be best. HIGH Rock MP Kenneth Russell intends to run in East Grand Bahama on the FNM ticket despite the wishes of the party leadership, The Tribune has learned. According to sources close to Mr Russell, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham has made it clear to the Minister of Housing that he will not be the standard bearer for the newly named East Grand Bahama seat. The decision is reportedly indicative of the deteriorating relationship between the pair over the past three years, the party insider said. Following the early sus By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Drug Enforcement Unit officers seized over $1 million of suspected cocaine and arrested two persons during a drug bust at a residence in the Lucaya area. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey, press liaison officer, reported that officers discovered 129 pounds of cocaine at about 9.45pm on Tuesday at a house on Midshipman Road. She said a 27-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman are in police custody assisting police with their investigation. Officers were executing a search warrant for dangerous drugs when they found two crocus sacks of suspected cocaine, weighing approxi mately 129.5 pounds. NOT ALL CURRENT MPS WILL BE NOMINATED BONES FOUND BURIED AT BAHA MAR THE SCENE near the Superclubs Breezes resort where Baha Mar crewmen uncovered human remains during construction work. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff COCAINE WORTH $1M SEIZED IN DRUG RAID R USSELL TO RUN AGAINST FNM WISHES S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 3 3 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 3 3 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 2 2 S S e e e e p p a a g g e e 1 1 3 3 im lovin it

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By LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net THE fourth suspect wanted in connection with the armed robbery of a popular fast-food spot nearly two weeks ago was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday morning, following his release from the Princess Margaret Hospital. Tony Newbold, 27, of West Avenue was brought before Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez in Court One, Bank Lane, to face a charge of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit the robbery. Prosecution alleges that the accused, on Saturday November 26, concerned with others, did conspire to commit and did rob Burger King, Cable Beach of $1,719.03 cash while armed with a gun. The incident took place around 6pm. Newbold, was supposed to have been arraigned last Thursday with alleged accomplices Kadeem Bain, 20, Steven Taylor, 20, and Dwaynette Taylor, 18. However, he was in hospital under police guard to recover from a gun shot wound suffered during a high speed chase and shoot-out on Tonique Williams Darling Highway with police on the date in question. The accused, after nodding to the chief magistrate that he understood the offences, was not allowed to enter a plea, like his alleged accomplices, was denied bail and remanded to Her Majestys Prison, Fox Hill. Before the conclusion of the arraignment, defence attorney for the accused, Ramona Farquharson put on record and informed Chief Magistrate Gomez that police allegedly starved her client and refused to give him his medication. Mr Newbold was not fed since Monday while in police custody nor given his pain killers she told the court. She added that this was done in order to pressure him to give a statement to the police. Mrs Farquharson also requested assistance from the chief magistrate to make an order for her client to be allowed to return to Princess Margaret Hospital on December 15 to have staples removed from his stomach. Chief Magistrate Gomez acknowledged the request and made the order in that regard. The accused, along with the three other defendants who have retained attorney Ian Cargill, will return to the new Court One located Nassau Street on February 15, 2012. The four will be served with a Voluntary Bill of Indictment that will forward their case directly to the Supreme Court for trial, bypassing a lengthy preliminary inquiry in Magistrates Court. There are 16 witnesses listed on court dockets. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE $99Receive a Prenatal Massage A Herbal Lavender Facial Polish Change #1 Bay Street at the rear of the Hilton Phone: 356-0040 or 676-4176 Gift Card Available 15% gratuity will automatically be added Expecting mothers pamper yourself in our peaceful atmosphere, releasing all stress, aches and pains for the arrival of your bundle of joy. Man in court over fast food raid TONY NEWBOLD 27, right, leaving court after he was charged in connection with the armed robbery of Burger King nearly two weeks ago.

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By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net TWO MEN are fighting for their lives in hospital today after being shot in two separate incidents. Police say the first man was at Bamboo Boulevard shortly before 7pm on Tuesday when he was approached by two men armed with handguns. They demanded cash. The victim reportedly ran from the would be thieves and was subsequently shot in his lower back. Police are looking for two men in connection with this shooting. The second incident reportedly occurred about three hours later around 10:45pm. Police say the victim was riding his bicycle on Robinson Road when he was approached by a man and shot multiple times in his body. Both victims were taken to hospital by ambulance where they are both detained in critical condition. Police are investigating and are appealing to members of the public who may have any information about these incidents to contact police at 911, 919, CDU @ 502-9991, 502-9910 or crime stoppers @ 328-TIPS. Two men are also in police custody after being found with a firearm and a quantity of ammunition. Police say around 2:45am Wednesday officers conducted a search of a black Honda Accord at Sunrise Way off Carmichael Road and discov ered an unlicensed shotgun with a quantity of shotgun shells. Two men, ages 44 and 29, were taken into custody as a result of the search. In other crime news, a man was able to evade capture after police attempted to stop him through Cumberbatch Alley. Police say officers of the mobile division were con ducting routine patrols around 6:45pm Tuesday when they saw a male acting suspiciously. When officers attempted to stop him, he ran. However, a search of the area uncovered a handgun and ammunition. Active police investigations continue. By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net THE DNA announced its new constituency candidates, yesterday morning, after the recent boundary change forced them to alter their candidates. Branville McCartney, leader of the DNA, criticised the FNM, accusing them of purposely attempting to sabotage the campaigning efforts of the opposing parties. We in the DNA are not swayed by this governments attempt to displace our candidates, deny us supporters, or destroy this democracy, Mr McCartney said. We will use this inadequate attempt at intimidation to propel this movement. The current FNM government has reduced the number of House seats to 38, down from the previous number of 41. Asa result, some constituencies had to be eliminated or redrawn. This move has forced all political parties to move or release constituency candidates. Although they disagree with the move, the DNA is prepared to do what we have todo, so we may achieve what we must achieve, Mr McCartney said. We have to respond to these boundary cuts with the most aggressive, uncompromised show of political organization that this country has ever seen. He explained the DNA is prepared to play by the rules because we have no other choice with these boundary cuts. Adding, they are prepared to play only long enough to change them. Mr McCartney said should the DNA take office this next election, they will change this foolishness regarding boundary cuts. He alleged the boundaries should only change based on international standards and criteria, specifically, the standards of the United Nations Committee on Human Rights boundary change policies. Mr McCartney will also call for permanent electoral districts, a set election day, and a prime minister cumulative term limit of two terms. Speaking on the limit, Mr McCartney stated: God forbid, if Mr Ingraham or Mr Christie were to win the elec tion again. When the year 2017 comes around, that would of meant from 1967 to 2017, we really would of only had three prime minis ters. Thats a 50-year span, half a century. I want the Bahami an people to realize that, half a century three prime ministers. Twenty-eight candidates were announced at the press conference, with five constituencies having new candidates. The other 10 constituency candidates will be announced next week. The new changes, include the former Seabreeze constituency candidate Chris Mortimer being moved to Nassau Village. Taking his place is Alfred Poitier, former candidate for the Kennedy constituency, which no longer exists. Ben Albury, the Montagu constituency candidate, lost some of his constituency to St Annes, and gained from the now eliminated, St Thomas More constituency. Farrel Goff is the candidate for Golden Isles, previously campaigning in the eliminated Clifton constituency. The current DNA constituency candidates are as follows: Branville McCartney, Bamboo Town Rodney Moncur, Bains Town and Grants Town Dario Terrelli, Tall Pines Theo Cochinamogulos, Carmichael Shawn Francis, Cat Island, Rum Cay, etc. Farrel Goff, Golden Isles Charlene Paul, Elizabeth Floyd Armbrister, Exuma and Ragged Island Celi Moss, Centreville Kendal Smith, Fox Hill Kelphene Cunningham, Garden Hills Allswroth Pickstock, Golden Gates Alfred Poitier, Seabreeze Karen Davis, Marathon Adrian Laroda, MICAL Ben Albury, Montagu Wayne Monroe, Mt Moriah Sonith Lockhart, North Abaco Randy Butler, North Andros and Berry Islands Osman Johnson, Piner idge Wellington Woods, Pinewood Christopher Mortimer, Nassau Village Prince Smith, St Annes Nicholas Jacques, St Cecilia Maurice Smith, Yamacraw Roscoe Thompson, South Abaco Danny Hunt, South and Central Eleuthera Roger Rolle, West Grand Bahama, Bimini. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDA Y, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 3 A MAN was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday morning where he was charged in connection with an attack on a woman with the intent of raping her. Mario Stuart, 31, of Balls Alley appeared before Magistrate Carolyn Vogt-Evans in Court 6, Parliament Street, where he faced a charge of assault with intent to commit rape. The prosecution alleges that the accused on Sunday, December 4, attacked a woman with intent to have sexual intercourse with her against her will. After reading the charge to the accused, Magistrate VogtEvans informed him that he was not allowed to enter a plea due to the nature of the offence. He was remanded to Her Majestys Prison and will return to court on Monday, December 12, for a bail hearing. MAN FACES COURT OVER ATTACK ON WOMAN TWOMENHOSPITALISED INSEPARATESHOOTINGS FROM LEFT, Alfred Poitier, Maurice Smith, Branville McCartney, Christopher Mortimer, Farrel Goff, and Ben Albury. 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EDITOR, The Tribune. RACIAL discrimination was prevalent throughout The Bahamas in the 1950s and 1960s. This vexing problem was especially acute in New Providence. Black Bahamians were treated as subhuman in this country. It appears as if the Bay Street clique did very little to alleviate the suffering of the black masses, who were mostly living in abject poverty. In the 1940s and 1950s, very few black Bahamians had a high school education. The literacy rate was dismal. As I perused through the history books of Michael Craton and Dr Gail Saunders, I was simply astonished at how poor black Bahamians were, especially those who lived in the Out Islands. It appears as if those who say that our agriculture industry was flourishing in the 1940s and 1950s are guilty of over exaggerating the facts. The fact of the matter is that many Out Islanders were always in danger of starving to death. The so-called bustling agricultural industry was virtually non-existent in many of the Out Islands. It appears as if the plight of black Bahamians was not a major concern of the Bay Street Boys and most well-todo white Bahamians. Yet not every Bahamian toed the party line, however. One such Bahamian who challenged racial discrimination in the Bahamas was Etienne Dupuch, the former edi tor of The Tribune Sir Eti enne felt bad about what black people were going through in this country. The former Tribune editor was one of the first parliamentarians to move a resolution in the House of Assembly to end racial discrimination in public places in this country. There were white Bahamians who supported him, notably the late Donald McKinney, on the floor of the House. This move by Sir Etienne catapulted him to superstar dom among black Bahamians. The original members of the Progressive Liberal Party (PLP), however, chided Sir Etienne for not going far enough. According to several historians, the early members of the PLP also gained popu larity and political mileage among the black masses by jumping onto Sir Etiennes bandwagon. They had used Sir Etiennes initiative to score political brownie points with black Bahamians. In fact, on the very night (it was January 23,1956) that he gave notice of a resolution to revolutionize the entire social and economic structure of The Bahamas, a group of PLP leaders were seen like Sir Etienne, the early leaders of the PLP had also called for the ending of racial discrimination. It is important to emphasize, however, that it was Sir Etienne who began the arduous process of tearing down the walls of racial discrimination in the Bahamas in the House of Assembly, not Sir Lynden, Sir Milo B Butler or any other PLP MP. Sir Lynden and the PLP simply built upon the foundation that was laid by Sir Etienne. Bahamians need to know this. Somehow we often have this mindset that all white Bahamians were a part of the racist system which degraded our black forebears. This is simply untrue. Moreover, we must also bear in mind that many white Bahamians lived in squalor. These people also catch eternal hell under the Bay Street regime. When the PLP was formed in 1953, it was viewed favourably by Sir Etienne. However, this was not to last. One of the founders of the PLP, Cyril Stevenson, began attacking the editor of The Tribune through his own news paper, The Herald. The First World War veteran and mem ber of the Order of The British Empire faced a two-pronged attack from the PLP and the Old Guard. Sir Etienne con sidered the PLP to be too extreme for the country. Regrettably, many in this country are ignorant of the tremendous sacrifices that Sir Etienne had made on behalf of black Bahamians. We have conveniently forgotten that his Tribune newspaper was systematically targeted by the white establishment. There was a time when The Nassau Guardian was owned and managed by members of the Bay Street Boys. These people did everything possible to destroy Sir Etienne and his newspaper. He had served as editor of The Tribune for 53 years, from 1919 to 1972. Perhaps one of Sir Etiennes greatest disappointments was the fact that his Bahamas Democratic League (BDL) received so little support in the 1956 general elections from the very people he had fought so hard for. The Old Guard hated Sir Etienne because he called a spade a spade. He was the moral conscience of this nation and the champion of the black masses. He always fought for those who were taken advantage of by the Old Guard. As I read through his autobiography, The Tribune Story, I am simply amazed at how courageous and brutally honest he was. His memoir should be required reading in every high school in this country. It gives significant information on what went on in this country during the 1940s and 1950s by one of the most important figures in Bahamian history. It continues to amaze me that no major thoroughfare or school in New Providence, or The Bahamas, for that matter, has been named after him. It astounds me that we have airports, housing subdivisions, government buildings and schools named after persons whose contributions pale in comparison to Sir Etiennes, yet absolutely nothing has been named after the late editor of The Tribune This is wrong. Whatever our views of Sir Etienne are, this much is clear, he is one of the greatest Bahami ans to have ever lived. It would be criminal for this nation to forget or ignore his many con tributions to this nation. KEVIN EVANS Freeport, Grand Bahama December 6, 2011. (It is interesting to note that when Sir Etienne stood on the floor of the House to propose his Resolution to end discrimination in all public places in the Bahamas and was threatened with arrest if hedid not sit down and desist from moving that resolution the PLP had only one member in the House. That member was HM Taylor, the party founder, who later became governor of the Bahamas. Sir Lynden and Sir Milo Butler were not members of the House at that time. Ed). EDITOR, The Tribune ANOTHER fire on Bay Street this one, if it is as bad as I am told, is a tremendous loss to the nation. I was moved to tears when I learned of the fire, and I remaindeeply saddened by the news of it. Vendue House more recently known as Pompey Museum, was a National Treasure. The small building to the West of the Museum was originally a Seaman's Chapel, as you would know, where Bahamian seamen went to pray before leaving the docks on their journeys north. Bothbuildingswere to feature prominently in the restoration and revitalization of Downtown Nassau a work that is helvto start as soon as the Straw workers move into their new home. These buildingsare irreplaceable the slave artifacts, priceless.This is a national tragedy of tremendous pro portions. We have lost so much of our built heritage, through neglect, indifference and care lessness. Classic examples of such neglect and indifferenceremain on George Street, Cumberland Street, West Hill Street, and East Street, among others. When will Bahamians, who own these properties, wake up and acknowledge their responsibility to preserve our past. We will never be a first world country until we recognise the value of our Bahamian heritage, what it should mean to all of us, and do what needs to be done to preserve it before more is destroyed. SENATOR LYNN HOLOWESKO Nassau, December 2, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune LimitedNULLIUS 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.) LL.D., D.Litt 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 TELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising) 322-1986 Advertising Manager (242) 502-2352 Circulation Department (242) 502-2386 Nassau Fax: (242) 328-2398 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242)-352-6608 Freeport fax: (242) 352-9348 THE young turks can sheath their swords because, with the Constitution on his side, only the Bahamian people can end Prime Minister Ingrahams term of office. Election day will determine his fate. Behind the scenes this week, many conspiracies were being hatched to provoke a constitutional crisis. It was speculated that two FNM MPs, whose constituencies were eliminated by the Boundaries Commission, had plans to resign on the floor of the House yesterday. This did not happen, nor is it expected to happen. But if it does, no matter how the numbers are crunched it will not shake the Ingraham government before election day just five months away. The Tribune was reliably informed over the weekend that in an attempt to create problems for Mr Ingraham, Mrs Verna Grant, Eight Mile Rock MP, and Mr Kendal Wright, Clifton MP, planned to resign their soon-to-be non-existent House seats and cross the floor. It was unclear whether they would go as Independents, or join one of the two Opposition parties. As soon as she saw her name in print on Monday morning, we understand that Mrs Grant made it clear to her party leader that she had no intention of resigning. Mr Wright on the other hand has said nothing. However, as he moves in and out of the House, his body language betrays discontent. In speaking to the Press yesterday, Mr Ingraham said he has not been contacted by Mr Wright, nor does he expect to be. In this column on Monday, we speculated what could happen if the two members resigned, from both the party and the government. Many numbers were crunched leaving a 20-20 tie on the floor of the House, which would be unworkable and could hasten an election. However, with an election so near, gov ernment could run its full term under sec tion 67(1) of the Constitution. Whenever the House is dissolved, government will have 90 days grace before an election has to be called. However, under the Constitution and with an election so near, no matter which way the politicians manoeuvre in the House, the Ingraham government can easily ride out its full term. As someone commented yesterday, Britain has given us a good constitution. No Bahamian will ever wake up one morning to find that he has no government. Within an extended time period, the government continues until an election is called and a new government returned. Its based on the same principle as the announcement made on the death of a monarch: The King is dead; long live the King. There was also talk this week of holding a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister at yesterdays House sitting. That did not happen. As was pointed out, if the whole House voted against him, Mr Ingraham did not have to resign until an election was called. The Prime Minister can dissolve the House at any time, but he does not have to call an election for another 90 days after dissolution. Should a member resign, a by-election has to be called within 60 days, unless the House is dissolved sooner, which puts it back into the 90-day bracket. So whichever way it goes, and no matter the machinations, the election will proba blybe called on the date that Mr Ingraham has already planned. PLP MPs have criticised the Ingraham government for not allowing enough time for election candidates to get to know their constituencies. Either these politicians have no memory or they have no shame. Five years is a short time to have a total memory loss. At this time five years ago the 2007 election then prime minister Christie had not yet closed the Register of Voters, as a consequence the Boundaries Com mission could make no decision about the boundaries. The voters register did not close until March 12, 2007 two months before the elections were held. In preparation for the 2012 election not only was the Voters Register closed on time this year, but the Boundaries Commission has already reported. Candidates will soon be able to introduce themselves to their constituents, not as five years ago when by the time candidates received the names of persons in their areas, it was so close to the election wire that they hardly had time to go over the voters list before getting into the districts. That was one of the most ill-planned, ill-executed elections that has probably ever been held. And today politicians complain. Really they make themselves look silly because they have nothing to complain about, certainly if they can crank up their memories and recall 2007. LETTERSletters@tribunemedia.net Government can last its full term Pompey Museum tragedy A bold, fresh piece of humanity

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By SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net PLP DEPUTY LEADER Brave Davis yesterday urged the government to publicise the details of the sale of the Atlantis Resort to Brookfield Asset Management. Stating that Bahamians do not trust the current administrationto fight for them at the negotiating table, Mr Davis asked for further clarification regarding the sale and its possible impact on the more than 7,000 Bahamian workers. What does the deal say about these jobs and are there guarantees in place to preserve these jobs? What does the arrangement say with respect to wages and benefits? The FNM needs to immediately share the details of the agreement with the people of the Bahamas, he said. The countdown begins today, Prime Minister. We do not intend to drop this matter until you do the right thing. A lot of families are counting on those jobs the government owes them clarity and transparency. More than 1,200 workers at the Atlantis Resort have been terminated over the past three years, reportedly due to the recession, Mr Davis said. The Cat Island MP said the Ingraham administration has repeatedly failed to put Bahamians first. Sol Kerzner, head of the Kerzner group, confirmed plans to transfer ownership of the Atlantis Resort to Canadian asset management company Brookfield last month. The deal will see Kerzner stay on to manage all Paradise Island properties, including the One&Only Ocean Club. Employing nearly 8,000 Bahamians, Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham acknowledged Kerzner International as the single largest private sector employer in the country. Addressing the House of Assembly following the announcement of the ownership transfer, Mr Ingraham reassured the Bahamians employed at Atlantis that their jobs are secure, with employment and expenditure levels to remain the same under the new owners. The deal is a debt-for-equity swap worth $175 million. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDA Y, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 5 Release details of Atlantis deal BRAVEDAVIS has called on the government to release details of the Brookfield deal for Atlantis.

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By KHRISNA VIRGIL kvirgil@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas Air Traffic Controllers Union says its members are taking matters into their own hands as middle management has inflicted suffering on them for far too long. The union staged a demonstration yesterday outside the offices of Civil Aviation on Crawford Street. The group of frustrated airport workers who took part said they have exhausted every peaceful avenue in an effort to get a number of outstanding issues resolved. President of the union Roscoe Perpall said it is time for a strong message to be sent to government. According to Mr Perpall, middle management has made several attempts to undermine the provisions of his members industrial agree ment. He said: It must end, and symbolically we use this occasion to burn the vacation noti fication for 2012, and shift schedule. We will advise our members to reject any vacation allocated for 2012, until such time as the outstanding concerns are resolved. Among the issues are health and safety concerns following Hurricane Irene, Mr Perpall said. He said: We, in our commitment to country, had instructed our members to return to work in a building whose roof had been torn off during the hurricane and the structure has subsequently been condemned by government appointed engineers. Mr Perpall said the employees launched a self-help programme to clean and restore the building as much as they could, but their goodwill got them nowhere with the government. The controllers also want managers to help them avoid on-the-job fatigue by creating a new roster. Right now, worldwide, there is a concern with fatigue within the air traffic service and this was highlighted by those incidents in the US where persons were found asleep on the job, Mr Perpall said. If they don't address it, we would in short order have our membership discontinue working the nights. The controllers also want their outstanding shift pay and training allowance, he said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL UNION TAKES ON MANAGEMENT PRESIDENT of the Air Traffic Controllers Union Rosco Perpall address members of the media outside the Civil Aviation head office yesterday. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff It must end, and symbolically we use this occasion to burn the vacation notification for 2012, and shift schedule. We will advise our members to reject any vacation allocated for 2012, until such time as the outstanding concerns are resolved. Rosco Perpall

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By KHRISNA VIRGIL kvirgil@tribunemedia.net THE Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort could soon face industrial action, a union representative warned. Trade Union Congress (TUC) president Obie Ferguson said Sandals employees have been neglected for too long, both by the company and by Labour Minister Dion Foulkes, which may force them to rely on their last resorta walk-out. Mr Ferguson said there have been no negotiations on anew industrial agreement since July 5. He said: We have tried to commence negotiations. They promised us a collective agreement or proposal for September 1, 2011. It has yet to be presented. In view of this, Mr Ferguson said, whatever action is needed to gain the minister's attention will take place. Mr Ferguson also noted that the Bahamas Hotel, Maintenance and Allied Workers Union (BHMAWU) met with the Labour Board about the reinstatement of 12 employees who were allegedly dismissed for their union ties. To the unions disappointment, he claimed, the hotel came in obviously prepared not to negotiate. They took the position that the trade dispute was never filed on them, but we made it very clear to them, he said. According to Labour Minister Foulkes and Registrar of Trade Unions Harcourt Brown, the BHMAWU is not registered as a bargaining unit forthe employees, and therefore cannot file a dispute. But, according to Mr Ferguson, the union is in good standing as an authoritative entity to bargain on behalf of the employees. The Privy Council ruled on February 23, 2011 that the maintenance union is the union that the minister, the registrar and the company ought to deal with, he said, calling on Mr Foulkes to do his job. We wrote him, he said, hes refused to answer us. When 500 workers walk off that job he will find plenty time to sit down and ask us to go back to work and to negotiate, but we're not going to do that. Before those 500 workers walk off that job, he ought to convene a meeting with the parties. Thats the job of the minister. His job is to keep industrial peace as much as possible. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 7 Examine Yourself1Corinthians 11:27-34 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. Therefore, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, lest you come together for judgment. And the rest I will set in order when I come. Staff may walk out in Sandals strike action LAWYER Obie Ferguson, who represents 500 Sandals workers, speaks to the media yesterday. Photo: Tim Clarke /Tribune Staff

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BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT Community activist Troy Garvey has announced he will run as an independent candidate in Grand Bahama in the 2012 general elections. Mr Garvey, 45, wants to become the next MP for Marco City one of the most historic and coveted seats on the island. The announcement follows reports that he has taken an indefinite hiatus from Operation Justice, the organisation he led in numerous protests against the practices of the Grand Bahama Power Company. Mr Garvey believes he can provide true representation to the people of Grand Bahama. There is much lack of representation from the MPs in Grand Bahama, and my personal leadership experience on the social level compels me at this time to run and fill the void to provide brave new leadership which the present political groupings have failed at providing, he said. Mr Garvey claims the government has been quiet and unresponsive to the needs of Grand Bahama. He said the island now has the highest unemployment rate in the country. Mr Garvey also said the Grand Bahama Port Authority, the principal regulator for the City of Freeport, has failed to invigorate the workforce and bring a change in the high electricity rates. He said health care on the island is far below acceptable standards, and both the tourism industry and the education system are in shambles. Known as a peoples advocate, Mr Garvey has been at the forefront of many controversial issues affecting people on the island. His assistance has been sought in several labour matters and social problems. Mr Garvey says he is encouraged by the support he is getting from the business sector and the community at large. Residents have been very positive and I have been getting lot of requests to run as a candidate in Marco City. Marco City is the centre of Grand Bahama and it con sists of a diaspora of people from different areas of Grand Bahama. My fight has always been for the people and I have cen tred myself in Grand Bahama and thats why I have chose Marco City as the constituencyI would like to run for, he said. The seat was held by for mer FNM leader the late Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield in the late 1980s. Following his death, a byeelection was held and FNM retained the seat in the partys first ever election win in 1992. In 2002, the FNM lost Marco City to the PLPs Pleasant Bridgewater, who was defeated in 2007 by the FNMs Zhivargo Laing. The PLP has ratified attorney Gregory Moss as its candidate for Marco City. The DNA has yet to name a candidate. Mr Garvey said: Although I have taken hiatus from Operation Justice, I will not stop the fight against the Power Company, but I am just trying to elevate myself to another level where I can have more of a true and better representation for the peo ple. When asked about claims of past affiliation with the National Democratic Party and the Bahamas Democratic Movement, Mr Garvey denied having ties with either party. I have never joined any of those parties. The only party I made application to was the PLP two years ago to run as a candidate in EMR (Eight Mile Rock), but I had rescinded my letter after careful con sideration and started to fight for the people of Grand Bahama, he said. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE MEET BOLD CHELA-TECH MEDICAL LABDNA PATERNITYTESTINGONLY $300CALL US 322-5071/328-1650 Activist to run in elections TROYGARVEY, who will run as an independent candidate for Marco City in next years elections. My fight has always been for the people and I have centred myself in Grand Bahama and thats why I have chose Marco City as the constituency I would like to run for. T T r r o o y y G G a a r r v v e e y y

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDA Y, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 9 The Mercedes-Benz C-ClassYour most enjoyable drive ever.The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a pleasure tobehold offering a new interpretation of driving pleasure. Its taut lines lend it an air of effortless superiority while the wide radiator grille and distinctive rear section announce a vehicle with a real presence and dynamic personality. Few cars can compete with its ability to adjust so many facets of its character from the interior to the drive technology so quickly and precisely in response toexternal conditions and your own particular needs. The key to this flexible response is the standard-fit Agility Control Package which includes selective damping. The interior offers noticeably more space and a more distinctive atmosphere tosuit your taste. As you will see, the C-Class is the perfect embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz philosophy.Tyreflex Star MotorsWulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas, Tel 242.325.4961 Fax 242.323.4667OUR PARTS DEPARTMENT IS FULLY STOCKED WITH EVERY COMPONENT NECESSARY TO ENSURE THAT YOUR MERCEDES RUNS TROUBLE FREE. TRAINED TECHNICIANS ON DUTY. AMajor Hotel has a vacancy for aHousekeeping ManagerResponsibilities includes: ofup to 600 guest accommodations, public and employee areas housekeeping and laundry staff plaints concerning laundry and house keeping services The ideal candidate must possess the managerial level in an established hotel equivalent chemicals Interested candidates should send resumes to: hrvacancyhotel@gmail.com No later than Friday, 16th December, 2011 By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.netFREEPORT A Grand Bahama girl was selected out ofa group of students from 19 countries to be a finalist in the Florida Caribbean Cruise Associations essay competi tion. Saida Karamo, a 10th grade student at Sunland Baptist Academy, was handed a $200 cheque for becoming a finalist in the senior division. Every year, the FCCA holds a Childrens Essay Competition for junior and senior students in the Caribbean region. The junior division is for children ages nine to 12 years old, and the senior division is for children ages 13 to 16 years old. The aim of the competition isto assist students in furthering their education while letting them think about their own destination, its involvementin the cruise industry, and providing an opportunity to problem solve for the real world, a spokesperson said. This year, entrants were asked the question: What does sustainable tourism mean to your destination? SAIDA KARAMO (at centre) is seen receiving her $200 cheque from Karen Seymour of the Ministry of Tourism. AWINNINGWAYWITHWORDS AWINNINGWAYWITHWORDS

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YOUR SAY By MINISTER OF HEALTH DR HUBERT MINNIS WHEN talking about redevelopment and revitalisation of an area, we are usually talking about physical change and possibly stakeholder changes. Merriam-Webster defines revitalise as to give new life, and redevelop as to develop again. The scope of redevelopment and revitalisation can vary from one building, one street, to an entire town or community. While such changes might be desirable, it is important to mention that change always is accompanied with uncertainty and resistance. This is usually overcome when the benefits are understood by those impacted stakeholders (businesses, employees, residents, et cetera). In some instances, redevel opment programmes in Britain and the United States met with mixed emotions and controversy as they displaced persons in low income areas for the development of new shopping centres and high income housing. Our approach, however, will not bring about a displacement of low income housing but an improvement in several variables in the quality of life; including the social, environmental, and economic aspects of life. Generally, it is said that people aspire to improve their lot in life; our aspiration is to actually improve our communities and quality of life. The hierarchy of needs according to Maslow, trans lates into humans first fulfilling fundamental physiologi cal needs like food, clothing, shelter; then aspiring beyond the need for safety and belonging, to eventually seek ing to fulfill the needs of esteem and self-actualisation. I envision revitalisation as a programme to aid in the actu alisation of human needs. It is envisioned that The City of Nassau Revitalisation Act, 2008 would eventually have a domino effect on the entire island of New Providence. The government should be commended for the introduction of this Act. The Act provides a formidable initial step in the redevelopment and revitalisation programme by way of exemptions (real property tax, custom duties, and excise taxes) to those willing to participate. Ideally, such exemptions would encourage capital investments or investment with recognizable economic impact in the form of jobs, business revitalisation and expansion. Economic stimulation is vital to the success of redevelopment programmes as it lays the foundation upon which the community develops new vigour. To encourage economic trickle down, businesses would be encouraged to hire new persons for minimum specified periods (eg three to four years) and thus receive a percentage reduction in business licence fees. This per centage can vary depending upon the number of individuals hired. Thus, The City of Nassau Revitalisation Act has the potential to resonate beyond the businesses and residences located in the City of Nassau proper to the immediate outlying areas and thereby benefit many smaller Over-theHill businesses and communities. Practically, this would mean: homes in the City of Nassau and the surrounding areas that are in a state of disrepair being given the care and attention they disparately need creation of jobs within the community allowing young people the opportunity to start maintenance and construction-related businesses that focuses directly on their communities opportunities for volun teerism to assist elderly and non-profit organisations (eg LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE NOTICESANPIN MOTORS LTD SANPIN PRE-OWNED DEPARTMENT FRIENDLY FORD MOTORS LTD ELITE MOTORS LTDWILL BE CLOSED DAY THURSDAYCLOSEDDECEMBER 8TH 12.30PMREOPENDECEMBER 9TH 8AM Give the Bahamas a DRHUBERMINNIS advocates revitalisation work to lift entire areas of New Providence.

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 11 painting, construction work and landscaping) the opportunity to renovate and upgrade to become more energy efficient (eg introduction of solar panels and other energy efficient appliances) improvement of physical surroundings by removal of derelict vehicles, adherence to business zoning regulations (eg no roadside garages), and proper waste disposal, all engendering a sense of community pride. Health benefits would be derived from the removal of outdoor toilette facilities and improve ment of running water, all of which would decrease the chances of diseases such as cholera, TB, dengue, gas troenteritis, and other related illnesses. There is no reason why the landscaping we admire at properties like BahaMar and Atlantis cannot be done all across this island and maintained by the persons within the various communities. We have a small island, one that I think can be landscaped and maintained as an ongoing programme that needs little government intervention if we all do our part. While the approach of the redevelopment programme would be segmental, working zone-by-zone emanating from the City of Nassau outward, the overall objective is an island-wide coverage over time. In addition to the incentives already provided by the existing Act, we should consider having all infrastructural upgrades completed during the redevelopment by the utility companies. Thus, the importance of the infrastructural road crusade presently occurring throughout New Providence. For those individuals who many not be able to afford the necessary repairs to their homes, low rate loans or government backed loans can be provided. However a small portion of whatever finances the individual may derive be it rental, NIB benefit, OAP benefit or unemployment benefit would be applied to the ongoing loan. Improving our communities helps to move us collectively closer to the quality of life we desire. Moving forward, upward, onward, together we can redevelop and revitalise New Providence to our common loftier goal to keep the Bahamas clean, green and pristine. new look THE BAHA MAR development has been eyecatching for the work on creating an attractive landscape.

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pension of the House of Assembly yesterday, Mr Ingraham announced that the party does not expect to ratify all incumbents for the next general elections, but instead plans to introduce a number of new persons. Last night, Mr Russell confirmed that he does intend to pursue a nomination to the East Grand Bahama seat. However, he refused to comment on reports that his decision was not supported by his party leader. Ina press statement yesterday, Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell questioned whether or not Mr Russell was still supported by the party leader given his public dissent on the renaming of his seat during the debate on the Constituencies Commissions report last week. Mr Mitchell said: I am wondering therefore given the conventions of the constitution how it is possible for a minister to publicly dis sent from a decision of the cabinet and the Prime Minister chastise him and then the Cabinet continues to sit undisturbed with that Minister still in the Cabinet, with neither the minister resigning nor the Prime Minister forcing the issue. Ideally, candidates are selected by the leader of the party and then vetted by the Candidates Committee. The candidate-hopefuls are then put before the Central Council, who will make the final decision. Without a nod from Mr Ingraham, Mr Russells only other option would be a plea to the partys Central Council, as he did in 1997. If successful, a council member will make a motion, and another will second it, for the body to ratify him as the FNM candidate for East Grand Bahama. Council meetings have been disbanded for the year, and will resume in January, The Tribune understands. It has been suggested that with the renaming of the constituency there would not be any incumbent in that seat. Reportedly, Senator Frederick McAlpine has already expressed his interest to the party. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 12, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE TABUComing soon, Nassaus Newest Adult Novelty StoreLook for us upstairs in the Carmichael Plaza, Carmichael Rd.(Same building as Lickety Split)Tantilize, Tease and Titillate withTABU ASP Mackey reported that the drugs has an estimated street value of $1,144,000. She stated that police also discovered and seized two handguns, including a Black Glock 17 .9mm pistol, which contained a magazine clip with five live rounds of .9mm ammunition; and a Black Glock 19 .9mm pistol with a magazine clip containing 17 live rounds of .9mm ammunition, along with an extended clip which contained 31 rounds of .9mm ammunition. According to Mackey, a total of 53 rounds of ammunition were seized. Investigations are continuing into the matter. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e COCAINE WORTH $1M SEIZED IN DRUG RAID R R u u s s s s e e l l l l t t o o r r u u n n a a g g a a i i n n s s t t F F N N M M w w i i s s h h e e s s I am wondering ... how it is possible for a minister to publicly dissent from a decision of the cabinet and the Prime Minister chastise him and then the Cabinet continues to sit undisturbed with that Minister still in the Cabinet. F F r r e e d d M M i i t t c c h h e e l l l l M M P P KENNETHRUSSELLMP

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The party later issued a clarification explaining that Mr Ingrahams comments about MPs not returning includes members who are themselves not seeking reelection. Mr Ingraham said the FNM party will make recommendations to an executive committee and if approved those recommendations will be put forward to the council of the party, who will make the final decision. The FNM party has decided to hold a convention in the first six months of next year, whether it will happen before the elections has yet to be determined, Mr Ingraham said. Encouraging Bahamians to continue to register to vote, Mr Ingraham said voters cards are expected to be issued as early as January. Parliament was suspend ed yesterday and will resume Monday morning when the Polling Stations Order is expected to be tabled. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDA Y, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 13 Distributed throughout the Bahamas byBWABahamas Wholesale Agencies Ltd. East West Highway, Nassau Tel: 242-394-1759 1Milton Street, Freeport Tel: 242-351-2201 If itsFLOURits OKAY!Afavourite of The Bahamas for many years!OK Flour is a Patent Flour-the highest quality flour available Enriched and versatile, OK Flour is well suited to many baking and cooking applications OK Flourbetter value per pound A T f OK OK OK F F F l lo ur isaPatent Flo u your service. According to Mr Ingraham, Mrs Grant called him Tuesday morning and said media reports that claimed she intended to resign from the FNM or her seat in Parliament were totally and completely inaccurate. Rumours circulated earlier this week that the MPs intended to announce their resignation from the FNM yesterday in Parliament over their disapproval of boundary cuts and the elimination of their respective constituencies. When it came time for the Deputy Speaker of the House, Kwasi Thompson, to ask if there were any resignations of seats, the opposition could be heard goading Mrs Grant to speak, however, she gestured to them to be silent. Mr Wright was present in the House of Assembly only briefly, when he entered and left shortly after. Intending to clarify reports, Mr Ingraham said suggestions made in the media that the resignation of an MP would force the government to call an early election is totally untrue and not possible. He said under the constitution the powers of the prime minister are clearly defined and a single MP could not force an early election. The only people who are able to cause the prime minister to call an election before he is ready are the people of the Bahamas they can force the prime ministers hand, individual members of the House of Assembly cannot require the prime minister to resign, said Mr Ingraham. Ina press release issued yesterday, Fox Hill MP Fred Mitchell accused the government of suspending parliament early to deal with the matter. He said: It is outrageous that the government closed the House of Assembly early today because they did not have their political ducks in a row. For video of Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham speaking on the matter, see tribune242.com. In 1996, they murdered banker Syed Bilal Ahmed in their Cable Beach home. According to testimony from Kenneth Kimes, the banker had flown to Nassau from the Caymans to investigate irregularities in a bank account belonging to the late Kenneth Kimes Sr Santes partner, and Kenneth Jrs father. The pair drugged the banker and then downed him in their bathtub. Kenneth alleged the body was dumped at sea, but their Cable Beach neighbours have long suspected they buried the body somewhere on their property. f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e f f r r o o m m p p a a g g e e o o n n e e NOT ALL CURRENT MPS WILL BE NOMINATED PM:No one has resigned PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham said he has not received any resignations. BONESARE FOUND BURIEDATBAHAMAR

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FAMILY Health and Safety Day took on a competitive edge this year as employees of Freeport Harbour Company, Freeport Container Port, Grand Bahama Airport Company and the Grand Lucayan engaged in a month-long contest aimed at encourag ing healthy lifestyles. Teams bearing Bahamian bush-medicine names like Cerasee, Bay Geranium, Maderia and Fever Grass battled it out to the delight of hundreds of relatives and friends on the beautiful beaches of the Grand Lucayan Resort, the host for the event. Container Port CEO Gary Gilbert welcomed the employees and their families. He said: My great plea sure is to thank all four units for all the hard work you do every single day of the year, I appreciate what you do. Mr Gilbert also thanked the Container Port employee councils along with Trevor Smith, Eldridge Parker, and Kingsley Bain for all their community work. During the month, employees took advantage of health screenings provided by Colina Insurance and visited booths to learn of products that can assist in leading a healthy lifestyle. Dr Alejandro Badia of ORNOAs Network Imaging Centres in Florida, gave a presentation on diagnostic imaging. The employees team com LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Family fun with NURSES were busy screening for high cholesterol, glucose or blood pressure. ALARIE TURNER, FHC cargo manager, is about to win the man agers sprint as FCP director Godfrey Smith dives at the tape too ear ly. CONTAINER PORT CEO Gary Gilbert addresses the partici pants. Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDA Y, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 15 AKOYACULTUREDPEARLSTRANDANDSTUDEARRINGSET. ASPECIALEDITIONVALUEPRESENTEDINAKEEPSAKEBOX. $3,950. WANTEDAMajor Hotel has a vacancy for anASSISTANT ENGINEERResponsibilities includes: Operations hrvacancyhotel@gmail.com No later than Thursday, 8th December, 2011 NOW OPENLocks of HairGreat quality at reasonable prices Weoffer: Virgin Remy Indian and Brazilian Hair Straight & Wavy Textures Lengths 12-18 Available in Brown/Off-Black colors Inquire today at 323.2224/ 454.1343 Or E-mail us at info@locks-of-hair.com health tips petition included the following events: A tug-of-war, won by Team Cerasee A strong man competition, won by Elvardo McIntosh (FCP berth operator II) ofTeam Madeira Team relays, won by Team Madeira A first responders challenge, won by Team Cerasee The managers 50 metre dash, won by Alarie Turner FHC cargo manager. The other participants were: Godfrey Smith, Container Port director; Phil Carey, airport director; Malvese Capron, human resources director. The final scores placed Team Madeira in first place, Cerasee in second, Geranium in third and Fever Grass in forth. The raffle winner was Doyle Adderley, Grand Bahama Airport Company crash rescue fire fighter. MADERIA celebrates with the trophy as the overall winner in the Family Health and Safety Day competition. Making the presentation is Human Resources Director Malvese Capron, right. TWO six-man tug-of-war teams dig into the sand. COLINA STAFF members explain the types of insurance coverage the company offers.

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By NATARIO McKENZIETribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net A LEADING bottled water manufacturer said yesterday it had been able to clear imported parts vital to prevent it from having to shut down its operations, but will now have to operate on a cash basis with Customs over its future shipments. We were able to get the parts cleared. We were able to deal with that today. My son is on his way back from the airport as we speak with the parts. We have an engineer here waiting, Geoffrey Knowles, Aquapures operations head, told Tri bune Business last evening. But we now have to operate on a cash basis for every shipment. Its time consuming; we have to take cash to the airport every time we have a shipment. $4.68 $4.51 $4.69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $5.19 $4.97 $5.17 THETRIBUNE SECTIONB business@tribunemedia.net MONDAY, MAY 9, 2011 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Bahamas national debt will increase by at least $1.3 billion during the four years up to end-June 2016, a former finance minister yesterday describing forecasts that the total will exceed $5.5 billion as certainly cause for cause. Analysing the implications of the International Monetary Funds (IMF) Article IV report for the Bahamian economy, James Smith, both a former minister of state for finance and Central Bank governor, told Tribune Business that the weakened fiscal position would be a very serious problem for the next government. Warning that the Bahamas persistently high fiscal deficits and expanding debt-to-GDP (gross domestic product) ratio would be very difficult to turn around, Mr Smith said the IMFs projections effecBy NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor THE Government will employ a multi-pronged effort to create a sustainable solution for the Bahamas expanding $4.25 billion national debt, a senior minister acknowledging the current fiscal position was not the ideal one, thats for sure. Zhivargo Laing, minister of state for finance, said that while the Ingraham administration was employing a combination revenue and spending measures, plus better debt management, to address the persistent fiscal deficits, returning to consistent economic growth was a fundamental necessity for enabling the Bahamas to reduce both its gross debt and accompanying ratios. Responding to the International Monetary Funds (IMF) Article IV report on the Bahamian economy, which warned that the Governments medium-term plans to address its weakened fis cal position were not sufficient, Mr Laing said addressing this had to be balanced with meeting the Bahamas wider needs during a time of By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor ALMOST 5,500 Water & Sewerage Corporation customers were unable to receive water last year after their accounts were disconnected for non-payment, with the state-owned distributor suffering from an unacceptably low 79 per cent operating cost recovery rate. The Water & Sewerage Corporations 2010 annual report, tabled in the House of Assembly yesterday by environment minister Earl Deveaux, provided another insight into the financial struggles of both itself and its customers, including other government agencies. The report revealed how virtually all the Water & Sewerage Corporations 55.4 per cent net accounts receivables increase in 2010 stemmed from balances owed by other government departments. By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor ROYALFIDELITY Capital Markets will not launch its sixth international investment fund before 2011 yearend, telling Tribune Business it doesnt make sense to battle uphill against tepid investor appetite. Joseph Euteneuer, RoyalFidelitys mutual fund manager, in a recent interview confirmed it would not proceed with its proposed TIGRS 6 fund during the 2011 fourth quarter given that many Bahamas-based investors remained concerned about global stock market volatility. Disclosing that RoyalFidelity would revisit the fund in the 2012 first quarter to determine whether investor appetite has recovered, Mr Euteneuer told Tribune Business: Weve decided not to go with it now. AsI mentioned before, its an international product, but as people are afraid of market volatility it does not make any $1.3BN INCREASE FOR NATIONAL DEBTGOVT MINISTER: $4.25BN DEBTNOT IDEAL SPOT *Ex-finance minister says IMF projections show Bahamas total debt to exceed $5.5bn by mid-2016 *Warns difficult to turn around, as country a battleship, not a dinghy *Outspoken businessman warns borrowing will come back to haunt us through tax rises *Return to economic growth fundamental necessity for tackling fiscal woe, says Laing *New committee to manage Govts debt holdings as part of multi-pronged plan SEE page 10B SEE page 9B SEE page 5B SEE page 4 SEE page 9B James Smith5,500 WATER CORP CLIENTS DISCONNECTED *Water suppliers 79% operating cost recovery branded unacceptably low *Bills Govt for cost of roadwork-related repairs that accounted for 68% of maintenance rise *Revenue per worker fell 2.5% *Doesnt make sense to battle negative investor sentiment on TIGRS 6 *Set to re-evaluate prospects in 2012 Q1 CUSTOMS PUTS AQUAPURE ON CASH UPFRONTROYALFIDELITY HOLDS OFF ON FUND LAUNCH *Bottled water manu facturer clears parts vital to keep operating, but now hits new snag

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BUSINESS PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE By DEIDRE M. BASTIAN HAVE you ever scratched your head and wondered: What class of designer am I? Or: What type of style do I boast? Consider this. All graphic designers are not alike. They are not all the same. In fact, 20 designers can learn the same methods, be taught by the same person and still advance differently. Every graphic designer conducts business differently with clients, meaning that some sell a strategy to their clients while others sell merely a look. So, is it safe to say that what is significant tends to vary among designers. What is more, since all five fingers of the human hand are not the same, all graphic designers are different and possess unique talents with distinctive personalities. Some hardly know which personality is needed daily. They thrive to acquire survival personalities that prepare them for battle each day. In this vein, lets look at how each personality differs from each other. THE SHOW-OFF JOHNNY BRAVO: I am sure most women remember the cartoon in which a handsome hunk tried relentlessly to impress chicks, but ended up being beaten by them? You got it rightIm talking about Johnny Bravo. The one quality that gets Johnny into trouble is his habit of showing-off in their presence. Some designers fall under this personality type, as they enjoy boasting about their skills, which can be amusing. THE LAZY GARFIELD: Sarcastic, cynical, lazy, mean and funny. Yes, that describes the narcissistic Garfield. Even though most cats become lethargic when all grown up, there is nothing to match the laziness of Garfield, who loves to eat and sleep. Graphic designers in this grouping tend to become apathetic, which delays their projects and results in procrastination and not meeting project dead lines. THE ENDURING IRONMAN: The biggest trait of the ironman is his exceptional ability for endurance. The ironman character was originally created to act as an armour and endurance suit. Graphic designers who fall under this personality type are extremely forbearing and tolerant. They can easily endure countless hours of design work and complete it without experiencing any fatigue. Additionally, they can tolerate heaps of pressure to complete a design task within the deadline. THE PERFECTIONIST MONK: You might remember the character Adrian Monk, played by Tony Shalhoub from the TV series The Monk? Well, the personality of Adrian Monk is that of a perfectionist. The way he tries to keep everything clean and perfect is hilarious. Some graphic designers are similar to The Monk, as they prefer every project to be designed with perfection and precision. However, extreme obsession can force them to behave compulsively. Dont get me wrong, being a perfec tionist is good, but it can also be stressful if designers are seeking absolute perfection. THE INGENIOUS SHER LOCK: Almost everyone loves Sherlock Holmes; the most astute detective in the fictional world. The creative and ingenious ways in which he solves the toughest mysteries are amazing. Some designers are akin to this personality, being clever, resourceful and ingenious in their work. Designers with this type of personality have unique problem-solving skills and, when faced with the toughest of design projects, they execute the Sherlock style with astuteness and inventiveness. THE BRAINY DEXTER: Would you agree that there are nerds in every work profession? Well, the graphic design stadium has its own share of the Dexters and Dorksters. You may recall the famous cartoon character Dexter, the boy genius? This personality type is peculiar but usually top-notch in academics, and as a result has a vast in-depth knowledge of graphic designing. They are remarkably knowledgeable about concepts that many qualified designers might not be familiar with. THE FRIENDLY CASPER: Ghosts are usually scary, with the exception of one, who is popularly known as the friendly ghost. Yes, Im talking about the one and the only Casper. He is a sociable ghost that loves making friends. Equally, designers with this personality type are gregarious and use social media excessively, not just for professional purposes but for personal use as well. They love to make new friends and, moreover, cannot live without a social circle. THE EXPERIENCED PAPA SMURF: Remember the cartoon Smurfs who had a character named Papa Smurf? He was one of the oldest and most knowledgeable of the Smurfs, and serves as the leader who they acknowledge whenever coun sel and guidance is required. Designers of this personality type are the experienced cam paigners, who are distin guished in their field as vetORIGINALITY COMES WITH PERSONALITY THEARTOFGRAPHIXBY DEIDRE M BASTIAN SEE page 8B

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By NATARIO McKENZIETribune Business Reporternmckenzie@tribunemedia.net THE Bahamas may have a little bit of an advantage over other Caribbean countries when it comes to being impacted by the UKs decision to raise air passenger duty (APD) rates by 8 per cent, the minister of tourism and aviation said yesterday. Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace told Tribune Business this was because many of the Bahamas UK visitors travelled through the US on the way to this nation, thereby capitalising on that countrys lower banded rates. The British government on Tuesday announced its decision not to change its Air Passenger Duty (APD) banding structure, with the 8 per cent increase set to be imposed from April 2012, thus increasing airlift (access) costs to the Bahamas and other Caribbean countries for European and British visitors. Mr Vanderpool-Wallace told Tribune Business: In the case of the Bahamas we are at a little bit of an advantage compared to the rest of the Caribbean, because so many of our visitors from Europe and the UK come via the US. So, in effect, what they are getting is the US banded rates for their flight to, say Florida, and connecting over to the Bahamas. We are at a little bit of an advantage but its not a substantial advantage compared to the rest of the Caribbean. St least ours is not plugged into that situation. Me Mr Vanderpool-Wallace added: I think certainly everybody in the Caribbean is disappointed that some of the changes that were expected didnt come into effect. I think at the very least the Caribbean region thought they should have been made equal, in terms of the cost of the tax, with the United States. At the very least the Caribbean was hoping that there would be some revision to the banding, but it appears that they were unsuccessful in lobbying for that change. The APD rise has sparked outrage among Caribbean hoteliers and tourism executives, with Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) chairman, Ricky Skerritt, calling the announcement on the APD rise a slap in the face for the region. Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA) president, Stuart Bowe, told Tribune Business yesterday that the APD rise was disappointing, and the association was behind the regional tourism developmentagency, the CTO. Five per cent of our business comes from the UK. We are definitely concerned about the APD. We are very disappointed in it, and are very supportive of the CTO and what they are trying to do in trying to address this issue, Mr Bowe told Tribune Business. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDA Y, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 3B BUYING HMS SCRAP 80/20 DELIVER TO PORT OF NASSAU OR FREEPORT. USD $300+ PER METRIC TON CONTACT ORIENTAL SUPREME (HK) LTD VIJAY NAHATA (1)-516-625-1735 US TRANSIT GIVES BAHAMAS SMALL APD ADVANTAGE By NATARIO McKENZIETribune Business Reporter nmckenzie@tribunemedia.net MONEYGRAM International yesterday confirmed it had launched an investigation into reports of test transaction fraud that had hit some of its agents in the Bahamas and the Caribbean, a senior executive said yesterday, telling Tribune Business it was all hands on deck to get to the bottom of the matter. Patty Sullivan, MoneyGrams senior spokeswoman, told Tribune Business yesterday that while she was unable to confirm whether a MoneyGram agent in the Bahamas had been impacted by the fraud, the US headquartered money transfer company had received reports of test transaction fraud occurring with some of its Caribbean agents. Ms Sullivan said she was unable to disclose certain details, due to the ongoing investigation, but told Tribune Business: The fraudsters are calling agent locations with the intent of inducing our agents to initiate transactions. It is our policy, our practice, that MoneyGram would never call agents and ask them to perform test transactions. We dont do that. Moneygrams Bahamian agents include Bank of the Bahamas International, Omni Money Transfers, and the BAF Global subsidiary, Cash n Go. Both Paul McWeeney, Bank of the Bahamas Internationals managing director, and Omni head, Harvey Morris, yesterday told Tribune Business their respective companies had not been impacted by the alleged scam attempt. Wentworth Musgrove, Cash n Gos head, was said to be out of office for the day, while Chester Cooper, BAF Globals president and chief executive, did not return Tribune Businesss call seeking comment. MONEYTRANSFER FRAUD: ITS ALL HANDS ON DECK SEE page 9B BHA chief says increase in UK air tax to impact 5%of visitors that come from Britain Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace

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sense to bring it out. Everybodys looking for security, and with the way the market has moved, and in the manner it has, its going to be a tough sell in the local market. Were going to focus on other areas, evaluate the business and we will reevaluate it in the next quarter and see if things have changed. It doesnt make sense for us to battle uphill. This quarter, its not going to happen. Emphasising that we still believe in the concept and quality of RoyalFidelitys international investment fund products, Mr Euteneuer said the investment bank would likely have sought to raise the minimum for the TIGRS 6 had it gone ahead, rather than aim for the more ambitious $10 million full amount. We think the TIGRS has good potential for local investors to get international exposure at the same time as having their principal protected, he added. For us its one option among many others, but its a good option. Despite the fact that Bahamian investor principal would have been 100 per cent protected, and the TIGRS 6 would have matured in five years, Mr Euteneuer said RoyalFidelity had been defeated by the volatility aversion feeling in the local capital markets, and the grim economic news that continued to pour in from the US and Europe. Indicating that investor education and awareness surrounding the TIGRS products needed to be improved, the RoyalFidelity mutual fund manager said: I think that we at least attempted to make it extremely clear as to what the structure is, how it works and where the upside lies. One of the base assumptions is principal is 100 per cent protected over a fiveyear term. Even though thats your safety net, and is included in all TIGRS products, that means your potential upside has to come from equity links with the market. While I think thats clear, the market has a lot more to do along the education lines. Mr Euteneuer said he took my hat off to the Securities Commission of the Bahamas over its recent investor education week. He was among several industry professionals invited in to give presentations to the regulators staff, and talked about investment fund issues that included the TIGRS product and how it was structured. The more education that was done, Mr Euteneuer said, could only work to the longterm benefit of investors and the Bahamian capital markets. RoyalFidelity had been structuring the proposed TIGRS 6 like a fixed income product, based on a basket of top 'blue chip' international stocks, and designed to give higher returns than those available in the domestic Bahamian capital markets. In a previous interview, Mr Euteneuer declined to name any of the 10 stocks that RoyalFidelity was looking at to form the basket upon which investor returns were based. However, sources told Tribune Business that those then being eyed were 'blue chip', large caps from the major markets, such as JP Morgan Chase, McDonald's, Microsoft, Boeing and Chevron. This newspaper understands that the fund, which would have been a five-year investment, was to be called the Principal Protected Premium Rate TIGRS. "The structure we've put together recognises this is largely a fixed income market," Mr Euteneuer told Tribune Business then. "It is an equity product based on a basket of large cap stocks. The structure is set up so that the performance of the share prices in that basket is measured on an annual basis from beginning to an annual end. "The maximum coupon an investor could receive, if all 10 stocks in that basket were positive, is 10.55 per cent." If the average return of those 10 stocks in any given year was negative, Mr Euteneuer said Bahamian investors could take comfort from the fact that their principal was 100 per cent protected a common feature of all TIGRS products. They were also guaranteed a minimum 1 per cent per annum return, translating into a minimum 5 per cent return over the fund's lifetime. BUSINESS PAGE 4B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Used ATM Machines for SaleBrand: Wincor Price: Available upon request Selling Condition: AS IS Contact Number: 396-6115 FROM page 1B ROYALFIDELITY HOLDS OFF ON FUND LAUNCH Share your newsThe Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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While total net accounts receivables rose by $2.68 million, going from $4.83 million in 2009 to $7.51 million at December 31, 2010, balances owed by the Governments ministries, agencies and departments increased more than two-fold, growingfrom $3.3 million to $6.96 million an increase of some $3.66 million. The report also provided further evidence of poor planning in the New Providence Road Improvement Project. Numerous network valves vital to the Water & Sewerage Corporations infrastructure were buried under the new roads, requiring them to be excavated, an exercise accounting for a 68per cent year-over-year increase in the Corporations repairs and maintenance costs. Extensive government road paving works in New Providence resulted in network valves being buried, which created operational challenges, the Water & Sewerage Corporation said in its annual report. The Corporation con tracted the services of several small companies to excavate and raise more than 460 valves, at a cost of nearly $196,000. The Corporation has also outsourced standpipe upgrades in excess of $350,000. The Corporation has billed the Government for these works, which accounted for 68 per cent of the increase in repairs and maintenance costs. Additionally, the increased repairs and maintenance expenses points to the ongoing deterioration of asset performance/condition caused by limitations in capital investment due to cash flow restrictions. The failure to adjust the Water & Sewerage Corporations tariffs since March 1999 was again highlighted as inducing financial weakness, with top-line water and sewerage services sales nowhere near covering total operating expenses. Inflation, together with increased water purchase costs produced by heavier reliance on reverse osmosis, had increased total operating costs to $54.833 million in 2010, well above the $41.453 million gained in operating revenues. Overall operating cost recovery levels, which peaked at around 94 per cent in 2004, declined to around 76 per cent (79 per cent in 2009), which is unacceptably low, the Water & Sewerage Corporation annual report disclosed. And the problems evident in being locked into annual salary and wage increment increases, via industrial agreements with trade unions, were again laid bare. The Water & Sewerage Corporations staff costs again increased, with total employee headcount rising by 19 during the year to 457, some 363 of whom are permanent. Yet, while staffing costs increased, the Water & Sew erage Corporations revenue yield per employee declined. Revenue per employee decreased for the second consecutive year, by $2,923 or 2.5 per cent, to $114,915 (2009: $117,118) based on permanent headcount, the annual report said. Behind water purchases, which accounted for $20.28 million or 37.2 per cent of total costs, staffing costs were the next biggest expense for the Water & Sewerage Corporation, coming in at $15.256 million or 27.8 per cent of the total. Electricity was the thirdhighest expense, standing at 6.9 per cent or $3.775 million, of the total. The Water & Sewerage Corporations 2010 annual report also further exposed the strain imposed by the recession on Bahamian households and consumers. It disclosed that ,527 accounts were disconnected for non-payment [in 2010], whilst 64 per cent were reconnected following receipt of payment. That indicates that more than one-third of those disconnected, some 5,590 customers, were still without water supply at year-end 2010. In addition, the Water & Sewerage Corporation write-off $1.8 million, or some 1,408 accounts, during 2010. It said that some 2,118 accounts, valued at $3.6 million, were passed over to its collection agency, and a further $2.8 million and 1,375 accounts given to its attorneys. The agency and attorneys, respectively, recovered $0.4 million and $0.3 million for a grand total of $0.7 million. Prior to receiving a $24.335 million taxpayer subsidy from the Government, the Water & Sewerage Corporation incurred a net loss of $27.402 million for the 12 months to endDecember 2010. The subsidy reduced that net loss to $3.067 million. The Water & Sewerage Corporations operating loss rose year-over-year by 28 per cent to $13.38 million, compared to $10.441 million the year before. With some $12.65 million worth of depreciation added to that, the 2010 operating loss rose to $26.03 million. Total comprehensive income struck $47.244 million, but that was due to a $50.311 million one-time gain resulting from an asset valuation exercise. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDA Y, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 5B EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITYMERCHANT SALES OFFICER Key responsibilities: Position requirements: Personal Attributes: 4th December, 2011 Email: hr.apply@bankbahamas.com Alternatively fax to 242-323-2637 5,500 W A TER C ORP CLIENT S DISC ONNECTEDFROM page 1B

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erans. Nonetheless, emerging graphic designers view them as an icon of inspiration and motivation. THE SPEEDY FLASH: The fastest cartoon character in the animated world is Flash. He is capable of running at a lightning pace, and can perform certain tasks within the twinkling of an eye. Designers of this personality are very fast and prompt, and are capable of meeting deadlines with ease sometimes before the due date. I admit that I havent listed any female personalities, so lets level the field and include the Madonna personality. The Madonna designer isnt afraid to take risks, but only does so if it is calculated and researched well. She strives for perfection but relies on her team of expert editors and proofers to make certain things are accurate, and if they arent, she then whips out her iron clad contract for protection. And lets not forget little Lucille, who is quirky and talented but also a goofball. She wasnt always the swan when it came to graceful execution, but she certainly made you laugh and, at all times, it always worked out in the end. Designers of this sort might not be too impressive, but miraculously everyone ends up happy. Finally, Id add a bit of Superwoman, as designers routinely perform in the capacity of a super hero to meet some unrealistic deadlines and revisions. So ask yourself: Do I fit the Papa Smurf, Johnny Bravo or the ingenious Sherlock Holmes character? Which one are you? Until we meet again, have fun, enjoy life and stay on top of your game. NB: Columnist welcomes feedback at deedee2111@hotmail.com About the Columnist: Ms Bastian is an extensively trained graphic designer, who has qualifications of M.Sc., B.Sc., A.Sc. She has trained at institutions such as: Miami Lakes Technical Centre, Success Training College, College of the Bahamas, Nova Southeastern University, Learning Tree International, Langevine International and Synergy Bahamas. BUSINESS PAGE 8B, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011 THE TRIBUNE FROM page 2B ORIGINALITY COMES WITH PERSONALITY Share your news The Tribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.

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Its very inconvenient but we will do what we have to.Earlier in the day, Mr Knowles said the company was still limping along as it desperately tried to clear replacement parts for its reverse osmosis machine through Customs. Customs was refusing to clear the spare parts on the grounds that Aquapure had failed to pay it due import duties on an estimated 25 shipments dating from 2010 sums Mr Knowles said he thought had already been paid by the companys former Customs broker, who is now deceased. The bottled water manufacturer, Mr Knowles said, was in the position of having to pay the same Customs duties and brokerage fees, amounting to thousands of dollars, twice, or face a large portion of its business effectively being shut down through an inability to produce product. Mr Knowles told Tribune Business of the part: This is a fan that cools the motor. The fan was patched up yesterday [Tuesday] by our engineer. If that goes down then we shut down because we cant patch it any more. Sitting out there is a fan for the motor. The value of the motor is $25,000 and it will take about eight weeks to get. Its something like a 250 horse power motor I think, a very big electric motor. We right now are on pins and needles. The value of the parts are about $200 to $300. We have sitting there a $25,000 motor thats limping along. tively meant that, over the next five years, the growth rates for the two key fiscal indicators would still mirror those at the recessions peak. Noting that the Washington-based fund was projecting the fiscal deficit would average a sum equivalent to 4.25 per cent of GDP between the 2011-2012 and 2015-2016 fiscal years, Mr Smith said that based on the Department of Statistics assertion that the Bahamas had an $8 billion economy, this meant the deficits would average $340 million per year. Multiplying this by the four years in the period gives a total $1.36 billion in extra debt the Bahamas would incur. And, when placed on topof the current $4.25 billion debt mountain, the total national burden will increase to $5.61 billion by end-June 2016, assuming the IMFs forecasts hold true. Noting that such an outcome would place the Bahamas debt-to-GDP ratio at 70 per cent, Mr Smith said of the IMFs Article IV report: It seems to be subtly turning up the heat, in the sense that that theyve said the same thing for the past two years, but theyre now putting stronger emphasis on the trends. What theyre saying essentially is: Hey, Bahamas, theres two major items that are heading the wrong way and rapidly. The former finance minister identified these as being the primary deficit (recurrent revenues minus recurrent spending) in the absence of major revenue enhancements, plus the debtto-GDP ratio. If they [the indicators] do not change dramatically, theyre telling us were really heading for trouble, Mr Smith told Tribune Business of the IMF. It seems to me to be a very serious problem for successive governments. We have used up our headroom, and it will be very difficult to turn that around. Its not longer a dinghy thats adrift; its a battleship. Based on the IMFs projections that the Bahamas would hit a 69-70 per cent debt-toGDP ratio at the end of its 2015-2016 fiscal year, Mr Smith said this nation would have almost doubled this ratio from the pre-recession 3639 per cent range in a short period of time. Fearing this would easily push the Governments annual debt servicing (interest) costs above $300 million, he told this newspaper: Thats unsustainable. The debt servicing is going to be gobbling up and taking away from other critical areas, health, education and crime-fighting. Even the brand new road structure will find itself with potholes that need to be fixed if were not careful. Echoing the IMFs warnings on the need for the Bahamas to rebuild its fiscal buffer, so that it had surplus funds to meet unplanned contingencies, such as hurricanes and Bay Street fires, Mr Smith added: We always need some headroom to take care of these things, and its not there. We seem to have a manmade disaster in the making, and whoever the next government is will have to worry about this. Its cause for concern; it certainly is. The IMFs own projections are very much in line with Mr Smiths calculations, as it projects the Bahamas will run recurrent deficits of between $171 million and $134 million over the next five years. Throw in the annual $250 million capital spending deficit that the Government incurs, and the total fiscal deficit is forecast by the Fund to vary from a $389 million low to a $440 million high between 2012-2013 and 20152016. That will add a total $1.64 billion to the national debt. Asa result, the national debt is projected to increase from $4.151 billion at the 2011-2012 fiscal year-end to $5.631 billion at June 30, 2016. And Mr Smith is not the only one expressing concern. Dionisio DAguilar, Superwashs head and a former Bahamas Chamber of Commerce president, told Tribune Business that the only way the country could afford the Governments infrastructure borrowing was either to drastically reduce such outlays in the future, or through new or increased taxes. This will come back to haunt us at some stage. Theres a precipitous rise in the national debt, and theyre selling us all that they can afford it, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business. The Government is projected to borrow around $155 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to finance the New Providence Road Improvement Project, plus another $81 million to overhaul the Water & Sewerage Corporation. A $50 million project to reform the air transportation sector is also on the drawing board with the IDB. In addition, the Government is spending $75 million on upgrading the Princess Margaret Hospitals Critical Care facilities, and has spent more than $40 million on dredging Nassau Harbour. Other infrastructure projects have also been undertaken. Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business that the Government was giving the Bahamian people the incorrect impression they did not have to pay for this new infrastructure. The next government, whoever wins the next election, its almost inevitable they will have to raise taxes, he added. Weve spent all this money, improved infrastructure, but you cant tell people youve spent this and they do not have to pay more in taxes. Describing the increase in the national debt as unsustainable, Mr DAguilar told Tribune Business: People are crying for this, crying for that, and we just have to look at the European countries where theres been no fiscal discipline. Theyre catching almighty hell, but theres no one to bail us out. Politicians are scared to tell people the truth, but if they do not tell the truth we will have a financial disaster. BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDA Y, DECEMBER 8, 2011, PAGE 9B NOTICE IN THE ESTATE OFWALTER JAMES DEAN late of No. 232 Golden Gates Estates Section II Subdivision in the Southern District of the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased. NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim or demand against the above Estate are required to on or before the 18th day of January, A.D. 2012, after which date the Administratrix will proceed to distribute the assets having regard only to the claims to which she shall then have had notice. AND NOTICE ishereby given that all persons indebted to the said Estateare requested to make full settlement on or before the date hereinbefore mentioned. MERIDIAN LAW CHAMBERS Attorneys for the Administratrix Chambers, P.O. Box N-168, East Bay Shopping Center, East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas. KINGSWAYACADEMY ELEMENTARY ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONSEntrance Examinations for all Elementary grade levels:K3 January 14, 2012 @ 10:00 a.m.(must be 3 years old by October 31, 2012)K4 February 3 & 17, 2012 times are scheduled throughout the day(must be 4 years old by December 31, 2012)K5 March 3, 2012 times are scheduled throughout the day (must be 5 years old by December 31, 2012)Grades 1 to Grade 6 Saturday, March 3, 2012. 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Parents are asked to collect application forms between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily from the Elementary Desk in the Herbert L. Treco Administration Building on the schools BernardRoad campus, before the testing date. Application forms may also be accessed from the schools website www.kingswayacademy.com. APPLY NOWFor further information, kindly contact the school at telephone numbers:324 5049 or 324 2158 FROM page 1B $1.3BN INCREASE FOR NATIONAL DEBTFROM page 1B CUSTOMS PUTS AQUAPURE ON CASH UPFRONT MONEY TRANSFER FRAUD: ITS ALL HANDS ON DECK Sources with knowledge of the matter previously informed Tribune Business that one Bahamas-based MoneyGram agent mayhave lost tens of thousands of dollars as a result of the attempted fraud, but that cannot be confirmed. They also claimed that Moneygram International enforced a $500 maximum send amount per transaction on all its Bahamas agents from Friday through last weekend. Ms Sullivan said she was unaware of such action and could offer no comment. She said added MoneyGram was working to get to the bottom ofthe matter. We have notified the authorities, and have multiple teams working on this to get to the heart of the matter and determine whats going on, how to stop it, what to prevent it with, she said. We work with our agents and communicate with them regularly to make them aware of this particular scam, so they are not taken in by it as well, and they have to educate their employees. We take it very seriously and it is all hands on deck to put a stop to this. Tribune Business had been told that suspected fraudsters have been Fraudsters have been calling Moneygram agents in the Bahamas and wider Caribbean, claiming to be officers of Moneygram International and directing them to bogus websites that look identical to the Moneygram website. The agents are then directed to download software, which compromises their system.FROMpage 1B