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N N A A S S S S A A U U A A N N D D B B A A H H A A M M A A I I S S L L A A N N D D S S L L E E A A D D I I N N G G N N E E W W S S P P A A P P E E R R Priest admits intimacy with fir e death woman C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 106 No.286TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER PARTLYSUNNY, T-STORM HIGH 84F LOW 74F F E A T U R E S S P O R T S Bootie licious SEEPAGETWELVE Perfect record! A CATHOLIC priest admitted yesterday he was intimately involved with aw oman who died in a fire at h er apartment four years ago the same day he had to be pulled from a separate blaze at his own home. During the continuation of the coroners inquest into the death of 35-year-old hotel worker Nicola Gibson, Father David Cooper took the stand, claiming he visited the deceased on the night before she died, but does not remember how he got home. H e claimed his last cohere nt memory was of eating a bowl of souse at the womans apartment. Fr Cooper described his relationship with the deceased as abnormal considering his vow of chastity, and revealed that Ms Gibson had made him a Deceased made r ector beneficiary on lif e insurance The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST BAHAMASEDITION McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W www.fidelitygroup.comCall 356.7764today! Get out of Debt Fast with a Fidelity Fast Track Debt Consolidation loan. Decisions Fast Money Fast Plus Visa Credit Card FastGetoutofdebt Fast! SEEWOMANSECTION BAHAMASBIGGEST CARSFORSALE, HELPWANTED ANDREALESTATE I N S I D E SEE page 10 MANGR OVE C A Y HIGH SCHOOL HIT S THE HIGH NOTES ON SONG: MPs Alfred Gray and Obie Wilchcombe are entertained at Government House with a drama choral verse by Mangrove Cay High School students at the awards presentation ceremony of the 51st annual E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival. The choir received top merit for their performance in the Instrumental Ensemble category. SEEPAGEFIVE T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter tthompson@ "CULTURAL icon", poet, author and former Tribune columnist Sylvia Laramore-Crawford has died in hospital. According to reports, the beloved writer passed away on Sunday night in New Providence. A close friend said Mrs Laramore-Crawford had been battling diabetes but she did not complain of being sick. Mrs Laramore-Crawford, who lived in New Bight, Cat Island, was known for her literary prowess and her cultural activism. She was the founding president of the Bahamas Writers Society and author of The Grass is Not Always Green, Cooking the Bahamian Way & Bush Tea and the one-act play Best Friends. She was also a regular Tribune contributor writing on social issues and problems facing By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter THE Department of Meteorology is urging residents of the southeastern Bahamas to protect themselves against Tropical Storm Tomas which is expected to strengthen into a hurricane, bringing heavy wind and rain on Saturday. Tomas weakened yesterday over the south-central Caribbean Sea with maxi mum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Centre in the US reported, but warned that the system could gain strength Tuesday night. The storm, which was mov ing at 14 miles per hour sev eral hundred miles away from Haiti, is expected to reach the devastated island later this week, said. The storm is expected to strengthen into a category one hurricane when it passes over the coun try. According to Basil Dean, the Deputy Director of the Department of Meteorology, the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos should brace themselves for Cultural icon, author and poet Sylvia Laramore-Crawford dies POLICE are investigating a shooting that has left one man in hospital. Around 8.30pm on Sunday police received information of gunshots fired at Hutchinson Street off Poinciana Drive. Responding officers found a man with multiple gunshot wounds. Police were told that the victim was on Hutchinson Street when he was approached by a silver-coloured Honda Accord license plate number 197468 with three men inside. Police were told that one of the car's occupants jumped out of the vehicle, pulled out a handgun and opened fire in the direction of the victim. The man was taken to hospital by ambulance where he is listed in serious condition. Police yesterday said they are follow ing significant leads into the matter. Investigations continue. Shooting leaves man in hospital Tropical Storm Tomas expected to strengthen into a hurricane SEE page 10 SEE page 10


ABOVE: The Bahamian delegation headed by Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham is pictured on a tour of the Beijing, China headquarters of Lenovo; the largest telecommunications company in China and third largest in the world. GUEST: PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham signs the official guest register at the Beijing, China headquarters of Lenovo; the largest telecommunications company in China and third largest in the world. MEETING: PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham and his delegation are pictured meeting with executives of Lenovo, the largest telecommunications company in China and third largest in the world. The meeting took place as part of a tour of Lenovo's headquarters in Beijing, China. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM INDEX MAIN/SPORTS SECTION Local News................P1,2,3,5,6,7,8,9,10,16 Editorial/Letters........................................P4 Advt..........................................................P11 Sports......................................P12,13,14,15 BUSINESS/WOMAN SECTION Business......................................P1,2,3,4,7 Advts.....................................................P5,6 Comics.....................................................P8 Woman.......................................P9,10,11,12 CLASSIFIED SECTION 28 PAGES USA TODAY MAIN/SPORTS 12 PAGES FAMILY GUARDIAN FINANCIAL CENTRE, EAST BAY & CHURCH STREETS, NASSAU, BAHAMAS I T 242-396-1300/1400 I A SUBSIDIARY OF HOME AUTO MARINE COMMERCIAL & LIABILITY INSURANCE…CALL OR STOP IN TODAY FOR A FREE QUOTE! 396-1300/1400we’ve added to the Family… PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham met with executives of Lenovo the largest telecommunications company in China at their headquarters in Beijing. Mr Ingraham visited the country at the invitation of the Chinese government to discuss issues with several local companies and the government of the People's Republic of China. Making his way back from China, the prime minister will stop in Barbados today to attend the state funeral of Premier David Thompson who died of cancer.LOST AND CONFUSED, but I want to go home! "Goldie", a small friendly, cream-coloured potcake, terrified by the weekend fireworks has disappeared from her home near MacPherson's Bend on the Eastern Road. Her owner would be grateful if whoever finds her would help her get home by calling Dee Dee at 324-3013 or Melissa at 3247392. Shortly after Monday's Tribune was in circulation, "Mango", who had sought the help of Tribune readers to try to find her owners for her after also being spooked by the fireworks, was on her way back home. As was a second dog, who was also reported "lost." A third dog, picked up near Blair by a concerned resident, is also now safely back home. PM meets with China's largest telecommunications companyLOST DOG BISPhotos


B y AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter PENDING academic formalities, the new president of the College of the Bahamas has been chosen. Dr Betsy Vogel-Boze, a s enior fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, was confirmed as the victor of the now 10-month, seven-step presidential search process. Sources close to the matter have confirmed that officials are awaiting Dr Vogel-Bozes a cceptance of the position, however, she has declined to comment at this time. Officials at the nations leading tertiary institution also remain tightlipped. Gabriella Fraser, associate vice president of external affairs said: The College of the Bahamas is in the final step of this seven-step search process. We remain bound by confidentiality which is critical to the integrity of this process. Once this final phase is concluded, an official college announcement will be made. The search is Dr VogelBoze's third chance for the top spot at a tertiary institution within a year, and if confirmed, the top post at COB will be her first time working in the Caribbean. In November 2009, Dr Vogel-Boze was among the top three finalists in Alaska Pacific University's presidential search and among the top five finalists in April of this year for the presidency at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College. However, she was overlooked each time for a male candidate. According to the college, the senior fellow at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU experience in academic administration which spans 20 years in multi-campus university environments. Formerly a campus dean and chief executive officer of Kent State University, Stark, Dr Vogel-Boze holds a PhD in business administration, a masters in business administration and a bachelor of science degree in psychology. Dr Vogel-Boze has been praised for her executive leadership at Kent Stark, which transitioned into a four year comprehensive liberal arts university with professional graduate degree programmes during her tenure. The veteran administrators resignation from Kent Stark early last year caused some controversy following reports that she spray-painted a traffic sign on a neighbouring camp us. In February 2009, less than two weeks before her resignation, she was spotted by campus security painting a sign in an attempt to remove an arrow at Stark State College of Technology, which she alleged was pointing to an incorrect parking lot. At the time, a spokeswoman for the campus told the press that school officials did not condone such behaviour and were disappointed. However, Dr Vogel-Boze has confirmed to The Tribune that no charges were filed, and that COBs presidential search committee were made fully aware of the incident. Dr Vogel-Boze met with the college community in September. She was the first of three finalists in COB's 2010 presidential search. The other two candidates were Dr Kathryn Bindon, a presidential advisor at the University of Bahrain; and Dr Susan Coultrap-McQuin, deputy to the president for special projects at the State University of New York (SUNY a t Oswego. The finalists all with extensive experience in upper management at tertiary institutions were chosen from a short-list of seven candidates, all of whom were from North America. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ,QVWLWXWHRI%XVLQHVVDQG&RPPHUFH &/$66$576:('1(6'$

EDITOR, The Tribune. I N THESEcriminally-oriented turbulent times, when s o many violent incidents are being orchestrated in our socie ty on a daily basis, by a steadily growing criminal seg ment among us, it is quite dis heartening to hear members of John Q. public whining and complaining when members of our Law enforcement entity (the RBPF action in dealing with a part icular incident .It should be borne in mind that Police offi cers are human beings like the rest of us, and like us, should, when threatened, take what ever measures necessary to protect themselves. As a police officer, he/she is a potential target of the crimi nal from the moment their signature is inked on the dot ted line of their contract. It must also be remembered thata policeman is never off duty, and must be in possession of his/her ID card at all times when not in uniform. Their mandate: The protection of l ife and property, preservation of the peace and the detection o f crime. An awesome task, I am sure you will agree. In Thursday, October 28th edition of The Tribune, there were two interesting stories,t he Lead story Gun Terror in Montagu, and another u nder the heading, Prostitution ring appears to be up and running again. In the case of the lead story, I would like to take umbrage, as for the other, with one minor exception, I a gree completely. Let us examine the account of the e yewitness who was in an office above the scene and w ho, by his own words, would have had a birds eye view of the scenario. Says he: I can confirm that several (three or more) police officers fired multiple times (10 to 15 rounds). Despite multiple hits, the individual was still alive when the ambulance t ook him away, but it did not look promising for him. It would appear that this particular eyewitness was clearly on the path of seeking publicity for himself. His entire statement to the media was nothing more than suppo sitions and self assumed conc lusions. He was not satisfied with saying, there were sever al officers, but in an effort to dramatize the situation he then made the assumption, that there were three or more. He was not happy with saying that they fired multiple rounds; but in order to again d ramatize the statement, he named a number, 10 to 15. D espite being in an upstairs vantage point a couple hundred feet distant from the scenario, he was able to confirm that the individual was hitm ultiple times, again, at that distance, without being able t o see the victim breathe or hear him speak, he was able to confirm to the media that he (victim prospects did not look promising. In my opinion this would h ave been a decision for an examining medic. A s a former member of the RBPF and having been under f ire on a number of occasions in the line of duty, I feel that I am in a position to say what it feels like to not only come face to face with an armed criminal, but having to, on a number of occasions, exchange fire with them. I can assure this eyewitness that no police o fficer or soldier was ever trained to pick out any special part of the enemy or criminals anatomy as a target. In order to protect themselves from being killed or severely injured. One should aim for the torso and fire as rapidly as possible until the subject falls, a nd then when approaching the fallen individual, be at the ready to take evasive action, in order to resume firing again if necessary. When an armed opponent is running away from you, you try to take him out before he gets to cover where he can pick you off at y our approach. The foregoing tactics, Mr. Eyewitness, are k nown as survival tactics, that if any police officer ignores in situations as the one described by you, Mr. Eyewitness, they do at their own peril. You ando thers did admit that the man had a gun. Many good police o fficers have paid the ultimate price for valiantly executing their mandate in the protec tion of the citizens of this nation. Let us support them in these difficult times. With regard to the other article, I do not believe that the prostitution ring ever stopped their operation. The continuation of this blatant disrespect for our Laws in this area by illegal foreign immigrants should and must rest directly on the shoulders of the officer commanding the police entities in this area. This station (Ft. Charlotte is akin to the old Eastern police station, except for one aspect, Eastern Police station is officially closed while Ft. Charlotte is unofficially closed, as its doors are never open and one seldom ever sees a policeman near that station. This facility is opposite a public beach frequented by tourists next to a common whore house, but when questioned by the media, police officers are in denial of the operation. This is absolutely ridiculous, something really stinks here, and it sure as hell aint no outside privy. The C.O.P. should launch a full scale investigation into this matter, if the allegations are proven, then the owner of the facility should be dealt with according to Law, and the officer under whose charge the jurisdiction falls should be dealt with for dereliction of duty. For a major prostitution operation to be in full swing in so close a proximity to a police station is inconceivable and unforgivable. ERRINGTON W.I. WATKINS East Park Estates, Nassau, October 31, 2010. EDITOR, The Tribune THEREis something about Andros that scares people. It has size, it has resources and it has potential. There is also something about responsibility that brings out the best and worst in us, and the responsibility that Bahamians should have toward Andros seems to have brought out the worst in us. Our response/reaction to this sleeping giant's potential has been damnable, however, I am reliably informed that a lot of Andros is being bought up or given away depending on who you get the story from. If this plays out we will lose the basic infrastructure we n eed to feed ourselves. I t is impossible to use the term feed ourselves and not think of Hatchet Bay and what was established there for many years the grain silos are still standing. What could be done with Andros, what could be accomplished in Andros has to be what the fear of the responsibility that it is linked to it. There are many excuses, but the fact that the first Prime Minister of this nation held the southern seat for many years and not much was accomplished for that Island in terms of its potential, may be an indication of what we are up against as a nation. Every election Rally over the years has some clip about self-sufficiency in the area of food and Andros has been at the heart of all these promises. Maybe, Andros is supposed to remain the way it is a nd those of us who feel m oved to bring this convers ation up (again remain silent. However, there are persons coming after us who will not be as understanding. They will be responsible for whatever it is we choose to leave them with and they will judge this generation who seem to be more occupied with revision and talk of what we would like to see. W e are more than forty years removed from those heady days when the battle was all about what people were doing to us. This present time is about what we are doing to ourselves and allowing in the name of some very marginalizing agendas. Before this Pindling generation passes away we must have something to show, even if the person who brought us out to the Promise Land, allowed a political agenda to wreak havoc on what could have been the Best Little Nation in the World. Presently, this is the best place for many nationalities who come here and marvel at what we have. Potential has a way of giving birth to serious indictments, if not embraced by t hose who are responsible a nd every one of us has this responsibility. If we do not get serious about our birthright the only claim Bahamians will have to make in the years ahead will be that we have good hair. EDWARD HUTCHESON Nassau, October 22, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE The Tribune Limited NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master L EON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914 S IR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G., (Hon. P ublisher/Editor 1919-1972 Contributing Editor 1972-1991 EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B. P ublisher/Editor 1972Published Daily Monday to Saturday S hirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama SAN'A, Yemen Information that helped thwart the plot of U.S.-bound mail bombs w ired to explode on cargo planes came from an al-Qaida insider who was secreted out of Yemen after surrendering to Saudi authorities, Yemeni security officials said Monday. The tip reflects how Saudi Arabia has w orked aggressively for years to infiltrate alQaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which is operating in the unruly, impoverished nation on its s outhern doorstep. The tip came from Jabir al-Fayfi, a Saudi w ho was held for years at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and was released to Saudi Arabia in 2007. Soon after, he fled Saudi Arabia and joined the al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen, until he turned himself in toS audi authorities in late September. Yemeni security officials said they believe a l-Fayfi may have been a double agent, plant ed by Saudi Arabia in Yemen among al-Qaid a in the Arabian Peninsula militants to uncover their plots. The officials said that after his return to the kingdom, he told authorities that al-Qaida was planning to send bomb-laden packages. T he officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to t alk to the media. Tribal leaders in Yemen aware of the situation, and similarly speaking o n condition of anonymity, confirmed al-Fay fi's role. Saudi officials did not respond to calls for comment. Saudi Arabia has been recruiting informants in the terrorist network and also has been paying Yemeni tribal chiefs and e ven gives cash to figures in the Yemeni military to gain their loyalty. P resident Barack Obama thanked Saudi King Abdullah, a top U.S. ally, in a Saturday t elephone call for the "critical role" by Saudi counterterrorism authorities in uncovering the plot. After the Saudi alert, two bombs hidden in packages mailed from Yemen and addressedto synagogues in Chicago were discovered Frid ay on planes transiting through Dubai and Britain. Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, considered a k ey figure in al-Qaida in the Arabian Penin sula, is the chief suspect behind assembling t he sophisticated mail bombs, according to U.S. intelligence officials. German officials said Monday the mail bombs contained 300 grams and 400 grams of the explosive PETN enough to cause "significant" damage to the planes. By contrast, the explosives that failed to work last Christmas ona Detroit-bound airliner used 80 grams of PETN secreted in the underwear of a Nigerian p assenger. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsu la claimed responsibility for that. The warning from Germany came as investigators tried to trace bomb parts and look for any more explosives possibly sent from Yemen. The Yemeni National civil aviation com mittee decided late Sunday to tighten security in Yemeni airports, according to the state Saba news agency. The committee, headed by the minister of transport, said cargo leaving the air ports will be thoroughly inspected and shipping agents will have to get licenses in line with international standards. The committee also approved a new airport security force. While al-Fayfi may have provided broad outlines about the plot, it appears Saudi Arab ia had other sources. U.S. officials have said the tip was specific enough that it identified the tracking numbers of the packages. The Saudi newspaper Al-Watan on Monday cited Saudi securityo fficials as saying the kingdom gave U.S. investigators the tracking numbers, which al-Fayfi likely would not have known since he surrend ered well before the packages were mailed. Al-Fayfi's surrender may have revealed o ther plots as well. In mid-October, a couple of weeks after his surrender, Saudi Arabia warned European authorities of a threat from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, saying the group's operatives were active on the conti n ent, particularly France. Saudi intelligence has aggressively been p ursuing them, even as the militants have vowed both to kill Saudi officials and to topple t he Yemeni government of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. The Saudis deeply distrust the ability of Saleh's regime to crack down on militants, seeing Yemen's security forces as incompetent. T he frustration with the Yemenis climaxed last year when al-Qaida in the Arabian Penins ula came close to killing Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, a member of the royal family who r uns the Saudi counterterrorism programme. Al-Asiri's brother, Abdullah, posing as a reformed jihadist, detonated a bomb hidden inside a body cavity, killing himself but only slightly wounding the prince. F orensic analysis indicates that Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri built the bomb carried by his b rother, as well as the explosives carried by the Nigerian on the Detroit-bound flight. T he attack on the prince "was the thing that infuriated the Saudis and made them step up their intelligence operations in Yemen and almost completely sidestep the Yemenis," saida Yemeni security official familiar with the k ingdom's activity in his country. "They recruited hundreds of informers and b egan to spend even more lavishly on their allies," said the official, who agreed to share the i nformation in exchange for anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media. For years, Saudi Arabia has also been known to be giving cash rewards to tribal chiefs, senior military officers and politicians. In large areas of mountainous Yemen, where infrastructure is often poor to nonexis tent, tribes hold far more power than the cent ral government and are better aware of mili tants' comings and going. Some tribes, disen chanted with San'a, have provided shelter to alQaida fighters. "It is a case of the Saudis distrusting the Yemenis on the war against terror," said Mohammed al-Sabry, a Yemeni analyst. Saudi Arabia has been working to infiltrate al-Qaida elsewhere, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, they have done a better job in Yemen. (This article was written by Ahmed Al-Haj and Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press writers). Our reaction to potential of Andros LETTERS Al-Qaida insider told Saudis of bomb plot Between a rock and a hard place


THOSE gathered for the awards ceremony of the 51st annual E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival were told that a greater emphasis must be placed on the nation's artistic potential. Speaking to school children selected for their outstanding performance in arts and crafts, drama and music from across the Bahamas, Deputy to the Governor General Sir William Allen noted that the arts are more valued in first world countries than in the developing world. Sir William said: "Too often, we in the developing world seem to underestimate the power, influence and relevance of the arts. More developed societies are often inclined to cultivate and promote the arts more aggressively. And here they sustain vibrant economic sectors. Too often, we seem not to appreciate what we have in our own country, or to pursue it to its full potential. Yet we seem able to place great relevance on the art forms or artistic expression of persons in other countries." He added: "The E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival is fully Bahamian and it is appropriate that more Bahamians appreciate the importance of the festival, and accordingly, participate to the fullest extent. We need to understand and appreciate that the festival can be an important aspect of our efforts to ensure that things do not fall apart and that the centre does hold. The E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival aspires to the highest standards and its participants can hold their own with their counterparts anywhere in the world. It is a festival whose standards are high." Sir William highlighted the influence of the arts in shaping the moral and social development of the individual. He said: "At one level, the arts are character-building tools that help to instil discipline; as anyone who is involved in the arts can tell you, the determination and commitment required to truly succeed are extraordinary. "The benefits of cultivating the various forms of art in one's life and in society are numerous. The arts enhance the quality of life of the individual and entire communities, that is they can enrich and elevate the level of our existence; the arts foster careers and industries; they attract business and improve economies." C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Effective November 1, 2010 the Property and Casualty Division of General Brokers & Agents Ltd. (GBA) becomes part of NUA Insurance Agents & Brokers Ltd. (NUA). GBAs Property and Casualty policyholders in Nassau will now be serviced by NUA, and the Property and Casualty Division and staff of GBA have been relocated to the NUA Service Centre on Third Terrace and Collins Avenue, just across the street from the GBA building. The Life and Health clients of GBA will continue to be serviced at the existing location of GBA on Collins Avenue. GBA clients in Nassau who have had the Insurance Company of West Indies (Bahamas) Ltd (ICWI) as their insurance carrier will now have the option to select Bahamas First General Insurance (BFG), as their carrier with the changeover occurring at the time of their policy renewal. GBA clie nts in Nassau whose carrier has been BFG will continue to have BFG as their carrier. These changes are the result of the acquisition of a majority interest in General Brokers & Agents Ltd. by Bahamas First Holdings Limited. Bahamas First is the largest local Property and Casualty insurer in The Bahamas and has an AM Best Rating of A(Excellent), which re”ects the companys excellent capital and liquidity position as well as its superior operational results. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact NUA at 356-7800.Note to GBA clients in Grand Bahama: GBA clients in Grand Bahama will continue to be serviced by General Brokers & Agents (Grand Bahama) Limited, reporting to NUA. If you have had the Insurance Company of West Indies (Bahamas) Ltd (ICWI) as your insurance carrier you will now have the option to select Bahamas First General Insurance (BFG), as your carrier with the changeover occurring at the time of their policy renewal. GBA clients in Freeport whose carrier has been BFG will continue to have BFG as their carrier. The portfolio of the Carib Insurance Agency (Grand Bahama) Limited, that operates as a Branch of NUA, will be combined with that of GBA (Grand Bahama) with its operations and staff relocating to the GBA of“ce in the Regent Centre. An Important Message to General Brokers & Agents clients in New Focus placed on nation's artistic potential at E Clement Bethel National Arts Festival DRAMA AWARD WINNER: Dennisha King, 16, of Mangrove Cay High School receives her Drama award from Nicole Campbell, acting permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture. AWARDEE: Christian Butkowskil, 13, receives his award for Choral Speaking from Nicole Campbell, acting permanent secretary at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.


B y DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport R eporter FREEPORT Zhivargo Laing, MP for Marco City, launched The Marco City Youth Leadership Prog ramme on Saturday for high school students to develop leadership skills that will prepare them for future success. Mr Laing said that over 100 students from various schools have signed up for the nine-month prog ramme. T he official opening was o n Saturday at Mary, Star o f the Sea School Auditoriu m, where Education Mini ster Desmond Bannister spoke to participants. Opportunity Mr Bannister commended Mr Laing for launchingt he programme. He told students that they must take a dvantage of every opportunity available to them to succeed. D uring his remarks, he reported that the governm ent has set aside some $2 million so that students with five BGCSEs passes with grade C and above, including Mathematics and English, can attend the Collegeo f the Bahamas for free. Mr Laing said participants enrolled in the programme will attend sessions once a month on Saturday, a nd sessions will be held on T hursday for Seventh-Day Adventist students. We will teach these young people those kinds of skills that make for leadership, the skills that will help open doors of opport unity for them. What I recognize is that w e have lots of students w ho come out of high school who have not prope rly transitioned into adulthood, he said. D uring course sessions, participants will learn how to manage their ownf inances, how to open a bank account, how to start a b usiness, how to go on job interviews, to conduct proper job search, how to develo p career opportunities, and how to interrelate with other people. Mr Laing said session p resentations will be made by professionals from throughout the Bahamas. He said students also will also taken on a corporate t our of New Providence to l earn about how Nassau has become one of the principal offshore centres of the world. Tour A t the end of programme in July, he said, participants w ill go on a tour of Washington and New York. I started this idea as a Marco City programme, but it became so clear to me that this cant be something that only students who live i n Marco City could benefit f rom, so I extended it to every high school on the i sland, he said. M r Laing said there is no r ight or wrong time to acquire leadership skills. Whether in a good economy or bad, you need to have certain kinds of knowledge and having leade rship is marvelous anyt ime. In difficult times it is especially useful and we really want to enhance these young peoples leadership skills. If you want to change t his nation, you have to i mpact on the next generation. We must change their mindset to give them thea bility to problem solve and t hink critically, he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT Five young men from Grand Bahama have successfully completed the Transp ort Canada examination which will enable them to pursue ocean-going careers on merchant vessels. The five men Tamar Pinder, Fritzgerald Cambridge, Steve Wright, Raymond Bowe, and Mauricio Britton attended the Maritime Training Centre at Holland College on Prince Edward Island, Canada. Clayton Curtis, an instructor at Bahamas Mari time Cadet Corps, said the young men were enrolled in a three-month course at Holland College where they received extensive training in seamanship, navigation, rules of the nautical road, fire fighting and safety, as well as first aid. He said that a significant portion of the course involved instruction with the use of a simulator that presented a number of scenarios to prep are them for real-life situations at sea. In addition to successfully passing their Transport Canada examination, the men also received the Standard for Training and Certification for Watch-keepers qualification. Mr Curtis said the five men are expected to be posted on Bahamian registered ships where they will continue their training as observers and receive additional instruction and practical application of what they learned in the classroom. They will be deployed on ships trading internationally and will have the opportunity to literally travel the world and get paid for doing so, he said. After accumulating sufficient sea-time, the men will return to Holland College for further instruction and sit their licence exams. If successful, they will continue their ocean-going careers all the way to their Master Mariner qualifications. Mr Curtis said the men were members of the Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corp while they were in high school. As an extension of that programme, a number of cadets from Nassau, Abaco, and Grand Bahama were given the opportunity to attend Holland College. The local Bahamas Maritime Cadet Corp programme is operated under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport and the Environment, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education. It is administered by the Bahamas Maritime Author ity. Five move closer to ocean-going careers after exam completion Youth Leadership Programme launched by Zhivargo Laing Over 100 students sign up for course L EADERSHIPPROGRAMME: Z hivargo Laing PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti A CHOLERA outbreak t hat has killed more than 300 people in Haiti matches strains commonly found in South Asia, the U.S. Centersf or Disease Control and Pre vention said Monday, according to Associated Press. The finding is a significant step toward answering one of the most important ques-t ions about the burgeoning epidemic: How did cholera, a disease never confirmed toh ave existed in Haiti, sud denly erupt in the vulnerable country's rural center? It also intensifies the s crutiny of a U.N. base that is home to recently arrived Nepalese peacekeepers, built on a tributary to the Artibonite River. Cholera has been detected in the waterway, and most of the cases have been among people who live downriver andd rank from the Artibonite. Speculation among Haitians has increasingly focused on the base and thet roops from Nepal, where cholera is endemic and which saw outbreaks this summer before the arrival of the cur rent contingent of troops. On Friday, hundreds of protest ers demanded the Nepalese p eacekeepers be sent home. In an unannounced visit to the base last week and a touro f the facility given by peace keepers on Sunday, The Associated Press found questionable sanitation condi t ions. The U.N. has defended its sanitation practices and denied that it was a source of the infection. A spokesman said the agency was looking into the matter Monday following the announcement. C DC researchers identi fied the strain by analyzing DNA patterns that can be compared with those fromo ther regions of the world, Dr. Christopher Braden told AP. The results were given to the press on Monday after being released to Haitian health authorities. T he finding does not identify the source of the disease or say how it arrived in Haiti,b ut it eliminates some other possibilities, including a suggestion that the strain might be related to a 1990s South A merican outbreak, Braden said. South Asia refers to the area around the Indian sub continent India, Pakistan and other countries including Nepal, he said. CDC: Haiti cholera matches South Asian strain


B y GLADSTONE THURSTON ACTING Prime Minister Brent Symonette has questioned the need to continue importing souvenir items for tourists who visit the Bahamas. When we spend hundreds o f millions of dollars importing souvenir items, that might not be the smartest w ay of doing business as we g o forward, he said during l ast weekends BahamArts F estival at the Arawak Cay Culture Centre. The products here displayed are of an extremely h igh quality. We as Bahamians are capable of creating art and craft of a quality that c an be sold world wide. This years BahamArts F estival, a production of the Handicraft Development and Marketing Departmento f Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation, b rought together more than 100 of the top artisans from throughout the islands. The Ministry of Tourisms annual Authentically Bahamian Show is set for D ecember. M r Symonette, substant ively the Minister of Foreign Affairs, said it was truly refreshing to see the wonderful artistic creations on e xhibit. T hey were even the more s ignificant as they were B ahamian made from things B ahamian, he added. S ome estimates put the v alue of souvenirs and craft imported into the country which are then marked up a nd resold to tourists and residents at $300 million. It is fairly easy then to see what an art and craft industry c an add to our economy, s aid Mr Symonette. He noted that the new S traw Market in downtown Nassau is nearing complet ion. We are a very small country by international stand ards, said Mr Symonette. We are competing in a comp etitive world and we have to s trive to succeed. We have to understand that our tourists have the a bility to buy products anyw here in the world. So we have to show them our culture. We have to show them the products we can produce and introduce them to the Bahamian things. After all, it is your money that is rebuilding that Straw Market. So whys houldnt we display, dist ribute and sell our goods. He also addressed the Bahamian vendors beingh eld in New York who are accused of violating trade laws. I trust that we will learn f rom that experience and p roduce things truly Bahamian because no other country is capable of dis p laying Bahamian artifacts and art and culture like Bahamians, he said. Mr Symonette urged vendors to capitalise on the unique Bahamian style and go international. Let us think of endless p ossibilities, he said. We have to stop being modest in our production.W e have to think big and move international. We must embrace things here in our Bahamas that a re unique. H e thanked the InterAmerican Development Bank (IDB m itment of support they have shown us. This week, the applica tion of a $500,000 IDB grant was launched. It will be used over the next two years to create a virtualm arketplace for Bahamian c raft products on the inter net. With over seven billion p eople in the world, now is the time to take our creativity and go into cyber space, he said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM $11281&(0(17 G UESTOFHONOUR: L ife-long straw vendor Louise Titta Bullard, 98, was the special guest of honour during last weekends B ahamArts Festival. Although she is blind, Ms Bullard who is originally from Mangrove Cay, Andros mastered the 15 and 11-string weave, among others. Here favourite style is the peas an rice using white top palm and coconut straw. Ms Bullard is pictured being presented with her award by Bahamas National Craft Association president Martha Hanna-Smith. Also pictured are Minister of Agri c ulture and Marine Resources Larry Cartwright (centre ACTING PRIME MINISTER SYMONETTE QUESTIONS NEED FOR SOUVENIR IMPORTS GOVERNOR-GENERAL WELCOMES AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE OF CZECH REPUBLIC PRESENTATION: Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes accepts Letters of Credence presented by Milan Jakobec, Ambassador-designate of the Czech Republic to the Bahamas. The presentation was made at Gov ernment House on Thursday, October 28. Sir Arthur welcomed Ambassador Jakobec and his wife to the Bahamas and congratulated him on his appointment. A wine and cheese reception followed the ceremony. Sir Arthur is pictured accepting the Letters from Ambassador Jakobec. K r i s t a a n I n g r a h a m / B I S P a t r i c k H a n n a / B I S


By RALPH J MASSEY GEOFFREY CANAD A, founder of the H arlem Children's Zone, s tates that the way to fix o ur public schools is with supermen and superwomen pushing super-hard to assemble what we know that works: better-trained teachers working with thebest methods under the best principals supported by more involved parents. That's the formula that he used successfully in 100 blocks of Harlem and is thes ubject of a documentary released on October first of this year to both nation-al and international a cclaim. B UT...that formula understates the challenge o f reform in public educat ion. Getting Control L arge industrial trade u nions in the U. S. developed over the past 80 years. The National Labour Relations Act of 1935 supported the establishment of powerful pri v ate sector unions by limi ting employer activity in order to encourage union formation and mandate collective bargaining. And prior to the early 1960s, there were essentially no unions in Government e mployment. There were, h owever, the American F ederation of Teachers (AFT pushed for collective bargaining and the National E ducation Association ( NEA) that did not. The l atter had 32 departments p romoting development of e verything from Art to V ocational Education. BUT this picture c hanged dramatically in the e arly 1960s when the AFT won the first collective barg aining agreement in New York City. By 1972 the NEA's 32 departments dis appeared as both unions became locked in a competitive struggle to union ize the 13,000 school dist ricts of the country. The N EA became the largest union in the country with its power extending beyond the negotiation of labour contracts. It is a dominant political power that secures favourable policy decisions a t all levels of government. A ND s tarting in the 1 960s with the War on Poverty there was a rapid increase in nation-wide education expenditures a nd also a drop in stud ent/teacher classroom r atios. Nation-wide expend itures per pupil adjusted f or inflation more than q uadrupled and the student teacher ratio dropped from 2 7 to 18. A ND d espite this, during the 1960s and 1970s t here was a significant decline in the academic test scores of high school stu dents, the measurable output of the system. That decline was followed by a period of stagnation and t hen some minor improvem ent in the late 1980s and 1990s. A political/economic analysis covering 50-years concludes: 1. Teacher unions have been a significant causal f actor in the decline in academic achievement because they acquired the power and organizational ability to achieve their primary interests. 2 Schools as currently s et up do not allocate extra r esources in a way that matters for academica chievement. T he Nitty Gritty T he unstated union o bjectives are eliminate wage competition, restrict entry to the occupation,i ncrease the demand for services provided by union members and weaken rival services providers. Their o bjectives include Uniform pay scales based on seniority and t eacher education courses t aken, Opposition to frequent teacher evaluations, premium pay for academic s pecialties, performance b ased merit pay, educa t ional vouchers, charter schools and home schooling, and A fierce defence against teacher job losses for any reason assuring near-guaranteed life time employment...and also Rubber Rooms for unfit teachers and the Pass the L emon practice to minim ize the impact of poor t eachers on students. In New York state, disc iplinary hearings for t eachers last eight times longer than the average U.S. criminal case and costt o the State $65 million a y ear. The irony of history is that today union member s hip in government employment now exceeds that in the private sector; and two recent events dra m atically illustrate the promise and perils of reform. D .C. Smack-Down On October 1st Para mount released an award w inning documentary Waiting for Superman. The film follows the expe riences of five inner city p ublic school students e nduring a public lottery, the last step for entry into very high quality, college p reparatory schools. Inter s persed in this drama are the testimonials by Geoffrey Canada and others who deliver a uniquely valuable perspective that informs the debate and clarifies the issues, sug gesting how much has already been accomplished and the problems that continue to elude solution. This documentary is not yet available to Bahamian audiences. The second major event occurred in Washington D. C., formerly the nation's worst performing public school district. In 2007 Adrian Fenty, a young, well educated, Afro-American and reformer was elected mayor and immediately appointed Michelle Rhee, a Korean-American, Chancellor of the school system. She recognized the importance of quality teaching and set out to implement rigorous reform. Before her first school year began she found and fired 68 people, including 55 teachers who had no discernible duties saving the District $5.4 million annually. She closed 25 under performing schools out of total of 129 and replaced h alf of the system's princip als. In 2008 she offered teachers the option (aa $10,000 bonus and a 20 p er cent raise or (b $10,000 bonus and a 45 per cent raise and possible total earnings of up to $131,000 if they would forfeit their tenure protec tions. The union rejectedt his proposal. She announced a pro g ramme to tie teacher licensing to changes in stu-d ent grades. The teachers u nion's claimed that to require a teacher to demonstrate effectivenessi n order to remain e mployed was dangerous and discriminatory. The union contested e very one of Rhee's 266 firings. In two years Michelle Rhee raised Washingtono ff the bottom of the national large city public school achievement list. Although Adrian Fenty f ully supported the educa tion reform programme, he lost touch with the back l ash against it and, in addit ion, made a series of unrelated political blunders. In the September 2010 m ayoral election the union s upported his opponent with $1,000,000 in cash and its community organizing s kills. M ayor Fenty lost his reelection bid by a considerable margin and Michele Rhee resigned. A Lesson for The Bahamas Geoffrey Canada's reform enterprise is privately funded and operated. He did not have to begin and sustain it under a collective bargaining agree ment that would strip him of his ability to manage. Nevertheless, there are two fundamental truths: 1. Those students having a series of years with poor teachers experience a near-permanent retardation of academic achieve ment; and 2. The quality of an education system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers. The task of education reform in the Bahamas has all the promise and perils faced by Michelle Rhee and Adrian Fenty and are far greater than those faced by Geoffrey Canada. The Bahamas truly needs supermen and superwomen if it is to end the near-permanent retardation of a critical portion of its people. C M Y K C M Y K PAGE 8, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Superman, unions and reform O PINION Shar e your news The T ribune wants to hear fr om people who are making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the ar ea or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM CHURCH SERVICE Governor-General Sir Arthur Foulkes and Lady Foulkes, along with Bahamas High Commissioner Paul Farquharson and Sharon Farquharson attended the 11am c hurch service at the Grosvenor Chapel in London Sunday morning with a group of Bahamian students. The Governor-General is in London to attend an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. Pictured from left are: High Commissioner Paul Farquharson, Sharon F arquharson, Taran Mackey, Jody Wells, Sir A rthur, Nicholas Mitchell, Natalie Bethel, Lady F oulkes, Anthony Reckley, Mitchell Reckley, Barr y Griffin and Ronique Carey. P eter Ramsay / BIS THE students and staff of Bishop Michael Eldon School (BMES Home (GBCH This donation was added to the 30th anniversary funds raised by the community for the home. S tudents and staff at BMES had a casual dress up day and donated funds raised for that day to the home. Pictured receiving the donation is Sarah Kirkby, GBCH e xecutive committee member, along with Anita Doherty, p rincipal of BMES and some of the 12th grade students of the school. To get support from other children is a wonderful thing, said Mrs Kirkby, we are indeed grateful to BMES fort eaching their students about giving back to their community. GOVERNOR-GENERAL, OFFICIALS AND BAHAMIAN STUDENTS ATTEND LONDON CHURCH SERVICE ANNIVERSARY FUNDS: School students and staff donate $500. BMES continues celebrations for GB Children's home AFTER two visits by the Colours Junkanoo groupto Norfolk, Virginia for their annual culture festival, the Virginians this year returned the favour and travelled to the Bahamas. The Norfolk Festival team were treated to an evening of Junkanoo extravaganza at the Crick et Club in Nassau last Wednesday. The guests were enter tained by performers such as Chris Justiliens Band,as well as by Ambassah who together with Anastasia offered a mix of Bahamian and other pop ular songs. The Virginians danced to the music of the Rake n Scrape group Tropical Depression before they sat down again to watch Colours dancers performing a Quadrille. Monique deSwanton of Modes Dance School and her fire dancers all Colours members showed the visitors a choreographed sequence that they had recently per formed at the One and Only Ocean Club. The evenings entertain ment ended with a full Colours rush-out which got the audience joining in without hesitation. This was not the first taste of Bahamian culture for the Norfolk Festival team. During one of its visits to the festival in the US, the Colours group created a Bahamian village to showcase down-home cooking and other arts and crafts. EXTRAVAGANZA: Colours Junkanoo group in action. The Norfolk Festival team is treated to a Junkanoo extravaganza


C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM beneficiary on her life insurance policy and signed her pension over to him. However, he said that on the Monday after her death, Archbishop Patrick Pinder asked him to sign the pen sion over to Ms Gibsons mother. Fr Cooper admitted he was like a father to Ms Gibsons son, who was 14 at the time, often picking the boy up from school. But, he said, at the time of her death there was ten sion in their relationship as he was trying to pull away, but she wanted their involvement to continue. Ms Gibson was found dead following a fire at her Faith Avenue apartment on the morning of July 21, 2006. Just hours earlier, at around 3.30am, Fr Cooper was found unconscious at the rectory of Holy Family Church on Robinson and Claridge roads by fire officers, who had been called to tackle a fire at the building. Fr Cooper, who was the rector at Holy Family at the time of the incident, told the court he met Ms Gibson during 1995 and 1997 when she came to see the rector of St Francis Xaviers Cathedral in relation to her upcoming marriage at the time. The priest told the court their friendship began after her fianc died in a motorcycle accident. He admitted that over the years he became intimately involved with her. He claimed they had not been intimate the night he last visited her. He said he had keys to Ms Gibsons apartment which he claimed he kept in the event of an emergency after he had found them in his car one day. The priest recalled going to her apartment on the night of Thursday, July 20. He recalled he had returned from hospital that evening and made a call to Ms Gibson. He said she asked him to come by, and so he went to her Faith Avenue apart ment. He said he drove his car to her apartment sometime before 10pm. Fr Cooper told the court he went to Ms Gibsons bed room and sat on the floor. He said she brought him some chicken souse and a soda which he ate while she sat on the bed behind him. He told the court they talked about her work, avoiding discussions about their relationship as they were not on good terms at that point. Fr Cooper said that after the meal, he assumed he drove himself by the parish rectory and watched television on the couch. My next recollection was waking up in the Princess Margaret Hospital Accident and Emergency Ward, he told the court. Fr Cooper said he later found out he had been rescued from a rectory fire. The priest told the inquest that he was visited by two police officers that Saturday which was when he was released from the hospital. He said that he gave the officers permission to take blood samples from him after they told him that it was in relation to the fire. The priest recalled that he made several visits to the Central Detective Unit begging to give a statement to police due to the rumours that were surfacing in the community and tabloids. He claimed that he waited 12 days to be interviewed by police. I told them everything and more they needed to know about my relationship with Nicola. Father Cooper recalled that while rummaging through the garage following the fire, he noticed that the cars he drove were not parked the way he usu ally parked them. This he said led him to assume that he had not driven himself home the night of the fire. The priest said there had never been a conversation between him and Nicola specifically pertaining to wedding or marriage. He described her as a lovable person who was very professional and dedicated to her job. The priest claimed he didnt make any demands on Nicolas personal life, and pointed out the relationship was already abnormal he having taken a vow of chastity. The inquest was adjourned to Thursday. Fr Cooper is represented by attorneys Alfred Sears and Jeffrey Lloyd. Attorney Godfrey Pro Pinder represents Gibsons mother Roevilla Williamson. Coro ner William Campbell is presiding over the inquest. Cat Island. Long-time friend, Eris M oncur, remembered Mrs L aramore-Crawford yesterd ay as a woman of many talents who made an indelible mark on the Bahamian arts scene. She was an author, poet, s toryteller, dress designer, a ctress, she dabbled in a bit o f singing too and at one t ime taught etiquette in Nass au, said Mr Moncur, an historian who lives on Cat Island. In Cat Island we regard h er as a cultural icon, she also was an activist, and was a great help to the rake 'n s crape festival being establ ished here. She was sophisticated, w ell spoken, a lady of quali ty and stature. Just a fine human being. We're going to miss her in Cat Island," said Mr Moncur, who became fast friends with Mrs L aramore-Crawford when h e met her at an event in t he 1980s. He said he visited the writer at her home several days before she checked into hospital in Nassau. During that visit, Mrs LaramoreCrawford said she was satisf ied with her work to prom ote Bahamian culture. I spoke to her a couple of days before she left for a medical visit to New Providence, and she was happy with her accomplishments. She was very happy with all that she had done in this life. When someone passes, w hat you start doing is thinking back to the last c ontact. She was in normal spirits, I had no reason to b elieve that she was even then dealing with any kind of illness or feeling any kind o f effects from an illness," said Mr Moncur. H er cousin Hiram Laramore told The Tribune he was still shocked by the news. She was all right to e verybody, that was a shock t o me this morning, I say my cuz gone," Mr Laramore said. Her husband, Richard, emigrated to The Bahamas from England and began his professional career here as h ead of the English departm ent at the Teacher's Traini ng College. He later ventured into broadcasting and worked as a Tribune columnist. He was also a consultant and author. He earned the coveted honour of a Mensa membership in 1983. T he couple met in the 1 960s, and although they were married to other peop le at the time, they soon divorced their respective s pouses and married each other. Later they moved to a cott age they built in New Bight. They renewed their vows in 1 989, with 25 other couples, on cruise-liner the SS Norway. Mr Crawford died in 1998. JEROME Moxey, 25, of Little Harbour, Mangrove Cay, Andros, was killed when hel ost control of his moped and crashed into a l ight pole in Dorsette at about 2am Sunday. Police on patrol in the area found his lifeless body and his mangled moped on Queens Highway. A resident of Mangrove Cay said that Moxey will be greatly missed in the com munity. He never left the island to go to a trade school to learn anything, but therew as nothing he couldnt fix from mechani cs to television sets, said the resident. Mox ey was a sponge fisherman, who was described as an excellent diver. This is the second traffic fatality for A ndros within the month and the 34th for the year for the Bahamas. 25-y ear-old man is killed in moped crash Death of cultural icon, author and poet Sylvia Laramore-Crawford FROM page one EARTHQUAKE SURVIVORS gather around a bonfire at a makeshift camp in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, yesterday. Many people in the camps said they didn't know Tropical Storm Tomas might be coming, but that therew as little they could do living in flimsy shelters to protect themselves from the elements. (AP FROM page one Priest admits intimacy with fire death woman Tropical Storm Tomas expected to strengthen into a hurricane heavy wind and rain. New Providence and Eluethera may also feel effects from the storm s ystem. "By Saturday it could pose a threat to the s outheastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos, but up until then we are pretty much okay, he said. The models suggest it will take a sharp t urn towards the north bringing it east of the Bahamas but it appears as though the islands of Mayaguana, Inagua, and as far north as Crooked Island and Acklins could experience t ropical storm force winds on Saturday, and that also includes the Turks and Caicos. "We are asking residents in those areas to pay close attention to the movement of thes ystem should the turn occur sooner than anticipated, that would lessen the threat to thatp art of the Bahamas. But we are going on the n otion that it would move within 200 miles to t he east of the Bahamas," said Mr Dean. Rain bands from Tomas could affect the central Bahamas and portions of the northw est Bahamas on Saturday, including Cat Island, San Salvador and Long Island. Tomas may also hit Eluethera and New Providence with heavy rain, said Mr Dean. T omas inflicted "critical" damage to Bar bados where it landed as a hurricane on Saturday. Many people are said to be without e lectricity. FROM page one


By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter CARIBBEAN govern ments will without question continue to lobby the UK government over an illogi cal air fare tax hike which came into effect yesterday and is forecast to deplete arrivals from Britain, according to the Minister of Tourism. The rise in Air Passenger Duty, which has been pro moted by the British govern ment as environmentallymotivated, will see each economy class passenger from the UK pay 75 pounds on top of their airfare a 50 per cent increase on the tax as it previously stood. UK airlines, travel compa nies, along with Caribbean governments and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation have all spoken out against the rise in the APD prior to its implementation. Virgin Atlantic warned many British families will be priced out of a holiday, while British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh branded the tax a disgrace. Minister of Tourism Vin cent Vanderpool Wallace told Tribune Business that the tax continues to be a topic of con cerned discussion at the regional level, with tourism stakeholders in the Caribbean being particularly disturbed by the fact that this region is subject to a higher tax than destinations in the US. We will without question continue to lobby against it, said Mr Vanderpool Wallace, adding: Every destination that receives business from the UK is forecasted to be down as a result. The tourism ministry chief said he was in fact just returning from the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, where there was another attempt t o ramp up lobby against the tax. A number of tourism ministers have already indicated that they are prepared to lead delegations to the UK to go and talk to it. 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However, Robert Sands, senior v ice president of government and external affairs at Baha Mar, sugg ested otherwise. He said the developers and their Chinese partners continue to work together o n the points raised by Mr Ingraham. Information reaching this newsp aper yesterday was that there were three points of comprom ise arrived at between Mr Ingraham during meetings with the China State ConstructionC ompany the general contractor for the $2.6billion Baha Mar resort development and officials from the China Import Export Bank in Beijing. F ollowing his expressions of concern about the level of Chinese labour which China was look-i ng to involve in the project, one of these was that a larger quantity of construction work and related doll ars going to Bahamian contractors. Two other undertakings were t hat more funding in the hundreds of millions of dollars would b e allocated towards the training of Bahamian workers and the transferring of skills/knowledged uring the project and the proposal that while it would be built in one phase, the resorts six hotels would open in phases. Mr Sands said it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time when pressed By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter FIVE months after due diligence on a potential purchaser was said toh ave been substantially completed, the process o f transferring the remaining life and health insurance policies belong-i ng to CLICO (Bahamas was yesterday said to be still in motion. The process has been taking a while but itsp retty much near the end of the rope, a source told Tribune Business yesterd ay, noting that the list of potential purchasers had b een narrowed down to one company understood to be Colina Insur-a nce for some time. In June, Baker Tilly G omez partner Craig A. Tony Gomez, liquidator for CLICO (Bahamas indicated to a meeting of creditors that he had substantially completed due diligence on a potent ial purchaser of the portfolios. He is currently under a gag order by theS upreme Court and could not be contacted for comment yesterday. M eanwhile, no timeline was offered by sources as to when the transfer of the portfolios from CLI CO (Bahamas f inalised. The portfolio's purchase and transfer will require the approval ofb oth the Supreme Court and the Insurance Com mission. In his most recent update to the south Flori d a bankruptcy courts regarding progress on Wellington Preserves chapter 11 protection and CLICO (Bahamas By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter THE Ministry of Tourism is embarking on a campaign to transform the way international visitors make their Bahamas travel reservations, hoping the introduction of domestic airlines into global distribution systems such as Expedia and Travelocity will boost bookings beyond Nassau and Grand Bahama. David Johnson, Director General of Tourism, said a major obstacle to out island tourism bookings is the fact that domestic Bahamian airlines are invisible to would-be travellers searching for flights on the Internet abroad. He said: We are working to fix things such that those flights are automated and accessible to customers outside The Bahamas. Bahamians know how to get the flights, and we list the airlines on our website, but someone in the US cant get to them through say, the Travelocity booking engine. That can be solved. Ive got the green light from the minister to take this project on to see how we can give them opportunity to offer their inventory in the global distribution system. Its what all modern airlines thrive on as a must. Mr Johnson said that by doing this, it would remove any anxiety which international travellers may suffer by not being able to By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter BAHAMAS Food Ser vices general manager Don Carnine yesterday sought to distance the wholesale food distribution company fromm oves by its own principal, B en Frisch, to acquire the majority shareholding in City Markets. There has been strong reaction from within the Bahamian grocery retail and wholesale industry to reportsl ast week that a BFS/Mr Frisch affiliated company is seeking to move into the retail market by acquiring the 78 per cent stake in City Markets owned by BSL Holdings. City Markets CEO Derek Winford announced last Thursday that a Memoran dum of Understanding between a company called Associated Grocers of The Bahamas and BSL Holdings over the purchase of the equity holding had been signed. At that time Mr Winford described as an inter esting question queries from this newspaper as to who was behind the company. Confirming what industry sources have suggested since the MOU announcement, Mr Carnine yesterday told Tribune Business Mr Frisch is leading that I believe when asked about Associated Grocers of The Bahamas being a BFS/Mr Frisch affiliate company. However, Mr Carnine said he doesnt know anything about BFS being involved. Claim that PM may have reached compromises on Baha Mar project S EE page 2B TRANSFER OF CLICO (BAHAMAS) POLICIES STILL IN MOTION SEE page 2B CARIBBEAN GOVTS WILL CONTINUE LOBBYING UK ON AIR FARE TAX HIKE TAXCONCERNS: Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace SEE page 2B PRIME MINISTER Hubert Ingraham SEE page 3B B AHAMAS FOOD SERVICES NOT INVOLVED IN CITY MARKETS MOVES PL AN T O HA VE DOMES TIC AIRLINES ADDED T O WEBSITES SEE page 2B


C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS PAGE 2B, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM dation it was revealed that two buyers are in negotiations to acquire the keyr eal estate development that accounts for 63 per cent of the insolvent insurers assets. Mr Gomez revealed h e was in talks with "two prospective purchasers" over Wellington Preserve's sale, one having submitted a 'nonbinding' Letter of Intent over which negotiationsw ere continuing. "A Letter of Intent is awaite d with respect to the second," Mr Gomez said. G etting the best possible price for the real e state development is vital to the interests of CLICO (Bahamasc yholders and Bahamian c reditors, since it will maximise the sums recovered from Welling-t on Preserve's sale, helping to settle a signifi cant percentage of their claims against the insolvent insurer. f urther on the response to proposals put forward by the Prime Minister regarding the Baha Mar project during his recent visit to China. H owever, T ribune Business understands that Baha Mars position is that final agreement on these points is a matter for the developers and the Chinese, rather than the Prime Minister and Chinese officials. There is currently no compromise agreed or dealr eached at the moment with regard to any of the points the Prime Minister raised, another source close to the Baha Mar camp claimed. J ian Tan, chief of the Commercial Section at the Chinese Embassy in Nassau, also suggested yester-d ay that no final decision had been arrived at with regards to the concerns raised by the Prime Minister in Beijing. I think the (China Exim bank and the (China State Construction) company will reply to the Prime Ministers points, said Mr Tan, assert-i ng that the decision would be one made by the companies involved all by themselves without Chinese gov-e rnment interference. The government cannot s ay anything, although of course we would like to see this project come tof ruition, said Mr Tan. Speaking with The Trib une p rior to his meetings on Baha Mar in Beijing last week, Mr Ingraham said hee xpected the Chinese to be very responsive to his con cerns about elements of the m ega-project. We're talking about the B ahamas, and so if you're talking about the Bahamas the Bahamas governmenth as a say about what hap pens in the Bahamas, said Mr Ingraham when asked how he felt the Chinese would respond to his position that the 8,000 plus mainly Chinese labourers was too great. effect, where other countries in EU might decided to do same thing, said Mr Vanderpool Wallace. He explained that the primary problem the Caribbean has with the increase is the apparently disproportionate manner in which it is to be applied, which makes the Caribbean more expensive to travel to even than destinations in the US which are further away, such as Hawaii. The whole banding is an illogical process, especially if the tax is ostensibly to do with emissions, said Mr Vanderpool Wallace.The efforts of the governments of the Caribbean was to try to restore some sense of fairness to the tax. Every country has a right to tax but in an area so dependent on tourism (it is problematic) to make them so much less competitive to other areas, he added. Mr Vanderpool Wallace said the tax issue has united the land-based and the cruise-based tourism interests in the region, given that UK cruise passengers also have to fly across the Atlantic to participate in Caribbean cruises. Traditionally, an average of around eight per cent of all visitors to The Bahamas on an annual basis are from the UK, with this translating to a larger 15 per cent of all visitor nights booked, as British travellers tend to stay longer than those from the US, said Mr Vanderpool Wallace. He added: Associated Grocers is a totally different company to us. We are not involved in what is transpiring relative to City Markets. Some industry sources have questioned why Frisch/BFS would seek to take over City Markets, not only because of the debt burden that would come with the troubled company, but because it is widely believed the response from their current clients would mimic that experienced by Solomon Brothers when it lost all of its wholesale clients, having then begun directly competing against them when it entered the supermarket retail business. Mr Frisch, also owner of Florida-based Beaver Street Fisheries, a seafood wholesale company, did not return phone calls seeking comment. T RANSFER OF C LICO (BAHAMAS) P OLICIES STILL I N MOTION FROM page one Claim that PM may have reached compromises on Baha Mar project FROM page one FROM page one Bahamas Food Services F ROM page one Caribbean govts will continue lobbying UK on air fare tax hike


make their out island travel bookings ahead of time using the same familiar systems. Mr Johnson said he has the goal of bringing the initiative to fruition by Easter. Meanwhile, plans to get more Bahamians into the out islands are also being worked on. A companion flies free programme similar to that offered to international visi-t ors coming to Nassau and Paradise Island was launched for domestic travellers this year, but did not see the lev-el of uptake the Ministry of Tourism had hoped for. Getting Bahamians to travel to the out islandsi nstead of to Florida was the main thrust there. We got some business but it wasnt strong. Bahamians were slow to react. I think most thoughtit was a gimmick they thought deal was too good to be true. Another aspect was that while some considered and understood it, Bahamians found some of the hotel prices from participating hotels far too high, so we are re-shaping that to find ways to correct what our research told us. I think by next summer we will really work out bugs ad have a stronger domestic programme, said the Director General. Mr Johnsons comments come on the heels of his announcement last week that the Ministry of Tourism is extending its free companion airfare programme that was offered to US visitors, which saw the government and hotel operators share the cost of providing a free flights to Nassau or Paradise Island if they committed to a minimum of four nights stay. Quantifying some of the benefits of the promotion, Mr Johnson revealed that a $7million investment had brought about $60million indirect returns for hotels, as he noted that the programme will be extended from September 2010 to June 2011. At the same time, Mr Johnson revealed to Tribune Business that the Ministry of Tourism hopes by next year to allow the out islands gar ner more of the benefits of the promotion, by incorpo rating a new Fly Free from Nassau component that will allow visitors to get a free flight from Nassau to an out island if they commit to a minimum number of paid nights there. Sammy Thurston, owner of the boutique Sammy Ts Beach Resort in Cat Island, said both proposed initiatives the fly free from Nassau offer for US visitors and the efforts to ease the process of making out island flight reservations for internation al travelers are will only do good for the family islands and resorts like his. A lot of guests think its a bit complicated getting to the islands. If we can alleviate that I think it can only help us, he told Tribune Business At present, bookings at Sammy Ts, which is located on a stretch of pink sand beach in Bennetts Harbour, are 25 per cent down further than they were last year. Last year was slow, this year is even slower. November is very empty, and December does not pick up until the end of the month, so I think were really bot toming out now. I hope we will see the return by mid season but this season starting out slow, so any assistance we can get we would appreciate, said the resort owner. Randy Butler, CEO of Sky Bahamas, said his company was made aware of plans by the Ministry of Tourism to try to incorporate their flight inventory into the Global Distribution System several months ago. He said Sky Bahamas is happy to partner with the Ministry of Tourism on any thing that will grow our rev enue, but has some questions about the proposal that remain unanswered. Mr Butler added that he would like to see closer col laboration between the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation on issues relating to the sector. 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Joining the bank from Citigroup, Mrs Rodland-Allen, who has held the post for a month, also takes on responsibility for FirstC aribbeans Turks and Caicos business. FirstCaribbean International Banks Executive Chairman Michael Mansoor welcomed Mrs Rodland-Allen to the group, wish-i ng her every success in her new role. We continue to attract high cali ber talent to our ranks, and Marie is no exception. We are pleased t o have someone with her expertise and knowledge at the helm of our Bahamas and Turks & Caicosb usiness, said Mr Mansoor. Mrs Rodland-Allen said: FirstC aribbean continues to be highly respected among the key players in the regions financial services i ndustry. It has a clear set of strategic goals and objectives which, backed by its core of professionals and international lineage, will guarantee that its presence in theC aribbean continues to be felt. The banker began her career in 1998 as an Investment Banking Analyst in New York and Paris. She worked for two years in herh ometown of Nassau as a Corporate Banker and returned to New York to work in the Office of the CEO of The Citigroup Private Bank. Most recently, Mrs RodlandA llen was the Senior Vice President and Global Head of Special Investments for Citigroup's globalt rust business. She holds a Bachelors of Scie nce in Finance and International Business from New York University's Stern School of Business anda dual Masters of Business Administration degree from Cornell Univ ersity and Queen's University. She is a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. New Bahamas managing director at First Caribbean International Bank F IRST CARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL BANKS n ew Managing Director of its operating company in the Bahamas Marie Rodland-Allen. BAHAMAS Subs and S alads CEO Wesley Bastian has dismissed rumours that he wouldb e laying off staff, suggesting they were i nstead being moved around as the company shifts its downtown loca t ion on Charlotte Street to Village Road. Bahamas Subs and Salads was launched after Mr Bastian lost hisr ights to a Subway fran chise earlier this year. Five other Subway locations remain in opera tion at present under a nother franchise run by Floyd Miller. Bahamas Subs and Salads CEO denies staff will be laid off Plan to have domestic airlines added to websites FROM page one


WASHINGTON (AP A mixed picture of the economy emerged one day beforek ey midterm elections that have focused on the nation's financial health. Spending by Americans slowed in September andt heir incomes fell for the first time in more than a year. At the same time, manufacturing activity grew by the most in five months and the weakc onstruction industry showed a little life. The new data reported by the government and a private trade group Monday suggestt he economy is growing, albeit at an anemic pace. Some anal ysts worry that conditions could worsen after the elect ion when government programs that have been propping up the economy end. F IXING CARGO SECURITY SYSTEM WOULD COST BILLIONS L ONDON (AP technology exists to safeguard the world's air transport system against threats like the Yemen-based mailb ombs, but the cost may be too high to be practical. Analysts warn that the cost of screening every piece of air cargo in a bid to pre-v ent terrorists from downing airliners might bankrupt international shipping companies, hobble already weakened airlines and stilln ot provide full protection. STOCKS RETREAT FROM EARLY GAINS NEW YORK (AP Stocks closed mixed Monday as traders waited for thisw eek's election results and more details about the Fede ral Reserve's plan to stimulate the economy. Stocks rose early in the d ay following reports of unexpected growth in the m anufacturing industry in both the U.S. and China last month. The Dow Jonesi ndustrial average rose 125 points, led by manufactur ers Caterpillar Inc., United T echnologies Corp. and General Electric Co. But stocks were unable to hold on to their gains aheado f the election and the twoday Fed meeting that starts Tuesday. The Dow fell steadily throughout the day, briefly turning lower beforea late rally gave it a modest advance. SOURCES: GM NEARS TERMS FOR INITIAL PUBLIC OFFER DETROIT (AP people briefed on the matter say shares of GeneralM otors Co. stock should sell b etween $26 to $29 each in an initial public offering that could happen in mid-N ovember. The people say the U.S. g overnment is expected to reduce its stake in the company from 61 percent toa round 43 percent in the sale. T erms of the sale are not final because GM's board has yet to approve them. T he people say bankers are recommending that the shares be sold on Nov. 18. FED POISED TO BUY MORE BONDS TO TRY TO AID ECONOMY WASHINGTON (AP W ith unemployment at 9.6 percent, the Federal Reserve is all but certain this week to launch a new program to try to fortify thee conomy. Yet the program isn't expected to do much to ease a crisis that's left nearly 15 million people jobless. On Tuesday, Chairman B en Bernanke opens a twoday meeting where he will help craft a Fed plan to buy more government bonds.T he idea is for those purchases to further drive down interest rates on mortgages and other loans. Cheaper loans might then lead peoplet o spend more. The economy would benefit. And companies would step up hiring. That's the plan, anyway. But many question whethert he Fed's new plan will provide much benefit. EXCO CHIEF TO BUY COMPANY SHARES IN $4B DEAL NEW YORK (AP The CEO of oil and gas pro-d ucer EXCO Resources Inc. 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WASHINGTON P OLITICALgridlock is supposed to be good for business. If b ickering lawmakers can't agree on anything, the thinking goes, they can't pass laws and regulations that make the economy worse, according to Associated P ress. So will the midterm elections, which are expected to leave Congress at least partially con t rolled by Republicans and squaring off against a Democr atic White House, be a help to the economy? Don't count on it. A standoff between the Oba ma administration and embolde ned Republicans will probably block any new help for an econ omy squeezed by slow growth and high unemployment. Congress might also create paralyz ing uncertainty for investors and businesses by fighting over taxes, deficits, health care and finan cial regulation. "We expect massive gridlock and little cooperation," writes Brian Gardner, Washington analyst for the financial firm Keefe, Bruyette & Woods. If times were good, gridlock wouldn't matter so much. A Republican Congress and Democratic White House butted heads in the midand late '90s, after all, and their sparring did nothing to derail a strong economy. But now, nearly a year and a half after the official end of the Great Recession, the economy still isn't growing fast enough to bring down unemployment, which is stuck at 9.6 percent. "Very few believe the gov ernment should sit on its hands," Yale University political scientist Jacob Hacker says. "But right now we're facing a period of drift." In its Pledge to America, the GOP has vowed to oppose additional spending to stimulate the economy. President Barack Obama's plan to spend $50 billion on roads, railways and airports, for instance, is probably dead. And the new Congress may resist continuing to extend benefits to the 6.1 million longterm unemployed, at least with out cutting the budget elsewhere. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has said lawmakers need to do more to jumpstart the economy. Otherwise, more pressure will fall on the Fed to find a way to help, Gardner writes. But the Fed has already pushed short-term inter est rates to zero. And its remain ing option buying Treasury b onds to pump cash into the economy is risky and u nproven. Texas Rep. Kevin Brady, top Republican on Congress' Joint Economic Committee, says a GOP Congress would replace" the firestorm of new regulations thrust through Congress" by the Democrats with "a more reasoned regulatory environment." Republicans have promised to repeal Obama's massive health care law and are likely to try to scale back the overhaul of financial regulation that the outgoing Democratic Congress passed last summer. Health care companies, insurers and banks would welcome relief from regulation. But Republicans probably won't have enough votes to overcome a presidential veto. And tinkering with existing law risks creating even more uncertainty for employers already reluctant to hire workers or buy new equipment because of doubts about where the economy is going. "It seems impossible to me there won't be more uncertainty after the election," says Yale's Hacker, co-author of "WinnerTake-All Politics." Wall Street research also disputes the notion that gridlock is good for the stock market, show ing that stocks do just as well, or better, when one party runs both the White House and Congress. Reviewing stock market and election results dating to 1950, Fidelity Investments concluded that stocks soar the year after midterm elections, with or with out divided government. Stocks of small companies surge an average of about 46 percent in the year after a midterm election that gives one party control of both Congress and the White House, Fidelity's research found. That compares with a gain of about 24 percent after the government is left divided. Large-company stocks perform about the same either way. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010, PAGE 7B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM 5 2wk-Hi52wk-LowSecurit y P revious CloseToday's CloseChangeDaily Vol.EPS $Div $P/EYield 1.261.00AML Foods Limited1. 10.759.67Bahamas Property Fund10.6310.630.000.0130.200817.71.88% 6.184.50Bank of Bahamas4.904.900.000.5980.2608.25.31% 0.580.18Benchmark0.180.180.00-0.8770.000N/M0.00% 3.492.84Bahamas Waste2.842.840.000.1680.09016.93.17% 2.152.14Fidelity Bank2. 12.509.62Cable Bahamas10.4710.470.001.2270.3108.52.96% 2.842.36Colina Holdings2.362.360.000.7810.0403.01.69% 7.005.40Commonwealth Bank (S1 6.506.500.005000.4220.23015.43.54% 3 .651.63Consolidated Water BDRs2. 2.551.60Doctor's Hospital1.771.60-0.171,0000.1990.1108.06.88% 6.995.94Famguard6.076.070.00-0.0030.240N/M3.95% 1 0.207.29Finco7. 11.408.77FirstCaribbean Bank9.749.740.000.6450.35015.13.59% 5.513.75Focol (S 5.465.460.000.3660.21014.93.85% 1.001.00Focol Class B Preference1. 5.595.00ICD Utilities5.595.590.000.0120.240465.84.29% 10.509.92J. S. Johnson9.929.920.000.9710.64010.26.45% 10.0010.00Premier Real Estate10.0010.000.000.9910.80010.18.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowSecuritySymbolLast SaleChangeDaily Vol. 99.4699.46Bahamas Note 6.95 (2029BAH2999.460.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 17 (Series A) +FBB17100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 22 (Series B) +FBB22100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 13 (Series C) +FBB13100.000.00 100.00100.00Fidelity Bank Note 15 (Series D) +FBB15100.000.00 52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Bid$ Ask$ LastPrice DailyVol EPS$ Div$ P/E Yield BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES AS OF:7% I nterest 7%RoyalFidelity Merchant Bank & Trust Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)29 May 2015 W WW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM | TELEPHONE:242-323-2330 | FACSIMILE: 242-323-23201 9 October 2022 Prime + 1.75% P rime + 1.75% 6.95%20 November 2029MONDAY, 1 NOVEMBER 2010BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,488.10 | CHG -0.83 | %CHG -0.06 | YTD -77.28 | YTD % -4.94BISX LISTED DEBT SECURITIES (Bonds trade on a Percentage Pricing basis)M aturity 19 October 2017F INDEX: CLOSE 000.00 | YTD 00.00% | 2009 -12.31%30 May 2013 52wk Hi 52wk Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Daily Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield 10.065.01Bahamas Supermarkets5.016.0114.00-2.9450.000N/M0.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.350.400.550.0010.000256.60.00% 41.0029.00ABDAB30.1331.5929.004.5400.0009.030.00% 0.550.40RND Holdings0.450.550.550.0020.000261.900.00% 52wk-Hi52wk-LowFund NameNAVYTD%Last 12 Months %NAV 3MTH 1.50561.4076CFAL Bond Fund1.50564.65%6.96%1.482477 2.92652.8300CFAL MSI Preferred Fund2.91871.10%3.13%2.919946 1.55791.4920CFAL Money Market Fund1.55793.37%4.42%1.539989 3.20252.8522Royal Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund2.8624-8.16%-7.49% 13.638813.0484Royal Fidelity Prime Income Fund13.56421.47%2.95% 114.3684101.6693CFAL Global Bond Fund114.36849.98%12.49%109.392860 106.552899.4177CFAL Global Equity Fund106.55284.75%7.18%100.779540 1.13181.0000FG Financial Preferred Income Fund1.13183.85%5.22% 1.09691.0000FG Financial Growth Fund1.09692.71%6.44% 1.13201.0000FG Financial Diversified Fund1.13203.79%5.71% 9.69389.1005Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 19.69383.77%5.71% 11.236110.0000Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 210.5308-2.23%4.10% 10.00009.1708Royal Fidelity Bah Int'l Investment Fund Principal Protected TIGRS, Series 39.4372-5.63%-5.63% 7.96644.8105Royal Fidelity Int'l Fund Equities Sub Fund7.88302.15%6.29% BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price 52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity 52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 (S) 4-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 8/8/2007 (S1) 3-for-1 Stock Split Effective Date 7/11/200731-Aug-10BISX Listed Mutual FundsNAV Date 30-Sep-10 30-Sep-10 30-Sep-10CFAL Securities Ltd. (Over-The-Counter Securities)TO TRADE CALL: CFAL 242-502-7010 | ROYALFIDELITY 242-356-7764 | FG CAPITAL MARKETS 242-396-4000 | COLONIAL 242-502-752530-Sep-10 30-Sep-10 30-Sep-10 30-Sep-10 31-Aug-10MARKET TERMS30-Sep-10 NAV 6MTH 1.460225 2.911577 1.524278 107.570619 105.776543 30-Jun-10 30-Sep-10 30-Sep-10 30-Sep-10 said Monday he plans to buy all the company's outstanding shares in a deal valued at more than $4 billion. Douglas H. Miller is expected to take the c ompany private, which would make it easier to shut down unprofitable natural gas projects and wait out the slump in prices. His offer of $20.50 per share represents a 38 percent premium over EXCO's closing priceo n Friday. Shares rose $4.47, or 30 percent, to close at $19.30 Monday. EXCO, based in Dallas, develops onshore properties in North America and controlsa bout 1 trillion cubic feet of proven gas reserves. Like most petroleum companies in the U.S., EXCO has wrestled with lown atural gas prices that have made some of its operations unprofitable. ENRON'S SKILLING SEEKS NEW TRIAL IN HOUSTON APPEAL H OUSTON (AP graced energy giant Enron asked a federal appeals court on Monday to grant him an ew trial based on a Supreme Court ruling his attorney said puts his conviction for cons piracy and securities fraud in question. Skilling's attorney Daniel Petrocelli presented his argument to a three-judge panels cheduled by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of appeals. The U.S. S upreme Court's ruling in June that an antifraud law was improperly used to help convict Skilling in 2006 for his role in Enron'sc alamitous downfall demanded a new trial, Petrocelli said. The jury received bad instructions, he said, that could have tainted their decision-making process. The prosecution, however, countered that t he instructions given to the jury were "harmless" because the evidence against Skilling was overwhelming. The 19 convic-t ions for conspiracy, securities fraud, insider trading and lying to auditors should stand, p rosecutor Doug Wilson said. B ANKR UPTCY C ASE LOOMS F OR NATIONAL ENQUIRER OWNER After years of dishing tales of celebrity f olly and misfortune, The National Enquirer's publisher has fallen on hard times of its own. A merican Media Inc. plans to seek federal bankruptcy protection in the next two weeks or so. The privately held company, based in Boca Raton, Fla., announced its intention Monday without sharing any detailsa bout its finances. American Media, whose other publications beside The National Enquirer include Star, Shape, Men's Fitness and Fit Pregnancy, is trying to get most of its creditors tob ack its reorganization plan before it files for Chapter 11 protection. About 80 percent of American Media's bondholders alreadyh ave expressed their support, the company said. AMBAC IN TALKS FOR PREPACKAGED BANKRUPTCY NEW YORK (AP Ambac Financial Group Inc. said Monday it will file for bankruptcy by the end of they ear, either through a prepackaged plan arranged with senior debt holders or through Chapter 11 proceedings. The development is the embattled comp any's latest warning amid two years of struggle to regain its footing after getting p ummeled by the collapse of the housing market. Shares of the once high-flying stock tumb led 41 cents, or 50 percent, to close at 41 cents on very heavy volume. The stock trade d above $95 a share in the spring of 2007, before the housing bust. MCKESSON TO ACQUIRE US ONCOLOGY FOR $560M SAN FRANCISCO (AP p lies distributor McKesson Corp. said Monday it will pay $560 million in cash to acquire U S Oncology, a company that provides drugs and services to 500 cancer centers across the U.S. M cKesson said there is already an overlap between the goods and services provided by the two companies, and the combination will allow for cost-savings from shared oper ations. M cKesson plans to acquire all outstanding shares of US Oncology, which is a privately held company based in The Woodlands,T exas. In addition to what it is paying for the company's shares, McKesson said it will a ssume $1.6 billion of US Oncology's debt, which will be prepaid or refinanced. DOWJONES The Dow Jones industrial average rose 6 .13, or nearly 0.1 percent, to finish at 11,124.62 The broad Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 1.12, or 0.1 percent, to 1,184.38, while the technology-focused Nasdaq compositei ndex fell 2.57, or 0.1 percent, to 2,504.84. Benchmark oil for December delivery rose $1.52 to settle at $82.95 a barrel on theN ew York Mercantile Exchange. In other energy trading on the Nymex, h eating oil was up 4 cents to settle at $2.2777 a gallon, gasoline gained 3.35 cents to $2.0929 a gallon and natural gas fell 20.6c ents to $3.832 per 1,000 cubic feet. In London, Brent crude rose $1.47 to settle at $84.62 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange. US Economy offers mixed picture day before election F ROM page 4B Likely gridlock in Congress could threaten economy


C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010, PAGE 9B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COMhealth BODYANDMINDThe Tribune By ALESHA CADETTribune Features Reporter IN a passionate display of pink for The CureŽ, The College of The Bahamas (COB) held it's second annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day Event on Thursday, October 28 to honor the late Arlene Albury, former COB Campus Life Director. The "Passionately Pink for the Cure"event took place on the college campus around the Mini Bandshell where hundreds of students were drawn in by the irresistible up tempo beats rolled out by a skillful deejay, The official opening started with a prayer by Craig Bowe, President of the COB Student Christian Movement, and just midway through the program, there was an explosion of colour with a stream of heart stopping youthful beauty, as some thirty five COB students modeled an array of every shade of pink possible, in the "Fashionably Pink Fashion Show." According to Peter Mitchell, the Assistant Director of Campus Life at the College of The Bahamas, the second COB Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day was completely organised by the students. "It's a student driven event out of the Campus Life Department, the students did it to create awareness of breast cancer, the need to take care of your health and body, and have regular examinations, and for support systems to be in place," he said. There was also an impressive list of speakers and exciting performers that included Najie Dunn, DJ Counsellor and Christian Massive.Good AdviceFashion show coordinator, moderator and cancer survivor, Evandaline Forbes, urged students to refrain from smoking and drinking, which she said contributed to her downfall and represent a continuous struggle. Dr Earla Carey-Baines, the newly appointed President of The College of The Bahamas, who acknowledged that Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a success story. The COB President also applauded the student members of the Passionately Pink for the Cure Committee who had worked tirelessly with the Campus Life Department to host the program to honour the late Arlene Albury, whose picture was prominently displayed on the platform at the event. Mrs Albury's son, Kyle Albury was also on hand to honour his mother's memory. I decided to take this time to come out to help to bring awareness to the young people that they should try to take preventative steps," said Mr Albury, the nephew of both former PLP Member of Parliament for Delaporte, Neville Wisdom and Cable Bahamas TV Host, Keith Wisdom. Dr Carey Baines added:COB goes passionately pink for the cure!" Celebrating this month has helped to bring even greater awareness of breast cancer to Bahamians and it allows us to celebrate and honour those who have valiantly fought against, but lost their battle with cancer and those cancer survivors who remind us of the wonderful resilience of the human spirit." There were several members of the Surgical Suites Sister Sister Breast Cancer Support Group that shared their stories, including Andrea Sweeting, Sister Sister President and a nine year breast cancer survivor, who says it meant a lot that the students came together to show their support for breast cancer. It is a great opportunity for the students to get together to show their tenacity and to be able to share their strength with everybody," said Mrs Sweeting. She added, "Once we talk about this and make it open, then we find we have others willing come forward and say they are also cancer survivors." Six year breast cancer survivor and Sister Sister Secretary, Helen Rolle, also spoke of her own challenges saying that she had had almost twenty eight surgeries and God had been so good to her that she had almost lost a leg and they thought she would not be able to walk, but on Friday she was able to come out and speak to the students.ThankfulAdditionally, seven year breast cancer survivor, Sandra Ferguson-Rolle, a career nurse at the Princess Margaret Hospital for over thirty nine years, noted that her breast cancer diagnosis was the most recent experience in a string of traumatic challenges over the years and one she was thankful to have overcome. "I'm a plane crash survivor, I was dragged by a car and not injuredand infected by a baby on the ward and yet I'm here today because of the grace and mercy of God," said Mrs Rolle. Also there to lend his support at the event was Pastor Mario Moxey, Sr Pastor of Bahamas Harvest Church. Mr Moxey led an amazing Prayer for the Cure towards the end of the program, covering numerous prayer requests submitted by students for their loved ones battling cancer. Pastor Moxey, is a three-year cancer survivor having been diagnosed with a slow growing Casenoid Tumor in 2007. I had great medical help and I'm fully recovered today, but I know that a cancer diagnosis and treatment can be a dark lonely road, thanks to cancer support groups such as Sister Sister and awareness events such as this, there is growing support and understanding for loved ones through these times," he added. Following the Prayer for the Cure", the second annual College of The Bahamas Breast Cancer Awareness Day ended with a string of performances by Frog Back, Swifz Dance Crew, the Juice Unit Dance Crew and Linelle Michelle, pink balloons were released and a vote of thanks was done by Tika Penn, the President of the Sister Sister Collegiate Chapter. LIFE VALUE: Dr Earla Carey-Baines, the newly appointed President of The College of The Bahamas, applauded the efforts of the Passionately Pink for the Cure Student Committee and COB's Campus Life Department in coordinating the Second Annual COB Breast Cancer Awareness Day on Campus. MOTHER'S MEMORY: Kyle Albury, son of the late COB Campus Life Director, Arlene Wisdom Albury, looks on as Breast Cancer survivor, Helen Rolle, Secretary for the Sister Sister Support Group, and six year cancer survivor, shares her struggles as breast cancer survivor at the 2nd Annual COB Breast Cancer Awareness Day. CELEBRATING VICTORIES: Nurse Sandra Ferguson-Rolle shares her testimony of a life of battles and being miraculously spared and healed with COB students and administrators. PASSION FOR FASHION: Cancer survivor and Moderator of the Fashionably Pink Fashion Show for the Cure Coordinator Evandaline Forbes shared a gutwrenching testimony with COB students about her diagnosis of stomach cancer, urging the students to refrain from smoking and alcohol which she said was her downfall.


THE summer is about over, our children are back in school, the traffic jams are on us again. Road rage is back, people have a lot of stress on their minds. Having to pay school fees, finding money for school uniforms and books, low occupancy rates in the hotels, reduced business/income for small businesses, local political issues and rising crime levels they all result in a lot of stress and we as Bahamians need to slow down a bit while driving. Most severe trauma cases in pets involve altercations with cars. Other common cases include those attacked by other animals, those that have fallen or had something fallen on them, and sadly, some cases involve foul play or malicious intent. Hopefully you and your pet will never have to deal with a trauma situation, but understanding some basics of animal trauma medicine could just mean the difference between life and death. Below are some basic facts we should always keep in mind when dealing with a severely injured animal.1. INJURED PETS WILL COMMONLY BITEUpon discovering a pet that has been severely injured our first impulse is to pick up or restrain the animal. If injured and painful, the normally docile family pet may uncharacteristically bite anyone who tries to move or restrain it. If at all possible, an injured dog should have a muzzle applied securely before trying to move him. A one to two-inch wide strip of cloth, an old neck tie, or old nylon stockings work well as make-shift muzzles. Simply encircle the muzzle of the dog with your chosen material and tie it fairly tight on top. Protecting yourself from an injured and frightened cat's claw is not easy. Simply wrapping the injured cat in a heavy blanket or towel will be effective and safe. If the animal is not able to walk or right themselves, damage to the back or spine is a real possibility. As with people, too much movement at this time can worsen a spinal injury. In these cases try to gently slide the pet onto a stretcher made from a flat board or other rigid material. This will reduce the chance of aggravating the injury.2. INJURED PETS WILL COMMONLY BLEEDThis bleeding may be visible externally or it may be internally and not initially evident. If you see a bleeding wound, apply direct firm pressure with a clean cloth material, this will usually suffice until you can get the animal to your veterinarian. Internal bleeding can be subtle initially but can create serious, life-threatening problems hours later. Symptoms of internal haemorrhaging may include weakness, pale gum colour, trouble breathing or a bloated abdomen to name a few.3. INJURED PETS WILL COMMONLY HAVE ORTHOPEDIC PROBLEMS.Broken bones are part of the picture in many severe trauma cases, but more commonly strained, torn and bruised soft tissue (ligament, tendons and muscles) are typically the problem. If the pet will allow it, try to immobilise the injured limb to prevent further injury during transport. A struggle with the pet to apply a splint or wrap may do more harm than good.4. INJURED PETS WILL COMMONLY HAVE INJURED ORGANSThe liver, kidneys, bowels, heart and lungs, urinary bladder and central nervous system are all vulnerable to injury. Your veterinarian will use a variety of tests and procedures to assess major organ status after an injury.5. INJURED PETS WILL USUALLY NEED TO SEE A VETERINARIANWhenever an animal sustains a serious injury always have it evaluated immediately by a vet. In the moment immediately following an injury internal injury may not be externally evident, or symptoms of these injuries may not show up until hours or even days later. The body has a remarkable ability to "hold itself together" in the early moments after trauma, only later does it begin to show the real damage. It is recommended that we keep patients in the hospital for observation to ensure that everything is okay. Luckily, most pets will never experience a severe traumatic event. For those unfortunate few that do, a well prepared owner and timely veterinary care may enable them to live to tell about it. RECENT concerns have indicated that diabetes is increasing at an alarming number in the Bahamas. While diet and exercise are important, it is even more important to know how it affects your feet. Many people with diabetes have mild to severe nerve damage. It is estimated that one in every four people with diabetes enters the hospital for foot problems. Specific foot problems associated with diabetes are calluses, ulcers, loss of feeling (Neuropathy), poor circulation and even amputation. Calluses occur more often and build up faster on the feet of people with diabetes. If calluses are not trimmed, they get thick, break down and turn into ulcers (open sores). Foot Ulcers often occur on the ball of the foot or at the bottom of the big toe. Neglecting an ulcer can result in infection which can lead to loss of a limb. Neuropathy or diabetic nerve damage can lessen your ability to feel pain, heat and cold. Loss of feeling means that you might not feel a foot injury. Poor Circulation (blood flow) can make it difficult to fight foot infection and to heal. Amputation If the above problems are not cared for, amputation of a limb (toe, foot or leg) may result. Recommendations for diabetic footcare to avoid the above: Inspect your feet daily for blisters, cuts, and scratches. Always check between your toes. Wash your feet daily. Dry carefully. Avoid extreme temperatures. Test water with your hands or elbow before bathing. If your feet feel cold at night, wear socks. Inspect the insides of your shoes daily for foreign objects, and rough areas. For dry feet, use diabetic approved lotion. Apply this after bathing and drying your feet. Shoes should be fitted by a foot care specialist and be comfortable at the time of purchase. See your family doctor regularly and be sure to have your feet examined at each visit. Do not smoke. Do not soak your feet in hot water Do not walk barefooted. Do not use chemical agents for the removal of corns and calluses or cut them; see your Podiatrist. Do not wear mended stockings and avoid stockings with seams. Do not use oils or cream between your toes. Do not wear sandals with thongs between the toes. Do not cross your legs. This can cause pressure on the nerves and blood vessels. These necessary precautions can reduce the risk of serious foot conditions. Many products such as diabetic approved shoes and inserts, seamfree socks, specialty lotions and creams, are available at specialty footwear stores or pedorthic facilities where there are staff, trained in foot pathology and properly fitting shoes, will help you make choices that will support your foot care plan and accommodate any foot problems. Bernadette D. Gibson, a Board Certified & licensed Pedorthist, is the proprietor of Foot Solutions, a health and wellness franchise that focuses on foot care and proper shoe fit, located in the Sandyport Plaza, Nassau. Please direct any questions or comments to nassau@footsolu or 327-FEET (3338). "The views expressed are those of the author and does not necessarily represent those of Foot Solutions Incorporated or any of its subsidiary and/or affiliated companies. Diabetes and your feet C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN PAGE 10B, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer BENEVOLENCE is nothing new to Phyllis Garraway, Debbie Geear Bethell and the Yodephy Dance & Modelling Academy.It has always been their inclination to increase the well being of those living in the community. In the past they have done so by hosting events that have benefited charitable organisations. They have donated much of their time to organising fashion shows for the Heart Ball, and have worked on numerous occasions with the Cancer Society and other organisations.Walk-a-thonThis week, the Yodephy oragnisation is hosting the "Strut For Life" 60 mile walk-a-thon in Long Island, to benefit REACH, and the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Group. "There are kids who have mothers that are suffering from breast cancer. These kids also have siblings who are autistic so we decided to host this walk-a-thon to benefit those causes. The proceeds from the walka-thon will be donated to the REACH foundation and the Sister Sister Breast Cancer Group," said Ms Garraway co-founder of Yodephy Dance & Modelling Academy. As many people have been coming together to wage war against the diseases, Ms Garraway said it is their time to contribute and bring awareness to the issue. "My mother passed away from cancer which is one of the reasons I am so passionate about this cause. Ms Bethell also has family members who have passed away from cancer so this is as equally important to her as it is to me. We are a small group and we are doing our best to shine light on each of the diseases," she said. With assistance from Sands Beer, D'albenas Agency, Bahamasair, other entities and individuals, Ms Garraway says that they will be well equipped to strut their way to a cure. The Yodephy academy is seeking to raise $20,000 which will be shared equally between both organisations. They are encouraging the support of the community as it will help in their efforts to put cancer and autism to the fore front. "This is important to us because we want to make people more aware. Too many times I have heard stories of individuals who finding out they have cancer when they didn't even have a sign on it at all. And so we want to make women more aware of the signs of breast cancer or cancer itself," Ms Garrraway told Tribune Health .FundraiserThe walk-a-thon will take place on November 5-7 in Long Island. "All we want is the support from the community, people can give monetary donations or they can donate their products because this is for two great causes," she said. Yodephy (You, Deborah and Phyllis) Dance & Modelling Academy was founded in 1990 by Deborah Geear and Phyllis Garraway. The academy now successfully accommodates over 400 students in modelling and dance. Deborah and Phyllis have had successful careers as both performers and instructors in fashion, modelling, etiquette and dance including ballet, modern and tap. Subsequently they have gained national and international awards for excellence. As well as offering classes, Yodephy provides entertainers, models, dancers, talent for promotions, conventions, bridal shows, or parties and has a variety of costumes for all types of events.Strut For Life By DRJACQUELINE LIGHTBOURN CHIROPRACTIC is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Doctors of chiropractic practice a drug-free, handson approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. The most important procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as a chiropractic adjustment. The purpose of an adjustment is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypo mobile or restricted in their movement as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event such as improper lifting of a heavy object or through repetitive stresses such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Adjustments of the affected joint and tissues restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness and allowing tissues to heal. It is important to get your spine checked for overall optimum health. Dr Jacqueline Lightbourn is a chiropractor at the Better Back Chiropractic Centre on Cable Beach. For further questions call 327-4684. Understanding Chiropractic By BERNADETTE GIBSON CHARITABLE DIVAS: Deborah Geear & Phyllis Garraway, founders of Yodephy Dance & Modelling Academy. Trauma By DR BASIL SANDS PAINFUL: Most severe trauma cases in pets involve altercations with cars. Other common cases include those attacked by other animals, those that have fallen or had something fallen on them, and sadly, some cases involve foul play or malicious intent.


GREEN SCENE By Gardener Jack C M Y K C M Y K WOMAN THE TRIBUNE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010, PAGE 11B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM November Are secrets really lies? No matter how many people fill our lives, the reality is that we are our own constant companion. In our minds, conversations can last seconds, minutes and even hours in a single day. Over time, we become an expert at snatching those free moments to switch into our private thoughts. We bounce ideas with 'the voice of reason' and make conscious choices based on these talks. At times, the cerebral debate picks up momentum and becomes even more intrusive. Even when we play prosecutor and defense lawyer, we still manage to win the debate. We are unique, and yet so similar in our ability to justify our decisions and behaviour. There is no doubt that we all need what we want. We make choices to benefit and fulfill our needs. Certainly, there may be times when we sacrifice our primary needs for someone else, but generally we are still looking to gain something. Keeping the fine balance between autonomy and the fear of losing ourselves, by giving too much, may challenge any relationship. We start becoming aware of ourselves from an early age, and our primary relationships help shape our sense of self. Feeling safe, secure and protected builds an early sense of trust. Growing up, in this type of environment, allows people to feel comfortable enough to open up and express themselves. This is where we first start practicing trust and honesty. Of course, few childhoods remain unscathed from disappointing adults, and nothing remains 'perfect'. Hopefully, our own personal experience has left us being able to look at people objectively and not so distrustfully. Unfortunately, there are those who have experienced such deep emotional pain that has resulted in a retreating within. The deeper the wound the more profound the selfpreservation. Protecting self is learnt at an early age and usually stays throughout life. Sayings like, 'I didn't want to hurt them' or 'they don't need to know all the details' is a way of deflecting from the instinct to protect one self. Whether it is interpreted as a lie or a secret, almost becomes irrelevant because ultimately there was a desire to mislead the person. No matter what the motivation is behind being disingenuous, the end result is always diminished trust. The power of a secret for many people has enormous appeal. It goes back to early self-protection and an area of their life that they can control, and is 'their own'. Some persons become so skillful that it translates into their professional life; which when revealed, has far more devastating consequences. It is not uncommon for people to seek secret affairs in order to receive the energy and excitement lacking within their relationship or marriage. Secrets create a solution, a momentary way out from a trapped or lack luster relationship. The boost in energy propels someone to become his or her suppressed self. The movement between the two lives is then seen as the feasible solution without 'rocking the boat'. Again, every action can be justified. It is not uncommon for people who have grown up telling lies to get themselves out of any situation, to then have a problem with real intimacy. These are the very persons who have difficulties committing to one person. Getting close to one person requires exposure and vulnerability, not only to pain but tenderness. The shield, and pulling away protect oneself from people who could ultimately hurt us. Being totally open and honest does not come naturally for many people. The idea that we all have the right to privacy makes drawing boundaries very confusing, but necessary for each couple. The solution for many is to come to an agreement over what is relevant and of importance to the relationship, and therefore not to be concealed. Once again, we see all paths lead back to honesty and effective communication. Maggie Bain is an individual and couples relationship therapist. She is a registered nurse and a certified clinical sex therapist. Listen to 'Love on the Rock' with Maggie Bain every Thursday 5pm-6pm on Island FM 102.9. For appointments call 364-7230, e-mail or visit www.relatebahamas.blogspot. com By MAGGIE BAIN LOVING RELATIONSHIPS PURPLE POWER: Peppers and eggplants generally do not need to be re-sowed as they bear throughout the cool season. NOVEMBER is a month of promise in the vegetable garden. True, we may be picking snap beans or cutting bok choi, but the main crops are still in their infancy or adolescence. Now is the time to make sure we keep the crops coming. Our autumn and winter vegetables fall mainly into three categories: 60 day, 90day and 120-day crops. Snap beans are 60-day, tomatoes 90-day, and pumpkins 120day crops. Most vegetables are 90-day despite what may be printed on your seed packet. I think the seed producers use the world record for seed to fruit for their claims. With tomatoes you can usually add 30 days to whatever the packet states. From now until April we should be able to sow three or four separate crops of our favourite vegetables, trying to make the time between the crops as brief as possible. Ideally, we should overlap slightly. With tomatoes, this means sowing a second crop when the first crop starts to flower, and so on. Peppers and eggplants will bear for the whole growing season and do not have to be sown successively. Heading cabbage should be sown every 6 weeks while other members of the clan like cauliflower need a 4week cycle. Broccoli is rather complicated to calculate because most varieties produce florets after the main flower head that can be picked for at least a month. Cometh the crops, cometh the insects. Killing garden insects with a pesticide is probably no more effective than deterring them with regular applications of a soap solution. You can use a commercial soap-based spray like Safer's or make your own with mild liquid soap not detergent. After heavy rain the soap solution will have to be re-applied, otherwise it remains effective for a lengthy period of time. Avocado, citrus and carambola are the fruits of the season. Other fruit trees that are not producing right now could be pruned for shape or to increase the size of the next crop. Sugar apples, soursop and other members of the Annonas benefit from being pruned back quite severely as fruit are produced only on new growth. We have entered the main growing season for annuals and the choice we have is almost limitless as virtually any annual does well during our late autumn and winter. We have to choose our summer annuals very carefully but at this time of year we can indulge ourselves. It is a good idea to sprinkle snail bait over the area where you sow annuals. The seedlings make a delicious salad for snails and snail bait will reduce the damage. We do not experience frosts in The Bahamas so we can plant bulbs and rhizomes and leave them in place all year round. When bulbs are put into the ground they may respond immediately and produce out-of-season growth. Thereafter they will adapt and produce blossoms at the regular appointed time. Gingers are grown from rhizomes and give a tropical Mance wherever they are grown. Even when gingers are not flowering, their foliage is attractive. Grass is still growing, but at a much slower rate than in the summer months. We must bear in mind that lawns benefit from being fertilised even during the slow season. An application of high nitrogen fertiliser will keep the grass green and healthy. PRETTY IN PINK: Gingers of all varieties are an attractive addition to the cool season garden.


C M Y K C M Y K THETRIBUNE SECTIONB HEALTH: Body and mind TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010By JEFFARAH GIBSON Tribune Features Writer IT doesnt matter that the Bahamas doesnt have extremely cold weather during the fall and winter seasons, boots are still in and Bahamian fashionistas insist on wearing them. "Despite the fact that our weather isn't extremely cold, women love fashion and they move towards the trends. And because we are so close to the United States we tend to pick up most of the trends that we see on television and in the fashion magazines," said Shavan Ferguson manager at Catch 22 in the Mall at Marathon. Boots have and will always be a fall/ winter season classic. And if you got a glimpse of maybe an Elle Girl magazine or a Seventeen magazine you would see this to be true. As fashion evolves, designers are becoming more and more creative with footwear. The boots for this season have a distinctive style and can add an extra edge to any ensemble. Booties are becoming more and more popular and knee high boots, and thigh high boots are close behind. According to the online fashion magazine over the knee boots are getting higher and higher. "Yes, over-the-knee boots are back with a vengeance but this 2009/2010 shoe trend won't stop there. In fact, the top of your boots will be going much higher: Thigh-high boots are going mainstream," the website stated. BootiesThe cross between shoes and boots -booties this season are adorned with multi toned studs, luxurious suede, buckles, patent leather, and other embellishment. Booties range from chic, to retro and trendy styles and have become the most popular out of the three this time around. "Booties like I call them are very popular. There are open toe or peep toe booties and closed toe booties. They are popular in fabrics like suede, leather and are most favored in colours like grey, purple, black, red, and blue. Booties can be worn with almost anything. Women wear them with skinny jeans, leggings, skirts, and shorts," said a spokesperson of John's Department store. Closed toe booties can also be appropriate work attire. Knee HighKnee High boots are dubbed one of the most flattering footwear this season, simply because they are stylish and have a slimming effect. Additionally if you have flaw on your legs you can throw on a pair of knee high boots to hide that blemish. Ms Ferguson suggests anything that does not cut the leg in half. "You don't want to wear boots that would cut the leg in half or make the leg look shorter. It is best to wear the ones that flatters the leg," she said. She said this trend will be in for a few season in a number of colors and fabrics as well. "The fabric that we see emerging is animal prints. The most favored print is the leopard. We also see some people who are bit more adventurous and choose colours like red. However the staples like black and brown will always be in," she said.Thigh HighMaybe thigh high boots scream sex. However that hasn't stop a few from rocking those leg warmers with mini skirts or shorts. And although they are the least preferred, some fashionistas have found a way to rock the look without looking too promiscuous. "No much people can actually wear thigh high boots because it is usually teamed up with short skirts. So people tend to wear the knee high ones instead," said the John's spokesperson. NASSAU, BAHAMAS (MBO) October 30, 2010 It was an historic night for both the Miss World Organization and Miss Bahamas. For only the second time in the 60 year history of the international pageant, a woman from the Islands of The Bahamas advanced to the finals of the world's oldest and largest beauty competition. After months of preparation and weeks of competition, Braneka Bassett has followed in the footsteps of Jody Barbara Weech who in 1992 advanced to the finals of the Miss World competition. Braneka's feat was especially impressive when one considers that this was the largest grouping of global beauties ever to compete at the pageant 115 in total. Braneka, who several days earlier had landed in the semifinals of the Swimsuit fast track competition, was one of 20 finalists selected by the judges a panel made up mostly of former Miss World title holders and Miss World Organization chairman Julia Morley. The other five who rounded out the Top 25 were winners of the fast track competitions: Swimsuit Miss Puerto Rico; Sportswoman Miss Northern Ireland; Top Model Miss Norway; Talent Miss Ireland; and Beauty with a Purpose Miss Kenya. Over a billion people watched world wide as the names of the top 20 were called: Paraguay St Lucia Netherlands Canada France Bahamas Colombia Russia Thailand South Africa Mongolia French Polynesia Scotland Venezuela Namibia Italy United States Germany China Botswana The field was then narrowed down to the Top 7, with Misses Ireland, Venezuela, China, Italy, Norway, United States, and Botswana advancing. Each young lady was given 30 seconds to talk about themselves and speak about her experience in China. The number was once again cut to a Top 5, with Misses Venezuela, Botswana, United States, Ireland and China taking one step closer to the crown. Miss World 2009 Kaiane Aldorino then made her final appearance as Miss World before the announcement of the queen and her court. Finishing 3rd was Miss Venezuela, 2nd was Botswana, and Miss United States was announced as the 2010 Miss World winner. "The Miss Bahamas Organization¨ is so very proud of Braneka's accomplishment", says MBO president Michelle Malcolm. "It was a long and sometimes bumpy road to get there, but the end result has made it all worthwhile." Miss Malcolm wished to thank all of the sponsors who made it possible for Braneka to compete at such a high level, saying she could not have done it without them. "I believe there are three parts of the equation which worked in Braneka's favor," she said. "First, there is fate. It's a true saying that no one can stop what God has in store for you, and we believe it was simply in her destiny to do well. "Secondly, there is the fact that she is an incredibly beautiful, genuine, humble person who is equally beautiful on in the inside as she is on the outside. I am sure those qualities helped her to stand out in the crowd. However, the third part of the equation is just as important and I dare say even more so, and that is the fact that she was so well coached, groomed and prepared for the competition. These go hand in hand if you want to achieve success and now that she has done so well, we are hopeful that we will begin to receive more support for the latter." The Miss Bahamas Organisation is especially proud of Braneka's accomplishments, as this is the first time in the history of local pageantry that one young lady has represented The Bahamas at both Miss Word and Miss Universe, held this past summer in Las Vegas, Nevada. Braneka is also a former participant in the Oxygen reality series The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency. She captured the title of Miss Bahamas in May at the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. She is a native of Freeport, Grand Bahama. Braneka returned to the capital yesterday afternoon and was officially welcomed at the Lynden Pindling International Airport. Miss Bahamas advances to Miss World Finals Braneka Bassett ends 18 year drought at Worlds Largest Beauty Pageant Braneka Bassett HIGH-TOP FASHION: Booties, knee high, and thigh high boots are favored more and more by fashionistas every fall/ winter fashion semester. BootieliciousJohn's Department Store/ Photos


By RENALDO DORSETT Sports Reporter T he St Cecilias Strikers are unbeaten early in the Catholic Archdiocesan Primary Schools basketball tournament, and have established themselves as an early contender for the title. Yesterday, led by prolific scorer Ivone Ingraham, the Strikers kept their record unblemished with a 34-21 win at home over the defending champions St Bedes Crushers. Ingraham had a game-high 17 points and was the lone player in double figures en route to the 13-point win. They are now 3-0. Glenford Ferguson and Khobe McKey finished with four points apiece while Charles Rahming finished with three. The Strikers began the game on a 6-0 run with Ingraham the catalyst early on for each play. He opened the game with a fastbreak layup, dished an assist to Daunte Stuart, and followed with a baseline jumper on the ensu ing possession. Carl Rahming halted the run for the Strikers and placed the Crushers on the scoreboard just before the end of the first quarter as St Cecilia led 8-2. T he Strikers second unit scored first to open a 10-2 lead on a jumper by McKey. The Crushers regrouped to come within four points (10-6 but a rebound and putback by Ferguson stopped the runa nd gave the Strikers a 12-6 l ead and they led 16-8 at the half. Ingraham opened the third with a basket and the Strikers outscored the Crushers 8-4, to take a 24-11 lead into the fourth quarter. He continued his scoring flurry in the fourth, again opening the quarter with a score. Ingraham followed with an assist to McKey, and stole the ball at halfcourt to follow witha layup to give his team a 3012 lead. Ferguson gave the Strikers a 20-point lead, their largest of the game, with a 32-12 lead on the ensuing possession. Michael Brennen and Blaze Darling led the Crushers with five points apiece. Nakario Russell finished with four points and Antoine Gibson finished with three. Wednesdays schedule features Our Ladys visiting Xaviers, while St Francis and Josephs are expected to trav el to face St Bedes. C M Y K C M Y K TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2010 THETRIBUNE PAGE 12 P AGES 13-15 International sports news TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM V V O O L L L L E E Y Y B B A A L L L L N N P P V V A A A A C C T T I I O O N N THE New Providence Volleyball Association (NPSA lar season action at D W D avis Gymnasium on Sund ay. In the first match, the Lady Techs won over the COB Caribs in four sets 25-14, 32-30, 18-25 and 2523. Rochelle Henfield scored 11 points in the win, Jacintha Clarke secured 9 points for the Caribs. In men's action, the Sco tia Defenders defeated DaBasement Crimestoppers in another four setter, 28-26, 20-25, 25-17 and 25-21. Jamaal Ferguson led all scorers with 17 points to secure the win, while Muller Petit scored 16 in a losing effort. The NPSA is slated to continue play 7:30pm Wednesday with another double header. S S O O F F T T B B A A L L L L B B S S C C R R E E S S U U M M E E L L E E A A G G U U E E P P L L A A Y Y ON Saturday, starting at 10am, the BSC is all set to resume its 2010 Rev Dr Anthony Carroll Softball Classic at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex after taking a two-week break with a series of games scheduled on three different fields. Here's a look at the schedule: Field one 10am Temple Fellowship vs Transfiguration (19 11am Faith United vs Transfiguration (Co-ed Noon Temple Fellowship vs Transfiguration (Men 1pm Transfiguration vs Temple Fellowship (Coed) 2pm Transfiguration vs Macedonia (Men Field two 10am Faith United vs Macedonia (19 11am Macedonia vs Salem (Co-ed Noon Zion vs Macedonia (Men 1pm Calvary Deliverance vs Zion Men) 2pm Golden Gates vs Salem (Men Field three 10am Jordan Prince Williams vs St John's (19 11am St Paul's vs St John's (Co-ed Noon Jordan Prince Williams vs Faith United (19 1pm Salem vs Faith United (Co-ed 2pm Faith United vs St Paul's (Co-ed SPORTS IN BRIEF B rady, P atriots beat up on Favre and Vikings... S ee page 14 By BRENT STUBBS Senior Sports Reporter THREE shutouts and three routs highlighted day one of the first Temple Christian Elementary Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament. The Bahamas Gold Trading weeklong tournament got underway yes terday at Temple Christian with Yel low Elder blanking the St Annes Bluewaves 8-0, while Carlton E Francis got a 4-0 victory over Centreville and Mt Carmel won 8-0 over St Annes. Also, Freedom Academy knocked off Mt Carmel 9-4, Temple Christian pounded St Johns 26-7 and Freedom Academy doubled up Yellow Elder 12-6. All of the games were exciting, said tournament director Keno Demeritte. This is the type of atmosphere that we wanted to create because there isnt enough games out there for us to play in. So the more games we can play, we should see the improvement as we move on. Heres a summary of the games played: Y Y e e l l l l o o w w E E l l d d e e r r 8 8 , S S t t A A n n n n e e s s 0 0 St Annes didnt have any answer for Yellow Elders 1-2 punch of Tavia Braynan and Tavante Rolle as they scored four points apiece. Rolle got Yellow Elder started with two of their three points in the first half and Braynan took over in the second half with three of their five points. F F r r e e e e d d o o m m A A c c a a d d e e m m y y 9 9 , M M t t C C a a r r m m e e l l 4 4 Chelly Australe was a one-woman wrecking crew as she did everything possible to secure the win, including scoring all nine points for Freedom Academy. She got two consecutive lay-ups to open a 4-0 lead before they held a 4-2 advantage at the half. In the second half, Australe produced the final five points. Dorica Christopher and Anya Moss both had two points in the loss. T T e e m m p p l l e e C C h h r r i i s s t t i i a a n n 2 2 6 6 , S S t t J J o o h h n n s s 7 7 In what turned out to be the most lop-sided decision of the day, Temple Christian opened a 10-0 lead as Dashae Stubbs canned six of their points. But after St Johns rallied to cut the deficit to 14-3 at the half, they managed to take advantage of Temple Christians bench to come within seven, 14-7. That forced coach Demeritte to bring his starters back into the game and led by China Curry and Tiffany Hanna, they used a full court trap defence and they widened their lead. The team looked pretty good. Theres just some small things that we have to work on, Demeritte said. They have to get tighter on their defence, but they played very well on offence. Stubbs ended up with 12, while Curry and Hanna both had seven. Alexandria Reckley, Gwendolyn Basden and Adiyah Gray all had two in the loss. C C a a r r l l t t o o n n E E F F r r a a n n c c i i s s 4 4 , C C e e n n t t r r e e v v i i l l l l e e 0 0 In what turned out to be a defensive battle, Lauren King and Tanea Bowleg came through with a basket each to help pull off the win. F F r r e e e e d d o o m m A A c c a a d d e e m m y y 1 1 2 2 , Y Y e e l l l l o o w w E E l l d d e e r r 6 6 After taking a quick 5-0 lead, Free dom Academy had to hold on in the first half as Yellow Elder came back for a 7-4 deficit. But in the second half, Australe managed to break loose of the double team and she was able to get two of her team-mates, Trinay Sands and Jessica Joseph, in the offensive flow as they took their second victory. We lost a lot of players from last years team, so we are just trying to get back to that level, said Freedom Academys coach Stephen Smith. We just need Chelly to continue to play well and we will be okay. Australe finished with eight and both Sands and Joseph added two in the win. Dorica Lubein had four and Tavante Roker two in the loss. Theyre learning. The girls are coming along, said Yellow Elders coach Cardinal Moncur. We dont have a lot of people with experience, but this tournament will only help them to get better. M M t t C C a a r r m m e e l l 8 8 , S S t t A A n n n n e e s s 0 0 After losing their first game, Mt Carmel picked up their intensity as lightning struck twice for St Annes with their second shutout on the day. I felt our girls could have won the first one. Maybe it was the jitters, said Mt Carmels coach Yves Pierre. As they play, they will get better. This is like the pre-season for us. This is a good gauge to see where we are. Anya Moss poured in all six of her points in the first half and Dorica Christopher scored the lone basket in the second half to seal the win in the final game played on day one. S S C C H H E E D D U U L L E E THE Temple Christian Elementary Basketball Tournament is scheduled to continue today at Temple Christian Auditorium with the following games on tap: 3:30pm Temple Christian vs Carlton E Francis (G 4pm St Johns vs Centreville (G 4:30pm Yellow Elder vs Mt Carmel (G 5pm Freedom Academy vs St Annes (G 5:30pm Centreville vs Temple Christian (G 6pm St Johns vs Carlton E Francis (G 6:30pm Mt Carmel vs Palmdale (B 7pm Freedom Academy vs Tem ple Christian (B Shutouts highlight day 1 of Temple Christian tourney B B A A S S K K E E T T B B A A L L L L Strikers perfect record! Catholic Archdiocesan Primary Schools basketball tournament St Cecilias 34-21 victory over St Bedes Crushers at home SCORING LEADER: St Cecilias Strikers Ivone Ingraham goes for a layup yesterday. The Strikers have a perfect 3-0 record after defeating the defending champions St Bedes Crushers 34-21 at home. Ingraham scored a game-high 17 points. T i m C l a r k e / T r i b u n e s t a f f

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