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Title: The Tribune.
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Publication Date: 12-22-2011
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DNAEMAILCASHROW N ASSA U AND BAHAMA ISLANDS LEADING NEWSPAPER Volume: 108 No.28THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER SUNNY AND WINDY HIGH 83F LOW 73F By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter c nixon@tribunemedia.net R ADIO talk show host Steve McKinneys DNA candidacy prospects have come t o an end over a money dis pute, according to the party. DNA party chairman Mark H umes said contrary to the p artys plans, Mr McKinney announced he needed to be comfortably satisfied on theq uestion of funding before he could announce his Fort Charlotte candidacy. A n email Mr McKinney sent on December 14 to DNA executive members, said: I expect and anticipate the D NA party provide no less than 60 per cent of the funding to run an adequate cam p aign in the area. To date, we have spent $15,000 of our own monies to get this far, this includess ecuring a building for headquarters, some of the needed paraphernalia, and a small vehicle for transportation. The email requested funds for the operation of the Fort Charlotte headquarters, including money for rent, util ities, a managers salary, posters, flyers and other promotional tools. It said: Please note, that I am not prepared to be announced as a candidate of the DNA until such time as these matters are satisfied with definite assurance by the DNA party. Last night, Mr McKinney t old T he Tribune h is Decem ber 14 email was never answered, but Mr Humesr eleased an email he sent, dated December 16, to Mr McKinney, informing him that the party was unable to accede toh is requests. It said: Members of the executive committee have discussed this matter and, after careful consideration and deliberation, have decided, unfortunately, that the party is unable to provide you and (Fort Charlotte Constituency Association member Vaughn) Miller with the guaranteed assurances that you would need to make you feel comfortably satisfied. In this light, the party, however, understands and Radio host is dumped over mone y demands TRY OUR DOVE RASPBERRY McFLURRY The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L L A A T T E E S S T T N N E E W W S S O O N N W W W W W W . T T R R I I B B U U N N E E 2 2 4 4 2 2 . C C O O M M 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 TURNTOB11 BASEBALL A A L L L L A A M M E E R R I I C C A A N N T T I I T T L L E E F F O O R R T T R R A A E E By LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net A HAITIAN man whose real name is unknown was fined $1,600 or faced with a four-months prison sentence after he was arraigned in Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon on false document possession charges. The penalty was handed down after Dennis Richards, defence attorney for John By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter a turnquest@tribunemedia.net T HE cost of government homes could be drastically reduced if the burden of i nstalling infrastructure was removed, according to housing officials. M inistry of Housing techn ical director Gordon Major confirmed that infrastructure costs account for 25 per cento f the individual unit price paid by homeowners. Mr Major said homeown ers should not have to bear the costs of infrastructure expansion. What happens now is the h omeowner pays entirely for the installation of everything, he said. By DANA SMITH dsmith@tribunemedia.net A MAN was being ques tioned by police yesterday in connection with an alleged attempt to cash a fraudulent cheque at a bank. As the man was being arrested, by coincidence police were holding a press conference on the other side of the city urging the public to help capture the person responsible for cashing fraudulent cheques. Speaking yesterday after noon at the Crime Prevention Centre, Inspector Matthew Edgecombe of the Criminal Detective Unit (CDU thousands of dollars have been lost to one mans fraudulent cheques and police fear he may be a part of a ring of thieves behind the scam. As the press conference commenced, a man walked into Royal Bank of Canadas Palmdale location to cash a cheque. According to an eye-wit ness, as RBC employees con ferred behind the counter doing their usual confirmations that proceed cheque cashing, the man fled. The witness said: He was standing at the counter and then he turned around and broke out running. He must have figured out that something was wrong. The witness claims RBC employees immediately notified police stationed inside the bank of the fleeing man. He was captured after a short chase and taken into custody for questioning. I must commend police on their response, the witness said. Patrol cars were out there in a matter of seconds. They responded very well. At the press conference, Inspt Edgecombe spoke of a man who forges cheques for By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter aturnquest@tribunemedia.net THE Progressive Liberal Party has selected a candidate to replace standing MP Vin cent Peet for North Andros and the Berry Islands, The Tribune can confirm. Last night, PLP chairman Bradley Roberts said that Director of the National HIV/AIDS Programme Dr Perry Gomez is being consid ered for the seat; however, S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 1 1 0 0 S S E E E E p p a a g g e e 8 8 MANQUESTIONEDOVERCHEQUE PLP CHOOSE PERRYGOMEZ HAITIAN FINED OVER DOCUMENT S COSTS COULD BE CUT ON HOUSING STEVE M cKINNEY RIBBON CUT ON STRAW MARKET PRIMEMINISTER Hubert Ingraham looks on as his wife, Delores, cuts the ribbon on the new Straw Market last night to mark its official opening. See The Tribune tomorrow for more on the opening. Photo: Felip Major /Tribune Staff

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B y KHRISNA VIRGIL kvirgil@tribunemedia.net AMID looming public speculation that State Minister of Finance Zhivargo Laingc ould be jumping the ship" o n his Marco City seat to run i n Fort Charlotte, the Progressive Liberal Party concluded the minister clearly realized he would be soundly defeated. I n a press statement yesterd ay, the PLP said Mr Laings decision was evident. The statement said: No reason was given for Mr Laings surprise decision to desert voters of Marco City, w hom he has represented in t he House of Assembly for the past four-plus years. But there was clear evidence that Mr Laing would have been easily defeated by noted Grand Bahama lawyer Gregory Moss, the Progres-s ive Liberal Partys candidate, who has been waging an impressive campaign in Marco City with an army of spirited young supporters. A ccording to the PLP, chances became even greater for Mr Moss as Mr Laing did n othing for Grand Bahama d uring his reign as one of the islands members of parliament. Mr Laing was one of three ministers in the cabinet ofP rime Minister Hubert Ingrah am who remained silent as Mr Ingraham and his FNM g overnment totally neglected Grand Bahama over the past four-plus years, resulting in an unemployment rate in G rand Bahama that is estim ated to be around 25 per cent. T he PLP also allege that the FNM redrew the constituency boundaries to up MrL aing's chances of being reelected for the Marco Citys eat. It was quite obvious that a n attempt was made to boost Mr. Laings chances of w inning the seat by moving s ome polling divisions into Marco City that were believed to have a majority of FNM supporters, the statement said. W hile Mr Laing is seeking r e-election to a seat that he represented from 1997 to 2 002, the PLP claim he will not find himself on the winning end of the bargain. We in the PLP Northern B ahamas Campaign are a bsolutely certain that Dr. Rollins, one of several dynam i c young professionals that have been chosen by the PLP as candidates for the next gen-e ral election, will defeat Mr. Laing in the same convincingm anner that Mr. Moss would h ave trounced him if he had r emained in Marco City. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE PLPsnipe at Laing future ZHIVARGOLAING has come under fire from the PLP.

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MARATHON MP Earl Deveaux has become the late st victim of political specula tion, as some observers think he will not be an FNM candi d ate in the upcoming elections. According to a source withi n the party, those attending a recent meeting for MarathonFNMs were told as much. While refusing to comment, Mr Deveaux suggested the claim was nothing but a rumour. I have nothing to say. If you want to know something, you can contact the leader of my party, Mr Hubert Ingraham. You can also contact Jones Communications management, since that seems to be the source of this misinformation, he said. Those who do think Mr Deveaux is on his way out of Marathon believe he will be replaced by businessman and FNM deputy chairman Michael Turnquest. Mr Turnquest received the FNM candidacy for the Kennedy constituency in the 2007 general elections, but he was defeated by former Progressive Liberal Party (PLP candidate, Kenyatta Gibson. Party chairman Carl Bethel said he had no information on the matter one way or the other, and could not comment on speculation. The chairman could not comment as to when Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is expected to make his candidate recommendations to theFNM Central Council, but said the Prime Minister is onan aggressive schedule and is fully engaged in the process. In an earlier interview, Mr Ingraham said: The FNM does not expect every single person who is now a memberin 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 numberof new persons. When contacted for comment yesterday, Mr Ingraham said when the party has com pleted its internal selection p rocess, it will present a com plete slate of candidates to the public. M r Ingraham said his party is not like the PLP, and will not conduct its business inp ublic. Rather, he said, the FNM will focus on putting together a very good team of candidates for the public to con sider. The prime minister said his party will not be forced into decisions by the newspapers or the PLP. We are a focused group with leadership, and we do precisely what we want to do, he said. B y SANCHESKA BROWN Tribune Staff Reporter sbrown@tribunemedia.net LONG Island MP Larry Cartwright said yesterday he w ill not run in the upcoming g eneral election unless expressly asked by his con stituents. S peaking with T he Tribune Mr Cartwright said he promised the Long Island c ommunity two terms and n ow that his time is up he is willing to step down. In 2002, when I was camp aigning I asked for two terms. I got that. In order for me to go a third time my con-s tituents would have to ask for me personally. I would need to have the support oft he people. Right now I cant say if I have it because I havent even looked into that yet, he said. I spoke to the branch in Long Island and indicated to them that I intend to keep myp romise unless I am specifically requested. As far as whether or not I will receive t he nod from my party to run a gain I do not know. Thats up to the council and the leader of my party. I am available if they need me. My contract is up, but it can be renewed. T he Tribune u nderstands M r Cartwright will not be asked to run again and the F NM has unofficially selected B rad McPhee to represent the party in Long Island. Sources say the people of Long Islanda re no longer throwing their support behind Mr Cartwright and want fresh, new repre s entation. When contacted Mr McPhee confirmed that he has thrown his hat in the race f or Long Island. He said: I have made an application to be the repre-s entative in Long Island for the FNM. I didnt speak to anyone yet in terms of how m y application is but I do k now they are considering it. Mr McPhee also admitted that he has also heard that thep eople in Long Island want new representation. I heard they want me to r epresent them. I go there o nce a month. My family has businesses and homes in Long I sland so I have attachments t here. I am hoping to get the nod. I have served in the FNM as the president of Torch Bearers and also vice chairman, he said. There is a lot that needs t o be done in Long Island and I know that I can get it done. If they dont choose me Imf ine with that and I will support whoever is chosen and I will run wherever my party a sks me to. They know whats b est. I t has also been rumoured that Loretta Butler Turner, t he current MP for Montagu, has thrown her hat into the race for Long Island. Last night, Mrs Butler Turner could not be reached f or comment. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011, PAGE 3 b n f b By LAMECH JOHNSON ljohnson@tribunemedia.net DEBATE was sparked in Magistrates Court yesterdayo ver whether the blame for a fake Immigration Department stamp should rest with the Colombian woman in whose passport it was found, or with the department itself. The issue came up before C hief Magistrate Roger G omez during the arraignment of Rosa Montoyaz, 29, of Colombia. She was c harged and convicted of being in possession of a fraudulent document. Montoyaz was also charged with overstaying, along withH ugo Rodriguez Diaz. Both pleaded guilty to the charge. It was alleged that on Friday, December 16, Montoyaz was found at the Bimini International Airport with a fake Immigration Depart-m ent stamp in her passport, g ranting her an extension of stay in the Bahamas. Before a plea was made, t he defence, led by attorney Dennis Richards, explained that the accused had been under the impression she would be granted an exten-s ion of stay. Some of the blame for the situation was placed on the language barrier, but it was also argued that there was an obvious internal problem at the Department of Immi-g ration, as the accused o btained the stamp at the airport from an official. The department has a p roblem and they ought to find out who is using their stamps, Mr Richards told the court. The defence asked Chief M agistrate Gomez to discharge Montoyaz, who was due to return to Colombia at 2pm on Copa Airlines. However the prosecution, led by Immigration officer Kendal Rahming, argued thatt he problem had nothing to d o with the department, and that if the accused wanted an extension, she should have g one to the proper authorities not a civilian or someone other than the department. Chief Magistrate Gomez disagreed, telling the prose-c utor: Once its an Immigration stamp, whoever is using it, it is Immigrations problem. The defence further questioned how the mark from a stamp in the departmentsv ault ended up in the a ccuseds passport. The prosecutor asserted that the stamp that was in t he defendants passport is not an Immigration stamp. He added that Montoyaz would not be before the courts, had she did the rightt hing. Having pleaded guilty of overstaying, Montoyaz and Diaz were fined $800 each by Chief Magistrate Gomez. They face two months in prison if they fail to pay. M ontoyaz was also caut ioned about the process for receiving extensions in the future. DEBATE IN COURT OVER WHO TO BLAME FOR FAKE PASSPORT STAMP RUMOURSDEVEAUXWILL NOTBECANDIDATE Cartwright will not stand in election unless asked L ARRY CARTWRIGHT has been the Long Island MPfor two terms.

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EDITOR, The Tribune. T HE Great Depression of 1929 was probably the worst g lobal economic depression of the 20th Century. This raged on for at least 10 years. Many economies crumbled and there was widespread poverty. In most US States, being hungry was a normal action and many families suffered from starvation. Thriving companies became bankrupt, jobs were unavailable and underem-p loyment was the order of the d ay. Analysts say that Black Tuesday, which occurred in October 1929, was the start of the Great Depression. The United States came out of the G reat Depression andWorld W ar 2 stronger than ever before. Frankln D Roosevelt w as the President of the Unit ed States at the time and his l eadership duringone of Americas darkest hours is nothing short of genius. I n 2001, Enron, the great American energy, commodit ies and services company which declared revenues of over 100 billion in 2000 declared bankruptcy. Ana lysts are still investigating this c ompany and this is now used as a model of how not to conduct business. In December 2 007, the world saw another e conomic meltdown. This m eltdown continued and took a sharp turn for the worse in September 2008. This economic meltdown has beenc alled the Great Recession. Greeces economy is a prime example of where theB ahamas should not want to be. They are in fiscal crisis and are looking for bailout after bailout to keep its economy running. Who do you t hink will come to the Bahamass aid if we need a bailout? Certainly not the United Kingdom. They seemt o be hell bent on making life tougher and tougher for Caribbean countries. The a nswer is no one. The United S tates has its own share of problems that they are trying to deal with. We need to ensure that we take steps nowto empower Bahamians and change our fiscal path. We c ant expect a positive economic outlook, if we dont have the will to make the necessary changes that are crucial for a sustainable future. Its all about keeping tight controls on what we spend and what we collect. Some economists say that government spending is the best way to tackle a recession, while others say that the private sector should be the driving force. I am not an economist by any means but I believe that tough times call for tough leadership. Tens of thousands of public servants have lost their jobs inG reece. Last year Cuba laid o ff more than 500,000 workers from the public sector. The United States has seen a deflating economy with little sign of immediate recovery. This is asa direct result of the world eco n omic slowdown in 2008. The government of the Bahamas had a downsizing e xercise at the Broadcasting C orporation of the Bahamas. T he Bahamas government sold BTC to Cable and Wireless and over 300 people received severance packages. Thesed ecisions were unpopular at the time, but given our econo m ys lack of diversification, the g overnment has little options in trying to control our current e xpenditures. The sale of BTC and the voluntary severance p ackages was a good idea, but if the sale was to Bahamians, I t hink our economy would have seen an added boost in the short and long terms. In a Tribune Business Report dated December 5, 2011 the headline read, IMF:F iscal Reform Delays May Jeopardise Recovery. The IMF warned that the borrow i ngs associated with the Gov e rnments infrastructure upgrades had made the fiscal position more vulnerable. The report in essence is calling o n the Bahamas government to take an unpopular stance with regards to fiscal policy, which is to curb spending. The trouble for the government is that it finds itself between a rock and a hard place. With an election looming, the governing party in its bid to be re-elected is now issuing an abundance of small con tracts and they have lifted the freeze on salary increases to public servants. According to Tribune Business report, the IMF gave the Ingraham administration a veiled rap on the knuckles for its decis ion to lift the public sector wage freeze imposed in the 2010-2011 Budget, urging that the Governments wage bill, a percentage of GDP, to be slashed to the pre-crisis level. I believe that Mr Ingraham i s a leader who has no qualms about making tough decisions. B ut he and all eventual leaders have to be tougher. Lifting the freeze on public wage increases, allowing straw marker vendors to conduct business in the new straw market despite only being current for 2011 and the governments lackluster efforts to collect real property tax are just some of the areas wheret he government needs to be t ougher. It is evident from the IMF report that the Bahamas needs to drastically curb its spending and run a budget surplus, something that we h avent done since Independ ence. This is a mammoth task but reduced borrowing a nd shaving the public service which is overstaffed withm any underachieving workers are steps in the right direction. W hich administration has the will to reduce the public s ervice and ensure that the tax structure in the Bahamas is updated and enforced in order to get our fiscal policy back on track? Which admini stration has the will to jail and fine public thieves? I would admonish the governm ent that if and when it r estructures our tax system t hat they need to ensure that the rich and the poor are taxed proportionately to their income. The poor should notb e expected to pay the same taxes as the rich. The new leader of the B ahamas government will be The Rt Hon Hubert Ingraham, The Rt Honourable Per ry Christie or the Honourable Branville McCartney. The n ew leaders job will be a tough one. From day one, I hope that he will come to the Bahamian people with hisc abinet and lay it all on the table. There is no magic wand in the Bahamas and all B ahamians will have to bite t he bullet some more, so that we can ensure a sustainable future for the next generation. We w ill not get a TheodoreRooseveltas our Prime Minister after the next g eneral election, but we will need nothing short of a tough leader who can make tough decisions in these tough times. DEHAVILLAND MOSS Nassau, December 16, 2011. EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P AGE 4, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 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 CAREENING toward a politically toxic tax hike, President Barack Obama implored House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday to get behind a two-months topgap until a longer deal could be struck early next year, calling it the only real w ay out of a mess that is threatening the p ay cheques of 160 million workers and i solating House Republicans. I n a weary Washington, the outreach accomplished little. All sides seemed to e nd the day where they began, with heavy political and economic consequences at stake. B oehner remained insistent on a fully ear extension of the existing payroll tax c ut before Jan. 1, urging Obama to haul Senate Democrats back to town to talk t o his chosen negotiators. Lets get this done today, Boehner told Obama, according to a speakers aide, whor equired anonymity to characterise a priv ate conversation. But the Capitol was emptying out fast, and the Senate showed no inclination to return, having already passed a bipartisan two-month tax cut it thought had settled the matter. For taxpayers, and for ane conomy starting to show some life again, the standoff was all holiday gloom. Barring any action by Congress, Social Security payroll taxes will go up almost $20 a week for a worker making a $50,000 salary thats $40 less for a typical pay c heque or $1,000 over the whole year. A lmost 2 million people would lose unem ployment benefits as well. The political risks seemed only to deepe n, too, particularly for House Republi cans. They appeared poised to take the biggest blame for a tax increase even while pushing for a deeper one. The reliably conservative editorial page of The Wall Street Journal blasted both Boehner and Sen. Mitch McConnell, the G OP leader, for how they handled the matter. The GOP leaders have somehow managed the remarkable feat of being blamed for opposing a one-year extension o f a tax holiday that they are surely going to pass, the papers editorial said. In a year of legislative brinksmanship remarkable even by Washington standards, the latest fight spilled into the lap of Repub lican candidates running for president. F ormer House Speaker Newt Gingrich chastised Congress, particularly the Senate, for failing to extend the 2 percentage p oint tax cut for a full year. They cant figure out how to pass a one-year extension, so the Senate leaves town? Gingrich remarked while cam p aigning in Iowa. Its an absurd dereliction of duty. Rival Mitt Romney refused to take a position, again steering clear of Washingtons hot policy debate. Im not going to get into the back-andforth on the congressional sausage-making process, the former Massachusetts governor told reporters after events in New Hampshire. I hope theyre able to sitd own and work out a solution that works for the American people. B ut the White House made clear the t ime for talks were over for this year. The negotiating has happened a lready, presidential spokesman Jay Carney said, referring to the Senate bill the W hite House insists was sealed with Boehners blessing. Boehner disputes that he ever gave a n od of support to the two-month tax cut t hat many in his caucus oppose. H e and other House members call it a poor and unworkable tax policy. O bama also called the Senates Demo cratic leader, Harry Reid, and praised him for the bipartisan tax-cut bill withM cConnell that passed the Senate. O bama did most of the talking in his 10-minute call to Boehner. The president made clear to Boehner that this was essentially his last legislative chance: There was no other option under consideration except the two-month tax bill, no surprise last-m inute deal, and no real chance that Reid was calling the Senate back, according an administration official who spoke anonymously to describe the private phone call. From Boehners perspective, the only real progress was that Obama had shown e ngagement with the speaker that he had n ot in weeks, according to an aide who also spoke anonymously to describe inter nal thinking. Obama for months has called f or a year-long extension of the tax cut; he would prefer that it be deepened, too, although that idea never went anywhere in Congress. Obama reiterated to Boehner that he wants to work out a full-year deal with Congress but there is no time for that to be done right now. O verall, the stalemate has centred on how to pay for another years tax cut with out adding to the deficit. That is the debate ahead if the two-month deal g ets done first. Boehners reaction gave no hints of a breakthrough, even though House Repub licans appear increasingly isolated. Theyre not getting support from Senate Republi cans and are battling against a president w hose approval numbers, while not impressive, are better than theirs. Obama was to have left Washington by n ow for a Christmas vacation in Hawaii, w here his wife and two daughters have been since the weekend. Instead, after speaking to Boehner and R eid, he found a different escape from the White House. He took his dog, Bo, and went holiday shopping. By Ben Feller, AP White House Correspondent Tough times, and tough decisions LETTERS l etters@tribunemedia.net Obama:Two-month tax cut only option

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On December 7, 2011, the Chin ese government published a White Paper on Chinas Foreign T rade. As most Bahamians are keen to learn about China's d evelopment, in particular, China's foreign trade, we, the Chinese Embassy, have submitted the White Paper for publication. CHINA has participated in a nd helped push forward the reform of the global economic g overnance mechanism. The Chinese government actively advocates a balanced, inclusive and mutually benefic ial multilateral trade system, and strives to establish a fair and e quitable new international economic and trade order. A s a large developing country with a rapidly growing economy, China plays an active role in the G20 and BRICs summits, Doha Round talks, and other international dialogue and cooperation mechanisms. C hina does its best to assume international responsibilities that s uit its development level and strength. China continuously c onsolidates its co-operation with emerging countries in the fields of economy, finance, trade and investment, and works toward an equitable and rational international economic order that benefits all countries. I n addition, China strictly fulfills its international obligations r egarding export controls. It consistently advocates the comp lete prohibition and thorough dismantling of all weapons of m ass destruction, and firmly opposes the proliferation of such weapons and their carriers. Chinas relevant laws clearly prescribe that the state may take necessary measures to restrict the import and export of goods andt echnologies relating to fissionable materials or the materials f rom which they are derived, as well as the import and export r elating to arms, ammunition or other military supplies. China earnestly abides by international conventions regarding export controls, and fulfills its non-proliferation commitments, actively contributing to worldp eace and regional stability. Over the past few years, the C hinese government has adopted a wide range of internationally r ecognised norms and practices, and formed a complete export control system covering nuclear, biological, chemical, missile and other sensitive items and technologies, providing legal grounds and institutional guarantees fort he better realisation of the goal of non-proliferation. T he primary factors determining whether a country's foreign trade is in surplus or deficit are its economic structure and the international competitiveness of itsp roducts or services. China does n ot pursue a foreign trade surplus i ntentionally. There has been a certain amount of deficit in China's services trade for a long time, and the trade in goods was in deficit for most of the years prior to 1990. After 1990, with large-scale industrial outsourcing and relo-c ation, China enhanced its comp etitiveness in manufactured goods. Growth in exports overt ook that of imports, turning the overall deficit to a surplus in trade i n goods. In 2005 China's surplus in trade in goods reached 100 bill ion US dollars for the first time, which was followed by vigourous growth for four consecutive years. In 2008 the surplus hit 298.1 billion US dollars, the highest point in history, before slowing down gradually. T he surpluses in trade in goods for 2009 and 2010 were 1 95.7 billion US dollars and 181.6 billion US dollars, down 3 4.4 per cent and 7.2 per cent year-on-year respectively. In 2010, Chinas surplus in trade in goods accounted for 6.1 per cent of the total import and export volume and 3.1 per cent of the GDP. Of the nine nations witht he largest trade balances (favourable or unfavourable n a was not high up in the league table in terms of the two ratios. T he fact that China is enjoying a surplus in trade in goods reflects its position in the international division of labour at the current stage. China now has relatively big advantages in the processing and assembling ofi ndustrial products, and is the largest producer and exporter o f industrial products. The US, the EU and some other countries and regions are the major end consumer markets. With the transfer of large n umbers of labour-intensive p rocessing and assembling sect ors to China from Japan, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong SAR and other nations and regions, their surpluses with the United States and Europe were also transferred to China. T he result is that while China i s currently enjoying a surplus i n trade in goods primarily with t he United States and Europe, it also has long-term trade deficits with Japan, Republic of Korea, ASEAN and other major intermediate countries. In 2010, Chinas surpluses in trade in goods with the US andt he EU were 181.3 billion US d ollars and 142.8 billion US doll ars, respectively, and its total deficit in trade in goods with Japan, Republic of Korea and ASEAN was 141.6 billion US dollars. The deficit in trade in goods between Chinas mainland and Taiwan reached 86 billionU S dollars. To produce and e xport industrial products, China n eeds to import large quantities o f primary goods, thus creating a deficit in trade in goods with cer tain exporters of primary goods. It is the countrys different level and status of participation in the international division of labour in manufacturing and the services industry that leads toC hinas big surplus in trade in g oods but a long-term deficit in s ervices trade. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Chinas Foreign Trade Part one of three Submitted by the Chinese Embassy, Nassau China takes part in global push

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T WO close friends died early Wednesday morning in the Intensive Care Unit at Doctors Hospital. Barbara Smith (nee Malo ne) died at about 3am Wednesday at the age of 84 f rom toxic shock due to peritonitis from a ruptured append ix. Reg Lightbourn, 87, died about two hours later of a brain aneurysm, following a fall at home earlier in the day. Mrs Smith was the eldest daughter of out island commissioner Ronald Malone, originally of Hope Town, Abaco, and Una Malone nee Higg s of Spanish Wells, Eleuthera. She married Royal Air Force s erviceman Roy Smith on Harbour Island in 1944. M r Lightbourn was the son o f Charles Lightbourn of Lightb ourn Lane, Nassau, and Evel yn Lightbourn nee Fernander, also of Nassau. He was a long-t ime charter boat captain and dockmaster at Browns Boat B asin. From 1971, he worked at Sawyers Food Products on Claridge Road. He died a few days before his 36th wedding anniversary a nd is survived by his wife, Norma (nee Perpall d ren, Deborah Mckellar, Susan Burnett and Jimmy Lightb ourn, and six grandchildren. Mrs Smith died a few days after her 84th birthday and 67th wedding anniversary. She is survived by her husband, Roy, her sister, Janice Kamrath, brother, Ronnie Malone, two children, Luanne Brown and Larry Smith, and three grandchildren. A joint memorial service will be held at Ebenezer M ethodist Church on Wednesday, January 28 at 1 1am. Mrs Smith will be b uried on Friday, January 30 i n the Methodist Churchyard a t Spanish Wells. Mr Lightbourn will be cremated andh is ashes scattered over the sea near Porgy Rocks. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011, PAGE 7 $%% &'"& &#%$'# nfb rfnnt rfrnb n bt Close friends die within hours of one another R EGLIGHTBOURN, a bove, and B arbara Smith, below, who both died early on Wednesday.

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(Housing er system, pay for it, we pro-v ide a base of clients for the utility corporations. So they get the benefit of the homeowner paying upfront for that cost and then they charge them again to use it. Mr Major said: Infrastruct ure expansion should be a government responsibility and n ot on the homeowner to provide the expansion of (the g overnments) network. I t hink that would drastically r educe the cost of housing. W hile he admitted it would require greater investment f rom utility companies, Mr Major explained the expense would pay for itself as the cor-p orations benefit from an expanded customer base. There should be a prog ramme, a system by which the government has an agenda in terms of where am I moving in terms of infrastructure development. At the beginning of the year, said Mr Major, housi ng can sit down with BEC and Water and Sewerage and s ay look this is the area were proposing to go, provide the i nfrastructure for that area. I nfrastructure development f or new subdivisions are cont racted privately, and include water, light, and roads, all of w hich are extremely expensive, he said. Mr Major said he has been m aking the recommendation f or years, but the prospect has never been considered. Right now, they are just taking over and saying thank you very much when its finished, at no expense to them whatso e ver, he said. The homeowners paid for all of that, all those costs. (Housing costs greatly reduced if we were able to take those costs out. Minister of Public Works a nd Housing Neko Grant did n ot return The Tribunes calls. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE POLICE are searching for three men in connection with two separate armed robberies in one day. The first incident occurred at 1:30 pm on Tuesday when an employee of Classic Bou tique was robbed of his jewellery at gun point. The robber fled the scene. The second robbery happened almost an hour later at Beverly's Kitchen on Carmichael Road. According to police, two men, one of whom had a hand gun, robbed the restaurant and its customers of an undetermined amount of cash. The culprits then left the scene on foot in an unknown direction. In other crime news, police are investigating the shooting of a 19-year-old Farrington Road male. Yesterday morning, according to police reports, the vic tim got into an argument with another man who pulled a gun and shot him in the leg. The victim was then taken to the hospital in a private vehicle where he was treated and released. While police are investigat ing, they are urging members of the public to contact the nearest police station with any information they might have. respects your decision to stand down and is appreciative of your notice as such.T his will allow us to work e xpediently to secure another h ighly qualified and suitable candidate who can ensure the partys success in the constituency, Mr Humes wrote. Speaking with The Tribune y esterday, Mr Humes said there was a series of events t hat led up to Mr McKinneys decision to not seek the candidacy. This was the deciding factor he decided it for us by saying if we could not give him these assurances he canta nnounce. We said we cant give you these assurances after t his long time, we thank you but must move on, he said. According to Mr Humes, Mr McKinney was a select candidate from June and wass upposed to announce his c andidacy on December 14, h owever, because of prior obligations his announcement was delayed to December 18. Mr Humes said despite making several efforts to contact Mr McKinney, he did noth ear from the talk show host for many days, until his camp aign funding requests were received by executive members of the party. He said the party wants people who are loyal andt rusts what it is doing. He q uestioned whether Mr McKi nney had just been using the DNA as an opportunity. This interpretation, Mr Humes said, is backed up by Mr McKinneys prior support for other parties. H e said moving forward, the DNA will be looking for m embers who are serious about the partys mission. At this stage we have to move on there is no moving back, Mr Humes said. L ast night, Mr McKinney t old the press he did not see h ow his letter could in any way indicate any impropriety. This is a necessary thing for a campaign, he said. (DNA leader Branville McCartneys) newest positionn ow is that every candidate must fund their own camp aign 100 per cent. Well my friends, that is ludicrous, that is foolish, that is political novice. He is a political novice." R esponding, McCartney s aid: If you want to be a cand idate, you ought to be responsible enough to help finance your own campaign by fundraising and otherwise. He said the DNA intends to help all its candidates, but what Mr McKinney was asking for was too much. M r McCartney said: What Mr McKinney wanted was a n umber of other monies for work that he's done already 60 per cent of what he's done already and then 60 per cent of his financing. We could not commit to that. In terms of funding we w ill do what we have to do. But not 60 per cent. If you can't deal with it then fine, but not 60 per cent. But whatwe do for one, we'll have to do for all. the candidacy process had not yet been finalised. Dr Gomezi s reportedly retiring from the government post in January, and will represent the party for that area in the upcomingg eneral elections. The youngest brother of Anglican Archbishop Drexel G omez and a political newcomer, Dr Gomez was said to have strong family ties to thei sland of Bimini. D r Gomezs appointment comes after standing MP for the area, Vincent Peet, recently confirmed he will not be seeking renomination. After much debate and prayerful deliber a tion, Mr Peet, an attorney by profession, said he will now focus on his legal practice. It was speculated that Mr P eet was being dropped as a PLP candidate after he was accused of mismanaging $180,000 worth of client funds. In a press statement, Mr Peet confirmed the exis tence of a matter regarding client funds, but said no legal action is pending between himself and the client. Dr Gomez did not respond to calls placed last night. SEARCH FOR TRIO OVER ROBBERIES 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 PLPCHOOSE PERR YGOMEZ DNAemails cash row COSTS COULD BE CUT ON HOUSING

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BY DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter dmaycock@tribunemedia.net FREEPORT The late Ron Darville, deputy chair-man of BAIC, was laid to rest yesterday following a funeral service at Christ the King Cathedral attended by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and many FNM supporters. Mr Ingraham said Mr Darville was a man of deepseated convictions who believed in the Bahamas and sought to better the country. Minister of State for Finance Zhivargo Laing and Public Works Minister Neko Grant were also in attendance, as were FNM MPs Vernae Grant and Kenneth Russell. We have gathered to bid a final farewell to a much loved husband, father and dear friend whose life has been cut short by a terrible tragedy. Our hearts reach out to all the bereaved family whom we shall keep in our prayers, Mr Ingraham said. The Prime Minister said Mr Darvilles contribution to the development of the country and service to the Free National Movement were outstanding. am happy that in 2009 I was able to acknowledge Rons contribution to our national development with the award of the British Empire Medal in recognition of his outstanding community service, he said. Those of us who knew Ron well know that he was first and foremost a family man who loved and cherished his wife and children dearly. This makes the manner of his death all the more painful. For it was in seeking to intervene in a terrible tragedy involving his son, who suffered from a dreadful psychosis, that Ron met his d emise, Ingraham said. During the early morning hours of November 3, Michael Darville, 26, went ona bloody rampage, violently attacking his father, Ron, and brother, Joseph, with a cutlass at the familys home on Dampier Drive. He also went to a neighbouring house and attacked a family of three. He was tracked to an apartment complex on Sumerville Drive, where he was shot and killed by police. The victims were admitted to hospital. Ron Darville was later airlifted to Nassau for further medical treatment. He died on December 10, the same day his son was buried. Prime Minister Ingraham said: It is important for all of us to acknowledge that Rons love for his son, and indeed the love of his entire family for that son, kept the young man close to the family notwithstanding his disturbing illness. He extended condolences to the Darville family for their loss. We in the FNM and indeed throughout the wider Bahamian community grieve with you and extend to you our heartfelt condolences, Mr Ingraham said. Mr Darville was an FNM vice chairman, a member of t he Grand Bahama FNM C ouncil, and an executive of t he FNMs Marco City Branch. Although born in Sandy Point, Abaco, he spent most of his adult life in Grand Bahama. M r Darville owned the o nce popular Lobster Reef R estaurant and Bar and was a Butler and Sands executive for 25 years. LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 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. A final farewell to Ron Darville RONDARVILLE, who died following a family tragedy. APACKEDCHURCH at Ron Darvilles funeral. RONDARVILLES family leaves church and, right, Prime Minister Huberrt Ingraham gives an address during the service.

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Doe, asked Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez for mercy for h is client in the spirit of the season. Doe, whose real name is u nknown even to the Department of Immigration, admit ted being in possession of a f ake American passport and drivers licence. The IDs, under the fake n ame Dehun Delmeus, were uncovered on Saturday, December 17, by immigration officials and later confirmed by US Immigration authori-t ies at the Lynden Pindling International Airport. Before sentencing, Mr R ichards asked the chief magistrate to remember the season and asked for leniency forh is client who, as a father of f our, had little funds. He said: Be as lenient as possible. Hes a young manw ithout funds. In the spirit of the season, I ask that you have mercy on the defendant. C hief Magistrate Gomez then fined the defendant $800 or two months in prison for each count. H e also recommended early deportation. Prior to the ruling, Immigration prosecutor Kendal Rahming told how the accusedh ad arrived from Haiti on Flight 701 of Southern Air. While in the Bahamas i mmigration hall at LPIA, the accused presented the two documents along with a com p leted landing card for inspect ion. The electronic passport, readable by computers, wass wiped to obtain information relevant to the traveller. How ever, no information a ppeared on screen. Officers invited the defendant to an office for further inspection of the document a nd comparison between this and another American e-passport under ultra violet light. It was revealed that Doe was in possession of a false pass-p ort. The passport, along with the drivers licence, were then c onfirmed as fake by US Immigration authorities. He was detained at the detentionc entre and later charged. M r Richards said his client, a father of four living in Haiti, was introduced to a man whoc laimed to be an attorney in the Dominican Republic. Doe was reportedly told by t he attorney that he was in the business of dealing with applications for American passports and driversl icences. He paid $1,900 to the man and was provided with the p assport. Mr Richards said his client was told by the passportp rovider that he ought not t o use the passport for travel ling to the United States within seven days but wasa llowed to use it throughout the Caribbean. The attorney said his client has admitted the offences and he has not wasted the courts time. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE sums ranging from $7,000 to $8,000 which c laim to be salary from companies such a s Bahamas Food Services and Bahamas air. He uses forged drivers licences as identification to endorse the fraudulent cheques. Police stated the driver licences are u nder several aliases, including Roy Sands, Carl Edgecombe, Herbert Evans, and Paul Evans. Thus far he has been successful at cashing a number of cheques, Inspt Edgecombe said. The man has cashed roughly six f raudulent cheques, overall. In the last two weeks alone, hes gained more than $16,000. Inspt Edgecombe advised businesses t hat cash cheques to be diligent and to watch for potential forgeries. There are crooks among us who will do their best to defraud you out of money, he said. H e advised banks and other chequecashing merchants that if they suspect a c heque is fraudulent, call the business or person who allegedly issued it to confirm if its genuine. Or, call the police. Sgt Deborah Thompson, of the CDU, o ffered advice to cheque-cashing busin esses. We are advising merchants, when they are accepting driver licences as a form to endorse and cash cheques, scrutinize that licence to make sure it is genuine, she said. According to Sgt Thompson, a genuine drivers licence, when held to a lights ource, will have iridescent colours that a c ounterfeit licence cannot recreate. I f unsure of the licence, Sgt Thompson advised companies to ask for an additional form of identification. If that individual is unable to prod uce any, compare that drivers licence a gainst a genuine one, she said. 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 HAITIAN FINED OVER DOCUMENT S I NSP MATTHEW EDGECOMBE s howing a fraudulent cheque with Sgt Deborah Thompson in the background.Photo: Dana Smith /Tribune Staff Man questioned over cheque

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CHOPARD, the worldrenowned Swiss luxury house known for their legendary Haute Joaillerie creations andi nnovative timepieces, has announced its boutique reopening in the Atlantis Resort. The boutique originally o pened its doors 10 years ago and is now the first in the Caribbean to re-open follow-i ng the new design concept b y renowned architect Thierry W Despont. E very detail of the new boutique is the vision of Chopard co-president anda rtistic director, Caroline S cheufele. The Atlantis boutique articulates the global Chopard concept, launched in 2007 at the Madison Avenue flagship, and fuses the brands DNA and history with innovation. Built on 151 years of fine craftsmanship, a perennial fascination with modern technology and a singular devotion to the world of art,C hopards new Atlantis boutique is a must-see shopping destination. It carries bou-t ique exclusives including limi ted edition marine inspired high jewellery pieces, part of t he Animal World collection, said the company in a statement. T hierry W Despont carried o ut the boutique commission with unprecedented impact by using state-of-the-art technolo gy. Based on his idea that Chopard represents a blend of century-old family traditiona nd high-tech creations, he modelled the new boutique as an eco-friendly spectacle, w here the beauty of diamonds and the fine art of watch-making can be experienced. C aroline Scheufele said: In 2 007, I asked renowned architect Thierry Despont to create a new design for the Chopard b outiques, beginning with our flagship store on Madison Avenue. We worked veryc losely on the concept in o rder to keep the atmosphere o f our boutiques warm and homey with luxurious and sensuous fabrics, welcomingw ooden floors, and wood pane lling. When our clients enter a C hopard boutique, I want t hem to feel as if they were e ntering a refined and gracious home. All the furnishings, lighting and vitrines were created and developed especially for C hopard. Defined areas for high jewellery, high-end watches and accessory collections allow for both private and casual browsing. We recently opened bout iques in Bahrain and B ologna, Italy and, for 2012, are planning to reopen in Geneva, Cannes, and Madridw ith the new boutique con cept, said Caroline Scheufele. We have a steady but very moderate retaile xpansion strategy and take time to find the exact location before opening a new boutique. LOCAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011 THE TRIBUNE Chopard opens new boutique at Atlantis T HE REOPENED b outique has a host of items to buy. T HE b outique in the Atlantis Resort.