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Publication Date: 12/30/2010
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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 C M Y K C M Y K V olume: 107 No.32THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010 PRICE 75 (Abaco and Grand Bahama $1.25 WEATHER CLOUDSAND SUNSHINE HIGH 77F LOW 67F By AVA TURNQUEST T ribune Staff Reporter a THE HUMAN toll of the f ire-ravaged Haitian village was revealed yesterday. Government officials reg i stered a total of 120 househ olds, which housed more than 100 children made homeless by the tragedy. L ast night 75 people were left to seek shelter under tents as a top official confirmedt hat government emergency r elief efforts had been satis fied. Due to unbearable weathe r conditions, only 30 people 75 left in tents as clothing, food and water distributed McCOMBO OF THE DAY N E W The Tribune THEPEOPLESPAPER BIGGESTANDBEST L ATESTNEWSONWWW.TRIBUNE242.COM YOURSOURCEFOROBITUARIES N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B U U T T N N O O B B O O D D Y Y B B E E A A T T S S T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E I I N N S S I I D D E E T T O O D D A A Y Y C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! C C A A R R S S ! L L O O A A D D S S O O F F J J O O B B S S A A N N D D H H E E L L P P W W A A N N T T E E D D ! T T H H E E T T R R I I B B U U N N E E S S C C L L A A S S S S I I F F I I E E D D S S T T R R A A D D E E R R Misery goes on for fir e victims SEE out 2010 in style with tomorrows Tribune ... the only newspaper w hich has you in mind. B esides our usual comprehensive round-up of n ews, business, sport and f eatures, tomorrow we a re going supplementcrazy! Football fans, check out our 40-page Sports W eekly f or all the new THE TRIBUNE SEES OUT 2010 IN STYLE SEE page 11 By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter MACKEY Yard, the Haitian village ravaged by fire on Boxing Day, was not a secret community living under the radar of the authorities and has existed since the 1970s, said residents. Although it mushroomed over the years, residents say the once small community was built on private land owned by the Mackey family with permission from the owners. Residents are said to live free of charge. Some claim Mackey Yard is one of the oldest Haitian communities in New Provi dence. When I came here in 1972, it was here, said a resident who lost his home. However Kenny Mackey denied his family owned the land and was responsible for the community. He directed all comments to Garden Hills Member of Parliament Brensil Rolle. The only ones who had permission are those my parents left there and one or two offsprings who are no longer even there. Those people came there, they were told not to build. My thing with the whole ordeal is how they were allowed to trespass, number one. These issues were brought up to the authorities, said Mr Mackey. He insisted he did not Residents say fire ravaged village has existed since the 1970s SEE page 12 By TANEKA THOMPSON Tribune Staff Reporter THE Department of Immigration will not swoop into the fireravaged community of Mackey Yard to round up suspected illegal immigrants, said Immigration Director Jack Thompson. However the agency will continue its focus on apprehending and repatriating illegal immigrants throughout the country, Suspected illegal immigrants will not be rounded up in Mackey Yard SEE page 12 SEE page 12 By CELESTE NIXON Tribune Staff Reporter IMPLEMENTATION of the shift system for immi gration and customs officers, inaccurate pay cheques, and no overtime or holiday pay, is stifling morale and pro ductivity among officers, claim union leaders. CUS T OMS AND IMMIGRATION CONCERNS RAISED SEE page 11 POLICE shot a man who was allegedly evading arrest during a chase in Bain Town yesterday. The injured suspect, a 20-year-old resident of Rupert Dean Lane, was in hospital last night nursing a wounded MAN SHOT BY POLICE DURING BAIN TOWN CHASE SEE page 11 THE unions representing BTC employees yesterday said they have not encouraged their members to take part in any industrial action this week and are threatening to sue those who accuse them of doing so. President of the Bahamas Communica tions and Public Officers Union Bernard Evans said at a press conference yesterday BTC UNIONS THREA TEN T O SUE OVER STRIKE CLAIMS SEE page 11 BCPOU President Bernard Evans FIRE V ICTIMS: Displaced residents of the Haitian village destroyed by fire take shelter yesterday. MOREPICTURESONPAGES TWOAND16 Tim Clarke /Tribune staff MORE MAC KEYYARDFIRENEWSON PAGES TWO, THREE, FIVEAND16


By AVA TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter H umanitarian efforts by members of the community to improve conditions for displaced residents of the Mackey Yard fire who are forced to l ive at ground zero continued y esterday. C oncerned about the expos ure of so many young children and infants to toxins from the a shen remains of the Boxing Day blaze, heavy equipment w ere brought in to clear the rubble. A tractor from Kino Sim mons of Simmons Construct ion, Wulff Road laboured throughout the day to clear the sea of tin roofs and charred materials. Mr Simmons said: This is h umanitarian assistance, a charity to assist however we can. Were trying to manage the debris, push it up in piles to provide some form of contain-m ent until proper authorities can come and deal with it. In addition to care packages distributed by faith-based ministries and non governmental o rganisations, private residents w ere also driven to act yesterd ay. T anya Crone, lead organiser of an impromptu drive for r esidents of Lyford Cay and Old Fort Bay said: We just w ent down there and realised the need. So that night we sento ut loads of emails and really just rallied whatever we could t o come back out here. Numerous donations were said to have been made to lead charities by various organisations such as `the Royal Societyo f St George. Lead organisations dedicated t o relief efforts are the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and Great Commission Ministries. Persons can also contact Pastor Celiner St Louis of Gospel A ssembly at 426-7414, part of the Haitian Pastors League whoa re providing counselling and coordinating aid for the hun d reds of displaced victims. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 2, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM MACKEYYARDFIREAFTERMATH MORE PICTURES ON P AGE 16 Ground zero relief operation continues CLEAN-UPTIME: A child watches as a tractor clears debris. HELPING O UT: Humanitarian efforts continue. G ETTINGREGISTERED: Y olanda Pierre, 29 stands with her oney ear-old son and daughter before getting in line to be registered by social workers. PHOTOS: Tim Clarke /Tribune staff


By NOELLE NICOLLS Tribune Staff Reporter THE initial coordination of relief efforts by governm ent agencies was disjointe d, admitted the chief offic er at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA R esponding to criticism that it took three days for NEMA to mobilise emerg ency relief, Captain Stephen Russell said the flow of information tookt ime, which resulted in a disjointed effort. C aptain Russell said he called all the players togethe r after personally visiting t he site yesterday morning. He said people were gene rally doing their own thing before, although the Department of Social Services were on the ground doing assessments earlier. We have to work on the triggering mechanism that b rings everyone together r ight away, said Captain Russell. E arlier this week, Obie W ilchcombe, West End and B imini Member of Parliament, questioned the emergency response, saying vic-t ims of the fire were left with no systemic approach to food, no systemic approach to clothing and no temporary housing. It doesn't matter how the people got here, they areh ere. It doesn't matter that t hey live in a shanty town that's because we haven't done our jobs correctly, or e ffectively. The truth is peo ple are hurting right now andt here is a lot of suffering and i t's very difficult to sleep w hen people are hurting. No matter who they are they are human beings, and that'sh ow I got here, why I'm here now, said Mr Wilchcombe. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010, PAGE 3 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM $11281&(6 MACKEYYARDFIREAFTERMATH NEMAchief admits initial relief efforts disjointed By DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT Grand Bahama businessman Leo LaBlanc died over the Christmas holiday at his home. Mr LaBlanc was the owner of Island Projects Company Ltd. According to reports, Mr LaBlanc, 59, was having Christmas dinner with relatives at his residence on Garnell Lane, Silver Point, when he suddenly collapsed. The cause of his death is not known. Businessman Clarence Bel lot also died at his home sev eral days before Christmas. Mr Bellot, the owner of Foto Factory, was ill for sometime. He was a well known photographer and was the first to introduce the onehour photo concept to Grand Bahama. He was also known to be a community-minded individ ual who was very passionate about the environment, especially in the Queens Cove area where he lived. Mr Bellot is survived by his wife and children. GRAND B AHAMA BUSINESSMAN LEO L ABLANC DIES A 33-YEAR-OLDman, who is believed to be a tourist, died on Tuesday night while swimming in a hot tub at the San dals Royal Resort. The incident occurred around 11.30 pm. Police were called to the resort following a report that a man was unresponsive in the outdoor hot tub. The man was taken to hospital by emergency medical per sonnel where he was pronounced dead. Investigations continue. MAN DIES S WIMMING IN RESORT HOT TUB EMERGENCYRELIEF: Victims of the fire queue yesterday for supplies.


EDITOR, The Tribune. O n the front page of Thursday the 9th of December 2010 edition of The Nass au Guardian was a picture o f a number of union leade rs attending a mass rally in support of the illegal walking off the job by BaTelCo s taff and their court defying action. The rally of the unions was not surprising as this type of thing is an integral p art of their arsenal; but what was amazing and startling, was the photo directly beneath the union leaders depicting four top members o f the opposition party ( PLP) in attendance at the rally. This to say the least, was not only condoning, but showing open support to p ersons that as far as can be ascertained had staged an i llegal work stoppage, and b razenly defied a court order. It is mind-boggling to see l aw makers in a nation that is at its wits end in trying to find solutions to our unrelenting crime problems giving support to law breakersi n order to gain brownie points and votes. I am wondering if those politicians have not learn a nything from past episodes i nvolving unions. T hose members should f irst take into consideration t hat they are the alternative t o the government and given the make-up and modus operandi of unions, will, of a certainty, find themselves involved in similar situations when they are the government. Unlike union members, those members present at that meeting are members of Parliament, and as such have a forum from which they can deal with the gov e rnment when issues with which they, opposition, disa gree. B esides showing a bad example under the existing circumstances of the unions s tance in the dispute, they are lending support to what as far as is known were ille gal actions and with the state of lawlessness in this nation today, that is unacceptable. Some years ago, while in their second term, the Ingraham administration, when p reparing for the sale of BaTelCo, paid out millions of dollars to staff who wereo f retiring age and those that opted for early retirement. T here were no strikes or w alk-outs, some of those persons were rehired, but k ept their packages. What are their gripes now? I, for one, do not buyt he argument that Bahamia ns are capable of running the entity. Why? We, the majority of B ahamians. Have yet to learn the difference between m ine and thine (we tief too much). The infighting for control w ill be awesome. There will be no end to w orkers disputes over pay and money related matters. BaTelCo staffers are suffering from an attitude prob-l em now, what you think they would be suffering u nder a private Bahamian owned entity? Such a venture will be throttled to death in its infancy by the same unionst hat are trying to abort its sale. Service now is poor, think o f what it will be then, deplorable would be an u nderstatement One union official said that BTC created a numbero f phone card millionaires. This statement really needs some clarification, I am sure he cannot be talking about that hapless lot ofp hone card vendors who are a hazard to traffic on our streets. Over time BTC has been complaining about the thefto f hundreds of thousands of phone cards, are you, Mr Official referring to the culprits who made off with those cards? If so I have to agree with you on your assertion. A ssuming that that was the basis for your argument, we now find that it confirms my point a above, against the idea of selling to a Bahamian entity. I have always been of the opinion that the theft of those cards was not only an inside job, but possibly one with the knowledge and blessing of a person or persons in the higher echelon of the entity. I am of the opinion that an investigation into the theft of those cards should b e implemented by the police, one that will leave no stone unturned, and one that will investigate the bank a ccounts of all and sundry that had, not only access to those missing cards, buto verall control of them. Y ou too, Mr Official, should be able to give the i nvestigators the basis for y ou making such a public statement. T he disobeying of a lawful i njunction by a judge of our h igh courts is to say the least disrespectful and deploring,t he head of every union part icipating in that spectacle called a rally, should be harshly dealt with by the court, the courts cannot be seen as being partial in itsa dministration of justice in this nation. I read in the media a few d ays ago where a magistrate issued warrants for the arrest of two police officers who failed to appear as wit nesses in a case, No one is a bove the law. If we are going to deal with crime in this country, it is incumbent upon thec ourts to enforce their rulings. The union members s hould always bear in mind that they, from the advent of unions were only being used by the union leaders asa stepping stone to another level in the social structure, politics, dont believe me just take a look back in Bahamian politics and tellm e where did the following arrived from into politics. Clifford Darling, Wilbert Moss, Simeon Bowe, Cad well Armbrister, Shane Gibson and others they were union leaders. Remember? I can only say to you now, look at that bunch around you and tell me what do you see in them. Nothing but ambition. A word to the wise is sufficient. ERRINGTON W I WATKINS Nassau, December 9, 2010. C M Y K C M Y K EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR PAGE 4, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 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 T ELEPHONES Switchboard (News, Circulation and Advertising Advertising Manager (242 C irculation Department (242 N assau Fax: (242 Freeport, Grand Bahama: 1-(242 W EBSITE w updated daily at 2pm SUNDAY morning a cold wind whipped a small fire into a roaring blaze t hat swept through a shanty town of wooden shacks, built arms length apart, leaving in its wake a pile of crackling, smouldering rubble before firemenc ould get it under control. When firemen arrived on Alan Drive off Carmichael Road hundreds of men, women and children, with the clothes t hey wore as their only possessions, s tood staring in defeated horror at their loss. They didnt possess much, but what little they had, was gone. C ommon humanity is the catalyst t hat motivates most human beings to r ush to the aid of their fellows in trouble. They bring help before they ask questions. But the Mackey Yard fire was different. It was a settlement that existed below the radar for Haitians somel egal, some illegal. The comments left on Tribune242s web site would make one question whether some Bahamians a mong us are indeed a part of the same h uman family. I t is true that there are too many illegal Haitians in the Bahamas. It is also true that they are a strain on our social services. It is true that the tiny Bahamas cannot accommodate all of them and that those who are here illegally will eventually have to be returned to their homeland. But now is not the time for this disc ussion. There are human beings out t here who shiver from the cold as do Bahamians. They are thirsty, they are hungry and when night falls they do not know wheret o rest their tired bodies. There are pregnant women, there are innocent children, and there are men, stripped of their manhood because they can no longer protect their families. This is no time for persecution. This is the time for compassion. In answer to questions as to the intent of Immigration, Director Jack Thomp son made it clear that his department had no plans to swoop down on the destroyed village to search for illegals as a matter of fact what papers they m ight have had were destroyed in the fire. The only records that now exist are in the Immigration Department. It will be a time consuming exercise to ferrett hem all out. In the meantime people are hungry, tired and cold. "There are other areas where there are illegals in the Bahamas, said Mr T hompson. We need not concentrate o n a devastated area at this point. We understand our mandate and we will carry out our mandate, but we are alsoa n agency which is sensitive to tragedy a nd disasters, I think that is what is r equired of us." Fletcher Carroll, obviously upset by the callous comments from the public on captured the moment. This is what he had to say to those who were more interested in using the oppor-t unity to deport Haitians than helping human beings in their hour of need: Interesting comments. I think we miss d a point, though. The only issue at hand i s people suffering. The larger debate a in't relevant at this time. We all are concerned about the weak approach to immigration control, but I am more concerned about the apparent inability to identify with basic human suffering. That's scary! Yes, Mr Carroll, that is very scary. A comment on the previous day that dis missed Haitians as cockroaches b rought back for us the horrors of the T hird Reich. This is the very word used by Hitler to rid himself of the Jews. To think that there are Bahamians in this community of the same mentality isi ndeed scary. We hope that when those Bible toting Bahamians with eyes lifted heavenward on Sundays arrive at the Pearly Gate, St Peter doesnt slam the gate in their faces while he goes to check their credentials. We also hope, for their sakes, that their papers will be in order if not they could be listed as illegal and deport ed back to where they came from a hell on earth. Mind-boggling to see politicians give support to law breakers LETTERS l Where is the Bahamians compassion? EDITOR, The Tribune. All-inclusive formula does it really perform better than traditional? The comments of the Minister of Tourism & Aviation are probably 100 per cent correct but why is it that the Allinclusive operators simply do not do as he says encourage their guests to leave their properties? If you perceive as a guest that everything is purchased other than beverages then common sense and especially if you are a budget visitor it will take a lot for you to be enticed to purchase a tour, etc, that is reality and human nature. There is no doubt that the arrival, especially on Cable Beach of the All-inclusive concept quickly killed Bay Street in the s and whether All-inclusive is disguised with some fancy name the end result is that the guest stays on the property they are staying at. What the Minister misses is that we must infuse a concept where included in the all-inclusive packages are tours visits to the limited attractions available possibly meals at participating restaurants use of such services as charter boats, etc. Is this impossible? Absolutely yes especially if what the Minister says is true and that is the clincher to the deal does the All-inclusive operator really wish their clients to leave their properties? Remember beverages are not included in an all-inclusive package and the profit centre for beverages is probably as high as 70 per cent can Stewart/Sandals or Issa/Breezes loose that revenue? It certainly will be good to hear from them. Exuma should be exceptionally grateful that Sandals came in and purchased the closed in-liquidation property and could be purchasing the other near-by financially strapped resort...get progressive and set-up tours, etc, as the minister says and if Sandals does not co-operate then call the minis ter and complain. W THOMPSON Nassau, December 7, 2010. Do all-inclusive operators wish clients to leave their properties?


B y PAUL G TURNQUEST Tribune Staff Reporter EDUCATION Minister Desmond Bannister toured the fire-ravaged Haitian village off Carmichael Road yesterday, and promised his ministry will do all i t can to assist the children who were traumatised by this disaster. With a cadre of other ministers in tow, including the Minister of Social Services Loretta Butler-Turner, the Minister of Housing Kenneth Russell, and the MP for the area Parliament ary Secretary Brensil Rolle, Mr Bannister said he was pleased to see the MP for West End and Bimini Obie Wilchcombe at the site as well and commended him for displaying that some issuesare truly beyond politics. I went out there and I saw a number of children who had b een displaced, said Mr Bannister. Those children attend Carmichael Primary, Garvin Tynes Primary, SC McPherson and AF Adderley a cross-section of them. They have been displaced and adversely affected,s o it is important for the Ministry of Education to be able to h ave a full list of those children and the schools they attend to see how we can assist them. They would have had their uniforms destroyed, and they would have also had a traumatic experience. So it is important for us to assist them to ensure that they do not have their education disrupted further when schools start next week. With r espect to school uniforms, with respect to the counselling they would need for the trauma they went through, it is absolutely critical that we provide the kind of support that they require. Mr Bannister added: As meager as your home may be, when you have your only home that you have known flattened and destroyed and you are a primary school child at ages seven or eight, and you are uncertain w here you are going to live or what you are going to do, you are put in a very difficult situation. So our concern is that they get the appropriate counselling and that we assist as much as we can with respect to the other physical needs for schooling. The Education Minister said h e hoped politics would not play a role in what assistance was offered to families and that persons would not seek to capitalise off their suffering. I hope we all will get to the point where we look beyond politics and look at people and look at basic needs and howt hey will be fulfilled, said Mr Bannister. I didnt give politics a moments thought. If you would have seen those children out there playing on an old dirty mattress, with very little basic things, no toys or books like that, you would understand howi mportant it is for us to be there to help. It doesnt matter what side of the political spectrum you come from, but that you are there to render assistance and you try to be there for the children. I think that is critical. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010, PAGE 5 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM t ftf ttff ttf MACKEYYARDFIREAFTERMATH DISPLACED: A number of children have been affected by the fire in the Haitian village. Minister promises to assist children after fire disaster


BY MATT MAURA RAPID testing for the detection of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV made available at the four polyclinics in New Providence effective January 2011, Health Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced. Dr Minnis said additional services for those infected, but not ill with HIV will simultaneously be made available att he four poly-clinics. T hese include the South B each, Flamingo Gardens, Fleming Street and Elizabeth Estates poly-clinics. Expansion of the service is expected to follow in the Family Islands later in the new year. Dr Minnis said the availability of the rapid testing and other HIV services at the four clinics in New Providence is parto f a far-reaching Ministry of H ealth, Department of Public H ealth and Public Hospital Authority initiative to provide Bahamians with greater accesst o healthcare services. H e said that access will be e ven greater with the proposed p lans to construct two mini hospitals one each in Abaco and Exuma in addition to clinics in a number of other Family Island districts. Meetings D r Minnis said officials at the M inistry of Health, the Departm ent of Public Health and the Public Hospitals Authority have participated in a series of consultative meetings and discussions to move the process o f the construction of mini hosp itals in Abaco and Exuma for w ard during the course of the year 2011. The construction of the two mini hospitals will strengthen the care and services to Family Island residents, he said. P lans are also underway to c onstruct new clinics proposed for Staniel Cay and the surrounding cays in the Exumas, as well as for the Fresh Creek District in Andros. Additionally, the National Insurance Board, in consultation with the Mini stry of Health and the Depart ment of Public Health, repairedc linic facilities in Marsh Harbour and Coopers Town in A baco and Fresh Creek, Andros, all with a view to further strengthening the public healthcare system in those islands, Dr Minnis said. Repairs are ongoing at the Hope Town Clinic in Abaco( and) residents of James Cistern, Eleuthera, are assisting t he government with the expansion of that clinic. All of these measures will assist in granting Bahamians greater access to q uality, primary health care, Dr Minnis added. The HealthM inister said the construction of the four poly-clinics in New P rovidence, and the ones in Abaco and Andros, resulted from recognition of the need to expand services at the com munity level in order to prov ide Bahamians from all walks of life with easy access to ear-l y basic primary healthcare services. M ore than one-half million visits were made to primary healthcare facilities in the Bahamas in 2010, he said. P rimary health care in the Bahamas is provided througha network of 98 healthcare clinics and covers maternal and c hild health, immunisation, school health, dental services, acute and non-acute ambulatory care, district nursing and oth er home visiting services. Primary healthcare service is the most cost effective ands ocially equitable healthcare strategy for a people, Dr Minn is said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 6, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Rapid HIV testing to be made available BY MATT MAURA P UBLIC health officials will expand their efforts in the fight against chronic, non-communicable diseases in 2011, Health M inister Dr Hubert Minnis said. Dr Minnis said that chronic, non-communicable diseases (CNCDs hypertension, cancer and cardio-v ascular diseases continued to be the leading causes of illness, hospitalisation and death among Bahamians over the course of t he year 2010. The Health Minister said HIV/AIDS, asthma, arthritis, obesity, injury and violence also played major roles. H e said public health officials will introduce increased health promotion and illness prevention strategies to address all of these areas in 2011. In the next few weeks, the National Insurance Board, the Ministry of Health and the D epartment of Public Health will launch an intensive healthy peoples programme to createa culture of wellness in our population, Dr Minnis said. These new strategies will be critical in helping to reduce the incidences and prevalence of t hese illnesses and diseases that reduce our work force and limit the quality of life for our citizens. T he Health Minister said healthcare professionals at the Elizabeth Estates Clinic this yearb egan routine surveillance for the early detection of diabetes and hypertension for all firstt ime clients. D r Minnis said the monitoring and evaluation of clients with existing chronic, non-communicable diseases has reduced the incid ence of secondary complications, t hereby reducing the need for hospitalisation meaning that the measure has been very effective. Pro-active health initiatives s uch as these are critical in our fight against chronic diseases, he said. Vital Dr Minnis said the Governments introduction of the National Chronic Disease Prescription Drug Plan in September 2010 through the National Insurance Board will also play a vital role in reversing the trends. The first phase of the drug plan provides access to drugs and supplies for the 11 identified noncommunicable diseases in the public andp rivate sector at no out-of-pocket cost to the most vulnerable Bahamians. Figures show that more than 1,300 persons have taken advantage of these services in the p ublic sector, and 14,000 more at private part icipating pharmacies. R eports further show that persons are continuing to register with the programme. The Department of Public Health will implement new initiatives to strengthen health prom otion, health education, and training for clients a nd health care providers in the successful management and prevention, of not only the 11 identified diseases covered under this Plan, but other conditions as well, Dr Minnis said. CNCDS CONTINUE TO BE LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH IN THE BAHAMAS A SHOOTING in Fox Hill on Tuesday night has left a 23-year-old man fighting for his life in hospital. T he victim, a resident of Farrington Road, was attending a private party when he was shot multiple times at about 11.10pm. Police said preliminary reports are that a party was being held at Dorsett Street when a black Honda Accordp ulled up and the occupants fired gunshots into the group of guests. The victim, taken to hospital in a private vehicle, is in critical condition. Police are investigating. SHOOTING VICTIM FIGHTING FOR LIFE HUBERTMINNIS


B y DENISE MAYCOCK Tribune Freeport Reporter FREEPORT The sick-out by some immigration officers over the holiday weekend had no effect on the various ports of entry here on Grand Bahama, officials said. L ast week, the Bahamas Custom and Immigration Workers Allied Union (BCIWAU) encouraged officers to stay home during the holidays after claiming the government had failed to compensate them for overtime and holidays worked. As a result, last Friday a number of junior immigration officers called in sick for the overtime shift because of grievances over non-payment of their overtime. John Curtis, area vice-president of the Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU firmed last Tuesday that the sick-out was not organised by his union. We (the BPSU orchestrate the sick-out, but I m ade inquiries and it appears a s if the grouping that is forming the other break-away union from the BPSU had orchestrated the sick-out, Mr Curtis said. Based on my inquiries (the sick-out) had no affect at the various ports of entry at the airport or harbour because management was able to take care of the shift. According to Mr Curtis, all of the persons who called in sick were back to work on Tuesday. I n addition to the overtime i ssue, the BPSU said insufficient staffing is also a problem among officers. The Immigration Department has about 47 officers on staff in Freeport. Even with the new shift system in place there is still need for more persons in the Immigration Department to cover various areas, Mr Curtis said. He noted that another matter of concern is the reclassification of officers. Mr Curtis explained that a n umber of officers have not r eceived promotions even though they have completed courses and received qualification certificates. We cant tell the employer who to promote, but some people have gone and qualified themselves and were seeking promotion, only to be told that due to the economic situation in the country it could not happen at this time, he said. Mr Curtis said the BPSU will bring these issues to the t able in the next negotiation e xercise for an industrial agreement. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010, PAGE 7 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Services For T h e Yuletide Sea son 20010/2011 & B les sing of C hri stm as gif ts/ toy s S u nday 2 6th De c. 7 :15 a.m. E uch ari st: H o ly Com mun ion Ser vic e 1 0 :30 a.m. E uch ari st/ Ho ly Com mun ion Se rvi ce 7 :00 p.m. S ong Mass, S erm on and Be ned ict ion Fri day De c. 31st N ew Yea s Eve 1 0:30 p .m. Car ol Sin gin g, Mass of t he Holy N ame of Je sus & S erm on.For Mo re Inf o. 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Valentino Williams, 20, of Crab Apple Street, was arraigned before Acting Magistrate Jeneane WeechGomez in Court 6, Parliament Street. Williams is accused of attempting to cause the death of Fenrick Seymour on December 18. It is also alleged that on the same day Williams, while armed with a handgun, robbed Stacetta Spence of $1,500 cash, the property of the $ U Beauty Supply Store on Malcolm Road. It is also alleged that Williams robbed Anna Strachan of $11. W illiams, who was not repr esented by counsel, was not r equired to enter a plea to the charges. The prosecution objected to bail. Williams was remanded to Her Majestys Prison and is expected back in court on February 28, 2011. Woman arraigned on stealing almost $23k in goods A 26-year-old woman accused of stealing nearly $23,000 in goods from her place of employment was arraigned in a Magistrates Court yesterday. 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M ORE than 200 toys and games were distributed to children at Gambier Primary, the Childrens Emer gency Hostel, Bilney Lanes C hildren Home, All Saints Camp and the Princess Mar garet Paediatric Ward. The charitable initiative was part of the SandalsF oundation Annual Christmas Treat. The Sandals Foundation is the philan-t hropic arm of Sandals Resorts International and aims to enhance education, t he environment and the community in the Caribbean islands where Sandals operates. Stacy Mackey, public rela tions manager at Sandals Royal Bahamian, said this years events were varied and aimed to provide much n eeded holiday cheer to the children. We had a group of more than 15 resort guests and Sandals Foundation volun-t eers that went down to Gambier Primary on the last day of school and served lunch and gave out gifts to all 120 students. Then we hosted the Children Emergency Hostel and All Saints Camp to an after-n oon of games, a movie and buffet lunch before they departed with their Christm as presents in hand, she said. Diana Thompson of the All Saints Camp said this year there were few dona tions of gifts for the children. Being able to take the children to Sandals and have them enjoy an outing was such a blessing. Every one had a big smile on their faces and it truly made the children happy, she said. Sandals Foundation volunteer Monique Alcy said it was great to assist more children than last year. We were able to spend quality time with most of the kids and even our guests enjoyed the experience. We needed the extra helping hands and the Christmas Treat allowed our guests to see the work of the Sandals Foundation. These activities are a part of the Sandals Foundations Caribbean-wide Annual Holiday Treats, which this year are expected to benefit over 10,000 children in Jamaica, St Lucia, Antigua, Turks and Caicos and the Bahamas, resort officials said. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 8, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM THE employees at Bahamas Realty spread Christmas cheer at the Bilney Lanes Children Home for the 25th year in a row. Bahamas Realty partners and staff put up and decorated a large Christmas tree for the children during the annual tree trimming party last week. Carols were also sung to fill the night with joy as Bahamas Realty broker Stuart Halbert played the keyboard. Office manager Daniel Hall played Santa Claus in plain clothes, delivering groceries, a turkey, bags and baskets of gifts from the partners and staff of the real estate company. There was also pizza for the tree trimming party. Brokers Sara and Chandra Parker brought gifts for each child to open on the night and their colleague Pyper Parker sent two shopping bags full of puzzles and books. Bilney Lane Childrens Home is part of the Conference of the Methodist Church. The Homes administrators Janet Brown and her assistant Olivia Major sent a thank you note to the real estate firm the next day, saying: We thank our heavenly Father for putting grace in your hearts. May our loving saviour continue to bless you and the staff of Bahamas Realty in Jesus name. Those who wish to help may contact the Home at SPREADING CHEER: Sandals Foundation volunteer Monique Alcy i s pictured handing out presents. Bahamas Realty spreads Christmas cheer at Bilney Lanes Children Home Christmas cheer extended to more than 200 childr en Share your news The Tribune wants to hear fr om people who ar e making news in their neighbour hoods. Per haps you ar e raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an award. If so, call us on 322-1986 and shar e your story.


By ERIC ROSE Y OUTH leaders touring t he construction site of the n ew National Stadium hailed the facility as the beginning of a new era for Bahamian athletes and the countrys sports tourism industry. T he tour was also described as a signature event which will further the friendship between the Bahamas and China. Minister of Youth, Sports a nd Culture Charles Maynard said that the recent tour by a cross-section of youth repre s entatives was a very import ant event for the Bahamas present and future sporting endeavours. It is important for the young people, our future leaders, to know exactly what isg oing on in the process of construction, to be intimate with how the design is now unfolding and how it is going to be managed in the future, Minister Maynard said during the tour. To look at it at this point in the construction is significant, so that they could get a fulla ppreciation of it when it is finished. Hu Dingxian, Peoples R epublic of China Ambass ador to the Bahamas, said he was so happy to see so many people on the tourb ecause of what it symbolised for the friendship enjoyed between the two countries over the past decade. This friendship needs to be carried on to the younger generations; so I am very happ y that they are here today and I sure that this friendship will carry on for generations toc ome, said Ambassador Hu. C o-ordinator of the Inter national Desk in the Depart ment of Culture John Darville s aid having members of the National Youth Ambassadors Corps take part in the special t our was a signature event for them because, as youth envoys, they are learning of the friendship of the two c ountries and what such part nerships mean to nation building. M r Darville said: Today we are in awe, observing these developments and seeing howp ivotal our government has been in forming this relation ship and we are excited to l earn of this development, as it will impact the future genera tions of the Bahamas, and how we can further our ties to have more developments in the Bahamas. Youth Ambassador for CARICOM and the vice dean of the Youth Ambassadors Corps Demathio Forbes saidhe feels that such investments made in sports will be returned in short order. I would love to be a young track athlete right now. I was just trying to imagine myself out there, running in the 400 metres (raceand jumping out of the blocks. If you are in high school right now or just coming out of junior high school, you should be very excited seeing this. It gives Bahamians a c hance to stand strong not j ust in the region, but internationally to show our sports prowess and compete on a higher level in track and field. Y outh Ambassador to the Organisation of American States (OAS son said that it is amazing to see that the Bahamas is going so strongly into sports tourism. Like Demathio said, this is going to be a new era for the Bahamas, she said. Markets This is going to be a new economical means of bringing in revenue and we are going to tap into markets that we had never tapped into before. I just want to com-m end the government for this step they have taken and I do hope that everything is continued to be done in transparency and accountability to s how how Bahamians will b enefit from this gift we are r eceiving from the Chinese government. National Youth Ambass ador to the United Nations Chistina Smith agreed thatt he stadium would give young B ahamians more opportunit ies to shine in the international sports arena. This here, having proper f acilities, is important in train ing and getting them used to how to conduct themselves and the appropriate behav i our in sports. In respect to the interna tional arena, having a stadium o f such magnitude here in the Bahamas would open up doors in not just sportst ourism, but also in giving us more exposure to different cultures and bringing in talentt o train our Bahamian peop le. All of that is important to t he development of our Bahamas, she said. Gia Rolle, who represented the Pinewood constituency in the recent Youth in Parlia-m ent exercise, said that it was an honour and a privilege to be a part of the tour. President of the Free National Movement Torchbearers Jamal Moss said thec onstruction of the stadium is a historic moment for the Bahamas. I want to commend the m inister, the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the present administrat ion for allowing the young people to be seen and to have a voice in this country, he s aid. Also taking part in the tour were C C Sweeting Senior High School students who were assigned at the site to this years apprenticeship programme. T he programme was introduced last year to afford the students a chance to get ah ands-on experience learning some of the construction methods. K eiran Sweeting, a grade 1 2 student, said that the programme helped him to under stand various aspects of buildi ng and gives him an edge for when he enters the workforce. Its good to learn and its g ood to help us because if you do not have anybody to help you, you cannot make it i n life, he said. And if you make it in life and keep at it, anything isp ossible. I was happy to be a ble to join them on this tour today, to see the progress, C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010, PAGE 9 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM The Mercedes M-Class. Beauty, brains and brawn. TYREFLEX STAR MOTORSCall us today for your Mercedes-Benz M-Class at 325.4961Wulff Road, P. O. Box N 9123, Nassau, The Bahamas Fax: 323.4667When you think of the average SUV on the road today, you think of roadhogging, air-polluting gas guzzlers t hat wouldnt know the meaning of high precision and fuel efficiency if it were emblazoned on their windshields. But there is an alternative. The refined M-Class from Mercedes-Benz. Withits superior German styling utilising only high-grade materials, its robust engine power delivering exemplary t urn-on-a-dime performance whilst still being frugal on fuel and its handling of pot-holed roads and 1.5 ft. flooded streets, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is clearly the best choice in SUVs. 38%/,&,&( Stadium hailed as start of new era for Bahamas sport MINISTER OF YOUTH, SPORTS AND CULTURE Charles Maynard (third right na Ambassador to the Bahamas Hu Dingxian (fifth right stakeholders on a recent tour of the National Stadium construction site. P atrick Hanna / BIS


By DENISE MAYCOCK T ribune Freeport R eporter d maycock@ FREEPORT A fire caused minor damage to a building at the Club Fortuna Resort on Monday, police reported. Asst Supt Loretta Mackey reported that firemen w ere dispatched to the resort around 1.50pm and observed flames and smoke coming from the second floor of the Abaco Building. The fire was confined to an air-conditioning unit in o ne of the rooms, which sustained minor smoke damage to the ceiling. No one was injured and none of the other rooms were affected by the fire. Ms Mackey said officers a re continuing their investigations into the cause of the fire. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS PAGE 10, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM By JOHNISSA ON the altar of political correctness at this time of t he year, in most hotels, r estaurants and shops in the U nited States you are received with the greeting Happy Holidays. I usually respond by saying in Jamaica we say Merry Christmas. Then I go on to add that we can say all three greeti ngs, Happy Hanukkah, H appy Kwanzaa and Happy Christmas, but not Happy Holidays. The reaction I then r eceive has always been positive with the person appearing to be relieved that he or she has been freed to greet in the way they would have preferred in the first place. O ne hears from time to time the complaint that this s eason that is celebrated by a number of religions and cultures has been reduced to a secular commercial holid ay. Nothing underlines this more than the pressure t hat political correctness places on people not to say H appy Christmas because it may offend those who may wish to say Happy Hanukkah or Happy Kwanzaa. T he obvious solution would appear to be a simple o ne. Each person uses the greeting that fits their religion or culture and the person greeted responds with the greeting appropriate to them. So let us banish the Happy Holidays greeting. I will end by wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, a belated Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanzaa. HAPPY HOLIDAYS REALLY! V IEWFROM A FAR J OHN I SSA Fire causes minor damage to resort building BUNDLED UP Everybody dressed for the low temperatures during the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade on Bay Street Monday morning. Among the spectators were Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Delores Ingraham. Also enjoying the parade at right is Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest. CHATTING Leader of the Valley Boys Winston "Gus" Cooper stops to chat with Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham and Delores Ingraham during the Boxing Day Junkanoo Parade on Monday morning. The Valley Boys placed second behind first place winner Saxon Superstars. P e t e r R a m s a y / B I S PMATBOXINGDAYJUNKANOO


LAS VEGAS LAS VEGAS casino bosses are serving notice to the bandit w ho made off with $1.5 million in chips from the Bellagio: Try to redeem those worth $25,000 soon or they'll become worthless, according to Associated Press. Bellagio owner MGM Resorts International is giving public notice that it's discon t inuing its standard chip valued at $25,000 and calling for all gamblers holding the chips to redeem them by April 22. After that, gambling regula tors say each red chip with agray inlay won't be worth more than the plastic it's cast from. "The bottom line is that t hey're not money," said David Salas, deputy enforcement chief for the Nevada Gaming Control Board. MGM Resorts first posted notice of the redemption last week in the classifieds of the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper. That's one week after a robber wearing a motor cycle helmet held up a craps table at gunpoint and made off with a bag of chips of varying denominations. Police and casino officials have been working since the Dec. 14 heist to try to locate the bandit and keep watch on anyone trying to cash in the chips, which ranged in denomination from $100 to $25,000. A police spokeswoman said Wednesday there have been no significant developments in the case since then. MGM Resorts spokesman Alan Feldman told The Associated Press the chips were switched out at the tables within an hour of the robbery, and the Bellagio immediately filed to discontinue the chips. Feldman said the move was designed to avoid inconveniencing players using the high value chips. He said he did not know how many chips existed and were uncashed. "Obviously, anyone walking with one of the old series is going to be subject to a certain amount of questioning as to how they obtained them assuming it isn't someone we know," Feldman told the AP. "It's pretty unusual for some one we don't know to come strolling up with a handful of $25,000 chips." Discontinuing chips though done in this case because of the robbery is not uncommon for Las Vegas casinos, even at high denominations, Salas said. Commemorative chips to mark a noteworthy prizefight for example, often have a finite circulation. On Wednesday, the Silver Nugget Casino in North Las Vegas posted notice it planned to discontinue chips with the Mahoney's Silver Nugget logo. It's not immediately clear how many of the chips that were stolen were $25,000 chips, though it could be as many as 60. C M Y K C M Y K LOCAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010, PAGE 11 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM shoulder, said Press Liaison O fficer Sgt Chrislyn Skippings. The man was wanted by police and is expected to be c harged on a number of crimi nal offences, Sgt Skippings said. T he incident took place at a bout 1pm yesterday when uniformed officers were on mobile patrol of the Bain T own area and received information that two male suspects w anted by police were seen walking in the Augusta Street area. T he officers spotted two men fitting the description oft he suspects, pulled alongside them and asked them to sur r ender, said Ms Skippings. "The suspects in turn began running in an effort to evade arrest, she said. The officers then pursued the suspects on foot through a y ard, where it is reported that one of the men turned in the officers direction and pointeda weapon at them. In response, a police-issued w eapon was discharged, striking one of the suspects to the s houlder. This suspect was subse quently arrested and taken to Princess Margaret Hospital via a mbulance where he is detained in stable condition in p olice custody. "During this event, there were no injuries to police offi-c ers and no damage to police vehicles. T he second suspect, a another man and the wounded 20y ear-old were taken into police custody. Deron Brooks, executive vice-president of Bahamas Custom and ImmigrationW orkers Allied Union (BCIW AU) in Grand Bahamas, saidyesterday he believes the incorrect pay cheques have been issued from either administration heads or the public treasury in Nassau, in conjunction with the imple-m entation of a shift system, is resulting in low morale and quality of service among immigration and customs officers and will compromise the security of the country. Although this was always a concern, it was never a problem until the shift system was put in to place earlier this year, said Mr Brooks. According to Mr Brooks, t he implementation of the s hift system, which has been in place since January 18, 2010, is a major source of the problem. Mr Brooks said: A shortage of officers results is pers ons working long hours, m ore than the standard 40 hours and often working ten days straight without a day off and more importantly without compensation. H e confirmed that 85 to 90 p er cent of junior ranking immigration officers did not feel well enough to go to work this past holiday Monday. According to Sloane Smith, v ice-president of the BCIW AU in New Providence, immigration officers have not been given their lawful overtime or holiday pay for the past six to seven months. Following Mr Brooks sent iments, Mr Smith said the s hift system is not working and is stomping on the constitutional rights of the officers. According to the union l eaders, the system was implem ented to reduce overtime costs but also reduced employment opportunities. We are aware that the Customs Management Act was amended in 2009, how-e ver as far as the union is conc erned, the current set rates do not reflect the employment act said Mr Smith. It has been one year, long enough to rectify any discrepancies and issues that h ave arisen. We just want w hat is entitled under the law, nothing more, said Mr Brooks. According to Mr Brooks, correct billing for officers payc heques left Grand Bahamas, h owever rates were changed by the head office or the public treasury to reflect a set rate which was never agreed to. Mr Brooks went on to say that Assistant Director ofI mmigration Fousteen MajorS mith has done her due diligence in inquiring into the status of the cheques and at what the pay rates would be paid. Director of Immigration Jack Thompson confirmed w ith T he Tribune t hat overt ime and holiday monies due has been paid as recently as Christmas Eve and the remaining outstanding monies are currently being processed. The government is committed to ensuring that thosep ersons who work over 40 h ours receive their overtime and holiday pay, said Mr Thompson. He also commented that there is an process and procedure that must be followed. We will ensure that the e xercise is carried out, promised Mr Thompson. year gridiron action. Youngsters, make sure you get your copy of Kid Scoop the fun, yet e ducational puzzle magazine Business Review takes a look at the past years major business issues. And dont miss our J unkanoo s upplement for the very best photos of this popular cultural event. Tomorrows Tribune has it all, w ere the only newspaper to cater f or every member of the family. FROM page one The Tribune sees out 2010 in style Customs and Immigration concerns raised F ROM page one t hat executives at BTC should try to boost staff morale i nstead of pointing fingers at the union for any drop in work performance. No one has reached out yet to the staff to try and lift their morale. They asking us to try and encourage our members t o work they need to get out there as managers and chairman to walk around and to ensure and ask the member what's going on. Why not boost their morale? We have not instructed our members to take any industrial action. "As a matter of fact I told Mr Griffin yesterday that if he charged us with such thing as this that we will sue him," saidM r Evans. H is comments came after BTC acting President Kirk Griffin reported that staff performance at BTC's call centre had dropped to under 20 per cent, which seemed to be cont inued industrial action by employees. "Hurting the very customers who you rely upon to pay your bills is in no way a productive undertaking," said MrG riffin, vowing that those responsible will be held accounta ble. The unions and BTC executives are at odds over the impending sale of 51 per cent of the state-run telecommunications company to regional operator Cable & Wireless. Earlier this month the unions staged two days of protests against the sale. BTC unions threaten to sue over strike claims F ROM page one FROM page one Man shot by police during Bain Town chase Bellagio nixing $25,000 chip after casino heist IN THIS surveillance video frame grab released Tuesday Dec.14,2010 by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department showing a bandit wearing a motorcycle helmet during an armed robbery Thursday Dec. 9,2010 at the Las Vegas Suncoast Casino. Police believe it's the same man who who escaped on a motorcycle with about $1.5 million worth of casino chips from the posh Bellagio early Tuesday Dec.14, 2010. ( AP


C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS T HE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010, PAGE 13 TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast WEST AFRICANleaders blinked in their showdown with Laurent Gbagbo on Wednesday, taking a military intervention off the table for now so that negotiations can continue with the incumbent leader who refuses to hand o ver power in Ivory Coast, according to Associated Press Even as the 15-nation regional bloc ECOWAS gave Gbagbo more time, though, defense officials from member states gathered in Nigeria. ECOWAS had vowed to u se force to wrest Gbagbo from the presidential palace if he did not agree on Tuesday to step aside for Alassane Ouattara, the internationally recognized winner of last month's election. The presidents of Sierra Leone, Benin and Cape Verde delivered the ultimatum on ECOWAS' b ehalf, hoping to escort Gbagbo into exile. He refusedto budge. A Ouattara adviser, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivityof the matter, said that Gbagbo demanded a vote recount during the negotiations with t he visiting delegation and also wants amnesty if he leaves office. The United Nations has accused his security forces of being behind hundreds of arrests, and dozens of cases of torture and disappearance, an allegation his advisers deny. T he ECOWAS delegation reported Wednesday on its trip to Abidjan, and Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said the leaders would returnto Ivory Coast on Monday. "Whenever there is a dispute, whenever there is dis agreement, it is dialogue that will solve issues," Jonathan said in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, where ECOWAS is based. "The dialogue is on. They are encouraging us to go back." Vote The United Nations declared Gbagbo the loser of the presidential runoff vote held on Nov. 28. Chaos in his country already has kept him in power five years beyond his mandate. The U.N., which was tasked with certifying the results of the election, the United States and other world powers have insisted Gbagbo hand over power to Ouattara. ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, has sent combat troops to several nations in the past two decades. ECOWAS defense chiefs met on Wednesday at the Nigeria defense headquarters. A sol dier at the headquarters said the meeting was closed to the press. However, Africa security analyst Peter Pham said practical obstacles may prevent troop deployment to Ivory C oast. The best troops from ECOWAS states are already deployed on missions elsewhere such as Sudan, and even if soldiers could be found, transport logistics would be a challenge, he said. "Gbagbo called their bluff on their ability to follow through on any sort of military threat," said Pham, of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy, a New York-based think tank. "Sending a peacekeeping force is one thing, but an invasion force that will be resisted by the national military is quite another." U.N. peacekeeping chief Alain Leroy, meanwhile, said that the U.N. had become a target of violence after a cam paign of "disturbing lies" on state television suggested that the UN was arming and transporting anti-Gbagbo rebels. One U.N. peacekeeper was wounded with a machete when his patrol was encircled by angry people in the proGbagbo neighborhood of Yopougon on Tuesday. One U.N. armored personnel carrier was burned before the head of the national army personally intervened to allow the peacekeepers to retreat, Leroy said. U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the United States has begun planning for the possible evacuation of its embassy in Ivory Coast amid concerns ofa full-blown conflict. Coalition Also Wednesday, a lawyer representing Gbagbo told AP Television News that the incumbent might agree to power-sharing, saying a pre-v ious coalition government with Prime Minister Guill aume Soro, a former rebel leader, shows Gbagbo can compromise. "He has already shown that he is willing his country to get back to peace and to development and to reconciliation between the people," attor ney Aref Mohamed Aref said. B ut U.N. Secretary-Gener al Ban Ki-moon said earlier this month power-sharing is not on the table and that Gbagbo must leave. "Any other outcome would make a mockery of democracy and the rule of law," Ban said. "There was a clear winner. There is no other option." Other African nations have opted for coalition governments in the wake of contested elections which degenerated into violence with varying degrees of success. Ivory Coast, however, is unique in that the United Nations was allowed to certify the election results as part of a peace agreement that ended the 2002-2003 civil war. In Kenya, Mwai Kibaki and Raila Odinga agreed to a coalition government after election violence following the December 2007 vote left more than 1,000 people dead. Kibaki serves as president and Odinga is the country's prime minister. And in Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe and longtime opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai agreed toa power-sharing deal in Zimbabwe following the disputed 2008 election, although deep divisions have persisted. Gbagbo has been in power since 2000. The election was meant to help reunify a country that the war divided into a rebelcontrolled north and a loyalist south, but again Ivory Coast stands at the brink of war. While Ivory Coast was offi cially reunited in a 2007 peace deal, Ouattara still draws his support from the northern half of the country, where residents feel they are often treated as foreigners within their own country by southerners. Gbagbo insists he did not lose the election, saying the Ivory Coast constitutional council declared him the winner. Ballots The council, which is led by a Gbagbo ally, made that announcement after the country's electoral commission said Ouattara won. The constitutional council threw out half a million ballots from Ouattara strongholds in then orth, saying violence and intimidation directed at G bagbo supporters meant results from those areas should be invalidated. The top U.N. envoy in Ivory Coast has disputed that assessment. While Ouattara has gained widespread internationalr ecognition and is creating a shadow government from an A bidjan hotel, Gbagbo maintains control of Ivory Coast's security forces. The regional bloc ECOWAS is comprised of Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo. Neighbours put the Ivory Coast military option on hold A LAIN LE ROY, U N Peace Keeping Chief, speaks during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in Abidjan, yesterday. West African leaders blinked in their showdown with Laurent Gbagbo onW ednesday, taking a military intervention off the table for now so that negotiations can continue with the incumbent leader who refuses to hand over power in Ivory Coast. (AP IVORY COAST PRESIDENT Laurent Gbagbo, left, welcomes Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, centre, and Benin President Boni Yayi, at the Presidential Palace in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on Tuesday. (AP


C M Y K C M Y K INTERNATIONAL NEWS PAGE 14, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010 THE TRIBUNE TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM IN THISFRIDAYTRIBUNE . GETYOURFREE KIDS SCOOPANDSPORTSWEEKLYSUPPLEMENTS CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine High wind contributed to a chair lift accident at the Sugarloaf ski area that caused skiers to plummet 25 to 30 feet, sending eight to hospitals and stranding others for more than an hour, state investigators said Wednesday, but they're not ruling out other factors, according to Associated Press. The 35-year-old lift, which recently passed an inspection, was due to be replaced, possibly next summer, and was known to be vulnerable to wind long before its cable derailed Tuesday. Resort spokesman Ethan Austin also said Wednesday that wind played a role, buthe didn't rule out mechanical difficulties or other causes. At least two skiers said a Sugarloaf worker was atop the tower where the cable derailed, though that could have been a coincidence.The lift was properly licensed and inspected for 2010, officials said. Before the accident Tuesday, the damaged lift and two others started the day on a "wind hold" because of the blustery weather, but Sugarloaf officials later deemed it safe to operate. Wind gusts of 40 mph were reported around Sugarloaf before the accident on the aging lift. On Wednesday, the ski resort's parking lots were full, and the slopes were crowded. The damaged lift remained out of commission, with part of its cable and several chairs still on the snow where they fell, as state inspectors and Sugarloaf workers went about their investigation. Skiers and snowboarders agreed that it had been windy on Tuesday, a day after a blizzard whipped most of the state before blowing out to sea. But many of them disagreed over whether the wind was above and beyond what's normally seen on Sugarloaf, the state's tallest ski mountain. "Yeah, it was windy. It didn't keep me from coming up here," Chuck Tetreau, a snowboarder from North Yarmouth, said after making a run Wednesday. In Maine, ski resort lifts are overseen by the Maine Board of Elevator and Tramway Safety, whose inspectors are investigating the accident. Annual inspections are the responsibility of the ski resorts, but the state licenses the inspectors. Nationwide, there's no federal oversight of ski lifts, and inspection rules and procedures vary from state to state, said Troy Hawks of the National Ski Areas Association. Deadly lift accidents are relatively are. Since 1973, lift accidents have killed 12 people, including one in 1976 that killed four people in Vail, Colo., and another in 1978 in Squaw Valley, Calif., that also killed four people, according to the Coloradobased organization. In Maine, no one was killed but eight people, including three children, were taken to hospitals. Five chairs and the skiers in them plunged onto the ski trail below, and dozens more skiers were stuck on the crippled lift for more than an hour until the ski patrol could get them down. Six of the injured skiers had been released from Franklin Memorial Hospital as of Wednesday, said hospital spokeswoman Jill Gray. Two others were transferred to Maine Medical Center in Portland, she said, but a spokeswoman there declined to confirm whether the hospital was treating them. The lift is 4,013 feet long, gains 1,454 feet of elevation and nearly reaches the summit of 4,327-foot Sugarloaf. The resort had targeted the lift for replacement under a 10-year plan. Sugarloaf's general manager publicly stated he wanted this to be its last winter, partly because of vulnerability to wind. Wind found to be a factor in Maine chair lift accident PORTLAND, Maine RONALD LEE HERR ICK, who donated a kidney t o his dying twin brother 56 years ago in what's recognized as the world's first successful organ transplant, has died of complications following heart surgery, according to Associa ted Press He was 79. Herrick died Monday at the Augusta Rehabilitation Center in Augusta, said his wife, Cynthia. He had been in deteriorating health since his October surgery, she said. H errick gave a kidney to his twin brother, Richard, at w hat is now Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. T he 5 1/2-hour operation on Dec. 23, 1954, kept Herrick's brother alive for eight years and was the first successful organ transplant, according tot he United Network for Organ Sharing. Lead surgeon D r. Joseph Murray went on t o win a Nobel Prize. The operation proved that transplants were possible and l ed to thousands of other succ essful kidney transplants and ultimately the transplant of other organs. Doctors hadt ried a handful of transplants worldwide without success up to that point, said Murray, w ho went on to perform a nother 18 transplants b etween identical twins. "This operation rejuvenate d the whole field of transplantation," Murray, 91, told The Associated Press in ap hone interview from his h ome in Wellesley, Massachusetts. "There were other p eople studying transplants in four or five different countries, but the fact that it worked so well with the iden t ical twins was a tremendous stimulus." Herrick was raised on a f amily farm in Rutland, Mass a chusetts, where he graduated high school. He later served in the U.S. Army. A t 23, Herrick was glad to give up a kidney if it would help his brother, who wasd ying from chronic nephritis, an inflammation of the kid neys. Murray thought the o dds of a transplanted organ being accepted would be enhanced since they were identical twins. B efore the operation, many people opposed the idea of transplanting a body organ, e quating it with desecration of a body. Others felt it was unethical to operate onh ealthy humans, and respected editors of medical journals wrote that it was contrary tot he Hippocratic Oath's vow to never do harm to anyone, Murray said. But Herrick never wavered a nd the operation went on as planned with no complications. Richard Herrick met h is future wife, Clare, in the recovery room, where she was a nursing supervisor. He was the only one in the world who could save his brother's life, so he was goingt o do it," said Cynthia Her rick. "There was no question about it." Donor in 1st successful transplant dies in US IN THIS JUNE 4, 1955 FILE PHOTO Richard Herrick, left, and his twin brother Ronald, from Northborough, Mass., sing at the annual meeting of the Mended Hearts Club at a hotel in Boston. The identical twin brothers made medical history when Ronald donated one of his kidneys to Richard for a Dec. 23, 1954 kidney transplant that was recognized as the world's first successful organ transplant. Richard lived eight years after receiving the transplant. Ronald died Monday, Dec. 27, 2010, in Augusta, Maine. He was 79. (AP




C M Y K C M Y K SECTIONB THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010 THETRIBUNE $4. 68 $4. 51 $4. 69The information contained is from a third party and The Tribune can not be held responsible for errors and/or omission from the daily report.$ $4.36 $4.58 $4.61 By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Telecommunications mar ket liberalisation could fur ther aid the growth of the Bahamian film production industry as a niche market, a leading investment banker said yesterday, as it would provide more avenues for distribution of local work. Owen Bethel, president and chief executive of the Montaque Group, told Tribune Business that with movies and shorts now being viewed on iphones, and movies being downloaded on to cell phones in many countries, the long-awaited development of new products and technologies following the Bahamas Telecommunications Companys (BTC vatisation and market liber alisation could further help to unleash Bahamian creativity in film production. And he added that the Governments policy for the Broadcasting Corporation of the Bahamas (BCB it towards a public broadcasting service and possible priFilmmaker boost from telecoms liberalisation OWEN BETHEL Banker says that combined with BTC privatisation, policy will provide Bahamian producers with new distribution channels through cellular movies and shorts Further opportunities for local content and movies to come from likely Broadcasting Corp reforms But laments absence of Film Studios as missing element in niche market development SEE page 5B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Hard-pressed Bahamian consumers are set to enjoy some modest New Year cheer in one respect, Tribune Business can reveal, as general insurance carriers move to lower property insurance premiums in 2011. This newspapers contacts informed it yesterday that one Bahamas-based general insurance underwriter, RoyalStar Assurance, had already decided to lower property premium rates for 2011, while Bahamas First was considering whether to follow suit from February 1. S teve Watson, RoyalStars m anaging director, was said to be out of the country on holiday when Tribune Business tried to contact him yesterday, but Patrick Ward, Bahamas Firsts president and chief executive, con-f irmed that several Bahamian general insurance carriers were seeking to reduce their property rates. While emphasising that Bahamas First had made no decision itself on whether to follow suit, Mr Ward told Tribune Business: Our market intelligence suggests there are companies looking to reduce property rates for next year. We have not come to that conclusion ourselves yet, but are hearing there are other companies in the market willing to reduce rates. Mr Ward said the property insurance rate reductions being mulled by various carriers were a very small lev el of reduction in our terms, but its good from the con sumers standpoint. The Bahamas First chief executive declined to name the other general insurance carriers who were looking to reduce their property insurance premium rates, but said there was pressure for the entire industry to do so, giv en the relatively long period that had elapsed especially for New Providence consumers since the last major catastrophe claims were made. New Providence and Nas sau, where the biggest risk exposure lies, have not been hit by a major storm since Hurricane Frances struck a glancing blow in 2004, and Mr Ward told Tribune Business: Weve had a number of years without any major catastrophe losses, and the expectation in the mind of the buying public is that rates should go down. What you see is the market adjusting to that expectation. Property insurance boost for consumer Rates set to fall in Bahamas in 2011 SEE page 6B By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor Doctors Hospital Health Systems (DHHS $914,000 swing into the red via a $307,000 loss in its 2011 third quarter, although for the first nine months it remains in the black albeit after suffering an 82.1 per cent neti ncome decline year-over-year. Careful expense containment, as evidenced by a $1 million or 3.3 per cent reduction in total expenses to $29.435 million for the nine months to end-October 2010, combined with a DOCTORS SUFFERS 82% PROFIT DROP SEE page 6B SUFFERING: The Doctors Hospital By NEIL HARTNELL T ribune Business Editor The beneficiaries of City M arkets staff pension plan got the bad end of the s tick from some of the decisions made by the trustees under the failed BSL Hold-i ngs ownership, the supermarket chains new majority o wner told Tribune Business yesterday, as he hinted at a restructuring that would separate the plans stewardship from the companys Board a nd management. Mark Finlayson, principal of 78 per cent majority owner, Trans-I sland Traders, emphasising that he was not accusing the t wo trustees under BSL Holdings ownership of doing anything unethical ori llegal, told this newspaper that he would not have m ade some decision that were taken had he been in City Markets pension got bad end of stick n While not making unethical or illegal allegations, supermarkets new owner says: I would not have done certain things that were done in relation to investments n Says certain moves produced results that were not good n Now seeking to split plan from company, and hire professional trustees n AGM targeted for end-January, with forensic auditor asked to dig a little deeper on inventory issues MARKFINLAYSON S EE page 5B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter As Harbour Island hotel operators saw properties booked full, other Family Island owner suffered a painfully quiet Christmas, with one Cat Island resort reporting the worst season in 19 years of operation. In a series of interviews conducted by Tribune Business with small hotel operators throughout the Bahamas, the consensus among managers/owners in Abaco, Cat Island and Long Island was that conditions are more lean than ever. In contrast to the 3 to 4 per cent average occupancy increase over 2009 reported to have been seen at Nassau/Paradise Island hotel properties this Christmas, staff at The worst season in 19 years H arbour Island hotels thrive, but others in the Family Islands report major year-overyear falls, hurt by air and transport costs S EE page 4B By ALISON LOWE Business Reporter Activity in the construction sector remained con strained in the 2010 third quarter due to a lack of demand for building construction from the private sector and foreign investors, with mortgage disbursements down 15.2 per cent. In the Quarterly Economic Review for July to Septem ber 2010, the Central Bank of the Bahamas noted that there was a 15.2 per cent fall in the disbursement of mortgages by banks, insurance companies and the Bahamas Mortgage Corporation to $53 million in value, an extension of the 31.6 per cent contraction in this area in 2009. Such figures provide an indication of domestic construction trends, notes the report. With the number of loan approvals falling from eight to two for commercial construction projects, and a corresponding contraction in value by $2 million to a mere $0.4 million, the Central Bank report added that short term prospects for commercial con struction remain subdued at this time. Similarly, the valueo f res idential loans fell by $1.8 mil lion to $30.5 million, although the number of approvals grew by seven to 232, said the report. Residential mortgage dis bursements, which accounted Mor tgage issuances dr op 15.2% to $53m SEE page 4B


BY DEIDRE M. BASTIAN T odays generation is fashion conscious and wants a t-shirt with a different look to stand out in the crowd. Fortunately, graphic designers have a plethora of options in this field. Designing graphic t-shirts requires a different approach, as these shirts can address an issue or sometimes convey something about the world. But there is also the not-soserious side of life, where tshirts can show their enthusiastic and playful side. Let me take you back a few decades. During the fad-ridden 1980s, so many new inventions were born. If you weren't born then, it was called the 'pop culture, because many new inventions popped up so quickly. For example: board games, music, computers, video games and everyone's favourite, colourtv. The 1980s fashion was also influenced by many clothes with cartoon characters printe d on them. A s many of you probably k now, graphic design and designs specifically for t-shirt printing can be two totally different beasts. Have you ever worked extremely hard for long hours on a t-shirt design for yourself or a client, only to have the printer tell you your design wont work for t-shirt printing? This problem is not that uncommon, and here are a few tips on how to prepare your artwork for printing on tshirts. Use PMS Colors in Your Artwork You may typically complete artwork in RGB and CMYK color modes, but to ensure the most accurate colours with a silk screener, use PMS Colours, which make the colour separations a lot easier and more accurate. As a side note, the printers should not charge you extra for PMS colour matching as you are actually doing them a favour in making the process easier. Here are two links on t-shirt designing shop/how-to-create-photorealistic-shirt-mockups/ Convert All Text to Outlines Sometimes your artwork may call for a very obscure font, or maybe even a customdesigned font. When sending your artwork off to the printers, the last thing you want to see is a substituted font in your design. By converting the text to outlines, any computer that opens the artwork will view the text as an image. T herefore, you should feel c omfortable because no subs titutions will be made. Create Your Artwork at Actual Size Do not rely on the printers to correct any boo boos. Remember, they are just printers and only responsible for the end work, which is solely printing. The vision you have of the end product is different from the printers assumption. Remember, not all printers are graphic designers, and vice versa. Dont know what size you want to use? Slap a ruler to the shirt. Sounds simple, but it works. Use Vector Artwork as Much as Possible: This is not an argument over raster versus vector, but a suggestion and a general rule. It makes colour separations cleaner with more details. x T-shirt Design Tools: With every good designer comes a good set of tools. Your tools are like your' hands'; they take the 'brain' i deas and practically form them. T-shirt drawings, computers, printers are all necessary tools for any designer. Another great tool that is used is the 'airbrush tool, which can be used on a photo editing application. What software is best? Lets have a look at this for both the beginner and the experienced designer. If you are a beginner, you might be asking yourself: "I want to design my own t shirts; what software is easy to learn?". And that's the key,learning.B y learning you are adding a skill" for life that will be used many times again. Go for the challenge. Part of the fun is learning while design ing. I use Corel Draw, but Illustrator is good, too. CorelDraw is a vector-based design prog ram with excellent usability, and is capable of exporting files and formats for screen printing. While CorelDraw has existed in the shadow of Illustrator for many years, recent alterations make it the superior software when it comes to design for screen printing and custom t-shirt design. Illustrator is ideally suited to creating scalable images, specifically logos and very large print. You will probably pay close to $300 for whichever program you choose, but it is well worth it. Having the right tool for the right job is like taking candy from a baby. Below are a few more qual ity design applications for both Mac and PC. Vectorbased t-shirt design programs, for layout and design: Macromedia FreeHand MX; Adobe Illustrator CS5; Corel Draw Graphics Suite X5 Photo and image manipulation programs:Photoshop CS5; Corel Painter and the Print Shop for Mac. Owning t-shirt graphic design software that is not only limited to tshirts but can also be used in other areas of design is a plus. How to Design T Shirts Do a rough drawing of a tshirt, then take it to the com puter, scan in your design and import it into your t-shirt software program. Trace it and clean it up. Add color, if your designr equires print from home! Why not turn your hobby into a small income stream t-shirt business? Are you a 'sports lover? Well, 'sports t-shirts' and your 'love for design' is a winning combination. There is something special about sports; its an area that is all about training, hard work, talent, passion and going the extra mile. However, team sports such as soccer, basketball and hockey require team uniforms that give a sense of pride. Say it on a Shirt Personalised t-shirts say it best, especially when you are at a loss for words or stumped on what gift to give. A designed t-shirt is a gift that says: "I took the time to design this, especially for you". It is special and has that "pazazz". Its like a card that has personalised messages. For example, when a family member has just given birth to a new baby; a neighbours toddler is having a birthday party; a youth group is going on a mission trip; your local children's home is celebrat ing the opening of their new building send them all a personalised t-shirt with the name/s printed on it. Ensure it is minimal colour, a simplei dea, and explore the fabric of the t shirt. What is hot and what is not? Designs speak a thousand w ords. So how do we know, t hen, what is 'hot' and what is not'? Sometimes your style might not be appealing to others, but it doesn't mean its not good enough, only that it speaks a different language to a different audience. Each designer has a certain way of thinking and expressing thoughts on to t-shirts. As a designer, I have 'learned to adapt' and 'develop design skills' in all areas and different phases. I used to love abstract-looking designs, then experimented with photo manipulation, collages and magazine. I have now settled for realistic and practical approaches. Try not to box yourself into one way of doing things, but instead have fun with different styles. Design is about interpreting an idea into a way that others can enjoy and understand. Language of T-shirt Design Ask yourself what audience would be attracted to your style of t-shirt design? Takes ome time to think about what you are trying to say and to whom you are saying it. T-shirt design messages should always start with a concept or an idea. How that idea consum mates is your thunder, as you may be a rotten designer with great ideas. Don't limit yourself: Designing is about growing and expanding your creative style, too. When it comes to software, try not to always look at the "now", but look long-term. See yourself stretching your designs from your t-shirts to other print and web-based designs. Think of a t-shirt as a snapshot, since it captures that very moment in an instance. Your ideas are like a camera that takes the shot and creates a 'never forgetting picture. Guess what; it's even framed by the person wearing it. It is a battery free walkie talkie, where the people do the walking and your t-shirt d esigns do the talking. So u ntil we meet again, have fun, e njoy life and stay on top of your game! Happy Holidays! NB: The author encourages feedback at Hello Deidre, I am the distribution and marketing manager for Ganarious Enterprises. Ganarious Enterprises is a telecommunications company in the process of being approved by URCA. I enjoyed your article (Advertising your greatest benefit). We will be entering the marketing arena in the Bahamas. I will be posting a link to your article on our new marketing company website. All the best Frederick Taylor Ganarious Enterprises Limited Distribution and Marketing Manager P.O.Box AP 59217 Nassau, Bahamas Good morning Mr Taylor: T hank you for your intere st in the Business section of the Tribune, particularly the Art of Graphix Column. All the best in your new venture. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010, PAGE 3B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM Getting shirt-ty with graphics THE ART OF GRAPHIX DEIDRE M.BASTIAN READER FEEDBACK


all three properties contacted in these islands have seen their hours reduced going into the Christmas season,a s occupancies dropped lower than in 2009, a year which saw the economy tank. Molly McIntosh, sales manager at the Green Tur-t le Club in Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, said that while t he level of inquiries would suggest there is great demand for what the boutique property has to offer, it is lack of flight availabilitya nd the increasing cost of reaching the club that are hurting. I hate giving bad news and complaining, but we ared efinitely down compared with last year. Weve got about half the business we had then, she said, reveali ng that while the property would normally be full from Christmas Day to around January 2 it is now running occupancies ofb etween 35 and 40 per cent. The resort normally hires extra temporary staff in the traditionally busy Christmas/New Years period, buth as this year taken on no extra employees and been forced to reduce staff hours by 50 per cent in the run-up to Christmas. B ookings Waldemar Illing, whose f amily owns the 16-room Greenwood Beach Resort o n Cat Island, said bookings for the Christmas/New Year period are around 20 perc ent off those registered last year, which were less than those seen in 2008. This is rough, he said. This is the slowest Christm as and New Years in our 19 years. Although no one has been laid-off, and effortsw ere made to find ways to occupy them with mainten ance and other activities, s taff at Greenwoods had their hours reduced, too. Meanwhile, Karin Kuska, a manager at the boutique Stella Maris Resort Club inL ong Island, said business was around 10 per cent down from 2009, at around 50 per cent for the Christmas period on average.T hroughout the year the property recorded average occupancy levels of roughly 40 per cent, added Ms Kuska. We realised that somehow the economy affects tourism this year even more than year before when weh ad a bigger crisis, so our assumption is that last year p eople were a little bit more p ositive and believed in a faster turnaround, whereas t his year we have the feeling people got a little bit insecure (about the economys aid the manager. Ms McIntosh in Green T urtle Cay blamed lack of flight availability and rising airfare costs, combined witht he price of taxis and ferries to reach the Green Turtle C lub from the airport, for b eing the major issues for tourism on the island. Travel to Abaco is definitely not for sissies, quipped Ms McIntosh. Ifw e had more flights coming out of Florida at more reasonable prices, I think this place would be almost full. Continental Airlines r ecently reduced their flights out of Fort Lauderdale to nearby Treasure Cay Airport by 50 per cent from two to one a day she noted,w ith a round trip ticket on this route costing around $600 during the Christmas period. Last minute type flights from cities such as Baltim ore or Newark to Abaco h ave cost as much as $1,300 per person this year, added M s McIntosh. A one-way cab ride from Marsh Harbour airport tot he ferry dock, where guests would catch a ferry to the h otel, will cost $85 for a 22 mile stretch, while if guests miss the ferry, a charter willc ost a further $85. It isnt just us who are s uffering about the lack of business this year. The home owners that r ent out their properties are complaining bitterly, too, she added. Mr Illing said the price of air travel to Cat Island andt he continuing depressed conditions in the US are the two primary reasons forG reenwoods not-so-merry Christmas. People are more cautious with their money. There are a lot of very, v ery cheap offers on the market all over the C aribbean. Starting last year, people who have been coming inr egularly over the years, r epetitive guests, say very frankly I lost 30 40 per cent of my stock and I cant sell my house, so I cant afford it this year. A flight to Cat Island from Florida averages around $450 per person, he added, and lamented: You could fly transatlantically fort hat if you get a good deal. Good By contrast, Harbour I sland hoteliers reported that aside from the impact of cancellations related to bad weather on the eastc oast of the US last weekend business is good. This is traditionally one of the busiest 10-day periods of the year and we aref abulously on target, said Tracy Barry, owner/manager of boutique hotel, TheL anding. We were delighted to see t hat having just increased from seven to 13 rooms, all of them are filled, and itst he same with the restaurant. Harbour Island in general is busy. All golf carts are rented, you can't get inf or dinner unless you book two months in a dvance...that's what usually happens and this year we are not seeing anything dif-f erent, said Ms Barry. Juanita Percentie, manager of the Tingum Village p roperty on the island, said: It was great besides the winter storms on the eastc oast (of the US We were booked 100 per c ent but only 50 per cent came. Some came late and for a r educed period, and some rescheduled for another t ime. 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Disbursement of mortgages for commercial purposes, how ever, did grow by 14.9 per cent to $8.1 million reversing last years 23.4 per cent decline to $7.1 million. As a forward looking indicator, mortgage commitments fell in both number and value, noted the Central Bank, to 234 and $31 million, in comparison to a total of 235 loans valued at $34.8 million during the same period in 2009. Mor tgage issuances dr op 15.2% to $53m FROM page 1B FROM page 1B Share your news The T ribune wants to hear from people who are making news in their neighbourhoods. Perhaps you are raising funds for a good cause, campaigning for improvements in the area or have won an awar d. If so, call us on 322-1986 and share your story.


charge. Mr Finlayson, whose Trans-Island Traders agreed to acquire the now ninestore chain for $1 and thea ssumption of certain liabilities, also told Tribune Business that the wait for ana udit of the pension fund had also delayed plans to h old an annual general meeting (AGM Bahamas Supermarketss hareholders until end-January 2011. He explained that he wanted to release ther eport to pension plan beneficiaries first. What were doing is that were going to have one [an AGM] in late January ore arly February, Mr Fin layson told Tribune Busi n ess. We want to do two things an AGM with the shareholders, and a meetingo f the stakeholders for the [pension] trust. Wed like to have that before the AGM, and want to do it in that order tom ake sure the report from the pension fund audit is back. That audit is being con ducted by Bahamian forens ic accountant John Bain and, asked by Tribune Busi ness what the likely findings f rom that report will be, Mr Finlayson replied: I dont k now if everyone is going to be satisfied with it........ Im not satisfied with it, to beh onest. If I was a trustee, I would n ot have done certain things that were done. Im not saying they were unethical ori llegal, but the results were not good for the people involved with the trust. I think the beneficiaries got the bad end of the stick withs ome of the decisions made. In the final analysis, it can be repaired over time, but in my opinion some of the decisions should noth ave been done in the first place. The two trustees involved, I have a lot of respect for and have known for many years, but withs ome of the decisions made they looked at the overall benefit to the employees of making sure they [the staff] had a job......... Questions had previously been raised over Bahamas Supermarkets' sale andl easeback of $3 million worth of store equipment a nd improvements, at its Cable Beach store, to the staff pension plan. Defended This had been defended at the time as allowing the p ension plan to gain a high er rate of return than it would otherwise enjoy on alternative investments, but it was queried by external auditors, Deloitte & Touche,i n the 2009 audited accounts, over whether it should be treated as an operating or finance lease, the company not having assessed the val u e of lease assets. The same audited finan cial statements also showed that Bahamas Supermarkets, operating parent ofC ity Markets, owed the staff pension fund almost $ 519,000 at the 2009 yearend in unpaid rent for the companys head office ana sset owed by the plan. Mr Finlayson, meanwhile, t old Tribune Business that Mr Bains pension plan audit would be passed to ana ctuary for double checking when it was complete d. He added that City Mark ets would also look to turn over trusteeship of the pen sion plan to independent, professional trustees, thus removing any conflict ofi nterest perception when it came to investment decisions. Its such a sensitive area, the company being a settlor, w ed be better off turning it o ver to professional trustees where you do not have this conflict, where people involved with the Board are the trustees, Mr Finlaysons aid. Thats why were going to this great extent, to put the trust in the hands of pro-f essionals. Ill be more at ease, the beneficiaries will b e more at ease, and everyone will be a lot better. Mr Bain has also been e ngaged by City Markets to conduct a forensic audit of the company itself, and MrF inlayson said: Hes delivered his preliminary report. W eve called him to go back into a few areas and dig a little deeper. O ne area Mr Bain has asked to conduct a more ind epth investigation into is the overall inventory situa tion, all the shipments that c ame in since 2006 and accountability for it. W hile there was nothing to support the claims, Mr Finlayson said rumours con t inued to surface that some inventory shipments had gone missing, and he wanted to put the allegations to rest. C M Y K C M Y K BUSINESS THE TRIBUNE THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2010, PAGE 5B TO DISCUSS STORIES ON THIS PAGE LOG ON TO WWW.TRIBUNE242.COM .LQJVZD\$FDGHP\ $Q(YDQJHOLFDORQGHQRPLQDWLRQDO&KULVWLDQFKRROf (QWUDQFH([DPLQDWLRQVIRU
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